Friday, July 27, 2012

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1)

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Hey! This is my 13th post since I've started this blog and in case you didn't know 13 is my lucky number!  So I'll be reviewing one of my most favorite series.  I read the whole series awhile ago but haven't had time to put up a review.  Plus filming for the film will be starting soon and if you haven't read this book now you better!  Thanks!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
By Cassandra Clare
Published March 27th, 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
485 pages

5 stars - You should definitely read this book!!



When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . 

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


I just want to say that I really very much LOVE this book and the series.  It's so hard to put down and its just great overall.  I feel like I can't even tell you how wonderful this series is.  And I know that some of you out there wont find City of Bones to be your cup of tea and that's ok.  But I seriously love it, especially Jace!  Cassandra Clare did a great job with this book and I can't believe that awhile back I hadn't even bothered to see what this book is about.  I'm so glad I finally decided to give it a try though.  


City of Bones is told from Clary's perspective.  Clary is a 15 year old who's only friend is a boy named Simon.  Clary hasn't ever really been normal and she finds out exactly how unusual she really is.  The night she goes to the Pandemonium Club with Simon wasn't the night she thought her whole life would change.  There she sees a demon boy die in front of her eyes and meets a group of Shadowhunters.  Three teenagers whose job it is to hunt demons and everything else not exactly human.  Plus the Shadowhunters are invisible to everyone else expect Clary and everyone wonders why.  Not long after her encounter does Clary's mom disappear after a frantic phone call and Clary is attacked by a demon as well.  Luckily she has the help of the Shadowhunters and her best friend Simon.  But even then Clary's about to find out how much her mom has been keeping from her and what its going to take to even find her.  Because Clary will have to learn all about the world of Shadowhunters and the rules if she wants to find her mom at all.


City of Bones was filled with action right from the beginning.  It was fast paced and filled with suspense and even romance.  And there are really great twists and secrets that you wouldn't expect.  Plus the characters were great! From Clary to Jace, Simon and the rest, I loved them all.  I was really able to feel for each one and I loved how they each had their own personality.  And I have to say that Jace was pretty great.  He had some pretty funny lines throughout the book and I'll admit could be a jerk at times.  But as the book went on you got to know more about him and his hurtful past.  Clary was pretty strong because she was dealing with her mom disappearing and having to learn about a whole new world she had never known.  Simon is a great best friend because he is supportive and funny as well.  Some other main characters include Alex and Isabelle, Jace's adoptive brother and sister.  


So anyways there is just so much I loved about City of Bones.  It wasn't boring for me and it kept me guessing.  The story had a mix of so much but it all flowed.  Everything balanced each other out and I found myself not being able to put it down.  Plus the whole Shadowhunter thing was really interesting.  I don't know I guess you'll either like it or you wont but I'd suggest giving it a try.  Plus the movie will be coming out soon.  City of Bones is captivating.  I know that I thought I wouldn't like it but I ended up being totally wrong.  Either way check it out!  


Vanessa




Thursday, July 26, 2012

Incarnate (Newsoul #1)

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)
Incarnate (Newsoul #1)
By Jodi Meadows
Published January 31st, 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
374 pages

4 stars - It was great and interesting.


New soul

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

No soul

Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Heart

Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.


Incarnate was a very interesting book.  I really liked the whole story and Jodi's views of reincarnation.  The characters were great and I felt like I could feel for Ana or Sam.  


For five thousand years the people of Heart have died and come back in new bodies but with the same mind.  They have been reincarnated.  But one year all that changes.  When one of the women from Heart dies, she doesn't come back.  Instead Ana replaces her being the first Newsoul.  As you can imagine things are difficult for Ana as she grows.  No one knows why Ana was born instead of the other women being reincarnated and worst of all Ana's mom hates her.  So for 18 years Ana grows up in a cottage with only her mom.  She has been cut off from the community of Heart so as not to remind everyone of what happened years ago.  Ana's father left before she was born and her mom is mean to her daily.  So on Ana's 18th birthday, she decides to leave and her mother doesn't object.  So Ana is off to find Heart and the reason for why she was born.  But in the area of Range there are creatures besides the animals we see every day.  Dragons and sylphs are dangers of their every day lives.  Along Ana's journey to the city she meets Sam, an 18 year old boy who is willing to help her even though she isn't like everyone else.  But once they get to the city Ana finds out that not everyone is as kind as Sam.  And there is even someone out to get her.  Plus there are attacks on the city and everyone is wondering what is going on.  Who can she trust and is it worth falling in love with Sam?  

