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Title: Sister Light, Sister Dark Book 1 of the Great Alta saga

Author: Jane Yolen

Publisher: Tor Teen

*full disclosure: bought

Description:

(by goodreads.com)

Raised on a mountainside, Jenna learned the arts of the warrior, and from the mountain women the magic of the ancient lore. But the greatest magic of all was her ability to call forth her dark sister from the depths of the mirror of the land of light and shadow.

Skada was the dark one, able to exist only when the moonlight cast a shadow or lamplight flickered in a darkened room.

This is the story of Jenna and Skada. Sister Light and Sister Dark.

My Review:

… Well I know I’m going to hell for this one…

Jane Yolen is a great Writer, she once came into my college, for a specific class I was taking. I really liked reading Briar Rose but… because there has to be a but… I felt nothing for her characters in this story. I didn’t care what happened to them at all.  The Main character Jenna is adopted by a band of female warriors who prey to The Great Alta, their goddess. Jenna or Jo-an-enna, (yep this is one of these books where everyone has two names and you have to keep track of that otherwise you will get very very confused about who’s talking to who. For a while there I thought Pynt, Jenna’s friend and Marga where two different people -____-) Jenna is supposed to be this prophesied child, who’s orphaned thrice, and is supposed to help save the world. Typically I give stories like these a chance because it’s always nice seeing female leads, I just couldn’t with this novel.

It was so choppy. The story might have been engaging IF there weren’t all these annoying digressions that were comprised of Ballads, Legends and Histories explaining the actual story. Yeah, it sounds cool, and it would have been cool if they had been footnotes OR moved to the back of the book where the OTHER ballads were. Instead these interruptions were completely distracting, they were inserted between every “chapter” (chapters weren’t marked) and didn’t add anything! In fact, it was because of this the story lost all of it’s flow. I remember I was actually getting into the story, (I didn’t even bother reading these “Histories” anymore because I just wanted to be done with the book,) and in the span it took to turn 2 pages to get back to the story, I was disinterested again. -__-

Overall, it wasn’t a terrible story or badly written it just could draw me in and the way it was formatted left the book choppy and annoying to get through…  I won’t be reading the next book.

; __ ; sorry Jane your other stuff is cool.

This is the perfect example of what I would give a solid 4/7 as it says on the sidebar… A 4 is okay…/meh… it was fine but it had some problems if I were to recommend it, I would recommend it with a warning. And my warning is this: definitely not for everyone, the format leaves a lot to be desired and I just really didn’t care what happened to anyone in this story…

Warnings: Violence, Some Language, from memory nothing sexual goes on it’s just hinted at… and uh yeah I think that’s it.

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Old Non-YA cover, New Ya Cover Title: Sister

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Title: The Faerie RingAuthor: Kiki HamiltonPublisher: Tor Teen*full disclosure: PurchasedDescription:(by goodreads.com)Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger. The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…My Review:Wow. This was so not what I was expecting, trust me that is a good thing. This is an amazing story! This is like Oliver Twist meets Faeries in Fantasy novel.The setting is Victorian London circa 1871. Tara Kathleen or Tiki as she prefers, is an orphan who picks pockets and lives with a bunch of other Orphans in Charing Cross. She picks pockets to stay alive and help out her adoptive family: Shamus, Fiona, Toots and Clara. Things go awry when Tiki, who is a pick pocket, steals a very important ring which keeps the balance between the human world and the Faerie realm. Ok so that’s about it for the spoilers, as you know I try not to give away the whole book. Tiki was a very inspirational character. She’s not been dealt the best hand, her parents were killed from what seems to be Consumption aka TB. Later on you she confesses more about what happened after they died, it’s a lot darker than I expected. Tiki rises to every challenge, she’s a compassionate,  without being weak. She’s easy to connect to. Why? Because nothing matters more to her than her family. At the end of the day she will and does anything for them. The people who she really loves the most. That really shines through as the ultimate message of this novel, especially at the end. I cannot wait to read the next in the sequel. Also, I love how the faeries take on glamours (as they do in folklore) when really they are vicious beasts. 6/7

 Title: The Faerie Ring

Author: Kiki Hamilton

Publisher: Tor Teen

*full disclosure: Purchased

Description: (by goodreads.com)

Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger. 

