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Twilight by Meg Cabot

26 Dec

 

Twilight

The Mediator #6

Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion
Book 4: Darkest Hour
Book 5: Haunted

author : meg cabot

pages : [paperback] 336

memorable quote Oh, that’s just great. I come all the way back here, risking major brain cell burnout, and you don’t even believe me?

favorite characters : suze & jesse

summary :

Suze has gotten used to ghosts. She’s a mediator, after all, and communicating with the dead is all in a day’s work. So she certainly never expected to fall in love with one: Jesse, a nineteenth- century hottie. But when she discovers that she has the power to determine who becomes a ghost in the first place, Suze begins to freak. It means she can alter the course of history … and prevent Jesse’s murder, keeping him from ever becoming a ghost — and from ever meeting Suze.

Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

review :

**This is a review written after rereading the book**

I’m so sad to see this series go! Suze and Jesse are two of my favorite characters of all time and I always find myself wishing there were more stories about their ghostly adventures together. These books are packed with funny lines, great action, and a whole lot of suspense. Not only that, I can remember reading this conclusion for the first time and not at all expecting the finale that happened.

Suze is such a great character. She has lots of witty things to say, even in the face of danger. She has great fashion sense. But she also follows her heart, protects the people she loves, and she isn’t afraid to kick some ghostly butt.

This book really took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions because I never wanted it to end but was enjoying it so much that I finished it in a day. There were times I held my breath, when I burst out laughing, and I have to admit that the ending never fails to make me a teary emotional wreck. I think Meg Cabot did a fantastic job crafting these books and leading up to this finale. These are books I can easily see myself rereading over and over again . . even more than I’ve done in the past. I just wish more people could read and love them as well!

If you like paranormal books, romance, suspense, and a quick, great read, this is the book for you! If you haven’t started this series, you need to immediately.

5/5 stars

Into the Night by Shannon Pearce

25 Aug

Into the Night

author : shannon pearce

pages : [paperback] 298

summary:

Vampires, she can handle. Werewolves…No problem! Demons? Nothing a little holy water can’t fix. Damien and his hunting partner? Well that’s a whole other story! Misty West knows the rules, and has been taught them her whole life. When given a chance to escape, she takes it, knowing better than anyone that her past won’t stay buried forever. After years of a so-called normal life, Misty is confronted by the news that her brother, Damien, is missing and that it’s up to her to find him. With the aid of Xavier Connor, her brother’s tall, dark, and handsome hunting partner, Misty is thrown deep into the supernatural underworld, fighting vampires, other hunters, and her desire for Xavier, all the while discovering things about her family that even she finds hard to believe.

review:

This book had a really great premise and I liked the way that the supernatural world was presented alongside the human one throughout the novel. Unfortunately this book didn’t have the butt-kicking heroine that I anticipated from the summary. Misty comes from a long line of hunters; her entire family has hunted throughout their lives and she’s been on hunts before. I understand her being a little rusty or reluctant to fight just because she was trying to get herself back into a normal life. But, honestly, looking back over the book, most of the scenes were just instances of Misty getting into trouble and some guy or another coming to get her out of it.

I really, really don’t like books like that. It’d be a little more understandable if she’d known nothing about this world and was suddenly thrust into it that way . . but everyone kept going on about how the Wests were incredible hunters and everyone should be afraid of her because of that. I wasn’t impressed.

Unfortunately, this was a book I knew could have benefitted from a little more editing. Not just because of misspellings and things like that but because in most of the book there were awkward phrasings and the dialogue was so distracting. Often the characters would talk and commas were used where periods might have been better, to make the words flow together more realistically. That took away from my overall enjoyment of the book and frustrated me.

The main characters had an insta-love, which I never really go for. They knew each other for a few days before actually telling each other about their love. It was really unbelievable for me.

I might be interested in continuing this book series only because I liked the world it was set in, have a little faith for the characters, and like how the ending was set up.

2/5 stars

Darkest Hour by Meg Cabot

17 Aug

Darkest Hour

The Mediator #4
Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion

author : meg cabot

pages : [paperback] 316

memorable quote “My mother’s psychologist says I have a over active anger switch, but people just keep pissing me off.”

favorite characters : suze & jesse

summary :

When the nineteenth–century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation — and not just from the knife at her throat, either. In life, Maria was the fiancee of Jesse — the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.

