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Book Review – Endless Knight

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Title: Endless Knight [The Arcana Chronicles 2]

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 320

Rating: 3 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

Shocking Secrets

Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who’ve been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It’s kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Unexpected Allies

With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

Gut-Wrenching Treachery

When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history, one that Evie can’t remember—but Death can’t forget.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Oh dear. I had such high hopes for this book and most of them all fell short. I LOVED Poison Princess and I cant express the same feelings for this second book.

A very large section of this book was slow paced. You get sections of action packedness here and there, but it is mostly restricted to the first section of the book. This I think happened because Evie ends up spending alot of time at Deaths place and nothing really happens while she is there. You just get her building relationships with people who live there and thats about it. The bits of action we did get though was great, I loved when they were with the Cannibals and I was really freaking out at certain parts.

And lets just touch on how annoyed I am about the introduction of a love triangle. WHY COLE WHY? I like Death, I think he is a really interesting character and would really like to view quite a lot of things from his perspective, but the fact that the triangle was introduce frustrated me. Now onto a SPOILER I also HATED the fact that Death has such mixed emotions about Evie is because surprise surprise they were married in a previous life and she killed him. I get the life and death are supposed to be together kinda thing but that just blew my mind that that was put in, and not in a good way END SPOILER. Both are left up in the air in a serious way. The ending of the book was not any good at all. Nothing resolved, its just all prolonged.

You get pretty much no Jackson in this book. Once Death comes in he goes. But before all that Jackson’s with Evie is pretty shit house because of things that happened in the book before, things get sorted out, but they take just too long to sort through their rubbish for my liking. Jackson when he is actually caring and being nice to Evie is pretty damn adorable. I also have a theory that I think a lot of people have come to as well. I think Jackson is the last Arcana, the one that is only revealed when they kill another Arcana. It has been set up perfectly. The past between him and the Lovers has been set up perfectly for him to off them and come into his powers, completely get over the differences between him and Evie because there wont be any really anymore (if Death is left out of the picture) and things will end fine and dandy. However there has been thought by others that he is meant to kill my Matthew, to which I think NOOOO! Im glad this seems less likely in my mind because then Evie wouldn’t like him anymore, and she would probably end up with Death instead.

I love the fact that Evie has come into her powers, I think it makes her a stronger person, but I also felt that some of her previous character was left out because of it and that wasn’t a good thing. The whole thing about this Evie is that she keeps her previous personality and thusly pretty much refuses to participate in the games, but then I found that it was lost which annoyed me. I didn’t laugh as much in this book, Evie lost some of her sass and quick wit/bright spirit. I don’t think this was intentional, other things just seemed to take over rather than keeping her character the way it was described to be. I do like though how Cole works through how when Evie uses her powers, she has a hard time remembering she doesn’t want to play the game and just wants to win. I like the struggle.

Though this book fell flat I still am eager for the next one. I hope that Cole has gotten over her malfunctions in this book and the level gets popped back up to its 5 star rating.

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OCD & Books Don’t Mix – Book Height

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I would like to point out that I don’t actually have OCD (I think), if I do it’s probably really mild stuff. This series of posts will be about observations that drive me completely insane in regards to books and writing.

I went to get books the other day and I noticed that I’m starting to develop a serious issue. All my books must be of the same height. Now this might not seem like a big issue, and at first it wasn’t for me either, but I’m starting to feel this compulsion restrain me from enjoying my reading time.

At first it started off as a simple kind of thing. All books in the same series must be of the same height. Easy enough and really understandable on the grand scheme of things. They must be pretty, matching and neat. Unfortunately for me this level of the OCD trait is aggravated by one series on my shelf, Twilight, because I was given the first two books in the series at the same time and they were both of different heights.

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The first book in the series just gives me a headache everytime I look at it, but I just can’t justify finding the larger size copy to match the rest of my Stephanie Meyer books because I feel like the Twilight series is one I probably won’t love till the end of time. So that this issue never happens again I have put off buying books for ages. One of my series that is not complete is the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. It has been over a year since the final book Rapture was release and there is still an empty spot on my shelf for it. But, I spose I will continue to wait until I finally see the correct size so something like this doesn’t happen:

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This poor person has THREE different book sizes for this series. Gah I think I would just die.

