What drew me to read Second Star was the synopsis, the eye catching cover, and the fact that it*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World :)*
What drew me to read Second Star was the synopsis, the eye catching cover, and the fact that it was going to be a retelling of Peter Pan, that basically sold me to the book. Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed with the overall plot of the story. Peter Pan is one of my favorite childhood stories and I was really excited to read a retelling of the book, but what I got was a completely different story with a few references to the original book here and there (that were a bit confusing).
In Second Star, seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling has just graduated high school when her best friend, Fiona, finds her at the beach still grieving for the lost of her brothers. But even though everyone around her has accepted that her brothers are gone, she refuses to accept that and hopes to find them. As Wendy embarks in a journey to find her lost brothers, she runs into a surfer, Pete. It is an immediate attraction between the two that draws them together and when Pete invites Wendy to stay with him and other “lost boys” she immediately accepts. They're all surfers and survive by stealing from other people, but Wendy sees how carefree they all are soon she is accepted into their family. But that doesn't last long before she meets Pete's rival, Jas, and that's when her adventure truly begins. From taking “dust” from a drug dealer to discovering what really happened to her brothers, Wendy's journey is just the beginning of what the future has in store for her. Although she finds herself attracted to Pete, she'll have to make a decision that minute she finds out what he among others around her have been hiding from her all along.
There were a couple of things that I liked about the book and those were the scenes between Wendy and Pete and when she is with Jas. It's difficult to say who I would rather Wendy to be with, but those scenes were my favorites out of the entire book. Without comparing it to the original Peter Pan, I'd say that was book was alright. It didn't wow me at all, there was a lot of confusion and not so much action in the book that made me want to keep reading it. The idea alone sounded great, but the overall execution in the book felt flat. The ending is open ended, it's pretty much open to interpretation (which I'm not a big fan of). Nevertheless, I would still recommend it to those that might want to give it a try.
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James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra is a book filled with mystery, fantasy, and*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World :)*
James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra is a book filled with mystery, fantasy, and adventure. For a debut novel, McElwain did a very good job creating a captivating story. Abandoned by his grandfather, James Clyde is raised in along with his best-friends, Ben and Mary Forester. The three of them embark in a adventure when they get to go to James' grandfather mansion for Christmas. His grandfather's mansion looks magical and everything in it is full of mystery. But things quickly start to occur when the children start seeing a strange man outside the house. Nothing could have prepared them for the next thing that happened. On the same chilling night, James finds his grandfather bleeding to death, but before dying, Wilmore hands James one of the diamonds of Orchestra and tells him to go back to Zara. Alongside his friends, James uses the diamond to escape his grandfather's mansion. Upon arriving to Zara, he finds what he is really destined to do and just how important the diamonds are. Now he has enemies to face and people to protect before is too late.
I was really content with how the story is structured in the book, it does go back and forth to describe past events, but it works well for the story. The characters are well thought out and so are their personalities. I liked how it was very well-written and enjoyable to read. The end will leave everyone wanting for more, and although we're not left with a huge cliffhanger, it does leave us with a few unanswered questions. Overall, the story was filled with adventure, action, fantasy and all those elements combined are very exciting to read. I definitely recommend everyone to give the book a try.
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Vanessa Garden has written such a captivating story that has made it to my favorite's list. From*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World :)*
Vanessa Garden has written such a captivating story that has made it to my favorite's list. From the beginning to the very end, I was intrigued and fascinated by the world she has created. I don't think I've read anything like it and that's what made it an amazing read.
Seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has been haunted by what happened to her parents twelve months ago, ever since then her relationship with her older sister, Lauren, hasn't been easy. When they are sent to live with their grandparents, both girls make amends and try to make things right. But what Miranda wasn't expecting was to be dragged down, under the ocean, by someone incredibly strong that would mark her fate. Drugged and locked in a room, Miranda doesn't know where she is other than she has to marry Marko, King of Miran, a undersea city. Shocked and confused, Miranda wants nothing to do with the malevolent plan that is going to keep her captive. Her guard and the stranger that brought her to Miran in the first place, Robbie, feels bad for her and they form a tight bond. A bond that would bring unhappiness and danger to the both of them.
Marko's only hope is to safe his kingdom from his evil half-brother, Damir, and the destruction that he would bring to his people. To do so he and along with his sister decide to bring a human girl to Miran in order for them to marry and bear a child to protect the crown. What he wasn't expecting to see is a very stubborn girl that refuses to marry him at all. And it is his duty to make her see the good in what she can do if he marries him.
