Oh, wow! I cannot speak! Holly Black is one of my favorites and I loved this! I loved Hazel, I loved Jack, I loved Ben! Sniff! I'm sad that it's overOh, wow! I cannot speak! Holly Black is one of my favorites and I loved this! I loved Hazel, I loved Jack, I loved Ben! Sniff! I'm sad that it's over .... off to cry now!...more
I enjoyed Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst immensely! The main story is centered on Kayla, a 16 year old who is telekinetic and Daniel who can telepoI enjoyed Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst immensely! The main story is centered on Kayla, a 16 year old who is telekinetic and Daniel who can teleport. The story isn’t just about ‘mind’ power but has an amazing storyline that rivals any adventure series or movie, although, there’s plenty of magic and a sweet romance to be had, too. There’s a convoluted plot with surprise twists that kept this novel fresh and interesting.
There is a quest to rescue Daniels mother who has been kidnapped and he enlists Kayla’s help in a less then ethical way and being the good and kind thief that she is, she agrees to help him. What neither of them expects is the can of worms it opens when they start searching the world for an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago.
The characters are remarkable, seriously! I loved the way that they interacted with each other and also how quickly I grew to like them. They are funny! Not to say that this is a funny book, quite the contrary but there is definitely a humorous rapport between the characters at times that had me laughing out loud! I love when I’m reading a dialogue between characters in a book and I just burst out laughing, that’s when you know that an author has really crafted their characters well. The secondary characters are just as entertaining and play just as big a role as the main characters, Kayla’s best friend Selena could have her own book! Queen Marguerite, the Voodoo Queen, and Kayla’s mother, Moonbeam, are quite the characters, as well. I am so hoping to see them all again … possibly in a follow-up novel?
I know I mentioned humor but keep in mind, Kayla is a telekinetic thief for a reason and there are some real issues at hand in the novel. There are some highly dysfunctional family matters, some deep betrayals and more than one person is lying!
I have and will continue to recommend this book to everyone I know! ...more
Unmarked by Kami Garcia is the second book in The Legion series. The first book, Unbreakable, was unbelievable! I loved it! Unmarked is just as amazinUnmarked by Kami Garcia is the second book in The Legion series. The first book, Unbreakable, was unbelievable! I loved it! Unmarked is just as amazing, maybe even more so. The entire series so far is dark, eerie and incredibly suspenseful.
Unmarked starts off pretty much where Unbreakable left off, Kennedy is in a boarding school, separated from her friends and blaming herself for the release of Andras, the evil freakin’ demon who is now abducting girls who, it seems, have a striking similarity in appearance to Kennedy. Havoc is being wreaked everywhere and even the weather seems to be affected by Andras’s release from Hell. It seems that Andras has found Kennedy at school judging by the weird things that are happening to her. It isn’t long into the book, though, when Jared comes for her and begs her to join up with her friends from the Legion. Although she’s apprehensive about this, she is in love with Jared (and he, her) and despite her guilt, she misses her friends and wants to help get rid of Andras. Even though she knows she isn’t one of them, a true member of the Legion. For those of you who haven’t read Unbreakable, Kennedy didn’t receive her ‘mark’ after dispatching a spirit. This is a true testament of whether or not you are a true member of the Legion, so Kennedy remains, ‘unmarked’. As you get through Unmarked, there is an explanation as to why this is, but for me to give the reveal would be to unleash a huge spoiler so, yeah, I just won’t do that!
Kennedy’s friends, which include the former love triangle of Kennedy and the twins, Jared and Lucas (so glad the triangles over!), Alara – a tough, yet somewhat tender hearted girl with a strong voodoo upbringing, Priest – a home-schooled techie that is brilliant yet entirely way too trusting and Kennedy’s bestie, Elle, who is a great addition to the gang and definitely not Legion. They start off on an extremely perilous journey to stop Andras and it is, indeed, filled with pitfalls, death, and destruction. Make no mistake, Unmarked is not a fluffy, feel good book. There is definitely darkness here and it has an eerie atmosphere that creeped me out. For instance, possessed people doing violent terrible things, which is always a bad thing, in my book. Andras is a scary dude and not someone I’d want to mess with, he knows every deep dark secret or fear that each person has and he uses it against them. Unfortunately, Jared’s biggest secret is let out of the bag and at the worst possible moment – ever!
Along the way, the group runs into a couple of guys from the Illuminati, and there’s a huge revelation that is startling and heart-breaking for one of the gang’s members but it does explain a lot of the questions I had. Interestingly, there’s a bit of a historical component in the book that I enjoyed regarding the Illuminati and its background – whether it’s fact or fiction, I know not, but I still found it quite fascinating!
The story is quick paced, I both read and listened to Unmarked. So glad that I did this! I had the opportunity to get a very different view point on the story that I think that only audio can give me. So, while listening, I couldn’t skip ahead to ease my nervousness about what was going to happen. This is a good thing for me, as I tend to do that! There’s a lot of action and highly suspenseful moments in Unmarked, I mean, HIGHLY suspenseful, and listening to the narrator really builds a level of anticipation that had my palms sweating. The only bad thing was when I was shaking out my rugs and the static electricity almost blew my eardrums out … yeah, won’t do that again.
