Review: The Lost Prince

Title: The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Source: Netgalley

From Goodreads

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

The amount of excitement I had going into reading this was incredible. Julie Kagawa is hands down one of my favorite authors. Her books are amazing and she has such a flawless writing style. I was not disappointed with The Lost Prince.

The story opens with a teenage Ethan Chase, any trace of the tiny toddler we saw him as last is gone. Ethan is now a young man who is constantly on alert. Bouncing from school to school as a “troubled teen” Ethan struggles to find a place in a world that is constantly invaded by another one.

One of the things that I love about Julie Kagawa is the constant action and fight scenes in her novels and The Lost Prince is no different. From the very first page we are thrust onto an awesome adventure with Ethan where he travels back to the Fey world!!! AND he finally gets to meet his mysterious older sister Meghan again!

The strangest part of this book was getting to see Ash and Meghan from an outsiders point of view. The last book in the Iron Fey series, The Iron Knight, was one of the most amazing books I have ever read and showed so much of the duo. It was weird not to see them as the kick-ass duo that they have always been.

We do get to see a lot of Ethan’s adventures though, after all The Lost Prince is his story so what else could we expect? There’s a girl, a friend, an adventure. Reminds me of another group of people that we all know and love *cough*Puck, Meghan, and Ash*cough*

Overall I really loved this book, maybe it wasn’t the 5 star that Iron Knight was, but it was still a great read. It should also be noted that reading the first series is not required for reading this series, but it will help greatly in the understanding.

Review- The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth was by far the best Y.A. book I have read in a long while. Right off the bat I give it 5 stars! You know it’s a good book when you can’t put it down, and you know it’s a GREAT book when you sacrifice sleep to finish it! I read one whole chunk of it on Monday, and on Tuesday night I went to bed expecting to get a few chapters knocked out, but did not put it down until I was done with it at 5:15am!! Personally in the past as a young adult I was fearful and horrified with the whole idea of zombies. As an adult I have a fascination with the theories and storylines concocted by others who share this fascination. Allow me to share with you a bit of information before we go any further. First here’s a few definitions you should differentiate;
zom·bie  [zom-bee]
1.(in voodoo)
A.the body of a dead person given the semblance of life,but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.
B. The supernatural force itself.
A. A person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.
B. An eccentric or peculiar person.
3. A snake god worshiped in West Indian and Brazilian religious practices of African origin.
4. A tall drink made typically with several kinds of rum, citrus juice, and often apricot liqueur. (Not particularly important in this case but interesting still huh?)
5. Canadian Slang . an army conscript assigned to home defense during World War II.

My source has no precise definition of “Unconsecrated” however with this definition you can imagine is the complete opposite of this and you’ll be on the right track!

con·se·crate  [kon-si-kreyt]
verb,con·se·crat·ed, con·se·crat·ing, adjective
verb (used with object) make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity: to consecrate a new church building. make (something) an object of honor or veneration;hallow: a custom consecrated by time. devote or dedicate to some purpose: a life consecrated to science. admit or ordain to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.

I point out this terminology because it’s important to the understanding of Mary and the beliefs of her village.

Mary’s highly religious village has been brought up to acknowledge the living dead as the unconsecrated, not sacred, unholy. They are healthily fearful, but make no attempts to exterminate these beings that surround the entire property. I want to acknowledge how I feel about this. In the Zombie movies and short stories I have read I find certain things I like and agree with or just the opposite. I Love the fact that these people have a faith to keep them motivate enough that they sustain life. That faith powers them to also not kill for absolutely no reason, and with that in mind this also also saves the weaponry for when it is absolutely needed. This approach to preservation, of actual living breathing life, is so smart.

They take good preventative measures to avert the living dead from entering their village, including a large chain link fence apparently strong enough to keep the unconsecrated at bay, as well as placing guards around the fence and gates. Also in the event of a weakened fence or an attack they have platforms to climb up where they can not be touched by the infected. Despite their anticipation and preventive measures, the chain link fence is broken and the villagers scramble to survive. At this point I’d love to note that had I been there I have a few things I’d have done differently. Upon finding that there had been a breach in the chain link fence before, I’d say there needs to be perhaps a secondary chain link fence maybe? But in order to reinforce the fence I understand they shorten their living quarters by half because they used all of the chain link to actually expand. I’m just saying perhaps the clever villagers could build a support for the existing fence?

