I've been reading Unearthly on and off for the past month. That should tell you something about my thoughts before I even begin to review the book. IfI've been reading Unearthly on and off for the past month. That should tell you something about my thoughts before I even begin to review the book. If it takes me that long to read a short novel, I'm not truly enjoying the experience. I found the story slow and weak. The main character, Clara, is coming to grips with being an angel-blood (part angel), understanding her "purpose" as an angel-blood, and being torn between her "purpose" and falling in love with Tucker, the brother of one of her friends.
Clara is very believable as a normal angst-ridden teenage girl. She thinks she's supposed to fall for and save the life of the school's "hottie", Christian, even thought it's obvious to the reader from the antagonism playing out between Tyler and Clara, that the author has every intent on those two falling for each other. There's the normal conflict between mother and daughter over a boy, but Clara isn't happy with her mother regarding how her mother is very tight-lipped about angel-blood information, even though she also is one.
I know the second in the series has already hit the store shelves, but I won't be reading it this summer. Too many other worthy reads out there to enjoy. ...more
The Dead don’t Dance is absolutely D-E-L-I-G-H-T-FU-L! Charles Martin simply has a wonderful way with words, and what “voice” he has. You’re instantlyThe Dead don’t Dance is absolutely D-E-L-I-G-H-T-FU-L! Charles Martin simply has a wonderful way with words, and what “voice” he has. You’re instantly caught-up in the life of Dylan Styles and those who encompass him and help to make his life complete. Be it his wife, Maggie, his best friend, Amos, Bryce the bagpipe playing drunk, Pinky the pig, or his students in English 202: Research and Writing. They all contribute in making his life full and trust me, never dull. You’ll find yourself laughing and possibly crying while you read this wonderful novel.
One of my aunts told me about this terrific book, so I downloaded it to my Nook. I read it as I waited for my car to be worked fixed. People in the waiting room would look at me as I chuckled, and then I tried to hide the fact that my eyes were “leaking” as I felt Dylan’s anguish as he dealt with loss and frustration over trying to “do the right thing” for his students.
The Dead don’t Dance is the first in a short series about Dylan Styles and his world. I strongly recommend you pick-up a copy. It’s a great read for anytime of the year. ...more
Romeo and Juliet, Edward and Bella, Jace and Clary, and now...Alex and Willow. That’s right, we have new teenage angst couple. And I think the girls wRomeo and Juliet, Edward and Bella, Jace and Clary, and now...Alex and Willow. That’s right, we have new teenage angst couple. And I think the girls will eat them up, especially Alex, who is talk, dark, bruitingly handsome, and he has a chip on his shoulder. Willow is petite and beautiful, and she has a gift. She’s psychic, which gets her into trouble with the “bad guys”, who just happen to be angels who have come to earth because their world is dying.
When the angels put out an order to have Willow “taken out”, the responsibility falls to Alex to “do her in”, but he simply can’t do it because he sees that Willow is also half angel, and a good angel at that. Let the conflicts begin! Internal and external. Between Willow and Alex. Between Willow and the angels. Between Alex and the angels. Between Alex and his fellow angel killers. And there also begins the teenage angst.
Angel Burn is the first in a trilogy that I think middle school girls will enjoy. The language isn’t too bad, there’s no sex, and the plot moves quickly. ...more
Make sure you’re sitting down and holding on to your chair as you turn the pages of this fabulous thriller, Before I go to Sleep. From the moment youMake sure you’re sitting down and holding on to your chair as you turn the pages of this fabulous thriller, Before I go to Sleep. From the moment you read the opening sentence until the last, you will be asking questions, trying to find flaws in the story, and wonderful exactly where the author is taking you, the reader.
Christine has a major problem. She knows that when she awakens each morning she will not know who is sleeping beside her nor his name, and she will also have trouble with the fact that she looks 20 years older when she looks at herself in the mirror. When Ben, her husband, finally calms her down and leaves for work, she receives a phone call from a stranger claiming to be her doctor, Dr. Nash. He tells Christine that he has been working with her to help her regain her memory and that her husband knows nothing about him. Dr. Nash reminds her each morning when he calls that she has begun keeping a journal, and he must remind Christine where she hides it so Ben doesn’t find it, all because Ben thinks Dr. Nash’s help will be a waste of time.
Writing in her journal does indeed help Christine with her memory because she begins to have memories about her past, and remembering those life scenes has consequences. And that dear reader, is where the suspense and thrill come in to play. I shall not give you any more information. You must read the book.
My hat is off to S. J. Watson and his debut novel. ...more
Journey with me to the era of World War II, a time when people had to make sacrifices, be it on foreign soil or at home in the good ‘ol U.S.A. Women wJourney with me to the era of World War II, a time when people had to make sacrifices, be it on foreign soil or at home in the good ‘ol U.S.A. Women went to work in factories as their men went to war. Women could no longer wear nylon hose so that parachutes could be made for jumping out of airplanes on the other side of the world. The elixir of life…coffee, was rationed (Heaven forbid!), as well as other items. All being done in the name of freedom.
But here on our home soil, people were also fighting another battle, a battle of discrimination, even if they had been born on American soil. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a story that tells of that discrimination while also warming your heart, touching your soul, and making you wish we could go back to a gentler time, to some extent.
This wonderful novel tells the story of Henry, a Chinese-American, and the daily challenges he faces with his father and attending an all white school. Set in Seattle, WA, in 1942, as well as in 1986, the author does a wonderfully seamless job of weaving Henry’s lives together so that the reader wants to continue turning the page, be it Henry at age 12 or Henry at age 66. You will cheer for Henry against the bullies, you will cheer for Henry when love comes his way, and you will cheer for Henry in his struggles to deal with a dominating father who appears to care only for his beloved China and the war she is waging against Japan during that era. You will feel Henry’s pain and agree with his questions when the people in another part of his city are herded like cattle into trains and taken to internment camps, even though many of them were U.S. citizens, all because they were either Japanese or of Japanese descent. Henry’s loyalty never seems to be questioned because his father makes him wear a button on his clothes that says “I am Chinese”. And when a sweet Japanese-American girl named Keiko begins attending Henry’s elementary school, Henry can’t even tell his father about her, all because his father’s hatred for the Japanese people.
The reader learns of how honorable and faithful the grown Henry is as he selflessly cares for his sick wife and as he tries to bridge the divide between himself and his son. We witness Henry’s silent strength and courage as he traverses through the pages of this this wonderful novel. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is a wonderful read, be it on the beach, in a comfy chair, or in a high school classroom. ...more
I've waited a week to right about Hourglass because I was so totally angry that Claudia Gray did something to the main character that I found totallyI've waited a week to right about Hourglass because I was so totally angry that Claudia Gray did something to the main character that I found totally unimaginable. I was enjoying the series greatly until Gray did the ultimate no-no for me. I just loved the Bianca and Luke romance. They were the modern day Romeo and Juliet with all the secondary characters acting appropriately like the Montague and Capulets. Because of the ending of Hourglass, I will not be reading the final novel in the series. ...more
Helen doesn’t understand what is going on inside of her; she can’t seem to control her anger. And when she sees a new student at school named Lucas, sHelen doesn’t understand what is going on inside of her; she can’t seem to control her anger. And when she sees a new student at school named Lucas, she charges him with the intent of killing him. From there, prepare yourself for an enjoyable ride with Helen, Lucas, and his family, who are all demigods, and by hanging with Lucas’s family, Helen learns that she, too, is a demigod. Love/hate relationships, action, adventure, betrayal, and teenage angst, all are part of this enjoyable book, and readers will learn more about Greek Mythology. :o)
Starcrossed is a sure hit for Angelini, at least in the middle school arena, and it’s the first in a trilogy. If the other two are as delightful as Starcrossed, I see movies being made. ...more
Aylson Noel captured my attention when I read her novel Evermore, but the rest of the series was put on hold by me to do and read other things. But whAylson Noel captured my attention when I read her novel Evermore, but the rest of the series was put on hold by me to do and read other things. But when one of my students told me she loved reading Radiance this year, a companion novel to The Immortal series, I decided to pick up where I left off and read the rest of the series. Beginning with Blue Moon, I reacquainted myself with Ever and Damen, the two main characters. Damen has lived for over 600 years, and he is in love with the soul that inhabits the body of Ever Bloom. Ever recently lost her entire family in a car wreck, and Damen saves her from the same fate as her family by making her drink the elixir that will make her immortal, too.
