Where The Wolves Read

A blog where I review mostly books. I also review, if my appetite allows, movies, music, and video games. Enjoy the feast!

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Summary: Dear Reader,

I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review: I have not read this series in years, but I had a really strong urge to read it for some reason. This is a very short read and even though Snicket claims it isn't meant to be enjoyed, I found it pretty darn entertaining. If you have ever seen the Final Destination movies, this is pretty much the same thing except with kids. All the worst things that could happen to three siblings happens to the Baudelaire children. I don't think I can pick a favorite of the three because they are all so wonderful and unique and they add so much to the story with their personalities. I'm happy I'm taking the time out to re-read these books because I have missed them a great deal.

4 howls

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Summary: Jay Asher's brilliant first novel is a moving, highly original story that focuses on a set of audiotapes made by a girl before she committed suicide, and which explain to 13 people the reasons why she decided to end her life. Told in a highly effective duel narrative -- alternating between the girl s voice and the thoughts of a boy who is listening -- this honest, poignant story reveals how other people's actions shape, and by extension can ruin, an individual's faith in people. Intensely powerful and painfully real, Thirteen Reasons Why reveals how brutal high school can be, the consequences of spreading rumors, and the lasting effects of suicide on those left behind.

This is one of those books that leave you thinking long after you put it down. The story is just there. From the first page you're wondering what is going to happen next and with each tape you learn more and more about this poor girl who could not find a way out. Did I like the characters? That is so hard to answer. I love Clay. Absolutely. And I felt awful when he got the tapes because he doesn't deserve to be put on the spot like that. Hannah? I'm split on her. Not because she was a bad character. Not at all. I saw so much of myself in her it scared the hell out of me. Not that I didn't already know I was a bit screwed up, but I haven't read this book in years so I haven't had my problems thrust in my face like that for a while. I understand the snowball effect 100%. Hannah is a wonderful character and I will very much miss her. I think everyone should read this book. Now!

5 howls

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

Summary: She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul...

Review: I've heard good things about these books and as there are only 5 or 6 in the series I thought I would try them out. I loved the premise and the characters were pretty great. I think Shade might be my favorite character of this lot and I'm pretty ready to read his book. I just have to get around to ordering it first. There was one part that made my jaw drop when I read this book and I'm honestly trying to forget about it. Let me just say that I can understand Tayla's problem with men now and I wish she did not have to deal with that. Definitely going to have to check out the rest of these books sometime.

4 howls

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Summary: Ever since her parents were killed in a car accident when she was five, Elena Michaels has longed for a normal family life. Smart, beautiful, and engaged to be married, Elena hopes to fulfill that dream when disaster strikes. Not only has her fiancé lied about his secret life as a werewolf, but he's made her one, too. She has no choice but to join him at Stonehaven, the upstate New York home of an elite pack of werewolves.

In an attempt to break away, she moves to Toronto to lead a normal life. Working as a journalist, Elena now lives with her new architect boyfriend, works out in the basement gym of their high-rise apartment, lunches with girlfriends from the office, and —once a week, at four in the morning —runs naked and furred through a downtown Toronto ravine, ripping out the throats of her animal prey. But when a band of outlaw werewolves threatens the Stonehaven pack, Elena's feral instincts drive her back there to join the defense. What follows is a war for territory, for pride, and ultimately for Elena herself.

Review: Why did it take me this long to read this book? It has been sitting on my shelf for months and I never had any strong urge to read it even though I loved Kelley's Darkest Power books. Well this book was pretty darn good. I honestly probably would have enjoyed it more if I had not read it at the end of my Urban Fantasy/Romance run because I was pretty burned out at that point. That was probably why it took me a week to actually finish it. Well that plus school. Anyways I liked Elena a lot. She was pretty good. My only problem with her was that she could not let Clay off the hook for his moment of stupidity. I would be more sympathetic if it had recently happened, but it was years ago. I liked Clay and Jeremy, but I think I liked Jer more. I was kinda pissed that Kelley killed off the character who was most likely to be my favorite. That always happens. *pout* I'm very excited to read the rest of this series if I ever get the other books.

4 howls

Friday, February 18, 2011

Destiny of the Wolf and Legend of the White Wolf by Terry Spear

Summary: All she wants is the truth…
Lelandi Wildhaven is determined to discover the truth about her beloved sister's mysterious death. But everyone thinks she's out to make a bid for her sister's widowed mate…

He's a pack leader tormented by memories…
Darien Silver blames himself for his mate's death. When her twin arrives in his town, he finds himself bewitched, and when someone attempts to silence her, he realizes that protecting the beautiful stranger might be the only way to protect his pack—and himself… (Destiny of the Wolf)

Cameron arrives in the Canadian Arctic to search for his partners in his P.I. business who are late returning from a hunting trip. Faith is there to discover what her father had seen in the same area years earlier that had made him lose touch with reality—man-wolves, he called them.

