Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

This is the 30th book I've read this year. (Hopefully, I will spell everything right.)

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.




















Christian beliefs: Nope.

Other belief systems: There are mermaids, or Syerna. And what they believe in and such. Poseidon in this book wasn't a god, but a mermaid, or Syerna.

Language: There wasn't very much swearing in this book, which I was glad. And they only swore when they were mad, and it was funny how the Syerna didn't know swear words, so they had no idea when Emma would call them one. xD 

Romance: Kissing, and the Syerna have to get mated to each other, it's like getting married. And when they get mated, they have to go find a island and finish the mating. But it's just the Syerna's way of getting married. :) But they mention that a lot.

Any other bad things: I'm pretty sure this doesn't count as a spoiler, but in the beginning, someone dies, and it's super sad. :( And it has to do with a shark FYI.

Comments:

Good points:

I love mermaids. And my little sister loves Ariel, and the Little Mermaid. And of course, I watched those movies with her. (all three acutally.) and it was fun to read about mermaids YA style.
I read this book in 2 days. Which means I really liked this book. Like a lot. And since I'd never read a mermaid YA book before, I was glad that I liked it.
I loved how the book was from Emma's point of view, than it skipped to Galen's point of view, but in second/third person. I think it was a good idea to do that. :)

I love Emma. She's strong, but she can be weak at times. And it was cool to see her try and get along with the Syerna. She took to being different quite well I thought.

Galen is hilarous. He has no idea how highschool is like. And it was fun for him to understand girls in the highschool. ;) My favorite line from him was: "All the females were sending him mating calls." xD Too funny. And though he was 20, he acted like a teenager still. Which I thought was cool.

I loved seeing Toraf's and Ryane's love story fold out. It was good to have two love stories going at once.

Rachel was awesome. She was good at playing Galen's "mom". And her past was very interesting. I hope Anna writes more about Rachel's past.

Negative points:

Again, this book had one of those mom's I'm glad I don't have. Emma's mom didn't trust her at all, and it drove me nuts. I told my mom I was glad that she's not like that. XD

Also, the writing was a bit confusing sometimes, like I didn't know who was talking. But I got through it pretty well.

All in all, I LOVED this book, and where it ended, you will be very angry with Anna Banks. 

2013 has to come quicker!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

-Maddi

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My New Bookshelf!

Since it looks like a bookshelf threw up on my floor, I got a used bookself. And here it is!


It needs painted and all that great stuff, so I won't be bored for most of the summer. O.o

I've already planned on how I'll organize the books on it. hehe

-Maddi

Waiting on Wednesday 5/30/12

Today I am waiting for...



Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. Coming July 31st 2012 from HarlequinTeen.

Goodreads page.

-Maddi

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review: PRETTY AMY by Lisa Burstein

This is the 29th book I've read this year.

“A coming-of-age story without the comfort of padding…a relatable and compelling character [with] a lot of wonderful snark.” —New York Journal of Books
Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx—Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing—like she is nothing.

Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.



Christian beliefs: Amy goes to a prayer circle at a Christian church.


Other belief systems: Amy is Jewish, Amy mentions Atheist once.


Language: the F word, the A word the H word. But only when Amy was around Cassie did you hear them over and over. lol


Romance: Amy kisses two people in this book. One of them makes her take off her bra and he's touching her. Which I just found awkward....But...the other kissing is sweet, and I totally expected it. :)


Violence: Amy hurts herself by falling, nothing else really, I don't want to spoil the the book for you guys though.


Any other bad things: Amy is charged with selling drugs, and the book is about her not really getting the point about jail. So I guess she hurts herself, her parents, her friends. So she keeps not getting it, so she hurts herself quite a lot.


Comments:


Good points:


Such a great story! If you just keep pulling through to the end, it's all worth it at the end. :) 
I don't read much of those kind of books, but this one I enjoyed. I know some teens out there cope with what Amy was going through. I totally understood the whole friend thing she was dealing with. I have a lot of friend drama, so I understood that.
I understood Amy's relationship with Joe from the start. (hehe;)) He cared about her, she did too, she just didn't admit it. So it was cool to see her get through that, me knowing the truth. Does anyone else like knowing something the MC doesn't?? Or is it just me? (I think it's just me.)
The writing was super easy, not a lot of description, which I like, I like to use my brain to think of what the place looks like. It was a quick read.

