Deadlands’ scenario is Cape Town, South Africa. It’s filled with political references to South Africa’s past and present. And, of course, there are th...moreDeadlands’ scenario is Cape Town, South Africa. It’s filled with political references to South Africa’s past and present. And, of course, there are the zombies.
This book takes place in a world after a War, where people leave confined inside the enclave. The Guardians protect people from the zombies: those who have passed are taking outside the enclave, to the Deadlands, and they become zombies. I couldn’t really figure out why there are zombies outside, besides the fact that they’re turned into zombies by the Guardians. I mean, what’s the whole point? They take dead people outside, turn them into zombies and no one does a thing about it. They just let them take away the bodies and turn them and move on with their lives.
Lele, our main character, is awesome. She’s just lost her grandma, with whom she’s been living since her mom died. Her dad remarried a woman she hates, and her brother, Jobe, was taken away by the Guardians at the beginning of the War. Ever since he returned, he’s different.
When Lele and Jobe move in with her dad and step-mom, things get tense. She doesn’t like the step-mom, and it seems the feeling is mutual. She’s forced to go to school, while her brother is going to be sent to a place where kids like him go. He lives in his own world, always carrying his cat around, and he’s difficult to talk to—but not with Lele, they have a strong connection.
After dating Taycee for a while, Pat believes she is the one. He prepares a surprise and proposes to her. But Taycee breaks his heart: she sure thinks...moreAfter dating Taycee for a while, Pat believes she is the one. He prepares a surprise and proposes to her. But Taycee breaks his heart: she sure thinks he’s a nice guy, but she just doesn't feel the same way he does. Truth be told, Taycee hasn't been in a real relationship for years, since she had her heart broken by Luke, her crush while they were on school. Luke left town and promised to keep in touch, but he never did. She doesn't let herself get involved since then, she hasn't found anyone who would make her feel the butterflies flying in her stomach.
That’s when Jessa, Taycee’s best friend, traps her into a bachelorette reality show. Jessa is trying to save the local farms from bankruptcy and comes up with the idea of an internet reality show featuring a local bachelorette to raise funds to help the farmers. Calling in an old favor Taycee owned her, Jessa makes Taycee the star of the show, against Taycee’s wishes. And if that weren't already bad, Luke ends up being one of the bachelors courting Taycee. He is back in town after years, he’s opening his own veterinarian clinic in Shelter Springs. Taycee wants him out of it ASAP and she’s not gonna waste any chances she has to get him voted out of the show.
The Reluctant Bachelorette is a fun contemporary romance. Taycee is hilarious and I had a great time reading her story. Everyone has had—or at least knows someone who has—a jerk in the past who broke their heart in a million pieces and became afraid of committing again. I know I did. But it is possible to trust and love and commit again. We see this story through both Taycee’s and Luke’s point of view and it is impossible not to root for them to be together again. The characters grow on you and you so want to stop Taycee for messing up with Luke’s chances in the competition. She has 21 guys courting her when she show begins and I’d love to see the footage of some of her dates, just so I could laugh it with again! A chick-lit at its best, definitely.(less)
After The Summoner, Dominic Grey, still a private investigator, but now working with Viktor, receives a new mission: to recover a test tube who is sup...moreAfter The Summoner, Dominic Grey, still a private investigator, but now working with Viktor, receives a new mission: to recover a test tube who is supposed to have inside the cure for time, a strong thing that can stop the aging proccess. As a Pottermaniac, I couldn’t stop remembering Flamel and his Philosopher’s Stone, and that’s a great way to start a book: remembering good ones.
Older, Grey seems to still live in the past, not really letting go of Nya, his former relationship from book one. But he needs to move on, and with this mission he starts a great action rollercoaster as he discovers, while working for Al-Miri, his client who wants the test tube back, that friends can’t betray you.
We got fascinating new characters in this book, like Veronica, the journalist who desesperately wants a good history, or Jax, a mercenary. I loved both of them, and thought Veronica was well developed during the whole thing. She starts being a little character but she grows and almost wons the plot as it progress. I loved her relationship with Dominic, even through he was still sad over Nya and they didn’t truly had time to give it a go.
The action soon starts envolving a mummy and a old cult—just the kind of mystery that got our attention with The Summoner—and for this moment the book couldn’t be put down. I love Layton’s writing style and the way he develops his plots. You are never completely in the dark, you got information, but needs to work to get the whole story, and that’s what makes me like his books so much.
The Egyptian was an amazing follow-up and solidified my belief that this is a genre Layton Green really knows how to write. I ended the book already missing Dominic and asking: when can we met again?
If you are curious about this series, go check it out: this weekend, celebrating the release date for The Egyptian, both book in the Dominic Grey series can be bought for $U$0,99. Don’t miss it.(less)
I’m find it very hard to talk abound Spellbound without spoiling everything, but let’s try.
The book starts when Emma ends up livi...morefrom Murphy's Library
I’m find it very hard to talk abound Spellbound without spoiling everything, but let’s try.
The book starts when Emma ends up living with her aunt in New York. Her only friend with the new arrangement is her little cousin and she is soon starting at the new school. Not really easy in a teenager life. When she starts in High School things get a little complicated and, as I think you can imagine, she gets a crush on the impossible beautiful boy, Brendan, and it seems their feelings are mutual, just angering the old high schoolers there.
So, where is the magic? There’s very little magic in this book, but what is there is definetely great. The entire plot is based on a magic spell and, of course, Emma and Brendan are caught right in the middle. The plot is common, in a way, and has the question: can they be together or not? We see it in a lot of paranormal books nowadays. But, I don’t know, even with the cliches, I have to say: I loved Spellbound.
I could try to explain my love for this book talking a little about the characters: all of them have strong personalities and Shultz didn’t let the paranormal cloud the need to put some normal and everyday characters in her story. This book could be, easily, an YA about life in High School. The paranormal is a detail, or the basis, never the whole book, and that shows up on the development of her characters. They become alive as the book progress and are all true to themselves.
