Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Demon Princess by Kassandra Lynn

Demon Princess by Kassandra Lynn

This book was a pleasant surprise. I didn't expect it to be bad, but I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Demon Princess was a quick read that wasn't difficult to get through.

Adrianna doesn't want to be the Demon King, but since her father and brother are missing, she knows it is her duty. But she definitely doesn't expect to be summoned out of the throne room at her coronation and end up in the human world.
A mage-in-training, Aldric must summon a beast from the demon world to complete his schooling and succeed at being a mage. But when he summons Adrianna, he - and everyone else - is very can a human be summoned for this? Adrianna knows that she must keep her identity as the future Demon King a secret, especially when she realizes who some of the students around her are. Breaking the bond shouldn't be too difficult, she thinks, since Aldric hates her as much as she hates him. Could it really be that easy, though? With the help of an unexpected friend, a skeptical enemy, and a hired mercenary, Adrianna begins a quest to break the summon bond she has with Aldric before the humans discover her identity and the demons realize she has been taken. 

One reason I was skeptical about this book is the idea of a demon main character that is portrayed as "good", when demons are supposed to be evil. Though it's still a bit odd to me, it seems that in the world the author has created, "demons" aren't what we think of as demons (such as in the Bible), but just another mythical creature/race that happens to have the same name. They do have negative connotations in general in the book, but not all of them are evil.

I don't recall any swearing in this novel, and there is no sex...just a couple suggestive remarks by other characters about Adrianna, but nothing actually happens at all.

I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the rest of the books in the series because this one was so good.

**I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Martian by Andy Weir

Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Genre: Science Fiction

I really enjoyed this book. It took me a few months, but that's not because of boredom or anything...I just go through cycles, where I read 5 books in a month, and then one book in 5 months...and it just happened so that The Martian was one that took [not actually] 5 months.

There was quite a bit of swearing, which I didn't like, but it definitely helped show the personality of Mark Watney and the type of situation he was in. I also appreciated Mark's sense of humour.

Sex was only "mentioned" a few times. Once when the wife of an astronaut wanted her husband to come home, once when a couple was getting teased about being together secretly (when everyone actually knew), once when Mark randomly wished to meet the Queen of Mars since he hadn't seen women in forever, and...I can't remember the other one but I swear it was there...

Andy Weir did a great job of planning out his novel.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Martian and will probably read it again when I have time after I finish my mile-long to-read list.

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** I received this book for free from Broadway Books in exchange for my honest review