This review will be SPOILERISH if you haven’t read EVE, the first book in the series. Beware. In order to get the full appreciation for this book I wo...moreThis review will be SPOILERISH if you haven’t read EVE, the first book in the series. Beware. In order to get the full appreciation for this book I would highly recommend reading EVE first.
When thinking about writing a review for ONCE, it’s hard to come up with something that doesn’t give things away. This post will be vague for that reason. I finished the last half of the book last night and loved it. In fact, I liked this one better than EVE.
For Eve, life in Califia has been hard. Knowing Caleb is injured and alone in the wild is torture. Even though she has made some friends, does her share of the work, and has relative safety, Eve still can’t say she’s happy. It doesn’t take much thought for her to sneak away from Califia after hearing some of the other girls talk of seeing an injured boy resembling Caleb stuck on the other side of the bridge. Helping him is all she can think about.
Eve is captured.
Life for her changes completely.
Eve’s part in the resistance against the King and the City of Sand has just begun! Never would she have thought she’d play such an important role.
I can’t wait for the 3rd book. How about everyone else?(less)
Gabi and Lia Betarrini are spending the summer in Italy with their mother on an archeological dig. They have spent every summer on various digs with t...moreGabi and Lia Betarrini are spending the summer in Italy with their mother on an archeological dig. They have spent every summer on various digs with their parents for as long as they can remember and instead of enjoying the beautiful sights, they are bored out of their minds.
While sneaking into an ancient tomb, Gabi and Lia find prints on the wall eerily simliar to their hands. When they place their hands on the imprints everything spins out of control. When Gabi finally pulls her hand away from the wall, everything is dark and she is alone.
Gabi landed in fourteenth-century Italy in the middle of a battle between two opposing armies. She hopes the side that rescues her, led by Marcello, is the right one. She knows from all her years listening to her parents talk about life in ancient Italy of the intricacies of medieval politics. She’ll have to be on top of her game if she wants to blend in with the people around her. She gets by on the story that she has been separated from her mother and sister and is welcomed to the castle and offered safety.
Gabi spends as much time as she can looking for any sign of Lia. While working on that she works her way into the daily lives of Marcello, his army, and his family. Even though Marcello is betrothed to someone else, she can’t help the feelings she has for him and sometimes, it seems he feels the same. As much as she wants her family back, Gabi continues to get involved in fourteenth-century life.
Gabi’s life, in many ways, is much fuller in medieval Italy even though she doesn’t have access to modern conveniences. WATERFALL is only the beginning of her adventures, which continues with increasingly higher stakes in CASCADE and TORRENT.
I read all three of these books back to back. I fell in love with Marcello, Greco and Luca. They have to be the sexiest fictional men in print!
If you want to read something simliar to this and don’t mind SUPER LONG books (and adult) then try The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve listened to the first five books in the series and find it just as compelling as The River of Time series. It also involves time travel, romance, and battles. The difference is in the location (Scottish Highlands) and time period (eighteenth century).
After you read WATERFALL, CASCADE, and TORRENT you’ll want to go find BOURNE (releasing late February 2012). It is an e-novella that follows the books and will hopefully hold us over until TRIBUTARY comes out. (less)
I love Daniel Waters and I fell in love with the Generation Dead series in 2007 when I got my hands on an ARC of GENERATION DEAD (the first in the ser...moreI love Daniel Waters and I fell in love with the Generation Dead series in 2007 when I got my hands on an ARC of GENERATION DEAD (the first in the series) at an English teachers conference. I've reviewed all of the book and posted a Q & A with him over the years.
I was very excited when I saw the news about this ebook of short stories set in the Generation Dead world. I read through it in one night and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know some of the minor characters from the series.
STITCHES contains four short stories - each following a different character.
This story gives us a look at Margi and Colette's friendship. This is nice because in the other books we only see a glimpse of this complex relationship.
This was my favorite story of the collection. It focuses on Sylvia and her time inside the Hunter Foundation. This one is a bit on the creepy side. So cool!
