Saturday, January 21, 2012

That One I Keep Meaning to Read (5)...

The Time Weaver
by Shana Abé
Description (from Goodreads): From the highly acclaimed author of The Treasure Keeper and Queen of Dragons comes this mesmerizing new novel of the drákon, a supersensual race of shapeshifters whose world exists side by side with our own. In The Time Weaver, a young drákon woman discovers she possesses a unique gift, one that brings her closer to her destined love—at the cost of their very lives.

Honor Carlisle may have been born into the drákon clan but she’s always felt like a stranger to her kin. It’s an intuition that proves true when she receives a mysterious letter—a letter sent by her future self. Honor learns she is a Time Weaver: a creature with the extraordinary ability to transport herself into the past or future.
But the letter contains a dire warning. If Honor remains in her home at Darkfrith, she is certain to be killed. Fleeing for sanctuary among old friends in Spain, she practices her Weaving and unknowingly draws closer to an even more immediate danger. For on one of her Weaves into the future, Honor encounters the very man she should most avoid: the prince of a rival tribe of drákon.

Drawn to Prince Alexandru of Zaharen, Honor is unable to resist the temptation of Weaving to him again and again across time. As they surrender to a desire that brings the present and future ever closer, they realize they are true soulmates. But they also risk fulfilling a terrible prophecy—for their union is destined to wreak havoc. Now Honor and Sandu must place their trust—and their lives—in each other’s hands, and their faith in a magical love that could restore order to the drákon universe—or destroy it forever.

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

I've still been pretty good with not buying books, and reading only what I have... however, I have a few pre-orders that came in and I bought a couple of books that I found pretty cheap, so I couldn't help it....

Clockwork Angel 
by Cassandra Clare
Assassin Fantastic
Edited by Martin H. Greenberg
and Alexander Potter
Pretty Guardian 
Sailor Moon Vol.3
by Naoko Takeuchi
Ouran High School
Host Club Vol.3
by Bisco Hatori 

On My Wishlist (6)

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City.

A College of Magics
by Caroline Stevermer 

Description (from Goodreads): Teenager Faris Nallaneen is the heir to the small northern dukedom of Galazon. Too young still to claim her title, her despotic Uncle Brinker has ruled in her place. Now he demands she be sent to Greenlaw College. For her benefit he insists. To keep me out of the way, more like it!

But Greenlaw is not just any school-as Faris and her new best friend Jane discover. At Greenlaw students major in . . . magic.

But it's not all fun and games. When Faris makes an enemy of classmate Menary of Aravill, life could get downright . . . deadly.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hammer of God by Karen Miller

Hammer of God begins almost right where The Riven Kingdom ends. Who Zandakar is, and the danger his mother will bring is now known to Rhian. Now, as God's chosen, it's up to the new crowned queen to find a way to prevent Hekat from taking over the world because Hekat and her warhost is now simply an ocean away. However, thanks to the witch-men of Tzhung-tzhungchai, the empress spends much of her time on shore waiting for the winds to be in her favor. Still, these men of Tzhung-tzhungchai, especially the Emperor Han, remain a mystery to Rhian. What's one more?

Hmm... honestly I'm not sure what to say about this one. I loved it just as I did the one before it. However, I saw much of it coming. I think I'm most disappointed with the ending. I knew, I knew how things would come about with Rhain and Zandakar (but that doesn't mean I wished it would be different). Poor Zandakar, is a giant tool. I loved him most in this book probably for that reason. As I had said I wished the ending for him and Rhain had been different, but part of that is because I hated the fact that they used him because he loved Rhain. It was what kept him faithful with the cause and everyone seemed okay with that. Really? On the same note, I can't get over Alasdair being okay with being second best. He's almost as big a tool as Zandakar (I hated Alasdair, all the way to the end).

Moving on. I also knew part of the ending for Hekat and Vortka, they've always been a pair to me. Ever since Hekat shared her bread with him, oh so long ago. I knew that if one lived the other would live, if one died the other would die, it was just the way things worked out in my head. I hope since we learn about the peace that Marlen found, I hope that Vortka and Hekat found it as well, at least for Vortka's sake, who is my favorite character in the series. However, through out the novel, I feel like he didn't do enough to stop Hekat, I was rather disappointed at him when it came to that. I also question Vortka keeping Zandakar from Hekat, which in the end seemed to me that Vortka had done it to be selfish, or at least to get back at Hekat, which doesn't really sound like him.

The epilogue did nothing to satisfy me. I found it a little pointless to be honest (maybe I'm not reading into it the way I should be). The last thing, I understand that Han was a complete mystery and probably wasn't meant for anyone (the readers included) to fully understand him. Still, I would have liked to learn more about him and his people.

