This book may have "angel" in the title, but it is definitely not your typical angel book.Reviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
Really 4.5 stars.
This book may have "angel" in the title, but it is definitely not your typical angel book. It's better.
Ellie is your average seventeen-year-old girl; she gets by in school, hangs out with her close group of friends, has a few problems at home. At times she has some pretty vivid nightmares, but what teenager doesn't? There's just one minor detail - Ellie's dreams become a reality. Soon she has literally stepped into the world from her nightmares - or the Grim - and she is faced with the task of killing reapers, with only Will, her mysterious guardian, to help her. While Ellie fights who she is, Will tries to convince her that this is her life, and has been her life many, many times over. Ellie's eventual acceptance leads to new problems. Her memories gradually return, but does she want to remember everything? And just when she should be focusing on fighting for her life, she finds herself more and more drawn to Will. In the age-old battle between heaven and hell, love and duty, who - or what - will win?
Angelfire has it all - strong feminine character who's not afraid to kick butt, great action scenes, an impossibly sweet romance, all mixed in with a bit of normalcy. I hadn't read a book with so much swordfighting in a while, and all of these scenes were so well-described and different enough from one another as to be interesting. I loved the flashback scenes showing the many things Ellie had faced throughout the centuries and how she had changed because of them. And Will - well, I think he's earned a place in my Top-10 Favorite YA Love Interests, and that's saying something!
I do wish that we could have learned more about Ellie and more about the entire lore that forms the basis of Angelfire...hopefully that will come in the next book. A few times I was frustrated with some of the characters, but I think that's a testament to how well they were written. I will say that this book left several questions unanswered - but I am looking forward to reading those answers!
Angelfire is a great debut novel from Courtney Allison Moulton. I can't wait for Wings of the Wicked!...more
After listening to Bettina read a chapter from this book and hearing the emotion that was sReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
Really 3.5 stars
After listening to Bettina read a chapter from this book and hearing the emotion that was so clear in it, I knew that I had to read this novel. Although parts of the story are not easy to read, it is engaging and kept me turning page after page to learn how life unfolded for Nora.
Illegal tells the story of Nora, a young girl whose family is struggling to survive in Mexico while her father searches for work in Texas. But as days and weeks drag into years and the money becomes increasingly scarce, Nora knows that she has to find her father. Urged on by whispers and visions of the Lady of Guadalupe, Nora convinces her mother to travel to Houston, convinced that everything will be better when their family is back together. But after the dangerous journey across the border, Nora and her mother must still survive in a foreign country - and that means finding papers, finding a job, and struggling to understand English. Fortunately, the two are able to find some help, and Nora even makes new friends...but she must still try and find her father and reunite her family.
Although Illegal is fictional, the story that it tells could be one of any immigrant. In fact, Bettina was inspired by various people she saw and heard while working in a Fiesta (a grocery store) in Houston. In this book, Nora is not even fifteen, but she is quickly forced to grow up and take responsibility for her and her mother. Even though she finds them both jobs, she still struggles to understand how things work in Texas. Flora, one of the girls that she meets, begins Nora's new cultural education, which is interesting in itself. As part of this, I especially liked the interchange of Spanish and English phrases (and there is a glossary included in the back). This story is definitely illuminating in showing the challenges that immigrants face when coming to America. The situation is one that most of us can never experience or imagine, and this glimpse into something that happens daily was eye-opening.
The thing I wanted most that this book didn't have was more - more of the story, more interactions between the characters, more details. Being told from a first-person perspective was a little limiting in this respect, but it also made the story that much more personal. And in the words of Bettina, "I can't promise you a happy ending [Is that possible for stories like this?], but I do promise a satisfying one."
Illegal is a great YA debut novel from Bettina. Even though Illegal is a stand-alone novel, she is working on a new project entitled Telenovela, which sounds like it will be very entertaining. I'm looking forward to reading her next novel!...more
A lot of angel books have flooded the market recently, and hence there is a risk of stories becoming repetiReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
A lot of angel books have flooded the market recently, and hence there is a risk of stories becoming repetitive. However, in Griffin Rising, Darby Karchut found a way to make the story of a young guardian angel both original and enjoyable.
Griffin has been training for years to pass his Proelium and become a guardian angel. His early years were anything but easy; he was forced to endure harsh conditions set by a cruel Mentor. But all of that changes when a new Mentor, Basil, takes over Griffin's training. Slowly Griffin comes out of his shell, learning to master his Elements and even assisting on missions. But when a new family moves across the street, Griffin suddenly has another interest other than angelic matters - the new girl, Katie. As if rescue missions and worrying about his Proelium weren't enough, now Griffin has to contend with his first feelings of love. But what happens if Katie finds out what he is? And worse...what happens if Griffin doesn't pass his Proelium and he becomes mortal?
I enjoyed following the different developments during this story, not only Griffin's progress as an angel but also his budding relationship with Katie. I really liked how this story unfolded - it began with the present day, then showed Griffin's time with his first mentor, and then came back to the present. I also loved Griffin's interactions with Basil, which were by turns touching and amusing. Basil and some of his sayings were highly amusing and really helped to bring the story to life. Furthermore, I appreciated the way the relationship between Griffin and Katie was constructed; being fifteen, they actually had parental rules in place and there was not the "insta-love" or "insta-lust" that sometimes creeps in. And the first kiss between the two might be one of the sweetest first-kiss scenes I have read in a while.
One of the only issues I had with this book was that it was short - the story was so engaging that I wasn't ready for it to be over when it was. Also, the ending was definitely not what I was expecting. I'll be curious to see how things are resolved in the next book.
Darby Karchut has taken angel lore and made it her own, weaving a story that I didn't put down from start to finish. I'm looking forward to Griffin's Fire!...more
I usually enjoy modern day versions of fairy tales. I love to see something classic and everlasting beREVIEWED by Chris for Between the Covers blog:
I usually enjoy modern day versions of fairy tales. I love to see something classic and everlasting be retold or imagined in new and inventive ways. Unfortunately, Dreaming of Beauty by Kristen White fell flat and disappointed me.
Chloe is 15 and has the seemingly perfect life. She is a good daughter who hardly gets into any trouble, has a great group of friends, and has the perfect prince charming in her boyfriend, Evan. All of that is thought to be true until Logan, the new boy in school, enters Chloe’s life. And then everything she thought she knew is shattered. Chloe starts to get agonizing headaches, sees red spots in her vision, and hears piercing sounds whenever she is around Logan. Her emotions are getting out of check and she can’t decide if she wants her perfect boyfriend, Evan, or the dark, mysterious semi-stalker, Logan. All she can hope is that she can find her happily ever after.
I really wanted to like this book, I truly did. But I found myself just wishing it would end. Despite that, there were things that I did like about Dreaming of Beauty. I like the idea behind this story. Kristen White takes the well known tale of Sleeping Beauty and attempts to give it an alternate ending, allowing her to weave her tale and have it make sense in her timeline. Although she did not execute it smoothly, the idea behind the story was very intriguing and ultimately it is what kept me reading, even when I wanted to abandon the story.
