Friday, November 4, 2011

Elphame's Choice by: P.C. Cast

Publication Date: September 2009

I was marked from birth as belonging to the Goddess Epona--but that didn't make my life easy. Because of my "blessings," I was set apart, worshipped, unable to make real connections with others. Then came the Feeling, and with it a glimpse of my destiny. It led me to the MacCallen castle of legend, deserted since the terrible Fomorian war.
I followed the wordless call to breathe new life into a place long dead, but I didn't realize there were dark remnants of the war lingering in the nearby forest--victims and survivors who remained hidden. Others marked as different, powerful. Feared.
My choice was now twofold. I could keep to the happiness and safety of my new found home, or I could choose a path that led to something more terrible, more dangerous, more thrilling than anything I'd ever expected.
And in that future I might never be alone again. . .

My thoughts: I am not surprised to find the dark creatures of the past are back. although I am surprised to find that one of them is not evil, but good. He also loves Elphame. He saves her and her new clan from his clan.
Brenna was most unfortunate, she was burn and lost her family. She comes to a new place to start over and finds love. She did not deserve her fate, and her lover did not deserve what he got either.
Cu is cocky tho and at times I feel like someone should smack him just to set him straight. I do think it is time for him to find his true path in life and live it, instead of trying to care for others.
Elphame took great risk, but lucky for her it work out for the best and she got to find love.

My rating: 4 stars

Darkness Becomes Her by: Kelly Keaton

Publication Date: February 2011

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.
Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.
She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.
Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

My thoughts: This story is about an orphan who was put in foster care by her mother. She assumed her mother didn't want her, but truth be told she was trying to keep her safe.
She ends up going away to find out more about her past and when she does she finds her mother is dead. She finds out things about her mother that she never would have guessed. She also finds unexpected places.
She helps the love- Sebastian find his father. Although that was by accident, her father was there too, but she didn't realize that at the time. But she did try to help him escape but he chose to stay in  the prison alone.
And she find out that Sebastian is a vampire, his mother was one as well and his father is a wizard.
I just have to say that most of this is good. Parts of it were a little too weird for me, you'll see that if you check it out. I also am so glad she found Sebastian. He seems like a really great catch.

My rating: 4 stars 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Look

I hope you all enjoy the new look. I thought it was time to update. I don't know how I feel about it yet. This is the 2nd background/ template that I have tried, so hopefully it will stick. In the mean time check out the new posts.

Please feel free to suggest new titles. I enjoy the feedback and now that I have my laptop I can post from anywhere.

Lover Eternal by: J.R. Ward

Publication Date: March 2006

Overview: Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetite. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin.
Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. When Mary Luce is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world, she must rely on Rhage's protection. Knowing that Mary feels the same intense animal attraction, Rhage must make her his alone...

My thoughts: Rhage is a fighter that is for sure. And a beast is contained within him, his curse. And I do mean within him. I feel really bad for him. He seems so sweet regardless of how he is potrayed.
Rhage meets Mary, on accident and is smitten instantly.
He gets the girl, but both of them have hidden demons and they most reveal them to each other in order to stay together. which means they have to trust. And truat they do.
But Mary has cancer and is dying, what will Rhage do I know I would be crazy with rage.
Rhage makes a bargin with the Virgin Scribe and in the end some dreams come true other don't.
Things don't always work out the way you think they will.

My rating: 5 stars

Dark Lover J.R. Ward

Publication Date: September 2005

Overview: In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

My thoughts: I know this isn't young adult, but I love this series. i actually bought the first book man years ago and was going to try it. I read the first 2 chapters and decided it wasn't for me. But my younger sister swears by this series. she has the whole family reading these books now. So I decided to give it another try. So i stole my copy back from her.....LOL
      Wrath is known as the relentless king amoung the brothers in this brotherhood. but really I didn't see himthat way at all. He seemed to only want what was best for eveyone and if that meant throwing his weight around, oh well.
      One of the brotherhood gets killed, on purpose. Wrath finds this mans daughter and explains to her that she is half vampire and that she will go through the change. She has to believe him becuase she doesn't know her family.
     After she figures out that Wrath isn't evil she falls in love with him. Oh and this good king and a disability...I won't tell you what that is.

My rating: 5 stars

Wintergirls by: Laurie Halse Anderson

Publication Date: February 2010

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies.
But now Cassie is dead. Lia’s mother is busy saving other people’s lives.
Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia’s head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way – thin, thinner, thinnest – maybe she’ll disappear altogether.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl’s chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.

My thoughts: This book really spoke to me. I have dealt with eating disorders in my family for a long time. And this book is just a point of view from the person who is actually struggling. I found it refreshing to really feel the way she felt.
I think if you know someone with a eating disorder you should pick this book up and read it. It will help you understand.
I felt bad for these girls, whose families have so much going on they don't seem to care til it's almost too late. And for one family it is too late. And I think someone should slap them in the face. You have children to enjoy them and if your not spending time with them, then how can you enjoy them.
These girls face so much it's hard to tell how this starts, and how do you truly end it either.

My rating 5 stars

Spellbound by: Cara Lynn Schultz

Publication Date: June 2011

Overview: What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.
But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

My thoughts: Emma, Emma, this poor girl. She lost her twin, and then her mom. And unfortunately her step-dad almost killed them both in a car crash because he was drunk. Why she chose to stay with that low life I will never know?
But then she moves in with her aunt, which was the best possible thing to do.
School life isn't easy...whose is? But she has to deal with kids she's never met being jerks and drama queens. Brendan, her feelings for him are confusing at first. And her disgust for Anthony only grows stronger with each day. He gets her in trouble and the "COW" Kristin gets her in deeper trouble.
And yet she and Brendan were meant to be together....does it take almost dying to figure that out....IDK?

My rating: 4 stars