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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, 31 July 2014

YA Review: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)
Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles
Book #: 1
Pages: 492
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.05
Published: July 8th, 2014

In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

Taschima's POV:

Why must books end in GIANT cliffhangers? I hate them. I love them. Cliffhangers make sure that readers hang tight for the sequel, though The Kiss of Deception didn't need no cliff hanger to make it's reader's beg for more.
"I am a soldier in my father's army."
I have to admit that the beginning part of Kiss of Deception went by terribly slow for me. I immediately liked Lia, First Daughter and Princess of Morrighan. She is a wild spirit with an impulsive tongue. She is against tradition and resents all those who were involved into getting her engaged in a loveless engagement. Which is why she runs away with her best friend and tries to create a better live for herself. While I only liked Lia at the beginning I learn to love her by the end of the title. At the beginning she might seem a little selfish, leaving her whole kingdom to rot while she tries to find her HEA but she becomes such a strong woman by the end of the title that it doesn't even really matter. By the end she is the exact kind of princess little girls should all be looking up to.
"I wasn't a carefree tavern maid. I was Princess Arabella Celestine Idris Jezelia, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The one named in secret."
One of the most interesting things about the title was the mystery the author made up for us. The novel is mostly told from 3 POVs. Lia's is the main POV, but then we also read chapters from the POV of the assassin and the prince. Only, we get no description of these characters. So we, much like Lia, don't know who they are once they introduce themselves to her. We know the two of them because they somehow stick together, but we don't know who is which. Is the Assassin Rafe, or Kaden? Who is the prince? It is a mystery you are left to solve. It is kind of brilliant, you get to know them much like Lia without their titles. So if you are more inclined to like assassins, or princes, you may be quite surprised. It changes your entire perspective. Me? I'm team Rafe all the way, but that's just me.

The mystery did really drive me crazy though. I really wanted to guess right.

So while the beginning was slow for me, I might have put the book down once or twice, once Lia reached her destination it started getting into a good flow. Lia was learning new things and adopting a new way of life along with her best friend Pauline. Another thing I really liked about Kiss of Deception was the relationship between Lia and Pauline. Very strong girl friendship, these girls supported each other through thick and thin, and while Lia might have made some questionable decisions when it came to telling Pauline some truths she did it with the greatest of intentions.

I liked the world Mary E. Pearson created. I wish to learn a little more about the so called "Barbarians", I have a feeling they might very well be entitled to their rage. I would be if people kept calling me a barbarian. Also I was as confused about the so called "Gift" as Lia was. Is he Gift just really good intuition? What is so special about Lia, besides how awesome a character she is? I can't wait to find out.

The subject of war is also treated very realistically. You are shown both sides of the battle, emphasizing how good people are lost on both sides of the war, and a lot of innocent people also suffer. It kind of reminds me of [book:The Winner's Curse|16069030] and how you don't even know which side is right, because there is no clear answer. Should the Barbarians take revenge? Should they call a truce? Nobody knows, plus we don't have enough information yet to pick a side. All I know by now is that I am on Lia's side.

Lastly, Chapter sixty-eight. It warrants it's own mention. It will make you cry, it will make your heart hurt. This chapter just transformed Lia. From grieve the mighty shall emerge, and Lia is BOUND to kick some serious ass in the next book. I just wish it hadn't ended in such a huge cliff hanger (DAMN YOU!!!).

I am SO ready for Heart of Betrayal.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

YA Excerpt: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead (Chapters 1-5)

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)

"I WOKE TO DARKNESS.
This was nothing new, as I'd been waking to darkness for the last... well, I didn't know how many days. It could've been weeks or even months. I'd lost track of time in this small, cold cell, with only a rough stone floor for a bed. My captors kept me awake or asleep, at their discretion, with the help of some drug that made it impossible to count the days. For a while, I'd been certain they were slipping it to me in my food or water, so I'd gone on a hunger strike. The only thing that has accomplished was a forced feedingsomething I never, ever wanted to experience againand no escape from the drug. I'd finally realized they were pipping it in through the ventilation system, and unlike with food, I couldn't go on an air strike."
I am SO excited for Silver Shadows to be out. Sydney is in BIG trouble in this title, she was taken in by her fellow alchemists for dating Adrian. They plan to re-code her, make her something she is not. I wonder who is going to bust her out...

Silver Shadows is to be released on July 29th, 2014.


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.

description

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.

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