Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Year of the Rat (Changeling Sisters #4) Book Description

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Year of the Rat
Changeling Sisters #4
By Heather Heffner
~Book Description~

Welcome to the Long Night. Scurry, scurry, little mice. Wait too long and the Lords of Walking Death shall find you…

THE DRAGON’S PEARL has shattered in the heart of Seoul, unleashing a storm of curses great enough to drive people into a mindless zombie rage. Sensing an opportunity to crush the Were Nation’s stronghold once and for all, the Frost King Aleksandr lays siege from the north with an army out of Slavic legend. Meanwhile within the city, something more terrible still haunts the frightened civilians.

Still reeling over the shock of betrayal, Citlalli Alvarez has been separated from her half-sister Raina and her family. Now trapped within a nightmarish Seoul and unable to make contact with the outside world, Citlalli’s werewolf pack teams up with the dragon-shifter Yong twins in a desperate last stand. As Were agencies from across the globe intervene to stop the spirit world’s secret from leaking out, Citlalli, Ankor, Sun Bin, and the mysterious Vampyre Prince Khyber attempt to find the lost Dragon King, who may be the only one powerful enough to save Seoul.

Meanwhile, Raina gets drawn into Rafael’s crusade for revenge that takes them deep into the mountains of Japan, to the Vampyre Court’s notorious Death Palace. However, a familiar face from Rafael’s past reemerges, and Raina is faced with a choice of how far she will go for vengeance.

As the war against the Vampyre Court engulfs the streets of Seoul, no one is safe and nothing is certain. Before the Long Night can end, the price of power must be paid.

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2017 Book Review: Alpha Goddess

By Amalie Howard
~Book Review~

*Minor spoilers*

A QUICK SKIM READ. I was very excited about Alpha Goddess, a book featuring Hindu mythology, but despite name-dropping a deity here and there, I’m not seeing the connections. I’m not feeling the world come to life like I do in Rick Riodan’s Percy Jackson series. The only character who was remotely interesting was Kyle, and even his plot line felt surface level and juvenile. Still, he encountered some difficult ethical situations here and there, and you kinda felt sorry for the guy.

Sera is the main character, our typical vanilla heroine who starts having weird dreams and comes to find out she is the reincarnation of the goddess Lakshmi, who has a unique heritage that allows her to travel to all planes of existence, including heaven/hell. As such, the demons of hell are out to use her for their plan to invade heaven. Sera can shoot fire from her hands which is pretty cool.

However, that is about all I was able to follow in the scattered, vague writing style before I lost interest. I’ve read Karsten Knight’s Wildefire series which features Ashline Wilde, a similar “normal” girl who discovers she is a reincarnation of Pele, the volcano goddess, and unlike in this book, you actually believe it. There is the volatility of Ashline’s temper, her extreme reactions, and her daring to test the line between good and bad that makes things interesting and absorbs you in the story. However, Sera was just kind of cookie-cutter and never fleshed out. I never got a sense of the goddess she was supposed to be, except that she was “good at everything.” Same goes for Dev, another god reincarnated. The demons were your standard cackling evil baddies. I did like Kyle, a prince of Hell, who suffered the most and had the most at stake.

When I walked away from the story, I didn’t feel like I’d learned anything new about Hindu mythology – there were a lot of different mythologies wrapped up in this story, so if anything, I was a bit more confused. Sadly, I’ll have to continue my search for the next young deities series to devour!

Recommend for fans of: Karsten Knight, Kiersten White, Rachel Hawkins
Upcoming Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard