Monday, June 25, 2012

Need

Need (Need #1)

Author: Carrie Jones
Review By: Courtney
Published By: Bloomsbury USA
Date: December 23rd 2008
YA / Paranormal Fantasy
Pages: 306 pages


Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.


Okay if that cover didn't do anything for you then I have a simple question...What's wrong with you?? :) This book drew me in with this cover. Of course I don't always judge books by their cover but this one I sure did and man is it amazing. I realize that this book doesn't get the best of reviews, why I have no idea. It is very well written and the characters have a personality. Zara is this quirky, awkward girl who is obsessed with reciting phobias. She is kinda in a sort of depression but she pushes through it. Now she ends up having to move to Maine to stay with her grandmother, because her mother thinks shes deeply depressed because her stepfather died right in front of her. As shes traveling there's someone strange fallowing her, but she thinks that its just her mind playing tricks on her....Is she right??


What makes the book so much greater is that not only is Zara's back story good but all the character's have depth to them. Nick is this amazing guy who's like the jock, what I really loved was that he was kinda a jerk to her at first, it wasn't love at first sight and they just grew on each other and it didn't seem to fast. But he has a secret about himself. It seems this whole town is a big pot of stirring secrets. Zara even has a secret of her own, only she doesn't know it yet. So this story is about her pretty much figuring out who she can trust and who she can't and of course the secrets to the occupants of this town. She starts to notice some weird things like the gold dust that gets left behind when something happens to her, like shes being followed by something. Of course you should know that their are more than one paranormal force at work in this town like Fairy's (pixies), not the tinker bell fairies but these blue, tall fanged scary fairies. And shape-shifters, witches and plenty more.

It turns out that there's this really super scary guy (pixie) that is following her and that he wants her, I bet your thinking why? Well I can't tell (Seems there's always something I can't tell you all :) The character's in this story are really well described and while you read they all have a place in your head of what they sound like, Issie and Devyn are geeks just like her and I love them, they take her in as their friends in the beginning and show her the town, while Zara's grandmother Betty is amazingly awesome for a grandmother. Then there's Ian, in the beginning I liked him but I also thought man what a suck up and then I hated him. Megan is the popular mean girl (every book has one) of course you end up hating her :)


I would say that this book would appeal to anyone who enjoys the House of Night series by P.C.Cast and her daughter. A lot of people compare it to Twilight and I just say WHAT??? I am gonna say this now and get it over with, I hate Twilight!!!! It was among the first YA books I read (my bestie said I HAD to read it) and frankly one of the worst, yet I still go see the movies *confused*. I really began to hate the books when I started to read more YA and saw that the book was all hype, I know sad. So I say more of House of Night mixed with some Vampire Diaries.


I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, because it is a refreshing read and a nice short read, and I just really enjoyed this book and I know I'll enjoy the rest :) So in order for you to know the secrets going on in this town and with Zara you need to go out and grab this from the library or order off of Amazon has a e-book. I will eventually buy this as a book because I love this series so much that I need to have the real book :) I just hope you all enjoy it as much as I have. 


~Good Readings~



Thursday, June 21, 2012

Torn

Torn (Tryelle Trilogy #2) 

Author: Amanda Hocking
Review By: Courtney
Published By: St. Martin's Press
Date: February 28th 2012
YA / Urban Fantasy
Pages: 324 pages


When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds.





In the first book we are left off on Wendy leaving the Trylle kingdom and heading back home. The whole month before the next one came out I was going crazy trying to think what she is going to do because she needs to mater her powers and I was hoping that she would. Did my wish come true?? Well as soon as this book came out I had to buy it and well things were unsuspected.

We learned in Switched that Wendy was a troll and that there was a kingdom that was waiting for her to become their princess and all the powers she will behold. Only she was doubtful and childish, and frankly didn't have any confidence in herself. She fell in love with her tracker (Finn) when its not allowed. She didn't want to play by their rules and learn to be proper. She just wanted to go home.

