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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