I finally found time to read The Power of Six, the sequel to I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, which I read and reviewed last year for the blog. I fo...moreI finally found time to read The Power of Six, the sequel to I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, which I read and reviewed last year for the blog. I found the book to be an interesting sequel to the series!
The book is told from two different points of view; through John, who we met in the previous book, and also through Marina, who we come to find out is Number 7. I found Marina to be a refreshing character, she was very determined to figure out her past, and to survive her future. I did feel bad for her that her Cepan had kind of given up on her duties, and that she wasn’t as well trained as John was by his Cepan. She does, however, hold her own when she needs to. We are also introduced to another member of the Garde, but you’ll need to read the book to find out exactly who it is!
I still find Six to be a very fascinating character. She’s definitely a kick-butt character, and those are my favorite kinds. But we also get to see a somewhat different side to her in this book as well. Six is definitely my favorite character in this series. I love that we get to find out her real name as well, it’s not one that you would expect from her! John, and his best friend Sam, are much the same as they are in the previous book. Poor John, he seems like one big mass of confusion through most of the book. I just wanted to give him a hug!
The storyline for this book is much the same as the previous book. The kids are still on the run from the Mogs, as well as the FBI and police, and are trying to find the rest of the members of the Garde. I love that we are given parts of the back story as well. We were able to get a better idea as to how the kids came to our planet, and how they survived when they first arrived.
Overall, I have really enjoyed the books in the series so far. I’m really looking forward to starting the next book in the series, so see what adventures we are taken on next.
Imagine living in a world where Love is a disease called Deliria. Imagine having a procedure that will cure before the Deliria take control of you. Im...moreImagine living in a world where Love is a disease called Deliria. Imagine having a procedure that will cure before the Deliria take control of you. Imagine not being able to love, at all. That is the world that Lauren Oliver has created in her fascinating book, Delirium.
In the beginning of the book we meet Lena, who is a very headstrong young lady. Life definitely has not been easy for Lena. She has believed all her life that love is something to be terrified of, and that it can kill you if you are not cured. I found Lena to be a very strong character, and I loved that she stuck to her beliefs for so long. Even when she starts to see things differently, she still clings to that belief. I love a character that doesn’t give in just after a little persuasion. Of course, things start to change once she meet’s and eventually falls in love with Alex.
Oh Alex... I have to say, I love, love, love Alex. His character is one that I have thought about long after finishing the book. He definitely stands out to me for some reason, and I seriously cannot stop thinking about him. I adore him, and his relationship with Lena. I love how he shows Lena the truth of how things really are. They are seriously perfect together.
Delirium is a very well paced book. While I wanted to get through it as quickly as possible just to see what was going to happen next, I also wanted to savor every single bit of it. The plot is very creative, and it definitely makes you think. I cannot imagine living in a world where you cannot feel love. That would be just horrible.
Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite reads, and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! Lauren Oliver is an amazing author, and I can’t wait to read more from her!
Cinder is a unique, futuristic take on the classic fairytale that we all know and loved; Cinderella. However, the original fairytale does not hold a c...moreCinder is a unique, futuristic take on the classic fairytale that we all know and loved; Cinderella. However, the original fairytale does not hold a candle to this brilliant novel.
The characters in the story were really creative, and each in their own way. The main character in the story is Cinder, who is a brilliantly gifted mechanic, who can fix just about anything. Oh, and also, she’s a cyborg as well. She lives in an apartment with her two stepsisters, and her stepmother. Cinder is a very strong character that never backs down or gives in. I love Cinder! The prince in the story is named Kai. I enjoyed his character as well, but at times, I really wanted to ring his neck! The secondary characters were well written as well, especially the evil characters. (There were quite a few evil characters, and trust me, you will love to hate them.)
While a lot of the story is similar to the classic fairytale, it also has its own very creative plot blended in. (I’m trying really hard not to give anything away!) Yes, there is a bit of predictability, but there’s still enough added onto the story to keep readers very interested. The plot was very well paced, and I found this to be a very quick read. The ending is definitely a cliffhanger, and will leave you itching to get your hands on the next books. Luckily, this book is the first in a four book series, so we are definitely going to be in for some great reading.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, and gobbled it up in one day. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the books in the series!
Under the Never Sky is a dystopian novel by debut author Veronica Rossi. I really wasn’t sure what to expect when going into this book, but I definite...moreUnder the Never Sky is a dystopian novel by debut author Veronica Rossi. I really wasn’t sure what to expect when going into this book, but I definitely wasn’t prepared for the awesome adventure that Mrs. Rossi took me on!
In the beginning of the book we meet Aria. After a stunt gone wrong, Aria has been exiled from the only home she’s ever known, and was literally dumped in a barren land called The Death Shop. There she meets Perry, a savage Outsider, who is part of the reason she was exiled in the first place.
To be honest, I was a little worried when I first met the main characters. They didn’t exactly get off to a great start when their situations threw them together. Both characters were extremely surprising to read. Perry was definitely what you would think of when you think Savage. He was a beast, and I just knew I wasn’t going to like him. Thankfully he is not this way throughout the whole book. Aria’s character really surprised me. I expected her to be a weakling, but she definitely was not one. She proves to be a strong and very curious young woman. I really enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book. I also want to say that I love the relationship between the two characters. It’s definitely not something that happened instantly, but rather grew, and grew, and grew over time.
The book is told from alternate viewpoints; it switches between Perry and Aria. I actually loved that it was written this way, because we get to know more about both characters. I found the book to be pretty well paced. There were a few slow spots, but the action always picked up again quickly. The plot was extremely creative. Without giving too much away, let’s just say I can’t imagine living in the world that Aria lived in.
Overall, this book was definitely a surprise. I went into it not really knowing what to expect. I definitely didn’t expect to go on an amazing adventure with Perry and Aria. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!
I was super curious about The Scorpio Races the minute I heard about the book. I didn’t really know what to expect for a book that dealt with horses,...moreI was super curious about The Scorpio Races the minute I heard about the book. I didn’t really know what to expect for a book that dealt with horses, but I love Maggie Stiefvater, and I couldn’t wait to get started on this book. It was definitely worth the read!
