Zinnia by Christina Bauer

This book starts out with Zinnia, or Zin, at age 9. She is supposed to be taking a nap with her sisters Kaps and Huntress, but naps are for losers and she is planning to make her escape to go meet LT, or Rhodes, so they can make music and magic together. Everything seems to go wrong and this loving family is separated for what seems like forever. I love the family involvement, especially the ending, it shows true love between family members. One of my favourite parts of this book is, of course, the ultra-romantic love story that literally beats all other love stories. Not to mention, the magic of music. Music is very healing for people suffering trauma and other things in real life so I thought this showed a new and brilliant perspective from Christina Bauer. To make something that is so meaningful and healthy for so many people into a force of good in this fantasy series is just amazing. Bravo!

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead, A Review

Sydney Sage is a stickler for everything to be in perfect order. So, still, she finds herself feeling weird ferrying around Vampires. However, even Sydney is beginning to wonder who the real monsters are after the climactic ending of the first book in the Bloodlines Series. This includes confusion about everything her fellow Alchemists are a part of, including (definitely) Keith.

One thing that Sydney is really worried about is how the Alchemists vehemently disapprove of any of their members actually getting close to any Vampires. While she does truly feel uneasy around her Moroi charges, she is very much so on a friendly basis with them. The thing is, that if any of the higher up Alchemists found out just how friendly, she would be sent straight to the horrible Re-Education Center.

I think my favourite part of The Golden Lily is that Sydney actually (Surprise! Surprise!) gets a boyfriend. And the best part is that she is completely clueless about what to do, how to act and how to feel. This, even though Sydney tries looking it up in a book, unfortunately does not come with directions. Even better than all of this, is the end of the book which involves someone else… and a serious cliffhanger!

I highly recommend this series for lovers of Vampire Academy!! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Maxon by Christina Bauer, A Review

This book opens with Maxon and the gang doing what they do best; demon hunting with style. Maxon may have angel blood, but he is also part Furor Demon. Which means he has powers across two deadly sins, Lust and Wrath. And in his opinion, these are the very best ones. I’d say so too, especially because he is super sexy and even has a black tail with a tip like an arrowhead that can be used as a weapon. Maxon has all of this going on but that is not everything, he is also a high prince.

Liana is one of Namare’s apprentices, the Monarkki of water, and currently she is running late to practice. While she is hurrying along, she receives a vision like memory from Franklin, a flying water frog. She learns that her people are in danger from Zephyr, the Monarkki of air. When she finally arrives to practice she is confronted by her egotistical ex-lover, Fisk. However, as the truly badass and independent woman she is, Liana does not take any of his crap, and this is one of the many reasons I instantly her character.

A lot goes down, some very serious and gut-wrenching drama. One good thing is that all this leads to Maxon and Liana meeting. This is one of my favourite parts of the book because neither one of them really knows what to make of the other. Liana is spoiling for a fight mainly because she is awesome and wants to prove she is nobody’s “girl”. (By the way, she has very good reasons for this attitude). Anyways, it results in a sexual tension that is palpable and as they get to know each other, they learn they have more in common than they thought. (And it’s all very romantic!)

This is not just a love story. It’s a love story, of course, but it packs a major punch. Maxon and Liana make a great team while they battle in life and death situations. Honestly, it’s not just their lives on the line, its everyone who is part of their different worlds, too. And what an ending! Very unexpected but, this is Christina Bauer we are talking about, so you know its awesome. Be sure to read the entire epilogue, because the excitement continues on to the very last line.

I highly recommend this book! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, A Review

This is the beginning of the follow up series to Vampire Academy, obviously entitled Bloodlines. (Which, by the way, this title takes on a much more significant meaning by the end of this first book).

Sydney is an alchemist and has a lot of experience working with Dhampir’s and Moroi closely. However, this hasn’t boded well for her after the insane events last summer ending the Vampire Academy series. She is currently on indefinite suspension. Yet, everything changes, and changes fast, when a new assignment comes up that only she can fulfill.

I like Sydney, she’s a very cool person… BUT, I do not like the overall Alchemist belief that all Moroi and Dhampir are wrong, as if they break the rules of what is natural and acceptable. I can see the point, because of course they do, but I just never like any kind of person being stigmatised for being different. (Except Strigoi, of course).

This book places Sydney very close to some Moroi and Dhampirs, testing her and challenging her beliefs. There is high school drama of the typical kind mixed right in with the more supernatural drama of strange attacks on Moroi. This book really has everything that I wanted and then some. I highly recommend this!

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Odalisque by Neal Stephenson, Volume 1 of The Baroque Cycle, Part 3, A Review

This is the final book in Volume 1 of The Baroque Cycle and I am very pleased to say that Stephenson wraps things up very nicely while still leaving me wondering what happens further on.

This book contains both the evolving stories of Daniel Waterhouse and Eliza during the tumultuous 1680’s. Charles II has died and there is a new king of England, however, of course, things are not that simple. A new word is born, Revolution, or at least, given new meaning. Not only a “revolving around” but now a Revolution as we commonly know the word today, as an “uprising”. And Daniel and Eliza, although both in completely different parts of Europe, are quite in the middle of everything.

Neal Stephenson writes so clearly about these sophisticated political situations and, also, the ideas of Natural Philosophy at the time, that I have no problem understanding and following along. One thing I would like to mention that this first Volume has taught me, and that is that humanity in the late 17th century could be just as polite, nice, charming, vicious and vile as it is today.

There is so much quality to match the quantity of this massive Volume, so if the sheer size of the books of The Baroque Cycle scare you, I can assure you it is more than worth your time.

I highly recommend this! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

Reverie by Ryan La Sala, A Review

So, I have some opinions that may not be appreciated by everyone. First, I would like to say that I do not think this is a bad book. It’s full of the author’s incredible imagination and it is positively beautiful in some of its descriptions. However, I had a really hard time liking the main character, Kane. He lied very easily, he was not the most genuine… I realise he was under somewhat of a spell but I just couldn’t like him.

The way Ryan La Sala wrote this story, particularly the beginning, left me so confused. But I think that was on purpose, which is really quite intriguing. I was in the exact same state, a state of complete confusion, that Kane was in. Basically, not understanding exactly what is going on, who to trust and why certain things are happening. I feel like the author showed a lot of talent in this aspect, putting me in this state with the main character.

While this was not my favourite book, I cannot by any means say it is a bad book. I think you, whoever you are, should try it and make up your own mind!

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!

King of the Vagabonds (Vol. 1 of The Baroque Cycle, part 2) by Neal Stephenson

Once again, the book begins with hangings, although this is a little more involved. Jack Shaftoe is the unlikely hero of this tale which starts at the start, with his brothers. Eventually, Jack is on his own but is well-known as “half-cocked Jack”, the King of Vagabonds. This name does have an explanation that supports it, however, I am not going to go into that. You will just have to make an educated guess!

Jack is what is called, “The Devil’s Poor”, as opposed to, “God’s Poor”. “Devil’s Poor ” are the kind of poor that are not worth helping. However, Jack finds ways to help himself (even if its confused and sometimes backfires). His view on life and this world, Europe in the late 17th century, is often callous but there is real sincerity that just cannot help but shine through.

Jack has an involvement with a beautiful woman, Eliza, whom also narrates her own story throughout the book. It is Jack’s care for her, which he is really bad at showing, but it proves his inner goodness. This story created so many emotions in me. I honestly cannot explain it exactly without giving away what happens. All anybody really needs to know is that The Baroque Cycle is incredible. The story leaps off the pages and into my heart…. I’m just going to say, I’m feeling some feelings, ya’ll.

This is a must read! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!