I loved "Iron Daughter". I thought it was even better than "Iron King". Meghan hasn't changed a bit, she's still strong and passionate and willing toI loved "Iron Daughter". I thought it was even better than "Iron King". Meghan hasn't changed a bit, she's still strong and passionate and willing to do what it takes to save Faery from the IronFey. This time the enemy is different and at one point strikes close to home. All the same characters are there, though we get to see more of the Winter Palace and just how cruel Mab can be. We also meet the other two princes, Sage and Rowan and find a little bit more about their characters. There is a new celebration also, the passing of the scepter from Summer to Winter but Winter parties a little rougher than Summer so Summer doesn't stay for the celebration.
I liked this novel better because we saw more of the relationship between Ash and Meghan and why Ash acted the way he did in public versus private. We also get to see more of Puck and the relationship between he and Meghan. And there is a little more about Meghan's father, though obvious at the time to me, not to Meghan and when I found out why I was saying to myself "Oh, that's why." Very well hidden.
The action of the book is based on the fact that the scepter is stolen from Winter and Mab blames Summer or more precisely, Meghan. The rest of the book, Meghan and others try to find the stolen scepter.
The war between Summer and Winter will proceed unless the stolen scepter is found and returned to Winter. And Mab will not believe Meghan about the IronFey, because she is half human, she is able to lie. And Ash is never around while Meghan needs him to back her up. So, she's left to her own devices until some old friends show up to help her out. They have to race against time in order to prevent the war and keep their numbers high so they can fight the army of the new Iron King.
I can't tell you anymore as I don't want to give the ending away. Don't cheat. But I can't see how the next book will start. All I can say is I did not see that ending coming at all. Never in a million years. I was happy and sad. And very confused. Any way, can't wait for Iron Queen! ...more
First of all, the Divine family looks perfect from the outside. But perfection on the outside is always hiding a terrible secret on the inside and theFirst of all, the Divine family looks perfect from the outside. But perfection on the outside is always hiding a terrible secret on the inside and the Divine family is no different. Jude, the oldest Divine child is seemingly a Saint. He spends his afternoons working in the shelter with his dad, he delivers food to those in need, he's preachy, and just too good to be true. Was he always this way? We don't know. We don't know what he was like before this terrible thing happened to him and his friend Daniel disappeared. Before Daniel left, they had been best of friends, but afterwards, he hated Daniel and wanted everyone in the family to hate him, especially Grace, his sister a year younger than him.
Grace is also saintly. Truly, these kids are too good to be true, but we get to hear into Grace's mind because she'd like to do some normal teenage things. And she notices when things are bad between her parents because her mother does what she calls "OCD cleaning", scrubbing and cleaning until her hands are raw and the house is spotless. And Daniel comes back and Grace can't stay away from him. Jude pleads with her, but she's drawn to him and despite heroic acts and other good deeds, Grace and her father are the only ones that believe in him, until Grace finds out what happened that night. After that, she stays away from Daniel.
She can't believe her father would allow him near her. She wrestles with her faith, there is a lot of Christianity in there about grace and forgiveness so if that bothers you, skip the book. It wasn't really preachy, maybe about forgiveness, but I hate preachy books and it didn't bother me at all.
There are other characters in the book that aren't developed at all, but just side dishes. Amy is Grace's best friend and after years of mooning over Jude from afar all of a sudden she goes up and talks to him and he talks to her and they become an item. Grace is really shocked because she had no idea that Jude was interested in her. But Amy only has a few line in the story after that. Grace's mom could be interesting as she scrubs and cooks to compensate for a fight she and her husband had and then something her husband is blamed for, but other than discipline and helplessness, she doesn't do anything. Dad is a character at least I can understand at all. He leaves everything for Grace to figure out when knowing would have been helpful.
And there's Don, a man that hangs around the parish and works at the market who Mr. Divine is constantly bailing out of trouble because he brings a knife to work. He's not too hard to figure out, but I didn't put it all together until the very end.
I think the book was a little choppy even though there were titles about what time of day or day of week it was. It just didn't flow smoothly but, by the ending of the book is so unexpected, I couldn't put the book down at that point. I had no idea what was going to happen and since the next book comes out in December, it's already on my preorder list. I think as the writer gains more experience the writing will flow easier and hopefully we will understand the other characters better.
If you don't mind a little scripture with your reading, you will like this book. It definitely has a lot about forgiveness in it, which we could all use a little more of and really it relates to the story since the father is a preacher.One thing I forgot to say in my review. I didn't feel the chemistry in the romance. The male character was so flat and underdeveloped, he said the right words, but I just didn't feel them. And she was so undecided about him that it was hard to believe she felt anything for him. Maybe the romance aspect was played down, but it was a critical part to the story and I didn't feel it.