However, there were more things that I disliked about the book. To start with, the pacing was problematic; the book never felt like it found its footing. The story felt rushed, and under worked. I never lost myself in the story because I continually had to stop and think just to figure out what was going on. Also, the book was split into three parts, and while normally I do not mind this, with Dream of Beauty each part felt like it was a brand new story and we were starting all over again. Everything felt off, and the main part of the story felt convoluted and rushed, with only a dream sequence to make the story come together.
My next major disappointment were the characters; they never developed and were one dimensional. I like to feel for the characters when I read a book; I want to be able to visualize them, and feel like they could be alive and breathing. With Chloe and her two love interests, I never felt for them. I got glimpses of their development, but I think with the pacing and organization of the book, it never happened. Throughout the whole book they never felt like anything other than people written on the page.
Ultimately, Dreaming of Beauty did not work for me. I had to force myself to finish. But I am a firm believer that even though I did not enjoy this book, that does not mean that someone else may not love it. That’s the joy of reading.
Between, the sequel to Crossroads (read my review HERE), returns us to the vivid world Mary Ting has crREVIEWED by Louise for Between the Covers blog:
Between, the sequel to Crossroads (read my review HERE), returns us to the vivid world Mary Ting has created. We find Claudia trying to live her life, trying to be a “normal” teen in a world that she has learned is anything but. (Side note to Claudia... Normal is soooo last year. Embrace your inner uniqueness, young padawan!)
Okay... I have to say this. *mumbles and says really quickly* There were parts of Crossroads that moved a little slow for me. The same cannot be said about Between. This book totally brings it with the intensity and action. The writing is much more fast pace, the dialogue snappier. The wonderful imagery from Crossroads is present once again, making the settings easily visualized. Ting is awesome at painting with words, in my opinion.
The characters also continue to grow, changing as the words flow across the page. *raises hands and makes sing song gestures, encouraging my lovely BtCers to join me in saying* Character development is vital, and is well done in this book. Ting puts Claudia in real life situations, and I think that is the key to her appeal: watching her struggle with these things makes her much more believable and relatable. Ting is also one of the best at writing YA morals books I have come across, and she does it again in Between... the story reflects the author’s morals, and her belief that right will triumph over wrong, and good over evil is reflected in her books.
Filled with endearing characters, a love triangle (and who doesn’t love a face off between hotties), a battle between good and evil and plot twists I never saw coming, the sequel to Crossroads will draw you in and have you turning the pages well into the night.
I buy indie books on my kindle all the time. I scour the message boards for free or very low priced bookREVIEWED by Chris for Between the Covers blog:
I buy indie books on my kindle all the time. I scour the message boards for free or very low priced books every day, but I have yet to find one that has entertained me as much as Anathema by Megg Jensen. (And it was a steal for only $0.99.) The first in The Cloud Trilogy, this book is extremely well written and developed.
Anathema centers around a slave girl named Reychel. Reychel was born into slavery and is forbidden from viewing the outside world unless alone with her master. She is treated better than any other slave and given special treatment by her master, which lends to the core mystery and plot of this story. There is more to Reychel than meets the eye and it leads us to the climax of the story, and presumably the rest of the series.
Jensen does a fantastic job with Anathema. She builds a very vivid world and sets up the series by leaving bits of mystery and intrigue scattered throughout the story. There were times that I felt that I could walk her world and know where everything is. The characters in this book grow and change as you read, making you feel almost like you know them personally. Jensen’s thorough development of them takes them from flat, one dimensional characters to complex people who you can envision meeting and perhaps even becoming friends with.
I can not express how much I enjoyed this book. It concluded with a fantastic ending which left me wanting more. I absolutely could not put it down, I wanted to live and breathe this world. I am looking forward to the next to installment in the trilogy, and I hope that I do not have long to wait. Megg Jensen has earned her a spot on my authors to watch list.
I picked up The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann because of the cover tag line which said it was for fans of TheREVIEWED by Chris for Between the Covers blog:
I picked up The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann because of the cover tag line which said it was for fans of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. Being a huge fan of both series, I had to see if it was able to fulfill that bold statement. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, as I could not put the book down. I was hooked, pulled into this dystopian magical world.
The story centers on Alex, a thirteen-year-old boy. He and his twin brother, Aaron, are citizens of Quill, a colorless, creative void of a town. At the age of thirteen children are sorted into their roles in the society. Alex is deemed an Unwanted, and Unwanteds are purged from society, sent to their deaths. Alex learns that for years the Unwanteds have been saved and taken to a magical creative land called Artime. Artime is led by Mr. Today, and he is training the Unwanteds in creative magical art defense so that if the people of Quill ever discover that the Unwanteds are still alive the Unwanteds can defend themselves. Alex misses his brother and is sure that them being twins means that Aaron must also be a Unwanted. Hellbent on bringing Aaron to Artime, Alex starts a chain of events that will likely change Artime and Quill forever.
I am happy to say that there are elements of both Harry Potter and the Hunger Games in this book. There is a magical world that Alex is part of, but had no idea existed, just like Harry and there is a sorting that puts children to there death that is semi reminiscent of the reaping in the Hunger Games, but that is where the similarities stop. The Unwanteds stands on its own with a unique storyline, and the author created an interesting new world, a magical world influenced by creative arts. Music can stun and paintings can kill in the land of Artime, and Lisa weaves a tale that brings these things visually to life.
The only problem I had with this book was the simplicity of it, and I can look past that because this book was aimed at the upper middle grade market. I will say that despite the simplicity of it, older youth and adults alike will enjoy this fantasy tale. Overall, I was totally smitten with this book, and I am looking forward to subsequent titles to come in this new series.
A love story in Paris with a paranormal twist? Yes please! With a hint of mystery, a healthy dose of romancReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
A love story in Paris with a paranormal twist? Yes please! With a hint of mystery, a healthy dose of romance, the promise of a battle between good and evil, and a foreign setting, Die for Me draws the reader in completely from the very beginning with an engaging story that keeps you turning page after page.
After her parents' death and her move to Paris, Kate doesn't quite know what to do with herself. Nothing is the same, and no matter how much her grandparents and her sister try to encourage her to move on, she just isn't ready. But eventually she decides that sitting in her grandparents' house can't last forever, and so she decides to find a cafe instead. That's when she sees him - Vincent. Kate tries not to think of him, but even in a city as big as Paris, she can't help but run into him again. Vincent is just as drawn to Kate as she is to him, and they begin to spend time together. But Kate's instincts tell her that there is something more to Vincent, something dark...and she's seen enough death to last her a lifetime.
