Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year

Okay, so I'm a bit early, but nonetheless, I'm wishing you all a Happy New Year when it comes ^_^

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Review for The Lazarus Machine (Tweed & Nightingale Adventures) by Paul Crilley

The Lazarus Machine (Tweed & Nightingale Adventures, #1)The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An alternate 1895... a world where Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace perfected the Difference engine. Where steam and tesla-powered computers are everywhere. Where automatons powered by human souls venture out into the sprawling London streets. Where the Ministry, a secretive government agency, seeks to control everything in the name of the Queen.

It is in this claustrophobic, paranoid city that seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed and his conman father struggle to eke out a living.

But all is not well...

A murderous, masked gang has moved into London, spreading terror through the criminal ranks as they take over the underworld. as the gang carves up more and more of the city, a single name comes to be uttered in fearful whispers.

Professor Moriarty.

When Tweed’s father is kidnapped by Moriarty, he is forced to team up with information broker Octavia Nightingale to track him down. But he soon realizes that his father’s disappearance is just a tiny piece of a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire and plunge the world into a horrific war.

3.5 stars

Well this was a fun read, not exactly a light read, but definitely a fun read indeed.

I've never read any of Mr. Crilley's books before, but the world that he created in The Lazarus Machine is very rich, and if you're looking for a steampunk book that definitely shows the steampunkness (not a word I know) then this book is good bet. You can see the use of these unique machines in everyday life. There are also some models which have a certain "feature" which ties up into the story.

The plot was tight, and I think well paced. There weren't any parts where it seemed to drag. I don't really want to say much else, in the event that I reveal something that ought not to be. I must say I really do like this web that Mr. Crilley has spun.

The characters were fun, they had their own quirks. There was Barnaby, the father that had a taste for flair, logical and rational Sebastian Tweed but still naive in some ways, Octavia Nightingale who really I think was a quite strong character, in terms of how she kept her hope for so long, Carter and Jenny, such a lively couple XD, and then there was Stepp the programming genius. The banter throughout was witty and fun. I'm not sure whose I like more, Carter and Jenny or Octavia and Tweed.

That said there was something that, although this book scored high on the major points, was missing. I didn't quite feel myself, really pulled in until midway. (Although, the banter did draw a chuckle out of me a couple of times), but after that things seemed to have drawn me in, so in my mind this added up to the higher end of the 3 star rating, hence the round up.

The book end is pretty satisfying. It should be noted however, that there are still some more things left to be resolved, though it is nothing major to warrant a cliffhanger.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Review for My Lady Mage (Warriors of the Mist #1) by Alexis Morgan

My Lady Mage (Warriors of the Mist, #1)My Lady Mage by Alexis Morgan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A cursed destiny. A band of warriors. And one troubled kingdom.

It is whispered in Agathia that the legendary warriors of the mist—cursed by the gods—can be summoned only when a champion is needed and the cause is just. Gideon, their captain, knows this to be the one path that will lead his men to redemption—lest they face an eternity of damnation.

Years have passed since anyone has journeyed to the river's edge, but times are desperate. Oppressed by a cruel guardian whose dark magic threatens to destroy her people, the beautiful and courageous Merewen calls upon the bespelled warriors. In Gideon she finds more than a champion, and in his arms, more than protection. However, their enemies are fighting with a power darker than anything than they imagined, and should Gideon fail, she will lose everything she holds dear—including her heart

2 - 2.5 rating...

Honestly, I suppose this was an okay read, well that's what two stars stands for, but for me, it never really clicked. Maybe it was because I was expecting something along the lines of C.L. Wilson's Tairen Soul, and was really psyched to read it.

However throughout the story (except for a brief period towards the end) I was thinking to myself, "when will this end?"

For one, the world seemed to be thinly developed, in terms of, for this type of book, I was expecting it to be high-fantasy. There's magic in here (no that alone doesn't make a high-fanatsy but bear with me), with these ancient warriors, who have been curse by the gods (by the way we know next to nothing about these gods) and they can be summoned in times of danger. There's an evil person practicing dark magic. But we never get the feeling of it. That's my problem right there, for something that's classified as fantasy-romance, I have never seen the world. It's just oh, "let me mention about magic here and there, and never explain anything, or show it in motion." Yes, Merewen uses magic, but we never get the sense/feel of it. Heck we don't know what it is really. But then again, that can be something the author plans on explaining later.

Which brings me to Merewen herself, much like the story, I didn't get any sense of personality itself and I felt that she was made out to be this perfect being. Oh everyone loves her, oh she does things that warms my heart, oh...she is so brave. Okay, fine, say that she is all those things, show it. Don't make her do something minor and then turn it into a big whoop-ti-do-da. It's like the author is telling us this character is so great, but I am yet to see great feats from her.

Gideon is another blah character, but at least we're not being bombarded the wonders of his everything.

In fact the more interesting characters in this book seemed to be the side characters and (more than anything else) the animals.

The writing, as I said before, seemed to be more of a telling than showing nature...or at least that's how it felt to me. And everything else was probably average...I'm probably in the minority here though, seeing as this has an average 4.01.

I didn't hate it though (aside from merewen's character..and it's more dislike than hate) so I won't rate it a one star.

Will I be checking out the other books? maybe, I still want to know what's going on (I'm a glutton for punishment), but I won't be breaking my neck to get a copy.

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Review for Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta

Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3)Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"There's a babe in my belly that whispers the valley, Froi. I follow the whispers and come to the road . . ."

Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana, the mother of Charyn's unborn king, and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power. But what happens when loyalty to family and country conflict? When the forces marshalled in Charyn's war gather and threaten to involve the whole of the land, including Lumatere, only Froi can set things right, with the help of those he loves.

