Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (review)

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) 
 
Bloodlines: 
The Golden Lily (2)
 
by Richelle Mead
 
Genre(s): Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 418
Published: June 2012
Publisher: Razor Bill
 
 
 
 
Summary:  "Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?"- taken from goodreads



Review:  This volume set me as a solid fan of this series. While I am still smitten with it's predecessor (the Vampire Academy Series) and will likely always think of it as my favorite Mead series that I have read so far, the Bloodlines series has done an impressive job stepping up to the plate. For more on what I though of the first book or a comparison of the two series click here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday- Top ten books from the past 3 years.

 

Top ten books from the past 3 years. 

Oh, this was hard!  to make it even possible, the first thing I did was eliminate all graphic novels.  To all those who know I love reading them I will eventually do a focus post on those for a Top Ten soon!  Then I still had over 20 left so I eliminated all books that were within the same series (so  if the book is part of the series, the other books likely deserve to be here too).  Then I had to take a few more off.  I got it down to 11.  I just can't pick one more off here fairly though!

  Shawndirea: Chronicles of Aetheaon: Book One Salvation  Firebolt (The Dragonian, #1) The Testing (The Testing, #1)

February 2015 Monthly recap



Another month has passed us.  For me, this was a rather quite month filled with some home projects that we are working on.  Our "spring cleaning" so to speak.  This includes a new china hutch cabinet,  a few sewing and fixing projects and a basement re-arrange.  We are about halfway done and by the end of March, our house should be looking much better, cleaner and with a fresher look!

On the blog front, this month was a bit slow for me.  I participated in a small group readathon and started to catch up on my STS shares but otherwise  mostly just a few giveaways and reviews.  I have a few things being worked on this week so hoping that March will be a busier month here!

 Anyways, here are my reading and blogging details for FEB-

Books I Finished Reading:
Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1Secrets (Sweet Valley High, #2)Assassination Classroom, Vol. 2Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves 73

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, every Weekend. This is to share books I have acquired from various sources. Physical books & ebooks both are welcome. If its something being sent to me by mail, I will not mention it until I actually receive it.



Okay, short and sweet this week!  



     

Purchased 

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)"You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing m
uch exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch."
***I was actually buying office supplies at the 99¢ store when I saw this!!  Instant buy.  It was funny in a way.  I had recently entered a giveaway (didn't win obviously) that asked for the name of a book on our wishlists so I named this one.  Now I have it and for only $1!!!  When I got out to the car I did a happy twirl before getting in the car as I was so happy to get this Brand New for such a great price.  My husband thought I was nuts.***


     

Library 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)"A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography."

 

 

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The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)  "After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Rooms by James L Rubart (review)

Rooms 
Rooms
 
by James L. Rubart
 
Genre: Christian Fiction
Pages: 400
Published: 2010 
Publisher: B & H Books
 
 
 


Summary: (updated) : "On a rainy spring day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, twenty-five-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning, brand new nine-thousand square foot house. And after meeting Sarah Sabin at a nearby ice cream shop, he has two reasons to visit the beach every weekend. When bizarre things start happening in the rooms of the home, Micah suspects they have some connection to his enigmatic new friend, Rick, the town mechanic. But Rick will only say the house is spiritual. This unnerves Micah because his faith slipped away like the tide years ago, and he wants to keep it that way. But as he slowly discovers, the home isn’t just spiritual, it’s a physical manifestation of his soul, which God uses to heal Micah’s darkest wounds and lead him into an astonishing new destiny."-taken from goodreads
 
 

Review:   Let me also start off by stating very clearly that this novel is Christian Fiction. Very strongly so. That is fine with me but I know some do not enjoy reading it and the plot synopsis does not exactly share that crucial tidbit in an assured manner.

So there is my first urging to all readers-if this novel's Christian basing does not match your beliefs, there is a good chance you will not enjoy this book. Even for me, as a Christian, I can see this book as being potentially intimidating and how the path to God is shown here would have bothered me deeply, even if it is taken to an extreme. When I first grabbed the book, I did not know if was a religious novel so the original summary does not express that at all and I feel that it should. I have since read a few variations that have improved upon this, luckily for future readers.