Tuesday, January 17, 2012

ARC Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (3/5 stars).

Title: Incarnate (Newsoul #1)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 
Date to be released: 31 January 2012
Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Utopian
Hardcover: 384 pages
Source: traded a paperback for it
Rating: 3/5 stars

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.  
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 suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?  
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? "

Saturday, January 14, 2012

ARC Everneath by Brodi Ashton (5/5 stars).

Title: Everneath (Everneath #1)
Author: Brodi Ashton
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Date to be released: 24 January 2012
Genre: Supernatural/Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Source: traded a paperback for it
Rating: 5/5 stars

Everneath is the can't wait book of all can't wait books for 2012! I keep seeing it in everybody's waiting for list, more so now that it's about to be released, it's cover is absolutely everywhere! It now has its own cult following even before its release. I've been nothing but obsessed about reading it since last month after reading a review by one of my favorite book bloggers and yes, it's as amazing as I thought it would be. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice #8) by Joseph Delany (4/5 stars).

Title: The Spook's Destiny/Rage of the Fallen (The Last Apprentice #8)
Author: Joseph Delaney
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Date Published: 19 April 2011
Genre: Horror
Hardcover: 416 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars 

"A dangerous few months lie ahead—ones which some of us will be hard-pressed to survive.

Thomas Ward has served as the Spook's apprentice for three years.

He has battled boggarts, witches, demons, and even the devil himself. Tom has enemies: The Fiend stalks him, waiting for a moment of weakness. The terrifying Morrigan, goddess of witches, warned him never to step foot on her homeland, Ireland.

But now war has consumed their own country, and Tom, his friend Alice, and the Spook must flee to Ireland. The dark rages strongly there. No one can be trusted. Can Tom defeat the creatures that hunt him most fiercely?"

ARC Fracture by Megan Miranda (3/5 stars).

Title: Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Date to be released: 17 January 2011
Genre: Paranormal/Young Adult
Paperback: 272 pages
Source: traded a paperback for it
Rating: 3/5 stars

From the book cover:
"Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?"

Thursday, January 12, 2012

How to flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper (3/5 stars).

Title: How to flirt with a naked werewolf
Author: Molly Harper
Publisher: Pocket Books
Date Published: 22 February 2011
Genre: Paranormal/Romance
Paperback: 384 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

"Northern Exposure
Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.
For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.
If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . ."

I just love Mo's voice, she's snarky and witty with her metaphors and hippie parents horror stories:
“There's an inverse relationship between my temper and my ability to control my accent. If you hear me say 'Fiddledeedee', run for the hills, because I'm getting ready to take out bystanders.” 
After that lengthy narration at the start about her growing up with her unbearable parents I soon find myself warming up to Mo as her character starts to come through while she's working at the diner, I love how she tells Cooper to stop destroying her underwear collection:
“You will treat my underwear with the reverence it deserves. Next time, you will stop and appreciate--hell, you'll marvel at the miracle of my ass clad in silk.” 
I still can't believe she bought werewolf relationship books! I couldn't stop laughing when she got a book on half werewolf pregnancies from their doctor too. And Cooper may be gruff on the outside but he's a sweetheart on the inside what with that rock gift and flower offerings to Mo, his character is also easy to like. I find their story romantic and sweet, a little predictable, but fun to read nonetheless.
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Night Huntress #1 & #2 by Jeaniene Frost

This week I'm down with the flu so I had to stay home but staying home is so much fun when you have piles of books (and ebooks) on your to-read shelf waiting for me to be sick! And I started with the Night Huntress series:

Title: Halfway to the grave (Night Huntress #1)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon
Date Published: 30 October 2007
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Adult
Paperback: 384 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

From the book cover:

"Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.
In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat."

Title: One foot in the grave (Night Huntress #2)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon
Date Published: 29 April 2008
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Adult
Paperback: 384 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

From the book cover:

"You can run from the grave, but you can't hide . . .
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.
Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she'll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won't let her get away again."

Frost is amazing! I really enjoyed reading both books, I almost always do not read the next installment of the series right after reading one book from it, I'd buy the next book in the series and knowing it's in my to-read shelf would be enough, but this time I couldn't help myself and I just had to know what happened after Cat left Bones from book one. Sometimes I don't read the book summary or reviews just so the book can surprise me, and oh my gosh when Bones said "Hallo, Kitten." when they finally saw each other again in One foot in the grave, just sent me tingles all over! 
There are so many things I love about the series and here's my top five for the first two books:

1. Cat and Bones! They just have a great chemistry.
"You won't stop until you have all of me. Will you? My body. My blood. My trust. And still you want more." - Cat" 
I want your heart the most. Above all else. You're exactly right. I won't stop until I have it" - Bones 
"You're my Red Reaper and I've missed you terribly." - Bones 
"This is where you tried to kill me. You were so nervous, you kept blushing. Never had someone try to stake me who blushed so much." - Bones 
"Congratulations on a magnificent display of unsportsmanlike conduct. What a dirty fighter you are. Somebody really skilled must have trained you." - Bones 
“Time has no dominion over love. Love is the one thing that transcends time. - Bones
2. Cat's mother whenever she's near or talking to Bones
“You know what your problem is, Justina? You're in desperate need of a good shag. Not that I'm offering you one myself, mind. My days as a whore ended back in the seventeen hundreds."  
The gin was abruptly sucked back into my lungs as I gasped. He did not just tell my mother about his former profession; sweet Jesus, let me have heard incorrectly! I hadn't, and Bones went right on. 
"... But I have a friend who owes me a favor and he could be persuaded to... Kitten, are you all right?"
3. Juan
"You called her Kitten? And she let you? She put me in a coma for three days when I called her that! My balls never recovered from her smashing them into my spine!" 
Juan gave Bones the most admiring look he’d bestowed on him yet. 
“You talked her into going without panties all these years? Madre de Dios, now that’s impressive. I could learn a great deal from you, amigo.” 
4. Cat - Annette catfight in One foot in the grave
"I think we need to have a little talk, woman to skank."  
"I am going to knock the slut out of you. And that should take some doing, you uppity English tramp!"  
"A catfight, no pun intended. Annette said some nasty things and so did I, and then I stabbed her to make a point. Now that was a pun." 
“And that, Annette, is called Pilates”  
5. Poor Timmie!
“We're going to knock those demons out and slay them with the power of Jesus. Hallelujah, can I get an amen?"- Timmie  
“Right, then, mate, terribly sorry for my unspeakable rudeness, and I do beg your pardon. I can only say that it was caused by my natural affront to the notion of her as my sister. Since I'll be shagging her tonight, you can imagine how I'd be distressed at the thought of rogering my sibling"  
"You shmuck! The only thing you'll be shagging tonight is yourself!"  
"You wanted sincerity, well, luv, I was sincere.” (Bones and Cat after Timmie asked if Bones is Cat's brother) 
“Why did you tell her I'm your boyfriend? Why doesn't she know about your real one? - Timmy He's English! And Mom...Mom hates foreigners!"- Cat 
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (3/5 stars).

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date Published: 27 September 2011
Genre: Paranormal/Young Adult
Hardcover: 464 pages
Rating: 3/5 stars

This book has received a lot of hype the past couple of weeks and looking at the beautiful, almost poetic cover, I was intrigued and after putting it off for several more days, I started reading it. Mara is confused and is scared by the things that she was seeing that shouldn’t be there. I’d be scared too if I started to think that maybe I have gone insane. To make matters worse, she has no recollection of what happened the night she and her friends went to a hunted asylum, how her friends died and how she was able to survive. The story started out slow, Mara moved to Florida with her family and she had to start school and stop being crazy. Then something happened. And what Mara is really capable of doing is revealed to the readers.

I was starting to be engrossed with the paranormal aspect of the story when after the death of the abusive dog owner, the mysterious events surrounding Mara seem to ebb and the love story between Mara and Noah then take focus. I loved how Noah saved Mara from being humiliated, it was really sweet, but overall, Noah’s character just didn’t seem real for me, he’s too perfect and how he is in love with Mara was a bit overdone.

There are other characters that caught my attention: Daniel, Joseph, and Jamie. Daniel is Mara’s older brother who helps her get out of trouble with their mom, again a little bit too perfect, Joseph, their youngest, the little kid who loves the stock market, and her snarky and brilliant bisexual friend Jamie. I really liked Jamie, he’s the most real out of all of Hodkin’s characters and it was a letdown that he was cut off too early in the story.

After Mara confessed to Noah and Noah had some confessions of his own it was as if plot was dumped on the readers here and there in a confusing mess. Maybe Noah having powers was necessary to balance out Mara’s but I thought Noah as an ordinary person would have been a better touch.

