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review 2014-08-13 13:58
More of a Fangirl Squee! than a Review: The Crown of Embers
The Crown of Embers - Rae Carson

I haven't been this excited in a long time!

 

I'm not saying that this one is so much better than the first book, because they're both equally great. And the first half of this book that had to do with politics and such got a bit tedious even if it was necessary. And it took a while for the adventure and the story to progress.

But I loved this book so much more that I am officially so hooked it's not even funny!  The first book was good (excellent, even), but it just didn't seem to hit that "OMG! This is awesome stuff!" level.  Don't get me wrong.  I still loved it.  But after finishing this second book, just...  Let the excitement begin!

 

Of course, this second book wasn't all great.  The beginning was a little haphazard and I found myself wondering when the official story would finally start.  Just a bunch of attempted assassinations and greedy lords trying to get rid of the child queen for their own gain of power and greed.  A bunch of typical court conspiracies and issues--nothing to write home about.  

 

The latter half of the book, however, made up for everything that seemed to drag from the beginning of the book!

With some political court intrigue going on, a blooming angsty romance, old friends and new friends coming around, people vying for her throne, and a war with Invierne on the brink, I love that Elisa doesn't lose her head too much. Sure, she strikes out on a journey with only God and faith as her back-up, but Elisa comes out of this entire journey with ten-fold development and growth, and so much more kickass than she had been before (and she was pretty kickass to begin with)! And at the risk of giving away too much about this book, I really just LOVE the new and improved kickass Elisa who comes out of this chaotic mess of a journey!

 

Did I also mention that I love how Elisa's first priority isn't romance or boys?  I think I mentioned that in my review of the first book.  And food is still mentioned in much detail because it is a VERY important part of life!  

 

Also...  little Prince Rosario!  Hugs all around!

I'm already starting the next book. I want to know where the rest of the story leads.

And yes, this review is kind of short and rough, because, really, the first half of the book DID drag quite a bit, even if it was still enjoyable, so there isn't much to say about it. While the build-up might have been necessary, I found that I didn't care for it and was hoping to see Elisa and her entourage off on a journey soon. And when the journey started, I got excited and the rest just rolled on from there.

So yes, I do forgive this book's monotonous beginning because of the ending's appeal.

And now, onto the next book!

I... may or may not return and refine my review a little bit, but more than likely, I'll just put in all of my opinions at the end of the series.

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review 2014-05-20 18:09
Mosquitoes - Marc R. Soto, Steven Porter

Saw someone was reading this.  I really enjoyed this book so I have posted my review from 2012.  I love Spanish horror.

 

This novella is just another example of the tremendous horror stories (novels and films) being produced in Spain.

A completely original treatment of the vampire myth. I never once felt that I was treading on familiar territory. Lyrical yet savage; hypnotic and dream-like. Definitely of the Spanish horror style. Primal and deeply disturbing. I want to read more by this author.

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text 2013-10-05 01:37
Day 1 * 30 Day Book Challenge * Best book you read last year.

Well, this was extremely hard to pick just one, so I am going to go with the brand new author, Moriah Densley with her wonderful book, Song for Sophia.

I would give this a few more stars if I could! It was refreshingly different from anything I have read in a while.
This book made me laugh, made me cry and everything in between. The characters in this story were just wonderfully fleshed out that there was no hesitation in getting involved in the story.
Sophia was in big trouble, her heinous father ( I mean he was truly evil!!) was searching for her after she fled his home. He had whipped her and almost killed her after she fought off the man he sent in to rape her to get her pregnant. With help from her trusted solicitor and a family friend, he gets a housekeeping job at Wil, Lord Devon's estate.
Wil becomes obsessed with her ( but in a good, loving, adorable way)and the things he does to protect her... sigh...
This one is going on my second read worthy shelf! 

 Song For Sophia

2nd runners up by a hair:

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant

Where She Went by Gail Forman

ALL the books in The Spymasters series by Joanna Bourne

 

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review 2012-11-18 00:00
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

Wow..

Yeah.. Wow..

Its been a while since a book has made me cry this much..

Review tomorrow...

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The next day.

I have a feeling this book is going to be hard to review, because when I think back to what the story was about, it wasn’t anything special. Honestly, it really wasn’t. Which makes absolutely no sense at all, considering how much I cried while reading it.

