Rebel Angels the second installment of the Gemma Doyle series is even more magnificently written than the first!
We find ourselves two months since the...moreRebel Angels the second installment of the Gemma Doyle series is even more magnificently written than the first!
We find ourselves two months since the last book left off. Gemma is looking forward to Christmas in London, and spending time with her friends Felicity and Ann. Previously Gemma believed she was saving the magic from Circe by destroying the magical runes, but now she has discovered that she unknowingly unbound the magic and made it possible for all to consume its power.
Guided by Kartik, her friend of the Rakshana, she must now find the Temple and restore the magic in the Realms. Unbeknownst to Gemma, her trusted Kartik has a mission of his own, that will lead him to a path he has yet to discover.
Although Gemma has the help of her friends, they still have their share of obstacles on their journey to find the Temple. First of all there is a new teacher at Spence, Miss McCleethy, whom Gemma finds reasons to distrust. Then there is Nell Hawkins the young girl that is a resident of the hospital where Gemma’s brother is employed. Nell has visions of other Realms and talks of an evil names Circe that is after her. Could it only be a coincidence?
Not to mention the tribulations that Gemma faces with her father and making herself appear to be a presentable young lady in society. Through it all Gemma must once again find her courage and herself to uncover the Temple before Circe and claim the magic to save the Realms.
I enjoyed Rebel Angels even more so than A Great and Terrible Beauty. There were so many twists and turn that I never knew what was going to happen next. I found myself agitated with Felicity and wondering why Gemma really was her friend, until I found out why Felicity is the way that she is, and now I understand that she needs Gemma’s friendship more than she knows. If you enjoyed reading A Great and Terrible Beauty then you won’t be disappointed with its sequel Rebel Angels! I can’t wait for A Sweet and Far Thing! (less)
D.J. is back at it again in the sequel to Dairy Queen, The Off Season. Things are finally on the upside for D.J. She is friends again with Amber and e...moreD.J. is back at it again in the sequel to Dairy Queen, The Off Season. Things are finally on the upside for D.J. She is friends again with Amber and even Amber’s girlfriend Dale, and she is still sort of dating cutie quarterback Brian Nelson. She couldn’t be more happier than playing football for Red Bend and the guys actually accept her as part of the team.
But as we know, D.J.’s life has been anything but easy. She injures her shoulder during practice and has to decide between continuing playing football and possibly sustaining her shoulder injury, which would keep her from playing basketball. A basketball scholarship is D.J.’s ticket out of Red Bend. Then things with Brian start to go downhill, he seems fine when they are alone, but he never wants to be with her in public. To top that all off, Win is injured and D.J. flies across the country to take care of him for her parents.
I almost thought it was to much for D.J. to handle, I know it would be more than enough for me. Ultimately D.J. prevails like I knew she would. Of all the books I’ve read, D.J. is one of the few characters I’ve found myself truly admiring. The Off Season was more than I expected and I sincerely hope this isn’t the last of Miss D.J. Schwenk. (Even though I haven’t seen anything official on catherinemurdock.com there is a book cover with Dairy Queen III??? on it, I know I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed!) (less)
Here I go again ending another trilogy. Specials is the final installment of the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. I must admit that out of the thre...moreHere I go again ending another trilogy. Specials is the final installment of the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. I must admit that out of the three books, Specials is my favorite.
When we ended Pretties, Tally Youngblood is getting ready to be turned into a lethal Special. After the operation Tally is now a Cutter a branch of Special Circumstance that headed by Tally’s friend Shay. They are called cutters because unlike their pretty counterparts they have cunning speed, clarity, strength and focus, but sometimes in order to become even more in focus they inflict pain on their selves by cutting.
Their mission is to find the New Smoke and destroy it once and for all, but Tally can’t help but feel that there is something more to this mission.
Tally and Shay enlist Zane and a group of other Crims to run away to the New Smoke. Although Tally hates to feel the way she does, she can’t help but see Zane as weak and inferior. Zane and the other Crims have no desire to turn the New Smokes location over to Special Circumstances, but they may not have a choice with Tally and Shay following their every move.
When Tally finally makes it to the New Smoke, it isn’t what she was expecting at all. It isn’t like the Smoke at all. It is actually another city called Diego. But this city is nothing like the city she knows. Pretties and Uglies are interacting, there are variations to the pretties beauty that she has never seen, ranges in skin tone and hair color. They aren’t forced to have the operation, they get to choose, and they also get to choose what they want to look like.
