It's was in interesting story, good start to a series. It needs some editing though, grammer and spelling. At one point instead of a "l" the author usIt's was in interesting story, good start to a series. It needs some editing though, grammer and spelling. At one point instead of a "l" the author used an "1", which isn't big deal, but when you are looking at the text trying to figure out what is wrong...it's a little annoying. It switches from character to character without warning so it's also confusing to tell who is talking/thinking. However the plot line is good, and I would like to read another chapter in these characters lives. So many questions unanswered....more
This is a cute little story, for the preteen-teenage age group. All about a young girl named Sadie who wants her mother, and wants to be normal, excepThis is a cute little story, for the preteen-teenage age group. All about a young girl named Sadie who wants her mother, and wants to be normal, except she is a witch. Since it's set with a popular theme I was worried that I'd be pulled into a 'Harry Potter' world, but this book set it's own spin. Very nice....more
I completely loved A Modern Witch. Lauren gets pulled from her online grocery shopping into a chatroom for witches. Where the ladies try to tell her tI completely loved A Modern Witch. Lauren gets pulled from her online grocery shopping into a chatroom for witches. Where the ladies try to tell her that she is a witch, which she clearly doesn’t believe, after all she doesn’t have a flying broomstick anywhere. So they send a handsome witch named Jamie to check her out.
I loved how it didn’t focus on just one thing, it had romance (though, maybe not the romance you might think!), spellcasting, love, witches, humor, and a little bit of sadness all rolled into one. Makes you root for everyone in the book, and hug your mother goodnight (or wish to transport your sister to ChinaTown). The characters grow as the story moves along, and I was glad to hear there is a rumor that it’s not the only book about these witches.
A must read!
[I recieved this book through the LibraryThing Member's Program]...more
Hexbound picks up a few weeks after where Firespell leaves off. Though both series (Chicagoland Vampire series and Dark Elite; both by Neill) are bothHexbound picks up a few weeks after where Firespell leaves off. Though both series (Chicagoland Vampire series and Dark Elite; both by Neill) are both set in Chicago, and both deal with the supernatural, it’s still amazing how Chloe Neill makes the books so different from each other.
Lily Parker is the main character who finds out she has magic powers after being hit with Firespell in the first book. Her best friend is Scout, spellbinder, who is also an Adept (one of the good power kids) In Hexbound Lily (who has firespell) has joined the Adepts which include Scout’s crush Michael, and Lily’s boyfriend Jason. Michael has power to read buildings, Jason is a werewolf. The enemies of the Adepts are the Reapers. The main one that keeps popping up (but isn’t the supreme bad guy) is Sebastian.
Hexbound takes you further into the lives of the underground crime fighters, as well as digging deeper into Lily’s parent’s lives. The relationships grow, and the only thing I have complaints in that department is that the Lily/Jason thing is so unclear for most of the book, are they together or not? They kiss and whatnot sure, but they haven’t been on a date and Lily still acts like they aren’t together. But you get to learn more about Jason which is nice. And equally nice you get to see more of Sebastian.
Hexbound takes you into the tunnels to battle new evil, and lands the gang in the middle of a vampire turf war. More St. Sophia Brat Pack, and more importantly more interaction between Scout and Lily, because they always have kick-ass friendship chemistry. Another beautiful cover as well. An excellent read, the only down side is having to wait so long for the next installment to come out. ...more
I first read this book back in 1996 or so when it first came out (or was re-released, I'm not really sure) I was about 10 or so when I read it, and diI first read this book back in 1996 or so when it first came out (or was re-released, I'm not really sure) I was about 10 or so when I read it, and didn't understand a lot of what was in the book, but I kept it, because the story itself was good.
When I was adding books to my library (on LT) I came across it again, and found that there were no reviews for it. Huh? It's a great book, at least to what I remember. So I cracked it open again, and remembered why (and understood so much more being older!) I loved this book.
It starts out with a little boy named Raymond, and a teen who appears and talks to him. The nun is stunned, where did this woman come from? Raymond, who never talks to anyone talked to her. They exchanged rings (his being plastic, hers being a ruby) and then the girl disappears.
Years later Toy Johnson is a teacher, everyone likes her, she takes care of everyone the best she can. Whether giving kids money for jackets or giving families rent money so they don't get evicted. Her husband, a surgeon, forbids her from doing this, saying that it's his money he worked for it and he won't share it with lazy bums.
So Toy moves in with her best friend, and fellow teacher, Sylvia. They go to New York where things get...a little weird.
She has dreams about helping children, like helping a little boy get away from fire, only she wakes up in the hospital (Sylvia notices she isn't really breathing and calls 911) with burns on her hands.
Then, the reporters come and she is accused of murder.
**This is an excellent story and you'll be pulled in from the very beginning. A must read, go on give it a try.**
"...Makes us believe in the human spirit, and what is can accomplish...a great page-turner" - Associated Press ...more
This was another one of those books that I just happened to pick up, and totally miss that it was part of a series. That being said, I still don't thiThis was another one of those books that I just happened to pick up, and totally miss that it was part of a series. That being said, I still don't think I missed much, Annette Blair did a recap, so I got the gist of it, and found it to be rather enjoyable. It's starts out with Storm who can 'hear' babies whenever she is around Aiden. She is convinced that the child needs help, and the key to finding the child is through Aiden. So what does she do? Kidnaps him. This story is quick paced and a laugh a minute. It does go deeper then a few good laughs though, there are a few parts that make you feel for each of the main characters. I can't wait to read the other two books in this trilogy....more
Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins, you had me at prologue. I just loved how this book started out, a love potion gone wrong, and boy did it go wrong.
Hex HalHex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins, you had me at prologue. I just loved how this book started out, a love potion gone wrong, and boy did it go wrong.
Hex Hall is about a teenager named Sophie, who finds herself sentenced to a boarding school for other kids like her, those that have risked outing their abilities. Sophie first day is like anyone’s typical first day at a new school. She ticked off a werewolf, got a roommate who is a vampire, got a crush on the bad boy, and turned down a chance to join the coven of some dark witches. Typical first day…almost, and that’s just the first day.
I found, Hex Hall, both humorous and fast paced, Sophie herself was refreshing, and although the boarding school thing has been waaay overdone lately, the characters in the story itself make it a great read. It ends on a bit of a cliff hanger. I can’t wait to read the next installment....more
Firespell is about a young teen named, Lily Parker. Her parents go on sabbatical in Germany and instead of taking her along, they decide to enroll herFirespell is about a young teen named, Lily Parker. Her parents go on sabbatical in Germany and instead of taking her along, they decide to enroll her into a private school. A boarding school no less, in Chicago (she is from Sagamore, New York), St. Sophia's.
The school has the typical stiff (erm. cold shouldered?) headmistress, posh spoiled rich girls, and a few misfits thrown into the mix. Lily makes friends with a one of her dorm mates, Scout. But Scout has secrets of her own. She's always disappearing and not returning until late at night. Lily tries to figure out the secret, but only gets answers when the brat pack pull a nasty prank.
This book is a great addition to my growing collection. The first in a series, and I can't wait to read the next book, to learn more about the characters, their powers, and the fight between them! A must read of the YA crowd. The cover is also so eyecatching....more