Monday, July 29, 2013

Book Review: Dead Ever After

TITLE: Dead Ever After
Book 13 in the Sookie Stackhouse series
AUTHOR: Charlaine Harris
GENRE: Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Werewolves
PREMISE: Sookie's enemies conspire to destroy her as her life becomes even more difficult.
MY REVIEW: Oh Sookie. You were one of the first series I started when I began this blog (wow, has it been that long? Time flies). You were my first Charlaine Harris book. You were my first foray into the large world of adult urban fantasy (I don't know whether to love you or hate you for that...). As a result of all these firsts, I will forever have a fondness for this series and Sookie herself because Sookie is awesome.
So I'm probably in the minority, where I liked this book and this ending. It brought Sookie full circle. She found a place where she wanted to be and was happy with that. I see all you Eric fans going "but she didn't end up with Eric!" and while I'm sorry for the death of your ship, that pairing was never the point of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Hell, who Sookie ended up with period, was never the point of this series. FANS made it the point of this series because that's what fans do (look at Hunger Games/Harry Potter for example). I get it (I am a multi-shipper, believe me I get it), but I get super annoyed when people act like just because Sookie didn't end up with a/b/c suitor of their choice, that somehow makes it a horrible ending. The point is that Sookie was finally happy with herself and where she was. She's comfortable in her own skin. She's found someone who's willing to accept her as is, human/strange gift and all (did I call the Sam thing or what?). That was the point of this series: Sookie's character growth. Her character grew. She's happy. I'm satisfied.
Honestly the only thing I was upset here about was the Claude thing (not giving it away because spoilers) but that was because I liked Claude and it felt weird to me. But it made for a wrap-up ending so I can't complain too loudly. So I'm satisfied with this ending. I will be looking forward to the wrap-up book and this new Harris series I've been hearing about. Farewell, Sookie, I will miss you.
WHO SHOULD READ: Sookie Stackhouse fans, True Blood fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five tissues because it's over

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Stacking the Shelves: July 28th

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga over at Tynga's Reviews that tells people what new books we've gotten over the week.

Bi-Weekly library haul:

Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox-YA debut that I confess, I mostly picked up due to gorgeous cover. But also the story sounds like something right up my alley.

Arclight Book 1 by Josin L. McQuein-I've heard very mixed reviews about this debut. So I've decided to check it out for myself and decide.

Revenants series Book 3: If I Should Die by Amy Plum-I have a love/hate relationship with the Revenants series but I love it more then it annoys me so here we are.

Rebel Spirits by Lois Ruby-YA debut that sounds like a good old-fashioned ghost story like Ruined by Paula Morris. I love those.

The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood-sequel to one of my favorite debuts from last year. Can't wait to read it!

Permanent Record
by Leslie Stella-YA debut I've heard very little about for some reason. That always tends to get me curious.

Reboot by Amy Tintera-YA debut that has gotten lots of buzz. Dystopian so we'll see how it goes (these have been on and off for me lately).

Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Review: How to Lead a Life of Crime

TITLE: How to Lead a Life of Crime
AUTHOR: Kirsten Miller
PUBLISHED: February 2013
GENRE: Parodyish, Mystery/Thriller
PREMISE: Flick escapes his father to live life on the streets only to be brought to Mandel Academy where he is given a test: become the best in his class of villains and he will get information that will put his father away in jail.
MY REVIEW: Ever have one of those books that is okay but you just can't click with it for some reason? That is me and How to Lead a Life of Crime.
There isn't anything I find particularly wrong with this book. It's bit violent but I'm not squeemish about stuff like that. None of the characters really did anything for me. While the storyline was interesting, I never felt heavily invested in it. I just honestly couldn't get into it.
Is that my fault or the authors? Who knows. I just know this wasn't for me. I'm sure some guys would get into though. Maybe fans of stuff like I Hunt Killers or Dexter.
WHO SHOULD READ: guys, fans of Miller's other books, I Hunt Killers fans
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five pickpockets

