* Hardcover: 320 pages * Publisher: HarperTeen (May 8, 2012) * ISBN-10: 0062004042 * Author: Amy Plum * Cover Art: Just as beautiful as the art for b * Hardcover: 320 pages * Publisher: HarperTeen (May 8, 2012) * ISBN-10: 0062004042 * Author: Amy Plum * Cover Art: Just as beautiful as the art for book one. * Overall rating: *****+ out of 5 * Obtained: Gifted to me by Bibliopunkk THANK YOU!
Until I Die by Amy Plum
Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.
As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.
In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
WOW! This book blew me away. After book one which I loved I was really excited to get my hands on this one. This book picks up just after the ending of book one, Plum glosses over the events in book one in about half a page scattered throughout book two. (I do recommend you read book one before picking up book 2.)
We meet our heros again and we learn more about the revenants and the numa in this one then we did before. Their history really comes alive in this one! We also get to learn a little more about Jules and his human life, which was awesome. Though I admit I am a Vincent fan girl all the way! We get to see him grow as a character and we learn some surprising and great information about him that we never knew before.
This book for me was an emotional roller-coaster, there were twists and turns, some I guessed, some I didn't. I was literally laughing out loud, sighing, saying things like "Aw, that is so sweet!" and the very next page I was shouting "Holy Shit no way!"
By the end of this book I was crying thinking, no it did not just end like that, I keep picking it up hoping that magically there will be one more paragraph to let me know what happens to Kate and Vincent. I've never wanted the last book in a series this much.
If you liked Die for me you will LOVE Until I die. Both are great books, but with this installment Plum has shown she is a literary force that will go far. The wait for book three will be a long one for fans after that massive cliff hanger ending. ...more
Meet Ophelia: a blonde, beautiful high-school senior and long-time girlfriend of Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Her life is dominateTHIS IS A 2011 DEBUT!!!
Meet Ophelia: a blonde, beautiful high-school senior and long-time girlfriend of Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Her life is dominated not only by her boyfriend's fame and his overbearing family, but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go. As the devastatingly handsome Hamlet spirals into madness after the mysterious death of his father, the King, Ophelia rides out his crazy roller coaster life, and lives to tell about it. In live television interviews, of course. Passion, romance, drama, humor, and tragedy intertwine in this compulsively readable debut novel, told by a strong-willed, modern-day Ophelia. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
First off let me say that Hamlet is my work by Shakespeare. I LOVED this re-telling. Ray's Ophelia is a fun witty coffee obsessed character. I loved being able to see the story through her eyes and see how she delt with everything that was going on. I never saw Hamlet as a sympathetic character in the original play, but Ray portrays him as one. Seeing how her Hamlet deals with the murder of the king, the remarriage of his mother and his relationship with Ophelia was truly enjoyable. The twist with having Ophelia on a talk show telling her version of the events was interesting I loved how Ray told the story and the way her version of the classic characters came to life on the page. I would love to hang out with her characters all of them had a new fresh life about them.
I really liked how Ray incorporated some scenes and lines from the original play, I was particularly interested to see how she would incorporate Hamlets famous "To be or not be." I was so excited to see that also included Hamlet telling Ophelia to be a nun and Ophelia's speech when she goes crazy about flowers and the line 'Rosemary that's for remembrance'. It was a very cool way that they were included. I absolutely loved the whole story and I look forward to more of Ray's works, I really hope she writes more re-tellings of Shakespeare. This is one of my favorite reads this year!
Overall rating ***** 5 out of 5 stars Cover art Love the cover art the black and white contrasted by the gold and red of the throne is awesome. Obtained: My personal book shelf. (Received my pre-order a few weeks early)...more
Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler Early Review Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she wasRage by Jackie Morse Kessler Early Review Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different. That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control. A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world. (Synopsis by good reads) Rage, the second book in the new series by Kessler is very good. This book deals with Missy Miller a 16-year-old girl who cuts herself. Missy is constantly teased and has to put of up with a lot of garbage from her school mates and her own sister. When Missy becomes War, she unleashes a terror that she didn’t know she had. I enjoyed the inner struggle she had with herself and the conversations she had with War. I think it added to the story. Kessler did an amazing job at showing why Missy cut herself and how she deals with her self-injuring. The book takes reads all over the world and we get to see what war has done all over the world, but not just in a war zone like one might think. There were some scenes that were hard to read. The reader feels like they are right there with Missy and that they are being tormented just as she was. I would say that if you have cut yourself in the past or if you are a cutter, that you need to be in a safe place before reading this book. Over all rating: ***** 5 out of 5 stats Cover Art: I think the cover art is just as good as the previous book. Obtained: I received an ARC for review from the publisher via net galley. Thank you. **THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE ON APRIL 8 2011** ...more
* Publisher: HarperTeen (May 7, 2013) * ISBN-10: 0062004034 * Author: Amy Plum * Cover Art: Beautiful, I wish you could get posters of the covers for * Publisher: HarperTeen (May 7, 2013) * ISBN-10: 0062004034 * Author: Amy Plum * Cover Art: Beautiful, I wish you could get posters of the covers for this series! * Overall rating: *****+ out of 5 stars * Obtained: From the author Thank you!
