Thursday, July 2, 2015

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer -- 512 pages

Scarlet knows that her grandmother did not run away. Her grandmother is not crazy, and she most definitely was kidnapped. Scarlet is ready to do anything to find and rescue her, and Wolf, a street fighter, might be able to help her.

Meanwhile Cinder escapes from her jail cell with another criminal, Thorne, who stole a spaceship. So, of course, they escape on this spaceship, but they can't stay in outer-space forever.

Emperor Kai is being hard pressed from all sides, but mostly from Lunar Queen Levana, who is furious about Cinder's escape, and threatening war if she isn't found.

Scarlet is the second book of The Lunar Chronicles.

A Perfect Day for Love Letters by George Asakura

A Perfect Day for Love Letters by George Asakura - 208 pages
(5 short stories)

This is a collection of short manga stories all dealing with love letters.  All but one of the stories involve secret love letters.  Not all of the stories have happy endings.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Opposition by Jennifer Armentrout

Opposition by Jennifer Armentrout  533 pages

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can't believe Daemon stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything to ensure the survival of their friends...and mankind.

                                     includes the prequel novella Shadows

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 2015 Reads

Viva Jacquelina! by L.A. Meyer 384 pages (teen)
  Jackie is off to Spain to spy for England against the French this time, but in true Faber fashion finds herself in trouble with the church again and any other authority figure she comes across.

Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer 364 pages (teen)
  Finally back on American soil Jackie and her company are running low on funds. She finds herself on the way to New Orleans with a most unexpected passenger and of course there is mayhem. Meanwhile her beloved Jaimy is nowhere to be found even though Charlie said he would be in Boston.

Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer 355 pages (teen)
 Hiding in a Puritan town isn't as easy as it would sound, Jackie must run or lose her life.

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder 410 pages
 So this is number four in the Chronicles of Ixia series and it reads a bit different than the first three but that may be because it has been a bit of a wait for it. It is still an excellent series but I absolutely HATE when a book ends with a huge surprise that catches you off guard!

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 406 pages (teen)
Pretties  by Scott Westerfeld 348 pages (teen)
Specials by Scott Westerfeld 370 pages (teen)
 The "Uglies" follows Tally Youngblood from her sixteenth birthday through her adventures in the Pretty and Special worlds with her sometimes friend sometimes enemy Shay.

Extras by Scott Westerfeld 417 pages (teen)
 A stand alone companion after the "Uglies" Trilogy, this story follows Aya in a post bubble head world.

Voice Over vol. 1 by Maki Minami pages 208 (teen)
 I think this would be more interesting as an anime so you can actually hear the voices the manga-ka had in their mind when they were writing it. Other than that it sounds like a typical bottom of the dog pile story.

Black Butler Vol. 19 by Yana Toboso 182 pages (teen)
 Queen Victoria has sent Ciel and Sebastian to Germany to discover the secrets behind a mysterious forest, but will more of their own secrets be pulled into the light instead?

Kiss of the Rose Princess by Aya Shouoto
Vol. 1 176 pages (teen)
Vol. 2 176 pages (teen)
Vol. 3 174 pages (teen)
 It's a cute reverse harem. Father is SUPER CREEPY!! Some bits are a little hard to follow but you get the general idea of what is supposed to be happening and what has happened. I'm looking forward to the next volume.

After School Charisma by Kumiko Suekane
Vol. 1 202 pages (teen)
 Set sometime in the 2XXX's St. Kleio Academy is home to some of the worlds greatest leaders, scientist, politicians, and heroes the world has seen, as in they are clones of dead people. Hitler, Marie Curie, Mozart, and Joan of Arc are just a few historical figures we get to meet.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer -- 390 pages

There's a prince, there's a ball, two steps sisters and a step mom, but all resemblance to the fairy-tale "Cinderella" stops there. Cinder is a cyborg, and a gifted mechanic because of it. But her world changes when Prince Kai himself steps into her booth to bring an android for her to fix. It seems very important to him, even though the android is out of date, an old model. Even though she used to laugh at girls who tripped over Prince Kai, she finds herself liking him, all the while desperate to make sure he doesn't find out what she is. 
But more than that will happen to Cinder. The plague is killing thousands of people, and via a cyborg draft, cyborgs are being tested in order to find an antibody. None of them have survived. 

I was thrilled and delightfully surprised by all the details in the plot. 

This is book one in the Lunar Chronicles.

The Secret Circle: The Captive Part II and the Power by L.J. Smith

The Secret Circle: The Captive Part II and the Power by L.J. Smith – 390 pages

In the conclusion to The Secret Circle, Cassie and the other members of the New Salem coven of teenage witches must unravel the mysteries of the past and find the lost Master Tools they need to fight the evil Black John, the ancient witch whose power they mistakenly unleashed.  Black John returns to Earth as none other than their new high school principal, and wreaks havoc on their lives, and Cassie’s family.  Cassie grows into the power she holds within, unites the fractured coven, triumphs over evil, and finds true love.

Although the plot and story have familiar elements found in other books and at times it stretches believability, the series does wrap up neatly and satisfyingly, and was handled so well that it was definitely a pleasure to read.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly fire by Cassandra Clare - 729 pages
The Mortal Instruments - book 6

Sebastian has kidnapped the Downworlder representatives to the council in hopes of causing strife between the Downworlders and the Shadowhunters.  So Clary, Jace, Alec, Isabelle, and Simon set off to rescue them from Hell itself.

This is the final book of The Mortal Instruments series.  I thought it was a good ending to the series.  You could tell that there was a fair amount of set up for the next series which I look forward to reading.