Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What's your Darkest Mercy?

I absolutely love Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series. I fell for Wicked Lovely, and read them all, some of them multiple times. I love her blend of Irish faerie lore and modern day. She's taken the old faerie courts and transplanted them into modern day, without updating them too much. I just finished the final book, Darkest Mercy, and I'm sad to see them go, this will probably become one of my favorite re-reads. 

In this final book, we find everyone in slight disarray from the acts of War in the book before, Radiant Shadows, the only ones not affected are the ones now locked in Faerie. Seth comes through to see Ash and to set right what he can. Niall is going mad with grief from losing Irial. Ash is trying to hold it together while her Summer King Keenan has disappeared, unknowingly to anyone else trying to gather allies for his court. Donia is trying to figure out how best to work with the other courts to set things right, while wanting a passion with Keenan. Gabriel is trying to serve his king and mourn his daughter, and his two kids locked in Faerie. And War is gathering faeries while trying to get one court to declare war on another. Through this all, Far Dorcha, the Dark Man is in town.

I'm going to try my best, not to give too much away, cause I really want this book to be a surprise to it's readers. I loved it, I could almost see how some things were going to turn out, but many twists that I couldn't foresee happened. It is one of the best endings I could think for my favorite cast of characters, despite losing some along the way.

If you love faerie tales, Irish faerie lore, a good book with some twists and turns, passion, love and fights, this is a great series.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cloaked

As you know from my Beastly and A Kiss in Time review, I know of fell in love with Alex Flinn. I finished her newest book Cloaked not to long ago, and I wasn't disappointed.

In Cloaked we meet Johnny Marco, a nice, hard working, teen boy, he works in the family shoe repair shop in a hotel in South Beach. His best friend works in the coffee shop at the hotel. His father disappeared years ago, his mom took a second job to help with the bills. Johnny designs and makes shoes in his spare time, and dreams of selling his shoes for big money. He thinks maybe just maybe he could get his break if he could some how get the Alorian Princess staying at the hotel to wear his shoes, but he never dreams of what happens.

The Princess sends Johnny on a quest to find her brother who has been turned into a frog by an evil witch. He is given a magic cloak to travel the distances by the princess and a "good luck" ring by his best friend Meg. He finds out the swans at the hotel are used-to-be's (humans, that is) and meets and talks to a fox that asks for some strange requests. He gets captured by the evil witch and her son, drags Meg into his quests, "slays" some giants, rescues the Prince, and turns down a chance to marry the Princess cause he finds his true love, who happens to be a good witch.

Alex Flinn has mixed in a few faerie tales into this book. In Cloaked we find: The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Frog Prince, The Six Swans, The Golden Bird, The Valiant Tailor, The Salad, and The Fisherman and His Wife. I happened to know a few of these tales and loved them as a child. I really loved the way that Alex Flinn blended these stories together. I would recommend this book to any faerie tale lovers.



Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fool's Day Book Blog Hop

Book Blogger Hop


"Since today is April Fool's Day in the USA, what is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?"

Let's see, I think the best prank was years ago telling one of my friends I was pregnant on April Fool's Day. I just wanted to see their reaction. I don't really do pranks anymore.