Thursday, July 19, 2012

Book of Curses

Meet Raine Renning, your average teenager and her Twin brother, Thomas. Their lives are pretty normal - if you count moving from house to house, and town to town normal. Since the death of their father Leland, their mother Tori has shown her true colors. On their 18th birthday Tom decides to have his ex-girlfriend, and best friend, Christie come over for a small party and give Raine her gift - the one that will change all of their lives forever. A book - While reading it and joking around they're mysteriously pulled within it's cursed, bound pages and told of the prophecy they are to fulfill. Vampyre's. Faerie's. Lycan's. Creature's they thought were only stories take their places as the Renning's Guardians, from Region to Region they learn more and more about it. Dragon's. Human's. Nephilim. Now, if only they can figure out how to take down four god's in the middle of this entire mess, and still save their world from destruction - Oh, and don't forget choosing what immortal creature to become... - Amazon.

My Review
I really liked this author. Leah is really nice and really sweet and funny too. I'm happy she had me read this book and review it for her because it really really is an amazing book. Reading it, I can completely agree with others, that I definately was taken to another world. Lots of characters and I loved them all - especially Lupus. He made me giggle. I loved this book, it had funny moments and serious moments and a great story line. I can't wait for it to continue. There was always something happening so I wasn't ever bored with it, and it wasn't really a 'love story' like most books these days, kinda short but still great. I'd love to read more of her books, her writing is amazing. :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012


By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males born with a lifespan of 25 years, and females a lifespan of 20 years--leaving the world in a state of panic. Geneticists seek a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Yet her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement; her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next; and Rhine has no way to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom? - Amazon

My Review
I started this book earlier in the year and stopped because someone else had wanted to read before they moved. It was hard to give it up but in the end I gave in. I am just now done with it and I can't even explain how much I loved it. The first paragraph is chilling and the author certainly has a way with words ("They keep us in the dark for so long that we lose sense of our eyelids"). I liked how the characters and situations in this story were not simply good or bad but various shades of grey. Housemaster Vaughn is a villain but the purpose behind his horrific acts is to find a cure, an ends justifies the means kind of guy. Even though Rhine was forced to become part of a polygamous lifestyle, she uses Linden to make her own life more comfortable. It was interesting to see how inner morals either bend or break when survival is at stake. There isn't much of a love triangle between Rhine, Linden and Gabriel in the usual sense but that's a good thing. I did wish that Rhine would have stayed. I didn't really like Gabriel. Linden was so innocent, couldn't she see that? It really wasn't that bad, to me and Linden's father was weird... he left me quite curious and wanting to know what he meant. Linden had really started to love her and care. Rhine should have told him what happened to the other girls who didn't make it. What happened to Rose after she died. Maybe she does in the sequel, I don't know but I'm veeeeerrrrrryyy curious to know what happens! I saw that most people didn't like it - but I, myself loved it.


In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. - Amazon

My Review
If you read my other reviews, you know I LOVE dystopian genre. This book seriously kept me up all night. I couldn't stop reading it. And when I actually had to stop - it was all I could think about. Tris (Beatrice) drew me into her world quickly and I enjoied every minute of it. I loved the Dauntless and I especially loved Four. I loved how daring Tris was and how she was willing to do anything. She was so brave! I actually met Veronica at an RT booklovers convention in Chicago and she was really nice, I only wish I had known and read her book before I went so I could tell her how much I love her book! I finished it a few nights ago and I'm in NEED of the next one! I'm so curious and excited to see where everything goes. The entire book is action-packed with a satisfying but not overwhelming romance, funny, and has snide remarks. It's a great book for those who love the Hunger Games. There are plenty of twists that keep you guessing and new obstacles to overcome throughout the entire book. I had read some of the Uglies series a while ago and I connected it to that with the daring people and jumping off of trains.Unique book and had my absolutely hooked from the start, and sometimes you may find Tris unlikable for walking away at times when she could've reached out, but I find it realistic that she sometimes chooses to harden herself for emotional protection. She had me all, "WHAT!? WHY!?" But it made sense. Great book, can't wait 'till I can try and get the next one!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning. - Amazon

My Review
Of course - I adored the second book to the 'Unearthly' series!! This book tells and reveals SO much more and I love it. It made me cry though. It was weird, while reading this book I felt as though whoever died in the book died in my life and I balled when I finished the book. Which is so strange, I was THAT attached. Clara never got a break it was problem after problem and I felt bad for her. Unearthly focused on her purpose and in Hallowed it focuses more on family and I liked that. I can't get over this book, I'm already reading another book and I still feel upset over it. Cynthia- you are an amazing writer. Seriously. I cannot WAIT for 2013. The ending was - AH! So much information and I have to wait that long?! Haha, amazing book and I'm excited for number 3!

