Thursday, May 29, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #44

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Upcoming topics & how to join here.

  Best Harry Potter Memory

*Hey all, just a heads up I'll be late visiting everyone's posts today - as you're reading this I'll be gearing up for the first day at BEA so I'll catch up when I get back!*

This week is a free week, which means we get to chose the topic.  Since I missed a few good ones before discovering this meme, I went through the old ones & picked my best Harry Potter memory.  Admittedly this is a bit of an odd one but strangely enough it stands out in my mind as one of my favorite memories of reading the series for the first time, so bear with me:  I've mentioned before that by the time I got into the series for real, books 1-5 were already out (psht,I know right?!). When I finally made it to Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows had just coming out. I remember finishing HBP around 8:15 pm and rushing - seriously I drove like a madwoman - to my local bookstore (which closed at 9pm) so I could dive into DH straight away. The second I got home, I started reading and read straight through my bf going to bed and everything.  At some point in the wee hours of the night, all alone in my dark living room, I got to the part where Voldemort reveals he can fly.  Without a broom or anything.  And remember this wasn't like in the films where ALL the Death Eaters seem to have this ability. No, this was big and it was scary:


Looking back now, I can laugh about it but for real that image^^ popped into my head and I literally chucked the book and headed straight to bed - without looking out of any of my darkened windows, cause you know...I might have spotted a pair of red eyes staring through O.O  It goes to show how much the story had a hold on me by that time! LOL!  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday *76*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's what I'm waiting on this week:

Zodiac by Romina Russell
Expected Publication: December 9th by Razorbill

At the dawn of time, there were thirteen Houses in the Zodiac galaxy. Now, only twelve remain. . . .

In the Zodiac galaxy, your astrological sign determines everything about you. The stars tell the story of your life, and nothing—and nobody—is real unless you can actually touch them.

It’s a galaxy divided, where personalities clash and suspicions run high. Everyone is a potential enemy, so it’s best to stick to your kind. Hard-working realists in House Virgo scoff at sweet-talking Librans, who use stellar social skills to climb to the top. And while the brooding twins of House Gemini take forever to make a decision, optimistic Sagittarians hop from adventure to adventure without a thought.

House Cancer prizes loyalty and honesty above all else. When an unforeseen catastrophe strikes their ocean planet, the stars select sixteen-year-old Rho as their new Guardian. Rho suspects an ancient, power-hungry evil of legend has returned to exact revenge across the entire Zodiac. But Rho is an unknown novice and one of the youngest Guardians ever. Who should believe her?

And with the stars anywhere but in her favor, how can Rho defeat an enemy she can’t touch?

This first book of an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series takes place in a galaxy inspired by the twelve astrological signs—rendered with stunning complexity that both transports readers to a fascinating new world and holds up a mirror to reflect how we can better know each other in our own. 
I cannot even begin to explain to you all how much this book appeals to me.  I only discovered it a couple of weeks ago but I have been thinking about it a lot since then.  Sci-fi meets fantasy is already more or less of a win-win for me, but having that mix within this zodiac galaxy?! OMG guys, I need this book in my life!  It sounds so cool that the galaxy would be divided up by personality like that.  The reach of this plotline honestly gets me and the astrology twist added in to that sounds brilliant!  I'm also really digging the sound of this new young guardian of the galaxy up against and an age old threat out for revenge  I can't even right now...December where are you?

What do you think about Zodiac?
Let me know in the comments below & don't forget to link up!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Review: Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3
Published April 8th 2014 by Little Brown & Co

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
Dreams of Gods & Monsters is the conclusion to the gorgeously poignant Daughter of Smoke & Bones trilogy.  I'm still mooning over the sheer beauty of author Laini Taylor's prose, her way with words... not to mention her incredible and overwhelming imagination. So fair warning: this review might  will involve gushing.

Where to even begin describing all the feels I have for this series?  I feel like it's all be said before so I'll try to focus on just Dreams of Gods & Monsters. I think it's safe to say that the conclusion Laini Taylor delivers here was surprising - to say the least.  The series seemed poised to set off in one direction and ended up just blossoming into something even more layered and mystifying than I could have imagined!  Some authors try to pack too much into the final book in their series - they try to surpass everything that came before and sometimes it can come off redundant: oh we had a huge battle in book 2?  Well we *must* need a BIGGER battle for the finale!  Laini Taylor managed to achieve a perfect balance here without rehashing what she's already accomplished previously.  The result is a wholly unique story that is simultaneously fitting to the DoS&B series while also managing to bring the series someplace completely unexpected.  It was strange and thrilling all at once!

