Well, I liked it as I am fan of the series but it is sort of feeling like when a TV series has explored every option and you are getting bored but lov...moreWell, I liked it as I am fan of the series but it is sort of feeling like when a TV series has explored every option and you are getting bored but love the characters so much so you keep watching. There were some really great moments in the book especially the romance between Stark and Zoey, and even Stevie Rae and Raephim. I wanted to cheer when Nyx finally made her appearance but much of the book seemed to be treading water and forshadowing the big ending. I found my self continually thinking "Get On with it". I will probably continue reading this series as I loved the first books so much and enjoy reading about the characters I have come to love but I have found the last couple of books to be dragging. By the end of the book, It seems like nothing really was resolved and it just continues... I wanted to like the book more than I did. My advice is to read it if you are a fan of the series and if you aren't, definitely don't start with this book. I would start with one of the earlier books like Marked or Betrayed. The other thing that has really been missing in the last couple of books is the whole premise behind the series being the "house of Night" school. Suddenly it's more deep existential about the struggle with dark and light which I get but it is taking away from everything I liked about the first books in this series.(less)
Wow!! I can't wait for the Iron Knight! I just love this series and highly anticipate all the coming books. This books is the best by far and I really...moreWow!! I can't wait for the Iron Knight! I just love this series and highly anticipate all the coming books. This books is the best by far and I really enjoyed the first two. This book continues the story of Meghan Chase and Ash. It picks up just as the last book ends. Meghan is going home to try to live a normal life with Ash. But she soon realizes that the false Iron King will not let her live in peace. So Meghan and Ash seek safety with Leanansidhe the exile queen who also holds Meghan's stepfather. On the way, Puck appears having been exiled himself because he followed Meghan without Oberon's consent. So the three begin to train Meghan to use a sword so that she won't be so vulnerable. During this time the false king is fighting the Summer and Winter Courts and taking over the Wyldwood. The Courts send an envoy to seek Meghan to fight the Iron King because she is the only one who can enter the Iron realm and not become sick. So the quest to save all of Faery begins.
The best part of this book is seeing Ash's softer side. I always had a thing for him but after being exiled Ash has no reason to lie about his feelings for Meghan. There are some swoon worthy scenes between Meghan and Ash as they become closer and Ash pledges to become her Knight. Puck is funny and always by Meghan's side as her best friend. This book left me anxious for More! More of Ash and Meghan! More of the Iron Queen! More of Puck! More of Nevernever!(less)
Hex Hall is one one those books that you pick up and it just draws you immediately into the story. Sophie has moved around most of her life with the k...moreHex Hall is one one those books that you pick up and it just draws you immediately into the story. Sophie has moved around most of her life with the knowledge that she is a witch. The story opens as Sophie tries to do a love spell to help a girl who is crying at the prom. As with most of Sophie's spells this one blows up in her face. She is sentenced to the juvenille hall for Prodigium(fairies, witches, and shifters)which is nicknamed Hex Hall. She immediately finds out that is rooming with the only vampire on campus and almost gets attacked by a shifter. She also meets her crush Archer Cross.
Archer Cross is the crush-worthy student who is already dating the most phenominal girl on campus, Elodie. Elodie, Chaston, and Anna are the most powerful Dark witches on campus and want Sophie to join their coven only Sophie has having never grown up around magic is frightened of their power and doesn't. To get back at her Elodie pulls a Queen Bee move and gets Sophie on Cellar Duty for the semester. However, Archer defends Sophie and ends up sharing the cellar duty with her. Cellar duty is purely a redundant crazy cataloging magical items that move themselves each night making Archer and Sophie start over each time. Mostly, Archer and Sophie became friends and Sophie's crush grows.
But, romance aside, something dark and sinister is happening at Hex Hall. Last year, a girl was murdered and found with punture wounds on her neck and slit wrists with her blood drained. Next other students are attacked the mystery deepens. Everyone wants to blame Sophie's best friend and vampire roommate, Jenna. So Sophie sets out to find out who is behind the attacks.
