Saturday, 30 November 2013

Mishel Reviews: Among Others - Jo Walton

Mishel reviews

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Release Date:  January 2012 (First January 2011)
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages:  302 (Kindle Edition)
Author Site:  http://papersky.livejournal.com/
My Rating: 4/5 
Source: Library
Cover: Thumbs up, it’s very pretty.

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled--and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

 Review:
I had this on my TBR list for a while and saw it while browsing through the library’s available eBook selection. I’m glad I decided to give it a go because I am really surprised by how much I enjoyed it! This is a very different kind of coming-of-age story that has magic and the love of books woven tenderly into the pages. I’m only sad that I haven’t had the time to really dive into science fiction like the author herself has. I think I would have appreciated the book references more if I had read them myself, but you don’t have to be a science fiction fan to be a fan of the main character, Mori. The long list of authors and book titles within the story will keep me busy for quite some time though =)

The book blurb does a fine job of giving you a nice summary of what Among Others is about so I won’t bore you with my own synopsis. If the blurb isn’t enough to grab your attention than maybe my opinion will help. I didn’t have much expectation going into this novel. My science fiction/fantasy knowledge is still in the “baby-making” stage and I had never picked up anything by Jo Walton, so really all I had was the blurb to go on. But shortly after starting the book I noticed that I had never read anything that flowed quite like Mori’s story. It’s written in journal-like passages, which is nothing new, but I discovered that the story telling was captivating. Mori herself is an odd and unique character that I immediately liked without really understand why. And of course by the end of the story I still couldn’t quite get why I liked Mori so much but I didn’t really give a hoot. 

I could see and even feel the love of science fiction, and reading in general, that the author has. That was one of THE best aspects of the novel for me. The way books become companions for many of us is beautiful to read about especially for a character as young as Mori. I discovered my love for reading a little later than I would have liked and I envy Mori’s passion for books. I think I was expecting something more on the fantastical side when it came to the use of magic but what surprised me is that I enjoyed the subtle way Mori’s magic became an integral part of the story. This restrained usage, I think, added more by making Mori’s life and the things she was facing stand out more. There were many occasions Mori herself questioned whether the things happening were coincidence, fate, or had something to do with her magic. It really made me think outside of the box and I quite liked the experience.

I know I’ll be reading more my Jo Walton. I’m also excited to start on some of these well known authors (that of course I know nothing about) that were so much a part of Mori and her story.


Friday, 29 November 2013

Early Review: Wicked Little Secrets - Susanna Ives + spotlight and Giveaway

Vivacious Vivienne Taylor has finally won her family's approval by getting engaged to the wealthy and upright John Vandergrift. But when threatened by a vicious blackmail scheme, it is to her childhood friend that Vivienne turns; the deliciously wicked Viscount Dashiell.

Lord Dashiell promised himself long ago that his friendship with Vivienne would be the one relationship with a woman that he wouldn't ruin. He agrees to help her just to keep the little hothead safe, but soon finds that Vivienne has grown up to be very, very dangerous to all of Dash's best intentions.

My thoughts:
Poor Vivienne, she sure tried her best at being the perfect woman who said little and read her bible. A perfect little wife. But sometimes you just do not succeed. 

Vivienne was to marry this idiot to save her family from ruin. I did like how she really tried and wanted this. There was honor in it. But she was also curious and found a mystery to solve which led to lots of things. A seedier side of London, a run in with a notorious rake and blackmail. All good fun.

Oh yes Lord Dashiell, a rake with a love of antiques. Hey I love a man who loves history. He also had a grandfather who was rather hehe, you will see. And poor poor Dashiell got the hots for Vivienne and tried his best not to act on it.

I guess we were meant to sort of forgive Vivienne's aunt in the end but I detested the woman. Saw nothing good in her. Another thing was a story with Viv that was rather..come on? Really? At least it brought drama.

Conclusion:
Mysteries, blackmail and passion! A proper lady trying her best not to be charmed.

cover
Good

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Historical romance
For review

I was meant to have Susanna over for an interview, but instead I will have a mini spotlight today and a short giveaway :)

I am a mother to fabulous, brilliant, gorgeous children. When I am not writing, I am a part-time web developer/goddess. I drink Vouvray and listen to Brazilian Jazz, Wynton Marsalis, Astrud Gilberto, Bruce Hornsby, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson and Ella Fitzgerald.

I can cook some mean Southern butter beans. I love my children, that guy I married, running, my smart phone, the sound of rain, and poems by Billy Collins. In fact, I love poetry in general, but don't write a word of it. I've followed my crazy Viking husband through Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, England, and Scotland.


GIVEAWAY
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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Early Review: Legend of the Highland Dragon - Isabel Cooper

The MacAlasdairs are not like other men. 

Descendants of an ancient alliance, they live for centuries, shifting between human and dragon forms. Some wander the earth; some keep to their lands in Scotland. And Stephen MacAlasdair, the newest lord of the family, must go to London to settle his father’s business affairs. He brings an object of great power and greater darkness. He finds an enemy from his past, whose wrath is still living and deadly. And he meets an ally he’d never have expected.

1894 London, doesn't provide an easy life for women of the lower class, but Mina Seymour has managed to work herself up to a position as the secretary of a famous scholar. When a tall, dark Scottish stranger demands to see her employer, Mina is irritated; when MacAlasdair's departure leaves the professor worried, she’s suspicious. Determined to figure out the situation, she investigates further - and finds a world and a man she could never have imagined.

My thoughts:
Dragons and evil things afoot. Stephen is a dragon, seems there are a few "people" around who can shift into dragons in this world. And this one hails from Scotland ;) I do like the sword and kilt and background, sadly nothing of that happens as the book takes place in London.

