Monday, 11 December 2017

Demon Apocalypse - Book Review


Demon Apocalypse (The Demonata #6)
by Darren Shan


What is it about:
Hell is revealed in the sixth nail-biting, hair-rending, creepy cool episode of the Demonata.Fire! It's all around me, fierce, intense, out of control. I feel the hair on my arms singe and know I have only seconds before I burst into flames. Total panic. There's a horrible shrieking sound, piercing and destructive. My eardrums and eyeballs should burst. "It's hell!" I moan.One boy's life ripped to shreds before his eyes...One wrathful demon master hellbent on revenge...An army of grisly Demonata on the rampage...It's the end of the world as we know it.

What did I think of it:
This is yet another entertaining read.

Shan pulls a stunt he also used in the Cirque du Freak series and which isn't something I particularly like. Still it's not as big a cop out as it is in Cirque du Freak, so I let it pass with only a little bit of grumbling.

All in all an entertaining read with one very interesting development. On to the next book.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining read.


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Friday, 8 December 2017

The Kiss of Deception - Book Review


The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
by Mary E. Pearson


What is it about:
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.


What did I think of it:
What can I say?

Although I can understand that Lia isn't happy about her arranged marriage, I thought she really didn't think through the consequences of her actions before running off. But then again Lia isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.

She has this huge very recognizable temporary tattoo made especially for her marriage. So when she and her maid have reached the town they want to start their new life, she of course goes bathing in a creek instead of waiting for her maid to finish bathing in the tub inside their cottage! And they talk about their former life while walking around town. At times it's like Lia wants to get caught.

And you don't want to know how prejudiced Lia is, or the weird conclusions she draws from a minimum of information.

The main suspense for a big part of this book is which of the two handsome strangers is the prince and which is the assassin. Both of course fall head over heels for Lia, although it's a bit of a mystery for me what it is in Lia that makes her the object of their obsession. As for which one is what: let's say that I would have written the story differently.

The worldbuilding is sparse, but imo hints at this being a SF Fantasy world. In other words: A long long time ago, in a galaxy far away they once set out to colonize a new world and somehow ended up going back to medieval/renaissance times. But I could be wrong.

Still this is an entertaining read, even if it's just to see what stupid things Lia gets away with. I also liked some of the secondary characters. I will most probably get hold of the next book to see if Lia will learn or will keep bumbling around.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining YA Fantasy read.


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Thursday, 7 December 2017

In McPig's TBR Pile - Crossed

I fell in love with Matched and immediately bought the other books in this trilogy.

And then I let them linger on my shelves, because I'm afraid they won't be as good as Matched...

One of these days I'll gather the courage to pick this book up.


Crossed (Matched #2)
by Ally Condie


The Society chooses everything.

The books you read.
The music you listen to.
The person you love.

Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him.

And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.

But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems...

A rebellion is rising.

And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything.



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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Otherworld - Book Review


Otherworld (Otherworld #1)
by Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller


What is it about:
The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.


What did I think of it:
I'm a gamer as well as a book addict, so this sounded like a cool read.

It starts out with Simon playing Otherworld, but after one chapter it switches back to the normal world. It takes forever to get back to Otherworld, and I even wondered why they had the book start this way. The first chapter didn't seem necessary to the story apart from giving Simon easy access to information I had wanted to see him struggle for.

Anyway:
This story is very different from what I expected. Apart from Otherworld only getting a bigger role later in the story it's also less about Otherworld as it is about conspiracies and human greed, with Otherworld as backdrop for part of the story.

And it's an entertaining story, but at a couple of points not very believable. I'm not talking about the setting here, but about the mechanics of the conspiracy. Otherworld itself didn't really do it for me either, it was bland compared to the worlds in games I love.

All in all a nice read, but if you want a book about gaming I advice you pick up Erebos by Ursula Poznanski or Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Why should you read it:
It's an entertaining YA read.


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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Teaser Tuesdays - MEA Initiation

As there will be no DLC for the game, I decided to feed my Mass Effect addiction with the prequel novel, even though I really don't like Cora.


Edit Team 1: Can we use Vaenia's music?
Edit Team 2: No, are you high? We want "inspired," not "let's go f*ck an alien."

(page 7, Mass Effect Andromeda Initiation by N.K. Jemisin and Mac Walters)


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: - Grab your current read - Open to a random page - Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) - Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Dangerous - Book Review


Dangerous
by Shannon Hale


What is it about:
Maisie `Danger' Brown needs excitement. When she wins a harmless-sounding competition to go to astronaut boot camp, that's exactly what she gets...

But she never imagined it would feature stumbling into a terrifying plot that kills her friends and might just kill her too. Now there's no going back. Maisie has to live by her middle name if she wants to survive - and she'll need to be equally courageous to untangle the romance in her life too.


What did I think of it:
This is a decent read.

I liked Maisie, her best friend, and her parents. For most part of the book I was invested in what happened to Maisie.

I did not like the love interest however and things happen that only made him more of a skeeve in my opinion. No matter the explanations after the fact. In fact one remark late in the story made me dislike him even more!

The action was cool although the story did drag a bit. Some events could have been left out or sped up a bit, but overall it was entertaining enough to keep me reading.

All in all a nice read. I might investigate what other books Hale has written.

Why should you read it:
It's an enjoyable YA SF read.


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Saturday, 2 December 2017

TBR Orphans Update


I'm still having trouble concentrating, so I picked up easy reads in November. It turned out a lot of those reads were Orphans, so I read six books that were on my shelves for more than three months.

The City of Ember
has been on my shelves since July 2015
Dangerous since January 2017
Spell Games since February 2016
The Kiss of Deception since early August 2017, making it a very recent Orphan
Blood Beast since September 2016
Demon Apocalypse since December 2016

All in all a good month for my orphaned books.

How did you do in November?