Halflings

In less than two weeks, I’ll be attending the annual conference of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians.  At this gathering of librarians, I’ll be leading a couple of sessions.  One is on blogging in the elementary school library, and the other is a question and answer session with a few YA authors:  Sophie Jordan (Firelight, Vanish, and Hidden), Julie Halpern (Into the Wild Nerd Yonder), and Heather Burch, author of the Halflings series.

I’ll be perfectly honest with you.  Heather Burch wasn’t even on my radar until I heard that she would be attending this year’s SCASL Conference.  When I was asked to facilitate this author panel, I knew, however, that I would need to read at least one of her books to be really effective.  I finally did that this week.  In fact, I finished the first book in her Halflings series about an hour ago.  It was good, but, in a lot of ways, it left more questions unanswered than not.  I guess this is a sure way to get readers to check out the next book.

Nikki Youngblood is in danger, but even she is unsure of just what is after her.  When she’s nearly killed by what can only be described as hellhounds–and she’s rescued by beings she believes to be angels–she comes to realize that the dangers she’s facing are more horrible–and unearthly–than she could have ever imagined.

Nikki wasn’t exactly rescued by angels, however.  The three “boys” she came into contact with are known as Halflings.  They are half-human, half-angel and are considered outcasts in Heaven and on Earth.  These Lost Boys do have a purpose, though.  Mace, Raven, and Vine are on a heavenly journey to protect Nikki–or someone close to her.  But why?  What is so special about this teenage girl?  Why is she now a target of the enemy?  And how can these supernatural beings protect someone who clouds their feelings and has the power to impact their futures?  Mace and Raven, especially, are drawn to Nikki (and Nikki to them), but divine mandate prevents any of them from being together…without truly hellacious results.

As Nikki, Mace, and Raven battle their desires, an unknown evil is penetrating everything around them.  No one is really sure who is behind the terror that is brewing, but Nikki, her Lost Boys, and several other heavenly beings will do everything they can to uncover the truth and fight in the war that’s coming.  What will be lost in the battles ahead?  What will be sacrificed?  And will Nikki and company be able to handle the choices that must be made…and their inevitable consequences?  Begin to unravel the mystery when you read Halflings, the first book in an exciting series by Heather Burch.

If I had to classify this book, it would be young adult Christian fantasy with a bit of mystery and romance thrown in for good measure.  It’s a decent read for those in middle school and beyond who like “angelic” fiction.  As for me, the book was a little frustrating because it left me with so many questions.  I didn’t really have a sense of closure at the end of the book, so I’m hoping that the question and answer session at the SCASL Conference will tie things up a little better for me.

The second book in the Halflings series, Guardian, is already out, and I hope to get around to it soon.  (This probably won’t happen before my conference, though.  I’m being realistic here.)  The third book, Avenger, is due out this April.  For more information about the author and this series, click here.

That’s all for now.  I may edit this post a bit after my conference in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned.  Until then, do you have any burning questions you’d like to ask the YA authors attending this conference?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll try to get a few answers for you!

Published in: on February 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Finale

Spoilers! If you haven’t read the first three books in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series (Hush, Hush, Crescendo, and Silence), stop whatever you’re doing, and get on with it! These books are super-duper, and the fourth and final book, Finale, is equally wonderful. If you have read the first three books, proceed with caution. This post might be a little spoilery. If you haven’t experienced this fabulous saga, stop reading this RIGHT NOW! This post will be extremely spoilery.

Before I get into talking about the awesomeness that is Becca Fitzpatrick’s Finale, let me vent a little bit. I had every intention of finishing this book days ago (instead of yesterday evening). Sadly, though, I had to return to school on January 2nd (which kind of stunk), so that ate into my reading time. (I really need a job that allows me to read all day…and stay in my pajamas. If you know of a job like this, please let me know.) Anyway, I was too exhausted when I came home from work to do anything more strenuous than vegging in front of the TV. Thursday night, I got violently ill, so I had to deal with that. I read a little Friday evening and Saturday morning, but I spent Saturday evening and Sunday morning with family, so not much reading was done. I finally caught a break on Sunday afternoon. I was able to become absorbed in a book with no interruptions. I tell you all of this to explain why I’m not doing so well with my resolution to read 400 books this year. The year has barely begun, and I’m already way behind. *dramatic sigh*

