Dragon Slippers Series

I am currently enjoying the dragon slippers series books. I’m on the second in the series, Dragon Flight, where we find Creel working at her dress shop, post Dragon war. I love the vivid imagery the author is so good at writing in her books. I can just picture the beautiful dresses in the store. It has come out in this book that Creel is learning to play an instrument. Apparently the sound is terrible to the dragon’s ears, and she could use a numark mixer to make her sound better. It cracks me up that they have such sensitivity to sound. I am looking forward to seeing where this book goes. I hope it explores the love interest, Luka, a bit more.

Spellcaster Series-Claudia Gray

I’m currently waiting on the third book in the Spellcaster series, The Sorceress. I just devoured (yes I like to think of fast reading as eating, is that weird?) the first two, Spellcaster and Steadfast. They were so well written, and I loved Gray’s version of spellcasting done through drawing up strong memories. It is such a unique way of looking at witchcraft that I haven’t read before.

I won’t go into a long synopsis of the books, but I will say I’m anxious to get my hands on the third in the series. I love the bond between Nadia and Mateo, and I am so intrigued by Verlaine’s storyline. I hope we get a satisfying conclusion in the Sorceress.

Winter by Marissa Meyer-Book Review

I finally got around to reading the last book in the Lunar Chronicles-Winter. It was SO good! I’m sad to see the series come to an end. Here’s a brief synopsis of the book from the back cover:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

winterWinter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

This book series is a sci-fi take on the fairytales Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. I thought the last book was the perfect wrap-up to the series. All of the strong female leads made for great heroines to root for. I love that the men weren’t just automatically the hereos in the stories. Levana was written as the perfect villain. She was just so…evil!

If you haven’t checked out the Lunar Chronicles, you need to!

Matched- Book Review

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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

This book reminds me a lot of The Giver. The Society has all of this control over all of its citizens, and they blindly follow like sheep. They seem to have more emotion, but not by much. What’s weird is everyone carries around these tablets that are supposed to almost be like health insurance from this site. There’s one for emergency food, one for calming down, and a red one only to take when the society says so. Hrmmmm.

While I’m not always super excited for love triangle stories, I liked that this one she basically chooses right away. We see Cassia go through a lot of character development throughout the book, as she realizes the society isn’t the perfect system she has always known. I’m already on book 2, Crossed, and so far loving it.

Manhunting-Jennifer Crusie

33737Kate Svenson is attractive, successful, a brilliant businesswoman – and miserable. After three failed engagements, she realises it’s time for aPLAN…and organised, detailed agenda with a clear goal: finding Mr. Right.

Let me start by saying that in the introduction, Crusie points out that this is her first book. I think that became glaringly obvious after reading the first chapter. This did not have that same spark that her book Cinderella Deal had. I just couldn’t get into the story. The main character isn’t really developed enough, and her whole idea about going to a resort to find a husband was just plain painful. Of course she’s going to end up with Jake, and he will teach her how to loosen up a bit. It was still an easy read, but I am happy to see that Crusie has improved her writing style!

Tapestry of Fortunes By Elizabeth Berg-Book Review

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A wonderful new novel about four women who take a trip into their past, to find again the people they miss, and to reconnect with their fortunes. From the beloved bestselling author of Home Safe and Open House.

Cecilia Ross is looking for a change. She has decided to take time off from her job as a successful motivational speaker and sell her home. She moves in to a beautiful old house in St. Paul, Minnesota, complete with a big front porch, a wild garden, a chef’s kitchen-and three roommates. The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a roadtrip to find again the people and things they miss. One woman wants to connect with a daughter she gave away at birth; another wants to visit her long-absent ex-husband; a third woman, a professional chef, is seeking new inspiration from the restaurants along the way. And Cecilia is looking for Dennis Halsinger, the man she never got over, who recently sent her a postcard out of the blue. This novel is classic Elizabeth Berg-a portrait of how women grow through the relationships that define them, and a testament to the power of female friendship.

I sort of enjoyed this book, but I felt there was something missing. I didn’t fully resonate with Cece’s character. Her relationship with Dennis just made me roll my eyes. I did like her friendship with her new roommates, and the idea of making good friends even at an older age. I also loved the side story about Michael and his fiance. I liked the fortune card reading, and I was hoping there would be more about that. This wasn’t really a book that stuck with me, and definitely not one I’d want to read again.

My 60 Books in a Year Reading Challenge

In January, I challenged myself to read 60 books in a year. It didn’t seem like so many at the time, but I’m finding the task a bit daunting. I have read 23 books so far, and it seems like a lot! I’m enjoying myself, but I’m also finding that I’m rushing through books to keep on schedule. I’ve also run into the issue of finding books that keep my interest. I have already read through most of the ebooks that are available at my library. I think it’s time to start checking out physical books again. They are my preference to read, but I love the portability of the ebooks, and being able to read them during nursing time, or while waiting for water to boil while cooking.
I’ve got a few books on my Good Reads to read shelf, including Miami Blues, which is based in miami, Manhunting, and finishing off some of the series I’ve started. I think waiting for the books on hold is the hardest part!

Cress-Book Review

Cress by Marissa Meyers:

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. 

 

I was drawn into Meyers’ Lunar series from the minute I saw the cover of Cinder. That cyborg foot in the high heel, with a very futuristic spin on the old Cinderella story. I HAD to read it. Now here I am, finished with the third installment in the series, Cress. This cover was reminiscent of Rapunzel. Cress joins up with Cinder and the gang, and has a sweet side romance with Thorne. I won’t spoil the story for you, but I will say that I loved that Iko gets a body. I would love to see this series turned into a movie. Iko would provide all the comic relief! My heart broke for Scarlet and Wolf, and I can’t wait for more on that story in the fourth book. It looks like this one will be reminiscent of Snow White.

Princess of the Midnight Ball-Book Review

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Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above.

Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George’s take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew.

This was such a unique story. I loved the mystery surrounding the princesses, and the brave gardener determined to help them. At first I expected a cookie cutter story of hero saves princesses, but it didn’t read that way. I didn’t find myself predicting the ending well before it happened. I loved Galen’s character, as well as the princesses. They weren’t all silly and helpless. They were written as brave girls, who were in a hopeless situation. I am already reading Princess of Glass, book 2 in this series. Jessica George did a great job with the first book, and I’m sure I will not be disappointed by the second. Also, can I just say how much I love the covers of these books? The dresses are gorgeous! I was born in the wrong era. I would have loved dressing up and attending fancy balls. Though preferably not in the underworld against my will. 😉

Beautiful Creatures Book Review

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Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

This book has been on my to read list for a really long time. I’m not sure why I hesitated, because this book was awesome! I was hooked from the first few pages, and I love that the story was told from Ethan’s perspective, rather than Lena’s. I feel that so many YA books are told from the girl’s point of view, and rarely from the boy’s.

I won’t give anything away. I will just say if you are a fan of magic, and love stories, you will love this book. I can’t wait to read the second. Nothing makes me happier than finding out a great book I love is actually a part of a series! Now I’m off to check out books 2 &3!