Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake

"The dead have simple motives: hate, pain, and confusion. They kill you because it’s the only thing they have left to do.  The living have needs, and whoever is following me want something of me or mine."  (pg. 47)

Cas kills ghosts, it’s what he does now, that his father is dead—killed by a ghost himself.  He’s come to kill Anna, the ghost girl, who kills everyone who comes to her house. But she doesn't kill Cas, which is strange behavior for her.
An interesting paranormal romance that has turned into a series, but if you don’t feel like more—the ending is there if you want to be done with the book.  The relationship between Anna and Cas is nicely hesitant, I like that each was aware of the limitations involved.  Yes, there is a realationship of sorts between a boy and a girl ghost.  I liked Theo and Carmel as side characters, although we really don’t know much about Carmel’s life at all.  She could use some filling out in the next book.  If you are tired of vampires and fallen angels, yet still want the paranormal, try Anna.  


Friday, January 18, 2013

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

When on page 22 of this book, Brimstone tells Karou to beware of “inessential penises”—I knew this wasn’t going to be an ordinary YA novel.  The Wishmonger world is not one I am familiar with, a nice change for me, a rabid mythology reader.  Ms. Taylor’s world building is good, enough details are there to keep me interested, without spilling secrets too soon.  I highlighted several passages of descriptions that I found unique, or something several of my students would find similar to their own way of thinking, or just phrased in such a way to be almost poetic. 

Karou has moved often, as a child, and has only one close friend, who really doesn’t believe the truth she’s been told.  I like how Karou discovered the way to tell the truth in such a way that she doesn’t have to keep track of lies, but yet, no one really believes her, because it is too fantastic.  She’s used her wishes to learn languages from where ever she’s been, if only it were so easy. 

I can only give this book 4 stars because of the ending.  Sigh…to be continued.

“I don’t know many rules to live by,” he’d said.  “But here’s one.  It’s simple.  Don’t put anything unnecessary into yourself.  No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles--drug or tattoo—and,,, no inessential penises, either”
               “Inessential penises?” Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief.  “Is there any such thing as an essential one?”
               “When an essential one comes along, you’ll know,” he’d replied.  “Stop squandering yourself, child.  Wait for love.”
               “Love.”  Her delight evaporated.  She’d thought that was love.  (page 22)

               When she was alone, the empty place within her, the missingness as she thought of it, seemed to swell.  Even being with Kaz had done something to keep it at bay, though not enough.  Never enough.  (page 53)

               Karou wished she could be the kind of girl who was complete unto herself, comfortable in solitude, serene.  But she wasn’t. She was lonely, and she feared the missingness within her as if it might expand and… cancel her.  (page 71)

               He achieved invisibility.  It was a triumph that would have garnered him fame and the emperor’s highest honors, and it gave him a cold satisfaction to keep it to himself.  (page 361)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Darker Still review

Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul
Leanna Renee Hieber

Have you ever seen a painting so beautiful it looked real?  What if a portrait was “occupied” on cursed?  Would you want to enter into another world if you could? 
Natalie, mute since the death of her mother, is drawn to the portrait of Lord Denbury, a young man dead before his life’s dream could be accomplished.  He is beautiful and many people want this portrait; some for a museum, some for a personal collection and others for perhaps nefarious reasons.  Set in Victorian New York, there are nods to the middle class and spiritualist practices of the time.  Written in diary form it is fairly easy to follow with the story only coming from Natalie’s point of view.  Her sense of propriety was a refreshing change for a YA novel. 

If you like paranormal romance this would be a nice change from vampires, werewolves, and fallen angels. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Easy by Tammara Webber

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See my short but sweet review for Easy by Tammara Webber on Goodreads.com




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