I'm a big fan of Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush Saga, if fact, I loved it. Black Ice .... not so much. Dangerous Lies is somewhere in between the two.I'm a big fan of Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush Saga, if fact, I loved it. Black Ice .... not so much. Dangerous Lies is somewhere in between the two. It's really hard to like a book when you don't like the main character right off the bat.
Stella or Estella, is bratty, ungrateful, and just downright rude. Somehow, despite her background and past hurts, I just can't get behind this type of character. Sure, some feisty attitude is much appreciated but Stella was bratty and annoying, unless she was talking to the main hottie, Chet, then she was charm itself. Flip flop much, Stella?
On to the story, incredibly predictable, borderline boring, and lack of closure with some of the characters. I so hate this. I took the time to slog through the book, the least you can do is give me some closure!
So, read at your own risk. It's more of a 1.5 but I'm feeling generous today.
Not 'Nearly' as good as the first, unfortunately, I had it figured out by the first few chapters. That doesn't take away from the entertainment factorNot 'Nearly' as good as the first, unfortunately, I had it figured out by the first few chapters. That doesn't take away from the entertainment factor, though. Nearly is still a great character and I do hope there's a third book in the making. I'd definitely read it. I think there's still some unanswered questions and also some new directions the author could take Nearly in....more
Melissa Marr’s new novel, Made For You is a complete 180 from her usual fare. This isn’t to say that it isn’t fantastic, because it is! It’s a disturbMelissa Marr’s new novel, Made For You is a complete 180 from her usual fare. This isn’t to say that it isn’t fantastic, because it is! It’s a disturbing, who-dunnit thriller set in a southern gothic atmosphere that literally had me turning pages at a rapid pace. I absolutely love Melissa’s Wicked Lovely series and while Made For You has a slight paranormal edge to it, this really isn’t the primary focus and it certainly isn’t what gives it the creepy skin crawl factor.
Eva Tilling is Jessup’s teen royalty, she’s wealthy and incredibly popular yet when you get to know her, she’s actually deserving of it. One evening, Eva gets stood up by her boyfriend, Robert, and while walking home she is struck by a car – intentionally – and wakes in a hospital to find she has a new gift. Although she thinks at first that she may be experiencing hallucinations as a result of a traumatic brain injury, she soon realizes that what she thinks are hallucinations are really visions of others impending deaths. Frightening, right?
Eva soon realizes that her friends are being made targets by the killer but she doesn’t know why. She can only watch helplessly as she see’s visions of their deaths but has no idea of the killer’s identity. Enter some really great characters: Grace, Eva’s best friend and a character I really grew to love. Grace cares nothing for Jessup’s formalities and small town southern ways. Then there’s Nate, Nate is Eva’s long-time ‘best-friend’ who she hasn’t talked to in years since his parents divorced and he went a bit crazy, drinking, sleeping with other girls, … you get the picture? Plus, she has a huge crush on him. Did I mention that he’s gorgeous?
Made For You is told in a few alternating POV’s, mostly Eva’s, but we get an insider look at the stalker/killer, known as the Judge. Seriously, it’s downright freaky! The Judge has a warped sort of ‘God wants me to do this’ outlook that he/she justifies in a whacked out way. The story is fast paced with a lot of action, suspense, romance and I think I mentioned the intense creep factor already.
Made For You, although not what I expected from Melissa Marr, was not a let down! In fact, it was a refreshing change from her usual trope and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great mystery, full of suspense, charming southern gothic and spine-tingling thrills!
This is the second time I read this book and I enjoyed it just as much. Mr. Koontz writes with an eerie intensity that creeps me out ... which I LOVE!This is the second time I read this book and I enjoyed it just as much. Mr. Koontz writes with an eerie intensity that creeps me out ... which I LOVE!
I'm getting ready to reread the second book and I'm sure I'll enjoy it just as much! ...more
Wow! Ms. Ryan really knows how to keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Nerve was action packed and had some great characters that were easilyWow! Ms. Ryan really knows how to keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Nerve was action packed and had some great characters that were easily relatable. The premise of the book is something that I could almost see happening in the not so distant future. No rehash of the synopsis, I'll just say that if you're looking for a fantastic suspense filled read, Nerve will not disappoint.
