Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Illusions : Book Review

Summary : Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice. 

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail
Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.


My Opinion : Aprilynne Pike is the official master of the art of cliffhangers! She's slowly killing me with her cliffhangers! At least there's only a book left in the series, right? Here's how it ends:
' Everyone gasped as Chelsea pulled the bandage from four broad, white petals. It resembled- and was not much bigger than- and ordinary  poinsettia .

Tamani had seen the pollen on his palms, but to see that classic white Winter blossom spread out in front of him filled him with terror that nearly brought him to his knees.

Shar's whispered oath was Tamani's fervent prayer.

''Goddess help us all'' '
I mean, this isn't a cliffhanger, it's as if the author saw that she was behind in her book and decided to stop there!

Alright, so this is the third installment in the Wings series written by the appraised  author Aprilynne Pike. Even though the end annoyed me pretty much, I loved the ending and the writing of Aprilynne Pike! I don't how she can annoy me that much, but that I love her and her writing!

Chelsea... is the most annoying character of all. I don't know why; I just hate her. I must sound whiny, but I need to tell you; why can't Laurel make a decision? It annoys me how she can't!

There's only one last book, and even though this series annoys me a bit, I feel a bit sad *sniff*.

4/5 stars

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Releases From This Month I am Looking Forward to Read

Monday, August 29, 2011

Spells : Book Review

Summary : Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever. 

When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?


My Opinion : It's official; Aprilynne Pike has mastered the art of cliffhangers! So here's something; cliffhangers are stupid! They break my heart and make me want to cry! Okay, maybe not, but they make me... unhappy. Really unhappy and frustrated.

Alright, so I really liked the first book of the series, Wings, from the well-known bestselling author, Aprilynne Pike. I liked Spells as much as I did with Wings, but I felt like Spells had something more to it. Something that made the reader excited just thinking about the next time he/she'd read it. Something magical.

Since I'd read a lot of bad reviews about this book (and now I know not to trust too much someone else's opinion, unless you know you have similar book tastes), and so, I wasn't sure about reading. But, hay, I thought, my library lends me the book for free; what do I have to loose? Only time to read another book. So I decided to try it; wise and clever decision you should make too.

The writing and plot had many twists I didn't see coming(stupid me! Sometimes book are so obvious, you don't see it coming, you say; Oh! It's too obvious, the author won't do it, but she/he does it!). And, the writing was fun and light; what you expect from a fairy/faery/fae/fey book.

Even though Laurel can be sweet and nice and caring, I thought she was plain mean to Tamani; she kept coming back to him even thought she wouldn't be with him. She was like; 'Oh Tamani, I don't need you, Bye! Oh Tamani, I need you, Hello!'.Even though I hated that, it was just part of the story, and so that's why I care less now. I think she's better off with Tamani (sorry for those who are Team David) and I hope she'll end up with him! David was fun, but, I'm pretty sure he's like pretty much every other boy his age (I hope you know what I mean.... horny, driven by hormones), or maybe that's just I,m wrong, but that's my impression on him.

Oh! I fell in love with the cover; green and a kind of pink red= awesome! I really love the cover! Don't you?

There's still Illusions, the third novel in the series, and an not yet released book in this series. I can't wait to read Illusions; I have it!

4.5/5 stars.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Once in a Full Moon: Book Review

Summary : Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend's Run is famous for them. She's used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend's Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.

Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who's from the wrong side of town. But she can't deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste's hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend's Run.
Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.


My Opinion : Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever. That's the only reason I read this book. I mean, what's more romantic than a kiss under the full moon? And why would it change someone's life forever? Why beware a kiss? That's how this author's powerful; she makes the reader ask questions that will only be answered by reading the book.

At first, with all the bad reviews on this book, I didn't really want to read it, but, as you can see by my review, I did read it.

The writing was beautifully woven from the first word you read, until the last word. It kept me up at night, thinking about what would happen next, imagining different scenarios. Will they get together? Will she choose tern, stupid and selfish Nash, or beautiful, nice, selfless and caring Brandon? I think it was easy to know she'd choose Brandon, right?

As I previously wrote in this review, Nash is tern, stupid and selfish. He only began being nice and a bit caring to Celeste when she didn't want to be with him anymore. I mean? What? How stupid is he? But, Brandon *sigh* is *sigh* perfect. Even though Celeste was a bit too to... weird... when she was in love, I liked her and how she cared about old people and other people more then herself. Then, Mr Worthington. He had such a cute personality! And, seriously, if he'd been younger, I would of totally had a crush on him *blush*.

