Archive for July, 2013

My review of: Bronze Gods

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on July 26, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Bronze Gods by A. A. Aguirre

*** Book description as appears on Goodreads ***

Hy Breasil is grimmer than it used to be.

Before the Architect closed the door, there were regular crossings, and a great war decimated both humans and Ferishers. The native fae who refused to treat with the invaders faded; their bodies withered and died, stranding them as hungry, angry spirits that haunt the countryside.

That means there’s always trouble brewing in Dorstaad.

Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko work for the Criminal Investigation Department, keeping citizens safe from things that go bump in the night. He’s a hardboiled cynic with an uncanny sixth sense; she’s determined to justify her promotion as the first female detective in her division. Together, they’re trying to keep a black tide from drowning the city.

But when the second body surfaces, murdered with the same type of infernal device, the entire CID must face the truth. There’s a madman on the loose, twining magic and blood… and only Mikani and Ritsuko can unravel the intricate, lethal conspiracy before the Royale killer completes his macabre plan, unleashing old, forbidden magic on an unsuspecting populace. If the maniac succeeds, it could mean the end of everything…

My review

Finished reading on July 6 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

I was excited to get started in of this book, but was a little let down to discover the book touched very little into the steampunk genre. Of course that was only a mild let down since the book itself was quite entertaining. The two inspectors complement each other in that they provide a side of investigating that makes up for the weakness the other has in the same area. Also their personalities align/complement well enough to provide an unspoken connection that allows them to predict each others move making them an unstoppable crime fighting team. A plethora of possible shady/suspicious characters were provided in a way to keep not only the characters but reader guessing who the murderer was. An all around fun read although there were a few spots that left me wondering why it was included in the book but I’m guessing those will be further explained in the following book(s). I look forward to the next installment.

I only have two complaints about the book as a whole. The first being that the print was small which has nothing to do with the story but it did make the book a little more difficult to read then it should have been. Secondly was the weird breaks in the writing when the characters were “thinking” comments to themselves. A neat idea yes, but at times it was a little confusing as to who was thinking said idea. After seeing this a few times I got use to it but still ran into the whole “wait, who said that” problem from time to time.

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My review of: Progeny

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on July 26, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Progeny by Patrick C. Greene

*** Book description as appears on Goodreads ***

Owen Sterling is a reclusive author living in a secluded house deep in the woods. When he welcomes his son Chuck for a summer visit, the eleven-year-old suspects something is not right at his father’s home. His worries mount when he witnesses a confrontation between his father and some local hunters. Zane Carver is the local gun-shop owner who confronts the author over Owen’s refusal to let anyone on his land for hunting or camping. He defies the recluse, taking a hunting party onto Owen’s property. Soon, Zane and his buddies discover the writer’s secret . . . a deadly secret; a creature whose infinite rage they have unwittingly ignited . . . that is now hunting them.

My review

Finished reading on March 23 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

The following containers spoilers!

The book was smooth and super easy to read.

A man, Owen Sterling, buys land from the local Tsalagi tribe with the promise not to sell or exploit the land. Quickly you learn something else is living on the land and Owen takes it upon himself to keep the family of sasquatch safe. Of course that won’t stop a group of guys from hunting illegally on Owen’s land. I of course start figuring this was going to be a typical horror plot line. Dumb hunters do something to destroy/harm the creatures and a bloodbath ensues.

To my surprise there was a much deeper story then I expected. It’s not really about the hunters killing the child sasquatch and the parents revenge on the hunters. Instead it bring focus to the relationships between two pairs of father and son. That nothing is worse than the loss of a child whether they be taken from you before their time or your actions cause you to lose them.

My review of: The Harvesting

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on July 24, 2013 by Mordralyn

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The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak

*** Book description as appears on Goodreads ***

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead.

Though Layla reluctantly returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she could never have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla’s help if they are to survive the zombie apocalypse that’s upon them. But that is not the only problem. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek to reclaim power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

My review

Finished reading on May 4 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

A look at what happens when a psychic/seer knows when the world is coming to an end. Layla’s grandmother can see the future and makes preparations for the end and the protection of Layla and the townspeople of Hamletville. Layla must use her abilities to keep those she loves alive. This book adds an interesting connection between zombies and vampires. There were a few things that were left unanswered and the ending was a little confusing but I’m guessing that will be explained more in the sequel, which I’m definitely looking forward to reading.
Layla was a strong character who did not let issues of the past get in her way of caring for and keep people alive. The townsfolk had some interesting ways of dispatching the undead. However without Grandma Petrovich, Layla and the town might not have even had a chance. I can’t wait to read the next book to find out the true part the different “spirits” are playing in the scenario.

The only issue I had with the copy of the book I got was that it could use another round of editing.

My Review of: The Boleyn King

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on July 24, 2013 by Mordralyn

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The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

*** Book description as appears on Goodreads ***

The Boleyn King is the first novel in an enthralling new trilogy. Reimagining history in sumptuous detail, Laura Anderssen takes readers back to the deadly intrigue, turbulent affairs, and treacherous passions of Tudor England – and answers the compelling question What if Anne Boleyn had given Henry VIII the son he so desperately wanted?

Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, known as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by William’s mother, Anne Boleyn.