There are so many things to love about Die for Me. Kate is a completely relatable character - she uses books and museums to escape from the realities of life. I enjoyed seeing Paris through her eyes, especially since the story focused on some of the lesser-known places rather than just the Eiffel Tower. There are also some French phrases thrown in, and as someone who loves languages, I thought this was a great touch. And then there's Vincent. Perhaps he is a bit too good to be true at times, but he is definitely swoon-worthy. The romance between Vincent and Kate was incredibly sweet, but I appreciated that they actually had to work through problems on their own rather than blithely ignoring their differences. Also, I loved the interactions between Vincent's revenant family; Jules and Ambrose added humor, and Charlotte was yet another character I could relate to. Finally, there were bits of history woven into the different characters' stories, which I found quite interesting. Plum struck a great balance between romance, humor, and action in this book, and it made for an engaging story.
I will say that this book does have a few similarities with another certain paranormal romance book. However, that didn't really bother me while I was reading; there are enough unique aspects of Die for Me to keep the story fresh. I do wish that there had been more explained about the revenant mythology, but I am hoping that will come in the next book. And even though this book did come to a satisfactory end (finally, something that didn't end with a cliffhanger!), there is certainly a call for a sequel.
Die for Me is a great debut novel in which Plum spins a compelling tale of learning to surrender to the power of love. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in Until I Die, the second book in the trilogy!...more
I'm not an avid reader of science fiction, but once in a while a story sounds intrigReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
Rounding up - 3.5 stars
I'm not an avid reader of science fiction, but once in a while a story sounds intriguing enough that I'll step out of my normal genres. Being is one such story. Complete with a girl forced to rely on her own resourcefulness, government conspiracies, and a little bit of romance, Being is an enjoyable debut novel as well as a good introduction to science fiction if you're curious about the genre.
When EBN's ship crashes on Erox (earth), she's sure it's only a matter of time before rescue comes. Until then, she'll simply avoid Sents (humans) and wait. But after a small altercation with soldiers, rescuing a cat from two mischievous boys, sustaining a leg injury, and leaving a trail of wildflowers blooming in her wake, she realizes that things may not be as simple as she originally thought. Add to that the fact that none of her transmissions to the High Chancellor are going through, and she is forced to reevaluate her original assignment. This disobedience brings her into contact with more Sents - notably Shale and his sister, Harmony. And even though EBN knows she shouldn't, she can't help but feel drawn to Shale. Meanwhile, Aix, EBN's brother, still on Pharralax, is determined to find the information that nobody seems to have about EBN. There is something strange about the High Chancellor...and if Aix can't find the information he wants at home, then he will go wherever necessary to get it. But EBN wasn't meant to live on Erox, and her days may be numbered...
Unlike many contemporary books that only follow the main character, Being is told in three different points of view - EBN, Aix, and Shale - and each had their own style and flow that were completely appropriate to the characters. Each shift of narrator was accompanied by a brief review of the events that had just taken place, which helped not only to avoid confusion but also to show these important events from more than one perspective. I especially enjoyed watching Shale's interactions with EBN and his subsequent growth throughout the book. In addition, it was interesting to see how such separate lives - EBN's quest for survival, Shale and Harmony's day-to-day existence, and Aix's issues on Pharralax - eventually converged into one thread.
There was a fair amount of world building in this book (for the extra-terrestrial side of things), but about halfway through the book, everything began accelerating to the end. The ending was satisfactory, but it definitely left some questions open-ended (to be answered in a sequel, I hope!) This book is influenced by certain environmental problems from last year, the oil spill and wildfires, and it does make a point about caring for the earth. However, rather than coming across as preachy, these points, as well as the environmental destruction, are fully integrated into the story.
Being is a good debut novel, combining an original idea with an important message. I'm looking forward to seeing what Mousner writes next!...more
I usually stay away from period books. For some reason I have never been able to get into them. BecauseREVIEWED by Chris for Between the Covers blog:
I usually stay away from period books. For some reason I have never been able to get into them. Because of that, I was going to pass on Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. However, I started to hear some amazing things about it, so I did a little research. Between the positive buzz and and the story being about witches, I decided to give it a try. I am very happy that I did because Born Wicked has easily become one of my favorite books.
Cate is the oldest of the three Cahill sisters, and has taken on the role of pseudo mother to her sisters. The Cahill sisters are an oddity around town. They are what society calls “blue stockings,” unusual or strange, unladylike women. Cate’s biggest worry is that the fact that they are witches will become public knowledge. If their secret is learned then the religious group, the Brotherhood, will send them away. Cate’s father decides that they need a governess to help bring them into society and teach them. The governess is a member of the Sisterhood, the female version of the Brotherhood. Cate is shocked to learn that not everyone is as they seem, and secrets are almost always exposed.
I absolutely loved this book, which was a fantastic surprise. Jessica Spotswood has written a superb debut novel. All of my worries over this being a period piece were for naught - I never once thought about it, the story just surpassed it.. This book was fantastically written. Jessica has created an alternate history that is so vivid and real that sometimes you forget that it didn’t actually happen. I love Jessica’s unique take on the Witch Trials, and the religious persecutors behind it. She created a fantastic villainous group, which almost seemed to step right out of U.S. History.
The characters are amazingly written, I felt like they came alive and right off the page. There were times that I forgot altogether that this was her debut novel. I found each character very well developed and never once did I feel like she waivered in their personalities. She captured the dynamic of the sisters’ relationship like she had lived it. Being the oldest of three brothers I can relate to the emotional dynamics of the sisters, and Jessica captured it spot on. The angst that she has created between the oldest and middle sisters was perfect. The tension was palpable through her writing.
Born Wicked was extremely hard to put down once I started. I had been in a bit of a reading funk when I started it, not being able to get into a story line, and Born Wicked pulled me out of it. This book was delightfully entertaining and engrossing. I am already anxiously awaiting book two in this series.
If I Stay was undoubtedly one of the best books I read last year, and I have been eagerly awaiting this comReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
If I Stay was undoubtedly one of the best books I read last year, and I have been eagerly awaiting this companion novel. And wow...this book is just as beautiful, if not even more so, than the first.
Sixty-seven days. That's how long Shooting Star's tour will be this time, and it terrifies Adam. Estranged from the band, popping anxiety pills like they're mints, and not even sure he wants to be a musician anymore, Adam doesn't know how he will make it through this tour...he just knows that he needs to go back to his hotel, get some sleep, and be on a plane the next day. But fate has other ideas...and by chance decisions Mia and Adam are brought together again. Adam finally has a chance to ask Mia all of his questions, but will he like her answers? And Mia has had to choose once already...what will she choose this time?
Where do I even begin? Anyone who's gone through a breakup knows how important closure is and what a toll lack of closure can take on you mentally. This book plays on all of those emotions - but from a guy's perspective. And Adam's voice is so genuine that you can't help but suffer, remember, question along with him. I absolutely loved the flashbacks that allowed us to see how Adam's life had changed over three years as well as keeping Mia's family and friends in the story. And the lyrics from Collateral Damage that opened each of the chapters were so evocative and just perfect.
