Review: Iced (Fever #6) by Karen Marie Moning

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512 Pages

Published: October 30, 2012

Authors: Karen Marie Moning

Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning comes the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy, set in the world of her blockbuster Fever series.

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

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Opinion: I strongly disliked Dani’s dialect when she took over when Mac was “out”, so I put off going into Iced for about four months. Dani is fourteen and Moning makes it very apparent, so for me, Mac was it. Mac was life, I did not want to read a book from Dani’s POV. Even starting Iced I was still a little hesitant. Although it wasn’t my favorite, it was bearable. It kind of grows on you the more you read.

I WAS NOT EXPECTING RYODAN AND CHRISTIAN BEING ALL SUPER FAE, BOSS MEN PEDOS. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone that hasn’t read it but y’all, it made me super uncomfortable. So, here’s your trigger warning. It gets weird. WEIRD. Dani is fourteen. It doesn’t get out of hand, but it’s still a little too much…

Just when you think the world building can’t get any better, it does. Another thing I loved about Iced was that I thought I had it figured out. I thought I knew what was icing Dublin and boy was I wrong. Moning keeps you on your toes and throws in plot twist after plot twist.

There are multiple covers, but I definitely like the one I included in this post a lot more than the others. I think this once kind of shows the desolation that is Dublin and Dani as the “savior.” Dani is the one out in the street risking her life to save Dublin from the destruction. I think this cover perfectly epitomizes that.

I am super excited to keep reading and see how things turn out between Mac and Dani. Moning left us with a little cliffhanger at the end which makes me super upset that I have prior engagements and can’t jump straight into Burned. I can’t wait to continue the series, as I am so far behind with High Voltage coming out. I need to play catch up, NOW!

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time by Simon Garfield

I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Details

369 Pages

Author: Simon Garfield

Published: September 29, 2016

Synopsis: Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. The Beatles learn to be brilliant in an hour and a half. An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. A US Senator begins a speech that will last for 25 hours. The horrors of war are frozen at the click of a camera. A woman designs a ten-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister lives out the same four minutes over a lifetime. And a prince attempts to stop time in its tracks.

Timekeepers is a book about our obsession with time and our desire to measure it, control it, sell it, film it, perform it, immortalise it and make it meaningful. It has two simple intentions: to tell some illuminating stories, and to ask whether we have all gone completely nuts

Opinion: I was expecting more of a history of time. I DNF’d at 10%. I am not a fan of story telling and first person. There was a lot of “I” in the beginning which initially made me loose interest, hence the first person reference above.

I do not think the synopsis gives a proper explanation of what this book is. I would be dissapointed if I had purchased this.

*Side note: I really liked the cover*

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Review: It by Stephen King

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1138 Pages

Author: Stephen King

Published: September 15, 1986

Synopsis: Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers

Opinion: It took me FOREVER to finish It. Honestly, if I hadn’t decided to watch the original film at 50% I’m not sure if I would’ve kept reading. Obviously it’s a really long book and it was hard to read. I had to want to finish. I didn’t want to DNF this book, so I didn’t

There is a lot going on and a lot of information. There’s obviously things that could’ve been left out but I think they really added to the story. Everything had a purpose. There is a lot of jumping around. We are focused in the past and the present in It. There are multiple POV’s as well.

The movie made me appreciate the novel so much more. When you watch the movie you really have no clue what is happening. Nothing makes sense. It’s all really a guessing game and trying to use context to figure it out. The book goes into so much detail that I was recalling events and saying oh that’s what that was. Now I understand that scene. Do I wish I would’ve finished the book first? No. I think the movie was crap either way, but I’m glad I watched it when I did.

This was my first time reading Stephen King and I honestly never really was scared. I was more scared of being scared than anything. I found It to be very interesting and thought provoking. I am looking forward to reading more Stephen King and I will definitely be adding It to my personal shelf!

My Overall Rating: ★★★★

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Review: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

Book Details:

274 Pages

Published: October 12, 2010

Author: Loung Ung

Synopsis:  From a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.

