Saturday, October 31, 2009

In My Mailbox 4

I got three books this week. :)

The Bought:

The Devouring by Simon Holt
Evernight by Claudia Gray
The won:

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert - I was so shocked when this came in the mail because I forgot I entered a contest and I never thought I'd win because... well... I've never won ANYTHING in my entire life (true story. lol). Turns out I also won a copy of The Devouring... which I just bought so I guess when it arrives I'll being my first contest! Yay!

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Midnight Guardian Review

Product Description

It’s 1938, and the tentacles of Hitler’s terrifying Third Reich have commenced their stranglehold on Europe. The Nazi empire will soon be clean of all bloodlines deemed tainted or undesirable…including vampires.
London’s ancient tribunal of vampires is aghast at the destruction taking place on the Continent. Though vampires try not to interfere with human politics, Hitler’s terrible plans force them into action. They resolve to send five of their most formidable vampires to Berlin— millennials that have lived over 1000 years and whose age and wisdom make them close to invulnerable— to infiltrate, disrupt, and destroy the growing Nazi war machine.
The brilliant and beautiful millennial Brigit is loath to go, but her powers are needed if the mission is to have any chance of success. She must summon all her strength to endure the separation from her lover Eamon, whom she made almost eight centuries ago, but whose lack of millennial status makes him an unacceptable choice for this operation. Though he longs to join her, his duty to Brigit is best served from afar, by nurturing their deep psychic connection and reinforcing her spirit with his fierce devotion and memories of his tender embrace.
But as the millennials attempt to penetrate and sabotage Hitler’s armies, they discover that the Nazis are more capable than any human force they’ve yet encountered and more monstrous than they'd ever imagined. Forced to take bolder, more dangerous steps, they soon attract the attention of specially trained vampire hunters loyal to Hitler and his vision of a vampire-free Europe. Exposed, deep inside enemy territory, with vicious Nazi officers and hunters at her heels, Brigit must attempt a daring escape from the Continent, guarding precious cargo that marks the only hope of salvaging their mission.

My Thoughts:I enjoyed this book. It was refreshing because it reminded me of a time before Twilight. Yes people there were vampire books before the Twilight saga. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Twilight series but I loved that this book really can’t be compared to it. When I first started reading this book, I had to adjust to the fact that this was an adult book and not YA. Since this is an adult book nothing had to be held back. There is definitely violence in this book but I thought the author worded all those scenes very well, I call it artistic violence. I thought that the involvement of Nazis in this book was very unique and creative. If I had ever thought of an idea like this I would never have come up with a good enough way to turn it into a novel worth reading or writing. I loved the characters, especially Mors and I’m hoping that the next Millennial novel expand what I know about him as well as Eamon and Brigit’s relationship. After seeing what they’d gone through in their life before they ended up together makes me appreciate their relationship especially because of Brigit. Her feeling of wanting love and being afraid that she’d never find it is a common fear that I could relate to. The only thing I didn’t like (which was mostly my fault) is that not all the story is told in the same time, meaning that the chapters would switch from the past to the present about every other chapter (more or less). I didn’t notice at first so I was very confused for a while in the beginning. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next book in the series. This book gets and A. :)

What are you reading on Mondays?

J.Kaye hosts this cool meme.

Read this past week:

Night Runner by by Max Turner

The Midnight Guardian by Sarah Jane Stratford

Currently Reading:

Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox

The Maze Runner by James Dashner


Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Monday, October 19, 2009

Night Runner Review

Product Description

For Zack Thomson, living in the Nicholls Ward isn't so bad. After his parents died, he developed strange and severe allergies, and the mental institution was the only place where he could be properly looked after. As strange as it was, it was home. He could watch as much television as he wanted; his best friend Charlie visited him often enough; and Nurse Ophelia--the prettiest no-nonsense nurse ever--sometimes took him bowling. Of course, that didn't mean he had it easy. His allergies restricted his diet to strawberry smoothies, and being the only kid at the hospital could get lonely. But it never once crossed Zack's mind to leave...until the night someone crashed through the front doors and told him to run. Now he's on a race for answers--about his past, his parents, and his strange sickness--even as every step takes him closer to the darkest of truths.

My Thoughts: This was an enjoyable quick read for me (not enjoyable as in there was no kind of gore). It was refreshing to have a unique vampire story. I’m not tired of vampires being main characters in books yet but I always appreciate it when a book isn’t almost a direct copy of the Twilight Saga (unless it’s very entertaining & addictive). This book contained the elements that a vampire story needs without having a lot of common clich├ęs. There are the beginnings of a romance but it’s nothing like Bella & Edwards Love (/prey) at first sight kind of situation which may or may not be a good thing depending on what you like or whether you’re tired of reading those kinds of stories. A flaw (from my standpoint) that annoyed me was that it was so fast-paced. I don’t mean that some of it shouldn’t have been fast-paced but since the whole story went by so fast, there wasn’t a lot of time to develop the characters as well as their emotions. I would give an example but I’m bad at determining what is and what isn’t a spoiler. Other than some parts needing to be more developed it was a good read. I give this a B. It would have probably gotten an A if the story hadn’t felt like it had been rushed.

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