Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Review:Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

Publisher's Summary:
In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn’t the only threat.Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.

As a reviewer I have had the privaledge of following this series since it's beginning and it is wonderful to have seen in grow to such lengths. Like most of the Morganville Vampire books, this one, like its predecessors, shines at the climax of the novel. It also had a lot more pagetime of my favorite Morganville Vamp-Myrnin, which had only been a supporting character till this point. Ms Caine makes a very good, unique vampire world. This books predecessor, Feast of Fools, was my favorite of the series and was hard to top. While Lord of Misrule was wonderful, it solved few problems and added one BIG one for main characters. Good thing there's 3/4 more books coming in this series. I know I'll be following it till the end.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Review:Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Publisher's Summary:
The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .
Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancĂ©. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction

This book deals with a teenage girl who suddenly has to decide between her human normal life and one of extravagant proportions. Obviously, a hard choice.

There are 2 big aspects to this book, her human life and the vampire life.

Human Life. So complicated. So complex. As it is in real life, Jessica's life is hauntingly realistic. If you remove the vampirism from the book you have 2 people who do honestly love each other, but either don't realize it or give up on that love. Both move on in life, but this book captures the awkwardness, strangeness, and of course the regret that comes with lost love. So realistic and makes the book itself worth reading.

Vampire Life. This is where the fun begins. Having read so many vampire novels( you guys would know right) it all ends up the same in that aspect. You have to do something really spectacular for me to give you a check in the vampire lore category. Human girl and Vampire Boy-Done numerous times. Royal Vampires- See Vamps and Vampire Academy, heck Lissa Dragomir(Jessica's real last name in this novel) is the main character in that. The growth of fangs being used in a virginity type plot idea and warring clans. Now you have me paying attention. I'm obviously not bothered by reading the same plot devices over and over again-obviously since there is only so much you can do wit the vampire genre. However, I greatly appreciate an author going out and reinventing the genre for their own book. Ms. Fantaskey did just that. She turned what seems to be one of the most overused ideas in vamp literature into her own. I could go on and on but there's something I wanted to mention about this novel

The name is so misleading. To me when I read it and the publisher's synopsis I totally thought this was a Vampire Kisses-esque book, filled with Princess Diaries moments and all that jazz.

Instead you get a very dark, and painfully realistic novel.

Take for instance the cover, which depicts the 2 main characters dancing, Lucius with his fangs out. Not totally implying all fluff but with a name like "Jessica's Guide for Dating on the Dark Side" it just doesn't add up. Not a big problem or anything, but I feel the novel would do better with a title like "I am dark, and epic and you must read me" okay not really :) but you get the point. It's not a bad title-heck-it has my name on it, just not what I would have picked for the novel

Oh and another point. More props to Ms. Fantaskey for making her main character a size 10. It's so nice to see average girls in novels- not the "dresses like a frump but everyone thinks shes a model" type characters-that is so old and I appreciate it when a character is actually realistic, not a feeble attempt at it.

So yeah, I'm in love with this book. When I get caught up with everything else I've got coming up, I'm going to re-read it. I suggest it for all of my readers who want a dark and beautiful love story. I love it. It demands a sequel. And it might just be the last book of 2008, so.......It's a nice way to go out. And will be in contention for my favorite Vampire Book of 2008. Unfortunately, it will not be able to travel over to the voting contest over at Trainspotting Reads, but-I will be most sure to have it on next year. For those wondering about my reviewers choice of 2008. I haven't made any decisions yet but I will post the contenders in the next post.

Oh yeah, and you all know, when I love a book, I make a mini advertisement out of it. Which I did for this. Hope you like it.

Psst-next book is Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine aka Book 5 in Morganville Vampires Series. I hope there s more of Myrnin aka my favorite and underused character!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Updated! Upcoming Vampire Releases

Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine-January 6
Vamps:Night Life-January 27
Jessica's Guide to dating on the Dark Side-by Beth Fanktaskey February 1
Eternal-Cyntheia Leitich Smith-February 10
The Vampire Diaries: The Return Volume 1: Nightfall by LJ Smith-February 24
Hunted(House of Night) PC and Kristin Cast- March 10
Stargazer by Claudia Gray-March 24
Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill- April 7
Vampire Kisses Dan-Ellen Schreiber- April 21
Vamped-Lucienne Diver -May 1
Vampire Kisses: Royal Blood by Ellen Schreiber- May 19
Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine- June 2
Tenth Grade Bleeds by Heather Brewer- July 9
Vamps:After Dark-Nancy A Collins- July 28
The Thirst: Volume 1 by Christopher Pike -August 4
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead-August 20
Hourglass by Claudia Gray-Summer 09
Afterlife by Claudia Gray-Winter 09
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer-?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Review: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Publisher's Summary:
Is Rose's fate to kill the person she loves most? It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret . . . .She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush.

Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever . . .

How I could kill Richelle Mead. Not cause her books are bad, but she ends them in such bad places. Cliff hangers are only fun if you know when the next book is coming and alas, I do not know when VA 4 is being released. However, I was very pleased with this novel. The ending, not so much, but the book itself is wonderful. I love her writing. Vampire Academy is not my favorite vamp series out there right now, but it does deserve some recognition. I do feel sometimes, that it looses site of what it once was. Vampire Academy used to be so amazing because it was about best friends, and now I feel like that is being downplayed more. But anywho ,it's good, pick it up if you liked the others.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Review: Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz

Publisher's Summary:

Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City’s wealthiest families? They're powerful, they're famous... they're undead.

Schuyler Van Alen’s blood legacy has just been called into question - is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.

When one of the Gates of Hell is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Carnavale rages on. And in the end, one vampire’s secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone.

To be honest, I liked the book a lot, but not much happened. It's like it was a filler novel for something much bigger. I love the vampire lore in Cruz's books, it is so inventive and unlike the rest, but I wish either her books where longer, or she wrote them faster. At least however, the next one appears to be written. Her characters are interesting and likable, albite strange. However, for those who are a little freaked out about almost incest, they may not be the books for you. I mean, the characters really aren't related but.....they are. It's too confusing to post in a blog but, you should pick up this book if you enjoyed the first 2, it's a great, east read.