Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Title: The Endless Knight
Author: Kreley Cole
Series: The Arcana Chronicles, book 2
Narrated by: Emma Galvin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
“Evie has her full powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. Teens reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle for mankind. She must trust new allies against other Arcana, Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals. But she's also drawn to Death, the Endless Knight, who shares history with the Empress. She can't remember; he can't forget.”
The Endless Knight is the second book in The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. Emma Galvin narrates this audiobook.
First let me tell you that The Endless Knight shouldn’t be read as a stand alone, to get the full effect of the story you need to read Poison Princess first.
Evie and her gang are in a difficult place, on one side they have zombies following them and on the other are the cannibals, to add to that they don’t have food and are getting weak by the hour. But that should be the least of their worries; Death is closing up and would not give up until he gets his hands on Evie.
Evie doesn’t know what to think of Death, he was supposed to be a heartless immortal without morals or feelings, but now that she’s spending sometime with him she realizes she was very wrong. It’s truth that he hates her, but when she learns the reason of his distrusts towards her she doesn’t have any other option but understand him.
Even though Evie has a connection with Death, Jackson is always on the back of her mind and the time has come to make a drastic decision, one that can make a difference between life and death.
Evie is learning more about her powers, she is also working in accepting what she can do and what others see in her, especially how Jackson now see her. I can’t say more about this without giving spoilers away.
For Jackson was really hard to see Evie at her full power and coming to terms with what she is and what she can do hasn’t been easy. He knows he needs to leave it or take it and with that everything that comes with being with The Empress.
Selena, Finn, and Matthew are also present in this installment, they have formed an alliance of sorts with Evie and for the moment they are happy to continue their adventures together.
In this installment we are introduce to new characters, from them the ones that stand out are Lark, Mistress of Fauna and Ogen, The Devil. With Lark even though we want to like her we don’t know if she is friend or foe. Ogen as his card says he’s The Devil and we know we can’t trust him, he’s the desecrator and given the chance he will kill anything of his path.
Last but not least we have Death. Death is a very complex character. It’s very easy to think the worst of him just knowing what he represents, but he’s much more than Death, Death is just the card he was dealt with; that doesn’t mean he’s one of the bad ones. I’m also not telling he’s good, I’m just telling he’s much more and we get to see the real him in The Endless Knight. After seeing the real Death and learning about everything that he has gone through for many, many years it was impossible for me not to like him.
Kresley Cole has created a very imaginative world in this post apocalyptic series. Tarot cards come to life to have a final battle in the world, a battle that will define the future of a world plagued with zombies, cannibals and extreme weather conditions.
The Endless Knight is a dark, emotional, and highly entertaining book. One full of surprises from beginning to end and talking about ends… that freaking end!! Yes, a cliffhanger, now I need to wait months to the release of next book in this, which is scheduled to be release on October 2014.
The Endless Knight is categorized in the YA genre, but I wouldn’t recommend it to very young teenagers due to sexual content.
I listened to the audiobook of The Endless Knight and as I previously said it was narrated by Emma Galvin.
Mrs. Galvin does a good job bringing to life the characters, but if I’m honest I’m sad to say that I missed having two narrators, like it was the case with Poison Princess audiobook (first book).
My Book Verdict: 5 Paws
My Narrator Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
The Endless Knight
Saturday, December 7, 2013
"We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.
It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp."
Friday, December 6, 2013
Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, book 1
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Hachette Audio
“Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.
When one of the strangers - beautiful, haunted Akiva - fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?”
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the first book in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series by Laini Taylor.
Couple of days ago I was looking for new audiobooks to listen to, I asked the audiobook guru, Loupe, from Hot Listens for some recommendations and one of the audiobooks she recommended me was Daughter of Smoke and Bone and now I can’t thank her enough, Daughter of Smoke and Bone was not only an amazing audiobook, but it also helped me discover the magic that is Khristine Hvam as a narrator.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of those books in which you can say much without giving spoilers away. It is also one of those books I would love just to tell you to trust me, buy it and read it or listen to it. I can guarantee you you won’t be disappointed.
Karou is not your usual seventeen-year old girl; she was raised by chimeras (a different species, with monster-like characteristics). For others, her adoptive family will be monsters but for her they are her family. Karou studies art in Prague and you could say she has a normal life if you don’t take in consideration the days she disappears to run errands for Brimstone, her father figure and ignore the days she comes back from those errands in really bad shape.
Karou is a very easy to like character, she is strong and full of life and just an all around delight.
Karou’s best friend, Zuzana, knows that Karou is somehow different, that doesn’t deter her to love her almost as a sister.
Karou is always drawing monsters and telling Zuzane they people in the drawings are her family. Zuzane humors her until the day she realizes that Karou was telling the truth. Instead of running for the hills, Zuzane proves her love for her one more time, making me love her even more.
We also meet Akiva, for everything Karou knows he should be her enemy, but there is something in him that intrigues her.
Years back Akiva suffered a tremendous lost and since then his only purpose in life has been revenge, until the day she encounters Karou in a Marrakesh market and his world is flipped from its axle.
