Lila is good at what she does. She can sneak into any location and take away items and secrets without being caught. Her newest task is to steal an arLila is good at what she does. She can sneak into any location and take away items and secrets without being caught. Her newest task is to steal an arsenal of black blades without Victor Draconi realizing they are missing. Lila knows that Victor wants to eliminate the Sinclair line and reassert his family’s dominance over all of the magical mob families, what she doesn’t know is how far he is willing to take it. Can Lila and her friends overcome all the magic Victor has been stealing from monsters? In the end, which family will come out on top?
Bright Blaze of Magic is the third book in the Black Blade series. Readers will need to reach nearly the end to discover the results of this long lasting feud and this could be the end of the series. Yet Estep has created a world that is so diverse that it wouldn’t be hard to create more stories or a spin off series. The action is intense and the magic is thrown about without thought and both of these components make for a fantastic read. If more books are written, I will definitely be looking to add them to my TBR list. ...more
Earth has been destroyed, the rebel group has fallen apart and Skylar has been put in a living museum with the few Earthlings that were spared from thEarth has been destroyed, the rebel group has fallen apart and Skylar has been put in a living museum with the few Earthlings that were spared from the destruction. Win is home and pretending to be loyal to Kemya, yet he can’t believe that everyone just accepts what the Council tells them. Can Win and Skylar get the truth out? Will the Kemyate people work together to let the Earthlings free?
A Sky Unbroken is the third and final book in the Earth & Sky trilogy. Crewe has the story continue shortly after the last book and she portrays the short time frame with the quickly advancing storyline. The survival of two people groups is at stake, yet only a few characters are observant enough to understand the risks they are all facing. Although this is a final book, Crewe took the story all the way to the last pages before the reader is able to discover the outcome. That in itself was fine, but in the end I found myself rechecking the last pages to see if I missed something. I don’t know what was missing, but the ending was not satisfying. A fine story in itself, but probably should have had another 30 pages. ...more
There is a new social networking site that is only for students at Nottawa High School. It is by invitation only and includes some added benefits. TeeThere is a new social networking site that is only for students at Nottawa High School. It is by invitation only and includes some added benefits. Teens can tell the website a “need” and they will be given a task. When the task is completed, their need is met. The tasks seem trivial … until they are not. As the pranks turn into crimes and people begin to die, will anyone step up and question who is behind this website? Are there any lines these students won’t cross to have their needs met?
Need is a new young adult thriller that will keep readers turning page after page. The alternating voices of the different students give the reader insight into the thoughts of the victims and the perpetrators. The entire story takes place within a very brief time period and I found myself wanting to complete the book quickly too. Readers who pick up this book because they loved Charbonneau’s the Testing trilogy will not be disappointed with this social media gone wrong story. ...more
Chloe has survived being possessed by her mother and is trying to come to grips with the fact that her mother has been alive for over a century with tChloe has survived being possessed by her mother and is trying to come to grips with the fact that her mother has been alive for over a century with the help of dark magic. She has no memories of the past few days and even though she is trying to stay away from her mother’s magic, she feels an unexpected pull that she can’t seem to control. After ritualistic killings begin again, Chloe must venture back into the dark French Quarter to try and stop her mother from killing once more. Can Chloe control her own powers in time to stop her mother? What risks will she be willing to make and which lines will she be unwilling to cross.
Gathering Deep is the second book in the Sweet Unrest series. Events pick up shortly after the conclusion of the last book and Maxwell has woven reminders about crucial portions to nudge the reader’s mind. Even though this is a fiction novel with a magical component, the storyline itself just didn’t feel real. Most of the scenes read as if they were included because of a requirement given by a person other than the author. The book itself was enjoyable, but not memorable and readers may find that they are wishing the book would end so that they could move onto their next read. I will probably read book three, but if it doesn’t get better I won’t be continuing this series. ...more
In Progress Review - PAINFUL! - If I wanted to read Harry Potter FanFiction, then I would look for this book. If I wanted a book that is always refereIn Progress Review - PAINFUL! - If I wanted to read Harry Potter FanFiction, then I would look for this book. If I wanted a book that is always referencing events from previous books (that don't exist), then I would look for this book.
Final Review - Nothing redemptive. :( Many times I don't like a book, but then at the end I found redeeming qualities. This book was ho hum the entire way through. I like Rowell and really hope she DOESN'T write a sequel. ...more
Peak is trying to behave in the big city and not climb any sky scrapers. He really doesn’t want to break any laws, but the urge to climb is in his bloPeak is trying to behave in the big city and not climb any sky scrapers. He really doesn’t want to break any laws, but the urge to climb is in his blood. After being solicited to join a team of young climbers from around world, Peak and his mother travel to Afghanistan with the hopes of creating a peace inspiring documentary. Unfortunately, peace is hard to come by in a country that has known war for too many years and when their camp is attacked, the guards are killed and his mother is kidnapped, Peak must undertake the task of thwarting the rest of the plan.
The Edge is the second book in the Peak series. Although it has been over eight years since the first book was published, this story picks up a little over a year later. Smith mentions events and people from the first book that may nudge a reader’s memory, yet even those readers who never read the first book can thoroughly enjoy this novel. A fast paced read with a quickly changing storyline that will appeal to male and female readers alike. Even though I have never been climbing, I still felt as if I was alongside Peak on his many adventures and my heart raced with anticipation at each twist and turn. This is a great adventure story that can be easily devoured in a few sittings (or one big one). ...more
Liddi Jantzen is always in the news and not for good reasons. She is the only daughter in a powerful tech family, yet she isn’t very tech savvy herselLiddi Jantzen is always in the news and not for good reasons. She is the only daughter in a powerful tech family, yet she isn’t very tech savvy herself. After strange men come to her house and she has to run for her life, she discovers that there is an interplanetary plot beyond her own understanding. Her captor embeds a device to monitor her every word, and if she speaks her brothers will be killed. In order to save her brothers, Liddi escapes to another world and enlists Tiav to help her solve the mystery. How do you communicate when you can’t speak and your culture no longer uses the written language? Will Liddi be able to balance the need to survive with the sacrifice needed to save her brothers?
Spinning Starlight is a modern retelling of The Wild Swans story. Liddi’s eight brothers are caught in a technological limbo and she must discover the loop hole to get them out. Since it is more than just her brothers’ life at stake, she must consider all results, even those that affect connected worlds. Lewis’s companion story to Stitching Snow is easily read by itself, yet those who haven’t read that book will be adding it to their TBR list … I know I am. A totally different retelling of a classic tale that is worth the investment of reading time. ...more
Lo-Melkhiin has had over 300 wives and all of them have died. He is on his way to the next village and when she sees the dust signaling the approachinLo-Melkhiin has had over 300 wives and all of them have died. He is on his way to the next village and when she sees the dust signaling the approaching group, she devises a plan to ensure that her sister, the loveliest girl in her village, will be spared. Even if it means that she must marry the king and face the death that will follow. She goes into this arrangement with her eyes wide open and she is not the only one surprised when she survives night after night. As she ventures into the palace and begins to form relationships with those around her, she learns truths about this cruel king and they make her question his actions as well as the force of her own stories.
A Thousand Nights is a tale fraught with mysticism and magic. This retelling of a well-loved story will have readers pleasantly surprised with the new twists and turns. I was wondering where the introduction was taking this adventure, but was quickly pulled into the plight of these girls and this troubled world. Johnston has weaved new characters into a timeless tale and reinvigorated a period of time. I wouldn’t be surprised if readers began looking for other stories that take place in this long forgotten nomad time period. Even if you feel you know this story, this book will pull you in and keep you until the end. ...more
Jae Hwa Lee had one ultimate goal … defeat the immortals that have been torturing her family for hundreds of years. It definitely was not part of herJae Hwa Lee had one ultimate goal … defeat the immortals that have been torturing her family for hundreds of years. It definitely was not part of her plan to stay in the Spirit World and be one of their assassins. Her family believes she is dead and her boyfriend is trying to come to terms about her being gone. When the Korean god Kud decides to send Jae after an ancient magical orb, she believes the chance to break free has been given to her. Will she have to work alone or will she be able to convince others in her life that she is on the side of good? As Korea itself hangs in the balance, Jae is learning about the depth of her loyalty to the land.
Brazen is the third book in the Gilded series. The story moves along quickly and readers will easily find themselves turning pages, yet the characters didn’t make me excited about this new adventure. Many sections of the story felt unconnected to the other portions and a clear timeline before the novel was drafted would have been helpful. Overall it was a good book, but usually a third book in a series has more substance and less development. This did not end like a trilogy, so readers will be looking for another novel. This third book came out a year after book two, but Farley’s writing is still at the debut stage. I’m hoping the next book shows some guidance from other writers in her literary team. ...more
Aislin is having trouble keeping the Ferry family as a functional unit and if she doesn’t get control soon she will lose more than her role as Charon.Aislin is having trouble keeping the Ferry family as a functional unit and if she doesn’t get control soon she will lose more than her role as Charon. Moros is having issues with his supernatural sisters and he believes they are behind the threads of fate unraveling. Can the Lord of the Kere and the Charon put their differences aside to prevent the release of Chaos? As the threads of fate continue to pull them along, they will both be faced with choices. Will one of them be required to make the ultimate sacrifice?
Fated is the third book in the Servants of Fate series. There is a strong conclusion with this book, yet Fine has left the story open for additional books or a spin off series. The storyline is great and it pulled me in immediately, but half way through the book there was a very descriptive sex scene that was too graphic. The second book pushed the series into mature young adult, but this book is even more mature than that. It was only one passage and it could be skipped over, yet the flashbacks and other intimate scenes were more on par to mature young adult. I am not sure why that one passage had to be written with those descriptions. Definitely not for the younger young adult crowd, but worth the read to discover what happened to these characters. ...more