Anyway. Dragon meets guard dog and because of things I shall not say, Mina, the guard dog aka secretary for a professor comes to work for Stephen. Learns of his second nature and helps him with the issue at hand...those pesky evil things that are happening.

There is of course romance coming too as they are drawn to each other but know they should not act upon it. But they sure still do ;)

Conclusion:
Romance, danger and fights. Mysteries and legends. We also meet his brother at one time and I hope there is a book about him too.

Would I read more?
'Yes

Cover
Nice

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: December 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Historical paranormal romance
For review


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Author Post Megan Mulry

IN LOVE AGAIN by Megan Mulry

SECOND CHANCE...
The Marchioness of Wick is about to get a second chance at life...whether she wants it or not. After twenty years in a loveless marriage to a duplicitous British aristocrat, Claire Heyworth Barnes finds herself broke and alone. Encouraged by her dynamic American sisters-in-law, the shy royal decides to start over in New York City. When she lands a job with a famous interior designer, Claire accidentally reconnects with the first—and only—man she ever loved.

FIRST LOVE...
Benjamin Hayek has never forgiven Claire for the heartless way she left him when they were teenagers in the south of France. And even if he could, Claire's not sure she has the courage to contend with how he makes her feel. Can they build a new love from an old flame? Or will a bitter history and a complicated future stand in their way?

Dear Blodeuedd,

Thank you so much for having me here at Books for Life! A lot has happened since you reviewed my first book, A Royal Pain, last year. A Royal Pain ended up being chosen as an NPR Best Book of 2012 and hit the USA Today Bestseller list. My new book, In Love Again, is the third in the Unruly Royals series, after A Royal Pain and If the Shoe Fits. 

When my first book came out, you were one of the first reviewers to remark on how I tend to write across genres. You were totally right! I love the steamy attraction of a romance novel mixed with the longer meditative passages and secondary characters normally associated with women's fiction. I noticed recently that Amazon has a category called Women's Romance Fiction and I thought of your review from last year. I'm pretty sure that's what my books are. I'll never know for sure, though, since I like to joke, I only write the books, I have no idea what they're about! In the end, I think, it's up to readers to decide what they are.

My new book, In Love Again, uses a lot of the same tropes from A Royal Pain but with a totally different outcome. It is still the story of a British aristocrat who falls in love with a fiery American, but that's where the similarities end. Claire Heyworth Barnes is the quiet older sister of Max, the Duke of Northrop. She is 38 years old and in the midst of a terrible divorce when the story begins. Whereas Bronte was all fire and ambition, Claire is tentative and vulnerable. She wants so much to be independent and strong, but it does not come easily to her.

New York City is a big part of this story too. It always symbolizes renewal for me personally, and I think that comes through in my books. It just seems that no matter where you are in your life, you could go there and reinvent yourself. 

In this book, the hot American is the hero, Ben Hayek. He is Claire's long-lost boyfriend from the summer before she married Freddy, Marquess of Wick. He has a good life in New York, as a dentist in private practice, but his emotional life is in the crapper. He is not a wild man, but he has a fire that comes more from the unexpressed passion he feels for life. When the two of them finally connect, it is a wonderful second chance for both of them.

The last part of the book takes place over the holiday season, with Claire and Ben introducing each other to their respective families. Much of the book deals with how we grow and evolve through different phases of our life and how our families of origin mesh with our families of choice. Claire's relationship with her adult daughter, Lydia, is also a big part of this theme. I really wanted to explore how we as women navigate being daughters, mothers, wives, and sisters all at once, while still retaining our integrity and sense of self.

So, in some ways In Love Again is different book from my others because Claire is a far more vulnerable heroine, but it still takes place in the same glamorous fictional world. I would love to know what your visitors think: Do you prefer a heroine who kicks ass (sometimes to her detriment) or a heroine who is a bit more tentative in her pursuit of her happily-ever-after? Or do you like all different heroines depending on your reading mood?

I would love to give away digital copies of In Love Again to three random blog visitors who comment. 

If you want to learn more about me or my books, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, or on my website!

Thanks again for having me!


Megan Mulry writes sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. Her first book, A Royal Pain, was an NPR Best Book of 2012 and USA Today bestseller. Before discovering her passion for romance novels, she worked in magazine publishing and finance. After many years in New York, Boston, London, and Chicago, she now lives with her husband and children in Florida.


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Review: The Cowboy's Christmas Baby - Carolyn Brown

Tis the season for...
A pistol-totin' woman who's no angel
A tough rancher who doesn't believe in miracles
Love that warms the coldest nights

After a year in Kuwait, Lucas Allen can't wait to get back to his ranch for Christmas and meet his gorgeous Internet pal in person.

When he pulls in, there's Natalie Clark right in his front yard with a pink pistol in her hand and a dead coyote at her feet.

Lucas is unfazed. But wait...is that a BABY in her arms?

My thoughts:
Sassy women and real cowboys. If you have not noticed by now that I enjoy Brown's books then you can have looked that close. This is the *checks* 11th book that I have read by her. And they are all sweet as butter in the sun. 

The Holidays are close in this book and a Lucas is gonna see the girl he has talked to online for months. You would think it would be all kisses and hugs but Natalie did forget to tell him she got preggers and had a baby. I do get why he got mad, she should have told him but there is a reason why she did not. So it's a rocky start and they has to become friends and fall in love all over again.

Put in a scheming father and granfather. Animals running amok and getting everything ready for xmas and you got this book.

Conclusion:
It's all sweet and fun. But then if I want cowboys I want a Brown book.