Book Review: Dance of the Red Death

TITLE: Dance of the Red Death
Masque of the Red Death series
AUTHOR: Bethany Griffin
PUBLISHED: June 2013
GENRE: Dystopian/Steampunk, Retelling (of sorts)
PREMISE: Araby searches for answers when her world crumbles around her.
MY REVIEW: Every so often I'll give a book series that I was lukewarm about another chance. Masque of Red Death was...okay for me, but didn't thrill me. Mostly I liked Griffin's writing style which to be honest is the main reason I decided to give the series one more shot.
But alas, no real improvement. It's fine for fans of the series. It doesn't get worse, but it doesn't do an amazing turn around either. Most things in it, I saw coming from a mile away. I could also go on about the annoying love triangle but I'll spare you that particular rant.
If you're a fan of the first one, this should be good for you. For the rest of us...I wouldn't bother with it, unless you're really curious about how things turn out. Don't know if another book is coming in the series, but if it is, I probably won't be bothering with it.
WHO SHOULD READ: Masque of the Red Death fans, steampunk fans, Edgar Allen Poe fans
MY RATING: Three out of Five diseases

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Review: Splintered

TITLE: Splintered
Book 1 in the new Splintered series
AUTHOR: A. G. Howard
PUBLISHED: January 2013
GENRE: Retelling, Fantasy
PREMISE: Alyssa knows her family, descendants of Alice Liddell, are cursed. She goes to London to try an undo the curse and winds up in a Wonderland that is not quite the wonder the book made it out to be.
MY REVIEW: First off, cover artist? You rock. That is a freaking GORGEOUS cover ;pets it;. Second of all: I liked it. I was afraid this was going to be like Alice in Zombieland where it would be a girl named Alice and actually have nothing to do with Alice in Wonderland as promised. But this one did not do that. Actually, it reminded me strongly of The Looking Glass Wars Trilogy. Which is not bad because I have a big fondness for that series.
But this is Looking Glass Wars written by someone with much better prose (sorry Beddor, love your imagination, hate your writing style). I love the way Howard writes. Gorgeous. Can't give much points for originality because despite wonderfully crafted world, Alice in Wonderland retellings are a dime a dozen and there were a few tropes that are common in YA (such as the mean popular girl trope which we all know annoys me to death).
Still though, I read this because I wanted a creative Alice in Wonderland retelling and that is exactly what I got so I can't complain too loudly. This was a very decent debut, I can't wait for book 2.
WHO SHOULD READ: Alice in Wonderland fans, Looking Glass Wars fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five butterflies

Book Review: The Beautiful and the Cursed

TITLE: The Beautiful and the Cursed
Book 1 in The Dispossessed series
AUTHOR: Page Morgan
GENRE: Historical Fantasy
PREMISE: Ingrid moves to Paris with her family only to find her brother missing. Searching for him, leads to discoveries she never imagined.
MY REVIEW: This was a bit of a different debut and surprisingly, I liked it. I say surprisingly because that summary was not the most inspiring in the world and between that and the swooning girl on the cover, the most I was hoping for was a mild amusement. But I got some enjoyable reading out of this.
True, the author does play on the historical fantasy tropes that are so common in YA now. In fact, a lot of it reminded me a bit of the first Infernal Devices series with a dash of Gemma Doyle. It's far from the best series ever, but if you're looking for a historical fantasy to get into that manages to do something different then werewolves/vampires/witches, this one fits the bill. It helps that I was rather reminded of the series Gargoyles which was my favorite Disney animated show back in the day (I'm pretty sure Goliath/Eliza were my first was them or Gordo/Lizzie from Lizzie McGuire).
Basically, this was some entertaining stuff. Tropes aside, I got enjoyment out of it and I imagine many other readers will as well if you're in the mood for just some fun historical fantasy.
WHO SHOULD READ: Infernal Devices fans, Something Strange and Deadly fans, historical fantasy fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five stone gargoyles

Book Review: Spirit's Chosen (mini-review)

TITLE: Spirit's Chosen
Book 2 in the Himoko series (or book 6 in the Princesses of Myth series)
AUTHOR: Esther Friesner
PUBLISHED: April 2013
GENRE: Retelling, Myth
PREMISE: Himoko returns after her time away to a changed village and changed world...
MY REVIEW: This is going to be a short review because you guys already probably suspect what I'm going to say so lets cut to the chase: loved it as always with Friesner and this series. Apparently next she's doing an Irish legend. Bring it.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of the Princesses of Myth series, retelling fans, historical fiction fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five kimonos

