Realm of the Lost is short novella, but the story within is was quite beautiful. It is a story of what happens to a young girl that dies before her ti...moreRealm of the Lost is short novella, but the story within is was quite beautiful. It is a story of what happens to a young girl that dies before her time on earth was supposed to be up.
Kathleen Gallagher and her sister no longer get along. Their once happy family is now broken with the recent divorce of their parents. One cold day in December Kathleen and her sister head out to school in the morning and right away get into a argument. As they fight Kat somehow lands in the nearby street and is hit by a passing car. She has died but has neither gone to heaven or to hell. Kat is stuck somewhere in between. It's there her journey will begin...
I really enjoyed myself throughout the entire book. While although this story is short it really made an impact on me. Right from the beginning you feel this sense of loss and sympathy for Kat. I find that books that begin with a death are always kind of hard to read or get into but as the story progressed I found myself deeply involved in what came after death for Kathleen Gallagher.
The ending was a shocker. I was so totally surprised by what happen. Realm of the Lost is one book not to miss. The author, Emma Eden Ramos did a fantastic job with such a short and unique story.(less)
Like most children we grew up hearing fairy tales read by our Mom or Dad or other family. We wish we could...moreOriginally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Like most children we grew up hearing fairy tales read by our Mom or Dad or other family. We wish we could jump into stories like Cinderella or Snow White and be saved by the handsome prince. Deep down we believed they were real and someday our prince will come. But what if the very stories we love to read are in fact REAL!
Once upon a Time.... there was a girl named Alice. Alice loves to read, she volunteers at her local library, and is dating a "to good to be true" boy name Edward. Life if good. On her first day volunteering at the library she is asked to re-shelve books. While doing so, Alice comes upon a very old and tattered looking book with the author, Grimm. She is temped to just take a peak at what lies inside. While reading she is suddenly cut by a part of the book that looks like it has been glued together many years ago. To her surprise, Alice find a silver pen and a old note stuff between the pages. When Alice reads the note she find out it has been addressed to her. *insert shocked face here*
The message: Alice, Go to the far wall. Use the pen to draw a door. Don't forget to draw a doorknob!
Now Alice must choose whether she does what the note says or turns around and leaves. Her choice will change her life forever!
Soon Alice learns that the characters in The Grimm fairy tales are in fact real and they walk among us. But this is a whole new kind of story....one where these once kind and harmless characters are PURE EVIL.
Now the world needs a hero, someone who can stop them from taking over.
The Grimm Chronicles Vol.1 is a brilliant read. Like most of you I too love fairy tales. I grew up reading ones like Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven dwarfs, Rumpelstiltskin and many more. This book took me back to when I was a child and truly believed it fairy tale magic. What really got me into the book was the idea of these sweet and kind fairy tale characters also have a dark side. You learn that somehow (I wont say) they make their way into our world and soon wanting to take over. Year by year they become more and more mean and evil. It was so interesting to read The Grimm tales being told this way. I found Alice to be a very strong lead character in the book. She was very likable and down to earth. The books pacing was fast and easy to read. Middle-Grade and YA readers are most suited for this book but I think adults will love it as well. (I know I did) The one thing that didn't go over well with me is how thick the book is and how long the story was. If you like a good chucker then this book would be a good choice but for those who don't like a long story then this book may not be what your looking for. Although the story reads quite fast and captured your attention most of the way through....or it did for me.
I look forward to reading the next installment in The Grimm Chronicles. I can't wait to see what happens next to Alice....as she saves the world one fairy tale creature at a time.(less)
Review originally posted: @ Bittersweet Enchantment Starflower without a doubt is a high fantasy novel. I myself have never been a huge fan of this ge...moreReview originally posted: @ Bittersweet Enchantment Starflower without a doubt is a high fantasy novel. I myself have never been a huge fan of this genre but was willing to give it a go and read the book. I am glad that I did but at the same time had very mixed feeling about the book. The story itself was interesting and well developed but the characters were lacking that certain something. I did not feel much of a connection with anyone besides the main female protagonist, Starflower. She is what made the story work and hold my attention throughout most of the book.
As the story begins we meet Eanrin, a male bard or poet who is madly in love Lady Gleamdren. She gets herself kidnapped by a immortal who is known to be a dragon/woman. This creature is searching for a item in which Lady Gleamdren posses in order to reclaim her wings. Once discovered missing, Poet Eanrin and his rival go on the quest to find Gleamdren and bring her home safely. Many of the people in this land, including Eanrin are animal shifter. He is able to turn into a cat while other may do the same with different animals.
