Archive for April, 2012

Update

Quick update:

I am leaving on a small vacation and therefore this blog will be on an equally small hiatus. I will be back in 1-1.5 weeks with an April Book Haul and a post about a recent book signing and who knows what else I can come up with.

Until then, happy reading & I’ll see you all in May!

~C

 

Review: Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.
Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.

    

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Cover Art:  Gorgeous cover, probably my favourite due to the beautiful blue colour.

Source: Received an ARC in a GoodReads giveaway hosted by Harper Teen. Thank you!

Release Date: May 1, 2012 by Harper Collins

Review: 

[Book 4  in the Wings Series]

The final book in the series was a great one. I’m glad it ended on such a strong note. This fourth and final book is filled with action from cover to cover. The battle travels across the worlds and into Avalon where there are surprises, heart-wrenching moments, and page-turner after page-turner.

I’m happy to say I have no real complaints about this book and how it ended. The action scenes and thoughtfulness were well developed and easily conveyed. The writing was simple, but it was easy to imagine Pike’s words come alive. As for the romance, yes, Laurel eventually chooses. The romantic scenes were interspersed between all the action and war, which was a good change in my opinion [the last two books being romance-heavy]. But, to contradict myself, I had hoped for a little more character-character interaction.

At the end of the book, there is an epilogue of sorts. A letter from one of the characters to another. So sad. That is all I’ll say.

The book [and series] ends on a good note. Definitely will recommend this series for those who love paranormal-romance, action, and beautiful world building. All four books are fun, fast reads.

Review: Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.
But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

    

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Cover Art: Continuing with the pretty flower theme and glowing title. Not a fan of the colours though.

Review:

[Book 3 in the Wings series]

Drama, action, romance, mystery, twists and turns… Illusions was awesome and had a bit of everything for everyone. It picks up where Spells (Book #2) left off and continues the story from there. I have to admit, the middle of the book was super slow for me. Possibly because nothing other than typical-love-triangle-drama happened, which is something I don’t particularly care for. Nearing the end of the book, I could not stop reading until I hit the inevitable cliff-hanger.

I absolutely loved the fact that Tamani was brought to the “real world” to live in the same day-to-day life that Laurel does. Parts of the book is also told from his point-of-view (as opposed to strictly Laurel as in the past two books) which opens up much more of the story and its background characters. Shar, for instance, is one of the characters we would not have been privileged to see develop if Pike had not opened up Tamani’s point-of-view. And I’m so glad she did. I love Shar and his serious-but-not-around-Tamani personality. We also get a glimpse into his story that I hope we get to continue in the next book. The intro of Yuki was unexpected but loved how she contributed to the plot.

Oh the plot. SO much going on this book, I almost wished some of it was pushed into Spells so I didn’t have to give it 3/5 stars. But the plot development was what made this book great. We finally see where the troll debacle is leading to, some suspicions are examined and mysteries uncovered. Of course, this all happened in the last 1/3-1/4 of the book, and the slow beginning is probably why I knocked one star off of my rating. Too much romantic drama. Laurel is so indecisive and the boys’ interactions with each other almost always end with Laurel yelling at them both to quit their testosterone-jealous-inducing-tactics.

Anyways. Enough about them [there was certainly more than enough in this book]. I can’t wait to read Destined. I am hoping the conclusion to the series won’t disappoint and will bring all the loose ends together.

~C

Review: Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.
When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?

    

Rating: ★★

Cover Art: Flowers are quaint and appropriate for the series. Like how the typeface of the title has a little glow to it.

Review:

[Book 2 in the Wings series]

Oh, what a different feeling from when I finished Wings, the first book in this series. I can’t quite place a particular moment when the book started going downhill for me, but I can point out a few [quite a few] moments where I was tempted to skim through text just to reach the end a little faster, if not to relieve my boredom.

First of all, the beginning was well done and piqued my interest. It starts off essentially where the last book left off. Laurel is off to Avalon to start her faerie training. This beginning was what kept me reading. It was different, fantasy-filled, and creative [guess those words can be seen as synonyms]. The world Pike built for the faeries was amazing. The class structure, the school, the familial structuring… I was impressed with almost everything. Even the ongoing love triangle didn’t bother me at this point in the story.

