Thursday, May 2, 2013

Interred (Chronicles of the Interred #1) by Marilyn Almodovar

Interred (Chronicles of the Interred #1) by Marilyn Almodovar
Publisher:  Iambe Books
Publish Date:  January 21, 2013
Pages: 250
ISBN# 978-1939453020

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I was glad to read a book with two actual involved parents in it.  I've been seeing a lot of single parent books and quite a few that just don't mention where the heck the other parent is.  Yes, it is a step-parent, but the main character likes him, so it's all good.

Baxter is a teenage girl, pretty normal, acts 'real'.  She finds out right before her 16th birthday that she needs to attend a ceremony to be Interred, because her mom's been hiding the fact that she'll receive magical powers at age 16.

I was completely irritated that Baxter's mom and her cousin Fred argued all the time.  I just didn't care about their arguments after the first two times Fred came around.

Declan is a boy from Victorian England that's been trapped in a time loop for 122 years. He's hoping that if he helps Baxter through being Interred, that she'll help him escape. He's snarky and mysterious, but also nice at times.  I went between liking him and being suspicious of him.

Jack is a relative of Declan's. He's also going through being Interred with Baxter. It's hard to say whether Baxter should be close to him or not. He's great, but is he using Baxter for her talents?

Bonus?  Doctor Who references!

The writing is the best part.  It flows nicely and things are described in a wonderful way.  It did take a bit to get to the action, the first bit got a little boring, but when the action started...BAM!!!!  Away we went!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Reaper's Legacy (Toxic City #2) by Tim Lebbon

Reaper's Legacy (Toxic City #2) by Tim Lebbon
Publisher: Pyr
Publish Date:  April 9, 2013
ISBN# 978-1616147679

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

In the second installment, things are moving quickly. 

Lucy-Anne has taken off with Rook (bird boy) to see if she can find her brother. Lucy-Anne's dreams are becoming more vivid and now she's trying to control them. We also get a look at Rook's's a sad one.  Lucy-Anne and Nomad have a connection, but neither is sure of who is going to come out the winner on this one.

Meanwhile, on the other side of London...Jack, Sparky and Jenna debate on what to do next.  Jack believes that the answer lies in combining the forces of the general population and his father's group. Jack is sure that with the plethora of new talents he received from Nomad, that he can not only make it happen, but also save his mom and sister along the way.

But time is counting down and Miller has little to lose now...

I think that the second book is better than the first, a must-read!