Saturday, April 30, 2011

In my Mailbox 21

In my Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.








Okay this is a long one as it contains last week as well as this week.

I will start with the ones I got for review.

First is Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade Thank you Net Galley.












Next also from Net Galley is The Near Witch by Karsten Knight. This is a 2011 debut!













From Simon and Schuster is Wildefire by Karsten Knight.













I won a book from LibraryThing's early reviewers program.
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma.













Last are books I bought. I bought a lot.

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz














So 5 minutes ago by Hilary De Vries













Storm Front  by Jim Butcher.














Red Glove by Holly Black.













City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.














City of fallen angels by Cassandra Clare.














Abandon by Meg Cabot.














That is what I got in my mailbox leave me a note and tell me what you got.

Lily

Friday, April 29, 2011

Breathless



Breathless by Dean Koontz
Reviewed by Moirae the Fates

In the stillness of a golden September afternoon, deep in the wilderness of the Rockies, a solitary craftsman, Grady Adams, and his magnificent Irish wolfhound Merlin step from shadow into light…and into an encounter with enchantment. That night, through the trees, under the moon, a pair of singular animals will watch Grady's isolated home, waiting to make their approach.

A few miles away, Camillia Rivers, a local veterinarian, begins to unravel the threads of a puzzle that will bring all the forces of a government in peril to her door.

At a nearby farm, long-estranged identical twins come together to begin a descent into darkness…In Las Vegas, a specialist in chaos theory probes the boundaries of the unknowable…On a Seattle golf course, two men make matter-of-fact arrangements for murder…Along a highway by the sea, a vagrant scarred by the past begins a trek toward his destiny…(Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I am a huge fan of Koontz’s writing, however for me, this book wasn’t as good as some of the others. That is not to say it was bad. I wish we had more information about some of the characters and some of the stories.
I found Camillia to be the most interesting of the characters and she and Grady’s story was the most interesting for me.
The story about the twins was really creepy too creepy for me which is saying something.

If you are thinking about picking up one of Koontz’s books for the first time, I would suggest something other then this one.

Overall rating *** 3 out of 5 stars
Cover art The cover art didn’t wow me.
Obtained My local library.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Among Thieves






Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

Drothe has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers in the employ of a crime lord while smuggling relics on the side. But when an ancient book falls into his hands, Drothe finds himself in possession of a relic capable of bringing down emperors-a relic everyone in the underworld would kill to obtain. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

This is a 2011 debut novel.

I have to say that I loved this book. Drothe was amazing! The way that Hulick describes Ildrecca makes me wish it were a real place. The descriptions in this book are so vivid that as a reader you can almost feel the sun and smell the air.
I loved the story and the characters the characters are rich and vivid. I found the Kin to be interesting and the all the people of Ildrecca were fascinating.
The dialogue was really good and I never felt board when reading this book. The book was fast paced. I found it to be cleaver and fun.
I am excited to see what happens next and how many more books there will be. This book was never predictable and kept me guessing.
Hulick isn't afraid to let his hero has flaws, but the flaws are what make the character real. Drothe is one of the best new heros of 2011. I can't wait to read what Hulick writes next!
Hulick is a write to watch!


Overall rating: ***** 5 out of 5 stars
Cover Art Love it! Very eye catching.
Obtained: Won from goodreads first reads.

Review and Contest Policy

 Due to an overwhelming TBR pile I am going to be more picky about books I accept for requests.


My Review Policy


What do I review?

I read nearly everything! I love YA novels I think the genre is booming. Some of my favorite things to read are fantasy and paranormal. I also love Steampunk, horror, mysteries and everything in-between.
What I will not review is a short list, I want people of all ages to read my site, so I will not be reviewing any erotica. When it comes to historical fiction, I tend to be picky, I love history and read history books for fun, so accuracy is important to me. If it’s not historically accurate I’m the wrong person to ask to review it.
Formatting  finished copy or ARC it doesn’t matter. Since I am not able to have my computer with me all the time, I will no longer be accepting e-books.



How fast do I review and how do I review?

I will have your book read and a review posted with in 30 days of my receiving it.  If you need a review sooner then 30 days, we can work something out. I will send you an e-mail with the link to the review once it is up. I do read a lot of books of my choosing on my blog, however if I receive a book for review, they go to the top of the pile and will always take precedence. I did time in the US Navy so I am great with deadlines and I am prompt. In short I’m disciplined.
I do not guarantee a positive review; I can only guarantee an honest review. However, if I don’t like the book, I am polite about it and I do encourage reads to look at more favorable reviews. I never get rude or personally attack and author in a review. I tactfully state what I didn’t like and why. However, I always state what I did like as I feel that there is something redeemable in every book no matter how small. I do the typical 1-5 star rating, just like Amazon. My 1 stars are books I didn’t finish or skimmed most of. (Which has only happened once.) My 2 stars are books that I didn’t like, but I finished. My 3 stars are books that are good, but not one of my favorites. My 4 stars are books that are really good and should be looked at. My 5 stars are books that everyone should read as they are some of my favorites.
To see an example of my reviews please go to my review page.


Author Interviews, guest posts, book promotions and giveaways:

I love author interviews and guest posts. I preferred guest posts as I feel it gives the author more freedom to express their thoughts and sometimes there is a topic that the author really wants to talk about and would not get the chance to if it was an interview.
If you are interested in an interview, guest post or having me host a giveaway for your book, I would be more then happy to help. My only rule is I have to have read your work before so I know something about it so I can help promote it better. I will go to the library and get one of your books if I have not read your work before.
I say this as I don’t think it would be fair for me to promote your book if I have not read it. 


