Title - The Haunted Author - Jessica Verday Publisher - Simon Pulse Release - August, 1st 2010 Rating - 4/5
Summary - After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with by the bridge where her best friend drowned - the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead - Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, determined to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into schoolwork, perfume-making and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be able to help her get over Caspian once and for all. But Abbey is never going to truly be able to move on from Caspian and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side: for Caspian is a Shade and Abbey is his destiny. The two are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow and the famous legend that binds their fates - a legend whose true ending and dark truths they are only just beginning to guess... Information from Goodreads.com
Review - I love this series! The Haunted is the second book in The Hollow series. The Haunted is actually better than The Hollow, The Hollow was good, but The Haunted was great. The Haunted starts off at the end of the school year when Abbey is still at her aunt's house, but she soon gets a call to come back to Sleepy Hollow for the opening of the bridge that her best friend Kristen fell of off last year and died.
At the end of The Hollow their was a big cliffhanger. I don't want to give anything away so I won't say any more. The story behind The Haunted is somewhat original, but it has some very unoriginal characteristics, like the all mighty love triangle, everyone loves it, but it is not at all original. Someone should write a book with a love square.
The writing style was amazing. Some people don't like so much detail, but I love it. Jessica never lacks in detail of any kind. She'll include all the smells, tastes, looks and everything down to the minute details.
Most of the characters were good, but some were lacking. Abbey the main character was very original. She is a perfumer which I never knew existed. I always thought that all perfume was made in factories by machines. I never knew you could make perfume out of oils in you own home. That's why I love books, you always learn something new.
Caspian is Abbey's main love interest in the books. Caspian is very chivalries. He is the Prince Charming every girl is waiting for with a twist. He has all snow white hair except for one black stripe, he loves snickerdoodles, and he is an amazing artist!
Ben is what completes the love triangle. Ben is an all around good guy, he's smart, helpful and nice. It's sad how ignorant he is about Caspian, at points I wished I could have jumped in the book to tell him. It got annoying at points.
All around this is an awesome book. I think anyone who likes paranormal romances will like this book even if they didn't like The Hollow. Buy the book on Amazon.
Earlier this week I went to meet James Dashner in Burlington, Massachusetts while he was on tour for his newest book, The Scorch Trials. James Dashner is the author of The Maze Runner Series and The 13th Reality series.
When I first heard about his signing, and how close it was, I was ecstatic! Usually the closest authors come to where I live, is 6 hours away.
Meeting James Dashner was amazing. It was the first big author event I've ever been to. It was so fun learning about James Dashners life before his writing career.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is black. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade, a large expanse enclosed by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning, for as long as they could remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, they’ve closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the maze after dark.
The Gladers were expecting Thomas’s arrival. But the next day, a girl arrives in the lift—the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, they might be able to find their way home . . . wherever that may be. But it’s looking more and more as if the maze is unsolvable.
And something about the girl’s arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers—if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind. Information from Goodreads.com
The Maze was only the beginning...
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more Variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.
In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety... until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.
Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, much of the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated--and with it, order--and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim... and meal.
The Gladers are far from done running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Thomas can only wonder--does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED? Information from Goodreads.com Here's a link to James Dashners blog http://jamesdashner.blogspot.com/
When I was at the signing I got two signed copies of The Scorch Trials. One for me and one to giveaway. US only guys. All you have to do is -Become a follower if your not already. -Leave a comment and include your email address so I can notify you if you win.
It's October and if your like me, your looking for just the right hair-raising book to read. I have made a list of a few of my favorite scary books to share with you.
First we have the Ghost Story. A great example is Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender. What I love about this one in particular is It's vintage feeling. This book is not that original, but It's way better than the other ghost stories I've read.
Next up is Horror. The Devouring by Simon Holt is my personal favorite for one reasons, that reason being it actually has a good plot, many other horror books I've read don't have an engaging plot so the author tries to make up for it by adding blood and gore.
Third is Suspense. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is Suspense and Mystery, but I didn't have any other Suspense books... This book keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
Second to last is Thriller. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is a great Thriller, Thriller's are like Horror, but with less gore and more suspense. This is an awesome Halloween book because it has... *Drum Roll* ZOMBIES!
