Cassandra Clare’s City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments series)

Cassandra Clare’s upcoming next installment of the Mortal Instruments series City of Lost Souls is currently available to preview the entire first Chapter. Cassie has done this really cool thing where she posts one part of chapter one on different websites daily and you can enter to win an exclusive ring!!!! They’re pretty spiffy and IM DYING TO WIN ONE! There’s only six so jump on it. This contest started on Weds so hurry up and play catch up this is def something you do NOT want to miss!

Here’s where you can find the links to different sections:

http://cassandraclare.livejournal.com/

If you haven’t checked out the Mortal Instrument series start NOW, they’re amazing and the first movie is currently being filmed!

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Review: Alpha-Rachel Vincent

Alpha- Rachel Vincent
4/5

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Recently I’ve been pretty busy trying to play catch up with Game of Thrones (season 2 starts Sunday…it’s going to be slow torture waiting in anticipation 6 days before a new episode comes on! If ou haven’t checked out the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin yet you’re truly missing out on an addicting series full of powerful women, magic and betrayal) and filling out scholarship applications for yet another bachelors degree before making the transition to big girl school…which of course for me is law school and a masters in Slavic studies.

Anyways, I stumbled upon Rachel Vincent’s writing late in the game but she is one talented whirlwind of a woman! After falling in love with the Soul Screamers series I have devoured anything that this wonderful writer has penned. At first I was a little apprehensive about Alpha because…let’s face it, while we have come to accept some supernatural creatures as the norm now in fiction, ie vampires, werewolves, necromancers, etc., I’m sure that I am not the only person in the world who cringed when True Blood brought in the werepanthers. You might think aw cute little kitty’s what’s so scary about them or just simply turn away from the thought of cat shape shifters as paranormal forces to be reckoned with (I wouldn’t blame you, I almost did the same thing) but Rachel Vincent set a new standard for shape shifter series with this book.

Firstly, these characters are some of the most multidimensional and authentic that I have even encountered in my years of avid reading, each character no matter how small their role has a well defined personality and voice. it’s easy to become emotionally attached, t o fall in love with Faythe, Jace, and Marc and experience their anguish, anger, and feelings for each other.

Secondly, Faythe has got to be one of the most badass females ever written, not only is she compassionate but she has a fiery, edginess that almost borders on insanity at times that has the reader egging her one, hoping she follows through on her extremely violent tendencies.

Feminists around the world would rejoice, in Faythe’s shape shifting culture females are hot commodities pawned off to repopulate and used for their bodies and to gain territories. As the first female Alpha, Faythe is both a protector to the other women and an advocate for freedom of choice of when to have children and who to have them with and an example for all women in fighting for equality between the sexes.

Alpha is packed with action, brutal fist fights, deaths, torture and wars between the prides.

This series has something for everyone. If you’re looking for something new and a little off the beaten track check it out.

Caution: if you’re looking for something G rated this is definitely not for you.

If you have questions feel free to ask.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Pain is what I inherited from fate, that fickle bitch who gave me a mouth and fists, then put me in a world that wanted only my womb and my cradled arms.

Pain is what I feed from when nothing else will nourish the noxious fury in my heart. It’s what I cling to when everything else-everyone else-slips right between my grasping fingers.”

-BB

Review: Not so [Beautiful Creatures]

Beautiful Creatures-Kami Garcia

2.5/5

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SPOILERS

I know I’m behind but here’s what’s up. Just finished Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and am a Kindle 15% into Alpha by Rachel Vincent. Since I’ve never blogged a book review I’m not sure how to tackle this apart from summarizing and breaking it down into substantial pros and cons. Here we go:

Summary
Ethan Wate in the typical vein of many YA books is unsatisfied with the mundane, boring state of his life and wants to escape his small historical town to find some of the adventures he’s read about in his favorite books. He’s got his best friend Link and goes on and on about the social hierarchy in his high school that’s been the same for generations (this becomes slightly annoying, except for the Snow Queen descriptions). The history of the town and significance of family names plays a critical role in understanding the town’s reaction to outsiders. Lena, the town hermit Macon’s niece moves into town and all hell breaks loose. Everyone is talking, gossip is prevalent in this book. There’s a new girl in town and word on the street is 1) she’s HOT and 2) she drives a hearse. Meanwhile, Ethan nearly dies from excitement and *hint hint* suddenly recalls the creepy dreams he’s been having about a beautiful girl he loves but cannot save. Low and behold, when Ethan and Lena meet, he know without a doubt that this is the girl from his dreams. Lena doesn’t look like the other tan blondes that rule the school (go figure) and instantly becomes an outcast. A series of events unfold that amount to Ethan’s expulsion from popularity in order to be with Lena (the sacrifice) and a curse that threatens to end Lena’s life as she knows it on her 16th birthday. About half of the book is Ethan and Lena on the hunt for a way to save Lena from Fate.

Pros
1. Parallels to the Salem witch hunts in regards to persecution of those that are outsiders and in this case actual witches
2. Rich sense of history and loyalty to family heritage
3. Dual love story that seems to transcend time (in some instances it does -cue creepy locket flashbacks)
4. Fate got its ass KICKED
5. The cheerleaders got what was coming to them
6. Cute makeout scenes and some genuinely beautiful descriptions of Lena and Ethan’s love for one another
7. Ridley
8. Amma’s old fashioned magic, calling of the ancestors
9. Macon. Town meeting.

Cons
1. One of the most predictable stories I’ve ever read (except for the ending, most things are hinted at to the point that you want to punch the protagonists in the face because they’re so slow!)
2. Ethan does not have an authentic masculine voice throughout, sometimes it falters and loses character
3. Shabby word choice
4. Once again predictability (this killed me)
5. Lena is whiny and often Bella Swan-like in that she accepts her fate, gets all emo and is very unlikeable for some of the books. Her redeeming qualities are her paybacks to the popular girls, who wouldn’t want to see that (however, even those attempts were sometimes flimsy) and the fact that she’s a poet.
6. I don’t quite understand how Macon’s dog being his spy had anything to do with the great reveal of him being an Incubus (this def could have been explained better)
7. Too many ghosts. At first it was okay. Visions from a locket that were connected to both the curse and Wate family was one of the cooler parts of the story (I loved Genevieve and Ethan’s tragic love story). Bringing in Ethan’s dead mother to help them in a way that turned out to be a letdown that they’re later told anyways by a different character was disappointing and flawed to say the least.
8. There were so many subplots that it seemed messy and unfinished.

Overall it wasn’t too bad, not one of my favorites but pleasant enough to not go on a book burning spree.

Btw, TONIGHT I will both see and blog about The Hunger Games! Be excited!

-BB

This year’s goal

I may be overly ambitious or perhaps a little sadistic but to an avid reader, setting outrageous annual goals when it comes to books is NBD. This year, as per the goodreads.com 2012 reading challenge, I have taken it upon myself to read 250 books, which is no small feat I might add. After graduating from college last December, I decided to take time off to focus on my writing, which is, as you might have guessed, in the young adult genre. In order to fully immerse myself into the teen fiction world, I try to read as many YA books as humanly possible and hence, have decided to read, critique and possibly mock whichever book I happen to stumble upon. I’m 40 or so books into my goal and 7% behind according to goodreads calculations, so I’ve got some catching up to do but hopefully, blogging about what I read will help me keep up with the challenge and meet my goals.

Upcoming blogs:

1.Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia

2. Angelfire- Courtney Moulton

3.Alpha- Rachel Vincent

4. The Dark Divine- Bree Despain

5. Before I Fall- Lauren Oliver

Any recommendations or requests would be appreciated 🙂

-BB

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