Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review: Demons Are Forever

Demons Are Forever (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, #3)Demons Are Forever by Julie Kenner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: July 2007
Source: library

It isn't easy when your daughter's figured out that her mom's a demon hunter-and wants to grow up to be just like her. Or when you suspect your dead husband used the forces of darkness to filch the body of another human. And your living husband isn't the man you married anymore either.
Moreover, Kate's acquired a precious but deadly item that every demon within commuting distance wants. With husband woes playing havoc with her emotions, an ambitious teenage protégée at her heels, and hell to pay, this stay-at-home mom's putting in a lot of overtime.

It's been awhile since I read the previous book in this series, but that didn't matter at all when reading this one. It's not the type of series where you feel super lost if you haven't read (or can't remember) the previous books.

This felt a lot like the TV show, Supernatural, but with a mom as the main character instead of two brothers. Kate (the mom) is a very likable character, and I could certainly relate to her.

I really liked it, perhaps more than I've liked the previous two books. I will definitely be continuing on with the series. It's not heavy reading at all, and is good to read when you want something light and fluffy.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Book Review: Treat Yourself

This was such a fun cookbook.  There are so many things in here I'd like to try making, like Twinkies, Samoas, Tagalongs, Oreos, Pop tarts, and the list goes on and on. 

This cookbook is filled with pretty much every treat you had (or wanted to have) during your childhood.  Reading through it for the nostalgia alone was a fun time, regardless of if I ever get around to cooking all the recipes.

I have made one recipe so far, and that was for fruit snacks.  It didn't turn out quite like I expected, and I'm not sure if it was how the recipe was supposed to be or not.  It still tasted good, and I really can't wait to try more recipes.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging For Books.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Book Review: The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date:  July 2014
Source: Netgalley review copy

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

This book started off a bit slow, and honestly I was a little bored. For me, it really didn't pick up until the second half of the book, where I felt there was more world building and more interesting things coming into play.

There is a love triangle that all readers (oops, I mean very few readers) love to see. It almost seems to be resolved quite early on, but then comes back with a vengeance. It's not as bad as some, but it threatens to overshadow what could be a very good story with a sweet romance.

I definitely liked it well enough to read the next book, and would recommend it to fans of YA fantasy.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Review: The House of the Four Winds

The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters, #1)The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey
Rating: DNF
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Source: Review copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review

The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes.

Disguising herself as Clarence, a sailor, Princess Clarice intends to work her way to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain.

Dominick leads the now-outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of Four Winds. They encounter the sorceress Shamal, who claims Dominick for her own—but Clarice has fallen hard for Dominick and won’t give him up without a fight. 

I thought this one sounded like a fun read, but it just didn't do it for me at all. There is no way I was going to finish this before dying of boredom, so I gave up about halfway through.

I'm honestly a little tired of the whole girl dresses up as a boy thing and fools everyone because she binds her chest and talks in a lower voice. It's overdone, and is also rarely done well.

The writing style got on my nerves a bit too. Most noticeably was near the first when it said the main character asked something curiously. The books (what I read of it at least) was full of adverbs following the words said or asked, or the like. It's just too much. Besides that curiously is redundant, because if you're asking something, it usually means you're curious.

But that's off track a bit. I didn't care for this one for many reasons, but mainly because it just bored me. Even the mutiny was boring. The story failed to capture my interest at any point.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Review: The Silver Rings

The Silver RingsThe Silver Rings by Samuel Valentino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Source: Netgalley review copy

Meet twin sisters, Celia and Alice, whose bid for freedom from their evil stepmother leads them on a hilarious journey through a world of fantasy and imagination. Join the sisters as they encounter a sarcastic fairy godmother, giants, charming princes, an overly dramatic fox, and more! Readers will recognize familiar themes from their favorite tales and read new ones taken from cultures around the world. Author and illustrator Samuel Valentino has cleverly woven together a delightful fairy tale that teaches us resilience and creative thinking pay off in the end.

This was fun in a fairy-tale like way. I started off reading it to my husband and sons while we sat around the campfire on a camping trip. Even though the main characters were girls, and my boys usually want nothing to do with that, they were quite interested in the story. My husband even enjoyed listening to it, and he's not a reader.

But then we had no more campfire time, and I finished it off myself. I will probably finish reading it to them in the future, though. I think this book is definitely aimed more at children with a short attention span, because there really just wasn't a whole lot to it. It moved very quickly, with no real danger to it. Which is perfectly fine for a children's book.

The main characters (twin girls) were fine, but I honestly had no idea who was who. There just wasn't a whole lot of character building, or character distinction between the sisters.

The illustrations looked like they would be a lot of fun and add to the story, but they didn't work well with my Kindle.  They were spread out over three or four kindle pages, which made them not at all as fun to look at.

This had a very Disney movie type feel to it, for me. I could see it playing out as a fun children's movie, and it's a fun read aloud book for the family, but don't go into it expecting great literature.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Book Review: Child of a Hidden Sea

Child of a Hidden SeaChild of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: June 2014
Source: Netgalley review copy

One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles.

The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies—and a language different from any Sophie has heard.

Sophie doesn't know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm, and a conspiracy that could destroy a world she has just discovered… her world, where everyone seems to know who she is, and where she is forbidden to stay.

But Sophie is stubborn, and smart, and refuses to be cast adrift by people who don't know her and yet wish her gone. With the help of a sister she has never known, and a ship captain who would rather she had never arrived, she must navigate the shoals of the highly charged politics of Stormwrack, and win the right to decide for herself whether she stays in this wondrous world . . . or is doomed to exile.

I liked the start of this one a lot, but as it went on, I liked it a bit less and less. It all turned out okay, and there were definitely some interesting things. But I guess it didn't go where I thought it would. I didn't care so much about all the political stuff and the like. I would have liked more world exploring and more learning about the history of the world.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Review: The Body in the Woods

The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen, #1)The Body in the Woods by April Henry
My rating: DNF
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Source: Netgalley review copy

In this new series told from multiple perspectives, teen members of a search and rescue team discover a dead body in the woods.

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear, and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own

The characters in this book are well written, and I feel like they all have their own voice, so that part of the story is good. Unfortunately the plot just isn't to my taste. I'm not really enjoying this at all, so I'm going to stop reading, about halfway through.

I've found that I don't really care about the mystery aspect of this, and it's just not my type of book. I feel like those who grew up on Nancy Drew and are still looking for that kind of thing may like it. Or even a new generation who is looking for books about teenagers solving mysteries might like it.