Clara knows what she is, and ever since she found out that she's an angel-blood she has been waiting until her purpose is made clear, then she starts...moreClara knows what she is, and ever since she found out that she's an angel-blood she has been waiting until her purpose is made clear, then she starts having visions of a boy surrounded by a forest fire. After finding the location of the forest from her vision, her mother moves her brother and her to the small community of Jackson Hole where Clara meets Christian, the boy from her vision.
Besides being the new girl and struggling to fit in at school, she also has her purpose to work out. If that's not bad enough, there's also a second boy, Tucker, who Clara can't get out of her mind. Clara has to make the choice between following her heart or completing her destiny.
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up Unearthly, and I was pleasantly surprised. Cynthia Hand has created a unique spin on the Angel story. I was happy that Clara knew she was part-angel and that she had a mother who was there to help her daughter, even if that mother didn't want to tell her daughter any information on the angels until Clara had figured it out for herself or was ready.
The relationships between Clara, Christian and Tucker were built on and were more believable than most stories that have love triangles. This story really showed Clara losing her heart to the guy and being torn up with decision that she had to make.
The plot was fast with plenty of twists and turns to keep me reading. I look forward to when the next one comes out.(less)
I have to admit that I just jumped into this book without reading the first book in the series, Bleeding Hearts and apart from being a little bit lost...moreI have to admit that I just jumped into this book without reading the first book in the series, Bleeding Hearts and apart from being a little bit lost at the start with some of the creatures and the world, it soon became irrelevant as I was swept up in a phenomenal paranormal story full of twists and turns which definitely puts a new spin on vampires.
Sophie is far from over the loss of her soul mate, Marek. Then Marek's younger brother, Rodrian needs her help and in return he can offer her a place to live as long as she agrees to help his daughter, Shiloh who hasn't changed into a full Demivampire yet. Between taking in a homeless Were and learning how to harness her Sophia powers to the full extent, Sophie still has to try to escape from the vampires who are still hunting her and try to help Marek from becoming a full vampire, but how far will she go to save the one she loves?
Krafton's writing style sucked me in from page one and Sophie had a vulnerable yet strong personality that made the story interesting to follow and made me want to know what was going to come next. Toby was a loveable werewolf. He had such a sad backstory and the way he was always trying to stick up for Sophie made him my favourite character by far. Blood Rush was definitely a thrilling page-turner and I look forward to seeing where the next one leads, and actually going back and reading book one.(less)
Julie Richardson is just like a normal girl, well except for the fact that she's a witch. Actually a witch-in-training. Her mother is teaching her how...moreJulie Richardson is just like a normal girl, well except for the fact that she's a witch. Actually a witch-in-training. Her mother is teaching her how to harness her magic and help exorcise spirits/poltergeists from the mortal realm. When Julie and her best friend, Marcus encounters a poltergeist attacking an elderly neighbour, and a large-scale paranormal attack on her high school, Julie knows that something malice is out to get her and her mother. After her mother falls victim to a spell called Endless Nights, Julie must learn the truth about who she is and learn to harness her full powers if she hopes to stand a chance against defeating this evil and saving her mother's life.
Ever since the cover and blurb was revealed I knew I wanted to read Poltergeeks and I wasn't disappointed. Sean Cummings has created an interesting and original world of witches and ghosts and together with the snarky and humorous attitude of Julie, Poltergeeks is a page-turning read that will capture and hook the reader's attention from the first page.
Julie is just like an average teenager. She fights with her mother, she struggles with determining her feelings towards her best friend, and she makes mistakes (a lot of them). She is eager to prove to her mother, and herself, that she can handle things without anyone's helps. This doesn't always lead to the best result, and often gets Marcus into trouble with her. Julie isn't the only well-rounded character. This novel is full of a cast that reader's can root for and sometimes despise.
