Friday, January 15, 2010

Cross My Heart & Hope to Spy, by Ally Carter

If it, indeed, is even possible, I believe that I liked this book better than it's prequel, "I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You" [which I reviewed here].

The relationship that Cammie Morgan develops with a certain somebody made me giggle and smile throughout the entire book.

I'd tell you more about the book, but then... you know.

My Rating: Somewhere between "7- Great. This book is worth reading AND recommending," and "8- Holy Cow! This book rocks my socks off."

If you liked this book, you might also like:

1. Fire, by Kristin Cashore

2. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, by Beth Fantaskey

3. Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Mar

I read this book over Christmas and I still haven't brought myself around to blogging about it. I really didn't enjoy it and I could hardly finish it. I'm just plain frustrated that this series has slowly been declining.

I dove into Wicked Lovely, the first book in this series, and loved it; I really enjoyed Ink Exchange, the second book, but I'm just plain mad at Fragile Eternity. More to the point, I'm just plain annoyed with Melissa for continuing a series and not ensuring that the sequels were equally as enthralling as the first book in the sereies. Why continue to write a series if the books slowly degrade as you go along?

What is worse, I think, than writing this bad sequel, is that the book had potential and LOTS of it. And Melissa just lets this potential die a slow death as you keep hoping she'll draw you back into the characters in the same way she did in the first book.

And yet, I'll probably read the next book she releases in the series. But then again, maybe not.

I'll give her this - her cover illustrator rocks.

My rating: 5- Pretty good, for the most part.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Demon King, by Cinda Williams Chima

This book was my first introduction to Cinda Williams Chima's writing. I requested this book at the library after Taleah (my lovely "little" sister) convinced me that it looked interesting. Then the 30 person wait list at the library piqued my interest to a higher level and made my wonder if the author was so good and her fans so numerous that the library couldn't keep up with the demand.

However, when the book finally made its way through the ranks of Cinda's adoring fans and landed on the large stack of books reserved for me, I couldn't convince myself to read it. It just didn't look that interesting and I had so many other fascinating worlds to disappear in.

Finally, the day after Christmas, my lovely local library emails me a notice informing me that this book is SOOO popular that it is only a 14 day rental (a fact that had somehow escaped my notice earlier) and is due the day that we return from our Christmas vacation.

Frustrating! Now I'm forced to read this book or return it and wait for another 30 people to read it. So I curl up in bed with a terrible cold and settle down to read this long put-off book.

And I loved it. I'm not sure why I was so hesitant (seeing as the rest of the world already discovered that Cinda's work is amazing), but now I am joining the ranks of her adoring fans. I was completely enthralled by every character and was mesmorized by the perfect combination of love, adventure, and fanstastical happenings. It is a beautifully woven story and I am only disappointed that I have to wait for the sequel!

[Side Note: For the somewhat conservative readers out there, this book is not about demons. However, magic does play a huge role in this book including wiazards, dark magic, good magic, etc.]

My rating: 8- Holy Cow! This book rocks my socks off, but isn't the best book I've ever read. (Although, it might get an 8.5 - it almost makes it to the top 20 books!)

If you liked this book, you might also like:

1. Wizard's First Rule, by Terry Goodkind

2. The Shannara Heritage, by Terry Brooks

3. Eragon, by Christopher Paolini