Wren has seen her mother do some magical things and has noticed that she has unique powers herself, but they don't talk about it. Danny was the perfec...moreWren has seen her mother do some magical things and has noticed that she has unique powers herself, but they don't talk about it. Danny was the perfect boyfriend, he was so sweet and Wren and Danny did everything together. When Wren gets a call to say that Danny died in a car crash, she is heart broken. Faced with losing the love her life forever, she decided to try out her powers and brings Danny back to life, she can't lose him. Keeping him hidden and a secret is hard, even harder when Gabriel comes on scene and 'knows' what Wren has done.
I think everyone can relate to the premise of this book... if one could keep the one you love with you forever, I'm sure many would try and find a way. The problem is, that the person you love may not be the same as the one you have now and this is the dilemma Wren faces. This was a cute story about love, loss and regrets...oh and zombies! Well sort of, the zombie aspect is quite different here. We are not talking the brain eating kind, rather an empty person version. I just wish there was more substance to the story, it felt like there was so much more to tell and we were only given a glimpse. Wren has powers! Where did both Wren and Gabriel's dad go and why? Who is Gabriel? I was left curious but not super eager and in my search I can't see any mention of there being a book two.
I've noticed myself enjoying more and more fantasy this year where you are pretty much guaranteed strong characters, secrets and battles over power. T...moreI've noticed myself enjoying more and more fantasy this year where you are pretty much guaranteed strong characters, secrets and battles over power. The Girl of Fire and Thorns was fantastic!
From the first line I was drawn into the world Rae Carson created, you would never guess this is a debut. Her strong prose thoughout the story stand outs as impressive, I was captivated, eager to know what the Godstone meant and Elisa's chosen role. As pieces of her past are woven into the story, Elisa discovers more about who she is and the sheltered life she had lead.
On her sixteenth birthday. Elisa is married off to King Alejandro of Orovalle, unsure why it's not her beautiful sister that he chose.When they arrive at her new home though, there is no announcement, in fact it is a secret. Soon enough, she realizes there is more to this marriage then meets the eye. Kidnapped while asleep in the castle, this is where her true journey begins. This wasn't just another 'chosen one' story, it is about self-discovery as well. Elisa's journey changes her, making her a powerful force to be reckoned with. I enjoyed her more when she was with her captors (they were not out to harm her) and this is when we learn the Godstone's history. It is also where we meet Humberto ;) I have to say I was surprised at the lack of action on the part of some characters, but then again this is told from Elisa's perspective, limiting us to what we know. There was only one thing that bothered me a little during the story, which I should have known considering she is the carrier of a Godstone. Although I believe in a higher power, I am not religious so I found the repetitive use of 'God's will' a little tiring.
Knowing this was book one of a trilogy when I started, I anticipated being left with a cliffhanger. I am happy to report that, although the journey has just begun, the ending was satisfying, leaving you curious to know what comes next for Elisa. One of the strongest debuts I've read, if you love a story rich with lore, I think you'll love Girl of Fire and Thorns too.
As a big fan of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, let's just say I was ecstatic when I heard about this new series. If you have not read the Vam...moreAs a big fan of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series, let's just say I was ecstatic when I heard about this new series. If you have not read the Vampire Academy books, besides changing that, I would suggest you have a peak at the Vampire Academy wiki to read up on the characters as it may seem overwhelming at first.
This is the story of Sydney, an alchemist who helped Rose escape from prison and is now living with the consequences..no one trusts her. She is excited to find out that they need her help and she is not being sent away to reform school. In an attempt to keep the Moroi Queen's half-sister safe, Sydney is assigned to watch over Jill. They pose as sisters at a boarding school in California, hiding and expecting nothing to be happening in this town. Surprise...people are being killed and it appears to be the work of a vampire or even a vampire hunter (do they exist?).
While I did find the middle section a tad long but believe me when I tell you the ending is to die for! I hate to compare but this was like Holly Black's White Cat/Red Glove for me...book one is full of world building but the ending is perfect and leaves you eager for the next book right away. I loved how it ends, in a teaser way as opposed to cliffhanger. I literally had a huge smile at the end and said "darn you Richelle!" A blowout start to a new series, I need the next book now!
Dystopian's are hit or miss for me, this one nailed it. Blown away, this is going to be in my Top 10 for 2010 for sure, maybe even #1!
Shatter Me is a...moreDystopian's are hit or miss for me, this one nailed it. Blown away, this is going to be in my Top 10 for 2010 for sure, maybe even #1!
Shatter Me is a book you will consume in one sitting. I read a lot on my commute to work and stop at the end of a chapter but not with this one, I needed to read as much as I could and didn't waste one minute! Juliette is a strong character who just happens to have a natural ability that people would love to have power over. She is in demand, so to speak, but has her morals and knows that what she can do is not something to play around with. I loved seeing her defy Warner, who stole her to use as a weapon. But what I think makes this book stand out so much for me is that in Warner,Tahereh Mafi created a bad character that you also feel sympathy for! But wait, she doesn't stop there...she also gives us Adam, and the chemistry between Juliette and him is perfectly played out. Full of non-stop action & intrigue, this debut is not to be missed.
