Monday, December 19, 2011

Faithful by Janet Fox

Summary: (from back of book) Sixteen year old Maggie Bennet's life is in tatters. Her mother has disappeared and is presumed dead. The next thing she knows, her father has dragged Maggie away from their elegant Newport home, off on some mad excursion to Yellowstone in Montana. Torn from the only life she's ever known, Maggie is furious and devastated by her father's betrayal. But when she arrives, she finds her self drawn to the frustratingly stubborn, handsome Tom Rowland, the son of the park geologist, and to the wild romantic beauty of Yellowstone itself. And as Tom and the promise of freedom capture her heart, Maggie is forced to choose between who she is and who she wants to be.
Review: I didn't enjoy this book. It's set in a time period where a woman's only place in society is to be the property of men. Although, I did enjoy the time and setting of the book. I thought the plot was slow in a lot of places. I had also figured out the major plot twist regarding Maggie's mother really early on, which made it slow and predictable. My main problem though was that I didn't like Maggie as a character. I thought she was shallow, annoying and clueless most of the time, although I do have to say I liked her a little more towards the end. Tom was by far my favorite character, he seemed absolutely clueless to the social structures of society which I really liked. I think I would have liked this story a lot more if had been set in a more modern time period, although it wouldn't have really worked the same. i appreciate what the author was trying to do, it just wasn't my favorite.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Summary:(from goodreads). Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming
Review: I was a little bit sceptical of reading this type of science fiction type story. but I liked it way more than I thought I would. Despite the many sci fi elements this book also seemed to have many dystopian elements, which is what I really enjoyed about it. I was surprised by how well this world was put together and I liked discovering the many differences in the way these ship dwellers live their lives. I also liked that the story switched between Amy and Elder's perspectives. I think this let's the readers get to know and love both characters and sympathize with their problems. I liked the the right and wrong answer to solving the problems of the ship is not so straightforward. It made me excited to see what will happen next. There were some surprising plot twists that kept the story moving nicely. I was also glad that the setting was developed enough that made it a good read. Considering that I didn't have high expectations for this book I really enjoyed it. I will definitely continue with this series.

Monday, December 12, 2011

I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin

Summary: from back of book) Pure, unplanned, perfect. Those were Nick's summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs. all that changes though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he's neck deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn't mind in the least. But Nick's world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then, weeks later, while Nick's still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she's pregnant, and Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girls he can't stop caring about for, the girl who insists that it's still over.
Review: This book dealt with an old topic in an new way. In books that deal with teen pregnancy the story is not usually told from the male point of view like this one was and I really liked that. This was a short, quick read and I was surprised by the way that things ended up happening. I think that this book was a good story that dealt with this topic. I also thought the characters reactions were very believable. I really liked reading this story form Nick's point of view and he was my favorite character. I liked Sasha as well but I thought she was kind of annoying at times. Her reactions didn't seem quite as realistic for some reason. Overall, I thought this book was really good. Although not much happens as far as plot. It is definitely a character driven story.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin

Summary:(from back of book) Hidden Secrets. After seventeen year old David is forced to stand trial for his girlfriends death, he is sent to live with his aunt and uncle and their young daughter, Lily, to avoid the media frenzy. But all is not well at his relatives house. His aunt and uncle are not speaking to each other, and Lily seems dead set on making David's life a torment. And then there's the issue of their older daughter Kathy. who died under mysterious circumstances a number of years back. As things with his family grow more and more intense. David starts to wonder: Is he the only one who's hiding something?
Review: This book was a very interesting read. It was a pretty creepy story and I was hooked on the story until I finished. I liked the mystery aspect of the book and was disappointed when not all of my questions were answered. I wish there was more information given on what happened to Emily. A large part of the story is focused on that I never really got the full story. I had guessed one of the big plot twist pretty early on, but I was still surprised to have it confirmed, that was probably the creepiest part about the book. I also thought the characters were really well developed, especially David. I really felt his pain as he was dealing with the aftermath of everything that had happened. Lily was also very well written and unique. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a good mystery type story.

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

Summary:(from book jacket) Jade DeLuna is too young to die. She knows this and yet she can't quite believe it, especially when the terrifying thoughts, loss of breath, and dizzy feelings come. Since being diagnosed with Panic disorder, she's trying her best to stay calm, and visiting the elephants at the nearby zoo seems to help. Thats' why Jade keeps the live zoo web cam on in her room, and that's where she first sees the boy in the red jacket. A boy who stops to watch the elephants. A boy carrying a baby. His name is Sebastian and he is raising his son alone. Jade is drawn into Sebastian's cozy life with his son and his activist grandmother on their Seattle houseboat, and before she knows it, she's in love. With this boy who has lived through harder times than anyone she knows. This boy with a past. Jade knows the situation is beyond complicated, but she hasn't felt this safe in a long time. She owes it all to Sebastian, her boy with the great heart. her boy who is hiding a secret. A secret that will force Jade to decide between what is right and what feels right.
Review: I thought this book was a really sweet and awesome story about love and family and the many different relationships that are made throughout a lifetime. I rarely see books about a teen father raising a child and it was a nice change. I also really liked the way that the elephants tied into the story. It made the book that much more special. However, I thought the plot moved pretty slowly during some parts and I didn't really see the chemistry between the characters and was kind of annoyed at how they met and quickly became friends. I did really like all the characters though. Jade is awesome and her growth throughout the book was great, and Sebastian happens to be the sweetest guy ever. Although, both characters have their own issues they are dealing with, being together seemed to make them both stronger. I have read and loved other books by Deb Caletti and although I did enjoy this one a lot it just wasn't my favorite. I found some things to be kind of predictable and Sebastian's secret was really annoying. Overall, I thought this one was pretty good.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Summary:(from book jacket) Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she's been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends-everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she's somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one. Mandy Kalinowski understands what it's like to grow up unwanted- to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she's sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It's harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her. too? As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, an nothing is as easy- or as difficult- as it seems.
Review: This is the first book I have ever read by Sara Zarr and I really enjoyed it. This is a very emotionally driven story line and I couldn't put it down until I was done. I think what really made the story special was how well developed all of the characters were. Every interaction or conversation between characters felt so real. I thought both Jill and Mandy's emotions while each dealing with their problems was very well written and realistic. I really enjoyed reading from both of their perspectives. I think this story would have been to one sided without that. I also really liked Dylan's character. He was so sweet when others would have given up. This is a really good contempoary novel that will draw you in to the story and make you fall in love with these characters.

