Monday, November 21, 2011

The Iron Knight Review

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)

Goodreads Description
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Thoughts
I have to be honest. I was a little disappointed in The Iron Knight. I think most of that has to do with the fact that I loved the ending to The Iron Queen so much. I thought it was the perfect ending to the trilogy. However, I do understand why some people wanted more resolution and why Julie Kagawa decided to write Ash’s journey. Some people needed to know if/how Ash was able to keep his promise and find a way to be with Meghan. However, I was content with the resolution of The Iron Queen. But since I was such a huge fan of Ash and the series I decided to read it.
Before I go any further, I’m going to explain a little more why I loved The Iron Queen ending so well. However, this is definitely spoilery for anyone that hasn’t read it. So there’s your warning.
I loved the ending to The Iron Queen because I love strong female heroines. I love that Meghan was willing to sacrifice her wishes to become who she was destined to become. She gave up Ash to become the Iron Queen. She released Ash from his contract because she knew that he would try to stay with her and it would ultimately kill him. She grew into the person she was suppose to and accepted her destiny. Meghan Chase is definitely one of my favorite heroines.
Now, on to The Iron Kinght. If you’re not a huge fan of Meghan and you are a huge fan of Ash and Puck then this book is for you. Meghan has a relatively small role in this book, which is understandable considering that the entire book is Ash’s quest to discover a way to be with her in the Iron Realm. Puck and Ash were classic Puck and Ash; constant bickering with their relationship falling somewhere between love and hate. Then, of course, there’s Grim with his quick smart remarks. There is also a surprise character that I’ll leave as a surprise for you.
Like the other books in the series, The Iron Knight is full of action and adventure. However, the difference comes that the narrator is now Ash and you get the pleasure of being in his head. You learn a lot about Ash and Puck’s history. You also are granted the pleasure of seeing Ash grow and change as a person/faery. This book pushes Ash to the limit and tests just how much he is willing to give up to be with Meghan.
While The Iron Knight was not my favorite book in the series, I felt it was an adequate conclusion to the series. It was a good book and while I didn’t love it, I am sure that many fans of the series will. Highly recommend this book to fans of the series and if you haven’t read any of the series pick up The Iron King immediately! This book was good but the series as a whole was AMAZING!
Grade: B
Friday, November 18, 2011

My Week In a Nutshell

My Week in a Nutshell is a weekly post I do on Friday or Saturday (depending on how busy I am) where I discuss what I’ve read this week and any other book related thoughts I have.
What I’ve Read this Week

This week I read The Iron Knight. I read it in literally two days. While I didn't love it as much as I thought I would, I still enjoyed it and read through it very quickly. It's fast paced and it constantly keeps you guessing on how it's going to end.  I'll post the review soon!

Thoughts this Week

One or two of you may have heard that Breaking Dawn premiered last night. I was of course 8:30 for a movie that started at midnight. When I got there the line was already wrapped around to the back of the building. I heard that the people at the front of the line had been there since noon! Anyways, my sister and I had come prepared being as we're Twilight opening night experts. We had blankets, snacks, and best of all my MacBook to watch Eclipse on! We made it through Eclipse and shortly after was allowed in the theater and out of the frigid air.

I'll be honest, the whole week before I was that excited about seeing it. I even considered not going opening night. After talking to my sister though we decided to go. It had become a sort of tradition. Yesterday, I kept trying to get myself pumped up and I did a pretty good job of it. However, since Breaking Dawn was my least favorite book I didn't exactly have high expectations for it.

So how did I like it? I LOVED it. It might possibly be my favorite so far. I'm going to have to see it again to be sure because I loved Eclipse. For the first time ever, I think I actually liked the movie better than the book. There were lots of funny parts that I don't remember being in the book and some of the things that were past over in the book were played out really well. (What the wedding actually looked like, the wedding night, ect.) Everyone did a really great job and I can't wait to see part 2!

