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

Michelle’s Paper Garden: The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Title: The Friday Society
Author: Adrienne Kress
Publisher: Dial
Year: 2012
Type: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 440 pages
Genre: young adult, steampunk, mystery, historical fiction, fantasy

Summary: An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all.

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.

[http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5623269-the-friday-society]

Review:

I was really excited about this book when I first came across it on Goodreads. I was so excited that I stopped reading A Clash of King just to read this. I figured it would be League of Extraordinary Gentlemen minus the gentlemen and Batman-esque gadgets. So far, I have none of the above and it makes me very sad.I haven’t even finished this book yet and I don’t think that I will finish it. Firstly, it is supposed to be steampunk. Where is my steampunk?! They sort of mention airships and steamcabs in passing; it doesn’t feel like a steampunk book.

Secondly, I am not a big fan of the main characters. The three main girls were ridiculously beautiful, intelligent, and more than capable of handling things on their own… sort of. Cora falls in love at first glance, Nellie causes men to fall all over her reminding me of Alisha from Misfits, and Michiko is constantly pitying herself. I was hoping for awesome female leads and instead I get them. I am not against flawed characters and anyone who tries to argue against that should take a look at the other books I have reviewed because I am all about tormented antiheroes. These girls felt like young adult cliches.

Thirdly, the dialogue and narration was terrible and I think this is the biggest reason I probably won’t finish it. I really get into books when I read them. I slip out of reality and fall into the world the author has created. The way this author writes bothered me. This was supposed to be a HISTORICAL fiction, but the author uses modern slang like smokin’ hot and crush. It threw me off and pulled me out of the book world. It is making reading this thing a whole lot harder. The modern slang feels wrong so it sort of ruins the book for me.

So in conclusion, I am probably not gonna finish this book.

So far I give it a 2/5.

Michelle’s Paper Garden: Runaways by Brian K Vaughan

Title: Runaways (Deluxe volume 1)
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Publisher: Marvel
Year: 2006
Type: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 448 pages
Genre: Graphic novel, young adult, superheroes, science fiction

Summary:
In Pride & Joy, six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains Finding strength in one another, the shocked teens run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives – vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy. In Teenage Wasteland, the Runaways find a kindred spirit in a daring young stranger and welcome him into their fold. But will this dashing young man help the teenagers defeat their villainous parents… or tear them apart? Plus: who do you send to catch a group of missing, runaway teenage super-heroes? Marvel’s original teen runaway crimefighters, Cloak and Dagger, make their first major appearance in years In The Good Die Young, the world as we know it is about to end, and the Runaways are the only hope to prevent it Our fledgling teenage heroes have learned how their parents’ criminal organization began, and now they must decide how it should end. As the Runaways’ epic battle against their evil parents reaches its shocking conclusion, the team’s mole stands revealed, and blood must be shed. Which kids will still be standing when the smoke finally clears? Collecting issues #1-#18.

[http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/234352.Runaways_Deluxe_Vol_1]

Review:
Brian K Vaughan is the coolest. This series has pretty much everyone you could hope for in a superhero story. There are mutants, evil god-like monsters, aliens, genetically altered dinosaurs, teenage delinquency, secret super villains, and cameos by notable Marvel heroes. At some point, there were even sewer people.

You need to be careful with this whole series because while there isn’t any nudity or excessive gore as there was in Saga, there are some pretty shocking character deaths. Try not to get attached to anyone. You very obviously will get attached, but I am forewarning you that you may have your heart ripped out and have it stomped on.

The art is appealing to the eye. The alien girl is a gorgeous cluster of different coloured lights and glitter (not lame vampire glitter, but awesome from another planet glitter). All of the characters with powers are very well illustrated, whether they use magic or freaky mutant powers. Their secret lair is pretty cool too.

The dialogue is a little cheesy at points, but they’re teenagers so whatever. Have you heard teenagers speak? They’re ridiculous. They make references to things that no adult would ever understand and they make stupid jokes. They are also really hormonal and impulsive, which made me hate them at times. I would keep yelling at the book demanding to know why they were being so idiotic. The answer is always because they are bloody teenagers.

As I mentioned before, there is a dinosaur who is by far my favourite character. Why? She is the cutest. The cutest I say!

The characters were interesting, though not overly complex. It is sort of obvious what they are going to do or react, with the exception of who the mole is because I never saw that one coming.

Oh, trust no one. It astounded me how many people the villains had under their control.

In short, I really liked this comic. It brought me back into the comic book world and has kept me there.

4/5

Sorry that this is short and not well written, but I am doing this late at night before I go out of town sooooooo yeah.

Nostalgic Tales: Shiver

Title: Shiver
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Type of Book: Paperback
Genre: romance, urban fantasy, young-adult, Paranormal–>werewolves

Ahhh this book, wow let’s start. When thinking back on this particular story I actually do have a black in my file cabinet, its folder is filled with tattered paper work. Nevertheless I manage to gather some details.

Our main cast Sam and Grace a pair of lost souls each pinning for the other, or at least Grace doesn’t know she is pinning for Sam, because they’ve met long before when Grace was attacked by wolves as a child, who were tearing at her but for some reasons she remembered the one wolf who was watching by…the one with the yellow eyes. Since then a major obsession was created, so much so that it was ruining her social life.

*sigh* poor girl, they can never keep obsession and reality separate. Anyways, I would assume such an event would make one lead a very stressful life, maybe with a flinching after bite, but not Grace. Full on: I love you we’re meant to be! Especially when she figured out he had human parts under all that fur.

Another interesting fact, remember that number one rule where all werewolves transform with the moon or even sometimes they can do it at will, well this time it’s all about the cold. Poor pups gotta get all hairy when mother-winter comes along.

The whole story itself is OK, Grace doesn’t have anything going for her. Her parents are too obsorb in themselves to really notice her, her friends…I’m still not sure is they’re really friends, are drifting away. As soon as Grace meets Sam he becomes her whole world, so much that she goes into mass depression/panic-mode at the mere thought of losing him. Sam himself is very passive himself just because you never really know how he really feels and Grace tries really hard to make him feel sometimes it’s a little too much.

Did I mention that he even rejects having sex with her because “he wants to do it right?” yet, he has no qualms with sharing a bed with her and living in her home without the consent of her parents… so many tilting-head motions happen with this guy.

There is some drama in this story, a rogue werewolf who wasn’t supposed to be one and an old flame-but not really-although she claims she is.

Redeeming qualities for this author is the way she write I did like very much and the way she describes the COLD made me feel I was never going to see spring and summer. So if you decide to dive into this, it’s slow pace, characters are rather dull with their own angst issue and it may take you a long long time before finishing it. So good luck on reaching the end…p.s. there’s a sequel but I rather stay away from that. The ending of the first book is conclusive so why add more?

Grading: 3/5

Meli<3