Hmm, how do this without giving away too much? Fleeing from Los Angeles, Sonny finds out the Ben's faWOW! This is a thrilling conclusion to BLACKBIRD!
Hmm, how do this without giving away too much? Fleeing from Los Angeles, Sonny finds out the Ben's father had something to do with the collective that set up the hunt. She knows that Ben might have more to do with the hunt than she feels comfortable with but when Ben professes his innocence and becomes a target himself. Ben helps her get to New York where she finds a whole group of targets.
Sonny finds out who she really is when she reuinites with Rafe, the mysterious boy from her dreams. She discovers that there is a vast network of hunters and they have all been gathered in New York for the biggest hunt ever. Ben does help her as much as he can but there is almost a triangle between Rafe, Ben and Sonny. Trust me, the conclusion is a bit exciting and of course, you have already suspended disbelief at this point, so go forth and enjoy this thriller! ...more
Sonny is really good at lying, where the stories just pop into her head that sound reasonable and adults believe her. When you find out why she lies sSonny is really good at lying, where the stories just pop into her head that sound reasonable and adults believe her. When you find out why she lies so much, your heart will break. Since her mother kicked her out, her best friend, Amy, has let her sneak into her room every night so she is warm and safe. This has been going on for a few months and the girls think Amy's parents are not wise to the plan. A new boy starts mid-semester at their high school and Ryder is a congressman's son. The new school is nothing like his prep school and he is taken for a snob. He also likes Amy, who is the school's perfect girl but so incredibly shy, that she doesn't have many interactions. When Ryder contacts Amy, Sonny, just happens to answer and she is extremely honest with Ryder who thinks he is talking to Amy. Sonny hatches a plan to make Ryder like her but again, she is lying about everything except she is really telling him the truth about her life. They do start to date, but when Amy realizes that Sonny hasn't been honest, she finally stands up for herself. The whole thing falls apart and Sonny is pretty much forced to tell the truth about everything in her life. This one wil leave with a few tears and lots of smiles. I really enjoyed this quick read. ...more
Pram's mother has died at her birth and her spinster aunts have raised her away from the world in their retirement home. Her only friend is Felix, a gPram's mother has died at her birth and her spinster aunts have raised her away from the world in their retirement home. Her only friend is Felix, a ghost boy who meets her daily at the pond behind the house. When the school district insists that she go to a "real" school instead of being homeschooled, her aunts fear that people will not be friendly to their beloved niece. She meets and makes a friend on her very first day. Clarence has lost his mother, just like Pram, and it has been a daily struggle to survive. He feels like no one understands his grief until he meets Pram. As Pram begins to trust Clarence, she lets him in on her seceret life with ghosts.
Clarence really wants to find his mother's spirit and after much searching they find a traveling pyschic who immediately latches on to Pram's gift. Lady Savant is quite strange and wants more from Pram than she wants to give. I can't go any further into details because that would spoil this wonderful tale for everyone. This story will be once of your favorites and it is just perfectly done as a ghost tale.
Feyre's family has suffered because of her father's bad business decisions and she now supports her family by hunting in the woods near their cottage.Feyre's family has suffered because of her father's bad business decisions and she now supports her family by hunting in the woods near their cottage. Her world has been divided by the wars between the fairy realm and the humans and now she has heard rumors of the faries causing havoc at the borders near her home. While she is hunting in the winter, she takes down a wolf that is threating her prize of a deer. The wolf turns out to be a fairy and the fairy lord,Tamlin, comes to extract her as vengence for the death.
Feyre ends up in the land of the faries and lives calmly until other fairy lords start mischief in a goal to overthrow the Queen that is causing all of the havoc. She also discovers that she has fallen in love with Tamlin and doesn't realize she is a pawn in a much larger game.
This is an amazing story that all fantasy lovers will adore. Of course, there are epic battles and Feyre is much stronger than she appears to be when her inner strength becomes apparent. There is romance, intrigue, and a lot of fairy mischief. Now you will be yelling for the next installment because this one ends with a bit of a cliffhanger.
OK, this one left me hanging. I had lots of OH NO moments filled with several rapid heartbeats followed by I CAN"T PUT THIS DOWN.
My final review willOK, this one left me hanging. I had lots of OH NO moments filled with several rapid heartbeats followed by I CAN"T PUT THIS DOWN.
My final review will be posted on my stop on the blog tour. Elias is a Mask and as such, he will compete to be emporer while Laia is a scholar who becomes a slave in order to save her brother from execution. When the two meet sparks fly and plans are made.
