Category: Fantasy


4 stars to Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Posted 24 February, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Darkness never dies. Alina and Mal are on the run. Hunted and haunted, but together at last, they can’t outrun Alina’s past or her destiny forever. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and he needs Alina to realise his dangerous plan. There are others who would like to use Alina’s gift too. And as her power grows, somehow, she must choose between her country, her power, and her love – or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

review:

Wow, and I thought Shadow and Bone was intense. The Darkling is as dark and deep as ever and Alina and Mal are on the run this time. They thought they could escape forever, though. They can’t.

It’s weird. I both like and hate the Darkling. His past is really vague and it’s like he’s evil just for the sake of it, but still, he’s a really intriguing character. He honestly thinks Alina is meant to be with him. But personally, I prefer Mal. Things get a bit rocky for their relationship but I can see things from her point of view. She thinks she’s going crazy, and to tell someone she loves is beyond frightening. She feels like if she says it out loud, it’ll be true.

I thought this book delved deeper in to the story line and I completely loved the new additions: Sturmhond. Holy crap, I love this dude! I mean, he turns out to be way more than first impressions show and in a way he is far more complex than anything I’d have imagined. I instantly liked him.

And there are others, like Tolya and Tamar, who become Alina’s guards. They’re fun and fresh, but also you can tell they have secrets.

There were so many twists and turns I couldn’t put this book down and I am bouncing with excitement for Ruin and Rising. It comes out later this year as far as I know. ūüôā

Kat

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YA BOOK RELEASES 2014

Posted 10 January, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Dystopian, Fantasy, Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

WELCOME TO 2014!

Once again we find ourselves in another year and more wonderful books to anticipate! Here is our list for the first half of the year  (January thru June) of books WE think you should check out!

JANUARY

  • 28th

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3) by Veronica Rossi

FEBRUARY

  • 4th

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Alienated (Alienated, #1) by Melissa Landers

Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

  • 13th

Vengeance (Fracture #2) by Megan Miranda

  • 25th

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott 

  • 27th

Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton

 

MARCH

  • 4th

Let the Storm Break (Let the Sky Fall, #2) by Shannon Messenger

Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess 

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Half Bad (Half Life Trilogy #1) by Sally Green 

Sing Sweet Nightingale (The Dream War Saga #1)

  • 11th

Ruins  by Dan Wells (USA release)

  • 18th

Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam 

APRIL

  • 1st

Illusion (Chronicles of Nick, #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  • 29th

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3) by Wendy Higgins (USA RELEASE)

The Taking (The Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting

MAY

  • 6th

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass 

  • 13th

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller 

  • 20th

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes 

Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

  • 22nd

Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Evil #3) by Wendy Higgins (UK RELEASE)

  • 27th

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

JUNE

  • 19th

Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo

We may add more as the weeks go by so make sure to keep checking back!

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4 stars to School’s Out – Forever by James Patterson

Posted 23 December, 2013 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Middle Grade, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of the “Flock”–Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel–are just like ordinary kids–only they have wings and can fly. It seems like a dream come true–except that they’re being hunted by half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” who can fly, too.

In Book 2 of the series, the Flock members are taken under the wing of an FBI agent and try to live “normal” lives by going to school, making friends–and continuing their relentless search for their parents. But the Erasers return, forcing the Flock to abandon their search and make their escape once again. The voice inside Max’s head keeps telling her that it’s up to her to save the world, but this is especially challenging to do when she is faced with her ultimate match: a newer and better version of herself, Maximum Ride II.

Review:

After the immense start of the Flock’s journey to freedom in The Angel Experiment, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the sequel.

As is it, I was impressed and somewhat enjoyed this more. There’s far more action, more drama, and plenty of funny moments.

I love Max and Fang mostly, but Nudge and Iggy I’m learning to like more. I’m not sure how I feel about the rest.

And although Ari is the bad guy, it’s annoying how he’s supposedly so “misunderstood”. At seven years old…I mean, he thinks by attacking and trapping Max, he can get her to LIKE him? Eh no. If anything, he’s making an idiot of himself. So Ari did get on my nerves a lot. But enough about him. How about the fact the Flock get to go to School? A real school, that is.

After an incident leaves Fang badly injured, the FBI find them and Anne, a pleasant yet sketchy (according to Max’s inner gut feeling) woman, is kind enough to let them stay with her, in exchange for information. Things become too peaceful, and of course, life is never peaceful for runaway bird kids, right?

Insert education, mischief and Erasers, and you have your self a disaster in the making. They discover answers to mysteries, and a cloned Max decides to take over the gang. Things are not going well.

There were a few editing errors, and annoyances, but over all it’s a cracking read and¬†I can’t wait to read the third book.

Kat

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5 stars to Over The Rainbow by Brian Rowe

Posted 8 October, 2013 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious.

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn‚Äôt know what‚Äôs happened, but she‚Äôs determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion, a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world’s population have mysteriously disappeared. But that’s only the beginning…

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.

 

Review:

OVER THE RAINBOW was a fantastic read! The heroine Zippy (short for Zipporah) had so many things to overcome both internally with her sexuality and externally with half the world’s population being replaced with dinosaurs. And still, she handled it all with her own special awkward charm and that adorable quick wit that made her character so endearing.

