In THE AWAKENING, Chloe and the gang are on the loose, running for their lives. Many secrets are unearthed in this book and with each page I grew to l...moreIn THE AWAKENING, Chloe and the gang are on the loose, running for their lives. Many secrets are unearthed in this book and with each page I grew to love some characters more than others. Although for most of the book the kids are on the run, Armstrong does well to keep the reader engaged in even the smallest of occurrences. I was even left breathless at times, holding onto dear life, praying for the characters! REALLY! Again, I am excited to see what happens next. The stage is set for some major explosions happening and I have faith that Kelley Armstrong will deliver some fireworks for sure! (less)
“Wings” is one of those books that not only holds a fascinating premise but also captures you in a unique and interesting world. Aprilynne Pike has cr...more“Wings” is one of those books that not only holds a fascinating premise but also captures you in a unique and interesting world. Aprilynne Pike has created a world where Laurel a 15 year old teenager learns more about herself than she would have ever wanted. Laurels is thrust into a magical world of fairies –and not your typical fairies either –and a world of wonder and amusement.
Laurel’s story begins when she finds two odd nubs growing on her back getting bigger and bigger until they…pop to show wings. Yes, wings, but not any kind of wings but special sort of wings. To find out why they are special you should read the book but I can say that Pike takes a unique twist to the folklore.
As a result Laurel is thrust into the secret and hidden world of fairies that coincidentally live in her old back yard. She is thus forced to make some tough choices, battle some evil ugly things, and become a heroine. Laurel is not one to be cowering from a fight but she cowers from her wings, ironically.
The characters in my opinion are lacking. The most interesting character is Tamani who is mysterious, strong and a fairy. Nuff said. Laurel…. Though an interesting character and although an interesting faerie her character is one dimensional and whiney at times.
Overall, the story seemed unbelievable and too simple. The teenagers were lacking the true teenager qualities and angst we see and know so well. Aprilynne has a good start to a series but it just misses the mark.(less)
The Debut novel, “Shadowed Summer,” of author Saundra Mitchell is a work that is short and brief. The story is about a young girl, Iris, and her frien...moreThe Debut novel, “Shadowed Summer,” of author Saundra Mitchell is a work that is short and brief. The story is about a young girl, Iris, and her friend Collette who spend their summer days messing around with magic and spells in the nearby graveyard. The story takes place in the hot humid days of the country side town of Ondine, Louisiana, a small hobonk town where the most excitement anyone sees is the kids blowing up river bend. The characters are filled with boredom of small town life and that is translated well onto the pages of Mitchell’s book. The heat and the humidity of Iris’ summer adventure sizzles out of the pages into a story set in the deep hot summer south.
Mitchell delivers a novel of a girl who is haunted by a ghost name Elijah. Elijah is frustrated since no one has been able to find his body after he went missing that one fateful day. Through much speculation, interrogation and clue seeking Iris and Collette, with the help of Collette’s boyfriend Ben, are able to solve the mystery step by step. The emotional frustration is apparent in Elijah’s haunting episodes.Though at times slow or winding the story still seemed to progress nicely. Between Elijah and his appearances the story took on a life of its own.
I found the characters to be lacking depth and at times a little bored(boring?). Well, I suppose in the small town they lived in they would be. The most fascinating character was Elijah, who was creepy and mysterious giving the story some oomph. Elijah’s creepiness oozed out of the pages and his haunting occurrences were the most successful aspect of the novel. Although the story was not boring, it kept me going, I was still wanting more and felt a few extra pages and character building might have done the book good. Overall the book was an OK debut novel with spurts of excellent.
I give this book a 73/100 C- Characters- 14 Plot- 15 Writing- 16 Originality- 16 Re-Readability- 12(less)
Lisa Mantchev’s Eyes Like Stars is about a young lady, Bertie, who is forced to make herself invaluable after she was asked to leave the Theatre Illum...moreLisa Mantchev’s Eyes Like Stars is about a young lady, Bertie, who is forced to make herself invaluable after she was asked to leave the Theatre Illuminata after a few mishaps on her part. Seen as a waste and as useless Bertie has to find a way to be truly important and therefore decides to become the Director for Hamlet redone in a new way. She is however warned that changes she invokes might not be the best idea and might tip the balance of the Theatre but alas Bertie is determined to stay and gets to work reworking Hamlet. When things start going wrong Bertie realizes just how much she values the Theatre and how much the Theatre values her. Bertie with the help of her trusted fairy friends learns the magic of the theatre Illuminata and the truth about herself.
Lisa Mantchev’s characters are vibrant and full of life, funny and sticky sweet. They are not only clever, witty and funny but above all else they are truly unique. You spend page after page rolling iwht laughter or playing around with Mustardseed, Moth, Cobwed and Peaseblossom. I couldn’t get enough of their hilarity. The setting –the Theatre Illuminta –is fantastic. A theatre is a place where real magic happens and true imagination lives and breathes, where anything CAN happen; and that is how the Theatre works.
I am finding I am at a lack for words to describe Mantchev’s literary brilliance. Mantchev writes with real creative brilliance and each page is filled with wittiness, cleverness and just plain old fun. The characters dance to life with magic and wit; containing life unseen before in any book. This is imagination and creativity at its best. It IS imagination. A world so rich and magnificent that it sparkles out of the pages and fills me with smiles, laughter and utter intrigue. (less)
I feel like this book ended with sound effects. Screeching tires, anyone? That ending just leaves you breathless, gasping, and holding for dear life....moreI feel like this book ended with sound effects. Screeching tires, anyone? That ending just leaves you breathless, gasping, and holding for dear life. This book’s quite the rollercoaster and I went zipping though Blue Moon. Blue Moon starts off where it left us with Damen and Ever happy and new. Damen’s helping Ever learn about her new abilities and everything’s peachy as they make plans to seal the deal, so to say and be merry and happy forever and ever. Except Damen’s getting sicker and on that special day everything goes wrong: Damen ditches her, abandons their plans of romance and love and on the next day Damen’s done a complete 180 and shuns Ever. What gives? Well Read the book to find out. But in order to ‘save’ Damen, Ever has to travel to Summerland where she meets new people sees new places and learns new things. Things that can forever change her life, and even Damen’s. Even her family’s.
Now, I must give props to Alyson Noel for this fresh series. Though there were times I thought, “Oh, this will end like this…” Noel surprises me with a twist and a new take. Ever, especially, is THE driving force of the story. She’s strong, mature and independent and despite her undying love for Damen she makes some tough and not so ‘Bella-like’ choices, if you get my drift.
The writing isn’t award winning by any means, but the plot… THE PLOT! It moves and speeds and is so engaging. A few things stood out to me and I hate to bring them up. So instead all I will say is… Though there are similarities with another very popular book (yes, Twilight) I am crossing my fingers Alyson Noel spins it and twists it and molds it to something different. I know she can. She’s surprised me enough to know that she’s capable of great non-Twilightlike plots or characters.
Let me know what you think. Have you read Blue Moon? Do you see the similarities? Seeing as how the book ends...? Let me know! Would love to know what you think! (less)
Maggie Stievater has done something to me. Something good. She’s taken me prisoner in this world she’s created full of magic, mystery and intrigue. Ma...moreMaggie Stievater has done something to me. Something good. She’s taken me prisoner in this world she’s created full of magic, mystery and intrigue. Maggie’s first book LAMENT is a story of a talented young girl whose harp talent is mesmerizing and enchanting. When a strange and mysterious Luke Dillon approaches her to play together at a competition Deidre’s world is then swiftly unwound and she is then thrust into a world full of folklore and magic and her place in this world is quickly realized.
Maggie tells a story full of romance and with each passing page we fall in love with the characters both the good and the bad. What I most enjoyed about Maggie’s book is the darkness with which the story unfolds yet with the ease that she cloaks her novel with humor and laughter. Each character is full of personality and is true to the teenage persona. I love the witty and clever quips and jabs between the characters and made this dark tale lighter when it needed it to be, adding a lighthearted comedic relief.
The story is fast paced and surprising at times and many times I didn’t see the outcome coming at all. It is unpredictable and a total enjoyment to read. Now I am off to devour BALLAD the sequel to LAMENT! Go pick up both copies today!(less)
CANDOR by Pam Bachorz is a a captivating story of a teenage Oscar who lives in a stepford-like, cookie-cutter town in Candor, Fl. What makes Oscar spe...moreCANDOR by Pam Bachorz is a a captivating story of a teenage Oscar who lives in a stepford-like, cookie-cutter town in Candor, Fl. What makes Oscar special is that his dad is the founder of the Utopian town, but better yet, is the creator of a new auditory addiction, a brainwashing technique that has the whole town running smooth and perfect. Except Oscar knows how the system works and uses it to his advantage until a girl, Nia, shows up who is spectacular and different, who grabs a hold of his heart.
What would Oscar do for love? What would he sacrifice to keep a little spec of originality and brilliance in Candor alive? Read it and find out.
Some (and I do mean SOME) of the dialogue especially Oscar’s felt unrealistic and even whiny. I would have also liked a few parts to be delved into a bit more. For example, I wished Campbell would have had more of a presence and Oscar's mom's story elaborated on.
But overall, CANDOR is a thrilling and exciting read and with each short chapter the story drives you forward and doesn’t let you take a break. A snarky and witty Oscar and clone like kids keep you laughing despite their ‘unoriginality’. The drone like redundancy is thrown in at the perfect times giving CANDOR a witty humor that is seldom seen in such serious teen fiction. But despite its few flaws CANDOR is a sweet love story and I recommend this to anyone who loves snarky, witty boys and male POV narration. Go pick up a copy and see how far Oscar really goes.(less)
**Because this book's a sequel the review may contain spoilers**
Cathing Fire by Suzanne Collins starts off on the first day of the Victory Tour. But K...more**Because this book's a sequel the review may contain spoilers**
Cathing Fire by Suzanne Collins starts off on the first day of the Victory Tour. But Katniss is surprised to find none other than President Snow in her house asking her to be on her best behavior and very much in love for the cameras in hopes of mediating the masses who are restless and rebellious. Katniss is thus thrust back into Peetas arms as they go through the Tour. Upon returning Katniss finds that things aren’t as quiet as she would like, or as President Snow would like so she plots ways to save her family and keep them safe from Snow’s menacing grasp. A major twist happens half way through the story and we see Katniss thrown back into her worst nightmare. To see how she copes and what comes of her you will have to go pick up a copy but I do need to say that the ending is a machine gun of events that leave you breathless, jaw dropped waiting, drooling for the sequel.
Although the plot is a bit laborious in a few parts Collins delivers another action packed, thrilling story filled with love and gore. Yes, gore! Collins spares no details and doesn’t leave unnecessary information in letting the story quickly progress. Katniss is still headstrong and powerful full of wit, wisdom and unmatched cleverness. Peeta is the perfect and sweet companion that always has the right things to say. One thing about Peeta that strikes a chord with me is his seemingly perfect demeanor and his undying love which leads me to believe that perhaps there HAS to be something else there, something more sinister…and only a sequel can tell.
I say this book is great! A super fast read that won’t let you put the book down. Each chapter takes you for a loop and you never see the next thing coming.
I give this book a 95/100 A- Characters- 19 Plot- 20 Writing- 19 Originality- 18 Re-Readability- 19(less)
AS YOU WISH by Jackson Pearce is sweet, fresh and adorable; a story we can all enjoy! Pearce takes a unique approach to a concept of slave master rela...moreAS YOU WISH by Jackson Pearce is sweet, fresh and adorable; a story we can all enjoy! Pearce takes a unique approach to a concept of slave master relationship and what it would mean if they fell in love; odds fighting against them and forces working against them. When Viola refuses to make silly wishes and instead holds off for a wish that would really be worth it –after all you don’t waste your wishes on petty desires –she realizes that she is in love with Jinn, her genie for all intensive purposes. Problem is that when Viola makes her three wishes Jinn will disappear and she will forget about him. How they cope with that when she is forced to wish sooner… well you have to read Jackson’s book!
The characters are fun and filled with real teenage qualities and angst. Viola was a favorite of mine who was not only smart and talented but wise beyond her years. Jinn was new and crisp, a character that was complex and a male character we can fall in love with too. Ah, and Lawrence who is a true friend a great character and one that we feel is like our best friend too. Jackson does a wonderful job giving us sweet, fun characters we can all love and cheer for!
Although the story is predictable, Jackson does a fine job of weaving funny, quirky and sweet moments that left me cheering or sighing rooting for Viola! It’s story of friendship and love and yet it still makes me think, “What would I wish if I had three wishes?”
I give this book a 88/100 B+ Characters- 17 Plot- 17 Writing- 17 Originality- 18 Re-Readability- 17(less)