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Monday, April 29, 2013

Guest Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Today I have a very special guest, my nephew. He is an avid reader like me and a fan of Julie Kagawa and her books. 
Couple of years ago I introduced him to Mrs. Kagawa Iron Fey series and since then he has devour everything written by her. We usually discuss her books and what we are expecting from future installments; we did this when The Immortal Rules and also did it with The Eternity Cure and I’m sure we’ll do the same with next book and the following one too, and... you get the idea.
My nephew also has a great blog, you can check it out here.
With no more ado I leave you with him and his review. 

Title: The Eternity Cure
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden, book 2
Genre: YA Paranormal, Dystopian
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally. 

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.”
The Eternity Cure is the second book in the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa.

What can I say about The Eternity Cure? Well it’s a good book but, its more than that it’s the continuation of a gripping story which shows Allie going through the challenges and transformations that come with her immortality. The last book (The Immortal Rules) ended with our two love birds (Allie and Zeke) being what would seem to be permanently separated and Allie's sire, Kanin, being kidnapped by his worst enemy, Sarren. When I was getting ready to read the book I was expecting it to center on this conflict and it didn’t disappoint although it had a lot of unexpected surprises. One of the main issues that were explored in this novel were the ideas of right and wrong and to what extent people are willing to go in order to do good for those they love.

Through the conflicts that Allie faces in order to reach Kanin Kagawa explores how we are willing to work with people that under other situations we would have done our best to kill. Early on her journey to free Kanin Allie is forced to work with someone who in the last novel tried to kill her. In an unexpected twist Jackal makes a surprise return when he makes Allie a proposition to help her find Kanin and defeat the psychotic Sarren. Then, after they almost kill each other they go on an epic quest back to New Covington where Allie is reunited with someone from her past. At the beginning there is a lot of tension between Allie and Jackal (he’s kind of full of himself now).

If you read the last book you should remember that the reason Allie and Kanin were run out of New Covington was because Stick ratted them out to the Prince of the city, well in this book he returns as the Prince’s personal pet. You remember how in the last novel Allie pretty much risks her life everyday to help him survive, well Stick doesn’t seem to remember that. Kagawa writes him in as a totally self-centered individual who is so self-conscious and who lacks so much confidence in himself that he makes it his personal mission to be a poopy head to Allie and even goes so far as to threaten her and orchestrate the removal of her love interest in this novel. It seems that no good deed goes unpunished when it comes to the new and improved Stick. Anyways like I mentioned a second ago, Allie isn’t all like “OMG I have to go find Kanin, Jackal hurry up” in this novel, through her adventures to save her sire she finds enough time to really fall in love in this book. In one of the biggest plot twist I’ve read recently ZEKE RETURNS to Allie’s life. Being the kind, all forgiving, generous person that he is, Zeke returns to the story as the savior to a few refugees in the city of New Covington and then in a great display of self control he manages not to kill the man who single handedly murdered his father and had his best friend executed. Now that the gang is back together we can finally reach the point where they are able to go after Kanin. 

They finally find out where Kanin is been kept and after negotiating his release with the Prince of New Covington the great and all-powerful Kanin is returned to us. Surprisingly even after having been tortured and almost killed repeatedly for many months he is his usually stony self although thankfully in this novel we are given a better glimpse into his past and what his role was in the creation of rabidism. As we are bringing the novel to a close we get a more personal view of our psychotic friend Sarren and while he is a bit too far down the rabbit hole to be understood we do get a better look at his past and his relationship with Kanin. Then one romantic moment, two fight scenes and an epic twist later the novel ends. So yeah it was really good. The Eternity Cure ended with a real cliffhanger that left me dying to see what happens in the next instalment of the series.  

I recommend The Eternity Cure to anyone who likes Julie Kagawa and YA books. I also recommend to read first book, The Immortal Rules, before reading this one.

