After Tamsin Greene’s horrific encounter with the wicked Alistair Knight in Once a Witch, Tamsin is just starting to get comfortable wi...moreTHE FAERYS VIEW
After Tamsin Greene’s horrific encounter with the wicked Alistair Knight in Once a Witch, Tamsin is just starting to get comfortable with her new found Talent and finding her place within her extraordinarily Talented (magical) family. Tamsin’s happy and relieved to have found her Talent yet struggling with her grandmother’s prediction that she will soon make a decision, a decision so vital it will affect her entire family’s future.
Life has finally settled down a bit for Tamsin; her sister, the lovely Rowena is getting married, she has Gabriel, the boyfriend of her dreams and she’s back at school in her dorm room with BFF, Agatha. She deserves a little peace, right? Well-- not quite yet—there’s a bit of a problem with the future. It seems that Alistair did indeed travel back to the Victorian era; warning his ancestors of the Greene’s intent to compile the Knights power into the Domani thus disabling them from causing harm and doing ‘blood magic’. It’s up to Tamsin to travel back in time and stop Alistair from warning the Knights of the Greene’s intent.
When Tamsin travels back to Victorian era New York ahead of Alistair she finds a position in the Knight household as a lady’s maid for Jessica Knight; daughter of the cruel calculating matriarch La Spider and sister to charming Liam Knight. The Knights are powerful witches and along with their extended family, they use their Talents for increasing wealth and personal gain at any cost. Add Alistair to the picture and things start to get a little hairy.
Tamsin finds herself caught between her wary ancestors and the vicious Knights in a struggle to save her family--past, present and future, all while trying to protect the innocent’s that are caught in between. It’s through other’s love and sacrifice that she learns how every move she makes and every word she utters impacts the fateful decision her grandmother predicted. She can only hope and pray that she doesn't lose her future along with that of her friends and family along the way.
Carolyn MacCullough spins a spellbinding story of magic, time-travel, suspense and adventure. The story flows fluidly from chapter to chapter and the characters are richly defined. The history of Victorian era New York is fascinating and visually descriptive. (less)
The Goddess Test was a mesmerizing and gripping tale that I read in one sitting. I can only say that author Aimee Carter did a fantastic job putting a...moreThe Goddess Test was a mesmerizing and gripping tale that I read in one sitting. I can only say that author Aimee Carter did a fantastic job putting an intriguing new twist on this fascinating mythological tale.
Kate Winters, our protagonist, has not had an ordinary teenage life. At 18 she’s taken care of her cancer stricken mother for the past four years. Leaving New York at the request of her mother, they head for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where her mother grew up and where she wishes to die. Kate leaves behind everything familiar and finds herself in Eden, Michigan; Kate is surprised that the town itself is so small that to blink one would miss it, not to mention the home they bought is out in the woods with the closest neighbor a mile away. Kate agrees to go to school there, entrusting the care of her mother to an in-home nurse. The people that Kate meets in Eden are a little off but she just can’t put her finger on it and it’s only after a tragic accident that Kate’s destiny starts to unfold. This is when Kate meet’s Henry who performs what can only be called a miracle and in exchange for said miracle he exacts a promise from Kate, one she believes will never come to pass. She was wrong! Kate’s story begins in Eden but her unique and altruistic personality makes her the perfect choice for Henry, whose looking for someone special to help him rule Hades as both his wife and Queen. Kate’s journey begins here and there is so very much at stake, if she passes all that she dreamed could come true but if she fails…
The main characters were so well portrayed that I found myself either really liking them, really disliking them or being incredibly annoyed with them! I found myself getting emotionally invested in the main characters and the plots twists and turns. There were times I was certain I knew what was going to happen but I was completely wrong and other times I could see what was going to happen from the obvious clues.
The things I really liked about the books would be spoilers but what I will say is that Ms. Carter’s unique story telling was both joyfully wondrous and heart wrenchingly sad. Her words have the power to evoke strong emotions that many will identify with.
The only thing I disliked about the book was that Kate and Henry didn’t behave exactly the way I wished they would have but I understand now why it was important they didn’t. It wasn’t enough to discourage my reading enjoyment, in fact, I enjoyed the book so much that I read it in one day because I just couldn't put it down until I was finished.
In Summary, I was really impressed with Ms. Carter’s beautifully adapted novel that took the mythology regarding Hades and the Underworld and made it into her own extremely entertaining version. While there was a very modern aspect, Ms. Carter skillfully intertwined this along with the well known mythological lore into an extremely entertaining book. I look forward to the sequel, Goddess Interrupted! (less)
I really wish I could say I loved this book but I just can't. Giving it a 3 was being generous, it's really more of a 2.5 and the reason for that was...moreI really wish I could say I loved this book but I just can't. Giving it a 3 was being generous, it's really more of a 2.5 and the reason for that was that the premise of the story itself, although similar to another I've read, was very good. It's the follow-through that was left wanting.
