Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wake / Fade / Gone by Lisa McMann

This was the first non-fantasy book series I've read and it surpassed my expectation by a HUGE margin. I was not expecting it to be so good. The writing is different then what I'm used to but didn't take me long to settle into a rhythm. From the begging of Wake you can feel the emotional tension between Janie and Cabel..aaahhh how I love him. He's not perfect but neither is Janie. FADE raises the emotional level so much hire than WAKE I can't imagine what lies ahead for me in GONE (release date 2/2009). This series will leave you with your heart racing.

Rating-5

(W)-http://lisamcmann.com/html/books.htm

The House Of Night by P.C. Cast + Kristin Cast

1. Marked
2. Betrayed
3. Chosen
4. Untamed
5. Hunted
6. Tempted
7. Burned 4/27/10

This series is a little more provocative than other YA books I've read before. The whole consept of having to move into a school as you transition into a full fledge vampire is pretty interesting and grabed my attention from the very begining. Of course each book has it's own journey and I enjoyed them all but when the sixth book Tempted recieved some bad reviews I was contemplating on whether to buy it or not. But I always finish a book even when I don't like where it is going because you never know what can change in a story. So taking matter's into my own hands so that I can form an oppinion of my own I went out and bought it. P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast wrote this book in several characters POVs (the others are in Zoey's POV) and it wasn't as bad as I was hearing. Yes, what happens at the end is devastaing and Erik was acting like a total jerk but the journey was still exciting and interesting. So now I can't wait for the next book Burned to come out! I can imagine this world so clearly. It makes me want to be marked and have to live at The House of Night, except for the hole evil thing that's going on there. You'll see what I'm talking about once you get swept away into this series. And believe me... you will.

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(W)- http://www.houseofnightseries.com/

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

HOLY SMOKES!! This book is so addicting. I couldn't but it down. I even locked my door so no one could disturb me. It's great, fantastic, exciting, sexy, and much much more..this is a definite must read!

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(W)-http://beccafitzpatrick.com/index.html

The Vampire Diaries by L.J.




The Awakening & The Sruggle
Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.


Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.


Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.


Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them. --Goodreads

The Fury & Dark Reunion


Elena: transformed, the golden girl has become what she once feared and desired.


Stefan: tormented by losing Elena, he's determined to end his feud with Damon once and for all—whatever the cost. But slowly he begins to realize that his brother is not his only enemy.


Damon: at last, he possesses Elena. But will his thirst for revenge against Stefan poison his triumph? Or can they come together to face one final battle?


Collected here in one edition are the third and fourth volumes of The Vampire Diaries, a riveting conclusion to the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.--Goodreads


The Vampire Diaries
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Elena Gilbert is alive—again.
When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her—the handsome, brooding Stefan and the sleek and dangerous Damon—she was consigned to a fate beyond death. Until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back.
Now Elena is not just human. She has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. What's more, her blood pulses with an overwhelming and unique force that makes her irresistible to any vampire.
Stefan wants to find a way to keep Elena safe so that they can make a life together. Damon, however, is driven by an insatiable desire for power, and wants Elena to rule as his princess. When Stefan is lured away from Fell's Church, Damon seizes his chance to convince her that he is the brother she is meant to be with. . . .
But a darkness is infiltrating the town, and Damon, always the hunter, is now the hunted; he becomes the prey of a malevolent creature that can possess him at will, and who desires not just Elena's blood but her death.--Goodreads

The Return
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My comments:

I picked up these books after learning it was going to be a TV Series and wanted to check out the original story. The first two books were good..not great but good. I found myself taking a much more liking to Bonnie, Meredith, and Matt than I did to Elena the heroine. Stefan, I liked. He was a gentlemen, kind and caring. He struggles with the insatiable thirst that drives all vampires to kill. Trying to live amongst humans as one of them he happens to find his soulmate once again ,a centry later, in Elena. The love story between the two is rocky but never wavering. This is a classic love story of soulmates finding one another through adversities.
Now let's talk about Damon, Stefan's older brother. He is the epitome of "Bad Boy." He's sexy, strong, bold, but also uncaring, selfish, and reckless. The total opposite of his brother except in looks. They are both hotties. It seem that Damon's part in these stories is only to come between Stephan and Elena. Damon is also in love with Elena but is obviously second choice because he embraces his natural vampire instinct to hunt and kill. I still don't know if I like him but I do admire his honesty.  

