Category Archives: Young Adult

The Girl in the Steel Corset, by Kady Cross


Review Below!

From the Publisher: Release Date May 24th, 2011

She thought there was something wrong with her. She was right.
Finley Jayne has known for quite some time that she isn’t ‘normal,’ but when she beats up the son of her employer and is forced to flee, she stumbles into a world where there are bigger freaks than her. They take her in, treat her like family and demand her trust. How can Finley trust them when she can’t trust herself? And why is she drawn to the powerful Griffin as well as the dangerous Jack? She has to get herself under control before she gets into trouble she can’t get out of.

Griffin King is one of the most powerful men in Britain but he couldn’t save his best friend from almost dying. He is determined to save Finley and help her become the person he knows she can be, but there’s evil afoot in London. Machines have attacked humans under the orders of a nefarious criminal called The Machinist. He has sworn to protect his country against such a threat, but he’s never faced any foe like this. However, when he discovers The Machinist’s connection to his past, Griffin vows to end the villain once and for all — but he’ll need the help of all his friends, including the beautiful Finley Jayne – the girl in the steel corset

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3.5/5 (I downgraded after thinking about this novel some more)
This book was totally cool, interesting and compelling. The steam punk aspects were fantastic, integrated well, and weren’t trite.

However, there were a lot of inconsistencies. Historical inconsistencies and character interaction inconsistencies. One such example would be Finley running around town (1800’s) alone and unchaperoned wearing pants and riding a motorcycle like object, sparring with a shirtless man, but when Griff shows her his tattoo, and wants to tattoo her she is all a flutter about impropriety and indecency!

One of my qualms? No romance. Not even a kiss between our Hero or Heroine. They did think about kissing though, so I guess that counts =)

Also, the characters were all in their teens and I think Griff may have been 20, but they all talked really old. I don’t think we are told Finley’s age either. That bugs me now.

However, I don’t think this novel has exactly ONE hero or ONE heroine. All the characters were pretty darn fantastic! A metal man, a genius, a dual natured ass kicking chic, a telepath, and an aether wielder = AWESOME!

So, if you are a fan of steam punk and YA, put this on your buy list!
If you are a fan of awesome characters who remind you of X-men, the League of Extraordinary Gentleman and the Wild, Wild West, then put this on your buy list!

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Bite Me, by Parker Blue


From the publisher:

Bite Me

Young Adult Vampire Hunter

A Fictionwise Fantasy Bestseller

An edgy book for teens that spans the gap between YA and adult fiction. Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Val Shapiro is just your ordinary, part-demon, teenaged vampire hunter with a Texas drawl. And a pet hell hound named Fang. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets of the Demon Underground and fighting to save those she loves. Whether they love her back or not.

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This was an interesting mix of young adult on the verge of adulthood. On the whole, I enjoyed the story. Soon to be 18 year old Val {Valentine} Shapiro is a vampire hunter. She hunts vampires to slate her half-demon side {whom she named Lola}Val is a lust demon. Succubus. She has no experience with the lust aspect, being a virgin and all. The only thing she knows how to do in order to combat the prowling she feels is to hunt vampires to slate the desire coiling inside herself. on her 18th birthday her mom kicks her out, siting that she is a bad influence on her 16 year old fully human sister. Big fight ensues, lots of hurt feelings, and some deep thought needed. Jobless, homeless and without anyone to turn to, she asks Dan Sullivan for help. Dan is a member of the police task force who deals with the supernatural.

I loved Val’s snarky, and her “can’t hold me down” attitude. I took issue with her at the end of the novel where she does do something stupid, but it turns out all right in the end {of course lol}

Can’t go on in this review without mentioning the dog. I would love a dog like Fang. Their mind talking was cute and funny.

Overall, I felt the story was rushed, and we could have used some more insight into Dan, and also Val and the secondary characters. However, for the amount of pages, the story was well done.

Plus, it was free =)(

The Demon Trappers Daughter, by Jana Oliver


by Jana Oliver

Jana Oliver

I never posted my review here.  The horror!  I’m so ashamed.  Really though, we just moved our entire family to a new town, completely demolished and renovated a new home and are finally, almost, settled.  It’s a work in progress, which means that we are living amongst chaos, with 4 children under the age of seven, and did I mention how much sleep deprivation I am under?  Well, it’s a lot.  If my sentences start sounding rambling and pointless, it’s probably because I am running on 2 hours straight sleep, and some caffeine.

