Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wolfsbane by: Andrea Cremer

Publication Date: July 2011

Overview: This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended-Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer-one 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 decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

My thoughts: I love the adventure these wolves face. I can't believe all the drama that has taken place.
I am so glad that Shay and Calla have found friends/allies that are helping them get the pack back.
I am furious that Ren, Dax and Cosette have chosen the wrong path. But I hope at some point they chose to change their minds.
Calla and Adne are off on another adventure and no one knows where they are.......will they fail?

My rating: 5 stars

Trial by Fire by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Publication Date: June 2011

There can only be one alpha.

Bryn is finally settling into her position as alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack—or at least, her own version of what it means to be alpha when you’re a human leading a band of werewolves. Then she finds a teenage boy bleeding on her front porch. Before collapsing, he tells her his name is Lucas, he’s a Were, and Bryn’s protection is his only hope.

But Lucas isn’t part of Bryn’s pack, and she has no right to claim another alpha’s Were.  With threats—old and new—looming, and danger closing in from all sides, Bryn will have to accept what her guardian Callum knew all along. To be alpha, she will have to give in to her own animal instincts and become less human. And, she’s going to have to do it alone.

Bryn faces both the costs, and the rewards, of love and loyalty, in this thrilling sequel to Raised by Wolves.

My thoughts: I love this series. I love the wolves and the tales of whose in charge and such things. Bryn and her crew of weres are fighting physics. And man are they powerful. Thanks Shay for setting them on to the low life!
There group leader is Valerie and just a heads up she is somehow related to someone in Bryn's group! After a battle and struggle to survive...the group have one that dies, one the betrays and one that decides the best thing to do is to leave. The group was stronger than they thought they were but now how can they survive everything that happens after the fight.
Bryn goes to Callum, to ask for a huge favor, but he tells her it isn't time for that.

My rating: 5 stars

Bliss by: Lauren Myracle

Publication Date: January 2011

When Bliss’s hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in a tony Atlanta neighborhood, it’s like being set down on an alien planet. The only guide naive Bliss has to her new environment is what she’s seen on The Andy Griffith Show. But Mayberry is poor preparation for Crestview Academy, an elite school where the tensions of the present and the dark secrets of the past threaten to simmer into violence. Openhearted, naive Bliss is happy to be friends with anyone. That’s not the way it has ever worked at Crestview, and soon Bliss is at the center of a struggle for power between three girls—two living and one long dead.

My thoughts: I honestly couldn't get past the first few chapters. I bought the book on a passing thought and really didn't want to read it. I tried to make myself read it and I couldn't. I found it lame...bad thing to say but that's how I feel. I have had this book since May and hadn't read it and felt like I should give it a try to get it off my TBR pile and it just didn't work.

My rating: 1 star

Dark Secrets 2 by: Elizabeth Chandler

Publication Date: May 2010

In No Time to Die, the drama is deadly. Jenny is going undercover for the summer at the theater camp where her sister, Liza, was murdered just a year earlier. Though Jenny is still grieving the loss of her sister and feels completely out of place on stage, she is determined to discover why Liza was murdered—and more importantly, who killed her. Soon she thinks she hears Liza speaking to her, and suspects someone may be following her. The drama is even more twisted than she thought….
In The Deep End of Fear, Kate thought she was done with daring adventures after her childhood friend Ashley tragically drowned in an icy pond. But when she returns to her childhood home, it all comes flooding back. To stop history from repeating itself, Kate must face the childhood fears that have haunted her for so long….

My thoughts: No Time To Die - I love that these sisters are so opposite but at the same time, Jenny decides to go undercover and risk her life to find out exactly what happened to her sister. In doing so she has to face her fear and get on stage to perform. Good thing she finds a chance at love while she has to face the pain of the past at the same time.
The Dead End of Fear - Kate has come back to a town that her and her family ran from years before. She wants to return something that her father had stolen. And to get in she has to take a job and that job is a nanny/ tutor. She loves this little boy and will do anything to keep him safe. Who is she keeping him safe from? His family...all except his mother who is trying to blame Kate for the trouble. With Sam the hockey players help the figure out the killer or should I say killers!

