Nov 25, 2012

Showcase Sunday #6

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.



WON:


   

Thanks to YA Novelties, Ensconced in YA, and the many authors for these great giveaways! I can't wait to read them!

   

Shouts out to the Masquerade Crew and Renata Barcelos for the giveaway!



BOUGHT:

  

I am indeed a Jennifer L. Armentrout fan! I'm not loving this series as much as the Lux series but I do like it. But c'mon. It's Greek myth. I couldn't resist. I'm excited for "Apollyon" next year!


I ADORE the Fever series, so this was a no-brainer. This is definitely the next book I'm getting into! I also heard through the grapevine that Mac will be narrating the rest of the series. I'm all over this!


Nov 24, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: A Prince from the Shadows by J. Curtis Mace

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A Prince from the Shadows by J. Curtis Mace

Publication Date: May 9, 2012
Series: Heroes & Flame, 
Blood & Myst #1
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Author for review

DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS

A reluctant prince determined to be a better man than his father, the king, has ever been, Jeodyn spent his last year alone in the wild studying the banned art of manipulating the Myst, an act of rebellion but more in remembrance of the old ways. Now, everything he learned and everything he’s ever known about himself will be tested, when he’s called to do what his father should but never will: defend their family.

Noirlok, Lord of the ShadowLands and Father of the Night’s rebellion, knows no man will stand between him and his revenge. He'll either have the love he defeated the heavens and waited an age of the world to reclaim, or he'll destroy the House responsible. Since overcoming a mortal death and taking charge of the dark legion known as Shadorym, he has vowed to see the Blood of Vallyn pay for taking that love, and his life, from him.

When Jeodyn's sister, Jynn, disappears, the fight to defend what they all have at stake begins.

I liked this book, but I did have a few problems with it. First, the writing was really good. Mace has a way of forming sentences and statements to perfectly fit the world in which he has created. That always matters to me when I’m reading fantasy books like this. However, the editing was poor, to the point where I came across a character being called by the wrong name. Mistakes like that shouldn’t happen. But with a good editor this book would be back on the right track.

Jeodyn, the main character, was my kind of dude. Brave and admirable, but nonchalant and sarcastic too. Kind of the perfect brew for a prince in my opinion. His sister Jynn, was kind of silly and helpless, hence why the book was centered around Jeodyn having to brave the darkness to save her from herself and a stupid decision she made in the name of love. I liked his mother Maranin, she was beautiful and sweet, but his father Thayne was an ass. I’m still not sure if his reasons for being so are justified or not. I’m leaning more towards “not.” The secondary characters like Leye and Raab, were cool but neither of them stood out to me as special. Jeodyn was my fave character in this book.

For a fantasy book like this, the action and adventure were sort of underwhelming. At times, especially in the middle of the book, the action really dragged and I had a hard time pushing past it. But when the action did come, it was fun to read. I still don’t think I fully understand how Jeodyn’s myst works, only that it puts people on their ass, which works for me, I guess.

Overall, this was an okay book, but not great. Needs a lot more action and better editing. I could read the next book in the series if given the chance because of how the book incorporates friendship, loyalty, and love into the mix, but would expect it to be much more epic than this one, in terms of a true fantasy adventure.


Nov 11, 2012

Showcase Sunday #5

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.


From Netgalley


This book has gotten mixed reviews so I'm skeptical. But I'll read it anyway.

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It's a hardcopy, too =) Unfortunately, it's the last book in the trilogy and I don't even have the first two! SMH. I'll have to get on that lol.


Nov 2, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

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Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Series: Darklight #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS

Things get turned upside down for sophomore Lorelei MacAlister when the Angel of Death starts high school in her small town. What she doesn’t know is that she has been slated to die. It’s simply her time. And Death has been sent to do the deed. But when he touches her, when he peers into her eyes and reaches into her heart, he realizes she is more than what he was led to believe, and he disobeys his orders. He brings her back from the brink of death when he was supposed to push her into it. Because of this, he gets trapped on this plane. And that’s when all hell breaks loose. Literally.

I liked Death and the Girl Next Door, but I have to admit, it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It was cute and funny at times, but the plot wasn’t as exciting as I was hoping for.

Lorelei was a cool main character. I loved the fact that she was super short (as was her best friends Brooklyn and Glitch), because I’m kind of short myself. She was funny and witty and Brooklyn and Glitch were her partners-in-humor. They were very entertaining! The only thing was, I felt that’s really all they were and they didn’t add much to the true plot of the story until the end of the book. And even then, it seemed the author was trying to convince us that at some point she had clued us in to the fact when in actuality, she didn’t.