Get Out There and Vote!

No, no, I’m not talking about the midterms coming up tomorrow for governor, etc.  Even though I’ll go out and do my civic duty, I really don’t care about that, and I’m ready for the slam ads to disappear.

I’m asking you to hop on over to Goodreads and vote in their readers’ choice awards for the best books of 2014!choice-logo-squareI’ve read hardly any of the books that have been nominated, but it’s still interesting to see what the top picks are and get the chance to voice an opinion.  See what the nominees are and cast your votes here: Goodreads Best Books of 2014.

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A Vision Reached: Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Review)

Dreams of Gods and Monsters

I had been waiting to read the final installment in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series for a while – aparently my initial library hold got lost somewhere in Neverland, so I had to place an entirely new one.  I shouldn’t gripe too much though, since it is nice to finally have read a series where all of the books are actually out (unlike that one I’m still waiting on…coughGOTcough…)  The short wait was worth it, because this was a great ending to a great trilogy. Continue reading

What a Cat Really Thinks: Love Saves the Day (Review)

Love Saves the Day

She had hoped never again to be forced to leave a home, and she raged inwardly against the cruelty of a world that could never allow you to consider anything in “forever” terms, no matter how much of yourself you were willing to sacrifice for the sake of permanence.

Prudence has spent almost her entire life living with Sarah, a middle-aged woman living an average life on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  One day Sarah doesn’t return home.  A few days later Sarah’s daughter Laura and her husband Josh appear to gather belongings and vacate Sarah’s apartment for her.  Prudence, confused and distraught over Sarah’s absence, is taken from her home to settle into a new life with Laura and Josh. Continue reading

Review: This is What Happy Looks Like

This is What Boring Looks Like

I should not let myself get sucked in by cutsie titles and cutsie covers with awesome fonts.

The gist of this book is this:  Graham accidentally emails Ellie about his pig.  Ellie keeps emailing back and forth with Graham, and after a few months, they feel like friends that were thrown together by fate.  Graham, who didn’t tell Ellie that he just so happens to be a movie star, convinces his director to move the shoot for his next movie to Ellie’s town in Maine.

After that, all sorts of drama and dullness occurs. Continue reading

The Search for Redemption: Days of Blood and Starlight (Review)

"There was no way she could imagine, no collision of impossible events, that would bring his heartbeat under her hand ever again, or join the two of them back together in the dream that was theirs..."

“There was no way she could imagine, no collision of impossible events, that would bring his heartbeat under her hand ever again, or join the two of them back together in the dream that was theirs…”

I just loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone so much that I couldn’t wait to read the next installment in the series, Days of Blood and Starlight.  Good thing that my hold came through the library system quickly!

Much like the first book, the cover on this book is gorgeous.  Very dark and brooding with a punch of red, and the font is great.  I had a record high of people at work ask me what I was reading during my lunch break.  Funny thing was, most of them looked at the cover, cocked their heads, and said, “Vampires?”  I was quick to correct their assumptions, but some of them still gave me a quizzical look when I tried to explain that it was about angels (not good guys) vs. chimaera (a.k.a. “monsters”).

Indeed, this book is very much more focused on the battle between the Seraphim and Chimaera.  The city of Loramendi lies in ashes, and it seems that the Chimaera have been all but extinguished.  Yet, hope may exist for the Chimaera in the form of a new resurrectionist. Continue reading

Mockingjay Trailer

So, apparently the official trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 has been released.  I didn’t even realize that it was coming out this fall.

I’m thinking that I might finally have to bite the bullet and read Mockingjay.  I originally read Hunger Games and Catching Fire back in 2012, so it’s been a while since I’ve visited this series.  I decided to not to read book three at the time since I kept hearing such massively mixed reviews on how it ended.

We’ll see if I can find time to read it (and get my hands on a copy without having to buy it) before the film is released.

Here’s the link if you’re interested – enjoy!

http://www.thehungergamesexclusive.com/intl/ca/ca-en/issue2/5

Hope Has Power: Review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone

"Wishes are false.  Hope is true.  Hope makes it's own magic."

“Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes it’s own magic.”

A few months ago I was at a retirement party for a former library coworker.  It was a prime opportunity to get suggestions for books to read, and so I took advantage of it.  One person recommended Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which she had just finished reading.  Apparently, her daughter’s school district was putting the book up for review – a parent had found it offensive and wanted it banned.

Oooh, a potentially controversial book?  I definitely wanted to check it out! Continue reading

Prince and the Pauper Meets Parallel World Travel: A Review of “Tandem”

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

I read Tandem as it was on a recommendation list for books similar to These Broken Stars.

Sasha, a mundane, modern-day Chicagoan, is hoodwinked by secret agent Thomas and whisked away to Aurora.  Aurora is a parallel world that greatly resembles Earth…except for the fact that the Aurora Borealis can be seen everywhere, every night, and the fact that North America is divided by the Mississippi into two kingdoms.  Instead of a united country, the United Commonwealth of Columbia and Farnham have been embroiled in bitter war for centuries.  It is hoped that an arranged marriage between each kingdom’s heir will unite everyone and put an end to the bloodshed. Continue reading

Review: These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars is a beautifully written story of survival and love.

After reading the cover blurb, I was expecting the story to read very much like the Titanic disaster.  While the starship that Lilac and Tarver are on is very reminiscent of the Titanic (class divisions, opulence, lifeboat-like escape pods), the rest of the story moves forward into uncharted territory and is not just a regurgitation of history.

Once off of the Icarus, Lilac and Tarver must together face an unknown planet and rely on each other to survive. Continue reading