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

My Review:

Wow. This was so not what I was expecting, trust me that is a good thing. This is an amazing story! This is like Oliver Twist meets Faeries in Fantasy novel.

The setting is Victorian London circa 1871. Tara Kathleen or Tiki as she prefers, is an orphan who picks pockets and lives with a bunch of other Orphans in Charing Cross. She picks pockets to stay alive and help out her adoptive family: Shamus, Fiona, Toots and Clara. Things go awry when Tiki, who is a pick pocket, steals a very important ring which keeps the balance between the human world and the Faerie realm. 

Ok so that’s about it for the spoilers, as you know I try not to give away the whole book. 

Tiki was a very inspirational character. She’s not been dealt the best hand, her parents were killed from what seems to be Consumption aka TB. Later on you she confesses more about what happened after they died, it’s a lot darker than I expected. Tiki rises to every challenge, she’s a compassionate,  without being weak. She’s easy to connect to. Why? Because nothing matters more to her than her family. At the end of the day she will and does anything for them. The people who she really loves the most. That really shines through as the ultimate message of this novel, especially at the end. I cannot wait to read the next in the sequel. 

Also, I love how the faeries take on glamours (as they do in folklore) when really they are vicious beasts. 

6/7

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 Title: The Faerie RingAuthor: Kiki HamiltonPublisher: Tor Teen*full disclosure:

 

Title: Clockwork Sky

Author: Madeleine Rosca

Publisher: TOR or Tor Teen publishing?

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Bought 

Description: (by goodreads.com)From the award-winning creator of Hollow Fields comes the start of an all new, steampunk adventure trilogy! London, 1895: Riots in the streets! Erasmus Croach’s miraculous factory, Ember, has flooded London with steampowered automatons. The already suffering working class take to the streets to protest the jobs lost to these machines, and to quell the riot, Captain Thorn of Scotland Yard calls in Ember’s latest and greatest creation, the automatic police boy, Sky! Meanwhile, Sally Peppers, Croach’s headstrong and brilliant niece, dreams of a life beyond manners and marriageability. When she escapes her overbearing governess on a motorized velocipede and joins a no-rules road rally through the slums, Croach sends Sky to bring her back, preferably alive. Together, the impulsive Sally and the naive Sky crash headlong into a mystery involving rogue automatons prowling the sewers, children disappearing without a trace, and a dark secret so big it could overturn all of London. But the biggest mystery of all is why Sky is the first robot who can dream…

My Review: When the Plot of this manga becomes clear, this has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, this does not happen until the end of the manga… Nothing really gripped me until the end. Sky, and Sally were both okay as characters but they felt a little stale… The cover art is … well it’s better than Vampire High, but the way their mouth are open looks ridiculous, I was worried about whether the art work on the inside would look just as silly. Luckily, I really enjoyed the art work, both the characters grew on me especially when they know what’s being used for “Spare Parts” by Ember, but until that moment I nearly lost interest. So um yay for a potentially awesome plot line?  

Overall Rating: 4.5-5/7 

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 Title: Clockwork SkyAuthor: Madeleine RoscaPublisher: TOR or Tor Teen

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Title: Blood’s Pride

Author: Evie Manieri

Publisher: Tor

Status: Available

*full disclosure: given via Netgalley for my honest review

Description: (by goodreads.com) Rising from their sea-torn ships like vengeful, pale phantoms, the Norlanders laid waste to the Shadar under cover of darkness. They forced the once-peaceful fisher folk into slavery and forged an alliance with their former trading partners, the desert-dwelling Nomas tribe, cutting off any hope of salvation.