MY DEAD HEART
This one gets us inside Tommy's head. This is great since he didn't play a big role in books two and three. It was nice to read about his feelings about Phoebe and Adam and the goings on back home while he was out of the road fighting for the rights of the Differently Biotic.
This is probably the most disturbing of all the stories. It follows Popeye and his experiences at school. You really get a sense of his anger in the story.
I loved this collection and I'm not usually a fan of short stories. If you like the GENERATION DEAD series you definitely need to get STITCHES. Right now it is only $2.69 at Amazon and $3.35 at Barnes and Noble. What are you waiting for? Go go go!! Order it.(less)
Quincie Morris leads a stressful life; playing the part of a responsible adult since the death of her parents has left her the owner of the family res...moreQuincie Morris leads a stressful life; playing the part of a responsible adult since the death of her parents has left her the owner of the family restaurant. Fat Lorenzo's was a successful family business until a large Italian restaurant chain moved in down the street. The small business couldn't compete, so in order to keep the doors open, her Uncle Davidson, now her guardian and manager of the restaurant, decided to change Fat Lorenzo's into a vampire themed Italian restaurant called Sanguini's. The chef would be the center of the act, leading a midnight toast every night. Quincie's close friend, Vaggio, has been with the restaurant for years as its chef and is looking forward to the new challenge.
Quincie works late many nights a week. She is either working with Vaggio, taste testing for the new menu, or organizing some of the many tasks left to do before opening night. One night while she is in the office reviewing her "To Do List," she hears a noise from the kitchen. Thinking Vaggio simply dropped something, she continues to work. She is also waiting for Kieren, a half-werewolf that has been the love of her life and best friend for years. She is startled when she hears Kieren's frantic cry calling her name from the kitchen. Immediately going to meet him, she is horrified by the site of Vaggio dead on the kitchen floor, bloodied and mangled as if torn apart by wolves. Kieren is bloodied from attempting to help and is desperate with worry about Quincie. He quickly pulls her from the restaurant and goes down the street to call the police. Once the police arrive, they return to the scene of the crime to answer questions.
Quincie feels her world closing in on her. She has lost her parents and a dear friend within a short period of time. Her Uncle Davidson has been preoccupied with Ruby, his wannabe vampire girlfriend, so much so that he isn't ever home and rarely spends time with Quincie anymore. Now, she learns that Kieren is planning to leave. He is going to join a werewolf pack for support while he learns the ways of his culture. Once he joins, he will never be able to come back. The thought of never seeing, touching, or talking to Kieren again leaves her shaken.
Quincie is in a vulnerable state when the new chef for Sanguini's shows up unexpectedly. Uncle Davidson hired him without even consulting her, which irritates her since she is usually considered a partner when it comes to major decisions. Henry Johnson is the new chef and as he and Quincie work together to make him more vampire-like, they grow closer. The first thing they change is his name and Henry Johnson becomes Bradley Sanguini. Bradley cooks for her daily, constantly trying new recipes for the possible menu. He also introduces her to wine. Never one for drinking, she quickly develops a taste for it, seeming to always have a glass of wine in her hand while she is working. She is surprised that her uncle doesn't say anything about her drinking. She is even more shocked when Uncle Davidson allows her to drink wine at home.
Quincie's life seems to flash before her eyes. Her mind is occupied with thoughts of the restaurant so much that her grades at school begin to fall. She loses interest in any activity that isn't surrounding Sanguini's. She begins to spend less time with Kieren, both because she is afraid of her feelings when he is gone for good and because Bradley and Uncle Davidson plant the seed of suspicion in her mind that Kieren might have lost control of his change and killed Vaggio himself. All of these thoughts distract her to the point she is lured into a dangerous situation where there is no way out. Her life will be forever changed.
Hold on to your fish-net stockings because the action in DEAD GIRL'S DANCE starts on the first page and never lets up. The story begins exactly where...moreHold on to your fish-net stockings because the action in DEAD GIRL'S DANCE starts on the first page and never lets up. The story begins exactly where the first book in the Morganville series, GLASS HOUSES, leaves off. Claire, Eve, and Shane are in shock over what Shane's father and his buddies have done to Michael.
