Category: Paranormal


Review: 4 stars to Midnight Bites by Rachel Caine #bookbloggers #Morganville

Posted 15 June, 2016 by katheryn13 in Funny, Mature, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 1 Comment

MIDNIGHT BITES, the new Morganville Vampires short story anthology! It will bring together almost everything that I’ve written in short form about Morganville … though I did leave out some of the original “diary” entries that appeared on an earlier version of the Morganville website, simply because they were just scenes and not stories, and were generally really short snippets. This is all short fiction, and it’s been carefully organized into the timeline, so you can read from the earliest adventures (some of which belong to vampires) all the way through some post-Daylighters goodies.

MIDNIGHT BITES includes a total of more than 50,000 words of brand new content, which makes me very happy indeed (and I hope will also make you happy, too). From stories featuring our favorite bunny-slipper-wearing mad scientist to a mystery solved by police chief Hannah Moses, I think you’ll find this is a diverse group of stories that will shine a little more light in the murkiest corners of Morganville.

Review:
As a fan of Morganville Vampires from the beginning, I was so so happy when this collection of short stories was announced. I can’t say I read short stories often, mostly because they’re usually in ebook form. SO this was lovely!
I’ll admit, I didn’t read every single story in this, but I only missed about 3, maybe 4, and that was because they were from character’s pov’s I’m not too keen on. The rest, however, I scoffed up and indulged. I love Myrnin and Shane. I’d missed them so much, and to have them back in my life again, even for such a short amount of time was pure bliss. 
I won’t spoil what these are about, but there also one story about Michael where he gets…what one can only describe as one hell of a buzz from canned blood. It made me cackle so hard! 
The stories from Eve’s POV were fun, as she was a great character we didn’t see quite as much of in the novels. 
Now, if I had one complaint about this book, it’s minimal, but it’s this: I realise this was edited for the UK audience, BUT, It is weird to have words like ‘mom’ changed to ‘mum’. It’s fair enough changing words to have a ‘u’ in them, like ‘favourite’, because that often happens, but in my opinion, if the character is American, have them use American words. I mean, there were words like ‘petrol station’ which I KNOW would never be used in the novels. I don’t know what happened in editing, but this just kinda bugged me. 
Anyway, besides that, I loved how many stories were included, as it was far more than I expected. Having them so short was helpful in me finishing it faster, too, so yay! I will always love Morganville, and I hope, maybe someday, that Rachel goes back to it for something else. Perhaps a Myrnin spin off? Who knows. 
Thank you for giving us this treat, anyway! 🙂
-Kat
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Review: 4 stars to Vicious by V.E. Schwab #Adult #Superpowers

Posted 28 May, 2016 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Espionage, Mature, Mystery, Paranormal, Reviews, Supernatural / 0 Comments

