|3 out of 5
I swear, my life was always totally normal.
Normal house, normal family, normal school. My looks are average, I don’t have any superpowers, no one’s showing up to tell me I’m a princess—you get the picture. But when my junior year started, something not normal happened. There were new kids at school . . . new kids with a wardrobe straight out of a 19th-century romance novel, and an inexplicable desire to stay at school until sundown.
And on top of that, James Hallowell showed up. James, who stole my sandwiches in fourth grade and teased me mercilessly through middle school. James, who now seems to have the power to make my heart race any time he comes near.
But something weird is going on. Because James rarely goes out during the day. And he seems stronger than your typical guy. And he knows the new kids, all of whom seem to be harboring some kind of deep secret. . . .
My Review: I really enjoyed reading Vampire Crush and found it SUPER funny. Some parts were predictable, but you couldn’t help but keep reading just to figure out exactly how it would all play out.
Sophie was smart and funny and dedicated herself to any assignment that was given to her. Especially the one where she had to get to know the new students. The ones who barely acknowledged her and didn’t even give her a second glance. This peeked her curiosity and she started digging deeper into their lives and trying to show everyone that something just isn’t right about them. The more she kept digging into the lives of the new students, she also found herself in a lot of heat. Then she finds out James, her childhood neighbor who she crushed on and hated at the same time, is back in town and is actually friends with the new students.
I love James! The more I kept reading and finding out about James’ life, the more I felt for him. He has been through so much and made one mistake trying to fit in and find a purpose in life. But it was also a mistake that brings him back into Sophie’s life and makes him realize just how special and important Sophie is to him.
I hope that Vampire Crush is not the end of Sophie and James story. I laughed so hard at some of the things that came out of Sophie’s mouth and I found myself at the edge of my seat whenever Vlad was up to one of his tricks. He was the perfect bad guy and I think A.M. Robinson did an excellent job creating him.
From the funny characters to the romance building between Sophie and James, I couldn’t help but think about Vampire Crush all day, until I was finally done reading it. I am looking forward to reading any future books by A.M. Robinson. Great Read!
4 out of 5
Paisley Tillery is the drummer for a country rock band. If they can make it to the stage at the Texapalooza music fest, then Paisley will be closer to her dream of a career in music and a ticket out of her small Texas town.
Drumming and music are what Paisley has always wanted. Until the band gets a new lead singer, the boy from Paradise, Texas. With Paradise in her life, what Paisley wants, and what she needs, complicate her dreams coming true.
My Review: I really liked the rural setting and the characters from the start. I found myself smirking and laughing a little bit right along with them, that is how real the characters were to me. One thing that I really liked about this book is that even though the main story was focused on Paisley and Paradise, I could not help but really get into the other characters. I found the stories of Paisley’s family even intriguing. Paradise wasn’t a typical teen romance for me. There were no pretty, popular girls to compete with, no triangles, nothing supernatural. Just a girl knowing her dream and working her tail off to achieve it. What happens along the way is just extra, even though it makes for a great story. It was all so connected and so fluid. It really made it easy to become immersed into this little Texas town.
|4 out of 5
Genre: YA historical fiction
Pages: 320 (hardcover)
To Be Published: May 24th, 2011 by Atheneum
Recommended for: fans of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, fans of adventure and historical fiction
Wrapped is a quick read, fast-paced and lighthearted and guaranteed to coax a smile or two out of most everyone. I was immediately drawn in by that beautiful cover illustration, and have to say that it suits the book perfectly. This is a historical YA novel (set in Regency England) with echoes of fantasy and myth, but then again it has a little bit of everything: mystery, intrigue, humor, and romance. Not to mention a cool background in Egyptology and a mummy’s curse.
Alyxandra Harvey crafts such brilliant stories and (as with the Drake Chronicles books) I love the relationships between her characters so, so much that I almost hate for the book to be over – except that they all find such brilliant resolutions that I can’t really hate it.
Title: Born at Midnight (Book 1)
Author: C.C. Hunter
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…
Born at Midnight is an evenly-paced, descriptive coming-of-age story that holds nothing back. Its otherworldly environment sustains a well-rounded cast of characters and well-developed bonds that emanate a sense of safety and at the same time holds an air of suspense. The intricate weaving of paranormal aspects and realism, is flawlessly executed by Hunter. I loved the characters, especially Kylie. I’m in awe of C.C.’s writing style and character development. I can’t wait to read the next one!