Now, two decades after the invasion, a rebellion gathers strength in the dark corridors of the city. A small faction of Shadari have hired the Mongrel, an infamous mercenary, to aid their fledgling uprising—but with her own shadowy ties to the region, she is a frighteningly volatile ally. Has she really come to lead a revolution, or for a more sinister purpose all her own?

My Review: This is a LONG book, not for the weak of heart ^___^”’ and it often feels like it, the almost 600 pages are at times very difficult to get through. There were a ton of characters with similar names so it was hard to keep track of who was who and which side they were on. The ton of characters were cool and it would have been okay if you know I didn’t have to look at the glossary every POV change.

Blood’s Pride had a lot of excellent and complex ideas especially the conflicts between the two warring people and the spark of the rebellion, but unfortunately… it just had too many ideas and concepts to execute properly.

Overall, I liked it. I would never call it HORRIBLE or BAD but at the same time it did have problems, The biggest being losing track of who is whoand the POVs sounding similar if not the same character to character. For some reason it reminded me of a more structured society of the Dothraki in ASOIaF vs Westeros.

Rating: 4/7 

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Title: Blood’s PrideAuthor: Evie ManieriPublisher: TorStatus: Available*full disclosure:

Girl of Nightmares

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Author: Kendare Blake

Title: Girl of Nightmares

Description from goodreads: It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

My review:

Well Cas is back and he’s seeing Anna everywhere even though she’s in hell. I really liked the earlier chapters of the book, there was a lot of Anna and you desperately wanted to help her. The ghost slaying trio’s relationships towards each other were interesting to watch. It was rather heartwarming actually to see Cas so open.

The chapters in England were interesting, you find out a lot about Cas’s blood-tie to the Athame and the history of the Athame itself. There are a couple of new characters and the one I hate most is Jestine. UGH I JUST WANTED HER TO DIE! I have to congratulate Kendare Blake for that, it demonstrates how vivid her characters are, but god I hated Jestine.

I wasn’t expecting the ending we got at all and it left me a little well shaken. I dunno I didn’t hate the ending not at all but it was very melancholy.

Overall rating: 4/7

Personally I preferred the Mediator Series by Meg Cabot the old covers were cooler but whatever it was a great series

Anna Dressed in Blood review

Author: Kendare Blake

Title: Anna Dressed in Blood

Publisher: Tor

Description:

(by goodreads.com)

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

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My Review:

It took me two days to read this. First of all I want it known, I really loved this book. It was just— I wish I had better adjectives at my disposal it was that good.  Anna Dressed In Blood was fast-paced, all the characters felt real none of them felt flat (even Mike the Meathead.) I really appreciated Cas sarcastic jaded attitude if he had been all high and mighty or played the flawless super hero he would have just felt fake. He screws up he makes mistakes but that doesn’t make me frustrated that makes me think of how well written he is. I really was blown away by how much I liked Cas.

I thought the witchcraft used in the book was successful! It wasn’t cheesy and those who practiced took it seriously but at the same time took a casual attitude towards it. It was made accessible for everyone without being ridiculous or meant to scare anyone. At least I didn’t think so. Oh and guys pay attention to the athame and the nightmares

So I love Thomas. I do. I think he’s adorable in every possible way. I wish I got more of Thomas’s background but I haven’t read the second book yet, Girl of Nightmares.  (what can I say I like underdogs.) Carmel was interesting I was always surprised by her (in a good way) I wasn’t expecting her at all to be as brave as she was.

And finally Anna. Wow, coolest ghost ever. The way all of her forms are described are amazing. The imagery was immensely vivid I always had great images of what Anna looked like from the text. She was absolutely beautiful, terrifying and so stunningly sad. I almost didn’t care that she would probably tear me in two if I was able to enter her house. I just wanted to help her much like Cas wanted to although hehe not as badly as he did. *wink*

The ending was totally unexpected, ok maybe not the part with Anna but the part with the … crap I don’t want to spoil it for you guys. Ok, needless to say the ending was a show stopper I held my breath for moments of it.

Overall: 5/7