Thursday, December 16, 2010

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Crescendo
By: Becca Fitzpatrick
Released: Bought E-book
Released: October 19
Purchase the Book: Amazon


"Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home. The further Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine." (summary from beccafitzpatrick.com)


Becca Fitzpatrick's Crescendo is the dark and exciting sequel to Hush, Hush. The story picks up where Hush, Hush left off and dives deeper into the history of angels and what actually happened to Nora's father. The world of angels and nephilim that Fitzpatrick creates is exciting and intriguing. The relationship between bad boy Patch and Nora develops significantly, both emotionally and physically. However, their relationship becomes complicated when Nora learns that Patch has been keeping secrets and not telling her the complete truth. Nora begins to realize that maybe she shouldn't trust Patch so completely.


The plot moves at an exciting but steady pace with many surprising twists. Nora develops greatly in the story and becomes tougher as she attempts to solve the mystery behind her fathers death. Nora is a strong and independent character who faces much betrayal in this installment. Fitzpatrick creates realistic characters and a vivid world filled with angel mythology. I loved Crescendo even more than Hush, Hush and was shocked by the surprise cliff-hanger. Readers will be left anxiously anticipating the next installment, Tempest, due out next Fall.


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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness
By: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Source: Bought E-book
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.Sometimes life-ending. Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems." (Summary from beautifulcreaturesthebook.com/)

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Darkness is the sequel to Beautiful Creatures. The plot is an original supernatural story and the book opens with the characters recovering from the events from the previous book. However, more problems await each character, especially the protagonists Ethan and Lena. Their relationship faces more trouble than ever and Ethan finds himself risking it all for the girl from his dreams.

I enjoyed Beautiful Darkness even more than Beautiful Creatures. The suspenseful plot picks up quickly and makes it difficult for the reader to put the book down. I love the setting for the book and the authors do a extraordinary job creating it. I love that the series is narrated in the males perspective. Each character is unique in their own way, and one of my personal favorite characters is Link, who I was happy to see more of in this book. I recommend readers to read Beautiful Darkness and, if not yet, Beautiful Creatures.


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice
By: Richelle Mead
Source: Bought
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Purchase the Book: Amazon


"Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice. Now, with Rose on trial for her life and Lissa first in line for the Royal Throne, nothing will ever be the same between them." (Summary from goodreads.com)


Richelle Mead's, Last Sacrifice, is the final installment of the Vampire Academy series in Rose's perspective. The book picks up where Spirit Bound ended. Rose is in prison for the murder of Queen Tatiana. Rose escapes prison and is on the run from her fellow guardians while she tries to prove her innocence and find Lisa's illegitimate sibiling. Rose has matured and changed greatly throughout the series, but especially in this installment. Rose is a strong, sarcastic, and witty character that provides comic relief to the story. 

Last Sacrifice is suspensful and shocking from beginning to end. All of the characters from the past books have returned as well. Rose and Lissa are separated from one another for a great deal of the book, but their bond still keeps them connected. When Rose goes inside Lissa's head, the reader is able to see what the others characters are doing. While on her mission, Rose eventually finds herself in a triangle with Dimitri and Adrian, and must figure out who she has true feelings for. 

I loved Last Sacrifice,and thought it was a great ending to the series. Richelle Mead is an extraordinary writer who creates a exciting world, as well as fun and strong characters. Rose Hathaway is one of my favorite fictional characters, because she is tough but vulnerable at times, and her sense of humor lightens up the dark situations in the story. The character of Lissa greatly matures in this story and learns that she didn't need to rely on Rose so much. One of my favorite parts of the series was the bond between Rose and Lissa, and when Rose would go inside Lissa's head. I was happy to see past characters return again, such as Sydney. The plot was shocking with many twists until the end and was not what I expected. Last Sacrifice was a great ending to Rose's story and I will be looking forward to the spin-off series.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Matched by Ally Condie

Matched
By: Ally Condie
Source: Bought E-book
Release Date: November 30, 2010
Purchase the Book: Amazon


"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow." (summary from goodreads.com)


Matched by Ally Condie is an original story set in a Society that controls every aspect of the individuals lives, from their food to who they will marry. The Society takes away the citizens choices to ensure, in their minds, a healthy, happy, and perfect individual. The main protagonist, Cassia, accepts this lifestyle in the beginning, but as the story progresses she begins to resent that she can't make her own choices. Along with Cassia, the reader slowly learns just what the Society is capable of. Cassia develops into a strong willed character by the end.


Cassia is matched to her best friend Xander, however, she also sees Ky before the screen goes black. Cassia has been friends with Ky since they were children as well. The Society tells Cassia that it was a mistake and that her true match is Xander. Cassia soon finds herself developing stronger feelings for not only Xander, but also Ky. She finds herself having to choose between doing what Society tells her is the right choice or making a choice for herself.


I loved Matched and found it nearly impossible to put down for even five minutes. The controlling and manipulative Society is described in so much detail that the reader can picture it clearly. While reading I found myself completely enraged with the Society and caring greatly for the characters. Condie creates strongly developed characters, but she does not waste time over describing their physical characteristics. I am already anxiously awaiting for the next installment in this series, but for now I strongly recommend Matched, it is a must read.


