Thursday, July 23, 2015

Books, books, and more books for July

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1)

GLASS HOUSES by Rachel Caine:

The Blurb:

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?

What I thought:

Okay, so I'm super late to the game on this one, but I read INK & BONE and loved it, so I'm starting in on some other Rachel Caine titles.

Even though everyone has likely already read this, I'm going to attempt to review this without spoilers because I hate, hate, hate spoilers. Super-smart Claire is easy to like. She's so smart that she's the youngest freshman on campus. I worried since I prefer older YA, but my worries were quickly put to rest. Ms. Caine is a master at storytelling and this novel proves it. The story is fast-paced, well-crafted, and full of twists and turns. A Great example of a great start to a series. I'm hooked.

I give it 4 1/2 glittering stars and recommend to all YA readers, young and old.

Find it on Amazon or go to Goodreads for more links.

Have you read it? Tell me what you thought. Do you have a favorite Rachel Caine title? Drop me a comment. I love comments.

Happy reading,
Chelly

Friday, July 10, 2015

INK & BONE by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)

My Review of INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine:

OMG, y'all.  Words fail me. Not really, but how can I do justice to this book?

Having never read anything by Rachel Caine before, I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished INK AND BONE, I want to read everything she's ever written. How did this happen? I blame everyone who has ever read one of her books for not smacking me across the head and forcing one of them into my hands.

The pacing is dynamic, effortless, and I couldn't put it down. The story is brilliant, complex, and perfectly executed. The layers of character and conflict are so well handled that I'm in awe. Speaking of characters, I love them all. Each and every one of them is alive on the page. The book has everything. I plowed through it at warp speed, because I had to know what happened next, and now I want to read it again to savor the details. And I will read it again. It's going on my keeper shelf. INK AND BONE is the book by which I will judge all future books!

This one gets ALL THE STARS ***** and I need extra stars. I want to cover it in STARS.

*I received an electronic arc of this title from FirstToRead in exchange for an honest review and I honestly loved it.

Yes, you absolutely need this book in your life, so find it here on  Amazon or go to Goodreads for more places to buy.

As always, I hope my reviews help books find happy grabby hands, so let me know if you pick it up and what you think about it. :)

Happy reading,
Chelly

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