Every year, November marks the beginning of the Scorpio Races. These are no normal races, however. These races consist of water horses that long for their home in the sea, and eat not only other animals, but humans as well. Riding one these beasts to the very end of the race will win you big, but you could also die in the process. Kate Connolly who, is the first girl that has ever entered the race, needs to win to save her family home. Can she do it, is the question.
Kate (Puck) was just a really great main character. I love that she was just a girl, plain and simple. Not wanting to give up the only home she’s know, she did what she had to do for herself, her brother and their home. I love that her best friend is her horse, Dove. They have such a special bond together; it was always nice reading about their situations together. I also really enjoyed Puck’s younger brother, Finn. You could really see how much he cared for his sister, and I loved their brother/sister relationship.
Sean Kendrick, who should be Kate’s biggest rival, turns out to be a great character as well. I was a little unsure of him at first, he was a bit standoffish and distant, but he definitely won me over by the middle of the book. I love the way he was with the horses, and the way he was such a gentleman, especially when it came to Puck.
The storyline for this book was absolutely unique and fascinating. Just imagining the horses that live in the water, and how evil they were. It definitely kept the mystery in the book. I enjoyed the pacing of the book as well. Once I had time to actually sit down and read uninterrupted, I flew through the pages. The ending of the book is very satisfying, I thought it ended perfectly. The romance in the book is at a minimum, but I think that makes it stand out even more.
Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to! With such a great storyline, and awesome characters, who wouldn’t love it? It’s definitely a must read.
Slide is an intense, mysterious read by debut author Jill Hathaway!
The main character in the story is Sylvia, who is also known as Vee. Vee suffers f...moreSlide is an intense, mysterious read by debut author Jill Hathaway!
The main character in the story is Sylvia, who is also known as Vee. Vee suffers from narcolepsy, or so it would seem. In realty, she slides into other people’s minds, and gets to see through their eyes what exactly happens in their lives. When she touches an object that has been imprinted on by a person, she can slip into that persons mind. This is how she discovers that her sister’s friend did not, in fact, commit suicide, but was murdered instead.
I found Vee to be a very likable character. I loved that she was able to step up and fill shoes that were hard to fill, even while she was not able to share her own issues at all. It did bother me a bit that she kept her secret from everyone for so long. I totally understand the reason she kept the secret, but I felt that she was shouldering the burden all alone, and I really just wanted her to have someone to share with.
The secondary characters were pretty well written as well. At first, I didn’t think that I was going to care for Vee’s sister, Mattie. But I ended up really caring about her. These two girls went through a LOT, and they were there for each other. I love that sisterly relationship. Vee’s best friend, Rollins, and the love interest in the story, Zane, were both interesting characters as well. I really just wanted to know them better, especially towards the end of the book.
The plot was very interesting, albeit somewhat predictable in parts of the book. One part definitely kept me guessing, and that was trying to figure out who exactly the killer was! The book was definitely well paced; there were not many slow parts at all.
Overall, I found this to be a quick, intriguing read. It actually reminded me of the Wake series by Lisa McMann, which I adored. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this debut author in the near future!
Being a fairly big football fan, I was really excited to get started on Catching Jordan. Although I was intrigued by the storyline, I wasn’t expecting...moreBeing a fairly big football fan, I was really excited to get started on Catching Jordan. Although I was intrigued by the storyline, I wasn’t expecting to care about the characters as well. I am glad to say that I definitely did!
The main character in the story is Jordan Woods. Following in the footsteps of her NFL quarterback father, and college football quarterback brother, Jordan is the quarterback of her high school football team. Jordan is like no other girl in her school. All Jordan really wants is to play football at the college of her choose, and to have the approval of her father, who would like for her to stop playing football all together. But she’s determined to aim for her dreams, and I find that very admirable.
The relationship between Jordan and her dad are a bit strained in the beginning of the book, and I was gearing up to not like dear old dad. He did grow on me throughout the book, and I could definitely see his reasoning for wanting her to stop playing. I LOVE Jordan’s relationship with her brother Mike; he’s the brother I always wanted!
I really didn’t care too much for Jordan’s love interest in the story, Ty. He seemed a bit over-possessive, and controlling, and that was a bit of a turnoff for me. The characters that really stood out in the book for me were Jordan’s teammates; Carter, JJ, and Henry. I loved their friendships, and I love how they treated her with respect as well. They were all such great friends. With Henry, there were some times where I wanted to knock some sense into him, but I still found him to be a pretty awesome guy.
This book was a really well paced book, it definitely kept me interested. I loved the plot! A girl quarterback definitely drew my attention, and I loved reading all of the football jargon.
Overall, I found Catching Jordan to be an enjoyable read. I really look forward to reading more by this author!
It’s 2009, and Jackson Meyer is a 19 year old college student. Jackson also has a special ability; he can travel back in time. But this is nothing lik...moreIt’s 2009, and Jackson Meyer is a 19 year old college student. Jackson also has a special ability; he can travel back in time. But this is nothing like time travel you’ve heard about. When Jackson jumps back in time, he doesn’t have the ability to change something in the future. It’s all fun and games until one night, two strangers appear and kill Jackson’s girlfriend, Holly. In a state of panic, Jackson jumps back in time, and where he gets in 2007. With help from his friend Adam, he must figure out a way to get back to 2009 to save Holly.
Jackson was a very interesting main character. To be honest, when I first started the book, I didn’t really think I was going to like him at all. However, as the story went on, I ended up liking him more and more. He is one of those characters that starts off as kind of a jerk, but then something bad happens, and he realized the error of his ways. I definitely enjoyed watching him grow throughout the book.
I really enjoyed Jackson’s girlfriend; Holly, and his best friend; Adam. I thought they were really interesting characters to read about as well, and I really enjoyed all of their interactions together. Jackson’s dad was an interesting character as well; he was very mysterious, and it took me a while to figure him out. I’m glad we got more of his story as the book went along, and I hope we get to see more of him in the next book.
Time travel books are hit and miss with me. I enjoyed that the time traveling in this book was different, because Jackson couldn’t change the outcome of the future. That’s the first thing I think of when I think of time travel, being able to change the future. So I enjoyed that aspect of the book.
