Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Huge In My Mailbox!

This is the short version of my In My Mailbox - to hear about the books just watch the long version on my YouTube Channel.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
My YouTube review: Review
Release Date: February 1st, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Goodreads4.10 out of 5
Pages: 363
Buy it: Amazon

I waited way too long to read this book. I bought the series when The Iron Queen came out and it has been sitting on my bookcase. I finally broke into it and couldn't put it down. It was a wonderful read that kept me wanting to know what was going to happen and it was also written very well. The descriptions emerge you into the world of Nevernever and the plot keeps you turning pages well into the wee hours of the night.

I loved that Kagawa took A Midsummer's Night Dream and created it into her own unique story. The characters are familiar because of Shakespeare, but Kagawa put her own twist on them. I see this as being a movie! A beautiful movie!

The characters are loveable and hateable depending on who you meet. I don't care for either Queens, be it Seelie or Unseelie, but they are evil and mean so its okay to hate them. The love triangle is so subtle that it is manageable and doesn't make you want to poke your own eye out so you can't read it anymore.

I just LOVE this book and can't wait to pick up the little novella that Julie did to read between this book and the next. This one is a must read for people who love faeries, adventure, and a well developed and put together storyline that has NO PLOT HOLES. Thank you Julie for being an amazing writer. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Butterface by Gwen Hayes

Butterface by Gwen Hayes
My YouTube Review: Vlog Review
Release Date: April 21, 2010
Publisher: Self-published
Goodreads4.14 out of 5
Pages: 17 or 8,000 words
Buy it: Amazon

When love isn't lucky...or pretty.

The scars on Beth's face aren't nearly as deep as the ones she nurses on the inside. She was born with hemifacial microsamia and was supposed to feel "lucky" that she wasn't as disfigured as some people.
One boy, Lucky O'Leary starts to find the cracks in her hard shell and finds himself falling for her. Only Lucky has a secret--he needs to bring Beth to a "dog dinner" or lose his spot on the team. She can't find out that the guy who brings the ugliest date wins a prize. 

Butterface is a must read. It is absolutely adorable, sweet, sad, and relays a positive message to readers. Beth is self concious about her facial deformities, but Lucky sees past what everyone else sees and finds her heart. Gwen Hayes delivered a beautifully written short story that leaves me wanting to read more. This one is a must read! It's very short so there is no excuse not to read it. 

Friday, April 1, 2011

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hopkins
My YouTube Review: Vlog Review
Release Date: March 17th, 2010
Publisher: Lulu
Goodreads: 3.89 stars out of 5.0
Pages: 261
Buy It: Amazon

Teenager Alice Bonham's life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he's unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood

Despite my YouTube rant, this book isn't that bad. The biggest problem that I have with it is that it is so much like Twilight in the way that the vampire are super rich, super powerful, incredibly hot and irresistible and that the female role played by Alice is spot on with Bella Swan. It also doesn't help that I am uber tired of vampire stories, but that is no fault to the author or the book. The basic concept is not unique, but that doesn't mean that it's not entertaining. I have no quarrels with the writing and think that it is a decent read. With that being said, let's talk about some characters as they are what got me through the book to begin with.

Alice, our main female character, is a girl living in the shadows of her best friend Jane. She's not good at school or rather she doesn't care about it. She doesn't have a good relationship with her mother, but she is close to her brother Milo. She so easily would give up her life to live with the vampire family along side of Jack and Peter. Not unlike many teen Twilighters. 

Jack is the boy next door vampire, if there was such a thing. He plays video games and likes all the cool music. He is easy to talk to despite his big secret and that makes Alice very comfortable. He is basically awesome.

Peter is an asshole. That is all.

Mae and Ezra are the mom and pops and the reminder throughout the story that the whole lot of them need to stay grounded, despite the situation. 

If you can't tell, I'm 100% Team Jack. He is right for Alice, in my opinion. If you like mushy vampire stories or Twilight, then definitely check this book out and see which side you are on. This book is first in the series of at least 4 books, but there may be more. I am going to lay off the vampire stories for a while, however.