The story starts at a sprinting pace and doesn't slow down as Julie is attacked over and over again by supernatural forces, which will have the reader wanting to continue turning the page to find out what's going to happen next (trust me, lost sleep just to see how it ended). It is a fun and quick read with a few twists and turns thrown in to keep Julie on her feet. I would definitely recommend Poltergeeks to anyone who loves YA paranormal, but also anyone who loves sassy characters and strong, butt-kicking females. I can't wait to read the sequel and see where Julie's adventures lead her next.(less)
I know it's not a good habit starting a series at the last book, but I'm not sorry for the final book in Jennifer Comeaux's Edge series (which just ma...moreI know it's not a good habit starting a series at the last book, but I'm not sorry for the final book in Jennifer Comeaux's Edge series (which just makes me want to go back and read the other two books). It's not like I needed to read the previous two books to be caught up on everything that was happening with this story, which is probably why I loved it so much. In Fighting for the Edge, Emily Butler plans to retire after this Olympics, making this her and her partner, Chris's, last chance for a gold medal in pairs ice skating. Coached by her husband, she is ready to conquer the world of ice skating and land her that gold medal, until something happens which threatens to derail her plans. And no, I'm not going to give away all of the twists and turns that makes up this thrilling novel, but the action and drama that unfolded on each page is what made me want to turn the page to find out what happened next.
Comeaux has a way of getting into her character's head and creating the ideal chemistry and tension that makes the characters feel alive. The building romances, placed in with the thrilling competitive sport of ice skating and anyone should know that nothing can run smooth. Now I just have to go back to the previous two books as I'm curious to find out what happened in Emily Butler's story prior to Fighting for the Edge. I recommend this story to anyone who is looking for an older YA/NA romance.(less)
15 year old Savannah Grey is just trying to find a place she belongs. She's moved from foster family to foster family, never really able to settle dow...more15 year old Savannah Grey is just trying to find a place she belongs. She's moved from foster family to foster family, never really able to settle down and fit in. She doesn't know why she always has to be on the move or why she keeps her distance from everyone around her. But, when a strange attraction to the new boy, Reece brings her to realise that there's something growing in her throat that has great supernatural powers, she discovers that she has to protect it and learn how to harness it before the evil creature that's hunting her catches up and destroys her. When the time comes, will Savannah be able to harness the power within her to save herself and all the ones she cares about? Or will she do anything to give it up and just be normal?
Chris McNish has created a unique horror story in Savannah Grey. It started off slowly, but by the time the true evil had made itself known it was into a captivating story that was probably rushing a bit to much to reach the end.
Savannah Grey is a guarded character. She doesn't like anyone to get close to her, especially with the unconscious need to protect whatever it is that's growing inside of her throat. But she does have a big heart and care a lot about her best friend Nina and her foster mother, this is the character that I really loved. Too bad she was full of a lot of insecurities that nearly overshadowed the caring heroine.
I loved the monsters that McNish created. They were full of originality and personality (yes, even the monsters had personalities) and they were definitely what made this story interesting. Also I have to say that the romance created between Savannah and Reece was fantastic. He was a character created who gave her strength and also provided obstacles which gave the story plenty of twists and turns.
This doesn't mean that I didn't like Savannah Grey. It was an interesting story, and definitely an original take on the monster story. The one thing that I felt was a let down was the pace with it being either too slow or too quick, I found myself having to re-read parts to see if I missed parts. Besides from that, Savannah Grey is definitely a novel for anyone that loves horror and dark paranormal.(less)
Cooper is dead, but when he gets a chance to redeem himself by none other than Lucifer's spitfire sister, Lucy, he gets tossed into a boy's life who's...moreCooper is dead, but when he gets a chance to redeem himself by none other than Lucifer's spitfire sister, Lucy, he gets tossed into a boy's life who's got everything. A loving parents, a caring older brother, a spot on the football team. The one thing he doesn't have is the girl he needs to find, a girl named Grace, who he's instantly drawn to but who's with an abusive jerk of a boyfriend who could pummel Cooper to dust if he looked at Grace the wrong way. Cooper soon learns that he's more connected to this new life than he originally thought and there are sinister secrets hidden in his memories that ties him and Grace together, or are keeping them apart, and he has to remember them before it's too late.
The first thing that drew me to this story was the interesting premise. It sounded original and unique, and to top it off, it has a well-written male perspective, which is really hard to find in stories. Cooper was funny but still honest and determined, that made the story worth reading.
