Archive | September 2014

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1) by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)

Hardcover
324 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

 

 

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

My Thoughts:

I loved this first book .  I needed a distraction and this provided it.  I was on the verge of a reading slump and this kept me moving forward.  This book has great characters, beautiful settings, and a lot of violence.  This novel is about mermaids but it never felt like I was reading a cheesy retelling of the Little Mermaid.  Which, I have found to be true of several other mermaid novels that I have read in the past. First off,  this books characters do not like to be called Mermaids they prefer Syrena instead and find the term Mermaid offensive.  They are not scaly like fish but soft like dolphins.  They can take human form even in water which is a big difference than in other books.

This book starts off with a major tragic event and just snowballs from there. Emma our main character goes through a tragic event and on top of that she finds out she isn’t even human. Talk about having your life turned upside-down. Although through it all she holds it together and is able to deal like a normal teenager. With a kind heart and a very stubborn attitude that resembles a brick wall she keeps moving forward.

The story itself was extremely well written.  The romance was slow and frustrating but the good kind of frustrating. I was never bored or thinking that this is a silly love story like so many are.  The romance was fun, sexy and full of angst which made this completely believable.

I was so intrigued by this story line that I couldn’t put it down and so,  I read it in one day.  I haven’t read a book over three hundred pages in one day in a long time.  I was just looking for a light read but what I got was so much more. Now I can’t wait to continue on with this series.  This is a book that I highly recommend to everyone!!!

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Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods #7) by Melissa de la Cruz

Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods, #7)

Hardcover
355 pages
Published January 15th 2013
by Disney-Hyperion

 

 

 

Schuyler Van Alan is running out of time. The Dark Prince of Hell is storming the Gates of Paradise, intent on winning the heavenly throne for good. This time he has his greatest angels by his side, Abbadon and Azrael—Jack and Mimi Force, as they are known in the Coven.

Or so he thinks. Even as Lucifer assigns Jack and Mimi the tasks of killing their true loves, the Force twins secretly vow to defeat the Dark Prince once and for all. But how far will Mimi and Jack go to conceal their real loyalties?

Meanwhile, former vampire Bliss Llewellyn has joined forces with Lawson, the greatest wolf of the underworld, to free his people from their imprisonment in Hell. As they struggle against impossible odds, an ancient message, woven into the very fabric of time, reveals just how much depends on the success of their mission.

Lucifer seeks the key to the Gate of Promise, and when Schuyler is taken captive and delivered straight to Hell, she must make an unthinkable choice—the same one the archangel Michael was forced to make during the Crisis in Rome. Will Schuyler find the strength to do what he could not?

The epic, heartbreaking Blue Bloods series comes to a close with this final novel about staggering courage, unbearable sacrifice, and the immortality of true love.What can you say about a series that has finally come to an end.  I personally am torn.  I am very satisfied by the ending to this series but I am extremely sadden by the fact that it has come to its end. 

My Thoughts:

This is a series that I never felt that some of the books were just place holders. You know those books in the series that the author rights to give us something that could have just been paraphrased in the next book. Instead they waste are time and write a book that really never goes anywhere.  Well Melissa never does that.  I have yet to feel that I am reading a filler story from her.  I love that she is not afraid to write those scenes that other authors gloss over.   I also like the voice of her characters they feel like people you know and not just some fictional person on the page.

I would go into details  about this book, but since it is the final book all I will say is that it was fantastic.  I hope that her adult spin-off series will be just as good and I am eagerly awaiting what she has in store for us in the future.

 

Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

Hardcover
344 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

My Thoughts:

This book had me reminiscing over TV shows such as, Roswell and Starcrossed. Which were some of my favorite sci-fi shows. I am a complete sci-fi junkie so I think I know good sci-fi when I read it. I love books like this if they are done right and Melissa Landers gave me an out of this world experience (LOL). I had so much fun while reading this book that I could hardly put it down.

The characters are completely relatable and the pacing keeps the book flowing well. I never felt the lag that you sometimes get in a book. The story had me captivated from the beginning which is different from the book being well written. Although, the book was very well written and that is sometimes difficult for new authors. I also think Melissa does a great job of capturing human nature. As a whole we are a very judgmental and fearful race of beings. We also have the great capacity to love and learn. I love the fact that she was able to capture that in this story and teach us something with out it feeling like a lesson. I have to say Melissa does an exceptional job of making you feel outrage and sympathy at the same time.

I have very high hopes for this series. I think if these are the type of books we can expect for Melissa Landers then she will more than likely end up on my automatic buy list. I can not wait to get my hands on the sequel.