Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: Devil's Wake by S. Barnes & T. Due

Title: Devil’s Wake 
Authors: Steven Barnes, 
         Tananarive Due
Genre: Apocalyptic, 
          Post-apocalyptic, Zombies
         Atria Books
Release Date: 
         July 31st 2011
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Source: Publisher

I always thought that I didn’t like books about zombies or any other type of monsters that want to kill you or bite you. And maybe that’s the reason why I have avoided those types of books, even though sometimes I have felt curious about them. Just once, I decided to read one, (Young Adult book) and the only thing I can recall is how disappointed I was. And then, I saw Devil’s Wake and I wanted to read it. Just like an experiment. I didn’t know if I was going to hate it or love it. The only reason why I decided to try it is because I liked the name, the cover and because it looked like an interesting and different read. And let me tell you… you can’t imagine how happy I am right now… because I’m totally in love with this book.

Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due… where have you been all this time?

Devil’s Wake is about a world that is becoming something else. A world where people are turning into “Freaks” who want to kill and bite the rest of the humans. Kendra is a young girl who finds herself in a world where she can’t trust anyone.  All her family is gone, and she is headed to “Devil’s Wake”, a place, where she might find some relatives and some security. In her dangerous journey, she will meet other kids that are in a similar situation.

When I started reading this book, I must admit I didn’t like it too much. The story starts in the same day when everything or almost everything is happening, and it was a little bit difficult for me to get used to what I was reading, and to be able to understand it clearly. But after a few pages, everything starts to make sense, and then I realized that I really liked the way it started, because there were no long introductions or boring passages, on the contrary, the book maintains the reader on the edge of their seats.

The story is amazing, breathtaking, heartbreaking and incredibly realistic. I was able to see the changes with my own eyes, and I could understand the fear and the sadness people felt. The characters are amazing. All of them have their own stories and they are credible. Not all of them are good, or bad, they just behave like real people behave in that type of situation or similar. They not always make the right decisions and of course, you can feel their fears and how their dreams are mostly gone.

Devil’s Wake was a great surprise for me. I never thought I would like a book like this one, but I did. It was a marvelous read, very enjoyable, and the best of all, it wasn't as descriptive as I feared it would be.  Like I said at the top of the review, this is my first time reading something like this, but I’m sure it won’t be the last one. Now I’m looking for something similar while I wait for the next book of the series.

This book deserves five stars… and it’s a favorite.


Tananarive Due is an award-winning Essence bestselling author of Blood ColonyGood House, and Joplin’s Ghost. She lives in Smyrna, Georgia.
Steven Barnes is an award-winning author of twenty-three novels, including the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Cestus Deception. He lives in Smyrna, Georgia.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review: The Playdate by Louise Millar

Title: The Playdate 
Author: Louise Millar
Genre: Psychological Thriller
         Atria/ Emily Bestler Books
Release Date: 
         July 3rd 2011
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Source: Publisher

“You leave your kids with a friend. Everyone does it. Until the day it goes wrong.”

When I got this book, I didn’t know anything about the author or the story itself. It was the first time I was hearing about this book, but I was totally intrigued after reading the blurb. The idea of a psychological thriller was very appealing.

The story talks about three different women who live in a quiet London suburb. The first one, Callie, is an unemployed single mother, who needs to take care of her delicate daughter, Rae, but at the same time wants to go back to work and to be able to have a normal life like other women have.

 On the other hand, we have Suzy, the only friend Callie has. A woman that at first sight looks perfect. She has everything a woman might want. She is beautiful and has a handsome and rich husband, and three lovely kids. But her life is not so perfect. She is not so perfect.  

And the last one, it’s Debs, a woman who just move in to the neighborhood with her husband. She is a teacher. She looks normal, like any person, but she is hiding some secrets.

I really liked this book. When I started reading it, I thought it would be a simple women’s fiction book that talks about women’s troubles and their lives. But it’s more than that. This book is realistic, credible. The characters are all different, with their own problems, fears, desires and secrets. And it was easy for me to relate to them and to understand them, even though I’m not in the same situation.

The author did a wonderful job. I’m in love with her writing style. Every time I opened the book I was transported to that suburb and inside those women’s minds.

Full of twists, secrets, and some mystery, this book is a really good read. 

I wasn’t expecting to like The Playdate so much. The story, the characters, everything was great and very enjoyable. This is Louise Millar’s first book, but it won’t be the last one. I’m looking forward to what she will bring us next.

Happy Reading! 