The start of the story felt a bit slow for me as I kept waiting for things to happen, but once the twists and turns started (and what some twists they were), it sure picked up pace and kept me wanting to find out what's going to happen next.
Overall, even with the slow start, this story still had a good build up with twists that will keep the reader guessing and a believable male character and I'd recommend this story for anyone that loves stories from a male perspective or a different love story. It will be interesting to see where Cooper and Grace's story goes next.(less)
Lexi lives in a world where the 'seven deadly sins' are considered serious crimes, and to be labelled a sinner, you'll be branded for life, forcefully...moreLexi lives in a world where the 'seven deadly sins' are considered serious crimes, and to be labelled a sinner, you'll be branded for life, forcefully removed from everything you know and thrown into the 'Hole', a place with little food and medical treatment, where if you don't die from starvation or sickness, then you have to fight hard just to survive the ever growing violence that runs riot in the streets. When Lexi is declared a sinner for a crime she hasn't even committed, she has to say goodbye to everything she has ever known and find the strength inside to survive life in the 'Hole'. Thankfully she has Cole, a guard who has been assigned to protect her while she becomes accustomed to her new way of life, the only problem is the feelings she's developing for Cole and is wondering if he's feeling the same way about her, for the one rule in the Hole, punishable by death, is: never fall in love with a sinner.
I hate the saying 'never judge a book by its cover', and I'm guilty of doing just that for this book. The gorgeous cover is the first thing that attracted me to the story and I'm definitely not sorry. Branded started out as a thrilling dystopian that's different from the countless others that are out at the moment. Lexi is an intriguing main character with so many different sides to her. Abi Ketner and Missi Kaliciki tackled the issues of abuse and depression wonderfully in the story. The only thing that I really wanted Lexi to do is to be a bit more 'take charge' rather than the 'damsel in distress' that she is for most of the story, but that's only a slight niggle as the rest of her character has been fleshed out with her traumatic past.
Cole is a wonderful addition to the story, and I always have a soft spot for characters who need to choose between duty or their heart, especially since the risk was so great.
Branded created this world where any sin is considered a crime and it was a roller coaster of ups and downs as well as twists as the story progresses, leading up to the big twist (which I won't say here as I don't want to give anything away). At times it did feel a bit repetitive with the amount of guys chasing after Lexi and some of the middle tended to drag for a while a sudden switch in gears where everything happened to Lexi and Cole.
Even with the story's little problems, Branded was an interesting and quick read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves dystopian novels, especially Divergent. I look forward to seeing where Lexi's journey continues next.(less)
Felicia is trapped in limbo, an afterlife between heaven and hell, with nothing to do but replay memories of her family, friends, boyfriend and the bo...moreFelicia is trapped in limbo, an afterlife between heaven and hell, with nothing to do but replay memories of her family, friends, boyfriend and the boy she doesn't want to remember, Julian. When that very boy breaks into Level 2 to find her Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing and she might be the key to either its success or its failure. Now Felicia has to decide whether she can trust Julian enough to follow him, but also she has to find enough strength to replay those memories she has tried to avoid... not only the one of her death, but one far worse.
I didn't know much about Level 2 besides it was an afterlife story when I first picked it up, although the cover is what made me want to read this, and Lenore Appelans has created an original debut that gives a different take on what happens after death before one has a chance to move on. Appelhans presented a unique way to tell Felicia's story through all the flashbacks and memories she was viewing, which kept me engaged and wondering what was going to come next, and no they are not in linear order so it made it quite unexpected in places.
All of the characters were interesting and had personalities of their own. Felicia is a strong character and it was interesting to find out about her personality and her traumas through her flashbacks. Neil was so sweet and charming, it wasn't hard to fall in love with him, and Julian, well he acted like a douche at times, but at other times it felt like he really cared for Felicia. All the characters, together with the twists and turns of the story, made this an exciting adventure into the afterlife and I look forward to reading more of Felicia's story (Level 3).(less)
Marissa wants to be more than what her family expects her to be. Her family expects her to marry, work hard and stay around her family to help them ou...moreMarissa wants to be more than what her family expects her to be. Her family expects her to marry, work hard and stay around her family to help them out. Marissa wants so much more. She tries hard at school and is even taking AP calculus to get into a good university to become more than an assistant manager at the local grocery store. With all her family and work obligations, Marissa finds it hard to keep up with her advanced classes and sometimes she even thinks that she will never be able to achieve her goals, but her calculus teacher believes she can be so much more than Marissa even believes.