The cover really was pretty... what? That's all I have to say about it; sorry.

So, I heard there's another book in this series... EEEEEEEEEEP! Yeah!

4.5/5 stars

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Once Dead, Twice Shy : Book Review

Summary : My name is Madison Avery, and I'm here to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it. 

Madison's prom was killer—literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul. But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.

Now she's stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death. She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.

With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.

Well, if she believed in that stuff.


My Opinion : Since I'd already read the prequel to this series, it was easier to understand, and that's why I'm telling you to read the prequel before reading this book. Here's where you can find the sequel; Prequel of Madison Avery Trilogy, just read the story that Kim Harrison wrote.

The writing was really fun, with sarcastic humor. I've already tried reading another series, well, the first book to another series, of this author. Here it is; Dead Witch Walking. It was hard to get into, so I didn't ready it further 60 pages; I'm ashamed of myself, but I couldn't get in the story. Maybe I'll try it again another time.

I was a bit reluctant to read the book, since of her other novel. But I tried it even though I had prejudices. And I was wrong; this author clearly has talent. That's why the sequel of the series is in my To-Read List (TRL).

Madison Avery is clearly a geek trying to cover her geeky side so she could be popular; obviously. I don't know why, but I can't decide who I want her to date; Joshua or Barnabas? *Sigh* Oh well, maybe I'll decide in the next book. Josh was great, and I forgave him for calling Madison a bitch; he hadn't known her well. Barnabas was too cold and distant, in my opinion; he should have been more nice to Madison.

The cover was... cool and weird at the same the same time. But it's definitely cute.

As I said before, I'll probably read the sequel to this series.

4/5 stars. 

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Club Dead : Book Review

Summary : Things between cocktail waitress Sookie and her vampire boyfriend Bill seem to be going excellently (apart from the small matter of him being undead) until he leaves town for a while. A long while. Bill's sinister boss Eric has an idea of where to find him, whisking her off to Jackson, Mississippi to mingle with the under-underworld at Club Dead. When she finally catches up with the errant vampire, he is in big trouble and caught in an act of serious betrayal. This raises serious doubts as to whether she should save him or start sharpening a few stakes of her own ...


My Opinion: In the third installment of the well known Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris' explores, with the reader, betrayal. She does so beautifully.

I feel like I have to say, again, that Harris' writing is fun, fast-paced and dark.

When I read that Bill had betrayed Sookie, I wanted to sharpen my stakes and go kill him. Once I'd calmed down, I continued reading the book. I felt really bad for Sookie.

Anyone who loves Young Adult Paranormal Romance should enjoy this series. 

I currently have the fourth book of the series, and will probably read it next.

4.5/5 stars

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Miles to go : Book Review

Summary : First, we should dismiss the doubters: Yes, Miley Cyrus is only 16 years old, usually not a ripe age for would-be memoirists, but superstar Miley a.k.a. "Hannah Montana" is not and has never been your average youngster. This autobiography proves that point with 250 pages of reminiscences about growing up as the not-always-happy, not-always-beautiful child in a blended family dominated by country music and television star Billy Ray Cyrus. Miles to Go becomes even more compelling with its account of Miley's own sudden rush to fame as a Disney teen idol. Throughout, Miley is predictably vivacious and candid, making this book a treat for fans and a pleasant surprise for others.


My Opinion : So, first, let me tell you, this isn't my genre of books. This is an autobiography, and it was my first ever in this genre! I only read it because I could get it for free at the library, and that Miley Cyrus is in my favorite artists.

As I read the first pages, I thought; Wow! Miley Cyrus has developed a degree of literacy! I liked to see how she got to be the big star she now is.

Anyone who dreams of being a superstar; you ought to read the book.

3.5/5 stars.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Beastly : Book Review

Summary : I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog, but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. 

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.


My Opinion : In this modern retelling of the well-known fairy-tale called The Beauty and the Beast, Flinn takes use to New York City, in the present. The book itself is amazing. While reading the book, I was so concentrated on it; only thinking about when I could read it next.

I've seen the movie before the book *slaps herself because should have read the book first* and so the book was spoiled. At least, they were really different except for the 'I turn in a beast, fall in love, then happily ever after'.

