This series is one of my very favorites. I do not recommend reading this series out of order! There are key plot points you will be missing if you do....moreThis series is one of my very favorites. I do not recommend reading this series out of order! There are key plot points you will be missing if you do. I have to say that although I immensely enjoyed this novel, I wish it had been longer. De la Cruz packed so much into the measly 264 pages, it was almost overwhelming.
I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say that there are more twists in this novel than one of those soft pretzels... mmm with salt and gooey cheese. I barely had time to recover from the shock from one twist before another was thrown in my face. While that kept the novel moving right along, it also left a slightly sour taste in my mouth.
But don’t get me wrong, I gobbled this book right up, it was great! I just think it could have been so much more! Thank goodness de la Cruz’s signature writing style is still intact! I love her story telling ability. I get so engrossed in her writing that I don’t realize the pages are flying by.
The new insight into the characters was interesting to say the least. Jack sort of freaks me out now. You just never know if he wants to um... do you or kill you. Freaky! And Ollie, I thought he was so innocent and sweet always in love with his best friend even though she was oblivious to the idea.... his confession totally changed my perspective on him. I’m not even going to comment on Bliss. Just wait.
There are so many unanswered questions in this novel. I’m dying to see what happens next. (less)
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time and finally got around to getting a copy and sitting down and doing it. Believe it of not my first...moreI’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time and finally got around to getting a copy and sitting down and doing it. Believe it of not my first Sarah Dessen novel was Just Listen. Sarah who? I know I was hiding in a rock underneath six maybe seven feet of densely packed soil, anywho, after I read Just Listen I was an instant fan. I read some of her earlier work, which was a lot different that her recent novels, but still enjoyable. And everyone I talked to insisted that I had to read The Truth About Forever, and I have. Finally.
Sarah didn’t disappoint. The Truth About Forever is on my top favorite list, following Just Listen and This Lullaby.
Macy is dreading her summer working at the library while her brainiac bf goes to brain camp. Where else would teenage adolescents spend their summer! Needless to say their relationship isn’t the best. Personally I think Jason has intimacy issues, but that is a whole other story. When the non-intimate Jason breaks up with Macy via email (how tacky right? I know?) for saying I love you, of all things! Macy finally has the push she needs to break out of her shell.
The shell she has been in since she saw her father die. She has this routine, I guess you would call it that but I say, the girl has no life! Anyway she ends up taking this catering job at night along with her responsibilities at the library. Who wouldn’t kill for a job at the library, hello first dibs on books! But Macy must not care much about first dibs on books because she hates her job at the library or maybe she just hates the two snobs she works with, either way she finds some kind of refuge working at the catering gig.
She also meets the handsome and mysterious Wes. Wes, the wonderful guy that he is, finally gets Macy to open up about the death of her dad and deal with it. Which makes him totally boyfriend material in my mind, but for Macy the answers aren’t so easy or maybe there just aren't that simple. Even though the story was about dealing with grief which isn’t exactly the easiest or happiest of topics, the story was fun and thought provoking. The truth about forever is that it changes, forever can mean something one day and change the next. What you have to do is figure out what forever means for you today. (less)
Persephone and Penelope Leland are about to be thrust into their coming out season! These girls may look alike but that is as far as their likeness go...morePersephone and Penelope Leland are about to be thrust into their coming out season! These girls may look alike but that is as far as their likeness goes. They couldn’t be more different from each other. While Penelope can’t wait to start her season and longs for dancing at wondrous balls, Persephone would rather be reading a book or studying her magic.
But there is much more than their upcoming season that the girls must worry about. It seems that their governess, Ally is missing. They only clue they have to her whereabouts is a note apologizing for her absence. Persy and Pen both realize that something is not right and that Ally’s disappearance may be more like a kidnaping!
Bewitching Season is Marissa Doyle’s debut novel. I love historical fiction and Bewitching Season moved into one of my top favorite spots! Doyle’s writing is smooth and intriguing. Although magic is a key component in the story, her dialogue and cultural references allow the story to maintain it’s historical appeal! One of my favorite characters from the story is the twin’s younger brother in the story, Charles. I like to think of him as the comic relief, but I think his role in the story goes well beyond that. The plot itself is full of twists and turns and Doyle brilliantly keeps them from unraveling! The ending may have been a little bit predictable, but that didn’t bother me at all! I would highly recommend Bewitching Season to historical fiction and fantasy fans! (less)
The Princess and the Hound really starts in the prologue. It tells of the tale of King Richon and the Wild Man. Basically, King Richon is turned into...moreThe Princess and the Hound really starts in the prologue. It tells of the tale of King Richon and the Wild Man. Basically, King Richon is turned into a bear for his misdeeds toward animals by the Wild Man’s possession of animal magic. Since that time the animal magic has been feared, those who posses the traits are killed or must keep their talent hidden forever. Prince George posses the magic as did his mother. He is forced to keep it secret and thus isolates himself.
