Review: Death is but a Dream by Erin Hayes

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Title: Death is but a Dream

Author: Erin Hayes

Release Date/Publisher: September 29th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services 

Finished: November 3rd 2013

Pages: 272-eBook-Given for review

Synopsis:

Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.

Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it’s the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.

So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.

With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead.

What I thought:

First thing I have to say about this book is it features a bunch of gods from Greek mythology and that’s awesome! I love that kind of stuff, and there were quite a few mentioned. They even had some of the lesser gods as well as the big guys. They definitely felt powerful too which was good instead of them being too modernized which sometimes happens. And if you like that, there’s also mythological creatures that appear like harpies!

The characters were lots of fun too. I loved the fact that Callie was a cop and charged with protecting Plutus even though she’s human. She was always trying hard and using her skills to her best ability. The gun she gets is also freaking awesome by the way.

It was kind of sad that a lot of the gods and creatures discriminated against Plutus but I liked that Callie didn’t let that bother her. Their connection to each other was cute and I liked how it grew as the book went on. Plutus himself seemed like a great guy, even though his task of spreading the wealth was happy and sad at the same time.

I really had a lot of fun with this book. It’s full of action and adventure and there’s never really a dull moment. I suggest you read it, especially if you love mythology.

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About the Author:

Erin_authorSci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average. You can reach her at tiptoegirl87@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

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Title: Antigoddess (Goddess War #1)

Author: Kendare Blake

Release Date/Publisher: September 10th 2013 by Tor Teen

Finished: September 14th 2013

Pages: 333-Hardcover-owned

Series: 

  1. Antigoddess
  2. Mortal Gods
  3. Unknown

Synopsis:

Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god.

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning.

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out.

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

What I thought:

Do you love books that involve Mythology? Want it set in modern times? Then you are going to love this book!

While this book is meant to be read as if it’s happening right now, I was so glad that the characters of the gods of old actually seemed old, and that they didn’t act like modern teenagers. They did talk like we normally do, but just the way they carried themselves made them seem more like they were forced to move on with the times but still carried their old powerful ways. I was kind of worried about that going in but I was really glad how the author made them fit well in this story.

The gods are dying, and we see through Athena’s eyes as she travels and tries to figure out why and if she can stop it. We also have Cassandra who is a teen from today, but she sees things others don’t, things that are going to happen. There are appearances from a bunch of the popular gods, and some of the lesser known human characters from history too. It was just so awesome to see all of these people interact, and I’m really excited for the next book where we figure out more of what’s happening to the dying gods!

Definitely pick this book up and give it a chance. It really makes me want to go read up on more mythology now!

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Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Pure (Covenant #2)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: April 3rd 2012

Published by: Spencer Hill Press

Read: September 23 2012

Pages: 329-Paperback-Library

Series:

  1. Half-Blood
  2. Pure
  3. Deity
  4. Appolyon
  5. Sentinel

Synopsis:

There is need. And then there is Fate
Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome–especially when Alexandria’s “other half” is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom–so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do–and sacrifice–for her.
When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies–lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude or killing her.
When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

What I thought:

Starting off where the first book left off, Alex is back in school, doing extra training sessions with Seth and Aiden while dealing with the loss of her mother from the first book. There is so much that Alex goes through in this book, and not just the remnants of what happened  before. There is more loss, death and heartbreak and it’s a wonder how she makes it through it all.

Alex is still stubborn, has anger issues and gets into fights and does stupid things, but she really does start to learn and change in this book. She learns more about herself, a little bit more control and when to admit and learn from her mistakes. She still has the romance issue, where Aiden is forbidden and he won’t be with her, and Seth who she fights with constantly but somehow finds comfort in him at the important times. I’m honestly rooting for Seth, I mean come on, he’s the Apollyon!

A good part of this book is spent at the New York Covenant, building up to Alex’s hearing in front of the all powerful Council. They want her testimony from the events of Gatlinburg from the last book, and everyone is worried that her sharp tongue and violent actions could get her in way more trouble then she would at home. The hearing was of course awesome, although Telly is a big douche.

