Faerieground: Wish

by Beth Bracken and Kay Fraser 

artwork by Odessa Sawyer

Published by Capstone Young Readers

Full Disclosure: I got it from NetGalley

My Review:This is something I thought I’d really enjoy, I’m sorry to say, that wasn’t the case… The concept was interesting and I really appreciated how they portrayed faeries as dark creatures. Why? Because in mythology they ARE dark creatures, we grew up with Disney’s Tinkerbell and I’m sorry but that is simply not the case. Faeries are little monsters. That being said I cannot recommend this book simply because of the English alone. I’m sorry but a 15 year old could have made fewer grammatical errors. Some sentences were really awkward and a few times I felt like there were words missing. Such as you know when you type a really quick email or a text and you thought you wrote a word and you didn’t? 

ex. “So I’ll see you later” but instead you actually wrote “So I’ll see later.” 

That’s what some sentences were like. 

Also I really didn’t connect with the story, everything felt too rushed so I didn’t really get involved with the characters. I didn’t like them, I didn’t hate them, I felt nothing for them.  

Odessa’s Artwork probably helped out the story a bit, it was visually stunning. 

2/7

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HIGH-RES Faerieground: Wishby Beth Bracken and Kay Fraser artwork by

Title: Solstice
Author: P.J. Hoover
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing/ Published Independently

Description from Goodreads:

Piper’s world is dying. Global warming kills every living thing on Earth, and each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy humanity. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives with her mother who suffocates her more than the chaotic climate. When her mother is called away to meet the father Piper has been running from her entire life, Piper seizes an opportunity for freedom.

But when Piper discovers a world of mythology she never knew existed, she realizes her world is not the only one in crisis. While Gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals into turmoil, and she struggles to find answers to secrets kept from her since birth. And though she’s drawn to her classmate Shayne, he may be more than he claims. Piper has to choose whom she can trust and how she can save the people she loves even if it means the end of everything she’s ever known

My Review:

Sorry guys I meant to write this review so long ago >__<

So I wasn’t sure what to think about Solstice at first. The beginning was a little bit slower than I like, but steadily it reached a much better tempo, and plot got better and better. I was surprised I liked this so much,(but it’s a Hades and Persephone story so it won me over quickly.) Piper is a believable girl in this distopia, she has numerous problems and a complicated home life. Despite this she seldom plays the victim, she tries to discover herself and pushes her limits.

 I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would, and I would definitely read a sequel if one came out. The author really did their research on greek myths and the greek underworld. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the attention to detail in this novel. All the characters are complex, however all of them aren’t perfect. There will be moments that will frustrate you, as they did with me. However it made me appreciate these characters so much more because let’s face it everyone does things the frustrate us on a day-to-day basis. 

I give this a 5.5/7 

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Title: SolsticeAuthor: P.J. HooverPublisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing/ Published

Title: Etiquette &amp; Espionage<br />Author: Gail Carriger<br />Publisher: Little Brown Books<br />Status: Available now<br />*full disclosure: I snagged up an Advanced Reviewer’s Copy It was the happiest day of my life let me tell you!!!<br />Description: (by goodreads.com) “It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.”<br />Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners — and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.But young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage — in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.<br />My Review: Endearing &amp; Exciting! <br />Etiquette &amp; Espionage was everything I hoped it was going to be and more! Gail continues to write in her amazing dead-pan type of British humor that doesn’t talk down to her new YA audience. Etiquette &amp; Espionage is set a couple of decades before the Parasol Protectorate. Those who have read the adult series (like me) will have a superb time squeeing over familiar characters but younger versions of several characters.  However, to all those who haven’t read the Parasol Protectorate do not fret, because Gail does an amazing job of introducing everything and everyone so that you will never feel left out.<br />Like the Parasol Protectorate I’m very happy stating that this is also a great gateway novel into the steampunk world. It’s informative enough on all the inventions and machinery to get yourselves familiar with the Steampunk world so that you could journey into other series without feeling too lost! An Example would be ’Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality’ itself (IT FLOATS AROUND LONDON ON A DIRIGIBLE!!!!!!!!!!) <br />I seriously fell hard for this book and this is why I’ve delayed so long in writing the review I wanted to do it justice. I highly recommend it to everyone.<br />My Overall Rating: 7/7

Title: Etiquette & Espionage

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: I snagged up an Advanced Reviewer’s Copy It was the happiest day of my life let me tell you!!!

