Sunday, August 30, 2009

City of Bones

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
rating 9/10

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

I've been meaning to read City of Bones for a while now, and I've just now gotten to it. This book was amazing. I loved all the action. It's been a long time since I've read a book like that. It also had so many surprising twists that kept happening. There were a lot of unexpected things happen in this book.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Prophecy of the Sisters

Prophecy of the sisters by Michelle Zink
rating: 8/10
Sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her.
I was really excited to read Prophecy of the Sisters, especially since I had to wait because I've been busy and had other books to read. I really like it. I loved all the mystery and the surprises. It was very slow-paced, but that went along well with every think. All the eeriness made me love it even more.

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
rating: 9/10
In Mary's world, there are simple truths.
The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent.
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village. The fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.
But slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.
Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded by so much death?

Even though I've read good reviews about this book, I really wasn't all that excited to start this. Well, I should have been. this book was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It even scared me a little, which is not an easy thing to do.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Soul to Take

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent


Something is wrong with Kaylee Cavanaugh. She doesn't see dead people, but...
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to be a normal girl, basking in the joy of having caught the attention of Nash, the hottest guy in school. But getting through a first date isn't easy when he seems to know more about Kaylee's need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only she knows who'll be next...

My Soul to Take was very suspenseful and surprising. I couldn't wait to start it, it looked really good. And it was. I loved the characters and I liked all the twists in the book. Kaylee was a great character, but sometimes she would talk like she was an adult, and not a teenager. It was refreshing to read about something different, and not just regular fantasy creatures (i.e. werewolves, fairies and vampires) Overall, this book is good, and I totally recommend it.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Radiant Darkness

Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman
rating: 8/10
He smiles. "Hello."
It's a deep voice. I can feel it reverberate in my chest and echo all the way down to my toes.
I know I should leave, but I don't want to. I want to keep my senses like this forever. I'm all eye, all ear, all skin.

Persephone lives in the most gorgeous place in the world. But her mother's a goddess, as overprotective as she is powerful. Paradise has become a trap. Just when Persephone feels there's no chance of escaping the life that's been planned for her, a mysterious stranger arrives. A stranger who promises something more—something dangerous and exciting—something that spurs Persephone to make a daring choice. A choice that could destroy all she's come to love, even the earth itself.
In a land where a singing river can make you forget your very name, Persephone is forced to discover who—and what—she really is.
I like greek myths and I like retellings of stories. Radiant Darkness was no exception. I liked how different this version was than from the actual story. Pesephone was not abducted, but went with Hades at her own will. I have to say, I think some things that happened, especially toward the end, were a little cheesy, but it fit in with the rest of it.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Just Came Out

Two books just came out:

~My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

~Prophecy of the Sister by Michelle Zink

Prophecy of the Sisters
An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-One good...One evil...Who will prevail?Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets. Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.They just know they can't trust each other.
My Soul To Take
She doesn't see dead people, but…
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…