Book Name:
The Iron King
Author/s: Julie Kagawa
Language English
Publisher, year: Harlequin Teen, 2010
Page total: 363
Date Read: October 20th-21st 2010
Genre/s: YA, Fantasy, Faeries, Romance
Synopsis/Description: Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.
First line of Book:Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared.
Review:The Iron King is a novel I was not sure of. Faeries were never my thing, but this seemed so interesting. So I got it anyway.

As it turns out, it was very entertaining.
I found myself liking Meghan from the beginning. I thought she was sensible, most of the times, and not whiny. I really started respecting her after she talked to her father for the first time.
Puck sounds like a very interesting character, though we don't get to know him that well, but I'll have to wait and see.
ash was another character I didn't fully understand. In the beginning, all I saw was a mask, but I knew he was more than the cruel, cold-hearted bastard he showed. I don't know how, because he didn't to anything...special - if you know what I mean- but I still liked him, which was odd.

I really liked Kagawa's writing and though the story was not entirely unpredictable, it was still enjoyable.

The fairies were based on Shakespeare's A midsummer Night's Dream, and though I've read it, I don't remember it very well, so I can't tell you how close and faithful they are to the original ones. However, in terms of myths, they were not very original, with the exception of the Iron Fey.

I want to know how it will turn out in the end, I really do. If you like faeries stories, you might like it.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"Bravo," said Grimalkin, peering down from Cold Tom's chest. "The Winter prince and Oberon's jester agreeing on something. The world must be ending."

"Technically, I was trying to kill Puck. You just happened to be there. But yes, if I'd had the shot, I would have taken it. "





Book Name: The Lost Hero
Author/s: Rick Riordan
Language English
Publisher, year: Hyperion Books for Children
Page total: 557
Date Read: October 21st 2010
Genre/s: Middle Grade, Mythology, Fantasy, Fiction
Synopsis/Description:
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper. His best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids”, as Leo puts it. What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea — except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.
First line of Book:Even before he got electrocuted, Jason was having a rotten day.

Review: I have to admit that I, as many of other people, I'm sure, wasn't sure if i'd like this new story with new demigods that were NOT Percy.

However, after reading the first chapters, I was very happy to know he would be a part of it, even though he'd not be one of the main characters anymore.

But what i didn't expect was to like this new set of characters as much as the ones from PJ- this is written from Piper, Jason, and Leo's POVs in the 3rd person, which gives us some distance but still allows us to really know them. I really liked Jason, Piper and Leo, and the other characters too- and imagine what I felt when I found some old characters in here!! I was thrilled!

Jason is a likable hero, who, even though knows nothing of his past (and future), keeps going and is a great leader.
Piper, who I really admired and liked - apart from a minor thing that kept bugging me in the beginning about her dream - was a great heroine, even after all that happened to her throughout the story.
And Leo, who thinks he's nothing but is very wrong.

Riordan manages to create a new twist on the demigod world, which I loved. And it still has his trademark humour, though it's written in a more serious tone.
Though the plot was somewhat predictable - what would happen next, who the villain was, who would betray them, the ending, all of these were easily perceived - and repetitive, overall, it was very enjoyable and now, a few days after reading this, I still can't take the characters out of my head, thinking of what will happen next, in THE SON OF NEPTUNE, which will be released in the fall of 2011.

I can't wait.
You won't either.
You'll want to know how it'll turn out in the end, how it will all be resolved.
Rating: 5/5
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Quotes from book:
"Can we just call them storm spirits?” Leo asked. “Venti makes them sound like evil espresso drinks."

"No, no,” Leo said. “Rainbows. Very macho."

"Destroy it?' Leo was appalled. 'You've got a life-size bronze dragon, and you want to destroy it?'
'It breathes fire,' Nyssa explained. 'It's deadly and out of control.'
'But it's a dragon!"

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Hi, IMM is a weekly meme hosted by the story siren and it's for us to show the books we got each week.
These are the books i got:

HEX HALL (HEX HALL #1) by Rachel Hawkins
THE FALL (CHERUB #7) by Robert Muchamore
PARANORMALCY (PARANORMALCY #1) by Kiersten White
THE IRON KING (THE IRON FEY #1) by Julie Kagawa
TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler
INFINITE DAYS (VAMPIRE QUEEN #1) by Rebecca Maizel
THE MAZE RUNNER (MAZER RUNNER #1) by James Dashner
I AM NUMBER FOUR (LORIEN LEGACIES #1) by Pittacus Lore (Pseudonym)
THE LOST HERO (HEROES OF OLYMPUS #1) by Rick Riordan
THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger
THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff
INSIDE OUT (INSIDE OUT #1) by Maria V. Snyder
FIRELIGHT (FIRELIGHT #1) by Sophie Jordan
NEVERMORE (NEVERMORE #1) by Kelly Creagh

That's all - All but the first two -which I bought in Portuguese - came from Amazon this week.
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It's time for another round of Hopping!!!

our first candidate is crazy-for-books's Book Blog Hop:
Book Blogger Hop

"When you read a book that you just can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?"

hmm, that's tricky. If the book shows potential, I may give it more time, but if after 1/3 of boredom, I move on. If I completely dislike it, then I move on. I do that very rarely though. I'm not going to waste my time (I don't have much to spend anyway) in unworthy things.