Description: (by goodreads.com) “It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.”

Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners — and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage — in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

My Review: Endearing & Exciting!

Etiquette & Espionage was everything I hoped it was going to be and more! Gail continues to write in her amazing dead-pan type of British humor that doesn’t talk down to her new YA audience. Etiquette & Espionage is set a couple of decades before the Parasol Protectorate. Those who have read the adult series (like me) will have a superb time squeeing over familiar characters but younger versions of several characters.  However, to all those who haven’t read the Parasol Protectorate do not fret, because Gail does an amazing job of introducing everything and everyone so that you will never feel left out.

Like the Parasol Protectorate I’m very happy stating that this is also a great gateway novel into the steampunk world. It’s informative enough on all the inventions and machinery to get yourselves familiar with the Steampunk world so that you could journey into other series without feeling too lost! An Example would be ’Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality’ itself (IT FLOATS AROUND LONDON ON A DIRIGIBLE!!!!!!!!!!)

I seriously fell hard for this book and this is why I’ve delayed so long in writing the review I wanted to do it justice. I highly recommend it to everyone.

My Overall Rating: 7/7

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Title: Etiquette & Espionage Author: Gail Carriger Publisher:

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

Title: The Nightmare Garden<br />Author: Caitlin Kittredge<br />Publisher: Delacorte Books<br />Status: Available now<br />*full disclosure: Free thanks to my friend Toni who let me borrow hers<br />Description:<br />(by goodreads.com)<br />Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn’t going to succumb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn’t human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she’s ravaged on the world that’s about to poison her.<br />My Review:<br />This is the Sequel to the Iron Thorn Book #2 in the Iron Codex. I liked it. The Ending was the real hero in this. It was slower than the first but I did enjoy it. Although, I hated the moments with Aoife and her father. Especially when they try to be sweet to each other, why? Unrealistic. Plain and Simple. How do I know this? Because my own relationship with my father is hell  but that’s neither here nor there. It just didn’t feel right, when they hit bumps it felt perfectly in sync but when they tried to get along it was WAY to saccharine. <br />Ok so that was the negative. The positive is that this book is just as intricate as the last. You learn so much more about Aoife’s world and her part in it. There are so many opposing forces, not just two generic black and white good and evil. There is Aoife and her small group (which is just her most of the time) against the world and they’re desperately trying to survive while saving it. By the end of the novel nothing is resolved perfectly but it’s satisfying. I want to read the next one and I believe it’s the last in the series I hope it ties up everything well. <br />Overall Rating: 5/7

Title: The Nightmare Garden

Author: Caitlin Kittredge

Publisher: Delacorte Books

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Free thanks to my friend Toni who let me borrow hers

Description:

(by goodreads.com)

Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn’t going to succumb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn’t human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.
When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she’s ravaged on the world that’s about to poison her.

My Review:

This is the Sequel to the Iron Thorn Book #2 in the Iron Codex. I liked it. The Ending was the real hero in this. It was slower than the first but I did enjoy it. Although, I hated the moments with Aoife and her father. Especially when they try to be sweet to each other, why? Unrealistic. Plain and Simple. How do I know this?Because my own relationship with my father is hell  but that’s neither here nor there. It just didn’t feel right, when they hit bumps it felt perfectly in sync but when they tried to get along it was WAY to saccharine.

Ok so that was the negative. The positive is that this book is just as intricate as the last. You learn so much more about Aoife’s world and her part in it. There are so many opposing forces, not just two generic black and white good and evil. There is Aoife and her small group (which is just her most of the time) against the world and they’re desperately trying to survive while saving it. By the end of the novel nothing is resolved perfectly but it’s satisfying. I want to read the next one and I believe it’s the last in the series I hope it ties up everything well.

