Meli’s Nostalgic Tales: The Dark Heroine/Dinner with a Vampire

Title: Dinner with a Vampire
Author: Abigail Gibbs
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Type of book: Trade paperback
Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 549

Have any of you ever been a victim of quotes on books compelling you to read it because it’s supposed to blow you away? Well, that is what happened to me, this book promised, and I quote, to be “The sexiest romance you’ll read this year…”

four words…What the hell happened???!!!

Do not get me wrong, this started off beautifully, totally sucked me in. Our main Character Violet is left alone by her friend awaiting to go party and suddenly she witness stranger beings going at it all of which end up dead, followed by having said executioner seeing that there is a witness and deciding to abstain from killing her. There are some theories as to why he left her live, but let that be discovered at your own leisure. Golly, Violet Lee, what were you thinking when you saw a massacre happening decided not to use all means to get away fast enough? I liked her, I liked her a lot. When she got kidnapped and became a potential meal for a house full of vamps, she didn’t turn into a lamb and succumb. She fought…like a fearless bastard {my friend’s latest saying} and said “no way am I giving up on humanity! I am an amazon!” which was great!

The thing is these vampires were not as I accepted, in this society, only people of higher positions {military or presidential and so forth} know they {vamps} exist and there is a treaty in place. {Gawd I love talk of treaties feels so much more bad ass}. So should say a vampire kills a human then here comes the next war. Alas, Violet Lee is not our usual specimen; she is in fact the daughter of the Secretary of State for Defense {wowza} and he wants nothing more to start a war but wants his kid safe. I think.

The author’s writing style I enjoyed immensely, her description was appetizing and I think this is one of the reasons I got as far as I could. Violet in her own way appeals to the compassionate side of these vampires, even the son/prince of them all Casper Varn, who is a spoiled hot-head yet deadly couldn’t turn away. I believed I could get through this and write nothing but awesome things about this book.

Unfortunately I cannot. Why you may ask? Because I have yet to reach the end and I am not sure if I ever will. Ladies and Germs, I reached up to page 338-339 and I could not do it anymore. The unspeakable happened…

…They had sex. ;__; Do not get me mixed up I do love some smut, but I felt it killed the whole dynamic of where the book was going. Violet and Kasper had this ongoing sexual tension: he was forbidden to feed off her, touch her or even get near her, all of which he did not heed. Violet couldn’t stop wondering why Casper was an enigma which made her want to seek him out even more. My friends, Violet took a turn for the worse, her sleeping with the enemy not only sealed her fate as a human but comprise the lives of millions. All I could keep thinking about is “why are you so selfish? Did you REALLY have to get it in??” She couldn’t stop crying about missing her family and friends and that humanity meant everything to her but as soon as Kasper would place his poisonous lips onto her, she’s be like “Being human what now?”

I had enough, I expected something else I actually wanted her to plot to get herself out of that mansion, maybe submit Casper a betrayal and more drama. Who knows maybe there is a turn around and maybe I’ll find out but as of yet I keep glancing at it and I cannot muster picking it.

So based on what I read that is my opinion, if you decide to take a gander I accept spoilers.

Grading: 3/5

yours truly Meli<3

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Meli’s Nostalgic Tales: Cinder

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Type of book: Hardcover
Genre: Science fiction, dystopia, fantasy, young adult
Pages: 387

Once again I do bow down to the greatness of Goodreads, if there is one thing I regret is that I didn’t get to this book sooner. This is modern re-telling of Cinderella. Now I think one of the reasons I was so skeptical was because some of my fairytale re-telling normally don’t get executed to my expectation. Then I am left chucking another book against the wall. I joke. I don’t chuck disappointing books at walls, I chuck them at pillows.