I hated Amy's mom. Well...not hated, I really didn't like her. I thought she was being mean to Amy, but I knew Amy just wasn't getting it, but it was no reason to be so mean to her also. I always cry and clam up when someone is mean to me, so if I was Amy, I probably would never have talked to my mom again. O.o.

I liked her dad though, he seemed to get it, he wasn't like those clueless dads you watch on TV, he seemed to get it, unlike Amy's mom who just yelled and cried all the time...

I liked Lila and Cassie too, well...Cassie the most I think. She's someone I would want to be like, stand up for myself. (minus the cussing etc...) But I will probably never be like her though, I'm a nice person, I would probably say anything mean like that, or beat someone up like her. XD.

All the other adults drove me nuts, they just didn't get what it was like to be a teen, some adults just don't. Some adults think teens don't know how to do anything, and we aren't 'mature' enough until we turn 18 and we're magically an mature. (how does that make any sense??) 

But in the end, they got to her, and Amy got a little more mature, and she got it. And I was very proud of her at the end. :)

Negative points:

I think what really bothered me was how the Christian church was described...I mean, my church isn't like that. So it was a bit insulting. But I'm sure some churches out there are like that, just not mine. (hehe)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Can't wait for Dear Cassie!

-Maddi

In My Mail Box #1

Here's what's IMM!

(this is my first IMM, so I'll try and not do things wrong. :P lol)

Goodreads page
 Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock.


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 Insurgent Veronica Roth.


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Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein (when I saw this book at the store, I almost yelled outloud. I went over and grabbed it really fast. I am so excited...)


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Of Poseidon by Anna Banks.



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 Torn and Ascend by Amanda Hocking.


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and, Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

*lets out breath* WHEW! That was fun. ;)

-Maddi

Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: ASCEND by Amanda Hocking

This is the 28th book I've read this year.

Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world.  Ascend is the final chapter in her bestselling Trylle trilogy—and you’ll never guess how it ends!


Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe.  But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it’s the only way to save them?
The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn’t the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice…who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end.  
Everything has been leading to this moment.  The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it.


Christian beliefs: None.

Other belief systems: Magic, trolls.

Language: It wasn't heavy at all. And when Amanda wrote the word, or words, they seemed like they were needed. (not saying they were good words, but it wasn't like they were swearing just to swear.)

Violence: They're at war, so blood, people dying, people getting hurt.

Romance: I was very upset that Wendy and you-know-who had sex right in the middle of the story. I was rather upset. And Wendy was married. And not to you-know-who. I was considering stopping just becuase of it, but I held on. And the ending was awesome. People also kiss, and Wendy and her husband have a wedding night, but they just go to sleep, considering they don't love each other at all.

Any other bad things: Nope.

Comments:

Good points:

I loved the ending. I think it was the best part. I loved who Wendy picked, and I loved where the other guy ended up. (make sure you get the 2nd edition so you can read the short story at the end!!) 
I loved how smart Wendy was, and how Amanda planned everything out. 
I loved how much her characters changed, they went from totally different people by the end of the story. And I was sad to  have to leave the Tyrlle world. :(
Also, Amanda made the BEST love triangle EVER. It so isn't what you expected. 

Negative points:

First off, the fact that someone and Wendy had sex when she was married. My mom even suggested I stop reading, but I kept going, because I really wanted to see what happened with the Vittra King, and who Wendy picked to love forever. Also, towards the end, everything went really fast, but I kept holding on. And I was pleasantly surprised at the ending.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

-Maddi

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review: TORN by Amanda Hocking

This is the 27th book I've read this year.

When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds.

As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “One Day, Three Ways,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.



Christian beliefs: None.

Other belief systems: They're trolls. Magic.

Violence: Wendy gets hurt, and starts coughing up blood. And someone else gets sick too. But otherwise than throwing people against walls, nothing else.

Romance: I was really glad that the kissing was thin. Of course, people who have read the first book, Switched, you know that Wendy and Finn had kissed before. So of course, they kiss in his book first. And as read in the description, the love tilange is forming, Wendy has this thing for Loki, a Vittra prince. And she has to marry someone before she can become queen. But that's all I'm saying. ;)

Language: the P word is used, and dick, and the D word maybe, I can't remember. Amanda is really good about not swearing all the time. You can enjoy the book way better when they're not swearing.