four-stars
A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers. Victor and Eli started out as college roommates?brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognised the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find?aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge?but who will be left alive at the end? In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
Review:
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I’ll admit, I’d not read anything of V.E. Schwab’s before Vicious and I had heard wonderful things about it. I knew it was an adult book, but I didn’t expect the back and forth “flashbacks” as it were, with the characters Victor and Eli. It helped me, because I think if it had been purely “adult” I might have struggled. I don’t know. It usually has nothing to do with the writing style, but more because I generally PREFER YA. 
In any case, Vicious was a great tale of super heroes gone rogue. Or something like that. Eli and Victor didn’t always start out as enemies, but something happened when they both took on an experiment. How were EO’s (ExtraOrdinaries) created? Were they born or made to become through death? It was truly fascinating the research that went into this on the characters behalf. Please humour me, it felt like Victor and Eli were REAL. It’s such a thrill to find a book that does that to me. To make me so invested in the characters lives. I don’t usually like superhero stories, either. Not like this, anyway. It had an element of ‘Steelheart’ by Brandon Sanderson to me, but at the same time, the story was SO much better than that. 
I had liked Eli and first, but then after a while he started getting a bit too…I wanna say preachy? I think my non-religious mind was getting too “eye-rolly” of his attitude. The whole “He made me like this for a reason.” nonsense. Um…no. Sorry but that got annoying. He did nothing. YOU did this. Anyway, my ranting apart, it was nice to have a bad character have their reasons, as opposed to just being ‘evil’. He thought HE was the hero of his own story, and he really wasn’t. Neither, admittedly, was Victor. They both had their reasons for doing what they did, and it intrigued me. At one point I was getting restless, I just wanted to know what was going to happen. But I didn’t want to skip any pages. I was HOOKED!
Sydney and Serena were like opposite ends of the pole. I instantly became attached to Sydney. I felt for her on every level, I understood her (though not from personal experience, but because she was so well written) and I stuck by her when her sister, Serena, became someone to be feared.
Serena irritated me. She seemed to think she was the exception and though she apparently hated her power, and wanted people to fight back, she still continued to do bad things. It bugged me to no end. 
Every other character was so…well done. Mitch was a person I didn’t expect to like so much, but like with the others, he made a mark. Same with the investigators. They all became important to this story. I was left stunned at the ending. I was like “What? That’s it? No!” Because of how it ended, I thought there might be a sequel. I thought this WAS a series, or something. 
Anyway, I am so glad I gave this book a shot. I think it’ll be one to reread in the future. I give this 4 stars. 1 star knocked off because of the irritating Eli and Serena. Everything else was perfect. 🙂
-Kat
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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough

Posted 22 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Top Ten Tuesday / 1 Comment

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s task is to list Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While. There are a number of books I’ve read over the years that I just don’t talk about because, well, I just don’t know.

So most of these are actually book series, so I’m counting each one as a single book because otherwise we’d be here forever, ‘kay?

In no particular order.

1)  The Darren Shan Saga by Darren Shan: Many years ago, during my reign of reading about vampires and such, I came across a series (actually, I came across the film first, but that’s beside the point) called the Darren Shan saga. After seeing The Vampire’s Assistant movie (which I loved! I don’t know why it got slated so much. Sure, it wasn’t like the books, but at least the script was good! And oh yes, JOSH HUTCHERSON was in it! Not to mention the cute guy who played Darren – Chris Massoglia!) I decided to pick up the books and that was when my obsession with all things Darren Shan began. I haven’t read them in a while, because since I took up blogging and got more immersed in the book world, I’ve had other things to concentrate on BUT I fell in love with the Darren Shan world and I went to all the signings/events the author did locally (and some not so locally) and it remains to this day one of my all time favourite series.


 

 

2)  Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter: The Gallagher Girls series was one of the first proper teen contemporaries I ever got into. The whole spy school thing was new to me and I loved it, more because, although they were younger at the beginning of the series, it wasn’t too complicated or high strung as a lot of contemps can be on occasion. Cammie Morgan was, despite being the daughter of the headmistress and a very good spy, was also very relatable. To me, at least. She excelled at blending in, disappearing into the background and that made it easy to snoop around the school, finding secret doors and hideaways when no one was looking. I admired that about her. Not to mention she was funny. There’s also bits of romance, too. The series has everything, really.


 

 

3) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I need to reread this. It would be my third time. I could probably reread this over and over and over and over and over…and over again, because it will never get old or boring or stop being the romantic beast it really is. I don’t know what else to say other than I love it. 🙂

 

 


 

4) Vampire Queen series by Rebecca Maizel: Not your usual vampire story. There was a romance, yeah, but it never felt like the sole focus. This was one series that I thought was going to end at 2. And then a couple years later…there’s a 3rd book. It’s such a well written story without all the love triangles or cheesy lines that a lot of vampire novels have, or had, because they seem to be dwindling down in quantity these days.