Romily Bernard did an amazing job creating a suspense filled novel that I finished in one sitting. It had a great plot filled with tension, light romaRomily Bernard did an amazing job creating a suspense filled novel that I finished in one sitting. It had a great plot filled with tension, light romance and a serious case of whodunnit!
It's a story about Wick and her younger sister, Lily whom fortune has finally smiled upon after years of abuse and neglect. Wick will do anything to protect her sister including the continuance of her killer hacking skills to put away some bank - you know, because in Wick's life - All good things end. Avoiding her drug dealer abusive father who is an escaped convict to finding out who killed her former best friend is only some of the lenghts she will go to to ensure that Lily remains safe.
Wick is a heroine that I admire. She makes hard choices and has a razor sharp wit while still remaining vulnerable. She's very real yet still a bad ass!
I read this book in one night because I literally couldn't put it down! I look forward to whatever Ms. Bernard writes next!...more
Sigh, what has happened to one of my favorite authors? The characters lack substance, as does the story .... what a disappointment. I really had a hardSigh, what has happened to one of my favorite authors? The characters lack substance, as does the story .... what a disappointment. I really had a hard time finishing this one. 1.5 stars....more
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda was completely out of this world! Literally not of the world we live in now, that’s for sure but the book it’THE FAERYS VIEW
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda was completely out of this world! Literally not of the world we live in now, that’s for sure but the book it’s self completely blew me away. It was one of those books that I sort of put off reading thinking “okay, another dystopian novel to slog through” and don’t get me wrong, I love them more than anything but sometimes there’s so many that just don’t meet my expectations. The Hunt did more than meet my expectations, it ROCKED MY WINGS to the point I was buzzing all over the place!
What an amazingly thought out plot! Gene lives his life with a society of vampires that have taken over the world. Yes, there’s a few ‘hepers’ here and there but most of that, Gene believes, is fantasy talk. Gene himself is a heper; I ‘m sorry but I can’t get past the similarity between heper and heifer! Prime meat just walking around, the only difference is that the hepers know they’re hunted. One drop of blood and the vamps would be on them in a wild frenzy. Every evening, Gene has to shave the hair off his entire body except his head, make sure he has absolutely no body odor, he has to constantly remind himself not to laugh, clear his throat basically not to show any heper emotion at all. When the vamps laugh or show emotion, they scratch their wrist. It’s a bizarre world that he lives in and one mistake and he’s a goner. There’s one girl in glass with shiny red hair and she’s so beautiful but Gene’s caught her looking at him a few times so he has to be extra careful. They don’t go by names, they go by seat assignments such as D-4 but he has always called her Ashley June. He’s been all by himself since he was 9 years old but he remembers everything his father told him so he’d blend in.
When he and Ashley June win the ‘heper hunt’ and get invited to the palace to go on the first ‘heper’ hunt in 10 years, he really starts to worry. The take him right from the school with none of his prep pack, the more nervous he gets, the more like a heper he smells like but on the way there the others blame it on the fact that they’re getting closer to the heper colony.
Once Gene is at the colony they have 5 days of ‘festivities’ where Gene spends most of his time trying to not smell or dehydrate since the vamps don’t require fluids other than blood. Luckily for him there wasn’t enough room in the dorms so they put him in the library, a circular area that actually gave him some clues. He’s also in for the surprise of his life and this surprise will help him have a chance at getting out alive!
Andrew did the cleverest Character portrayals I’ve ever seen. Each vamp, although alike was different in certain aspects. They were creepy beyond all measure and just reading about Gene being in school with them gave me goose bumps but eating meals in the Palace I thought my husband was going to have to peel from the ceiling with a crow bar! There were plenty of ‘crow bar’ moments, trust me; that’s just how creepy these vamps were portrayed.