Cover
Eh

Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2013)
Cowboys & Brides #2
Contemporary romance
For review


Monday, 25 November 2013

Review: The Christmas he Loved Her - Juliana Stone

All he wants this Christmas is her. In the small town of Crystal Lake, Christmas is a time for sledding, hot chocolate, and cozying up to the fire with those you love. For Jake Edwards, it’s also time to come home and face his past. He thought there would never be anything harder than losing his brother. Turns out there is: falling in love with his brother’s widow, Raine.

Ever since they were little, Jesse was the Edwards brother who was always there for her, and Jake was the one who knew just how to push her buttons. Raine can’t imagine a life without them, which is why it was doubly decimating when Jake left town after his brother’s sudden death. Now he’s back and she doesn’t know whether to be mad or thrilled. Maybe both. Maybe it will be the perfect chance for both of them to finally find happiness again.

My thoughts:
This is book 2 but yes I would say you can read it as a stand alone. Still it's always more fun to have read book 1 first. Also the book was good, but not as good as book 1. But that is because they were about different things. This one had a lot of emotional turmoil.

Raine lost her husband 1,5 years ago. But, yes then there are those forbidden feelings she has now for her brother in law Jack. She is fighting with herself, she wants him, but drama drama. And Jack wants her too but he keeps thinking about his brother. Also seems he has PTSD from the war and he was there when his brother died.

As you can see the romance has a lot of bumps in the road. If it is not one thing it is another thing. These lovers can't catch a break. And they fit each other so well, they truly should be together.

But love always finds a way and it is a romance after all.

Conclusion:
Two emotionally scarred people looking for love.

Would I read more by this author?
yes

Cover
His head, I miss his head

Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #2
Contemporary romance
For review


Sunday, 24 November 2013

Mishel Reviews: Lily of the Nile - Stephanie Dray

Mishel reviews

Series or Stand Alone: Cleopatra’s Daughter, book one
Release Date:  January 2011 
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages:  351
My Rating: 4,5/5 
Source: My personal bookshelf/Own
Cover: Thumbs up!

Heiress of one empire and prisoner of another, it is up to the daughter of Cleopatra to save her brothers and reclaim what is rightfully hers...  

To Isis worshippers, Princess Selene and her twin brother Helios embody the divine celestial pair who will bring about a Golden Age. But when Selene's parents are vanquished by Rome, her auspicious birth becomes a curse. Trapped in an empire that reviles her heritage and suspects her faith, the young messianic princess struggles for survival in a Roman court of intrigue. She can't hide the hieroglyphics that carve themselves into her hands, nor can she stop the emperor from using her powers for his own ends. But faced with a new and ruthless Caesar who is obsessed with having a Cleopatra of his very own, Selene is determined to resurrect her mother's dreams. Can she succeed where her mother failed? And what will it cost her in a political game where the only rule is win-or  die?

Review:
Let me preface this review by saying I’ve already read the second book of this series. I read book two (for review) back at P.S. I Love Books and I never actually posted a review because I stopped blogging. But as I am now slowly coming back to the book reviewing world (which I’ve missed so much *hugsssss*) I was super lucky to be contacted to review Stephanie Dray’s third book (due out December 3rd) in the Cleopatra’s Daughter series. So naturally I went out and bought book one and two (my first copy of book two is stored away and I can’t seem to find it, yeah-so not cool!) so I could reacquaint myself with the story of Selene, the daughter of the last pharaoh of Egypt and Mark Antony of Rome.

Lily of the Nile begins shortly after the end of the war between Egypt and Rome. It covers the time from Cleopatra’s death to Selene’s betrothal, which is roughly four years. Although this is the opening to a trilogy, it can be read as a standalone. The ending events of the book were wisely chosen and the conclusion is satisfying. But be forewarned, you may not be able to stop yourself from getting the second or third book. After Cleopatra’s death her last remaining children are taken prisoners to Rome by the Emperor, Augustus. Selene, her twin Helios, and their younger brother are to live with Mark Antony’s Roman wife and Augustus’ sister, Octavia. Quite a mouthful of facts – I know. Reading from Selene’s ten-year-old (and on) point of view was surprisingly plausible and engrossing. Selene, like most of the other children of the book, is far more mature than many modern adults. And while she may not have a lot of world experience just yet she will gain a plethora of experiences, ranging from heartbreakingly horrible to something closely resembling love and happiness.


The only books about Cleopatra, Selene, or this time period that I’ve read are book two in this series, Song of the Nile (which I’m re-reading) and Michelle Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter. So I don’t have a big knowledge base of this time period. Facts are facts in history though, no one can change that. But the fiction part of historical fiction is the amazing things authors can create to “fill in the gaps”. Stephanie Dray’s writing is fantastic. It was easy to get lost in the descriptive writing, the cleverly added mysticism and magical elements, and the fully fleshed out characters. I was as drawn to the people surrounding Selene as I was to Selene herself. Details were never rushed and with my limited knowledge I never once felt out of place or confused. I just know I wanted more of this dangerous time period in history. It’s hard to imagine being Selene’s age and having such a burden put upon you. But I felt I got to know Selene through her intimate thoughts, fears, and daily struggles to stay alive in the same household as the murderer of her family and possibly her very future. 

I’m excited to continue on with this trilogy and eager to see what Stephanie Dray has in store for us outside of Selene’s life with future books. I know many historical fictions fans, be they newbies or old pros, will enjoy the research-evident and beautifully written world that Stephanie has laid out in Lily of the Nile.


Saturday, 23 November 2013

Mishel reviews: Better off Dead - HP Mallory

Mishel reviews

Series or Stand Alone: Lily Harper series, book one
Release Date: March 2013 
Publisher: Smashwords
Pages: 247 (Kindle edition)
Author Site: http://hpmallory.com/
My Rating: 3.5/5 
Source: Received for review from author
Cover: Not a really big fan. The cover model doesn’t even look like Lily’s description. I do like the book trailer though.

If there’s such a thing as luck, Lily Harper definitely doesn’t have it. 

Killed in a car accident before it’s her time to go, Lily learns that the hereafter isn’t exactly what she hoped it might be. 

First, there’s AfterLife Enterprises, the company responsible for sorting out the recently dead and sending them on their way to the Kingdom, (aka happily ever after,) or to the Underground City, (not so happily ever after.) Learning that Lily’s death was indirectly their fault (her guardian angel, Bill, was MIA during her accident and was one of their employees,) Afterlife Enterprises offers Lily the chance to live again. But, as with most things involving the afterlife, beware the fine print. Most notably, Lily will have to become a soul retriever, venturing into the bowels of the Underground City to retrieve souls that were mistakenly sent there by Afterlife Enterprises during a Y2K computer glitch. 

Second, there’s angel Bill. As if risking her second life in the Underground City wasn’t enough, Lily’s guide to the Underground is none other than her incompetent, alcoholic, womanizing guardian angel, Bill, the antithesis of anything wholesome. With only Dante’s Inferno and Bill to help her in her quest, Lily’s future isn’t looking bright.

Finally, there’s the legendary bladesmith, Tallis Black. As Scottish as his kilts and heavy brogue, Tallis Black is a centuries-old Celt who, for reasons only known to him, offers to train Lily and act as her escort into the depths of the Underground City. Dark, brooding and definitely dangerous, Lily knows she shouldn’t trust Tallis, but she also can’t deny her attraction to him. 

Between soul retrieving in hell, dealing with Bill and trying to figure out what’s in it for Tallis, Lily wonders if maybe she would’ve just been better off dead. 

Review:
Sometimes a book has so much potential that one can overlook the flaws it may have. Better Off Dead started out a little too fast, then came to a ridiculously slow crawl through the middle, but had me wanting more of Lily Harper’s story by the time I got to the end. Go figure! I’m glad I stuck through because I really think this series has a lot of promise and can have some pretty fun and unique things to offer in the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genre!

We don’t learn much of Lily Harper in the beginning other than that she lives a rather ordinary and drab life. She has two best friends – which includes her mother.  She is a self-motivator, and by that I mean she is always finding instances in her life to repeat and apply favorite quotes and sayings from inspirational leaders and self-help gurus. She’s also part of a medieval reenactment club that surprisingly comes in handy later on in the story. The reader learns all of this right before she dies in a car accident about 15 pages into the book!!! After Lily dies she finds herself number 3,750,045 in a massive waiting room where it’s determined that there’s been a mistake and Lily has died before her time. Technically it was Lily’s fault for being on the phone while driving (distracted driving is dangerous) but the bigger picture is that her guardian angel, a forgetful alcoholic guardian angel, wasn’t there for Lily when he needed to be. This is where the concept of the Kingdom, the Shade, and the Underground City are first introduced, all pretty self-explanatory I think. Lily is offered a job as a Retriever as restitution where if she collects and relocates ten souls she can bypass Shade and go directly to the Kingdom. It’s kind of like passing ‘GO’ in Monopoly, collecting the $200 and hitting Park Place all in one roll!

I really love the entire concept of the storyline. AfterLife Enterprises sort of reminded me of a modernized Beetlejuice when Barbara and Adam first go to meet their case worker Juno. I don’t want to go any more into the introductory part of Lily’s new life because to be honest it’s a lot of fun. I just felt that the beginning was a little rushed. I don’t know if that was supposed to be a part of the story (lay Lily’s options out in front of her super-duper quickly and tell her she has .5 seconds to choose certain details without really thinking anything through)… or if the author was just really excited to get the story going. *shrugs* I suppose Neo didn’t get much time to think things over when Morpheus offered him the choice between the red and blue pill either….so I get it. 

Lily’s guardian angel, alcoholic Bill, is a character I came to hate (very quickly) and love (I couldn’t believe it!) His crude and ridiculous comments soon had me laughing and became a true delight throughout the book. Maybe it’s my weird sense of humor but I liked the rude little man. Tallis Black grew on me too, I admit. He didn’t seem like my cup o’ tea to be honest. He’s very dark, standoffish, and his Scottish brogue was so heavy I found myself reading a loud with an accent even if I didn’t want to. It was honestly a bit distracting. But again, towards the end of the book Tallis became this hott alpha male that I seriously didn’t mind so much. I could learn to deal with that brogue of his! 

While I could somewhat relate to Lily I couldn’t quite come to like her…even by the end of the story. Even now I can’t recall any great qualities I found in her and I find myself thinking more of Bill and Tallis.
I wasn’t a big fan of Lily getting an entire new body makeover when she decided to take the job with Afterlife Enterprises. Can a tall, dark, and handsome supernatural bladesmith not fall for a boring, plain-Jane heroine?…I guess not. And while I respected and admired her self-motivated pep talk she just it became repetitive and slightly annoying.

So the pacing goes from lightning speed to super slow crawl. I understand that the first books in a series needs to have a good portion of the book dedicated to background information, world introduction, etc. But I honestly didn’t feel like I got a lot of that while in the forest with the trio of characters. And honestly we were in the forest for a ridiculously long time. I wanted more of Lily before death and less dilly-dallying in the forest on her first mission. But with a climactic ending I came away pretty satisfied. I also came away wanting more of this world. I’ve became super curious of H.P. Mallory’s other two series as well so I’m excited to get started and eager to read what happens in the second book of The Lily Harper series.


Friday, 22 November 2013

Audio Friday: Once, Legion and The Mysterious Howling

Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn't know anything about the war, and thinks he's only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them--straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland. 

To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him. Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage's outdated library. But as Felix's journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain.

My thoughts:
It was sad...it was very sad. But then what can you expect from a story that is about a Jewish boy in Nazi occupied Poland.