 


 

 

5) The Demon Trappers by Jana Oliver: Again, a series I read a few years ago and keep meaning to reread. This series was different in the sense that there weren’t any vampires, but there were plenty of demons. When Riley Blackthorne’s father dies, she has more to worry about than just ordinary life, making sure she has a roof  over her head. She goes on a vengeance mission to find the demon that killed him. I mean, damn girl. She really kicks ass. Also, this isn’t just a demon story. There’s a whole war with Heaven and Hell, and Riley is the one to tip the balance, and it’s like holy crap! I miss this series and I implore you to try it! It’s like…Supernatural, except the lead is a teenage girl. 🙂 Oh, and there’s Beck. He’s lush! 😀

 


 

6) Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick: Hey now, don’t go rolling your eyes! This series is great and nothing anyone can say will change my mind. It’s been a while, but I still love it. I have read Hush Hush (the first book) maybe 3 times? I think so. Sure, it has its predictable moments (well, it would when you reread it but..) and it’s not entirely the best written, BUT It’s got great characters, and PATCH! NORA! SCOTT! I mean, how can you not love this? *taps mic* Hello? Is this thing on?

 

 


 

7) Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent: I love love love this series and I fully intend on rereading them soon. I will put aside a whole month just to reread all these series, I’m telling you. It kind of makes me sad that I haven’t found another series like this since. Also, Banshees! Ghosts! Hot guys and hot girls, intrigue, and danger…everything I love in a book. Eh eh!

 

 


 

8) Vampire Academy/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: Vampire Academy was one of those series I read during my ‘Twilight’ years, and though it has been a while, I remember how much I loved them. I have reread the first book multiple times and Bloodlines…how can I not devote numerous hearts to that series? Adrian. Forever my true love. (Yes, Will, you’re my love as well! Herondales! pssh)

 


 

 

9) Evernight series by Claudia Grey: Remember back in the good old days when there were all these amazing book series out and they were just truly awesome? ME TOO! Man, I miss those days. Yeah, sure, there have been brilliant series SINCE, but none that really match up to them. All the good series seem to have ended in 2013/early 2014, with the exception to one or two. But these days it’s all hit and miss. Evernight was one of my favourite, and it will always be. Boarding school? check! Gothic feel to it? Check! `Charming guys? CHECK! Kick ass lead? double check. And then you have the ghosts, ghouls, vampires, all sorts just roaming around ready to kill you at a seconds notice. I devoured this series and again: MUST. REREAD. Dammit!

 


 

10) Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson: This book was one that got me into the whole sci-fi range, I’m pretty sure. See, at first you think it’s just about a girl who ends up in a mental hospital because of issues, but then you realise no…wait…there’s more to this than meets the eye. It’s not just about her, it’s actually more about her therapist, or the guy claiming to be, anyway. Also, the whole synesthesia thing is REAL, it’s not like the author made it up, which is what appealed to me, it got me interested in how it works. It drew me in and didn’t spit me out until it had done with me. I love this book. I LOVE IT! And then we had to wait forever for a sequel and I loved that. There’s plenty of mystery, too, which just added the icing. 🙂

 


 

So there you have it. This has made me so nostalgic and longing to reread them all. Dammit! I hope you’ve enjoyed this, and maybe got some new books to put on your TBR? 😛 Tell me what books you haven’t thought about/talked about in a while?

Kat xx

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Bout of Books 15 | Day 5

Posted 9 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Middle Grade, Paranormal, Reading Challenges, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

Day 5

January 8th
Book I’m reading: The House of Hades, book 4 in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.
Well, let’s just say I struggled to find something else to read. I worried that maybe I’d burned myself out. I tried Artemis Fowl, I tried a book I was sent by the lovely Penguin Random House, I thought I’d try Red Rising, too, but to no avail. I even tried The Demon’s Lexicon, but in the end I decided to go back to those adorable Demigods.
Pages read: Of the House of Hades book? 66. Of books I tried altogether? Probably 100 or so.
Sigh. It’s such a struggle.
Let’s hope Day 6 is better.
-Kat
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November Book Haul | Books, books, all the books.