I know my review is critical of the story, but I did actually enjoy it. I'm just letting you know all the flaws I saw. So maybe I should tell you all the good things I read. A lot of unpredictable twists and turns. A very different take on a typical story line. High school hasn't changed. There are the usual characters there. There are some really good deeds going on like helping at shelters, donating old clothes, delivering food to the needy. And that lesson on forgiveness. The internal struggle that Grace has with herself about the right thing to do versus what she wants. And the trouble with family secrets. I've experienced that one first hand and the secrets hurt much more than the truth.
So there are a lot of reasons to read this book. It's complicated and maybe that's why it didn't flow. There is so much to think about. When I read this, I thought I just read this for enjoyment, but I guess I picked up a lot to think about. Especially why forgiveness is so hard. If you struggle with that read this book.
This was an E-book ARC I got from Net-Galley. I am not being compensated in any way for my review.
The release date for this book is September 13, 201This was an E-book ARC I got from Net-Galley. I am not being compensated in any way for my review.
The release date for this book is September 13, 2010.
This book is definitely not for a younger group. There is a lot of talk about sex and profanity in it and it addresses some issues that younger aged 12 and under might be better off waiting to read about until they are older.
It's high school, the usual scene, the teen queen and her honey bees are around her. The story is told from CG's point of view. CG has just moved there and for some unknown reason, the Queen Bee has graced her with recognition. Her father is CG's father's boss. All of a sudden, CG decides to become this new person so she can stay with the honey bees that hover around the Queen Bee. She becomes this rebel that never turns down a dare, has done anything they've ever thought about, and doesn't think about anything, but staying in that group. She doesn't care what she has to do to stay there. She doesn't realize at the top that they aren't her friends, they're just the top. Then, she finally takes a look at them and realizes their lives for being so popular and monyed aren't as perfect as she thought they were and the boy who looked so golden isn't at all.
This is a typical high school wanna be popular book, but with a twist. CG doesn't have sex with the football team. She doesn't kiss ass to the cool crowd. She doesn't even ingratiate herself to the Queen bee. She builds herself up quickly as the bad girl, the rebel, the daredevil with the Queen Bee and her honey bees. I've never seen the rebel be the one that fit in with the Queen. Her clothes look like they come from secondhand stores, her shoes are Payless, and her back pack is from Good Will. But with each lie she tells she goes up a notch in the groups eyes until they rename themselves, The Four Tops. She shops with them in stores where they buy expensive clothes and she buys nothing, but it doesn't bother her in the least. They live in mansions, she lives in a townhouse the company CG's father's company set them up in. She acts like none of it bothers her and it doesn't. She's not label conscious and doesn't care about money, but she does want to be popular.
CG does some unthinkable things, as do her other "tops" and it's hard to imagine how she's going to make the mess she's made go away and keep her position in the Four Tops. Is it even possible? Does she even want it? She has to figure out who CG is before she can come clean. But will she?
I have to leave it like that though since it's predictable, you probably know what happens. There are some good lessons to be learned from her story. Not all honey bees are happy there. Sometimes the nerds are happier than the queen bees. And being yourself today doesn't mean you have to be that same person tomorrow. You don't have to have everything figured out in high school. You shouldn't. You're ever evolving.
I thought it was a good book. It was a quick easy read. Even at just 300 pages I read it in a few hours. The writing flows and the chapters don't break up the story. It touched on bulimia, slightly on alcoholism, teen sex, teacher/student relationships and as I said there was some profanity in it. It wasn't quite as light hearted as the cover makes it seem, but CG has her funny moments when she's talking in her head. I'd recommend this for 14 and up. I definitely think teen girls will identify with CG and see some part of themselves in her predicament.
Huh. That was my first reaction when I finished Bleeding Violet. The book was manic, much like the main character Hanna was. But when I thought aboutHuh. That was my first reaction when I finished Bleeding Violet. The book was manic, much like the main character Hanna was. But when I thought about it, the whole town was manic. They lived normal lives with monsters around and people disappearing all the time. I'd move as far from there as I possibly could, but people stayed. People even moved to the town to live there!
Hanna's father died and she is living with her Aunt Ulla who wants to send her to a mental ward every time Hanna does something the least bit out of the ordinary. She has bipolar disorder but "I prefer manic-depressive"..."It's much more explicit, don't you think? More honest?" she tells her mother, Rosalee. Hanna takes her pills on and off sporadically, which doesn't work. I have a problem with this because I have bipolar disorder and portraying it as simple as taking a pill for a couple of days and then not taking them, really simplifies the disease. (Off soapbox) But the book is not about being having manic depressive disorder. The whole town is manic depressive. I didn't see anything happy there and everything was manic. I kept thinking at the end that maybe this all took place in Hanna's mind, but there was no indication that it did.
After Aunt Ulla threatens to lock her away forever, Hanna runs away to her mother who she's never met. Her mother isn't accepting of her and neither are the kids at school because she's a transy, someone who just moved there and hadn't seen anything real. She has to prove herself to both her mother and the kids at school so she can stay. The kids prove easier than her mother.