Last, but definitely not least, Mystery! I've always loved reading "Mystery" books around Halloween. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting is a Murder-Mystery (the best kind). Mystery's sometimes have Thriller/Horror aspects to them that just make them that more amazing!
Other scary books you should check out: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer, The Hollow by Jessica Verday, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent and A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan.
Summary - Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.
Review - I'll admit, I was a little hesitant to start "Stolen", but when I did, I couldn't put it down.
The plot was just so foreign to me. Before this book, I have never read anything about abductions. It's a nice break from the fantasy kick I've been on.
Gemma was a strong character, but not exactly relatable. If I was abducted I would be way more scared than Gemma was in the book. Her attitude is what kept me turning and turning the pages. To see how she'd react next.
I never felt sorry for Ty, but I can see why people would. Ty is like the typical stalker, but not the typical abductor. In the book Ty never hurt Gemma, in fact he did the exact opposite, he did everything he could to protect her.
I am so glad I finally read this book, the writing style pulled you right in, having only two main characters in the book made it so you can focus on the plot more, and the characters personality are very original.
I think everyone should read this book. Everyone NEEDS to read this book. I would recommend this to Laurie Halse Anderson lovers.
Summary -It all comes down to this.
Vlad’s running out of time. The Elysian Council has given him weeks to live, and that’s if the Slayer Society doesn’t kill him – along with all the citizens of Bathory – first. Then there’s the issue of Vlad’s father, who may or may not still be alive after all these years, and oh yeah, that tiny little detail in the Pravus prophecy about Vlad enslaving Vampirekind and the human race. So much for college applications.
In this epic finale to Heather Brewer’s heart-stopping Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, dark secrets will be revealed, old friends will become enemies, and warm blood will run cold. Just be careful it isn’t yours.
Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer is the fifth book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod.
This was not my favorite out of the series but, It was still a very good book. The plot of the book was very different than the other books in the series. In Twelfth Grade Kills you learn more about the slayers and a bit more about the vampires.
Vlad is an excellent protagonist, he is very relatable unlike characters in other vampire books. He is awkward and insecure like most teenagers. He is also fast-thinking under pressure.
I have always liked Joss, he's just made a few bad decisions but, he always had good intentions. He's always sure of himself but he knows when to back down.
Nelly and Otis are some of my favorite characters in the book. Nelly and Otis really care about Vlad, they care for him as if he is really their son.
Heather Brewer really made these characters come to life, she is an amazing author and really understands how teenagers feel. Everyone should read this book.
Title - Paranormalcy Author - Kiersten White Publisher - HarperTeen Release - August, 31 2010 Rating - 4/5
Synopsis: Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.
Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. Information from Goodreads.com
Review - This book was absolutely amazing! I have not read a book this good in a long,long time.
When I first heard about Paranormalcy I had extremely high expectations. Luckily for me all of them were fulfilled. The characters where amazing, Evie's over excitement over lockers, Raquel's mother-like attitude towards Evie, How when Lish swore it got translated as bleep, Reth's persistent attitude, and Lend's witty comments all made the book for me.
I have read plenty fantasy novels and few of them compare to this one. This book had everything from beautiful fairies to dreadful hags, the plot was to original, the writing style was flawless, I just can't say enough about this book.
The Vours: evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the Winter Solstice.It's been a year since Reggie first discovered the Vours, and the Winter Solstice is approaching once again. It will be another night of unspeakable horror for those unlucky enough to be taken by the Vours, because this time, she won't be able to stop them. The Vours have imprisoned Reggie in a psychiatric hospital, where she is subjected to a daily routine of unfathomably sadistic experiments. Her life is a living Hell, but she won't give up. They attacked her brother. They killed her friend. And Reggie will never stop fighting back. Information from Goodreads.com
"Fearscape" by Simon Holt comes out in three day and I honestly can't wait. It is the third book in The Devouring Series, which is one of my favorite series. I am not that fond of the cover, It looks like he just got his wisdom teeth out and has gauze in his mouth. It annoys me.
I really cant't wait to get my hands on this book, the plot is just so unheard of in YA fiction.
I would definitely recommend this series to Steven King, R. L. Stine, and Katie Alender fans.
Right now I'm actually reading four books, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer, The Beginning (Glee, #1) by Sophia Lowell, and An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Tale of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy. Since I'm reading all of these books there should be a lot of reviews coming up! So stay tuned!