Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
St Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school-it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St Vladimir's-the very place where they're most in danger...
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable night-time rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi - the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires - make Lissa one of them forever.
Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose.
It's winter break at St. Vladimir's, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy's crawling with Guardians, including Rose's hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand to hand combat with her mom wasn't bad enough, Rose's tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason's got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks.This year, St. Vlad's annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.
But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price.
Is Rose's fate to kill the person she loves most? It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason's death, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can't concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret ... .She's in love with Dimitri. And this time, it's way more than a crush.
Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever...
Just days before graduating from St. Vladimir's Academy, guardian-in-training Rose travels to Siberia to drive a stake into the heart of the boy she loves, the monstrous vampire Dimitri.
I was hesitant to start reading this series, because to be quite honest I was fairly certain I had exhausted myself when it came to vampire literature. Don't get me wrong, I love me some great vampire stories especially when they involve romance, but I felt like I needed a break from it all. However, once I started reading these novels, I couldn't stop. They're fast paced, fun, and highly addictive.
Vampire Academy and the novels that follow it tell a great love story, but it offers so much more than that. The series explores not only romantic relationships, but the character's important relationships with their parents and friends as well. The bond between Rose and Lissa is fascinating and very important to the story. I loved reading about how their bond worked, and how it came to be. Thrilling stuff! The characters in the book are strong. I love Rose's kick ass, take charge attitude. And if you're into characters whose hotness just leaps off the page, look no further. Move over Edward Cullen, Dimitri and Christian are some of the hottest Characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading.
There are quite a few story lines taking place at once throughout the series, and I really liked that! The pace of the books never slowed, and while there was always something big happening, it was never too much. It was just enough to sweep the reader away in a tale of passion, excitement, intrigue, and hot vampire action!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
"Don''t worry, Anna. I''ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it." "Okay." "Promise me? Promise you won''t say anything?" "Don''t worry." I laughed. "It''s our secret, right?" According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in
Sunday, July 5, 2009
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make--and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
'If I Stay' was breathtaking. A fresh and unique story that was very different from anything I've read in a long time. What amazed me most was how Forman was able to convey so much with so few words. The novel is very slim, but the story told within its' pages is anything but.
We follow the journey of Mia as she is critically injured in a car crash which takes the lives of her immediate family. After the accident she finds herself looking down at her body in the ICU, hanging onto life. Through a series of visits from family and friends, as well as flashbacks from her life before the accident, we reflect on Mia's life as she tries to figure out what she is supposed to do.
As the reader is introduced to Mia's loved ones, I found myself becoming as attached to them as Mia was. The book was emotionally raw, holding nothing back and allowing the reader to feel every loss and connection that Mia experienced as she moved toward her ultimate decision: to stay or let go.
This novel was powerful and gripping. I couldn't put it down, and came away from it with the feeling that I had not only read a great book, but had an experience that I wouldn't soon forget.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent -- and irresistible -- adversary before the whole town succumbs to Sin''s will. Only trouble is, she''s in love with him.
What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true? (chapters.ca)
Monday, June 1, 2009
Please send positive thoughts that she makes it through okay, they'll be appreciated more than you know. I'm off to an evening of 'comfort' reading, with my sick doggy curled up by my side.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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 . . .
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Now rabid fans are invading her school. People is running articles about her arm-warmers. The lead singer of the Lolitas wants her as his muse. (And the Internet is documenting her every move!) Audrey can't hang out with her best friend or get with her new crush without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi.
Take a wild ride with Audrey as she makes headlines, has outrageous amounts of fun, confronts her ex on MTV, and gets the chance to show the world who she really is. (chapters.ca)
This book was FUN, plain and simple. I had a blast reading it! While the plot itself was highly unlikely, I didn't disbelieve the story for a second. Benway's writing made everything extremely believable, and I had such a great time following Audrey on her crazy adventures.
Audrey was a wonderful, loveable character. She was so funny, sarcastic, and smart. One of those characters who is just so full of life that her energy bursts from the pages.