At the age of seventeen, George agrees to marry Princess Beatrice. George does not expect to love Beatrice nor does he want to become close to someone, the marriage is strictly a political alliance. But once he meets Princess Beatrice he is drawn to her and her relationship to Merit, her hound. Although George knows the Princess does not posses the animal magic, her relationship with the hound is something all together different. The Princess may have her own secret as does George.
I thought that The Princess and the Hound was well written and intriguing. I was hooked from the Prologue! The story is focused on self-acceptance, which both George and Beatrice struggle with. It is lengthy but I never found myself bored. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and that made the story even better. I do recommend this book, especially for fantasy lovers.(less)
Beautiful Elizabeth Holland, lovely, prim, proper and of course a lady. Too bad she is dead. The story opens to a dreary day in late 19th century New...moreBeautiful Elizabeth Holland, lovely, prim, proper and of course a lady. Too bad she is dead. The story opens to a dreary day in late 19th century New York at the funeral of Miss Elizabeth Holland, the exact day in which she was to be wed.
Then time flashes back and we are taken through the events that ultimately lead to the death of Elizabeth.
Sisters Elizabeth and Diana couldn’t be more different. Elizabeth, the oldest, has always had the most pressure put on her to be a proper lady, to watch everything she says, does, and even wears. Diana is of course the opposite. She is the romantic, and she is wonderfully eclectic and confident in her ways.
When Elizabeth learns that her family’s welfare is in jeopardy she agrees to wed Henry Schoonmaker, a well-known playboy and heartbreaker, even though she loves another. Henry himself agrees to marry Elizabeth only so he will not be disinherited of his father’s fortune. At the night of her engagement announcement, her "best friend" Penelope Hayes reveals that she, herself is in love with Henry. This is the start of Penelope’s jealousy and betrayal to take down her biggest and only rival. Not to mention, Diana, who finds herself smitten with the elusive Henry, as well. Henry of course finds himself falling in love, finally, but not with his betrothed. Elizabeth struggles with her own happiness and the welfare of her family. Throw in a jealous maid that knows too much and you have yourself a full-blown scandal!
I loved The Luxe. It had everything a good story should. Mystery, humor, romance, and fun! I felt for Elizabeth and her constant struggle within herself, and having nowhere to turn. I loathed Penelope and only wished she had been the one to fall in the Hudson. The Luxe was enjoyable and entertaining. If you like Gossip Girls or even A Great and Terrible Beauty, I think that you would enjoy this book. Even more good news. It seems that Anna Godbersen will be releasing a sequel to The Luxe in the summer of 2008 entitled Rumors. (less)
The mysterious death of Elizabeth Holland still hangs onto the hearts of those whom she was close too. Her fiancé remembers the look she gave him the...moreThe mysterious death of Elizabeth Holland still hangs onto the hearts of those whom she was close too. Her fiancé remembers the look she gave him the last time their eyes met and it continues to haunt him. Only Diana Holland and Penelope Hayes know the truth behind Elizabeth’s death. That she didn’t in fact perish, but fled New York to follow her one true love, Will Keller.
Penelope has her heart set on claiming everything that Elizabeth left behind, including her fiancé, Henry Schoonmaker. Henry, however, is even more aware of his feelings for the younger Holland sister, Diana.
Lina Broud, the Holland’s former maid, continues to rise into society as she had often dreamed. Box seats at the Opera and lavish parties are now her reality. She also continues to be a cause of trouble for the Holland sisters, with the help of Penelope Hayes.
When Elizabeth receives word that her mother is ill and that the family is in financial disarray, she knows that she must return to New York. Even if it means revealing the scandalous nature of her true disappearance. Elizabeth, never could have imagined what events would unfold next.
Rumors was an entertaining and captivating sequel to The Luxe. If possible it may be even better than its predecessor! Godbersen continues to impress me with her writing and flair for the dramatic. Although I initially started reading this book for its historical fiction aspect, I can’t help but become engrossed in all the components of the story! Diana continues her reign as my favorite character. I find myself admiring her strength and compassion. Penelope, unfortunately continues to be her evil, conniving self and I only hope that she gets what she deserves in the end. I have come to know and care for these characters and I was very surprised and shocked by the ending! I have to say I was a little disappointed at first and thought that certain aspects were unnecessary, but not every book can have a happy ending. I have faith in Godbersen’s creative mind and I can’t wait to see what she has devised for us next. I will eagerly be waiting for the release of Envy. (less)
Bianca’s parents assume new teaching positions at Evernight Academy, forcing her to leave everything familiar behind. Despite there persistence that s...moreBianca’s parents assume new teaching positions at Evernight Academy, forcing her to leave everything familiar behind. Despite there persistence that she needs to give Evernight a chance, Bianca can’t help but feel like she doesn’t belong. Until she meets another loner, Lucas. Bianca feels like she can tolerate Evernight with Lucas at her side. Bianca unknowingly reveals her true self to Lucas, ultimately revealing the mystery behind Evernight. Not only is Evernight an academic academy it is also a haven for vampires.
