Archive | April 2012

Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price

Starters (Starters, #1)

Hardcover
368 pages
Published March 13th 2012
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER
Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . .    
This Book Contains: Death, Abuse, Violence, Romance and Deception.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this debut novel by what looks to be a very promising novelist.  I was very impressed with Callies character and her desire to protect her brother in a society that feels that the unclaimed children are a problem best dealt with by locking them away.  I loved her determination to take care of him and by doing so she had to put herself in harm’s way.  This book is so much more than a dystopian or science fiction novel.  This book has depth and a lot of insight into the human soul.  It questions ones mortality and what lengths  one would go to in order to extend ones life?   Also, it asks how far should science be allowed to go.   All these things made this book not only  a thought-provoking read  but also one of the most enjoyable I have read in a long time.  There is so many twist to this book that I felt that I was never going to get to the truth.  Although the book does leave you on the edge of your seat to the very end,  you do feel as though you get some closure to the first novel.   I loved the ending and I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.
 
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The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1)

Paperback’
363 pages
Published February 1st 2010
by Harlequin Teen
   Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

THIS BOOK CONTAINS:  Violence, Magic , Deception and Romance.

The Plot:

This is a book about Meghan Chase who has always thought that she is just a normal everyday girl.  Neglected by her mother and forgotten by her stepfather she lives every day just wishing from something to change.  Until one day everything does and she is thrown into a real life fantasy.  She gets to be what every little girl dreams of being and that is a real life princess.  Although that is the last thing she wants, all she wants is to find her brother and return home. 

The Characters:

You have Meghan who is a very strong female lead and will stop at nothing to do what she feels is right.  She also will do anything to protect the ones she loves.  Which some see as her greatest weakness but to her it is her greatest strength. You have Robbie or Puck as he is better known by.  He is a fairy sent to watch over and protect Meghan.  You have Grim who is a cat that helps Meghan though out the story.  You have Oberon who is the faery king and Meghan’s true father. You have Queen Titania who would love to see Meghan die.  You have Queen Mab who is the Queen of the Unseelie court and would like to use Meghan against King Oberon.   Lastly you have the winter princes Ash who may or may not be a threat to Meghan but wants to please his mother Queen Mab.

My Thought:

I have read many fairy stories and this one just wasnt all that unique to me.  It was very slow until maybe half way through the book when the action finally started to pick up.  This book was very well written and I feel that the story has a lot of potential but this book was just not all that impressive.  After all the reviews of this book I just expected more and was a little let down.  I did enjoy the ending and hope that the next book will be more to my liking.  I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading the series because apparently I am in the minority about how great this book is.  Most people feel that this is a fantastic read so, by all means read this book and let me know what you think.

 

 

Fallen in Love (Fallen #3.5) by Lauren Kate

Fallen in Love (Fallen, #3.5)

Hardcover
201 pages
Published January 24th 2012
by Random House Children’s Books
 Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.
And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine’s Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first -and last- time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other.
Lauren Kate’s FALLEN IN LOVE is filled with love stories . . . the ones everyone has been waiting for.
True love never says goodbye. .  

This Book Contains:  Unexpected, Unrequited, Forbidden, and Eternal love stories.    

The Plot:

This is four different short stories of various characters from the series Fallen.  These are all separate stories but all connecting to one of Daniel and Luce’s reincarnations on a Valentines day in England somewhere in medieval times.   

 Character:

Miles and Shelby are friends of Luces.  They are trying to help her and Daniel with their quest.  Roland is a fallen angel with a sad past.  Arianne pays the price of loving the wrong being.  Daniel and Luce are the main characters.  They have been trying for centuries to prove that their love is stronger than anything.

My Thought:

I liked this book and its short little insights to Arianne and Rolands past loves.  It gave me some insight on who they are and why they are the way they are.  I really thought the story of Miles and Shelby was really cute.  This wasn’t a spectacular book but it was nice addition to the series.

Lenobia’s Vow (House of Night Novellas #2) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Lenobia's Vow (House of Night Novellas, #2)

Hardcover
160 pages
Published  January 31st 2012
by  St. Martin’s Griffin (first published January 31st 1012)

The second in the enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Lenobia’s Vow tells the gripping story behind the House of Night’s enigmatic riding instructor – and one of Zoey’s closest allies against evil

The House of Night is an international publishing sensation; with almost 12 million books in print, and an incredible 120 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, the series has taken the world by storm. Now, the excitement continues as the Cast mother-daughter duo shares the back stories of a few of the House of Night’s most important – and mysterious – characters. The second of the House of Night Novellas brings us Lenobia, the strong, beautiful horseback riding instructor, who guides Zoey through some of her darkest hours, and has a dark secret buried in her own past…

In a small southern town at the turn of the century, young Lenobia is developing into a beautiful young woman with ideas of her own. But when she is Marked as a fledgling vampyre, her world turns upside down, and she is drawn to the musical streets of New Orleans. There, she learns of the city’s dark underbelly, ruled by powerful black magic. As Lenobia experiences her first love – and loss – and discovers a passion for horses to sustain her, she must come face-to-face with Darkness itself. And she may not escape without scars.