Felix was so naive and it killed me at times. He did not know what was going on and later when he saw people get killed he still did not understood that it was dangerous. He made up stories about everything and saw something.."nicer" in what happened. But it was such a good story, heartbreaking, totally heartbreaking. It was also a story that everyone should read.

I listened to the audio version and Gleitzman was a great narrator. 

But I warn you, the end...you will have to read more after that ending.

Would I read more?
Yes

Cover
Bad


Audiobook, Digital Download, Unabridged
Around 3 hours
Published August 1st 2005 by Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd (first published January 1st 2005)
Once #1
YA /historical fiction

Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society. The action ranges from the familiar environs of America to the ancient, divided city of Jerusalem. 

My thoughts:
I Listened to the audio version and the narrator was ok. Most of his accents he did well, one bugged me though.

The concept was cool, this guy lives in a huge mansion which is filled with his hallucinations. It seems he is really smart and they help him figure things out. The story is when he goes hunting after a camera that can takes pictures of things in the past. Now would't that be cool ;)

It was ok. But I do prefer his fantasy works.

Would I read more?
From this?...no

Cover
Bleh

Audiobook, Audible, Unabridged, 2 hours?
Published October 2nd 2012 by Audible Frontiers (first published August 31st 2012)
Oliver Wyman, narrator
Short story / paranormal /sci.fi

Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.

But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance's holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

My thoughts:
Now this one worked perfectly as an audio book. It had a good narrator and it was easy to listen too.

The story was fun and cute. A young governess taking care of 3 children who has lived in the wild. And there is something mysterious going on too...

I do not have a lot to say about this one. I mean it was adorable in the way it was written. I would totally listen to more.

Would I read more?
yes

Cover
Cute

Audio CD, 5 hours or so
Published by Listening Library (first published March 1st 2010)
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1
Katherine Kellgren, narrator
MG / historical fiction


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Review: Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta + Emma and Elliott

Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastian's, a boys' school that pretends it's coed by giving the girls their own bathroom.  Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an an impossibly dorky accordion player.  The boys are no better, from Thomas who specializes in musical burping to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can't seem to stop thinking about.

Then there's Francesca's mother, who always thinks she knows what's best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, alone, and without an inkling who she really is.  Simultaneously humorous, poignant, and impossible to put down, this is the story of a girl who must summon the strength to save her family, her social life and—hardest of all—herself.

My thoughts:
I liked this one. It was meaningful, had some real emotions going on and was like YA should be. No stupid love triangles, instalove or silly teen angst over nothing.

Marchetta has a great voice and from what I hear this is not even her best book, no the rest are even better. I would like to read those too.

The book is about Francesca who haws started a new school without her old friends. And her mum is not leaving the bedroom. It's a tough start. But slowly she finds her way, very slowly. But I liked that, the book had a light slow vibe too. And she gets saved and finds out who she really is. Oh and yes maybe there is some maybe romance in there too ;)

conclusion:
Not the best day to write a review for me. But I will just say, this is a good YA book to read.

Cover
I have the looking up at the sky one, could not find a decent image of it, also it is very meh

Would I read more?
yes

Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 6th 2004 by Puffin Books (first published March 31st 2003)
Contemporary YA
Own

Few heroines evoke such diverse emotions as Jane Austen's Emma Woodhouse, for whom readers profess everything from disdain to devotion. In "Emma & Elton", Alexa Adams explores what might have befallen the supercilious Miss Woodhouse if she were made aware of Mr. Elton's affection prior to his proposal. This short story was first published on Adams' blog in tribute to Halloween, and though you'll find no ghost or ghouls gracing its pages, tenderhearted Janeites be warned: here lies "something truly horrid".

My thoughts:
It was short so I do not have a lot to say.

The story stayed every true to Emma. With a few exceptions, Emma is a bit smarter and at the same time not. And something truly horrid happens.

I liked the horrid thing the most...cos it was horrid ;)

A nice twist to the story.
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Published October 31st 2012
http://alexaadams.blogspot.com/
Short story / Jane Austen variation


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Audio Reviews: Cleopatra's Moon and White Cat

Cleopatra Selene is the only daughter of the brilliant Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and General Marcus Antonius of Rome. She’s grown up with jewels on her arms, servants at her feet, and all the pleasures of a palace at her command, and she wants only to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a great and powerful queen. 

Then the Roman ruler Octavianus, who has always wanted Egypt’s wealth, launches a war that destroys all Selene has ever known. Taken to live in Octavianus’ palace in Rome, she vows to defeat him and reclaim her kingdom at all costs. Yet even as she gathers support for her return, Selene finds herself torn between two young men and two different paths to power. Will love distract her from her goal - or help her achieve her true destiny? 

My thoughts: 
Look at that. I finished it!! It only took me a year, but then audio and I are very meh. I just do not have the time, but now I have found the time and it works great..well only for those times. Everything else it still no.

Right, how to review it then..I honestly do not know. I do not get the same feeling from listening that I get from reading. I do not get feelings. So I can't say much. It was interesting listening to. I have read a book about Selene before and I did not know her story before that one. But it was still interesting listening to another version of what could have happened.

The audio, the narrator was good but I got annoyed when she did Isis' voice. It felt lame. But for the most part it was a pleasant voice to listen to.

And I am wondering what I would have felt reading the book. I doubt I would have felt it was better. But would I have thought it was worse? 

For a YA book it dealt with more mature subjects. Attempted rape, seduction...but then again it was another time and it was Rome.

Audio
Published August 1st 2011 by Oasis Audio
12 hours or something
Own
YA /historical

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers—people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail—he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
            
Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

My thoughts:
I was not sure about Jesse Eisenberg as the narrator. He sounds so insecure at times so it was like Cassel was constantly in doubt. But I got used to it as Cassel was pretty unsure about himself.