Despite her altering manic and depressive moods, Hanna is surprisingly lucid as to what to do if you can call talking to her dead father's ghost she can see, a carved wooden swan, and a silver swan lucid. She talks to all these things to help her make decisions, save her life, and almost talk her into death.
Hanna's impulsiveness gets her into trouble more than once and the last time is the worst yet best. It proves to be the one thing that determines whether she can stay with her mother or sent back to Aunt Ulla.
It is truly one of the most bizarre books I've ever read and when I read it again, I'm sure I'll see something new in it and have a different perspective.
This is definitely for an older crowd. Suicide and sex are prevalent throughout the book as well as death. They are treated lightly instead of with the attention they deserve. But for the town of Portero, death is such an everyday occurrence, they are desensitized to it. Maybe the author is trying to make a statement there. Or maybe she isn't trying to make any statement at all. ...more
The 10thAnniversary edition of Cut includes a brand-new afterword from author Patricia McCormick, an author Q&A, and added resources.
I've reviewedThe 10thAnniversary edition of Cut includes a brand-new afterword from author Patricia McCormick, an author Q&A, and added resources.
I've reviewed Cut before but I reread it with a fresh mind after having read so many novels that deal with tough issues like mental health, suicide and depression. Cut, is particularly painful in both senses of the word. Something about cutting makes me feel weak and a little faint. I look at my wrists and the thin pale skin there and the blue veins there and know how easy it would be to hurt myself there. But that's not cutting. Cutting is something totally different. Cutting is self injury and is something the injurer is ashamed of and embarrassed about. They wear long sleeves to cover up what they've done, to hide their scars. So why do they do it? For each person it's different. But without help, it will get progressively more self destructive and could be life threatening. Cutting is a way to relieve the emotional pain the person feels inside, a way to release it when they have no other way to get relief.
In the book, Callie is a runner, but something has made Callie stop talking and start injuring herself. So her parents have sent her to Sea Pines for therapy and constant supervision. She has a little brother that almost died while she was watching him, he has severe asthma, but she performed CPR and saved his life. But her parents need to care for him and can't watch her, too. When she gets to Sea Pines, she's greeted by the residents who have renamed the place Sick Minds. Every girl there is there for a different problem and are in different stages of recovery. But Callie's state is particularly difficult because she gave up talking. She's stopped for so long, her vocal chords have seized up on her so that if she wanted to talk she doesn't think she can.
Most of the book is told from Callie speaking through her thoughts. She's hyper aware of everything. She sits in group therapy and talks, but only in her mind. She sits in therapy and talks, but again only in her mind. Then one day another cutter joins the group and unlike Callie, she wears sleeveless shirts and seems to wear her scars proudly, carving actual words into her arms. Callie is unnerved by her. It shakes her up when the girl seems to include her in a group of two. Callie isn't sure she wants to belong to a group with this girl. She's not sure she wants to belong to this group at all. She isn't sure she wants to stop. How will she deal if she does?
The catalyst for Callie trying to help herself, talking to her therapist finally is when her mother tells her over the phone that Sea Pines may send her home, that she has Oppositional Defiant Behavioral Disorder and that it's costing a fortune Blah Blah Blah. Or at least that's what Callie hears. She cuts herself that night and for the first time scares herself and tries to stop the bleeding. She goes to the nurses' station for help even though she'll get in trouble. And the next morning she shows up at her therapist's office before she even arrives for work. And she talks. She secures her spot at Sea Pines and slowly works through what made her start cutting. The reasons are surprising and the guilt and shame she carries is not only about the cutting but about something that occurred that she blames herself for when the fault lies with someone else. When she's taught to see it another way, she's able to begin to heal. But the temptation to cut throughout her stay at Sea Pines is ever present and she is very creative in finding things to use to cut herself with. We are left with a sense of hope at the end of the novel for Callie's recovery.
I can imagine the need Callie felt to cut herself, the desperation she felt to release her emotions. Hurting herself to do that seems so extreme yet I understand being so out of control and desperate for control. I've made no secret of my own mental health issues and those of my children and how fine a line we walk between balance and imbalance. Imbalance is unpredictable and can be the highest high or the lowest low. Instant relief would be nice, but the relief would be too temporary for what we suffer from.
A great thing about this new version of Cut is that there are new resources and Q and A's with the author. After she wrote about Sea Pines, she visited a place like it and found that she had written it pretty true. It's interesting reading.