If I should die by Amy Plum Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.
Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.
It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.
After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me? (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
Wow. Just wow! That was such a great book! The series as a whole is my favorite! Going into this one, I had a few theories and I was right. Which is awesome, I am so glad my theories were right I was hoping they would be.
This one picks literally right where the last book left off. Pretty much it's the same scene! Which is fantastic! Like all of Amy Plum's books If I should die is packed with action. We get too see more sword fights and more bloody characters.
We also get to meet new characters and get to see another city which was a neat twist. I really loved the additional lore that we learned in this one and we saw a different side to Papy which was really sweet.
I really enjoyed how Georgia's character developed over the course of the three books, she was her usual funny self in this one as well as part bad-ass. Not as much as Kate but still bad-ass!
If I had to pick my favorite part of this book, I don't think I could do it. It was that amazing! My only complaint is that ended. I had to force myself to do normal things like eat, sleep and go to work. I wanted to read it all in one sitting. I am glad I didn't though I was able to enjoy it that much longer.
Plum is by far one of my favorite authors right up there with Stephen King I will read anything she writes before I know what it's about. She is defendantly an author to be watching if you aren't already. one If you haven't read Die for me, or Until I die you have to! Get to a book store now and read them, you'll be all caught up when If I should die is released in May.
This was such a brilliant ride but sadly it must come to an end. I am glad though all my favorites got what they deserved and the characters all got a great wrap up to their story. I think that most all readers will be pleased by this book and by the ending that Kate and company got. ...more
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read,Matched by Ally Condie
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow. (Synopsis provided by goodreads) I was so excited to read this novel, the beautiful cover the buzz it got before publication, for me, the book was just okay. It should be said that I am not the biggest fan of dystopian novels. The writing was good, the character development and the dialog was good, but for me Cassia the main girl, I found to be not very likable. I found her to be selfish and kind of boring. I did like Xander I found him to be very interesting and I really wish there would have been more of him. I wish it was told from his point of view not Cassia’s. I do hope the second book in this series is better, I do plan on reading it, maybe it will change my mind. Again dystopian novels are not my favorite things to read. I really wish we knew more about the Society. We don’t know much about them, we have no idea who they are or possibly what they are. I wanted to know more about them and more about the Officials. I think if I had more information about them, I could have enjoyed the novel more. Overall rating **1/2 2 ½ out of 5 stars Cover art: It’s beautiful! Obtained: My personal library. ...more
Shadowspell by Jenna Black Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dateShadowspell by Jenna Black Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erlking and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erlking has long been the nightmare of the Fae realm. A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. Which means Dana’s in trouble, since it’s common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her – and her rare Faeriewalker powers – dead. The smoldering, sexy Erlking’s got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind? (Synopsis provided by good reads)
This is the only book by this author I have read. I really books with the Fae in them, so I was eager to read this one. The first thing that I noticed, was that Dana is a very strong character. She keeps it together and can stand her ground, which is great, it’s important for the YA world to have strong female characters when too often the genre is packed with Mary-sue and clingy whiny characters. Dana is a breath of fresh air!
This book has it dark parts, but Dana deals with it all wonderfully, I don’t know of many adult characters from other books that could deal with things half as good as she does. There is one scene of an attempted rape which can be hard for some people to read so that needs to be known so people can make a decision to read or not if they can’t read scenes like that.
This is such an intriguing book and I think the author does a great job in her writing, the dialogue was amazing and the character development was really good as well. This is not a typical YA novel, it’s a lot more dark and similar to books you’d find in the adult fantasy section of your local bookstore.
I would recommend this book to anyone! It’s such a great read and it reads fast, because you want to know what happenes next. I am looking forward to more books by this author.
Over all rating ***** 5 out of 5 stars
Cover art: I love the cover art!
