Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews

19090384It’s a Ilona Andrews. It’s fun, it’s unique, it has action and great world-building, what can you want more? Ah, right witty heroine, check, sexy alpha male (“He’s so hot, it’s sick”), enchanted castle  inn, double check.

It was as if a medieval castle and a Southern-belle, antebellum mansion had a baby and it had been delivered into the world by a gothic wedding-cake decorator.”

And the awesome bonus? A bad ass fluff ball, *grin*! The only disappointment? Too damn short! I want more, more, more.

 

 

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The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain

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Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by Egmont

Description:

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race. Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.
Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds

Opinion:

DNFed the book when Daphne sang a duett with a tree. LOLOLOL what a semi-pretentious shit.
“I want to be wrapped up in the grove’s song, and add my own music to it” 

I mean this girl *suffers* from something called musical OCD.
“They said my connection with music went beyond interest or talent” 

Yes you are sooooo special, wait let me grab you an award and a pedastal. WTF!
“I use it to pick my friends. I am always drawn to people with warm, friendly melodies. I love grouping together the things and people whose symphony of friends. And it helped me read people’s emotions based on tones they put off. I use music to discover favorite things and find my favorite places. Even the earth itself has a song that I can hear when I am being very, very still.” 

Of course Haden the dark Prince of the Underworld with bangs (I hate guys with bangs) and compared by Daphne to a pirate (of all possibilities it has to be something hilarious), this embarrassing Johnny Depp / Bill Kaulitz cutoff almost faints over hearing our America’s Got Talent Superstar sing. The entire romance was a bad joke and utterly hard-boiled with insta-attraction, electricity surging, tight throats, transfixed and entranced on the spot, strange pulsing heat, rapid heartbeats and yadayada.

I really couldn’t go on reading it.

Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

18190807I want to have fictional babies with this book. Seriously, this book combines everything I love in a good story: congruent world building, a love story that has your toes curling, a dystopian world that poses crucial ramifications for a society in general but also on an individual level, fleshed-out main and secondary characters, a ton of heartbreak and pain for our heroine to sympathize with and a fast moving plot with surprising turns and twists.

Unsurprising is not perfect. I could argue, that our main character is too Mary Poppins like, as pure and innocent as a dove, special. I could raise objection to the short time span during which the action takes place. I could. But this book was just perfect for me and I don’t care if it has some little imperfections. I loved reading this book, because Unsurprising has just the right mix of terror and hope. This book is a literary pearl to cherish in the Young Adult Dystopian Fiction.

From a technical point of view this novel is perfect: There is a great and emotional launch into the story that turns this book into a gripping page-turner from the beginning. The little snippets of sms conversations, scientific studies, laws, press releases, secret political deals and private letters at the beginning of each chapter provide fascinating general as well as individual background information. I was indeed captivated.

In Unsurprising you will meet a lot of ‘good old friends’: The minority report, House of Stairs, The Wave, Nineteen Eighty-Four, etc. This book is a very realistic and believable study on how to ostracize a certain part of the population. Of course after Hitler nobody would ever go against a religious group again but what if it was possible to determine via a DNA test, if someone is a murderer, rapist or a pedophile? DNA doesn’t lie, isn’t it so? Being publicly convicted and stigmatized because of your disposition (DNA, genetic or immune diseases) is something we all can understand. You just have to think back to the 90es, when education and information on AIDS and HIV was very basic and people tended to break out in panic. Or take another example: I remember very well as newspapers printed whole pages full of profile pictures of convicted pedophiles. Is it morally justifiable to defame and brand people in this way, even if they are guilty of crimes? Unsurprising raises all those questions, makes you think about the volatility of violent attitudes, crime, punishment, blame and prejudice in our society. This book also raises the question, if who we are is simply a question of genetics – or if, and how, we can hold on to the belief and aspire to be more than the molecular arrangement of our DNA.

Last but not least the romance was aww … so cute … Remember the tension between Michael and Nikita in La Femme Nikita?

Did I mention already I want to have babies with this book?