27. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy, Teen Books · Tags:

Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles # 2) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, read by Tammy, on 02/16/2014

Now that Lena has made it past her 16th birthday and managed to break the family curse of being chosen for either dark or light without any say in the matter, she is trying to cope with the cost. The death of her beloved Uncle Macon. And still she will have to make a choice…. light or dark caster. Ethan thinks she will have to choose by her seventeenth birthday as the song they can both her has changed from sixteen moons to seventeen moons.

But Lena’s not the only one trying to figure out who she really is and dealing with her family’s past. Ethan has some personal discoveries of his own to make. Will Lena choose light or dark? Will she and Ethan make it through these choices together or has to much changed?

23. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Teen Books · Tags:

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, read by Angie, on 08/22/2013

Veronica and her bestie McKenna are going to be spending the summer in Scotland in a cottage McKenna has inherited from her aunt Gracie. Veronica starts having vision of a beautiful Scottish lad named Jamie. She becomes more and more obsessed with him, especially after she learns about the legend of Doon. It seems the brig a’ Doon is right by the cottage. After finding Gracie’s journal the girls realize Doon is real. Magic rings get them into the kingdom where the meet two princely brothers, Jamie and Duncan. Jamie is the man of Veronica’s dreams, but he doesn’t seem interested. Duncan is extremely interested in McKenna but she just wants to go back to the real world and her theater internship in Chicago. They are also suspected of being in league with the Witch of Doon, who was banished years ago but still wants to destroy this magical kingdom. Will love prevail? Will the evil witch be destroyed?

I like the characters in this book. Veronica and McKenna are more like sisters than friends and that comes across. I thought Duncan was awesome and I couldn’t understand McKenna’s reluctance. There is a lot of the “I love you but I shouldn’t” type situations throughout the book between both couples. It got a little old. I really didn’t get why Veronica liked Jamie so much when he treated her like crap. I think the book was a little long for the story. Most of the action happens in the last couple of chapters when they confront the witch, but 80% of the book was romantic entanglements. I actually did like the ending even though it seemed a little strange and sudden. Not sure I’ll read any more of the books, but this one was ok.

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley.com and at ALA 2013.

04. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel · Tags: , , ,

Scary Godmother by Jill Thompson, read by Angie, on 06/03/2013

Scary Godmother is a wonderful graphic novel all about Halloween. In the first story Hannah meets her Scary Godmother on her very first Halloween outing. She learns that monsters aren’t that scary and can be your friends and she develops a deep appreciation and love for Halloween and everything that goes along with it. I adored the illustrations of this book. I thought they definitely enhanced the text and were really the story of the book. Scary Godmother is a fantastic character. I loved the chapter where she got the boo flu and Hannah had to get everything ready for Halloween. Each chapter is its own story but they all go together very well. My only quibble, and it is a minor one, is that the chapters represent five Halloweens but Hannah doesn’t really appear to age at all. Other than that I think the stories are delightful.

31. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance · Tags: , ,

Bloodspell by Amalie Howard, read by Angie, on 03/31/2013

On her 17th birthday Victoria receives a music box and an amulet that belonged to her grandmother. In the music box is a journal of her ancestor Brigid. Brigid was a witch and her blood contained powerful magic, magic which has been passed down to Tori. With the magic comes a familiar, Leto the cat, who helps teach her magic. Tori is drawn to a mysterious boy she sees on her high school campus. Christian is cultured and beautiful and surrounded by mystery. Turns out he is a vampire. Tori and Christian soon find themselves falling into forbidden love. But there love cannot be. There is an ancient prophecy about La Sang Noir, which seems to be about Tori and her magic blood. Christian’s twin brother Lucian discovers Tori’s existence and wants her magic and her blood.

This is so obviously a Twilight ripoff. Innocent girl with a vampire lusting after her. Her blood smells so sweet it is hard to resist. At least Tori has powers and isn’t the limp dishrag Bella was. But there is still the love you/can’t have/must have you/can’t live without back and forth between Tori and Christian that gets old really quickly. There is also a lot shoved into this book. It is like Howard took everything paranormal she could think of and threw it into the book. We have witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, fairies, seerers, a prophecy, a vampire council, and a magic talking cat. Seriously, I don’t think she left anything out except zombies. Not all of these things are fully explored or necessary. I think the story would have been better off with a tighter plot and less extra stuff. Not that it isn’t entertaining. There is a lot of action and adventure. They travel from New York to Paris and back. The magic is fun and exciting, although I think Tori became proficient way faster than possible. At times it seemed like she just always knew how to do the spells. Of course there is a love triangle which turns deadly (how could there not be). Overall, not a bad read but definitely not original or new.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.com.

13. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fiction, Paranormal · Tags: , ,

13 (Women of the Otherworld #13) by Kelley Armstrong , read by Angie, on 09/12/2012

Well this is the final book in this series and it goes out with a lot of action and appearances by all our favorite characters. 13 picks up right where Spell Bound left off. Savannah is still trying to get her powers back and the Supernatural Liberation Movement wants to infect people with a virus and out the supernaturals to the world. Of course, our valiant heroes must stop SLAM; so they all come together in one action packed sequence after another. We see Elena and Clay, Jeremy and Jaime, Hope and Karl, Savannah and Adam, Eve and Kristof, Lucas and Paige and a bunch of other random characters. The story is told through Savannah’s POV but there are chapters that allow some of the other voices to join in the storytelling.

I have really enjoyed this series since I read Bitten and am a little sad to see it end. However, I do admire authors who are able to actually end long running series. Do I think we will never see these characters again? Not really, I have a feeling they will pop up in Armstrong’s YA series or in future books.

As a finale to a series this wasn’t bad. We got to see and say goodbye to all our favorite characters even if they didn’t play a huge role in this book. I will admit that the changes in location and nonstop action sometimes got a little confusing; it seems like they rush from one disaster to another. However, it is a satisfying ending and everything seems to work out in the end. There are still loose threads though and room for Armstrong to revisit this world.