Friday, July 25, 2014

The Friday 56 (1)

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE

Living Violet (The Cambion Chronicles, #1) "However, no one else in their right mind would want to deal with that amount of people, not for minimum wage."-Living Violet by Jamie Reed 

What's on your page 56 this week?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: Living Violet by Jamie Reed

Living Violet (The Cambion Chronicles, #1)Title: Living Violet
Author: Jamie Reed
Source/Format: freebie, iTunes ebook edition
Age Range: YA
Publisher/Publication Date: Dafina, December 27, 2011

My Thoughts:

     It occurs to me now that I never reviewed this book even though I read it last year…a shocking fact since it was so good. Living Violet is an interesting take on the typical paranormal romance with a diverse cast of characters who had interesting familial backgrounds. The opening scene was entertaining to say the least and caught my attention almost right away. The paranormal aspect of this book was vastly different from the vampires, werewolves, witches, and so on that you normally find. Cambion’s, demons who steal the life right out of people…yeah, they certainly weren’t vampires. And to top it all off Samara Marshall wasn’t your typical run-of-the-mill, clichéd main character, she was a character with mixed heritage. Caleb and the rest of the characters…well if you want to know about them, then you’ll have to read Living Violet. So, if you’re looking for a paranormal book with a different take on demons, and a variety of characters, then I highly recommend taking a look at The Cambion Chronicles. (Actual rating is 4.5 birdcages.)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Musing Mondays (1)

     Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, that asks you to muse about one of the following each week...
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musings for the week...

Trilogy ends, sometimes I kind of dread them because my expectations might run a little higher than it would be for a debut book. I'm invested in the books, the characters, and I want to see how it ends. But I still have my reservations. Regardless I've come across a few good trilogy end's that I've already read this year, and I'm looking forward to a few more...

The Warrior (Dante Walker, #3)

     The Warrior by Victoria Scott. I personally like this series since it's hard for me to find angel and demon books that can hold my attention for more than a millisecond.

The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw (The League of Princes, #3)

     The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy, a truly wonderful middle grade series with an interesting take on classic fairy tales.

     I'm sure I missed a few but I probably haven't read them.  So as far as the one's I'm looking forward to, all I can think of at the moment is one:

Double Vision: The Alias Men (Double Vision, #3)
 Double Vision: Alias Men by F.T. Bradley

     So that's it for my musing this week.  But what about you guys, do you have any hesitation when going into trilogy end's, or are you just excited to see where your favorite characters end up?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Archived (The Archived, #1)Title: The Archived (Click on Title for Synopsis)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Source/Format: Purchased/ iTunes ebook edition
Age Range: YA
Publisher/Publication Date: Hyperion, January 22, 2013

My Thoughts:

     I’ve had my fair share of woes with the YA genre as of late, and I haven’t read much in a long time. But I finally sat down to read Victoria Schwab’s, The Archive, at last. I found the book to be highly entertaining, as well as refreshing with a cast of interesting characters, and a plot that kept me otherwise in the dark until the very end. I truly did enjoy The Archived.

     To start, The Archived had an interesting premise: the dead supposedly being placed on shelves and you know, cataloged like you would books. Right from the beginning that premise caught my attention, and I wanted to know more about the Archive and the people who worked there. One such person associated with the Archive is none other than the main character, Mackenzie Bishop. She, unlike some YA characters, wasn’t perfect and made her own fair amount of mistakes. Mackenzie also grieved a great deal, but all of her faults made her a well-rounded character that I found relatively likable. And her parents weren’t cookie-cutter folks either they dealt with their emotions in their own way. They had separate…I guess you could say, identities, which made them stand out rather than blend right into the background. Then there was Wesley Ayers…hmmm, what should I say about him? Well for starters he was an interesting character with little quirks mentioned here and there—you could really tell that he cared. 

     The setting, which is something I rarely ever mention in reviews, was very fascinating. The Coronado was and old hotel that was renovated into apartments and you could almost say it was borderline dilapidated. And yet the place held on to its old world, mostly faded, charm. Would I visit the place? Um, no! With all of the trouble that Mackenzie experienced there in the Archive, I have to say no on that one. And by trouble, I mean the plot. The Archive’s opening chapter basically solidified my reason for finally reading this book, and from then on I blew through the rest. So without spoiling things, I’m just going to call it a day. But in my opinion The Archived was a solid opening to a series, and I intend to continue on with the next book as soon as I get my hands on a copy of The Unbound. Five birdcages. That is all.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale

Starting on Thursday July 10th, Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale will be on sale for $0.99.  The only catch is that the deal will only last for 7 days, so get it while it lasts! Sorry, the deal is now over.

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