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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)Rating: 5
Pages: 255
Publisher: Feral Dream
Series: Penryn & the End of Days
File Under: YA, Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Angels, Badass Heroines, Beautiful Love Story, Badass Heroes, If You Don't Read This We Can't Be Friends, Perfect
Summary from Goodreads:
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. 

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. 

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

I have wanted to read Angelfall for a very long time. But it’s just never happened. Then a friend let me borrow it (along with about 30 other books). I am so glad I got to read it that I am going to buy a physical version for myself.

Excuse me for the not so awesome review. I just love this book and no matter what I say it doesn't give it justice.


I love Penryn’s name.

I enjoy this writing style. It’s short and to the point. It doesn’t take a page to describe a curtain with flowery, useless prose. It gives me exactly what I need and moves on. Plus the pacing is perfect. No dull moments but it's also not obnoxiously action packed. 

The love story. Oh god it’s great! I love the relationship between Raffe and Penryn. It builds. They don’t see each other and fall hopelessly in love. Penryn sees him and realeases she can use him for her benefit. Through getting to know each other they fall for each other. Perfect.

Which brings me to my next point. Penryn is amazing. She is the perfect heroine. She’s a butt kicking survivor that has depth. She is not a shallow pool of a character that we’ve all seen authors turn this type of character into. Reading from her point of view is great too. I typically don’t like first person as many characters’ voices drive me ape shit crazy. But not her. She’s not annoying or stupid. I don’t find myself rolling my eyes or yelling at dumb mistakes like I do with most “badass” heroines. Being in her head was a pleasant reading experience.

Raffe is a great hero. He also isn’t a shallow pool character. He could have also been stereotyped into the cocky smart ass character we have all seen before. But luckily he isn’t and I can’t help but like him and ship the hell out of him and Penryn. 

The ending:


I love this story. It is so addicting. I honestly found it hard to put it down. You have to read this book! I should warn you that some people might find aspects of it very out there. But don’t let that stop you from reading it. It is brilliantly written and exciting. There is never a dull moment. My hat goes off to you Susan. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday

Foretold (The Demon Trappers, #4)Foretold by Jana Oliver
Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.
Summary from Goodreads:
Stand by as Riley prepares to kick some serious demon butt for the last time in this thrilling, dramatic and sexy conclusion to The Demon Trappers series. 

 Riley’s always known that Beck had a chequered history, but she’s not prepared for what it actually means to be in love with a guy with this many dark secrets. Now that he’s finally admitted to himself that he’s in love with her too, there’s no more hiding the truth about his past. And as it turns out, fending off a demon apocalypse is nothing compared to what’s to come...

Ok so this book is supposedly out but when you try to buy it online you can't and you have to pre-order the one with the other cover. I don't like the other cover. It doesn't fit the series like this one does. What I do know is that I can't freaking wait for this book. I need to know how it ends!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

More of a Rant Than A Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)Rating: 1.5
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Series: Yes, The Iron Fey
Pages:  Paperback 363
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Where I got it: Borrowed
Summary from Goodreads:
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined. 

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home. 

 When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. 

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

It seems like everyone and their dog has read and loved this book. Well me and my kitten are not impressed.

Let me give you the run down:
1. Love Triangle? Duh.
2. Evil Witch(es)? Check.
3. Too Stupid to Live MC? Check.
4. Damsel in Distress MC? Check.
5. Smart Ass Love Interest? Check.
6. Almost Gets Raped to Bring the Two Closer? Check.
7. Author Drops Other Love Interest? Check.
8. Crappy Romance? Check.
9. Others I Could Mention But Would Completely Spoil What Tiny Suspense There is? Check. Check. Check.

Pretty much everything I hate about a book is in this book. And not done well. If the book is good I can deal with those, this book is not. The overall high rating on this book honestly surprises me. The writing style is done in a way I detest. You don't need 15 words to describe a normal tree. It's overly flowery and so annoying. I skipped so many paragraphs and pages because it was too much.

1.First and foremost we have the love triangle. Ah YA books and love triangles go together like milk and Pepsi. You don't want it, yet it's infamous. I hate this stupid overdone plot device. Stop it. Right now.

2. Second is the Evil Witches. They suck. Neither get any development and they both aren't interesting. Which I can see for Mab because it's the first book. But Titaian? Please. She's about as frightening as a corgi. You know what, pretty much everyone's characterization sucked.

3. Holy crap Meghan is a complete idiot. There is no other way to put it. When someone tells you not to make deals or say thank you in a world you're not accustomed to you do it. But not Meghan. She makes deals with EVERYBODY. And the one time she tried to be clever is the one time she shouldn't have. There are other instances too but the book sucked and I quit taking notes on her idiocracy.

4. If she wasn't getting rescued every other page than I am a monkey's uncle.

5. Hey I love a good smart ass. But Ash and Puck suck at it. They aren't smart or funny. They are just lame and annoying.

6. This speaks for itself.

7. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. Whatever. I feel like the author kill Puck later on anyway.

8. Oh my God. Well it wasn't instalove. But Meghan and Ash have no chemistry. At all. They might as well be trees on opposite sides of a forest. I think I would have preferred instalove.

9. I'm mainly talking about the ending.

I am so glad I didn't pay for this book. It was almost a DNF but I bargained with myself that if I could just finish this book than I got to reread The Gallagher Girls Series.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: 9/19

Scorch (Croak, #2)
Scorch by Gina Damico
Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home. 

 To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?

The release date is September 25th. Not too far away!

You can check out my review for the first one Croak.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stacking the Shelves: 9/16

So I tried to get back in the swing of things last week. But it didn't work out. However now that my computer isn't being a mega douche I can actually make posts. Yay!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
Angellfall by Susan Ee
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Obsidian (Lux, #1)
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1)
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Soul Screamers Vol. 1 : My Soul to Lose • My Soul to Take • My Soul to Save
Soul Screamers Vol. 1 by Rachel Vincent
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson


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