Wednesday, February 29, 2012 14:00

WoW 4. Eve Marie Mont - A breath of Eyre.


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

A Breath of Eyre (Unbound, #1)Eve Marie Mont - A breath of Eyre.
Pages: 342.
Expected publication: March 27th 2012.
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation.
ISBN: 075826948X (ISBN13: 9780758269485)
Sort:
Part 1 of the 'Unbound' serie.

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own…

Jane Eyre is one of my favorite 'old' stories. It sounds like a nice story and it reminds me of show I've watched about a girl who steps into the world of her favorite book (Pride and prejudice.) It's called "Lost in Austen" and it was a pretty good show!

There will be two more books about Emma.
Unbound 2: The second book in the Unbound trilogy, which continues the literary adventures of Emma Townsend as she travels into Nathaniel Hawthorne's - The scarlet letter.
Unbound 3: The conclusion to the Unbound trilogy, in which Emma Townsend travels to Paris and gets lost in Gaston Leroux's - the phantom of the opera.
Sounds like a promising series! What's your selection this week?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 19:29

Review 10. Anna Sheehan - A long, long sleep.

Pages: 342.
Published: August 9th 2011. (first published August 1st 2011)
Publisher: Candlewick.
ISBN: 0763652601 (ISBN13: 9780763652609)
Sort: Stand alone.

It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone— and her future full of peril.

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose— hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire— is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes— or be left without any future at all.

Rating: 

Wow, just wow! I remember that I was completely blown away by this book. I had high hopes for it and it delivered.

The first chapters left me annoyed by our Sleeping Beauty. She's kissed by Ben and awakes after more than 80 years in 'stasis'. It's a special sort of sleep where you're body and mind freeze in time. She had a really bad attitude. She was too dumb to understand anything, so she wouldn't learn for school and stuff like that. She was immediately obsessed with Bren, but she doesn't even know him. As you can see, I was not very excited at the beginning. Still, I wanted to give the book a chance and I am so glad I did.

Rose emerges now into a world that has recoverd from the 'dark times.' That was a dystopic-sounding era brought by illness. Everyone in her old live is dead. If her parents hadn't left her in stasis for so long, perhaps she would have died to. Not that she had a very pleasant life. I began to understand her when the whole story got another dimension. Her past began to unfold and we get to know her parents better. They were terrible! They sort of abused her mentally by putting her in statis everytime they wanted. Vacation? Work? Annoyed? Just put her into sleep until you feel like waking up.. It really messed up her life and the beautiful love she had with Xavier.

"I didn't want the sun to rise. I didn't want the world to continue turning. I wanted the whole planet put into stasis until I could catch up."

Rose is constantly haunted by everything she lost. That's why she has so many troubles with her feelings for Ben, the boy who is taking her under his wing. The story get's deeper when there are several attempts to kidnap - and murder - her. There's an assassinator who is activated the moment she woke up.\

I felt heartbroken at the end of the story. I just felt like crying for everything this girl lost in her life.. She got a lot back (like the friendship with Onno. He's fantastic!) but still.. I could only think about everything she could have before, if her parents were just normal. And I love the writing. I really bonded with her in the end. I though she was really strong when she discovered the truth about several things. I would be devastated, but she can deal with it and I admired that about Rose.

Read this book. Really! I wish I could read this one again, for the first time, just to be dazzled.

13:46

Top 10 Tuesday (2)



Top Ten Tuesday
is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and
the Bookish. Just click on the link to go to their top ten tuesday.

Top Ten Books I'd Give A Theme Song To:
(and please tell us the song and why you'd pick it for the book!)

Oh my. I love music, but I never thought about picking a specific song for a certain book. I don't think I can think of 10 songs and books right now, but we'll see how far I get and I can edit it if I come up with something later :)
1. J.K Rowling - Harry Potter. I always get sentimentel when I think about Harry Potter. That's why I picked this song: Backstreet Boys - climbing the wall. I know that it's a very old song, but the lyrics are very good. "Close your eyes, make a wish, that this could last forever." That's what I always think after reading every book again. That it could go on and on and on.

2. Heather Dixon - Entwined. Yiruma - Time forgets. When they were dancing on the music, I sometimes imagened that they were listening to stuff like this. It's so beautiful and peacefull and I think that you can make a nice dance on this song :).

