Ink Exchange is the companion novel to Wicked Lovely, which basically means that it is not the sequel to Wicked Lovely, but is still set in the same w...moreInk Exchange is the companion novel to Wicked Lovely, which basically means that it is not the sequel to Wicked Lovely, but is still set in the same world and has many of the same characters as Wicked Lovely.
Personally, I like Ink Exchange better than I did Wicked Lovely. To be fair, WL was one of the first fae novels that I’d read, along with the Holly Black series, so I was just getting to know about the glamours and the sight and all that fae lingo.
Ink Exchange is definitely the darker novel of the too, this one is basically about addiction. It revolves around one of Ash’s friends Leslie, Irial, the king of the Dark Court, and Niall, Keenan's adviser.
I love this world that Marr has created where faeries and mortals co-exist. She paints a beautiful world full of mayhem and chaos! And I love that she doesn’t give a happy fairy-tale ending, well the ending that I wanted to see anyway, and yet I find that it was very satisfying.
The characters in this novel are fantastic. You have the Dark Court, which obviously is supposed to be bad, but are they really? Every character is flawed, they have these wonderful qualities and yet they also have these bad qualities. It’s refreshing to be unable to label who’s good and who’s evil.
There was a lot more depth than I was expecting. My first impressions of Leslie from Wicked Lovely were extremely off. She is one of the most complex characters and it was totally unexpected. I really recommend this one for dark fantasy fans. (less)
Laura Bell, Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie and Ginger Fore have a lot to look forward to! These best friends will be starting their senior year and eagerly...moreLaura Bell, Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie and Ginger Fore have a lot to look forward to! These best friends will be starting their senior year and eagerly awaiting their invitations to Glass Slipper Club! Then they can officially start their debutante season as Rosebuds!
There is a prestigious selection process to become a Rosebud, and these girls need to behave like a debutante would. Unfortunately, Jo-Lynn Bidwill, the evil queen, is waiting on her invitation as well. Her mother happens to be the head of the selection committee, so you can almost guarantee Jo-Lynn’s name will be on the list. Jo-Lynn would love nothing more than to see Laura Bell out of contention for good, and she may just have her way.
What an enticing beginning to what I’m sure will be a fabulous series!! The Debs certainly left me craving more! I can’t wait to see what happens to these three girls! And I really hope Jo-Lynn gets what is coming to her. This was a fast read for me, but I think it definitely had to do with the fact that I was engulfed with the story! The chapters sort of alternate among the four girls, so you get a peek at each one’s life. That made the story so much more enjoyable for me. If you are looking for a fun read this summer, look no further than The Debs! I know I will be anxiously awaiting the release of the next book in the series Love, Lies and Texas Dips, coming June 2009! I seriously don’t think I can wait that long! (less)
Lissa and Rose are best friends. Although their friendship runs deeper than most. Lissa is a vampire as well as a princess. Rose is a dhampir, half va...moreLissa and Rose are best friends. Although their friendship runs deeper than most. Lissa is a vampire as well as a princess. Rose is a dhampir, half vampire/half human, she hopes someday to be Lissa’s guardian and protect her from the Strigoi. They are being returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy where they escaped just two years earlier. St. Vladimir’s isn’t your normal boarding school. It teaches vampires in the ways of magic and dhampirs how to protect. The two girls are once again in the midst of drama and mischief. Lissa is no longer queen of the school and the new queen, Mia has no intention of letting her reign again. Rose is the blunt of vicious rumors. But she doesn’t have time to dwell on them, when Lissa begins to be mysteriously targeted. Someone knows Lissa’s secret and she may not be safe at the academy.
