The review will begin in a few short sentences, but first I wanted to take the time to appropriately appreciate this cover. It is an odd little thing...moreThe review will begin in a few short sentences, but first I wanted to take the time to appropriately appreciate this cover. It is an odd little thing in a sea of covers and I just look at it and laugh. It is absolutely awesome.
Onto the actual book. After reading the synopsis of Josie Griffin Is Not a Vampire and being lured in by the quirky cover I just had to buy the book. Josie is a character I could see myself being friends with. She was spurned by her boyfriend and reacts like many girls would love to do...bashing in his windshield with a bat, dumping her lying friends, and changing her look from cheerleader to bad ass. She is then sentenced to anger management group therapy. The kicker is that the kids in her group all believe they are supernatural creatures. Josie knows this is impossible, but she still feels something strange is going on.
I loved the attitudes/personalities of all of the characters. Readers are really able to feel as if they know the characters. I love when I'm able to read a book and enjoy the characters as people. Tarren and Johann are definitely the two who stand out the most. Tarren's spunk and attitude coupled with her word jumble are absolutely hilarious. Johann is the creepy and lovable vampire who never gives up his 80's swagger. Then there was Helios and Avis. Helios is the love interest in the book, but he is stuck up and selfish for 99% of the book. You really want to see some redemption in him, but it only "sort of" happens and the relationship just sort of splutters along. Then there is Avis. At first he has a pretty good role in the story, but as it goes on he seems to disappear and only shows up every now and then. This is a cute and short book on the surface, but for me something was a little off. In Josie Griffin is Not a Vampire readers are introduced to the supernatural world through Josie's point of view, which is that of a human. She knows absolutely nothing about this world. I am a huge fan of world building and this book just didn't do that for me. There was very little information about this world presented and the book could have used some fleshing out on this point. Several times I found myself feeling something didn't make sense because I didn't have enough background story. Secondly, there is one huge coincidence in the book that just never made sense to me. It was too odd and never really explained. ( I can't tell more without giving away who the "big bad" in the story is) I will say it has something to do with why Josie was placed in the group she was in the first place. Josie Griffin is Not a Vampire was a cute and quick read on the surface, but lacked enough information to be truly awesome. Hopefully there will be a sequel that will add more to it. I would be willing to give it a second try. This book gets a barely there 3 STAR rating. (less)
Sabina Kane is an assassin for the vampire Dominae. Her grandmother is the alpha Domina, but Sabina doesn't get special treatment. No, she brings noth...moreSabina Kane is an assassin for the vampire Dominae. Her grandmother is the alpha Domina, but Sabina doesn't get special treatment. No, she brings nothing but shame to her family name being half-vampire and half-mage. She is constantly trying to find her place in vampire society, forget her mage half, and finally gain acceptance from her grandmother. She is being sent on the ultimate mission and her hopes are that she will finally be accepted. This mission will have her questioning her beliefs, her lack of morals, and ultimately who and what she is.
Urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres, but one so often hard to find the perfect book in. Jaye Wells has written an amazing beginning to a series that is sure to become one of my favorites. Sabina is one of those characters that I love to read about. She is smart, sexy, strong, deadly, and is somewhat lacking in the moral department. It's hard to find a heroine like that. One of the best things about her is that from the beginning to the end of the book Sabina displays a great deal of growth. Helping Sabina on her journey is Gighoul. Despite how much I love Sabina, Gighoul is definitely the star of the show for me. He had me constantly laughing and wishing I had a hairless demon cat! Last, but not least, is Lavenia the Domina and Sabina's grandmother. This woman is pure evil! Get ready to be introduced to a woman you will love to hate. She rules the vampires with a wicked iron fist and has hammered into Sabina's mind that she is a disgrace because of her mixed heritage. Add into that other evil deeds we learn about throughout the book and you have the makings of one heinous villainess.