This a book for those days when you need to laugh at the world. I would have given this 5 stars but found the start awkward as I went in only remember...moreThis a book for those days when you need to laugh at the world. I would have given this 5 stars but found the start awkward as I went in only remembering the basic premise of the story before diving in. The story beings in the thick of things so it took me about 40-50 pages for I really got hooked, understood the world and felt anything for the characters. Why were the girls together, what the heck is Babies R U, why the veil? These are things that left me confused at the start. So what kept me going you ask? The humor! Once the world & characters fell into place, the book was on fire. I was in their mindset which at first is hard to grasp (teens being approached to have babies, how they view sex etc.) To give you an idea of how much I loved it, I came home & locked myself in the bathroom to escape from disruptions so I could finish the book! I must also say that the music the kids listen too was catchy and way to funny, I could totally picture the teens singing along!
A quirky dystopian, Bumped is a unique take on what would happen if adults became infertile. Full of humor, lots of twists and turns, characters trying to find themselves (they are teens after all), McCafferty's story is a refreshing take on what is normally a serious dystopian genre.
Here's a sneak peak at what silliness you can find inside:
I watched them swap MyTurnTees, share tubes of You Glow Girl! stretch mark remover, and share bag after bag of Big Belly Jellies. I watched them bond with each other because they were forbidden to bond with their bumps.(from ARC page 118)
I have to say, when an author can make you chuckle then gasp (in that order) at the passing of a mucus plug, she is mega talented in my books. Give me the next book, this was such a fun ride.
I knew from the first sentence I was going to like this book. "There was a matter of life and death to deal with, instead we were wasting our time dis...moreI knew from the first sentence I was going to like this book. "There was a matter of life and death to deal with, instead we were wasting our time discussing Mandy Gallaway's crotch."
Hailey has tried to be the perfect daughter & student ever since her mother died in a tragic accident. For me, she was very relatable character: a rule follower, analytical and one who especially likes to stay in her comfort zone...that is until she kisses her boyfriends best bud, has a falling out with her boyfriend and meets Dean. Through some odd behavior & fun shenanigans, what she learns is that life is not always striving to be perfect. I wouldn't call this a realistic story (if only our mistakes were forgiven so easily) but it sure made me laugh out loud & snort a few times. The Education of Hailey Kendrick is a light, fluffy, fun read, the perfect pick me up book.
Politics were played out quite differently in the Marshall & Bigod families. Mahelt Marshall grew up trying to keep up with her two older brothers...morePolitics were played out quite differently in the Marshall & Bigod families. Mahelt Marshall grew up trying to keep up with her two older brothers, she is strong willed & would be considered rebellious for this time period. Although her family stands behind the King, they also seek that fine balance between loyalty to king & family. After her arranged marriage to Hugh Bigod, Mahelt's outspoken behavior is not as accepted. Her father-in-law is strict and does what he feels is necessary to appease the King, even if he may not agree with it. As noted in the author's notes, not much is known of Mahelt's personality, but Elizabeth Chadwick brings her alive! What I especially loved to see was how Hugh took to accepting Mahelt for who she was, he did not try to tame her & you can see a little bit of her had rubbed off. One character you will love to hate is the selfish, Longspee who happens to be Hugh's half-brother as well as one of the King's favorites.
Elizabeth Chadwick is one amazing storyteller! To Defy A King shows us how loyalty and honor are more then just obeying a tyrant King. This is not a fast paced novel, but rather one to be savored. Elizabeth has also previously written a few books following the life of the Marshalls & Bigods The Greatest Knight, The Scarlet Lion and The Time of Singing which I am eagerly hunting down. If you are like me and love travelling back in time, I think you'll want to devour Elizabeth Chadwick's books.(less)
Julie Jacob's is a twin, who lives a nice life in America with her rich Aunt Rose, her parents having died in a car crash when she was little - or so...moreJulie Jacob's is a twin, who lives a nice life in America with her rich Aunt Rose, her parents having died in a car crash when she was little - or so she was told. Her true past begins to take shape when she travels to her hometown of Siena, armed only with a key to a safety deposit box. With clues left in the box & the help of some locals and distant relatives, Julie discovers a curse may be haunting her..and she may be able to put a stop to it.
In Juliet, we are introduced to the story of Giulietta Tolomei, a long standing family feud between the Tolomeis and Salimbenis and what is perhaps the basis for Shakespeare's famous Romeo and Juliet! Told in alternating chapters, Guilietta in 1340 and Julie in present day, the reader journeys with Julie as she unravels the lore, which according to her parents life work, traces her lineage back to Giulietta Tolomei and the family curse.
Plot twists, a treasure hunt and Shakespeare references makes for an intriguing mystery. The magic to me though lies in the setting, being brought back in time to 1340 Siena, when life was quite different and family honor meant everything! Anne brought Siena alive and I was so immersed in the story that I didn't want it to end.