Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Book Review: Reached (Matched Trilogy, Book 3), By Ally Condie

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Reached (Matched Trilogy, book 3)
By: Ally Condie

Cassia, Ky and Xander have all been strategically placed in relative safety for The Rising's purposes, but when a deadly disease sweeps across the Society - no one is truly safe.

The Rising has begun. Will it be enough to save a dying nation?

Reached brings the Matched trilogy to its conclusion in the most eventful and exciting book of the three. The pace is slightly faster than both Matched and Crossed, but the tone and cadence are identical. Readers will find this book to be very clean with only a couple nondescript references to kissing and various mentions of death / descriptions of illness.

More Matched Trilogy Reviews:
  1. Matched (Review)
  2. Crossed (Review)
  3. Reached (Review)
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Summary: Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1), By Ilona Andrews

Book Summary: Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1), By: Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1)
By: Ilona Andrews
ISBN: 0441014895
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The following book summary and all of the book summaries featured here contain spoilers.

First time readers of the Kate Daniels series:
I recommend not reading this summary as it will likely take away from your reading experience.

Long time fans:
If you're looking for a plot refresher, you've come to the right place!


Magic Bites Plot Summary


Chapter 1: During a magic fluctuation, a vampire piloted (mind controlled) by a necromancer named Gastec breaks into Kate's house and asks when she last saw her guardian (Knight Diviner - Greg Feldman). The vampire leaves and Kate calls The Order of Knights of Merciful Aid (the Order). They tell her that Greg is dead - killed in the line of duty.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Review: Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, Book 7), By Jim Butcher

Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7)A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 7
By: Jim Butcher

When Chicago is invaded by a small crowd of necromancers intent on god-dom, Harry Dresden – Chicago's Professional Wizard – must find a way to stop the proceedings before thousands loose their lives.

Written in the fast paced and humorous tone that Butcher excels at, Dead Beat is an enjoyable and appropriately named book. It contains various necromancy, torture, injuries, death, killing, language, nudity, and sexually charged observations, but no sex scenes.

For those who have not read any of the Dresden Files, you should know that it is not strictly necessary to read them in order, although I do recommend it. The series spreads across many many years and the characters undergo numerous changes during that time. Each book provides the necessary information about the characters and setting to allow the tale to be enjoyed without knowledge of the prior books. However, without having read the earlier installments there will be references and plot points that make little or no sense.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, By Stephanie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (The Twilight Saga, #3.5)By: Stephanie Meyer
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ISBN-10: 031612558X
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Bree's human hunger trapped her in a life of endless thirst and now she lives a lonely existence in the company of violent, blood thirsty newborns. Why she was created remains a mystery, but something is coming – she can feel it.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Insurgent Teaser Trailer

Enjoy this teaser trailer for Insurgent, the movie sequel to Divergent (based on the book series by Veronica Roth), in which Tris’s hair is chopped short and she appears to be in a fear landscape.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review: The Luxe (Luxe Series, Book 1), by Anna Godbersen

The Luxe (Luxe Series, book 1)
By: Anna Godbersen
www.AnnaGodbersen.com
ISBN-10: 0061345660
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Beautiful clothes, luxurious parties, and charming smiles are all hiding the outrageous scandals, forbidden romance, jealous rivalries, and risky bargains of five teenagers living in Manhattan. With so many obstacles stopping each of them from getting what they want, will love conquer all in the end?

The Luxe is a young adult historical fiction novel. It contains:

• Kissing
• References to sex (no details)
• One use of godd*mn
• Young people drinking and smoking (which is not out of context for the historical era)

This is the first in a series of four books. It’s slow to start, but the pace picks up a lot after about one hundred pages. Fans of Sara Shepard’s writing should find it quite enjoyable.


Readers who enjoyed The Luxe might also like the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray, and the Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Review: Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series, Book 1) by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series, book 1)
By: Rachel Hawkins
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ISBN-10: 1423121309
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Meet Sophie. She’s a witch who has the bad habit of casting spells that always seem to go wrong. So as punishment, she’s sent to Hecate Hall, otherwise known as “Hex Hall,” where she instantly makes a new array of friends and enemies, and honestly, she’s a little confused about who’s who. But Sophie’s already got enough to worry about, what with the spirit of a ghost hovering around the school grounds, and a cute werewolf she has her eye on, who seems intent on making Sophie dislike him.

It includes:

• References to murder
• Descriptions of hangings, beatings, and burnings
• Use of spells
• Profanity (b*tch, d*mn, h*ll, and p*ss)
• Brief references to loss of virginity
• A homosexual character
• One passionate kiss

Hex Hall is a fun, school-themed novel with lots of believable paranormal twists. Funny, surprising, and light-hearted, this book aimed for teens has a strong female narrator, and it won’t be surprising if you find yourself instantly attached to the charming, sarcastic cast of characters.


Readers who enjoyed Hex Hall might also like:

    

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Review: Obsidian (Lux Series, Book 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Obsidian (Lux Series, book 1)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
www.JenniferArmentrout.com
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ISBN-10: 1620610078

Katy and her mom have just moved to a small town in West Virginia, when Katy decides to pay a visit to their next-door neighbors. But she’s shocked when the guy who opens the door is unbelievably rude to her. His name is Daemon, and he also just so happens to be ridiculously gorgeous. When he and Katy aren’t trying to kill each other in verbal wars, Katy spends her time hanging out with his awesome sister, Dee, who acts nothing like her brother.

And yet, Katy can’t help noticing strange details about the family—and her suspicions only raise when she hears rumors about past sightings of creatures in town . . . inhuman creatures. Not to mention the men wearing black she’s always catching glimpses of, who seem to be following her.

Then, one cold and rainy night, Katy is attacked.

Parents should be aware that this book contains:

• Profanity (including the f-word)
• Violence (injuries, fighting, and killing)
• Lying
• High physical attraction
• Sexual innuendos
• Making out with partial nudity
• Attempted rape
• References to sex
• A few mentions of bras and breasts
• Underaged drinking

Obsidian is the first in a young adult paranormal series. The chemistry between Katy and Daemon is tense and engrossing, but can be, at times, quite frustrating. The plot is scattered with clich├ęs, but the author’s page-turning writing makes up for it. This is one paranormal romance that is sure to keep you hooked.


Readers who enjoyed Obsidian might also like the Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins and the Hush, Hush Saga by Becca Fitzpatrick, as well as:


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Book Review: Blue Noon (Midnighters, Book 3), By Scott Westerfeld

Blue Noon (Midnighters, #3)By: Scott Westerfeld

The blue time is ripping apart, coming at random times, and enveloping more and more space. Something big is coming. The oldest Darklings are stirring. Only the Midnighters' combined skills can unravel the truth about the past and the future.

Blue Noon brings an interesting and unexpected
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Book Summary: Turn Coat (Dresden Files, Book 11), By Jim Butcher - Spoilers

Book Summary: Turn Coat (Dresden Files, Book 11), By Jim Butcher - SpoilersTurn Coat (Dresden Files, book 11)
By: Jim Butcher
www.jim-butcher.com
Turn Coat is available on Amazon.com
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The following plot summary includes extensive spoilers. To read a spoiler-free, content (pacing, humor, characters, profanity, sexuality & violence) centered review please see the Dresden Files Series Review.

First time readers: This summery could greatly detract from your reading experience.

Long time fans: If you're looking for a memory refresher you've come to the right place!
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