Mini Review: The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

dragonslayerThe Last Dragonslayer (The Last Dragonslayer #1) by Jasper Fforde

Details: Hardcover, 296 pages
Published: October 2nd 2012 by Harcourt Children’s Books (first published 2010)
Source: I bought it.
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 5 stars

Summary: In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

Review: I read The Last Dragonslayer because it was picked for a book club that I’m in, and I am so glad I read it. I have been wanting to read something by this author for a while, and now that I have, I want to read everything by him.

It is incredible. It is so hard to put down because of how fun and well written it is. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to read something by Jasper Fforde.

Please pick this book up. You will love it. I promise.

Mini Review: A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso

a shimmer of angelsA Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight #1) by Lisa M. Basso

Details: Paperback, 321 pages
Published: January 29th 2013 by Month9Books, LLC
Source: I got it for review.
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 4 stars

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can’t admit to seeing?

Review: Such a great book. I’m not the biggest fan of books about angels, but I really enjoyed this one. The only thing that kept me from loving it, and giving it five stars, is the fact that the main character, Rayna, annoyed me sometimes. It didn’t happen too often though, and when it did, I wasn’t that annoyed. Just a little. Everything else, I loved.

Overall, I really liked A Shimmer of Angels, and I can’t wait for book two, A Slither of Hope.

Mini Review: Parallel Visions by Cheryl Rainfield

parallel visionsParallel Visions (Teen Psychic #1) by Cheryl Rainfield

Details: Paperback, 146 pages
Published: November 20th 2012 by Rain and Sun Press (first published November 15th 2012)
Source: I got it for review.
Buy it: Amazon
My Rating: 4 stars

Summary: Visions can kill you. Would you risk your life to save someone else’s?

Kate sees psychic visions of the future and the past—but only when she’s having an asthma attack. When she “sees” her sister being beaten, she needs more visions to try to save her, along with a suicidal classmate—but triggering her asthma could kill her. Parallel Visions is the story of one brave, caring girl whose unusual gifts put her own life in danger.

A new YA fantasy from the award-winning author of SCARS and HUNTED.

Review: I love Cheryl Rainfield. Scars is one of my favorite books. So when I got the chance to read Parallel Visions, I was beyond excited and started reading it right away.

This is another one of those books that I enjoyed so much that writing a review for it is difficult. I only had one problem with it, and that was the length. I wanted it to be longer. It worked well but I wanted more.

If you haven’t read anything by Cheryl Rainfield, you must. Right now.

Waiting on Wednesday: #12

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

meltingMelting the Snow on Hester Street by Daisy Waugh
Expected publication: March 28th 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers

Rich. Beautiful. Damned.

Sumptuously evoking the Golden Age of Hollywood, a time when money is built on greed and love can be a trick of the light, Daisy Waugh’s stunning new novel is a compelling portrait of love, fame, and survival.

It is the blistering summer of 1929 and Hollywood’s glamorous set appear to have it all. Everybody everywhere is living the Hollywood dream, including the elegant and charming, high-society couple, actor and actress Maximilian and Eleanor Beecham. But beneath the sophistication and glamour their insecure and unhappy marriage is on the brink of divorce and their finances are teetering on a knife’s edge after a series of failed films.

When the creditors come in to take possession of the house, it seems all is lost and they have nowhere to turn but into the arms of their waiting lovers.

But when they receive an invitation to one of the legendary weekend house parties at Hearst Castle – which they know will be filled every Hollywood big-shot around – they cannot resist one last shot of making it in the film industry. With gossip, glamour, scandal and decadence the party is the epitome of the Golden Era, but for Maximilian and Eleanor the time has come to make a decision that will change their future.

Will they sacrifice everything for fame and fortune or can Eleanor and Maximilian learn to love each other again?

Mini Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

city of lost soulsCity of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

Details: Hardcover, 535 pages
Published: May 8th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry
Source: I bought it.
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 5 stars

Summary: Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013.

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

Review: Ahhh so freaking good! I love this series so much. Every single thing about it, is perfect. I honestly don’t know how I can write a review for a book that I enjoyed this much. What can I say about it other than I loved everything? There was nothing about it I didn’t like.

If you haven’t read this series, you need to. Seriously, right now. Stop reading this and go pick up book one, City of Bones.

Mini Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

feverFever (The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano

Details: Hardcover, 341 pages
Published: February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Source: I bought it.
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 4 stars

Summary: Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous – and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion…by any means necessary.

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price – now that she has more to lose than ever.

Review: I enjoyed Fever so much more than Wither. I put off reading it for so long because I only liked the first book (three stars). I really liked this one. However, I didn’t love it and I’m not sure why. I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about it. I can’t wait for the next book. I really need to pick it up. I hope it’s just as good as Fever.

Waiting on Wednesday: #11

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

1717 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma
Expected publication: March 21st 2013 by Dutton Juvenile

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.

Review: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

helpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

Details: Hardcover, 451 pages
Published: February 10th 2009 by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Source: I borrowed it.
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 3 stars

Summary: Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women – mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends – view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

Review: I honestly have no idea what I can say about this book. It is so good, and worth five stars, but for some reason I only liked it enough to give it three.

I have been in and out of reading slumps for a while now and I was in one when I started reading The Help. I had been wanting to read it for some time and my Mom let me borrow her copy. It has brought me out of the reading slump I was in. I couldn’t put it down and now all I want to do is read.

I wish I knew why I’m only giving it the three stars, when it probably deserves the five. I enjoyed everything about this book and I didn’t have one single complaint.

Have you read The Help? Did you feel the same about it? If you haven’t read it yet, you should pick it up. It really is a great read.