☄ Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review: The Faerie War by Rachel Morgan (An Empty Character Is a Glass With No Milk...)

The Faerie War by Rachel Morgan

Creepy Hollow #3
Author:
Rachel Morgan
Publication Date: October 21, 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

Driven by action, suspense, and a strong heroine, this deliciously detailed, bestselling YA fantasy will keep you turning the pages right up until the epic conclusion...

Violet Fairdale is in big trouble. Her home is gone, her beloved forest lies in ruins, the guy she gave her heart to has deserted her—and she doesn’t remember any of it. The powerful Lord Draven is taking over, brainwashing guardians into fighting for him. No one is safe from the evil spreading throughout the fae world.

As alliances are forged between the remaining free fae, Vi struggles to reclaim her identity and figure out where she belongs in this new world. When someone from her past shows up, life gets even more complicated. He brings with him a long-forgotten weapon and an ancient prophecy that places Vi at the center of the fight against Draven. With the future of the fae world at stake, can Vi carry out the prophecy’s instructions before it’s too late?
Review copy provided by eBooks for Review – thanks!

I find I actually enjoyed The Faerie War despite its differences to the first two books in the Creepy Hollow series. The third and final book in Violet's story happens approximately a month after the events in The Faerie Prince, telling it from both Ryn's and Violet's view.

The Faerie War is... different, per say. Since Violet doesn't have her memories this time around, Morgan seems to write in an entirely different way that I somehow find really weird. Violet isn't the same as she is in the first two books – her memories are obviously gone, but I didn't find much of Violet's snarkiness, sass, and sarcasm that I find when I look back to the first books in the series. There are hints of the old Violet, but other than that, Morgan writes in a formal way that makes Violet seem quite distant, aloof, and empty.

Reading from Ryn's view was a little confusing at first. It's completely different from Violet's as his side of the story goes way back when – just before the faerie world flips upside down and everything goes straight to hell. It took awhile to actually figure out when his story started taking place and how it all worked, but after putting the pieces together, I actually enjoyed Ryn's side of the story.

I was pretty disappointed when we went back to Violet's part, knowing that Violet was going to be just as distant and aloof as she was when we first meet her in the third book. To my delight, she does become a little more sassier and has a bit more sarcasm when we meet her once more, which fortunately doesn't make her sound like an empty glass of milk.
“Does that mean you agree with me? You’re not angry with me? You … think my bony ankle makes a good pillow?”
The ending to The Faerie War and Violet's story isn't exactly mind blowing. Violet's confrontation with Draven seemed to mainly consist of Draven threatening Violet – not exactly my cup of tea. I still enjoyed the entire happily ever after aspect, but like with most endings these days... I'm just not feeling it.

4.5 Owls

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☄ Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan (Slow, but Interesting)

The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan

Creepy Hollow #2
Author:
Rachel Morgan
Publication Date: May 30, 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

Packed with spine-tingling intrigue and swoonworthy romance, the plot thickens in this YA fantasy from Amazon bestselling author, Rachel Morgan...

Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.
Review copy provided by eBooks for Review – thanks!

It's weird to get back into a series after over an entire year. Everything that happened back in the first Creepy Hollow book has either been entirely forgotten or stored away and wouldn't be recovered unless Rachel Morgan refreshed me in the sequel.

I suppose the memorable ones – the ones I'm extremely passionate or enraged about are the ones that are remembered. Someone do an experiment on this. I digress.

The second book in the Creepy Hollow series brings us back to Creepy Hollow (of course), shortly after Violet was handed over to the Unseelie Court by Nate, a half human and half faerie she fell in love with. Violet and Ryn decide to forget their ugly past and become friends, and Violet gets her final assignment as a trainee before becoming a guardian and finding out whether or not she gets the top prize of her graduating class.

The Faerie Prince isn't exactly as action-packed this time, mainly focusing on Violet's final assignment as a trainee before graduation – definitely the slowest out of all three books in this first arc of the series (I just hope Morgan doesn't pull off a Cassandra Clare/Erin Hunter). It's more of an observe, lose magic, and walk home – in midst of developing the overall plot of the first arc and Violet's relationship with Ryn.

Reading The Faerie Prince probably opened up my eyes on quite a few things about the series that I probably wouldn't have noticed while reading the first book, and had I actually read the first book again this year, I may not have rated it as high as I did. However, the series definitely has the majority of everything I would want in a book:

A fantastic main character – Violet is just like any other ordinary teenager, even if she's not a human. She has her moments and her quirks. She's extremely determined, wanting to do things on her own if at all possible without any help. She also kicks butt and she has an attitude filled with sass and the occasional sarcasm that makes the book more entertaining. It certainly made the second book entertaining. I suppose part of that sarcasm is to be blamed on Ryn.

The writing – It's fantastic. The way Morgan writes, you can almost feel Violet's emotions – her anxiety, fear, nervousness, happiness, joy, etc.
Oh dear Seelie Queen I'm going to trip in these heels and land on my butt and my dress will tear right down the middle and everyone will see my ridiculous enchanted underwear and –
A world I want to live in – I would love to live in Creepy Hollow. It might just be the faeries and other cool creatures (like Filigree, who I want as a pet), but I imagine the world to be absolutely magical and fantastical. I even want a story from another guild, so long as the traditions are different. Maybe from another creature? (I repeat: I seriously don't want a bunch of spin-offs, but that topic will be discussed another day.)

The ending of The Faerie Prince, however, felt a little abrupt. It also felt appropriate for some unknown reason, but with the slowness of the book, the fast ending just felt skewed and a little out of place. Everything seems to be going well and peachy for Violet, but all of a sudden, everything just falls apart and the book ends.

I'm not too sure how I feel about that.

4.5 Owls

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☄ Friday, July 3, 2015

Review: Soul Possessed by Katlyn Duncan (Sophia's Soul is Intact, Thank You Very Much)

Soul Possessed by Katlyn Duncan

The Life After #2
Author:
Katlyn Duncan
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Publisher: Carina UK
Reviewer: Sophia

Life after Life

Now Maggie has been given the chance of her after-life to become a Guard, nothing will stand in her way. Not even the undeniable attraction she feels for her trainer and past love--Jackson. But when the battle between Shadowed and Guard begins again which side will she choose?

When her boss, Felix, partners Jackson and Maggie up with Ally and Cooper to investigate terrifying Shadowed activity in a small New England town, she doesn't think it could get any worse. Jackson and Cooper barely tolerate each other and this time, Maggie isn't just proving her loyalty to the Guard during one mission...she has a side mission too. One so secret and so dangerous she can't tell a soul...
Review copy provided by Barclay Publicity – thanks!

Dear Soul Possessed,

I have mixed feelings about you. Very mixed feelings.

I didn't make an attempt to predict you as I had with your older brother. I find that not predicting is sometimes more fun. But I am not mind blown. I find that I'm not that mind blown with a lot of books these days, because when you get to a certain amount of books, some things tend to be repetitive.

But you, Soul Possessed, have something that I like about you. Your world. The After sounds awesome – I think I probably mentioned that back in Soul Taken. I also want to know more about the wards that appear quite often, but I'm probably not going to get much of an answer if I look again into your depths and many layers.

Obviously, I don't like the villain. But I don't feel anything for the "demonic" presence within you. I'm that bystander who watches a little kid get pushed and pulled on the playground by the big kid and his cronies, and I do nothing. I just sit and watch as the events play out and feel nothing at all.

You are that weird one that I like but don't feel anything for. It's like a best friend having a crush on you and finally making a move, only finding out after making the move that you don't feel anything for that friend. Just an affection. A fondness. Something that you would feel for a brother.

I don't know if I want to meet your little brother. I want to, maybe just for the sense of finality. But I don't want to, because I'm pretty sure I'll feel the same way for him as I do for you.

I am sorry to inform you, Soul Possessed, that my soul is not possessed by you. But there will be others who will be possessed by your world and your characters, and simply everything there is about you, because I'm sure you deserve it. I'm just not one of them.

Sincerely,
Unpossessed Soul

2.5 Owls

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☄ Thursday, July 2, 2015

April-June Quarterly Wrap-Up (Sophia Whipped this Up in 30 Minutes)

One part of me decided not to do a wrap-up - July is pretty full and I'm already chugging through August (that's how productive I am in the summer). A second part of me decided to do a wrap-up later... before school started. And a third part decided to do a wrap-up without all the bells and whistles (le reviews and whatnot).

Real Life

  • I got my ACT scores back. What's absolutely funny and maybe ironic? Math is my highest. I cannot Trig as well as I Geometry for the life of me. Fun fact: I'm getting sent to community college (only because my parents prefer I get a full ride scholarship). My mom's given up on her dreams of me being a doctor. I'll have better luck playing an Asian character.
  • I got a 2-in-1 stylus for my tablet. Should that stylus not be helpful, I always have a pen with me. I won't be trusting anyone with it.

