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What did I miss? {8/12 – 8/19}

Aug
19

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What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

[review] The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa — I wasn’t sold on this at first, but OMG did it end up being wonderful!

Bout of Books mini challenge — It’s time to relocate those characters!

Whip it Up Mondays — Quick prep tips for handling onions and garlic.

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As you’ve probably already noticed, I didn’t post much this week. I blame both my laziness and the lack of action in the blogosphere. Seriously. WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

Meanwhile, in my world, I’m trying to enjoy my last few days home and pretending I don’t have to go back to school next week.

…School? What? What is that?

(See?)

*knock, knock* Anyone there?

No links this week. Sorry!

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The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’s dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.

400 pages | Publication date: October 23, 2012 | Harlequin Teen

MY THOUGHTS:

 Keirran! Ash! RAZOR! Grim! Ethan! Puck!

How can I possibly love so many of Kagawa’s characters? I’ll tell you how: they kick butt! There isn’t one main character that sits idly by, that doesn’t have a care in the world and shows no growth. There’s always someone looking for more, wanting to be more. And the male/female dynamics play out very well. There are much stronger female characters this time around, and they’re not afraid to show and use their strength; they complement the boys, which is refreshing because the boys like to play the Chivalry-Isn’t-Dead card a lot. It’s nice to have girls that can do something and be their own persons.

That being said, the story does have a very slow, repetitive buildup. But it’s worth the wait. And, after having finished the book, I realized that, while slow, some of the buildup is pivotal, although slightly misguided. Ethan runs into, and chooses to take, a lot of “detours” along the way, which sometimes had me wondering what, exactly, was crucial to the plot. I didn’t always like being tugged in several directions, getting sucked into new plot points, gripping the edge of my seat….only to be turned around. (It was like walking straight into big, yellow TEASER! signs. Face first.) There are still a lot of unanswered questions, most of which stem from the abrupt ending. It’s just enough to sink your teeth into, to keep you waiting on the next book.

But it wasn’t so much the journey that kept me around –  it was the characters that had me cheering them on. They’re just so likeable – even with all of their quirks. They mesh well together. I like this “meshing” the most because it’s a clear mixture of new and old, old and young. And it works. (It did take some time getting used to Ethan’s older age now, though.)

All I can say is The Lost Prince officially swept me off my feet. Despite an excruciatingly slow start-up, once the ball got rolling it was just like old times.

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Bout of Books mini challenge: relocate!

Aug
14

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Today’s Bout of Books challenge is all about relocating.

 

I’m currently finishing up The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa, a story that takes place primarily in the mythical locations of the Nevernever, where all the fey and other mythical creatures reside.

….But not anymore!

Because I am officially relocating this cast to the Andes mountain range. And you know what that means. High altitudes. Cold temperatures. Uneven, thrilling landscapes. And snow!

How are these characters going to fare? Well, I think a lot less easier than they have it now. (Except maybe for the Winter Court. Watch your back.) I know the Iron Fey books tend to already be action-packed, but I think this relocation would only add to the suspense and drama. The Courts would be more chaotic than ever. Situations would be dire; there wouldn’t be nearly as much time to waste.

And really… who wouldn’t want to see Grimalkin have to traipse through the snow/cold? Plus, I sense the oncoming of an epic Ash/Puck snowball fight.

 

What book are you reading, where does it take place, and where is it going to relocate?

Leave a link or leave a comment!

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[To preface this post: Midway Musings is a new feature at The Grammarian’s Reviews in which I discuss my thoughts of what I’m currently reading and am around midway through.]

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.

397 pages | To be released: October 23, 2012 | Harlequin Teen

 

My midway thoughts:

I was recently approved on NetGalley to read The Lost Prince, and when I first downloaded it, I expected to be finished with it in three hours – tops. And yet here I am, barely halfway through.

So what happened?

