Monday, 28 November 2011

Mini Review Madness: Mist, Ultraviolet, Forbidden, The Iron Queen and My Soul to Steal

Hi all - today marks the first installment of Mini Review Madness, where I'm aiming to get through as many outstanding reviews as possible to give myself a clean slate for 2012.

Today's post features mini reviews of:

Mist - Kathryn James
Ultraviolet - R J Anderson
Forbidden (The Demon Trappers series) - Jana Oliver
The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa
My Soul to Steal - Rachel Vincent

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Mist - Kathryn James

Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads): Midnight: a mist-haunted wood with a bad reputation. A sweet sixteen party, and 13 year old Nell is trying to keep her sister, spoilt birthday-girl Gwen, out of trouble. No chance. Trouble finds Gwen and drags her through the mist. Only Nell guesses who’s behind the kidnap - the boy she hoped was her friend, the cute but mysterious Evan River.

All those fairy stories Nell’s grandmother told her about girls being stolen by fairy folk are true. The Elven are beautiful as starlight, fierce as wolves, and cold as ice. And they want their world back. The fight has been raging for centuries. Nell’s grandmother should know, she’s a Watcher, the ones responsible for imprisoning the Elven in isolated iron-bound camps in Siberia. Only Evan, his fanatical older brother Fen, and a handful of Elven children are still free.

Fen, hellbent on revenge, keeps Gwen in their wolf-guarded stronghold deep in the mist. The price for her safe return? The release of all the Elven – but the Watchers will never agree. Only Nell can save Gwen.

Time is twisted through the mist: if Nell stops longer than a night and day, a hundred years will hit her as soon as she returns and she’ll be old and withered before she’s even lived. The clock is ticking.

Mini review: Mist both intrigued and surprised me. I love the cover art (it looks stunning in real life) and the story was fascinating, though for a slightly younger age range than I tend to read. Younger readers will adore this one and there's a very sweet love story that's sure to please any romance fan.

Ultraviolet - R J Anderson

Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads): “Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her.”

Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she’s confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori’s body has not been found, and Alison can't explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated—into nothing.

But that's impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? Alison must be losing her mind—like her mother always feared she would. For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understood—until a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison’s case.

Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her—and that she’s capable of far more than anyone else would believe.

Mini review: What a great summary! The story really does live up to the cover and blurb and if you give Ultraviolet a go I promise you won't be disappointed. Set mainly in a mental institution, I really loved the setting and host of characters in Ultraviolet - think Girl, Interrupted with a supernatural element.

Forbidden - Jana Oliver

Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads): Riley's beginning to think being a demon trapper isn't all it's cracked up to be. Her dad's been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend's gone all weird and she's getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who's seriously bad news.

It's tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that's not an option. Because the demons have plans for Riley. And they're not the only ones.

Mini review: I did read Forbidden as a standalone novel, as I didn't have the first book in the series to hand when I receive this one for review so do bear that in mind.

I was left a little non-plussed by Forbidden, the pace was certainly exciting and the book well written but I didn't feel much of a pull to any of the characters in particular - the reviews for this on Goodreads are overwhelmingly positive but, for me, I won't be going back to read the first in the series.

The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa

Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads): My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

Mini review: The third book in Kagawa's Iron Fey series, The Iron Queen picks up shortly after The Iron Daughter ends and we're plunged right back in the thick of the action from the action.

This is a pacy read that is sure to satisfy existing fans of the series; the tension is brilliant and we see Megan develop even further as a character. Although I didn't initially warm to her in the earlier installments I really did find myself rooting for her this time around.

My Soul to Steal - Rachel Vincent

Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads): Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

Mini review: The main strength in the Soul Screamers series is definitely Kaylee; unlike a lot of heroines about at the moment I genuinely do find myself willing her to succeed and I think she's a well-rounded, very human character.

That said, I do think this series is beginning to get a little tired so I'm not sure I'll be continuing with it. Fans of the genre will love this one but, for me, I think it's time to bow out.

4 comments:

  1. Wow that is a lot, you read way faster than I can. The Mist is one that is on my list. Sounds good x

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  2. Oh I'm really looking forward to reading Ultraviolet! It sounds .. interesting!

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  3. I love the idea of doing mini reviews to catch up by the end of the year! I could probably do with trying something similar as I'm already scheduled on the blog until the middle of December & seem to be reading a lot at the moment.

    I'm very curious about Mist and Ultraviolet, I may have to add those to my wish list. I need to catch up on the series you mentioned though, I think I've only read the first book in the Soul Screamers and Iron Fey series.

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