On their quest to rescue the kidnapped Lady Gleamdren, Eanrin comes upon a young woman laying beside the river. When his curiosity becomes the best of him, Eanrin find she is a human girl and is alive but asleep. With nothing else to do, he decides to find a way to awaken her to see who is girl truly is and why she is alone in the woods. The truth behind who this loss girl is and where she comes from not only changes his path to rescue his love Lady Gleamdren, but will alter his live and his future.....
As the story unfolds everything will made clear..... but will the path Eanrin takes be to his lost love or to a unknown girl.
To find out what happens you'll have to read the book for yourself....
Here are the things I did in fact enjoy about the book: 1. The world building was excellent, far better than I thought it would have been. I really got the sense of being there right along side of the characters. 2. The story itself. I really enjoyed the plot, mystery, and how the story unfolded with each PART within the book. The book was written in three parts, one in the present day, one the past (part 2), and then once again back to the present where there the story as a whole begins to make complete sense. The ending was beautiful and I dare say I cried a bit. *tissues may be needed* 3. Starflower. She was a real and believable character. I found her to be very kind, and self-sacrificing for the ones she loved. Her jounany and hardships made her stronger, not bitter.
Here are the few things I did not care for about the book: 1. The annoying and whiny Lady Gleamdren. I just wanted to smack her. She thinks the world revolves around her and she is loved by all, or should be. 2. The pacing of the book in my taste was a little slow and choppy. I was lead one way and taken another a times. 3. Not much romance.... Yes, I am a stickler for the romantic aspect in books and I did not see much at all.
All in all it was a fun read. I would definitely read the next book in the series to find out what happens next. I think anyone who really enjoys high fantasy novel that Starflower would be a good fit you them.(less)
Indigo Awakening was not like any other book I have ever read. Which is good and bad. Let me explai...moreReview originally posted: @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Indigo Awakening was not like any other book I have ever read. Which is good and bad. Let me explain why... I have never heard of author Jordan Dane until I accepted to review her novel a few months ago, so I didn't know anything about her writing style or types of books she has written in the past. I went into reading Indigo Awakening blindly, well besides loving the cover and the premise of the book. I feel I need to spilt this review into a few different parts. One being the parts I really enjoyed about the book. Two being the stuff I disliked about the book or felt needed improvement and everything in between.
The Good: The whole idea behind the story has such great potential with even the makings of an EPIC book series, or a possible movie. I could totally see a movie being developed from the book. Indigo Awakening is pretty much about a group of misunderstood kids who excel with different psychic powers. Mind Speaking, talking to the dead and having visions of things to come are just a few of these kids rare abilities. The book begins with a strong plot and continues to get even better about 1/3 of the way through. The story the author creates is a thriller and a definite page-turning most of the time. I really enjoyed reading and learning about each of the kids special abilities and how it affect there lives and the lives around them. In retrospect I really did want to love Indigo Awakening not just "like" the book. I felt the story had such a great start and the ending was mind-blowing but the middle of the book is what kind of failed me.
The Bad: To make this easier for me as well as you guys to understand what I did not like about the book I am going to break of this "area" of my review in two different parts. 1. The characters.....ah yes when has we not heard this before. I felt a total disconnection with all of the characters. I wanted to like them all so much, I did. I wanted to able feel what they felt throughout the book but atlas I did not. There was just no real attraction with anything of them. I wanted to learn more about the main characters other than what fit into the storyline. Their back story was weak and overdone. 2. The middle of the book just flat-lined for me. At times I was downright bored and lost interested, putting down the book more often that reading it. The beginning and the ending were what made the most impact on me throughout the story. I didn't pre say force myself to read more the book, but I felt I would have been into the story if these "trouble spots" I mentioned above were different. I hope that makes sense. ;)
.....and the "hopeful"?..... So no I did not hate this book, in fact my feelings are far from it but I definitely can see much more room for improvement within the next book in the series and while I have never read anything else by the author I may have gone into the my first book by the author with two high of expectations. If given the chance I would love to read the next book in the series once it comes out. I feel the ending of Indigo Awakening left the book open to an amazing continuation of the series. (less)
Once again Rachel Hawkins has created another book I feel head over heals in love with. School Spirits is nothing short of brilliant! Full review to c...moreOnce again Rachel Hawkins has created another book I feel head over heals in love with. School Spirits is nothing short of brilliant! Full review to come.(less)
Review is also posted here - What The Spell? + a giveaway to win a print copy!