I really love how Jodi was able to make you feel for the characters.  Like how I felt bad for Ana because in the beginning she isn't sure who to trust and what to do.  She still fears her mother and kind of acts like a frightened deer.  But I love how she is able to grow and realize that not everyone is mean or untrustworthy.  Sam and a few of his friends help her realize this of course.  Sam is very patient and kind in this book and an overall good friend.  He helps Ana when she can't help herself and I really did like his character.

So overall the story was pretty good.  At times it did feel like a little more could have gone on and maybe it could have been a bit longer but for the first book in the series is was great.  I really do want to know what happens next for Ana and Sam.  Luckily the second book is coming out next year.  Incarnate was a good book filled with fantasy, romance, action and suspense.  It made you think about reincarnation and the characters lives.  The author had you guessing at parts only to find out you were wrong.  Check it out and see what you think! 

Vanessa 



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey series #4)

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)
Beware of spoilers! This is the 4th and last book in the Iron Fey series.

The Iron Knight 
By Julie Kagawa
Published October 26th, 2011 by Harlequin Teen
394 pages

5 stars - It was Amazing!!




Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.


I just can't believe that I've already finished the Iron Fey series!  It's such a great series and I really loved reading it.  The Iron Knight was a great ending to this series.  I loved how this book was written from Ash's point of view because we are so used to seeing books written in a female's point of view.  It's really nice to see what our guy characters are thinking every once and awhile.  The characters in this book were great once again and of course some new characters are introduced.  Plus some more from the past...  You wont see Meghan a ton in this book but she is still in it.  


It starts off with Ash and Puck looking everywhere for Grimalkin and eventually finding him.  Of course it isn't an easy journey with the danger involved and the boys relationship.  Throughout the journey Ash is forced to decide whether he still or should be with Meghan along with whether he should still keep Puck as his enemy.  There is action and suspense all the way to the end.  I loved how we were able to read about stuff from Ash's past and just see how he has grown.  It was really great and made me appreciate Ash even more.  And even though I know everything has to end, Im going to really miss reading more stories about Ash, Meghan and Puck.  Especially Grim, haha.  


The Iron Fey series was great and I just really love how Julie was able to make me feel for the characters.  And how I was able to feel sad when they were sad or happy when they were.  I feel that for books to be amazing this type of relationship with the characters is key.  So anyways The Iron Knight was a great ending to the series and it was really fun to read.  I think that anyone who loved the first three books will love this one as well.  There are new characters and characters from the past and just so much suspense and love.  Its a great mix of everything.  I'm really looking forward to reading The Lost Prince (the first book to a new series that isn't out yet) and Iron's Prophecy which has to do with Meghan and Ash.  So check this book out and I hope you like it as much as I did.  I'll definitely read this series over and over again!


Vanessa

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey #3)

The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3)
Warning this is the 3rd book in the Iron Fey series.  Beware of spoilers if you haven't read the first two books.


The Iron Queen (Book #3 in the Iron Fey series)
By Julie Kagawa
Published January 25th, 2011 by Harlequin Teen
358 pages


5 stars - Amazing!!






My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.



I feel like each book in the Iron Fey series is better than the next.  I love how the characters never stop growing and how each book has as much action as the last if not more.  

The Iron Queen starts right where the Iron Daughter left off, with Ash and Meghan banished from Faery.  And right from the start there is action.  They are attacked and always figuring out where to go.  Meghan also figures out who her dad is and starts getting comfortable having Ash teach her to defend herself.  Puck is also back as well as Grim.  Meghan of course can't get to comfortable with an almost calm life because she is called to help out the courts back in Faery.  I don't want to give away too much but I'll just say that the action never ends.  There is even more romance and growth between the characters as well.  Plus I really really love Ash, I think he's grown a ton since the first book.  

