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My review of: Pivot by L.C. Barlow

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on September 27, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Pivot by L.C. Barlow

***Book Description***

For some, the Devil introduces himself as an average man. For others, he crushes their souls and makes them bleed. For Jack Harper, the Devil renders himself a savior. But things are changing.

Once a loyal follower of Cyrus and an accomplished killer, Jack Harper now begins to question everything. There are new, strange forces at work that are intruding on Jack’s kills, abilities, and very being. Maybe, though, deep down Jack has been waiting for this intrusion, and maybe Cyrus is not as powerful as he seems.

My review

Finished reading of September 26th 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

Wow, this was a crazy weird book. A sick and twisted mind melt of a book that circles around torture, murder, deceit, fear, love and hatred. The description of the book mentions the dealings Satan has with people and how he changes his appearance depending on the person he’s dealing with. However Satan never steps up in this book and “shows” himself. Is he(Satan) all of the main people in Jack’s life or is he the person/thing that Cyrus is connected to? I believe I enjoyed this book more because Satan didn’t jump out and reveal himself in a complete obvious way.
The book did get quite graphic in a number of the scenes so I wouldn’t recommend it to people who would have issues with those scenes. I don’t believe it was a bad idea to include said scenes but instead think it showed exactly how twisted a number of the people in this book are.

 

Spoiler

I also read about the “twist” that some people mentioned in their reviews and I saw what they were talking about but I did flip back through the book once because I started questioning the view I had of Jack. I flipped back looking for what I had read that got me thinking what I was but couldn’t find it. When I finally hit the part in the book that explained it I wasn’t surprised but had I not had that little piece stick in my head I would have been completely caught off guard.
I felt for Jack who no matter what choice was chosen Jack ended up slipping deeper and deeper into the void. Jack never seemed to have an actual “choice” in anything. Jack thought what was being done was out of love, but finds out it’s only about the evilness involved in the act. Did Jack ever make a deal with Satan? I think so, not knowingly or by legitimate choice but then Satan never plays fair.

My review of: Burning For You by Lila Veen

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on September 27, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Burning For You by Lila Veen

***Book Description***

When Leah Holt returns to Blackwater, she crashes into Ash Lavanne. He is her catalyst, a fire elemental from a strange family of crafters who control the Blackwater Coven. Leah is ignited by Ash. She can build, destroy, create and damage, making her one of the most dangerous crafters in existence.

Blackwater is a town with a dark past. Four hundred years ago, the witch trials that happened have left a deep impression on today’s inhabitants, splitting the town into two rival groups – the Coven and the Order.

Then Leah discovers that Ash isn’t the only one who ignites her. She is torn in half in a love triangle and learns just how powerful she has the potential to become, but could lose Ash if she dares to find out.

My Review

Finished reading on September 19th 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

A fascinating read that runs you through a roller coaster of emotions. I found the idea of how a casters catalyst allows them to reach their full magical potential quite interesting. Of course there’s the added twist that some casters might have more than one possible catalyst. For Leah this turns out to be true and only adds to her confusion and the rest of the chaos in her life. When Leah first gets involved with Ash I started thinking that there went any possible point of a story in the book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the relationship ended up adding another layer of issues to the story/Leah’s life.

I enjoyed the characters and was surprised to find that most of the relationships throughout the book had more depth then I expected. Of course that is not so obvious from the beginning of the book but required further reading before discovering the details. The relationships between Leah and her mother and sister are somewhat twisted and end up being a main focus in the book. It’s not until you get a view from all three women that you learn how far from the truth a person can twist what others do/think.

Spoiler
It’s crazy how far a person hellbent on revenge is willing to go when they have the added ability of a caster. Although I’m stuck wondering if the revenge is also against Leah or if she’s just collateral damage because of how close she is to the Lavanne family. I would most definitely read the next book in this series. I want to find out how far revenge will take people and what one is willing to sacrifice to get it. Plus I’d love to find out where the relationships in Leah’s life are going.

My review of: Warrior by Zoe Archer

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on September 7, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Warrior by  Zoe Archer

***Book Description***

To most people, the realm of magic is the stuff of nursery rhymes and dusty libraries. But for Capt. Gabriel Huntley, it’s become quite real and quite dangerous…

IN HOT PURSUIT…
The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond—where what is real and what is imagined become terribly confused. And frankly, Huntley couldn’t be more pleased. Intrigue, danger, and a beautiful woman in distress—just what he needs.

IN HOTTER WATER…
Raised thousands of miles from England, Thalia Burgess is no typical Victorian lady. A good thing, because a proper lady would have no hope of recovering the priceless magical artifact Thalia is after. Huntley’s assistance might come in handy, though she has to keep him in the dark. But this distractingly handsome soldier isn’t easy to deceive…

*****
My review
I gave Warrior 4 stars.
A super fun read that runs along the lines of an Indiana Jones adventure. That is if Indy was driven by love instead of the treasures he hunts for. The cover even draws upon the “Indy” look, which I’m not sure was done on purpose or not. The main characters drew me in with their love/annoyance relationship. How they run the gambit of can’t stand the other person, they think I’m a brutish idiot, to I can’t live without this person. A few of the occurrences throughout the book struck me as odd, like how is it that in a place populated with nomads/warriors/thieves is Gabriel Huntley the only shining example on manliness? But seeing as this was a romance/adventure book I didn’t let myself over analyze these “strange occurrences.”
Lots of sass, adventure, and a magical romance that has me wanting to continue with the rest of this series. This book had a number of one liners and comments that had me constantly entertained/cracking up. If it wasn’t for those I think I would have ended up giving the book 3 instead 4 stars. And although as I read I questioned “you’re doing what in the middle of danger” I couldn’t help but buy into the idea that Thalia and Gabriel were brought together by some mythical force, that they were meant to be together and fight together.