One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh until the age of five. Then, in April 1975, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army stormed into the city, forcing Ung’s family to flee and, eventually, to disperse. Loung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, her siblings were sent to labor camps, and those who survived the horrors would not be reunited until the Khmer Rouge was destroyed.

Harrowing yet hopeful, Loung’s powerful story is an unforgettable account of a family shaken and shattered, yet miraculously sustained by courage and love in the face of unspeakable brutality.

Opinion: This book hit me on so many levels. I found myself having feelings I have never felt whilst reading a book. It really makes you think and consider how quickly life can change. How you can have everything and then one day have nothing. Never take your family for granted because they may be all you have left one day.

I think I may have enjoyed it more than I did if it had been from the viewpoint of an adult versus a child. That does not make the book any less though that it was a recount of the events that happened to her at such a young age. It is definitely interesting to see how much she remembered and the effect that it has had on her throughout her life.

This book is an autobiography. It is not fiction. It is not fake. It is real life events from a young girls point of view during the Cambodian genocide. There are events in this story that are hard to swallow. This is real. This happened. This is history.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: The Red Ledger: Part 4 by Meredith Wild

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Published: August 14, 2018

Authors: Meredith Wild

Synopsis: There’s no turning back…

The second I spared Isabel’s life, everything changed. I used to deal in death wishes. Now the instinct to protect her charts the course. Because every time I turn away from her, something turns me back. She’s uncovered a side of me that I can no longer ignore. Doesn’t change the fact that she doesn’t belong in my world.

Isabel’s learning to hold her own, but nothing can prepare her for the life I’m being called back into. With a long road ahead of us, I won’t make promises I can’t keep. She can barely accept the dark deeds of my past—a bloody history spelled out in a ledger she’s more preoccupied with than I’d like. When an old associate sets a dangerous plan in motion, I can’t hide who I really am. And there’s no turning back…

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Opinion: Just when you think this series can’t get any better, you’re wrong. I don’t understand how this is Wild’s first delve into this type of storyline, because she’s writing this story like she’s been doing it for forever.

The ride starts out smooth, but then holy mother of god can we talk about plot twists? Wild is constantly keeping us on our toes with The Red Ledger. I may cry over the fact that there are only two parts left in the series. Just bring me a box of tissues. It’ll be fine. I guess.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Isabel’s learning to hold her own, but nothing can prepare her for the life I’m being called back into. With a long road ahead of us, I won’t make promises I can’t keep. She can barely accept the dark deeds of my past—a bloody history spelled out in a ledger she’s more preoccupied with than I’d like. When an old associate sets a dangerous plan in motion, I can’t hide who I really am. And there’s no turning back…
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Review: Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children 0.5) by Ransom Riggs

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160 Pages

Published: September 3, 2016

Author: Ransom Riggs

Synopsis: Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales. 

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.

Opinion: I was very excited to finally read Tale’s of the Peculiar after finishing Library of Souls. I can honestly say it did not let me down. I have rated all eleven stories, but have chosen not to review each one in depth. There were certain themes we revisited throughout, such as greed. Each story is different though and it did not feel repetitive at all.

The Splendid Cannibals 5/5

Tales of the Peculiar started out on such a high note with The Splendid Cannibals.

The Fork-Tongued Princess 5/5

The First Ymbryne 4/5

The Woman Who Befriended Ghosts 3/5

This was a cute, short tale. It just was not as good as I felt it could have been. The ending was adorable, but the main character came across as needy and whiny throughout.

Cocobolo 4/5

The Pigeons of Saint Paul’s 5/5

The Girl Who Could Tame Nightmares 5/5

The Locust 5/5

The Locust was one of my favorite short stories in this compilation.

The Boy Who Could Hold Back the Sea 5/5

The Tale of Cuthbert 4/5

Although the shortest story in the compilation, The Tale of Cuthbert was another favorite. We have a bit of background with it in the main novels so it is fun to read the story finally.

The Man Who Bottled the Sun 3/5

Unfortunately, the stories did not end on a high note for me. I only rated two of the stories as 3/5 and this was one of those two. It was a tale of greed but it was long and drawn out in my opinion.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★

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