Tahereh Mafi knows how to write a beautifully compelling story. Each word weighed and measured for that perfect effect. She knows how to make you feelTahereh Mafi knows how to write a beautifully compelling story. Each word weighed and measured for that perfect effect. She knows how to make you feel each emotion clearly and with such conviction that you cannot think of anything else even after you have consumed the very last word. Then your heart and head are overwhelmed, overpowered running to find the proper words to express your myriad of emotions and somehow failing.
FEVER by Lauren Destefano was a much anticipated novel for me because I enjoyed reading it's predecessor, WITHER and was very intrigued on how this neFEVER by Lauren Destefano was a much anticipated novel for me because I enjoyed reading it's predecessor, WITHER and was very intrigued on how this new storyline would play out. Although I anticipated a few plot points, on a whole it was not what I expected.
Upon returning to the bleak world that Rhine and Gabriel inhabit we find them on the run, fleeing a madman that is hell bent on cruel experimentation. Unfortunately they do not enjoy their freedom for long before they are held prisoners in a different kind of torture of which Rhine becomes a feature attraction. They barely escape with another in tow and travel up to Manhattan but the journey is long and they encounter a few hardships along the way but nothing prepares Rhine for what awaits her back home.
When I read WITHER I was drawn to it's heroine Rhine, and her storyline. I admired her spirit and drive to escape her captors and return to the free world and find her brother. I am scarcely into a few pages of FEVER and Rhine quickly becomes ensnared in a fresh kind of hell that is brutal and sexually driven. This new place reminds me of some perverse carnival of the flesh, filled with withered and broken girls, illicit drugs and nightmares. Although this new situation is uncomfortable to read about I do find Madame, the flesh carnival's keeper, to command the pages that she inhabits because she is a ridiculously excessive character that is a perverse shell of a human whom is cunning and crazed by the ghosts in her past. Yet, despite my fascination with her I was eager to leave that place and move on. It is their first of many harrowing moments on their travels but they seem to manage despite their bleak circumstances.
As I witnessed Rhine and Gabriel on their arduous mission to find Rhine's brother I had hoped that their relationship would grow stronger.The frail bond between Rhine and Gabriel is constantly tested by the strain of their situation; Gabriel is dealing with his own personal demons while Rhine seems to drown in memories of her past. While I could tolerate her recollections of her life with her brother I could not stomach her nostalgia of being with Linden and her sister wives. If she was so eager to leave that hellish situation why did she have so many fond memories of it and of Linden? Why didn't she take off her wedding band? Of all the things she does, that fact I find the most off and incomprehensible.
Besides that issue there are several factors that initially threw me off. Some where explained as the story progressed, especially one that caused my head to ache, but at that point I did not care. I guess I became overwhelmed with Rhine's turmoil and delirium and was left dazed and confused. What I previously enjoyed about this series seemed to be lacking with this current novel, too much confusion and shock value situations seemed to prevail, weighing it down.
Despite my thoughts on this novel I enjoy Lauren's writing style for it is well detailed and poetic in nature and the world that she has created is imaginatively original. I just cannot say with certainty if I will return to finish this series....more
Hourglass by Myra Mcentire totally surprised me on how much I adored it and how amazing it was. The reason I believe I was so pleasantly surprised isHourglass by Myra Mcentire totally surprised me on how much I adored it and how amazing it was. The reason I believe I was so pleasantly surprised is because I went in believing this book was about a girl with the ability to see ghosts, nowadays a plot that isn't original, but I was nevertheless intrigued. So you can imagine my surprise that the concept of this book was something altogether different.
Hourglass is a story about Emerson Cole a teenage girl that has been plagued with ghostly apparitions shortly before her parents death in a tragic accident. Since then she has had a difficult time coping but after a stint in a mental institution and years away at boarding school she is back in town as her scholarship runs out. Luckily she has her older brother Thomas and his wife Dru that have become Em's anchor and support. It is Thomas who finds Micheal, a consultant from the Hourglass whom he hires to help Emerson with her "problem" and from that day on she is never the same again. Normal is so overrated anyway.
There are many aspects of this story that I enjoy and one of them is the strong adult presence in Emerson's life. Many times stories have absent parents and adult guidance but this story is not the case. It was refreshing to see Emerson confide in her brother Thomas and that they have such a special bond and that he doesn't treat her as if she is crazy and he truly looks out for her *sigh* so heartwarming. I also admire Dru for she is a great motherly influence that has an awesome sense of style and she gives Emerson that balance that she needs.
As for Emerson Cole she a kick ass protagonist and she has won a special place in my heart. Her wicked sarcasm is consistently hilarious. "Holy Hormones Batman" is one of my favorite Emisms and I totally admit to using it. Her interactions with Micheal are sizzling, fun and you just never know what is going to happen next between them but you know you want more of it. Micheal lends that mystery and intrigue to the story that keeps you on the edge and as you get to know and understand him you are already half in love with him. As with the another character Kabel, yowza talk about someone to get the blood pumping faster than a roller coaster ride. Whenever he made an appearance I would be left fanning myself, what a lady killer and I cannot wait to see happens with him in subsequent novels as with the other characters that also became endeared to me.
I admired the whole science fiction concept of this book and considering that I am totally not a sci-fi fan that is saying alot. The idea behind Hourglass is so very innovative that I was eager to know what it was all about from the very beginning. I was made a captive audience and I did not want to stop reading. Hourglass has so many amazing twists, and although I saw a few coming I was completely blind-sided by some of the others and I loved that about this book.
