Archive | February 2012

Halflings (Halflings #1) by Heather Burch

Halflings (Halflings, #1)

Hardcover
287 pages
Published January 17th 2012
by Zonderkidz

     After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with..
A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.

This Book Contains:  Angels, Violence, Hell Hounds, Death, Romance and Love Triangle.

PLOT:

Halflings are half human and half angels that are sworn to serve on the side of god in hopes that they will some day earn salvation.   Until then they are stuck  in the middle and can’t really be either.  Nikki is the girl that they are sent to protect from the evil forces that are out to get her.   Not really sure why the forces of evil want Nikki the boys must try to protect her and figure out how to stop them so they can continue on to their next mission.

CHARACTERS:

Nikki is the main character and is being chased my Hell hounds as the book opens and the drama continues from there.  Nikki is supposed to be this tough girl with a martial arts background but sometimes she is a little unsure of herself.  Then you have the Halflings which are Mace, Vine and Raven.  Mace the goodie, goodie of the trio of halflings.  He develops feelings for NIkki but knows it can’t go anywhere, so he fights it.  You have Raven who is fighting to not turn bad and he develops feelings for Nikki.  Last you have Vine who is and new to the trio but he is extremely skilled and enjoys the missions.  You have some other characters such as Will who is in charge of the trio and Damon Vessler who say he is Nikki’s godfather but she has never met him before now.  Damon may have evil intention were Nikki is concerned.

MY THOUGHTS:

Well over all I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series.  I did however feel at times that this book was rushed.  I also, noticed at times that the author jumped scenes without any notice.  Which made me have to go back and read a couple of paragraphs before just to make sure I didn’t miss something.  I really liked Nikki because at first she is supposed to be this tough motorcycle riding black belt in karate type.  But, then you see her at different points that show her more vulnerable side and that just makes her more real to me.  As I said before I really enjoyed this book even with some of the issues I have with it.  I think it is a really good debut novel and I hope that the series will get even better as it continues.

 

 

 

 

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A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

A Long, Long Sleep

 
Hardcover
342 pages
Published August 9th 2011
by Candlewick(first published August 1st 2011)
 
It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone— and her future full of peril.

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose— hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire— is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes— or be left without any future at all.

 

This book contains:  Abuse, Death, Futuristic Retelling with Sci-fi Eliminates  and Violence.

PLOT:

A young girl has been awakened after sixty years in a stasis tube to find her world turned upside down because everyone and everything she knew is gone.  She has to learn to function in a world that is no longer like the one she knew before.  On top of all this she has to defend herself against someone or something that is out to do her harm. 

 CHARACTERS:

Rosalinda is a girl who is confused by the damaged done to her from her childhood and situation she now finds herself in.  She seems very weak and scared by the things going on with her. You have Bren who is a young man who removes Rosalinda from the chamber.  He is a kind of prince among his peers.  You have Otto who shares Rosalinda’s pain in away that no one else can.  Then you have Xavier who is Rosalindas boyfriend that is dead and gone but seen through flashbacks.  

MY THOUGHTS:

I really enjoyed this book !  I loved that it is a futuristic Retelling of Sleeping Beauty.  I love how the story slowly unfolds with all the various flash backs of her life with Xavier and her parents.   Many of the reviews I saw thought that she was a weak character and that she should have stood up for herself more.  I saw her as a survivor that developed coping skills in order to survive the abuse that she was suffering from her own family.  I can’t wait until the next book comes out because the story left off at a point that just leaves you wanting more even without the big cliffhanger.

 

Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Stolen Away

Hardcover
 288 pages
 Published  January 17th 2012
by Walker Childrens (first published January 5th 2012)

For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was only meant to rule for seven years, as Faery tradition dictates, and then give up his crown to another. But he won’t comply, and now chaos threatens both worlds.
The only one who can break his stranglehold on the Faery court is his wife. . . Eloise’s aunt Antonia. Using Eloise to lure Antonia, Strahan captures his wife, desperate to end the only threat to his reign. Now Eloise must become the rescuer. Together with her best friends Jo and Devin, she must forge alliances with other Fae, including a gorgeous protector named Lucas, and Strahan’s mysterious son, Eldric-who may or may not betray them.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Walker Childrens for allowing me to the chance to read and review this book.