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

Summary:(from book jacket) Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns, and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transformed into a time travel adventure. Suddenly on board a luxurious cruise ship a hundred years ago, Louise relishes the glamour of this opulent age and slips into a life of secrets, drama and decadence.
Review: I actually won this book from a blog giveaway and it's not something I would have picked up myself. This is a light and fun read that I read through pretty quickly. I didn't really think the plot was all that surprising or exciting. I pretty much knew what was going to happen from the beginning which took away from the story a little bit. I was surprised to discover that this book is going to be the start of a series rather than a stand alone. I am interested to see where the author is going with the story, but at the same time it feels like I already know. I really liked the historical aspect of the story though. I always like books that incorporate historical events into the story line and this was no exception. I also thought Louise acted older than she really was. I would have imagined her to be in high school rather than only twelve. I think younger girls who are interested in fashion would really enjoy this book and although I thought the premise was interesting and I kept reading it wasn't one of my favorites.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Everfound by Neal Shusterman

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
 Summary:(from book jacket) The final battle for Everlost has begun... As Mary Hightower slumbers in a glass coffin waiting to be reborn back into Everlost, her allies and henchman begin to carry out her terrible mission. Mary's army is joined by a newcomer: Jix, a spy for the Mayan King of Everlost. A furjacker who skinjacks great cats, Jix has his own agenda. Meanwhile, Mikey McGill desperately tries to rescue Allie the Outcast.  At his side is Nick the Chocolate Ogre who has become pure chocolate and hardly remembers himself at all. Mikey encounters a creature that scares even the mighty McGill: a scar wraith, whose touch can extinguish an Afterlight forever. It becomes clear that the outcome will determine not just the fate of Everlost, but the fate of the living world as well.
Review: This book is the third and final installment in this trilogy and I think it wrapped up pretty nicely. I think this series could almost be considered middle grade but I still really enjoyed it. I have liked getting to know all the characters throughout three books Nick and Allie are really unique characters I enjoyed reading from both their perspectives. Although the plot was kept pretty simple it was still exciting and fast paced and I flew through this five hundred page novel surprisingly fast. This book was largely focused on the final battle for Everlost. I was interested to see where the story would go and I was not disappointed. However, my only problem was that the ending was a little bit anti climatic. With the whole book building up to this one moment I expected it to be more intense. The way the story ended for all the characters made sense for each one of them, except for Mary. I was really annoyed with the way her story ended. Overall, I think this is a pretty good series especially for a younger audience.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Crossed by Ally Condie

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
Summary:(from book jacket) Rules are different outside the Society. Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his sure death- only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
Review: I absolutely loved Matched, so I was really excited to get my hands on this book and find out what happens next. I really liked that as this story went on I slowly got more and more of an idea about how the Society operates and the history behind it's beginning. A large part of the beginning of the book was Cassia trying to find Ky and I thought things dragged a little during that part of the book. I really liked the fact that this book alternated between the perspectives of Cassia and Ky. I thought it was really interesting to see what both of them were thinking and feeling during their journey. This plot really lacked anything that was shocking or really surprising, but I really liked the way it ended and am already looking forward to seeing how this story goes on. My favorite part about this book was the characters. I felt like this book was much more emotionally driven as all the characters try to come to terms with their pasts and look forward to the future. I also thought Ky was really awesome in this book. getting inside his head made me like him even more than I did before. I understand him so much more now. I can't wait for the sequel to this book. Apart from a few slow parts I was hooked to this story.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
Summary:(from book jacket). Incarceron, the lving prison has lost one of it's inmates to the outside world:Finn's escaped, only to find that Outside is not al all what he expected. Used to the technologically advanced, if violently harsh, conditions of the prison. Finn is now forced to obey the rules of Protocol, which require all people to live without technology. To Finn, Outside is just a prison of another kind, especially when Claudia, the daughter of the prison's warden, declares Finn the lost heir to the throne. When another claimant emerges, both Finn's and Claudia's very lives hang on Finn's convincing the Court of something that even he doesn't fully believe. Meanwhile, Finn's oathbrother Keiro and his friend Attia are still trapped inside Incarceron. They are searching for a magical glove, which legend says Sapphique used to escape. To find it, they must battle the prison itself, because Incarceron wants the glove too.
  Review: This book was a pretty good continuation of where the last book left off. it took me a while to fully get absorbed by the story but once I did I couldn't put ti down. i think the bet part of this book is the fact that there is always a lot happening. The plot moved quickly and there were some surprising twists that kept things interesting. My main problem was the fact that I do not connect with the two main characters. Claudia and finn were both kind of annoying and I thought a lot of their turmoil was pointless and unnecessary. I was also dissapointed to hear that according to the author's website there is not going to be as sequel. I think the ending would have been a lot more fitting if there was more to the story. I don't think every thing was wrapped up as nicely as it could have been. anyone who wants action and excitement with a very unique premise should start here. Overall, I thought this book was good but not great.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
Summary: (from book jacket) When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she's certain her days are numbered. But then the searchers make her an offer- on that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack-and the man- she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must figure out which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.
 Review: This is the second book in this series and based on where the last one ended I didn't really know what to expect. I have to say I was pretty pleased. The plot was interesting and exciting, there were lots of new characters introduced and lots of information about the history of Keepers, Guardians and Searchers was given which was really interesting. There were a lot of surprising twists that kept me glued to this book until I finished it. This book ended in a place that made me excited to know what happens next, although I think I can see where things are headed. My main problem was that Calla seemed like an entirely different person in this book. In Nightshade she was a strong and determined to fight for what she wanted. However, in this book she was whiny and unsure of herself. I was really annoyed with her during some parts of the book. I also think Shay is enjoying his new roles a little bit too much, but I still like him better than Ren. Overall, I think this book was a really good addition to this series. i think it's one of the better werewolf type stories out right now.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Summary: (from book jacket) A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
Review: This book had a really interesting premise and it was really entertaining but in some ways it didn't live up to my expectations. I thought the back story behind these places and characters was really great and kept the story interesting even in slow moments. I also thought the photos were a really great addition. They made the story seem more real and gave some interesting visuals relating to the characters. At first I thought some of the details made the story kind of corny, but as the book went on I liked it more and more. But I thought the details regarding how the book ended were kind of confusing. I also couldn't really connect with Jacob as a character, I thought he was kind of dull in some points and liked getting to know the other characters a lot more. Overall, though I thought this book was just OK. I just couldn't get over how ridiculous some of the details were.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Summary:(from book jacket). Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether going to school or on a date, no one ever leaves home. There's really no need. And for the most part Maddie's okay with the solitary, digital life- until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He likes physical closeness and face to face conversations. People aren't meant to be alone, he tells her. Maddie is beginning to believe him. Maybe there is a different better way to live, and perhaps Justin will be the one to help her start living in it.
Review: I had mixed feeling about this book. I thought the premise was really interesting and was excited to see how this would play out. I liked the way the society was set up and introduced. However, I thought some aspects were a little bit unrealistic, including the history behind digital school. The plot was paced pretty well and I enjoyed getting to discover different things that went on in this society as the story went on. I also thought the fact that this book contained a lot of family conflict was a nice change from a lot of dystopian type stories that center on the global issues that people are going through. I didn't really like the characters that much though. I felt Maddie had multiple personalities throughout the story. At some points she was strong and determined to make a change to the way things are and then at other times she was complaining about how boring her life was without her computer. It was like she couldn't make her mind up. And all im' going to say about Justin is that he needs to just accept the fact that he has feelings and deal with it instead of running away. Overall, this book was good but not one of my favorites.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Summary:(from back of book) When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she ahrdly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder commited by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons- and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meetinf with gorgeous, golden haired Jace. Within twenty four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...
Review: This is another series that I started pretty late and all I can say is i'm sorry I didn't pick this one up sooner. Although a lot of this book was build up, since this was the start of the sereis, I was never bored. The plot was very action packed and there were constantly surprising twists being thrown in. I don't remeber the last time I was surprised this much in a book like this. I like the fact that this book is action packed yet very character driven at the same time. All of the characters were very well developed and getting to know them all was really fun. despite all the action a larger portion of the story was based on conflict between different characters and the emotions involved as everyone was forced to come to terms with their past ans move on. I really Clary and Jace. Some of the scenes between them were sweet and other times they made me laugh. I really felt bad for Hodge and Alec, for different reasons but they both are in unfair situations. I am really excited to find out that happens next in the series.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

