Friday, August 22, 2014

I've Moved...

Even though I don't blog very often, I've decided to combine my two blogs into one, just to make it easier on me (sorry folks!)

You can find my new blog, Adventures of Pink Sparkly Book Girl here. Please stop by and follow me there or just drop in and say hello. I've also created a facebook page which can be found here.

I'll still be doing my book reviews, but also talking about life in general, disney, and pink sparkly things. Hope to see you over there!


Stephanie

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

 The Enchanted: A Novel

 Synopsis (from Amazon.com):
 
A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.
"This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do." The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.
Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption—ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.
Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.

My Thoughts:

First off, if that description doesn't get you, I don't know what will! The way this story was told was so interesting. I think it was a mixture of the story itself the absolutely beautiful writing!

While the book is set in a prison and tells about the people and the things that happen there, it is unlike anything I've ever read. A good friend of mine (the one who recommended the book) said something to the effect of: "It's a prison story - it's sad and horrendous, but it's also so beautiful."

It's a really short book, about 200 pages or so, and the way that it is written and the way the story flows makes for a really quick read. I loved the story, but the writing alone is worth reading this book!


Currently Reading/Upcoming Reviews:

Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan #8) - Kim Harrison

 

 
Title: Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan/Hallows #8)
 
Author: Kim Harrison

Overview from BN.com:

Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she's never faced off against her own kind . . . until now.

Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—her worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom. But trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and a lowlife ex-boyfriend-turned-thief.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely love this series and the cast of characters (especially Jenks, the tough, foul-mouthed pixie). The plot continues to build and grow with each book, and the characters continue to develop, especially the main character, Rachel Morgan. The last couple of books have been developing the story behind Rachel's special powers and how they stem from her childhood, as well as bringing in some of the history between witches, elves, and demons. This current book continues to build on that a bit, which in my opinion, is definitely one of the more interesting sub-plots - I'm really excited to read and see where and what that will lead to.

The Rachel Morgan series is definitely in my top 5 favorite series. Rachel is a confident, strong heroine, while also being a little clumsy and insecure. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves strong female characters and urban fantasy.

Rating: A