Neverwinter by R A Salvatore

NeverwinterWith the last of his trusted companions having fallen, Drizzt is alone–and free–for the first time in almost a hundred years. Guilt mingles with relief, leaving Drizzt uniquely vulnerable to the persuasions of his newest companion–Dahlia, a darkly alluring elf and the only other member of their party to survive the cataclysm at Mount Hotenow. But traveling with Dahlia is challenging in more ways than one. As the two companions seek revenge on the one responsible for leveling Neverwinter–and nearly Luskan as well–Drizzt finds his usual moral certainty swept away by her unconventional views. Forced to see the dark deeds that the common man may be driven to by circumstance, Drizzt begins to find himself on the wrong side of the law in an effort to protect those the law has failed. Making new enemies, as his old enemies acquire deadly allies, Drizzt and Dahlia quickly find themselves embroiled in battle–a state he’s coming to enjoy a little too much. (From Amazon.ca)

It’s best if you read Gauntlgrym before diving into this one. Lots of events are referenced to the previous book and the story is continuous.

Again, this book does not disappoint the typical Drizzt fan. I really like how his character is developing so far. There are moments throughout the book where I too, feel the loss of his previous closest friends but yet these new experiences Dahlia is introducing to him is also welcoming.

I really am liking Dahlia as a character. In a sense, it’s nice to read how both her and Drizzt are bringing out these changes within each other as they’re both different in personality and very different on their views and opinions. I also have to admit I also like the romantic tension between them, it was inevitable and although she’s definitely not as fun loving as Cattie-Brie, but there’s something very likable in Dahlia. The way she fights, her sly sneaky ways, and who can not comment about her sultry vampy qualities as well?

The plot in this book was well done. There’s a lot of intrigue and backroom planning and plotting. I really enjoyed the story with Barrabus the Gray. I wasn’t expecting that little twist but it was really fun to read! The other story arc, with Sylora Salm was also really good and the ending as usual with R A Salvatore, is fantastic and makes you want to read the next book in the series.

The action scenes in this book is the same, but as always, it’s wonderful to read and can be easily pictured. Salvatore’s writing doesn’t change but his characters do – and that’s a great thing. I loved the ending it does leave room for more questions but now it seems Drizzt will be on another adventure to help an ‘old friend’ out.

Definitely recommended for Drizzt fans. The plot in this series just keeps getting better and better. Everything is changing, but I think it’s for the better in this series. Let’s hope it never stops!

I give it a 9 out of 10

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Evermore by Alyson Noel

EvermoreSince a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste . . . Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies. (From Amazon.ca)

I’m going to be brutally honest here. It hurt to like this book. It was like being horribly fascinated with watching a car accident in slow motion. I enjoyed reading this book, but then there were moments where I asking myself why I’m reading something that has all the qualities of a book that I do not like? take the romance between Ever and Damen for example. I couldn’t help but like them both together they were wonderful. At the same time I’m thinking wow, this is so….lovey dovey and it’s almost making me nauseous and I’m cringing with the cramps right now. It’s so..sweet my teeth are hurting just thinking about it.

The plot was good, and interesting, and the paranormal aspect of it was also good to read. Perhaps it’s just the way it was written, that just makes me turn inside out. The names for example. They sound very cliché (seriously, Ever???? and Haven??!?!?!?! wtf?!?!?!) and added more to the cheesiness to the book. Ever is not really that much likable. True, she’s been through a lot and there are times where the tension between her and Damen was fun to read but I just didn’t really like reading about her. Through the second half of the book she sounded so whiny and mopey it nearly become a chore to read.

Okay, so I’m going to give the book four stars even though it made me cringe. Why? it’s like when you eat junk food. You know it’s bad, but there’s just something about it that it’s good and you can’t stop reading. (Yes, it’s like the car accident scenario I mentioned earlier). I think if the cliche and cheesiness of the book is toned down in the next book then the series can potentially get much better than this. I couldn’t help but continue reading this book. I liked the plot, and the pseudo vampire that is Damen (come on, seriously? he’s got all the qualities of one) I had to admit he’s rather charming to read. Before we go further, I’m one of the few that did NOT read Twilight, so I wouldn’t know if this is the same (I’ve read past reviews of this book, and some are saying it’s just like it) if it is…I guess I’ll be prepared to cringe when I eventually come around to reading it…one day.

