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Winter’s Warrior (Winter’s Saga #4) & Cold Days (Dresden Files) book “reviews”

Winter’s Warrior (Winter’s Saga #4), Karen Luellen- 4 of 5 stars

Liked it a lot! Until this book the series had a very Frankenstein feel to it… now the religious undertones are coming out a bit more than in the previous books. It’s not overwhelming, tho. Ther’es a good mix of romance (a little cloying at times) and action. I think this series is YA, and probably geared toward girls (d/t the romantic aspects). Over all I really enjoy the series, I love the strong characters, and how closely knit the family is. Alik is really stepping up and developing into an awesome character! And The “new” villain is excellent… I’m interested to see how Dr. Williams is portrayed in the next book. I know he’s still evil and all that, but… **SPOILER** he did “save” Meg, and it seemed like he really wants the family connection with her **SPOILER OVER** Finally, I’m very excited to see how Danny fits into the family, and can’t wait for the next book.

Cold Days (Dresden Files), Jim Butcher 5 out of 5 stars

I know, I know, I gush over and over again about the Dresden Files. I can’t help myself. Harry is one of my favorite characters in literature. I love Jim Butchers writing, in that there are enough twists to keep me interested, but it’s not over complicated. The characters continue to develop and grow. They story line hasn’t gotten stagnant like so many long series do (Sookie Stackhouse books). Umm… I don’t want to give anything away… So If you haven’t read Cold Days, go do it now, then come back and read my “review”.

So did you read it? Good. I was dumbfounded that Jim Butcher turned Molly into the Winter Lady! seriously, I hope she and Harry don’t “do it”. Charity would kick his ass. Not to mention I really hope that he would finally “get with” Karen. I mean, their sexual tension is KILLING ME. I was thrilled with seeing the regular crew get together… and my curiosity about MAc is peaked. WHAT is he!?

As usual with the series there are some things that got a smidge repetitive (I think there was mentioning of the Blue Beatle complete with description, again). My only other complaint is that I miss Mister. Is that weird? Oh well.

I’ve totes been slacking on reviews… and my only excuse is that I haven’t been reading any new books. I’ve been re-reading the Wheel of Time Series (Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson) in anticipation of the last book coming on next month. Seriously this series is my FAVORITE “High Fantasy” series ever. EVER. I love it more than LOTR or the Hobbit, more than Chronicles of Narnia… So I’m practically wetting myself in anticipation, and these are the only 2 new books I’ve read since I started the re-read… however Dad got me a KindleFire for my birthday so There will be LOTS of books in the upcoming year!

Happy Reading.

-Hey Waitress!!

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June Reads

The Oz Chronicles- R.W.Ridley… 4 out of 5 stars.
There are 5 books so far: The Takers, Delon City, The Pure, The Land of the Dead, Banshee Worm King. Excellent YA Indy author!
Oz is a neighborhood bully, who drove a young boy named Stevie to suicide. He wakes up in a world populated by the Takers, characters from a comic book Stevie wrote/ drew. Oh Stevie is one of the original Storytellers, who “worked” with a doctor (that used HMI to “create” the monsters). In an attempt to right the wrongs he did to Stevie, Oz gathers followers and eventually learns that he has to protect a Storyteller, who just happens to be a newborn baby named Nate.  And it gets worse. Each book brings on new bad guys, and new challenges. The bad guys are super creepy. The good guys are, well, good (now). I don’t dislike a single one of them! I really LOVE Lou and the gorillas.  The storylines are good, I just wish each book would “get rid” of the bad guys, instead of just adding more. The series is a great combo of sci-fi, horror, apocalyptic fiction, and fantasy. I liked the Anti-Bully message, and how the writer wasn’t preachy about it. I only have one problem… he constantly called a mare, him/ he. Mares are FEMALE horses. Other than that… love it, plan to buy the series in paperback/hardcover if I can find it.
 
Winter’s Saga- Karen Luellen… 3 out of 5 stars
3 books so far: Winter’s Awakening, Winter’s Storm, Winter’s Wrath.
Well… This was the first set of books I read in June and I don’t remember too much about them. They remind me a YA version of Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein series. Or any Frankenstein for that matter. The bad guy is a super-rich, super-crazy scientist, who is building an army of Super-Humans (Metas). He’s a total nut job. Meg and her brothers were stolen away when they where very young and raised by a doctor who used to work for the Mad Scientist. He wants them back, and the doctor dead. Overall it’s an entertaining series, and an easy read for me (as I’m def. no longer a YA). The major problem I have with the series is Meg. It all goes back to writers feeling the need to give a female protagonist a love interest, or 2 in this case. The love triangle irritated me. Other then that… I liked it. The was some suspense, and I liked seeing the Meta’s grow emotionally.
 
Scars- Cheryl Rainfield… 3 out of 5 stars
First off, this story was hard to rate. It dealt with some deep shit. Self Mutilation and Molestation.
Overall… I’m not a big fan of the super dramatic ending. I would have like to see Kendra realize who the perp was, then go to her therapist/ the police. I think the story delt with her mom’s homophobia well, but the instant love with Meghan was a bit much for me.
 
