Monday, January 31, 2011

Wicked Woods By: Kailin Gow

Title: Wicked Woods
Author: Kailin Gow
Amount of Pages: 250
Release Date: November 29, 2010
Publisher: The Edge
Geared Towards: Teens/Paranormal Romance Lovers
From: Author (Review Copy)
Extra Info: First book in the Wicked Woods series (List on bottom)

"She was in a town full of vampires, about to be trained up into a vampire slayer by her great aunt, and have already convinced the rest of her school that she was a freak. Normal, Briony suspected, was no longer an option" (P. 45).

Summary (From B.O.B): Briony had to move to Wicked Woods, Massachusetts to live with her Great Aunt Sophie after her family disappears on vacation. The woods at the edge of Aunt Sophie's inn is filled with secrets and inhabitants both seductive and deadly. Among them is a beautfiul boy named Fallon who saves her one night in the woods. As Briony gets closer to Fallon, she learns he has a secret, as do most of the residents of Wicked Woods.

Wdebo's Review: I started this book because I read Bitter Frost [Click HERE for my review] and quite enjoyed it. When I first started, the beginning was slow and as the novel continued the writing became stronger and the storyline was interesting and flowed well. I like the idea of the whole vampire hunting group, I would totally want to join, even though I'm pretty sure I would get my ass kicked, or get bitten, or die before I even fight for like five minutes.

I liked the twists that Kailin would put into the story, the writing would continue and continue then there would be something that changes the course of the story. It kept the novel fresh and left no room for it to be dull.

However, there were a few things that bothered me about the novel. There were incorrect usages of certain phrases and the writing also bluntly states really obvious things, which I guess can be seen as a good and bad thing. Bad because, it just makes the reader want to go, "Yeah, obviously" but also a good thing because sometimes even the most obvious matters are hard to get, for me too sometimes, I'll be reading and suddenly think, wait, is this what the author was trying to say? And with this pointing-out, I am able to know that yes, indeed this is what I am suppose to think. Finally, I also don't like how many of the main characters are described as "perfect" on the outside. I guess that was one of main reasons I wasn't too fond of Briony, she sees people for their looks first, that is how she judges them, and is quite superficial, though it does seem like she matures over the course of the novel.

On the other hand, I do like the male characters. The hostility between the two brothers yet how they want to protect each other is a nice touch to the story ^^ I also enjoyed the whole writing about the relationships between the various groups, humans, werewolves and vampires, it was very well defined.

Cafe Cover Chat: I think the cover is ok...interesting, kind of spooky. (B-)

All in all, a great paranormal romance story for vampire and werewolf lovers.

Grade: B-

Wdebo :)


Books in the Wicked Woods series:

1) Wicked Woods [This one!]
2) Shimmer [Review soon]
3) Silver
4) Silence
5) Sight

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sorry That I Loved You-Anthony Neely

Title: Sorry That I Loved You
Artist: Anthony Neely
Language: English
TTS: None

Wdebo's Notes: So I just started getting into Anthony Neely songs and this is one of my favs by him. So, he is American and Taiwanese mixed so he's quite good looking and I really do like his voice ^^ This song is so addicting and is stuck in my head, can't wait to go back to Taiwan so I can KTV this lol XD

Hope you enjoy! And Please comment!

Wdebo :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The False Princess By: Eilis O'Neal

Wow, I haven't posted a review in forever, so sorry!! Anywho, enjoy!!

Title: The False Princess
Author: Eilis O'Neal
Amount of Pages: 336
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Geared Towards: Teens
From: Publisher (ARC)

"'So what should I call you now?' he said when we had our breath back. 'Savior of Thorvaldor? Soon-to-Be Master Wizard? Chief Councillor of Wise Words? My own love?'"

Summary (From B.O.B):

Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia knows her role in life. But everything changes when she learns, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess-a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.

While struggling with her new peasant life, Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins-long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control. Returning to the city to seek answers, she isntead uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor's history forever.

Wdebo's Review: Ever since I was young, I have always liked princess stories, such as those by Gail Carson Levine. So I was very excited to start The False Princess. Though in the beginning, I found the writing to be average and ok, but after a bit, the story line started to pick up and soon adopted a Gail Carson Levine like vibe and the writing was magical and exciting.

The story combined magic, royalty and romance wonderfully. Sinda's story was crafted expertly, I liked her character, except at certain moments I was annoyed by her, she was weak and indecisive and just made stupid mistakes; however, at other times she was strong and a great heronie. Though I thought that her magic would be a central focus of the story but through the writing I would forgete that she had magic, well until sparks started flying out of her, but I really wished she could have added more details to her magic usage. Now, on the topic of characters, I love Keirnan, he was super sweet and just got so gahh lovee!! :DD

Finally, there were many twists and turns in the story which kept the plot fresh and exciting. It was a great read.

Cafe Cover Chat: I like this cover, because it is pretty and I like it a lot more then the cover that was on my ARC. (B+)

All in all, a great story for readers that like Princess stories and fantasy plots, filled with adventure and romance.

Grade: B+/A-

Wdebo :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

For Myself-Alien Huang

-English Subbed-

Chinese Name: 為自己 (Wei Zi Ji)
English Name: For Myself
Artist: Alien Huang (黃鴻升/Huang Hong Sheng)
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)

Wdebo's Notes: I love this song so much!! Xiao Gui's voice is so addicting. And yeah, the song is very him ^^ And his tongue length is also very hypnotic. :) lol. But just a really great song and he is super cute here!!

Listen and Love!!

Hope you enjoy! And please comment!

Wdebo :)