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Review – Moonless by Crystal Collier

Title: Moonless
Author: Crystal Collier
Series: Maiden of Time #1
Next Book: Soulless (expected Summer 2014)
Source: Received from the author

 Description from Goodreads:

MOONLESS is Jane Eyre meets Supernatural.

In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially later when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night. 

Among the many things to change for her that evening are: her physical appearance—from ghastly to breathtaking, an epidemic of night terrors predicting the future, and the blue-eyed man’s unexpected infusion into her life. Not only do his appearances precede tragedies, but they are echoed by the arrival of ravenous, black-robed wraiths on moonless nights.

Unable to decide whether he is one of these monsters or protecting her from them, she uncovers what her father has been concealing: truths about her own identity, about the blue-eyed man, and about love. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with the man of her dreams and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

Review

This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I was first approached by Crystal Collier to review Moonless, I was a little hesitant because it takes place in the 1700s, and I’m not much of a historical fiction fan. However, I read the description and thought it sounded interesting, and I tend to like paranormal aspects, so I decided to give it a chance, and I’m glad I did.

I was a little frustrated with the beginning of Moonless, only because there’s a lot going on with very little explanation. Obviously, it’s supposed to be a bit more of a mystery, but for a while, I just found myself getting confused. Once some of the explanations started coming, I was hooked.

The main character of Alexia was very interesting. As the only daughter of a wealthy family, there are certain expectations of her, but she doesn’t exactly fit that mold. Also, she’s expected to choose a husband, but early on, her attention has been captured by a mysterious man that she foresaw in her dreams. I really liked her because she was so different from how girls her age were supposed to be.

I’m still a little bit confused by the supernatural aspects of the book, only because they’re something that I’ve never encountered before, but I found them fascinating. The “bad guys” were definitely creepy, and I was often on the edge of my seat, wondering how Alexia was going to get out of her sticky situations.

It’s hard to really say too much about Moonless without spoiling it, so I’ll leave this review here and just say that I thought it was really good. I enjoyed Crystal Collier’s writing style, and I was pretty happy with the way the story turned out. With that being said, however, I am very anxious for the next book in the series, since obviously not everything was resolved at the end!

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ARC Review – My Life From Hell by Tellulah Darling

Title: My Life From Hell
Author: Tellulah Darling
Series: The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #3
Source: Received for review from Netgalley
Release Date: 3/20/2014

 Description from Goodreads:

To say that Sophie Bloom is at the top of her game with one only week until spring equinox and the final showdown with Zeus and Hades would be, well, lying. The Goddess of Spring feels more like the Goddess of Bzz Thanks For Playing than the savior of humanity. And could her relationships be any more messed up?

Good times.

Sophie is convinced that things can’t get any worse than crawling back to her mother Demeter and begging for help. But she’s about to find out how very wrong she is.

It’s a race against time for Sophie to implement the big battle strategy in the YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology finale My Life From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book three of this teen fantasy romance series. Save herself; save the world. Humanity may be screwed.

Review

This book was received from the publisher for review via Netgalley.

My Life From  Hell was one of my most anticipated books for this year, so I was really excited when I got approved for it on Netgalley, and I read it right away. Unfortunately, I was going through a reading slump at the time, so it took me a while to get into it.

When we left Sophie at the end of My Date From Hell, she had just been stabbed, and we were left unsure (sort of) as to whether or not she was going to survive. My Life From Hell picks up shortly thereafter, and she is alive and well physically. However, between her disagreement with Kai and the pressure of what’s to come, she is not necessarily mentally stable.

I was really drawn into the first section of My Life From Hell. However, and I don’t want to spoil it, so this may not make a lot of sense, but there’s a big twist partway through that really just turns everything upside down. Everything was so different that it left me a little confused and a little disconnected from the book. Looking back on it, it was actually pretty cool, but at the time, I just had a hard time getting into it.

