A Review of Changeless

Good evening,

It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted a review as I have been busy with work and getting caught up in reading. Sometimes I get so engrossed or am so eager to start the next book that I put a review aside and will sometimes take a while to get back to it. Now that I am on my third book in two weeks which I happen to be nearly done with, I’d like to go back a bit and talk about the book Changeless by Gail Carriger.

I found this wonderful series after a recommendation from a friend who introduced me to this fascinating world by saying that I really need to read this series and to start out with Soulless. I wasn’t sure if it would be my kind of read but I was proven wrong after reading the first ten pages of the book. I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I’m so glad things ended on a happy note in that particular book and I couldn’t wait to read the next book in the series which is Changeless.

This world takes place in Victorian England though has a twist because it’s a fascinating mix of Steampunk and creatures of myth such as werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and those who are said to have no soul.

This is where Alexia comes in who has recently married her werewolf, Lord Maccon, Early of Woolsey whose bark seems to be worse than his bite unless he’s protecting his own and his Scottish accent shows up particularly when he’s upset. Alexia was born without a soul and is the only one of her kind in England who can render vamps and werewolves temporarily human and exorcise ghosts. She is probably one of the few that can put up with his temperament and match him toe to toe. When he yells, she’s not afraid to yell back and knows many ways to calm him down. She awakens one morning to find him gone and it’s only through determination and not giving up that she’s able to locate where he’s gone to which is Scotland. Trouble is brewing and there’s a mysterious epidemic that’s going around which is temporarily rendering vamps and werewolves alike human and exorcising ghosts.

Alexia hires a dirigible crew to take her to Scotland to find out what’s going on and to warn her husband who appears to be on his way to deal with his old clan. She reluctantly brings her best friend Ivy, one very annoying half sister, Madame Lefoux who is a French inventor as well as an old friend of Lord Maccon, a French maid, and Tunstell who is hoping to be turned into a werewolf some day.

Once Alexia and her crew gets to Scotland, it’s quite the culture shock and they learn that Maccon’s former clan has been without an Alpha and human for several months. Alexia is determined to find out what’s going on and how to put a stop to this problem that could very well kill her husband and affect everyone that she cares for.

Something even more sinister seems to be on the horizon and Alexia isn’t sure who she can trust after her room is ransacked and strange things seem to be happening. Well stranger than usual that is and Maccon’s former clan isn’t  being too helpful with trying to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late. By some luck, Alexia is able to figure out the soarce of the problem though it leaves her with questions about her own heritage and determined to let as few people know about this powerful weapon as possible.

I love Alexia and how she’s not afraid to speak her mind nor afraid to let people know how smart she is without trying to be a know it all. She doesn’t back down from a fight and isn’t prone to hysterics unlike Ivy and her half sister who seem to be in some sort of competition for poor Tunstell. She’s fiercely protective of those she cares for and doesn’t choose to reveal that she’s a mujah until it’s absolutely necessary.

Ivy seems to be rather clueless and dramatic at times. She is rather amusing in her own way though and I found myself laughing over some of her antics. Despite being on the flighty side, I think she does balance Alexia out and does have a kind hard who really just wants to love Tunstell without worrying about what others might think of her being with him.

I found it fascinating with the mixture of Egyptian mythology connected to where werewolves once came from and the reason behind why they refuse to be a part of anything with archaeology. According to legend, the only way that someone can be turned into a werewolf is by having excess soul and being turned by an Alpha who is able to shift their features into the head of an Anubis. I’m really curious as to whether Alexia may go to that part of the country to learn more about her husband’s heritage one day.

The ending of the book was quite shocking and I think a certain werewolf should be clubbed on the head for saying and thinking such cruel things. No one is expecting what happens and I think that it could have been handled a lot better than getting a temper and being quick to jump to conclusions. Then again, leaving things on such a cliffhanger does draw me into being eager to read what next will happen in the third book.

Overall, this book was full of humor, a few steamy scenes, mystery and a fascinating parasol that is truly a work of art. I can’t wait to see what next Alexia, her friends and family will be up to and where she may next find herself going.

In other news, the first book I am currently reading is The Fellowship. J.R.R. Tolkien really had a way with words and he’s so very detailed in his descriptions. He has a way of drawing me in and it’s hard to put down though I am trying to take my time to savor because there’s so much to absorb.

The second book I am currently reading is called Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce. It’s the second book in a series about the life of Beka Cooper who is a Dog in Corus that is smart, funny and fiercely protective of those she cares for while also very shy when attempting to talk in front of a group of people. I am anxious to read how things turn out and what justice will be served.

Books Mentioned In This Post

Soulless by Gail Carriger- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6381205-soulless

Careless by Gail Carriger- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6933876-changeless

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring?from_search=true&search_version=service

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/153779.Bloodhound?from_search=true&search_version=service

This concludes my bookish ramblings…for now. I have another review that will be coming up shortly. I am flying through Bloodhound so it shouldn’t be too long until I post my views on the book and what next I plan to read. So be sure to check back soon to find out what next I plan to take from my to be read list pile.

Slainte

~M

A Review of Acts of Creation

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Good morning,

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for some time to find out Dante’s story as well as to see how everyone else is doing in Evergreen Grove. I was so happy when Elisabeth sent me a ARC so that I could be one of the lucky ones to read this book before the release date which is this Tuesday!!

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is the fact that while it touches on the other characters, the main focus is on Dante and Michelle. At first, they don’t seem like a good match but the further the story progresses, the more it makes sense why these two should be a couple.

Dante has been hiding behind a mask for years, letting people assume that he’s a playboy boxer who doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. In reality, there’s a lot of things that have happened in his past that are starting to catch up to him and he’s getting tired of running. He really isn’t a playboy, will do just about anything to protect his family, treats women respectfully and hasn’t felt any desire in years. Then he meets Michelle and she changes his world.

Michelle has also been hiding by choosing to wear baggy clothing, move away from her hometown and generally tries not to be noticed. She was attacked by someone who was supposed to protect her and it’s left a scar that doesn’t appear to be healing very quickly. Michelle is really trying to find her way in the world, move past what haunts her and try to live her life without the pressure she was under when living with parents. When Dante starts to notice her, she finds it hard to believe but though she’s put up walls, she isn’t quite prepared for the feelings that develop the more time she spends around Dante.

Most of their friends and family aren’t sure about the two of them being together but sometimes the most unlikely pair turn out to be one of the best. Dante and Michelle have had some obstacles to overcome in their lives and soon realize that the connection they were searching for was right in front of them the whole time.

I will admit it was reading some parts of the book due to the nature of the content but I’m glad that a lot of detail didn’t go into the terrible thing that each of them experienced. My heart went out to Dante who spent years being ashamed of something that he was too young to comprehend at the time and being manipulated by someone who shouldn’t have been allowed near kids to be honest.

My heart also went out to Michelle because instead of having the support she needed to try to get past her ordeal, she was confronted with suspicion and many didn’t seem to believe what had taken place. She placed her trust in someone who was supposed to treat her right and have respect but instead turned out to be a total dirt bag.

Through patience and being open minded, Dante and Michelle are able to confide in each other and understand what it’s like to feel trapped with a secret that at times seems to shameful to share with others. They do hit some road bumps along the way as their friendship turns into romance, particularly when Dante is seriously injured. Dante and Michelle soon realize though that no matter what happens, it’s better to go through things together than to try to avoid.

I liked the fact that when Dante’s dad finds out what happened to his son, he doesn’t blame Dante but instead wants to go deal with the man who had caused such grief. Dante had assumed that his dad wouldn’t understand but instead he blows that theory out of the water and it gave me some insight into where Dante learned his strength from.

I also liked the fact that Michelle chose to put her foot down when her parents try to get her to stop going to college and go back home to work as a free secretary. She comes to the conclusion with Dante’s help how important it is to follow your heart and stand your ground.

This book was a fascinating mix of humor, romance, a touch of sadness and the importance of not going through a difficult time alone. Dante and Michelle really are a wonderful couple and I can’t wait to get more of a glimpse of their lives in the next book though I know it will be about a different character. I was so glad the way things were turning out for this couple at the end of the book that I nearly did a happy dance.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to seeing what Elisabeth has next up her sleeve.

Where you can preorder this book for the amazing temporary price of $0.99! –

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Acts-Creation-Evergreen-Grove-Book-ebook/dp/B013X8U3KW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439712838&sr=8-1&keywords=Acts+of+Creation+by+Elisabeth+Staab

Barnes and Noble- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/acts-of-creation-elisabeth-staab/1122449826?ean=2940152282894

In light of this book being released on Tuesday, I will not be including what I am currently reading. Not to worry though as I will soon be back with my list of bookworm ramblings in my next post. Thank you so much for tuning in and be sure to check back soon.