My Verdict:
It was okay, the story started out well but fell flat for me near the end and the plot lacks organization.
Favorite quote:
“Wait," I said as Noah slipped a book from a shelf and headed toward the door. "Where are you going?" 
"To read?" 
But I don't want you to. 
"But I need to go home," I said, my eyes meeting his. "My parents are going to kill me." 
"Taken care of. You're at Sophie's house." 
I loved Sophie. 
"So I'm...staying here?" 
"Daniel's covering for you." 
I loved Daniel. 
"Where's Katie?" I asked, trying to sound casual. 
"Eliza's house." 
I loved Eliza. 
"And your parents?" I asked. 
"Some charity thing." 
I loved charity. 
"So why are you going to read when I'm right here?” 

What I'm reading now:

I'm down with the flu but I just had to squeal in my hoarse voice when Grimalkin revealed herself as the dark angel inside Staigue fort! The Last Apprentice series is one of my absolute favorites! Something I would recommend over and over to everyone.

My new ebooks: (click on book images to go to Amazon and buy these kindle ebooks)

I don't know how or when I'll be able to finish reading these! But still love love them on my ebook shelf.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins (4/5 stars).

Title: Lola and the boy next door
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Date Published: 29 September 2011
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars

From the book cover:

"Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. 

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door."

Lola and the boy next door is the companion book of Anna and the French kiss which I’ve heard a lot about so I picked up both books last Saturday, reading in my tablet still gives me headaches so I’m trying to ease into it. After reading some of the reviews in goodreads, it seems that those who’ve read both books liked Anna more, so I decided to read Lola first, save the best for last so to speak instead of a disappointing dip in reading.

In just a few pages Perkins has already endeared Lola to me, I don’t think anyone will be able to help but love Lola’s over the top colorful and sparkly costume-y character! I have an obsession with false eyelashes because I have short unnoticeable ones, when there’s a big event I always get extensions, she’s a girl after my own heart, I just have to pause and imagine her in her outfit every time she’s going out:

“I place a rhinestone barrette in my pale pink wig. I am also wearing a sequined prom gown that I’ve altered into a mini-dress, a jean jacket covered in David Bowie pins, and glittery false eyelashes.”

I'm just amazed that this girl has been wearing whatever it is that she wanted ever since she was little, not caring what others thought.

Lola was panicking when she saw a moving van outside the house next door praying that it wasn’t the Bell twins and almost had a breakdown when she found out her prayers weren’t answered. Because of Lola’s reaction I thought the twins did something to her along the lines of making her declare she likes Cricket then Cricket turning her down in front of everyone from school with Calliope laughing evilly in the background and somehow Lola’s covered in punch or goo all over but what happened two years ago was something a little bit underwhelming compared to that scenario.

Other than that miss for me I really enjoyed reading the book from start to finish and whenever Lola and Cricket are together it just makes me feel giddy and hopeful that Lola will give Cricket another chance. I also liked how the issues between Lola and her mother were resolved, it was subtle yet touching and how finally the Marie Antoinette costume (with some changes) resolved Lola’s issues within herself.

My Verdict:
A cute love story I would recommend to teens who like contemporary YA lit. The cover of the book couldn’t be any more perfect too! Cricket looks like a cute, lanky, tall sweetheart and Lola is such a doll. I already like St. Clair after Lola got lost in Cricket’s dorm and I’m sure I’ll love Anna’s story next.

My favorite part:
"'So you believe in second chances?' I bite my lip. 'Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right,' he adds. 'If the person is...Lola?'This time, he holds my gaze.'Only if the other person is Cricket.'"
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (4/5 stars)

Title: Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Date Published: 01 February 2011
Genre: Paranormal/Fiction
Paperback: 352 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she’s a witch and she has powers which she got from her warlock father’s side whom she has never met before. During her prom night, she felt sorry for a girl who was crying in the bathroom and so she conjured a love spell that ended in a disaster and because this wasn’t the first time that her powers were revealed to ordinary humans, she was sentenced by The Council to finish her studies in Hecate Hall a.k.a Hex Hall where all other problem Prodigiums (witches, fairies, shapeshifters, werewolves) are sent.

I didn’t like Sophie at the start, she has been to nineteen states and has to move again and again with her mom because she uses her powers carelessly, being pointed at and accused as a witch wasn’t something new to her- I really felt sorry for her mom but my impression of her changes as the story progresses, she’s adorably snarky, super funny, and she has a kind heart.

She doesn’t accept Elodie, Chaston, and Anna’s (a.k.a. The Trinity/the popular girls) invitation to join their coven even if it could boost her to popularity, she knew that these girls were nasty and would do anything for power and she isn’t like that, even when she used her powers carelessly, it was out of the goodness of her heart. She becomes close friends with the only vampire student in Hex Hall, Jenna, another funny offbeat character who’s gay and loves the color hot pink. She's also starting to like Archer, resident bad boy, heartthrob, and warlock (maybe a little too much). Archer has one flaw though - he's dating hot Elodie. (Ouch!)