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and our next candidate is...Follow Friday, hosted by Parajunkee!


hmm, this week I'd suggest The Sky is Everywhere because, for some reason I really want to re-read it. Maybe it's because of the beautiful writing. Nah, it's probably because of Joe; I absolutely love Joe ;)
(read my review here)

Have a great weekend and don't forget to leave your link so I can follow you back!!

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Book Name:
Evermore
Author/s:Alison Noël
Language English
Publisher, year: Macmillan, 2009
Page total: 356
Date Read: October 3rd 2010
Genre/s: YA, paranormal romance, urban fantasy
Synopsis/Description: Sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom is the sole survivor of a car accident that killed her family. Exiled to sunny California. Ever is haunted by her little sister and by the ability to see people's auras, hear their thoughts and know their entire life story by touching them. She wants to hide from the world, but when a stunningly handsome guy arrives at school, she can't seem to keep away. Falling in love with Damen is dangerous - he's not what he seems. But if Damen is her destiny, how can Ever walk away?
First line of Book:"Guess who?"

Review:This was a disappointment. A huge disappointment.

Where can I start? I'll start with the bad things.
Our dear heroine completely pissed me off. She was whiny, boring and a wuss. Really. I was so tired of her after the first 50 pages or so. Her attitudes almost made me pull my hair off, seriously. I'm not even going to tell you what she did, because we'd be here all day long.
And Damen. Are you kidding me? Why the hell couldn't they just be together? It was way too much drama.
Now, Damen is totally not like Edward. Because, you know, a guy who is over protective, that breaks into a girl's room and that is completely, inhumanly gorgeous, yet aloof and sometimes strangely bipolar is so not Edward-y Because a guy who says "I cant stay away from you" is not. Edward-y. At all.

Right...

The plot was predictable, and, not surprisingly, I was not surprised by what they are (the series is called The Immortals, do you want any more hints than that?). However, I did not dislike the writing and, even though Ever (who names their kid Ever, anyway?) doesn't like her psychic abilities, I thought they were pretty cool. I'd skip school, like some people in the story too! They were very underdeveloped, and that was a pity.

I would recommend this for Paranormal Romance lovers and...that's all.
Rating: 2/5
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Quotes from book:
"I guess by now I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence."



"You never know what you have till you've lost it"
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Book Name:
Iron Kissed
Author/s: Patricia Briggs
Language English
Publisher, year: Ace, 2008
Page total: 287
Date Read:October 1st-3rd 2010
Genre/s: Adult Fiction, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Synopsis/Description: When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life-whether she wants to or not.
First line of Book:"A cowboy, a lawyer and a mechanic watched Queen of the Damned", I murmured

Review: I have to say, this is my favorite so far.

We don't get much of vampires in this third installment, but we get lots of werewolf and faerie action.

I like the faeries in this series, according to the little I already knew about faeries, they were the closest to the myths and it is always nice. I really like the way fae speak, and the way you have to speak with them because you don't just have to pay attention to what they say-you also have to pay attention to what they don't. Creative truth-telling is awesome like that.

I also like pack dynamics. It's just like with real wolves. Cool. *nods appreciatively*

The plot was not unpredictable, dome things I suspected would happen. Like the villain. To me it was pretty obvious that it wasn't ____________ but ______________.

I love the way Briggs writes, it's easy and descriptive, condensed but not in a boring way.

The ending, I loved. I mean, the last 50 pages or so. Very dramatic and full of action, and we get to know more about Ben!!! I like him more now.

I recommend this series to fantasy lovers and people who like adult fiction.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"Some people are like Slinkies.They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs."

"Cheeses crusty, got all musty, got damp on the stone of a peach,” I agreed. He looked blank, so I repeated it with proper emphasis. “ ChEEZ-zes crusty. Got Al -musty. Got DAMp on the StoneofapeaCH."

"The warmth of his body shouldn’t have felt good. He was angry and every muscle was tense. It was like being leaned on by a very heavy, warm brick. A sexy brick."

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Book Name:
Blood Bound
Author/s:Patricia Briggs
Language English
Publisher, year: Ace, 2007
Page total: 292
Date Read: September 29th-30th 2010
Genre/s: Adult fiction, urban Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis/Description: Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.
But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.
First line of Book:Like most people who own their own businesses, I work long hours that start early in the morning.
Review:Briggs did it again. Really, I already love this series!

The story was never boring, the characters were realistic and it had action and humour and romance and I loved it!

We get to know Stefan better, and the vampire society too, and let me tell you, I really, really like Stefan. Sure, he's a vampire but he's still sweet and as humane as possible.

The villain was very interesting too. I'd never thought of sorcery as demon possession, but it is kind of right, I guess. The fact that he was not only a sorcerer, but also a vampire was also really cool.

Anyway, this is a great book, as good as the first, and Mercy still totally kicks butt. I'm just sayin'.