Reading

  • I spent June catching up on ARCs. All of those are now done and I'm working through August (Sorry. Only requesting October-December.).
  • I've mapped out the rest of my summer reads. It includes book club (shockingly I've read the other two and just need to read Steelheart) and books on my Kindle (now tablet, which I call Tabby). Oh, and An Ember in the Ashes.
  • Shatter Me becomes a TV show. Lupe is currently fangirling nonstop. I actually do need to get around to Shatter Me.
  • Glass Sword is the title to Red Queen's sequel. Marvelous book. Simply marvelous. I haven't been surprised by endings in ages. *applauds Victoria Aveyard* You are definitely something I'm recommending to book club as soon as school starts.
  • I put a "bug" (of sorts) in a librarian's ear about Hello, I Love You. It's kpop. Maybe I'll write a post about song recommendations later in August since the blogging world is a bit intrigued. ;)
  • Biggest book since Deathly Hollow. I've found it! It's 698 pages worth of story and it'll be 700 if you put in the acknowledgements and about the author pages.

Blogging

  • I got a domain!!! Lupe is my unfortunate guinea pig in trying to set up that whole email thing without making everyone leave their "home" servers. It also went a bit disastrous... let's just say Lupe ended up setting up my email as an alias by accident. Totally not acceptable. :p
  • Almost everything is out of date. Excuse me if I ignore any requests - we're pretty much operating behind the scenes. Oops. Hopefully everything will be updated in early August...
  • Ella and Lupe celebrate their first blogoversary! (Ella blogs over at Once Upon a Bookish Time and Lupe at Catching Bookz).
  • Us bloglings here at Bookwyrming Thoughts are currently whipping up a series of group posts.
Reviews, Discussions, And Other Blogging Shenanigans
  • The 5th Wave - I totally DNFed it and the world now knows it. I am not ashamed.
  • Letters, letters, and more letters! - The Winner's Crime. Tomorrow I write a letter to Soul Possessed by Katlyn Davis.
  • I need to play around with more parallel worlds - with audio and physical/electronic. - A Thousand Pieces of You and The Corridor
  • Snow Like Ashes - I never thought I would ever cheer for both sides of a love triangle again. Also... it got chosen by book club for the summer. Eeep! ^_^
  • Gathering Frost - I've found the Sleeping Beauty retelling of my dreams.
What's up in your world?

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☄ Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Release Day Blast + Giveaway: Darkness Brutal by Rachel A. Marks

Title: Darkness Brutal (The Dark Cycle #1)
Author: Rachel A. Marks
Links: Amazon | Goodreads
Publication Date: July 1, 2015
Publisher: Skyscape

Aidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Since then, every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Living in the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles, Aidan has managed to protect his sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer.

In desperation, Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. In their company, Aidan believes he’s finally found a haven for Ava. But when he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, he awakens powers he didn’t know he had―and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness.

With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness at bay and accept his brilliant, terrifying destiny?

Author Bio

Rachel A. Marks is a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory.

Check out www.RachelAnneMarks.com for a sample chapter!
Check out @RachelAnneMarks to chat with the author!

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☄ Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ARC Review: The Corridor by A.N. Willis (Earthling Sophia is Happy)

The Corridor by A.N. Willis

The Corridor #1
Author:
A.N. Willis
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Reviewer: Sophia

Infinite worlds. Endless possibilities . . .

Stel Alaster has never known life without the Corridor. It appeared suddenly seventeen years ago, the only portal to a parallel version of our world—Second Earth. Everyone on First Earth fears Mods, the genetically modified Second Earthers who built the Corridor. They are too smart, too strong, and have powers that can’t be controlled. Any Mod found on First Earth is branded, then detained in the Corridor’s research labs.

Only Stel has a dangerous secret. She has a power, too: She can open a portal to Second Earth . . . and several other parallel universes she’s discovered. If anyone ever finds out, she’ll be imprisoned, no better than a Mod or common lab rat.

But when the Corridor starts to fail, emitting erratic bursts of energy that could destroy First Earth, Stel must risk everything to save the people and world she loves. With the help of an escaped Mod and an infuriatingly arrogant boy from a third universe, Stel sets out to unravel the mysteries of the Corridor and stabilize it before it’s too late. The fate of every world lies in the balance. . . .
Advanced copy provided by Alloy Entertainment via Netgalley for review – thanks!

