Thursday, April 26, 2012

Switched

 Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1)

Authors: Amanda Hocking
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Self Published e-book (publised in book by St.Martins Press)
Release Date: July 12th 2010 (January 2012)
Genre: YA/ Urban Fantasy
Pages:  304 pages

Enter the World of the Trylle

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She's not the person she's always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel-all because of Fin Holmes. 
Fin is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken...though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she'd ever admit. Bit it isn't long before her reveals the truth; Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth-and he's comes to take her home.
Now Wendy's about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that's both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she's meant to become....


This book I gathered by luck. I got it the same day as "after obsession" because the cover just called to me. It's bright red and then when I read the back I thought wow I've never read a book like this before. Anyways I read it the next day after I bought it and was blown away. This is a trilogy and one series I wish would just continue. 

She's this misfit girl who looks like no one and acts like no one she hates shoes and anything thing processed. The only person she gets along with is her older brother Matt. Her mother tryed to kill her on her 6th birthday I believe. So they (her Aunt Maggie & Matt) travel a lot because Wendy gets in a lot of trouble at school and at this new location everything starts getting weird . This boy in her class named Fin just stares at her like its normal but never talks to her even when she confronts him he acts all innocent and then kinda like a dick. 

Usually she wouldn't go to a school dance but she does it in hope her brother Matt will lay off her case of not trying to fit in and in hopes of seeing Fin there. When he shows up and talks to her shes all teenagers girl happy, but as their dancing he says some not so nice guy things and causes her to be upset, this starts everything off at this point you know that somethings up and we find out she has this power of...(you can figure it out) and Fin sees her use it and calls her out on it, which of course surprises her. 

This book has a lot of humor in it that I love. The way Fin try's to talk to her is by climbing up to her window and scaring the wits outta her, anyways we all figure out shes a troll...yep a troll, not what we think (no lord of the rings trolls here) but pretty and connected to earth kinda trolls. My favorite part is when Matt walks in with Fin in her room and him freaking the hell out. I'm not a big fan of Matt but he really trys to protect Wendy even though she knows shes protecting him. Fin tells her most things and ask of her to leave with him but she declines (can't just leave with a stranger :). Anyways she thinks Fin is outside watching her so she goes out to confront him and it ends up being this chick and guy who start talking nasty to her and start beating on her, and this guy named Loki (my favorite character ever) comes and orders them to stop.

We come to find out that shes wanted by this tribe of trolls (yess I said tribe, their are like 6 tribes) called the Vittra. She ends up being very important and very wanted. So since they attacked her naturally she runs away with Fin who tryed to talk her into coming with him....I mean who would you go with a nice guy or someone beating you up. After this her world gets turned upside down. She comes to this village and when she gets to her home, its a mansion and finds out just how important she really is. Shes the Princess of the Trylle and shes going to be very a powerful Queen soon. She has this big decision to make on weather or not she will be their princess.

Anyways without saying to much more....as I always try to stay away from giving to much away. I'm going to end with that...what do you think her decision will be with she accept her fate as a princess and for which tribe will she join. When she learns the secrets hidden in the mansion will she accept the truth and avoid the passion for a man she cannot have and the lust for a man she cannot trust.

I really enjoy this series for the fact its a fun fantasy with humor. For some odd reason I love witty smart ass characters so of course I am obsessed with Loki (reminds me of my husband) and at Wendy I enjoyed her but not as much because she always underestimates herself....but then I think about okay shes 17 and every 17 year old girl has her doubts and low self esteem. I'd like Fin but between him and Loki, its a easy to decide. Umm...I'd suggest this to anyways seeking laughs and a adventure. There's romance but not to much.

I gave this book 5 stars out of 5. Amanda Hocking has become a new favorite of mine and I love how it all started out as self published. So go and buy this book/or e-book, because it is well worth it.

Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Vampire Kisses

 Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses #1)

Authors:
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 5th 2005
Genre: YA/Paranormal
Pages: 208 pages


The mansion on top of Benson Hill has been empty and boarded up for years. But a new family has moved in. A family that never ventures out during the day. Who are these creepy people -- especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town gossip actually be true? Are they vampires?

Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.


I found this book while surfing the Internet for other great YA books. What drew me in was the fact it was another vampire book. Now I love me some vampire stories, but I don't like the Twilight series so much...to me it's to far fetched (I still read them and I've seen the movies). This series is almost like the Twilight series, but the vampires defiantly do not sparkle. It starts out with this girl talking about where it all began as a little girl and how she became obsessed with vampires. Shes this outcast Gothic girl in a small rich town.

Soon enough people move into the "spooky" mansion on the hill and they are the talk of the town. How they are not seen in the day or how they don't take garlic in their food. Of course Raven becomes her own detective and trys to figure out if these people are what shes been waiting for all her life. When she meets him she freaks out and runs away and shes always just running into him but never talking to him. There's this boy at her school who has always had it out for her...you know the type (hes the soccer jock and Mr. popular)...whom I think is secretly in love with her.

Anyways he gets jealous of her when she does finally start seeing this mystery guy. During a school dance Trevor (the soccer jock) burns her by telling her boyfriend Alexander (the mysterious new guy) that Raven only began to talk to him because she thought Alex was a "Vampire". He gets offended and then tells her he can no longer see her. Then the whole town throws this party to welcome him to the town...because their embarrassed they believed in the rumors. She and him make up...of course and then at the end of the party so says good night and picks up a compact and opens it to see her makeup and notices that Alex is missing from the back ground...duhduhduhduuuhhhhh....haha horror sound music. End of Book.

