Review - A Red Tale


*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review*



Title: A Red Tale
Author: Nicola Mar
Publisher: Smith Publicity
Release Date: March 20th 2014

My Rating:



Snow has been falling on the Caribbean island of St. Michael for years, diminishing plant and animal life and leading to extinction. But underneath the island's ocean lies Surritz--a tropical, magical realm where water dragons known as Wayters have discovered their power of reason.

After being hypnotized, fifteen-year-old Stasia Forrester meets Billy, a Wayter that makes her realize she has the ability to reverse global cooling. But Stasia has something that Billy wants, and to get it, Stasia must travel back in time. She soon discovers that her connection to Surritz is more complicated than she could have ever imagined. When love starts to guide her conscience, she faces tough choices. 

How will her decisions affect global cooling if her needs are more important to her than saving humanity? Does she trust that Billy is telling her the truth? If so, she may lose the only true love she has ever known.



My Thoughts




What first got me when I saw this book was, obviously, the cover. The art in it is so beautiful that it got me almost hypnotized. It's simple yet complicated and at the same time it shows what the book is about. This is quite rare these days and I applaud to the artist who made this.

When it comes to the book itself, I loved it. The plot was surprisingly interesting and deep despite the fact that its description makes out for a very simple and shallow story. I must say it though, this book is not by any means shallow! It was so beautiful that I cannot put down to words how much it touched me. But we'll get to that in a minute.

Stasia to me was a very strong character, she was also naive to a certain extent. This though, did not prevent her from dealing with the problems that she was faced with. I actually loved the way she 'traveled' between herself and Nina. This character was also very captivating, her love for Abe was so strong that she didn't even flinched when faced with the oportunity to join him, even if it meant dying.

One thing that made me feel kind of bad was how Stasia didn't get to see her friends after her adventure, I would like to see her fall in love and all.

Right at the beginning of this review I mentioned that this book touched me, and even though I can't really explain how it touched, I can share a quote from it, that means a lot and made me think:

“Until now, I never understood that part of life was not understanding it. That we can’t plan everything, or know everything, or want everything. It was about believing that someone out there was looking out for us, planning our next move for us. Telling us to trust our instincts and that it was okay to feel insecure. To just let go.” 

This quote just says so much and at the same time not enough. I love it.

All in all, 'A Red Tale' is a beautiful book, its author was able to picture a fantastic world on which you could get lost in. Also her writing is quite easy to understand and simple, though her descriptions can be very complex at times.

Review - No Place Like Oz



Title: No Place Like Oz
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die
Book #: 0.5
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: November 12th 2013

My Rating: 




After returning to Kansas, Dorothy Gale has realized that the dreary fields of Kansas don’t compare to the vibrant landscapes of Oz. And although she’s happy to be reunited with Aunt Em, she misses her friends from the yellow brick road. But most of all, Dorothy misses the fame and the adventure. In Kansas she’s just another prairie girl, but in Oz she was a hero. So Dorothy is willing to do anything to get back, because there really is no place like Oz. But returning to the land she left comes at a price, and after Dorothy is through with it, Oz will never be the same.

 Perfect for fans of Alex Flinn, Marissa Meyer, and Gregory Maguire, No Place Like Oz is a dark reimagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Building off of its rich mythology, Danielle Paige creates an edgy, thrilling story for teens that chronicles the rise and fall of one of the literature’s most beloved characters. This digital original novella is a prequel that sets the stage for the forthcoming novel Dorothy Must Die.



My Thoughts



What a pleasant surprise this book was!

I don't really know what I was expecting but I was surprised for the best. Danielle Paige elaborates a really entertaining and true vision of the original Oz.

I absolutely enjoyed reading about Dorothy and how she got a little wicked. I must admit though, I can't really hate her, mostly because you can understand where she came from and why she acts the way she does. It was interesting to see how her uncle and aunt reacted to Oz and its creatures but I didn't really enjoy how passive her aunt was. Instead of speaking her mind she would usually shut down.

Danielle Paige's writing was very easy to understand and she doesn't use big or unknown words to get her point through, which I really liked.

'No Place Like Oz' was a really good introduction to 'Dorothy Must Die' and I cannot wait to get to it. 

Cover Reveal: Incite by Erica Crouch







Title: Incite
Author: Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite
Book #: 2
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Release Date: Summer 2014



In this thrilling conclusion to the Ignite series, Pen and Azael return to finish what they started. The earth is in ruins, and the war of Heaven and Hell has spilled over into the mortal world. 