Already in the beginning I was thrown into a whirl wind of chaos. There are a few things that I had no idea was lurking just a page ahead. I didn't know how crazy it was about to get, and that it did. Loki and his "friends" show up and take Wendy, Rhys, and Matt to the Vittra Kingdom. I really enjoyed this part of the book because we get to learn more about the Vittra and their ways and why they want Wendy :) which I will never tell of course. But also how Loki becomes more than a side character. He grabs a top spot in this book as a main character and becomes the epic bad boy, who is curious of Wendy and is conflicted to help her and his King. We also meet the King Oren and his wife Sara, The king has a surprising secret that is well BIG and he has been waiting years to tell it. We get a lot of back story that is well needed from the Vittra and Loki. We also learn a lot about the Vittra when they were allies with the Trylle.

Of course she does escape from there with some help from her friends, and that's where things will start to slow down a bit, but things do happen its just mostly a time in the book for information that you know is gonna be needed for the final book. We meet some new characters like Duncan, Wendy's new body guard. and we learn more about Tove and his powers. He is very special and you will grow to really like him. I love that he can see peoples auras and after I finished I immediately went online to see what the colors truly meant, I was that engaged into this book that I wanted to know more.

We get the chance to learn more about the Vittra powers and Wendy's father as well as the politics of the Trylle. I really did enjoy reading this book, It did not take long and it was a light and easy read. I really enjoyed reading about Wendy gaining more of her power, sometimes it was quite funny reading about her and Tove trying to figure it all out. I was quite upset when her mother tells her she has to marry, but in a way I understand that Elora needs the people to trust in Wendy. In the first book I enjoyed Finn but in this one I extremely disliked him. There are characters in this book you will love and some you will hate. Just like in any kingdom story's there are people to trust around you and some you cannot. Luckily Wendy has some great friends by her side.

Wendy is completely confused with Finn and the way he treats her, and she is scared of Loki.  What I really enjoyed is that Wendy listens to her heart and not what others tell her. Her will to fight becomes stronger and she begins to become a leader right before us. Elora and Wendy finally become close, but is it to late? Will Loki hurt her in the end or help, will Finn allow himself to betray the rules and even put Wendy at risk of losing the crown. Does Tove...well Tove is just a trusting character nothing I could question about him :)

For anyone who doubts this trilogy it is a nice read, it is a urban fantasy about magic and Trylle (Trolls). But all in all a great escape from today's reality. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, for I would read this book a million times and recommend to anyone who has never read urban fantasy before. I would recommend reading Switched first, but that is not necessary, Amanda is great at summing up what happened in the first book, but not in a boring stretched out way, and it is very easy to catch up :)


Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mistborn

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Review By: Courtney
Published By: Tom Doherty Associates
Date: July 25th 2006
Fantasy or Epic Fantasy
Pages: 541 pages

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kelsier's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kelsier is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.



Okay I totally understand that this is not a YA book. It is a Fantasy book that I fell in love with and I have to share it with all of you.This book was recommended to me from non other then my older brother whom is a very big fantasy reader (currently working on his very 1st Fantasy Novel). But what really made me want to read this book was when my brother explained Vin and Kelsier to me. The way he explained them made me give this book a chance it very much deserves.


I was kinda iffy about this book because I'm not a fantasy reader, back when I read this I was into romance novels and V.C. Andrews books (Didn't even pick up my first YA yet). But the moment I started was the moment I became mentally involved with these characters. I couldn't put the book down. I was up all night till 4 in the morning reading, which was bad because I was in college then getting my associates degree in Mechanical Engineering  :)


To begin Kelsier is the main character and he is a Allomancer, which I will explain. He is seeking revenge on the immortal Lord Ruler (Thousands of years), whom he blames for the death of his wife and is gathering a crew. This is a world so unlike ours there are special people who have powers when they consume Metals. Such as Copper, and burning one or more, of the metals & draws abilities from them. Kelsier is special he is a Mistborn  (can consume and use more than one metal), while the others (Mistings) can only do one metal at all. How you figure out your a allomancer is by being "Snapped" and to snap you have to be beaten to a point where your body snaps to save yourself from dying. The Nobel family's will try to snap their children on purpose in hopes of them being a allomancer because that means power for the family, but it can be dangerous.

