BEA Review

Now that BEA is over I thought I’d do an overall review on it and a recap of my past two days. Overall, I just loved my experiences. Meeting all these great authors, editors and bloggers. Seriously an amazing experience.

20130601-204648.jpgI have to say, the BEA app made things so easy. You were allowed to browse publishers, book releases, authors and autograph lists. It was easy to set up my agenda. However, I do wish it was updated. There were plenty of authors that did not appear in the app and I only happened to find them by luck.

20130601-205018.jpg Tahereh Mafi for example was a last minute addition that I was happy to have seen. She was very friendly and although I made it clear I am so Team Warren she refused to give any hints. 😉 And I gotta say, in those few minutes I tried to pry some info out of her, she says we’ll just have to wait and see.

20130601-210721.jpgJulie Kagawa had me reverting right back to groupie mode after having felt desensitized to meeting all these amazing authors. I complimented her on her awesome skills on weaving me around her fingers with her storytelling (in not so many words) and told her what I thought of her ending to The Eternity Cure. Which was pretty desperate to know what happened next. I think what was said after could have been perceived as a threat- that if there was no line I would badger her until she gave me some deets to hold me over. Well she laughed and was a great sport. Definitely pretty memorable for me.

20130601-211253.jpgI also had the pleasure of meeting Richelle Mead. She was friendly but didn’t make too much effort to socialize. With the line she had, she might’ve been feeling the pressure so no judgements. Just saying.

20130601-211627.jpgOkay, Jim Carey has nothing to do with YA but I was such a fan I couldn’t resist…

20130601-212607.jpgKatie McGarry was so great. I loved chatting with her and she was happy to hear what I thought of Dare You To. I should be posting that review anyway now.

Ok. So every time I think of the BEA conference the word that comes to mind is amazing. And while this is absolutely the case I also realize its about that time for me to read the dictionary and find adjectives beside awesome and amazing. 🙂 I had the time of my life and am already looking forward to next year. And I definitely have some great giveaways planned so stay tuned… You know, once I sort through these two suitcases worth of books.


ARC Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure Title: The Eternity Cure (The Blood of Eden #2)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

My Review: Buzz, buzz, buzz… This book has been generating such a buzz. Well bees, I get it ok? This book was amazing. I get what all the hype is about and yes, I’ve joined the ‘everyone read The Eternity Cure because it’s pure awesomeness’ train.

The Eternity Cure is a novel that is very easy to fall in love with. The novel itself with its plot twists, action, suspense, badassedness and yes, it’s romance make for an all consuming read. So imagine everything you enjoyed in The Immortal Rules with a better story line and amazing character development. I loved how dark this novel is and the development and complexity of the relationships.

As for characters: Alison is amazing. She continues to deal with the struggle of monster vs. humanity and I love how realistic it is. She is strong physically, morally and emotionally and it was awesome to see her prevail when these strengths were tested. Zeke, OMG Zeke! Yep, he’s back. He is such a heart throb and I cannot even describe how ecstatic I was to have him be a part of this novel and getting to know him better. Eden changed him for the better and we find him in full suitor mode. Jackal plays a big part in the storyline and boy was I holding a grudge against him from The Immortal Rules. But that couldn’t last forever I guess. He continues to be self motivated and clearly using Alison, but he’s funny and the suspense of never knowing how trustworthy he is helped keep me on the edge of my seat. Kanin continues to be awesome. In this novel we get to know him in weakness, kindness, anger and strength. And last but not least Stick. Boy did he piss me off. He’s a total tool. Well, he is. The thing though that pissed me off the most about him was Alison’s inability to truly see him for what he is and not who he was.

The Eternity Cure is a complete rollercoaster ride. From laughter and tears, to excitement and suspense. I never knew what to expect and loved every single word of it. This book is definitely one I recommend and 100% worth the buzz.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Giveaway: Have you entered the ongoing giveaway for The Eternity Cure? If you haven’t, you have until the end of the month to enter this Rafflecopter giveaway. Goodluck!

Update: Winners, Giveaways & Life

Hey guys! I apologize for my radio silence as of late, my life has been a little hectic. So I have a lot of catching up to do!

