Hush,Hush By Becca Fitzpatrick 4 hearts In Hush, Hush Nora Grey is a sophomore who lives with her mother in a large farmhouse of the coast of Maine; t...more Hush,Hush By Becca Fitzpatrick 4 hearts In Hush, Hush Nora Grey is a sophomore who lives with her mother in a large farmhouse of the coast of Maine; the kind of setting where lots of fog from the ocean seems to settle making for the perfect eerie setting.
Nora lost her father to a random murder a year earlier and her mom has to travel for work, often gone for days at a time. Nora's home life is good despite recent events; her mom is warm and caring, working out of town only to keep them afloat so they can keep the farmhouse, the one thing that Nora holds dear for all of its memories of her father. Her best friend, Vee, is comical yet a bit self-centered. Nora is an exceptional student and overall a generally good person, someone I think most can relate to. She has a good sense of right and wrong yet isn't perfect.
Things start to get suspenseful and scary when she gets partnered up in biology with Patch, a mysterious bad boy who enrolled this year as a senior. He's cocky, way too comfortable in his own skin and of course, gorgeous. Patch comes on to Nora in way that is borderline threatening he knows way to much about her, private things like her love of writing poetry which is a secret indulgence. Obviously, Nora finds that disturbing and frightening especially in light of upcoming events. As with any good story, mysterious new people start to enter Nora's life, all seemingly friendly but there seem to be some underlying hidden agendas. There is a new school psychologist, Miss Greene, a lovely blonde who seems more concerned with her relationship with Patch than anything else. Then, there are the two boys from Kinghorn Prep that she and Vee meet while getting coffee before school, Elliot and Jules and what a coinkydink, Elliot just lost his scholarship and is starting public school with Nora and Vee the very next day. Jules, who appears sullen and anti-social to Nora, still attends Kinghorn, is incredibly wealthy with absentee parents who are off in a foreign country on `extended' business.
Nora is convinced she is being followed and there are times when she feels like someone is watching her. When scary and bizarre things start happening to Nora it seems to be all in her mind i.e. a ski masked stranger dashes into the road, causes Nora to stop, stranger trashes the car she's driving but when she tries to show it to someone, the car is undamaged; similar things happen and Nora is convinced she's losing her mind. But when a violent act is committed against one of her friends wearing Nora's coat while they're being followed she knows it's really happening, just not by who or why. Nora doesn't know who to trust anymore and despite her fears she takes to sleuthing and finds out some interesting information about the new people in her life and what she does with that information may put her and those she cares about in more danger. Nora finds herself in situations that could prove to be incredibly dangerous with certain people. Will she trust the right ones or will she let her fears get the best of her and put her in the path of those who wish her harm? (less)
I love going into the "Faery World" in almost any book.
Wings is a story about a girl, Lauren, who has always felt di...more I absolutely devoured this book!
I love going into the "Faery World" in almost any book.
Wings is a story about a girl, Lauren, who has always felt different but actually is. She goes through a move from a small town to a larger one where she’s forced to attend public school after being homeschooled.
She meet’s a boy, David who immediately becomes her friend which develops into something more throughout the book. When she develops bumps between her shoulder blades she immediately thinks of cancer or some other horrid disease but those bumps soon ‘blossom’ in the truest ‘sense’ of the word! She has large blooms resembling wings that give off an intoxicating scent that is only hers.
With much research from David, who loves science, he discovers that Lauren’s cells are made of plant material. Lauren decides to go home to Orick, her hometown and see if she can get some answers. There she meets Tamani (Tam). He gives her the low down on whom and what she is; which explains a lot in the way of her preferred strict vegan diet and her preference to be outdoors in the coolest of weather. He tells her that he and other faeries have been guarding Lauren and her home in Orick; the wooded property leads to the gate way into the Faerie Realm.
Evil Trolls (think of wicked mobster types) are trying to buy it from Laurens parents; when they don’t sell bad things happen.
The play between Lauren, David and Tamani is amusing and touching. Both are in love with Lauren; Lauren wants to protect her family yet she yearns for her true home.
The story is exciting, suspenseful, enchanting and has its fair share of stressful moments; let’s not forget the romance, either! I highly recommend this book and all works from Aprilynne Pike! (less)
Illusions is the third book in the Laurel Series by Aprilynne Pike, one of my favorite series as I love all things FAE. Wings and Spells being the fir...moreIllusions is the third book in the Laurel Series by Aprilynne Pike, one of my favorite series as I love all things FAE. Wings and Spells being the first two books in the series that caught my imagination and adoration; thus turning me into a serious Laurel Series Fan & Follower! Illusions did not disappoint. It has all the elements of the first two in the series that I fell in love with plus more! It was a thrill packed ride with mystery, adventure, danger and of course it involved The Fae!
