Archive | January 2013

Underworld (Abandon Trilogy, #2) by Meg Cabot

Underworld (Abandon Trilogy, #2)

Hardcover
318 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Point

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth begun in ABANDON continues … into the Underworld.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.
Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance… on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there… and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.I loved the first book in this series.  I can’t say that I loved this one as much but I did enjoy it.  I was hoping for more I can’t really say what but I just wanted more.  I felt it lack something that the first book had.  I think it felt a little rushed.  This is told like in two days.  A lot happened in those two days but I think it could have had more depth to it if the story would have been spread out over a longer time period.

This Book Contains: Violence, Danger, Mythology and Romance.

My Thought:

I loved the first book in this series.  I can’t say that I loved this one as much but I did enjoy it.  I was hoping for more I can’t really say what but I just wanted more.  I felt it lack something that the first book had.  I think it felt a little rushed.  This is told like in two days.  A lot happened in those two days but I think it could have had more depth to it if the story would have been spread out over a longer time period.

You still have the same great characters along with the addition of some underworld hotties.  This one you get some of the back story to why Pierce’s uncle went to prison. You also find out the truth of the  pomegranate myth.  I found myself sometimes disappointed in John for not coming out and telling Pierce the truth instead of letting her believe in all these falsehoods.   I still like John a lot and I understand why he did what he did.  I just wish that he would have been more up front.

Over all I did enjoy the book.  I also can’t wait for the third book.  I believe that this will be the final book in the series so I hope that Meg pulls out all the stop for it.  I really think that there are a lot of unanswered question and I hope the book gets the ending it deserves.

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Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)

Hardcover
336 pages
Published 
March 2nd 2010 by Hyperion Book CH

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.   

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.   

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

This Book Contains: Magic, Violence, Death, Betrayal, and Romance.

My Thoughts:

What originally drew me to this book was the fact that a person on YouTube was raving about it just recently.  I am sorry to the person who gave the review because I can’t remember who you are.  I just want to thank you for making me want to pick up this book.  It turned out to be one amazing book.

I felt that the beginning of this book was very slow for about the first couple of chapters.  Although once Sophie gets to Hex Hall it just takes off.   I liked the fact that Sophie even though, not really knowing how to use her powers she still tries to use them for good.   I thought that the school would be darker than it was.   The storyline could have had a lot more depth and evil feel to it had the author pursued it .   I liked that she kept it more on the light side.   There are so many dark witch/magical books out there that this was just a refreshing change even with the dark subject matter.   I was surprised that the author chose to have someone close to her send her to Hex Hall.  I was also surprised by the fact that she had never met her father and the reasons why behind it.  That added a very different dynamic to the story.

The writing is simple and the plot is some times predictable.  The relationships in the book  you could see coming a mile away.  Even the twist that took place towards the end was like looking in a crystal ball and very forseeable.  You would think that the book would be boring but it was far from that.  I found it to be extremely enjoyable and I would recommend this book to everyone look to read something different on magic.

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

A Shade of Vampire

Paperback
147 pages
Published December 14th 2012

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.
She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.
Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.
Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.
Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks??

This Book Contain: Violence, Slavery, Death, Sexual Content and Romance.

My Thoughts:

First off let me say that both book covers are just amazing picks for this book.  Both have qualities that I love in a book cove.   The one having a stone arch with the title inside is just so eye-catching.  Although I also, love the one with the girl on the front because it depicts so much of the book’s story.  I am still not sure which is my favorite.

This was a just a thrilling story.  I couldn’t read it like I normally would because of how busy I was.  So I read pages at a time.  I read it in the morning between taking kids to school, when I got home and had a few minutes before dinner and then for a few minutes before bed.   This book even though short drove me crazy because I didn’t want to put it down and life kept trying to get in the way.  I was never once bored with the book or wanting to skip parts to get to something good further on in the book because it was all good.   That says a lot about how this book totally grab my attention and would not let it go.  In fact I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.    I just hope it doesn’t ruin me or put me in a reading slump because I can’t stop thinking about it. When a book a book is this good its hard to read or wrap your mind around new characters and settings when you are still thinking about what happens next.

The story line at first had me thinking that it was going a totally different way then how it ended up..  I loved that it surprised me and the twists it took.  Some things you just knew were going to happen but overall this was just a very refreshing read for me.  I was very invested with Sophia and would love to learn more of her back story but it wasn’t needed to enjoy the book.   I know this book deals with a lot of dark subject matter but it never feels dark.  I think the reason is because of the way the author portrays Derek.  He is just so strong and caring that you really feel for him.   He is what a main character should be.  He is conflicted over Sophia and his role as leader which shows his human side.  Although at times you still get the glimpse of the monster inside.  Overall this book is just packed full of details for such a short read.  I cannot wait to read the next book.

