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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Book Review: Touch of Power

Touch of Power
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publish Date: December 2011
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader, an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own, is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince—leader of a campaign against her people. As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for. Because the price of peace may well be her life.... (From Goodreads)

This is the first book I’ve read by Maria V. Snyder.  I had intended on picking up the others but something or another always came up and I haven’t yet had the opportunity to read them.  Thereof I was completely void and had no expectations other than an intriguing story when I began reading. 

I love the created world. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I would love to live here though. Even in the population bare of the kingdoms. The world is so creative I get the impression of something Final Fantasy esk. It’s got its swords and daggers, but then it’s modern labs and studies. And Lilies are my favorite flowers. ^_~

The characters are equally creative. Avry is what every doctor should be.  Friendly, nice, caring, and not above learning something new. Her fears are very real as well, and while she’s apathetic about some things, in understanding her background as the book progresses it’s clear to understand why. There are some things that just can’t be avoided and she deals with them in stride. 

Her counterpart is Kerrick.  He is her opposite but not opposite in many ways.  While not as apathetic as she seems to be; he’s just as stubborn and hard headed as well. He’s also charming and caring when he allows himself to be. It’s interesting to read the conflicts caused by their personalities. 

The story is fast paced. There is never nothing happening. Most of it is caused by Avry herself, although there are a few situations that are caused by sheer stubbornness on Kerriks’ part. I loved reading it. The banter was clever and very often sarcastic, but then most stubborn, apathetic people are. It’s their take on life. 

The great story progression is emphasized by the great character relationships. There’s no instant “OMG I love you” romance that can be so tedious in teen romance.  There’s not instant hate to love either. It’s a gradual progression of hate to wariness to tentative friendship to love that’s so natural there’s no scoffing at the unrealistic-ness of it.

Overall this was a great read. I sat in one sitting and read from start to finish. I also growled at everyone that interrupted me and finally ended up locking myself in my bedroom to read in peace. ^_^ It’s an absolutely fabulous book with an absolutely fabulous world and set of characters. It’s definitely a must read.  I wasn’t disappointed in the least and I am ecstatically looking forward to the next book.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Waiting On My Birthday...

So Thanks to class I've missed a whole lot of blogging time. Now with NaNoWriMo started I'm losing even more reading time.  (Sort of.) Anyway so I thought I'd blog something randomly frustrating. I'm waiting on several books. Waiting until MY BIRTHDAY. Not because I don't have the money until then, but because they don't come OUT until then... So I'm left in torments of the unknown until MAY. That's right. May. Here are my birthday releases I'm dying for NOW. ^_^

Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready  Release Date: May 1st 2012
No other love has burned so bright

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past. As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced that she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves...even if that means betraying her own heart.

Until I Die by Amy Plum Release Date: May 3rd 2012
Kate has chosen to leave the comfort and safety of her human world in order to join Vincent in the dangerous supernatural universe he inhabits. For his part, he has sworn to go against his very nature and resist the repeated deaths that are his fate as a revenant—even though it will bring him immeasurable suffering.

Heady with romance and rife with danger, the second book of the DIE FOR ME trilogy follows Vincent and Kate as they search—separately—for a solution to their plight, pursuing their quest from the glamorous streets of Paris to the city’s squalid underbelly. Although the experiment that Vincent attempts is progressively destroying him, he insists on seeing it through to the end. This prompts Kate to strike out on her own into the dangerous world of the revenants to find another way. But she unwittingly puts everyone she loves at risk when she discovers a family of ancient healers who hold the key to a secret that could help the bardia—the good revenants—overthrow their murderous enemies, the numa, forever.

And while the lovers search for something they have little chance of finding, a new threat arises among the numa. Kate finds herself in the midst of an ancient and deadly war, not as a bystander...but as a target.

City of Lost Souls by: Cassandra Clare Release Date: May 8th 2012
In Book 5: City of Lost Souls, the Shadowhunters struggle to piece together their shattered world after a betrayal by one of their own leaves them reeling.

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks  Release Date: May 22nd 2012
Emma and her friend Chloe are spending vacation in Florida. When Emma (literally) runs into a hot guy named Galen on the beach, little does she know he’s a prince of the Syrena. Galen and Emma both feel something strange – is it attraction? – and Galen suspects that Emma might well be the girl he’s heard of – a human who can communicate with fish.

What follows is a deadly scene with a shark in which Galen witnesses Emma’s gifts. He must know more about her, and follows her back to New Jersey, and high school, to find out for sure if she’s the key to saving his kingdom. Soon, Emma can’t deny her feelings for him, but can’t explain them, either – and both she and Galen must learn more about where she comes from and what her powers are before they can trust one another and their feelings.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth  Release Date: May 28th 2012
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. 

Do you have a frustratingly long wait until your birthday for something? Would you like to share?