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 andKylie 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....more
Ilsa J. Bick has created one twisted world in Ashes... I like it.
Alex is sick. She has a brain tumor and despite all of her treatments she is dying. AIlsa J. Bick has created one twisted world in Ashes... I like it.
Alex is sick. She has a brain tumor and despite all of her treatments she is dying. Alex has decided to go on a mission hiking through the mountains knowing it will probably be the last thing she does. Along the ways she meets Ellie and 8 year old, her dog Mina, and her grandfather. Alex wants nothing more than to be left alone, but something makes her stay and have a cup of coffee with them. Out of nowhere there is a ZAP. Birds are falling out of the skies, Ellie's grandfather has fallen dead in his tracks, and Alex's brain feels as if it is exploding. Nothing will ever be the same.
The world we once knew is gone. Most people are dead or have been turned into wild cannibals. Those that were spared either fate are few and far between. As Alex and those whe meets along the way try to survive this new world they will quickly learn that the monsters aren't just the ones who turned, but the ones who survived.
I liked this book! It isn't your typical YA genre novel. Alex is a tough, smart girl, who despite her rough persona is full of compassion. Their world has changed and Ms. Bick said it best,"...those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amongst the devastation."There were a couple of parts in the novel that I had a "problem" with. I found it slightly out of characteristic or "unbelievable" how fast characters formed bonds and were willing to go along with everyone else. That said, who am I to judge what people would do when the world as we know it has ended. The other thing is I like a good cliffhanger as much as the next person, but there was too much left unanswered. The ending was surprising and good, but I felt that it was a bit rushed.I don't like to recommend age ratings on books, because different people have different maturity level and parents have different values on what their children can read. I have to say that this book does contain plenty of gore after all people do turn into crazed cannibals. If this doesn't bother you then I recommend reading this book. I give this book a 3 STAR rating. ...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 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....more
Blood on the Moon by Jennifer Knight introduces college freshman Faith Reynolds. She and her long time best friend Derek have decided to go to schoolBlood on the Moon by Jennifer Knight introduces college freshman Faith Reynolds. She and her long time best friend Derek have decided to go to school in Colorado. Their friendship has become rocky lately, because Derek has decided he doesn't want to be just friends anymore. As she is trying to get through her classes Faith meets a boy named Lucas. He is mysterious, cranky all the time, seemingly can't stand to be around her, and just plain rude. Despite this, there is undeniably something going on between them. When Faith gets between attracts the attention of Lucas’ old rival it brings them together. Lucas devotes his time to keeping Faith safe. What do you get when you add a college love triangle + old rival + a serial killer + and a secret spanning centuries? You get Blood on the Moon by Jennifer Knight. When two worlds collide Faith's life and those of the people closest to her will never be the same.
I am a supernatural romance buff and I loved this book. Especially because there doesn't seem to be too many YA books out there about characters of "college age". I really liked this book and don’t know why it isn’t more popular. Take Twilight and combine it with Underworld and you get the awesome book that is Blood on the Moon. Prepare for one doozy of a cliffhanger that will leave you begging for more. I recommend it to any supernatural romance lover. ...more
What did I think of it ? I just couldn't get into it, but it did have some redeeming qualities. Time travel isn't something I have ever read about on What did I think of it ? I just couldn't get into it, but it did have some redeeming qualities. Time travel isn't something I have ever read about on the YA level. I have only experienced it in romance novels. As far as the time travel aspect I haven't ran into anything like other than a movie that only shares small similarities (Jumper). Tempest is completely original and told from the male perspective, something rarely seen in this genre. The beginning of the book through the first 200 pages was boring and slightly confused me. There was just an overall lack of action. There were several times I contemplated not finishing the book, but it's my job. I am glad that I did.
The second half of the book was exponentially better in my opinion. Not only was it packed with action, but I began to feel a connection with the characters. The scenes with Jackson and Courtney, his sister, were amazing. They were so heartbreaking and in one scene in particular there may have been a stray tear shed. The interaction with the EOTs (Enemies of Time) were pretty awesome too. I feel a new super villain has been born. The last thing about the second half that must be addressed is the ending. And what an ending it was! Never in a million years would I have pictured it turning out like that. Now come the question of will I be reading the rest of the series? The answer is I don't know. ** I must be honest before I give my rating. Time travel isn't a subject I particularly enjoy. To make up for any bias on my part I am adding 1/2 star to my rating. ...more
Hemlock is one of my favorites so far for 2012. When I finished the thought crossed my mind to read it again right that instant. It was one of those cHemlock is one of my favorites so far for 2012. When I finished the thought crossed my mind to read it again right that instant. It was one of those cover to cover with no breaks kind of reads. Let's see, where to start? The characters were fantastic. Each one from the major to the minor all had a distinct personality that plays an essential part in the plot. Mac was the perfect combination of independent proactive heroine with a smidgen girly-girl-in-need-of-help. Now on to the good part...the guys. Kyle and Jason have quickly became some of my favorite men in love triangles. I kind of want her to date them both ;) Kyle has that boy next door, best friend, been in love with forever kind of appeal. Jason on the other hand is the "bad boy" in need of saving from himself. They both have a protective streak a mile wide (which I found incredibly appealing) and both need Mac to help them get through their respective troubles. The romance/ love triangle was the main reason I enjoyed this book so much. The basis of Hemlock is also a little different than what has been floating around recently. There is a pretty good number of books out lately where vampires have taken center stage and announced their existence to the world. Well, Hemlock gives them a run for their money by introducing werewolves. The whole idea (don't want to give too much away) is unique and refreshing. This book also steps up it's game by introducing a creepy ghost who still has me guessing, throwing around conspiracy theories, and a bunch of really hatable bad guys. I can't wait to read even more about these characters and the sequel can't come out fast enough for me. This book gets a 5 STAR rating.
Going into this book I honestly didn't know what to expect. The first thing it reminded me of was The Bachelor ...and this is not a good thing. HoweveGoing into this book I honestly didn't know what to expect. The first thing it reminded me of was The Bachelor ...and this is not a good thing. However, The Selection by Kiera Cass pleasantly surprised me. America has grown up in a world divided by the caste system where she has to constantly work to help feed her family. This is a character that most readers will be able to connect to. America has strong ties and feelings about family, but at the same time she wants to be able to do something for herself. I won't say she grew as a character throughout the book, but more of her personality was revealed and a person was introduced. She isn't "good" all of the time. Sometimes she is petulant and "forgets her place", and I liked that. Her heart broken love affair with Aspen isn't something I understand. I just don't like the guy. Prince Maxon on the other hand is a true prince, if a little naive. This is a different twist on the story from normally having the girl be the naive one and I appreciated it. The machinations and personalities of the other contestants really made me think. Half of them were there because they wanted the crown and the other half were there because they were "in love" with the prince. It got me to thinking which is better, to want something in hopes of advancing your way of life or to be infatuated with someone you don't know and think it is love. I can't wait to see how this story progresses and how the rebels will come into play. The only "negative" was the ending of the story. It wasn't what I expected. In fact, I had to rewind it to see if I had skipped a chapter or if it had quit working. The ending wasn't the best in the world, but the rest of the story has left me wanting to read the next book. I give this book a 4 STAR rating.
The audio in The Selection was good. None of the voices were over the top, but it did take me a little bit to be able to distinguish some of the girl voices in the beginning.