Cold Kiss is a story that you will surely be empathetic for. It was like "sugar icing on top of a poison cupcake." A well written and sweet story of a...moreCold Kiss is a story that you will surely be empathetic for. It was like "sugar icing on top of a poison cupcake." A well written and sweet story of a love that knows no bounds, although with every flip of the page will kill you bit by very bit. Leaving you with a mountain of used tissues.
I was drawn into Wren's sorrow. You can't help but to wonder if you would do what Wren is capable of, bringing back the dead. Just one of the powers she is still trying to understand. It's not farfetched to love someone so dearly, and having Danny be her first love is easy to grasp and understand as to why Wren did what she did. To love someone either a boyfriend, a husband, a girlfriend, or even a grandparent, the way she devoutly loves Danny; I would have made the same choice and deed if I was capable of the act. (I miss you Grandpa!)
Amy Garvey has done a great job in pulling her readers into the story not only in thought but with their hearts. Putting the reader in Wren's mind and experiencing the pain and tribulations right along with her. I fell in love with Danny! He isn't your typical zombie. He had emotions, thoughts, and no mindless cravings for brains. He was such the ideal boyfriend that even in death and rising he only thought of Wren. In life he was the person who made everyone smile, and the one who would make a fool of himself just to cheer you up. And he is the prime example of a wonderful person whose life was just cut short. Garvey has such a lyrical and ballad like form of writing that I'm sure everyone will enjoy! The ending though heart breaking, gave me the feeling of 'closure.' But if Amy Garvey decides to have a sequel, I won't in the least bit mind opening the wound back up!
Thank you Amy and HarperTEEN for Cold Kiss!!(less)
First off, if you didn't know what an Apothecary is, it's another name for a Pharmacist or a person who prepares and sells medicine/drugs. I was going...moreFirst off, if you didn't know what an Apothecary is, it's another name for a Pharmacist or a person who prepares and sells medicine/drugs. I was going to rate The Apothecary 3 1/2 stars in the beginning because the story drags on and is some what monotonous, but you get use to the writing style and towards the end it started to get really good. And the ending was just perfect.
Jane Scott, aka Janie which she prefers to be called, is a 14 year old who lives in Los Angeles with her parents. They soon secretively leave and move to London when Janie gets followed home from school by the government. The government believes that Jane's parents are communists, so they are placed on a list with other people who needs to be "watched." On arriving to London, Janie dislikes everything from her new home, her new school, the uniform, and the "populars" of St. Beden's School. But soon all that changes when a simple Bomb Drill happens during lunch and a defiant boy who doesn't see the point to comply with hiding under the table catches her eye and draws her attention. On her way home from school she hears the familiar voice of the boy and realizes that he is the Apothecary's son, Benjamin. Janie eavesdrops on their conversation and over hears their argument on how Benjamin does not want to take on the family business. Benjamin's decision gets put into question after his father gets kidnapped and the only one he can turn to is Janie. Benjamin and Janie then go head on into a world of secrets, lies, danger, and things that you would never believe was possible, alchemy.
I enjoyed Janie so much because she is very mature for a fourteen year old. She's witty and smart and not at all needy, juvenile, or the damsel in distress. Maile Meloy did very well to make Janie relatable and a great narrator in the story.
Benjamin, the male protagonist, was really plain. That's not to say it was a bad thing. He was very refreshing to read because he didn't right off the bat fall "love at first sight" fancied Janie like most YAs produce. He was not so much as a bad boy persona but a driven and outspoken character. With all the trials and tribulations Benjamin and Janie went through, it left no room for a romantic relationship, however, there was room to blossom.
Pip is such a character!! I love him! Pip plays the sidekick roll to the two, but he brought such a critical roll that without him the story would lack luster. He is very distinct, cocky, and comical that he made the most nerve wrecking of times enjoyable and humorous.
I couldn't help but see The Apothecary side by side with The Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass. The Apothecary is written whimsically and fairy tale like. A story I would love to be read to, and a story I will read to my son at bed time.
The ending had me in tears and ended in a good note, some what as a stand alone. I can only wish The Apothecary is the beginning of a series and that there will be more adventures with Benjamin and Janie with Pip at the tow.