But Bianca isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Once Bianca discovers the true intentions of Lucas’s presence at Evernight, she feels more than betrayed. Will their bond be able to stand against the forces that threaten to keep them apart.
*For those of you who have read Evernight, and you are questioning who is this Lucas person? I talked to Claudia and Jared was changed to Lucas at the last minute!
I started reading Evernight, and I couldn’t put it down until I was finished! Now I find myself longing for the sequel! Evernight will be an easy favorite to fans of vampire lore. It’s a fascinating tale of a mysterious academy, forbidden romance, and dark secrets! Gray's writing is refreshing and smooth. The characters are well developed and intriguing. I’m hoping to learn more about the vampire characters and their lives, possibly in the next novel. The small glimpse into Balthazar’s life was more than interesting. The plot, despite the growing number of vampire books and vampire books that are centered around academies, was actually very original. Evernight’s official release is set for May 27, 2008. I recommend that you get a copy for yourself! (less)
I really liked Evernight. I mean I really really liked it! Loved it even! And as much as I loved Evernight– Stargazer is even better!
I don’t want to g...moreI really liked Evernight. I mean I really really liked it! Loved it even! And as much as I loved Evernight– Stargazer is even better!
I don’t want to go into the plot too much and really go into what happens because a lot happens! And you’re really going to want to discover it all for yourself!
In my review of Evernight, I mentioned that I would like to learn more about Balthazar, and I was happy to see happen in this novel. The plot becomes even more complicated if you can believe that. Gray threw some huge twists in there, that I DID NOT see coming.
The character relationships became more complex as well, adding to the overall allure of the novel. It was interesting to see how some things tied together completely. One of the most important things to me as a reader is good characterization and Stargazer has that. As well as impressive writing on Gray’s part. I love Bianca and Lucas’s story!
The only thing bad about this novel is that ended! I’m dying to know what happens next! I really don’t know if I can wait! A must read for vampire fans! (less)
Jenna awakes from an eighteen-month comma unable to remember who she is or those who are the closest to her. All that she knows is, is what she is tol...moreJenna awakes from an eighteen-month comma unable to remember who she is or those who are the closest to her. All that she knows is, is what she is told, she was in an accident. When her memories do start to come back, they are only in bits and pieces but something isn’t right. Jenna has memories of herself as an infant, and although she can’t remember anything about herself, she knows an unprecedented amount about world history. It doesn’t take Jenna long to figure out that a huge secret is being kept from her.
Here is an excerpt from the book. I don’t usually do this, but this passage just really got to me.
Isn’t that what all of life is anyway? Shards. Bits. Moments Am I less because I have fewer, or do the few I have mean more? Am I just as fell as anyone else? Enough? Pieces. Allys saying "I like you." Gabriel snorting out bread, freeing me to laugh. And Ethan reminding me how much I do know. Pieces I hold them like thy are life itself. They nearly are.
Such a short summary, I know, but I hate to give anything away! The entire time your reading from Jenna’s perspective and you know that something isn’t right. You know there is something that your missing! What really happened after the accident?
This novel is part mystery and part science fiction. The story is told beautifully and it fully captivated me. It unfolds slowly, but it is necessary to understand everything that Jenna is going through. I was also fascinated by the topic of medical ethics, how far should we let science go? Is this the kind of world we’ll be living, in the not so distant future? If you haven’t read this novel yet, I highly suggest that you do. I know that I will be looking forward to reading more from Pearson! (less)
Avalon Green, blond and beautiful, and Halley Brandon, dark-haired and breathtaking, have been best friends since forever. The one thing that they’ve...moreAvalon Green, blond and beautiful, and Halley Brandon, dark-haired and breathtaking, have been best friends since forever. The one thing that they’ve always had in common is fashion. The girls are getting ready to start eighth grade after their summer apart. Avalon has planned a huge party celebrating their friendship, but when Halley arrives home from her summer at art camp the girls realize that something is different.
The girls have grown apart during the summer. Or perhaps they have just discovered who they are and are coming into their own. Either way, when their disagreement reach epic proportions, a dissolution of the friendship is written up. They take out all the stops to get back at each other, everything from verbal bashing to public humiliation.
Will the girls be able to look past everything they’ve put each other through to become best frenemies?
