Friday, December 30, 2011

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare



I have been trying to catch up on all my Cassandra Clare reading this month and just made it through City of Glass. As it's already the end of the month, I'm not going to make it through the other 3 books as I initially wanted to get through before 2012, but I am so happy I made it through this one!

I am not going to write a full review either, I just wanted to add a quick note that I love this series. The characters are fantastic and I love all the plot twists and turns that you just don't see coming.
I think this series deserves all the hype it's been getting and so far I have been enjoying the audiobooks as well.
I highly recommend this series if you enjoy action and adventure with great characters that you really want to root for.
5 out of 5 stars!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Possess by Gretchen McNeil



Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king


I am so glad that I made time to read this book before the year was over. It was an amazing read and very entertaining. There is not one other book that I read this year that has Demons and a high religious overtones that I rated a 5 star, but this one deserves it.
The subject matter was handled so well that the story flowed so well I felt like I was watching a movie the whole time. The romance was cute, the main character was funny and kick ass and all of the mystery and tension builds at a perfect pace until the amazing end that I only partly saw coming. The imagery was fun and intense that the final chapters made it impossible to put the book down.
The best thing about the story is that it doesn't end with a cliffhanger but with potential for the story to carry on for a series, if they wanted to do so.
I was a little nervous at the beginning with a lot of angst and drama happening but as the story developed and the mystery unravels it had me hooked.
This is going on my favorite reads of 2011 list.

Contest for Aspiring Writers!

Win a literary agent or acclaimed author's feedback on your unpublished manuscript for young adult or middle grade readers. This rare opportunity is being offered to the six winners of an essay contest recently announced by the literacy charity Book Wish Foundation. See http://bookwish.org/contest for full details.

You could win a manuscript critique from:

Laura Langlie, literary agent for Meg Cabot

Nancy Gallt, literary agent for Jeanne DuPrau

Brenda Bowen, literary agent and editor of Karen Hesse's Newbery Medal winner Out of the Dust

Ann M. Martin, winner of the Newbery Honor for A Corner of the Universe

Francisco X. Stork, winner of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award for The Last Summer of the Death Warriors

Cynthia Voigt, winner of the Newbery Medal for Dicey's Song and the Newbery Honor for A Solitary Blue


All that separates you from this prize is a 500-word essay about a short story in Book Wish Foundation's new anthology, What You Wish For. Essays are due Feb. 1, 2012 and winners will be announced around Mar. 1, 2012. If you win, you will have six months to submit the first 50 pages of your manuscript for critique (which means you can enter the contest even if you haven't finished, or started, your manuscript). You can even enter multiple times, with essays about more than one of the contest stories, for a chance to win up to six critiques.

If you dream of being a published author, this is an opportunity you should not miss. To enter, follow the instructions at http://bookwish.org/contest.

Good luck and best wishes,

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President, Book Wish Foundation

What You Wish For (ISBN 9780399254543, Putnam Juvenile, Sep. 15, 2011) is a collection of short stories and poems about wishes from 18 all-star writers: Meg Cabot, Jeanne DuPrau, Cornelia Funke, Nikki Giovanni, John Green, Karen Hesse, Ann M. Martin, Alexander McCall Smith, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Joyce Carol Oates, Nate Powell, Sofia Quintero, Gary Soto, R.L. Stine, Francisco X. Stork, Cynthia Voigt, Jane Yolen. With a Foreword by Mia Farrow. Book Wish Foundation is donating 100% of its proceeds from the book to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, to fund the development of libraries in Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad.

This email was sent to me a couple weeks ago, thought I would share. I am in no way affiliated with this contest and all questions and inquiries must be directed to the Book Wish Foundation directly. I am just posting this for interested blog readers.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma


Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.


I can't believe I finished it without crying. I knew something had to happen to end the story, I mean happy ending? sad ending? something. There were times I didn't want to finish the story, it made me uncomfortable, sad, angry and heartbroken.

I do not read a lot of contemporary novels, out of my 140 reads this year I can only count 15 contemporary on my list so far. One of the reasons I do not read a lot of contemporary is because I mostly read to escape every day life. Life is hard, it has really difficult moments that I prefer only to deal with when I have to. So when I pick up a contemporary book, I want it to have an aspect to it that really gets me thinking about something. I want it to make me learn more about myself and how I view the world and view myself regarding certain issues. I don't want to read about everyday problems. I want something with substance.

Forbidden is about a brother and sister who, mostly due to their circumstances, fall in love. I am not sure what got me to purchase the book besides the fact that I had seen it around the web on blogs a lot. I have heard several good things about the author and her other books, all other very hard topics as well.
As I talked to my mom about the concept of this book she asked: "Why do you think a author who writes books for teens would write this type of a book?" Even after reading the book, I am still not sure the exact answer to this question. But I can tell you, I have learned more about myself, and my beliefs because of reading it.
I took part in a read-along group which held discussions on the book as we went. I found that others have extremely different points of view on this story as well. I learned the reasons why they felt that way and even though I still did not agree with them. I feel more educated in the subject matter as a result. I feel like I have come to understand that every situation is different. But in the end it's the law that decides what is right and wrong, and they have the final decision. I learned that even though decisions and laws are made, you as a human being in the end still make the final decision in your own life.
I know this isn't much of a "review". The writing was fantastic, although I had a couple of very uncomfortable moments. For instance, the sensual/sexual scenes are very descriptive. I have not read anything this descriptive in a YA/Teen book before, ever. I cannot say that there are more books out there, but this was my first. But I was so emotionally enveloped into this story and what was going on that I could not think about anything else. The reader is given enough information about all the characters, the mother, the siblings as well as Lochan and Maya that you can thoroughly imagine exactly what is happening here. You could almost be a member of this household yourself. I went back and forth emotionally with the characters, trying to understand what is right and wrong when it comes to love.
I know that this may not help some of you on deciding if your going to give it a try or not. What I can say is that I appreciated it for the fact that I learned more about who I am, how I feel about not only about them falling in love, but the whole daily situation they had to take on. Family relationships are all different and this is just one story to be told. It broke my heart several times, and I did not know if I would cry. There were a couple of places along the way you could feel a heavy heartache and a lingering feeling that something bad is coming. Intermittent with deep feelings of unconditional love and companionship that Lochan and Maya felt for each other.
I guess sometimes there are stories that are told, they make us feel uncomfortable, happy or sad. I'm not sure if they have to be told, but they are told for a reason. For understanding, acknowledgement or entertainment.
This one was a hard pill to swallow. But if you are brave enough, you may just learn something about yourself.

Friday, December 23, 2011

#forbiddenbookclub post #4 chapters 16-20




She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending


I am participating in the above book club over the next couple of weeks, and along with that I thought I would post my own thoughts to my blog as well: what this will mean for you is that these particular posts will be including spoiler content. If you do not want to be spoiled regarding details of this particular book I suggest that you do not read them. I will be doing a final overall review spoiler free as soon as the book club has finished reading. For those who are interested in spoilers feel free to read along with the group or comment!

Chapters 1-5
The book is told from both Lochan and Maya's perspective by rotating chapters. Lochan is 17, very introverted and smart. His father has left the family and moved to Australia. His mother has drowned herself in alcohol and a new boyfriend. As Maya is 16 and the situation that they have come to live in, have grown very close. You can tell this mostly through Maya and the way she is able to emotionally read Lochan and how he's feeling and how he will react. They have been best friends since birth and as they are so close in age, grew up together. Kit is the next oldest at 13 and because of the almost poverty level of living they are in has decided to be the rebel and it almost seems that he is jealous or resentful of the fact that Lochan has taken over the "father" duties of the household.
The house is described as being very small. The cupboards barren of food and really messy. But they have done their best to separate small places for at least the older children to have a place they can escape to and call their own. The little siblings overall so far, besides making the usual messes that children make while eating and playing seem really well behaved. They are at this point unaware of what is really going on around them and just worried about being entertained and fed. Although they do notice and pay special attention to when their mother is home and how the older kids react to their mother when she is home.
There seems to be a constant gloomy-ness and stressful tension building here. Lochan has taken on the stress of trying to keep all the siblings together (instead of taken by the state and put into foster or state care) He is also trying to deal with school deeming him as unsocial and they are worried about him and that his inability to socialize in public may cause problems with him graduating and going to college.
The questions that have come to me so far is how does Lochan think he's going to pay for college? Will he let the stress of his family and his social inabilities stop him from leaving the house? Maya seems to be the one that thinks more outside the box, while Lochan is focused internally on himself and the carefully laid out steps of his day. He is a very emotional person and prone to anxiety attacks. Maya is like the protector stepping in when she sees he is not reacting to something well or the goalie trying to block the shots before something gets worse that breaks him completely.
The mother is portrayed as a complete selfish bitch. She spends her paycheck on herself to "treat herself" She spends most of her nights out with her new boyfriend, coming home drunk and so loud that Lochan can hear them through the walls. She seems like she's constantly hung-over and when they argue (which is inevitable in this living situation) she pushes all the right buttons to make Lochan feel like he's the one that is in the wrong and could do better for himself and the family.
Final Thoughts: The writing is fantastic. So far I have felt a better connection emotionally with Lochan. But it seems that most of the story is going to focus on him as the older brother trying to gain some kind feeling of normalcy, in a way that he's just looking for a way to be able to breathe and relax with less stress. So far there is very little time in his day that he even gets to have time to himself without the worry of everything. And when he gets home not only does he have to make sure the younger siblings are ok, but the outbursts from Kit are not helping. Maya so far has her head on her shoulders but she also seems to take less of the responsibilities on as she has been able to make and maintain some friends and also from the little we know so far seems to be involved in some school activities which Lochan does nothing to release his tension with outside activities.

Chapters 6-10
We can see a lot of the tension building up here, especially between Lochan and Kit. I felt these chapters 6&7 are still a major focus on Lochan and his feelings, how he's feeling what he is going through. Even in Maya's chapters we learn more about Lochan than we do about her. Until we hit the powerful dancing scene in the next chapter in which Maya and Lochan have found themselves alone in the house and Maya has asked Lochan to loosen up and relax a little by dancing with her. Of course the sweatiness and the energy and relaxation brings Lochan to have some "Pressure in his trousers" that may have not been a direct quote, but you get the idea. He of course becomes embarrassed, pushes her away and takes some time away from her over the next couple of days to try to think about what's going on and just put some space between the two. Well later in Maya's next chapter we see that she has a very good idea of what she is doing emotionally to Lochan. The idea intrigues her, but instead of being embarrassed about it she wants to push the relationship more by trying to make Lochan jealous. She is showing us a side of her that clearly suggests she is going to be the main instigator in the relationship and push Lochan past his fears and get him to act on his feelings. Although at this point we have not seen anything to uncomfortable between the two of them besides the dancing scene, but things are definitely building up slowly here.
There is an overall awkward and uncomfortable feeling you get as your reading. I have not felt so many emotions while reading a book in awhile.
There are not so many scenes in this portion of the reading that involves the mother, she's only in one bit of one chapter when Maya gets her to take the other kids out of the house so she can be alone with Lochan. It seems that most of what Maya is doing is thought out and planned. She is the one pushing Lochan, by flirting and comforting him. She already knows that he is starting to feel uncomfortable but wears barely-there nightgowns and keeps going into his room to talk. And now she's trying to get a reaction out of him by causing him to become jealous. She knows what she's doing. It was nice to see a little more about her, in previous chapters that were told from her perspective we only learned more about Lochan through her eyes, but now her personality is starting to come out more in the writing.

