Month: November 2015
*I’m combining my reviews for Episodes 1 & 2 because Episode 1 was so short, it would be silly to make it stand on it’s own*
Book Description Ep. 1:
A genie’s life is full of wishes – the wishes of those who own him, that is.
When his owner, the powerful yet ugly witch Ezemelda, is called to celebrate the coming-of-age of King Nruk’s daughter, her prophesy of the princess’ future goes against everything Nruk desires. Promising a special spell to reverse the curse on the princess and change her future, but won’t cost him a cent, Ezemelda has more than the future of the kingdom in mind.
What’s the cost of signing a contract with a witch?
And, what does it mean for the genie of the lamp?
Book Description Ep. 2:
Ever since the witch Ezemalda and the Genie escaped him, the Dark Prince has plotted his revenge. Now it comes in the guise of the mortal countess Sybil van Dyk. After selling her soul to the the Dark Prince, she seeks to reverse her enchantment at the magic workshop of the Genie and the witch. As they work to set the countess free, the Genie and Ezemalda embark on a new adventure in their battle with the Dark Side, not suspecting what signing a contract with the Dark Prince on new moon portends.
**I would like to start off by saying I received both copies of The Witch’s Kiss Ep. 1&2 for free via a LibraryThing member giveaway in exchange for a review. Although I am super grateful and excited for any opportunity at receiving a book for free, I am also very strict with being honest. That being said, giveaways do not impact my reviews.**
My Rating Ep. 1: 5/5
This novella was crazy fun and fast read (only 25 pages)! It reminded me so much of old fairy tales having involved creatures from witches, dwarves, goblins, genies and more to involving concepts such as dark and light – so many ingredients make for a fantastic recipe!
But with that being said, it had a nuisance that I can’t ignore: the main character’s name – Ezemalda. This reminds me way too much of Ezmerelda so every time I read Ezemalda, I had to correct myself because I always read it as Ezmerelda. Ezemalda sticks to the tongue. Too much work for a main character’s name.
Other than that, very entertaining – was excited to read the next episode!
My Rating Ep. 2: 3/5
This book started with promise and completely lost it’s way which really bummed me out. I will not be continuing on to the third episode at all.
Let’s start off on a good note, as always:
I adored the repository! I wish I could find books in a bookstore by calling out keywords and having books just fly to me.. that would be glooorious ❤
The little drunk owl, I’m dying – so funny
This episode had a nice twist to it though, involving the moon clause. Nooooo! I felt so bad haha but I won’t ruin it for any one who’s interested in reading this.
And that’s about it for the pleasantries. Here’s where we start the decline to the depths of book hell:
The details – they weren’t much. I really wish there were more as far as drawing out the environments for the readers! I totally bet this author could construct gorgeous landscapes and creatures if she just took a little more time to describe things instead of throwing us from one room to the next without any transition or mere description such as “cellar” or “bedroom.” The reader’s aren’t given much to envision so good luck and start getting creative guys!
Another HUGE irk in mah birk is the Harry Potter like reference. If you’ve read this you KNOW what I’m talking about. The “You-Know-Who” that people are too afraid to say and the one person who sees that as giving him power so refuses to use “You-Know-Who…” come on now…
But we’re still not at the point where I’m ready to throw in the towel. At this point, I was still very interested in continuing on to the 3rd episode. The thing that completely made me throw in the towel and make me feel like I wasted my time on yet another poorly written ARC/Giveaway was the sexual ending. DAFUQ DID THAT COME FROM?! Now, I’m no prude by any means but 1.) this came out of absolutely frickin no where and 2.) rape is just crossing the line for me.
But gaiz, the 3rd book doesn’t redeem itself by any means. I read the synopsis, because up until this weird turn of events, I thoroughly enjoyed this story, but the 3rd book is all about some passionate love making and the genie becoming a hardcore rapist… that’s where I end this train. It’s one thing to be sexual but I picked a fantasy book not a fetish romance… I don’t want anything to do with rape, thanks.
