I loved the Evernight series by Claudia Gray, so when I saw that Balthazar, a companion novel to the series, was coming out, I was super excited! NotI loved the Evernight series by Claudia Gray, so when I saw that Balthazar, a companion novel to the series, was coming out, I was super excited! Not only because I wanted more of the awesome world of vampires and wraiths that Claudia Gray created, but because Balthazar was one of my favorite characters in the Evernight series! It was clear in Evernight that Bianca and Lucas were meant to be together, but that didn't stop me from feeling bad for Balthazar and wanting him to have an awesome love story of his own. And in Balthazar, that's exactly what he gets!
The Evernight series was told first person from Bianca's point of view, and Balthazar is different in that it is told third person alternating from Bathazar and Skye's point of views. I loved this because I felt like as a reader I was able to understand their relationship more fully. I also enjoyed Skye's character, and am glad I "got to know her" in this book! She's spunky, smart, and relatable. She's an average teen thrown into a crazy situation, and I like how despite how she's in the midst of a vampire crisis, she's still relatable on a teenage level.
Now, moving onto Balthazar! W-o-w! I love him even MORE after reading this book! I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who are going to read the book, but we learn so much about Balthazar's history, delving deeper into his life before becoming a vampire and the years between his becoming a vampire and going to Evernight. I also loved reading his present day sections, where the reader gets to see him fall for Skye!
For those of you who are also huge Evernight fans, there are cameos in Balthazar from Bianca, Lucas, and Clementine. But you should also know that Balthazar is different from Evernight, since it takes place in a normal public high school. I loved it just as much as all the other books in this awesome series, and am hoping that Claudia Gray continues to write books about the characters from the incredible world she created. ...more
Going into this book I thought it was going to be a paranormal, and I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be science fiction. I've never reGoing into this book I thought it was going to be a paranormal, and I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be science fiction. I've never read anything like Every Other Day before. Jennifer Lynn Barnes put an interesting spin onto a creature that's been a little overdone recently in YA fiction, and the originality in Every Other Day was a nice treat. The world was an alternate version of our world. Instead of Darwin discovering only evolution on his journey, he discovered preternatural creatures -- the scientific equivalent of the paranormal creatures in different mythologies.
The main character, Kali, is half-human, half-preternatural. She's spunky, daring, and adventurous, and I really enjoyed reading from her point of view. Also, since her father is a University professor of preternatural science, she was able to give good explanations to the reader about the science of the world she lived in. I also really loved the two secondary characters, Skylar and Bethany. Both of them were likable in their own ways. I wish the love story had a little bit more to it, but even so, I still found the book enjoyable.
I don't want to give anything away, but there are things that happened in the ending that took me by surprise. Every Other Day is not a predictable book, and it was nice to not know what was coming. (Even though some things that happened were really sad). I loved reading it, and highly recommend it! ...more
I loved the first book in the Time Riders series, and the second was even better! The thing that sticks out to me in these books is how well-researcheI loved the first book in the Time Riders series, and the second was even better! The thing that sticks out to me in these books is how well-researched they are. When dealing with advanced scientific technology and historic details, a lot of research is needed, and Scarrow has clearly spent a lot of time making sure to get the facts straight. Not only does he get them straight, but he explains the science in a way that the average teen will understand what's going on, while also managing to not "talk down" to his readers.
Along with the science of the time travel being interesting, this book was action packed and perfectly paced! I kept turning the pages because I needed to know what was going to happen next. There was never a dull moment. I especially loved seeing how what happened in the past affected the present.
Along with being incredibly creative and attuned to the scientific details of the story, Alex Scarrow is a magnificent writer. Some of the scenes were brilliantly done, such as the ones from Broken Claw's perspective (I imagine it must be difficult to get inside the mind of a primitive lizardy caveman creature!), and the scene where he showed the progression of time and how certain objects made it from the Cretaceous Era to the present. Scenes like those make this book even more unique than it already is, and also made me think about time and evolution and all that fun stuff.
