Welcome All Book Lovers

Welcome All Book Lovers

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Darkness At Sethanon by Raymond E. Feist


An evil wind blows through Midkemia. Dark legions have risen up to crush the Kingdom of the Isles and enslave it to dire magics. The final battle between Order and Chaos is abotu to begin in the ruins of the city called Sethanon.

Now Pug, the master magician sometimes known as Milamber, must undertake an awesome and perilous quest to the dawn of time to grapple with an ancient and terrible Enemy for the fate of a thousand worlds @goodreads 


MY REVIEW:

5 STARS 

 
Lord have mercy, at one point I thought one of my characters was dead and I thought, don't be doing this to me today. Don't make me get all cray up in here! But, it's all good =)



This book and the one before it were my favorites. The whole series is sooooooo good though.

Everyone is back in this book even if it's just a little part here and there.

There some evilness out to kill Arutha again. I mean leave him the hell alone! So we are off to see the wizard again. <-- Heh, I didn't even realize how that sounded because you know, Pug is in it and he's a wizard and, oh forget it.

Arutha, Jimmy, Gardan and some others go off to where's it to figure out what's going on.

In the mean time we have Pug (yay) and Tomas (yay) back together. I remember when they were just little boys together =) But, they are grown and Pug is a masterful wizard and Tomas has some issues when he put on this armor. It was back when he was in a mountain tunnel with Dolgan the dwarf <-- remember him! He's back too. Anyway, Tomas put on this armor for reasons and he changed. He changed into something a little bizarre and he went to live with the Elves.

Well, we get to find out why Tomas changed in this book and it's cray, just like everything else.

AND THERE BE DRAGONS! I love Ryath ♥


Time passed, and the stars overhead moved in their course. Then in the distance a sound of mighty wings beating upon the night air could be heard. Soon the sound was a loud rush of wind and a titanic shape blotted out the stars.

Landing in the clearing was a gigantic figure, its descent swift and light, despite its size. Wings spanning over a hundred feet on each side gently landed a body bulking larger than any other creature in Midkemia. Silver sparkles of moonlight danced over golden scales as a greater dragon settled to the earth. A head the size of a heavy wagon lowered, until it hung just above and before the two men. Giant eyes of ruby color regarded them. Then the creature spoke. "Who dares summon me?"







Oh, and there is a wonderful revelation behind the dragons <-- pun intended to those who read the book and know what I'm talking about.

Pug and Tomas have to travel to a place (with Ryaths help) to find Macros. Yes, it turns out you can find that which you think is lost. They need his help to conquer some evil.

I loved the ending with the exception of one thing. :-/

They had a little battle and things went well for the most part. I just hate to see it end. I do have the other books in the Riftwar Saga and will get to read about some others, but still, it makes me sad.

Recommend to all fantasy peeps!


GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1947392562

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo–an unhatched dragon’s egg–Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces.

Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands–and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East–a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await. @goodreads 


MY REVIEW:

4 STARS 


This was supposed to be my St. Patrick's Day book (green) read, but I still read it in March so it still counts =)

I love Temeraire and Laurence so much ! A man and his dragon, what's not to love !



Now the Chinese want Temeraire back. I think it's stupid as everyone stated, they had given the egg away to the French and just because Laurence ship took over the one with the egg in it doesn't mean they deserve to get Temeraire back. BUT . . . that's not what happened.

I loved that Temeraire was very protective over Laurence in this book. He was not going to let anyone separate them. So, they end up going to China together on the Allegiance. We get to meet up with Riley again =)

Some stuff happens on the trip over and some of the other dragons in Temeraire's crew help them out a for a little bit. I'm glad they got to be together again. And we got some of the crew back to be there for Laurence and Temeraire.

It was sweet when Temeraire got to meet his family and some other dragons. AND a little girlfriend, uh, stuff =)

Of course, there are some bad things happen while they are there as well. And more people die through-out the book =(

I liked the ending very much and look forward to what Temeraire is going to do with his new-found knowledge.

What wonderful books these are so far!


GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1305051120

Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields

A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive like-- a poison kiss-- and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It's a miserable life, but being a visha kanya, a poison maiden, is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. @goodreads 


MY REVIEW:

4 STARS 

I loved this book.


