Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fateful



Fateful by Cheri Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seems like Twilight only backwards to me. Sure there is the immediate connection between Ethan and Danielle, but I like the twist in this story line. Instead of "insta-love" there is the recognition of a former life together... No, not a re-incarnation thing. It kinda goes along with what I think is believable and some of us can relate to. Of course there is the... I-love-you-but-dont-want-to-kill-you-type of love, which I hope none of us can relate to.

Danielle moves to England to attend college while living with her Uncle, Aunt and cousin. She is a huge Pride and Prejudice fan and fantazises about finding her own Mr. Darcy. Just days after arriving, she is chased by someone at night and literally bumps into Ethan who saves her but when she looks into his eyes she recognizes his soul. While she finds lots of romance from Ethan, she learns that he is not the Mr. Darcy she thinks he is. When darkness falls, he becomes darkened with a course, a vampire curse.

Danielle's personality is quite cute. She is a frilly girl who loves to wear white, lace and skirts but is still quite learned in the martial arts. She can take out any man... well, as long as he is mortal anyway. Ethan is handsome, charming, British, and of course very old-fashioned because of his age. It seems he has his persuasive vampire charms on Danielle even in daylight which only happnes to her. Ethan is obessed with protecting her from the bad vampire, Lucas, who is stalking her.

I am impressed with books that are full of romance, action, danger, but very clean.. It even has high morals and values encouraged.



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Monday, January 30, 2012

Moonlight, A Dark Guardian Novel




Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kayla Madison, a teenager just turning 17, decides to spend the summer as a hiking guide with a friend she made last summer while she and her adopted parents go back to the woods where Kayla's birth parents were killed when she was a child. Among the other sherpa guides is the dark, quiet and intense Lucas Wilde. Kayla pushes away deep feelings that Lucas brings out in her, and soon learns she carries a gene that will change her life forever. Lucas is a key to all this.

I was drawn into this book quickly. It isn't as detailed or deep as other books get, but it was quite entertaining and the characters were quite believable. The kids were just regular teens who went off to a summer job, the only difference was they were able to shift. I really liked Kayla as her character was very caring but also brave enough to take risks even if she ended up looking a little foolish. The intensity of Lucas's personality was very intimidating at first, but soon I could see his hard persona soften, as he took his role as Kayla's protector seriously.

I was able to finish this book quickly but not lacking in anyway. Of course I look forward to more of this series.





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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Hallowed Book Trailer



Just 2 more weeks!! I can't wait for this book, one of my favorites of 2011.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tessa continues to help the Shadow Hunters with their quest to find the Majester. In doing so, things heat up with Jem while trying to forget her feelings for Will. Will, on the other hand, finds the truth about the curse that has tortured him for years.

Tessa, does not come across as the snotty teenager as some other heroines do, but is sincerely torn and wanting to do the right thing. She is determined to find out who she is and have the same courage as her friends. She is surprised to find love, especially after being treated as horribly as Will treated her.

My expectations as a second book were far exceeded. Cassandra Clare brought in so much emotion from the characters, especially Jem's. Will's bad boy act is torn down to see the real tormented boy. Add in some surprising traitors, a few deaths and it becomes one of my favorite books!

I could not put this book down! I was up until 3 am trying to finish it, but my sleep deprived body won out. The next morning I picked it up and finished it before I got out of bed! LOVED IT!
 
The end of the book leaves so many surprises which leaves me wanting MORE MORE MORE!

I would rate this book a PG-16.  Things get pretty steamy!
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