Saturday, November 30, 2013

Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate Review

Title: Fallen in Love: A Fallen Novel in Stories
Author: Lauren Kate
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: Fallen, book three point five
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A nice filler to hold a reader over until Rapture, I enjoyed Fallen in Love--it provided good background information for several of the supporting characters.

Fallen in Love is a novel that is told in a few different stories, all tied together, taking place during Passion, and all with a Valentine's Day theme: Miles and Shelby get stuck in medieval England due to a stray announcer; Roland tries to make amends with his only former love; Arriane tries to make the right choice, in spite of and for love; (Hers was my favorite in the novel.) and finally, Daniel and Luce get to spend an enchanted Valentine's Day together for the first time.

What I enjoyed:
-All of these stories provided vital background for some of my favorite Fallen characters
-There wasn't a story I didn't like, Arriane's especially was my favorite
-The pacing of the stories--though this novel is small, the pacing and the storytelling made it feel heftier than it really is
-The cameos of familiar characters, like Cam
-It was a nice filler, and I'm glad I read it before Rapture

What I didn't enjoy:
-There was nothing bad about this novel--it was nice, even though it diverted from the main storyline

I liked Fallen in Love--it was a sweet, light novel, relatively different from the others. It was lovely. Next on deck: Rapture by Lauren Kate!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Entice by Jessica Shirvington Review

Title: Entice
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters, book two
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Even better than Embrace, Entice has it all--a budding relationship, a race against time, secrets revealed, and an amazing villain--it was a great sequel and I can't wait for more of this!

Violet Eden is back, this time dealing with the aftermath of her choices. Reeling from all she has learned just a few weeks before, she discovers that she's needed once more, this time to race across the globe in a quest for an object that could seriously tip the scales in the battle of good and evil--too far to fix the balance. Add to that her desperate need for her partner, Lincoln, in every way, and the fact that Phoenix is on her heels and isn't letting her go.. Well, let's just say Violet has a lot on her plate--and warnings of a betrayal reach her ears..

What I enjoyed:
-Violet, and her evolution into a strong heroine by the end of the novel, as well as her flaws and her problems--I love her, period
-Lincoln, and his and Violet's relationship, volatile and sensual and coming to a head in the later part of the book
-The pacing, which was breakneck--I couldn't put it down, it moved so quickly!
-Phoenix, of course, as always
-The secrets that were revealed so perfectly--I was hanging on the edge of my seat
-The ending!
-The Grigori characters, especially Spence, Zoe, Sal, Rudyard, and Nyla

What I didn't enjoy:
-Magda

I loved Entice and I can't wait for Emblaze! (Too bad I called a library hiatus after this batch.. Womp! -_-) Next on deck: Partials, by Dan Wells!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima Review

Title: The Wizard Heir
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Heir Chronicles, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A worthy sequel to a smash hit, I loved The Wizard Heir--every bit as good as the book before it--an amazing, rollicking adventure I couldn't put down! Amazing!

Seph McCauley is a kid who's used to being in trouble. Though he is good-looking, charismatic, and popular, he also seems to have a knack for disaster--quite literally. After a tragic mishap, he is shipped off to an exclusive boys' school in Maine, where he finds a headmaster who is using his students for a wicked agenda.. As if this all weren't bad enough for one kid, he has to master his Wizard powers, before he goes insane!

What I enjoyed:
-The breakneck pacing, despite it being a little bit slow at the beginning
-Seph as a character, thoroughly layered and a great protagonist--I liked him immediately and was rooting for him throughout the novel
-The complex, frightening villain in Leicester, throughout the novel, as frightening as a poisonous spider
-The further explanation into the lore of the novel, especially Wizards, and Weirlind itself
-The constant twists and turns I felt throughout the novel--I couldn't guess what was coming
-The cameos of Jack, Ellen, Hastings, Becka, and Linda in the Wizard Heir, and a few others as well
-The ending, explosive and wonderful and perfect--I'm looking forward to the sequel

What I didn't enjoy:
-Most of the boys at Seph's school, with the exception of Peter and Trevor
-The beginning was a little slow

I really enjoyed The Wizard Heir--it wasn't a half-bad sequel! The whole series is definitely a treat worth reading! Next on deck: Entice by Jessica Shirvington!

