I read this book in a total of 8 hours (almost straight!) and I have to say that Richelle Mead redeemed herself in this book! As you know, I wasn't ovI read this book in a total of 8 hours (almost straight!) and I have to say that Richelle Mead redeemed herself in this book! As you know, I wasn't overly impressed with Vampire Academy but I have found Frostbite to fill a bit of a void that I felt was lacking in the first book.
Frostbite focuses more on Rose's training as a guardian as well as her relationship with Dimitri. Some of the holes in the first book are filled in here also so it rather tied up some loose ends for me. There has been a Strigoi attack on one of the larger royal families so the Academy dismisses its students to the ski slopes for the Christmas holidays where everyone will be safe. While there, another attack takes place and some of the novice guardian students and royals decide to take matters into their own hands. Will anyone receive their molnija marks before graduation? Can they handle this large task on their own? What powers manifest in these novice students? Guess you'll have to read to find out!! On to Shadow Kissed now!
This book is a part of my "Thankfully Reading Weekend" and also the Christmas Challenge! ...more
I was given this book by a student of mine, Mindi, to read. She knows that I love a good paranormal novel and thought I might enjoy this one. All I caI was given this book by a student of mine, Mindi, to read. She knows that I love a good paranormal novel and thought I might enjoy this one. All I can say is that this book is "just alright". I wasn't dying to pick it up after I had to put it down to take care of the kids or whatever I had to do. I found the storyline between Lissa and Rose to be a little boring, and worse than that, the storyline between Rose and Dmitri. I thought with a name like Dmitri that I would experience a little more action in this book than was provided. I am trying REALLY hard not to compare this to other paranormal books that I have read. It just didn't have the substance that others do that I have really enjoyed.
If this were to be made into a movie, I would hope that Angelica Houston could play Queen Tatiana. I just see her in that role for some reason!!
I am starting Frostbite now with the hopes that the series gets a little better!...more
This is the best book in this series (so far) and if you can suffer out the first two, this one is worth it! In Shadow Kiss, the reader finds out evenThis is the best book in this series (so far) and if you can suffer out the first two, this one is worth it! In Shadow Kiss, the reader finds out even more about Rose and Dimitri's lives as guardians. I was glad to see the relationships of the characters develop a little further. I felt like after reading this book that I could "know" the characters now. This one picks up right where Frostbite left off so there is no loss if reading them back to back. One thing that irritated me about this series is the repetition of the different roles (Moroi, Dhampirs, Strogoi, etc). I feel that if someone has bothered to read into the third book that these roles should already be defined. I would have to say the same about the reintroduction of many of the characters. Maybe it's just me but it's one of those things that annoyed me.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The ending did not surprise me and I'm a little excited to see where this story will go in Blood Promise. My daughter is currently reading that one and I'll snag it from her as soon as I can.
I was recommended these books by a student of mine, Mindi.
This book completes my Thankfully Reading Weekend as I cannot fit in another book tonight! :)...more
I would say that I'm sorry that the Mortal Instruments series has come to an end, but I'm not. BECAUSE IT'S NOT OVER YET!!! :) I'm so incredibly excitI would say that I'm sorry that the Mortal Instruments series has come to an end, but I'm not. BECAUSE IT'S NOT OVER YET!!! :) I'm so incredibly excited that Cassandra Clare has announced that there will be a 4th book and a MOVIE!!! (See more info here!!)
I really can't say much about this book without giving a lot of way so this will be a very brief review. I LOVED this book. Don't get me wrong, the first book was good, but this one was AWESOME! There was a lot more action and the reader sees more of Valentine in this book. This book also goes into more detail about the Clave and it's rules.
My least favorite character, who I grew to love a little towards the end of the book is the Inquisitor. My favorite character is Simon. I just love the story line of his life. It's so bittersweet!