As a person living with mental health issues it's refreshing to see any book that doesn't vilify the victim. To see what the victim is suffering, how much she wants to get better, but can't help it, doesn't really know how. It's very much like many of us that live with mental health issues. To see myself not portrayed as a burden or crazy person is encouraging. Though my issues have nothing to do with self injuring, I'm thankful that Patty McCormick wrote this from the victim's point of view. It helps to make mental health not be such a social stigma. Callie is like any girl in high school. She could be your daughter, best friend, girlfriend or sister a neighbor or even a coworker. ...more
**spoiler alert** Well, this was not what I expected. I enjoyed the book until the last seventy five pages. I liked the new werewolf Cole. He added a**spoiler alert** Well, this was not what I expected. I enjoyed the book until the last seventy five pages. I liked the new werewolf Cole. He added a little danger and excitement to the mix. But the whole book focused on Cole, Isabel, Sam and Grace. Didn't Grace want to know anything about Olivia her best friend who chose to be a werewolf? There was no mention of her at all. And what about the uber jealous Shelby who wanted Sam for herself? Where was she? It was like all the other wolves disappeared and these four with a little of Victor mixed in was there.
And then, Grace's parents. They'd been absent her whole life and all of a sudden they are so interesested in her life. There's not a real good explanation there except that she has a boyfriend. And they aren't very concerned when she's sick. Sam is more concerned. Isabel is more concerned and proactive than her parents.
And will there be a book three or is this how it ends. Sam searching for a cure and them having summers together. Or will she not even turn even during the summer.
I'm just not a big fan of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I am a fan of Steifvater. I loved the faerie books. I just wanted this to end happy I don't know how long we'll have to wait for the next one and I hate having them torn apart and Sam living on numbered days as well. And I can't stand Grace's parents. There are just so many things to hate in this book, but most especially, the end. ...more
WOW! This was such a great book! I haven't read any of Holly Black's other books. They are waiting patiently in my TBR stack. They'll be moving to theWOW! This was such a great book! I haven't read any of Holly Black's other books. They are waiting patiently in my TBR stack. They'll be moving to the top. But the ideas in this book are totally original and mind blowing.
The first page of the book, first paragraph hooks you. "I wake up barefoot, standing on cold slate tiles. Looking dizzily down. I suck in a breath of icy air. Above me are stars. Below me, the bronze statue of Colonel Wallingford makes me realize I'm seeing the quad from the peak of Smythe Hall, my dorm." Now, if a boy sleep walking climbing to the peak of a roof in the cold, obviously barefoot doesn't get your attention, I don't know what will. It sure gets the school's attention and he's suspended. They don't want the liability. They think he was trying to kill himself, though he is the one that called for help.
That's how we meet Cassel Sharpe on the roof of his dorm trying to figure out how to get down without calling for help. He comes from a family of workers, though he himself is not a worker. Workers are people with talents that vary from being able to give people luck to killing them with a simple touch of their fingers. That's why everyone wears gloves. Cassel is trying to fit in, yet he doesn't know how to be normal, so he does what he sees other people do. Except he had to run the con. He's a bookie. But that seems to make him more popular than not.
Cassel's family is and odd assortment of characters. His oldest brother Phillip is married and has a son. He thinks Phillip is a body worker, a touch of a bare finger can break something and knows he works for one of the biggest crime families on the East coast. Eventually most of the workers do end up working for the crime families because no one else wants them. Cassel's father is dead. If it was mentioned how, I don't remember. His mother is in jail for working a millionaire, making him believe he loved her and giving her thousands of dollars. She got caught but her case is up for appeal. His middle brother Barron is a memory worker and is going to Law school at Princeton. And his Granddad lives in Carney. He was a deathworker. One touch from him and you're dead. But, there are repercussions from curse work. Something called blowback, sort of like instant karma, and Granddad's fingers are almost all dead, blackened and rotted. But his gloves hide it.
Cassel and his Granddad , after Cassel is suspended, go to his family home and clean it out. It sounds like the worst case of Hoarders from t.v. Apparently nothing has ever been thrown away. It takes days to clean everything out. In the meantime, Cassel is still sleep walking and seeing a white cat in all his dreams. The same one that is living in the barn behind his house. Cassel starts to mistrust his brothers but doesn't know which one is using him and begins to doubt himself and his memories. He still dreams and thinks the white cat has something to do with his sleep walking. He is haunted by the grin he had on his face when he killed Lila. Then he visits Barron's apartment and sees all the reminders of his memories, the blowback from memory work is losing your own memories. Cassel gets charms against losing his memory, just in case and puts them someplace they aren't easily discovered. When he begins to unravel the truth he finds out the horror of what's been really going on. He also finds he actually has friends he can count on when he needs them. He has to work with them to pull the biggest con yet. But the final pages tell the real truth about the con.
The story is told in first person from Cassel's point of view. He's so likable and tragic. I just wanted to hold him, as a mom, and tell him everything would be okay, that all was forgiven. His mom, though she really seems to love him, doesn't seem to be that type. She gives him a gift he'd rather not have. It's heartbreaking when he finds out. She belongs in jail in my opinion.
