Friday, December 19, 2014

Ticker by Lisa Mantchev


A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.
When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder.
On the last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthings’ factory is bombed, Penny’s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings...or is the motive more sinister?
Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.



Lisa Mantchev is the author of the acclaimed Théâtre Illuminata series, which includes Eyes Like Stars, nominated for a Mythopoeic Award and the Andre Norton Award. She has also published numerous short stories in magazines including Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Weird Tales, and Fantasy. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State with her husband, children, and horde of furry animals.





Okay, that wasn't what I was expecting.

THE GOOD:

the characters
This book sported a horde of wonderfully well-made and well-developed characters. They were vibrant, and real.

penny
Penny was a great main character. Though slightly cliché in the sarcastic department, she was great. One main thing I noticed was that she was fun. It was awesome.

the plot
It kept me on my toes and jumping(literally). Nothing was thrown, but still—jumping. The plot was beautiful and well-crafted.

the ending
Shhhhh....

the villain
Because SERIOUSLY. That villain is FREAKY.

THE BAD:

the innuendos
There were some, but nothing extremely horrible.

plot holes
There were a few, but nothing really major.

the book ended
That's the worst thing about good books—they always end.

Five stars, for a book well-crafted! :)

-Ryebrynn

*I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion. This is my honest opinion.


**This book IS NOT a Christian title.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lost in Illinois

Hey there, guys.
I'm in a car on my way to North Carolina while I'm writing this, and you know me: of course it's 2:30 in the morning. It's been awhile. I've kind of given you all a mountain of reviews.
Yeah. Sorry about that.
Hey, so I thought you guys might want to know what's happening in my life at the moment. My mom's back. (A little backstory here, sorry. Due to the fact it's 2:30, and that for some strange reason, the highway has a lackage of Internet, I can't remember when I told y'all or not. I THINK you know I was evacuated from Liberia because of Ebola, so if you don't... Hmm. Well, yeah, I was, and my mom stayed behind to brink back my new brother and sister, who we we're in the process of adopting when we had to leave. We fought for a month to bring her back, and it was the longest month of my life. I needed my mom; she was my rock. And suddenly she wasn't there. It was a growing period for me, where I had to think out of the box, had to act for myself, take what was put on me. I couldn't fall back on my mom. Long story short, after a month my mom managed to get out of Liberia, and brought my baby sister and brother, our family's foster kid, and someone's dog. And the wait was kind of worth it, because she didn't come alone, she was able to travel with a missionary couple, our good friends, who helped with the babies, the foster kid, and the dog.
Oh, and I got to be on TV. Surveillance helicopters, that all I'm saying. The video is still floating around on the internet if you poke around a bit.)
So, my mom's back. Still get a bit excited to hear that. :)
So, to continue in story form, we got to keep the dog for a few weeks, and that seemed incentive for some Liberia friends to come visit us to get their dog. And then we realized that our dog was very, very fat... Which, of course, leads to suspicion. And also, it meant she was pregnant. We all settled on the ideas that three or four puppies would be nice, but I secretly latched on the ten puppies idea. Um, my bad. We had ten puppies. And the momma dog isn't even very big. But they are all desperately cute, and it someone asks nicely, I might consider putting one in the mail. Actually, I won't. My sister would not like that. It's a generally realized idea that my sister is the primary caretaker of these puppies.
Anyway, now we are all headed to North Carolina, where we will be debriefed(strapped to chairs and tortured for information). On Tuesday we venture to Kentucky, where we are strategically placing ourselves to see some friends.Then Kansas City... Then home(12 hours in a car, and that's a glorious thought)! Then we leave home and go to Texas. I'm still trying to get out of the Texas trip. Jake and Manny are visiting a college. The home again. And, while we're traversing the world, anyone live in the Charlotte area? Or the Louisville area? We'll be in both places.
AAnand, we just pulled into a gas station. Hasta la vista.

Your favorite person in the universe,
-Ryebrynn

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Storm Siren by Mary Weber(what? another review?)

"My hair slips down my back and shoulders and around my face like fresh snow falling on the forest floor. Pure white. I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you. It’s what I do.”

Seventeen-year-old slave girl, Nym, should not exist. In a world where Elementals are only born male, and always killed at birth, she is an anomaly at best. At worst, people around her die.

When a court emissary identifies her weather-manipulating ability as a weapon, Nym is purchased and put to work honing her skills. With time running out for the kingdom of Faelen, Nym might be all that stands between it and the technologically-advanced horror racing down upon them—not to mention the rumored reemergence of the monstrous shapeshifter, Draewulf. But some elements even she can’t control.