I really enjoyed reading Hex Hall, the plot was surprisingly deeper than I first thought and very engrossing, Jenna was being accused of attacking Chaston and Anna and killing Holly, (Jenna's roommate before Sophie), because of the small holes found in their necks. Sophie knows that Jenna is innocent but that would mean that there are only two possibilities left as to who or what is attacking witches in Hex Hall: demons or members of L’Occhio di Dio (Eye of God - those who hunt Prodigiums). Plus there were a lot of good twists in the end that would make you reach for the next HH book!

My Verdict:
"Sabrina the Teenage Witch" meets "The Craft"! Not your ordinary getting the boy, showing the mean girls, and realizing your strength YA book. Sophie just made me laugh so much it felt great, I would recommend it for my highschool friends a.k.a. the STTW generation!

My favorite quotes:

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (1/5 stars).

Title: Angelfire (Angelfire #1)
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date Published: 17 January 2012
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Paperback: 496
Rating: 1/5 stars

Story summary from the book cover:

"First there are nightmares.
Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.
Then come the memories.
When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie's power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie's memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.
Now she must hunt.
Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember."

I was about to give up reading this book before I was halfway done, but it was a gift, that I asked for even, so I decided to finish reading it and while I thought that the last fight scene was heart pumping-ly good, reading Angelfire felt like a chore and it was disappointing because from the cover and book summary, the book was something I could really like.

First, the brand name dropping made Ellie seem petty and obnoxious, I don't see why I had to keep on reading about Kate's BMW etc.:

"Kate’s daddy had bought her a red BMW for her birthday..headed outside to Kate’s BMW..in my mom’s Mercedes..I fell in love with a little white Audi with a black interior..The Audi glided along the hilly roads like a dream..the Audi from grille to tailpipe, we went into Starbucks to order..was referring to the name of her red BMW..We drove in Kate’s BMW..Saks Fifth Avenue entrance.. Kate stopped to ogle a tabletopped with shoes by Chanel..bag in the Valentino collection...cream Badgley Mischka cocktail dress..I knew I had the perfect matching black Marc Jacobs satin shoes..Kate chose a..Dolce&Gabbana bustier sheath dress."

Second, the book is action packed but I think maybe Ellie fought Ragnuk too many times as well as other random reapers and most of those fights didn't push the story forward that I find these scenes redundant. Lastly, the main character lacks substance, it was hard for me to like her, she won’t even train or hunt reapers on Friday nights because it’s a movie night! 

My Verdict:
I didn't enjoy the book but maybe someone else would. I'm curious about Ellie's dad though, why does he smell like blood? Personally, I'm not sure if I'll be getting the second installment.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Anna dressed in blood by Kendare Blake (5/5 stars).

Title: Anna dressed in blood (Anna #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Date Published: 03 July 2012
Genre: Horror/Young Adult
Paperback: 320 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

I try to stay away from ghost stories because I’m such a scaredy cat with a vivid imagination and I’d probably wake my brother up in the middle of the night so he could turn the lights on in our kitchen so I could get a glass of water if I had just read or watched anything scary so I could get back to sleep. I just tell myself I got this book because the cover is eerily beautiful, I’ve read very few horror books and I should scare myself from time to time.

Theseus Cassio “Cas” Lowood would seem to be a normal seventeen year old boy, but he’s not. He’s a ghost hunter just like his father was and for three years he has been hunting ghosts that kill people with his athame, a dagger forged with the blood of his ancestors, preparing to face the ghost that ate his father. His next destination is Thunder Bay, Ontario to kill Anna Korlov - Anna dressed in blood. Anna was murdered in 1958, when she was on her way to her school dance. Her throat was slit and the white dress she was wearing has turned red because of the blood hence her ghost name.

It’s refreshing to read a Young Adult book and see the story through a male protagonist, and get a break from female protagonists who tend to go on about that brooding hot guy who’s a jerk but still hot I think I’m falling for him along with other teen drama. I like Cas’ character, he was a little arrogant at first (though still very charming and funny) because of his success as a ghost hunter, he’s killed more ghosts in the last three years than his father did in the same amount of time, and he didn’t need friends because it’s only him, something in his blood, that can kill ghosts, the athame is just an ordinary dagger in the hands of another. Then he meets Anna who could swat him like a fly and he’s not so sure of himself anymore.