Phillip and Barron are thoroughly unlikable. They are detestable. You don't know much about them, except Phillip is working his own wife. Enough said. I don't know how or why, but Cassel overhears his Granddad and Phillip talking about it. Granddad is the only one that seems to have Cassel's best interest at heart, but he's only partly in on things so he can only help so far. And Cassel is so confused, he doesn't know who to trust.
It is a great read, maybe a little slow in the beginning, but once it speeds up, you won't be able to put it down. The world Holly Black created of Curse Workers is so creative, the idea that everyone has to wear gloves and there's legislation being put to vote that everyone has to be tested to see if they are a worker, but the government won't use the information. Even we know that isn't true. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
This was a great adaption of the Beauty and the Beast. It was told from the Beast's point of view and had some interesting plot twists to it. It was hThis was a great adaption of the Beauty and the Beast. It was told from the Beast's point of view and had some interesting plot twists to it. It was humorous, heartbreaking and fast paced. The trasformation of the ego centric main character Kyle Kingsbury, Prince of Tuttle Private School to Adrian the kind hearted beast was slow going, but it did happen and not just with the help of a girl.
The beginning starts with the choosing of Prince and Princess of the last dance of the school year. Of course Kyle knows he'll win. But a girl in the back of the room pipes up that it is utterly preposterous that they are voting on someone just because of their looks and people should be judged by what's inside. Kyle doesn't know this girl but thinks she's extremely ugly and vows to get even with her. At P.E. he ask her to the dance knowing full well he already has a dance with the hottest girl in school. He shows up at the dance with his date and they all make fun of her. One faux pas, he brought the wrong type of corsage for his date so he gave it to the ticket taker at the front, she seemed to think it was beautiful.
Later that night, he finds out the girl he tricked was a witch and she turns him into a beast. She tells him he must find a girl that he loves that loves him that will kiss him to break the curse. There are some other things attached, but I don't want to spoil it. His father is a news anchorman and is rarely home, but he takes time off to visit specialist around the country to see if they can help Kyle. They all say the same thing, "No." Eventually, he moves Kyle to a Brownstone in Brooklyn with five stories and an 8 foot tall fence. He doesn't move in with him. He doesn't want to be seen with Kyle. Kyle realizes this and makes some demands threatening to go to the news if his father doesn't follow through.
Soon Kyle has a blind tutor and a computer with the internet. He joins an internet support group for people that have been transformed and meets some of the familiars, the Frog Prince, The Bear in Snow White and Rose Red, and The Little Mermaid who is considering giving up her fins. They instant message during support group time, it's sort of funny especially since "Froggie can't type very well or fast." Kyle convinces his tutor that a witch turned him into this beast and finely, after feeling his hair, he believes him. They study daily and one day, the tutor, Will, brings home rose bushes and all the things it takes to grow them. Kyle, at first stung by the roses as they remind him of the dance is shocked, but helps plant them and soon takes over the care of them. He later builds a green house of glass so he can enjoy them all year long.
One night he hears someone breaking the glass of his greenhouse and finds a man coming in to steal from him. It's the same story, bring your daughter to me in one week or I'll turn you in to the police. But, Kyle, who calls himself Adrian now has video cameras with tapes to prove the break in and he knows who the man's daughter is and knows she'd be better off without her father. He spends the week decorating her bedroom, buying out the bookstores and clothing stores and painting and wall papering. But Lindy hates him for keeping her prisoner and won't even take meals with him, his tutor and maid. But one night she brings her dishes down and Adrian is in the lounge where the t.v. is. She gets her first shadowy look and him and doesn't go running. The next day she comes down in daylight and soon a friendship begins.
Lindy's father is not the kind of father Beauty had and not one that deserves the love Lindy gave him. Adrian truly transforms and asks for gifts for his friends instead of himself even if the curse isn't lifted. He is resigned to the fact that he will always be a beast. But he accepts his fate and is content with it knowing he is better inside than he was as Kyle Kingsbury. It's a great story and I never felt like I was reading Beauty and the Beast. It's completely contemporary and feels very genuine except for the witch and the enchantment.
I really enjoyed it and read it in just a few hours. I suggest it for anyone that loves the classic fairy tales or wants a simply enjoyable read. There was some slightly suggestive remarks in the beginning but that was it.
Okay, first I'll tell you what I didn't like about this book. LISSA. Could she have been anymore pathetic and weak? Every time they said her name I thOkay, first I'll tell you what I didn't like about this book. LISSA. Could she have been anymore pathetic and weak? Every time they said her name I thought of a limp lifeless runway model. I didn't know why the author didn't just have Rose carry her everywhere. Okay, she did lose her family in a horrible car crash and almost lost Rose. That was awful, but it was also well over two years ago. Seek therapy if you're still that lifeless. She is so obviously depressed and Rose should know that through their connection. Now I did like the fact that she didn't jump right back into the politics and phoniness of the royals. So I'll give her some points for that. But it just seemed like she was always depressed and worried or anxious and because of the connection between her and Rose, it got to Rose, too.