When talking about Red-Headed Stepchild you can't skip over the world building that Jaye Wells has done. She has managed to bring a fresh new take on the vampire/mage/faerie story. One of the most interesting and intriguing aspects is how these creatures are tied into the Bible. I really enjoyed the lore behind this world. Another aspect of the book is that Ms. Wells stayed true to the story being an urban fantasy and didn't make it about romance. I'm not saying there isn't any, if fact there is the perfect amount, but I was pleasantly surprised that this book didn't turn into a romance novel like so many books do. There isn't that much I would change about Red-Headed Stepchild. The only thing is that at first I was a smidge lost, because I didn't know what some of the terms like Domina, Dominae, mansy/cy, and the religious aspect, but I was soon clued in. Lastly, this is an audiobook review and the narrator must be talked about. Cynthia Holloway is without a doubt my favorite narrator. She lends the perfect sarcasm and strength to the character of Sabina. As for the rest of the voices, which range from: a faerie, to demon, to mages are individual and develop their own personalities with the help of her voice. I give this book a 4 1/2 STAR rating. (less)
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross is a very unique take on the fairytales of old. It takes the original tales and gives them an even more sinister and lon...moreKill Me Softly by Sarah Cross is a very unique take on the fairytales of old. It takes the original tales and gives them an even more sinister and long lasting twist. Mira has been sheltered all of her life and right before her sixteenth birthday decides to runaway and find where her parents are buried. She finds a town full of charming boys and more dangerous secrets. This book was very different from what I imagined. I pictured a focus on one fairytale and instead all fairytales are touched upon. I loved guessing which character went with which fairytale. It was sort of like a puzzle in the book. That was probably my favorite part of the story. There are numerous characters introduced in Kill me Softly. Mira, Blue, and Felix to minor ones Viv, Freddie, and Hensley are just a few. The problem is that, despite how much I wanted to I just couldn't really connect with any of them. They were all spoiled to some degree and that was expected, but there was just a general lack of personality. Mirabelle is difficult to describe. She is smart and nice (sometimes), sarcastic, and frustrating in her single mindedness. Her character was good for me in the beginning (when she was acting "prickly") and at the end, but in the middle...I wouldn't have minded if she slept for the next thousand years. Every other character with the exception of Felix was better than her. Blue was definitely my favorite and it would be amazing if there was a book about all of his friends. The ending was slightly redeeming and brought the whole book up a notch. I just hope that there is a follow up because there were many loose ends left unfinished. On the other hand the idea behind the story was unique and I absolutely loved it. The explanation behind faeies and fairytales was very intriguing. It would be wonderful to see more about the story behind how all of the stories got started. Mixing my lack of bedazzlement by the characters and my love for the idea behind Kill Me Softly this book gets a middle of the road 3 STAR rating. (less)
Jenny is a girl on the verge of madness, of belief and disbelief. She will do anything and suffer through everything to get the brother sh...moreBlurb/About:
Jenny is a girl on the verge of madness, of belief and disbelief. She will do anything and suffer through everything to get the brother she blames herself for losing back. In doing this she wanders into the woods that took her brother years ago. Along the way she discovers that the stories of old aren't just stories, but the history of the faerie world. Out of all the new mysterious creatures and faeries she meets none of them are quite like Jack. He is wild and sweet one moment and indifferent the next. Jenny is drawn to the need to heal him and Jack is drawn to her innocent heart. However, someone is hiding a secret that could literally tear them apart.
The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a turbulent, vivid, and exquisite ride. While reading this book I felt like Alice down the rabbit hole. Ruth Frances Long has managed to create a unique tale of the much beloved and written about faerie world. Jenny is sweet, innocent, brave, loyal, and just a little crazy. What more could you ask for in a character? Her lyrical and free flowing (not sure I'm describing this right) personality fits in with the strange world of the faeries. She is one of those characters that believes in the impossible and has enough belief to make it happen. Jack is jaded, but Jenny's hope shows him that all is not lost. She helps him slowly realize that some things are worth everything. It is hard not to get lost in this book. The writing is vivid and beautiful. The story does not simply flow, but swirls and sucks you in like a vortex. On that same note, the only negative is that at times it is easy to get lost and the book wanders, slowly making it's way to the point. Littered with myth, legend, romance, deception, and hopeless hope Ruth Frances Long has written something lovely. I give this book a 4 STAR rating. (less)
This third edition of the Demon Princess just affirmed how much I adore Michelle Rowen. I cannot wait until the next book to see how it all turns out....moreThis third edition of the Demon Princess just affirmed how much I adore Michelle Rowen. I cannot wait until the next book to see how it all turns out. Nikki is a demon princess who continues to grow and come into her own. The debate between Michael and Rhys rages on. I stand firm on the side of team Rhys, this book made me love him even more. I will admit that seeing Michael's jealous side made him the teensiest bit more attractive. (I know I'm weird) The conflict between Maegan and Nikki was handled nicely, but there could have been more there. The "big bad" of the book was a bit of a let down. I've heard there is only supposed to be one more book in the series. I thought there would have been more build up to the villain of the final book. I liked this installment, but I've come to love this series so much that I was expecting a little more.