I simply adore books about witches, always have. I jumped at the chance...moreReview is also posted here - What The Spell? + a giveaway to win a print copy!
I simply adore books about witches, always have. I jumped at the chance to read What The Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis. I was first introduced to Brittany by a mutual author friend, Lori Curwell. Lori told me that Brittany was recently signed with Simon & Schuster after being a self-published author. I found out more info about her books and was soon sent an ARC to review. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing What The Spell? turned out to be.
As the story begins we meet Brooklyn who is about to turn sweet sixteen. Brooklyn longs to fit in, to be somebody special but most of all to be beautiful and popular. She knows she is nothing to look at, plain, and boring. She feels invisible and alone. Her one and only friend happens to be her guidance counselor....yeah pretty lame. Things are about to change...
Brooklyn has a big secret...in which no one else knows, well besides her parents. Brooklyn is a WITCH and on her 16th birthday he parents will un-bound her powers, her birth right. She has waited her whole life to gain these powers and wants to use them to transform herself into someone "everyone" will take notice of. After she receives her powers the first thing Brooklyn does is chance her appearances from head to toe. Long Blonde hair, eyes the color of the ocean, model tall, clear skin, and a rocking body! Wow, what a few spells can do to change boring Brooklyn into America's Top Model.
Being invisible was no longer a option.
From as long as she can remember Brooklyn has wanted to be apart of a group at school called "The Elite". A powerful clique of the rich, beautiful, and most popular kids in school. The Untouchables. With Brooklyn's new found beauty and drastic change she hopes to be finally noticed by the group, or even asked to join. Although she discovers being beautiful does not give you a free pass. When "The Elite" do take notice of Brooklyn on her first day back to school she comes to find that being a part of their group is no easy task. She is asked to do a series of tests to pledge her legion to The Elite. Easy, right? Wrong! Using her magic is the only way to completes the tests...and getting caught is NOT an option.
What's a witch to do? Will Brooklyn's new looks and popularity be enough to win The Elite over or will she use her magic for all the wrong reasons?
The Good, The Bad, and the witchy?
What I liked most about this book is the main character growth throughout the story. In the beginning Brooklyn felt very insecure and alone, but once she came into her powers she evolved into a more positive person. I guess the one thing that bugged me about Brooklyn is that once she became this beautiful girl who everyone wanted to be like, she lost her true self. She would do anything, including using magic to be accepted. Along the way she even went as far as changing her inner self her, heart to fit it. I really enjoyed seeing her character grow and change throughout the book.
The story itself was very intriguing and captured my attention right from the start. I loved the use of witchcraft...the spells, and learning about her family's past. I found the book hard to put down, always wanting to find out what would happen next to Brooklyn. The authors writing style was very smooth and has a elegant flow from page to page. A fantastic book for all ages, and especially the young adult crowd, coming to age readers.
The only problem I did have with the book was the way Brooklyn acted after be tested my The Elite. She was willing to do practically anything to gain acceptance even if that meant giving up her true self. She wanted to be liked so much that Brooklyn figuratively speaking "sold her soul" to get there.
The ending was positively perfect and I can't wait to find out what's in store next for this little "witch". (less)
I had a lot of mixed feeling with Vaempires: Revolution: Zombies Rising. On one hand I really enjoyed the story and especially getti...more3.5 awesome stars!
I had a lot of mixed feeling with Vaempires: Revolution: Zombies Rising. On one hand I really enjoyed the story and especially getting to know a lot more about the secondary characters Ray and Linq. This book was mainly about them as is written from there POV. The reader gets to find out what happened to both Ray's and Linq's family after the war broke out. In this story both teens are making their way back to Daniel and Cassie. Earlier Cassie left Linq to go back herself and find her true love Daniel but runs into someone from her past. This surely puts a damper on her plans. Soon after Cassie left, Linq and Ray decide to go after her in hopes to also be able to find Daniel, Dead or Alive. Both hoping they will not be to late. Of course both teens run into trouble and must fight their way ahead. One thing neither Ray or Linq were expecting to see or have to fight are the undead, undead. Yeah, makes no sense right? Zombie Vaempires, oh boy! Something or someone is raising these ungodly creatures from the dead. Ray and Linq will do everything they kill these zombies, again and find there way to Daniel before it's to late.
