What Kind Of Review Can You Expect?

If I could describe what kind of reader I am, I would hands down say I was an emotional one. When I read I want to fully experience the book, from the emotions coursing through the characters to reacting to the twist and turns of the storyline. I'm looking for those books that fire up my imagination and leave me breathless when it's over. It's for this reason why the reviews I write aren't so much what I think and are more on how I feel. My hopes in sharing my review in this way is that something will spark an interest and have you wanting to have the same experiences. This isn't to say I don't have issues with grammar, word choices etc. Trust me I do and most times all it takes is waiting for the story to grab hold for it not to matter. When I do include things about what I thought about the book (for example I've included comments about word choices and being too descriptive), I only do so because it directly affected how I felt. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Hollow

The Hollow
Jessica Verday / Young Adult

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead .. and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again ... but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learn a secret that makes her questions everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her - one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian as well as her own sanity

Ok first let me take this moment to teach you an INVALUABLE tip when buying books - ALWAYS carefully read the book description. Don't skim it, don't judge by the title or cover - READ the description. Because if I had done that properly, I NEVER would have bought this book. I would have saved myself $18 dollars and the cost of therapy needed to recover from the trauma of reading it. I really feel that I shouldn't give a review for this book. I have a rant prepared for it but can't help but wonder if I'm a little jaded by the story. I just lost my best friend April and even months later, the pain is still there buried, ready at any moment to spill out and devastate me all over again. If I had read the description I would have seen that Abbey's story very closely resembled my own. Half way through, tears streaming down my face, it was safe to say that it wasn't the book for me and that I needed to get rid of it. But they tell you to face your grief, that it's ok to feel and so with that belief I pushed forward and was grateful that grief stricken, going through the motions Abbey had taken a turn for the better and was putting her life back together. Fine right? Good book right? WRONG. The author did two more things to poor Abbey that in my mind borders on cruel. She adds to the story a plot where Abbey now doubts her best friend but she has no way of resolving it because the one with the answers is dead. To make it worse, the reader never finds out the answers so to me it was pointless to add it. So once again poor Abbey is devastated. Lucky she has Caspian right? Sorry but the author doesn't leave that alone either with a stunning revelation that after everything Abbey has been through utterly and completely destroys her. I mean ripped out her heart, shattered her spirit and left her broken on the floor. For what reason? I don't know. I didn't see one. I felt heartbroken for Abbey and extremely angry that for some reason it was ok to massacre your character. Like I said earlier, I'm a little jaded because I quickly and very strongly identified with Abbey's grief and pain. I felt it was too much - killing off a best friend, putting doubts about friendship, introducing a love interest only to take him away too. I was left angry (and I use that word lightly) and with a book that if I could have, I would have set it on fire and burned it. I hated it. Again, I know it's a strong reaction and for someone in a different place then I am, they may enjoy it and think it's the best book they ever read. But part of reviewing books is honesty. Personally I wouldn't recommend this book, especially not to those in the middle of grief. Save yourself the heartache and money. Anyone that's interested though - I have a spare book. Quickly claim it before I burn it.

Ratings: 1 star

Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side

Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side
Beth Fantaskey / YA Paranormal Romance

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn't fit in to Jessica Packwood's senior year "get a life " plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth
and he's her long-lost fiance. Armed with new found confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire's Guide to Dating, Health and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But Jessica has never even been kissed - how can she possibly commit herself to a long-term relationship? Or an eternal relationship, for that matter?