After reading the synopsis, you can see that the New Horizon was attacked and overtaken by The Empyrean for their own nefarious reasons. All the young females are kidnapped and taken aboard the Empyrean under less than friendly circumstances. Once there they are greated by 'kindly' older ladies and treated with respect after being forced aboard.
My problem lies with HOW things happened. Waverly, the main female protagonist, is for all intent and purpose, a strong female yet her actions for the most part don't prove that. Yes, she's 15 but she's also getting ready to marry and breed-times are different not to mention Waverly proves she is capable of making a smart decision one minute only to do something incredibly non-smart the next.
Kieran, her would be mate, left on The New Horizon, is facing mutiny in a 'Lord of the Flies' scenario with a sullen boy that has always been in love with Waverly. What happened to all the adults, you say? Good question-I asked myself that very question of how all the adults could allow themselves to be 'removed' in one way or another. It just didn't make sense to me but a few things in the book didn't so I think it was a way to make the story more interesting.
There are some plot twists and turns here and there that made the book interesting and somewhat enjoyable and allowed me to finish it with some satisfaction. BUT there are flaws in the story that really bothered me, hence the 2.5 score leaning to a 3.
I'm not sure I would recommend this book to any friends but I'm sure there are many people who would enjoy this story.(less)
Although I gave this 5 stars, it's not a One-Sit-Read for me. That's not to say that The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is not one FanFaerieTastic book! I was...moreAlthough I gave this 5 stars, it's not a One-Sit-Read for me. That's not to say that The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is not one FanFaerieTastic book! I was intrigued from the start and no, I'm not a cover lover so that had nothing to do with my interest in the book.
Michelle Hodkin wrote a superb novel revolving around two main characters, Mara and Noah but she also did a fantastic job on the secondary characters which brought a richness to the book that made it seem more realistic.
The sheer amount of kids tormenting other kids that remains present in our school systems blows my mind. With the programs that have been put in place...moreThe sheer amount of kids tormenting other kids that remains present in our school systems blows my mind. With the programs that have been put in place to put a stop to this behavior I'd think that there would be less incidences but that isn't so. Bullying remains alive and kicking in our schools, playgrounds and even homes across America.
Take Herman Howards, a 16 year old boy who takes it upon himself to murder 39 of his peers that he says "had it coming" and he justifies this brutal mass murder as "standing up for the kids like me all around the world". Let's face it, we all know that children can be capable of the cruelest deeds with little thought to the emotional outcome. John Mailer captures this perfectly while delving into Herman's mind through Lax Morales, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who exposed a white supremist group a few years prior. Lax's expose didn't come at a small price to his personal life. Lax is now an internet blogger with a strong teen following which leads to Herman sending video clips of his heinous crime to Lax.
Lax spends three days interviewing Herman while his trial is expediated and the public opinion is torn between those that want to see Herman excuted and those that feel the taking of his life is no better than the mass killing he performed. While interviewing Herman, Lax is forced to view his own past behavior which was less than admirable.
Mr. Mailer focuses on a variety of issues that could lead to such an occurance such as violent video games, absentee parents, the death of a sibling and let us not forget the bullying that is ever-present in todays society and he rolls this all into one big ball of issues that form Herman's psyche and mental state at the time of the school shooting.
I can't say that there were any real eye openers in this book - there weren't. Anyone who watches the news knows that bullying remains both a realistic and desperate issue. It isn't just for children but also for adults. It's imperitive to be aware of not only how our children our behaving towards others but how others are behaving towards them and more importantly how are media/entertainment outlets affecting them? Do you believe that such things as violent music and video games, etc... can cause violent behavior? These are important issues that face todays youth.(less)
Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler does a great job describing exactly why nobody should ever drive drunk but also about high schoo...moreTHE FAERYS VIEW
Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler does a great job describing exactly why nobody should ever drive drunk but also about high school dynamics, a young girls loyalty and what happens when that loyalty is taken advantage of.
Gabby thinks this year is going to be the best, she has a popular good-looking boyfriend and her status is now elevated in the schools hierarchy. Then she wakes up in the hospital, told that her boyfriend’s car has crashed and he is nowhere to be found. Thus begins Gabby’s downward spiral and things go from bad to worse for her. Losing friends, the trust of her mother and carrying a load of guilt, Gabby must make decisions that can greatly impact those around her-one person in particular.
Where it Began was a good book that I enjoyed but I must admit it was a bit predictable for me. I admired Gabby’s loyalty to a point but I also felt she was acting somewhat of a martyr but to tell you why would be to give away spoilers! I do believe this is a good book for teens to read to understand the dangers of drinking and driving, lying-even if it is for what one might think is the right reason and also that in real life more often than not you reap what you sow. For that reason I give it a 3.5 rating.
