|In no particular order here are my favorite books read in 2011:|
|Three years after the curse on Lumatere was lifted, Froi has found his home... Or so he believes... Fiercely loyal to the Queen and Finnikin, Froi has been trained roughly and lovingly by the Guard sworn to protect the royal family, and has learned to control his quick temper. But when he is sent on a secretive mission to the kingdom of Charyn, nothing could have prepared him for what he finds. Here he encounters a damaged people who are not who they seem, and must unravel both the dark bonds of kinship and the mysteries of a half-mad Princess. And in this barren and mysterious place, he will discover that there is a song sleeping in his blood, and though Froi would rather not, the time has come to listen.|
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed. Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy! All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone.
Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do?
Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.
First off I find it extremely intriguing that the author wrote this novel while spending time in prison. That such a compelling and awesome novel could be made in such a negative space is amazing. I love an epic fantasy novel and this was no exception. From the very start you are thrown into an adventure that gets more exciting and detailed as the book goes on. As with a lot of fantasy novels this has plenty of magic, elves, dwarves, and dragons. There are several main characters and while they are all different they each have different sides to them that pull you in. The battles and injuries are very detailed and at times while reading I found myself feeling strongly about a death of a character I connected with. I really liked that while this was a semi-long novel it came to a great conclusion while leaving the story open for another novel. I can't wait to read the next one and see how the story continues. I definitely recommend this to those who love fantasy novels and epic tales.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life...
Only one word can possibly describe this book, Amazing. This might be my favorite Maria V. Snyder novel yet. This novel is a perfect blend of action and adventure and romance. Avry is a likeable character from the very start of the book. She's strong, independent and doesn't take no for an answer. I love the fact that Avry does what she wants to do no matter the consequences. The characters she encounters throughout the novel are extremely interesting and compelling. I loved the relationship between Avry and Kerrick as it wasn't typical and it has a lot of conflicting and rocky moments. Even though Avry's power as a healer isn't what I would typically feel is a strong one for a heroine, she makes it her strength and I was definitely impressed by that. A lot of questions are answered in this novel but there are a few left unanswered in the end that leave me anticipating the continuation of Avry's story. This novel is a must read and I can't wait to read the next one!
Monday, December 26, 2011
Release date: January 10th, 2012
This book would have had a lot of promise to be a great and enjoyable novel if the main character hadn't been such an idiot. Eden is extremely self-deprecating and willing to do anything to get the attention of a guy. Throughout the novel she makes one bad decision after another and its like she never learns from her mistakes.I can't say I enjoyed this novel but I read through it to see if Eden gets better or more interesting. She didn't. I liked the fact that this novel showed prejudice from a different point of view and I guess I have to take that into consideration when I think about Eden's personality flaws. At the same time there were quite a few things in the novel that just didn't add up to me like the fact that most people didn't go outside because it was supposed to be dangerous but then all of a sudden Eden is outside all the time with no consequences. I can't say I recommend this novel since I really didn't enjoy it but I guess I'll still read the next one when it comes out to see if it improves.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.
When the answer comes, it's not one she expects.
Welcome to the Abarat.
Well this book was definitely more entertaining than I thought it would be. Candy Quackenbush is a character who wants to get out of her small town and not end up like everyone else there. She has a mind for adventure and is always searching for something different and exciting. Eventually she ends up having a wild chase with a monstrous man and helping another with eight heads. Then she ends up in Abarat. Abarat is a place full of adventure and you never know quite what to expect. It is a completely different world from the one that Candy grew up in. I really liked Candy as a character because of her fearlessness and readiness to explore a new world. The world of Abarat was wonderfully created and brings a lot more to the imagination. I really think this was a great fantasy novel and I can't wait to see where Candy's adventures take her next. I definitely recommend this to those who like an amusing and fun fantasy novel.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Reychel knows her gift of prophecy will lead to madness and now she is at her most vulnerable. The enemy army will attempt to sever her from everything she's ever known: her homeland, her friends, Mark, and her gift. Even at her weakest, she refuses to give up on her desire to end the war between the Malborn and the Serenians. Reychel would do anything, even come back from the dead, to conquer the enemy and reunite with Mark.
This novel was a little more exciting than the other two in the series and had a wonderful ending.There were a lot of surprises and twists in the storyline and we also see the return of a few familiar characters. I enjoyed this novel more because Reychel was a stronger and more confident character. Megg Jensen writes shorter novels than I normally read but she is great at making a story come alive. I liked the fact that things progress quickly in the novel even though it can seem too fast at times. This is a series that is worth reading especially when you're looking for a quick exciting novel to finish.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
What can I say about this novel? When this series first started I loved it. It was fresh, new and exciting. By the time this book rolled around the series has gotten drawn out and boring. There is so much random things going on that the book just doesn't seem that interesting anymore. Schuyler was such a great character in the first book but it seems she's lost that spark that connected me to her as a character. I feel like most of the questions brought up in the book weren't answered at all. The only parts I really liked were when the focus was on Mimi and Oliver. Their adventure to find Kingsley was interesting and fun. Basically for this series I can only hope the next book picks things back up or just comes to an end..
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A crazy and amazing ending to a great series! I have loved all 4 novels in this series so far and the 5th one was no exception. It was extremely bittersweet when this series came to an end for me. So many things happened to Alex since the first novel and its amazing to watch his transformation physically and mentally. I loved that everything was finally explained and all the mysteries were cleared up. Alfred Furnace is a total badass but there is a reason behind his madness. I loved the fact that I was not able to predict a moment of this book because the characters kept doing the unexpected. This novel is extremely gory and descriptive so it does not disappoint.I definitely recommend this novel to those who have read this whole series. It is an extremely worthy finale.
