Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dead, Undead, or Somewhere In Between-J.A. Saare

We all have rules. But Rhiannon’s rules usually include a billy club cracking a few skulls.

“One bad corpse can ruin your whole day. No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.
She left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her—until now. The deliciously good-looking vampire, Disco, knows her secret. When he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, Rhiannon discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no. But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.”

My dear friend Jenn lent this to me through the Kindle and I have to say, the internet is amazing. Anyway, I was in need of something adult and not young adult and figured: Necormancer, vampires, the heroine who is bartender in a strip club. You know some bad ass action is in store for the reader.

I must say that I was pleased. I was in dire need of some action in a book and Ms. J.A. Saare delivered. It was sassy and fun, filled with language that any pirate would be proud of, and an interesting twisting mystery of murdered vampires.

I liked that Rhiannon is, for lack of a better phrase, full of true grit. She’s comfortable in her own skin and with who she is and she doesn’t really care what you might think of her. And if she needs, she'll whoop your ass with her home made billy club. The supporting characters helped show her rang of emotional highs and lows and her growing power as a necromancer. Saare developed a fun female lead that you cannot help but root for.

I was, however, put off by the brutal retelling of Rhiannon’s past as well as the baw-chicka-wah-wah scene with Disco and Rhiannon. To me, it just seemed a little too excessive. I felt slight uncomfortable reading the two scenes, like I had accident walked in and saw something I shouldn’t have seen or heard.

Overall, a great book with an amazing twist at the end that left me saying “What in the hell just happened?!” I am totally going to have to read the second installment of the Rhiannon’s Law series.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Iron King-Julie Kagawa

The poor pretty farm girl turns out to be a Faery Princess? Of course. Who didn’t see that one coming?

“Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined. Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.”

So to be completely honest, I’m not too sure what caught my attention regarding this particular book. I don’t think it was the cover. It wasn’t the description of the book because it sounds like every other young adult book out there. Maybe it was something that I found on Goodreads and thought, what the heck? And to be honest, I tried reading this book about a year ago and it just didn’t pan out for some reason or another. Pretty sure it had something to do with another book I actually wanted to read. But I did finally get to reading this book, and I have to say, I’m glad I did.

Granted, it had most of the typical young adult staples in it, and we all know what they are so I will not go too much into it. I have never read a faery novel before so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I enjoyed the classic literary characters of Puck, Oberon, Titania, and Mab. The beautiful and deadly description of the world of the fae was fun and interesting. I loved the idea of the Iron Fey, because well, it makes sense really. We live in a world where imagination is tied directly with technology. How often do you hear anymore of Nature and it’s great inspiration? Not too much really. So the epic battle between Old and New is a good back drop for the story.

I found some of passages harder to read than others because Megan is like every other young adult female lead, moody and petulant, and the Winter Prince  was just like every other tragic male lead who is drawn to the heroine but is mean to her but then makes some play like she’s his saving grace. The only character that was well written was Robin Goodfellow, aka Puck. But of course, he got shafted in the end.

I enjoyed this story. It left me pleasantly surprised and my interest is slightly peaked to read the second book in the series. Good job Ms. Julie Kagawa. You might have gotten yourself a fan of your book series…

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Countdown-Mira Grant

Where the end of the world began. Total bummer.

“The year is 2014, the year everything changed. We cured cancer. We cured the common cold. We died.
This is the story of how we rose.
When will you rise?”
While reading this novella, I developed a love/hate relationship with this story. I loved the introduction of how zombies came into being. The development of the cure for the common cold and the cure for cancer was interesting and helped explained the back story from the Newsflesh series. I loved how Mira Grant gave a personality to the virus, how it patiently waited for the right time to infect and spread. My favorite party of the story was near the end when describing how the mom went into sudden “amplification” and her body turned and she became a zombie, so to speak.
Now, the hate part. Though Mira Grant is a great writer, I felt that parts of the story dragged. I had to force myself not skip through paragraphs so I wouldn’t miss anything that was going to be important that would give me a better insight into the world of Newflesh. Or, at least that’s what it felt like. Mira Grant managed to pull me into the story where I was afraid to pull my eyes away in fear that I will miss something, but able to kinda bore me at the same time.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Mira Grant. I love her detail and her characters. But for me, this novella was a little difficult to get through. I still loved it though. It helped satisfy my need for a zombie story that was different and though provoking; because let’s face it, maybe the cure for the common cold and cancer are right around the corner…and it’s just waiting to meet up and cause the end of the world.