Monday, May 31, 2010

Wicked Lovely by Mellisa Marr

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.

Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.

But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faerie intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning 21st century faery tale (

This is book one in the Wicked Lovely series. I am really excited to dive into this series. I loved the characters, the plot was pretty good, but the writing wasn't something I really dug. The writing was good but there was something about the style that I didn't really like. But, despite that, the book was a page-turner and very entertaining to read. I am excited to see how the next books turn out.

I really liked Ash. I like her nickname Ash better than her full name Aislinn. She is strong and I like that in a main character. I really liked the development or Ash and Seth's relationship. It will be interesting to see how Seth develops in the next books. I had conflicting thoughts over Keenan the whole time. I didn't know if I loved him or hated him. At first I didn't like Donia but I grew to like her. I began to feel bad for her. Even at the end, I still felt bad for her.

What else can be said? I think I am about to get into another great series!

Overall: 4/5

Friday, May 28, 2010

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such
pride in possessing.

Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry (

I really enjoyed reading this book! My favorite things from the book: The magic, the creative world created, and North. North is just awesome. He's a great knight-in-shining amour. I really liked the plot, even if it wasn't super complex. I couldn't guess some of the plot, which I like. Who likes a completely predictable plot? This is a really creative story, very much worthy of checking out.

Alexandra Bracken is a debut author and I am anxious for another book (sequel or not), although I don't think there's one in the works. Brightly Woven has an opening for a sequel but her web site says there's no sequel on the way. I hope this book gets popular enough so that there will demand for one. There are questions that I want answered and I would love to follow Sydelle's story some more.

Overall: 4/5

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine

While developing a new system to maintain Morganville's defenses, student Claire Danvers discovers a way to amplify vampire mental powers. Through this, she's able to re-establish the field around this vampire-infested Texas college town that protects it from outsiders.

But the new upgrades have an unexpected consequence: people inside the town begin to slowly forget who they are-even the vampires. Soon, the town's little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment- before she forgets how to save Morganville... (

I love the cover on this one! I think it's Claire. She is so pretty and I lover her hair!

I really like the Morganville Vampire Series. This is the eighth book in the series. In the seventh book, there wasn't too much that went wrong. In books one through six, the main characters went against all odds--everything went wrong but they fought back. In book eight, things went back to that trend. There was a lot of action. My favorite part, believe it or not, was the epilogue! It made me look forward to book nine, which doesn't come out until October 26th, 2010. The first couple of chapters can be read here, though.

This was not my favorite book of the series. It was a total sidetrack but I guess it might play a role in the end of the series or next books. Honestly, I think the series is dragging out a little too much for my taste but I still enjoy reading it. I am really interested in how it will end.

Overall: 4/5

Monday, May 24, 2010

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong...

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's-and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won't rest until Rose joins him... forever (

There are not enough words to praise this book and the Vampire Academy series. It's so, so good. I stumbled upon the series by chance and I am so glad I did. Spirit Bound is the fifth book in the VA series. It was a kind of roller-coaster of action and emotions for the MC, Rose. There were some things that happened that I think a lot of readers, at this point in the series, are really happy about. I am happy about somethings that happened. But...what an ending. OMG!! It's a pretty unexpected cliff hanger. I can't wait to see what happens in the sixth, and final, book. I am excited for the summer but if I could fast forward to December 14th, I just might. This series is my favorite and it's definitely worth a read, or two.

The whole book is terrific. Richelle Mead is a great writer and you can easily get lost in her books for hours. I can't really say more. It was awesome and I didn't really expect less.

One last note: Team Dimitri or Team Adrian?

Overall: 5/5

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fade Out by Rachel Caine

Without the evil vampire Bishop ruling over the town of Morganville, the resident vampires have made major concessions to the human population. With their newfound freedoms, Claire Danvers and her friends are almost starting to feel comfortable again...

Now Claire can actually concentrate on her studies, and her friend Eve joins the local theatre company. But when one of Eve's castmates goes missing after starting work on a short documentary, Eve suspects the worst. Claire and Eve soon realize that this film project, whose subject is the vampires themselves, is a whole lot bigger-and way more dangerous-than anyone suspected (

I love the Morganville Vampire series. This is book number seven in the series and it wasn't what I was expecting. In the earlier books, I was getting a little annoyed because anything and everything was going wrong for the four main characters. It seemed nothing good could ever happen to them. But I really liked how this seventh book was a little different. It seems that things are taking a turn in Morganville.

What I didn't like was that it was a little slow moving for a while, as far as the plot was concerned. Little things were happening here and there but I kept wondering, "Okay, what's the catch? What is the plot?". But when I finally got to the plot I was intrigued and I couldn't figure out how it was going to end. I love that. It ended great! I keep thinking there is going to be another romance thrown in there and I can't wait to read the next installment to see if I'm right. I really enjoy this series. It's got action, the main character is smart (I really like when the MC is smart), there's some romance and some mystery. It's worth checking out, even if you're not into vampire books.

Overall: 4/5

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I love VA. Spirit Bound comes out on Tuesday, May 18th. I will definitely be reading this book as soon as it comes out! I wasn't too into the book trailer but I am not really into book trailers in general. And I am going to see Richelle Mead on Tuesday for her book signing! Awesome!

Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

Fifteen-year-old Callie buys a pair of real Prada pumps to impress the cool crowd on a school trip to London. Goodbye, Callie the clumsy geek-girl, hello popularity! But before she knows what’s hit her, Callie wobbles, trips, conks her head… and wakes up in the year 1815!

She stumbles about until she meets the kind-hearted Emily, who takes Callie in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon fly between Callie and Emily’s cousin, Alex, the maddeningly handsome—though totally arrogant—Duke of Harksbury. Too bad he seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve…

From face-planting off velvet piano benches and hiding behind claw-foot couches to streaking through the estate halls wearing nothing but an itchy blanket, Callie’s curiosity about Alex creates all kinds of trouble.

But the grandfather clock is ticking on her 19th Century shenanigans. Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she’s more than just a loud-mouth klutz before her time there is up (

This was a really fast and enjoyable read for me. I couldn't put it down. It wasn't what I was expecting. When I first read the synopsis I thought it would be a little lame but overall I thought it was pretty good. I loved the MC Callie. I think it's really easy to relate to her because who hasn't felt unsure of themselves or been friendless at sometime in their life? I really felt what Callie felt at times. I was embarrassed at some of the decisions she made but that made reading it all the more interesting.

I love all things Jane Austin and I think that made this book even more enjoyable. I love the Pride and Prejudice plot and this book has a similar plot but it is, at the same time, refreshingly different.

Overall: 4/5