Monday, December 12, 2011
If you know me you know there is nothing I love more than my Nook Color. It's the perfect device for reading your favorite book or magazine and now for watching your favorite movie! There are also games and other apps you can download if you want other options besides reading. Today an update to version 1.4.1 was released which now gives access to Netflix! The NOOK Color Ver 1.4.1 update contains new features and enhancements, including:
- Access to popular movies and TV shows streamed through Netflix
- NOOK Comics™ including the largest collection of Marvel graphic novels - with vivid colors & rich images, the action nearly jumps off the page. Your issues always in perfect condition to enjoy again & again.
- PagePerfect™ NOOK Books™ - a whole new category of NOOK Books carefully crafted to keep the precision and beauty of their stunning print versions. Zoom in on pictures, and fluidly scroll through pages of beautiful cookbooks, art books, and more.
- Over 100 enhancements, including reading NOOK Books in portrait and landscape modes, direct look-up of words in the built-in dictionary, increased font size selection, and more.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The second book in this trilogy, Oubliette is another short novel. A lot more action and betrayal forms the majority of this book. Reychel's journey to discover and figure out her gift is difficult. Reychel also has to learn that not everyone can be trusted. A couple of new characters are introduced in this book and we see the return of a few favorites. I enjoyed that there was so much mystery in this book that I was never really sure what would happen next. The ending just increased my anticipation to hurry up and get through the last book. I definitely recommend this if you love fantasy fiction novels.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Sheltered from the outside world with no hope for escape, slave girl Reychel dreads her fifteenth birthday - when her master’s symbol is burned on the back of her bald scalp. Her best friend disappears the night before, leaving her to face the branding ceremony alone. She soon discovers nothing is as it seems when people desperate for freedom beg for Reychel's help. Can Reychel learn to believe in herself?
Well this novel was a quick read. I really thought it was 500 pages because for some reason it showed up on my nook color that way and it was a bit disappointing to discover it was actually way less. Nevertheless this was an interesting book. There is slavery and violence and magic all mixed together to create an awesome adventure. I don't feel like I got to know Reychel deeply as a character since the book went quickly. However, from what I did read, Reychel seems to be on her way to developing into a great heroine. I really liked the drama and secrets in the book that kept me reading and interested until the end. Sometimes it was frustrating to read but in a good way because I wanted to know exactly what was going on. However, there are quite a bit of unexpected twists in the end that are worth figuring out. This is the first book in the series so I can only hope for improvement in the next one. I recommend this book to everyone who loves a fast paced fantasy fiction novel.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Once again I'm disappointed. It was such a chore to read a repeat of the first novel in the series. So many things were just repeated over and over again it was annoying. Gwen did not improve as a character either. She is so self-pitying and desperate for attention that its depressing. And the Reaper was extremely obvious to figure out without thought. The only thing that saves this novel, barely, is Gwen's romance with Logan. I wanted to see Gwen get the guy but her insecurities made it hard to enjoy. The last part of the book was more fast paced with a lot of new information that was revealed. That peaked a little of my interest in what the next novel may be about. This series isn't terrible but for someone who has read as much books as I have it may be a bit tedious. I don't want to recommend reading this unless you just have some time to kill.
Monday, December 5, 2011
My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .
After reading this book I definitely have a love/hate relationship with it. I love mythology so I also love books based on ancient mythology. This book definitely had a lot of potential. Its not a bad book but I can't say it was exceptional either. Gwen Frost is a likable character when she's not pitying herself or repeating the same annoying phrases often. If I had to read "Logan freaking Quinn" one more time I probably would have stopped reading out of frustration. There seems to be a lot and I do mean a lot of repetition in this book. However, I do like the concept and the underlying story in the book. There is quite a bit of action, a hot guy, and magic which always makes me happy. I think that Gwen as a character still has some growing to do that I'm hoping to discover in the next novel in this series. I recommend this book for a quick read if you like mythology and magic.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
This was a wonderfully refreshing dystopian novel. Day and June are both likable and interesting narrators. Day is the "bad boy" of the book, a renegade causing trouble for the Republic. June is of course the "good girl" but with a rebellious streak. Both Day and June are strong characters who would do anything for the people they love. I love the dystopian world the author created here but I wish there had been more of a back story and explanation to how it got that way. The story was extremely fast paced and hinted that all might not be what the Republic says it is.There are a lot of underhanded things going on in that society but the full scope of what it all means I guess will be saved for the next book. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that the story seemed too short. I wish there had been ore to it but like I said, that will probably be saved for the next book. I definitely recommend this book especially if you love dystopian fiction.
Friday, December 2, 2011
This book seemed to have a lot of potential but I have to say it was extremely tedious to get through. I found that things seemed to be a bit disjointed at times. I felt like the story just dragged on and took too long to come to any sort of climax. Digger is an interesting main character but I can't say that she was a really likable one. I did like unraveling the secrets and mysteries that everyone around Digger was hiding. There wasn't any real romance I guess because Digger's lover died so closely, but it didn't have a big impact on the story. I think that this story just needed to be developed a bit more then it could have been an excellent novel. All in all I would not recommend this book to pass time unless you have absolutely nothing else to read.