Posted 29 November, 2015 by katheryn13 in Audiobooks, Book Promo, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Steampunk, YA / 0 Comments

 

Usually I’d do a video for this, but iMovie has been acting up and I don’t have the patience to keep trying. Sigh. So here we go, a list of the books I got throughout November. 

 

13 DAYS OF MIDNIGHT by Leo Hunt

I liked the look of this, mostly because, yes, it was in the buy one get one half price offer at Waterstones. I have tried it already, but it reads a bit…basic? I don’t know. That’s not always a bad thing,  but I guess I need to be in the right mood for it. The cover is interesting, though. 

Design K

 

FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

I don’t know what pulled me to this. Was it the cover? Probably. The premise? Yeah, of course. I mean, both things are attractive. Mostly the cover, though. Sigh. David Iserson is one of the writers for New Girl. You’d think this would mean it’d be hilarious. I really hope so. I have read mixed reviews, but who knows. 

 

Design K

A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray

I’ve been following Libba on twitter for a while and I’ve heard such good things about her work, I felt I needed to try and read some. The cover drew me in, and then the premise sounds like…The Infernal Devices in terms of setting. I like the sound of it. 🙂

 

 

 

Design K

 

ALL WRAPPED UP (Geek Girl 1.5) by Holly Smale

I have loved the other Geek Girl books and so when I found out this was going to be published, I mean PRINTED published, I was all over it. It’s not often a novella gets PRINTED! And in HARDBACK! DUDE! I needed more Christmassy books and this is great! I will read this nearer Christmas time. Definitely. (Though I objected to being charged £10 when everywhere else was £5. -.- Damn you Waterstones! lol though at least I got a stamp. ^_^ )

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And last but not least, I got a couple of adult colouring books. Not that it really matters, I mean, why call them adult ones? You’re still colouring in…like a child. lol. In any case, the ones I got are BEAUTIFUL!

Don’t these look gorgeous? The pictures inside are even better. Personally my favourite is the Alice in Wonderland one, because OH MY GOD, I just can’t handle the beauty of those illustrations. Now, if I did a video, I’d be showing you the inside, but since that would involve taking pictures now, I just can’t be bothered. Sorry. I’m such a bad blogger. lol. 

So that’s it for the BOUGHT section, I’ll now tell you about what I got from the library.

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

Unforgiven by Lauren Kate

Soundless by Richelle Mead

and two that I’ve had out multiple times and still haven’t been able to get into them but am reluctant to give up:

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare/Sarah Rees Brennan/Maureen Johnson -It’s the cover of this that always puts me off. WHY PUT THE ACTOR WHO PLAYED MAGNUS IN THE MOVIE ON THE COVER WHEN UGHHHHHHHH NO HE WASN’T ONE I LIKED AND IT’S SO OFF PUTTING! But I’ll keep trying.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. – This one has been driving me CRAZY! I have tried this like…5 times. I just can’t get into it, and the idea of androids, not to mention she’s in some part of Asia…I know that sounds weird, but we all have our preferences. And this isn’t one of mine. BUT, because so MANY of you keep going on about how good Winter (the final in the series) and how big it is and (i have a fondness for big books) it’s just making me want to read it, but I can’t read Winter (apparently) unless I’ve read the others. Sigh. So here I go again. I gave away the free copy I got at SDCC this year. Typical. Maybe I’ll skip chapter one this time. Some books start off in the middle of a scene and that’s something that often hinders me. 

So there ya have it. My very bulky collection of books that I don’t know WHERE I’m going to find the time to read them. 

Oh, currently reading:

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

and trying for the second (maybe third?) time, Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch, this time by audiobook. Which is actually a lot  better than I expected. I dug around for a good narrator, which helps. 

I hope you’ve liked my vast array of choices and let me know if there’s anything on this list that you’ve read (and if you did or didn’t like it) or that you’d like to read. 