First order of business, two lucky gals entered and won our Cindy C. Bennett Author Spotlight Giveaways. The first, an ebook copy of Geek Girl was won by Cassandra. The second, an ebook copy of Immortal Mine was won by Martha. Congrats to you both! I will be in touch with the author and you should be receiving your prizes soon.

Second, I did promise an BotM Giveaway for April. Well, I had no clue what to giveaway, sorry for my delay. That crux was resolved, as I just read a book that I thoroughly enjoyed The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa. It was amazing and a review should be up within a couple of days. The giveaway will be available in both Hardcover and ebook and yes that includes international. I’ve just discovered the awesomeness that is the Book Depository and if they ship in the winner’s area (country) then that format (hardcover) will be available to said winner. To enter this Rafflecopter Giveaway, Click Here Good luck!

Book Review: The Lost Prince

Lost PrinceTitle: The Lost Prince

Author: Julie Kagawa

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My Review: I’ll start by saying that I am a fan of Kagawa’s work and an even bigger fan of her Iron Fey series. When I heard she would be continuing the story through Ethan I was completely thrilled. So keep in mind I started this novel with high expectations and to be honest was very much disappointed.

Let me be honest, this book had the potential to be amazing. A lot of the characters that we came to know and love in The Iron Fey series make a reappearance in this novel: Puck, Grimalkin, Glitch, Ash and a few others. This was something I quite enjoyed. Also taking into account some great action scenes, romance- which you know I love, and Meghan this novel really had the potential to be amazing but let me explain what I didn’t like about it:

This book turned out to be very frustrating for me. I didn’t understand Ethan and I didn’t like his character. He has redeeming qualities like good intentions and the want to help others… But overall, I found him to be weak and a martyr. It’s like his only strength is his outer appearance- which is fierce and pretty badass. But inside he’s weak and always being bullied and manipulated. I found myself at a loss and completely not understanding his rationale and reasoning. I also hated his lack of strength and resolve.

I found Part 1 to be lacking. It was very slow to start up and I found myself with the hope that once the story really started the action would be unparalleled. Well, that wasn’t the case. I found the overall pacing to be slow and the story dragged for me. As much as I might enjoy parts of the story I had trouble connecting to the characters. And Ethan’s mom… Well, she drove me nuts. Seriously.

While I was struggling to connect to some characters, I was completely disliking another. Kenzie plays Ethan’s love interest and through some bad circumstances gets dragged along for a ride to fairyland. She really is different and I struggled to figure out her intentions. I didn’t at all trust her. I didn’t see one heroine bone in her fictional body. She was more of a pest for me. At some point, her story is revealed and it’s touching and the only point where she was a likeable character for me.

I can see that this is a great stand alone novel although it brings so much of the Iron King series into it. It’s great closure for those who read that series and enjoyed it. Seeing Meghan and Ash and where they are now… The novel for me was really hot and cold- I dislike it one minute then I feel it’s not so bad the next. I realized that the biggest negative were the characters- not only did I not connect to them but I disliked them. Furthermore, romance loving me was happy to see the sparks flying. The romance at first was very cheesy but it got better and that was definitely a plus. And also, the novel ended well.

As you can see in my rant, I didn’t particularly enjoy the book. However, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading it. That is unless you have high expectations for it, dislike weak characters and dislike badly paced books. This books is Kagawa’s and she brings some of her magic to The Lost Prince, it just wasn’t enough for me.

ARC was provided by Harlequin Teen via NetGalley.

Three Free Ebooks by Julie Kagawa for a Limited Time

Ok guys. I have some really cool and exciting news to share with you. HerlequinTeen is giving away free ebook copies of three of Julie Kagawa’s novels. Each cover leads to the goodreads link if you want some extra info. But I know for a fact The Iron Fey series is amazing series and Julie Kagawa is a talented writer. Lost Prince is also a newly released novel. The giveaway is timed and you have a litte over two days to get it. So hop to it and enjoy these novels.

Oh, and about the link: copy and paste it into your browser. For some reason I can’t make it clickable. If you are having trouble accessing it email me or leave me your email address and I’ll email the link to you.