Review: A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter

September 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Rating: 5 Stars and The Golden Bookshelf!!

Okay. I need to compose myself for this extended review. Ahem.

A Hidden Fire is the first in The Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter, a self-published indie author. I was pleasantly surprised and totally glad that I decided to give this book a go. Usually I’m wary of free books by unpublished authors, but A Hidden Fire completely blew me away. The best thing is that it’s free on the Amazon Kindle Store! Go get it!

The story revolves around a remarkable and intelligent librarian named Beatrice De Novo who (seemingly accidentally at first) is thrust headfirst into the world of vampires by her affiliation with mysterious, broody Dr. Giovanni Vecchio. Think HBO’s True Blood vs. Avatar: The Last Airbender. Hunter builds a grand world that is so believable, incredible in all ways and has epic proportions. And the dialogue between the two? Beautiful. Just beautiful.

“So, the wooden stake through the heart thing is apparently a myth, but you can be killed by fire. Anything else?”

“Should I be concerned that one of your first questions is how to kill me?”

Her jaw dropped. “What? No! I didn’t mean… I was just curious.”

He snorted. “Well you can remain so.”

“What about the sun?” she asked. “Extra toasty?”

“I’m not going to burst into flames, but I avoid tanning beds.”

“Silver?”

“Some of my favorite cufflinks.”

“Garlic?”

“Please,” he sneered. “I’m Italian.”

Hunter’s writing style is sharp yet graceful and is an exquisite mix of tenderness and brutality. She had me wrapped around her fingers from the word ‘go’. I can’t explain my love for this series – it won’t pull at your heartstrings, hell no, it’ll rip them to shreds. An absolutely fantastic read. And check out that amazing front cover, too!

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

September 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Rating: 5 Stars + The Golden Bookshelf!!!

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

This book… oh dear lord. This book. Absolutely destroyed me. Deeply moving and thoughtful, this is a book that will resonate.

I can’t even think about The Fault in Our Stars without my hands shaking and my stomach cramping. It was that good. I cried non-stop in the last half of the book, and I felt inexplicably exhausted after I had finished. The Fault in Our Stars definitely put me on an emotional rollercoaster (more like threw me into an emotional meat grinder). I absolutely loved the narrative voice of Hazel – so cynical, like all 16 year olds should be.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal”

That’s exactly how I feel with this book! It’s like my heart was bleeding right there on the pages!

I’ve never read a book like it – where our protagonists are in the danger zone between life and death. I’ve never read a “dying” book. This was my first, and as firsts go, I’ll always remember it.

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