The Secret Circle: The Initiation & The Captive--Part I: Author: L. J. Smith My rating: 3 out of 5 stars. The beginning was bland, which is something...moreThe Secret Circle: The Initiation & The Captive--Part I: Author: L. J. Smith My rating: 3 out of 5 stars. The beginning was bland, which is something because Smith normally delivers a taunt lucrative web of entrapment during the first dozen pages or so. Cassie spends the summer in Cape Cod her mothers native hometown and meets the most interesting people. When the tune comes to return home to sunny normal California her mother drops a surprise in Cassie's lap. California's out and New Salem the newest red. Cassie learns that their are some perks that come with living on Crowhaven Street and although Smith didn't dive straight into magic powers he did give a taste of what's to come. Cassie finds solace in Diana the picture perfect older sister who takes Cassie under her wing. Cassie realizes that something about New Salem is different, the Club Diana leads rules the town, teachers and students--the outsiders--are afraid to even look at the eleven Club members cross but when dead bodies of both outsiders and Club members start popping up, well tensions raise and all beats are off. Oh dear Mother Earth Cassie grow some balls! After a dozen pages of Smith reenacting the brittle bitch meets Cinderella I just about nearly put to book back on my shelf. Smith made Cassie into a pathetic whining child, it is the sheer only time I revealed in how inadequate a book seemed in comparison to its T.V. spin off. Then the mighty Diana comes along and for a long stretch of the book I think Cassie might just be in love with her. Which would be a bloody brilliant twist if Smith ever got to the jumping-out-of-the-closet part of the novel. Faye; my favorite character for the series is portrayed as the horrid dark witch in the book, the skull inflames my curiosity and Diana well she just seemed to get on my nerves a bit. Who is that nice?(less)
**spoiler alert** This book was a work I humbly tip my hat off to. A thrilling murder mystery, a Victorian boarding school that gives new meaning to a...more**spoiler alert** This book was a work I humbly tip my hat off to. A thrilling murder mystery, a Victorian boarding school that gives new meaning to a haunted gothic mansion, a love affair with the formidable Gypsy boy, and a very serious, entirely scandalous gossiping group of girls who sneak out in the middle of the night to drink communion wine in a cave. How dreadfully exhilarating this novel was, I completely devoured it every word of it.
Gemma Doyle has the unfortunate gift to see the future, this gift leads her to see her mother's death. Sent from her beloved India to the traditionalist starched fabrics of the proper Victorian ladies, Gemma is forced into Spence, a gothic mansion with dastardly secrets hidden in every part of the boarding school. Gemma is not long attending the school when she has vision leading her to a secret dairy, snubbed by the students and left to reveal in the fact that someone is watching her.
Repressed by the fallacies surrounding Victorian society, the very girls who snubbed Gemma are now immersed in her whirlwind of dark visions, nightly dairy reads, and eventually the discovery of the horrid reason behind the burning of East Wing. When the four friends, Felicity, Pippa, Ann, Gemma realize that Gemma has the power to travel to a distant dimension that is parallel to their own their inner child's nature is released and soon the power the four of them find their is too much to just simply let go of. Night after night, as they descend or travel to this darkly intoxicating world Gemma begins to realize that their is a price to holding onto magic. A sacrifice that has to be made, one that Mary Dowd was unfortunate to discover years before in the East Wing.