I continue to be amazed by Gayle's writing style and how such simple, direct prose can have such an emotional impact. I found myself crying along with the characters more than once. Once again, I loved the musical aspects of this book, both Adam's struggle with remembering why he loved music in the first place and Mia using music as therapy. This book brought back a lot of memories for me and definitely left me thinking about it for days afterward.
Where She Went is the perfect companion novel to If I Stay. The story is compelling, poignant, and a must-read. I cannot wait to read what Gayle writes next!...more
When I first stumbled upon the Billi SanGreal novels, my thoughts were - "Templar lore? Strong heroine? A lReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
When I first stumbled upon the Billi SanGreal novels, my thoughts were - "Templar lore? Strong heroine? A little romance thrown in? Yes, please!" And Devil's Kiss did not disappoint.
Billi has been raised to be a fighter for the Knights Templar - she has been trained, tested, and accepted. But it is a hard life, and even when her one and only friend returns from his time away in training, Billi is still longing for a meaningful relationship. Enter Michael, who seems to be Billi's knight in shining armor - almost literally. He appears just in time to help Billi out of a dangerous situation, and he is clearly interested in her, much to Billi's delight and her father's consternation. But things are seldom as they seem to be. Soon Billi finds herself caught between Michael and Kay, her lifelong friend and fellow Knight. Furthermore, he begins to question what she truly wants out of her life. And in the end, a simple shard of glass could control the future for them all...
Talk about gripping introductions - Devil's Kiss has one of the most morbidly intriguing openings that I think I've read. And the action never stops. Whether the characters are fighting physically or emotionally, the intensity carries you through page after page. Chadda brought an old religious legend back and gave it new life. I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style; he didn't mince words, and yet it was still very refined. Refined though it may be, this book still incorporates the harsh realities of the Knight life, though in a compelling way.
I think the most intense relationship in this book was the one between Billi and her father. Though there was certainly an interesting interplay between Billi, Kay, and Michael, it was the familial relationship that was really explored and held the answers to some of Billi's questions. However, Billi and Kay certainly had their moments. The ending was something that I wouldn't have predicted and should definitely make things interesting in the next book!
Devil's Kiss was a compelling read, one that kept me up long past when I should have been asleep to read it. With it, Chadda achieved an excellent balance of action and introspection, adventure and respite. I'm looking forward to reading Dark Goddess!...more
Louisa Cosgrove knows who she is. Though she dreams of being a doctor, she is going to the Woodvilles' to be a young lady's companion.Really 4.5 stars
Louisa Cosgrove knows who she is. Though she dreams of being a doctor, she is going to the Woodvilles' to be a young lady's companion. She is not Lucy Childs, and she does not belong in an insane asylum...does she? Convinced that there has been a mistake, or a betrayal, Louisa tries desperately to find her way out of Wildthorn Hall. But things aren't always what they seem...and when the truth is unraveled, lives will be changed forever.
As someone who loves Victorian novels, I was excited to read a book in this setting again; and Eagland did not disappoint. The writing flowed smoothly, evoking the historical setting without being overly complicated. Only a few lines stood out as being anachronistic, but I was quickly drawn back into the story. I enjoyed the alternation between days at the asylum and flashbacks to various events in Louisa's childhood; it was nice to learn about the characters gradually, through their actions, rather than being given explicit descriptions. The first person POV worked very well, allowing the reader to share in Louisa's frustration, worry, despair, and hope. I thought that the ending was well-written; it tied up all the loose ends and, though not a perfect happily-ever-after, as is common of so many Victorian novels, it was believable on almost all counts.
Wildthorn is full of surprises, and it kept me reading until the last page to learn the full truth of everything. In addition, through the narrative it comments on social issues, such as the role of women and homosexuality, that are still debated today. While I know this book will not be for everyone, I definitely enjoyed it; and I will be adding Eagland's second book, Whisper My Name, to my to-read list!...more
It is rare that the middle book in a trilogy can be equally as captivating as the fist book, but A MilliREVIEWED by Chris for Between the Covers blog:
It is rare that the middle book in a trilogy can be equally as captivating as the fist book, but A Million Suns by Beth Revis is just as grand and riveting as its predecessor Across the Universe. This fast paced, full speed ahead novel was one of my most anticipated books of 2012 and it did not disappoint.
Three months have gone by since Amy awoke aboard the Godspeed. Three months since the lies and betrayals that kept this ship in order were revealed and chaos is reigning among the inhabitants. Elder has taken control of the ship, but with out the backing of the people it seems to be in title alone. Elder and Amy make a drastic discovery and race against time to put the pieces of the puzzle together and unlock the truth of life aboard Godspeed.
I am in love with this story. I find it to be edge of your seat entertaining and original. The characters are on a continual growth pattern from the first to the second book, and remain true to there perspective. The twists and turns fuel the story, making it an adventure. I enjoy that this is part of the continual story for the trilogy, but that there is also a “stand alone” plot for this individual book. I think that this “stand alone” plot is what makes it different from most middle books in trilogies. Instead of being bogged down with gap filler from the beginning and ending, it carries over the underlying story but can also stand on its on merit as a book.
Beth Revis is a fantastic young adult science fiction author, one that adults will love too. She weaves a tale of science, intrigue, betrayal, and a hint of romance. For such a relatively new author she writes like a seasoned veteran, and I for one will be looking forward to not only the final installment in this trilogy, but to her future works as well.
Welcome back to Gatlin, where the sweet tea contains a pound of sugar, gossiping is the favorite town activity, and Casters walk alongside Mortals.
I lWelcome back to Gatlin, where the sweet tea contains a pound of sugar, gossiping is the favorite town activity, and Casters walk alongside Mortals.
I loved returning to the world that Kami and Margaret created in Beautiful Creatures. Everything is so descriptive that the setting truly comes alive when reading. It was also great to see the same cast of characters back - to see how they had changed, and to see how they reacted to the new characters.
The way that the history of the Caster world is woven into the history of Gatlin is brilliant. That things are hidden in plain side, and nothing it what it seems, makes for very interesting reading. Woven with the suspense are moments where the reader gets to learn more about the characters' inner thoughts and feelings. I wondered and worried along with Ethan about how things will work out between him and Lena. I sympathized with Link, who's not over Ridley but suddenly has to see her all the time. Lena has to deal with more than any sixteen-year-old girl should, so while her actions are frustrating (especially through Ethan's eyes) I couldn't help but wonder how I would react in such a situation. And although Liv was new, I couldn't help but be sad with her when she sacrificed not one but two things she wanted to help others.
I will say that part of the middle of the book seemed to drag, but as events began to spiral in the Caster world, the book quickly picked up again. And though some things were predictable, plenty of others were not. Beautiful Darkness shows just that - an even Darker side to the Caster world, while still retaining some aspect of the Light. Even in the Darkness, there is Light, and it is this balance, as well as the blend of Mortal and Caster, that makes Beautiful Darkness such a compelling read.