There is also some weird parts to the book. Like the Ash falling from the sky??? Of course I can't say why but I can say it's important, and then there's the fact that nothing of color grows in this world. It's like the world is broken. Then there's the Mist. No one goes into the mist (Which arrives at night fall), and if they do, then they die...why?? I cannot explain to you these things for it would spoil the whole series to you. Also the coins :) I love the coins....and the jacket Kelsier wears...*SNAP okay back on track, got lost there.

Kelsier is making plans and gathering allomancers. He finds Vin in Luthadel while he's recruiting. She has no idea what she is and why she can do the things she can do. Kelsier tells Vin that she is a allomancer and that she has the power, though weak, to sooth emotions. He notices this when she trys to sooth Marsh and doesn't do to well, shes noticeable. There's a lot of back story to each character that is extremely important but I can't tell you because it would be a spoiler :). But Kelsier takes Vin in and helps her understand and learn to control her power or powers if shes lucky. She begins to look up to Kelsier as her guide and joins them in their crew.

Vin, since growing up in a tough background has a very hard time trusting anyone. Her brother Reen, who deserted her, is always in her mind reminding her not to trust. Only to survive there are some people she needs to learn to trust. To do her job in the crew she needs to attend balls as Valette Renoux, a noblewoman. This process is a very funny and interesting part of the book because shes so awkward. but anyways she mistakenly falls in love with Elend Venture (screams like a 16 year old girl), a nobleman, and heir to the strongest noble house. The way they meet and everything is just amazing and the whole time your like COME ON get it through your head Vin and KISS HIM.

Just when Elend and Vin are almost there something happens and ________________ teaser...can't tell you!! I am being 100% honest here. All you YA Paranormal readers, grab this book. It can't hurt right?  If you give this a try you will not be disappointed (I hope).

Vin grows a lot in this book and she and the other characters just pull you in. Brandon Sanderson is a amazing writer. He does such a great job at creating this whole new world and all these new rules and his characters are so in depth and real that you are forever rooted to these people. The book takes your emotions and pulls you into the characters world and then breaks you and picks you up again. The way Brandon captures you and wont let you go is amazing. Like so many other reviewers I can say something so emotionally pulling happens and you just shut down and CRY your heart out. Only you have to read to figure out that thing.

I give this book a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars. Till this day (Read 3 years ago) I am still infused with these characters and enjoy thinking of this book series. There are 3 books and the 4th is like hundreds of years after telling how Kelsier and his crew influenced the future. They are currently working on a video game :) I can't wait for it (Geek :P) and it has been picked up to be made into a movie, although no new news has been told yet...Hopefully soon there will be.

Anyways I hope this is enough...There is just so much I could say about this book I could probably go on for hours with this and probably have a book written about this book :) So I'm gonna end with this...and hopefully you all take the chance and read this book!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Pandemonium

Pandemonium (Delirium #2)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Review By: Courtney
Published By: HarperCollins
Date: February 28th 2012

Pagse: 375

**Spoliers for anyone who hasn't read Delirium - just a catuion to read at your own risk**


"SO WHAT was your name before?" I say, and she freezes, her back to me. "Before you came to the Wilds, I mean."
 
For a moment she stands there. Then she turns around. "You might as well get used to it now," she says with quiet intensity.

 
"Everything you were, the life you had, the people you knew...dust." She shakes her head and says, a little more firmly, "There is no before. There is only now, and what comes next."



I loved Delirium so as soon as I saw that this book came out I bought it, and I was extremely excited...I couldn't wait to see what would happen to Lena and Alex. Of course I didn't write this blog as soon as I finished the book and I usually don't for any book because I just started blogging and I am trying to get the books I've read caught up to today's books...but I like to mix in current books :)

Anyways This book continues where we left off in Delirium and may I just say oh my gosh :O Was that ending not the biggest cliff hanger ever?? I couldn't wait to hear about Alex..and to my shock he wasn't in it?? DUHH Courtney *how can he be in it after the last book ;)*  We meet a lot of new characters in this book, like Raven, Blue, Sarah, Hunter, Bram, Tack and Julian. Some of these characters are important some are not, some live and some die....only you wont know unless you read it :)

I absolutely Love this book....It was kinda confusing in the beginning because I didn't reread Delirium so when it all began I was confused. But I got into it soon after that. The chapters go from Then to Now, and I also love that about this book. I like being able to read what happens after Delirium to reading a new objective.