I love the characters as well. Liam is such a good-hearted boy, and Maddy is smart and on her toes. I wish I knew more about Sal, but I'm trusting that we'll learn more about her as the series progresses. Scarrow also does a great job making their support unit -- who takes on a new identity in Day of the Predator -- a character that I connected with, too. Lastly, there was something dropped at the end that caught me totally by surprise! I'm not going to give it away, but it was a great twist :)
If you're a fan of time travel stories, then Time Riders is a must read! I can't wait to see what new adventures await the Time Riders as the series continues....more
Had to read this for school -- wasn't my kind of thing. I think the people in the target audience for this book (middle-aged/older men?) would enjoy iHad to read this for school -- wasn't my kind of thing. I think the people in the target audience for this book (middle-aged/older men?) would enjoy it. ...more
When Under the Never Sky begins, you're thrown into a high tech, enclosed mini-city called a Pod where Aria lives. Because there's not much to do in tWhen Under the Never Sky begins, you're thrown into a high tech, enclosed mini-city called a Pod where Aria lives. Because there's not much to do in the Pods, Aria's people use Smarteyes -- which reminded me of a big contact lens for one eye -- to virtually travel into "The Realms." First off, I need to say that the Realms sound so cool! Anything can happen, from underwater parties where people turn into mermaids, attending Medieval balls, to flying across mountaintops. I wish I could visit them :)
But when Aria gets into trouble, she's cast out of her Pod and sent to the Outside World, where the sky is constantly filled with Aether (super intense lightning storms) and people have gone back to more primitive forms of living. Except they're not as primitive as we first think. Some of them have special talents of their own.
Under the Never Sky is fast-paced, full of action, and also has a nice bit of romance. I like how the story is told from two points of views -- Aria's and Perry's -- so I could see and understand what was going on in the world Veronica Rossi created from opposite perspectives. And what a unique world it is! It felt like a mix of science fiction and fantasy, and I think fans of both will love this book.
Aria is a strong, likable female protagonist who will fight to stay alive even when the odds are stacked against her. Perry is a natural leader who will do anything for the people he loves. Combined, they were a great duo to read about. Another thing that made Under the Never Sky stand out was how the romance between Aria and Perry grew throughout the book. There was no "insta-love," which made their relationship realistic and believable. I also loved Cinder's character, and hope to learn more about why and how he is the way he is in the next book.
Under the Never Sky is the first in a series, and there was definitely a cliff hanger at the end that made me want to know more. I loved it and can't wait to see what happens to Aria and Perry as their adventure continues!...more
Action packed, a great love triangle (right now I'm Team Jaren :), and cool new vampire mythology -- absolutely LOVED it! And w-o-w at the cliffhangerAction packed, a great love triangle (right now I'm Team Jaren :), and cool new vampire mythology -- absolutely LOVED it! And w-o-w at the cliffhanger .... can't wait to see what happens in book 2! ...more
DARK SEEKER by Taryn Browning is a fun, fast-paced read with a whole new breed of vampires and one of the hottest guys to hit YA fiction.
I absolutelyDARK SEEKER by Taryn Browning is a fun, fast-paced read with a whole new breed of vampires and one of the hottest guys to hit YA fiction.
I absolutely love the world Taryn Browning created. Seekers hunt vampires, but this isn't the sort of mythology you're used to. Browning added a whole new spin onto it, but I don't want to give anything away. Let's just say that her new breed of vampires will take the species to a new level. I also loved the way she incorporated Native American lore into the story, by relating it to the Seekers.
Speaking of our Seeker, the protagonist Janie is a great character who will be a fabulous role-model for teenagers. She's strong, spunky, and isn't afraid to say what's on her mind. She's also a great vampire hunter. Taryn Browning excels at writing fight scenes, and when Janie is battling vampires you'll feel like you're right there beside her, rooting her on to win. Janie doesn't do everything alone though -- her mom Isabelle and her mom's boyfriend Abram serve as excellent mentors throughout the book.