Things are blissfully normal for Laurel-for a while-She returns from her summer training in Avalon with two glorious weeks of summer left to spend with her boyfriend David and friends Chelsea and Ryan. They are finally seniors in High School and looking forward to enjoying a stress-free year! Yeah, right, like that’s going to happen! On the first day of school as Laurel is happily ensconced in David’s arms, Laurel notices a very familiar face with a sexy Scottish brogue among the foreign exchange students; with a wink and a smile he lets her know he sees her, too, she also notices a lovely Asian girl with light green eyes---Hmmmm…
As school carries on, it’s all Laurel can do to keep the peace between the men that adore her-and her own chaotic feelings for the two of them. Not to mention that Klea is back in the picture and has asked that Laurel look out for another student who entered with Tam as a foreign exchange student. But Laurel has much bigger things to worry about; thinking they were safe from the trolls after many months of non-troll activity, now there are signs of Trolls everywhere. But they disappear as suddenly as they appear, leaving a cold trail every time. Is this a potential threat to Avalon? Are Laurel and her family and friends safe? It’s up to Laurel, Tamani and crew to follow the bread crumbs and see where it leads them. You know where the bread crumbs lead Hansel & Gretel-not to a good place, that's for certain!
I really enjoyed Illusions I loved the fact that it introduced us to another side of Avalon. I am hopeful the next book will explore this area more as the cliff hanger left me hanging by my fingertips! One thing, though, I was a bit disappointed in Laurel’s character; in fact, I felt she acted more immature than in the previous two books of the series. Thankfully, she rallied around and redeemed my opinion of her again. That being said, Ms. Pike wrote an enthralling and captivating paranormal romance that has all the fixings-mystery, danger and thrills. I cannot wait to read the next installment of The Laurel Series!
Dead Beautiful served up everything I love about this genre and more.
This is one of those books where I wished I were the main character (vicariously...moreDead Beautiful served up everything I love about this genre and more.
This is one of those books where I wished I were the main character (vicariously)! I wanted to jump into the pages and become Renee; despite the horrors she faced. I felt like I was living the story along with her. That's how beautifully written this story is. It pulls you in from the start and the pages just keep turning; for me, they turned deep into the night :o] a big thank-you to my clip on book light!
Ms. Woon writes as if this were one of many novels; I can't believe this is a debut story. The story line does entail a lot of what the genre revolves around but make no mistake; this is definitely distinctive despite any similarities of young love or boarding schools.
I won't go into the plot or character descriptions as it's been done but what I will say is if you enjoy the YA paranormal genre (whether you're a teen, young adult or mature adult!) than read this book.(less)
Anastasija Ramses Parker is turning 16 years old today, sweet sixteen and never been kissed should be the biggest of her problems but when her absente...moreAnastasija Ramses Parker is turning 16 years old today, sweet sixteen and never been kissed should be the biggest of her problems but when her absentee father, Ramses shows up at the door, she finds that her problems are just starting. Instead of celebrating her birthday the traditional way; friends, dancing, boys etc... she's meeting the coven at their covenstead to be inducted into the coven as a True Witch, providing she passes her initiation. Ana has some doubts about that; her mother is a powerful witch and comes from a family of powerful witches but Ana hasn't been able to perform even the simplest of spells. Ramses picks the moment to knock on the door just as they are getting ready to leave for her initiation ceremony; what happens between her mother and Ramses isn't pretty. To Ana, it's quite unsettling and her mother continues to be just as secretive about her father's identity on the drive to the covenstead for her initiation and even more insistent for her to be initiated into the coven as quickly as possible.
During Ana's initiation which she failed, she meet's her absentee father's coven; vampires and she finds out she's not only a Dhampyr but a princess to boot. Ana also finds out, of course during her initiation as she's trying to call the element Air that Witches and Vampires are mortal enemies. As if failing the initiation wasn't bad enough she was called out in front of the entire coven.
All these years her mother withheld this information from her, leaving Ana feeling a failure; worried that something was `wrong' with her and that she'd somehow let her mother and her coven down. Recent events brought on by her 16th birthday just get more and more interesting though! Things are heating up with the hot Nikolai, a True Witch from her Coven and Elias, knight of the dark realm, part of her father's realm that is equally hot despite his penchant for blood. They are as different as night and day-pun intended!