There were a lot of things that I loved about this book, it's not only suspenseful, but it's also very romantic. Marin is a fascinating place that makes me want to move there! The relationship between Marko and Miranda isn't the best when they first met, they both are very much stubborn and refuse to see each other's side. But the more time they got to spend together, the more secrets are revealed and a whole new world starts to emerged. Vanessa Garden's story is beautifully written that makes the whole experience a lot more enjoyable to read. The ending was not what I was expecting to read, it left me with a bittersweet feeling. I wanted the story to continue, too bad it didn't. But I can't wait to read what happens next. I highly recommend everyone to give this book a try, you will not regret it.
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I was completely sucked into the story from the very begReview can also be found at my blog: Jackie's Book World :)
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I was completely sucked into the story from the very beginning. Asleep is a retelling/influenced by the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. I found that this story was a lot more exciting than the original sleeping beauty. There are twists that no one would really expect it to have, but it works really well. I found myself liking the switching of point-of-views. It was refreshing to see how the two main characters interacted with others and how different they were. That being said, Asleep is about Princess Jessmyn's quest to rescue her true love/fiancee Prince Devaran from someone that is trying to take over the Five Realms. I really liked Princess Jessmyn's character, she is a strong and independent. She knows how working in a battlefield works and she is pretty much ready to become queen. On the other hand, Prince Devaran hides his true feelings by being sarcastic and rebelling against royal protocol. As these two different characters interact, it slowly becomes evident that they are falling in love with each other.
I guess the saying opposites attract works really well in the story. Both of them balance each other out, and they will need to use what they're good at in order to save the Realms from getting conquered. Although the beginning of the story was interesting, it felt a bit slow for my liking, but as it got closer to the climax, I was able to feel the excitement building up all the way to the resolution. I found myself liking Prince Dev's point-of-view a lot better than Jessmyn's. His point-of-view was a lot more informative when it came to finding out how they both met and how they fell in love. It was in the past for the most part, while in Jessmyn's point-of-view, we are able to see the present and how she gets ready to rescue her prince. Overall, it was a great story and I really recommend everyone to try it out. ...more
I was immediately grabbed by the beautiful cover and the premise. Even before reading the book, I knew it was going to be great. Doon is a magical scottish place that has been placed under a spell in order to protect the people of Doon from an evil witch. But the spell would not protect the people of Doon from what's coming to them.When Mackenna suggests that Veronica and her go to Scottland for a vacation. It couldn't have come at the right moment for her; after breaking up with her chearing boyfriend, and having a mom that doesn't really care for, Veronica decides to give herself a break and decides to go. But she wasn't expecting to have vivid dreams of a boy in kilt talking to her to come to him. As she and her friend embark in a new adventure, she will have to decide what truly is important in her life in order to save those that she loves.
I've been a fan of books that have been inspired by tales and other stories for a while, and this book has made it to my favorite list. I loved the over story, it was exciting and engaging. The book is beautifully written and that's what makes it a success for me. The characters have an important task in the story and it all seemed to flow nicely. With that being said, I really liked Veronica and Kenna. They are best friends going to a vacation and they end up with a great adventure in their lives. The cover of the book illustrates just how magical Doon is and it immediately grabbed my attention. The book does start a bit slow, but it builds up with excitement and the climax is where we are able to see more of the characters personalities.
The romance in the book is great, although Veronica and Jamie, the prince of Doon, don't have a great chemistry at the beginning, it does build up in the story. On the other hand, Kenna's love story with Duncan, Jamie's brother is full of excitement. I actually liked them, or at least their scenes a lot better. I'm really looking forward to reading more of their story in the second book! We do get to see different perspectives in the book, Veronica's and Kenna's point-of-views. It made the book that much more enjoyable to read. Overall, the story was great, and so did the characters. There are fighting scenes, romantic scenes and a detail description of the magical place of Doon. I would definitely recommend this book to those that want something romantic and magical. ...more
I absolutely loved this book! Julie Kagawa has blown my mind completely. I'm still trying to regainReview can also be found at Jackie's Book World:)
I absolutely loved this book! Julie Kagawa has blown my mind completely. I'm still trying to regain my thoughts about this book and what happened. No matter what Ethan Chase does, he can't seem to live at peace with all the fey following him around. After his return from the Nevernever, all he wanted was to have a normal life with his girlfriend Kenzie, but that didn't last long before his sister visits him and tells him that his nephew, Kierran, has gone missing. He knows that if he wants the fey to leave him alone, he should ignore everything that has to do with them, but when Annwyln comes asking for his help, he can no longer ignore what he has to do. After all, family should stick together no matter what right? In his quest of finding his nephew, he faces danger when he goes back to the world that he promised he'd never return. Now, with his girlfriend and Annwyln by his side, he'll have to find Kierran and stop him from causing more trouble.
