Book Review: Resurrection by A.M. Hargrove

Title: Resurrection (The Guardian of Vesturon #2)
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Publisher: Self-Pub
ISBN: B006Z8WF9A
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tour

“Maddie knew she was dying. Her life started to flash before her. She had visions of running down the soccer field, scoring a goal, eating her mother’s yummy, homemade, sticky cinnamon rolls, standing in her foyer listening to the police tell her father that her mother had been killed in a car accident. Each vision was disturbingly clear—as if it was happening again.”

Rayn Yarrister, the first-born son and Leader of The Guardians, has been imprisoned on Vesturon for breaking their most sacred of covenants. He is suddenly jolted by Maddie’s telepathic pleas for help, as her life hangs in the balance. Can he alert The Guardians in time to save his soulmate? Or will he face his trial alone and broken without his one true love?
In Resurrection (Book 2), The Guardians of Vesturon are facing their biggest challenges as Earth is threatened by an invading species from a distant planet intent on destroying it for its resources. The Guardians, as protectors of the universe, have been assembled to defend not only Earth, but other vulnerable worlds as well. The Yarrister family is threatened by an unknown entity intent on discrediting them. Will they uncover this plot in time to save themselves from ruin? Will The Guardians succeed in stopping the Xanthians, or will Earth be invaded and ravaged by this marauding species?

REVIEW

Resurrection immediately picks up from where Survival left and it’s just plain suspense and curiosity that will keep you reading and reading. Continue reading

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Title Hunt: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

What is Title Hunt? Title Hunt (TH) is a feature in The Solitary Bookworm wherein I features screen caps or pictures of book titles written and deviously hidden by authors  within the story of a book.

Pg 124/325 – PDF version (Nook)

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FGH: Found, Grabbed, Hauled (IMM 10)

FGH: Found, Grabbed & Hauled is basically IMM – rebranded. Like the title said, this post highlights books that I found, grabbed and purchased this week. Includes bookish finds from second hand shops, bookstores, eARCS (Netgalley & Authors/Publishers) and anything book related.

Today version of FGH is mostly manga. I had a manga kick a few weeks ago and I am just posting this now. So let’s get on with the books. Continue reading

Title Hunt (1): The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

Hi Lovelies! I’ve been brewing this idea for quite a few months now and my only regret is to not do it sooner. Anyway, The Solitary Bookworm present you Title Hunt. Title Hunt basically means finding the title of a book within the novel. I found it interesting and entertaining as well challenging to find these “hidden” titles within the story which is why I decided to document these finds through Title Hunt. For starters, the very first title hunt I will feature is one of my favorite reads for 2012. Without further ad0 –

What is Title Hunt? Title Hunt (TH) is a feature in The Solitary Bookworm wherein I features screen caps or pictures of book titles written and deviously hidden by authors  within the story of a book.

Page 111, HB

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** If you want to participate or know more about Title Hunt, please visit HERE.

Book Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter


Title
: The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test #2.5)
Author: Aimee Carter
Pages: 395
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 0373210752
Source: Netgalley

For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aime e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness….

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal….

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another….

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before….

Henry/Hades’s solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope….

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.

REVIEW

Hera – her part was very intense. It was like a stand off between her and Zeus. Reading it was very interesting especially since Hera wanted equality but ironically she feels the need to rule te counsel. Pride and greed are indeed deadly virtues, deadly especially for women since they’ll do whatever just to get what they want but in the end will always be the crying party. It was mind games with the two of them, tricky but very black and white.

Aphrodite – her part was somewhat heartbreaking. Heartbreaking for loving someone who will never love her more than she loves him and for choosing someone just because the former couldn’t give her what she wanted. Aphrodite seems like a confused, love-struck, and a very bitchy and whiny teen. She wanted everything easy and by her way. This continues through the story of Persephone and you’ll really see her bitchiness there.

Persephone – this was hardest to read because I like Hades. From the moment of their marriage to her being with Adonis was a heartbreak. I just can’t stand her, that or maybe I am a little biased towards Hades but seriously, everything with her was one side. She kept saying that she’s trying but really all she does is whine and complain that she never had a choice, that she is not in love with Hades, that she’ll never have freedom and it goes on and on BUT without considering the feeling of her husband and her family.

Hermes – A god who gave love but never really felt loved back. His stint with Persephone was short lived and didn’t really struck me as genuine. It was like a fling that both needed out of loneliness and the need to be loved. His story was beautiful, finally Hermes now experiences what it feels to find something important and lose it without any fight. Made the man out of him!

Hades – A my favorite god out of the bunch. This part is really painful to read. From the part of Persephone to Ingrid until the other girls, Hades felt heartbreak to heartbreak. Even if the love is not the same with each girl, you can still feel that he’s losing hope. I love how The Goddess Legacy gave me information on the before Kate came.

Carter has this unique talent of giving readers the perfect story to make reading worthwhile. It was a magnificent journey and I didn’t feel like it was a “filler” before the third book comes out. This was like the hidden chapter of the Goddess Test series. I loved every story and every page of it. Each character had their own highlight and Carter has this uncanny ability to make her readers connect with her characters. This is the reason why I am following the series and this is also the reason why I highly recommend it. If you haven’t had the chance to read it, please do. It is worth every minute you invest in it.

Book Review: The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel by Paolo Giordano

Title: The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel
Author: Paolo Giordano
Pages: 271
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
ISBN: 0143118595

A prime number is a lonely thing. It can only be divided by itself or by one, and it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are both “primes”-misfits haunted by early tragedies. When the two meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. Years later, a chance encounter reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface. But can two prime numbers ever find a way to be together? A brilliantly conceived and elegantly written debut novel, The Solitude of Prime Numbers is a stunning meditation on loneliness, love, and what it means to be human.