Anywho, onto the review.  I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this novel in December and that was when I read and reviewed it.  My original review can be found on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/124812953, and I did enjoy it. Though admittedly I am not the largest fan of Young Adult Fiction.

3.5 / 5 stars.

I’m gonna review with a Pro/Con List.
I will read the next one in the series. I did enjoy it.

Pro’s first 🙂

1) Interesting Concept with fresh ideas. Demons! No sparkly Vamps!
2) Easy to read Voice/writing style
3) Pretty Decent characterization overall, they had depth, stayed true to self, and there were some touching moments.
4) Decent World Building
5) I liked the demons. I liked the Demon world building, descriptions and hierarchy

Cons: Not really cons about the book itself, just little things that irked me as a reader. I applaud Ms Oliver’s writing!

1) I’m confused on why there are demons roaming the earth to start with.
2) If gas is so expensive how can Riley have a car when she can’t pay her rent, and also how can she afford to buy her supplies? Holy water is 12.00 a pint or something like that…it was hypocritical to the storyline
3) The way she treats Beck really grated on my nerves, and I wanted to slap her upside her head loads of times.
4) Speaking of Beck, his dialogue drove me INSANE. I get he’s a good ol country boy, but saying Ya instead of you, and Yer instead of your. Seriously? It broke my concentration when reading. It was distracting. It made him seem stupid. Maybe that was the point? Wasn’t that what the witch was hinting at anyways?
5) If Master Asshat is such an asshat, why do the others let him rule? You out number him, impeach! impeach! He abuses his apprentices, is a raging alcoholic, and is a major fucking asshole. Why do they let that stand? And if they know he is an abusing, womanizing asshat, why do they allow Riley to be his apprentice? Um no? Hell no.
6) God I hate love issues. triangle? square? Um, no thanks!
7) Way too many questions, none of them answered, and then more questions piled on. I felt like I was reading Karen Marie Moning. now, don’t get me wrong, I love me some KMM, but this is the first book of the series. I hope it’s not drawn out like the Fever series. I won’t read it. You hear me Ms Oliver? I won’t do it! Just say NO to cliffhangers =) (This is tongue in cheek people, tongue in cheek!)

The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins


Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Trilogy 1

 #1  4 Stars

I thought this book was well written, the characters were engrossing, the Hunger Games were nightmarish, and overall I enjoyed the book. Having never read some of the books that others say this book has features from, none of that bothers me, because well, I’m sure Suzanne put her own spin and ideas and humor into her story. Every story get’s a spark from somewhere right? 😛

I would recommend this series to others.
I will read the next book

The Hunger Games 2

#2  4 Stars

This was a fast, heart pounding read.

A little bit predictable with the games aspect and the participants, but the twists were good 🙂

The love triangle is good. I like both guys and honestly can’t choose one. Tho, I feel Gale is her heart. Peeta is so honorable and good.

I liked all the new characters, even the ‘bad’ ones 🙂

The revolution has begun. Can’t wait to read the next book.

The Hunger Games 3

#3

I’m waffling on a rating. For now 3.5/5 stars because I’m mad. But that could change tomorrow! LOL
well… dam. I’m feeling a bit, I don’t know? disheveled? Distraught? Discomfuckingbobulated? I’m mad, I know that much. I do have to give kudos to Collins though. She didn’t pull any punches. If you were hoping for delicious Coffee light and sweet, all your gonna get is dark, black and bitter. I saw the climax coming with Coin, but there were more than a few surprises. The deaths. At one point in the books, when they are being chased by white half human half reptile mutts, and a character who just had a HEA get’s killed, I almost, almost stopped reading. And OMG I cried (I think around page 350) when she realized who was tending to the children when the parachutes were coming. God that death was awful. I didn’t find it necessary myself, but I get what Collins was setting up. I also found myself pissed at Katniss. I tried not to be, but the way she was treating both Gale and Peeta? If I were them, I would have left her to her own devices. And Gale. Don’t get me started on you. Seriously. THAT is how it ends? Bleh. I expected better from you Gale. It was such a depressing story. Even the ending wasn’t that great on the happy meter. But how could it? Both scarred, mentally deficient,Broken and forever changed. How could they ever have a normal, loving, happy life?
Congrats Suzanne Collins, on a thought-provoking read. It was Bloody. It was disgusting. It was brilliantly done.