The narrative is forcefull and I couldn’t stop reading. The book has a realy fast pace and you read so fast that you often find yourself in awe of things you are still processing from earlier pages. It is a wonderful reading because it gets all the right reactions from you. I wouldn’t go further saying this is a phenomenal book, because it has its problems. It is a little cliche and the indecision about the possibility of the love between Emma and Brendan is a little irritating sometimes, but you can bypass it very easily and enjoy the book all the same.
Go read Spellbound, what are you waiting for?(less)
There’s not other way: you either love or hate the Fallen series. Luce and Daniel’s story has been tol...morefrom Murphy's Library — rated 2 and a half there
There’s not other way: you either love or hate the Fallen series. Luce and Daniel’s story has been told through Fallen and Torment and while I’ve seen a lot of people saying they didn’t like it, I also have seen a few people saying they did like it. I started my review of Torment on last September telling you I hate Lauren Kate for making me so curious. I must confess I may have changed my mind after reading Passion—now I may hate her for another reasons.
As expected, we start Passion exactly where we were left on Torment: Luce starts travelling with the Announcers in order to understand what’s the matter about her relationship with Daniel. Once nobody seem to be up to tell her what’s going on, she decided to go back in time and find out by herself—and, well, let’s give her some credit, after all, wouldn’t you want to know if you were her?
But let me tell you something: I got freaking bored reading her past lifes with Daniel. I know, I know, we all know how they all end up (with her death), but Lauren Kate’s writing didn’t get me this time. I kept reading just to see if she would surprise me at some point, and that never came. We spent the whole book with Luce watching herself fall for him over and over again, there’s a little twist at some point, and not even that got me hooked on this book.
If we find out why she kept dying every time? Yep, but it’s something I wasn’t really surprised by the explanation, I can say I had a feeling it was going to be something like that. If am I going to read Rapture? Probably. But only because I don’t get tired of Cam (if you like him, good news: he’s got some moments on Passion) LOL(less)
The Patriot Paradox is a great thriller. Kurt Vetter’s brother, Mike, was a CIA agent who got caught w...morefrom Murphy's Library — rated 3 and a half there
The Patriot Paradox is a great thriller. Kurt Vetter’s brother, Mike, was a CIA agent who got caught with privileged information about a rough path of the CIA agency that was planning a big conspiracy against a country. With the evidence his brother gathered before getting killed, Kurt starts an emotional and rushed action trying to discover everything that lead to his brother death. The super intelligent Amanda Carter, Mike’s friend, is there to help him.
The book is too short for all the action it has… You never get a break, and the personal development of the characters, especially Kurt’s, is affected by the narrative. It’s touching to read Kurt’s suffering with his brother’s end, but it ended there. The character doesn’t grow as a person. The conspiracy in this book is fabulous, the development of the action has a good beat and Amanda is a character so dynamic that she surprises you.
The ending makes the reader be sure there’s a sequel to come, and it is a little in the predictable side, but as a thriller it comes to a good end. I think if William get his characters development right, he will get into the point as a thriller writer, because his ideas and narrative are truly good.
While reading Sins of the Heart, Sins of the Soul and Sins of the Flesh, we got to know three of four brother, soul reapers, Sute...morefrom Murphy's Library
While reading Sins of the Heart, Sins of the Soul and Sins of the Flesh, we got to know three of four brother, soul reapers, Sutekh’s sons, who were brought together because the fourth one was lost, murdered by a force nobody could undercover. Well, not exactly. We finish reading Sins of the Flesh knowing exactly who was behind Lokan’s murder: their own father. This twist left us going crazy for Body of Sin, and it finally—and earlier than expected—arrived on our mailbox by NetGalley digital ARCs. We couldn’t wait another single minute and started reading right away!
Working together to bring their little brother back, Dagan, Alastor and Mal got all pieces of his soul and body, and Lokan’s got a new chance, he just needs to pass some, erm… tests. By this time you can figure out those tests aren’t going to be easy. After all, he’s trying to come back to life, to his little daughter Dana, the one he died to protect. Holding onto the thought of protecting her, he tries to go further, but it seems he’ll need some help. For Lokan’s surprise, the help comes from Bryn, Dana’s mother, a woman Lokan has known for years and someone with a dark past he doesn’t know yet.
On Body of Sin we get to know how Lokan and Bryn met. We also see a little bit of what’s going on with his brothers, how they’re working together to set their mates free, with Callie’s help. The book is full of action and doesn’t let us down after all the expectation we’ve built after the end of Sins of the Flesh. Lokan’s journey through the 12 Gates is tense and he needs to keep in mind that everything he does have a price for him to pay. On the soul reapers language, a soul is very expensive.
Body of Sin was a fast read, we just couldn’t stop. Putting the book down to work, eat or go to the bathroom was so hard! The narrative, as it is with the other three books, has a really good pace and the characters building is awesome—we loved Lokan. As Eve Silver said on the Acknoledgments, Lokan was brave, smart, dead sexy, and… dead. And, well, why not tell you this: he’s hot as hell. But if you’ve read the series, don’t you know all the Sutekh’s sons are?
It breaks our hearts to say goodbye to Dagan, Alastor, Mal and Lokan, but Body of Sin is an awesome way to wrap the series. If you loved the first three books as we did, you won’t be disappointed with Lokan’s journey, and if they want, they all can pay us a visit any time!(less)
Love isn’t always just flowers, right? Sometimes it can be a little hellish, and thinking of it some authors have done a collecti...morefrom Murphy's Library
Love isn’t always just flowers, right? Sometimes it can be a little hellish, and thinking of it some authors have done a collection with little stories about how love can be a tad too paranormal sometimes. I first thought the stories would be scary, but I was wrong… Some of them were sickeningly sweet!