In the frozen wasteland of the apocalypse, Azael and his band of cohorts search for Pen and Michael with orders to kill. Little does he know that his sister has incited a rebel army of her own. Angels and demons alike stand side by side, ready and willing to fight for a future they didn’t realize they could have.


I cannot put down into words my excitement for this book. This cover - as all this author's ones - is completely astonishing! So so beautiful, I love the little details of the feathers and how her eyes are purple.

Hopefully this gets published really soon because my heart cannot take this strong emotions anymore. I MUST now what's going to happen.

This cover is a true personification of Pen, she is a confident warrior now and not even her brother can stop her... or can he?

P.S.: You can click on the cover to be taken to Patchwork's giveaway and post about this amazing book!

Review - Looking for Alaska



Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Publisher: Speak
Release Date: March 3rd 2005

My Rating:




Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

 After. Nothing is ever the same.




My Thoughts




This book was quite a ride for me - as have been all the John Green's books I've read so far.

Before

I connected so much with Pudge. He seemed such a great and sweet guy that I could not help but like him. I must admit that I fed on his experiences. Since I wish I could somehow start over somewhere new, or go away for a while I took the oportunity to imagine what it would be like and reading his experience helped me do so.
Alaska... Self-destructive teenage girl. That's a simple way to describe her. I could also connect with her in a deeper level than the way I did with Pudge, mostly because I could relate to her depressed state of mind - even though she seemed to be in and out of it, but mostly in.

This may sound a bit odd, but I could feel myself fall in love with her through Pudge. And this only comes to show how great John Green is. His writing is so amazing that you almost become each and every character of his books.

By the way... The Swan. You will only know what I'm talking about if you read this book but damn, I laughed out loud while reading this scene.

After

I suffered her loss almost like she was real. It actually hurt, to read these pages without her being there making remarks about women's rights or talking to Pudge.
Also, it was interesting to see how they all dealt with her loss and the guilt of letting her go. Everyone deals with loss in their own way, but seeing them strugle with the thought that maybe she commited suicide and trying to put the puzzle together, was kind of beautiful in its own weird way. They cared enough about her that they did not simply let go or forget it happen. I believe they honored their friendship by doing what they did.

One of my favorite quotes from this book was really at the end of it and it goes like:

"We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken."

Stacking the Shelves #3




Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and it's about the books that you recently add to your collection. They can be phyisical ou digital.
These weeks books are incredibly special to me because I could not wait for them to arrive. I just needed to have them instantly when I ordered them.

They are:




  1. Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville
  2. Dorothy must Die by Danielle Paige
  3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
It's fascinating how I am able to cope with having these books and not dive into them all at once, but I have other books that need to be read at the moment. They shall wait...

Review - The Moth in the Mirror



Title: The Moth in the Mirror
Author: A.G. Howard
Series: Splintered
Book #: 1.5
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: October 22nd 2013

My Rating: 



An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa's affections, so he digs into Jeb's memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds. 

This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard's dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what's to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.



My Thoughts




Once again A.G. Howard surprises for the positive with this short story, or better yet, novella.

Even though it's well known that I am not a fan of Jeb, this novella covers pretty well all the events that left us wondering during Splintered, when it comes to him.

Seeing through his eyes allowed me to understand him a little better even though I still don't feel like he's all that good for Alyssa. Yes, he desperately wants to protect her and he has reasons to want to be by her side and do everything he can to make sure she is alright, but still... he overprotects her and I do not enjoy that.

Other than that, Morpheus was still his awesome self in here and I shall forever crush over a moth man... Yes you heard me... a MOTH MAN.

Can't wait to read Unhinged!

WWW Wednesdays





WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Should be Reading and it consists of answering three little questions every wednesday. So here it is...


1. What are you currrently reading?




Finally I decided to read 'Looking for Alaska' and I must say that so far so good. But I'm still not very far into the book, so I don't want to get my hopes up.











2. What did you recently finished reading?



A quick read, just enough to allow me to decide which book to read next. It was funny but not all that much.











3.What do you think you'll read next?



I haven't decided yet. I have too many books to read and deciding which to read next is getting harder and harder by the day.

Cover Reveal: Sould Bound & Fallen Souls Novella



Cover Reveal




Title: Sould Bound
Author: Linda Foster
Series: The Realm of the Claimed
Book #: 1
Publisher: Glass House Press
Release Date: May 6th 2014


Ash laughed -- an evil, hollow sound – and grasped his knife more firmly. Kali blinked slowly, her heart breaking. This wasn’t her Ash, she reminded herself. This wasn’t the boy who’d sold his soul to save his sister, or fought by her side. This wasn’t the boy who had changed everything she thought she knew about life, love, and herself.

