Teens suffer side effects from flu shots and can read people's thoughts...
While I liked the concept of the book, I've discovered that I don't really lTeens suffer side effects from flu shots and can read people's thoughts...
While I liked the concept of the book, I've discovered that I don't really like the thoughts of teens. An actual teen might appreciate it more, but I found myself struggling to finish the book. ...more
Honestly , I stuck with this book because I was listening to the eAudio and really enjoyed the narrator (until it weirdly switched to a male narratorHonestly , I stuck with this book because I was listening to the eAudio and really enjoyed the narrator (until it weirdly switched to a male narrator for the occasional paragraph or two of Haden 's thoughts). She just has a nice British accent that I liked. About halfway through, I was getting Twilight déjà vu, but it does get better. And if I were a teen girl, I would have lived the book. If you liked this book at all, it's worthwhile too be on to the 2nd book, Dreaming Awake. It is actually better than the first!...more
I've had a few ups and downs with this series. I thought that book 2, Torment, was absolute torment to read. But now that Luce has gone back in time aI've had a few ups and downs with this series. I thought that book 2, Torment, was absolute torment to read. But now that Luce has gone back in time and realized that Daniel loves her despite the agony of losing her in every life she lives, Luce has become a tolerable character. You might even call her a heroine - which is much better than the insecure and impulsive spoiled brat she was in the first couple of books (especially Torment).
In Rapture, Luce and the gang must find the 3 relics that can lead them to the location of the Fall (where all of the fallen angels landed once they fell from heaven). But, of course, there are several groups who want to deter them from their quest. So the gang must not only find the relics (and they don't know exactly what they're looking for or exactly where they will find them, but they have general ideas), but they also have to make it past the Scales and the Elders who are out to stop them. In the meantime, Luce continues to learn more and more about herself, her past lives with Daniel, who she was when she first me him, and how they first fell in love. (view spoiler)[I have to admit that I was surprised to discover that Luce was an angel, but I felt throughout the series that she had some close ties to Lucifer - just based on her name. That certainly helped tie things up nicely as I had to wonder how they could ever possibly be together forever if he were immortal and she wasn't. Also, as annoying as it was to have Luce ask question after question only to be told, "You have to find out on your own," I appreciated that Kate recognized that Luce would question things instead of just going along with everything. I'm a "question everything" kind of gal myself. (hide spoiler)]
All told, this book has made reading the rest of the series worthwhile. We have action and a quest and some romance and intrigue - all things that made me race through the book to the very end. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
In the final installment of the Immortal Beloved trilogy, Nastasya must face her past, present, and future and decide to finally quit running when theIn the final installment of the Immortal Beloved trilogy, Nastasya must face her past, present, and future and decide to finally quit running when the ___ hits the fan. And it does indeed hit the fan in a big, big way.
Snarky humor, romance, action, deceit, mystery, magick - this book has it all in a big way. I'm just sad that the series had to end. ...more
First off - I listened to the audio version of this book and have to say that the narrator (Kelly Lintz) is stinking awesome! Loved the voices she choFirst off - I listened to the audio version of this book and have to say that the narrator (Kelly Lintz) is stinking awesome! Loved the voices she chose for the various characters and her interpretation of Nastasya sealed the deal on my love for this book.
So, what's the book about? Well, it's about Nastasya. She is immortal. Can't die to save her life. When we first meet her, she is a strung-out 450-ish year old party girl who sees her best bud (also immortal) do something totally awful and decides it's time to get away from him. What does a wayward immortal do when she's trying to escape her past? Well, she goes to immortal rehab, of course!
At River's Edge (the immortal rehab place), she meets teachers and other students and begins to learn so much more about the world of immortals and her own legacy and powers (immortals have "magick," you know). She also meets the Viking God/Butcher of Winter/Northern Raider/swoony love interest Reyn.
This book has all my favorite things wrapped into one awesome package: snarky heroine, non-vampire paranormal stuff, a smattering of history, action, and a hottie love interest. 'Nuff said. Now get on out there and read or listen to this book, you! Shoo!...more
16-year old Gwyneth comes from a special family - one that carries a time traveling gene. When Gwyneth has her first time traveling episode, she isn't16-year old Gwyneth comes from a special family - one that carries a time traveling gene. When Gwyneth has her first time traveling episode, she isn't prepared for it. After all, it is her cousin Charlotte who has been schooled in everything related to time travel, for she is the one everyone thought would inherit the gene.
When it becomes undeniable that Gwyneth is indeed the heir to the time traveling gene, she is introduced to a secret society seeking to close the circle of the 12 time travelers and reveal the secret of the chronograph - an instrument used to manage their time travel.
