Archive for September, 2011

Book Review: Wondrous Strange

Sep
28
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Title: Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange #1)
Author: Lesley Livingston
Origins: Bought
Summary: [from GoodReads] 17 year-old Kelley Winslow doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that Kelley so desperately wishes she could be: onstage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders. But as the understudy in a two-bit, hopelessly off-off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wishing is probably the closest she’s going to get to becoming a Faerie Queen. At least, that’s what she thinks… In this fun, urban fantasy, Kelley’s off-stage life suddenly becomes as complicated as one of Shakespeare’s plot twists when a nighttime trip to Central Park holds more than meets the mortal eye.

My Review: Honestly? It’s been a week or so since I finished this one, and I can’t remember that much about it. I remember thinking that the mythology was rather interesting – slightly different than the typical, and definitely different than the Shakespeare version that is so interwoven into the book.  I also really liked the presence of the Shakespeare as a contrast. Faerie touched mortals are so often portrayed as artists, so it’s particularly interesting that Kelly is an actress.

Unfortunately, other than that I can’t remember a single thing I had to say. I know I didn’t have anything negative to say – while reading it, I really enjoyed it. I honestly was having a very good time. But it just didn’t stick with me well as overwhelmingly awesome either. 


I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s a good read for a fun day or two but don’t expect anything particularly heavy. That said, I’ve also bought the sequel and I will definitely be bumping it up the TBR list a few places.





Book Review: Memento Nora

Sep
27
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Title: Memento Nora (Memento Nora #1)
Author: Angie Smibert
Origins: My Local Library
Summary: [from GoodReads] On an otherwise glossy day, a blast goes off and a body thuds to the ground at Nora’s feet. There are terrorist attacks in the city all the time, but Nora can’t forget.

In Nora’s world you don’t have to put up with nightmares. Nora goes with her mother to TFC–a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic. There, she can describe her horrible memory and take a pill to erase it so she can go on like nothing ever happened. But at TFC a chance encounter with a mysterious guy changes Nora’s life. She doesn’t take the pill. And when Nora learns the memory her mother has chosen to forget, she realizes that someone needs to remember.

With newfound friends Micah and Winter, Nora makes a comic book of their memories called Memento. Memento is an instant hit, but it sets off a dangerous chain of events. Will Nora, Micah, and Winter be forced to take the Big Pill that will erase their memories forever?

My Review:  This book was not what I was expecting, in any way shape or form. For one thing, it was smaller than I expected. It came from the library and it felt so tiny compared to the tomes I’ve become used to. For some reason, that made me even more excited to read it – it was something new and different!


From the moment I cracked open this book I felt like I was in a different world. The writing style was so different, and yet I was completely absorbed in the book. It was only afterward that I realized what the style reminded me of – it was almost as if I were reading a novelization of a graphic novel. The cleverness of the style and how well it was pulled off absolutely amazed me! Whatever else this book might be, it is a work of art. 


Aside from that, I have to say the subject matter is very interesting. We all have those things we want to forget, because we’re embarrassed or because they’re traumatic, or because we just plain don’t want to deal with them. A very different take on the subject than The Giver but just as relevant. The only thing I had a problem with is seeing how this might come about in the near future. It might happen eventually, but our culture is so obsessed with the dark and violent things – there’s a reason for the millions of cop dramas and vampire shows and all that on TV. We’re curious. It would have to get REALLY bad for us to want to erase that. 


Overall though, this is a wonderful book that should be appreciated both for content and for format. I’m excited to see where they’re going with this, but more than that, I really hope they come out with a graphic novel version of the book. It would really fit the style and I know I would love to read it!





Faerie Ring Tour: Character Interview with Rieker

Sep
20
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Today I am SO lucky to have the intriguing yet suave Rieker from Kiki Hamilton’s The Faerie Ring here for an interview!

1) How do you pronounce your name and where does it come from?

My name is pronounced RYE ker. When you live on the streets of London, if you want to survive, you can never have too many secrets.


2) Who taught you to pick pockets?

It was a game I played with my brothers growing up.


3) What is the biggest thing you’ve ever stolen? The most expensive?

I’ve stolen someone’s heart before.  I don’t know about expensive, but that was the most valuable thing I’ve ever stolen.


4) From the book I’d say we can guess the worst moment of your life, but what would you say was the best?  

There was a moment during a card game that I enjoyed immensely.


5) What are the top 3 things on your bucket list and why?

1. Get to know Tiki better.

2. Possess the Queen’s ring

3. Share some of my secrets

Many thanks to Rieker for those (enigmatic) answers! This post is provided as part of a Teen Book Scene blog tour. The full schedule of reviews and guest posts can be found here. My review of the book can be found here.




The Faerie Ring Tour: Review

Sep
19
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Title: The Faerie Ring (The Faerie Ring #1)
Author: Kiki Hamilton
Origins: This review is provided as part of a Teen Book Scene blog tour. The full schedule of reviews and guest posts can be found here.
Summary: [from GoodReads]
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

My Review: I loved, loved, loved this book! The best way to describe it is the Wicked Lovely series crossed with Oliver Twist, both of which I loved so it’s a pretty good bet I was going to like this one. But I was not prepared for how much I absolutely fell in love with this book!

Firstly, the setting was amazing. It was so vividly described that all I remember are the images I saw, not the words on the page. I felt like I followed Tiki on her way through London, and that dress at the Queen’s ball? WANT!

Second, I loved the emotional rollercoaster this book took me on. Most of the time I read while trying to figure out the ending. I figure if the author has me stumped for at least 75% of the book, they did a pretty good job. But with this one I was so absorbed in the story that I didn’t even try. No, that’s not right, because I didn’t even notice or want to try to figure it out. I was purely enjoying the ride.

But possibly the thing I loved the most was who Rieker is. I completely didn’t see it coming AT ALL! I had to stop and reread that paragraph several times before moving on. It was completely genius and I never saw it coming!

Moral of the story is READ THIS BOOK! I’ve already pre-ordered my copy and it’s been permanently added to my “Favorites” list!

Tomorrow, Rieker will be joining us for an interview! Trust me, you don’t want to miss it!





Pottermore: My Thoughts

Sep
15
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After what seemed like the longest wait ever, I opened my inbox Monday morning to finally (FINALLY) find an email from Pottermore! Now, having had a few days to process, I have a few thoughts I’d like to share.

First things first: I think the thing I was most looking forward to was a tie between receiving a wand and getting sorted. I did this almost immediately, racing through the first few chapters just glancing at the new info briefly and moving on. (If you choose to do this, I’d highly suggest flagging the info on the Hogwarts Express for reading in detail later – VERY interesting stuff!) For the wand, I received Blackthorn and Unicorn – the unicorn core wasn’t much of a surprise, but the Blackthorn was! According to Rowling, Blackthorn is best suited to warriors (SO not me!) which made me a little worried, as I’ve always “known” I was a Ravenclaw, but warriors generally belong in Gryffindor. As a side note, I absolutely LOVE the new info on wands. I’ve flagged it to go back and read over and over again, because it is so detailed and so interesting! Each time I meet someone new I go and look up their wand wood, even though I’ve read the whole thing through about 10 times already. So interesting! (Also, did anyone catch the mention of a wizarding school in Japan, under the Cherry entry? I’m envisioning manga style fanfics – first one to link me to some gets 100 internets! =D)

Then, of course, sorting. No midlife(ish) crisis here – I’m a Ravenclaw, and always have been. There were a few scary moments just before clicking continue. I’ve always been so sure that it would have been an extreme surprise, and would have made me re-evaluate everything I believed I was if I’d been put anywhere else. After reading the welcome message, though, I have no doubts. The way she describes Ravenclaw is me, down to the minutest detail. There is no way I could have been put anywhere else. That said, I’m curious – does anyone know where I can read the welcome messages from the other houses? While I know I belong in Ravenclaw, there are a few tidbits in our welcome message that are new to me, and I’d assume she did that with all the houses. I’m a curious person, I want to know! Also, anyone know if there are any hatstalls out there? Did the Sorting Hat give you a choice of houses? I was concerned I’d be one – every internet “what’s your house?” quiz put me above 75% in 3 of the 4 houses, with only a 2% difference between the top two. I knew if that happened I’d choose Ravenclaw, but I’m glad it didn’t!

There are, of course, a few things I’m a little disappointed about. I was hoping we would actually get to attend classes – this would force us to go through the experience much slower, and allow us more interaction. As it was I finished the entire first book in the first day, and while I’m having fun playing with Potions and Spells, I’m disappointed there isn’t more to do. This may get changed though – there are a number of Spells in my spellbook that are inactive right now, and I’d love it if we were able to activate them by “learning” the previous one along with the rest of the class. As registration for everyone happens in October, I would not be surprised if they started unlocking them for us one at a time, as everyone learns them, so that it is more like a class. I’m also really excited for Wizard Duel to go back up, as I’m much better at spells than potions. I have this sneaking suspicion that once it goes back up, that’s where I’ll be earning the majority of my house point contributions – I’m prone to exploding cauldrons if I’m not extremely careful!