It seems, that books relating to parallel universes are like mermaid books and contemporary books: I either get along with them, or I don't get along with them.

It's no brainer that a book involving parallel universes as A Thousand Pieces of You and The Corridor have would be extremely scientific in its explanation. An information dump is (or maybe just a dumbing down of information) bound to happen if the authors want me to make sense of their parallel universes.

But somehow, I enjoyed a story concocted by A.N. Willis far more than a story concocted by Claudia Gray (parallel universes related – I DO like Claudia Gray's other works), even if my first thoughts reading the first chapter was, "Oh, no. Parallel universes. Please don't disappoint me, A.N. Willis."

I find that I'm actually not disappointed – I really enjoyed the first book in the Corridor series, and I was pretty engrossed with Willis' writing. I wanted to know more than what the author actually wrote – Estele's power, Dr. Taber's betrayal years ago. I even found myself interested in the science of the universes that the scientists were seeing and the different "Earths" Estele visits using her power. And I am not generally a science person, regardless of the fact I think Chemistry is easy and passed it with a fabulous A-.

(Maybe I'm a chemistry kid rather than a physical science or biology kid. I guess I can't run away from math after all. What if I'm an accountant one day?!?!?! I won't complain, of course, since it's baby math...)

There were moments that I found myself confused on which Earth the characters were talking about – each world has different names for each of the other Earth. The original Earth simply went with First Earth, Second Earth, and possibly so and so forth if they found any more. Estele went with calling First Earth and Second Earth whatever the scientists called them, and came up with names that were significant to that Earth when she first visits. Another version of Earth was further advanced and found more twelve Earths in total, and went with the zodiac in naming each of them. I found that while the more advanced Earth was far more complicated, Estele's version seemed to make things a lot more clearer in matching up the Earths.

Possibly the biggest difference between A Thousand Pieces of You and The Corridor was how Marguerite actually uses a device while Estele somehow has a power to travel across worlds. I personally found that really cool and interesting, and as mentioned earlier, I wanted to know more about that power as much as Estele did.

By the time I actually got to the end of the book, I was pretty disappointed... in a good way. I suppose Willis did disappoint me after all. I honestly have no clue where the author is going with the series, but I'm hoping the sequel will be just as good as the first one is.

4.5 Owls

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☄ Sunday, June 28, 2015

Movie Review: The Fault In Our Stars (Sophia's Hunt Continues)



The Fault In Our Stars
Based on the novel by John Green
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff
Release Date: June 6, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13


Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.



Well, I finally got the chance to watch this. (Lupe: ABOUT TIME, SOPHIA.)

The Fault in Our Stars, based on the bestselling novel by John Green, is about a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster with cancer and spends most of her time going to support group, eating meds, and living life as normally as possible. She hates going to support group, until she meets Augustus Waters, who lost a leg due to cancer.

Let's just say I like how the movie is quite accurate to the book, and how there are quotes implemented from the book. Then again, I love it when movies are accurate with the book version, or as close to accurate as can be (yes, I understand there's a budget and some things are highly unnecessary, but is dying hair really that expensive?). It simply made things more enjoyable (as enjoyable as someone who entertained herself while partially doing chemistry).

I'm also going to put it out there that I didn't cry. At all. With both book and movie. I actually found the movie absolutely hilarious, until you get to the end, where everything is all serious (Lupe: *sputters* What? How could you say that?!). I never really found Isaac's singing, Augustus asking Hazel about her wish, the meeting with Peter Van Houten, or the egg throwing really funny until I had the visual version right in front of me.

(I'm apparently a visual person. A very fatal flaw in the reading portion of the ACT where I must read every word to comprehend the story.)

Shailene Woodley didn't do too bad in portraying Hazel. She's more emotional and "normal" here than she is in Divergent, which is an entirely different spectrum, but I'm with everyone that says she's better as Tris than Hazel. It just feels really weird having Woodley portraying Hazel. (I suppose the very fact I watched Divergent several days before I watched The Fault in Our Stars didn't help too much.)

The Fault in Our Stars, per say, is just a movie with an adorable romance and hilarious moments. Thus, the hunt for a movie that will make me cry continues (Clockwork Princess, If I Stay and Ever After are ties in the book department).

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