I happened to be at my favorite local bookstore, Books & Books, this last Saturday for the South Florida Bloggers’ Februrary meetup. My favorite things in one place, books and bloggers! This is where I found out from Ketsia, Books & Books’s children’s book buyer, that Truthwitch author Susan Dennard would be there in person! I’d heard a lot of buzz about Truthwitch and Ketsia was kind enough to give me a copy so I could see it for myself. Trust me, Truthwitch is worthy of all the buzz surrounding it.
Truthwitch hooks you in with it’s very first sentence, “Everything had gone horribly wrong.” It’s quite the first sentence and I find some books don’t live it up to such powerful statements but I’m happy to say that Truthwitch totally delivered! By pg 29 I was already charmed by the main characters, Safiya and Iseult. As you may already know by now, I love stories with strong female characters and this book did not just have one but two leading ladies. Safi and Iz are trained bad-ass warriors and witches. I love their loyal sister-like relationship and their witty banter.
I also liked that the world building was easy to follow. I have a hard time with intricate world building, to me, it ends up detracting from the storyline. I didn’t have that problem at all with Truthwitch. The characters, feuding empires and great destined heroes were all woven beautifully in this book. I also liked the heavy tension romance that prevailed through the whole book.
My only complaint is that books 2, 3 and 4 are NOT out already. This book is SO good I read it in a day. Had the rest of the series already been out, I’m pretty sure I would’ve not left my house the whole weekend.
Angelfall is a post-apocalyptic book where earth is overrun by angels. So don’t expect the angels to be your usual benign creatures, they’re not. They’re the ones that have brought earth into chaos; they are the monsters that are feared during daylight and have all the humans fighting for their survival, including Penryn, her mom and little sister. Even though these angels have brought destruction among earth, Penryn still finds some compassion in her heart and saves an angel being brutally attacked by other angels. By doing so, the attacking angels retaliate by kidnapping her little sister. Penryn and the disgraced angel join forces in a quest to recover her little sister and the angel’s fallen wings.
Overall, this was an action packed book with an incredible beginning that grips you immediately. The main character, Penryn, may not have any supernatural powers but she is still kicks ass. Love the chemistry between her and Rafael (the fallen angel), but most of all loved her very troubled mom. The author created a very emotional and complicated relationship between Penryn and her mom that made this book quite different from your run of the mill distopian books. AngelFall is a trilogy and all 3 books are already out. So if you’re a completist, you’re all set to go 🙂
For our Armada review we had the wonderful and fashionable Meli from Melificent as our guest reviewer. Thank you Meli for stopping by! <3
Let me start of with, I loved Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s first novel. Why am I starting with his first book? So I don’t feel like such a d*ck for crapping all over Armada. It’s not a terrible book, but after such an amazing debut novel, Ready Player One, you can’t help but feel disappointed with Armada. The characters weren’t very well developed so I felt no emotional connection to them. I also had a hard time getting into the story. The whole book just felt rushed. However, it is well written and there were a couple of times that I chuckled out loud. I personally liked how he described the invading alien’s speech/language.
“…addressing the camera in its grating native language, which sounded sort of like a whale song, if the whale in question was into death metal.”
Armada was chock full of videogame and 80’s references but without the charm of Ready Player One. The references just fell flat in Armada and felt more like a gimmick. Maybe if you’re a hardcore video gamer you will get more out of this book. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
Welcome to our twelfth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. Ilona Andrews delivers a fantastic paranormal novel with shape shifters, necromancers, magic, and vampires. The story takes place in Atlanta in a time where technology or magic can take over the world in a moment’s notice. When a magic wave hits, cars and electricity malfunction, while magic and magic powered objects become more powerful. The plot revolves around the murders of several shape shifters, humans, vampires and Kate Daniels’ own guardian. This kick ass heroine has to deal with the most powerful shape shifter in the area, Curran, to solve the case. Curran is dangerous and sexy so Kate will have to tread lightly during her investigation. If you are looking for a great action book with great sexual tension between characters – this is it. We give this book a big YAY and recommend the rest of the series as well. Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. We will be posting our review soon!
Welcome to our tenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta. If you are a comic book geek then you should read this book. This book follows the story of the Hulk’s cousin, Jennifer Walters who transforms into a strong, green super hero known as She-Hulk (or Shulky). The story begins withe Jennifer down on her luck. She just lost her job, got kicked out of the Avengers Mansion, and got demoted from super hero to local hero. As she struggles to get her life together, a long lost lover and her nemesis will resurface once again. This book is hilarious and entertaining. We definitely recommend it with a YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book series: Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid. We will be posting our review soon!