One thing I did have an issue writing wise was the first person present tense. It was odd reading it. Felt wrong somehow.

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OK after sleeping on it, apparently my sub-conscience agreed with me on the ending.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS….don’t read any further

I cannot understand the ending. EVERYONE left her alone for MONTHS??? <Shriek!> Why!! My God hadn’t she been through enough? Gale you were her best friend, yet you didn’t make sure she was OK? Didn’t help her through her loss of Prim? I think I hated you at that moment.

Peeta. I get you. Why you couldn’t go with her, see to her, help her. Still, I was heartbroken.

And Her Mother? WTF. I get her pain. You lost a daughter. But you want to lose both?

I think we deserved a bit more closure. With Gale. With her Mother. Do they talk? Have they talked? Does Gale and Katniss see each other ever? Did Gale finish his almost evil transformation? What is the world like? Did anything change?

a page and a half epilogue did not suffice. yay. They wrote a book, and had 2 or three kids in 20 years. So what happened to everyone else?

Not enough of an ending for me

Fire, by Kristin Cashore


The Seven Kingdoms #2

4/5 Stars

I really, really enjoy Cashore’s writing style. I love how she describes places and things and people, I love how she let’s you use your imagination to paint the details. I think that is important when writing.
I enjoyed Fire. I was engrossed from the very beginning. It was interesting to see the beginning of Leck/Immiker, even as a small child he was rotten to the core.
I was sort of bugged at the initial casualness of a sexual relationship at fifteen years old, and while I don’t condone it, I understand the why of it in this book. I really liked and hated Archer, I loved him and hated his gigolo self. It seemed he tried to drown his sadness in sex and it really pissed me off. I very much liked Brigain and Nash {tho of course, not at first when he {Brigain} was cold and mean}. I actually enjoyed just about every character in the book right down to the bad ones like Mydrogg and his sister. I didn’t ‘like’ them, but I liked Cashore’s writing of them.
I enjoyed the varying plot twists.

I can’t wait for Cashore’s next book.

Graceling, by Kristin Cashore


The Seven Kingdoms #1

I will try not to give spoilers, really about 3.5 to 3.75 stars
Spoiler at the end only

I both liked this book and didn’t like this book. The writing was promising. Kristin Cashore’s style was graceful, fluid, without excess descriptions, and I associated with most of the characters.

I enjoyed the world that she created. I very much liked the concept of Gracelings, the seven kingdoms, the Villain, the Gracelings eye colors and skills.

The pace of the story was pretty good, I felt the climax was all the sudden just *there* and then *BAM* gone and then your off again running towards the next phase of the story. It felt rushed and I wish there had been more time for explanations, it was very hurried.

I had a hard time with her views on kids and marriage. Now I understand that she is young, although we do not know her exact age, I suspect she is in her late teens based on other age descriptions for Raffin and Giddon, and yes when I was a teenager I couldn’t fathom having a husband and children. SO while I understand that, I didn’t appreciate how Po and Katsa enter into a sexual relationship with seemingly NO other physical touching/love between them. While Katsa does realize that she loves Po, and Po loves her, they seem to miss the whole ‘dating’ concept of a relationship where there is kissing, hand holding, other soft touches and just hop in the sack together. Then, after they decide to be sexual, she takes seabane. Now while not ideal, It is hard for me to judge because we do not know what year/century/modern knowledge there is for birth control in this book. Perhaps that is the only thing available in her time. I do not know.

I will encourage people to read this book, even if you do not agree with the sexual message, it could open up communication between you and your teens reading this book.

I did not like how it ended. Period. I really wanted Po and Katsa to remain together, even if they did not get married right away. I was actually pretty mad that Po just let her walk away and that Katsa felt the need to train an army rather than stay with the person she supposedly loves.

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