I thought the presence of her BFF, Victoria, was an important one. Their friendship was very true to life and reminded me of my own best friend (I miss you Kandi!). I really enjoy it when a novel focuses not only on romantic relationships, but on those important and long lasting female friendships as well.
I also have to point out how awesome the use of actual songs as chapter titles was. Instant soundtrack! The musical aspect of the novel was phenomenal. It made me want to get dressed up and go to a rock concert, or at the very least turn up the volume on my stereo.
Audrey, Wait! is a great choice for anyone looking for a page turner that will entertain and keep you smiling until the last page.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
And then there's Will. Gorgeous, unattainable Will, whom Kate acts like she can't stand even though she can't stop thinking about him. When Will starts acting interested, Kate hates herself for wanting him when she's sure she's just his latest conquest.
Kate figures that the only way things will ever stop hurting so much is if she keeps to herself and stops caring about anyone or anything. What she doesn't realize is that while life may not always be perfect, good things can happen -- but only if she lets them....
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The third volume in the House of Night series held both ups and downs for me. I really liked where the plot was going with Stevie Rae's character. I was interested in learning what was happening with her and what would become of her and whether or not she would turn completely 'dark' or if there was a chance she could be saved by her friends. What I didn't enjoy, however, was Zoey's costant descriptions of how smelly and gross she was. Something about that girl's tone just really grates on my nerves.
Emergency family situations are making life a little hectic right now.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I just wanted to stop here briefly to say where I've been. Updates will be much more frequent after Monday.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Kayla is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying—and thrilling—gene that will change her life forever.
Lucas is dangerous, gorgeous . . . and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We continued to chat about how obsessed she was and how amazing the books were and how we've been looking to repurchase them, and I mentioned how awesome it would be if they repackaged them as they've done with a lot of other series recently. The next morning I went online to search for the books, and found this:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.
The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....
Friday, February 20, 2009
Fifteen-year-old Reed Brennan wins a scholarship to Easton Academy -- the golden ticket away from her pill-popping mother and run-of-the-mill suburban life. But when she arrives on the beautiful, tradition-steeped campus of Easton, everyone is just a bit more sophisticated, a bit more gorgeous, and a lot wealthier than she ever thought possible. Reed realizes that even though she has been accepted to Easton, Easton has not accepted her. She feels like she's on the outside, looking in.
Until she meets the Billings Girls.
They are the most beautiful, intelligent, and intensely confident girls on campus. And they know it. They hold all the power in a world where power is fleeting but means everything. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle.
Reed uses every part of herself -- the good, the bad, the beautiful -- to get closer to the Billings Girls. She quickly discovers that inside their secret parties and mountains of attitude, hanging in their designer clothing-packed closets the Billings Girls have skeletons. And they'll do anything to keep their secrets private. (Amazon.com)
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.
Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.
Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I thought it would be fitting that my first review feature my favorite author. Words cannot justly express just how much I adore Juliet Marillier. I was first introduced to her when I found her Sevenwaters trilogy at a used bookstore. I fell in love. Never have I been so emotionally attached to characters in a novel. When I discovered she was to write a young adult novel I was beyond elated.
Wildwood Dancing has everything I love in a novel: strong characters, romance, magic, adventure, and is rich with detail. The world that Marillier creates is so richly woven that I became more lost within it with every page I turned. Her characters and plot are so completely engrossing that I stayed up well past midnight in order to find out what happened next, full of suspicions and making guesses, eager to see if I was right. This was a book that had my heart pounding in some places, and tears streaming in others.
In the end, I was happy with the story but sad to see the characters go. I wanted more. Finishing a Marillier novel is like parting with very dear friends, or leaving home.
Please read this novel! I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.
Happy Reading :o)
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I am in my 20's and very newly married but I still seem to enjoy YA novels more than anything else. I adore the Twilight Saga, the Harry Potter series, the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, and anything by Juliet Marillier. Fantasy is most often my genre of choice, especially if it has an element of romance. However, authors such as Sarah Dessen are among my favorites as well. I guess I'll read pretty much anything! I've learned to never judge a book by its cover...you never know what wonderful new world is waiting inside!
I hope to meet fellow reading fanatics here and am always looking for new suggestions on what to read next. Until next time, HAPPY READING :o)