In Sleeping with a spirit we are presented to a girl who can’t sleep without having very strange dreams that make her wake up startled since she’s moved to her new house. She is scared, because the dreams feel truly real, and her parents are starting to think she’s gone crazy. It is when she meets Raina and Craig, her new friends, that she starts to see her dreams for what they truly are—or can be.
Scott Westerfeld contributes with Stupid Perfect World, using his dystopian abilities to tell a tale about a world where people are almost robotic. But if the world is robotic, is there space for such a thing like love? Maybe when they need to incorporate some human experience for a class it will help them to fell human emotions too.
There is a story about a girl who is forced to forget her dreams of being a doctor for a tradition, but sees herself falling in love in the process, just to have her heart broken after that. Can a broken heart be mended by a right choice?
We read a little fan fiction—yeah, your read it right—in a short history about a girl who is a little intertwined with The Immortals plot.
And last but not least, we read a short story by Melissa Marr about a girl who needs to accept her mate, but is struggling with it.
As you can see by my descriptions, my favorite stories were the first two. All of them had some appeal, but the first two were the ones that truly got my attention. The book is fast paced and I read everything really fast. You can read a short story each time and when you less expect it, the book is finished. A good read! (less)
Looks like dystopian futures are a tendency on new releases lately. Nina Oberon lives in one of them:...morefrom Murphy's Library — rated 2 and a half there
Looks like dystopian futures are a tendency on new releases lately. Nina Oberon lives in one of them: one that looks quite like our reality, but there society makes sure everyone knows when the girls are ready to have sex, once they reach 16 years old. But while Nina’s best friend Sandy can’t wait to turn 16, Nina’s not that thrilled with the idea.
Nina lives with her mom and her half-sister Dee. One day she helps a guy who’s been beaten up on the streets—he looks like a homeless guy and she has no idea why she decides to help him—and you can figure out what happens later on the story between the two of them. Actually, you can figure out a lot on this book, which’s a bummer.
When Nina’s mom dies, she asks Nina to take care of Dee and do not let Dee’s dad get any closer to the girl. She also reveals some shocking information about Nina’s dad, and Nina spends the rest of the book trying to keep the promises she’s made to her mom.
I was so excited to read this book—I won it on a giveaway hosted by Annette’s Book Spot—but it did not reach my expectations at all, I finished reading the book and felt like there was something missed. Maybe more explanations about that future, how they’ve got to that point… This book was shallow and the plot could have been way much better explored. The “sex is a bad thing” message all the time kinda bothered me, because we don’t really understand what happened to the Media start controling them that much and reinforcing the idea that after 16 you’re “ready” and because of that you can be a slut. It looks like there’s going to be a sequel, maybe Karr explains it better on it, but I’m not sure I’m going to read it to find out.(less)
Beatrice Prior is about to face one of the most important decisions of her life. Once a year, all 16 years old teenagers undergo...morefrom Murphy's Library
Beatrice Prior is about to face one of the most important decisions of her life. Once a year, all 16 years old teenagers undergo a Choosing Ceremony where they choose on which faction of their society they’re going to live from then on. There are five options: the Candor, for those who are candid and value the truth beyond anything; the Abnegation, for those who put other people’s priorities before their own; the Dauntless, for those who are brave and fearless and are going to protect the society; the Amity, for those who are self-sufficient, kind and trusty; and the Erudite, for those who are intelligent and will keep the knowledge. On her society, community is the most important thing. Your faction is your family, doesn’t matter if you were born there or not. The society is divided in factions so they live in peace.
On the day before the Choosing Ceremony, they’re all submited to an Aptitude Test, where their natural characteristics will be shown and hopefully that would help them out when making their choice. Even if the results show they naturally belong to one of the factions, they still can go to a different one after the Choosing Ceremony. However, if the results show they are not cut out for any faction, they become factionless, a shame for anyone. The factionless are homeless and don’t have enough food, they don’t have enough credits to buy clothes and they’re the society’s scum.
Beatrice’s parents belong to Abnegation—her father is one of their political leaders—, and she’s sure her older brother Caleb belongs to the same faction, based on their talks and his attitudes. As part of a faction, they all dress the same way and eat the same kind of food, on the Abnegation they all have the same haircut and Tris is only allowed to see herself in a mirror on the second day of every third month, when her mother cuts her hair. But she’s not sure she belongs to this faction, and when things don’t happen as expected on her Aptitude Test, she’s even more confused. The woman who evaluates her tells Beatrice she’s Divergent, but at the time she has no idea what that means. She’s told to keep her head down and don’t talk about it to anyone, so when Beatrice waits for her turn on the Choosing Ceremony, she’s nervous. Her family is in shock when she chooses the Dauntless as her faction, but there’s no coming back.
Once inside the Dauntless headquarters, she calls herself just Tris and becomes friends with some of the other teenagers who also have chosen to go to a different faction than the one they were born in. She also meets another Dauntless people and they start the initiation, a process that’s going to tell which of them are going to become, in fact, Dauntless. Those who don’t make the cut will become factionless. But Tris is about to find out some people would rather become factionless than go through the tough process that she’s about to face…
I started reading the book before going to bed, as I usually do, and my plans were to read for a little bit and finish reading on the other day. Well, it didn’t work. I couldn’t put the book down, for the following 5 hours I was hooked on this story. It’s been over 2 weeks since I finished reading it and I just couldn’t write about it. Whenever I tried, nothing would come out of my keyboard LOL
Tris reminded me of Rose from the Vampire Academy series. Four, the Dauntless who’s in charge of her initiation, didn’t remind me Dimitri though—and I figured out who he was right away—, but that didn’t really matter. I’ve seen lots of people comparing Divergent with The Hunger Games series, but I haven’t read Suzanne Collins’ books yet, so I can’t really give an opinion about it.