The one thing I despised about this book is the ending. Thank goodness I have City of Glass sitting next to me so I won't have to wait long for some answers!!! ...more
I have heard several things about this series from different students of mine. They all told me it was a good series and I'm glad that I listened to tI have heard several things about this series from different students of mine. They all told me it was a good series and I'm glad that I listened to them!! Overall, I'd rate this 4.7 stars!
Clary is your "typical teenager" who likes to go to parties and hang out with her friends. It's a party at the Pandemonium that starts a series of problems for Clary. She runs into all sorts of non-human creatures and finds out that she may not be all human either.
This book has a lot of adventure, romance, and a few comedic scenes. One of my favorite conversations is between Jace and Clary at a poetry reading...
"Your friends poetry is terrible," he said. Clary blinked, caught momentarily off guard. "What?" "I said his poetry was terrible. It sounds like he ate a dictionary and started vomiting up words at random."
I think you'd like this book if you enjoy urban and paranormal fantasies. Thanks Mindi for hooking me up with this series!!! ...more
In Blue Moon by Alyson Noel we are allowed to continue to gaze into the crystal ball of Ever's life. Things are going well for her and Damen and theyIn Blue Moon by Alyson Noel we are allowed to continue to gaze into the crystal ball of Ever's life. Things are going well for her and Damen and they have a great date planned to "finalize" some things. This comes about after all the skipping school and traveling to Summerland as often as possible.
The night of the great date, a new guy, Roman, appears on the scene...and Damen disappears. Where'd he go? He as just going to get the car!
Needless to say, Ever doesn't see him all weekend and school on Monday is definitely not what she expected. Will things ever go back to "normal"?
As a follow-up of Evermore, this book puts more focus on Damen and his life as an immortal.
I look forward to reading Shadowland, the next book in The Immortals series. It is due out Feb. 2010. In the meantime, I'm going to take a bit of a break from the paranormals for awhile......more
This is one of those books that captures your interest and ropes you in from the very beginning. It's a little frustrating though because it seems likThis is one of those books that captures your interest and ropes you in from the very beginning. It's a little frustrating though because it seems like takes forever to find out what the whole deal with Damen is (don't worry, it's worth the wait).
Ever is a young teen who lost her family in a car accident. She goes to live with her aunt Sabine, who is rarely if ever home. Ever doesn't fit into her new school too well. She does find too people who she enjoys spending her time with though, Haven and Miles.
When I first started reading this book, I thought it was another vampire book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's about different paranormal creatures!!
What I love most about this book is the author's choice of names for the characters...Ever, Damen, Haven, Miles, Sabine (my personal favorite), Drina, Riley. They are so unique and different from most character names that I've been reading about lately. I appreciate the time that alyson noel took to make some really great and creative characters!!...more
If I Stay by Gayle Forman is a book about Mia and her family and the decisions that are made quickly in life. There's a terrible car accident and MiaIf I Stay by Gayle Forman is a book about Mia and her family and the decisions that are made quickly in life. There's a terrible car accident and Mia finds herself having an out of body experience. As she hears about the status of her other family members, she wonders if she's the only one to ever go through what she's experiencing. She sees her family and friends in the waiting room of the hospital, and the way she looks in the ICU hospital bed. Throughout this book, Mia has flashbacks of life before the accident, but she has no recollection of the accident itself. She is faced with the dilemma of whether to go or stay. After a series of one-sided conversations with her family and friends, Mia's mind is at peace with her decision. What does she decide? You'll have to read to find out!
Overall, this book just didn't quite cut it for me. There were parts that I thought drug out a bit. I did like the grumpy vs nice nurse and the scene with Adam trying to get into the ICU. There were parts I laughed, parts that caused me to cry, and parts that downright made me mad. This was an ok book and I would recommend it to the young adult audience.
This book was recommended to me by a student of mine, Mindi...more
The first creatures to seek me were the insects; my parents cleaned the bassinet free of dead ants the morning after they brought me home from the hos
The first creatures to seek me were the insects; my parents cleaned the bassinet free of dead ants the morning after they brought me home from the hospital. My first word was “dead.”