When her life gets unbearable Marissa will have to decide whether she should, or even could, put her needs before her family, and when the time comes, will she be able to leave everything behind to live her own life.
What Can't Wait is a gripping debut novel about making the hard decision between family commitments and personal desire. Marissa is a very strong character who really cares for her family. She watches her niece, cooks for her family, works long hours and gives half her pay to her family, and she even manages to keep up with high level courses in order to gain admittance into a proper college. Even for people who don't know the Mexican culture that Marissa comes from will be able to relate to her because of her desire to please her family and not let them down, but also the desire to achieve more than what her family expects.
What Can't Wait is a roller coaster of emotion as Marissa is faced with the ups and downs of high school and family commitments, all leading up to her making the biggest decision of her life. When it comes time, will she actually be able to leave her family and start her life?(less)
Amelia knows one thing... she's dead. She doesn't know how she died and she doesn't know who she was before drowning. She is forced to relive her deat...moreAmelia knows one thing... she's dead. She doesn't know how she died and she doesn't know who she was before drowning. She is forced to relive her death over and over in what she can only call nightmares. But, when she finds a boy, Joshua, drowning in the same river she did, she knows she has to help (but doesn't know how since she's already dead).
When Joshua makes it out of the river alive, they form a bond and he focuses on trying to find out who Amelia was when she was alive. After the two discover that Joshua can only see Amelia because he is a seer, someone who's purpose is to hunt ghosts and exorcise them, they have to fight the coven headed by Joshua's own grandmother, avoid another ghost determined to get Amelia to himself and discover the truth about Amelia's death.
Hereafter was definitely a different paranormal romance. Amelia is already dead so no one apart from Joshua can even see her. This romance proved to be interesting and developed well.
Hudson has created an intriguing debut with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Eli, the ghost determined to get Amelia, is a devious villain, while Joshua is sweet and caring. These two guys are the only ones that have any real contact with Amelia and it makes the story interesting to see which side she will choose. Even though the love story between Amelia and Joshua is a bit silly with the fact that she is a ghost and Joshua is not, the tension between them is enough to continue reading.
Hereafter is a fast read with great characterisation and an original spin on the paranormal market. I look forward to reading more about Amelia and Joshua's romance in the next book. (less)
To be a Clan is to be an exact copy, a clone. Twain (1672) is not. He wasn't even meant to survive the incubation, but his sponsor saved him and kept...moreTo be a Clan is to be an exact copy, a clone. Twain (1672) is not. He wasn't even meant to survive the incubation, but his sponsor saved him and kept him hidden away, only allowing Twain to look out into a world that will never accept him because he is different, and different is not allowed. When the Frag virus (the reason the cloning began in the first place) becomes a danger to the Clans once more, Twain has to fight for survival and risk execution for being different.
When I first picked up Clan I didn't know much about the story, and Realm Lovejoy really did surprise me (in a good way). Clan is a story that threw in plenty of twists and turns as it powered on through the many challenges Twain had to face. The one thing I felt though was that the beginning was a bit slow to get into the story, but once the action began it was a roller coaster of thrills and twists, even throwing an ending in that I didn't see coming (but I won't give anything away here).
Throw in a character that's bullied and tormented for being himself, and toss in a couple of friends (one a very unexpected ally and one with a really quirky personality that make the story interesting) and see what sorts of trouble and problems the character can get into and find solutions to. Twain is a well thought of character, and in this story he would have to be. For a character who is vastly different from everyone around him, he needs to be able to learn and grow in order to progress the story, as well as be sympathetic.
