Ravencliffe picks up where Blythewood left off; readers know that Ava is a half-breed Darkling, which means she is dealing with the fact that not onlyRavencliffe picks up where Blythewood left off; readers know that Ava is a half-breed Darkling, which means she is dealing with the fact that not only is her unknown father a Darkling, but the huge problem that the school she attends would never approve if they found out the truth. On top of it, her wings are starting to be a problem to hide. Just when she thinks that's her only problem, more issues arise at Blythewood. Young girls are mysteriously disappearing and they think that van Drood is behind it. Ava and her friends realize they have to stop him, but what if they find out the truth about her? Ravencliffe is another action packed fantasy by Carol Goodman. If you love fantasy, you should definitely check out this series.
The setting is ancient Mesopotamia and Jayden is betrothed to Horeb, future king of her desert nomad tribe. She should be thrilled, because Horeb is aThe setting is ancient Mesopotamia and Jayden is betrothed to Horeb, future king of her desert nomad tribe. She should be thrilled, because Horeb is a childhood friend and extremely good looking, but he has changed. He's cold, selfish and an all-around bad guy, so Jayden is dreading their upcoming marriage. Top top it off, Horeb deserts her when she needs him the most and while during this turbulent time she meets Kadesh, who seems to appear out of nowhere. Her family helps him and in turn, he does the same for her family. A forbidden love blossoms between the two, but how could she allow this to happen, especially since she is promised to Horeb? To make matters worse, Leila, her sister, wants to leave her life as a nomad and live scandalously at the Temple of Ashtoreth. It feels like Jayden's family is falling apart. Can she really risk it all for Kadesh? Things really get stressful when Horeb finds out how she feels about the stranger, Kadesh. This action packed young adult debut kept me on the edge of my seat. It was definitely one thing after another for Jayden, but Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little was a roller coaster ride I enjoyed being on.
Marguerite Caine isn't your average teenager. She has been homeschool by her brilliant physicist parents and spends more time surrounded by graduate sMarguerite Caine isn't your average teenager. She has been homeschool by her brilliant physicist parents and spends more time surrounded by graduate students than her own peers. Her parents have invented the Firebird, a device that can allow people to travel into other dimensions. While in the other dimension, they can assume the role of themselves in that alternate universe. Unfortunately, her father was murdered, which obviously sends her family for a loop, especially when they find out the alleged murderer is none other than one of the graduate students, Paul, whom is practically family. Paul escapes into another dimension and Margureite is determined to hunt him down, along with the help of another graduate student, Theo. Traveling to other dimensions can be very dangerous though, but Margerite is determined. Plus, while she is hunting down Paul with Theo she comes to learn about these two men in the other dimensions and things become a bit murky and unclear. Who really killed her father? Perhaps Paul isn't the murderer and things aren't what they seem? And to further complicate matters, Marguerite starts to have feelings for both men as she gets to know them more and more in the alternate worlds. Claudia Gray's A Thousand Pieces of You is an imaginative story of other dimensions that kept me flipping the pages even though the romance part of the story left me feeling a little flat.
Jessamin is an "island rat," because she grew up on the island of Melie, which in turn puts her on a the low end of the social hierarchy totem pole amJessamin is an "island rat," because she grew up on the island of Melie, which in turn puts her on a the low end of the social hierarchy totem pole amongst her Albion boarding school peers. Unlike her peers, Jessamin must work in order to attend boarding school and doesn't really fit in. She meets Finn, an Albion royal, who introduces her to the world of nobility as well as the world of magic. The problem is that Finn has an enemy in the powerful Lord Downpike and he targets Jessamin since she is Finn's romantic interest. Before she knows it, Jessamin finds herself thoroughly involved in this dangerous world and not only does she worry about Finn's safety, but her own as well. Kiersten White's Illusions of Fate is a fun ride involving nobility, magic, strict etiquette, fabulous balls and of course, there's a touch of danger.
Olivia Mead wants more for her life than to just marry, host parties, and look pretty, except she is living in the early 1900s in Oregon, where the geOlivia Mead wants more for her life than to just marry, host parties, and look pretty, except she is living in the early 1900s in Oregon, where the general population is looking down upon female independence. Olivia is caught attending a suffragist rally, which sends her conservative father into a tail spin. Instead of talking with her about it, he decides to hire a famous hypnotist, Henri Reverie, to hypnotize her into being a docile woman content with her place in society. During the hypnotism, he asks Henri to make it difficult for Olivia to talk about controversial issues and Henri also adds to the hypnotism that she'll be able to see people's true natures, which in turn, isn't something Olivia has bargained for. Now she is able to see people for who they really are, which at times can be an extremely scary sight. On top of this new complication, she is starting to have feelings for the charming hypnotist, Henri, despite her father's wishes that she aim higher. The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters is a spell-binding historical read that blends supernatural elements perfectly. Not only did I find the historical details intriguing, the plot kept me turning the pages late into the night.
Eva lives in a small southern town; she is practically royalty as she is an heiress and set to inherit her family's successful winery. At first glanceEva lives in a small southern town; she is practically royalty as she is an heiress and set to inherit her family's successful winery. At first glance, it appears Eva lives the perfect life. She is popular, good looking, has great friends and a boyfriend, Robert, whom everyone loves. However, one night when she is walking home (from being stood up by Robert!) a car swerves and hits her. She nearly dies and is left with broken bones as well as scars all over her face. While she is in the hospital, she comes to discover something else she acquired from the accident: the chilling ability to foresee people's deaths. When other young girls start dying in her sleepy town, she knows that her accident wasn't an "accident" at all. In fact, someone is out to get her and her friends and they have a message for her. One thing Eva knows is that she must stop the killer. Melissa Marr's Made For You is an edge-of-your-seat read and a psychological thriller that had me desperately trying to figure out who the killer is.
Lia's life has been mapped out for her. She is to marry a foreign prince (one whom she has never met before) and in turn, her country, along with herLia's life has been mapped out for her. She is to marry a foreign prince (one whom she has never met before) and in turn, her country, along with her future husband's, will be secure. Lia has no choice in the matter, because she is First Daughter and her world is steeped in tradition. But Lia doesn't want that life. Instead she escapes on the day of her wedding, along with her best friend Pauline, to a seaside village where no one knows her or her past. She obtains a job as a barmaid at a local pub and works in the inn there as well. Two young men enter the pub and Lia has no clue that one man is an assassin who has been sent to kill her and the other is the young prince she abruptly jilted. Things start to get more complicated for Lia, especially when she starts to have feelings for one of the men in The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson.
Avery Roe lives in a New England whaling town on Prince Island during the 19th century. Like every Roe female before her, she has one job: to become tAvery Roe lives in a New England whaling town on Prince Island during the 19th century. Like every Roe female before her, she has one job: to become the next Roe witch. This is important to the island's welfare as the witch keeps the sailors and whalers safe at sea by making protection charms as well as other task important to the townsfolk. Avery's grandmother has been the most influential person in her life and is raising her to take over as the next Roe witch. But Avery's mother, who comes back into the picture, decides magic isn't an option and takes her away from everything she has known. Years go by and Avery isn't allowed to see her grandmother nor use magic, but things change when Avery dreams she is murdered. She knows this is a serious omen and tries to contact her grandmother, but thanks to her mother, she is cursed from seeking out magical help or even her grandmother. Her mother wants her to be a proper young lady and leave that life behind, but Avery knows she must find a way out. Kendall Kulper's Salt & Storm is a slow-moving historical fantasy that kept me entertained, but wasn't one that I fell in love with.
Barrie Watson has hit a rock bottom. Her mother has died and her caretaker, Mark, is now dying from cancer. Mark sends her off to her mother's sister,Barrie Watson has hit a rock bottom. Her mother has died and her caretaker, Mark, is now dying from cancer. Mark sends her off to her mother's sister, Aunt Pru, to ensure she has a stable family home. Her Aunt Pru lives on a Southern plantation in South Carolina, which is very different than the life she is used to in San Francisco. Barrie is interested in her family's past though and she is hoping her aunt can answer some questions about the fire that took her fathers life and led to her mother's disfiguring facial scars. But getting answers is tougher than she thought and there are many secrets on South Carolina's Watsons Island, especially when it comes to the founding families, the Watsons, the Beauforts, and the Colesworth. The three founding family's history is entwined along with a very old curse. Due to this curse, Barrie has the ability to find lost items and this "gift" has become even stronger now that she has moved to Watson's Island. To add to the drama, she met family friend, Eight Beaufort, who simultaneously drives her nuts and charms her. Barrie is also dying to meet her cousin, Cassie Colesworth, even if her aunt and Eight say not to trust her. Martina Boone's debut, Compulsion, is the kind of Southern Gothic I love. There's a beautiful setting, family feuds, a slow burning romance, curses and a touch of paranormal. Highly recommended for fans of romance, Southern gothic, and the paranormal genre.
Serafina is a mermaid who is heir to the realm of Miromara. She is worrying about her performance at her betrothal ceremony; plus, the merman she is pSerafina is a mermaid who is heir to the realm of Miromara. She is worrying about her performance at her betrothal ceremony; plus, the merman she is promised to, Prince Mahdi, isn't acting like himself as there are many rumors of him staying out all night and dating other girls. Serafina is stressed out by all this and to top it off, she keeps have a recurring dream that is extremely ominous. She shrugs it off as nothing but nerves until her mother is attacked and consequently her world is turned upside down. Thankfully, Sera has her best friend, Princess Neela, with her while she is on a journey to figure out who killed her mother and started a massive war. Jennifer Donnelly's Deep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga series, is an imaginative and adorable read for middle grade girls.
Josie isn't your average teenager. She has an extremely high IQ and attends college classes in the morning and regular high school in the afternoon alJosie isn't your average teenager. She has an extremely high IQ and attends college classes in the morning and regular high school in the afternoon along with her best friend and next door neighbor, Stu. Things with Stu are easy. He gets her and understands her "language." You see, Josie loves to study language and sometimes has to translate the language of her peers. Things are going pretty well for Josie until her older sister, Kate, brings home Geoff and tells her family that they are engaged. This sort of announcement would normally be cause for celebration, but Josie can't stand Geoff. She makes it a goal to show Kate that Geoff isn't right for her before she takes the big plunge and actually marries the guy. Geoff makes rude comments to Kate and her family from time to time, so it's no wonder Josie doesn't like him, but Kate's parents urge Josie to just support her and be happy for Kate. Plus, high school forces Josie to examine herself, her friendships, her crushes and by the novel's end, the ultimate question…what is the nature of love? Erin McCahan's Love and Other Foreign Words is a brilliant read and one that reminded of a John Green novel. I absolutely loved it.
Cricket Montgomery is a very privileged seventeen year old. Her father pretty much caters to her every whim and her summer is shaping up to be a memorCricket Montgomery is a very privileged seventeen year old. Her father pretty much caters to her every whim and her summer is shaping up to be a memorable one. She is planning on vacationing on Maui with her best friend. That is until she gets caught throwing a party and her dad has had it with her. Instead of Maui, he is sending her to "Camp I Can" for two weeks and she'll work there as a counselor. "Camp I Can" isn't just any camp; it's a camp for teenagers with special needs and Cricket has little to no experience nor compassion for people with disabilities. Her father is hoping that these two weeks will teach her a lesson and thankfully, Cricket does learn a lesson and one that she'll never forget. Bethany Crandell's debut novel, Summer on the Short Bus, is a hilarious and quick read which focuses on important lessons, such as compassion, empathy and letting prejudices go.
Violet was born into a world where only certain people can have healthy children and at a young age all the girls must be tested to see if they possesViolet was born into a world where only certain people can have healthy children and at a young age all the girls must be tested to see if they possesses this gene. As it turns out, Violet does and is transported off to a holding facility that will train her to use her "talents." She can no longer see her family or friends and she has left them behind in the Marsh, a poor section of the Lone City. Violet is training to be a surrogate for the royalty and they will bid on her at an upcoming auction. But Violet isn't just merely a surrogate; she also has powers or Auguries that allow her to transform things. On the day of the auction, The Duchess of the Lake buys Violet and she is thrusted into the unpredictable world of The Jewel, where the wealthy live in the Lone City. Violet's world at The Jewel is a lonely one except for her friendship with Lucien, who works for the wealthy, and a companion for the niece of the Duchess, Ash. As time progresses, Violet starts to have feelings for Ash, but things are complicated and the consequences are very severe. Plus, she has the dark cloud hanging over. She will eventually become a surrogate for the Duchess. Amy Ewing's debut, The Jewel, has many strong points, but at times seems to be a bit derivative.
I wanted to love this book, because I adore The Nutcracker, but this book didn't work for me at all. It was super weird, from what I read, and I didn'I wanted to love this book, because I adore The Nutcracker, but this book didn't work for me at all. It was super weird, from what I read, and I didn't connect with the characters or plot at all. ...more
St. Anne's boarding school is filled with teenagers from wealthy and prominent American families, unless you are a scholarship student. And that is thSt. Anne's boarding school is filled with teenagers from wealthy and prominent American families, unless you are a scholarship student. And that is the case for Charlotte Ryder, an aspiring artist and sort of social wallflower. Everything changes for Charlotte one night when she helps out intoxicated Julia Buchanan, a popular and wealthy girl at school. Julia appreciates Charlotte's help and takes her under her wing, even renaming her Charlie. Julia bringing her into her fast-pace world of money, parities, and mansions The two become attached at the hip and Charlotte even spends time with the Buchanan family at their summer home. Except there are many layers to the Buchanan family that Charlie must peel back slowly in order to figure out the truth as their family history has been paved in secrets and tragedy. Plus, Charlie is starting to have feelings for Julia's brother, Sabastian, and finds herself intertwined into their family even more than before. Chelsey Philpot's debut, Even in Paradise, is a sad sort of novel and one that reminded me of The Great Gatsby meets Gossip Girl. Readers who like stories about privileged families and secrets will enjoy this deep novel.