I am just speechless and that never ever happens! Josephine Angelini has done it again-EPIC READ!!!
Another One-Sit-Read for me, this is the second booI am just speechless and that never ever happens! Josephine Angelini has done it again-EPIC READ!!!
Another One-Sit-Read for me, this is the second book in the Starcrossed series and it is the second time I stayed awake most of the night to finish this fascinating story.
I am doing the pretzel dance! What is the Pretzel Dance you say? It's when every limb is crossed while jumping up and down maniacally :o] Yes, I am doing the Pretzel Dance after finishing the last page of Dreamless! Yes, it was 4:15 am in the morning but I was so pumped you'd think I had drank pots upon pots of coffee and tossed down a couple of 5 hour energies! The reason for the Pretzel Dance is I LOVED DREAMLESS and, now this is a big one:(you can sing along if you like!) "I am a hopin' and a prayin' and a wishin'" that this will not be a trilogy because I can see that the Starcrossed Series can continue with amazing new adventures with all of the characters that Josie created that I love!
I am not posting my review until one week before publication date but I will say this: Josie has certainly written 'dream sequences' in a captivating and fresh light - let's say that light is very dark and disturbing, though :o]
THE FAERY SAYS PUT DREAMLESS BY JOSEPHINE ANGELINI ON YOUR PRE-ORDER LIST! YOU'LL BE SORRY IF YOU DON'T WHEN YOU HEAR ALL THE RAVE REVIEWS! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ 'STARCROSSED' YET, THE FAERY SAYS READ IT! THE STARCROSSED SERIES BY JOSEPHINE ANGELINI HAS ROCKED MY WINGS!
A big thank you to Josephine Angelini and Harperteen for allowing me to view this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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.
THE FAERY SAYS THAT THE SELECTION ROCKED MY WINGS ...more
Julie has once again out done herself with a fascinating and chilling tale of a dystopian world ruled by vampires and the humans' who both depend on tJulie has once again out done herself with a fascinating and chilling tale of a dystopian world ruled by vampires and the humans' who both depend on them and fear them greatly.
Told as only Julie can do, the action is non-stop and the creepy dystopian world she paints for the reader is all to realistic-which I found deliciously frightening! Allie, the MC is without a doubt one of my favorite heroinnes of all time: she is independent, street-wise and hard as nails in this vampire/man eat man dystopian world yet she retains a compassionate heart that she rarely shows.
Allie's journey throughout The Immortal Rules is fraught with danger, pre-virus intrigue, truly creeptastic moments and even love.
That's all for now, a more thorough review closer to publish date! Put this one on your calender or Pre-order now!
THE FAERYS VIEW
THE FAERYS VIEW
Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is nothing short of how spectacular I thought it would be. The anticipation that had built up knowing that Julie was going to the fang side was well worth it. When I got the ARC in my greedy little hands, I was tearing into it before the envelop hit the garbage can. Yes, I did stop to admire the cover but what I really wanted to get to was inside that gorgeous cover!
The true gem of Immortal Rules likes in Julies titillating plot: just when you think you’ve seen every possible vampire scenario, Julie goes and changes the genre much like she did for the Fae world. Told as only Julie can do, the action is non-stop and the creepy dystopian world she paints for the reader is all too realistic-which I found deliciously frightening!
Imagine yourself living in the worse ghetto possible with no lawful system in place, no food, no shelter, nothing… it’s a survivors dystopia but then add in cannibals, gangs that rape you and worse but that still isn’t the worse! Add in Vamps that often roam the streets at dark plucking juicy morsels out of the best hiding spots they can find. This is the world that Allie lives in. Allie lives in a world that is ruled by the vampires, sure she could get more food if she’d let the vamps stamp her like the rest of the herd but she refuses to let them take any more from her then they already have. She has her ‘gang’ that sort of look out for each other but in this world, people don’t live long. Allie is hard as nails, kick-ass and take names later and extremely world wise. Allie does have a softer side and she takes pity on the weaker kid in their group, making sure he has enough to eat but at the same time she resents him for not pulling his weight.
On a trip out of the ‘safe area’ looking for food, Allie becomes what she detests the most but she’s give a choice: die or live as a vamp. She chooses to live as a vamp but she has a mentor who sets her out on her own when he’s taught her all he can. It’s then that Allie runs into a traveling human pack and falls in love with Zeke and Zeke in love with her.