“I’ll die before hurting you,” Kali repeated, lifting her chin. He possessed the greater strength now, she knew, and would beat her even if she fought. At least, in the end, she would die at his hand rather than someone else’s.

Maybe he would still win his soul back that way.

A boy who sold his soul to save his sister’s life.

A fallen angel turned demon, seeking her redemption.

And a surprising love story that could save them both … or destroy the world. Join Ash and Kali, and a cast of dark characters, as they fight for the fallen angels of the world, the right to choose their own path, and the one thing they never thought they’d find – true love.



Fallen Souls Novella







Title: Fallen Souls
Author: Linda Foster
Series: The Real of the Claimed
Book #: 0.5
Publisher: Glass House Press
Release Date: April 8th 2014

Buy on: Amazon


Ash never thought going to a party could be dangerous. He certainly never thought it would change his life. But when a man with red eyes begins following him – and his sister – he realizes he was wrong. Soon they’re running, leading the man on a desperate chase over icy roads.

When Ash crashes his car, nearly killing his sister, the red-eyed man offers Ash a choice – save his sister, but pay the highest price possible. Bring Grace back to life, at the cost of his own soul.

Suddenly, Ash is facing a choice he never sought. But will he use that choice to save his sister? And if he does … what will it mean for Ash himself?



About the Author



Linda Foster was born and raised in Colorado, where she still lives with her (very patient) husband and four (very spoiled) ferrets. Linda became an avid reading enthusiast the moment she picked up her first book, and has grown steadily worse with time. By the time she was 15 years old, her library had become too big for her shelves, and she was forced to donate all of her books to the local school, just to make room for new ones. She started writing short novellas for her friends in middle school, and expanded into full-length novels several years later. Soul Bound is her first published novel.

You can find her on Twitter, Facebook and on her website.




Also there is going to be a Story Time Party on Facebook (April 10th) and all the proceeds from this will go to SDDAS Spirit Fund, anonprofit society dedicated to giving homeless animals the medical care they need. For more information, visit their website at sddac.com/donations.asp.

Review - Splintered



Title: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
Series: Splintered
Book #: 1
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: January 1st 2013

My Rating:



This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.




My Thoughts




Anita G. Howard manages to depict an amazing, beautiful and creepy version of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland that never stopped to amaze me while I was reading this book. A true piece of (he)art.

When it comes to the environment of the book, I must say it was truly beautiful and incredibly easy to visualize. This author has a true gift, that allows her to put down into words these amazing scenarios in such a detailed manner that it becomes a very natural thing for the reader to see what A.G. Howard intended us to. And this is not a very commom trait when it comes to fantasy writers and that's why some of them fail to make amazing books.

As for the plot itself, I found it incredibly appeasing. It's no secret that I am in love with 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' retellings, so once I read the summary for this book (and saw its astonishing cover), I knew I had to read it.
'Splintered' sets a very high standart from it's cover art to its summary and it does not disappoint.

Let's talk characters... This is a bit complicated for me since I did not really like all of them.
Alyssa, the main character, was a very sweet girl with a bit of a rebel tinge. Through out the book she seems to grow from an insecure adolescent to a more self confident one. Watching this character grow like this was interesting.
I must admit that it annoyed me a little bit everytime she urged to be embraced by Jeb and somehow felt safer in his arms, mostly because I didn't really like Jeb.
This character, from the beginning of the book, gave me a bad impression since it always made you believe that Alyssa couldn't fend for herself. He was always trying to protect her, or better yet, overprotect her. To me Jeb's presence made me feel a bit claustrophobic because he didn't give Alyssa the space she needed to think for herself. Even though, this attitude from Jeb could somewhat be explained by his past and previous experiences, it still annoyed me to the core.

Morpheus, oh Morpheus...
I really like how A.G. Howard visualized the Caterpillar in her version of Wonderland. It was brilliant to made him go through a metamorphosis and become this wonderful and incredibly attractive (at least in my mind) man. Even though, Morpheus character is always a concern through out this book, I must say he was by far my favorite character. With his mysterious ways and wicked plans, he won my heart (and he should have won Alyssa's too!).

One thing that I hope to see in more detail in the next book, is the Cheshire cat. He needs to have a major role somewhere during this series!!

All in all, I loved it and I cannot wait to read Unhinged!