Unfortunately events that Tally and Shay executed previously, leave Diego as a suspect for attacking an armory and Dr. Cable has started a war. Now Tally must clean up the mess she started, listen to what her heart is telling her, and save the New Smoke.
If you’ve read Uglies and Pretties, you will love Specials. Although if you haven’t read the two previous novels, you won’t understand much of what is happening in Specials. Specials was an exciting and provocative ending to the Uglies trilogy. It’s action-packed, full of suspense and awesome writing! Kudos to Scott Westerfeld for such an thought-provoking series! (less)
In Pretties, the second installment of Scott Westerfeld’s series, the infamous ugly Tally is now a pretty.
Everything is perfect in Tally’s pretty wor...moreIn Pretties, the second installment of Scott Westerfeld’s series, the infamous ugly Tally is now a pretty.
Everything is perfect in Tally’s pretty world. She is with her friends again, and she has nothing but fun. But then Tally’s perfect world takes a turn when she is contacted by one of the uglies, and then finds the letter that she had written to herself.
Tally and her new beau Zane find the cure, but Tally is to afraid to go it alone. So, Tally takes one pill and Zane takes the other. But the pill seems to have different effects on Zane and they must escape to find the new Smoke where Zane can get help.
In their escape they are separated and Tally makes yet another discovery in the Pretties not so perfect existence. When Tally finally reaches the Ruins it is David that she meets, and learns what has happened to Zane.
Once again the Specials are on Tally’s tail, but now she has a choice to make. Will it be David or Zane.
Pretties is even better than Uglies. Tally’s character is even more complex as well as the storyline. You never know what is going to happen next and that makes it that more interesting. I have to say I couldn’t put it down and the cliffhanger ending has me eager to read Specials. (less)
Lizzie wakes up to the new year in the arms of..... Chaz! The streaming images of her memory flashes to the night before and the beard burn all over h...moreLizzie wakes up to the new year in the arms of..... Chaz! The streaming images of her memory flashes to the night before and the beard burn all over her face only confirms it! As if she isn’t surprised enough, who would happen to turn up on her doorstep, but Luke. And just like that he slips a huge rock on her finger and she gives Chaz the boot!
So, why does she get these warm tingly feelings whenever she thinks about Chaz, and she so conveniently breaks out in hives whenever she thinks about getting married to Luke. Luckily she is so busy at the shop she doesn’t have time to think about the wedding and with Luke being in Paris she can avoid the topic completely. But with Luke’s absence Lizzie finds herself becoming even more attracted to Chaz. What is a girl to do?
I absolutely love this series! Queen of Babble Gets Hitched was amazing! I couldn’t have asked for a better addition to this series! I hope that this isn’t the end, but I can say that I am perfectly satisfied with the way everything ended. Of course I would love to continue reading about these characters. If you are a fan of chick lit, you will not be disappointed. I devoured this book in no time, I literally did not put it down from when I took it out of the mail box! It was fun, light, entertaining and most importantly hilariously funny! Oh! And don’t forget the romance! I have no idea how Meg does it, but she does it and does it well. Lizzie Nichols’ fans rejoice!! (less)
Life As We Knew It is told in diary entries of the main character Miranda. Miranda lives like we do, in a society of cell phones, internet, satellite...moreLife As We Knew It is told in diary entries of the main character Miranda. Miranda lives like we do, in a society of cell phones, internet, satellite tv, grocery stores and gas stations. But suddenly her life takes a major change.
You see there was a meteor that was scheduled to hit the moon. No big deal though, if you’ve ever seen the moon, you can see all the damage from meteors and asteroids right on the surface. Well it just so happens that this particular meteor. was a lot more dense then the astronomers initially thought so it knocks the moon closer to orbit, wham there it is! Well if you paid attention in science class, you might remember what exactly the moon does to our little planes. It controls the tides in the ocean with its gravitational pull. Or for you movie buffs remember that movie Bruce Almighty where Jim Carey is God, and he pulls the moon closer, you remember what happened right? Tsunami’s, major tsunamis’ all over the world, wiping out costal cities killing millions. And that’s just the beginning.
After the Tsunami’s there are earthquakes and massive volcanic eruptions from the moons constant pull. The entire sky is covered in a gray haze from the ash, effecting the climate, and killing crops.
Miranda’s story chronicles the constant struggle of her day to day life trying to survive in a world that may not have a future. Suddenly keeping warm and having enough to eat become a priority for every day. This story is not only a coming of age tale, but also a story of survival.
