Review – The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.
She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.
When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.
Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

The first thing everyone needs to know about The Chemist is that this is NOT a young adult novel. Like most people when I first heard Stephanie Meyer was coming out with another book i rolled my eyes and laughed. Out of sheer boredom I picked The Chemist and I am so glad that i did!

As someone who is a die-hard action/spy movie fan this book was brilliant. Like all of Mrs. Meyer’s books this one also had the romance, part of me thought it seemed a bit like Stockholm syndrome type of thing but in the end I enjoyed how everything played out. With influences like Jason Bourne, James Bond, or any of Tom Clancy’s novels it stays very true to the genre.  The Chemist will grab your attention and it will keep you sitting at the edge of your seat until the very end. This book was magnificently written and is very much worth the time and energy to read.  But you should know there is violence in this book just like any action movie(specifically gun violence). If you are a fan of action/spy movies, shows or books then you will love this novel!

4 Bards

Book Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Can you imagine a world where all the knowledge in the world is available to you at the touch of your hand on a iPad?  It seems pretty awesome, especially since in Caine’s world all of the lost texts by philosophers and scientists from the past still exist.  But conversely, the majority of the population living within the story world of Ink and Bone would never actually hold a physical book in their hands.  I don’t know about you, but as much as I love e-readers and tablets, there is nothing that can replace the feeling of a physical book in your hands and the rough touch of the pages.  So, basically, this is the world where I would want to be part of a black market.

I will admit that before Ink and Bone, I’d not read any of Caine’s other novels, but I will say that she creates the story world of The Great Library with ease and precision.  Be aware that since this is the first novel in a planned series that there is a lot of exposition setting up the main events of narrative.  But don’t give up! It’s all important information and it still moves quickly and is paced well.  There are a number of really well developed characters that you will grow to love and loathe.

There are so many turbulent things going on in this book and you will have to pay attention or you’ll miss some vital plot points.  There’s a war going on between Wales and England.  There’s a huge black market underground that focuses on dealing rare original books.  There’s a special library army that pretty much kills anyone who is caught dealing in that black market.  There’s a group of people who take pleasure in eating (yes, literally eating) those original books.  There are alchemists!  I adore the fact that Caine left the narrative with little romance, but chose to focus it on the action and inner struggles of the main character, Jess.

You should definitely go check out this book.  If you are a fan of her other novels, or if you are just looking for a new series to start, Ink and Bone is your novel.

4 Bards.

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Book Review: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

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Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

 

This book took some time to really get into the story.  The problem I have when I read paranormal books is that I always get slightly lost with new terminology and new worlds.  I love the books where the main character was discovering the world with the reader and has a mentor that explains what is happening (Think Harry Potter), this is not one of those books.  Titus is supposed to be that character but he is not really helpful.  You get tossed into this new world and have to try to figure out what is normal and what is not.  What the culture is like and how that particular society differs from ours.  I found this aspect of the book troubling until about a third of the way in to the book.  Once I got the hang of the setting I really started to enjoy the book.

If you ask me to pick a sub-genre that this book fits into I would say action for sure.  It has some great action sequences and heart racing fights.   The book does have some romance but I really didn’t think it was developed that well.  I didn’t get into their love story, maybe it wasn’t developed enough for me or something but it was just eh. I thought the interaction between Titus and the Inquisitor to be a better story (not a romantic relationship there but a true hate relationship).

I am still lost on a couple of details that happened in the book.  I felt like the explanations given were not satisfactory.  But it is a trilogy so maybe I will get some answers in the other books.  I felt like it did leave off in a good place, it wasn’t a cliff hanger but wasn’t a full end to the story, if that make sense.  I might read the other books now that I have a grasp on this new world.  Not sure yet.  Its worth a read if you like action books, but remember the beginning is a little slow so stick with it.

3 Bards

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