Title: The Last Werewolf
Author: Glen Duncan
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd.

Book Description from Goodreads:

Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you’d never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you—and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely. 
Jake’s depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide—even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive. 
Here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend—mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century—a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human. 
One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years

I give up. This book… I have tried so many times to read this book but I never know who is speaking and it’s SO SLOW I ended up not even finishing it. I just couldn’t do it. I’m an avid werewolf fan, they are my favorite supernatural monsters, There were sex scenes, and what was almost a compelling plot, but ugh. If you go onto goodreads there are many people who liked it, my mom included! So give it a try if you like, I heard that if you listen to the book on audible it’s much better. 

Sadly this is my first 2/7 why? because I couldn’t even will myself to finish… but I couldn’t give it a 1 because I know a lot of other people liked it, which makes me think maybe it just wasn’t the book for me. Also it was a book nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award for best novel for 2011, so maybe I missed something.

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Title: The Last WerewolfAuthor: Glen DuncanPublisher: Canongate Books Ltd.Book

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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

 Makeshift Miracle Volume 1: the Girl From Nowhere

story by Jim Zub

Art by Shun Hong Chan

Full Disclosure: Thank you NetGalley

Description from goodreads:

A young boy named Colby Reynolds searches for meaning in the world around him and discovers a place where dreams can come true – if he’s willing to pay the price! Along the way he’ll see sights he’s never fathomed and encounter hidden truths about himself he’ll wish he never knew. The hit online comic is now a beautiful, high-quality hardcover graphic novel, perfect for teen readers and manga fans with a durable, library-quality binding.

My Review: The art work is amazing

The plot is interesting but A) it’s hardly new and B) Colby and Iris fell a little flat. At first I really didn’t like Colby slowly he got more tolerable, but unfortunately Iris went in the opposite direction. We first meet Iris when she fell from the sky.

Iris lost her memories, so for me she gets a pass to be a little mary sue-ish and irritating, which actually she wasn’t, for the first half of the story. Then, she somehow managed to turn a person into tree? Or made a tree out of thin air in the middle of Colby’s Apartment. She acts like it’s nothing when Colby asks her about it. I don’t know about you but is I somehow grew a tree out of a person or nothing, I would be freaking out. I would probably call Colby while having a panic attack. She acts like a snotty jaded teenager which really turned me off of her unfortunately, and then only cries when Colby freaks out and asks her what happened. It seemed so fake, and completely lacked authentic human emotions that you would expect would arise in that particular situation.

Colby is at first annoyingly self involved and is completely overdramatic. I nearly put the book down because of his crappy attitude. Luckily the art work was so amazing that I felt compelled to at least see where it was going. It’s actually funny while Iris got seriously annoying he got more and more sympathetic. 

Overall I like the concept of this particular work and I would read the second volume to see if it got better. The start was slow but it got progressively better and even though Iris became annoying she can do pretty amazing things, and I want to give her the benefit of the doubt considering I thought she was awesome in the beginning of the book.

4/7 so far, but I really want to see volume 2 

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 Makeshift Miracle Volume 1: the Girl From Nowherestory

ImageImageOld Non-YA cover, New Ya Cover

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

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: August Moon
Author: Diana Thung
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions

Description by Goodreads:

The townspeople of Calico believe in the legend of the Soul Fire – orbs of light dancing through the night sky, believed to be the souls of dead ancestors watching over the town. 

But when eleven-year-old Fiona Gan comes to town with her dad, she learns the amazing truth: these “fireballs” are actually the light from lanterns carried by mysterious rabbit-like creatures as they leap across rooftops! 

Leaping with them is the peculiar street boy Jaden, who rarely speaks and claims to come from the moon. But the games may be coming to an end, because Fi and her dad are not the only newcomers to Calico… when a creepy corporation starts bulldozing the nearby forests, she finds herself uncovering a whole world of secrets, and drawn into Jaden’s battle for the soul of a community.

My Review: 

The two main characters are Fiona aka Fi and Jaden. Jaden seems to be some sort of vagabond, and he’s always some form of trouble. Fi is the complete opposite, she came to town and stays with her Uncle while her Father researches the Totoro-like beings.  She and Jaden become fast-friends and discover suspicious people who look like they’re up to no good. 

This was cute. I didn’t really like the how the humans were drawn but the magical animals were really cute. They try to save their forests and the town, but this isn’t necessarily for young kids. There’s quite a bit of violence such as people and animals being shot. Um, yeah this was interesting. It was a little bit like Totoro on acid but it as a whole the novel was amusing.

At first it was a little hard to follow, but once Fi and Jaden investigate the suspicious new comers everything falls into place. The ending is actually a little sad surprisingly but that’s why I gave it a 4.5-5 rather than just a 4. The story had layers.

fun fact: the author actually credits Totoro as a source of inspiration.

4.5-5/7

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Title: August MoonAuthor: Diana ThungPublisher: Top Shelf ProductionsDescription by

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: