Callie Woodland had a beautiful life. Callie had a mother and devoted father, a brother and a nice house, but all of that changed as a massive shift Callie Woodland had a beautiful life. Callie had a mother and devoted father, a brother and a nice house, but all of that changed as a massive shift came over her world destroying everything she thought she had. In this future a disease has wiped out all of the middle aged people in the US, Callie and thousand upon thousands of other kids lost their parents to a deadly sickness that tore their world apart. With a police state where enforcers are coming and rounding up parentless kids and sending them into asylums or playing them in deadly work camps, Callie and her brother Tyler are struggling to survive and stay free in this dangerous new reality. Callie is trying to keep her sick and ailing brother alive and safe from the Marshal's hunting kids relentlessly when she hears about a new opportunity to raise money-loan your body. The elderly, Ender's, pay dearly to replay their youth with the new found ability to rent a host body and basically upload into someone's mind and relive their youth. For Callie learns all about being a Renter from the company Prime Destinations, and as she loans out her body so not only finds that things can go wrong, but people do not always follow the rules of their contract. Caught in a dangerous position Callie Woodland must choose to save herself, or save all of the lost children of the future. Can one man and one law destroy them all? Lissa Price has created an action packed new release that will grip readers with the plights of the decimated kids struggling in a world that has lost compassion for them. Sold and imprisoned like cattle kids in the future soon may find themselves lost to the aging generation of Enders as nothing but a new body for hire or perhaps eternity? With a great cast of characters and new twist around every turn Starter's by Lissa Price will introduce readers to a frightening future that lays the cost of war upon the disenfranchised youth. With no where to go really, and everything to loose how far would you go to help those that you love?...more
Sophie Lawson has been having a hard time at her job in the Underworld, what with the Vampires taking over, her boss missing, and staff cuts but when Sophie Lawson has been having a hard time at her job in the Underworld, what with the Vampires taking over, her boss missing, and staff cuts but when her boss does not believe there is a hunt on paranormals Sophie takes care of her own. Being not quite human, and yet not quite paranormal has left her out of many social circles and has lost her Alex her past boyfriend. Alone and yet with her Guardian Will Sophie starts to take on the night and investigate what is going wrong in the Underworld while at the same time dodging bullets and saving her roommates.
Under Suspicion came off as a stronger read than the last UDA novel, I was glad to see Sophie take action and investigate her murdered clients while also take some romance under her belt. With Sophie attracted to both local Will and Alex who spends the novel off working, Sophie finally gets some action, while also coming to grips with the unavailability of Alex. Tired of being passed off at work, Sophie follows leads into the murders of citizens of the Underworld while also being hunted herself. Where the facts start to lead Sophie can turn dangerous to her health around every turn, and some great accompanying characters save or break her day.
Readers will delight in some of the antics of supporting characters in the series and see a few new ones, while the snarky commentary and bunny slippers will keep up from what was in the previous books. I find myself always questioning the covers of this series because while I love the cover art itself, I do not find any connection to Sophie herself through them but in Under Suspicion we learn from Sophie herself that this would be her ideal model of what she wants to look like in: "In my imagination I am Sophie Lawson, Badass Investigator, Paranormal Specialist. I wear black leather like a second skin; I wield a sexy jeweled sword; I have the kind of hair that files in gorgeous wisps over my naked, carved shoulders." (ARC pg 177)So with that in mind I can have compassion for the covers because really would we not many times imagine ourselves as this awesome heroine and look fabulous? when really reality is not as kind to oneself in skintight leather and well, swords are pretty pricey. So while I agree with Sophie, our imagined selves are quite full of badassery all too often. Sophie does follow her leads and take the reins in saving not only her Underworld, but also some of her friends. The ending was complete awesome and now I cannot wait to see what comes in the next installments of the Underworld Detective Agency Series....more
The Way We Fall will captivate readers with it's strong determined characters who face a devestating outbreak on a closed off island. What happens wheThe Way We Fall will captivate readers with it's strong determined characters who face a devestating outbreak on a closed off island. What happens when the community you grew up in is falling apart and your neighbors turn against you in fear and spread a sickness that has no cure? TWWF is an amazing story of the human spirit in the face of trial and loss. We are introduced to a cast of characters that are loosing everyone they love, while at the same time the island is begging for help from a mainland that has abandoned them in the face of a world wide outbreak. While some take advantage of the sick and passes some people are struggling to help those to survive....more
I was excited to read about this release and a twist on the witch. While the world is putting witched aside and moving onto new dangerous grounds theI was excited to read about this release and a twist on the witch. While the world is putting witched aside and moving onto new dangerous grounds the Cahill sisters try to hide their magic and find their inner powers as their family's past can create a great shadow of disaster for their future.