Here's something I haven't yet talked about in my book reviews: the cover of the book. The cover when looked at closely, can sometimes tell the reader some little thing about the book; which is now the case. In the book, Kyle (Adrian) gives Linda a white rose (See cover) ; which saves him from being a beast until he dies.

The writing is fun, and dark; which seems to be my favorite combination. 

Kyle (Adrian) and Linda seemed to me as an amazing combination for a couple.

Alex Flinn's writing got me wanting for more, and so Cloaked, another book of hers, is in my To-Read List (TRL).

4.5/5 stars

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Living Dead in Dallas : Book Review

Summary : Waiting tables, sweeping floors, reading minds and solving mysteries for the undead. It's all in a day's work for Sookie... 

Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of real bad luck. First, her co-worker gets murdered and no one seems to care. Then Sookie is attacked - and poisoned - late one night by some weird and apparently mythical beast. She only survives because the local vampires roll up and graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it). But in return the blood-suckers need a favor. 

Which is why Sookie ends up in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire, on the condition that her undead friends don't do anything, well, vampiric while she's there. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly...


My Opinion : This sequel of the entertaining series named Sookie Stackhouse, also known as Southern Vampire series, was as great as the first book.

The writing was dramatic, fun and fast-paced; keeping the reader seeking for more of this amazing series. 

Even though Bill and Sookie fought a bit, it kept the book dramatic; and who doesn't love a little bit of good ol' drama?

I have to say, this author got me hooked on the series!

I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

5/5 stars

Monday, August 22, 2011

Abandon : Book Review

Summary : Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. 

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away... especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.


My Opinion : This is the fifth book I read by Meg Cabot, and I can truly say that she is a great author. This book is actually, from my point of view, the best from Cabot.

The writing was really slow, and the details were overwhelming. Also, there were a lot of flashbacks, but I like those two things.

Pierce was actually a really nice character. She cared about other people, and she was selfless. John was... wild. At first I thought he hated Pierce, but no... he loved her.

I was glad to learn that this book will be a trilogy. I can't wait to read the next ones.

4.5/5 stars

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Destined for an Early Grave : Book Review

Summary : Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger...

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they've fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it's time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She's having visions of a vampire named Gregor who's more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn't know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won't stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor's hold over her. She'll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she's ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.


My Opinion : This series has revealed to be enormously enjoyable, as well as one of my favorite series.

This, I must say unhappily, was the my least favorite book of the series so far. Cat and Bones fought too much. That's only why I think it was, from my point of view, the worst in the series.

The writing from Frost is always remarkable; fast-paced dark and funny.

As I mentioned earlier in my review, Cat and Bones fought to much. They'd almost never fight in the previous books, and now... BAM! About 5 fights in one book. So, it left me fuming too, when Bones left for about 40-50 pages.

I cannot wait to get my heads on the fifth book of the series.

4.5/5 stars

Drink, Slay, Love : Book Review

Summary :  Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire . . . fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil . . . until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops.

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don’t exist), and they’re shocked she survived. They’re even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl’s family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King’s feast—as the entrĂ©es.

The only problem? Pearl’s starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she’s definitely dead if she lets down her family. What’s a sunlight-loving vamp to do?


My Opinion : I got this as an eGalley with Simon & Schuster, and I was quite glad.

The story is on Pearl's life, a vampire, that goes from evil, to not so evil. The writing and story is fun and absolutely worth reading.

Evan was my favorite character in part because of he always wanted to see the good side in people. Pearl was also fun to read, and kind of badass, which made the book more enjoyable.

I recommend this book to any person who enjoys Paranormal.

5/5 stars

Saturday, August 20, 2011

At Grave's End : Book Review

Summary : Some things won't stay buried . . . at grave's end

It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield's life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she's successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat's worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover's finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn't enough, a woman from Bones's past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat's about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she's learned as a special agent won't help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.


My Opinion : This is definitely a series worth your time. From fun scenes with Bones, to violent scenes with protagonist Cat.

As always, Frost's writhing leaves the reader wanting more. Dark, funny and fast-paced, the reader gets into the story after a few pages.

Bones and Cat's relationship is like a roller coster. And that's why I like love it.

The story itself was fast and nonetheless fun.

I have the fourth book ready to read; I can't wait.

5/5 stars

Friday, August 19, 2011

Dreamland : Book Review

Summary : Strange, sleepy Rogerson, with his long brown dreads and brilliant green eyes, had seemed to Caitlin to be an open door. With him she could be anybody, not just the second-rate shadow of her older sister, Cass. But now she is drowning in the vacuum Cass left behind when she turned her back on her family's expectations by running off with a boyfriend. Caitlin wanders in a dream land of drugs and a nightmare of Rogerson's sudden fists, lost in her search for herself.