As far as world building, sorry another I kept waiting for Gene to cut himself, etc… there was one exhibition where a heper was devoured and it wasn’t pretty [crow bar moment] The way the palace was set up by the heper colony, Gene could watch them during the day-that’s the one advantage he had over the vamps. They couldn’t watch during the day because the frenzy would hit and they would kill themselves to try and get there under the dry summer sun and what Gene found out was surprising. The only other heper he’d been around was his father and his father was always pounding ‘the rules’ into his head, which was good because it kept Gene alive.
Everything combined made The Hunt one of the best Novels I’ve had the pleasure to read in a long time. I devoured every word on every page and when the willies took over it was a delicious sensation! It's dark, eerie and it kept me on high octane the entire book.
Andrew Fukuda is one Fan-Faery-Tastic Author that I look forward to reading more of in the future, especially the follow up to The Hunt!
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Wow, Soulbound by Heather Brewer was a one-of-a-kind read and I’ve never quite read anything like it. Ms. Brewer put a whole new spin oTHE FAERYS VIEW
Wow, Soulbound by Heather Brewer was a one-of-a-kind read and I’ve never quite read anything like it. Ms. Brewer put a whole new spin on an already present genre and put it on high octane!
The main character, Kaya grew up knowing what her duty in life would be that of a healer to her Soulbound (SB) Barron or Warrior. The each bear a mark somewhere on their body to let them know they've been born to be a healer or a Barren. Not everyone is born with a mark, it's a special tribute from the gods that come with powers. There is a unique flow of energy between a healer and her SB and they to her. The war is vicious, the evil king has trained Graplers, huge beasts that will kill a human in seconds and love to chomp on their flesh.
One day in Kaya’s village during a festival, a Grapler comes, and kills Avery, Kaya’s best friend. It was vicious and brutal. The next day Kaya is ‘invited’ to the training compound where she’s expected to attend classes on healing only. Using her own natural healing along with herbal remedies is part of her studies but so is the history of the 100 year war.
Kaya meets her first friend who happens to be her own personal assistant who gets her meals, get’s her to class on time, chaperones her and at first Maddox thinks she’s just another spoilt healer but they soon become best friends. I loved Maddox, she absolutely rocks and her story is so sad yet hopeful, too.
When Kaya meets her Barron, swoon worthy Trayton, things start to look up for Kaya. Trayton is obviously taken with Kaya and she feels intense attraction to him but Trayton isn’t like Kaya-they have different points of view when it comes to healers, Kaya feels that healers should be trained in the art of self-defense while Trayton and the rest of the academy feel that it’s not the healers place that their Barron will take care of them and protect them but Kaya makes a good point: What if her Barron is dead? What if a Grapler is trying to attack her while she’s trying to heal her Barron?
There’s one person who says he will help her, and unskilled warrior named Darius-can you say ‘perfect man a-go-go?’ Silver haired, black eyed and battle ready; he is tough, stoic, takes no prisoners and is going to train Kaya as if she were a man. Darius and Kaya have instant ‘dislike’ for each other that soon grow to grudging respect and maybe something more but you’ll have to read the book to find out.
Ms. Brewer did a most excellent job on the plot! It was amazing to watch it all unfold so perfectly with so much complexity. What a joy to read! Soulbound starts off with a bang and doesn’t really stop until the very end with the cliff-hanger of all cliff-hangers. Leading into a love triangle that was so tastefully done but wasn’t quite finished in my book… which makes me look forward to Ms. Brewers second installment tentatively titled SOULBROKEN which kind of scares me a bit for reasons I cannot say for spoiler reasons!
There is so much more to this book then a mere review can capture and to use spoilers is a big no-no so I say PRE-ORDER THIS BOOK! You cannot go wrong; it’s perfect in every aspect that’s important in a fantastic book.
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Buried: A Goth Girl Mystery by Linda Joy Singleton was a great addition to The Seer series, Thorn gets her own book to herself and itsTHE FAERYS VIEW
Buried: A Goth Girl Mystery by Linda Joy Singleton was a great addition to The Seer series, Thorn gets her own book to herself and its high time she did! As a fan of all things written by Ms. Singleton, The Seer series is no exception. Thorn aka Beth Ann is the ultimate Goth Chick but there’s more to her than appearances! This girl has mad skillz as a finder!
