Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Carniepunk: Painted Love

Title: Painted Love
Author: Rob Thurman
Rating: 5/5

From Rob Thurman, the New York Times bestselling author of the Cal Leandros, comes this wicked, mind-bending short story—from the Carniepunk urban fantasy anthology.

My Review:
Really good I wouldn't mind it if Rob Thurman made this into a full story! Love Doodle and what a story turn!

My Boyfriend is a Monster: Under his Spell

Title: My Boyfriend is a Monster- Under his Spell
Author: Marie P. Croall
Rating: 4/5

Bethany Farmer's life is a boring high school routine, and she likes it that way. Soccer, coffee, homework, more coffee, and no goofy romance. That is, until foreign exchange student Allein Atwood shows up in her Midwestern town, and her life turns epically weird. Allein has unearthly good looks, princely politeness, and a bunch of goofy, romantic pick-up lines. But is his country really so foreign that they don't know anything about soccer? Or coffee? To her horror, Bethany is swept off her feet by Allein's spellbinding ways--and then knocked flat by savage creatures set loose into suburbia to hunt Allein down. Suddenly Bethany's normal town is twisted upside down, and nothing is what it seems. Can Bethany rescue her prince of a boyfriend and keep them both alive long enough to go on a second date?

My Review:
Girl has life on track then meets boy, she finds out that boy isn't what he appears to be. They have to save each other and she ends up with boy- the end :P I liked this one tho. Faes!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Gilded Ashes

Title: Gilded Ashes
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Rating:  5/5

A romantic and fantastical reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale, Gilded Ashes is a novella by Rosamund Hodge set in the same world as the author's debut novel, Sundered.
Orphan Maia doesn't see the point of love when it only brings pain: Her dying mother made a bargain with the evil, all-powerful ruler of their world that anyone who hurt her beloved daughter would be punished; her new stepmother went mad with grief when Maia's father died; and her stepsisters are desperate for their mother's approval, yet she always spurns them. And though her family has turned her into a despised servant, Maia must always pretend to be happy, or else they'll all be struck dead by the curse.

Anax, heir to the Duke of Sardis, doesn't believe in love either—not since he discovered that his childhood sweetheart was only using him for his noble title. What's the point of pretending to fall in love with a girl just so she'll pretend to fall in love with him back? But when his father invites all the suitable girls in the kingdom to a masked ball, Anax must finally give in and select a wife.
As fate would have it, the preparations for the masquerade bring him Maia, who was asked by her eldest stepsister to deliver letters to Anax. Despite a prickly first encounter, he is charmed and intrigued by this mysterious girl who doesn't believe in love. Anax can't help wishing to see her again—and when he does, he can't help falling in love with her. Against her will, Maia starts to fall in love with him too. But how can she be with him when every moment his life is in danger from her mother's deadly bargain?

My Review:
Just like the first book of the Cruel Beauty Series, titled the same. I loved this story, the characters and story is just beautiful and hooks you into it. This one is a retelling of Cinderella. It had me hooked in the first chapter- feeling bad for Maia and her step-sisters. And of course the Lord that's in the first book appears here too- I guess this is a prequel then :) Well I'll be reading the next book soon!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ice Kissed

Title: Ice Kissed
Author: Amanda Hocking
Rating: 5/5 LOVED IT
Next book in Series: Crystal Kingdom

Bryn Aven has always longed to be a part of her Kanin world.  Though she has no social status because she’s a half-breed, she refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…the glittering palace of the Skojare. The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal rival who’s been threatening the Kanin.  And being half Skojare herself, it’sa chance for Bryn to learn more about her heritage.  Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing her mission and wants to help.  He’s always been her most trusted friend—but as their undeniable attraction heats up, it’s a distraction she can’t afford.  She’s about to discover that the Skojare world is full of secrets, and as she’s drawn in deeper, she doesn’t know who to trust. And matters worse, as she gets closer to Ridley, she can’t even trust her own heart.

My Review:
OMG to this series, the story started in a light jog which took place right after the first book. And it took a quick pace that left me breathless by the end. But I knew who was behind the treason against the other tribe's royals. But so many turns- and who is controlling these peeps- I MUST KNOW NOW. I love the story so far and the characters are so likeable. This series is making me a Hocking fan. I will read her other books! YAY!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Cruel Beauty

Title: Cruel Beauty
By: Rosamund Hodge
Rating: 5/5

Description: Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love

My review: I loved this retelling of beauty and the beast. Nyx is a spitfire of a character who has so many faults that she could be a real person in our world. I love that, and the story is mixed with myths... so much love for this book that I'll be reading the novella next and then book 2 :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author:  Laini Taylor
Rating: 2/5

Once upon a time, an angel and devil fell in love. It did not end well.
Around the world black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbook with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on "errands;" she speaks many languages, not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That's one question that haunts her that she is about to find out.
When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

My Review:
First I thought she was his daughter and then bam she wasn't... I don't know what to think about this book. I read it for the book club but I don't think I liked it... well the end I didn't like!

Memory Zero

Title: Memory Zero
Author: Keri Arthur
Rating: 5/5 love
Netgalley Review

Description: For Sam Ryan, life began at the age of fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her past. For the ten years that Sam's been with the State Police, she's searched for clues to her identity. But it's as if all mention of her family has been deliberately wiped off the system. Everything changes the night she agrees to meet her missing partner, Jack, and barely survives his attempt to kill her. Charged with his murder, Sam finds herself accepting help from Gabriel Stern-a shapeshifter with secrets of his own. As Sam delves into her partner's death, it soon becomes clear that the key to surviving the present lies in unravelling the threads of her past-and discovering not just who she is, but what she is . . .

My Review: Sam thinks she is a normal girl but it is starting to not look like it now. Although the book doesn't get into why she is different really and I wouldn't tell you here anyways- at least there are another 2 books in this trilogy. I'll have to read these too! How fun. So far I love the story and the characters. even the world of spooks, there are vampires, changers, shapechangers, and a few other things that go bump in the night. Oh and plenty of action and I'm not talking action in the bedroom- violence!