Narration, seems it worked in the end then.

Story. I think I dosed off in a vital part (don't I always ;) But otherwise it was a good and thrilling story. I liked the concept of curse working, and the plot had a good pace as I got more and more answers. The end promised more good things to come.

It worked well on audio but as times before I wonder if I would like it as much in print. I think not.

Would I listen to more?
Yeah

Cover
meh

Audio CD, 6 hours or so
Published May 11th 2010 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published May 4th 2010)
Curse Workers #1
YA /paranormal
Own


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Review: Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. It is up to a handful of heroes to learn the truth behind these killings.

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, “the last real ghul hunter in the great city of Dhamsawaat,” just wants a quiet cup of tea. Three score and more years old, he has grown weary of hunting monsters and saving lives, and is more than ready to retire from his dangerous and demanding vocation. But when an old flame’s family is murdered, Adoulla is drawn back to the hunter’s path.

Raseed bas Raseed, Adoulla’s young assistant, is a hidebound holy warrior whose prowess is matched only by his piety. But even as Raseed’s sword is tested by ghuls and manjackals, his soul is tested when he and Adoulla cross paths with the tribeswoman Zamia.

Zamia Badawi, Protector of the Band, has been gifted with the near-mythical power of the lion-shape, but shunned by her people for daring to take up a man’s title. She lives only to avenge her father’s death. Until she learns that Adoulla and his allies also hunt her father’s killer. Until she meets Raseed.

When they learn that the murders and the Falcon Prince’s brewing revolution are connected, the companions must race against time—and struggle against their own misgivings—to save the life of a vicious despot. In so doing they discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn Dhamsawaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

My thoughts:
I can honestly say that I have never read anything like it, but then most fantasy that I have read have traditionally been styled according to the medieval European formula. Nothing wrong with that, I love it, but I also love experiencing new things. And Saladin Ahmed gives us to an Arabian dream. The kind of world where you would expect to see Aladdin (and not the Disney version) and Sinbad. Dark magic and sand.

It's a land of religion. You follow the holy words and there is a lot of holy scripture quoting in the book. But it's also a land filled with magic, good and bad. A country where there are Djinn and Ghuls, who feed on humans. And where there are Ghul hunters. Which leads to our hero of the story. "60" year old Ghul hunter Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, a man who does feel the weight of his work. Not really your typical hero, but then I would not really call him that either. He is just a man doing his job. And he is quick to share his opinions. A man you either like or not.

Helping him in his work he has young Raseed bas Raseed. A Dervish fighter, a holy warrior. Now this guy sure has opinions too, mostly the religious kind. He is naive and young but one good fighter. I was not a fan of all of his ideas, but he is still likeable. On a trip to hunt some ghuls they meet Zamia Badawi, a young girl who can transform into a lion and who is thirsty for vengeance. Yes this girl wants to see blood flow, and at times I do not know what to make of her. Together they are one weird trio. Especially when later a married couple are thrown into the mix too. But they are all characters to root for and characters that you do not forget. They all have good and bad sides.

The book is about the hunt for some Ghuls and this soon shows to be a part of a bigger problem as someone wants to bring down the Khalif. There is death, more magic and mysteries to unravel. If that wasn't enough the city of Dhamsawaat is also being terrorized or saved, depending on your point of view, by the Falcon Prince. He is man who wants to bring down the greedy Khalif, and he steals from the rich and helps the poor. He is a man that I had lots of opinions about. Was he good? Was he bad? That I can't not tell you as that is one big spoiler.

It is an interesting book who brings something new into fantasy. There is lots of mythology around the world to choose from or create from and I am glad he chose this world. It was a world that felt real, yes it could just have happened. You never know. In that he does well. It’s not a world that all fantastical, but a world that is recognizable. The end also leaves you wanting more. It’s an end, as I am not a fan of cliffhangers. But it also promises more to come. There are some lose threads still around and I do wonder what will happen next.

Cover
Eh

Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 17th 2013 by Gollancz (first published February 7th 2012)
The Crescent Moon Kingdoms #1
Fantasy
Own


Monday, 18 November 2013

Review: Tranquility's Blaze - Krista D. Ball

“What will I do? What I do best. I’ll find him and I’ll kill him. And then I’ll kill Garran’s murderer.”

Even if the killer is my sister. 

A half-breed and a female, Lady Bethany clawed her way to the ranks of the Elven Service’s top military elite. They only knew her as their champion against Magic, and not the daughter of a Goddess. She’d expected a long, rewarding life protecting those under her care. But that was before her twin sister returned from exile, addicted to brutal Magic and human sacrifice, twisted inside, and abusing ancient prophecies to overthrow their mother and destroy everything Bethany holds sacred.

The world will burn in flames and innocents will die, unless Bethany can stop it. Unless she can take the life of her own sister.

My thoughts: 
I can't say that I loved any of the characters, but you know, it does not always matter. Which is weird cos here I thought I needed to cheer someone on...but, yes there is a but. I really hated the baddie, I guess that is why the characters worked for me ;) I put all energy on Sarissa. She was one evil B! An awesome evil character to hate.

Ok so we got Bethany who is all FIGHT! FIGHT! And can kick anyone's ass. She is also the daughter of a Goddess and has her own prophecy....I do wonder how that will turn out. I shall not mention something but how I wonder.

Right, then there is her evil twin sister Sarissa. Evil, so very evil, you would not even believe how evil this woman is! It was great, cos a good fantasy book should have someone evil that you want to see fall into hell.

There is fighting, wanting someone, and hints of the prophecy and of course Sarissa being evil. I wanted to know more about their mother and I also wanted to know more about a people called Rygents. A fascinating world.

