2. tra 2015.

Fariest by Marissa Meyer

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Book summary:
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.
Mirror, mirror on the wall,Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
       You probably know about that saying that if you want to reveal someone's true character just give him power. Well, this book should be put somewhere together with that quote as it portrays it to the smallest detail.

       During the course of the previous three books in the Lunar Chronicles we got to meet Levana, our evil queen which we all want to destroy. But now with Fariest we get to hear her side of story, a quite different one. This is a story about little girl, who grew as not really royal character, which is how we all know her. It's a story about little girl who was always second, from the start, second child and then later second in everything love, respect and what not. So it's not a surprise that her only wish was to be on top, but as no one did that to her, she took all in her hands.

      First thing I want to mention as pro here is the writing. I have no idea what Marissa eats but you give me some of that. It's as always captivating and you're unable to stop once you start. What's more the story itself reveals in such manner that you get involved easily and you cannot wait to turn the page just so you could see what happens next. It's not only portrayal of Levana's character, but it tells you a lot about Luna.

     Only thing that stopped me from giving this book 5 stars is the fact that I couldn't connect with Levana. I do understand her and feel compassion, but I couldn't support her decisions. That gets us back to that saying from the start of my review, as I can hardly find excuses for cruelty. We all carry our burdens, but they are not reason for mass destruction. Or at least they will never be for me. That is until someone gives me some power and then we shall see.

       But I want to recommend you all to read this one before reading Winter, as this is also where her story starts.

Rating: 4 stars.

Until the next time,

1. tra 2015.

Waiting on Wednesday (#140)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass' pick

Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.
  


Expected publication: May 5th, 2015

Tanja's pick


When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people - and herself - Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.



Expected publication: May 5th, 2015

We'd love to see your picks so feel free to link them up.

Until the next time,

30. ožu 2015.

Claimed (Servants of Fate, #2) by Sarah Fine

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Rating: 5 stars.

Book summary:
Galena Margolis, a brilliant scientist with a tragic past, is determined to fulfill her destiny and develop the vaccine that could save millions. Yet when Galena’s test subjects meet with foul play, it’s clear that someone is still determined to stop her, and that Galena herself is a target. As the Ferry empire forges a plan to keep her safe, Declan Ferry, the politics-hating black sheep of the family, steps forward to protect her—but the emotional cost may be more than either of them is willing to pay.
As unknown enemies close in, it becomes terrifyingly clear that they threaten to destroy not only Galena’s lifesaving work but also the very fabric of fate. As Galena and Declan race to uncover the traitor, they also forge a special bond that could save both Galena and those she’s sworn to help. Torn apart by the past and hunted by those she trusted, can Galena find room amidst her fears for a passion that could make her stronger than ever? And even if she and Declan can find their way together, will it be enough to keep the future from coming apart at the seams?


           Now I see what's this fuss all about. After reading Marked I must admit I was slightly disappointed as I expected more from Sarah. Luckily for me Claimed explained things to me and now I see why our friends love her so much. It had all elements I want in a UF book.

          Well, the thing is that often in books it happens that we get another narrator in the sequel and her/his story told while still connected with the main idea. It happened here in this one and it was a great move. After Marked and some issues I had with Cacy, Galena is all I could ask for. She is that typical girl which is still tormented by the past but standing on her feet and kicking. That's the girl I like to see in books, who yes had to endure some tragic moments in their lives, but at the end found a way to cop with it. Then you just have to add Declan in the mix and you got it.

          It's where I wanted to go with this book. It still kept that great idea and world-building which I liked int he first book, but now with great characters and even more realistic background story which was so easy to connect with. With all that the plot was nicely planned, and it kept me on edge all the time. It was really a page turner where you just had to read and see what happens next.

         My only wish for the next one is to keep in the same pace, as Aislynn really has potential to be a great leading character. But we shall wait till Fated.

Until the next time,

*NOTE: Copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you! All opinions are personal.

29. ožu 2015.

The Sunday Post (#48)

Hello all. Well, as some of you know Sundays are always reserved for Sunday Post which is a meme created by lovely Kim @Caffeinated Book Reviews!

Hiya! Yeah we're really good at this catching up thing. Seriously. But really we're on kind of hiatus here it seems, not willingly though. It's just Glass is busy with her job and preparing her students for finals, while Tanja's midterms are getting closer and there is a lot to do. So we might be MIA for a week or two more. We shall see. Still we're trying to read as much as we can, which is basically like a couple minutes before bed where we do fall asleep quickly. 
In the meantime we hope that you're enjoying spring weather, which we don't have yet. If you do have it, send some our way. We'll be grateful! :)
  • Claimed by Sarah Fine (ARC Review) 
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#140)
  • Fariest by Marissa Meyer 
Thank you: Herlequin Teen

Until the next time, 

27. ožu 2015.