My review of: Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on September 1, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

***Book description***

The Night Watch series has caused a sensation never before seen in Russia — its popularity is frenzied and unprecedented, and driven by a truly great, epic story. In 2005 Fox Searchlight announced it had acquired the Russian film adaptation for an American release. Interest in the books here is now set to reach a fever pitch. Set in modern day Moscow, Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the “Others,” an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, and the two sides coexist in an uneasy truce. But an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme “Other” will rise up and tip the balance, plunging the world into a catastrophic war between the Dark and the Light. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, fulfilling the first half of the prophecy, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?

An extraordinary translation from the Russian by noted translator Andrew Bromfield, this first English language edition of Night Watch is a chilling, engrossing read certain to reward those waiting in anticipation of its arrival

****

My review

I gave it 5 stars.

This book was crazy, there was so much going on that very few of the characters knew every part of grand scheme of things. The two sides of Others(The Light and The Darkness) are constantly trying to to gain control over the other side while all of humanity suffers from the Other’s wars. Anton is a Light watcher who is one of the pawns in the grand games between the two grand magicians in charge of the two Watches. Anton is lost amongst his own problems and questions. Is the Night Watch really doing all it can to protect humankind from the Dark Ones? Is he stuck with the destiny he’s being setup with or can he beat these two magicians at their own game.
In following Anton you learn this story isn’t just about Good verses Evil. It’s also about the pain of lose. Of not knowing if one’s actions are truly good or evil, or if one good action performed could lead to a massive evil event. And how much love can influence a person’s morals and actions.
I can’t wait to read the next installment and see where it takes all the characters next.

My review of: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 21, 2013 by Mordralyn

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The Strain by  Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

***Book description***

A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.

*****

My review

I gave it 4 stars.

Fun read. I was excited to come across a book that reached back into the past of the vampire. Where vampires are still evil foul creatures who are surrounded by death and corruption. The story behind how vampirism is spread gets a little funky. The cause behind this disease kept flipping between a virus and a parasite. So, if you stopped and thought about it too much you’d find the explanation got somewhat wishy-washy. Enjoyed the pure evilness that was “The Master” who was hellbent on destroying anyone in his path. And can’t forget about the stupid human who decides to make a deal with the source of all evil. There’s no way this deal could ever work out for the human. I can’t wait to read the next installment to find out if that guy gets his wake up call or not. It was a little strange that none of the people the master changed could think for themselves. The vampires suffered from a hive mind mentality and were more zombie like, which left me wondering if any would ever be able to function outside the master’s control.
With the introduction of a group of vampires who appear humanoid and fully functional on their own it’ll be fun to see where that leads to in the rest of this book series. Were there any new groundbreaking ideas in this novel? I’d have to say no not really other than instead of the disease being just a virus it’s a parasite. Could this lead to a way to cure/stop the spread of vampires? Who’s to say seeing as those who know about them are fighting for their lives while others are covering up the existence of vampires. All around fun read for me. There wasn’t any super crazy things going on like there usually is in Del Toro’s movies but that might come in book 2 or 3. Can’t wait to read the next one.

My review of: Run by Charles Findlay

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 16, 2013 by Mordralyn

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Run by Charles Findlay

***Book Description***

When the zombie invasion starts there isn’t time to stop and think.

Amber and River Parker don’t know how they’re going to get out alive with their parents, little brother, or family friend.

They don’t know why the zombies act so differently from each other.

They don’t know why armed gangs have suddenly taken to killing and massacring people.

They’re not sure if they’ll ever make it home.

And they certainly don’t know that they’re the best chance humanity has to stopping civilization from ending.

All they know is if they want to live…

they need to run.

****

My review

Finished on August 16th 2013 and gave it 3 stars.

I found this to be an interesting read up to a point. A zombie outbreak occurs and a family is able to escape from a crowded zombie infested theme park. Of course it appears something/someone was helping them which may have just been their own unconscious or intuition warning them that something was up. The journey the family takes to get home and protect themselves was good and I would have given this books 4 stars if it wasn’t for last section of the book. Yes, perhaps if I continue reading the series things will get explained but I’m not sure I’d buy into it.

Spoiler Alert

I mean really what do the fae have to do with zombie outbreaks and crazy people with guns? I can kind of see where the author might be heading, but for the world of this book I just didn’t buy it. Yeah, the family “gets feelings” and hears or dreams things but I didn’t ever once picture that all that was because the fae were talking to them. Although it’s an interesting setup I’m not sure how well the presence of the fae and wizards will be able to explain the existence of zombies. Or maybe a little more hint at the fae’s presence before just making them “poof” out of the sky.
Would I read the next book? Yeah, I’d give it a shot to see where the story’s going and if the author explains things enough that I can buy into the sudden appearance of the fae.

My review of: 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

Posted in Book Reviews with tags on August 12, 2013 by Mordralyn

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17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

***Book description***

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.

*****

My review

Finished reading on May 1st 2013 and gave it 4 stars.

A moving story that deals with a couple of topics that don’t get a large amount of attention. There was an amazing twist in the story that I was not expecting. Smooth and easy to read with a haunting presence that left me feeling that not everything happening is just due to Lauren’s “condition.”.

The book wasn’t anything like what I was expecting, but in a good way. I’d definitely read another book by Nova Ren Suma.