Gemma Doyle is thrust into a world of spell-binding magic, forbidden dark love, thick ties to a secret society called the Order, family secrets streaked in blood, the desire for friendship that could very well lead to the destruction of her, all lied together with the politeness, and niceties of the Victorian Era, bodice an all!(less)
**spoiler alert** Bilquis SanGreal knew without a shadow of a doubt that a time would come when she would have to choose. Choose between what she want...more**spoiler alert** Bilquis SanGreal knew without a shadow of a doubt that a time would come when she would have to choose. Choose between what she wanted and what was right. She just never guessed the choose would leave her so broken. As the only girl to ever be apart of the Knights Templar the pressure is on for Billi to show her worth, lately however things seem to have taken a turn for the worst, no longer is the Knight's this magical noble destiny Billi always sought out to be apart of. But now that she's seen the underbelly of the beast she realizes that the Knight's Templar does not make heretics but martyr's. Grueling days spent locked in a basement sparing with grown men tends to harden a girl, and while juggling the recent return of her childhood best friend - the ever self-sacrificing proclaimed oracle Kay - teenage emotional baggage and the sudden chance meeting of Michael a handsome ethereal man on the subway, there is no doubt that Billi has her hands full. When her Michael surprises Billi by understanding her more than anyone ever has in her entire life, Billi even surprises herself by accepting a date with the mysterious boy, however her nerves are prickling and as she begins to fall for both Michael and Kay she can't help but wonder. When is everything going to fall apart. In one single movement of male bravado Kay manages to shatter Billi small resemblance of a normal life. Using a sacred artifact King Solomon's Cursed Mirror, Kay unleashes the Templars most feared and dangerous enemy. The Archangel himself, the Angel of Death. It is exactly what Billi has long been training for, the battle that will make her a Knight for the rest of her life or end her life. With children falling ill around her town Billi comes to realize that it is the Archangel's doing, his plan formed to bring people back to Christ, through fear, he vows, people will turn to faith. To save the world from one of the most vicious plagues since the Bubonic Plague of 1348 Billi makes a deadly deal with the Devil to receive the only weapon forged holding the power to kill an angel. But can Billi follow through with it, can she actually kill her father? Or is losing the love of her life to the Unholy worse? I have to say reading this story threw for a loop, coming off a Meg Cabot novel I was almost to say devastated by its harshness, however that's not to say I didn't devour SanGreal tragic life. I mean honestly who hasn't thought of living in an old and historic castle, who hasn't wished they grew up like Buffy the Vampire 2.0 and who hasn't wished they knew Latin, just because. Her chooses though, I would not ask for. Chadda's writing style was pungent and strong and I adored it. You do not tell a story such as this and use light fluid words, no they are supposed to be harsh and dignified. I must detour from this however to point out what I did not like about this story, the beginning. Summed up the whole four stars right there, it was dull and boring and for me I read the first two pages of a book to see if I like it and then if I like it I skip to the back of the book and read the last page. Don't ask me why, its weird. Anyhow, I got a dozen or so pages in and was already switching to another book. When I finally did come back to it, for that lack of any other unread book, I was deeply surprised when the story decided to all of a sudden become something energetic and wondrous. And the climax of it, now that was something no one will ever see truly coming, nor the ending for that matter. Because when you it is done, and your settled into the falling action, another big whooping climax comes by to steal the first ones thunder.(less)
**spoiler alert** Now I do love anything with a witch in it, only this story she begins as the family outcast. It was terribly sad, how she threw hers...more**spoiler alert** Now I do love anything with a witch in it, only this story she begins as the family outcast. It was terribly sad, how she threw herself into that ghastly situation with the clock just to prove her self-worth to her family. I really enjoyed this book though, not as romance as I had originally expected and would have liked but perhaps the next installment will dig deeper into their love affair...Anyhow the overall book held my interest and even kept me on my seat seeing as how I finished it in two days I would say it was a success. The ending shocked me and left me wanting to read the next book right away. Tasmin Greene was born to the dawn of the night of Samhain and the first words spoke were prophesying her to be the most talented Greene to live. Is it true? Tasmin Greene is your average teenager with a dysfunctional family who regards her as the black sheep. Only her