The way Julie portrayed this beautiful love affair was perfect; it was earned, it was earnest and it was the love we all wish for. I hate to bring in The Iron Fey because Immortal Rules deserves its own review but I saw this with her characters in that series. No insta-love but a love that is based on getting to know that person. Of course there’s an initial physical attraction but that’s so for all romance, it’s the deep romance that Julie does so beautifully.
World building-WOW! I was right there the whole time; Immortal Rules is one of those books where I found myself in another world-literally. I could imagine every scene as if I were there-sights, smells and audio. It’s a rare gift when an author can drag me in that deep into a book that when the phone rings, I don’t hear it until it’s on its third ring or I don’t use the bathroom until I have to pretzel dance all the way to the bathroom! I’d say maybe 15, maybe 20 novels out of a couple of thousand that I’ve read have done that to me, two (2) of them by Julie herself!
There is so much more I’d love to say but I refuse to ruin this book for anybody. All I can do is sing the praises of this magnificent book and its magnificent author and give the best advice to you all: READ IMMORTAL RULES!
THE FAERY SAYS THAT IMMORTAL RULES BY JULIE KAGAWA ROCKED MY WINGS!
Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin-Teen for allowing me to view this galley in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more
My First Thoughts: After reading the synopsis for Angelfire I thought Maaaybee it would be one of those books where the boy protects the girl and undyMy First Thoughts: After reading the synopsis for Angelfire I thought Maaaybee it would be one of those books where the boy protects the girl and undying romance would ensue within chapter 2-3. Boy was I wrong. In fact, I couldn’t have been more off the mark and I was thankful for that. I was surprised and delighted at the Angel mythology presented by the author and her presentation was done in such a rare distinctive way
My Review: Ellie is just a normal High School student. She likes to do what normal high school girls do; shop, chill with her gal pals, hit the mall etc… Only she has a lot of money and is quite the bratty one. Then she meets Will, oh my, Will, Will, Will---whatever do you do with a guy like Will? Ellie’s a smart girl, she realizes he’s got it going on but she also knows that there’s something up with him, too. Will eventually convinces Ellie that he is her Guardian and her memory becomes more prevalent as the book progresses. She is an extremely old warrior know as the Preliator, the Chosen One; the only one who can end the war between the Evil and the Good that is at war. In her past lives she was fierce and hunted down the evil reapers with a supernatural weapon that only she can wield but now she is mortal and her humanity is giving her trouble. Spoiled rich girls with Daddy issues aren’t always the easiest to train. Luckily for Will, Ellie has received enough of her memory back that she actually believes what is happening to her. Will guides Ellie through her history, teaches her how to fight and then lays the big one on her which I will not spoil for everyone else but I’ll give a hint: She’s the only one who has it and it’s a reaper killer. Some of the scenes were a bit dragged out but the action scenes more than made up for it. Will takes his time letting Ellie know about her past lives, he’s insanely devoted to her and while he helps her train he builds her up instead of knocking her down. She’s a different person when she’s a fighter then when she’s with her friends; it made me want to know more about their past lives i.e. were they lovers, fighters, etc… it would be so interesting to know what their past lives were like before this life. I think that could be a book in itself. Secondary characters came into the book and left without a word which gives me hope for a sequel/series. I’d like to know what’s going on with her Father, I think he plays a role here somewhere but I haven’t quite figured it out yet.
My Summary: Surprisingly, there wasn’t a huge cliffhanger but there is definitely room for much more to take place. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and look forward to reading something by Ms. Moulton again in the future, hopefully tied in with Angelfire. I liked the Angel/ Demon mythology/lore and found it fascinating. Again, I’m looking forward to reading more of Ms. Moultons work.
Once I finished this book, I wanted to give it 5+++ stars! This debut is destined to become a favorite series of readers everywhere . I have yet to seeOnce I finished this book, I wanted to give it 5+++ stars! This debut is destined to become a favorite series of readers everywhere . I have yet to see an author write with such wit and humor and make it work so beautifully in a book that can still carry off the thrils, chills and the paranormal romance feel.
Charley Davidson is what you’d call a permanent Grim Reaper sort of a ‘Go to the Light’ kind of gal/part-time private detective and a part time Albuquerque Police Department consultant. It doesn’t hurt that her Uncle Bob or Ubie as she affectionately calls him is a big time respected detective who took over after her dad stepped down. Both highly respected because of Charley’s skills of communing with the departed, all of whom make it much easier to solve a case. Of course nobody knows that but them but hey, a girls got to make a living!
