I received Book 2 of this series through Goodreads book contest. I read this book in order to begin the next and was surprised by how much I enjoyed i...moreI received Book 2 of this series through Goodreads book contest. I read this book in order to begin the next and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. There were a few typos which I caught, which is never fun, but that may be because I was reading an electronic copy.
Bryant does a wonderful job setting up her story about Lisandra and Loki and how they are sucked into a world of fairies, prophecies, and dark magic. The characters all seem well rounded and Lisandra grows as an individual which is a nice change to most books for this age group, where the main character stays whiny and immature.
I loved this book and it was a quick read.I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy and young adult novels.(less)
These short stories were a great addition to the Wicked Lovely series. Even being short the amount of passion was outstanding. Leslie was such an intr...moreThese short stories were a great addition to the Wicked Lovely series. Even being short the amount of passion was outstanding. Leslie was such an intriguing character I am glad that there was more written about her. (less)
Drinkwater is a tale about a knight and how he overcomes problems with drinking and family. Told in first person, this was a great story. A little slo...moreDrinkwater is a tale about a knight and how he overcomes problems with drinking and family. Told in first person, this was a great story. A little slow moving at first but very good. (less)
I loved this book. The story is about Zoey Redbird who is Marked as a vampyre fledgling. She has to leave her normal high school and transfer to the H...moreI loved this book. The story is about Zoey Redbird who is Marked as a vampyre fledgling. She has to leave her normal high school and transfer to the House of Night a private school for forming vampyres. She has a crappy family who doesn't support her and has to adapt not only to the Change but also a new school and friends.
This was a great book, the characters are entertaining and relate-able(even though they are vampyre). The story was good and left room for more to happen (I know it is a series and i am super excited about that). The way that Zoey interacts with others is angst-y and kind of teenage dramatic, but it works.(less)
**spoiler alert** Again I really liked this story, from the last book we continue in Zoey's first months at the House of Night and even more stuff hap...more**spoiler alert** Again I really liked this story, from the last book we continue in Zoey's first months at the House of Night and even more stuff happens. Her roommate dies, her mentor and the High Priestess is corrupt and she is getting along with her once arch-enemy Aphordite.
Betrayed begins where we left off in book 1 with Zoey taking over the Dark Daughters, her new responsibilities have her not seeing the obvious as Stevie Rae begins to get sick. This book is a little depressing and also VERY angsty as Zoey tries to figure out who she wants to date. Reading the next one.(less)
I really like the House of Night series, but I think that the plot is getting a little too predictable. In this book the focus was a little on everyon...moreI really like the House of Night series, but I think that the plot is getting a little too predictable. In this book the focus was a little on everyone, which was nice. I found the characters to have very little development in this one- aside from Zoeys mom ( but we are a few books in). I am hoping that the next one tie up a few of the loose ends and maybe kill off someone evil instead of the good ones for a change. (less)
Background: Luce, Daniel, and the others are fighting the clock to prepare for their fight against Lucifer. It is only a matter of time before history...moreBackground: Luce, Daniel, and the others are fighting the clock to prepare for their fight against Lucifer. It is only a matter of time before history is rewritten by Lucifer in hopes of making himself more powerful. All the while, Luce continues to uncover her past with the help of her friends.
Review: Um....wow... I actually was surprised by how this story concluded, which takes a lot. I cannot really say too much because I do not want to give anything about the story away, but let me tell you, there are twists! Lots of them! and they are super good. Lucinda come into her own very well in this book and the story FINALLY comes together and makes sense. It did however take me a while to get into this one though. I was a little disappointed when book three ended, because I thought it was a trilogy and then it turned out there was going to be another book. When I began reading Rapture, I really wasn't into it. There seemed to be a lag for me, once I hit about the half way point, I flew through it and couldn't put it down. If you recently read the other three and knew there was going to be a fourth book, I think that this will read very well for you. It picks up right where 3 leaves off, and immediately thrusts the reading into the drama and mission. Rapture is enchanting, astounding, and beautiful in its ending to this series.
