9.16.2014

DNF: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
    A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.

    Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.

    Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.


    Review: DNF at page 145. I really tried to read this all the way through but after a while I was literally forcing myself to read and then found myself skimming the pages and that is when I knew this was not for me. I had a hard time staying within the story. One minute I'm fully wrapped up in what is going on and then the next few pages or so I just feel like I'm reading words completely pulled out from the story and waiting to get to the next exciting part instead of being downright bored.

    Also I didn't connect with any of the characters. I wasn't a fan of Avery, Tane seemed like he might become more interesting as the story continued unfortunately my annoyance and boredom with Avery kept me from reading that far.I didn't understand her at all, she has to become the next Roe Witch, takeover after her grandmother but why? I never fully understood her desperation behind it. And then she hates her mom so much and at first I thought okay she must be horrible but the bits we got from the parts I read she was really trying to look after the well being of Avery. 

    The pacing was very slow and I noticed a ton of filler pages. Salt & Storm could have easily been reduced in size by a hundred pages to make things move along faster. 



    9.15.2014

    Review: Across A Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

    Across A Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
    • Pub. Date: October 15, 2013
    • Publisher:Baler+Bray
    • Pages: 449
    • Series:For Darkness Shows The Stars #2
    • Rating: Really liked it
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      Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

      On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

      Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

      In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.



      First Line: "If the Wild Poppy dared return to Galatea, Citizen Cutler was ready."

      Review: For Darkness Shows The Stars was one of my favorite reads by Diana Peterfreund so when I saw she had a second book in the series coming out I was ecstatic, until I realized it wasn't going to be about Kai and Elliot but a whole slew of new characters, I was kind of eh I don't know sad...BUT this author is freaking amazing Across A Star Swept Sea was a wonderful read and I was jumping up with joy when Kai and Elliot made an appearance in the novel later on towards the end...it just really made my day.

       Anyways on to the review.

      Across A Star Swept Sea was a re-imagining of The Scarlet Pimpernel. All I know is it takes someone very clever to play the roll of someone incredibly air-headed on purpose and that is who Lady Persis Blake is, a brilliant minded girl who plays the role of a very popular socialite that everyone has pegged out to be dumb and only cares about fashion and other frivolous things. They don't realize it's all an act, a means to an end, no one has any clue she is the Wild Poppy who is notorious for helping the people of Galatea by rescuing them and bringing them to her land Albion. Needless to say I loved her character right off the bat. She was taking such a huge risk with her life and her sanity since there was a huge risk of her being turned into a Reduced if she got caught. I seriously admired her bravery and selflessness.

      The world building was phenomenal which I didn't expect any less from Peterfreund. I do recommend reading the first book though because it will help you understand the world in this book a little bit more. The only negative thing I can think of about Across The Star Swept Sea would be the first few chapters of the book, it started off a little slow and unlike For Darkness Shows the Stars this one took me a minute to get into but once I did I could not put it down.

      Another thing I really loved was the romance, this had that slow building romance where you are just dying to see the two come together but you know it wont happen not when Justen thinks Persis even though very beautiful is brainless and wants nothing to do with her but tolerates her because she knows all the right people and then there is Persis who had conflicting feelings for Justen. First off she was falling for him but she was ready to kill him also because she thought he was working with the enemy and was a spy. It all made for a very fun and exciting read.

      Overall an awesome read and I can't recommend it enough.


      Memorable Quotes:

      ~"No one is innocent in the tide of history. Everyone has kings and slaves in his past. Everyone has saints and sinners. We are not to blame for the actions of our ancestors. We can only try to be the best we can, no matter what our heritage, to strive for a better future for all."

      ~"If they didn't take you seriously, they would never see you coming."

      9.14.2014

      Book Blast + Giveaway: Vampire Secrets by Rashelle Workman

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      Title: Vampire Secrets (Blood and Snow Season Two) 
      Author: RaShelle Workman 
      Genre: Urban Fantasy (Reinvented Fairytale) 
      Release Date: September 14, 2014 
      Publisher: Polished Pen Press Corporation 
      Cover by  Andrea Garcia   
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      Blood and Snow Season Two Book 2 ~ Vampire Secrets A dream is a wish your heart makes... It's been a month since Jasmine agreed to the wish that would keep Laeddin safe. By all accounts she should be happy. She's attending high school, hanging out with friends, and spending time with Laeddin. but she isn't. Ever since the sorceress ripped away a part of her, she hasn't felt like herself. To make matters worse, the man with red eyes, the one that haunted her dreams, is appearing in real life. And demonic creatures keep showing up in Salem. The question on both counts is why? Jasmine must figure out who the man is and what the creatures want. Thankfully, she isn't alone. Laeddin, Peter, Zoe, and some friends from the mansion next door will help. And then there's the sorceress. she's using what she took from Jasmine to inflict havoc on the human realm as well as other realms.



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