Overall, I thought this was a really interesting read. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline, and I am really looking forward to the next book in this series.
Stolen Away is the second book I’ve read by Alyxandra Harvey. I adored this book just as much as I did Haunting Violet. Mrs. Harvey has a wonderful wa...moreStolen Away is the second book I’ve read by Alyxandra Harvey. I adored this book just as much as I did Haunting Violet. Mrs. Harvey has a wonderful way of weaving together story that will grab your attention and keep you hooked to the pages. I love her books, and am looking forward to reading a lot more of her work!
Eloise Hart is your average teenage girl. Her world is pretty normal, until the day she discovers the existence of Fae after being kidnapped and held captive by Strahan, King of the Faery. Eloise’s Aunt Antonia, who is also Strahan’s long lost wife, comes to the rescue, but is then taken captive herself. It is up to Eloise, and her two best friends, Jo and Devin, to save Antonia, and possibly the Fae world and their own world.
The story is told in alternating viewpoints between Eloise and her best friend Jo. I really loved both of these girls. While Eloise comes off as quiet and shy at the beginning of the book, she definitely grows and finds her voice throughout the book. Jo is the exact opposite of Eloise; she is extremely confident, strong-willed, and a little bit snarky as well. I really loved this about her. Their other best friend, Devin, was great as well. I wish we had seen a little bit more of him in the book.
The love interests in the book were great. I loved both of the boys, Lucas (Eloise), and Eldric (Jo). The relationship between Eldric and Jo was a bit intense, and it was right on the borderline for insta-love for me. It just happened really quickly. The relationship between Lucas and Eloise was sweet, and grew over a much longer period of time. I did enjoy both couples!
I didn’t think I was going to like the storyline for the book; Fae has been a little overused. But I ended up really enjoying the storyline. It was very mysterious, and that and the pacing of the book kept me hooked to the pages. I finished this book in one day, it was that good. The ending of the book was very satisfying, and is definitely left open if Mrs. Harvey ever wanted to do a series.
Overall, I thought this book was so great. I am officially an Alyxandra Harvey fan, and can’t wait to read more of her work!
Last year, I read and adored The Goddess Test. I was super giddy to get my hands on an early copy of Goddess Interrupted!
If you have not read The Godd...moreLast year, I read and adored The Goddess Test. I was super giddy to get my hands on an early copy of Goddess Interrupted!
If you have not read The Goddess Test yet, I suggest you do so before reading this review. However, I will try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible.
Goddess Interrupted picks up six months after The Goddess Test left off. Kate is heading home from her six month say in Greece with her best friend, James. She’s expecting a warm welcome from her new husband Henry upon her return, and unfortunately, it doesn’t happen. Instead she finds herself in the middle of a war between the gods and goddesses, and the King of the Titans.
Kate, who was such a strong character in the first book, was a bit insecure about herself after her trip back from Greece. Even the reassurance from her mom and fellow gods and goddesses doesn’t seem to help her with this insecurity. She was just very unsure about the whole underworld situation, and that’s totally to be expected for what’s she was going through. I do feel that in the beginning she was ready to give up too quickly, but I am glad that in the end she is strong for her family and friends.
I love Henry. I have loved him since I met him in the first book. There is something about him that is super mysterious and intense, and I love that in a male lead character. I would definitely go as far as to say he’s one of my most favorite male characters in YA. Although I spent a huge chunk of the book wanting to smack some sense into his handsome little head, I still love him. His relationship with Kate, when they are both working at it, is super sweet and romantic, and I absolutely adore their moments together.
The secondary characters in the book are still as interesting as always. I love Kate’s mom, Diana. Ava and James were great friends for Kate. The introduction of Persephone, who is Kate’s sister, and Henry’s ex, is a little intense. I can honestly say she wasn’t at all what I was expecting.
The ending of the book is definitely a cliffhanger, and I was literally yelling at the book because of what happened. Just thinking of it again is getting me worked up! I need the next book, NOW!
When I read a book, I want to be able to let go and get totally lost in the story. That’s exactly what happened with this book. The storyline and pacing kept me hook, and I was lost in the world that Carter created. The only thing that kind disappointed me about this book was that I finished it so quickly!
Overall, if you enjoyed The Goddess Test, you’re definitely going to love Goddess Interrupted! I adore this series, and cannot wait to get my hands on Goddess Inherited!
The Lost Saint is the thrilling sequel to The Dark Divine, which I read and enjoyed last year. I was really excited to finally read this, and the book...moreThe Lost Saint is the thrilling sequel to The Dark Divine, which I read and enjoyed last year. I was really excited to finally read this, and the book did not disappoint.
Most of the characters we met in the previous book; Grace, Daniel, Jude, etc. I liked Grace just as much as I did in the previous book, although she did make some rash decisions in the book. It wasn’t really her fault though; it was the wolf inside her that was taking over. I found myself sympathizing with her as she struggled to cope with the burdens that were placed upon her by her family, friends and Daniel.
The relationship between Grace and Daniel was extremely strained throughout the book. I am not a fan of boys that suddenly have issues and decide their girlfriends are completely incapable of helping them. This is pretty much what happened between Daniel and Grace, which lead to the strained relationship. We do find out what his deal was towards the end of the book, which made me somewhat forgive him, but I still wanted to strangle him through most of the book.
We are also introduced to a few new characters in this book as well; one being Talbot, who is new in town and takes Grace under his wing to train her after Daniel decides not to train her anymore. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from Talbot, and he was definitely full of surprises up to the end of the book.
I really enjoyed the storyline of the book; the idea of the curse and werewolves definitely kept me interested. Although a bit slow in some parts, there was a lot of action in other parts. There was also a lot of religious talk in this book, which may bother some people, but it didn’t bother me. The ending was a huge shock, and I can’t wait to see how the next book plays out.
Overall, I thought this was a really great sequel to The Dark Divine. While I wanted to strangle the characters a few times, the storyline kept me hooked. I’m dying to get my hands on the next book in the series; The Savage Grace!