Bad thing? There’s a cliff-hanger and I really, really dislike those – with a freakin’ passion! Why do authors do this? Seriously, now I have to wait a year for any sort of resolution … uh-huh, yeah, that’s not painful at all – said nobody, ever! That’s really my only complaint and hence 4 stars as opposed to 5. Minus 1 star for making me sweat it out for a year! It’s only fair! Obviously, I so recommend this book! ...more
Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah is such a surprise and an amazing book. I really don’t know how else to describe it. It’s incredibly mysteriousOf Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah is such a surprise and an amazing book. I really don’t know how else to describe it. It’s incredibly mysterious, suspenseful and wow, did it throw me! I’m a bit thrown off – okay, I know I already said that but Wow! Holy Unexpected Endings!
Let me just start with this, Of Scars and Stardust is creepily atmospheric, beautifully descriptive and seriously suspenseful but not really in the 'OMG, I was turning pages like a maniac' way more of the it 'creeps up on you in an insidious sneaky way' and sort of 'grabs your heart and squeezes' way. Ms. Hannah’s writing is eloquent and thought-provoking, a true joy to read. The content itself is really unlike anything else I’ve ever read, sounds kind of trite, I know but I don’t know how else to explain it. I’ve never read a book before that left me feeling so uneasy or unsettled – but in a good way!
The main character, Claire, believes that wolves are responsible for attacking her sister, Ella. Claire has an exceptional amount of guilt over this since she sent Ella home from her birthday party and that's when the attack occurred. Claire has a very close relationship with Ella and the night that Ella is found bleeding in the snow, Claire just knows that the wolves are the reason but she’s sent away to New York to live with her aunt. She believes that the wolves continued to watch her while she was in New York, but of course, her psychiatrist tells her she is delusional, as many of the townsfolk also believe. It’s only when Ella goes missing two years later that Claire comes back to Amble to uncover the mystery.
There’s so much at play in this book, and there’s so much I don’t want to say for fear of spoiling it. Nobody believes her and most think she's delusional, including her family. Grant enters her life again and they fall for each other fairly quickly but I can overlook this, mostly because it’s such a sweet romance and also because they did know each other prior. Grant believes in Claire and he’s a fantastic character, probably my favorite. Claire makes for a fantastic heroine, she's incredibly realistic, traumatized, and certainly questions her sanity. It's difficult at times to figure out exactly what's really going on.
The ending is written so beautifully and so amazingly sad. I think what I'm feeling is a sense of sorrow but I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it. I am definitely putting Andrea Hannah on my read list, she’s amazing and I look forward to reading more from her.
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The Book of Ivy is a thought provoking dystopian novel set in a future world that has been decimated by nuclear war, EMP’s, and diseaseTHE FAERYS VIEW
The Book of Ivy is a thought provoking dystopian novel set in a future world that has been decimated by nuclear war, EMP’s, and disease. The story is told by 16 year old Ivy Westfall, a second generation survivor whose grandfather was the founder of the nation, named Westfall, that they now live in.
Ivy Westfall’s grandfather was overthrown by Bishop Lattimer’s grandfather. Since that time, those that followed the losing side live in Westside and those that followed the winning side live in Eastglen. Yep, this is a sore subject for those that must live in Westside. Oh, the differences aren’t that noticeable but they are there. Just enough to let the people of Westside know their place but in a very subtle way. There is no intermingling of the two sides or of the same side, for that matter, to deter any false hopes of a relationship or friendship that could never be.
There is a yearly tradition in Westfall, it is called Marriage Day. This when the 16 year old boys of Eastglen marry the 16 year old girls of Westside. It’s done for a number of reasons but the biggest is to keep the peace. It’s a way of intermingling the groups to make it harder to have an uprising. If your daughter or grandchildren are on the other side, it’s harder to bring war on them. Some are opposed to the practice and Ivy is one of these people. On her marriage day, Ivy’s forced to marry Bishop Lattimer but what the Lattimers don’t know is that Ivy’s father and sister have a plan. They want Ivy to kill Bishop so they can over-throw his father, the president.
What follows is poignant, heartbreaking and intensely compelling. What I thought would be an action packed read actually pulled me into self-debate over some of the practices that went on in Westfall. I was initially ready to take a certain side but the side I actually took was a bit surprising to me. There are some deep issues at hand in this novel, issues that made me question my own sense of justice, morality, and loyalty. Ms. Engel created a world that drew me in for many reasons but it also challenged many of my beliefs. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this and was pleasantly surprised!
I love the realness of the characters, their insecurities made them all the more attractive and allowed a tangible relationship to grow, one that was achingly real and heartfelt. The world that Ivy and Bishop live in appears controlled and safe on the outside but it is soon apparent that this is just barely so. Ms. Engel creates an underlying tension that keeps the pages turning and left me wanting more.
The ending cliff hanger is intense and I cannot wait for the next in the series! Ms. Engel is an author to watch for, as is Ivy and Bishops story.
I so highly recommend this novel! 4.5 Faery wings! Minus .5 for leaving me with a serious cliff hanger nail-biting habit!
This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review. ...more