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- Foxblood #1: A Brush with the Moon
on Jan. 21, 2013
Overall: This book was good. I enjoyed the story line and the characters. I also liked the setting, it sounded very pretty. I liked the idea behind the Sophie and Tokala thing. If you've read it you know what I am talking about. I wish it went more into detail there, because I really liked that. I'm not a huge fan of vampire and werewolf books, but this one was a better one. It was a little unsuspenseful but maybe I wasn't emotionally invested in the story for some weird reason. I just didn't connect fully with them and their thoughts/feelings. This book reminded me of All That We See or Seem. I did a review on that book a little while ago. I just don't think this type of book is my cup of tea, you know? All-in-all it was good. There wasn't anything that I absolutely hated about it, but there also wasn't anything I loved.
Characters: Sophie kind of annoyed me. She would lead people on, and then get mad when they responded to her advances. She claims she wasn't a slut, like Lara, but that's exactly what she was. Basically she was a hypocrite. But other than that part of her, she was very sweet and nice. One other thing I didn't like was she was always endangering herself, and then yelling at someone else for not saving her fast enough. Its like then don't go looking for danger. I did like her connection with the fox and stuff. Its hard to explain without spoiling anything, so I will just leave it at that.
I also loved Connor. Seb also made me a little mad, but Connor was always there for Sophie. It was very sweet and he put up with all of her crap. It was so very cute.
Quotes: None that I can think of right now.
Recommend?: Yes, if you like the vamp/werewolf type of books. Im not a huge fan of these, but if you are I would greatly recommend it. 3.5 stars.
- You Are Mine (Mine #1)
on Aug. 25, 2013
You Are Mine by Janeal Falor
*I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*
*Cover and Description from Goodreads*
Description: Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.
Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.
Overall: ...............I need a moment to compose myself. This book was absolutely beautiful and perfect and everything you could ever want for a dystopian YA book. It is the story of a girl, Serena, living in a time where men are warlocks and rule women like they are property. When I first started reading, I was so taken aback by how harsh and disturbing the way the men treated the women, but hang in there. It gets so good. The setting was absolutely perfect, the plot was SO good. Twists and turns every second it seems. Serena was not clingy or overly emotional, she was strong and brave and hard-headed. Her story didn't even focus on love as much as it would seem, but more on how she can protect her family now that she is gone and how she will adapt to being owned by someone other than her father. I honestly could not stop reaidng this book after the time I started it. I got those anxious butterflies in my stomach when you really want to read but cant at the moment. The plot was different from most of the dystopian, fantasy, Ya books, which was refreshing. You know which ones i'm talking about, the ache to read that book. Let's see, what else can I say other than to read it now before you miss out? Get the book here or here!
Characters: I loved Serena, like I said before. I absolutely adored Zade....he was kind and sensitive and so freaking sweet and shy. He is my boyfriend, I called dibs! I also liked Katherine, who I could perfectly picture and fell in love with! I loved Cynthia, Serena's sister, who was always there for her. I could go on and on about all of these characters.
Quotes: I couldn't highlight any because my phone hates me, but here are a few that I can find.
"The pain is already receding from where he hit me, but the damage has been done."
"They are the shadows I've always been taught they are. But don't I sometimes do the same with Father and my family? Stand back where I can't be seen, waiting and watching."
Recommend?: 1000000/5 stars. You can round it to 5/5 stars. So amazing! Read it now! Please? For me?
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- Mine to Spell (Mine #2)
on May 30, 2014
Mine to Spell by Janeal Falor:
*I received this in ebook format in exchange for an honest review*
Overall: This is the second book in the Mine Series, check out my review of the first one, You Are Mine, here! In case you don't check that out, I gave it 5/5 stars. This book is told from the second eldest sister's perspective, Cynthia. The girls live in a world where women are expected to be submissive to the dominating male warlocks, but Cynthia, following her sister's lead, rebels. This book is just as good as the first, if not better. I thought the idea to change the perspective to another sister was a genius idea to keep telling the same storyline without telling the exact same story. The plot draws you in by page two and it never lets go. This story deals with deep issues like sexism and prejudice while keeping the reader intrigued with action and adrenaline. The speech, while old English(y) doesn't seem choppy or difficult like that sort of dialect sometimes is. The relationships between characters are the high point for me, especially between Cynthia and a man named Lukas. I love the fact that these books don't center love overcoming everything. In many YA books, once the girl falls in love, all her issues fall away, but in this, sexism still exists *gasp*. The author focuses more on the strength of the women and the struggle against discrimination, while allowing the romance aspect to add to the plot as a smaller detail. The setting is described clearly and leaves enough to the reader's imagination. One of my favorite aspects of these books, more the first than this one, is the fashion aspect. A tarnished, what they call slaves, named Katherine is a wonderful seamstress for the girls and makes them *gasp* breeches, forbidden for women to wear. Just the idea of rebelling by wearing certain clothes or changing a hairstyle is so fitting for this rebellion. I found the scenes with all of the girls in the ballroom to remind me greatly of Entwined by Heather Dixon, which I gave 5/5 stars, my review here! The tournament had just enough twists and turns to leave me shocked, especially in the last duel. The whole book is lovely, absolutely lovely.
Characters: All of the characters had distinctive, unique personalities, which shined in this book. Cynthia is a spitfire to a t. Serena is just as caring as ever. Zade just about broke my hear when he finally broke down about his feelings. Lukas is just the sweetest man I've ever read. Katherine is so strong and rebellious for being a tarnished. Everyone was simply amazing.
Quotes: Since I read it on my Kindle, I don't have pictures, but these are my favorite quotes.
"They've taken what's mine. And I want it back."
"Freedom. A word more magical than any spell I can cast."
Rating: 5/5 stars. I adore this book with my whole heart!