Saturday, January 3, 2009

Deadly Little Secret *Review*

Deadly Little Secret
By: Laura Faria Stolarz

Product Description:

Some secrets shouldn't be kept...
Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help--but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.

From the best-selling author of Blue is for Nightmares comes a story of paranormal romance that's sure to be a thrilling and chilling teen favorite.


Laura Faria Stolarz has done it again. I'm really interested in seeing how this series is going to be a trilogy considering the ending of this book. The first chapter caught my attention right away and out of the three books I bought at the book store that day this was the first one I read.

Throughout the whole book I was trying to figure out the mystery (and failed) and was kept on my toes the whole time. Stolarz's character were very good and interesting though I could definitely see some traits between Blue is For Nightmare's Amber and Kimmie. The characters kept me interested and it was really nice how we got to read little notes from the clearly crazy stalker.

I read this book in one night and my only complaint is that it really was too short. About 250 pages, it's really not worth the price. It is a good book though, but I've hold out until it comes out in paperback if you want to buy it. I'm definitely buying the next book though!

Overrall Rating: 7.5/10
 Good read, good mystery, kinda disappointing ending and too costly. Definitely borrow it from a friend or library or buy it when it's comes out in paperback though.

Night World Volume 1 *Review*

Night World Volume 1
By: L.J. Smith

Product Description:

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters -- they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It's a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.


 Wow, just wow. Everyone told me that L.J. Smith was an amazing author and now I see why. Vampires, witches and werewolfs, etc. This series has everything! Three books in one for only $8.99 Yes, please!! Plus every story connects someway and deals with your"soulmate."

The first story is s vampire story and my second fave story in this volume. The second story is also about vampires and my fave in this volume. The only thing I did not like about this story was the ending. Be warned, but don't let that stop you. The third story is about witches and is still good even though it is my least fave in this volume. The characters and story didn't draw me in as good this time, but it is still a good story that connects with the others well.

Nine stories in three volumes with the author still writing a finale, this is not a series to be missed. There's a reason why these stories are being reprinted after ten years, there just that good!!

Overall Rating: 8.0
 Good (though my fave stories are in the second volume), a good series that shouldn't be missed

*This is an older review*

Wondrous Strange *Review*

Wondrous Strange
By: Lesley Livingston

Product Description:

Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .

For seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.

Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie's enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year.

This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something different is happening . . . something wondrous and strange. And Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her.

Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery—and her growing feelings for Sonny—in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance.

Wondrous Strange is a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic . . . between author and reader.


I just finished this book and immediately had to post a review for it! This in my opinion is a really good fairy book. It's told in third person and has powerful main characters and a good plot with many twists.

The main heroine Kelley begins the story acting in the play Midsummer Night's Dream. Since I am a big fan of Shakespeare this was a major plus for me. Shakespeare quotes are given throughout the book beautifully and I loved reading them.

  There are many types of faeries and the author does a good job of explaining them. I also loved the two main characters and their relationship. It seemed more real then most relationships in other stories, which is always a great point :D My only con is the ending and some parts were the story seemed to drag alittle. Overall I'd definitely recommend this author's debut novel.

 Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Good characters, good plot can't wait to read more by this author.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Marked *Review*

By: PC Cast and Kristin Cast

Product Description:

The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends.


This is a book that I definitely have mixed feelings for. The dialogue is written in a way that won't appeal to everyone. The narrator Zoey hates cussing, which normally I would like, but she decides to make up words that sound really ridiculous. The whole book is written in a very "teen-ish" way that will take awhile to get used too. Luckily I was able to get used to it about 1/4 into the book for others it'll take awhile.

The story itself is good. I love the fact of there being a boarding school for vampires and I love the way the school sounds. The secondary characters are also really cool and funny. I enjoyed reading about them. The main problem I had was the main character Zoey. She is a Mary-Sue to the max! She automatically gets friends, all the boys like her, she's "special" in a good way and can defeat her worst enemy making her look like an even bigger hero. 

