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Bloody Bookaholic's Commandment:

Thou Shall Read Till Thy Eyes Bleed

"I will be with her again, or I will die.
There aren't any other options."
-Ash, The Iron Knight

"If I let myself love you I won't throw myself in front of her.
I'll throw myself in front of you."
-Dimitri Belikov, Vampire Academy

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

YA Review: Blackbird by Anna Carey

Blackbird (Blackbird, #1)

Title: Blackbird
Author: Anna Carey
Series: Blackbird Duology
Book #: 1
Pages: 256
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 3.49
Published: September 16th, 2014

This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her.

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined.

Taschima's POV:

So me and Blackbird were not getting along at all at the beginning. The 2nd Person Point of View was distracting and jarring; it kept knocking me off balance and distracting me. I actually didn't enjoy myself until after page 100, when things finally start to get interesting and instead of running blindly a picture starts to form and connections begin to be made. I almost did not finish this one, but by the end there I was actually glad I stuck along. What at the beginning seemed to me to be a long boring story of a girl running and hiding by the end turned into an exciting tale with a lot left yet to explored. I dare say Blackbird might not be one to miss; I'm already picturing how the second book will turn out.

Self named Sunny is the girl on the run. We don't know much about her, not her background or her physical attributes. Blackbird invites you to picture yourself as the girl in the run; Sunny has no distinct characteristics that might make her stand out, only a bunch of scars and she has dark hair, but that only further allows you to blend into the character and imagine yourself as being her. You are on the run. You don't remember anything about yourself, or why you feel on edge. Who is coming after you? The whole novel is about answering those questions so giving any further details away would cheat you from the answers revealed throughout.

Though that is not to say that the answers in themselves are entirely unprecedented. But what Blackbird has going for it is it's unique writing style (which takes a little bit to get used to) and the sense of urgency throughout. The ending really hooked me though. I really want to know what happens next, and isn't that after all the great hallmark of a good novel? It might have taken Blackbird an unusual amount of time to hook me but hook me it did.

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Hunger Games News: Mockingjay Part 1 TRAILER!!!

Release Date: November 21st, 2014.

And the day is finally here. Well, not the day, but we are coming close! Only two more months and we get to watch Mockingjay Part 1!! The trailer looks amazing, very very exciting. When I was watching it I kept saying "I remember reading that, and that, and that!"


I smell a read-athon coming on! I need to re-read the whole series again, or at least Mockingjay. I wonder how far they will go in this movie... 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

5 Reasons To Go Buy Illusions of Fate (Kiersten White), coming out Sept. 9th, STAT!

So the last two books I've read have been less than phenomenal. It is a sad, sad truth. But I recently picked up Kiersten White's soon to be released Illusions of Fate and I have to say I am enjoying it immensely! Kierten White shines when creating engaging characters, and now she has done it again!

Jessamin is a foreigner from the made up land of Melei who has gone over to the conquering land of Avebury in order to further her education. Well, as much as any lady can in this time.

So yes, historical fantasy. With PLENTY of snark (I love snark, give me more I say!). Jessamin is strong; a force to reckon with. She doesn't let this dreary country (Avebury) she has to live in get her down, and she misses her home country fiercely. I would say she is my favorite part of the whole book. Though I am also loving the magical aspect, and the side characters.

Here are 5 reasons to pre-order Illusions of Fate today:

1. Jessamine won't take any of your shit.

 Reading over the letter to my mother, I am so absorbed in my head with adding the true statements to my written words that I fail to pay attention to the street. I cannot decide which shocks me more--nearly being run over by the horse-drawn cart, or the fluid stream of cursing in my native tongue that is being directed at me.
I look up, cheeks burning, and meet a pair of black eyes that, combined with the familiarity of the language, hit me with a longing for Melei sp deep and painful I can scarcely draw a breath.
The man pauses, obviously surprised to see how dark of skin and eyes I am in spite of my school uniform. And so I take the opportunity to insult his manhood, his lineage, and his horse in a single, well-crafted turn of phrase I haven't used since my friend kelen taught it to me when I was fourteen.
He smiles.
I smile back.

2. Jessamine needs no man to save her...

He follows my eyes and curses, then slides his hands beneath my legs and back.
"What are you doing?"
"Picking you up so we can run!"
"Don't be daft, my hand is broken, not my feet!"
"Right, that was stupid. Stupid." He helps me up by my elbow. "This way!"

3. She is faithful to her friends... Human, animal, or otherwise.

Jessamine: "This bird saved my life."
Finn: "I am saving your life!"
Jessamine: "You were ready to give in! I saved my own life. You are simply keeping me company on this leg of my escape." Sir Bird caws brokenly in support of my statements.

4. Did I mention she has fabulous friends?

Finn: "It is none of your concern, Eleanor. All I need from you is a promise that you will keep this information to yourself."
Eleanor: "Lord Ackerly, if you asked me to deliver you the moon on a platter, I should think my odds of success slightly higher."
Finn: "I can make it worth your while, of course. Or, if you prefer, I can simply make you."
Eleanor: "Now we're dealing in threats! I feel so important. I wish you had done this last week. Aunt Agatha was in town, and I thought I would die from boredom."

 5. It is Freaking Old English Country Charm Mixed with Magic and a Kick Ass Heroine!

Random Stuck Up Lady: "How pretty you are," she says with a cloying smile. "You must feel so at home here in this horrid, muggy heat with all of these wild plants. You look like one yourself!"
The worst part is, she's right. I did feel at home when I walked in, but I know how far I am from it now. Lifting my chin, I return her smile with a pointed one of my own. "Why thank you, I do feel comfortable here, just as you must feel perfectly suited to this city of cold, greay rocks."

[The names in BOLD I added] I am already mourning the ending of this one. I am taking it slow because too soon it will be over. A definite must buy!

PS; If you look up Illusions of Fate via Goodreads it gives you a preview! Have fun reading!

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