The Little Bookworm Five children disappear one night, but no one really remembers. Five years later, five extraordinary teenagers begin attending the...moreThe Little Bookworm Five children disappear one night, but no one really remembers. Five years later, five extraordinary teenagers begin attending the Marlow School, one of the most prestigious schools in New York. All of them are gifted with amazing, but dark gifts. Who are these five and where did their gifts come from? And how does their governess, Madame Vileroy, fit?
Most people are familiar with the Faust story in one way or another. It is a common theme, the desire to do or be something great and in exchange, the selling of your soul to the devil. Another Faust takes this to the YA level with the story of five teenagers, most of whom have sold their soul for something they desire, beauty, success, control. I enjoyed this book and was anxious throughout about how it would all turn out. The ending was satisfying even if it is was a little sad, but it was appropriate as what happened to the children. It is a very much character-driven book. There is very little action and most of it comes from the manipulations of Madame Vileroy. I can't say that I liked any of the characters that much except maybe Bicé, the most sympathetic of the teenagers. I did feel sorry for her. But the rest were horrible as befitted the story. Still I didn't mind since that was sort of the point of the whole book.(less)
**spoiler alert** The March sisters are hunters, after the werewolves responsible for the death of their grandmother and unsuspecting girls everywhere...more**spoiler alert** The March sisters are hunters, after the werewolves responsible for the death of their grandmother and unsuspecting girls everywhere. Scarlett is consumed by it, having face down a werewolf when she was 12, determined to kill them all and to protect her sister. Rosie longs for a normal life but knows she owes her current life to her sister and continues on with the hunt. But when Rosie reaches out for a more normal life, will her sister stand in her way?
This is a kick ass book in more ways than one. It was like Buffy/Underworld awesome. I hadn't anticipated the level of violence but it is on par with The Hunger Games or Rampant. That stuff doesn't bother me but just a warning if it bothers you. Sisters Red is, of course, a Red Riding Hood fractured fairy tale. It's an interesting Buffy-esque take on the tale, but that really lends itself to kick ass heroines and bad ass wolves. There are some genuine laugh out loud moments combined with all the fighting action. And, as a librarian, I really appreciated how much the March sisters like the library. Very very cool.
*Possibly spoilery* The characters were both strong and sad. I really felt sorry for both Rosie and Scarlett, having face down a werewolf at a young age and surviving with the burning desire to kill them all. Scarlett was so driven, both obsessed with the hunt and, to a degree, what her life would have been like otherwise. I think she was the most complex of all the characters. Rosie, on the other hand, was the more sympathetic. She longed for something different, but had a hard time reconciling that longing with the idea that she owed her sister her life. There were a few moments I wanted to shake them both, but I know they can kick my butt so I refrained. Seriously.
Ever begins her quest to fix her mistake from Blue Moon so she can be with Damen at long last. But Roman stands her in way as well...moreThe Little Bookworm
Ever begins her quest to fix her mistake from Blue Moon so she can be with Damen at long last. But Roman stands her in way as well as her undeniable attraction to her new boss, Jude.
Oh Ever, still as dumb as a rock. What a waste of an Immortal given her inability to make even a smitten of the right choice. At least her intentions are good, but she never wants to listen to anyone. Always convinced that she is the exception and knows more than the people who have been around a lot longer than her. Damen is a freaking saint for putting up with her BS though he had his moments in Blue Moon.
Anyway, I found Shadowland to be a much slower book, not quite as good as its predecessors. That happens a lot with middle books. But still the build-up for the next book was nicely paced as was the introduction to Jude, a person who is very familiar to Ever and Damen for a good reason. The ending was good, a little surprising, but another opportunity for Ever to make exactly wrong choice yet again. Can't wait to see what she gets up to in Dark Flame. (less)
The Little Bookworm Now that Sam is human again, he can live a normal life as a normal boy with Grace. But Grace is falling seriously ill. Coupled with...moreThe Little Bookworm Now that Sam is human again, he can live a normal life as a normal boy with Grace. But Grace is falling seriously ill. Coupled with that is the problem of the one of the new wolves, Cole, who can't seem to stay a wolf. Sam begins to see that his problems aren't over just because he is no longer a wolf.
Just like Shiver this book starts off slow. But about 1/3 of the way in, it gets really good and then I have a hard time walking away from it. I actually checked out the CDs for my car and the mp3 version from the library, just so I could have it with me. And I'm glad I did. Because once the book got going I needed to find out what happened next.
I actually really liked the characters of Cole and Isabel. They are a great antidote to perfect Grace and Sam. Grace and Sam are great characters and I do like them, but they are so sweet and perfect and good all the time that the bitter and sarcastic Cole and Isabel are great. This book alternates the four characters in POV and while that seems like a lot, it works well. I was surprised and not surprised by the ending and I am curious to see how the whole thing wraps up in Forever.(less)
As much as I love Meg Cabot's young adult books, I really love her adult books. The characters are much more rounded and usually d...more The Little Bookworm
As much as I love Meg Cabot's young adult books, I really love her adult books. The characters are much more rounded and usually don't make me feel like shaking anyone. Meena is pretty well just awesome. She has the power to see when a person is going to die and so that makes her much more sympathetic to others. She is very relatable, with her frustrations with her job and her relationships. I really liked her and her brother and her neighbors. I was less than infatuated with Lucien and the vampire slayer, Alaric. Alaric, in particular, was my least favorite character.
I thought the story was fun and fresh and enjoyed all the digs at the current vampire trend. I like that the vampires were real vampires, teeth and seduction and blood drinking, and were unapologetic about it. Meena's gift adds another great element to the story and I hope that this is the beginning of a series. If it's not, then the story stands very well on its own. But I'd like to hear more about Meena and her new adventures.(less)
The Little Bookworm Cassel comes from a family of criminal curse workers, people who have the power to change people, change their memories, their luck...moreThe Little Bookworm Cassel comes from a family of criminal curse workers, people who have the power to change people, change their memories, their luck, their emotion, with just one touch. He is the one person in his family who is not a worker, but he is a great con man. Haunted by the memory of the murder he committed, Cassel tries to become the most normal kid, but his hard work of normalcy starts to unravel the night he finds himself of the school roof lead by a dream of a white cat.
I'm a sucker for a good con game story. I loved Heist Society and Ocean's 11. Something about these especially when the main character is sympathetic makes me happy. Cassel is an extremely sympathetic character even as he explains how to swindle or outright steal from someone. There are some seriously horrific things going on this book though, but Cassel carries the whole book really well. The whole idea of curse workers is an intriguing one and there are a lot of parallels that can be drawn to their situation. I liked the whole world that Black built. It was very thorough and there were lots details that support the idea of the curse workers and their abilities and oppression as well as the fear that having people with the innate ability to change someone would bring. The mystery was sound and I enjoyed the resolution. Now I can't wait for Red Glove to come out and I will definitively read that one as soon as it is published.(less)
Well, this was a different concept. Sandman. That's one I have not read before now. I've really been wrestling with what to say abo...moreThe Little Bookworm
Well, this was a different concept. Sandman. That's one I have not read before now. I've really been wrestling with what to say about Sleepless. So I'll say it like this.
The concept was unique and very fun. There was the creepy element of Eron watching Julia sleep but it wasn't like he was obsessed with her like some "heroes" I could name. It was his job and he genuinely cared for her.
There were parts that were meant to be creepy or mysterious and they were. The mystery of Julia's past keep cropping up and it was driving me crazy until it was finally answered.
It was a fast read and an intriguing one. I really wanted to know what happened. I'm curious by nature anyway and this book played to that.
It was nice to see parents who are there and who care. So rare these days in YA.
There were a few problems here and there that I attribute to reading an ARC and I wish that they would change that last cheesy scene and line. It was too sentimental, I'd say for the character and the tone seemed off given how the rest of the book reads.
I didn't become invested in any of the characters and I hated Griffin, the new Sandman and his best friend. Julia, the girl, is sort of bland though she tries to be tough and Eron's tone was off for me even though he was by far the best character in the story.
Overall, I'd say it was good. I just think there were some missed opportunities to make it great.(less)
If this isn't the best book I've read this year, then it is at least one of them. While I'm not a believer of soul mates and destiny, this book made m...moreIf this isn't the best book I've read this year, then it is at least one of them. While I'm not a believer of soul mates and destiny, this book made me want to believe and I love the idea that people will be drawn to each other in every life that they live.
The Little Bookworm Tessa discovers the world of magic when she is kidnapped by two warlocks. Rescued by the beautiful but aloof Will, she is soon imme...moreThe Little Bookworm Tessa discovers the world of magic when she is kidnapped by two warlocks. Rescued by the beautiful but aloof Will, she is soon immersed in the world of the Shadowhunters who are trying to figure out why Tessa is so important.
I haven't read the Mortal Instruments series so when I started Clockwork Angel I had no clue about the world that Clare has built. I liked the steampunk aspect and the Victorian England setting and the whole Shadowhunters thing. It was fine. I never really connected with the story or the characters but that might have been more me than anything. I did a 2 star reading of what should be a 4 star book. Normally I think I would have liked this more, but it followed up truly great book and sometimes a truly great book will ruin the next book by overshadowing it. So it's partly my fault that I can't muster up some real enthusiasm for Clockwork Angel. That being said, there wasn't anything so wonderful in this book to make me forget about the last one and that, in a way, is the mark of a mediocre book. If it had been great, then it would have lived up to the last book I read.
While it isn't a showstopper, it does have many solid elements. Like I said the steampunk and time setting are really good and Clare is definitely ensconced in the world that she created for the Mortal Instruments series. She knows it well and that flows out of the book. The main characters were all very distinct, mostly likeable, though a bit too mysterious for my liking. A little too much mystery doesn't make me what to read further, it makes me want to not read anymore. A few more answers would have been okay at the end. I'm sure that fans of Mortal Instruments series will enjoy this and the rest of the Infernal Devices series though.(less)
The Little Bookworm Tory Brennan (grand-niece of Temperance Brennan) lives on a secluded island where her father works for a university research center...moreThe Little Bookworm Tory Brennan (grand-niece of Temperance Brennan) lives on a secluded island where her father works for a university research center. She is friends with four boys her age who also live on the island. After finding some mysterious dog tags on the research island, Tory and her friends get caught in the mystery of a girl's mysterious disappearance 40 years ago and also discover an illegal experiment that transforms Tory and her friends into something more than human.
Having never read anything by Kathy Riechs I wasn't sure how Virals was going to read. I think that it is fairly evident that an adult writer is trying for a young adult audience. However, I can't find any fault with that. A few reviews I read complained that it felt dumbed down, but it didn't to me. There was a lot of science involved and it was written for someone who doesn't understand science (like me). I appreciated that.
I really enjoyed the mystery part of the book. That was my favorite since I am a big mystery fan. It was a little Nancy Drew mixed with Bones (of course). Tory is such an awesome, smart character that I loved her. I liked how all the kids are thrown together by little more than proximity and they become friends even with their distinct personalities and backgrounds. Each of the "Virals" is well characterized and thought out.
The paranormal aspect is fun, very sciency though it wasn't my favorite part of the book. But it is cool to have an almost reasonable explanation for the thing that happens to Tory and her friends. And the abilities they gain come in handy. I'm curious to see where this series is going to lead. Hopefully to a lot more mysteries.
The Little Bookworm Avery Hood is discovered one night, covered in her parent's blood after they are murdered. She can't remember much about that night...moreThe Little Bookworm Avery Hood is discovered one night, covered in her parent's blood after they are murdered. She can't remember much about that night except for flashes of silver. Now living with her grandmother, she longs to remember what happened to her parents. But something dark and evil is evading the woods around her house and it's after Avery too.
Y'all, this book is super creepy. From the very first moment when Avery is found covered head to toe with her parent's blood next to their mutilated bodies all the way to the very surprising ending. Creepy. It really kept me guessing and gave me the shivers. It managed to evoke a quiet, chilling atmosphere while providing an interesting murder mystery and a few paranormal elements. It was well-written and the main characters were well fleshed out.
I really liked this book. I would have loved it though if it didn't include the supernatural element that was Ben, the new boy at school. I mean Ben the character was fine and his connection thing with Avery was actually fine. It provided a necessary though mostly unexplained reason for his character. It's what Ben is that bothered me. It seemed unnecessary though I suppose plot-wise it actually was necessary. I just wish it had been different. But I liked the supernatural aspect of Avery and thought it was pretty neat and different. Can't win them all.(less)
The Little Bookworm I've never read the Vampire Kisses series by Schreiber and I never will because this book read like a poorly written fan-fic. I gues...moreThe Little Bookworm I've never read the Vampire Kisses series by Schreiber and I never will because this book read like a poorly written fan-fic. I guess at least it was readable enough to get though it so that might count for something.(less)
The Little Bookworm Fancy and Kit Cordelle are the daughters of the Bonesaw Killer and are ostracized by their town because of their serial killer dad...more The Little Bookworm Fancy and Kit Cordelle are the daughters of the Bonesaw Killer and are ostracized by their town because of their serial killer dad. But the girls have inherited their dad's love of murder though they try to suppress it. Until Fancy opens a door into another world, that is. With a place to hide the bodies, the girls begin giving into their desires though they try to only hurt those who hurt others. But once the Turner boys, whose dad was the Bonesaw Killer's last victim, take an interest in the Cordelle sisters things begin to change. And Fancy does not like change...
Well, this was....er...different. For me, anyway. I don't usually read horror since I like to sleep at night but I was drawn to this book, initially, because of the super amazing cover. And then I read the description and thought well, okay, I'll give it a shot. Then I download it onto the Nook and got scared. What was I thinking? I thought. I'll wait. But I peeked at the beginning and decide to read the first chapter, then a chapter after that. And wouldn't you know it? I read the whole thing. But only during the day. I'm serious about sleeping. And it was a good thing I did. Because this is some disturbing stuff. Girls who like to murder people, yeah. Disturbing. But strangely compelling too. I honestly could not figure out where this story was headed especially with the introduction of the two guys. And so I kept reading because I was invested in Fancy and Kit and could not tell where this was going and where they were going to end up.
There is a whole fantasy element to the story that is rare in a horror novel. At the first appearance of the monsters, I was surprised (I haven't read Bleeding Violet which is set in the same town), but once I went with the whole concept, it blended horror and fantasy perfectly. The town is interesting with the way they have developed coping mechanisms for the appearance of real life monsters and their reaction to the girls' "solving" of their problems is different. It defies expectations which is something that can be said for the whole book.
Fancy and Kit do not invite sympathy. At all. But the character growth in both of them is done with such style. And the love interest part of the story was very mysterious. I really couldn't figure out what angle the Turner boys were coming from until it was spelled out for me. I liked that. I hate guessing the ending before the story is over.
Despite the fact that I liked it and that I'm praising it, I must say that this book isn't for everyone. It has some really gory elements and is disturbing. The fantasy elements might be off-putting for straight horror fans and the horror elements might be too much for fantasy fans. But if you can put up with fairly graphic scenes of murder and mayhem, then I suggest you read it. Just don't read it before bed.
The Little Bookworm Toby is just a kid, playing around with his friends and causing trouble. Then one night he wakes up in the dingo pen at the zoo and...moreThe Little Bookworm Toby is just a kid, playing around with his friends and causing trouble. Then one night he wakes up in the dingo pen at the zoo and suddenly things have changed, especially after a priest and a shaggy-haired man show up on his doorstep claiming he is a werewolf.
This is a sequel of sorts to The Reformed Vampire Support Group which I read last year in that it continues some of the story from that book with no resolution at this one either. I'm guessing there will be another one. About what I don't know. But anyway, it is not strictly necessary to have read Reformed Vampire, but it makes more sense if you have. It took me a minute to remember who Reuben was and the whole plot of the Vampire book. This was a fun adventure, much more action adventure than the previous book. I guess because werewolves are much more robust than vampires. Jinks certainly does not let up in this book once it gets started. The first half was slow and I was getting tired of Toby and his friends, but then the location changes and I sped through the rest ready to find out what happens next. While lacking wholly sympathetic characters, because even Toby is enough to wear a person out, it was still a decent book. I found a few funny moments, but it is also very rough and tumble, much like a werewolf. I was happy to see the vampires and I look forward to reading how the over-arcing story pans out.(less)
The Little Bookworm A twisted fairy tale with a "choose your own adventure" plot. This one was fun. I love how the curse came from the neighboring vamp...moreThe Little Bookworm A twisted fairy tale with a "choose your own adventure" plot. This one was fun. I love how the curse came from the neighboring vampire queen rather than an evil fairy queen and how the curse changed as well. Lucette, Sleeping Beauty, is cursed to prick her finger at 16 and to fall asleep during daylight hours, but then wake during the night while everyone else sleeps. So she essentially alone at night with the vampires. But she learns to fight, much to her dad's displeasure, and becomes a vampire slayer. Once again I didn't go through all the choices, but I am definitely going to go through them soon.(less)
The Little Bookworm To save her dying mother, Kate makes a deal with the mysterious and handsome Henry. He will delay her mother's death if Kate agrees...moreThe Little Bookworm To save her dying mother, Kate makes a deal with the mysterious and handsome Henry. He will delay her mother's death if Kate agrees to spend 6 months out of the year with him for the rest of her life. But first she has to pass a series of tests that have left all the previous girls who've tried dead.
Persephone is the new It girl, I am assuming. Because I know that Meg Cabot has a series coming out soon about her and then there is this book. It's not about Persephone per se but she figures into the plot a fair amount without making an actual appearance. I'm kind of hoping she shows up at some point in this trilogy. Anyway...
Kate is an ok kind of girl. Her mother is dying and she doesn't know what to do with her life. Because she has devoted so much of her life to taking care of her mother. When her mother brings Kate back to her hometown to die there, Kate is manipulated into the position of saving her mother by taking the Goddess Test by Henry, the owner of a large manor house outside of the town. So Kate has to pass tests that she is not aware of even taking and stay alive since all the girls who have tried have ended up dead. Slowly, ever so slowly, Kate figures out who Henry really is and yet does not seem to get who everyone else is around her. She doesn't come off as stupid but she is not very aware or not aware enough. While I liked her, there were times when all I could think was Really? And Henry is the standard, standoffish brooding hero. I mean, given how Henry is, that is totally understandable, but you know, it had some Twilight moments.
It was an easy read though, very engaging and, given how much I love Greek mythology, very fun for me. It was nice to see these characters in other settings and how the progression of history might have changed them. Kate is a super sweet and caring character and I didn't mind her. I'm curious to see how the series will continue since there was no cliffhanger ending. This is one series I will continue on with.(less)
The Little Bookworm Helen has grown up on Nantucket surrounded by the same old people and the water. When a mysterious new family moves onto the island...moreThe Little Bookworm Helen has grown up on Nantucket surrounded by the same old people and the water. When a mysterious new family moves onto the island, she begins to understand all the things that have made her different her whole life and learns who she really is.
I badly want to paint this book with the Twilight brush. I mean, Starcrossed involves a good girl feeling a pull to a boy to a mysterious new boy, a large family that moves into the area and keeps to themselves, the inability for anyone to answer a simple question, a girl who is better at being superhuman than the boy, and a large evil family bent on the destruction and/or assimilation of the smaller good family. And all of that sounds really familiar. And I tried to fight the ongoing comparisons in my head as I was read, but it was all there. It was still a really good book and a compelling book with plenty to offer on its own.
This time we are involving not vampires, but Greek gods and the Trojan War. It seems that the Fates want the descendants of the participants in that war to repeat the cycle. And Helen and one of the Delos boys, Lucas, are drawn to each other. At first out of instant violent hate and then later as something else, dooming them to repeat the cycle as well. I liked both Helen and Lucas and I thought their role together was very sweet and I really wanted them to get together. I couldn't figure out how that was going to work since they wanted to kill each other at first. But work out it did. Although so many things stood/stand in their way, I don't know how the whole thing is going to get resolved. Helen's best friend, Claire, is made of awesome sauce. Seriously she is truly one great friend and I was glad to see her stick with her friend through the whole book.
