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Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world...

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury. @goodreads


MY REVIEW:

4 STARS 


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I SENSE THE BOY the moment he sets foot in the cave.

For the first time in centuries, I stir.

I am smoke in the lamp, and I curl and stretch, shaking off the lethargy of five hundred years. I feel I have half turned to stone. The sound of his footsteps rattles me like a clap of thunder, and I bolt fully awake.


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As you can tell from the blurb, this is a retelling of Aladdin. I was afraid I wouldn't like this book for reasons, but I really did enjoy it. I love Zahra the jinni from the lamp. Aladdin is a twat at times but he's wonderful too.

Even though Aladdin found Zahra's lamp and he's her master for now, he's very kind to her. Zahra is one of the most powerful jinn in the world and she has been alive for 4000 years!

Aladdin is out for revenge against Darian and his father who did some really messed up stuff to his family. And Zahra gets to come along for the ride. She does a good bit of shape shifting in the book and I loved that, the things you can ease drop on when your something else!

Caspida is the daughter of the King but also a descendant to one of the gods of long ago. I loved her character as well. She was like a female Robin Hood but only in the sand, not the woods. lol She also has a bad to the bone band of women that were awesome too.

Darian and his evil father are looking to take over the throne but not if Aladdin, Zahra and Caspida have anything to do with it!

There are other things happening in the book and it's all good reading. It's a wonderful little love story that has a little of everything. Will Zahra and Aladdin make it? Will they be able to love each other even though it is forbidden? Read the book to find out. =)


GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1828685910

AMAZON LINK TO THE BOOK:

https://www.amazon.com/Forbidden-Wish-Jessica-Khoury/dp/1595147675/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480782315&sr=8-1&keywords=the+forbidden+wish

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family's meagre income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.

With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England's greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas. @goodreads


MY REVIEW:

5 STARS 


I love A Christmas Carol

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I can't believe I have just NOW read this book. I have been watching the MANY movies of A Christmas Carol since I was a little kid. My favorite being the one with Albert Finney, that seemed to be the one I watched the most. I have it on dvd (maybe blu ray, I would have to look) and I have the VHS tape for a long time. Remember those? I also have The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Christmas Carol with Jim Carey. You know I think after reading this book I'm going to have to dig out the movies and watch them this weekend.

**Spoilers for any that haven't seen the movie or read the book, if that exists**

Most everyone knows that Scrooge is visited by his old friend Marley and he was a ghost!




He told Scrooge some things about life and told Scrooge he would be visited by three ghosts that might help him change his ways so he wouldn't end up like Marley.


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Of course Scrooge wanted none of that, he was scared out of his wits. But going with the ghosts was not so bad. Yes, there were some tears but there was some happiness as well. After the last ghost, Scrooge woke up a changed man. He was happy to be alive, he wasn't evil or mean - it is just such a wonderful story.

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Scrooge got a new lease on life. But he wasn't the only one, he gave to those in need and was the most delightful person. He took up a relationship with his nephew and lived the life he should have been living. And he became a wonderful friend to his employee's family, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the whole lot. It's bittersweet.

Things even changed for Tiny Tim who needed an operation and guess who helped him live =)


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Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the onset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him

GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1483328640

The Fate Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.

Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.
@goodreads


MY REVIEW:

3 STARS 

 For me, I didn't like the ending at all!

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I don't even know what to say! I mean, I loved the first two books and there were parts of this book I REALLY loved. Like what went on with the Red Queen, but there wasn't much of Pen or Fetch in it. We do go back in time when Kelsea has her visions and see how it all started. That part was kind of cool.

I'm just not happy with the ending, that's all I got. I'm just not happy but I guess we can't win them all. I am glad there are many out there that loved the whole series, I was hoping I would be one of them :-/


GOODREADS REVIEW:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1393062239

AMAZON LINK TO THE BOOK:

https://www.amazon.com/Fate-Tearling-Novel-Queen/dp/0062290428/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480695172&sr=8-1&keywords=the+fate+of+the+tearling

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes

Ten years after the horrific murders at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza that ripped their town apart, Charlie, whose father owned the restaurant, and her childhood friends reunite on the anniversary of the tragedy and find themselves at the old pizza place which had been locked up and abandoned for years. After they discover a way inside, they realize that things are not as they used to be. The four adult-sized animatronic mascots that once entertained patrons have changed. They now have a dark secret . . . and a murderous agenda @goodreads 

MY REVIEW:

5 STARS 


Well, this was a fun, creeptastic ride!