And, of course, Potions are the other fun thing. I’ve learned many things about Potions through a TON of trial and error. The first is don’t start a potion after 3PM EST. Site traffic goes up majorly just about then (schools in the US start getting out, so that’s no surprise) and I have been kicked off due to heavy traffic multiple times, and not allowed back in until AFTER my potion has been ruined. Frustrating to say the least. I’ve also learned that potion brewing is extremely finicky, so things like READING DIRECTIONS are important lol. I generally ruin a potion at least twice (once for before brewing and once for after) before I get it right, because I haven’t done it fast enough, or I didn’t realize which ingredient was which, or worst, I didn’t realize how they made me add the ingredients fast enough to stop it from adding too much!

Anyway, overall, I’d say Pottermore is a HUGE success! I love all the things we’ve been given so far, and my only complaint is that there isn’t MORE of the same!

(If you would like to add me as a friend on Pottermore, either email me at greenparrot55 [at] hotmail [dot] com or DM me on Twitter and send me your username. I’ll reply with mine, so you know it’s me =)





Book Review: Sisters Red

Sep
14
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Sisters Red Sisters Red by
Series: Fairytale Retellings #1
Published by in 2010
Genres: , ,
Pages: 328
Source:
Goodreads

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?

My Review:

Talk about a change of pace after reading Cloaked! Sisters Red is the polar opposite of Cloaked despite both being about fairy tales.

I have heard so many good things about Jackson Pearce. It seems like everywhere I turn there’s another book blogger raving about her books. Honestly, this one had been on my list for a while, just for peer pressure. That said, it did not disappoint.

I think the thing I liked best about this book is the relationship between the sisters. They often describe their own relationship as being 2 halves of the same heart. While poetically this is a great description, I think it is also a great literary device. In a way, each girl is Red Riding Hood, representing different sides of her personality. Pearce uses this to explore the many facets of human nature. The way she writes it, she shows that both personality types can be good – we feel sorry for each in their turn, and at times I honestly couldn’t decide which I believed was right.

I also really liked the turn around take on the story – the hunted (red riding hood) is actually the huntress. It’s almost like this could be the “what comes next” story instead of just a retelling. There are so many layers to this book! Every time I think about it, I discover something else intriguing and amazing. I’m just a little bit speechless when it comes to what I liked about the book. I want to say “I loved ALL OF IT!” but that wouldn’t be a very interesting review now would it? lol

I’m meandering a bit. The point is, if you’re one of the few people who have been living under a rock (like me!) and somehow managed to miss out reading this one, then I’m telling you DO IT NOW! You won’t regret it.





Top 100 YA books!

Sep
14
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I know, I have far too many reviews to catch up on to be doing fun stuff like this, but too bad! This list of ‘Top 100 YA books’ was created by Word Fiend and All the Days of. I first saw it on That Book Blog

The books I have read are in bold, those that are on my TBR list are in italics.

Total 43/100 (including each book in series, 116 books) with 17 more on the TBR list – not too bad, if I do say so myself =)

  • Alex Finn – Beastly
  • Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
  • Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Ally Condie – Matched
  • Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
  • Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
  • Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
  • Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
  • Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
  • Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
  • Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
  • Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
  • Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  • Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
  • Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
  • Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
  • Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
  • J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
  • James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
  • John Green – Looking for Alaska
  • John Green – Paper Towns
  • Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
  • Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
  • Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
  • Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
  • Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  • Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
  • Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
  • Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • M.T. Anderson – Feed
  • Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
  • Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
  • Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
  • Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Mary Ting – Crossroads
  • Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
  • Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
  • Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Meg Rosoff – How I Live Now
  • Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
  • Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
  • Neal Shusterman – Unwind
  • Neil Gaiman – Coraline
  • Neil Gaiman – Stardust
  • Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
  • P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
  • Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  • Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere Carnal Over 40 Winks
  • S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
  • Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
  • Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
  • Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
  • Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2)
  • Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3)
  • Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
  • Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
  • Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
  • Stephenie Meyer – The Host
  • Stephenie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
  • Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
  • Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
  • Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
  • Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

 





Book Review: Cloaked

Sep
12
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Cloaked Cloaked by
Published by in 2011
Genres: ,
Pages: 341
Source:
Goodreads

I'm not your average hero. I actually wasn't your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all.
It all started with a curse. And a frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.
There wasn't a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I've ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Everglades.
Don't believe me? I didn't believe it either. But you'll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got cloaked.

