Review: Sasha Kagan's Classic Collection

Sasha Kagan's Classic Collection 
ISBN: 9781600854118
Published: September 6th 2011 by Taunton Press, Incorporated
Rating: 3

I wasn't particularly impressed by this book, but that's because I don't knit sweaters, nor am I a fan of bland patterns. Looking through the photos, I knew I would never wear anything from this book, nor would I spend the time to make anything from it. There were a few patterns I liked, like the tunic and the dog beret, and I'll keep the book for the color charts because I adore working with colors, but it's really not for me.

If you like Sandra Kagan's patterns and you wear the style, this book is for you, because it's got some great projects in it. I however wasn't blown away by it.

Recommended: Intermediate/Advanced knitters

Knit Noro Accessories

Knit Noro Accessories: 30 colorful little knits
ISBN: 9781936096206
Published: January 3rd 2012 by Sterling

Rating: 5

I liked this book a lot more than the other Knit Noro book. As I mentioned before, these books are using Noro yarn, yarn that looks great no matter what you knit with it, so it's hard to judge whether the book is great because of the pattern, or the yarn. This one definitely did a better job with the patterns. I liked all of them, and there were some very unique things in there! I was much happier with this collection.

Again, it depends on what you knit. If you like sweaters and shirts and other such large commitments, go with Knit Noro. If you like accessories, this is the one you want.

There are 30 patterns, and a good mix of hats, scarves, handwear, and other fun little things. Some of the designs include:

  • Dog Sweater
  • Tea Cozy
  • Lacy Pillows
  • Braided Headband

Recommendation: Intermediate/Advanced knitters

Preorder today! This title is released in January 2012.

Review: Eve

Eve by Anna Carey
Genre: YA Fiction, Romance, Distopian
Published: October 4th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Summary (From Goodreads):

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.

When I started Eve, I tore through the first half. I stopped about halfway through because it got sappy and dramatic and frustrating, but luckily I picked it up again and found that it only lasted a few pages. Aside from that one chapter that felt twilight-esque in its drama, I couldn't put it down and I loved it.

The pacing was great. It's been a while since I've read a book that I really had trouble putting down. I felt like I could read it forever, because the action and the tension never stopped: it just kept pulling you along at a very fast rate. And boy, did Carey pack a lot of story into this concise book. And the writing was good! It wasn't fantastic or jaw-dropping, but it was easy to read and it matched the character.

I liked Eve enough, but I really like Arden, one of the supporting characters whom Eve befriends while she escapes. Arden is something special and I understood her pain right away. She's that mean tough jerk of a girl on the outside with something sweet and beautifully broken on the inside. I wanted to know more of her story, and I hope in the other books I learn more about her and watch her grow. Eve herself was a strong sweet gentile innocent girl. She was so na├»ve I felt sorry for her. She reminded me of a child who thinks they understand the world and is devastated when they discover they're wrong. Luckily, Eve had more strength than that, and she loved strongly, so she was able to overcome her fears and her weaknesses.  

The plot itself never stopped. There wasn't a section in the book that felt like "filler" story—like the author was trying to come up with plot to get from point A to point B. Everything was important, and everything was paced well. The word I used earlier was concise, and really that's one of the best ways to describe the plot. It was concise, but it was also elaborate and complicated and it never really stopped.

Which brings me to the end. The ending was not enough for the ending. It felt like there was something else that should have happened. I'm not going to spoil it, but I will say this: I wouldn't have had a problem with it if it had gone straight to part 2 or book 2 or something, but because the book ended where it did, I felt a little like I'd had cold water splashed on me. I would have liked either one more happy thing to happen, to close it up a little, or one more piece of the future plot to be revealed, to give me something specific to look forward to. Now it wasn't nearly as bad as Suzanne Collins's cliffhangers, or Cassandra Clare's chapter-esque endings; in fact it really wasn't bad at all. But I would have liked just one more something. Even a little more interior monologue for closure, or that wrapping-up feeling.

All in all I loved Eve,and will definitely recommend it to anyone ages 13+. There was no language, and not enough sexual content to even call it that (there was a kiss in the snow. Not bad, right?).

This review is copyright Haley Mathiot and Amazon Vine.

Tour: Highland Sanctuary

Highland Sanctuary is on tour this week! Check out the trailer below.

A Sanctuary of Secrets...
 Gavin MacKenzie, a chieftain heir who is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh, discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and
comely lass, who captures Gavin’s heart in spite of harboring a deadly past that could destroy her future.
The villagers happen to be keeping an intriguing secret as well. When a fierce enemy launches an attack against them, greed leads to bitter betrayal. As Gavin prepares a defense, the villagers unite in a bold act of faith, showing how God’s love is more powerful than any human force on earth.

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Call for Readers

I've got a writer-friend looking for readers to critique her novel. Here's the summary:

The book is called Remedium, and it is about a small family of doctors who are searching for a cure for a disease that has turned most of the population into inhuman-looking, animal-like creatures who they call "the sick." Abby Corner, the seventeen-year-old daughter of the family, searches for the cure in her own unique way and makes some interesting discoveries about the sick.

Meanwhile a passionate group of survivors called "the Slayers" attempt to eliminate the existence of the sick and put the dead to rest at last. Although they are convinced that they are following the right path of action, a few encounters with the young rebel, Abby Corner, encourages a slayer named Dante Scorne to think a little more about what he is doing.  He will eventually have to pick a side, and Abby's life becomes increasingly endangered as her family and her refuse to conform to the Slayers' rules.

She's willing to send an e-copy of the book to anyone who is interested. Email her here or visit her blog.


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