Thorn isn’t your ordinary Goth girl that you read about in some books, you know the type: angsty, defiant, smokes, drinks, tattoo’s a-go-go… Thorn is actually a reverends daughter who really loves her family, does well at school but wants to express herself through her choice of clothing, make-up, etc… She’s a character that quickly endeared herself to me. She’s spunky and completely aware of herself; I admire this as I’m sure many others will, too! In addition, Thorn is a Finder, meaning she ‘finds’ things that are lost.
In Buried: A Goth Girl Mystery, Thorn faces a mystery all while she and BFF Rune are trying to dodge friend Amelia whose persistence in trying to get them to join the Talent Show rivals that of a dog with a meaty bone. Whilst dodging Amelia, Thorn finds a locket with black hair in it and thus the mystery starts! Dead baby bones, ‘The Grin Reaper’, the Sheriffs suspicious looks and questions, threats to her family, the dreaded talent show-which may or may not play a big part in this story but that’s all I’ll say bout’ that! Let’s just say that poor Thorn gets a bit more then she bargained for upon finding that locket but that locket could just be the key---then again, maybe not! I suppose you’ll just have to read this paranormal thriller/mystery to find out all the gory details!
As always, I am never disappointed in anything that Ms. Singleton pens! Her characters are richly described and I always enjoy the sense of humor she manages to fit in. The school setting is all to realistic but of course we have to make time for Thorn to go on some chilling escapades. Ms. Singleton has a wonderful knack of keeping me (and I would guess any reader!) glued to the pages she writes, she’s just that good at delivering an amazing storyline Captivating the reader with thrills and chills, an uncanny skill at keeping the plot going at just the right pace and a completely satisfying ending to boot!
THE FAERY SAYS BURIED: A GOTH GIRL MYSTERY BY LINDA JOY SINGLETON MADE MY WINGS FLUTTER WITH HAPPINESS! ...more
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard was a joy to read albeit not what I was expecting in the slightest! It was more of aTHE FAERYS FEELINGS
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard was a joy to read albeit not what I was expecting in the slightest! It was more of a paranormal suspense filled thriller then the completely steam-punk mystery that I thought it was. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy steam-punk but Something Strange and Deadly combined both beautifully.
Set in mid-1900’s Philadelphia, the dead are rising like zombies although there is no virus, etc… the main character 16 year old Eleanor is extremely close with her brother Elijah and his last telegraph stated not to look for him anymore, not to hang out with the Spirit Chasers or she’d put both their lives in jeopardy, this was handed to her from a walking dead person as she hid in the telegraph office!
Working with the Spirit Chasers is an unlikely alliance at first but gradually one begins to see that they need the other. An evil necromancer is bringing the dead to life but for what purpose? Their endeavor to find the necromancer is almost impossible and extremely dangerous because even though they don’t know who the necromancer is, the necromancer knows who they are. Danger lurks around every corner and Eleanor also has the added burden of keeping her reputation intact.
Ms. Dennard did a fabulous job with the plot and her narrative really flowed beautifully; the characters were imaginative and lively. The entire book was difficult to put down, I kept thinking “One more chapter, then I’ll go to bed” which led into 2 very late nights. A fantastic book that has me looking forward to the next in the series.
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At first I thought The Selection by Kiera Cass was going to be like the TV show Bachelor with a little light dystopian thrown in. I wasTHE FAERYS VIEW
At first I thought The Selection by Kiera Cass was going to be like the TV show Bachelor with a little light dystopian thrown in. I was dead wrong! Oh how I adored this book! It was so very much more, Ms. Cass built a dystopian world with a strict caste system that either puts you at the top with food, adequate shelter and clothing or at the very bottom where there isn’t enough food for everyone, let alone warmth or clothing. Safety isn’t exactly to be had, either. A small starving child is whipped in the town square for stealing a piece of fruit. There’s no empathy from the higher castes for the lower castes and really it boils down to where and to who you were born.