At age four, when I stepped out of bed and popped a giant toad like a water balloon, I never again turned any lights off.
For all of my sixth year, I slept sitting up thinking I’d spot the dying coming toward me.
There were times when it felt like my insides were full of broken glass, times when the souls of the animals passing through me felt too big, too much. I’d open my eyes in the morning and peer into the glassy gaze of a mouse on my pillow. Death never became my comfortable companion.
With a book opening like that, how can this NOT be a good book to read?!?!? I was captivated from those opening lines and finished the book in record time. If you would like to read more of Meridian, please click here and you can read the prologue and first three chapters. I'm warning you though, be prepared to go and get it as soon as you do!
Meridian is a young girl with a very eccentric life. Things die around her. All. The. Time. It doesn't happen to anyone else though and she's concerned. The day of her 16th birthday changed her life forever. Her parents warn her to come straight home from school. What will happen if she doesn't? Should she even take the chance and find out? Why won't her parents give her more information? She already senses she's a freak and out of the norm and now her parents are "wigging her out".
Meridian finds herself on a bus to go see her Aunt. She's always enjoyed spending time with her and felt a special kinship with her. They are more alike than Meridian would have ever cared to guess. Then, there's Tens, her aunt's caretaker. Meridian seems to take a liking to him fairly quickly but he isn't so eager to return the sentiment.
This book is full of the adventures of our young Meridian and her half angel life. Along the way she meets some interesting folks who help to shape her into the young lady she becomes.
Don't just take my word for it though!! Other bloggers have a few things to say too, including interviews with our featured author, Amber Kizer. Check them out!
Mindi wrote her first blog post on this book. Read it here!
HeatherMarie has a great interview over at Want My YA! Read it here
Kim over at the Book Butterfly also interviewed Ms. Kizer. You can read the interview here
Did I overlook anyone? If you reviewed this book, I'll be happy to link to you too!
Per new FTC regulations, the source of this book is "borrowed from Mindi, who happens to be a student of mine. She inspires me to read more!!
Wow...what can I say? This is an awesome book that I read in about 3 short sittings! I am amazed by some of the new authors this year having stellar dWow...what can I say? This is an awesome book that I read in about 3 short sittings! I am amazed by some of the new authors this year having stellar debut books, much like Becca Fitzpatrick. I'm excited to read more from her!
Nora is your typical teenage high school student. She and her best friend Vee are not enjoying their biology class. Things get much worse when Coach makes some adjustments to the seating chart and Nora is stuck sitting with the "new kid" Patch. Boy is he weird! He has no friends and doesn't speak. Nora's grade is going down the drain when Coach assigns a group project.
What is it about Patch, that while he is weird, makes him so irresistible?
Strange things begin to happen around Nora and Vee and Patch seems to always be around. Is he trying to kill them? Teach them a lesson?
Join in this fantastic read to learn more about the adventures of Nora and her friends and learn just what's up with Patch. This is a great mysterious adventure that kept me turning the pages as quickly as I could! ...more
The newest book in the Mercedes Thompson series is focused on the wolf, Samuel. He's really gotten himself into a bind with what he's done. It's up toThe newest book in the Mercedes Thompson series is focused on the wolf, Samuel. He's really gotten himself into a bind with what he's done. It's up to Mercy to figure it out. If the pack gets involved, it won't be a good outcome for Samuel! While trying to protect Samuel, Mercy ticks off a TV producer and ends up in a heap of trouble herself. In the process, she takes Gabriel down with her (not purposely). Can her mate bond with Adam be enough to save her and Samuel?
In this book, the reader learns more of the bonds of a wolf pack. The ins and outs. How they communicate with the Alpha and the Marrock. The reader also learns more about the Fae and how they operate.