Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Enthralled by Melissa Marr (and other authors)

Didn't love this book. It was short stories, which are usually fine but most, if not all of them, seemed like they ended abruptly and were missing too much of the story. Many left you hanging, which may be the purpose of short stories, I'm not sure. In comparison to other short stories I've read, this just left me feeling cheated, like I'd missed out on too much. Some stories were better than others, and some I just completely skipped.

Completely Smitten by Susan Mallery

Since this was a book shared with another author (another story within this book) it seemed like it was a shorter version. Haley is running away from her father and church community when she meets Kevin, a US Marshal. I liked this story because Haley is very naive, doesn't know much about how the world works and ends up depending on Kevin to teach her about life while she's figuring things out.

Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz

Schuyler and Jack are on a mission to continue Lawrence's work and figure out just what is going on. Mimi is back in NY playing regent.

I love Schuyler and Jack's relationship, even if they are somewhat old fashioned in how they speak with each other. I guess since Jack is technically a fallen angel, he's been around a while. They are trying to figure out what's going on while hiding out from Mimi, since Jack has broken their bond.

I really enjoyed this book, and actually had read Bloody Valentine prior to this one, so the bonding that takes place in that one makes a little more sense.

Stargazer by Claudia Gray

Balthazar or Lucas? Personally I vote for the former. In this book, Biance is sneaking around to meet Lucas (her "love") while using Balthazar and helping him with his sister. Even though the storyline did move, I'm not a huge fan of the choices Bianca makes. She's rash and selfish. She doesn't seem to worry about anyone other than herself, Lucas, and figuring out what's going on at Evernight (which in turn is helping Lucas). At the end she ends up becoming a member of the Black Cross after they invaded her Evernight home and probably killed many people she knows and loves. I'm hoping in the third book Bianca grows up, gets a spine and kicks Lucas to the curb.

Happy Chaos by Soleil Moon Frye

Usually I don't read many nonfiction or parenting books. When I do I skip a lot of pages and skim because they really aren't "reader friendly." This one I truly enjoyed reading. I loved the writing style and the format of the chapters. I enjoyed reading about Soleil Moon Frye's life since I did watch her on Punky Brewster (who didn't). So I enjoyed her take on parenting, advice for her children and learning more about her childhood and marriage.

When You Dare by Lori Foster

Usually I love Lori Foster. Love the romance, the situations, the characters........I loved the characters in this book but not the situation. Molly is rescued by Dare, after he finds that she (and his friend's sister) have been abducted to Mexico to be sold. There was just something about reading of an abduction that just made me uneasy. While the rest of the story was fine, the beginning just set things off for me. I did read the whole book.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

I enjoyed this book even though it was a little "horrific" at times. Haden (the bad guy....of course) is a demon who has to take a human bride and bring her back to the underworld. Except he falls for Theia. Unexpectedly. What I really liked about this story is that Theia didn't wait around for someone to rescue her. She did what she needed to do to save the person she loved. Many books have main female characters who are super wimpy and whine all the time. She did pine for Haden when he went back to Under but at least in the end, she stood up for him, making a dangerous deal with his mother and saving him (until he came back to save her).

Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz

Three short stories from the Blue Bloods novel. I enjoyed all three. I like hearing more about Schuyler's mother before she ended up in her coma. And super happy that Schuyler and Jack ended up together even if it wasn't permanent (as far as I know).

Only Yours by Susan Mallery

Montana, a dog trainer, falls for Simon a surgeon who doesn't have the best people skills.

Cute, quick story!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

I liked the first book in the series, Halo. I think I was more in love with the book cover than the actual story. This second book I really didn't love. It was pretty gross in some descriptions (but I guess if you are writing a story about the Underworld, it's gotta be gross). Bethany has to deal with being kidnapped and trying to survive in Hell. Jake, her kidnapper, wants what he wants and doesn't care what he has to do to get it. It was a long book and I felt like it was just a tough read. I really wanted to love this book but it just didn't happen. I did love the cover though.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park

Dan and Amy travel to Jamaica. They are ready to give up in their hunt for the 39 clues when they learn more information about who they (and Nellie) truly are.

Shadowland by Alyson Noel

I've put off reading this book for probably about two years. I hated the way the second in the series ended and wasn't really interested in being depressed even further. This book felt desperate to me. Ever is trying to undo the mistake she made. She has to help Romy and her sister get back to Summerland, while not truly being able to be with her one true love. She's an immortal but has basically no power. Read it and happy it's over with. Now debating on whether I really want to know what happens in the rest of the series.