Given all that unfolded at the end of Beautiful Darkness, I will be impatiently awaiting the third book in the Caster Chronicles!...more
Nightshade is one of those books that got tons of hype around the blogging community before its release, and even more after - and in this case, it waNightshade is one of those books that got tons of hype around the blogging community before its release, and even more after - and in this case, it was 100% deserved. Although Nightshade is about werewolves, it really has something for everyone - great characters, well-developed setting, fantasy, a little history, and a lot of romance. And look at that cover - is it not beautiful?
Calla has never questioned what life has in store for her - she loves being a Guardian, and the Keepers provide for everything her family could want. She's always done what she should, until she reveals her true nature to save a strange boy from certain death by a bear. Though worried, she thinks nothing will come of the incident - until the boy shows up in her class at the Mountain School the next day. It soon becomes clear that Shay plays a much larger part in her world than Calla ever realized; in fact, her world is not even what she imagined it to be. As she learns more of the Keepers' secrets, she finds herself drawn to Shay; but she is mated to Ren, the alpha male. Throughout the book, the tensions and romances heat up, all coming to a head on Samhain, the day of the union - the day for which nobody is prepared.
The world of Nightshade was excellently created. I loved the blending of actual history with a fantasy world. But more than that, I loved the characters. The Nightshade and Lumine pack members were quite diverse and yet all believable. Calla is definitely a strong, independent character, though not without her flaws and unique traits. And Ren and Shay - how could anyone choose one?
Occasionally parts of the story were a bit confusing, but as the reader learns along with Calla, that is to be expected. And the ending...well, all I can say is that I needed Wolfsbane yesterday.
Nightshade kept me turning page after page, eager for more, with its engaging story, sweet (and sometimes steamy) romance, and imaginative world. Andrea Cremer has a brilliant style, and I cannot wait to read more!...more
On first seeing the cover and reading the summary, I thought that Solid would be something new, different, and intriguing - and it waReally 3.5 stars.
On first seeing the cover and reading the summary, I thought that Solid would be something new, different, and intriguing - and it was.
Almost eighteen years ago, a military doctor began experimenting with genetics, going so far as to give pregnant women neonatal vitamins that would enhance or alter the chromosomes in the children. Eventually this experiment comes to light, and the military feels that they have no choice but to atone for the past. The affected children are found and invited to a special school, where they all begin to come into their own, finding their niche as stellar athletes; intense, shielded artists; or others with more unique abilities. As with all secret plots, however, even years later, things are not always as they seem, and unlocking these new talents may be more dangerous than originally imagined...
The characters really made this novel. I absolutely loved Clio and her friends. The story is told from Clio's perspective, and I found her voice to be highly enjoyable and her wit and sarcasm quite amusing. I also really enjoyed the interaction between Clio and her circle of friends - Bliss, Jack, Garrett, and even Miranda. They were all very well-developed and relatable, and I felt that I was experiencing everything right alongside them. Being the first book in a trilogy, this novel had a fair amount of exposition and was a bit slow at times, but the fun banter and budding romance definitely kept my interest.
I was a bit bothered by the ending - it seemed rushed, and perhaps a tad simplistic; I felt that something more was needed. A few more pages and a bit more in-depth explanations could have really helped what was set up so well in the first half of the book. That being said, the first book is effectively wrapped up while still leaving room for the sequel.
Overall, Solid was a highly enjoyable read, and I'm very curious to see what the future holds for Clio and her friends! I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel, Settling....more
I’ve always loved angel stories. I’m not sure why; I suppose that sometimes it’s nice to think that we couldReviewed by Christin at Between the Covers
I’ve always loved angel stories. I’m not sure why; I suppose that sometimes it’s nice to think that we could have guardian angels. And, being a religious person (or liturgical dork, as some would call me), I’m always curious to see how angel lore is translated into stories. Unearthly did not disappoint.
Clara knows she’s an angel; she’s just not sure what exactly that means. She knows that she has a purpose that will be revealed to her; and her destiny finally begins coming to her in snippets through visions. She never imagined that her mom would uproot the family and that she would come face-to-face with the boy of her visions before that fateful day—but she does. In addition to trying to fit in at her new school, a feat which seems nearly impossible, Clara must also train to be a guardian angel—something that, to her, also seems impossible. But as quickly as things fall into place things can fall out again, and soon Clara is faced with a choice—will she follow her destiny or her heart?
Unearthly is an enjoyable read, a coming-of-age story with just the right amount of fantastical twist. Just as I loved watching Clara make her way in her new environment, I loved learning with her about angels and their abilities. I appreciated that Clara had two good friends instead of the stereotypical one; it added depth and allowed me to see Clara in a variety of situations. I also enjoyed how vividly the setting was described; for someone who has never been to Wyoming, done much hiking, or been skiing, I could still envision every setting and scenario clearly. I’m not an outdoorsy person, and this book made me want to spend some time in nature.
While this book doesn’t really have a dull moment—it has enough subplots and mysteries to keep a reader’s interest throughout—there are certainly some frustrating moments. This is definitely one series where you have to read the sequel, because so many questions are left unanswered. However, if the sequel is as enjoyable as this first novel, it is definitely worth reading!
Cynthia Hand has definitely done a fantastic job with her debut novel; with first loves, fantasy, and intrigue, there is something in this book that many readers can appreciate. I am looking forward to reading what Cynthia writes next!...more
Alright, regulators, come and lock me up: I LOVED this book. Once again, this is a book where all the hypeReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
Alright, regulators, come and lock me up: I LOVED this book. Once again, this is a book where all the hype is definitely well-deserved.
Lena dreams of the day when she will be able to be cured from the amor deliria nervosa, when she will hopefully, finally be free of the whispers surrounding her family and her mother's death. She has prepared endlessly for her evaluation, hoping that she will receive a good score and therefore a good pairing. But something happens on the day of her evaluation that sparks a chain of events, causing Lena to question who she is - and more importantly, who she wants to become.
Delirium had me hooked from the very first chapter, and kept me hooked until the very end, because there were so many aspects of the book to love. I really enjoyed the quotes from The Book of Shhh and other Delirium-world books at the beginning of each chapter in addition to the poetry and well-known stories that were later incorporated. All of the characters were very well developed; even the smaller characters were given backstories and detailed descriptions. Equally well developed was this dystopian society. Because of the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, I really understood the parameters and could therefore imagine what it would be like to live in such a society. Both the events and the characters in this book were quite vivid, and I felt that I really lived along with them.
This book is impeccably written, by turns compelling, amusing, suspenseful, shocking, and poignant. While all the elements of a story are present - engaging plot, relatable, true characters, an enjoyable writing style - in Delirium, they have all come together in a unique way. It has definitely made its impression on me.
The only bad thing about this book? The long wait for Pandemonium! I need the next installment now!...more
With so many paranormal books on the market right now, it was very refreshing to see one in which almost all of the characters have a supernatural abiWith so many paranormal books on the market right now, it was very refreshing to see one in which almost all of the characters have a supernatural ability, not just the male or female lead. The premise of Haven sounded very promising, and it definitely did not disappoint.
