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.