Monday, July 29, 2013

news : Dimitri's POV by Richelle Mead

She promised and here it is :

The Meeting

A scene from the first book of the Vampire Academy series, as told from Dimitri's point of view


I turned instantly at the sound of my name, shooting a glare at the guardian approaching in the darkness.  What was he thinking?  Everyone out here tonight knew how essential secrecy was.  It didn’t matter that he was young and simply excited about his first big mission.  We had no room for errors, not when this was the only break we’d had in over a year. Realizing his mistake, he grew apologetic, though not nearly enough.

“Sorry.” He dropped his voice to a stage whisper and tapped his ear.  “Headset’s not working.  We checked the house, and they’re already gone.  They must have had warning, maybe a perimeter of spies on the streets.”  As his excitement returned, the young guardian—Laurence—began speaking rapidly.  “I was thinking about it.  They probably have a whole network of people working with them!  It makes sense, right?  How else have they managed to stay ahead of us for so long? There’s no telling how deep this conspiracy goes!  We might be facing an army tonight!”

Read the rest HERE

Monday, July 22, 2013

review : Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1)by Richelle Mead
4.5 Stars.

Featured in Alyssa's blog : AC Reads.


In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of Xseries, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.


I have a confession: Mead can do no wrong. At least in my opinion. I went in to it knowing nothing but the title and author, and since I have all the trust in the world in the author, it was the absolutely write thing for me to do.

This one has everything I love about her books, the snarky humor, sexyness and amazing characters.
It is very ambitious though, the world building is mind-boggling. She thought of everything from religion to education, technology.. (told yah, mind-boggling) Sometimes is a little too much, it is so detailed that the reader forgets that the plot line is around a murder and not just following characters around to see what they will do next.

The characters are amazing, character faults and all. March is the drunk, womanizer, genius guy that I would probably hate in real life, but because is a book, we get to understand and love him, see what he thinks and understand how his mind works. Mae is shown as this perfect porcelain doll, but soon enough, there are cracks everywhere. The side characters are amazing, I just loved Tessa!
“I can understand bitchiness in any language.” 
Yes, Tessa! YES!

The character development is just so well done, the reader really does get to see where they are coming from and why they make certain decisions, without being to much. I say that because as much as Mead gave the reader a deep understanding of her characters, she never made them predictable. Their interaction was also a thing of beauty! And the dialog is better than ever.

The plot and pacing is where it gets tricky to talk about. I love the way Mead writes, showing rather than telling, but this book just has a lot of information and a lot of character development, so I would say that the reader needs patience. The pacing is not as fast as I would like, but still there are no snails involved.
The plot is definitely back sit on this one, and sometimes it gets forgotten in the middle of all the other things. It is almost like the author just needed an excuse to group this characters together and really build the story from there. This is not to say the story lacks structure, because it really does not. 

As for the romance, I would't say is really a romance yet. There is definitely sexual tension lacing all of it, there was also a lot of steamy moments. They both look like they want to be together, but you know, feelings and reasons. Won't say any more about it.

What I would say if you asked me if you should read this?
If you never read anything from Richelle Mead, try Vampire Academy or Georgina Kinkaid, if you liked that you will probably like this.
Already a Succubus fan? Have a little patience and an open mind, chances are you are going to fall in love with this new set of characters.

Favorite quote:

The truth is, when you banish the gods from the world, they eventually come back - with a vengeance. Humans can’t stay away from gods, and gods can’t stay away from humans. It’s the natural order of things.
—  Richelle Mead, Gameboard of the Gods

Saturday, July 20, 2013

news : San Diego Comic Con - Veronica Mars footage and Catching Fire new trailer

Veronica MARS! 


Catching Fire new trailer was fine, I don't particularly like having a bunch of trailers before the movies comes out. Half the time it just ruins the movie for me.
But I can't say I didn't like this one.

news : Vampire Academy - Dimitri gets a POV.

So, the The YA Sisterhood blog likes tournaments. They are awesome and if you don't know their blog yet, you should check it out. This is not my point though.

This week the finalle was Dimitri from the Vampire Academy books versus Will from The Infernal Devices series. Last year was the same match and Will won. 
This year, Mead wated to give us some incentive to vote, so she did this:


And this happened:

And then this:

I am freacking out, I like will, but a Dimitri POV AND a first chapter? YES PLEASE!

review : Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen

Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles #10) by Tess Gerritsen
3.5 Stars.


For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at fourteen, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn—until the Boston PD puts detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is instead just one horrifying part of a relentless killer’s merciless mission.

Jane spirits Teddy to the exclusive Evensong boarding school, a sanctuary where young victims of violent crime learn the secrets and skills of survival in a dangerous world. But even behind locked gates, and surrounded by acres of sheltering Maine wilderness, Jane fears that Evensong’s mysterious benefactors aren’t the only ones watching. When strange blood-splattered dolls are found dangling from a tree, Jane knows that her instincts are dead on. And when she meets Will Yablonski and Claire Ward, students whose tragic pasts bear a shocking resemblance to Teddy’s, it becomes chillingly clear that a circling predator has more than one victim in mind.
Joining forces with her trusted partner, medical examiner Maura Isles, Jane is determined to keep these orphans safe from harm. But an unspeakable secret dooms the children’s fate—unless Jane and Maura can finally put an end to an obsessed killer’s twisted quest.

- Goodreads


I love this series, I also love the TV show.
The plot line though the books is just so well executed!

I really liked the creepy tone on this, I half expected a paranormal being to just jump at me (I might be reading too much fantasy), the pacing was good, not only fast, but also constant though out the book.

The characters as as good as always, I liked that we got a little more of Maura's life instead of more Jane.
Maura had her heartbreak, but I really did not expect her maternal side. It was a very nice surprise. I wish there was a little more of Anthony, but you can't have everything. I do think his character is going to grow on the story.

There was one point of the story that made no sense to me though, Rizolli's parents debacle with the ex and the fiancee. For me it seemed pointless, we got some information, but nothing was tied up. If you are going to create conflict, and make that an important point on the plot, at least give the reader some king of resolution by the end of the book.

It also worth mentioning that the thing that bothered me the most was Maura and Janie's relationship. I new they were not in very good terms by the end of the last book, but I think it took way to long for them to make up. And even when they did, it was still that weird friendship with them tiptoeing around each other. A little annoying.

My favorite part was the school, I have a thing for boarding schools and I loved that most of the book was set there.

If you like Rizolli and Isles, definitely go for it. It is not the best book in the series, but it is still very good! :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

I'm back!

Everybody is nice and tanned, also ate lots of guacamole..
So, I guess it would be time to resume posting?

Tomorrow, to celebrate the return of the Rizzoli and Isles show, I'll review the latest book!
 Last to Die (Rizzoli & Isles, #10) by Tess Gerritsen