Then my obsession started growing more. I own the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, and this series kind of branches off and continues in a different characters perspective in the new series Bloodlines. To me, it might as well be the same series, so the height rules was applied. I didn’t want something like this to happen:

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BUT, now a new issue arises for me. The first book in the new series Bloodlines was release in mid 2011 and its now the end of 2013 and I still have not seen it released in a smaller size. A general rule I have noticed with releasing books in a different size is that it normally takes about a year. Its been more than a year. Does this mean its just not going to come out in this smaller size? If so what on earth am I going to do? Do I forever deny myself of something I really want to read possibly forever because I can’t handle the different book sizes, or do I try and get over it (so not easy to do) and then possibly have to risk the fact that I might cry and have to buy them all over again if they finally release them in a different size once I bought the books?

Then the other day while looking at my shelf I noticed that It had turned into something more. Books by the same author but are in no way related to each other being a different size to one another started to freak me out. For example, there two books of mine by Kresley Cole:

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They are nothing alike, Poison Princess is a young adult book and A Hunger Like No Other is one of her adult smutty slightly too rape like adult books, but the fact that I can’t put them neatly next to each other on my shelf has been giving me more and more concern. My chest kind of tightens when I think about it.

Now the fact that I feel like this makes me worry, because I can totally see myself getting more OCD and then insisting that all my books be of the same height. That would make my reading life way more complicated.

Do any of you guys out there in reader land have this issue? How bad is it for you? Or do you not care a bit? If so, how can I stop carring so much!

Till next time…

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Book Review – Poison Princess

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Title: Poison Princess

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic Supernatural Romance

Length: 369

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Just inject this story into my veins.

Oh Kresley Cole, though I love your smut you did have me worried with the last book when you started mentioning things like ‘steaming semen.’ I could tell you wrote the book at certain sections, such as the main character being a confused girl with untapped power (check) and the allure of bad boys with attitude problems (check), but most the book seemed like it was written by a completely different author. Well done! That shows great skill to me. It was amazing to see how much you can focus on creating such a world and the people in it when you dont have to focus on throbbing penises popping up all the time.

Right from the get go I was snagged in the story. I loved the approach of slowly introducing everything and everyone in three different time frames. The 1st, the present after ‘The Flash,’ then through story telling the days before the flash, and finally all the days after the end of pretty much everything that lead our main character Evie to where she is at the beginning of the book. Though I was snagged from the beginning, the second I think I realised that the book was seriously going to hit me was before the Flash even happened. We are introduced to Evie’s best friend Mel at a number of points. After she did something that just made me love her character thinking “My Gods I love Mel,” straight after it was followed by “holly crap and shes totally going to die in the next couple of pages…” That moment right there sealed the book for me. Its one thing to make me laugh (which it did), its another to make me sad. I was seriously depressed and completely heartbroken. There was also another point which nearly had me in tears.

As people will probably work out quickly is that I am never a fan of zombies, which seem to be completely unavoidable when it comes to post-apocalyptic stories, so that was a downfall for me. Though they didn’t call them zombies and they didnt eat brains, they were pretty much the same. They were called bagmen and they were gross slimy creatures that just want to suck up the remaining water from the earth and thusly attack people for the water in their bodies. However I really liked  the idea of people embodying Cole’s interpretation of the Major Arcana Tarot Cards, and gaining power from them and engaging in epic battles that seem to repeat throughout the ages.

Jackson – The only character that we are properly introduced to that doesnt get a card. He probably doesnt need one though because his tough attitude and willingness to beat a man to death kind of helps him live. Im not really all that keen on Jack personally, he had just way too much teen drama going on for my liking, and everytime he said things like “A man has needs and if you dont give them too much ill get them somewhere else” I wanted to slap him. Of course, I wanted to slap Evie more for still pining after him when he said stuff like that to her.

The Empress Card is Evie – Evie is the main character, and I have bits of mixed feelings about her character. I loved the fact that she was a preppy popular cheerleader rather than a quiet girl who doesnt like the spotlight. Through most the book she was fighting and denying her awesome power which lets her control and grow plants, because she doesnt want to become the evil lady from her dreams. But then at the end of the book she has a dramatic change and totally embraces it and the idea of being the evil lady. How quickly this happened didnt work for me, and I found it annoying that she thought that if she practised her powers she had to be an evil person… She could have totally just embraced her powers and used them to put plants back on the earth, rather than using them to rip a guy in half.