I love books that have to do with carnivals or old diners, or just old creepy stuff. I had no idea this was a video game! Lol! I just saw it on overdrive, it sounded good so I picked it up. I can't say anything for the video game but the book was awesome!


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When Charlie was young, her father used to own Freddy Fazbear's Pizza where he had animatronics serving people and putting on shows. Charlie's dad built all of these himself. He even build some animatronics for her room. She had Ella the doll, Stanley the unicorn, and Theodore the purple rabbit.

But something went wrong. One of Charlie's little friends was dragged away by the fox with a hook and things just went south from there. Seems there were more kids taken, or where they?

Ten years later, the friends come back to town (with the exception of one family that didn't move) to celebrate the scholarship fund Michael's parents were giving to a student.

The friends got together afterwards to catch up on old times etc. Charlie, John, Jessica, Carlton, Marla and her little brother Jason.

They ended up at the old pizza place. It was going to be turned into a mall but it was just abandoned and the kids found out that they build the mall up around Freddy's. <---like that isn't weird.


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They found a way in and saw all of the creepy life size dolls. Freddy the bear, Bonnie the rabbit, Chica the chicken and Foxy the pirate fox with a hook. And there is something really messed up in that place. I really enjoyed the creep factory, it is totally there.

I loved the book so much, but there were a few parts where I was confused. Like there was a part where John and Charlie talk about her early childhood. She's getting these memories of having a brother and stuff like that, well. . . what happened to him? They moved and he wasn't around any more so I'm wondering did something kill him, someone, uh, what? I have an idea but it's never really explained. Also, Charlies mom just takes after after her fathers death and Charlie grows up with her aunt and that's about it. Her mom is still around but not around, but whatever! It was so much creepy fun and some really sad, sad stuff came out in the wash at then end!

They have this paperback on Amazon for like $6 and some change. I think I will be adding it to my collection. =)


GOODREADS REVIEW:

 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1825893546

AMAZON LINK TO THE BOOK:

https://www.amazon.com/Five-Nights-Freddys-Silver-Eyes/dp/133813437X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480513294&sr=8-1&keywords=five+nights+at+freddy%27s+the+silver+eyes

Monday, November 28, 2016

Ruin by John Gwynne

The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures. At his back stands the scheming Calidus and a warband of the Kadoshim, dread demons of the Otherworld. They plan to bring Asroth and his host of the Fallen into the world of flesh, but to do so they need the seven treasures. Nathair has been deceived but now he knows the truth. He has choices to make, choices that will determine the fate of the Banished Lands.

Elsewhere the flame of resistance is growing - Queen Edana finds allies in the swamps of Ardan. Maquin is loose in Tenebral, hunted by Lykos and his corsairs. Here he will witness the birth of a rebellion in Nathair's own realm.

Corban has been swept along by the tide of war. He has suffered, lost loved ones, sought only safety from the darkness. But he will run no more. He has seen the face of evil and he has set his will to fight it. The question is, how? With a disparate band gathered about him - his family, friends, giants, fanatical warriors, an angel and a talking crow he begins the journey to Drassil, the fabled fortress hidden deep in the heart of Forn Forest. For in Drassil lies the spear of Skald, one of the seven treasures, and here it is prophesied that the Bright Star will stand against the Black Sun. @goodreads


MY REVIEW

4 STARS 


Damn it all to hell! I knew that ending was going to happen and I am not happy one freaking bit!

You know where that ending can go? ↓




I don't even know what to say in this review! Probably not much. Everyone you love dies! Everything you love dies! THE END!

Why do I torture myself with books like this and Game of Thrones when I know they are going to kill everything you love 50 billion times! I guess because they are so well written. Damn it!


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Don't even talk to me right now! I'm soooooo mad. At least I didn't cry! I always cry in books as all of my friends that read my reviews know. I'm in too much of a bad mood to cry! I want to set all of these books on fire, but then I will kill everyone and everything that I love all over again! And of course I will read them again some day because when you read stuff again you catch more than you did the first time around. I do that with movies too. Maybe I'm just not that bright. And I can't do that to a book, I love my books too much for them to get hurt =)

I'm hoping something good is going to happen when my paperback, pre-ordered copy gets here on December 6th, but I highly doubt it!