Summary: (from back of book) Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she's determined to get it right. She starts visiting a web site for "completers"- On the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, revealing a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she's not on the web, Daelyn's at her private girls school, where she's known as the freak who doesn't talk. Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she's waiting for her parents to pick her up. Even though she's made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won't give up. It's too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life...isn't it?
Review: I thought this book was a good account of what bullying can do to someone throughout their lives. This book was pretty short and I thought that the counting down aspect was an interesting touch. The plot was a little slow in some parts but this book was really focused on Daelyn and her thoughts and feelings regarding her past and the decision she has made. I thought the emotions of Daelyn and her parents were really well portrayed. All the characters were very well rounded and realistic. The only thing I didn't really like was the fact that Daelyn was so quiet. I thought it took away from some of the scenes where communication was necessary. I alos had mixed feelinga about the ending. I liked the fact that it was an open ending but at the same time i thought this stroy deserved something a little more concrete. Overall, This book was full of emotion regarding death and what it means to live.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley

Summary: (from back of book) It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper. She's tall,blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her small, stifling town in the Northwest and escape to and East Coast college., but gets pushed off course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path.
Review: My favorite thing about this book is the message that it sends. I think it was a unique idea and this journey of discovering self respect, standing up for yourself and finding beauty in all places was a really great one. This was a very character driven story and the plot wasn't all that action packed but I felt like each moment had some sort of significance to the overall theme of finding beauty within yourself. There was a mix of serious moments and moments that made me laugh, which I really liked. I thought Terra was a really easy character to relate to. What teenager can't relate to the feeling of being insecure with some part of their appearance? Anyone who has problems with self confidence should read this. I thought all the characters were pretty well rounded. Terra and her family were a really great plot line. i liked seeing the way they all changed over the course of the story. I don't want to spoil anything but i think the setting was also really great, especially in the second half. My only complaint was, as I mentioned, the plot was a little slow in some places and a little bit predictable but overall, this one was pretty good.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Summary: (from back of book). On her 12th birthday, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. Three bumpy years later, after a prom night spell gone horribly wrong, she;s exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries and shapeshifters. By the end of her first day, Sophie has quite a scorecard:three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Then  when a mysterious predator begins attacking students, and Sophie's only friend is the number one suspect, a horrifying plot begins to surface. Soon, Sophie is preparing for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
Review: I really enjoyed this book. Although, the idea of a magical boarding school isn't all that unique, in itself, I thought the way this one was done was really great. I thought the idea of a kind of reform twist was a great idea and Hex Hall is definitely a unique setting in more ways than one. There a lot of surprising plot twists that kept the plot moving and the story exciting, and the cliffhanger ending made me excited to see where the next book in this series will lead. I like the fact that although there is some romance in the story the romantic aspects didn't dominate the entire plot. I hope that in the next book we can learn more about the lives and histories of all Prodigium. I did think that most of the characters were pretty typical, and what I would expect from this type of setting. I liked the fact that Sophie was such a strong character. She was determined to stand up for her friend, and her declaration at the end of the novel made me like her even more. She was my favorite character by far though, I didn't enjoy the other character as much. They were all somewhat predictable and I wish thay had been more different. I also thought that the shifters and faeries should have been given a little more attention.  I think anyone who wants a light, exciting fantasy story should pick this one up.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown

Summary: (from book jacket) He'd never told me he loved me before. Nobody had ever told me they loved me before. When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole- a handsome, funny sports star who adore her- she can't believe she's finally found her soul mate... someone who truly loves and understands her. At first, Alex is blissfully happy. Sure, Cole seems a little jealous of her relationship with her close friend Zack, but what guy would want his girlfriend spending all her time with another boy? As the months pass, though, Alex can no longer ignore Cole's small put downs, pinches, and increasingly violent threats. As Alex struggles to come to terms with the sweet boyfriend she fell in love with and the boyfriend whose "love" she no longer recognizes, she is forced to choose- between her "true love"and herself.
Review: The main reason I was so excited to get my hands on this book was because I absolutely loved Hate List, and I was really excited to see what this author could do with a different, but just as serious, subject. I thought the second half of the book was much better than the first half, mainly because the relationship between Alex and Cole was such a slow build up that the plot dragged a little at times. However, once things became serious between the two and their problems steadily became worse, I was hooked. I thought Alex's thoughts and emotions regarding her realtionship with Cole were so realistic. I was so wrapped up in her struggle between her love for Cole and the realization that he had a problem. I really loved getting to know her as a character and following her along on her path to loving herself more than she ever has. Cole was also a really real character. It felt like I was hearing about real people instead of something out of the author's imagination. My only other problem was Bethany and Zack. I didn't think that either one of them acted like a very good friend upon discovering that their best friend had fallen into and abusive realtionship. I know Alex and even Cole didn't treat them very well, but your best friend needs your help, grow up a little. Other wise I thought this book was a really realistic look at an abusive relationship.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Die For Me by Amy Plum

Summary: (from book jacket) My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly,my sister, Georgia, and i were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. and i knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious,sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen. Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies...immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart- as well as my life and my family's- in jeopardy for a chance at love?
  Review: This book was definitely an interesting read. Although it was a paranormal romance type story, I thought the paranormal aspects were pretty unique. There were a lot of interesting pieces to the life that Vincent and his friends lived. I liked the fact that I didn't feel like this was a story I had seen before. This paranormal romance had a different kind of challenges to making their relationship work. I thought the plot was a little slow at times. But that was mostly toward the beginning when the rest of the story was being set up. I thought Kate was a very strong character. I really liked her detemination that really showed through in some parts of the book. She is really not your typical mushy paranormal romance girl. Vincent and his friends are really cool characters. I like their attitude toward their job. My favorites are probably Vincent and Jules. they were both really funny and awesome and sweet guys. I think this is supposed to be the first of a series so i will be interested to see what happens there. Overall, this was a pretty good paranormal story.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Summary:(from book jacket) Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around waiting for a bomb to fall. It's 1962, and it seems that the whole country is living in fear. When President Kennedy goes on television to say that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba, it only gets worse. Franny doesn't know how to deal with what's going on in the world- no more than she knows how to deal with what's going on with her family and friends. But somehow she's going to make it through.
Review: I really liked this book. I don't read very much historical fiction, but I am really glad I picked this one up. It's a pretty easy read and I think it was written for more of a middle grade audience, but it didn't matter. I finished this book quickly and although the plot was simple and the last couple of chapters were kind of annoying, I really enjoyed it. The plot was so believable, this time period was recreated flawlessly. The author grew up during this time and I could really tell. I also really liked the pictures that interspersed throughout the book that were from that time period. I thought they were really interesting and added a lot to the story. I also really liked getting to know all of the characters. Franny and her family and friends were all such unique characters and every single one was such a great addition to the story. I thought her family especially was a good look at the family dynamic during that time. I really hope that Wiles continues to write stories like this because this one was really cool. Anyone who is a fan of historical fiction and doesn't mind the fact that it is written for younger audiences, should definitely read this one.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
Summary:(from book jacket) Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack- and the last little blue envelope inside- she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end. Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure- one filled with old friends, new loves, and once in a lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits... and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.
Review: I read 13 Little Blue Envelopes a few years ago so I was excited when I heard there was going to be a sequel. I thought this book was a good finish to where that story left off. The plot had a good pace and the way things played out was interesting. At first I was a little dissapointed by the way things were happening, ubt as the story went on I started to enjoy it a little more. I really liked the ending. I thought it was the perfect way for this story to end. I liked all the characters in this book. But for some reason i wasn't really able to connect with Ginny. my favorite character in this book was probably Oliver although, Keith is a close second. The two of them together are really funny. overall, I thought this was a lighthearted and fun read, but I strongly recommend reading the first book before picking this one up.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Breaking Point by Alex Flinn

 Summary:(from Goodreads). Paul is new to Gate, a school whose rich students make life miserable for anyone not like them. And Paul is definitely not like them. Then, one day something incredible happens. Charlie Good, a star student and athlete, invites Paul to join his elite inner circle. All Charlie wants is a few things in return-- small things that Paul does willingly. And then, one day, Charlie wants something big--really big. Now Paul has to decide how far he'll go to be one of the gang.                                      Review:  This was a pretty interesting book. I liked the way we get to see what led up to these events and what drove these students to do it, rather than dealing with the aftermath, as is the case with most of this type of story. I thought the plot was well paced and I was hooked on the story and buzzed through this one in a day. I absolutely love Alex Flinn and this was the last one of her books that I hadn't read yet, so I was really excited to finally get my hands on a copy. I found myself not really able to sympathize with Paul by the end of the book. However, I really enjoyed getting to know him as the story developed and could definitely relate to some of his problems with fitting in at a new school. One of my favorite things about the book was that we get to see a guy who doesn't have any friends get slowly sucked in to the wrong crowd. It's such a realistic story that could happen to anyone. Alex Flinn is not afraid to tackle sotries dealing with bad situations and i hope she keeps writing for a long time to come.


