Vanish (Firelight, #2)
By: Sophie Jordan http://www.sophiejordan.net/
Published: September 6, 2011
“Sudden conviction races through me, almost terrifying in its total certainty. I can’t give him up. He’s the other part of me. He gets what it feels like to be separate from everything and everyone, to reject the path others lay out for you. We’re the same. Two sides to the same coin.”
To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.
Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?
I wanted so much more from this follow up to Firelight, which was a lush and refreshing take on YA fantasy. Unfortunately, Vanish suffers from what I hope is merely Second Book Slump and not an indication of the way the third book will go.
Vanish picks up immediately where Firelight left off—as though Jordan wrote them as one big book and split them in half—with Cassian taking Jacinda, Tamra and their mother back to the pride. What follows is three hundred pages of prettily written teenage angst as Jacinda vacillates between her feelings for Will and the ones she’s beginning to develop for Cassian.
And while that wasn’t unexpected—I think we all knew the love triangle element was going to ramp up in the second book—I certainly didn’t expect it to be the only thing to happen in three hundred pages. There was literally no forward progression in the plot. None. All the questions posed in Firelight remain unanswered, and Vanish failed to pose any compelling questions of its own.
I hope the next book in the series meets the expectation set by Firelight and does not continue in the vein of Vanish.
Gone (Gone, #1)
By: Michael Grant
Published: June 24, 2008
In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…
So… it was pretty good. Not amazing, but good. Definitely something to pass the time if you have nothing else to read. Like it wasn’t horrible or bad, it just lacked something for me. I wasn’t captivated or intrigued like I am when I read other books. And I really do love dystopian books, but this one just bore me a little. I even admit catching myself skimming ahead to see how much longer for me to finish the damn thing.
So, obviously, I didn’t care for this book. I remember seeing it around in book stores a lot, and thinking it looked kinda cool and mysterious. And it sounded like an interesting premise––the adults just disappearing and whatnot. You know, that whole plot line where there are no adults and only kids, and then Lord-of-the-Flies-esque violence ensues. Also I heard a lot of good things about it, so I decided to give it a try.
The thing that bothered me was that all the characters there were freakin difficult to keep track of. Having a few main characters is all right, so long as they’re all thoroughly developed and interesting. In this book, I felt like there were too many people and that they weren’t distinct enough. At first there were several different story lines, and it was confusing as to how they were related to each other besides the fact that they took place in the same world.
In the end, the only thing that kept me reading was a mild curiosity to find out if the plot would go anywhere or if anything would be explained. Instead, it dragged out for too long and nothing was resolved at the end. At the time I read it, I didn’t know there were going to be six whole books. And, well, this book didn’t leave me feeling patient enough to sit through five more volumes just to get some answers. I didn’t feel like it was worth it, so I gave up after this one.
For once in my life I give up on a book. So you decide if you want to read it or not.
Let me know what you think!
My Life Next Door
By: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published: June 14, 2012
“I lie on top of him, skin to skin. He’s tall, I’m not, but when we lie like this, we fit together. All the curves of my body relax into the strength of his.”
A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another
“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them … until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.
I absolutely LOVE this book! Words could not express to you how much this book totally took my heart! Like why can’t we all live next to hot, beautiful, sweet, gorgeous kind men living next door to us? Why? Instead I got some old married couple and some rowdy 2 year olds. It’s such a great, heart felt book and FOR ONCE these teenagers are actually young adults and very mature, not stupid idiots who get drunk and sleep around with everyone and their mamas.
I simply LOVE feeling my head so light and having my heart skip a beat remembering how it felt to fall in love for the first time (and every time after that). I really like stories like this, that get you through every stage of a young relationship; that make you hold your breath for the romantic moments, for the first kiss; that make you smile at all the silliness and cuteness of the couple; that make you ache for them when they are in trouble and fall apart; that make you love them more when they get back together, much stronger as a couple, much more in love, knowing themselves better, accepting each other with the good and the bad, feeling their love grow with every page, with every word.
