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The Name of the Star
Maureen Johnson

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden)

The Eternity Cure - Julie Kagawa Omg omg I can't even find words

Eternity Embraced (Demonica, #3.5)

Eternity Embraced (Demonica, #3.5) - Larissa Ione First book I read of this series. I liked it and plan to get to the main series so I can see the characters from the start.

Six Earlier Days

Six Earlier Days - David Levithan Glad to read more about 40 pages didn't add a lot but I really like seeing what he was like before the main story

Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story

Free Four - 'Veronica Roth' Really liked it planning to read insurgent after my current reads are finished. The sneak peak made me really want to read it as soon as possible. Just picked up for my kindle

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - Rachel Cohn, David Levithan Loved this will be adding a real review soon

Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)

Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers loved this book the premise was amazing real review coming soon!

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden)

The Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa I have never read a book by Julia before though I do remember hearing her name before. I have meet many people who rave about her Iron Fey series ( a series now on my to read list). I started this book a little bit hesitantly I was worried that her book would be trapped in the black hole that many vampire novels have fallen into. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't a typical vampire novel. The immortal Rules combines the topic of vampires with a Dystopian society.
Zeke is Allie's love interest though their romance is on the back burners the scenes were so cute. I really like the way Zeke acts he isn't the common bad boy you see in YA books recently. In fact he is a good guy who fights for what is right and is also a great fighter.
In all, The Immortal Rules is a great start to this trilogy. I can't wait for the next book to come out in 2013. Best part to me is the fact that Julia promised we get to see more Kanin in the second book I really am super excited to have Kanin back!


The world is so dark and kinda frightening. I really couldn't put this book down the story was so perfect with all of its action scenes a twists and turns. I absolutely love the characters(Kanin being my favorite!) The main character Allie is AMAZING! She kicks Ass with her awesome weapon(sorry not telling;) She also opens up as a vampire more than she ever did back when she was a human with only survival on her mind.

This is my first Dystopian novel so I have no reference point on how effective and well written the world is supposed to be. The Fringe and the vampire castle is written so well! I absolutely love it and it is so unique.




5/5 stars

Beautiful Creatures (Beautiful Creatures, Book 1)

Beautiful Creatures - Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia "Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the Universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures."

I adore that line usually I don't keep track of any quotes but that was just great I had to write it down!

This book is told through our male protagonist Ethan Wate, which was refreshing since most YA books are told in a female's perspective. You don't really have a great comprehension of his character since the story mainly revolves around Lena.

Ethan lives in a boring southern town of Gatlin, where nothing changes and the Civil War is called the war of aggression. Nothing of note happens and there aren't really any secrets but really nothing can be farther from the truth. This town is hopping with secrets. Ethan doesn't come to realize until a new girl, Lena, comes to town. This is when the story really begins.....

This book has mystery,southern culture,magic(a new take I haven't seen before), and a OK relationship. I do give Kudos to the authors though if I hadn't read that it was by two authors I wouldn't of even noticed.The writing is pretty good and the story is pretty interesting and different. Reading the book is pretty daunting because of it large size(over 500 pages) and has a lot of back story, and at times made me want to take breaks from it because of that. My favorite character was Uncle Macon(Lena's uncle who raised her).

The atmosphere for this book was amazing and I loved the characters and felt strong emotions for all of the both the good and the bad characters. Something not very prominent in YA fiction is family . The parents and family are usually not important and sometimes not mentioned at all kinda like in Charlie Brown when you never see an adult and all the say say is "wah wa wah wa" . Beautiful Creatures had lots of family involvement which I loved.

Did I like the book? Why yes I did in fact I checked out the next two from my library as soon as I got the chance.

My rating 4/5
Just for the parts where it dragged on!

Beautiful Darkness (Beautiful Creatures, Book 2)

Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl This is the second book in the caster chronicles so if you haven't seen my Beautiful Creatures review or have not read the book than please do so before you read the rest of this post.

About a two weeks a go I posted a review for the first book in this series.

My problems I had in that book was the lag in the story line and the character Lena.

In this one I felt that there wasn't really any lag and even the over load of information from the first book was necessary for the plot line of this book and this series. A lot of the mysteries from the first book are solved as well as a whole bunch of new problems are brought out and new questions enter the story.

On to Lena. Hmm for Lena I really am indifferent I really don't love her or hate her. One second she does something stupid the next I feel for her. All and all I guess I have a love-hate relationship for her. Ethan on the other hand I really LOVE I love that his character is evolving and growing. While Lena kinda feels flat to me.

My favorite character for this book is Liv (just because I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't read the second book yet) Liv is a new character in the second book who becomes really important to the plot line. She is British and studying to be a Keeper. What book isn't awesome with a little British humor?

I really liked this book and plan to continue the series soon. I have the third book and will read it sometime soon. I hope the third book is just as awesome as this one if not even better.

My Rating 4.5/5
Lena is what made this book not 5 stars for me

Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking) (bk. 1)

The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness When you open up this book the first thing you notice is the language of this book. When I first looked at what the writing was I thought I would not be able to enjoy it because of the way it was written but a few pages into the book and you get every thing they are saying with out any real big issues.

Something I try to avoid is books with a pet in them like a dog. Manchee though was amazing to read about. His loyalty to Todd was amazing plus the fact that he could talk made me a tad bit disappointed in my own dog!

