I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. --Groucho Marx

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Almost Final Curtain Review

Almost Final Curtain
Tate Hallaway
Vampire Princess of St. Paul Book Two
Paperback, 273 Pages
Young Adult, Paranormal Fiction
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars 

Ever since Anastasija Parker found out she was a vampire princess, her life has been crazier than normal.  No longer just a witch trying to past her Initiation, as they say been there failed that. Now she’s the half-vampire- half-witch trying to find a small amount of balance between the two sides of her life that want to kill each other. There’s nothing more Ana wants than to be normal and trying out for the spring musical seems like the perfectly normal thing to do. Thought that’s about the only normal thing going on in her life right about now. Ana has a lot of her plate this time around she’s still trying to figure out how to be both vampire and witch (who are mortal enemies by the way), she’s a little sure how to handle her things with her sometimes, maybe boyfriend Nikolai (Nik) Kirov, vampire hunter in training, and rock star. Then there’s Elisa Constantine, her vampire knight fiancée. And if that wasn’t enough to deal with someone has stolen the ancient talisman that stands between vampire freedom and slavery to witches it up to Ana to find it. No one knows what happen to Ana if someone uses it to make the vampires, slaves to the witches once more.

This book pick up where the last left off, Ana is still unsure about a lot of things but she knows that she doesn’t want to be a slave to anyone. If there was a word between love and like I would totally in it with this book. Ms. Hallaway captures Ana and her world perfectly making the reader feel like their apart it and not just on the outside looking in. I could everything and all of the character in my head. Hallaway makes Ana so easy to relate to, even though most people can’t claim to be half vampire half witch (who knows what’s out there) we can understand on some level how Ana is feeling. I find that Ana to be unsure and misunderstood, I don’t think out of all of the character in the book no ones tries to see things from Ana’s point of view. No one realizes how hard things are for her and how well she’s handling things. I like that Ana is trying to learn more about herself from people on both sides. This was a really good book and a must read for anyone, who loves great reads.

{Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book enable my review. All opinions presented here are my own.}

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bandits Review

L.M. Preston
Bandits Book One
Paperback, 337 Pages
Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-98419-893-1
Release Date: June 1, 2011
Overall Rating: 5/5

Daniel lives on the planet Merwin with his father and younger brother Nickel. Life as a Zukar, a mercenary and thief is the life Daniel has ever wanted, the only one he’s ever known. Things are going really good for him that was until his father got himself killed. Now Daniel faces one crisis after another, first making sure his brother, runaway cousin Faulk, and himself are out of the house before the killer comes back to finish them off. Now Daniel must find out who the killer is and right that terrible wrong, and get to his father’s treasure before they do.

Easy right?

Heck no because nothing is ever as it seem and no treasure has ever been bigger. Daniel turns to the aid of his best friend Gabe but Gabe isn’t around unfortunately for Daniel, Gabe’s beautiful, off limit, younger sister Jade is and she is determined to help. As the four of them set off one crazy and dangerous treasure hunt they soon learn that it is no longer a matter of life and death for them but also a fight to save their planet from being destroyed. Can Daniel save the people he loves, find his father’s killer, save the planet, and fall in love without ending up dead?

Honestly this book was better than I thought it would be, don’t get it me wrong I thought it would be good or maybe average but was pleasantly surprised when I found myself in love with it. Right from the start this book was filled with none stop action and was jam-packed with adventure. This book had me fighting sleep so I could stay up and finish it faster. A constant page turner that didn’t let up. I enjoyed everything about this book. It had something in it for everyone, adventure, treasure hunting, evil sea monsters, other worldly planets, pirates, aliens, some humor, and just the right splash of romance. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great book.

{Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book enable my review. All opinions presented here are my own.}

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Banished Review

 Banished (Short Story)
Jen Wylie
Tales of Ever Book One
Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Echelon Press
Overall Rating: 5/5

Misha is normal girl with a pretty normal life that is until she learns that she has a powerful, totally cool but scary new power. She can control fire. Misha is glad to know that she isn’t the only one with this power. But then she gets banished to Ever a dangerous realm where deadly creatures and unknown people live. Helpfully having the power will help Misha survive her first day.

Banished is great start to a new series, just a little background and a lot of questions, makes you count down the days until you can find put more. Misha is a girl I feel like if we ever met we would be fast friends. She’s easy to understand and relate to even if you don’t have powers. Banished is a short story that is totally worth reading. Round of applause, Ms. Wylie, job well done.