As for my NaNo progress: I’m 27k in and 2 days left. I’m just hoping I’ll reach 30k by end of Monday (tomorrow!) and call it quits (hahah no!) mostly I’ll keep going until December 24th and HOPEFULLY I’ll have found an ending. 🙂

Edit: I also got on audible: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion, and The Diviners by Libba Bray,

-Kat

 

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#Review & #Giveaway: It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt #ARC @yaboundtourspr @sjSchmitt

Posted 9 October, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Funny, Giveaways, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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its a wonderful death bigIt’s a Wonderful Death

by Sarah J. Schmitt 

Release Date: 10/2015

Sky Pony Press

320 pages

Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.

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I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t sway my opinion of the book.

I am averse to death. Anything related to dying, not being alive, anything…I tend to try and avoid it. If people die, I go to that place called De Nile. No, really. I do. But what attracted me to It’s A Wonderful Death? If I’m honest, the cover. I started with the cover, and then I read the synopsis. I thought it was going to be funny, and in some aspects it was. Okay, I’ll break it down for you.

What I liked:

I thought RJ was a tough character and she knew what she wanted. Stubbornness was her strength but also her wit was never-ending. She refused to let someone take what was rightfully hers away without a fight, and I admired that. She didn’t take things too seriously and that made the story read that much easier. I liked her voice and I could get into the story. The reapers, the Angels, the people in charge of helping RJ on her first visit to ‘Limbo’, were all interesting and I found I could have read about them for far longer than I did. I particularly liked ‘Death Himself’ and imagining him wearing Bermuda shorts…lol. He was completely at odds to what I’m used to seeing/reading in other stories.

The pacing was well, and writing style made it flow and considering I’m not a big ebook reader, I felt relaxed. There was a lot of philosophical jargon within this and I did find myself rolling my eyes a lot, but that just added to the non seriousness of it.

Okay, Now onto what I didn’t like.

Well, not so much didn’t like, but what kind took me out of the story and had me rating this 3 and a half stars overall.

Number one, though I liked RJ, I also found her, at times, highly annoying and dare I say it? Two dimensional. (Whatever that means.) There wasn’t much to her, besides snark and the points I made above..

There were a few points where consistency ran a little thin, and I found myself muttering things like “wait, what? *scrolls back pages* That didn’t happen…” or “That makes no sense.” and mistakes like mentioning ‘he said this’ when I would look back and it would be a she. I know, silly things, but there were enough that it bugged me. The biggest disappointment to me was the ending, however, and I had really hoped everything would work out in my favour. But it didn’t, and more than anything, it was annoying. I felt for sure that pretty much half the story was working towards something far better than what we got. That’s not to say it didn’t end on a somewhat happy note, because it did, and I couldn’t help but chuckle a bit when familiar characters reappeared.

There was a point when it got a little too…religious? I guess, for me. I’m not, at all, and I went into this thinking it was going to be lighthearted, full of humour and just…fun. And mostly it was, but there was one scene where it got…I don’t wanna say it…overly pretentious. Maybe because I’m not like these people, that’s probably it. But I’m pretty sure others love it, and that’s great. Go you! I didn’t NOT like this book and I’d recommend it because it is in fact a fun read, but like with some books, there are things that nag you and make it not as great as you wanted, and that’s, sadly, what happened here. Still, damn, I’m impressed I got the ebook read in plenty time to write this review. Haha. That, in itself, says a lot. 🙂

Sarah J. SchmittSarah J. Schmitt is a K-8 school librarian and Youth Service Professional for Teens at a public library who, in addition to planning a variety of events, enjoys opening up the world of books to reluctant readers. She runs a teen writing program that combines Skype visits from well-known authors and screenwriters and critique group style feedback.

Prior to immersing herself in the world of the written word, Sarah earned her Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from Indiana University where she worked with first year college students as they acclimated to college life. Sarah lives outside of Indianapolis with her husband, two kidlets and a cat who might actually be a secret agent. She is an active member of SCBWI, ALA and the Indiana Library Federation and is a regular participant at the Midwest Writer’s Workshop. Her debut novel, IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH, comes out Fall 2015 from Sky Pony Press.

