Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Incarnate Trilogy by Jodi Meadows

The Incarnate Trilogy has been a part of my to be read pile ever since I got a copy of "Asunder," the second book in the series, at the Frederick County Book Fair a few years ago.  This past September I was lucky enough to have dinner with a group of women before a book signing at the Bethesda Library, and Ms. Meadows was a part of that group.  She was such a lovely and interesting person, I decided to put her books at the top of the TBR pile... and boy am I glad I did.

The books are Incarnate, Asunder, and Infinite and I would reccomend them to anyone who enjoys getting lost in a book.

Ana has spent her entire life living at Purple Rose Cottage on the outskirts of Range with her mother and has had little contact with other people.  She is self taught since her mother refused to teach her or give her any guidance at all, except demanding she do her daily chores.  One day Ana takes off on her own to the city of Heart in hopes of finding out why she was born, the first new-soul to the million old-souls continuously reborn over the past 5,000 years.

On her journey, she finds unexpected friendship, loyalty, and love.  Ana also learns the dark secrets of Heart and the supposed creator of the old-souls, Janan, who will one day return.

This story is refreshingly new, with characters who will steal your heart and some that will chill you to the bone... oh, and there are dragons, sylph, trolls and phoenixes... a fabulous, new world you won't want to miss.  I loved all three books equally and I give this entire series five out of five stars!

I can't wait to read The Orphan Queen - which we can pre-order now!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

"Dorothy Must Die" by Danielle Paige

"Dorothy Must Die" by Danielle Paige is absolutely twisted, and I love it.

Amy Gumm (or as the High School bullies refer to her "Amy Salvation Army trailer trash") lives in Kansas with her a trailer.  To say her life isn't the happiest is an understatement.  The day she gets in a fight at school and is sent home, there is a tornado warning.  To add insult to injury, her mother is going to a "tornado party" and leaves Amy at home alone with her pet rat Star (a pet Amy is not too fond of).

Needless to say, the tornado hits and Amy, Star and the trailer are all twirled away to Oz.  It doesn't take long for Amy to realize that the Oz of the book and movie no longer exists.  Flying Monkeys and Munchkins are enslaved, tortured and killed.  Amy herself is branded a traitor against Dorothy, but is pulled into The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked and trained to fight and on how to use magic.

Those who were once good in Oz are now evil and those who were once wicked are now trying to save Oz... Or are they?  Amy learns quickly that she can't trust anyone, all she is sure of is that Dorothy Must Die!

I love that Dorothy Gale, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and even Toto are unrecognizable and that all of the characters I loved or was afraid of from the original story are still in Oz.

I truly enjoyed this book with all of it's twisted twists and turns and I cannot wait for the story to continue!

I give it five of five stars.