Friday, April 23, 2010
As fo for "Blue is for Nightmares," let me start by saying that the story was very good. I thought that the writing and the suspense was great. BUT…I was annoyed by the bed wetting in the book. I know it had a valid point in the plot, but I still thought that it got old and gross real fast. Maybe I am just being prissy about it, if so, oh well.
Anyways, the story is about Stacey. She is living at her boarding school starting her junior year. She is, according to anyone on the outside, a perfectly average teenager, but Stacey is a witch. Not a shoot fire from your fingers kind of witch but a general practitioner. She does however have these nightmares that seem to be warning her about a tragic murder….not just any murder, the murder of her best friend Drea. I thought that the friend she was trying to save, Drea, in this book was kind of an annoying/rude bitch. I was not a fan of her (which made it more difficult for me to want Stacey to safe her).
Side note: This review may make it sound like I didn't like these and thats not true I did like them its just....I guess I just didn't like all the ick factor I felt while reading it. Maybe it wont bother you.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
In the first book (read review here) we find out that Zara is not your average teenage girl. She is half pixie and there are those out there that would like to make her their Queen. Sounds good right? Wrong! The only ones standing in the way are Zara’s friends and her grandmother. Who, by the way, are Weres. Shape shifters who protect the town from the evil pixie population.
In Captivate, Zara and her friends think they have neutralized the pixie problem. They may have confined the King and his people but there is a new King in town, Astley, and once again he has his sights set on Zara. After something happens to Nick, Astley may be Zara’s only hope of saving him. But can she sacrifice her humanity for the one she loves? Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together and that he is one of the good guys. Can a pixie ever by trusted?
This book leaves you with MAJOR cliffhangers but I guess that can be expected. The third book in the series (I think their will be four books) will be out January 2011 and it is titled Entice. Captivate was good but it is really a filler between Need and Entice. Nothing is really resolved in this book and things just get more complicated.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Also Beth Fantaskey released a follow up story the Jessica's Guide on her website. So if you like this book you can get a little more of the story here.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It all starts with a coin toss. Namoi and Will are headed home when they realize they forgot something at school. Who should go back for it? I guess fate will decide. Namoi loses the toss...and so begins the chain of event that lead to her waking up in an ambulance with amnesia. She can not remember the last 4years. Not her boyfriend, her mom's new family, her dad's fiancée, or even her passion for yearbook.
Her best friend Will is just about the best friend that I could imagine having. He is always so understanding and always puts Naomi before himself and what he wants (which it turns out is Naomi). James is the troubled boy who rescues Naomi and helps distract her from the stress of losing her memories. What if your slate was wiped clean? Would you like the same things? Like the same people? Be the same person? Once again I really liked this book. It is very thought-provoking. I recommend this book to all!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The character names in the story were also I little silly. The story takes place in present day, so why is there a girl named Dorcus? To be honest it is mostly superficial things that I didn’t like about this book. It was actually pretty good. If you love supernatural/fantasy books but need a change of pace from the current vampire/werewolf frenzy then this might be what you are looking for. If nothing else it provides good conversation. "Yeah, I am reading a book about unicorn hunters who protect people from venomous unicorns with razor sharp teeth that try to eat people!" lol
Astrid Llewelyn is a very dynamic character and the heroine of the story. She always shrugged off her mother's stories about killer unicorns until the day that one attacked her and her boyfriend. It is this very attack that suddenly provokes her sudden relocation to Rome. At first Astrid thinks this whole situation is insane, being trained as a unicorn hunter was not what she had planned for herself. At least she gets to do it at the ancient cloisters that hunters have used for centuries, and Italy is a perk right?
The unicorns seem to be all around the cloister just waiting to attack. That does not stop Astrid from venturing out and meeting Giovanni Cole, the hot art student living in Rome. When a sudden attack forces Astrid to use her hunter instincts to slay a unicorn she finally decides to accept her training. But there are many secrets that are being kept from her and soon Astrid does not know who or what to trust.
Monday, April 5, 2010
The story starts in the aftermath of Abby’s best friend’s death/disappearance. Kristen and Abby were inseparable until Kristen vanished from the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Even though the town has pronounced her dead Abby refuses to believe that her best friend is really gone. After the funeral Abby meet Caspian. Caspian is mysterious and gorgeous and to Abby’s surprise he seems to be fascinated by her. Abby begins meeting Caspian by the river in hopes of finding out what he may be hiding and for the sheer thrill of being with him.
I hope that the next books explains more about what happened to her best friend, what is the deal with Caspian, and why she is important to him. I know the series as a hole will be good (I am truly confident in that) but this book on its own left me frustrated. Don't let that discourage you from reading it through because the writer is good and I am confident she will deliver a great series.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Macy has been kind of lost since her father’s death last year. Macy’s live changed the morning she changed her mind about skipping her morning run with her father. He had a heart attack and died right there in front of her. Everyone is her family is handling it differently. Her mother has removed almost all traces of Macy’s father from their home, Macy has strived to be a perfect helper for workaholic mother, a perfect contrast to her older sister Caroline's wild days, and a perfect girlfriend to her genius boyfriend.
Then Macy is dumped by Jason while he is away at camp. Now she is stuck working at the library with girls who hate her and left with nothing but studying to pass the time until she meets the employees of the completely unorganized and chaotic Wish Catering. She even finds herself working for Delia the pregnant owner of the business. And for once she enjoys the chaos that comes along with this bunch. Kristy, the crazy outgoing girl who will not take Macy’s attempts to remain antisocial slide; Monica, the girl of few words (she rarely talks but when she does it is packed with meaning); Bert, the youngest of the bunch who thinks the end of the world is near; and Wes, Bert’s older brother who spent time in a reform school after his parent's divorce and then lost his mother to cancer.
Wes and Macy seem to bond from the start. He has a girlfriend who is away just like Jason is for Macy. Their friendship quickly becomes more even though Macy won’t allow herself to see it. I have to say that I love books that introduce you to something at the beginning and then at the very end reveal it to you again and suddenly it all fits. This book provides one of those “ah ha” moments and I was left with tears in my eyes. It is the relationships she makes through Wish Catering that finally allow Macy to accept her father’s death and realize that “Forever” this moment you are in now. It can be a second or a lifetime but that is what makes it so precious.
This is a wonderful book, but I expected nothing less from Sarah Dessen.