Death – He is the big bad that is trying to kill Evie. Though we didnt get as much as I would have liked of him, he is probably one of my more favourite characters. Apparently for the next book he is going to be in the book more because a love triangle forms between him, Evie, and Jacks because past cards have had a love connection between the Empress and Death. I really cant wait to see how that turns out.

The Fool is Matthew – Completely bonkers and completely loveable. I dont know why, but I have a soft spot for characters of the crazy sort. You would be crazy and annoying too if you saw everything, past present and future. He is in my top favourite characters, even though I can completely understand why some of the other characters wanted to hit him. He requires much patience.

The Hermit – His character was slightly annoying to me. His character of being a super bad guy who tortures girls felt just way too forceful. Someone of such a sick personality could easily have been conveyed far better if it was said in less obvious ways without to repetition.

The Moon and The Magician – I didnt really get to know these characters to have much of an opinion of them, though at this time I like the Magician more than the Moon.

Be warned, the book ends on a major cliff hanger and many things go unanswered, and I don’t know if this is an attempt by Cole to make people buy the next book or not, but its going to be really painful for me to wait until October 1st to read the next instalment!

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Book Review – Shadows Claim

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Title: Shadows Claim

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Supernatural Erotica

Length: 481

Rating: 4 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Shadow’s Claim features Prince Trehan, a ruthless master assassin who will do anything to possess Bettina, his beautiful sorceress mate, even compete for her hand in a blood-sport tournament—to the death.

He won’t be denied…

Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people, striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself—until he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore’s most fearsome villains.

She’s bound to another…

Desperate to earn her guardians’ approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails—even though she’s lost her heart to another. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure.

A battle for her body and soul…

Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina’s heart is yet to come. And unleashing a millennium’s worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away—or stoke Bettina’s own desires to a fever-pitch…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Oh I needed that. It has been awhile since I had to seriously convince myself to put a book down and go to sleep before the sun comes up. Thank you ever so much Kresley Cole.

Im not saying this book was perfect, it was riddled with things that were annoying. However for me the good outshone the bad.

Some of the bad would be that Cole tends to repeat herself quite a bit. She tells us things many many times and it does get annoying to get it brought up so often. I was consumed with the story, I hadn’t forgotten that detail just yet… You can also tell how things are going to pan out most the time with very little surprises. I also felt that semen was brought up a tad too much, and I mean it was brought up a lot. A sperm bank would have a wonderful time with the amount of sperm deposits that were brought up if they were to be receiving them.

Now some of the good. I thought the characters were pretty well written, not perfect but ever so enjoyable. My favourite was Salem, closely followed by Bettina’s Evil Queen godmother Morgana. Those two had me laughing out loud on a number of occasions. Some of my favourite Morgana lines are:

‘”Look at the pretties Bettina!”

“Prancing, prancing ponies for Bettina?” Morgana queried. “No? Seriously?” … “But how they prance.”

“Heads, Bettina!” Morgan cried, clasping her hand to her breast and batting her eyes. “A bag full of them! Just like your always wanted!”‘

I read that some people really didn’t enjoy Morgana all that much because of the way she treated Bettina, and because they thought she was a very typical character. I personally thought that we really didnt get to see much of her to pass that kind of judgement. She would just show up and half say things, insult, or say something delightful then go again. I also didnt really think she treated Bettina as badly as others, sure she called her freakling which at first I thought was a bit harsh, but later on it really grew on me. I wouldnt mind that as a nickname if I was her. Bettina also made some good comments about how she could tell she loved her in her own way, shes just a natural bitch and it was hard for her to turn off. I didnt mind Bettina, I liked her a lot more when she finally grew a backbone and got her awesome root power back. For someone who is supposed to come from quite a lot of ‘evil’ family I think that part of her could have been presented more. Evil can do good and good can do evil, they dont exclude each other and I dont think people remember that very often. I dont know where she stood on the how good or how evil scale.  I didnt get enough of her personality away from Trehan to really get full sense of her. Trehan was a dick, a well written bastard. I don’t really get the attraction the the abusive kind of male… no matter what good reasons he may have. And in true Morgana fashion “thats all I’ll say on the matter.”

