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New Booksies of the Month

Published June 30, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

So, earlier this month I decided to do the “New Books” post a montly thing- considering I get them whenever I can… Though after yesterday, I am not sure I am going to buy much on July *cringe.* Not going into details for this one, but knowing my book buying addiction- I am not so sure it will be an easy task to achieve. 🙂

June 6

  • *The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (An Eclipse Novella) by Stephenie Meyer
  • *Changes (The Dresden Files, #12) by Jim Butcher
  • Kiss of Life (Generation Dead, #2) by Daniel Waters

June 8th

  • Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain (Signed)
  • *Blood Song (Bloodsinger, #1) by Cat Adams

June 19th

  • *The Last Angel by Steven Savile

June 23rd

  • *Keys to the Repository (Blue Bloods) by Melissa de la Cruz
  • *Dark Flame (The Immortals, #4) by Alyson Noel

June 29th

  • Kraken by China Miéville
  • Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton
  • Tracking the Tempest (Jane True, #2) by Nicole Peeler
  • Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1) by Richelle Mead
  • Succubus on Top (Georgina Kincaid, #2) by Richelle Mead
  • Sisters Red (Sisters Red, #1) by Jackson Pearce

June 30th

  • The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Pat Rothfuss (Signed speshul ed. 🙂 )

And my Super-Special batch thanks to a friendie who passed by the BEA 2010:

  • Hold Me Closer Necromancer (ARC) by Lish McBride
  • Hunger (Horsemen of the Apocalypse, #1) (ARC) by Jackie Morse Kessler
  • Sapphique (Incarceron, #2) (ARC) by Catherine Fisher
  • Married with Zombies (Living With the Dead, #1) (ARC) by Jesse Petersen
  • Halo (ARC) by Alexandra Adornetto
  • Flu by Wayne Simmons (Not from BEA)

(*) Booksies I read

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“The Last Angel” by Steven Savile

Published June 25, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

The Last Angel by Steven Savile

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 330 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T9USDI
  • Gabriel Rush takes a photograph of a beautiful sad-faced hooker in a down town bar and is stunned by what he sees when the picture is developed. At first he thinks it is a flaw in the photograph, but then he recognizes it for what it is, the mark of the Trinity Killer. It is the same mark that scars the faces of mutilated corpses that are turning up all over New York City.

    Racing to warn the woman, Gabriel instead finds himself haunted by visions and fighting against time to save his future, the woman he loves, his friends, and – when the killer’s identity is finally revealed – his own sanity.

    This is actually my first book in the Horror genre, and I have been corrupted with no chance of turning back– That is how good it was. Savile takes us through this picturesque and disturbing journey in which Gabe Rush tries to save his own life, his girlfriend, and his sanity from the “Trinity Killer.”

    The Last Angel was so unlike anything I have ever read before– in the best way possible, of course. What fascinated me the most was the way Savile plays with words, making the scenes so easy to picture. The writing is so enticing that at times I would go back to re-read some scenes and examine the way the author phrased it. Of course, there are parts that are grotesque and disturbing, but it just makes them even more captivating [or does it make me a sicko?] It is one of those books that makes me wish I were a film-maker so I could bring it to the big screen. The POV changes made the story flow neatly and it kept me biting on my lips nervously.

    This might be a short book, but it is not an easy read. It keeps the reader thinking, yet not in a distractive sort of way. The only problem I had was my greediness– I wanted more! So thank you very much, Mr. Savile, for introducing me to the genre with such a  thrilling read– I LOVED it! 🙂

    PS: Is this not one of the most amazing covers ever?

    You can get this book HERE or HERE. And do not forget to visit Steven Savile’s site.

     

    “Spirit Bound” by Richelle Mead (Spoilers)

    Published June 20, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

    Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

    • Reading level: Young Adult
    • Hardcover: 496 pages
    • Publisher: Razorbill (May 18, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1595142509
    • ISBN-13: 978-1595142504

    Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…

    After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and he’s out there, somewhere.

    She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won’t join him, he won’t rest until he’s silenced her… forever.

    I find it impossible to talk about Spirit Bound without spoiling anyone- I am sorry! If you have not read the book and do not wish to read spoilers then I am sorry, but I just need to gush about this one.

