Laini Taylor’s fairy book, The Faries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer is nothing short of magical. From the first page you are pulled into a world of fanta...moreLaini Taylor’s fairy book, The Faries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer is nothing short of magical. From the first page you are pulled into a world of fantastical faeries, demons and Djinns and best of all it’s filled laced with magic. Magpie Windwitch is a young fairie, but a fairie that I consider to be street smart. She’s spent most of her life in companion with crows traveling and hunting demons. She’s independent and strong but best of all has a heart of gold!
It would do you no good for me to sit and gush over this main character or how brilliantly Laini’s written her characters and world but I will gush about how much fun this book was, how entranced I was in the action, mystery and adventure of this book. Magpie’s world is colorful and brilliant and full of surprising creatures and happenings. I didn’t see anything coming and with each page turned I fell more and more in love with the world of Never Nigh!
Must read for lovers of fairies or even any lover of fantasy! You won’t be disappointed! The writing is colorful, swift, and wonderfully illustrated with words! I ate it up!(less)
I must admit that my first inclination is to grab a fantasy book which tend to be exciting and fun. So when I started reading THE RIVER by Mary Jane B...moreI must admit that my first inclination is to grab a fantasy book which tend to be exciting and fun. So when I started reading THE RIVER by Mary Jane Beaufrand I wanted more pizzaz and drama. But although it’s not an action packed drama the book kicks off with a bang when Ronnie (Veronica) finds her friend Karen dead in the nearby River. Karen isn’t just a friend, she’s more like an adopted little sister to Ronnie who’s been pushed aside by her large family and found a companion in Ronnie. But with Karen’s death, Ronnie doesn’t understand how this sure-footed explorer can drown in the River she knows so well. Shortly after Ronnie finds she needs to be mindful of her safety and finds the River holds many secrets and mysteries of her own that are a threat to Ronnie and her friends and family.
The story unfolds like a rug. At first slower and it speeds up to that action packed drama I wanted! It crashes and booms like the River and I was not only left gasping for air but also teary eyed. Beaufrand tells a vivid story with beautifully descriptive imagery that transports you to this little town in Washington. Her angst and turmoil are wretched and ring true as you followed Ronnie through her difficult journey.
I was most captivated by Beaufrand’s beautiful writing style and as the pages came to an end, I was left wanting more from this author. But in the end I was satisfied and it has taught me a lesson: Realistic Fiction can be just as exciting and dramatic as fantasy and I can’t imagine missing this heart-warming, thrilling story. (less)
t comes as no surprise to many of my friends when I say, “ I loved HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter.” I mean, really who can’t? Carter tells a fun and ene...moret comes as no surprise to many of my friends when I say, “ I loved HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter.” I mean, really who can’t? Carter tells a fun and energetic story of a teen who despite her unwavering determination to escape her family’s ‘business’ after running away to a normal school gets pulled back into her family’s web.
I was incredibly excited to read this book after the many raves from friends on Carter’s previous Gallagher series. And no wonder. Kat Bishop is a character everyone will love. She’s filled with heart and determination and uncanny wit. She’s funny and smart –a great role model for teens. (Minus the thievery, of course.) But not only is Kat a character worth falling in love with but the whole cast is one filled with charm and charisma.
Ally Carter’s story pacing is nothing but wonderful. It is fast and exciting at the right moments and slower, and sadder even, when needed. But best of all I never saw anything coming. The book was smart and fun and has compelled me to read her other series as well. I just can’t get enough!(less)
BALLAD by Maggie Stiefvater is a compelling and enthralling tale of James a musical genius, a piper who is now attending Thornking-Ash, a school for t...moreBALLAD by Maggie Stiefvater is a compelling and enthralling tale of James a musical genius, a piper who is now attending Thornking-Ash, a school for the musically talented, alongside his ex-crush and friend Diedre. Diedre is battling her own demons that have carried over from LAMENT. But this is James’s story and James has been discovered by a mysterious girl, Nuala, who breathes into him inspiration and greatness but for a price. But all is not what it seems and Nuala makes sacrifices and some tough decisions herself all while a bigger plan is being hatched by Eleanor. James, Nuala and Diedre find themselves in a tangled web of life and death. Maggie once again does a wonderful job of storytelling a complex and thrilling adventure. Although there were bits and pieces that felt slow, Maggie’s story is full of surprises and twists and turns. I enjoyed every minute and was left gasping at the end wondering at turn of events. BALLAD was well paced and entertaining to read and I recommended this to fans of fairies, folklore and urban fantasy. (less)
I was trying so hard to wait, and be patient, and read this book closer to release date but alas, as you can see, I couldn't hold off anymore. I am so...moreI was trying so hard to wait, and be patient, and read this book closer to release date but alas, as you can see, I couldn't hold off anymore. I am so glad I read it, because it got me out of a reading slump and I devoured this book page by page.
Alexendra Bracken's debut, BRIGHTLY WOVEN, is a high fantasy adventure filled with mystery, love, romance, and danger. It has the perfect blend of mysterious boy meets fascinating, small town girl and these unseemingly opposite characters are on the run from a mean and powerful wizard that seeks to cause some serious damage.Not only to our hero and heroine but well, to a lot more people! But not all is as at it seems --Syd and North learn new things about themselves and eachother but the magic happens as they discover these dangerous and heartbreaking secrets that make this book so wonderful and unexpected.
Bracken's well-paced storytelling mixes well with a fascinating world and vibrant and intriguing characters that transform this tale into a book that you cannot possibly put down! Like Norht's capes, Bracken unfurls the corners to reveal unexpected twists and turns and each chapter is a vibrant thread that make up this enthralling BRIGHTLY WOVEN!
Fans of Cashore will devour this book! And it's a must read this spring when the book debuts in March! Seriously worth pre-ordering!(less)
Heather Duffy Stone’s Debut book is a mixture of both first loves and first heartbreak. When Noelle’s twin brother, Nadio, ends up dating Noelle’s bes...moreHeather Duffy Stone’s Debut book is a mixture of both first loves and first heartbreak. When Noelle’s twin brother, Nadio, ends up dating Noelle’s best friend, Keeley. Each keeps their own secrets making falling in love destructive and painful.
When Noelle dives head first into a relationship with an older boy she is blinded by the consequences and the destructive pull of such an affair. Both Keeley and Nadio fail to share their relationship with Noelle and as a result pushes them further and further. Stone pulls us into the emotional and psychological side of love. What it means to love and be loved and the heartbreak that comes with it.
The characters are flawed and twisted but filled with compassion and promise. I was so emotionally attached to each characters struggle and was most impressed with Nadio’s heartbreaking struggle with the father he never knew. The story is gripping and engaging and with each page turned, with each alternating point of view, the reader grows more and more connected to the characters and the story they have to tell. It is inspiring and a true testament to the power of love, hope, friendship and family and the ability to heal any scar. I recommend this book to everyone who’s loved or been heartbroken. (less)
HOLD STILL by Nina LaCour is a heartbreaking and achingly beautiful story about Caitlin and her struggle to cope after her best friend, Ingrid, commit...moreHOLD STILL by Nina LaCour is a heartbreaking and achingly beautiful story about Caitlin and her struggle to cope after her best friend, Ingrid, commits suicide. Caitlin’s journey is full of new people and new experiences as she learns to accept the past and move forward. As she goes through the year she is accompanied by Ingrid’s journal that gives us glimpses of who she was and what she felt. Along with the journal Caitlin uses her photography as a means to connect with who she was with Ingrid yet separate herself from her talented friend.
I greatly enjoyed seeing Caitlin’s journey and although she had an uneasy road ahead her triumph is heartwarming and touching. I was so deeply touched that the last fifty or so pages were filled with cheers and tears for Caitlin.
Though some pieces of the story were a bit slow the plot keeps you interested. I wanted to know about Ingrid, her journal, Delani, but mostly I wanted to know about the photography which was an integral part of the story. Perhaps because I had those rich memories of my high school photo classes, or maybe because I had this passion for the medium, or maybe because it was so reminiscent of my high school days I wanted to devour the pages and get to live vicariously through Caitlin and experience high school once again. I especially loved the use of art, of photography, as a way to cope and how it bridge Caitlin and Ingrid once again.
I recommend this book to any fans of contemporary fiction! Nina LaCour has given us a story that will tug at the heart strings of readers young and old and it’s a story worth experiencing! (less)
After tells the story of a young girl, Devon, who comes to grips with the consequences after she dumps her baby in the dumpster moments after giving b...moreAfter tells the story of a young girl, Devon, who comes to grips with the consequences after she dumps her baby in the dumpster moments after giving birth. The story picks up right when her mom comes home and a cop comes a-knockin.
Amy Efaw tells a sad and troubling story that so many young girls go through. Many times when we hear such tales on the news we are left wondering how someone can possible do such a thing. But Efaw takes us into Devon’s world physically and emotionally answering any lingering questions. As Devon’s story unfolds we are taken through the steps from hospital to juvenile detention center, and through a court hearing. The story is twofold: Devon’s story and the legal issues associated with it. At times it seemed like an episode of Law and Order but it was a necessary aspect of the story.
Devon though a conflicted character is strong and independent and despite her problems is still considered in eyes a role model. She suffered heart wrenching internal conflict yet at the end of it all made the right decision and rose above her mistakes. The plot is engaging making you feel like you are part of the trial process.
I enjoyed it even though it was a tough subject I learned a lot. It was welcoming to get inside the head of such a girl with such an experience. I recommend this to anyone curious of this phenomenon, those interested in teen pregnancy issues and dumpster babies. But on a side note it is very refreshing to see authors tackle such hard hitting issues and so well too. This was in no way preachy and showed a side to it that left us not only feeling compassion but most of all understanding that train of thinking better. Well done, Amy!
I give this book a 85/100 B Characters- 17 Plot- 17 Writing- 16 Originality- 17 Re-Readability- 18(less)
DREAMING ANASTASIA is a story filled with fast paced on the run action, history, romance, drama and intrigue. What happens to Anne who has reoccurring...moreDREAMING ANASTASIA is a story filled with fast paced on the run action, history, romance, drama and intrigue. What happens to Anne who has reoccurring dreams and not pleasant ones at that? The dreams are scary and mysterious and leave Anne looking for answers. When a mysterious boy, Ethan, finds her all that Anne’s known unravels and she is forced to run for her life all in hopes to save the lost, and not dead, Anastasia Romonov.
Though a tab predictable, DREAMING ANASTASIA keeps you on your toes with the on the run action and you can’t help but love the characters who are fun and caring. I most of all loved and related to Tess who was spunky and was so much fun with her back talk and smart-ass-ness. I felt some of the characters less relatable and the romance lacking. Overall, it was a good read and fans of the Romanovs and Anastasia would love this spin on history.(less)
Another Faust is a retelling of the Faustian bargain a cultural motif where the main character makes a pact with the devil. Five kids, Bicé , Belle, C...moreAnother Faust is a retelling of the Faustian bargain a cultural motif where the main character makes a pact with the devil. Five kids, Bicé , Belle, Christian, Valentin and Victoria, all have been kidnapped from their homes and their pasts erased, coerced to be the adopted children of a mysterious and beautiful governess. The story jumps from small kids to high school where they are enrolled in a prestigious private school, Merlowe, where each of the kids has ambitions aided by certain powers the governess so mysteriously provided.
Though the story is slow and choppy at times, it is filled with intellect and deep rooted naiveté and greediness that give the story the powerful impact at the end. Although the characters are naïve and shallow throughout most the book, the end result will leave you thinking about at what costs we’ll pursue our dreams.
On of my favorite bits is the short paragraphs before each chapter that gave the reader a glimpse into the story, furthering the plot and giving us a look into the governess, the kids and mostly the past.
Over all, although the first 300 pages are hard and at times broken and confusing the story picks up well at times and is intriguing enough to keep reading, especially for the end. (less)