Thank you Putnam Juvenile for this well liked ARC treat!! (less)
The story opens up with an "average" boy, Brent Marks, showing a presentation to his class that could possibly change their financial problems and lea...moreThe story opens up with an "average" boy, Brent Marks, showing a presentation to his class that could possibly change their financial problems and lead them to a glamorous life. How awesome is that!? I would literally be on the edge of my seat listening to every detail this kid has to tell me about raking in the mulla! BUT! None of his classmates pay him any attention or show him any ounce of care. He is a speck of insignificance you might say. You see Brent is not so 'average.' Yes, he is a teenage boy who goes to school like the rest of the student body, and yes, he is part of the nerd herd, but he's also a Vitro.
Vitros are these group of kids that possess beyond human intelligence that was caused by genetic manipulation.
These Vitros where caused by the very society that disdain, mistrust, shun as well as later on in the story blame the Vitros for the cause of Marinus Laboratory to explode. An explosion that released a virus onto the population increasing casualties to the thousands. Practically genocide! Are the Vitros capable of doing such a thing? Are YOU capable of doing such a thing if you were a Vitro? Or were they framed?
I liked this issue, however, there was not much dialogue but more narration from Brent (what is in his mind; first person). I felt like it was empty or insufficient, lacking any meat to the story. There is a lot of potential for Pariah and I'm eager to see if there would be more in store in the second issue. And it was difficult to make a connection with any of the characters because there wasn't that much background to go on.
The use of unflattering characters (look wise) made it feel realistic. As well as the scenarios, though predictable, also helped in seeing/viewing it play out in real life. The art work is darker than what I'm use to, but it helps in setting the mood of the story.
I would like to know more about Brent seeing he is the protagonist. In this issue Brent didn't really exude anything that I could remember him for, a mark that would be worth remembering. I know this is just the first issue of 12 in store, but I usually like to get to know a little more about the characters right from the start to build a rapport with each character.
The ending was a bit upsetting because right when the action started to come along that's when it abruptly ended. It was seriously starting to get good, but instead of a tease, it was more like I got shot down. **Ow, that hurt**
It wasn't really a cliffhanger. It was more like "OH! He got caught - The End!" Would have been nice to go a few more pages to see where he gets taken to, or how is he going to get treated; something that would leave me thinking about it way after I've finished reading it.
I will be reading Pariah Issue #2 and I hope I will get to know more about Mr Brent Marks and his Vitro Power Smarts.
X-men + Heros + Ultra Violet = Pariah.
Thank you SO much to Sea Lion Books for giving me the opportunity to read Pariah!! =)
This book is so exciting! I felt as if I was in the story or watching it all unfold before me eyes. For a middle grade novel it is very well written....moreThis book is so exciting! I felt as if I was in the story or watching it all unfold before me eyes. For a middle grade novel it is very well written. It grasps you and has you wanting to hurry and find out if they make it out alive, become wolf chow or human-sicles (popsicles).
Wolf Storm had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath until I got to the end of the chapter. Where there I'm taken back to the top of the roller coaster. What a ride! =)
Stefan, well in the beginning of his teenage years, has just started his acting career. He never intended to audition for the role, but when he was asked to try out he unintentionally got the part. And by the twist of fate he ironically takes a similar role in his real life 'disaster'. At first, Stefan didn't believe that he belonged and that he couldn't keep up with expectations that are needed for his acting role, especially since he had Raine constantly giving him the stink eye, and Sherman giving him attitude on his inadequate acting. But everything changes and he realizes there is more to him; It 'only' took them being stranded, avalanched, and hurt to near freezing to realize it. (did you catch my hint of sarcasm -_^)
Everything was fine and moving along until everyone decided to go into town for a break. From there everything takes a turn for the worse. A gripping tale of being stuck in the snowy mountains and the struggle to keep alive till help comes. Imagine taking care of a 13 year old girl whose always in the Lime Light, a 9 year old that's still too young to know things & has asthma problems no less! And an old man that's on the brink of a heart attack. Oh boy!! With no food, limited resources, no cellphones (OMG!!), ice and snow everywhere, and hungry wolves waiting for you to make a mistake. Where's Bear Grylls when you need him!!?? =)
Wolf Storm is a great story giving off the message that you can overcome anything with perseverance, that obstacles overcome makes you stronger, that wild one-eyed wolves are bad news, to always have a lighter on your person, and it's a good a idea to maybe want to have your cellphone with you at ALL TIMES!! ^_^
Thank you Ms Garretson & HarperCollins for a thrilling ride!! And now please let me excuse myself while I go get my heartbeat back to normal. (less)
This book is Ah-May-ZING!!! It's a wonderful middle grade read. If your not easily turned away from books that are aimed towards the younger age group...moreThis book is Ah-May-ZING!!! It's a wonderful middle grade read. If your not easily turned away from books that are aimed towards the younger age group and your young at heart, you'll love Galadria: Peter Huddleston and The Rites of Passage. Miguel L. De Leon did very well to have me adore at least one if not all Galadria's characters. I want a quirky monty for myself *pouting* Where can I have one!!?? LoL Right from the start at around page 3 I was already snickering; Galadria is filled with humorous tid-bits that won't ever get you feeling bored. I enjoyed the way the Author used the color beige to overly emphasize the dullness of how Peter's life is. It helped to create how marvelous and magical the manor compares. It was light hearted and I couldn't help but to keep turning the pages until I got to the end. I felt like a child all over again where I was read to at bed time. There were even times when my eyes were near to tears. =) What threw me off at first is when I read in the excerpt about the boomerang for a main object/weapon. But how it was utilize in the story was perfect for Peter's tale.