My rating: 4 stars

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dark Secrets 1 by: Elizabeth Chandler

Publication Date:August 2009

Overview: Two girls haunted by the past...and destined to relive it
In Legacy of Lies, Megan has to stay with the uptight grandmother she wants nothing to do with. She's determined to get through the visit without any drama, but when she falls into a twisted love triangle with potentially fatal consequences, Megan may be caught up in her family's legacy in more ways than she realizes.
In Don't Tell, Lauren knows that by returning to the town where her mother drowned seven years ago, she'll be reliving one of her most haunting memories. When she arrives, she is propelled into a series of mysterious events that mimic the days leading up to her mother's death. Maybe her mother's drowning wasn't an accident after all...and maybe Lauren is next.

My thoughts: Legacy of Lies..... I really enjoyed Megan. Especially her relationships with Matt.  Who is legally her cousin but wow...are they in love and deserve to be together. And the surprise of who killed Avril was great. i like most people suspected the grandmother. And even I thought that Matt was helping scare Megan, but man was I wrong.
Don't Tell........Poor Lauren, has had to live with her life without a mother. She went to her godmother's for vacation but ends up being tormented. Tormented by memories and someone out to kill her. And again I assumed it was Nora the demented child but no it was her sister....And lets just say she had help and I hope that they get what's coming to them.

My rating:5 stars

Ballad by: Maggie Stiefvater

Publication Date: October 2009


"Ballad is giddy, intoxicating, and threatening all at once. It is a sheer edge-read: you feel like you stand on a cliff through every scene, only barely clinging to the world, not knowing who is coming up behind you!" —Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the Protector of the Small Quartet

"With its razor wit, compelling characters, and deliriously beautiful prose, Ballad will make you laugh and gasp out loud even as it breaks your heart." —R.J. Anderson, author of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter

"Maggie Stiefvater excels at writing wonderfully complex characters who face wickedly impossible obstacles. Ballad had me hooked until the pulse-pounding end. Readers who loved Lament will devour Ballad and plead for more!" —Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Remember us, so sing the dead, lest we remember you

James Morgan has an almost unearthly gift for music. And it has attracted Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and then feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. James has plenty of reasons to fear the faeries, but as he and Nuala collaborate on an achingly beautiful musical composition, James finds his feelings towards Nuala deepening. But the rest of the fairies are not as harmless.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed reading this book. It was the second in the series. And most importantly it was from James' point of view. To get a guys feeling on this is hard to do and the author did so...brilliantly. James' feeling about things are no different then what most girls would feel when they are in love only with less tears and drama...or almost less drama.
I really don't want James to be with Nuala. I feel like she is a ruddy cow only out to destroy what was already there and what was really important. I love Dee and like she and James are destined to be together. They need to give everything time and chances to work thing out for itself. It was sad that they had to lose a great teacher, but like all things, some come to and end faster....

My Rating: 5 Stars

Living with the Dead by: Kelley Armstrong

Publication Date: October 2008

The men and women of the Otherworld – witches, werewolves, demons, vampires – live unseen among us. Only now a reckless killer has torn down the wall, trapping one very human woman in the supernatural crossfire.
Robyn moved to LA after her husband died to try to put some distance between herself and the life they had together. And the challenges of her job as the PR consultant to a Paris Hilton wannabe are pretty distracting. But then her celebutante is gunned down in a night club, and Robyn is suddenly the prime suspect. The two people most determined to clear her are her old friend, the half-demon tabloid reporter Hope Adams, and a homicide detective with an uncanny affinity for the dead.
Soon Robyn finds herself in the heart of a world she never even knew existed – and which she was safer knowing nothing about . . .

My thoughts: Honestly I tried to read this book. For several days I read and read and in the end I found that the switching back and forth from different peoples point if view difficult to keep up with and I had to stop. I like the thoughts of the writer. I just couldn't go with it all.
For all of you who enjoyed this book...I'm sorry your not getting a descent review.

