Beauty and the Clockwork Beast

Omg. I don’t know where to start. When I first heard of this book, I just lost myself for a bit.


I mean, Beauty and the Beast……Plus STEAMPUNK?! Yas. Yas please. I needed it, like, yesterday.

So I set my sights on getting a copy at ALA!

Unfortunately Shadow Mountain was not giving copies to reviewers/bloggers at the convention.

It broke my heart, but alas, some lady I met later was like,

“Do you want this? I don’t think it’ll be my thing.” And I was like.

So I came home with an arc after all!

It took me a month to get to it, but I finally did. I started reading at about…. 1 in the morning and all of the sudden, a GHOST APPEARED. (in the novel, not IRL.)

ScArEd Me HaLf To DeAtH. sCaReD. WHY. Why did I decide to read this at 2 in the morning?!? While I was home alone?! With freakin vengeful ghosts in it?! I’m a scared-y cat. I haven’t even read most horror books gifted to me, because I’m such a chicken. (a Bloody Mary incident as a child left me scarred for life. XD)

Someone quick, I need a Miles to hide behind.

Also, Miles = Wounded Hero. Ah. You know how those are my weaknesses. The part where he helps Lucy take care of her…..wounds? Awwwwww. Probably my most favorite moments. Beside the inebriated Miles. That was one of my favorites too.

Of course, as this is regency inspired (as regency as steampunk can get, I imagine..) the romance was mostly explored intellectually rather than physically.

It was refreshing, though I’ll admit, I wish there were a few more stolen moments than there were… But it was still highly enjoyable.

One thing that I savored was the amount of steampunk. Some books say they are steampunk and then usually end up having a pitiful amount of actual steampunk. This book had a healthy variety, which was engaging. While at the same time, it didn’t go overboard in the mechanical department.

Same for the flipside, I felt that the fantasy was well balanced, and wasn’t overwhelming the steampunk. It’s very rare that I’ve seen the two elements balanced just right with each other.

My only hangup? I didn’t really feel much for the characters. Sure, I got the fuzzies when Beauty had her moments with The Beast… but as far as deeply loving characters? Eh. Not sure it was there.

Nevertheless, I was excited to see a character cut from the same cloth as the characters from Stranje House for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin. (Another romance, though a bit fluffier, with still awesome strong ladies, and amazing wounded-heroes to die for.)

I also felt like the pacing was a smidge slow. Not super super bad, but just a smidge. But maybe it’s because I don’t usually read adult? Maybe it’s stellar pacing in the adult world? Or in the regency world? I don’t know.

So overall, I’d say I enjoyed the book and that I will most definitely be picking up book #2!

Resisting the Rebel

Soooo….I was way less than impressed with this one. I had zero feels and gave no cares about what happened to Caleb or Mandy.

Which is sad, the book is inspired by the Disney movie Sky High, a movie I LOVE. (specifically, characters Layla and Warren) and I totally shipped those two. So I was totally in the mood for a Warren type character to fall in love with a Layla type character (which is to say, an opposites attract story)

Unfortunately, the emotion, the attraction….heck, even the plot line, just wasn’t there. It was boring. It was dull. Nothing happened.

Even when Mandy’s grandma had an upset, I didn’t really feel anything, or any suspense, or any fear for any of the characters.

The best part of the book was the bromance between Caleb and J.T. But it was a very tiny light in a very dim surrounding. I’ve read a lot of fluffy contemporaries that I actually love and adore…so I know it’s not the genre or the audience that was off for me.

This is a major case of it’s definitely not me, it’s you.

I have no qualms about calling out terrible books. So boom, there it is. Book, meet Terrible. Terrible, meet book. Good, we acquainted now? Do yourself a favor and just skip it. 😛

This review ended up so short that my SEO rating is orange. Dude. XD

The Heartbreakers

Oookayyy, so this novel turned me into a cheeseball. It was cute, it was fluffy.. And for that reason, I’m giving it four stars.

