Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lover Awakened [Review]

"Lover Awakened" by JR Ward - 5 Stars
Synopsis: In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, a deadly turf war rages between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion and terror his only passion-until he rescues a beautiful female from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for each other begins to overtake them, Zsadist's thirst for vengeance against Bella's tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past and find a future with her.

My Thoughts: This is definitely my favorite. I'm not as excited for the next in the series because it's about the human.

I was very interested in Z from the beginning and wanted to hear about his scars and his dark side. It was unbelievable. And HOT! :

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Family Bones [Review]

I normally finish books I start...unless they are awful. And even then, I will finish them because I've already put time into reading some of it.

This one...didn't even get me past the third chapter before I stopped reading.

I give this 1 star, barely.

In the town of Astral, Pennsylvania dark secrets of ancestry are revealed when Steven and Tara Weaver inherit Steven's family property. With the hopes of moving their two young children to the simple life of the country, Steven's past is hauntingly revealed. Hope turns to terror. Reality is twisted into a realm of darkness as the family discovers the truth. Twists and turns abound in this riviting thriller. Beware of the truth, it is ever changing.

My thoughts:
I actually didn't even finish the book. It was written horribly. And from what I read of the other reviews....I don't want to.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Room [Review]

I just finished Room by Emma Donoghue for the Clamhouse Book Club - which was passed to me after an admin stepped down - w00t :)

I give it 3 stars.

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

My Thoughts:
I didn't like or dislike this book really. It was odd with little to no REAL resolution. It opens up into what happens after Room. In fact nearly the second half of the book is what happens after Room, but I feel like it never really resolves all the reader's questions. At least not this reader. I did like how it was written in a 5 year old mindset. After spending all my time with a 4 year old and a 3 year old, it wasn't that hard to understand :P Although I feel kind of dumb not knowing what the heck a duvet was!

Of Woods and Words


Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Discovery of Witches

I just finished...FINALLY.
What a long book - 579 pages. And I found out that it is part of a trilogy :)
I gave it 4 stars.

Quick synopsis:
Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

My Opinion:
I actually really enjoyed this book.
Yes, it's long.
Yes, it is VERY detailed.

But at the same time, it sucked me in. I wanted to know what happened next. I really enjoyed the last 300 or so pages.

I think the characters were well thought out and were given a lot of development in the story.