Title: The Goddess Test

Author: Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequin

*full disclosure: bought from bookstore

Description:(by goodreads.com)

EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.

NOW IT’S KATE’S TURN. 

It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

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My Review: 

It took me a while to finish this book, as most of you know from my goodreads updates. I just wanted everyone to know that is not the book’s fault. Life has been insane lately, but now that I have a job in the best bookstore in the world (Strand books in NYC I have loved them for a really long time,) things are really looking up and now I can dedicate my time back to reading.

This story was so original, I thought this was an excellent telling of the Hades and Persephone myth. I don’t want to give too much away, but the ending was a pleasant surprise! I thought it would end up being more like Solstice (which I loved,) but The Goddess Test had its own edge and the plot kept you guessing. Again I hate giving out spoilers but there was murder mystery subplot and that gave the story a lot of layers.

The over all tempo seemed a little slow at times, but again I had my mind on other things so I’m hesitant to stick by that judgement. However, I will say this the romance that developed in the story felt NATURAL.There was no love at first sight, or going from hating to love in 4 seconds. Instead, the two main characters developed feelings for each other over months, not days. I love that! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciated this. In YA especially love develops way too fast, and yeah I get it. Raging hormones and all, but Kate had a complicated life with difficult circumstances. High school romances wasn’t even a blip on her radar screen. Even with the guy she fell in love with (being vague because I don’t want to give away too much,) it took time and it was great to see her open up at her own pace. She had much more pressing concerns and I actually find her a positive literary female role model. Especially because she has to dole out punishment every now and again, and she’s always calm, level headed and fair.

The ending was very touching. I’m serious. I got very choked up (even cried a little.) Overall I thought this was a really beautiful story and I highly recommend it to 16 year olds on up.

WARNING: there is at times  sexual content in this story. Personally it’s part of why I like it because sex is almost never addressed in YA and I think ignoring is not the answer. That being said know that there is sexual content, so if you’re buying this for a 13 year old… meeeeeeeh maybe not the perfect idea. The girl in the story is also 18 so it’s not taboo, and she’s comfortable in her own identity. ^___^ 

Overall: 6.5/7 not a 7 because I was distracted by other things but I really loved this novel. 

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HIGH-RESTitle: The Goddess TestAuthor: Aimee CarterPublisher: Harlequin*full disclosure:

Title: The Perks of Being a WallflowerAuthor: Stephen ChboskyPublisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books*full disclosure: bought from bookstoreDescription:(by goodreads.com)Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Review: I wanted to read this book because I saw the movie and really liked it, and I thought well why the hell not read the book and get the whole experience? Believe it or not this book has a bunch of mixed reviews, I thought they’d be all positive but they were mixed. I’m glad I read it.The only other books I’ve read that is written in an diary or letter format has been the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (I was 10) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (… I want to say I was around 15 the first time I read it.) Personally it’s not my favorite format because I think you miss out on a lot of the details you can get through regular first person and third person narratives. This is going to be one of those novels that will become a classic coming of age tale. Some people will love it and it will resonate deeply with them forever, other people might get annoyed with Charlie or the format the story is written in and give up too early. All of the characters have their own quirks, their flaws and strengths. Some people like their characters to be perfect all the time. I don’t. I hate it when characters are way too perfect like Jean Grey and Cyclops from X-men. I hate them because they fit into this cookie-cutter shape and behave like over dramatic soap opera characters/Stepford wives. I’m happy to say that all of the characters were complex there will be some you like and some you hate. Personally I love Patrick and Charlie’s father. I like Sam and Charlie and so on and so forth. There is something for everyone in this novel.I really liked it it touched upon very difficult topics, it’s an overwhelming experience. Overall I’m really happy I read it and I would recommend to anyone in the YA community and give it to adults as well.WARNINGS: there is abuse, positive and negative sexual content and swearing Overall: 5/7

 Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Publisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books

*full disclosure: bought from bookstore

Description: (by goodreads.com)

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. 

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. 

But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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My Review: 

I wanted to read this book because I saw the movie and really liked it, and I thought well why the hell not read the book and get the whole experience? Believe it or not this book has a bunch of mixed reviews, I thought they’d be all positive but they were mixed. I’m glad I read it.

The only other books I’ve read that is written in an diary or letter format has been the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (I was 10) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (… I want to say I was around 15 the first time I read it.) Personally it’s not my favorite format because I think you miss out on a lot of the details you can get through regular first person and third person narratives. This is going to be one of those novels that will become a classic coming of age tale. Some people will love it and it will resonate deeply with them forever, other people might get annoyed with Charlie or the format the story is written in and give up too early. 