Nym must decide whom to trust as she’s unleashed into a world of assassins, changelings, and political betrayal surrounding a young king fighting for his throne, a tired nation that has forgotten its calling, and her handsome tutor whose dark secrets could destroy both her people and her heart.

Ahhh! This book! :) I love it.

THE GOOD

the characters
They were wonderful. Brilliant and outstanding.

Eogan
He gets his own paragraph. He was awesome.

Colin
Okay, he gets his own paragraph too. :)

the story
It was wonderful. Fresh and new.

the cover
Yes!

THE BAD

cliche
Girl with powers. Yeah, it's a bit cliche.

the ending
Okay, it wasn't BAD, but it was cliffhangery.

Four and a half stars!

-Ryebrynn

* I recieved a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion

Amnesia Will Solve All Your Problems(a review)



An exciting new adventure from Stacey Nash, set in the world of The Collective.

When all is lost, she must remember... 

Anamae Gilbert managed to thwart The Collective and rescue her father, even though his mind is now a shell. Determined to stop Councilor Manvyke hurting her family again, she's training to become an active resistance member and falling hard for resistance fighter Jax Belfry. But things never sail along smoothly - Manvyke wants retribution and Anamae's name is high on his list.

After a blow to the head, she awakes in an unfamiliar location unable to remember the last few weeks. She can't believe the fascinating new technology she's seeing. She's the new kid at school, and although weapons training comes with ease, something feels off. Why does the other new kid's smile make her heart ache?
And why does her gut tell her to run?

Remember Me was a refreshing change from Forget Me Not. By far the better of two. After my annoyances with Forget Me Not, I was pretty sure I wouldn't try for Remember Me. But when the chance sprang up, I, out of loyalty and curiosity, requested it. I was pleasantly surprised. Someone once said that you don't pick at books unless you like them. I will confess to renaming Remember Me "Amnesia and Love Triangles", like, twenty or thirty percent in. :) But SERIOUSLY. Don't read this book unless you like amnesia. Or love triangles.

THE GOOD:

Will
Yes, he gets his own paragraph. He's just my favorite character. Well written and dynamic, he jumps right off the page.

the plot
Waaaaaaay better plot than the first book.

the idea
Okay, supersecret spies fighting off evil with tech and martial arts? Yeah. I like it.

THE BAD

cursing
The is a slight amount of cursing. The d-word, and mentions of the f-bomb(not written out). And maybe a few others.

the love triangle
Bleh. And I always vote for the guy the girl probably isn't going to end up with(except in extreme cases(i.e. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass)). And love traingles are a bit cliche.

Jax
He was a bit more likeable in this book, but still annoying.

Three and a half stars for this book. And enjoyable read, but not my favorite.

* I recieved a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Golden Daughter by Anne Elisabeth Stengl(Another Review!)



BEYOND THE REALM OF DREAMS 

IS A WORLD SHE NEVER IMAGINED. 

Masayi Sairu was raised to be dainty, delicate, demure . . . and deadly. She is one of the emperor’s Golden Daughters, as much a legend as she is a commodity. One day, Sairu will be contracted in marriage to a patron, whom she will secretly guard for the rest of her life. 
But when she learns that a sacred Dream Walker of the temple seeks the protection of a Golden Daughter, Sairu forgoes marriage in favor of this role. Her skills are stretched to the limit, for assassins hunt in the shadows, and phantoms haunt in dreams. With only a mysterious Faerie cat and a handsome slave—possessed of his own strange abilities—to help her, can Sairu shield her new mistress from evils she can neither see nor touch? 
For the Dragon is building an army of fire. And soon the heavens will burn.


LET ME JUST SAY:
This book is awesome. I dove into it with a voracious appetite that knew The Tales of Goldstone Wood well. I was not disappointed! Anne Elisabeth Stengl brought in fresh, new characters, as well as old ones(EANRIN! *sqee*). The usual formula: several doses of action, more of world, or story, and a dose of good romance. Anne Elisabeth Stengl has another amazing story!

THE GOOD:

characters
As I said, there were fresh and new characters, along with the familiar old ones. Laughable, beautiful(heartbroken) characters.

story
THE STORY! Oh my goodness. This book was overflowing with wonderful story. It was almost as good as my mom's cheesecake(which is the best ever, so...).

villain
The
dragon.
Oh my word. He is a brilliant villain. A beautiful blend of evil, creepiness, more evil, and more creepiness. He jumped off the page and is one of my favorite villains.