 :


It won't happen right away. The poison will take some time to absorb into his skin where my lips brushed against his, to find its way into his blood-stream. To destroy him.

In one hour, his skin will heat. I can picture him taking off his black jacket, tugging at his yellow shirt, fanning himself with a newspaper. In two hours his nose will begin to run and his stomach will roil. In three hours his chest will tighten, his pupils will constrict, he will feel like he is being squeezed in the jaws of a giant snake. He won't be entirely wrong. In four hours he will have lost control of most of his bodily functions. H will drool. He will soil himself. He will lose his dignity. In five hours he will stop breathing.

I hope whatever he did to deserve this fate was truly horrible. Because in six hours my guilt will be almost too much to bear.


Marinda is not a bad person. She thinks she is doing good in the world by assassinating evil people. She is a visha kanya, a poison maiden who kills only with her kiss. Her handler is an evil man named Gopal who turned her into this at a young age, it actually took 10 years but I won't tell you what all was done to her.

Marinda has a little brother named Mani and she will do anything to protect him. If she doesn't do everything Gopal says, he may hurt Mani. There are some other characters that help with these plans but I didn't really care for them.

Marinda works part-time in a bookstore <-- yay, even though she doesn't have to, but she wants a somewhat normal life. This is where she means the sweet love interest, Deven. They are finding a friendship and he's great with Mani. Until the day comes when she is asked to kill him.

Yeah, noooo. Marinda realizes something isn't right because they only kill evil people and Deven isn't evil. We then enter the quest of revelation after revelation. Lies and deception and the race to save everyone.

I just loved this book and I look forward to the next one. This is one of those books that people either love or hate, at least from the reviews. I'm a lover =) 


GOODREADS REVIEW:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1952823405

Friday, March 24, 2017

Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

This masterfully crafted horror classic, featuring a brand-new introduction by Dan Simmons, will bring you to the edge of your seat, hair standing on end and blood freezing in your veins

It's the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys' days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic middle-childhood. But amid the sundrenched cornfields their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once idyllic town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood―against an arcane abomination who owns the night... @amazon

MY REVIEW:

5 STARS 

What all happens during the summer of night? . . . . . . it's not pretty




Old Central School still stood upright, holding its secrets and silences firmly within. Eighty-four years of chalkdust floated in the rare shafts of sunlight inside while the memories of more than eight decades of varnishings rose from the dark stairs and floors to tinge the trapped air with the mahogany scent of coffins. the walls of Old Central were so thick that they seemed to absorb sounds while the tall windows, their glass warped and distorted by age and gravity, tinted the air with a sepia tiredness.

Time moved slowly at Old Central, if at all. Footsteps echoed along corridors and up stairwells, but the sound seemed muted and out of synch with any motion amidst the shadows.


 :

That school was creepy as all get out. A three story school of creepiness and what secrets are in the basement and other parts of the school.

The gang was Dale, Mike, Duane, Harlen, Kevin, Lawrence (little brother to Dale) and sometimes Cordie.

The story starts out when they are waiting to leave the school for summer break and they were never going to come back again as they were going to go to a newer school. And a death occurs pretty much right out of the gate. That's all I'm sayin'.

This is a coming of age story with a creeptastic twist! I loved all of the kids, some of the side characters and the town where everything took place. I loved the setting Dan Simmons wrote for this book.

The book talks about each of the children in the book so we know all of their stories. There are parents, neighbors, priests, school teachers, ghosts, evil beings and so forth and so on.

And yes, there are deaths.

There is this creepy Rendering Truck that follows the boys from time to time. They think it is someone associated with the school but they can never see them. They only smell the stink of the dead animals it picks up.

I can see all of the scenes in my mind. The story is set in 1960 and you really need to read it if you have been planning on it. I love old school books where you feel like your a part of things past. Of course, I wouldn't want to go to this town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just wait until you get to all of the creepy stuff =) 


GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1798005231

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Helter Skelter by Vicent Bugliosi w/ Curt Gentry

A national bestseller—7 million copies sold.

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime. 50 pages of b/w photographs. @goodreads 



MY REVIEW:


4 STARS 


So the simple fact is: this man is crazier than a sh•t house rat!



He's disturbing and sick.



