Sunday, October 7, 2012

Until I Die

Until I Die was another really good romance book I read this summer. It takes off from when Kate and Vincent are together, and Kate finds out that Vincent is a Revannt. But Kate does not know how the relationship is going to work out because of Vincent's urge to die to save others. With this feeling that Kate has she goes off exploring on how to maintain there relationship and how to not make Vincent feel guilty over not dying for people. She meets these two old Revannts and befriends the girl but believes the boy is bad. But it turns out that it is the opposite and the girl is is the head of the Revannt's enemies. This book is very suspenseful and makes you want to keep turning the pagers! i suggest you the first book of course but I suggest to everyone to read this book because it is really good, and it has what every girl is looking for in a book love, passion, hurdles that Vincent and Kate have to overcome, action, and some good old fashion fairy tale creatures!

Taken at Dusk

Taken at Dusk was a very good book it had romance, action, drama and suspense. In the romance part Kylie decided that she would be in love with Lucas and not Derek, but during the book she begins to wonder does Lucas really know and understand her? and she starts to think that Derek might have been the right choice. Miranda, Kylie's  friend, gives Perry another chance at being her boyfriend and she ends up falling head over heels for him. In the action department Red the vampire comes and saves Kylie multiple times, he also come in her dreams every once in a while saying that he is trying to protect her. Once the ground opened up and tried to swallow Kylie. Also Kylie gets a ghost who ends being her grandma. During the book Kylie is helping the ghost and is trying to find out who Kylie truly is. There was quite a lot of drama in this book, for starters Derek comes back to Shadow Falls, and with him came his ex. Kylie is jealous and mad at Derek's ex who slept with Derek, and even confronts Ellie (Derek's ex) about it. But the two end up becoming good friends. In the suspense part the ghost that ends up being her grandmother says repeatedly "Someone lives and someone dies." Kylie has no clue who it could be and she hopes that it's no one that she loves. And in the end Kylie finds out what she is. I really enjoyed this book especially the romance part but even with out the romance part it was still a great book!

Amy and Roger's Epic Road Trip


This book is really good. it starts out with Amy living in a house all by herself, trying to deal with her dads death. Amy lives in California and her mom is in Connecticut setting up their new house. Her mom sets up a whole plan of how to get to Connecticut, in 4 days with  practically a complete stranger who will drive her across the country. During this adventure Amy visits place where she and her father went and Roger, the guy that is driving, is trying to figure out why his girlfriend broke up with him. After Amy's dad dies her world comes to a crushing halt, and Amy just gives up. Amy meets people that help her to understand that it wasn't her fault her dad died, it was just an accident. Amy and Roger end up,falling in love, and Amy overcomes her fear of driving. This book is an excellent example on how to come to acceptance with the past and just move on.


Insurgent

Veronica Roth is a really good writer and Insugent is another wonderful book!! I loved this book I read it in  2 days!!! It was soooo good! It had suspense, romance, drama, action, it had everything!!! Tris is again out to save the world alongside her are her friends and boyfriend. She

City of Lost Souls

City of lost souls is the fifth book in the MOrtal Instrument series. We were left off from when JAce went missing. Jace ends up being with Sebastian and Sebastian put a rune on JAce so that he thinks along the lines of what Sebastian thinks. When the Cave gave up with the search for JAce, Clary finds and goes off with Jace in the hopes of saving him. During the time Clary spends with Jace Sebastain is there and she learns anout his secret plans and that he is in love with her. During the time that Clary is with Jace and Sebastian, MAgnus and Alec, Maia and Jordan, and Isabelle and Simon are all having and starting their relationship. This book was not a disappointment CAssandra CLary has made another masterpiece!!!! .

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Will and a Way


SummaryIt was worse than winning the lottery—much worse. This bequest might mean more money, but the strings attached had Pandora McVie tied up in knots. Respecting Uncle Jolley's last wishes meant spending time isolated in the Catskills with Michael Donahue, her least favorite, distant relative and co-beneficiary. Living with a carrot-topped termagant wasn't Michael's idea of a good time, either, but he realized they were stuck. Jolley was a matchmaker to the end—and apparently for some time beyond. What could happen in six months? Michael answered that one himself: almost anything.


ReviewA Will & A Way was a very good book written by Nora Roberts. After I started reading the book, I was not able to put it down. This book is about Pandora McVie and Michael Donahue. Cousins who don’t really like each other at the beginning of the book, but are forced to live together in their Uncle Jolley’s mansion in order to fulfill the will Uncle Jolley left behind. As I was reading, I soon noticed them putting behind their differences and starting to fall in love through the tricks set up by their family members. These tricks were meant to make them both get out of the mansion in order for them to lose their benefits from the will. However, the family members attempts were unsuccessful. In the end, Michael and Pandora ended up engaged and acquired the benefits in their uncle’s will. 

