Thursday, December 13, 2012

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay is a gripping novel about choices. Mia and her family are on their way to her grandparents. When Mia wakes up she in lying on the side of the road. Mia thinks she is fine until she sees her body. Nothing is fine.

Mia is in a place between life and death, comatose. She can see people, they can't see her. She can hear them, they can't hear her. Her body lying, lifeless in a hospital bed.

Mia does think she can live without her family. But she can't see herself leaving without her boyfriend.

I give If I Stay four stars. Great book about life, death, choice, but mostly love.

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Death, Romance

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

Witch Eyes is an amazing novel about a teen discovering is own power.

Braden has a gift. He calls it the "Witch Eyes." With the Witch Eyes he can see everything that has happened somewhere, is happening, and the threads of magic. The Witch Eyes are so powerful that many people are willing to kill for them.

To protect his uncle, Braden leaves home and heads to where everything began, Belle Dam. When he arrivies, Braden discovers a fued that has been raging on for centries between his family and Lansings, another very powerful and deadly family.

Braden does his best not to draw attention to himself. Which can be difficult when you fall in love with a guy who's mother is trying to kill you, your father wants to use you as a weapon, making sure no one finds out that you are your father's son, all while trying to figure out how to control the Witch Eyes and keep them a secret.

Who ever thought having magic at finger-tips could be so complicated?

Witch Eyes is a great novel that shows how hard life can be for a teen, even one with magic. The charatcers and plot is so well written that it seems to be real. Who knows? Maybe it is... I give Witch Eyes 5 stars.

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

White Cat by Holly Black

"Clever as the Devil and twice as pretty." - Holly Black, White Cat

Cassel's family aren't typical. They are curse works. And they're all criminals.

Curse working is illegal. Everyone wears gloves to avoid being cursed. Because working is illegal, most workers are criminals of some form. Murders, con artists, thugs, mobsters, theives, grifters, etc.

Mom: Emotion Worker - Can manipulate a person's emotions to her advantage.
Philip: Body Worker - Can break a person's leg with his pinky.
Barron: Luck Worker - Can give a person good or bad luck.
Grandpa: Death Worker - Can kill a person with a single touch.
Cassel: Non-Worker - Doesn't have the curse.

"I can't trust the people I care about not to hurt me. And I'm not sure I can trust myself not to hurt them, either." - Holly Black, White Cat

White Cat is a thrilling mystery about a boy from a crime family and just how dangerous that is alone. After killing Lila, Cassel must act as normal as he can. But how normal can you be, when you can't remember things. I give White Cat, 5 stars. On to Red Glove.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

This book got me into romance novels. I used to steer clear of them until I read "Shiver." I used to only look at books that had mystery, paranormal, fantasy, etc. first, and if their was some romance in it, it was fine. Then, I read this one and I'll try almost any book now. It's driving my mom crazy.

I give Shiver five stars. It kept me interested to the point I could put the book down. Told from to points of view, you can't help but fall in love with the characters.

“It is possible to be in love with you just because of who you are.”
Maggie Stievater, Shiver

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Anything can happen in a small town. Anything.

Cat has been living her life alone. She has cut all ties to her friends and doesn't interact with anyone unless she has no over choice but to. This is how she has lived ever since Tommy.

“Because it's good for nothing," I said. keeping my eyes on Tommy. "Because one worthless piece of shit deserves another.”
― Lauren Myracle, Shine

When Cat's best friend Patrick is attacked, and it seems that no one is looking into who did it, Cat breaks out of her shell to try and find the person that beat Patrick into coma.The cops say that it seems to have been out of towners, but Cat knows better. She knows that cops won't look at anyone from town, afraid to make trouble.

“I felt sucker-punched. It wasn't God's fault Patrick had been treated worse than dirt, as I'd let myself believe. It was mine.”
― Lauren Myracle, Shine

So Cat looks at everyone, with one person in mind of who did it. Along the way she makes new and old friends and discover secrets about everyone, and when she finally discovers who did it, Cat is the most shocked at who it is.

“... and my brain put them together in that way brains sometimes do: pairing the ideas that shouldn't be paired, yet nonetheless were.”
― Lauren Myracle, Shine

Shine is great mystery book. The story of girl discovering herself, while trying to find out what happened to her friend. I'd give Shine four stars.

“Knowledge was more powerful than fear. Love was stronger than hate." 
― Lauren Myracle, Shine

Friday, August 3, 2012

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Aislinn has spent her entire life seeing faeries, and to protect herself has followed 3 simple rules. They have never bothered her more than they would a human that didn't see them. Until now. Aislinn needs to find away to get them to leave her alone or risk losing everything. Can she find a way before it's too late?

“She was afraid, but she couldn't just sit around waiting for someone to save her. She had to try to save herself, try to figure it out.”  ― Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely

Keenan has spent his life bound and looking for the one to set him free. He believes he's finally found her, but can he convice her to help him. Or is she just going to become another Summer Girl like so many others?

“You. I've spent my life waiting for you.”  ― Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely

Donia had taken up the test to help Keenan. Now she is the Winter Girl. Bound by rules to warn girls not to trust Keenan, and now the Winter Queen has threathened her. Can she do the right thing or lose her life trying?

“Mortals are such fragile things. Just tender feelings walking around exposed in their delicate shells...Easy to crush.”  ― Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely is a beautiful story filled with love and darkness. It shows a great world that we can't not see. I give Wicked Lovely 5 stars. A true piece of art made of words.

“And he smiled at her, truely smiled- wicked and lovely...”  ― Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely

Genre: Urban Fantasy - Young Adult

Friday, June 29, 2012

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

"You won't even know you've crossed the line until it's way back in your rearview mirror." - Barry Lyga, I Hunt Killers

I Hunt Killers is a great thriller that will keep guessing until the. Jazz just wants to be a normal teenager, which can be hard when your is a blood-thristy serial killer. Good news? He's behind bars. Bad news? Almost everyone thinks Jazz will turn out just like him. Even worse? The town as a new killer on the loose.

I liked this book a lot. The storyline isn't the old fashioned plot about good vs. evil. Instead it's about a teen trying to figure out who he is. This book was amazing. It kept me turning the pages until the very last page. I had to force myself to put it down, but I didn't do it often. I give I Hunt Killers 5 gold stars!

Warning: This book is not for the faint-hearted, people who have a problem with blood, gore, or anything all those lines. If you don't have any of those problems or don't care, I say read this book.

"What was the opposite of linkage blindness? What described being certain of something without any kind of evidence? ...The term was faith." - Barry Lyga, I Hunt Killers