What was great about this book is that while it took some of the similar approaches such as: horrible step mom, being treated like a slave, hopeless life, longing to go to the ball {although she claims that she would rather not}it still managed to make itself unique. For one, Cinder is an android! Now how cool is that?! But she would rather keep that on the down-low since her type of individual is frowned upon. She has a close friendship with one of stepsister, an upside to an unhappy home! Not to mention Cinder is a darn good even famous mechanic. Luckily or unluckily {still up for debate} she gets visited by Prince Kai {he makes‘em girls swoon people even had my heart racing a tad, but being a prince I suppose it just comes with the title} to repair a drone of his, a drone holding some important secrets. They are facing an invasion you see, in the guise of supernaturally-altered supreme beings called Lunar, and their queen who has some dark plans for planet earth.

Oh and there is a mysterious epidemic which is killing people off. It is a pretty bleak situation. -.-

This book is not all about action adventure, uncovering dark truths surrounding the Lunar and the mad doctor who perhaps isn’t so mad, although it is what keeps you turning the page >.<. Our main characters are each fighting for their own sense of freedom and struggling with the choice of doing what is best for them vs what it could mean for everyone. What I also enjoyed from this Cinderella was that she was head strong and won't shy away from doing what is right. I also felt that as the story progressed especially near the end she had reached a sense of maturity. For the first installment of this trilogy it left me crying out for more especially the way it ended. Also, should you decided to purchase this book there is a small bonus for the 2nd book Scarlet. Let me just say DELICIOUSNESS.

The time is ticking, Prince Kai is in danger and if Cinder doesn’t figure out how to stop the Lunar-race and their mutant army mankind will be exterminated. How exciting eh?!!

Meli’s Nostalgic Tales: Big Girl Panties

Title: Big Girl Panties
Author: Stephanie Evanovich
Publisher: William Morrow
Type of book: Trade Paperback
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Adult, Chick-Lit, humour
Pages: 336

Holly Brennan didn’t expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn’t expect to be so big. Through her husband Bruce’s diagnosis and death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those extra pounds make flying coach more than a little mortifying-especially since she’s sitting next to Adonis himself, aka Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer to the country’s most famous pro athletes.

– Summary from GoodReads.

Now this is part of the actual summary but let me say that it was enough to twist my interest-nub. This author went down a road not many writers where the main character is overweight and dealing with the loss of her husband. However, without even asking Holly was in need of some saving and it came in the form of one fine specimen. Now believe me I was wondering how this was going to pull through, I thought I was going to get sappy breakdowns and rage all through and through.

Yet, Holly just isn’t like that, she’s bright sassy with a mouth with more comebacks I think there should be a Guinness world-record for it. She doesn’t just overcome her physical appearance but gets her self-worth back and as a woman, some of us tend to forget how valuable we are. Yay Holly! I chocked back a sob at one point because I felt I was experience her change with her and when she came to terms with her husband Bruce’s passing. It just did funny things to me…I dunno.

Our lovely beau Logan, what should I say about him? I liked him, I thought I wouldn’t though. I pegged him to have this gas-leak type of attitude and go around strutting his stuff, proclaiming that he was superior. No, no, that was NOT the author’s choice he was a humble guy who loves to work out and make people see their true potential. Although he is portrayed as being absolutely perfect, people, he has flaws…image flaws which had me shouting “Can’t you just enjoy the cookie without counting all its chocolate bits??” yes this is me censoring things.

Eventually they do get to see the bigger picture and realize that when it comes to love, it shan’t be define by outer image but one’s own heart.

*gag gag* “what is up with all the cheese!!”

Also, what made this particular book special was the relationship between Logan’s friend Chase and his girlfriend Amanda. What little meddlers who like things on the wild side. Okay that is all I am saying. But I truly am glad I picked this up during my trip to Vancouver and was able to finish it because it was that hilarious and great. For a debut novel I am giving Stephanie Evanovich huge thumbs up. The only thing that I had trouble was imaging what Logan looked like, the description for him just wasn’t concrete at some moments until made the middle-sih of the book I just gave up and said “he is a fine piece of man-meat and there is nothing I can do about it” That is all.