Maria threatens Suze: The backyard construction must cease. Suze has a pretty good idea what — or rather, who — Maria doesn’t want found. But in solving Jesse’s murder, will Suze end up losing him forever?

review :

This series is just so incredibly brilliant, fun, and gripping I can’t take it any longer. This is a review from a reread of the book, which I haven’t read in a few years and remembered I loved it. It really shows just how clever and awesome a book (especially a YA book) is when it can be read at any point in a person’s life and be enjoyed. There are serious, action-packed parts to this book, funny moments, romance, suspense . . . Anything you could ask for, this book delivers it exceptionally well.

First of all I just need to comment on the writing style and how fabulously it brings us into Suze’s mind. Told in first person, the way it’s written really makes you feel that she’s sitting there telling you this story. It’s wonderfully informal and addictive, like you’re talking to a very articulate best friend. Who happens to have a hot ghost as a roommate, and other murderous ghosts coming after her every so often.

We get to actually hear Jesse’s backstory in this one! Up until now he’s been pointedly mysterious and I love him anyway for that. He’s always been there for Suze and I love the twist in this one-now she needs to be the one there to save him!

There is so much more to this story than the previous three books. Now there’s a deeper plotline and everything isn’t wrapped up so neatly by the end. There’s still a little edge to it, leading you to wonder what exactly will happen in the next book. Which I must start reading immediately!

Because the ending of this one . . .

I’d recommend this book to anybody, any age! There’s always something to enjoy in this series! :D

5/5 stars

Cryptid Tales: Reveal by Brina Courtney

21 May

 

Reveal

Cryptid Tales #1

author : brina courtney

pages : [paperback] 220

favorite character : shay

summary :

Shay could be the key to ending a war that humans don’t know exist. Of a race of beings that aren’t real, or are they?

Shay Tafford’s childhood has been fatherless, filled instead with memories of speaking to the dead. She is forced to hide her unique ability from those living around her. That’s why it’s been comforting to have Jeremy, a child ghost, as her confidante. But recently he’s been absent, perhaps lost as her father is. When Shay meets Hugh, the guy she’s had a crush on for weeks, and finds he can speak to ghosts too she’s just starting to find a normalcy in her life.
But as Hugh reveals the truth to Shay, about who she really is and about what it is she can do, he erases all chances she had at a normal existence. Turns out talking to ghosts is just scratching the surface of her genetically engineered gifts. Shay learns she may be part of an age old prophecy that could save the entire race of cryptids. But can she?

review :

Wow. I’ve been so interested in paranormal books lately and have been rereading some of my favorites while I search for others that will hopefully turn into new favorites. Reveal definitely has enough in store to hook me in and make me eager to read the rest of the series. This is anything but a typical book about a girl who can see ghosts. There’s so much more to it!

Not only did I really enjoy the unique twists that the plot brought to my first perceptions of what this book might be, I also liked watching Shay come into her own. She’s really been alone her entire life because she has this aspect of herself that she can’t tell anyone else about because they’d obviously think that she was crazy. To see her becoming more comfortable with what she can do while discovering more about her character was great.

I really loved this writing style. It was a perfect fit for the plot . . and then the cliffhanger! I’ll definitely be getting my hands on book two and reading that just to find out what happens!!

4/5 stars

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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

10 Dec

The Name of the Star

Shades of London #1

author : maureen johnson

pages : [hardcover] 372

memorable quote : “And if we get caught, I will claim I made you go. At gunpoint. I am American. People will assume I’m armed.” 

favorite characters : jo, boo, & rory

summary :

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

review :

I LOVE THIS BOOK.

Maybe I just have an obsession with people and ghosts and crimes. One of my favorite series of all time is the Mediator series by Meg Cabot, after all. It’s too bad that I haven’t found enough in YA to satiate this new obsession of mine . . But I’m lucky enough that what I have read of it has been fantastically awesome.

The Name of the Star drew me in immediately, even when there wasn’t much of a plot to go on. The characters were so incredibly interesting and diverse. I love books with little side characters that have as much of a background and interesting personality as one of the main characters. This is one of those books, right from the start, so I knew that I’d be flipping through the pages. Not only that, it isn’t completely character driven, as you could guess because there’s a murderer on the loose. Which is wonderful to read about. Really.

