Friday, April 29, 2011
When they first announced this movie I was immediately excited, and then almost as immediately hesitant. As one of my favorite books, it's hard to think a movie could possibly do it any justice. I was equally unsure about Robert Pattinson being in it. But when all was said and done, the movie was good. It entertained, it told a story, it had incredible costumes (I want some!). Though this was certainly not an easy movie to watch. There is brutal animal cruelty, and more gory fist fights than I thought would be crammed into a movie about love. August, played by Christoph Waltz, was very good. Even Mr. Pattinson was watchable. All in all, while I loved watching the costumes and sets and animals perform, the book ignited imagination far more.
Bottom Line: The book was better.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren—the highest calling a mermaid can have. Then Dosinia runs away to the mainland, and Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood—a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship... and ignite the emotions for a love so great it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.
Another mermaid title to swoon over! This one sounds like a classic mermaid tale, but I am excited to try out this new author!
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
The Goddess Test opens with an intense first couple of scenes that got me hooked right from the start. I was instantly snagged by Kate's dark and miserable life with her dying mother and new location. I also loved the retelling of the Persephone myth. It's always been one of my favorites, but Aimee Carter does a superb job bringing into modern times. And she makes Henry so dang alluring! Her writing style is very readable, with angsty and moody action that keeps the reader craving chapter after chapter. Kate is a very down-to-earth character, acting as real and as raw as I imagine a real life person would in her situation. This is a book that is sure to linger in your thoughts long after the last page.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Friday, April 22, 2011
I felt like I enjoyed this book, but am not really sure why. I wasn't excited to get back to reading it, but whenever I picked it up I would like what I read. The ending did not provide any closure and left me with an end-of-the-book void. I was drawn to Essie's calm and factual tone of voice. And I loved the way she told the events of the story, as if she were sitting next to me, sipping tea on the couch. All of the characters had delightful little quirks, pleasantly humorous and fun to read. When all is said and done, I am not sure I would pick up another of Schaffert's books, but this one was a good read.
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Their darkest enemies now defeated, Damen and Ever are free to embark upon their final quest—to free Damen from the poison lingering in his body. If they can just find the antidote, they’ll finally be able to feel each other’s touch—and reach the bright future they’ve been longing for. But their search will lead them into the most formidable terrain yet… into the dark heart of Summerland.
Here in a land of scorched earth and endless rain, Ever and Damen will discover their relationship’s hidden origins, expose a secret history they never imagined…and come face to face with the true reason fate keeps tearing them apart. Only then, when the final mystery is unraveled and the last secret revealed, Ever and Damen’s future will hinge on one ultimate decision that will put everything at stake… even eternity.I have honestly really loved this whole series. I love the world Noel has created and the characters that are finding their way through it. It will be sad to see this series go, but I am waiting with baited breath to know how it will all end.
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Originally released in January, 1996.
This was a silly installment in the Fear Street series. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, more than usual I thought. But they all had their own personalities and styles, which I totally appreciated. Holly was successfully portrayed as the annoying girlie she was supposed to be, and I admit I took Ruth's side most of the time when it came to listening to Holly's gossip. I never really liked Miriam either, as the main character telling the story, perhaps because I felt like she was weak when it came to dealing with what was happening around her. The ending was worth it though, an honest surprise twist that I did not see coming!
Fear Rating: 1 out of 3 Screams
Friday, April 15, 2011
This book was all right. There were lots of things I liked about it, including the fact that Evie was a seriously tough and courageous girl. She's boyish and outdoorsy, but also maintains her girlish side, the one that loves her best friend and is interested in kissing cute boys. I also really liked the quotes at the beginning of the chapters. Often times quotes like these can be cheesy and overlooked, but Johnson chose wisely and I found myself taking a moment to revel in the quotes before moving on. Johnson has an easy writing style and gives Evie a very upfront voice. There is no flowery language, no superfluous descriptions. On the other hand, however, I sometimes thought Evie was entirely too smart for her age and experience. She is almost annoyingly set on knowing she is right. At times, her actions felt a little far-fetched. If readers can get past that, there are plenty of current pop-culture references to keep the book in the present. And of course, a fantastic happy ending.
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Dark, urban fantasies come to life in the newest collection of Steampunk stories, Corsets & Clockwork. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements. Throw in epic romances that transcend time, and this trendy, engrossing anthology is sure to become another hit for the fast-growing Steampunk genre!
This collection features some of the hottest writers in the teen genre, including: Ann Aguirre, Jaclyn Dolamore, Tessa Gratton, Frewin Jones, Caitlin Kittredge, Adrienne Kress, Lesley Livingston, Dru Pagliassotti, Dia Reeves, Michael Scott, Maria V. Snyder, Tiffany Trent, and Kiersten White.I have totally enjoyed the previous themed story collections edited by Telep, and this sounds as though it might be the best yet. That line-up of authors makes my heart pound. Check it out!
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Entwined is a beautiful book, plain and simple. I couldn't stop myself from falling deeply into the lush atmosphere. The language and writing style was soft with details but rich with colors. Heather Dixon was brilliant in her descriptions of the hidden forest, with some imagery sure to linger in the minds of readers long after the book is finished. Azalea was a tremendously powerful character, with her thoughts and actions completely justified and intelligent. The King was also written very well, and I was pleased to see him prominently penned into the plot. This book was not only a fabulous retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, but it was also a tender story of a father struggling to care for his daughters. And I LOVED the delicate addition of magic throughout. At over 450 pages, this read felt quick. I personally could not put it down for anything, except maybe to Google a few of the dances listed inside. Especially the romantic Entwine! Heather Dixon instantly became a favorite author, and I look forward to reading more from her!
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Friday, April 8, 2011
This was an interesting book, to say the least. The zombie element was cool. It was quite gory and horrific in some places, not for the weak stomached readers out there. I thought the fact that the zombies could communicate and had a hierarchy made them fit into vampire lore more than the walking dead. But the characters were complete, and all of them were amusing. The point of view switching between Meredith, Heather, and Adrien pulled the story along more quickly than if it were just one narrator. The romance was sweet, the horror was spooky. With a twist ending readers won't see coming, The Cellar is a fun read!
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her—and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.
*droool* Love those mer-folk books! Keep them coming please! And what a stunning cover, with the purple scales and tattoo. I admit the plot sounds a little cheesier than usual, but I am still completely looking forward to this book.
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
This book was just okay, if not a little disturbing. The writing style was very conversational, which was hard to get used to at first, but as the story picked up, it faded into the background and flowed completely. Adam's voice was raw and unapologetic, and was sometimes so gently innocent that it made for a very funny scene. The real pleasure, however, was whenever Pia entered the story. That girl was seriously crazy! It was scary and adorable to watch Adam and Pia fumble together through their adventure. Another character I really enjoyed was Adam's hyper-religious cousin Iris, though it felt as if George Rabasa wanted to do more with her story and simply could not find any excuse to include it in the book. At the end, I couldn't help but feel unsatisfied, almost as though the journey had all been for nothing.
I would be curious to know what others out there who have read this book thought of it!
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Friday, April 1, 2011
It's a good thing this book was short, because I am not sure I could have stomached the plot any longer. Besides being gaggingly cliched, the shallow characters made my eyes roll. Even as the underdog, I didn't see any reason to root for April. Sure there are terrible girls in high school, but Brittany is extraordinarily mean. And I'm not entirely convinced April fully learned her main character lesson. The dialog had been done before and was predictable. The one cute bit was that April had dreams related to what was going on in her life, and they were genuinely funny. For girl readers out there looking for a breezy spring break book without much depth, this is a good one for you. However, if you expect a little more from your reads, I would pass.
Overall Rating: 2 Stars