The Vampire Diaries Series

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle
Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants. Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past. Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.

The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion
Elena: transformed, the golden girl has become what she once feared and desired. Stefan: tormented by losing Elena, he's determined to end his feud with Damon once and for all—whatever the cost. But slowly he begins to realize that his brother is not his only enemy. Damon: at last, he possesses Elena. But will his thirst for revenge against Stefan poison his triumph? Or can they come together to face one final battle?

The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall
To save the two vampire brothers who love her, Elena Gilbert sacrificed her life. Now that a supernatural force has brought Elena back from the dead, all handsome, brooding Stefan wants is to keep her safe. But when he is lured away from Fell's Church, sleek, powerful Damon seizes his chance to win Elena over, unaware of the danger they're both in. A malevolent being has infiltrated the town and is growing stronger. Able to possess Damon at will, the creature is also drawn to Elena and the new power she has acquired. But it's after more than Elena's power: It thirsts for her death

The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls
On the run... Elena Gilbert's love, the vampire Stefan Salvatore, has been captured and imprisoned by demonic spirits who are wreaking havoc in Fell's Church. In order to find him, Elena entrusts her life to Stefan's brother: Damon, the handsome but deadly vampire who wants Elena, body and soul. Elena will stop at nothing to free Stefan. Yet with each passing day the tension between Elena and Damon grows, and she is faced with a terrible decision: Which brother does she really want?
Back in Fell's Church, Bonnie and Meredith explore the evil that has taken over the town. Their research leads to some dire discoveries, and soon they are caught up in Elena's most dangerous adventure yet!

The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight                                                                                     
With the help of charming and devious Damon, Elena rescued her vampire love, Stefan, from the depths of the Dark Dimension. But neither brother returned unscathed. Stefan is weak from his long imprisonment and needs more blood than Elena alone can give him, while a strange magic has turned Damon into a human. Savage and desperate, Damon will do anything to become a vampire again—even travel back to hell. But what will happen when he accidentally takes Bonnie with him?
Stefan and Elena hurry to rescue their innocent friend from the Dark Dimension, leaving Matt and Meredith to save their hometown from the dangerous spirits that have taken hold of Fell's Church. One by one, children are succumbing to demonic designs. But Matt and Meredith soon discover that the source of the evil is darker—and closer—than they ever could have imagined...

The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Phantom                                                                                   
The past is never far...
Elena Gilbert and her friends saved Fell’s Church from evil spirits bent on destroying it, but the town’s freedom came at a price: Damon Salvatore’s life.
Damon’s death changes everything. He and his vampire brother, Stefan, had been locked in a vicious battle for Elena’s heart. Now that he’s gone, Elena and Stefan can finally be together. So why can’t Elena stop dreaming of Damon? As Elena’s feelings for Damon grow, a new darkness is brewing in Fell’s Church. Elena has been to hell and back, but this demon is like nothing she’s ever seen. Its only goal is to kill Elena and everyone she loves.

My Review
I absolutely adore these books, all of them. I figured this would be easier than making multiple blog posts. I love the story line, the love trianlge, the characters, the suspense. Katherine will always be a favourite of mine and I will always love Damon - though it's hard to choose. The books are FAR better than the show. Although it's fun to see your books come to life and see how they interact, they never stay true to the books which I suppose is understandable. In the show- I hate Stefan. Hate him so much. He's SO mean, while in the books he's sweet and loving and caring. This is a great series and I'm so glad that it's continuing and I encourage anyone and everyone to read the books. They're really great.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Madison's Life Lessons

