Friday, 26 February 2016

Firefight - Brandon Sanderson

TITLEFirefight (The Reckoners #2)
AUTHOR: Brandon Sanderson
Reviewed by Jeff

PUBLISHED: January 6th 2015
PUBLISHER Delacorte Press
PAGES: 416
ISBN: 0385743580

FORMAT: Hardcover

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.

They told David it was impossible—that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart—invincible, immortal, unconquerable—is dead. And he died by David's hand. 

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs. 

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic—Firefight. And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers. - Goodreads

I was not a fan of this book until about page 300, then BAM Brandon Sanderson punch to the face. Seriously though I was like "Brandon this isn't you, why so slow and meticulous?" Then all of a sudden I'm on a Sanderson roller coaster ride, a sander-coaster if you will. THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. Ugh, how dare I doubt you Brandon. Honestly, as if you would ever let me down. Do you know what I hate though? "Sparks" as a swear word. Killed me. The entire book. Hate. It. Now I have to wait for the third, and it is the most unfortunate news of my week. Maybe I'll just go read mistborn again.

4/5 Carls

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Evolution of Mara Dyer & The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

TITLE: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
AUTHOR: Michelle Hodkin

Reviewed by Jamie

PUBLISHED: October 23rd 2012
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
PAGES: 528
ISBN: 1442421797
FORMAT: Audiobook

 The truth about Mara Dyer's dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in the New York Times bestselling sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.She can't. She used to think her problems were all in her head. They aren't. She couldn't imagine that after everything she's been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets. She's wrong. In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next? - Goodreads


This book was such a mind bender! I literally don't know when to believe what Mara is saying and when to not, she doesn't even know herself! 

There is definitely a creepy vibe to the book but not so much that I couldn't sleep! Every now and then I enjoy myself a nice dark read, something that really plays with your head!

If you're looking for a psychological thriller I would recommend this series, I'm super excited to finish it off with the last book!!

Oh Mara.... I don't know either!
Girl... I think you may have gone mad!!
5/5 Albi Cats

TITLEThe Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
AUTHORMichelle Hodkin
Reviewed by Jamie

PUBLISHED: November 4th 2014

PUBLISHER Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
PAGES: 470
ISBN: 1442484233
FORMAT: Audiobook

Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived. - Goodreads

I'm not sure why so many people were so disappointed with this conclusion. I actually thought it was quite good! While it was a bit slower than the first two books, I still found it to have that creepy vibe and the story all came together for me in the end. 

My main issue with this book was that there were too many of the "before" parts and I wasn't a fan of that story line. 

Overall this is a great series! I listened to it via Audible and I thought it made great audiobooks!

4/5 Albi Cats

Half Blood - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half Blood (Covenant #1)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Reviewed by Jamie
Published: October 18th 2011
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Press
Pages: 281
ISBN: 0983157200
Format: Audiobook

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals--well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck. - 
 Overall I really enjoyed this book, my only issue with it was that I found it very similar to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I wish I would have read this one first, because I really love Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing style! 

I actually enjoyed the characters of this story more than I did th characters from Vampire Academy. I always love when there is a bad ass, independent woman in the lead role, which is exactly what Alexandria was!

I'm not 100% on whether or not I will continue with the series, still a little on the fence!

While reading this book i could help but thinking... this sounds familiar!
4/5 Albi Cats

Sunday, 12 April 2015

The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things
By: Patrick Rothfuss
Reviewed by Jeff
Published: October 28th 2014
Publisher:  DAW Books
Pages: 159
ISBN: 0756410436
Format: Hardcover

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows...

In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.


You might not want to buy this book.

I know, that’s not the sort of thing an author is supposed to say. The marketing people aren’t going to like this. My editor is going to have a fit. But I’d rather be honest with you right out of the gate.

First, if you haven’t read my other books, you don’t want to start here.

My first two books are The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. If you’re curious to try my writing, start there. They’re the best introduction to my world. This book deals with Auri, one of the characters from that series. Without the context of those books, you’re probably going to feel pretty lost.

Second, even if you have read my other books, I think it’s only fair to warn you that this is a bit of a strange story. I don’t go in for spoilers, but suffice to say that this one is ... different. It doesn’t do a lot of the things a classic story is supposed to do. And if you’re looking for a continuation of Kvothe’s storyline, you’re not going to find it here.

On the other hand, if you’d like to learn more about Auri, this story has a lot to offer. If you love words and mysteries and secrets. If you’re curious about the Underthing and alchemy. If you want to know more about the hidden turnings of my world...

Well, then this book might be for you. (Goodreads)
 I want to get something out of the way before starting a small review. So here it goes. I don't understand the negativity surrounding this novella. Especially those saying this book is a "money grab" or some other ridiculous baseless statement about him delaying the third instalment. Listen, with all respect, don't buy it if you think it's just for profit. There is a beautiful thing called choice that we all have, feel free to exercise that glorious human right. Instead of directing all this hate why don't we thank a brilliant author for not only this beautiful novella but also thank him for his amazing works, and allow him whatever time he needs to put out a product that he feels is adequate. He even had the decency at the beginning AND end of this novella to explain that it wasn't for the every day reader, yet haters gonna hate right? I said my piece.

