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 This giveaway is hosted by Beth Revis author of Across the Universe. What book am I most thankful for?Twilight (Twilight, #1)Love it or hate it, this is the book that got me back into reading big time.  Everyone else was reading it so I thought that I would give it a shot too.  At the time I was all about sparkly vampires and hot teenage werewolves.  But as time has progressed I have found more “grown up” vampires and werewolves…Bones and a little “Chapter 32” anyone?

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My Week In Review #2

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Meme's
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Hosted by Bookjourney.

“This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!”  So I just created my blog last Friday so I don’t have much on here yet but I will show what I’ve been up to so far.

Currently Reading (Click the covers to go to Goodreads page):

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, #1)

Still working on this one.  I’m a bit of a slow reader so this REALLY thick book is taking longer than I had hoped.

The Scorpio Races

So far I’m really impressed with this book.  I go the chance to read an ARC of it and I didn’t care for the layout of the ARC….The finished copy is soooo much better.

Darkfever (Fever, #1)

Yet another series that everyone seems to have read but me.  I literally just started this book so not much to report yet. 🙂

What I hope to read:

One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2)

I’m finally going to see what all this “Chapter 32” business is about!

Reviews Posted:

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Daughter (contains a small spoiler) by Julie Kagawa

MEME’s:

Teaser Tuesday #1
Waiting on Wednesday #1
Friday Follow #1
On My Wishlist #2
In My Mailbox #2

2012 Reading Challenges (Hosting):

2012 100+ Books Reading Challenge
2012 Paranormal Reading Challenge
2012 Vampire Reading Challenge
2012 Read Your Own Books Reading Challenge
2012 Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenges (Signed Up For):

2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
2012 YA Reading Challenge
2012 E-Book Reading Challenge
2012 ARC Reading Challenge
2012 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge

Randomness on the blog:

I finally got a “Reviews” page added.  You can now view the reviews on this blog by genre or series.  Also, don’t forget about my “welcome to blogging” giveaway:)

 Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Web Presence: twitter  FB  Webpage  Blog  Goodreads
Series: Iron Fey #2
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 2010, August 1
Format Reviewed: Paperback, 359 pages
Source: Purchased

Purchase: BN, Amazon, Bookdepository

 
Rating: 5/5
 
 
Synopsis:
 
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
 
Review:
 
I LOVED The Iron King and I could hardly wait to get my hands on the second book in the series.  Naturally I went on a Iron Fey “hunting” trip at the local book store.  I thought I saw the Iron Fey?!  I did, I did!
 
The story starts out with Meghan saying good bye to her family, yet again as she’s about to fulfill her contract with Ash and head for enemy territory, the Winter Court. When Meghan get’s to the Winter Court she is basically made into a prisoner of Queen Mab and Prince Ash abandon’s her.  Needless to say that the Winter Court is NOT happy to have Meghan around at all.  SPOILER AHEAD>>>When the Sceptor of the Seasons is stolen and Prince Sage is murdered by the Iron Fey, Mab becomes enraged, because she doesn not believe that these Iron Fey even exist and think that Oberon took the Sceptor, and a war between the Courts is in the works.  The Iron Fey are looking forward to the long trail of death and destruction that will come from the war. END SPOILER.  Now Meghan and her crew are on a journey to find the Sceptor of the Seasons, return it to the Winter Court and stop the bloody war that is taking place.  Basically they are on a journey against time.  All of this while being hopelessly in love with the icy Prince Ash.
 
Book number 2 in this series is just as captivating as The Iron King was.  The writing is very intense and extremely passionate.  In book 2 Julie Kagawa continues to build the world of the Nevernever into an even bigger and badder place than in the first book.  The Nevernever only get’s even more dangerous  in this book, which I didn’t even think was possible.  There are even a host of new characters that will have you completely mesmerized.  The plot, I think is better in this book, there are all sorts of twists and turns and it keeps you guessing.
 
This book is very fast-paced and I totally felt like I was there in Nevernever and as another member of Meghan’s team trying to get back the Sceptor in time to stop the war.  Just like with The Iron King I had a hard time putting this book down.  Ms. Kagawa does an excellent job of describing Faerie politics in this book, just to show how very dangerous the Fey can be.  The book is also a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster…..Meghan learns some things along the way…some good and some not so good.
 
I was really happy with Meghan’s personal growth along the way.  She’s powerful and yet vulnerable as well….You mash those two things together and you get a pretty badass combination if you ask me.  There are times when she’s struggling pretty badly with all the things that are going on around her.  She also makes some pretty bad decisions too….But in the end she rises to the occasion.  Meghan really is a force to be reckoned with!
 
OMG!  The romance triangle! As much as I love Puck, I’m Team Ash I have a thing for the “Bad Boy” types and who DOESN’T find the whole “I want to kill you but I don’t” thing charming?   Puck has a lot of amazing qualities and when things started to heat up with Meghan I got a little bit worried.  But then along comes Ash back into the picture, who has long since given in to his feelings for Meghan, and things get a “little bit” explosive.
 