So I enjoyed this book...A lot more than Twilight. This series is written for younger ages probably around the ages of 13-15. It's not as complex as all the other books out there, there's not a lot of mystery and it's very simple. I enjoyed it because of this. It was a great escape for a few hours (when I say a few I mean it.) It took me about 3 hours to read the entire book. I also liked it because the vampires are so real they sleep in coffins and they can't go into the sun. There's just this young romance and something to this book that makes me like this.

I would recommend this book to any young teen and anyone who just wants to take their mind off of everything and enjoy a nice story for a while. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 



Sunday, April 8, 2012

After Obsession


Authors: Carrie Jones & Steven E Wedel
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Bloomsbury Books
Release Date: September 2011
Genre: YA/ Fantasy > Paranormal
Pages: 305 pages

Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other, in a cold Maine town, they can't stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel that something-or someone- is haunting them. They're wrong. Despite their unusual history and powers, it's neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted. It's Alan's cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing father, has invited a demon into her life-and into her body. Only together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just Courtney but everything around her. 

I picked this book up at Barnes & Noble I think in January and sadly it was sitting on the shelf until now. I had read the first chapter and got distracted with another book so this one got left behind. Now the other day I was just sitting on the couch thinking what am I going to read next and made myself pick it up and start reading. I'm happy to say I did it. This book ended up being one of my favorites! The story line is amazing and nothing like what I've read before. It's about possession but it also has some humor hidden in there. 

I'm a huge fan of the Need series by Carrie Jones so that's what attracted me to this book. Why it took me so long to read is anybody's question...why did it. Because this books plot and story is flawless. I believe Carrie wrote for Aimee and Steven for Alan. Which is pretty neat. They go back and fourth for every chapter...kinda cool right....

It starts out really kinda weird, Aimee has these dreams about people she knows and she sees them dying, and you later find out she has the gift to heal. Her only problem is shes scared to admit to herself that she has these powers, all because her mother had them and was killed in the river behind her house. Aimee is a weak character at first, shes not confident, shes just kinda there in this town. She also has this boyfriend named Blake whom slowly becomes this jerk and you know what happens then...

A new kid named Alan moves into town(to help his cousin and aunt keep their house), he sounds hunky and hes tall and half Navajo. He's really close to his Indian side and you find out that he has a Spirit Guide (I think that's what their called). So he has dreams of important things and finds out Aimee is a part of something. 

I have to say this because I don't know if I can stop myself from putting in any spoilers, so Read At Your Own Risk :)

Him and Aimee get really close but not the whole omg kiss I kiss can't kiss live kiss without kiss you, kind of thing, since they never really become a "couple" they just know they like each other and know its not the time or place to start a relationship. They both notice the town is in chaos and every one's anger is on the edge. Also something weird is up with her best friend/ his cousin Courtney. Shes been acting the weirdest and is lashing out for no reason and acting in ways she never would. They come to realize shes being possessed by something they call The River Man. They both know that they have something to do with trying to get rid of this demon but they are confused and don't know how.

Now realize I'm only giving you clues, if it sounds good so far then you should read it. Because I can't describe this book in only a few paragraphs, there's so much depth in it and so much of a story. Most books don't give you a lot of back story but this one did. You pretty much knew everything about these characters and all their flaws. I felt very connected to both of them, there are other people like Aimee's pap, brother and father. You become familiar with her father but its not till like the end, and Alan's mom...I don't really like her because she seems to hate the fact that hes Navajo, So the connection is mostly between Aimee and Alan, but yea anyways...

Read this book I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Its kinda short but for a short book it carries a lot of story, there's not a dead moment is in this book. Always something is happening and this book will forever be one of my favorites. It had just enough humor, romance, creepiness, suspense, and thrill to keep you going. I hope that there will eventually be book 2,and I can't wait to hear more about Aimee and Alan.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Delirium

 Delirium (Delirium #1)

Author: Lauren Oliver
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Harper Teen
Release Date: January 01, 2011
Genre: YA/Dystopia
Pages: 480 pages

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love
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As always this is a book that was recommended by a friend. As most of my reads are recommendations. I gave this book 5 stars, I really love how it wasn't about "Vampires" or to fantasized. It was like I was looking down at the future. It seemed so completely real. Lena is like everyone else and fallows the rules. She feels like there is nothing likable about her and shes just plain, Shes so nervous about her future and how it will be once she gets the cure, unlike her best friend Hannah who rebels and thinks for herself.

On the day of evaluation (where they choose your future husband/wife and your job) during her exam there's a prank going on and above in the view room she sees a boy laughing. She thinks nothing of it and goes about her day, not even giving it a second thought. Then a week or so later Hannah runs with her and leads her into a zone that is off limits and ends up getting caught by the guy, who's name is Alex.

I don't want to give it all away so I will try to keep it as light as possible. Alex is very important and her mind begins to change and she starts to actually start thinking about this society and their rules. To venture with her on this journey of figuring out who she is meant to be is exciting. You are rooting for her to be with him and run away and do all these things, but you have to keep reading to see what her choice will be. 

I really enjoyed this book, and the day the second book for this came out I went out and bought it because I had to know what happened....Lauren leaves you with the biggest cliff hanger it kills you. She really knows how to get you on the edge of your seat and yelling for it to be fair. I recommend this book for anyone who's looking into reading something different with passion.


Delirium by Lauren Oliver