The Good and the Bad (not so good!)
Good: I really loved that the story was focused on the secondary characters Ray and Linq. I enjoyed learning about there lives and emotions. The fighting scenes where amazing and gory. The author does a really nice job at making the reader feel like they are right there fighting along with the characters. Thomas Winship writing is very distinguished and easy to read. There is never a dull moment in this book and left me wanting more.
Bad: TOO SHORT! Although the story was great the book itself could have been longer. It left me wanting more and with the feeling of being empty towards the end. Also, there were parts in the book that just make me say "Ewwww". I have never been bothered by a scary or gory novel, this one really turned my stomach.
All in all I am very happy that I was able to read The Evolutionary War series. These books really took me by surprise. They all were a lot better than I first though they would be. I will definitely be reading the next installment. (less)
From page one Chantress grabbed my attention. This unique and magical tale is unlike any book I have ever read. Although that's pretty much ALL I did...moreFrom page one Chantress grabbed my attention. This unique and magical tale is unlike any book I have ever read. Although that's pretty much ALL I did enjoy about the book, sadly to say. I really had high hopes for Chantress. I mean the cover alone is so BEAUTIFUL. The story of girl who creates magic solely from her voice. Set in 1660s England, the story of Lucy a 17 year old girl living on a secluded island with her friend and protector Norrie. Many years ago she was sent away to be keep safe by her Mother. On All hollows eve, Lucy hears a faint but distinctive singing. She is drawn to it, feeling a invisible pull to sing as well. There is one small problem; all of Lucy's life she has been told never to sing. EVER! Although forbidden, Lucy gives in and does what she has been told never to do. SING!
Sing, and the darkness will find you.
Lucy is suddenly whisked away from Norrie and from the only home she has ever known by a magical force that bring her far away. She now faces the unknown, with not only this new world but the mystery of who and WHAT she really is. From here the story REALLY begins taking on many twists and turns for Lucy, her magic and a fight between GOOD and EVIL!
Chantress has the making of being an exceptional read. The story is fresh and unique with just the right amount of action, fantasy, and mystery. While the story itself was quite interesting, there were other area's that just fell flat for me. The characters of the book was a biggie for me. I felt no real connection with any of them. The lack of emotions between Lucy and her so called "love interest" just did not work. I found myself becoming frustrated and bored at times. I really tried to like Lucy, but sadly I did not. The middle of the book seemed tedious causing me to loose my attention. The beginning and the ending seemed to show the most promise. In no way is Chantress a "bad book" because of the issues I had with it. In fact I really did like it. The magic, and mystery really do make the book come alive. I believe others will really love the book and even come to adore Lucy but for me I had to many mixed feelings throughout. I sincerely hope a book 2 is in the works. New author, Amy Butler Greenfield has some define potential and I really hope to see more from her soon. (less)
Sixteen year old Mia has a pretty nice life. She has wonderful parents, a supporting big brother and a new baby brother and sister who are twins. Mia has a BFF Amy and does well in school. But not all things are as perfect as they seem. Mia has a secret. One she doesn't want anyone to know. It all happened one night when she went to sleep and when she woke up she was not in her bed anymore but naked in the middle of the forest. The question is how she got there. Was it a dream or a nightmare? When Mia decides to go back into the forest to see if she can figure out what happen she finds her answer and fast. Her whole body begins to transform and lifts of the ground. The next thing she knows is she is flying. How is this possible? Was she dead? Mia wants to find answers as to why this bizarre change is happening to her but what she comes to find will blow her away. The path she takes to understand more about what's happening to her lead right to a boy named Gabe. Not only does he know who or what Mia is Gabe and his family are much alike...
Want to know what happens next? Well you will have read the book for yourself.
The Good: The story itself was very fascinating. I truly did enjoy it. I love the idea that Mia could transform into this creature and fly whenever she wanted to. The meaning behind why Mia can transform, who or what she is and descends from really gives the story so much life. I wanted to know more about who Mia really is and what she was capable of. Although she was going through so much so fast Mia always remained strong willed; a very likable protagonist. I think of the best thing I liked about the story besides the plot itself was Mia's home life. A lot of times in books you find the main character has only one parent or no siblings. Mia had both Mom and Dad as well as brothers and a sister. She was always so helpful with the chores and taking care of the twins even after her life changed so drastically. A very refreshing and rare thing to see in YA books.