Conclusion:
The end, oh the end, do not leave me like that.

Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Mundania Press LLC (first published April 17th 2012)
Fantasy
Own


Sunday, 17 November 2013

A More Diverse Universe: 2 Graphic Novels

The girls are back and angrier than ever! The fourth book in the successful Angry Little Girls series features the hilarious return of this beloved cast of characters, this time recast as fairy-tale heroines. Kim, the angry little Asian girl, stars in "Snow Yellow and the Seven Short Men"; Wanda, the fresh soul sistah, stars in "RapPunsWell"; Xyla, the gloomy girl, stars in "Little Miss Wears a Hood"; and the other girls star in furiously fractured versions of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Princess and the Pea." 

Filled with Lela Lee's culturally charged humor, this clever collection of new comics proves that there's an angry little girl inside of everyone.

My thoughts:
These fairy-tale remakes was epic, so funny and quirky. The drawings were simple and cute and fitted perfectly.

Snow Yellow and the Seven Short Men, Kim the "Angry Little Asian Girl" 
Oh the end, the end! That had me laughing cos it was so true. Just think what really happens in the saga.

The Princess Got the Third Degree, Deborah the "Disenchanted Princess 
This is the princess and the pea. That poor girl, just let the sleep. And what a mama's boy the prince is.

He's No Beauty in the Least, Maria the "Crazy Little Latina"
Maria was crazy , or was she just really positive. Though not so much when her father gave her to an ugly man.

RapPunsWell, Wanda the "Fresh Little Soul Sistah"
Wanda was rapping and disrepecting her mother who put her in the tower.

Little Miss Wears-a-Hood, Xyla the "Gloomy Girl
Oh Xyla, negative much?

They were all funny and I liked how Lela 's subtle changes and made everything clearer somehow. You should totally read it

Hardcover, 168 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
Library
Graphic Novel

Gerard Way, of My Chemical Romance, makes his comics writing debut in this outrageous superhero epic that Grant Morrison called "An ultraviolet psychedelic sherbet bomb of wit and ideas. The superheroes of the 21st century are here at last..." In an inexplicable, worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world." These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

Writer Gerard Way, illustrations Gabriel Bá

My thoughts:
Yes the second graphic novel of the day, what can I say, I checked what else they had too and this was a freaky novel about super heroes. All a very dysfunctional family saga.

Again good artwork, cool story. Though I really wanna know about those preggers women, the freaky kids...but I guess that might come later. I mean why? Why were these kids born if the mothers did not even know they were pregnant.

Also I totally had to read it after I read that a MCR member has written it

The heroes, oh they got their issues. And Mr Pogo! Omg drama.

Anyway if you are looking for some cool and kick-ass then this might be for you, also it got weird superheroes

Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Dark Horse (first published 2008)
The Umbrella Academy #1
Library
Graphic novel

This post was part of Aarti's A More Diverse Universe Post. And as I was at the graphic novel section when I searched for books this is what I got. Check out the links for more reviews of speculative fiction


Saturday, 16 November 2013

Mishel Reviews: Blood, she read - Sara Hubbard

Mishel reviews

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Release Date: April 2013 (First Published: November 2012) 
Publisher: Etopia Press
Pages: 351 (ebook)
My Rating: 4/5 
Source: Received for review from author
Cover: Thumbs up, very pretty cover model.

Keeping secrets from a psychic can be murder.

Petra Maras lives a charmed life, but only in the magical sense. Her absentee father is a criminal, her mother is emotionally dead, and everyone at her new school knows she comes from a family of witches. All she wants is to be normal, but that's impossible, given her family. And given that she's psychic. When the police requests help with a murder investigation, Petra reluctantly agrees. Which isn't such a good idea since the prime suspect wants to date her, and she really wants to say yes. Her gut says he's innocent, but since she can't get a read on him, she can't know for sure. And when she discovers he's been keeping secrets, she wonders if maybe she's been following her heart instead of her head...

Review:
It’s always important not to have too many expectations (be them high or low) when going into a book by an author you’ve never read before. One could easily get let down and feel very disappointed…or one could close the cover (or electronically swipe the cover) and say “Holy crap, that was good!” It’s definitely a risky business. Luckily, I came away from Blood, She Read deeply satisfied and wanting more of Sara Hubbard’s writing. The novel is character driven but not in an epic sort of way where one has to have complete focus on what’s going on or lose a vital piece of the story. Those kinds of stories can be exhausting. Petra’s story is much more laid-back…or as laid-back as it can be since it involves a murder mystery, witches/psychics, and the fun drama-filled days of being a teenager.

This was something fresh in the YA paranormal world, for me anyway. Petra is from a long line of witches and although a lot of spells (including a spellbook!) and magic is talked about, it wasn’t forefront in the story. Her psychic ability is more prominent and becomes a huge part of the story while the search for the murderer of a local teen is taking place. Petra reluctantly assists law enforcement which gains her some unwanted attention from her new schoolmates and the boys she may or may not have fingered for the crime. Speaking of said boys, Petra becomes quickly drawn to one of them and constantly questions whether she can trust him or not. And to be honest I take back what I said about magic…Petra’s witchcraft and magical abilities are limited because she refuses to practice or embrace her powers. There is actually plenty of spells and magic in the book and it adds a lot of depth to the story when Petra’s only friend becomes involved with it. 

