The dry cracked earth and sand was all that Sydelle knew since she was 7 years old. Her town had been plagued by drought for many years until the day...moreThe dry cracked earth and sand was all that Sydelle knew since she was 7 years old. Her town had been plagued by drought for many years until the day when a mysteriously handsome stranger comes into her town bringing forth the rain.
Sydelle's father is so grateful for the relief that he promises Wayland North anything. To Sydelle's dismay North demands her in return and her family willingly obliges. Yet she cannot protest much for North has an important mission and has to move swiftly. What happens next is an adventure like no other. As this wondrous story moves along in quick progression the plot still feels natural. The pacing swift without any bumps and as magical and mysterious as North appears to be. Not to say this tenuous couple don't find their share of elemental troubles like earthquakes and storms along the way besides the fact that an evil wizard is hunting them down. While North continues to be silent, Sydelle takes charge on seeks her own answers to all the mystery that surrounds him. Sydelle is a force to be recognized and it is a refreshing bit to this engaging tale. What is truly amazing about this story, however, is the relationship that develops between Sydelle and North. Its development is subtle, simmering beneath the surface. Hints of it are always tugging just at the edges of the story, but without ever fully overriding the plot and it will leave you clamouring for more. Alexandra Bracken did an amazing job with her debut novel and I cannot speak of its praises enough. A different take on wizardry with a dusting of romancing and a protagonist that is spirited as she is different. If you are a fan of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce than this a gem of a read that will take you to far away lands and adventure (less)
Wow! This book is beyond anything I have read. I cannot stop thinking about it. DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS was so well written that I could experience the c...moreWow! This book is beyond anything I have read. I cannot stop thinking about it. DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS was so well written that I could experience the claustrophobic living conditions, the overwhelming stench of mold and decay and understand the reasons that Lucy needed to keep the family "secret" safe.
Lucy is coming home from the movies, a great night out with her BFF and her school crush and before she could reach her front porch all good thoughts come to a crashing halt. Lucy knows that within the walls of her house lies a filthy secret; her mother is a hoarder and she is trapped within the confines of that fact, isolated. Lucy survives by clinging to the knowledge that she only has two years left before she can leave as her sibling have done before her. Then Lucy finds her mother had died while she was out and with her hand poised to dial 911, the reality of her family life causes her to reconsider. So she sets a two day deadline and what happens next is hour by hour account of Lucy's struggle to keep her family's secret from ever being public knowledge.
The story of a teenage girl trying to live a normal teenage life when her home life is anything but normal will grab you and not let go. Lucy's overwhelming desire to fit in and her forced isolation to make her life bearable are well detailed. And as Lucy valiantly tries to clean the layers of dirt and grime, the years of living with her mother are painfully revealed and it is fascinatingly disturbing.
DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS is a thought provoking and stunning read. You will question yourself and wonder. How far would you go to protect your family secrets?
The wolves of Mercy Falls return in this much anticipated sequel, LINGER. A book full of heartbreaking moments, words left unsaid and the cold.
Maggie...moreThe wolves of Mercy Falls return in this much anticipated sequel, LINGER. A book full of heartbreaking moments, words left unsaid and the cold.
Maggie Stiefvater has a profound way of making the words on the page seize your heart and burrow into your brain so that you are immersed in the moment. Once you begin on course you cannot stop until the last words are consumed and you are left aching.
In LINGER we find Sam struggling with that fact that he is human and will no longer change back to wolf form....but every temperature drop causes his heart to sink in nervous anticipation. Cole, the new wolf created by Beck is hell bent on remaining in his wolf form but his wishes are continually denied. Isabel's efforts at having control are greatly tested as she tries to deal with her brother's death and her only form of escape is Cole. Grace continues to hide the fact that Sam is staying with her at night but it is a secret she cannot maintain for long especially when her health begins to deteriorate. All of these characters impact one another and when the unimaginable happens they will have to rely on each other until the very end.