This debut release from Jessica Spotswood is just stunning. Through these sister we learn of a past and a future both at the edge of destruction while at the same time their family is falling apart and love is finding its way into a witch's heart. Born Wicked has a great cast of characters that are in a richly described world that will catch and captivate readers in its spell. I know I was ensnared and could not put it down. ...more
Jane just wants a nice quiet wedding, is that too much to ask for? As Jane's mother dons the planning gloves and sweeps through her affairs, Jane soon Jane just wants a nice quiet wedding, is that too much to ask for? As Jane's mother dons the planning gloves and sweeps through her affairs, Jane soon finds herself in the midst of raising a newly turned adolescent vampire amidst an assassination attempt on her fiancee. Living with one man in the house just got messier with newly turned Jamie the milkman coming to live in house with Jane and Gabriel, and soon the town is raising pitchforks against the trio and the undead haters plague Jane and company. To save her wedding, her fiance and her undead life Jane has to conquer her Council, her enemies, spectral relatives, but also her mother. The antics and the ruffle and fur soon fly throughout Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors and payback is a biatch when bridesmaids dresses are chosen and as people thwart Jane's future. This is a wild ride of snarky reading that will delight Jane fans and keep us chuckling and cheering Jane on for her dream wedding with Gabriel. If the wedding doesn't kill them all a second time then their adversaries may just finish them off....more
Variant is about a school run by kids, left to themselves with a set of rules that can be deadly. The real gem in the book was the set building and thVariant is about a school run by kids, left to themselves with a set of rules that can be deadly. The real gem in the book was the set building and the massive secret that is hidden with this Private school at Maxfield Academy. When our main character Benson Fisher is dropped off within the walls, he thinks he is accepted into an elite school and can make something of himself through it, but really he has taken the step out a door into a whole new reality. Robinson Wells has created a daring and deadly group of characters who are trying to survive through their days at the Academy. Maybe there is something up with those ultra elite selective secret Academies and soon Benson finds himself getting a real education, but it may have serious consequences if he cannot find himself out of it. Variant was a thrilling and chilling new read that was cast in dystopian setting and yet filled with an amazing group of characters. Once in, you may never find yourself out of an engaging read like Variant. ...more
Scorpio Races is the newest release from acclaimed author Maggie Steifvater, author of the Wolves if Mercy Falls series.
The rich detail and passionateScorpio Races is the newest release from acclaimed author Maggie Steifvater, author of the Wolves if Mercy Falls series.
The rich detail and passionate characters that Maggie brought to her wolves crosses into this latest release that asks is the question " how far would you go for what you love?"
In Thisby the tides are turning and with the coming of November brings in the entry of the capaill uisce, a fearsome type of man eating water horse. The Scorpio Race itself has been a time honored tradition for the men of the island, and with the coming of the capaill uisce, begins the beginning of the bloodletting. The savage water horses eat their way through island and rider as they yearn for the sea and the men and boys yearn for the title of winner for the races of the year. With dangerous training and jockeying for places the riders have someone new in their midst, a girl named Puck with a home to save.
Scorpio Races brings in amazing characters who are looking for a future with their small island while all feeling the call or the chains of the sea. SR is breathtaking to read, I ate up the pages and could not put it down. It's story enthralled me as a reader. It was just incredible. Growing up is hard enough but our characters have this huge responsibility to save themselves, their home, their family, their way of life. The world building was spectacular, you could almost feel the pull of the sea in it's pages. Maggie S has created a masterpiece of possibilities in the Scorpio Races....more
At the end of Hard Bitten we were all in tears, but Drink Deep packed a powerhouse of awesomesauce.
When the going gets tough, Merit takes it and keepAt the end of Hard Bitten we were all in tears, but Drink Deep packed a powerhouse of awesomesauce.
When the going gets tough, Merit takes it and keeps going. She fights for what is right in the world, while all the wrongs are piling up. While still grieving for the loss of Master, Partner, and love Ethan, Merit has to rise above her immediate grief as all hell breaks apart in the natural world. As the rivers turn black, the skies burn, and the earth turns the supernatural community is blamed and Cadogan House is the main target of the human, and media clash.
Merit has to save her community, her house, her life, and her friends all in Drink Deep and while it all hurts, Merit keeps kicking arse.
I loved Drink Deep. I could not put it down. DD tied all of the elements from the series and revealed new things about these so well loved characters. Through every twist and every turn we all wanted to be there for Merit, and as it wall was falling apart we can only hope that it gets better.
Will Ethan be a memory, or something more to Merit. Now that the world is in turmoil, what will happen with Jonah and the Red Guard, plus what will the repercussions be from the GP towards Merit and Cadogan house?
How will Merit rise above all that she has lost and will loose in the future?
Drink Deep will astound readers with its rich story line and the perseverance and compassion of the characters within this series. The Chicagoland Vampire series will keep readers on the edge of their seats and awaiting the next book in hand, it is just that good!...more
This is the beginning of a good series. I finished this book one rainy day last week, and I was totally engrossed inside the pages. The storyline jumpeThis is the beginning of a good series. I finished this book one rainy day last week, and I was totally engrossed inside the pages. The storyline jumped around a bit, and it took me a few chapters to get into the story. but once the plot developed, I am hooked. Author Bree Despain brings forth several characters that drag you into their dark pasts and leaves you really wanting more in the end. More books that is. While the pace is a little in getting used to since there are parts that are retold from earlier years while the characters are relating to them, I still really enjoyed it. Sometimes I had to reread parts to really get a feel for where I was in the book, but I enjoyed it and cannot wait until my library gets the second book from order....more
I really enjoyed a lot of the character interactions in this book. It started off great, and left me wanting a lot more. I am glad to have read it andI really enjoyed a lot of the character interactions in this book. It started off great, and left me wanting a lot more. I am glad to have read it and I loved the turns the book took. It was fantastic. ...more