Would I recommend this? not really. Unless you want to cringe while reading but hey, maybe you like these kinds of things. By all means try it. Even if it might hurt. I’m hoping Blue Moon is better. (Yes, I’m going to read the second one. See what I mean? I can’t turn away!)

I give it an 8 out of 10

The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham

The Dragon's PathAll paths lead to war…

Marcus’ hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody’s death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.

Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation’s wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords.

Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become.

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon’s Path-the path to war.(From Amazon.ca)

Take this one in slowly. Read it carefully and just let it all sink in. This is one of those kinds of novels where you have to pay attention to what you’re reading, and in the end you’re rewarded with a spectacular book.

World building is fantastic and well done. The politics involved is extremely well done and I loved that part the most. It is a little difficult to get into at first, but once characters are established, and plot (and sub plots) are understood, then the reading gets more smooth.

I found some readers weren’t that keen on the characters in this book. I’m the opposite. I loved the character development and the vast amount of detail put into their personalities and their own individual story arcs. I also liked how there’s a small group of characters. It’s not too many where the reader is overwhelmed, and has to go to an appendix at the back of the book to figure out again who is who and under what faction/house they’re under. It’s more centralized on a handful of characters so it’s not confusing and it’s easier to manage.

I’d have to say, Geder is the one I like to read about the most. You either feel sorry for him, or hate him for his actions. On the other hand, he has the potential to do a lot of good, but also what he might see as the greater good could make him the biggest jerk to have ever been written. I also particularly enjoyed reading about Cithrin’s character development. Although I might not agree with her actions and the outcome of her choices were well deserved, she turned mopey and whiny which didn’t make her any more likable. However, I still enjoyed her story nevertheless. Marcus would be my least favorite because not much really goes on with him except taking care of Cithrin. I wish there should have been more to his story but perhaps that will be revealed more in detail in future books of this series. Also, what I thought was really interesting was, these characters are different from what you see in the majority of fantasy novels (that I have come across) there’s no band of warriors, no group of characters out to banish evil, it’s a banker, a mercenary, and a soldier. Very different and not the norm, but I like it!

I only wish there was more information about the world, and the other different races. An appendix would have been nice for this kind of information – at least. It is a long book and some might find it a little difficult to get into at first but it’s a rich story, with lots of to take in, and it’s a great fantastic read for fantasy lovers who want something a little different. I’m definitely going to pick up the second book in this series!

I give it an 8/10

Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard

voices of the deadThe year is 1971. The place is Detroit. Harry Levin, a scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, has just learned that his daughter was killed in a car accident. Traveling to Washington, DC to claim the body, he learns that the accident was caused by a German diplomat who was driving drunk. This is only the beginning of the horror for Harry, though, as he discovers that the diplomat will never face charges – he has already been released and granted immunity. Enraged and aggrieved, Harry discovers the identity of his daughter’s killer, follows him to Munich, and hunts him down. What Harry finds out about the diplomat and his plans will explode his life and the lives of everyone around him. (From Amazon.ca)

This was filled with suspense and action it was hard to put down once you start reading. It’s a pretty fast read surprisingly enough, and the characters were memorable and likable. I found it difficult to picture, only because I rarely read books taking place in 1971. Sometimes I would forget that it was set in this year, and I’m wondering why the characters haven’t reached for their cell phone or googled anything for extra information. Then I remember, ah, 1971, yes, forgot about that. So it took a little longer for me to get used to this setting.

The characters in this book are very well done. I loved Cordell Sims. He was the one who gave you a laugh when you needed it, was there when you needed that extra hand, he was overall a very loyal sidekick and entertaining to read. I liked how Sims and Harry met. It was also nearly comical how he always managed to be with Harry when things got out of hand.

The plot was very well done, it’s fast paced, and quick. The only thing that I had trouble with was the writing style of the author. It was almost blunt, and quick to the point. The descriptions did not really flow, and instead it felt like he was just making a list of their characteristics and then moving onto the story. It just seemed a little haphazard sometimes. Nevertheless after several pages, you do get used to the book and the reading flows later on.