Why do so many girls allow themselves to get into abusive relationships--and what keeps them there? In this riveting novel, Sarah Dessen searches for understanding and answers. Caught in a trap that is baited with love and need, Caitlin must frantically manage her every action to avoid being hit by the hands that once seemed so gentle. All around her are women who care--best friends, mother, sister, mentor--but shame keeps her from confiding in any of them, especially Cass, her brilliant older sister, whose own flight from home had seemed to point the way.


My Opinion : Having read two other Dessen books, I knew that this author wrote about teen problems. So I knew which kind of book I was going to read.

Sarah Dessen's writing is as always, nice, but really hard on the emotions. Dessen approaches the subject of a boyfriend beating up his girlfriend, which is a touchy subject, but Dessen doesn't scare the reader off.

*Sniff sniff* Poor Caitlin. Her life went from pretty normal to disastrous. All because, on her sixteenth birthday, her older sister decided to run off with her boyfriend. Then, Caitlin met Rogerson. And there goes her normal life. I absolutely hate Rogerson!

After this book, Dessen got me wanting more of her writing, and so Along for the Ride will be the next novel of hers I will be reading.

4/5 stars

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Five Minutes More : Book Review

Summary : D'Arcy's dad is dead. She desperately wants it to have been an accident, but she is not sure. And when she learns the truth, things become even more difficult. Why would her father choose suicide? Why didn't she see the signs? Her father had always helped her get through everything in her life-five minutes at a time. Can she do it alone? And then she meets Seth. When will things get back to normal? Learning to live without her father while her mother struggles with her own pain, D'Arcy finds an inner strength she wasn't aware of. She also finds that almost anything is tolerable for five minutes more.


My Opinion : Warning : I read this book in half a day, and my emotions were fully blown. Maybe reading it in a day would be better for everyone.

This book was different from what I normally read. I love Young Adult Paranormal Romance, and this was more about Young Adult Fiction. But I still enjoyed it.

I haven't read much books that are about dealing with death without anything Paranormal, so this was a bit weird for me at first. The writing was fast-paced, but still kept a grip on small details that made the story whole. 

*uses sarcasm* D'Arcy (Yeah, I know, weird way of writing a name) was simply charming! Nah, just kidding. She had a weird, but understandable, way of dealing with her father's death. But when Seth appeared, she began feeling better, and that's why I'm so grateful to Seth.

4/5 stars

Dead Until Dark : Book Review

Summary : Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She' s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much. Not because she's not pretty. She is. Its just that, well, Sookie has this sort of "disability". She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He's tall, dark, handsome --- and Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's exactly the type of guy skids been waiting for all her life ... 

But Bill has a disability of his own: He is a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of --- big surprise --- murder. And when one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next ...


My Opinion : Well, it's official, I have found a new vampire series to read! After having read the Twilight Saga and the Vampire Academy series, I didn't think I'd find another series that I'd enjoy as much. But I did!

Charlaine Harris' writing was fast-paced, funny, sometimes dark, and a piece of art. I enjoyed the quickened pace and the sometimes dramatic scenes between Bill and Sookie.

Bill was a great character. He didn't have much of a personality, but I still liked him. Sookie was the one with the funny and  nice personality that a great series needs. 

I recommend this funny as well as dark vampire series, which was also adapted into a TV series called True Blood.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book in the series,

5/5 stars.

Monday, August 15, 2011

One Foot in the Grave : Book Review

Summary : You can run from the grave, but you can't hide . . .

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she'll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won't let her get away again.


My Opinion : I have to say it's been five days since I read the book, but I needed to review it. So I've been brewing it up in my mind to be ready to give a good review of it. Let'S begin *dramatic music*...

Frost's writing is like when you go to a gourmet restaurant and the meat melts on your tongue. It's low, as well as fast. The details are well added and the story melts. 

Cat, as always, was badass. Like, really badass. I love her character. Then there's my crush; Bones! Mmmh.... after Chapter 32, I had a bigger crush on him :D .

Let's talk about famous Chapter 32. I'll just say one word to describe it; DIRTY! So, not a bed story for little seven years old. 

This series is definitely worth reading.

I really cannot wait to read the next book in the book.

5/5 stars