She, along with fellow traveler Gideon, travel to the past in an attempt to unravel the mystery of the chronograph and its secrets.
So what we have here is a time traveling teen who reminds me a bit of Cinderella. While her cousin Charlotte isn't really her stepsister and isn't really ugly, she behaves like the ugly stepsister. She has been trained as the heir and told how special she is and has let that go to her head. While down-to-earth Gwyneth is the receiver of snide remarks about her grades and learning.
And then there's Gideon, the Prince Charming of our story. He is a few years older than Gwyneth and Charlotte and has been time travelling for the last couple of years and training with Charlotte. He's also incredibly hot.
And I'll just let you guess how things go from there. Or you can just read the book. It's a really quick read and definitely left me eager for more. I'm not sure if that is because the book just grabbed me or if it is because not much happened in the book and I'm waiting for the rest of the story to play out. Maybe some of both. Either way, I'm looking forward to starting the second book in the series, Sapphire Blue. And then I'll have to wait around for the third book to arrive - or score an ARC if I'm really lucky!...more
City of Dark Magic follows Sarah Weston, a musicology grad student, on a trip to Prague for a mysterious summer job identifying and cataloging items rCity of Dark Magic follows Sarah Weston, a musicology grad student, on a trip to Prague for a mysterious summer job identifying and cataloging items related to Beethoven (her area of expertise). She quickly becomes entangled a complicated web of history, secrets, mysteries, romance, alchemy and...Cold War Era spies? For real?
The sections of the book pertaining to Sarah were the main draw for me. Sarah's curiosity gets the best of her and she finds that there is more going on in Prague than a simple reclaiming of a family's lost fortunes and creating a museum of those reclaimed items. It seems the family was deeply involved in alchemy and the quest for the Golden Fleece at one point in time and the current Lobkowicz family heir (an American from California) is trying to find out what exactly the Golden Fleece was and where it was hidden. All the while, a fight for who is the rightful heir continues on.
Then there's this whole other bit with Charlotte Yates, a US senator who used to work for the CIA in Prague during the Cold War...and happened to get involved romantically with a KGB agent. And now she's afraid that information regarding her relationship will resurface because she happened to write letters that were stored with the Lobkowicz family possessions.
Honestly, I'm having a hard time writing a description of this book because so much goes on in it. I think the book would have worked much better if Charlotte Yates were wiped out and the rest of the characters carried on with the story. Her part seemed out of sync with the rest of the plot and brought with it an extra layer of characters and backstory that were really unnecessary to the central plot.
With that said, I still really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the second installment. I'm hoping we're done with the spy thriller twist and can stick with alchemy, romance and suspense instead....more
Fans of the Iron Fey series will be thrilled to find that Julie Kagawa has resurrected a few characters and themes from that series and brought them tFans of the Iron Fey series will be thrilled to find that Julie Kagawa has resurrected a few characters and themes from that series and brought them to life in a new series, The Call of the Forgotten.
Ethan Chase is a broody 17-year old who has been the new kid at school more than a few times. He has the misfortune to see Them – the fey – and they particularly enjoy causing trouble for those with the Sight, which generally leads to Ethan’s family having to move to escape the past. This time, however, is different. He sees a new type of fey - the “Forgotten Ones” - who are taking exiles and half-breeds from the mortal realm. As much as Ethan tries to keep his distance from the world of the fey, he finds himself deeply involved in finding out what is happening to them.
Kenzie is the school reporter who is drawn to Ethan’s aloof persona and winds up getting pulled into a world she never imagined existed. While she is discovering the existence of a hidden world, Ethan discovers family secrets his sister, the Iron Queen, has not shared with him.
The action (and romance!) unfolds as Ethan and Kenzie search for the lair of the Forgotten Ones and face their Queen. Along the way, some favorite characters from the Iron Fey series (Grimalkin and Puck…and a few others) make their appearance. [I think I might have heard a bunch of fangirls squeal when Puck made his entrance.]
While this book seemed to be lacking the wit and character depth of the Iron Fey series, the writing style and pacing kept me turning the pages until the very end. Recommended to readers who enjoy young adult paranormal series with an emphasis on the action and just a hint of romance. ...more
Following in the footsteps of A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness has combined her studies of Elizabethan England, magic and alchemy into a spellFollowing in the footsteps of A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness has combined her studies of Elizabethan England, magic and alchemy into a spellbinding tale of the witch Diana and vampire Matthew.
In search of answers to unlocking Diana's magic and finding out "why" creatures exist, Diana and Matthew travel back to Elizabethan England. There, they hope to find someone to teach Diana to use her magic and also find an intact copy of the manuscript known as Ashmole 782. When they arrive, they find their tasks not as easy as they had first thought, especially considering the tangled webs of Matthew's life in Elizabethan England.