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Night Star by Alyson Noel


Night Star
By: Alyson Noel
Source: Bought
Released: November 16, 2010
Purchase the Book: Amazon


"Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart—and she has just the ammunition to do it. Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen—a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all. Now it’ll take everything she’s got—and bring out powers she never knew she had—to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future?" (summary from goodreads.com)

Alyson Noel’s Night Star is the next installment in the Immortals Series and continues following Ever and Damen and their complicated relationship. Night Star takes a twist when Ever is now faced with having her best friend, Haven, as her enemy. Haven wants revenge on Ever, who she blames for the death of Roman. Ever must face the choices she has made in the past, as well as the ones she needs to make in the future. The character of Ever continues to grow in this story, just as she has grown gradually throughout the series. Ever is becoming more mature and stronger, physically as well as emotionally.


The relationship between Damen and Ever faces many complications, that only seem to get worse at times. Their relationship faces realistic issues such as trust, as well as immortal issues. Damen and Ever's relationship goes back for centuries and Ever learns that she has been kept in the dark about her past lives. There is also Jude, who she has a connection with from her past lives, who only adds to the problems.


I enjoyed Night Star as well as the whole Immortals Series because the plot is unpredictable and the characters all bring something special to the story. I strongly recommend Night Star as well as the rest of the Immortals Series if you have not read it yet.


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White


Paranormalcy
By: Kiersten White
Source: Bought E-book
Released: August 31, 2010
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours. But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal." (Summary from http://kierstenwrites.blogspot.com/)

Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy is an exciting and fast paced paranormal mystery story. Evie wants nothing more than to be a normal teenager, but she has a special ability to see through other paranormal’s glamours and works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. She has been working for the agency since a young age and desires a life in the outside world, just like in her favorite television show. The character of Evie is fun and unique. She has a bright and eccentric personality, but she is also tough when she needs to be. Much like an average teenager, she is sarcastic and witty, but with a special ability.

Evie desires a normal life, but is having problems with her ex-boyfriend Reth, who just so happens to be an arrogant and manipulative faerie. Evie soon meets Lend, a new mysterious paranormal at the agency. The relationship between Lend and Evie naturally grows slowly, and both learn much from one another. Their relationship is honest and genuine, unlike the one she shared with Reth.

I enjoyed Paranormalcy because it was an exciting and unique paranormal story. The plot is unpredictable until the very end and the character of Evie is fun and brings the story alive. Readers will find Paranormalcy hard to put down and anxious for the next installment.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Torn by Amanda Hocking

Torn
By: Amanda Hocking
Source: Bought E-book
Released: November 15, 2010
Purchase the Book: Amazon


"Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but everything changes when the rival Vittra come after her.
She's caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is meant to lead." (Summary from www.amandahocking.blogspot.com)

Amanda Hocking’s Torn is the second installment in the Trylle Trilogy and picks up immediately where the first book, Switched, ended. After learning that she is a changeling, switched at birth, and is in fact a troll and a princess in Trylle. Wendy Everly has run away, leaving her new found life as a princess with her unfeeling mother the queen, to return to Matt, the overprotective brother that raised her. The plot moves right along and the reader is soon introduced to new and exciting characters such as Loki who has a unique ability and belongs to the enemies, the Vittra. Another new character is the underestimated Duncan, who becomes Wendy’s new tracker.

Other beloved characters from Switched return as well, such as Rhys, Tove, and Willa; who all bring a distinctive presence to the story. The impossible romance between Wendy and her protector Finn only gets more complicated and Wendy learns that she has not been told the complete truth about her past and future. She matures greatly in this story while realizing that it may finally be time to accept her responsibilities.

I enjoyed Torn as well as the first book, Switched, for its originality. The trolls in this story aren’t like the average storybook concept of a troll. There is a wide variety of characters which makes it possible for readers to find a relatable character. Amanda Hocking possesses a unique writing ability and creates realistic characters with great depth. Torn is a fresh new book that will not disappoint. I highly recommend Torn as well as Hocking’s vampire series, My Blood Approves. I also highly recommend Hocking’s zombie story, Hollowland.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting


The Body Finder
By: Kimberly Derting
Source: Bought E-book
Released: March 16, 2010
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers. Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him. Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself." (Synopsis from http://www.kimberlyderting.com/)

Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder is exciting, romantic, and suspense filled. The story immediately captures the reader’s attention making it nearly impossible to put the book down. The story alternates between Violet’s perspective and the serial killer’s, which only adds to the suspense and mystery. Violet’s gift to sense the echoes from the dead is unique and chilling, and the plot is consistently moving forward. Which makes holding the reader’s attention an easy task.

Another great aspect that Derting has included in the story is the relationship between Violet and Jay. Violet is secretly hiding her growing feeling for her childhood best friend, Jay and the chemistry between Violet and Jay is apparent from the beginning. As the story progresses, so does their romance, which only seems to make their friendship grow stronger.

I loved The Body Finder and found the plot to be exciting and unique, as well as the character of Violet to be relatable. The Body Finder is an original story that will leave reader’s anxiously anticipating the next installment, Desires of the Dead, due out February 15, 2011.

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