Archive | October 2012

Cryptic Cravings (Vampire Kisses #8) by Ellen Schreiber

Cryptic Cravings (Vampire Kisses, #8)

Hardcover
211 pages
Published May 17th 2011
by Katherine Tegan Books (first published January 1st 2011)

The morbidly monotonous Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on earth now that Raven is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend, Alexander, and a crew of vampires has taken residence in Dullsville’s old mill. Raven discovers Jagger’s plan to open a new club, the Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her dream come true or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville’s teen and vampire population. Can Raven convince Jagger to listen to her plans to make the Crypt the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals and vampires alike? 

And as Sebastian and Luna’s relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want to spend eternity together? And what does she really want? 

With cryptic secrets and cravings, this eighth installment in the Vampire Kisses series is a romantic and mysterious thrill ride.

This Book Contains: Secrecy, Vampires, Blood and Love.

My Thoughts:

I really like this series and just when I thought that Mrs. Schreiber couldn’t surprise me I was wrong.   All of her books are fresh and just fun. I like that you can enjoy this book at almost any age.

There is a club coming to Dullsville and Raven is so excited. Although, the owners are not human and may not have Ravens and Alexanders best interests at heart. Now if only she can keep them to a humans only rule.   She has to keep them to the rule or their secret could come out and destroy everything that they had worked for.  This could end up being really hard for Raven because she is the type to get herself into trouble.

If you haven’t read this series you should…  It is one those series that make you like you are home when reading it.   You will love the gothic vampire theme  and all the craziness that is Raven!

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Overprotected

Paperback
243 pages
Published April 29th 2011
by Grove Creek Publishing (first published February 9th 2011)
Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.Daddy was wrong.

This Book Contains: Violence, Kidnapping, Obsession, Neglect and Romance.

 My Thoughts:
I wasn’t sure if I would like this book or not but the overprotective father really caught my attention.  I am very glad that I picked this up because it was very intriguing.  I needed something different to get me out of my reading slump.
This is a contemporary novel about a father’s obsession to keep his daughter safe from everything because of an incident in the past.  You see that his obsession because a prison not only for her but the family to.  Also, despite his efforts something happens to his daughter anyways.
I did like Ashlyn as a character because despite her parents rules she still fought in her own way for what she wanted.  I really like the romance that develops in this book because it moves slow and steady to the inevitable climax.  I felt that there was real character growth in Ashlyn through out this book.
I think anyone who has ever felt overprotected or overprotective will find thing in this book they can relate to.  Overall it was a very enjoyable read and I recommend it for other people who want to read something a little different but familiar.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine #1) by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)Hardcover
352 pages
Published June 7th 2011
by Quirk
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. Fiction is based on real black and white photographs. The death of grandfather Abe sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and explores abandoned bedrooms and hallways. The children may still live.

This Book Contains: Death, Family Issues, Monsters, and Violence.

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t stay on track for about the first half of the book so, I decided to finish it by listening to it on audio.  I thought that I would lose something by not being able to read it because of not have the pictures to look at.  I was very wrong because the reader was fantastic in my opinion.  I loved how the story seem to start to come to life for me.  I did however think that this was going to be more of a horror story than what it was.   It was creepy but as far as frightening me I didn’t seem the least bit scared.  I know it was a little scary for some people but for me I think I am just to desensitize to these types of books.

I did enjoy the times with the children and I really enjoyed the ending of the book.  This book leaves you wondering if there will be a sequel.   So much happened at the end which totally grabbed my attention and helped me finish the book.  I almost gave up and that would have been a shame because by the end I was quite intrigued.   I will definitely read a sequel if there is one because I think the story can only get better from here.

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

Keep Holding On

Hardcover
224 pages
Published May 31st 2012
by Viking Juvenile
A romantic and empowering book about bullyingNoelle’s life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn’t know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle’s kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she’s terrified. Surely it’s safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it’s time to stand up for herself–and for the love that keeps her holding on.

This book contains: Violence, Death,  Bullying, Rape, Neglect, Friendship, Romance, and Inner Courage.

My Thought:

I could relate to this book.  I had a very rough childhood.  My mother wasn’t the best and we hardly had new things.   Although that is where it ends.  I did not let anyone push me around.  I had a lot of pride and anger growing up, so if someone pushed me I always pushed back.  I also, never put up with people bullying others around me.  I alway fought for the underdog, so this really irritated me about the main character.  I felt she needed to stand up for herself and others a lot sooner.

I did however love her best friend because even though she was going through something very devastating she was able to still stand by Noelle’s side.  I loved her strength and in the end her courage to come forward with what happened to her.  She was more like me than Noelle.  I wish we would have been able to get more of her story because I think she would have been an inspiration to may young women.

All and all this was a good and quick read even though I am not a fan of contemporary.    I liked the synopsis of this book so I decided to give it a try and was not disappointed.  I think that the writing in some parts was weak but it didn’t take away from the story too much.   I think if you’re a fan of contemporary or have young women in your life you may want to read this or have them read it.  I think it gave a really good insight to what our children have to deal with in school..

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