Fate can mark one early for a particular future.
Madison Wescott’s life is Hell on earth. Her father, a Baptist Preacher, convinces her she’s morally corrupt when men notice her blooming beauty. She strives to be unnoticeable, but nothing satisfies her condemning parents.
And sometimes fate has nothing to do with one’s potential.
Temptation rears its head when Micah Dominus visits her father’s church on Christmas morning, but she is unprepared for her physical reaction to him. Frightened by her own emotions, she is grateful she’ll never see him again. But when he shows up again at a friend’s funeral, and at other times in her life, she’s swayed by his charisma. Micah becomes her white knight through the good and bad, but can they create the perfect life together? Or has she just located the beginning of the Road to Hell?
Supernatural forces more powerful than fate can claim one’s destiny… - Amazon

My Review

Wow, and I thought I loved Nix. Nope! This explains SO much about Micah and how he made Madison feel in 'Pandora's Box'. And now that I understand it all, I'm definately team Micah. Great love story, I liked that Micah was sweet and caring to Madison... it shows that he wasn't always bad. Or well - he wasn't ever bad at all, he never meant to hurt her. You don't really HAVE to read Madison's Life Lessons first, but it helps and I wish I did. Gracen, you amaze me with your writing. I can't wait to read Hell's Phoenix and see where things go!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Pandora's Box

Where does the road to Hell begin?
 What happens when your son turns homicidal overnight and your husband disappears on his way to work? Do you cower in fear or fight for your life? Madison Wescott fights against the odds. Distrustful of a God she doesn't believe in, she finds herself face-to-face with a world she didn't know existed and discovers her own soul is darkened with demonic connections.

With good intentions? Or by demonic design?

Phoenix Birmingham bursts into Madison’s life in a whirlwind of sarcasm and sexual appeal. A hero for the masses—and for her jaded heart—but few will ever know the sacrifices he has made or the sacrifices to come. Discovering her entire life has been influenced by multifaceted paranormal beings, Madison is determined to defeat the apocalyptic blueprint fate has decreed, but only one man dares to challenge the supernatural forces manipulating them. Even with Phoenix's aid, can destiny be denied? Or will demonic design prevail while they pay the crucial price with their souls?

In a small, sleepy Alabama town the battle for mankind's liberty has begun... -

My Review

I had been really interested in this book when I had a friend talk to me about it. Then I friended the author on Facebook and by the way - she's SUCH a sweetheart. I bought the book from her and I'm happy I did. I loved it so much, the first few pages really caught my attention and I couldn't stop reading once I started. I read it absolutely any and every chance I got because I couldn't put it down, and I finished it quickly. Not much of a cliffhanger but an amazing ending, none the less. I can't wait to read the second book, 'Hell's Phoenix.' I loved Madison, and her son scared the heck out of me at first! I LOVE Phoenix- or well Nix. I liked how Madison and Nix's relationship kind of slowly blossomed - they both stayed professional and kept to themselfs. It was a little... uh... shall we say - 'steamy' in some parts but I got over it, haha. All together - I really did love this book and I am SO thankful to Gracen! She's so talented in her writing and I couldn't believe how detailed she was in the beginning! Amazing, can't wait for more. There's also a prequel to Pandora's Box called ' Madison's life lessons.' I haven't read it yet, but I shall soon!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Childe

Cat Colvin
Average teenager?
Or something else entirely?

Cat Colvin is pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill teenager. Sure, she's taller than most girls, has a mane of fiery red hair that's impossible to tame, is left-handed, and her eyes are two different colors, but that's where the differences end . . . unless you include the minor detail of her slow transformation into a Childe. High school can definitely be challenging, and for Cat it's no different. This is especially true when she's faced with the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times. To make matters worse, her family is oddly dead set against Ryan, the boy she grows to like. But everyone has their secrets: is Ryan really what he seems to be, and what is Cat's family not telling her? - Amazon

My Review

So worth it! It was a little long and took a while for me to really get into it though. I genuinely enjoyed The Childe. Regarding the characters: Cat was cool! She was in many ways described as a normal teenage girl, but she was strong, feisty, curious and friendly. She was my favorite character together with Ryan. Ryan was simply adorable! He is good looking, sweet, and warmhearted. I loved everything about him and the scene where he gives his ring to Cat was so cute. Also, there is a character named Rachel and I love when my name is in books! I loved Cat's parents too, funny and caring. I do, unfortunately, have something bad to say - this book confused the heck out of me! It went from one person talking to another and it just confused me. I had to re-read a lot of it because it didn't make sense it took so long for me to figure out what each individual was and the definition of a Childe. I did enjoy it though and can't wait for a chance to read the second book, Dark Days. I want to thank both authors for sending me a copy to read and review, it was extremely generous and I can't thank you enough!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake. Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

My Review
Crossed was more action packed than Matched, the first three quarters of the book will have you on the edge of your seating wanting to keep reading and wanting Ky and Cassia to find each other. It's so hard to describe what I loved about this book without giving away too much, but I can definitely say that this book is a powerful read that had me in tears at the end. There is redemption, heartbreak, and loss...but the suspense and secrets are what kept me so engaged. The thrills and butterflies of their journey and the fabulously created love triangle are perfection that most authors can only dream of being able to bring to life with their words. But one thing I can attest to - Ally Condie does it and flawlessly. If you loved Matched then you are bound to love Crossed as well. I have fallen in love with the story and the writing in general. The use of classic poems to fuel and inspire the character leaves nothing to be desired in a dystopian society of oppression and conspiracy. I can't wait to see where the story goes next.

Fallen in Love

What makes your heart race a little faster? Just in time for Valentine's Day, it's FALLEN IN LOVE, four wholly original new stories collected in a new novel set in the Middle Ages by Lauren Kate. FALLEN IN LOVE gives fans the much-talked about but never-revealed stories of FALLEN characters as they intertwine with the epic love story of Luce and Daniel. The stories include: Love Where You Least Expect It: The Valentine of Shelby and Miles , Love Lessons: The Valentine of Roland; Burning Love: The Valentine of Arriane; and Endless Love: The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda. - Amazon.

My Review
All of the stories included in this book take place sometime during the Passion (I think?) novel, over one particular Valentine's Day. I love the Medieval England setting of each story and the way Lauren describes everything, makes me want to be there myself. Each of the stories somewhat flow together at first, but I think they are meant to be read separately. I finished this book off in a matter of a couple of hours, so it didn't take up much of my time, but it left me really, really wanting to read Rapture. So much for holding me over until the final books release! There is a lot of insight to be gained in this book and I loved reading about the different love stories. I got to know more about poor Cam and how he survived after his failed marriage to Lilith. I seriously feel bad for this dude, and I really hope we find out more about him in Rapture. In this book we get a whole different Roland then what we are used to seeing. He isn't the cool, calm, collected, and confident Roland. His first love story is ridiculously cute and so sweet! Arriane's story was also unexpected but very sad. I finally found out how she got the scars on her neck, which had been bugging the heck out of me. Loved it, can't wait for Rapture!

Beautiful Chaos

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin? For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask. Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending. - Amazon.
My Review
The third book brings so much more to the plate than the first two did. The action is higher in this book than in the first books, and of course it ends on a ridiculous cliffhanger, just like the second book did. The book is more depressing than the others, because in this book, Ethan is the one having most of the problems, not Lena, and after all he is the narrator. Beautiful Chaos makes me so excited for the last book in the series, but it also makes me sad that I have to wait an entire year for it! I can't wait to see what Garcia and Stohl bring to the plate when they wrap up the series! I admit that this book completely took me by surprise. As the reader, I was expecting so many others things but never that. I loved that this book took a whole new spin on love and sacrifice! What I loved most about this book is the great plot line. So much going on in the book that is kept the reader hooked and always sated. Never once did my eyes stray from the pages as I devoured it. I enjoyed that while the plot line is unraveling secrets, poems, and love popped up where I never saw it. Both authors once again did an amazing job on capturing the essence of the town and the characters! The characters' development in the story is where it needs to be. So much had changed in them that you know that these characters are at their peak. I enjoyed reading along with the characters in discovering secrets that have been under their noses. The book title is great for whats goes on in the book. Chaos. Total Chaos! Now for the ending. Did I see that coming? No. It was something that left me gasping. I won't spoil it, but yeah. Amazing ending that left me wanting more.