I almost forgot how much I love Julie's writing, it's so vivid and it makes the whole book come to life. The flow of the story was both exciting and thrilling. It was hard to stop reading the book, without knowing what was going to happen next. The only thing that I'm guessing everyone will hate is the ending! The book ended with a huge cliffhanger and I can't stop thinking about what it's going to happen next. There were times when I felt bad for Ethan and Kenzie, it wasn't their battle to fight, but they both wanted to help Kierran. On the other hand, Kierran left me with mixed feelings, I can understand where his decisions were coming from, but he let what was around him cloud his better judgment. Although I wanted to see more from Meghan and Ash, there were some old characters that did showed up and I was ecstatic to see them come back again. Overall, the book was amazing. I recommend everyone to read the series you will absolutely love it.
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I'm really enjoying Gina Lamm's Geek Girls Series so far, the first book completely captured my atten*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World*
I'm really enjoying Gina Lamm's Geek Girls Series so far, the first book completely captured my attention and this book did exactly the same thing. From the cover to the title, I was very much interested in reading this book from the very beginning. The author mixes humor with romance and history all in one, and it works very well.
From the start we meet Leah Ramsey, she loves dressing up in period costumes and dreaming about her own fairy tale romance, but she hasn't been lucky when it comes to finding the right person to love. She knows that time travel is possible since her best friend, Jaime, has traveled back in time to find the love of her life. Leah knows that if she stays she is not going to find anyone that is going to make her happy. So she goes back in time, to Regency England to find the Duke she has been destined to be with. But not everything looks as it seems and she soon realizes that she might be making a mistake and her Duke wasn't meant for her at all. The more time she spends back in time, the more adventures she has, including meeting Avery Russell, whose help she desperately wants in order to find her true love.
I really liked Leah's personality in the book, she is strong minded, yet she is vulnerable when it comes to finding love. She is funny and I can only imagine what it would be like to travel back in time. Avery Russell is a very likable character, he is sensible and charming. Although he is not a Duke, he is a hard-working men who deeply cares about Leah and he does everything he can to keep her safe. The writing makes the story flow beautifully and I can easily connect with the characters which made everything that much more exciting. From action scenes to romantic nights, this book has it all. I recommend everyone to give this book a try, you will not regret it.
I absolutely love this book! I liked everything about it, from the coverReview can also be found @ Jackie's Book World
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I absolutely love this book! I liked everything about it, from the cover to the characters in the book. The Watcher has definitely something for everyone. There is mystery, romance, and godlike angels that will leave you wanting for more. The story starts off with Mia finding an unconscious body, frozen with terror she doesn't know what to do as soon as she seeing shadows. Right from the start I was able to see something unique about Mia, as a student, she comes as a relatable character. But as soon as Micheal comes into the picture, everything around Mia starts to change. Not only is he a good looking guy, but he also possess a secret of his own. Something so big that he has being hiding from everyone, including Mia. One of the things that I like about Voisin's writing is that is well thought out and researched. I was able to understand different points that she brought out in the story. Overall the story left me wanting fore more, I became addicted to Mia's and Micheal’s romance from the beginning that it was hard to put the book down. As a page-turner, it's evident that Voisin did a amazing job describing the characters as well as the surroundings. There are twists and turns to the story that will leave you wanting to know what happens next. I felt that the ending was too sudden, I wanted to see more! Nevertheless, it was a great story, and definitely one of my favorites. I recommend it to those readers that like a good dose of godlike angels/guys and romance. ...more
When I first heard that the last book was going to be in Ash's P.O.V, I couldn't believe it. I just had to get my hands on it and FAST! The book coverWhen I first heard that the last book was going to be in Ash's P.O.V, I couldn't believe it. I just had to get my hands on it and FAST! The book cover is just amazing, it fits him (that's how I pictured Ash to look like). When I started reading the book, I thought it went slow at the beginning, but it got better when Ash starts recalling past events, things that had happened in his past that will lead him into his future. It was intriguing to see a different side of Ash, a much more vulnerable guy that will do anything to be with the girl he loves, instead of a cold-hearted prince. Puck was also in this adventure, and he becomes Ash's companion in his journey. There was definitely a lot of twists and turns that I was so not expecting! It just made his adventure a lot more complicated, but it was nice to see how he was not going to give up on his quest. His oath is what leads him to the End of the World (literally), where he is tested with trials and the truth of his past. Although it was hard to read those events (since they were actually very painful to read) as readers we get to see just how much Ash is willing to give up for a soul. The last few chapters were shocking, I was not expecting to see so much of the outcome of Ash's quest. In his last test, Ash is able to come to a conclusion, whether he wants to stay as he is or be with Meghan.