And just so you don’t think I’ve completely lost it, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads for Episode 3:
NEVER BEFORE HAS PASSION BEEN MORE DANGEROUS.
Furious that once again the Genie and the witch Ezemalda escaped his clutches, the Dark Prince enlists the help of Lilith, the dark queen of sexual magic in his quest for revenge. Tricking them with a drink, Lilith bewitches Ezemalda and the Genie with obsessive sexual dreams. The Dark Queen’s plan backfires when Ezemalda comes up with an antidote, but she will not be stopped and implants a dangerous idea in all the kingdom’s subjects. With everyone around them now convinced that the Genie commits terrible acts against women, even rapes them, he and Ezemalda have to find a new way to stand against the dark forces and clear their names.
**DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THESE NOVELLAS/STORIES/BOOKS**
Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?
Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.
Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.
Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.
My Rating: 4/5
This book is my least favorite out of the 4 books in the Beautiful Creatures/Caster Chronicles series. I really feel that they should have just ended with Beautiful Chaos. I would have liked it if they ended it the way they did in the previous book and left it leaving the reader to question what happens next and use their imagination – OR – to have added on a few more chapters with a summary of the near future. I would have enjoyed it much better that way. Unfortunately, this book just seemed unnecessary and that hurts to say because I LOVE these books.
It wasn’t bad though, don’t get me wrong! I would follow this series if they kept going no matter what! One thing I found kind of exciting was the authors let us read from Lena’s POV which has never happened before, so it was a nice treat getting inside of her head for a little bit :]
The book I ended up purchasing contained bonus content in the back (I always love unintentionally grabbing books with bonus goodies in them ^_^ ) which included a map of Gatlin (WHAAAT?!) and a few of Amma’s recipes (what a cute idea!!) which I can not wait to try! These little touches can make a reader forget that these are all fictional characters which can be good or bad – and maybe slightly embarrassing if I begin to talk like they’re real.
One thing this book had that the others did not what a spooky element. For example, that gate keeper – no thanks. That gave me the chills reading his description. Good for Ethan for continuing on after he encountered that haha
And if any of you are claustrophobic (I definitely am to an extent) you already know what scene I’m talking about if you’ve read this book. For those that haven’t, there’s a part where Ethan has to cross a mountain to get to the other side and the ONLY way to do this is to squeeze through a super teeny tiny dark tunnel and crawl his way through. BARF, I’m… no.. just .. no!
One HUGE let down this book had for me was how they played out Abraham’s death. It was a little ‘bleh’ to say the least. I feel like they could have dragged it out a little longer, it all happened way too quickly for a dude who’s suppose to be SUPER powerful, I mean come on… and there should have been an innocent death at that. That’s what I was expecting anyway. Like…. the first fight ever with Seraphine in the first book (Beautiful Creatures) was wayyyy more intense than this scene, and that’s rather unfortunate. This really should have been a huge climax, and ultimately it just fell flat. The last book shouldn’t leave me hanging like dis D’:
Overall this was still a good book so don’t let my first paragraph draw you away. I end this series with a happy heart. This has become a favorite of mine for sure. Beautiful Creatures/Ethan Wate/Lena Duchannes….. will always have a place on my shelf and in my heart. Please check out this series if you’re into magic/fantasy/adventure/romance… ugh these books are wonderful and each on different in their own way (but I’ll get to that when I do my series wrap up :] )
Happy Reading! xo
I’m going to complain a little bit here about WordPress. I’m not going to be super whiny because let’s face it, the product I’m using is free. Now if I were paying for this, then you can guarantee I would be SUUUPER pissed right about now.