Zippy‚Äôs voice captured me from line one. ‚ÄúThis isn‚Äôt me.‚ÄĚ I could feel her conflict already. By the end of chapter one when she does something so crazy awesome in order to get away from her horrible father at the airport, I was totally invested.

I loved how the author made so many parallels to the Wizard of Oz. Zippy‚Äôs main goal and desire was so simple‚ÄĒmeet, in person, the girl she‚Äôd been talking to and fallen for online‚ÄĒbut everything that happened in between amped up the complexity. I was thrilled each time a new character was introduced, because I wanted to see how they compared to the scarecrow, tin-man, and cowardly lion. Absolutely brilliant.

Through the entire book I kept guessing how it would end, but with each new character that was introduced, my guesses changed. After all the injustice Zippy suffered, when she finally had to make a choice, she showed such grace and maturity.

This is a young adult read that should not be missed! The author pitched it as The Wizard of Oz meets Jurassic Park. Love that!! Also, this story was a Kickstarter project, which I thought was awesome! I wish I had known about it then, because I would have totally backed it!

The story can definitely standalone, but I really hope that Brian gives us more of Zippy and Mira’s adventure because they rocked!!

A few of my fave lines:

You’ve always been an ellipsis with a question mark at the end.
‚ÄúFreak out? Why would I freak out? There‚Äôs just a goddamned dinosaur on the car!‚ÄĚ
Life, if only for a moment, was perfect.

Karen

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4 stars to Heir of Night by Helen Lowe

Posted 18 August, 2013 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Middle Grade, Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

If Night falls, all fall . . .

In the far north of the world of Haarth lies the bitter mountain range known as the Wall of Night. Garrisoned by the Nine Houses of the Derai, the Wall is the final bastion between the peoples of Haarth and the Swarm of Dark–which the Derai have been fighting across worlds and time.

Malian, Heir to the House of Night, knows the history of her people: the unending war with the Darkswarm; the legendary heroes, blazing with long-lost power; the internal strife that has fractured the Derai’s former strength. But now the Darkswarm is rising again, and Malian’s destiny as Heir of Night is bound inextricably to both ancient legend and any future the Derai–or Haarth–may have

 

Review:

Warning this  review may get complicated. 

I have not read fantasy, true fantasy, for years. Not since Garth Nix’s Sabriel, etc. I was a little wary because for years I’ve been reading YA paranormal/supernatural/dystopian, and real fantasy is heavy. And wow did I get a shock. Definitely not a light read. This book needed concentration from start to finish, and despite being ill for part of the time, I took stock of the situation and battled through. Much like the characters in this story, I did not give in.

And I actually enjoyed this. I have to admit, although I can’t skip over anything, I don’t think every word sunk in. I tended to just “get the gist” because some of the language used was…well…fantasy. Oldy-worldy language that used in complex cases was a bit hard to take in. That’s not to say there weren’t chapters that sucked me in and made me not want to stop reading, because many of the intense, plotting scenes were so good. I found myself emerged in the world and could easily imagine it clearly in my head. Which is hard sometimes when it’s so…complex.

There are soooo many characters in this that deserve their own credit, because they each contribute their own part. There are the occasional guards that you see but don’t necessarily see, but they still have their own background. And for this part, I’m afraid I need to consult the book for names because wow the writer of this must have had fun coming up with them:

Malian and Kalan, two of my favourite teens that despite their age, are far more mature than most 16/17 yr olds in general YA books. They’ve had to grow up so fast, and they’re only 13. It was actually quite sad how much responsibility was on Malian’s shoulders; she didn’t want it. But as Heir of Night, she was duty bound, and not only that, she is…I guess you could say “the chosen one” to defeat the darkness and bring back peace.¬†Kalan I liked because he was a fairly unknown boy, and he was forced into something he probably still doesn’t understand, but he’s stuck by Malian, seeing past her title and supporting her through thick and thin. I wonder if they’ll fall in love….*wistful thoughts*

Nhairin and Asantir: two of the more prominent characters that will always stick with me. They had their battles, and they continued to fight. In the end Nhairin had issues, and she was one of those people I went back and forth on, wondering if she was good or bad. Asantir was strong, reliable, but determined. She took ¬†“crap from no-one” as you might say.

Haimyr the Golden was probably my favourite, of all the individual people, he was certainly the comic relief from all the tension and fear that shrouded the House of Night (not to be confused with the series by P.C Cast. ūüėõ ) and I got excited when he appeared on the page.

Jehane Mor & Tarathan: These two were Heralds of the Guild but so much more. I just….*fangirls*

Then you have the Earl of Night. What an ass.

Anyway, this book is, despite being not all that long but still quite heavy in content (I could not imagine reading Game of Thrones now, knowing it’s twice the length and double the complexity) it was certainly worth the read. The worlds…the land that was imagined and created…so detailed. I admire anyone who can do that and have it make sense (most of the time, although admittedly I did get a little lost on certain details). So much goes on, and I mean SO much. There’s always something coming and you’re holding your breath because you just don’t know…what! The difference with a lot of books I’ve read: there was no holding back on deaths. This might be about two young teenagers on an adventure, but so many lives are lost and some I did not see coming. The action is great, and the powers that some wield…just extraordinary.

So overall a great read, and I look forward to the sequel, whenever that may be. If you want to know more, I say buy it! It’s definitely worth it if you love made up lands, imaginative scenery, in-depth characters and a story come to life.

 

Kat

 

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