With the help of her self-depreciating best friend and secretary, Cookie and some departed friends she helps solve a criminal case that I won’t say a word about because I truly don’t want to spoil this for anybody. What I will say is that Charley is working one heck of a case with 3 departed lawyers that will cause all kinds of havoc in all areas of her life. Luckily, she has a lot of back-up with her Grim skills but that still doesn't keep her out of trouble or danger.
Also,Charley comes into contact with one ay carumba hotty named Reyes that she met years ago when she was a teen and hasn't seen or heard of since, one that she felt an instant connection with and things start to get bizarre with Reyes now than you could ever possibly imagine. She gets her fair share of bumps and bruises but throughout her life, there has always been a guardian angel around who somehow manages to save her from harm.
In summary, Charley’s the girl I’d love to be or at the very least, have as my BFF! First Grave on the Right had me captivated until I read the very last word and even then I found myself thinking about her almost as a real person. Charley is very empowering! Ms. Jones writing is so skillfully wicked, her characters so deliciously authentic and her world building is definitive and genuine. There is humor but there is also a delectable dark spine-tingling tension that runs through the book. All in all: It has it all!
I am eagerly anticipating the next in the series with bated breath. ...more
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 froTempest 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. ...more
MEANT TO BE by TIFFANY KING was one of those books that I read in one day. It was one of ‘those’ books! If you are an avid reader then you know what IMEANT TO BE by TIFFANY KING was one of those books that I read in one day. It was one of ‘those’ books! If you are an avid reader then you know what I mean! When you pick up a book and the very first paragraph grabs you immediately and you whisper to yourself “I’m not letting go until the very last word!” That’s what debut author Tiffany King’s new novel MEANT TO BE did to me!
The main character, Krista is incredibly intelligent, a model teenager with loving adoptive parents. Krista’s never had friends and keeps to herself, not out of preference but out of necessity. Krista is severely empathetic, unable to get to close to anyone without becoming overwhelmed by their emotions. She doesn’t just feel one emotion; she feels them all, sometimes to the point of making her physically ill. The only thing that has kept her sane are her nightly visits with an unknown boy she meets on a twilight beach in her dreams. He has the power to soothe her during these dreams so that she can go on to face another day. She’s had these dreams all her life yet she never sees his face but he is as familiar to her as her own self.
After a tragedy, Krista and her mother move to Santa Cruz, a place that Krista has always felt drawn to. It’s a special place where she immediately feels at home. The ocean and the beach soothe her but her dreams take a drastic turn the day she arrives in Santa Cruz. Despite Krista’s inner turmoil, she vows to make her life there as best as she can for her mother’s sake. Krista’s enrolled in a prestigious private school where she meets Samantha (Sam) and for the first time in her life she feels connected to a real person and has a true friend who not only understands her but also has the exact same empathy as Krista only she’s learned to control it. She also meets Mark, the boy in her dreams and the connection is instantaneous and powerful. It isn’t long before another joins their group. Questions start arising about how they all feel so connected. Things start to get seriously awry for the group and danger lurks around every corner. Supernatural/paranormal forces seem to be at work but will they find out the answers before something tears them apart?
There are a lot of things I liked about MEANT TO BE, I felt an instant connection with Krista when she said “Chocolate talked to my soul” (Location 294) and “There was nothing like the smell of books, both new and old. If someone ever bottled the smell, I would be all over it.” (Location 233) Now, here’s a girl I could hang with! She loves chocolate and the smell of books and reading! Aside from that, I liked how well developed all the characters were. They were ‘step off the page’ realistic and I fell in love with all of them and found myself rooting for them, crying with them and laughing out loud with them.
I do wish that I had gotten to know one of the characters a bit better and also would love to see this group continue their search and also research into their history. There are still a lot of unanswered questions which leads me to believe there will be a sequel. This would be most welcome to this reader.
In Summary, MEANT TO BE is a combination of all the things I love: paranormal romance, mystery, suspense, humor and intrigue plus some unforeseen plot twists and turns. It is an amazing book with exceptional characters, amazing plot and a great twist away from the usual fare of the genre. ...more