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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

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Review: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1)
Title: Mortal Danger
Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Immortal Game
Book #: 1
Pages: 384
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 3.76
Published: Aug. 5th, 2014

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...

Taschima's POV:
"Imagine a world where, if enough people believe in them, the nightmares come true."
...and with that single quote the whole intention of the book changes. I thought it was about revenge, but clearly it seems I was mistaken because there are other things that take precedence; like everything else. Let's just say that summary is a bit misleading.

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There are so many interesting facets to Mortal Danger; the smart girl who was put down and rose from the ashes to take revenge on her enemies, the guy who comes out of the shadows to help her in her quest, the possibility of time travel, faustian favors, intrigue, forbidden love… Mortal Danger has it all. But then it continues adding facets and more facets to the story, monsters, Bloody Mary, weird firms that deal with the devil (which remind me of Wolfram & Hart from the Angel series), an overall game, obscure gods... It reaches too far. It tries to be so much it falls short in every category and ends up being this convoluted mess.

Mortal Danger is a mix of Mean Girls with Supernatural with Faustian favors with time traveling with... Basically it is a lot of things in one, so many things that it kind of loses perspective after a little bit. Set in a private high school while not solely basing all its intrigue in said high school social dynamic. Mortal Danger deals with supernatural forces that seemingly “help” those who have given up on life (and who have the brightest futures ahead of them); for a price. Which reminds me of crossroads demons from Supernatural, only in Mortal Danger you get three wishes in the span of 5 years and the business people find you.
"Some people might think this was a superficial request, but they wouldn't understand why I wanted it. Not just so I'd know-for once-what it was like to be one of the beautiful people. No, once I got inside the golden circle, I' dismantle it brick by brick. A sharp, angry smile cut free, and I didn't care what Kian thought. From this point forward, I had a goal-and planning was my forte."
The thing about Mortal Danger is that in the beginning it held much promise, which is why I stuck around. This broken girl was push to her inner edge and she was about to give up on life someone offers her the deal of a lifetime, to get revenge on those who have wronged her. It was intriguing and already the author had me hooked. But then it tried to incorporate too much too quickly. I was into it for the revenge factor, this girl, this smart girl who has a grudge that is justified, was going to make them pay. Only, she loses sight of her goals as soon as she is included in the inner club. Kind of reminds you of Mean Girls, don't it? She is still nice and all but she definitely steals the queen bee place from the ruling girl.

Edie is a smart cookie. She impresses me in that she pays close attention to details. But after a while she becomes extremely paranoid about everything and everyone around her. I love a little skepticism in my YA heroines, but she took it to the limit. The guy couldn’t say ANYTHING without her being like “Oh, look you can put three words together and say something charming, YOU MUST BE EVILS.” It got a little old too fast, which made me slow down my reading because I was annoyed with her.

It is kind of sad when less than half way in you already know the ending. It was too damn obvious. Some deaths I didn't see coming, but the ending? I nailed it. So it was a little, eh, boring.

The romance was neither here nor there. Edie for the most part  didn't trust her romantic interest, though she REALLY wanted to. She wouldn't even call him for help because she didn't want to become codependent. Am, if I am stuck in a supernatural world of trouble you bet your ass I am going to call the only person who might hold some information that may save me! And not just, make out with him and waste his brain full of information.

So, Mortal Danger main problem is that it tried to bite more than it could chew. What I thought was going to be one thing turned out to be something completely different, and slightly creepy. It would have been fine if I knew form the start what I was getting myself into... but I didn't know. I still sort of don't know. It felt like it was two different stories trying to merge together but they didn't manage to do this in harmony.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Review: Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke (Happy Release Day****)

Dissonance (Dissonance, #1)
Title: Dissonance
Author: Erica O'Rourke
Series: Dissonance
Book #: 1
Pages: 496
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 3.96
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.

Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.

But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

Taschima's POV:
"Nothing's done that can't be un-,
Nothing's lost that can't be found,
Make your choice and make a world,
Find another way around."

description

Fair Warning: do not pick up this book before you go to sleep. You will not like what happens. Dissonance is the kind of book that really requires your attention in order to take a grasp of the concepts: Echoes, Pivots, pitches… basically all the science side of things. I made the mistake of picking it up before I went to bed and I just had to start it again the next day cause I had no idea what was going on (I WAS half asleep). Once you have a clear head though you will come to appreciate the complicated science of it all.