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Review: The Fifth Wave

TITLE: The Fifth Wave
Book 1 in the Fifth Wave series
AUTHOR: Rick Yancey
GENRE: Dystopian/Science Fiction
PREMISE: Cassie tries to survive and hopefully find her brother after aliens destroy Earth and take over.
MY REVIEW: Ever wonder how the movie Independence Day might have gone, if the plot hadn't had the really convenient overly smart human who magically figures out how to blow up the ships less then three days after the aliens come? Look, I have a fondness for Independence Day (with Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum in it, how can I not?), don't get me wrong but there are so many giant plot holes and conveniences in that movie it's not funny. If you're looking for a better version, I highly suggest this book. It takes that idea of aliens invading and does a much better more darker version of it.
I was lucky enough to get a giveaway ARC copy of this and I honestly loved it. Yancey is a great writer, he really sat and thought about what this invasion would be, what would happen, how humans would respond, everything. It's one of the more refreshing dystopians I've read in awhile. True, the romance part was kind of weak (as always with these things. Seriously authors, why do you feel the need to add a "epic" romance to a plot that doesn't really need one?) but it doesn't ruin the book so it's not a huge issue. Just kind of annoying. But everything else about this, I kind of love.
If you're looking for something to read after Hunger Games, or just want a new dystopian to read, I highly suggest this one. I really hope it gets made into a movie because that would freaking awesome.
WHO SHOULD READ: Hunger Games fans, Independence Day fans, alien invasion story fans
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five aliens messing up planets

Book Review: Dead Silence

TITLE: Dead Silence
Book 4 in the Body Finder series
AUTHOR: Kimberly Derting
PUBLISHED: April 2013
GENRE: Paranormal/Mystery
PREMISE: Violet's life gets more complicated as her secrets spill over into her personal life.
MY REVIEW: This is one of those series that has gotten better over time. I was mildly into it at first, but now it's become one of those I look forward to each time an installment comes out.
While this one was still solid it sort of...wandered a bit? I think the author is running out of ideas which probably means it's time to end the series. I have no idea if this is the ending or not (I thought the third book was supposed to be the ending but lo and behold...) so I can't say for sure if this is an ending of a series or not. Way it ended, leads me to say no. But you never know nowadays with YA.
But all in all, a satisfying installment. If you love the series, you'll probably enjoy this one.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of books 1-3, Clarity fans, mystery fans, paranormal fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five dead bodies

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Book Review: The Casual Vacancy

TITLE: The Casual Vacancy
AUTHOR: J. K. Rowling
GENRE: Realistic Fiction, Drama
PREMISE: A small community deals with their grief over the loss of their leader.
MY REVIEW: So it was sort of a happy coincidence that I read this book about a week or so before the news broke out last weekend about Rowling having written a book under another name. Because her doing that and that book being accepted before hand as it was pretty much proves my point about Casual Vacancy: it had no chance because people just weren't going to accept it because it wasn't Harry Potter. I'm sorry, but that is the frank truth of the matter. Literally every other review I read had the "it's not Harry Potter!" whine in it in some form. Even from the people who liked it. Maybe it was too soon after the franchise closed? I don't know, all I know is that Casual Vacancy pretty much got screwed because of what it wasn't and I think that's really unfair to both the book and the author.
Now when one actually looks at Casual Vacancy for what it is, and not what it isn't, I actually think it's perfectly all write. No it's not the best book in the world. It wanders a lot. Characters are difficult to like. The plot isn't the most complicated thing in the world and it honestly kind of wanders for a bit. But what it is, is a rather good character study and great social commentary.
Mostly, this book served a purpose for Rowling. It was her saying she wasn't going to be just writing Harry Potter. That was just one chapter in her career. We will be getting more books from her. Books that aren't Harry Potter. Hopefully, people will actually give those books a chance.
WHO SHOULD READ: people who are actually willing to read something by Rowling that isn't Harry Potter.
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five votes (I liked it well enough, but I can't rate it higher then just average because really the book isn't that groundbreaking/complicated and because of the wandering plot)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

This is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

1) Maureen Johnson-Yes, in YA circles, Johnson is fairly well known. But mention her outside of the YA world and people tend to draw a blank. It's weird too, because Johnson is pretty prolific and one of the big names in YA but outside of YA she actually gets very little recognition as opposed to say...John Green. Even though really, she and John Green write very similar. But Green, most people know about due to the humongous success of Fault in Our Stars and his web series. With Johnson, most people are all "who?" despite the fact that she's written well loved books like Bermudez Triangle or 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

2) Dianna Wynne Jones-You would think with the Howl's Moving Castle movie, people would know who Jones was, but I mention her and people are all "oh, that was a book?"

3) Jennifer Estep-She writes refreshing UF with likable characters and always moving forward plots. It really puzzles me why Mythos Academy or the Elemental Assassin series isn't more popular.

