Thursday, May 26, 2011

Review of Enclave by Ann Aguirre

EnclaveWELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE In Deuce's world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed 'brat' has trained into one of three groups-Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear--to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She's worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing's going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce's troubles are just beginning.

Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn't like following orders. At first she thinks he's crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don't always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she's never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.

As Deuce's perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy... but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she's ever known.
What if all of your favorite post apocalyptic and dystopian books were able to marry and produce offspring? The outcome of such a phenomenal mash-up would have the potential to be the most uber fabulous, end all of end all stories. It would have action, adventure, struggle, zombies, sickness, corrupt leadership, strong protagonist, and amazing characters. In fact, it would be exactly like ENCLAVE.

This book has it all and then some!

At first I feared that there was too much going on in the book and fought the urge to compare it to other popular books in this genre. But, sooner rather than later, I forgot why I was so skeptical and surrendered all to the plot. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!

The story is really made of three different parts. The first (and longest storyline) focusing on the people who have been surviving the apocalypse underground for centuries--never setting their eyes on the sun and everything "top side". Underground they have developed a type of government and assign people jobs (this was very reminiscent of City of Ember). Some people are born to be breeders, some builders, and others hunters. The Hunters are the group of people that go through the tunnels and collect food and try to remove "The Freaks" which are zombie like creatures that live underground and one of the threats to the settlement. However, there is another threat to the long term survival of the enclave and that is their life spans. For an unknown reason, most likely from nutrition or lack of sunlight, the people born and living in the underground enclave's do not live long, in fact their Elder is 25 years old.

This first part of the book not only introduces us to the characters and their way of life underground, but also to the relationships that become very important through out the rest of the story. In particular that of Deuce, the huntress, and Fade the orphan boy who joined the enclave only years earlier. It is the bond between them that leads us to the second part of the storyline. Together they are exiled from the enclave and forced to try to make it "top side" where gangs of boys are the main threat (this part reminded me of The Hunger Games where Peeta and Katniss are in the arena).

The third part focuses on Deuce, Fade and a couple of new friends and their journey to find a safer place to take shelter. As they travel North we see how the stress and uncertainty of the journey effects their bonds and how they strive to persevere in a hostile world.

Though there are lots of things that on their own would and have already made interesting stories, joined together they made something really awesome. I was very sad when it ended because I wasn't ready to close the book. I was pleased to discover that there is another book in this series coming out in just can't get here soon enough!

2011 is definitely proving to be full of amazing books and ENCLAVE is one of my favorites!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Win a copy of WITHER and ARC of FEVER by Lauren DeStefano


Wither (The Chemical Garden Trilogy)In honor of author Lauren Destefano's 3,000th follower on Twitter, she is giving away an ARC of Wither, as well as (wait for it…) an ARC of its sequel, Fever. Fever is so brand new that it has not been printed. She has a word document open RIGHT NOW, at this VERY MOMENT, full of copyedits for Fever. Somewhere, in the magical building where books are printed, there is a chunk of space that WILL SOON BE OCCUPIED BY THESE ARCS! That is how early this giveaway is. Maybe there is an empty space in the mail truck that will soon be occupied by this ARC on its way to your house, if you are the lucky winner. Here is what you will get:

An ARC of Fever. As I just mentioned, these haven’t been printed yet, so there will be a wait before your winnings ship. When will Fever ARCs be printed? I don’t know, but, whenever it is, it will definitely be before the rest of the world gets to read this book.

An ARC of Wither. Now wait a minute, you’re saying. Why would I want an ARC of Wither when it’s already published?

Well I’ll tell ya! Lauren DeStefano will personalize this ARC. If you bid on her ebay auctions for charity a few months back, you know that she does full-service personalization. She'll sign it, write custom messages, sprinkle the pages with chocolate chips if you ask her to (although I don’t recommend that last thing). In her ebay auctions, someone asked her to draw a cat wielding a lightsaber, and SHE MADE THAT HAPPEN.

Now, I absolutely LOVED this book and the author has impressed me to the point that I will automatically pre-order all of her next a tiny part of me doesn't want to share this contest with anyone, but the other part of me wants the world to fall in love with this series too!