Overall Rating: 5/7

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Title: The Nightmare Garden Author: Caitlin Kittredge Publisher: Delacorte

Title: The Iron Thorn<br />Author: Caitlin Kittredge<br />Publisher: Delacorte Books<br />Status: Available Now<br />*full disclosure: Borrowed from a Friend<br />Description:<br />(by goodreads.com)<br />In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.<br />     Aoife Grayson’s family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.<br />My Review:<br />Oh, this book. THIS BOOK. I loved this book, Distopia, Faeries, Steampunk AND Magic? What more can a girl ask for? lol sorry *fangirl moment* Wow I—why is it so much harder to write positive reviews?! Seriously every time I say something I have to edit out all the ridiculous fan girl moments… I’m sorry, thanks you guys for putting up with it.<br />This is kind of a heavy duty novel, but it’s so worth it. I haven’t really transported into another world in a long time, but in this novel I was emerged in it’s world. The monsters, the necrovirus, the machinery and magic it all felt so real. The pacing was perfect sometimes I fell like stories can rush you into all the information too fast  where as this novel was able to let you absorb everything without being too slow as well. There is some romance but it developed over time which as you know I fully appreciate, it minimizes the ridiculous. Also it wasn’t the main focus of the story the main focus was the dystopian world and to answer some big questions about the society, the necrovirus and the balance between science and magic. <br />Okay the characters were amazingly developed and each of them had something to offer. For the purposes of keeping this short I’m going to focus on the main three. Aoife (the heroine of  the story,) Cal (her best friend) and Dean her guide.  Aoife Grayson is pretty much my hero, she’s smart, brave and basically a badass. She’s in a world where women are still considered “the weaker sex” and she never lets that stop her. She however is in constant fear of the madness that has consumed the rest of her family. The story really begins when Aoife goes off to find her mad brother Conrad when he asks her for help. <br />Cal who is Aoife’s and was Conrad’s best friend, refuses to let Aoife go it alone, as much as it grieves him. Cal’s a little annoying at first I mean he means well and you can really tell he cares about Aoife but he’s a tad ridiculous but sort of fluffy and adorable. He has bad moments and great ones. Honestly, when you find out about Cal’s real deal, it stuns you. I know it stunned me , and it really made him more endearing. I know it shouldn’t have but it did and it made me want to give him a cookie or a really big hug.<br />Dean is the mysterious one of the group. He’s kind of great at moments, and exceedingly interesting to figure out. He is the perfect guide and for the most part is levelheaded.<br />Loved it but I wish we could have seen Conrad sooner<br />6.5/7

Title: The Iron Thorn

Author: Caitlin Kittredge

Publisher: Delacorte Books

Status: Available Now

*full disclosure: Borrowed from a Friend

Description:

(by goodreads.com)

In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.

     Aoife Grayson’s family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.

My Review:

Oh, this book. THIS BOOK. I loved this book, Distopia, Faeries, Steampunk AND Magic? What more can a girl ask for? lol sorry *fangirl moment* Wow I—why is it so much harder to write positive reviews?! Seriously every time I say something I have to edit out all the ridiculous fan girl moments… I’m sorry, thanks you guys for putting up with it.

This is kind of a heavy duty novel, but it’s so worth it. I haven’t really transported into another world in a long time, but in this novel I was emerged in it’s world. The monsters, the necrovirus, the machinery and magic it all felt so real. The pacing was perfect sometimes I fell like stories can rush you into all the information too fast  where as this novel was able to let you absorb everything without being too slow as well. There is some romance but it developed over time which as you know I fully appreciate, it minimizes the ridiculous. Also it wasn’t the main focus of the story the main focus was the dystopian world and to answer some big questions about the society, the necrovirus and the balance between science and magic.

Okay the characters were amazingly developed and each of them had something to offer. For the purposes of keeping this short I’m going to focus on the main three. Aoife (the heroine of  the story,) Cal (her best friend) and Dean her guide.  Aoife Grayson is pretty much my hero, she’s smart, brave and basically a badass. She’s in a world where women are still considered “the weaker sex” and she never lets that stop her. She however is in constant fear of the madness that has consumed the rest of her family. The story really begins when Aoife goes off to find her mad brother Conrad when he asks her for help.

Cal who is Aoife’s and was Conrad’s best friend, refuses to let Aoife go it alone, as much as it grieves him. Cal’s a little annoying at first I mean he means well and you can really tell he cares about Aoife but he’s a tad ridiculous but sort of fluffy and adorable. He has bad moments and great ones. Honestly, when you find out about Cal’s real deal, it stuns you. I know it stunned me , and it really made him more endearing. I know it shouldn’t have but it did and it made me want to give him a cookie or a really big hug.

Dean is the mysterious one of the group. He’s kind of great at moments, and exceedingly interesting to figure out. He is the perfect guide and for the most part is levelheaded.

Loved it but I wish we could have seen Conrad sooner

6.5/7

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Title: The Iron Thorn Author: Caitlin Kittredge Publisher: Delacorte