    Rose and Lisa graduate then go looking for Victor and get him out of prison with a friend. They get him to contact his brother in Vegas- another Spirit user. Victor’s brother tells them what Rose wanted to know—how to save Dimitri, but while they are going out Dimitri and his gang of strigoi attack and Victor runs free with his brother. They all go back to their lives while Rose sulks a bit because she thinks it will be impossible to rescue her lost lover. But soon enough the day comes, Lisa and Christian get abducted by Dimitri and while they are distracted Lisa makes the move and Magic happens—Dimitri is once again alive… I will leave it at that for the time being… 😛

    I was so worried about that part; I did not have the slightest clue as to how Mr. Mead planned to redeem Dimitri. She did it amazing and it was so easy to picture as well. Once again Richelle Mead exceeds every expectation—the series get better and better with every book.

    On this book we see how much Rose has grown as a character—how mature she has become. We get to know the characters a bit more, and surprise: Dimitri has a vulnerable spot. Adrian is as crazy as ever and even sweeter than before [I Looove Adrian.] Lisa and Christian? Let’s say I was not a fan of Lisa in here—even when I knew it was not her fault that Dimitri looked up to her as a goddess… But hey, I was feeling like Rose, [jealous much?] I mean, Rose left everything behind for him; he was brought back thanks to her despite Lisa’s touch on it. I was so pissed at that. I understood why Dimitri kept pushing her away, but that did not take away my desire of kicking him in the… In a place that would hurt, that is. Also, I love Rose’s dad, he makes the book so much fun since he appeared for the first time; and Rose is just like him! And I am so proud of how Adrian is doing; I love how understanding his is and how he is trying to be better for Rose.

    Spirit Bound was ah-mazing. I enjoyed all the twists and turns in the plot; and also how little we can foresee of what is actually going to happen. I loved this book and I cannot wait for the next one to come out! I am telling you, I read this book in one sitting—I was not able to put it down at all. 🙂

    “Unholy Ghosts” by Stacia Kane

    Published June 18, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

    Unholy Ghost by Stacia Kane

    • Mass Market: Paperback: 352 pages
    • Publisher: Del Rey; Original edition (May 25, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0345515579
    • ISBN-13: 978-0345515575

    The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

    Chess, a ghost debunker hired by the Church of Real Truth, must do what she can to figure out why ghosts are out of control these days; if she does not do so her dealer is threatening to expose a secret that might ruin her life. The following days are full drugs, threats, deaths, sexual release and a pinch of caring which will make the situation even more confusing and harder for her to get out of it.

    Unholy Ghosts is the first book of the Downside Series by Stacia Kane. I admit that I had very high expectations on this one; which you would understand if you have read the Megan Chase Series by Ms. Kane as well. Let me just say that these book did not disappoint and exceeded those expectations. Once again I have fallen in love with Stacia Kane’s writing—and characters, of course.

    First of all, the world-building was fantastic! I was amazed by how well crafted it was, and I want to read more of it (which makes the wait for book #2 quite excruciating.) Everyone there needs the church in order to survive and get the ghosts shipped to where they belong by the debunkers that work for it. I liked the magic and darkness of this world, how there are creatures lurking and living there as well. From the intricacy of this magical world to the language and characters that live on it, everything is fascinating.

    The characters- what can I say about them? It is impressive how in 352 pages Ms. Kane was able to create very well defined characters! Granted, I would have liked to know a bit more about each of them; most of all Chess and her history with drugs—but hey, there are two more books coming out next month *thrilled.* I loved Terrible and how sweet he was in a twisted way. And about Lex… I liked him because he was different, sexy with a hint of tenderness that made him alluring to some extent; but I am sorry, I am still “Team Terrible.” I cannot wait to see how everything is going to finish between Chess and the two yummy men.

    As twisted as this sounds, I loved the worms parts! It was a bit yucky I admit, but it made everything even more interesting—so much so that I stayed up until the wee hours of dawn just to finish it, even with it being finals wee. Though let me tell you something: it was SO worth it! So yeah… Make sure to get this book as soon as you can, you will not be able to put it down until you finish it. Yikes! I cannot wait for Unholy Magic. I am telling you, Stacia Kane’s stories are like freaking crack. 😉

    Go and visit Stacia Kane in HERE! (Join the Downside Army, too) 🙂


    Books Lots of People Love- Me? Weeell…

    Published June 18, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

    There are a lot of very well liked books- the kind that people love and would probably rip your throats off if you dare say you do not like them… Scratch that, they WILL rip your throats out and feed your brains to kitties if you said that. This makes me wonder, are we obligated to like/love those books, and even more so because they are so famous? Geesh, I get called names on a daily basis when I admit to not liking some of those too much or to not having read them.

