Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

"For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever."
(Description from Amazon)

Maggie Stiefvater is such an amazing author. Her writing is musical and beautiful. Shiver is not just a werewolf novel, but a beautiful love story. It had be crying, but I won't tell you why. The relationship between Sam and Grace is deep and I love the lyrics that Maggie writes through Sam's thoughts. Overall, this is a wonderful book and I HIGHLY suggest you read it.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

She doesn't see dead people, but…
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…

(Description from Amazon)

Oh. My. Goodness! This book was AMAZING. This is a fast-paced, intriguing novel that you will not be able to put down. The romance between Kaylee and Nash is great and Nash is so sweet. You will NEVER guess who the culprit is. My jaw literally dropped. All of the characters are fleshed out and you feel like you know them. This book is a great twist on the legend of banshees.

I can't wait for the sequel, My Soul To Save!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

All her world’s a stage.
Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
That is, until now.
(Description from Amazon)

Eyes Like first this book was hard to get into. I DID get into it after a while but some parts dragged. If you look over those flaws, the book is pretty good. It has great descriptions of scenery and fleshed-out characters. This is a magical book full of Shakespeare references. Everyone should read this book, especially if you like theatre.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender

"Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.
When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.

Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?"
(Description from Amazon)

Bad Girls Don't Die is a chilling, enthralling story that will keep you up all night reading and when you are done you won't be able to get to sleep. At least not with the lights off. While reading this book, I turned on every light in my room. I LOVE scary books and this one was fantastic.

The characters were interesting, the mystery was intriguing, and the dolls were creepy! A subplot, Alexis' relationship with Carter, also keeps you interested in reading on. Buy this book!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker

"Austin music fest
Yay, summer in Austin!
Good food, good times. Fun for everyone!
Okay, living with my sorority-brainwashed cousin, who willingly goes by "Party Penny," is not exactly what I had in mind.
All your favorite bands
But the cute musicians I've met totally make up for it . . . like Sebastian. Swoon.
All ages welcome
So why can't I stop thinking about Penny's friend All-American Russ and his Texas twang??
Saturday & Sunday, from noon to midnight. Don't wait up!"
(Description from back cover)

This book was so cute, though I hated the cover. Throughout the book, you get to see Quinn change as a person, and her music taste! I really liked Quinn. She loves music and so do I, so I loved that aspect of the book. It's also fun watching Quinn and Russ banter back and forth and you see that it's so obvious that Russ likes her. Overall, this book is a light young adult romance that you will want to read again and again! Pick it up!

Willow by Julia Hoban

"Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her... and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy —one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down." (Description from Amazon)

Willow is an amazingly complex character. I've read only one other book about cutting and Willow puts it to shame. This book made me cry. The last book I cried during was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Hardly any books have me cry and only a few as hard as I did during Willow. The book is that amazing. There are some graphic scenes in this book, but they aren't over done. I recommend this book to anyone!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dark Guardians 2: Full Moon by Rachel Hawthorne

"I may be promised to another...but thoughts of Rafe consume me. I don't know how much longer I can resist.

Lindsey is wild and reckless, a natural rebel—maybe because her entire life was laid out for her even before she was born. Her parents are among the most powerful members of the Dark Guardians, an ancient tribe of werewolves, and they arranged Lindsey's betrothal to Connor long ago. The next full moon is coming all too soon, and then her commitment to Connor will be final—no turning back. She should be why can't she stop thinking about gorgeous, brooding Rafe?

When a dangerous threat on the pack escalates, so do tensions between Connor and Rafe. A fight over Lindsey is imminent, but will it be to the death?"
(Description from Amazon)

I absolutely loved this book! Lindsey is a strong heroine, and how can you not love Rafe?! You feel bad for Lindsey, who is torn between who she is supposed to be with, and who she really wants to be with (even if she won't admit it). The romance is so sweet. Also, you get to see Kayla and Lucas from the previous novel, Moonlight, which I thought was pretty cool. This book is a pretty fast read, but you will fall into the story. This book does have a lot of romance so if you aren't into that you probably wouldn't like this book. I hightly recommend this book to those of you who do love romance though!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund

"Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at the most exclusive school in the universe. Aerin excels at Academy 7 in all but debate, where Dane Madousin—son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance— consistently outtalks her. Fortunately Aerin consistently outwits him at sparring. They are at the top of their class until Dane jeopardizes everything and Aerin is unintentionally dragged down with him. When the pair is given a joint punishment, an unexpected friendship—and romance—begins to form. But Dane and Aerin both harbor dangerous secrets, and the two are linked in ways neither of them could ever have imagined..." (Description from Amazon)

Both Aerin and Dane are deep, three-dimensional characters. It's fun watching them interact. There wasn't as much romance as I would have liked, but the rest of the story made up for that. Osterlund has a great, descriptive writing style. This book has a great mystery. I can't wait to read more of Osterlund's work.

Unclaimed Heart by Kim Wilkins

"The rules for a young English woman in 1799 are simple: Do what you’re told; stay out of the way; and don’t, under any circumstances, ask questions.
But Constance Blackchurch is insatiable, headstrong, and complex; and the quest to find her missing mother is too much to resist…
…as is Alexandre Sans-Nom, the pearl diver who steals her heart, uproots all of her social expectations, and can either ruin or save the family she loves."
(Description from Amazon)

Unclaimed Heart is a wonderful story about a girl trying to find her mother and gain acceptance from her father, all while falling in love. The plot moves along smoothly with Constance finding clues to find her mother and Constance and Alexandre's romance. The story is written in third person point of view switching between characters, which was done very nicely. Wilkins delivers a fantastic historical romance with a great mystery. I highly recommend this book.