July 12th 2011
by St. Martin’s Press
(first published 2011)
The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him
In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate.
Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world…. In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling…
But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all.
I really enjoy the House of Night series. Some of the book are better than others and this one is definitely one of the better ones. This book gives the background story of Dragon Lankford who is one of the instructors at the House of Night. I loved reading about him and how he became a vampire. I thought how he and Anastasia met was just really cool. This book lets you get to know Dragon and why he has changed so much in the actual series. I think the way the authors linked the past to what is happening now was just a brilliant way to tie things together. I really can’t say a lot about this book other than if you like the series then you are sure to enjoy this book.
September 27th 2011
On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites—like fire and ice—Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move—only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.
In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.
A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies.
First off, I have to say the cover is just so beautiful and it fits the book so well. I love covers and I believe covers draw you to a book or repel you from it. This cover definitely is one to draw you in at least it was for me. This cover had me wondering if the girl was falling or flying and I think those are some of the best type of covers.
A Beautiful Dark focuses on seventeen year old Skye, who at six was left an orphan due to a horrible car accident. Now being raised by her mothers best friend she has life pretty much figured out. She gets straight-A’s, she’s on the ski team and has already decide on her college. Things change when she meets Asher and Devin, two boys who basically seem to be stalking her. The book seems to be some what of a love triangle but Skye is some what resistant to the boys because of a past relationship. Soon she comes to realize that the boys are more than what they seem and that the share a secret that will change her life forever.
I don’t want to give away anything but I also don’t want to reword the synopsis either. So basically the book is fantastic and the ending left me jumping and scream at the book in utter disbelief. I just couldn’t believe that Mrs. Davies ended the book that way. I dont know how I am going to wait the six months to a year for the next book to be released. This book was like a really good desert that you can’t wait to dig into but when it is done it leaves you wanting more. I have told everyone about this book and I know that they are getting sick of hearing my praises. I just have not been able to stop thinking or talking about this book. I know that it is a sign of a great read and I truly encourage anyone who likes fantasy to give this book a try.. I have to thank Netgalley and Harperteen for letting me read the book for review. I will definitely be getting a finished copy for myself.
December 22nd 2009
by Simon Pulse
Felicity Walker believes in true love. That’s why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid’s Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn’t just a matchmaker…she’s a cupid! (There’s more than one of them, you know.)
Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But when she bends the rules of cupidity by matching her best friend Maya with three different boys at once, disaster strikes. Felicity needs to come up with a plan to set it all right, pronto, before she gets fired?and before Maya ends up with her heart split in three.
I normally would have passed on this type of book just by looking at the cover because I would have thought it to be realistic fiction and I am not all that into that type of genre. Not because this cover isn’t attractive but it would not have normally appealed to me because it looks like one of those girly realistic love stories. I am so glad that I went to a book signing and heard Rhonda talk about this book. Rhonda is extremely funny in person and I just knew if a tenth of her personality came out in these books they would be fantastic. After reading this book I may have to reevaluate what type of books that I pick up and what I push aside just because of what a treasure this book is.
I normally like more of the supernatural books but I also love comedy so this book really hit home with me. I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and I can honestly say that this book gave me the same joy that I get from reading Janet’s books. Felicity is a fun, quirky and just a normal teenage girl. She has an awesome job that might not always be as awesome as she first thought. There are just so many funny moments in this book. I honestly say that this was one of the funniest books I have read this year. I am looking forward to reading more of this series and seeing if someone will play cupid for Felicity.
September 1st 2008
by Harcourt Paperbacks
Everyone in the Giordano family is psychic—except for Daisy. When her mother, who uses her power to solve crimes, enlists Daisy’s older sister to investigate a teenage girl’s mysterious death, Daisy feels utterly useless. But she takes matters into her own hands when she learns the victim has lots of company — teenage girls are being attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy is a junior. And when she discovers a vampire may be the culprit, Daisy suspects head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” She looks a little . . . well, dead.
Is looking dead just another fashion trend for pretty, popular Samantha, or is there something more sinister afoot? Daisy will stop at nothing to find out — she even joins the cheerleading squad. And with a little sleuthing help from Ryan, an old friend (who may be turning into something more), Daisy not only reveals the identity of the vamp, she also discovers powers that she never knew she had.
I have had this on my to be read shelf forever and I am not sure why I haven’t picked it up to read before now. I actually got this book on audio from my library so that I would have something to listen to while taking my kids back and forth to school. I absolutely loved it! It has so many great elements to it that it hooked me right from the very beginning.
At first it starts out as a normal book about highschool students and this girl whose mom is a physic who helps solve cases for the local police. The girl’s name is Daisy and she is crushing on a boy who has been her friend since they were kids and he just happens to be one of the hottest guys in school. Ok, so it sounded like a chick-lit book at first except that her mom isn’t the only one with physic abilities and then the town of Nightshade happens to be more than just a normal little town. There is a murder and a strange illness sweeping the highschool cheerleading squad. So Daisy enlists the help of the guy she likes to help her get to the bottom of what is happening to the cheerleaders.
The book has a mystery, super natural elements and a romance in the back ground what more could you possible ask for in a book. I am not a big fan of mystery but this book is not just about who is causing the problem with the cheer squad. That is just one aspect of the book. I love the relationship between Daisy and her sisters. I also like the way the author introduces her old friend as a possible suspect to help mend their relationship. This book was just a very fun and quick read and I cant wait to read the next book in the series.
February 2nd 2006
Ashley Hannigan’s plans for the future don’t include the senior prom; they include things like squeaking through to graduate, moving out of her parents’ crowded house and into a Philadelphia apartment with her high school dropout boyfriend. Those plans change when Miss Crane, the math teacher, embezzles all the prom money. Before she can say, “Too weird,” Ashley Hannigan’s plans for the future don’t include the senior prom; they include things like squeaking through to graduate, moving out of her parents’ crowded house and into a Philadelphia apartment with her high school dropout boyfriend. Those plans change when Miss Crane, the math teacher, embezzles all the prom money. Before she can say, “Too weird,” Ashley finds herself choreographing a school gala that changes everything. Tender; funny; perceptive.
I listened to this book for my September reads. I will say if I had not listened to it I probably would not have finished this particular novel. I am not a big fan of this type of fiction. I also couldn’t connect to the characters. I did find myself irritated with several of the girls in this book. Just because most seemed not to want much out of life and I think since it hit so close to my own experiences growing up it kind of put me off. I did like the ending and found that I was glad that I listened to it. Which, I more than likely would have set it aside halfway through if I had been reading it. I saw a lot of growth by the end of this book. I felt that the girls had redeemed themselves by the end. So if you’re a fan of realistic fiction then this book is for you. I thought it was alright but definitely not one of my favorite genres so, I don’t think my review is as objective as some elses who likes this type of fiction.