Any other bad things: Nope! :)

Comments:

Good points

I was so happy when I saw this book sitting in my Walmart when I was just walking by the book section. And that I had money. (cough...) I had finished Switched back in Feb., and since my library doesn't have these books, I was super happy I got a chance to buy it. :D
I was very excited to get back in the world of the Tyrlle. I missed Wendy, Finn, Willa etc...Heck, I missed everyone!
It was a very quick read, and that was just reading at night, before bed time. It usually takes me a long time to read a book when I only read during night. And I think you enjoy and remember the book way better when you take your time. Like eating slowly, you enjoy it better. (says my mom anyway.)
Amanda writes like she tweets. (hehe) If I didn't know who wrote this, I would have probably guessed Amanda Hocking.
Ok, now onto the review part. :p
I loved where it started, Wendy had just ran away to see her host brother Matt, but she gets kidnapped by the Vittra. Then she escapes and goes back with the Tyrlle, where she starts training again. 
Wendy can use persuasion and move things with her mind. It was cool to see her grow. :)

Negative points

The writing was a little iffy, but I've been reading classics out loud with my mom. :P

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

I'm going to start Ascend super soon!!

-Maddi

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I'm now an editor!!

Hey everyone!

Yesterday, I applied to be an editor at this awesome blog: Divergent@WordPress.

And I got it!!! I'm really excited to get started.

Do you want to join to? We have plenty of spots for all kinds of things. :) Just click this: http://thedivergenttrilogy.wordpress.com/join-us/

In other news, I have a cold, so I'm watching TV and doing nothing. lol :P

I hope everyone else is having a good Saturday!!

-Maddi

Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This is the 26th book I've read this year.

Starting over sucks.


When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.


And then he opened his mouth.


Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. 


The hot alien living next door marks me.


You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 


If I don't kill him first, that is.






Christian beliefs: Katy asks Daemon if he believes in God, and he answers: "He seems like a pretty nice guy." Not saying that anyone believes in God in this book, but it's good to hear some positive about him. 


Other belief systems: Aliens my friends, aliens.


Violence: Arum attack people, someone dies, people get hurt. Katy's mom works at a hospital.


Language: Where do I even start? Well...the D word is used, so is the S word. And they use the LORD's name in vain a lot. (I tried to ignore it most of the time.) And so many others...so just a warning, there are a   LOT of swear/cuss words.


Romance: Katy's date to the dance isn't as charming as she hoped. There are a couple kissing scenes, the first one is really passionate, but the way Jennifer was making us all wait for the moment, I think it was alright. *winks*. But sex is mentioned sometimes, but it never happens. Spoiler: Daemon and Katy get into a bed together, but it's just bc she needs protecting, and she's scared. (he could have been a gentleman and slept on the floor....).


Any other bad things: One time, Katy forgets to wear a bra, and Daemon comes on over. (embarrassing...) course, women don't wear some, I think as long as they're covered, it's not unmodest. But it would help if they did wear one...lol


Comments:


Good points:


Jennifer put together a great plot. I have been waiting to buy this book for a long time...and I got the second edition! So glad I waited. (I haven't read all the bonus material in it yet. I needed to take a break and write this review.) My plot was in this book sorta. With the whole alien/light/shadow thingy. But it was a really great book.
I loved Katy's voice and character. She reminded me of me. (without the swearing and kissing passionately.) She wants to help, she doesn't want to be hurt, she doesn't like it when boys are jerks. (I don't either.) she just seemed like a girl I would like to be friends with. (minus the swearing etc...) I think she'd be a good role model. (without the etc....) She also blushes a lot, and I do that so much when I lie, or embarrass myself. She also hated being embarrassed, and when some girls are just plain mean, she didn't say anything to her, she just kept her cool. (well...most of the time...)
I loved how, in the summary, we knew that Daemon is an alien, but Katy doesn't find out until the middle of the book. So it was fun 'teasing' Katy. I knew what he was, so it was fun to see her figure it all out.
I also loved how Daemon was a jerk, but he was also all soft inside too. He had respect for Katy, even though he wouldn't show it.

Negative points:

The swearing just isn't necessary. There are words called 'shoot' and 'darn'. We don't need to break out all the language. Sure they were being real jerks, but you don't have to call them the B word. And using the LORD's name in vain is so sad. He CREATED you, and this is how you repay Him? Sorry. I'm moving on now...
Also, the writing wasn't that hard for me too read, after reading Tom Sawyer and Anne of Green Gables, I can honestly say that an adult should write a teensy bit better than that. But that's just my opinion.