Ethan Chase happened. Ethan is one tough cookie. Maybe too  tough, because I’m having the hardest time with his narration. I want to shake him! I want to pull him aside, shake him, and tell him it’s okay to not  be angsty all  of the time. I understand he’s a teenager. And I understand teenagers are angsty. But how many times must I read about how he’s upset that he thinks he’s ruined everyone’s lives?

At times I understand why he feels the way he feels, but at other times I’m at a loss. I’m hoping there’s some real change for him in the near future. Right now repetition is my worst enemy – from Ethan’s flip-flopping to Kenzie’s incessant “tough guy” name calling to the fey’s repeated warnings. To that list, I say, I get it. Please, let’s move on.

I think at this point it’s safe to say that I’m still acclimating to this story, which I’m dubbing “Meghan’s future.” It’s still strange to not have her around, and for Ethan to not be a toddler. Maybe if I can break free of the old mindset, The Lost Prince will shape up.

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What did I miss? {7/15 – 7/22}

Jul
22

4 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Memes, What did I miss?

What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Cover talk: The Casual Vacancy — I discuss what I like/dislike about the cover of J.K. Rowling’s upcoming release.

[review] Black Heart by Holly Black — An amazing end to an extremely gripping series. I’m sad to see it end!

Charging for reviews? — I discuss what I think is the unreasonable act of bloggers charging authors for reviews.

Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole — A release note, part of the Kismet blog tour.

Whip it Up Mondays — Truffles! (No, not the chocolate kind.)

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Where do I begin? This week sucked, to be honest. A lot of work drama really had me wanting  to spend time by myself. And spending time by myself resulted in extra reading time! I plowed through Black Heart, the last installment in the Curse Workers series by Holly Black. And then I spent time wishing it hadn’t ended. The Curse Workers series is the first series in a while that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. It’s hard to find a series in which you enjoy each and every book – especially when it’s a genre you don’t typically read.

Because I enjoyed them so much, I decided to take a chance and go for another popular series that’s not typically a genre I read: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I’m currently finishing up City of Bones and OMG IT IS AMAZING AND WHY DIDN’T ANY OF YOU MAKE ME READ THIS SOONER?!

Oh, and there’s still nothing planned regarding my two-year blog birthday this week. Yep. I’m slacking.

Road Trip Playlist — Liz shares some perfect road trip songs, in honor of YA road trips.

Blogger ethics — Nafiza addresses some of the issues making their rounds through the blogosphere.

Ash teaser! — I think a lot of us were upset that Ash didn’t win in his round of the YA Crush Tourney, but Kagawa treated us all to a cute little teaser anyway!

Social media — Kat discusses the pros and cons of social media and the appropriate etiquette.

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What did I miss? {6/24 – 7/1}

Jul
01

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What did I miss? is a new feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews. I thought it was about time I feature weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

Reveal: Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa — Bet you thought we’d never hear about Ash again. Well, we will!

[review] The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg — A very surprising read.

Introducing: The Book Sessions — Ever want to read books and chat about them without having to review them? Then The Book Sessions is for you!

The importance of titles — Because titles need love, too.

Whip it Up Mondays — Sushi and sashimi.

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This definitely wasn’t my best week. Way too much stress in my life right now. Still, I’ve persisted reading and keeping up with posting. Problem is I’m running out of reading options again. Read any good books lately? I’ll take all the suggestions I can get!

Highlight of the week, by far, was the introduction of The Book Sessions, a project Anne and I have been planning for weeks. I’m really excited at the thought of coming together with other readers without the pressures created by blogging and reviewing.

Also, I’m still not any closer to having/setting aside a special “vacation” day. So I’m feeling a little bummed right now. But I’ll keep my head up and hope for the best. Hope all of you had a better week!

The power of language — Amanda shows how seemingly harmless messages can be taken negatively online.

Tell me a story — Author Jennifer Hubbard discusses the want and need to change stories.

Reading reasoning — Kaye started a good discussion about what, exactly, grabs our attention when we see book covers.