Shane's father has returned to Morganville with one thing in mind. He wants to kill as many vampires as he can, even if he gets killed in the process. After the trauma Shane's family went through with the loss of his sister, and subsequently, his mother, Shane and his father cooked up a plan for revenge. Shane's phone call to his father set the plan in motion and once his father arrives, Shane realizes what a mistake he's made.
The protection Claire, Eve, Shane, and Michael have under the Founder is in jeopardy now that Shane's dad is causing problems. If they are thought to be involved in any kind of plan to kill the vampires, their protection will be removed and it will be open season on the occupants of the Glass House – and believe me, there are plenty of vampires and people in Morganville that want to see them dead. When one of the most powerful vampires in town turns up dead, Shane is accused of the crime and sentenced to death and it is up to Claire and Eve to find a way to save him.
Readers will enjoy it when Claire's nemesis, Monica, gets a little of what's coming to her when the tables are turned and she is put in the victim role. Also be looking for relationships to blossom over the course of DEAD GIRL'S DANCE, both in love and friendship. We also meet a new, likeable character named Sam. He offers aid to Claire and Eve when they are in desperate need of help.
The only drawback with this book is that it isn't a stand alone story. In order to understand the reason behind much of the action it would be better to read the first book in the series, GLASS HOUSES. However, in my opinion, this isn't a major drawback at all since it leads you to another great book by Rachel Caine. DEAD GIRLS' DANCE is one of the best books I've read and the shocking ending will leave you panting and begging for the next installment.
WOW!!! I loved this book. I'm an only child and as a kid I used to play alone a lot. One of the games I used to play was "Survival." I would pretend m...moreWOW!!! I loved this book. I'm an only child and as a kid I used to play alone a lot. One of the games I used to play was "Survival." I would pretend my bed was a life raft and that I was drifting out to sea. I would pile all my worldly possessions on the bed like my stuffed animals, my magazines, my favorite books, records, etc... Anyway, I don't know why this was a game I'd play but...
So, of course, I love survival fiction, apocolyptic fiction, natural disasters, calamities, etc.....
Life As We Knew It is about life on Earth after an asteroid hits the moon and knocks it out of its orbit. The moon comes closer to Earth and it causes huge tidal waves, earthquakes, floods, and other weather problems. Climate drastically changes and people are stuck without electricity and food. Survival becomes extremely difficult. This story is written in journal form from the point of view of the main character, Miranda. I definately recommend this book.
“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.” I love how Maggie begins the book with this line and then ties it all together at t...more“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.” I love how Maggie begins the book with this line and then ties it all together at the end on the day of the race nine years later. Sean Kendrick was ten-years-old when he watched his father die in The Scorpio Races, but it didn’t stop him from participating as soon as he got old enough. As an employee of Benjamin Malvern, it is his job to take care of the horses sold each year to buyers from around the world. Sean also is expected to ride in The Scorpio Races - 9/10 of the prize purse going to Malvern. Even if he wasn’t expected to ride for Malvern, he’d do it anyway. There is nowhere Sean feels more comfortable than on the back of Corr, his capall uisce (water horse). Being a four-time winner of the races, Sean knows everything there is to know about the races.
Kate (Puck) Connolly is a fiery girl that enjoys her simple life on the island of Thisby. She lives outside of town on a small piece of land with her two brothers and her best friend, Dove – a sweet-natured horse. The three Connollys have been on their own since losing their parents to the capaill uisce at sea and now, earning enough money for food and supplies is tough. After receiving two heartbreaking pieces of news, Puck decides the only way to keep what she wants is to ride and win The Scorpio Races. Never before has a girl participated in the dangerous event and the people of Thisby don’t like it that she is attempting to change the tradition. Nor do they like her choice of horse.
As Puck gets to know the ins and outs of the race, she also gets to know Sean. Normally a stand-offish person, Sean finds himself drawn to Puck even though thinking of her can be very dangerous. Without complete concentration, the races could turn out deadlier than ever.