Melina Marchetta, you have slain completely and utterly until there’s no breath left in my body.
The Lumatere Chronicles has been a wonderful series, and I mean from the bottom of my boogity shoo (in the words of The Platters and whoever else sang/wrote that song).

We start off Quintana with Froi and the rest searching for Quintana and Quintana hiding in the least likely of places…but not really when you think of it. I’m trying not to give anything away and I’m not quite sure if how much more I can say without giving away anything, even if it’s the slightest, because if you’re planning on reading this series, I wouldn’t want anything to detract from your experience.

The plot was paced, I think, just right for how the story unfolds. And the characters, oh the characters. I know, I said this before in my review of Froi of the Exiles, but Froi has grown so much from the boy-who-wasn’t-really that we met in Finnikin of the Rock. He has really come into his own, and … gah… I don’t know what else to say..this book leaves me speechless.

Quintana the mad queen, the savage queen, Quintana the brave…I love you dearly…you have endeared yourself to me just as you endeared yourself to those you have forged a bond with. What you have endured, why you have endured and what you fear (really do you think you could not love your child?) just wants to make me hug you and wrap you up in a nice lil’ cotton ball.

Isaboe, Finnikin, you’re old friends that I’ve been happy to see. Froi’s family (the Charyn one – really Froi you’re definitely loved, you have two families ^_^). You’re a bit dysfunctional, but the love and loyalty has always and will always be there.

Lucian…you’re a stubborn Mont, but I love you. Phaedra, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not useless and don’t believe it either. You ought to be called Phaedra the strong.

Really though this book was like coming home, everything tying together and did I mention the relationships between the characters. Because I think that was done beautifully, and while I would love to give you examples…I can’t.

Anyone and Everyone. Read the book. ‘Nuff said.

Granted I’d more recommend this series to those 16/17 and up.

But seriously. Read it. You’re missing out on a lot if you haven't.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Review for Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

3.5 stars...

So the premise of Poison Princess was pretty interesting, a group of teens represent the major arcana of the tarot cards, and are basically pitted against each other, every once or so century. dun dun dun. The book itself, is between two settings, A.F. (after flash) and B.F. (Before flash).
The flash was the mega solar flare, that...well if you're planning on reading this book, you'll see.
In any case the Flash turns the world into a post-apocalyptic world..and're gonna have to fight for your right to survive.

On to the characters, (I'm really just going to focus on Evie and Jack). Evie is basically as the summary of the book says a privileged girl, and so at the beginning of the book, she acts and behaves as a privileged girl would. But she's friendly enough. Oh and then of course, she desperately wants to have a normal life. Why do you ask, well she was in the nuthouse. A lot of this I think, causes her to make some not so good decisions in the beginning [honey you do not need to keep a man that badly..nuff said]. But like I said, I think it's more of -"I want to be normal. Everything's fine and so not falling a part. My boyfriend isn't a jerk. He does care for me. etc."-
But at the same time, she's the person who will try to persevere through it all, because after the flash, although she thought herself useless, she had tried her best to help and she doesn't unnecessarily complain and whine. So that's good. And she did this all while thinking herself half-crazy. kudos to you chica. Once she realised normalcy was never going to happen... well let's just say I'm interested to see what she does after this. It's a pity everything had to "crash and burn".

Jack is a mean-ass, jack-ass. I'm sorry. But yeah, he can say somethings that make me want to smack his head and toss him into the bottomless abyss. But Jack is someone with a huge-ginormous chip on his shoulder, and I think it'll take a while before he gets over that. He can come across as a bi-polar jack-ass. But he does care about Evie..he just has a thoroughly messed up way about going over it. It's like one step forward-two steps back with him. He's harsh on her. But he wants her to survive. He protects her, constantly, even when he could ditch her. He likes her, but he obviously doesn't think he's good enough for her, either that, or the distance between the two of them in terms social class really pisses him off. So he'll expect her to be snobbish towards him, etc. but she's not. And then when he acts jerkish towards her, she slams it right back at him. So it's a tug-of-war really.

And despite my...frustrating feelings of them as characters. I do like the writing. It's flippin' Kresley Cole people. And I like how she created the characters, as in you can see where they're coming from. You know them, and I do believe they're going to grow into their own selves. And after how this book ended, will I read the next book when it comes out? Yes. Plain and simple...I don't know if it comes across as I didn't like this book. But I did, the plot is really interesting, and I want to see where Cole takes it. I want to know what's going to happen with Jack and Evie, because I honestly think they both need a good sit down to just talk. I want to know more about the other Major Arcanas. I want to see Evie flip her stick again and get all thorny on those bad cards. I want to see how the events of the last chapter affected her and everyone else. That said I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger. It's just that things happened that can cause interesting repercussions.

So will I keep an eye out on this series? Yes.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Review for Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman

SeraphinaSeraphina by Rachel Hartman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

Yea, I liked this book..

Suffice to say that I can understand what the hype about this book is, it is pretty darn book. The world building never felt lacking, the characters were great:

Seraphina - the girl living in a world where she has to hide who she is. Growing up in that world where her remaining family wasn't one to hug or cuddle. She didn't suffer from any bouts of -I want to bash my head in the wall so badly because of your characterization- She was pretty strong heroine in her own right. And, I must point out this. It's really great to see a heroine who doesn't have to be particularly tom-boyish or I refuse to wear frills, etc. Often times we see this happening where it's emphasized that heroine of the story portrays this...In Seraphina, Seraphina is just Seraphina. She isn't -ew-dresses- nor does she exhibit any extremely feminine qualities, she is simply the person shaped by her experiences, and that's great because that makes her natural.

The plot, has one of the things I love about fantasy, the political intrigue. And in Seraphina's case we have a fragile truce between the dragons and the humans, and in the midst of all of that we have a murder, a murder of a prince that seems to be of dragon means.