But I’m guessing most of you don’t give a flying fart in space why I’m not reading as much as I should, so let’s move on to the reason we’re all here. Yesterday, I finished reading Finale, the fourth and final book in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga. This book was released on October 23rd, 2012, and I’m pretty sure I bought it the day it came out, so it had been sitting on my shelf for a couple of months before I decided to dive in. (I don’t have to remind you that I’m a busy girl, so it’s no secret why I didn’t get to it right away.) I had to reread my posts on the first three books in the series to remind me what happened previously, but, after that, I entered into the world of Nora and Patch rather seamlessly.

For those that don’t remember what happened at the end of Silence, here’s a short reminder:  Hank (Nora’s biological father and leader of the Nephilim) is dead, and Nora swore on the lives of her and her mother that she would lead his army. Nora became a member of the Nephilim (so she’s no longer totally human). It’s up to her to lead her new army against the fallen angels, but she doesn’t want to do that because the love of her life, Patch, just happens to be one of them. It’s quite the sticky wicket.

In Finale, Nora Grey is the new leader of the Nephilim. She doesn’t want to be the leader of this army, and the Nephilim don’t really want her as their leader, but a blood oath ensures that nobody gets what they want. Nora is now the Black Hand, and she is faced with a decision that will force her to choose between continued slavery for the Nephilim or the complete annihilation of the fallen angels…including Patch, her beloved.

At first, Nora thinks her job is fairly simple.  She’ll just lead the Nephilim into a peaceful alliance with the fallen angels. Alas, this is not to be. Neither the Nephilim or the fallen angels will go for it, and, once the archangels of Heaven get involved, it becomes even more of a no-go. Even Nora, after seeing what it really means to be Nephil, has doubts about peace even being a consideration.

And that’s not all that’s giving Nora reason to doubt her situation. Her best friend, Vee, is keeping secrets. Her boyfriend, Patch, can’t be seen with her. (When there’s a war brewing between Nephilim and fallen angels, it’s not the best idea to be seen cavorting with the “enemy.”) Also, his heinous ex-girlfriend has been sniffing around. Nora’s nemesis (and half-sister) has decided that living with Nora would be a good idea. To top it all off, it seems that someone–someone who Nora thinks can be trusted–is working to undo everything Nora is trying to achieve…and he or she is using devilcraft (think witchcraft…but way, way, way worse) to do it.

Will Nora be able to lead the Nephilim? Will she lead them to war or peace? And what will either situation mean for Nephilim, fallen angels, and, most importantly to this story, Nora and Patch? Is the future of their relationship doomed to fall before it really has a chance to fly? If Nora can find a way to bring a peaceful end to the war that is brewing, what–or who–will she have to sacrifice? What is the cost of freedom, and is Nora willing to pay it? Find these answers and more when you read Finale, the thrilling conclusion to Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga.

I don’t know if you can tell from this post, but I kind of adore this entire series. Until yesterday, I would have told you that Silence was my favorite book in the series, but I think Finale may have, at the very least, forced a tie. There was just so much drama! Yes, there were times when I had to close the book because I wanted to punch Nora in the face, but that’s how I know this story really gripped me. Also, even though there were tons of clues pointing to the true bad guy(s), I honestly didn’t see it coming. Maybe that makes me as gullible as Nora was, but that’s okay. If being gullible comes with having a fallen angel like Patch think you’re awesome-sauce, I’ll take it.

One complaint: I did feel like the epilogue was a little too neat. I would have liked to know more about what happened between the last chapter and the events in the epilogue. Some things, in my opinion, were just glossed over too much.

All in all, I think Finale was a great conclusion to what was an amazing series. I look forward to reading even more from Becca Fitzpatrick!

To learn more about Becca Fitzpatrick, you can visit her website or follow her on Twitter. You may also want to visit the official Hush, Hush fansite, Fallen Archangel, for the latest on this series, including movie news!

Still not enough? Well then…check out this super-cool book trailer for Finale from Simon & Schuster Videos. Knight Reader out!

