Wednesday, November 17, 2010

BR: Banished By: Sophie Littlefield

DESCRIPTION:There isn’t much worth living for in Gypsum, Missouri—or Trashtown, as the rich kids call the run-down neighborhood where sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell lives. Hailey figures she’ll never belong—not with the popular kids at school, not with the rejects, not even with her cruel, sickly grandmother, who deals drugs out of their basement. Hailey never knew her dead mother, and she has no idea who her father was, but at least she has her four-year-old foster brother, Chub. Once she turns eighteen, Hailey plans to take Chub far from Gypsum and start a new life where no one can find them. But when a classmate is injured in gym class, Hailey discovers a gift for healing that she never knew she possessed—and that she cannot ignore. Not only can she heal, she can bring the dying back to life. Confused by her powers, Hailey searches for answers but finds only more questions, until a mysterious visitor shows up at Gram’s house, claiming to be Hailey’s aunt Prairie. There are people who will stop at nothing to keep Hailey in Trashtown, living out a legacy of despair and suffering. But when Prairie saves both Hailey and Chub from armed attackers who invade Gram’s house in the middle of the night, Hailey must decide where to place her trust. Will Prairie’s past, and the long-buried secret that caused her to leave Gypsum years earlier, ruin them all? Because as Hailey will soon find out, their power to heal is just the beginning. RATING: 3 STARS COVER: I loved the cover mostly because of all the mysterios aura going on. The bright blue striking eyes with the hair just floating. It was good. REVIEW: The book was good. You could tell the author had a plan going on. But at some points it didn't make sense, it didn't connect or have anything to do with the story. This book had tons of surprises that kept me on the egde of my seat. The cast of characters were greatly written, i couldn't imagine it any better, except in a few minor parts. Were it could have been written better, or less/more descriptive. And there are so many noticable seens, especially with the boys. Even though you only get a few glimpses of the boys Sawyer and Kaz, you'll automatically fall in love with both. And yes i hope there will be some romance in the next book. But other than the minor things it should be on your imediate-to-read list.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

BR: Vampire Academy By: Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy By: Richelle Mead

Description: Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampires--the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a Dhampir; she is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them. After two years of illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking hearts. Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir's--but their world is fraught with danger both inside and out of the Academy's iron gates. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever....

Rating: 5 Stars

Cover: The cover drew me in pretty well. Especially since the chick looks like Angelina Jolie. I think it's her, I don't know, is it? Plus, the title drew me in, me being a vampire fan and all. Review: Okay, so let's just start off with saying I LOVE THIS BOOK! Richelle Mead is by far one of my favorite authors! But why is she one of my favs? Because of all the intense raw emotion, she put into each paragraph. You'll be dragged in from the action, laughing at the sarcastic wit, and lovin' every moment of it. Rose can kick ass, drag in the boys, and keep dishing out the sarcasm. Dimitri can keep a perfectly blake an expression better than a brick, kick ass without even breaking a sweat, and fit his tall figure into the best crossed-legs-casual form anyone has seen. Lissa can breakhearts, drink blood, and look perfect while doing anything. And I just love the 'love scandal' between two of the characters. Figure it out! When i first read this book it was just a month after the 5th book had come, so i bought myself a copy. And i devoured the series in about 7 days flat. Weird-ish freak, that is I. There's 6 books in the series, and the 6th book will be coming out on December 7th, this year.

Genre: Action, Adventure, YA, Romance, Humor,

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Vampire Academy series By: Richelle Mead

Okay, so if you've ever read this series, good for you! If you haven't already I'm mentally bitch slapping you. Yep, hope that hurt! But, not enough to create that much damage. Anyway, I'm participating in the re-read The Vampire Academy series challenge! SO, I'm asking all of you to re-read the series. And, if you haven't you can still participate, just pick up the series and start reading. So, for more info and stuff, just go to this site witch is the one hosting it so they have more info.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

BR: Gone By: Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

COVER: The cover drew me in, on the spot. Mostly because the model boy is kinda cute. And the title did it because i had seen the other two books in the series and they looked alike.
BOOK: I only picked this book up at my local library because i had seen the sequels highly praised for and I now know why. The 1st in the Gone series is a terrific book, i did find some problems with it but thats only my opinion. At first i didn't think I'd like the book because it sounded ... stupid, but once i started reading i mentally(ever so slightly) slapped my brain for thinking that. When you pick it up you'll either love it and be totally engrossed with it or you'll be bored and go jump on a trampoline or something like that. If you stayed through the book far you'll be good with it for 65% of the book and then you can either get bored (again) and put it down or you can continue. There is some slight romance in this book along with some violence. It's alittle creepy at first but it grows on you.
GENRE(s): YA, supernatural,

Monday, August 2, 2010

BR: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

About the book: Description:

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her 'power' to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.


COVER: The title is what drawed me in, and the cover is okay but I don't see how it relates to the story.

BOOK: The book is really interesting i love the prologue and chapter one. And the dialogue and descriptions are great. For a first published book Derting is a very promised author. The book has just enough romance for the girls and enough death for the goths. And for a mystery- ish book it was perfect. I love the connection between Violet and Jay, the way they connect perfectly. And the way he's soo protective of her,its sweet. Now, enough about the lovey's lets move on to the deaths. (cue haunting depressing music) oah, ahh, flahh,.... The way Dertling described the colors and sounds a.k.a. imprints left on the bodies and murderers you could literally see and smell it, it was that vivid. You'll be dying for the sequel Desires of the dead coming out March 15, 2011. But there was parts were they could have been written a bit better like better descriptions, less of that and more of this, etc. Hence the 4 not five.
You can find out more about The body Finder and its sequel at:

Sunday, August 1, 2010

BR: Deception By: Lee Nichols

Let's learn alittle about the book:

When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England. After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.

Note: there may be a spoil or two
Cover: Okay, the cover is awesome it drew me in on first site. Also, the title and A Haunting Emma Novel, did the job. Also, also, i love how its part of the story and it has the ghost- y mist/ fog thing goin on really helped me love it. But did the book make me stay?
Book: Alright, the book was perfect it had me on the first sentence! But, what kept me flipping pages was the the sarcasm, emotion, and the weird supernatural funkys Emma kept getting. It was the perfect read that I was wanting, because a) the romance with the boy's' b) the visions and meetings with the ghost and c) the action bits thrown in here and there, are pretty cool. Plus, they have really hot guys in Deception. Over all Nichols has made a great YA book, that you'll be dying to get a hold of the sequel Betrayal in March 2011.