And is his 80 + year old nasty self still married to some 20 something year old? I'm not showing pictures. I don't even want to do a review thinking some freaks are still out there and will come for us all!

And don't get me started on those crazy girls of his, well the whole crew, but still!

We are off to be charged with murder, and we don't care at all. <--- like my little jingle.




The book is filled with pictures of all kinds of things, some disturbing. Lets just call this disturbing and call it a day! No, I want to add some excerpts of one of the crazy heads! She was like telling all of her stuff to a lady in jail. Of course if freaked the lady prisoner out but that goes without saying.


Virginia asked her, "Well, did you do it?"

Susan looked at her and smiled and said, "Sure." Just like that.

Only the police had it wrong, she said. They had her holding the man while the boy stabbed him, which was silly, because she couldn't hold a big man like that. It was the other way round; the boy held him and she had stabbed him, four or five times.

What stunned Virginia, she would later say, was that Susan described it "just like it was a perfectly natural thing to do every day of the week."

Susan's conversations were not limited to murder. Subjects ranged from psychic phenomena to her experiences as a topless dancer in San Francisco. It was while there, she told Virginia, that she met "a man, this Charlie." He was the strongest man alive. He had been in prison but had never been broken. Susan said she followed his orders without question--they all did, all the kids who lived with him. He was their father, their leader, their love.

It was Charlie, she said, who had given her the name Sadie Mae Glutz.

•••••••


"You know, there's a case right now, they are so far off track they don't even know what's happening."
Virginia asked, "What are you talking about?"
"That one on Benedict Canyon."
"Benedict Canyon? You don't mean Sharon Tate?"
"Yeah." With this Susan seemed to get very excited. The words came out in a rush. "You know who did it, don't you?"
"No."
"Well, you're looking at her."
Virginia gasped, "You've got to be kidding!"
Susan just smiled and said, "Huh-uh."

She asked the big question first: Why, Sadie, why? Because, Susan replied, we "wanted to do a crime that would shock the world, that the world would have to stand up and take notice." But why the Tate house? Susan's answer was chilling in its simplicity: "It is isolated." The place had been picked at random.


I mean seriously?

The book tells in detail about the day the people were found, all of the records that could be told, how they found the freaks and arrested them, how things were done to different people. It's pretty graphic and then we go through the court cases.

Anyway, if you wanted to know more about what all went down then this is the book.


GOODREADS REVIEW:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1937048417

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?@goodreads 


MY REVIEW:

3 STARS 


I don't know how I really feel about this book so I'm going with the three star, I liked it =)


 :

I thought the book started out awesome and then I got a little meh feeling about it and then I got excited again so I'm all over the place.

I didn't much care for the parts with Abi and her parents and Kyneston, although I'm very interested to see where little Daisy, the baby and Gavar is going to go with their story. It was strange but interesting.

The parts I loved the most were with Luke at Millmoor. He was in one of the worst slave camps but there he meet some really cool people. Little Renie and Jackson ~ I loved them the most. They did all kinds of crazy stuff to help out the other slaves and to keep things real.

The thing is that the Equals run things and you have to give up 10 years of your life to these slave camps and then you can be free. Whaaattt? You can decide to go in when your young or at the end of your life, it's your choice, but once your in you don't even exist or matter any more. Luke and Adi's parents decided to go in and Adi took it upon herself to sign Luke and Daisy up to go too. Adi and her parents wanted to keep them all together so Adi got them a spot at the Kyneston where the Jardine's live. They are Equals and it's supposedly really comfy there. And for some reason, when they were getting picked up it showed that Luke was to go to the Millmoor place where it's hell. It all worked out. NOT

Anyhoo, the Equals have the Skills <--- that so doesn't sound right, where they have certain powers. Most of them are jerks as you can imagine. I said most of them!

There are some revelations at the end of the book that I should have seen from a mile away. Duh!

I am going to continue on with the series because I'm excited to see where this is all going with that ending and all of the cray going on
.

GOODREADS REVIEW:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1943493321

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Enter the Graceling Realm and let it work its magic . . . When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kngdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father Leck, who who ruled through his Grace?a special talent for mind-altering?and his taste for darkness and violence. Bitterblue needs to know Monsea's past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city sreets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves, who hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart. Bitterblue is unforgettable?a gateway to the Graceling Realm that braids together magic, memory, and romance. @goodreads 


MY REVIEW:


5 STARS 


This book! It was so wonderful and so sad at the same time! The feels.....................

