A war has torn through America, leading to the implementing of the Federal Bureau of Reformation and a re-writing of the Bill of Rights, leaving the M...moreA war has torn through America, leading to the implementing of the Federal Bureau of Reformation and a re-writing of the Bill of Rights, leaving the Moral Statues. Women that break Article 5 and have children out of wedlock are taken away and imprisoned, as is the case with Ember Miller's mother. The FBR have captured the two of them and have sent Ember to the Girls Reformatory and Rehabilitation Center of West Virginia. There Ember attempts and fails to escape, only succeeding when her old love interest Chase intervenes and runs away with her to Virginia. There they have plans to go to a safehouse where Ember's mom is supposedly located, only to find the man who was supposed to transport them has been shot by the FBR. Before he dies, he tells the two teens of a carrier in West Virginia that could help them. Ember and Chase seek temporary solace at a farmer's house after rescuing his son, only for the farmer to report Chase as being AWOL. Ember overhears the call and the two escape. The two later learn of a carrier and underground system in their former hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, which prompts them to return in the hopes of finding escape. As they grow closer to the town, they learn that the town is in the process of being closed off to create a base for the FBR and that the streets are full of people that are either homeless or working for the FBR. Chase and Ember are separated when a scuffle for food turns into a riot and Ember is grabbed by Sean Banks, a member of the local resistance. Ember informs Sean of her time at the reformatory and of his girlfriend Rebecca that was placed there with her. She then goes to sleep but is woken by the sounds of Chase and the Resistance talking about recruitment. Ember then learns that the ones who break Article 5 are killed and that Chase had been forced to kill her mother. She later leave the Resistance hideout and is captured and taken to the Knoxville Detention Center. A member of the center, Tucker Morris, attempts to bribe Ember into revealing Chase's location, to which she refuses. As punishment Ember is placed on cleaning duty and tolerates Tucker's molestation of her in order to learn news of her friend Rebecca, who has been placed in a Chicago reformatory. Ember begins to make plans to escape, which are interrupted due to Chase breaking into the detention center to free her. The two manage to escape and the book ends with Ember and Chase lying together on the roof of the Resistance's headquarters.(less)
“The thing is, you can’t always have the best of everything. Because for a life to be real, you need it all: good and bad...moreAs always... It was perfect!!
“The thing is, you can’t always have the best of everything. Because for a life to be real, you need it all: good and bad, beach and concrete, the familiar and the unknown, big talkers and small towns. Otherwise, how could I have all these things and still be so close to my own Best After Ever? As close as this painting behind me, which as the flash popped, I reached a hand back towards, suddenly knowing what it was I’d seen on it earlier. It was just the lightest dusting, and another person might have mistaken it for something else. But I knew where I came from. No matter where I was, or what got me there, I would always feel at home when I touched sand.”
Excerpt From: Dessen, Sarah. “The Moon and More.” Penguin Group, USA, 2013-04-26. iBooks. This material may be protected by copyright.
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a tr...moreLottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates—just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.
Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive—but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse.
It's not going to win any literary awards, but it was a cute enjoyable light reading. Not her best book. There have been far better and more enjoyable books from her, buy I like her charismatic characters and fun way of writing.(less)
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings a...moreIn the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next. Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.(less)
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire...moreSydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.
Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?(less)
Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist –one of the group of humans who dabble in magic and serve t...moreTeam Adrian fans get ready!!!
Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist –one of the group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with the allegiances in question, her future is on line. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one. The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk outside – and within – the school grounding. Now that they are in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.(less)
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies… That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean H...moreSometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies… That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried. Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
"... Sky, I’m not kissing you tonight but believe me when I tell you, I’ve ever wanted to kiss a girl more. So stop thinking I’m not attracted to you because you have no idea just how much I am.” “Because I want your first kiss to be the best first kiss in the history of first kisses.” “I’m pretty sure we just broke the record for the best first kiss in the history of first kisses—without even kissing.”
The main character (Sky) is one of those rare human species who doesn't exist online. No Facebook, Twitter, etc accounts. By some reason, she hates surprises and receiving presents. She's adopted by a woman who lives a very healthy life and seems to have a phobia with technology. She was homeschooled since she was young, then, her mother allowed her to enroll in a public school for her senior year. Problem is that, her super best friend in the whole world (Six) is half way across the globe and she's now alone facing all the people who seemed to have an idea who she is without even knowing her first. Then she met a new best friend, a gay gay named Breckin.
The story evolves and you will find some shocking information that reveals a lot of Sky's life. It's a well written book. Hard to put it dow. Interesting, dramatic, with an excellent story development and turn on events.(less)
Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love they believed bonded them together for life. After the tragic loss of their...moreSummary from publisher:
Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love they believed bonded them together for life. After the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in unanswered questions.
For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds their heart.
Now, when their lives again intersect, will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past?
Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have.
I LOVED this book. I am all about the angst and heartfail…and this is full of it.(less)