Category Archives: Young Adult

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate hated the small mindedness of his small town. He hated that he had lost his mother to a fatal car accident and that his father had retreated into himself since. He hated the dreams he kept having of the girl he had never met but felt like he had to save.

Ethan had no idea just how far he would go to save that girl when she came into his life like the hurricane she is. He does everything he can to protect Lena from what will come on her sixteenth birthday but will it be enough?

The supernatural takes on a whole new personality in Beautiful Creatures. Light or Dark.  What will Lena choose?

I give Beautiful Creatures 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to book two, Beautiful Darkness, due out October 26, 2010.

Check out the official Beautiful Creatures website for more information on this great book

~C

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Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Laurel was just a normal teenage girl. Well, normal in the homeschooled, vegan, supermodel beautiful kind of way. When her parents moved to Crescent City, Laurel thought the biggest change in her life was going to be attending public school for the first time in her life. For a while that was true. Until she sprouted a flower from her back. A flower that looked very much like wings.

She chose to tell only David, the boy she had become so close to in school. He was her rock and they were perilously close to becoming much more than friends when she met Tamani.

Tamani was alluring, beautiful, calming and had a way of never really leaving Laurel’s thoughts. He was also a faerie – just like Laurel. Laurel couldn’t deny how easy it felt to be around Tamani and when she was with him the rest of the world faded away.

Laurel is given the task of keeping her mom’s property from being sold and that proves much more difficult than she had imagined. After Laurel’s father suddenly becomes deathly ill, Laurel’s mom decides there is no other option but to sell the property so Laurel and David set out to investigate the man who is attempting to buy it. This brings them to their own near death experience and soon they learn that faeries aren’t the only mythical creatures out there.

Generally, I don’t find myself to be a fan of books about faeries and was hesitant to read Wings when I found out it was about them. I must say though, I am very happy that I did decide to read it. Wings gets 4 out of 5 stars and leaves me very excited to read Spells.

C

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Tempted by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

In book six of P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series something happens that you would never expect. Zoey has been chosen as The House of Night’s High Priestess and that means she has to take charge in the fight against evil once again. She’s in love with two boys at the same time and that doesn’t even begin to describe the turmoil going on inside her.

Kalona is claiming to Erebus and she has to stop him and Neferet from changing vampyre life as everyone knows it. Even though she knows Kalona is evil she can’t – or doesn’t want to – resist him. He comes to her in her dreams and they feel so real that she doesn’t know what to believe. She wants him but doesn’t know if it is really her that wants him or A-ya’s memories.

In this installment of the series Zoey and her friends fly to Italy to meet with the Vampyre High Council. She has to convince them – and herself – that Kalona is indeed evil. Can she do it?

I promise you will not want to miss Tempted if you are a fan of The House of Night Series. Tempted had me laughing one minute and crying the next. I believe it may just be my favorite of the series so far. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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Fallen by Lauren Kate

Luce Price sees things. Dark, shadowy, scary things. After the terrible death of her boyfriend, Luce is sent to Sword and Cross, a reform school in Savannah, Georgia. The moment she sees Daniel Grigori she can’t shake the feeling that she had met him somewhere before. Luce tries to get closer to Daniel but he pushes her away again and again but Luce just can’t give up.

I enjoyed this book but I also found Luce to be annoying at times. I was left wanting more details a good amount of the time but at the end of the book a lot of those details were explained away in such a way that makes me think I’ll still be anxious to read the second in this series. I’m giving Fallen 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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The Everafter by Amy Huntley

The Everafter

Madison had always had a crush on Gabe, even before he knew she existed. Falling in love with him was so easy. He seemed to always understand her and they were connected in a way that felt like it could transcend time. The question is, can it transcend death?

Maddy’s object attachment follows her into The Everafter and she finds herself reliving some of her most cherished moments from when she was alive. She realizes that she’s not alone in The Everafter but she doesn’t know how to make contact. Is Gabe dead too? How did they die?

The Everafter is a quick read and one I had a hard time putting down. I really enjoyed it! It gets 4 out of 5 stars.

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver is the first in The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy. Twilight may have introduced many young (and young at heart) readers to the secret lives of werewolves but Shiver shows you a brand new way to love them.

Grace can think of nothing but Sam’s eyes and has watched him for years. Her obsession with the wolves in Mercy Falls starts from her own near death experience as a child that ends in her falling in love. Can Sam and Grace find a way to stay together when their love for one another threatens to not be enough? Find out for yourself in this fantastic book.

And once you’ve finished this book you can join me in waiting ever so impatiently for the second book in the trilogy: Linger, due out July 20, 2010.

Shiver gets 5 stars. I highly recommend it!

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Tired of vampires and wizards? Do you love your fictional men with a little bad boy in them? I think you’ve found your next read. This book is the ultimate good boy – turned bad boy – turned good boy story. Nora led a normal teenage life until the day Patch walked into it. This book lets you into the world of angels like you’ve never seen before. I was left wanting more was very excited to learn that there will be a sequel. Crescendo is due out November 16, 2010.

I give Hush Hush 4.5 stars. Enjoy!

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