Oh my goodness. This is a great addition to the series. The bladed fan is a great invention. Also, the author really leaves us in a good place at theOh my goodness. This is a great addition to the series. The bladed fan is a great invention. Also, the author really leaves us in a good place at the end of this one. I cannot wait until the fourth book. I really hope she makes sure to give plenty of page time to Soap....more
SCARLET picks up right where CINDER left off. The excitement and adventure of the first book continues from Page 1 and doesn't let up until the end. MSCARLET picks up right where CINDER left off. The excitement and adventure of the first book continues from Page 1 and doesn't let up until the end. Meyer masterfully weaves together the story we fell in love with in the first book with the new storyline involving new characters.
This time Marissa Meyer twists the story of Little Red Riding Hood into a thrilling science fiction tale.
Scarlet, a girl who helps run the family farm, sets off to discover the mystery of her grandma's disappearance and meets a rough and dangerous street fighter named Wolf. Little does she know that her journey to find her grandmother will lead her to the middle of the mystery about Princess Selena's true identity.
Scarlet and Wolf add a lot to the understanding of the complex political situation between Earth and the Lunar Empire. I enjoyed getting to know the new characters, but was always glad when the story took me back to Cinder and her new struggles. I loved Cinder's sidekick, Captain Thorne. He provides some humor in the very stressful situations Cinder finds herself in while escaping.
SCARLET has it all. Suspense, adventure, friendship, and romance. I can't wait to see what Marissa Meyer does next. CRESS will be released in 2014 and pull from Rapunzel and WINTER (2015) will incorporate bits of Snow White. I'm dying to see how she works all these fairy tales into this complicated dystopian, science fiction world. ...more
This graphic novel was a long time coming. When I read TANTALIZE in 2007, my first blog post on Karin’s Book Nook, I wished there had been more aboutThis graphic novel was a long time coming. When I read TANTALIZE in 2007, my first blog post on Karin’s Book Nook, I wished there had been more about Kieren. Now, finally, we get to see his point of view.
Kieren is in love with his best friend, Quincie. Their relationship should be no problem because he knows she feels the same way about him, but Kieren is a hybrid werewolf and will need to leave to join the pack soon. He knows it will break her heart when he leaves and if they are romantically involved it will make it even harder for Quincie. Keeping his distance from her is difficult, but for the best. He manages just fine until Quincie’s parents are killed in a car accident. Kieren can’t help but be there to support her.
His concern for Quincie grows when she starts spending more time with the new chef at her parent’s restaurant. Her uncle convinced her to change the theme to attract the wannabe vampire crowd. The transformation takes a lot of work – decisions about the new decor and new menu seem to take all of her time. Kieren doesn’t trust Brad, the new chef. Something doesn’t seem right about him and when people start disappearing from the community, Kieren gets even more concerned.
Watching the mystery unfold through Kieren’s eyes is just as exciting as reading TANTALIZE from Quincie’s point of view. The only thing that prevents this from being a great graphic novel is the art. The illustrations are too rough. All the people look old because of the hard lines used to draw them. Even Kieren’s 4-yr-old sister looks too old. Color would have made it better too. The cover illustration is beautiful, it’s a shame the same artist didn’t do the inside panels.
The art work aside, this is a must read for lover’s of the world created for TANTALIZE, ETERNAL, and BLESSED....more
NOTE: You need to read the first two books in this series, SHIVER AND LINGER, before you read FOREVER in order to understand the story.
The tables haveNOTE: You need to read the first two books in this series, SHIVER AND LINGER, before you read FOREVER in order to understand the story.
The tables have turned. Now, Sam is the one waiting. Even though waiting for Grace to return to human form is torture, it is nothing to the agony he feels when he thinks about the danger she is in while running loose in the woods. Mr. Culpeper has wanted the wolves in Mercy Falls dead ever since his son was killed by them and after a girl is found torn apart in the woods, Culpeper has just the ammunition he needs to get his wish.
While Grace is Sam's priority, he also has the added responsibility of saving Beck and all the other wolves. Sam and Grace attempt to come up with a plan while Cole St. Clair, ex-lead singer of NARKOTIKA and newest pack member, takes dangerous measures to find a cure for the disease infecting his pseudo family. With the help of Isabel Culpeper and a very unlikely ally, the wolves finally have some hope.
FOREVER has it all - heart-warming romance, angry teen rebellion, and dry, witty humor. It made me laugh, cry, and stress in all the right amounts. FOREVER is the final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. It provides the reader a satisfying ending while still leaving enough room for us to wonder about the future of the pack.