4) Rosemary Clement-Moore-Fun paranormal YA writer. Sure, her books aren't groundbreaking, but they are so enjoyable.

5) Sarah Beth Durst-Always imaginative, and always different. I never know what I'm going to get with a Durst book because they're always different from her last book. That's pretty rare nowadays in YA.

6) Esther Friesner-Her Princesses of Myth series is fantastic and she's got quite a few adult books with equally strong female characters under her belt. Yet, next to no one has heard of her.

7) Libba Bray-Like Maureen, Bray is mildly well known in YA circles thanks to the awesome Gemma Doyle Trilogy and other books, but she's hardly ever mentioned in the book world which is a shame because I have a feeling many adults would enjoy her stuff.

8) Tamora Pierce-Again, well known to those who have been in YA long enough. Not so well known outside of YA. Tortall and Circle of Magic is probably one of YA's best kept secret series that enjoys success but doesn't get much media attention.

9) Sarah Rees Brennan-Like Johnson, Bray, and Pierce she's fairly well known, but she hasn't gotten to that instant name recognition like say Cassandra Clare. Which is a shame because Demon's Lexicon is fabulous, and Lynburn Legacy is looking like it's going to be just as awesome (I'm pining for the second book like whoa)

10) Gail Carriger-Well, like Brennan Carriger is starting to get there. But I still have to explain who she is to most people so she still counts on this list I guess.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Stacking the Shelves: July 14th

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga over at Tynga's Reviews that tells people what new books we've gotten over the week.

Just the Bi-Weekly library haul this week:

Grisha Trilogy Book 2: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo-No, I have no idea how I managed to get this one from the library so early. I suspect library gods are involved (by library gods, I mean the librarians who know me on sight and probably whisper to themselves "it's her again")

Born of Illusion Book 1: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown-Historical fantasy involving Russian history. Bring it on.

Masque of the Red Death Book 2: Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin-Was somewhat lukewarm about Masque of the Red Death, but it was good enough for me to want to pick up the sequel.

Sookie Stackhouse series Book 14: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris-The last Sookie Stackhouse book. ;cries; Well, next to last I guess since apparently Harris is releasing a wrap-up book of sorts this October that's going to answer questions about what happened to various characters. Which I thought was supposed to be what the last book of a series was for, but I guess not.

Splintered Book 1: Splintered by A. G. Howard-Fantasy that's supposed to be about Alice in Wonderland. Hopefully this goes better then Alice in Zombieland.

How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller-From the author of the Kiki Strike series so I had to give it a look.

Ustari Cycle series Book 1: Trickster by Jeff Somers-Adult UF thing that looked interesting but I've already tried reading it and couldn't get past the fifth chapter so don't expect a review.

Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance-Pride and Prejudice redo with spies? Sign me the hell up.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Book Review: Spirit's Chosen

TITLE: Spirit's Chosen
Princesses of Myth series Book 6 (or Himoko book 2)
AUTHOR: Esther Friesner
PUBLISHED: April 2013
GENRE: Retelling, Historical Fiction
PREMISE: Himoko embraces her destiny as a shaman as her world falls apart.
MY REVIEW: You guys know I love the Princesses of Myth series. So, you've probably already guessed my feelings on this book.
You're right: I adored it. Yes, like all the books, it drags a wee bit in the middle. But the way the author tells Himoko's story is still great.
Mostly I just love these books for giving us awesome female heroines and the great historical detail. This is just as solid as the rest. I can't wait for whichever heroine Friesner introduces to us, next.
WHO SHOULD READ: those that read Spirit's Princess, historical fiction fans, Retelling fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five shamans

Book Review: Legacy of the Clockwork Key

TITLE: Legacy of the Clockwork Key
Book 1 in the Secret Order series
AUTHOR: Kristin Bailey
PUBLISHED: March 2013
GENRE: Steampunk, Mystery
PREMISE: A girl gets a job at a manor and discovers a strange key that leads her to a mysterious organization.
MY REVIEW: was what it was? This is the author's first book so I'll admit, I'm giving a lot of leeway. Plus, I did get some enjoyment out of it. It wasn't half bad.
Meg was a enjoyable protagonist who didn't get on my nerves, the mystery was interesting enough to keep reading, and the writing was sound. Bailey's descriptions were fabulous, I could easily picture everything and wasn't confused.
It just...wasn't mind blowing. It's a decent library read, good for when you're in the mood for some historical mystery, but that's about it. It's not what I would call a must read.
WHO SHOULD READ: steampunk fans, The Dark Unwinding fans (reminded me a lot of that book)
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five lost keys