A massive manor, exotic animals, eccentric characters, unearthly trinkets, action action and more action, a strong story line that compels you to read till all hours of the night. What more could you ask for!? =D .....for me? My very own white tiger please.
Thank you Miguel and Wakestone for this opportunity of having a glimpse into Galadria and Hillside Manor.
First off, let me just get this out of the way, I rated this book 3 Stars because this was my very FIRST mystery novel. I like to take a break sometim...moreFirst off, let me just get this out of the way, I rated this book 3 Stars because this was my very FIRST mystery novel. I like to take a break sometimes from my young adult (ya) shelf, and this time I went for mystery. =) ... So, I'm baseing my rating on that I REALLY am not a mystery girl...I'll stick to YA fiction. This book is compiled with eight (8) short stories. This is great when you want to take a break from your usual reads. But there were at least 3 stories I was so upset at the ending because I wanted MORE!! Don't you just hate that when it comes to short stories!? Those stories had great potential to become full on novel material =D Ms Polisar has a great way of giving a vivid and indepth look on her characters. She had me well interested in getting to know more about them. And each ending were so different from each other and punchy, it's what had me turning pages to find out what was going to happen next and what's the next story going to be. I'm blown away on Ms Polisar's gift of weaving compelling mystery in such short stories and of few words. If you'd like to take a break from those longs reads, and want to get into some mystery - Escape is trully a worthy 'escape' from the norm.
Thank you so much Lisa for giving me the oppotunity to venture into the mystery realm!! ^_^ (less)
I guess I don't even have to mention it because everyone already has... NOPE!! I will anyways!! I can't help but to express my gushing on the book cove...moreI guess I don't even have to mention it because everyone already has... NOPE!! I will anyways!! I can't help but to express my gushing on the book cover. The cover is totally GORGEOUS!! And at first, it will be the main reason you purchase the novel and after the first few chapters you'll feel glad that you did, and in the end you'll be gushing over the cover even more because it really plays well into the story.
In Airel, there are 2 stories being told; the point of view of Airel the lead character, a teenage girl who is coming of age and is still in High School, and Kreios one of The Fallen, a warrior, a grief-stricken husband, a loving father,....and a killer? (you have to find that out for yourself) ^_^
The story is slow at first which can be bewildering and has the tendency of having you feeling lost. But it then builds up its momentum and the two (becomes three towards the middle) stories really come together. What stood out the most for me was that I really love the style of writing. There were beautiful metaphors, the story is well detailed to the point of feeling as if your seeing the story unfold before you and is emotionally grasping. If your reading this review prior to reading Airel, to reduce confusion, keep in mind that Airel's point of view is on the present, and Kreios is in the past (a prequel to what's to come later on as your read). The 2 stories come out as unrelated to each other but will eventually correlate and have you feeling like you should have predicted that, but didn't. =) It was a cool "Ah Ha!" moment. I enjoyed how unpredictable the story is. From the written hands of 2 male authors for a story based on the female POV, Aaron & Chris did an astonishing job. They still have me tripping over as to how great their written work is.