One of my favorite aspects of the story is the unique relationship between Petra and her mother. They are definitely not the most loving mother-daughter duo I’ve seen. When they do speak to one another it usually involves a lot of strained dialogue and eye-rolling. But the rare display of affection goes such a long way in the story. Petra has never really gotten along with her mother and it’s easy to see why. Her mother picked a winner of a husband (and decided to father a child with said winner) who is a dangerous criminal that doesn’t hesitate to take a life. Way to go girlfriend! She also seems to be a user – in the sense that she uses people to get what she wants or further herself in her life someway. She, unlike Petra, isn’t afraid that the entire town knows about her family history. She isn’t afraid to use her powers when she deems necessary. And the only thing that really scares or worries Petra’s mother is her psycho ex-husband. But I never thought for a second that Petra’s mother was a truly bad person – just someone with frowned upon personality traits. The two obviously care about each other and I really enjoyed seeing their relationship develop during all the twists in the plot. And honestly I like Petra’s mother despite her suck-y personality and her not-so-awesome mother skills… 

There were many unexpected plot twists that had me, as a reader, on my toes. It’s nice to think you know what’s going to happen in a book and then be totally surprised. I was very much a happy little hen while reading Blood, She Read. I think the author could even take Petra’s story further into another book but sometimes one shouldn’t tamper with a good thing. No need to stretch out a story if it’s more than satisfying by itself. However, I’d still like to see some avenues explored Ms. Sara Hubbard… we really must discuss this further =) I’m happy to report Sara’s writing is fun, modern, and engaging. I certainly plan on continuing with any (most likely all) future books she may write!



Friday, 15 November 2013

Review: Saga - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 

From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. 

My thoughts:
I am not good at reviewing a graphic novel...what should I say? Good artwork and a good story.

Two races at war, and two aliens fall in love and have a hybrid baby and then they run. There is a freaky sex world, a weird tree and a girl with her guts hanging out. That's sci-for you.

I enjoyed it and I would like to know if they survive. It also makes me wonder if I should try that other Vaughan series.

Would I read more?
yes

Cover
Breastfeeding...cool

Collects Saga issues #1-6.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Image Comics (first published October 10th 2012)
Saga, Volume 1
Graphic Novel, Sci.fi
Library


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Review: Hot Blooded - Amanda Carlson

It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain. Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge --- but Jessica is playing for keeps. Because she's the only female werewolf in town...it comes with its own set of rules...and powers.

Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means.

All in a day's work for a girl.

The second novel in the Jessica McClain series is a full on action adventure featuring one angry Goddess and plenty of monsters, demons, and a few newly risen beasties...

My thoughts.
It was good, just not as good as book 1. I think it was cos of the storyline. They spent it looking for Roarke most of the time and well...even if things happened, not so much happened. I guess I wanted another kind of scenery too.

But Jessica is still cool and kick-ass. Though I must say that with all these new powers she is in danger of going very Mary Sue. But I do wonder about the prophecy.

We did not see her mate a lot :/

Her brother and Danny are nice. I might even like Roy soon. Naomi was cool too.

The evil goddess was evil, just a bit cliche'. Get over it woman.

Conclusion:
Good is good, I just hope book 3 is back to being book 1 good. Cos that one was awesome.

Cover
Cool

Will I read more by this author?
yes, I need book 3

Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Orbit
Jessica McClain #2
Urban fantasy
Own


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Carole R Reviews: The Three Sisters - Bryan Taylor

Author: Bryan Taylor
Title: The Three Sisters
Genre: Historical Fiction, Comedy, Adventure
Pages: ebook
First Published: July 23rd, 2013
Where I Got It: Given to me by the author/publisher to give my honest and unbiased opinion.


"Nuns just want to have fun! But when three former Catholic nuns have too much fun and get in trouble with the law, they become nuns on the run.


Driving back to Washington D.C. where they work at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Parts, the three sisters are arrested in Tennessee. After defeating the local deputy in strip poker, they escape from jail, and are pursued by the zealous Detective Schmuck Hole, who has personally offered a $10,000 reward for their capture on The 700 Club. Little do they know that when the three sisters visit the Washington Monument, their lives will change forever.
Set in 1979, The Three Sisters is a humorous, adult satire that skewers not only organized religion, but the government, the media, intellectuals, corporate greed and every other part of the establishment. Maybe not the greatest story ever told, but possibly the funniest.
“The most pestilential book ever vomited out of the jaws of Hell.” — Billy Sunday"


Like earlier stated, I was given this by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion.



Just....wow....ummm...where to begin?

Even though I read the summary, I still had no idea what was in store for me. I'm still stunned by what I read as a I write this review. I think I shall divide and conquer this review, since I'm a little tongue tied:

The Good
  • This was hilarious. Simply and utterly hilarious.
  • So much irony and satire going on I can't even begin to explain you some of the scenes.
  • A very well written book. I felt like I was in the pages of the book. 
  • Simply loved the addition of pictures throughout the book. It added to the feel of the book. 
  • This novel is very sacrilegious. However, nothing is left alone in this book, which is entertaining and it adds spices to it. Politics, social, and etc are under the satire fire. (haha, witty)
  • The characters were fun and funny. 
The Bad and the Ugly
  • The characters were very 2D, but that might just be due to the nature of the book.
  • I'll admit I skimmed a little bit...
  • Mmmm, not a big fan of the ending...there were many things left untied.
  • Once you read it once, I feel like thats it. I don't think this is one you can really re-read. A one hit wonder I believe.
Conclusion
A fun book for a cold fall night. It was funny and entertaining. Even though the characters felt really 2D to me, I think this characterization will happen with the nature of the book. Kuddos to the author for being unbiased with what he made fun of. Religion (of course), politics, society, women, men, and etc. I will highly suggest people who get offended earlier, should avoid this book like the Black Plague. This can be offense to those who get offended. I would recommend this to those who like funny, witty books. It was defiantly worth reading. Lot of stress these last couple of weeks, so this was just what the doctor ordered. In the end, I shall stamp this with 4 stars....again...wow. So many 4 stars lately. haha

Favorite Character(s): Regina
Not-so Favorite Character(s): meh, no one in particular


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