Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Update/ August is Utah Book Month

As you may or may not know I live in Utah and during the month of August I will be participating in the UTAH BOOK MONTH. There have been some bloggers working hard on getting some events set up with interviews, reviews, giveaways and several blog posts to celebrate.
Although I do not have a Utah referenced blog post posted for every day in August, I am working in some posts to celebrate along with the other bloggers, authors and readers.
To start off I will be interviewing fellow Utah blogger Jenny over at AlternateReadality tomorrow, here on the blog. I hope you remember to stop by!
I will also sporadically be posting some reviews, lists, and snippets throughout the month in between my regular posting schedule.
So stop by every Wednesday and Sunday throughout the month to discover some great Utah authors, bloggers and bookish things!
Here are a couple of links if you want to follow along (thx to Bluestocking Society)
Twitter: @UtahBooks.
2. Tweet about Utah Book Month using this hashtag: #UtahBooks.
3. Subscribe to, follow, and check out the Utah Book Month blog: http://utahbooks.blogspot.com.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Secrets by Dawn Kirby

Secrets (Serenity Series #1)
Author: Dawn Kirby
Publisher: Dark Dragon Publishing
Published: July 29, 2012
Format: Ebook
Synopsis: It is said that the truth will set you free, but for Leah it kills.

Leah always knew she was different. From her extreme light sensitivity, to her ability to read people by their auric scent, she kept these differences secret.

Not even Mia, Leah's mother, knew the fullness of her daughter's differences, but she held even greater secrets to Leah's past - the truth about her father and Leah's conception.

With the escape of an old foe, Mia is too late to reveal to her daughter the truth before Judith can exact her revenge in a wash of blood and death.

Thrown into a world unheard of, Leah discovers that she is not alone in keeping her secrets. That there are people from her parent's past who would die to protect her. If she only knew why.

Raine, placed as her protector, hides deadly secrets of his own. Drawn to each other, Leah and Raine must uncover the truth before one or both are killed.

About the Author: By day, Dawn is a typical mom running around after her children, catering to her husband’s needs, acting as a taxi driver, and gourmet chef. Then by night she falls into a world filled with shirtless werewolves, lethal
vampires, and dangerous adventures.

I found this novel to be incredibly entertaining. The main character Leah, really has to go through a lot in a very short period of time. She discovers that there are more than just humans in the world. She also experiences both the loss and gain of family members and friends.
Leah and her mother are very close, she does not know who her father is and they both work and run a local store together. Both her and her mother have extra sensitive senses. Leah has the ability to hear really well, her sense of smell is very sensitive and she can see people's auras. Her mother tells her that there are dangerous people in the area and that she has to be very cautious. When the formidable characters do show up, Leah's world turns upside down.
Because of Leah's extra sensitive abilities she is thrown right into the middle of a battle. She has a really strong personality that reminded me of Sookie Stackhouse. She puts herself right into the middle of things and fights along side everybody else. From broken bones to getting shot, Leah really is one tough cookie.
This book is part of the New Adult promos in which the main character is of college age, but still discovering who they are. It does contain some sexual scenes, they are short and only 2. The love interest is very swoon worthy and I thought they were perfect together. I loved seeing their interactions and he always seemed to know the right thing to say and protective but not smothering.
If you have been interested in reading New Adult but have yet to pick up a title I recommend this one, it was amazing! I hope this series will be along one, it's one I would stick with for years.
5 stars Amazon Link: $6 Kindle Copy

Author's Links:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent (Soul Screamers #6)

I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school... Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life...

I have said it before. I will say it again. Every single book in this series gets better with each new book. I LOVE this series.

I also have no idea how to review this book without any spoilers either. At the end of the last book a lot of changes happen in Kaylee's life and I was completely itching with anticipation to see where the story went in this one. Needless to say I was not disappointed.

Firstly SWOON *Tod* oh, this boy knew exactly what to say at the right time. He is like her knight in shining armor, always in the right place at the right time to calm her and support her. In the first couple of books I was team Nash. I was proud that there was not any sign of any love triangles until several books into the series. But when Nash got involved with the Demon's Breathe, I along with Kaylee really started to fall out of love with him. I rooted awhile longer hoping that maybe they could really do it, but then evil Sabine comes into the picture. I really wanted to slap that girl.

It's not normal for me to become so emotionally invested into characters. There are only a few series that I read each new book obsessively, and this is one of those series. I was overly happy to see the events unroll as they did for Kaylee.