Witchful Thinking by H.P. Mallory is the third book in the Jolie Wilkins series. Before the review I just want to say how much I love the titles of th...moreWitchful Thinking by H.P. Mallory is the third book in the Jolie Wilkins series. Before the review I just want to say how much I love the titles of this series. The may be cheesy, but they are just so cute! Witchful Thinking picks up where Toil and Trouble left off. The events of the last book have left Jolie a boat load to deal with. Previously having traveled back in time, bonded with Rand, been killed, brought back to life, and declared Queen of the Underworld by the Prophetess have completely overwhelmed our heroine. Poor Jolie doesn't want to be Queen. She wants a normal life with Rand...too bad Rand doesn't remember their time together in 1876 and she is scared to tell him about their forgotten past. Complicating their relationship even further is her feelings for the sinfully sexy vampire Sinjin, Rand's enemy, and her new bodyguard. Add in the fact that Jolie is destined to unite the underworld against the Lurkers... Jolie is in for one bumpy ride. Where to start? I loved the first two books, but just sort of liked this one. There is little if any action, but the drama is non-stop. Drama, especially the love triangle kind is always a favorite, but between that and her not wanting to be queen...there isn't really anything else to the book. Let's tackle one thing at a time. Jolie becomes queen of the underworld. Not only does she not want to be queen, but she displays no leadership qualities at all. Then there is Mercedes the Prophetess who is constantly pushing her along on every little decision. She is wholeheartedly unlikable and somewhat shady. For the majority of the book I kept waiting for Jolie to punch her and tell her to shut up because she is queen. Now, onto the love interests. Rand and Sinjin vie/shun Jolie's affections for 90% of the book. Rand supposedly loves Jolie, but keeps finding the smallest reasons why they can't be together. I don't know about other readers, but he is starting to come off as uninterested and wishy-washy. Then there is poor Sinjin. He seems to constantly pine for Jolie and is always there when she needs him. The problem is she "loves" Rand and despite having feelings for Sinjin, she doesn't quite trust him. I honestly feel sorry for him. She constantly yanks him around and quite frankly if he turns out to be shady and turns on her...she deserves it. Despite what it sounds like, I didn't absolutely hate this book. I liked seeing Jolie's power grow and anything that involved Sinjin was great. Witchful Thinking just felt like a filler/bridge book. A bunch of drama to build up to the oh-no-she/he-didn't bombshell of a cliffhanger H.P. Mallory leaves us with in the end! I refuse to give up on this series and Sinjin. I will continue with Jolie, but this installment was a bit of a let down. This book gets a 3 STAR rating.
**The audio was pretty good. This is the first book narrated by Allyson Ryan that I have listened to. At first some of the characters sounded a little over the top, but I got over it.(less)
Reign Check is the sequel to Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen in the Demon Princess series and after the first one...I was a little leery going into t...moreReign Check is the sequel to Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen in the Demon Princess series and after the first one...I was a little leery going into this one. I wasn't really too sure how much I would like it since the first one was just OK for me. That said, I liked Reign Check soooo much better! What was better this time around? Everything was. The plot, the characters, and the love story were all more developed and not as predictable. Nikki, Michael, Rhys, Melinda, and literally all of the other characters were just more enjoyable. I'm a sucker when it comes to cute teen series and this edition really stepped it up. The romance in this one got a lot more interesting. I must admit that I wasn't a fan of Michael at all in the first book, but he progressed to OK in this one. I like someone else :) The introduction of several more supernatural characters answers some questions I had from the first book, adds much needed twists, and sets the third book up to be pure awesomeness! This is a light, fun, and cute supernatural series that hits the spot.