This book totally caught me offguard and I think it reminded me of the Legend series, which I totally adored and a cross of Shatter Me for the emotional level this rises to. I know this is being vague but I can't post any more about this one. It has been optioned for a movie which I think will work much like the Hunger Games.
Sage moved to Farmdale three years ago and changed everything about herself. She now tries to make at least one person smile each day by puMY THOUGHTS
Sage moved to Farmdale three years ago and changed everything about herself. She now tries to make at least one person smile each day by putting a post it with a postiive message on a locker in sparkly pen when she knows someone needs it most. She hasn't had an easy life and moving in with her aunt has given her a new chance at life that she doesn't want to mess up. Nicknamed "princess" because of her attitude, she has stayed away from friendships, except with Ryan, who she thinks is just friendly with her as a cover for another relationship that wouldn't be viewed kindly by the jock bullies at school.
When a new boy, Shane, shows up and becomes the bullies' punching bag, she tries to deflect them and when Ryan confesses that his other relationship was with an older woman, her world falls apart. Now divorced from her protective relationship with Ryan, she moves forward and sits with her Green World recycling group. She also drags Shane along with her to sit with freshman, sophmores and a senior. Of course, Shane has some secrets of his own and Sage thinks she understands exactly what is going on with him, but it is much worse than she imaged.
Sigh, these two are just perfect for each other, both with bad starts in life and are given a second chance at life and want to succeed. Shane has a love of music and in a small town, he becomes someone when he is seen playing at the local coffe house. He comes into his own through his talent and the bully gets his. I am not going to write about that situation because it would be too spoilery. This is a nicely done story that discusses some hard issues but not as gritty as Katie McGarry or Jennifer Echols. Parents: this is a pretty clean read with just a bit of language, some violence, and some allusions to sexual situations (a few kisses too!).
Morgan lives above the earth on a floating island of land that was some how torn off and flung into space. This story is full of intrigue and mysteryMorgan lives above the earth on a floating island of land that was some how torn off and flung into space. This story is full of intrigue and mystery all built on a world similar to ours, but with striking differences. Things are very controlled on this sky island, everything to when you can have children to who that child will marry and if something happens to your mate, you are destined to be alone the rest of your life. The only real element of freedom is choosing how you earn a living. A murder has recently occurred and the whole country is on lock down and the small amount of freedom the citizens have is restricted. Morgan is intrigued and when she randomly meets the boy accused of the murder, she can't help wonder if he really did it. Especially when the murdered girl's sister plasters the revolutionary paper around the school. Morgan's brother, Lex, is a "jumper" one who has tried to fling himself off the side of the island but does not succeed. He is pretty damaged and now blind. There is a group of revolutionaries that oppose the government's control and are trying to get off the island. Something that has been tried for generations. I really enjoyed this first installment of DeStefano's new trilogy and she builds in all of the societal issues that she used in the Chemical Garden but with a bit of Across the Universe worked in. In some ways, this is a bit darker than that series. It has a wonderful ending that will leave you hanging a bit. Parents: some language, forced drug use, and sexual situations....more
Growing up, Cyn has always seen faces in the mirror other than her own. Now sixteen, she has started blacking out, not rememberingMY THOUGHTS LOVED IT
Growing up, Cyn has always seen faces in the mirror other than her own. Now sixteen, she has started blacking out, not remembering anything about her lost time. When she wakes up covered in her boyfriend's blood and convinced she murdered him, she panics and runs from Sleepy Hallow to a small town in New York. Cyn finds that she can make people bend to her wishes and make them do anything for her without them remembering. She coerces people to "loan" her cars, give her larger tips at her waitress job and supply her with alcohol and cigarettes when she needs. Then she wanders into a bar and has no luck at all with the staff. She also sees that the some of the guys there are not at all human. And these guys recognize her for what she is: an Echo, someone who has souls of those not ready to pass on using her body much like a parasite.
At the bar, she meets Avian, a Revenant, born of a demon and angel and wanted by neither heaven nor hell. He lives with a priest, who sees the good in him and gives him support as he seeks to take care of those the angels and demons won't go against like vampires. Avian doesn't actually like her since he knows that she is trouble, but is drawn to Cyn anyway and wants to protect her. He knows she is possessed by an evil spirit named Vincent and their goal is to get the guy to leave her alone. In the meantime, her dead boyfriend's brother comes looking for her to settle the score, thinking she did indeed murder him. The ex-cop soon becomes her worst nightmare.
