Sunday, August 30, 2009

Night World 1 by LJ Smith

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It's a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.

Secret Vampire...
Secret Vampire is an enthralling book. I love the main characters, Poppy and James. They are so adorable together and the whole books isn't all mushy with romance, which is good. It was a lot deeper. Also, I LOVE Ash. Ash is actually probably my favorite character in Secret Vampire. Just 'cause he's so cool. :P

Daughters of Darkness...
Daughters of Darkness is my favorite book out of the three in this volume. (Maybe the whole series, I still have to read the next two volumes so I don't know yet). Each of the three sisters are different and each of their personalities are very well thought out. Mary-Lynette is a very likable character...AND ASH RETURNS! Mary-Lynette and Ash find out they are soulmates and their constant bickering is very amusing to read.

I thought Spellbinder was a just a meh story, which surprised me becuase of how amazing the previous two books were. I thought Blaise was the most complex and interesting character. Eric was boring. Thea was boring, though slightly less boring than Eric. It has an okay story. I mainly just finished this one because I need to know the whole story behind everything when I read Strange Fate.

I can't wait to get started on the next book and get my hands on Strange Fate!

In My Mailbox 4!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren every week and created by Pop Culture Junkie :)

Dark of the Moon by Rachel Hawthorne, which I just finished reading!

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Words cannot express how excited I am to read this). I was pretty much jumping up and down in the car on the way to Barnes and Noble.

So only two books this week. But what great books they are!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Create a Cover!

I saw this over at The Story Siren's blog and I thought it seemed like fun, so here ya go!

1 – Go to “Fake Name Generator” or click

The name that appears is your author name.

2 – Go to “Random Word Generator” or click

The word listed under “Random Verb” is your title.

3 – Go to “FlickrCC” or click

Type your title into the search box. The first photo that contains a person is your cover.

4 – Use Photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together. Be sure to crop and/or zoom in.

5 – Post it to your site along with this text.

And my book cover.......


Kind of mediocre, I know. But I only had Photobucket to use to edit! Sorry!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

In My Mailbox 3!

I got the whole Night World series (other than Strange Fate, of course) by LJ Smith! I've already read Vol. 1. I can't wait to get started on the other ones!

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters -- they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It's a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.

In Dark Angel, Gillian is saved from drowning by her guardian angel. Only visible to Gillian, Angel will fulfill her heart's every desire. But when Angel starts making strange and sinister requests, Gillian must question who he truly is and where he came from.

Armed with a wooden stake, martial arts, and the will to resist a vampire's mind control, Rashel struggles to avenge her mother's death in The Chosen. Then she meets Quinn, her soulmate, who is part of the world she has vowed to destroy.

Hannah receives notes warning her of incredible danger in Soulmate. But if death is her destiny, is the Lord of the Night World's love strong enough to save her?

A vampire hunter -- who is half vampire -- stalks her own kind to protect humans in Huntress.

In Black Dawn, Maggie stumbles upon an old Night World kingdom where the ruling vampire prince is both an enemy and an ally.

And Circle Daybreak hires Keller, a shapeshifting panther, to guard a new Wild Power in Witchlight. But when Keller falls in love with the Wild Power's soulmate, her love could destroy everything....

Sleepless by Thomas Fahy

Emma Montgomery has been having gruesome nightmares. Even worse, when she wakes up, she isn't where she was when she fell asleep. And she's not the only one. One by one the students of Saint Opportuna High start having nightmares, and sleepwalking. And the next morning one of their classmates turns up dead.

Something is making them kill in their sleep. Emma and her friends need to band together, to keep themselves awake until they can figure out what's behind the murders--before anyone else dies.

I'm pretty much just indifferent on this book. I thought the premise sounded interesting enough, but once you start reading you can tell right away who is behind it all. From the description I thought it was going to be a lot scarier than it really was. The plot is predictible but I thought the premise was so interesting, I finished it.

I really don't know what else to say about this book. It was just an "eh".

Sunday, August 16, 2009

In My Mailbox 2!

This week I purchased...

Sleepless by Thomas Fahy

Dark Secrets 1 by Elizabeth Chandler

and Meridian by Amber Kizer (review already up)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Half-human, half-angel, Meridian Sozu has a dark responsibility.

Sixteen-year-old Meridian has been surrounded by death ever since she can remember. As a child, insects, mice, and salamanders would burrow into her bedclothes and die. At her elementary school, she was blamed for a classmate’s tragic accident. And on her sixteenth birthday, a car crashes in front of her family home—and Meridian’s body explodes in pain.

