Daily Archives: April 8, 2014

The Immortal Crown – An Age of X Novel – Richelle Mead

WOW! I have followed Richelle Mead since her Dark Swan series and I must say, she has never disappointed me. When I requested this story, I was immediately drawn in by her name and the synopsis. Although, I saw that it was the second book of the series, I still requested it from Net Galley. Fortunately, I was approved. I was so excited and I wasn’t disappointed.

One of the drawbacks of reading from book two is that sometimes the author doesn’t situate you properly in the series. Sometimes, you can’t feel the excitement or the sorrow. Well, I felt everything in the book. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. There was one part at the very end but that’s my bad and it added to the suspense and I did feel those emotions. Kudos to Mead, she established everything and reintroduces everything.

I am definitely going to be signed up for Book # 3.

On to the actual story. I don’t know quite how to summarize the awesomeness that is this story, so I’ll let the author do it herself.

Gameboard of the Gods (Book #1) introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out. With this highly classified knowledge comes a shocking revelation: Not only are the gods vying for human control, but the elect—special humans marked by the divine—are turning against one another in bloody fashion.

Their mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.

Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.

So there! She did it better than I could ever had.

Now that that is over, let e wax about Mae Koskinen. OMG! Mae is so aweeesssooommee! Girl is on fire, always! I ador eher. She is my new favorite heroine! She is brave, daring and cherisher her familia. Being a supersolder (valkayrie) is not easy. She never sleeps and is always ready for danger. She is just amazing. The things she does just outstands me.

Justin of course is “aiiight”. He cool. He’s always got Mae’s back and that enamored me to him. He is intelligent and smart. Both of them together are unbeatable and I’d like to see more of them both.

Book three is going to bring more than I could ever imagine. The stuff that happens near the end is just terrifying. I can’t imagine what the outcome of what any of it could be. It’s just… dangerous. I fear for my girl but like i said together Justin & Mae are unbeatable. Together.

Definitely a 5 star! Whot!

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Poison Promise – Jennifer Estep

“Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target” (Net galley Synopsis). I loved this book. Just when I think that Jennifer Estep simply can’t write another Elemental series novel, she shoots and scores. I simply thought that her new books would never be up to the standard of the old ones but she only got better. Gin faces, I would say, the toughest battle of her life both in this book and probably even more in the next book; Black Widow. I mean, we all know she always skated through by a hair’s breathe, but her final battle in this book was a truly beautiful thing to watch. There is a culmination of all her people having her back. We see all the past characters, not truly involved, but being present. We see a sense of family. Familia for both Gin and every one. I mean e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e.

As usual, there are flashbacks that show us Gin’s past and are of course necessary to the narrative. We also see a different side of Gin’s sister,  Bria. One that brings her to the fore and leaves us tearing our hair out. Girl’s got to get it together, that’s all I’m saying!

What else can I say but that she doesn’t disappoint, if you think you know the score, fugget about it! You don’t. There’ gonna be a whole new monster to battle. I’m definitely looking forward to Book #12, Black Widow! Sign me up please!

5 stars!

Check out the A-Z Poem I wrote about it;

A- A new book I’m reading now

B- Book number nine

C- Culminates in ———–

D- Do not reveal

E- Elemental

F- Ferocious

G – Gin Blanco

H- Hindsight

I- Incredible

J- Jennifer Estep

K- Killer Time

L – Livid

M – MM Munroe

N – Never mess with the Spider

O – Operation

P – Poison Promise

Q – Queen of Southtown

R – Review

S- Spider

T – Trust

U – Underworld

V – Victim

W – Wicked

X – Xavier

Y – Yowza!

Z – Zing!

 

#A-Z blogging Challenge

 

Green

I found myself looking for some inspiration for my post today. My eyes landed first on my phone cased in green leather and then my smoothie, green as grass. As my eyes roved they landed first on the green notebook, then on the highlighted list on my table. It seemed that green was everywhere.  Ahead as i looked, revealed a list of numbers encased in green. Up imparted the green of fake leaves reminding me of the spring. So I looked some more. A binder with a green proclamation appeared and the green lightly pressed on the tissue cardboard case coalesced before my eyes. Suddenly, green seemed to pervade the environment. Another list with green sharpie reported itself as its hiding place was made plain………..And that was it.

This exploration from my tiny cubicle had taken me far away. Away to the land of spring where the sun sneaked in. In the greens, I saw nature, life, birth, death, and rebirth. The whole cycle.

I saw the green trees and  green waters. Nature had taken a beautiful yet ugly turn. Had it? The waters were green. Had the pollens strayed too far or had the algae grown too large? The water didn’t reflect the sky’s own blue. perhaps nature was to blame. Mayhaps, the people had angered it. They had poluted it with the chemicals from the time of the people long dead and had soiled it with the deeds of the money hungry sharks from days long gone.

It occured to me that ought to appease nature and offer her good will so that she may stay as she ought to be.

Stay Green.

Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose.

 

A little sad

So, today I found out I was graduating cum laude from my university, sad news to me. It might seem to some that I’m griping but I’ve truly worked hard since I transferred to my new university. I’ve been an extremely good student at this university but my slacky attitude from my previous college has accumulated in me graduating cum laude. A feat I am sure has disappointed my parents who have invited their friends to my graduation. Can I say nightmare? My country has a different system of giving honors, namely First class, second class, second upper, third class and nothing else. All they can see is me being third class. A very sad situation for me. I guess, I might fall in the second upper class category, but I don’t know. My advisor said I should be happy because most people don’t even have any honors at all. It’s just sad because I have worked so hard to be a better student. When I was at my previous school, I wasn’t challenged. My thing is I almost always rise to the occasion. If you put me in a room full of geniuses, I will rise to the occasion. I usually reflect my surroundings. Not a good thing, I tell you. It’s quite terrible.

So, sad I am. Terrribly sad. I wouldn’t completely blame my old school, afterall I should have risen above that occasion. But I didn’t. I barely scaled by with a 3 point average.  It’s sad that i am getting judged by the mistakes I made in the past but I always try to learn from my mistakes. One thing I’m taking away from this situation is to always do my best and rise above the ocassion.