Josemaria’s Verdict: 3 ½ Stars

Other books in the series
The Eternity Cure

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Movie Trailer: Thor: The Dark World

"Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" Continues The Big-Screen Adventures Of Thor, The Mighty Avenger, As He Battles To Save Earth And All The Nine Realms From A Shadowy Enemy That Predates The Universe Itself. In The Aftermath Of Marvel's "Thor" And "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor Fights To Restore Order Across The Cosmos...But An Ancient Race Led By The Vengeful Malekith Returns To Plunge The Universe Back Into Darkness. Faced With An Enemy That Even Odin And Asgard Cannot Withstand, Thor Must Embark On His Most Perilous And Personal Journey Yet, One That Will Reunite Him With Jane Foster And Force Him To Sacrifice Everything To Save Us All."


Friday, April 26, 2013

Guest Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Today I'm very happy to welcome Melliane from Between Dreams & Reality to my blog. 
Melliane is not only super sweet and one of my favorite bloggers, but she also has a great English/French blog, and today she is reviewing for us Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. 
To read the French version of this review visit Melliane's blog by clicking here

Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: Hunger Games, book 2
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Publisher: Scholastic Press
"Sparks are igniting, flames are spreading and the Capitol wants revenge.
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.  
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying."
I confess that I haven’t read the first volume of this series, but since I saw the movie I kept telling myself that I needed to try the second novel to discover the rest of the story of our dear Katniss. Of course, I heard so many wonderful things about these books and I was curious but I was a bit disappointed with the film adaptation. In fact, I really expected to be blown away by the movie, and although I liked it was not something wonderful for me. This is perhaps the reason why it took me so long to read this second volume. Well, when a friend lent me the book after telling me how good it was while he doesn’t like reading, I didn’t hesitate and got into it too. Yes! I finally did it!

I was looking forward to see what would happen after the end of the games and I must say I was not disappointed. I'm really glad to have had the chance to read this novel because I was really immersed in the story. Then it was still nice to be able to imagine the characters with the ones of the movie. Katniss is back at home and hopes to return to a normal life now that her hell is over. But this is without considering the consequences of their victory and the constant gaze of the people who follow their actions. Because of course, since her arrival, her encounters with Peeta become really rare and she enjoys spending more and more time with her friend: Gale. Our young heroine thinks she’ll be able to live the life she wants with her own choices, but the revolt is more and more present in other districts... A fact that could change everything. She needs to calm the districts down after the threat from the President to the people she loves, but her words keep coming and are only fueling the rage of the people. When she speaks, she is so innocent but there is more and all that resonates in the heart of the districts.

It was quite sad to follow Katniss in this novel, she evolves while realizing that her dreams of youth and future will never exist and the Capitol will force her in her actions and choices. Everyone expects to see her in love with Peeta, and she must play her role to the letter, otherwise there will be strong retaliation. We then discover the fragility of our heroine, she does not know what to do, she does not know what her heart wants, but she won’t be forced to do something she doesn’t want to. Of course Gale is also here and her heart balances terribly between the two men in her life. Both are different and it is true that it’s difficult to know who the best is for her, even if for me Peeta should have his chances. I think we need to have the opportunity to really explore Gale to be able to know effectively. Despite her refusal to engage herself with anyone, we discover gradually Katniss's feelings for her ex-partner and I must say it was really touching. Indeed, Peeta only loves her and he wants to do everything to save her and help her. Whatever the costs. It’s a very difficult choice which ultimately becomes increasingly important and I'm curious to see the day when she will really decide what she wants to do.

I loved to learn more about them. These two characters hide many things and it’s fun to follow and understand them throughout the story. I confess that I had a little trouble at first to really get into the story because I do not really see where the author was going but after a few chapters, I completely fell in love with the story. Some important events start here and we find many different characters, all more intriguing than the others. The plot is exciting and I look forward to seeing further adventures of our heroes, especially in light of the end of the novel. I didn’t expect to say that, but I'll go and see the second movie when it will be out in order to discover the new adaptation of the story. I'm sure I'll have a good time."