3. Alexandra Monir - Timeless. Adele - Hiding my heart. "So this is how my story went, I met someone by accident Who blew me away, who blew me away." And in the end, that's what Michele does; she's hiding her heart, because, who will believe her? 'I'm in love with someone from years ago and I sometimes visit him by touching my aunts diary'?

4. Anna Sheehan - A long, long sleep. Coldplay - Fix you. "And the tears come streaming down your face. When you lose something you can't replace. When you love someone, but it goes to waste. Could it be worse?" That just describes what this book is all about. I'm going to put my review on this book soon, because I LOVED this one. It's so beautiful and well written and it broke my heart.

5. Kiersten White - Paranormalcy. Coldplay - Every teardrop is a waterfall. There's not a lyric that fits this book, but there's something about the upbeat tempo that reminds me of Evie. This song makes me wanna dance and Evie has this energetic and positive vibe that really combines with this song. (And I just love Coldplay :p)

6. Markus Zusak - The book thief. Adele - Someone like you. "Never mind, I’ll find someone like you" "You’d know how the time flies, only yesterday was the time of our lives." If you've read the story, you know what I'm talking about. Heartbreaking part of the book and I think that some of the lyrics fits to the feeling of the book.

We now know two things. I like Adele and Coldplay (and many others). I am a sucker for sad songs, because they have so many emotions in them. I'm not very good at combining songs to books, but I did my best.

What's your list? Let me know!



Monday, February 27, 2012 17:38

Coverloving Monday 4.

AuracleFor Darkness Shows the Stars

Gina Rosati - Auracle.
Diana Peterfreund - For darkness shows the stars.

I love how mysterious Auracle's cover is and I love the colors of Diana's book.

Byeee!

Friday, February 24, 2012 12:21

Follow me Friday (1)

Not every book I read or I'm currently reading will be featured in a review. I'm too busy for that and I don't want to upload several books on one day, because that get's messy. Therefore, I want to do a little update every friday. I'll show you the books I'm currently reading and I will tell you some short things about the books I won't be reviewing.

Currently reading.

Guardian of the Gate (Prophecy of the Sisters, #2)Michelle Zink - Guardian of the Gate (Prophecy of the sisters 2).
The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As 16-year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she'll need to defeat Lia.





Night's RoseAnnaliese Evans - Night's rose. (Night's rose 1).
Beauty was not awakened by a kiss.
For nearly one hundred years, Rosemarie Edenberg has worked tirelessly to wipe the dreaded ogre tribe from the earth. Now the tribe has gathered in London to work a spell that will destroy the scourge of their kind, the woman they call the Briar Rose.
Two magnetic men will unite to aid Rose--her mysterious Fey advisor, Ambrose, and the vampire, Lord Shenley, an Earl of scandalous reputation and even more scandalous appetites. One will save her, one will betray her, and both will challenge her to face the past that haunts her.
Once upon a time, she was ensnared in the mists of enchantment, cursed to sleep one hundred years. But this beauty wasn’t awakened with a kiss, and has never known happily ever after.
With the help of her handsome allies, Rose may yet find it.


The White Queen (The Cousins' War, #1)Philippa Gregory - The white queen. (The cousins war 1).Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.

And I've been searching for the English version of Markus Heitz' book, but I can't find it. I suspect it's not translated (yet). It's called 'Judasdochter' in Dutch, so the translation will be something like 'Daughter of Judas.'
I will definitely write a review about the first two books. The last two will be featured in the Follow me Friday, because Philippa Gregory's book are very hard to describe :) They are so complicated and that makes them so beautiful, but impossible for me to review. Markus Heitz is also difficult, since he loves many characters and different storylines. And the fact that there's no English version of it; I better not try to review it. It's the third book and you really must read the others to understand the storyline!

Short review.

Shadow ManCody McFadyen - Shadow man (Smoky Barrett 1).

