Teaser Tuesday – January 16, 2018

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Tyene. Obara is too loud. Tyene is so sweet and gentle that no man will suspect her. Obara would make Oldtown our father’s funeral pyre, but I am not so greedy. Four lives will suffice for me. Lord Tywin’s golden twins, as payment for Elia’s children. The old lion, for Elia herself. And last of all the little king, for my father.”

~ Lady Nym, A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

I’ve moved on to the next GRRM book. I’ve read them all before, but they are just so good! Huge books, but they read surprisingly fast.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

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Book Review: RoseBlood

Title: RoseBlood

Author: A.G. Howard

Series: none

Edition: Hardcover

Blurb: In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

Review: First off, this review is going to have a LOT of spoilers. You’ve been warned.

To start, a bit of a story. I first fell in love with the Phantom when I was eleven years old. I found the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and spent hours upon hours listening to it. I had a crush on Michael Crawford. I wanted to BE Sarah Brightman.

I may have been a little obsessed.

As the years went on, I delved deeper into my Phantom obsession. I read the original novel by Gaston Laroux. I watched many movies and saw many Phantoms – Lon Chaney, Claude Raines, Charles Dance, Gerard Butler. I read fanfiction, both professionally written (Susan Kay’s book is genius) and amateur (FanFiction.net is a crazy, crazy place).

So I know this story quite well. I am almost protective of it, and very particular. I don’t like stories where the Phantom is scarred by outside means (acid, fire, etc.), for example – it has to be from birth, with his mother being terrified of him. He has to have some time in gypsy camps and spend a great deal of time in Persia. And, of course, he has to be a master architect, who has some involvement in the building of the Paris opera house.

Oh, and his name has to be Erik. Nothing else will do.

RoseBlood has most of these things, which is good. The fact that it doesn’t take place in the actual Opera Garnier was a disappointment – instead it takes place in another opera house that has been converted into a music school. The school is called RoseBlood, which to be completely honest, I didn’t like at all. It was too hokey for the name of a school. There were roses and there was blood, so they didn’t need to use it for the name of the school.

Also, just FYI, Thorn is not the Phantom. Thorn is Erik’s adopted son.

And it’s a modern story, not taking place in the actual original timeline. Is it the same Phantom? Why yes, yes it is. How does that work? Well . . .

The Phantom is a vampire.

Ugh . . .

This isn’t a new idea, especially since the Phantom likes to stay hidden (so clearly not in the sunlight). I just really don’t like this idea. I want the Phantom, who does do horrible things, to at least be somewhat sympathetic. In this story, he isn’t really. It’s not just that he was born disfigured and was hated – he is an actual monster. It cheapens the character, I think. Makes him less complex.

But the main problem I have with this is that none of the characters are particularly complex. Rune, our main character, is a bit blah, although she is also a vampire (these are psychic vampires, not the blood sucking kind). She doesn’t realize that she’s a vampire until she learns about it when she’s at RoseBlood. Her and Thorn are supposed to be the couple we cheer for, but they just don’t really do much for me. The other characters, mostly students and teachers at the school, are all very one dimensional and don’t leave a lasting impression.

I hate even saying all of this, because I absolutely love A.G. Howard. I’ve talked to her on Twitter a couple of times and she is a lovely person. Her Splintered series was amazing, the characters complex and unique, the world building beautiful and intricate. RoseBlood just doesn’t have this. I’m not sure what went wrong, and maybe I’m just too picky, but it really didn’t do it for me.

I’m not saying to not read it. It isn’t a terrible read, but I just didn’t care for it. GoodReads rating: 3 stars

WWW Wednesday – January 10, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Three questions, three answers. Go!

What are you currently reading?

I just started Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Not much to say about it so far – I need to get more into it to have a firmer opinion. This book seemed to be everywhere when I first heard of it. I’ve also had friends who have read this series and loved it. So I had to pick it up. Also still reading A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin as my bedtime book.

What did you recently finish reading?

Just finished Want by Cindy Pon. I have mixed feelings about it, to be honest. I need to figure out what I thought about it before I write a review.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My current plan is to read Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard next, since it’s the next book in the series and I don’t want to leave another series unfinished.

That’s it for this week! Leave your WWW in comments!

Teaser Tuesday – January 9, 2018

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Kilorn and I don’t really see eye to eye on the Feats of First Friday. For me, watching two champions rip into each other is not enjoyable, but Kilorn loves it. Let them ruin each other, he says. They’re not our people.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I just started this book, and by just started, I mean that my quote is from page 6. So I don’t know much about it yet. I had heard a lot of buzz about this book for a while now and it’s been sitting on my wishlist at GoodReads, but thanks to a Barnes & Noble gift card from Christmas, I now own it. So yay! Has anyone else out there read it yet? If so, did you enjoy it?

Please leave your teasers in comments!

 

Added to GoodReads – January 8th

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Greetings, friends! Hope everyone up here in the northern hemisphere is doing their best to keep warm. It has been VERY cold where I’m at. Let’s just say the space heater under my desk is working overtime. No snow, thankfully, just lots and lots of COLD.

I’m not a fan.

So, since I am trying to stay inside as much as possible, it gives me a chance to look for new books to add to my ever burgeoning To-Be-Read list over at GoodReads. Here are some that I’ve found this past week:

  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – I saw this one in a local bookstore newsletter as one of their recommended picks. I don’t always immediately add those to my list, but when I saw the beautiful cover and read the very interesting blurb, I couldn’t help it. What would you do if you knew the exact moment of your death? This book asks that question and, for four characters, we find out.
  • Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades – This is one of two books that I got for free through BookBub (and if you haven’t heard of BookBub, you need to go check them out right now, do not pass GO, do not collect $200).  A high school girl realizes she can see ghosts, which leads her to learn a bunch of secrets that maybe she shouldn’t know. The first of a series, this book sounds a bit creepy and exciting. Can’t wait to check it out.
  • A Throne for Sisters by Morgan Rice – The other BookBub book I picked up is also the first book of a series. Two sisters, orphans, desperate to find a better life, possessing the power to read other’s minds. It’s a YA fantasy that looks like it could have a lot of twists and turns, which is always fun.

Any new reads keeping you warm this winter? If you recommend them, leave them in comments!

WWW Wednesday – November 22, 2017

WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam at “Taking on a World of Words.” Three questions, three answers. Go!

What did you recently finish reading?

Right after my WWW post last week, I finished Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. All I can say is WOW! I also finished Marionette by Anya Allyn, the third book in the Dark Carousel series. I also finished A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I guess you can say that I’m trying to make up for lost time. Got a good deal of reading done over the past week, so that’s good!

What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Music Box by Anya Allyn, as well as A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I think that I will be reading Want by Cindy Pon. I was going to start it this week, but decided to try and finish the Dark Carousel books first. I’ll also continue with the Song of Ice and Fire series, although it will probably take me a while to finish A Storm of Swords. Those are some big books!

Leave your WWW answers in comments!

Teaser Tuesday – November 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by “The Purple Booker.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read.
• Open to a random page.
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

Even if Balthazar’s human body crumbled away and his spirit went back to sleep, Voulo would start locking me away again. And next time, I doubted Voulo would want to wait for me to die of natural causes before he stuffed me into the marionette case – permanently.

~ Music Box by Anya Allyn

This is the final book in the Dark Carousel series, which means I will get to cross off another series finished off of my list!

Please leave your teasers in comments!