**spoiler alert** I had trouble putting this one down! It was a fast easy flowing read (two days). Dark Life is set in an apocalyptic future where risi...more**spoiler alert** I had trouble putting this one down! It was a fast easy flowing read (two days). Dark Life is set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire Earth regions. Some people live on what dry land is left, while others have learned to live underwater in a wondrous deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for land deeds. Yes, as usual even then the government has one hand out awaiting payment while the other is up saying, “Not so fast...”
Disturbingly Enticing, Guilty Pleasure, Book I wasn't supposed to read, Scandalous and Unforgettable.
Flowers in the Attic did something wonderful for...moreDisturbingly Enticing, Guilty Pleasure, Book I wasn't supposed to read, Scandalous and Unforgettable.
Flowers in the Attic did something wonderful for my generation of pre-teen girls. It allowed us to explore our sexuality. When I was 12, everybody seemed to be sneaking this novel under the covers or behind their school books. I remember a girl brought it out during our free reading period in English class and received some not so nice looks from the teacher. He didn’t say anything, but then again, he didn’t have to. We knew how most of the faculty viewed the series. I give it ten stars for keeping readers captivated back then; I couldn’t seem to put it down until it was finished. Today, I don’t think that I myself could re-read it. Twenty-five years later I can still remember the four main characters' and how I felt about each one. I got hooked on V.C. Andrews as a young teen and read the first three books of the series. After that, the storyline became too monotonous to continue. I'm still disturbed by the incest, but view it with a different eye than back then. I was haunted by this story though. As a teenager, it was pretty shocking yet exciting to think that an author would put themselves out there like that. And I gotta say, I wanted to poison the grandmother back then myself and watch her wither away in agony. A little morbid maybe, but then again, I got caught up in what I read. And isn’t that what the author wants to achieve, is for you to feel like you’re part of the book? So I’d say that was accomplished. Flowers in the Attic became my second “guilty pleasure” read when I was a teenager; the first being Virgins even though I didn’t read that one until high school. (less)
This book is my favorite out of all of Shel's, probably because it was my first (of his writing I read). I remember falling asleep with this book many...moreThis book is my favorite out of all of Shel's, probably because it was my first (of his writing I read). I remember falling asleep with this book many times.(less)
I still have this book (almost the same dust cover image), but the ISBN is: 0-688-02632-X The image I have is stored on my flickr account at: http://w...moreI still have this book (almost the same dust cover image), but the ISBN is: 0-688-02632-X The image I have is stored on my flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarcoo... (less)
Chosen by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast is the third book in the House of Night series. This young adult series is not only popular, but the storyline g...moreChosen by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast is the third book in the House of Night series. This young adult series is not only popular, but the storyline gets better each time. I love it when the plot thickens!
As with the two previous books in this series, there were typos and several reminders of what happened in the past. The authors seem to be trying to work on grammar/misspelling/extra words etc., because there weren’t as many as in the previous ones. As for the constant reminders of past events, I’m not sure, but maybe they think a selection of readers are going to start reading randomly in the middle of the series? I don’t know about ya’ll, but I don’t do that, nor would I want to. It doesn’t make any sense to just start in the middle with any series. So, once again, I just skimmed over the repetitive stuff and hurdled over the misspelled speed bumps. *sigh
I get the whole ‘Hot for Teacher’ thing, really I do. Especially since so many kids have to deal with that in real life now, or I should say it’s more publicized than before. I just don’t think I would’ve gone that route. More to the point, I wouldn’t have let the main character take Blake up on his “tempting offer” though because she’s already expressed her morals so Zoey would not have done that. Expressing her hormonal feelings is one thing, but for Zoey to act on them. I don’t know. However, kids make mistakes, sometimes really huge mistakes. Poor judgment doesn’t only happen to kids. We adults don’t always do the right thing even when we know we should. The only thing I can think of is that the authors tried to use that as a “Zoey’s growing up – just not maturing” phase. I’m not a prude, it’s just that the pedophilia teacher topic is a hot panic button topic and for so many kids to be reading the series, I’m not sure the kids grasped the REAL reason teacher/student relationships are unacceptable, even though story-wise it was mentioned that because she isn’t like a normal fledgling, the normal rules didn’t apply – still – a teacher/student fling. Yikes.
I’m glad the authors had Zoey realize and express that she was being an idiot and a “ho” or else I’d have to hate her by now. If she doesn’t change her ways, I still might.
This was another quick read and I have to admit I did enjoy it as I did its predecessors, Marked and Betrayed. I’m hoping that the main character, Zoey, has matured in the fourth book, Untamed because I’m really looking forward to that happening. I’d like to see her trusting her friends more as well since they’ve more than proved their loyalty to her.
“Dragon’s Oath” by PC and Kristin Cast is set in nineteenth century England and tells us about Bryan (Dragon) Lankford’s life before he became the Tul...more“Dragon’s Oath” by PC and Kristin Cast is set in nineteenth century England and tells us about Bryan (Dragon) Lankford’s life before he became the Tulsa House of Night’s fencing instructor.
Bryan is a troublesome yet talented teenage human who in the past had been able to get away with pretty much anything using his smile. His father, the Earl of Lankford, is unaffected by his charms and has had enough of his shenanigans, banishing him to America. While awaiting transport, Bryan is marked by a vampire and is given the choice between going to the London House of Night or sailing to America. His choice begins his journey to becoming Sword Master and meeting Anastasia, the young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night.
Dragon’s Oath offers insight into Dragon’s true character, helping you to understand his interactions in the House of Night Series. It is a short well written novella, making it a quick and easy read filled with plenty of action, smiles and romance.
While reading the House of Night Series I was hoping to get to know each of the characters on a more personal level and this definitely delivered. I really enjoyed reading Dragon’s Oath and getting to know both Dragon and Anastasia a little better. I would definitely suggest this book to other House of Night fans. “Dragon’s Oath” receives four stars and two thumbs up from me! I hope there will be novellas on the other characters as well. (less)