Book Tour: Crushed (Soul Eater #2) by Eliza Crewe

Crushed by Eliza Crewe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: author
Publication Date: September 22, 2014
Publisher: Indie
POV: 1st & female
Pacing: very slow
Genres & Themes: YA, Demons, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Friendship, Family

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Meda Melange has officially hung up her monstrous mantle and planted her feet firmly on the holy and righteous path of a Crusader-in-training. Or, at least, she’s willing to give it a shot. It helps that the Crusaders are the only thing standing between her and the demon hordes who want her dead.

The problem is, the only people less convinced than Meda of her new-found role as Good Girl are the very Crusaders she’s trying to join. So when a devilishly handsome half-demon boy offers escape, how’s a girl supposed to say “no?”

After all, everyone knows a good girl’s greatest weakness is a bad boy.
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Review of The Dark World (Dark World #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz

The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: borrowed
Publication date: May 27th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genres & Themes: YA, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Demons, Ghosts, Romance.

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Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.

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Review of Fire by Kristin Cashore

MISS MISS MISS.
Fire by Kristin Cashore

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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DNFed at 50%

WHY DID I EVEN TAKE THE TIME TO ”DESIGN” THAT PICTURE?

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It does not deserve it.

Yes, 2 stars (one star for ”I didn’t like it” and another star because it was truly well-written.)

First of all, you shall know that I really really enjoyed the first book in this series, Graceling. I adored it actually. I thought I was discovering another great author knowing how to write great fantasy/adventure books.

Kristin Cashore got on my nerves.

She played with them.
She played with me.
She played with my emotions.

Ok, first of all, we have a dark and intense prologue of 16 pages. The number of pages is not important but sure is a lot more than usual books I read. So, in that prologue, we meet two characters, one of them being a boy who really got my attention. Leck (not called like that at that moment.) Anyway, so Leck is able to control minds as Fire. I thought ”oh my my, what a great love story that’ll make. They’ll meet and fall in love with each other because probably they won’t be able to control each others minds and they’ll be relieved.”

Like hell.

I don’t even know if they finally met. (Ok, I do because I read some last pages but, while I was reading, I did not know.) I did not know that he was the one who (view spoiler). All I know is that I wanted Fire and Leck to meet and fall in love. Because duh, doesn’t Leck redeeming himelf, because of Fire, seem exciting? For me, it did. But, that’s not what happened.

Oh la la, I just have so much anger in me right now. Must say that it sure doesn’t happen often because of a book. At least, it’ll be a memorable one for a special reason. *Sigh.*

I didn’t have a direct problem with Fire. She was nice enough, for a fantasy/adventure book MC. I liked when she got all angry and on defense but she mostly was calm and one-dimensional, as many other characters. I didn’t know that much about her. I knew things only when the narrator told us memories of her and her father (which is a badass!) Shame shame shame because she could’ve been such an interesting character.

Damn.

Fire and Archer have a ”relation” at the beginning of the story of what I understand. But, seriously, I have no idea what kind of relation it was. It was much of:


”Would you marry me, Fire, if I slept in no one’s bed but yours?”
He knew the answer to that, but it didn’t hurt to remind him. ”No, and I should find my bed quite cramped.”

Oooook.

Also, in this book, there was a war setting. I hate war settings. I don’t like when a book gets that serious. The only books I tolerated (and REALLY enjoyed) with war settings were Captive Prince: Volume One and Captive Prince: Volume Two and probably Captive Prince: Volume Three, but it hasn’t been realeased yet so I haven’t read it. I must admit that I’m a bit scared I won’t love Days of Blood & Starlight because of that.

The writing was splendid (due the 2rd star as I said.) I wansn’t expecting and I didn’t get less. The pacing was SLOW. So SLOW. Not much was actually hapenning up to where I got (and DNFed.) That’s kind of why I DNFed this book (along with the fact that Fire and Leck weren’t already a couple as I was hoping for.) The author created a good world building with many descriptions. In one page, there was usually 1 small (very small) dialogue and the rest were descriptions. A lot of them. Most were boring.

I bet this book would’ve been so much better and I may’ve liked it more if it was directed to adults. More interesting, exciting and yes, some sex scenes would’ve been welcomed as in my opinion.

Technically, I wouldn’t recommend this companion novel. I didn’t like it and I wouldn’t probably read Bitterblue. Maybe I’ll finish this book if I ever feel like to but that could also never happen and I won’t be sad. Yes, technically I wouldn’t recommend this book but, since I saw that I’m in the minority here, why would you not read it because of what I said about it? Maybe what I was expecting isn’t what you want in a fantasy/adventure book. So, go ahead, see for yourself. Maybe you’re going to really like it. 🙂

That’s it. I could say more, but I feel calmer now.

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THIS IS SUCH A MISS, unfortunately. The writing makes me give this book 2 stars but I definitely think 1 in my head.

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Review of Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1)Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

 

Meet succubus Georgina Kincaid:

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Georgina Kincaid is a succubus, an immortal ”creature” that feeds on other people’s vital energy in order to survive. Most of the time, she does that during sex. Except for that detail about her, Georgina is a charismatic and easy going woman that works in a library. She’s in fact quite an interesting and entertaining character.

The story kicks when an immortal powerful vampire is mysteriously and unexpectedly killed after having an argument with our main character, Georgina. And so, Georgina, angel Carter, demon Jerome and some others are willing to resolve the murder and find the criminal.

Now, the fact that angels, demons and vampires acknowledge each other’s existence and live in ”harmony” without contantly wanting to kill each other out is new to me. And a bit disappointing, I must admit. At least, I hoped some (a lot of) real hating between them that’ll entertain me even more. Sadly, there wasn’t. There aren’t actually many supernatural creatures in the town Georgina is living, as you may think, so I hope there will be more in the sequels that I’m eager to read.

The only type of paranormal creature in Succubus Blues that I felt weren’t convincing at all are the vampires. I mean, vampires are supposed to technically suck blood (were they? because I didn’t witness it), be at least a bit impulsive, maybe cruel sometimes and definitely not entirely acting like humans. So, in my opinion, Richelle Mead missed the mark when she created those. How ironic, isn’t it?

The story has a lot of potential. I am even thinking that the sequels may be far far better than this first book. The mystery wasn’t captivating, sadly. An immortal vampire that is killed? Seems like déjà vu to me. The reason I continued reading the book without rolling my eyes was definitely not the murder case even if my inner self was curious to know the nature of the criminal and why she/he did it.

No, the reason I kept reading with a mild (but growing) interest is Georgina & Seth. We can clearly see that those two person are quite different from one another but, still, they shared a strong common interest: books! The most interesting element, though, is Seth’s ”transformation” around Georgina. At first, he’s shy and a bit reclusive, let’s face it, but, the more he got aroung HER, the more his personal space boubble shatters letting us discover a MAN inside it. I hope we’ll see more of him as well in the sequels.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this slow yet entertaining story filled with some endearing characters, characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, some that you’ll definitely hate and, finally, ones that will make you want to know more of them (by all means…)

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