I don’t think that I could gush about this enough. While the book is slowly paced in the beginning and huge plot points were made around the middle of the book (actually almost directly in the middle) I think that I liked it better that way. I liked that everything wasn’t immediately predictable from what I could read on the back cover. That’s why I didn’t include the full description of this from Goodreads because I think that it gives too much away. I much preferred being surprised by everything, because I only went by the summary on the back of the copy I have (the UK version) and it’s just enough to get you thinking. That’s all that is needed for something as filled with plot twists as this!

I really recommend this book. You need to read it, now. It’s easily one of my favorite books of the year and I’m so, so glad that there is going to be a sequel! I can’t wait!!

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

11 Nov

Girl of Nightmares

Anna #2
Book 1: Anna Dressed in Blood

pages : [hardcover] 332

memorable quote : “Jesus. I have become the thing they call the third wheel.” 

favorite characters: anna & cas

summary :

It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

review:

I think this and Anna Dressed in Blood are some of the first YA horror books I’ve read. I think I can recall reading one or two others that I’ve read and liked immensely, before I started blogging, but I never really got into the genre. I’m thinking that I’m going to start reading more in this vein (I’ve already checked out another horror book from the library!) and I’m so thankful that a book like this can inspire me to read more. That’s when I know I’ve found something even more wonderful than a favorite novel.

I like the way that the story is told, simply yet with a lyrical quality that lends to the feeling that I’m reading an extended ghost story. Something that might be told late at night or around the campfire . . If there were time to get through over three hundred pages of the stuff. Some of the things in here are truly terrifying and I loved that, thinking that the possibility of scaring myself just made it more exciting.

The ending . . I think that it was perfect. To whoever is worried about how this might resolve, think again and pick up this book without any reservations. It made me laugh, made me want more, made me cry . . It made me feel so much more than I expected from a book that I just wanted to scare me. This is better than a simple ghost story. It’s one that speaks of love and friendship and the strength it takes to learn just how meaningful each can be.

5/5 stars

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

10 Nov

Supernaturally

Paranormalcy #2
Book 1: Paranormalcy

author: kiersten white

pages : [hardcover] 336

memorable quote : “Sometimes I wanted to take a memory – one perfect memory – curl up in it, and go to sleep.” 

favorite characters : lend & evie

summary :

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be…kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.

review:

I love this series so much! The first book, Paranormalcy, is a book that surprised me with how much I ended up loving it. I’ve been dying to read the sequel ever since, though I didn’t end up getting to it until I bought a copy of the first book for myself. Now I’m so glad that I got to read more about Evie, Lend, and the other paranormals and can’t wait to move onto the third book of the trilogy! Though I’ll be sad to say goodbye; these are fantastic characters!

I was afraid that Supernaturally wouldn’t live up to the expectations that I was left with in the last book and I’m thankful that those fears never became reality. I loved the way this book flowed, showing how Evie’s attempt at normalcy isn’t blending with her contacts in the paranormal world. While it wasn’t as action packed as I might have liked, that was only to be expected to get all of the information in, and I’m hoping that the final book will kick it up  a notch. Though this book does do what most sequels do and serves as less of a significant impact, more like a swift transitional novel.

I can’t wait to see the characters learn and grow even further. While there were a few things I might have changed about Supernaturally, I still enjoyed it so much and really recommend it to anyone who’s already started the series. To those who haven’t, read Paranormalcy now and you’ll fall in love with it like I did!

5/5 stars

My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent

5 Sep

My Soul to Lose

Soul Screamers #0.5

Book 1 : My Soul to Take
Book 2: My Soul to Save

author : rachel vincent

pages : [ebook] 87

memorable quote : Em didn’t truly understand about my panic attacks – no one did.  But she’d never pushed me to explain, never tried to ditch me when things got weird, and never once looked at me like I was a freak.

favorite characters : lydia & kaylee

summary :

It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed and it’s the worst day of her life.

Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.

She tries to convince everyone she’s fine–despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again. Everyone thinks she’s crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities….

review :

This was the first book that I read in the Soul Screamers series and it really got me excited to read the rest. I don’t think it matters whether or not you begin with the prequel; after all, a few of the books were published before this was even out, I think. But I liked the introduction it gave me to the characters, the relationship I could see between Kaylee and her aunt, uncle, and best friend, Emma. They were all wonderfully portrayed in just a few pages, not quite long enough to be a book on its own and yet much longer than I expected this snippet to be. But I think it was the perfect length.