Beautiful Darkness

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen. Sometimes life-ending. Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems. - Amazon.
My Review
Beautiful Darkness was a very detailed and layered sequel that didn't disappoint me. I loved this one just as much as Beautiful Creatures. It pretty much picks up where Beautiful Creatures leaves off, the book covers a good amount of time as Lena and Ethan struggle with conflicting feelings about the night of Lena's birthday, the consequences, and the grief each are experiencing. I really didn't like Lena much throughout the book. In fact, I enjoyed the parts she wasn't in quite a bit more. She was pulling the same tricks as last time and her attitude was quite annoying. I liked Ethan pretty well, but I just wanted to scream at him "Hello! Can you please stop letting Lena treat you like garbage?!" I like Ethan as a main character. It is always fun to read a book in a male's point of view because it doesn't happen too often. I can say that I really liked Link's character and we got to see quite a bit more of him this time. I was also quite interested in the new twist in his story. I was also introduced to a few new characters that add new tension between the main characters and show surprising secrets about Caster powers and the battle of Light vs. Dark. All the twists, secrets, and surprises climax in a journey through the Caster tunnels and a suspenseful showdown between family members that will leave some dead, and some very much alive. There might be some confusion as to who is left standing at the end, but one thing is for certain: this story is not over, and I can't wait for the next one.


Zoe's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoe lost in her broken life. Zoe escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoe's autistic sister. After Zoe is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever

My Review
I loved this book. I started it as soon as I got it in the mail and even though I was reading another book at the time, I finished it. I loved it. I thought it was a little too predictable, maybe that was just me though. I also kinda didnt like how fast the romance was with Zoe and Matthias. It was a very good book though I had a hard time putting it down at school and at home. Made me cry, made me laugh. I realted with the hardships of being a teenager in it. I really want to read the second one, and I hope I get the chance to. Loved it, and I'm glad I got a chance to read it.

Beautiful Creatures

Ethan Wate, a high school sophomore, plans to escape his small Southern town as soon as he can. Life has been difficult since his mother died; his father, a writer, has withdrawn into his study. Then Lena Duchannes arrives, and this strange new girl is the very one who has been occupying his dreams. She and her kin are Casters, beings who have supernatural powers. Getting to know her exposes Ethan to time travel, mortal danger, and love. The teens can hardly bear to be apart, but Lena's 16th birthday, when she will be Claimed for dark or light, is only 6 months away. To save her, they fight supernatural powers and the prejudice of closed-minded people. Yet, good and evil are not clearly delineated, nor are they necessarily at odds. In the Gothic tradition of Anne Rice, the authors evoke a dark, supernatural world in a seemingly simple town obsessed with Civil War reenactments and deeply loyal to its Confederate past. The intensity of Ethan and Lena's need to be together is palpable, the detailed descriptions create a vivid, authentic world, and the allure of this story is the power of love. - Amazon

My Review

"Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures."
Great read, kept you guessing. I loved Lena. She was my favourite character. Besides Ridley, I loved her too. I was super excited and eager to read the second one seeing as this one was so good. Most young adult books these days are way too rushed. Even if it is long, and it doesn't seem all developed and things were missing. But Beautiful Creatures has everything and for once I wasn't saying, "I wish it had more to it." Also, the most important thing to me - was the love story, which was beautifully done. The authors made great choices. For one thing, it's first person which I like a lot and little time is wasted on the crush-developing stages. It just happens, rather than dragging the reader on for a long time. I do NOT like when the relationship just *happens* but it wasn't like that in this and I liked that. So thanks to you both. Their relationship feels genuine. And that the 'fantasy elements' actually serve a legitimate purpose in the story, and they make Ethan and Lena's relationship stronger and better. In the end, I enjoyed it vey much. I didn't roll my eyes like I usually do at romance 'stuff'. It wasn't cliche or corny. I didn't want to gag. Very satisfying. The authors did a great job and I loved it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


No sickness, No injuries, No pain, No limits. If you had the power to heal, what would you do? For fifteen-year-old Ada discovering that she can heal feels more like a curse than a gift. When she learns of the mystery surrounding her mother's disappearance, and sees the indifference of so-called friends, she sets out for Paris to find her. The power to heal protects her, but also has her hunted by a man who sees her as nothing more than his fountain of youth. Ada realizes her true power is her will to survive, and that her only chance at freedom is to become the best at escaping.

