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Filling the Shelf – 61

Posted by on May 14, 2012 6:15 am in Book talk | 11 comments

Filling the Shelf is basically Mailbox Monday (this month hosted by Martha’s Bookshelf), but with a title that suits my blog :D If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, I invite you to visit the current host!

 

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m not losing time chatting this week; I’m writing this after a night of no-sleep due to an annoying cold – again! – and I’m hoping to catch a few z’s after posting this!

The books! :

Until I die by Amy Plum : First, it’s even more gorgeous in person. I read the first book last spring, Die for Me, and really enjoyed this tale of revenants in Paris (revenants and Paris being two of my favorite things!)

Eona by Alison Goodman : Eona has one of the most gorgeous covers, ever. Now that I have it in my hands, I can finally finish reading Eon!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake : I read great reviews of this one horror novel, looking forward to it!

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson : Sci-fi! Robot wars! Yay! I had been waiting for a while for this to be in paperback, I’m happy I can finally read it.

What did you add to your shelves recently? Have you read one of these two books?

Artsy Shelf – 39 – A Red Touch

Posted by on May 12, 2012 6:00 am in Features | 4 comments

Here at the Infinite Shelf, it has never been a secret (however shallow that statement may sound) that book covers do matter! It often is the first chance a book has to lure us into reading it. The Artsy Shelf features interesting covers that share a similar characteristic : it can be a color, a detail, the model’s pose, anything!

Black, red, white, pink : my four favorite colors. If a book cover has any of these colors as a main feature, there is a big chance I’ll take a second look at it!

I really like the almost monochromes covers, with just a touch of color – especially pink or red!

I really like The Butterfly Clues cover; I can’t remember what the book is about, but its cover is mysterious enough that I know I still want to read it. The butterfly shape with the blood spatters remind me of the Rorschach test. Even thought I wasn’t much of a fan of The Other Life, I absolutely love its cover. That’s one creepy butterfly!

The four other covers win my heart for different reasons though : not only do I love the colors, I also love the winter theme. All is Bright (a short story I read and LOVED) is my favorite of them I believe. I love the quiet peace of it!

What about you dear readers? Do these covers get your attention? Which one do you prefer?

Review : Iron Kissed

Posted by on May 10, 2012 4:10 am in 4 stars reads | 2 comments

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
Pages : 287
Genre : Urban Fantasy
Series : Mercy Thompson, Book 3
My Rating :

From the Back of the Book :

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…

My Thoughts :

Reading Iron Kissed almost two years after reading the first two books of the series, I will admit I had a bit of difficulty getting into it. It was a bit of work – from my memory, but also from internet research – to remember important aspects of the setting or secondary characters. Once I was past that though, I was quickly hooked to the story.

Again, I admired Mercy as a character. She is both strong and generous, ready to make sacrifices to help and save the ones close to her. I always enjoy characters who take a bit more time to think about their actions, which doesn’t mean that Mercy isn’t sometimes impulsive, or that her thought process slows the narration’s pace.

As for the plot, it got my interest really quick and I couldn’t predict where it would go. There are so many characters, and so many aspects of Briggs’ world left to discover, that the book very often surprised me with a new element. Not exactly twists, but information or details that opened new possibilities.

I had been warned about the ending by other readers. It was said to be strong and emotional and, indeed, it was. There is no “saved by the bell” for Mercy, and I’m kind of scared of what this means for the following books : how can you drag a character through such terrifying events and have her go on with her life? Not because people don’t do it in real life, but because Mercy’s universe is a romantic, fantastic universe, where the focus has been on romance and danger for 3 novels. She can’t be forced into romance mode or adventure mode too fast. It’s though to handle, but I am confidant in Briggs’ writing.

On a final note, I am really glad (and frankly, surprised that it arrived this fast!) that Mercy finally picked between Samuel and Adam. I won’t tell you who she chose, but I will say I was happy with her decision. Not only for who she picked, but for how she came to this decision.

All in all, I liked Iron Kissed and I feel like the series is growing stronger with every new book. I am looking forward to reading Bone Crossed - hopefully, not two years from now!

Series reading order :

  1. Moon Called
  2. Blood Bound
  3. Iron Kissed
  4. Bone Crossed
  5. Silver Borne
  6. River Marked
  7. Frost Burned (coming February 2013)

Waiting on Wednesday – 3

Posted by on May 9, 2012 12:30 am in Book talk | 14 comments

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I have decided to join Waiting on Wednesday this week for a few reasons : first, I was a bit too excited about the books I am waiting on this week, I had to share about it now. Second, I have always enjoyed the Waiting on Wednesday posts from some of my favorite blogs, and always thought I should join again since I first participated all those years ago. Third, my wishlist posts are almost always about upcoming books, so Waiting on Wednesday makes some kind of sense.

Finally, and most importantly, with moving the blog, I am also making some different choices in which memes I want to participate and how I want to schedule posts in the week.

Here we go! This week, I am waiting on two books scheduled for 2013 (I’ll have to learn patience along the way!) :

Asunder by Jodi Meadows (Incarnate, book 2)

Because, because, look at that gorgeous cover! I didn’t think they could come with a cover as awesome as Incarnate’s, but they did. I love it. Also, I can’t wait to read it.

DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful.

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Prodigy by Marie Lu (Legend, book 2)

Because I really enjoyed the first book, Legend, and also, I love this cover. It’s simple yet striking, in a very different way from Asunder’s cover.

The Elector Primo of the Republic has died, with his son assuming power over what’s left of the USA’s West Coast as it teeters on full-blown chaos. June and Day join up with Patriot rebels so they can rescue Day’s brother and head east for the Colonies. In order to help, though, the rebels want June and Day to kill the new Elector, who may pose an even greater threat than his father.

What are you waiting on this week?