FBI agent Smoky Barrett is no stranger to the darker recesses of the human mind. But nothing could have prepared her for the day she had to watch her husband and daughter die at the hands of a serial killer. She bears the scars, mental and physical. Most people would run -- from work, from life, from everything associated with the pain of a shattered existence. But Smoky doesn't know how to run -- and when the job that has defined her life comes calling once again with the news that her best friend from high school has been brutally murdered, she finds herself back in the firing line, chasing a hidden killer who will stop at nothing to confront her. Face to face.

Damn, this book was scary! There are a lot of horrible desciptions and that's something you like or you hate. I personally like it, because it gives the story a real dimension; you get to see the scene through the eyes of a real agent. How it feels to see such monsterous things in front of you. The killer is someone who believes his roots go back to Jack the Ripper. His victims are "whores who doesn't deserve to live, because they spoil the world". He is searching for his Abberline and he found him in Smoky Barrett. It's a race against the clock and there is much in stake. Will she manage to find this sick person? 4 out of 5.

The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry PotterAllan Zola Kronzek & Elizabeth Kronzek - The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter.             

Wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, all have astonishing histories rooted in legend, literature, or real-life events dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Magic wands, like those sold in Rowling’s Diagon Alley, were once fashioned by Druid sorcerers out of their sacred yew trees. Love potions were first concocted in ancient Greece and Egypt. And books of spells and curses were highly popular during the Middle Ages. From Amulets to Zombies, you’ll also learn:
• how to read tea leaves
• where to find a basilisk today
• how King Frederick II of Denmark financed a war with a unicorn horn
• who the real Merlin was
• how to safely harvest mandrake root
• who wore the first invisibility cloak
• how to get rid of a goblin
• why owls were feared in the ancient world
• what really lies beyond the Veil
• the origins of our modern-day “bogeyman,” and more.


 I'm a big fan of Harry Potter as you may know, so this is a nice addition to my collection. I though it was a very fun read. It gives more information about the things you find in the books, as you can see in the describtion. I gave this one 3 out of 5 stars.

Briar RoseJane Yolen - Briar rose.

Ever since she was a child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma's stories about Briar Rose. But a promise Rebecca makes to her dying grandmother will lead her on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma's astonishing claim: I am Briar Rose. A journey that will lead her to unspeakable brutality and horror. But also to redemption and hope.


This was such a strange story.. Original, yes, but I didn't like it. It was a bit slow and sometimes even boring. I liked the fact that Jane turned this story in something completely different. It shows a lot of imagination, but unfortunately, it wasn't something I liked.

The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1)Michael Buckley - The fairy-tale detectives (The sisters Grimm 1).

For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life has not been a fairy tale. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, the sisters are sent to live with their grandmother--a woman they believed was dead! Granny Relda reveals that the girls have two famous ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, whose classic book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files of magical mischief. Now the girls must take on the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives.


We meet Daphne and Sabrina, two sisters who parents dissapeared one day. The police has no idea where they are, so the sisters are put in a shelter. There, they are sent to different families, but they always find a way to return to the shelter. (The families aren't exactly very nice.)

Then, their grandmother - who was dead according to their father - wants them to live with her. Daphne is so happy, but Sabrina doesn't trust it. She thinks it's just a lunatic, an old lady who lost her mind. She keeps talking to the house and empty rooms. She has strange foods and she has very strange thoughts; she's a detective and she hunts for a giant.

But then comes the most unexpected thing for Sabrina. Her grandmother is kidnapped by the giant and with the help of several fairytale characters, she must save her. Daphne always believed her grandmother, so she made me laugh a couple of times. She's the young sister, but she's not young when she makes Sabrina feel guilty about her suspision behavoir.

I really liked this story, eventhough it's meant for children around the age of 9 - 11. It wasn't very childish and I found Daphne a very nice character :) I also liked the fact that we get to meet so many fairytale characters, like the three pigs and the big bad wolf (who is in real person not so big and bad).


See you next time!
Thursday, February 23, 2012 20:50

Review 9. Heather Dixon - Entwined.

EntwinedHeather Dixon - Entwined.
Pages: 480.
Published: March 29th 2011.
Publisher: Greenwillow Books.                    
ISBN
: 0062001035 (ISBN13: 9780062001030)
Serie: stand alone.

Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her 11 sisters join The Keeper, who is trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.

