Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Mary Hades: Beginnings (Mary Hades, #0.5-2)Mary Hades: Beginnings by Sarah Dalton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I think a 2.5 rating would be more accurate for this collection. On the whole, I liked the story. It was very well told, was entertaining, and I liked the subject, but it cut it just a little short to keep me turning pages, which in turn made me take forever to finish it.

So, while the idea and execution were nice, I think the failure was in my age. There are YA books that can be appreciated by anyone, and there are YA books that are just a little “simple” (stylistically speaking, I don’t think there’s a better way for me to describe this). I honestly think had I been 13 or 16 I would have enjoyed this one a lot more. I can definitely see a younger girl or boy who is into ghosts and mystery and such enjoying the book plenty. Me, I just couldn’t quite get into it even though I liked it. That doesn’t mean someone else who’s even older than me might not enjoy it, but for me it didn’t quite cut it. I didn’t identify in any way with the main character, and even if I didn’t dislike her, I couldn’t quite find myself rooting for her either.
Perhaps it was also that I was expecting a bit more “horror” than we got.

I would still recommend this to YA enthusiasts or actual YAs.

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Locke, Stock and Barrel by Devon Rhodes

Locke, Stock and Barrel (Vampires & Mages & Weres, Oh My! #3)Locke, Stock and Barrel by Devon Rhodes
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed it like the previous two books in the series, but the other two couples I liked better… even though I really enjoyed the way all three books came together in this third one. 🙂
For such short reads, they were very, very nice!

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Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let the Right One InLet the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars award_star_gold_3

I can’t believe anyone’s mentioning Twilight in any form of comparison with this, because the only thing they have in common is it deals with vampires…

While I felt the story itself was kind of basic (what is original anymore?), I did like the characters, and Eli’s character I found particularly interesting (I would have enjoyed more details about his background), as well as the way vampires were portrayed. Oskar was a bit of a wimp, but alright nevertheless.
Overall I found it a very interesting read- and as I’ve also watched the movie, I would’ve wished to see in it a bit more of the book. I still think the adaptation was great too, and both are worth a chance.

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The Choosing by Annabelle Jacobs

The ChoosingThe Choosing by Annabelle Jacobs
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Present tense. Ugh.
The world was very interesting and the idea seemed fine, but honestly I couldn’t care much for any of the characters, or half the plot, or the writing style. Specially the writing style. Well, I actually kind of liked the MC but not so much his partner… but really, mostly, I think it was the writing style and not the plot itself that made me completely lose interest in all else.

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Fish and Ghosts by Rhys Ford

Fish and Ghosts (Hellsinger, #1)Fish and Ghosts by Rhys Ford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 – I really enjoyed the read, but there were some stuff I didn’t quite care for: like the chapter-long sex scenes, which, as well written as they were, they were still too long; or the way Wolf’s past didn’t seem to match up too well with his present-self, or the lack of expertise on the experts, the way too many geeky references to everything, or the lack of urgency to dispel the haunting, etc…
Still, none of that was bad enough to make me dislike it, but it did make me knock a star or two out of the final rating.

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Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

AngelologyAngelology by Danielle Trussoni
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I have to say, I didn’t like this one bit.
The story might have been interesting, but I honestly couldn’t get through it at all. There were pages and pages and pages of (quite pointless imho) description. Sure, you can tell me the stairs were old, creaky and moldy, but do I really need to know the position of it, color, smell of the mold, what that smell reminded the main character of as she headed upstairs, and etc when it’s not even relevant to the story?
And do I really need to read it again the next time she comes down 10 pages later?
I don’t think so.

The only reason I forgot the description the first time is because there’s so much random description of other seemingly random things in the middle that I forgot what was happening ten pages back.

The family history bits also seemed randomly thrown in for me. Like the main character would be talking about something (say, a flower), and the flower reminded her of how her mother/father/whatever did this or that and only sometimes is this even relevant to the story.
I wouldn’t mind the info dump as much if it wasn’t a 5 pages info dump in some somewhat semi-critical moment that might have finally given the book some action after all the repeat descriptions.

