Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Eternal Ones by Kristen Miller

The Eternal OnesTitle: The Eternal Ones
Author: Kristen Miller
Publisher: Puffin
Release: August 24, 2010 (UK Paperback)
Pages: 384
Series: Eternal Ones #1
Synopsis:

What if love refused to die?

Haven Moore can’t control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother’s house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was.

In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves¸ before all is lost and the cycle begins again.
Review:
The Eternal Ones was a book that I was actually going to skip on reading. I had seen mixed reviews and I thought I would stick away from it. That all changed when I found the UK paperback whilst on vacation recently and I decided that I should give it a shot. It took awhile to get into, but once I did I found it to be okay.

The cover of The Eternal Ones is interesting. When I look at it long enough, I start to like it. But at first glance? Not so much. I don't know what it is about this cover, but it may be just too simple for my tastes or that the title is too small, though I didn't mind the snake symbol and how it does come into play later in the book, which is nice. Also, I really do like the shiny-ness of the cover. It was the one part that really spoke to me.

In the book The Eternal Ones, there are two sets of characters: the reincarnated ones and the last generation of reincarnates. Personally, I found the older ones more fun to read about. The new ones were very hot & cold making for some not very stable characters. One minute, our main character Haven was "Let's go find Ethan!" one minute and the next she was all "I give up, I want to go home now." I found Iain to be the same way, though he switched between "I love you so much and would do anything for you," and "Look at me, I'm a star which makes me superior." I loved the sweet side of Iain, but the other began to wear on me fast. My favorite character of The Eternal Ones was definitely Beau. He was a great best friend character with a lot of great traits. Altogether, the cast of characters were interesting in their own ways, though often they left me wanting more.

Reincarnation is a subject that I often don't hear as much about in YA fiction. The Eternal Ones is a standard take on reincarnation with an ending that didn't really leave you hanging at all (not in a bad way). The end was a good closer and I would love to know what happens next, but at the same time I could live without a sequel just because of how nicely this ending closed the story. The story of The Eternal Ones is good, but a little slow a times. The upside was that the author never lost me in all the details and flashbacks which I think is awesome. Another thing I quite enjoyed was the fact that there was such a well thought out setting set up for this book and without that I think that this book would not have worked at all.

Altogether, I think that The Eternal Ones was a unique book about reincarnation. In some areas it flopped a bit for me and in some it did good. I would recommend this book to a person who has never read a book on reincarnation as they aren't as common as other paranormal books. In my opinion this book gets a 3.5/5.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In My Mailbox: OMG I LOVE SIMON & SCHUSTER CANADA EDITION!

Hey guys I would just like to kick off this post with a HUGE thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for being so awesome and for sending me all these amazing items! Let's get started!

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)PossessionFire (The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, #2)


For Review:
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada)
Possession by Elana Johnson (Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada)

Bought:
Fire by Kristin Cashore

Swag:
One City of Fallen Angels Poster
Eight City of Fallen Angels Buttons (Watch out for giveaways!)


Sunday, April 10, 2011

In My Mailbox!

Hello again! Once again, I have gotten another book this week! I feel so special!
Choker
Choker by Elizabeth Woods (Thanks to Sara at Just Another Story)

I can't wait to dig into that one! Thanks so much!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

In My Mailbox!

Hello everyone! This week I received/ bought some books! I got one of them in UK paperback as well.

This week I got:



The Eternal Ones by Kristen Miller (UK Paperback)
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong (Hardcover)

What did you get this week?

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event held by Jill over at Breaking The Spine! It's all about those books you just can't wait for and are counting down the days till they come out.
This week for WoW I have chosen...
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Why do I keep picking books that are already out? Well, for the third week in a row, I have chosen a book that already hit the shelves a while back. That's right, it's Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I am DYING to read this book. I mean, just the idea that love is a disease? That's so unique and cool! And the cover is simple yet gorgeous all at the same time!

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Queen
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Release: January 25, 2011 
Pages: 358
Series: The Iron Fey #3
Synopsis:
My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.

Review:
After reading The Iron King and The Iron Daughter back to back, I was left counting down the days until I could get my hands on The Iron Queen. When the day finally came when I could get my own copy I rejoiced to finally be able to find out what happened to the whole cast of characters. And then I sat down and read. Fast.

The cover of The Iron Queen is just gorgeous! I mean look at it! Is there any other word you can use? Anyway, the cover of The Iron Queen follows the same theme as the other two books in the trilogy. It has the glossy vines (this time with flowers not thorns), the same cover model and the same font, but this time it's hot pink. I love how colourful this cover is and how swirly the letters are with the vines. It comes together quite nicely, especially with the extra little pop of colour that the model's blue eyes provide. It was the perfect conclusion cover for the series.

Have I ever mentioned that I adore Julie Kagawa's writing? If I haven't, I should have. The writing in this book is so awesome. Julie can effectively combine humour and seriousness without ruining a scene. That's talent right there. She seems to have a knack for creating great settings as well because all of the aspects of both worlds (fey and human) were very well thought out. Plus, there was a killer romance aspect to the story as well as the action packed part. The storyline was just as thought about as well. It twisted and turned like no other and it made for an amazing read. Then there's the ending. Shocker would be an understatement, because never in a million years did I see that coming. The end left me shocked for days and wondering what would happen to the characters now that the series was over. How would we ever know? I sure hope that The Iron Knight will be a continuation of the series but in Ash's perspective, so we can find out what happens!

The characters of The Iron Queen have grown so much since the days of The Iron King. They have all grown in themselves, their relationships plus they've gotten a better idea of what fate (or Julie Kagawa) has in store for them. What Team am I once and for all, you may ask. Drum roll please: Team Ash. I started out Team Ash, but I wavered during the Iron Daughter. Now I am firmly Team Ash, though I do like Puck as well, but just as a friend for Meghan, not a love interest. Meghan went through a lot in this series and especially in this book. She has had to face things she wouldn't have dreamed of before she knew of the Fey's existence. And then my favorite character, Grim. He's a talking cat with attitude. What more can you ask for in a character?

I would be crazy to give this epic conclusion to The Iron Fey Trilogy anything but a 5/5. It effectively kept readers on the edges of their seats the entire time and it had a killer romance aspect to boot. If you haven't read this book or the series yet, what are you waiting for? Run, and go get them because they are just plain awesome.

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