Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from June 23, 2013

Review: Battle Royale (Koushun Takami)

The Deets:
Audience: YA, adult
pages: 576
Publisher: February 26th 2003 by VIZ, LLC (first published April 1999)           
ISBN: 9781569317785
Genre: dystopian
Source: borrowed copy from neighbor



Koushun Takami's notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan - where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller - Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, Battle Royale is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic, now available for the first time in the English language.



You may be won…

Minute Review: Spartan Frost (Mythos Academy #4.5) by Jennifer Estep

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 60
Publisher: June 25th 2013 by K-Teen
ISBN: 9780758294777
Genre: novella. mythology
Source: eARC from the publisher via Netgalley


Estep blends the perfect amount of action, romance and comedy. --"RT Book Reviews " I'm Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was--until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.

Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I'm fine, that Loki and the Reapers don't have a hold on me anymore, but I can't risk it. I can't risk hurting Gwen again. So I'm leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.

I know Gwen wonders what's happening to me, whether I'm safe. I can't tell her, but this is my story...



Oh, Logan. *Swoon*  He is one of my favorites. In fact, I really enjoy this series.  I am glad to see that this is told from Logan's perspective. He is such a mystery in the other books. As a bridge book, this helps explain what he is thinking after …

Review: Of Triton (Anna Banks)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
pages: 246
Publisher:  May 28th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 9781250003331
Genre: mermaids, fantasy
Source: ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review



In this sequel to OF POSEIDON, Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half- Breeds should be put to death.

As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?


In a genre that has seen so many new additions lately, it's hard to set yourself apart from all the rest. I mean, really-- how …

Book Blast + Giveaway for Age of the Aura, Phase 1 (Samuel Odunsi Jr)

Age of the Aura, Phase I: Champions of Power Genre: Science Fiction (Space Opera)





The Blessed Galaxy has no other name. After being gifted with the Auras—five great powerhouses of celestial creation—the title was a suitable fit. For millennia, the governing bodies have ruled their respective reaches of the Galaxy while harnessing the might of the Auras. But now they face the threat of a calamity, from an unlikely source, that could shake the lives of all.
Lowen Sars, a devout man of science, decides to take on the burden of saving the Galaxy’s people once he learns of the calamity. But he soon realizes that the role of a hero was a calling not meant for him, even with his sudden promotion. In his process of self-discovery, Lowen begins the fateful saga of not only the Blessed Galaxy, but also the kingdom in possession of the corrupt Aura.



 Read more behind the story! http://ageoftheaura.com/universe/

Download Phase I for FREE on Amazon! (June 24th-28thONLY!)Use THIS LINK to download Ag…

Daughter of Smoke and Bone read-along: week 4

The end is drawing near! This week we are reading pages 245-326. That's the first 6 chapters of part 2 in The Lost Girl.


You have two assignments this week, so take your pick!


Your first challenge is to find a quote that speaks to you. What made you laugh out loud, chuckle to yourself, or just plain smile? Anything bring tears to your eyes, or make you shake your fist in anger? Tell us about it below!


Your second task requires some thinking.What are three things that you find most (or least) appealing about Karou or Akiva?


For week 5, we will be finishing our reading of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I will post the discussion questions next Sunday, so check back then to post! Remember, you get 2 entries in the giveaway for every comment you leave on the blog, plus an additional 1 entry for posting on the Facebook page (LINK HERE). So don't be shy! It doesn't matter when you post either, just as long as it's before we finish the book.

Happy reading!

Previous discussion po…