I have to say I was definitely intrigued by the storyline for this book. I had heard that it was a re-write of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, a book th...moreI have to say I was definitely intrigued by the storyline for this book. I had heard that it was a re-write of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, a book that I have wanted to read for a while now, so I was looking forward to checking this out.
The story starts off with the main character, the New Girl, starting off in a new private school; Manderly Academy. Miles away from her family and friends, but looking forward to a fresh start, the New Girl goes to the school not knowing that she’s falling in the previous New Girl, Becca Normandy’s shadow. Becca’s disappearance is the only reason the New Girl even has a spot at the school, but New Girl is not Becca, and everyone is quick to let her know this.
I found most of the characters of the book to be pretty unlikeable, and I wonder if this is how the author wanted us to feel for them. I really disliked the way they all treated the New Girl. I do like that the New Girl was pretty headstrong, for the most part, and in the end just didn’t care what people thought about her. I always find that admirable in a female character. I found Becca to be just a horrible person all around; I didn’t care for her at all. The love interest in the story, Max, was a bit wishy-washy for me, although I did grow towards him a little more towards the end of the book.
The thing that stood out the most about this book was the mystery that surrounded the storyline. This definitely kept me hooked while reading the book, because I just wanted to know what happened with the mysterious Becca. It was also a little disconcerting to go throughout the whole book not knowing what the main characters name was. We do finally find out at the end of the book what it is, and it’s such a pretty name, that I wish it had been used more in the book. However, I enjoyed the suspense of waiting to see if the name would ever be revealed. This book also has a lot of sexual related content. Some of it was very disturbing, and some of it I was a bit surprised to see in a YA novel. There were also mentions of drug and alcohol use. I found this to be very realistic, and it’s definitely something I could see happening in a private boarding school. Due to these mentions, I wouldn’t recommend this for the younger YA crowd.
Overall, this was a really different read for me, full of teenage drama and turmoil. Although most of the characters were unlikeable, I liked the main character, and the mysterious storyline kept me intrigued. This book also really makes me want to pick up Rebecca by du Maurier right away!
I always enjoy reading the books in the Fallen series. Passion is no different. It was a really engrossing read with characters that I’ve loved since...moreI always enjoy reading the books in the Fallen series. Passion is no different. It was a really engrossing read with characters that I’ve loved since the beginning.
In this book, Luce goes searching in her past lives to find a way to help her present life, to find a way that she and Daniel can be together forever. In each past life that she visits, she observes the romances between herself and Daniel, and she sees just how deeply his love for her goes. As Daniel and the other fallen angel’s chase her through time, it’s up to Luce to find a way for their love to last.
I have to say, Luce drove me a little crazy in this book. How much proof did she need that Daniel loved her? The further back in history Luce went, the more she could see how strong Daniel’s love for her was. She never should have doubted him that. (However, we wouldn’t have had this book if that was the case.) Daniel, in all his lives, was so wonderfully charming and romantic. I could definitely feel his frustration as he chased Luce through time.
I really enjoyed the back-history in this story. Not only getting to see Luce and Daniel’s previous lives, but we also get a little history on some of the other fallen angel’s as well; Roland, Cam, Gabbe, etc. It was really great to see parts of their history as well.
Overall, I really enjoyed all of the characters and the history that was included in this novel. I love this series, and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book; Rapture!
Fallen in Love is the perfect addition to the Fallen series, and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day! The novel consists of four short stories; all...moreFallen in Love is the perfect addition to the Fallen series, and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day! The novel consists of four short stories; all love stories featuring a few of our favorite characters from the series.
Love Where You Least Expect It: The Valentine of Shelby and Miles is the first short story in the novel. Shelby and Miles story was sweet and simple. I never really thought of them together when reading the previous books, but after reading this, I can definitely see them together. I really enjoyed getting to know both Shelby and Miles more in this short story, and I’m really hoping that we will get to see more of them in the next novel. They are such great characters.
Love Lessons: The Valentine of Roland is the second story in the novel. Roland’s story was just heartbreaking. This is totally not the story I was expecting for Roland; he’s always been a character that I enjoyed, and I was hoping for a happy story for him as well. But we all know that love does not always equal happiness.
Burning Love: The Valentine of Arriane is the third story in the novel. Arriane is another character that I have always really liked. In her story, we get to see a completely different type of relationship than what I expected. Very emotional and intense, this story is definitely one of forbidden love.
Endless Love: The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda is the fourth and final story in the novel. I found this to be really sweet as well, although I do wish that Daniel and Lucinda had been together a little more through the story. However, the anticipation building up to where they finally meet was well worth it. Daniel and Lucinda’s relationships are always sweet to read about.
With the four short stories, and the quick pacing, this makes for a very fast read. I love getting the history for the characters that we still didn’t have a history for. It was really interesting getting to see the past for Arriane and Roland.
Overall, I thought this book was a good addition to the Fallen series. The stories were interesting, and I love the gorgeous cover for the book as well. It looks lovely displayed on my bookshelf!
Last year, I had the pleasure of reading Clarity by Kim Harrington. I was beyond thrilled to be able to obtain an early copy of Perception to review f...moreLast year, I had the pleasure of reading Clarity by Kim Harrington. I was beyond thrilled to be able to obtain an early copy of Perception to review for the blog. I love this series!
Perception starts off a few weeks after where Clarity ends. Clare and the crew just started a new year in high school. With all that had happened over the summer, Clare now finds herself in the throes of popularity, much to her dismay. But things are far from normal. A new girl at East Port High has gone missing. Clare is caught in the middle of a love triangle. Then she also discovers she has a secret admirer that might be more harm than good. There’s never a dull moment for Clare in East Port, Massachusetts!
Clare is such a great character. I love that she looks at her ‘ability’ as a gift, and wants to use it to help others. She’s also a very kind character, thinking of others before herself. The love for her family is really touching as well, especially for her big brother. I really love this in main character.
The love triangle in the story is between Justin, Clarity’s ex, and Gabriel, the new boy in town. This wasn’t a hard pick for me, I really loved Gabriel. I love the relationship between Gabriel and Clare in this book. It’s growing at just the right pacing, and leaves me wanting more. However, we also get to see a different side to Justin, and it’s hard not to root for him as well.
The writing and pacing for this book is definitely the type that will leave you turning the pages. I was completely hooked on the story, and read almost all of this in a day. I was left with a few questions, but I am hoping that they will be answered in the next book.
Overall, I love this series! Perception was just as good as Clarity, if not better! From the characters to the storyline, it all blends wonderfully into an addictive read that I really enjoyed.
I decided to read Born Wicked at the insistence of a fellow blogger. I am SO glad I let her talk me into reading the book. I love novels about witches...moreI decided to read Born Wicked at the insistence of a fellow blogger. I am SO glad I let her talk me into reading the book. I love novels about witches, and this one was just fantastic.
The story centers around a young girl named Cate, and her two sisters, who are witches. Witches are absolutely forbidden by the Brotherhood. When caught, most are either put to death, sentenced to a prison ship, or put into an institution. Because of this, Cate must keep herself and her sister’s safe at all cost, and from everyone.
Poor Cate; she had so many responsibilities and at such a young age. I definitely sympathized with the choices that she was forced to make, and with such heavy burdens heaped on her shoulders. But I found her to be a very strong character, and I really enjoyed reading about her. I found the sisters, Maura and Tess to be quite likeable as well, although Maura not quite as much as Tess. Tess was awesome!
Cate has two love interests in the story; Paul and Finn. I adore the relationship between Finn and Cate. Finn was such a very interesting character; I thought that he and Cate made such a great pair. I loved that he was willing to do whatever he had to do to keep Cate safe. I love Finn! Paul on the other hand, seemed a bit sneaky to me. I know he had to be up to something, but I couldn’t put my finger on what.
The Brotherhood sounds like an absolutely horrible association. Just reading about them gave me the creeps, and I held my breath hoping that they wouldn’t catch on to the girl’s secrets. The Sisterhood, which is an affiliation with the Brotherhood, didn’t sound much better either.
The storyline for the book was highly addictive, and the pacing was absolutely perfect. My attention was held throughout the book, and I finished most of it in a few hours time. I absolutely loved the historical setting for the story. The world building was wonderful, I could clearly imagine myself having tea parties and hanging out in Cate’s special garden.
Overall, this book is definitely worth the read. I am SO glad that my awesome blogger friend, Kathy, insisted that I read the book as soon as possible. I am officially hooked on this series, and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.
In Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters, we follow new Freshman Kelsey Finkelstein through her first year of high school. All Kelsey wants is...moreIn Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters, we follow new Freshman Kelsey Finkelstein through her first year of high school. All Kelsey wants is to make her mark and to have a really great first year. Unfortunately for Kelsey, things do not work out exactly as she has planned them to.
I really love Kelsey’s character. She kept me in stitches with all the mishaps that happen on her first year of high school. I can totally sympathize with her on some of the things that happened; as I definitely remember my freshman year all too well. Her best friends; Cass, JoJo and Em were all wonderfully well thought out characters as well! I really enjoyed the relationships that these four girls had.
All of the ‘disasters’ that poor Kelsey went through definitely make the book a hilarious read. From her first kiss, to being back-stabbed by her best friend over a boy, to a school play gone wrong; it all adds up to some really funny situations. Add in some pretty emotional teenage drama, a great storyline and it all comes together into a really fun read.
The only part in the book that I had an issue with was all the underage drinking. Call me a prude, but I am not a fan of drinking at all. And being a mom of a 13 year old, I would definitely not want my daughter drinking at that age. I understand that all kids experiment, and that’s ok, but I just felt that it went a little overboard. I do, however, think that the author sent out a good message about the other issues that teen’s face; sex, drugs, homosexuality, etc. (Please keep in mind that this is just me, and I know many people will not feel this way!)
Overall, this book is definitely one of the funniest books I’ve read so far this year. The teenage drama and the fun characters definitely kept me hooked. I am definitely looking forward to reading more work by this author in the future. This really was a great read!
Allegiance is the long anticipated sequel to Cayla Kluvers’ novel, Legacy. I read Legacy last year, and loved the plot and wonderful writing style. I...moreAllegiance is the long anticipated sequel to Cayla Kluvers’ novel, Legacy. I read Legacy last year, and loved the plot and wonderful writing style. I was extremely excited to get my hands on Allegiance. I have to say, Allegiance was even better than the first book!
The book pretty much picks up where Legacy leaves off. Alera is now the Queen of Hytanica, being married to Steldor. Poor Alera. She was forced into a situation where she didn’t really know how to react. Being a wife, a queen; it was an experience that she was not prepared for. I love that for the most part, she was pretty strong and determined; although she did have some moments when I was yelling at her to stick up for herself!
Narnia is in the hands of the Cokyrians, and is being forced to do their bidding. We don’t really get to see a whole lot of Narnian this time around, and his absence was definitely noticeable. The parts that he is in the book are enjoyable, for the most part. You definitely have to feel bad for him, as he’s being forced to do things he really doesn’t want to do. I love that no matter what; he is always true to Alera.
The one character that really great on me in the book was Steldor. I didn’t really care for him in Legacy, but in Allegiance, we get to see a completely different side of him. I will always be Team Narnian, but I also now definitely have a soft spot for Steldor. My favorite character in both books would definitely have to be London. I just love that fierce protector. He definitely made the book even more awesome for me.
The writing in this book was just as wonderful as it was in Legacy. Kluver definitely has a wonderful way of describing situations and settings. I was hooked on this book, it grabbed my attention and didn’t let go up until the end. There was no cliffhanger ending in this book, and I really liked that. I am also looking forward to the next book. I’m curious to see where Kluver will take us next!
Overall, if you enjoyed Legacy, you will definitely enjoy Allegiance. Kluver will take you for a ride you won’t soon forget with this novel.
Article 5 had been sitting on my shelf for a couple of weeks now. After discussing it with a fellow blogger, I decided to move it up on my to-read lis...moreArticle 5 had been sitting on my shelf for a couple of weeks now. After discussing it with a fellow blogger, I decided to move it up on my to-read list. I am SO glad that I did!