First off props to Alexa Young for giving me a signed copy of her book. And just in case you readers are wondering if that at all holds some kind of bias over my reviews, it doesn’t. I like to write positive reviews, but if I don’t like a book. I’m not afraid to say it. Now on to my review! I had read some let’s say mediocre reviews for Frenemies, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to think. But I actually really liked Frenemies! I read on my day off and I couldn’t put it down. I have to admit I was laughing out loud throughout the book, I’m glad I read it at home. Alexa seems like such a fun and energetic person and you can totally see she puts all of that into her writing. The lady cracks me up! And the story has relevance, you’ve all seen the girls and guys for that matter who were childhood friends, and then realize that maybe they are going in different directions. I’m sure it wasn’t played out as dramatic as this story, but that is what makes it so entertaining. I think readers of Poseur and Melissa Walker’s Violet on the Runway would enjoy this book. It’s very fashion orientated, but I thought that aspect was fun! My fashion exploits tend to run in the t-shirt and jeans department, what can I say. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the Frenemies saga, Faketastic! (less)
What an enthralling story! I can’t wait for the rest of this series! I’d heard good things about Wake and I wasn’t disappointed at all!
Janie has a gif...moreWhat an enthralling story! I can’t wait for the rest of this series! I’d heard good things about Wake and I wasn’t disappointed at all!
Janie has a gift, although it seems to be more of a curse. She can visit people in their dreams, well actually she is sucked into peoples dreams, and it is rather impossible to escape. She fist discovers her talent at the age of eight, but doesn’t realize the magnitude of her ability until she is older.
Janie grew up in Fieldridge, Michigan. Her mother is an alcoholic and she is often reminded of her "white trash" status at school. While these are obstacles, I think these are the things that makes Janie the strong character that she is. Janie’s only friend is a girl named Carrie, that moved in next door. But Janie doesn’t even trust Carrie with her secret. The only person that knows about Janie’s ability is a boy named Cabel. Janie has been in Cabel’s dreams and she thinks she knows him and even trusts him despite his horrific dreams. But then Janie finds things out about Cabel that would haunt even her dreams. She tries to avoid him, but Cabel’s pleas reach her through one of his dreams. Somehow she finds the strength to trust him and find out the truth behind his bad boy image. Now Janie may be able to use her ability for something good.
Wake was quick paced and thrilling! The characters were well developed and the relationship between Janie and Cabel constantly kept me guessing. I was really hoping that Cabel wasn’t just a big jerk! I felt the emotional trauma that Janie was forced to face and it made me respect her character even more. If you still haven’t read Wake, this is one of those books you don’t want to miss. I know I will be anxiously awaiting Fade! (Feb. 2009) (less)
This book was fantastic! I’d read Headley’s Girl Overboard, and I wasn’t that big of a fan. I love Headley’s writing the MC in Girl Overboard, just ru...moreThis book was fantastic! I’d read Headley’s Girl Overboard, and I wasn’t that big of a fan. I love Headley’s writing the MC in Girl Overboard, just rubbed me the wrong way. But with North of Beautiful everything came together. I just loved this book!
The writing was so perfect, I just enjoyed how the story was told, I could not stop reading this book. The words were addicting. The characters were so well developed. Even Terra’s dad, he was such a remarkable character, not saying that he did great things in the novel, because the guy was the biggest pompous ass, but the fact that I loathed him to the most extreme state that you can loathe someone, must give some sort of kudos to Headley’s characterization. And yet at times, I even felt bad for him..... how is that even possible?
It’s a story that I think everyone can relate to. I know personally I related to Terra’s low self-esteem and how it trapped her in a relationship that she knew she shouldn’t be in. My heart ached for her. And art as her escape, just genius!
It was such a powerful book! Ah, I loved it! And it’s such a thought provoking topic. Beauty. You can’t get much more complex, so many times authors get it wrong, but this story totally blew me away.
Another enjoyable aspect was the trip to China that Terra and her mother take. It was eye-opening for me to read about. I never thought that I’d be interested in going to China, until I read this book, and now I’ve already been checking out travel deals online! I never realized how truly sheltered I am.
Overall, just read this book. It’s fantastic. I honestly cannot say enough good things about it. (less)
I love this series. I have been waiting to read Fade since I sped through the last few pages of Wake, and I was not disappointed. Everything that I at...moreI love this series. I have been waiting to read Fade since I sped through the last few pages of Wake, and I was not disappointed. Everything that I attracted me to the first novel is still there, simplicity of McMann’s writing, quick pace and realistic dialogue.
Fade divulges more about Janie’s ability which was fascinating and unimaginable at the same time. The unique relationship between Janie and Cabel is also taken to a new level.
I usually don’t comment on the content within a novel, but I know there were a few comments on my review of Wake that said they had a problem with the language. So yes, there are cuss words in this book, and if that is going to bother you, keep in mind this novel is about catching a sexual predator. (less)