Each book in the series takes Ever on an journey through teenage angst and questions about her soul. Each book becomes increasingly darker than the ones that came before in the series. Each book had the same plot format. I would get angry with my self for reading each book since I truly was not enjoying the storylines. And yet, I kept right on reading, waiting to see if Noel would indeed have Ever and Damen finally be together in the physical aspect. Needless to say, that was predictable.
However, the last book was my least favorite in the series. I understand an author wants the reader to ride along with the characters, pulling for them, talking to the characters as though they were indeed in the room with the reader. But, I found myself questioning the author as to why on earth she choose to take Ever on such an unusual course, a course so totally out of character for the series. I guess I’ll never know.
The Immortal series is for high school readers or readers in middle school who are very mature. There are simply entirely too many references from the main characters about desiring “to be together” in the physical sense, and many “make-out” sessions.
All-in-all, I was disappointed in the series, though I was surprised with how Noel wrapped the ending up and presented it to the reader. ...more
Imagine never knowing where you will wake-up each day or how long you’ll be there, but you know that you’re there to serve a purpose, if you can justImagine never knowing where you will wake-up each day or how long you’ll be there, but you know that you’re there to serve a purpose, if you can just figure out what the purpose is to be. And, once your purpose is served, you’ll awaken somewhere else to begin the process all over again. Did I mention that where you land is always in someone else’s body because you have no corporeal form (which reminded me of The Host by Stephenie Meyer, which is not a bad thing at all)? Well, that is exactly what the main character of this novel by Susan Goldsmith does, and once the main character makes her oh-so-graceful entrance (LOL!) at the beginning of Abithica, the reader becomes entranced and finds it difficult to put the book down.
Goldsmith has crafted an enjoyable paranormal novel for adults. The reader is drawn in and begins to cheer for the main character and her desires to do the right thing for all concerned, except herself. You’ll pull for her when she begins to bond with people involved with the person whose body she has inhabited; you’ll pull for her when she begins to fall in love, and you’ll pull for her when she comes to terms with what she truly is. But can there be a happily-ever-after ending with a character who has a difficult time forming attachments with others since she knows she won’t be around long? You’ll just have to read Abithica to find the answer to that question.
There are pieces of the book where I had questions as to the importance to the plot, but those questions weren’t big enough to bog the storyline down as a whole. Maybe there will be more stories to come from Ms. Goldsmith about this cast of characters, because they were delightful with which to spend time. ...more
Picture it: You’re getting ready to turn 16. You’ve lived all 16 years learning to be an abnegator. In fact, you’ve lived with your family in the AbnePicture it: You’re getting ready to turn 16. You’ve lived all 16 years learning to be an abnegator. In fact, you’ve lived with your family in the Abnegation section of a future Chicago, IL your entire life. Once you take your aptitude test, you must make a decision that will determine your course on the planet for the rest of your life. Will you choose to stay with the Abnegation faction (selfless), or will you choose one of the other five factions: Amity (peaceful), Candor (truthful), Erudite (intelligent), or Dauntless (brave)? This is what Beatrice, the protagonist in Divergent, faces. Will she stay with what she has known all her life, or will she choose to break from what she knows to be comfortable and familiar? Needless to say, she chooses to walk a different path, a path that leads aways from her family and all she knows. What ensues is a page-turning, can’t-put-it-down success for debut author Veronica Roth. Beatrice renames herself “Tris” and begins an adventure that tests all she has been taught and knows, down to the very fiber of her being. As she begins the initiation phase in her new faction, she deals with the internal conflict of her choice and whether she made the right one. She must face external conflict with other new initiates, as well as conflict with the trainers. Will she prove herself worthy to her new faction, or will she fail and become factionless, living on the streets for the rest of her life? Divergent is hands-down one of the best young adult science fiction novels on the shelves today. Readers will not be disappointed, and they will look forward to the next book in the series. ...more