               My Review
I loved this book and I hope another book is coming out. Amazing story - I have never read a story about a healer. I read it quite quickly and I liked the fact that there were pictures in it. Is it just me or were there allot of mistakes in the book? She didn't put capitol letters when a sentence started if someone was saying something at times. It kinda annoyed me. And she wouldn't put periods at the end of sentences - just commas. But - besides me being picky, I enjoied this book. I loved Ada though some characters I didn't enjoy, they were snotty when they should have been caring COUGH COUGH. I think Ada and Daniel's relationship went a little too fast. I didn't even realize they were together until he called her his girlfriend. I hate being mean to books but I just have to explain how I feel about them. I DID love this book, very much. Highly reccommended to people. Both boys and girls. Hope she writes more!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Unidentified

Everyone knows we are being watched. It's not even something to be paranoid about. It's a fact. We'll be talking to a friend then all of a sudden, we're AWARE of ... I don't know, being public. We start to say our lines too loud, waiting for the audience to laugh. Not for our friend to laugh, just ... the world. The world is watching, somehow and we want to entertain them. We want to be smart and funny. Clever, witty, loved. We want to know someone cares. We want to know the sponsors care. They invest in schools because they care about what we wear, what we listen to, what we watch, and what we're saying about what we wear, listen to, and watch. The world is a giant squinty eye, peeking in through the skylight, spying. Does that creep us out? No. We like the attention.

        My Review
"I'm not really sure what else to say about The Unidentified except that I had to force myself to finish it, and the ending left me feeling disappointed that I had even bothered." Missie from Goodreads. I found this and it explained exactly how I felt. The description sounds really interesting doesn't it? Especially the last sentence. Well it has absolutely nothing to do with it. It took me a very long time to even finish it because it took so long to even get into. I don't even think I ever got really into the book. I kept reading because I hoped it would become interesting at some point - and sadly it didn't. I didn't like Kid. She was a confusing character and shallow to me. When her friends treated her like crap she just took it. I'm the kind of person who will confront you on what you did wrong and make sure you apologize or atleast see and know how I feel about what you did. Her just standing there and taking it made me annoyed and angry. The kids didn't really ever do anything in this 'school' besides check their 'intouch'. Didn't study, didn't learn anything. I hate to be rude about books - but I personally didn't enjoy this story at ALL. If you did, that's fine. I thought it'd be good. it sounded very mysterious on the back of the book ... but it was totally different and it sucked.


Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty--rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar--pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback.

           My Review
I think everyone should read this book. Honestly- it teaches a lot. I will not ever let strangers buy me things. I think Stolen is a nice wake up call to young girls who might be a little naive and unaware of the dangers of talking to strangers, I know it woke me up. I loved the plot. I connected with her easily through her emotions and wanted to help her. Ty is also a multifaced character. He is clearly disturbed and delusional, but he's also beautiful, gentle, and loving. He goes out of his way to keep Gemma from harm, even though he won't let her go home. These traits show how he isn't evil. He's just a person with major problems who is trying to deal with them the best way he knows how. I found myself understanding him, even if I couldn't agree with him...
Even though there isn't much adventure in this story it's intense and I couldn't put it down. I wanted to see if Gemma would escape somehow. I loved the ending - I think it was the best part. I've read this book many times and recommended it to lots of people. I had my principal read it and now it's in our library. It's so full of emotions that I felt weird after reading it. I thought about it for a while after I was done for a while. This book is depressing, sad, and scary. I cried while reading it. Wow- I just really loved this book. Great author. She didn't disappoint me, although other reviews said so. Loved. :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Geek Girl

"Think I could turn that boy bad?"
My two best friends--my only two friends, really--follow my gaze and laugh.
"Trevor Hoffman?" Beth scoffs. "No way, Jen."
"I bet I could," I say, shrugging.
"Why him?" Beth asks. "Why not any of the other nerds sitting there with him?"
"Because," I say slowly, "he isn't your typical run-of-the-mill geek. Trevor Hoffman is different. He would be a little more difficult to take down--more of a challenge, you know?"
Jen's teenage life of rebelling and sneaking out is growing stale. In an effort to combat her boredom, Jen makes a bet to turn Trevor, a nice geek, into a "bad boy." Unexpectedly, she is pulled into Trevor's world of sci-fi movies, charity work, and even--ugh!--bowling. Jen discovers that hanging out with Trevor isn't so bad after all. But when Trevor finds out about the wager, all bets are off. - Amazon.