Obtained: I won this book in a giveaway thank you so much Abigail! ...more
The Wraith by Goodloe Byron Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
Itching for freedom, Linus leaves home and moves into a trailer park with some ofThe Wraith by Goodloe Byron Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
Itching for freedom, Linus leaves home and moves into a trailer park with some of his friends. There they are free to live as carefree wastrels. But it is not what Linus expects. His best friend Rex abruptly vanishes, his roommate John begins to surround himself with criminals and his job at the local gas station becomes increasingly unstable. At the same time Linus is haunted by his neighbor Clyde, an elderly security guard who seems to appear at any place and anytime, often spending all evening at the window watching them and peering into their lives. (Synopsis provided by goodreads.com)
I want to first start by saying that this is the first book by Byron I have read and it is defiantly not a book for everyone. It is off-beat and there are some adult themes and situations in the book.
This was the first book I have read that is of this particular writing style. (No quotation marks) that drove me nuts. However, even with that, I found myself pulled into Linus’ world. His, story was intriguing and odd. As a fan on the odd, I found this book hard to put down. The oddness of the story reminded me of something that Edger Allen Poe or Stephen King would write. Because I am such a fan of their works, I am really harsh on reading books about the strange or odd.
What I loved about this book was the way that it is written gives the reader a more in-depth idea and picture of Linus, which can be a difficult thing to achieve. I felt that the main character was walking around in a haze if you will. Which, also added to the “cloudy” feeling the book had. But it worked! Byron wove such an great story in this tale.
I didn’t feel that the story was over though, I was left wanting more, there were so many unanswered questions at the end of this book I was left feeling cheated almost. Over all, I would recommend this book to others.
Over all rating:
****4 out of 5 stars.
Cover art: I thought the torn hole look was pretty neat I had never seen that before, the leaves gives it a creepy other-worldly feel.
Obtained: I received a copy from goodreads first reads. Thank you! ...more
Cat’s eyes by Karen Lee Field Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
This is going to be a very quick review.
Twelve year old Kate Dawson is unhappy aCat’s eyes by Karen Lee Field Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
This is going to be a very quick review.
Twelve year old Kate Dawson is unhappy at home. Her widowed mother has remarried and Kate has a stepfather and a six year old half-sister, Emma, who is nothing but a pest. She knows the resentment she feels towards Emma and her stepfather is making her mum unhappy, but Kate is confused by the deep feelings of guilt and jealousy that plague her.
One morning, Emma disappears down a mystical looking well. Irritated but worried, Kate follows and the two girls are thrust into the tunnels of Miu, an unknown place built within the lava tunnels of an extinct volcano. They meet a young Miuan princess and her guard, who are on the run, and the girls are instantly swept into a danger that will test their skills, their friendship and their love. (Synopsis by good reads)
This is a very easy read and more for middle grade I would say then anyone else. It was still an enjoyable story and very light hearted. I did enjoy the adventures that Kate had in this book.
Like other reviewers, I wish that we got to learn more about the Miuan people as a whole, but it didn’t take away too much from the story. This is a good book for a rainy day. I would recommend it for younger kids that want something light but that also has a fun adventure in it.
Over all rating: *** 3 out of 5 stars Cover art: I like the cover art really lets you know what the story is about. Obtained: I won a copy from good reads first reads. Thank you. ...more
Hunger by Jakie Morse Kessler Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”
Lisabeth Lewis has a blHunger by Jakie Morse Kessler Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”
Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons? (Synopsis provided by good reads)
I first heard about this book from The Story Siren. It had such an interesting premise I had to read it. Lisa is 17 and anorexic. This is a very slim book, but also very powerful. Kessler did an amazing job at allowing the reader to know what was going on inside of Lisa’s mind we see this in the form of “The Thin Voice”. Lisa talks to it and it tells her all of her faults and to watch her weight. It needs to be stated that Kessler in no way is glamorizing eating disorders and what they do to a person. She disclosed at the end of the book, that she herself suffered from an eating disorder, which I think allowed her to give a more intimate view of Lisa in this story. During the book we get to see Lisa grow as a person and grow as Famine. We get too travel all over the world and see the hunger that is all over. I really enjoyed how she portrayed the character of Death. He was witty and had a unique personality. I loved some of the different abilities he had. He is a character I am looking forward to seeing more of in upcoming books. Full of wonderful dialog and heart breaking talks between Lisa and “The Thin Voice” Hunger is a must read and Kessler is an author that should be on everyones radar.
Over all rating: ***** five out of five stars
Cover art: I liked the simplicity of the cover art.
What parents need to know: This is a very powerful and very serious topic. There is some talk of sex in this book as well.