You have the Seraphina, trying to help the princess and the prince, both of whom I think are pretty good characters. Lucian being the truth seeker, but of course people are more than just one facet of their chracter. He's witty and has an occasional self-deprecating humour that work. Glisselda really pulls through as a princess and knows how to stand tall, and for me, she was a very endearing character. Anyhow, Seraphina is with them, or they're with her...trying to figure out the mystery behind it all...and along the way we see Seraphina struggling with what she is, and how to really extricate herself from this web of lies that she -not started but certainly helped [not that she had much of a choice]- But it was all very real.

Orma in particular was very dear to me, because dragons are not meant to feel..yet here he is flawed and though he may not outright show his love, he certainly does express it.

All in all, the plot is solid, the characters are good, the world is great [cuz we have the politics, the different cultures and how the react/interact with each other] so I'd say..if you're looking for fantasy..Seraphina is a pretty solid bet...

Monday, 10 September 2012

Review for Enshadowed (Nevermore #1) by Kelly Creagh

 Enshadowed (Nevermore, #2)Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world -- a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen's creation, is the only one who can save him.
Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning hours of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the "Poe Toaster" will make his annual homage at the legendary poet's grave.
Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But even greater dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen's affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent

4.5 star rating.

A freakin' hell that just cannot be it!. No Ms. Creagh, you are not doing this to me once again.

Ah Enshadowed what can I say about you that others haven't? I am at a loss for words. Seriously. But what I can tell you, who are reading this review, is that this is a must-not-miss book. You need to get it..seriously. (I've went through two seriously's. that's one you it just got real)

Agh, Isobel, I feel it for you girl (and your family -> I really do like how Ms. Creagh incorporates her family). You really went through so much, and you still are, and with how the book ended...I just don't know what to think..*bangs head* I need more..

Gwen you're the bestest bestie anyone could ever ask for. You try to keep Izzy grounded, and that's wonderful...Your wit and humour is a bright spark in this otherwise serious book.

Pinfeathers...*tears up*

Varen..*bawls* I think you've been in dreamscape so long, it's hard to tell what's real from what's not...and boy *boxes Varen* Thou shalt not belong to the ruin! I command it!...

This also brings me up to the point of the world that Ms. Creagh created. It's confusing, it's rich and and it's beautiful. The confusing is a good thing, in that we, along with Isobel, are not certain which world we're in. Everything has that dreamlike quality to it. And I'm beginning to understand what people mean by when they say, a book was written in beautiful prose, because that is definitely the case in this book.

There is also the question that pops into mind at the end of this...just because it's a dream world, does it mean that it's not real?

All in all, this was a solid not to miss book. Read it, or else...dun dun I shall go to sleep with the lights

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Review for Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 star rating

What kind of ending is that?! Do you mean i have to wait in agony for the next book...this is not funny at all

Suffice to say this book has lived up to all the hype and all the raving reviews. It was a very fun read, and it entrances you without you even realising it.

Cinder is a mechanic and a cyborg, and is considered a second-class citizen in this world that Meyer has created. However, as the plot unfolds, we begin to realise that things aren't as they seem. And then of course there is the political aspect as well as Earth is in a tenuous position with the Lunars.

Cinder is a likable character. She smart and thankfully, I didn't have any moments where I wanted to pull my hair out (:P) But while I think Cinder is great, it was Iko, the Android with an "unfit" personality that stole the show for me. She was just such fun, and her fangirling moments were hilarious. Kai (Prince Kai..*swoons*)was a pretty good character, and not your average YA male hero. He wasn't moody, suffering from a split-personality disorder, stoic etc. He feels. As in with everything that he did, you can see, and his character was like a regular guy you would know excluding being heir to a kingdom and the weight and responsibility of that kingdom on your shoulders.

And the romance. *swoons* lol, well it may not be swoon worthy to some, as they're still in the budding romance phase, but I liked seeing them getting to know each other, reading their banter. It was cute and sweet and developed/is developing naturally. And I quite like that.

There is a plot twist, but I think it's fairly simple to see that one coming...(I kept thinking of Sailor Moon)...That said, the story weaves magic in that you really don't care. At least I found myself not caring.

The only major thing that I would say detracted from it, was the world-building, it was supposed to be this futuristic place, but I failed to see it as such. Sure there were some nifty stuff, but really, it didn't feel like a different setting.

Still, as I said before the writing is engaging, and I doubt it would bother you, unless of course you're one that's very nitpicky about fantastic world-building...still I think this book is definitely worth reading.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Wednesday Poll #1

  Hey Guys  (^_^.)  

So, in order to have a blog that I post weekly on. I have decided to post a different poll every Wednesday. Hence, the title Wednesday Poll. Seeing, as, it's really just the occasional book review I'll be doing, and apparently I'm too lazy to post anything different. o.O

Well all this will change..Indeed.

lolz, well anyways on to the poll which is your favourite (and no I did not spell it wrong..I write uk-english, no american-english ^_^) - yes what was I saying...I'm always off on a tangent. *looks up* Ah yes, the poll will be on your favourite genre of books ^_^

I also tried to make the poll as diverse as possible...and although I know favourite, is supposed  to be one thing in particular, hey let's face it, for books, there's more than defies all

Well until later my Lurkers.

Use the poll and may the force be with.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Hello Lurkers ^_^

Just popping in to say hey to all you lurkers. Don't think I don't know you exist. drop a word in every now and again. Let me put a comment to the statistics ^_^

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Review for Wedded Bliss by Barbara Metzger

Wedded BlissWedded Bliss by Barbara Metzger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 - 4.5 rating

Oh boy well I loved this one it was hilarious, endearing and a feel-good read.

The Early of Rockford's see if I get this right. He's clueless when it comes to taking care of his sons. He's floundering and out of his element. After all, he wasn't raised with his father around as much. Why should he be so ever present in his sons life...William (a.k.a Billy) has, at every point in seeing him, managed to soil some garment or the other. Clearly, he was not meant to be in close contact with him.


It is upon meeting the lovely widow, Alissa, with two sons of her own, and watching her interact with them - and his own son who adores her- that he begins to realise, that his sons need more. They need affection and not his cold distance.

Rockford's change is not immediate, it is a gradual process..but he finds himself enjoying himself and the time he spends with his sons (both his and alissa's). It's baffling but he enjoys it. It's the most content he's ever felt in his life.

His relationship with Alissa is also one of those gradual things, yes he's attracted to her. Yes, he married her, but as the summary says it's more for the position that a glorified governess than anything else. It was a business contract. He needed someone to take care of his sons, she needed protection.

Although with the way he was distant to Alissa, one wonders if she had gotten the short end of the stick. He comes around though, and proves himself a man in both the way he takes care of the children and through his love for Alissa.

I ended this book smiling, because it really was feel-good. Not to mention the few chuckles it pulled out from me, because let's face it. I am a fan of dry humour and this has it in healthy doses.

So if you're a fan of that I recommend this book.

If you like smart heroines I recommend this book.

If you're a fan of character growth, well by golly gee, I recommend this book. After all Rockford wasn't the only one doing some growing in this book.

The only thing that really detracted from my enjoyment of the book, was the ending part -although at the same time I enjoyed it (o.O)- There was a chase scene, where everyone and the nephews were involved, and it got to the point where I had to pause and reverse a bit to keep track of what was going on.

But other than that is was a pretty good read.

P.S. if you're expecting this to have some steam, don't. But really it doesn't detract anything from the story.

Friday, 20 July 2012

The Arcana Chronicles

Yes, Yes.. I know I've been a horrible reprobate, not posting when I should.

I've been slacking in reviews and everything else. I mean  didn't I say I was at least going to do a weekly quiz *hangs head*

Well I went online today and saw Kresley Cole had put up a Three Chapter Excerpt of her upcoming YA novel the Poison Princess (a part of the Arcana Chronicles). I don't know about you but I'm pretty excited for this. One the concept sounds ah-mazehn and second, it's Kresley Cole and I am intrigued as to how she'll handle a YA novel. I don't doubt she can though, but you never know.

Oh for the those who don't know what the Arcana Chronicles is about:
"I couldn't get this idea out of my head, kept imagining what would happen if the 22 Major Arcana cards of a Tarot deck—like the Magician, Death, or the Empress—were real kids. I envisioned them with special abilities based on the characteristics of their Tarot card and plotted out how they would use those powers to battle other cards. I'm delighted to have the chance to develop a new mythology around the Arcana." - From Kresley Cole
And the summary for Poison Princess:
The characters on Tarot cards are real.

The Huntress, the Fool, Death, the Lovers . . . and eighteen other Major Arcana all exist. These warriors, femme fatales, magicians, and devils each have uniquely lethal powers.

And they’re coming for me.

To survive, I’ll have to embrace my own terrifying abilities—and team up with dangerously handsome Jack Deveaux, one of the few people I know that also survived the Flash. But if Jack ever beholds what I truly am, will he abandon me to my fate . . . ? - On the Arcana Chronicles Website

Or if you want one with more info:

Sixteen-year-old Evie Greene thought her horrific apocalyptic hallucinations were a sign that she was slowly losing her mind. But when her visions come true, decimating the world around her and killing everyone she loves, Evie is forced to accept that she was seeing the future.

Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she turns to wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate, the gorgeous and dangerous Jackson Deveaux for help. As Jackson and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have got the same call and discover that Evie is not the only one with special powers. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and as the battle between good and evil intensifies, it is not always clear who is on which side…


And then I'm pretty sure you guys who are interested would like to see that three chapter excerpt right?

Behold....the link

That is from chapters 7-9

Well until when I talk to you guys next, later ^_^

Monday, 25 June 2012

Driving Lesson #2

So today was a bust..XD..I did reversing today and unlike the last was completely horrible.

Seriously. Every second the car kept stalling...but apparently that's because I came off the clutch too quickly >.> Yeaaaaah...You'd think after a person does the same thing so many times that they'd learn..But habit it's a hell of a thing, and if you're not making the conscious effort to do better..well you're going to end up in problems...or a stalled car..

Well that's it for now..Nothing much today.. Here's to hoping the next lesson is better.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Werewolves Vs. Vampires

As the title says werewolves versus vampires, which one would you guys pick? Yes I know I should be comparing and contrasting, but they're both sooo good XD. It's a pity that they can't seem to get along (which is why I just love romances between the two, but why are they so hard to find?!).

Really though on one had we have the cool, sophisticated "I am better than thou" personality. Not to mention they're pretty powerful...look at Victor in Underworld. The guy just picked up this huge Lycan(Werewolf) and killed him like *snaps fingers* that. They do have that major bummer though...sunlight...*sigh*

So a Werewolf can defeat a Vamp...when they take advantage of their weak point, but, is that really fair? Stiiill Werewolves can turn into WOLVES! at will or depends which mytho you're going to go with, but either way that's pretty cool.

And personality wise they're generally more laid back playful, etc. They tend not to be solitary creatures (although some books...or majority have vamps belonging to a coven). and gosh darn it if they aren't growly. XD I have dogs...and I'm sorry I'm just picturing my german shepherd right now. lol...cute guy...

And then there's the fact that -if we're going with mainstream books here- vampires are undead and have to survive by drinking blood for the rest of eternity....sounds like a pretty bad deal to me. What's the point of living when you can't enjoy food? XD

Despite all of that however I think I'm gonna go with vampires?