If you are interested send me an e-mail:

moiraethefates(AT)gmail(DOT)com





Giveaway Policy.

* Must be 13 years old to enter.
* Must  live in a qualifying location (Some giveaway are US only some are INT)
* Must follow ALL rules, failure to do so will result in an automatic disqualification. 
* Be polite rudeness in your entry will result in your disqualification. (I say this because it happened once.)
* I am not responsible for items lost or damaged during shipping.
* Winners have 48 hours to respond to me with an address or a new winner will be chosen.
* I reserve the right to end a contest early or terminate the contest at anytime without any notice.  

 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Splendor Falls




The Splendor falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.

Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well? (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

When I first heard about this book I just had to read it. As an avid reader and an ex-ballerina I couldn’t pass this one up! I was not disappointed, this book delivered. I loved the southern setting of the book and the eerie feel of the whole story.

It’s difficult not to give away anything in this book there is so much that happens! It’s non-stop and packed with twists and turns that kept me glued to the book all day. I really enjoyed the character of Sylvie, she was such a welcome change from the heroins of teen books that are popping up everywhere. She was different. She was strong and she had flaws. I loved that!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes darker romances and anyone who is or has been a ballerina.

Overall rating ***** 5 out of 5 stars
Cover art the new art for the paperback is simply beautiful.
Obtained I was sent a copy by the author for review thank you!

Friday, April 22, 2011

The American Heiress



The American Heiress by Dasiy Goodwin
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I thought that the story line was interesting and I wanted to like this book more then I did. However for me, there were some parts that felt like they could have been cut out and the readers would not have missed anything. Other parts of this book seemed to be very slow and still others felt glossed over. I had a hard time liking the characters, even the ones you are suppose to like.
That being said, I still enjoyed the book. The way it was written kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next and that kept me reading, which is a mark of a good book isn’t it?

I found the book hard to put down and in the end I felt that some of the characters redeemed themselves. Which is a plus in my opinion. The dialogue was good even though I didn’t find the characters to be very  believable at certain parts of the book.
I found the writing good overall the historical aspect of the book was very good.

Overall rating *** 3 out of 5 stars
Cover art The cover art is beautiful I love it.
Obtained I relieved a copy from the publisher for review thank you.

The Dark City







The Dark City by Catherine Fisher
Reviewed by Moirae the Fates book reviews

Welcome to Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation, where nothing is what it seems: Ancient relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope for the world lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a secret relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be tested beyond their limits. For there are monstersÑsome human, some notÑthat also want the relic's power and will stop at nothing to get it. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

This book really frustrated me but in a good way. I wanted to know everything right away and I had to wait till the end of the book to learn some of the answers. There are still some things I want answers about, but I fear I will have to wait till the next book or even till book 3 or 4 to get my answers.

The idea is really unique and really interesting. Fisher did an amazing job at grabbing the readers attention and making them want to know everything right away. Her character development was really good. I really enjoyed the way everyone interacted and how the relics work and play into the world.

The dialogue was good and the story will keep you wanting more. It’s really hard not to giveaway anything. I would recommend this book to people who like scifi fantansy.

Overall rating **** 4 out of 5 stars

Cover art I’m not too big on the cover art, but it works with the book.

Obtained I won a copy from Librarything early reviewers program thank you.

Night Road

 
 
 
 
 
Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Review by Moirae the fates book reviews.

Jude Farraday is a happily married, stay-at-home mom who puts everyone’s needs above her own. Her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill enters their lives, no one is more supportive than Jude. A former foster child with a dark past, Lexi quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. But senior year of high school brings unexpected dangers and one night, Jude’s worst fears are confirmed: there is an accident. In an instant, her idyllic life is shattered and her close-knit community is torn apart. People—and Jude—demand justice, and when the finger of blame is pointed, it lands solely on eighteen-year-old Lexi Baill. In a heartbeat, their love for each other will be shattered, the family broken. Lexi gives up everything that matters to her—the boy she loves, her place in the family, the best friend she ever had—while Jude loses even more.
When Lexi returns, older and wiser, she demands a reckoning. Long buried feelings will rise again, and Jude will finally have to face the woman she has become. She must decide whether to remain broken or try to forgive both Lexi…and herself.
Night Road is a vivid, emotionally complex novel that raises profound questions about motherhood, loss, identity, and forgiveness. It is an exquisite, heartbreaking novel that speaks to women everywhere about the things that matter most. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
This is the first book by Hannah. I really enjoyed it. Her writing was wonderful. The book will make you laugh and cry. It’s filled with emotions and is defiantly a book for all women and girls to read.
I found it hard to put down and read the book in a few hours. After reading it, I found myself sitting quietly and going over the whole book in detail over and over. It is such a moving book, it will stay with you long after you have finished it.
The relationships in the book felt real and the characters were true to themselves. I never felt like the author was trying to make something happen that shouldn’t have. The dialogue was really good.
After reading this book, I will be looking for more books by this author I highly recommend this book to all women.
Overall rating ***** 5 out of 5 stars
Cover art I liked the cover art.
Obtained Sent to me by the publisher for review. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

BACK

Got work done faster then I thought and I have internet sooner then I thought! There will be more reviews posted in a week or so, still have some things to get done. Also, I drew a winner and they have been e-mailed. I heard back and the winner has asked NOT to be announced on the page, so I am just announcing that there has been a winner chosen.

Lily