Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Travel Machine {No.2}

All about Travel & Books & Images in any era!
Just a bit of inspiration to get us through the week.


They transport us to places we have spent time dreaming of.

They transport us to places we have been to in a new way.

They transport us to places only our imaginations could hope to dream of.
Harry Potter exhibit in NYC... my photo!
Traveling to the inspirational images brought to me from the magical world of...

Harry Potter 
By JK Rowling
Luna Lovegood
My favorite character :)

 My Harry Potter World 
My Photo! Deatheaters!!
Luna's cute sun shiny dress!!  My Photo!!

Inspirational Harry Potter & Luna images:
Luna Lovegood
Evanna Lynch

Book Review ---> Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight (Firelight, #1)Firelight
   (Firelight #1) 

By:  Sophie Jordan
Published By:   HarperTeen
Published Date:  September 7th 2010
Pages:   Hardcover 323
Read:  September 2011
Book Cover Rating:  5
Tags:  Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Mythology Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Dragons, Fantasy Fiction
Why the Mad Scientist read this book:  Mad Cover Love!!!  Purchased all on my own.  ;) 

First Lines:   Gazing out at the quiet lake, I know the risk is worth it.
Concoction of a Review:
Firelight is built around the idea of beings that are decedent of dragons known as Draki. What an intriguing idea... supernatural Dragon Shifters!!  There secret needs to be kept otherwise dire consequences will result.  *gasps*

Draki's can shift into human form, however, depending on what type of Draki you are you may have other powers.  Like creating mist.  Jacinda is the first Fire Breather to be born in centuries.  She has no control of her life.  The pride has plans for her.  Jacinda is young woman, Draki, who is stuck between who she is and who she should be.

Chapter one does its job.  I was drawn in and could not let go.  Jacinda was being hunted after risking the exposure of the Draki's secret.  Which leads up to her mother panics and take her and her twin Tamra and moves them to the desert.  Her Draki starts to wither, she risks more to keep that from happening. 
Here is how I picture Jacinda:  As Elena Satine...

Not another love triangle... 

Except I sort of liked this one.  Cassian, also a Draki is the prince of the pride. With the exception of the pride's plan of her mating with Cassian to make more fire breathers, I do believe that there is a small flame of lust between them. 

The other match, Will, hunts & kills Draki's with his extended family. Forbidden love just makes it that much more interesting.  *grin*  Smoldering at best Will awakens Jacinda's Draki which is dangerous.  She needs to learn how to control herself around him.

That is one wild range but I love both sides!  The Mad Scientist is beyond curious about who will be chosen. *waggles eyebrow*
After running for my life from hunters, a girl with too much lip gloss doesn't register on my fear radar. 
I can hardly smirk at the idea of Dragons any longer.  I thought the world Sophie Jordan created was diverse.  The ending was grand and the descriptions were vivid.  

Not for everyone but the internal conflict of personal identity and purpose is something all young adults go through.

*Purchased this book for myself which did not impede on my Mad Review.  It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. *

4.7 Blasts --->  Most Desirable
Welcome to a new fun fantastic world of the Draki, decedents of dragons.  Jacinda has a fireball attitude shooting out fire on the way to figuring out who she is. 

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

{ARC} Book Review ---> Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every Other Day
Every Other Day
By:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published By:   EgmontUSA
Published Date:  December 27th 2011
Pages:   Hardcover 352
Read:  October 2011
Book Cover Rating:  5
Tags:  Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Fantasy Fiction

Why the Mad Scientist read this book:  
I actually thought that this was going to be a contemporary read.  It did have a time glass on it... Who knows what I was thinking?  
Concoction of a Review:

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I just completed a book review of Bite Me which had a Vampire Hunter/Slayer now I venture not far to Demon Hunter/Slayer.  Contemporary, pft we can through that out the carriage and stomp on that right away!

Slayer books need something new.  This books offers up the idea of demons and such creatures as being endangered species.  Just like the bald eagle they are protected by the government.  What is one called when they are against government rule?  Terrorist.  Kali D'Angelo is just that... Every Other Day.

Here is how I picture Kali D'Angelo:  As Michelle Rodriguez... 

Every Other Day she switches between a crude demon killer and young girl who attends high school and tries to cope with living with only her father who is not... a mom. Kali does not understand where and why she has power to kick supernatural derriere.    When she is human we get to see how shrewd and intelligence during dangerous circumstances.