Before she can fully recover, Meridian is told that she’s a danger to her family and hustled off to her great-aunt’s house in Revelation, Colorado. It’s there that she learns that she is a Fenestra—the half-angel, half-human link between the living and the dead. But Meridian and her sworn protector and love, Tens, face great danger from the Aternocti, a band of dark forces who capture vulnerable souls on the brink of death and cause chaos.

To be honest, I didn't expect to like this book that much. From the description, I just didn't think I would want to read it. I debated whether to buy it or not and decided to give it a try. I LOVED it! I was hooked from the beginning. Meridian is such an interesting character, as is Tens and Auntie. All three of them are very deep and three-dimensional. The villain is interesting enough to make you hate him as much as Meridian, Tens, and Auntie.

Kizer gives a backstory to both Tens and Auntie, which I thought was great because in some books I've read recently there hasn't been much talk of what characters were like before the book.

This is the first book of Ms. Kizer's that I've read and from the looks of it...I'll be checking out more.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Dark Secrets Series by Elizabeth Chandler

A few months back I was browsing the YA section in my library and came across a series of books called the Dark Secrets series by Elizabeth Chandler, consisting of No Time To Die, The Deep End of Fear, Legacy of Lies, and Don't Tell. I checked out all of them and dived into them when I got home. Each one of them was creepy, haunting, and fantastic. After finishing them all, I get online and see the original books are out of print. BUT I saw they are coming out with new covers! Now the first compilation is out, consisting of the books Legacy of Lies and Don't Tell. I haven't seen when the next volume (with No Time To Die and The Deep End of Fear) is coming out, but I am VERY excited. I can't wait to own my own copies.

Also check out Elizabeth Chandler's Summer In The City!

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be...
(Description from Amazon)

Coffeehouse Angel is a nice romantic comedy that also has depth. You get to see Katrina grow up in the novel and you can very much relate to her. She has a best friend that is a guy who THANKFULLY isn't in love with her. That idea is very much played out in many books. This book is nice and clean with well thought out characters (even the supporting characters). Also, this book is very lighthearted compared to a lot of recent YA books that lean towards the "dark" side.

Also, the setting is very nice. Scandinavia is a rare setting for YA books (and even adult books) and Selfors does a great job desrcribing the place.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Old Magic by Marianne Curley

When Jarrod Thornton walks into the classroom, Kate Warren instantly senses that he is as different as she is. In anger, he unknowingly unleashes a storm in the science lab and Kate realizes that he has exceptional paranormal abilities that exceed her own. As an uneasy friendship forms, she helps Jarrod confront and internalize his talents. With her grandmother's help, the teens journey back to the Middle Ages and break the curse that has controlled the Thornton family for generations. (Description from Amazon)

I read this book in one sitting! Kate and Jarrod have great chemistry and I like how they don't just fall in love at first sight. Once they do warm up to each other, it's very sweet. Also, Jarrod doesn't automatically believe in magic when Kate tells him about his powers, which makes it more believeable.

The plot is fast-paced but well thought out and keeps you turning the page. Curley does an excellent job at describing the historical aspects. The writing is excellent and I love the Australian slang. Pick up this book, especially if you are a fantasty/romance/adventure lover!

I need to read Curley's other books!

Ruined: A Novel by Paula Morris

Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her aunt. And at the snooty prep school, the filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city. There's just one catch: Lisette is a ghost.

A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle.

As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend -- and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey -- she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?
(Description from Amazon)

When I first heard about this book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I LOVE ghost stories and this book does not disappoint. Rebecca is a great lead character. The story moves along at just the right pace and has a rather creepy tone, which works well. Aunt Claudia's house sounds creepy, but neat and it's described well. I also really liked Lisette. She was a great three-dimensional character and the story of her past was very interesting.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves ghost stories. The plot will keep you turning the page. I cannot wait to read more of Paula Morris' books!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

In My Mailbox 1!

This week I bought...

Immortal by Gillian Shields (review now up)
Ruined: A Novel by Paula Morris
Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors
Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Reviews for the three others will be up!

Immortal by Gillian Shields

Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, housed in a Gothic mansion on the bleak northern moors, is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn away from her home by the sea to become the newest scholarship student, she is more isolated than she could have dreamed. Strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave Evie drowning in loneliness.

Evie's only lifeline is Sebastian, a rebellious, mocking, dangerously attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie's feelings for Sebastian grow with each secret meeting, she starts to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie, she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. And as the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.

This book was...okay. I had very high hopes for this book and I was let down. I'm not saying it wasn't good, but it just didn't have deep characters and the romance between Evie and Sebastion seemed rather forced. The plot was kind of interesting (interesting enough for me to finish the story) but a lot of parts dragged and it just didn't flow nicely. If there is going to be a sequel, which the ending kind of suggests, maybe it will be better.