I could begin with a cavalcade of superlatives, but as time passes I am hard pressed to illicit such intense emotion. It is not to say that I did not enjoy reading LINGER, because I did, but what made me initially fall in love with this series was slightly amiss this time around. While I relished the the dual POV in SHIVER, I found the increased POV's in LINGER distracting. The intimacy that was once shared between Sam and Grace was diminished and it was missed. I did appreciate reading about Cole and his inner struggle for it added a bit of darkness to the storyline that gave it a gritter edge. I could have gone without being inside Isabel's mind, for she is still shallow as ever. Another storyline that I disliked was the sudden interest that Grace's parents had in her well being, not to say that it was not merited but it just seemed out of character after reading SHIVER. I adored the new twist in the storyline and did not see it coming. I only know that I have to know what happens next. What I did admired most about this novel was Maggie's writing style. It is beautiful beyond comprehension and at times I would be bereft of words to explain the ache that was building in my chest. I know that those that have read SHIVER will enjoy LINGER, maybe not to the same extent but will be content.
Actually 4 1/2 stars Upon reading Radiant Shadows I was a bit apprehensive because of my lackluster affection towards its predecessor, Fragile Eternity...moreActually 4 1/2 stars Upon reading Radiant Shadows I was a bit apprehensive because of my lackluster affection towards its predecessor, Fragile Eternity, but I need not have concerned myself because Radiant Shadows is beyond brilliant.
With a return to the Wicked Lovely series, Melissa Marr has written a sumptuous tale filled with chaos, romance, secrets, passion, desire and blood. A story that will consume you from it's very first page until the last and you will find yourself reluctant to leave the world that was so amazingly written.
Devlin is the creation of sisters-mother's Sorcha and Bananach. He is loyal to them both and the high queens assassin. Ani, a halfling, is the daughter of Gabriel, keeper of the wild hunt. A beloved of the dark court and of deep interest to both Sorcha and Bananach when it becomes known that there is more to Ani then anyone could have imagined. Years ago Devlin disobeyed his beloved queen and now that fact has come to haunt him or be his salvation he does not know. As Devlin tries to figure this out, Sorcha's court becomes suddenly tenuous as she slips away due to her inability to rule without Seth nearby and Bananach grows stronger with each passing day. Ani and Devlin must trust in each other despite their fears and find a way to save the world of faery before it ceases to exist.
Melissa Marr has again created a story that I cannot stop thinking about. I adore the dark court and all of it's passionate characters. The whispers of treachery, danger and romance combined has caused me to fall in love with this series all over again and remember why Melissa Marr is one of my favorite authors. I have not enjoyed this series as much since WICKED LOVELY and now I am overwhelmed with the urge to find out what happens next. I want more and I want it now.
This book is key for those fans of the Wicked Lovely series and if you haven't started them yet then you absolutely have to. It is positively addictive
Carrie Jones' newest installment in the Pixie saga does not fail in grabbing your attention and holding it captiv...morePixies, Were's and kisses.... OH MY!!
Carrie Jones' newest installment in the Pixie saga does not fail in grabbing your attention and holding it captive. CAPTIVATE is a great read, total fun and a perfect follow-up to NEED.
CAPTIVATE continues shortly after Zara and her gang of awesome (Issie, Dylan and Nick) imprisoned her needy pixie dad and his followers out in the woods. Pixie sightings are on the rise so it is no surprise when Zara encounters a powerful pixie tied up in the woods, the shocker is the Valkyrie that is holding him captive. Yup, I said Valkyrie! If that isn't enough for Zara to process she begins to turn blue and cannot seem to keep from getting dizzy. As she saves this new pixie from certain doom the information that he now gives her causes to seek answers from the most unlikely of choices. Now Zara has the answers she seeks, but with that knowledge comes certain heartache and new fears. Will she be able to make the right choices and save the ones she loves? or will she regret her actions?
I enjoyed CAPTIVATE for being pure entertainment and holding me within it's pages. I always enjoy Nick and Zara's interactions and was more than happy with how things progressed with Issie and Dylan. The only gripe I have is that I believe the story took a bit to get going. I was more than eager to get the ball rolling and once it did, I was more than satisfied. I am eager to see how Zara's choices comes into play in the next book of which I am sure to read.
So, if you have read NEED than you must read CAPTIVATE and continue the adventure, and if you haven't started on this series then you need to :) (less)
Katrina Bishop is fifteen and a student at one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country, a fact that any father would proud of.....Unle...moreKatrina Bishop is fifteen and a student at one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country, a fact that any father would proud of.....Unless you are Bobby Bishop; a master con artist and thief.
Katrina had decided to retire from the family business and go to school and live a "normal" life. Yet, before she could recieve grades Katrina is thrust back into the life she tried so hard to escape. Hale, her former partner in crime comes back into her life and informs her that an impossible crime has been committed. A heist that only a master thief could accomplish and Katrina's father is at the top of that list, in fact he is the list. Why should this concern her? Maybe I failed to mention that the person that was robbed is a powerful mobster and he wants stolen property back, like yesterday.