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#Review: 4 stars to Graceling by Kristin Cashore #YA #Fantasy

Posted 30 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Deadly Grace

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace–or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away..

Beware of spoilers!

Review: 

 It took me some time to fully get into this story. The first couple of chapters, to me, were full of info–dumping. I was confused, lost, on who was who and what King belonged to what land, etc etc. So it was a nice surprise, once that had passed, to get stuck in and enjoy it. 

Katsa is a very strong character, but at times I thought overly so. She needed to stop being so self-reliant sometimes because it was very annoying. So what if she had help from someone? Or had someone to protect her? Stop being so stubborn! 

In any case, she grew on me, and I found I could tolerate her more. I loved Po, too, and how he seemed to be her equal in most things. He balanced out her annoyances and I thought their relationship was inevitable, sweet, and slow burning, which made it even more interesting. Given that she was always “me woman. me need no man” in her behaviour, I found it funny when she ended up changing her perspective on things.

When she cut her hair, however, I nearly had to throw the book away. It completely tore me away from the character, the story, and had little to do with her action and more because of my dislike for boy hair cuts on girls, and ruined the image of her in my head. So basically, I had to reimagine her, though I chose at times to ignore it. I just had her with a pixie cut and not…what she had. *shudder*

Another slight annoyance I had with the book is how many times they’d say “Well,” at the beginning of a sentence/dialogue. Oh my god! I was ready to throttle someone. I know it was the author’s choice to have that as a story trait, but holy crap, I was getting infuriated. haha. But yeah, eventually I noticed it not happening so much and I calmed down.

I loved the world building, the scenery, the camping! If I could camp even a quarter as well as Katsa can, then I’d be well on my way to being awesome. She could do everything! I mean, it was unreal. Catching fish with her barehands, scaling snowed over mountains with a person on her back in  freezing temperatures?! Okay so there were moments where I suspected of plot holes, as bits were not plausible, but I guess that’s the fun of story telling. It’s not reality and can be twisted. 

I’m disappointed that the companion to this isn’t about Katsa. I’ve never been much of a fan of companion novels for this reason: it’s rarely from a POV I like.

I rated this four stars because it deserved it, despite the irritations I had. I really didn’t like Leck *shudders* and his Grace was awful. I could really imagine how terrifying it would be. The Graces for others were interesting, and I like how it’s just personal traits in real life, but exaggerated. Except for the being able to hear thoughts. That’s one I’d like to have. So yeah, if you haven’t already read Graceling, I recommend it. 🙂

-Kat

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Video Review: 5 stars to An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Posted 7 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA / 1 Comment

Here I am again, bringing you a new video. I won’t be doing these all the time, thank god. I can’t bear to keep editing myself ALL THE TIME. Yikes! Anyway, sorry it’s not the greatest quality. It seemed better when I was editing. Sigh. 🙂

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My USA trip + San Diego Comic Con #BookHaul

Posted 21 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Mystery, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

 

Welcome, welcome. So it’s been a few weeks. Can’t believe it’s gone so quickly. Bah! Feels like just last week I was posting about going away. Anyway, here I am. I have LOTS of new books I can’t wait to show you. For this, I decided to do a video as writing it all would kill my hands. 

Enjoy 😀

p.s. Still getting the hang of editing so please excuse any hiccups along the way. 

 

 

Funnily enough, as soon as I’d finished all the recording, my mum came home with more packages and two books I’d forgotten I’d ordered. Those were:

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by  Laini Taylor.

So there you have it, I am officially bogged down with books. HA. As if that’s even a bad thing. As I said in the video, I’d love to know what books you’re looking forward to reading or have read, whether I mentioned it or not. 

The giveaway will be announced officially on Thursday so keep an eye out because there are more than just 2 books going.  Why yes, I am feeling generous.

And have a good Tuesday, wherever you are. 🙂

Kat

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