Published in: on January 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm  Comments (1)  
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Silence

Before proceeding, please read the first two books in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series (Hush, Hush and Crescendo).  If you have read these, you may still want to skim over them to refresh your memory (especially if you waited way too long between reading Crescendo and Silence…like someone I won’t mention).

As you have no doubt gathered by now, I just finished reading Silence, the third book in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. I’m still trying to figure out why I took so long to read this one, but I will say it was well worth the wait. In my most humble opinion, Silence is the best book in the series (so far). I loved Hush, Hush. I liked Crescendo. I was totally blown away by Silence. The emotion, angst, fear, and danger leapt off each page, and I was completely invested in everything the characters, particularly Nora, were going through. I cannot say enough good things about this book…but I’ll try.

*Side note: If’ it’s been a while since you read Crescendo, reread the last chapter before picking up Silence. It will make things so much easier for you. Trust me!*

The past five months are gone…at least that’s the way it seems when Nora Grey wakes up in a cemetery with no memory of how she got there.  She can’t remember anything beyond April…and it’s September.  She’s been missing since June, so why does her memory loss stretch back two more months?  What happened that was bad enough to erase her memory of it? 

Things have changed since Nora’s been gone–her mom is dating her mortal enemy’s dad, her best friend apparently thinks it’s now okay to lie to protect her, super strong bad guys are on the prowl, and Nora is having strange flashes of black that make her feel safe and loved.  What could these flashes mean, and who are they connected to?  Nora must piece together her fractured past in order to really figure out what’s going on in the present…before her future is destroyed.

When Nora crosses paths with a guy named Jev, she feels an instant connection…almost like she’s known and loved him before.  And she has.  Could Jev (also known as Patch) be the key to unlocking her memories?  When the fog finally clears, will Nora be prepared for what is in front of her–angels at war, an evil mastermind (who has a very strong connection with Nora), jealousy, and a love that is as boundless as the heavens?  What is her role in all this, and what is at stake? 

It’s a lot to take in, but Nora will do what she must.  Her memories were taken from her once before.  She won’t let anyone–or anything–rob her of her mother, her future, or the love of her life.  What will Nora have to sacrifice to save all she holds dear?  What will be sacrificed for her?  Embrace the Silence to find out!

I feel like this is one of the worst posts I’ve ever written.  That’s a shame because this book deserves more.  (I’m still three days from Spring Break, so give me a little leeway here.)  I almost felt Nora’s emotions the entire way through the book.  I even dreamed about this book last night.  (Sadly, there were no appearances by gorgeous guardian angels, but there’s always tonight!)  Silence is an awesome read that will keep fans of this saga captivated from the first page to the last.

We’ll get to see more of Nora and Patch in the fourth and final book in this series, Finale, due out on October 23rd this year.  No book cover yet, but I’ll post it here as soon as it’s released.

Still can’t get enough of this series?  Visit http://beccafitzpatrick.com/ and http://www.fallenarchangel.com/.  And check out the Silence book trailer below!

Published in: on March 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm  Comments (2)  
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Always a Witch

Spoilers ahead!  If you haven’t read Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, stop right there.  Read that book before you continue with this post.  Always a Witch will make absolutely no sense if you read it without the background provided in the first book.  Seriously.  No sense at all.

Well, I’ve finally finished the sequel to Once a Witch (which I read way back in March).  Always a Witch continues the story of Tamsin and her newly discovered Talent.  (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you obviously didn’t heed my warning above.  Shame on you.)  Tamsin and her family are getting ready for a very special celebration when things get weird…and that’s really saying something in a family full of witches.

Just days before Tamsin’s sister, Rowena is to be married, an enemy returns to wreak havoc on the Greene family.  The evil Alistair Knight warns that he will stop at nothing to restore his family’s power…and he means it.  When Tamsin learns that Alistair has Traveled back to 1887 New York, she knows she must follow him.  She must warn her family (ancestors, really) of what is to come so that they can prevent the dismal future that could await them.  But things aren’t really that easy.  Then again, they never are when it comes to Tamsin.

When Tamsin Travels back in time, she almost immediately finds herself employed…by the Knight family.  She is to be lady’s maid to young Jessica Knight.  But Tamsin may just be able to use this unexpected circumstance to her advantage.  She uses her position to learn more about her enemy, and she’s truly horrified by what she discovers.  The Knight family is the epitome of evil, and they must be stopped.  But can Tamsin convince her family to stop them when it could mean the loss of their powers and even their lives?

With or without help, Tamsin is determined to do what she must to ensure that the Knights lose their power.  But is she really willing to make the hard choices?  Choices that could impact the past as well as the future?  What will she do when she realizes that the future of her entire family rests on her shoulders?  What would you do?  Read Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough to discover how far one will go in the name of family.

Even though this book was heavy on the time travel (which I believe I have mentioned seriously messes with my head), I think Always a Witch was even better than its predecessor.  I was (figuratively) on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book.  Tamsin grew up and began to really think about how her choices would impact not only herself but also everyone around her.  I also kind of like that the villains of the book were the Knights.  That’s just awesome.  I’ve kind of always wanted to be a villain (but a good, misunderstood one like Darth Vader).  Even though the Knights in this book were pure evil, I still think it’s pretty cool that we share the same last name.  I know that’s incredibly juvenile of me, but, let’s face it, sometimes I am incredibly juvenile.

If you’d like more information on Once a Witch, Always a Witch, or other books by author Carolyn MacCullough, visit her website at http://www.carolynmaccullough.com/index.html.  As for me, I must get ready for the first day of school tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

Published in: on August 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Need So Beautiful

In previous posts on this blog, I have mentioned my many fears–clowns, zombies, evil children, thunderstorms, rodents, reptiles, arachnids, bugs, and the dark, just to name a few.  I haven’t however, mentioned my greatest fear, the one that really keeps me up at night and leaves me depressed during my waking hours.  It’s deeply personal, and I’m pretty sure only my mom knows that I have this fear.  It’s the fear of being forgotten.  The thought of no one remembering my existence is shattering.  (I’m pretty sure this all started in the eighth grade.  My science teacher was handing out papers or something, and he came to one with my name on it.  He had no idea who I was…and school was about to get out for the summer.)  Anyway, this fear took center stage when I read my latest book, A Need So Beautiful, by Suzanne Young.  The protagonist, Charlotte, is forced to face her own destiny, one where she loses everyone she loves and is completely erased from their memories.  She will be forgotten…

Ever since she can remember, Charlotte has felt the Need, an uncontrollable urge to help people in need.  She cannot control when or where the Need will hit, but she feels intense pain until she helps those who call to her.  At first, the Need would hit her every month or so.  Then, it became every week.  Now, though, the Need plagues her one or more times per day. 

Charlotte doesn’t know what’s happening to her, or even what she really is, but the Need is quickly destroying her.  It’s wrecking her relationships–with her boyfriend, her best friend, and her adoptive family.  She wishes she could ignore the Need, but the pain is just too much to handle.  She must help those who need her, even if it means losing parts of herself.  But when things begin to get even worse–like her body emitting a golden glow and people around her forgetting who she is–Charlotte seeks answers.  First of all, who and what is she?  Why does the Need compel her to help people she doesn’t even know?  And can she change her destiny before everyone in the world forgets she ever existed?

Charlotte’s search for the truth leads her to something she never expected.  She is one of the Forgotten, sort of an angel sent to earth to help those in need.  When she helps people, she is instantly forgotten.  And every time she helps someone, she draws closer and closer to the end of her own life.  She will wear out until she is nothing but light, and her entire being will be erased from the memories of those she encountered.  But there might be a way out.  There may be a way to keep her life, her plans, her boyfriend, and her family.  Is Charlotte willing to do anything to be remembered?  And what is the price she will have to pay to make it happen?  Will she be able to pay it?  Read A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young to find out.

A Need So Beautiful is a breathtaking book, and, if you’re anything like me, it will leave you thinking long after you’ve finished reading.  It made me think about what it would really be like if no one remembered me.  (It would suck, by the way.)  But it also made me consider that there might be worse things than being forgotten.  Would I be willing to sacrifice my own desire to be remembered for the greater good?  Would you?

FYI, this book has a couple of adult situations, mostly involving sex, so I would recommend it for ages 16 and up.

If you’d like more information about this book or others by Suzanne Young, visit http://suzanne-young.blogspot.com/.