Using her scholarly knowledge of the historical time period, Deborah Harkness weaves Diana and Matthew's tale seamlessly into the Elizabethan Era and introduces us to a blend of historical figures and fictional characters. She manages to bring the era to life with rich detail, without bogging the story down too much with details. An enthralling read for those looking for adult paranormal fiction with a historical twist. Highly recommend....more
I received the first 4 books of the Unbidden Magic series from NetGalley (thanks NetGalley!) as a nice tidy bundle, and I have to say that if they werI received the first 4 books of the Unbidden Magic series from NetGalley (thanks NetGalley!) as a nice tidy bundle, and I have to say that if they weren't in a bundle I probably wouldn't have continued on to the second book. Here's a little peek at my thoughts on each of the books in the series:
(view spoiler)[ Moonstone Allie lives with her loser of a mom in a camper on her step-uncle's property. Mom is on welfare and drunk a lot of the time. Dad left before Allie was born. Allie finds out she has special powers, and then her neighbor, Kizzy, gives her the Moonstone. She discovers she is part of a secret group of people called the Star-Seekers. And there is another group of people called the Trimarks who are out to get the Moonstone from her. Bad things start happening and when Allie takes off running from school to check on Kizzy, flinging her flip flops off and running barefoot on rocks, Junior Martinez (a dude so hot that he goes on to become a movie star) picks her up, goes back for her shoes, and takes her to her destination. Oh, and suddenly becomes her love interest. Because that's how things happen - dudes you never talked to before just happen to skip out of school when they see you running from class and offer to drive you wherever you need to go.
Allie's mom gets kidnapped and Allie saves the day by using her TKP (telekinetic powers - and remember what that stands for because the initials will be used over and over without an explanation for those who have forgotten it).
I dug most of the plot and thought it was going in a unique direction - not another Twilight wannabe. But, the romance bit and the portrayal of the mom really turned me off. Yet, I read on...
Moon Rise After a fight with the Trimarks in Moonstone, Allie can't get her powers to work. Until she hooks up with hot new dude Beck (part lust demon, of course!), who manages to cure her and win her heart at the same time. Junior has run off to Mexico to star in a spanish soap opera. For reals! There is a bit of a mystery shaping up about Allie's grandmother, but we won't find out more about that until the next book. In the meantime, Allie's mom finally starts shaping up and almost acts like a mom sometimes.
Oh, and this time Allie gets kidnapped and Beck saves the day (along with his sister - who is also half-demon and is capable of astral travel).
Moon Spun Because being a star-seeker in love with a demon (half-demon, really) isn't enough, Allie discovers that her grandmother (Faye's mother) was a forest faery who fell in love with her grandfather and tried to live in the mortal world but eventually left to return to Boundless (faery-ville). So, Allie happens to be part-faery. And apparently very important to the faeries due to her faery/starkeeper/magical abilities. Since this is the third book, we must bring in a third love interest: Ryker the faery. And not only is he a faery, but he's a "love-talker" - kinda like a lust demon (remember Beck?), but faery instead. Except that his love-talking capabilities don't seem to work on Allie. But that doesn't matter to him because he plans to "woo" her. Plus, she's kinda been promised to him anyway by her grandmother. Ya know - arranged marriage and all. Anyhoo, things aren't going well in Boundless, but Allie makes it all better by working out a deal with Luminata (head honcho) and promising to come back in 8 years (when she's done with high school and college and grad school and whatnot). Oh, and the principal's son is a changeling and Allie's grandmother manages to return him to Boundless and bring back the real kid who was taken years ago. Oh yeah, and Allie has a twin sister. FOR REALS!