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel Review

Title: This Dark Endeavor
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
Series: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A teen prequel to the gothic classic Frankenstein, this amazing book had everything--fantasy, horror, a love triangle--but best of all, a flawed, relatable narrator in Victor. I loved it and can't wait for more!

Sixteen year old Victor Frankenstein's best friend is his twin, his other half. With Konrad, their cousin Elizabeth, and their friend Henry, young Victor lives a charmed live in his Gevena chateau--that is, until Konrad falls gravely ill. Desperate to save his brother, Victor begins to search for a cure--gambling heart and soul to save his beloved brother, and when both brothers start to have feelings for their lovely cousin, Victor struggles with his own feelings, as well as his humanity, and how far he is willing to go for those he loves.

What I enjoyed:
-The rich, romantic background of Geneva
-The narration in Victor, and how it grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go
-The character of Victor, the antihero of the novel who I found myself almost reluctantly rooting for
-Konrad, and his complex relationship with his twin
-Elizabeth, the lovely, fiery cousin the boys both fall for
-The love triangle was one of the best parts of the novel for me
-The quest throughout the novel that made it fly
-Victor's warm, loving family, despite him chafing against them at times
-The ending that promises a sequel!

What I didn't enjoy:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this wonderful, amazing reimagining of a classic!

Anyone looking for a narrator that's different, or just a good adventure, should grab This Dark Endeavor--it was absolutely amazing! Next on deck: The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon Review

Title: Infamous
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Series: The Chronicles of Nick, book three
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The third book in the young adult series about one of Kenyon's Dark Hunters, Nick Gautier, Infamous was really amazing--I finished it in one day!

Nick Gautier thinks he's had enough trouble for a lifetime. One would think being a fifteen year old boy from the sticks would be difficult enough, but add to that being the son of a demon, trying to cope with powers you can't control, and the fact that you can't see any enemy until it's right in your face, well.. It's a hard knock life. Along with all this, strange things are happening at Nick's school, and Nick's dad--the murderous demon who spawned him--is after him.. And Nick may not get out whole and sane this time.

What I enjoyed:
-The narration of Nick, hilarious and fresh and drawing me in immediately
-The pacing--it was breakneck and I couldn't put it down
-The secrets that had me twisting and turning throughout the novel--I couldn't see what was coming half the time
-The ending!
-Nick's family and friends, especially his mother and Kody
-The complex cast of characters, half of whom seem to have murderous intent for Nick

What I didn't enjoy:
-The cause of the school trouble in the background seemed kind of contrived to me
-I wish I knew more about the lore of the Dark Hunters novels--it's really difficult to follow!

I really, really liked Infamous and I'm looking forward to Inferno. Next on deck: This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Defy the Dark by Saundra Mitchell Review

Title: Defy the Dark
 Editor: Saundra Mitchell
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Anthology; different genres
Series: N/A

This is an anthology, so I'm going to be reviewing this a little bit differently: Instead of reviewing the anthology as a whole, I'm going to review each story at a time. The theme is a collection of stories that are written about and in the dark.

Sleepstalk by Courtney Summers: 3 out of 5 stars. A vague, creepy love story. I really liked it, but the narrative and ending were strange and hard to follow. Could've been better, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Nature by Aprilynne Pike: 5 out of 5 stars. A dystopian love story of a girl who is placed in a class of citizens--Natures--to procreate and provide children for the populace. Wishing she could escape her fate, Kylie meets a boy named Jeremy, who is the same as she is. Sweet and an interesting setting--I'd like a novel with this setting. Wonderful.

The Dark Side of the Moon by Dia Reeves: 4 out of 5 stars. A spooky story about a starcrossed couple, the male part of which journeys on the mysterious night trolley on the other side of the tracks and is nearly eaten by an alien spider and its children. Deliciously creepy!

Ghost Town by Malinda Lo: 5 out of 5 stars. A lesbian story with a lot of heart and a creepy, sexy ghost story--I really, really enjoyed it, so much so I'd like to dig deeper into Lo's repertoire. An amazing story!

 Eyes in the Dark by Rachel Hawkins: 2 out of 5 stars. A short story involving murderous red eyed creatures. Slightly scary, but aside from the ending it was dull. I expected more.

