Monday Musing 08/12

Welcome to another Musing Mondays. This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB from Should be Reading.

Musing Mondays (Oct. 3)

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.

• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!

• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!

Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Here’s my musing this week: There’s this one book I have been desperate and been wanting to get my hands on. It’s the third book of the Divergent series – Allegiant – by Veronica Roth.

I learned that the book is expected to be released on November, and that’s three more months of waiting! Yay! I would really like to know what happens to Tris and Four and how would the factions survive… I am equally intrigued by the following teaser questions:

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

Anyway, this book trilogy is already being made into a movie and will soon be shown early next year. Okay, that’s more than 5 months to go.. Hmm.. So, I’d rather wait for the third book, at least until November! Yippee!!

How about you? What’s your musing this Monday?


Valley of Silence

The last part of the Circle Trilogy – The Valley of Silence

Author: Nora Roberts

Hardcover, Large Print, 506 pages
Published November 1st 2006

Having traveled through the Dance of the Gods to the land of Geall, the circle finds themselves convincing then training the people of Geall to defeat Lilith’s vampire army. The Valley of Silence is a forbidding place for the battle of all battles, but the circle continues to prepare through magic and a few early stakeouts that test their strength individually and as a team.

Moira finds herself playing the roles of warrior and royal, as she follows the tradition of her people and prepares to take the crown before leading them into battle. And if that isn’t enough, she finds her thoughts turning to Cian more often than not.

So what’s a chaste and intelligent young woman to do when given less than a month with the man she loves, who’s not a man, but a vampire? And how will the people of Geall fare against an army of blood-thirsty vampires who have had centuries to prepare?

Cian, the undead twin brother of Hoyt, must learn how to trust the circle and not let love get in the way, even if he had to work hand-in-hand and face-to-face with the one who made his heart beat after a millennium. The fact that Cian is a vampire and his lover is a fighter of life, complicates matters more. What’s worse is, his kind was the very same beings who have killed the parents of the one he love, Queen Moira.

Since vampires are known to be evil & do not have place in this world, Cian set himself apart from the others. He was the only one of his kind who drank pig’s blood and treated people as friends instead of killing them. He vowed to kill his creator Lilith and perish all her minions and live again for a thousand years, but he had to turn his back on Moira and forget her, even if it broke her heart.
Will there be an end to their suffering? Will Cian ever find love? Will Moira ever move on from her heartbreak?

This is my favorite among the three books. I learned more about Cian and how he came to be, and how his life was changed when he met Moira. The war war that took place in the Valley of Silence was crisp and detailed. I even forgot about the old man who was story-telling in the end.

The twist about Cian is a must read, too!

And yes, I was more than satisfied with the ending – the way a Nora Roberts’ book should be. and honestly, among the three pairs, i liked Cian & Moira’s story the most! so I’m rating this last book with 5 Bookmarks!

Dance of the Gods

Dance of the Gods

Title: Dance of the Gods (Circle Trilogy 2)
Author: Nora Roberts
Paperback, 321 pages
Published October 3rd 2006

Second part of the Circle Trilogy – Dance of the Gods – features the relationship between Blair, the vampire slayer of the 20th century New York and Larkin, the shapeshifter, who belonged to the 16th century Geall.

As the circle of six prepare for their final clash with the dark army of the vampire Lilith, the battleground shifts. In Ireland, a stone circle serves as the portal to another land and an ancient time.

It is in Geall that all will meet their fates—the sorcerer, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms and the one who was lost. And as their courage is tested, hearts will bond as never before.

Set in the luscious green fields of Ireland, home of the undead Cian & sorcerer Hoyt, and training grounds of the Circle of Six, the warriors met Lora, the cunning French beauty brought up & sired by the evil tyrant, Lilith. When Blair failed to vaporize her on their first meeting, Lora swore to kill her in the end after numerous tries of luring the girl to join the coven. Larkin, the shifter of shapes, flew side by side with dragons in the air to keep Blair away from their nemesis. Two equally strong but hard-headed warriors strove to keep the circle together but can’t keep their hands off of each other, even when faced against the greatest evil of all. Will their love continue to flourish beyond the transcends of time? Who will sacrifice to join the other in the Old World? Who will decide to face the new world in the future?