So now you must be wondering why I didn’t rate it “5 books”… As much as I loved the it, I have to agree with Vivien, one of our readers: the villain was very lacking. Different from the dystopian books I’ve read lately—e.g. Matched, The Water Wars, Delirium—, there wasn’t a really big threat on Divergent until the very ending, close to the 450th page. This is the first book of what’s planned to be a trilogy, so we’re still learning everything about Tris’ world, there were a few clues through the way, sure, but I believe it could have been much better put on the story. The last 50 pages of the book were a roller coaster, you’ve got to fasten your seatbelts and keep your eyes wide open or you’ll lose something. I actually did lose one of the deaths—not because I wasn’t paying attention to it, but because, call me heartless, but I couldn’t really care about the character.
You can read the first 100 pages of Divergent here. The adaptation rights of this book were sold to Summit Entertainment. Evan Daugherty has been announced as the screenwriter, but there’s still no releasing date set for the movie.(less)
The Swan Thieves begins as psychiatrist Andrew Marlow tries to undercover the re...morefrom Murphy's Library
This books is about art, but it’s an artwork too.
The Swan Thieves begins as psychiatrist Andrew Marlow tries to undercover the reasons that lead painter Robert Oliver to close off to the world. Robert tried to attack an artwork on National Gallery, and every treatment the doctors tried has failed. Robert doesn’t speak, just lives in silence.
When paint and brush are handed to him, the same imagine comes out of his hands over and over: a woman with dark hair. That doesn’t make any more sense than Robert ramblings or the letters he reads all the time, and Marlow decides to do something different. He shouldn’t do it, the personal life of his patients is something outside of his reach, but he starts an investigation interviewing every women of Robert’s past anyway. This include his ex-wife and abandoned mistress.
From then on, we have a narrative that doesn’t let us take a breathe. The book is a roller coaster, full of surprises and plot twists. By the stories Marlow hears, we can start to put together the pieces of what lead Robert to this state of mind. It is a book for art lovers—and there’s lots of types of art to love in the world—and what people do because of love. All characters are singular pieces of this incredible story.
I just can’t give it a five book rate because the ending is very, very lacking. Everything happens as if Elizabeth was tired of doing a suspense narrative and had to reveal all final pieces at once. The book doesn’t lose its charms because of it, but has a break on its narrative that doesn’t have to be there.
As an artwork, we can see failures in this piece, but we can see the truly beauty of art on it too. Isn’t this what an artist reachs for?(less)
I have to warn you: if you haven’t finished or haven’t read at all the Percy Jackson series, you should do it before reading The Lost Hero. The book can be spoilerish for those who haven’t read the adventures of Percy before, but don’t fear, you can understand the new series without a problem if you don’t want to get to know Percy yet.
The Lost Hero is set on the same universe as Percy Jackson & the Olympians was. The book is the first in a new series, called The Heroes of Olympus and introduces us to three main new characters.
We have now Jason, a boy who has no memory, Leo, who is the handsman of this story, the one that makes things happen, and Piper, who has the habilities and surprises everyone. On a field trip for students of a school for troubled kids, the story begans with its “Olympus’ side”.
From the moment the action begins until the very end of this book we are all in a roller coaster. We see—or hear about—Percy, who will play a role in this series, and the gods and discover that Hera, apparentely, has gone missing. Jason, Leo and Piper are all having dreams, strange dreams, with Hera in the middle, and they have as a mission the need to find her.
I need to confess something: I liked The Lost Hero so much more than all Percy Jackson books. While Percy was great and his adventures made me cheer for him all the time, the new trio made me feel like part of this story. The mithology in this one was wonderful, and had more depth.
The change on point of view didn’t bother me, as it was really organized and helped the author to tell the individual stories of each new character. And, yeah, I loved the trio! It was a long time ago when three main characters got me this way. They all are part of the same quest, but they are such strong individuals that would be a shame if we didn’t get to know them better. Points to Riordan.
The book give you all the clues you need, and it isn’t really surprising if you pay attention and like to guess, but if you just enjoy the ride you will be having OMG moments.
Do I recommend this book? Hell yeah! What are you waiting for to read it?(less)
What can I say about this book? Let’s start telling about the story… In Glass Houses, first book in the Morgaville Vampires series, Claire is the main character who is über intelligent and skips a grade to go to college earlier.
But Claire’s life isn’t just roses and she sees herself a victim of bullying as the new target for the popular girls. Typical… Oppressed, she seeks a new place to live and found it in the Glass House, where Eve, Shane and Michael are living.
You can ask now: where the hell are the vampires? In the streets. Morganville is full of them, and going out after dark can be a problem if you want to be safe. What I liked most about this part of Glass Houses is the fact that vampires (don’t shine) weren’t good people. Finally!
I had a difficult time with the main character… Claire was supposed to be the super intelligent type, but I thought several times “what a dumb girl!” while reading. Eve, Shane and Michael got on my nerves a lot of times, and overall I think all of them were under explored.
I received this as part of a book tour organized by its brazilian publisher, so, yeah, I read the translated version. That being said, I really think my biggest problems with this story were related with the brazilian version.
Casa Glass—the translation of Glass Houses—didn’t have fluency, the narrative was so up tight that I had to put the book down several times so I could take a break. There were a lot of mistakes—grammatical, in revision, with the printing, with typing—and it didn’t let me have a connection with the characters and the plot of this book. Sad, as I saw a lot of people liked this series very much.