HYLUMÉ
She gets her own paragraph because this was partially her story, and it was heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

the style
I love Anne Elizabeth's lovely writing style. It is beautiful.

the cover
It is beautiful.

THE BAD:

The book ended. :)

Five stars to another wonderful book by my favorite author!

* I recieved a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"You're always going to be afraid, even you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion, a constant companion -- always there. But that's okay because fear can bring us together. Fear can bring you home. Fear makes companions of us all."

Heyo, readers!
Today, I've got another review for you! :)



The remnant of Glenrock has been scattered. But they are not beaten.

The Safe Lands have long kept the true meaning of Liberation secret from their people. But after being sentenced to Liberation themselves, Mason and Omar soon discover the truth.


Levi watched his brothers’ public sentencing and tries to hold out hope they are still alive, He is forced to focus his attention elsewhere, however, when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and made the Safe Lands’ newest Queen. His only choice to save Jemma may be to take up Omar’s old role of undercover vigilante, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will Levi’s new role be enough?


Meanwhile, Jemma’s sister, Shaylinn, is ready to give birth to the “Safe Lands’” children … but not even Ciddah is sure they can be delivered safely in the midst of a rebellion. And Mason must face the fact Omar’s illness could be fatal.


If they can all unite their efforts, together they may be able to expose the Safe Lands’ lies to the people. But if they fail, they will all surely die.


Rebels was brilliant, vibrant, profound, another good book from Jill Williamson.


1. The CHARACTERS.
Oh my. They were wonderful. Poignant in nearly every respect. Real. Character you could identify with, and ones I could definitely see as friends.

2. The story.
I could totally see this happening in America's future. A sign of good storytelling is believability. And Rebels definitely had believability. 

3. The cover
That cover is positively gorgeous. :)

4. The ending


1. Suggestive content
This book is not for those under at LEAST 14. I read it, but I'm a, uh... Rebel. :) 

2. It deals with content intended for older people
Yeah, as I said, 14+. 

All in all, and enjoyable, suspenseful read, and a good end to the Safe Lands Trilogy! :)

Bravo, Jill Williamson! 


Allons-y! 
-Ryebrynn



Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including the Blood of Kings trilogy, Replication, the Mission League series, and the Safe Lands trilogy. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This is my whole and unbiased opinion.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Girl at the End of the World


I was raised in a homegrown, fundamentalist Christian group—which is just a shorthand way of saying I’m classically trained in apocalyptic stockpiling, street preaching, and the King James Version of the Bible. I know hundreds of obscure nineteenth-century hymns by heart and have such razor sharp “modesty vision” that I can spot a miniskirt a mile away.

Verily, verily I say unto thee, none of these highly specialized skills ever got me a job, but at least I’m all set for the end of the world. Selah.
 

A story of mind control, the Apocalypse, and modest attire.

Elizabeth Esther grew up in love with Jesus but in fear of daily spankings (to “break her will”). Trained in her family-run church to confess sins real and imagined, she knew her parents loved her and God probably hated her. Not until she was grown and married did she find the courage to attempt the unthinkable. To leave.
In her memoir, readers will recognize questions every believer faces: When is spiritual zeal a gift, and when is it a trap? What happens when a pastor holds unchecked sway over his followers? And how can we leave behind the harm inflicted in the name of God without losing God in the process?
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Girl at the End of the World is a story of the lingering effects of spiritual abuse and the growing hope that God can still be good when His people fail.

Includes reading group discussion guide and interview with the author*

I enjoyed this book. It was good, but a book definitely for girls--not boys. The story drew me in, and brought awareness to Elizabeth Esther's story.

BAD:
I didn't always agree with the theology, and at the end the MC *SPOILERS* became a Catholic *SPOILERS END*. I'm fine with Catholics, I suppose, but I don't always agree with them. 
There were some references to some older content.

GOOD: 
It was a wonderfully told tale, and it was a true story. I enjoyed it!
WHAT DO I RATE IT?

3.5 stars. It was good, but the end was a bit iffy, and there were some things I didn't agree with. 

Cheers!
-Ryebrynn

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Forget Me Not--a review


Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They're not just jewellery, they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device -- and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One. She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends' lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.