Katrina knows that she is faced with only one option. Find the stolen goods and clear her father's name, no matter what. Never mind the fact that it is mission impossible and she only has a handful of teen cons to assist her. Katrina is soon traveling all over the world and making some very unusual friends as she proves that she has the family genes to pull off her biggest heist yet.
With HEIST SOCIETY, Ally Carter has created an adventure that is well paced and packed full of twists and turns that will take you all across the world while never having to leave your seat. A great cross between the Italian Job and Gossip Girl while bringing to light the unfortunate Nazi plundering of family treasures during the second World War. A wicked good read that will have you guessing until the very last page.
I can only hope that there will be more of Kat and her amazing crew in the future.
INCARCERON is a story that is an imaginatively rich and uniquely different from anything you have ever read before. A Gothic, enigmatic, steam punk ad...moreINCARCERON is a story that is an imaginatively rich and uniquely different from anything you have ever read before. A Gothic, enigmatic, steam punk adventure tale that will slowly seep into your mind and flourish there.
Catherine Fisher's INCARCERON is a novel of a an unprecedented penitentiary system created in a dystopian world that is self sufficient, complex and vast beyond any one's imagination. All of those that inhabit the prison can never leave and It is believed by those outside of it's walls to be a Utopian society but nothing could be more contradictory.
INCARCERON centers on two characters from both sides of it's prison walls. Finn is on the inside, part of a cut throat group of bandits that terrorize it's inhabitants. Although Finn is part of this group he does not feel as if he ever truly belonged to it or to Incarceron itself. A fact that his blood brother Kiero does not understand but tolerates because it is believed that Finn is a star seer; a person receiving guidance from Sapphique the only person to have ever escaped Incarceron.
Claudia is on the outside, daughter to the warden of Incarceron. Engaged to wed the Queen's son and too smart to withstand the insipid folly of court politics, but an unfortunate pawn in her father's wishes for power. She dreams for a different life, one of freedom from society's tyranny and for her lost betrothed whom had died many years before.
What happens between these two character's that sets them on the same path is mind bending. You will be sent on an adventure that is full of plot twists and drops that will leave you thunderstruck and just as you think you have it all figured out the rug gets pulled from underneath you and all you want is more more more. I will admit to having a bit of a struggle within the first fifty pages because the world that Catherine Fisher created is so complex and detailed that my mind was working overtime to process it all but I am glad that I was tenacious and stayed with it. Once I absorbed this new world into my brain I was reluctant to leave it and was consumed by it's story and cast of memorable characters that rounded out this astonishing book. I cannot wait for Saphhique the next book in this series.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure, intrigue and imaginative story telling at it's very best.
I read DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston and am certain that it is one of my most favorite books, EVER! Seriously, I cannot begin to give this book enoug...moreI read DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston and am certain that it is one of my most favorite books, EVER! Seriously, I cannot begin to give this book enough praise and feel that I could not do it justice, but I will try. Like the feeling you get when you listen to that perfect song, when the melody and lyrics combined make you smile for days, yes it is that good.
Lesley Livingston has crafted a gorgeously seductive novel, rich with faerie magick, breathtaking romance and some of the most vividly engaging characters you will ever behold in print.
DARKLIGHT, the continuation novel to WONDROUS STRANGE is centered on Kelly Winslow, a girl living her dream of performing on the stage in NYC. Not to forget that she comes from faery royalty(whom both parents she despises), that her love is in another dimension finishing off the marauders of the wild hunt, and now she is being hunted by someone with a major grudge. As if that isn't enough a startling secret is revealed, something that can change all their lives forever.
I am completely enthralled with this series because it is literary magic. The words that flow from it's pages will grab you and hold you hostage and once you begin this adventure you will never want it to end. An amazing read for all ages, a true gem filled with romance, danger and excellent story telling and now I cannot wait for the conclusion to this series. The only thing I regret is that it is almost over, but that only means that I get to read them all over again.
I had the added bonus of listening to it (which is also read by Lesley Livingston) and she did such an amazing job. That is why I got to this book at this point instead of last month. I enjoyed listening to WONDROUS STRANGE so much that I had to wait and listen to the audio version of DARKLIGHT. If your a fan of audio books then this is the one to attain for Lesley's perfect pitch, timing and brogue's are music to your ears.