Will I give it another try with the second book? I don’t know, I think maybe I need to reread the first one in english, but I don’t think the character will be smarter just because the language changed, so…(less)
Clara Gardner and her brother Jeffrey are Quartarius, a quarter angel. Their mom is a Dimidius, which means she’s half human, half angel. Until recently, Clara used to think of herself as an ordinary girl, and then one day her mom took said she is blood angeled and she has a purpose, a reason why she was born. She can speak any language, including Angelic, the Earth’s language, it seems the birds follow her everywhere, she’s stronger than the average girls of her age and she’s natural on most part of the things she tries doing for the first time. Now Clara’s trying to figure out what is her purpose, why God put her on Earth, through these strange visions. All she can see is a fire forest, and a boy standing up with his back to her. Should she save the boy from the fire? And who is this mysterious boy who’s worth saving?
My first thought when I found out Unearthly was about angels? “Oh, no, not again…” But, hell, I bit my tongue! This book has a totally new perspective of the angels theme, and the twists on it were awesome.
Soon, Clara sees herself moving, leaving California. With the little progress she has with her visions, her mom decides it’s time for them to move, to get closer to this boy, who seems to live in Wyoming—what a change, for someone who used to have mother-daughter time at Fisherman’s Wharf or the Winchester Mystery House, right? In a small town called Jackson, Clara meets Christian and she has no doubt he’s the boy on her visions, she’s supposed to save him and… fall for him?
But Christian happens to have a girlfriend, the popular Kay, and Clara is the weird californian chick with orange hair—oh, yeah, have I forgotten to tell you? Clara’s hair one day starts to shine (out of blue, one of the things she’s inherited from her angel’s family), and her mom decides to die it so nobody would suspect. Her hair ends up oddly orange. Clara tries to get closer to Christian, but that seems to be an impossible mission with Kay around, and quickly Clara is Kay’s new hating target.
Clara makes some friends on the new school, a girl named Wendy (whose twin brother, Tucker, seems to hate Clara) and Angela, a lonely girl who soon she finds out there’s more in common with her than she could imagine. It seems her mom has been keeping more away from her than she thought, she finds out talking to Angela… She’s eager to know more about the angels and her purpose, and she can’t take Christian away from her mind.
I read Unearthly in just a few hours, and it left me curious to read the second book of what’s planned to be a trilogy. I loved the way Cynthia Hand presents the characters on this debut, but still keeps some mysteries away from her readers—has anyone else got curious about Jeffrey with that ending? It’s a story about love and fate and will and duty—and how we can’t have it all sometimes.(less)
John Truman is an ordinary guy, he has a good job, good friends and a relatively good life. Well, maybe he’s not that ordinary, because he speaks Latin as much as he speaks English—something that sometimes bothers his friends, who have to keep asking him what does he mean with those old words.
When one of his closest friends is kidnapped, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. Two years later, the Police still has no clue about what happened to George, so John and Paul set off to California to get a fresh start. John suddenly remembers something that can be important on the investigation about George, but before he can do anything, he’s captured too. With his life in such risk, John start to rethink about his entire life. This beginning is kinda slow, but after that, the book is a roller coaster.
Mark Aidar’s main characters are well built, with flaws and qualities, and the POV alternates between John and Paul, although John’s always the focus. You’re going to laugh with Paul’s thoughts about women, he’s hilarious, and I’m sure there are a bunch of Pauls out there. I find myself a little bit annoyed by the fact that John is so naive, sometimes he can’t see what’s clearly in front of him. The secret society behind George’s disappearance, called New Dawn, makes you think about what the power and the desire to dominate the world can do to people.(less)
11 years old Tom Oakley has been struggling with nightmares, where he’s always someone else: a sailor, a girl, a Lieutenant. The common point on them? He—or should I say them?—is always about to die. If that weren’t enough, he starts to have this weird experiences when it seems the time is going backwards. When he’s sure he’s going mad, a weird guy named Septimus shows up and tells him he’s a Walker, he can bend the time and travel through it. Any ordinary kid would say “how cool?” on this situation, but not Tom.
Septimus takes Tom to meet the Professor Neoptolemas, on the Hourglass Institute. There, the Professor offers Tom to join the Tomorrow’s Guardians, but the boy isn’t sure that’s what he wants to do for life. The Professor then asks for his help: he wants Tom to go back on time and rescue the people he’s been dreaming about. After that, if Tom still doesn’t want his new found powers, the Professor will take them away and Tom will be an ordinary boy again. Three dangerous trips later, mission accomplished! But he finds out his family doesn’t exist anymore: simple like that. Someone went back on time and his parents were killed on a fire before he was even born. That means only one thing: someone wants Tom dead. When he suggests he should go back and save his parents, the Professor tells him he can’t do it. But, wait, hasn’t Tom just rescued three people? So why can’t he rescue his parents and save himself too? There’s something odd on it, you can tell it.
Tomorrow’s Guardian is an exciting book. Fantasy used to be my favorite genre to read, but lately this spot has been taken by paranormal, so it was great to have a good fantasy story on my hands for a change. The characters are likeable and there’s a huge historical background on it, you clearly see that Richard Denning took time and care to write the historical events based on exactly what happened. This is a well written story for teens, no vampires, no angels, no dystopian future, no love-til-death drama. It’s a fun reading and time flew while I was reading it, I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next with Tom.(less)
The Lonely Hearts Club is one of the cutest books I’ve read on the past few months. With an uncompromising narrative that flies without you feeling it, the book is one of those you read to relax, have fun and have a good time reading. Penny Lane is a girl we all have been already, I swear. Who has never had a disappointment, who has never had a crush that ended up with a broken heart and decided that didn’t really need men to survive? Oh, I have, a lot of times.
Penny’s intentions and the situations that come with the foundation of The Lonely Hearts Club create a lot of interesting dialogues that, although are light and not too outstanding, are very clever. The mix of music and literature was a plus, in my opinion, for this book. It mixes the classic with the contemporary, in a matter of speak, in a beautiful way. I think Penny is a perfect combination of both.