Slainte

~M

A Review of The Last Labyrinth

Good afternoon,

I know that this update is quicker than I’ve posted in the past but I just couldn’t resist posting about this book which had my attention from the beginning. Though it’s been a while since I’ve read the last book, delving into this story was just like catching up with a friend I haven’t seen in years and able to pick up right where I left off. It has actually been sitting on my bookshelf for a while and I decided to try getting back into this series once again.
Percy Jackson has had a confusing, difficult and yet fun time of thing since finding out that he’s a demigod and his Dad just happens to be Poseidon. This year will be the most difficult yet and he will learn a lot about himself, the Gods and his friends.
When Percy and his friends learn that Luke may have found a hidden way into Camp Half Blood to destroy his fellow demigods and Kronos is on the rise, they learn that the only possible way to stop Kronos could lie in going through a Labyrinth to locate Daedalus who created the Labyrinth and could be a big help in stopping the evil Titan Kronos. Percy sets out on a quest with his friend Annabelle, half brother Tyson and best friend Grover who is seeking to find Pan and save the wild.
Things don’t go quite as planned, treachery is at hand, friendships are strengthened and wills are being tested and a betrayal lies in wait that will shock nearly everyone.
I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. Riordan has an amazing way of combining Greek Mythology with modern times and tossing in laughter from time to time.
I was very surprised about a few characters and twists along the way that constantly kept me guessing.
There were areas where I was laughing out loud and others in which I felt bad for a few of the characters.
Percy and many of his friends are still growing into their powers and once they do, it will be a sight to see.

Daedalus did something very surprising and yet noble at the end of the book which I admired him for. Despite the pain and troubles that he went through, he chose to help out Percy when it was needed the most. He certainly wasn’t the person that he seemed and also realized that some of the actions he took in the past would eventually catch up to him.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book to see what is in store for Percy, his friends and the Gods.

I did have some questions in regards to the series but I think a reread will take care of that and maybe some day I can ask Riordan in person should I get the chance to and if I were to remember to write down a list of questions to ask. One of the great things about this particular series is that it’s fascinating for both kids and adults alike.

I plan to do a reread of this series once I finish the last book which is called the Olympians though that may be a while with my current to be read list pile. This list seems to grow each day though I have tried to curb it a bit until I can get through some of the paper and e-books that I personally own.

In other news, I am still currently slowly making my way through The Fellowship. This is one of the few books that I’ve taken a while to read through but most of that is because I don’t want to damage the beautiful book and I don’t want to be around distractions while reading it because I think it deserves to be savored. I really would have loved to have read the books before seeing the movies but I don’t think I would have appreciated the storyline then as I can now. I shall update soon on the progress of this particular book.

The second book that I am currently reading is called Acts of Creation. I just recently started reading it a couple of days ago and I am already into it despite not having much time as of yet to really read it. I’m really enjoying the Dante character so much and am curious as to what may have happened to cause him to be in the current frame of mind he happens to be in. The poor guy is having quite the rough time with family stuff and personal issues in general. I can’t wait to see who will be the love interest to brighten his day and help him heal from his past.

Books Mentioned In This Post

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring?from_search=true&search_version=service

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2120932.The_Battle_of_the_Labyrinth?ac=1

Acts of Creation by Elisabeth Staab- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25913434-acts-of-creation?from_search=true&search_version=service

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4502507-the-last-olympian?from_search=true&search_version=service

This wraps up another post involving my bookworm ramblings that always seems to be longer than expected. Alas there’s only so much time within a day and other things that draw me way from reading but maybe some day I can actually get paid to read books. A bookworm can dream anyways. Thank you so much for tuning in and be sure to check back soon.

Slainte

~M

Reviewing Magic Bites and Bookish News

Good evening,

I first picked up Magic Bites at a Barnes and Noble last October when it happened to be for sale in the discount section. I had heard about the series and was curious whether it would be a series I’d enjoy. After reading this book, I can say that it is indeed a series that I would like to continue reading.

Kate Daniels is a young female Mercenary who knows her way around swords and combat particularly of the magical variety and there’s more than meets the eye with her. She lives in a world where magic and technology do not mix though she’s learned to find a common ground between the two. Kate is used to being on her own and is uncomfortable at the thought of being in charge of protecting another person though she will when hired. Most of her family passed on years ago and the only person she has left is her mentor Greg who over the years tried to keep an eye on Kate. When Greg is found dead, Kate sets out to find the killer and learns that there’s something sinister hanging around Atlanta that’s making the shape changers, run by the Beast Lord Curran and a group called The People who seem to be run by a number of people and include several creatures who are able to control the vampires, uneasy.

Curran is a shifter in the form of a huge lion, is the ruler of his pride that consists of different shifters such as werewolves, a huge werebear, leopards, and wererats to name some of the species under his dominion. He’s testy, handsome in his human form, one of the few able to shift smoothly from human to lion, powerful and used to being the one in charge where his word is law though is a loner in the sense of not having family around him. He reluctantly teams with Kate after she comes highly recommended though doesn’t quite know what to make of Kate after spending time with her. He had assumed that she was just a Mercenary who’s easily swayed and soon learns that’s not the case. Curran just wants to get to the bottom of the killings and get back to protecting those under his care but it’s not quite that easy.

Curran and Kate make quite the time though both don’t seem to notice how well they do or stubbornly refuse to admit it. She’s a funny, smart, sassy woman pulls no punches and doesn’t run from danger just because it’s there. He’s a smart, often grumpy, strong man who also doesn’t run from danger but unlike Kate, it used to protecting a good sized amount of people. Another interesting thing I found out is that both seem to come from powerful bloodlines though it’s not revealed as to where and from what lineage. There isn’t a love story between these two as of yet but there’s for sure something starting to brew. I think Curran likes the fact that Kate doesn’t melt into a puddle at his feet and will go toe to toe with him on most issues while also being exasperated with her at times. From their interactions and temperaments in general, I think they’d make a great powerful couple at some point in the near future.

This book was full of mystery, magic, adventure and laughter in a post-apocalyptic setting where magic and technology are fighting for dominance. When the magic is up, most of modern technology doesn’t work including most cars, electricity and most phones. It’s always a pleasure to read about a heroine who can hold her own and understands her own powers such as Kate does. I enjoyed the different take on how vampires and shifters are viewed in this particular world. The concept of vampires being mindless creatures if not control is an interesting concept and certainly different than most of the paranormal books I’ve read. I also enjoyed the variety of shifters that included bears and a variety of different species of wild cats.

What surprised me the most was who the killer turned out to be. Just as I thought I was starting to figure out who it was, I was thrown for a loop. The killer was right there on the fringe of things but didn’t make it obvious until nearly the end. Throughout the book, there were clues as to who it was but it certainly was a twist to learn the identity of the killer who wasn’t as he seemed.

This particular version that I read came with extras including Curran’s POV of encountering Kate, tidbits about the characters and a glimpse into the next book. Overall, I was impressed with the book and I am looking forward to seeing what the next book will reveal of Kate, Curran and their world mixed with magic and technology. I think it is for sure worth a read and hope to soon be able to read all of the books in this series.

Other Bookish News:

The First book that I am currently reading is The Fellowship of the Ring. I haven’t had much time to get far with this book as I’ve mostly been reading it at night before bed. I find Tolkien’s descriptions soothing and love trying to imagine the kind of beauty that’s talked about in the book without trying to rely too much on the movie version. I’ve just gotten to the part in the book where The Hobbits encounter Strider and Frodo is still wondering why Gandalf hasn’t appeared. I am looking forward to reading what next will happen.

The second book that I’m currently reading is the fourth book of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. It’s been a while since I’ve read the other books in this series so it took me a bit to remember what had happened but not long to get sucked right into the story. This is one of my favorite series particularly since it depicts Greek Mythology mixed with modern technology. Percy is a demigod whose dad just happens to be Poseidon and he’s only learned about his dad within the last couple of years. In this book, Percy finds himself trying to locate the creator of the Labyrinth along with his friend Annabeth, Grover, and his half brother Tyson. Percy keeps having strange dreams that vary from viewing events that happened in the past, to seeing what’s going on with his former friend Luke and Nico who just happens to be the son of Hades and blames Percy for his sister’s death. I’m over halfway done with the book and Percy has managed to get himself as well as his friends out of another scrape and I’m hoping they are close to locating the owner as well as trying to stop Luke from his latest scheme of trying to free Kronos. I can’t wait to see what next will happen!

The third book that I plan to read soon is called Acts of Creation which an advanced reading copy of Elisabeth Staab’s latest book. It is the second book in her Evergreen Grove Series that’s about Dante and Michelle. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this to be released and plan to dive right into it, probably shortly after I am finished with The Labyrinth book.

So that wraps up my current bookish news. I’m also looking forward to picking up Sherrilyn Kenyon’s latest book called Dragonbane that gets released today! It may be a while before I can get to read it but it will be nice to finally have the book itself within my grasp. I love reading any book that she writes and I’m never disappointed in any of her stories.

Books Mentioned In This Post

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38619.Magic_Bites

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring?from_search=true&search_version=service

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2120932.The_Battle_of_the_Labyrinth?ac=1

Acts of Creation by Elisabeth Staab- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25913434-acts-of-creation?from_search=true&search_version=service

Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22719550-dragonbane?ac=1

This concludes another post involving my bookish rambling. Be sure to tune in soon to see my next review and what other bookish information I’ll be excited to share.

Slainte,

~M