"Unfortunately Mr. Penbrook was the sort of gentleman Mother had told her about. You could poison their horses, steal their pins, set their manors on fire, chop off their fingers and they would still think you the sweetest little thing."


                                            Rating: 5 out of 5! Favorite.

I LOVED this book about Azalea, the main character and the crown princess, followed by all her sisters: Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Evening Primrose (Eve), Flora, Goldenrod, Hollyhock, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale and new-born Lily. They are all named after flowers and plants - which I thought was very funny - but it also shows how the king lives. He likes structure and therefore there are rules everybody must obey.

The books starts with Azalea getting redding for the ball. We immediately find out that dancing is very important for her (and her sisters). I love how that reflects the title, Entwined. What I like is that we get to meet the princesses - they all have their own personality - and we can see how the story unravels. We now get to know why the princesses want to dance each night and how they found the enchanted forest. When their mother passes away after childbirth, they go into mourning.
Their castle is enchanted. A long time ago their was an evil King who used his magic to capture souls in mirrors. He even made special routes in the walls and they find one, by mistake, in their bedroom. When they enter the enchanted forest, they can dance and no one knows. The man in charge of the forest, is called Keeper. He is mysterious and has something dark. He invites them to come dance every night and the princesses are thrilled by it, but the King starts to notice. He asks every gentleman to find out their secret. Instead of putting them to death, like the real story, he just sent them away if they don't succeed after three days. 

That way we get to meet several young men and I appreciated Lord Teddy and Mr. Bradford. Lord Teddy is just so silly and adorable. He made me laugh and I loved meeting him. Mr. Bradford sounds like a lovely, nice man.

The story gets a dark twist when Azalea finds out who Mr. Keeper really is. He's there for a reason and he'll do anything to reach his goal. Azalea must act quick or she may loose everything she loves.
This book has one big strength; the lovely, adorable characters. The way Heather portrayed every one of them as an own identity is marvelous. Clover is the shy one, Bramble has a big mouth, Azalea is responsible, Eve is the bookworm, the King looks a bit mean and harsh, but he has a sweet inside and so on. The love in this book develops and grows. Every element in it is right and I'm a sucker for 'happily ever afters'.
I think this is a clever, nice retelling of the real story. I think I even like this one more than the original one. It's also a good thing that this story gets a retelling; most of the time we only get retellings of popular ones. It's one of my favorite now and I'm looking forward reading more of Heather.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 16:37

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

I'll show quotes with you, because they say everything I feel about reading a book.

 
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
- Confucius.

The greatest gift is a passion for reading.
- Elizabeth Hardwick.

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
- Frederick Douglass.

Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.
- Hazel Rochman.

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever. 
 - Martin Tupper


13:51

WoW 3. Sherry Soule - Disenchanted.

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, (Breaking the Spine.), that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Disenchanted
Sherry Soule - Disenchanted.
Pages: 352.
Expected publication: July 2012.
Publisher: Moonlight Publishing, Inc.                                  
As an intelligent and sassy New Yorker, Skylar Thornton doesn’t believe in the supernatural until she moves into Summerwind Mansion and begins having nightmares about a young woman murdered in the house. She suspects there’s something strange about this place and it’s not just the bad dreams.
Determined to unlock secrets that have remained hidden for centuries, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can explain away. Not to mention, her uncontrollable attraction to the former owner, Dorian Knight. After meeting Dorian, all of her beliefs are tested. He seems so familiar, and as close to Mr. Darcy as she’ll ever get—but Jane Austen never wrote a hero like him—someone who both excites and frightens her. As the history of the Knight family begins to unravel, tensions heighten and old resentments turn deadly. Even though Dorian warns her about a terrible curse—she doesn’t know who or what to believe.
Now Skylar starts to wonder which she would rather hold onto—her sanity…or her life.

Otherworldly mystery, terrible curse,  young woman murdered, Dorian Knight in combination with Mr. Darcy, sounds fascinating!
What's your WoW?



13:36

Review 8. Michelle Zink - Prophecy of the sisters.

Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1)Michelle Zink - Prophecy of the sisters.
Pages: 343.
Published: July 1st 2010. (first published 2009)             
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
ISBN: 0316027413 (ISBN13: 9780316027410)
Part: First book in 'Prophecy of the sisters.'
An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-
One good...
One evil...
Who will prevail?
Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets. Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust. They just know they can't trust each other.
Rating: 

I really liked this book. There's not so much action, but it still captured my attention. We get to meet Lia and Alice, who lived with their father, aunt and two brothers. Now their father is dead and strange things are happening. Lia has suddenly marks on her wrist and they become more visible every day. Her twin sister Alice is acting strange - although their relationship has never been very strong - and they rarely talk to each other.

When Alice slips away during school time, Lia decides to follow her with Luisa. Alice is leaving to see a medium called Sonia and she wants the girl to contact her father. It goes not according to plan and Sonia sent them away.

Alice is frustrated and Lia becomes even more confused. What is going on? And when Lia and Sonia meet in - what Lia thought it was - a dream, everything becomes even more confusing. Until she receives a book. There's a story in it that tells about the Prophecy of the sisters. A twin, one the Gate, one the Guardian. Four keys to unlock the Gate or close the Gate forever. They can release Satan and his souls to make chaos in the world or they can make them disappear forever. Sonia and Luisa also have marks around their wrists, so what's their role in this story?
“I avoid looking at the clock, fearing the slow passing of time that will only seem slower if I watch its progress.”
Lia is a like-able girl. Alice is sucked into her own world and there's only one thing she wants; and she will do anything to get it. The only thing that I don't liked was the fact that Lia accepts everything so easily. I think that I would need a lot of time to adjust to the fact that I can destroy or save the world. Not to mention the fact that her soul can wonder in the Otherworlds. I liked Sonia and Luisa. They are both very nice and brave.

I will definitely read the next book very soon, because I want to know what will happen next! There's one thing I noticed while looking on Goodreads: you love this book or you hate this book, there's no other way. People gave this book 4/5 stars or just 1 star, so you just have to find out on which side you're on :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 13:48

Top 10 Tuesday (1)



Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by the girls at The broke and the bookish. There’s a different question each week and this week we’re talking:

Top 10 Books I’d Save In A Natural (Or Otherwise) Disaster!

That's a really difficult question, since I love every book I own (around 501 books). But if I must choose:

1. Markus Zusak - The book thief. No need to explain, just look up Favorite Friday 1 and you see why.
2. Markus Heitz - The dark times & the new times. I know this is not one book, but a serie that has 9 books. I just can't pick one book and leave the others, so I'll take them with my as one.
3. Juliet Marillier - The seven waters. Same as Heitz. I adore this serie.
4. Juliet Marillier - Heart's blood. Fantastic book.
5. J.K Rowling - Harry Potter. How could I leave those behind? This was my first fantasy ever and it got me hooked, so it has a special value to me. And hellooo, it's Harry Potter! (I've got them in Dutch and English; I want them both with me!)
6. Carrie Ryan - The forest of hands & teeth. My first zombie book ever and it showed me that I quite like this genre.
7. Christoph Marzi - Lycidas & Lilith. Two seperate books, but I adore them.
8. Philippa Gregory - The three books about The Tudors. She has a gift for writing. I'm obsessed with history after reading these books.
9. Shakespeare - The oxford bundle with all his works in it. He's a genious, especially his poems.
10. Markus Heitz - the three books about Sia (Judas serie). I'm going to read the third one soon, but I loved the first two.

Hmm, as you can see, my bag must be big enough to take a lot of books with me. I just can't leave any of those in the list and I had to think very hard about it. I think I'll go mad if something like this would happen!

And I would take my ereader with me, of course! But that's a tiny thing, so that won't be a problem.

Let me know; what's your list?


Monday, February 20, 2012 15:28

Review 7. Tess Gerritsen - The silent girl.

