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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

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Throwback Thursday: Smart Pop Novels (2011), Favorite Authors on your Favorite Books!

Smart Pop essays are my favorite. The first one I ever read one was A New Dawn when I was riding my TWILIGHT SUPER FAN wave. When I read that book it was like I finally found the people who understood me. I found friends who wanted to go in depth and really TALK about the series... Or write. Whatever.

In this post, every Thursday, I showcase TWO titles of my own choosing. One will be a title I read, one will be a title that is currently seating on my TBR pile collecting e-dust. Every week I will have a different theme to this post, like for example today's showcase is about Smart Pop Titles. Mind you, after a while the themes might just repeat, but who cares as long as the titles stay fresh?

Mapping the World of Harry Potter : Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Explore the Bestselling Series of All Time

Mapping the World of Harry Potter
Edited by Mercedes Lackey, and your favorite authors...
Goodreads Rating: 4.26
Published April 5th 2011, by Smart Pop

Up-to-date through Book Six!

Mapping the World of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice offers a comprehensive look at the series through the eyes of leading science fiction and fantasy writers and religion, psychology and science experts. Topics range from feminism, fascism and the moral life of children to the true ownership of Severus Snape, Harry Potter as Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

This book has not been authorized by J. K. Rowling, Warner Bros. or anyone associated with the Harry Potter books or films.

Why I STILL want to read this title: Why would I NOT want to read this title?! It's a bunch of resourceful fans writing about the first literary world I fell in love with. Harry Potter is everything to me, and I love to read various points of view and uncover new information. Just seems like a fan's must have.

The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy

The Girl Who Was on Fire
Edited by Leah Wilson, and your favorite authors...
Goodreads Rating: 3.96
Published April 5th 201, by SMART POP

Katniss Everdeen's adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.

In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss' world really is.

  • How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch's drinking, Annie's distraction, and Wiress' speech problems?
  • What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
  • Why isn't the answer to "Peeta or Gale?" as interesting as the question itself?
  • What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history and what can we?

The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.

I read it, and I might even read it again: The Girl who was on Fire was REALLY good. You can tell the authors took a lot of time on their essays, they were engaging and insightful. If you want to go more in depth into the world of Katniss Everdeen look no farther because this is what you have been looking for.

Anyways, I hope I brushed off some dust from some of your titles that are in TBR status. Hopefully I made you remember of those that fell through the cracks, and if anything made you aware of some oldies that are still very much relevant and dying to be read. If you have any suggestions, recommendations, please leave them in the comments!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Review: Vengeance (Fracture #2) by Megan Miranda

Vengeance (Fracture, #2)
Title: Vengeance
Author: Megan Miranda
Series: Fracture
Book #: 2
Pages: 353
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 3.84
Published: Feb. 13th, 2014

Falcon Lake wants vengeance. And so, it seems, does someone else... An intense, heart-rending psychological thriller to accompany the chilling and seductive Fracture

When Decker drags his best friend Delaney’s lifeless body out of the frozen lake, he makes a deal: Anyone but her. Everyone but her. The lake releases her. It takes another...

All their friends blame Delaney for Carson’s death. But Decker knows the truth: Delaney is drawn to those who are dying, and she would have tried to help Carson.

Or so Decker believes until a body lies in front of him in a pool of water on his kitchen floor. Until he sees in Delaney’s eyes that she knew this would happen too – and she said nothing. Until he realises it isn’t the lake that is looking for revenge – Delaney is part of someone else’s plan.

This powerful and emotionally charged psychological thriller follows Megan Miranda’s stunning debut Fracture.

Taschima's POV:

From the point of view of a fan of Megan Miranda's characters and writing style Vengeance was a spectacular read that let you explore even further the characters we had come to adore, though one might still wonder if the novel was just to please fans who wanted a little more of the world because otherwise it was rather *and I am cringing when writing this word* needless. It was a good book, it really was, but the first title didn't lend itself to another one so it gives you the feeling that you can either take or leave Vengeance. If I were in your shoes though I would definitely take it.