I guess what I mean is that this is a very sweet romantic story that went straight to my heart and doesn’t plan to leave too soon! There were so many emotions radiating through these pages, with all that drama and those tangled situations that I almost didn’t see a way to end the story well. It was all so full of substance - there was so much to laugh about, to smile about, to care about. So much to enjoy, so much to love.
Jase just made my heart melt every time he walked in. Why can’t men be like him? I swear, we live in a jungle now a days! He’s just so perfect and so sweet to Samantha. It’s perfect bliss!
And yes, the romance is absolutely lovely: This is how first love feels like: a bit clumsy, out of place, unpredictable (and supposedly world-shattering), but also damn cute. It made me smile, scratch that, it made me giggle like a child. I like their sweetness and their cuteness and i could savor this love-story forever.
SO READ THIS BOOK IF YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOU!
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
By: Richelle Mead
Published: August 16, 2007
“The spell. Victor said you had to want me… to care about me… for it to work.” When he didn’t say anything, I tried to grip his shirt, but my fingers were too weak. “Did you? Did you want me?”
His words came out thickly. “Yes, Roza. I did want you. I still do. I wish… we could be together.”
"Then why did you lie to me?"
We reached the clinic, and he managed to open the door while still holding me. As soon as he stepped inside, he began yelling for help.
"Why did you lie?" I murmured again.
Still holding me in his arms, he looked down at me. I could hear voices and footsteps getting closer.
"Because we can’t be together."
"Because of the age thing, right?" I asked. "Because you’re my mentor?"
His fingertip gently wiped away a tear that had escaped down my cheek. “That’s part of it,” he said. “But also… well, you and I will both be Lissa’s gaurdians someday. I need to protect her at all cost. If a pack of Strogoi come, I need to throw my body between them and her.”
I know that. Of course that’s what you have to do.” The black sparkles were dancing in front of my eyes again. I was fading out.
"No. If I let myself love you, I won’t throw myself in front of her. I’ll throw myself in front of you.”
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.
So I liked this book, didn’t love it, but i liked it. It’s pretty much your typical vampire high school novel with all the clicks and forbidden love crap. It was enjoyable.
What I did enjoy about it was that it definitely kicked ass! For once there is a female lead heroine that could take care of herself and carries herself in a way that’s admirable! So thank you Richelle Mead, that was refreshing!
Now I can’t do a book review without gushing over the sexy men of Vampire Academy!
Dimitri: He’s your typical leading man: Sexy, handsome, irresistible untouchable, forbidden, all that good stuff that makes you want him even more. He kicks some definite ass along side Rose and has that macho demeanor in him, but when he’s with Rose his guard goes down and it is the sweetest thing ever. And every freakin time he says “Roza” just makes my skin melt!
Mason: Now see, this is my kind of guy: Good looking, funny, sweet, playful, honest, caring, lovable, pretty much what every girl wants in a man. See I always fall for the underdog in any series and go against the flow. I don’t do it on purpose I just tend to fall for my dorky men that not many like to acknowledge.
This book is very sensual in a sense, if that is the right word. Which is normal and not necessarily means out there, seeing how this is a vampire book. To be honest, I think most people are attracted to ‘underworld’ stories for its sensuality and darkness. The animal instinct these creatures possessed is both scary and sexy at the same time. Hell, even bloodsucking scene is sexy, shit I woudn’t mind having some sexy god sucking on me! Throw in the rage of puberty, and you have one hell of a book!
This book is definitely a good one. I’d give it a 4/5.
It’s been a while!
Hello all book lovers!
So it’s been a while since i’ve been here, I know! My heart breaks whenever I think about it!
But honestly, it’s been such a crazy semester for me at school! I joined a lot of clubs and organizations, plus I play Women’s Rugby for CSULB! So yes, I am a badass!
It’s now winter break, so I will have time to make up for my absence! Plus I PROMISE to be more dedicated once the new semester comes in!
If there are any books you guys want me to review just let me know! I love hearing from you guys! Thanks for all the support you have given me and all the wonderful wishes! Let’s hope for a great 2013!