Anywho, I keep my blog up 24/7 on my laptop. The other day I went to go refresh my feed and EVERYTHING’S CHANGED! I do not like these changes. I’m hoping this is just a test run because if anything it’s become LESS user friendly IMO :'[
But those changes I can get use to, whatever. The thing that has really made me sad is that MY HEADER IMAGE IS GONE!! Wahhhh! Now I’m left with just a turquoise layout, what is this nonsense?! Now you might be thinking, really? Just the header? But believe me, it made all the difference. Now, I’ve been waiting several days to a week to see if it will pop back up. I’m thinking maybe when WordPress does these updates to their website that the supporting layouts have to update with it to be compatible and this one has not. So now I’m thinking I have to find a whole new layout. I would like to purchase one but with what I’ve experienced with the free one, I’d be scared to purchase one and later down the road run in to the same issues.
Now all I hope is that when I do find a new layout, I won’t have any issues when I go from “preview” to “save” ….
Fingers crossed and thank you for baring with me on this somewhat dull blog page. I’m sad it didn’t correct itself :'[
Happy Reading! xo
**UPDATE: I got my header back! For some reason, the update hid it, but with a little tweaking, I was able to get it back to where it belongs, woohoo!**
Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home from the Great Barrier, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected — and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?
For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it’s not Lena — and the mysterious figure is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and he’s afraid to ask.
Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.
My Rating: 5/5
I love these books so much *sobs* THAT ENDING HURT MY HEART SO BAD! Especially because I wasn’t prepared for the book to end – MEANING – there was so much additional content in the back that I forgot about, I assumed all of that was still bewk. It wasn’t. So when it ended in the fashion that it did, I was completely and totally in utter shock. I threw my book down and yelled toward my unsuspecting husby, “THAT’S HOW IT ENDS?! THAT’S IT?!” ..I probably looked like a maniac because I was also crying. I immediately grabbed the final book, I have to know what happens next, how it all ends. At the same time, I don’t want this to end. This is hands down a top favorite of mine, I’m adoring this series with everything I have! My ARCs and Giveaways are just gonna have to wait.
Now the reason I’m not giving this book a 5/5 is because once again, it started slow (if you’re confused – see the bottom of the post). And WHERE WAS MY LENA?! She was practically non existent for awhile and I need Lena.. I love Ethan but I kind of love Lena more. And Lena WITH Ethan is just, agh, perfection ❤ So I really wouldn’t give this a 4.5, more so a 4.8 but that’s just getting a little too technical..
But one thing in the beginning that made me LAWL – “Linkubus” oh my goodness bahaha so seely!
AND DIS QUOTE:
I love Ridley, I can’t wait to grab Dangerous Creatures!!
I will forewarn: This book in particular brings a lot of heartbreak with it.
For example, Pg.140 – the library has burnt down. Nuuuuu! I felt as attached to this place as Ethan had. Ugh, WHY?!
But I loved getting to get a glimpsed into Seraphine’s life prior to becoming Seraphine. How hard this has to be on Lena to see that there once was good in Seraphine’s heart that seemed to have never existed. I couldn’t imagine what that would be like after your mother has already tried to kill you…
But things do lighten up. It’s not all sorrow. On pg. 198 where everyone’s gathered at the table in Ravenwood and Liv comes in to play and Lena and Ethan are Kelting and Ethan gets confused between Kelting and real talking and blurts out loud, hahaha totally something I would do, how awkward XD
AND I LIVE FOR THESE:
They finally discuss “The Caster Chronicles” – we get the reference and learn what this is all about! Yahoo!
We also find out what’s going on with Ethan because he definitely hasn’t been all ‘there.’ YUS! I love how it’s tied in to the first book (his soul split in half when he died on the Sixteenth Moon – the other half was left behind in the Otherworld). Brilliant! I couldn’t figure this part out..
Pg: 383 – There’s always SO many good pieces to quote in these books, but especially in this one:
I’m really happy what they ended up doing with Ridley! I was nervous at first, but it all worked out for me in the end. I won’t give this away, but for what I had to endure, I’m glad this happened :]
So the more I reflect on this, the easier it is to talk about and the more I realize I’m a complete idiot for not giving it a 5/5, so by the time I have finished writing this, my rating has changed.
