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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you guys for a wonderful 2011 and I’ll sure to be active even more this year! Have a good Holidays!


Book Review #12: Destined by P.C. + Kristen Cast

Can love win when it is tested by the very soul of darkness?

” Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet-which would be a whole lot easier if the High Council saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together-if he can truly walk the path of the goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow.

 But there are new forces at work in the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precious stability. And then there’s mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more-or probably less-than human. Only Neferet know he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his dark calling. And their’s something strangely familiar about him…

Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds at extinguishing light? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect them all?”

Warning: Spoilers, read on if you dare.

This book, I believe is deemed to be the last in the House of Night Series. Which it is not… because the ending of the book opens up to another sequel. You know, I love Zoey as much as the next gal, but pleease. Do we really need another book? I am excited for Lenobia’s Vow though, which is coming out in January.

Anyways, onto the review. This book… kind of fell below my expectations. I mean, there were obviously some moments where I loved to read on, but going into it, I was expecting more that what was given to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the addition of Aurox, but he will never overshadow my love for Rephaim, that’s for sure. But it just seemed that it wasn’t a fit “ending” to the series at all, where was the non-stop suspense of some of the other books in the series? It felt like there was no real threat in the book, even though Neferet is a crazy bitch. I wish they figured out truly why Erik marked that girl red and I wish he would stop being a whiny douchebag about losing his acting dream.

Overall, despite my disappointment of this book, certain parts and characters made up for it somewhat.


My Rating

Book Review #11: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

“First there are memories

Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then comes the memories

When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie’s power, and she knows that she can fight creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

Now she must hunt

Ellie has power that no one can match, her role is to hunt and kill the reapers the prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.”

As soon as I made my first thoughts on this book, I knew I had to review it on here (and since I’ve been M.I.A. on wordpress for the longest time). So, where to start…

Ellie finds out she’s this ancient being called a Preliator, who has been resurrecting over and over fighting these demon things called reapers and virs. And Will is her “Guardian” and no other information about him is revealed (yet) and it also just so happens he’s immortal. Now, I’m probably going to start bashing this book, maybe because I’m jealous she gets the hot guardian just for being clueless throughout the entire novel.

First, I didn’t find this very realistic. Well, this is obviously a supernatural themed novel, but I found it unrealistic in the things that we supposed to be normal. For example, Ellie’s Mom doesn’t punish her enough for the stupid thing she does, like her new car gets messed up at various times in this novel and her mother is completely calm about it. Doesn’t really yell at her at all, doesn’t really give her a real punishment for the bad things she does. Another example of unrealistic events/characters was Ellie’s father. Her and her Mom are having problems with him and Ellie’s Mom and Dad fight all the time. Now, I’m not dissing the whole situation, because that could very well happen to anybody, but what he says and the way he gets angry sounds kind of stupid, the way he “insults” Ellie and her Mom as bad as it is, doesn’t seem real to me. It’s like he’s reading off a script.

Second, a majority of the book, was just boring. If I’m reading a book about this kind of stuff, I don’t want endless boring typical teenage blarghs with movie nights and parties. Also, Ellie whines to much. About everything, blah “I want to be a normal girl” over and over again gets slightly annoying. I was relieved when she finally got a sense of humour about half way through the book.

Third, I found explanations of things hard to follow. I’m quite a forgetful person, so you have to remind me of things or I have to find a way to remind myself. The lengthy explanations of things in the book were to spaced apart and not often repeated so I am reminded of things. I’m quite and avid reader and I still couldn’t understand anything, so how are people who aren’t really readers supposed to understand it.

But overall, there were moments that kept me reading. Although they were spaced apart. I probably won’t pick up the next book anytime soon, I’m not sure if I honestly care for the trilogy now. The ending of this book was kind of cliche.

Two stars.

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