As I said before this is a book in which I can say much without giving spoilers away. Let’s just add that Laini Taylor writing style is lyric and magical, the world building she created for Daughter of Smoke and Bone shows us her creativity has no limits.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is set in different places, from Prague, to Marrakesh to the magical place where the Chimera lives, these different settings only added life and wonderment to the story.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a unique book, with unique characters, in a unique and very rich world, one I couldn’t stop listening for beginning to end. I liked it so much that as soon as I finished it I started with the second book (audiobook) in the series, Days of Blood & Starlight and now I’m eagerly waiting for the release of third book in the series, Dreams of Gods & Monsters, to be released on April 8th, 2014.
And here we come to a very important point in this review and that is the amaziness (yes, I know it’s not a word but is the best way to describe her) that is Khristine Hvam as a narrator. OMFG why I didn’t know about her? She is incredible! She brought to life every single character giving them unique voices and unique feelings. I always knew who was who because her characterizations were just perfect. I loved Khristine Hvam so much that as soon as I finished with Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight I searched for other books narrated by her, and for the first time I’m listening to a book (Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara) no because of an author, but because of a narrator. Yes, she’s that good.
My Book Verdict: 5 Paws
My Narrator Verdict: 5 Paws & A Purr
Other books in the series
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Days of Blood & Starlight
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (April 8th, 2014)
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
After waiting almost four years we finally have a cover and a release date for the next book in the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton, A Shiver of Light.
I can't wait to read it.
A Shiver of Light
Merry Gentry #9
June 3rd, 2014
"Merry Gentry pretends to be human. She moved to Los Angeles and began working as a private investigator at Grey's Detective Agency. But all of this is just a disguise; in fact she is a princess of faerie, her real name is Meredith Nic Essus, and she had to flee the Dark Court of Faerie because of attempts on her life.
In order to inherit her rightful crown, Merry needed to conceive an heir, a notoriously difficult task for the slow-reproducing Fey. In the 2009 novel Divine Misdemeanors, Merry had finally achieved that goal—and fans have been kept waiting all this time to find out what happens!"
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Title: A Cursed Moon
Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls, book 2,5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Source: Review copy from publisher
“Meet the furry big brother that the Wird sisters never had…
Bren is a cocky, brash hound of a werewolf who loathes the idea of belonging to Aric’s pack—much less finding a mate. But Bren’s hotheaded behavior lands him in the doghouse when he defies Aric’s authority in front of his pack, bringing up a sore subject that’s bound to make the Alpha wolf’s blood boil…
Luckily for him, no one can stay mad at Bren and his wild charm for long. And when some frightening ghosts launch a hostile paranormal takeover, Bren will team up with Celia to take down the evil ghouls before they hurt someone they both love…
Includes a preview of the upcoming Weird Girls novel Cursed by Destiny!”
A Cursed Moon is a novella in the Weird Girls series by Cecy Robson. A Cursed Moon is told by Bren’s point of view.
First, I want to start by saying that if you haven’t read first and second books in the Weird Girls series A Cursed Moon is not the place to start. A Cursed Moon should be read after reading A Cursed Embrace (second book) and before reading Cursed by Destiny (third book, not yet released).
I’m really glad Cecy decided to write a novella from Bren’s POV, not only to see the real him, but also because we can see Celia and her sisters from somebody else’s eyes. This was kind of an eye opener, especially when Celia is concerned. Through Bren’s eyes we can see that Celia sells herself short and she’s much more than what we can see when we are seeing her through her POV.
I have always liked Bren, but after A Cursed Moon I liked him even more. He loves the Wird sisters, for him they are the Pack he never had, for that reason he’s willing to do something he never thought he’d do, like joining Aric’s Pack. He knows that with the help of the Pack he can protect them better, so leaving his misgivings behind he joins the Pack. Something that is not easy to a lone wolf who doesn’t follow orders easily. To add to that he does not like Aric much at the moment because he hurt Celia’s heart. Every time he can Bren uses his new place in the Pack to remind Aric of what he let go.
Another thing I really liked about A Cursed Moon was the way Cecy intermingled legends from Latin America like La Llorona (The Weeping woman) and others within the story. Those are legends I grew up listened to and it was great to see them as a very smart part in the story.
All in all A Cursed Moon is delightful, action-packed read that will keep you satisfied until you can get your hands on the next installment in the series, Cursed by Destiny, to be release on January 7th, 2014.
Something very important happened to a character in A Cursed Moon, I can’t say what without giving spoilers away. The only thing I can say is please read A Cursed Moon before reading Cursed by Destiny.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
The Weird Girls (prequel)
A Cursed Moon (Novella)
Cursed by Destiny (January 7th, 2014)
Where to get A Cursed Moon:
About Cecy Robson:
Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is a full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest. A member of Romance Writers of America, she attributes her passion for storytelling to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing in May 2009. Her Weird Girls Urban Fantasy Romance series is published with Penguin Random House’s Signet Eclipse and released to stellar praise from multiple reviewers including: Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, and Romantic Times. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella, SEALED WITH A CURSE, and A CURSED EMBRACE are now available. A CURSED MOON: A Novella, releases December 3, 2013, followed by CURSED BY DESTINY, January 7, 2014.
Where to Find (Stalk) Cecy: