Friday, 29 June 2012

Book Review: Cold Fury

Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

I was super pumped when I received a copy of Cold Fury in the mail from Razorbill for review! The comparison to Jason Bourne and The Sopranos had me all geared up for some serious action and adventure! While I wasn't disappointed when it came to the adventure, the ending of the book wasn't nearly as climatic or exciting as I had been hoping....

What I Liked About Cold Fury:

The Writing Style: When I found out that T.M. Goeglein was a male author I was a little worried about how he would pull off writing from a female perspective, but he did a fabulous job! If I didn't know any better I would have thought that a woman had written the book! The way Goeglein pieced the story together was also really good as he doesn't reveal everything about the narrator at once. Instead, readers get snippets of information one tidbit at a time making the story a little more mysterious. 

The Characters: There were some pretty unique characters in this story that I found both entertaining and intriguing. Even though they were the semi bad guys of the story (or good guys if you are on the side of the mob) Uncle Buddy, Knuckles, and Enzo the Baker quickly became the characters that I was interested in the most. 

What I Disliked About Cold Fury:

The Love Plot: I typically enjoy a good love plot in my books, but this one really failed to deliver. The relationship between Sarah Jane and Max got so little attention that I didn't really feel it was even necessary to the story. 

The Guard Rats: Maybe I'm just being cynical, but I found the idea of rats who are trained to act as guards and protectors of Sarah Jane's family a little too ridiculous for this story. That's right. There are rats all throughout the city who can sense if you belong to the Rispoli family and will savagely protect you if you are in trouble. Perhaps if this story were a fantasy it might make more sense, but it definitely felt out of place in a mob story.

The Ending: I was kind of hoping that this would be a standalone book and was really disappointed to find out at the end that it is going to be part of a series. Don't get me wrong, I typically love series because then I get to spend more time with my favourite characters! Unfortunately, Cold Fury didn't charm me quite enough to make me want to find out what happens next. While there was a bit of a cliffhanger, for the most part the ending was pretty anti-climatic. I definitely think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if it had been wrapped up at the end. 

Final Thoughts:
Cold Fury was okay but not nearly as exciting as I had hoped that it would be. Sure it is packed with adventure, but it lost some of its steam along the way. If this is something that you are thinking about reading I would recommend picking up a copy from the library rather than spending your hard earned cash. 

Rating: 3 Stars

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Drool Worthy Movie Trailers

Ugh. Today is just one of those days where instead of doing my homework like a good grad student, I'm wasting time away procrastinating. One good thing has come out of this distraction though...I now have an even bigger list of movies that I am DYING to see! That's right...I've been spending the past hour watching movie trailers. I can't help it! I'm just as much of a movie junkie as I am a book addict! So, being the evil person that I am I've included some of my favourite upcoming movie trailers below so that you can revel in the joys of procrastination along with me! Enjoy!

Am I the only one who thinks that the trailer for Epic seems like a rip off of Fern Gully and Avatar? And that the male protagonist holds a pretty close resemblance to Flynn Ryder from Tangled? Nevertheless I'm in love with this trailer. It's so pretty! Even if this movie is a Fern Gully/Avatar mash up I'll probably be seeing it in theatres....

Ever since I saw E.T. as a kid I've been TERRIFIED of aliens, yet I strangely want to see The Watch. I think its partly due to my love of Richard Aoyade from the BBC series I.T. Crowd. He is just pure awesomeness! Hopefully this isn't the kind of movie where all the funny parts are in the trailer....

Les Miserables is hands down my all time favourite musicial!!! Although I'm not yet convinced that some of these actors will be able to pull of the beauty and power of the songs, I'm hopeful that it will still be an amazing adaptation. I'll definitely be in line opening night for this one! 

A movie about video games? Yes please! I LOVE the fact that Wreck It includes some of gamings best villains in it like Bowser from Mario and Dr. Eggman from Sonic. Watching this trailer definitely made me reminisce about my childhood and have a sudden craving to play some video games! 

So what do you guys think? Are you planning on seeing any of these movies when they come out? Do you have any favourite trailers for upcoming movies that I haven't include above? If yes, share the link below! 

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Debutantes

It’s 1923 and London is a whirl of jazz, dancing and parties. Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresses, the excitement seems a lifetime away.

Luckily the girls each have a plan for escaping their humdrum country life: Rose wants to be a novelist, Poppy a jazz musician and Daisy a famous film director. Violet, however, has only one ambition: to become the perfect Debutante, so that she can go to London and catch the eye of Prince George, the most eligible bachelor in the country.

But a house as big and old as Beech Grove Manor hides many secrets, and Daisy is about to uncover one so huge it could ruin all their plans—ruin everything—forever.

My Thoughts:
I won't lie...the first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover. I think its gorgeous! I became even more excited, however, when I discovered that The Debutantes is set during the jazz era of the 1920s in London! If I could have lived during any time period I think it definitely would have been the roaring 20s! I'm also pretty intrigued about this apparent secret that Daisy apparently uncovers! The Debutantes is set to hit store shelves August 2nd, so not too long left to wait! 

Monday, 25 June 2012

Book Review: The False Prince

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

I have seen A LOT of raving reviews for The False Prince pop up on many of the book blogs that I follow over the past few months, so I decided that it was finally time for me to give it a try! I picked up a copy from my local library two weeks ago and finally found the time to dive into it this weekend. Due to my high expectations for this one I was slightly disappointed at first, but overall it was really good! 

What I Loved About The False Prince:

A Sarcastic Hero: Oh how I love a character full of wit and sarcasm! Sage's personality was right up my alley! Quick thinking and gutless, Sage definitely wasn't afraid to tell the other characters what he thought of them right to their faces! It was also really refreshing to have a story told from a male perspective for once. Most YA novels tend to be focused on female heroines, which tends to get a bit stale after a while.

An Unreliable Narrator: That's unreliable narrator can be a good thing! As The False Prince progresses readers will begin to realize that not everything that they are being told is exactly the truth, which leads to some pretty spectacular revelations as the story develops! 

The Ending: I still can't get over how fabulous the ending of this book was! I'm usually someone who can see a twist in a plot coming a mile away, but The False Prince caught me completely off guard! Hats off to you Jennifer Neilsen! I wish I could say more about just how amazing this ending is but I don't want to spoil anything for those who might want to read it! 

What I Disliked About The False Prince:

Slow Start: I know a lot of the hard core fans of this book out there will probably say that I'm crazy, but I personally thought that The False Prince got off to a bit of a slow start. This was largely because I found the little details about Sage's life kind of tedious and least until they all started to come together at the end. About halfway through the book when I started to realize that not everything was how it seemed I really got hooked! 

Final Thoughts:
The False Prince was definitely a breathe of fresh air for me! Putting aside the slow start, I ultimately found the story both thrilling and gripping! When I got to the last page I wanted to start reading the sequel immediately! I would definitely recommend this book to fans of YA fiction, especially boys! 

Rating: 5 Stars

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Giveaway Time!

Over the past two days the amount of traffic on the Facebook page that I created to correspond with my blog has exploded! The last time I checked the amount of "likes" was at 239 (up by 100 from the 139 likes that I had on Friday)! To celebrate I'm hosting a giveaway that is open to all of my followers (whether you are on Facebook, Twitter, or through GFC). The giveaway is opened to residents in Canada and the US, however, only Canadians can choose to select the first prize option due to shipping costs. The giveaway will run from June 23 to July 7th, so enter while you still can! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below! The winner will be announced July 8th!

The Prize:

Option #1: 
The winner can either choose any 3 of the books listed below..... (Canadians Only)

Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed (ARC)
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (ARC)
Soulbound by Heather Brewer (ARC)
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston (Finished Copy)
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen (ARC)
Dead Iron by Devon Monk (Finished Copy)
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (ARC)
The Singles by Meredith Goldstein (ARC)
Room by Emma Donoghue (Finished Copy)


Option #2: A $15.00 gift certificate to Amazon! (Canada and the US)

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

I have an addiction.... Tumblr and Pintrest! I'm sure many of you are suffering from this ailment along with me! There are just so many cool pictures and items on the Internet!! If you have liked my blog facebook page then you've probably already seen some of the images that I've been posting over the past few weeks, but I thought that I would share a couple of my favourites with you!

Do you have any favourite tumblr or pintrest accounts that you like to follow? Want some more awesome book related pictures? Like my Facebook page or follow me on tumblr! 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Book Review: Soulbound (Legacy of Tril #1)

What's worse than being blackmailed to attend a hidden school where you're treated like a second-class citizen? How about nearly getting eaten by a monster when you arrive? Or learning that your soulmate was killed in a centuries-old secret war? And then there's the evil king who's determined to rule the world unless you can stop him...

Meet Kaya, a young woman with the power to heal and the determination to fight. But struggle as she will, she remains tied to three very different men: a hero who has forsaken glory, a tyrannical ruler who wants to use Kaya, and a warrior who's stolen her heart. Kaya learns the hard way that some ties can't be broken...and blood is the strongest bond of all.

The synopsis of Soulbound was definitely what attracted me to this book the most, so when Razorbill sent me a copy for review I was pretty ecstatic! I tore through this one pretty quickly, and loved the world of Tril that Heather Brewer spun together! Soulbound, focuses on a secret group of people known as Barrons and Healers who are fighting a century long war against an evil King and his army of monsters. Whenever a Barron is born into the world a Healer is born at the exact same moment (and vice versa), and the two are considered to be "Soulbound" together. A "soulbound" pair is crucial in the war efforts, as Healers are able to save their Barrons from the brink of death with just a single touch. Sounds like a pretty awesome concept right? And that's exactly what it was!

Things I Loved About Soulbound

The Plotline: Soulbound was pretty fast paced and kept my attention the entire time I was reading it! I LOVED the idea of a world where Barrons and Healers are"soulbound" to each other, although I wish the author had spent a bit more time explaining how the whole "soulbounded" thing worked.

The Love Triangle: For some people the use of a love triangle might actually be a negative thing, but I love them! If they are done right they can add a certain amount of tension to the novel that makes the story even more gripping. While I have a pretty solid idea of who Kaya will end up with as the series continues, I can't wait to see how everything works out in the end. Darius and Trayton's friendship will definitely make the love plot more complicated!

The Ending: Talk about a cliffhanger! Although I predicted pretty early on what Darius' secret was, I was expecting the author to go into a bit of detail about it before the book ended. But of course she didn't! Instead, Heather Brewer throws her readers off the edge and let's them try and sort out the details for themselves. There is no way now that I can't read the next book! I need to know more about Darius!

Things That I Disliked About Soulbound

The Lack Of Explanation: As much as I enjoyed this book I struggled with it at times. I found the world that Heather Brewer developed fascinating, but unfortunately she falls short when it comes to explaining its history. For example, she mentions quite frequently the fact that this war is a secret from the regular citizens of Tril, but doesn't explain how these details are kept hidden. Are the citizens that stupid that they don't find it weird when random soldiers start fighting each other or monsters leap out of the forest? The whole concept of being Soulbound was also pretty vague. How is it that Barrons and Healers become Soulbound? Why are they born at the exact same moment as each other? These are just some of the hundreds of questions that I had while reading this book.

Final Thoughts
I'm hoping that some of the questions that I had while reading this book will be answered as the series continues. For the most part I really enjoyed my time spent reading Soulbound, and think it would be perfect for readers who enjoy stories featuring a kickass heroine. I'll definitely be reading the next book to find out what happens next!

Rating: 3.5 Stars 

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The Reckoning Is Out Today!!!!

I apologize in advance for any emotionally charged gushing or the overuse of exclamation marks, but I just can't contain my excitement any longer.... The Reckoning by Alma Katsu hits store shelves today!!!!!!! I know that I have been shamelessly promoting this book on Facebook and Twitter for the past month, but this series really is that good! All I have to say is thank god that my friend Chelsey finally convinced me to read the first book, The Taker, after singing its praises to me for so long! I can't possibly imagine a world without Lanny, Jonathan, or Adair in my life!!! Even though I received an Advanced Readers Copy of The Reckoning in May from Simon & Schuster, I'll be heading out to the bookstore today to pick up a finished copy for myself. Both The Taker and The Reckoning have easily moved up the ranks as two of my all time favourite works of adult fiction!

Intrigued? Check out my review of both The Taker and The Reckoning! My friend Chelsey also had the great opportunity to interview Alma for the Indigo/Chapters blog! So those of you out there who are looking for a great adult fiction book to curl up with over the summer, look no further then The Taker and The Reckoning! If you aren't already interested I can guarantee you will be after watching this book trailer for The Taker below! Okay.... I think I've gotten my excitement out of my system for now, but I'm sure you'll be hearing more about this trilogy from me in the future (especially when the final book comes out)!! 

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Book Review: Poison Study

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear…

Maria V. Snyder has captured my heart again! After falling in love with her latest novel, Touch of Power, I decided to check out some of her earlier series and was immediately intrigued by the synopsis of Poison Study. Luckily for me the book was just as magical and fantastic as the synopsis makes it sound! 

Things I Loved About Poison Study:
Spy Master Extrordinaire: One word: Valek. Although I wasn't sure what to make of Valek for the first few chapters, I fell in love with him pretty quickly! He's mysterious, a badass fighter, and a hero all wrapped up into one super attractive package! I pretty much swooned every time he appeared in a scene!

The Setting: In Poison Study Yelena lives in a country which is ruled by a strict military regime. While I was initially put off by this fact (I mean who wants to be ruled by the military?), as the story goes on the Commander starts to grow on me. It actually seems like this military regime is giving its citizens a somewhat better life then what they had before! BUT I guess we will see if that is actually the truth of the matter as this series continues! 

Fast Paced Story: This is definitely a book for people who prefer plot driven stories rather than those that are focused on character development. A lot happens in this book! Yelena  commits murder, becomes a food taster, learns how to become a kickass spy, discovers magic, the list goes on and on! And that's only book one! I can only imagine what trouble she'll get into in the next book! 

Things I Disliked About Poison Study:
Hmm I actually can't think of anything that I absolutely disliked about Poison Study! Being the type of person who appreciates character development I probably would have liked it if Snyder had added a bit more in about Valek's past, but the story was still really great! I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series!

Rating: 4 Stars

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Falling Kingdoms

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

I'll admit...When I first saw the cover of this book pop up on Goodreads I wasn't all that interested. Something about it just kind of bothers me! Trying to push my cover snobbery aside, I decided to glance at the synopsis anyways and was immediately entranced! Magical kingdoms, rebellion, supernatural legacies...  Falling Kingdoms is right up my alley! Plus, I'm kind of secretly in love with the name Magnus! Now every time I see the cover I start drooling in anticipation of having a chance to read it! Unfortunately, I will have to wait until December before I can crack this one open. Ugh! Why so long!?!? 

What do you guys think of Falling Kingdoms? What books are you waiting for? Leave a link below and I'll make sure to check out your WOW postings as well :)

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Book Review: The Waiting Room

Martin Stride is a retired rock star, enjoying the quiet life with his young family on their beautiful estate. On the edge of his grounds lies a derelict Edwardian railway station waiting room once used to transport troops in The Great War. Silent for many years, it has become a playground for Martin's children but now they won't go near it.

Strange occurrences in the waiting room lead Martin to seek the help of TV's favourite ghost-hunter Julian Creed. But Creed's psychic ability is a fabrication to gain viewers. He doesn't believe in the paranormal. Until he spends a night in The Waiting Room.

I have a strange obsession for things that go bump in the night. Over the years I've visited local places that are supposedly haunted, told ghost stories around the campfire with friends, and glued myself to the TV every Wednesday night to catch the latest episode of GhostHunters. Do I believe in ghosts? On that front I'm still undecided, but there is one thing I do know....and that's that F.G. Cottam knows how to tell one hell of a good ghost story! The Waiting Room fulfilled every one of my ghostly desires while still providing a solid story and a great set of characters!

One of the things that surprised me most about this book was the quality of the writing. Cottam's prose is not only beautiful but full of adrenaline! Putting this book down was nearly impossible at times!  Readers will find it difficult not to fall in love with the characters that he creates, especially TV ghost hunter Julian Creed. Despite his list of flaws, Creed's charisma is hard to resist! 

The only thing that somewhat frustrated me about this book was the ending. While I enjoy novels that try to stray a bit from the typical "happily ever after," I found myself a little unsatisfied with the way things turn out for some of the characters. After connecting so well to Creed, Stride, and Elena I wanted the loose strings tied up happily in the end! Putting my emotional attachment aside, however, I can see how the ending that Cottam chose was necessary to the overall plot. 

Overall The Waiting Room is a superb book that will thrill and delight readers who are looking for a good ghost story. For those of you who aren't typically fans of horror or ghost tales, I think you should still give The Waiting Room a try. For the most part it read more like a suspense or mystery novel than anything else. F.G. Cottam has certainly got me hooked and I can't wait to find out what he's writing next! 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Book Review: Keep Holding On

Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on.

Although I've seen the YA novels of Susane Colasanti praised across the blogsphere, Keep Holding On was the first book by her that I've actually had a chance to read! Based on the cover, I expected the novel to be a sweet teen romance (which parts of it were), but I was happy to discover that Colasanti also decided to dig deeper into the darker sides of high school. 

From page one the story of Noelle really pulled at my heartstrings. Although it has been over 5 years since I was in high school myself, I was immediately reminded of the daily turmoil and struggle that comes with being a teenager. 
Focusing on topics like bullying, poverty, depression, and suicide, Colasanti really tried to provide a realistic portrayal of the issues that many teens across North America continue to deal with every day. While I may no longer be in high school myself, I can really see teens relating to many of the struggles that Noelle has to go through in the book.

Despite the fact that Keep Holding On did a fairly good job of tackling teen issues, there was something missing that prevented me from falling head over heels in love with the story. Maybe its because I'm 23 and this book is much better suited to those between the ages of 13- 17. I also wish Colsanti had focused a little bit more attention on the issue of suicide which arises in the book. I know the author was trying to keep the end of the story as uplifting as possible, but it felt like she kind of brushed the issue of suicide away rather then confronting it head on. Putting this fact aside, I would still definitely recommend this book to teen girls who are currently in high school themselves. 

Rating: 3 Stars

Monday, 4 June 2012

Razorbill Blogger of the Month!

Ahhh!!! A couple of weeks ago I received an email that Razorbill had chosen me to be their Blogger of the Month for June! Needless to say I was pretty excited! If you haven't checked out their community site yet then you really should because it is awesome! They have forums for discussions, the latest news on Razorbill books, and free giveaways! As the Razorbill Blogger of the Month I got to do a short interview which you can read in full here. I've copied and pasted some of the questions and my answers below too! Enjoy :)

1. How did you or why did you name your blog what you named it?

"Originally I wanted to call it To Be Shelved, a library term that I love, but..."

It actually took me a long time to decide on the name for my blog. Originally I wanted to call it To Be Shelved, a library term that I love, but someone else already had a blog by that name! After thinking about my reading habits for a while, however, I realized that the majority of the books that I picked up were the result of browsing through my friends' bookshelves. I am a terrible bookshelf browser! Anytime I go to someone's house and see that they have a bookshelf, I immediately gravitate towards it to see what they've purchased for themselves! So, I thought Browsing Bookshelves was actually a pretty appropriate name!

2. What do you look for in other blogs when reading or following them?

I follow a pretty wide range of blogs – everything from blogs about YA books to blogs sharing grilled cheese recipes (yes...that's right...a blog dedicated to grilled cheese! It's pretty awesome!). Usually one of the main things that draws me to a blog, however, is the voice that they use when writing. I appreciate someone who knows how to write with a bit of humour and can get me smiling after a terrible day!

3. How did you start blogging in the first place? What were your inspirations?
"after reading one of my old high school friend's blog that I started to get the itch to start my own..."

I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined myself starting a blog! It was only after reading one of my old high school friend's blog that I started to get the itch to start my own (check it out! Mostly I started writing, however, to keep up my writing skills from getting rusty over the summer and share my love of books with my friends and family!
4. Tell us about some of the people (author's, publishers, other bloggers, etc that you've met while blogging?

Ah! I've met sooo many amazing people since I started blogging! Some of the fantastic authors I've gotten to meet include Veronica Roth (Divergent), Lauren Oliver (Delirium), Jay Asher (13 Reasons Why), Lesley Livingston (Once Every Never) and Charles De Lint (Under My Skin), and Tony Kushner (Angels In America). I've also had the honour of getting to work with fantastic publishers like Razorbill, Simon & Schuster Canada, and Hachette Canada! I think one of my favourite parts about blogging though has been getting to know the actual bloggers! Other book bloggers are great because they share and understand your own obsession with reading!

5. What are some of your favourite TV shows you like to watch while not reading?

Oh goodness. I could go on forever about some of my favourite tv shows! I love them almost as much as books (but not quite as much!). Some of my favourite tv shows include: Game of Thrones, Castle, The Bachelor, Teen Wolf, Archer, IT Crowd, Downton Abbey, Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory and Destination Truth. That is just the condensed version of my list. If I were to choose between books and tv though, I'd still choose books!

Thanks so much to Razorbill for choosing me to be the Blogger of the Month! I look forward to seeing who gets chosen next! Don't hesitate to add me as a friend on Goodreads or follow me on Twitter (@tobeshelved)!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Book Review: The Reckoning

Breathtaking... Thrilling... Touching... Exciting... Magical... Memorable... The list of adjetives that I could use to describe The Reckoning by Alma Katsu is endless! To put it quite simply, this book is AMAZING! For those of you who haven't heard of The Taker trilogy yet, then today is your lucky day, because I'm about to tell you about one of the best series that I've read in a very long time! 

The Taker trilogy follows the life of Lanore, a woman born in the 1800s, who was granted immortal life by a dangerous and captivating man named Adair. While Lanore is initially drawn to Adair's life of opulence and pleasure, she soon becomes aware of his darker personality. After a series of gut wrenching events (which I won't go into detail about in order to prevent spoilers), Lanore manages to escape the clutches of Adair and runs away with the man she has loved since childhood.

In The Reckoning, however, Adair is back with a vengeance, and will do anything he can to get Lanore in his clutches once more. As Lanny attempts to stay two steps ahead of her worst nightmare, readers will find themselves mesmerized by the new details that come to light not only about her own life, but also that of Adair's.

In fact, one of my favourite things about The Reckoning is that readers actually get to see Adair's side of the story. While Lanny's hatred of Adair is more than justified, I couldn't help but find myself softening to his character after seeing things through his point of view. I never thought that these words would ever leave my mouth, but the character of Adair has started to grow on me just as much as Lanore! The complexities of his character just kept on surprising me as the story continued to progress!

I'll admit, after being swept off my feet by The Taker, I was worried that The Reckoning would be somewhat of a disappointment. Thankfully, I was completely wrong! The Reckoning was just as as gripping and tantalizing as the first book! I honestly don't know how I'm going to survive now waiting for the third and final book to be published next year! The stories of Lanore, Adair, and Jonathan will haunt me until I finally know what will become of them all! If you haven't read The Taker yet I highly suggest you go out and pick up the first book now! The Reckoning will be hitting store shelves June 19th, and this is a story that you will definitely not want to miss out on!

Rating: 5 Stars