Cassandra Clare has done it again. In City of Ashes, the second part to her ever-growing Mortal Instruments series, Clary, Jace, Izzy, Alec, Luke and...moreCassandra Clare has done it again. In City of Ashes, the second part to her ever-growing Mortal Instruments series, Clary, Jace, Izzy, Alec, Luke and Magnus are back to their magic- and drama-filled life in New York City. This time, there is a murderer on the loose who seems to be out to get Downworlders. If that wasn't bad enough, Jace is under investigation thanks to the events in City of Bones and the Inquistor sent from the Clave is not messing around.
I admit that this book was very hard to put down. Clare has an amazing ability to keep you on the edge of your seat with major events happening on almost every other page. Her writing is brilliant and she definitely knows how to keep a reader drawn in.
It seemed like a major portion of this book was focused on the definition of a family. (view spoiler)[The only thing that bothered me is that while the book focused on Jace's family, Clary's mother was mostly in the background. Due to the events in City of Bones, Jocelyn was left in a coma-like state. Though she was mentioned more in the beginning and the end, through most of the story she wasn't mentioned at all. I suppose she couldn't be a major character because she wasn't conscious, but I think it is safe to say that Clary would have been thinking about her mother quite a bit. (hide spoiler)]
All in all, I loved this book and can't wait to get into City of Glass. Just like in City of Bones, Clare left the me dying to know what is next.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I started reading this book thinking it would be a good scary story about demon possession. Little did I know it was filled with explicit sexual langu...moreI started reading this book thinking it would be a good scary story about demon possession. Little did I know it was filled with explicit sexual language. I'm certainly no pride, but I was caught off gaurs by the obscenity of this book. I enjoyed reading about the effects on the priest, and overall liked the book. I just would have preferred less obscenity. (less)
I hard a really hard time reading this book. While I initially thought the idea of a demonic child was interesting, it became harder and harder for me...moreI hard a really hard time reading this book. While I initially thought the idea of a demonic child was interesting, it became harder and harder for me to believe that this wasn't a child. Needless to say, the ending was hard on me. I couldn't help but cuddle my daughter for extra long afterward. (less)
This is definitely not the kind of book I usually read, but boy was I glad I picked it up! I loved how it switched between past and present. It was an...moreThis is definitely not the kind of book I usually read, but boy was I glad I picked it up! I loved how it switched between past and present. It was an amazing story with just enough action and romance to get five stars from me.(less)
**spoiler alert** I'm not typically much for horror, but the Amityvlle Horror drew me in. Since I had never seen the movie, I expected it to be gory a...more**spoiler alert** I'm not typically much for horror, but the Amityvlle Horror drew me in. Since I had never seen the movie, I expected it to be gory and full of death. However, I was completely wrong. This story is more about the effects the possession of the house had on the family who lived there. The only problem I saw with the book was that it was rather anti-climactic. It seems like the "climax" of the book was the white hooded figure pointing at the family, but I would have liked to see.... more. I really appreciated the floor plans of the house being included in the story since they helped me visualize the house better. All in all, I enjoyed this story, though I felt that more paranormal activity could have been included.(less)
Before this book, I had never read a zombie book. What I expected out of a zombie book was the typical horror-story, scare-your-pants-off gorefest tha...moreBefore this book, I had never read a zombie book. What I expected out of a zombie book was the typical horror-story, scare-your-pants-off gorefest that every zombie movie I had ever heard of was. I was warned that this book was different, but I didn't imagine how different it could be.
Soren Narnia did a wonderful job on Song of the Living Dead. In the story, there has been a so-called zombie outbreak, though the zombies simply wake up to walk around and die again. There is no violence, no gore, nothing. The story itself is narrated by Lloyd, who is roaming the country with his band of nobodies, including his wife, a professor friend, a teenage girl who he is close to, and a man who has went AWOL from the military. Though there aren't many zombie sightings near the beginning, there are more and more until you reach the climax of the story, which features hundreds.
I have to admit that the twist at the end really through me for a loop. It was definitely unexpected, and shed a whole new light on the events that occurred through the story. Though it is a short book, it is definitely worth the time to read.(less)
"Count Down to Love" by Julie N. Ford is a romance novel that follows the adventures of Kelly Grace Pickens. At the beginning of the story, Kelly Grac...more"Count Down to Love" by Julie N. Ford is a romance novel that follows the adventures of Kelly Grace Pickens. At the beginning of the story, Kelly Grace is left poor, homeless, and alone when her fiancee quite literally leaves her at the altar. In order to earn some money, she agrees to be a last-minute replacement for a contestant on a reality dating show called "Count Down to Love".
This is a great example of a clean romance novel. I admire Ford for her ability to write a love story while leaving out the curses and bedroom scenes. It was a refreshing change from most other romance novels.
That being said, I had a few problems with this story. First, it was hard to follow the timeline of the story. There were a few places where I couldn't tell if we had moved forward a day, a week, or a month. Also, contestants seemed to be removed from the show out of nowhere. Though Ford chose to use a rose ceremony similar to what you would see on ABC's The Bachelor, she omitted a few and left me wondering who was still in the mansion and who was gone.
The other major problem I had with the story was that it seemed that the climax was in the middle of the novel, rather than at the end. As a reader, I was very engaged in seeing how things would turn out from the beginning. However, it seemed like the major problems of the story were resolved in the middle, making the rest of the novel look more like filler material.