I would give Hammer of God a 4.5 out of 5. On Goodreads I rounded down, because I don't feel like it deserves a 5.


This is a book from my own personal library.

The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller

For the most part The Riven Kingdom takes place in Ethrea, a small country. After the death of it's ruler, Princess Rhain, the kings last remaining child, is forced to consider who she will marry and make king. Rhain, however, has other plans. Feeling that it is her birthright, Rhain is ready to do whatever it takes to be a ruling queen. With the help of a royal toymaker Dexterity (thanks to his dead wife), his friend Ursa, Helfred (a man of God), and Zandakar (an exiled warrior prince from Mijak), Rhain is able to escape those who would force her to marry where they wish, and find her sweet heart Alasdair (who ends up agreeing to marry her and become her consort). Spilling the least amount of blood as possible Rhain ready's herself to becoming Queen of Ethrea.

While in Ethrea Rhain fights for her birthright, in Mijak, Hekat (the mother of Zandakar) is doing whatever it takes to give her god the world. Even if that means upgrading the sacrifices, from animals to humans.

Can I just say, I loved The Riven Kingdom. Unlike the previous novel Empress, I had no problem jumping into this one, and it was so hard to put it down whenever I had to. Other than the characters being so much more enjoyable, there actually seemed to be a point and plot to it all. While reading Empress, though I knew where Hekat would end up at, I wasn't sure what the point was, things happened, and that was it. Though I felt as if The Riven Kingdom was just thrown together, and that some things I felt were predictable (the truth about Mijak's god, I had seen that coming a mile away), I still completely enjoyed it. Oh and before I forget, the ending? It was a good thing I had Hammer of God, because I would have been very upset with the way things ended. I also have to admit, though I like the majority of the characters, I didn't like Alasdair, I liked his cousin Ludo, just not him.

I've given this book, probably unsurprisingly, 5/5 and plan on adding it to my favorites.

This is a book from my own personal library.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Taking a break from Historical Romance...

Dealing with Dragons begins with Princess Cimorene not quite fitting at being a princess. After realizing that she can be soon married off, she runs away and comes upon dragons. Cimorene then takes the opportunity to become the dragon Kazul's Princess. Soon after becoming Kazul's Princess, the dragons discover that wizards seem to be up to something. With the help of Cimorene, the witch Morwen, the princess Alianora and a stone prince (whose name I can't remember), the dragons are able to discover what the wizards are up to.

For some reason, I'm yet to really pin point what it is about this book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles that make it my least favorite. The characters for the most part are enjoyable. Even though I think girls who don't fit in and don't look like the princesses they are (tall etc) over done, Cimorene has to be one of my favorite characters in children/young adult fantasy. Though of course there is one character I hold above Cimorene, which happens to be Morwen, a close friend of hers. As for the plot, it's a small enough novel where I don't feel like it really drags any. It held my attention for the most part, and I'm pretty sure I enjoyed it this time around then the first time I read it.

I've given it a 4 out of 5.

This is a book from my own personal library.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

All About Passion by Stephanie Laurens

All About Passion begins with Gyles Rawlings, Earl of Chillingworth, looking for a wife that will meet his standards. She'll give him heirs, do her job as his countess, while he can still get some on the side, avoiding any possibilities of love within his marriage. He sets his sights on Francesca Rawlings, who seems to fit the part, or so he thinks. Francesca is not who he thinks she is. The day of his wedding he learns just that and now has to come to an understanding about his feelings for his wife, while odd seem to happen around or to her.

Honestly I'm still not sure what to make of All About Passion. It was probably a couple hundred pages too long. For some time there didn't seem to be anything going on. At one point there was a couple of pages (possible THREE pages), of Francesca talking to the gardener about what he should do. I'm pretty sure that was completely unnecessary. As to the relationship between Gyles and Francesca, it was plain as day to tell what they felt about one another. It was just a matter of Gyles admitting to what he felt. Finally, things seemed to be getting somewhere when odd things began to happening, however, it was incredibly predictable (I mean more predictable than what goes on in most romances). I saw what was going on with Franni from the beginning.

As for the characters themselves... well I kind of liked them, I have to admit I especially liked Charles and Osbert for some reason. Francesca thankfully, was different from the others from the Cynster novels, though of course, still had a backbone and could stand up for herself. There was one thing that bothered me about her, completely disgusted me to be honest. However, I think that might be considered a spoiler so feel free to highlight this: Francesca used to watch her parents get it on without them knowing. No lie. Gyles, was an ok character, though as much of a disappointment to me as Lucifer from All About Love.

I've given it a three out of five stars on goodreads because of the weird thing with Francesca, the lacking in plot and the fact that it was just too long for its own good.

This is a book from my own personal library.