Thursday, November 9, 2017

Review - The Glass Spare

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

4 gnomes out of 5 gnomes
If you’ve read any of this author’s previous books then you already know that you should prepare to have your heart torn out and stomped on a little. The love and heartbreak kind of jumps off the page at you at times. Saying that though I am really glad that I picked this book up and read it. It’s unique and a world I can’t wait to go back to.

You have a plethora of courtly politics and then you throw in things like curses and mysterious illnesses. This equals one jewel of a book.

This fantasy world makes you care right away. The sibling relationships especially are pretty well done. Then there are the romantic relationships including a rather unique take on the love triangle. The use of multiple points of view really helps too though I wish there had been more of her brother’s point of view.

Overall, a book well worth checking out.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - The Glass Spare

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.”

“Only instigate a fight you can win.”

“This was the way it had always been between them. The world tried to destroy them, but they kept each other alive.”

“The world was at once frightening and fierce and so beautiful she couldn’t stand it.”

“Story of my life,” she muttered, and began again. If she left her upbringing entirely to her instructors, her life would be nothing but poise and billowing skirts, her brain puddling in her skull.”

“Now, stepping forward onto foreign land, Wil was born for the second time in her life, a different sort of monster. Or perhaps, the monster she was always destined to become.”

“Hope is not a weapon.”

“Has it ever been suggested to you that you have a problem controlling your impulses?”

“I’m all copper and hinges, and you’re that indestructible glass. When we fall apart we know how to put ourselves back together. No one else will do it.”

Thursday, October 26, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Heroine Worship

“That satisfying sensation of my fist connecting with some demon asshole’s face.”

“But what if another portal never opens up? What if no one needs a superhero anymore? What if that’s the only thing I’m good at, the thing I’ve trained my whole life to be—all twenty-seven years of it—and suddenly I’m just . . . useless?”

“My gaze was kind of an asshole.”

“A wisp of feeling sparked in my chest, something bright and sure and just a little bit manic.”

“The Clark Kentiest version of myself.”

“Hell, don’t just fix it. Kick its ass.”

“Aveda Jupiter could multitask like a motherfucker.”

“Well, you know what? Aveda Jupiter was no fucking gnat.”

“I’d been cropped out again, and the photo was better for it.”

“When Annie Chang comes out, she doesn’t half-ass it. That’s one thing she has in common with Aveda.”

“I dumped my dildos by the door and climbed into the window display, approaching the dress trepidatiously.”

“Oh, Annie Chang,” I said to my reflection. “What the hell is wrong with you?”

“Clark Kent is what allows him to be the best Superman possible!”

Like one big nerve ending who wants to be naked with you constantly.”

“As you may have noticed, I’m not great about letting things go.”

“But what I think of you shouldn’t matter as much as what you think of you.”

“And I don’t have to have every single thing figured out right now. I can still be happy.”

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review - Heroine Worship

Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

This is one of my favorite series out there. I love the characters and world building. Plus these books have such cool covers too.

It’s awesome to once again read about these butt kicking Asian American superheroines. Love seeing Aveda/Annie's point of view for this book. Her and Evie continue to grow as superheroes and friends.  Their relationship is dysfunctional at times but they're striving to improve it.

It really gets to the heart of who Aveda Jupiter/Annie is and lets you see her more down to earth side. After reading this you realize just why her and Evie are such close friends. I think it works so well because their relationship is definitely not perfect but they’re trying.

The relationships are really well done and I adore where the romantic relationships went. It was unexpected yet works so well. There were a lot of great surprises and twists in this book. Especially loved the happy ever afters for possibly two couples.

I can’t wait to read the next book that’s going to be all about Evie’s sister Bea, I just know it’s going to have some great drama. Plus I’m looking forwarding to seeing how this great story ends.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Review - One Con Glory

One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn
4 out of 5 gnomes

I have a weird relationship with this book, I've known about it since it was first released and recognize the very distinctive cover. Yet I didn't read it until yesterday when I was reviewing another book by this author and saw that she'd written this book too. So you never know when you might find your way back to a book you've been meaning to read.

This story was short yet awesome. If you're looking for a quick read that'll also make you smile, then this book is definitely for you. There is a lot of cursing but it's really almost part of the charm of the story and characters/makes them feel realistic.

Some of the references are a bit outdated (like guitar hero but I too remember when that was the game everybody played) but it makes it fun if you remember them too.

Julie’s quest to get a Glory action figure because she is forever losing ones she’s had before is quite the journey. It leads her to an unexpected relationship that just might work out. Plus by the end I kind of want the TV show/comic Periodic 7 the action figure was based on, to be real.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Devils & Thieves

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

“Magic was the currency of our world, and Alex was rich. I… was not.”

“It was freaking painful to love something that didn’t want you in return.”

“Fine. I’m sorry. Like I said, it’s been a shitty night. Not the best time for me to be making serious decisions about anything.”

“And I’d punch the pope if he looked at you funny. You know that.”

“No shit?” he whispered. “No shit,” I said ruefully.”

““We’ve all got problems, Jemmie. We’ve all got sore spots and flaws and shit from our past and mistakes we’re still dealing with. You want me to tell you you’re perfect? I can’t. But I can tell you this: You’re brave enough to push through this. You’re strong enough not to let it hold you back. And that’s what actually matters.”

“Medici blood met Carmichael blood. Venemon and locant.”

“If a person can be judged on the basis of who their father is, then I need to get the hell away from you.”

“If it’s me who’s supposed to go down, I’m going to drag him into hell with me.”

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review - Devils & Thieves

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

5/5 gnomes

Holy carp, please tell me it doesn't end like that. I really truly hope there's another book. This author really kindled my love for these characters and the world that they live in.

Jemmie and Crowe are an electric pair who have chemistry to spare. This book will give you feelings aplenty. I really liked that they were in no way in insta-love but really have issues to work out. All the relationships in the book are a bit troubled/complicated.

The kindled magic system in this world is fascinating. I don’t know about you but I just couldn’t resist a book about a magical motorcycle club. There are a bunch of different magical families with some inheriting much stronger magic than others. All the different kinds of magic are intriguing though especially the venemon ability. These abilities could all be trouble causing too, that’s why these clubs and family’s try to keep order.

Personality and a plethora of problems lead to a passionate book that’s full of promise. I tell you, that ending, I haven’t glared that hard at my kindle as when it said this book was 97-99 % completed. Ahh so intense, leaves you wanting to know more ASAP.