    So, here I am, ready to throw myself out there and odds are that you guys will likely be raising torches and pitchforks after I am done with these (I will go slow and just mention 3 major YummyFails) 😛 So I ask nicely, please- be careful not to burn my hair; I am quite fond of it as it is. Thank you very much! LOL

    1- Stephen King-


    I have never read any of his books… Shameful? Maybe, but please keep in mind that I did not grow up in the US and books were very expensive where I grew up. And even if some of the movies that have been brought to screen from his books, but I did not know who he was until a few years back. Please do not get your panties in a bunch, Mr. King is already on my TBR list; so sooner rather than later I will read his writingzzz.

    2- Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Series-


    Okie, this is the hardest part–> I really do not like this series much. I have the first seven books and I only got to the fourth one. Before you start saying something, I am not saying that Charlaine Harris’ writing is bad; not by a long shot. Her writing is awesome and the plot in the books so far was pretty amazing, so it is easy for me to understand why a lot of people love these books– I really do. But it is just not my cup of tea, or water, or whatever I feel like drinking at a given moment. Should I give the books another try? One day soon, hopefully before classes begin. I promise I will try to read them again soon, so please do not hate me. *grin* I do love the HBO show though 😉

    3- L. K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series


    I have not read this series yet, despite the fact that I have the first 4 books and other 2 that a friendie got me for Christmas last year. This is another series that I hope to read (or at least part of it) before next semester begins. But yeah, I guess you can call this a ReadingFail just like with Stephen King. =)

    The Dresden Challenge [Part 1]

    Published June 6, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

    Hi! I know, I suck– but just a bit. As you might or might not know I am reading Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files as a challenge/dare/bet [you pick] which is the reason as to why I have not been posting regular reviews. I have until June 11th to finish the series, so far: 5 books to go, and 6 days left– I CAN DO IT! =) When did I start? I started Storm Front on May 26th. Let me just say that these books are amazing; they are a mix of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Anton Strout’s Simon Canderous Series… I know that Simon Canderous came a bit after, but I read it first so in MY head Simon has seniority- Mind you, it does not take anything away from Mr. Dresden’s awesomeness! *grin.*

    I just finished Dead Beat (Book #7) and “Hell’s Bells!!!”… Butcher sure knows how to keep the reader’s interest on edge. I am supposed to go now and start Grave Peril, but I think I will leave that for tomorrow. I will not lie, reading one whole series in a row is a bit overwhelming; but do not get me wrong, I am enjoying these books way more than I expected– and trust me, I had huge expectations. Now I understand why everyone is so in thrall with Mr. Harry Dresden.

    I shall not blurb too much about the books now– that shall come as soon as I finish all twelve books. Though I must say, Harry Dresden is sure on of my fave male characters ever. I love how developed the character is; how we can see how strong he is and yet how vulnerable at the same time. I just love it!

    Right after, expect my blurbs on:

    • Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
    • Num8ers by Rachel Ward
    • Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
    • Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev

    Also, I should thank some friendies for supporting me on this Dresden Challenge– though not some people around me that keep interrupting me when I read *glares.*

    And talking about booksies, here are more I have gotten lately [I think I will resume these posts to once a month, at the end of the month.]

    May 23rd

    • Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7) by Jim Butcher
    • Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8) by Jim Butcher
    • Small Favors (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher
    • Unholy Ghosts (Chess Putnam, #1) by Stacia Kane

    May 28th

    • Perchance to Dream (Théâtre Illuminata, #2) by Lisa Mantchev
    • Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
    • Witch Craft (Nocturne City, #4) by Caitlin Kittredge

    June 3rd

    • Accidentally Demonic (Accidental Series, #4) by Dakota Cassidy
    • Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker
    • Feed by Mira Grant
    • Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
    • Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) by Jim Butcher

    I am a bit disappointed at the bookstores though– I have been to two of them and neither had Jim Butcher’s Changes… I hope I can get it before Friday the 11th.

    Well, I shall leave now- movie is waiting =) [How to Train Your Dragon] I promise that as soon as I am done with this challenge I will try to update reviews.

    Ciao!

    Now tell me: Any book recommendation? Have you read Jim Butcher’s books? What do you think of them?