Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker, #1)Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off let me say this: USUALLY I do not like faerie books. I’m not sure if it is because of they way they are usually portrayed (flighty or menacing or occasionally slutty) or if it’s that I like a well defined “type” (shifters shift, vampires drink blood etc). So I went into this book hesitantly. My friend’s niece brought it to me telling me I HAD to read it. Guess what she was right. This book was AWESOME! Action packed with twists and turns, and every time I thought I had a character’s personality nailed down I had NO CLUE.

Dana is just your semi normal teen who happens to have a severely alcoholic mother. After being embarrased and taken advantage of one too many times she decides to find her father. She knows her father is living in Avalon and is a faerie of some sort. She contacts him and makes arrangement to go to him. She travels thinking that he would be just an average faeirie citizen right?

WRONG! He turns out to be a big deal. So big that he’s been framed and sitting in jail. Which of course means Dana gets into all sorts of trouble. Her Aunt tries to lock her up and a cute boy comes to her rescue. Just when she thinks she has found some Allies, another Jenna Black plot twist comes up. He is the son of her father’s rival.

Let me tell you that there is never a dull moment in this book. There are water witches, troll type creatures and KNIGHTS.

My favorite interaction in the book is between Dana and Keane who is supposed to train her to defend herself. IMHO he did not get enough face time in this book. His snarky attitude and snappy comebacks made me giggle. I am really hoping there will be more of him in the second book. Which of course I had to promptly go online and buy it for my Nook as I couldn’t wait for my local small bookstore to order it.

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Zombies Don’t Cry by Rusty Fischer

Zombies Don't Cry (A Living Dead Love Story)Zombies Don’t Cry by Rusty Fischer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book that I have read where Zombies are both the protagonists and main characters. In fact I do believe this is only the second book where they were even sentient. And I must say… I LIKED IT.

Madison is an average girl who is struggling to find her place. Surviving high school… until just a few weeks shy of formal. Her best friend Hazel is not exactly the most supportive of friends before her change not to mention after. Madison finds new friends and Allies in the unlikeliest of places and she needs them as just as there are good zombies there are bad ones.

Mix in possible dates with a hot new boy and you have an awesome story. Not to mention yes.. there are BRAINSSSS!

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Hey loves! Sorry I have been gone so long!  I will be making every effort to update weekly from now on 🙂

** Beware Spoilers In this review**

As Divergent was one of my most favorite books in any genre I was sure that this would be another case like the Hunger Games where the sequel absolutely ruined my view on the series. NOT THE CASE. Just when you think she can’t top what she has already done she blows your mind.

From the beginning Tris has been one of my favorite characters. The not gorgeous but smart girl who daily has to challenge herself to keep moving making it past a horrific initiation still alive and continuing to survive. She is a role model to girls of today with her strength and chasteness despite the situation and short life span her faction has. In this book she continues having to make tough decision while dealing with the loss of her family and the choices she had to make while Dauntless was under simulation.

The plot twists Ms. Roth puts her characters through are astounding! I did not see some of them coming. Just when you think that Tris can’t take any more the knife in her back SLLLOOOWLLY twists just that quarter turn more.

Immediately buy this book people!

**Spoiler Below**

Who would have ever thought the malicious Peter would EVER redeem himself? And Caleb’s betrayal? EPIC.

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Amanda Hocking – Torn (Trylle Book 2)

Torn (Trylle Trilogy, #2)Torn by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book of the Trylle series. This book was much more interesting than the previous. In this book I came to love Wendy. Her biting attitude and decisions were ones I could see myself making which made the book even more exciting.

However I would love to kick Finn and all men like him in the shins! Where is the romance and unending love? Letting the love of your life get engaged to someone else? STUPID. (ok enough ranting sorry)

The supporting characters of Willa, Matt, and Rhys are interesting and warm which makes the plot all the better. I laughed at some of their antics and look forward to finding out what Willa and Matt are going to do about their forbidden relationship.

Starting the third book in the series soon. If you need a bit of light humor pick this series up! You won’t regret it. And really it is too cheap not to 🙂

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Amanda Hocking – Switched

Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)Switched by Amanda Hocking

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In the first book of this series we meet Wendy. A girl who has felt a bit out of step with the rest of the world, struggling to fit in after her mother tries to kill her. After “Mom” goes at her with a knife her big brother Matt comes to her rescue. This is just the beginning of sacrifices that he will make

Fast forward to high school. Wendy is an outcast with only Patrick to call friend. She struggles daily in her interactions. Enter Finn. Handsome, awkward Finn. He reveals to Wendy that she fits in, just not here with humans as she is a Troll..