Did any of y'all see it? If so, did you love it or hate it?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie in the comments!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lost Letters of Brother Gabriel & The Dark Divine Jewelry Line


Story Description:

Brother Gabriel, Daniel’s mentor and an ancient Urbat, plays an important role in The Lost Saint as well as the upcoming conclusion to the Dark Divine trilogy, The Savage Grace. We were first introduced to Gabriel in The Dark Divine when Grace recieves a book of ancient letters that Gabriel (a young monk at the time) wrote to his sister during the Crusades, detailing his search to know more about the Urbat. The book of letters ends just before Gabriel falls to the Urbat curse, leaving us to wonder what happened to him in the following years to turn him into the man he is today.

Most of Gabriel’s letters were written during the thirteenth century, and later translated and compiled by an Orthodox priest in the eighteenth century. For whatever reason, some of Gabriel’s letters were lost after translation and did not make it into that original book. But good news! A few of these “lost letters,” detailing Gabriel’s fall to the Urbat curse and his quest to seek revenge on the man responsible for his demise, have recently been “discovered” by the indomitable crew at Egmont USA, and are compiled here for your reading pleasure.

I hope you enjoy The Lost Letters of Brother Gabriel. I think they give a lot more depth to Brother Gabriel’s character and the mythology of the Dark Divine trilogy.

THE LOST LETTERS OF BROTHER GABRIEL was recently released as an e-book for $1.99. Bree has decided that all of her proceeds from The Lost Letters of Brother Gabriel will go to Kids Need To Read (KNTR). To help spread the word, Bree has also decided to host a giveaway for some great signed books. You can check it out here!
Also, just released was The Dark Divine jewelry line. To celebrate the launch Infinite Jewelry is offering a 10% discount between Nov. 15 & Dec 15, 2011. You can get your 10% discount by using the coupon code 031312.
Here's what Infinite Jewelry has to say about it all:
INTRODUCING…The Dark Divine series of amazing, trend-setting jewelry! We are happy to present the new line of jewelry based on the incredible books, The Dark Divine trilogy, by Bree Despain! We have worked closely with Bree to bring to life the jewelry she envisioned as she wrote. We hope that you will love wearing your very own tangible connection to The Dark Divine trilogy!
To check out the pieces click here. Bree is also giving away pieces on her website to find out more about that click here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Night Circus Review

The Night Circus

Goodreads Description
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
My Thoughts
The Night Circus is one of the most beautifully written novels I have ever read. Morgenstern’s word choice and descriptions are absolutely amazing. I’m typically not a huge fan of overly descriptive books but in The Night Circus, not only did I not seem to mind, I enjoyed it…for the most part.
I loved the circus environment and the dream like world that Morgenstern created. If only that world could truly exist, how entertaining that would be! It’s truly a wonder that someone could create such an enchanting world.
The story jumps around from different POVs and time periods. To be honest, in the beginning I paid little to no attention to the date at the beginning of the chapter. However, toward the end I found myself going back to check the date. It did get a little confusing at times but for the most part it was relatively easy to follow.
Also, I loved how Morgenstern gives readers bits and pieces of information and allows us to attempt to put them together ourselves. However, there are so many details and clues that actually doing so is near to impossible. The book itself is a puzzle waiting to be solved, but one that can only be solved at the puzzle maker’s will.
My biggest complaint isn’t about the book itself. It has more to do with the promotion of it and the description of the book. I just feel like the description of the book is somewhat misleading. The whole description revolves around the idea of star-crossed lovers. Yes, technically Celia and Marco do fall in love but it doesn’t happen till halfway through the book. The first quarter of the book the two have very little interaction so, in my opinion, describing the book as solely about star-crossed lovers who are forced to compete against each other is a little misleading. The book has so much more to offer than that storyline so to pin the entire plot to that does the book a disservice.
Overall, The Night Circus is an excellent read that readers of any age would enjoy!
Grade: A
Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Pick-Me-Up

Monday Pick-Me-Up is a weekly post intended to get everyone over their Monday Blues by sharing quotes I thought were funny in the books I read the previous week.

