Secrets -- there seem to be lots of them at Hillcrest boarding school. Even Stacey has one. Since the start of the school year, she dreads sleep becauSecrets -- there seem to be lots of them at Hillcrest boarding school. Even Stacey has one. Since the start of the school year, she dreads sleep because she's been having nightmares about her roommate, Drea. But that's not her secret. The real reason she performs a ritual with candles and sage before bed is not so much to make the nightmares go away, but to make the bed wetting stop. Yup, that's right. In the midst of these nightmares where she's desperately trying to find Drea, 16-year old Stacey wets the bed. Combine that horribly disgusting secret with the fact that the last time she ignored her nightmares, a little girl wound up dead, and you've got a real sense of urgency within a carefully crafted maze of a plot.
You see, Stacey is descended from a long line of witches, or Wiccans -- as in followers of the Wicca religion. She knows card reading, potions, and spells, passed down from her grandmother. And she knows the nightmares and the bed wetting are happening for a reason. Even the cards spell out trouble for Drea, who eventually confesses to getting strange, anonymous emails, phone calls, and messages. So Stacey knows she has to pay attention to her dreams, in spite of the miserable bed wetting. When the same lilies that appear in her nightmares show up in the girls' bathroom, Stacey and Drea know that the stalker's not out there somewhere, but right nearby -- in school. Yet their attempt to find out the stalker's identity with the help of their friends, only leads them in circles. In the middle of it all, another student is murdered. From then on, Stacey's nightmares take on an even greater urgency. And every one's paying attention. Which is a good thing when it comes to keeping Drea safe, but a bad thing when it comes to the bed wetting.
As is the nature of secrets, they are eventually revealed, and it seems like even their closest friends have something to hide when it comes to the unfortunate dead student. Could someone they eat lunch with and gossip with, someone they sit next to in class, actually be capable of murder?Through Stacey's spellbinding race to save Drea's life, she unravels the string of secrets and understands everything -- even the bed wetting. .
Lovers of the spiritual side of Wicca will be in heaven. Into this real life mystery, Laurie Stolarz weaves an education about true witchcraft combined with a lesson in dream interpretation. She truly has a gift for lifting witchcraft out of the shadow of the broomstick and into the modern world. "Blue is for Nightmares" cast a spell on me.
I really enjoyed Blue is for Nightmares. I can't wait until I read the rest of the series. If you you enjoy magic and fantasy with a touch of realism this is your book! I give Blue is for Nightmares a 5 stars. ...more
I have to say, I did not enjoy Demon's Lexicon, and nearly did not finish it. With 100 pages left, I almost left it dry, however I did not, I stuck wiI have to say, I did not enjoy Demon's Lexicon, and nearly did not finish it. With 100 pages left, I almost left it dry, however I did not, I stuck with it, trying to “will” myself to enjoy it. One of my favorite book bloggers – Carla of The Crooked Shelf, really enjoyed Demon's Lexicon (you can read her review here), and after a review like that – I thought, there had to be something wrong with me to not enjoy it much.
Though, it really had little to nothing to do with the story line, that made it an un-enjoyable book to me, it was more the style with which it was written. Demon's Lexicon was written in a 3rd person point of view – as such the main POV was always changing, which felt weird for me, confusing. I had a hard time following, who was talking and who was feeling what. I never really felt for the characters, or understood them, the way I wanted to.
The story, itself, like I said was a good one, it's about 2 brothers whom, have been running from wizards ever since they can really remember, though neither of them are entirely sure why. However, once one of the brothers gets marked by a demon, and then receives another mark to help protect a friend...it's up to the brothers (as well as there 2 friends) to search out the wizards they have been running from there whole life.