Now seriously.

Read it.
Read the darn book.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"Never trust a mechanic who drives new cars. They're either charging too much money for their work, or they can't keep an old car running - maybe both."

"Damn it" I said "I don't suppose you have any ideas on how to kill Littleton" He smiled at me, his teeth very white in the darkness of his face "Eat him" he said."

"Now, I'm not very vain. If I'd ever been, making my living covered in various grease and dirt mixtures would have cured me quickly. Still, I wasn't up to facing two sexy men when I had one eye swollen mostly shut and half of my face black and blue."

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Hi,

I am so happy because I now have more than 100 followers!!!

To celebrate I'm probably going to host a giveaway so...yeah, stay in tune!!

*happy dance*

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Book Name: O Apelo da Lua
Author/s: Patricia Briggs
Language Portuguese
Original Title: Moon Called
Publisher, year: Saída de Emergência, 2010
Page total: 288
Date Read: September 25th-26th 2010
Genre/s: Urban Fantasy, Adult fiction
Synopsis/Description: Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they'll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I'm not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too.

Mercy Thompson's sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.

She's tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.

But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself ... and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.
First line of Book: I didn't realize he was a werewolf at first.

Review: You know how sometimes you read a book that's a little out of your comfort zone but you end up liking it a lot more than some books inside it? That's what happened.

I love Mercy. She totally kicks ass and is irreverent and so awesome without showing off. I liked her almost instantly. Adam... not so much, but I ended up loving him too! My love of werewolves is growing due to this series, really! My favorite though, the one I can probably relate the most, is Stefan. Who doesn't love a vampire with a Mystery Machine Van? I do. He's now the epitome of what all vamps should be but are not. Well, not really but I still like him.

The story is really good, with a great plot and good writing and some really good twists. I especially liked the importance of body language to werewolves. That was really interesting. That and what Mercy is, I'd never heard of walkers before.

I will continue reading this series, and I think I'm going to give my copy to the library and get one in English, but not now.
I recommend it, even if you don't usually read adult fantasy, because this is REALLY GOOD.
Rating: 4/5
Quotes from book:
"Mine" he said.
Adam's eyes narrowed."I don't think so.She is mine."
It would of been flattering,I thought,except that at least one of them was talking about dinner and i wasn't certain about the other."

"Bran was the only person I knew who could use words like "blackguard" and make them sound like swear words-but then he could have said "bunny rabbit" in that tone of voice and weaken my spine with the same shiver of fear."

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Book Name: 1st to Die
Author/s: James Patterson
Language English
Publisher, year: Headline, 2009
Page total: 480
Date Read: September 19th-23rd 2010
Genre/s: Adult, Mystery, Crime, Romance
Synopsis/Description: Imagine a killer who thinks, "What is the worst thing anyone has ever done?"--and then goes far beyond it. Now imagine four women --a police detective, an assistant DA, a reporter, and a medical examiner --who join forces as they sidestep their bosses to track down criminals. Known as the Women's Murder Club, they are pursuing a murderer whose twisted imagination has stunned an entire city. Their chief suspect is a socially prominent writer, but the men in charge won't touch him. On the trail of the most terrifying and unexpected killer ever, they discover a shocking surprise that turns everything about the case upside down
First line of Book:It is an unusually warm night in August, but I'm shivering badly as i stand on the substantial gray stone terrace outside my apartment.

Review: Crime books aren't really my thing. They usually don't get more than two, three stars max. So why did this get four?

Well, for once, it's really good. Good enough to make me keep turning the pages, good enough-unpredictable enough- to make me gag when some things happened, good enough so that I only knew what was happening when Mr Patterson wanted me to know them.

Yes, it was that good.

Patterson balances the main character's personal and work lives really well, and though it was mainly written from Lindsay's POV, the killer gets to speak too. In fact, another thing I loved so much was that we already knew who the killer was. Well, sort of, that's how good Patterson is.

I already knew The Women's Murder Club TV series (and I loved it-when I was still watching it) but I still didn't know it would be this good.

I've already ordered 2ND CHANCE and I'd recommend this one for those who either like the genre and want something good in it, or those, like me, who don't usually read this kind of books but want to get out of their comfort zone.
Rating: 4/5
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It's time for another Book Party at crazy-for-books and for Parajunkee's meme, Follow Friday.

Book Blogger Hop

This Week's question is:

"How do you spread the word about your blog?
(e.g. Social Networking sites, Book Blog Directories, comments on other blogs...)"

hmm I usually talk about my blog on Goodreads and I tweet my reviews. That's all, I think.

FF:

Happy early birthday, Savannah. What books have bitten you??


this is a hard one. I have to say that when I first read The Twilight Saga, I read it 5 times or so. The result: I am now SO SICK of that series! So I don't reread that many books. At least I try to wait a year or almost, but there are some books that totally bit me! The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, for example. And some books with some fantastic writing I have to read again. Others are By The Time You Read This I'll Be Dead, Wintergirls, The Giver, Beastly, Before I Fall, The Sky is Everywhere and even If I Stay.

Have a great weekend,
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