Note to self: must read their other novels. You will understand more clearly once you've read Airel. I'm having a hard time putting it in words. A novel that has me stammering for words on its credibility per se.
Close to the end the two stories will merge together into the present. The ending WILL pull on your heart strings. I cried on and off throughout the novel, and as to how the authors chose to end Airel (Book 1) was just perfect. A cliffhanger, but not too bad that it would have you yelling out "What! That's it!?" LOL I cant wait for Book 2. I've read many stories on young adult (YA) love and Airel deserves to be among the best. It will have your heart feeling as if it's on the edge of a cliff.
I am definitely re-reading Airel once it comes out as a physical copy. I made the mistake of reading on and not writing down some truly stunning quotes.
Does love really have its boundaries?
Can love truly be as strong as they say, that even God and The All Evil not even matter?
Could you go against EVERYTHING you know, to forfeit your LIFE for that someone...without the certainty of its future?
-Even the Immortals are put to the question by their own hearts.-
A Must Read!! Special Thanks to Author Aaron Patterson for allowing me to do a Read & Review of Airel!!
How do I begin this.... On such a controversial issue, Bumped poses aspects of self realization and understanding of ones self. You must have an open...moreHow do I begin this.... On such a controversial issue, Bumped poses aspects of self realization and understanding of ones self. You must have an open mind and not make quick judgements right off the bat. I simply devoured this book. Its story was very addicting to want to continue till the end. Every time I had to stop and begin my days work, I eagerly awaited for the chance to sit down and read on.
The Story revolves around these two teens (16yo): Melody and Harmony. Their parents gave them up right after they were born. The reason why they never knew the other one existed was because they stood a better chance being given off to adoption seperately than as a sickly pair. Melody was adopted to a well rounded couple who raised her to become a top athlete, over achiever, to get good grades, and become the most prized surrogate money could buy. While Harmony was given off to the Church. She was raised to do 'Woman's work,' to obey the Counsel's decisions made for her, and to marry whomever is chosen for her. A modern/dystopian day form of the Amish.
The chapters bounces back and forth from Melody's POV to Harmoney's POV all the way on to the end. I was stand off-ish at first because the choice of lingo in this dystopian world which made it confusing and some what annoying for awhile, but I got use to it. There were detailed explanations of Pro-surrogacy and Religion that were a bit extreme, but come to find out later on in the book were needed for that "method to my madness" result. One thing that I really liked the most is that I love how Megan McCafferty used Twins, as a representation to show the duality of two completely opposite worlds: Goodside - Otherside; pre-marital sex - waiting till marriage; your own kids - adopted ones; multiple partners - just The One, and so on.
From what I got out of it, it's about knowing the path that is laid out for you (either by your parents or society). And after that realization, the awareness and trust in ones self to know whether to take that assigned path OR build and follow your own.
I have always been in love with Greek Mythology; so once I heard about The Goddess Test I had to buy it and give it a read. It was not anything like T...moreI have always been in love with Greek Mythology; so once I heard about The Goddess Test I had to buy it and give it a read. It was not anything like The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. The Gods and their myths weren't portrayed under his standards nor from the original text that we all come to know. Aimee Carter has intricately twisted the most enjoyed Young Adult (YA) genre, with Greek mythology as well as added some mystery. Unlike most books we read where we often are capable of predicting what comes next, that is not the case here. With each page I flipped, it was all news to me. At most times never knowing what comes next. Right from the beginning I was caught off guard from the strong empathy I had for the relationship between Kate and her mother. A result from Aimee Carter's vivid story telling. Kate sacrificed WILLINGLY to always be by her mother's side. Trying to spend every minute that her mother has left. Not ever living a normal teenage life that usually consisted of friends, parties, and even boys. So much so that I admittedly cried at only being on pg 17. The tests that Kate must pass are 7 tests that aren't known to her. Being tested when she didn't even know that they were happening. Her resentment towards Henry and his home changes through the book, and you'll come to find out that Henry aka Hades isn't at all who we thought he was. I can't say much more without giving away the juicy parts. BUT! I am pleased to say that the ending was quite pleasant. Though cliffhangers are occasionally welcomed and greeted with a "Yay, that means there's another one" this did not end that way. I am very content with the ending. I loved how things played out. AND! I WILL read it's following: Goddess Interrupted (The Goddess Test #2). <== Yay, that means there's another one!! =D(less)