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Sunday, February 27, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Firespell (Dark Elite #1) by Chloe Neill

Firespell: A Novel of the Dark Elite
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Firespell: A Novel of the Dark EliteSummary: Lily Parker is sent to an elite boarding school in Chicago called St. Sophia's. Lily's parents are professors of philsophy and have decided to take a two year sabbatical in Germany to study and check out great works of art. Lily isn't too keen on the idea but she really has no choice. After all, the worst things she can face are her fellow students, right? Lily's suitemate Scout tends to disappear late into the night, Leslie is a loner, and then there is the brat pack; a group of girls determined to make her life miserable. One night, the brat pack locks Lily in a basement room and she escapes only to find her suitemate and a local boy from another school running from two people she's never seen before. Next thing Lily knows, she's hit with something green that came from the boy's hands, and then she wakes up in the hospital. Those kids clearly aren't normal, but more importantly, is she?

My Thoughts: First off, this was a quick read. I didn't mind it. The plot was easy to understand, the story flowed, and it had hints of magic. My biggest issue with this book was the banter between the characters. Yes, it can be fun to read, but really, it was annoying. It was full of sarcasm, and annoying quips. I myself am a fan of sarcasm, but the author seemed to use it to the point of annoyance. Instead of going on with the plot or working more substance into the storyline, the characters get into a word war, making up words or just continuing with banter that doesn't make sense. I don't feel like the the banter was helpful with character development either. I knew enough about the characters, it wasn't needed in my opinion for character development. I really wanted this book to be a lot better than it was. I might read successive stories, I just hope the characters lose their annoying banter!
Saturday, February 26, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Starlighter by Brian Davis

                                            StarlighterStarlighter by Brian Davis

 Rating:4 out of 5 Stars

Summary:  Jason Masters of the planet Major Four has always been told stories about dragons and their planet of Starlight. He is told stories about the Lost Ones; humans that the dragons have taken and enslaved for their own personal gain. Those, however are just stories right? Jason thinks they're just tales until his older brother goes missing, and then his other brother, Adrian sets off to find him, and he tells him tales of Starlight and how it's a real place. Jason is given his brother's job at the palace, and the person he's supposed to protect ends up dead. Jason is blamed for the crime, but other guards send him on a mission. He discovers an old friend that he once thought dead, and the portal to Starlight. But, how does he get home? And where can he find his brothers?

My thoughts: I wasn't really sure about this book. It begins on kind of a slow streak and you're left wondering, what does all of this mean? The action slowly begins to pick up however. If you're looking for a lot of action, you have to read until the book almost ends to really experience action. The world of the dragons is quite strange. They apparently speak two languages, dragon speak and in this case, English because it is what humans speak. Dragons in this world are very cruel creatures and even use whips to enslave their humans. The humans in this case, are used to keep their dragon planet alive. Humans are given assignments and some humans drill into the land to release a special gas. This gas is needed to keep the dragons alive. I find this book interesting because, here is a world where dragons are not the slayers, but they are actually in control. This is not your typical fantasy dragon book. Dragons are given personalities and lives, and they have a heirarchy of control. I think it's interesting to see a world where dragons are actually more than just growling, fire breathing creatures.

The ending is quite odd however. The book just builds and builds and builds, and then suddenly, nothing. It just comes to a strange end, where Jason from Major Four and Koren, a Starlighter from the planet Starlight are traveling to another part of Starlight to seek help. This was not a bad read. My major annoyance were all the references to the Creator or Holy One. I'm interested in what happens in the next books but I am not sure if I will be reading them.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | By: Traci

Reading updates

I'm currently 33% through Starlighter. I've been reading more the past few days as much as I can. I will be out of town for a few days and I'm not sure how much reading I will get done. I currently have two books on my Kindle. Starlighter and The Sculptor. So I have reading material but I'll be busy attending conferences so it's hard to tell if I'll actually get any reading done.

I've found a lot more books through Good reads to read so I'll probably end up reading a lot more pretty soon once I get through the books I need to get through right now. An author that I hadn't heard of before added me on Good Reads and his book sounds fascinating so it might end up being one of the next books that I purchase.

If you are on Good Reads or if you join Good Reads soon you may find me here. This is my personal profile full of many of the books I've read so feel free to add me as a friend. I'm interested in what you're reading. I'm always looking for more recommendations.
Monday, February 21, 2011 | By: Traci

A Harry potter fanfiction

I recently became a member of the website Good reads. It's interesting. I'm starting to like it better than Amazon's Shelfari. Well, after doing some looking around I've found that someone has decided to create a continuation of the Harry Potter series. This is startling and yet I'm intrigued all at the same time.

The series apparently follows Harry's son, James. We begin following James his first year at Hogwarts. So far I've seen three follow up's to the Potter universe.  The reviews seem mostly good. I'm just not sure I could read it knowing that it is not J.K Rowling's work. However I do have to give him prop's for making up his own stories and giving lots of people what they want, a deeper look into the world of Harry Potter.
Thursday, February 17, 2011 | By: Traci

Currently Reading: Starlighter by Brian Davis

Starlighter I'm only one chapter in so I can't really say much about it yet! I've been sick lately and reading has been tough. I haven't really felt like reading much, focusing on words is hard especially looking down at angles. I'm hoping to get a few more chapters into the book this weekend. Then I'll be heading out of town. I can't decide if I'm going to be brave and take my Kindle or not. I'm afraid I'll leave it behind or something and that's not something I want to do!
Thursday, February 10, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Reaper by Rachel Vincent

Reaper 2.5 out of 5

ReaperSummary: Tod is a bean sidhe and knows all about how death works. His mother, also a bean sidhe told him about Reaper's and their responsibilities after his father died. Tod however, comes face to face with a Reaper one night after a tragic accident with his brother Nash. Tod makes the ultimate sacrifice and learns more about what it means to be a Reaper.

My Thoughts: This is a novella and part of the Soul Screamers series. I am not familiar with them which probably has something to do with why I'm not a big fan of this book. I feel like it's rushed and leaves a lot to question.

When we first meet Tod, he is a typical teenager, but he comes off as a jerk. Someone that's not that great to his mother and is only out for his own gain. He's kind of an unlikable character. His younger brother Nash is much worse than Tod. He's a lot more unlikable and more of a jerk. He's very irrational, and very much a trouble maker.  Tod is supposed to stay at home and watch his brother, but instead, he's with his girlfriend, worrying more about his hormones than protecting his younger brother, even when he's sure he'll make a mistake.

I feel the author pushes us to hate Tod, and then after he saves his brother, we're suddenly supposed to like him more because he made such a large sacrifice for someone that truly didn't deserve it. We meet up with Tod at several different intervals after the tragic accident and after he begins his reaper duties.

The ending was disappointing. We're left wondering what choices he made, and wondering if the balance of all mankind will be thrown off because once again, he made such a terrible choice.

This may be a more interesting read for those of you familiar with the Soul Screamers series, but otherwise this is not such a great read.
Sunday, February 6, 2011 | By: Traci
Saturday, February 5, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Don't Die Dragonfly by Linda Joy Singleton

Don't Die, Dragonfly
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Don't Die, DragonflySummary: After getting kicked out of her high school, Sabine goes to live with her grandmother Nona while hiding the fact that she still has her 'gift'. Nona has the gift as well so hiding it really isn't necessary.  She is trying hard to fit in at her new school, especially after the students at the other school went as far to sign a petition to have her removed from school. However, her spirit guide Opal just doesn't leave her alone, visions just keep appearing of a bloody dragonfly. Then it begins again, Sabine is being framed for crimes she didn't commit and someone else is in danger as well.

My Thoughts: First off, my biggest issue with this book were the numerous spelling errors that I encountered. I sure hope this is only the Kindle version and not the paperback version as well.  Secondly, I feel like this was one giant PSA. The plot was interesting, but I feel like it wasn't deep enough, and the characters didn't always fit into their specific roles. I feel as if they were forced into being too adult and preachy when they're not adult characters. The storyline is believeable however. The things that occur are things many teens do have to face, minus the whole being psychic thing.  This book ended on a giant cliffhanger. Sabine is given a box and is told to open it. The items contained within this box are important to helping her grandmother which I'm guessing is the  plot of the next book. However, it ends with her being handed the box. We know nothing of what is inside. This is a series that I'm not sure whether or not I will continue to read. I will move on to other books, and books that I'm more interested and reading and then decide whether or not the series is worth continuing. I'm hoping for more reviews on the second book to see where it goes.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | By: Traci

How to get Free Kindle Books

One of the biggest things I hear about the Kindle is people buy it because they can get free books. Well sure, you can get free books. Just look at the post below this one. The book I read was a freebie, and so are many of the others ones I have on my Kindle, waiting to be read. It is possible to get freebies, all it takes is knowing where to look, and how to look.

Inkmesh- Check out the Kindle section of Inkmesh. They list the free kindle books of the day.

Amazon Free Book Collections- This link will get you to old, rare out of print books that are free, as well as Amazon promotional freebies.

Kindle Lending Club- This is a great resource to get a loaned Kindle Book from others. It's important to note that not all Kindle books are loanable titles. The ones that are however can usually be loaned once and for up to 14 days. If you're a fast reader and the title catches your eye, you should be able to read a book in two weeks time.

Well there you have it, some resources for finding free kindle books!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Septimus Heap Book One: Magyk by Angie Sage

Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk Free with Bonus Material
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This book is currently free on Amazon.

Septimus Heap, Book One: MagykSummary: Septimus Heap, the 7th son of the 7th son (thought to be a very magical and powerful being) disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by his midwife. The same night, Silas Heap, the baby's father stumbles upon a little girl, wrapped in a blanket and hidden underneath a bush. She's covered with a dusting of snow, but very much alive. The Heap family raises her (named Jenna by the parents) and moves on with their lives without Septimus. The Queen of their kingdom is also discovered dead, with her newborn child missing. Magic becomes outlawed and Wizards are treated like the scum of the earth. An evil power rises from the Badlands hoping to take hold of their world with the help of his apprentice. Is Septimus really dead, and more importantly who is the apprentice to the evil wizard?

My Thoughts: Yes this is a book meant for a slightly younger crowd but it was pleasing to read. I really liked the Heap family and reading about them. I felt bad for them when they had to split up to save their family. This story has slow parts but it does begin to pick up. Especially when the family leaves to visit their Aunt in the marshes. There are many surprises in this book that I did not see coming. Well I mean I had theories, but my theories were actually incorrect on the subject. There is a pretty major plot twist at the end that I did not suspect.

I did have some issues with this book though. I'm really annoyed with the spellings of some words, and the fact that the spells in the book are bolded. Everytime a spell name pops up, expect to see bolded text. If you can get through those minor details you'll probably enjoy the book.  It's also nice to see that this download comes with excerpts from the other books so you can decide on whether or not you'd like to read the other books. I think that is helpful and has made me want to read Book Two.
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