What if you knew exactly when you would die?Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb--males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to kept the population from dying out.When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape--to find her twin brother and go home.But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Summary (from book):
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books--but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next.
I’ll be honest, I picked up I Am Number Four for the simple reason that it was being made into a movie before the books had even come out. The story also looked interesting but I had never really been one for alien stories. Now that I’ve read the book I can honestly say that some aliens aren’t actually all that bad, like the ones in this book for example. The story was fast paced and really took me on an adventure that I wasn’t to expecting to enjoy this much, I had a really hard time putting the book down.
Four has never lived in the same place very long. Every time Henri finds something suspicious in the move, they pack up, leave and find a new place to live. Until they have to do it all over again. Now in Ohio Four, going by the name of John Smith, tries as much as he can to have a normal life. A normal life that includes a friend named Sam, an enemy called Mark, and of course a girlfriend called Sarah. All that on top of the threat coming from the Mogadorians, the race that made it so John and Henri had to leave their own planet. But will wanting a normal life so badly result in John’s death?
John was a really interesting character. He just wants so badly to fit in and not get noticed except something always happens that ends up making him stand out. It’s not his fault, weird things just always seem to happen to him when there’s a crowd around him. I really like John and I found myself falling for him on more than one occasion, for once I wasn’t going for the bad boy. I was reading and just hoping that things would all work out for him. He just came across as a genuinely good guy.
Sam and Mark both really surprised me. I had Sam pegged totally pegged as the stereotypical science fiction geek but as it turns out he was more than that. As for Mark I had originally written him off as a majorly jealous jerk but he really came through for John in the end, which I was very far from expecting. As for Henri, he was a great father for John, they may not have been related put the two just seemed to fit together. Henri was also the character who got me to cry, something I wasn’t expecting to do while reading a book about aliens.
Like Henri, Sarah seemed like a perfect fit for John. She was a great character though sometimes she did come across as a little cliché but it could easily be overlooked. The only thing that really bugged me was how easily she accepted that John was an alien when he told her. Other than that, I really wanted them to work out. They just both seemed so happy together and John was finally getting the normalcy he wanted and you could just tell he cared a lot for Sarah.
The story was fast paced, full of adventure with twists where you least expected them. You can easily tell why the movie rights to the book were auctioned off before the book even came out. If the book took me on a journey that I never wanted to leave, I can’t wait to see what the movie will do. The only downside to the movie already having been made was that I could only picture John as Alex Pettyfer and Sarah as Diana Agron. I like being able to picture what the characters look like for myself but these two come pretty close to the image I would have had of Sarah and John.
Overall, I Am Number Four was a fantastic read that took me on an incredible journey. The fast paced action just made me want to read on until there was nothing left to read and even then I wanted more. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Summary (from book):
Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being human.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?
I was a bit late to reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, but when I finally did read it I pretty much fell in love with it. I’ve now read Linger and my love for these books has only grown that much more. If you thought the first book was amazing, the second one will blow your mind. It was great to see characters change and to have new characters brought in as narrators, it really added to the story and I think it’s one of the things that made me love Linger that much more than Shiver.
Sam and Grace have finally found a way to be together, but when Sam seems to be doing great, Grace isn’t looking and feeling so great. No one knows what is happening to her though everyone has theories. And now to make things bette her parents don’t want her seeing Sam anymore. Isabel is dealing with her brother’s death as best as she can but she still has many issues to work through. And now there’s Cole, the mysterious new wolf who can’t seem to stay a wolf even when the temperatures are more than low enough to make him change. Who knows what will happen now?
As much as I loved Grace the first time around, I didn’t like her as much in this book. She was still a great character but it just felt like she had become completely dependent on Sam. All things considered, that’s the only thing that bothered me about her, and with everything that was going on with her you can sort of see why. I saw what was happening to Grace coming, but I still didn’t want it to happen and it made me sad and annoyed. Can’t she catch a break? Isabel, I absolutely love. There’s just something about her that always either had me shaking my head or smiling. The way she talks and her attitude toward things is so completely different from Grace that it was nice to have her there to balance everything else. It was also great to have her as a narrator, she just has such an amusing outlook on things and it really allowed me to get to know her better which I loved doing.
I was so happy for Sam at the beginning of the book, he had finally gotten what he wanted. And then, as tends to happen, everything fell apart. I could feel his pain throughout most of the novel, and on top of everything else he also had to take over Beck’s job with the wolves. And with Cole around that couldn’t have been that easy to do at first. I love Cole, I wouldn’t say I’m Team Cole, because I still love Sam, but Cole was pretty great. He was more or less the opposite of Sam: where Sam wanted nothing to do with being a wolf, Cole looks forward to losing himself by turning into a wolf. I really liked seeing him evolve. I thought that by the end of the book he didn’t have the same ideas that he did at the beginning. And the change was for the best. If only he and Isabel could get over their issues I would be really happy.
The story was also pretty great. I loved having new characters and new points of view, they added something that I thought made the story more interesting. It wasn’t just about Sam and Grace anymore, Isabel and Cole are also part of it now. I really liked all the flashbacks to Cole’s past, they really helped get a better understanding of him and where he was coming from. For my part, I like how more people are getting involved in the story, whether it’s by choice or only because they find themselves in the middle of it all, it makes it more interesting.
Overall, Linger was a great read and an even greater sequel to Shiver. I honestly cannot wait until next summer when Forever comes out to find out how it all ends. Will Grace and Sam finally be able to get together? Will Cole and Isabel work out their issues and get together?