Books…and ice cream? — Yes. Books and ice cream. The girls at Novel Sounds created an awesome post pairing books with matching ice cream flavors.

*I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers are taking summer hiatuses, or are too preoccupied/busy to post otherwise. Because of this, this week felt particularly slow to me, as far as posts around the blogosphere go.

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Reveal: Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa

Jun
30

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Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child….

 

 

 

 

I don’t normally post about upcoming titles, but for this I just couldn’t resist. I mean, it’s ASH! And…you know…Meghan. But more importantly: ASH! Again!

Being a big fan of the Iron Fey series, I’ve been impatiently awaiting the next step of the story, The Lost Prince, which revolves around Meghan’s brother, Ethan. So imagine my surprise when Kagawa tweeted and posted about Iron’s Prophecy. Or, refer to the following gif:

Sure, Iron’s Prophecy will only be an e-novella. And yes, its release date is still unknown. But who cares? It’s Meghan and Ash! It’s the couple I came to adore, the two I never thought I’d hear about again. I’m excited for the prospect of getting more closure for them.

If you’re also a fan, make sure to add this to your TBR list ASAP! Because we all need a little more Ash in our lives.

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die? or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

MY THOUGHTS:

The Immortal Rules is a jam-packed, adventure thriller.  With vampires.  Just when you think your beloved characters are safe, you better start thinking otherwise. The grit and reality of Allie’s life is harsh and unforgiving; she hardly gets her way. It’s because of this that Allie is a great character.  You can’t fully relate to her, but she makes you want to keep reading.  The trials and tribulations she goes through shape her very being, and as the reader, you get to watch her literally and metaphorically transform as a person. I wanted to know more about Allie – about her past, about her new life, about how she’d deal with anything.

This book is split into parts, focusing on the before, during and after of her Turning.  But while the before and during parts captivated me and held my interest, the after section had me caring less. I liked seeing Allie struggling and coming to terms with her new vampirism. I liked when she had Kanin by her side. Kanin made the story for me; he is the one character that kept me going – aside from Allie.  I wanted more of him. Unfortunately, he weaves in and out of the story. Allie is primarily with Zeke and his gang, all of whom I dislike. While I understand their purpose, Zeke and his comrades seem more of a side story than anything, and I quickly became frustrated with having to spend so much time with them.  And yet, Allie wouldn’t leave and I prepared myself for the long haul.

The Immortal Rules begins with heavy, extensive descriptions of Allie’s world and what’s become of it. The story then rushes into her time and training with Kanin and just as quickly transpires into her traveling with Zeke’s group.  It’s here that the story loses momentum.  The pacing doesn’t match the first half of the book. Neither does the action – the action is still prevalent, but much more repetitive.  I began to feel as hopeless and annoyed as Allie.  And maybe that’s what was meant for me, as the reader, but I didn’t buy or enjoy it. I kept wanting more from the plot and characters. Zeke’s group is very one dimensional. The romance that pokes its way through seems forced and mismatched.  While I craved romance earlier on in the read, when it finally appeared I was left unsatisfied.

Ultimately the story was nothing like I expected or anticipated. It’s so good and so detailed, but I can’t help but feel that something’s lacking. And I think that “something” is focus.

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Bout of Books 4.0

May
12

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Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Summer is here! That means I have time to read for fun again! I’m already in the process of reading The Immortal Rules, and hope to finish it in the next day or two. Really need to clear out my NetGalley inventory so I don’t get too backed up.

MY GOALS:

  • Finish all outstanding books from NetGalley. (I tend to request a bunch at once and then take forever to get to them!)

BOOKS TO READ:

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland.

One Moment by Kristina McBride.

What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor.

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter.

Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser.

 

Six books seems a little ideal, but I’m going to give it my all!

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In My Mailbox (29).

Apr
14

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In my mailbox

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter.

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland.

 

Still haven’t gotten The Immortal Rules, but I did manage to get these.

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