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

I really enjoyed this one. I thought it was going to be an angel story but it was something different. The main character Charlotte, is a forgotten. She's driven by her "need" to help others. She struggles against it because she just wants to be normal but finds that she can't. Her purpose in life is to help others until she bursts into brilliant light. Others around her start to forget her and their life with her.

It was heartbreaking watching Charlotte struggle to realize that no one would remember her. Not her adopted mother or her boyfriend. She desperately wants to stay on earth but doing that would basically kill her and turn her into something ugly and evil. Finally she is at peace with what she needs to do.

Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson

Cute romance story that doesn't disappoint. Although I have to say that all romances follow that same pattern of : boy meets girl (or vice versa), they struggle against their attraction, they get together, break up, live happily ever after together. Same old same old.

I did like this one though!

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Finally the last book. I must say everyone has said that this was by far the best in the series. I disagree. I hate that they used Peeta as a torture device. While I understand why it was necessary, it felt like the book was being rushed to end the series. Things seemed to happen really fast (like the whole battle scene at the end). All in all, happy to have read the series, super excited I"m finished with it. Looking forward to the movie even more!

Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs

Phoebe finally learns at the end of the first book that she is descended from Nike, which is totally fitting since she's a runner. I like seeing how Phoebe struggles to control her powers. Sticking her in Goddess Boot Camp with a bunch of ten year olds was a funny twist to the story. Still, it's a fluffy read, not one that I would want to read again. Cute but not great.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Book two in The Hunger Games series. While I didn't love the first one, the second book was much better. Katniss has to deal with the aftermath of her decision to pull out the berries at the end of the hunger games. This book moved a little faster for me and I think the fact that there wasn't so much violence (because the Quarter Quell games were a much smaller part of the book) was easier for me. I didn't like how violent the first book was.

Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs

Phoebe's mom gets remarried while on a trip. All of a sudden Phoebe learns that she is not only moving to Greece, she has to deal with an all new family, a stepsister that hates her, and is going to a school of kids descended from the Greek Gods.

I thought this was a cute story. Slow going to get into, but towards the end I really enjoyed it. I love the Greek Mythology aspect and like how the character really evolves and gets a super nice surprise at the end.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

LOVE THIS BOOK! I started reading it yesterday and finished it within twenty four hours. Not very often do I find a book that hooks me within five pages of the beginning. I had a hard time putting this book down.

Skye, on her seventeenth birthday, starts to notice some strange things happening to her. Her eyes turn silver and there are many weird occurences. Enter Devin (the "good" guy) and Asher (the dark, mysterious, and often arrogant "bad" guy). Each has his own agenda. Skye is just trying to figure out what is going on.

First off, love the book because of the angel element. I'm a little obsessed with it. I enjoyed how the author keeps stringing you along, never really telling you what's going on until past the middle of the book. It's a lot of guesswork to try and figure out who these guys are and what Skye's role in everything is. Once the truth is revealed, you can really feel Skye's torture over not being able to figure out what her powers are, use them and figure out what's going on between herself and Asher and then Devin.

Skye seems to be a real character. She's not overly fake, annoying, girly or whiny. She's simply trying to deal with the fact her life is changing and her support system is not as stable as it used to be. Skye learns some awful truths about her life that change her views. And the ending........oh, total cliffhanger (which I hate and love at the same time). My only regret is that I will have to wait until 2012 (?) for the next book. I'm hoping it's early in the year. I can't wait to see what happens to Skye.

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Cassian finally convinces Jacinda and her family to come back to the pride. They aren't sure what awaits them. But Jacinda's sister, Tamra, finally manifests and is a shader. Jacinda is now struggling with her feelings for Will and her duties in the pride and the bond that she knows must happen with Cassian.

I enjoyed the second book. I liked the turn the book took. Tamra finally manifests but finds out she is not really cared for by Cassian, who she really loves. He only has eyes for Jacinda, who can't forget Will. Together the four of them end up going on a mission to try and save Miriam, Cassian's sister, from the enkros.

