Showing posts from May, 2015

Book 132: "Firefight" by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Firefight (Reckoners Series #2) Author: Brandon Sanderson Genre:  Young Adult Alternate reality/Sci-fi/Fantasy (it really is hard to classify) Publisher: Random House Children's Books Read In: Nook ePub I'm really unable to quantify why I enjoy this series so much. It's rather predictable. The characters are very well developed, but there is nothing new about them. The concept, however, is rather unique. Despite all of that, I really enjoy the series. The books are well-written and though each individual book is rather predictable, I never am quite sure what to expect from the next book, making me anxious to read the next installment (which is, unfortunately, not until April 2016). This is the second of Sanderson's series that I have read/am reading. I have really enjoyed them both. While he has several series going (explaining the long wait in-between books), Sanderson obviously values his work as they are well developed story-lines, characters, and worlds. I also …

From the Archives: Book 6: "About a Boy" by Nick Hornby

Book 6: "About a Boy" by Nick Hornby Verdict: Good, not a must read, but a good story. "About a Boy" by Nick Hornby isn't a book you need to pick apart to find the message in. The message is simple: it's better to not be alone in life; you need someone to share it with. This simple message is, however, shown throughout the book to be a hard one to accept.
"About a Boy" follows two main characters, each with their own narrative. The first character is Will, an adult, who, in many ways, is still a child; Will doesn't work, lives off royalties from his father's famous Christmas song, and has no real relationships. He drops his adult friends when they have children. Will also finds himself having difficulty relating to adults for this reason. The second main character is Marcus, an adolescent boy that is an outcast with home problems. Marcus begins the book feeling just fine about the fact that it's just his "mum" and him. However, …

Book 131: "Hounded" by Kevin Hearne

Title: Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1)
Author: Kevin Hearne
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Read In: Nook ePub
Genre: Fantasy

This series was recommended to me a long time ago while I still worked at Borders. I'm sorry it took me so long to read. This is only the first book, but I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next installments.

This book is written in first person narrative. The main character is Atticus O'Sullivan (at least that's his name for the time being). He is a druid who is centuries old living in Tempe, Arizona. The fantastical creatures within this book are primarily Fae, with exception of witches, werewolves, vampires, and demons.  All the gods are real. ALL of them. But he deals primarily with the Fae gods, some of who like him, others that don't. With that information, you can probably guess that the Fae Gods that don't like him are going to be the villains of this story. Mostly this is an action packed fantasy, that is an …

From the Archives: Book 5: "Mexican High" by Liza Monroy

"Mexican High" by Liza Monroy
Verdict: This is a MUST READ for most As I start this out I'm going to warn that this review may not be as cohesive or as long as the rest for the simple reason that I read "Mexican High" last fall and am not really sure how well I remember it. It is one of those books that sucks you in and you can't put it down until you are finished. Liza Monroy effectively captures your attention.
Mila is the daughter of an American Diplomat and she is used to moving around, finally she is getting settled in a school and her mom gets relocated once again, to Mexico City. Mila is not happy, to say the least, but she goes along with the move and soon enough is getting to know Mexico City better than her mother would like.
Mexico City, Mila finds, is the shangri-la for teens. In this massive city, teens have free range, especially if you have rich and powerful parents. Mila's mother falls into that category, well at least the rich part. As any …