Stillwater by Valerie Kemp: 4 out of 5 stars. a creepy, twisty tale about a town stuck in a time warp. I liked the plotline, but it was the romance between Delilah and Pruitt that made this story great.

I Gave You My Love by the Light of the Moon by Sarah Rees Brennan: 5 out of 5 stars. A romantic, dark love story about a vampire/werewolf couple. I really, really enjoyed this story.

Night Swimming by Beth Revis: 4 out of 5 stars. A dark, dystopian, disturbing story of a love triangle set in the Across The Universe world. (You can find that review here on my blog.) I actually liked this short story better than the actual novel--it explains the characters of Harley and Kayleigh beautifully--and the ending was absolutely perfect.

The Sunflower Murders by Kate Espey: 5 out of 5 stars.  A sad, angry, and disturbing tale of a murder, and how two friends irrevocably grew apart. Lovely, sad, and glorious. I'd love a full novel of The Sunflower Murders!

Almost Normal by Carrie Ryan: 5 out of 5 stars. A creepy, dark, and genuinely horrific zombie story, it sucked me in and nearly had me biting my nails--I really enjoyed this story straight out of a Romero film! I'm looking forward to reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth series.

 There's Nowhere Else-John Skovron. 4 out of 5 stars. A funny, dark tale of escapism in its truest form. As an avid reader myself, I really enjoyed this story of a nightwalker. More please!

 Naughty or Nice by Myra Mcentire: 5 out of 5 stars. A fun holiday story about the Antisanta and two best friends fighting their feelings for each other, with dark twists. I really enjoyed it!

Shadowed by Christine Johnson: 5 out of 5 stars. One of my favorites. A medieval story about a girl trapped with her shadow, which has a life of its own. Beautiful, lyrical, and dark. I wish I had more of it!

Now Bid Time Return by Saundra Mitchell: 4 out of 5 stars. A romantic, sweet ghost story, I really enjoyed it, though the protaganist was a little bit whiny.

The Moth and the Spider by Sarah Ockler: 2 out of 5 stars. This story was more creepy than dark to me--a little bit over the edge and crazy, and though I read it through to the end, I didn't like it very much.

 Where the Light Is by Jackson Pearce: 4 out of 5 stars. A sweet, gentle love story of a boy above ground and a girl below, reading more like a fairy tale than a short story. Lovely.

This Is Ophelia by Tessa Gratton: 5 out of 5 stars and my favorite of the whole volume. a roaring twenties take on Ophelia from Hamlet, of a cross-dressing young woman who has fallen in love and gone mad. If only this were a whole book! Absolutely amazing!

I love, love, love this anthology--it was absolutely beautiful! Anyone looking for a good short story collection should snatch it up! Next on deck: Diva by Jillian Larkin!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rogue by Gina Damico Review

Title: Rogue
Author: Gina Damico
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Mystery/Fantasy
Series: Croak, book three
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The third and final novel in the bestselling Croak series, Rogue was amazing--this is how every series should end for me--wonderful!

Lex and the gang are back.. And this time, not just their lives are at risk, but the Grimsphere as a whole. After the heartbreaking events in Scorch, the whole gang is scrambling, despite their entire world and lives being turned on their heads. Change is just a light word for what's going on throughout the sphere, and everyone--everyone--is tested to their limits.

What I enjoyed:
-As always, the narration was great--quick and quirky and utterly hilarious, as well as more than a few shades of dark
-The pacing was insane--I couldn't put it down, and I couldn't stop thinking about it when I couldn't read it!
-Lex and her evolution as a character, from a lost teenager to a mature young woman, as well as her relationship with the other characters
-The gang--Pip and Ferbus and Bang and Uncle Mort and Elysia and of course, Driggs
-The way every single loose end was tied up--beautiful! No questions asked!
-Grotton
-The ending--I bawled my eyes out after I finished

What I didn't enjoy:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this explosive novel, and the series as a whole! A beautiful ending to a quirky, different series that I loved!

I loved Rogue, and the whole series--anyone looking for a different paranormal series or for a funny main character should snatch it up! Next on deck: Defy the Dark, edited by Saundra Mitchell!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon Review

Title: Dead Beautiful
Author: Yvonne Woon
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Horror/Romance
Series: Dead Beautiful, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: An interesting new take on vampires and zombies, Dead Beautiful was a good debut--though I can't shake the feeling the author took a lot of inspiration from Harry Potter and Twilight.