All of the characters were likable and they all had their part to play throughout the book. Mia and Gabe's relationship grew from friends to each of them wanting more. I loved seeing both of them grow and change with each passing chapter. M.M Lake did a beautiful job with her first novel and really wrote a story I feel many urban fantasy readers will enjoy.
The Bad: (or not so good) There are a couple reasons why I did not give Why Must I Lie a higher rating. HUGE AND LONG book! Yep, its a chunker. With over 400 pages it took me sometime to read it. Now don't get to wrong the story was great but I felt that a few parts just tended to drag on a bit. The dialogue "reading flow" was a little slow and wordy. Another thing is the chapters are long, but with many breaks "~" <-- (like this) in between paragraphs. For me I would have liked to have more chapters and less of those breaks in the paragraphs.
All in all Why Must I Lie was quite good. As a self-published author M.M. Lake did a beautiful job on her first novel. She wrote a very unique and engaging novel I feel fits well into the Urban fantasy genre. Even with the few things I found problems with I would definitely read the next addition to the story.(less)
Aaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!! I so want to scream at the ending and ring a "certain someone" neck. I adored the book as I did Born Wicked but the ending.... *tea...moreAaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!! I so want to scream at the ending and ring a "certain someone" neck. I adored the book as I did Born Wicked but the ending.... *tear* It will leave you heart-broken.(less)
Splintered captured my heart from the very first page. I have always been a huge fan of story...moreBook review originally posted: @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Splintered captured my heart from the very first page. I have always been a huge fan of story book retellings ever since I read Cinder last year. The classic story of Alice in Wonderful by Lewis Carroll has always been a childhood favorite of mine. I remember reading the book over and over again. There is just something so magical about a girl who falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a strange new world fulled with talking plants, mad tea parties, and a queen who has a obsession with chopping off heads.
Splintered is possibly the best fairy tale book retelling I have ever read. At first I was a little hesitant to read the book because I did not want to be disappointed that author may not be true to the original story-line of Alice in Wonderland but she was....OMG she was! I was totally floored *mouth hung open* by how beautifully dark, and modern Splintered turned out to be. Each and every aspect of this book was true to the original story with A.G. Howard own spin on things.
Have you ever wondered what happen after Alice returned home from Wonderland? Did she grow up and start of family? Did she return to wonderland just to attend a mad tea party?
Alyssa Gardner has always been able to hear and talk to plants and bugs, as does her Mother. She hides her secret well.....unfortunately her Mother was not so lucky. Allison, Alyssa mother lives in a insane asylum and talks of a world that do not exist. Alyssa knows she and her mother both are descended of real Alice who once went to wonderland. She refuses to believe the story of her great, great, great Grandmother is true and hides the fact that she hears the voices of the plants and bugs. While visiting with her Mom, Alyssa comes to find out more secrets that Allison has been hiding. Secrets that will change her life forever. Wonderland is REAL and Alyssa hold the key through the looking glass.... into a lost world of magic and a curse which begs to be broken.
If talking to a huge moth, secretly loving a boy who is just a friend, and having Alice as a distance relative wasn't enough.... Alyssa now has to dive head first down the rabbit whole to save her Mom by breaking an ancient curse from the one curious girl who started it all.
Splintered in my opinion is one of the best books I have read. I had so many emotions all throughout this book, from excitement, to sadness and everything in between. I literally squealed with joy when she fell through the rabbit whole and arrived in Wonderland. I keep thinking "WOW, this is SOOO amazingly true to Lewis Carroll tale". Everything was perfect. A.G. Howard writing style throughout the book was breathtaking and enchanting. It made me feel like I was right there with Alyssa in Wonderland. The romance was spot on. I could not have asked for a better love story between the boy she loves and the boy she dreamed about. In this case the love-triangle was great, not in the least bit cliché. Once I was finished reading I feel a strong urge to re-read the book again....and I would have to if I did not have to return it to my library. HAHA!
If you have not read Splintered or have doubts about the book that are holding you back from reading it. Let me put your mind at ease because I say without a shadow of a doubt YOU will NOT be disappointed. From page one until the very end I was totally in love with this book!
This dark and gritty retelling of Alice in Wonderland is a MUST READ! A totally magnificent read for all ages. (less)