Showing posts from March, 2015

Firebug (Firebug, #1) by Lish McBride

Review:  Lish McBride throws you smack dab in the middle of the fray with Firebug, as the reader your force to run to keep up the action that is Firebug from page one. Along the ride we join our firebug Ava whose stuck in between a rock and a really crappy job as a hired assassin for a magical mafia called Coterie. Her team and best friends of the half-druyd Lock and were-fox Ezra go out and clean up and take out anyone who has crossed the Coterie leader Veuns.
  But when Veuns puts out a hit for one of Ava's dear friends, she revolts and now she along with those she loves are on the run and must find allies to finally make a stand. I adored Ava and her snarky sense of humor and her deep love for her love ones. Ava doesn't pull her punches and that can get her into some hot water, but she stands-fast to her morals.
 Along with the awesomeness that is Ava we have her crew with the smooth talking/mother hen cutie Lock and the "Foxy", flirty, and funny Ezra make up som…

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

V.E. Schwab creates and weaves a world that the reader is quickly pulled into. Some fantasy authors lump information in their world building, while others don't give enough. Schwab made her world building a true treat to the senses as the gloomy, smoke filled streets of Grey London to the vivid rich filled magical world of Red London to the ash,cold and pain filled White London. Each builds onto the other as closely as they are connected to the other by a "traveler" Kell.

Kell is rare, with his magical ability gives him the gift to travel these world by will and blood not mention his amazing coat that change into what ever Kell wants. This also makes me feel like s true outsider in his home in the Red London's royal family whom he's adopted in. I enjoyed Kell's character. On one side there was a cocky attitude a sureness in himself on the other a deep vulnerability and uneasiness about himself…

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While her sisters may have started in the realm of Gothic romance, Anne Bronte gave us realism and if you dreamed once being a governess was awesome from reading Jane Eyre, Anne's Agnes Grey puts that notice to bed once and for all, with the question would have anyone have liked to have been a governess in this time and age?

Anne does give us at times an ironic view of the higher society in the way they handle their children and in their own actions of not being to blamed when one of their kids gets out of line as they handed their kids off to the nurse or governess to be raised.
Agnes starts off as a open but shelter child, who matures slowly, falling back on her own teachings and childhood to get her through some bad times with some truly spoiled and mean children she has to care for.
She truly doesn't change throughout the novel, but finds her inner strength when the chips are down. Does she get on my nerves? Yes. …