Het Stille Meisje (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #9).
Title: Tess Gerritsen - The silent girl.
Pages: 336.
Published
: July 5th 2011.
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Serie: Part 9 in Rizolli & Isles, but you can read it as a stand alone.
Every crime scene tells a story. Some keep you awake at night. Others haunt your dreams. The grisly display homicide cop Jane Rizzoli finds in Boston’s Chinatown will do both. In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, her head nearly severed. Two strands of silver hair—not human—cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make the startling discovery: that this violent death had a chilling prequel.Nineteen years earlier, a horrifying murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant left five people dead. But one woman connected to that massacre is still alive: a mysterious martial arts master who knows a secret she dares not tell, a secret that lives and breathes in the shadows of Chinatown. A secret that may not even be human. Now she’s the target of someone, or something, deeply and relentlessly evil. Cracking a crime resonating with bone-chilling echoes of an ancient Chinese legend, Rizzoli and Isles must outwit an unseen enemy with centuries of cunning—and a swift, avenging blade.
 Rating

Tess Gerritsen is one of my favorite writers, but this book was not as good as her other books. Normally I'm hooked, but that feeling wasn't as strong now.

Storyline:
Maura Isles is in trouble. Everybody blames her for putting a respected police officer behind bars, but she can only see the story through her victims eyes. She likes to live according to rules. Even Jane treats her friend different and that gives a strange feeling in this book. But, let's go to the real story. There's a red-haired dead woman on a rove (above the restaurant mentioned on the back.) Her hand is severed from her body and her head is almost chopped off. According to the kind of wounds, it's done by an extremely sharp sword.

That's the connection between this murder and a murder-suicide from nineteen ears ago. The woman connected to that massacre is alive and she is a master in martial arts; and she has a sword. Is she the one?

Unfortunately, it's not that easy. There's a secret, buried so deep that the police has trouble finding it. There are mysterious notes, which appears every year on the day the murder-suicide happened. There are hairs found on the body which can't be identified. An old police agent who retired years ago is searching for missing girls. Girls who are linked to the people who died nineteen years ago. What the hell is going on?

Characters:
Of course, there's Jane and Maura, but they have a newcomer. A boy who wants to be noticed, so he can get a position at Jane's department. He really wants to prove something and that has two sides. He's eager to learn and he commits himself full to the murder. But he makes mistakes sometimes; like, he makes the family members angry with his questions.

Jane is a real bitch in this book. Most of the time, she can be that way, but I like that about her. Now, it annoyed me a bit, because she's so harsh at Maura. It's nice that the boy from the 8th book returns. He has a tiny role, but I liked him.

Overall:
There's so much going on and I always like how Tess keeps it easy to follow. Everything comes together at the end and I'm always wrong.. She surprises me and that's one of her good points. The writing is easy and quick, but I just missed something. Still, a really good read!

If you like a thriller, you should definitely read this one (or start in the first book. It's a stand alone, but sometimes, things from earlier books return in it.)

Sunday, February 19, 2012 21:57

Coverloving Monday 3.

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)Entwined

I love them both so much and they are on my reading list for this year :)


Saturday, February 18, 2012 22:10

Review 6. Jocelyn Davies - A beautiful dark.

A Beautiful Dark (A Beautiful Dark, #1)Jocelyn Davies - A beautiful dark.
Pages: 390.
Published: September 27th 2011.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
ISBN: 0061990655 (ISBN13: 9780061990656)
Serie:  Part 1 of A beautiful dark.
On the night of Skye's seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites; like fire and ice; Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye's life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past. In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can't help falling for, and Devin, who she can't stay away from, the consequences of Skye's choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.
 Rating
Storyline: Skye meets Asher on her birthday party. He and Devin - his cousin - are having a fight, so that's not a really good impression. Apparently, they are new in town and they are new students at her school. Better; they are in her class and they are giving her a hard time. She is torn between the two guys, who are completely differend. Asher is the bad-guy type. He likes to flirt with girls and he has a certain way of talking. Devin is shy and likes to stay in the background. Skye and he can really talk, but she and Asher have some kind of spark they can't deny. Cassie - Skye's best girlfriend - is teasing her, but the story get's more complicated when Skye finds out that they are there for a reason. They are watching her; protecting her from herself. They both have the same goal, but Devin warns her for Asher, but Asher tells her to stay away from Devin. Skye is torn apart and she is struggeling with the discovery about her dead parents. Whose side is she on. Asher or Devin?