THE FAERY SAYS IT GAVE FLUTTER TO MY WINGS BUT DIDN'T MAKE ME FLY
Thank you to ATWT and the publisher for allowing me to review this book in exchange for my honest opinion. (less)
First Impressions: I've been waiting to get my `eyes' on this book since I first heard of it. My anticipation was well rewarded! The Wicked Woods is a...moreFirst Impressions: I've been waiting to get my `eyes' on this book since I first heard of it. My anticipation was well rewarded! The Wicked Woods is all I hoped it would be and more! It is eerie and haunting and mysterious, suspenseful with a dash of sweet romance on the side! The writing is so rich with wonderful characters and a powerful storyline. This is the Debut series of the year!
My Reflections: Wicked, is a quaint tourist town set in Massachusetts. One of its main attractions the Wicked Woods, is a large area of forest so large and dense that those who've lived in Wicked most of their lives haven't seen the heart of it. In fact, most seem to avoid the woods, there's something not quite right about them--something inherently creepy and almost, well--Wicked. Sixteen year old Briony has lost her family to those woods, both her parents and her little brother Jake. She would have been with them had she not been insistent on going to cheerleading camp rather than a family vacation. Now, Briony is staying with her Aunt Sophie at the Edge Inn Bed & Breakfast which is at the very edge of the Wicked Woods; the very same woods where Briony lost her family and Aunt Sophie lost her husband, Briony's Uncle Pete, in the same incident. Their bodies were never recovered. It has been about a month when the story starts and Briony is doing her best to control her grief and not lose hope that maybe, just maybe--her family is still out there. Briony meets new friends and enemies in the short time she has been in Wicked. Among those is Fallon, a gorgeous blue-eyed blonde who is sweet and shy and Kevin, also gorgeous but where Fallon is light and shy, Kevin is dark and nowhere near shy!
After a few Wicked incidences occur, Aunt Sophie tells Briony that she is a member of The Wicked Woods Preservation Society. A society that keeps the member's and tourist's of Wicked safe. Safe from what you ask? Well, if I tell you it will ruin the book and I so don't want to do that! What I will say is this: there is another population living in Wicked Woods-one that exists solely to decrease the population of Wicked proper and all that visit it. The things that go bump in the night couldn't be truer in the town of Wicked and if you ever visit there---wear a crucifix, preferably one of silver.
Summary: The Wicked Woods is mysterious, suspenseful and most of all, downright scary! After reading The Wicked Woods I found that it left me wanting more! More of the town of Wicked and more of the Wicked Woods and what hides inside its deepest recesses! But most of all, I want to read more of what happens to Briony, her friends, her family and her enemies! Kailin Gow has created the most realistic heroine-Briony has the same insecurities, fears and doubts that all young women have but the message she sends is this: be true to yourself and others, do what you know in your heart is right and rely on your inner instincts. I think that most of us can relate to Briony at a base level which makes her an instant `friend' and someone we root for throughout the book. She is, after all, one of us. (less)
Leena and her friends really had it made senior year at Barcroft Academy. Leena had scoped out Frost House, a cozy cottage tucked away...moreTHE FAERYS VIEW
Leena and her friends really had it made senior year at Barcroft Academy. Leena had scoped out Frost House, a cozy cottage tucked away on the campus grounds and received permission for her and her friends to spend the year there instead of the dorms. When it turns out that it’s just her and Viv for the first semester, they get an unpleasant surprise in the form of their semester replacement roomie, Celeste, Goth Girl extraordinaire. Things at Frost House aren’t as they first appeared with bizarre happenings that defy explanation; it’s as if the house itself has its own personality and it doesn’t like visitors and it’s not afraid to let them know that.
Frost by Marianna Baer has a unique voice interweaving a paranormal story with a suspenseful thriller which kept me guessing throughout the book. Leena made a fantastic protagonist, strong yet strangely susceptible to the house which lent her a sense of vulnerability that made her a much more relatable character to me. As Leenas life becomes more confusing and muddled, she starts a downward slope and the happenings in Frost House target Celeste and Leena with a vengeance. Torn clothing, smashed belongings, strange odors-all kinds of creepiness ensues and Leena starts changing along with the house. The intensity of Leenas psychological confusion and chaotic events was at times overwhelming but definitely contributed to the meat of the story and the sense of the surreal that often surrounds Leena.
There were a lot of things I really liked about Frost, the blossoming romance between Celeste’s older brother David and the incredible creepiness of the book-Ms. Baer’s narrative was written so tightly that I felt the bone deep chill and goose bumps raise with each uncanny encounter; she also kept the flow of the novel going so that there weren’t any ‘waste words’, each word, each sentence and each page contributed to this haunting novel. My one complaint was the ending: even though it was unexpected, it wasn’t fulfilling. I felt like I had a whole box of chocolate truffles but could only eat one---okay, maybe two!
