Novella Review: The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas

18333581.jpgThe Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas

Novella of the book: The Assassin’s Blade 

Series: Throne of Glass (#0.2)

Published: 22nd March 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Goodreads: “Meet the Assassin: beautiful, defiant, destined for greatness. Celaena Sardothien has challenged her master. Now she must pay the price. Her journey to the Red Desert will be an arduous one, but it may change the fate of her cursed world forever…”

Review:

I so want to see Yrene Towes again, she seems like such an interesting character – not to mention that I totally sismance her with Celeana.

Celeana has been staying at the White Pig Inn, Innish, a small port town, for a few days, her goal is to reach the Red Desert, where she is to meet the Mute Master of Assassins, who’ll train her for a month. This is Celeana’s punishment for destroying the slave-trade agreement between Arobynn and the Pirate Lord of Skull’s Bay.

Yrene, a girl whose mother was killed for being a healer, works a the Inn, as she wants to win enough coin to be able to go to Torre Cesme, where she can learning the art of healing. However, her boss is constantly cutting her salary and tips, and raising the rent of her small room.

Their paths cross and Celeana changes Yrene’s life.

“For wherever you need to go – and then some. The world needs more healers.”

4.5 Chibis

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Book Review: Untraceable by S.R. Johannes

Untraceable (Nature of Grace, #1)

Untraceable by S.R. Johannes

Series: The Nature of Grace (#1)

Publisher:  Coleman & Stott

Published: November 15th 2011

Summary:  “16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. 

When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father. 

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.”

 

Review:

First of all I must admit I did not read the summary before reading this book, all I did was look at the cover and read the title. The cover, as you can see, is really beautiful, I love it! It’s all green with a face on it, behind the leaves. I thought I was going to read a book about fairies but no, no supernatural mumbo jumbo.

Even though I probably wouldn’t have read this book if it hadn’t been sent to me by Netgalley, I loved it, surprisingly. I liked it so much that I want to read the second one.

Grace, a 16-year-old teen is an unusual girl, she loves nature and wilderness, in fact, she loves it so much she knows everything about survival in the woods, everything about animals, plants, trails, etc… she’s like a female, younger version on Indiana Jones/Jackie Chan. I say Jackie Chan cause she also knows how to kick ass 😉 She learnt all of it from her hero and father Joe. Unfortunately, Joe is missing and thought to have drown on the river.

Grace obsesses over her fathers disappearance, she goes into the deep woods and tries to look for anything that might be a lead to her dad’s whereabouts. She becomes so fixated that she breaks up with her boyfriend and childhood friend, and her relationship with her mother starts growing more and more chilly. Actually, in my honest opinion, her mother acts like a total bitch most of the time, I mean, her daughter has just lost her dad and she can’t act like a mother and take care of her, like a good mother should. She just leaves Grace to do whatever she wants. And what-the-hell, the girly is only 16 and she lets her go into the woods by herself? Woods that have many dangers such as bears. Sure, Grace knows her way, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe. And indeed Grace is so vulnerable to danger out there that she gets attacked by two very dangerous men. These two men are both illegal bear hunters.

Grace gets saved by the attractive and mysterious Mo, a British young-man who says way too many times “Abso-bloody-lutely”.

Anyway, Grace gathers some clues on her dad and unveils what happens to be way bigger than she thought. Way bigger than just her dad’s destiny and bears getting killed for fun.

Grace finds herself in the middle of a dangerous world, a world so dangerous she can’t trust anyone, not even whom she thinks she knows.

I want to keep the mystery for you guys because it’s really good, all the pieces come together at the end, like a puzzle.

Also I have to add that I totally loved the ending, it’s one of those open / happy endings, a difficult combination to create, but S.R. Johannes did it perfectly! It gives you a hopeful vision of the “future”.

Playlist: 2NE1 – Crush (album)

4 Chibis

*Galley received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

Book Review: Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Shadowfell (Shadowfell, #1)Shadowfell by Juliet Marrilier

Series: Shadowfell (#1)

Published: September 11th 2012

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Summary: ” Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill–a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk–Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec. 
During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death–but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban’s release from Keldec’s rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.”

Review

I really, really loved this book! It’s so different from what I’m used to read, reading it was like a breath of fresh air or eating a different type of chocolate (very delicious chocolate!).

Juliet Marillier created a world with a strong, female character who has a long journey in front of her.

Neryn, the main character is traveling with her father, walking from place to place, having barely any money. Neryn’s father, like Neryn, lost everyone, they were all killed by a very dangerous military group, the Enforcers, who work for the king, Keldec, king of Alban. Keldec rules Alban with an iron fist, condemning thousands of people to death for having gifts, magical gifts. Those people with special talents are called the Impure, meaning they have to be “cleansed”.

Neryn and her father are running from the Enforcers who are looking for her. However, Neryn’s father decides to play a luck-game (on a boat), he gets drunk, end’s up losing all their money, and bet’s Neryn (asshat). He loses and Neryn is then given off to an enigmatic traveler, Flint. Surprisingly, Flint and Neryn don’t have what would be called a cliche romance. In fact, they split ways.  Neryn travels by herself to find Shadowfell, a place where people like her live. It is also a place where rebellions live.

Neryn faces a lot of hardships, illness, the death of a friend, danger, the Enforcers, and many others. In spite of this, Neryn finds hope in the Good Folk. The Good Folk are a race of (I didn’t want to use this word, but that’s exactly what they are…) magical beings who remain hidden from the outside world. These beings help her on her journey with their knowledge, some even become her friends, others…not so much.

It really touched me to see the evolution on Neryn, some people say she’s weak, but I strongly disagree with them, Neryn is one of the strongest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to “meet”!

Flint is also not your typical boy-crush, he’s a young man, a young man who had to grow up early. I can’t give you much detail about him, you have to read to find out, but once you do find out about him you don’t know how to feel about him…

If you want to read a sweet, oh-so romantic story, I don’t recommend you this book, this book does have some romance, but not the usual kind. This story is not focused on love, but on strength and fight for a better place.

I really loved this book, I want to read the second one right now!! A friend of mine told me to read the Sevenwaters series, also by Juliet Marillier, I guess that’s exactly what I’m gonna do (after the exams T.T)

Playlist: Celtic Woman – album Believe

4.5 Chibis

Sofyy’s Book Review: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Series: (The Arcana Chronicles #1)

Published: October 2nd 2012

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Goodreads:  “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.”

Review

This book is so good!  It’s one of those books you simply must have on your shelves! Somehow, Kresley Cole was able to put together an Apocalypse, Tarot cards, weird super-powers, blood-sucking zombies and a sexy bayou guy! And guess what? The story is amazingly built 🙂

The Flash was the Apocalypse, on the day of the Flash there was a huge lightning that turned everybody that wasn’t in-doors into ashes. It also burned every plant and it is believed that the water from the rivers and the sea evaporated, although the characters on the book are never able to see if that was really true or not.

This book begins in Requiem, Tennessee, on day 246 A.F., with a creepy man who’s watching a girl just outside his house, he lures her in. Through his POV you realize this man, Arthur, has kidnapped and tortured a lot of girls before. He drugged them and them kept them on his basement, where he performed experiments. He them drugs the girl, Evie aka the main character, when he slips something on her drink. He asks Evie to tell him her story, what happened to her on the Flash, when all ended and everything began (I feel so cool to say this, I sound like an Oracle xD).

Then Evie starts telling her story (her POV now), she tells her story starting from day 6 B.F., she was in Sterling, Louisiana.

Evie is a 15 year-old teenager, who’s  rich and popular, has a quarterback boyfriend, a mansion and is on the cheer leading squad. But she hides a secret no one knows besides her and her mom, she spent three months on an Asylum. She had nightmares, hallucinations and sometimes even heard voices. Evie drew on a journal everything she saw, but after her mom found it, she was sent to an Asylum.

But after her summer holidays spent at the Asylum, she goes back home to start school. Even though her mom believes Evie is “better”, she wasn’t, she is still hearing voices,  having gory and creepy nightmares about monsters, a red-headed witch and Death, who is looking for her.

On her first day back she meets Jackson Deveaux, typical bad boy with family problems and traumatic childhood,  he is a Cajun. Cajuns are, in case you don’t know, an ethnic group living in the state of Louisiana. They’re descendants of the Acadian exiles (French speakers).

On Evie’s 16th b-day and also the day of the Flash, her friends make her a surprise birthday party and her boyfriend, Brand, is a total douche, he wants to “pop her cherry” and is constantly pressuring her. But naive Evie fears that Brand will dump her if she doesn’t have sex with him (typical).

She wanders by herself, to take a break from the party, where she runs into Jackson, he almost kisses her (this part was so hot!), later you realize Jackson was just distracting Evie cause his friend was stealing everybody’s cellphones and wallets (asshats).

I’m going to move on faster, or I will never end writing xD So Flash day and all, big, massive explosion of light, most humans are dead, no plants, almost no animals, Evie stays with her mom, mom gets sick, Evie finds out her blood is able to create plants, more hallucinations, nightmares and voices (she realizes the dreams she was having are actually visions of the future. Also, Bagmen, blood-sucking zombies who used to be humans.

Jackson finds Evie and tries to convince her to leave with her mother, because Militia men are coming and would enslave them. Evie doesn’t want to leave, but her mother dies shortly after, she then takes off with Jackson to look for her grandmother, who’s supposed to have all the answers to what’s happening to her. It seems that it is all connect to the Tarot cards, Evie is the Empress.

Later, Jack and Evie find a mansion with everything they could ever ask for, water, food and fully protected. Jack and Evie have a very heated moment by the pool, but horn-dog Jack quickly tries to jump on Evie’s panties, way to go dude *please note sarcasm*

“He was staring at my lips, and before I could think better of it, I’d wetted them.”

“That’s it, bébé,” he said in a coaxing rasp. “Ma bonne fille.” My good girl. He wrapped one of his arms behind my back, cupping my chin with his free hand. “Evangeline, I’m goan to kiss you until your toes curl, until we’re breathing for each other.”

The house belongs to someone (aka annoying b*tch of the story), the Archer one of the Tarot cards.

Evie starts talking more often to one of the voices, this voice belongs to Matt, who is also the Fool. Through him she discovers that she is supposed to fight Death and it’s allies who threaten her life and the whole world’s fate. She also finds out she can grow poisonous deathly claws.

“Come touch,…but you’ll a price”

“Remember my titles? I don’t get poisoned, I do the poisoning. I’m the Princess of it”

I will stop here, but I assure you this book has a lot more than what I have told you, this book is something very difficult to sum up xD so many things happen that it is just impossible to cover all of them!

Trust me, you want to read this book, it is a must!  – I just ordered the second book, can’t wait to have my hands on it!! ^.^

4.5 Chibis