I LOVED this book. I remember standing in Barnes and Nobles, bouncing back and worth on whether I should spend the money and buy it. And if I'm remembering correct at one stage I put it back on the shelf. I am SO glad that I didn't because this book was funny and met all my good book needs. It had romance (seeing I'm a book snob), vampires (because aren't they just to die for - hahaha) and most of all a delicious bad boy who goes through so many emotional transitions that it makes your head spin and your heart pound. Lucius was a wonderful character to read about. When I first read it, my first thought was "Ugh I know I like bad boys, but really? Is he going to stay this arrogant?" Answer - nope but he definitely gets better, sexier and irresistible as the book continues. I liked Jessica because I like strong heroines who know what they want but also have the humility (whether to forced or not) to accept when they were wrong and go after what they want with all they have. I'm not a big fan of wishy washy characters and I found none in this book. There was a breath taking almost kiss that made your toes tingle and left you with the urge to jump into the book and claim Lucius for yourself. The book hit all the key emotions and attitudes, from sarcastic retorts to heart felt pleas. But most of all, what had me spinning in circles was Lucius in his darkest, most inhuman, most evil moments. Nothing gets my heart beating more than the evil bad boy. And what an evil bad boy Lucius makes. This book is a terrific read. It has no boring bits to skim through, you devour each word and good thing is - there's another book in the works.

Ratings: 4.5 stars and 3 hearts

Hex Hall

Hex Hall
Rachel Hawkins / YA Paranormal

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father - an elusive European warlock - only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, aka witches, faeries and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak teens, 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. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to get caught up in the storyline and it had my attention from the get go. I love the whole idea of throwing a whole bunch of paranormal misfits together in one place and hoping that they don't all kill each other. There's always those essential elements at play - nervous heroine finding herself in a new and scary environment, the necessary cliche of horrible girls that seem hell bent of ruining the heroine's life, the lonely misunderstood girl that the heroine always seems to befriend and of course, my personal favorite - the gorgeous bad boy. In this book it was Archer and within moments of starting the book, there he is and without even missing a beat, Sophie has fallen head over heels in "crush" with him. Although it follows that familiar pattern, the story has twists and turns and you become absorbed in the drama as it unfolds. I thought this book was funny especially when Sophie is faced with a charging werewolf, flying at her in attack. What does a witch do in a moment like this? A protection spell? A transporting spell? A freezing spell? No she freezes in fear and in a trembling voice yells "BAD DOG". The book is filled with these moments and thankfully (because it was the first thing I checked when I finished) the author is planning on writing a second book. So keep an eye out for this book - it's a guaranteed good read :) Oh, and what's a review without mentioning one of the most important part - it has a hot kiss in it in the basement. So all you bad boy lovers - you're going to not want to miss it.

Ratings: 4.5 stars and 2 hearts


Maggie Stiefvater / YA Adult Paranormal Romance

The Cold - Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf --her wolf-- watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.
The Heat - Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace .. until now
The Shiver - For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it can't be denied. Sam must fight to stay human - and Grace must fight to keep him - even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

This book was simply outstanding. Breath taking. Incredibly moving. Tragically romantic. It's the book I would pay anything to see as a movie. It's the book that when you close it, there are no words to describe the peace and warmth you feel deep within yourself. You can't fake that feeling and you definitely can't force it. This author has taken the romance between two young people and transformed it into a masterpiece. Yep, I feel pretty strongly about this book. Not many books affect me to the point where formulating a rant is near to impossible straight after reading it. This book had me in tears one moment, sighing in another and hoping against hope in another. I love stories where you meet two characters that are brought together and seem to fit perfectly. Sam and Grace find in each other companionship and a deep love which they must fight every inch of the way to keep. They fight against nature and what seems like the cruelty of fate but instead of giving in, they make the most of what they are given and their love to each other completely. Their story is inspiring to all readers about the power of commitment and the strength that can be found in celebrating each moment with each other. This story plays on the heart strings and you finish feeling that you have just been changed for the better. You HAVE to read this book. You NEED to read this book. It's not a "maybe" or a "when I get round to it". It's a "I will go to the bookstore ASAP and buy it" need. This book was that amazing.

