Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

This review may contain spoilers if you haven't read Hush, Hush.
Summary:(from book jacket). Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant,but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever(if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's archenemy, Marcie Millar. Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude,Nora finds herself drawn to him- despite her lingering feeling that he is hiding something. If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything- and everyone- she trusts.
 Review: This book was really good. There were a lot of unexpected plot twists that happened throughout the book. At the same time, it wasn't really an action packed fast paced plot. Patch's distance and Nora's search for the truth about her father's death lead to some interesting surprises. I never felt like the plot was slow to the point of being boring. I did feel like I needed to go back and refresh my memory on some of the angel terminology. I liked this book as much as Hush, Hush. This series is really good and different from most other series., at least that I've read.
 I really like Nora as a character. She is a character that readers can relate to. She's smart and down to earth. She's in love with Patch but it didn't come across as being ridiculous. I think she is my favorite character in the series. Of course, Patch isn't far behind. All of the characters in the series have developed really well and I don't think there were any that turned me off.
  The end of the book was really good but it ended at a slight cliffhanger. I say slight because although the ending was surprising and sudden it's not all that difficult to imagine what's going to happen next. But who knows I could be surprised again. i reccomend this series to anyone who wants to read a good paranromal romance.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Devilish by Maureen Johnson

Summary:(from book jacket). Jane Jarvis and Allison Concord, seniors at Saint Teresa's Preparatory School for girls, have always been too quirky to be popular, but at least they'll always have each other,right? Not so much. After a hideously embarrassing disaster, Allison comes to school transformed. Suddenly she has cute hair and clothes, speaks fluent Latin, and won't even look at Jane. With the help of a strangely wise freshman boy Jane discovers the incredible truth:Allison has sold her soul to the devil. Now Jane will have to save Allison  before the bizarrely exclusive Poodle Prom, a party of biblical proportions that just might blow apart the world as Jane knows it.
Review: I liked this book. It was a cute and fun way of telling this story. It wasn't a scary story by any means but I'm not really sure that it was supposed to be. I also thought that some of the plot points were really predictable which kind of takes away from it. The story also took a different turn than I expected it to regarding what actually changed about Allison after she sold her soul. I was expecting it be more of a typical ditch your best friend for the popular kids story but it wasn't and I liked that about it. the story was more focused on Jane trying to save Allison than the changes in their relationship which was refreshing because that story line had kind of been overdone.
  There weren't very many characters that I really liked in this book. All of the characters in this book were pretty predictable and simple. I didn't really fully connect with any of the characters. I did like Jane though, she was a simple narrarator but I really liked getting to know her throughout the story. I also loved the way that Jane is physically described in the book. It made her a little more memorable.
  Anyone who is looking for a simple, fun book to read should pick this up but if your expecting a scary story I suggest you lok somewhere else.