My rating: 2...for the thoughts of the writer

Wings by: Aprilynne Pike

Publications Date: April 2010

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

My thoughts: Laurel is a lucky girl. She is home schooled most of her life. This year she is put into public school after the family moves to a new town. In this town her life changes...everything she knew, was wrong and now she has to learn the truth...not only about herself but about her real family as well.
     She meets David, whom she falls in love with instantly and with good reason he helps her in every way. She also meets Chelsea, who becomes her best friend...something she has never had before.
    With David by her side she uncovers all of these secrets about herself. She is not living but what is she. I will leave that for you to find out.

My rating: 4 stars

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fade by: Lisa McMann

Publication Date: December 2010

For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.
Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open — but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over here, and Cabel's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.
Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability — and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared....

My thoughts: Janie and Cabel are back. Both fighting crime undercover. And being in love....undercover.
This year instead of the usual drug bust it's a child molester. And instead of finding one pervert they get 3...yes 3 and they all work at Janie and Cabel's school. And some of them where faves of Janie's. After attending a laced with roofies party Janie almost is raped by one and they make their bust.
The only good thing about that is they catch the guys and then Janie and Cabel get to be together.
The tough art of the dreams that she still has is it is making her blind...She is no longer aloud to drive which must be tough on a girl who has to make her own way in the world.

My Rating: 4 stars

Wake by:Lisa McMann

Publication Date: December 2008
About the Book:
When Janie is eight years old, it happens for the first time: While traveling with her mother, she suddenly blacks out and is plunged into a strange office setting where a balding man is in his ratty underwear, being ridiculed by his coworkers. Janie has somehow been catapulted into the dream of the sleeping man in the seat in front of her. Unable to control her entry into his dream, Janie also has no idea how to speak or help once inside. This scary scene repeats itself over the years. Janie learns to avoid sleepovers, as she finds herself inside the dreams of the other girls, learning things about them that she may have preferred not to know. Then, when she's in high school, the worst situation presents itself: study hall in the library right after lunch. Janie is sucked into the dreams of her classmates — some simple and innocent, some frightening, and one featuring herself and the dreamer engaged in a kiss! Janie's gift (or curse) is usually a burden, but now it's more confusing than ever as she gets closer to Cabel, whose dreams include a scary past along with passionate kisses.

My thoughts: Janie who seems to fall asleep at the drop of a hat...travels through dreams, bad and good. She tries to help others in their dream over come fears or escape tragedies.
When she's in the dreams she has no control over her body. And when others see her like this they freak out and think she is weird, she is sort of. You got to admit anyone who falls asleep so much has to be weird or have something wrong. It's also dangerous for her to be out and about in public doing these things.
She has known Cabel forever but he was just some punk who she had no feelings for, until this year. when he has changed and she has changed too. Now he is undercover for the police to make a living and they have to pretend that they don't get along or hang out, but truth is there is love building there.

My rating: 4 stars

Bloodlines by: Richelle Mead

Publication Date: Aug. 23, 2011

Overview: The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.
When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and every one's out for blood.

My thoughts: OK so apparently I read this book way back in early September but am just now getting around to posting...sorry if you have been following and have been bored looking at the old post. a word that I would use for a book that I have waited forever to read. I was so sad when Vampire Academy ended and hated that I would never get to read more tales from Rose and Dimitri. But ready this series has at least hear about them and their wonderful times together.
Sydney in my opinion was very misunderstood. Sure she was weird around vampire, but wouldn't you be if you were brainwashed to believe that they were evil, but you had to protect them anyway. I am just glad she finally has her won series to let the world know the truth about her and her feeling on vampires. And sure she is still uneasy but she is warming up to them.
Keith is a jerk and deserves everything and more that he gets. I can't believe what he did to Syd's sister. And hope he is found out and rots in the hell he has created for himself.
Lee another new character is a vampire gone wrong...that's all I can say to describe someone who wants to be evil and does everything in hie power to get back to that.
I feel really bad for Jill, someone whose life has been turned upside down and inside out, and then is moved to a far of place to be kept from danger. To her it's punishment, but we know it's for the best.
Adrian and Eddie are back. And man do these boys need to step up their game. I think they would be great mates for Syd and Jill, if they ever had the courage to do something about it
Can't wait for more.....

My rating: 5 stars