Ratings: 5 stars and 2 hearts

Saturday, May 29, 2010



Sherrilyn Kenyon / YA paranormal

At 14, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, Nick and his quick sarcasm are the stuff of legend .. until one night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity. Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil covering a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead. But before Nick can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh-eating zombies. And he's next on the menu. As if starting high school isn't hard enough .. now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chain saw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

Ok. Maybe I should give out a HUGE disclaimer first. I LOVE this author. The Dark-Hunters, one of my favorite series, is written by her and because of that I'll devour anything she writes. I felt I needed to add this because I'm not sure how this review will go and I don't want to sway anyone from reading her books. They are addicting and delicious and my dreams have been better for having read them. In fact, reading Infinity has me rushing to my bookshelves to read about my beloved Dark Hunters again so if for nothing else, I'm glad I read this book. So where do I start because I'm having some conflicted thoughts. My first impression was WOW. Nick was always an interesting character in the DH series and I'm excited that the author has chosen to take a deeper look at him. I'm confused about why she would want to make it YA though because although it's a good tool to spark interest in the other series, it's not exactly appropriate for a YA adult author. I don't know about you but some bedroom scenes are just too "blushworthy" for teenagers. But although Infinity lacked the same feel as the DH books, it definitely was an easy read (after I got past that stupid line about swine flu) and I felt like Nick was taking me along with him. Did I mention what a good idea it was to look deeper into Nick's life? I loved Nick as a 14 year old as he was first introduced into the world of the Dark Hunters and the monsters they fight. Nick is sarcastic as hell and he had me laughing at some of his one liners. I loved having an early glimpse of my droolworthy Acheron and I felt like it was a big reunion as familiar characters entered the story. But here's where I'm a little hesitant... I don't know if it was because I had read the DH series before this book and that's the reason behind this, but I felt overwhelmed with trying to picture and place each character in the series and remember what their back stories were (it's been about 6 months since I read the DH series) This made it a little hard to keep up with the story and honestly, made my brain hurt a little. It has me wondering what my reaction would be if I was a newbie to this world. Would it make sense or would I feel like I was missing something and entering the game at half time? I don't know. It also felt like in ONE day, Nick gets hit with ALOT, totally hammered from all sides by all the different characters and creatures. It made me feel for poor Nick because it seemed like he was never given time to take a breath before being thrown even deeper into the new world he was going to be a major player in. BUT being bombarded makes sense because he is essentially thrown in to this whole new world and isn't that what it's like in reality when we're put in a situation so new and life altering? So it makes a little more sense. One thing that I found different was the author's use of zombies in this story. Oh not that zombies don't fit in as a kind of monster but that these zombies were created from a computer game designed to alter aggressive peoples thought processes. That came across as a HUGE leap from the kinds of story lines found in the other series. Maybe it's because its aimed at YA's and it seems like something interesting. Like I said it's different. But after all is said and done, I did like the book and it was worth the wait to get it. I think that now the majority of the main players have been introduced the series will take on a less "bombarding" feel and it will be nothing but excitement and exhilaration in watching Nick grow into the man he is in the DH series. I REALLY liked this book and I'll read the rest of this series as the author releases them. For the adults out there (and the teenagers who'll either sneak the books or fool their parents into thinking they're just another book series) READ THE DARK HUNTER SERIES. The men you find there are dangerous, tortured by their past, major bad asses and of course, sexy as hell. Also keep an eye on my "In The Spotlight" page because I have a feeling you're going to find them there. So now can you excuse me while I go off to read about Julian of Macedon and how he got trapped in a book as a love slave for 2000 years. Sigh. Boy I love my life...

Rating: 4.5 stars

FYI: 10 stars for the Dark-Hunter series (sure.. like you didn't see THAT coming)

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Book Of Shadows, the Coven, Blood Witches

Cate Tiernan / Young Adult Paranormal

Morgan Rowlands never thought she was anything other than a typical sixteen year old girl. But when she meets Cal, a captivating handsome coven leader, she makes a discovery that turns her whole world upside down: she is a witch. Descended from an ancient and powerful line. And so is Cal. Their connection is immediate and unbreakable: Cal teases out Morgan's power, her love, her magick. But Morgan discovers too soon that her powers are strong - almost too powerful to control. And she begins to suspect that Cal - her love, her soul mate - may be keeping secrets from her ... secrets that could destroy them both.