The characters were well built and the book is cliché. But, well, sometimes it’s nice to read what you’re expecting, instead of a bunch of cliffhangers that make no sense. The Lonely Hearts Club got me with the simplicity the story’s told. Some people may say it’s too unpretentious, and maybe it is, but everybody needs a book just to relax and have a good time sometimes.(less)
The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is not a conventional book. It’s a guide, doesn’t tell us a story, so I can say it was made just for fans. And, well, even if my time as a Twihard is gone (I was crazy about the series before Breaking Dawn was released), I can consider myself as someone who dedicated time to this series in some point of my life. So, a fan.
What can I say about this Guide? It’s fascinanting for collectors, trully. For those who have short memory, this is completely necessary. While reading the characters cards and wolf pack stories I realized a lot of things had escaped from my mind. I erased so many things about Breaking Dawn from my memory that it isn’t even funny. While reading about the clans from the last part of the last book in the series, I tried to remember who were those people!
The interview—or chat—with Stephenie Meyer, that takes place in the first part of the guide, just solidified my idea that she is a good storyteller, but as a writer she is not that good. She is a little lost on her ideas, as I thought she was before! And, please, a book about Jacob? Stephenie, no!
Overall, this is some kind of bible that every fan should have. And it is great when you are passing the pages and feel the nostalgia from when you were reading and discovering everything for the first time.(less)
Matchmakers 2.0 is a novella that goes so fast that you are left wanting more. And I mean it. I read the pages really fast and when it ended up I wanted to know what happened after the last period. The characters are so likeable, it isn’t even funny.
A team of people are employed by Matchmakers to… erm… match people, and this is where—and doing what—we start this story. Micki is an amazing character and I found myself cheering for her. A scientist of shorts working matching people can only be really funny, and she has thoughts that can put you rolling on the floor laughing. The rest of the team consists in the geek Derick, manager of databases, and Miri, the astrological matcher.
Things get really funny when Micki loses a bet and need to put her own name in the system. Her first date is a disaster—that kind your friends will forever laugh about—and the second one seems to go better. But is it possible to find love via Matchmakers?
I think you can see I really liked this novella. In my opinion, it had everything that a enjoyable book needs to have, and I had a really good time reading. Debora Geary truly knows how to captivate the reader.(less)
The most wonderful thing about the second book in the Lodestone series is that we get to know the characters so much better. The first book was a presentation of everything, the planet Kellani and the hierarchy that was going on. Now we have more action, since the beginning to tell you the truth, and a little bit of uncertain too.
The group is now divided on the two sides of Kellani, and they don’t know where the other part is. Shann is an amazing character in this book and almost the soul of the story. Even separated, they are all still together in the battle against The Prophet.
The World of Ice and Stars is even better than the first book. It shows the characters growing as the narrative grows too. It is amazing how I see everything for a better angle on this book, maybe because now I know what expect and who base this story on. It doesn’t sound confusing like the first one.
Mark Whiteway overcomes himself in the new installment of Lodestone and this is a fantasy book I recommend for all ages.(less)
This is a really fast read, and not just because it is a short novella. It is because the book truly catches your attention.
Joanna Raines is a photographer who is going blind. She truly thinks nothing can be worse than that, but when she has an eye transplant she discovers that worse is the evil that she is seeing with her new eye.
As she sees the first shadows and goes to her doctor to discover what is the problem, it seems the solution was found, but the danger grows and she finds herself in the middle of a horror story.
I can’t say a lot without giving away all the plot, but this book is truly instigating. The horror Joanna feels and sees is so well described that you fell her angst, and the narrative’s pace is very well chosen. A great horror novella for all horror fans.(less)
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This story is set in Australia, but could be any country that has a large amount of Aboriginal people. For decades the Australian government has forced those children into white culture, in what they called a try out for rehabilitation, a way to make children grow out the Aboriginals. The Stolen Generation is what it was called. But they’ve forgotten one thing: nobody can change the blood that runs in our veins.
Secrets from the Dust is centered in a child forced away from her birth parents and placed with white ones. She is obviously different and this is what makes this book so wonderful to read.
I live in Brazil and we have lots of different cultures going on here, so it is very touching to read about Margaret, even though she was a lucky one. She was treated right when several children from this time were just servants, insignificants individuals that weren’t cared for.
The characteres in this story all form a connection with the reader. You don’t just read this book, you live it, and that is due to the amazing writing of George Hamilton. In a world so torn by racism and discrimination, this is an eye opener book that should be read by lots of people as a way to put some sense on them. Maybe with fictional characters suffering people can understand what real people suffer every day with violence against races. It’s sad that even a book from the old times is still so atual.
I really liked as the narrative goes, but there are some paragraphs that could’ve been constructed differently to catch more attention, because I find them to long or too descriptive. Overall, this is a great book.(less)
Andiriel is an orphan, but also a mercenary. And this is not an easy thing. It all seems to be going well for her, she is a mercenary employed by Knights, and she has her future carefully thought. Nothing could go wrong, right? Wrong.
Storm Approaching is what I would call an action fantasy. Without paranormal creatures, Brian Libby created a fantasy with a great main character—who’s definitely way too much followed by Murphy, I had a total identification with her because of it—, who needs to escape pirates, assassins and the dangers of the world she chooses for herself.
The narrative in this book is really epic, and I mean epic. I found myself transported to the middle of the story sometimes, and this is a really good sensation. It has its problems, sometimes I felt like some phrases were broken, but it had a good pace most of the time.
The characters are good to read, but Andiriel was the golden character of this book, without a doubt. A good work by Brian Libby.(less)
Amy Martin’s world is about to change—or come to an end, it depends on how you face it. Her parents were invited to become part of a mission: to explore Centauri-Eath, a new planet, one that seems to allow human life to live in. Her mom is a cientist and her dad is on the military, both have important roles on the new planet. But she’s just an ordinary 17 years old girl, who decided to join them because she couldn’t bear losing her family.