This is one of those novels that stays with you. You don’t realize how easy we have it. I know I can’t leave home without my cell phone now a days, yet years ago they didn’t even exist. But it isn’t only the technology we take for granted, it is also the simple things, like having a grocery story and being able to wash your hair. This story reminded me a lot of Anne Frank’s diary, even though the stories are totally different, the message is the same. (less)
This book is insanely hard to summarize! I’m going to do my best and hopefully you will get the jist of it.
Adrian Havoc lives in a world much like our...moreThis book is insanely hard to summarize! I’m going to do my best and hopefully you will get the jist of it.
Adrian Havoc lives in a world much like our own. Actually it is our world, or could possibly be our world sometime in the future. Somewhere, somehow something went wrong and now half of the country is toxic due to the fallout. The government controls every aspect of society. You do what they say, when they say, no matter what. You believe in God, period, under no circumstance do you question religion. The northern part of The United Christian States is full of unbelievers and crazies from the blast. And if that isn’t bad enough the end of the world is coming soon, the Shift will be here any day.
Okay so seriously this book kinda scared the shit out of me, but in a good way. Perhaps not so much the book itself, but what the book implies. Because if anything, it is totally possible if not probable that this could happen. It’s definitely one of those thought provoking novels. I think I would have like to seen more detail in the overall storyline. In terms of reality, how likely is it that a teenage boy could break into a government establishment and not be detected and detained. Not very likely. I think that’s really my only complaint about the novel, the climax was mediocre , I think it could have been much more, but even so, the actual climax was interesting. In terms of religion I didn’t think this book was at all anti-religion, but simply expresses disdain of anti-establishment. Overall, a very interesting read. (less)
Fifteen-year-old Leo North lives in Malonia with his younger brother, Stirling and his grandmother. When Leo was five years old the monarchy was overt...moreFifteen-year-old Leo North lives in Malonia with his younger brother, Stirling and his grandmother. When Leo was five years old the monarchy was overthrown by the tyrant Lucien and his parents fled Malonia to save their lives. One night on his way home, Leo finds a mysterious book. The pages of the book are blank. But soon the pages begin to fill, telling the story of two people in England, which is thought to be a fairy tale world. The pages only appear a few at a time, but Leo feels as though he already knows the story. Leo, however, has no idea how much the story will come to play in his own country of Malonia.
The Eyes of A King is a book filled with fantasy, mystery, heartache and love. Catherine Banner realistically depicts the thoughts and emotions of her teenage character, being as she is one herself. Leos’ story seems to consist of one main theme, loss. He is overcome with grief in much of the second half of the book, and is seemed as if empathy will continue to elude him. Banner cleverly intertwines the stories of Malonia and England. And readers will revel in delight as the two stories come together! The Eyes of A King looks to be the beginning of an enchanting trilogy! (less)
Some girls dream of being Superwoman. Saving humanity one disaster at a time. Jennifer Hunter is Superwoman, saving women one cheating/lying boyfriend...moreSome girls dream of being Superwoman. Saving humanity one disaster at a time. Jennifer Hunter is Superwoman, saving women one cheating/lying boyfriend/fiance/husband at a time. Jennifer likes to think of herself as Superwoman using her alias Ashlyn, but I might be more compelled to compare her heroic efforts to The Incredible Hulk. The Hulk gets a really bad wrap, when he is just trying to help out! Even though, these women hire Jennifer to test their husband’s fidelity, I still feel them giving her the “bad guy vibe.”
Jennifer Hunter has been fidelity inspecting for two years. She never suggests anything to the men, she only follows their lead and she does just about everything. She won’t however, go all the way, she only goes as far as intention to cheat only. But for most women that is enough. Like any good super-hero, her family and her friends have no idea what she does and she is very good at keeping it that way. That is until a recent failed fidelity inspection is doing everything he can to reveal her secret identity, he even has a website! Jen really doesn’t want her family to find out and she really doesn’t want her new boyfriend to find out, so she makes the tough decision to retire. But not before she takes on one last job– and it changes everything.
Yet another great debut novel I’ve had the chance to read recently! It was extremely entertaining, the plot kept me on my toes and I loved Jennifer’s character! Jennifer’s character was very complex and well developed. I enjoyed learning the history of her character, and how it played into her fidelity inspector career. Jessica is an awesome writer and I will definitely continue to read her work. I loved the idea of this book! It was fun yet thought provoking at the same time! I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy of this book! (less)
Allie is starting school at Pine Heights Elementary school! Not only is she still settling into her new house. She is very excited to be getting her v...moreAllie is starting school at Pine Heights Elementary school! Not only is she still settling into her new house. She is very excited to be getting her very own kitten! But it seems that the mama cat may have her babies too early! Now Allie has to worry about being the new girl, plus her unborn kitten, the school spelling bee and the bully that wants to kill her! What is a girl to do!?
