Book Review: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

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Nadia is a witch . . . rephrases a witch in training. She moves to Captive’s Sound after her mother walks out on her, her father, and little brother. Nadia is upset but is trying hard to stay strong for her family. However, when they drive through the border of Captive’s Sound she feels a magic so strong her book of spells clashes with its force field and causes an accident.

Mateo is the boy everyone talks about; his family has a history of seeing the future and going mad because of it. So naturally everyone  thinks he is crazy. Mateo sees Nadia in his dreams and only thinks the worst of himself and Nadia’s life.

Sounds good so far? Yes, it does and here is the disappointing part . . . the book lost its luster almost half way through. The author starts it off great! To the point that I’m not doing anything but read this book. But there was way too much running around in the book. The bad girl, yes it is a girl, is found very quickly in the book and to beat her takes at least another 8 chapters.

I love what the author started doing with the book but it faded. The only reason I would read part two of this book is in hopes to find out what happened to her mother. That is the biggest reoccurring topic in the book.

This book gets 5 out of 10.

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Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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Although it seems like a typical boy meets girl story, there was nothing typical about it. Cas Lowood , with the thought of revenge for his father’s death pushing him , he moves from city to city, state to state, country to country to kill ghost/dead people; Of course, with the help of his mom and a ghost detecting cat.

On this particular “trip” Lowood, has to kill Anna dressed in blood; a local legend in which a ghost kills everyone who enters her house. However, the twist to this is she spared his life. Anna is not like any other ghost Lowood has met. Not only did she spare his life, which is completely abnormal but she is still wearing the dress she died in.

Honestly, I couldn’t have found a better book to read. The author did an amazing job with details. Lowood’s mother is a witch, so in various parts of the books she describes smells, more than just using the terms rosemary or lavender. She does her best to make sure the author knows that this is what the mother does. She creates herbs, and scents for protection. I also believe she did a good job of keeping Lowood very realistic. He is a 17 year old boy and although she doesn’t put in the book he thinks about girls and drinking and partying, she makes references to his struggle of trying to make his mom happy and doing his job (of killing ghosts).

The pace of the story was steady. It didn’t move too fast in which you didn’t think you missed something and also the “action” scenes gave you no question to what happened. It shocked and moved you, which is exactly what it should do.

As in every story, in which a boy meets a girl, there is love and who the love in between was probably the craziest part of the story. I loved it; it was perfect. This book had the perfect amount of love, horror, freak-out and sadness.

The book gets a nice 10 out of 10. There is a second book and so look out for that review!

National Poetry Month

April is my favorite month; not because its my birthday month but because all of a sudden people from various outlets are poetry lovers. Some of that love may be real and others may be fake but none the less there is poetry floating everywhere this month.

Instead of focusing on a poem here and there, I am going to focus on the books . . the five in my heart that everyone should read or make reference to this month & instead of giving a whole long paragraph about why you should read it, one word will be enough. Enjoy.

  1. The Moment, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott by Jill Scott: Raw
  2. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein: Childish (in a good way)
  3. Twenty Poems of Love and Despair by Pablo Neruda: Natural
  4. Broetry by Brian McGakin: Funny
  5. Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry by Billy Collins: Insightful

Now I didn’t add Edgar A Poe, Emily Dickinson, nor e e Cummings because it is only April 7 and I have seen those poems more on my dashboard than I have seen funny cats (that is saying a lot)

Fun Poetry

 

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Let’s just take the time to appreciate the beauty of the written word and much fun it is to see a poem written like this. Although the poem is extremely somber, it is written well and it is a flawless beauty. Click here for the original

Book Review: The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire

 

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Before starting let me explain this to anyone who is even slightly intrigued by the title of this book . . . . .  not only is it an adult book, as in adult themes it is also long as hell. However, it was worth the time; kind of sort of.

Violet Lee is 17 years old and what was she doing outside by herself at 1 a.m. in a mini skirt. I really couldn’t tell you. I mean the book explains why but still WHY WERE YOU OUT THERE! Anyway, because she is out there she sees something she is not supposed to see, she is pushed into a world of vampires (of course) riches beyond her dreams and Kaspar, the dangerous, sexy and forbidden vampire.