The two tumble into an icy world of enemies bent on destroying the lupus garou kind. As they turn into lupus garou themselves, and bond with the pack that only they can rescue from destruction, Cameron and Faith find their soul mates in each other. (Legend of the White Wolf)

Review: In Destiny of the Wolf I loved the idea of dream-mating, and this book might be my favorite in the series simply because it brings up the question, "What if you mate the wrong person?" Not everyone gets a do-over like Darien did, but it was interesting how Terry managed to work the story. And the bit about Larissa? That was sad. I agree with Lelandi when she said her sister didn't deserve that. She might have done some stupid stuff, but no one deserves to die.

Legend of the White Wolf was harder for me to get into. It was good, but I couldn't get into the beginning. Once the story picked up though it was quite good. I was kind of hoping the idea of dream-mating was going to continue, but no such luck. It was neat having this story start out with humans instead of wolves though. I thought that was a nice touch. I read this book right after Destiny of the Wolf, but I know there is a book between them. I was just too impatient to wait for it to come in. I'm kind of glad I did go ahead and read Legend of the White Wolf because one of the minor characters in Destiny shows himself in Legend which made me smile.

Destiny of the Wolf: 5 howls
Legend of the White Wolf: 4 howls

Cover of Supernaturally!

I loved Paranormalcy and this cover is beautiful!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Summary: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Review: I was blown away by Before I Fall so when I heard Lauren Oliver was coming out with a new YA series I put in on my TBR list instantly. I was very impressed with this book. I enjoyed Lena and Alex a lot. I thought it was great reading about their relationship and I thought it was funny to see Lena's reaction when she thought she caught the "love" disease. I think Lena grew very well in this book and the ending made my breath catch.

The story itself was very emotional to me. I'm not in a relationship, but thinking that I won't be able to really love my friends or family in this world was hard to think about. I couldn't read this book for a couple of hours because I had to sit and let my emotions clear up before I continued. Lauren is an amazing writer and both of her books have given me reason to think about life and love. I'm very much looking forward to the rest of this series.

5 howls

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Summary: When Richard Mayhew stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

Review: This book was creepy and weird and wonderful. I had only read Gaiman's MG books so far, but i am certainly looking forward to his Fiction books now. I liked Richard because he makes the change from timid man to fighter very well. I think Door might have been my favorite character simply because she was pretty cool. There was talk in the book about a betrayer in the group, but you kind of have it narrowed down by the time you find out who the betrayer is. That's probably the only thing I didn't like. I was kind of hoping it was going to be this grand surprise. Then again what happens after was pretty shocking. And finding out who killed Door's family was surprising too. If you are looking for an odd sort of fiction book with good twists and characters then I ask you to pick up this one.

4 howls

Monday, February 7, 2011

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Summary: Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching...for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons.

Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story -- a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, "Can I ever feel okay about myself?"

Review: This book has such a great message because sex is something that a lot of teens and young adults don't really understand. Ellen took another bold risk by talking about sex in this way, but I think it had paid off. My favorite character is probably Whitney because I relate the most to her. We both have older siblings we feel we have to compete with. The only difference is her sister appears to be perfect, whereas my brother is a screw-up so I have to pull up the slack. I was pretty impressed that she managed to write from the points of view of so many diverse people. Although I do think 5 POVs is pushing it. This was my second read through this book so I could follow things a lot easier now, but my first time around I had to keep looking back to see whose story I was reading. I think it would have helped if she changed the font for each POV like she did in Fallout. That's really my only complaint about this book and it isn't even a big one because I still kept the story straight. This is yet another beautifully crafted story and I most certainly recommend it.

5 howls

Friday, February 4, 2011

Archangel's Kiss and Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh *spoilers*

Summary: Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena... (Archangel's Kiss)

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…

A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders.

The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…
(Archangel's Consort)

Review: I read these 2 books back-to-back so I'm putting them in a post together. It was nice to get back to Elena's world and now she has wings! *stares* I have decided my favorite character is Illium, but Sam is a pretty close second and Elijah is up there too. I don't really know why, but I love Bluebell and my mood always brightens when he is in a chapter. The stories were both done very well and I enjoyed all of the archangel's getting together to fight Lijuan in AK. I enjoyed the introduction of Caliane in AC. I think that will bring up problems for Elena and Raphael, but they can get through it. I also greatly enjoyed getting inside Elena's head and learning more about her past. I still think her dad is a jerk though.

4.5 howls

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Covet by J.R. Ward

Summary: Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty, both personally and professionally, is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative.

Vincent Di Pietro has surrendered himself to his business-until fate intervenes in the form of tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior, and a woman who will make him question his destiny.

Review: I haven't read a J.R. book since I finished Lover Mine and it was very nice to get back into her writing again. I really enjoyed the direction this series is going, but it restricts her to writing only 7 books in this series. That's okay if she only wants to write 7, but I guess it just seems weird to me because in her BDB books she can keep introducing more characters and writing more books about them.

I liked Jim a lot even though I'm not really into the whole "tough guy" thing. I thought he was a great character with a lot of potential. I liked Marie too. I loved every scene she and her son were in because you can tell she is a really great mother and she would do anything for him. Vincent was actually a decent character too and I though even he didn't deserve some of the crap that happened to him throughout the book. I guess that's what makes the story so good though. I hope Jim comes across these characters again in a future book.

4 howls