Violet McKenna has always been plagued with visions of the future, usually visions of unfortunate or even tragic accidents occurring in the lives of those she cares about. To make matters worse, she can't even warn them - nobody would believe her, and so she hides her gift. But all that changes when she arrives at Winterhaven, a school that, for some inexplicable reason, she feels drawn to. She quickly learns that she is not alone in her psychic abilities, and she can even develop them further. Then there is Aidan Gray, the most irresistible guy at Winterhaven, and he seems drawn to her - an attraction that is definitely mutual. But a school like Winterhaven wouldn't be complete without its secrets, as as Violet's visions become increasingly intense, she realizes that she and Aidan may have more to learn about themselves after all...
Haven was a quick, enjoyable read. Cook's writing easily engages the reader, finding just the right balance of description and action and refined style and teen voice that brings the story to life. The characters were all very believable, and I enjoyed watching their development throughout the novel. Moreover, the relationship between Violet and Aidan found a convincing balance of tenderness, tension, and romance. Between character interactions and plot developments and revelations, Haven is an interesting read throughout.
I will say, however, that throughout the novel, there are a fair number of similarities to other comparable books. In addition, while some events come as a surprise, others are rather predictable. Despite this, however, Haven has enough individuality, as well as questions left unanswered, to make this book worth reading and to make me intrigued as to what will happen next.
Overall, this was a great debut novel for Cook. I will look forward to reading more from her in the future!...more
Winter’s Passage takes place between The Iron King and The Iron Daughter, following the rescue of Meghan’s half-brother from Faery, and details the evWinter’s Passage takes place between The Iron King and The Iron Daughter, following the rescue of Meghan’s half-brother from Faery, and details the events of the journey she and Prince Ash take to get to the Winter Court in Tir Na Nog.
As they travel they are being tracked by the Hunter, which sends Ash and Meghan on a crazy trip through faery that gives us more glimpses of the rich landscape Kagawa has painted. We also see more of the Iron Fey’s impact on Faery in growing spots of blight. This is truly a strength of this author...she is able to paint vivid, brilliant pictures with her words.
We see some of the established characters...Grimalkin makes an appearance and warms my heart with his trademark sarcasm and dry wit. But...I have to say I did miss Puck, who is only referenced in this novella when we’re reminded that he and Ash are enemies. (Though, it’s once again done in a way that makes me term them “frienemies.”) I love Puck, and his unwavering loyalty to Meghan.
We meet some of the Unseelie Court fey...and they are quite creepy. (Dame Laiden could give Freddy Krueger nightmares...just sayin’!) We are reacquainted with a “familiar” fairytale baddie in the form of the Hunter. Wolf, the Hunter, has such presence. He’s not a creature of horror, but rather a creature of dignity and grace, cunning and skill. This was an interesting take on an old fairytale figure, and I really liked the way Kagawa portrayed him, the honor he showed.
This novella shows so much of the relationship between Ash and Meghan. It gives us our first insight into how the Winter Prince REALLY feels about the Summer Princess. We get a true glimpse at the struggle going on inside of Ash: his fight between his feelings for Meghan, his duty to his Queen, and the letter of the law.
Winter’s Passage is an enjoyable, quick fix for those of us who miss Ash and Meghan...and I do! ...more
Beastly has been out for several years, but I hadn’t heard of it until an authReview courtesy of Louise @ Between the Covers blog: http://t.co/jXvtsWQ
Beastly has been out for several years, but I hadn’t heard of it until an author chat with Alex Flinn on Eve’s Fan Garden. I enjoyed this book, and am hoping that the movie will be . Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favorite fairy tales, and Flinn’s retelling of it, set in modern day New York City, is made of win.
The story is told from the point of view of the “beast,” Kyle Kingsbury. Kyle is everything teens want to be...handsome, rich and popular. He’s also a grade-A, world class, “show up at the door to date my daughter and I’m punting you like a football” jerk. The son of a well-known NYC news anchorman, Kyle’s been raised to be superficial. Appearance is all that matters. As long as someone looks good, wears the right clothes, attends the right events, has enough money, that’s all that matters. Kyle’s father is something seen often in YA novels...a very absent parent, who treats Kyle as if he is a bother the few times they interact during the book.
Kyle attends Tuttle, an elite private school, where he is the most popular boy dating the most popular girl. His not so stellar personality gets him in trouble...trouble that his father’s name and money can’t get him out of...when he ticks off a witch who is masquerading as a student at his school. The witch, Kendra, curses Kyle after he does something that would crush most teenage girls...asks her to a dance when he already has a (pretty and popular) date, just to embarrass her. The curse turns Kyle into the “beast,” letting his outside reflect what and who he truly is...ugly. Kyle’s given two (2) years to break the curse, and it can only be broken by the kiss of true love. *insert swoon here*
There were parts to this book that I really enjoyed, such as the “internet support group chats” with other fairy tale characters, such as the frog prince and the little mermaid. These were always humorous and very enjoyable. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Kyle and his “true love,” Lindy, develop. I really loved that Lindy was just an average girl. She wasn’t beautiful, but she also wasn’t ugly. And I loved how Kyle’s perception of her appearance changed as the book progressed and he matured.
There were parts I didn’t enjoy, such as Lindy’s father’s drug addiction. But the dark parts of the book serve to show Kyle’s growth, and to spotlight that good people can come out of very dark environs.
Beastly takes us on Kyle’s journey to becoming a real boy...and eventually a real man, one who recognizes that appearance isn’t what matters most, that who we are on the inside is the true measure of our worth. By the end of the book, I liked Kyle *almost* enough to let him date my daughter. Almost.
How many stories have we all read or seen about the Holocaust and life in the concentration camps? At the sReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
How many stories have we all read or seen about the Holocaust and life in the concentration camps? At the same time, similar atrocities were taking place in Eastern Europe under Stalin. Between Shades of Gray tells that story.
Taken in the middle of the night from the only home she's known, Lina, along with her mother and younger brother, are forced into a crowded train car, not knowing where they are going or what they have done wrong. When the train reaches a station, Lina learns how they have been marked - thieves and prostitutes. Worthless to the Soviet government. By no small feat, Lina manages to find her father at the station, and he tells her to draw, that he will find her by her art. And so Lina begins to document everything, using handkerchiefs and pieces of wood, passing secret messages through strangers. But at time stretches on, and conditions go from impossibly bad to worse, can hope survive? Can the bonds of love and friendship survive despite the coldness of the Soviets and the arctic north, or will all be lost, frozen forever?
In her afterword, Ruta Sepetys talks of how this book is really a tale of love, and in many ways, I have to agree. This is not to say that Between Shades of Gray makes light of any of the horrors actually suffered; far from it. But woven throughout the awful details are threads of friendship, family, and unbreakable bonds formed with strangers because of - or perhaps despite - their situation. Even still, it was heartbreaking to read of their suffering: cattle car transits that lasted for months instead of weeks, an imprisonment that lasted for decades instead of years, bartering every last possession for hope of news or morsel of food, trying to survive the endless months of dark and frigid temperatures in shacks. The contrast of the present circumstances triggering memories of the past was especially effective.