Okay, Wow! I really liked this book. Dare I say I loved it?! I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. If you are a vamp. fan you will simply devour this book! Rose was one of the funniest characters I’ve met in a while. She is the biggest smart-ass and I loved it! I admired the friendship between Lissa and Rose. It was so believable and realistic, because they balance each other perfectly. Vampire Academy has a little bit of everything, action, mystery, forbidden romance, humor and suspense! I can’t wait to read the next book Frostbite, and lucky me I won’t have to wait long! It will be available April 10th!! If you haven’t read Vampire Academy yet, I highly suggest you read it, now. (less)
The story picks up right were Vampire Academy left us. Rose and Lissa are still at St. Vladimir’s. Lissa and Christian are now together and Rose is st...moreThe story picks up right were Vampire Academy left us. Rose and Lissa are still at St. Vladimir’s. Lissa and Christian are now together and Rose is still in love with her mentor/tutor, Dimitri. When a massive Strigoi attack halts everyone’s plans to travel home, St. Vladimir sends its students to a posh Idaho ski resort, so families can come together in a safe place.
But there seems to be a lot more drama happening on the slopes than Rose was expecting. Her good friend Mason has a huge crush on her, Rose’s mom pops unexpectedly back into her life, and Dimitri seems to have eyes for someone else. Not to mention the Strigoi continue to cause problems.
When Mason and two other fellow students go missing, Rose knows they went to find the Strigoi. Joining forces with Christian, they head off to find the trio and end up way over their heads......
Let me just start off by saying that I love Richelle! I started reading Frostbite and I completely devoured it in one sitting! Is it her writing, the characters, the plot? Maybe it is a combination of everything, but I get so captivated in the story that I don’t even see the pages getting thinner and the book coming to an end! In all seriousness, I really enjoy this series. It has everything that I like, vampires, humor, satire, action, romance, and suspense. I feel like I know the characters. I could defiantly see Rose growing throughout this novel and I can’t wait to see her grow even more. While the plot had many twists and turns, Meade kept it going at a fantastic pace! I may even like Frostbite better than Vampire Academy! This is a great vampire series and if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest that you do! I am anxiously awaiting the release of the next book Shadow Kiss, which will be available Nov. 13! (less)
Incredible! This series continues to get better. This is one of the best vampire themed series’ out there. After my disappointment with other series’...moreIncredible! This series continues to get better. This is one of the best vampire themed series’ out there. After my disappointment with other series’ losing there touch, I have to say that it is not the case with these books. Everything that initially drew me in is still there and then some. I’ve been in anticipation for this book for a long time, and when I finally got a copy it trumped everything else!
There were parts of the story that I figured out, and even though I wanted the novel to end one way, I applaud Mead’s unpredictability. Does that sentence totally contradict itself?? Let me see if I can explain. In my quest to keep this spoiler free it may be more difficult, but here it goes. I knew that something big was going to happen to one of the characters in this novel. The clues where there the foreshadowing was set up wonderfully. And even though I had an idea of what was going to happen, Mead was still able to surprise me in the end. Why? Because, I never really thought she would do it. The ending wasn’t what I wanted I’ll admit that, but I don’t think I would have been happy with it being any other way.
One of the reasons I’m such a fan of this novel, besides the extraordinary writing ability of Richelle Mead, is Rose Hathaway. Let me just tell you how much I love Rose. She’s beautiful, smart, confident, she’s a smart ass and she kicks ass. I want to be her. She is one of my all time favorite literary characters.
I absolutely cannot wait to read the rest of this series. (less)
Fever 1793 is based on the actual yellow fever epidemic that hit Philadelphia and wiped out some five thousand people. One of those people affected by...moreFever 1793 is based on the actual yellow fever epidemic that hit Philadelphia and wiped out some five thousand people. One of those people affected by the fever is Mattie Cook. Mattie’s mother and grandfather own a coffeehouse in Philadelphia and that is where Mattie spends most of her days.
She has plans of her own for the coffeehouse someday and often day dreams of what it would be like when she ran the establishment. Mattie’s day dreams are shattered when the epidemic hits.
Mattie’s mother falls ill with yellow fever and Mattie and her grandfather flee the city to take refuge in the country. As they never make it to their destination, uncontrollable hardships fall on Mattie and her grandfather. When Mattie finally returns to the city she finds it deserted and the coffeehouse ransacked.
Mattie tries to find the courage to manage her life and the coffeehouse after the yellow fever has taken everything away.