I didn’t know too much about this before I read it. I only knew that I’d been meaning to get around to it for a while. I think that worked out better for me because I could figure out what Kaylee could do, understand her confusion, and watch with horror as things escalated. Being trapped unjustly in a mental health facility . . It can’t be any fun. It’s horrifying just to think about it.

I really recommend this prequel to both current fans of the series and people who have never tried it before. I really think that it’s worthwhile! It’s a good read with an interesting plot and will have you going for the first book before you know it! I know I did.

5/5 stars

Gone by Lisa McMann

14 Jun

Gone

Dream Catcher #3
Book 1: Wake Book 2: Fade

author : lisa mcmann [also wrote Cryer's Cross]

pages [paperback] : 214

memorable quote : “Because with the right person, sometimes kissing feels like healing.” 

favorite characters : cabe & janie

summary :

The conclusion of the paranormal teen series, Wake. Janie is spending her summer with Cabel, but deep down she’s panicking about how she’s going to survive her future when getting sucked into other people’s dreams starts to take its toll.

review :

I love this trilogy! While it doesn’t have the longest books, the most detailed plot, or dozens of characters, it’s wonderful in its simplicity. The writing style applied here is gorgeous, coupled with the harsh revelations and horrible decisions that Janie needs to make in this final installment. Everything wraps up in one awesome, satisfying conclusion.

I loved the relationship between Cabe and Janie in this book. They’re both still trying to get over everything that happened in Fade. They’re also trying to deal with the horrible truths made real to them. Neither of them fully wants to deal with the implications, something that snowballs into the conclusion. There are many twists and turns in this book that kept me interested. It’s short and took me only a day to read. All of the books are around the same length, so if you’re looking for a quick trilogy to pick up or a pretty easy read, get any of these books. Though not out of order. ;)

I really love these books and I’m sad that now I need to say goodbye to these fantastic characters. The intoxicating writing, the great plotline, the interesting abilities . . . This is something I’ll reread again and again!

CHERISHED CONCLUSION. 5/5 stars

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

5 May

Hereafter

Author: Tara Hudson

Pages [hardcover]: 404

memorable quote:
Not the kind of unconsciousness that torments the dead, but the kind that kills the living.

favorite characters:
ruth & amelia

summary

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life–or her actual death–she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but “will” him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, “Hereafter” is a sensation you won’t want to miss.

review:

Hereafter is amazing, addictive, awesome, and leaves you craving more! I started this book yesterday . . . Last night, actually. Then when I woke up this morning, I kept on reading until the very end. I certainly didn’t expect to push everything aside just to get in a few more pages . . . which quickly turned into the rest of the book . . . but I couldn’t resist finding out more about Amelia, Josh, and Eli.

I loved the entire concept of the hereafters, Amelia’s ghostly ways, and her nightmares. I liked Josh’s appearance and importance as well as his grandmother Ruth’s-though, really, after a while I was busy screaming at Amelia and Ruth to USE YOUR WORDS. I feel like so many more problems could have been solved if everyone just sat down for a chat. Goodness.

Usually I don’t like novels where there’s the instant and super fast attraction/romance between main characters, but it makes sense, at least in Amelia’s case. She hasn’t had anyone so much as glance her way for years, really, so she knows she can’t just let this guy get away from her. He, on the other hand . . . Well, I can understand his interest, but there are some things that just don’t add up. Not enough to especially bother me, but enough to make me want to see what’s going on in his head.

The bad guy is great! Two parts creepy, one part pitiful, all parts desperate and willing to do anything to get his horrible plots to work . . . Finding out more and more as the story progresses, some of which is easily predictable, other parts that are more of a surprise, was a preferable change to the classic information dump. Sure, Amelia only has a few sources of information, but the wording remains believable and conversational, not like paragraphs of info read from a textbook.

For people continuously annoyed by love triangles, there isn’t one in this book. So far. Not really..

I was looking for a bit more ghostliness in Hereafter, a little haunting, maybe. But I liked the balance between life and death and the little things added together are really what made this book so catching and lovely for me. I really, really recommend it; I was reluctant to start because it seemed like another typical YA paranormal book, but look at what happened to me. I’m hooked.

HAUNTING. 5/5 stars

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