Mary has a curious mind and a dangerously brave spirit. Her decisions have heartbreaking consequences. Even with this in mind it seems, her desire to see and experience the ocean for the very first time, cannot be wavered. I could definitely feel myself wanting to scream at her a few times “Don’t do that!” or “Don’t go in there!!!” I love that even though the part of my brain containing self preservation was constantly nervous for Mary, the curious cat part of my brain urged her to be risky. And the silent risky urging nearly always won, which admittedly is a guilty pleasure of mine!

Again I say I give this book 5 whole complete shining bright big stars! Even if you don’t like Zombies you will be sucked right into this adventure! I have already put in a hold request with the library for the next The Dead-Tossed Waves ! YES this is a series!!! YAY! I’m so excited to see what happens next! Go get it! Read it! Let’s talk about it! Even if you don’t read the other books I think this one satisfies all on its own, but still gives room for another which is so great! I know when I’ve read a great book because it lingers on the tip of my brain, right in front for days on end. I can’t pull my mind out of Mary’s world and I finished days ago!


Review- Clockwork Angel

Ready. Get set. GO!
And I’m off, jumping into the world of online book reviewing, I am determined to make this more fun than making book reviews for school was. I have to say I find the thought of reviewing a book and putting it out there for everyone to see is intimidating, and yet I’ve handed myself quite a lot of work for my first couple of reviews. I am going to review not one, but two book series written by Cassandra Clare; The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments.
I stumbled upon The Infernal Devices this summer, and was kind of bummed when I’d finished the two books that have been released in the series. When I realized The Mortal Instruments existed, I was very relieved because I didn’t have to wait for the next book in The Infernal Devices to come out before I could read about shadowhunters again. I’ve been looking for a reason to re-read the series again, and when Hannah asked me to do the reviews I knew immediately what I wanted to read. As I have already read the series I’ve decided to start off with reviewing The Infernal Devices. In a way I probably should review The Mortal Instruments first, since that was the first series to come out. However, since I began my journey into Cassandra Clare’s books with The Infernal Devices it feels more appropriate for me to review those books first.
So, to get things started here is my review of Clockwork Angel, the first book from The Infernal Devices. Enjoy!

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

The book is set in London in the late 1800s. It begins with the main character, Tessa Gray arriving in England. After her aunt died she’s left New York for England and her brother, whom she’ supposed to meet upon arrival in England. Instead, when she arrives, she’s picked up by two women who claims to have been sent to pick her up by her brother, and the abduct her. The women are known as the Dark sisters and they introduce Tessa to a special ability she never knew was in her, she can change her appearance and become someone else.
Luckily for Tessa, the Dark sisters are investigated by the shadowhunters and the day Tessa is supposed to be introduced and married to the book’s bad guy, the Magister, the shadowhunters make their move on the Dark sisters. The shadowhunters’ original mission ends up as a rescue mission, although they didn’t know about Tessa’s existence until they found her with the Dark sisters.
Then Tessa is thrown into a world she never knew was there. The shadowhunters introduce Tessa to London, but not the London she imagined when she left New York. She’s introduced to a London with downworlders; warlocks, fairies, werewolves, vampires and most importantly – demons. Tessa discovers a world that exists alongside ours, hidden by very strong glamours. She also discovers that in the long run, no matter what side she’s on, she’s only used as a chess piece, but because of love she can play the game her way – a game that leaves her happy, confused and crushed.
I am very happy with myself for deciding to re-read the entire book before reviewing it. It hasn’t been that long since the first time I read the book, so I still remember my first reactions to it, and now after having read it a second time some of my reactions are different.
One thought I had both times reading the book is how it is very descriptive. I remember early on in school being taught that when you were writing fiction, the key to have some variation to your writing was to tell something instead of showing it. In this book, especially in the beginning there is a whole lot of showing, and not that much telling. I am a person who likes to read dialogue because for me, dialogues are a better way of getting to know and connect with a character. Of course, you can get tired of dialogues as well, but I feel like the book could have been more exciting to read if the beginning contained a bit more dialogue. I am a big fan of authors who excel in the art of combining descriptions and dialogue. Clare is very competent when it comes to writing both description and dialogues; very few authors manage to have my imagination make as clear pictures in my head as she does. However, as I’ve already said in a different way, Clare isn’t that great at combining the two. When she does do it, it really does improve the writing. My only wish is that it should have been there from the beginning.
Putting my issue with the dialogue and descriptions aside, I thoroughly enjoy the book. Will I read it a third time? I’m not sure. I love it when books have the effect on my where I have to read it over and over. I’m glad I did re-read the book before reviewing, because now I have a better idea of it being a book I want to re-read or not. Clockwork Angel is definitely a book I would (and I have) recommend to others. If the book is the first book you encounter from either The Infernal Devices or The Mortal Instruments the story is catching and original. The best thing with the book in my opinion is how easy it is to connect with the characters. When I read old classics I always have a hard time connecting with characters, and I believe that is because the language is to old for me to connect with. Even though the story is set in a complete different time and you do recognize the way the characters speak as being slightly old fashioned, the way Cassandra Clare uses a “newer” language makes it more flowy and very much enjoyable.


