Archive | July 2011

Passion (Fallen, #3)by Lauren Kate

Passion (Fallen, #3)
Hardcover 
432 pages

Published

June 14th 2011
by Random House Children's Books

Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series.

This book was very well written and I loved how Luce traveled through her past lives to try to save her present one.  I was totally wrong about the plot and I am so glad!   I had thought that Lucinda was the devils daughter because of the whole name thing.  Also, how the different characters kept saying they had a stake in their destiny.   With those clues I put together this elaborate plot where Lucinda went against the devil and was cursed to die without actually knowing why or ever really getting to be with Daniel.   I love it when you think that you have it all figured out and the author totally surprises you.

I loved seeing all the different lives of Luce and Daniel and how through it all their love remained the same even when put to the test by the greatest deceiver of them all.  The author has written  a plot so intriguing that you can’t  help but submerge yourself in until the end.  I had thought that this was supposed to be the last book in the series but,  I am so thrilled that it was just setting the foundation for the next.  I can’t wait until the next book to continue on my journey with Luce and Daniel and hopeful see them get a happy ending in the end.


		
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My Boyfriend Bites by Dan Jolley, Alitha E. Martinez (Illustrator)

My Boyfriend Bites (My Boyfriend Is a Monster)

Library Binding
Pages 132
Published
April 1st 2011
by  Graphic Universe
   Vanessa Shingle has a knack for choosing boyfriends who need fixing–the juvenile delinquent, the school cheat, the slacker….Then she meets Jean-Paul McClellan–the perfect project! Vanessa is determined to find out Jean-Paul’s story. Why would such a smart hunk waste his life as a janitor? She drags her best friend Stork on a nighttime mission to learn more. What she Vanessa Shingle has a knack for choosing boyfriends who need fixing–the juvenile delinquent, the school cheat, the slacker….Then she meets Jean-Paul McClellan–the perfect project! Vanessa is determined to find out Jean-Paul’s story. Why would such a smart hunk waste his life as a janitor? She drags her best friend Stork on a nighttime mission to learn more. What she sees makes her blood run cold. Suddenly, Vanessa’s little New Mexico town is overrun by vampires–obnoxious ones at that. And Vanessa seems to be their target. Is Jean-Paul one of them? If so, why is he being so nice to her? When he talks about prophecies and legacies and Romania, what’s he really up to?

Vanessa finds herself with a real situation to fix–and she stakes her life on being able to rise to the challenge.

I am a closet fan of anima! I never really tell people I like it because there are so many varied opinions on the subject and I  just don’t really care what other people fill about it.  I like it and that is all I really need to know.  I am a huge fan of the art and I especially like when some of my favorite books spin-off into graphic novels because then you get to see what the author envisioned the characters to look like.   Graphic novels are a great way to kill some time because they are usually very short and the stories are good most of the time.    I like the fact that I am not having to figure out the plots and its never to dramatic sometimes my brain just need a rest and this is a great way to relax and just have a little fun.
This book is a Buffy meets Twilight kind of book.  Vanessa is a little like Bella from Twilight with the fact that she is so trying to fix people.  Also, it is Buffy-ish because she is descended from VanHelsing  and is to be some kind of savior. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to understand this novel because it was third in the series but it was a stand alone.  I think the series is more about dating different monsters than it is about a certain couple.   So, over all this was a really cute and fun graphic novel just the kind I like read when I am  wanting to read but nothing heavy or to thought-provoking.

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Vanish (Firelight, #2)

Hardcover
 304 pages
Expected publication:
September 6th 2011
by HarperTeen

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

I was so thrilled to get this book from Netgalley that I was jumping and screaming for joy when I saw it in my mail box.   I loved the first book and I can’t tell you how much I have been pining away for this one.  I was a little sad that it is shorter than the hard copy that is coming out but, that just means I will have to preorder it to make sure that I have it as soon as it comes out so that I don’t have to wait.  This series is to me what Twilight was when it first came out before the Breaking Dawn fiasco.   I believe it has the potential to be as big of hit as  Twilight if not bigger.   Sophie Jordan is an amazing author and the way she captures the very  heart and soul of strong young women makes you forget that the book is even paranormal.  

 

 Jacinda is not some love-sick weak girl who will just lay there and take the crap that is thrown at her.   She knows what she wants and what is right and she is willing to fight for it even if it goes against what she was raised to believe.   I will say that Jacinda is still my favorite character but Tamara is definitely growing on me because I have seen her in a new light.   She may be one of the strongest character in this series, for just being able to endure all that she has had to, because of living in her twins’ shadow and being consider a defunct Draki.  As far as the males go I was team Will all the way, but after seeing Cassian and the love and faith  that he has in Jacinda even though she is breaking his heart has definitely swayed me toward him.   I also love the way he just sits and waits for her to come to the realization that they are ment for each other without trying to pressure her.   He even tolerates the fact of  Will being around in the hopes that she will get over him and see what has always been right in front of her, which is him. 

 

 I believe that Sophie Jordan has just started to reveal the depth  that these character have and I really hope that she decides to extend the series.  I know that some series are dragged out to long, but I  feel that her imagination is just phenomenal and her writing style really sucks you in.   I feel that if she continues the series past a trilogy it would still be just as amazing as the first books in the series and I know I for one would be ecstatic.

Crusade by Debbie Viguié & Nancy Holder

Crusade (Crusade, #1)

Hardcover
 470 pages
Published September 7th 2010
 by Simon Pulse
For the past two years, Jenn has lived and trained at Spain’s Sacred Heart Academy Against the Cursed Ones. She is among the few who have pledged to defend humanity or die trying. But the vampires are gaining power, and the battle has only just begun.