The character development is easily one of the best aspects of Dreams of Gods & Monsters.  Honestly I'm still drowning in all kinds of feels for Karou, Akiva, Ziri, Liraz, Zuz & Mik...for how far they've all come since the start of this series.  Every single one of them grew so realistically and beautifully that just thinking about them all makes me misty-eyed.  The old days in Prague are far behind them all but it was incredibly gratifying to witness each and every one of them evolve so wonderfully. Of course, I still have a soft spot for my beloved Karou!  My heart ached for her terribly in Days of Blood & Starlight and seeing the feisty, creative and strong heroine she's become melts my heart.  Naturally, I can't speak about melting hearts without thinking of Akiva.  Oh how I adore you Akiva with your fiery eyes, tortured soul and your unflinching devotion to Karou *swoon*  I believe in Akiva and Karou - they're one of my favorite fictional couples of all time.

This time around though, the story was spread out a bit more so we got to know a lot of beloved secondary characters even more.  Like Ziri, Liraz, Zuz & Mik.  Having already fallen totally in love with Mik & Zuz's love story in the Night of Cake & Puppets novella, I was happy to see them both still at the forefront in this one.  The rabid fairy and her violin boy definitely brought it for the finale: they became legendary and it was awesome.  Ziri for his part crushed me with feels in book 2 and I was shattered all over again in  Dreams of Gods & Monsters. That boy has my heart for ever.  And Liraz.  Oh gods, Liraz had me by the feels as well throughout this one.  I have to give all the props to Laini Taylor for giving us a host of so many incredible characters!

Another aspect where Dreams of Gods & Monsters shined?  Creating moments.  Memorable, delicious, moments.  Ominous, blood-curling moments.  Earth-shattering, heart-pounding moments.  All the best and worst kinds of moments you could possibly imagine in your dizziest daydreams.  The story itself read very much like a slow-burn romance would (ideally) develop...I was hooked from the very first pages where it began setting the tone for what was to come.  The more I read, the more the entirety of the world, it's characters and their collective moments began to take up space in my mind.  If I wasn't reading the book, I was thinking about it constantly.  As I got closer to the end, it was almost torturous in how many emotions it brought on: anticipation, dread, excitement, fear and, as always hope. ♥

If I'm being totally honest (which I am), the resolution between the 'Gods & Monsters' so to speak, was a tad bit anti-climactic,  in the sense that the crux of it all was more or less resolved behind the scenes.  This served to fully incorporate a new element to the story - and a new threat.  While I would have liked more information on how everything was wrapped up so neatly, I was also fascinated by the direction Laini Taylor opted to go with the story.  I feel like we might have benefited from another book to wrap everything up nicely and get all that extra info that I'm still craving. Despite that, I finished Dreams of Gods & Monsters feeling blissfully satisfied.  We all knew Laini Taylor wasn't going to deliver a typical candy-coated ending and I love her all the more for taking her story in such a surprising direction.  I pray to the angels and chimeras that we'll eventually get more stories set in this world but until then, I'll be forever grateful with what we've got!

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #43

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Upcoming topics & how to join here.

  Favorite Hogwarts Ghost

This is a really interesting topic, as a general rule I kind of love all of the Hogwarts Ghosts.  It's just so cool to me that a bunch of them live at Hogwarts and each house has a specific ghost. It is a bit bittersweet of course when you think of how they chose to stay behind and not...go on, but I've still always really enjoyed their presence throughout the books.  I've always been partial to Nearly Headless Nick since we get to know him the most and I really like the actor who portrayed him, John Cleese.   I wanted to give him a shout-out because instead I decided on going with:

The Grey Lady

The Grey Lady is the ghost of Ravenclaw (♥) and she remains largely unknown until Deathly Hallows.  I loved finding out about her past, her heartbreak and how she came to hide one of Tom's Horcruxes.  Because of that last bit there, she played a pivotal part in Harry's quest and that makes her very special to me.

More on the Grey Lady:
Helena Ravenclaw (late 10th century — early 11th century), known as the Grey Lady after her death, was a witch and Rowena Ravenclaw's daughter. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was Sorted into Ravenclaw house. At some point, she stole her mother's diadem and ran away to Albania. Rowena became fatally ill, and hoping to see her daughter one last time, sent the Bloody Baron, a man who harboured an unrequited love for Helena, to find her. The Baron killed Helena when she refused to return with him, before killing himself out of regret for what he had done. She and the Baron eventually returned as ghosts to Hogwarts Castle, where Helena became and continues to be the Ghost of Ravenclaw House.-Harry Potter Wikia  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday *75*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's what I'm waiting on this week:

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
Expected Publication: September 23rd, 2014 by Little Brown

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whale men safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother, the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic, stole Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape from her mother before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roes’ power.