What about you guys?

Feel free to answer in the comments section or use the poll on the sidebar ^_^

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Review for Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Book of a Thousand DaysBook of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

gaaaaah I loved it, I loved it, I loved it sooo much.

Okay, so Dashti is a lady's maid and is trapped in a tower with her lady for the period of seven years (they do manage to escape before that time is up). Dashti has a book with her, in which she details the days she has spent in the tower and otherwise. This may seem to be slow, after all, how many big/important things can happen while two girls are trapped in a tower and can't even see the sunlight properly?

You maybe right, but honestly, I didn't even notice it, if it was so. In addition, it wasn't as if there were mindless arbitrary actions depicted in detail . Miss Hale's writing through Dashti's voice really brings you into the story and you lose yourself in it. And I also think the pacing felt right.

Dashti is a brave character, an optimist (I really believe it was that facet to her personality that made her not give up, so I guess tenacious is another one) and loyal to a fault, and I mean really to a fault because there were times when I got frustrated with her, because of what she would do for Lady Saren (I'm coming to her later). She does change with regards to that later on, not that she still isn't loyal, because she is, but she is able to have a backbone as to how the gentry should be treated.

Lady Saren, I wavered between being sorry for her, frustrated at her and disliking her. In the end though, her character also found growth, and managed to find her inner strength, and at the end of the book I felt proud of her as did Dashti. She really came through.

All in all, if you read this book it will leave you with warm and fluffy feelings. It happened to me ^_^ and hey, I'm still grinning as I write this review.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Review for A Thief of Nightshade by J.S. Chancellor

A Thief of NightshadeA Thief of Nightshade by J.S. Chancellor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ack This book killed me (-- and now I have to rewrite my review and gah! that just sucks --)

So the story starts out with Aubrey attending her husband's funeral (for whom no body has been recovered) and after which she ends up in Avalar, a world her husband wrote about in one of his books. It is in Avalar that she finds out that her husband is in the custody of the Dark Fae Queen and any memory of his life prior to his return to Avalar has been forgotten and such Aubrey takes on a mission to save her husband.

Ah Aubrey, she is such a strong character in the sense that she had to undergo a lot of battles within her own self, but she came out on top at the end of it all. And that's one of the main points that this novel brings about. That little light at the end of the tunnel? It isn't just mere hallucination, it's real, and if you persevere, if you don't shatter (a little cracking is okay, we're just humans after all) you'll make it. That's really what I loved about this book, because Aubrey really had some issues (with due reason) that she had to work out, however and this is what I really liked about the book, was that even though she had her own self doubts, even though there were times when she feared her efforts wouldn't been enough, she still persevered. She still fought to free her husband with everything she had.

Another character in the book that I think really bears mentioning is Given, and that's because she feels, and she shows her emotions. After all it's not weak to cry. It's human, it's how we know we feel, because there are times when things become overwhelming, so you end up having to let it out. There's nothing wrong with that. It's what you do afterwards that counts, and Given is another fighter --both literally and figuratively. And that's great.

And now onto what I absolutely love, love, loved about this book.

The romance.

Sure, for majority of the book the hero and heroine are separated from each other, but this is what I think made this book so great. You could still feel this romance and this love between the two characters and it was so beautiful and sweet. We see the story of Aubrey and Julian unfold through a series of flashbacks, in which we see how they first met, etc. There were also little moments that as the flashbacks ran parallel to the ongoing adventure, we see how Julian was showing his love for Aubrey in his own little way, and man if that didn't hit me. Also this book doesn't need the love scenes to show how the characters feel about each other. The most we've seen of them is a kiss, and even then it's touched upon lightly, but the feelings, the feelings are there for us the reader to see and feel and you're right there with Aubrey hoping that against all odds, they will be reunited, and darn if that isn't amazing right there.

p.s. Lipsey (a.k.a Lips) the flying squirrel is so cute and sweet, where can I get me one XD.

Also, I think the cover art is absolutely beautiful, especially the close up of Aubrey, it really does capture her emotions at the masquerade ball.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Hello World #2

Hey all you people ^_^

It's been a while hasn't it? I know, I know my laziness is kicking. But I said I will do this blog, and so I will follow it through..To make sure my postings aren't so sporadic and dependent on only reviews. I'm thinking of say, taking two days out of the week to create a post on a specific topic...Unfortunately right now I'm not sure what to post on. But don't worry I will figure it out.

In other news, I have started learning to drive. o.O *le gasp*  And I find myself not know what on earth I'm doing. lol, but in any case, driving is a practical thing, and with practice and time, I should get the hang of it.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Review for Discount Armageddon (InCryptid #1) by Seanan Mcguire

Discount Armageddon (Incryptid, #1)Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

this was a fun and action packed read.

[brief background]
Verity is a cryptozoologist (but she's really a dancer at heart..or maybe both), and a Price. Her family broke away from the Covenant some generations ago. The covenant is basically a genocidal group that thinks that every other race except for the humans are dangerous, possibly evil, and a threat to all of humanity.

Verity is a quirky, sometimes snarky character, maybe slightly crazy. Then again, all of the characters have tilted a bit on the crazy side, except for Dominic, he's just misled/brainwashed and learning to deal with the crazy world that is Discount Armageddon.

Like I said before this book is crazy fun (be sure to check out the crazy partying/religious mice -> Yes do you not see by my overuse of the word crazy that this book is crazy)

Will be looking forward to the next book ^_^

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Review for Black Heart (Curse Workers #3) by Holly Black

Black Heart (Curse Workers, #3)Black Heart by Holly Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

[more a review of the series than anything else]

WHat can I say? I really loved this series. Like it caught me right there in the heart.

