Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: The Suffering by Rin Chupeco

Title: The Suffering
Author: Rin Chupeco
Series: The Girl from the Well #2
Publication: September 8th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Horror ~ Young Adult
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

Rating: 4/5

Breathtaking and haunting, Rin Chupeco's second novel is a chilling companion to her debut, The Girl from the Well.

The darkness will find you.

Seventeen-year-old Tark knows what it is to be powerless. But Okiku changed that. A restless spirit who ended life as a victim and started death as an avenger, she's groomed Tark to destroy the wicked. But when darkness pulls them deep into Aokigahara, known as Japan's suicide forest, Okiku's justice becomes blurred, and Tark is the one who will pay the price...

I can't quite decide if I liked the first book better than The Suffering, so I'm just going to say that both books were equally great!

The Suffering is wrtting in Tark's point of view, so that makes it a little different from book #1. But it didn't make the story any less enjoyable to read (or any less creepy...)

This book was very well-written and I just loved the setting of it too (even though it freaked me out so bad) in the forest of Aokigahara, which is also known as the suicide forest of Japan. I really loved how the author crafted the story and how it all fit together perfectly.

I gotta admit I feared things wouldn't work out in the end for Tark and Okiku. I loved them together and how they cared for one another so much. They really made a great team!

Overall, The Suffering by Rin Chupeco was scary as shit. I'm not gonna lie, I read most of this book at night in the dark, and I ended up wishing I hadn't because it kept freaking me out. But there's no denying this book was perfect in its creepy way. And I definitely want to read more of Tark and Okiku in the future.

       About the Author:

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Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband.

She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review: A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

Title: A Mortal Song
Author: Megan Crewe

Publication: September 13th 2016 by Another World Press
Genre: Young Adult ~ Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: 2/5

Sora's life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji's spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother's last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents' true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world's natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she's ever known.

"Megan Crewe's A Mortal Song is engrossing from the first chapter. The world of the kami is beautifully fantastic and delicately drawn, and the switched-at-birth scenario made me instantly feel for both of these resilient, brave girls. A Mortal Song has lots of magic, lots of heart, and lots to love." -Kendare Blake, author of Three Dark Crowns

A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe was original, there's no denying that. I also loved that it was set in Japan because I haven't read a lot of books that are set there. But in the end I just didn't like the story enough for me to give a higher rating. The beginning was good, I thought but I started getting a little bit bored after that. Maybe this story wasn't just for me. I don't know. 

Like I said, the book was original. it does get some bonus points for that. I thought it was original because of the main character Sora. She finds out after seventeen years that she isn't a Kami, but a regular human and has been switched with another girl. Most stories I read were about someone finding out she's magical, not to other way around. So I really liked that about this story.

I'm also pretty particular about the romances I read about. And I really didn't care for this one at all. I didn't like that Sora going back and forth between the two guys in the book. Anyway, this is what I disliked the most about the story, unfortunately.

The writing was okay, but not it didn't amaze me or anything. I also thought the story went too slowly. Maybe because I was kind of bored through out it. But I gotta say that although I don't know a lot about it all,  I think all the Japanese stuff, the legends about the Kami and everything else was well researched.

I wish I had liked this book more because it has a great concept and originality. There need to be more books like this with Japanese characters. I just had some issues with it, but I think other readers will like it more.

       About the Author:

Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and son (and does on occasion say “eh”), she’s always planning some new trip around the world, and she’s spent the last six years studying kung fu, so you should probably be nice to her. She has been making up stories about magic and spirits and other what ifs since before she knew how to write words on paper. These days the stories are just a lot longer.

Megan’s first novel, Give Up the Ghost, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. The Way We Fall was nominated for the White Pine Award and made the International Literacy Association Young Adults’ Choices List, and Earth & Sky was an OLA Best Bet for 2015. She is also the author of the rest of the Fallen World series (The Lives We Lost, The Worlds We Make, and Those Who Lived), the rest of the Earth & Sky trilogy (The Clouded Sky and A Sky Unbroken), and the standalone contemporary fantasy A Mortal Song.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Madness: Warrior of the Nile by Veronica Scott

Monday Madness is a bookish meme hosted by Bookfever & Booklover's Teaparty

You know that feeling when you feel like you are gonna go mad if you do not get a certain book right away, when you are obsessed and all you want is that one book and you will be happy? That is what Monday Madness is about. All those books you that drive you mad.

Pick a book. Talk about it- why do you want it? What has drawn you to it? Why is it making you mad with want for it.

Warrior of the Nile by Veronica Scott
The Gods of Egypt #2
Published September 16th 2013 by Carina Press

Egypt, 1500 BC
Lady Tiya is bound to the service of the goddess Nephthys, who plans to sacrifice Tiya’s body to protect Egypt from an ancient terror. She embarks to meet her grim fate alone but for the hardened warrior Khenet, who is fated to die at her side. Tiya’s dreams of love and family now seem impossible, and Khenet, who is the last of his line, knows his culture will die with him. Struggling with the high cost of Nephthys’s demands, both resolve to remain loyal.

Neither expects the passion that flowers when Tiya’s quiet courage and ethereal beauty meet Khenet’s firm strength and resolve. On a boat down the Nile, their two lonely souls find in each other a reason to live. But time is short and trust elusive.

Without the willing sacrifice of Tiya and Khenet, a great evil will return to Egypt. How could the gods demand their deaths when they’ve only just begun to live?

I read the first book, Priestess of the Nile, back in 2014 and definitely liked it. Find my review of it here. I thought it was really original because it was a story feauturing Sobek, the crocodile god. I haven't read many stories about ancient Egypt featuring him. I really want to read Warrior of the Nile too because of that. Also, it's a 100 pages longer than book #1 so that's another reason for me wanting to read this book. I just never got the chance to buy and read it. 

And as always don't forget to check out Christina's post! ♥

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stacking The Shelves: August 20, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews.

Since I've been away on vacation this is my book haul of the last five weeks. 

Hogwarts Mug ♥
Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly
A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Stripped Bare by Emma Hart

For Review:

For Review:
Beautiful Maids All in a Row by Jennifer Harlow

For Review:
The Last Messenger of Zitol by Chelsea Dyreng

For Review:
The Learn by Tony Halker

The Three Fates by Kate Quinn

Leave me links to your hauls so I can stop by! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
November 15th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company

In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it's her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life, but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she's one of the world's bestselling authors.

I would've prefered a sequel to The Host (though that is probably never going to happen...) but I'm still pretty excited for The Chemist because it's another adult book by Stephenie Meyer + it's a thriller. Fingers crossed that it's gonna be a good one! 

What book are you waiting for?
Leave me the link to your post so I can stop by!

♥ Holly's Boys ♥

Highly recommended story to check out!