All in all a pretty interesting book. Snarky, sly wit and humor with a dash of romance thrown it makes for an easy reading book.

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13 to Life Shannon Delany

13 to Life (13 to Life, #1)13 to Life by Shannon Delany
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first installation in a promising series and I was lucky enough to win this via a Goodreads giveaway.

I could not put this book down! Even though the main character was Jessie I was very much in love with Pietr who was subtle and a bit ironic through the book. You could almost hear his accent as you read the dialog and I found myself picturing Daniel Cudmore (shameless. Can’t help it) while reading.

A couple things did irk me a bit. I was crazy obsessed with find out what happened during the Accident in June. So much so that the alluding to but no details revealed may have distracted me a bit from the plot.

Sarah the friend who is finally on the good path made me SO ANGRY! I didn’t have a valid reason until the end but I found myself wishing that the wolves would eat her. And the fact that Jessie pushed Pietr at her in spite of her own feelings nagged at me. How many teens do you know that would actually do that? Just let me say Jessie is a much better person than I would be should I find myself in her position.

I liked that he was Russian, that is a nice change of pace. But Cold War references.. it’s kind of like the Nazis, it is always the Nazis you know? Hopefully in the second book (which I am picking up as soon as payday rolls around)this is not the main focus.

I would like to see more of the family interaction in the sequel.

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In my mailbox 8/10

13 to Life (13 to Life, #1)13 to Life by Shannon Delany

Just got this book in the mail from St. Martin’s Publishing! So excited to read it. I will be sitting down with it tonight! 🙂

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Unclean Spirits

Unclean Spirits (The Black Sun's Daughter, #1)Unclean Spirits by M.L.N. Hanover
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the book as a start of the series. There were a few plot points that I had a hard time believing and I’m hoping the series will improve with the next book.

Jayne was slightly sarcastic and brutally honest. I loved her approach to things and that when things got tough she didn’t hesitate to call in the big guns. And what can you say about Midian? Oh EVERYTHING. A chain smoking fiend with deadly culinary skills and sarcastic mouth. Sure he’s a bit rough on Jayne but sometimes a chick just needs a good dose of reality.

Aubrey was a bit on the weak side for me. Weak morals, weak dialog.. just all around not my favorite character. He better pull it together in the next book. He and Chyogi Jake seemed to hover around the edge of the story and didn’t come through as real to me.

Saving the best for last is Ex. The ex Jesuit priest with a heart of gold. How does Jayne not see this man is in love with her? I know it can’t just be me thinking it. He does everything he can to protect her including buying a tracking device to make sure he knows where she is at. Sure it’s a bit Stalker-y but hey it’s done with love and the intent of keeping her from getting her butt killed.

In the end I had a hard time accepting Jayne’s matter of fact attitude. Her “ok, my uncle died and I’m rich. Sure I have supernatural powers and wards and protections. I’m not going to even find out how / why / when this happened and where it comes from. And on top of that I’m going to sleep with a guy who is married and be totally ok with it.” just kind of gets to me.

The riders they were combating (Evil bad spirits from another dimension inhabiting humans) were either impossible to kill or one shot took them down. I wish the author would have gone a bit more into detail as to why this was.

Anyone out there have a different opinion?

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The Mod Podge Blog’o’versary contest!

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The Mod Podge Bookshelf has hit the one year anniversary mark and to celebrate Gabrielle is giving away five books to eight winners! It ends today so make sure you stop by!

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The Windup Girl

The Windup GirlThe Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It is very rare that I will not finish a book however this one has the distinction of being the first on this list. I usually love cyberpunk books. Apocalyptic fiction is one of my favorite genres however I feel nothing but ill will towards this book.

The author takes FOREVER to get to anything that resembles a plot. The “wind up girl” parts are graphically written for a cheap thrill and when you finally start taking an interest in the character (when she goes off the deep end) he changes characters YET AGAIN. By the point I read to I counted no less than 10 “main” characters.

I will not even try to finish this book.

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