I like how ethereal the cover looks, but it just doesn't reflect the story between the pages. When I look at this cover I think of Greek mythology, of a pretty girl somehow sacrificing herself and being delicate; couldn't be further from the truth. Del is tough, a trouble maker. Officially labeled the black sheep of her family she is also naturally talented at Walking; navigating between Echo worlds. She is studying to become a professional Walker, where she would fix disturbances in the real world that come from Echo worlds, or disturbances in the echo worlds that could potentially screw up with the real world. Her job is to protect the real world at all costs.
"It didn't seem possible that the multiverse could contain so much grief, no matter how infinite the branches were. Endless worlds and endless sadness, and I wondered if there could ever be enough joy yo balance it out.
There are a lot of concepts to understand while reading Dissonance, and if you don't understand one it is fairly certain you won't understand the rest of it all. Something that really helped (and made the story go on smoothly) is that at the beginning of every chapter there is a "lesson", a chapter from one of Del's Walker books that goes over the anomaly that the author is about to incorporate into the story. A great way to avoid info dumping all over the place.

Del is a trouble maker. They call her reckless,  Her sister is the perfect child who must please everybody around her at all costs, she is not above turning over family members if she must. Addie is a little insensitive but I still manage to somehow like the character because she had so many facets to her story (plus I loved to hate her a little as well). Did I mention Addie is into girls too? It isn't a major plot line or anything, just something mentioned in passing. How cool is that? A lesbian character that we don't have to like, her sexuality not having anything to do with it? I think this kicks ass.
"My cheeks heated. He'd told me something tragic and private, trying to make me feel less alone, and I responded by wondering what it would be like to kiss him. If there was a hell, I thought, looking out at the tilted, time-worn graves, I was definitely going there."
What can Del say, having other people bare their souls to her is kind of a turn on.

The romance was a little touch and go. I was kind of into it, but at the same time I thought things moved way too quickly. I liked the whole "being into multiple guys who are the same person from various universes" (though really she was only into one other version of Simon). It is incredibly messed up that she basically uses this echo in order to satisfy her need for intimacy with the boy who is unable to really see her, but it is a kind of messed up that is entertaining. Simon is a great guy, I REALLY like him. Though I don't know if I like horny Simon (that is what I call his echo, because he was always putting the moves on Del) or normal Simon more. They are kind of the same person, just some different facets.

One thing I did not like was the relationship between Del and her best friend, Eliot. I liked it because they were pals and they helped each other and whatever, but I did not like the pressure Eliot put on the girl. Like, him being in love with her gave him dibs. I did not like how the relationship was portrayed when the girl doesn't reciprocate, like she did something wrong just by not wanting their normal friend relationship to go to crap. Screw you Eliot. Eliot is of course the geeky friend who is totally in love with the MC. Only she is totally NOT into him, and the drama commences. Eliot isn't all bad, he is a great friend, but I just don't like how he acts throughout the second half of the novel. Not cool.

Dissonance was a fantastic read. After you get into the flow of things it is pretty easy to read it in one sitting. It is long though, and there are a lot of complicated concepts that kind of make sense but are rooted in so many explanations... your brain might start to hurt. But ride it out and you'll find yourself loving the multiverses, the echoes, the romance, the dialogue, and specially Delancey. I am so interested in reading what will come next, no matter how complicated it might be.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

So I Started Reading Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke

Dissonance (Dissonance, #1)

"A pivot directly connects two worlds, but once you're inside, you can use it to travel to any other Echo in the multiverse."
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"Echoes weren't real, but I was falling for one. Or was I falling for the real Simon, and using his Echo because it was the only way to be with him?I eased out of the bed, holding my breath. My backpack was still stocked from today's training session-duct tape, Swiss Army knife, matches, candy, and now, Monty's [grandfather] lock picks-and its weight was comforting. I might be reckless, but I wasn't stupid.I'd snuck out plenty of times before, but never with this much at stake. The smart thing to do was to stay here, figure out a way to make Eliot forgive me, and convince my parents I had learned my lesson.But ask anybody: Addie was the smart one."
I like how ethereal the cover looks, but it just doesn't reflect the story between the pages. When I look at this cover I think of Greek mythology, of a pretty girl somehow sacrificing herself and being delicate. Couldn't be further from the truth. Del is tough, a trouble maker. Officially labeled the black sheep of her family she is also naturally talented at Walking; navigating between Echo worlds. She is studying to become a professional Walker, where she would fix disturbances in the real world that come from Echo worlds, or disturbances in the echo worlds that could potentially screw up with the real world. Her job is to protect the real world at all costs.

The whole science of it is very interesting, complicated, and needs your full attention. The story so far is pretty long at 496 pages but I havent found myself bored at any given point. I like Del, she has got spunk! Her sister is another story (a goodie two shoes who must always be perfect, her name is Addie). So far other than Del we have the lovable, yet maybe slightly out of it, grandfather who seems to know secrets about their profession that he is keeping under wraps until the opportune moment. I like him, he is entertaining and serves a purpose. The romantic interest is steamy, though I seem to be more into his Echoes than the original boy. We'll see what happens, after all I am only half way through so far.

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