In this debut post-apocalyptic Young Adult novel from the incredibly talented actress/screenwriter/lyricist/si...moreOriginally posted at Paperback Dolls.com
In this debut post-apocalyptic Young Adult novel from the incredibly talented actress/screenwriter/lyricist/singer/author, Emmy Laybourne, we are introduced to a group of kids and teenagers (ages 5-18) who are trapped in a superstore while civilization collapses outside the gates. Despite the fact that they have a fairly decent shelter that provides basic needs, they soon discover that the thing they need and desire more than anything else is their parents and comfortable homes.
The more time that passes as the kids are waiting to be rescued inside the store the more things begin to change outside. When a chemical is released into the air, people’s personalities begin to change based on their specific blood type. Things escalate in a heartbreaking scene that pins brother against brother and children are hurt by the hands of other children.
MONUMENT 14 is an emotional book that examines various personality traits in a survival situation. Think LORD OF THE FLIES meets LOST only set inside a Wal-mart style supercenter that provides essentials and shelter and then add some science-fiction elements and you’ll get a good idea of how the story flows. I admit, this wasn’t what I expected and that being said, I’m not sure now what exactly I had been anticipating, but I liked the book and couldn’t stop reading it despite the few slow moments and times that I knew what was coming next. I think Laybourne’s history as an actress and screenwriter helped her character development and aided in creating a story that seemed to play like scenes from a film in my head.
Emmy Laybourne has written a new series that is entertaining but definitely not for those sensitive to obscene language (blasphemy), sexual situations, and violence or opposed to cliffhanger endings.
Jennifer Estep has done it again with yet another fun and addicting read that appeals to my inner 15 year old....moreOriginally posted at PaperbackDolls.com
Jennifer Estep has done it again with yet another fun and addicting read that appeals to my inner 15 year old. With more action and development, DARK FROST is incredibly entertaining and page turning story that is even better than it’s predecessors.
DARK FROST is well titled as it’s definitely the “darkest” book in Estep’s Mythos Academy series to date. With battles taking place inside the academy and students coming to their ends at the hands of the Reapers, there is more of a serious tone to this book from the very beginning. That tone is reiterated in Gwen’s inner dialog and allows readers to really see her growth and development especially when she is left feeling more isolated and alone due to a very interesting twist. This isolation causes Gwen to question her abilities and opens the door to revelations about herself and her family.
Despite the bleakness of the situations the characters face, there are a few of what I would consider “cheesy” lines that lightened the darkness. I found myself laughing out loud while reading and I was told that I had a goofy grin across my face at times. But, what can I say? The Mythos Academy books are a guilty pleasure, and one I don’t take too seriously. I just enjoy them for what they are and look forward to each new installment.
I think fans of P.C Cast’s HoN books will really enjoy this series because it has the same teenage angst and drama set in a world with mythology and supernatural powers, but unlike House of Night, these books have some depth and resolution and don’t those have pesky cliffhangers every…single…Book. ;)(less)
In this exciting debut novel by Leigh Bardugo, readers are introduced to a magical Russian inspired setting ful...moreOriginally posted at PaperbackDolls.com
In this exciting debut novel by Leigh Bardugo, readers are introduced to a magical Russian inspired setting full of remarkable characters, creatures, and a truly unique world that I found utterly captivating.
Alina grew up as an orphan placed in a residence that served as an orphanage with another orphaned boy, Mal. Growing up together the two children form a close bond and follow each other into the military. Always exceedingly ordinary, Alina becomes a map maker and Mal excels at tracking. When they attempt to cross a dangerous area known as the Fold, Alina taps into a power that she never knew existed in order to protect herself and Mal.
With a new and powerful ability brought to everyone’s attention, Alina is whisked away by the magical elite order called Grisha and their mysteriously sexy leader known as The Darkling to begin her official training. Although Alina misses Mal, she is captivated by The Darkling and his mysterious ways. As their attraction grows so does Alina’s comfort in her knew surroundings until new discoveries are made that force Alina to make some decisions that she never dreamed she’d be in the position to make . . .
Leigh Bardugo blew me away, I couldn’t put SHADOW & BONE down. With all the amazing characters and world building, this is a truly intelligent book that will leave readers enthralled from cover to cover in it’s fantasies. It isn’t often that side characters are as detailed and interesting as the main characters or that a plot surprises in all the right ways, but SHADOW & BONE is an exceptional debut that did just that and more! I am already waiting on pins and needles for the next installment and will definitely add this author to my “must read” list.(less)
Imaginative world building, unlikely allies, and the hint of a love story keep this novel moving at a brisk pac...moreOriginally posted at PaperbackDolls.com
Imaginative world building, unlikely allies, and the hint of a love story keep this novel moving at a brisk pace. Sydney’s rough around the edges and hovers just outside of respectability, and her on again-off again lover, Zared, makes the reader wonder if he’s to be trusted.
