Thursday, May 24, 2012

Once in a Full Moon by: Ellen Schreiber

Publication Date: December 2010

Overview: Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.
Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend’s Run is famous for them. She’s used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend’s Run and Celeste finds herself drawn to him, much to the chagrin of her friends and perfect boyfriend. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover if the stories are more than legend. He may be Celeste’s hero or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend’s Run.
Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.

My thoughts: Abby and Ivy are snobs. Their boyfriends are jocks and Nash is a jerk. 
Celeste the nice and loving one of the bunch befriends the new boy from across town, after he saves her from the wolves. But he gets bit in the process and that brings about change for the town. The wolves start going crazy and camp out at school one day. Then new boy turns into a wolf. Cool except someone is stalking the town and are they really endanger. 
And can Brandon and Celeste find true love? 

My rating: 5 stars

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Evernight by: Claudia Gray

Publication Date: February 2009

Overview: Bianca wants to escape.
At the eerily Gothic Evernight Academy, the other students are sleek, smart, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.
When she meets handsome, brooding Lucas, he warns her to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between them can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

My thoughts: Bianca has known for most of her life that she is a vampire, but going to Evernight Academy is the breaking point.
She doesn't want to be in this dark menacing school! And for a second I don't blame her.
Then she meets Lucas, who helps calm her fears and makes her want to stay.
One fatal night starts a chain reaction. One in which both Lucas and Bianca are hiding the truth.
Can their love conquer all.

My rating: 5 stars

13 Reasons Why by: Jay Asher

Publication Date: June 2011

OverviewClay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

My thoughts: I thought this was sick and twisted truly. Sending and audio tape around to people to let them know why you killed yourself. I mean really. Why blame people. Most disturbing outlook on life, that I think I have ever read. 
And why should these people who are probably already shook up deal with your death through tapes. Gross!
I know that you want to set the truth free but to paint people as evil is wrong. Sure out yourself, by don't do it to others.
But apparent;y this girl has no feeling for others, sure there were times that I felt bad for her but overall I think she needed to get mental help. Really.
And I hope that this boy is not going to go crazy from all that he has learned.

My rating: 3 stars

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Witches of East End by: Melissa De La Cruz

Publication Date: June 2011

Overview: The three Beauchamp women—Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid—live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret—they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.
For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.
With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

My thoughts: These witches face tons of evil and excitement.
Freya works at a bar and makes drinks that cause people to fall in love and be bold. 
Ingrid works at the library and she helps people stay together and get pregnant.
Joanna, the girls mother, helps people from town come back from the dead. And helps cheer up a little boy by showing him, her magic tricks. 
Together they must face the towns evil spirits and help the city stay alive.

My rating: 4 stars

Where She Went by: Gayle Forman

Publication Date: April 2011

Picking up several years after the dramatic conclusion of If I Stay, Where She Went continues the story of Adam and Mia, from Adam's point of view. Ever since Mia's decision to stay - but not with him - Adam's career has been on a wonderful trajectory. His album, borne from the anguish and pain of their breakup, has made him a bona fide star. And Mia herself has become a top-rate cellist, playing in some of the finest venues in the world. When their respective paths put them both in New York City at the same time, the result is a single night in which the two reunite - with wholly satisfying results.

My thoughts: I have to say another great job by Gayle. This book was from Adam's point of view, bold and well written. 
You always wonder what guys go through in these moments and I have to say that I am not surprised they face some of the same issues we, girls do. 
I love that Adam is famous and is dealing with the limelight and the loss he feels for Mia. He band mates don't always get everything and aren't sympathetic it seems. Which really sucks when together you are a great source of income and fun. 
And in the end I am so glad that Mia and Adam find each other and find peace with the choices they have made. 

My rating: 5 stars

Gone by: Lisa McMAnn

Publication Date: January 2011

Overview: Things should be great for Janie—she has graduated from high school and is spending her summer with Cabel, the guy she’s totally in love with. But deep down she’s panicking about how she’s going to survive her future when getting sucked into other people’s dreams is really starting to take its toll.
Things get even more complicated when she meets her father for the very first time—and he’s in a coma. As Janie uncovers his secret past, she begins to realize that the choice thought she had has more dire consequences than she ever imagined.

My thoughts: Janie faces more in this book. Finding out that she has a father, but he's in a coma. He has the same same issues as Janie but he chose to isolate himself from the world that meant leaving Janie's mother and never knowing that she was pregnant. Janie is up against death and choosing to isolate herself or staying in the city with the man she loves.

My rating:  5 stars