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Waiting on Wednesday # 23 : Bound By Flames

Waiting for wednesday

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

bound by FlamesBound By Flames ( Night Prince#3) By Jeaniene Frost

Publisher: Avon

Date of Publication:  January 27th 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife-edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

Why am I awaiting this book?
My love for Vampires Romances died a long time back with one exception only – Night Prince Series. I am not sure whether I should be happy that this is no longer the last book, or sad that I would have to wait another year for another book. Regardless, Jeaniene Frost is a favourite and I am already anticipating the ride this one is going to take me on.

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Book Review: After Dark by Haruki Murakami

4.5

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Translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin.

A short, episodic novel set during a single night from midnight to dawn, After Dark begins with Mari, a young student reading alone at a Denny’s in an anonymous city, probably Tokyo. Her solitude is broken by Takahashi Tetsuya, a young trombone player who claims to have a common acquaintance with Mari, her older sister Eri Asai. Through the rest of the night the novel follows Mari’s encounters with Takahasi and other people, all awake during the night, caught in their own circumstances. There is also Eri Asai, a beautiful model caught in an extended sleep, and her connection to a businessman struggling with the aftereffects of his actions.

The narrative is temporal, with each chapter taking place at a precise time. The prose is sharp, hypnotic, detailed and mystical – the events are being narrated by a mysterious, collective “point-of-view”, a neutral observation. There is a cinematographic quality to it, with detailed descriptions and precise, sometimes abrupt, movements of the “point-of-view” through the city, from one place to the next. It lends the story an enigmatic and uneasy feel.

The novel is somewhat characteristic of magical realism with its touch of other-worldliness in a normal, real world; a heightened awareness of mystery; authorial reticence, etc. Though the novel has no plot, seems to have no purpose, it still captures our attention. It’s not a novel for the purpose of entertainment or escapism, rather to pause and mull over the events and circumstances of the characters. It asks questions, but doesn’t answer them. The characters’ conversations are sometimes non-sequitur, and range from the mundane to the philosophical, forcing us to pause and reflect, to dwell on what is happening and what is not, even if we ourselves can’t find an answer.

One of the stronger themes seems to be alienation in a modern world, a metropolis. Alienation of the reader from the story; alienation of the two sisters from the world, each other and themselves; alienation of Mari from the other people she encounters who are so different from her. And despite it, the inexplicable and surprising things that make for common grounds and lead to a connection, an understanding between two people. The novel also explores the idea of mysterious and nocturnal things that lurk around during the night, and hover at the edges of our worlds.

This was my first Haruki Murakami  work and probably a good, short introduction to a kind of writing that has captured my attention. I hope I read more of his works. After Dark is a mysterious novel with wonderful writing and I really liked it.


Book Review: Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins

4 gems

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Hex Hall was a fun and entertaining read for me. I did have some problems with the book, but overall I enjoyed it.

Sophie Mercer is a witch. She came into her powers on her twelfth birthday, but her powers have always been wonky. In her attempt to help a classmate get a date on prom, her powers create a ruckus. That is why she is sent to Hecate, a.k.a Hex Hall, a school for the wayward supernatural or the Prodigium. A mixed school for witches, shifters, faeries and an occasional vampire or two.

One would think in a school for the wayward supernatural would be kinda cool, but some things are the same everywhere. Namely, the bitch trio; Elodie, Anna and Chaston. On her very first day, Sophie gets on their wrong side, starts crushing on an arrogant and unavailable warlock, and to top it all of, she has a stalking ghost. Not to mention her roommate, Jenna, who is the most hated and the only vampire student in the school.

When one by one the members of the bitch trio are found hurt, Jenna becomes the main suspect. It is up to Sophie now, to prove her friend innocent. But with Jenna’s supposed past crimes, it won’t be an easy task.

Overall the book was quite enjoyable. Sophie is well versed in snark and sarcasm, and she has Archer Cross to give her as good as she gets. I did not like Archer much in this book. He was way too arrogant and too full of himself for my taste. We do find out some interesting and unexpected things about him, which turns the table on Sophie and whatever is happening at Hecate.

I really like Jenna. She is fun, not to mention a good friend to Sophie. Even though people hate her, she stands her own and can very well fight her own battles.

The author does create a good mystery in the book, which turns out to be quite unexpected. But there are sometimes where we can very well guess what is going to happen.

Sophie’s crush on Archer and the whole falling for him angle was quite naive in my opinion. Had the development of feelings been gradual and because Archer was in fact a good person, I could have gone along with it. But they made better friends than anything more.

But despite it’s shortcomings, the book was quite enjoyable.

This review first appeared on The La La Land of Books.