By: Stephenie Meyer
Published: May 6, 2008
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.
Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, The Host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time.
So I was really skeptical about reading this book… Everyone who’d read it were split in half. Some people said it was the worst book ever, while others said it was unbelievable! There were even those who couldn’t even finish the damn book on how terrible it was. So you could see why I was kind of hesitant on reading it, but in the end I decided to give in and give it a try.
Honestly, at first I was very frustrated. I tried really hard getting into it, but I feel like the dialogue was too prolonged and it really wasn’t going anywhere. BUT it really started getting interesting once Wanderer escaped to find the others, That’s when I got hooked and I honestly couldn’t put it down!
At first sight it looks like it’s a book about aliens, but in reality it’s about the human kind and it’s questioning how much humanity remains in us all.
It’s a book about survival, about love (so many types of love: loving yourself, loving the planet you live on, loving your family, your friends), about finding yourself… a book about trust, friendship and faith.
There is enough action to keep you reading, but the story is deeper than that, it’s not about what the characters do but why they do that, it’s not about whom they love but why they can’t resist the feeling, it’s not about what they say but about what they think.
This book is all about emotions, and reading about how the characters feel in every scene makes the story so real, so true. You can feel the pain, the anger, the faith, the love, the hope. It’s a carousel of emotions and that is what makes this book so good, because it’s just so close to your heart.
If you try to get through the beginning then i guarantee you will absolutely LOVE this book! And seriously, you know i’m such a sap for all this love crap! So i was definitely into Ian! Team Ian right here!
Let me know your thoughts on this book! I’d really like to hear what you guys think!
City of Ashes (The Immortal Instruments, #2)
By: Cassandra Clare
Published: March 25, 2008
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
Let me just start off by saying that I will always love Jace! Great, now that that is said I shall move on.
So this is an outstanding follow-up to City of Bones. In City of Ashes, we find Jace and Clarey dealing with the personal fall-out from City of Bones, Alec and Isabelle not as visible but are still included, Simon still mackin’ on Clarey but finds his own bit of trouble, and Magnus Bane cementing himself as the flamboyant, awesome warlock I knew he would be. The realization that Clarey and Jace are “supposedly” siblings is the driving force behind this book. WhileCity of Bones is the story of the Shadowhunters and Clarey’s introduction to them, City of Ashes deals with the fall-out of the previous book and with Clarey’s acceptance of her place in the Shadowhunter world. While heavy emotional scenes are happening, there is at least always someone, like Simon or Magnus, to lighten the load with sarcasm.
Simon has a bigger story in this book. Something BIG happens to Simon that changes the rest of his life. I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but I look forward to seeing Simon change and grow within this new context.
The tension between Jace and Clarey increases throughout this book. And the thing about these two is that it’s not just about the physical relationship, although that it there, too. It’s the idea that Jace would do anything for Clarey, and Clarey would do the same for Jace. These two just can’t catch a break. They certainly don’t have brotherly/sisterly feelings for one another. The scene at the Seelie court was heartbreaking, disturbing and slightly exciting.
Okay - so we are still left with the idea that Jace and Clarey are siblings. Wrong. I don’t believe it. There are at least three times in this book where three different characters remark that Clarey and Jace look NOTHING alike, and a very specific quote where someone says that Clarey looks very much like Valentine. There’s a scene with the Inspector where she realizes something about Jace connected to his shoulder scar, but can’t quite get the words out of her mouth. There are too many clues piling up to make me believe that these two are related.
I’m just glad I read the whole series! And for those who haven’t finished yet: READ THE DAMN SERIES!! IT IS AMAZING!!!
Onyx (Lux, #2)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: August 14, 2012
“You know, I was worried about you,” he admitted, moving forward, easing my legs apart. My heart cracked. Daemon never begged.”