All of the characters have their own quirks, their flaws and strengths. Some people like their characters to be perfect all the time. I don’t. I hate it when characters are way too perfect like Jean Grey and Cyclops from X-men. I hate them because they fit into this cookie-cutter shape and behave like over dramatic soap opera characters/Stepford wives. I’m happy to say that all of the characters were complex there will be some you like and some you hate. Personally I love Patrick and Charlie’s father. I like Sam and Charlie and so on and so forth. There is something for everyone in this novel.

I really liked it it touched upon very difficult topics, it’s an overwhelming experience. Overall I’m really happy I read it and I would recommend to anyone in the YA community and give it to adults as well.

WARNINGS: there is abuse, positive and negative sexual content and swearing 

Overall: 5/7

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 Title: The Perks of Being a WallflowerAuthor: Stephen

Title: Deva ZanAuthor: Yoshitaka AmanoPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review. Description:(by goodreads.com)In his forty year career, Yoshitaka Amano has illustrated many projects, becoming famous for Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. But never before has Amano written the visions he depicts - never until now! Dark Horse has the honor to publish Deva Zan, Yoshitaka Amano’s first fantasy novel as an author as well as an illustrator! An epic ten years in the planning, Amano has made Deva Zan as his personal expression of the legends of Asia for his Western readership. In esotevic Japanese Buddhism, twelve generals - the Juni Jinsho - stood guard over the cosmos at the points of the zodiac. But now they have vanished, and nothing stands between us and the forces of darkness but Deva Zan, a samurai without a memory. To restore order to existence, he must marshal not only his own fighting skill, but find companions that can cross the boundaries of time and space - to join him in a battle that will stretch from the fields of ancient Japan, to the streets of modern New York City - and to dimensions beyond human comprehension!My Review: Stunning. Sorry I have been a fan since 4th grade. The Artwork for this insanely magical graphic novel is phenomenal. Seriously you need to take a look at this just for the artwork alone. The Story is based on Buddhist mythology. The beginning was slow and a little confusing at times but, progressively and quickly it gets easier to understand and the plot moves into an even flow. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but I’d much prefer a rocky beginning and a spectacular ending; than an awesome start and a mediocre end. So yeah the Story unfolds slowly and it takes a while to get adjusted but it’s worth the read.  Deva Zan is multilayered and it asked a lot of philosophical questions. Devan Zan reminds me of what Jack Zipes and Angela Carter does for Faerie Tales. Re-envisions them into modern folklore. This was a really interesting experience and I recommend it especially to Yoshitaka Amano’s fans. 5/7WARNINGS: violence… um I think that was it? … I may get rid of warnings all of you are smart enough to figure out if a book is appropriate or not

 Title: Deva Zan

Author: Yoshitaka Amano

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review. 

Description: (by goodreads.com)

In his forty year career, Yoshitaka Amano has illustrated many projects, becoming famous for Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. But never before has Amano written the visions he depicts – never until now! Dark Horse has the honor to publish Deva Zan, Yoshitaka Amano’s first fantasy novel as an author as well as an illustrator! An epic ten years in the planning, Amano has made Deva Zan as his personal expression of the legends of Asia for his Western readership. In esotevic Japanese Buddhism, twelve generals – the Juni Jinsho – stood guard over the cosmos at the points of the zodiac. But now they have vanished, and nothing stands between us and the forces of darkness but Deva Zan, a samurai without a memory. To restore order to existence, he must marshal not only his own fighting skill, but find companions that can cross the boundaries of time and space – to join him in a battle that will stretch from the fields of ancient Japan, to the streets of modern New York City – and to dimensions beyond human comprehension!

My Review: 

Stunning. Sorry I have been a fan since 4th grade. The Artwork for this insanely magical graphic novel is phenomenal. Seriously you need to take a look at this just for the artwork alone. 

The Story is based on Buddhist mythology. The beginning was slow and a little confusing at times but, progressively and quickly it gets easier to understand and the plot moves into an even flow. I don’t know if I’ve said this before but I’d much prefer a rocky beginning and a spectacular ending; than an awesome start and a mediocre end. So yeah the Story unfolds slowly and it takes a while to get adjusted but it’s worth the read.  Deva Zan is multilayered and it asked a lot of philosophical questions. Devan Zan reminds me of what Jack Zipes and Angela Carter does for Faerie Tales. Re-envisions them into modern folklore. This was a really interesting experience and I recommend it especially to Yoshitaka Amano’s fans. 

5/7

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 Title: Deva ZanAuthor: Yoshitaka AmanoPublisher: Dark Horse Comics*full disclosure:

Title: The Night CircusAuthor: Erin MorgensternPublisher: DoubledayStatus: Available Now in Hardback and Paperback*full disclosure: Bought from a BookstoreDescription:(by goodreads.com)The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heartMy Review:I enjoyed it. It didn’t answer all of my questions but I have to say the reason I ended up liking this was because of the midnight trio Widget, Poppet, Bailey they were adorable. I loved all three of them they were the saviors of this novel, I will read any other book by this author if they are in it. The magic is initially used/described like the type of magic that was used in “The Prestige” and “The Illusionist.” (the movies although they were based off book which I sadly only just found out, and am now desperate to read!) Celia and Marco were more interesting in the beginning, and I don’t know but their story slowed down a little too long so that when it picked up again… Don’t get me wrong I was still interested after all they are the MAIN characters. Although to be fair the Midnight Trio Poppet, Widge and Bailey are just too amazing they really stole the show. ^__^!!Except the Magic in the Night Circus is real. Loads of people were disappointed by how magic was used in this novel, but I thought it was used really well. I think this could bridge the gap from general fiction to fantasy fiction and it might give more general fiction readers into a glimpse of how amazing a full blown fantasy book can be if they open up their minds to infinite possibilities. The love story never felt like the main focus so the novel was plot driven I just wanted to add that because I know romances sometimes turn people off from a story.  I wish the pacing was faster but other than that no real complaints.Overall Rating: Solid 5/7 ^___^

Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Publisher: Doubleday

Status: Available Now in Hardback and Paperback

*full disclosure: Bought from a Bookstore

Description:

(by goodreads.com)

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. 
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart

My Review:

I enjoyed it. It didn’t answer all of my questions but I have to say the reason I ended up liking this was because of the midnight trio Widget, Poppet, Bailey they were adorable. I loved all three of them they were the saviors of this novel, I will read any other book by this author if they are in it. The magic is initially used/described like the type of magic that was used in “The Prestige” and “The Illusionist.” (the movies although they were based off book which I sadly only just found out, and am now desperate to read!)

Celia and Marco were more interesting in the beginning, and I don’t know but their story slowed down a little too long so that when it picked up again… Don’t get me wrong I was still interested after all they are the MAIN characters. Although to be fair the Midnight Trio Poppet, Widge and Bailey are just too amazing they really stole the show. ^__^!!

Except the Magic in the Night Circus is real. Loads of people were disappointed by how magic was used in this novel, but I thought it was used really well. I think this could bridge the gap from general fiction to fantasy fiction and it might give more general fiction readers into a glimpse of how amazing a full blown fantasy book can be if they open up their minds to infinite possibilities. The love story never felt like the main focus so the novel was plot driven I just wanted to add that because I know romances sometimes turn people off from a story.  I wish the pacing was faster but other than that no real complaints.

Overall Rating: Solid 5/7 ^___^

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Title: The Night CircusAuthor: Erin MorgensternPublisher: DoubledayStatus: Available

Title: The Witch HunterAuthor: Jung-Man ChoPublisher: Seven SeasStatus: Available now*full disclosure: Free thanks to my first job as being an editorial internDescription:(by goodreads.com)Witch Hunter is an all new shonen fantasy manga series in the vein of Soul Eater and Full Metal Alchemist, presented in two-volumes-in-one omnibus format. Seven Seas will release the entire action-packed series across six low-priced omnibus editions. In a world where witches have declared war against humanity, the surviving human population has gathered specialists with the power to hunt and destroy witches.Tasha Godspell, also known as the “Magic Marksman,” is one of the best Witch Hunters there is. Along with his sword-wielding Jack-o’-Lantern partner known as Halloween, Tasha puts his magical training and weaponry to good use, in his constant battles against witches. And yet, he cannot bring himself to fully hate the very witches he is tasked to destroyMy Review: To be fair to the review, I see the similarity to Soul Eater (which is the most amaze-ball series ever) but to FMA? (Full Metal Alchemist which is also phenomenal) no way. I’m sorry I just don’t see the connection to FMA at all.  I have to admit I thought this was the more boring version a soul eater until the second half of the omnibus so lol basically volume 2. I really like how not all witches are evil in this Manga or  Manhwa. The characters are interesting and I did grow to like the story more and more I just wish it hadn’t tried so hard to be funny in the first volume because it didn’t need to. Once the story line got series (aka when Tasha and his sister reconnect) things get waaaaaay better.Overall Review:  5/7 5 because the second half saved it