Maggie Stiefvater has given readers a wonderful story in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. If you haven't read them yet, run run run to the store and get them today.
Absolutely amazing! This re-envisioning of the classic fairy tale is captivating. Valerie lives with her family in an isolated village that has been hAbsolutely amazing! This re-envisioning of the classic fairy tale is captivating. Valerie lives with her family in an isolated village that has been held in the grips of fear for years. A werewolf has terrorized the village once a month since before Valerie can remember. Each family takes turns providing an adequate sacrafice in order to keep the wolf at bay. When Valerie was seven-years-old and it was her family's turn to provide the animal, she slipped out of the house in order to attempt to rescue her precious pet goat from slaughter. She came face-to-face with the beast instead.
Ten years later we find Valerie a bit restless with her surroundings, in a love triangle, and in the middle of a wolf rampage. After her sister is murdered by the wolf during the Blood Moon, the village goes into a panic. The local priest sends for support to help bring down the wolf. Once help arrives, the people in the village become suspicous of each other because they find out the wolf lives among them as human during the day and becomes the beast during the full moon.
Who is the wolf? Who can Valerie trust? Should she marry Henry, the weathy young man she is betrothed to or should she throw caution to the wind and run away with Peter even though he is hated by everyone in the village?
RED RIDING HOOD is a wonderful mix of new and traditional story elements. The reader will hang on every word of the wonderful narrator, Erin Moon. In addition to the narration, a beautiful score is included during pivotal moments of the story. I can't wait to see the movie.
In SISTERS RED Jackson Pearce put a new twist on the story of the Little Red Riding Hood. This time she is taking on Hansel and Gretel. I was extremelIn SISTERS RED Jackson Pearce put a new twist on the story of the Little Red Riding Hood. This time she is taking on Hansel and Gretel. I was extremely excited when I saw this ARC at a booth at the NCTE Conference and quickly grabbed it up when I got the chance. Now, I will start out by saying that SISTERS RED is my favorite book from 2010 so SWEETLY had a lot to live up to.
Gretchen and Ansel are on their own. Kicked out of their house by their stepmother after the death of their father has left them homeless, alone, and penniless. They travel as far as they can until their car breaks down in a small town called Live Oak in South Carolina. With no way to pay for the repairs to their car, they are left with little choice but to take what work they can fine. Ansel finds work as a handyman for the local chocolatier, a girl named Sophia. They soon find out that people don't like Sophia and consider her to be a danger to the community.
Every year Sophia has a Chocolate Festival. Young girls in the community hope for an invitation, but only the "right" girls get one. The community suspects Sophia of evil doings because every year after the festival a couple of girls disappear - never to be heard from again. As Gretchen gets to know Sophia while she helps her make candy she learns some things that make her wonder what is really going on in Sophia's life and with the missing girls.
When Gretchen meets Samuel things start to fall in place. She begins to take action and gain control of her life. Will she be able to save herself and the girls of Live Oak from the monsters in the woods?
SWEETLY didn't grab me like SISTERS RED. While set in the same world as the first book, this one didn't feel as intense. I didn't fall in love with any of the characters like I did with Scarlet, Rosie, and Silas. I'll eagerly read the next one Pearce writes, but hope it is better than this one....more
Scarlett and Rosie survived the unthinkable when they were just young little girls. A big bad wolf, disguised as a salesman, forced his way into theirScarlett and Rosie survived the unthinkable when they were just young little girls. A big bad wolf, disguised as a salesman, forced his way into their Grandma’s cabin, brutally killed her, and then moved on to attack the girls. Scarlett, determined to save Rose, grabbed a shard of glass to fights for their lives. She killed the wolf, but not without damage to herself. Horribly injured and scarred for life, Scarlett makes it her life’s mission to hunt and kill the Fenris – the Fenris that roam, always searching for their next victim.
The Fenris are wolves that can appear human in order to mingle among the humans and stalk their prey. They are attracted to young, beautiful women, sweet-smelling skin, and the color red. Scarlett and Rosie use these traits to their advantage when on the hunt. They bathe in flowery soaps, put on makeup to accentuate their lips and eyes, and always wear bright-red, hooded cloaks. The girls frequent dark and secluded places hoping to lure the Fenris out of the shadows. Since Scarlett is horribly scarred, Rosie is usually the bait.