Now Rose, on the otherhand was truly a strong female protagonist. She took her punishment like a man. She was snarky and bold. She held her head up even when everyone was laughing at her and whispering behind her back and she took her job as Lissa's guardian seriously. She listened in through her connection to her moods and was a huge help to her when she was down. She saved her life on more than one occasion and she put her party hard and play hard life behind her for the sake of keeping her best friend safe.
The story begins with Lissa feeding off of Rose. Apparently this is a big no-no in the Dhampir/Moroi society.
They have been absent from the school for two years, on the run for some reason we don't know until much later in the book. Rose looks out the window while Lissa is in the kitchen fixing food for her when she sees a man obviously watching her and she knows this is it. The school has found them. Why are they so important? Lissa is a Moroi princess, the last in her bloodline. Rose is too weak after having her blood taken to run fast enough to get away, so they are caught. Back at school they never reveal the real reason they ran and the princess is not punished because Rose, as her guardian should never have let her run and should have brought her back.
The mental/emotional/ psyhic connection they have between each other is unexplainable and only known by a few people. Even less people know the powers that Lissa has. Slowly the girls are accepted back into the fold and then Mia, who seems to hate Lissa for an unknown reason, destroys Rose, even makes the stalwart Rose cry. And Lissa's plan to get her back is to slowly get back into the royals good graces and control the rumors about Rose. In the meantime, Rose is enduring solitary confinement in her room and harsh training sessions with the gorgeous Dimitri.
Tensions build slowly until Lissa and Rose have a fight and are no longing speaking to each other. Rose is miserable and Lissa appears to be as well. Rose has been doing research on St.Vladimir, the saint that the academy is named after. She was actually listening to the priest when he mentioned the saint and "the shadow kissed Anna" who went everywhere with him and helped him stay sane as he healed the sick. They had the same type of bond that Lissa and Rose have and she tried to figure out what Shadow Kissed means. Then a frightening vision brings Rose to Dimitri and the head of the Academy to save Lissa.
The story line was a little slow for me in parts and of course the ending left lots of loose threads because this is a series. It was tidy, but the conniving little Mia is still out there gathering information on Lissa from somewhere, privy to secrets she shouldn't have. And anyone could go Stigori at any time, even Lissa.
I'm not dying to read the next book, but I probably will just to see if Lissa gets a steel rod implanted in her back so she doesn't have to have Rose hold her up all the time.
Definitely for older teens as there is some sexual content in it. I'm assuming that's why the whole series was banned. I'm sure what happened in the book is tame to some of what's happening in that school district. But, again, if the kids want to read it, they'll get their hands on it one way or another. Banning it only makes it more tantalizing.
This is the first mystery in the Faye Longchamp mystery series. I reviewed number six in the series earlier in the year and though I wasn't lost, I waThis is the first mystery in the Faye Longchamp mystery series. I reviewed number six in the series earlier in the year and though I wasn't lost, I was interested enough in the relationships, especially Faye's husband Joe Wolf Mantooth to find out more about the series. It took awhile for my library to dig up some of the books, but this one was so great it had me wishing I was home. There were all the elements of a mystery, murder, many suspects, doubt, subplots and looming threats to our protagonist Faye, the tax collector, the sheriff for illegal digging of artifacts, and a cat 5 hurricane, not to mention the murderer.
The story is told in third person mainly from Faye's point of view, but it depends on who is in the scene. Faye is doing something illegal, that I for one had never heard of pothunting. Apparently it's digging for historical artifacts on preserved lands or parklands and making a profit on them. Faye does it out of necessity, not that this makes it any less illegal and she has a Native American named Joe that sleeps on her land who helps her from time to time. She's desperate, subsisting on peanut butter and honey though Joe usually catches fish for dinner or squirrel or rabbit for dinner. Faye lives in her family's plantation house with no electricity or running water. It's in somewhat of a state of disrepair. And she's trying to evade the tax collector so she won't have to pay taxes on it. Her pothunting is her income and she uncovers an unlikely body, that of a 40 yr old missing girl (she finds this out after some detective work). She can't go to the police without revealing her illegal activities, but she can't help trying to figure out what happened to her. She has no job to speak of except a minimum wage job as an archaeological assistant and when that gets shut down due to murder, the murder of two the students who were helping, Faye's income dries up. Since the bodies were buried in the wet soil and subject to the humidity of the South, there is absolutely no evidence as to why they were killed or who killed them, only how.