This weekend I read The Iron Knight and as always Puck can be counted on to provide some comic relief during times of peril. Both of the below quotes are from Puck. Enjoy and Happy Monday!

“Yes,” I said, repressing a sigh. “I heard you. I think the jabberwocks on the other side of the swamp heard you.”
“Oh, good! Maybe if we fight a couple you’ll start paying attention to me!” Puck matched my glare before gesturing around at the swamp. “This is crazy,” he exclaimed. “How do we even know he’s here? The Bone Marsh isn’t exactly on my list of favorite vacation getaways, prince. You sure your contact knew what he was talking about? If this turns out to be another false lead I might turn that phouka into a pair of gloves.”

“Working for Mab now, are you, Wolfman?" he smirked. "Like a good little attack dog? Will you also roll over and beg if she asks?”
Friday, November 11, 2011

My Week in a Nutshell

My Week in a Nutshell is a weekly post I do on Friday or Saturday (depending on how busy I am) where I discuss what I’ve read this week and any other book related thoughts I have.
What I’ve Read this Week
I just finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. There was a lot of buzz going around about The Night Circus before it came out. I saw an article talking about it and noticed that an independent bookstore thats relatively close to where I live was mentioned for stocking up on extra copies of the book. Then I heard that she was actually going to be doing a book signing there so immediately I knew I had to go. I ended up getting there a little late and only caught the very end of her speech and Q & A session but I did manage to meet her and had a picture taken with her.  The book was amazingly well-written and I did enjoy it. I should have the review up soon. 

Thoughts for this Week
I know this is a book blog but for those of you that don't know me I'm a big college football fan. (Roll Tide!!) The past couple of days all that has occupied my mind is what a truly sad situation has unfolded at Penn State. Last night, I watched Penn State's students reaction to the firing on JoePa. It was kind of like watching a train wreck you know you should look away but you just can't. I know I couldn't anyway. 
A lot of people have criticized the students for supporting Joe Paterno but I get it. I understand the other side as well but I get it. Joe Paterno has been the face of Penn State for 46 years. During those 46 years, he won 409 games (more than any other coach in college football) and two national championships. He built a reputation for winning the "right" way and encouraging his players to graduate. His family has donated $4 million to the school and there's a library named after him. He was set to leave behind an unparalleled legacy. He had dedicated his entire life to that school and Wednesday the Board of Trustees fired him...over the phone. 
I understand that he should have done more. He should have. I read the Grand Jury report and the things that went on were horrible. I can't imagine what kind of person would do that and I don't understand why so many people didn't stand up and do the right thing and report it to the police. However, I would think that someone that had given so much to a community should be at least be granted the decency to be told in person that he would no longer be able to continue doing the one thing he had dedicated his life to. 
I honestly believe that Joe Paterno is a great man and a decent man. I believe that he made a mistake, a huge, tragic, life altering mistake. I believe that he deeply regrets that mistake and he is paying for it. 
I wish he would have done more. He should have said something else to someone else when he realized that nothing was being done. However, we don't know the entire story and we never will. It has been my experience that there are two sides to every story and when you put the two side by side they rarely look like the same story.
I hate that JoePa's legacy will forever be tarnished by this scandal. He did many great things and I hope that this one mistake doesn't negate everything else he has done and accomplished. We all make mistakes, we learn from them and move on. My question is though should we be defined by our greatest mistake? By our greatest regret?
I know I don't want to be and I'm sure you wouldn't either...

"You either die a hero, or live long enough to become the villian." -Batman

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful for Twilight

Twilight is one of those series that you either love it or you hate it. I happen to keep company with the former. Don’t get me wrong I get the criticism it gets. It’s not the most well written novel. Some words are over used (chagrin, cough, cough), some characters got on my nerves, and I wasn’t thrilled about the ending. However, despite all of that, I love it. Here’s why.

Twilight is a great story. It is an entertaining story. It is an enchanting story.  I started it and became completely engrossed in it. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want to put it down.

Twilight made me fall in love. I fell in love with the characters. I fell in love with the story. I fell in love with a genre. I fell in love with reading.  Again.