Ana has choices and decisions to make and as her mother and father each try to sway her to their side she learns to start thinking for herself and surprised me with some of her decisions. Ana shows rebelliousness that I found refreshing, mostly because she wasn't disrespectful but just trying to educate herself in the best way she could; going directly to the source!
Ana's a great character she's a bit snarky but in a humorous self-depreciating way and although she isn't `popular' she has friends and the ones she does have are true and the new friends she makes like her because she's honest and easy to relate to. I think we'll see a (forgive for the comparison) Team Nikolai and Team Elias club to start forming. I'm not sure where I stand yet. I think the plot leaves plenty of room for a series so I'll hold off until the next book!
Almost to Die for: A Vampire Princess was a fun, witty and genuine book that brings in a different twist to the genre and I'm all for that! The characters were interesting, likable and had depth. The magic and the lore were interesting and really captured my attention and imagination. I'll definitely recommend this book to others and be on the look-out for the next in the series!(less)
The Replacement was a completely eerie, dark and spellbindingly brilliant take on the Faery world. So not what I was expecting yet it held me captivat...moreThe Replacement was a completely eerie, dark and spellbindingly brilliant take on the Faery world. So not what I was expecting yet it held me captivated from word one.
The Replacement tells the story of 15 year old Mackie, an oddity in his home town of Gentry. Pretty much known as the boy who never says anything even when spoken to. A junior in high school with a small but loyal group of friends among them, Roswell who is somehow wise beyond his years and despite his popularity and easy going ways has chosen Mackie as a close friend.
Mackie’s family is close knit and protective of Mackie yet despite their closeness there are things they just don’t speak of; things like why Mackie can’t go into the church where his pastor father gives sermon and presides over his parishioners, why Mackie is sickly especially when around certain metals and why does Mackie have such pale, pale skin and almost black eyes? Mackie’s sister Emma is and has always been fiercely protective of him. She’ll do almost anything to keep her brother alive, no matter the cost to herself.
There is definitely an underlying strangeness to Gentry that nobody really talks about. The dying children, the sickly children and what’s up with the slag heap? Those that live in Gentry have lived there most of their lives as have the generations leading before them. They seem to prosper despite the economic decline and it’s been that way as far back as anyone can remember.
When a school friend’s 3 year old sister dies and she insists it wasn’t HER sister in that casket, Mackie starts to question his identity. He meets Luther, the bassist of one of the local bands who is odd and strange—a bit like Mackie himself, and he tells Mackie that he, himself, will die if he doesn’t visit the slag heap. This is where the story starts to really spin its tale.
Throughout the story, Mackie discovers more about his identity, the value of love, sacrifice and how to feel and express emotion; something he’s never quite been able to do.
Summary: This is a creepy, eerie and fascinating story. It really touched me in some places; it intertwines reality with this strange folklore and makes it believable. The story flows from chapter to chapter so fluidly and the characters are genuine and likeable. There’s a passage that I found so true and so brilliant: “Intention is one of the most powerful forces there is. What you mean when you do a thing will always determine the outcome. The law creates the world.” So true.
Siren intertwines the mythology of mermaids who could sing sailors to their deaths on rocky shores with modern day sirens in Winter...more4 hearts for Siren!
Siren intertwines the mythology of mermaids who could sing sailors to their deaths on rocky shores with modern day sirens in Winter Harbor, Maine.
The sleuthing of a grieving sister, Vanessa and her friend/romantic interest, Simon, explore numerous strange deaths and extremely bizarre weather that is happening on Lake Kantanka in Winter Harbor, Maine. When Simon's younger brother, Caleb goes missing right after Vanessa's sister (and Calebs girlfriend) Justine plunges from a cliff they decide that what's happening isn't just the result of bad weather. Each man that washes ashore is smiling and this isn't the first time it's happened in Winter Harbor. When Vanessa meets the Marchand family she's puzzled by her strange reaction to them and theirs to her; somethings not right with this family of women and Vanessa will find out what it is with Simon's help-and maybe Justines.
There's a definite creep factor to the book along with plenty of tension filled suspense, edge of your seat adventure, sweet beginnings of romance and, of course, some pretty cool mythology.