I cannot sing enough praises for Hourglass and I know that the YA genre of readers will devour it greedily and demand more because it is that engrossing and original of a novel and in this market of overused themes and characters, that says alot.
REVIEW TO COME SOON I enjoyed this book so much. It was an action packed roller coaster ride of a story that is SCI-FI and I LOVED IT. I am truly leftREVIEW TO COME SOON I enjoyed this book so much. It was an action packed roller coaster ride of a story that is SCI-FI and I LOVED IT. I am truly left wondering....are they really out there? ...more
IMMORTAL BELOVED is a great book for readers. adult and teen alike, who enjoy reading fantasies that are edged in darkness, mysterious, and romantic.IMMORTAL BELOVED is a great book for readers. adult and teen alike, who enjoy reading fantasies that are edged in darkness, mysterious, and romantic. The characters in this inventive story live forever, yet are not vampires but true immortals who struggle with something far greater than a simple person can conceive. IMMORTAL BELOVED is narrated by Natasya-- an immortal who has lived nearly 500 years who is barely surviving her very existence when she is pushed over the edge one evening and decides to flee everything and everyone she has known. She leaves London and relocates to a small town in Massachusetts, to live with other immortals that seek peace and meaning to their life. Thus begins Nastasya's true journey to self acceptance and worth
I truly enjoyed IMMORTAL BELOVED because the lives of the immortals, especially Nastasya, are revealed slowly but carefully, leaving you wanting to know more about her past as well as her present. Tiernan does an excellent job of weaving Nastasyas two stories (past and present) through a series of flashbacks and present day that makes the reader understand not only who she is, but what she's fighting against. You become her champion as you witness her life unfold before your eyes and laugh out loud at her snarky comments that lend light laughter to this dark fantasy tale. The romantic element in this story is a welcome surprise that does not overwhelm the entire storyline but adds a bit tension that leaves you satisfied and very curious. I also enjoyed the fact that the story does leave you with a big cliffhanger ending yet you are left wanting to read more about Nastasya and what will happen next. ...more
Actually 3 1/2 The first few sentences will fill you with a sense of dread, the very idea unimaginable but by the time you finish the first chapter yoActually 3 1/2 The first few sentences will fill you with a sense of dread, the very idea unimaginable but by the time you finish the first chapter you will be left saying "YES! justice is served but WTF just happened".
Debut author Kate Kaynak has penned a novel that has an original and cerebral concept.
MINDER is a story about sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn, an ordinary girl that finds out that she has a most extraordinary and deadly ability during a rape attack. She does not know how or why it happened all she knows is that three boys are now dead because of her and before she can make sense of anything she encounters Dr. Williamson and he has a proposition for her that she cannot refuse. He wants Maddie to join the Ganzfield program that he runs. It is a unique program for people with special abilities and once Maddie gets there she finds out that she is a MINDER, a person capable of wicked mind control. As Maddie tries to adjust to this new found information about herself she encounters the other teens at Ganzfield and some have even more terrifying abilities then her own and It is not long before she makes some dangerous enemies. Then she meets Trevor, a boy that has the ability to burn buildings with a stray thought, and soon she looses her heart. Unfortunately there are outside forces that want to destroy Ganzfield and all of its inhabitants.
As I began reading MINDER I was completely pulled into it. I found the story to have a unique twisted edge that I really enjoyed. Then as the story progressed so did the love interest between Maddie and Trevor and it began to wear on me. If anything I always want more romance in a story but their moments were ridiculously sappy to the point that I did not think I could take much more. Thankfully the story shifted into an new direction and I was able to continue until it's gripping and exciting end. I would like to read the next book in the series which is called ADVERSARY because I believe that this series has great potential.
For those that are interested in a paranormal read with a different edge and romance than this is a good series for you.
If you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be?
Are you sure about that...?
Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a wicked strIf you had to choose between Heaven and Hell, which would it be?
Are you sure about that...?
Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance--even her closest friends--and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions--for Hell--and she possesses a unique skill set that has the king of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he's as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance.
Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn't get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.
But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay...for all of them.
Upon reading the synopsis for PERSONAL DEMONS I knew that I wanted to read it because it had certain elements that I enjoy in a book: the battle between good and evil, otherwordly hot boys, mystery and an ordinary girl (well..not so ordinary) that is oblivious to all the danger surrounding her. So, you can see how I found this story hard to resist and devoured it once I got it into my waiting hands.
Yet, as I began PERSONAL DEMONS I had a difficult time associating with Frannie for I felt her development was a bit anemic and I did not want to invest in her future. Then as the story progressed I felt my feeling slightly shift because Frannie's power is unique and I am eager to see how her "gift" is ultimately used and what it will mean for everyone involved, good or evil. On the other hand, Luc proved to be the character that I enjoyed seeing the most 0n the the pages. I liked witnessing his journey and how he struggled with his baser insticts. He had a wicked side, and of course he would for he was the soul wrangler from hell but once he began his pursuit of Frannie's soul it was not long before his feelings for her thwarted his mission and he was left a changed being. His character overhaul worked wonderfully with the story line and became totally believable. As for Gabe, I felt that he was somehow incomplete because I did not get see his POV as I had with the other two main characters. Although I can understand the why's of that concept due to how the story progressed, I still would have preferred witnessing his POV.
I feel that the story concept for PERSONAL DEMONS is unlike anything that I have read before because it has some wickedly charged moments that are breath catching and truly entertaining while keeping you on the edge of your seat. It is a good start to a new series. A story between Heaven and Hell and how they both want a certain girl, you will find yourself tempted by both sides: good and evil, and never feel so conflicted in your life. Which side would you choose? ...more