Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mishap & Chaos

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN-10: 1467943851
  • Author: M.M. Shelley
  • Cover art: I really like the covers for the whole series.
  • Obtained: My personal bookshelf
  • Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars

Mishap & Chaos by M.M. Shelley
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

Twins Grasiella & Tatiana, are hated and feared by the magical race... Deep within the Hawaiian islands is a hidden danger. An island witch who wants nothing more then to end the line of Pele, the fire goddess. Her influence has breached Pele’s inner circle. The twins must face the consequences of a freed Mnemosyne who no longer stands alone. As others from her world have traveled to earth with unclear intentions. Grasiella and Tatiana’s only focus is to find their missing grandmother. Risking everything, not knowing if she is dead or alive...(Synopsis provided by Amazon.)

It took me a while to read book 2, but I liked it. Not as much as book 1, but that isn't to say it wasn't really good. It was, we get a few more answers in this one then we did in the first one. As the synopsis states, this book is heavily focused on the twins looking for their Grandmother or as they call her G.

My main gripe about this one, is we don't see the sisters together as much as we did in book 1. We get equal time with both, just not as much of it is at the same time. We do learn more about the boys and more about Pele. Which I was really interested in finding out more about her and the boys.

I really like Kye's character, Kan'i well, I have my moments with him, I don't always like him, but I don't always dislike him either.

This is a second book, so it did have the bridge feel to me at times, where it felt like we were just bridging the gap between the first and last books. It had a few moments that for me felt a bit slow, but that could have been due to my wanting to read book 3 to see how it all turns out for everyone involved. Will they stay in Hawaii? Will they find out the truth? Will they find G? What about the boys? So many questions while reading, some were answered in this others, I'm still waiting to find out.

I do have book 3 in my TBR pile so I will be picking it up soon and I hope to get my answers, overall this series is fun, it's  different and I love that. If you haven't read these books yet, you have to! They are worth it, and if you like indy authors, then be sure to put Shelley on your list of authors to check out.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

School Spirits

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (May 14, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1423148495
  • Author: Rachel Hawkins
  • Cover art: Love how they kept it like the Hex Hall books.
  • Overall rating:***** out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: My personal library.

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?

Rachel Hawkins' delightful spin-off brings the same wit and charm as the New York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance! (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

A few years ago, I saw a picture of a book shelf and saw a book called Hex Hall in the picture. It sounded interesting, so I googled the book wanted to read it and went to the library. I was hooked after a few pages, I waited for books 2 &3 to be released. When the series was over, it was sad, no more Sophie. Then Rachel Hawkins announced a spin off series with Sophie's cousin Izzy. I was excited and promptly pre-ordered a copy. This is book one.

I loved the spin off idea, normally spin offs don't work as well as they can, but this one was top drawer. Hawkins writes with the same humor in this series as she did with Hex Hall. Is Izzy as funny and sarcastic as Sophie? No. But she's close. Izzy, really is her own person, I'm sure some people will say they are the same, they have similar qualities yes, but they are two very different characters.

I've been in a bit of a reading funk lately, so I was elated to get my hands on this book a few days early.  Hawkins was just the thing to pull me out of a literary funk. I laughed in this book so many times and like usual, Hawkins had a few tricks up her sleeve. Hawkins has become a writer who's books I will read without even knowing what they are about, there are only a few other authors on that list.

I really liked Izzy when we first met her in SpellBound though, you do not need to read the Hex Hall series first, I would encourage you to read them at some point. Along with Izzy, we meet up with Torin again and he's his usual jerky self which is awesome. I think the new character I loved in this one the most was Dex. Girls, Dex is hot and he's super fun as well. He has a big heart and I can't wait to learn more about him.

There are a few questions I have after reading this book 3 of them for me are huge I have to know the answers! I am looking forward to the next book and hope it's not too far off. If you are looking for something fun, different and humorous, then get yourself a copy.

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The Possession of Cassie Quinn FREE

Hey y'all! So, this awesome book I read a while back The Possession of Cassie Quinn by Kathryn Knutson, will be FREE on Kindle from midnight May 15 to May 19! If you haven't read it yet, this is a fabulous oppertunity! If you have and like me are waiting for the sequal, my firiends we don't have to wait much longer because on June 1rst the next book will be available! I will be getting myself a copy!

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