As the story progresses, you really feel Cyn's pain and you will find yourself cheering for her as she tries to rid herself of this demon and have some peace. I stayed up super late since I was so intrigued by this story. It was very suspenseful and creepy at the same along with enough mystery about Cyn's actually participation in her boyfriend's murder and her "lost time". Having read the Hollows ages ago, I have forgotten the characters, so I read this one with no remembrance of Cyn. Parents: this one is best suited for teens since there is alcohol and some violence involved.
This song pretty much sums up this book: Monsters by The Filthy Souls
I have left out a lot of stuff in the above review since it is so far out from the release date.
Just note that this book is made of AWESOME. I am not going to spoil it for you. I know Digit and John break up at the beginning of the book and don't let that make you cry or freak out. Remember John is a lot older than Digit and wise beyond his years. The fact that he sees Digit needs to be on her own says a lot about him as a person. Also remember that Digit is super impulsive and doesn't always think things through or the consequences that may happen when she acts first and thinks later.
FAVORITE PART OF THE BOOK:
Digit solves a computer puzzle (and her life) using a game she used to play with her as a kid based on the book, GO DOG GO! That is the first book I read as a child! ...more
So what do you do when your mother, Isis is THE goddess of life and your father, Osiris, is THE god of death? As a sixteen year old, Isadora wants nothing more than for her parents that she literally worships, to pay attention to her. She also has epic family issues that make a soap opera look like child's play. Her aunt slept with her father and she has a half-brother, Anubis, who is all evil from that union. Her oldest brother is married to a drunken slut. Oh, and her mother has tried to kill the sun god, father of them all and has somewhat succeeded. When Isadora discovers that the room she has been decorating is actually her tomb, she freaks and has a major melt down when she realizes she is not immortal like her parents. Added to this, she has been having horrible dreams and her mother is also having them.
When her mother decides that she must go away, Isadora gets her unspoken wish and she is sent to her closest brother, Sirius, in San Diego. Her mother has also arranged a job for her at the local museum to display some of her mother's things, that Isadora describes as cast-offs, but in reality are priceless artifacts. There she meets Tyler, a girl who turns out to be something she never thought she would ever have: a BFF. Yes, Isadora is up on all the latest trends but has never experiences any of them in person. She also meets a sullen poet, Ry, short for Orion, the constellation she was born under. Ry quickly becomes the focus of all of her thoughts but since she feels that nothing is permanent, why should she ever fall in love? Even if the boy is handsome as a Greek god and makes her melt inside?
This is such a wonderful retelling of Egyptian mythology mixed with a bit of Greek. There is such a humorous undertone to White's writing that I just adore. Even though the background of the story revolves around ancient myths this is really a contemporary romance. There is also a mystery going on around Isadora and her family's power struggles. This just has the right balance of both to keep your interest and make this a super fast read. Parents: this is really acceptable for even pre-teens since there is no language issues, only a few kisses and a few instances of violence, which is less that what is on cartoons these days....more
Maddy is set to go to Northwestern University and is all packed when she has second thoughts after an event (spoiler!) and decides to stay and become a Guardian. Contacting Jacks to help her through the rough spots, he becomes moody and withdrawn as she becomes a star. Of course, we are introduced to a new mean girl, Emily, a Downunder mega-angel-in-training as well, since Vivian now has a new boy under her influence and Jacks is damaged goods. Detective Sylvester is sensing some evil presence and with that the bodies are stacking up. The new president of the USA is ganging up with world leaders to outlaw the angel's pay for protection service.
While Maddy is in training, she is having major issues with her flying since she is a late bloomer in the wing department. Tom, a decorated pilot, is brought in to help her with her issues and faster than you can say "Love Triangle", things get weird in Angel City. Jacks is mopey and despondent since he is no longer the center of attention. It seems that Maddy's star is shining brighter now and that doesn't sit well between the two. Bring in the evil doers and we are all set for a major showdown. Well, that almost happens, but this one also ends with a major cliffhanger to keep you tuned in for the last (hopefully!) installment.
Well, I had some major issues with this book since I adored the first one so much. Maddy seemed a bit too into herself rather than being so selfless in the first book. By the end of the story, the old Maddy is shining through. I only hope Jacks can recover as much in the next installment. Tom is an interesting character and between those two boys, there could be some interesting fireworks to come. Parents: this is pretty much any teen show on television. ...more
****spoilers if you haven't read the Of Poseidon****
Emma has learned that her mother is actually Nalia, the long lost Poseidon Princess that Galen's brother, Grom, was slated to mate with when there was an explosion and both thought the other was dead. After some maneuvering on both Galen and Emma's part, the pair are brought together, but not after a harrowing chase and Rebecca's ability to track anything and everyone pinpoints the pair as they try to escape. Galen has lied to Emma, although not intentionally, and she doesn't trust him, but doesn't know what else to do, so she accepts what has happened and still is in love with him. Rayna, is there just to drive you batty and I think I would miss her if she weren't present.