For me Demon's Lexicon was a 2 stars, I hear that the 2nd book in the series, The Demon's Covenant, will be from Mae's point of view, I look forward to reading that one. ...more
Shadowland, immerses us back into Ever's world, from the first minute you pick up the book, you can't help but being awestruck by the amazing story teShadowland, immerses us back into Ever's world, from the first minute you pick up the book, you can't help but being awestruck by the amazing story telling of Ms. Noel – the atmosphere of Shadowland is not one of resolution, but rather tense difficulty. It's not a pleasant book to read, it's rot with emotional hardships, angst, anxiety and sadness. Shadowland is, I am hoping – a good “bridge” kind of a book...it has no real “ending,” it only leaves you with more, and more questions. Will Ever, ever come into herself, will she ever trust her love, will she ever trust herself? I can only hope that she does in Dark Flame, the next installment of the Immortals Series, which is due out in the Summer of 2010.
All in all, I love the way Alyson tells a story, and I will defiantly be picking up Dark Flame – I just hope that some of the questions are answered, and that Ever can decide to trust herself!
At first, I found Beautiful Creatures hard to sink my teeth into, though I really liked the way the characters developed, I think it had something toAt first, I found Beautiful Creatures hard to sink my teeth into, though I really liked the way the characters developed, I think it had something to do with the story coming from Ethan's POV. It took me a bit to “get into it.” - However, once I did – Ethan's POV was one of the parts I loved best!
Now, I can't tell you to much about what makes Beautiful Creatures so amazing – with out spoiling it, I know I am SOOO glad I did not read the “spoiler reviews” before I picked it up, knowing would have really thrown off some of the beauty of this cleverly crafted, “gripper” of a book.
As such, here's my really crappy synopsis of this one – Ethan is a young man living in a small town, which, like many small towns in America (so I have heard) nothing ever changes. No one ever moves in, and very few people ever make it out...it's a place were you see the same people day after day, do the same things day after day...Ethan, is part of the “in crowd” however he is poised and ready to “break out,” to get away from these people, as soon as possible, and no amount of popularity is going to stop him!
That is until the summer before he starts his sophomore year – Ethan begins to have these weird nightmares - a girl, whom he's trying desperately to save; a smell, he's never smelled before; and an urgency, he can't explain. Ethan wakes up, scared, alone and wondering...what the heck is happening to him?
Once school starts, he sees her – Lena Duchannes – a new student, in a town that's not had a new student since Ethan was in elementary school, how could this be? It does not take Ethan long to realize that Lena, is the girl from his dreams, and Ethan's “small town” life does not seem so small. Suddenly this small town, becomes the one place he would never even consider leaving.
Beautiful Creatures is a love story, with a beautiful twist – just wait till you find out who the “beautiful creatures” really are! It's original plot, twists and turns, grab you by the back of the neck and will NOT let you go till your at the very last word of the very last chapter! The characters are so real, you can almost touch them.
Being one who's never lived in a small town, I often wonder what it must be like. After reading Beautiful Creatures, I could “feel” what this small town was like, what it looked like, with it's winding roads and it's old buildings, even the buildings I felt like I “knew” what they would look like.
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have written one amazing book, one in which I will recommend over and over again! Once I was in 30 or so pages, I did NOT want to put it down, but I did not want it to end either...I read the book in 3 days, and I pushed myself to make it last that long...it was sorta like eating a favorite candy you only have one more of, enjoying it so much you want it to last but not being able to “chomp” down and taste all it's juicy goodness.
I give Beautiful Creatures a 5 star's and I can NOT wait for the next book!!! (I am praying it comes out soon!) ...more
If your looking for a romance, where not to much happens and everything ends perfectly, Fade To Black isFade To Black - Debut Novel By Morgan Kearns
If your looking for a romance, where not to much happens and everything ends perfectly, Fade To Black is not the book your probably gonna enjoy...things happen to these very real people...
Fade to Black grabbed me from the very first sentence, "Was it possible to be perfectly content and nervous as hell all at the same time?" And did not let me go...each page, I wanted to read further, I actually MADE myself stop, sleep, stop, eat...ect. I did not want to just plow though it! It had me, laughing out loud (seriously, many people thought I was nuts in the park I was at), it had me balling, not just crying - nooooo balling my eyes out...it left me feeling like I could feel these people, like I knew these people, these characters...it's a strong book to leave you feeling like that.