Although she faces some of the most horrific events of her..uh "life" in this book. She is such a likeable character that you really want her to win. I was so devastated with some of the things that she had to do, it was so heartbreaking to see her have to go through so much in such a short amount of time.

If you have not picked up this series yet, what are you waiting for?
5 stars
"Better with every book"
Audiobook Review:
Overall 5 stars
Performance 5 stars
Story 5 stars
If you could sum up Before I Wake in three words, what would they be?

addicting, heartbreaking, entertaining

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tod, amazingly supportive and devoted to Kaylee.

What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

emotion, gives great visuals to characters reactions to each other through vocals, timing

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, but it was the climax and I'm not going to spoil anybody. Very heartbreaking what Kaylee has to go through in this book

Any additional comments?

this book gets better with each addition to the series. I highly recommend it, one of my favorites of all time

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Shaman, Friend, Enemy (Olivia Lawson, Techno-Shaman #2)

Patients with fractured souls, clients threatened by deadly ancestor spirits, and now the paparazzi–it’s all in a day’s work for techno-shaman Olivia Lawson. Livvy has rocketed to the top of the shaman world, bringing old friends with her but also attracting new enemies.

Even as her career soars, her personal life spirals downward. Broken bonds and lost love finally force her to confront the terrible secret of her beginning in shamanism. Despite being attacked by dark shamans and navigating a spiritual plane that seems out of control, Livvy’s single-minded quest steers her into dangerous territory and puts her on a collision course with those dearest to her.

No longer interested in walking a fine line, Livvy discovers that–when the one thing you need is the one thing you can’t have–you’ll risk everything

Isn't that a funny thing in life, once your told that you aren't allowed to have something. You become more determined to get it? Even if you, in reality have realized that you can live without it. The actual pursuit of obtaining it and the effort you put into getting it, will be your driving force.
This is the second book in this series. What I loved about the first and what drove me to continue with this series was the unique twist to the Urban Fantasy novel. The lead character is a Shaman and has a great support system around her to help her complete her jobs in the spiritual plane and outside.
In this edition Livvy is attacked pretty early on in the book, as well as having her heart broken by her love interest. Both of these stories push the novel along and we get to see Livvy break down a little and show her human side, calling upon her mother for some support.
There is a lot of magic and traveling through dimensions in these stories. The danger that Livvy and her co-workers must endure to help others keeps the mystery and anxiety up for the reader, not knowing what could happen next.
My favorite parts are when they fight using magic and she is up against forces that you would not find in most other books. It adds a unique touch, but Livvy is still human and that reality check side to the story is always there to help the reader identify with her story more.
My favorite character is SK in this one, the dwarf that helps her travel the multiverse. If you are not familiar with this series (or have not read my review of book one) The author approaches the the idea of a Shaman in the 21st century. With advanced technology to help her fight her battles and of course travel through the multiverse. It adds some fun sci-fi elements to Urban Fantasy which makes for a very fun and unique story line.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Witch Hunt (The Witch-Game #2) by K.C. Blake

A magical game of Hide n Seek begins.
Find the missing player and win.
The game resets; everyone forgets and starts to play it again.

Starr Hughes hasn’t believed in magic since her mother died. As a reporter for the school paper, she believes in hard facts. Hiding under the headmaster’s desk, planting bugs, and breaking into a fellow student’s home are all on her to-do list. So when she hears the mysterious group known as the It-Squad are about to start playing a secretive game, she wants to know more. She’s especially interested in the group’s gorgeous leader, Dylan Winchester.

With her boy-crazy best friend at her side, Starr is going to discover that not only are witches real, they need her help. Someone is using the game to steal their memories, their powers, and perhaps their lives

This second book in the series was really different than the first. I felt that the author took on almost a whole new writing style to present this new story.
This is the third book of KC's that I have read and I really enjoy how much she can really suck me into a story. They are usually over before I am ready, she is definitely a writer that I would recommend that you pick up.
In the second book the game that is being played is much different than the first book, it actually threw me off a little because I was expecting something similar, as it was a sequel. But she put a whole new spin on things with a whole new game and great characters. With that being said I fully believe that you can read these books out of order.

The main character is a reporter for the school newspaper so has the innate ability to ask questions constantly and be kind of nosy. Her best friend gives the reader some balance with humor and fun. The love interest brings about a variety of emotions on whether the reader wants to love him or hate him, or both! There is a variety of great side characters as well.

We get a little romance, a lot of mystery and some great humor as well.


Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.
Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

Hello! This year has been a complete roller coaster for me as far as events in my life go. As most of you know by now I review for several different blogs. I have already turned in my full review of this book to one of them and it will be posted soon, but today here on my own little corner of the interwebs I wanted to share some thoughts on this book, but wanted to try something different to spice up my week. So I am going to write my thoughts out, in paragraphs that start with the letters of the book H.U.N.T I have no idea where this is going to go and I do not plan on editing!

Hunting humans is what vampires do, but in a world where humans are almost extinct it's near to impossible to taste real human blood. The vampires that Andrew Fukuda have presented here in this story, eat raw meat. They are more civilized, attend school, have social events and a form of government set up.

Usually these vampires are stoic, well behaved and have a very uniformed in the way they interact with each other. The only time we get to see outlandish and crazy behavior is when they smell humans. The instinct to destroy and devour them is uncontrollable and they will do anything to get to the blood that they crave and desire.

Now, Gene has been chosen to participate in The Hunt. An event that all vampires desire to participate...except him. But he cannot show his concern, he cannot ask to be replaced. The countdown to the day of the event is coming near. He is placed in a room that is closest to the dome in which the humans are being kept. His closeness and desires to be near them gets stronger every day...but so does everyone else's.

The danger is high, constant suspense of what could happen next and who would break down first. The days before the hunt are driving the participants crazy, and they are all in very close quarters. Will they survive each other before the hunt even begins?

Well! That was interesting, not as hard as I thought, but maybe something I'll try to do again sometime. Hope you enjoyed!

Best thing about this book was the uniqueness of the story. Great writing that kept the suspense building and I never could figure out what would happen in the end.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance. On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears

The Peculiars is a steampunk adventure story that includes supernatural creatures. Lena sets on a quest to find her father, along the way running into an interesting ensemble of unique characters.
She also is on constant guard because of the unusual form of her hands. She keeps them covered at all times because of the societal scrutiny that comes with being Peculiar. Something that she is not sure that she is, and hoping that her father can answer for her.
During her travels she meets characters that get her caught up in a crazier and more mysterious venture than she initially set out to find. It leads to a constant unraveling to the plot and twisting of story that will always keep you guessing. The search for her father and the job she gets thrown into of being a spy have more in common than she originally thought. Peculiar or not, she is going to find the answers she needs, and meet both friends and enemies along the way.

If you are looking for something different to read, interested in steampunk and science fiction your going to want to check this one out.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Allegiance (Legacy #2) by Cayla Kluver

Only I saw Narian for who he truly was: a young man with courage and an independent mind, and made to pay for what was outside his control. He couldn't help his past any more than he could help the way those intense, deep-blue eyes pierced me and held me captive.

An eighteen-year-old queen in love with the enemy as their countries pass the point of no return...

Bound to a man she cannot love, Queen Alera of Hytanica must forget Narian, the young man who holds her heart. For Narian is destined to conquer Hytanica at the behest of his master, the powerful magic-user known as the Overlord. Alera doesn't truly believe Narian will fight against Hytanica-until Cokyrian troops attack with Narian commanding the charge.

Faced with the greatest betrayal a heart can know, Alera must set aside personal feelings and lead her kingdom through its darkest time. And when all hope, will and courage seem lost, she must find strength and remember that even the blackest night must have a dawn...

This is the second book in the series. A series that I wasn't sure I was going to continue with after reading the first book. But I am glad that I did.
There were times that the main character was immature and even threw a fit or two. I was a little confused because somebody who is raised to be a Queen, you expect better behavior out of. But also your dealing with a teenage girl who is very unhappy with her situation as well. So overall after finishing the book, the times that she does lash out actually seemed understandable.
I was very impressed by the ending of this story. I enjoyed the last couple of chapters and the growth that Alera experiences in this book. It actually made me a greater fan of this series. I wanted to see that side of her all along, but even getting to know her at the end of book 2 here has really gotten me interested to see what happens next.
Alera and her kingdom really have to go through some tough times in this story. It had a lot of ups and downs and I felt bad that she didn't appreciate what luck she did have with her husband, it could have been so much worse. Although of course he wasn't perfect. He did care.
I am happy I decided to continue on with the series and looking forward to see where Alera takes us in the next book.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends.