Louise Millar was brought up in Scotland. She began her journalism career in mainly music and film magazines, working as a sub-editor forKerrang!, Smash Hits, the NMEand Empire. She later moved into features, working as a commissioning editor on women's magazines. She has written forMarie Claire, Red, Psychologies, Stella (Telegraph magazine), theIndependent, the Observer, Glamour, Stylist and Eve.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

In My Mailbox (18)

Hosted by Kristi @ TheStory Siren

Hello guys! Welcome to IMM no.18
Here is what I got:

The Other Countess by Eve Edwards 
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay 
(From Random Buzzers) 

Divergent by Veronica Roth
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
Wither by Lauren DeStefano

And that's all. 

And guys, what did you get?

Review: Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt

Title: Revealing Eden
Author: Victoria Foyt
Series: Save the Pearls #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Adventure, Romance
         Sand Dollar Press Inc
Release Date: 
         October 6th 2011
         Hardcover, 307 pages
Source: Publisher

When I started reading this book, I couldn’t stop making comparisons with other dystopian books in which we find an apocalyptic or a post-apocalyptic world in which the main characters feel oppressed in some way. After reading so many books like The Hunger Games, Matched, Delirium and so on, this book had a very difficult task. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it.

Ok, first, let me tell you that this book doesn’t have anything special that you can’t find in the other books I previously mentioned. It’s a typical YA book, with a lot of action, some mystery, a main character that sometimes you want to punch in the face and yell, and of course, you find a lot of romance. The story is good and entertaining, but not the best.

It’s a good book if you’re not waiting for something breathtaking or incredible. The story has some plot holes, some of them very noticeable, so if you are very demanding or like stories very well done, this might be not your book.

I like it. It’s not my favorite, but it’s easy to read, and it’s a good book to read on a Sunday afternoon. This is the first book in the series, but I’m no planning to continue reading this story.

Happy Reading!

Victoria Foyt: Born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida, Victoria attended the University of Miami, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish and German. She currently resides in Santa Monica, California. She loves reading--at least two or three books a month--movies, tennis, swimming, hiking, and lots of dark chocolate. Visit her Website.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review: Dark Eyes by William Richter

Title: Dark Eyes
Author: William Richtner
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: 
    March 15th 2012
Source: Librarything
Format: ARC.

The first thing I need to say about Dark Eyes is that it isn't a normal YA book, or the type of books we are used to read in the YA section. There are no vampires or any type of mythical creature, and there isn't the typical teenager romance story either. This book is completely different and much more complicated than you can ever think.

The story is about a girl, Wally, who was born in Russia, adopted and brought to america when she was a kid. She doesn't remember anything about her past life, but of course, those memories aren't going to be lost forever. She has run away from home, she is living on the streets with some friends, and suddenly her life becomes something more complicated when she finds something about her mother, her father and her real self. Now, her life won't be the same.

Even though this book caught my attention from the very first moment I read the synopsis, I couldn't enjoy it at all. The writing style was perfect and it was easy to read, and sometimes I thought I was reading a script of an action movie. It was very detailed and very well done, but I was missing something. Maybe the characters were too plain. Maybe I didn't like Wally at all. She was a tough girl, or perhaps that is what the author wanted  to show us, but I didn't see her like that. She was only a rebellious girl, a runaway. I think I would have liked her more if she didn't have a home and she needed to live in the streets and not for the lame excuse that she preferred a life on the streets than in a nice place with a family. I didn't get that and I couldn't understand her character for that simple reason. 

Another thing that I didn't like about this book is that even with all that mystery and suspense, the book is quite simple, predictable and sometimes there were too many coincidences. All the information was there, always, the only thing Wally needed to do was appear in the right moment to be able to collect it. Too easy, for me. And that made me think that the story was a little bit plain and poorly elaborated. 

I'm giving this book three stars. I liked it, it was a good read if you don't have anything to do, or anything more to read. I'm sure a lot of readers will agree with me, but others will think that this book is the best book that they have ever read. There's no accounting for taste. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

In My Mailbox (17)

Hosted by Kristi @ TheStory Siren

Hello guys! Welcome to IMM no.17 after a long break of five months…  : S

Here is what I got:

Save the Pearls Part One Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt
The Playdate by Louise Millar  (Thanks to Atria Books!)

Changeling by Phillipa Gregory 
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges (From Random Buzzers)

Torn and Ascend by Amanda Hocking

And that's all. 

And guys, what did you get?

Monday, June 18, 2012

I'm back

Hello guys, I’m back!