Fade to Black is a story of 2 people who "can't" fall in love with each other...The spicy, over confident Kate, is in love with Jesse, the sometimes sweet but all the time jealous, man of her dreams. Then there's romantic, thoughtful Rich whose wife Shea is a disaster waiting to happen, abusive is a "nice" word for her.
However, Rich was taught that once your married, your married - you do everything you can to push though any problems, but to be honest, he's been sleeping in his locked den for nearly a year, dreading any and all contact with Shea. He can't seem to bring himself to demand (or even ask for) a divorce, no matter what all his friends are saying.
Enter Kate...very in love with Jesse, she's been dating him off and on for 10 years, though he has not proposed yet...Kate's sure it's gonna happen soon. He moved to be with her, he tells her he loves her at least 100 times a day, he is always jealous of someone (which is just a sign of true love right?)...No matter what Kate knows he loves her, and she loves him.
However, when she meets Rich, on her first day at her new job as journalists for KHB, (her next big step up on the latter to becoming anchor woman), Kate does not understand the feelings she is having for Rich. She knows she's already found the man for her - the "only" one in this world meant for only her, so how can she be having these feelings, for a man she does not even know?
A true love story, with a dramatic and devastating twist...Being in love is not always easy and Kate, Jessie, Rich and Shea are beginning to see just that, no one could have predicted the devastating turn these characters face with-in the pages of Fade to Black. No one comes away from this story unscathed...
I hesitate to write more, I don't want to spoil the amazing ending - and the ending starts in the middle *smile* - all I can say is it's worth your time, just sitting here writing the review, I am in tears...and to understand why you just gotta read it!
Morgan Kearns created these characters, with rich amazing dialog, honestly I don't think I have ever read a book with so much dialog, and it's brilliantly written. The book often switches prospective, which I love! But don't worry, Morgan does an amazing job making sure we, as the reader, knows exactly "whose talking" - most of the book is written either from Rich or Kate's POV but you get the occasional tasty tidbit from Jesse, and Shea.
In the end, Fade to Black is an amazingly powerful love story, one I will not soon forget. A story that shows you just how possible it is to love to people at the same time, and just how destructive that can be. Amazingly written, by first time novelist Morgan Kearns, Fade to Black is not a book you should miss, if your even a little bit of a "romantic." I give it a 5+ stars... You can win your very own signed copy if you click here!
P.S. I just have to say this, I loved it Morgan dedicated the book to Rich, Kate and Jesse, for sharing there story with her. How sweet is that?
~ "OK people, Let's Cover The Black," said Dale ...more
Bottom Line – A unique story, full of interesting twists and "hold your breath" turns. Wings offers readers a solid foundation to which I can only imaBottom Line – A unique story, full of interesting twists and "hold your breath" turns. Wings offers readers a solid foundation to which I can only imagine will be a wonderful series! I can't wait to pick up Spells to see where Laurel's life takes her next, and I can only hope my "guy" wins her heart (gosh I hope she figures this all out soon, I don't know if I can take it!) I give Wings a solid 4 mushrooms, and have HIGH hopes for Spells due out May 4th, 2010.
Bottom Line – If you can almost, forget that you read Wake and Fade – and go into reading this book like it's a stand alone, with the same charactersBottom Line – If you can almost, forget that you read Wake and Fade – and go into reading this book like it's a stand alone, with the same characters – like a companion book might be – I think you will like Gone, if you can't – it's tough to get around the differences. (Though you will need to read Wake and Fade before picking up Gone, there's not much back story in Gone, and I think you would be lost.) I for one, was able to almost forget about Wake and Fade, since it had been so long since I read them, and I enjoyed it – though I do wish there was at least one more, book in the series, I am going to miss Janie and Cabel. I give this one a 5 mushrooms..I really liked it!
Lisa McMann is an author that I am going to be watching, I cant wait to see what she comes up with next!
Have you ever read a book and when you were done, you were almost sad it was over? Like you somehow wish you could crawl back into the book, into theHave you ever read a book and when you were done, you were almost sad it was over? Like you somehow wish you could crawl back into the book, into the story and experience it all again?
That's how I feel about The Dark Divine – in a word – I LOVED IT...(or maybe in 3 words).