Chapters 11-15
At this point in the book and at this time I have had several different emotions. I am loving the writing in this book, I think it has an incredible message that some people want to hear. But this book is not for all of us and although I am going to continue reading the book at this time I feel it has reached a very uncomfortable place for me to talk about here on the blog. So I am going to skip going into details for this blog post at this time because after reading some of my fellow bookclubers comments on the Readingteen.net readalong posts, some have made me feel very uncomfortable and I feel like I have to defend my opinion which I am not going to take a political stance on this issue today. This part of the story requires some very deep reflection time and I find I'm learning more about myself by reading it. What my beliefs are and what my religious stance is on the subject matter at hand.

Chapters 16-20
There is a lot of going back and forth in these chapters. Deciding if they should try and be together or not, then how physical are they ok being with each other. This time it's Lochan who as the panic attack and Willa's making Maya feel guilty that she's not paying as much attention to her as she used to, that brings them closer together.
This time the make-out scene is not as descriptive as they have been, the chapter ends when it starts to get really serious and it's left up to the readers imagination until Lochan fills us in a little bit with what happened during the night they spent in Maya's bed.
This section had my heart breaking for them. At this point we have experienced a lot of bad things with them. But now the mother has just stopped coming home and only giving them money when they show up on her boyfriends' doorstep demanding it or that they are going to move in with them at her boyfriends house. You can tell the mother is incredibly embarrassed that they even exist and her boyfriend already has a family of his own. I find that I can understand why they have led to this kind of relationship with each other, it just breaks my heart to know that it was an incredibly stressful and hard one to have to HAVE chosen. I still think that they had other options that were not fully explored that was not illegal, but they decided not to explore those thoroughly. So now we are in for the long haul!
Willa has her shoulder dislocated in an accident and they have to describe to the child care services at the hospital what happened. This adds to the stress of the situation, and their grades are starting to reflect the stress that they are going through at home. Oh and now the younger brother Tillan is starting to act out as well, more like Kit has been.
I have to say that I appreciate more the sex scenes are left more to my imagination that written out is great details. I think that mature readers will understand what they are doing without all that detail, but I am very particular about how sex scenes are handled in Teen books in general. Even for mature readers, I am all for letting my own imagination fill in the gaps instead of reading the details. And if you are not a more mature reader/older teen I would hope that your not reading this book at all, it was not written for younger teens.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WOW: Waiting On Wednesday Hosted by BendingTheSpine


At the Afterlife Academy of Exceptionally Dark Arts, Lily Fielding is a measly trainee who dreams of one day becoming a Saviorthose who visit vampire-infested high schools and put down the undead with their deadly crossbows. When Lily and her classmates Alice and Cara begin their latest assignment, it seems like just another run-of-the-mill gig: they’re to simply spot the Vamplayer—part vampire, part player—identify the popular girl he’s set his sights on, and befriend her before the Vamplayer can turn her to do his bidding. Before long, however, the Vamplayer sets his sights on Lily's friends, and she is left to face the threat alone while protecting her friends from the dark forces she has sworn to resist.
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2012 by Medallion Press
ISBN 1605424498 (ISBN13: 9781605424491)

Ok I admit it, I am also a sucker for Vampire stories, I love them love them love them. So I have already seen a couple of bloggers talking about this one, it's peaked my interest!
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11161444-vamplayers

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane



"The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn’t prepared for.
And Death would be my willing teacher."

Five years ago Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her lucky break came at the expense of her mother’s life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.

Now she’s the target of Death’s Ravens and an innocent boy’s life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey’s secret crush—starts to climb Alaska’s Denali, the Angel of Death is with him because of her.

Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets


I fell in love with Jordan Dane's first YA book In the Arms of Stone Angels she is the first author that as soon as I finished the book I emailed her and told her how much I enjoyed reading it and then went out and purchased every single one of her other books. When I saw she had decided to continue writing for Young Adults I was thrilled.
I love that she has somewhat of a theme to her books. A emphasis on family and friendship. There is also that little touch of the supernatural that I find intriguing and appealing.
I have to admit I was a little nervous at first getting into the story about which direction it was going to take. There was a lot of focus on Abby's obsession with Nate, a boy at her school who she's been crushing on. Her "crush" was borderline stalker-ish at some points. I really did have some concern that the story would go into a more of a romance direction than a supernatural one. But I was more than pleased as the story progressed. I felt that it had a perfect combination of the two.
I enjoy stories more when I can see some background with the side characters as well. I love getting to know more about the people's whole lives instead of just focusing on the main character and what they are going through. I felt that with this one we get to see that. I felt that I knew who Tanner (best friend), Abby's father, Nate and each of his family members were. There is some shifting of point of views in different aspects of the story we are told parts of it through Nate's Dad when he's panicked and cannot find his son, and through Tanner when he cannot get through to Abby when things start to happen. Through this way of story telling I got to experience more than just one character and got to know each of them better. And the connections to each other felt deeper.
As a person who reads a lot, this type of story telling intrigues me. Because sometimes you just don't connect with the main characters. Although I did not have that particular problem with Abby, it's just such a relief for me to get to know the person outside the box. Getting to know other people as well as the main character is refreshing for me and keeps me entertained and enjoying the story. We also get to see who Abby is through others eyes, it gives a whole different perspective.
Even though I never really got why Abby was so fixated on Nate, what was so special about him enough that the Angel of Death also focused on him. But I enjoyed the story very much and loved seeing it all wrap up in the end.
I love that Abby was able to learn something and there was a purpose with everything they had gone through. And especially the idea between her and Tanner. They are what a true friendship really is, and they portray that level of love and care beyond just friendship.
I very much enjoy her writing style. I come away from her books with a different perspective on life, love and family. I hope to see her continue writing for young adults and encourage you to give her a try if you have not yet.