Once a Witch

I picked up my latest read, Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, primarily because it is a 2011-12 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award nominee.  I served on the Young Adult Book Award committee for three years, and, even though I work with much smaller mammals now, I still like to keep up with what teens in my state are reading, and I think they will really enjoy Once a Witch (especially girls who are fans of the Twilight saga and similar books).  Once a Witch is the first book in a tantalizing new series, and I think it takes readers to places that they never expected to go…

Tamsin Greene is an oddball in her family, and that is definitely saying something.  You see, Tamsin comes from a family of witches, all of whom have special Talents…except Tamsin.  She’s ordinary.  No Talent, no special powers, no hint of anything magical about her.  So, when a mysterious man comes into her family’s bookshop and mistakes Tamsin for her older, extremely gifted sister Rowena, Tamsin plays along and agrees to help him find a lost family heirloom.  If she can find what this man is searching for, maybe she won’t feel so much like an outsider in her own family.

What Tamsin didn’t count on, however, were the strange man’s intentions when he asked her to look for his lost heirloom.  It seems both he and the object of his desire are far more dangerous than Tamsin could have possibly known, and the search for the heirloom will take Tamsin and everyone close to her down a path fraught with peril at every turn.

What will happen when Tamsin locates this mysterious object?  What is the strange man really after?  Can Tamsin stop the storm that is brewing before it is too late?  And, most importantly, is she really as Talentless as everyone has always led her to believe?  Join Tamsin on her quest for answers when you read Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough.

I, for one, really related to the character of Tamsin.  No, I don’t come from a family of witches (that I know of), but I have felt like an outsider in my own family.  (Mom, if you’re reading this, try to chill.  You know exactly what I mean.)  I’m not loud, I don’t really like to talk all that much (and trust me when I say that is odd in my family), and I’d rather escape into the pages of a book than deal with people.  I’m just not like most of the other people in my family, so I found it very easy to sympathize with Tamsin, and I think many teen readers will as well.

I highly recommend this book to young adult readers.  (It may be a little much for the middle grades, though.)  Once a Witch is a wonderful first book in what promises to be a captivating series.  The sequel, Always a Witch, will be out on August 1, 2011.  I look forward to seeing what trouble Tamsin will get into this time.  For more information on this series, author Carolyn MacCullough, quizzes, and facts about witches, visit http://onceawitch.com/.

Crescendo

Warning!  Read Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick before proceeding.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 

In April of this year, I read an amazing book.  (Actually, I read several amazing books in April, but that’s beside the point.)  The book I’m talking about is Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.  It had everything–bad boys, forbidden love, fallen angels, mystery and intrigue.  It was awesome, so I was stoked to find out that it was the first book in a trilogy (as so many of them are these days).  Well, I finally finished reading the second book in this series, Crescendo, a few minutes ago.  While I like Hush, Hush better, I think Crescendo is still a great book.  I think it’s a typical second book in a series in that it serves as a bridge between the first and third books.  It set up a lot of what will happen at the end of the series, but it still had enough going on to keep readers interested in what the characters are currently up to.  A couple of new characters were introduced, but they only added to the mystery surrounding our main characters.  I’m definitely interested to see how the author will conclude this series, especially since Crescendo ended with such a cliff-hanger.  Now, on with the show…

In Crescendo, readers return to the world of Nora Grey.  After a harrowing experience, she’s trying to get on with her life, and a big part of that is her boyfriend and guardian angel, Patch.  Things aren’t exactly perfect, though.  Patch seems to be putting distance between himself and Nora.  He’s even spending time with Nora’s worst enemy, Marcie Millar.  What is going on?  Nora doesn’t really know, but she’s sure something’s going on, so she and Patch go their separate ways for a while…sort of.

As if Nora’s tumultuous relationship with Patch wasn’t enough to throw her for a loop, she’s also got to take chemistry in summer school (with the hated Marcie as her lab partner); an old family friend is back in town, and he’s got secrets of his own; Nora’s best friend is now dating Patch’s best friend, Rixon (a fallen angel); she’s confronted with more and more secrets that Patch may be keeping from her; and Nora is continuously haunted by the mysterious death of her father.  How can she deal with all of this, especially without Patch by her side?  How is everything connected?  Most importantly, who really killed her father, and can Nora stop this mysterious figure before she’s next?  Fall into the mystery when you read Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick.