 :

I love this book so much! Bitterblue got to meet Fire. OMG!


 :

This is going to be one of my crazy reviews! I am all over the place with my feels.

I love Queen Bitterblue so much! And her father was that horrible man from the second book that I wanted a giant to stomp him into the ground. He tortured animals, people and woman. I can't even people! I. CAN'T. EVEN. And at one point Bitterblue and her crew find some journals they have to decipher from old King Leck and it was not good, not good, not good.

Let me list my favorites.

1) Bitterblue
2) PO
3) Giddon
4) Teddy
5) Saf
6) Helda
7) Teddy
8) Katsa
9) Death

you know what? there are too many, just too many.

PO is Bitterblue's cousin and he can talk to you in your mind and he can read minds so to speak and he's blind as a bat but no one knows about it. You have to read the book to find out about all of that.

There is so much going on in this book I'm not sure I can give it a proper review as I don't write proper reviews in the first place.

Bitterblue starts sneaking out at night and going to bars to listen to stories and such. She hates being stuck in the castle all of the time. Well, she runs into Saf and Teddy. They are thieves and Teddy is a sweetheart, he gets hurt in the book and all of this stuff. And Bitterblue falls in love with Saf and there are all kinds of problems when he finds out she's the Queen. I mean you can't keep something like that from a handsome thief right? Wait, that ending, I just realized. No, I need another book to find out. Is there a novella. Oh Lord!

Anyway, there are all kinds of conspiracies going on in the kingdom and people trying to kill Bitterblue and people killing other people and going crazy and committing suicide and it's just cray. There are some really messed up and sad reasons for all of that though. I mean this book =(

Katsa and PO are together and they both love Bitterblue so much and she them. They protect her and Katsa has taught her to fight and that helped since she had to kill a man trying to kidnap her.

Then they have this council that is going to go around and take out some miserable kings. I told you there is soooooo much going on. It's not confusing, just to someone like me trying to write a review!

There is a man named Death that is Bitterblue's librarian. He's actually been around for many years and he was there when Leck was King until the King was killed. Heh =)

Anyway, I love ole Death, he's funny without meaning to be and I had the perfect picture of what I thought of as him but can't find it. But I digress. Death's grace was that he could remember every book or anything he ever read and he was in the process of restoring books from his mind! HIS MIND PEOPLE! Can you even imagine. I loved his and Bitterblue's talks together though. And then later on they made me cry.

Thiel and heck I can't think of all their names are assistants to Bitterblue and they were to Leck too so they are not right in the head. Once again you have to read the book =(

I loved Madlen, she's a healer and she has a secret =)

There are Hold and Hava, they both have different graces. You know, I'm done trying to tell you all about the people in the book. There are so many and it's just so good and they all play so many parts! Let me throw in a few excerpts just because.


"Holt," said Bitterblue through gritted teeth. "I forbid you, absolutely forbid you, to climb into any more window frames and look down, wondering what would happen. Do you understand me?"

"Honestly," said Thiel, going to Holt and grabbing his collar, then pushing Holt to the door in a manner that was almost comical, as Holt was bigger than Thiel, almost twenty years younger, and enormously stronger. But Hold just shrugged again, making no protest.

"Pull yourself together, man" said Thiel. "Stop giving the queen frights." Then he opened the door and shoved Holt through it.

"Are you all right, Lady Queen? said Thiel slamming the door shut, turning back to her.

"I don't understand anyone," Bitterblue said miserably, "or anything. Thiel, how am I to be queen in a kingdom of crackpots?"


•••••••••••

Bitterblue slapped him, as hard as she could. When he grabbed her wrists, she kicked him in the shin, then kicked him again, until finally, swearing, he let her go. "You're a bully," he spat out.

"You're a brat," she said


I can't find the stuff I wanted to write about Death. <--- not real Death, Death the librarian. I didn't write down the page numbers. There are more things I want to add to the review anyway later on. It's storming here so I'm just doing a quick crazy review in case I lose power again!

To be continued.......

PS ~ I love this book ♥ 


GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1943491229