Favorite Quote: "Beginning no more than a week after the reading of this document, Pandora and Michael will move into my home, Jolley’s Folley. They will live there together for a period of six months, neither one spending more than two nights in succession under another roof. … You have my blessing, children. Don’t let an old, dead man down.” 



Opposites Attract



SummaryAsher Wolfe and Ty Starbuck were tennis superstars - Ty all fire and flash, Asher the ice princess with devastating control. Three years ago, the combination had resulted in a passionate affair. But misunderstandings had catapulted Asher into an unhappy marriage with another man. Now the ice princess was back on the circuit, determined to win. But her concentration was threatened, as Ty's dark eyes dared her to become the fiery woman he had once loved.

ReviewTy Starbuck and Asher Wolfe are two tennis players and lovers who had to overcome a big secret that Asher was hiding in order to get back together. It was a very good story to read and I really enjoyed it. It helped me realize that love can overcome some great obstacles. You can save yourself and your partner a lot of hurting if you let go of your pride and be honest, truthful, and vulnerable.  I highly recommend it to those who love Romance. 

Favorite Quote: "She walked home in the thinning snow, the path lights sparkling. It made her think of Ty, how he'd talked her into walking in the snow instead of wallowing."


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Legend by Marie Lu

Summary:

June is a military prodigy. Day is a mastermind criminal. Either way you cut it, these two are on opposite sides of the coin and utterly unrivaled in their clever abilities.

When June’s brother is murdered and Day is accused they find themselves on a collision course headed straight towards each other. June is looking to avenge her brother and Day is trying to save his family but neither of them knows the truth of what’s actually going on in the Republic.

Quote:

"You should have taken me with you," I whisper to him. Then I lean my head against his and begin to cry. In my mind, I make a silent promise to my brother's killer.

I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine."

Review:

The first thing I said after reading Legend: Whoa!!! The passionate emotions of Day and June force you to feel the intensity of loss, hope, and everything in between. Marie Lu creates a thrilling and sinister futuristic world that’s a definite must read!  

Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks

*Note: Marie Lu will be visiting the Irving Public Library on July 19th, 2012!!! Click here for more details.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston





Summary: 
 The novel narrates main character Janie Crawford's "ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.” Set in central and southern Florida in the early 20th century, the novel was initially poorly received for its rejection of racial uplift literary prescriptions. Today, it has come to be regarded as a seminal work in both African American literature and women's literature.


Review:
Their Eyes Were Watching God helps portray the struggles and experiences that a female teenager faces as they approach womanhood. The main character Jane struggles to find the right husband that truly loves her for who she is and does not try to control her. She goes through many different men before finding the right one, called "Tea Cake." This book is great for teenagers especially girls to read because it shows how Janie lives her life and the trouble she goes through to find the right man. It also shows her maintaining her courage and independence even when things do not happen the way she planned. It also helps understand the difficult lives that African Americans lived in the beginning of the 1900's especially because of racial discrimination.


Favorite Quote:
"Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly." 

Of Mice & Men


Summary:
Based on John Steinbeck's 1937 classic tale of two travelling companions, George and Lennie, who wander the country during the Depression, dreaming of a better life for themselves. Then, just as heaven is within their grasp, it is inevitably yanked away. The film follows Steinbeck's novel closely, exploring questions of strength, weakness, usefulness, reality and utopia, bringing Steinbeck's California vividly to life. Written by Amy Thomasson
The classic John Steinbeck tale of two friends - George and Lennie - who wander the country during the Depression. Lennie is mentally retarded and doesn't know his own strength causing frequent problems for his companion George. An incident with a young girl leads to a tragic end for this classic American tale.

 Review:
I highly recommend this book to read at least once in your lifetime especially since it is a very short novel and can be finished within a day. It makes readers visualize different perspectives of all the characters in the novel and makes you think closely about your own stance and preference if you were placed in the same situation as the characters in the novel. For example, readers are forced to think on how they would treat people who are mentally or physically impaired and realize the true value of friendship. This book can also be very sad at times, but make a different person by the end of the book. It relates to everyday human life which makes it a great book to read.


Favorite Quote:
"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us." - George

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns main character is Elisa. Elisa has to overcome many challenges in this book. She has to overcome her obesity, the fact that she carries the stone, and everyone expects her to do something because she is the bearer of the stone. Elisa is kidnapped and she falls in love with one of the kidnapers. While with the kidnappers she realizes her potential and knows that she wants to help these kidnappers and their city. Elisa marries the king of of the Capitol of one of the major countries. Elisa realizes that her husband has no courage and that she must be the ont to have the courage. Her husband dies in the battle and her lover dies in an unexpected way. Elisa saves her country and becomes the beloved queen that her country wanted.