There are a lot of subplots going on: Helen figuring out who she is, the Delos family, women attacking Helen, her missing mother, the romance, dealing with the Furies, and Helen's superpowers to start. It is mostly wrapped up so I'm hoping the next book has a tighter plot. The action is fast past and it moves right along. I was glad of that because at nearly 500 pages, this book could have been a monster to read. As it was I could barely put it down. The writing is pretty straightforward and a little less telling and more showing might be a good idea. It's written in the third person so the reader gets a bigger picture of the action and little more of other characters besides Helen. (less)
I read this book over a year ago and it has stuck with me ever since. It is a rich and complex story of two sisters who love it each but with the olde...moreI read this book over a year ago and it has stuck with me ever since. It is a rich and complex story of two sisters who love it each but with the older sister, Ruby, needing the younger, Chloe, to love her the most. But something mysterious is happening in the town and at the heart of it is Ruby. Chloe seeks to find out the both the secret of the town and the secret of her sister. I adore this book and I'm thinking of rereading it soon.(less)
The Little Bookworm Emily and Chase have each done something bad. Em hooked up with her best friend's boyfriend while Chase's idea of revenge got a lit...moreThe Little Bookworm Emily and Chase have each done something bad. Em hooked up with her best friend's boyfriend while Chase's idea of revenge got a little out of hand. When three beautiful and mysterious girls turn up in their town and begin manipulating Em and Chase, they are in real trouble. Sometimes sorry isn't enough and someone has to pay.
Jeez, this was a creepy story. There was one part I read right before going to bed and I regretted it. It reminded me of Final Destination in a way. Because in those movies if you escape death it will come for you until it gets you. The Furies' determination to make Emily and Chase pay is relentless. And the thing is that both Emily and Chase did something that was terrible but I don't think it was quite up to what happened to them. Maybe it was and I just felt sorry for them. I don't know. This was a riveting book and I almost couldn't put it down. The writing wasn't as polished as some of the books I've read lately but the story was good and made up for some of the clunkier writing. It is apparently a trilogy so it will be interesting to see where Miles takes the rest of the story.(less)
The Little Bookworm Pearl is a fun-loving, blood-drinking sixteen year old bad girl vampire. That is until she is stabbed by a unicorn. Sudden...more3.5 stars
The Little Bookworm Pearl is a fun-loving, blood-drinking sixteen year old bad girl vampire. That is until she is stabbed by a unicorn. Suddenly she is a different kind of vampire, one who can walk in the sunlight and has a reflection. But she is also turning into a different kind of girl, much to her family's displeasure. Now they have given her the task of luring a large meal to the Fealty Ceremony and, for Pearl, that means going to high school.
I loved Pearl in a weird way. I love that she was so badass and so out to prove herself and that doesn't change even after the unicorn incident. I love that it was a unicorn of all things that stabbed her. So random and fun. But I loved Pearl's gradual transformation the best and the fact that she went to the library of all places as soon as she could walk in the sunlight. Her fascination with daylight was almost touching. It's something everyone just takes for granted but as a vampire she had no experience with it. Pearl was awesome, even in high school. She was just the coolest. And Evan, the boy, was super sweet and I liked him too. It is a romance-light book which works for the story being told.
The story was really fun and I liked this book. The vampires and the unicorns, it's a weird combination but it works in this book. I did have a little laugh at the Vampire King of New England because I mean, come on, what kind of title is that? But the world was built nicely and everything made sense and there were some good light hearted laugh out loud moments in the midst of Pearl's identity crisis. And prom, of course. (less)
The Little Bookworm While I found this book to be a quick read, it reads like a checklist of an action-adventure/science-fiction movie. Plucky heroine?...moreThe Little Bookworm While I found this book to be a quick read, it reads like a checklist of an action-adventure/science-fiction movie. Plucky heroine? Check. Brooding guy with a dark secret? Check. Evil organization with an agenda? Check. But despite the cliches involved, it is a fun book and an easy read. I wasn't a huge fan of Deznee throughout the book. She rubbed me the wrong way and I kept wondering what it was about her that made all the boys fall over themselves. Because she is, frankly, fairly abrasive. And Kale is so blank. There is very little to his character except to growl menacingly at anyone who threatens his woman and to become fascinated at everything about Dez or the world in general. A little more character development would not have been amiss for anyone in this book.
The action never stalled though and that was good. Because really this is an action based book. Dez moves from scenario to scenario trying to figure out how to save Kale and her mom from Denezen and how to deal with her bad guy dad. She does a great job figuring out what to do next. And she really does kick ass in her own right. The book ends with a typical cliffhanger and while I enjoyed reading it, I doubt I will continue on with the series. (less)