The character descriptions were perfect, they were real, heartfelt people that I could relate to. The suspense is pretty much constant throughout the book and I felt at times like I wanted to skip to the end just to see what was going to happen because I couldn't stand not knowing what was going to happen (but I made a vow that I would never do that after I did it once and it ruined the book for me!). So, I read on, tense and tormented but satisfied with the ending even though it left just enough questions to make for a very nice sequel.
Crave intertwines the reality of a girl who has lived in the shadows of her illness with the fantasy that a `promising' new treatment provides for her...moreCrave intertwines the reality of a girl who has lived in the shadows of her illness with the fantasy that a `promising' new treatment provides for her.
Shay, 17, is sick; tired of being labeled as the `sick girl' and wanting to experience life but accepting that the normal high school experiences are beyond her physical limitations. Her best friend, Olivia and her Mother are always hovering, telling her what she can't do-- reminding her more like. Everyone treats her like a porcelain doll, she's to fragile, always passing out and spending countless hours in a hospital bed.
Enter her step-father, Martin a prize-winning physician/scientist who specializes, in of all things, blood disorders. He starts treating Shay with a new type of blood transfusion and suddenly she is feeling much better, amazingly better plus there's a bonus to the transfusions; as she's receiving them, she experiences bizarre visions/dreams where she's another person named Gabriel. Each transfusion shows us more and more of Gabriel's life. Gabriel's experiences are exhilarating to Shay and the visions she experiences convince her to `seize the day' so to speak. Shay starts to CRAVE the transfusion both for the strength it gives her and for the chance to experience Gabriel's life.
When Shay meets Gabriel it's under shocking circumstances and pretty much everything she's always wanted falls right into her lap; she definitely gets more than she bargained for. Shay finds out that things aren't always as they appear and soon she's on a harrowing trip. Where it leads--you'll have to read the book!!!
I think the reason it worked so well is that Shay grows to know Gabriel through the visions and Gabriel finds compassion and courage in Shay through the risks and chances she takes for him. It's a different twist on the genre and I'm all for that. Not real big on the cliff-hanger ending! I can only hope the sequel will be out soon. (less)
Amanda Marrone's Slayed is well written spin on the descendents from `Dracula'. The protagonist, Daphne, 17 years old, has traveled over the east coas...moreAmanda Marrone's Slayed is well written spin on the descendents from `Dracula'. The protagonist, Daphne, 17 years old, has traveled over the east coast most of her life `slaying' vampires. She yearns to be normal; to have friends, to experience having a boyfriend or to at least have the opportunity to hold hands with a boy! There's even pictures of potential prom dresses for a prom she'll never go to. She has a scrapbook of sorts that she has collected over the years; in those pages are pictures of imaginary friends she's drawn, a yellow house with a dog sitting in front just waiting for her to come home to. These are the `normal' things she yearns for, instead of life on the road with no friends, no home and not even a curling iron to call her own! Her mother, Joy is a controlling rigid woman, doesn't allow Daphne to read any other magazine except for Jennifer-Kate, a magazine devoted to clean living and isn't all `sexed-up'. Her father is more laid back; always deferring to her mother. Despite this type of sheltered life, she has seen more than her share of horror in the form of vampire slaying. Daphne's a great character; she's smart, witty and real. I loved her! When the story starts, Daphne and her parents, descendents of THE Van Helsing, her father anyways, are heading towards South Bristol, Maine. There have been strange occurrences; traditional vamp activity but also a rash of infants being admitted to the hospital with anemia and weakness and some have died mysteriously in the night. No sign of any fangs present. When the Van Helsing's arrive they meet up with the Harkers, yes, from Dracula, once friends now foe; Nathan and Tyler Harker, father and son. Tyler's the same age as Daphne and has the whole Goth look going. Daphne doesn't understand her mother's hostile attitude towards Mr. Harker and is surprised at how angry she gets when they are meeting with the police chief to discuss the assignment and the price. It's decided that the Van Helsings and the Harkers will work together on this assignment with a $5000 bonus going to the family with the most kills. The race is on! Mr. Harker has some unique ideas; vampires aren't harming/killing the infants but something else is..... Could he be right? Tyler, our Goth dude with guyliner has some surprising character developments; his life hasn't been easy but he is easy on the eyes. Kiki aka Maybelle Crusher, is a rich girl who was once a part of her family's famous children's band and television show: The Disco Unicorns. Daphne meets her on a recon trip and Kiki is one of the most hilarious characters!Kiki is a plastic surgeons dream with a chip on her shoulder and lots of money to burn. Kiki decides that slaying is her calling & Daphne has to teach her. Kiki is a riot and despite her `spoiled girl' tude, she's got guts, humor and a surprising sense of empathy that makes you want to be her friend once you get to know her. The story flows very nicely. It held my attention, I liked the characters and there were some unexpected developments that I wasn't expecting. I especially liked the humor and found myself laughing out loud at some of Kiki's antics. There is also some sorrow and heartbreak; all in all, there is a nice balance of chills and thrills, romance and comedy blended with real characters who have suffered greatly. (less)