Forced to return home after death takes a member of her family, Jenn discovers that San Francisco is now a vampire strong-hold. As a lone hunter apart from her team, Jenn is isolated — and at risk. She craves the company of her fighting partner, Antonio: his protection, his reassurance, his touch. But a relationship with Antonio comes with its own dangers, and the more they share of themselves, the more Jenn stands to lose.

Then Jenn is betrayed by one who was once bound to protect her, causing her to doubt all she had held as true. To survive, Jenn must find the courage to trust herself — and her heart.

Ok I have to say that I usually don’t like it when the vampires are evil monsters but, in this story it fits.  The writing is the absolutely amazing and characters are intriguing this can only be achieved by experienced authors who know what they are doing and can do it extremely well.  I love all the flash backs because it helps you get into the characters heads and see why they are fighting or the reasons why they are doing the things that they are.  As in  Aurora’s case were she is held in a prison and tortured then turned into a vampire.   I also love the struggles that Antonio has to face by being in love with Jenn and fighting his blood lust because of his vampire nature.  Then there is Sky, the white witch that can do magic and hides a secret stalker.  Also Holgar, the Dutch werewolf who has to hide and control his animal nature and all the others that make up this group of hunters.  The various characters and there complex relationships make this book what it is.

Over all this book is something special and I can’t wait for the sequel.  I know that with these two authors the books they write will always be an enjoyable experience.  I have never been disappointed and don’t think I ever will.  If you haven’t read any of their books  you are truly missing out on a unique experience.

Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! by Trisha Speed Shaskan

Paperback

24 pages

Expected publication: August 1st 2011
by Coughlan Publishing

OF COURSE you think I did a horrible thing by eating Little Red Riding Hood and her granny. You don’t know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you…

 

I got this title from Netgalley and I thought it was adorable!  I usually don’t review childrens books but this one is just to cute and I got it for review so I felt that people should know how great it is.  I loved the premiss of the story and the illustrations were phenomenal!  I loved how they said that the big bad wolf was a vegetarian and he ate apples and then they made Red and Granny look like red and green apples.  So, how can you blame a starving for not being able to resist  such temptation.  Also, Red was so vain that you really didn’t mind seeing her eaten.  I ended up reading it to my son who is 8 years old and he thought that it was hilarious!  He also loved the pictures and wants me to buy a hard copy as soon as it is released.  I have the original version of Little Red Riding Hood and we love it so, this will be a nice addition to our library.

Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison

Tris & Izzie

Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication:
October 11th 2011
by EgmontUSA
primary language
English
  A modern retelling of the German fairytale “Tristan and Isolde”, Tris and Izzie is about a young witch named Izzie who is dating Mark King, the captain of the basketball team and thinks her life is going swimmingly well. Until — she makes a love potion for her best friend Brangane and then ends up taking it herself accidentally, and falling in love with Tristan, the new guy at school.
First off, let me start by saying I  found this book to be a fun and creative reading experience.  The cover is absolutely gorgeous. I like the fast pace of the book because you never really have a dull moment. The book has a very compelling plot that kept me wanting to turn the page and find out what would happen next. I really like how this book had a happier ending than any story I have ever read about Tristian and Isolde.  I think the premiss of this book is really good and has tons of potential.
With all that beinging, I can’t say that I found it to be a retelling of any of the legends that I have read of Tristian and Isolde.  Maybe  the author was working off a different version then I have ever seen.  The problem with saying that it is a retelling, is that most people expect it to have more of the original themes like the ones seen in the movie or more like the versions that are more well-known.  I am not sure what version she was working from but the only thing that I found this book has in common with the original story is the names and that Tristian is wielding a sword.
I also, found that the love story between the secondary characters rushed and a little hard to believe.  People don’t fall out of love and into it with someone else that fast. Even if they fall that fast they usually don’t mistreat the person they used to love the way Mark did in this story and still want to be friends. It was just a little to far-fetched for me to that the characters just accepted the new direction that their love lives were going with little or no fight.   The story line between Tris and Izzie was a little strange at times also but I wasn’t put off by it.  There just seemed to be a lot of push and pull from Izzies point in the relationship. Although, it was understandable I still found myself at some points in the book thinking did she really just do that or did that really just happen.
 I think this book has the  potential to be a bestseller but it needs some revising before it hits hard copy to make it more  believable.  Hey, if people can believe in a sparkling vampire then they can believe in a magic sword wielding boy and a girl with the power to destroy  a great evil. I am very interest in reading a finished copy.

Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum #16) by Janet Evanovich

Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, #16)

Paperback, Large Print, 400 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Random House(first published 2010)
literary awards

Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck. . . .

BAD LUCK:

Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs. GOOD LUCK:

Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash.

BAD LUCK:

Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie’s messing up Mooner’s vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in Ranger’s apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics.

GOOD LUCK:

Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner’s Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save the business, and Vinnie, from ruin.

BAD LUCK:

Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles.

GOOD LUCK:

The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky—the only question is . . . with whom?

Sizzling Sixteen . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!

First off I have to say I am a big fan of this series. I absolutely love Ranger and I want Stephanie to end up with him in the end. My favorite part in this book was when Ranger said that they would leave rex and orphan. I hope that means that he will start to pursue Stephanie with more diligence. But enough of my personal feeling about  Ranger and Stephanie and on to the book.

This book to me felt that it lacked substance and that it was kind of filler until the next book. The story line just felt short and lacked the drama that I am used to from this series. Although I will say the laughs were still there. I couldn’t help but crack up over the chicken and the alligator. I am not disappointed in this book like many of the other reviewers were but, I did fill that Evanovich could have taken this book further than she did.  Hey, but in all fairness I did laugh and I did get goose bumps from the intense connection that was still there in this book between Stephanie and  Ranger, so I figure I did not waste my time.  So I say if you are a fan check it out and decide for your self and let me know what you think.