666 Park Avenue, Gabriella Pierce

Book Title: 666 Park Avenue
Author: Gabriella Pierce
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Age Appropriate: Adult
Stars: 3 Stars

Description:

Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can’t believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job to make a new start with Malcolm in New York. Continue reading

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Tiger’s Voyage, Book 3

Book Title: Tiger’s Voyage, Book 3
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Splinter
Age Appropriate: Teen and older
Stars: 3.5 Stars

Description:

The third book in the gripping Tiger’s Curse series. With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections–leaving Kelsey more confused than ever. Fraught with danger, filled with magic, and packed with romance, TIger’s Voyage brings Kelsey and her two tiger princes one step closer to breaking the curse.

Review:

Tiger’s Voyage was better than the second book in the series. I would have liked if some of descriptions were shortened. At one point, I felt like I was training instead of the characters. I don’t think I needed that much information. In fact, that whole part of the book could have been taken out. Other than that, Tiger’s Voyage picks up with the adventure that made Book 1 so well received. There were basically 6 parts of the task to break the curse, nevermind the personal and relationship drama. That makes for LOTS of content. Whereas I thought that Tiger’s Quest lacked creativity and fell flat, this story is robust and filled to the brim with the power of Houck’s creative mind.

There is not nor has there been “mature” or sexual content in any of these books – so don’t worry about that (if that makes you worry.) The love story takes a turn in this one, and the ending will make you reach for Book 4 which comes out in September. (But luckly I will be able to review that one before September.) I am interested to see where the story goes in book 4. While this has not been one of my all time favorite series, I am saving my overall judgement until the end of Tiger’s Destiny.

 

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Tiger’s Quest, Book 2

Book Title: Tiger’s Quest, Book 2
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Splinter
Age Appropriate: Teen and older
Stars: 2 Stars

Description: Kelsey Hayes’s eighteenth summer was crazy. The kind of crazy that nobody would ever believe. Aside from battling immortal sea monkeys and trekking the jungles of India, she fell in love with Ren, a 300-year-old prince. When danger suddenly forces Kelsey on another Indian quest with Ren’s bad-boy brother, Kishan, the unlikely duo begins to question their true destiny. Ren’s life hangs in the balance — and so does the truth within Kelsey’s heart. Tiger’s Quest, the thrilling second volume in the Tiger’s Curse series, brings the trio one step closer to breaking the ancient prophecy that binds them.

Review:

Well, I was dissapointed in Book 2. It reminded me of Twilight and other books. I kept thinking “I have already read this storyline.” But I kept reading, and I will give the third book a try. I like the characters, which is why i will continue with the series, but I just feel like the whole love-triangle, I only want to be your friend story line is not exciting enough for me anymore. Been-there, read that! And I felt let down by the adventure, it just did not seem as exciting as the one in the first book. Hopefully Book Three will change my mind about this series.

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Tiger’s Curse (Book 1) by Colleen Houck

Book Title: Tiger’s Curse, Book 1
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Splinter
Age Appropriate: Teen and older
Stars: 3.75 Stars

Description: The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger’s curse, Kelsey’s life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

Review:

Tiger’s Curse is an adventure wrapped up in a love story. While some of the story elements are very basic – I could not help but fall right into this story. It is magical, full of romantic suspense and I do not think I have ever read a book based mostly in India before.

Kelsey is a gutsy lead character and narrator, but has the insecurities that many teenage girls encounter. I think many readers will like her. Houck layers some symbolism and messages into the story while keeping everything light and easy to follow.

I do not want to give any of the love story details away, but I enjoyed how the romance blossomed in different timelines for each character.

I can’t wait to more onto book 2!

 

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Bitterblue

Book Title: Bitterblue
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: 2012 DIAL Books – An Imprint of Penguin Group
Age Appropriate: Young Adult and above
Stars: 4.5 Stars
Description: Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle–disguised and alone–to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Review:

Some books are dangerous. This is one of them. When I was not reading this book, I was thinking about reading it. I stayed up way too late at night saying to myself “just one more chapter.” Waking the next morning for work tired, but you know what? It does not bother me. Having a book disrupt my life, that is just the best. It consumes me, and i devour it.

The title character and narrator is Bitterblue. A young girl, now queen dealing with a kingdom that wants to forget her tyrant father’s 35 year reign and can’t remember what life was like before him. She is dealing with growing up, ruling a kingdom and trying to find the balance between finding out the truth about the past and moving forward. It has a bit of romance, a bit of friendship, a bit of “queenly” things, but mostly is all story. Cashore is a great storyteller. Period.

There were two other books before this one: Graceling and Fire. This is a “companion” book to Fire. You do not have to read these before reading Bitterblue. Some of the characters are in this book from previous books, but the majority is about Bitterblue, which is a completely new story. The only explanation you might need is this: A “Graceling” is a person identified by two different colored eyes. This means the person is “graced.” What their grace is, can be anything in the world from being a perfect fighter to a person who can sew really well. It is kinda a roll of the dice whether you get a crazy good grace, or just a “eh” one.

I have read some reviews from other people, while most love this book, some found it slow and too long. I on the other hand felt that after the half way point, the book started moving too fast. Or maybe it is that I wanted more story line with Saf. Others disliked the book because they were looking for more of a “Graceling Part 2.” Again, this is a story mostly about Bitterblue, with others from previous books acting as the supporting cast. When I started this book, I had almost no recollection of what happened in previous books since I read them so long ago. I ony remembered that I enjoyed them, maybe this gave me less expectations.

Overall, I really liked this book. It did not get 5 stars only because I wanted more from the Saf story line and felt like they tried to get too much into the last quarter part of the book.

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