Viola and Todd's relationship (non romantic) is amazing it really does grow and evolve through out the book and is really amazing to watch unfold. One of the major problems I had with this book was Todd which sucks since he is the main character.

Todd was a very stubborn and just plain stupid character at many different points in the story. His pride showed at the randomness time ever and made me want to groan in frustration every time he did something stupid. It wasn't over small things that made me upset it was big things like the fact he can not read but wouldn't let anyone else read the paper he needed to read.

Viola on the other hand was very clever and wise through out the story. When ever Todd did something wrong and made me angry with him Viola always had something to say to him that made me go "Thank You".

The most annoying part of the book though is the reoccurring pop up of a character that seems to pop up at the most random of times. It kinda felt like the author got stuck in his plot so he decided to bring back this character any chance he could get.

Lastly the ending of this book was a huge cliff hanger. It was rather predictable but it was still pretty interesting. I think I would of been more upset about the cliff hanger if I I would of read the book back when it was first published since the next two books are at my library I wasn't really desperate to check out the new book.

I give this book a 3.5/5

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone - Laini Taylor
Cover: I decided to add a section on covers starting with this one. In all honesty I love unique book covers and this cover is defiantly something in my eyes. The blue mask is really stunning to the black and white background and drew me in immediately. The cover does go with the story but I feel it could go even better if it was a girl with blue hair to represent Karou just a little bit more.

Plot: This plot is so amazing and unique. I have never seen a story line the same as this one before. Karou is trying to find out who she is. Her first memories are of being raised by these monsters she sketches and she desperately wants to know who she is and how she ended up in the care of these creatures. Karou runs errands for Brimstone ,the creature that raised her, collecting teeth yes, I did just say teeth! Karou doesn't know what they are for but she still collects them for him whenever he calls for her.
Karou starts to question everything she knows when she meets Akiva. Someone who is threatening everything she has ever known.

Negatives: Karou and Akiva had this instant love thing as soon as Akiva showed up again. How they ended up "friends" had me saying "really!"
Other than that the whole flashback part of the story was over whelming and the premise of reincarnation was a totally saw that coming moment.

Positives: Karou,Karou,and Karou!
I loved the characters and the fact that the book had angels vs. "demons" feel.
The world building was amazing and the character's personalities was displayed perfectly. You ended up with a very good feel for all the characters. Even if the characters were not major characters.

That ending!!!! I don't even know what to say about that ending.
My mouth was gaping like a fish!!!
I was like really REALLY!!!!!

I really can't wait until the sequel is published and I can get my hands on a copy.

My Rating 4/5

Throat

Throat - R.A. Nelson I picked this book up at my schools library I was in between books and had no idea when I would be going to the library next so I dropped by quickly before my first period.
This book was a new book at our library displayed front and center when you walk into the room.
I grabbed the book without even reading the inside flap.

This book is told through the character Emma. Emma is seventeen and suffers from epilepsy. One night after an attack from her epilepsy she steals her mother's car trying to get a way from everyone. She ends up in the hands of Wirtz a vampire who tries to kill her but fails because she had an attack.
Emma wakes up with out any memory of the night in the hospital. She later finds she has unique abilities no other human should have. Wirtz starts to visit her at night through a link that "creators " and "children" possess and threatens her family resulting in Emma running away from home to protect her family. She ends up at NASA where she meets Sagan a trainee astronomer who helps her survive and eventually falls in love with him

This book I really liked how there was a new and unique twist on the vampire theme. I like how the book also added science themes and the caves was also really cool. One of my favorite things about this book is it doesn't glorify that all vampires are awesome at the beginning. You know human changed by a totally awesome vampire that the reader is suppose to really like.
The book also has two separate groups of vampires those who wish to get rid of the "curse" and those who don't.

Another aspect I love about this book is there is some really great fighting scenes. Lastly I love Sagan! Sagan is such an awesome character. I'll admit it I usually love the male characters more than the girls but Sagan is completely lovable. I like that the love interest is clever and and smart with out being supernatural or a monster hunter/hater like most of the other books out there.

The only things I didn't really love was the cliff hanger ending and that their was so much that felt like it was left out or that there should of been more in certain parts of the story. As far as I know this book is a stand alone but I may be wrong. If it is a stand alone than I am a little bit disappointed in all of the hangers if not than I will probably pick up the next book in the series since I really do like the world R.A. Nelson has created

What Happened to Goodbye

What Happened to Goodbye - Sarah Dessen First off I absolutely love Sarah Dessen. I have read all of her books up to this one and was very happy to get my hands on this one as well. If you have ever read Sarah's books you may of noticed a similar trend in all of her books. Her main character has a problem (that she may or may not see as a problem) as well as a romance aspect that helps the character realize they have an issue.

This book is really no different. Sarah's books are predictable but I love the worlds she builds. As well as the fact she touches on such serious issues or more common issues we see or hear about all the time. Her characters are always so well thought out have there own problems making them very realistic and you can connect to at least one of them in every book.

I really don't have anything to say that really makes this one of her books stand out to me since all of her books are so similar. Don't get me wrong I love ANYTHING by her and will always be a loyal fan but I wasn't overly impressed.

So if you are a fan of Sarah Dessen and have read her other books than check this one out. If you have just discovered her or have heard of her I defiantly suggest you check out some of her earlier work before this one.

I will still be buying this book as well as probably rereading it again in the future! What can I say I just Sarah Dessen that much!

My Rating 3/5