It was emotionally strong as well, which was somewhat unexpected. Which brought it up to 4.5 stars. Yes, it does kind of read like a One Direction fan fiction… I’ve never read OD FF, but have read FF for plenty of other fandoms and I imagine they are somewhat comparative.

You’ve got really good fanfiction and realllly bad fanfiction. This would fall into the really good category. The only reason it’s not five stars is just for the tiny bit of plot weakness.

That tiny bit of plot weakness lies in Stella’s job. An almost totally random girl getting chosen to photograph a boyband’s day to day activities? Not likely.

But Also, I’m one to talk. Pot calling the kettle black. XD At 15 years old, I was randomly plucked up by NYT best selling author to do social media stuff….sooo…. That was beyond highly unlikely. So… I think I’ll just shut up about that.

I loved Stella’s emotional/internal conflicts. Especially towards the end. It takes a lot for me to connect to a character emotionally, and I connected with Stella.

I also connected with her sister, as I was sick a lot as a child. Not with cancer, but I definitely still empathized with her feelings.

So for those who don’t mind the One Direction-ness of it, I would highly recommend it. It was overall just a fluffy, feel good novel. Indications are that this is probably going to be a series, so I’ll eagerly be awaiting the next story.

May the Fourth Be With You

Lighthouse Land was one of the first Scifis I ever read. I think about it every so often, and since I overhauled my website, I’ve been thinking about ways to bring it up.

It’s been far too long since I read it to post a review about it……But when I was trying to decide if/what I should do for May the Fourth Be With You, It came to me. What better tribute than talking about the book that got me into scifi?

Not only did Lighthouse Land get me into scifi, but it also has a HILARIOUS Star Wars reference. Perfect, right? It’s crazy to think that I don’t remember enough to post a review, but I do remember that totally specific piece of dialogue. Perhaps there were even more references that I didn’t catch. I was only ten or so and I hadn’t even watched Star Wars yet.

I don’t even remember if it was in the first book or the second book. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in the third book. I was going include the scene as an excerpt but I found a problem.

Lighthouse Land isn’t an eBook. Anywhere.

 

So I’ll be constructing it from memory to the best of my ability.

There was a statue that needed to be recharged, in order to send/transport them back to Lighthouse Land. The only place with enough energy to charge it, was a powerplant located in a remote area on the mainland. Neither Jaimie or his friend were old enough to drive. But, his friends older brother was old enough to drive. (he was almost twice their age.)

So they drove, up the solitary road, in the middle of the night. Inside a somewhat beat up soccer mom van… They stole into the main room, hooked the statue up with jumper cables and let ‘er rip.

Alarms and siren’s blared. There had been one road up, and one road down. They piled back into the car and burned down the trail.  Only a small community existed around the plant, mostly of workers and their families.

So near the bottom of the road, there was a police block, where they were screening everyone for the perpetrators of the ‘attempted terrorist attack.’

The friend’s brother rolled down the window for the officer. The smell of burnt fried fish wafted out of the window.

Their singed hair and eyebrows seemed an obvious sign.

The brother lifted two of his fingers and moved them in an arc.

“We are not the droids you are looking for…”

And that quote had me and my sister in giggles for days. Of course, the actual scene is probably much funnier in Adrian McKinty’s original words.

And of course, that scene wasn’t the solitary great thing about the series. Even if I don’t remember specifics, there are elements included that effected (and still effect) the way I write in my own novels.

Nearly a decade later and it still puts a smile on my face. It’s always going to be nostalgic for me.

So wherever you are, Adrian McKinty, I’ll always love you for all of the things about me you’ve influenced.

Book Blitz
Walk the Edge

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I’m ENTIRELY DEVASTATED. My head and eyes hurt too much to read the book in time for the tour. Sucks, because McGarry is one of my FAVORITES. I had the pleasure of reading her debut before it was even released. (it makes me fuzzy inside knowing that I was attached enough to keep it. I’m pretty sure It’d be impossible to find someone willing to give it.)

The Hunter’s Moon

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I super enjoyed this one! I liked the Native American culture weaved in (although I cannot attest to its accuracy.) I’ve always felt like shifter stories make for great Native American fiction telling because NA beliefs are so at one with their environments. Most I know of have an inherent respect for nature, which also blends in nicely with shifter stories.

Fear My Mortality

Holy crap! This book blew me away. I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked the book up. I’ve read books that have immortal (or extremely long-living) humans in them, but it’s always been a tossup for me. More than half the books I’ve read with immortality I ended up disliking. Some authors pull off amazing stories, while others just kind of flop.

At Water’s Edge

I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about this one.

I liked the characters for the most part. But I it was just short of actually clicking with most the characters. I found myself unable to keep track of all the terms. The plot was a little ambiguous….

I just don’t know what to say. Jeez. Usually reviews just pour out of me and this one just doesn’t want to flow.

Ok, on to things I liked:

Grumpy Cat Vol #1

There was an initial confusion about the title. Some places it’s listed as Grumpy Cat Vol 1 and other places list it at The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey! #1.

I’m not quite sure how to review all these mini stories…They all have combinations of different authors and illustrators…

I guess I’ll review them individually? And then do an overall impression? Yeah, I’ll go with that idea.

Everything, Everything

Wow.

I am really impressed with this novel. I was hesitant to pick up this novel. I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to all the hype. I’ve been hearing about this book EVERYWHERE for the past couple months. So when I picked up the book, I tried to shut all those thoughts away, and just absorb what the words gave me.

Those words gave me a lot more than I expected.

‘Till Death

I’m not sure where I should start with this one.

The cover maybe? The image is great, I love that floral dress, so the issue doesn’t lie in the cover itself….It’s the ridiculous tagline.

“Staying alive on a first date should be a given, not a challenge….”

Okaaaaay..? I read the entire book, but they actually don’t ever go on a date together. They have study group and a few other things….but no dates. Soo……

First, you have to know that taglines are a pet peeve for me. I try to not look at them. They bug me, but when I pulled this off my shelf I rolled my eyes a little.

Ruthless

Exquisite. Absolutely exquisite. The YA genre lacks great thrillers. Sure, I’ve read some good ones, but most aren’t exclusively thrillers. Usually, they have sci-fi elements and occasionally they have fantasy woven in. Still, even if you classify those novels as ‘thriller’ and then weighed those books against other genres, it’d still be the smallest genre of YA fiction. This novel is pure thriller, and it has one of the best qualities I’ve ever seen.

Season of Fire
The Remnants #2

Awwwww, Ronan. What a sweetheart. I’m pretty much in love with Ronan. He’s one of my favies. He’s chivalrous, and because he’s supposed to be the physical guard for Adriana (where as she’s the empathy), he comes across as a strong protective man-boy, who’s conflicted between his loyalty to The Maker, and his heart which aches to be with Dri’s (regardless of the cost.)

AWWWW!!!

This series makes me such a sap. Saying slang like favies. *pffft* *denies everything*

All Fall Down

I finished this book in one sitting. I’ll admit, I was expecting a book (and series) similar to her Heist Society series, not in content, but in style. In other words, I expected it to be entertaining, but perhaps not out-of-this-world amazing. But this book was pretty much amazing. I was so engaged in Grace’s emotional/mental turmoil. My heart hurts just thinking about it. Clearly, some major research (or maybe even a close personal experience) went into this novel.

Lock & Mori

When I saw this book, I knew the author was gutsy. Sherlock’s fan base has without a doubt, exponentially increased in the past couple years (a la BBC) but the truth is, Sherlock is one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time. People write about him all the time, and each one tries to reinvent him as something more peculiar.

Top Ten Tuesday #.5


10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me

I didn’t think I’d be able to come up with ten bookish wishes, but I did without even having to think about it too much.