Realm Lovejoy has created a strong sci-fi that is packed with plenty of action and a satisfying ending (this being a stand-alone means you don't have to wait until the next story is released to find out the ending, another bonus). I would recommend this story to anyone who loves a good sci-fi story.(less)
Lee Nichols gives us a new ghost story in DECEPTION, the first Haunting Emily novel. Emily is just an average girl who's just a bit mixed up, that cou...moreLee Nichols gives us a new ghost story in DECEPTION, the first Haunting Emily novel. Emily is just an average girl who's just a bit mixed up, that could have something to do with spending time in a mental institution (which she calls the POOF) as a child or the fact that her gallavanting parents have now disappeared. Now she's been taken away from her home and placed under the care of gorgeous Bennett's care at Echo Point. Here, she discovers that her family's been lying to her about herself. She's actually a ghostkeeper, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. As she tries to adjust to a new school and learn about her powers, she discovers that not all ghosts are nice and that there's something out there dilling people. Emily has to find out who or what is out there before it finds her.
What's not to like? Ghosts, mysteries and cute boys. Nichols has created a unique supernatural mystery with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way till the end. The only thing I found a bit upsetting was the ending. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely a terrific ending, but it left the story on a cliffhanger with more unanswered questions than resolutions. The story was left up in the air, which does the job of enticing the reader to pick up the second book, but now I have to wait until the next one is available. I'm definitely going to have to wait for the second one, bucause overall it is a great read.(less)
Ellie has been plagued by nightmares for nearly all her life. She never thought they were anything until a mysterious boy, Will, shows up, claiming th...moreEllie has been plagued by nightmares for nearly all her life. She never thought they were anything until a mysterious boy, Will, shows up, claiming that she's the preliator, an ancient soul who is reborn each life with the mission of fighting the reapers. She's the only one who can wield the swords of angelfire.
When her powers awaken she must try to balance school and her friends with her reaper-hunting duties. When Will discovers that a powerful reaper, Bastian, is after a creature that once awakened could destroy Ellie's soul, she is forced to remember the secrets of her past lives and choose between her destiny and her heart.
Angelfire was an interesting twist on the angel genre and Moulton has created a vivid world with realistic characters. Ellie was a true but-kicking heroine who was still scared of disappointing her family and friends. Will, the oh-so-hot Guardian, would do anything to protect Ellie, while feeling guilty over his feelings for her. It wasn't just the two main characters that had personalities. Even the minor cast were all fleshed out and played a role in the bigger picture, even the creepy Reapers had their own personality.
The story was unique with enough twists and turns to keep me reading, with an even bigger twist at the end. It was fun watching the relationship grow between Ellie and Will while they were slicing through the Reapers. I look forward to when the next one comes out to see more of Ellie's story.(less)
I was first drawn to this book because it's a Strange Chemistry title and they haven't let me down yet, and this definitely stood up to their standard...moreI was first drawn to this book because it's a Strange Chemistry title and they haven't let me down yet, and this definitely stood up to their standards. Ingrid Jonach introduces an intriguing sci-fi/romance about a girl who is plagued by dreams of her death and a boy who is always around to save her. Lillie would like to say it was love at first sight, but for Tom, she doesn't think he feels the same way, especially when he acts so cold towards her when he's around other people. There's a mystery that surrounds by Lillie and Tom and Lillie is determined to find out why she feels this way about Tom and what secret Tom has been hiding from her, but does she really want to know the truth?
For me, the start of the novel was a bit slow and I was stuck thinking 'is this even science fiction?', yeah, there was plenty of signs that it was romance, but absolutely no signs of any of the out of the ordinary stuff happening, unless you call an insomniac teenager who dreams of her own death out of the ordinary. I'm glad I didn't give up on the story, because once it jumps over that hurdle, Jonach plunges the reader into a world of mystery and suspense as Lillie tries to discover what secret Tom is keeping from her, as well as why she feels so strongly for a boy that doesn't reciprocates her affection.
The characters are strong and well-rounded, with an interesting background cast that makes the story interesting to read. The only other issue I did have with this story was the little bit of insta-love that happened, as well as the infatuation for the boy, but when the secret is revealed it actually makes sense as why their love has been written this way.
This novel was an interesting take on the sci-fi genre, one with a definite unique twist, and I look forward to reading more stories from Ingrid Jonach and Strange Chemistry in the future. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good teenage romance story with a unique twist or slice or sci-fi.(less)