Renee Winters's life is ruined when she discovers her parents dead in the woods in California, seemingly of heart attacks. But she discovers strange items with her parents' bodies: coins on their eyes and gauze in their mouths. After the funeral, Renee leaves for New England to live with the grandfather she barely knows. Once there, she is sent to Gottfried Academy, a mysterious old school with more secrets than she realizes. She meets Dante, a boy she feels mysteriously drawn to, but Renee realizes that love may be to die for--literally..

What I enjoyed:
-The pacing was breakneck--I couldn't put it down!
-Renee, and her determination to find truth throughout the novel, as well as live her life, though at times with Dante she was a bit whiny
-Dante, and his relationship with Renee
-The complex, layered mythology of the novel, different and engaging
-Nathaniel and Eleanor
-The elaborate hierarchy of the school
-The mystery that I didn't see coming and took me nearly the whole book to solve
-Brandon Bell
-The Gottfried Academy, gothic and mysterious, reminding me of Hogwarts castle
-The ending

What I didn't enjoy:
-It really seemed like Woon took a lot of inspiration from Harry Potter and Twilight--at the beginning of the novel it felt like those two stories were mixed together

I really liked Dead Beautiful--anyone looking for a good mystery or thriller should pick it up. Next on deck: Rogue by Gina Damico!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs Review (Possible Spoiler Alert!)

Title: Sweet Legacy
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Medusa Girls, book three
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The last thrilling novel in the Medusa Girls trilogy, I simply loved Sweet Legacy--I couldn't put it down! It was a satisfying, wonderful sequel--I loved everything about it!

Gretchen, Grace, and Greer have returned for the final time. Still reeling from arriving in Abyssos, the girls set out to achieve their destiny: open the door between the worlds and make the most frightening decision of their young lives. On top of that, they're dealing with boy crushes, trying to learn how to properly use their powers, and oh, yeah, the most important thing of all: staying together and all in one piece..

What I enjoyed:
-As with every volume in this series, I enjoyed the multiple narration, adding depth and breathing life into the story
-The pacing was breakneck--I couldn't put it down
-The girls themselves--one of my favorite sets of literary siblings!
-The girls' continually evolving relationship throughout the novel
-Nick, Thane, and Milo
-The quirky monsters that the girls meet and some of them, eventually, befriend
-Childs did something I love to have in an ending novel: Every single question was answered and everything was tied up--I was so happy and relieved!
-The ending, as well as what led up to the ending--wonderful!
-The Gorgons, of course
-The gods throughout the novel
-Cassandra and the girls' families

What I didn't enjoy:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this book--it was the perfect ending to a great series!

I loved Sweet Legacy! Any girl dying for a chick alternative to Percy Jackson and the Olympians should grab The Medusa Girls series. Next on deck: Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones Review

Title: First Grave on the Right
Author: Darynda Jones
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: Charley Davidson, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Hilarious, romantic, and a spine tingling mystery, I loved this novel, especially its smart-aleck heroine, Charley--more please!

Charley Davidson has never been normal. She's been able to talk to dead people as long as she could remember. Pair that with the fact that she's a grim reaper, well, you've got a pretty volatile combination. She's been having crazy hot dreams about a man who loves her so thoroughly she can't breathe, and on top of that, she's trying to work her private investigating job. When three lawyers are murdered and beg her to solve the mystery, Charley doesn't hesitate to help, even when her own life becomes at risk..

What I enjoyed:
-The hilarious narration provided by kick-ass Charley, which had me alternately laughing and cringing page after page
-Charley herself, and her unwavering personality, strong and not afraid to be herself, and damn near fearless
-Charley's significant other--Oh my God!
-Charley's family and coworkers, especially her father and Uncle Bob
-The myriad gang of dead people that follow Charley about, more family than hauntings
-The romance was both hot and romantic
-The mythology of the novel that was cool but still had a lot of questions
-The ending--I can't wait for the sequel!

What I didn't enjoy:
-At times the narration was a bit all over the place

I loved First Grave on the Right! Wonderful! Next on deck: Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Indelible by Dawn Metcalf Review

Title: Indelible
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Twixt, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Indelible took a little bit to get into, but once I got into the swing of the novel, I really, really enjoyed it--a fun, different spin on the fey! It was wonderful!