We start Across the Universe watching Amy and her parents as they go ahead on the frozing procedure. They’re frozing all the humans who are going on that mission—the ones who are going to populate the new planet—, in order to preserve them. The Project Ark Ship foresee a 300 years old ride on the ship, so they must be frozen in order to survive. Amy’s mom goes first, and it’s an awful procedure. We see it through Amy’s eyes, first her mom, than her dad. On the very last minute, he gives her a choice: she can leave the room if she wants to, she doesn’t have to be frozen, she doesn’t have to go with them, she doesn’t have to give up on her life. But Amy believes her life is there, on her family, and she’s not willing to give up on that, so we follow her as she’s prepared to be frozen too. But something goes wrong on Amy’s procedure and, instead of sleep for 300 hundred years, she stays conscious. We watch her dream and wonder about what’s going on during the time she’s frozen.
On the second chapter we start to follow Elder, a boy who’s being trained to become Godspeed’s next leader. Through his lessons, we get to know more about the spaceship and its people, how things work there. Elder’s tutor is Eldest, a bitter man who carries the responsability of taking care of everyone on the ship. Elder is a curious teenager who’s asking himself if he’s capable of become the next Godspeed’s leader. Each chapter has a point of view—Amy’s or Elder’s—, so we get to see Amy’s dreams/thoughts while frozen and Elder’s attempts to find out more about the ship.
When someone unplugs Amy from her frozen “coffin”, she’s confused once she finds out they haven’t landed on Centuri-Earth yet. She’s worried about her parents—they’re 50 years away from landing, and she can’t be frozen again, she may die on the process. This isn’t how things were supposed to be, now everyone she knew on Earth is dead and she’s trapped inside Godspeed, where she’s a stranger—people look at her and they know she doesn’t fit on the ship, because she doesn’t look like them. The generation who lives in the ship was born there, they have never seen Earth, nor the stars, and the ship lost the conctat with Earth after a Plague killed part of the population. They follow Eldest’s rules, they do everything he says they’re supposed to do, without questioning it.
And that’s when Amy starts to ask what’s going on with them. For her, this isn’t right, what Eldest’s done to those people isn’t right. Elder has his own doubts about Eldest’s actions, and things get even more complicated when other frozen people are unplugged just like Amy was. Now they have to find out who’s trying to kill the frozen people, and Amy worries her parents are the next target.
Beth Revis created an incredible universe in Across the Universe. I read the book in a few hours, and althought I was quite disappointed about who was unplugging people—if you pay attention on the story, you’re going to find out the big mystery quickly, she left way too many clues for the readers, in my opinion—, she shocked me with the last twist on the book. I must say I did not see that coming—and I loved it.
I loved to see how Eldest controls the people on the ship, and it’s scary to think that the way he thinks and acts have its logic, after all. He does what he believes is the best for his people, because that’s what he’s supposed to do. Elder’s ingenuity fades through the story, as he starts to put all the pieces together. I felt sorry for Amy all the time—for all she’s lost—, and I felt sorry for Elder, whose fate has been determinated since he was born. He didn’t have a right to choose, as Amy did.(less)
This book would be nothing without its main character. Jon Rupret is the one who conducts this story, in its mystery and its comedy side.
Rupret is a parking ticket officer who wants to move up the ranking. He ends in the Anti-RACE unit, with a veteran detective as a partner. Can you imagine a parking ticket officer throw in a big operation? Believe me… With Jon Rupret it can only be hilarious.
The mystery side of this story, however, loses a little bit of its charm because Jon is such a funny character. The developing of the Anti-RACE operation is overshadowed by Jon as a character, which left things a little off balance.
Don’t get me wrong. It is a good book, just a little off the mark in what genre it really is. Even if there is mystery and action you can start reading this story as a mystery or action book. You get enchanted by the main character, really, not by the plot.(less)
Dominic Grey is an investigator that has been given a difficult task: discover what is behind the mysterious disappearance of an American diplomat. Investigating for the Consulate of Zimbabwe he never thought he would find such a result in this mystery.
The Summoner is one of the most well described self-published works I’ve read. The story is extremely fragile to tell, because it has to make the occult understandable for the reader, but the author got to the point where everything he writes in the plot was so well based by the tales and facts that you believe it.
The characters are rich and you can see that the mythology of the cults and locations was really researched. This isn’t a book where the things are throw to the reader… In The Summoner everything is explained, and that why you get so convinced.
I need to tell that this book surprised me in its plot and its narrative. Both of them are really good, and I truly recommend this story.
The cover is a turn off, but you can get past it faster than you think! The book hook you up soon, you don’t have any ice to get past when you start reading.
I really know after The Summoner that Layton Green has a brilliant future writing and should truly get his books in the big lists! Congratulations, Layton.(less)
I wouldn’t say that Alyssa is feeling fine as a vampire in Hunters and Prey, but she is definitely feeling better than she was in Carpe Noctem.
The second book in the Immortalis series was, in my opinion, an improvement on Katie Salidas’s writing. The story catches the attention of the reader and picks our curiosity. That was my main problem with the first book in the series: I didn’t feel any connection with the characters, because they are all so closed off. That changed. The characters are much more open now!
The relationship with Lysander grows and both have changes caused by the other. It is almost funny to see it. Alyssa is more comfortable with being a vampire and Lysander more… human, in a way.
One of the bad guys makes an appearance—I already liked Santino—and we got some interesting facts about him in this one! I loved how the action and the conflicts are better developed in this book.
Fallon, Alyssa’s human best friend, has an amazing part in this story. I finally got the connection with Alyssa that I was waiting for and now I can’t wait to read the next book in the Immortalis series—and it isn’t because the reading was just enjoyable.
I believe we all see the changes that technology has provided to the world. But what if technology was the answer to maintain the human race when a new ice age affects the Earth?