Now the furies, they show up as statues at the different Covenants near the beginning of the book, pretty much as insurance from the Gods in case anything happens. They don’t actually awaken until near the end of the book. I wanted to mention them because they are awesome in a dark way, they inspire fear in everyone just by being solid, and they’re crazy when they finally do get released and start attacking everyone the fight that happens is great. The ending definitely has a sad moment, and leaves us on a cliffhanger, asking what’s going to happen next.

One of my favourite scenes is actually when Alex has some brew (you will find out when you read it), the way she acts is just so hilarious and unlike her and I couldn’t stop laughing! I felt bad for Seth having to babysit her, I know when I get giggling fits my fiance just looks at me weirdly and tries to stay away until I stop.

This book was just as good as the first, and definitely a must read series!

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Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Half-Blood (Covenant #1)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: October 18th 2011

Published by: Spencer Hill Press

Read: September 18th 2012

Pages: 281-Paperback-Library

Series:

  1. Half-Blood
  2. Pure
  3. Deity
  4. Appolyon
  5. Sentinel

Synopsis:

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

What I thought:

I was recommended this by another blogger a little while back. I had already fallen for the author’s other book Obsidian, so I knew I had to see what all the fuss over this one was about. And oh my I am hooked on another awesome series!

I fell for the characters first. Alex is very stubborn, determined and strong on so many ways. Even with the death of her mother, she manages to survive on her own and fight the daimon that chase her. She also tended to be a bit cocky at times and have some anger issues, but who wouldn’t if other people started saying stuff about your dead mother. She is a half-blood, and before her mother took her out of school, for reasons unknown, she was actually doing really well in her training. There are many things that happen in this book that would have most people breaking down, but she always seems to try her nest not to try or give in.

Aiden is a Pure, and the one tasked to train Alex back into shape before the next school year starts (or she’ll be kicked out and possibly turned a slave). Alex starts to get a crush on him as they train and spend time together, which is of course forbidden, but I was rooting for them the whole time anyway! Aiden is a strong Sentinel, who cares very much for his brother, and although he’s tough when it comes to training and fighting, he does have a soft and kind spot.

One of the things that I liked the most about this, was the mention of the Greek Gods and how they tied in to the Pures. As you know I love mythology, and even though there was just a little, I really liked how the author took that and spun this awesome story. The back story, on the relationships/society places of the Pures and the Half-bloods was explained really well, and I actually wasn’t confused which was great. I loved the little island of a world that this took place on as well, how secluded they were from the real world and just living their lives training to hunt daimons or be servants.

There is so much more going on in this book plus a bunch of twists and turns and it was so fun to read. There were funny moments, action, romance and even sad parts to keep you entertained.

I definitely fell for this book, with all it’s slight ties to mythology to the awesome characters. Highly recommended for paranormal fans as well as fans of the author’s other works!

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Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Title: Everneath (Everneath #1)

Author: Brodi Ashton

Release Date: January 24, 2012

Published by: Harper Collins / Balzer + Bray

Read: April 26th, 2012

Pages: 370-Hardcover-Library

Series:

  1. Everneath
  2. Everbound
  3. Evertrue

Description:

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld… this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she’s forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s…

What I thought:

The Everneath is pretty much another word for the Underworld, like in Greek mythology. After staying in there for 6 months of our time, 100 years of theirs, Nikki decides to come back. She wants to try to say the goodbyes she never could before to the people she cared about, before getting sucked into the Tunnels.  Cole, who she was with that entire time, comes back with her, trying to convince her to be with him, that because she survived, she could be a queen, but at the cost of stealing the life from other people.

I loved the thought behind the story, the retelling of myths and Persephone. While I read quite a few reviews that said it was a slow start, it wasn’t really that bad for me actually, I understand that the author has to build up the story and the background of the characters. One thing I thought was nice was the little snippets of the past events that would show up between the current story, to help explain what happened before she went to the Everneath. Also the little counter for how much time of the 6 months was left helped me keep track, which was pretty cool.

Aside from that, for some reason I just had trouble connecting with the characters, until closer to the end of the book instead of the beginning. Though that’s not saying this book isn’t good! I really enjoyed reading it, it just wasn’t super amazing, but I’m sure other people will absolutely love it. I have a feeling the second book will be even better!

I recommend this for anyone wanting a young adult book with fantasy, romance and mythology.

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