Well. I managed to get through the combination showing the first three books of a long series. I remember reading the back cover at Walmart thinking, this really sounds like a good read. Curiosity struck again last night so I thought I'd give it a shot. I have really mixed thoughts and feelings about this book. I think the above book description sums up the main theme of the three books but to add to it, Morgan must face the lose of her best friend and the possibility Bree (the old BFF) has turned to hate and is trying to hurt Morgan. Something is happening with the break off coven and the story talks about some of the fall out. Ok having gotten that out of the way, I have to admit that about around the half way in mark, i must have repeated "This is just so weird" countless times. Some of it struck as just plain scary and I began to see the makings of a cult. Cal having just moved into town, invited a group of fellow classmates to go hang out and talk in a field and that was pretty much all he said. So people are hanging, everything is cool and Cal just starts talking about how he wanted them to help him with a Wicca ceremony/ritual and started setting up. No explaining. For those who didn't freak out and leave. He began the ritual, having them do all the movements and blindly repeat what he's saying. No explanation, no forewarning - nothing. AS I'm reading this I'm screaming "RUN RUN GET AWAY AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN!!!" with the next thought "My gosh you are a stupid bunch of kids that you would blindly accept and do something that you have NO clue what it means?" Can you see the problem. A little further on (after another ritual where many don't know what's happening) everyone strips off naked and jumps in the pool. I'm like "WOAH" because it was such a shock. A further shock was that when Morgan stood her ground and turned to go home, the very naked guy she was secretly crushing on (Cal) picks her up and carries her into the pool. I'm no prude. I can see the excitement that comes from trying something new, something that is often a taboo subject. I just really found it strange that this was the way and style that the author chose to introduce a key element of the book. I kept getting the impression that Cal was some all knowing, revered leader who at one point was compared to learning from an "apostle" Nothing wrong with it. People feel what they feel. I just need to share that to me the whole set up was just bizarre. Another thing that bothered me half way through was that I read little evidence of a solid relationship between Cal and Morgan - it resembled that first "We like each other so we're trying to learn more about the other" stage.. the holding hand stage. Then bam!! After one of the few kisses shared, Cal tells her he "thinks" she's his soulmate. Blew me away because it literally came out of nowhere because there had been no sign of passion before hand. This was about the time that I stopped and wrote the blog on my front page. I was unsure whether to continue. I hmmed and harred. And decided to continue. The second part was actually better and I was glad I preserved. The plot picked up and I began to become intrigued with the new characters being added, the suspicion implied on key people and a general sense "I wonder what's gonna happen next". It sucked you in and held you're interest. It wasn't so much the relationship that was the focus, at least with me, but the events of the story. Who was the mysterious Hunter and what did he want from Cal.? (by the way, how can you not be intrigued by someone with such a sexy name) Before I knew and definitely before I was ready, the book ended and I felt like I had only scratched the surface. I immediately got on Amazon and ordered the next 4 books (I really hope I'm not being too optimistic) I really liked the story. I think what threw me was that first ritual where no one had a clue, had been basically thrown into it with no explanation and it didn't seem to be inappropriate to Cal. Yeah I think that's what bugged me the most. But if you choose to read it, do it. Maybe it won't bother you like it did me. (I have been told that I can be really picky about what I read - hence I'm a book snob) But after it's all said and done, it is worth checking it out and persevering through the weird part. It's funny and as you continue reading is very entertaining. An extra bonus - you learn that "bazongas" is a new word to describe boobs. That got a great big bellow from me.