            My Review
Amazing book! Really. The author sent me a copy which I absolutely adore her for. Wonderful love story, I couldn't put it down. This wasn't just straight romance, it was about love and learning how to love, to be loved, how to get through heartbreak. Also how to see past labels and see someone for who they really are. Cindy is amazing is capturing emotions. I felt very connected with Jen and how she felt. Trevor too- even though it wasn't from his perspective. Kind of predictable- but not in a bad way. I was dreading it because I knew it would happen. I didn't like Jen's friends, and I don't think I was supposed to. Jane was my favorite. She had a fairly small role, but she was an amazing and sweet character I liked her stubborness! I also really liked Todd. He was adorable and I grew to love him. Reading about both Jen and Trevor was a great reminder that people aren't always what they seem. I love this book and I'll be re-reading it and recommending it to my friends. Cindy C. Bennett is an amazing author and so kind. Thank you!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Prom and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date. After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn't interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be - especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London. Lizzie is happy about her friend's burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles's friend, Will Darcy, who's snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn't seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it's because her family doesn't have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk - so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway? - Amazon

             My Review
I have never read Pride and Prejudice- and I guess this is a re-telling of it. I loved this book so much. Very fun to read. I felt very connected with Lizzie, my favorite part about this novel is probably how music was incorporated. The scene at Carnegie Hall was so much fun to read and that little twist was one I didn't see coming. I cried at that part actually because I felt like her, mostly jealous though because I'd love to do that. The story really hooked me in and by the end, I was crying and laughing. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. It reminded me of another series- Kiss me kill me. But I think that's just because it had to do with a boarding school and such. Otherwise- they aren't really at all alike. I found a new favourite author, and I'd love to read some more of her writing.


Alex lives-and loves-recklessly, until a single decision leads to a heartbreaking revelation. As a mysterious threat closes in and she confronts a Council that wants to see her in servitude, Alex face a choice between love that is fated... and love that is forbidden. - Amazon
           My Review
I love this series so much. I really do, it's one of my absolute favourites now. AMAAAAAZZZINNNNGGG series! I did not like however- the back and fourth between Alex and Aiden. Meh! TEASE TEASE TEASE. SAD. Very funny, Alex never fails to amuse me, I love this character so much!. I'm so happy that this story is continuing. It just keeps getting better. I highly reccommend this book- it's hard to put down. Or- well it was for me.  Great author, what more can I say?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Vampire Academy

St Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - hidden away, it's a place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St Vladimir's where the girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night time rituals. But most of all, staying alive. - Amazon.

            My Review

Once I started reading, I seriously couldn't stop. Very action packed and extremely interesting to me. One of the best books I have EVER read. Best series actually- but I'll get to the others in my later reviews for them. Richelle Mead is an incredible author who gives us perfect character development and description and did not leave anything unanswered about Rose's past and such. You can tell she truly loves these characters she's created- I do too. I love Rose's personality very much. She's amazingly strong, fierce, and confident in everything she does. Great read and the series only gets better.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck. - Amazon
               My Review
I love books that have to do with mythology type things. And this was very different than any one that I have ever read. It reminded me very much of the Vampire Academy series. I first read the short prequel to this novel Daimon, and I instantly wanted to read more, I couldn't wait to find out more of Alex's story and I wasn't disappointed even though it reminded me of Vampire Academy. There are many books out there, sooner or later there was going to be a book similar to another. I don't mind. I loved this story. It even made me cry. Alex is an extremely tough character with a funny personality. I could definitely feel the tension in the attraction between Alex and Aiden when I was reading. Left me wanting to know how they'll end up in the end- especially with Seth. I also wanted to kick that Lea girl in the face. OOOH! She made me mad! I admire the way Alex takes responsibilities for her actions and faces the consequences head on. Something I loved about Jennifer's writing is how she creates relationships. Alex's relationship with her mom is so precious and heartbreaking. Her relationship with Aiden is all slow burn, so well developed. I really don't like when relationships just pop up in books. How fast some of them are. This was good, more of a tease. But- I very much loved this book and I'm working on the second one- Pure. Very excited to see what happens and how things go.