Okay, this book was interesting. I liked the premise, and when I saw a chance to get the book, I thought, "Hey, why not?". 
I first read this book because it was written by a person who had given me some valuable information on pitching a story and guided me through the confusion of the Pitcharama contest, which resulted in my first request from a publisher. 
Okay, I'm sure you'll all saying,
Uhm, yeah. I didn't tell y'all. I wanted to wait until I heard back from them. And, quite frankly, I haven't yet. Either my novel was so bad they didn't want to tell me, OR they're still reading, OR they're drafting a rejection letter right now. :) Don't worry, I'm fine. I expect them to reject my novel. *shrug* 

Forget Me Not was... well, there was a love triangle.
In love triangles, one guy gets a broken heart, and the other gets the girl. Love triangles are desperately cliche. :/ I was a bit upset over it, because I had been enjoying the book. The MC also does several things that are deliberately idiotic. 
Forget Me Not was an interesting read, don't get me wrong. The cliches wore me down, thought.

What do I rate it?
Three and half stars.

-Ryebrynn

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Early Morning

Early morning.
There's a smell to it, a crisp chill in the air. It's silent, and then the day begins and people wake up. It's beautiful.
Rainy mornings are just as glorious.
It's so cold, but under a quilt the rain is soothing, and the skies slowly light up. I love the mornings, but not if I have to get up for them. I love staying up all night. I love the morning. There's a serenity to it, like music. If I had a choice, I'd live the mornings, with Owl City in my ears and a book in my hands.
I can thrive in chaos, it's true, but I love the peace with a fierce passion. Even an extrovert can have enough of people.
Funny thing is, when I get sick of people, I turn to other people. Or I pull in all-nighter. Either is great. But I have a pool of friends who get dumped on every once in awhile when I've had enough(really, they are awesome people. They just have me for a friend :P).

~a random line of song~
I just can't get you off my mind,
and now I'm gonna be up all night
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I must confess I use my all-nighters as an escape. One night without anyone or anything... it can be transforming. And I love it. I love watching the skies go from cobalt to aqua. I love the feel of the air. Goodness, I even love the feel of my exhaustion. It's a comfortable, warm, drunk feel. It's perfectly wonderful.
The rain.
The crisp cold.
The skies.

It's my inspiration, my escape, my reality. I know that even when everything goes wrong, the nights will stay the same. There will be silence. There will cold. The skies will continue on darkening and lightening, no matter what. It's the one ounce of normality I can muster, a rock I can hold onto. In the nights, nothing will change. It's the one time I allow myself to open up, to show what I'm really feeling. It's when I'm free, when I can share whole-heartedly. It's my sanctuary.

-Ryebrynn

Monday, July 21, 2014

Best Books of 2014--so far

The Notebook Sisters did this list on their blog and invited anyone to do it. Since y'all have been waiting for a blog post, I decided to do it.

The One
Kiera Cass





THIS.
BOOK. 
Amazing!








Cress
Marissa Meyer





I love this soooo much...










Five Glass Slippers
Elisabeth Brown, Emma Clifton, Rachel Heffington, Stephanie Ricker, Clara Diane Thompson






Looooved these.









The Seahorse Legacy
Serena Chase




This.
Book.
Was. 
Amazing.!








Outcasts
Jill Williamson






This ENDING!!! *keels over*









Shadowhand
Anne Elisabeth Stengl






I cried. I laughed. I fangirled.








Throwing Stones
Stephanie Morrill







This was good. :)









I was going to do ten, like The Notebook Sisters did, but I couldn't find ten to put on here. :P
So there you have it!
Thanks, Notebook Sisters.

Au revoir, readers!
-Ryebrynn

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"All right, what’s with the weird poem?"


Her parents argue and fight almost every day. Not only is their marriage falling apart, but teenager Posy feels her life is falling apart with it. Amidst anger and tears, she retreats to the old library down the street. Posy selects one mysterious book in an undiscovered corner of the library and is magically drawn into another world.

Posy finds herself in a kingdom ruled by a cruel and manipulative king and queen who have attempted to usurp the role that belongs only to the Author of their story. The princess flees, an uprising is breaking out in the kingdom, and the prince and other characters fight against their slavery to the Plot.

Posy and the prince search for the fled princess, encountering hideous monster, fierce battles, incredible danger, and strange creatures Post only ever dreamed of. They must travel to mysterious places that expose the darkest part of the heart, their own raw far, and past wounds that haunt them. Will they find truth and forgiveness as they plunge into the book? Will Posy and the prince save the story? Will Posy heal the heartache she knew in her own world?

