06 April 2012

Favorite Friday: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

From today on, I'm not going to give a rating to my "Favorite Friday" book choice. I think it's safe to assume that these are books that I recommend to all. So, with that said, here's my "Favorite Friday"!

Blurb from Goodreads:
Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character, who if provoked is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp -- but always polite -- 18th century wit. The point is, you spend the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up?

My Review:
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE was first published in 1813 to, mostly, great reviews. This is no surprise to me, as this book is one of those that I could probably pick up and read a few times a year. I could most definitely write my own book on how much I love this book and all of it's charming qualities. But, instead of doing that, I'll just keep it short.

So, Elizabeth Bennet is probably one of the most foreward-thinking characters in any book that I've read from this time-period. Seriously, this girl is a rock star! I've never been so impressed with the in-your-face, but simultaneously, oh-so-subtle wit of a lady from this century. Even when you'd think she'd be going in a corner and crying her eyes out, she keeps her chin--and her attitude--up with finesse and a startling contemporary grasp on humor.

Then, there's Darcy. I'm pretty sure all modern-day "bad boys" are modeled after Mr. Darcy. No? Oh, well, then they should be. It's not even that he's necessarily BAD. But, he sure is a man with a tough outer-shell that just needs the right girl to break through. (Enter Elizabeth.)

The slow-building romance, that seems more akin to that of a train wreck at times, is beautifully done. You have two characters with so many opinions between the two of them, that you are thrown into a world where the odds seem against them, but how could they NOT end up together?!

Plus, there's humor, drama, and more love-story goodness with Jane and Mr. Bingley. Plus, Elizabeth's family is going to keep you guessing as to what ridiculously embarrassing things they will do next.

If you are a reader and you haven't read PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, just do me a favor and put whatever book you're reading down, right now, and grab a copy of this book. Keep in mind that you can find it for free. Yup.

04 April 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Destined (Wings #4) by Aprilynne Pike

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Destined (Wings #4)
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 26, 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:
Laurel faces the fight of her life to save everything, and everyone, she loves. This is the final part of the extraordinary faerie tale which began in the bestselling novel Wings described by Stephenie Meyer as 'a remarkable debut'.

Laurel lived happily as an ordinary girl—until she discovered that she was a faerie. Since then her heart has been divided—Avalon or the human world? Safe reliable David or wild, charismatic Tamani? But now an enemy unlike any before, threatens Avalon and unless the faerie world can win out, there may be no choices left...

An extraordinary faerie tale of magic and mystery, romance and danger.

Why Am I Waiting?
I've been reading these books since they first came out. And, I've been DYING for them to come to their conclusion so Laurel and Tamani can have their happily-ever-after. Ok, so I really don't know WHO Laurel will end up with, but a girl can dream, can't she?

02 April 2012

The Path by H.K. Savage (3.5 Stars)

Title: The Path
Author: H.K. Savage
Publisher: Staccato Publishing
Publication Date: March 25, 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:
Magick is real. And there is a secret world complete with its own agency, Veritas, to control those who would wield their power over “regulars”, or threaten the secrecy that keeps them all safe from the persecution that nearly destroyed them. For Cassie, a mixed blood witch, it’s the only world she’s ever known though she’s never embraced her role as agent for Veritas. For Drew, a witch born to a non-magickal family, it answers so many of his questions. It is also the cause of so much loss and pain. And now, as he and Cassie attempt to find his missing brother, rumored to be working with a rogue witch and cult leader, it threatens to take the last of his family. Or will magick save it?

My Review:
I found myself putting off this book in the beginning because it was a little slow for the first couple of chapters. The fact that the story didn't grab me immediately, is one of the reasons I didn't give this book 4 stars.

Once I decided to commit myself to getting past, what I hoped was just a rough beginning, I was very happy that I did! The story does, indeed, redeem itself just a few chapters in. I found that I was halfway through and totally invested in the characters in just a few hours.

What I most thoroughly enjoyed about this story was that the main character, Cassie, really comes into her own by the end of the story. She started out unsure of herself and her talent as an investigator for Veritas, and a fledgling witch. After a chance meeting with the story's antagonist, however, Cassie discovered her power and just progressively gets more and more amazing.

Also, I enjoyed the romantic aspect of the story. I found that Ms. Savage was able to weave the romance in while not at all taking away from the rest of the story and what was going on while Cassie and Drew's relationship changed.

I will definitely read the next installment, in what I hope will be a series. I am a fan of Savage's writing.

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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01 April 2012

Another Indelible Giveaway!

Yes, I'm doing another giveaway. And, yes it's ANOTHER book by an Indelible. Why? Because I LOVED this book! Here's a snippet:

Title: Bound (The Crystor)
Author: C.K. Bryant
Publisher: Dragonfly Press
Publication Date: November 11th 2011

When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive.

BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (4/5 Stars)

Title: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Publisher: Atria
Publication Date: April 26th 2011 (In the USA)

R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead, and the blurry line in between.

(Description courtesy of Goodreads.)

To say that this book was a surprise is an understatement. Who ever would have believed that someone could actually make a zombie/human romance believable or (WONDER OF WONDERS), actually APPEALING?! Certainly not me!

But, there it is. I found myself not only tolerating R, but actually rooting for him. Now, I do spoiler-free reviews on here, but let me just say, R wasn't quite so pleasant when we first meet him. Not that he was EVIL, per se, just that he was your typical zombie. Well, ALMOST typical. But, he morphs into a completely likeable, uh, "guy". I'll be honest. I found myself liking him more than Julie. I know. Weird.

WARM BODIES is told from R's point of view, and I really think the book wouldn't have been as solid any other way. There's no way anyone could have understood R or what motivated him without this.

Marion's zombies are quite different than most. You get a taste of this when you first witness the interactions between the zombies when they're all together, doing their zombie "thing". They have actual relationships and bonds. Again, I think it's imperative to the story for us to see this. To see that there's a "glimmer" there, a bit of humanity--if you will, under the surface.

Read WARM BODIES. And while you're at it, see if you can pick up on the Romeo and Juliet parallels. Marion very craftily wove those in, in a way that I didn't even notice until about half-way through the book. But, that could be because I'm just slow. :)

My rating: 4/5 Stars

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