Monday, February 17, 2014

Book Review: Croak (Croak #1)


Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.

But Uncle Mort's true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He's a Grim Reaper. And he's going to teach Lex the family business.

She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can't stop her desire for justice - or is it vengeance? - whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again.

Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?
BEWARE MINOR SPOILERS

Friday, February 14, 2014

Book Review: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)


Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

SPOILERS BELOW

When I first saw the cover for Cress I squealed with delight, I've loved every cover design for the series so far so I had to get a copy for myself. I finished Cress a few days ago once I got my pre-order and realized I had a snow day. I was going to wait for the weekend because I get off work later and didn't want to stay up too late. Once it was determined I had a day off I knew it was destiny for me to finish the book because once I start a good book I can't stop. lol So I grabbed my copy, a cup of tea, and made myself comfy. It was the perfect reading day. 

Cress was fairly well paced and had interesting enough events to keep me reading. The book started off strong with us picking up where we left off at the end of Scarlet. We get a glimpse of the crew a little more and their relationship with each other which I enjoyed. I do feel like it needed to be more developed because I think they've only known each other for a month or so. I feel like it was rushed and don't quite feel like they know each other well enough to trust each other. Still, I accepted it and moved on because it was supposed to be Cress's show.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Book Review: The Seventh Spell (Book Three of The Wilderhark Tales)


Where to Find The Seventh Spell:
B&N Nook
A witch’s attempt to cast one spell too many casts everyone touched by her previous spells into chaos. Scattered throughout each other’s pasts, Sula and Edgwyn, Villem and Rosalba, and the rest of the magic’s affected have a single chance to break this last enchantment before their “happily-ever-after”-s cease to have ever been.
SPOILERS BELOW

Ok, wow. Ok, this book has to be my favorite so far with all the fairy tale references it was hard not to be pleased. This is the third book of the Wilderhark Tales (1:The Swan Prince and 2: The Stone Kingdom). We're back with Sula, Villem, Rosalba, and Edgwyn! PLUS we get to meet some NEW CHARACTERS! The story is told from multiple point of views (POV) so don't expect just these main four. I found the other POVs refreshing, it's nice to see the different personalities. :)

The story is still written with the same wonderful lyrical voice as the previous two novellas. I was pleased to see the quality of the storytelling have remained fairly constant throughout the series. I do have a few qualms with this story but it didn't bother me enough affect my enjoyment of the story.