Of course, there is the required lovers' spat and as the pair fight, they can't seem to keep their hands off each other. It is nice to finally get some insight into how Emma came to be and we get to learn more about the history of Nalia/Natalie. The romance between her and Grom is really wonderful. As Emma suspects and Rayna noisily points out, Paca, doesn't have the gift of Poseidon but is an impostor and this all comes to a head in a climatic scene that is truly delicious.
I really enjoyed this one as much as the first, but again, I was left wondering what would happen to the all of the couples again. Will Grom and Nalia be truly reunited? Will Galen and Emma finally get together and mate? Will Rayna ever stop picking on Toraf and admit she is madly in love with him? You do find out bits and pieces, but there isn't a happily ever after yet. Parents: there is a LOT of kissing, not much more than that and overall this is a pretty clean romance geared towards teens. Now, I need the next installment to clear up all these hanging threads.
The group has survived intact so far with only minor injuries and have figured out how to counteract the chemical spillMY THOUGHTS ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
The group has survived intact so far with only minor injuries and have figured out how to counteract the chemical spill as well as fight off a few interlopers who would like to take over the superstore. Alex and Niko decide that they can't sit around in the store forever and repair the bus to get to Denver International Airport where evacuations are taking place. So with them, Batiste, Josie, Sahalia and Brayden who has been shot, all set off to get help in the bus. As they travel through the interstate, the true horror of the catastrophe is even more than they could have imagined. They are met by a group of marauding militia that tell them the airport is nothing more than a death sentence. Still the group plods on.
Back at the store, Astrid and Dean try to keep the three youngest children happy and comfortable and they think that they are safe, another refuge tries to break in and Jake reappears to save them. As Jake describes the devastation outside, they start to gather supplies to make their own trek to the airport. The air quality is deteriorating and they feel they have no other choice since everything seems to be getting worse.
The story again is full of action and perfect descriptions which make for a quick read. The characters are more developed and I needed a book that wasn't a tortured romance -- although there is a bit of that between Astrid and Dean. The ending left me hanging a bit and you do find out the fate of a few of them. I am not going to ruin the outcome of this one since I know you will want to pick this one up. Parents: There is a bit of language and some kissing in this one, as well as some violence but it was nothing like the first one. ...more
Beth has relied on her friend Isaiah to keep her grounded and out of trouble, so when she takes the fall for her mother and abusive boyfriend, her aunt Shirley calls her father's brother, Scott, to bail her out of jail. Scott drags her off to small town Groveton, her parents' home town from Louisville and she must now start a new school. The week before her world shatters, she becomes the focus of a dare at a Taco Bell between some high school jocks. Beth takes their dare and turns it on its head. Never imaging that she would ever see these guys again, she plays them and get one of them to buy her food. We briefly met Beth in Pushing the Limits since Echo started going out with Noah, who lived with her aunt.
Moving in with Scott and his wife, Allison, Beth doesn't like the rules they set since she never had any rules, other than keeping her mother and herself alive and with a place to live. Her life really explodes when she comes face to face with they guy she plays at the Taco Bell. Ryan has what seems the perfect life: a stable home with parents, friends and a truck. As Beth fights back from conforming, Ryan keeps on making contact with her since he can't get her out of his mind. When Scott asks Ryan to help Beth maneuver the high school, he doesn't hesitate accepting, but Beth wants nothing to do with him until she figures out that he is her ticket to freedom.
Well, I only cried twice while reading this one, since I think I was in tears for most of Pushing the Limits. I know there are so many damaged kids out there and this reminds me a lot of kids I knew growing up. With a drug addict for a mother, Beth tried to be the mother but as a teen she is not mature enough to handle the responsibility but does it anyway since she doesn't know any other life. Ryan makes an excellent counterpoint to her since on the surface, it seems like his life is perfect but it is almost as messed up as Beth's. He does have more stability at home though. This book can easily stand alone but really enjoyed get little snippets of how Echo is faring. The next book is supposed to pick up on Isaiah's story which will be interesting and a novella about Lila, Echo's best friend in April, 2013. Parents: this is for more mature teens since there is drinking, drug use, sexual situations but they are all dealt with in a realistic manner. ...more
This book picks up right after the ending of Wake. Gemma has gone with the other three sirens since their leader, Penn, has threatened harm to her family and friends. The story centers much more around her older sister, Harper, and Harper's quest to find Gemma and bring her to safety. This one alternates between Harper and Gemma's point of view. Penn is probably the most evil mean girl I have ever read about and again this story continues with the Slasher Movie goodness. There were a lot of "don't do it" and "something bad is going to happen here" type shouts from me. I read this quick and easy read in about 3 hours, so yes, it really kept my attention!