That’s the premise of The Ark of Adams. In a world living in a new ice age, it seems obvious that people need a new environment where they all could survive. It is the new reality created by him that centers this book.
The virtual reality has lots of problems and as a T.I. manager myself—after all, I can’t survive only reading books, which is sad—I found myself entranced by the descriptions of this reality and its virtual basis. Dr. Adams’ idea—as Jack Kane’s—was truly genius and gave the book an amazing base to develop.
This book shows us that as amazing as a virtual “perfect” reality can be in our mind, we are all people who need the real world to exist. The logic of a virtual place doesn’t put a lot of human factors in mind when making decisions. And a program, a reality just virtual, needs funding and funding for this give power to, sometimes, wrong people.
Swept in the program, Nikki Allen leads the story inside the reality needing to find herself and discovering things slowly. The characters are likeable and I thought Nikki had a really strong personality. She has flaws, but that’s what makes her human. I loved Dr. Adams too.
This is really good book and you need to read it with attention. Believe me, you don’t want to miss the details.(less)
Before reading Her Fearful Symmetry I already knew Audrey’s style. On contrary, I think I wouldn’t be ready for the truth her narrative shows us. I felt this force in The Time Traveler’s Wife’s bittersweet narrative, but I don’t have doubts about Audrey overcoming herself on this one.
Elspeth, Edie’s twin and aunt of the also twins Julia and Valentina, has an incredible presence on this book, something I never would have thought as we discover in the synopsys that she died and gave the apartament to her nieces.
She dies. But she doesn’t go. In a ghost form, Elspeth stays and lives in our world, going back to her apartment and taking part, when her nieces arrive, in a beautiful story about life, death and human relationships.
Julia and Valentina let you in awe and nauseated at the same time, with their beautiful twin bond that sadly can be overcomed by the obsession. They are the same physically but, as the title says, they have a fearful symmetry. Their personalities are opposites and they organs are different. I read a review saying that the twins are “mirrored images.” I second that, they are. But, in the end, they are the same. Julia and Valentina are those inexplicable contraditions.
Robert, Elspeth’s lover, is a character you cheer for, someone you can relate with and follow the hardships. I caught myself feeling Robert, and I believe he was the human side of this book.
We have the secundary plots, like Martin’s story, a man with OCD’s making him a prisioner in his own home for years, and Marijke, who tries to be his foundation. It isn’t totally secundary, because the narrative is so broad and strong that everything seems to be essential. The stories get mixed up together. The interactions between the twins, the twins and Elspeth, between Valentina and Robert, or Julia and Martin, and all other characters in the book are genious.
I told Maeva that this book could be described as “sick.” And it is a sick book, yeah. And beautiful about it. Elspeth didn’t die because her desire to remain was stronger than death. And I thought a lot of times while reading what was the limitation in her obsession for life, and if her life wasn’t named, in the end, just Robert. Elspeth was a character so obsessive that catches your attention, you wish to know, to understand. This is why this book is so unsettling.
Her Fearful Symmetry tell us not only the twins story, about their similarity or differences. The book tells the story about the symmetries and asymmetries between all characters. About their flaws and conquests. It is a cruel book with a surprising narrative—maybe not as surprising as the end.(less)
It’s been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.
Lena Haloway, 17, can’t wait until she turns 18. But her reasons are different from our teenagers: she wants to get the procedure, to be cured, so she won’t fall in love, she won’t suffer the effects of amor deliria nervosa. She won’t have the same fate her mother had: she had the procedure 3 times, in vain. In the end, she killed herself because she couldn’t live with the disease.
Since then, Lena lives with her aunt Carol. People look weird at her wherever she goes—because they know what her mother did, they’re afraid she’ll have the same fate. However, Rachel, Lena’s older sister, has been cured for nine years, so Lena hopes she’ll be cured too, and soon, so she’ll have a normal life.
But before Lena gets her procedure, she has to read the The Safety, Healthy and Happiness Handbook, or simply The Book of Shhh, as they call it, and pass through a series of tests. The evaluation, the last test, is coming, and Lena can’t wait to do it. However, things didn’t go as well as planned, Lena gets nervous and says a lot of things she shouldn’t have said, getting herself in trouble. That’s when a bunch of cows invade the room, freaking everyone out, and giving Lena a second chance: they’ve canceled her first evaluation, giving her the opportunity to not screw things up this time.
Where the hell did the cows come from? Nobody’s sure, but they suspect. Not everyone agrees with the rules, not everyone believes the procedure is the best solution, although they don’t officially talk about it. The country’s sealed, the borders have been watched, so the Invalids can’t come inside the country. Invalids are people who live in the Wilds and refused to have the procedure. They’re not welcomed, neither the sympathizers, people who live among the cured, they’ve been cured, but they don’t agree with the rules.
When Lena and Hana, her best friend, meet a mysterous boy named Alex one day, Lena gets intrigued. She’s sure he was spying on her during her evaluation, but he denies. She’s not sure they should stay around the boy—although he has the mark, the three point scar that says he’s been cured, she hasn’t been around boys her entire life—, but it seems Alex is everywhere from then on. And, well, you can figure out what happens between Lena and Alex, right?
I read Delirium in about 5 hours. It’s a long book, but I simply couldn’t put it down. I wanted to read more about the universe Oliver has created—which reminded me Ally Condie’s universe in Matched, somehow—, and I wanted to read more about Lena’s and Alex’s story. I found myself sobbing with the ending—it’s cliché, but it’s simply beautiful—, at 4:30am, and dying to read more. I liked Hana, she’s a little bit rebel, but she tries to keep at least one foot on the ground, I liked Lena—you can feel how desperate she is for the cure, and you understand why, as much as you understand when this changes—, and I loved Alex, I wish we had a little bit more of his story, though.
Is it February 2012? I need Pandemonium, and I need it ASAP! How could you do this to us, Lauren Oliver?(less)