I heard the telltale sound of scales scraping against metal -- a light swoosh, a tongue flickering out to taste that stale and humid air.  Whatever it was, my prey was tasting for me.

As one would expect our protagonist to be a misfit at school.  Yet, she is faced with a decision to save one of her school mates.  Wait, she is not power vixen at the moment.  Will she do the right thing and risk her life?

One of the turn offs is her down and out attitude.  Sympathy was to be had at first but it would not stop.  However, I admit she did end up with a great band of misfits.  

Left with nothing but my own bloody fingertips, I let out a war cry of my own, raked my nails over its face, and fought like a girl.

Overall, fast paced nonstop heroine action was packed around a complex scheme.  

*Free ARC from NetGalley which did not impede on my Mad Review.  It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. *

4 Blasts --->  Most Desirable
A fun but not original story of young supernatural gal who is trying to find her place.  Nonstop action and fun fight scenes.    

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

What's Your Status {No. 7}

MeMe hosted by Zakiya @ Butterfly Feet Walking on Life

 This week I finished:

Thanks to the lovely people at PYR!

Finished Last Week:
Tara Altebrando      
Arc that I picked up at BEA 2011
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Currently Reading:

Thanks to Candace over at Candace's Book Blog I have a signed copy.
She was kind enough to get a copy from a signing and mail it across country for me!
Book bloggers are the most amazing friends!
Stop by her blog, it is beautiful!
What might be next:
Crave (The Clann #1)Where Demons Fear to Tread (The Company of Angels #1)
Melissa Darnell                              Stephanie Chong
Thanks to NetGalley, Harlequin Teen & Mira!

Newest Book Review:
Tempest's Legacy by Nicole Peeler  
Bite Me by Parker Blue
Newest {ARC} Book Review:

What's Your Status?
The Mad Scientist wants to know!
Or Recommend me a book!

Morbid Romantica 2012 is in the works!
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Book Review ---> Bite Me by Parker Blue

Bite Me (Demon Underground, #1)

Bite Me
   (Demon Underground #1)

By:  Parker Blue
Published By:   Bell Bridge Books
Published Date:  September 30th 2008
Pages:   Softcover 229
Read:  October 2011
Book Cover Rating:  3
Tags:  Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Demons, Fantasy Fiction, Paranormal

First Lines:   The stench of rotting garbage filled my nostrils as I scoured the dark streets of San Antonio for something to take the edge off. 
Concoction of a Review:

Vampire Hunter/Slayer is not a new concept.  However, I have not watched or read any of Buffy so I will not be comparing at all. 

The young Val Shapiro is the vampire hunter within Bite Me who is girl who is trying to find herself among a world she does not feel apart of.  One thing stands in the way... she is part demon.  Lola is the other side of Val, who has to feed and she loves lust from men.

Val found a way to dampen her powers from the demon blood in slaying vampires.  Using her unique status to keep her city safer.  Meanwhile, it is enough to keep the sassy Lola in check.  Yet, Val was still scorned by her family.

Here is how I picture Val Shapiro:  As Vanessa Hudgens... 
As we headed out toward the parking lot, Dan said "Why don't we take the truck?  It's less conspicuous."

He had a point.  With Fang sitting on the back of my motorcycle in his goggles we were more likely to draw attention than divert it.

[Fang the hellhound says] YEAH, THAT'S 'CAUSE I'M SMOKIN'!

She was used as a escape goat for things that went wrong.  Continually being blamed for anything that goes wrong.  Finally, she was told to stay away from her family.  

What was my favorite part of the book you may ask?  The Hellhound!!      *gasps*    Fang has his own personality who really brings some humor to the book.  Their interactions cut the seriousness at times and brought a smile to my face more then once and laughing out loud.

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Overall, nonstop heroine action.  Great fight scenes!!  Intertwine that with fun sideline characters makes it a fun book.  The Mad Scientist will be looking forward to book two and three!   Try Me & Fang Me!!  

*Free ARC from NetGalley which did not impede on my Mad Review.  It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. *

4 Blasts --->  Most Desirable
A fun but not original story of young supernatural gal who is trying to find her place.  Nonstop action and fun fight scenes.    

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