Joy Malone is out partying with a friend when she catches the eye of two gothic siblings--the male of which tries to cut out Joy's eye! Joy soon encounters glowing young women, monsters writing messages on her windows, and mysterious old men popping out of gardens out of nowhere. Joy soon discovers she is now the property--literally--the lehman, of Indelible Ink, a mysterious, quiet boy who is so much more than he seems. As a relationship develops with him and his sister, Inq, Joy realizes that while love comes with this world, so does danger..

What I enjoyed:
-Joy, and her growth throughout the novel, from slightly spoiled teenager to a girl in love to a heroine in her own right, saving herself
-The mysterious, but fun and different world of Ink and Inq and the Folk
-The ragtag gang of people that come from Ink and Inq, especially Kurt
-Ink and his slow understanding of humans, and Joy herself--he was one of my favorite parts of the novel, and his relationship with Joy
-Inq, and her mercurial moods, bubbly and sweet on the outside, and hiding a cooler, harder exterior
-The villain--bravo! Wonderful!
-The pacing once the ball got rolling--I couldn't put it down!
-The ending--Yay! Lol.

What I didn't enjoy:
-At times it took me a while to get into it--it was a little slow, but other than that, it was lovely!

Anyone looking for a cool, fun new twist on a fantasy tale should grab Indelible--it's worth reading! Next on deck: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast Review

Title: Betrayed
Author: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Series: The House of Night, book two
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Romantic, scary, and original, I enjoyed Betrayed--though I think as a sequel it left more to be desired. Perhaps things will get better as I read on.

Zoey Redbird is trying hard to adjust as a fledgling vampyre in the House of Night. She's been awarded as Head Prefect of the exclusive Dark Daughters, and she's trying to juggle three--yes, three--different boys at the same time, all the while trying to unravel the secrets behind her gifts from the goddess Nyx. But death and betrayal is about to strike, from where Zoey least suspects..

What I enjoyed:
-The pacing that drew me in right away--I really enjoyed it and it was breakneck, had me racing to figure out what was happening
-Zoey, and her hilarious narration, as well as her gang of friends, especially Stevie Rae--as well as her growth as a main character
-The mystery that was presented throughout the novel, that I had nearly figured out before half the novel was over
-Neferet
-Lenobia
-The ending

What I didn't enjoy:
-At times Zoey seemed a bit whiny and it drove me kind of nuts
-Heath
-I had the mystery figured out rather quickly and I'm hoping other books' secrets aren't as easily unraveled

I liked Betrayed, though I felt it could have been executed better. Next on deck: Chosen by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater Review

Title: Ballad
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Series: A Gathering of Faerie, book two
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Even better than the previous novel, Ballad completely swept me away--it was wonderful and I can't wait for more!

James Morgan is a piper--a kid with extraordinary musical talent--has transferred to Thornking-Ash music school, hoping to hone his musical talent before college, along with his best friend and childhood crush, Dee. His musical talent is so rare that it attracts Nuala, a fae that feeds off of the lives of those she inspires. Trying to deal with his attraction to her, his crush on Dee, and the fact that other fae are dropping mysterious dead, he finds that all kinds of love exist--some you even sacrifice yourself for.

What I enjoyed:
-The hypnotic, mysterious writing style, just like in Lament, that grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go
-James's hilarious narration, funny and flawed and jaded, giving new depth to the series as a whole
-Nuala, the inspiration muse stuck somewhere between fae and human, wanting desperately to belong and find love, even as she deals with her monstrous urges
-Dee's text messages, vague but still adding spice and mystery to the novel--I had fun deciphering them
-Sullivan--one of my favorite characters!
-Paul and the rest of the ragtag team
-The deeper exploration of Dee and James's relationship, tender and sad and heartbreaking
-The villain
-Eleanor
-The ending
-The promise of a sequel

What I didn't enjoy:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this beautiful novel! I can't wait for the final installment!

I loved Ballad--it was wonderful! Next on deck: Betrayed by P.C. and Kristin Cast!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima Review

Title: The Warrior Heir
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Heir Chronicles, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Magical, lyrical, and hilarious, I loved The Warrior Heir! More please! Easily one of the books I couldn't live without reading.