Cassel is a person who from the first book to the last has been struggling with doing what's right from what's wrong. As I said before he is a grey character and not only that he's many different shades of grey. He's met with decisions to make that can be wrong or wrong, because when we look at it in black or white, you really can't say. In the end though he pulls through although there are some decisions I'm not sure how to feel about them *cough*Barron*cough* I won't say anything more on that hand, when you read the book you may know what I'm talking about.

Another thing I loved about this book, is the plot or the fact that Cassel is who he is. A con-artist, (I have a weak spot for those books) and we hear Cassels voice clearly when he's talking about how a scam works, and you (the reader) are right there with him as he makes the scam. You're following him step-by-step and hoping it works out alright.

Cassel also has his friends to support him, and I love their dynamic together. Sam's a good person and so is Daneca, and I think if it weren't for those two, Cassel would've tipped over that very very very thin line his walking.

I'm also glad the Lila-Cassel relationship was resolved. I think how it worked out was pretty fitting too.

Agh Barron what to say about him? I think he's the most confusing character (i don't mean it in a bad way) that I've met, in that I cannot get a grip on who he is. I think a part of that is because Cassel in his own way, although he loves his family, doesn't know either. But there's a part of you, or me at least, when you see glimpses of him being human, that you just can't help but hope that everything works out alright for him in the end.

Well if you're reading this review and contemplating whether or not you should read this, I say go for it. It's a wonderful and entertaining read.

Review for White Cat by Holly Black (Curse Workers #1)

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)White Cat by Holly Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not sure what genre it falls under, which is why I have both the paranormal and urban fantasy genre.

Now onto the review XD...I have been waiting to read this book from the moment it came out, although I have read, or at least started Tithe by the same author, but I just couldn't get into the book and dropped it. Fortunately this was not the case this book ^_^

And I must say I am a sucker for the con-artist type books.

Plot-wise this book was pretty good, it kept twisting and turning so the reader is in for some surprises, and even if they guessed them, the book is written in a way that you'll still enjoy the reveal.

Cassel's family, well let's just say they have some things they need to work out, and though Cassel himself is a grey character, you'll still want to root for him, because I think where it counts he's not so bad. (love the grandpa) and well that ending was a whopper...not a cliff hanger per se...but still a whopper

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Review for A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

A Confusion of PrincesA Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Khemri is a prince of the Empire and as such believes that ultimately he will become prince. This is understandable, due to the factt that when he was a toddler he was isolated, and basically taught to believe he would be Emperor. Unfortunately for Khem, as the book progresses, he begins to realise this is not necessarily so, and also, some truths about the Empire.

Oh man, I really wanted to like this book, the cover was pretty and the summary sounded intriguing, and I guess in a way it was, but the book from the beginning confused me. I guess it's because this is, the first really detailed sci-fi book I've read. My only other sci-fi encounters (that I can recall) have been watching Star Wars (the six movies) and reading Academy 7.

Even afterwards though, when I got a somewhat loose hold on the world, the pacing was so slow. Usually I wouldn't mind that, (Some may say Starcrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce was a bit slow to start, but I loved it regardless), but with A Confusion of Princes, I had to pause it and start up another book.

This only really started to pick up by Chapter 15/16, which is more than halfway into the book.

That said, I did enjoy the latter part (which saved it from a 2.5 star rating), and it didn't feel as tedious to read through. And although, I couldn't understand fully most of it, you can tell that planning went into the world-building of this book.

Extra Points for being a stand-alone too. (^_^)

Monday, 7 May 2012

Cover Love

Hey, so I'm making another post...just because I went on goodreads and found out that the sequel to . And, well I'm a person who loves book covers, like seriously. Granted there have been times when book covers have let me down *cough*Marked*cough*. The book covers were amazing for that series, unfortunately, the books were horrible. I don't even know why I read the first 6 books. *bangs head*.

Anyway, enough about the-series-that-shall-not-be-named. I am talking about Prodigy, Book Two in the Legend Series by Marie Lu. The first book Legend was fun, quick, very enjoyable and action-packed, so if you're looking for something like that, go check it out. And now for the main point XD...the cover has been released. ZOMG!, yes it is true. And while it's not as purdy as Legend's own (which was still pretty simple in design) it's still nice enough for me to have some cover love for it.

Prodigy (Legend, #2)
Oh and another cover that grabbed me...

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)
It seems like Kresley Cole is dipping her feet into the YA genre. No problem, I'll check it out and see if it's any good.

Oh and just one more cover love...heh, you have to understand...I love pretty covers like no tomorrow.
Splintered by A.G. Howard

Dragon Games (Books of Umber #2) by P.W. Catanese

Dragon Games (The Books of Umber, #2)Dragon Games by P.W. Catanese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We started out Dragon Games in the midst of another of Umber's adventures. Really it is fun reading what the gang get's into. In my opinion it was better than the first ^_^

We find out more about Hap and who he used to be and how exactly, Hap as we know him came to be. It was really good to see Hap find himself in this book, that is to say, you see him growing more confident. Of course all he really would like to do is go home to the Aerie, but as the story progresses we see him continue to come into his own.

Of course it was fun to see everyone else as well Oates and Umber are always a blast. Unfortunately (just for me) there wasn't much screen time for Sophie, but we did learn something more about her past, so huzzah ^_^

The End of Time (Books of Umber #3) by P.W. Catanese

The End of Time (The Books of Umber, #3)The End of Time by P.W. Catanese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We start off the book with Umber falling into his moods, in fact this one is the worst yet, as a result of what happened in the previous book. Balfour, who hopes to restore Umber to his regular self, takes him (or rather kidnaps because he refuses to go) on an adventure. Luckily, something happens on the adventure to bring Umber back to his old self again ^_^ After this the reader and the gang are thrown into numerous fast paced adventures.

