Thursday, May 10, 2012

Book Chat: Series vs. Stand-Alone Books

     I recently subscribed to Misty from the book rat on YT. There was an interesting topic that I wanted to voice my opinion on; series vs. stand-alone books. I don't think an author should be pressured into making more books because the publishers want to make more money off of them. I think if a book was meant to be a stand-alone, if that's how the author envisioned it; that's fine. There are plenty of good books that stand-alone and are still as interesting or more than a series.
     I like to read both kinds of books, when I need a break from all the series i read, I'll read a stand-alone book. Most of the books I've read have been series'. I like to read a series once it has all been published and I can buy it all together and read it. I don't like to read a book and have it be so good that I can't wait for the next one, I don't like to wait.
     I would like to thank Misty for coming up with this awesome topic. Here are some links where you can find her.
YT: BookratMisty

Monday, May 7, 2012

To read this week

I just purchased the next two books in the Lunarmorte series by Samantha Young: River Cast and Blood Solstice. I will be reading these this week. I'm excited to read them and interested to see what happens in these books; how the story keeps unfolding. Before reading the first in the series, i wasn't looking to read a series, i wanted to read a stand alone novel, but i liked the cover for this one and i thought the other books in this series weren't out yet. I have read three series straight and i just didn't want to do that, but I'm so into this story that I'm going to read the rest of it. For sure the upcoming books I read after this series are probably going to be Sarah Dessen, one of her books I'm not sure which.

I got a new Kindle, and the transition is pretty hard for me. I have many books that i need to read in paperback and hardcover, but I wanted the experience of reading on my Kindle. It feels pretty weird I must admit, I'll get used to it, I think.
Enjoy reading!  

Review: Moon Spell by Samantha Young

Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #1)

Series: Lunarmorte 1
Age group: ages 16 and up
Book: bought, Kindle edition
Author's info: The World of Lunarmorte

Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance...

It’s bad enough feeling different among the human crowd, but feeling different among wolves?

No one said returning to her pack would be easy, especially after ten years without them, but seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is unprepared for the realities of the transition. Raised in a world where kids aren’t scared by bedtime tales of the bogeyman but by the real life threat of enemy supernaturals who might come creeping into their community to kill them in their sleep, Caia is used to the darkness; she’s used to the mystery and the intrigue of the ancient underworld war she’s bound to by chance of birth. What she’s having trouble with are pack members treating her with wary suspicion, the Elders tucking secrets behind their backs out of her sightline, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her, with a dangerous attraction, from her decision to uncover the truth.

But as the saying goes ‘the truth will out’ and when it does, Caia will only have so long to prepare herself before the war comes pounding on their door threatening to destroy the safe, secret lives of the wolves… and the girl they protect. (Synopsis)


I didn't read the synopses of this book prior to reading it, so I didn't know what it was going to be about. It turns out, you basically have to look at the cover and it tells you everything you want to know. It's a world of supernaturals such as faeries, vampires, witches, and mainly about werewolves who descend from Greek Gods.

The characters: Caia, which I liked, she wasn't too emotional of a character for me.
The Pack Leader, Lucien, I liked his character, he way he was described was really hot. 
The Elders, basically older members of the Pack like Lucien's mother Ella. 
Caia's uncle Magnus, they were all good secondary characters.
Her friends at school, Jaeden and Sebastian. I liked them both but Sebastian better. 
There were several villains in the story, I think they were portrayed good. 

When i started this book i was so excited because it is a beautiful cover and i just wanted to know more about it. The book follows Caia, and without her knowledge; her future was planned for her. the author wrote how all her choices were taken away from her. She had to spend 10 years away from her pack because someone was trying to kill her, the twist is; who wants her to be completely erased so that there was no sigh of her even being born. Caia finds that all her questions were answered and that her Pack Leader was withholding a lot of information; about her past and her future. I think he made many mistakes with her.

In the beginning of this book, i was a little lost; i couldn't quite understand which character was which, except Caia. The middle of the book was when it started to get good for me. I felt that the author made mistakes in her writing, it just confused me sometimes and it really made it hard for me to go on reading this book, but I held on and finished it, hoping it would get better and it did. Throughout the book I found myself correcting some of her writing so it could make more sense, in the beginning I thought the writing was pretty bad. From the middle on, I loved the book. The author describes how mating works for werewolves; once you find your mate, you will be together forever. If you mate dies, you will feel like a part of you died and you won't love anyone else the same way. I thought that part was really beautiful. Another thing i didn't like was the romance and how that part left off in the book. 

I give this book 4/5 stars because I love the story and the history of how the werewolves came from Gods, I like Greek mythology; so that was awesome that there was some of that in the book. I love the book. In the end, I have no idea who the next villain is going to be, sometimes when you read a series; you can kind of know who will be the next villain, but in for the next book, I can't tell. I'm looking forward to the next book. I recommend this book to readers of The Mortal Instruments Series. I really love the cover I think it's beautiful.

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