family is the herd of black sheep wandering around a neighboring village near New York City. Tasmin's mother has speed that could reveal a leopards, he father creates thunder at his whim, her tidy, always kept soon to be head of the family sister has the ability to bend another person to her will just by the sound of her voice. What does Tasmin have? Nothing. She is the only Greene in a large over-extended family of witches ever to not have a talent and so naturally Tasmin leaves her home. Where her grandmother, and mother sell love and sleeping potion to the villagers at midnight whom otherwise in the daylight ignore their presence altogether. Over summer vacation away from her New York Prep School, Tasmin is forced to be at home again with her sister, her cousins who use to play tricks with her and now play magical tricks on her, her sisters thin faced- handsomely talented Beau, and the ever-present reminder that she is not in any way shape of form Rowena. So when a mysterious man seeking Rowena Greene enters Tasmin's grandmother's bookshop, Tasmin is taken off guard because there is something she cannot place about him. The man asks Tasmin to retrieve a long-lost clock thinking her Rowena, because naturally this is was Tasmin claimed to be. This clock is a clock Tasmin Greene, should never have found. Old friends, dark secrets, hidden lies laying open in plain sight, a kidnapping, a love romance, and that mysterious man, all jumble together and form a delicious read that was enticing as it was envious; envious of Tasmin's Talent of course! Now I do love anything with a witch in it, only this story she begins as the family outcast. It was terribly sad, how she threw herself into that ghastly situation with the clock just to prove her self-worth to her family. I really enjoyed this book though, not as romance as I had originally expected and would have liked but perhaps the next installment will dig deeper into their love affair...Anyhow the overall book held my interest and even kept me on my seat seeing as how I finished it in two days I would say it was a success. The ending shocked me and left me wanting to read the next book right away.(less)
My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Jessica Allodolla a secretly published author still attending high school as a Senior realizes suddenly, that the char...moreMy rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Jessica Allodolla a secretly published author still attending high school as a Senior realizes suddenly, that the characters of her novel tiger, tiger are real, either that or, she is going insane. Ash Night, the pseudonym of Jessica, writes a story about her dreamed-up character, the villain Aubrey. But when two transfer students - the sociable and affectionate Caryn and the mysteriously dark Alex - draw Jessica out her social pariah status and into the cut-throat ladder of high school social hierarchy Jessica gets the unsettlingly feeling that Alex is not all he seems and when facts of his life start to match up with the information she created for Aubrey's background story Jessica comes to a horrifying conclusion: Aubrey just might be Alex. But that's impossible right? So, thinks Jessica and dismisses Caryn's attempts at swaying her mind on the matter. Alex as it seems has hidden agenda's of his own, it's not a common coincidence that he just happens to show up in Jessica's small town, and it is no fatal attraction that draws him to pursue her, Alex has a secret, dark and always lurking like thick smog around the two of them. Why did Alex out of the blue decide to move to Ramsa, why does he hold such a strong profound hatred towards Caryn, and more importantly what happens when everything is revealed? When the pieces click together and Jessica finds out the truth, will she be strong enough to stay away, to resist the alluring pull Alex has over her? There is a price to be paid when secrets are told? A price that Jessica is finding does not suit her well. (less)
I have to admit the whole human-monster thing unnerved me a bit when I first reading the reviews, I am not a fan of werewolves or shape-shifters; howe...moreI have to admit the whole human-monster thing unnerved me a bit when I first reading the reviews, I am not a fan of werewolves or shape-shifters; however I gave this book a chance because Graceling was an amazing wonder of a novel and I couldn't put the thing down. So my hopes were high, but skeptical, I don't think the characters were shaped enough, in the sense that they had no holding to them. I commend her for using the horrible dead father card because I honestly didn't see that twist coming, suicide was a wonder; murder was brilliance. It was a good read altogether however the author could have solidified the book and been more thorough in the details of events and people. The book, despite its length felt rushed and had excessive usage of 'ands' - or perhaps that was just me - anyhow I did like the alluring beauty of the main character and how she falls for the dark bastard son in stead of the groveling King. Overall it was an easy, nerve prickling book that rose to the standards I expected, however did nothing to compete with Graceling.
P.S~The relationship between Brigan and Fire was immensely heartwarming, as it was heart wrenching.
Fire is a the last human monster in the Dells, her father left a soaringly vicious legacy behind after his suicide and as Fire struggles against her hearts desires, her aching shame and her fondness to be loved, she finds forgiveness, love, immense hurt, and friendship in all the most unlikely of places. On the brink of war the Brigan informs Fire that her mind controlling powers are greatly needed and though he does not trust her until tears and secrets are shed he still must escort her from her Northern Land in the Dells to the very beginning of her life, and the very ruination of her father. Full of twists, turns, and somewhere between ragged edges and confusing intentions hearts are shattered, souls are lost, bodies are broken, horses are fond, and lovers are separated forever. This story stole my heart, broke it and left pieces scattered on varies pages.(less)
New Moon was a masterpiece, in my own opinion. And I am not saying this because I am some sick twisted love sick teen who would stand outside for hour...moreNew Moon was a masterpiece, in my own opinion. And I am not saying this because I am some sick twisted love sick teen who would stand outside for hours just for a glimpse of a man who is, now lets be honest ladies, dirty and yes I will give you rigidly handsome with amazing piano hands but honestly I wouldn't even wait in line with my mom for Toby-Mac tickets. If I ever got a meeting with Robert Pattinson, which is not likely, I would most likely either flake and forget the meeting or spend the whole time asking him about his music rather than his Edward Cullen role. Now, now put away your pitch forks and fire I would absolutely throw myself in front of a bus if I had an Edward Cullen, because come on seriously what does every girl on the face of this earth want. Immortality and a super handsome, steadfast, chivalry and 1900s mannered man.
Anyway enough with my excessive babble, I loved the Twilight saga not because Robert Pattinson is 'omg-so-amazingly-sexy-I-WILL-DIE-DIE-if-I-don't-touch-him', no because of the writing, why are people supposed to like books for, the writing it contains. And I give an A+ to Mrs./Miss Stephenie Meyer, not interlay sure if she is married or not, sorry Stephenie; I humbly apologize if you are. She did an amazing job, I was either crying throughout this book or trembling with excitement or shaking with hurt or flipping pages faster than anyone in the world to see if Edward and Bella were going to get back together. I mean geez man, talk about a heart-racer. I felt like I was literally Bella going through all that pain and suffering. And I actually almost skipped a few pages during the plane ride because I was freaking out along with Bella. Kudos Stephenie, Kudos.
In the next installment of Stephenie Meyers wondrously magical saga. New Moon is filled to the brim with heart break, suffering, pain, a black sucking hole in your chest created by the lose of someone you depended on for everything and the light of a friend, reminding us of how much friends really can bring us back from the walking dead.
In this book the unthinkable to Bella happens, Edward, the love of her life leaves and more than that, leaves her with the hope of never returning to her ever again. Is that true, could Edward, the Edward who had proclaimed his undying love so many times in Twilight honestly think of Bella as a fling. Will he never again return? Bella thinks so, seeing as how when she drives over to the Cullens big house house wit memories of her birthday party and Bella-Barbie-Doll and listening to Edward play her, her lullaby swirling around in her head creating the black hole in her chest to suck more of her until there is nothing more than a zombie, a shell of what Bella had once been.