This is the third novel by Laurie Halse Anderson that I have had a chance to read. I love her writing style, and I especially loved this historical fiction. I had remembered learning about the yellow fever epidemic, but I never knew the real impact that it had. It was also interesting in learning about the true history that Anderson portrayed in her book. I became immense in Mattie’s daily activities and for the fight of her life. Although Speak is still my favorite novel by Anderson, I highly reccomend Fever 1793. (less)
I think I’m one of the last people to read this! I’ve heard nothing but how good this novel is, and that I must read it ASAP. When I received a copy o...moreI think I’m one of the last people to read this! I’ve heard nothing but how good this novel is, and that I must read it ASAP. When I received a copy of The Awakening, the next novel, I knew that I needed to read The Summoning, right away. (I’m almost glad I waited to read it, so I could start The Awakening right away! What an ending!)
This book is everything I was hoping for and more! I’ve never read Armstrong before, I really want to read her adult fantasy series, but I just haven’t had a chance and when I heard she was doing a YA series, I just knew that I HAD to read it.
This was a very good first in a series. The characters and the plot-line were introduced impressively, I didn’t ever feel like the story was inadequate through getting to know the characters. I love the whole story line of teens thrown in the house that have these extraordinary powers that most aren’t even aware of.
The writing was marvelous, the dialogue spirited...no pun intended! The characters were also fascinating. Chloe and Derek were by far my favorite. And I’m hoping to see more of these two in future... especially Derek!
This novel has a little bit of everything, action, adventure, fantasy, suspense. It was my type of book! A very surprising cliffhanger ending! (Glad I’ve got the next one right here....)(less)
This is Geena’s sixteenth summer and what better way to spend it then with her favorite cousin Hero and her best friend Amber. Her plans go awry when...moreThis is Geena’s sixteenth summer and what better way to spend it then with her favorite cousin Hero and her best friend Amber. Her plans go awry when Hero and Amber don’t exactly get along, okay, they pretty much hate each other.
Just when Geena thinks her summer is ruined, mysteriously Hero and Amber start getting along. But it seems they only collaborate to get Geena and get her out of her "boy-hostile" attitude. Geena is happy to seem them getting along, but she couldn’t possibly ever be interested in Ben, could she?
Hero’s perfect girl image is tarnished when she snubs golden boy, John. When the girls find evidence of his crime, they concoct a plan to spotlight his true nature once and for all!
Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty is reminiscent of Shakespear’s Much Ado About Nothing, those that are familiar with the play will see the subtle similarities. I devoured this book in one sitting! I started reading and I just couldn’t put it down. The dialogue is hilarious. This is one of the funniest book’s I’ve read in a while! The characters are well developed especially Geena, she comes into her own throughout the novel. The character dynamics were displayed wonderfully as well! I enjoyed Gehrman’s writing style and I will definitely be picking up more of her books. If you are looking for a fun summer read that is well written and beyond funny, pick up Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty! (Btw, the cover is scratch-n-sniff, how cool is that!) (less)
Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray thinks she is just a normal teenager. I mean, of course she is a normal teenage, she lives in Brooklyn with her artist mom...moreFifteen-year-old Clary Fray thinks she is just a normal teenager. I mean, of course she is a normal teenage, she lives in Brooklyn with her artist mom, and spends most of her time with her best friend, Simon. One night when Clary and Simon are at a club, Pandemonium, she figures out that she can see people that nobody else can. Wham! Not so normal, I guess. The people that she can see are called Shadowhunters. They go around killing demons and such, you know the bad guys.
Not too soon after Clary makes her big discovery, her mom is kidnaped. Clary is entering this new world pretty much blind, except for the Shadowhunters which happen to be three teenagers. Jace, Isabelle and Alec must help Clary to find her mother. It seems that her mother is the only one who knows the whereabouts of the Mortal Cup, which can turn other people into Shadowhunters. But the man that kidnaped Clary’s mother plans to use to cup for evil purposes, of course. So Clary must help figure out where the cup is to rescue her mom, fight to keep her friendship with Simon and figure out the complicated feelings she has toward Jace.
