Icons is an excellent novel full of 'big feels' Icons is based primarily on fear. Humans live in a post-invasion world were the the aliens only deal wIcons is an excellent novel full of 'big feels' Icons is based primarily on fear. Humans live in a post-invasion world were the the aliens only deal with the Ambassadors and can wipe out entire cities with a single pulse. The cities are remnants of the some of the most inhabited cities in the world. The landscape, described in vivid detail, is a character all its own.
The story follows Dol a grass girl who leads a simple life away from the Hole, what used to be Los Angeles. Dol is not a normal teen, she somehow survived The Day when no one else in her family did. Along with Ro, another orphan from The Day, she leads a simple life at the Mission in the grasslands. But not all is what it seems with Dol and Ro. They are a secret hidden away from the Ambassador and the rest of the world.
With quiet character moments and pulse pounding action Icons takes you on a journey of self discovery and revolution. The future of the people lays in the hands of four teenagers who have no idea just how powerful they really are.
This is a great book for readers of all ages and fans of Stohl's Beautiful Creatures will not be disappointed in the subtle romance mixed in with all the other cool sci-fi/dystopian themes....more
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvatar is a must read for the fall. The lore is unique and the plot will keep you turning the pages late into the night.
TThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvatar is a must read for the fall. The lore is unique and the plot will keep you turning the pages late into the night.
The Raven Boys is unlike any book I’ve ever read. The lore starts out similar to things we have read in the past, psychic family with the one girl who doesn’t have any power, the fact her family has seen her future and it’s not pretty. Then it becomes something completely different about long lost princes who will grant a wish to the one who finds them and the mystery surrounding the legend of Glendower.
Blue is the only non-psychic is a family bursting with them. Blue is also destined to kill her true love with a kiss. So her life is a complicated to say the least. Even though Blue can’t connect with the spirits her presence enhances other psychics’ abilities. Every year Blue helps her family watch over the soon-to-be dead but never actually sees anyone until now.
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
Blue doesn’t worry too much about her future until she meets The Raven boys, a group of friends who attend the local private school that caters to the rich. Gansey is clearly the leader who holds the group together and the one on a mission to find Glendower, a Welsh Prince with a mythical story. Then there is Ronan, who is angry at the world due to the loss of his father. Adam is the local boy masquerading as a Raven Boy. Adam’s home life is not pleasant and being a poor Raven Boy isn’t always easy. Lastly there is Noah who observes everything and only talks when it is really important. The group of boys are so well written and while on the surface appear very different Stiefvatar finds a way to make them work as a group.
All of the characters are so richly drawn and believable. Blue’s family which consists of not only her mother but aunts and cousins adds a rich layer to the story. While the main characters are teenagers the story doesn’t feel like it is written for any age range. It is just an incredibly unique story that keeps you guessing to the very end.
Maggie Stiefvatar has written a story that is fascinating and unique. It takes a legend not known to many and adds layers of mystery and science that take the story to a different level. Her writing is so well paced you won’t be able to put the book down. While the story may seem like a romance with the whole kissing and true love aspect it is at its heart a mystery that isn’t bogged down by the romance aspect. It is definitely a story that has something for everyone.
This story is like few others out there. If you like mysteries with incredible characters and a plot that constantly keeps you guessing this book is for you. The Raven Boys releases on September 18, make sure to pick up your copy....more
Spellbound is the third and final installment in Rachel Hawkins' Hex Hall series, and it definitely establishes love/hate feelings in me. On the loveSpellbound is the third and final installment in Rachel Hawkins' Hex Hall series, and it definitely establishes love/hate feelings in me. On the love side, the writing is solid, and the snarkiness of the characters creates a fun atmosphere, even in times of danger.
The story picks up where Demonglass left off. We finally learn the fate of Sophie and, eventually, the others after the explosion that rocked Thorn Abbey. One thing that Hawkins does with adept skill is create characters people are invested in. I feel Sophie’s pain as she waits for news of her friends and family. In fact, I worried along with her. The characters are richly drawn and entertaining. The addition of the Brannicks and Torin added a new dimension to Sophie’s story that deserves to be explored more.
The plot lines were interesting and always kept me guessing. The entire Hex Hall series has a feeling of motion. The pace moves from one situation to the next with little time to take a breath. The story has a few quiet moments that add depth and gravity to the final chapters of the book.
However, there is one negative. Without spoiling anything, one character did not get the ending he deserved, at least in my opinion. As a reader, it is difficult to invest in characters and then feel cheated by their ending. When something major happens to a character, there needs to be some importance for it or reasoning behind it. When that explanation is lacking, it is difficult to accept the character’s fate. This was the one thing in the book that didn’t work for me.
Overall, Hex Hall is an entertaining series with strong characters and fantastic humor. If you like snarky paranormals with a diverse cast of characters, this series is for you....more
Grave Mercy was everything I hoped it would be. It reminded me of The Game of Thrones with its setting and back story. When we first meet Ismae she haGrave Mercy was everything I hoped it would be. It reminded me of The Game of Thrones with its setting and back story. When we first meet Ismae she has just been bought by a pig farmer to be his wife, she is 14.
Ismae's life was never simple, no one was ever kind to her until she was saved on her wedding night by a monk and a kitchen witch. She is whisked away from a life of beatings and hate to a convent of women who will care for her. They will also train her to be an instrument of Death.
The story is full of intrigue and deception. You never quite know who is being truthful and who is working only to benefit themselves. What I loved most about this story was the fine lined it walked between pure historical fiction and fantasy. The best part is the nun assassins are real!! The elements were so carefully blended that it all felt possible and real. At times it was hard for me to remember that the characters were so young especially Anne, the soon to be Duchess they are all trying to protect.
The character development was strong and while you might not always agree with their choices you could understand them. Ismae grows from a girl who was always told she was evil and hated men for what they did to her to someone who learns to love herself and others.
This book is a fantastic read for lovers of good literature. The plot keeps you guessing, the characters are well rounded and the overall story is a rich blend of historical fiction and fantasy. ...more
Catching Jordan is a combination of Friday Night Lights and Anna and the French Kiss. It is a pitch perfect balance of football and relationships thatCatching Jordan is a combination of Friday Night Lights and Anna and the French Kiss. It is a pitch perfect balance of football and relationships that will leave you wanting more from this debut author.
Catching Jordan is a fun read that will have you at times cheering and crying. Jordan Woods is the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. While this is an unusual position for a girl Jordan is supported by her team and family, well most of her family. Jordan's father is the quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and he isn't ok with Jordan's dream of playing football in college.
Jordan is a strong character who prides herself on being in control both on and off the field. Her best friends are guys from the team because the girls in school just don't get her and to be honest Jordan doesn't get them either. Miranda Keneally describes the dynamics of high school relationships with brutal honesty in a way that can be appreciated by readers. Jordan's friends Sam Henry, JJ, and Carter defend her no matter what. So when a new quarterback shows up and threatens Jordan's position and her impenetrable control, things get a little crazy between her and her best friend Sam Henry.
This book reminded me of Friday Night Lights. In the story football plays a backdrop to the greater story of the individual characters. Jordan and the boys all want to play college football but she has the least likely chance because she is a girl. Each of the characters has some personal issue they are trying to work whether be trying to tell your dad you don't want to play college football or admitting maybe you love someone more than should each characters journey is just as intense as the game on Friday night.
Catching Jordan is a great read. At its heart are the struggles of being a teenager and deciding on giving up your dream or just adjusting it. Catching Jordan is a contemporary novel that filled with real characters and gives an accurate portrayal of being a high school athlete both male and female....more