When Avery awakens from a dream foretelling her own murder, she realizes time is running short—for her and for the people of her island, who, without the Roes, will lose their ships and the only life they know.

With the help of Tane, a tattooed harpoon boy from the Pacific Islands, Avery plots her escape from her mother and unravels the mysteries of her mother’s and grandmother’s pasts. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected—one she might not be able to make.
A historical fantasy involving witches, magic, mystery and the sea? Yeah, I don't think I even need to explain to any of you why I'm waiting on this one beyond that lol. Oh wait, there's also a tattooed boy!  There. That's it. I'm done.  I would like one copy of Salt & Storm in my hands now, please!  I love how the blurb says that the MC Avery makes charms to keep fishermen safe. I hope her mom isn't too much of a b-word though, and if so well...I hope Avery gets rid of her early on.  I want to get to that escape and whatever sacrifice she has to make - eeep.  I'm really into this one, I wish it was coming out sooner!

What do you guys think of this one - any thoughts? Let me know & link me up

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Stacking the Shelves *35*

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews showcasing new books we've gotten a hold of (bought/given/gifted/trade/for review).

This week is all about ARCs since I'm on another pre-BEA book-buying-ban.  That doesn't mean I'm not super-pumped about the goodies I did manage to get!  Check it out:

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal & The Vast and Brutal Sea (The Vicious Deep #3) by Zoraida Córdova

Snow Like Ashes and Far Far Away were both previous WoW picks for me so I'm thrilled to get a chance to read both.  The Terror of the Southlands is the sequel to Magic Marks the Spot which was a cute MG read which I'm hoping will improve intrigue-wise as the series moves forward.  Pathfinder is a spinoff of the Septimus Heap Series and though I certainly had my ups and downs with the original series, I'm curious to see how things will shape up with Todhunter Moon as a main character instead of Septimus.  Finally, I now own all three books in The Vicious Deep trilogy so I guess I should really get started on that series soon >.<

Have you read any of these?
Let me know when you link me up to your haul!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: The Search Part III

The Search - Part 3 by Gene Luen Yang
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search #3
Published October 30th 2013 by Dark Horse

Avatar Aang travels to the spirit world to parley with an ancient power, bringing Fire Lord Zuko ever closer to discovering the truth about his mother’s fate—and his own past.

Yet Zuko’s sister Azula is becoming increasingly dangerous, threatening to ruin everything that Zuko, Aang, Katara, and Sokka have struggled to achieve on their search!

The final installment in The Search trilogy delivered all the intensity and surprises that a quality episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender would have done.  There were plenty of twists along the way,  combined with the usual light-hearted humor and well-placed wisdom.  The ending is satisfying while leaving itself open to further exploration...and more books.

Part 3 of The Search picks up with the gang trapped in The Forgetful Valley...a place where few who enter ever make it out alive.  The stakes get even higher in a matter of pages with an epic new Spirit with a surprising history.  All the new locations and faces introduced in this trilogy could easily make up new stories and adventures.  In typical Avatar fashion, I wanted to know all the details about everything new we encountered...and as per usual, many things were left future exploration. (I hope!) *crosses fingers*

The plot itself started out intense for the third and final part of The Search and that intensity kept building till the very end.  The stakes were high and that new spirit we meet up with certainly added some chills and thrills - not to mention the connection this particular spirit has with a super creepy and evil spirit we met in the original series. O.O  I love how hard author Gene Luen Yang works to connect these graphic novel plotlines to the animated series, it makes reading these a much richer and honestly exciting experience.

Once again the characters all have their fair share of growth and development, with the emphasis being on Zuko - and Azula to some extent.  Since they are both wildly compelling characters in their own right, the added emphasis on their story arc was quite welcome.  But fear not: the rest of our beloved characters are anything but left out.  As always, Aang is adorable, wise and fair.  I love the depth of his thoughts and beliefs ♥  Seeing him and Katara be all couple-y is beyond adorable too!  And, true to form, Sokka adds some humor and laughs to most every scene he's in.

I won't go on any further since this is the final book in the trilogy but I will say this: fans of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series - if you're still wondering whatever happened to Zuko's mom, then you need The Search Trilogy in your life!  These are quick, engaging and satisfying reads that will fill in the blanks...and leave you with a few extra questions once you're done.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #42

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Upcoming topics & how to join here.