Bewitched by Lori Foster

Two short stories written by Lori Foster. The first story about Harry and Charlotte I didn't really love. I read it but it just didn't capture my attention. I enjoyed the second story about RJ and Dana. That had a little more romance but overall the book was so so.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This was another one of those books from my book club. Not necessairly one I would have chosen on my own. While I like books that are somewhat unusual, this was a little too out there for me. Many people I've spoken to have raved about this book. How they couldn't put it down, how great it was. For me it was so so. Even though there was a lot of action, I had a hard time really staying with it. Maybe it was the gore factor or the fact that children are sent into this game to kill each other and come out with a winner. Not sure what it was that really didn't hook me. I'm sort of interested in what happens to Katniss once she goes home but not sure if I care enough to read the next book. But I am excited about the movie.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

I was super excited to pick this up at the store. I loved the first book and liked the second. Had no expectations for the third so I didn't really have any preconceived ideas as to what would happen. The book starts out with Nora being held captive by Hank (who I truly dislike...but then again, I guess I'm supposed to) and Patch is trying to get her back but ends up having to make a deal with Hank. I was shocked that Patch gave up his wings (I was super sad when they were pulling them out). But I guess you sacrifice for the one you love.....This story definitely took Patch and Nora's relationship to a new level. Nora had "feelings" about things in her life but didn't really know since Hank wiped her memory. She slowly struggles to find out what happened to her during her three month kidnapping, all the while dealing with Hank and her mom's relationship. One thing I loved about the first two books is the sarcasm. Patch was always sarcastic and he lost that in this book. This was a real turning point for him as he moved towards actually showing how he really feels about Nora. I sort of loved the ending. I love that now Patch and Nora are more on even footing, with them both being immortal..............So is there going to be a book four??? Seems like it could happen. The ending was open to one or it could just leave us hanging. And as usual, gorgeous cover!!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Die For Me by Amy Plum

Love, love, love this book! First, gorgeous cover. I'm so in love with it. I love everything about it!

Amy Plum takes us into the world of revenants (a french term, since the setting of the book is Paris). There are basically good guys (who die in place of another and are rewarded by coming back to life) and bad guys (who kill humans and never die). So this was  a new concept to me which totally hooked me. Then of course you have the guy meets girl, guy falls for girl, girl finds out major secret and breaks it off, only to get back together and have a swoon worthy romance.

Kate is recovering from her parents death. She's having a hard time just living until she meets Vincent. She knows he's dangerous but can't stay away from him. She's scared of falling for him and having to watch him die for others, over and over again. He makes the ultimate sacrifice for his kind (to not die). Vincent is sweet and passionate and a little old fashioned. Kate is sad and innocent but very relatable.

Other characters worth a mention: Charlotte. Love how she befriends Kate and actually comes away with a friend herself. Jules. Keeps flirting with Kate and it's super funny!

End of Days, Fallen #3 by Thomas E. Sniegoski

Aaron and the other Nephilim are up against their biggest foe yet. The Angel of Destruction. Verchiel has been defeated but has a back up plan. One that will destroy the world.

I love how the series takes this turn into the Angel of Destruction. It's something that is bigger than the Nephilim. A safeguard in case the world takes a turn for the worst. Aaron desperately tries to save the world and keep the last of the Nephilim safe. They battle monsters, the second wave of the powers, and his own self in order to save the world.

Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

In her first book of this "series", The Adoration of Jenna Fox, we are introduced to Jenna who isn't quite legal. She was in a horrific car accident that killed her and her two friends. She had ten percent of her brain function which lead scientists (namely her dad) to believe they could upload her essesence and essentially build a new body.

In Fox Inheritance, it is 260 years later. Locke and Kara have new bodies but are being kept prisioner, which they don't realize at first. Kara has hatred for Jenna. She feels that Jenna never tried to save them or help them. Locke just wants to believe what he has is real.

This was a good sequel and had some interesting perspectives. The characters spent 260 inside a black box, with just their memories. They were forgotten on a shelf until someone created new bodies for them. It's an interesting concept, uploading people to save them and recreate them at a later date. Makes you wonder if science will ever be this advanced.

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

At first I thought this was just another story. Then it took a turn for the weird. A girl thinks she killed her classmate by "disintegrating" her. Which is impossible at best, but hey for a science fiction story I'm willing to go with it. I'm not a hundred percent convinced this is a science fiction, but definitely YA. So as the story goes on, girl "kills" girl, girl goes to crazy house because she's trouble and can't remember anything. In comes a "researcher" who actually is from another planet and traveled to a portal to Earth but got stuck. Big huge plot on his home planet. Girl who was supposedly killed just traveled by portal to another planet. I was following the story for a while and then the whole portal thing just ruined it for me. Thumbs down!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wolfsbane (Nightshade #2) by Andrea Cremer

I loved this book as much as the first installment. In this second book, Calla has run away from her union with Ren when she thinks she will have to kill Shay as a sacrifice. She's then captured by the Searchers who end up being different than what she thinks. Her pack is suffering for her running away. Major changes happen and loyalities are divided and tested. Calla along with the Searchers attempt to save her pack and fight back against the Keepers (and her old pack) who want them to stay slaves and not really know their true history.