There’s a lot going on in this book, and sometimes it’s hard to keep things straight, especially if it’s been over six months since you read the first book in the series.  I would definitely recommend reading (or rereading) Hush, Hush immediately before starting Crescendo.  I had to go back to Hush, Hush a couple of times to refresh my memory of what happened, and I know I’ll have to do the same thing when the third book, Tempest, comes out.  It won’t be released until the fall of 2011, so we’ve got quite a wait ahead of us.  In the meantime, I encourage you to visit Becca Fitzpatrick’s website at http://beccafitzpatrick.com/index.html to learn more about this author and her wonderful books.  Enjoy!

Published in: on November 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beautiful Darkness

Danger: Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, stop what you’re doing, go immediately to your local library or bookstore, get that book, and read it. When you’ve finished, come back here to learn more about the sequel, Beautiful Darkness. Beautiful Darkness is not a stand-alone novel. You really need to read the first book for things to make sense. Warning over.

So, as you may have gathered from the oh-so-subtle warning above, I’ve just finished reading Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  Since I absolutely adored the first book, Beautiful Creatures, I was eager to read the sequel.  Unfortunately, life interfered (as it often does), and I didn’t get to read the book as quickly as I would have liked.  But I’m finished now, and I have to say that Beautiful Darkness took me on the same emotional roller coaster that its predecessor did.  I grew frustrated with the characters even as I was rooting for them, I was as confused as they were at times, and I never knew what was around the next corner (or on the next page, if you will).  Beautiful Darkness was, in every way, equally as wonderful as Beautiful Creatures, and I can hardly wait to see where the authors take us next.

In Beautiful Darkness, we continue the story of Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes.  You may remember that Lena is a Caster (fancy word for “witch”), and Ethan is Mortal.  After the events that unfolded at the end of Beautiful Creatures, including the death of Lena’s Uncle Macon and the fact that Lena was not Claimed as either a Dark or Light Caster, things are more complicated than ever.  Lena does not know where she truly belongs, and Ethan does not know how, or if, he can help her.  Ethan knows that something is seriously wrong, and it has to be more than Lena’s sorrow over losing her beloved uncle.  Lena is withdrawing from him, and Ethan has no idea what he should do.

With the arrival of two newcomers in town, one Mortal and one a mysterious supernatural being, things become even more strained between Lena and Ethan.  It doesn’t help that Lena seems to be convinced that, upon her Seventeenth Moon, she will be Claimed as a Dark Caster.  In fact, she is seemingly embracing the darkness within her, and the whole of Gatlin is about to find out just how dark Lena can get.  Can Ethan somehow bring Lena back to the Light?  Can anyone?

As things go from bad to worse with Lena and Ethan, help arrives in forms that were not expected.  Unexpected dangers are also faced, but Ethan knows he must do everything in his power to save Lena from the darkness she is facing.  He knows that his Lena has not left him, no matter what appearances are.  She’s being influenced by something or someone.  The question is who?  And does Ethan or anyone helping him have the power to stop these Dark forces before Lena is lost forever?  Find out when you read Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

I really, really enjoyed this book, and I hope that you will, too.  After visiting the authors’ website, http://beautifulcreaturesthebook.com/, I discovered there will be at least two more books in this series, fittingly dubbed The Caster Chronicles.  Book three should be published in the fall of 2011, and book four should be out in the fall of 2012.  That’s a long wait to find out what will happen with Ethan, Lena, and the other characters I’ve come to know, but I know the books will be well worth the wait.

Published in: on October 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Torment

Warning:  Read Fallen by Lauren Kate before you read this post!

Well, I can honestly say this is one case where the title described the book perfectly.  This book was pure torment.  I don’t mean that it wasn’t a good book.  It was.  But I was irritated with the main characters to such a degree that I would have gleefully throttled them if it were possible.