As Sean and Puck begin training together, they form an interesting friendship – one that gives each of them something they need.
THE SCORPIO RACES is a magical story dealing with legends, superstitions, and traditions. The language is beautiful, creating a visual picture as you read. The ending is so touching it brings a tear to your eye.
THE SCORPIO RACES is Printz Honor Book and an Odyssey Honor Book (best audio recording). (less)
I was immediately drawn to this story when I read the synopsis, but it took me sitting down with it in my hands to figure out why. THE DESERTER is the...moreI was immediately drawn to this story when I read the synopsis, but it took me sitting down with it in my hands to figure out why. THE DESERTER is the sequel to THE INFERIOR, which I reviewed on the blog in 2009. Apparently the series is called The Bone World Trilogy. Unfortunately, it is necessary for you to read THE INFERIOR before this one in order to understand what is going on in the story. There is hardly any backstory explained. This jumps right in where the last one left off (just a few months have passed).
Stopmouth, the Chief of a ragtag group of “hunters” are struggling to survive on what they can hunt. So far, they have been able to kill enough of the other creatures on the Surface and they haven’t had to ask for a Volunteer from the Tribe in a while. His new tribe (a group exiled to the Surface from the Roof) still have a hard time eating the meat of animals, much less their own tribe members. Stopmouth is doing everything he can to make sure his tribe has enough to eat – even going so far as establishing an alliance with one of the other species.
There are two things wrong in Stopmouth’s life. First, his wife, Indrani, has returned to the Roof where she lived before crashing to the Surface. She returned with the promise of bringing back the tools needed to kill the most feared of the species on the Surface. His other problem are the Diggers, the species Stopmouth and his tribe need help destroying. With reports that the Diggers have made it over the mountain, Stopmouth doesn’t have any choice but to go to the Roof and find Indrani himself. The lives of his tribe members depend on him bringing help back from the Roof.
Stopmouth finds a world in chaos when he arrives on the Roof. In his attempt to find Indrani, he learns that she is on the run from her own people because of something she has stored in her memory. He goes to great lengths to reach her and feels nothing but relief when he finally has her in his arms again. Until…..
Stopmouth must come to terms with a lot in this story. Survival is difficult. Stopmouth and Indrani constantly have to be on the look out for the dangers that surround them at every turn. He doesn’t even know if he’ll be able to save himself, much less his tribe on the Surface.
THE DESERTER is filled with secrets, betrayals, and heart-pounding action. This is the perfect follow-up novel because we get to see the Roof this time where we only saw the Surface in THE INFERIOR.
I love Stopmouth and Indrani just as much as I did in the first novel. Now, since I know this is called The Bone World Trilogy I know we’ll get a third book. I can’t wait.(less)
Do you have something you’d like to forget? A memory too difficult to recall? Have no fear, TFC can take care of your problem.
Nora is about to experi...moreDo you have something you’d like to forget? A memory too difficult to recall? Have no fear, TFC can take care of your problem.
Nora is about to experience her first visit to TFC (Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic). Her parents are insisting she go after witnessing a horrible terrorist attack. Nora can’t seem to get the pictures of the dead out of her head. The only solution is to wash them from her head so she can get on with her life.
In a world where terrorist attacks are commonplace, TFC is making a killing. Not everyone trusts them though. When Nora meets Micah and Winter, she is thrust into a world of mystery and rebellion. Soon, the graphic novel, Memento, based on their sad and frightening memories becomes a hit. Copies are spread well beyond their school and into different cities. Will they be able to keep their identities a secret? Will they be able to stay ahead of the people in the black vans? Will they be able to keep their memories?
MEMENTO NORA is an addictive story. Once I started, I didn’t want to put it down. The world Angie Smibert created is fascinating. The technological advances are interesting and probably not far from what will be possible in our near future. At 184 pages, this is a quick read with short chapters. Told from multiple points of view, it is a great choice for reluctant readers.(less)