Blog Tour: Guardians of Terath: Seeking Sorrow by Zen DiPietro

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Book summary:
An earth-like world of high-tech humans faces the reality that their world is not as safe as they thought it was. Five people are thrown together to quietly get to the bottom of an unfathomable mana event that must stay quiet. If the population of Terath becomes aware of the truth, it will spark a civil war. That war would pit the majority of the population against the powerful minority with the ability to harness and manipulate mana. The resulting cataclysm would decimate the population and tear apart the foundation of society.
The five people chosen for this must reconsider everything they thought they knew about mana, even as they learn to trust one another’s abilities. They must embrace everything they never wanted in order to prevent the devastation of their world. One of them will be forever changed. Love will be denied, badassery will be unleashed, and Terath will never be the same.
Even success comes at a price.
        Books with futuristic settings tend to be my favorite. Especially those with technology in them, as they seem the most realistic ones. So whenever I get to read a book set in future where technology is so advanced I tend to imagine it as if it was really. It felt the same with Seeking Sorrow.

       Seeking Sorrow starts of as really unusual book as it took me some time to get into it and feel it properly and also to get used to the narrators. It's a story about five people who set of to resolve mystery about mana event. In this world there are people who have ability to control and use mana, which is not that common. When due to mana cities start to disappear, they know that they must do everything to stop it as if the word spreads it could lead to the war, which could be fatal for all. Even though not that familiar with each other, their journey will take them to remote places of their world where they will meet not only themselves but also each other.

        Besides the setting, which was really interesting to me I really liked how we got to meet characters slowly, at first I had troubles with distinguishing them but later it was easy to follow them. It was also interesting to see how their relationships grow. Another interesting thing to me was how they had to meet themselves first in order to resolve this mystery. It was really nicely build-up.

        But I cannot say that this book was without issues. My biggest one, which is why my rating is not higher is that at times it seemed that this story was dragging. It was too detailed at the start that I really couldn't read for long. I had to make breaks every now and then. It picks up later on, which leaves hope that in the next one there won't be issues of that kind.
     
Rating: 3.5 stars.


About the Author

Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, a fantasy/sci-fi writer, a dancer, and a mom of two. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. Particular loves include badass heroines, Star Trek, British accents, baba ganoush, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at www.womenofbadassery.com. Very active on Facebook, Twitter (@ZenDiPietro), and Pinterest.  


Until the next time,

25. ožu 2015.

Waiting on Wednesday (#139)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

Glass' pick


Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life.


Expected publication: April 7th, 2015

Tanja's pick

When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

Expected publication: May 5th, 2015

We'd love to see your picks so feel free to link them up.

Until the next time,

23. ožu 2015.

ARC Review: The Minnow by Diana Sweeney

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Book summary:
Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake. But it’s time to move out—Tom is pregnant with Bill’s baby.
Jonah lets her move in with him. Mrs Peck gives her the Fishmaster Super Series tackle box. Nana is full of gentle good advice and useful sayings.
And in her longing for what is lost, Tom talks to fish: Oscar the carp in the pet shop, little Sarah catfish who might be her sister, an unhelpful turtle in a tank at the maternity ward. And the minnow.
The Minnow is a moving and powerful coming of age story with a whimsical element that belies the heartbreaking truth of grief and loss. Tom is a character you will never forget. 
         Is it due to air or food or something else, but Aussie people really know their way with words. I was lucky enough to get to read some really amazing books from that part of the world, and we all know how much I love Melina Marchetta. Luckily I can tell you that The Minnow is not an exception.

         Filled with beautiful words and weird way of storytelling this one was hard to put down. Even though, I was completely lost at moments and even now after finishing it I don't think I understand everything I enjoyed reading it. Somehow I feel like the author herself wanted it to be this unusual and open to interpretation, which I totally approve. Some things seem better in our heads than they really are.

        So, we get to hear Tom's story here. First thing you should know about Tom is that she is pregnant and very young. It's not a combo I usually can get over with easily, but due to some things in this story (which I won't tell you - you won't get any spoilers from me) I really wanted to hug her and I truly hoped that she will find her safe heaven. Jonah on the other hand was that sweet little boy I wish all had as friend. Now from this you might assume some things I must tell you that you're wrong. It's nothing like it seems and it's sadly more realistic and cruel.

       So while reading about teen pregnancies I have that issue with wild girls sleeping all around, but as Tom is nothing like that I didn't have any problems there. I, however, did have problems with the community and their behavior towards it. Firstly her grandmother and the way people behaved. This is a very small community and people tuned blind eye more than they should.

        Still, this book was probably the most realistic I have read that deals with such issue. But it doesn't mean that I wasn't angry and frustrated. I still am and truth to be told the last sentence from the blurb is very true.

