Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Mephisto Covenant Review

Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger--she is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx's biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant--God's promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he's finally found the girl he's been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx always looming, Jax knows he has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

My Review:

Demons and angels have become a popular subject in YA lately. The Mephisto Covenant hopped on that train but it didn't take the full ride. Translation: This book is totally different from all other angel/demon books out there.

This book series, from what I can tell, is going to be written much like an adult paranormal romance series, that is, there is going to be a book for every brother and his love interest. Book one features Sasha and Jax who introduce us to the world of the Mephisto Covenant and all of the tortured and completely irresistable brothers.

Sasha is a normal girl who has to move in with her long-lost relatives who are super creepy and the story goes on a spiral from there. The plot of the book while original, didn't quite draw me in as much as I would have liked. Plus, the way some things were described, like the creepy cousins for instance, had my brain totally cringing. It was just weird and gross. However, the story was fun and the romance was cute so I got past it.

I recommend this book for anyone who wants to see a different story appear in the angel world.

3/5 stars

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gotta Go Grab

Gotta Go Grab is a weekly feature I'm re-starting. It highlights books that I need to buy that have already been released.

I need to go grab:

Demon Trapper Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself—and that’s exactly what Lucifer is counting on…

It’s the year 2018, and with human society seriously disrupted by the economic upheavals of the previous decade, Lucifer has increased the number of demons in all major cities. Atlanta is no exception. Fortunately, humans are protected by Demon Trappers, who work to keep homes and streets safe from the things that go bump in the night. Seventeen-year-old Riley, only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing attraction to fellow Trapper apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving citizens from Grade One Hellspawn. Business as usual, really, for a demon-trapping teen. When a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood, she realizes that she’s caught in the middle of a battle between Heaven and Hell.

I've been wanting to read this book for a while now but every time I've either gone to a bookstore or shopped online I never seem to have enough money to squeeze in this demonic treat. And I really need to find a way to get my stubby hands on this because once I read the first book I can buy the second one, the one with the totally rockin' cover.

So, what book, that's already been released, do you need to go grab?


Monday, May 28, 2012

Review: Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me?

It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life.

My Review:

Be ye warned, SPOILERS may lie here.

First of all, this series is really cute. It combines humor and kicking butt in a way that makes you have to keep reading no matter how much you need to do that AP English essay.

Gwen Frost is still a sarcastic, caring teenager. She knows that there's a problem to be solved and she gets to the bottom of it, no matter who wants to get in her way. Her relationships, however are another story entirely. Her friends are pulling away from her for reasons she can't quite determine and Logan, my darling Logan, can't seem to make up his mind when it comes to this gypsy detective. But all of this teenage drama definitely keeps you turning pages because I HAD to know what the heck was going through Logan's thick head whenever he made a decision that I didn't particularly enjoy at the moment.

The plot of the book was extremely similar to that of the first and second book. It seems like Gwen always figures something out and then the bad guys make a move that thwarts what she just figured out and then Gwen comes back and wins. I seriously wish that Estep would find a new way to tell her story.

All in all though, this book is a fun, light read. The series is a quick read for anyone interested in mythology, gypsies or even hunky boy Spartans. And I simply can't wait for Crimson Frost
(Book #4) to be released.

*I received an e-copy of this book to review from the publisher. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Stacking the Shelves: April Edition

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

With all of the drama going on lately I wasn't sure what I was going to do so my April IMM never happened. But here's my April books, just a wee bit late...


The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

Balthazar by Claudia Gray

Ascend by Amanda Hocking

Tourist Trap by Emma Harrison

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Does this make me weird?

I want this:

Why yes, that is a Katniss Barbie doll.

 So, does an 18-year-old wanting a Barbie seem strange to you, or are you like me so much that you want it too? I'd buy it now but it's not going to be released until September and maybe I'll grow up enough by then to not want it anymore. (Like that'll happen. ;) ) 

Katniss Barbie information can be found here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone's anticipating.

A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, the Bastion remained humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city of dwindling resources…and dwindling hope.

Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.

Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate, reclaiming the lost lands and energizing the populace with renewed hope for the future. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.

Isn't that cover just fabulous? So, what are you waiting for?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Onyx Review

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.

My Review:

Daemon Black is back! He's hot, snarky and totally whipped!

Katy is the same girl that we met in Obsidian. She stands up for herself and knows what she wants and when she wants it. And what she wants is for Daemon to quit being such a jerk. He starts wooing her. He actually buys her food and asks her to eat it from his mouth like a sexy Lady and the Tramp scene. He can't stay away from Katy and its so cute to see this womanizer following her around like a lost puppy.

The plot of the book had me a little upset. While it was good, it was extremely predictable. And of course Daemon had to be right and Katy got blamed for everything that happened to go wrong despite Daemon making some bad choices as well. And poor Dee! (That's all I can say without getting into some major spoilage.)

All of these elements came together to make a good book. It most definitely wasn't a great book. The first one was epic, but this just kind of fell short, despite Daemon being as adorable as he can be.


*I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Underworld Review

Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.

My Review:

I wasn't sure what to think with Underworld. This book starts off directly after the events of Abandon. You're thrown right back into the world of Pierce and John, a.k.a. the Underworld.

Pierce is still a strong character that can make things happen when she wants to, but during the course of the book she comes to rely upon John more and more. He gets to throw around those bad guys while she sits back and watches the gloriousness that his John Hayden. Lucky girl. ;) Of course John and Pierce have their arguments, who wouldn't have a little something to say to the guy who drug her down to the underworld for the second time? Their relationship is a little wacky, but it makes fpr great reading material. Hee hee...

The plot of this book was fast! It went ten times faster than the first book and the first book seemed to fly by as well. I almost cried finishing Underworld simply because I couldn't comprehend how it had ended so suddenly. Also, the climax of the book wasn't as big as I would have imagined. Something about it just didn't trigger my awesomeness meter.

So while Underworld was a good, quick story, it didn't perfectly hold up to Abandon. It was still a good book, just not a great one. That being said, I can't wait until the third and final installment, Awaken.

3.5/5 stars

*I received an ARC of this book to review from the publisher. This in no way altered my opinion/review.