Since then, Mac's life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac's hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy's killer:

A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome--also known as the werewolf virus--is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy's murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy's boy-friend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock's thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spell-binding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love

When it has come down to picking if I am #teamwerewolf or #teamvampire I have always chosen team vampire. I have always strayed away from reading books that are full of werewolves or shape shifters concentrating on wolf form. After winning a signed copy of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (one of my favorite reads last year) I decided I would try it and now with Hemlock being one of my favorite reads of the year,I am officially confused. Werewolves have managed to find a priority place in my reading stack along with ghosts, vampires and witches. (all of my favorites)
Hemlock was one of those reads that had me mesmerized. Every second that I was not actually reading the book, I was thinking about the book.
The main character is flawed, and the author really puts her through a lot in this book. This book is also a bit darker than what I expected. There is one spot in the book where I actually said aloud "omg she took it there"
If it were me in this situation, I would have left town a long time ago. The fact that she stays and tries her best to put the pieces back together again after Amy dies, really says a lot about her character.
I have read some reviews about this book containing a love triangle. I have to disagree with that. It's pretty clear here that she is dedicated to her boyfriend Kyle. A love triangle would consist of her having more than friendly feelings for somebody else as well, but I didn't see that here. If you prefer love triangle situations in books, you may enjoy the fact that Mac's boyfriend Kyle has some serious separation issues from his ex-girlfriend. That situation could be considered a love triangle, and leads to some intense and action packed scenes in the book.

I have a full and possibly better worded and informative review of the book on my goodreads page, but I wanted to put up some thoughts on the blog as well.
I really enjoyed this book,I read it months ago and still find myself thinking about it.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Whispers From The Grave by Leslie Rule

The similarities between Jenna and Rita were uncanny. They looked and acted exactly alike. Each was experiencing the thrill of first love. Each was empowered with a gift of the supernatural. And each harbored dark secrets. Jenna and Rita could have been sisters. Except for one thing . . . Rita was murdered over a century ago.

Out of the yellowed pages of her diary, Rita's frightening legacy is reborn. But the more Jenna reads of Rita's spellbinding past--of murder, deception, and sinister experiments--the more she fears her own future. Because Rita's history is repeating itself, moment by horrifying moment. And Jenna has to live it

**This review contains very small spoilers, you may want to read with caution**

As I started reading this story it became more interesting each new chapter. There was always something new that I didn't get from the summary and was loving how different it was than everything else I've been reading lately.
Jenna finds an old diary in the family home. She lives in the year 2070 and the girl who wrote the diary, Rita lived in the 1970's. My favorite parts of the time difference between the two girls was the descriptions of the 2070's world. Especially the description of the clothing.
As Jenna continues to read the diary she begins connecting a lot with Rita and her life in the house. She soon discovers that Rita was murdered and begins to really get into solving the mystery of what exactly happened to her.
There were a couple of things that the summary does not detail that caught me unaware as I read. I never saw them coming and found them a great twist to what could have normally just been a who-done-it type of mystery.

*small spoiler statements ahead*
I am afraid that I cannot tell you fully what those things are without spoiling the story for you. But I will hint to them. Firstly Jenna finds a photo of Rita and finds they are remarkably similar in looks, almost twin-like similarities to their features. There is also a discovery of supernatural events that take place as well.
It was a incredibly interesting story that kept me intrigued to the very end.
I did feel that the very end fell just a little bit flat compared to the rest of the novel, but I was still very pleasantly surprised with each new chapter and found it to be a unique and imaginative story.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped—and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible.

Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way
Description from goodreads.com

This was my choice for the Burn Bright Book Club that I am a member of. (click here) I am going to re-post my thoughts about this book here on my own blog, to bring awareness to the book club (anybody can participate the books are all listed on the main book club page=listed down the left side) and the post and chats happen at the end of the month. Sometimes there are prizes to be won for participating and joining in, so sign up and read along :)


The US cover has a beautiful maroon/reddish coloring and the silver flourish is all raised. I have to say that the cover appealed to me immediately before I read the summary. Gorgeous, and fits the mood of the story.


Mostly recognizable names from religions and myths. Stories of Adam and Eve, heavenly angels and Lucifer himself.


Daphne is my favorite character because she never put on a front. She was always true to who she was, although at times confused. The emotions that humans feel are new to her, she has a hard time understanding what they are. But in the end, she is bold, determined and stands up for what she feels is the right thing to be doing. But Raymie was a very close second favorite!

Least Favourite

It is always the hardest to find a character that I don't like. Unless they stand out. I had a hard time trying to figure this one out in this book and even though he is such a minor character I would have to choose Adam. For turning away his son.