The author Jordan Dane is having a giveaway for a Kindle Fire
Jordan is announcing the winners during her live chat on January 5
You can enter the giveaway here: YABound
If you would like to learn more about Jordan Dane and her other books check out her website

Monday, December 19, 2011

#forbiddenbookclub post #3 chapters 11-15




She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending


I am participating in the above book club over the next couple of weeks, and along with that I thought I would post my own thoughts to my blog as well: what this will mean for you is that these particular posts will be including spoiler content. If you do not want to be spoiled regarding details of this particular book I suggest that you do not read them. I will be doing a final overall review spoiler free as soon as the book club has finished reading. For those who are interested in spoilers feel free to read along with the group or comment!

Chapters 1-5
The book is told from both Lochan and Maya's perspective by rotating chapters. Lochan is 17, very introverted and smart. His father has left the family and moved to Australia. His mother has drowned herself in alcohol and a new boyfriend. As Maya is 16 and the situation that they have come to live in, have grown very close. You can tell this mostly through Maya and the way she is able to emotionally read Lochan and how he's feeling and how he will react. They have been best friends since birth and as they are so close in age, grew up together. Kit is the next oldest at 13 and because of the almost poverty level of living they are in has decided to be the rebel and it almost seems that he is jealous or resentful of the fact that Lochan has taken over the "father" duties of the household.
The house is described as being very small. The cupboards barren of food and really messy. But they have done their best to separate small places for at least the older children to have a place they can escape to and call their own. The little siblings overall so far, besides making the usual messes that children make while eating and playing seem really well behaved. They are at this point unaware of what is really going on around them and just worried about being entertained and fed. Although they do notice and pay special attention to when their mother is home and how the older kids react to their mother when she is home.
There seems to be a constant gloomy-ness and stressful tension building here. Lochan has taken on the stress of trying to keep all the siblings together (instead of taken by the state and put into foster or state care) He is also trying to deal with school deeming him as unsocial and they are worried about him and that his inability to socialize in public may cause problems with him graduating and going to college.
The questions that have come to me so far is how does Lochan think he's going to pay for college? Will he let the stress of his family and his social inabilities stop him from leaving the house? Maya seems to be the one that thinks more outside the box, while Lochan is focused internally on himself and the carefully laid out steps of his day. He is a very emotional person and prone to anxiety attacks. Maya is like the protector stepping in when she sees he is not reacting to something well or the goalie trying to block the shots before something gets worse that breaks him completely.
The mother is portrayed as a complete selfish bitch. She spends her paycheck on herself to "treat herself" She spends most of her nights out with her new boyfriend, coming home drunk and so loud that Lochan can hear them through the walls. She seems like she's constantly hung-over and when they argue (which is inevitable in this living situation) she pushes all the right buttons to make Lochan feel like he's the one that is in the wrong and could do better for himself and the family.
Final Thoughts: The writing is fantastic. So far I have felt a better connection emotionally with Lochan. But it seems that most of the story is going to focus on him as the older brother trying to gain some kind feeling of normalcy, in a way that he's just looking for a way to be able to breathe and relax with less stress. So far there is very little time in his day that he even gets to have time to himself without the worry of everything. And when he gets home not only does he have to make sure the younger siblings are ok, but the outbursts from Kit are not helping. Maya so far has her head on her shoulders but she also seems to take less of the responsibilities on as she has been able to make and maintain some friends and also from the little we know so far seems to be involved in some school activities which Lochan does nothing to release his tension with outside activities.

Chapters 6-10
We can see a lot of the tension building up here, especially between Lochan and Kit. I felt these chapters 6&7 are still a major focus on Lochan and his feelings, how he's feeling what he is going through. Even in Maya's chapters we learn more about Lochan than we do about her. Until we hit the powerful dancing scene in the next chapter in which Maya and Lochan have found themselves alone in the house and Maya has asked Lochan to loosen up and relax a little by dancing with her. Of course the sweatiness and the energy and relaxation brings Lochan to have some "Pressure in his trousers" that may have not been a direct quote, but you get the idea. He of course becomes embarrassed, pushes her away and takes some time away from her over the next couple of days to try to think about what's going on and just put some space between the two. Well later in Maya's next chapter we see that she has a very good idea of what she is doing emotionally to Lochan. The idea intrigues her, but instead of being embarrassed about it she wants to push the relationship more by trying to make Lochan jealous. She is showing us a side of her that clearly suggests she is going to be the main instigator in the relationship and push Lochan past his fears and get him to act on his feelings. Although at this point we have not seen anything to uncomfortable between the two of them besides the dancing scene, but things are definitely building up slowly here.
There is an overall awkward and uncomfortable feeling you get as your reading. I have not felt so many emotions while reading a book in awhile.
There are not so many scenes in this portion of the reading that involves the mother, she's only in one bit of one chapter when Maya gets her to take the other kids out of the house so she can be alone with Lochan. It seems that most of what Maya is doing is thought out and planned. She is the one pushing Lochan, by flirting and comforting him. She already knows that he is starting to feel uncomfortable but wears barely-there nightgowns and keeps going into his room to talk. And now she's trying to get a reaction out of him by causing him to become jealous. She knows what she's doing. It was nice to see a little more about her, in previous chapters that were told from her perspective we only learned more about Lochan through her eyes, but now her personality is starting to come out more in the writing.