All in all, the plot, the characters were all great. And I enjoyed this book very much. :)))

Rating: 4 out of 5

Can't wait for ONYX! 

-Maddi

PS: Jennifer, I LOVE your name. It's really creative. :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday 5/16/12

Today, I am waiting for....



Defiance is by C.J Redwine, and will hit shelves August 28th 2012 from Balzer + Bray.

Goodreads page.

-Maddi

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review: GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

This is 25th book I've read this year.

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?









Christian beliefs: They mention God once.


Other belief systems: They have their saints. Which they have all there own talent, or ability. Think Greek gods, but they're saints. Ex: Death, love etc...


Language: they used d---ed, but not in a wrong way, really. And they say "Good Jusu" or something like that often, I think it's like saying the LORD's name in vain, but using someone else's name.


Violence: Poisoning, killing, blood. A usual medieval war book. But it's all the time mind you.


Romance: In the beginning of the story, young Ismae gets married, and her new husband is oh too glad to get things going, (if you get my meaning) nothing happens, just her husband makes her take all her clothes off, and he sees the scar, and goes all ballistic. (coward ;)) There's kissing, and they do have sex, but it's not even noticeable if you truly understand the meaning. Some people might wonder why she's taking off all her clothes. But otherwise than that, it was a sweet romance. :)


Comments:


Good points:

I love medieval books, it's cool to learn history while reading a fictional book. lol. I loved Ismae's voice, and her dedication to her convent and those she loves. 
There was so much in this book! It's hard to cover it all, I love the tension between Ismae and Duval, I knew the moment they started arguing, they were going to fall in love. ;) (it's so obvious!)
I loved how she was taught by nuns. Nuns. Assassin nuns. Who would ever thought that nuns would be teaching and know how to kill someone...It kinda blows your mind. O.o

I laughed, cried and hated this book. Which means I really liked it. I think if I would want to have a friend, it would be Ismae, she's awesome, she kinda reminded me of my friend, who's a little older than Ismae.

I really don't have anything else to say, just that this book was 549 pages of awesomeness. 

It took me 7 days to finish this book, but it was SO big!!

Negative points:

I don't think I hate any, just that is was so big....O.o lol . And even though have sex, it was to help someone, but it could still have been avoided.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Can't wait for book 2!!! Spring 2013, really?

-Maddi

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Great Birthday

I just wanted to tell everyone thank you for an AMAZING birthday! I had a great day. :)

I went to go see the Avengers for the second time, and it was still amazing. xD I also think Loki is pretty cute, I have a thing for bad boys....

I got an laptop, and I named it JARVIS. Lol. I can't wait until I can drive so I can go to coffee houses and write until the workers kick me out.
I've also discovered writing and watching TV. Which isn't the best idea, but it's too much fun. ;) You can say your working, when your really not. hehe

Well, I hope everyone enjoys there weekend!

-Maddi

Friday, May 11, 2012

B-Day Present from Hope!!

Hope my cover producer made this for me!! She's so awesome and sweet. :) <3


Thanks for all the b-day wishes!!

xoxo

-Maddi

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Birthday Plans!

Hey everyone, just here to update you on my birthday plans!!

Tomorrow, make sure you stop by Claire Reads  to help celebrate my birthday!! There will be a character interview and giveaways!!!

Don't miss. :)

-Maddi

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

This is the 24th book I've read this year.

What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? 
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?









Christian beliefs: They're angels and demons. So they talk about God often. And Anna goes to church, prays, and she seems to really love God. :)

Other belief systems: Nope.

Language: D--n is used often, but I think that's about it.

Violence: Someone gets shot, can't really remember much of anything else.

Romance: Kissing...doing the marriage thing before your acutally married. But it's never in the book, they just mention it. Kaidan is the son of the demon of Lust, so his goal is so kiss other girls and do other things. And they say 'sex' a lot. Which isn't a bad word, but they throw it around like it's nothing. And they us virginity a lot. (It's a "bad" thing that Anna is a virgin.) Just lots of kissing.
(I wouldn't remoned this book to girls younger than me... Defiantly be a teen girl to read this. Guys wouldn't want to read this. xD)

Comments:


Good points:

Ok, I liked how respectful Anna is to God, about when she talks about Him and talks to him. I like how Anna is really close to a guy, it's her guy friend. Which a lot, girls and guys alike think only your allowed to have friends with the same gender, unless your dating. Which is totally wrong. I have a lot of guy friends.