Received from Netgalley and Random House Children's Books(less)
Background: Mia is a teenage, cheerleader, who loves to look for signs. She is superstitious and she just found out that she has cancer. Send Me A Sig...moreBackground: Mia is a teenage, cheerleader, who loves to look for signs. She is superstitious and she just found out that she has cancer. Send Me A Sign follows Mia through her life as she tries to hide her illness and her realization that it isn't something she can accomplish without hurting those around her.
Review: Why has it taken so long for me to read this book?! I am suck a slacker and I am kicking myself for it. Tiffany Schmidt did a wonderful job writing this contemporary novel. I was apprehensive to start reading a book about someone dealing with illness, this is why I stay away from contemporary so often, they are depressing and never the turn around I hope for in characters. This was different, I felt like I could relate to Mia and her struggle and her reasoning (some of the time...not all), I think the impact it had on me really made me question my high school years and how I would have been impacted by such an enormous change in my life.
By reading this novel you get a few things, yes there is a love story, yes there are depressing and sad parts, and parts where you want to rip your hair out because of Mia's stubbornness, but what you really get is an inspiring, information tale about a teen dealing with the stages of cancer and how to deal with the physical and emotional struggle. The physical was hard to read about, but the emotional really hit home and I applaud the author for this book and wish her the best in everything else she writes.
If you like contemporary-get this, if you like teen romance-get this, if you are a sucker for sob stories- get this!!!
As you can probably tell, I love this book. One of the best of 2012.(less)
Background: Sarah and Billy are brother and sister and have come to their grandmothers old house to pack it up to sell it with their parents. The prob...moreBackground: Sarah and Billy are brother and sister and have come to their grandmothers old house to pack it up to sell it with their parents. The problem is, that while there, the children find out that behind the bookcases are secret passageways to other worlds and that their grandmother had a very important job to do.
Review: Go get this book for yourself, your children, your grandparents, it is adorable and full of surprises. There are illustrations throughout the book and they just add to its wonder. I loved the characters, Sarah and Billy act their ages and are also brave and defiant. The plot is adorable and I absolutely loved it. I am a huge fan of books and bookcases and I think that it would be amazing if there really were other worlds behind them, kind of like a play on books themselves- you can dive right into something completely different. I think that this book is great for all ages. I received an e-copy to review, but immediately went out and bought the hardback. I plan on passing it along to my sister and then friends. So cute!(less)
I can’t believe I have waited this long to listen to and or read this book. Meant To Be is a beautiful love story set in London about a teenage girl o...moreI can’t believe I have waited this long to listen to and or read this book. Meant To Be is a beautiful love story set in London about a teenage girl on a class trip. She has a secret crush, an annoying travel buddy, and a mystery guy texting her and her whole world is topsy turvy over these guys.
Julie is your typical teenage girl, in this case the nerdy kind, straight A’s, doesn’t break rules, doesn’t get involved with trouble. She is also shy and nervous and confused about her love life. On her class trip she is forced to rethink her values of love and what is ‘meant to be’ and it may not be her ideal outcome.
The story was witty and entertaining. Julia and Jason are hilarious to encounter, they play off of each other in both good ways and bad and their snarky picking at one another is so funny. I found myself laughing along with the jokes and out of place actions of Jason.
The love element in this plot was very staggered, as a reader you can kind of see where it is going, then second-guess yourself, and maybe come back again. I think that is an example of some awesome writing and character building if any.
Lauren Morrill did a great job expressing all of the fears, happiness, nervousness, and crazy that comes with having feelings for someone. This was a very fun read. (less)
Background: This book in the Goddess Test series tells the tales of the gods in the series: Calliope/Hera, Ava/Aphrodite, Persephone, James/Hermes, an...moreBackground: This book in the Goddess Test series tells the tales of the gods in the series: Calliope/Hera, Ava/Aphrodite, Persephone, James/Hermes, and Henry/Hades. They are five short novellas about each of these gods and goddesses and how they came to be the way they are by the time Kate Winters meets them in the Goddess Test.