Torment is the second book in Lauren Kate’s Fallen series.  It again follows Luce through her tumultuous relationship with the love of her life, Daniel, who just so happens to be a fallen angel.  For her own safety, Luce will spend the next few weeks at the Shoreline school in San Francisco.  What’s so special about this school?  Well, many of the students are Nephilim, or the offspring of fallen angels and humans.  (If you’ve read the amazing works of Cassandra Clare, this may seem a bit familiar.)  Daniel thinks Luce will be protected in this new environment, but he may be underestimating Luce.  She’s growing tired of being told what to do without any explanation.  As you may imagine, this only leads to trouble.

As Luce makes a couple of new friends, she begins to wonder if she really belongs with Daniel at all.  Doesn’t she have a choice in things, or is she destined to be with Daniel?  Luce is becoming more powerful in her own right and is questioning her place in the world.  Why is she so important?  Why do so many people care about her fate and her love for Daniel?  Why can’t she seem to get any answers?  Join the confusion when you read Torment by Lauren Kate.

Like I said previously, I got really irritated with Luce and Daniel in this book.  I realize that this is a tragic love story, and the characters have to go through their low points to arrive at a (hopefully) happy ending, but come on!  Luce makes Bella Swan (from Twilight for those of you living under rocks) look like the happiest person in the world.  As a matter of fact, this book reminded me a lot of New Moon.  Luce and Daniel are apart from each other for most of the book, and when they finally reunite, it’s still not all that pleasant.  Luce is annoyingly tormented, and it seems like she goes out of her way to make Daniel as miserable as she is.  I really hope there’s some satisfying resolution in the next book, or I am going to lose it.  (I’m already a woman on the edge, so watch out!)

Speaking of the next book in the Fallen series, it is titled Passion and is due out in the summer of 2011.  Maybe I can get over some of my irritation by then.  Then again, maybe not.  I’m sure something else will come along to irritate me before then.

Anyhoo, to learn more about Fallen, Torment, and author Lauren Kate, take the time to visit http://laurenkatebooks.net/.

Published in: on October 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Midnight Alley

Well, I’ve finally returned to Morganville.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you need to check out the first two books in Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series, Glass Houses and The Dead Girls’ Dance.  I’ve posted on each of these books, so feel free to read those posts before you decide if this series might appeal to you.  As for me, I’m hooked.  It’s after midnight here, and I’ve just finished reading book three, Midnight Alley, but I’m still planning to read a little of book four, Feast of Fools, before I finally call it a night…or early morning.  I know a lot of people have gotten their fill of vampires lately, but I can’t get enough, and I absolutely love the world Rachel Caine has created in this series.

(For those of you who know I like vampire fiction–yes, I have seen Eclipse.  I was at the midnight show at the IMAX theater closest to my town.  I loved the movie, and I plan to see it at least four more times.)

Moving on…in Midnight Alley, Claire and the gang are getting into even more trouble.  Of course, trouble has a way of finding you in a town like Morganville.  Claire has signed a protection agreement with Amelie, Morganville’s founder and the baddest vamp of them all.  In exchange for a certain degree of protection and freedom, Claire must do Amelie’s bidding.  When Claire’s housemates find out about this pledge, they are less than enthused.  Claire isn’t really thrilled about it herself, especially when it becomes clear what Amelie expects of her.

Claire begins working with someone who is weird even by Morganville standards.  As Claire soon discovers, her new “mentor” is not just weird, he’s sick, and his special sickness makes him very dangerous.  Still, she must keep working with him to keep her word to Amelie.  Claire soon discovers, though, that the work she is doing is vital, even essential,  to the survival of the town’s vampire community, including one of her best friends, Michael.  Can she learn all she needs to from the madman she’s been assigned to, or will he embrace his sickness and erase all hope of finding out how to stop the worst from happening?

Not only is Claire dealing with college classes, an undead housemate, a mad vampire scientist, and a boyfriend, but dead bodies are also turning up around her house.  She is convinced that none of her housemates are responsible, but her word may not be enough.  Who is doing this, and what do they want from her?  Hasn’t she been through enough?  Can things get any worse for Claire and her friends?  (Hint:  They can.)  Read the third installment in The Morganville Vampires series, Midnight Alley, to find out what happens to Claire and company and how they cope with living in a town where your next mistake might just be your last.

Published in: on July 4, 2010 at 1:01 am  Comments (1)  
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