Book Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

TITLE: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Book 1 in the Inheritance Trilogy
AUTHOR: N. K. Jemisin
GENRE: Fantasy
PREMISE: Yeine gets summoned to her Grandfather's court and the next thing she knows, she's named heir and is drawn into a ruthless game for the throne.
MY REVIEW: So I've recently added a new goal to my reading in order to motivate me more to keep up with this blog (I know I've been bad guys, sorry). That goal is to read more adult fantasy fiction. See, in recent years I've sort of abandoned it. Part of it was because I was reading all the shiny new YA available and reading all the ones there I missed, another part was the genre just wasn't appealing to me much anymore. Everything kept looking the same. But people have assured me, there's good stuff out there recently published and I do honestly feel bad about getting away from it. So this is me trying to jump back into the genre. If any of you know of adult fantasy that I should read/you think I would enjoy, published in recent years then please let me know. To give you an idea, you can search my blog archives for what I've read (or go to my shelfari page, which is linked on the sidebar). I've read Gaiman (can't wait to get my hands on Ocean at the End of the Lane), I'm reading Dance of Dragons very soon, and the Outlander series is already on my list. I did try Mercedes Lackey a few times, I just couldn't get into her books (I know, I know, it's not the books it's me). Perhaps I'll try again. Maybe third times the charm?
So one of my first forays into getting back into the genre is the Inheritance Trilogy which many online readers assured me was awesome and said if I liked Game of Thrones I was sure to like this. Thankfully I for once agree with the masses: this is pretty awesome and a great read for any of you suffering from Game of Thrones withdrawal. I love the imagination going on in this series.There's diversity, there's strong women (who don't face the rampant sexism that the women in Game of Thrones have to face which is nice), and there's political intrigue. It's honestly no wonder I liked the first book. I will say the narration style takes some getting used to, as well as the set up of the chapters (you'll see what I mean) but I kind of like it when authors play around with storytelling styles so I didn't mind it so much. But I know that's a thing for some readers.
Honestly, I loved this. I know however, it probably won't be everyone's cup of tea (probably why it hasn't become uber popular). But personally, I can't wait to read the next books which will hopefully be soon.
WHO SHOULD READ: Game of Thrones fans, Throne of Glass fans, those that don't mind dark fantasy
MY RATING: Four out of Five gods causing mayhem

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Best and Worst Movie Adaptations

This is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish.

My Top Ten Best and Worst Movie Adaptations

Now, before I go into these, I feel I should explain what my criteria for a good movie adaptation is: it follows the book. Literally, that is all. I am not asking for the moon. I just want my characters to be recognizable, to remember why I loved this book so much, and for it to at least fit in the story described on the pages. I don't expect every actor to look like my imagination because that's impossible, but if they have red hair, then give them red hair damn it. If they're black in the book, they better be black on screen etc. Also, don't go changing endings. I can forgive reworking minor scenes, but you change plot points entirely, I tend to get eye-twitchy. That will hopefully explain to you why some of these are on my worst adaptation list.

Best movie adaptations:

1) A Little Princess-Directed by M. Night Shamylan-You can have your Shirley Temple version of A Little Princess, this is the only version I will let into my house and if god forbid, I have kids, they will watch this one (though at a younger age I may show them the Shirley Temple movies for kicks because everyone should know the classic films). Oh Shamylan, you used to be so good. What happened, dude?

2) The Secret Garden-WB 1990s version with Maggie Smith-The Secret Garden is one of my favorite childrens books ever and I adore this version the best. It's the most accurate and it's wonderfully acted. Also, Maggie Smith.

3) The Hunger Games-I was so so nervous about the Hunger Games movie adaptation. You honestly don't want to know how nervous I was. But damn, did they deliver. It looks like the second movie is doing just as well in the keeping to the book department. I can't wait to see it.

4) The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by Disney-Talk about near perfect adaptations, this movie was literally as if it was lifted from my imagination. About the only thing different was that I always pictured Lucy with double braids like in the illustrations. But everything else was bang on and the kids are great in it.

5) The Hobbit by Peter Jackson-Well, I don't know how the sequels are going to go, but if the first movie and the trailer to the second one is any indication, it's going to be near perfect as well. I seriously cannot wait for Smaug.