The characters are gut wrenching at times. Especially trying to feel Ansel's pain about being stripped of his wolf. Calla is brave and tries to right the wrongs she made by running away. She's conflicted about Ren, worried about what happened to him, and grief stricken when she realizes the choice he made, which wasn't her. Shay is there to support her and become her alpha and lead the new pack if only she chooses him.

Sleepless by Cyn Balog

This was a new sort of fantasy for me. Sandman. Or sandmen. The concept behind the story is that there really are sandmen that help you sleep each night. Sandmen are made after they die. They serve a hundred years as sandmen and then are returned to their human life. This was a quick little read, interesting, but definitely not a memorable book or one that I"d want to read a second time. But at least it has a pretty cover.

Getting Lucky by Carolyn Brown

I love a good romance novel. I've recently discovered this author and her cowboy romances. They may be a little cheesy at times but a book where the male character sweeps the female lead off her feet.....well, I'm all for it. This book introduces us to the Luckadeau's who all have this "lucky streak" (white streak in their super black hair).  The female lead (of course it's been a while so the name escapes me) has a one night stand which leads to a baby. Fast forward five years later, she takes a job teaching in a town where the one night stand's twin (although she doesn't know it at the time of their first meeting) live. Come to find out she and her daughter now have a new famil to deal with.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

I tend to be a little obsessed with my werewolves and other paranormal/fantasy type creatures. This is no exception. I LOVE this book! Calla is part of a society that basically tells her how to live, who to marry and mate with (yes she's a werewolf). But Calla meets someone who makes her rethink her way of life and want to follow her heart, despite the major conflicts she goes through. She has a tight knit pack of friends who are basically an extension of her family. She is expected to be mated (or part of union) with Ren, an alpha male from another pack. Together she and Ren will create a new pack. But a chance encounter with Shay makes Calla start to think about her true feelings for Shay and Ren, her feelings about being told how to live her life and she starts to question the truths that she has believed for so long.

The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman

Dan and Amy travel to China to continue the path of the 39 clues.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wereling by Steve Feasy

As far as werewolf stories go this one was mediocre. Trey doesn't realize he's a werewolf. He's living in a group home, wakes up one morning and his room is trashed and he doesn't know how it happened. Enter Lucien, a vampire, who saves Trey from the group home and an attack that probably would have killed him. Trey learns more about Lucien, Alexa and Tom as well as his parents and his werewolf side. I felt like this story really lacked something. I read it but it wasn't that interesting. Nothing drew me in making me really want to stick with it. The fact that the book was less than three hundred pages was my motivating factor.

The Vampire Diaries: Origins by L.J. Smith

Origins tells Stefan and Damon's story about how they met Katherine and became vampires. The main point of view was Stefan's. As I was reading I found myself comparing the book to the Vampire Diaries show. It's interesting how Katherine and her "crew" pretended that they weren't out to hurt anyone yet they do. Also interesting to see how it was Stefan who actually pushed Damon into becoming a vampire.

Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

After reading Impossible, I am a huge fan of Nancy Werlin. I love the magical aspects entwined with real life. But unfortunately, this book just didn't do it for me. I didn't really enjoy the fairy aspects and didn't relate to the characters. At times the male lead was too controlling and verbally abusive for my tastes. The whole idea was for the main female lead to doubt herself but I didn't enjoy the way it came across. For several chapters the story was very cryptic and hard to follow.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Angelfire (#1) by Courtney Allison Moulton

OMG, total love for this book! Another unique twist on the angel concept. Ellie learns that she is a reaper. Her powers are "awakened" by her Guardian, Will, who she cannot remember. All she knows is she has powers, former memories of thousands of years of living (that she also cannot remember), and she's definitely not like other girls. I loved her journey to discover who she really is (which was a total suprise when it was revealed) and her school girl love for Will, who cannot truly be with her because of who she is!