Review- Girls Don’t Fly

Title” Girls Don’t Fly
Author: Kristen Chandler
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publication Date: October 13, 2011
Source: Library

Myra is used to keeping her feet firmly on the ground. She’s got four younger brothers, overworked parents, and a pregnant older sister, and if Myra wasn’t there to take care of everyone, they’d probably fall apart. But when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, Myra feels like she’s lost her footing. Suddenly she’s doing things she never would’ve a few months earlier: quitting her job, applying for a scholarship to study birds in the Galapogos, and falling for a guy who’s encouraging her to leap from her old life . . . and fly.

Set in the Salt Lake City area, Girls Don’t Fly is full of intelligence, humor, and is a refreshing change of pace for teen readers.

I chose this book for two reasons, 1) It was marked “NEW 2012″ even though the inside states 2011 & 2) The title got me. If I could have a superpower it would be the power of super flight. Pure and simple. Girls Don’t Fly is a complex story about a girl, Myra, who takes care of everyone in her family with skill and grace, well everyone but herself that is.
I found the pages flew by, usually I catch myself counting pages to see how much further I have to go but I swept through chapter after chapter without encountering this “worry”. I love Myra’s character she’s strong, she has a lot of heart and she’s got her own ideas about things. What girl doesn’t love a female lead, who can stand her own, problem solve easily, not only for herself but for others around her.
Myra has many siblings, and seems to carry a hefty amount of weight of family responsibility on her shoulders. She struggles with having to decide between something she dreams to do and the needs of her family, mainly her unwed pregnant sister.
I love the way Kristin Chandler weaves this story. There isn’t a dull moment to be spotted anywhere in these pages, and yet without the nag of a fearfully dramatic culmination. It was an easy read with plenty to keep you going. For example, throughout the book, Myra enlightens her younger brothers with a running story of pirates.
Even though bits of it seem to come from her everyday life, her storytelling is enchanted and cooly gleams with magical mystery. There’s a huge mention of Ecological information, which to be honest I did not expect. How funny is that? Book titles are tricky that way right? Throughout Myra’s venture I was invested fully. I felt her awkward moments, her butterflies, her urgency, her hope! I even found myself laughing out loud when I least expected it.
Chandler’s writing courses into an evenly gratifying storyline teeming with these realistic teenaged moments. Upon finishing the last words I had to know if Kristin Chandler had written anything else. As of right now she has one other book, Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me. I found that I like her writing so completely, that I’ll definitely be reading this one as well! I would have to give this book a 3.5 star rating on the Book Vortex scale. I am tempted to tip the scales up toward a solid 4, but what I struggle with personally is always waiting for the next book, to see if it is better that the last! I’m confident with a 3.5 though.