To me, New Moon was more than the sequel to Twilight. It was the coming of age of characters, it was time to show who you were and where you stood. Al...moreTo me, New Moon was more than the sequel to Twilight. It was the coming of age of characters, it was time to show who you were and where you stood. Although I really feel Bella is weak and somewhat of a doormat in general, she steps up to the game in New Moon. It's time for her to decide just how far she's willing to go and it's her timing that will determine the fate of not only her destiny but of her friends. It's a non stop, heart ache, hopeful rollercoaster of the truth. The truth that sometimes life deals you a crappy card and you have to decide what to do. Will Bella move on in the face of pain? Will she give up on friendship? Or will she find true love? (less)
**spoiler alert** The Giver is one of the best books I have ever read. Lowry is able to place us in a world where it is seemingly perfect and life as...more**spoiler alert** The Giver is one of the best books I have ever read. Lowry is able to place us in a world where it is seemingly perfect and life as the characters know it is set for them. In school the administrators watch what you're good at and what your weaknesses are. Then at graduation they tell you what career is yours to take. Worst case scenerio, which rarely ever happens, you're forgotten...and that's what the main character thinks happened to him. Graduation ceremony comes and goes and he's left, or is he? The strange new life that he is about to enter into will burst vividly into all he's ever known. The rest of the story tells us why and how he'll deal with it.(less)
**spoiler alert** This book was picked up on accident. After purchasing it because 1, I thought the cover and preview looked good and 2, the name is v...more**spoiler alert** This book was picked up on accident. After purchasing it because 1, I thought the cover and preview looked good and 2, the name is very similar to another book I was told to pick up; I was warned: that book is not good. You're not going to like it, you bought it so give it a chance but I don't think you'll like it!
I couldn't put it down. I finished it in a day and a half. In the world Evermore creates you have your typical "it girl" who has tragically lost everything. She hides herself behind hooded sweatshirts, pumps loud music into her ears and avoids being touched at all costs. Her saving graces are these: Haven (goth/fad obsessed and cupcake loving best friend), Miles (gay, showloving, direct and soo loving best friend) and Damen. When Ever touches people she sees things about them and could tell you what their really like and their past but when she's around Damen she gets nothing. He doesn't even have an aura. But he's beautiful (I like to think he looks like "Damon" from Vampire Diaries) and he's relentless. As much as Ever tries not to notice him or be drawn by him the simple silence and the radiance of his smile captivates her and she's seduced.
In Evermore, Ever finds herself tossed into this "destiny" of Immortals; herself included much to her shock and serious dislike. Will she get past it? Will she be able to look into the eyes of the man who took her chance of ever getting to heaven with her family away from her? Will her friendships survive the onslaught of her seemingly unstoppable destiny? And what surprises will Damen, his magic and his *don don da dooooooon* EX WIFE hold for her?!(less)
In Shadowland we know several things, Immortals are sparce but their numbers are growing. Some, well most of them are straight up Evil. And Ever and h...moreIn Shadowland we know several things, Immortals are sparce but their numbers are growing. Some, well most of them are straight up Evil. And Ever and her love of many many lives....can't touch. If their DNA is at all intermingled it will destroy Damen. In search of a cure for the curse put on them by Roman (a rogue immortal whose only goal in life is to take away what is most precious from Damen) Ever finds herself playing a dangerous game of love, loss and magick. Guarded by the crystals she wears and armored by an undying love, will it be enough to save them from this state or will she be lost forever where Immortal souls go? Forever alone, forever seperated in an eternity of shadows and darkness, the Shadowland.(less)
**spoiler alert** Oh. My. God. Who knew recycled lives and undying love could be so fascinating?! Still in search of a cure to allow Damen and Ever to...more**spoiler alert** Oh. My. God. Who knew recycled lives and undying love could be so fascinating?! Still in search of a cure to allow Damen and Ever to touch again Ever now also has to find a job or be forced into an internship at her guardian's (and aunt) firm. Desperatly seeking not to spend her summer with lawyers and instead romancing with her boyfriend Ever turns to a local mysticism store and gets hired by the incredibly relaxed yet deeply passionate Jude. Down the street the insanely evil/sexy as all get out Roman has set up shop and Evers determination to get to the bottom of the antidote has gotten severly out of whack. She's turned to witchcraft, using an ancient tome she found in one of Judes personal drawers, and has attempted a binding spell to Roman that will make him to do her bidding. All she wants is the antidote but the magicks gone wrong. She finds a darkness inside of her that is calling out to Roman, he's all she can think about all she wants with every inch of her. Damen can't even hold a candle to the lust rush she feels for Roman and strangely Jude is able to keep her mind somewhat off of this, not enough to stop her from losing her mind, but a comforting presence to say the least. But why? And why does he make her stomach flip and her heart race? Damen's her true love...right?
**Please note that there is SOOOOOOOO much more than these little, poorly written reviews I provide. These books are PACKED with characters, heartache, love and lust as well as self conflict. I haven't been taken by such storm by a book in years so please, don't just take my word for it, GO BUY IT! :)(less)
**spoiler alert** My husband picked this book out for me. He knew how much I liked reading about angels from the last book I had read (Becca Fitzpatri...more**spoiler alert** My husband picked this book out for me. He knew how much I liked reading about angels from the last book I had read (Becca Fitzpatricks, Hush Hush) so as we strolled the book aisle at Target, Shaun reached down picked this up and said "How about this one?" My husband doesn't ever hand me aaaaanything with half naked boys on it so I figured he intuitively knew something I didn't and took his advice. The first few chapters were somewhat rough to me. I had just read about 6 books in a row that were all the typical YA undying love and lust kind. This book shows Aaron Corbet, a young man turning 18 who is a foster child in the only home that ever made him feel loved. He's working hard in school for a scholarship to college and loves his younger step brother, Stevie more than anything...anything except his golden lab Gabriel :) Gabriel is his best friend and constant comapanion. It's charming and quaint but you can almost smell the calm before the storm. The girl of his dreams, Vilma, has even recently noticed him and has spoke to him much to his surprise. The night of his birthday Aaron goes through traumatic changes. He can now understand any language and speak it, even the languages of the bugs, dogs and Angels. It's a painful transformation full with dreams, physical pain and the horrors of "losing your mind" although it's really the angelic presence inside of him coming in and wanting a place of it's own. Soon enough Aaron's life is turned more than upside down. He meets fallen angels that help him begrudgingly see what it is that he is, Nephilim. One of them even throws a ball to Gabe into oncoming traffic in a desperate attempt for Aaron to embrace what he is to save his dogs life. The act of saving Gabe has altered the dog and as he heals he finds he's no longer just a simple minded canine. He's special. Aaron's foster family is killed and his step brother taken, Aaron no longer has anything but Vilma (who isn't even his girlfriend but he does soo love) to keep him here. And he can't stay. The leader of the Powers was in his home, fought with him into the sky and killed his family. He has to find him and kill him, he has to get his step brother back. Ontop of this huge amount of pressure there's yet another pressure. Camael, a fallen angel and only companion of Aaron at this point, thinks Aaron is a Savior. The reason that fallen angels like Camael are on this earth is because of a great war in Heaven sometime around the time man was created. Some of the angels were jealous that God could love these lowly creatures as much as He loved the angels and took up arms against an army of the Lord, the Powers, that fought in His name. The fallen, were sent out of heaven and onto earth never to see heaven again. Until a human seer would tell a prophecy of a young nephilim who would be able to build a bridge to heaven for the fallen, a chance to be saved by the grace of God once and for all. This is the journey of a young boy who becomes a savior to angels and the fight it takes to realize sometimes, we are more than we could have imagined.(less)
**spoiler alert** The Fallen 2 picks up with Aaron Corbet on a quest to find his step brother who was taken from their home after Aarons foster parent...more**spoiler alert** The Fallen 2 picks up with Aaron Corbet on a quest to find his step brother who was taken from their home after Aarons foster parents were burned alive by Verchiel, the leader of the Powers - an angelic army that has been stuck on earth purging it from the Nephilim and fallen angels that they had battled with in The Great War in Heaven. In this thrilling sequel Aaron finds himself in the earthly promised land of Aerie where nephilim and fallen can live in peace. They are met with force in a wooded area after tracking and slaying some of the Power's troops by a fallen angel, Lehash, and his nephilim daughter and taken into custody in Aerie. Aaron is beyond frustrated, wanting nothing more than the continue on his quest and his anger allows the citizens of Aerie to see just who they're dealing with. The ebony wings, dark sigils that appear on his body and his fierce attention shows another fallen and the leader of this pack that Aaron just may be the prophecized savior they've been waiting for. Of course, they're skeptical and Aaron undergoes testing before the town is sure that he is who Camael says he is. It's not long before he gets a psychic message from Vilma that she's in danger, at the hand of Verchiel. Not thinking, only knowing he has to save her he teleports himself to her - a heroic venture that brings the whole town of Aerie into trouble. Verchiel knows where they are now and can go to them. He can go to them with his monstrosity of a hunter he transformed from a child with a debilitating disability, a child who used to know himself as Stevie. The magnificent hunter, the most prized possesion of Verchiel, and the Powers army are headed to Aerie. They will battle, retreat and realize another way to stop the prophecy. Through the pain and anguish of Hell. Hell that isn't a place but a thing that lives inside of the first fallen, Lucifer Morningstar. The keeper of hell, the father of the savior. Will hell be released unto the world? Will Aaron know his father? Will Vilma live to love Aaron or will she parrish under the weight of the angelic essence that blossoms violently inside of her? Internal struggle, conflict, epic battles of heavenly fire and the longing of a young man to find his past and get a handle on his future will captivate you. As for me, I don't see a flash of lightening in the sky or a blue so light being met by the black of the clouds without wondering - is there a war going on? An epic battle that is hidden simply because the angelic forces desire to keep it that way?(less)
As my first review since I've decided these aren't book reports I'm apologizing in advance :) This book had hype, it had an awesome cover, and the syno...moreAs my first review since I've decided these aren't book reports I'm apologizing in advance :) This book had hype, it had an awesome cover, and the synopsis was dead on as something I would read. I liked it, I really did! Kelly Creagh is an ingenious writer with passion and talent that most people will never come to know in their lives. I loved Isobel. I loved her shallowness. I loved her cheerleading. I loved the way Kelly told us what she wore and how she wore it. Izzy inspired me. I realized she wasn't just a character in a book, she was the me I always wanted to be. And why couldn't I be her, now? Cute boots, check. Sassy skirts, check. Reaffirmed confidence, check! I liiiiiike Varen. He made the little things sexy. Hand holding gave me chills. However, I'm not a fan of guys who won't speak up and take charge. At first Varen was totally dominant and I loved it. He called the shots. Then as Izzy seemed to take over, he got more and more distant. I hate distant. I understand. He had his reasons but for real, get up out of the damn chair take your pen and write the ending you want, Varen! UGH! lol!! Despite what he did, I do love Reynolds. His mystery and cryptic messages. I like that he wore a cloak. Seriously, how cool is it that a main-ish character gets to wear a cloak?! I love it. :) He cared for Izzy and I believe regretted lying to her, but he had to get her to save the world. Save the cheerleader, save the world...oops...lol :) I wish the review system had dual levels. I really really liked the jist of the book. The writing done is done with fluidity. I really wish I could meet Kelly Creagh to tell her just how amazing I find her writing. All the books I've read lately have been well written, but Kelly incorporated a dead poet. Yes, hark the raven nevermore is an amazing line, and Poe was brilliant, but I never found him quite as brilliant as Kelly. Her love and intrigue for Poe is visible and charming. On that scale, this book is 10 out of 5 stars. It wasn't even the ending that bothered me. I think it's a perfect set up for a sequel! Idk. I liked it, alot. But I think the weakness I saw in V bothered me, just as a girl, not a reader :) (less)