Thank you once again ladies for writing an amazing book that stole my heart ❤
In the mist-shrouded haze of the past, the world of Azeroth teemed with wondrous creatures of every kind. Mysterious Elves and hardy Dwarves walked among tribes of man in relative peace and harmony – until the arrival of the demonic army known as Burning Legion shattered the world’s tranquility forever.
My Rating: 5/5
I swear this is not just because I’m a Warcraft nut, but because the way this story just ascends! How can you not love Rhonin?! This is the first book I’ve decided to start reading under the Warcraft lore. I’ve played the game for about 8+ years now (I’m getting so olddd, wahhh) and it’s so awesome reading these characters to life that I’ve already come to know. Even if you’re not a player of any of the Warcraft games or don’t even know what it is, I’d still recommend it if you’re in to fantasy/adventure!! If you’re wanting to get in to the Warcraft lore, there’s so many forums out there that argue which book you should actually start out with. I’ve racked my brain and the one I chose to follow along with (because it made the most sense to me) was this one –>
Now you by no means have to follow this, but this is what I’m going by so I thought I’d share!
I already grabbed the “second” book.. I tread lightly with these words…. and I can’t wait to see where this one takes me next (while also comparing Richard Knaak’s writing with Christie Golden’s)!
Happy Reading! ^_^
So as you can clearly tell, I’m having a sort of “identity crisis..” When I originally started this blog, I was so eager to write my book reviews that I just picked the most uncreative name I could
think of. I was never a fan of “Kay_Reads,” it didn’t speak to me, it didn’t stand out… it was just something to use for the time being. I read everywhere that changing your identity was a bad idea, blah blah blah. But the only thing I had to change with every platform I was using were the user names! I didn’t lose any of my wonderful followers, I didn’t have to ask anyone to ‘like’ this one, follow this new page, and the best part of all, I didn’t have to spend several hours customizing and reposting everything 😀
So I apologize for any confusion, but the new name is here and it is here to stay!
So with that, I re-welcome you to the not-so-new:
Thank you for your understanding & Happy Reading!
Divergent: One choice can transform you. This debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed “perfect society.”
Insurgent: One choice can destroy you. This story continues the dystopian thrill ride. As war surges in the factions all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Allegiant: The explosive conclusion to the Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers.
Four: A Divergent Collection: A companion volume to the Divergent series, told from the perspective of Tobias. The four pieces included—”The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” “The Son,” and “The Traitor”—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers a fascinating glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.
My Rating: 5/5
Some might argue that Four: A Divergent Collection should not be included in the series. Do you need to read it? Absolutely not. But if you’re a fan of Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant than I must urge you to grab this companion novel. To me, it IS apart of the series – it gives you insight on some scenes throughout the trilogy that will may you go, “ahhh – that’s why he did that!”
This series is a series that will stay on my bookshelf probably forever. If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner series, there’s no doubt in my mind that you won’t enjoy what Veronica Roth has to offer. And it’s set in Chicago gaiz, greatest city everrr 😛 (Yes, I’m biased). You will be taken on an emotional roller coaster, you will experience heart pounding action, you get romance, you get breathtaking scenery. Everything you could want in a YA/Dystopian novel, you get that and more. I personally hope we get to read more of Veronica Roth in the future :] Thank you for taking me on an incredible adventure, Mrs. Roth!
Here are my links to each separate review:
Thanks for reading! :]
It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn’t even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he’s able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it’s been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn’t been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm.
Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But when the provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion. And as anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings…
My Rating: 3.5/5
Although I enjoyed this read, the first 3/4 of the book are not that entertaining. I wouldn’t call it boring – because I wasn’t bored – but it definitely lacked any inkling of excitement. Let’s just say the ending really made this book for me. A majority of the story is rather s-l-o-w. I want to say the author did this on purpose though because there’s a few hints throughout the majority of the book as to what’s leading up to the end. It’s almost like he purposefully wants you to forgot so you can get smacked with a nice surprise in the end!
