Fiery 17- year-old Ari (Arianna) lives in a world where humans have lost the war against vampires, are forced into slavery and worse. Rebel humans livFiery 17- year-old Ari (Arianna) lives in a world where humans have lost the war against vampires, are forced into slavery and worse. Rebel humans live in the wild, plotting to overthrow the vampire royal family and take back their way of living. Ari’s father is in charge of the rebels, having his sons and only daughter in high command positions. During a vampire raid, Ari is captured auctioned off to the vampire Prince Braith, who buys her supposedly to be his personal blood slave, a fate worse than death. But he purchases Ari not as a food source; when Braith is near her, his vision is restored, something that hasn’t happened in over a hundred years. When Ari comes to live at the castle, she expects that hers will be a short and painful existence. Surprised to learn that Braith does not wish to do her harm whatsoever, she is puzzled at his desire for her. He treats her carefully, teaching her how to read, and begins to fall in love with her. As Ari is drawn toward Braith as well, she fears he will discover that she is the daughter of the man who is trying to overthrow his family. Fast-paced and addicting, Ms. Stevens has written an engaging young adult book that leaves readers wanting more, and questioning which side is right or wrong. ...more
“…When you love someone you don’t always see them realistically.” –P.C. Cast
It is true that when you do love someone dearly, you don’t actually see w“…When you love someone you don’t always see them realistically.” –P.C. Cast
It is true that when you do love someone dearly, you don’t actually see what they truly are. In Awakened, the story picks up from the last book Burned in which Zoey’s once shattered soul is on the mend on the Isle of Sky; Neferet and Kalona are trying to wreck havoc in the real world since he wasn’t able to kill Zoey in Nix’s realm. Zoey decides to remain on the Isle of Sky to lick her wounds and have her Warrior, now Guardian, Stark protect her. On the Isle Zoey and Stark grow closer to one another and eventually consummate their love despite losing loved ones and pieces of themselves. The ‘Nerd Heard,’ as Aphrodite calls Zoey’s closest friends, go back to Tulsa to the House of Night. The Nerd Herd is planning a celebration for Zoey’s return; during the planning Jack and Damian share some ‘alone time’ while pre-decorating and talk about what has happened to them recently and their love for one another. While Jack is decorating tragedy strikes, Neferet shows up and ensnares Jack with darkness. Stevie Rae has not told anyone about Rephaim and the struggle has taken a toll on her, emotionally and spiritually. She feels that she has no one to tell this secret because if she told, Rephaim would be hunted and killed. What else Stevie Rae struggles with are her true feelings for him, she loves him. Rephaim struggles with the fact that he is bonded with Stevie Rae, and with whom does his allegiance lie? The underlying themes of this book were the different types of love, and the chance to start over again. The love that was shared between the characters in the book displayed true, innocent, and lustful love. I felt that there needed to be some more interaction between Kalona and Zoey, even though the last battle between the two of them in Burned presented an ending point. I don’t want to give anything away but characters could’ve been developed a little more, and some of the sad situations could’ve been not so stereotyped. If a person were to pick of this book they would be lost because the story plot transcends throughout the entire series.
It’s her sister’s wedding, and the last place on earth Ruth Ann “Rhubarb” Barbellis wants to be is seated at the children’s wedding reception table, iIt’s her sister’s wedding, and the last place on earth Ruth Ann “Rhubarb” Barbellis wants to be is seated at the children’s wedding reception table, in a bridesmaid dress crafted from the best shop in hell, with Bobby Wichowski. Not only is Bobby her age-old sworn enemy, but he is also the brother of her sister’s new husband, so they are now practically related. At each other’s throats since childhood, as adults their quips directed at each other have sharpened and their blood pressures are escalating by the minute. To escape their pint-sized tablemates, they take to the dance floor, where Ruth Anne observes that Bobby is an excellent dance partner, makes her body feel good in all of the right places, and that the feeling seems to be mutual. Repulsion soon turns into attraction between these two star-crossed lovers. This romantic comedy has many laugh-out-loud moments between the main characters and Ruth Anne’s inner dialogue with herself. It is well-written, but the tempo is a bit too quick, leaving the tale too short, with readers wanting more from Ruth Anne and Bobby. Ms. Tenorio has crafted a hilarious story, and should perhaps consider turning this short story into a full-fledged book. ...more
**spoiler alert** Destined is the latest chapter in the HON series, with not as much spark as the other ones have had. There are a lot a changes that**spoiler alert** Destined is the latest chapter in the HON series, with not as much spark as the other ones have had. There are a lot a changes that happen to the characters; the characters are growing up, they are developing to be individual people and with that comes change.