Taken from a caste system where America or 'Mer' is at the bottom of the pecking order but not so far down that her family is starving to death; her family is a ‘5’-Artists, and they skimp on food and clothing and there’s been times when they’ve had to go without but not that often. America’s family is artists, and America’s voice is heavenly plus she can masterfully play many instruments just like her mother. America has fallen in love with Aspen; a gorgeous sweet boy a caste down from her. He’s incredibly smart, works as many jobs as he can find to help his widowed mother and all his siblings just to put food on the table. What America and Aspen have is the real thing; going on two years, each one knows how to comfort the other. Aspen is proud and when there’s extra food at America’s, she’ll bring it to ‘their’ tree-house, a rickety old thing in America’s postage stamp back yard. They spend countless nights there, dreaming of how they’ll run away together, that the caste doesn’t matter but deep down Aspen knows they can never really be together, he would never subject her to the starvation and fear that his caste constantly feels. When The Selection comes up; Aspen encourages Mer to join because he could never forgive himself if she lost her chance at a better life because of him, he encourages her to join and when she gets picked he breaks up with her, effectively breaking her heart.
With all of the preparation for The Selection, America can’t get excited; her heart is heavy with grief until the day of her going away ceremony when she sees Aspen with his arms wrapped around another girl. She decides then and there to get mad-it works sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t.
The opulence of the Palace is amazing; unlike anything America has ever seen! She has 3 maids, foods that are so delectable that she tries very hard not to make a pig or herself. Her clothing is so fine and her hair always done by her maids that she looks her very best. America soon starts to love the Palace she once hated. Prince Maxon soon becomes very dear to her heart and there is no mistaking his affections towards her. But something happens that could spoil it all. Amidst the rebel attacks, her heart break and the realization that she is as beautiful inside as out; America has an epiphany of sorts and that leaves us at our cliffy!
I am so impressed with Kiera Cross’s writing! Every main character was so very easy to get to know and the secondary characters were, as well. I fell in love with all of them and in deep dislike with some, too. Kiera’s sense of what Palace life would be like makes me wonder if perhaps she lived in one at one time or another! I felt the luxury that America felt and saw the beauty of the gardens all around me.
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Slide by Jill Hathaway was really much more than what I was expecting-my first thought was that it would be incredibly predictable butTHE FAERYS VIEW
Slide by Jill Hathaway was really much more than what I was expecting-my first thought was that it would be incredibly predictable but much to my surprise, it wasn't. Ms. Hathaway created an original tale that captured my imagination and just when I thought I knew ‘whodunit' I was wrong. Written in first person narrative by the main character, Vee, I was able to experience her ‘Slide' into other people's lives who are basically doing hum-drum things until she witnesses a murder, the problem is, she is in the murderer and has no idea who it is.
Vee has been able to Slide into other people's lives since she was little but after a few visits to psychiatrists she decided to keep it to herself. When Vee Slides she goes into a sort of catatonic state that's frightening for others while she herself is experiencing another's actions at the time. Vee has been diagnosed with Narcolepsy and put on Provigil to help her stay awake during daytime hours but she quickly dispenses of them and fills her pill bottle with caffeine pills since they seem to work better. She's never shared her secret, not even with her best friend Rollins who knows her better than anybody. Vee's younger sister is everything that Vee is not but once was: a cheerleader, popular and with lots of friends surrounding her. It wasn't until a fellow cheerleader's jealousy brought Vee's life crashing down around her. Vee is a brave character and it didn't take long for her to endear herself to me. Rollins, too, he's a stand up guy and although he's popular and swoon-worthy, he's completely loyal to Vee.
When Vee Slides into a murderer as he is killing a teenage girl she goes to school with, she's helpless-there isn't anything she can do to stop it but watch it unfold. The autopsy reveals that the murdered teenager is pregnant---hmmm... who'd want to hide this? This isn't a spoiler by the way! This is where the mystery, suspense and thrills start to kick in. Not only does Vee have to deal with everyday life but she has to sleuth to find out who that killer is. Just when I thought I knew who it was, I was wrong!