Rosie has never felt drawn to the hunt like her sister and since Silas, their long-time neighbor and best friend, has returned from a trip to California she has even more doubts. She doesn’t want her life to revolve around the Fenris and she doesn’t want to be bait for the rest of her life, but she feels indebted to Scarlett for saving her life when they were children and feels trapped in her life. Silas forces her to reexamine her decisions and if she admits her growing love for Silas, she feels she is betraying Scarlett.
When a rash of killings in Atlanta appears to be doings of the Fenris, Scarlett, Rosie, and Silas pack up and move in order to start hunting there. What they discover threatens to tear their lives apart.
SISTERS RED is fantastic. It is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year. The story is told in alternating chapters from Scarlett and Rosie’s perspectives. Jackson Pearce masterfully creates her characters in such a way the reader is pulled into the story and emotionally involved in their lives. I laughed out loud, felt the suspense of the hunt, and cried for the characters. I can honestly say I didn’t want this story to end. This is a wonderfully creative retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. The wolf, the Grandma, the woodsman, and the little girl(s) in the bright red cloak are all present. This is absolutely a MUST READ!!!...more
Henry Whelp lives in a reformatory for troubled boys called the Home for Wayward Wolves. He’s been there since his father was thrown in jail for killiHenry Whelp lives in a reformatory for troubled boys called the Home for Wayward Wolves. He’s been there since his father was thrown in jail for killing Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. He’s been mad at his father ever since and embarrassed when people bring it up. He doesn’t like people thinking he is going to twist off and go on a killing spree like his dad, but everyone thinks killing is in his blood.
Henry lives in Dust City, a dark and dangerous place known for its black market dust. Dust is a mind-altering drug that has the entire population addicted. The wolves, foxes, ravens, and hominids all crave dust to make them feel better and heal their sicknesses. At one time, the dust was a good and magical thing – actual fairy dust given out by the fairies themselves in order to make people live up to their potential. Something has happened to all the fairies though. They have disappeared without a trace and the only way to fill the need is for the thaumaturgical companies to create synthetic dust to push on the public.
Henry has always tried to stay away from dust and only accepts it when administered by medical personnel. He is afraid it will turn him into a killer like his father, but when there is a murder at the Home where he lives, Henry is forced to hunt for the truth about it, what really happened the night his father killed Little Red and her grandma, and what happened to the fairies. With the help of Fiona, a beautiful she wolf, Henry jumps into the world of the black market, hoping he can find his way out again.
DUST CITY is so creative. The mix of different fairy tale characters and story lines is amazing. Cindy Ella is the headmaster at the Home for Wayward Wolves. The policeman on Henry’s case is Detective White (Snow White) and Jack (Beanstalk) is Henry’s best friend. As soon as I read the first page I was hooked. These wolves aren’t the typical wolves we’ve seen in fantasy novels lately so if you are in the mood for something unique, give this one a try....more
Bryn is a human living among werewolves. She was adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack when she was 4-years-old after a rabid (rogue) wolf attackedBryn is a human living among werewolves. She was adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack when she was 4-years-old after a rabid (rogue) wolf attacked and killed her parents right in front of her. Now she is pack. Marked by the Alpha. Living as pack. Obligated to follow all the strict rules that govern the pack.
When Bryn begins to feel the Alpha is keeping something from her, she can’t help but explore to find out what it is. What she finds turns her world upside down.
Chase was attacked by a rabid and left for dead. The Alpha found him and brought him home to heal. Bryn finds him locked in a cage and struggling for control. He is still learning to control the wolf inside him. Bryn feels an instant connection to Chase, but can’t explore her feelings because she is forbidden to see him and going against the Alpha can be deadly – even for her – his favorite.
Bryn doesn’t do well with authority and pushes her boundaries and requests permissions to meet with Chase. After several conditions are met, the Alpha grants her access to Chase. Life will never be the same for either of them.
Bryn finds she has a lot more power than anyone ever imagined. She can do things that shouldn’t even be possible. Together Bryn, Chase, and a few supportive weres change the dynamics of the werewolf community.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes does a great job immersing her reader into the world of pack life. Even though she is human, it is believable that Bryn can wield as much power as she does. The character development is great – not only with the main characters, but with the secondary characters as well.
The reader will be eager to read the sequel, TRIAL BY FIRE....more
It is too early to post a review of LINGER yet but I'll say this. Absolutely Freaking Amazing. I lay here in bed after finishing it while trying to seIt is too early to post a review of LINGER yet but I'll say this. Absolutely Freaking Amazing. I lay here in bed after finishing it while trying to see the keys through the tears in my eyes. ...more