As for this book, I understand both ends of the spectrum in terms of its contents. I understand those who may not fully appreciate or downright hate it, to those who love it. I tend to fall in the category of the latter. This book is Auri. If you have read either of the instalments of kingkiller chronicle then you know what I mean. Auri is an enigma, and so is this book. It was so wonderfully rich with a dark and beautiful "Auri-esque" world. One that lacks of comprehension but screams with skin deep innocence and darkness at its soul. I loved it. To hate this book is to not understand Auri as a character, or maybe I look at her through a different lens then others. Thank you Mr. Rothfuss for giving us the opportunity to glimpse into the madness and brilliance that is your mind. And thank you for allowing us to try to understand Auri.

5/5 Carls

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2)
By: Brandon Sanderson
Reviewed by Jeff
Published: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 1087
ISBN: 0765326361
Format: Hardcover

Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive sequence began in 2010 with the New York Times bestseller The Way of Kings. Now, the eagerly anticipated Words of Radiance continues the epic story and answers many of your questions.

Six years ago, the Assassin in White, a hireling of the inscrutable Parshendi, assassinated the Alethi king on the very night a treaty between men and Parshendi was being celebrated. So began the Vengeance Pact among the highprinces of Alethkar and the War of Reckoning against the Parshendi.
Now the Assassin is active again, murdering rulers all over the world of Roshar, using his baffling powers to thwart every bodyguard and elude all pursuers. Among his prime targets is Highprince Dalinar, widely considered the power behind the Alethi throne. His leading role in the war would seem reason enough, but the Assassin's master has much deeper motives.
Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command of the royal bodyguards, a controversial first for a low-status "darkeyes." Now he must protect the king and Dalinar from every common peril as well as the distinctly uncommon threat of the Assassin, all while secretly struggling to master remarkable new powers that are somehow linked to his honorspren, Syl.
Brilliant but troubled Shallan strives along a parallel path. Despite being broken in ways she refuses to acknowledge, she bears a terrible burden: to somehow prevent the return of the legendary Voidbringers and the civilization-ending Desolation that will follow. The secrets she needs can be found at the Shattered Plains, but just arriving there proves more difficult than she could have imagined.
Meanwhile, at the heart of the Shattered Plains, the Parshendi are making an epochal decision. Hard pressed by years of Alethi attacks, their numbers ever shrinking, they are convinced by their war leader, Eshonai, to risk everything on a desperate gamble with the very supernatural forces they once fled. The possible consequences for Parshendi and humans alike, indeed, for Roshar itself, are as dangerous as they are incalculable. (Goodreads)
 Probably actually a 5 but I have to take into consideration that it didn't start off too well for me. I WILL say though that kaladin and his story might be top 3 of my favourite story lines. Obviously this book is incredible. The ending and synergy of the characters and plot is just awe inspiring especially at the end of this second instalment. I will admit and accept the potential flak I will receive for saying this, but I don't like Shallan. She got better (obviously) as the story went on but I just can't connect. And considering this book is by and large from her perspective, might be the reasoning behind the 4. She kind of a tiny bit reminds me of Sansa from GoT and I HATE Sansa with such fury. But alas I also must admit that this time in my life has been super busy with multiple things, so my reading dedication has been nil. End of the day another great Sanderson novel, glad to have conquered another behemoth read and looking forward to the next!
5/5 Carls

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living - Nick Offerman

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
By: Nick Offerman
Reviewed by Jamie
Published: October 1st 2013
Publisher: Penguin Audio
ISBN: 1611762189
Format: Audiobook

Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book.

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson?  Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking—he runs his own woodshop—Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman’s childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois—“I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield”—to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.   It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees.

A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes. (Goodreads)
 If you are a fan of Parks and Recreation and Ron Swanson, this is a MUST read! 

I listened to this on audiobook which I think is the best way to go for these types of books! Nick Offerman's outlook on life is so incredibly fantastic, I loved this book! He does jump around quite a bit through different times in his life which got a little bit confusing at times, however he is still an awesome person and a great story teller!

Love this man.
4/5 Albi Cats

Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass (#1)
By: Sarah J Maas
Reviewed by Jamie
Published: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 404
ISBN: 1619630346
Format: Paperback

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. 

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world. (Goodreads)


Oddly enough it wasn't at all what I had excepted, there is a lot more love then I thought there would be, but I didn't mind it at all! This love triangle has me intrigued and I already know who's side I'm on!

I loved Celaena, SO much, she was totally bad ass, yet still feminine and soft and loved to dress up! I loved her playful attitude and the banter between her and Dorian was to die for! The reason I didn't give this book a flu 5 star was because I found the beginning to be quite slow, however, once I got into the book I was blown away! 

I cannot wait to read the second book!

This must be how Celaena felt about everyone around her..
4.5/5 Albi Cats