Melliane's Verdict: 5 Paws

Other books in the series
Hunger Games
Catching Fire

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare (Jill Myles)

Title: Stranded with a Billionaire
Author: Jessica Clare (Jill Myles)
Series: Billionaire Boys Club, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Penguin Group
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six men who have vowed success – at any cost. Not all of them are old money, but all of them are incredibly wealthy. They’re just not always as successful when it comes to love… Billionaire Logan Hawkings needs a vacation.

He’s had a rough time after the death of his father and the betrayal of his fiancĂ©e. But with a visit to a recent business acquisition—a private island resort in the Bahamas—he has a chance to mend his broken heart.

When a hurricane blows in, a misplaced passport and a stalled elevator bring Logan together with an unusual woman named Bronte. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met—down to earth, incredibly sensual, and even quotes Plato.

She also has no clue that he’s rich…

Bronte Dawson, a waitress from the Midwest, is stranded with the hotel’s domineering yet sexy manager Logan. What’s the harm in a little fling when it’s just the two of them, alone in paradise? But after several steamy island nights in Logan’s arms, Bronte’s ready to give her heart—and her body—to the man in charge.

But she soon discovers there’s more to Logan than he’s told her…a billion times more. Now, Bronte’s caught in a whirlwind affair with one of the world’s most powerful men. But can their love endure their differences or will it all just blow over?”
Stranded with a Billionaire is the first book in the Billionaire Boys Club series by Jessica Clare (pen name for Jill Myles).

Since the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, books with “Billionaire” in the title have been published in an unprecedented manner. Many authors are trying to get some of the spotlight FSG has created writing FSG look/feel alikes. For that reason I’ve been trying to steer clear of any “Billionaire… bla bla” books. This changed couple of weeks ago when Marq from Love to Read For Fun was talking on Twitter about Stranded with a Billionaire and how much she liked it. After talking to her I decided to give Stranded with a Billionaire a chance, now, after reading it I’m very glad I did.

One of the things I liked the most about Stranded with a Billionaire is that the heroine is not a virginal, whiny, empty head girl, but completely the opposite. Bronte is smart, witty and independent. More than once she stood up for herself and for what she wanted and didn’t let anybody bullied her into anything she wasn’t comfortable with.

Logan is tired of been approached only because of his money; he really wants somebody to see him for whom he is and not because of what he has. He finds that person in the most unexpected place and under the most unexpected circumstances. Sadly his previous experiences with women have ruined him and made him very distrustful towards others, especially women. Even though everything points towards Bronte being honest and true with him, his inner doubts make him distrust her and lie to her. One thing Bronte can’t accept from anybody is dishonesty, this created many conflicts between them, conflicts that only added to my enjoyment of the book because it allowed me see Bronte as the strong woman she is and Logan as the broken man his past has made of him, something he hides from others under the strength and self-assurance he irradiates.

The chemistry between Bronte and Logan is off the charts. Their relationship is based not only on sex but also in romance and trust. I loved that they took the time to know each other better, which made me believe in their love and see a future for them together.  

Another thing I really liked was that the conflicts between Logan and Bronte weren’t far-fetched but completely realistic according to their situations, it was the same in the way they resolved them.

Years ago, Logan and five of his closest friends established a secret club; they call themselves The Billionaire Boys Club. The idea of the group is to help and support each other. They are all billionaires but that’s the only thing they have in common. They all went to school together and life and experiences made them good friends. They have the brotherhood to help them being even more successful than they already are.

Next book in the series, Beauty and the Billionaire, will be Logan’s best friend, Hunter’s book. Hunter is another member of The Billionaire Boys Club. His love interest was introduced in this book; Gretchen is a force to reckon with and I can’t wait to read their story. So as you can see this won’t be my last “billionaire” book, because I’m really looking forward to July 16th to the release of Beauty and the Billionaire.

All in all Stranded with a Billionaire was a sweet, sexy and a fun read; one I recommend you all to read. Don’t let the “billionaire” part of the title discourage you.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Stranded with a Billionaire
Beauty and the Billionaire (July 16th)
The Wrong Billionaire's Bed (October 16th)

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