Heath is back, but not in the good/idiotic teen boy form, but in a 'rebel-with-out-a-cause' sort of stereotype teen form who has the ability to morph into a bull/minotaur (since he was created by the White Bull) who's name is Aurox. He is Nefert's powerful puppet, a killing machine, but by the power of Nyx, and Neferet's impatience for a better sacerfice, Heath was inserted in Aurox's body and this puppet has some ability to feel. From the birth of Aurox, Neferet takes him to Tulsa's HON and places hims as the protector. The HON faculty and students are not too sure what to make of 'Nyx's Gift,' but Zoey and the gang know that he is not what he seems.
Zoey and her gang decide to make their own HON, a branch of Tulsa's HON, so that they are away from Nefert and what evil she is spreading. While the gang moves permanently to the old train depot, the High Council sends a priestess called Thanatos to discover what she can about Nefert's ways and how she is operating this branch of the HON. During the move, Erin and Shaunee have a falling out, and their split divides them over issues such as Rephaim's love for his father and his contact with Kalona. The move proves to be a turning point for a lot of the characters; people change, new people arrive, and people go away.
The gang and Thanatos have concluded that in order to prove that Neferet is the Consort of Darkness (the white bull), that she is behind Zoey's mother's death, they much invoke a death spell to show what has happened at Zoey's grandmother's lavender farm where Linda Heifer's body was found. When Neferet gets word of this, she will not stop at anything to diverge this spell for she knows that this is be a hard blow to her.
This book seemed to fit but not all of the way. I thought that the introduction of too many characters was not the worthiest of choices, and so the story had a 'STOP! GO!' feel to it. The view of the different perspectives was a nice change in the other books, but again there were too many points of view. I liked that fact that one's ending (a guy) was handled in a very nice way, and the ending was very well done. I just wished that spark that the ending had was carried throughout the story. And lastly....WHAT HAPPENED TO DUCHESS?????...more
Winnie Foster is the apple of her parents and grandmother's eye, the only child, and her life is under a microscope. Instead of being kept up in an ivWinnie Foster is the apple of her parents and grandmother's eye, the only child, and her life is under a microscope. Instead of being kept up in an ivory tower, Winnie has to stay within her family's yard and woods. She would like nothing more to play with other children or to meet someone that isn't her family.
One evening, Winnie is staring at a toad and a 'man in a yellow suit' comes up to ask her if she knows everyone in her town, Tree Gap. Winnie replies that of course she doesn't know everyone, but her grandmother might. Winnie grandmother happens to come out looking for her while she is talking to the 'man in the yellow suit,' and while they're talking they all hear an uncanny song playing in the still twilight. The 'man in the yellow suit' grows quiet and then bids his farewell.
Later, Winnie decides to go investigating the woods and stumbles upon a boy (Jesse Tuck) who is drinking from a spring at the base of a tree. Jesse tells Winnie that the water isn't good and that she shouldn't drink it, which perks Winnie's curiosity and she, being 10, has to drink the water. Jesse and his mother (Mae Tuck) steals Winnie away to his family's simple house; hiding unnoticed on a path is the 'man in the yellow suit' who goes and tells the Fosters that Winnie has been kidnapped by wild people and that if the Fosters sell the woods he'll go and rescue Winnie.
Winnie learns that the Tucks and their horse had drunk the water at the base of the tree, except the cat, and have lived beyond their time. Winnie isn't sure if the entire family is stark raving mad or are serious. She grows to enjoy their company and sees them as an extended family, although she has a crush on 17 year-old Jesse and he has one on her. In the hazy glow of her happiness, the 'man in the yellow suit' shows up at the Tucks home and tells them that he has heard about them and knows their secret. The 'man in the yellow suit' starts to drag Winnie away , but before he can go anywhere far Mae takes Tuck's (her husband) old gun and cocks him in the head while a constable sees the entire event.
The constable takes Winnie home, and Mae to jail. If the 'man in the yellow suit' dies, Mae is going to be hung...but if the water has prolonged the life of all the Tucks, and the horse, Mae can't die, and that will clearly be shown.
It has taken me about 15 years to read this book, and I even own the Disney movie of Tuck Everlasting. I liked this book, but the ending did make me feel sad. There are a lot of questions that are brought up in the story such as the thoughts of living forever, death, and the consequences of one's actions.
If the world was overrun by zombies, and life, as we knew it, stopped altogether, would you fight back or get bitten to get it over and done with?
In If the world was overrun by zombies, and life, as we knew it, stopped altogether, would you fight back or get bitten to get it over and done with?
In Gabry’s world there is the constant battle of the living and non-living or ‘mudo,’ which in Spanish translates ‘dead.’ Gabry is living in what used to be sunny California but is now a post-apocalyptic beach town (Vista) that constantly has to fend off the mudo and stay huddled together. One evening the teenagers of the town and Gabry decide to tempt fate and go to an abandoned amusement part (reminds me of Disneyland) and hang out. During the entire time Gabry is scared that the mudo will come and attack them and wishes that she was back at her lighthouse home that she shares with her mother. A boy named Catcher, her best friend Cira’s brother, takes her to a secluded area of the park to talk and to kiss. While Gabry and Catcher are ‘bonding,’ mudo attack the teens turning some of the teens into mudo and scattering the rest. Catcher runs into the storm to protect his sister and gets bitten. Gabry is so frightened that she runs away from the group and escapes just in time.