This was a book I couldn't put down. It was cool to see reapers in several different forms with different powers other than taking souls after death. Ellie was super brave to deal with what she did while her parents and friends have no clue. The reincarnation and healing aspect was awesome! Plus who wouldn't love a gorgeous guy totally devoted to you and willing to do whatever is needed and be with you always!

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor #1) by Jill Shalvis

This is Maddie and Jax's story as well as the introduction to the town of Lucky Harbor. I had started this series with book two, which I loved. But I'm so happy to have read this book. You find out why Tara is the way she is and it's endearing how clutzy Maddie is. She desperately wants to be a family with her sisters that she doesn't know all too well. Jax's obvious love for her is just too sweet!

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later by Francine Pascal

When I was in middle school (maybe even the beginning of high school) I loved the Sweet Valley High books. I loved the dynamics between good girl Elizabeth and her bad sister Jessica, who always seemed to get her way. Living in California, the books made these characters seem so glamorous. I eventually stopped reading this series because I pretty much outgrew them, so I never read after the Sweet Valley High series.

This books picks up when the twins are twenty-seven and Jessica has betrayed her sister by sleeping with Todd and falling in love with him and him with her. First off, I thought that little twist was just lame. Jessica falls in love with Elizabeth's boyfriend and she's a changed person? Elizabeth then runs off to NY? Okay whatever. I appreciate the author's attempt, but aging these characters, throwing in some curse words and adult content isn't really the way to approach a series that most people enjoyed while growing up. Seems like the author was trying TOO hard.

Already Home by Susan Mallery

A story of a woman who leaves her previous life in L.A., moves back home and opens a kitchen store on a whim. This was definitely a "cute" story, unlike other Susan Mallery books I've read. While I can't say it was one of my favorites, it definitely was a good read, one I"m happy to have read, but not one that I would actually buy for myself.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

I was so excited for this book! I couldn't wait to see how the series ended! I was a little disappointed. This book for me really dragged on and on. There were some highlights, Isabel finally realizing she's needs to tone down her mean, Grace confronting Rachel and her parents, and the big action scene at the ending (which I'll keep secret). But mostly there were too many slow moments while Cole was doing his thing and trying to find a cure. I read it, glad it's over but this third installment didn't do the series justice.

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Love my angel stories. I expected this one to have the angels as the main characters but being on the side of good. I was wrong. In this book, angels are predators. They feed off of human energy, causing humans to develop cancer, depression and many other illnesses. I'm not sure I really enjoyed this perspective of angels. The main characters, an angel killer named Alex and a half angel named Willow, are trying to stay alive and keep a second invasion of angels from crossing over. This book was an okay read, dragged in some places but had a lot of action. I liked the description of the angels in theory (until I learned they were "evil") and enjoyed the development of Alex and Willow's relationship.

Love Drunk Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

This was one of those books that I picked up at the library on a whim. It said, romance and had a pretty nice looking cover. I love a good romance novel for the summer. I have to say this one didn't disappoint. I fell in love with this book and author. Love Drunk Cowboy follows Austin's path as she is now the owner of her grandma's watermelon farm. She leaves her high powered job in Tulsa to come run the farm while trying to decide if she's going to sell it. Enter Rye. Cowboy from across the street. He basically falls in love with her the minute he sees her. I loved this character. He's romantic, sweet, caring.......plus a cowboy! The only thing I didn't love was some of the internal dialogue the characters had with themselves in the beginning of their relationship. I loved this book so much I went to the library and checked out three others!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Clockwork Angel #1 by Cassandra Clare

Tessa, who is 16, travels to London to go and live with her brother Nathaniel. He has sent for her but she ends up getting kidnapped by the Dark Sisters who train her to use her shape shifting power, to get her ready to marry the Magistar. Will, who is a Nephilim, finds Tessa and saves her from her fate.

For me, it was extrememly slow moving and I had a hard time identifiying with the characters. I'm not sure if the setting (the 1800's) had anything to do with my dislike of the book. I didn't feel like I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened. I felt like the characters were eh and the plot was just so so. The idea of a mechanical army was cool but I just didn't find enough substance in this book. At the end, I was left hanging which is great if I wanted to read the remainder of the books, which I don't. So I guess this is one mystery I"ll just have to live with.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Starcrossed (#1) by Josephine Angelini

Helen has always stood apart from everyone else. She's never really felt like she fits in. She gets sick when she's being paid too much attention to and has weird dreams she can't explain. Helen doesn't realize how beautiful she is and constantly tries to blend in with the crowd.