The main characters in the story are very well written. Faye Longchamp is neither black nor white. She has a mix of Creek, Caucasian and African American blood mixed in her. She is also a desperate woman one foot ahead of the law and the tax collector. Its all she thinks about. She isn't the kind to actively seek out trouble or search out the killer on her own. She does however put two and two together a little to late, but I never saw it coming. Joe is a Native American with the skills of an ancient warrior. He's protective of Faye though there is no relationship between them other than friendship. Faye thinks he would score only borderline normal on an intelligence test but I don't think she really sees him for who he is. He doesn't know about computers or cars, but he can live off the land and keep her safe and he seems to be a giant standing six foot something. He is at home in the wilderness surrounding Joyeuse, Faye's plantation. But I think he's smarter than she's seen yet.
Magda, the professor at the university unnamed is smart too. She knows Faye doesn't live on the dump of a boat she claims to live on. And puts two and two together to figure out where the plantation is. She also wonders why Faye doesn't go back to school and works on that. She's pretty sure she knows what Faye does to supplement her income, but she doesn't call her on it, knowing Faye would never disturb a truly valuable historically significant place.
Then there's the Sheriff McKenzie. He's known Faye it seems and he doesn't suspect her of murder, but he wants to know more about Joe. Then Joe is arrested by his deputies for murders so long ago he knows Joe wasn't even born. He questions Joe anyway and finds out about the other body, the girl, and remembers who she is, asking Joe to lead him to the body. All of this is happening while a hurricane brews in the Gulf. When the sheriff finds the body gone and smelling of bleach he realizes the killer as removed her body and they head back in the boat in four foot choppy waters to land. But Joe has other plans and disables the boat and jumps overboard. He has to save Faye from the hurricane.
If you've never lived in Florida, this story might be just another story, but Mary Anna Evans does her homework. The story mentions funny names of places in Florida, Cow Ford being one. I'm from Jacksonville and that's what they used to call it because somewhere along the St. John's River they forded cows across it. Hence the name. I couldn't tell you how it got it's current name. But she knows her hurricanes too. No one will ever forget Katrina.
This is a start to a great mystery series. It doesn't have food or crocheting in the title. It's about archaeology, but you don't have to know anything about it to enjoy the series. Archaeology is just the means to get the main characters to their locations according to the last book I read which again was the 6th. Anyone who loves a good mystery with some history of Florida's panhandle thrown in will love this mystery. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series- Relics (as soon as I pick it up from the library.)...more
Whew! This was a big book. Not in number of pages. Four hundred page plus books are common enough. But the amount of information and the time coveredWhew! This was a big book. Not in number of pages. Four hundred page plus books are common enough. But the amount of information and the time covered and the discoveries and I think the depth of what Luce discovers is huge in this book. I finished this book back in June. Probably a day or two after I got it. But it's taken this long for me to settle down and understand everything I learned and read in Passion.
First, the facts. I think Lauren Kate did an excellent job keeping the reader, me, straight on exactly which Luce was which and what was going on. More importantly she let me know why it was that we as the reader had to experience this book to get to the final chapter in Daniel and Luce's story. I love Lauren Kate's style of storytelling. It's easy to read. Not gussied, (yes gussied) up with a lot of unnecessary prose. It's enough to tell us where the characters are and enough to lend us a sense of time, place, and mood.
We know from Torment that Luce is traveling back in time through the Announcers to her past lives to know her story. But she discovers a lot more than that. And Luce finally is independent of Daniel in this one. She's practically running through time, not even knowing where she's going as she knows nothing of her past and Daniel knows that their meeting each other in the past could mess things up in the future which he wants to prevent. So he's running headlong after her, but he doesn't want to meet her either. Imagine the past and all the things she could run into and find herself in dire straits. Not to mention that others are searching for her through the Announcers. Wars, plagues, famine, she could even land in the middle of an ocean or on the Titanic. She really has no way of knowing where she'll end up. It's a kind of stupid, half thought out Luce move, but considering what happened at the end of Torment, I'd be right there with her. It's an interesting trip through history, I have no idea how historically accurate it is, but it is meticulous as far as Daniel and Luce's story goes.
We see their story through Luce's eyes, but also from Daniel's eyes. And we find out a terrifying plan at the end that sets up the last book in the Fallen series called Rapture. I can't tell if there will be an HEA for Daniel and Luce or not. I'll be disappointed if they don't get one. When I Wikied Rapture for the biblical term it didn't give me any clue as to how the next book is going to go so, I guess I'll have to wait. Patiently. I don't need to Wiki that one. I know I'm not good at it. Ms. Kate wouldn't you love to send me an ARC of Rapture? Fallen will probably always be my favorite because it was one of my first YA books I read. Way before I started blogging. In fact, it led me to blogging, looking for more books like it. But Passion isn't far behind. I'm awed by Lauren Kate's ability to keep such an epic story together without mixing up the facts of the story after having already written two epic books. This one, is amazing. Take your time reading it and enjoy it! ...more
I was almost afraid to read this book because I loved Fallen, Lauren Kate's first novel. There was no way she could top it. I was mistaken. If FallenI was almost afraid to read this book because I loved Fallen, Lauren Kate's first novel. There was no way she could top it. I was mistaken. If Fallen was great, then Torment was ten times that! Luce is much more grown up and starting to question why? She's pouty in the beginning but begins to grow up as she is sequestered in another school once again for her protection. The prologue is a must. Don't ever skip a prologue in a book. It often has more information than the whole book itself and this one tells you so much. If you don't read it, you won't understand what's going on, a little like Luce most of the time. After the prologue, the novel begins with Luce on a plane suspicious of the man sitting beside her. She can't wait to see Daniel and she seems to be young, innocent, and in love. When she gets off the plane, of course, Daniel is there and she feels like she is home in his arms.