I loved this book. Although it was long for what seemed like no reason, the author was able to keep me going. Yes, there was some pauses made during this reading because Violet was getting annoying and yes, there was a lot of running around. But that didn’t take away from the book. Violet does a lot of back and forth, which is fine but she literally did it through the entire book. She wasn’t a strong character either. Not once in the book did she really need to take a stand, which had me disappointed. She was feisty and liked to talk back but that doesn’t mean she was strong nor taking a stand. She lacked respect as well.

Another thing I didn’t like in this book [a bit of a spoiler] was how everyone flip flopped their opinions of her. If she did something wrong she was the most hated but when they all find out who she is and supposed to be there was no credit given to her.

On a lighter note, what I loved about this book was Kaspar was a vampire. Not like the “I’m not a monster, I hide who I am vampire” but the “I suck the blood of humans and sometimes kill them” vampire. He was accept me the way I am or don’t accept me at all. I loved that.

I also loved the fact that Violet wasn’t innocent, sexually speaking that is. The book didn’t show a monster, an evil being taking the innocence of a woman. It showed a woman, although 17, making a choice and not falling into seduction. I thought that was honest and it had more of a modern spin to it. Because like it or not there are teenagers out there having sex.

Finally, what made this book a winner for me was the honesty. If there wasn’t vampires in this book or if it wasn’t titled “Dinner with a Vampire” I can picture this being a story about powerful humans. It wasn’t completely supernatural. It made a lot of sense as odd as that sounds.

Over all I give this book 9 out of 10. I thought, although it was long, it was detailed enough for those to understand, it was honest, and it was sexy.

 

 

April 2013 New Book Releases

April will be a busy month for readers. I’m not going to lie there are a few books that I am looking forward to and h

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ave them pre-order :) But before you view this list, I need people to understand this:

Even if you are unable to buy books, go to the library and check them out. The library is going through some funny business and there needs to be some more enthusiasm from the public. You really don’t want the library to become like the post office -.-

Anyway enjoy the list!

  1. Paulo Coelho- Manuscript Found in Accra [4.2.2013]
  2. Jennifer E. Smith- This is What Happy Looks Like [4.2.2013]
  3. Kate Atkinson- Life After Life [4.2.2013]
  4. Shana Abe- The Sweetest Dark [4.2.2013]
  5. Patrick Rothfuss- The Wise Man’s Fear (paperback) [4.2.2013]
  6. Gwyneth Paltrow- It’s All Good [4.2.20130] * I love reading cooking books i.e. love to cook
  7. Lili St Crow- Nameless [4.4.2013]
  8. Brian McGreevy- Hemlock Grove [4.16.2013]
  9. Jeremy Haun & David Hine- The Darkness Rebirth Vol 2 [4.16.2013]
  10. Ellen Potter- The Humming Room (paperback) [4.16.201]
  11. Paul Cornell- London Falling [4.16.2013]
  12. Nancy Atherton- Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince [418.2013]
  13. David Sedaris- Let’ Explore Diabetes with Owls [4.23.2013]
  14. Jon Acuff- Start [4.23.2013]
  15. Neil Gaiman- Unnatural Creatures [4.23.2013]
  16. Edward Rutherford- Paris [4.23.2013]
  17. Walter Dean Myers- All the Right Things [4.23.2013
  18. Isabel Allende- Maya’s Notebook [4.23.2013]
  19. Julie Kagawa- The Eternity Cure [4.30.2013]
  20. Susanna Calkins- A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate [4.23.2013]

Book Review: Chopsticks

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

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This book was a pleasant surprise. The book begins by the audience knowing that Glory, a piano prodigy, now teenager has disappeared.  The books show the events that happened before she disappeared. The most important event is when Frank moves next door. By this time Glory is nearing a meltdown . . . and that pretty much happen.

Without going too detailed into the book, what you should know about this book is it is told through photos, letters, postcards and instant messages. What was great was the random playlists that were in the book.

The authors seemed to have a real connection to the character because there was more than the regular teenage desperation to be together. It wasn’t just a  broken home, messed up friends. It seemed real and really believable. The ending caught me by surprised. Just how everything played it made it a good read.

I give this book a 8 out of 10. I would read it again.

Hidden Gem: WordPress Edition

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Apparently it is  Haiku Monday on wordpress and I am loving it.  This poem I found is great;

fitting for the mood of my heart.

This piece was written by Merisdyologyx and it is titled Lesson# 153: “Final Destination” (17 Haikus 4 ). There is really no words for this. I really think this is a great piece and I am sure you will love it.

I can run from you,
or I can run into you.
Destiny will be.

Be sure to check out her blog.

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