Friday, December 31, 2010

After by Amy Efaw

Story of a teenage girl, who hides her pregnancy, gives birth and dumps her baby. She's found out by the police, taken to a juvenile detention center while she's awaiting trial.

I wasn't really sure what this book entailed until I started reading it. It was a very serious subject. It was hard to feel sympathy for the character because she was such a recluse, pulling away from everyone because of this "problem" she felt she had. In her mind, it never happened. I was happy to see that the character finally did stand up and take responsiblitity for her actions in the end.

Torment by Lauren Kate (Fallen #2)

Daniel and Luce are together. But there's a war raging. In order to keep her safe, Daniel takes Luce to Shoreline, a school for mortals and Nephilim. Cam and Daniel declare an 18 days truce, during this time many enemies are out to kill Luce, for good. While at Shoreline, Luce starts to question her life and relationship with Daniel. He won't share details and she can't remember them.

This book definitely had it's funny moments (like how Luce and Daniel's story is told and is somewhat of a legend). Dawn and Jasmine are truly funny. Nice to see some of the other angels, Aryanne, Gabbe, Molly (who surprisingly likes Luce's roommate). The ending for me was definitely a surprise!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Lily, a mermaid princess, is in love with Brody. He barely knows she's alive. Quince, she despises. He loves to make her life miserable (or so she thinks). One kiss changes all of that. Lily, now bonded to Quince, is desperate to separate so she can bond with her "true love" Brody. Quince is determined to change her mind.

A surprisingly good read. It has beautiful cover art and I honestly was expecting the story to be a bit juvenile. But it was an easy read and very cute. I love the idea of mermaid bonding and all of the fishy references were pretty cute as well. I enjoyed Lily's version of a mermaid, who isn't the more gorgeous creature out there but still attracts Quince because of her flaws.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Unwind by Neal Shusterman (Unwind, #1)

Unwinding. The government has made it legal to "unwind" a child between the ages of 13-18. Basically, a child continues to live but in a divided state. Connor is trying to escape his unwinding and survive until age 18, when he is no longer legal for this process. Along the way Connor saves Lev, a tithe, on his way to unwinding, being brought up to believe that it's his mission in life. Risa, living in a State Home, is being unwound to cut costs.

The book takes the persepctive of Lev, Connor and Risa and follows their story in trying to survive. I must say as of late, I'm not really that into Sci Fi. But this book really hooked me. I read it in a day and a half and just couldn't put it down. This concept is one I've never heard but really interesting. The chapter where Roland goes through his unwinding is a little harder to read because of all the details, but some would say justice had been served. I was really excited to know that there is a sequel to this book!

Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast (House of Night, book four)

Zoey has lost three boyfriends and her friends. Stevie Rae is alive, but has strange red tattoos. Book four picks up after Loren and Prof. Nolan's death. Erik comes back after his full change to teach drama. Aphrodite has visions of Zoey's death and her friends finally find out why she was keeping so many secrets. Add to that Nefereet's plans to unleash a mythical angel, ready to pillage the earth.

Once again, really enjoyed this book. Although Zoey's tattoos spreading at the end of each book is a little redundant.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie

Linc has gotten himself into a big mess. He's desperate to work at Prescott college. In order to make that happen he has to find a finacee. Quickly. Daisy is a free spirit. Linc doesn't understand her but asks her to step in and help him out because she's a great storyteller. Daisy quickly falls in love with Prescott and Linc.

Cute story. Easy read!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Jenna Fox. That's her name. Or at least that's what her parents tell her. Seventeen year old Jenna cannot remember anything. Her life, her friends, her parents. She lives in an out of the way place, does not attend school and is kept under tight control from her parents. She knows she was in an accident but it not allowed to talk about it. The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a glimpse into what life could be like with all the medical advaces that are constantly being made.

I really really enjoyed this book. There were some surprises as to who Jenna really is. But this book totally had me hooked. I just couldn't put it down. Would definitely be an excellent movie.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Blonde With a Wand by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Anica thinks she's found a great guy, until she meets his ex-girlfriend. Things get heated when she confronts him about his "tomcat" like behavior. He pushes too far and she accidently turns him into a cat. From then on Anica loses her magic and has to figure out how to get it back and keep Jasper human.

Cute story! I really enjoyed the second book in this series (which I had previously read). It was nice to finally understand all the little comments from the second book related to Jasper becoming a cat. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Fallen 2: Aerie and Reckoning by Thomas E. Sniegoski

Aaron and Camael finally stumble onto Aerie, a peaceful town where the fallen angels and nephilim are hiding away from the powers. While in Aerie, Aaron stumbles upon information about his own father, while trying to battle Verchiel and the Powers. Vilma also joins him in her nephilim form, which comes as a surprise to him. In the second part (Reckoning), Aaron finally meets his father and helps to save the world. Verchiel wants to release hell onto the earth but is finally dealt with and sent back to heaven to seek absolution.

Reckoning was a little more violent and gross for me (too much blood and gore) but I enjoyed the storyline of Lucifer being Aaron's father and not being what the human world has depicted him to be. The idea of hell residing inside Lucifer was an interesting idea.