If you can ignore the Mary-Sueness of the book then I think you'll really enjoy the series. If not run away now just don't bother. Since I've already read the other five books in the series I can definitely say the series gets better, but the main character's Mary-Sueness increases even more each time. Yes sadly it is possible. 

Overall Rating: 6.0
 Good plot, setting, bad main character. I'd recommend at least borrowing the first book from someone or the library first.

*This is an older review*

Ophelia *Review*

By: Lisa Klein

Product Description:

In this re-imagining of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen’s most trusted lady-in-waiting. She catches the attention of the captivating, dark-haired Prince Hamlet, and their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn Denmark into a place of madness, and ultimately, Ophelia must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In desperation, Ophelia devises a treacherous plan to escape from Elsinore forever . . . with one very dangerous secret, she is pregnant with Hamlet’s child. Sharp and literary, dark and romantic, this dramatic story holds readers in its grip until the final, heartrending scene.

I love Shakespeare! Hamlet is definitely my favorite book by him and Ophelia is my favorite character in the play so this book was definitely a must read for me. I loved that this story told Hamlet through Ophelia's point of view. The author does a really good job of weeding Ophelia's role in the past, present and future during the original play of Hamlet.

I love hearing about Ophelia's past and how she came to love Hamlet. I love their relationship to death so I loved getting more scenes about them. The author also does a good job of using Shakespeare's language and still making the books an easy read.

The only part I didn't like of the book was the end. We all know what happens to Hamlet at the end, but I wasn't really fond of what happened to Ophelia. Maybe it's because of the fact that I'm a major Hamlet/Ophelia fan, but the ending in this book wasn't my favorite. It wasn't bad and I'm sure other people will enjoy it. That's just my opinion.

Overall Rating: 8.0
 A good read! Especially if you love Shakespeare. I'd recommend it!

*This is an older review*

Wicked Lovely *Review*

Wicked Lovely
By: Melissa Marr

Product Description:

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.

Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.

Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.

But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost—regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.


Well, I wanted to give fairy books a try and I must say I'm not impressed or happy with this book. It's told in third person and I must say I don't like the writing that much at all. After seeing the pretty cover and the summary I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.

When I started reading this book I had read mixed reviews and must say I lean more towards the negative reviews. At first I just had an ok opinion of the main heroine. Later on in the story I became annoyed with her, even more then Bella in Breaking Dawn :p Her main love interest just seemed too perfect to me and I know there are guys out there like that, but I'm sorry I just couldn't get into it. 

The fairies were well described and I loved the other main male character Keenan and the other main female Donia. I wish they had more scenes in the story, they were the only reason I kept reading.

Overall Rating: 4/10
 Half the characters are good the other half not so much.... Basically not a book that I'd recommend.

*This is an older review*

Monday, November 17, 2008

Evernight *Review*

By: Claudia Gray

Product Description:

Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.


Another start to a new four book vampire series! I must say that out of all the vampire books I've read so far this is the only one that's reminded me slightly of Twilight. And no I'm not one of those people who compares every vampire book to Twilight. Overall though the characters are definitely different then the Twilight ones, so if your afraid of this book being exactly like Twilight, don't. It has a completely different plot and the characters play completely different roles letting the book stand in it's own right.

To start off with I love boarding schools in general, so I really fell in love with the school and setting in this book. The characters are pretty in depth, but not enough to blow me away or get me too attached to them. Though we still have three more books in the series, so I'm sure that's change soon.

Overall, it's a generally good vampire book. Not my favorite, but good. I should also wrong everyone that at about exactly half-way through the book is a major 360 decree turn. Some people may be bothered by it, some may like it better. It all depends if you like the direction it's going!

 Overall Rating: 7/10
Good series. Not the best, but good. I'm definitely going to continue, but I'd definitely borrow the book or read spoilers about what happens half-way through before you buy it.

*This is an older review*