However, after this section, when things picked up again, they really picked up! The final battle and the subsequent ending were so much more amazing than I ever could have predicted, and I really loved it. Even thinking back on it now, I get warm fuzzies toward Tellulah Darling on her absolutely amazing, unpredictable ending.

Overall, I thought that My Life From Hell was a great ending to the the Blooming Goddess trilogy, and I would definitely recommend it to people who like Greek Mythology, YA Romance, or just a good story!

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Book-to-Movie Friday #12: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Book to Movie Friday is a new feature I’ve created here at Mommy’s Reading Break. (If you do something similar, let me know, as I’m unaware of any!) Since I see a lot of movies because they’re based on books, or vice versa, I decided it would be a good idea to add reviews (or mini-reviews) of movies based on books. A lot of us review the books and then see the movies, but I only see a handful of blogs actually reviewing the movies as well, so that’s something I want to add here.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

 

If you’ve read this blog, you know probably know that Harry Potter is my favorite book series ever and that I came to the party very late (in 2009, at the age of 25). I loved the writing and the description in the novels, so I was very excited to see that translated to film. I think I waited until I finished the series to start watching the movies, but I honestly can’t remember for sure.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, while maybe not the best move in its own merit, is definitely one of the best adaptations I’ve seen. Yes, there were a few changes made here and there, mostly things cut out for time’s sake that weren’t too important (the first chapter from Vernon’s perspective, for example), but I thought that most things were translated almost verbatim. Yes, a lot of Ron’s lines from the book were given to other characters, making him not look as smart, but these changes were minor.

Honestly, my biggest complaints were toward the end. I really liked the whole series of tasks that the trio faces before getting to the Stone, so I’m really sad that it was cut down. I kind of see the point, but I would have rather seen those than the long, drawn-out Quidditch game. Just my opinion. Also, and this is a spoiler if you haven’t read/watched, but I hated that Quirrell pretty much disintegrated at the end of the film, whereas he was just badly burned in the book. (This comes up again in later movies, and it drives me nuts!) Oh, and why is Firenze blue? He was clearly described in the book, so I don’t know why his looks were changed, but whatever.

Overall, I thought that Sorcerer’s Stone was a great book-to-movie adaptation.

Review – The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Heroes of Olympus #1
Previous Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Next Book: The Son of Neptune
Source: Library

 Description from Goodreads:

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper. His best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids”, as Leo puts it. What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea — except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.

Review

With the way that the Percy Jackson series ended, I was really excited to read the spin-off series. I’ve put it off for years, though, because I didn’t want to wait for every book. I’m glad I finally started the series!

The Lost Hero starts off with Jason waking up on a bus on a school field trip and having no idea who he is. While on the field trip, he is attacked and taken to Camp Half-Blood. We also find that Percy Jackson is missing and that the gods have stopped talking to the demigods.

It took me a little bit to get into The Lost Hero because it is written very differently from the Percy Jackson series. While Percy Jackson is told in first-person from Percy’s perspective for the entire series, The Lost Hero is written in third-person and switches between Jason’s, Piper’s, and Leo’s perspectives. Also, most of Percy Jackson centered around the main Greek gods, which I have a lot of memory of learning. The Lost Hero focuses moreso on the gods’ Roman counterparts (which I never could remember, not even in school), and a lot of minor gods that I don’t remember.

The story line itself was pretty interesting, especially since Jason didn’t know who he was, so it was a lot more mystery than a lot of the Percy Jackson books. It was also a lot longer, so I felt like some things took longer than they needed to, but it wasn’t bad.

I’m not really sure how I felt about the characters. Jason was definitely interesting because he seemed really powerful, but since he didn’t even remember who he was, he was also very mysterious. Piper drove me a little crazy with her secret-keeping, but she also seemed to have a good heart. Leo was the class clown and a bit goofy, but he definitely had smarts and came through when he was needed. I guess, overall, I liked them, though I didn’t really connect with them yet.

Overall, I thought that The Lost Hero was a really good start to a series, even if it was very different from Percy Jackson. I look forward to reading more of it, and I would definitely recommend it.

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