Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Review: Mechanica

Title: Mechanica
Author: Betsy Cornwell
Genre: Young Adult // Magic 
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.
But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.
Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all (goodreads).

Mechanica creatively mixes magic with technology and has some fairytale elements that get turned on its head.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Review: End of Days

 Title: End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days #3)
Author: Susan Ee
Genre: Young Adult // Dystopia // Angels // Romance
Publisher: Skyscrape
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Format: Physical 
Source: Purchased (Amazon)

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other (goodreads)?

The problem with most series is that they must end...
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#75]

I count off the second in my head. One minute passes. Then two, then four, and then finally, ten minutes.
Then fifteen. Twenty minutes. 

Page 16

Legend by Marie Lu [GoodReads]
Monday, July 27, 2015

Advice for Dating/Marrying a Bookworm

So you met a really cute boy/girl and you're thinking about asking him/her to go steady. Or maybe you're ready to pop the question. Realize that in this relationship, there will always be books (and probably cats). I have compiled a list of advice to prepare you for your future with a bookworm.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Commenting Party - August 1-August 2

I don't you know about you guys, but I have been slacking on commenting on other blogs this summer, and I've have this nagging feeling that I'm not exploring enough new blogs. 

So what's a girl to do? 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review: Rook

Title: Rook
Author: Sharon Cameron
Genre: Young Adult // Romance // Dystopia
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: April 28, 2014
Format: Physical 
Source: Purchased (Barnes & Noble)

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse (goodreads).

Rook is a mess of unbalanced characterization, lack of backstory, and slow moving plot. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Review: Nearly Gone

Title: Nearly Gone (Nearly Gone #1)
Author: Elle Cosimano
Genre: Young Adult // Murder // Mystrey
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Format: Physical
Source: Purchased (Half Priced Books)

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.
Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next (goodreads).


Nearly Gone was an unsettling mystery with realistic characters which held my interest until the romance started to pick up. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

[Meme]Waiting on Wednesday [#76]

Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: January 5, 2016

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.
Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies--the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.
Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light -- threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever (goodreads).

I've only read privateer books with a regency/romance focus, I'd love to check out Young Adult pirates, AND time travel.

Who would have put those two together? 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

[Meme]Teaser Tuesday [#74]

"You've fought off a gang of men twice your size, killed an angel warrior, stood up to an archangel, and wielded an angel sword." Raffe cocks his head. "But you scream like a little girl when you see a maggot?"
Page 204
End of Days by Susan Ee [GoodReads]
Monday, July 20, 2015

[Discussion]Are Your 3-Star Reviews More Negative?

I fee like most books I read fall into the "3-star" category, and even though the general agreed upon definition of a 3-star review is "good," I noticed that my reviews have a certain level of complaining and whining. 

For example, A Thousand Pieces of You, I gave it 3 stars but man did I go in hard on that book. 

So I ask all of you, what is the general tone of your 3-star reviews? Are they negative or positive? I've tried to write more neutral 3-star reviews because I see 3 stars as neutral, you neither loved it nor hated it; but I cannot seem to keep the snark or sass out of my writing. 

I figure it's not fair to be so snarky in a 3-star review, because even as my rating system states that "3-stars" is "good," my review sounds more like 2.5-star review territory. 

Do your 3-star reviews come off more positive or negative?