The next day Gabry learns that the teens, which were not bitten by the mudo, were captured by the town’s police brigade and are thrown into a holding cell. Cira and the other teens tell Gabry that they have to go look for Catcher back in the park to see if he’s alive or a mudo. Even though Gabry is terrified she cares for her best friend and for Catcher. She sneaks off in the night to go look for Catcher and while looking for him she meets a teen with a shaved head and a white tunic named Elias who is part of a religious cult who ‘worship’ the mudo. He helps her find Catcher and ward off flesh-eating mudo who wish to eat them.
After escaping from the mudo and growing closer to Elias, Gabry feels that her world is turning upside down because what she had planned for her future is happening. To make matters worse, Gabry’s mom, Mary, decides to go back into the Forest of Hands and Teeth to look for loved ones that she left behind. Mary invites Gabry to come with her but Gabry turns her down and tells her that she is abandoning her one and only daughter. Mary leaves and Gabry’s life goes into a downward spiral.
With the loss of her mother, Gabry involves herself with Elias even more, breaks into the cell that is holding her best friend and the other teens, and takes off into the Forest of Hands and Teeth to look for her mother…all of which terrifies her.
The book is part of a trilogy but can be read as a stand-alone too because Ryan retells information that occurred in the previous book. ...more
A reliable wife. That's all Ralph Truitt wanted, someone who he could marry, have polite conversation, and grow old with. He put an ad in the newspapeA reliable wife. That's all Ralph Truitt wanted, someone who he could marry, have polite conversation, and grow old with. He put an ad in the newspaper and hoped for the best. Catherine (Cathy) reads his ad and responds to it, an older gentleman who she could marry, steal his money, and then kill him softly...sounds like a match made in heaven no? This is only the beginning, but be sure to stick around for what is to come because Ralph isn't one to be pushed around.
Cathy boards a train into the middle-of-nowhere Wisconsin to meet her fate when she decides to marry Ralph. What Cathy doesn't expect is to learn the hurt and suffering that Ralph has endured from the townsfolk, his cheating estranged wife, and the lose of a daughter. Cathy learns to care for Ralph and begins to abide herself as his actual wife. All is well until Ralph tells her about a son that he had; Ralph took his aggression out on him and eventually his son, Tony, ran away to the big bad city. Ralph wants to reconnect with his son and tell him that he is sorry for what he did to him and his mother-Ralph's estranged wife Amelia.
Upon Ralph's request, Cathy goes to the city to look for Tony and her duty is to bring him back home with her. But long and behold Cathy knows Tony...she knows him very well...so well that Tony is her lover, and he is the very reason why she responded to Ralph's ad for a wife in order to exact revenge.
There are several other twists and turns in the story that will have the reader glued to the page. My only disagreement with the story is that there should have been a bit more romance and less detail on minor characters....more
What if your life was based on a lie? How would you react to the truth?
Ten years ago a little boy named Septimus Heap was born to magical parents a What if your life was based on a lie? How would you react to the truth?
Ten years ago a little boy named Septimus Heap was born to magical parents and into a magical bloodline, but only after a few hours Septimus was in the arms of the midwife, tragically dies, and is whisked away. His father, Silas, takes a walk to deal with little Septimus’ death and stumbles upon a baby girl in the snow. When Silas picks up the baby he his warned by a powerful high wizard to keep this little girl a secret and to never reveal where she was discovered. Silas brings home the little girl to his wife and family who are morning the loss of their little brother. When he places the little girl into his wife’s arms she surrounds the little girl with her life and names her Jenna.
Flash forward 10 years; Jenna is a young girl who plays just as rough as her 6 older brothers, acts like the little lady, but cannot grasp magic. Her mother tells her that one day she will be able to practice magic, but Jenna doesn’t have high hopes for the ability.
When Jenna turns 10, a plot that has been in the works for the past 10 years is unearthed. The plot is to kill the little princess who was thought to be dead but rumors and whispers have concluded that the princess is still alive. This princess is Jenna. Jenna learns that she is in fact the lost princess and is split up from her mother and 6 of her brothers. Accompanying Jenna to safety is Silas, her brother Nicko, The Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia, and a child solider named Boy 412.
The book follows Jenna and those just mentioned into countless perils and dangerous secrets, with the old age fight of ‘Good vs. Evil.’
I felt that the book lagged a bit in the middle, staying in a few spots which could've been written within a couple of pages. This book is a great pick up for Harry Potter and LOTR fans. ...more