This is a great series and I know that its good because only so many books can make me cry.  I'll admit that I did cry a little in this book, especially towards the end but that is what I love about this series.  That I am able to feel for the characters and become emotional with them.  The ending is very intense and I was glad that there is a fourth book, even if it's the last one.  Again I think that this book will not disappoint.  Check it out :)


Vanessa

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2)

The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)
Warning!! This is the 2nd book of the Iron Fey series so if you haven't read the 1st don't read this, unless you don't mind spoilers! You can find my review for the 1st book here - The Iron King Review

The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2)
By Julie Kagawa 
Published August 1st, 2010 by Harlequin Teen
359 pages

5 stars - Amazing!!


Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

Usually I don't really like the second book in a series because it doesn't have much to it.  But this book was different yet again.  The Iron Daughter is the second book in the Iron Fey series and picks up where the first left off.  I really loved this book as much as I loved the first one.  There was action and romance and suspense.  It did a great job of picking up from the first and going on.  

I don't really want to give away any spoilers so I'm not going to go into too much detail.  There was just so much going on and the book never got boring.  The characters grew even more and they took risks.  We meet some new people, like someone from Meghan's past.  There is a new Iron king, a false king, out to get Meghan as well and the whole group has to go through some challenges just to survive again.  And through all of this Meghan wonders whether she should choose the winter prince, Ash, or her best friend, Puck.  And things get pretty rocky between all of them.  No matter what there is always suspense.  The story is from Meghan's perspective one again and I found that I couldn't put it down.  There are surprises throughout the book and the ending is great.  I'm happy to say that the second book in the Iron Fey series wasn't a disappointment.  I would love to tell you everything that went on and especially the ending but I don't want to ruin the fun for anyone.  If you loved the first book then you'll definitely love this one.


Vanessa

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Iron King

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)


The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)
By Julie Kagawa
Published February 1st, 2010 by Harlequin Teen
363 pages

5 stars - It was amazing!




Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


First of all let me say that I have seen this book around and never really thought that it could be interesting.  But this time I decided to give it a chance, especially since I had already read another book about the fey.  I'm glad to say that I was proven wrong. The Iron King was a really great book and I really love the series.  I'm going to be starting the fourth book and will be posting about the other 2 that I have read.  

I loved the characters, especially Meghan, Puck and Ash.  Oh and Grim as well :).  The Iron King had romance, action, suspense and much more.  It was a great blend of everything and really made me interested.  And to tell you the truth I haven't really been interested in books with just the fey in them.  But this book wasn't like the others.  

Meghan goes off into the Faery and finds out that she is a princess.  Her father is the faery king of the Summer Court.  She learns all about the faery world and goes through challenges all with her best friend Puck and the mysterious Winter Prince, Ash.  Plus they get help along the way from a magic cat named Grim.  They are in search of Meghan's little brother Ethan, who I loved as well.  I was really able to connect with the characters.  Puck was funny and a great friend and Ash was mysterious and appealing.   I just can't stop thinking about how awesome this story was.  This series is definitely going on my shelf of favorites.  So give it a try if you haven't already.  Again, I'll be posting my reviews on the rest of the books and will be starting the 4th one soon.  Julie Kagawa did a great job.!

Vanessa

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Princess of the Midnight Ball

Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess #1)
Princess of the Midnight Ball  (Princess #1)
By Jessica Day George
Published January 20, 2009
Publisher - Bloomsbury USA
288 pages

3.5 stars - It was pretty good


A tale of twelve princesses doomed to dance until dawn…








Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above. 

Captivating from start to finish, Jessica Day George’s take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses demonstrates yet again her mastery at spinning something entirely fresh out of a story you thought you knew.

I would give this book 3.5 stars because I thought it was a pretty nice read.  I only had a couple of problems with the book but overall I thought it was a nice retelling.  I havent read the original tale so I don't know what's missing or what isn't but for reading the tale for the first time it was really interesting.  The story switches from Galen's point of view to Rose's, the eldest of the 12 princesses.  I think I liked reading from just the two of them because any more and it would have gotten confusing.
The begining is a little slow but once you get to the action its pretty intense.  Especially near the ending.  I found myself rooting for Galen at many scenes.  I really did like the characters but I feel like they weren't as developed as they could of been.  I think the main focus was the problem that they were going through but I would have liked to have felt a little more for the characters.  Especially the two main ones.  I am always wanting to feel like I know the characters or like I can relate to them and with these characters I really didn't feel that.  
But other than that the story was great.  It was a nice read and anyone who loves re-tellings will probably find this book enjoyable.  

Vanessa






Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Between the Lines

Between the Lines
Between the Lines
By Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
Published June 26th 2012 
Published by Emily Bestler Books/Atria/Simon Pulse
358 pages
Summary from Goodreads


5 stars - It was amazing!



What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.
So I really love Jodi Picoult and when I found out she was making a book with her daughter I was really excited.  Especially since it would be YA.  I have to say that Between the Lines was really great.  It was different from most YA novels I have read.  I think I loved it so much because I was able to relate to Delilah.  
Between the Lines is written in both Delilah's and Oliver's perspective.  Delilah has never really fit in at her High School and has but one friend, Jules who is different as well.  Her dad is gone and her mother works hard to support the both of them.  Oliver feels like he doesn't belong in his fairy tale world.  He feels like there is a bigger world full of bigger adventures.  Both are just waiting for someone good to notice them.  And one day that happens, Oliver speaks to Delilah, literally.  Delilah and Oliver go through many plans to get him out of the book.  They go through ups and downs but they wont give up.  But in the end will their determination be enough to give them their happily ever after?
I just really got into this book.  I feel like it was refreshing and new.  I really hope that Jodi and Samantha create more books together because they make a great team.  I was able to feel what Delilah and Oliver felt and I really enjoyed them.  And I think that there will be kids or adults who can relate to them too. Plus the illustrations in this book were brilliant.  It made me feel like I was reading a real fairy tale or like I was in the book with them.  Plus you get to see what Prince Oliver looks like, :).  This is definitely a book I will read over and over again.  I had been waiting to read it and I have to say I wasn't disappointed  But give it a try and see for yourself.
Vanessa






Monday, July 9, 2012

Across the Universe Review

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)
Across the Universe (Book #1)
By Beth Revis
Published by Razorbill
416 pages
Summary from Goodreads

4.5 stars - I really loved this book!




Summary

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.


Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.




I have to say that I really loved Across the Universe.  I think that Revis did a great job of giving suspense and just making you feel like you could relate with the characters.  I don't usually read Sci-fi but this book was really interesting.  The book switches from Amy's point of view to Elder's.  It starts off with Amy and her parents preparing to become frozen.  Oh and they have to stay frozen for 300 years!  I just cant imagine how hard that would be.  Anyways while everyone is frozen the spaceship is on its way to the new Earth or Centuari - Earth.  And the citizens that have been born on the spaceship are way different than the ones on the real Earth.  They have their own government system and they know nothing of what life was like on Earth.  They all look the same and there aren't any differences, it isnt allowed.  Elder is a 16 year old boy who is preparing to be the leader of the spaceship or rather the people in it.  But Elder isn't sure if he's ready to be the leader and only when he meets Amy does he start to figure himself out.  He also starts to figure out the many secrets on the ship that will change the way he thinks about the current leader.


Across the Universe is filled with different ideas and a plot that twists and turns.  I found myself thinking I knew who the murderer was and then being surprised with more clues.  I feel like I was able to think about how much we should appreciate Earth and everything we have because you never know when you wont be able to see it again.  I was able to feel for both Amy and Elder.  All in all Across the Universe was a great read and it was kind of though provoking.  I cant wait till I'm able to get the second book.  Plus the story wasn't just all romance or all sci-fi, it was a great blend of everything.  If you do pick this book up, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Vanessa  

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Wicked Lovely (#1) Review


Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)

 Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1)
By Melissa Mar
Published June 12, 2007
Publisher - HarperTeen
328 pages
Summary from Goodreads.
3.5 stars




Summary 
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 21 st century faery tale.

Wicked Lovely was the first book that I had read that was solely about the world of faeries.  I wasn't sure at first if I was going to like the subject matter and wondered if it would be a good read.  But I read it anyway because the danger of the faeries sounded interesting.  The faeries in Wicked Lovely aren't like the small and sweet ones some people might think of.  The faeries are human sized and some can be very dangerous and rude.  