This Book Contains: Possible Sexual abuse, Romance, Deception, and Death

Plot:

This is a novella about Lenobia who is a character from the house of night series.  This is about Lenobias life before she becomes a vampyre and a teacher at the House of Night.  You do not have to read the series to read this book, but it may get you interested in the books.

Characters:

Lenobia  is a bastard daughter of a french Baron.  She assumes the identity of  her dead half-sister to escape the life of a servant and the possible rape at the hands of lecherous men at court.  The Bishop an evil man who want to make Lenobia his mistress.  Martin a man of color that Lenobia falls madly in love with.  He will do anything to protect Lenobia.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this short novella about a character that has always intrigued me from the House of Night series.  This is a very compelling story of Lenobia and how she survived until she became a vampyre.  I love the glimpse you get into her life and her first love.  You get to see how strong she is and where this strength comes from.  This is a short book and it is packed full of twists that you do not see coming.  I am amazed how much story this author was able to pack into such a short novella.  The only thing that would have made this book even better would have been if you could have seen further into Lenobias  life after the change.  If you are a fan of this series you will want to add this to your list to read.  Also, if you just want a really good read that is quick and full of twists you should check this book out.

Tempest (Tempest #1) by Julie Cross

Tempest (Tempest, #1)

Hardcover,1st Edition
334 pages
Published January 17th 2012
by St. Martin’s Griffin
The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

THIS BOOK CONTAINS:  violence, Sex, Love, Time Travel, and Death. 

The Plot:

The plot reminded me of a movie called Jumper which stared Hayden Christensen.  Basically a boy being raised by his father mother gone and he finds that he has a slight problem.  His problem is that is travels back in time occasionally.  His friend is the only person that he has told and they are trying to figure out how this is happening.  Until one day his girlfriend is shot and he goes back in time to hopefully prevent it from ever happening.

The Character:

Jackson is a young man dealing with family is while also trying to figure out how he seems to be able to travel back in time.  Holly is the love interest and she is very laid back.  Adam is their friend who is extremely smart and is trying to help Jackson with his little problem.  You also have Jackson’s dad who seems to be keeping a lot of secrets.

My Thoughts: 

I wonder if the author based this book off the movie Jumper which, happens to be one of my favorite movies.  I loved the scientific aspect of this book and the way that author makes you believe in time travel.  You feel like you are actually traveling in time with Jackson.  I think that is what I liked about this book the most.  You never felt that you were reading sci-fi, you just get so caught up in the story with all the mystery and danger that the sci-fi aspect is just as  believable as everything else that is going on.  That is a really hard thing for an author to do when writing this type of book, because most sci-fi just seems so far out place that you can’t believe it.  I think that Mrs. Cross writes a very compelling and believable story that you just can’t put down.  I also loved that she wrapped this book up so nicely that if she wanted it to be a stand alone it could be but there are so many questions still left to be answered that she can easily turn it into a series.  If you like books with sci-fi in or just want a really good read with a twist to it then this is the book for you!

A Perfect Blood (The Hollows #10) by Kim Harrison

A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, #10)

Hardcover
438 pages
Published February 21st 2012
by Harper Voyager
Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth–a would-be creator is determined to make his (or her) own demons. But it can’t be done without Rachel’s blood, in this latest blockbuster by a “New York Times”-bestselling author.

This Book Contains: Violence, Demons, Magic, Death, Mutilation and Hints of New Romances. 

 This is an adult urban-fantasy novel….

You can see the relationship devolving but it’s still not there yet which is very frustrating for me.  I love Trent and I want him with Rachel.

MY THOUGHTS:

I am skipping the over view of the plot and the characters. This is because it is the tenth installment so if you have been following this series you already know all this. If you haven’t been following this series don’t start with this book because you will be confused. This is a series you should really start from the beginning because it will make more sense and it is a very wild ride that you don’t want to miss.

Anyways, this book was another hit for me. I would have liked more from Trent and Rachel in the romance department though.  I think that they would be a perfect pair of opposites and that as a couple they would balance each other nicely.   But I guess Mrs. Harrison just wants to build the suspense.  I just wish it wouldn’t be so close to the last book in the series.

I really enjoyed this book because Rachel finally excepted herself for who she is even the things she wishes she weren’t.  Al isn’t in this book as much as he usually is but I didn’t really miss him like I thought I would.  Also, there isn’t a lot of Ivy either which again didn’t bother me.  At one point in the book Rachel points out that Ivy and Jinks  are moving on with their lives without her.  Which seems like the natural progression that the author is leading toward anyways.  I was happy that we still got a lot of Jinks and his Tink one liners.  I would quote a couple but the only ones I can think of are a little to vulgar for this review.  This was extremely fun to read and I never felt like it wasn’t moving fast enough.  It just had everything you could want except for some hot romance scenes with my favorite witch turned demon and sexy elf.