Imagine a world where you lived by a code of morals instead of the rights we have now. There is only one religion. Immoral literature and media has been banned. Families must consist of one man, one woman, and child(ren). A child can only be a valid citizen if he/she has been conceived by a married couple. This is the frightening world in which Ember Miller lives in Article 5.
I must start off by staying, that whenever I read a dystopian novel, I always find it shocking that stuff happening in the book could totally happen in real life. I absolutely cannot imagine living in a world where we don’t have freedom and rights. That definitely makes it easy to sympathize with the main characters in the story.
I was a little worried about the main character, Ember, in the beginning of the book. At first, she gave the impression of being very docile. However, she does grow more determined through the book. I was very glad to see what. All the poor girl wants is to save herself and her mother. Chase, who Ember has known since her childhood, does whatever he has to do to help Ember with her search. I love Chase. He’s dark and mysterious, and you just want to know what his story is. He definitely earned a spot on my favorite hero list.
The plot for the story is definitely interesting. I’ve read a lot of dystopian’s lately, and I was a little bit worried that this wouldn’t hold my attention. It certainly did, I shouldn’t have worried at all. The book was well paced as well; I was flying through the paces just to see what was going to happen next!
Overall, this was a really great read. I can’t believe I waited so long to get started on it. I can’t wait check out the next book in the series, so I can see what’s going to happen next with Ember, Chase and the crew.
Spellcaster is the much anticipated sequel to Spellbound, by Cara Lynn Shultz. I’ve been waiting on this sequel to be released for quite some now, and...moreSpellcaster is the much anticipated sequel to Spellbound, by Cara Lynn Shultz. I’ve been waiting on this sequel to be released for quite some now, and I’m thrilled to be able to read it! After Emma and Brenden broke the curse to their eternal love in the previous book, you would think that like would be getting back to normal for them in this sequel. That’s not exactly the case, however. Something dark and sinister is lying in wait, determined to destroy the loving couple. It’s up to Emma, and her newfound power, to keep them both safe.
I really enjoy the main characters in this book. Emma is well on her way to becoming a really awesome witch. I love watching her become more sure of herself, and much more determined as well. Brenden is such a loving boyfriend, I love that he’s willing to do anything to keep Emma safe. Their relationship is such a sweet one. As in the previous book, I really adore Emma’s best friend, Angelique. She’s quite the little witch herself, and I would love reading the parts of the book where she was included.
Spellcaster was very well paced, and included lots of action and suspense. The ‘bad guy’ in the book was definitely an evil character; I kept waiting to see what would happen next. There was also a LOT of hilarious parts in the book. More than once I found myself laughing at a line I had just read. I love a book that can make me laugh.
Overall, this was a great sequel to Spellbound. The kick-butt characters, funny moments, engrossing plot all come together to make a very intense read! I loved it, and can’t wait to read more from this Mrs. Shultz!
Spell Bound is an absolutely, positively, amazing conclusion to the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. If you haven’t read this series yet, you defini...moreSpell Bound is an absolutely, positively, amazing conclusion to the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. If you haven’t read this series yet, you definitely must!
*This review may contain spoilers from the previous books in this series.*
Spell Bound picks up right where Demonglass leaves off. Sophie’s powers have been stripped away by the Council, and she doesn’t know the fate of her father, Archer, Cal or Jenna after the tragic events that happened at Thorne Hall. After being sent to find the Brannicks, a group of prodigium hunting women, Sophie discovers that a massive war is on the horizon. And it’s up to Sophie to stop it.
Sophie Mercer is definitely one of my most favorite characters. She reminds me of myself, in the way that when she gets nervous, she tends to be snarky and sarcastic. I am totally the same way. I love watching her grow over the series; she has definitely become an amazingly strong character. I just adore her, especially her sarcasm.
I love Sophie’s relationships with all the special people in her life; Archer, Jenna, Cal, her parents. With Archer, I have always liked him, but was suspicious as well. That definitely changed this time around. Jenna is the most perfect friend, ever. Then there’s Cal, who became part of a love triangle early in the series. I definitely have a huge soft spot in my heart for him. We also get to see quite a bit of Elodie this time around, and I definitely like her more now than I did when we first met her in Hex Hall!
The book is highly addictive. The plot, all the action and suspense, the characters, it will all leave you flying through the pages. The ending of the book was shocking, and at one point had me in tears. The storyline was wrapped up nicely though, and I was left with only a few questions that didn’t get answered. I wonder if we were left hanging on purpose, as it were…
I want to also mention, that this book has so many hilarious moments in it. I laughed so many times, my kids kept asking what was so funny. I loved it!
Overall, I LOVE THIS SERIES! It’s so good. If you haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend that you do. Spell Bound is a wonderful conclusion to an amazing series.
Endure is the highly anticipated conclusion to the Need series by Carrie Jones.
**Spoilers from the previous books are possible!
Zara, who is now a pixi...moreEndure is the highly anticipated conclusion to the Need series by Carrie Jones.
**Spoilers from the previous books are possible!
Zara, who is now a pixie queen to Astley and his pixie followers, goes to Valhalla and manages to save Nick, her boyfriend. Instead of things getting back to normal for the small town, they are steadily getting worse. People are disappearing left and right, and people are clueless as of what to do to stop it from happening. It’s up to Zara and her small crew to save the town, and the world, from an impending apocalypse that threatens everything she holds dear.
Poor Zara just can’t seem to catch a break. Evil pixies are killing people in her town, her love life is a state of confusion, and her grandmother is nowhere to be found. This is enough to make a normal person crazy. But Zara is far from being the timid girl we met in Need, the first book in this series. She has grown into an amazingly strong young lady who can kick butt and save the world, all before breakfast.
The romantic aspect in the book definitely took a different turn than in the rest of the series. Nick just isn’t the same after Zara saved him from Valhalla. He is having a hard time with Zara being a pixie, and it affects their relationship greatly. Astley, on the other hand, I have become fonder of the more I read about him. I was pleasantly surprised with the choice that Zara made between these two young men.