I saved the best for last …. KAI! I loved Kai. He is … well, I'm not going to give away what he is, because that would spoil the story for you, but he is HOT! However, it's not only his looks that make him appealing, but his personality as well. He and Janie have some fabulous witty banter, but you'll also get to see a deeper side of him when Taryn gives you a few glimpses of what's going on from his point of view. His love story with Janie is sweet, and will also leave you wanting more.
DARK SEEKER was a fantastic debut novel, and one that I highly recommend. I can't wait to read the rest of the SEEKER series to see what Browning has in store for us! ...more
I loved Incarnate by Jodi Meadows! I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book -- all I knew was that reincarnation was involved, and in a way II loved Incarnate by Jodi Meadows! I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book -- all I knew was that reincarnation was involved, and in a way I'd never seen it before. It seemed like something I would like, and I was right. Jodi Meadows created a beautiful fantasy world, where for thousands of years, a million people have been reincarnated over and over again. I had lots of questions about why this happened, some that were answered in Incarnate, and some that were not. I'm excited to learn more about the mythology of the world as the series progresses.
I loved the romance between the two main characters, Ana and Sam. From the summary it was clear that Ana was a new soul, meaning she was a teenager, and Sam has been reincarnated for thousands of years, meaning he's a lot older than her, so at first I was worried that their relationship might come across as wrong because of their age gap. Luckily this wasn't the case. The author made it clear that even though the souls are reincarnated, body chemistry and age also contribute to how a person acts and behaves. Also, Ana and Sam were so perfect together that their age gap was easy to overcome. Their relationship grew throughout the book, which I liked.
Ana is a likable, relatable character who I found myself rooting for throughout the whole book. She's unsure of herself, but strong and determined at the same time. I'm excited to read more about her and the world Jodi Meadows created in the next book in the series. Also, there was a masquerade scene in this book, and it was done beautifully! So enchanting and magical. It was my favorite scene in the story. Incarnate is definitely a book I recommend picking up when it comes out in 2012. ...more
I had no idea what to expect when I started reading Dark Eden. I ended up really enjoying it! The main character, Will Besting, goes to Fort Eden withI had no idea what to expect when I started reading Dark Eden. I ended up really enjoying it! The main character, Will Besting, goes to Fort Eden with six other teenagers who all suffer from different fears. Their fears all all extreme (I would consider them to be phobias), and apparently they can be "cured" at Fort Eden.
It's interesting discovering what each of the six kids fear, and why the fear began in the first place. I liked seeing the characters develop as the book continued. The book did start off a bit slower than I would have liked -- Will isolated himself a lot, which didn't provide much dialogue -- but this worked for the plot, and I understand why the author had to do that for the story to work. I liked how everything going on at Fort Eden was a huge master plan that we don't find out the reasons behind until the end.
And the end ... I really wasn't expecting it! I don't want to give anything away, but there's a big psychological twist that I loved, and the ending was cool. It was the type of ending that left me thinking about the book after I'd finished reading -- thinking about how far people will go to get what they want, despite the consequences.
I definitely recommend picking up Dark Eden when it comes out in November. There's also going to be an app that goes with the book (Or that you can use instead of reading? Not sure how it will work) so I'm curious to hear people's opinions of the app once it's released. ...more
This was the first cozy mystery I've ever read, and I'm so glad I did. Kari's writing is fun and fresh, and the main character, Sunny, is so quirky anThis was the first cozy mystery I've ever read, and I'm so glad I did. Kari's writing is fun and fresh, and the main character, Sunny, is so quirky and lovable! Really just trying to get out there and make it on her own when she's thrown into something she never expected. With a hot detective, too! ;) There's some fabulous banter between the two of them that I positively loved. I also love the paranormal elements. All in all, this is an excellent story that I highly recommend!...more