How can you enter?
  • Step 1: Tweet, facebook, or blog a link to this giveaway
  • Step 2: Comment on Lauren's blog with a link to your post. If you mentioned it on twitter, facebook, and your blog, you can comment up to three times with a separate link to each mention. If you comment more than three times, the additional comments won’t be counted.
  • Step 3: Tell friends!

The winner will be chosen via a random number generator.

The giveaway will end at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, May 31st, with a winner being announced later that day.

Oh, and this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL! =D

Friday, May 20, 2011

Will blog more....soon

Hey severyone. End of the year is coming up and I have been busy and neglecting my little blog PLUS i found a kitten and she is very demanding of my time...

See....she is whining in this picture;)

Awwww...but isn't she CUTE?!?

Friday, May 6, 2011

REVIEW: Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon

*This review was originally posted on Paperback Dolls
Invincible: The Chronicles of NickNick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.

His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them...

INIVINCIBLE picks up right where INFINITY left off....and I mean immediately following the event of the first book. I loved that I was able to get right back into the story.

Nick is trying to deal with the fall out from the Zombie attacks in the first book and due to his new found abilities and his new supernatural "friends", Nick is juggling a lot of different things.

Once again, the relationship between Nick and his mother really shines through and is one of the things that makes me love Nick's character so much. With his mother unemployed all of a sudden, Nick's friend the Dark Hunter Kyrian, arranges for his mother to have a job at the bar Sanctuary. What Nick's mother is unaware of is that Sanctuary is run by a group of Were's and also happens to be a popular hang out for the supernatural, but there are more dangerous things than the crew at Sanctuary. Death himself has decided to pay Nick a visit and "help" him with his powers.

What is more...all of a sudden Nick is getting attention from the hot chicks at his school and despite the fact that he is wearing a cast on his arm, the new coach recruits him for the football team. In a blink of an eye Nick finds himself not so uncool anymore, but is his luck really changing or is there more evil hands working behind the scenes???

In INVINCIBLE, we really get to know some of the characters better. There is back story given on some of the side characters and it was very touching and emotional at certain parts. Especially with Bubba and Caleb. One of the greatest things that the author is able to do though is write really tear-jerker moments but rebound with a touch of humor. It made the book easy to read.

I really love this series. This book is just as good as the first in the series and I can not wait another year to read the this book in The Chronicles Of Nick series. Sherrilyn Kenyon knows how to write from a young male's perspective and she does it in a way that still keeps a girls interest. I fully admit I have a HUGE crush on Nick Gautier and love all the different characters.

Peace & Love

*This book was given to PBD for review courtesy of the publisher

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Review- Bite Club by Rachel Caine - Mornganville Series

Bite Club (Morganville Vampires, Book 10)After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.

There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville...

I really don't know how Rachel Caine does it, but every single book in this series is awesome!

Bite Club is full of action and more emotional scenes between some key figures in Morganville.

One of the most interesting things in Bite Club is the fact that the author tells the story from alternating perspectives--Claire and Shane's that is.

Shane takes up a hobby at the Athletic Club and his moods began to shift to the dark side. He is more short fused (than usual) and at times mean to others...including Claire. This is tough shift in his character but given everything he has been through, possibly a necessary inner struggle that he will have to make in order to actually grow. As if that isn't enough, the drama in Morganville is beginning to bubble over once again, but this time it is due in part to the dead bodies popping up where they are least expected and some unusual videos on the Internet. How will Claire and company solve the mystery and stop the threat if their tight knit relationships are unraveling?

Eve also takes on a hobby and has an interesting instructor that just happens to be Morganville founder Amelie. Eve's character like Shane's is really growing but in very different ways. And, Eve and Michael have their own emotional moments and they are very important ones. Fans of the couple will be on the edge of their seats reading those scenes.

Myrnin as always provides some interesting moments especially with his new computer that is very different in personality than Ada (his previous real thinking computer) and *gasp* he may be becoming my favorite male character--even above Shane! It is becoming more apparent that Myrnin feels something more than hunger pangs for Claire and with Shane being so moody and broody one can't help but wonder "What if"...

Rachel Caine is such a SUPER STAR in my opinion. Her writing is able to communicate with both female AND male audiences and is consistently good reading. If you are still on the fence about the series I must ask--What the heck are you waiting for?

Be sure to check out these interviews & extras from Rachel on PBD!

*This book was given to Paperback Dolls  for review courtesy of Publisher