Hex Hall jumps into the supernatural by creating a school for those who risk exposing the secret of their exsistance to the world. Sophie and Archer's chemistry sparkles and the characters are well rounded. I highly recommed the Hex Hall series.(less)
I was really excited to read this because of the premise of the mysterious boy on the beach and selkie folklore. I really enjoyed this book as a roman...moreI was really excited to read this because of the premise of the mysterious boy on the beach and selkie folklore. I really enjoyed this book as a romance and truly felt drawn to Leo. Miranda is a New York science geek who ends up on Selkie Island which is susposedly a small island off the Georgia. There is a building of mysterious folk lore about the island involving selkies, Merpeople, and evan Sea Monsters. There is a local community of people who live on the island year round in a place called the Fisherman's Village. Then, there is a community of summer "heirs" who vacation in summer homes on the 'rich' side of the island. Everyone meets up on summer's beach. Miranda is immediately thrust into a southern society she knows nothing about. She is paired with TJ who happens to be her Mom's ex boyfriend's son. But she is really attracted to Leo who she meets at Siren Beach. Leo is mysterious and a local. Miranda is helping her Mom to close up and pack her Grandmother's old house they inherited. She falls for Leo but suspects he is a merman. The one thing that frustrated me about this book is that you never really know whether he is or not. The author keeps you wondering even at the end. I like to know. There could be a sequel and if there is I will read it. All in all this was a good quick read.(less)
The Shadow Falls series begins with Born at Midnight which follows Kylie Galen whose life is falling apart. Her grandma just died, her parents are get...moreThe Shadow Falls series begins with Born at Midnight which follows Kylie Galen whose life is falling apart. Her grandma just died, her parents are getting a divorce, and she gets arrested for being underage at party serving drugs and alcohol. As a result of the arrest, her mom decides that to send her to a camp for troubled teens that her shrink recommended. But as it turns out nothing is as it seems. She finds out that she has special abilities and Shadow Falls is really a camp for Supernatural Teens. Kylie is an anamoly, not fitting into any group at the camp. She can talk to ghosts and has night visions of them. She has to learn to deal with a witch and vampire for roommates and learning about other supernatural cultures.
I am a sucker for supernatural schools and loved the story but sometimes Kylie seemed to all over the place emotionally. But because of all the revelations in her life, I can understand it. The only reason I gave this 4 instead of 5 stars was I really wish some of the mysteries could have been cleared up somewhat. The quest to find out what Kylie is drags out along with the romance between her and Derek. Lucas, who is much more sexy, is missing for much of the story so he really doesn't seem like he should be as big of a factor. I will continue reading this series and encourage anyone who likes supernatural YA to do the same.(less)
**spoiler alert** Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series. This book takes place about 6 months after the first book ends at the end of t...more**spoiler alert** Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series. This book takes place about 6 months after the first book ends at the end of the school year. After killing her great-grandmother who was a crazed demon, Sophie finds out that she is a quarter demon and that her powers actually come from being a demon and not a dark witch. Because demons can be fine for years but then lose it one day and kill everyone, Sophie has decided she wants to ask the council for removal of her powers. The removal could kill her and her father wants her to come to London and get to know her demon heritage before making a decision. Sophie agrees as long as BFF Jenna can come along. Her father also insists on bringing Cal who happens to be Sophie's betrothed.
In London, Sophie meets the council and is surprised by a couple of other demon teenagers, Daisy and Nick. Daisy and Nick can't remember who made them or where they came from. They have been living at council headquarters under protection from the EYE. Sophie's escaped demon hunter love, Archer Cross has also been seen in London. Fate puts Sophie in Archer's path where Archer actually saves her life again. Archer reveals all of his secrets and boy are they good ones. Archer shows Sophie that someone is raising demons at Hex Hall and trying to use them as weapons. Before Sophie can really tell her Dad, Archer is captured with Sophie and Daisy and Nick completely Demon out. Because the council has captured Archer, the Eye attacks Thorne Abbey where the council is staying. The second half of this book is action packed that leads up to a huge cliff hanger making me eagerly awaiting the next book.