My Review:

I adore Alex Flinn. Case in point: When I returned from vacation nearly a month ago, I’d racked up something like 10 reviews to write so I put myself on a book reading ban – read slowly, if at all, reread so there’s no review to write, and read multiple at once so you don’t finish any of them. I picked up Cloaked and that all flew out the window. I raced through the book in a day, unable to stop myself or slow down.

One of the things I love about Flinn’s books is her accessible, informal tone. Her stories read like The Princess Diaries or  Anna and the French Kiss but they have magic. They tell the ancient, wonderful stories we first heard as kids, reworking them and making us believe in them.

I especially enjoyed Cloaked because it draws on some of the much lesser known fairy tales. As a fairy tale junkie myself I recognized most of them, but she pulled out a few even I didn’t know! As some of my favorites are these lesser known tales (my only mainstream favorite is Beauty and the Beast) I was really excited for this one. I was not disappointed in the least. The tales worked themselves out with true poetic justice and the fairy tale flavor just lightly colors the real world love story.

With all 3 of her fairy tale books on my favorites list, Flinn has officially made it on to my “Favorite Authors” list. I will read anything she puts out as soon as I can get my hands on it. She’s THAT good people!





Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels

Sep
06
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Today, I decided to try something new. I’ll be participating in Top Ten Tuesdays at least for the rest of the year. I’m really excited to get to know all of you! As I often work on Tuesdays I will probably not return visits until Wednesdays, but leave a comment and I can guarantee I’ll come visit your blog by the end of the week (I’m curious like that). TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish (love the blog name by the way, totally true of me too!) Hop on by to see the rest of the entries.

This week’s list is top ten sequels you can’t wait to read. Here’s mine:

1) Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter – WANT NOW! I’m soooooo excited for this one! =)

2) Insurgent by Veronica Roth – So um, this one too. I don’t care that there’s not a summary up, I’m willing to go over to Amazon and preorder it now.

3) The Torn Wing by Kiki Hamilton – Yes, I am aware that the first one isn’t even out yet. But considering The Faerie Ring was one of my absolute FAVORITE books of 2011, I kind of have to have this, like yesterday! (Also, look out for my review of The Faerie Ring, coming out as part of a tour in the next couple weeks.)

4) The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross – Another absolute FAVORITE of 2011, I had to put this one on there!

5) Goliath by Scott Westerfeld – Technically this is the third in the series not the sequel, but I don’t care. I love steampunk, I love the Clankers versus Beasties, and I want to know what happens to Deryn and Alek! ONLY 14 MORE DAYS! =D

6) Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh – Ok, that cliff hanger? NOT COOL! Oh and that release date? ALSO NOT COOL! How can I possibly wait ANOTHER year for more Varen?

7) Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan – Slightly different than the rest of the list, but I’m still looking forward to this one. Heroes of Olympus is possibly my favorite Riordan series so far, and I am seriously looking forward to finding out what happens! (Now if only he’d write a series on Norse myth after this one…)

8) Supernaturally by Kiersten White -Technically out already this summer, but I still haven’t got a copy, so it counts, right?

9) Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare -TMI may not be my favorite series ever (it’s good, just not a favorite) but ID definitely is! I guess I just prefer my vamps and other shadow creatures with a flavor of steampunk. I cannot wait for this next installment!

10) Red Glove by Holly Black – Already out for a while, I know, but I haven’t gotten to it yet, and I really REALLY want to!

I’m sure I could find more I’m looking forward to, but those are the first 10 that come to mind. What are yours?





Book Review: Starcrossed

Sep
03
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Starcrossed Starcrossed by
Series: Starcrossed #1
Published by in 2011
Genres: ,
Pages: 487
Goodreads

How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

My Review:

I. Love. This. Book! It’s got all my favorites – Mythology, a sizzling romance, a twisty complicated plot – I just loved it!

I have to admit it wasn’t always like that. At first I did a lot of eye rolling. The first 40 pages or so read like a semi-retelling of Twilight – New guy moves into town with his strangely reclusive family and the girl “doesn’t care” though you know she’ll end up with him somehow. Before long, though, that “been there, done that” feeling pretty much blows up in your face.

From the time Helen meets Lucas this novel is extremely fast paced and action packed. I finished the book before I even realized it and was left turning invisible pages looking for more! And Lucas! I’d take him over a vampire any day! He’s kind, thoughtful, smart and loyal, and of course absolutely gorgeous!

I realize I haven’t actually said that much about what’s actually in  the book so far. In fact, I don’t think I will. One of the things I enjoyed so much about this book was how it kept me on my toes constantly and every twist took me completely by surprise. If I say much more, I could be spoiling a wonderful experience for someone else. Suffice to say it is a fabulous book that you NEED to read now!

 





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