Monday, September 27, 2010

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Summary:
Patch has been assigned as Nora's guardian angel. He's not necessarily thrilled with his new status but he cares for Nora and wants to protect her. She has fallen head over heels in love with him and she is ready to tell him. We can all remember the first time we told someone that we love them. The fear and insecurity of the feeling not being mutual is terrifying, but for Nora it is much more than that because she is responsible for what Patch has become. So, when she finally tells him those three little words, and he bolts without any response or explanation, she is devastated. Patch has his reasons for holding back but there is no way to tell Nora without putting her in more danger.

While dealing with her broken heart, Nora starts seeing a ghost from her past and begins to question how her father really died. Nora wants to know who killed him and who has been manipulating her, but will the answer break her heart into a million more little pieces? Nora learns the hard way that the people closest to us, the ones we trust the most, are the people who can shatter us the easiest.

Review:
From page one; you know this book is going to be better than good, better than great even! Fitzpatrick has written one of those rare books where the second of the series is better than the first. Crescendo pulls you into the shadowy world of fallen angels, and like being in an eerie haunted house on a stormy night, the tone of this follow-up to Hush, Hush is dark and chilling.

Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks

This was an advanced readers copy. Crescendo will be released on October 19, 2010. Put your copy on hold in October!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Summary:
The Nightshade and Bane packs are preparing to unite. Calla, the alpha of the Nightshades has been promised to Ren, the leader of the Banes. He has a reputation as a slick wolf who knows his way around the girls at their school. Calla cannot deny that when she is with him her body reacts strongly but she doesn't know if she can live with submitting to him. She is a fierce alpha and she loves her pack more than anything, can she bring herself to trust him for their sakes?
The wolves are Guardians working for the Keepers who control their every move. They claim that the Searchers are a threat but then Shay shows up and begins questioning everything that Calla has believed to be her duty in life. She tries to protect her pack and to give in to Ren but she cannot ignore her heart. She loves Shay, the mysterious new guy who has just happened into her world, or has he? Could he be the key to all the secrets that the Keepers have been hiding from the wolves?

Review:
Cremer has a strong and honest character in Calla. She isn't afraid to admit that she struggles with her decisions. In the end, she stays true to herself. This is the beginning of an intriguing new series, and many questions are left unanswered so we will definitely be looking forward to the next book.

Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks

This was an advance readers copy. Nightshade will be released on October 19, 2010. Put your copy on hold in October!

My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent


Summary:
Kaylee is a bean sidhe. As in, she is a full fledged being that screams for the souls of the dead. When Kaylee sees dark shadows fall across someone and a wail builds in her throat, she knows that person is going to die. Yeah, her life is complicated and far from normal but she has a loyal best friend, a sort-of boyfriend, and her recently returned father to help her deal with it all.
Set in Dallas and an alternate reality called the Netherworld, Kaylee seems to find death and danger around every corner. While Kaylee is trying to solve the latest round of murders at her school, Nash's ex-girlfriend shows up on a mission to win him back. Talk about a nightmare, literally! Kaylee and Sabine square off and things get heated as they each fight for Nash's affection.

Review:
Kaylee does a lot of her own soul searching in this fourth book and Vincent writes genuinely about fears of insecurity and following your heart when your head tells you the opposite. Kaylee is easy to relate to in this story and some of my favorite scenes involved her with the ever ominous grim reaper, Tod. His quick witted, dark humor is hilarious and he helps Kaylee open her eyes to things she might have otherwise been apt to overlook. Vincent's Soul Screamers series is a fresh new twist in paranormal romance and a definite must-read.

Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks

This was an advance readers copy. My Soul to Steal will be released January 1, 2011. Put your copy on hold in January!

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Summary:
At the conclusion of Leaving Paradise, Maggie and Caleb still had some serious unresolved issues. So, it was really exciting to hear that Simone Elkeles asked her publisher to let her continue their story in Return to Paradise. Elkeles is a definite heavy hitter in the YA romance arena and she does not disappoint in her latest novel.
Maggie was the victim of a hit-and-run, Caleb went to jail for it. They both know that's not exactly the whole story but they struggle with revealing the truth to each other and to their families. Caleb's character definitely carries this book. He is raw, rugged, and most importantly real. He tries to stay out of trouble but what can he do when it seems to follow him everywhere he goes? The last thing he expects to do is go back to Paradise but it looks like all roads are leading that way. Maggie is doing a half-hearted job trying to move on after Caleb left her. It's obvious that what she feels for him is stronger than he or she can overcome. As soon as Caleb sees Maggie again it becomes evident that their chemistry is picking up right where it left off.

Review:
This is the perfect ending to their story and I was totally satisfied as I turned the last page. As for me, I will read anything that Elkeles puts out. Her characters are engaging and unpredictable in the very best ways!

Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks

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