Title: The Witch Hunter

Author: Jung-Man Cho

Publisher: Seven Seas

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Free thanks to my first job as being an editorial intern

Description:

(by goodreads.com)Witch Hunter is an all new shonen fantasy manga series in the vein of Soul Eater and Full Metal Alchemist, presented in two-volumes-in-one omnibus format. Seven Seas will release the entire action-packed series across six low-priced omnibus editions.
 In a world where witches have declared war against humanity, the surviving human population has gathered specialists with the power to hunt and destroy witches.
Tasha Godspell, also known as the “Magic Marksman,” is one of the best Witch Hunters there is. Along with his sword-wielding Jack-o’-Lantern partner known as Halloween, Tasha puts his magical training and weaponry to good use, in his constant battles against witches. And yet, he cannot bring himself to fully hate the very witches he is tasked to destroy

My Review: To be fair to the review, I see the similarity to Soul Eater (which is the most amaze-ball series ever) but to FMA? (Full Metal Alchemist which is also phenomenal) no way. I’m sorry I just don’t see the connection to FMA at all.  I have to admit I thought this was the more boring version a soul eater until the second half of the omnibus so lol basically volume 2. I really like how not all witches are evil in this Manga or  Manhwa. The characters are interesting and I did grow to like the story more and more I just wish it hadn’t tried so hard to be funny in the first volume because it didn’t need to. Once the story line got series (aka when Tasha and his sister reconnect) things get waaaaaay better.

Overall Review:  5/7 5 because the second half saved it

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Title: The Witch HunterAuthor: Jung-Man ChoPublisher: Seven SeasStatus: Available

MOST UNDERRATED VAMPIRE SERIES VAMPIRE HIGH.

this review is for Vampire High Sophomore year (the two first covers.) I wanted to show book 1’s covers as well (the last three) so you guys can see how unfortunate American Cover Art. I mean I loved these books but wow look at how much better the non-American cover art is. When I read Vampire High I got the cartoonish cover which is…………………………………

The newer cover art is not much of an improvement. I know it’s hard because we all like nice editions of our books but please try and look past the cover art, I know it’s not the best but it’s a pretty entertaining story.

Title: Vampire High

Author: Douglas Rees

Publisher: Delacorte Books 

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Bought 

Description: (by goodreads.com) In the satiric and funny sequel to the witty Vampire High, Cody’s hopes for a great sophomore year at Vlad Dracul are dashed when his train wreck of a cousin, Turk Stone, moves in and messes with his life.

Turk’s a brilliant teen artist and goth with a sky-high ego . Her attitude infuriates the vampire (jenti) students, especially the dark, brooding Gregor. But something changes in Turk when she stumbles on the abandoned nineteenth-century mill in the forgotten district of Crossfield and immediately claims it as her new arts center project.
Though Cody resents his cousin at first, he has his own reasons for helping make Turk’s dream come true. But Crossfield has many secrets, and a mysterious vampire army called the Mercians will do anything to make sure they stay hidden. And when he takes on the Mercians, everything Cody has learned about courage and determination his freshman year at Vampire High will be tested.

My Review:

So because I wrote so much before my usual review format I’ll try and keep this brief. This poor book, I had no idea they published a second one, none, I was fixing the Children’s Face out display where I work and that’s when I saw it. I completely fangirled out and bought it (after my shift of course.) I think I tore through it in two days. While, it didn’t have as much mythology as the first one did I still really liked it. As with the first in the series, it was funny but also serious when issues came up for the characters. I really love that about Douglas Rees, when he’s funny it can be almost cheesy (in a good way,) but when he goes into darker elements and believe me it does get dark, it’s believable and compelling. 

Only complaint the sometimes out dated dialogue, certain phrases seem like they were said in the 50s rather than in 2000s on up, and that cover art. Douglas man, you’re amazing get someone off Deviantart or another artist community to design you cool editions because these don’t do your work justice.

Overall Rating: 6/7 

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MOST UNDERRATED VAMPIRE SERIES VAMPIRE HIGH.this review is