Posts Categorized: werewolves

Murder of Crows: review

Murder of Crows: review

The best sequels expand the world you know and make you fall even deeper in love with the characters, and Murder of Crows does all that and more in a story that’s just as interesting as its predecessor. Written in Red was one of my favorite books last year, so it is a relief to find that the sequel continues its winning combination of dark urban fantasy tinged with unexpected humor. This time around, a mysterious drug is causing trouble within the community, and Meg’s nightmares seem to signal impending danger for the terra indigene. The relationships between Meg and all the other characters are so well-written, particularly in her interactions and histories with other women. I also appreciate how sensitive everyone is to potential threats to her well-being, and as well as the sense of protectiveness towards women in general. Consent and choice are huge themes here, from something… Read more »

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Written in Red: review

Written in Red: review

Title: Written in Red(The Others #1)Author: Anne BishopRating: 4.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: March 5, 2013Publisher: NALAge Group:  AdultSource: Finished copy from publisher It takes a lot to interest me in starting an adult urban fantasy series these days, so I was a bit hesitant when Written in Red by Anne Bishop landed on my doorstep. It turned out to be a happy surprise, however, because it ended up being a fantastic read. Meg Corbyn is on the run. As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, she is able to see the future when cuts are made on her skin. This is a painful process in many ways, and she’s desperate to free herself from those who have been profiting from her gift her whole life.  She soon encounters Simon Wolfgard, a snarly, suspicious shapeshifter who takes her under his wing despite his better judgment. What I loved: I… Read more »

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Scarlet: review & giveaway

Scarlet: review & giveaway

I read the first in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, just last week, and was enamored with Marissa Meyer’s imaginative and wholly original take on the Cinderella fairy tale (seriously, who gets sci-fi/fantasy with cyborgs and aliens and magic powers from that? SOMEONE AWESOME, obviously), and very much enjoyed the depth and humor she infused into the characters. But, there was still something missing for me. Some indefinable piece that could bump it up from, “wow, this is really great” to, “TELL ME MORE. IMMEDIATELY.” I’m pleased to tell you, my friends, Scarlet is that missing piece . With its higher stakes, intense action, and one hell of a big, (so hot it might be) bad (for your heart) Wolf, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The sequel picks up right where Cinder left off, but from Scarlet’s point of view. She, as you might have imagined, is a red-headed,… Read more »

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The Calling: review

The Calling: review

The Callingby Kelley Armstrong I have a feeling that some people are going to hate Kelley Armstrong’s The Calling. It’s almost impossible that she didn’t think this was going to piss a few people off. This is a book you can’t take at face value. Because at face value, this is a slow progressing plot, the romance is largely missing (though not entirely, it’s just not with the same guy – shock horror), and as we get more answers about Maya, her friends and the bad guys, we also get more questions. This is an adventure book. It’s a prolonged action scene. It’s like a cross between the Blair Witch Project, Mantracker and Survivorman. There’s a lot of hiding, running, fighting, all that jazz. It started to become frustrating because if you’re someone who looks for plot development, then this might be a bit of a challenge. If you’re someone… Read more »

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Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3): review

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3): review

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3)by Maggie Stiefvater This is probably the hardest review I’ve ever had to write. Shiver tears my heart in two every single time I read it. I felt Linger had its problems, mostly in the diluted narrative with the addition of two more POVs, but it was still extremely moving and I wanted to see what happened next. How strange it is, then, to read Forever and experience nothing even close to the emotions the first two books inspired. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series is love story told almost like a fairy tale. Aside from the bittersweet urgency of the romance, one of the most poignant elements in the books to me has been the wolves’ desperate struggle to hang onto their human selves. The knowledge that they will lose every shard of awareness of who they are moves me unbearably, and Sam and… Read more »

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Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires #4): gob-smacked reaction

Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires #4): gob-smacked reaction

Hard Bittenby Chloe Neill You’ll notice that the title of this post doesn’t say “review” because frankly, even after three days of thinking about the game-changing events in the newest installment of the Chicagoland Vampire series, I find myself incapable of writing a coherent analysis. Though there were moments where I thought certain things were a little out of character, the big big thing that happens still took me by surprise. Chloe Neill, you have punched me in the face, and now you have to put some ice on it. All I have to say is, if you’re a fan of this series, you have to read Hard Bitten now. Because if you don’t, sooner or later it’s going to get spoiled for you, and believe me, you do not want that to happen. (Don’t read any reviews unless you know the source won’t ruin it!) Besides, the more people… Read more »

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werewolf bookmarks

werewolf bookmarks

There’s something about the idea of a human being trapped inside a beautiful wild animal that I find incredibly tragic and romantic at the same time. So for District 13, the YA discussion and craft swap group I recently founded, I thought it’d be fun to exchange handmade bookmarks featuring werewolves as the theme. The rules were that you were to make two bookmarks, one based a YA werewolf book your partner really enjoys and one based on a werewolf book you enjoy. Me being me, I went ahead and made four bookmarks total since I always like to go a little above and beyond–plus it’s always hard to narrow down choices for these things, too! My partner is a fan of Twilight, so I chose two Jacob Black quotes for her, paired them with some images I found online, and printed them onto nice linen cardstock and embellished them… Read more »

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