The Return took the story in a whole differnt directions which left me with the this question,"What the Heck is going on here?" I wasn't lost but I think there were too many things going on and the two brothers loving the same girl sinerio got a little old by then. In this book we are intruduced to Shinichi and Misao two mind controling demons that enjoy watching their human puppets mutilate themselves while wrecking havoc on their town. Elean by this point has now died, resurected, and transformed into an angle. I don't mind angels in my story but to me it just doesn't flow with the story. I mean she's an angel. Stefans a vampire. I don't know I guess it could happen. It's a fictional story right. I did try my hardest to get into this book. I stuggled but I finished. This story was just not for me and I feel bad saying that because I love to read. Plus, I understand how hard it is for authors to get a piece of work published that they wrote with all their sweat and tears. But, everyone has their own tastes and this one just didn't sit well on my taste buds.

Holly Black

A Modern Fearie Tale
1. Tithe
2. Valiant
3. Ironside
These books gave me my first look into the dark, and racy side of YA books. I absolutely loved them but was surprised to see them labeled as YA. I wish Holly would continue on with Kaye and Roiben's story but she has no plan on it right now. Her new book White Cat will be released in May of 2010 and I cant wait for that.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Stories

This is a good book to take a look at when in search for different authors writing. After reading Kelly Armstrong's "Kat" she is now on my "Must Read List." I bought the book originally because I love Cassandra Clare and Holly Black but got some good glimpse into other series.

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(W)-http://runningpress.com/perseus/book_detail.jsp?isbn=0762437170

Wolf Tales by Kate Douglas

Warning..this book is for mature readers!!
At the time I read this I was trying the world of Werewolves because I had read quite a bit of Vampires but this just wasn't a world I was interested after I finished reading it. I need a good story not just a juicy one. I felt it was missing something and relied too much on all the sex to carry the story. I don't think I will be reading the rest of the series which is HUGE by the way.

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Come and Get Me by Alyssa Brooks


Warning...this book is for mature readers!!

This book was fun and exciting to read. It's full of adventure and exotic places. You won't be able to put it down once you start..That's a promise.

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(W)-http://www.alyssabrooks.com/comeandgetme.html

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Warning..these books are for mature readers!!
I'm really excited to be adding Sherrylyn's books because I absolutely love them. Her book series hold a special places in my heart. She is a fantastic writer. Her books are funny, sad, exciting, witty and full of every emotion possible. I was laughing one minute and cry the next. It's a great roller coaster ride of emotions but totally worth it because the girl always gets the HOT guy in these books ;) You will just love all her characters and her stories are amazing and so imaginative. Check out all her books on her website. She has tons of books and series.
(FYI-As you may have noticed each title is rated seperatly. I have placed a R (for Rating) plus the number of hearts I would have placed there. This way I will not take up so much space.)



Dark Hunter Series /Were Hunter Series/ Dream Hunter Series
Reading Order
1. Fantacy Lover (R-5)
2. Night Pleasures (R-5)
3. Night Embrace (R-5)
4. Dance With The Devil (R-4)
5. Kiss of the Night (R-4)
6. Night Play (R-5)
7. Seize the Night (R-5)
8. Sins of the Night (R-4)
9. Unleash the Night (R-4)
10. Dark Side of the Moon (R-4)
11. Fear the Darkness (R-4)
12. The Dream-Hunter (R-4)
13. Upon the Midnight Clear (R-4)
14. Devil May Cry (R-5)
15. Dream Chaser (R-4)
16. Acheron (R-5)
17. One Silent Night (R-5)
18. Dream Warrior (R-4)
19. Bad Moon Rising (R-5)
20. No Mercy 8/4/10



Anthology for Dark Hunter Series

1. Bloodlite (R-3)
2. Dead After Dark (R-5)
3. Stroke of Midnight (R-5)






The League Series

1. Born of Night (R-5)
2. Born of Fire (R-5)
3. Born of Ice (R-5)