Monday, February 18, 2013

Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh

Published: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Atheneum
Pages: 429 in the US Hardcover edition
Synopsis: Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world -- a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen's creation, is the only one who can save him. Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning hours of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the "Poe Toaster" will make his annual homage at the legendary poet's grave.
Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But even greater dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen's affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.

This is the second book in a series; there will be spoilers.

I had really high expectations for this book.  I've been waiting for it to come out ever sense I finished the first one.  It's sad to admit that it took me three weeks to officially finish this book.  I wanted to love this book trust me. There was some really good parts, but It never stayed that way.  


I love this cover! It's seriously beautiful.  It's mysterious, dark, and completely stunning.  Although I didn't picture Varen to look like that though. 


To be honest I think this book could have had been better.  Even though I couldn't love it, I did like it.

three out of five hearts.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

2013 Classics Reading Challenge

I decided to join another challenge.  I have never read a classic from start to finish.  So this year I plan on reading at least five.  Those five are:
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
  • A Midsummer nights dream by William Shakespeare 
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
Hosted by Thoughts At One In The Morning.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Published: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 544 in the US Hardback edition
Synopsis: Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
They aren’t.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
She’s wrong.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

This is the second book in the Mara Dyer Trilogy. There will be spoilers. 

I really want to say a lot about this book, but I can't.  

My mind is literally blown.  Hodkin knows exactly how to create a physiological thriller.  

It's been a day since I finished it and I am still thinking about this book.  I not only want the third book, but I NEED IT!

The ending made me almost cry.  If you have read this book you know why, but if you haven't I suggest you read this series right away.  

But ... um ... if you hate spoilers LOOK AWAY NOW! 

WHY DID NOAH OF ALL PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?  I am hoping and praying that Dr. Kells was lying like she was the whole book.  Jude is a complete psycho.  I hate him and Phoebe with a passion. AND I totally loved this book, and if you haven't read it, you need to right now.  

five out of five hearts.

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Published: October 26, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 394 in US paperback edition
Synopsis: "My name--my True Name--is Ashallayn' darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl..."To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.Then Meghan Chase--a half human, half fey slip of a girl--smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.With the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end--a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan's side.To survive in the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Keep in mind this is the fourth book in THE IRON FEY series.  There will be spoilers.

I have sat here staring at this screen.  I'm still speechless about this series.  Julie Kagawa knows exactly how to leave your eyes glued to the pages for hours.  

When Ariella came into the story I almost died.  Ash was always in a battle with himself about who should he love.  OBVIOUSLY YOU WANT MEGHAN! YOU CAME ALL THIS WHY FOR HER NOT SOME EX FROM THE PAST.  Thankfully in the end he chose Meghan.  I know that he was madly in love with her in the past and when she died he was devastated, but that was then.


This cover is hot.  Half of Ash on one side and Half of Puck on the other!? Oh lord! I need a fan. These boys are absolutely hot.   


I can't wail to put my nose into The Lost Prince! 

four out of five hearts.


Friday, January 18, 2013

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Published: January 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 358 in the US paperback edition
Synopsis: I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.

Novel by Julie Kagawa |



On with the review...

I don't normally cry in books.  I think I have only cried in books five times tops in my whole reading experience.  This novel had me gushing tears.  My eyes were like a waterfall!

Character Development:

Meghan definitely developed in this novel.  She went from scared, mundane mortal to fierce, unstoppable faery princess.  Ash and Puck developed a great deal too, but you're going to have to read to find out what all happens there.


OMG!!! I loved this one! The colors are amazing. It leaves me breathless. 


I loved it! So far, it is the best one out of the whole series. 
Once again...  


five out of five stars.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Published: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 359 in the US paperback edition
Synopsis: 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.

Novel by Julie Kagawa |

Keep in mind that this is the second book in THE IRON FEY series.  There will most likely be spoilers. 

Julie Kagawa:

This women writes amazing words.  I find myself devouring every book she writes.  There is never a boring part in her books.  Although this is the third book I have read by her, I know I will be reading more from her.  

The love triangle:

I have to say, the love triangle was amazing. I personally think the love story was better in this book then the first book, because now we got PUCK into it.  Puck all of a sudden pronounced his love for Meghan, and she thinks "Oh, he's a summer fey! Maybe this is what is best." then shes all like, "Oh, but I love Ash so much!" and I'm like ASH! ASH! ASH! DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! IT'S ASH YOU LOVE!!!!!!  

Puck vs. Ash:

As read in the first book, THE IRON KING, Ash and Puck are feuding over the death of Ash's lover.  In THE IRON DAUGHTER there is barely any argument over it.  Although Ash is still devastated over it, Ash and Puck manage not to fight to the death over her.


This cover is beautiful!  I love the purple and blues.  The model on the cover is suppose to be Meghan, I believe. 


This book was amazing! I really liked it!

four out of five stars.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter

Published: October 2, 2012
Publisher: St. Martians Griffin
Pages: 383 in the US paperback edition
Synopsis: Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts, but she doesn’t seem to belong to any one species—she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn’t a werewolf.  With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who’s willing to accept the impossible. As if life isn’t hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante.  Trouble is, Holiday isn’t dead…not yet anyway.  Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it’s too late—all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever.   In a world of constant confusion, there’s only one thing Kylie knows for sure.  Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.

Novel by C.C. Hunter |

Let me warn you that there may be spoilers in this review. This is the fourth installment in the Shadow Falls series.  

Team input:
I've always loved Lucas.  Team Lucas all the way, but as I read this book I started to get really annoyed by his actions.  At the end of this novel, I was about to pull a Blues Clues and jump inside just so I could punch him in the face.

The Cover:

So beautiful! Once I saw the cover of this book, I was so happy.  This cover is so beautiful. I like how we are looking through the cemetery gates and we see Kylie walking and shes looking back at us.


The love triangles back! Through out the whole series I was team Lucas.  This is the first time I ever questioned myself about which side I was on.  Although Derek is a great guy, he never really seemed liked my kind of guy, but now I think I might switch over. MIGHT. This novel also had romance between Holiday and  Burnett.  I loved their passion for each other.  I don't want to spoil anyone, but at the end of this novel you'll be so happy about what happens to them.

The lizard:

In the previous book, we found out Kylie is a Cameleon, which means she can shift her pattern to any other supernatural being.  I don't want to spoil a lot so I am just going to say that she learns more abilities and can do a whole lot more than what she could before. 


I enjoyed this book.  I have loved the series from the start and I can't wait till the final installment in the spring.   

three out of five stars.