For one it makes a lousy attempt at explaining why exactly Delaney has these "powers" of hers. It focuses more on Decker and his grief over losing a loved one, and while I love Decker I thought his character was a tad unfair in this title towards Delaney. He was being an ass, instead of talking things out he just flipped out and started throwing accusations. But I guess that is just how he reacts when confronted by grief... which is not at all flattering.  Other than Decker acting like an ass my main problem was that I wanted some sort of definite explanation on how exactly Delaney survived and how she got her powers. Right now it's kind of not here nor there, is it a miracle, the will of God, a scientific anomaly or a supernatural cause? I don't know, and that drives me nuts. I would have thought that if Fracture got a sequel it would be to unravel this ONE mystery first and foremost.

You may be thinking that I am being picky when it comes to Vengeance seeing as I said previously that I really liked the book, but that's just the thing, Vengeance had it's thing that bothered, but overall it was a fantastic read. I love getting to see Delaney and Decker again, and while I would have liked to be inside Delaney's head in some parts of the novel (two POVs would have been better than one) I still liked being inside Decker's head and seeing how he dealt with not only his new grief but the ghost of Delaney's death. He might have acted like a dick at times, but he was still Decker. You could tell he still cared.

So what is this novel really about? Delaney, Decker, and all their friends. They all seem to think the lake is coming for them, that it's cursed. So there's that threat at the back of your head, plus it seems someone is actually gunning to hurt Delaney and everyone around her, but why? Because she is the one person who survived? Because she can sense things other people can't? In truth Vengeance is about a lot of things, but most of them have to deal with death and how people deal with it once is at their doorstep.

I'd read it again.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review: The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)
Title: The Forever Song
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden
Book #: 3
Pages: 416
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating:
Goodreads Rating: 3.78
Published: April 1st, 2014


Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.


Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

Taschima's POV:

A fantastical ending full of high stakes, crazy villains, and romance that is just as fantastical as it is painfully real. The Forever Song was a fitting ending to this great series that single handedly kept vampires on the loop.

"He didn't know. I didn't care about Eden. I didn't care about his virus, or the cure, or the rest of the world. It make no difference to me if the humans found a cure for Rabidism, or if they could stop Sarren's new plague. Humans meant nothing to me, not anymore. They were food,, and I was a vampire. I was done pretending that I was anything less than a monster."

Allison Sekemoto, a girl after my own heart, has been utterly destroyed. The love of her life is now gone, and all she has to keep her going is sweet revenge. What does it matter if she lets the monster win? The monster keeps the hurt at bay, so she might as well give in to the sweet oblivion... Her, Kanin, and Jackal are out on the road pursuing Zeke's demented killer who is currently making his way to the only human safe zone left in the world (that they know of) in order to spread a mutated disease that will hit the restart button on the whole world. Time is definitely running out...

Not going to lie, there's a bit of angst in this title. A little more than a bit, true, but it's to be expected. Allison takes the news of Zeke's death pretty hard but then again who wouldn't react badly to the death of a loved one? She goes to a very dark place, but she is Allison and she has survived too much to fall down now and not get back up. She will go through a lot, she will get beaten down, but she always rises up to the occasion before it's too late. That's the magnificent thing about her, she rises up and beats the odds.

As for the side characters Jackal was a blast to have in this novel, as the previous one. He doesn't pretend to be good, he doesn't really care about the meat sacks around him but only that if they were to die his food supply would run out. He is however the much needed comic relief amongst all the blood and gore. Kanin on the other hand was a bit annoying in this title. He spent most of his time in silence mode, walking in the background and only making himself known when Allison and Jackal went for each other's throats; like an annoyed parent, which I guess he kind of is. I just wanted more from his character, but I guess there just wasn't anything else to get from him.

We all know Zeke is alive, we've known since the last title. Which is very good because it wasn't this huge secret to be revealed (which would have been a bit cliche if not completely anti climatic) but instead something we got to look forward to. And well, the waiting pays off, because dark and twisted Zeke is a sight to behold. [Spoiler] he then gets a little too emo for my taste, but he manages to bounce back [/Spoiler]

Even the big baddie was enjoyable! He is crazy and completely twisted. No gory details are left out so prepare for some very detailed sick deaths of dozens of meatsacks.

Overall I enjoyed this ending way more than I've enjoyed other endings in many beloved series. It was an ending, yet it gave Allison purpose for the future in a way that left it open enough for you to fill up the blanks. I don't believe that we will be seeing anymore of these characters in the future but I wouldn't complain if another title in the same world were to pop up... I'd throw money at that book like if it was the sole cure for Rabidism.

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