I also liked how Anna's father was. He seemed to care, and was loving. Just like a dad should. :)
Wendy put a lot of good points for teens this day. And she really wrote the love story great. I would really feel what Anna was feeling.

Negative points:

Er...Um...ok, I guess I have to do this. (but I really don't want to.) I don't like how carelessly people throw around the words 'sex' and 'virginty' so easily. And around boys for heavens sake! Boys have different wired brains, they're very visual, so just one of those words could give them a really bad image.
And the fact that Kaidan is all about 'working' is really sad. It was hard to finish it when I knew what Kaidan's job was. To get girls to do things that they shouldn't do until they were married.  But I guess that's what a demon's son would do.
To be honest, after reading the first parts of it, my brain needed a shower. O.o Also, the writing was a little different, it might have needed more editing, or I was just weird. xD


But overall, I liked the plot, it would have been a bit better without all the romance...like the serious kind. A few kisses here and there were ok. But I'm really enjoying all these angel books. This isn't like any other angel book out there, Wendy made a whole new meaning to the meaning of: "part angel/demon".

Also, this book reminded me kind of my book. Which is kinda cool to see that people like this book, so they might like my book too. :)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Even though I didn't like the romance, doesn't mean I'm not excited for book 2! :) I'm excited to see what happens between Kaidan and Wendy, the rest of the awesomeness. 

Good job, Wendy! :D

-Maddi

Waiting on Wednesday 5/9/12

This is what I'M waiting for this Wednesday!


Timepiece by Myra McEntire comes June 12th 2012 EgmontUSA.

Goodreads page.

-Maddi

Monday, May 7, 2012

Shadow Future UPDATE

Alright everyone...here's a little update on the process with the SF books.

SHADOW FUTURE is now on Smashwords. You can get the link in the sidebar.

Also, Smashwords got upset when I tried to put the book on other sites, like B&N etc...so my mom needs to go in, and fix things. (she's one of the best editors EVER.)

And VERY soon, paperback copies will be out!! Are you excited? I am. And a bit nervous...

Alright, just wanted to update ya'll.

Have a great rest of your day!!

-Maddi

PS: In SF, there's the FIRST chapter of SF2, and the title. *smirks*

INCARNATE 2: Title + Cover Reveal!!

Ok...are you guys ready?

The first time I saw this cover, my first thought was: "AHHHHHHH" (it's THAT awesome.)

Ok...ready?





One....






Two....








THREE!

*swoons*

And then...the summary:


DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.


And don't forget to check out Jodi's website for more!! http://www.jodimeadows.com/?p=1284

Isn't it pretty?

-Maddi

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review: HALLOWED by Cynthia Hand

This is the 23rd book I've read this year.

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.







Christian beliefs: They're angels. They talk about God often, not much respect is going on, but sometimes.

Other belief systems: Nope.

Language: Hell is used wrongly, and they use the LORD's name in vain multiple. (which I fine ironic, considering they're angels...)

Violence: People get hurt, there's some blood.

Romance: KISSING!! And I'm going to give out a spoiler....everyone knows, (whos read UNEARTHLY) that Tucker and Clara like each other...so they almost take it a step further....(which I was like....'what?!') But they don't ever make it though. But Clara doesn't have her shirt on. And Clara daydreams about her getting married to Tucker and having a child etc....
And there's always Christian floating around...

Comments:

Good points:

I liked how well Cynthia plots! It was a roller coaster ride. Most of things, I would have never expected. 
Most of the time, I was like...WOAH. No way! WOW. NO!!!! (seriously.)
It was a great squeal, and I can't wait for 3!!

Negative points:

They're angels, they shouldn't be using the LORD's name in vain. I mean...that's SO ironic....so every time they did I wasn't happy. It seemed so backwards to me. I mean, it's alright to be upset at God, I mean, who isn't at one point in time? But do you really need to use His name in vain like that? Mostly if your an ANGEL? And the fact that Tucker and Clara almost went to far I mean...come on guys, you can get married soon, just wait, ok? And Christian, I mean, leave poor Clara alone!! lol.

It was hard to write this, my brain is still processing this book...(405 pages in less than 24 hours...O.o) So it's kinda short, but overall, I REALLY enjoyed this book, it just keeps guessing, and you just don't want to put it down! I stayed up until 1 last night reading. And I would have stayed up longer, but I was super tired....(I haven't done that in a long while...)

Rating: 5 stars!!

-Maddi