Against a tide of secrets, betrayal, and murder, William finds himself fighting for the very soul of his kingdom. Then, when he and Dominic both fall in love with Minuette, romantic obsession looms over a new generation of Tudors. One among them will pay the price for a king’s desire, as a shocking twist of fate changes England’s fortunes forever.

My review

Finished reading on July 13 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

The following contains spoilers!

I found this book fun and super easy to read. With conspiracy on top of conspiracy floating around the royal society I couldn’t help but find this book intriguing. The young king and his sister and two friends stumble across a plot to dethrone the king and they decide they will solve the problem themselves. Of course this mission ends up being run mostly by Minuette herself due to her innate ability to read people and get them to do as she pleases. Throw in the numerous run ins with love and desire and another level is added to the book that allows things to spiral out of control at any moment.
The book left me hanging and dying to read the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see what the desires of the conspirators and those following their hearts will lead to next.

My review of: Fierce Peace

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on July 24, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Fierce Peace by Dean Henryson

*** Book description as seen on Goodreads ***

Jessica Snow lost her father when she was only five years old.
Two years later, on a lovely and pleasant May afternoon in the local mall, she leaves her mother, Mary Snow, chatting on her cell phone. Jessica dashes off to purchase a surprise gift of Mother’s Day flowers at a store not thirty feet away.

She is gone for seven minutes.

When she returns, her mother has disappeared. Dead people begin stalking her.

Thus begins, for Jessica and her mother, a descent into a nightmare world of paralyzing fear and unparalleled plot twists as they are tormented by events that have no earthly explanation.

The police, doctors, and friends of Mary are baffled. No one has answers except for Peter Townsend, the leader of a secret project he calls Event M, and a golden kitten that Jessica finds.

But the answers unravel into a …

Fierce Peace.

My review

Finished this book on May 11 2013 and gave it 2 stars.

Okay, the cover calls this book “a novel of terror”. So, my question is where was the terror? I didn’t find anything in this book to be terrifying whatsoever. Until I got to the end the book rated high up on the weirdness scale. When I learned the reasons behind the “weird” it wasn’t very satisfying. The story was interesting at parts but then would start to drag on and not seem to lead anywhere. I found towards the end that Jessica seem to be far more intellectual than an average seven year old. Yes, the book brings to light the reason she is, but then why does she have no clue what’s going on?
The best parts of the book were based around Randy Windingtrail. However since he wasn’t a very interesting psychopath he turned into another big disappointment in this book. There were a few interesting ideas in the book but they got lost amongst the story. If Randy had been fleshed out some more I could have found myself reading a book based around him over Jessica. I really wanted to like this book. From the description it sounded like it would be a creepy fun ride but I was left disappointed and wanting more from the characters and the story as a whole.

Review of: Lexicon

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on July 23, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Lexicon by Max Barry

*** Book description as appears on Goodreads ***

At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematics—they are taught to persuade. Students learn to use language to manipulate minds, wielding words as weapons. The very best graduate as “poets,” and enter a nameless organization of unknown purpose.

Whip-smart runaway Emily Ruff is making a living from three-card Monte on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization’s recruiters. Drawn in to their strange world, which is populated by people named Brontë and Eliot, she learns their key rule: That every person can be classified by personality type, his mind segmented and ultimately unlocked by the skilful application of words. For this reason, she must never allow another person to truly know her, lest she herself be coerced. Adapting quickly, Emily becomes the school’s most talented prodigy, until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love.

Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Parke is brutally ambushed by two men in an airport bathroom. They claim he is the key to a secret war he knows nothing about, that he is an “outlier,” immune to segmentation. Attempting to stay one step ahead of the organization and its mind-bending poets, Wil and his captors seek salvation in the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, which, if ancient stories are true, sits above an ancient glyph of frightening power.

A brilliant thriller that traverses very modern questions of privacy, identity, and the rising obsession of data-collection, connecting them to centuries-old ideas about the power of language and coercion, Lexicon is Max Barry’s most ambitious and spellbinding novel yet.

My review

Finished reading on March 30th 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

The following contains spoilers!

Imagine a group of people who can get you to do anything they want just by feeding you a few words. That’s what to poets have been trained to do.[ Of course this secret group has rule in place to protect it’s own people. Never use their abilities on one another, never let anyone know anything personal. These rules are all well and good until you find someone willing to break said rules.

The beginning of the book was somewhat disorienting, which helps to put the reader in the place of Wil Parke. Wil gets abducted by two men who believe him to be the person they’ve been looking for. The book jumps from there to the past and stitches together crazy story of deceit and manipulation that had me on the edge of my seat.

The added pieces at the end of the chapters added more depth to the situations taking place. These people were just controlling each other or a small part to society, they had their hands in everything. They added a creepiness to the book as a whole because some of the tidbits referred to everyday activities that people partake in everyday. I’ll never look at an online poll the same way again.

Getting started

Posted in Random Ramblings on July 23, 2013 by Mordralyn

Ok, I’m going to try to keep all my ramblings about books in one place for once. Good luck to me. 😛 Anyways, I’ll slowing be adding past and new book review comments as time permits. Not use to writing reviews but gonna give it a shot.