Ms. Jabaley wrote an entertaining and fun YA read for all ages!
Willow Grey was ripped away from her best pal, Max when they were 9 yea...moreTHE FAERYS VIEW
Ms. Jabaley wrote an entertaining and fun YA read for all ages!
Willow Grey was ripped away from her best pal, Max when they were 9 years old but not before she 'made' him promise to always be her best friend forever!
She returns at seventeen to find that Max has filled out and is completely "CRUSH" worthy! They've kept in touch almost daily since she left but seeing him in person has reinforced the feelings that have been growing in Willow's heart, a more than best friends feeling-the dry-mouth, weak knee'd and I want to kiss your whole face feeling.
Needless to say, things don't work out quite the way Willow planned but since she watched her gorgeous and engaging mother hypnotize people for years, she figures the best way to get Max is---Get him jealous! She performs a hilarious hypnotist routine at a party and finds the perfect subject to make Max jealous only things don't exactly turn out the way Willow planned. Willow learns the hard way that love shouldn't be forced and when something is meant to be, it will be.
I really liked the concept of this book, the storyline moves along at a nice pace and I whipped through it pretty quickly, never getting bored. There's much more to the book, Willow's relationship with her mother and grandparents along with other issues that I felt sent a great message. I'd recommend this book to friends and family.
Poe, whom so many don't have a great understanding of, is explained so beautifully by Ms. Creagh, in such a way t...moreWhat can I say! Nevermore has it all!
Poe, whom so many don't have a great understanding of, is explained so beautifully by Ms. Creagh, in such a way that it's not the tedious high school project but the brilliant and hauntingly dark writing that it is.
Isobel is the girl who has it all; she sits upon the top rung of the high schools ladder of social hierarchy yet manages to be a strong compassionate person despite her popularity. Varen, Goth boy extraordinaire is thought by Isobels crowd to be a freaky weirdo who wears guy-liner but Isobel finds him to be compelling, intelligent, sexy and mysterious despite their differences and the grief she gets from family and friends over her relationship with him. There are some scary otherworldly baddies along with an eerie dream realm that caused me a bit of confusion at times but it didn't really take away from the book that much.
Isobel Lanley + Varen Nethers brings a combustible mixture of two wildly different backgrounds that give hope to us all that it's sometimes those extreme differences that can bring two such varying people together. The relationship is explored in a realistic way, not in the 'love at first sight-you must be mine forever scenario that seems so prevalent in today's PNR books.
This book combines so many terrific elements, keeping me turning pages well into the night; at times I was frightened, hopeful, intrigued, scared, happy, etc... the whole gamut of emotions.
Nevermore by Kelly Creagh is, indeed, a fantastic dark horror story that is haunting and loaded with suspense, mystery, love and hope. (less)
Wake by Amanda Hocking was no surprise, I got exactly what I expected: pure imaginative brilliance! I’ve followed Amanda since the early days when ‘My...moreWake by Amanda Hocking was no surprise, I got exactly what I expected: pure imaginative brilliance! I’ve followed Amanda since the early days when ‘My Blood Approves’ series was full of grammatical errors and you know what? I didn’t care! The story line was just that good that I bought one after another on my Kindle and wanted to cry when the series was over. Then Hollowland came along and The Trylle Trilogy and a few others and things just kept getting better and better.
Amanda is a natural born story teller; I can imagine her in the days of old-spinning tales in front of a fire place or a camp fire and scaring the crap outta everyone or putting forth a tale of love that would have the maidens swooning. To me, this puts her in a rare category of authors, those that are remembered long after they’re gone and our great-great grandchildren will still be reading her works long after we’re gone.
Wake was no different and a trilogy that I’m highly anticipating, especially if the next 2 books follow in Wake’s footsteps. I really don’t want to rehash the book but let’s just say it’s like the movie Mean Girls on steroids but without the humor and something extremely weird about the clique.
Two sisters very close, the oldest one, Harper has basically given up everything so that the younger and gorgeous sister Gemma get’s to live a more ‘normal’ life after their mother dies when they are extremely young. Living in a tourist town they get their share of different strokes kind of folks but a group of drop dead beautiful girls come to stay for the summer and there is just something not quite right about them. When they start pulling Gemma into their clique, Harper starts to worry…and she should be, she should be very worried.
I cannot wait for the next addition as Amanda did leave us with a cliffy, I have a love/hate relationship with those! Wake is full of thrills, eerie suspense and mystery as I watch the spiders start to weave their evil nest and wonder just do these girls want with Gemma? There’s some seriously scary moments and some romance but not to heavy on that yet. Amanda just did a magnificent job making Wake a book that is incredibly difficult to put down.
THE FAERY SAYS ‘WAKE’ BY AMANDA HOCKING ROCKED MY WINGS! (less)