Personal Demons touches on a lot of different issues; primarily brought to light is the whole Heaven vs. Hell theory so many struggle with. The story...morePersonal Demons touches on a lot of different issues; primarily brought to light is the whole Heaven vs. Hell theory so many struggle with. The story revolves around Frannie, one of five sisters all named Mary that use their middle names to distinguish themselves. They are brought up in a strict Catholic home and Frannie attended Catholic school along with her sisters until she was kicked out for being argumentative with the nuns during religion classes. Frannie stopped believing in God when her twin brother died as a child, something that Frannie has carried a tremendous amount of guilt over. Her thoughts are that if there truly was a God then he wouldn't let bad things happen to good people, especially children. Despite that, Frannie does her share of good deeds; She initiates a pen pal program with teens from Pakistan so that they can understand each others different cultures and she empathizes with the hardships that the teens experience in Pakistan. Make no mistake Frannie is definitely her own person. She rejects love because somewhere in her heart she doesn't believe she's worthy. She dated a boy name Ryan, a boy in a band that Frannie used to sing in and once Ryan told her he loved her she dropped him like a log. Along with her side kick, Taylor, her best friend and Riley another close friend, they have a predictable and fun life. Then, Luc comes to her school, Sin on a Stick! He has every girl in school panting after him but for some reason, he wants Frannie. Frannie is flattered yet cautious but soon she is feeling the effects of his `nature' and finds herself wanting to spend more and more time with him even though she knows there isn't something quite right about him. Luc, also known as Lucifer Cain is on a mission, he needs to lead Frannie down the path of sin so he can `tag' her soul for hell. He knows she is important to the big guy down below but he doesn't know why. Luc finds himself putting off the tagging of her soul and also finding that he's feeling new emotions; new emotions that demons don't feel. Things like love, compassion, caring, etc.... he doesn't know what's happening to him but he knows that he wants to be with Frannie forever but not at the cost of having her drug down to hell. Now enters Gabriel, a hot Angel who also brings up romantic feelings in Frannie. He is just as mysterious with Frannie and gives her the same `something's just not right' feeling but she is drawn to him as well. Where Luc is dark, Gabriel is light, in every sense of the word. The story entails some really bad demons, a lot of edge of your seat action/suspense, moral/religious issues and a lot of teen angst! I can't tell why Frannie is such a wanted soul in both Heaven and Hell but it's pretty amazing! It has a great ending that was both satisfying and also left hope for a sequel. My favorite kind of ending! I highly recommend this book. (less)
Tempest by Holly Hook is a suspensful tale of a young girls journey of self-exploration and identity brought on by a secret that has been withheld fro...moreTempest by Holly Hook is a suspensful tale of a young girls journey of self-exploration and identity brought on by a secret that has been withheld from her all her life. Everything she thought she knew was a lie and it has left her questioning who she really is and just what she is really capable of. Janelle Duvall has lived a somewhat normal life in Flint, Michigan. When economic times go bad, her father moves her to Florida where they settle in just as Hurricane Gary makes its way through. Janelle has noticed that her father has been behaving strangely in the week they've been in Florida, for instance, as the wind and rain howled outside their house during the hurricane, Janelle begged to go to the shelter but her father remained strangely calm, happy even. It wasn't until the police forced them to go to the local high school shelter that he gave in and went. It's there were she meets Gary, a boy who seems to literally appear out of a water vortex in the parking lot. The strange thing is he has the same birthmark that Janelle has. Not just similar, but identical! The birthmark, oddly enough looks like a swirling hurricane. It's this meeting that sets Janelle on her journey to find out who she really is and just why her father is acting so whacked out! A journey that is rich with nail biting action, suspense and edge of your seat anticipation. The ending is incredibly satisfying yet leaves room for a possible sequel. You'll have to read the book to find out more and I guarantee you will be enthralled. Janelle and the supporting characters are believable and real. The story itself is fascinating and brings a new element to the young adult paranormal genre. (less)