I only wish we could have known what happened to the people who fell behind and how exactly the small group survived year after year in the North Pole. But the not-knowing is part of the story - these people and countless others were merely nameless bodies to all of the soldiers. All, that is, but the one who showed kindness...
Between Shades of Gray is not an easy read, but it is a gripping and compelling one. Sepetys has effortlessly woven fact and fiction, creating a story that could have so easily been real. I will look forward to seeing what she writes next....more
We've all lived through, or heard stories or seen pictures of, the destruction left in the wake of naturalReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
We've all lived through, or heard stories or seen pictures of, the destruction left in the wake of natural disasters. But what it disease and disaster struck a crippling blow, forcing society to evolve and change forever? Such is the premise of Enclave.
Deuce has finally achieved her goal of being a Huntress, and she wears her scars proudly. She knows that she has proven herself worthy. But when she is partnered with the village outcast, things begin to go wrong. When she sees a strange boy in the tunnels, she can't help but abandon her mission and enlist Fade's help in taking him to the safety village. And that's just the beginning. Suddenly, Deuce finds herself as the object of ire for Silk, sent out on highly dangerous missions, and questioning everything she's ever accepted, all while growing closer to Fade. And when he chooses to make the ultimate sacrifice for her, how will she respond? More importantly, how will they both survive?
Enclave is engaging from the very beginning; it was a quick read that kept me turning page after page to see what would happen next. Though this book may have some elements in common with other dystopian books, the story definitely has its own merit. From learning and uncovering the world of Razorland, to seeing how Deuce and Fade adapted to their ever-changing situation, Enclave proved to be original and interesting. I loved watching Deuce come to her own conclusions and sort out her feelings for Fade. And the second half of the book definitely held a few surprises.
I will say that I wished the actual setting had been a bit more clear, though the details were probably limited by the first-person narrative. Also, I wasn't completely thrilled when the possibility of a love triangle was introduced, only because it seems that every book has to have one, but even that seemed fairly resolved eventually. The ending of the book seems fairly conclusive, but I think there are plans for a sequel - if so, I will definitely be reading it!
Enclave may be a dystopian book, but it also has a healthy dose of action with just a touch of romance. This was a great debut novel from Ann Aguirre, and I can't wait to see what she writes next!...more
Once again, I'm a sucker for angel books - especially when the angels aren't exactly what tReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
Really 3.5 stars
Once again, I'm a sucker for angel books - especially when the angels aren't exactly what they seem. This novel, written in a refined style and incorporating some previously-untapped angel lore, makes for a quick, enjoyable read.
Ellie's always been a little different - never one of the popular girls, more content with her friend Ruth - not to mention she spends her summers in various parts of the world, working with her parents for different agricultural projects. At night, she dreams of flying around her town, dreams that she always seems to remember in the morning. And then she meets Michael - or meets him again. As it turns out, she'd met him one summer, but for some strange reason cannot recall anything about him. Yet she is oddly drawn to him. And as she spends more time she spends with him, she comes to realize that her dreams of flight are not dreams at all, but reality. And Michael is just like her. And if they are angels, what does that mean for their future? Are they the good angels - or the bad, the fallen?
It's true that certain elements of this book have been seen (and perhaps overused) in other books - love at first sight, the intensity of the first kiss, the dreams, the single best friend. But once you get past that, the book becomes quickly engaging, so much so that I read it in a day or two. What made this book interesting, however, was the incorporation of biblical angel lore - not only the stories of the Nephilim from Genesis, but also the stories from the Book of Enoch. I loved the history and connections between angels and vampires that existed in this book; they definitely gave a new spin to both fantastical creatures. And I would be lying if I said that the romance between Ellie and Michael wasn't fun to read.
While a few things in this book were either unbelievable, predictable, or just a little too convenient, the story still remains strong. The book ends on a cliffhanger - and I'm definitely looking forward to reading the sequel to see what other historical/biblical information is included and reinterpreted.
Heather Terrell has an enjoyable writing style, and Fallen Angel was a good young adult debut for her. I'm looking forward to reading some of her other books as well (The Chrysalis and Brigid of Kildare), as well as the next installment of Fallen Angel - Eternity....more
After hearing from numerous people that I needed to read this series, and knowing that Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel was coming soReally 3.5 stars
After hearing from numerous people that I needed to read this series, and knowing that Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel was coming soon, I gave in and moved this series to the top of my to-read list. And after the first 50 pages, I was hooked!
I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters and their variety of personalities. Although at first I didn't like Jace (shame on me, I know) he grew on me as I learned more about his past and how his mind worked. Despite being paranormal, Clary found herself in relatable situations, causing me both to laugh and to feel for her. And Simon is such a generally good guy that you can't help but pity him when he's hurt and be proud of him when he saves the day.
The plot twists throughout this book definitely made for interesting reading. While some things I was able to figure out (or at least guess correctly), there were many other details that took me by surprise. I'm already wondering what will happen in the next book!
Despite this, I have to say that I did not care for the ending. Perhaps I would feel differently had I read this book earlier - as in before City of Glass came out - but already knowing tidbits from that book simply make the ending of CoB very frustrating. However, I'm interested to see how the situation is handled!
Cassandra Clare has a unique writing style that I really enjoyed. I'm looking forward to City of Ashes!...more
It's fairly rare that I actually end up reading contemporary YA books, but this one, set just outside of LoReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
It's fairly rare that I actually end up reading contemporary YA books, but this one, set just outside of London and involving a theatre student, seemed too good to pass up. While the book wasn't exactly what I was expecting, it was still a good read, though at times seemingly more of a psychological portrait than a story.
Jude has never been one to stand out - Jude the Obscure, she calls herself. Always the brunt of her classmates' jokes, stuck in a dreary small-town existence, motherless, Jude's one escape is drama. She dreams of going to the Lab in London. There's only one problem - she can't bring herself to mail the application. Enter Stella, stage right. Stella is everything Jude wishes to be: confident, respected, able to stand out and shine. But Stella is also wild and reckless, dragging Jude into schemes that she'd never dream of. Jude feeds on Stella's strength, pushing her limits, unconsciously changing herself. Then Stella disappears for a few days, and Jude has to answer some tough questions. Is Stella really who Jude wants to be? What's so wrong with being herself? And most importantly - who is Jude?
Wonderland was, in a way, more edgy than a lot of books I've read recently. Perhaps that's because it is contemporary, or because so much of it is inner monologue. Either way, the book draws you in from the very beginning, and it goes fairly quickly from there. Jude is a very relatable character - who hasn't felt overshadowed at some point, longed to be someone else, had their nerves get the better of them? Jude and Ed were always so sweet together, which was a refreshing change from the usual intensity of teenage relationships in YA books. Jude's relationship with her father was so sad; it was easy to see how much her mother had been part of her life, and how her mother's death affected her so much. And then there was Stella. Stella with her crazy yet entertaining antics. Stella, whom at times I wanted to slap and at times I wanted to applaud. She kept me turning the pages to see what happened next.