On to the plot twist – !!! I was SO happy and lost in the tranquility of this story and then BAM! I completely forgot about the past references to even connect the dots.. I’m thrilled and heart broken at the same time.. I believe I forgot because they didn’t really focus on the missing children but more so on Jeremy and Ginger – which I came to love.
And I swear those prince cakes kind of had me disappointed. I really thought they were going to be made of children.
I did yearn for the ending to be a little more dramatic though. Why didn’t the baker get whats coming to him? Why did all of the kids, including Possy live? I feel like there should have been SOME type of death or sad/brutal/shocking moment and for my taste, there just wasn’t -_-
All in all, this story lacked and left a lot of questions hanging in the end. Speaking of the end, this is what made me go from a 3 to a 3.5. Maybe not a huge jump to some, but to others it makes the difference (like myself). I’m not sure if I’ll ever re-read it again, but I might hang on to it for a bit. I wouldn’t cross it off that list just yet. I would definitely recommend it to people who want to read a lighthearted “creepy/spooky” book but aren’t interested in gore or really the horror genre in general.
Notes that have nothing to do with the story:
- The book jacket = pretty sweet. Simple but effective.
- Beautiful cover. It’s what drew me in (like most of my books, teehee).
- Love the perspective through Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s ghost, Jacob Grimm. Clever way to tell the story!
- Pg. 160: The Dauntless reference.. I recently finished the Divergent series – WEIRDUH! – Okay, maybe not that weird but I enjoy little tie ins like dis ^_^
It’s been a helluva week for Betsy Taylor. First, she loses her job. Then, to top things off, she’s killed in a car accident. But what really bites (besides waking up in the morgue dressed in a pink suit and cheap shoes courtesy of her stepmother) is that she can’t seem to stay dead. Every night she rises with a horrible craving for blood. She’s not taking too well to a liquid diet.
Worst of all, her new friends have the ridiculous idea that Betsy is the prophesied vampire queen, and they want her help in overthrowing the most obnoxious, power-hungry vampire in five centuries – a badly dressed Bela Lugosi wannabe, natch. Frankly, Betsy couldn’t care less about vamp politics, but they have a powerful weapon of persuasion: designer shoes. How can any self-respecting girl say no? But a collection of Ferragamos isn’t the only temptation for Betsy. It’s just a lot safer than the scrumptious Sinclair – a seductive bloodsucker whose sexy gaze seems as dangerous as a stake through the heart…
My Rating: 2/5
This book wasn’t that bad but it just wasn’t my cup of tea either. While some parts of it were mildly entertaining, most of it almost made me feel embarrassed to read it.
Actually I should just flat out say I was. This was a book I wouldn’t bring out in public with me. After I finished the Twilight series, one of my sister-in-laws gave this to me as a hand-me-down recommendation. From her mom, to her, to me. And that’s where I stop this train. It’s kind of like a Sex in the City meets vampires minus the clever writing.
**Fun Fact: When I was taking the pictures for the blog/Instagram, I noticed that the praise on the cover was quoted from Christine Feehan. If you follow my reviews, you’ll know I’m not a fan of hers. Wish I would’ve connected the dots sooner XD But at least I’m subconsciously consistent 😛
Total Books = 7
Average Rating = 4
Overall, a great month for reading! 😀
1.) City of Words by Steven J. Carroll – 3.5/5
2.) Allegiant by Veronica Roth – 5/5
3.) Four by Veronica Roth – 4/5
4.) The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin – 4/5
5.) Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – 5/5
6.) Breed by Chase Novak – 3/5
7.) Far Far Away by Tom McNeal – 3.5/5
How many books did you get through this colorful month?