Arrested for stealing from a Guild official, she’s sentenced to hang, but at the last minute, she’s taken to the edge of the forest and tied to the Wizard Tree where, in years past, scores of Tuatha were put to death. She’s rescued by a wizard named Oryn and taken to his castle to meet his granddaughter Vadnae, a knight named Gregor, and Brother Erik, the monk.
This unlikely foursome sets out to defeat the Guild and bring Willem, the bastard heir apparent, to the throne. But the Guild has a terrifying enforcer named Schrammig who is determined to see Sydney hang, and cuts a swath of destruction everywhere he goes.
As they elude Schrammig, a connection between Sydney and Willem develops and grows. She can help him in ways the others cannot, and it’s up to her to get him safely through the underground tunnels in order to fulfill his destiny.
While I enjoyed the story, there were times it needed a little more tension. Sydney’s showdown with Shrammig needed a smidge more intensity, because during that final confrontation, I wondered how she subdued him with a few well-placed kicks to the body. All in all, it was an entertaining read, and I feel that as Ms. Young-Turner pushes past her comfort zone her writing will sparkle. On the plus side for many of you….it didn’t end with a cliffhanger.(less)
Mo (Mouse) Fitzgerald is still adjusting to life without her best friend Verity and the knowledge learned from...moreOriginally posted at PaperbackDolls.com
Mo (Mouse) Fitzgerald is still adjusting to life without her best friend Verity and the knowledge learned from the events in Torn, including her new role in a supernatural world she never knew existed. As if that wasn’t enough…Mo has her own personal family drama going on that has nothing to do with Supernaturals and everything to do with organized crime and family secrets.
TANGLED picks up shortly after the end of TORN. Mo managed to help stabilize things for the the Magical community and took over Verity’s role as the vessel and in now tied to Luc, and though she can admit that the boy has charm and definite appeal, in the back of her mind she still thinks that he is only interested in her because of the prophecy. Collin, Mo’s appointed bodyguard provided for her by her Mob uncle, is still guarding her and despite their mutual attraction Collin continues to push her away and remains highly guarded emotionally.
I know what you’re thinking “UGH! Another love triangle?! Stab me!”. Normally I would agree with you, but this love triangle doesn’t bother me that much. Whenever I am reading scenes with one love interest I am totally into that character and then the next chapter I am reading about the other guy and I am thinking he is the one! With a love triangle with two equally likable guys, what’s not to enjoy?
There are lots of new developments in this book including an unlikely “friend” that shows interest in helping Mo and the family dynamic is really shaken up when Mo’s mother begins making preparations for her father’s release from prison.
The real theme of this book is not love or redemption but secrets and lies and the impact they have on people from both sides of the deceit. It reminds me of that famous quote by Sir Walter Scott;
“Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!” -Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17. Scottish author & novelist (1771 – 1832) (less)
I loved the sound of this book. Zombies, post-apocalyptic wasteland, and vagabond survivors…yep, pretty much right up my alley. Or, so I thought.
I have read other works by Amanda Hocking and found her writing to be very entertaining, but HOLLOWLAND just didn’t manage to hold my attention. The writing style is very straight forward and not overly poetic which is perfectly fine considering the genre, but when compared to similar books on the shelf it seems to lack luster and polish.
Even the characters fell flat for my tastes. The heroine, Remy, is on a mission to find her little brother after being separated in an attack on the compound where they were sheltered. Along with another girl that escaped the attack, she sets off on her mission and along the way picks up some unlikely travelling companions in a rescued a lion, a formerly famous rock-star and a pre-med student. The unique blend of characters should have been refreshing and fun but instead were dull and annoying.
I am a huge fan of character driven storylines and need to feel a connection with the characters (as I did in hocking’s SWITCHED) in order to care about their journey. Unfortunately, I didn’t find that in HOLLOWLAND. :((less)
In Clark’s fresh debut novel, THE EDUMACATION OF JAY BAKER, readers are introduced to a wonderfully awkward character that will seem quite familiar to both male and female fans.
This modern coming of age book deals with relevant issues that plague today’s generation. From parental separation (and the sordid behavior of said parents) to the normal hormonal dramas with friends, school and love interest that every teenager deals with to some degree…THE EDUMACTION OF JAY BAKER touches on all of the above and does so with self deprecating humor that will feel right at home with it’s audience.
Being a teenager is tough and Clark illustrated perfectly the roller-coaster of emotions that normal teens go through on a daily basis. At times his hero felt wise beyond his years and overly mature, then there where moments (particularly when Jay Baker was home with his little sister) where we see that despite his height (and seemingly adult vocabulary) he is still just a boy going through that incredibly awkward stage – who still needs his parents and the reassurance that things will get better.
THE EDUMACTION OF JAY BAKER is an enjoyable read that will pull both boys and girls into the journey of Jay Baker giving them a hero they can laugh with, get embarrassed for and totally relate to one hundred percent!(less)