Rating: 4.5

Meli <3

Meli’s Nostalgic Tales : Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story

Title: Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Type of book: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Humour, Supernatural
Pages: 324

Here I thought I was done with the vampire-drama, but something about this book besides its fantabulous cover made me give it a go and am I ever grateful.

For those of us who have forgotten what it was like to be the weird kid in Teenland, this book certainly brings back some lost time. Doug Lee, 15 and starting puberty and a little rounder than most kid is your new neighborhood vampire…by accident. A hilarious accident claims to have been bitten by a hottie, but story shows it’s a little more complicated than that. From here on in we deal with the ups and down of vampirism and teenage angst.

Ah…gotta love yeah some teenage angst.

Thankfully, Doug has Jay (best bud!) to help him deal with hunger-cravings, sizzling skin when sun-exposure occurs and still be a teen. The author does great work in highlighting why these two are great friends. It just comes to show that even if you become an un-dead, you are still someone’s pal for life…literally. A new love interest from India appears to tempt our little vampire, but she too is battling her own personal drama which is pretty juicy I must say and out of the box for me. I legit leaned back and said ” whoa well you think you know a person” Beware of The Google.. Despite getting hunted down by television-pretenders Vampire Hunters and getting a secret organization for vampires to teach you the do’s and don’ts it’s a I think Doug took it all in beautifully with his “winning” personality, especially since all he wants is to meet a nice girl, maybe fall in love and feed off from so he can stop sucking animals.

Not selfish at all! *snort*

Every page was full with so much laughter it made my time on the plane a lot more enjoyable. MY ONE COMPLAINT is the ending. The author did a break away from the usual sad or happy ending, instead he gave us alternative endings to which we could choose from-ish but even then we do go back to the present and I still do not know what it all means. And I re-read so before y’all start accusing me, just know I went back and still am not sure what to make of Doug.

So if you are willing to read it, please let me know your thoughts on the ending and we can rave about it 

Grading: 4.5/5

-Meli <3

Meli’s Nostalgic Tales : The Iron Wyrm Affair

Title: The Iron Wyrm Affair
Publisher: Orbit
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Type of Book: Soft cover
Genre: science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, magic.

In a tale of magic, mystery, bad ass characters and scary creatures, Lilith Saintcrow’s The Iron Wyrm Affair was meant to be my summer read. And it was…only it didn’t leave me breathless and grappling for the next page. Although, the writing style was fundamental, the description vivid and characters so charming (in their own way) I still wouldn’t put it as my top.

This is what went wrong for me:

Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.
-Summary by Goodreads

By reading this summary, the whole book has already been unraveled. I was promised two characters who couldn’t be worse off to be partnered up, but the whole time it was Emma Bannon who was presenting all the hostility. I actually felt pity for Archibald Clare, a suffering mentath (a sort of genius at deductions is what I took away from all this, there was no encyclopaedia to help me here -.-) who has been off the grid.Their duo-ness was very flat. There was no excitement, most of the time they spent it apart doing their own thing. Emma Bannon was always shouting off orders and god forbid you’d disagree..pshhh…just because you’re Prime honey doesn’t mean you should act like you’re the center of everything.

I just didn’t like Emma, she’s this complex character with a dark past with A LOT of enemies. She’s got a weird rollercoaster-like relationship with her bodyguard which gets some development but you are still unsure of what it truly is. Bloody exhausting. The plot was basically about the young queen of the country having her advisers trying to off-her from the throne, the sorceress she hires to uncover the conspiracy and the building of this grand machine which could destroy everything! Didn’t even faze me.

It’s just so hard to find a good steampunk book and this wasn’t it. While I mention before her action scenes were fantastic and distribution of magic grand and her wording was nothing that I have witness before. Those were the redeeming qualities. Also, if one of you lovely followers do end up reading this book, please PLEASE tell me what in potbuckets is a Hansom!!!??? Good gravy it kept popping up and maybe I missed the definition in the book, either way I’m bothered and would like answers.

Grading : 3/5

Meli <3