*** The third book in the series came out in January (2012) and is self published by Michelle.(less)
Awake at Dawn Picks up right where Born at Midnight left off. Kylie Galen continues her journey at the Shadow Falls camp in search of what she truly...more Awake at Dawn Picks up right where Born at Midnight left off. Kylie Galen continues her journey at the Shadow Falls camp in search of what she truly is. Lucas, the werewolf from her past (whom she can't stop thinking about) is still MIA and her fellings for the sexy faerie Derek are growing. Kylie is still getting used to seeing ghosts when a woman covered in blood starts appearing and asking Kylie "To save her." To top it all off her powers are growing and she can sense something sinister lurking in the woods. Can Kylie discover what she is in time to save herself? C.C. Hunter delivers a book just as good as the first if not better. In the supernatural/romance YA genre books tend to be dramatically sappy. That is not the case with Awake at Dawn. There is a perfect combination of suspense, drama, otherworldly goodness, and romance. (Who doesn't love a good love triangle?) But once again if you are looking for a book with deeper meaning you probably don't want Awake at Dawn. However, if good entertainment is what you need...get this book.(less)
Liza and her town have lived in fear of all things magic since the War. Before she was born, the world of human and fae collided in a war unlike any...more Liza and her town have lived in fear of all things magic since the War. Before she was born, the world of human and fae collided in a war unlike any other. Magic spread through the human world infecting, plant, weather, animal, and human alike. Magic is the stuff of nightmares. Plants can strangle you, trees have a life of their own, hawks can hunt you as prey, and some children have been touched by magic. Liza’s world changes when her little sister is born with magic. “And cast out the magic born among you, before it can harm its parents.” Her father leaves her baby sister in the woods and the only things left of the tiny life are the bones. When Liza starts showing signs of latent magic she does the only thing she can think of…she leaves. Liza and those she gathers along the way will fight tooth and nail making a journey few if any have ever came back from. They are going beyond The Arch into Faerie. The question is will they make it? Will they come back? Will they ever be the same? Or will they be lost in visions of faerie forever? Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner is amazing! I am kicking myself because I have had this book for over a year and am just now reading it. This slim book is deep. When I first picked it up I wasn’t expecting a dystopian world filled with magic. I find this a refreshing take on this genre that has become so popular. The way the world has become so desolate and unwelcoming contributes to the haunting voice of Liza. The descriptions of the dying world around her are absolutely beautiful in a dark eerie sort of way. Each character is essential in their own right and has a distinct personality that contributes to the desolation and need to survive in this harsh world. Even those who died haunt the pages of this novel. The ending of the story is spectacular! While writing this review I learned that there is a part two to Liza’s story. I can’t decide if I am eager to see the evolution of this world or apprehensive. I can’t imagine on another book living up to the perfection I found this one to be. This is a dark book, but I recommend that all lovers of YA, dystopian, and faeries read it. (less)
I'm just going to clear the air before I get into the review and say that I LOVE Wicked Lovely! There I said it. This book is fantastic, Melissa Marr...moreI'm just going to clear the air before I get into the review and say that I LOVE Wicked Lovely! There I said it. This book is fantastic, Melissa Marr is fantastice, and this series is amazing. I'm a Wicked Lovely fan girl and proud of it. The faerie world and characters of this book are complex and absolutely brilliant. Aislinn is strong, she knows what she wants, has high morals, and at the same time she's just a scared girl. The developement of her relationship with her best friend Seth is one of my favorite parts of the story. They match perfectly, two unique individuals in a fae fae world. Keenan is a faerie king who acts like he does because taht is al he has ever known. Aislinn and Donia bring a certain humaness to him, that despite his shortcomings allows you to root for him. As far as Donia is concerned she is one of my favorite character in the entire series. Her scenes are so sad and heartbreaking and Ms. Marr has a way of writing Donia's voice that just speaks to the reader. And let us not forget the Winter Queen, she is one evil villainess who has a genuine love of cruelty.
Onto the world of Wicked Lovely. I found myself entranced by the ins and outs of the faerie courts. Their rules, myths, and traditions should have their own guidebook. The imagery of the faerie world along with the various quotes about faeries at the beginning of each chapter drive home just how different and cruel their world is.
Now, this is a review of the audiobook narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan. She did a pretty good job. I didn't really like her reading voice (her voice she used when not reading any particular character), but her character voices were spot on (I really liked the guys). Will I get another audiobook outside of the Wicked Lovely series by her? I don't know. (less)
Kylie Galen has had a rough time. Her dad is leaving her mother, her boyfriend just broke up with her, and she sees dead people. Her psychiatrist and...moreKylie Galen has had a rough time. Her dad is leaving her mother, her boyfriend just broke up with her, and she sees dead people. Her psychiatrist and mother have come up with the bright idea that Kylie needs to go to camp Shadow Falls for a change of pace. From the moment she steps on the bus Kylie knows there is something strange about her camp mates. When she arrives and is told the pupose of the camp she has no doubt that she doesn't belong here. Shadow Falls is a camp for supernaturals; werewolves, shape-shifters, witches, faeries, and vampires all spend their summer here. Kylie is just a normal human...or so she thinks. Apparently seeing a dead soldier walking around isn't all that human. To complicate matters more a sexy faerie keeps hitting on her and a boy from her past is here and just happens to be a werewolf. Kylie's biggest problem is that no one seems to know just what she is. This will definitely be an interesting summer as Kylie is introduced to a whole new world and a whole new set of problems.
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter is a fun light paranormal romance. If you are looking for an easy escape this is the book for you. There is no lesson to be learned or a hidden meaning lurking in the pages, just good escapist fun. I actually really liked this book. In fact I finished it in one night.(less)