Summary: When Dana is invited to Faerie to be officially presented at the Seelie Court, it’s no easy decision. After all, everyone knows Titania, the Seelie Queen, wants her dead. But Titania claims not to be the one behind the death threats; and her son, Prince Henry, makes the decision a whole lot easier when he suggests Dana might be arrested for (supposedly) conspiring with her aunt Grace to usurp the Seelie throne. So she and her father better do as they’re told…
The journey through Faerie is long – and treacherous. Dana thought it would be a good idea to have friends along, but her sort-of-boyfriend Ethan and her bodyguard’s son, Keane, just can’t seem to get along, and Kimber’s crush on Keane isn’t making things any easier. When a violent attack separates Dana from their caravan, the sexy Erlking saves her just in the nick of time… and makes it clear that he hasn’t given up on making her his own.
Arriving at Titania’s beautiful palace should be a relief. But Dana is soon implicated in an assassination attempt against Titania’s niece, and is suddenly a fugitive, forced to leave her father behind as she and her friends flee for her lives. Will she be able to prove her innocence before the forces of the Seelie Court catch up with her? Or, worse, the Erlking? And will she save her father before he pays the ultimate price in her stead?
My Review: Sirensong is the third book from the Faeriwalker Series by Jenna Black. If you are a fan of the series, you would definitely enjoy this book.
I loved Black’s writing in this, especially her descriptions of Faerie. As you all know, I love fey books, so i’ve heard quite a lot of descriptions about Faerie and this one sounds just as fascinating as the other one! Magic shortcuts, Stone Hedge-esque escapes, and green ladies with horrible toll payments! The setting was perfect for the next step in Dana’s journey, especially since it was so tense and new to her. Traveling with the queen’s son, who in turn hates pretty much everyone ever, definitely brought on a lot of questions as to who exactly her enemies were, which I love that it is never entirely clear.
I thought this was the best of the series and although I believe this in the final chapter in Dana’s story, I would really like to revisit the characters here again. Dana really grows in this last book and even though she still has her issues with her alcoholic mother and trusting others, she finally learns she has friends that she can lean on. You can see her despair and anger while she deals with her mother and the magical gifts she develops. It is really bittersweet at the end and will make you wish it hadn’t ended quite yet.
Summary: Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.
Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.
Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.
And not everyone will get out of it alive.
Personal Demons was a steamy, passionate ride and Original Sin perfected it. Frannie, Luc, and the gang are back and flourish with an unique and page-turning plot. The enemies are deliciously bad, the good guys are flawed and the dual points of view were just as good the second time around. Original Sin is everything I wanted in a sequel and more!Lisa Desrochers is pure genius. I don’t think I can muster up the words to express how much I loved and enjoyed reading Original Sin. The Personal Demons series is smokin’ hot and a must read for YA lovers! Original Sin makes you feel sad, happy, angry, shocked, and excited all in one book! Lisa’s writing is truly amazing and I felt every word and scene as the characters did.
I’m team Luc all the way, but when Gabe left Frannie it was sad, because she loves Gabe too. Although Frannie knows that nothing can come between her and Luc, she still has that connection to Gabe and she feels as if there is a piece of her missing. I really enjoy the emotion Lisa brought into Original Sin. You feel more of the sadness and pain than you do in the first book, and although you don’t WANT sadness and pain, it adds so much to Luc and Frannie’s incredible journey.
A couple new characters are introduced. There is Lili, a shy and reserved type of girl who moves into Luc’s neighborhood, and Rhenorian, a demon set on bringing Luc back to Hell. Then there is Frannie’s new guardian angel, whose name must not be spoken of because it will spoil the first book. This angel is happy to be helping Frannie and Luc.or maybe just Frannie, until he meets Lili and even he can’t seem to focus on what his duties are.
I loved all the characters, new and old, in this book. There were plenty of demons and I love how they are described in such detail.so much I feel like I am in the book facing them myself! Sometimes I think its hard to picture a character as the author would see them, but when it is done with Lisa’s precision, its perfecto!
I also don’t know if I’ve mentioned that Luc is totally hot *swoon*. I’m a sucker for bad boys and if you were team Gabe in Personal Demons, I think that Original Sin will give you a run for your money.well part of the book anyways, just wait until the second half!!