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…
**You could red my review for the first novel of Obsidian right here!!**
ohmygod, sweetbabyjesus. All hail to the wonderful Jennifer L. Armentrout!!!! This lady is a freakin book god because only a freakin book god could write all this awesomeness in one book!! And just a heads up, Onyx drips with sexual tension. And I loved every second of it!! Just when I thought the witty banter between Daemon and Kat couldn’t get any better, I was bitch-slapped with betterness! When I wasn’t having a total bookgasm for Daemon, I was laughing out loud!!
Onyx picks up right where Obsidian left off. Daemon is his usual irresistible self and Katy tries to stay away from him. I wouldn’t say there’s a lot of plot plot during the first hundred pages or so but that’s because it’s setting everything up for the big SHA-BANG! And even without a real plot it was still amazing! We get to meet new characters and even see the totally swoon-worthy, sweet, sweet Daemon! The conversations are full of witty banter and the absolutely frustrating yet completely satisfying sexual tension between Daemon and Katy. When you throw Blake into the picture get ready for a testosterone stand off! LOL Daemon does NOT like Blake AT ALL! Whenever they interacted I was always laughing my butt off! Daemon was hilarious always calling Blake names like Flake, Bimbo, Biff, etc. It was very entertaining and I loved it! I liked how Blake was able to hold his own against Daemon but I’m sorry, Daemon has no competition! He is just so, so perfect and sweet especially when it came to the Thanksgiving scene! Trust me people! You DO NOT want to miss that scene!!!! I was tearing up because of how sweet it is!! I think my favorite scene from when they’re still teasing each other and the situation hasn’t gotten so serious yet though would be the vlog scene! I won’t say what happens exactly but I loved seeing the two acting like normal teens who like each other even if they won’t admit it.
AND SERIOUSLY!!!! WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO STAY AWAY AND IGNORE DAEMON!! WHY!!?!?!?!? shit if I was her, I’d be all up on him in a second with my legs surgically sewed around his waist!!
As the story goes on you get these HUGE slaps in your face! My jaw dropped multiple times while reading because I was in shock for literally half the book! It is extremely hard to surprise me but boy oh boy did JLA pull it off! If my jaw dropped any further it would have detached from the rest of my bone structure!
Yeah, there are A LOT of surprises thrown at you. So many revelations that add to the roller coaster of emotions that you’re already feeling!
Then once you get to the climax/main action scene OMG! IT. TEARS. YOU. APART! I don’t want to spoil anything but I’ll tell you to get a tissue box ready because it just ripped my heart apart!
AND THE FREAKIN ENDING!!! OHMYGOD!!!! Your jaw will drop so hard to the floor that it’s still there dying for the next book to come out!!
So it’s another beautiful semester of higher learning here in sunny SoCal! College this semester has definitely kept me busy, even on the weekends. I’ve been meaning to put up more post, but I’ve just been occupied in my school work, job, family business and all that shenanigans! But so far I’ve been doing really well and hope everyone is doing fantastic as well! Thank you so much for all the lovely responses and messages you send me! Definitely appreciate them and make my day!
So I promise to be more dedicated!! I probably won’t be posting up so many posts per week, but I will try to do at least 3 a week. We’ll see how that goes and then maybe I’ll just add on later.
But thanks for understanding and I wish you all luck during the school year and that you guys have a great time!
Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)
By: Sylvia Day
Published: April 3, 2012
“I’ve always seen you, angel. From the moment you found me, I’ve seen nothing but you.”
He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds… and desires. The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…
So… . let me tell you how I came across this. By reading the plot summary, all it fills you in on is that it’s a love story with complications and past demons. . . what it doesn’t tell you is that it is a kinky ass book with the craziest sex i have ever read in my entire life!!! And the book cover was not the cover I had. So I had o idea what I was getting myself into. Not that I’m complaining, just a little heads up would have been nice.
This book is pretty much a new version of Fifty Shades of Grey. It was a good book, considering, but what I always HATE about these books is that they turn women into these little weak, vulnerable, defenseless things! And as a woman, I’d like to think I have a sense of independence and a voice in what I do. These books just make us women seem petty and willing to do anything any superior, dominant man wants us to do.
But besides that lil bit of complaint, the sex was great! Gets you all riled up! Thank god for boyfriends!