After a week-long marathon, Nora Roberts never failed to amaze me. This second book is much better than the first one, complete with details of chivalry, tall-tale adventures and passionate encounters of two unlikely beings. I liked the way the author set my mind to a whole new perspective about dragons and sorcery. Ohhh.. Dragons! My weakness!

Blair as a warrior and once-a-hopeful bride, shows prowess and class in the midst of a fight. Larkin, on the other hand, was open & accepting, even to the new & modern things that seemed impossible in his homeland, Geall. PLease forgive when I say that I want to read the next book, Valley of Silence because of Cian, the vampire! I’d love to see more of him and his cunning personality.

Of course, I recommend this book to all who wish to be fascinated with fairytales, romance & war.. Onto the third book… soon!

Destiny’s Revenge / Destiny’s Wrath

Title: Destiny’s Revenge
Destiny Series Book 2
Author: Nancy Straight
Kindle Edition; 225 pages
Published August 2011

There was no reason for Lauren to be in a coma. Her physical injuries had healed, but she had been non-responsive for so long that her doctors told her family and Max to move on. She awoke to find her life in a shambles; the man she loved was gone, her friends had moved on with their lives, and her family was ripped apart by her accident. No one knew of the evil forces watching, waiting for her in the shadows, in the lonely corners, even in the eyes of those she loved. Lauren needed to reclaim her destiny, to get her life back; the last thing she ever expected was Destiny’s Revenge.

Part two of the Destiny series. Big, big thanks to author Nancy Straight for giving me Books 2 &  3. What can I say? Destiny’s Revenge is exquisite! This time the story was told in Lauren’s & Max’s perspectives. While they were apart from each other, their feelings for one another didn’t fade, but only grew stronger. I was teary-eyed when they were reunited and Lauren’s playful confidant in the nursing home turned out to be Max’s very own grandpa. What a lovely scene it was!

New characters were introduced on the series and I was astounded when Lauren got the Beast’s power of sight. She became a full-fledged heroine I’ve come to admire because she used her powers for the good of the others. I applaud Nancy Straight for bringing Lauren closer to my heart. And Max… oh Max, the way he behaved when Lauren didn’t tell him her plans and when he thought he’s gonna lose her again. oh Max… Such an endearing and   lovable specie.

Destiny’s Revenge is a great sequel and I loved it from start to finish. I really had a great time reading it and I knew I had to read the last book right away!

My rating for the second book: 4 bookmarks!

Title: Destiny’s Wrath
Destiny Series Book 3
Author: Nancy Straight
Kindle Edition; 203 pages
Published January 2012

In the final installment of the Destiny Series, Lauren and Max still yearn for their normal life together. Although finally united, they’re unable to enjoy their bliss when they learn nine people have been viciously murdered. The murderer is a young man who saved Max’s life months earlier. Lauren and Max must decide how to help the young man and destroy the evil that resides within him. The only thing the Council and the Cabinet can agree on is: Lauren and Max need to stay away. Lauren and Max worry that this time the evil may consume them both. Nobody involved saw the power of Destiny’s Wrath until it was upon them.

Reading the first few chapters of the last book, my blood boiled to the highest peak! I simply hate the Beast! I should hate Jimmy, the one hosting Samael, but knowing that the Beast is the one controlling him, I let Jimmy off the hook. Samael, the Beast – so overbearing and cunning and evil!! He really was the Devil! Ugh..