The Delos family moves to Nantucket Island. Immediately Helen has a violent reaction to them, especially Lucas, who she tries to strangle in the school hallway. She can't explain it and doesn't know why she has such strong feelings. Until the day that Lucas saves her life. The violence is broken and Lucas explains to her about her true heritage.....as a demigod. From that point on, Lucas and Helen are inseperable as she learns more about her self, her powers and the fact that someone is trying to kill her so they can raise Atlantis.

Her long lost mother comes back to town, gives Helen some news that will possibly keep Lucas and Helen apart forever. But her mother has many secrets and Helen does not trust her in the least!

I just fell in love with this book. I'm so thrilled that there's a book TWO because I hated the ending of this book (knowing what I know). Lucas and Helen's romance is "dreamy." Yes, I said it. Dreamy. Don't know another word to describe. They have an innocent romance because to do anything more would be to bring about another war between the world and the gods of Olympus. Lucas and his family tries to help Helen by teaching her about her powers (flying, lightening, being impervious) and they fall in love but cannot be together because of a secret that only Helen's mom knows. There were some twists that I'm dying to see how they play out in book two, which unfortunately doesn't come out until 2012!

I really loved everything about this book (except the ending, which I realize the author needs to keep us hanging). I've always enjoyed Greek Mythology so this was a cool twist on a romance novel for Young Adults that I had never read before. It's always refreshing to find something new to read.

Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins

Sophie and Jenna travel to England so Sophie can get to know her demon dad and more about her demon side and powers. No one wants her to go through the removal so her father tries to convince her that she can control her powers. She meets Nick and Daisy, demons who have been recently raised but no one know by who. The Eye is still after Sophie, trying to kill her. Archer is in England somewhere, working with The Eye and Sophie is hoping to steer clear. Plus her dad tells her that she and Cal are bethrothed.

I loved the second book in this series. Still a lot of action and a lot of new secrets are revealed. I like that Cal is more prominent in this book and he is starting to come out of his shell and show a little personality. The reveal on what exactly is going on with Graymalkin Island is a surprise!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

This was a book I picked up on a whim. As a general rule, I don't read fairy stories. Don't like them, don't like fairies. In fact there's only been one series of fairy stories that I truly do like. This story was blah. The main character (Emma) wants to be a dragon slayer and follow in her deceased mom's footsteps. When she gets the title of "fairy slayer" she tries everything she can to change her principal's mind. This was a slow read and one that I should have just left on the shelf.

Passion (book 3) by Lauren Kate

The saga continues! Luce is traveling through time, trying to find answers to why her relationship with Daniel is cursed....literally! Daniel and crew travel (although separately) trying to find her to keep her from making any changes to the past, which ultimately affect the future. While traveling, Luce finds a "companion". A gargoyle named Bill who turns out to be completely different than Luce thought.

I loved this book. I enjoyed reading about Luce's past lives and how consistent and loving Daniel was in each. Who Bill really turned out to be ended up not being as much of a surprise as I thought but it was a great twist. Plus I loved the whole scenes where Daniel goes back to the time right before the angels were cast out of heaven. I think that was my favorite part!

The Viper's Nest (book 7) by Peter Lerangis

Amy and Dan end up in South Africa looking for the next clue. I'm enjoying this series but at time really wish there were less books. I really want to know what happens, but tired of the books. At least they are short reads. Some authors are easier to read than others. This writing style I'm not really digging.

The Sweetest Thing (#2: Lucky Harbor Novel) by Jill Shalvis

Tara returns to Lucky Harbor to help her sisters open a Bed and Breakfast. Ford, is her old flame, and they have a very messy history...complete with a teenage daughter (given up for adoption) who comes back to try and find them.

Such a cute story. Fast pace, great characters. I love that I can read book two (before I read book one) and it doesn't matter because each story tends to be a stand alone. Back story is always given on characters that may have been featured in a previous book. I love the characters are real and easy to identify with. It's a perfect summer read with a really pretty cover!

The Candidates by Inara Scott

Dancia is an outcast. She has a strange name and can make things happen. She doesn't understand it just the feeling that comes right before something bad happens...and someone gets hurt. When she is recruited to attend Delacroix academy she's surprised. It's a school for rich kids. But Dancia soons learns she fits in, in ways she couldn't imagine.

This was a good read but took me a while to get through. While there was a lot of action, the writing style keep me from really being able to read it with a good flow.