I will probably read the rest of the series because that's just how I am, but this was no Twilight for me. Beautiful high school senior, Elena GilbertI will probably read the rest of the series because that's just how I am, but this was no Twilight for me. Beautiful high school senior, Elena Gilbert, finds herself drawn to the mysterious Stefan Salvator, but he seems determined to ignore her. Tortured by his vampiric past, Stefan hopes to find his place in the small town of Fell's Church, but the irresistable Elena and a string of mysterious deaths seem to be making that impossible. Is he responsible for the brutal attacks, or has a darker force invaded the sleepy town. Elena seems destined to end up with a vampire, but will it be the gentle Stephen or the dangerously sexy Damon. Stefan's older brother is obsessed with two things: getting revenge on his younger brother and making Elena his "Queen of Darkness."
I felt that the author of this book was rushing to publish in time for the newest vampire craze. It wasn't particulary believable, and several of the characters were just not developed well. Plus, I just don't do well with voluntary blood donation as a way to be intimate with one's boyfriend. There's a reason that was left out of the show (WHICH I LOVE). I would still recommend this to teen readers that really like the vampire romance novels. It was a fun "candy read" if I simply took it for what it is and pictured Ian Somerhalder as Damon!...more
Nora, seemingly normal teenage girl, has a new lab partner. He's dark, brooding, and dangerous, but they seem to have a connection that can't be ignorNora, seemingly normal teenage girl, has a new lab partner. He's dark, brooding, and dangerous, but they seem to have a connection that can't be ignored. Patch is a fallen angel- a bad guy, right? Will he be Nora's savior or destroyer?
I fell in love with the characters toward the end of this book, but Patch wasn't completely real to me until then. He remained so mysterious until the very end that I couldn't tell exactly how he felt about Nora. I would definately recommend this book to fantasy and romance lovers. This had a darker feel to it than many others of the same genre. It is difficult to fall in love with a romance when you don't know if the guy is really a murderous stalker! ...more
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate follows twelve-year-old Callie through the beginning of her "finding herself" period of life. As a girl at the turn ofThe Evolution of Calpurnia Tate follows twelve-year-old Callie through the beginning of her "finding herself" period of life. As a girl at the turn of the twentieth century, she struggles against a life of cooking and cleaning and sewing in order to pursue her passion for knowledge. She and her grandfather, the naturalist, study Darwin's theory of evolution as it relates to the world around them as the reader witnesses Callie's own evolution into a young woman with dreams for a fulfilling future. Callie's voice is delightful throughout the novel. Precocious and quirky, she assists her grandfather in scientific experiments while remaining the doll of her brothers. I would recommend this novel to girls in grades 4-10 that share my view of housework (HATE IT!). Seriously, many girls today do not understand how important it is that we have choices in our lives. This is a fun read, but it also carries the powerful message that we can be anything we want to be, regardless of gender. ...more
The world has gone to *#$@ in a hand-basket. Childish antics and individuality are no longer tolerated in this stuffy, totalitarian, adult-centered woThe world has gone to *#$@ in a hand-basket. Childish antics and individuality are no longer tolerated in this stuffy, totalitarian, adult-centered world. Children are being rounded up in droves and carted off to concentration camp-like prisons, never to be seen again. It's up to Whit and Wisty, teen siblings from a seemingly normal family, to save society from itself. Of course, first they have to bust out of prison and develop their magical powers.
Overall, I don't believe that this is the best book that Patterson has ever written. Wisty's character was delightful with her can-do, so-get-out-of-my-way attitude. The absence of helpful adults in society bothered me. I didn't feel that Patterson made the dictatorship take-over of society completely believable. It was still an enjoyable read, though. I would recommend this to young adult readers that enjoy fantasy. Anyone that likes Harry Potter, especially the later titles in the series, would enjoy this....more
In this second installment of the Mercy Falls werewolves, Grace and Sam finally get the chance to be together as a "human" couple. But, life is not alIn this second installment of the Mercy Falls werewolves, Grace and Sam finally get the chance to be together as a "human" couple. But, life is not all hearts and flowers for the pair. In the absence of Beck, Sam must deal with new members of the pack as well as his own issues of a man with a new future. Impending doom also lurks as Grace becomes sick with symptoms that seem a little too similar to the plight of the wolves. Will Sam and Grace finally be able to look forward to a future together, or is fate still working to tear them apart?
I would have given this book 5 stars, but the ending drove me nuts! I can't tell what happened because it would spoil it for everyone else, but let's just say I didn't expect it! Mrs. Stiefvater does a phenomenal job crafting powerful imagery and language. The words flow like song lyrics across the pages. I love the shifts she makes in points of view. Each character becomes real and complex....more