Monday, August 22, 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Summary:(from book jacket) In Mary's world, there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will always protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village. The fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. and she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded by so much death?
Review: I had mixed feelings about this book. I haven't read very many zombie stories and I liked the way the story was set up in that respect. I did think the plot was slow at times and the action parts were somewhat repetitive. I didn't think the dystopian aspects of the book were that strong. For me, that wasn't really the central part of the novel. I wish that one thing toward the end had happened a little differently, but I will be interested to see where that leads. I really liked all the characters. Despite, the terrible conditions that their world is in , Mary is a very strong and determined character. She knows what she believes in and is determined to have what she wants. My other favorite characters were Travis and Jed. I really liked getting to know them and they both fought by Mary's side throughout the book and would do anything to help her achieve her goal. I think the characters were the best thing about this book. Their struggle for a better life kept me reading and rotting for them the entire way through. I am interested to  see how the sequel relates to this story since it semms to be told from a different characters perspective. Although, this one wasn't one of my favorites I am still excited to see where this story leads.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Summary: (from book jacket) Another town? Another new school? Mclean really doesn't mind. In fact, she welcomes the chance to try on a new persona. ever since her parents' bitter divorce, she and her father have been on the move, leaving the unhappy past behind them. And each move has brought a fresh opportunity for Mclean to reinvent herself. Perky rah- rah girl. Drama mama. all round joiner. But here in Lakeview, for the first time she' putting down roots, making friends, and trying to be someone she hasn't been in a long time: herself. Dave has something to do with it. He's the most real person Mclean's ever met, and he thinks he's falling in love with the real Mclean. Mclean doesn't even know who that is anymore, but she wants to find out- before it's time to move on again.
Review: I am a huge fan of Sarah Dessen and this book did not disappoint. Although, the plot was a little slow as far as the romance aspect of the story went. I liked the fact that a lot of the story revolved around family issues for many of the characters as well. It was really a story about change and self discovery and trust. I enjoy the fact that Sarah always manages to include the people and places from her other stories. its nothing thats' going to affect your reading experience if you haven't read them, but if you have its like sharing an inside joke with an old friend. I really liked Mclean as a character. I think there is a lot of things that many readers will be able to relate to, I know I certainly did. Dave was also really great. He was an honest guy who had made a mistake and was trying to make it up to his parents. Despite the fact that their relationship developed super slowly I really liked both these characters. Opal and deb were also really interesting characters to get to know. Overall, I did like this book. Sarah Dessen has impressed me once again and i hope she continues to do so for a long time.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Summary: (from book jacket). Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris- until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Lights, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end  with their long awaited French kiss?
Review: I expected this book to be just another average teen romance story, but it was so much more than that. This was a sweet and charming story. The fact that it took place in Paris really set the tone for romance and fun. The plot was a good pace and I liked the fact that despite the fact that this was a story very much about romance, it also involved a lot of family and friendship issues as well. there were some plot points that were kind of unoriginal, but it didn't really bother me while I was reading.  I really liked getting to explore Paris with Anna and her friends throughout the book. I thought the characters were really well developed and unique. Anna's interest in film was interesting and I could relate to her in this book. Etienne was also a really cool character to get to know. There was a lot more to him than just good looks. Although, I didn't really get the whole name changing thing. So if you are looking for a sweet story with awesome characters and an amazing setting look no further than this. I am excited to see what else this author has put out there.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ghost Town by Rachel Caine

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
 Summary: ( from book jacket). While developing a new system to maintain the town's defenses, Claire discovers a way to use the vampires' powers to help keep outsiders from spreading the news of Morganville's "unique" situation once they've crossed the city limits. But the new system has an unexpected and possibly deadly consequence: people inside the town start forgetting who and what they are- even the vampires. And when Claire's boyfriend, Shane, and her best friend Eve, start treating her like a perfect stranger, Claire realizes she has to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment- before she forgets how to save herself...and Morganville.
Review: This is the ninth book in this series and it is also my favorite one. The stakes were higher and the story was full of plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. There were constant surprises and I am really excited to keep reading this series. I also really liked the ending which was a complete shock. I am interested to see how that is going to play out in the next book. This book had one of the best plots of any in the series and I hope that keeps up. The characters were all really awesome as usual. I liked that everyone losing their memory was almost used as a way to learn more about where these characters came from and what led them to living in Morganville. The solution to the memory loss problem is not going to go over well with very many people. For some weird reason, I still like Oliver. I really like it when he is around. My only real problem is with the series as a whole. While each book is individually awesome and tells a great story, I don't think it flows as an entire series very well. After I finished this book I read the summary for the next book in the series Bite Club, and it seems to be going in an entirely different direction then what I would expect. other than that though, this series is amazing.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Jerk , California

Summary: Twitch, Jerk, Freak- Sam Carrier has been called them all. because of his Tourette syndrome, Sam is in near constant motion with tics and twitches and verbal outbursts. So, of course, high school is nothing but torment. forget friends, forget even hoping that beautiful, perfect Naomi will look his way. And home isn't much better with his domineering stepfather reminding him that the only person who was more useless than Sam was his dead father, James. But then an unexpected turn of events unearths the truth about his father. And suddenly Sam doesn't know who he is, or even where he'll go next. what he does know is that the only girl in the world who can make him happy and nervous at the same time is everywhere he turns...and he'd give anything to just be still.
Review: I had mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I could really feel Sam's emotions as he struggled with his disease and stories of the father who gave it to him. I could tell that these parts of the story really related to the author's life in some way. However, I didn't like the fact that most of the book was taken over by Sam discovering his family and getting to know Naomi. There was a point where I almost gave up on this book. Although I stuck with because I was curious about where Sam would end up. The way things ended didn't give me any real satisfaction. I think I would have enjoyed this book so much more if it was a story about a high school student with Tourettes trying to fit in, instead of a guy who just graduated and is out to discover the truth about his family.. and oh yeah they all have Tourettes. The only character i really conncected with was Sam during some portions of the story. I din't really get his and Naomi's relationship if thats what you even want to call it. Overall, this book was just ok. I liked parts of it, but just didn't understand the turns it took.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Going Nowhere Faster by Sean Beaudoin

Summary: (from back of book) Hi, I'm Stan Smith. This book is about me. It's possibly the most interesting book ever written. Here's why:
1. I work at Happy Video.
2. I wear a name tag that says STAN.
3. I'm writing a movie script about robot ducks.
4. I'm sort of in love.
5. Someone named Chad is trying to kill me.
Review: I have previously read Fade to Blue and I have to say that this book was not quite as off the wall as that one was. The plot wasn't anything special but it was entertaining. I was never bored with the story. There were several parts of the book that made me laugh and I liked Stan's scripts that were scattered throughout the book. I also liked the somewhat subtle message of breaking stereotypes that you set for yourself and others around you. I thought Stan was a really funny and great narrator. I love it when I feel like a character is speaking directly to me and telling their story rather than living in their head. His family was so funny and random and crazy. Something interesting was always going on. This simple story made me smile. Anyone who wants a light and enjoyable read should start here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series
Summary: It's been three years since Adam's love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it... and three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is L.A tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future- and each other.
Review: I absolutely loved If I Stay and so I was really excited when I heard there was going to be a sequel. I also really liked this one. The story picks up three years after the last book ended, which I thought was a good length considering what had happened. I loved the fact that the story was told from Adam's point of view. He is honestly one of my favorite characters ever and getting to hear his side of the story was really cool. I really liked seeing the ways that both Adam and Mia had changed since the end of If I Stay and even within this book. Mia is such a strong character. I loved seeing the way she keeps her family close to her heart even as she is still dealing with grief. I thought it was sad to see Adam so screwed up despite everything he has. He is such an interesting character. Honestly, those two are what make this book so good. If this book was full of average and boring characters it wouldn't be even close to as a mazing as it is. I don't want to let this series go and I hope there is more to this story. I also have to say that I was honestly surprised by the ending. I know I probably shouldn't have been, but I just wasn't expecting things to go that way.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Summary: (from back of book) A prodigal son. A dangerous love. A deadly secret. Grace Divine- daughter of a local pastor- always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood. Now that Daniel's returned, Grace must choose between her growing attraction to him and her loyalty to her brother. As grace gets closer to Daniel, she learns the truth about that mysterious night and how to save the one she loves, but it might cost her the one thing she cherishes most: her soul.
Review: When I first started reading this book I didn't have very high hopes. I found some parts to be pretty predictable in the beginning. I thought Daniel's big secret was kind of obvious but it played out well enough. However, there were a few plot twists that took me by surprise and made the story that much more interesting. I did like the fact that Grace and Daniel were childhood friends instead of meeting accidentally wjile she is all alone at a new school.   I was really annoyed by the way it ended. It seems like it made everything else that the characters had worked for obsolete and pointless. I wish the story had taken a different direction. It would have made the characters journey more worth it. I thought the characters seemed average. Grace, Daniel and Jude were nothing special. I thought a lot of their personality traits were pretty stereotypical. I liked them all but they aren't characters I really loved. I am interested to see where the sequel goes even though it kind of seems like I know already. Overall, i did like this book and have higher hopes for the rest of the series.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