Imagine the effect the Beast has on me! But when Lauren and Max joined forces to eradicate Samael, my heartbeat returned to its normal rate. By the way, when Max thought of the way how to propose to Lauren, that was really cute 🙂

Destiny’s Wrath, the last book in the trilogy was powerful and darker; but as usual, it kept me hanging on my seat, not wanting it to end. I got to meet more new characters – like some of the members of the Cabinet and the Council. The battle between good and evil happened, and of course the Good prevailed. I loved how Nancy ended the trilogy. It was fitting and emotional and exactly the way I wanted it to be. If you’re curious, go and read the book! You won’t get disappointed, I promise!

Thanks Nancy Straight for creating a masterpiece 🙂


Review # 18
Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published August 2010

Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. What does the Girl On Fire have to do?

Mockingjay picks up immediately after Katniss Everdeen – champion of the recently concluded Hunger Games before the total reclamation and destruction of the Quarter Quell, was brought to District 13 – the place most people thought had vanished & destroyed after the last rebellion.
After waking up in a pristine hospital and clad in an all-gray ensemble, with her daily schedule tattoed on her shoulder, Katniss was tagged as the Mockingjay, the sign of the new rebellion where the thought of an uprising among districts had took shape. Katniss processed all that has happened to her and all that may still come to pass so long as the Capitol still remains a threat. Beyond the love triangle, beyond the upcoming twists and turns, beyond even the fate of Panem itself — what has happened to Katniss Everdeen. Where is the Girl on Fire?
At first I was really rooting for Gale too, but Peeta sort of grew on me. Damn that Peeta. Because while what happened with Katniss and Gale is totally unfair, and I feel ruins their trust and any sort of relationship they could have had, what happened to Peeta was unfair too, and I just have to root for him. Suzanne makes it easy to see how Peeta is a better person than Katniss.
Let’s jump up to the end of the story.. Tragic, really.. In the end so far as I can tell after all that’s happened, after all the death and loss the world still revolves around Katniss at least so far as Katniss is concerned. However,  I do believe Suzanne Collins made Mockingjay as a fitting, beautifully tragic end to a piercing series.
My rating for this book: 4 bookmarks

Catching Fire

 Review # 17
Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published September 1st 2009

Catching Fire is the second installment of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games. This story picks up about six months after the games have ended as Peeta and Katniss are about to be taken on a victory tour of the other districts. When Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mallark were crowned victors of the recently concluded Hunger Games, they thought everything else would be perfect. But they were wrong. As soon as they emerged as champions in the arena, President Snow of the Capitol have targeted Katniss because of her act of defiance on the Hunger Games. This pertains to the act of Katniss & Peeta willingly swallowing some poisonous berries after the Gamemakers announced that there should only one winner in the game. But since Peeta & Katniss don’t want to kill each other, they thought of rather dying so as no victor will emerge. This act angered the Gamemakers and President Snow because Katniss has made the capitol looked like fools and were very unhappy with her performance in the games and she comes to realize what a huge price she is going to have to pay for that.

And there’s Peeta’s public wedding proposal to Katniss, where she had to go along so as not to anger the Capitol further. Somehow, I feel the intensity of the love triangle on this book – Peeta, Katniss & Gale. I can see the developmental difference in Katniss, an older, wiser, more observant girl while still retaining that fire. I thought her confusion over Peeta and Gale well done and age appropriate. I could feel her emotion for both boys–her respect, camaraderie, in sync feelings with Gale and her protective, guilty, grateful feelings for Peeta–and why she could not give up or disappoint either one. I enjoyed learning more about Haymitch and seeing more of the danger Katniss’ district faced for her unintended rebellion. In Hunger Games I felt intense concern for Katniss where here I felt it for her whole district. Of course, with a more dangerous story, there is definitely more gore. Once again, not appropriate for younger teens.

Although the entire concept is somewhat discturbing, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire are two of the most captivating books I’ve read recently. I can’t wait to finish the next book – Mockingjay! I’m screaming for more and more! Collins has left her readers with a doozy of a cliffhanger. This had me thinking…  Will she be able to bring it together and pull it off triumphantly for the final installment?

Of course she had! So i better read and finish the series fast!

My rating for Catching Fire:  4 bookmarks!