Archive | December 2011

The Fairy Letters (Frost #3.5) by Kailin Gow

The Fairy Letters (Frost Series Novella)

164 pages
Published  August 1st 2011
by (first published June 23rd 2011)
Prince Kian, Princess Shasta, Queen Breena Malloy, The Winter Queen, Sir Rodney…more

A series of letter from the Winter Prince Kian of Feyland to the Summer Queen Breena during the time of their separation. Their love was forbidden as Winter and Summer Fey are at war with each other. Promised to each other at birth during a brief interlude of peace between the warring fey, Kian and Breena have always known they were each other’s destinies. Now grown they are now the brokers of peace. In order to broker peace between Winter and Summer Fey, however, Kian and Breena must sacrifice their love. But in doing so, they made a promise to each other. A promise Kian thought would never be broken. But it was… Meanwhile, sharing a similar fate in love is Kian’s sister Princess Shasta and her Summer Knight love Rodney….but her ways are different from her brother Kian’s.
I am a huge fan of this series.  I love that Prince Kian expresses his love for Queen Breen through all these letters because he can’t be with her.  I am a huge fan of over coming forbidden love and this series so  lives up to every thing you want from this type of book.  You get forbidden love not only for Kian and Breena, but also Kians sister Shasta and her love Rodney.  The Letters are so moving that I felt at times I was going to cry from the sheer emotion that Kian shows in these letters.  I felt my heart wrenching for the pain that Kian must have felt because of their separation.  This is just such a heart warming experience and I am so glad that Kailin Gow took the time to write this book so that you can truly see the depth of love that Kian has for his Summer Queen.  I also, like the glimpse we get into Shasta’s feelings and the way her mind works through her letters.  I am a huge fan of Kailins writting, she never disappoints and this is just another way she shows her very remarkable talent.

Remembrance (Transcend Time Saga #1)by Michelle Madow

Remembrance (Transcend Time, #1)

314 pages
Published July 27th 2011
by Dreamscape Publishing (first published July 25th 2011)
New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England … but she doesn’t know it yet.
Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie’s school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can’t stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can’t she seem to get him out of her mind?
Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn’t going to be easy.
Music is one of the most creative outlets around.  I am not amazed by the fact that Michelle Madow was able to take a song by Taylor Swift and create this beautiful and moving novel.  What does amaze me is that this is her first novel.  The plot of this book is so well written that you start to wish you had a past life of your own.  I was sucked in right away by this story and I simple fell in love with the characters.  Drew is a heart-throb and Lizzie is just the sweetest, most likeable girl around.  I felt bad for Jeremy but not so much for Chelsea and that is probably because of the sort time of her and Drews relationship.  This is just one of the novels that you don’t want to end and I was very glad to see that it is going to continue.  Well I personally can wait to read more by Michelle Madows and in fact I am going to down load Vengeance which is a short story to go with Remembrance to my nook right after I am finished with this review.  It hopefully will tide me over until the next book in the series.  So I think you guys should check Michelle Madows out because you will not be disappointed.

Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

Cryer's Cross

233 pages
Published February 8th 2011
by Simon Pulse                     
 The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school-house, but somehow life goes on… until Kendall’s boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it’s crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear…and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating…and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico’s mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.   

I know I have said this before in other review that I am not a huge fan of horror but with that being said I didn’t find this book to be the true definition of horror.   It was more creepy and sad then it was scary.   I found it to be a very well written  novel even though it was short.  I liked how the main character was flawed and that it was what saved her in the end.   Also, the male love interest wasnt fawning all over her was really a nice change of pace for a book like this.

Lisa never disappoints, her books are alway filled with personal conflict or flaws that the characters have to learn to cope with.   She is alway a stand out in a marked filled with copy cats floating all over the place.   Her books are a great was to spend a day in bed with the cover up to you chin and the light on after your finished!

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima

The Gray Wolf Throne (A Seven Realms Novel)

528 pages
Published August 30th 2011
by Hyperion Book CH
Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana’Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he’s concerned, the princess’s family killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen.Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it—he’s saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive—and even that might not be enough.The Gray Wolf Throne is an epic tale of fierce loyalty, unbearable sacrifice, and the heartless hand of fate.

This series just gets better and better.  It continues to amaze me that every time I read these books that I feel so connected to the characters.  Every thing about this series makes you want more. These characters stay with you long after you close the book and that is how you know that the book is truly a piece of art. It is disappointing to end the book and have to wait such a long time for the next in the series.

As far as the characters you have Raisa who has grown so much.  She has proven to be a powerful and smart young women.  She is well equipped to rule her kingdom and is smart enough to surround herself with the right people to help protect and guide her.  She has a vision for her kingdom and it seems she isn’t going to let anyone stand in her way of seeing that come to pass.  Then you have Han who has lost so much in his life and yet has over come and is thriving in his new environment.  He is becoming a very powerful wizard but even a more powerful ally for the new queen.  Then you have all the side characters that are just as intriguing  with very unique roles to play in the story. Mrs. Chima doesn’t just introduce these characters to do a task and then there gone no, she makes you get to know them and feel for them just as much as the main characters.  Which is not alway accomplished with this much passion and intelligence.

She is truly one of the greatest story tellers of our time.  This world is one that I can picture because there is just enough realism mixed with the fantasy that it just sucks you right in.  I know that this is high fantasy at its finest and this author continues to show how amazing her creative side is with each and every novel she writes. She most definitely has me hooked!

Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Silence (Hush, Hush, #3)

438 pages
Published October 4th 2011
by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.
This has to be my absolute favorite book of the series so far.  After the aggravation I felt for Crescendo I was so happy to read this book.  Nora redeemed herself in this book because she was no longer a whinny self-indulgent little twit.  I liked Crescendo but with all Nora’s insecurities it was very hard not to throw the book and scream.  
Nora has under gone a lot of changes in this book but I think it has helped her grow and realize that she can trust Patch.  Patch has proven his love for Nora time and time again.  In this book he takes it to an all new level of devotion in trying to protect Nora.  Then there is Scott who I just adore and love reading about him.  I love how he gets under Patchs skin just by being around Nora.
All and all this is an incredible addition to an already incredible series.  If you havent read this series, I totally recommend that you do.  Also, if you are a fan of this series then you will be very happy to with this addition to this series.  I do believe that Mrs. Fitzpatrick has really out done herself this time!