Slide entails everything about a great paranormal mystery that I love! Ms. Hathaway's extraordinary talent and cleverness with plot twists such as misleading clues, major drama, thrills galore and suspense kept me reading until I finished Slide in one sitting. Ms. Hathaway knows how to write a suspenseful mystery along with a wholly unique and fresh outlook on a fantastic paranormal ability. I found myself becoming invested in the characters that Ms. Hathaway created; for me that only happens when the descriptive of each of the characters is developed with true talent-in truth, it's a big part of what makes or breaks the book for me. In this case, it made Slide a tremendous read. I am so very hopeful there will be another book on the way!
THE FAERY SAYS THAT SLIDE BY JILL HATHAWAY ROCKED MY WINGS!...more
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday isn’t usually the kind of book I read but I must admit, I’m glad I took the chance and read it! It wasn’tTHE FAERYS VIEW
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday isn’t usually the kind of book I read but I must admit, I’m glad I took the chance and read it! It wasn’t what I was expecting and that was the beauty of it.
Hartley isn’t ready to have sex with her boyfriend Josh so he decides to seek it out elsewhere, when Hartley goes to his house to confront him she finds the girl he’s been shleppin’ around with dead. Josh is, of course, the main suspect. Hartley and her bestie Sam end up trying to clear Josh’s name with the help of cute goth boy, Chase.
The characters are fantastic in Deadly Cool. Hartley is snarky and laugh out loud funny, her dynamic with some of the characters actually had me giggling throughout the book and wanting to jot down some of her witticisms. The high school world they live in is realistic despite the fact that they seem to skip a lot. I liked the fact that Hartley didn’t just jump in and start finding clues and solve the mystery, in fact it is part of the charm of the book watching her screw up, and follow misleads and get herself in some hilarious situations. Hartley is a character that we can all identify with; her imperfection made her a perfect protagonist.
Alongside the funny there is an equal amount of danger, there’s a murderer closing in on them-one who knows they are getting closer. The killer turns into a serial killer and as more people die the more desperate Hartley becomes. The three sleuths must find the killer before the killer gets the chance to silence them. Not easy to do when the police detectives are watching their every move and Hartley has to watch her back because she's pretty sure she's next on the list.
Deadly Cool was a fun entertaining read that I am so glad I chose! Watching a new set of investigative characters form from the beginning and knowing there is going to be more books to follow is happy news for me. I can’t wait to see what happens with the ‘crew’ in the next installment. Whatever it is, it’s sure to be a fantastic read.
Imagine your absolute worst fear and then multiply it by 100. That fear is so severe that it interferes with every aspect of your life-THE FAERYS VIEW
Imagine your absolute worst fear and then multiply it by 100. That fear is so severe that it interferes with every aspect of your life-awake and asleep, if you’re able. That is what brings Will Besting and six other teens to Fort Eden, a special ‘Clinic’ where they’ll undergo treatment to cure them of their phobias but what they find there isn’t so much salvation as descent into the unknown where their fears are brought to life a what happens at the end of their time there just might be worse than their life altering phobias.
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman is told in first person by Will, we’re taken on a suspenseful psychological thrill ride when he escapes the group and hides in a room where he’s able to view almost everything that’s happening on video monitors. With the help of the group’s facilitator, Dr. Rainsford, Will watches as each member of the group enters a mysterious chamber and comes out miraculously cured. Will watches closely though and every person cured seems to have something wrong, an ache or pain here, excessive sleepiness there; it just doesn’t add up and Will fears there is something very dark at work in Fort Eden.
Dark Eden was a little slow at the beginning but it picked up fairly quickly. I was bothered by the fact that I didn’t get to know what each person’s phobia was, particularly Wills, until much later in the book. There is an underlying creepiness that pervades the entire book and the narrative is such that sometimes you feel as if you’re vacationing in Wills head-an extremely bizarre place to be but also kind of cool because he’s so smart and distrustful. I found myself becoming increasingly paranoid and weirded out even when I wasn’t sure if he was a little off his rocker or in the beginning when I was urging him in my mind to rejoin the group. This takes me to the plot! Mr. Carman kept me guessing until the very end and there were some plot twists that I didn’t see coming.
Dark Eden is a unique book, intriguing and fresh along with thrilling and suspenseful. The ending is definitely not what I expected and makes up for the slowness of the beginning.
THE FAERY SAYS YOU JUST MAY LIKE THIS BOOK! ...more