I loved this book. No lie. The plot, from the first book, has been tightly placed and there are no unnecessary fillers. Hap really comes into his own in this one as he accepts his role of a Meddler. Most (if not all) the mysteries surrounding the Meddlers have been revealed. We also get a better understanding of how the Meddlers think.

So we've come to the conclusion of this trilogy that has action, adventure, fantasy, mystery, and a sprinkling of romance and it was a satisfying end. We get a glimpse into all our favourite character's lives also ^_^

ahh Oates you big lug, I'm going to miss you. Umber and your eccentric ways *sniffles* and lastly Hap, may you have an adventure of a lifetime ;) (*hint* you probably will in your old age )

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Brave "Families Legend" Trailer

Okay, so this has probably been seen by most of guys already, but I just *have* to share. I mean seriously, this movie looks like it's going to be epic!...although, personally...I will admit...even if it's not...*take deep breath*....I will have watched it for the accents alone. XD

Yes I know it's not the best of reasons to watch a movie, but come on. Do you not hear the stupendousness that  is the accent?

Okay...fine...but 'nuff said. I like it...What'd you guys think?

Hello Saturday!

Hey, guys...or should I say the non-existent people who I delusionally think are reading this? heh...this is going to be rather short because, I really did have something to has slipped my mind (O.O) Yes I am a bit scattered-brain...but it's's alright ..I may edit the post as soon as I remember what I wanted to write...

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Review for The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a pretty good read.

This series seems to be paced like the Darkest Powers Trilogy (from which this series is a sequel..I think), in that the ending of the first book in that the climax isn't BAM! in your face and it's not really a cliffhanger hanger...I don't know how to explain it, but if you've read the Darkest Powers, I think you'll know what I mean.

Maya is a strong character and she's unfolding - as the story progresses- the truth about herself. One thing I loved about this was that the parents in the book were actually involved in the main characters life because more often that not in YA paranormal/fantasy the parents are barely there. It's nice to see that they play a role here.

Rafe (the mysterious bad boy but not really aka love interest) I'm not sure of, sure I'm rooting for them, but I haven't gotten enough information about him to say how I truly feel about him as a person. We do get a fair amount of scene time..I'm just greedy ( :P )

Daniel is a dear [the protective best friend). Right now (anything can happen later..I doubt it though) he and Maya are just best friends, and I love their relationship. And I'm pretty sure that he's not exactly human

The town itself is...well let's just say I want to know just exactly what these research people are up to.

Overall it was a fun and quick read.

Update From Melina Marchetta's Blog (Lumatere Chronicles)

Okay so I logged into my goodreads account today, and I saw that Melina Marchetta (author of one of my favourite seresi the Lumatere Chronicles) posted an update, and I was like cool. Then I saw it was an update about Quintana of Charyn and I was like :O's not much really but, here's a link to the post

Blog Post

I feel so happy and squishy inside...not long 'til Quintana of Charyn comes out. *Squees*

o.O Ah who am I kidding this wait is going to be horrendous, not to mention that, that's when it comes out in Australia, the US edition is going to take a while longer. TT_TT Oh you publishers why must you be so mean. On the bright side though, FishPond allows worldwide shipping...I think..

Well for all you lurkers around here...and for all you fantasy lovers who haven't read the Lumatere Chronicles. I suggest you do, for it has in everything in everything a good fantasy book needs (or at least in my opinion) Fantasy (duh), adventure, action and romance, you have all those balanced perfectly, and Voila! a recipe for an amazing book, which the Lumatere Chronicles are.

Book 1: Finnikin of the Rock
Book 2: Froi of the Exiles <- Love the cover for that one
Book 3:Quintana of Charyn <- To be released Oct. 2012
Oh and for those who have heard of it, tell me what you think ;)

Monday, 30 April 2012

Review for The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The world Kagawa builds is a gritty one, and we see and find out what it’s like for these unregistereds (humans on the fringes of society who have decided not to make themselves property of the vampires) We see how hard it is for them to live. Every day is a literal fight for survival and it is here we meet the main character, Allison Sekemoto.

At the beginning of the book we meet someone who is terribly cynical and, though this is not the right word, cold, but then again she has grown up in this world where being soft hearted would more than likely get you killed. She is also one of the few unregistereds who can read. This also helps contribute to her hatred and cynicisms to the situations that the humans are in. They can better themselves and knowledge is power.

One day she and the gang she is a part of gets ambushed, and in a bid that surprises even herself, she ends up throwing herself into harm’s way to save a fellow crew member. A series of unfortunate events later and Sekemoto gets turned into the very thing she despises.
Kanin, the vampire who turned her is, freakin’ epic. XD sorry I couldn’t help myself, but really I pretty much love him, he’s one of those stoic, wise characters. Of course he has a history that haunts him to this day. But wow, the man can fight. And I love the interaction between him and Allison. There are times where he comes across as an exasperated family member when dealing with Allie.

Allie, after she turned, seemed to have thawed out a bit. Things she would’ve found her old self sneering at, telling her they had no time for this or the resources, the vampire Allie willingly does. It’s a kind of irony in that after dying does she start to become human.
And now for Zeke *waggles eyebrows* lol. Aah what can I say about Zeke? He’s a character that feels. He’s not cold or stoic or any other thing to that effect. He’s not a jerk. He’s just Zeke. Oh and he hates Vampires. Kinda poses a problem between him and Allie, don’t you think?
Heh, well overall this book was amazing. I seriously loved it, and I think I may just become a die-hard fan of Julie Kagawa. The plot has action…hello fight off mindless rabids? Romance *snickers* Yes I do love my romance, and that gritty feel that a post – apocalyptic world has.