  Best 'Harry' Moment

Well, most of you know that I consider myself one of the biggest Harry Potter fans out there.  He is my all-time favorite hero and I have all the feels for him and everything he did, felt and thought.  That being said, it could be quite the challenge for someone like me to narrow down my favorite 'Harry' moment.  I mean, there are oh-so-many moments to choose from!  The boy does something heroic and selfless at every turn.  Despite his penchant for heroics, there is always one moment that stands out for me above all others:

The Forest Again

I include every moment leading up to this chapter as well - like when the trio make it to Shell Cottage with poor Dobby *sobs* and Harry comes to understand Dumbledore's plan...and then everything that happens after that leading him to Snape's memories in the Pensieve.  All of this comes to a head when Harry exits the Pensieve alone in Dumbledore's office.  That for me is the moment when Harry realizes his full potential, accepts his tragic fate and heads out to do what no one else could have done.  The journey to the forest is unbelievably emotional for me every.single.time. I read it and it remains the most poignant moment in the entire series ♥

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday *74*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's what I'm waiting on this week:

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
The Elemental Trilogy #2
Expected Publication: August 26th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.
First thing's first: THAT COVER!!! O.O Man, is it ever gorgeous!  I'm drooling just looking at it - I'm especially digging the water effect on there.  That coupled with the name makes me wonder if a seafaring adventure is in the works this time around?!  Hmmmm, that would be epic.   I did have some issues with the first book when I read it last year but I was still invested enough in the story to want to go on.  I'm hoping the sequel will put those issues to rest and that this will shape up to be a thrilling series...but we'll have to wait and see ;-)

What are YOU waiting on this week?
Link me up!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mental-Health Awareness Month Sign-Ups


Two lovely ladies - Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts & Ula @ Blog of Erised are getting together to host Mental Health Awareness Month for the month of June.  What this involves really comes down to spreading awareness about mental health issues by sensitizing ourselves to issues that affects many people in their day-to-day lives.  As book-bloggers, we'll be reading books that deal with a vast number of mental health issues, from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive behavior, social-anxiety...etc. and reviewing/discussing said books.  There will also be discussion posts, interviews and more!

I have a few books that I own lined up to review on the blog but since I'm currently on a pre-BEA book buying ban, my choices are a bit limited.  You guys know I tend to go more for fantasy books and less contemporaries with real-life issues. >.< I'm thinking definitely Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (finally!!) and possibly this would be a good time to read The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. Someone also recommended Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi...though I'm not sure that has exactly the right fit?  If you've read it please let me know your thoughts!  Sadly that might be all the books I own that fit the bill but if anyone has any suggestions - preferably of the fantasy persuasion, since that's basically all I own - I'd love to hear them!  If anyone is suuuper bored and wants to go through my list of books I own on Goodreads and offer up some input ;-)  then by all means click here and let me know!

Anyways, despite the fact that I didn't have that many books on the subject, and despite the fact that MHAM took place in May over here, I still really wanted to participate because it's an issue that's very close to my heart.  Also, since my real life job is in the natural health industry and the fact I have a blog in that field as well, I'll be linking up over there too with discussion posts and whatnot.  Stay tuned ;-)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Harry Potter Motw #41

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Upcoming topics & how to join here.

  Favorite Editions/Covers for the Series

This is a tough one because I'd pretty much like to own ALL THE EDITIONS.  Really though, I think every single edition is beautiful in it's own way and they'd look so pretty all together in a HUGE library ♥  But for the purpose of this post, let's be realistic.

These are the editions I own:

Initially they were gifted to me by a friend (in paperback) back when only the first 5 books were out.  After finishing the series, I of course decided that I needed the series in hardback.  Since I was in my early 20's then, I thought the adult covers were cooler so I ended up replacing my set with these same ones in hardcover.  I still love them, despite their simplicity because every item featured on the cover is important to the story.  I think my favorite cover among these is Order of the Phoenix because of the Phoenix surrounded by fire.

These days though, if I were to treat myself some new editions, I'd probably be torn between two sets of covers:

The more years go by, the more I find myself loving these.  The illustrations really show the spirit of each book so well!  I adore how colourful they are and how the perfectly capture classic moments throughout the series.  Out of these covers, my favorites are Half-Blood Prince & Deathly Hallows with HBP probably winning out because it has Dumbledore & Harry together ♥

I was surprised how quickly these 15th anniversary ones stole my heart though! I just love the illustrations and the moments they chose to feature.  I actually have a hard time narrowing down favorites out of the bunch here though...probably Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets (♥), Prisoner of Azkaban & Half-Blood Prince.  Sooo yeah, pretty much all of them!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday *73*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming book releases that we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week:

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Queen of the Tearling #1
Expected Publication: July 8th 2014 by Harper

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen.
A plain and serious princess, who loves books, learning and owns a magical sapphire amulet?!  Kelsea sounds like my kind of girl! Then the blurb says she's accompanied by an enigmatic knight, hunted by a crimson-caped assassin and the darkest blood magic. OMG OMG OMG, this book sounds like my jam through and through!  I almost passed out before I read about the evil Red Queen but thankfully, I only passed out after ;-)  In any case, this looks amazing, I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Thoughts? Are you waiting on Queen of the Tearling?
Let me know when you link me up in the comments!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead

Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
Charley Davidson #3
Published October 30th 2012 by St Martin's

Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she's drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because every time she closes her eyes she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan.

Granted she did imprison Reyes for all eternity, but how is she supposed to solve a missing-persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hell-bent on murder when the devil's son just won't give up on his plan of seduction..... and revenge?
Third Grave Dead Ahead is (obviously) the third book in the Charley Davidson Series and yet again it delivers all the things I've come to expect from the series: laughs, thrills and hotness.

There's always a mystery in these books - a case our favorite private investigator Charley takes on at the start of each book.  This time she's helping a Doctor locate his missing wife.  The mystery plotline eventually gets blended in with some paranormal goodness in the form of ghosts..and sometimes demons.  Of course we can't forget Reyes, the son of Satan himself who's always along for the ride *ahem*.  He' hot as all hell and twice as much trouble - but it's nothing our girl Charley can't handle.  Third Grave Dead Ahead also hints at a building, darker threat, something far beyond anything Charley would have ever faced before.  The further I get into the series, the more eager I am as to discover how things will evolve from here.

As usual, Darynda Jones shines in the way she combines suspense, humor and sexyness together in such a fun way.  Third Grave delivered even more laugh out loud moments than I was expecting. It tends to take quite a bit to get me to burst out laughing when reading.  The easy banter between the characters is just so quick and witty, everything flows with ease like actual real people were joking around being snarky and sarcastic.  Charley has a way to make you laugh even when she's in the most dire situations.  Her inner monologue is absolutely priceless and even that pales in comparison to the back and forth between her and her bff/receptionist Cookie.  Side note: I think Charley & Cookie deserve the award for best friendship ever in life ♥

And of course, no Charley Davidson review would be complete without mentioning Reyes.  Delicious, dangerous and oh-so-sexy bad boy - the son of Satan himself certainly grabs your attention with every single scene he's in.  Things were more complicated for him this time around but Miss Darynda Jones still managed to make time for some sexy encounters.  I'd like to take this opportunity to thank her from the bottom of my heart. Yum!

A fitting follow up to it's two predecessors, Third Grave Dead Ahead is probably my favorite installment in the series so far.  It was smart, intense and hot.  The allusions to whatever trouble is coming only makes me more desperate to binge read the rest of this series...but I worry I might spontaneously combust. Ha!  Fans of Charley Davidson will love her even more in this one and I highly recommend the series to adult urban-fantasy readers!
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Harry Potter MotW #40

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted over at Uncorked Thoughts. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Upcoming topics & how to join here.

  Most Anger Inducing Scene

Oh gosh, there are so many ways this topic could go...basically every single scene Umbridge is in qualifies.  Every time Malfoy acts like a total arse or Snape is unfair...any and all of the deaths of my favorite characters left me feeling sad of course but also angry that they had to die.  Then there's the Lestranges and their torturing habits. *rages*  but looking back, I think the most anger inducing scene for me was:

Voldemort remembering that night in Godric's Hollow

We all knew the story of course but until this point it had been simply equal parts tragic & heartbreaking.  Sure like Harry, we was felt some degree of anger that Voldemort killed Harry's parents, but that was nothing compared to the rage I felt in Deathly Hallows when Voldemort himself remembers how that night went down...We get to witness firsthand (along with Harry) Voldemort's cold determination, cruel inner dialogue, not to mention his complete and utter heartlessness as he walks up to the Potter's House, even considering killing some random kid on the street for staring at him!  Once he gets up to their house it only gets worse as his thoughts turn to taunts at James and Lily, complete detachment towards them as people and honest enjoyment at taking innocent lives and destroying a  family. Gah! I seriously can not explain my hatred for Voldemort as a character here, more than all the vile things he did befor!.  I mean it was riveting to read of course, and in some way we needed to know exactly what had gone down...but man it was brutal. Yes it breaks my heart into a million pieces, but it also makes my blood boil. 

PS - I was going to add quotes to go along with the scene but I started tearing up and raging so that idea was scrapped >.<  lol