Anna is horrifyingly beautiful with her hair, the way she moves, and her dress: "Anna is descending upon me, coming down the stairs without taking any strides. Her feet drag horribly along like she can’t use them at all. Dark, purplish veins cut through her pale white skin. Her hair is shadow-less black, and it moves through the air as though suspended in water, snaking out behind and drifting like reeds. It’s the only thing about her that looks alive.

She doesn’t wear her death wounds like other ghosts do. They say her throat was cut, and this girl’s throat is long and white. But there is the dress. It’s wet, and red, and constantly moving. It drips onto the ground."

I think that the mystery of her death was revealed so perfectly, a sense of foreboding washed over me as Anna takes us back to the day she wore her white dress and when it was over it was heartbreaking. Her character arc was beautifully done, we first meet her as a goddess of death tearing a boy in half, more powerful than all the other ghosts Cas has fought before then we see her as an innocent girl who’s scared and who wouldn’t hurt anyone, and finally, she has become that innocent girl once more.

I had hoped for a different dénouement though, I would have wanted Cas to be the one who has found a way to defeat his father's killer but I just read the book description for the next installment and I just realized how terrifying Anna's sacrifice had been and now it's Cas' turn to go to hell and back for her. (Aww)
My Verdict:
A phenomenal debut novel, I would recommend it to ghost story lovers and to my brother, we love love Supernatural so much and Cas reminds me a little of Dean he'll love it. I really can't wait for Girl of Nightmares!
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Monday, January 2, 2012

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (5/5 stars).

Title: Unearthly (Unearthly #1)
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date Published: 01 November 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Paperback: 453 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

Clara Gardner has angel blood, her mother being half-angel. Each of their kind has his or her purpose, their reason for being, and Clara has just received hers in a vision of a boy in a forest about to be consumed with fire. She knows that she was meant to save him and with the help of her mom, they were able to find the place in her vision – Wyoming.

Clara is smart, funny, and she may be angel blood but she has a lot of insecurities which makes her easy to relate to. Being an angel (part angel) is hard for her, she’s not a half-blood so she’s not as powerful and she can’t fly, but to save Christian, the boy in her vision, she has to learn how to while carrying him.

Being human is just as hard, she couldn’t fit in in her new school because of her hair which she had to dye because she couldn’t control her glory yet that makes her strawberry blonde hair shine but the color always turns out orange. Then when she finally meets Christian, she literally faints and gets a bad case of crush-isitis getting the irk of his girlfriend, who happens to be the queen bee.

She stares and daydreams about him and tries hard to talk to him without making a fool of herself but Christian doesn't seem to be as interested in her and often he'd disappear before she gets to really talk to him then she overheard his friends call her Bozo (the clown because of her hair), well a hot Bozo, and this was a blow for her, making her lose her confidence in accomplishing her purpose.

But her mom comforts her and I like that her mother is a part of her angel world, in other YA books the protagonist would often have to keep secrets from their parents, but Clara is very open to her mom, well, until she found out that her classmate Angela was half angel, and she (Angela) knew a lot of things about their kind that her mom was keeping from her and so she decides to keep their angel talks a secret, but in the end she found out that her mom was only protecting her by not telling her about the black wings.

I love that the (quarter) angel in this story is the girl and she fell in love with the boy who was always there for her, it is refreshing from all the other YA stories I’ve read where the angel or the vampire, the unearthly beautiful creature, is always the boy and the girl falls in love with him because of his otherworldly beauty and brooding demeanor even if he has always treated her badly. I guess I just blurted out that I’m team Tucker! (yay) He's funny, hot, and treats his girl nicely.

It’s a great first in a series, Hand’s characters are superbly developing and a lot of details are unraveling slowly but the plot is still satisfying and engaging. I really liked the ending as it opens a lot of questions for the readers to have their own guesses as to why this or that happened since Clara’s mom doesn’t reveal much.

I’m worried about Clara’s younger brother though, Jeffrey, he’s funny and I do have a younger brother much like him, Clara saw the color of his wings darker than before, almost black and he did freak out a little when Clara mentioned his purpose while they were practicing flying in their backyard. It could be soot from the smoke if he did try to find Clara in the forest but it’s still scary to think that his purpose is to do something that could hurt his sister and my guess is, an angel blood’s purpose is pivotal because if you don’t fulfill it (God’s plan for you), you’ll turn into a black wing! And if Jeffrey doesn't want to do his purpose because he doesn’t want to hurt his sister, his wings will tragically turn black. (Oh noes!)

My Verdict:
I really enjoyed reading this book. I couldn’t put it down until I read every page! I would recommend it to those who want a different angel YA story.

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I so love all the other covers! The Spanish one is HOT! (haha) Which one is your favorite Clara?

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