Memorable quotes

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Oh and guys? There's a nice lil' preview for The Lost Prince (Ethan's story in the spin-off Iron Fey series) at the end of the book.

Hello Monday

Hello again bright world, it is now *looks at time on computer* 6:18....o.O What on earth am I doing up so early when I have no classes. Heh, well six is that bad a time to be up, unfortunately I woke up at...what was it again, ah yes 5:20 o.O

I have one more exam left and then I'll be home free. HUZZAH! and chocolate sprinkles ^_^ That's not until the 7th of May, so until then.

Oh have I told you guys *looks around to see only tumbleweed flying around*.....*sighs dejectedly*...Well I guess I'll just speak to myself...foreveralone level: ??? XD...anyways enough of that I need to get back on track. Ah yes where was I, ah I am an aspiring (and I use that term in the loosest way possible) writer...dun dun dun! What, you don't like my sound effects? *snorts* And yes I actually do snort...I realised one day and I was like o.O O_O *pokerface*

Yeah I think one day I'd actually like to publish a book of my own. I'm working on it right now. Fantasy/Adventure because that's the genre that speaks to me the most, I have some more ideas. But I realise the longer I wait to get cracking, the longer my ideas become less original...but at the same time, while variety is the spice of life, familiarity brings comfort. Right? Well that's just my opinion. For me when I read, I don't mind it when if it's a cliché, so long that it's done in such a way that it pulls me in and I enjoy every second of it.

What about you guys?

Oh side note time :P. I am currently reading Immortal Rules *le gasp* so I may or may not put up a review for that later. But I will say this, I love it so far.

K, well until later guys ;)

Review for Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell #2) by Jenn Bennett

Hello Guys, here's my review for Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett and boy did I enjoy ^_^

Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell, #2)Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

JUPE I LOVE YOU! -- so what if I'm older than you like older women, right? XD

*cough* Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let me just say, I hearts this book with unending love. No Seriously. I enjoyed the first book, but this one, in my opinion, is far better.

What I really loved about this book was that you got to see more of the dynamic between Cady, Jupe and Lon. And specifically on the Cady-Jupe aspect (i love that kid, no lie). You really see them working as family unit, and Jupe, well Jupe is so ...Jupe (for lack of a better description) that he just pulls Cady into it. She may not know what she's doing, or how she's to act, seeing as her parents weren't the best of the lot, or even decent, but Jupe has an unending supply of love that just draws her in, along with the reader. I know I was drawn in.

Of course this does not detract from everything else, we still have our action packed, romance sprinkled and mystery infused Urban Fantasy, and that part's great also.

I just felt I had to comment on the Jupe-Cady aspect of the book. 5 Star rating ^_^

And one more thing => I really love that this has no love triangles. Huzzah!

on a side note...does anyone have any good romance recommendation with kids in the plot? cuz seriously, this book brought out my urge to read one

On another note, tell me if you guys would rather the summary be attached to the books ^_^

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Review for Happenstance Found by P.W. Catanese

Happenstance Found (The Books of Umber, #1)Happenstance Found by P.W. Catanese
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At the start of the book we meet Happenstance who – I’m not even sure if that’s his name, but that's just me – has been woken by an unseen person [we only hear his voice] and has no recollection of his life before, whether it be where he was from or even his name, and so Mr. Unseen voice tells Happenstance to follow this group of people, Lord Umber, Sophie and Oates.

Umber is an eccentric man, with due reason actually, who I quite enjoyed hearing speak. There is a mystery that surrounds him as well as Happenstance, and how the mystery unfolded was done very nicely. Nothing was drawn out and nothing was revealed too quickly. Oates is another fun character who has been cursed to speak the truth, and he does it quite bluntly, often times getting himself into trouble.

The pacing, to me, was done just right and there weren't any pauses, so to speak, within the story.

All in all this was a fun and enjoyable read ^_^ 4.5 rating

Hello World!

*looks up at title* Well it's not original...but it's what all the beginning program stuff always have...printf ("Hello World").

Once again I shall foray into the unknown blogosphere *le gasp* yes, yes it is indeed true. I created one a while back...not on...blogger ...o.O (is that what's called XD)  but on wordpress..suffice to say a screwed up horribly on that, in that it had only to posts....the Hello World post...I promise this one is different, seriously.
and the tales of the Fruity Ninja. Of course that one post was written months upon months a part...I feel like showing it you Voila! (no I don't expect you to be astounded...just bear with me)

copy and pasted from my SpackleFritz blog :P (like word for word)

                  It's a dark and stormy night. The fruits are flying high. The sparkles light it up and Oh My! Confetti
                 flies! Look over yonder there. It's light is so blinding so debilitating. It creates sliced fruit and whats
                 it nots...

                 And I'm done...actually this post has been here for a while in my dashboard...(from last year).
                I was in a class that day and while the teacher stepped out, they started playing fruit ninja and had it    
                  projected on the board. In my class' defense, I think we had already done what was needed for
                  that  day ..but yea. Okay so...this is my first..real post i guess..

Yup so that was my random post from way back when...I don't know the exact protocol for writing a first  post so, I'll just say'll find a bunch of my musings here...random or ones that actually make sense and some reviews of books I've read ... hence the title :P . I can't guarantee much reviews because honestly, review writing isn't my forte...well not those epistle like reviews. I don't have anything against them...I just can never write something that long about a book. In any case they'll probably be few in between...but I will have them ^_^

Oh and speaking of Books, has anyone seen the cover for Julie Kagawa's spin-off Iron Fey series? It features Ethan all grown up...and *smirks* Me Gusta.

lol...for anyone who hasn't seen it, link to Julie Kagawa's Blogspot below ^_^