Ratings : 4 stars and 3 hearts

The Demon Kiss

The Demon Kiss
Lacey Weatherford / YA Paranormal Romance
Can someone else's past come back to bite you? After being drained of nearly all the blood in her body, novice witch, Portia Mullins, wakes p to find that her warlock boyfriend, Vance Magnum, has fled in search of his demon father. Determined to keep him from facing the evil alone, Portia follows after him, unknowingly setting herself on the path of a new adventure that will take her, Vance, and their coven over international borders, into a foreign place where they will discover that the black magic which awaits them is far worse than they ever imagined. Portia finds herself tangled up in a web of lies and deceit in another's quest for demonic power

Ok, I may be a little biased with this review because I know the author but this needs to be said - this book is phenomenal. The first two books for this new series are phenomenal. I encouraged yo now while you're online to go to this website www.amazon.com Type in "The Demon Kiss" and click on it. Click on purchase. Enter in your mailing address and credit card information then click on the icon. Where it tells yo how much it comes to, below it - click on confirmation. Right there is the best decision you've made today. Welcome to the "We can't get enough of this series and please Vance, can I have your baby" support group. I thought I loved the "Trouble with Spells" but I didn't truly understand just how much until I read the final words in this book. I LOVE THIS BOOK. Vance is even more addicting (Hi I'm Bookish Snob and I'm a Vance-aholic) and he moves into a place where he has more edge, where you begin to see that the bad boy you love may just have a dark side. You learn more about why he has such a hard time with his past threatening his life with Portia and you find yourself holding your breath for him. You want to believe that he can fight the urge to give into the cravings and you sit through the whole book with your fingers, toes and eyes crossed (it s possible - uncomfortable as hell and reading is painfully slow but it can be done) But I digress - this isn't the "How Much I Love Vance" review. It's the book "The Demon Kiss" review and I should probably mention the other characters. I liked Portia in this book as she starts to understand more about herself and her magic. She's dedicated to her relationship to Vance and it's always impressive to see the sometimes extraordinary lengths that someone will go to protect the one they love. You feel for her and I gotta tell you, some of THE funniest lines in the book come from Portia. As much as it pains me to admit (because truthfully, I'd be the better choice - hahahaha I can almost hear millions of girls screaming "No you're not, I am") Portia is a good fit for Vance and I enjoyed reading about their experiences together from her perspective. She brings good balance to the story and I look forward to seeing how much she develops. I should probably stop my rant .. I mean my review here because I think I've made it pretty clear that I LOVE this book but I HAVE to give a quick shout out to the most evil father a person can have - Mr Evil himself - Damien Cummings. He made my skin crawl and I LOVED it. Great character. Evil in all it's glory. So .. after taking up your time for the last 5 minutes let me sum this review up. Buy this book. Reread it over and over again. Use it to convert your friends. Oh and VANCE MANGUM for President. (sorry couldn't resist)

Ratings: 5 stars and 3 hearts

Since writing this review, I've edited and so I'd like to include it here (10/19/10)

The Demon Kiss continues the journey in Portia and Vance's discovery of each other and their magic, with events that seem impossibly difficult and relentless in trying to pull them apart. Having overcome the danger of a near demon conversion, Portia and Vance embark on the journey of facing Vance's father, with the hopes of finally laying to rest the threat that hangs over Vance's fate. As I read each page, I found myself pulled deeper into the story and my emotions became tied to theirs. I loved the dynamics the author developed further with Vance and Portia and I have to say that they are rapidly becoming one of my favorite couples. Portia is more committed to doing all she can to support Vance and Vance is more determined to protect Portia at all costs.

Portia continued to grow into a strong character and I loved watching as she became more assertive and secure in herself and the relationship she had with Vance. She wasn’t afraid to do whatever it took to protect Vance and finally rid him of his father’s influence. She had a kind of selflessness that I found incredibly appealing and a tenacity that had me cheering. She is definitely not a character who hides when things get tough, always there on the frontline eager to do her part.

Vance Mangum is everything a bad boy should be and will always and forever guarantee a gush and sigh from me. I loved him in The Trouble With Spells but here, I absolutely fell apart with giddy excitement as I began to see a more edgy side of him. He was still the same charismatic guy you just can’t help be drawn to and you get a much closer look into his tortured past. You need to know I just loved reading how he was with Portia – there were moments of incredible passion and I did mini swoons each time he showed the tenderness of his heart. I could gush about him for hours and I’m impatiently waiting to see more of him because trust me when I say that Vance is delicious.