Original Sin is filled with steamy relationships, crazy twists, action, and shocking outcomes. I really rate this book a million stars out of 5, haha, but 5 is all I can fit! I CAN’T wait for the next book and I hope you YA lovers pick up your copy of Personal Demons and Original Sin.
What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.
But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.
Spellbound is a beautiful, modern day fairy tale. I was spellbound by this ‘lost’ love story between Emma and Brendan. Emma Connor, a smart, beautiful girl, definitely hasn’t had a fairy tale life. She goes to live with her Aunt Christine in New York, and there she starts a new life at the private school, Vincent Academy-a rich, upper class society. All Emma wanted was to keep a low profile and make it through her last two years, but her destiny walks through the door of her English class as Brendan Salinger, a gorgeous, athletic, rich, and popular guy. Spellbound was an amazing read. I truly enjoyed seeing Emma, Brendan, and all the teen characters acting and talking like the real-today-teens. It pulled me right into their lives. This story had an incredibly strong plot that held me captive. Emma and Brendan’s relationship is wonderful. I so love Brendan for how he adored and protected Emma, and Emma for her love for Brenda-to not give up on it no matter what. With the way this story ended, I’m confident there will be a second book to Spellbound. There is also a play list at the end of the book which I really like. You get to see more of Brendan and Emma’s personal feelings and emotions for each other in the music they listen to. Spellbound is a must, must read!!! The romance in Spellbound is breathtaking!! Thank you Carla Lynn Shultz for this awesome novel.
Everyone has secrets.
Even best friends.
Swirling black descends like ravens, large enough to block the glow of the streetlights. A dull roar starts like a train on the ‘L’, a far-away rumbling that grows louder as it pulls closer, until it’s directly overhead and you feel it in your chest, except this doesn’t pass you by. Verity, white-faced and eyes blazing, shouts through the din, “Run, Mo!”
Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend’s murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she’ll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?
I really fell into this book. The ending was great and really got me hooked. I really loved reading throughout the whole story and following Mo steps. She is one brave girl.
First let me just say that this story line was amazing! I loved how easy it was to get into because of the the immediate action the reader is thrown in. As soon as you begin reading this book, you are pulled into this world and you are fighting. I really loved Mo. She reminded me of myself because of how insecure she was. I love that about her. It made her character even more real to the reader because of her flaws. She wasn’t strong or out there. She is simple girl caught in a war of a different worlds. What I also liked is how Mo is in so much trouble in both worlds. One with her Uncle and his bad dealings and one with her best friend and bad magic. It all makes the story juicy and exciting to read. No matter where Mo went, troubled always followed.
The love interest in this book I liked as well. I love how both love interest are from two different worlds. It makes it much more interesting. It also shows you just how much Mo is caught between these guys. I like that she doesn’t put herself out there. Both of them fall for her genuinely cause she is a sweet girl.
Now the ending. For me, I love reading paranormal books. I love magic and all the cool stuff that goes with it. But I especially love it when a normal person, who has no power whats so ever comes out on top. I love that her power is selflessness. When I was reading that part in the book, it gave me goosebumps. She made the biggest selflessness act of all, that I smiled and just kept on reading. I love that while no magic occurred, she changed everything with one simple act.
Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even thinkabout kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.
But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them…starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous–everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.
This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.
This was a dystopian novel, now I know that many people are saying that they are getting tired of dystopian but I cannot understand how! They are all so different! This book was no different! It was dystopian through the use of technology which I hadn’t experienced before in a book. Basically the population was being brainwashed through transmissions that they are forced to listen to while sleeping. After her father is taken and her sister disappears she stops listening and basically stops following some of the rules so she is considered a rebel and a “threat.” I loved Vi’s personality! She was kick-ass and adventurous, as well as having a soft side. I also liked her drive and her want to help people, not control them. There were also some things that I would have never expected! I like when I can’t see things coming. And these REALLY surprised me. Lastly and most importantly Jag!!!!!! He’s not really the typical bad boy of fiction nowadays which I really, really appreciate. But he does have that edge that draws you in. Sooo sexy. I really liked their banter and story. OMG that ending, are you kidding me Elena Johnson!!!! Really? I am dying for the sequel! Overall an amazing debut and a great addition to the dystopian genre. Also that cover.. Love it!