The unique setting of introducing us to Pandorium in the beginning of the story really does set the mood of the novel. When beginning a story with a introduction of life in Hell and the stories behind their daily routines, and a feeling of unending monotony. It surprises you that Earth may be considered scarier than Hell. You begin to wonder how the rest of the story is going to go when the main character would prefer to stay in Hell than experience Earth.


Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. When her brother Obie is kidnapped, Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to Earth, With the help of Truman, the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie's whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be


The ending was a perfect match for this book. I was happy to see a stand alone book that wrapped up well with an ending that made me feel content.


This story ended up to be more than I expected. It was dark and grim and brimming with legends, beliefs, folklore, Myths, Tales, and symbolism. The writing was beautiful and the characters pensive and haunting. Something never expected by far one of my favorites reads of the year.


“I've never been impulsive. It's always been in my nature to consider things carefully and then decide upon the best solution. Except, sometimes the circumstances change. Sometimes things get so complicated and so bad that your nature just doesn't matter anymore.”

“It’s not the wisest thing - love - but when it happens, there’s not a lot you can do to stop it. Sometimes you just have to soldier on through.”

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Metaphysical Double Life of Eri Lane by Jocelyn Nora Moore

Everyone knows that fourteen-year-old Eri Lane is different. She is too intense, always tells the truth, and she somehow knows things she shouldn’t. Her confused teachers know she’s different. The means kids know. Her hardworking single mother knows. The cute, nerdy senior that she loves knows. There is just something about Eri Lane. But none of them know just how different, because absolutely none of them know that there are actually two worlds, the world of Dream and the world of Wake. Only Eri Lane and her best friend Malcolm Harris know that.

Eri and Malcolm never sleep, since they were twelve they have been among the special guardians of the boundary between the two worlds, known among themselves as the Awake. Now it’s November of their sophomore year, and Eri has been having a hard enough time trying to repair psychic leaks all night, and then navigate the ups and downs of being the black sheep of Marchland High School for the Gifted every day, (not to mention protecting Malcolm, who is openly gay, and their other best friend Ashley, who is too nice, from bullies), when a strange new creature shows up in the world of Dream, wreaking havoc and possibly even attempting to tear open the barrier between the two worlds. Now, Eri has to figure out how to stop it/him, how to save the world, and most importantly, whether or not the world is worth saving

This story was one that took full attention for me to read. There are several very visual and descriptive scenes that my usual reading speed couldn't quite comprehend what the pictures were in my mind.
I have no idea if that makes any sense. But I had to take this book is sections because of the very fantastical scenes. Trying to envision in my brain what the characters were describing as seeing took some time to read and then envision in my own mind to understand what was happening in the story.
The characters cross over between a dream land and awake world in and out like a thin veil. Experiencing a day dreaming effect while sitting in class, or wherever they are, going in and out of worlds was very surreal and imaginative.
It really is a fun, creative and whole new world to experience. It was like going into a dream-like state myself, completely immersing myself into the story. Each time I picked the book up again I was seeing something different than when I left off.
If you are looking for something different to read, and enjoy being sucked into a whole new world and letting your imagination run while, I suggest you pick this one up.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

House of Night #1 (House of Night: The Graphic Novel #1)

The magical world of New York Times best-selling authors P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast comes to comics!

Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you are Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood

For somebody that has just recently gotten into picking up graphic novels, I have to say that I have become very particular about the ones I read.
I recently read the Wicked Lovely graphic novel and wanted more color and vibrancy to the look and pages of it, but it's a good and fun read. I also recently read the Vampire Academy Graphic Novel and felt there was not enough dialogue to go with the pictures, a lot of the character and world building was missing and for a short book way to much drama and emotion thrown in. But the artwork was amazing and I loved the full colored glossy pages.

Now onto the reason your here. The House of Night graphic novel. This was a perfect match between artwork, color schemes and story-line. I highly enjoyed this one.
I have come to the reasoning that when I buy a graphic novel, it costs just as much or more as the original novel itself. So I tend to lean more towards the graphic novels that represent the most of the novel as possible, as thoroughly as possible. (if that makes sense).
In House of Night the visual of of the tattoos and the attitudes of the characters comes through on the pages through the artwork. The graphics alone tell the majority of the story just through the facial expressions and the details in the buildings and clothing. It's not just about shading and frowns, the actual coloring of the shadows and the smaller details that I have come to appreciate.
This graphic novel did a perfect job of combining the story of the novel along with the visuals. There was an amazing balance of dialogue and story to go along with the visuals. And again the artwork is very detailed and I loved the color choices, they complimented the mood to the novel.
If you enjoyed the House of Night series, or are interested in the novels you should check this one out. If you have not at least been introduced into the story, this graphic novel may have a bit of spoilers in it. But if you are curious about the series and would like an introduction to it and the Fledgling handbook (aka you don't mind a little spoilers) I highly encourage you to pick it up, it's a great price.