One star removed from what would have been a five star review for one particular death, or what seems to be a death.

FIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


GOODREADS REVIEW:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1814842389

AMAZON LINK TO THE BOOK:

https://www.amazon.com/Ruin-Faithful-Fallen-John-Gwynne/dp/0316386324/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1480357835&sr=8-1

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Reader by Traci Chee

Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.

Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.

Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning. @goodreads 


MY REVIEW:

4 STARS 


So, wow - how do I write this review?! ← I tend to ask that a lot. Anyhoo . . .

So this world of Kelanna doesn't have books! What? Who are these people? There is a whole story thing about it, but I got a little confused so don't ask me. 





A what? What's a book? Or as someone asked in this story, "What's a buck?"

Sefia has been on the run with her aunt Nin for quite some time. There are people looking for Nin because she's the most notorious thief in the Five Islands, they call her the Locksmith. But . . . there are other reasons she is hunted.

Sefia's mom was killed years ago and then her dad was killed and they had this set up what Sefia was to do if that happened. I feel really bad for Sefia seeing her father dead because the people in this book do some nasty killings.

Sefia took something she found hidden in their home when she made her escape to her aunt Nin. What was that something? A Book! A what?

Later on Nin gets caught by said people looking for her and Sefia has to fend for herself for a few years while hunting these people and hoping to find her aunt still alive and get revenge for her parents. I really like Sefia's character.

One day she is looking at the book. The what? Sorry, I can't help myself. She does something or other and she begins to read. Well, her dad taught her a little about reading back in the day but when she reads, something magical happens.




The book is magical! All books are magical in my world, but I digress. This book actually does something to Sefia and she ends up with some powers but I can't tell you what they are, read the book. The what?


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One day in the woods, where Sefia has been living, there are some jerk holes that come along. Sefia is watching them from a tree. They have a crate with them that has holes in it with the sign of the book that Sefia has and she thinks it might be Nin. But when she goes later when they are sleeping to open the crate, it's a boy inside and not Nin.

Sefia saves the boy, he is scrawny and has many scars. She knows he is used in fighting and killing. He ends up staying with her, he can't talk, she teaches him things, she reads to him, she names him Archer, he's deadly, they save each other, they take out others, they are both wonderful, wonderful characters.

The end.

No, just kidding. Seriously, Sefia and Archer go through a lot together to get to Nin and they eventually do and revelations, revelations, revelations!!

And the book is a book within a book. Figure that one out =)

I enjoyed this book very much. I got it from the library Overdrive and it's now on my Amazon wishlist for Christmas. I loved Sefia and Archer so much that I just want to have their story and I am looking forward to the rest of the series/trilogy? 


GOODREADS REVIEW:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1823165783

AMAZON LINK TO THE BOOK:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0399176772/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=200PK5IIT8BDX&coliid=I1MDC67CQDE3QV

Friday, November 25, 2016

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Amid the chaos of war, the Shadowhunters must decide to fight with the vampires, werewolves and other Downworlders - or against them. Meanwhile, Jace and Clary have their own decision to make: should they pursue the love they know is a mortal sin? @goodreads 

MY REVIEW:

5 STARS 


This is a re-read from a long time ago with this beautiful new edition of the book!

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It has been so long since I read this book I forgot a lot of things that happened. I only remembered bits and pieces. The sad parts and really happy parts. . . .



Clary did get on my nerves a wee bit, I wonder if she did the first time I read it. But, I still like her for who she is and her love of her family and stuff.

OMG, and the revelations at the end! I can't even. Okay, so I read the first three books in this series then I stopped. Then this year, maybe last year too, anyway, I read The Clockwork Angels trilogy. I know you shouldn't read out of order but still. I'm going to finish this series → soon! But, some of the revelations in this book pertain to The Clockwork Angels trilogy. Don't get me wrong, I haven't read the last three book so I don't know if it will go into more detail BUT someone found out their birth right so to speak and it has to do with Herondale!!! You feeling me? Those that have read all of these will know what I mean. I hope they mention more at the end of this series.

Overall, I obviously loved it as much as the first time around. I mean you CAN still love a book and want to drop kick someone off a roof.

I love all of the characters regardless of their stupidity at times. ♥


GOODREADS REVIEW:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1821551888