Sunday, February 11, 2018

REVIEW: The Knot Yours Truly by Carley Roney

Book Blurb: Your wedding day is a unique opportunity to show the world just who you are as a couple. The Knot Yours Truly helps you envision your celebration--from the big decisions like venue to the small stuff like escort cards--and show off your particular style. Chock-full of fresh ideas for your ceremony, centerpieces, wedding cake, The Knot's Yours Truly also includes 20 craft projects for personalizing your day. From invitation embellishments to a macrame leash for your four-legged ring bearer, this book has everything you need for the most extraordinary day.

My Review: I got this book because my mom is getting married soon and she was needing ideas for the decor and for the wedding itself. I enjoyed all the great ideas in the book itself but I would have enjoyed more than just twenty different craft ideas. Now it's the wait to see if any ideas in the book will be used.

Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

* I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

REVIEW: Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

Book Blurb: Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?

My Review: Shadowsong is the sequel to Wintersong and though it was slow throughout the book like the first one it was just as good. It's a bit darker than the first book. We are introduced to new characters in this book and new locations in Vienna and Snovin Manor. This sequel has such a bittersweet ending but I loved it. The Goblin King's name though... just why? I don't see that as his name. But it sort of fits with the backstory they gave him. I don't know I'm just partial to Jareth being the Goblin King's name but the one in this book is a totally different king and I know he can't have that name.

I do recommend this book and the first one, Wintersong if you are a fan of Labyrinth and tales of the Fae.

Rating: ★★★★☆

*I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

REVIEW: The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

Book Blurb: Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for.

My Review: This book... The idea of this book seemed interesting so I picked it up and I'm glad I did. It has action, adventure and a little bit of romance. I will admit that parts of this book did drag a little for me but the majority of it I enjoyed. And the ending... I wasn't expecting that. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5

Monday, January 15, 2018

REVIEW: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Book Blurb: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Review: Let me start off by saying that I have been anticipating reading this book since I first heard about it around six or so months ago. I got it and started reading it the day it came out. This is my first time reading a Holly Black novel and I was not disappointed. I was completely immersed in the world and the story. I could not put this book down and when I did it was only to take a short break. The story did drag a little bit at the beginning for me but it quickly picked up. I started off hating Prince Cardan but after you learn a little bit more about him I started feeling sorry for him.

This book started off 2018 on the right foot for me and I can't wait for the second book in the series. That probably won't happen until next year though. I do recommend picking up this book if you enjoy ready books featuring the Fae.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Sunday, January 07, 2018

REVIEW: The Comic Book Story of Video Games by Jonathan Hennessey

Book Blurb: A complete, illustrated history of video games--highlighting the machines, games, and people who have made gaming a worldwide, billion dollar industry/artform--told in a graphic novel format. 

Author Jonathan Hennessey and illustrator Jack McGowan present the first full-color, chronological origin story for this hugely successful, omnipresent artform and business. Hennessey provides readers with everything they need to know about video games--from their early beginnings during World War II to the emergence of arcade games in the 1970s to the rise of Nintendo to today's app-based games like Angry Birds and Pokemon Go. Hennessey and McGowan also analyze the evolution of gaming as an art form and its impact on society. Each chapter features spotlights on major players in the development of games and gaming that contains everything that gamers and non-gamers alike need to understand and appreciate this incredible phenomenon.

My Review: This graphic novel tells the story of the history of video games. From the Nimatron to the modern consoles and everything in between this book tells it all. I enjoyed the art that they used in the book. It's been awhile since I've seen any graphic novel that doesn't use anime-style drawings. I really enjoyed reading the history of video games as I have some interest since I'm a girl gamer. I will be passing this book on to a friend who showed an interest in reading it too.

Rating: ★★★★☆