It’s a good book and worth the read. I definitely recommend this. Actually, if you liked Ted Dekker’s Obsession, you will like this book. Both stories aren’t the same but it runs along the same subject matter. It was a pleasure reading this book and if there is going to be a sequel in the works, I’ll be on it.

I give it an 8 out of 10.

Thanks to Partners In Crime Book Tours for letting me host this book tour!

Fallen by Lauren Kate

FallenThere’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move. Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her. (From Amazon.ca)

The book started off slower than I thought. Although the reading isn’t so bad. It does capture your attention enough to keep going, although I’m not sure what the huge hype over this book is. That’s not to say that I did not like it, I thought it was an all right read, but not something to wow over. It’s worth sticking by it and reading it through.

I rather liked Luce. She’s got issues, but not enough to make her weepy or needy. She can stand up on her own (most of the time) although her mooning over Daniel was a little tedious. I couldn’t really see the chemistry going on between the two of them, even though Daniel was playing the hard to get game and being real nasty about it. Sure, he had reason to avoid Luce, but it would help to at least explain to her why that would be instead of blowing her off like an irritating bug. Even after I finished the book, I still didn’t really like Daniel. To me, he’s not even crush worthy material. Now Cam..on the other hand…yeeeahhhhhh *grinning* Like Luce, I thought Gabbe was the most annoying person ever. However, when you find out what she really is, it fits into place and you suddenly do a 360 and change your mind about her.

Now although the pace of the book was slow, and the plot was slow to evolve, the reading wasn’t so bad. I rather liked following Luce around with Arriane and Penn (I took a liking to Penn she was such a great supporting character). The pace does pick up a bit after the first half of the novel and the mystery gets a little more interesting. The whole explanation on who Daniel really is (among others) was interesting and did take the story on to a new light. It felt like a reward for putting up with the slow pacing and well, I’d have to say the ending really did make up for it and convinced me to pursue this series further.

Fallen might not be for everyone. The pacing of the plot may be slow and dry to some readers. Also there are just some parts that get a little out of hand when it comes to the cheesiness and romance. However, those that loved Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick should give this a try (however it might not be up to par). In my opinion, Daniel just could not be as great as Patch 😉

I give it a 6/10

Bonus points again for the cover. It’s absolutely beautiful.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the UniverseA love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming. (From Amazon.ca)

First, all I have to say is, WOW. This was such an excellent book that I had to read this without interruptions or I’d get angry. I LOVED this book!

I do admit, I was skeptical at first. I was concerned because there might be scientific jargon, and that it would be difficult to understand but it wasn’t! and there was no hard to read science lingo here either! everything was well described and in clear detail.

I absolutely loved the concept of living on a ship, and the dynamics on how people related to one another, and how they survive and live together. The history of the ship and its’ people is also interesting to read up on. The actual description of the ship itself was fun to read, it made me think of Star Trek immediately. Since this is mostly coming from Amy’s point of view some of the things she encounters are strange and rather disturbing. There is a dark ugly side to how this ship is run and once everything is laid out in the open (you’ll be blindsided a couple of times), there’s a great amount of uncertainty but leaves the book with such a great ending and you’ll be left wanting more!

The mystery behind who wanted to kill her was also well thought out. There is a bit of a guessing game involved – but not much and although the mystery is the main theme of the book, there’s other things to focus on such as how Amy’s character develops throughout the novel as she tries to adjust to this kind of living. The characters in the book are also really well written. I did take a liking to Harley. Amy and Elder on the other hand, are interesting enough to read – especially Amy as she has lots to worry about.

I am definitely looking forward to the sequel! It’s a perfect science fiction read for the younger adult age bracket. Not too much scientific lingo to confuse the reader, just enough to make it a good wholesome setting that can be easily pictured. The plot is fantastic and well worth the read, and the surprises go off like bombs when they’re revealed. I definitely think this is worth the time to go through.

I give it a 10 out of 10.

Bonus points to the cover. I LOVE IT!!!!