Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Review: The Elite (The Selection, Book 2), By Kiera Cass

By: Kiera Cass
ISBN: 0062059963
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Prince Maxim has given America time to decide what she wants, but the day is coming soon when she'll have to make her choice and she's still not sure.

The Elite is well paced and engaging. Relationship twists and turns, challenges, political subplots and character developement make what could have been a love triangle meets "the bachelor" storyline - interesting from first page to last. Readers should be aware that the ending is inconclusive (2nd book in a trilogy - no surprise there) and the story contains:

  • unpleasant images of physical punishment/abuse
  • Some language
  • Kissing
  • Brief remarks comparing first time sex versus second time sex
  • Death

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Review: Skin Game (Dresden Files, Book 15), by Jim Butcher

Book Review: Skin Game (Dresden Files, Book 15) by Jim Butcher
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Skin Game (Dresden Files, Book 15)
By: Jim Butcher
Skin Game is available on Amazon.com
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Harry Dresden, Winter Knight, has a parasite in his head on the verge of killing him, but that problem seems simple next to the Mab's next assignment.

Now, all Harry has to do is outsmart one of the smartest bad guys he's ever encountered while helping him break into a vault in the underworld and upholding Mab's word - all in less than 72 hours or his head explodes. No pressure.

Skin Game picks up a little over a year after the events of Cold Days and employes all of the high stakes, nearly impossible odds and clever twists that make each Dresden Files book the fast paced, edge of your seat ride that fans have come to expect. This installment mixes refreshing character development, dearly loved characters and killer opposition to get a result that is satisfying and hopeful.

Skin Game includes:
  • Profanity (s*ck it, bl**dy, s*d off, God, Christ, Jesus and F word)
  • Kissing 
  • References to arousal
  • Full nudity 
  • Detailed sex scene (references to oral sex)
  • Injuries (references to blood, broken bones, some gruesome images/concepts but no more than in some prior books)
  • Death/killing

The sex scene is more detailed than most of the sex scenes scenes thus far in the Dresden Files, probably close to the same level as the one in Death Masks. Readers wishing to avoid the scene should be able to easily skim forward - though there is a pertinent detail or two at the end that you could easily track back to get or you can read in my Skin Game chapter by chapter plot summary if you prefer.

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Book Review: Night Broken (Mercedes Thompson, Book 8), By Patricia Briggs
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Book 1) by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, book 1)
By: Jenny Han
ISBN-10: 1442426705
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Lara Jean’s older sister Margot is leaving for college soon, and Lara Jean is a little nervous to think of managing the house without her organized sibling by her side. Ever since their mother died when they were little, Margot has been the “mom” to their younger sister Kitty, and occasionally Lara Jean herself, and has been the one to hold their family together over the years.

Lara Jean thinks she just might have everything under control when a terrible disaster occurs: Five letters she wrote to boys she had fallen in love with at one point in her life, that she kept hidden in a special hatbox her mother gave her, have been mailed out, and now Lara Jean will have to deal with the consequences—and boys—that follow.

In contains:

• Kissing
• A reference to PMS
• References to sex
• Profanity (two f-words)
• Brief mention of a character being homosexual

This fluffy, light-hearted book is the first in a young adult contemporary series. It’s fairly clean, though I would hesitate to recommend it to younger readers for some mature content. For example, Lara Jean has a crush on her sister’s ex-boyfriend, which might disturb some readers. An easy, quick read, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is no doubt entertaining, but leaves you with a slightly empty and unsatisfied feeling at the end.
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Frostbite Movie Update - Crowd Funding Campaign Coming Soon

We have a Frostbite Movie update and it sounds like this film actually has a really good chance as being made.According to the Official Vampire Academy Movie Facebook page (henceforth to be referred to as OVAM), the majority of the funds necessary to produce the movie have already been raised. The remainder will be raised through a crowd funding campaign.

So it comes down to this: Will enough fans want the film enough to fund it? Do you want it enough to fund it?

OVAM says we can expect more details this week. See the official announcement below 

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Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) Cover Reveal and Release Date

Dead Heat, the fourth book in Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series, has a cover and a release date!

Dead heat is set to release March 3rd 2015. See the official Facebook announcement and plot summary below.

If you haven't read the Alpha and Omega series and you are already a fan of the Mercedes Thompson series, I urge you to give them a try. They have a different feel and unique characters that are very different from Mercy and her gang. The published titles are:

Book Review: Alpha and Omega: The original novella (Alpha & Omega, Book 0.5), By Patricia Briggs http://ssbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/05/book-review-cry-wolf-alpha-omega-book-1.html

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review: The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles, Book 3), By Rick Riordan

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By: Rick Riordan
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Carter and Sadie Kane with their group of apprentices may be the only things/people standing between the world and total decimation. Unfortunately, doomsday has a deadline and so does Walt. If they can't find some impossible to locate information in a rediculously short bit of time, we'll all be toast.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1 Film TEASER TRAILERS

We have two Mockingjay part 1 teaser trailers to pour over. Hope your in the mood for lots and lots of white!

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Maximum Ride becoming Web Series!

Calling all Maximum Ride fans, This just in Collective Digital Studios is going to produce a on-line video series based on Maximum Ride!

"That ardent fan base is what CDS is counting on to help drive interest in the online series it plans to create now that it’s secured online rights to the books. The series will be executive produced by Patterson, CDS partner and Chief Content Officer Gary Binkow, Leopoldo Gout and Bill Robinson. Casting is underway, with plans to recruit talent from among notable YouTube creators."  Deadline Hollywood

I'm hoping that this series keeps all the best parts of the books (the characters, family like atmosphere of the flock and awesome set up) and improves upon the lack of worthwhile plot in the later books.

Maximum Ride is the second book series I've seen take the leap towards a web-series in the past year with the Morganville Vampires web series currently in post production. Do you think this will become the most prominent mode of book adaption with so many adaptions failing in the cinemas?
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger's Apprentice, Book 8), By John Flanagan

Kings of Clonmel: Book EightBy: John Flanagan

When a dangerous cult threatens the safety of Araluan, Halt must return to his roots, and confront the king hidden in his past.

The Kings of Clonmel provides background on how and why Halt came to be a ranger in a thrilling, but inconclusive tale. 
The reader should be aware that the story contains cold blooded killing with an increased level of description, and a slightly higher level of intensity.
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Book Review: The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy, Book 1) by Marie Rutkoski

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The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy, book 1)
By: Marie Rutkoski
ISBN-10: 0374384673
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In a rivetingly imaginative fantasy world, Kestrel is a wealthy general’s daughter whose father is pressuring her to either get married or join his military soon. However, Kestrel doesn’t want to do either, and one day at the market she buys a slave on instinct, who acts mysterious and seems to be harboring secrets.

Soon Kestrel is astonished to find herself falling for her new work servant, Arin. And while oblivious to the schemes going on behind her back, she will have to hide her feelings for him, lest everything orderly in her life fall apart.

This young adult novel is the first in a series, and while it does contain some kissing, profanity, violence, descriptions of dead bodies, and a few mentions of a man sleeping with another man’s wife, it is all handled well and in a fairly light manner.

Readers should be prepared for a medium-paced book full of conspiracies and tension, and with enough suspense to keep you reading. The Winner’s Curse is heavier on the romance than the fantasy elements, but both are well-written, and the abrupt ending will make you eager to read the sequel.

Those who enjoyed The Winner’s Curse may also like Leigh Bardugo’s similar Grisha Trilogy, Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick, and Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.

Bridge of Snow is a prequel short story for this book that you can read for free on Tor.com.

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