They drive off in a car that was hers once in another life time, an Alpha Romero. But Luce soon starts to pout when she learns she won't be able to see Daniel while she's at the new school. In fact, she wastes several hours of their drive, not talking at all because she's angry at him. Finally they talk a little and he flies her in his arms the rest of the way to the school. It's for Nephilim kids, one parent human, one parent angel. Most of the Nephilim kids have special powers, some more interesting than others. And in Nephilim classes, Luce learns for the first time about the shadows that she's run from all her life. They can show her glimpses into her past if she can learn how to use them.
Though he's supposed to stay away from her, Daniel visits Luce, he's unable to stay away from her. But they seem to end up in fights every time as Luce questions him more and more and begins to stop taking things at face value. Like how many parents and families had to face her death and suffer the grief of her loss because of Daniel. Could he have just stayed away from her and let her lead a Daniel free life? And she's being hunted by something that keeps mistaking another student for her. Two attacks are made on the student until she finally leaves school. The only thing that saves Luce is her impulsive decision to bleach her dark hair blond.
And then there is Miles, a boy Luce could have feelings for if it weren't for her eternal love for Daniel. She gets flustered around him and finds so many great things about him. She compares him to Daniel and finds that he's more open, easy to get along with, friendly, trustworthy, etc... but he isn't Daniel and she's supposed to love Daniel. I was a little confused about why any boy would go after Luce when they knew the Daniel and Luce story. Apparently its a bed time story for any kid that knows an angel. So if you know they are fated to be together, then why try to win Luce's heart. It would just end in heart break, right? And the same for Daniel. Why bother when he waits for her lifetime after lifetime? Must be something we don't know. Maybe Luce actually has a choice in this after all. I don't know.
The end is another battle scene but it's Cam and Daniel and their group fighting against a new opponent at Luce's. Actually in the backyard at Thanksgiving. Everyone invited themselves and angels, demons and Nephilim and humans sat down together. The end is inevitable for Luce. She's been controlled by Daniel and kept in the dark by everyone and she's tired of it. She makes a choice and goes with it. And just as inevitably, Daniel makes his choice as he always will, to be with her.
Don't read the Amazon website for Torment with the questions and answers with Lauren Kate because it has what I consider spoilers for Torment. Ahh, now I've tempted you. Just don't read it. After you finish and catch your breath, read the interview with Lauren Kate. Sounds like the next book will top this one. I absolutely don't know how she wove such a tangled story together and I have no idea how she'll weave the next one together but I have complete faith in her storytelling abilities.
I know people write about character development and plot lines etc, but I just choose to read a book for pleasure. This book gave me pleasure to read it. It's all I ask of a book. Take me away from the swirl in my mind, the troubles in my life and put me in your world. And I totally was there every step of the way from Daniel's hug to flying in his arms to the battle at the end, I felt every emotion and saw everything through every one's eyes. That's a great book to me!
Okay, I'm not going to say a lot about this because everyone has reviewed it. I actually read this pretty quickly so it's easy to read. The author doeOkay, I'm not going to say a lot about this because everyone has reviewed it. I actually read this pretty quickly so it's easy to read. The author doesn't drag it down with anything unnecessary. There is a lot of action with great fight scenes and Ellie and Will kick butt a lot. Those are fun to read and it's so great to see a girl be more powerful a fighter than the boy. HA! Loved that about this book. There were some obvious things left open for the next book and I'm not sure how Ellie is going to graduate when she has zero time to study. I wasn't impressed with the romance part of it. Hoping that part will get better in the next book. And I felt like I didn't know Will at all. He only revealed something personal about himself once and that was it. I felt a little cheated. On the other hand, I feel like I know Ellie really well and thought she took her being a reaper fairly well. Of course, she did have the memories that were coming back to her.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I thought the writing was great, the plot is good and despite it being a totally new world to me, the author introduced it slowly, explaining each new level of reaper, it's powers and strength. I never felt lost in the fight scenes. I always knew what Ellie and Will were fighting and why and what to expect. The author did such an excellent job of introducing this new world without information dumping. Other authors could take lessons from her. The ending was satisfying as you know there are another two books on the way, but there are no cliffhangers. I think this was an excellent start to a series with a whole new type of paranormal monsters!