Right now I’m sure most of you are asking, “Who the hell are you?” or “Why I am following you?” Yeah, I know, it has been a long time since the last update on my blog and I feel awful. I’ve been really busy, you know, school and that stuff, but do you know? It’s summer… and that means no school… for now…
So I’m back. I was missing my blog and my reviews… and of course, all of you guys… and there are a few books I need to review, that I promised I would review, and it’s time to do it. Don’t you think?

So, I’m coming back with a new look... Not me! The blog! 
I really like the new look of the blog, I spent a  few days looking and trying different things... and well, this is how it ended... tell me what you think... : )

 I have a new rating system… well, it’s very similar, it’s just a little bit fancier than the old one… 

I really like it


Well, at a closer look, yeah, it's very different... and I think it looks better.  If you want to see the entire new rating system, click here! 

So, guys, I'm really happy to be back.... and see ya around. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Review: The Anti-Social Network by Sadie Hayes

Title: The Anti-Social Network
Author: Sadie Hayes
Series: The Start-up #2
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Publisher: Blacklit Fiction
Release Date: October 22, 2011
Source: Publisher
Format: Ebook

Set against the fast-paced, winner-take-all world of Silicon Valley, where today’s software geek is tomorrow’s billionaire, The Start-Up chronicles the meteoric rise of Adam and Amelia Dory, a talented brother and sister team. With only each other to rely on, the na├»ve eighteen-year-olds must make their way through a treacherous world of money, power, and envy.

This suspenseful and exciting episode is the second installment in an ongoing serial story. 

Episode 2: The Anti-Social Network

The Dory twins grew up with nothing. Now on the verge of having everything, their fledgling company—built on Amelia’s intellect and Adam’s ambition—threatens to be torn apart by new, powerful enemies and old, malicious ones.

The Anti-Social Network is the second book of the The Start-up series by Sadie Hayes, and like its predecessor, it's full of drama, romance, mystery and a lot of technology. 
The book starts almost in the same place where the first book ended, maybe some months later, and I must say that you won't put it down until you finish it... because it's awesome.

As expected many of the questions that the author left unanswered in the first book, are clarified. Who are the mysterious people who are threatening the twins? What they want? What is the connection between them and brothers Dory? What is the true story of Adam and Amelia? What will happen to them? Will they succeed?  Also, you must add new mysteries and problems. New romances, deceptions and lies. Nobody said it would be easy. Amelia and Adam will need to fight with anyone who wants to stand in their way, and do whatever is necessary to continue together….  And as always, the book ends with a breath taking ending. Ahhh!

Sadie Hayes has achieved with this story something I hadn't seen in any YA book so far. All the topics, like technology, the start-up company, everything is very well explained and realistic, and for a moment you're able to think you're part of it, that you belong to that world, that you live in Silicon Valley. Also the topics are different. No dystopian, no in one thousands years in the future. Why not now? Why not with the things we know? That is what makes this story so special and unique. 

The characters are awesome. They are not plain characters like in other books, that they seem to be there just because the author needs some people to talk about. These characters are credible, with problems and with fears. They are different… they have different stories and backgrounds and they make mistakes like any human being. 

So, what can I say? This book, like I said before, is amazing, and I'm sure lovers of technology will adore it. So if you haven't read it, what are you waiting for?

I really liked it!

Sadie Hayes holds several degrees from Stanford University. She has spent years working in the tech industry, both as an entrepreneur and as an investor. The Start-up is her first book. If you work in Silicon Valley, you might not know Sadie Hayes. But she knows you. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

In My mailbox (16)

Hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren

It has been a while since the last In My Mailbox... And I have received a lot of books. I won some of them, I bought a few, and of course, I received some for reviews. 

Here is what I got:

Printed Books:

For Review:

Switched by Amanda Hocking (Review Here)
Dark Eyes by William Richter
(Librarything Early Reviewers Program)

From Random Buzzers:

Unleashed (ARC) by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Siren's Storm by Lisa Papademetriou
(Visit Random Buzzers. You're going to love it!)


The Death Cure by James Dashner
(Thank you Hannah)


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


For review:

Top of the Class by Kelly Green 
(Thank you Kelly!)

(for only $0.99)

Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) 
by Sarah Mlynowski

(for only $0.00)

The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos
Saving Katya by Sandra Edwards
Blood Will Tell by Samantha Young

Marked by Kim Richardson
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Crossroads by Mary Ting

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph
Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

And that's all....

As you can see, I got hundreds of books this time, and some of them with incredible and unrealistic prices!

What did you get?