Shadow Moon Allie has been told that she must find her twin sister in order to save the world. So she does some poking around. Conveniently, the nurse who took care of Kizzy way back in Book 1 is nice to Allie and helps her out. It just so happens that the nurse who delivered Allie is still alive but has Alzheimer's. But that doesn't stop us! She has a photo album with all of the babies she delivered, sorted by date. Nice nurse lady also manages to help Allie figure out who bought her twin sister from her grandfather while her mom was out of it. And even checks personnel records to give Allie the social security number. And Allie's best friend's boyfriend is awesome with computers and manages to find out what baby stealer's new name is, baby's new name and where they live. Junior comes back into Allie's life just in time to help her make the road trip to CA to find her sister. Oh and Allie makes friends with a homeless chick and they happen to be able to read each other's minds. The three of them and mom (Faye) take off on the ultimate roadtrip to find Allie's sister (and Faye's daughter). She turns out to be a snooty snot raised by a Trimark who stole the wrong twin (should have stolen Allie). And she sends the twin off to someplace where she can't be found. But that's okay, because Allie notices that she has an extra line on her lifeline that intersects with it at some point. Which to those of us in the know, confirms that homeless chick is Allie's sister. Or at least is the person Allie needs to help save the world (not clear on this part, but whatever - it doesn't really matter much). Allie and homeless chick (Sammie), get kidnapped by some government people who are trying to use people with paranormal abilities to fight the war on terror. But really it seems it must have something to do with the Trimarks because the head trimark bad guy happens to be at the place where they are held. But that's okay because Allie has the feather from Riker the love-talker faery who can turn into a hawk and caresses the feather while asking for help. And she's rescued by another faery, who takes her to a skylight where she uses the moonstone to stop time (another trick of hers) and escape. And when she goes to make time start back up again, she realizes that there is a spot in Sammie's locket where the moonstone fits and OMG - Sammie's the girl she needs to save the world! (hide spoiler)]
All in all, I think teen girls interested in paranormal stuff would find this series intriguing. It's clean, with just a hint of romance. It has a sarcastic, strong heroine and ultimately draws you in with the action. So, with that said, I'll be waiting for book number 5 to come out so that I can find out how this all ends.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Calder White is a merman. But apparently the mer-people in this book aren't very nice. They feed off other's emotions - killing them in the process.
CCalder White is a merman. But apparently the mer-people in this book aren't very nice. They feed off other's emotions - killing them in the process.
Calder is different, though. He was born human and changed into a merman. And those differences are about to play out in a very big way when he and his sisters move to take revenge on the death of their mother.
While I liked the book enough to finish it, I wouldn't say it will go onto any must-read lists for me. Maybe it's the mermaid lore that I didn't like. Maybe it was the story itself. In any case, it just didn't do it for me. ...more
Set in medieval Brittany, Grave Mercy tells the story of Ismae, a child sired by Death himself (known as St. Mortain at the time). Abused by her fatheSet in medieval Brittany, Grave Mercy tells the story of Ismae, a child sired by Death himself (known as St. Mortain at the time). Abused by her father and sold into marriage, Ismae finds herself whisked away into an entirely new life as she is taken to convent to learn the arts required of being a "handmaiden of Death." She learns of all the many ways to kill a person whom Death has marked to die.
After completing her first couple of "missions," she is sent to do Death's bidding in the court of Anne, the Duchess of Brittany. Anne is also a teen and because she is the current figurehead of the Duchy, she is subject to all of the political maneuvering involved in marrying off pretty young royals in a time of political unrest. Under direction of the convent, Ismae is installed in the home of Anne's half-brother Duval, with the cover of being his mistress.
With all of that background info, here are the reasons why I loved this book:
1. I LOVE a kick-ass heroine. Ismae is definitely that, plus she has an arsenal of way-cool weapons: garrote bracelets, knives and daggers galore, box of poisons, hair net studded with poisonous pearls, etc.
2. I'm a fan of historical fiction. Stuff from the 13th-19th centuries preferred. This fits in there nicely.
3. I like romance, but like for it to build slowly. Too many teen romances read as love at first sight. This book would not fit the latter category.
4. Because this is set WAY in the past, when a 20-year old was middle-aged, it seems more realistic for a teen to be involved in so many "adult" things at such a young age. Today, a 17-year old is considered barely old enough to drive and decide what he/she wants to be when he/she grows up. But a 17-year old girl in medieval Europe is likely to have already married and had several kids.
5. Series book! Nothing better than findout out a book you love will soon be joined by another book on the same topic by the same author. Can't wait to find out what Sybella is up to!...more
Sophie Mercer is a demon, but not in the creepy way with horns and a spiked tail. She's more like a super-powerful witch. But being super-powerful hasSophie Mercer is a demon, but not in the creepy way with horns and a spiked tail. She's more like a super-powerful witch. But being super-powerful has its drawbacks and Sophie wants to have her powers removed.
In Rachel Hawkins' second book of the Hex Hall series, Sophie journeys to London with her father to learn a bit more about being a demon while she is awaiting the removal of her powers. However, what she learns is incredibly unsettling and has huge implications for all of Prodigium (all the paranormal peeps: witches, warlocks, faeries and vamps).
Hawkins has created an incredibly enjoyable character in Sophie Mercer. She has the insecurities of the average teen, but with a quick wit and sarcasm that she employs to help cover for her insecurities and vulnerabilities. While she has a budding love life, it mostly takes a back seat to the action in this book. And there is a LOT of action. Sophie finds herself in the middle of quite a few entaglements in this book as she tries to solve the mystery behind the recent upsurge in demon activity.
For those who have read and enjoyed Kiersten White's Paranormalcy series, the Hex Hall series will be an enjoyable read. ...more