Characters:
I liked them all, but I hated Devin during the development of the story. He got very pushy and demanding, so I really wanted Skye to end up with Asher. Sky herself is a nice and sweet girl, but she can be annoying. She says one thing, but her actions are doing the opposite thing. Girl, make a decision! And what the heck, how can you fall in love with someone you barely know? Love is not based on how goodlooking he is.. You must have something in common, you must like his personality.. I also disliked the fact that every page is about her struggle. "I don't like him.. I do like him.. I want him to leave.. I want him to stay." Even her schoolwork is suffering from it, like, get a grip on yourself! But perhaps I think to much about stuff like that. I must be more romantic, so I tried to read beyond those lines and I found a very small story.

Overall:
Like I said, besides the whole love triangle, the story lacks a real good storyline. I expected more action. The whole story should have been more about her past and her new gifts. Now it was more: the story needed something more to make it less boring, so we just put some gifts in it and at the end we come up with a little bit of action. Her gifts should have been the subject, not just a side issue. Therefore, I give this book 2.5 to 3 stars, because I still want to read the next book.. I want to know how the story continues, because the writing isn't bad. I just expected more of the storyline.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 18:26

WoW 2. Ruth Frances Long - The Treachery of Beautiful Things.

 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by: http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/
Pages: 300.
Expected publication: August 16th 2012.
Publisher: Dial Books.
ISBN: 0803735804 (ISBN13: 9780803735804).


The trees swallowed her brother whole. And Jenny was there to see it. Years later, when she returns to the woods where Tom was taken to say good-bye at last, she finds herself lured into a world where stunning beauty masks the most treacherous of evils, and strange and dangerous creatures await—creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with allegiances that shift as much as his moods. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where nothing is what it seems, no one is who they say, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice—and not just her own. 

1. Look at the cover. I. need. it.
2. The whole storyline sounds amazing.

So, august, I'm waiting!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 18:49

Review 5. April Lindner - Jane.


JaneApril Lindner - Jane.
Pages: 373.
Published: October 11th 2010 (first published September 23rd 2010)
Publisher: Poppy.
ISBN: 0316084204 (ISBN13: 9780316084208)
Serie: Stand alone.
Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance. But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love? An irresistible romance interwoven with a darkly engrossing mystery, this contemporary retelling of the beloved classic Jane Eyre promises to enchant a new generation of readers.
Rating:

First of all, I love Jane Eyre. I think that it's such a lovely story and it has that sweet and pure love it it. A modern version of that story, how cool is that?

Storyline:
The story goes about Jane. Her parents die in a car crash and she has no place to live, so she wants to be a nanny. She drops out of school until she has enough money to start again. Jane ends up going to Thornfield Park, where Nico - a rock star - and his daughter Maddy lives. She is qualified for it, because she has no idea who Nico really is. She's not into television and gossip magazines. And from that one, the story practically follows the line of the original Eyre. I know it's a bit short, but there's not much to say about it. If you know the original version, you know how this story will go.

Characters:
Mr. Rochester is one of my favorite personages in the book, but Nico Rathburn is less like-able. In this modern time, there's really no reason to stay in certain situations (if you know what I mean). Jane always seemed very puzzled in this book and April made her plain and boring. If you're not very into celebrities and following television shows, but into reading, that doesn't mean you have to be boring. That you don't have any kind of personality! I wished she had more spirit, like the Jane in the original book.
Than there's Maddy, who practically plays no role in the book, other than bringing Jane and Nico together. And, when you look beyond the spoiled-brat part, she is quite nice.

Overall:
I know that I sounds a bit harsh on the characters in the book, but I think that it's good that these original books are translated into modern versions of the story. The concept is still fantastic, but this book could use some adjustments.

Sunday, February 12, 2012 20:14

Releases 1. January 2012.


Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)Between (Crossroads Saga, #2)Under the Never SkyIncarnate (Newsoul, #1)

Cynthia Hand - Hallowed (Unearthly 2). Released 17th.
Mary Ting - Between (Crossroads saga 2). Released 12th.
Veronica Roth - Under the never sky (Under the never sky 1). Released 3rd.
Jodi Meadows - Incarnate (New soul 1) Released 31st.


Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)Everneath (Everneath, #1)Bloodrose (Nightshade, #3)


Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica, #2)Immortal Devices (Steampunk Scarlett #2)The Book of WondersA Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters, #2)

Beth Fantaskey - Jessica rules the dark side (Jessica 2). Released: x.
Kailin Gow - Immortal devices (Steampunk Scarlett 2). Released: 9th.
Jasmine Richards - The book of wonders. Released: 17th.
Kelly Keaton - A beautiful evil (God and monsters 2). Released: 21th.