Other good ones: To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck, Twilight films (sorry fans, these were good adaptations, the only reason they were bad was because the source material was bad to begin with), Pride and Prejudice (I like the Kiera Knightly version, DEAL), Harry Potter movies, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (more accurate then Willy Wonka, sorry. Though I do love Willy Wonka too), Coraline, The Diary of Anne Frank (black and white film)

Worst movie adaptations:

6) Percy Jackson-If one ignored the book and looked at Percy Jackson as just a kids movie someone came up with, I'd say it was good. Because movie-wise it's fun. The guy who plays Grover is hilarious, the effects are wonderful, and so on. But as a adaptation of a's bad. I honestly don't know why they're doing the sequel when they cut the Kronos storyline which is what made it possible for the sequels in the first place.

7) Avalon High-I'm counting a tv movie. Sorry. But dear god, this was the worst adaptation. I adored Avalon High as a teen and this just ruined it. Merlin wasn't a sassy old teacher, the main character's purpose was entirely changed, Mordred was suddenly GOOD, I just...can't with this movie. It took all of the "oh, that makes total sense because of the legend" of Cabot's book and chucked it out the window.

8) The Golden Compass-GC was actually decent up until the last fifteen minutes where you realize, they're leaving it there and they totally changed it and why the hell are you leaving the entire last three chapters out? That kind of ruined the whole thing. Seriously, my own mother is afraid to mention Golden Compass to me, because she knows how ticked off that chopped off ending made me.

9) The Princess Diaries movies-Like Percy Jackson, when you look at these movies as just movies, they're cute and fun. I adore Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. But as an adaption of a book series, it makes my heart hurt because I seriously love book!Grandmere and they didn't even put in Tina who is like one of the best book friends EVER. Even Cabot sort of makes fun of how different they are in her own books. Cute as movies, bad as book to movie adaptations.

10) Cat in the Hat with Jack Black-No. Just a million times NO.

Others: The Little Mermaid by Disney (yes, I'm fond of Ariel and co. But do not get me started on how much it bastardizes the original intent of the Little Mermaid), Hunchback of Notre Dame by Disney (see Little Mermaid), aww heck any Disney animated film based on a book, really. Any Three Musketeers film (I've yet to see one that's exactly like the book), Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (love Martin Freeman and the actors in it, hate the film)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Book Review: Spirit and Dust

TITLE: Spirit and Dust
Goodnight Family series Book 2
AUTHOR: Rosemary Clement-Moore
GENRE: Paranormal, Mystery
PREMISE: Daisy Goodnight helps the FBI by talking to ghosts, things get complicated when she gets a kidnapping case...
MY REVIEW: One of the many unsung books of 2012 for me was Texas Gothic. It was a nice old-school paranormal mystery that next to no one talked about. Actually, hardly anyone talks about Clement-Moore's books period which is a darn shame because her books are fun. Nothing brilliant but always good for when you're in the mood for a fun paranormal.
I was hoping for more Goodnight family books after Texas Gothic and luckily the author delivered and this one is about one of my favorites from it: Daisy (the other is Phin, who also deserves her own book, hint hint author). This one did not disappoint. I loved Daisy just as much as a main character and her stories were just as interesting as Texas Gothic. Wasn't as into the romance this time around, but I loved the paranormal mystery part of it which is why I picked it up in the first place.
So if you're looking for some fun paranormal mysteries, give the Goodnight family a look. They might surprise you.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of Texas Gothic, Clarity fans, paranormal mystery fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five mediators

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Book Review: The Caged Graves

TITLE: The Caged Graves
AUTHOR: Dianne M. Salerni
GENRE: Historical Fiction, mystery
PREMISE: Verity comes back to her small hometown to be with her betrothed and her estranged father but learns there are things about her mother's past she did not know.
MY REVIEW: First, I apologize for my random reviews lately. I have been having a strange work schedule lately and it's been difficult managing time as result. Plus, this week was fourth of July week which got in the way of reading. Hopefully things will be getting back to normal this month. Now as for this book...It wasn't bad.
Caged Graves is firmly historical fiction and doesn't stray from its genre. There's a nice family mystery to it, the historical details are sound. Overall it's nice. I just wasn't blown away. But for a first book in the historical fiction genre, it's decent.
So if you're in the mood for pure historical fiction, maybe with a sweet romance added in, this fits the bill.
WHO SHOULD READ: Historical Fiction fans
MY RATING: Four out of Five graveyards