One of my favorite scenes occur when Portia and Vance come face to face with the evilness that is Vance's father, Damien Cummings and as a villain, Damien definitely delivers the goods. Even through the pages he made my skin crawl and that's what I loved so much about reading this book. Not only did the author have my skin crawling, she also had me blushing through the kissing, sighing through the tenderness, laughing at the humor and cheering in those moments where Vance and Portia needed it the most. She has written the book in a way that engages both the mind and heart of the reader, taking them on a ride that they won't easily forget.

It was such an amazing read with all the twists and turns that had me holding onto my seat, never knowing where the story would take me. Lacey wrote in such a way that it was almost effortless to fall into the story and see the scenes as they unfolded, experiencing each moment alongside the characters. I found myself so engrossed that I couldn’t read fast enough and once I was finished, I began the frantic search for the release date of Lacey's third book, Blood Of The White Witch.

I absolutely adored this book and gush about it to all who will listen. If I could, I’d give everyone this book so they can see for themselves just how fabulous Portia and Vance are. A definite keeper for me and a book I’ll read for many years to come.

Spirit Bound

Spirit Bound

Richelle Mead - Young Adult Paranormal

Rose's life will never be her own. She has been outrunning death ever since the accident that forever bonded her to her best friend, Lissa - whom she's sworn to protect no matter what.But with Dimitri stalking her, Rose can only run so far. Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong… After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s—and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and he's out there, somewhere. She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he's silenced her...forever.

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. Let me say it again. I LOVED this book. It's the 5th book in the Vampire Academy series and I just have to say that they just keep getting better and better. I was really impressed with Rose this book and how I really admired the determination and loyalty she shows to those she loves. I love the passion that she has when she sets her mind to something and my heart broke for her when it seemed what she wanted was always out of reach for her. A big surprise in this book was how much I grew to love Adrian. When I first met him in book 2, he felt kinda smarmy to me and I was unsure about how he was going to fit in. Not in this book. Adrian was amazing and I saw him in a totally new light. He wasn't as shallow as I thought and even though I'm a Dimitri and Rose fan, I could hear my heart cheering for him and his love for Rose. Like I said a real shock but definitely appreciated. But here's what always pushes the book over the edge for me - Dimitri. Have I told you how much I LOVE this character. I loved him as the quiet and dedicated guardian, was completely smitten as he opened up about his love for Rose, was heartbroken when he became Strigoi and was 100% giddy and delirious when he became evil (I have a HUGE thing for evil bad boys)But the Dimitri in this book brought me to my knees in humble awe. Dimitri is simply breathtaking. He took me from reveling in his evilness to heartbroken at his anguish. By the time I finished the book I was worn out emotionally from the journey I had been taken on. I HIGHLY recommend reading this book, starting from the beginning and watch as you grow to love the characters like I have. It is worth the time.

Ratings : 5 stars and 2 hearts

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Lauren Kate / YA Paranormal

There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden , the other students are all screw ups, and security camera watch every move. Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce - and goes out of his way to make that clear - she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret ... even if it kills her.