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Summary (from book):
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter Prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey--ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
I had loved The Iron King when I read it over the summer and I can honestly say that I loved The Iron Daughter even more. The story, the characters, everything is better. I had an amazing time reading it and getting reacquainted with Meghan, Puck, Ash and Grim along with meeting all sorts of new characters. I also have to say that I am now officially Team Ash and good luck getting me to change my opinion.
Meghan is being held at the palace of the Winter Court, wondering when if she’ll ever get to see Ash again. Or if her father will ever consider coming to her rescue. Or how much time has passed out in the real world. Is her family even still alive? When Meghan finally sees Ash, the reunion is quite far from what she expected it to be. And on top of everything else, war is threatening to break out between the Summer and Winter Courts, which would only allow the Iron Fey to come in and take over the Nevernever. Despite her efforts to prevent a war between the two courts, Meghan has to run away and to find and return the Scepter of the Seasons, the item that is causing all this trouble. But what about Ash, was he really playing her when he told her all those things.
I love Meghan Chase. She is a pretty awesome heroine, and one that doesn’t let others walk all over her...except sometimes where Ash is concerned. He just has this way of getting to her. But other than that I just love Meghan. She just has this great personality and I just can’t help but like her. I really don’t think I could ever not like her. My favorite side of Meghan is really how she is when the action really starts. The ends to which she’ll go to help those she loves are just incredible sometimes. And I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit that whenever she was with Ash I kinda sorta wanted to trade places with her.
Why there is even a Team Ash - Team Puck debate is a mystery to me. I love Puck a lot but he’s just no Ash. Puck is great, I love his humor and how he is with Meghan. I wouldn’t mind having Puck to myself. He just has me laughing pretty much every time he opens his mouth to speak and I really look forward to seeing him and finding out what stupid thing he’s going to do or say next. I felt bad for him at the end even if I was really happy with the way things turned out. And now I will say it: I am absolutely in love with Ash. Half the time his behavior completely gets on my nerves but the rest of the time I am more or less in awe of him. I totally understand why Meghan feels the way she does about him. I mean, how could she not? There is so much more I could say about Ash but it would be way too spoilery and I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read the book.
I liked the the story from The Iron Daughter better than I did the story in The Iron King. Both are really great and I loved both of them but there was something this time around. It might be that the action started pretty much right away. The Faery world was already all established and we could just jump right in to the good part of the story. I found that there was a lot more action and I really liked finding out more about the Iron Fey and how their court worked. I just love the mix of imagination, magic and adventure that’s present throughout the story, it’s not something that’s everywhere.
The Iron Daughter is an amazing sequel. After reading The Iron King, I didn’t think it could really get any better but it did. And I’m sure it will get even better when The Iron Queen comes out in February.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Summary (from publisher's website):
Sisters. Boys. School. She has enough trouble to deal with. Then the first ghost showed up. Life just got supernatural for Heather Tildy.
Heather's Ghost Handling Rules- Even if you're really old, like fourteen, and you just got your period, imaginary friends ARE ghosts. Don't let anyone tell you different.- Ghosts don't always want to move on. They like to hang out with you. And they're not, like, always hunky and dreamy like the Jonas Brothers or Justin Beiber or whoever.- If a ghost wants to, she or he can jump inside your body. Which is seriously weird.- A ghost handler's job is to help the ghost resolve something that is keeping him/her in this limbo between worlds. It's like being stuck in the mall on a Monday.- Ghosts sometimes are here to help you learn something, too, but they don't just, like, tell you. They make you figure it out.-If the ghost does two nice things for you, the ghost can go wherever you go totally without your permission. Can you say super-duper sucks?
I received Haint Misbehavin’ from the publisher along with another book I had agreed to review. I wasn’t expecting this book but I’m really glad I got it because it turned out to be quite a fun read. Ghost stories often tend to be fun stories and this one followed the trend. The story was fun, the characters were fun, the premise was fun, pretty much everything about Haint Misbehavin’ was fun.
Heather has been waiting for a long time for her period to come, but when it finally does it brings along a surprise. That surprise goes by the name of Amy and died in 1920. See the problem here? Heather has always been told that her Aunt Geneva has a ghost friend but she never actually believed it. Until now. Now Heather has to deal with Amy on top of getting her older sister Audrey to like her and make Drew the hot lifeguard to notice her. And of course there are all those hypersensitivity issues to manage. Now the real question for Heather is, can she get Amy to move on her way before she heads off to the beach for the family vacation?
Heather reminded me of my 14-year-old self, minus the whole ghost thing. She has all these problems that I remember having not so long ago. She was a fun character and I loved her humor and how she dealt with everything. Though how she treated some people kind of annoyed me but it wasn’t that big of a deal in the long run. Despite how much she complained, she seemed to just take everything in stride and no matter what would try to make the best out of the situation. Amy amused me. There is just something about a 10-year-old ghost who lived close to 100 years ago that can’t help but make me laugh. She always picked what she thought was the best moment to act, which of course tended to be the worst moment for Heather. But despite it all, she was a as good a friend as a ghost can be. In the long run her story is sad but how it all ended got me a little teary eyed.
Ghost stories are always a lot of fun but for some reason I always tend to forget and and remember it all once I start reading again. This happened again with this book. Ghost stories, at least the ones I read, don’t tend to carry the same heaviness as other paranormal books and in that sense they are great to read in between two heavier books. Haint Misbehavin’ was a great read and reminded me of Meg Cabot’s Mediator series which I absolutely loved. Both have the same light, fun playfulness and are really enjoyable reads.
Haint Misbehavin’ was a great fun and light read that reminded me of how great ghost stories can be. If you have read and enjoyed the Mediator series by Meg Cabot I definitely recommend you give Haint Misbehavin’ a try.