I think once I counted like three or four similar descriptions of the wings of the same character, followed by another two or three of her son. In one chapter.
I think I won’t forget what her fantastic wings that you keep saying are fantastic look like from one room to the next. And yes, I get it, wing-envy, but you can show envy without re-describing. With mostly the same words (maybe the Spanish translation had run out of words to describe the same thing differently, I’ll give the benefit of the doubt :P).

That said, there was also apparently-I-made-research descriptions thrown in too in places that also seemed random (or at least, if not random, still distracted from the main story).

So yeah, I gave up before the second part, because I skimmed ahead and it did not bode well in the description front.

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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The HistorianThe Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to say I’m surprised once again at the amount of bad reviews The Historian got. Perhaps it’s because they expected a more horror-based book, which this was not.
I also read some vague comparisons with The Da Vinci Code, which I can see on the matter that they both seem to be scholarly/research based books; though personally, I loved The Historian while I couldn’t even stand reading past the first chapter of The Da Vinci Code.

As for my personal opinions on The Historian, I found the book fascinating.

It’s certainly not a horror book, although it does have it’s moments of tension. I was very fond of the style of writing, and found most descriptions (although sometimes a little too long near the end) only added to the charm of the book, it made me feel like I was truly traveling right there with them.
I was so into the book that I almost felt disappointed to reach the center of my copy and not find a print of the infamous dragon.

Now, I admit, (and here be spoilers… )

Dracula’s whole apparent idea of blissful afterlife by having a massive library (cataloged), and giving clues to find his final resting place -while not wanting them to find his final resting place- was indeed a little “huh?” inducing. The ending was a little bit disappointing in that sense.

It was also required quite a bit of imagination to get past the fact that everyone seemed to remember years and months-old conversations word by word well enough to reproduce them in their letters, without taking (or hardly taking) notes.

But all the same, the whole research and investigation, the letters, etc., they were all fantastic and certainly, in my opinion, made up for those points I found weak.

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Dark Seduction by Brenda Joyce

Oscura seducción (Maestros del tiempo, #1)Oscura seducción by Brenda Joyce
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

4 stars for a mindless, not-overly-time-wasting reading with a plot that might have been mildly interesting (if overused) if it hadn’t been because of all the (funny) sex.

1 star because, really… Multi-insta-orgasms, un-sexy descriptions of stuff leaking (ugh? lol), repetition, repetition, repetition, 200 pages too long, and annoying FMC with no sense (hey, random guy is going to take me away to somewhere potentially dangerous- what should I wear? Oh, I know! A thong and a mini skirt!).

But I needed some brainless reading after my last book, so meh, I’m being generous and adding a star to my actual 1-star rating.

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The Vampire’s Gallery

The Vampire's Gallery (The Vampire's Gallery, #1)The Vampire’s Gallery by Antoinette M.
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I won this book in exchange for a honest review through LibraryThing.

From the description it seemed like there’d be some romance and plot to the book besides the erotica, and boy, was I fooled. Although I expected some sex in it, this ended up being mostly a PWP. There was no romance, chemistry, or believable reactions from most of the characters. I didn’t like either of the main characters. The ending (or lack-thereof) was off-putting.

Basically, I’m sad to say, but I did not like the book at all. The only thing I could rescue from it, is that it was short.

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Horror, Dark & Lite 1 by Anel Viz

Horror, Dark & Lite Volume OneHorror, Dark & Lite Volume One by Anel Viz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was… interesting.

“Val” was really weird. I’m not sure I really understood it, but it was interesting.

“Slasher” was pretty cool, not very out there, It did have me doubting for a bit on who was the bad guy, the ending seemed a bit disappointing though, maybe because it was just so fast and easy.

“The Matador” I didn’t really like that much. It wasn’t bad (the general idea of it), but the whole coming and going of the relationships made me uneasy about it, and plus I kept reading it in my mind with a Spanish accent and that annoyed it (yes, I annoyed myself lol I just couldn’t get the accent out of my mind).

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