As she soon realizes the pain she is not only putting on her dads shoulders but her dear friend Jacob Black's Bella begins to turn around, only slightly. With the help of Jacob, her sun, the only person who seems to be able to bring some light into Bella's face, Bella begins to slowly put small peices together. That is until everything comes crashing down again. Trying to bring on a hallusion of Edward's voice she begins to try dangerous acts of...rebelion I guess you could call it. She races motercycles with Jacob, returns to her and Edward's meadow which along with her seemed to have died with the lose of it's beloved, it is there that she meets a danger she never thought would come back and encounters yet another mythical creature she should have fingered was not a myth at all. Though this seems to be the worse, it only drops more, as Bella jumps into fate, literally. She is thrown into a danger that could just lead to the best or worst thing she has ever done. I only have one question for you: Will Jacob look at it as the best thing ever to happen to Bella since Edward or the worst?(less)
**spoiler alert** My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. A horror house straight out of the movies, with mix-matched architectural eras folding in on themsel...more**spoiler alert** My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. A horror house straight out of the movies, with mix-matched architectural eras folding in on themselves, floorboards that creak, a foyer with a grand arched dome, and a creepy basement that is the silent family rule to avoid at all cost. But what happens when the younger of two sister, three years of age separating the two, begins hiding away in the basement, playing with a ratty doll whose startling green eyes unleash a thriller that is a master of it's on genre of repressed hate. When things start happening around the house, terrifying things that should not be acknowledged, that should not be spoken of escalate to the point of no return Kasey's older sister, high school misfit photographer has no choice but to step in. Because what does one do when there sister is possessed and hell bent on kill a dozen or so people. Why, you in list the help of a cheerleader of course. In Alexis's case this option is not an option, not if she can help it. Alexis, a Junior independent misfit with bright short pink hair and a secret longing to be a part of the 'in' crowd is determined to get to the button of her sisters random mood swings, while also juggling her wild attraction to the Preppy class president. But when everything starts to fall in place and when the idea that maybe, just maybe perhaps her little sister is possessed and did in fact break another girl's arm as archenemies Pepper and cut the break lines to her mother's car than, only than does she resolve to groveling to Megan for help. Because after Alexis's remark made in front of the entire student body, Megan is going to be as easy as getting KGB agent to commit treason. The story was neither original, nor was is anything extremely spectacular. Did I tingle at places, rush through pages, bite my nails? Yeah, sure. But if your going to write a story like this it needs to bite, and it needs to bite for blood. I found that the story, was drug out a little, and maybe even slightly petty when it came to Alexis's high school life. I didn't like how the story had multiple writing styles, one lyrical, the other adolescence; in a sense. In my own opinion I would have liked to see the writing a little more mature. I felt like the author did not use the possession advantage to her advantage. By the end of the novel, I reeling, asking myself 'Is that it?' I wanted more detail on the possession, but then again I rationalized it was first person point-of-view Alexis was the possessed. I liked the plot, even used as it was, the author made it her own which earned her the half star, it held my attention and at places made me sweat. Altogether, it was a good fast ride, one I probably wouldn't read again but one that was just enough of a good thing to make it enjoyable.(less)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Recommendation: Yes. Sybella thought she was done with the family that drove her mad until the convent gives her the order t...moreRating: 4 out of 5 stars. Recommendation: Yes. Sybella thought she was done with the family that drove her mad until the convent gives her the order that sends her back to them. While her brutal father, crossed by the soon to be crowned Duchess enacts his vengeance against his once promised betrothed to rule over the duchesses land. Sybella dodges her lying, scheming, tattle-tale of a lady-in-waiting, Jamette who relays everything Sybella does to her crooked father making her newly acquired convent orders that much more the harder. They being to locate, extract, and return the captured solider that is essential to the duchesses armies survival. It is here in the muck of every narrowly successful navigated suspicion that Sybella's bloody twisted childhood memories come to slowly haunt her, drawing her madness taunt like a bow which she fears shall engulf her once again. LaFevers writing style is much like her Sybella, feverish, fluid, and ever seducing her reader into a mantra of "just one more page". I personally love the tormented ice-queen underdogs in stories and well Sybella proved to be all that yet much more. While I enjoyed the darkness of Sybella it seemed her past was a bit much, too much forced horridness that it formed cracks in the very illusion of her. I enjoyed the heady aroma of the book in a whole I was left wanting...more, more adventure. Less emotion, there was a lot of emotion that at some points I began to make it seem like they were unnecessary exaggerations.(less)