At its heart, this is a coming-of-age story, a teenage girl trying to find her way. Sometimes, Wonderland seemed a bit disjointed, but I think that's the nature of the narrating voice, because this book does come full circle, from prologue to conclusion. I had my suspicious throughout the book, and it was nice to see that I had been right. The story until the ending is perfectly fine, but the ending truly does give it that much more impact.
Wonderland was Nadin's US YA debut, and I think it's safe to say it won't be her last novel. I'll look forward to reading more from her in the future!...more
Trickster's Girl is one of those books that doesn't fit neatly into any box. Instead, it combines many diffReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
Trickster's Girl is one of those books that doesn't fit neatly into any box. Instead, it combines many different ideas - dystopian, science fiction, and Native American mythology - into something new.
Kelsa knows she can't leave her father's ashes to rest in an ordinary cemetery. What she doesn't know is that in attempting to bury them herself, the course of her life will change. While in the forest, she meets Raven - the embodiment of a Native American spirit - who tells her that she is the one he needs to heal the leys and reverse the tree plague that has been unleashed in the rain forest. At first she refuses - after all, she can't very well take off for Alaska on her own - but the more she learns about Raven, and after she heals the first ley, she can't bring herself to abandon the quest. Yet the journey is not as easy as Kelsa imagined. Raven isn't the most trustworthy of boys...or creatures...and he has his share of enemies. There are those who would see the leys unhealed, and the human race destroyed...not to mention the fact that Kelsa must break numerous laws in the process. Can she avoid her enemies and heal the leys in time?
This book was quite original at the outset, with a very interesting premise. It was nice to see Native American mythology incorporated into a book for a change instead of Greek or Roman. Although the setting is futuristic, many of the elements were not much of a leap from what exists or is being developed now. The adventures were very well written, and I really loved the descriptions of the various landscapes (especially Banff - it brought back fond memories). Kelsa and Raven had some great moments: funny banter moreso than anything romantic, even though romantic feelings vied for their place.
After a while, however the story became a bit repetitive and predictable. At the same time, however, a few things seemed to come from nowhere - but in a confusing way, rather than a surprising or intriguing one. Also, he ending seemed a bit rushed and incomplete; I know there will be a sequel, and there is certainly a need for one, but I still found myself wanting something more from this book.
Overall, Tricker's Girl is an enjoyable story with a unique premise. I'll be curious to see how things are resolved in the sequel!...more
With sordid pasts, interwoven mythology, and fantastical creatures of all kinds, Moon Spell is anything butReviewed by Christin for Between the Covers
With sordid pasts, interwoven mythology, and fantastical creatures of all kinds, Moon Spell is anything but just another werewolf book. A revision of the previously-published book called Lunarmorte, Moon Spell takes the reader on a journey of magic and myth as experienced through one small lykan pack.
Caia has grown up in isolation from her lykan pack, supposedly for her protection. When she is suddenly told to rejoin her family and friends, the reunion is not all that she hoped for. She can sense that she is different, both in her physical appearance and something else she can't quite identify. Though some lykans are friendly, likely at the order of the pack alpha, Lucien, there are others who resent Caia for something that wasn't her fault. As Caia struggles to navigate a human high school as well as her new pack members, she must also deal with her growing attraction for her pack alpha and come to terms with the reality that maybe she isn't who she always thought she was. But when she discovers who she truly is, will it be for the better...or for the worse?
I really liked the different dimensions to this story as well as the changing points of view. It was enjoyable to learn and adapt with Caia as she rejoined her family, made new friends, and experienced her first run with the lykan pack. As for Lucien...who can resist an alpha male? He is several years older than Caia, which allowed for a different level of interaction than usually happens in YA. The story was fast-paced and engaging, and the conflicts were well-balanced with places of romance and humor.
Though I did enjoy this story, I found that I constantly had to ignore grammatical errors. Also, there were several scenes at the beginning that were confusing, but those issues were quickly resolved. The book does effectively close this first chapter of the Tales of Lunarmorte, but enough questions are unresolved to make the rest of the trilogy a must-read.
Moon Spell provides a fresh twist to the werewolf tale, one full of romance, snark, and a few fairies for good measure. I'm looking forward to seeing how this story continues in River Cast!...more
I need to start out saying I’m still reeling from this book. My mind is still processing this story, and I thinkLouise's Review:
*Spoiler free review*
I need to start out saying I’m still reeling from this book. My mind is still processing this story, and I think I will continue to do so for some time.
This book is an action packed emotional roller coaster ride from the first page. It tells the story from Katniss’ perspective, and through her eyes we see the courage and fear, hope and despair, kindness and cruelty that exist during a civil war. We see the struggle of this young girl who’s been forced by circumstance and the world in which she lives to grow up much to fast. We watch as she endeavors to fill her role as the figurehead of a rebellion. And we see the growth of this amazing female protagonist…especially her emotional growth.
I was appalled by the story premise of Hunger Games, but I loved the book. I was furious at the end of Catching Fire, but I loved the book. In Mockingjay, the conclusion to this trilogy, Suzanne Collins met all of my expectations with a story line I could never anticipate and a conclusion that left me in tears. Happy tears of pride. I love this book!
*scurries off to find ice cream…consumption is required to process book*
*Warning: This review does contain spoilers.*
Wow. That was the only thing I could think when I finished this book. Wow. When I closed the cover the first time, I was shaking. After rereading the ending, I was crying.
Mockingjay definitely had a different feeling than either Hunger Games or Catching Fire. It was darker, more haunting; and to me, it made a much bigger impact.
Whereas the previous two books were page-turners, full of chapter cliff-hangers and suspense, always leaving the reader wondering what happened next, Mockingjay drew me in differently. I stayed up until 3AM to finish this book, not because I had to know what happened next, but simply because I could not bear to stop reading.
I wasn't too surprised by the dark tone; it is, after all, a dystopian novel with a nation at war. I expected there to be hardship, suffering, torture, and deaths. But despite that, Collins still managed to surprise me with how all of the events played out.
To me, this book made a profound statement about life - about how you make decisions and come to terms with who you are. The awful irony of Prim's death - when everything occurred because Katniss wanted to keep Prim alive - reinforces the fact that sometimes no matter how much you try for something, you will fail. But what is important from that is to learn how to live with the consequences, just as Katniss had to learn how much she would allow others to change her essential self and why she truly belonged with Peeta. And while I'm not usually a fan of epilogues, I felt that this one really brought completeness: despite everything that had happened, life goes on.
I know that I will be rereading this book (and this whole series) and taking the time to really appreciate what Collins is saying about society and life.
"That's when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I've seen someone do. It's like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years.