Sophie and Archer have hot chemistry and I was glad to see her stay loyal to him. However, I found myself waiting for Cal to reveal more of his feelings for Sophie which I felt are there. It was frustrating that nothing big really happened between them. I really love Cal's character and want him to fight for her. Don't get me wrong I love Archer but something about the quiet reserved Cal makes me think their is a loyal tiger under there. I really enjoy the world that Ms. Hawkins has created and both books are easy to identify with and get into. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment!!!(less)
Ok--I originally started reading this books when I got the free sample for my nook. I was facinated by the fact that it took place in Gainesville, Flo...moreOk--I originally started reading this books when I got the free sample for my nook. I was facinated by the fact that it took place in Gainesville, Florida. As a native Orlando Floridian, It was cool to find a book set locally about the paranormal. I have to say overall I really liked the book but the second half was much better than the first. I sort of felt like there wasn't enough interplay between the main romantic interests, Samuel and Alina, for me. It was another one of those they fall madly in love without really knowing each other. While this doesn't always bother me as a storyline, I didn't feel the chemistry between them at first and feel like with the addition of a few more interactions with them it could greatly help this develop earlier in the book.
That being said I enjoyed the take on Immortal/Vampires in this book. Alina is a native Gainesville girl moving into her first apartment with her best friend and starting school at UF. She meets a gorgeous guy on the flight in, Samuel who happens to be in one of her classes. She also meets another hot guy, Duncan, who is more forward and charming. She is drawn to both but Duncan starts using her best friend as a way to be near her which of course in girl code makes him off limits. There are some parallels to other vamp favs such as Twilight and Vamp Diaries but I like to judge each book without judging the similiarities. If fan fiction bugs you, you may not like this book but I would urge you to wait until the second half.
Immortals are people who have contracted the Lamia virus which makes them heal fast, become attractive, and essentially Immortal. They do not drink blood, can eat food, go out in the sun, but the virus is passed through a bite. The worst part is that only about 1 in 10,000 people survive infection. Alina is sought out a possibility to be turned. She is also a pawn between the frenemies of Samuel and Duncan. I liked that in the end Duncan is turning out to be a bad guy which gives more credibility to the story if you ask me because I am tired of the love triangle and this offers a twisted mind play on that.
Definitely worth the read I feel and it's characters have stuck with me and have me thinking about what is coming in the next book so I feel it is definitely a 4 star. (less)
I really enjoyed Sloppy Firsts! I discovered it from friends on Good Reads and decided to give the series about Jessica Darling a try. I am so glad I...moreI really enjoyed Sloppy Firsts! I discovered it from friends on Good Reads and decided to give the series about Jessica Darling a try. I am so glad I did. Jessica gives a voice to every teen girl who feels misunderstood and slightly depressed throughout High School. I loved Jessica because this is the book about my own High School experience. Jessica gives a hilarous voice to the working of the teen girls mind and insecurities. Jessica is a smart overachieving girl whose best friend moves away at the beginning of the book. She is left in a small community where she has lived all her life and with friends who are at best plastice wanna be's. Her Dad only talks to her about running and over coaches her to the point that running isn't fun anymore. Her Mom is missing her older sister and trying to make Jessica into a Bethany clone or girly girl. No matter what she does she cannot sleep or feel good about her life. I really related to Jessica and can't wait to read the next 2 books in the series. (less)
I read the premise for this YA Romance and thought this would be really cute. I wasn't disappointed. I read this in a day and really enjoyed it. Megan...moreI read the premise for this YA Romance and thought this would be really cute. I wasn't disappointed. I read this in a day and really enjoyed it. Megan is an Army Brat who chooses to stay with family friends when her parents are transferred to Korea. The only problem? The McGowen's have 7 boys and no girls. Megan is soccer playing tomboy but is totally self conscienous about living with them. There are 4 brothers who attend high school with Megan: Evan, Finn, Miller, and Doug. Evan is described as an abercrombie model who is a flirt. Megan has a crush on Evan which is not good because not only is he supposed to be her "brother" but his girlfriend is the mean girl who is vying for Captain of the soccer team. Finn is the artist who is the easiest to talk to and Miller and Doug are twins. Miller has Asperger's and as the mother of an Autistic Teen myself, I celebrated the way Megan researched and was determined to seek out Miller. It was a heartwarming side-story that I really loved. All of the boys develop unique relationships with Megan and she brings something new to each of them. Megan also is adjusting to moving to a totally new city, state, and high school. She makes some good friends at school only to have a vicious rumor about her and Evan ostracize her early on. Megan shows incredible grace and poise in dealing with this rumor situation and I would be proud if she were my daughter. This is really a book about family, friendship, and relationships. I really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end. (less)