        This might be tricky but I would recommend this one to all of you how loved The Lovely Bones, as to me both give off similar vibe.

Rating: 3.5 stars.

Until the next time,
*NOTE: Copy of this book was kindly provided by he publisher, Text Publishing. Thank you! All opinions are personal.

22. ožu 2015.

The Sunday Post (#47)

Hello all. Well, as some of you know Sundays are always reserved for Sunday Post which is a meme created by lovely Kim @Caffeinated Book Reviews!

Morning all! Happy Spring to all of you. We hope that you've got your sunshine and warm weather. We've been enjoying it. With some awesome books of course. Another week is behind us, and we wonder when did the days melt all together. So for that reason we didn't have time again and plus we both got some cold to deal with (we're totally synced ppl!). But soon we'll get some time off for Easter and honestly we cannot wait. But in the meantime the show goes on..
P.S. Due to illness Glass didn't have time to post The Winner's Crime review, which you can expect next week. 
  • Bookish Problems #21 - Memes
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas 
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#138)
  • Blog Tour: Silk by Chris Karlsen 
  • The Minnow by Diana Sweeney (ARC Review)
  • Waiting on Wednesday (#139) 
  • The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski 
  • Seeking Sorrow by Zen DiPietro (Blog Tour)
Glass' haul 
Easy by Tammara Webber (Croatian ed)

Until the next time, 

19. ožu 2015.

Blog Tour: Silk by Chris Karlsen


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Welcome to my tour stop for the historical suspense novel Silk by Chris Karlsen. This is an adult book and is rated NC17. This is a review tour runs March 16-27th. Check out the tour page for more information and the tour schedule.
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Book summary: 

Silk on the skin—luxurious, luscious..lethal.
London-Fall, 1888
The city is in a panic as Jack the Ripper continues his murderous spree. While the Whitechapel police struggle to find him, Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner are working feverishly to find their own serial killer. The British Museum's beautiful gardens have become a killing ground for young women strangled as they stroll through.
Their investigation has them brushing up against Viscount Everhard, a powerful member of the House of Lords, and a friend to Queen Victoria. When the circumstantial evidence points to him as a suspect, Rudyard must deal with the political blowback, and knows if they are going to go after the viscount, they'd better be right and have proof.
As the body count grows and the public clamor for the detectives to do more, inter-department rivalries complicate the already difficult case.
 What would you do to stay young: Lie, Manipulate..kill?

Excerpt
Events of the day and the potential satisfaction of giving Napier a bloody nose dwindled. Questions about the murder crept back into Ruddy's thoughts. Morris joined him at his table in the rear of the pub with a Guinness, the popular beer of choice in hand. “You’ve got the look of a man whose thoughts are a long distance from London.”
“No, sadly my thoughts are fixed here in the city. I’m trying to figure out a clue. Ellis’s roommate said she’d sometimes meet with a well-dressed man, a man of means the victim indicated. They’d meet up at the fountain by the British Museum.”
“Don’t know the spot but then the museum isn’t my cup of tea.”
“Not the point. I’m saying it’s odd. What member of the upper class chooses to stroll through a public garden other than Hyde or Regents, where they can see and be seen by one of their own?”
“I agree the wealthy prefer the parks filled with others of their kind but it doesn’t mean a man can’t enjoy someplace different.”
“We interviewed the guard again. The one that discovered the body walks that half of the building. He told us the majority of their male patrons are natty dressers, but he never saw a man like that loitering by the fountain.”
“My guess is: the man is married and can’t afford to run the risk of being seen by a friend of his wife’s. Or, he might live or work in the area and the spot is convenient.”
“Or, he’s a murderer who’s noticed the victim walking through the park on a regular basis, saw it as an opportunity and cozied up to her.”
Ruddy took another swallow of his ale, mentally debating the merit of each theory. “I don’t think he lives in the area. If so, he’d have cut through the park more and been seen by the guards. Not sure about the married man having a tryst idea."
To Ruddy's way of thinking, if the man was married and looking for a tumble, he’d have met her someplace other than the gardens and at a better hour.
Instinct drew him back to his original sense of the culprit and crime. “I feel like this was a crime of opportunity. I’ve thought it all along and can’t shake the sense.”
“If he was just seeking a victim, then why haven’t you had more murders like this?” Morris asked.
Ruddy downed the rest of his beer and put his tankard on the edge of the table where June would refill it. “Everyone has to start somewhere. She might be number one.”
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About the Author:

I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.
My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write two different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.
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Until the next time, 

18. ožu 2015.

Waiting on Wednesday (#138)


You know the story. This is a meme created by Breaking the Spine and every week we pick books we're waiting for. Here are our picks for this week.

We cannot wait to read...


The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

Expected publication: April 14th, 2015

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