April 10th, 2010

Carnival

#35 The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

This review has spoiler s for the first two books in the Darkest Powers Trilogy, The Summoning and The Awakening. Nothing too bad for The Reckoning.

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Rating: five stars
Length: 391 pages
Source: amazon.com
Challenge: This book is part of the 2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge
Similar Books: This book should appeal to fans of supernatural YA lit, such as Wake by Lisa McMann (my review), Token of Darkness by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (my review), and the books of Stephenie Meyer and Annette Curtis Klause.
Other books I've read by this author: Bitten, Stolen, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Haunted, Broken, No Humans Involved, Personal Demon, Living with the Dead (my review), Frostbitten (my review), Men of the Otherworld (my review),The Summoning (my review), The Awakening (my review), Exit Strategy (my review), and Made to be Broken (my review). I've also read the stand alone novella Angelic (my review), the novella "Chaotic' from Dates from Hell, the short story "Kat" from The Eternal Kiss (my review), and the short story "The Ungrateful Dead" from Blood Lite (my review)

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Kittysnake

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I've just finished reading "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman, and the Harry Potter books are some of my favorites. So with that in mind, I'm wondering if there are any recommendations for books that take place in schools for magic or wizardry?

YA books are fine, but I did enjoy the more adult aspect of "The Magicians", so general fiction would be great as well.
Kitty: Angry Calico

Gaiman, Neil: The Absolute Death

The Absolute Death (2009)
Written by: Neil Gaiman
Cover Art: Dave McKean
Illustrated by: Various

The premise: ganked from BN.com: THE ABSOLUTE DEATH collects the miniseries DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING and DEATH: THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE together with "The Sound of Her Wings" and "Façade" from THE SANDMAN #8 and #20, the P. Craig Russell-illustrated "Death and Venice" from THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, and the never-before reprinted stories "A Winter's Tale" and "The Wheel." This deluxe volume also features an introduction by The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer as well as extensive galleries of Death portraits and retail products, sketches by artist Chris Bachalo, and the complete original script by Gaiman for THE SANDMAN #8.

My Rating

Find a Cheaper Copy: New rating time, because "Buy the Paperback" just doesn't work here. There's a reason for that. The mini-series, both Death: The High Cost of Living and Death: The Time of Your Life, are MUST HAVEs. You can buy the trade paperbacks at a fraction of the cost of the Absolute Edition, and frankly, while I love the stories themselves (and trust me, Death's stories really, really stick with you. I can only imagine the impact they might have had on me if I'd read them back when I was a teenager, because I feel the echo of that potential impact now), I'm not sure the Absolute Edition is worth the cash, simply because short of the art gallery and the stand-alone stories featuring the character, the Absolute edition is an expensive book, especially compared to The Sandman Absolutes, which have FAR more material. So in regards to buying this specific edition, you need to make some decisions: do you already have The Sandman Absolutes and are you a collector fiend? If so, then you don't have a choice: get this edition, because it looks great. However, if you're a casual reader or you're not familiar with the character, you need to track down the trade paperback stories (which you can buy new on Amazon and BN.com) before you invest any serious cash in an edition like this. If you're like me and already love this character, you won't be too disappointed, but you'll probably wish there was more to the edition, like I did. It's good, but it's hard to justify that price tag.

Review style: This is going to be an odd review, but don't worry, because there's NO SPOILERS. I want to talk about the Absolute edition itself and the stories it collects (and which I think is the best), the art involved, and why I wish for a bigger arc for Death instead of what we do get, and why I don't think it'd ever work. So if you're interested, feel free to click the link below to my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)

REVIEW: Neil Gaiman's THE ABSOLUTE DEATH

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Anne

Succubus Shadows



Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid Series) (April 2010)
Written by: Richelle Mead
Rating: Four out of five stars
Length: Paperback, 292 pages

Synopsis(From BN.com)
Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals-all child's play to a succubus like her.
Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend's wedding is a different story. Georgina isn't sure which is worse-that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses. Still, there are distractions. Georgina's roommate, Roman, is cluttering her apartment with sexual tension. Then there's Simone, the new succubus in town, who's intent on corrupting Seth.
But the real danger lies in the mysterious force that's visiting her thoughts, trying to draw her into a dark, otherworldly realm. Sooner or later, Georgina knows she'll be too weak to resist. And when that happens, she'll discover who she can trust, who she can't-and that Hell is far from the worst place to spend eternity...

Review
I was torn thinking about this book, while part of me is sure that I will follow where ever Richelle leads me I was also let down by parts of this book. But then I would turn a page and feel better about it again. I think I would have awarded 5 stars if only for the entertainment factor alone. Ultimately I really like where I think Richelle is taking me, but I just wish that she would take me there already, I'm ready for some resolution already! Yet I was really intrigued by the entire back story given (I’m a sucker for that sort of thing). The story is very entertaining although almost nothing happens to further the overall plot of the series other then the hints towards some sort of big secret that have been sprinkled throughout the books. And ends with a sort of slap in the face cliff hanger that had me screaming at the book.

Over all I liked it, but not as much as the other books. And while it might have deserved it, I could not bear to give it a three out of five. I loved Carter just as much as well as most of the other minor characters. And although I had liked Maddie in the other books I could hardly read any part of this book that had her in it, I just really wanted to smack her. And as for Seth… well I’m quite over him and I wish Georgina would be as well, but it would seem she just can’t give him up yet.