Anyways we soon meet Raven in the beginning and Lena is a complete mess and shes really hurt so Raven takes care of her. Eventually she gets better and meets the rest of the Invalids at that Homestead. She learns their ways and try's to get over Alex, because that is the past and the past no longer exist. Good things and bad things happen that change and give clues to whats gonna happen in this book, only you don't realize that their clues...Lauren always does a great job at hiding what is clearly in front of our eyes :)

Lena gets a new ID and joins the rest of the zombies in Brooklyn, her mission is to get close to Julian Fineman. He is the DFAs leaders son and a perfect Idol for the young people who have yet to get their cure to the Amor Deliria Nervosa. Then during the DFA Rally the Scavengers attack (Scavengers-brutal rebels, not at all like the Invalids) and Julian runs, Lena follows only to get caught with him.

While they are being held Julian tells Lena stories and gets close to her, The characters grow to rely on each other and to trust one another. Certain events come to hand that makes Julian wonder what is right from wrong and has a hard choice to make if they survive this.

I am going to say this I absolutely love Julian more than I liked Alex. Alex was amazing, but he was also hard and bossy and very this is the way and you have to chose my way and Lena was completely absorbed in him. While Julian is gentle and has a open curious mind and Lena slowing develops feelings she doesn't understand.

The ending is the most bombshell of a ending I have read in a long time....I stopped and looked up and just was like NO WAYYYYY!!!!!!! My husband then turned to me and was like What??? I had to tell him what happened as I always do when I'm reading a good book and he of course didn't understand (which is why I wanted to make a blog so much) Does Lena save her and Julian?? Will she ever meet her mother?? Will her life be turned upside down?? Will Alex ever come back...?? Only these questions can be answered by YOU. I suggest buying this book and if you haven't read Delirium to read it now!! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Its a great Dystopia novel and a thrilling read.

The book keeps you guessing of what is going to happen next and rooting for Lena all the way. I enjoyed this book a lot and I cannot wait for the third and last book to the Delirium Trilogy. I cannot wait to see what will happen next....








Friday, June 1, 2012

Fever

 Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) 
Author: Lauren
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: February 21st 2012
YA/ Dystopia
Pages: 341 pages
 **Spoiler - This is the second book to Wither, read at own risk :)**
 
Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ring mistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.

As soon as this book came out I immediately went out to buy it. This series is very interesting to me. Of course to me it is still a easy read and almost predictable. For me I had a feeling from the get go what was gonna happen. Just like in Wither I knew she would eventually get out of the mansion. Just like I knew in the beginning that Rhine's brother would not be there for her when she got home. 

I would have to say I really enjoy this series because the back story is so interesting. I love it. The things that happen to Rhine when she leaves is scary. Gabriel trys to protect her but it doesn't always work. She does what she wants and always will do whats best to find her home and her brother. During the part when shes in the red light district she and Gabriel find out they are some how being found, when Lindens father comes to collect the bride and take Rhine back to the mansion. 

They soon escape and end up taking along a little girl who's mother did not make it through the fence with them. They soon are on their way home, and as I predicted things are not as Rhine left it. They are then on a adventure to find something. Now I'm speeding things up and skipping some very important details because I don't want to say everything. Some people give this series bad reviews but I really enjoy reading it. It gets to the point  where I'm like what the hell is going on....and you have to keep reading to figure out how Lindens father keeps finding them and the shocking ending that leaves you on a huge cliff hanger. 

My favorite people are Rhine and Linden. I don'
t really care much for Gabriel. I care more for whats gonna happen between Rhine and Linden and hoping that somehow they can find the cure for the world....I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If your not so sure about this book I highly suggest the library because it is a very nice read. 



The Chemical Garden by Lauren Destefano