Whew! This book was fast-paced and fantastic. I couldn’t stop myself from turning the pages to see what would happen next. There is a whole world not only of Shadowhunters but werewolves, vampires. demons, and faeries too! Although, not as to ruin the surprises in the book, I did have a couple things figured out way before they were revealed in the story.(less)
Clary is finally coming to terms with her new Shadowhunter status, even though she feels more confused than ever. She still has feelings for Jace and...moreClary is finally coming to terms with her new Shadowhunter status, even though she feels more confused than ever. She still has feelings for Jace and the fact that he is her brother (or is he?) doesn’t seem to damper them at all. Then of course there is Simon. Their relationship has taken on a whole new turn, but it is even more complicated, now that he isn’t human. Valentine is back and once again he is stirring up trouble, this time he has stolen Maellartch, the Soul Sword, yet another mortal instrument now in his possession. Jace is taking the blunt of Valentines misdeeds when the Inquisitor of the Clave blames and accuses him of being a spy for Valentine. Is Jace really helping Valentine, even Clary isn’t sure. To complicate matters even worse Downworlder children are being murdered and there are demons on the loose. Valentine is bringing a war to the Clave, but the realization may come to late.
City of Ashes is the sequel to City of Bones. I think this is my favorite of the two so far! I was in a constant whirlwind while I read! I have to admit the whole Jace and Clary incestuous tones would have totally grossed me out otherwise, but you just have this feeling throughout the book, that everything there isn’t what it seems. There was so much action in the book, plus some of my favorites from City of Bones were back, Magnus Bane and new characters which I hope to see more of, Maia. If you haven’t read City of Ashes yet, I suggest you so. Cassandra Clare’s world of fantasy once again lures you in and doesn’t let go! I can't wait to read more! (less)
Why am I finding it so difficult to write this review. I’ve been stewing for days– literally– writing this review in my head– while I’m trying to fall...moreWhy am I finding it so difficult to write this review. I’ve been stewing for days– literally– writing this review in my head– while I’m trying to fall asleep, while I’m in the shower, while driving, which really isn’t such a good idea, and yet everything has ended up crap. Although I did have something going before I feel asleep the other night, and of course I have forgotten it.
I’m saddened to see this series end, but even so I thought that it ended perfectly. No cookie cuter, sweetened overload, ending. Just a perfectly seamless ending. Sure I’d like to know what may happen next, but I’m perfectly content with leaving that open to my own realm of possibility.
The Mortal Instruments is on of my favorite series’ and City of Glass is now one of my all time favorite novels. Cassandra Clare is an amazing story-teller. Sure some parts of the novel were a little predictable, but I can honestly say that didn’t bother me. The subtle clues that Clare had placed within the previous two novels, came rushing back with clarity and I was aghast with how I had missed so much before!
As much as I wanted to read this book, there was a small part of me that didn’t. While I’d devoured Clare’s previous novels in a day, I took my time to relish in this final chapter. I was emotionally invested in these characters, and I didn’t want to see it end. And yet as the novel progressed, I was content as it came to a close. Clare kept true to her characters, she didn’t change their characterization because she wanted the novel to end a certain way, and I think I feel the need to appraise that more than anything. Too many times in a series, do I see characters take a dramatic turn just to enhance the story. Sure characters grow and develop that is expected, but don’t solidify a characters persona only to destroy it.
The exceptional writing and the articulate plot kept me engaged and entertained, but for me it was the superb cast of characters that kept me reading this series.
Speaking of exceptional writing. Clare has it going on. It takes a lot for me to get into imagery. I just can’t imagine something that is being described to me, well most of the time. There are a few exceptions and Clare’s writings is one of them. And not only that but, I love that fact that she clearly gives each character a distinct voice. When I read her dialogue I know who is talking right away. And I love that!
What else can I say... I loved this books. I love this series. It’s everything a good novel should be and then some. And I love how pretty the books look on my bookshelf. :)(less)
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)
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)