Getting over Garrett Delaney

Getting over Garrett Delaney is a great book. When I first picked this book I thought it was a self help book, but i read the description and thought it sounded really good!!! And it was!! It was nice because the girl, Sadie, was trying to find herself! Which led her new found friends to figure out who they were too!! In the book Sadie is trying to stop liking her best friend Garret Delaney, but still be friends with him. In the book she realizes that everything she did was for him, and that she didn't really like anything of that he did. Sadie realizes who she is and realizes that Garret isn't as perfect as she thought he was!! And that there are other fish in the sea!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Summary:
Delaney falls through the ice of the lake and spends eleven minutes underwater. Decker pulls her out and miraculously she survives. But something is off when she wakes in the hospital, she isn't the same Delaney. Maybe it's the brain damage, maybe it's the medicines she was on, or maybe it can't be explained that easily. There's something strange going on and she feels completely different but is she in danger or is she the dangerous one?

Review:
Delaney captured me from the first page on. The eerie tone of the book kept me engaged and wondering what would happen next and whether Delaney would survive. The strained repertoire between her and her best friend Decker was full of tense moments and doubt about where their relationship stands after her accident. It's obvious they are in love with each other but that's one step that they aren't yet prepared to take with one another. Maybe they never will be. Best friend romances are my favorite right after star-crossed lovers and Miranda has done an excellent job portraying that dynamic.

This is a similar read to Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Lisa McMann's Wake series, fans of either author are sure to enjoy Fracture.

Excerpt:
“The first time I died, I didn’t see God.
No light at the end of the tunnel. No haloed angels. No dead grandparents.
To be fair, I probably wasn’t a solid shoo-in for heaven. But honestly, I kind of assumed I’d make the cut.
I didn’t see any fire or brimstone, either.
Not even an endless darkness. Nothing.
One moment I was clawing at the ice above, skin numb, lungs burning. Then everything-the ice, the pain, the brightness filtering through the surface of the lake-just vanished.”
Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks

Friday, January 6, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Summary:
Aria lost contact with her mother several days ago but when her plan to find out what happened goes awry she’s kicked out of Reverie. Aria’s dumped in the outer wasteland and has to fend for herself, or die trying. After all, it’s not called the Death Shop for nothing.

Perry can’t stand Dwellers but he’ll put up with Aria for just as long as he finds her useful. Where he is quiet she is loud, where he is wild she is polished, but they each discover that the other is just who they need to make it where they’re going.
Excerpt:
“The Aether looked brighter than it had earlier. It knotted on the horizon in glowing blue waves. She watched the sky until she was sure. The waves were rolling toward her. Aria closed her eyes and listened to the flap of the wind blowing past her ears. It rose and fell. There was music somewhere in the wind. She concentrated on finding it, on slowing her racing pulse.
She heard a crunching sound. She tensed, her eyes desperately searching the darkness. The Aether churned in eerie whirlpools above her now, casting rippling blue light across the desert. She’d been in a daze, but she knew she hadn’t imagined the sound.
‘What are you?’ she said, straining to see in the shifting light. No answer came back. ‘I heard you!’ she cried.
A flash of blue lit up the distance. Aether dropped from the sky, whirling and twisting downward in a funnel. It struck the earth with a tremor that rattled the ground beneath her. Frenzied light spread across the empty desert. But it wasn’t empty. A human figure charged toward her.”
Review:
The raw tone of Rossi’s writing was perfect in every way. When the world felt too cruel there was something equally as wondrous and full of promise around the corner . I especially enjoyed Perry’s chapters where she incorporates how a sense of smell is powerful enough to evoke memories so real it’s like reliving the experience. The intensity drew me in and I needed to know how Aria was going to survive the viral never sky and the dangerous look that Perry keeps giving her. Rossi's debut is not to be overlooked, fans of Hunger Games and Divergent will undoubtedly love it.
Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare




Summary:

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.


- from Goodreads.com

Review:
When I first started the Infernal Devices series I was kinda hesitant, I mean how could it live up to the previous series Immortal Instruments. But these two books have shown that there can be some book that is just as good as the previous series. Clockwork Prince starts off with Jem and Tessa going to a Clave meeting--at this time they are only friends, but over the duration of the book their friendship becomes something more.

Will during the book is trying to find a demon to lift his curse off of him, so that he can go and confess to Tessa how much he loves her. At the Institute things are very stressed because Charlotte might lose the Institute if she does not find Mortmain, and she has only to weeks to do this. We find out some very surprising things in this book such as Bendict Lightwood has demon pox and is working alongside Mortmain in order to find a cure for his disease. Someone in the Institute has been spying for Nate, Tessa's brother, and guess who gets caught but no other than Jessie.

Jessie marries Nate in the illusion that she is in love with him and he with her, but that is not the case as we see in the end. Charlotte becomes pregnant and Tessa becomes engaged but to who Will, who confessed his heart to her, or Jem who Tessa has a fierce protectiveness and would do anything for him???

Reviewed by: buttercup

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