Chapters 11-15
At this point in the book and at this time I have had several different emotions. I am loving the writing in this book, I think it has an incredible message that some people want to hear. But this book is not for all of us and although I am going to continue reading the book at this time I feel it has reached a very uncomfortable place for me to talk about here on the blog. So I am going to skip going into details for this blog post at this time because after reading some of my fellow bookclubers comments on the Readingteen.net readalong posts, some have made me feel very uncomfortable and I feel like I have to defend my opinion which I am not going to take a political stance on this issue today. This part of the story requires some very deep reflection time and I find I'm learning more about myself by reading it. What my beliefs are and what my religious stance is on the subject matter at hand.

Friday, December 16, 2011

#Forbiddenbookclub Post #2 Chapters 6-10




She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending


I am participating in the above book club over the next couple of weeks, and along with that I thought I would post my own thoughts to my blog as well: what this will mean for you is that these particular posts will be including spoiler content. If you do not want to be spoiled regarding details of this particular book I suggest that you do not read them. I will be doing a final overall review spoiler free as soon as the book club has finished reading. For those who are interested in spoilers feel free to read along with the group or comment!

Chapters 1-5
The book is told from both Lochan and Maya's perspective by rotating chapters. Lochan is 17, very introverted and smart. His father has left the family and moved to Australia. His mother has drowned herself in alcohol and a new boyfriend. As Maya is 16 and the situation that they have come to live in, have grown very close. You can tell this mostly through Maya and the way she is able to emotionally read Lochan and how he's feeling and how he will react. They have been best friends since birth and as they are so close in age, grew up together. Kit is the next oldest at 13 and because of the almost poverty level of living they are in has decided to be the rebel and it almost seems that he is jealous or resentful of the fact that Lochan has taken over the "father" duties of the household.
The house is described as being very small. The cupboards barren of food and really messy. But they have done their best to separate small places for at least the older children to have a place they can escape to and call their own. The little siblings overall so far, besides making the usual messes that children make while eating and playing seem really well behaved. They are at this point unaware of what is really going on around them and just worried about being entertained and fed. Although they do notice and pay special attention to when their mother is home and how the older kids react to their mother when she is home.
There seems to be a constant gloomy-ness and stressful tension building here. Lochan has taken on the stress of trying to keep all the siblings together (instead of taken by the state and put into foster or state care) He is also trying to deal with school deeming him as unsocial and they are worried about him and that his inability to socialize in public may cause problems with him graduating and going to college.
The questions that have come to me so far is how does Lochan think he's going to pay for college? Will he let the stress of his family and his social inabilities stop him from leaving the house? Maya seems to be the one that thinks more outside the box, while Lochan is focused internally on himself and the carefully laid out steps of his day. He is a very emotional person and prone to anxiety attacks. Maya is like the protector stepping in when she sees he is not reacting to something well or the goalie trying to block the shots before something gets worse that breaks him completely.
The mother is portrayed as a complete selfish bitch. She spends her paycheck on herself to "treat herself" She spends most of her nights out with her new boyfriend, coming home drunk and so loud that Lochan can hear them through the walls. She seems like she's constantly hung-over and when they argue (which is inevitable in this living situation) she pushes all the right buttons to make Lochan feel like he's the one that is in the wrong and could do better for himself and the family.
Final Thoughts: The writing is fantastic. So far I have felt a better connection emotionally with Lochan. But it seems that most of the story is going to focus on him as the older brother trying to gain some kind feeling of normalcy, in a way that he's just looking for a way to be able to breathe and relax with less stress. So far there is very little time in his day that he even gets to have time to himself without the worry of everything. And when he gets home not only does he have to make sure the younger siblings are ok, but the outbursts from Kit are not helping. Maya so far has her head on her shoulders but she also seems to take less of the responsibilities on as she has been able to make and maintain some friends and also from the little we know so far seems to be involved in some school activities which Lochan does nothing to release his tension with outside activities.

