Kate Winters' life has been forfeit for the past four years. Ever since her freshman year in high school her mom has been sick. Ironic that Kate's whoKate Winters' life has been forfeit for the past four years. Ever since her freshman year in high school her mom has been sick. Ironic that Kate's whole world has been surrounded by death. Now she'll make the ultimate sacrifice to save her mom a little longer. Kate will submit to six months with Henry ruler of the Underworld and the seven tests to determine whether she's goddess material. Failure means death but if she can make through the ordeal Kate will be granted immortality, become Henry's wife, and Queen of the Underworld. The rewards are great but the stakes are high, Pass or die trying.
The Goddess Test was better than I was expecting, from all the less than favorable reviews I've been reading. I thought the story was an interesting take on the mythology. The combination of common religious elements worked in as the tests Kate had to pass was an unexpected twist to Carter's individual lore. I found some of the characters to be a typical or flat a times but there's plenty of room for them to grow. It's a pretty tame interpretation of the Greek Gods, it would've been nice it Carter pushed her story lines and characters more. But overall, I thought The Goddess Test was very entertaining, a nice book to pick up when you want something that light and fun....more
Nick Gautier is walking the fine line between good and evil. With both sides conspiring to win his soul. This is Ambrose's last shot at changing his fNick Gautier is walking the fine line between good and evil. With both sides conspiring to win his soul. This is Ambrose's last shot at changing his fate, and not all of Nick's friends are really his allies. Of course frenemies aren't so bad when you own father's out to kill you, demons are trying to enslave you, and your mom seems hellbent on ruining your love life and street cred with awful shirts and infinite groundings.
When trouble comes to his school in the form of cyber bullying, Nick makes it his new mission to find out who's behind it and stop them. But Gautier is going to have to be careful, making the wrong choice could cost him his life, his soul, or the people he loves.
Sherrilyn Kenyon is not only taking on the plight of good and evil to save or destroy the world, she's also tackling current trends in bullying, and the always popular parent/teen topics of sex, drugs, and drinking. Basically Nick might be too much of a saint for his age, with a mother who really doesn't deserve him.
This book spent a lot of time trying to lay out and redefine Nick's relationship with his mom. I found this dynamic as frustrating as Nick would, only I didn't love her in the end, no matter how much Kenyon tried to redeem her. His relationships with Caleb and Kody on the other hand were refreshing in between the verbal or physical bashing Nick took in this one.
Infamous started off great and ended with a bang. It wasn't as exciting to me as the past installments, but that was mainly because the author spent a lot of time laying the ground work for the series. The series is starting to take shape, but the main story plot seemed loosely threaded throughout the book to string together the bullying aspect. It was so strongly intertwined with the other story lines I felt it got lost at times, which I found made the plot hard to follow in the middle of the book, before things came together in the end.
Holter Graham did another amazing job narrating this series. Sometimes I feel like male readers don't do enough to emphasize female characters, but Graham never fails to create wonderful voices for each distinct character. He reads so clearly, recreating Kenyon's words with his accents, pronunciations, and diction which are always spot on. The Chronicle's of Nick really highlights Graham's strength, in matching a voice with the character's personality. Some narrators just change the tone of their voice, but Graham uses a mixture of vocal nuances, accents, and acting to deliver an auditory mirage of characters. Holter Graham is a big part of why I enjoy this series as much as I do....more
Fresh off her heart breaking escape from Lena's love lobotomizing society, she discovers the freedoms of the Wilds. And all the chores that come withFresh off her heart breaking escape from Lena's love lobotomizing society, she discovers the freedoms of the Wilds. And all the chores that come with them. Turns out she was pretty pampered in the enclosed cured community. Life on the outside is hard, hard work, little food, and lots of casualties.
But as the resistance is rising, the cured have renewed their efforts in eliminating the invalids, forcing Lena and her new friends to re-assimilate into the Manhattan colony. Lena soon finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy and finding love in the most unlikely places.
Lauren Oliver's Pandemonium is an eloquently written mess of thoughts and details strung together to form a coherent character and world in a very unique way. I think the sequel exceeds Delirium in story and structure. I always felt the eradication of love as a main motivator a little flimsy, and it was the linchpin that held everything together in the first book. In Pandemonium the story focuses less on the cure, in favor of a more active plot line. Plus Oliver needed less time working on world building and character establishment so she could focus on a more complex plot without sacrificing the romance and lyrical flow of her writing fans of the series love. Some of the pacing in the beginning was slow, but it gained momentum as Lena grew stronger. A few lingering questions were answered, but with them came more inquiries that are sure to bring readers back for the next installment.
Sarah Drew's performance of Pandemonium was good. Her portrayal of Lena was nice, maybe a bit dramatic at times, but she really knows how to capture the angst of teenage melodrama. I think her choices in voicing Julian was better than how she speaks for Alex, but overall she does a fine job with the series....more
New Year. New Look. No Memories. Yup, Cameron Morgan aka The Chameleon, super spy kid extraordinaire, is now a recovering teenage amnesiac.
Yeah, not tNew Year. New Look. No Memories. Yup, Cameron Morgan aka The Chameleon, super spy kid extraordinaire, is now a recovering teenage amnesiac.
Yeah, not the senior year Cammie envisioned. Nearly four months after Cammie set off on her quest to find the answers to the ever lingering questions about her father, and The Circle, she resurfaces as a darker deadlier Cammie.
Unfortunately her memories of the past few months don't come with her. What is apparent is Cammie did the worst thing possible. She Got Caught. Now as she struggles to understand what happened to her, and reconcile the person she was with the person she's become, Cammie will have to follow the bread crumbs to retrace her steps on an emotional scavenger hunt of her past and reclaim the knowledge to the questions that have haunted her life.
The latest installment of the Gallagher Girls series has Carter's signature style with a flurish of wit, fun, and romance. But Out of Sight, Out of Time has a more mature voice with harsher undertones that reflect the realities of espionage. Our quirky lovable talented Chameleon enters this book with a darker femme fatale streak. Cammie's trauma and emotional journey, added so many layers to her character, which I really liked. The romance was long, drawn out, and sweet for readers to savor. Not much growth in the supporting cast but this book is all about Cam and her PTSD. Even with all the emotional development the pacing was nice, there were a lot of action scenes that keeps the reader engaged.
I don't read a lot of fiction lacking in the supernatural, but I always enjoy Ally Carter's tales of teenage thieves and spies. She knows how to put a twist in normal and makes the mundane marvelous. It's been a long wait for this one, and Carter really delivers with a fresh take on her GG series. Every page is a reminder to readers why we fell in love with Cammie and her crew. Adding new depth to her clever quirky wit, Ally Carter will have you consuming words instead of food, awake over sleep, and wanting more well after the end....more