{the word changers came out may five}

I first heard of The Word Changers on Anne Elisabeth Stengl's wonderful blog, and it piqued my interest. Naturally, I was broke from my last book-buying spree, so I decided to see if I had money when it came out. I watched as the book tour continued, and as people started reading it, and reviews popped up.
My first instinct was to be mad, but the shiny books on my kindle testified to the fact that I was broke for a good reason.
And, of course, I entered in several giveaways, just in case. I didn't have much luck(as always). So when I read Ashlee Willis was giving out one last call for reviewers, I jumped on the chance. A good book in exchange for a truthful review... Surely writing a review would be as easy as it looked.
So I offered to review it.
I started The Word Changers the very next day. At first, it was confusing, which I thought was rather brilliant. Posy is naturally confused by what's happening, and if was good writing. Next I focused on the story. Though I found some of the characters a bit flat, the story drew me in, especially it's Narnia-like feel. Ashlee Willis crafted a wonderful tale, and even slipped the Author in as a God-figure, who was simple and easy and others would have been complicated. I thoroughly enjoyed The Word Changers, and I can't wait to see what others think! :)
There is some small romance, though, but it was not over the top like some.

Four stars! Well done, Ashlee Willis!


Enjoy! 
-Ryebrynn

P.S. Quote is from The Word Changers.

I recieved a free e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"Oh! There's something down there! I will bring it back for science. Awwww, it's a puppy!"

In which I blog about puppies and seaweed. Also known as "LIFE"

Mentioned puppies, I did. In a past post.
I had promised pictures, did I not? I usually fulfill those promises. I've just had a hard time finding a computer to blog upon. So here it is! PUPPIES!

BEFORE THEIR EYES WERE OPEN:











AFTER THEIR EYES WERE OPEN:
















I couldn't resist this picture. :)

And there's this too. I found it. :)
I was talking with one of my esteemed followers, Sarah about the seaweed infecting our beach, and directly afterwards, I had a wonderful epiphany: 
"I CAN BLOG ABOUT THIS!!!!!!"
So I took pictures. And I have them. Here. Here they is:














Now maybe y'all see why I have a problem with words when I'm posting pictures. The pictures kind of just explain everything. :-)

And I've also been tagged by Wild Horse and Sarah for the Liebster Award. I've decided just to combine them. Thank you, Sarah. Thank you, Wild Horse.


I will only list eleven facts. Only nominate 9 people.

ONE
I have bangs(sort of. Courtesy of the fan.)

TWO
I'm planning on dying my hair red.

THREE
I'm hoping to finish my novel tonight.

FOUR
I like Mountain Dew.

FIVE
I want to watch Sherlock. NOW.

SIX
I'm thirteen.

SEVEN
I think this tag is really just an information pool for Stalkers.

EIGHT
I'm an interesting person.

NINE
I was born awesome.

TEN
I'm on Pinterest. *gasp*

ELEVEN
I need to review a book.


WILD HORSE'S QUESTIONS

Tea or Coffee? 
Coffee.

Why do you blog? 
Because I'm awesome. :P

Favourite school subject? 
Writing.

Book or movie? 
Book!

Pinterest or Tumblr? 
Pinterest.

Purple or green? 
Green.

Hot or cold?
COLD!

Favourite song(s)?
At the moment, "Won't Turn Back" by NEEDTOBREATHE.Type or handwrite? 
Type.

Favourite ice-cream?
Ummm... Awesome ice cream?

Would you like to visit New Zealand? 
Are you giving away tickets?

SARAH'S QUESTIONS

Do you prefer the mountains or the beach?
Mountains.

Would you rather have the ability to fly or the ability to breathe underwater? Why?
Fly. Because flying is awesome.

You discover one day that you have whichever ability you picked in #2. What's the first thing you do?
Fly to go see some friends.

Who's your favorite superhero?
Loki. He's a hero in his awesome way.

You're inviting three of your favorite fictional characters over for lunch. Who's coming?
The Doctor, Sherlock, and Marian.

Also, what are you serving for lunch?
Jollif Rice.

While you and the characters are eating lunch, the antagonist from one of their stories shows up. What happens next?
Food fight entails. Or a pillow fight.

Do you like dark characters? 
Yes.

Do you have a favorite number? If so, what is it?
Two.

What's your favorite kind of shoe?
Converse. 

Owls or hawks?
Owls!!


My questions are....

1. Do you like cheese?

2. Have you ever watched Phantom of the Opera?

3. Do you write novels?

4. If you write novels, what is your current WIP about? If you aren't a writer, what book are you currently reading?

5. Do you have hair?

6. Do you have animals? If so, how many?

7. Have you seen Megamind?

8. What are your thoughts of Man of Steel?(Too much corn?)

9. What is your favorite pop(soda, soft drink, coke)?

10. Do you have a cat?

11. Do you like food?

I tag whomever reads this post.

Sorry, got to dash. I think I left my riding crop in the mortuary.

Awesomely signed,
-Ryebryn