Chapters 6-10
We can see a lot of the tension building up here, especially between Lochan and Kit. I felt these chapters 6&7 are still a major focus on Lochan and his feelings, how he's feeling what he is going through. Even in Maya's chapters we learn more about Lochan than we do about her. Until we hit the powerful dancing scene in the next chapter in which Maya and Lochan have found themselves alone in the house and Maya has asked Lochan to loosen up and relax a little by dancing with her. Of course the sweatiness and the energy and relaxation brings Lochan to have some "Pressure in his trousers" that may have not been a direct quote, but you get the idea. He of course becomes embarrassed, pushes her away and takes some time away from her over the next couple of days to try to think about what's going on and just put some space between the two. Well later in Maya's next chapter we see that she has a very good idea of what she is doing emotionally to Lochan. The idea intrigues her, but instead of being embarrassed about it she wants to push the relationship more by trying to make Lochan jealous. She is showing us a side of her that clearly suggests she is going to be the main instigator in the relationship and push Lochan past his fears and get him to act on his feelings. Although at this point we have not seen anything to uncomfortable between the two of them besides the dancing scene, but things are definitely building up slowly here.
There is an overall awkward and uncomfortable feeling you get as your reading. I have not felt so many emotions while reading a book in awhile.
There are not so many scenes in this portion of the reading that involves the mother, she's only in one bit of one chapter when Maya gets her to take the other kids out of the house so she can be alone with Lochan. It seems that most of what Maya is doing is thought out and planned. She is the one pushing Lochan, by flirting and comforting him. She already knows that he is starting to feel uncomfortable but wears barely-there nightgowns and keeps going into his room to talk. And now she's trying to get a reaction out of him by causing him to become jealous. She knows what she's doing. It was nice to see a little more about her, in previous chapters that were told from her perspective we only learned more about Lochan through her eyes, but now her personality is starting to come out more in the writing.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Krista's Best Of 2011 List of Teen/Young Adult Books

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Ashfall by Mike Mullen
Burn Bright by Marianne De Pierres
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Indelible by Lani Woodland
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
Wither by Lauren Destefano
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Blood by KJ Wignall
Possess by Gretchen McNeil
A Long Long Sleep by Anna Shehan
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
Angel Arias by Marianne De Pierres
Touch by Jus Accardo
Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson
Populazzi by Elise Allen
and for those romance lovers out there. Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett

My most anticipated books for 2012
A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Fever by Lauren Destefano
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Velveteen by Daniel Marks
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Blood Born by Jamie Manning
Embers and Echoes by Karsten Knight
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Untitled (matched 3) by Ally Condie(which i think they should call Collide)
The Soul by Stephenie Meyer

And many many more to come! Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WOW: Waiting On Wednesday Hosted by BendingTheSpine



A Great and Terrible Beauty meets Cassandra Clare in this spellbinding fantasy

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
Hardcover, 326 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2012 by Putnam Juvenile
Born Wicked series The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1


I do love a good witch story! When it comes to wicca, witchcraft, magic I am very easy to please. I think it's got a fantastic cover and really looking forward to this one!
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10794427-born-wicked

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

#Forbiddenbookclub




She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending


I am participating in the above book club over the next couple of weeks, and along with that I thought I would post my own thoughts to my blog as well: what this will mean for you is that these particular posts will be including spoiler content. If you do not want to be spoiled regarding details of this particular book I suggest that you do not read them. I will be doing a final overall review spoiler free as soon as the book club has finished reading. For those who are interested in spoilers feel free to read along with the group or comment!

Chapters 1-5
The book is told from both Lochan and Maya's perspective by rotating chapters. Lochan is 17, very introverted and smart. His father has left the family and moved to Australia. His mother has drowned herself in alcohol and a new boyfriend. As Maya is 16 and the situation that they have come to live in, have grown very close. You can tell this mostly through Maya and the way she is able to emotionally read Lochan and how he's feeling and how he will react. They have been best friends since birth and as they are so close in age, grew up together. Kit is the next oldest at 13 and because of the almost poverty level of living they are in has decided to be the rebel and it almost seems that he is jealous or resentful of the fact that Lochan has taken over the "father" duties of the household.
The house is described as being very small. The cupboards barren of food and really messy. But they have done their best to separate small places for at least the older children to have a place they can escape to and call their own. The little siblings overall so far, besides making the usual messes that children make while eating and playing seem really well behaved. They are at this point unaware of what is really going on around them and just worried about being entertained and fed. Although they do notice and pay special attention to when their mother is home and how the older kids react to their mother when she is home.
There seems to be a constant gloomy-ness and stressful tension building here. Lochan has taken on the stress of trying to keep all the siblings together (instead of taken by the state and put into foster or state care) He is also trying to deal with school deeming him as unsocial and they are worried about him and that his inability to socialize in public may cause problems with him graduating and going to college.
The questions that have come to me so far is how does Lochan think he's going to pay for college? Will he let the stress of his family and his social inabilities stop him from leaving the house? Maya seems to be the one that thinks more outside the box, while Lochan is focused internally on himself and the carefully laid out steps of his day. He is a very emotional person and prone to anxiety attacks. Maya is like the protector stepping in when she sees he is not reacting to something well or the goalie trying to block the shots before something gets worse that breaks him completely.
The mother is portrayed as a complete selfish bitch. She spends her paycheck on herself to "treat herself" She spends most of her nights out with her new boyfriend, coming home drunk and so loud that Lochan can hear them through the walls. She seems like she's constantly hung-over and when they argue (which is inevitable in this living situation) she pushes all the right buttons to make Lochan feel like he's the one that is in the wrong and could do better for himself and the family.
Final Thoughts: The writing is fantastic. So far I have felt a better connection emotionally with Lochan. But it seems that most of the story is going to focus on him as the older brother trying to gain some kind feeling of normalcy, in a way that he's just looking for a way to be able to breathe and relax with less stress. So far there is very little time in his day that he even gets to have time to himself without the worry of everything. And when he gets home not only does he have to make sure the younger siblings are ok, but the outbursts from Kit are not helping. Maya so far has her head on her shoulders but she also seems to take less of the responsibilities on as she has been able to make and maintain some friends and also from the little we know so far seems to be involved in some school activities which Lochan does nothing to release his tension with outside activities.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare


The 2nd book in The Mortal Instruments Series
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation


I really enjoyed this second book in the series, maybe even more than the first. This series is getting a lot of hype in the Young Adult/Teen book world right now, and if the rumors are true it's currently being cast for a movie.
There is a lot of action, great plot and fabulous writing style. There is a constant flow of action and entertainment until the last page.
If you are a fan you may have read the first book City of Bones, and know that we were thrown a whopper of a twist at the end. This 2nd book will still keep us guessing as to whether what the future holds for the main characters.
My absolutely favorite part of this particular story was the relationship between Simon and Jace. And oh boy does Simon go through a lot of stuff in this one!
The author has created a great cast of characters in this series and I can't wait to see what happens next.
I did not go into my usual review for this book as it's the 2nd book in the series, also it's hugely popular so there's not much that I could add to the vast amount of reviews currently out there.
This is a series you don't want to miss out on and as always, thank you David at yabookreads.com for introducing me to the series.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Eternal Starling Giveaway *closed*


Last night I attended the launch party for the release of Angela Corbett's first book Eternal Starling. It is the first book in the Emblem of Eternity trilogy and in one of the categories that publishers are now calling "New Adult" as Evie is in college she's not in that Teen phase or the Adult just yet.


Evie Starling has just started college in Colorado when she is approached one day by Alex, as they begin to date she feels a strong connection to him and within no time he is telling her they are soulmates. Soon Alex has to leave for awhile under mysterious circumstances and Emil shows up in Evie's life. She also finds there is a very strong bond between them as well. Soon to find out that Emil also tells her that he is her soulmate. She's very confused, and determined to figure out what is going on, especially when Alex interrupts a date with Emil and she finds out that they know each other, and they are keeping secrets from her. They are both willing to fight for her, but little does she know her own soul is in danger and she does not know who to trust.


My favorite part about the book is that both Alex and Emil are very interesting and protective guys. They are very similar in ways, but the differences really do matter. Evie is a really great main character, she reminds me of someone I could be friends with and down to Earth. She is not afraid to speak her mind and drives a muscle car.
I also enjoyed the idea of reincarnation that Angela has brought into the story. The battling groups of the Amaranthine Society—the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance—the soul destroyers. Very unique twist.

Today I am doing a giveaway for one SIGNED physical copy of this book. The giveaway is only open to U.S. Mailing addresses only. Giveaway Policies Page There are 2 ways of entering this giveaway 1. Comment below with an email address or twitter name that you can be contacted at or 2. Tweet "I want to win Eternal Starling by @AngCorbett from @Cubicleblindnes
That's it, very easy! For those of you out of the country I am very sorry I cannot afford to send you a copy at this time. You can pick up a ecopy at Amazon.com or try your countries online Amazon store.
The winner will be contacted on December 22nd and because of the Holidays I will give you until the 29th to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
If you don't win this time around, don't fear! I will be giving away another signed copy on Valentines Day in February.
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading.
Krista


The Winner is Jennie! She also happened to be the very first comment, congratulations and your book will be mailed out after Christmas. Thank you all again for stopping by the blog and don't forget I will be giving away another copy of valentines day 02/14/2012

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

WOW: Waiting On Wednesday Hosted by BendingTheSpine

I don't participate in this meme very often but as it's getting that time of year when I start to put together my gift ideas for my family, it's just a fun time to participate.


The drizzle had broken into patches as they walked. As Drina scooped up the pale sand, Kate found herself standing in the smudge of shadow cast by the deadfall. She had never before noticed the way shadows gave things weight, made them look heavy and real and connected to the ground. Without hers...

She edged into the light.

Her shadow looked strange and thinned. It seemed not cast against the ground, but floating above it, like a fog. What Linay had said was true: No one would notice this, at first. It was just an uneasy little change, like the half-felt movement of a boat that slowly induces a great sickness.

Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver's daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden talismans are so fine that some even call her “witch-blade”: a dangerous nickname in a country where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate’s father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading fear of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he’ll give Kate the means to escape the angry town, and what’s more, he’ll grant her heart’s wish. It’s a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes she can't live shadowless forever -- and that Linay's designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

Hardcover, 314 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books
ISBN0545166640 (ISBN13: 9780545166645)
http://www.erinbow.com/plainkate.shtml
literary awards
Cybils Award Nominee for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2010), YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2011), Canadian Library Association short list: Book of the Year for Teens
Info above from Goodreads.com

Honestly I don't know why I have not picked up this book yet, I am hoping that I get a copy by the end of the year, I think it sounds fantastic.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Dragon Night by Stephanie Campbell



Ever since he could remember, Ford was treated cruelly by his parents, Liddy and Wicker Forks. He cannot figure out why they hate him so much. It is only when he discovers that his father isn’t really Wicker Forks but instead is a mysterious, red-eyed stranger that he goes on a quest to find his true identity—and much, much more.

As he heads forward down the path of danger and illusion, he uncovers a world that he had never imagined, a world of dragons. Ford must decide who he is—a dragon or a boy—and whichever path he chooses will be his future for forever. After all, once you are a dragon, there is no going back


Ford is not one who fits in. The kids at school tease him for being different and some of them make jokes about his mother that he never understands. His parents treat him as a worker at the diner and not as a son. When he tries to ask them questions he gets punished, like put outside on a cold November night to sleep in the yard. He is expected to start work at 4am attend school and work again after. never getting to keep is tips. He is not allowed to call his parents "mom" or "dad" without danger of being punished or yelled at.
As he gets older he begins to notice changes in his appearance, his eyes showing flashes of red, his skin showing shimmery colors.
One day he decides that he needs answers and when approaching his mother, finally starts to get the answers he always knew she had. But after she still does not have all of the answers, he runs away to find them himself. He ends up in a whole new world of Dragons and their politics. He learns where he comes from and what he really is, in a land in which the Draconic's (half breeds) are ruled over by the Dragons (pure bloods).