   Summary: (from book jacket) What if you knew exactly when you would die? Thanks to modern science, every newborn has become a ticking genetic time bomb- males only live to age twenty five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When sixteen year old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape-  to find her twin brother and go home. But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.
Review: There were both good and bad things about this book. The world that was created was so detailed and believable. Although, the basis of how the virus came about is explained I wanted to know more about what happened to the world, and how everything came to be the way it was. I also thought the plot moves extremely slowly. the book was 358 pages and there was so little plot or character development I found myself bored a few times throughout the book. The main things that kept me from giving up on it really was the fact that I was sucked in to a vivid new world full of very real characters. I thought the Rhine's thoughts and emotions given her situation were so realistic I couldn't help but sympithize with her. I really liked her as a protagonist. To be honest, Rowan was in the back of my mind the entire time I was reading. I couldn't stop thinking about the fact that he didn't know where his sister was despite his best efforts to keep her safe.  The other characters were just as well fleshed out and real. Jenna was a really strong character that I liked, and I couldn't help but feel just a little bit sorry for Linden. I will be interested to see if the next book contains a little more action. Despite my boredom I am ready to give this world another chance.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Summary: (from book jacket) Survival of the fittest. The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water and practically no eyeliner. What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program- or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan- or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Review: I didn't enjoy this book. I picked up this book because I absolutely loved Going Bovine and the premise of the book seemed like a really great and funny story. However, this book didn't live up to my expectations. Although, there was a strong message of being yourself and not who everyone expects you to be. There were so many other plot twists that I thought were totally unnecessary. Namely the pirates and the whole MoMo B. ChaCha plot line and what was the deal with the corporation anyway. It is mentioned countless times but is never really explained.   I wanted to feel empowered and excited by a story of young girls discovering themselves. Instead, I just felt annoyed as the plot became more and more ridiculous. I also thought it was hard to keep track of all the characters during the story especially towards the beginning. There was also the fact that the point of view switched between at least 15 different girls which kept me from really identifying with any of them. I eventually got so fed up with all of this that I didn't finish reading it. So overall, I was really disappointed with this book I just couldn't get past all the ridiculous things going on.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Stay by Deb Caletti

Summary: (from book jacket) Clara's relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she's ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it's almost to late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is-and what he's willing to do to make her stay. Now Clara has left the city- and Christian- behind. No one back home knows where she is,but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won't let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough...
Review: This is the second book that I have read by Deb Caletti and I really enjoyed this one. I thought the plot was a little slow at first but once it picked up it was great. I liked the fact that while the story was largely focused on Clara and Christian's relationship there were other things happening as well. At first, I didn't like the fact that the story was split between past and present but as the plot picked up I started to enjoy it more.   The many mentions of ghosts seemed to give a scary aspect that kind of related to what was going on in the story.I thought all of the characters were pretty simple and i was able to relate to them. Even though Clara did some things that were kind of dumb sometimes I really liked her as a narrarator. Her family history added a lot to the stroy as well. This book is an awesome romance that has more going on then just a typical relationship. I'm finding that to be a pattern with Caleetti's books and I really like that and plan on reading more. Anyone who is a fan of a very character and family driven book mixed in with romance will like this one.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Summary: (from book jacket) When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic acid- infused food. Sixteen year old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody's doorstep. Up to now, the twins have have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way to short for the job. Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. but Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from. When Melody is finally matched with the world famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could ever have imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.
Review: I liked this book. it took me a while to get into the story but once I did I was hooked. I thought the premise of the story is really interesting and was carried out pretty well. the way the society operated was very believable and I enjoyed learning more about this world as the novel progressed. The plot wasn't all that action packed and since I went into the story with one of the major plot points already known it wasn't very surprising. I liked the fact that the story switched between both girl's perspectives. I don't think the book would have been as good if readers only experienced one sisters story. Personally, I enjoyed Melody's story better. I thought Harmony was kind of annoying at times. I am excited that there is going to be a sequel because I thought this one ended a little too suddenly. I thought the characters in the novel were really easy to relate to as they struggled with finding their place in a society where teenage sex is as common as breathing. It was a pretty interesting story. my only real problem was the slow and unsurprising plot but the stroy overall held my attention.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Summary: (from back of book) Meghan Chase has a secret destiny- one she could never have imagined... Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school... or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth- that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face... and to find love with a young prince who might rather her dead then let her touch his icy heart.
Review: I had mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the story but I felt like it was a bunch of overused ideas that were put together to make a new story. I wasn't really surprised by anything that happened and that took away from the excitement of the story. This book was really slow reading for me and I can't even really pinpoint exactly why. I just couldn't get entirely absorbed in the plot. On the other hand, I did like the message of technology corrupting and affecting the natural world. it made me think a little about the way technology is moving in our society. I didn't really have a connection with Meghan as a protagonist. She was a pretty cool character but wasn't really all that unique, and I thought she was just a little bit to trusting at times. My favorite characters were Grimalkin and Robbie aka Puck (see what I mean about being unoriginal now). I hope they will both make an appearance in the next book. despite the fact that this book was not one of my favoirtes I am interested to read the sequel because overall I did like the storyline and now that the buildup of this world is done the next book should be more action packed. Lucky for me the next two books have already been released.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fade Out by Rachel Caine