Favorite Wife- Susan Ray Schmidt… ?
This story was impossible (for me) to rate, mostly d/t the fact that it’s a true story. Or at least her version of the events. It’s not my usual reading material but it was free (or maybe $2.99) on the kindle, and I was running out of stuff to read. It”s a horrifying account of what this woman went through . The poverty and isolation hit me the hardest. It def made me think. I’m not bashing anyone’s way of life, I’m OK with polygamy (if you’re consenting ADULTS), just not the poverty, isolation, abuse, and manipulation. God bless her.
 
The Hangman’s Daughter- Oliver Potzsch… 3 out of 5 stars
It was a decent historical thriller, kept me guessing throughout the novel. Again, not my usual genre. I didn’t particularly care for the wrting style, there was random “modern” language thown in there, maybe d/t translation (it was originally written in German)? I sort of expected to see more of the hangman’s daughter… I thought the story was about her!? overall it gets a “Meh… not reading the second book.”
 
I also read the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy. It’s getting its own post. And not in a good way. Not to mention I would feel kinda skeezey putting it in the same post as all those YA novels.
 
Enjoy.
-Hey Waitress!!
 
PS… I’m almost finished with my second glass of wine. And I’m a bit of a lightweight. Forgive me if it got sloppy. 😉
 
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Sacre Bleu (Christopher Moore) “review”

 Ever since 2004 when I borrowed (aka straight jacked and read in 2 days) a copy of Lamb from my roommate (who kept it in the bathroom as his, um, business book), I’ve been in love with Christopher Moore’s books. His characters are fantastically funny/ sarcastic, sometimes dark, and always a little fucked up. I love it. Sacre Bleu didn’t disappoint. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
 
If you haven’t read it the rest if this post might be a spoiler (but probably not).
It was a bit slow to start. BUT…
I loved all the famous painters. It got me wondering what they where REALLY like.
Bleu isn’t what I expect a Muse to be. At all. I love her! The Colorman seriously creeped me out. He’s still funny though… “Penis”.
I seriously contemplated hitting my husband on the head with a baguette to test its freshness, while we were in the grocery store earlier today.
Even though it’s not as epic as Lamb, I loved this story.
 
Nothing else to say… besides “I am a force, the fearsome muse of creation. I am a fucking goddess!”
-Hey Waitress!!
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The Uglies (1-4)

The Uglies- Scott Westerfeld… 3 out of 5
(Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras)
This is a hard review to write. I didn’t DISLIKE this series, but I also won’t read it again. This series felt kind of like high school. As in… trying to fit in, but being outcast from the “pretty” people, the cliques, eating disorders (more later about my irritation over this bit), and the frenemy relationships…
 
There are a few things I don’t like:
  • Tally’s love interests flip like a switch. It’s bad enough that I was given another female protagonist who whines excessively (at first), but for her to “love” David, then Zane. I know there was some memory modification in there, but it still irked me. How did Zane & Tally fall so madly in love?
  • The Slang is SUPER irritating. Every dystopia needs slang. I get it. But there’s such an over-use, I sometimes got frustrated reading “bubbly”, “icy” “kickers”, etc… and the word “littlies” was particularly annoying to me for some reason.
  • The Cutters. I took issue with the way Mr. Westerfeld portrayed “cutters”, like it was cool. Like cutting yourself is a good way to release your feelings. She only quit cutting because Zane didn’t like it! really…It’s not exactly a good message. It works, I know, I used to be that girl. But that doesn’t mean I want YA’s who read this book to be encouraged to cut themselves.
  • The calorie purger packets, a sub for diet pills. Tally mentions (multiple times) that there used to be a disease where people starved themselves to look “pretty”… then she binges and purges with the calorie packets… not a good message for YA’s. Maybe I just thought too hard about it?
  • The characters fell flat/ shallow. I would have loved more David, and Zane had potential but ended up being too emo for me.
 
Things I liked:
    • The surgery’s. I like that it could explain the How of everything that happens when you become a Pretty or a Special.
    • The world. Independent cities, separated by massive amount of wilderness, with the remains of the Rusty people sprinkled throughout. I also like the background, esp the oil eating bacteria. It’s an interesting end to a society.
 
Final, somewhat random, thoughts:
  • Tally’s personal growth… She turned into an OK character by the end of Extras. Although she was still SUPER whiney and totally concerned with self-preservation, and being “special” over ANYTHING else. I like that she seemed to try to be a better person, the struggle was there (sometimes).
  • At times, I enjoyed the Frenemy relationship that Tally and Shay had. At times, it irked the bejesus out of me.
  • I think Mr. Westerfeld tried to discuss too many themes in one story. In  my opin it got jumbled, and unclear. Like he grazed the surface, but was afraid to go any deeper.
  • The excessive Surg/ body modification was, um, interesting. I didn’t hate it, I’m just not sure what the message was supposed to be. Although the facial tattoos didn’t give me pause.
  • Extras only earned 2 stars… I wanted more Tally from the beginning, it took me a few chapters to realize it was a different city then we’d been to before, and I’m not generally a fan of the Japanese subculture (no offence intended, sorry).
  • Maybe I’m too old for the YA dystopian fiction?
 
Hmph. Overall unimpressed. Stick with The Hunger Games for YA dystopian fiction. I’ll stick with my favorites (1984, Fahrenheit 451). You know… the classics.
-Hey Waitress!!

 

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