A lot of the secondary characters we have already met from the previous books, but we get to meet a few new ones in Endure as well. I have to say that Hel, a giant being in Norse mythology, who oversees a realm of the deal, also called Hel, was quite an interesting character. She is so interesting, in fact, that I feel the need to research more about her.
The plot in the story blends well with the rest of the books in the series. It was also well paced, which made for a quick, interesting read. The ending of the book was wrapped up very nicely, and I was definitely satisfied with the way the series ended.
Overall, I thought this was a really good conclusion to the Need series. I’m sad to see the series end, as I will totally miss some of my favorite characters. (Astley!) If you haven’t checked out this series yet, I definitely recommend it!
I was so excited to find a copy of Until I Die in my mailbox. I read, and enjoyed Die for Me last year, and I was super e...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com
I was so excited to find a copy of Until I Die in my mailbox. I read, and enjoyed Die for Me last year, and I was super excited to continue on with the story.
Kate and Vincent have been through so much in their short time together. All that they really want is time; time to spend together and have a normal relationship. But time is not on their side, and Vincent’s immortality is on the line, thanks to a new adversary that is determined to keep them apart.
Most of the characters from the previous book are back again in Until I Die. Kate, Vincent and crew are still as likeable as ever. Kate is as strong and determined as always. Vincent is a character that I don’t think I will ever grow tired of, even when he’s being super mysterious and secretive. Jules and Ambrose were definitely highlights in the book for me, I love those two! We also get to meet a few new characters, and even some new Revenants. Kate’s sister, Georgia, also plays a pretty bit part in this book, and I enjoyed having her along for the ride.
I love the setting for the book. Paris sounds like an amazing place to visit, and for just a little while, that is exactly what we get to do in this book. The descriptions were wonderful. The book does have its share of action and suspense, but we also get a bit of back history on the Revenants, which I found to be very interesting. As for the ending of the book, it ends with a MAJOR cliffhanger! It was an ending that I definitely wasn’t expecting, and I am longing to see what is going to happen next with Kate, Vincent and crew.
Overall, I thought this was a very interesting addition to the Revenants series. I loved getting to meet the characters again and learning more about them as well. Bring on the next book! (less)
The Calling, book #2 in the Darkness Rising trilogy by Kelley Armstrong, is a thrilling mixture of action and suspense....moreAlso Posted on TheReaderBee.com
The Calling, book #2 in the Darkness Rising trilogy by Kelley Armstrong, is a thrilling mixture of action and suspense. This series, as well as the Darkest Powers series, are amazing books. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you totally should!
The book picks up right after the ending of the previous book. Without going into much details and spoiling the book, let’s just say that Maya and crew are on the run, trying to keep from being capture by the evil group that is tracking them. After the helicopter they were evacuating on crashes on the shores of a small island, it’s up to the teens to survive, and to escape the group that is chasing them, no matter what.
Maya is a great character. She can definitely kick butt when she needs to, and can take care of herself and others if needed. She definitely grows dramatically in this book, and it was enjoyable to see she was capable of. She cares deeply for her friends and family, especially Daniel. I love the friendship between them. I do feel that he cares for her a bit differently than she cares for him, and I am thinking we might get to explore this more in the next book. Rafe, the love interest in the story, is interesting in his own way as well, and I really love them together. I found all of Maya’s friends to be likeable, especially Corey. He was quite a funny guy.
The main theme in the book is basically the continuance from the previous book. The book definitely starts of strong, and keeps going up until the end. I had more than a few “OMG” moments while reading this book, Mrs. Armstrong definitely kept me on my toes. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, and will definitely keep you wondering what is going to happen in the final installment of the series.
Overall, I must reiterate; I adore Kelley Armstrong. She is such a talented writer, and never fails to draw me into her stories. The Calling is no exception, it’s a great read. I really can’t wait to get my hands on the next book as well, especially if we are going to get to see Chloe, Derek and all the crew from the previous series! (less)
I decided to read On the Fringe on a whim. I was looking for a short book that I could pass the time with. I went into t...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
I decided to read On the Fringe on a whim. I was looking for a short book that I could pass the time with. I went into the book not really knowing what to expect, and what I got was a great story in return.
After the death of Daniel, a childhood friend and newfound crush, Claire is struggling to find a way to cope and to move on with her life. On her 16th birthday, Claire falls into the lake and while drowning, see’s the face of her beloved Daniel. Now they are connected, and she is able to see him anytime. But what does this mean for Claire? Is she crazy, or is she on the fringe? The characters in the story were all really likeable. Actually, likeable is probably not the word I’m looking for. I liked them, but I felt so many different emotions for them as well. Everything that Claire and Daniel went through left me with a mix of emotions. I was feeling happy and sad, breathless and shocked, and so much more. I really love having that happen when I’m reading a good story. I found myself to be fascinated by these characters, and the secondary characters as well; I just couldn’t get enough of them.
This book has it all, including action and suspense, romance and drama. The storyline was well done, in my opinion, and definitely kept me guessing as to what would happen next. The pacing was excellent as well. I was so hooked; I finished this book in just a few hours time. I also loved that the author wrote the book in different points of view between Daniel and Claire, it was great seeing both of their points of view.
Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book. I’m not much one that rereads books often, but I already want to read this again. I read it on my Nook, but I am definitely going to be adding a finished copy to my collection, and soon!
I am a huge fan of Julie Kagawa! Her Iron Fey series is one of my favorite series ever. So I was very excited to get my h...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com
I am a huge fan of Julie Kagawa! Her Iron Fey series is one of my favorite series ever. So I was very excited to get my hands on her newest novel, The Immortal Rules. While the book was not at all what I expected, I found it to be a thrilling read!
A mysterious stranger changes Allison Sekemoto’s world forever after she is attacked by a group of rabids. Now she is a monster; a vampire. With the help of her mentor, Allie must learn the rules of being an immortal. But is there a cure for the disease that has killed over half of the population? Some people believe it to be true, and soon, Allie believes it too.
I want to start off by saything that this book has some of the most amazing characters. Allie blew me away with all of her kick-butt awesomeness. Seriously, she has officially topped my list of the most kick-butt heroines ever. Kanin, who was Allie’s mentor/teacher, was amazingly mysterious, and left me dying to know more about him. And I can’t leave out Zeke, who made me feel such conflicting emotions. These are only a few of the awesome characters that will fascinate you in this story.
