Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse #1) by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Title: The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse #1)
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Published by: Strange Chemistry
Released: 2012
Source: Library

Summary: Ananna of Tanarau, Pirate Princess, wants nothing more than her own ship and crew to sail the seas. Instead, she's being forced into a marriage to the son of the Hariri Clan. Ananna is not one to go meekly, she is a pirate after all. So Ananna makes a dashing getaway on a camel. Unfortunately, the Hariri Clan doesn't appreciate the insult and sends a Shadow Assassin after her. The Assassin eventually catches up to Ananna, and fortunately, he doesn't kill her. Unfortunately, she ends up being bound to this Assassin through an Impossible Curse. Now Ananna is stuck with Naji, on a journey to break themselves of this curse.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this. It was a lot of fun. Our main character Ananna is sassy, spunky, and tough. Naji is a man of mystery and danger. Having two such different personalities stuck together was fun. In a small way, it reminded me of reading books by Tamora Pierce, that same feeling.
My favorite parts of this book were probably the characters, getting to know them and watching them form a friendship. Sometimes the world could get a little confusing, and the different types of magic weren't always well explained.
This was just a fun, adventure story. It had pirates, assassins, camels, and magic. I need to read the next book soon to see how everything ends, and because the first book didn't really conclude. If you want a book that's just fun, then The Assassin's Curse just might be the one for you.
Pirates and Assassins? Sold! I'm in.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Reading Right Now! (79)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

-Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson- I am really enjoying this one. I've got about 120ish pages left. It's about a girl who has the magical ability to sense gold. When gold is near, she is able to follow its siren song like a compass and grab it up. Her family has hid this ability from the outside world, because it can be a dangerous one to advertise. It's set in 1849, right when the California Gold Rush starts. When tragedy befalls her family, Leah disguises herself as a boy and makes her way to California.
This book really reminds me of my childhood, reading The Little House on the Prairie books. It's historical fiction, and I'm a fan of historical fiction. The time period of wagon trains, the gold rush, and just pioneering is interesting to me. I'm liking this, a lot.

What I plan on reading next. I have a couple choices.


- Arata: Volume 2 by Yuu Watase - Yayy Manga!!! Yuu Watase is one of my favorites for manga. I read the first volume a couple weeks ago, and it was alright. I don't know if it's going to be my favorite series by her. But I have the Second Volume, so I'm gonna read it. The synopsis is too convoluted for me to try to explain, so I'd say google it. Plus, I'm lazy.
-Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland - I think this one is about Furies, which should be interesting. I stumbled across this book on goodreads, I think it recommended it because of something else I was reading. I looked to see if my library had it, they did, and end of story. Just another great reason to use your local library system. If it's free to read, you can test out all kinds of different books that you wouldn't necessarily buy. Not that I wouldn't have bought this book, but free is always my first choice when it comes to reading. Can't wait to see how it is.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! Tell me what you're reading!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: All These Things I've Done (Birthright #1) by Gabrielle Zevin

Title: All These Things I've Done (Birthright #1)
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Published by: Square Fish
Released: 2011
Source: Library

Summary: In a world where chocolate and caffeine are illegal, paper and water are luxuries, and oddly, alcohol is okay for everyone!, lives Anya Balanchine. Anya has a lot of responsibility and weight on her shoulders. She comes from a renowned crime family that specializes in the contrabrand substance of chocolate, and is currently an orphan after both of her parents were killed in planned hits, her father right in front of her very eyes. Anya must take care of her mentally handicapped brother and her little sister. Then Anya meets Win, the son of the new D.A. Commissioner. Although the two come from completely different backgrounds, love blooms anyway. But Anya must be careful, something's stirring within the Balanchine family that could put her immediate family in danger. She must also worry about her relationship with Win and keeping him safe, and his father out of her business. An exciting novel of a dystopian world, mixed with organized crime.
My Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The world Zevin created was so interesting and odd, and I was kind of sucked into it. It was just really weird trying to imagine a place where chocolate and caffeine were contraband. It honestly just made me really crave chocolate. Water and paper were luxuries that were in short supply, and expensive. Just an odd world that was very hard to imagine living in, but interesting nonetheless.
I also really enjoyed the mob/organized crime aspect of the story. It really made me think I was viewing The Godfather or something.
The one con I would have about the story was the main character Anya Balanchine. I understand she was under a lot of stress and came from a different type of family, but she could be really mean sometimes to people who really didn't deserve it. She would lash out and say hurtful things to her friends and family who hadn't done anything wrong. I think Anya was kind of into herself, and she didn't really listen to other people around her, or take into account their feelings. Just throughout the story, I never really felt great affection for Anya.
All in all, a really cool little story. I will definitely be checking out the next one to see what happens with Anya, her family, and Win. If you love a good dystopian world, then I would highly recommend you check this story out.
I'm gonna make you an offer you can't refuse, and then go stuff my face with chocolate!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: Y: The Last Man: Volume 4: Safeword by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Goran Parlov and Jose Marzan, Jr.

