Whoa, it’s Friday already! This whole week has flown by for me and hopefully it has for you, too. And what better way than to spend Friday with some friends for a post-birthday celebration for dinner and a movie? Tonight, we feast! And go to see Jupiter Ascending or Seventh Son, I’m kind of on the fence. On the one hand, I really don’t care for Mila Kunis (oh, sacrilegious, I know) and certainly have never liked Channing Tatum but it seems like a really cool storyline! Besides, it’s got the whole science fiction thing going for it and I happen to love science fiction! And dystopia … and historical fiction … which is why the Seventh Son movie appeals to me!
Ugh. Decisions, decisions.
Alright. So, Factual Friday time! For this Factual Friday segment, I plan to tell you all about the crazy new books I just got! Because that’s factual, right?
Xoe: Or Vampires, and Werewolves, and Demons, oh my! by Sara C. Roethle
Wow. Mouthful of a title! I hadn’t even heard of the book until the author started following me blog and I took notice that she was an author and had actually written a series! The cover was obviously very pretty and I sort of stereotype against authors I’ve never heard of and authors that I haven’t heard my Goodreads buddies talk about and instantly think that I won’t be interested in any stories they write, but if you have been hanging with me for long, you know that I’m a sucker for pretty covers! And the fact that this book had a totally gorgeous cover both surprised me and excited me! So guess who went and bought (rather, was given because the book it free right now!) the Xoe book?! Yeah, you guessed right. It’s me.
Two years ago, I would have shied away from anything that had the term “horror” on the cover because I’ve never been a fan of getting scared senseless. I do not do scary movies, especially not movies with demons in them (because that stuff is real, guys!) but the book Angelfall, which you guys know I have been obsessing over, changed that for me. Technically, I think it’s labeled as a horror book. Didn’t horrify me so I’m thinking/hoping that this will be the same way. Maybe if Ms. Roethle is reading this post and realizes that I’m not going to appreciate screaming bloody murder in the middle of this book (which I will do if it’s freaky!!) then she will give me fair warning and at least I’ll know what I’m getting into before I begin reading. Or, finish reading, as it is, seeing as though I’ve already started it.
Xoe Meyers had a normal life. So she was stuck going to high school, and she only had a few friends to call her own. She liked her normal life. Things were about to change though, because there’s a new guy in her small town, and he is anything but normal. Before Xoe can say, “Werewolf,” her best friend’s life is in peril, and Xoe’s world is turned upside-down. Then, of course, there’s Jason. Xoe doesn’t trust him as far as she can throw him, and given that he’s a vampire, she’d have to be able to catch him first.
Yes, I love paranormal but normally I hesitate before buying a book that has anything to do with werewolves and vampires because they’ve just been worn out! I never liked the Twilight series and I think that’s what just totally ruined anything vampish or were-wolfish. But since the book was free and since it had such an awesome cover, I’ve decided to check it out and, guys, I’m actually excited!
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
*Deep inhale* Can we just take a moment to appreciate this cover? Can you say mysterious? If anything, the cover is intriguing. I happen to love blond heroines because I’m blond! Okay, yes, I do love red-haired heroines and brunette heroines and all other heroines (as long as they are skillfully crafted and expertly characterized and have unique and flawed personalities, of course) but after reading so many tales of brown-haired girls with golden-haired best friends who are always happy-go-lucky or the stereotypical popular girl, I have grown weary of reading about only brunettes. Isn’t it time that the blonds get a turn? And the redheads?? I think we have all sort of given in to the “dumb blond” thing by this point, which is disappointing. Blonds are seen as clumsy and only pretty to look at.
News flash, you judgy judgers out there! I’m a blond and I am an archer, a horseback rider, a vaulter, and a former background dancer for a singer. You can’t tell me that those things don’t require a little grace and poise!
Okay, okay, don’t worry, the rant’s over! Back to the story.
As I said, I have yet to start The Pledge but when I do, you’ll be the first to hear about it. I’m terrible about starting three or four books at once so I am going to try to finish reading Until Midnight (which is a bit disappointing right now, sadly) and then read Xoe before I start yet another book. But in the meantime, why don’t you read The Pledge? You review it and I’ll make sure it gets right here on my blog.
In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines your class, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. The only reprieve from oppression is within the drug-filled underground club scene. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. As the violent clashes between the totalitarian monarchy and the rebel forces escalate, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible grip of a deadly regime.
Okay, as I said before, the synopsis is less than killer. Believe me, I know how hard it is to write a synopsis but I just wish dear Ms. Kimberly had put more thought into it. Unfortunately, I can’t tell much about the story from the synopsis. It sounds just like every other dystopia/fantasy (possibly) book I’ve ever read. Oppressing government, girl is the key to saving everyone, mysterious guy who speaks to her in a whole other language LITERALLY. So I’m yet to see what The Pledge is about but I am keeping my hopes up because just look at that cover!
*Insert slow, pleased applaud*
Yep. Remember how I called all those people that throw blonds under the bus judgy judgers? Yeah, I’m one of those judgy judgers, just in another area of …. judging. I’m a total cover judger.
Well, guys, that’s it for FAQ Friday/Factual Friday! I have nothing else on my mind to say, other than that if you have recently read a good book, let me know about it! I’d love to read it! … Just as soon as I finish all the other books on my plate right now.
What’s on your bookshelf?