Review: Wow! This was novellas done right. It was a book, a whole book, not 100 pages without completion. The stories themselves are not too lengthy but they tell you a lot about Carter's characters and why they act how they do in the Goddess Test series. My favorite story was Hera's, only because now I fully understand why she is so upset, however even though I finally get it, it doesn't mean that I fully feel for her, she screwed up too and blames others for her own actions (sad face). Ava and James have always been fun characters and I still think they sure do have family issues all around.
I liked reading about these characters outside of the story, and I think that in between books 2 and 3 was very god placement on Carter's part, now we know more about them and maybe it will give us more insight when we get to book 3. :)(less)
Background: A flash of light and then an unbearable darkness has taken the world by surprise, leaving its inhabitants shocked. Those who saw the flas...more
Background: A flash of light and then an unbearable darkness has taken the world by surprise, leaving its inhabitants shocked. Those who saw the flash have become man-eating Ragers, a talking version of what is commonly considered a zombie. These Ragers are attacking the others all over and the living is trying to adapt to darkness, no power/electronics, and survival against the Ragers. Their only hope is a short radio transmission.
Review: I received this book as part of a blog tour to read for review. The premise is great. I was expecting a zombie apocalypse and that is essentially what I got, humans running or their lives, collecting weapons, and trying to find other survivors. There were intense scenes of violence and escape and breathtaking examples of survival when you think all is going to hell. The only problem was the lack of explanation. Yes, there was a flash of light and then darkness, but What? Why? I felt like I was watching a movie that had been over edited trying to cut out parts, so they cut out important ones. There seemed to be many of these plot flaws throughout. The novel is presented in the tales of a few different groups of survivors and their different techniques of survival. We follow Melanie a college student and her adoptive family, and then a father/ teacher who was on a school trip with a handful of students and a mother and son who meet up with them. I think the most interesting part of this apocalypse was the Ragers; they were intelligent, they knew they were dead and could talk to those they were trying to attack. So there was a lot of egging on the survivors and trying to get them to come out of their hiding places, as well as knowing who people were to them before they became monsters. Little by little you learn more about the characters and their families, and they are very interesting but not enough to hold me since there was no explanation of why these events were occurring… All I wanted was a character to come into the story who knew what was up…and that never happened. If you enjoy Zombie movies and shows than you may enjoy this book, just be prepared for the survival story taking precedence over the reasoning behind why …(less)
Background: Glenn and her father have been living in the Colloquium for 10 years since her mother disappeared. Her father is a bit of a scientist, pro...moreBackground: Glenn and her father have been living in the Colloquium for 10 years since her mother disappeared. Her father is a bit of a scientist, probably closer to the insane kind than the insightful. One day her father seems to go off the deep end and starts announcing that Glenn’s mother never really disappeared but went beyond the forbidden border and now they have to get her back with some glow-y crazy bracelet he has invented. While trying to help Glenn accidentally gets the Authority called on herself and her father and has to rush away, she ends up across the border and discovers that everything she has learned was a lie, and what really exists is Magisterium.
Review: This book has a kick-a** creepy cover and the premise seemed so awesome. Sadly I was a little let down. I was very confused throughout reading this, there were so many characters and details that the plot and the important characters seemed to get lost in it all. Magisterium is an amazing place full of the creepy, off-kilter, strange things that can only exist there, but there creepiness is often downplayed and the characters are likable enough but I never really grew attached to any of them, just followed them. I think what makes a great story is the connection you make with the characters and feel as if you are with them throughout their adventure, in Magisterium, I did not feel like that. I think the most I felt for a character was the cat, Hopkins. I enjoyed the complexity of the world Hirsch created, it was beautiful, but I just felt like a lot was lost in translation. (less)