Monday, March 28, 2011

Shimmer by Alyson Noel

Shimmer
By: Alyson Noel
Source: Bought
Released: March 15, 2011
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"Having solved the matter of the Radiant Boy, Riley, Buttercup, and Bodhi are enjoying a well-deserved vacation. When Riley comes across a young ghost named Rebecca, Riley soon learns Rebecca's not at all what she sees. The daughter of a former plantation owner, she is furious about being murdered during a slave revolt in 1733. Mired in her own anger, Rebecca is keeping the ghosts who died along with her trapped in their worst memories. Can Riley help Rebecca without losing herself to her own nightmarish memories?" (Summary from alysonnoel.com)

Alyson Noel's Shimmer picks up where Radiance left off, Riley has successfully completed her first mission and is enjoying a vacation on the earth plane with her dog Buttercup and her guide Bodhi. However, her vacation does not last long before she finds a hell hound and an angry and cruel spirit, Rebecca. Riley can't stop herself from getting involved, even when it means going against Bodhi's warning. Rebecca was killed during a slave revolt in 1773 and she is now feeding off the energy of the spirits she has trapped. While attempting to understand more about Rebecca's past, Riley learns the horrifying details of the torture the slaves experienced. Rebecca traps Bodhi and Buttercup and its up to Riley to save them before she becomes trapped in her own fears.


Shimmer is a great follow up to Radiance and I personally love the character of Riley ever since I first read about her in Evernight. Riley is a headstrong and sassy character who will go out of her way to help others and prove that she can do anything.

In Shimmer, Bodhi's past is revealed and what his life was like before he died. Riley grows a great deal emotionally over the course of the book, especially when she is forced to face down her fears. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and I strongly recommend Radiance and Shimmer.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Need by Carrie Jones

Need
By: Carrie Jones
Source: Bought E-book
Released: Fall 2008
Purchase the Book: Amazon



"Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara." (summary from carriejonesbooks.com)
Carrie Jones Need is the story of Zara, who recently lost her stepfather and is moving to Maine to live with her grandmother. She believes her mother is sending her away because she can't handle her anymore but, little does Zara know is that her family is protecting her from a dark secret. She soon discovers that the man she has been seeing everywhere is actually stalking her and he is a pixie. Along with her new friends, Zara uncovers the secrets of the pixies and just what it is that they want from her. 


Need is a captivating story of a supernatural world with pixies that grabs your attention from the first page. Zara is a tough and selfless protagonist who has been through much in her life and collects phobias as a coping method. The side characters are interesting, and I especially enjoyed the hyper character of Issie as well as the comedy that Gram brought. The plot moved a bit fast and I felt that the character development was rushed, but overall it was a good book. I definitely plan to read more of this series to see where Jones takes Zara's story next. 


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Monday, March 14, 2011

Previously In The Mortal Instruments Trailer


The Mortal Instruments Series:
By: Cassandra Clare
Book 1: City of Bones
Book 2: City of Ashes
Book 3: City of Glass
Book 4: City of Fallen Angels (Released April 5, 2011)

Summary: Who will fall in love, and who will find their relationship torn apart? Who will betray everything they ever believed in? Love. Blood. Betrayal.Revenge. In the heart-pounding fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series, the stakes are higher than ever. (http://www.mortalinstruments.com/)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Afterlife
By: Claudia Gray
Source: Bought
Released: March 8, 2011
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a ghostly wraith, but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling. Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help... Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her transformation has given her. A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They have overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?"(summary from claudiagray.com)
Afterlife, the final installment in Claudia Gray's Evernight series, picks up right where the previous book, Hourglass, left off. Bianca has now become a wraith and Lucas is a newly turned vampire, and the only place left for him to turn for help is Evernight Academy. The academy, however, is the most dangerous place for Bianca and Lucas to go, not only because of their past history with the school, but the leader, Mrs. Bethany, is trapping wraiths. Bianca and Lucas' love is once again tested as they each learn how to live with their new and powerful transformations.

Afterlife is a captivating story that will not disappoint fans of the Evernight series. I was highly anticipating Afterlife to see where Gray would take the story next, especially after the surprise ending to Hourglass, and once again she has created a plot with surprising twists. When comparing Bianca in Afterlife to the first book, Evernight, there is a great deal of change in her character because she is now openly a stronger, independent, and determined individual. There are so many loveable characters throughout the series such as Bianca, Lucas, and Balthazar, but my favorite has to be Vic because of the humor he brings to the story. If you have not read the Evernight series yet, I highly recommend that you do.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Hourglass Door Series Trailer



The Hourglass Door Series
By: Lisa Mangum (www.lisamangum.com)
The Hourglass Door (Book 1) 
The Golden Spiral (Book 2)
The Forgotten Locket (Book 3) (Releasing June 2011)

Summary: His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time? A romance with a mystery twist that dates back to Leonardo da Vinci. In The Hourglass Door, Abby's picture perfect life is turned upside down when a mysterious foreign exchange student from Italy moves to town.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Nevermore
By: Kelly Creagh
Source: Bought E-book
Released: August 31, 2010
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look. Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares." (Summary from goodreads.com)
Kelly Creagh's Nevermore is the original story of opposites Isobel, the cheerleader, and Varen, the goth, who are forced to be partners for an English project. Isobel is reluctant in the beginning to spend any time with Varen, but she soon finds herself curious to learn more about him and the strange writings that he keeps in his notebook. Isobel begins to pull away from her boyfriend and friends, especially when she stands up to them for Varen. Eventually, Isobel finds herself stumbling into a world where dreams hold power and the stories of Edgar Allen Poe come to life. Isobel must find a way to save Varen before he gets trapped inside the terrifying world forever. 


Nevermore is a unique and dark story that dives the reader into a mysterious and suspenseful plot. The relationship of Isobel and Varen slowly develops over the course of the book. At the beginning both are reluctant to work together, but as they spend more time together, the attraction between them grows as well. Another great aspect of the book were the minor characters such as Gwen, the quirky girl who is a surprising friend to Isobel. I particularly loved how creatively Creagh incorporated Edgar Allen Poe throughout the story. The plot develops at a steady pace which gives time for the characters to be deeply developed. The ending leaves readers at a cliffhanger and I am definitely anticipating the follow up to this story.


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