Uh, Wow! This is one of those books I wouldn't have known about if it weren't for seeing so many people raving about it so much. I wasn't completely c...moreUh, Wow! This is one of those books I wouldn't have known about if it weren't for seeing so many people raving about it so much. I wasn't completely convinced I would like it seeing how it was ya and about a latino blood gang member. I read to escape and like great romance and feel good books when I do. I have to say I was so suprised at the depth and well developed characters of the story. I know all the reviews I have read have mentioned this but what makes this book amazing is the diversity and realistic characters. This story is of a perfect white bread head cheerleader Brittney who is dating the captian of the football team at the beginning of the book. She is assigned to be Alex Fuentas' chemistry lab partner. Alex is from the wrong side of town, latino and a gangbanger. To say they are worlds apart is an understatement. Brittney has to keep up a perfect facade for her family. Brittney has an older sister who has cerebral palsy who Brittney dicates her free time. She feels her Mom especially expects her to be the perfect daughter since her sister is not. I wanted to choke the Mom for her shallow self centered view of Brittney and Shelly. I cheered and felt the love Brittney had while rushing home to her sister and begging for her parents not to send her to an institution but keep living at home. Alex is a deep character with so much heart it jumps into your fantasies. Despite his gang culture, Alex is loyal, protective, and smart. He is also hiding behind a tough facade much like Brittney hides behind her perfect one. As they interact, Brit and Alex not only become attracted to one another but crack through the layers of protection around themselves to become real with each other. This love story was so good it had me in tears of anguish and pulse quickening highs. It was a juicy peach I wanted to savor. I am looking forward to reading the other books Ms Elkeles has written in that it isn't often I find a story not only layered with reality but a good escape also. (less)
I love getting a new Jennifer Echols book to read because I know I will find real characters with genuine flaws. I also know I am in for a rollar coas...moreI love getting a new Jennifer Echols book to read because I know I will find real characters with genuine flaws. I also know I am in for a rollar coaster of emotions. Forget You is so real and wonderful I don't know where to start but I will try. Zoey is a girl with many teen angsty problems. Her dad got his 24yo mistress pregnant, her Mom tried to kill herself, and then she gets in a car wreck. Zoey has been told all her life that if you look a certain way and act perfect everything will be OK. She puts on a beautiful perfect plastic shell that starts to crack under the pressure but she will not let anyone see it. Then she gets in the wreck and gets pulled out of the wreckage by Doug a guy she thinks hates her. Zoey hits her head and gets amnesia and slight memory loss from the head bump. Her Dad is such a selfish (insert swear word) that he basically threatens her that if she isn't fine he will take her back to the hospital and they will lock her up in the looney bin with her mother. So she strives even harder to be perfect without knowing what happened. Her 'boyfriend' Brandon is acting like they aren't together and Doug is hovering over her like a boyfriend. She can't figure out what happened. Zoey believes Brandon is her boyfriend when really her gives her no such reason to believe it and every reason to hate him. Although you want to scream at her to get a clue, at the same time, she has been through so much that I find her confusion and desire to control her life by being perfect plausible. Doug is so sweet and sexy that I was so into the romance too. I also loved the setting being a Floridian whose alma mater is FSU, it was a treat everytime they mentioned Destin, Ft. Walton Beach, and FSU. (less)
This is a great little romance that I like to read when I want to read but take a break from really in depth plots. It is a cute story about a girl wh...moreThis is a great little romance that I like to read when I want to read but take a break from really in depth plots. It is a cute story about a girl who agrees to be a pretend girlfriend to her brother's best friend. However, Lexie really wishes she was Jake's girlfriend. Of course the story is predictiable and light hearted but that is what I like about these stories so much.(less)