You see when I was young I loved reading. Then, when I got in high school I stopped. Then I read Twilight and discovered this whole new genre that I didn’t even know existed. For me, it was love at first sight or in this case at first read.

I’ve always been a fan of vampires. And I have this fear of getting old and dying. I think that’s one of the reasons I connected to it the way I did. The idea of loving someone so much and being able to spend eternity with them, you can’t get much better than that in my book.

So there it is. That’s why I’m thankful for Twilight…
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thankful for Pride and Prejudice

Today’s most thankful for book is Pride and Prejudice. Oh, where would the world be without Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy? I’m afraid it would be a much colder and darker world indeed. Pride and Prejudice is the first classic novel I read just for fun.
I decided to read it after watching the movie because I was so captivated by the love story between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. I was not disappointed. I loved the book. Also, one of my favorite lines from all of literature comes from Pride and Prejudice.
“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”
To me, this quote could not be truer. The truth of the matter is that even good people do bad things sometimes. We are all human beings and we all make mistakes, and yes there are some just flat out bad people out there. The world we live in is rarely black and white, 95% of the time it’s gray. The best thing we can do is understand that and not put too emphasis on how we think someone will or should act.
The moral of the story Pride and Prejudice is a great book that I believe everyone should read.
Monday, November 7, 2011

Thankful for The Hunger Games

In case some of you didn’t know, Beth Revis is doing this contest. To enter, you must create a post stating one book that you are thankful for. You can find all the information about what to do here.

I’ve decided since there are so many books I am thankful for I’m going to do one a day for a week. First up this week, The Hunger Games (and by this I’m talking about the entire series). The Hunger Games is just one of those series that instantly grabbed my attention and didn’t let go until the final page. It broke my heart (more than once!) but more than that it inspired me to be a better person.  The world is full of crappy people and it’s easy to get caught up in the world’s crappiness and corruption but The Hunger Games shows that you can’t do that. When the choice comes between choosing what is easy and what is the right thing to do, you have to go with doing the right thing.
Ghandi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Katniss is that change. She sought to change the world even if it destroyed her (and in some ways it did) but she fought through it.
Another reason, I’m thankful for The Hunger Games is because it shows me how good my life actually is. I may have difficult times, I may not always love my life but The Hunger Games reminded me that my life is nowhere near as bad as it could be. So for that and so many others reasons I am thankful for The Hunger Games and forever grateful to Suzanne Collins for giving me this beautiful gift…
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NaNoWriMo & Giveaway

I made a last minute decision to do NaNoWriMo this year. This is my first year doing it and I'm not completely sure that I'm doing it correctly. I think I have the basic premise of it and I'm just tweeking it to fit to my needs.

I believe it's really going to be good for me because while I love to write I rarely make time for it. I always tell myself that I'm going to start writing daily but never do. This is a way of forcing myself to sit down and write...everyday...for a month. I started yesterday and actually met my word count goal (Go me!) and I'm hoping to continue with this trend.

I started a new book even though I have two that I've already started (one is in the revisions stage while the other is incomplete). I'm not sure how this new book is going to turn out. (Hopefully, good.) It's very different from the other two novels I'm working on. I'm hoping to get a rough draft this month and also hoping to find some time to work on my other two as well. We will see.

I'm saying all of that to say this...I may be a little absent from my blog. I hope to make time for reading and blogging but I'm not entirely sure how much time I'm going to have. I do also want to say that I am currently reading The Night Circus and am really enjoying it. Hopefully, I will finish it soon and post the review. I am also going to read and review SHIEWO: A Fantasy Flight to Adventure (Book One of Shiewo’s Odyssey) by Ciye Cho sometime this month. So there's a couple of reviews to be keeping an eye out for.


To express my apologizes for my absence, I am going to have a giveaway for a copy of Hush, Hush. This giveaway will end on 11:59 November 30 (same day NaNoWriMo ends). This giveaway is for US only. Sorry guys, it's getting close to the holidays.
To enter fill out this form!

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