However, as soon as the main character went back to the “real world” the story just did not seem as interesting [huh, guess I do know when the downhill drive started]. There was a lot of conversations between girl and boy #1 then conversations between girl and boy #2. These conversations were not as character building as I would have liked. They were simply conversations that contained too much love/jealousy/angst to see anything built beyond that drama. The dialogue was boring and repetitive and I just wanted to skip over it. But! I absolutely love the character Chelsea. I hope to see more of her and her refreshing personality in the next book.

The action in Spells was not significant, I’m sad to say. The baddies were dispatched within a chapter and the introduction of the new character was a little unnecessary and seemed like an easy out, but maybe there’s more to that in the next book. Yes, I am planning on reading it [since I already have it]. I’m hoping it will be better than this one was.

~C

Review: Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful--too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

     

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Cover Art: Cute. Very appropriate for the book content.

Review:

[Book 1 in the Wings series]

This is the first fairy/faery book I have read. Such a fast read [finished in one day] and I very much enjoyed it overall. The book is cute [sometimes sickeningly cute] and definitely geared towards younger readers with its simplistic story and language. If a complex plot is what you’re looking for, this may not be your best choice. However, I do recommend this book if you want a quick, fun read.

The story starts out introducing us to a 15-year-old girl who develops a blossom on her back and finds out she is a faery. Intriguing concept and I have not heard anything like it before. Laurel, the main female protagonist, is cute [so much in this book can be classified under that adjective] and definitely acts her age [girly, annoying, bratty, boy-crazy]. Not much I can say about her, though she did annoy at times, at others she had a surprisingly bad-girl side. The boys, David and Tamani, are complete opposites. On one hand, you have the nice, perfect, boyfriend-material boy. On the other, you have the mysterious, spark-inducing, soldier-from-another-world boy. I know who I’m liking more [*cough* Tamani] but I felt the character lean towards the other direction… for now. Typical love triangle thing going, so if you’re not into that, well… let’s move on.

What I especially liked is the mythological aspect to this story. The faery race was not what I was expecting [Tinkerbell-like pixies who sleep in flowers and spread sparkly dust to make magic]. I really appreciated the creativity and development that went into this totally new world. Plant-faeries? What? So original I just want to read more.

Definitely already started [by the time this is posted] the 2nd book, Spells. The last two books are already waiting in the wings [haha, sorry for the pun].

~C

TBR: Rainbow Style

These are the books (or series) I’m hoping to read soon (as in, this year).
I am so behind in the times of reading!
Organized by colours of the rainbow + black =)

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So many books, so little time! Happy reading y’all!

~C

March Book Haul (Late)

A little late on the book haul this month, sorry! With end-of-semester celebrations I got a little behind on my reading and what-not. Anyways, on with the haul yes?

I firstly purchased the Hunger Games trilogy at the end of February but didn’t end up receiving it til early March. I finished all three books in time to watch the movie. Links to my reviews below.. the movie was awesome, the books were even better. Not too crazy about the ending in Mockingjay, but you can read about that in my review.
Hunger Games / Catching Fire / Mockingjay / Hunger Games Movie

I recently discovered www.thebookdepository.com — they ship books worldwide for free with no minimum purchase! Amazing no?
So I had to take advantage of this and I purchased The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (See my review here), The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and World War Z by Max Brooks (currently reading). They all arrived separately which was surprising but didn’t bother me at all since I saved $$

Of course my local Chapters has a great bargain section and sometimes I just can’t help myself when I see great deals. Through the month I picked up (all in hardcover and perfect condition aside from the remainder mark on a couple of them): Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick, Wither by Lauren DeStefano, The Rapture by Liz Jensen, and Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.

Finally, I received a couple of books for free from a dear friend, both in paperback, but who am I to be choose-y when things are free? I got Switched by Amanda Hocking and the Vampire Diaries Stefan’s Diaries Origins vol. 1 by L.J. Smith.

Thats all for the month of March. Definitely more to come in April, I ordered a few more books and won a couple of giveaways I’m hoping to receive soon. Currently reading World War Z and Heist Society (on the right hand side). With school finished for now, I’m thinking I’ll be finished those soon, so watch for a review! Happy Reading!

~C