Jack Swift has forgotten to take the medicine for his heart. In doing so, he feels stronger, faster, more powerful. After sending a local bully flying out on the soccer field, his normal, ordinary life begins to utterly unravel. He discovers that he is a warrior, a Weirlind, selected to fight for a House of Weirs in a battle to the death. He discovers magic, first love, and power--and what it all will cost him.

What I enjoyed:
-The magical narration, which sucked me right in and didn't let go--so much so I ended up almost throwing a fit whenever I had to leave it
-The pacing--it was breakneck and I couldn't put it down!
-The lore of the novel, easily explained and understood
-Jack, and his greatly rendered character throughout the novel
-Jack's family, especially Becka and Aunt Linda
-Hastings
-Jessamine Longbranch
-Ellen and the quirky cast of characters that made up Jack's friends
-The rich history that surrounds Jack's heritage
-The ending--I can't wait for The Wizard Heir!

What I didn't enjoy:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this novel--it was amazing!

I loved The Warrior Heir and can't wait for the next one! (This novel gives me hope that I can still stay in touch with young adult fiction!) Next on deck: Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Wow! Has it really been a year?

So many books, so many journeys.. And all of you here to support me. I can't believe I've been doing this for a year--the time has flown by so quickly! I'd like to thank Goodreads, my local library, Amazon, and the other people that supply my literature addiction--and you guys, of course! I wouldn't have a blog without you. :D I've recently discovered I've become a bit bored of young adult novels, so from now on I'm going to be trying to put some adult fiction--as well as some nonfiction--into the coming list. If you guys have any suggestions or requests, please let me know! I want to do everything I can to make this a better blog for you guys. Thank you so much, everyone! <3

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long Review

Title: The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Faerie stories are a dime a dozen these days, but this novel stands out--romantic, beautifully written, fast-paced and dark, I loved this novel--it was amazing!

Jenny saw her brother Tom snatched up by the trees seven years earlier. Ridiculed and her family broken, Jenny has returned to the same spot to tell her brother goodbye. In doing so, she finds herself drawn into a world of beauty and darkness, secrets and lies and magic. She meets a boy named Jack and faces her childhood fears, and along the way, finds love and the degree of her own power.

What I enjoyed:
-The poetic narration, sounding more like a fairy tale than a young adult novel
-The pacing, breakneck and full of action and romance in equal measure
-The way the book never let me go, even at the frightening parts
-The fae lore, original and authentic and still true to the mythology, but still adding flare to the story
-The character of Jenny, and her strength throughout the novel
-Jack--he was one of my favorite characters in the whole novel
-Tatiana
-Puck
-Oberon
-Tom
-The ending

What I didn't enjoy:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this beautiful, scary book! It was amazing!

I loved this novel--it was a beautiful triumph! Next on deck: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff Review

Title: The Replacement
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Horror
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 starts
The bottom line: Dark, gritty, beautiful and an absolute treat to read, this gory, lyrical horror story swept me up and didn't let me go--easily a favorite of all time! I only wish there was more!

Mackie Doyle isn't a normal kid. Living in the rotting, small town of Gentry, he is a replacement--a false child placed in a crib fifteen years ago. A common thing in Gentry, Mackie now suffers from a severe iron allergy--and unless he doesn't come home to his true world, he will die. Used to being invisible and looking the other way, this all changes for our hero when a classmate's sister disappears. Mackie is forced to confront his origins when he meets fellow creatures like himself--and realizes that he can hide no longer..

What I enjoyed:
-The lyrical narration of Mackie, a jaded teen who wants nothing more to fit in, but his origins won't allow him to--I was completely sucked in!
-The breakneck pacing--I couldn't put this dark tale down, even though there were times I wanted to
-The beautiful, frightening, and dark world of Gentry, a town gorged on ancient magic and blood
-Tate, and her uneasy alliance with Mackie
-Roswell
-Drew and Danny, and the rest of their ragtag crew
-The Morrigan and her subjects
-The Lady
-The dark, frightening, yet gorgeous narration, and depiction of the characters
-The Cutter
-Mackie's family--especially Emma

What I didn't enjoy:
-Alice

There was nothing I didn't love about this gruesome tale! Anyone looking for a spooky post-Halloween read, or a dark book about faeries--should run to the bookstore or library and snatch it up! Next on deck: The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long!