I gotta say after reading this book, I can see why It sat so long on my bookshelf. When I first read the book jacket, the story held so much promise and I looked forward to finding out what the situation was with Daniel and just why Luce was so drawn to him. Now after I've read it, I'm still a little confused. Don't get me wrong, the mysterious guy is always the guy you want to get close to but he just REALLY ... I just didn't "get" him. I have NO problem with the plot theme of "He loves her but isn't good for her. He tries to stay away but he just can't do it." But honestly ... there came a point in this story where I was screaming "Enough already with the ping pong, either declare your love and hook up or stay away and get on with the story" Daniel had all the potential for a wonderful bad boy and I really don't think it was his fault that he fell a little flat. I don't think even he would have drug it out the way it was. Seriously, you love a girl, have spent lifetimes waiting for her and what is the first thing you do when you see her this life cycle? Flip her off? Like give me a break!! I may love a bad boy but never a jerk. The author had this poor girl bouncing between boys (Cam and Daniel) "Oh Cam's available and so cute but I'm so drawn to Daniel!" It was exhausting. Another thing I had a hard time with is that the book was 439 pages. You would think at the 350 pg mark that the plot would be pretty solid and the reader is excited for the big climax at the end. Nope ... not this reader. I'm texting my friend telling her "I am so confused .. what the hell is this book about again?" And honestly, the big scene at the end ..let me give you a brief description of what I saw - glowing guy, wings, swirly black shadows, people flying out of everywhere (it seemed the whole school was in on the big "conspiracy"), glowy flying creatures sparkling everywhere all while standing in the cemetery preparing for a huge battle. I'm cringing thinking "Oh my gosh, it's mass confusion and somewhere in there am I supposed to get the point of the story?" BUT after all is said and done, and before I can completely write the book off as something not for me, the author has a stroke of brilliance. I have just spent hours confused, investing myself into characters I really want to like and understand. The last page is turned and what is my very next thought? I wonder when the sequel comes out!!! Regardless of how crazy the book had me thinking, I need to know what happens. I can't just leave it at that. I'm hoping that maybe by reading the next book I'll get it and everything will be right in the world. Like I said, the author had a stroke of brilliance. The book was intriguing enough that amongst the confusion, there was something that pulled you in. You know, you may like the book. You may be one of those that can make sense of the "madness" But me, although the book wasn't an "aim for the trash" rating, I'm still leaning towards "Hmm I'm not quite sure" That's my two cents worth

Ratings: 3 stars and 2 hearts

Hush Hush

Becca Fitzpatrick / YA Paranormal Romance

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

I wasn't quite sure when I saw this book at Barnes and Noble but the friend I was with told me how much she liked and stressed that I should really read it. I learned something that day ... it is actually a good thing to listen to people and not fade out into the background (for those friends reading this, don't worry this doesn't mean you :P) I went straight home and read it and DEVOURED it. When I for to the end, I kept flipping the pages back and forth muttering "Please tell me there's more and that I'm just too blind to see it. It was really good. I loved Nora. She's just going about her daily business, dealing with the stresses that come with being a teenager and what happens - she gets lumped together with a guy called Patch that is so obviously a bad boy that her only reaction is to beg the teacher for reassignment. This guy is sarcastic and has taken a shine to Nora, that he delights in making her blush,oftentimes waiting for those moments when it's before others. Nora wants to stay away but they keep getting thrown together and the story talks about how Nora deals with it, her growing feelings towards Patch and her confusion where he is concerned. Now Patch. Have I told you how wonderfully he is as a bad boy? There are different levels of bad boy and there is one kind that just rocks my world - the sarcastic bad boy with a dash of evilness. He's the one that when he's good, he's good but when he's bad he is breathtakingly bad. Patch is that kind of bad boy. Your first introduction to Patch is the cocky kid with sarcastic comments that match his mysterious attitude. He is a dream to read and I immediately added him to my bad boy list. He made the book worth reading. Add the fact the book was good, the writing was easy to follow and the author didn't take you on this endless journey of twists and turns to the point where you have motion sickness and are very very confused. I loved the plot and it really has sparked an interest in reading more books based on where the main boy/teen/man is an angel of some kind. But again what stuck out was Patch. He is alluring, appealing and drug you right up close, making you close your eyes, wet your lips and lean in close as you can, breathless for the kiss that doesn't obviously come but you don't care, you're too caught up in his web. He owns you for that moment. Don't you just love bad boys? Here's some examples of classic Patch in his finest glory ...

"I don't go out with strangers," I said (Nora) "Good thing I do. I'll pick you up at five" (Patch)

"He grinned when I didn't protest, and lowered his mouth toward mine. The first touch was just that - a touch. A teasing, tempting softness. I licked my lips and Patch's grin deepened. "More?" he asked. I curled my hands in his hair, pulling him closer. "More"

Hush Hush is well worth the time and money to read. It's a book you can easily lose time reading, so engrossed you become with the story. I'm glad that I listened to my friends recommendation. It helped to solidify my love and devotion to bad boys and to love and romance in general

Ratings: 4.5 stars and 3 hearts