REVIEW

The Solitude of Prime Numbers revolves around Mattia and Alice, two individuals who doesn’t know each other but paths would cross and they will influence each others life’s. The Solitude of Prime Numbers is not a very happy novel to divulge in, it can be depressing at some point but the story is deep and heartfelt.

Alice is very troubled to say the least. A teen girl who’s been wanting to be accepted. Mattia on the other hand has a sad soul not content with everything or anything. There seems to be nothing important in his life than Math – the logic and complexity behind it. When these two teenagers met, there’s something heart breaking about the two. It’s really hard to explain but I’ll tell you as early as now, if you want a love story with happily every after – this is not the book for you. There is no cliche in The Solitude of Prime Numbers, it’s plain and simple – as discussed in the book Mattia and Alice are two prime number – two separate entity that will never be together because no matter how hard they try, there will always be a wall to separate the two (17 and 19, separated by 18 and so on and so forth).

To sum it up The Solitude of Prime Numbers is somewhat a glimpse and in a way explains the issues carried by most of us hinders the development of love, companionship and happiness into full bloom. there are incidents that can be very traumatic, like what Alice and Mattia experienced, but that shouldn’t hinder someone from living.  I don’t mean the literal way of living but rather living the life that you wish. There are experiences that marks one’s life forever but take those experiences as life lessons and battle scars rather than phantom enemies that haunts you forever, killing your soul and the life in you. Life is beautiful and loving is divine, don’t let yourself stop living and loving but rather find someone that you can share these experience with to grow and life happily.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers is beautiful and bittersweet and Giordano wrote it exquisitely that it will always be a read that I’ll always remember. It may not be for everybody and some may not enjoy it but as I said it is deep and it is complex beats most novels I know that doesn’t have any sense or just a re-hash of other stories. This book is highly recommended, believe me!

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Title: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Pages: 464
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Source: Netgalley

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they’ve turned the final page.

REVIEW:

There are a number of books that can keep a reader interested – fascinated – hooked – and eventually falls in love and Seraphina is one of those books for me, no doubt.

The world building was just phenomenal – it was very detailed and vividly presented to the readers that it can be very overwhelming at first but I don’t think that’s a reason to be challenged in reading Seraphina but rather a motivation and an experience worth remembering. I just can’t imagine the research done for the background and creation of both the story and the world Hartman created.

The pacing of the story was just right – it wasn’t rushed for agitation to arise nor was it too slow for boredom to manifest. Hartman took her time to present everything and that is the exact reason why each element was at their places in eactly the right time.

The characters were fun to read, each can be individually characterized – with a magical theme, the characters were amazingly believable. Orma is a definite favorite as well as Fusspots – actually it was fascinating to read about the characters in Phina’s head (stopping myself from revealing too much of the book)

The ending was epic and disappointing at the same time. Not disappointing in a way that things were not resolved but rather disappointing of where the author was directing the love angle of the two characters. Let’s see though where Hartman will go on that one – definitely a lot of controvery and dilemma for the future story. The ending did answer a lot of the questions presented at the beginning and Seraphina can be a stand alone book but is definitely part of a series. Looking forward of what Hartman can offer with the next installment. Highly recommended!

 

Manga Review: DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND, VOL. 3 BY NOZOMU TAMAKI

Title: Dance in the Vampire Bund, Vol. 3
Author: Nozomu Tamaki
Pages: 208
Publisher: Seven seas
ISBN: 1934876151

After millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and in so doing, gained the authority to create a “special district” off the coast of Japan that is to become the future haven for vampires from all over the world!

Now, on the eve of the landmark press conference announcing the existence of vampires to the world, terrorists and rival factions are plotting to assassinate Mina Tepes.

REVIEW

The front image of the series usually gives us an idea of what the topic of the stories will be. In this case, the story will evolve around Nanimi after she was turned into a vampire and Mina’s attempt to “save” herself and the people she love with the help of some loyal friends.

Looking back in Vol. 2, Nanimi was turned into a vampire and is missing. Yuki is now helping Mina with the student council, issues resolve around them. Akira’s loyalty is also known from the last volume and that incident will determine how the story of both Akira and Mina will progress. So moving on. The chick above looks awfully familiar right? You’ll get to know who is she as you get into the story more.

The next pictures is a snippet of a characters memory about from Vol. 2

So here we are shown that Nanimi is still alive but not so well and at the second picture you can see that a new character is being introduced.

The next series of pictures shows that Mina is once again in danger from enemies that wants to annihilate  her for good but with her loyal subjects at her side the task will be harder to accomplish as it seems. Look at the last picture in the series, those band of men on the right side is a group of men who are the best of the best and is called the Elite Eight. 8 good looking experts to protect our dear Mina and accompany Akira to Mina’s safety.

Remember the new evil chick I mentioned a while ago? It seems like she goes by the name Hesterica – overly dramatic right?- and it also seems like Vera knows her and has a past with her. Ohhh cat fight!

To summarize the rest, Hysterica will be destroyed and Mina and her subjects is once again saved but we all know that it will not stop there! 🙂 Ok, this last picture I know is not for younger readers so make sure that you are alone reading it. Remember Nanimi? It looks like she is in love with her neighbor who is actually a kid (look above) but what Mina decides with Nanimi and the kid is for you guys to find out.

Dance in the Vampire Bund, Vol. 3 is as awesome as the first 2 books but I feel like there’s something lacking here. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first two but Vol. 3 is really a story changer. New characters are introduced and destroyed here so I can definitely say a lot happened and Vol. 3 is not lacking in the action area but for me it’s not enough. It’s hard to compete with the first two books but I am excited on what will happen in Vol. 4 I can’t wait!