And it wasn’t just a little crying at the end, no it was full blown bawling sobbing throughout the book.. I mean, throughout ALL of the book. According to my notes, it started at page 52, and then the tears didn’t stop before the book ended..

How crazy is that?! And how crazy indeed, when I then say that the story wasn’t anything “special”..

It’s about Harold Fry, a man who retired from work 6 months ago. He now stays at home with his wife of 47 years, Maureen.

We quickly learn that their marriage isn’t really all that good. They have “grown apart” as they say, and for so many reasons. They are still “together”, though more in spirit then in actual “together-together-ness.”

One day Harold gets a note from an old friend, Queenie, and he starts out on a walk that will change his life.

See.. That doesn’t sound so exciting right? It is though. For some reason, Harold sucks you right in, and after meeting him you can’t let him go. You don’t want to let him go. Trust me.

Harold walks away from the life he knows, away from the wife he knows, the only woman he has ever loved. Does he still love her? Does she even love him?

Harold and Maureen.. What’s there to say about those two. They were the ones who made me cry. Good God, how I cried.. Every time Harold thought of Maureen I cried, and every time Maureen thought of Harold I cried. And considering these two are the only people you “hear” from, yeah, I cried a lot. But I think we’ve established that by now..

I don’t know what it is about these two that made me cry this much though, and you can very well be reading this, after reading the book, and be all like: “Why the hell did this woman cry over this book? Its nothing special.” And you would be right. Because the actual story may not be “anything special” because really – it’s a 65 year old man –walking- but holy hell.. It’s amazing. It really is. And you should read it.. You really should..

Harold will stay with you long after you’ve finished this book.. Trust me.. I have an empty box of Kleenex to prove it..

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review 2012-09-19 00:00
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

Huh…

I’ve been sitting here looking at the screen for a couple of minutes, trying to start this review, and I don’t know how to do this..
I have a feeling this will end up being nothing that even resembles an actual review, but I will try. I promise..

So this is a book.. (Good start, right?) And it’s about Nick and his wife Amy. Nick is a writer who loses his job, and Amy is a writer who loses her job. They end up moving to Nick’s hometown, to take care of his mother who is ill..

Honestly, I can’t even write like this!!

This is one sick book! I mean.. I thought I had a freaky and kind of creepy mind!? This author though! How do you even think like this? How can anyone seriously make up this storyline? How is that even legal?

Husband and wife moving to take care of husbands ill mother?

Sounds like a sweet, comforting storyline, right?


Please! I mean.. PLEASE!

This is an insane book that will mindfuck you! There.. That’s the storyline..

You will be hooked so fast, its ridiculous actually. I remember looking at my kindle when I had read 9% and thinking: “9%?! Only 9 Goddamn %?! How can I survive 91% more of this?!”

Good news, people. I survived!


It hooks you. Why? Well, because of the mindfucking! That’s why!

This book is written from 2 POV’s. It changes from the husbands POV, to entries from the wife’s diary. And it’s insane! The things you read! The things that you get told, but then not enough, because, holy mother of sweet baby Jesus, you want more! You need more! After reading 9% I wanted to skip to the last chapter so I could get the ending.. I mean.. After 9%?!


The wife is missing.. Where is this sweet, loving wife? She’s been taken. She’s been kidnapped. The husband is missing his sweet, loving wife. We need her back!

But then all of sudden it’s enough. Tooo much freaking information!


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And the hunt for the kidnapper is on!

But.. No.. He didn’t.. Seriously? [insert hate] Fuck.. She? Nooooo…

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So ok, yes, I admit it, there might be personal reasons to why this book made me have these intense feelings while reading, but I know I’m not the only one, with these personal reasons, so I wonder how many of the thousands of other readers, freaked like me.. How many of the other readers hated the husband just like me? Because I did. Oh god, I so did. And I still do. Why do I not hate the wife?! I’m such an awful person.

The ending is perfect, and not at all what I had feared. The ending is so insane that I hadn’t even thought of it, but seriously? So fucking perfect!

If there hadn’t been so much ‘summing up’ in the last couple of chapters, it would have been 5 stars for sure..

Let me end with a quote from the book..

“Love should require both partners to be their very best at all times. Unconditional love is an undisciplined love…”

Amy.. Umm... Yeah..

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