While I’m a huge fan of Meg Cabot’s Adult and Young Adult books, I have to admit I even enjoyed this book for younger audiences. Is there anything Meg can’t do, and I’m not just saying that because she is a fellow Hoosier! Allie is the perfect protagonist and she tackles issues that I’m sure kids face today, because I remember being the new girl and facing the same ones! Cabot’s easy reading style and comical satire are key components to which I’m sure will be a popular series among young readers. (less)
Secrets of My Hollywood Life: On Location is yet another light and fun chick-lit read. Much like the first novel, we revisit the glamours life of Kait...moreSecrets of My Hollywood Life: On Location is yet another light and fun chick-lit read. Much like the first novel, we revisit the glamours life of Kaitlin Burke and of course someone is out to make her career bomb! The Hollywood secrets continue to be one of my favorite aspects of the book. I think that I would have enjoyed the book more had the plot not reminded me so much of the first book. I’d like to see Kaitlin deal with real issues, besides those revolving around someone sabotaging her career. However, I did enjoy the second installment and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. (less)
Kaitlin is back! She’s just finished her big movie with her career and her boyfriend still intact! Now she’s off to what she does best. Staring in the...moreKaitlin is back! She’s just finished her big movie with her career and her boyfriend still intact! Now she’s off to what she does best. Staring in the nighttime soap, Family Affair. Everything is going great! That is until newcomer Alexis starts stealing some of Kaitlin’s limelight. Is Kaitlin simply jealous or are there more forces at work
Like its two predecessors, Secrets of My Hollywood Life: Family Affairs, was a fun and fast read. These books are impeccably clean, so I wouldn’t be cautious about sharing them with younger readers. And even an older reader like me can enjoy them. I think I find these books so entertaining is because I know, when I see a People magazine on the shelf while I’m waiting in line at the local wal-mart, I can’t help but pick it up for its celeb gossip! Who wouldn’t want to be rich and famous (besides the already rich and famous). These books are an “insiders” look into the Hollywood scene! Even though Katlin isn’t a real celeb, I’m still able to get my People fix when I read these books. I also really liked the fact that Kaitlin is dealing with real like issues like getting her drivers license, studying for the SATs and worrying about her friends going off to college. (less)
This is such a great series. The books are a lot of fun and very cute. Paparazzi Princess, is my favorite of the series so far. The series is very cle...moreThis is such a great series. The books are a lot of fun and very cute. Paparazzi Princess, is my favorite of the series so far. The series is very clean, so they are an excellent choice for younger teens and middle grade readers.
The writing is very simplistic and readable. Kaitlin is a great character! An excellent heroine and fictional role model! I was glad to see Kaitlin make some mistakes in this one and still come out on top, by taking responsibility for her actions. If only all Hollywood starlets would have such grace!
Overall an energizing read with great characters and a fun plot! Cannot wait for the next one. (less)
Chloe is more than excited for her chef boyfriend Josh Driscoll and the opening of Simmer. Josh will be the executive chef for Simmer so he has a lot...moreChloe is more than excited for her chef boyfriend Josh Driscoll and the opening of Simmer. Josh will be the executive chef for Simmer so he has a lot on his plate! Thankfully, Chloe is there to be his wonderful supportive girlfriend. Chloe is busy with her own job at the Boston Organization Against Sexual and Other Harassment at the Workplace, which she calls the Organization and dealing with her quirky boss Naomi Campbell (no not that one!)
Chloe was lucky enough to book Simmer and the Organization at a posh charity fund raiser called Food for Thought. Everyone loves Josh’s food samples and the event and even the Organization is getting the word out. That is until a body is found. I mean a dead body, belonging to none other than a wealthy club owner that had wanted his own hands in the future site of Simmer, but had been cut off by Josh’s boss.
Now Chloe not only has to deal with lost time with Josh due to his busy schedule at Simmer, but now she has a mystery to solve and a list of suspects a mile long!
First off I think I need to declare that I am a lover of chick-lit! If you aren’t, I probably wouldn’t recommend reading this book. I on the other hand really enjoyed it. It was an entertaining and relaxing read. The writing is witty and quirky! I also enjoyed the smaller element of the story such as Chloe’s deranged family, Ken the hermit crab, and of course the appearance of the ex’s! My only complaint was that reading this book caused increased hunger pangs! I will definitely be trying out some of the recipes. I would really like to read the first book in the series Steamed and I am looking forward to reading the next book Turn up the Heat! (less)