Even though two years had passed since the initial reading of Infinite Days, I was able to fall right back into the stor...moreFull review can be found here
Even though two years had passed since the initial reading of Infinite Days, I was able to fall right back into the story and not lose too much of the story. Lenah, newly human is still adjusting to her life as a human when she is summoned by a group (gonna leave out the spoiler name) who gives her a choice-either remain human or go back to the 15th century and never become a vampire. If Lenah goes back, she will never again be able to see her lover Rhode. Is this a choice she is able to make?
Well, needless to say, she chooses present day life and all hell breaks loose. She has a vicious vampire after her. One who is hell bent on destroying Lenah's life and acquiring all of Lenah's power and thus becoming the new Vampire Queen. But is she strong enough to defeat Lenah who still has a few tricks up her sleeve? Through it all, twists and turns abound. But the end will leave you breathless and wanting more.
-- Okay. So while not quite as good as the first, I was still hooked. I actually forgot to eat lunch today because I just had to finish the book! And wow. Let's just say this was one of those rare times where the ending blew me away. I did not see it coming. And I was so happy and relieved because of it! I like surprises :) And to see that the strange pieces in the novel all matched up in the end was even better. Everything was connected and nothing was left hanging. Which okay, maybe not always good...it does not appear that there will be a follow up. Unless....xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx That is totally a spoiler :P Just didn't want to give anything away, but I want to sooooo bad.
Okay, other than squeeing more over my love of this book, I think I will end this for now. But I do want to add that Stolen Nights is still up there in my favorite vamp series ever!
What's your favorite vampire series? And if you've read this book, Vicken? Rhode? Justin?(less)
I don't really know how to rate this one. I absolutely did not like the first half of the book. At all. The second half wasn't too bad. By the end, I...moreI don't really know how to rate this one. I absolutely did not like the first half of the book. At all. The second half wasn't too bad. By the end, I understood why the first half was the way it was-or at least my mind made it like that so as to explain why it was so disjointed and not good.
Endure picks up where Entice ends. But now things in Bedford are getting a little more dangerous, a little more serious. The pixie threat has gone vir...moreEndure picks up where Entice ends. But now things in Bedford are getting a little more dangerous, a little more serious. The pixie threat has gone viral and the town is preparing for a battle. How many lives will be lost? How many saved?
Meanwhile, Zara is still torn between her king, Astley, and Nick. But how you show someone you are still the same person you once were, even though now you can turn blue with sharp teeth?
All this and more will come to a final conclusion in the breath-taking end to the Need series. We've traveled to Valhalla, and now, we enter Hel. Now we follow along with Zara, Astley, Nick, Issie, Devyn, Cassidy, and so many more as they take on Ragnarok.
Hold on to your pages readers, Entice is one heck of an awesome ride! And seriously-fan girl moment: HEL!!!!! This is only the second time I've read a representation of Hel! The first was the Everworld series. Jones has done an amazing job incorporating Norse mythology into her series. While I'm glad she is not dragging out the series like some authors do, I am also sad that this is the last of the pixies. (less)
Kali spends one day as a human girl, and one day as a not human girl. Sounds complicated already right? Add in the fact that she is some sort of preda...moreKali spends one day as a human girl, and one day as a not human girl. Sounds complicated already right? Add in the fact that she is some sort of predator-hunting all the things that go bump in the night. She might even have a hero complex. Which would explain why she tries to save a friend from a chupacabra. Yes, a chupacabra. From that point on, things go awry and out of control. Then there is Zev. Who or what is he and why does he speak to Kali?
Okay. I loved this book. As always Jennifer Lynn Barnes has a fabulous writing style that draws me in and hooks me and doesn't let go. Ever. I went into this book with no expectations, I was wanting a different sort of story and boy did I get it! I haven't had a book pull emotions from deep inside me in quite a while-Every Other Day did exactly that. I also want to comment on Kali's name. I love this name first. And second-love the connection between the character and the Hindu depiction of the Goddess of Destruction. Wonderful naming there!
Barnes pulls no punches in this novel, but she does leave her audience wanting more.(less)
What can be said about Courtney Summers. Except that I will read anything and everything this woman publi...moreWhat?! What the hell?! Omg. UGH!
What can be said about Courtney Summers. Except that I will read anything and everything this woman publishes. This is Not a Test is no exception to her superb writing. The story is realistic and gritty, just like life would be.
Zombies begin to take over your town. You're stranded in a high school with 5 other classmates. How do you think that would go over? Not well? Full of tension? Rampant hormones? Stress? Or is everything all hunky dory?
Tensions mount as one of the classmates is accused of murdering previous group members, and then someone is bitten. What is going to happen now? Meanwhile, Sloane is struggling with her own demons. Such as her sister Lily who abandoned her to their abusive father. Maybe the zombie invasion is just what Sloane needs to finish her original task.
Stylistically the e-book version of the book is stunning. I cannot wait to see what the finished printed product looks like. Blood splatters across the new chapter pages.
I have a love-hate relationship with zombies. I absolutely love zombie movies and books, but they are also the stuff of my nightmares. I don't know why, but I dream about having a zombie fall-out shelter. One of the reasons I loved this book so much is because it sat with me long after I finished it. it haunted me. It still does. Damn ending! (less)
I'm going to go with a 2.5 out of 5 for this one. Again, it is another quick read by April Henry. The story started off great, I was instantly hooked,...moreI'm going to go with a 2.5 out of 5 for this one. Again, it is another quick read by April Henry. The story started off great, I was instantly hooked, but about 1/4 from the end I was getting a little off with the story.