Though there were some problems, I admit that I liked the story. I would recommend "Count Down to Love" if you are looking to read a clean, almost family-friendly love story. But if you are looking for a truly engaging read, look elsewhere,(less)
Think back to high school. How many of you remember how horrible the reading assignments were? Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist. Do you re...moreThink back to high school. How many of you remember how horrible the reading assignments were? Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist. Do you remember the overwhelming sense of boredom you had every time you sat down to read? Or how you just wanted to get finished in order to move on to something more interesting, such as calculus homework?
Those are all the feelings I got while trying to read The Seraph Seal. I tend to like apocalyptic books, but Leonard Sweet nearly bored me to death with this one. I admit that the beginning of the story was certainly intriguing, but soon enough it seemed like every character was dark and shady and was doing something behind the back of someone else. Of course, every good book has a bad character, but do we really need a whole cast of bad guys?
There was one story line I could kind of get into, and that was Paul's. Even this wasn't enough to keep me engaged though, since every few paragraphs you jump to a different story line with a whole new set of characters. It became rather hard to keep all of the characters straight, especially when they didn't seem to have any connection to each other (or very loose connections.)
The one good thing I can say about this story is that Leonard Sweet does very well with providing detailed descriptions. His descriptions of rooms and places could really help you imagine what he was visualizing when he wrote The Seraph Seal.
Would I recommend this to anyone? No. I enjoy mysteries and thrillers, but after spending the better part of a day trying to become interested in this story, I've given up.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com (http://BookSneeze®.com) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 (http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa...): “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”(less)
"Only You, Sierra" by Robin Gunn Jones is the first work of Christian fiction I have ever read, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was surprise...more"Only You, Sierra" by Robin Gunn Jones is the first work of Christian fiction I have ever read, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was surprised to see how prevalent Sierra's faith was in the story. The entire story revolved around Sierra waiting for "God-things", or events caused by the creator that were meant to lead Sierra to something.
As a mother, I found this to be a great story. Sierra is a very polite, moral young lady who is not afraid to follow her heart. Her relationship with her parents is very open and adult, with both sides willing to listen to each other and compromise. Sierra definitely thinks about her actions and what effect they will or have had. More than once in the story, she admitted she was wrong and apologized. This character is one that every parent will wish they had.
The only part I was concerned about was Sierra's strong desire to have a boyfriend. For being a Christian novel, I was rather surprised that was the focus of the novel. However, I can recall my teen years and yes, my life revolved around boys. I really commend Jones on her ability to show something most teens worry about in a way that still puts the main focus on God.
One thing I did notice about the novel is that it was originally published in 1995, and it seems like Jones tried to do some minor updating. There are a few times when sentences about cell phones or emails look like they were added in at the last minute. This doesn't change anything about the story, but I found the lack of technology to be refreshing. So much of our lives today focuses on technology, it was nice to read about a family who likes to spend time together.
I would give this book 5 of 5 stars. Jones did a great job writing a story that focuses on real-world problems like dating and relocating that is also wholesome and entertaining. I would recommend this book to any Christian.(less)
Summer Promise is the story of Christy Miller, a 14-year-old girl from Wisconsin that is spending her summer with her aunt and uncle in California. Sh...moreSummer Promise is the story of Christy Miller, a 14-year-old girl from Wisconsin that is spending her summer with her aunt and uncle in California. She has trouble making friends in the beginning, but after her aunts gives her a complete makeover she gains the confidence to finally go out and socialize. Her new friends seem wonderful, but looks can be deceiving. Christy has a wild and eventful summer, during which she learns all about herself.
This is another book that, as a mom, I would encourage my daughter to read in her teens. Though Christy has to deal with some tough issues, including death and finding herself, she shows younger girls that it is okay to be upset. The main message I took from this book was that when you put your life in God's hands, he will help you deal with your problems.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is a wonderfully wholesome and entertaining story. This book was hard to put down. Though the religious aspect was a bit overpowering at some parts, I couldn't help but wonder what was going to happen next. I'm still left wondering what is going to happen next, and encourage you to read the story and find out why. (less)
I had more than ten people stop me and tell me how great a book this was when they saw me carrying it. But I'll be honest, it left me feeling empty. I...moreI had more than ten people stop me and tell me how great a book this was when they saw me carrying it. But I'll be honest, it left me feeling empty. It seems like one whole part of the lives of these three women are told, but it almost hurt to when I got to the very end and had so many questions left. What happens next? How do there stories end? It was a great novel yet it was too unfinished for me. (less)
When I first learned of Veiled, I assumed it was just another supernatural young adult fiction book about ghosts. I was hesitant to start, wondering h...moreWhen I first learned of Veiled, I assumed it was just another supernatural young adult fiction book about ghosts. I was hesitant to start, wondering how many new types of ghost stories there could possibly be, but began reading anyway. And boy, am I glad I did.
Veiled is the story of Tess and her friends in a world like none I’ve seen before. Here, beings start out simply as intelligences and gradually evolve through the spirit stage before being born. That’s right, there is a whole life each experiences before they are ever even born into existence. Friends are made, soulmates are found, and gifts are discovered. The only problem is that when you are born, you are veiled from this previous life and everything you have ever learned. And that is exactly what Tess is afraid of.
When the world they have been waiting eons for is finally created, Earth, they begin training for their upcoming lives. This causes a rift in Tess’s group of friends as each gets sent to do different tasks and rarely sees the others. At the same time, a darker spirit has set out on their own tasks to stop the spirits from ever evolving to mortality. Does Tess ever become a human? You have to read to find out.
S.B. Niccum did a wonderful job on this story. With her wonderful descriptions, I was able to feel like I was right with the spirits no matter where they went on Earth or in the heavens. My favorite part of the story was getting to see what became of the different spirits. My only problem was getting to the end and still wondering what comes next. Once you read Veiled, you will be begging for a sequel just like me. (less)