Book Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

sineaterBook Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Twylla learns at a young age that instead of becoming a Sin Eater like her mother, she is goddess-embodied, and thus goes to live with the queen to become her executioner. Although she is engaged to the prince, she feels trapped. When her normal guard becomes ill, Twylla finds herself falling for her new guard because he doesn’t seem to be as afraid of her as everyone else around her.

This story is pretty action packed and has a definite cliff hanger ending. Personally, I felt like the relationship progressed too quickly (straight to sex) but I thought the storyline was interesting and am planning on reading the next book. I was surprised at how well we got to know the main characters in such a short period of time.

Quotes: None but only because I was on a road trip and I couldn’t safely bookmark.

Recommended Grades: 9th and up (some language and sex)
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion:   Above average
Source: Free audiobook from Audiobook Sync

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Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

glassBook Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Book 2 in the Red Queen series. Each book has so many new characters which makes it interesting because of the nature of the abilities that the silvers and new bloods develop. While Mare is uncertain about her future, she begins collecting new bloods in a hope of somehow conquering Maven.

I’ve enjoyed this series so far. It’s highly creative and well written. Sometimes Mare’s internal dialog got a little old, but once you get past that there is an interesting storyline.

Quotes: none

Recommended Grades: 8-12
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion: Above Average
Source: audio book

Book Review: Fire by Kristin Cashore

fireBook Review: Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire is a human monster that lives in the Dells. She is known for her special abilities to control minds. It is this ability that the royal family wants to use to expose a plot against the king. Fire isn’t sure she wants to use this power because she knows what it did to her father.

I’d started and stopped this book a few times. Guess I wasn’t in the mood. This time when I picked it up I enjoyed it. The world building that goes on in these books is impressive. Now I just need to read Bitterblue.

Quotes:

“He was also wrong about Small. Fire knew the look of stupid eyes and the feel of a fatuous mind in animals and in men, and she had sensed none of this in Small.”

“She wasn’t Cantrell, wasn’t anyone but herself. She had no one’s path to follow. Her path was her own to choose.”

Recommended Grades: 9-12
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion:   Average
Source: Audiobook

Book Review: Riders by Veronica Rossi

Sooo when you cue book reviews in advance, it helps if you have the right month. HA HA. Pain meds. That is my excuse. Wondering why this didn’t post last week…oops!

Bridersook Review: Riders by Veronica Rossi

When he recovers from an accident too quickly, Gideon realizes that something about him has changed. He awakes to find a bracelet attached to his arm and quickly learns that his destiny is forever altered. As Gideon makes new friends, his role in this dangerous adventure is revealed. He is now War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Told in flashbacks during an interrogation, this novel jumps between the present and Gideon’s current situation. Characters and action are quick moving. This is the first book in a new series. I thought the idea was creative and well developed. For me the jury is still out. It has potential for greatness, but also worried it might not totally find its footing. There were a few things that were underdeveloped, but sometimes in a book like this that is intentional! Looking forward to book two to find out.

Quotes

None

Recommended Grades: 9-12
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion:   Good
Source: Edelweiss ARC

Book Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

roseBook Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Adelina’s story continues as she struggles to deal with the events from book one (trying not to spoil it for you by telling you what happens) as well as embracing her role as the White Wolf. As she slowly collects Elites and creates her own group called the Rose Society, she finds the pull of darkness more than she can handle at times. Will she be able to save Kenettra while still holding on to herself?

I thought the first book in this series was wonderful, so I guess this one had me expecting more. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but I think it fell into a little bit of the second book dilemma. You have to lay some back story and fill some gaps before the next book. There were some great parts, but overall I was left wanting. That said, the audio performance of this book is very well done.

Quote

“Caring for a scoundrel is a dangerous thing.”

Recommended Grades: 8-12
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion: Average
Source: Audiobook

Book Review: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

The Golden BraidBook Review: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Like Dickerson’s other fairy tale retelling, this is a take on the Rapunzel story. This is the story that leads up to Rapunzel being locked in the tower. At first, her only worries are that she will never learn to read and that her mother is a little overbearing. Enter the knight who saves them from attack on the road, and you have the start of a great story.

This book started a little slow for me, but once I got hooked I had trouble putting it down. There were a couple cheesy moments but I can’t discuss without giving away too much of the plot. I did like how Rapunzel learned to read using not only the Bible, but other literature from that time. It might have people looking up those references.

Quotes

None

Recommended Grades: 7 and up
Genre: Fairy Tale
Overall Opinion:  Average
Source: ebook from Netgalley

Book Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel BelleBook Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

When a Homecoming Dance goes horribly wrong, Harper Price inherits the powers of a Paladin who is protecting; of course, her arch nemesis. What’s a girl to do but kick some bad guy butt? But now, this new job is seriously getting in the way of cotillion and her other relationships.

I only chose two quotes from this book, but I have to say, I absolutely love the voice of Rachel Hawkins! I’ve read her other books, and even; in full disclosure, own a pink taser. Gotta love Christmas gifts from people who get you. She is witty, and sarcastic, but still manages to pull at your heartstrings. This book was the first book in a new series and was entertaining from start to finish. As someone who lives in the south, but doesn’t always get the south, I loved some of the nuances hidden in this book.

Great first line:

Looking back, none of this would have happened if I’d brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance.

On being polite even when you don’t want to be:

And you especially need to be polite to said douchebag when it happens to be the nephew of Saylor Stark, president of the Pine Grove Junior League; head of the Pine Grove Betterment Society; chairwoman of the Grove Academy School Board; and, most importantly, organizer of the Pine Grove’s Annual Cotillion.

Recommended Grades: 7 and up
Genre: Fantasy
Overall Opinion:  Recommended
Source: Book and audiobook