Gabie, Kayla, and Drew all work at the same pizza place. A twist of fate has Kayla being kidnapped instead of Gabie. What comes next is the typical police involved, threatening innocent people (and teens), girl and her somewhat emotionally removed parents, love interest, etc. The ending was not very thrilling for me either-I knew how it would end and honestly I was quite glad it was over.
There were two saving graces for the book. The first is the use of graphic design with in the book. We have 911 transcripts, newspaper articles-including the article being cut in half, a missing girl poster, etc. This made the book fun. The other is that (view spoiler)[ Kayla fought back! Seriously. I like when kidnap victims don't take it lying down! (hide spoiler)]
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Emma is on vacation in Florida when she literally runs into Galen. And then she keeps thinking about him. And ends up running into him again at school a few months later after tragedy strikes.
Why does he keep following her around? Oh just because he thinks she may be of a special line of Syrena-that is is Of Poseidon, with special gifts. But where are these gifts? When will they manifest, if he is even telling the truth-which she of course does not believe. In the meantime, Emma, Galen, his sister Rayna, and their friend work on her gifts while hunting for her water borne stalker.
Told from alternating points of view, we learn more about why Galen is actually there, and how both of them actually feel about it all. Meanwhile, what starts out as faux-dating turns into a relationship that heats up, then cools down, then heats up, etc. This brings up a subject that has appeared in other reviews I've read. It briefly crossed my mind, but honestly I didn't feel it was bad. And what is it you ask? For starters, during a 'cool down' period, Galen constantly texts and calls Emma, even when she ignores him. She tries to move on, but he is having none of it, going so far as to show up on her date and intimidating said guy before taking Emma with him. While Emma does say she is not in danger of becoming "that girl" who gives up everything for the guy, but only because Galen doesn't want her. But now that it is obvious he does, what will happen to her resolve? Personally I think Emma is too strong to allow that to happen. She knows it is a possibility because of her feelings for him, therefore she won't allow it.
The fact that Banks brings up the potential relationship problem is pro-active in helping to bring light to the subject.
So, all in all-VERY enjoyable debut! I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. Can't wait for the next book. Darn cliffhangers!(less)
Quite a different book than the Kiss Me, Kill Me series. I loved this one, and will definitely be reading the next in the series!
Violet is in a museum...moreQuite a different book than the Kiss Me, Kill Me series. I loved this one, and will definitely be reading the next in the series!
Violet is in a museum, starring at an 18th century painting of herself...but wait, this is 2012-how is it a painting of Violet? Apparently it's not; it's an anonymous painting and painter. But wow, does it look like Violet!
After doing some research, Violet decides it is time to go to Italy to see more of these paintings, find out if she's adopted (since she looks NOTHING like her family), and last to see if there are any more paintings of her. Thus, she enrolls in a language immersion program with three other girls: one other Brit, and two Americans. Once they get used to each other, the girls start getting along and are all doing okay with the program and having fun at that.
As for the flirting in Italian, well the other girls are doing good with that. Violet, yeah not so much. She looks 'too Italian' at least that's what Luca tells her. Luca who Violet is smitten with, Luca who likes kiss her, and the same Luca who happens to be a sort of prince at the castle Violet needs to investigate for discovering information about those paintings.
In the process of discovering her past, Violet is almost killed! Will she ever find out the truth? And could it be the worst possible truth of all...are Violet and Luca related?(less)
Lightning. A girl. An earthquake. A vision. A tower. A storm.
What does it all mean for Mia Price, who has survived countless lightning strikes? In the aftermath of a huge earthquake that destroyed Los Angeles as we know it, Mia is trying to get on with her life-and keep her mother and brother safe and fed. But that isn't always easy when life around you is in a free for all and everyone is out for themselves.
Mia goes back to school, but once there she becomes a pawn in the prophecies and visions of the Seekers and the Followers. But which side does she trust? The word of God's True Prophet? Or those who do not follow his word? Does she choose the side who wants her lightning to bring the storm or end the storm?
Mia doesn't know who to trust and it is only going to get more confusing for her as time goes on, and her emotions get in the way.
This book was not what I was expecting at all! But I enjoyed it, and loved the storyline and the characters. Bosworth does an excellent job of raising the question and lines between good and evil. Using a prophet/false prophet as the word of God was a stroke of brilliance. After life changing events, people do tend to flock to religion and what better way to create a flock than using Rance Ridley Prophet and his Followers who prey on the fears and uncertainty of people as they are told the apocalypse is only three days away.(less)
It is the continuation, but this time the focus is Kaleb instead of Emerson. Kaleb is the bad boy from book one. Kaleb has a lot to lo...moreFull review here
It is the continuation, but this time the focus is Kaleb instead of Emerson. Kaleb is the bad boy from book one. Kaleb has a lot to lose in this installment. He is approached by another party who warns him if he and his friends do not stop Jack, a traveler who has been manipulating timelines, and who also stole time-gene research, there will be heavy consequences. Consequences resulting in a reset, including Emerson.
And because of Jack screwing up timelines, everyone at the Hourglass is seeing ghosts. And not just one or two, but entire towns, etc. This is not looking so good for our intrepid heroes. Will Kaleb and the others be able to stop Jack in time to save Emerson and really everyone else if you think about it?
I love, love, loved book two just as much if not more than the first. I loved Kaleb. (less)