The book was definitely a bit darker than Mrs. Kagawa’s previous books; a lot darker than I was expecting, in fact. But that just fascinated me even more. The storyline completely drew me in. Saying that I was on the edge of my seat would be an understatement. Mrs. Kagawa created a world and characters that were so well developed; you’re going to close the final pages feeling amazed at what you just read.
Overall, this book was amazing. You will go into it thinking it’s going to be another mediocre vampire novel, and in the end you’re going to be left completely blown away. I will never, ever get enough of Julie Kagawa’s writing. I can’t wait for the next book!
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Masque of the Red Death, so I was super excited to finally read it myself to see...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Masque of the Red Death, so I was super excited to finally read it myself to see what the fuss was about. This book was definitely not what I expected.
After the death of her twin brother, Araby struggles daily just to find a reason to live. Nights are spent with her best friend April at the Debauchery Club, which is the only place Araby can go to escape the disease and death that they face on a daily basis. The club is where she meets Will, and also Elliott, who both have secrets, but also have the ability to change Araby’s life forever.
The characters in this book were all amazingly well developed. I found each of them fascinating, and all for different reasons. You have to feel bad for what Araby, the main character, has been through. I can imagine why she wanted to slip into oblivion whenever she possibly could. We do see her change throughout the book from a girl with many issues into a very strong, determined young lady. I was very glad to see that.
The romance in the book comes in the form of a love triangle. I pity Araby her decision between the two young men, Elliott and Will. I found both young men to be completely fascinating, and each for different reasons. Will is sweet and thoughtful, and really seems to care for Araby, even when he has to make a very difficult decision that involves Araby. Elliott, on the other hand, was quite mysterious and thrilling, but also with a soft side. It’s definitely hard to choose between these two men.
The thing I love most about this book is the uniqueness of the storyline; it was a mixture of modern day and Victoria times. The world that the author created was engrossing as well as terrifying. The descriptions of the era and illnesses, as well as the clothing and world itself, were extraordinary. I definitely had a clear picture in my mind of what Araby had to deal with. The book was also very well paced; I was definitely hooked throughout the book.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters and the world building all join together to make a unique, thrilling read that you won’t soon forget! I can’t wait to get the next book to see what is going to happen next, and most importantly, what guy Araby is going to choose!
I really adore a good fairy tale retelling, and lucky for me the genre seems to be really popular at the moment. A blogge...moreAs posted on TheReaderBee.com
I really adore a good fairy tale retelling, and lucky for me the genre seems to be really popular at the moment. A blogger friend of mine turned me on to Kill Me Softly, and I’m so glad I decided to give it a read. It definitely did not disappoint!
Mirabelle knows very little of her past life, thanks to her overprotective guardians. All she knows is that her parents died long ago, and are buried in a town named Beau Rivage, a place Mira is forbidden to visit. A week before her 16th birthday, Mira does the unthinkable and runs away to Beau Rivage, and there discovers a world she never, ever would have thought existed. In Beau Rivage everyone has a story, and with the help of a few new friends, Mira will discover just what her story is.
Mirabelle was a very interesting, determined character. She wanted to find out about her past life, and she set out to do exactly that. She didn’t always make the best choices, but she went after what she wanted, and found out about her life. I caught on to Mira’s story fairly early in the book, but was still intrigued enough by it to keep reading on.
The love interest in the story is between two brothers, Blue and Felix. I definitely picked a team early in the book, and stayed true to Blue until the end. The brother’s story is definitely mysterious, and the wait to find out just exactly what happened to them was agonizing. The secondary characters in the book were well written as well. While we do get a good bit of back story on each character, I still found myself wanting to know more about each character. If the author ever decided to give each character their own book, I would definitely read each and every one.
The book was very well paced, and flowed together nicely. I love that the storyline didn’t just center around one particular fairy tale. Every person had their own tale, and each one was interesting. All of my favorite characters wrapped up nicely in one book. Thankfully, there was not a cliffhanger ending at the end of the book. However, there were a few things that I felt were left unresolved, things that left me very curious.
Overall, I thought this book was great. The characters are intriguing and the storyline is highly addictive. If you’re into to fairy tale retellings, you should definitely check out Kill Me Softly. I’m really looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.
Thank you Kathy at A Glass of Wine for telling me about this book! (less)
America Singer is one of thirty-five girls competing for a chance to win Prince Maxon’s heart in The Selection. Unlike th...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com
America Singer is one of thirty-five girls competing for a chance to win Prince Maxon’s heart in The Selection. Unlike the other girls in the competition, America could care less about winning. All she wants is to marry her secret love, Aspen. But things get complicated for America after she meets and gets to know Prince Maxon. Can her future be different than what she had planned?
America was definitely an interesting character. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if she and I were going to get along well at first. However, she did grow on me throughout the book, thankfully. I really loved the she stood up for what she believed in, and wanted all people to be treated equally. That is a very admirable quality in a main character, and definitely earns her points in my book.
The love triangle in the book is between America’s secret love; Aspen, and Prince Maxon. It really wasn’t much of a triangle for me, as I picked sides fairly early on in the book. Prince Maxon is a true prince; he’s sweet and caring, and definitely a gentleman. The romance between him and America was very charming. Aspen, on the other hand, came across as a bit shady to me. I somewhat felt that he had ulterior motives, but I can’t quite figure out why I feel that way about him. I’m definitely curious to meet him again in the next book.
The storyline was definitely interesting, and the book was extremely well paced. Towards the middle of the book is where I officially became hooked and flew through the pages. The plot somewhat reminded me of The Bachelor, (I’ve only seen a few episodes, however.) I had seen the book was compared to The Hunger Games, so I was expecting something completely different than what I got. Instead of fighting to the death, it was more cat fights and drama. I still found it to be an enjoyable read.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun read that swept me away from reality for a few hours. I’m even more excited to see the TV show now that I have read the book. And I can’t wait to read more in this awesome trilogy!