This book contains:  Faries, Magic, Romance, Betrayal, Forbidden Love and Violence.

The Plot:

The plot is you basic Faery folklore.  There is a Faery King who won’t give up his power and of course is kinda of evil.   A human female that is trying to break his evil reign along with her family and friends.  You have human and Feary love interests thru out the story.   The story is told from different points of view which enhanced the plot and made the book  more enjoyable.

The Characters:

The lead character is Eloise who is the niece of the queen of Faery.  I liked Eloise but I didn’t feel that the story was about her.  I don’t think that her voice and story were very strong.  Jo who is one of Eloise’s best friend really takes the lead in this book.  She is the stronger of the two and it just seems that the story revolves more around her.   Then you have Eldric which is the Fae prince and love interest to Jo.  I liked him a lot he seemed to be a bad boy in the book but he turned out to be just very mistreat by his father.  Lucas is the love interest of  Eloise and her Fae protector.   He was a good guy but he just seemed to lack dialog so their romance just seemed thrown together at the end.  Lastly you have Eloise’s mother, aunt, the king and various other character that support and build this story.  Over all the characters where really good but I think Eloise and Lucas just didn’t have the story build up to back up their relationship.

My Thoughts:

Let me start by saying I did enjoy this book.  However, I just felt a little confused at times and I think that it was because the story jumped from scene to scene.   It was all a little rushed without a lot of lead into what was going on.   This story was good and worth the read but I feel that it could have been a lot better if not so rushed and more dialog.

Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal #1) by Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal #1)

Hardcover
307 pages
Published  August 9th 2011
 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
“These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume.” —Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The most tragic love story in history . . .
Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.   

This book contains:  Romance, Violence, Death, Soul mates and many quotes from the play.

The plot:

This is one of the most unusual plots that I have ever read.  Just when you think that you have read everything about Romeo and Juliet out there something completely orignal crosses you path.  I mean you have Romeo and Juliet as warriors of true love.   Romeo who wants to destroy true love and Juliet who wants to preserve it.

The Characters:

You have Juliet who as spent these many centuries cursing the day that she every met Romeo.  I found her to be very likeable and not a weak little female.  She wants to do whats right even at the expense of her own heart.  Romeo wants to do nothing more but to turn soul mates against each other.   I found Romeo to be a very complex character.   You want to hate him but thru out the book you see the good in him that still lingers even after all these centuries.     Then you have Ben who I happen to love.  He was a very strong individual who knew what he wanted and wasn’t going stop trying to get it.    You have a lot of side character also with intense emotions that really help bring this story to life.

My Thoughts:

This book turned every thing that you knew about the most famous love story  ever told and blew it all to hell!   I was so drawn to this story that once I started it, it was all I could think about.  I read it in a day and a half.  I loved the characters and the plot so much.   I have always loved retellings but this one by far is probably my favorite.  There where so many climaxes thru out this book.  I found myself saying Stacey could have ended it right there but then she would flip the story and make you even more immersed than before.  Stacey Jay to me is just an amazing story-teller with great vision and a wonderful  imagination.   This is probably one of the most original stories that I have ever read.

The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex #1) by Caitlin Kittredge

The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex, #1)

Hardcover
493 pages
Published February 22nd 2011
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
 In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.      Aoife Grayson’s family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.     
This book contains: Mental Illness, Violence, Death, Otherworldly Creatures, Romance and Magic.  This is Listed as a Steampunk Novel.
My Thoughts On The Plot:
I enjoyed the plot very much because it is very different from other books I have read before.  It has a very complex world of magic, machines, and otherworldly creatures.  The plot of the book left you wondering what could possible be thrown at these characters next.   There seemed to always be an eliminate of surprise or a twist that you didn’t see coming.  Kittredge is a very talented author with a very vivid imagination.   The plot is very complex and creative and it just blew me away.
The Characters:
Aoife Grayson is a strong female lead protagonist.  She is willing to do whatever it takes to save her brother even after mental illness takes over and makes him try to kill her.  Then we have Cal who is Aoife’s best friend with a lot of issues.  I found him to be a loyal  but some what annoying character in the beginning.   I liked him a lot better later in the book.  Last you have Dean,  well what can I say about Dean?  Dean is a very strong male lead and he has his own set of secrets.  Although, I have to say I love the fierce connection he has to Aoife.    With these character you get a really good connection that is sometimes lacking in books of this type.
My Thought:
I found the book to be very slow to get into but once I did I really enjoyed it.  There was a lot of world and character building in this story.  I think all the building helped you feel connected to this story and with out it I don’t think there would have been that connection.  I enjoyed this story a lot and I look forward to reading the next book in this series, because I have high hopes that this will be one of those epic type stories that you talk about for years after it has ended.

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Friends with Boys

Paperback
224 pages
Expected publication:
February 28th 2012 by First Second
  A coming-of-age tale with a spooky twist!
Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it’s time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend—one who isn’t one of her brothers.
Funny, surprising, and tender, Friends with Boys is a pitch perfect YA graphic novel full of spooky supernatural fun.       

This book contains:    Humor, Violence, A Ghost and Family Drama.  Received  for review From Netgalley.

Plot:

This is a graphic novel about a girl who has been homeschooled her entire life until highschool.  Now she has to start highschool without any friends because all she had were her brothers growing up. Too top it all off her mother has let the family so she have her to turn to for support or guidance. Then there is this ghost that she has been seeing since she was little.  All she wants if to have a normal ghost free  life and maybe  even make a few friends.

Characters:

The characters feel real and so does the family dynamics.  You have the twins trying to find out who they are separately then the other brother who is a drama geek.  A father trying to be there for his kids after  a new promotion at work and his wife leaving him. Lastly you have the main character who blames herself for not being able to keep her mother from leaving.  You also, have this twist of a ghost who has been following the girl around since she was young.

 My Thoughts:

This was  a really good graphic novel.  I like the art a lot and the character were very likeable.  I am still a little confused on the ghost but I am looking forward for further installments that will help me with understand the ghost better.  I recommend this graphic novel to anyone who wants a more realistic graphic novel.

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet

Hardcover
304 pages
Expected publication:
February 14th 2012 by Walker Childrens
  Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.
Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.                  
This book contains:  Murder, Adventure, Violence,  Romance and Debut for 2012.
 I received this from netgalley and I just wanted to thank them for this amazing read.

Plot:

This is a very unique take on a story that has been done over and over.    Y ou have the same great story line that you would expect with any thing related to Robin Hood.  It is still rob from the rich and give to the poor.   It had all the great characters with a very unexpected twist.  There is a girl called Will Scarlet that is in Robins band of merry men.  She is not who they think she is and she is definitely not a defenceless women.  She has a history with Gisbourne that if he finds out that she is there it could mean disaster for the whole group.

Characters:

You have Robin Hood who is of course a noblemen turned outlaw.  Then you have Much who is in this version a little more complex because of his physical problems.  You have John who is still a big hulk of  a guy but  with more heart in this version.   Y ou have Tuck who is a bar keep in this book and last you have Will Scarlet who is a girl with a secret past.  Of course the villains are pretty much the same.

My Thoughts: 

I was pretty sure that I had read just about every version of  Robin Hood out there.  Well I was pleasantly mistaken when I read this book.  I am a huge fan of the romance between Robin and Lady Marian.  This book just took everything to the next level.   I was so thrilled to see such a strong female character come out in this story.    I recommend Scarlet to anyone who wants an author who understands the time period and gives it a new fresh voice without destroying the story.  I will say that I hope the author writes more of Scarlets story because I think she has a lot left to say and many more adventures with Robin to come.. I will be buying this book as soon as it comes out for my shelves!