I also loved even the slightest mention of characters I have read in her other books. Im fully planning on going back and reading all her books that relate to this Lore filled world. For me really this is what interests me most about the books. Sure, Im not going to complain about the sex, but its an added bonus, not the reason I read them. At this point im more interested in what is happening in that world as a whole, how all these characters connect, and their more broad lives, not just the sexy romantic bits.

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Books and Life (In the Mail #4)

Wow guys did I go on an adventure for books the other day! Actually that whole afternoon was kind of an adventure… But first I think I need to start with some back story.

So the other day my internet buddy Author Unpublished posted a blog going on about how she is apart of a book club called Vaginal Fantasy and just how truly awesome she thinks it is so I went and had a peek. I was currently apart of no book clubs and had been looking for one to join anyway so I signed up. After signing up I went and had a look at the books they have listed for this months reading and I did little mental flips of joy because I knew the author, Kresley Cole, from a book I read (and still read often) a couple of years ago. Because I enjoyed this book so much, in an erotic mythical way, I had actually been meaning to try some of her other books, so joining the club just forced me to do this finally. The books I have to read are:

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And thus began my afternoon of bookshop treasure hunting. I’ll just say now that I didn’t enjoy it.

At first I thought this was going to be really easy to find these books instore because I had seen a bunch of Cole’s books at Target so that is where my journey began. I went to Target and scanned the shelves but couldnt find any of her work under C, after this it didnt take me very long to work out that their system of sorting books didn’t mean much to them because no book was in its correct place. I then found the book I already own, the only one of her books I have read, A Hunger Like No Other. I kept searching and found just one another edition to the Immortals After Dark series, but neither of the books I wanted are from that series so I left to move onto the next book. I then moved onto a store called AllBooks4Less. Have you ever been into one of those stores? Its like someone just went and gathered all the books they could find then threw them all into a giant pile, put a sign on it, and called it a bookstore. They are just horrible despite the cheapness (they only charge $5 per book). Stay away if you can, the cheap is just to get you in there but its traumatic experience once you are. In here I found yet a different book from the IAD series. This was the only Kresley Cole book I found in the store despite I pulled every book off the shelf because they had more than one layer. I then moved onto a store Hyer Discount Bookworld which had practically no books in so I gave up. Getting really annoyed by this point turned to Kmart. Not having much hope I was making my way to the section I wanted I walked past the cook book section and there on the shelf just one copy of The Poison Princess! Just the one, and clearly out of place I went searching for where it might have come from in the hopes the other would be there. When I finally found its the rest of its copy (of which there were only 3 others) in the childrens section -_- this I found a little bit disturbing if it is anything like A Hunger Like No Other… Last but not Least I moved onto the only proper bookstore in my shopping department, Robin’s Books. To the erotic section I go and there it is Shadow’s Claim! The only Cole book on the shelf. To top it off the store clerk gave me a 20% discount cause it had a little nick on the back cover. Thank you store clerk for lifting my spirits, my journey to find this book took me hours. If I didn’t think I was going to seem crazy, I would have hugged him.

The not appearing crazy thing didn’t last long though as I moved on to do tafe work at the shopping centre. As anyone who has been following my blog for awhile I am studying Animal studies (is always the reason why there is a large gap between reviews) and for part of my workbooks I had to gather information of of the back of many many animal food products (x5 cans of dog food, x5 cans of cat food, x3 dry dog food, x3 dry cat food, certain brands and supplements for animals and the list goes on…). Rather than spend hours ans hours writing it all down I took pictures. So now Im the crazy person who has been taking photos of the animal food for about an hour, and to top it all off, a coles employee then comes up to me and asks me to leave. Gah what a day. I didn’t even get all the info I need and have to go back for more -_- Right now Im having to write about the difference between the nutrients/food a cow needs normally compared to when they are getting ready to be artificially insementated, so if you have any info on that chuck it my way XD

On another note I received a few books I won off of Goodreads in the mail over the last couple of weeks. Those books are:

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I really need to somehow find some time to read…