Friday, March 28, 2014

Infinite by Jodi Meadows | Book Review

(LOOK AT THIS COVER!!!  Gorgeous!)

SO. MUCH.  There was just so, so, so much to this book to love!  Jodi Meadows definitely ended her trilogy with a BANG.

Before you even start reading:  The Cover.  The covers to these three books might just be some of the most gorgeous book covers I've ever seen.  I walked around the whole two days it took me to read the book going up to coworkers and friends and family all "Look at this!  Isn't this the most gorgeous book cover?"

The story:  It's so well-written!  Jodi Meadows even pulls out some details from way back in Incarnate and brings them to fruition in Infinite.  Talent.  I've read in some reviews that some people weren't thrilled with the "pointless meandering" in the first 100 pages... but for me it worked.  It was necessary.  And the action started right about page 100 and most people will give a book at least 100 pages before giving up.  I think it was necessary because it allowed Ana to develop her relationship with Cris, which is very important later on in the book.  Oh my goodness... so important.  After the first bit where they're on a trip outside of Heart and interacting with the sylphs and all, the action gets pretty intense.  I'm glad I read this in physical format and not ebook so that I could flip back and forth and reread sections to make sure I was keeping up.  There's a lot that happens!  But totally worth it.  It's the finale to a trilogy; there's a lot to wrap up.

The characters:  Ana is badass while still having feelings and being a teenage girl.  Sam is one of the most forgiving, lovable guys ever.  And he's a musician.  My hubby happens to be a musician, so I totally pictured him whenever I pictured Sam.  It worked.  And it made me love Sam just a little more, if that's possible.  I mean, he's got a lot to process.  He's lived 5,000 years under one assumption, and now it turns out that everything he knew was wrong.  He handles all that with grace and poise and patience.  Cris is just... WOW.  No spoilers.  But he definitely takes chivalry to a new level.

The bonus creatures:  Sylphs and dragons and phoenixes oh my... and now centaurs too!  But it works.  It's not awkward at all to add another mythical creature to the Range.  Jodi Meadows does such a great job in describing all these creatures; you can really see them in your mind's eye.

The epilogue:  Need.  To.  Read.  Don't skip it!

This whole book is such a great ending to the trilogy!  I'm so glad that I waited to read the first two until the third one was nearly published so that I didn't have to wait long in between.  And they're just so pretty!  I'd love to have them on my bookshelf.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan | Audiobook Review

Oh wow oh wow oh wow... These books keep getting better and better!  And I'm doing them all on audiobook.  I don't know if they're as great in print or not, but the narrator, Joshua Swanson, gets six out of five stars for his reading of the books.  I'm just sitting in traffic, laughing my head off at something Leo or Frank has just said...

So in The Mark of Athena we have seven demigods working together to find the Mark of Athena and try to stop Gaea.  Always trying to stop Gaea.  I just love these kids (demigods) so much!  They're fun and funny and never-say-die and just so real.  I don't really have too much to add to this review over my review of The Son of Neptune.  It's all the same characters from The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune but all mashed together on a flying (literally!) ship on a mission.  They all work well together.

I think the best way to describe this is as though you took all the very best parts of the first two books and put them together in one book and then took all the characters a little deeper.  I'm 110% looking forward to the next book, House of Hades.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews.  You can find their blog here:  This weekly meme, which Tynga's team posts on Saturdays, is all about sharing the books that you received or purchased over the previous week.  I'm just trying it this week, so it's going on Wednesday.  If I decide to make the switch, I'll do it on Saturday, with the rest of the book blog world.  I get my books from many sources, so I've broken it out for you.  Please let me know what you think... or if you have a favorite meme for sharing your weekly haul...


Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me by Rachel Bertshe (not YA but I sort of enjoyed MWF Seeking BFF)
Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer (not YA but I've heard good things about Nancy Thayer.  Also: I have the Kindle book, not the audiobook but that's the only cover graphic I could find.)
The Body in the Woods by April Henry

Local Library
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (got this on CD for the commute)
The Book Thief --The DVD!  So maybe I could do a blog post comparing the book to the movie?  I feel like people forget sometimes that they can get great movies for free from their local library.