Title: Y: The Last Man: Volume 4: Safeword
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Pencillers: Pia Guerra and Goran Parlov
Inker: Jose Marzan, Jr.
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2004
Source: Library

Summary: Yorick, 355, and Dr. Mann are still on their way to San Francisco. Poor Ampersand is sick and needs medicine, but it is too dangerous for Yorick to go to the hospital. 355 calls up an old friend and former agent to watch Yorick. They also run into a militia group called the Sons of Arizona that makes their passage a little difficult. At this rate, they will never get to San Francisco.
My Thoughts: Feels like it's been a hot minute since I've read a Y: The Last Man volume. With this comic series, it is so easy to just jump right in the saddle again. Yorick provides the humor and sass, while 355 does all the work. There's also no shortage of crazy women.
The first half of this Volume was super weird. 355 has a weird friend. I was honestly concerned for Yorick's situation.
The second half of the Volume was a little more fun. More of what I'm used to and expect from this series.
Yorick, 355, Dr. Mann, and Ampersand are just fun to read about. Although, I do question if they will ever get to San Francisco.
That was a little weird there for a moment.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Reading Right Now! (78)

What I'm Reading Right Now! and planning to read next is...


Reading Right Now!

Lark Ascending (Skylark #3) by Meagan Spooner - I was reading this one awhile ago and then took a break. I have now come back to it. I'm liking this one. It's the last book in a series that is hard for me to explain. It's like a mix of genres with some dystopian, post-apocalyptic thrown it, and some magic. I won't say this is my favorite series ever, but it's an interesting one. It's by the author that co-wrote These Broken Stars, which I loved! I need to read the rest of the books in that series.
So yeah, I hope to finish this so I can have another completed series under my belt.

Hope To Read Next!

Walk the Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson - I heard good things about this book and wanted to read it. It's about this girl who can sense where gold is. It's also a mix of different things with a Western feel and some magic thrown in. I'm excited to read it. I also really want to read Rae Carson's much talked about first series.

Random Tidbits

I just finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix and it was soooooo good. I need to get back into writing some of my tv reviews, cause I've got some piling up. But this show was just sooo good. All the feels. The story kept me enthralled. It was such a good mix of horror and friendship, family and mystery. Just very good. I'm really hoping that Netflix announces a Season 2, because I am not satisfied with the things left unanswered. Soooo good.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Title: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Published by: ATRIA Books
Released: 2011

Summary: R is a zombie. He doesn't remember his full name, previous life, or even how he died. R lives at an airport with a bunch of other zombies, and his friend M. He makes his home in an abandoned jet and when the urge hits, he goes to the city with other undead companions to feast on the living.
R is sort of ambivalent about his whole existence. While consuming a boy named Perry's brain on a hunt, R is flooded by images and feelings for a girl named Julie. R decides to save Julie and takes her to his home jet. The more time R spends with Julie, the more alive and different he feels. In Julie's presence, R becomes a new kind of zombie.
Whatever's happening in R soon starts spreading to the other zombies as well. In a weird mix of zombies, love, and adventure, R and Julie must use this new knowledge to save the world and humanity.
My Thoughts: Yayy! My first zombie book with a zombie as the main character. At the beginning of the book, it was hard for me to connect with the rotting, undead, human-killing R, but as the story went on, R became one of the sweetest, most alive characters and the world zombie was the farthest thing from my mind. I think that's what makes this story so sweet and poignant. The reader starts off feeling disgust and aversion, but eventually grows to like R and his other zombie companions. We feel sorry for R, and view him not as a monster, but as a character with thoughts and dreams, deserving of Julie's love.
This book takes the reader on such a sweet journey, and really does the impossible, it makes a believable love story between zombie and girl. Watching R grow and evolve, becoming more human by the minute, was just the sweetest thing. At the beginning of the story, imagining Julie kissing R would have conjured up images of necrophilia and road kill, but by the end them sharing a kiss seemed like it was meant to be.
This book does contain some suggestible and not really meant for kids scenes. Zombie sex is just pure nasty, and I would like that image wiped from my mind. But, if you can handle minor adult situations and some not so nice language, then I highly recommend you pick up this book and read it. It's such a good, sweet story. Also maybe check out the movie. I haven't seen it yet, but now I want to see it all the more. 
All you zombie lovers, go out and READ THIS BOOK! That's an order!
Gross yet so Sweet. A Zombie Hero that I'm Rooting for!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Are Waiting On Another Book From

Hooray for another Top 5 Wednesday! This week's topic is the Top 5 Authors You Are Waiting On Another Book From. I'm not sure if I'm going to make the full five, but we will see. I don't plan these things, it just works itself out as I go along.


These are in no particular order...

Jennifer Rush- I love The Altered series so much and just want more books from her. I will read whatever she decides to publish next. If you haven't read The Altered series, do it.

Kathleen Peacock- I don't hear enough about The Hemlock series. It's soooo good. Why haven't more people read it?? The last book in the series made me tear up. So intense and emotional. And I don't think I've seen or heard about any future books. She needs to write more, because I will definitely read more by her.

Emily Lloyd-Jones- The despair was real when I finished The Illusive duology and realized it was over, I didn't have any more to read from her. I would really like for the world and characters of Illusive to continue in some way. It's super powered individuals who have to hide their powers from the world. They more often than not end up working in criminal enterprises. It's just so much fun and I love it! I mean, I'd definitely read whatever idea she comes up with next.

Marisha Pessl- Can you believe she only has 2 books out! Goodreads mentions one more, but it looked to be in a foreign language, doesn't count to me. I still need to read her other book, but I loved Night Film sooo much. Such a captivating story. I really want more by her.

Megan Shepherd- I've expressed my love for Megan Shepherd before. I love her Madman's Daughter trilogy and I've started her alien series. I've also read one of her short stories that was included in Slasher Girls and Monster Boys. I just love what she writes. So I hope she keeps writing more stuff for me to read!

So that's my Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Authors You Are Waiting On Another Book From. What are your picks? Let me know in the comments below. If you want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should. Each Wednesday is a new, fun topic to contemplate and consider. Check out all the other Top 5 Wednesday-ers Here!