In this book, we are able to see the value of humanity, and just how much Ash is willing to give up for Meghan. This is definitely one of my favorite series, since the beginning of this whole adventure, The Iron Fey series has had twists and turns that left me wanting for more. The ending left me breathless and just happy to see that there is always a happy ending at the end. I'm onto the next book by Julie Kagawa (my new favorite author) The Lost Prince. :) ...more
I can't say enough about this book, It's just so GOOD! I'm completely falling in love with the series. Being the second book, it just picks up where iI can't say enough about this book, It's just so GOOD! I'm completely falling in love with the series. Being the second book, it just picks up where it lefts off in the first book. I feel that there is a lot more drama going on in this book than in the first one. There is a lot more going on with Meghan in this book, that she really has to make a choice of whether to be with Ash or Robin. I will definitely be confused as well if I was her. I mean, they are both great and mischievous, that it makes it difficult to pick one of them. The war between the Iron Fey and the seasons starts to heat up as the story unfolds. There are new characters that definitely make their way into the story just to fill it out with more twists and turns! In this particular book Meghan discovers more secrets and the things that she is able to do in order to protect those that she loves. Although she doesn't fully develop as a character, she is still learning to cope with the events that are happening around her. Towards the ending, I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen to Meghan and Ash. Overall, it was an excellent book! I loved it and can't wait to read the next book. :) ...more
This book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! The book completely turned the whole series around, it's by far my favorite book of the series. The amount of drama thaThis book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! The book completely turned the whole series around, it's by far my favorite book of the series. The amount of drama that was in the book made everything suspenseful. I love the fact that Ash and Meghan were able to be together as a couple in this book. ;) There were a lot of sweet moments that made made my heart melt, just to think that they were together was great. In this book, there was a whole new factor involved, as Meghan gets a preposition from the Summer King and Winter Queen. It is because of this preposition that she was able to grow and defend herself and the ones she loves. The whole love triangle was finally clear in the book as well, and she was able to pick one of them. Although the ending brought me to tears, I couldn't help to feel sad for those that got hurt and hopeful to see what Ash and Puck are going to do next. With more suspense and thriller, I can't wait to read what happens to Meghan, Ash and Puck in the next book.
I didn't quite know what this book was going to be about, but when I started reading it, I immediately noticed that it was in Ethan's POV (Meghan's brI didn't quite know what this book was going to be about, but when I started reading it, I immediately noticed that it was in Ethan's POV (Meghan's brother). I was intrigued at what could possibly happened to him if he is no longer associated with the fey, but I was wrong. His story is just like his sister's. They are both haunted by the fey whether they liked it or not, and that causes problems for him. What I liked about the book is that previous characters made an appearance into his journey. I was excited to see familiar faces coming into Ethan's world to help him. In this new book, there are new forces threatening the exiles and half-breeds in the both fey world and mortal world. Now that Ethan is a lot older, he is still haunted by what took him when he was little, and for that reason he must train himself in order to protect those around him, including his friend Todd and Kenzie. What I really liked about this book overall is that we get to see a special character that Ash saw in the last book (The Iron Knight) when he was facing all those test to prove that he was worthy of a soul. It was definitely a different perspective in point-of-views, but I got to see a whole new world/creatures that appear in this book. Meghan is quite a character when it comes to protecting those she loves, Ash <3 is super protective when it comes to this book (although they are not in the story a lot) and Puck, he literally made me laugh whenever he appeared in the story.
Overall, this was a new adventure that I enjoyed reading. Ethan as Meghan's brother gets to have an adventure full of thriller, twists, shocking revelations, and most of all, a new love interest. I definitely recommend this book to those who have read the Iron Fey series. I can't wait to read the next book in this new series The Traitor's Son. :)...more
I thought the book was great. I've been meaning to read this series for a while, but I just haven't had the time to read it until now. Overall I likeI thought the book was great. I've been meaning to read this series for a while, but I just haven't had the time to read it until now. Overall I like the mixture of magic and the "modern world". It seems like nature is fighting against technology/iron. What I like about this book is the mythical creatures involved as well as the seasons. It was scary when Meghan's brother, Ethan was taken away. Her whole conquest throughout the book was to find her brother. I was not expecting the twists and turns that the book took while I was reading it. It was exciting and very unexpected towards the end. It would be interesting to see what happens to Meghan next. I will definitely recommend this book! I can't wait to read the second book of the series, it's going to be awesome! :D