The book switches between  Aislinn's, Keenan's, and Donia's point of view.  I actually found that the story was pretty good.  Although I do feel that some parts were a little slow and yet some were too fast.  I think that we could have had a better look at the characters personalities as well.  Because even though we had three characters perspectives I didnt really feel as much as I would have wanted to for them.  Like I wanted to really like Keenan but I couldnt make myself feel too much emotion for him, or Seth either for that matter.  But aside from that, the story was pretty interesting.  I did want to know what would happen to the characters and everything as I read.  So I guess Id say that while this is a nice read it isn't my favorite.  Though is has shown me a different view of faeries that one wouldn't think of.  It's definitely a modern faery tale.  

Of course whether you want to read it is up to you and everyone is going to have different opinions.  The book isn't bad and most of it is interesting.  I think it did give something different and I liked that.  Either way I don't regret reading this book.

Vanessa








Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Kiss in Time Review

By Alex Flinn
Published April 28th, 2009
Publisher - Harper Teen
371 pages


4 stars - I really enjoyed this book




Summary


Talia fell under a spell...Jack broke the curse.

I was told to beware the accursed spindle, but it was so enchanting, so hypnotic...

I was looking for a little adventure the day I ditched my tour group. But finding a comatose town, with a hot-looking chick asleep in it, was so not what I had in mind.

I awakened in the same place but in another time—to a stranger's soft kiss.

I couldn't help kissing her. Sometimes you just have to kiss someone. I didn't know this would happen.

Now I am in dire trouble because my father, the king, says I have brought ruin upon our country. I have no choice but to run away with this commoner!

Now I'm stuck with a bratty princess and a trunk full of her jewels...The good news: My parents will freak!

Think you have dating issues? Try locking lips with a snoozing stunner who turns out to be 316 years old. Can a kiss transcend all—even time?



Ok so I picked this book up from the library or rather I downloaded it onto my Kindle from the library, you get it.  Anyways I wasn't really expecting this book to do as much for me as it did.  I liked the idea and figured I would give it a chance.  I was actually really satisfied with it.  


A Kiss in Time is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.  It starts off in the 1700's with Talia's point of view.  Talia is a bratty 15 year old princess who has been warned all her life to never touch a spindle.  Why?  Because Talia was cursed when she was born by the evil which, Malvolia.  If she pricks her finger on the spindle she and the whole kingdom will fall under a deep sleep only to be woken by true loves first kiss.  Well at this time Talia is getting pretty tired of being locked up in her castle and protected for something she doesn't really think will happen.  But it does and the eve before her 16th birthday.  Talia pricks her finger and thus everyone ends up sleeping for 300 years.  Now comes Jack a 17 year old boy who could be described as lazy and a slacker.  He's on a European tour that he doesn't want to be on at all.  So for a little adventure Jack convinces his friend to leave the tour guide and try to find a beach.  Instead he finds Talia's castle...and then he kisses her.  After that the whole castle wakes up and the village as well.  But is Jack really Talia's true love?  With the king being mad about losing his kingdom, Jack agrees to help Talia runaway.  They both end up going back to Jack's home in Miami, Florida where Jack has some problems with his parents as well.  And as the days go on the pair finds out how they really feel about each other.  But of course Malvolia won't leave things alone and pays a visit to Talia.  Will Jack be able to rescue Talia once more? 


So the book goes on in 3 parts with the point of view switching from Talia to Jack.  I really liked how the characters where able to grow as the story goes on because Talia did kind of annoy me at first but she grew kinder.  Jack also learned how to deal with some of the family problems in his life.  I love how we got to hear Malvolia's side of the story and her reasons for what she did.  It was also interesting to see how Talia and the rest of the people who were asleep for 300 years adapted to the 21st century.  All in all I think this was  a very nice retelling of Sleeping Beauty and it was a fun read.  I'm looking forward to reading some more of Alex Flinn's books.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Kindle Touch 3G

Ok so this isn't a book review but I'll be posting one soon.  I just got my new Kindle Touch yesterday and I'm so excited.  This means I get to read more books that I usually do! :)  Of course I'm getting used to not holding a big book in my hand.  But change is good.  Anyways the Kindle is pretty nice and I like the touch screen.  I read a little on it last night and it really does look close to real paper, which is good because I cant read on a computer screen for too long.


I better get going and start reading the books I just checked out from the library.  You can see what I'm currently reading on the side bar.  I'm not sure which to read first... 


I'll post as soon as I finish a book.


Vanessa