Torn (Trylle #2) by Amanda Hocking

Torn (Trylle Trilogy, #2)Paperback

324 pages
Published
February 28th 2012
by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published December 31st 2010)
When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…
She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.
Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds.
As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “One Day, Three Ways,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

This Book Contains: Illness, Magic, Romance and Secrets Revealed.
This book gets more into the back story of  the Trylles and  Vittra.  It answers the question that are left unanswered in book one.  It also introduces new characters that just make the story that much more interesting.
I love the way Wendy is still such a strong character.  In most sequels the main characters tend to become less confident or whinny.  Although Wendy really stays true to her character.  I was most surprised to find myself disliking Finn in this book.  I felt he just wasn’t worthy of Wendy’s love and that I no longer wanted them together.  I do however find myself being drawn to Loki because I feel he wants to have things be different.  I also think he genuinely cares for Wendy and I think together they could change things for the better.
After finishing this book I am eager to start the finale book in the series.  The author just knows how to grab your attention and not let go.  That is why I am glad that I have the finale book on my shelf so that I can start it after I finish this blog.  I also, hope that the author will end this series just as good as it began if not better.

Switched (Trylle #1)by Amanda Hocking

Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)Paperback

 Includes a bonus story “The Vittra Attacks”
318 pages
Published January 3rd 2012
by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published July 12th 2010)
When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.  She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her.  Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit.  But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth:  Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening.  And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…

This edition includes the bonus story “The Vittra Attacks”.

This Book Contains: Violence, Child Swaping, Death, Magic and Romance.
My Thouths:

This is the first book that I have ever read didn’t make them horrible monsters.  I could almost see this as true because she surrounds this book with realism along with the fantasy.  I just fell in love with this book and the characters.

My favorite character is probably Mat.  I just loved him as the caring older brother.  Then there is Finn and his strong beliefs and his warrior skills.  Then you had Wendy who was a complete outsider.  I love how strong a character she is.  She has this very tragic parentage but she is still very grateful for the family and friends she does have.  I found her to be a very believable character.

I love Disney fairy tales and this has a similar feel to it.    You get the whole stolen princess who comes home type feel but then you have this huge twist.  First the home-coming might not be so happily ever after, the wicked stepmother may not have been so crazy and the prince might not be a prince at all.  This is just so very good and I think it would appeal to a wide range of readers.  I think any one looking for uniquely written story will a lot of fairy tale-ish type eliminates will love this book.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

Confessions of a Murder Suspect

Paperback Large Print
372 pages
Published September 24th 2012
by Little, Brown and Company
I’M NOT SURE I LOVED MY PARENTS,

On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, their daughter, Tandy, is one of the last people to see her powerful parents alive.

 I’M NOT SURE THEY LOVED ME,

Tandy and her brothers are the only suspects, and as she begins to remember flashes of disturbing past events, she’s forced to ask the question: What is the Angel family truly capable of?

 BUT I’M GOING TO FIND OUT WHO KILLED THEM- EVEN IF IT WAS ME.

Returning to the genre that made him the world’s best-selling author, James Patterson introduces a teen detective on a mission to uncover her family’s darkest secrets- and maybe confess some of her own.

This book Contains: Violence, Death, Murder and Mystery.
I was floored at how good this book is.  I started reading and thought WOW! This is an awesome book.   I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to put it down at all.  I did end up putting down to do some things around the house but I kept thing out it.  So, a couple of hours later I picked it back up and read it until it was done.   I hardly ever get that into a book right of the bat but this book just draws you in and will not let you go.
The murder of Tandy Angels parents is only the tip of the iceberg.  She suspects everyone even herself of the crime.  There are gaps in her memory that start to piece together as she digs deeper to solve her parents murder.  There are facts she learns about herself and her parents that makes her start to doubt everything.  For instance, what is really in the vitamins her and her brothers have been taking all their lives?  Also who is this boy she can’t remember and what happened to him?  Those are just some of the question that she has to figure out.
I actually guessed what happened to Tandy’s parents but I did flip-flop throughout the story.  There were several times I found myself questioning if I was right or wrong.    That is what makes this book so good.  This book is a mystery, within a mystery.  It also  has some sci-fi elements going on as well.  The ending of this book is very satisfying although, the ending does raise a lot more questions.  I am hoping for a sequel because there is still a lot more question to be answered that were left out there hanging at the end.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery with a twist or just a really good story.