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in the series.
Summary: (from back of book) In Morganville, Texas someone is always watching. Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, life has changed- dramatically. The resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their new found freedom, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again- almost. Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theater company. Yet, when one of eve's cast mates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. As she and Claire investigate, they soon realize that not only is the subject of the film the vampires themselves, but that this project is a whole lot bigger- and way more dangerous- than anyone suspected.
Review: This is just going to be a short little review to say that I thought the plot of this book was refreshing after spending so long focused on Bishop. Even if it was a little slower in parts. I read this book in a day, because I was so hooked. I am absolutely addicted to this series. Based on the the way this one ended I am really excited to find out what happens next. As always. The characters were amazing. I thought Morley was really annoying though. This is the seventh book in the series so I don't really have much else to say. I am so excited to continue with this series.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin

Summary: (from back of book) Matt's rules of survival. 1. Sometimes, the people who mean you harm are the ones who say they love you. 2. Fear is you friend. When you feel it, act. 3. Protect the little ones. 4. If you coped before, you can cope now. 5. Always remember: In the end, the survivor gets to tell the story.
Review: This is the third book by Nancy Werlin that I have read and it is by far my favorite. This  story is told in the form of Matt's letter to his youngest sister recounting everything that had happened at the hands of their abusive  mother. Even though, the story maybe would have been more emotionally direct if things were happening in the present tense, I thought that aspect made it more of a personal story. I felt really close to Matt as a character and I thought everything about his story and his decision to tell it, made me really like him. I also liked Callie and Emmy. They both had their own way of viewing the situation and I loved the way all three siblings stuck together no matter what. However, I was very frusterated with the adult characters in this book. Ben, Bobbie and Murdoch all knew what was going on in that house and no one tried to do anything. I understand they all had their reasons but why not at least try. Although the plot was a little slow at times I did enjoy this narrative a lot. It would have been a little more surprising and intense if it was present tense but overall, it didn't matter that much. This was another book by werlin that I enjoyed. I will continue to read more of her books.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Red Glove by Holly Black

This review may contain spoilers of previous book in the series.
Summary: (from book jacket) Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth- he's the most powerful curse worker around. a touch of his hand can transform anything- or anyone- into something else. That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when he actually tried to save her. Now that she's human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila's been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila's love is as phony as Cassel's made up memories, then he can't believe anything she says or does. When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue- crime scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too- they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyone- least of all, himself? Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game to dangerous to lose.
Review: Well after that freakishly long summary you don't even need to read the actual books. Ok just kidding ,but it feels like it. I liked this book slightly better than White Cat, but not by much. There wasn't nearly as much build up in this book which was good. there were a few surprising plot twists that kept the story interesting, but at some points it was a little bit slow moving. For the most part, I did enjoy the plot and overall premise of the story. However, the ending left something to be desired and I feel like I already know where the story is going next. My biggest problem though, was Cassel himself. I just couldn't relate to him at all in this book. One person can only do so many stupid things before they learn from their mistakes. I didn't understand any of his motivation regarding some of the events toward the end of the book. I didn't think that any of the other characters were that much better either. I don't know I guess I'm just not that into organized crime mobs. Because honestly, I liked the fantasy aspects of the story a lot better the crime scene just became to involved. However, if this series sounds interesting you will probably enjoy it. It's just not one of my favorites.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Summary: (from back of book) Incarceron. It gives life. It deals death. It watches all. Finn cannot remember his childhood. he cannot remember his life before Incarceron- a prison that has been sealed for centuries, where inmates live in cells, dilapidated cities, and unbound wilderness. No one has ever escaped. But then he finds a crystal key and a girl named Claudia. Claudia's father is the Warden of Incarceron. And Claudia is about to become a kind of prisoner herself, doomed to an arranged marriage. If she helps Finn in his escape, she will need his help in return. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost far more than they know...because Incarceron is alive.
Review: This book tells a pretty unique story that had me devouring this four hundred page book in only two days. From the first page this book jumps right into the action and it took some time for me to become used to this world. Even so, there were a few concepts and ideas that I wished had been explained better.  I also kind of thought that the resolution was a little anti climatic, after everything that had been leading up to it. Other than those few things I really enjoyed this book. the plot was steady and once I got into the story it never seemed boring or dull. I also liked the few plot twist that were thrown in to keep things interesting.   I'm not really sure how I felt about the two main characters. Overall, I liked them but both Claudia and Finn had small personality quirks that made them annoying despite that I still connected with them. But the two of them plus Jared and maybe Gildas were the only characters I could stand. Everyone else was just annoying. I liked the way this unique premise played out but the ending annoyed me. I am interested to see how the story will continue in the sequel. I'm not really sure how to classify this book in terms of genre, but anyone who wants a good and exciting read should start here.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine

This review may contain spoilers of previous books in series.
 Summary:(from back of book) Welcome to Morganville, Texas. Don't stay out after dark. In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace- until all the rules got rewritten when evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He's kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it. Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants- the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires be content to go back to the old rules after having had such a taste of power?
 Review: This is the sixth book in the series and it picked up a short while after the last one ended. This book focused on the continuing war with Bishop and as this battle finally came to an end I couldn't stop reading. There were a few surprising plot twists that kept things interesting. I really love this series. I am excited about the fact that I am so behind in this series. It will be a while before I have to wait for a new release. I am intersted to see where the story will go from here. Also, an old question that I had nearly forgotten about is answered in this book.  I really like all the characters, and right now I am hoping that I correctly interpreted what happened at the end of this book but I have a feeling I'm wrong. Overall, this book was a really great addition to the series and I love this unique vampire story.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Summary:(from back of book) Noah's happier than I've seen him in months. So I'd be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It's not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah's happiness because of a kiss? Across four sun kissed, drama drenched summers at his family's beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his family from falling apart.
Review: Honestly, the only reason I picked this book up was because I absolutely loved Break. So I thought I would give this one a try as well. This one didn't dissapoint. This book is about so much more than a guy who falls in love with his brother's girlfriend. This is mostly a story about Chase and his big dysfunctional family. The shocking plot twist that happens towards the end of the book added another layer to the story. I haven't been able to get this book out of my head since I finished reading it. I just want to immediately go back and re read it, I didn't want it to end. I expected this book to be about a lighthearted summer romance, but it was really so much more than that. At some points I was laughing at something funny someone said and the next thin I knew, my heart was breaking for one of the characters. I absoultely loved it.  I really liked.  the characters especially Chase and his family. I think Noah was my favorite though, I could tell that despite what anyone might think he wasn't a bad or uncaring person. I could also relate to Chase's problems with growing up and things changing and the overwhelming need to hold on to the people and places you love. I loved these two brothers and wish their story wasn't done being told. Hannah Moskowitz is definitely one to watch and I was excited to find out that she has another book that is expected to be released next year. She is quickly becoming one of my all time favortie authors.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Summary: (from back of book) The list was my idea. I didn't mean for anyone to die. Will you ever forgive me? Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Val was as shocked as everyone else- but, despite her own serious injury, she's implicated in the crime because of the list. The list she and Nick made of people they hated. The list Nick used to pick his targets. Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, her former friends, and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place, and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.
Review: This book is one that will make people think. I liked the fact that it was a story of overcoming a traumatic experience for so many people, Valerie included. Her questioning her role in what happened and overcoming her emotions, was such a realistic and shocking story, and I really liked it. Not much was very surprising action packed as far as the plot, but what did happen was full of emotion and pushed the story along nicely. my only real complaint was the ending. In some cases open endings can be great, but in this case I wanted a little bit more from it. I thought Valerie as a character, while going through something I can't even imagine was still a strong and relate able protagonist. I also enjoyed the fact that I Nick was not only viewed as a horrible person but also as victim. It made me think about the fact that he deserves to be recognized as a victim of the shooting just as much as anyone esle.  Valerie's parents and friends kind of annoyed me throughout most of the book. After everything that happened noboby would stand up for her and suport her. I mean I understand the whole, she has to overocme it on her own, but I think a little support would be nice. Overall, I enjoyed this book and was excited to hear that Brown has another book that was released this month.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti

Summary: (from back of book) Scarlet spend most of her time worrying about other people. Some are her friends, others are practically strangers, and then there are the ones no one else even notices. Trying to fix their lives comes naturally to her. And pushing her own needs to the side is part of the deal. So when her older sister comes home unexpectedly married and pregnant, Scarlet has a new person to worry about. But all of her good intentions are shattered when the unthinkable happens: she falls for her sister's husband. for the first time in a long time, Scarlet's not fixing a problem, she's at the center of one. And ignoring her feelings doesn't seem to be an option.
Review: This book is a sweet story about hope and love. I liked that there was more to the story than a typical teenage romance. I also enjoyed the many subplots that were scattered throughout the book, such as the Martinelli's, Kevin, Dean and Clive Weaver. All holding on to there own hopes and dreams. All of this together made for a really great read. I like the way the title ties in to the story as well. I was really able to relate to Scarlet's life in many aspects, which made me really connect with her as a character. I was annoyed with Juliet several times throughtout the book and some points thought she should just make her mind up already. But Hayden was my favorite character by far. He is so sweet and caring but at the same time he is hurt and afraid. He is so awesome. Despite what the summary might want you to believe, this book is not an all out romance. There are many characters in the story who are discovering what love and hope mean to them and it's not entirely focused on Scarlet's crush. overall, i liked this book and I am looking forward to readiing more of Caletti's work.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

This review may contain spoilers of previous book in the series
Summary: (from back of book) Morganville, Texas. Just south of normal. In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans have coexisted in (relatively) bloodless harmony...until the arrival of Bishop, a master vampire who threatens to put the evil back in evil undead and smash the fragile peace. But Bishop isn't the only threat... Violent black clouds promise a storm of devastating proportions.As student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend to defend Morganville against the elements- both natural and unnatural- the unexpected happens: Morganville's vampires begin to vanish one by one. Discovering why leads Claire to one last choice: swear allegiance to Bishop...or die.
Review:I feel like since this is the fifth book in the series I might start to sound a little bit repetitive in my reviews so I'm going to keep this one pretty short. This book was a really great addition to the series. The plot stayed exciting and interesting as the war between sides begins to heat up. There were a few surprises within the plot but mostly this book was about building up to the beginning of a war in Morganville and the effect it's having on everyone. I'm really glad the next several books in the series have already been released.
  As always, I love all the characters in this series, especially Shane. He is such a cool character. I alos have a small soft spot for Oliver, I never really know waht to think of him. But overall, all the characters are awesome. Also Myrnin is scary. I absolutely love this series and everyone who loves vampire stories shouds read it.This is a unique take on vampires that I really enjoy reading.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman

Summary: (from back of book) Sixteen year old Blake and his younger brother, Quinn, are exact opposites. Blake is the responsible member of the family. He constantly has to keep and eye on the fearless Quinn, whose thrill seeking sometimes goes too far. But the stakes get higher when Blake has to chase Quinn into a bizarre phantom carnival that traps its customers forever. In order to escape, Blake must survive seven deadly rides by dawn, each of which represents a deep, personal fear- from a carousel of stampeding animals to a hall of mirrors that changes people into their deformed reflections. Blake ultimately has to face up to a horrible secret from his own past to save himself and his brother- that is, if the carnival doesn't claim their souls first.
Review: This book was pretty entertaining. It had a fairly good plot, although the way things played out in someparts was kind of weird. It was definitely written for a younger audience than most things that I read and it took me a little while to get used to the simpler style. I didn't enjoy this book as much as other things that I have read by him, but it was a good read overall. My favorite part was probably the hall of mirrors, it was interesting way to question the way people perceive themsleves. The book was full of little messages about life and things like that and that was my favorite thing about it. Without that it would have just been a cool story and I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much.
  I didn't really have a deep connection with any of the characters. I din't particurally like or dislike any of them I just felt like I was hearing the story after it happened rather than experiencing it with the characters. I would recommend this book to a younger audience and maybe even older readers who wouldn't be bothered by the things I mentioned. Although, I had problems with it I was still entertained and excited to find out where the story was headed. I have read many other works by Shusterman and intend to read even more.