I am glad I got to know Harper a bit better and Hocking does a wonderful job filling out her character. Like all second books in a series, this one is a bit more quiet and not so full of action until I was left hanging at the end of the book. Of course, that is just to keep me reading the rest of the series. Even Gemma becomes more authentic in this installment. The boys surrounding the girls, Alex and Daniel try their best to help Harper out getting Gemma back home. They may have a few gifts of their own that might help Gemma but those are only alluded to towards the end of the book.
I also loved Marcy, Harper's coworker at the library and her snarky comments. Not everything works like she thinks it should and that is part of Marcy's charm. Now, if Harper can get over the fact that she can't be responsible for Gemma any more than this series will take off. I did miss Nathalie, the girls' mother, not having that strong in this one. I hope she makes more of an appearance in the next. I think I enjoyed this one more than the first since the writing seemed to flow a bit better and it was as cartoony as the first. Parents there is some heavy petting, mentions of alcohol, although no drinking and some violence. ...more
*** spoilers abound if you haven't read Croak -- do so without delay ***
Lex is stuck with an unbearable power to damn souls as well as being a grim reaper, not only can she send souls to the afterlife, she can turn them into ghosts, forced to walk the earth in a neverending afterlife on Earth with no chance of reuniting with loved ones. Zara has tricked Lex into sharing her Damning power and is using it to create chaos beyond removing criminals in order to create a new world order. Driggs is still by Lex's side as well as the other Juniors who now find themselves ostracized by the townspeople of Croak and led by Norwood and Heloise, who place all of Zara's doings squarely on the group of teenagers and depose Uncle Mort as mayor.
In order to escape the hell that is now Croak, the group escapes to DeMyse which is another Grim town much like Las Vegas for reapers. Her uncle Mort has supplied the group with a loophole that allows them to "crash" together to escape the town and Zara. Lex has also uncovered a bit of history and some notes that lead her to search for the Wrong Book which is basically a book of all the wrong things that should never be done and unravel the world's order. Zara is also on the trail of the book and she will do anything to get her hands on it, even kill any who stand in her way.
There is nonstop action as the group bands together to stop Zara and clear their names. As the crew continue to work their way back together, Norwood and Croak are out to get them as well as Zara. Of course this ends in another cliffhanger but with one twist I wasn't expecting. Uncle Mort uses his wiles to protect them all. The story is filled with lots of wonderful wordplay and snarky dialogue that I adore. You are immediately swept up in Lex's world and drama while the descriptions were right on target without being overly wordy. Parents should note that there is lots of PDA between Lex and Driggs, some language, drinking, mentions of drugs, violence and death, so this one is best suited for older teens. ...more
Once picks up right where Eve left off. Eve is now in Califia (really San Francisco), and although she can't see Caleb, they find a way and conspire to escape when Eve overhears the women conspire to turn her over to the king of New America. Well, she tries to escape but is captured and taken to the city in the sand (really Las Vegas). She does reunite with Arden right before her escape and Arden is also captured and returned back to the "school" . Eve finally meets the King who pronounces her his daughter (ok--no way to explain my thoughts without this fact) and she is declared the Princess and renamed Genevieve. Trumpets blare, fanfare erupts and Eve throws a hissy fit but at this point she is entitled (literally).
Still, Eve is convinced that the King's vision for a New America involves some really shady, dictator like stuff that is truly evil and she wants no part of it except to bring him down. Can you say "major daddy issues"? She escapes the palace (really Cesar's Palace -- bonus points!) and reunites with Caleb after doing some recon and helping out the resistance. So you have the basic Romeo and Juliet plot going on here with some end of world dystopian, science fiction elements. Oh and Eve is forced to marry some rich dude in charge of redevelopment.
I have to admit I LOVED this book. I gave the first book, Eve, 5 stars, but this follow up was a bit predicable for me. Even though I read it straight though and it really help my attention, some of the plot points were a bit convenient. I kept expecting more from Caleb but this book is all about Eve. She doesn't need any knight in shining armor to rescue her and I have high hopes for the third book in the trilogy. I know what I want, now lets see if I get it next year.