BittersweetThe Queen of KentuckyIrisesDrowning Instinct

Sarah Ockler - Bittersweet. Released: 3rd.
Alecia Whitaker - The queen of Kentucky. Released: 2nd.
Francisco X. Stork - Irises. Released: 1st.
Ilsa J. Bick - Drowning instinct. Released: 1st.

New GirlFire Stones (The Fire Wars #2)Addison Blakely:  Confessions of a PKEverneath (Everneath, #1)

Paige Harbison - New girl. Released: 31st.
Kailin Gow - Fire stones (Fire wars 2.) Released: 24th.
Betsy St. Amand - Addison Blakely Confessions of a PK. Released: 1st.
Brodi Ashton - Everneath (Everneath 1). Released: 24th.

Lenobia's Vow (House of Night Novellas, #2)
P.C Cast, Kristin Cast - Lenobia's vow (House of night novellas 2). Released: 31rd.
Sara Shepard - Pretty little secrets. (Pretty little liars short) Released: 3rd.
Sarah Prineas - Winterling (Winterling 1) Released: 3rd.
Eileen Cook - Unraveling isobel. Released: 3rd.



Ivy Adams - The internation kissing club. Released: 3rd.
Cate Tiernan - Darkness falls (An immortal beloved novel 2.) Released: 2nd.
Madeleine Roux - Sadie walker is stranded. (Zombie 2) Released: x.
Marie Louise Fitzpatrick - Dark warning. Released: x.


Helen Dunmore - Stormswept (Indigo 5.) Released: 5th.
Nick Lake - In darkness. Released: 5th.
Kate Klimo - Daughter of the centaurs (Centauriad 1.) Released: 24th.
Jeff Sampson - Havoc (Deviants 2.) Released: 24th.

Fifteen Days Without a HeadShadow's Edge

Dave Cousin - 15 days without a head. Released: 5th.
Fiona Dunbar - Venus rocks. Released: x.
Maureen Lipinski - Shadow's edge. Released: 8th.
Julia Karr - Truth (XVI part 2). Released: 19th.

Horizon (Aftertime, #3)My Awesome/Awful Popularity PlanThe Edumacation of Jay BakerPale. Chris Wooding

Sophie Littlefield - Horizon (Aftertime 3). Released: 24th.
Seth Rudetsky - My awesome/awful populairty plan. Released: 24th.
Jay Clark - The edumacation of Jay Baker. Released: 31st.
Chris Wooding - Pale. Released: x.

Scattering Like LightCrow Girl Rises. Kate CannA Witch in Winter (Winter Trilogy, #1)Night School

S.C. Ransom - Scattering like light (part 3). Released: 1st.
Kate Cann - Crow girl rises (Crow girl 3). Released: x.
Ruth Warburton - A witch in winter (Winter triology). Released: 5th.
C.J Daugherty - Night school. Released: 5th.

The Feral Child. by Che GoldenMerion of the StonesDoubleborn. by Toby ForwardSaving Daisy

Che Golden - The feral child. Released: x.
Allan Frewin Jones - Destiny's path. Merion of the stones. Released: x.
Toby Foward - Doubleborn. Released: x.
Phil Earle - Saving daisy. Released: 5th.

MoonriseWhat Boys Really WantLovetorn

Ivy Devlin - Moonrise (Low red moon 2). Released: 31st.
Chris Priestley - The dead of winter. Released: 31st.
Pete Hautman - What boys really want. Released: 1st.
Kavita Daswani - Lovetorn. Released: 17th.

CrowBlack Boy White SchoolMesmerize (Mystyx, #4)Revealing Eden

Barbara Wright - Crow. Released: 10th.
Brian F. Walker - Black boy, white school. Released: 3rd.
Artist Arthur - Mesmerize (Mytstyx 4.) Released: 24th.
Victoria Foyt - Revealing Eden (Save the pearls 1). Released: 10th.

It was one hell of a job, but I think that I've found most of the books that were released in January. 2012 is an awesome book year! 

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