The story focuses a lot on family. Finding a place where you belong and people/places you can connect to and can call home. It has a very sad mood to the majority of the story as Ford's never felt he had a place that he felt he belonged, even with his parents. His mother and father don't treat him as a son, just a worker, The kids at school tease him or ignore him altogether. When he finally meets the Draconic people, Jade really helps him to answer his questions and learn what he is and how he can belong. But yet again with the powerful Dragons making them work in mine's or dangerous situations in which they could die at any time, he feels that he must fight back, and stand up to those always putting them down.

It's a story of struggle and survival. One that any boy would enjoy and the more adventurism girls out there. You will find several twists in the story that will keep you turning pages to see what happens next and what is the next chapter of Ford's life.
There are a few fighting scenes, a lot of Jade and Ford training and learning how to be the hybrid's they are, and what it means in the society they live in. The end hits you with very unexpected results and anticipation that will keep your heart beating fast and unknowing what is going to happen next, or if this may be the end of Ford's story.

Goodreads.com
Amazon.com

Saturday, December 3, 2011

IMM: Hosted by Thestorysiren.com In My Mailbox MEME

Soul Screamers Bind-Up Volume 1


MY SOUL TO LOSE
— The prequel: never before in print! —
Kaylee is just your average girl shopping at the mall with friends—until a terrified scream burst from her that cannot be stopped.
Taken to a hospital ward, will she be able to save her mind—and her life?

MY SOUL TO TAKE
She always felt different, but now Kaylee discovers why. The screams that cannot be denied mean that someone near her will die—and she can never save them. Because saving one life means taking another...

MY SOUL TO SAVE
Going on dates with her boyfriend is still new to Kaylee. But when the singer of the band they're seeing dies and Kaylee doesn't scream, she knows something carzy is going on. Soon she discovers soul can indeed be sold..


My Soul To Lose
It's a great introduction to Kaylee and how she initially reacted when she started coming into her Banshee Skills/abilities

My Soul To Take
I read this one awhile ago, but it stuck with me, it was unique and a good read. I will be continuing with this series, it's a good intro to Kaylee and some of the other characters we will see throughout the series. There is introduction to how Banshee powers work exactly, what the process is and what happens to the souls. As long as introduction of Reapers and talk of the Netherworld.


My Soul To Save
Ok this rating was hard for me. I enjoyed the new characters introduced. I liked the new setting in the 2nd half of the novel. I'm still team Tod, but...I missed how much was happening from the first book. In this novel they are just concentrating on one or two souls and while an interesting enough story, I liked the first novel better. Although..the romance in this one got a little steamy!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Forbidden Bookclub Hosted by @readingteen


http://www.readingteen.net/2011/11/forbidden-book-club.html

"We'll start the book next Wednesday (12/7/2011), so this will give you time to buy/check out/borrow the book. We'll read 5 chapters at a time, have a few days to get those chapters read, and then we'll come back and discuss what we thought about it. I'll post a very brief recap of the five chapters, and we can talk about it in the comments. (If anyone has a better idea about this, I'm open.)"

I will be participating in the read a long Bookclub and encourage you to stop by or join in as well!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Crushed by K.C. Blake


The Noah sisters rule Titan High with their beauty, brains, and magical powers.

Each year they play a secret game: Crushed. The girls pick their targets carefully and blow enchanted dust into the boy’s faces, charming them, but this year Kristen makes a grave mistake. She chooses the wrong boy and almost dies that same day. Coincidence? Maybe.

But something isn’t quite right about Zach Bevian. He doesn’t behave like a boy who’s been Crushed. He goes from hot to cold, from looking at her with contempt to asking her out on a date. She doesn’t know what to think. Does he hate her or is he truly falling for her? Is he trying to kill her, or is he trying to save her?


I read one of K.C.'s other books called Vampires Rule earlier this year, when I saw that she had this book available on Smashwords I decided to check it out as well. It did take me some time to get to with the massive stack of books in my TBR pile. But when I did, I read through it in a day. It was so refreshing after some of the really high angsty drama filled books I have read this year.
The characters were fantastic! I loved each and every one of them. Kristen's sisters are beautiful twins and they all 3 like to play a game every school year getting a guy to crush on them by using a magic spelled powder, getting the boy to perform silly unreasonable things to try to gain points in this game with some very impressive winnings.
The twins are not only witches, but Witches you don't want to cross. Kristen's decided on a spur of the moment decision to crush on one of the popular boys to show that she can be dangerous, they usually crush on the less popular easy to control boys. But almost immediately she regrets her decision and it makes the game harder and almost impossible for her to play as a result.
I was tickled with all the twists and how the characters all came into play. There are still a lot of emotions going on here, anger, love, friendship and protection of others, but it was very well written and sucked me in.
I found the twists in the story very entertaining and really did not see them coming, which is always a fantastic treasure find when you read alot.
I loved Vampire's Rule just as much as this one and going to move Werewolves
Rule up my reading stack, so keep tuned to the blog for more on this author, I love her stuff so please check her out.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12031460-crushed
Kindle price is only $2.99 http://www.amazon.com/Crushed-The-Witch-Game-Books-ebook/dp/B005CJ8H9A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322633753&sr=8-2