My new favorite character is most definitely Ironhorse!  He’s a bad guy gone good.  And that my friends is HOT!
 


Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Web Presence: twitter  FB  Webpage  Blog  Goodreads
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Release Date: February 1, 2010
Reviewed Format: Bound Copy
Source: Purchased

Purchase: BN, Amazon, Bookdepository

Rating: 5/5

 

Synopsis:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
 
Review:
 
OMG! I absolutely LOVED this book! Fan-freaking-tastic! I’m usually NOT a real big fan of faery books..Vampires, werewolves and those sorts of paranormal are more up my alley. But I had heard such AWESOME things about this author and series that I had to check it out. But naturally once I started reading it I had a VERY hard time putting it down.
 
 
Julie Kagawa is VERY vivid and thorough in her descriptions of not only the characters, but of Nevernever land and the overall landscapes of the various Fey Courts. I felt like I was right there with Meghan and the crew while they were on their journey.
 
 
There is a lot action and “weird” things happening almost from the very start of the book. So your on a VERY fast track to Nevernever land real quick. See Meghan’s life is turned upside down when her little brother is kidnapped and a super nasty look-alike changeling (who attacks both Meghan and her mom) is left in his place.
 
 
But this is where Meghan’s best friend Robbie comes into play. See in actuality Robby is the prankster Puck from a Midsummer’s Night Dream. And off they go through the “trod,” which is the portal into Nevernever land, conveniently found in Meghan’s little brother’s closet. As beautiful as Nevernever is it is also a VERY dangerous place and you never really know who your friend or your foe is.
 
 
Pretty much everything keeps going wrong, more so when Grimalkin, who is a cat sith gets involved. Meghan keeps finding herself in one pickle after another, which makes her goal of finding her little brother seem almost unattainable. She’s fighting trolls, gremlins, other faeries, each other, and other mythical creatures. As you read it seems that Meghan and crew just couldn’t catch a break if their lives depended upon it.  And in Nevernever your life pretty much depends upon catching a break.
 
 
There were a couple parts of this book that were a little predictable. Like…Meghan is the daughter of the Summer king, so naturally she’s gonna go and fall for the son of the Winter Queen, YEAH TEAM ASH! In all honesty I think that that piece of predictability was key to the story though. I would have been severely disappointed if it wasn’t written the way it was. But for the most part the story kept me on my toes and guessing what was going to happen next.
 
 
Unlike Meghan (who is there looking for her brother and wants to get back to her life ASAP), it seems that pretty much all the rest of the characters in the story have a hidden agenda or have something that is brewing right there under the surface.
 
 
I think that Robbie/Puck takes the cake in this one, with his wicked sense of humor. Meghan is a very likeable character and seems to grow as the story goes along. Sometimes you think she’s not real bright….Like bargaining with a faery. But just when you think she’s going to go and do something dumb yet again, she throws you for a pretty big loop.
 
 
Which brings us to Ash, who is the prince of the Winter Court. He’s written as a total hottie who is seriously cold in so many ways. He’s attracted to Meghan but at the same time he wants to kill her, know who DOESN’T find that hot? He even thinks about it several times but manages to stop himself in the end. Ash is a superior swordsman with his sword of iciness and if his sword isn’t cutting it….he likes to drop his predators by shooting icicles at them. Which I think is pretty cool.
 
 
I have to agree with Alyssa from Teens Read and Write. I just don’t think that there was enough Ash in the story. We see him a little bit in the beginning but after that we don’t really see him again until your well over a 100 pages into the book. Really that is my only complaint with the book….I wanted MORE Ash.

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  • The goal of this challenge is to read 100+ books during 2012.

 

The challenge is for ANY paranormal with the exception of vampires.  They have their own challenge.

Rules:

  • Starts January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012
  • Anyone can join
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate.
  • Non-Bloggers feel free to share your list of books in the comment section of the monthly link up post.
  • Reviews though not required are always nice.
  • Audio, E-books, Bound and re-reads all count
  • There is no need to come up with your list of books in advance.
  • Challenge crossovers ok
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Level 1 – Read 1-5 Paranormal Novels
Level 2 – Read 6-10 Paranormal Novels
Level 3 – Read 11-20 Paranormal Novels
Level 4 – Read 21+ Paranormal Novels

 

Rules:

  • Starts January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012
  • Anyone can join
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate.
  • Non-Bloggers feel free to share your list of books in the comment section of the monthly link up post.
  • Reviews though not required are always nice.
  • Audio, E-books, Bound and re-reads all count
  • There is no need to come up with your list of books in advance.
  • Challenge crossovers ok
  • Create a sign up post and link up in the linky below.

Levels:

Level 1 – Read 1-5 Vampire Novels
Level 2 – Read 6-10 Vampire Novels
Level 3 – Read 11-20 Vampire Novels
Level 4 – Read 21+ Vampire Novels