Friday, January 25, 2013

Hidden by: Sophie Jordan

Publication Date: September 2012

Overview:A dangerous journey.
Shattered bonds.
Undying passion.
Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted her fate long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.
The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning. . . .
Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

My thoughts: After reading this one I had become quite sad. I didn't want it to end and I really didn't want it to end this was. 
I am glad that most of them have peace and love in their lives but I am terribly upset over Cassian. 
I wish Jordan had decided to go further with this. I'm sure she could, being as brilliant as she is :) 
Cassian stood up for the I call them. he helped rescue his sister and the others, I will let you figure out what other is. He made his father see reason and helped their tribe find a new way to rule the group. A new system of which I find very interesting and hope stayed in place....considering this is the end and will never know. In my mind it played out differntly.
Tamara has a man, and new guy;)
AS for Jacinda and Will...shhh
Miriam, sad.
My rating: 5 stars

Dead to You by: Lisa McMann

Publication Date: December 2012

Overview: A powerful psychological thriller with a shocking twist from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.
Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It’s a miracle…at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there’s something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable...

My thoughts: Having read other books by McMann I found I really wanted to read this regardless of the summary I read about it. And I'm glad I gave it a try. Although not my usual taste I found it interesting to say the least.
This boy was abducted at some point in his life, mad to forget his family or maybe just to young to really remember. In my mind he was brain washed and forgotten. 
He found a family, through the Internet, who was missing a boy his age. He felt he looked like them and thought maybe he belonged. He found them and lived with them.
In this sort time he fought, learned to love, and fell in love.
Do you think that's how it ends? No of course not.
It's not his family and the boy he wanted to be was found...not the way one hopes. He runs. And as all things do it ends. 
I wanted a different ending, but so would you.

My rating:3 stars

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Blood Forever by: Mari Mancusi

Publication Date: September 2012

Overview: Sunny and Rayne McDonald have had their lives turned upside down thanks to the Blood Coven. But when the past itself is changed, the sisters will do anything to get back what they've lost…
After making a deal with the devil, Rayne and her twin sister, Sunny, have been given the chance to go back in time—to prevent that fateful night when Sunny was bitten by Magnus from ever happening. But while Sunny has been offered a vampire-free existence, she finds she doesn’t want to live without Magnus by her side. And although Rayne puts up a stoic front, she secretly wishes that the vampire Jareth was back in her arms.
To reclaim their lives, Sunny and Rayne team up to figure out a way to change history for the better. Problem is, Jareth and Magnus aren’t all that eager to help two unfamiliar girls who somehow know everything about their vampiric organization. Now, if the twins can’t get the boys on their side, history may spiral out of control—destroying not only the Blood Coven, but quite possibly the entire human race...

My thoughts: This one was a disappointment. I read all of this series and loved the others but this one just did nothing but leave me in a rut. 
The others offered grand adventure and love with turmoil mixed in, but this one fell short on all counts. I didn't feel like this was written to be a story I feel like this could have been a novella or something. Just not enough happened to keep up with the other books.
I'm glad the girls are back and have their men.
I just think the book could have been redone, whether it took longer to release or not.

My rating: 1 star

Iron King by: Julie Kagawa

Publication Date: February 2010

Overview: 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 see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

My thoughts: This was quite thrilling  At times I felt i couldn't breath. This poor girl has had it rough. Losing her father with no explanation, her mother remarrying and the guy barely pays her any mind. 
And it only gets worse as it goes along. But she saved the day. Of course she didn't do it alone and had the help of several key characters   But facing death and everything was worth it just to save her little brother and to begin unraveling her past and her future. 
There is a love triangle kinda hiding in the shadows of this and who she goes with will be key I think. 

My rating: 5 stars
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