House of Night: Legacy [Hardcover]
PC Cast (Author), Kristin Cast (Author), Kent Dalian (Author), Joelle Jones (Author), Karl Kerschl (Author), Joshua Covey (Author), Daniel Krall (Author), Jonathan Case (Author), Eric Canete (Author)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Discussion Time~ Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a bit of a wicked streak. She has spent years keeping everyone at a distance---even her closest friends---and it seems as if her senior year is going to be more of the same . . . until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can’t seem to stay away from him.

What she doesn’t know is that Luc is on a mission. He’s been sent from Hell itself to claim Frannie’s soul. It should be easy---all he has to do is get her to sin, and Luc is as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn’t stand a chance. But he has to work fast, because if the infernals are after her, the celestials can’t be far behind. And sure enough, it’s not long before the angel Gabriel shows up, willing to do anything to keep Luc from getting what he came for. It isn’t long before they find themselves fighting for more than just Frannie’s soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay . . . for all of them
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***These are my thoughts on Personal Demons, Discussion Time!!!**

I'm always nervous about going into books knowing there is angels and demons. Because you never know which direction the author is going to go with the religious aspects. I was very pleasantly surprised at how this particular story was approached and enjoyed it.
One of the things that has been very common in romance books as of late is the love triangle. From the cover it's pretty clear there was a huge possibility this story was going to contain one as well. I think that because the chapters switch perspectives between Luc and Frannie that Gabriel was going to be overlooked emotionally through the majority of the novel as far as romance goes.
So even though Frannie may think Gabriel's hot and have a miniscule interest in him this early in the series. The triangle may develop later in the series, but really focuses just on Frannie and Luc in this first book. Luc having a huge Pro list as far as romance goes on my list because the reader really gets to know him personally. Gabriel's character is just viewed to us through Frannie and Luc's perspectives and although his character is interesting, I'd much rather see how Luc and Frannie work it out between themselves for now.
Ok enough of the romance factor! What was a constant confusion for me was who Frannie chose as friends. The relationship that she has between her friends is very unhealthy, competitive and borderline enemy status. Every time they interacted with each other, be it at lunch or hanging out I always wondered why Frannie would choose to hang out with them at all.
I enjoyed this story, I think it was handled really well and I kind of have a crush on Luc. Can't wait to see what happens next.

Discussion Time!
What are your thoughts about religion in books?
What do you enjoy most about reading angel/demon books?
Love triangles...hate them or love them?
Friendship, do you hang out with people that you'd rather hit than hug?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Darker Still (Magic Most Foul #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber

I was obsessed.

It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I'd ever seen--everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable...utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.

There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.

I've crossed over into his world within the painting, and I've seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked--bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan. Unless I can free him soon, things will only get Darker Still

The main character in the book is a selective mute. Because of some psychological issues she cannot speak and does most of her talking through facial expressions and sign language. It is a historical romance set in the Victorian Age. Because of Natalie's "mental illness" her father fears that she will never marry.

When Natalie hears about a portrait of a young man that is rumored to be haunted. She pushes her father to purchase it for the museum he curates for. But the price being too high, they eventually get Ms. Northe to purchase the portrait then loan it to the museum. When she is around the portrait Natalie not only notices subtle differences in the painting each time she looks at it. But she has also seen a boy that looks exactly like the one in the painting in real life, which is impossible because the story that is told is that he committed suicide.

The mystery and magic begin to unfold from here. Natalie is a very determined and caring person. As she beings to learn more about the painting, and Lord Denbury himself, she is determined to find answers. Her complete and utter belief that there is something more to the story, and that Lord Denbury couldn't possibly be deceased. It will draw her into the portrait literally.

One day she is left a letter that instructs her to touch the hand of the boy in the portrait, and she falls into it. A whole new world opens up to her and all the possibilities of what the real world held are easier for her to face and overcome when she has the friendship of Lord Denbury.

I don't often read Victorian historical romances. Especially in young adult. But I was drawn to this one because it contained magic. The fact that the main character was mute was also a nice twist to the story and it led to the author writing the story through different venues such as diary entries and letters. Giving different perspectives of the events that take place.

Both Lord Danbury and Natalie work together to solve the mystery. This story has some really fun variety of characters, I found it a very enjoyable read.