Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Bree Despain does not disappoint with her sequel, The Lost Saint. The story takes off a little under a year after Grace’s brother Jude ran away. Before starting The Lost Saint I was wondering how Bree could pull off a second novel after her amazing debut The Dark Divine. Well I found myself one again captivated in Grace’s world and breezing through the pages just to get to the end.
Not only has Bree continued to give us an awesome book but she also introduces more characters to the story. Talbot and Katie. Katie is a classmate who seems to want Daniel as her boyfriend. I felt the same way as Grace did about Daniel and his seemingly blossoming friendship with Katie. Talbot was a mysterious guy who seems to be into Grace. For some reason I liked Talbot more than Katie. I guess its because he was more in the story and we got to know more about him. Oh, and we also get to see more of Gabriel when he comes to town.
Grace gets a call from her brother and a string of vandalism and robberies follow. Grace and Daniel wonder if Jude has something to do with these crimes. Grace and Daniel tell each other that they would not keep secrets from each other. Turns out they both start hiding a lot of important things from each other. Grace and Daniel’s love for each other is tested with the addition to the 2 new characters and with their hidden secrets.
The ending was a little predictable. I was able to guess who the leader of the pack of vandals were. Still I was shocked at how everything went down in the battle. At the end it all made sense about why Daniel was acting so distant from Grace. How could anyone ever doubt him for a second? I love Daniel he is such a great boyfriend to Grace. Even if he ignored her for practically the whole book. Although all of their problems could have been avoided if they were just open and honest to each other.
To try and make a long review short, The Lost Saint is an epic sequel that had me feeling almost every emotion. Fans of The Dark Divine will never be let down as they join Grace as she goes undercover to fight crime with her growing powers and discover who is behind the crimes and find her brother.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Its where people can show others what they got that week in books. IMM also helps introduce books some people are aware of. :)
Sunday, December 19, 2010
These weekend trips into the city become the perfect distraction for Alex, who is secretly struggling with her failing senior year grades, her absentee father, and her clueless mom. But, after the initial fun wears off for Alex, she is forced to reevaluate her friendship with M., who is hiding some secrets beneath her perfect Burberry-clad exterior....
At first Echo’s not interested, doubting there’s anything in there she doesn’t already know. But when curiosity prevails, she starts reading, becoming so immersed in her sister’s secret world, their lives begin to blur, forcing Echo to uncover the truth behind Zoë’s life so that she can start to rebuild her own.
Prepare to laugh your heart out and cry your eyes out in this highly addictive tale as Alyson Noël tackles the complicated relationship between two sisters and shows how the bond can endure long after one of them is gone.
Having recently discarded her dorky image--and the best friend that went with it--Colby Cavendish is looking forward to a long hot season of parties, beach BBQ’s, and hopefully, more hook-ups with Levi Bonham, the hottest guy in school. But her world comes crashing down when her parents send her away to spend the summer in Greece with her crazy aunt Tally.
Stranded on a boring island with no malls, no cell phone reception, and an aunt who talks to her plants, Colby worries that her new friends have forgotten all about her. But when she meets Yannis, a cute Greek local, everything changes. She experiences something deeper and more intense than a summer fling, and it forces her to see herself, and the life she left behind, in a whole new way.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Synopsis: Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.
The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry, glint in his eyes.
The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boys' dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain is one thrilling debut novel. How and why could I have possibly waited this long to read this book? Well part of the reason why is because I wary about The Dark Divine because it came out when vampire books where starting to become all the rage. If it were not for my fellow book bloggers and book lovers, who convinced me that it was a werewolf book, I would probably have lived on without reading it. Also, take note that this review might not be too great. I started reading the The Lost Saint soon after finishing this book, and they both blend into one book now.
The Dark Divine is about Grace who is part of a religious, do good family. Grace starts seeing Daniel her childhood friend who disappeared 3 years ago. Her family avoids all talk of Daniel and that night he disappeared. Despite her brother’s warning to stay away from Daniel, Grace is drawn to him.
The mysteries and secrets pertaining to Daniel kept me flying through the pages. And who or what is causing all these deaths throughout the city? All the characters were likable; beside Pete Bradshaw. He got annoying after a while.
I love how the reader slowly gets the whole story as to what went on in the past between Daniel and Grace’s brother Jude. Bree Despain tied in the religion and werewolf folklore aspect very well. Although I wouldn’t consider The Dark Divine a christian fiction novel. Every element in this story comes together and makes this book original and unique. In my eyes The Dark Divine definitely stands out in the sea of YA books.
The ending was action packed and shocking. You never really know what twist or turn is coming until it happens. I could go on forever talking about this book. I’ll end this review by saying that you should give The Dark Divine a try. You’ll be sure to love it if you like werewolves, romance, mysteries, and action.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Now here is the cover that bn.com has:
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This book trailer is just perfect: In my opinion. For those who have yet to read this book series or just want to re-watch here is the book trailer for The Dark Divine:
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Ellie was never particularly good at talking to boys—or anyone other than her best friend and fellow outcast, Ruth. Then she met Michael.
Michael is handsome, charming, sweet. And totally into Ellie. It’s no wonder she is instantly drawn to him. But Michael has a secret. And he knows Ellie is hiding something, too. They’ve both discovered they have powers beyond their imagining. Powers that are otherworldly.
Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way . . . together. But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.
In this electrifying novel, Heather Terrell spins a gripping supernatural tale about true love, destiny, and the battle of good versus evil.
I really do like Ellie and Michael’s journey to discover who they are and also their budding romance. Ellie and Michael have always lived a sheltered life, but as their paranormal powers start to develop their parents begin to tell them bits of the truth as to who they are.
There was one character who was a little annoying. This character would be Ellie’s best friend Ruth. I understand that she has gone through terrible things in her life, but seriously this girl is like a stalker/controlling friend. She has to know every single thing Ellie does.
An interesting part of the book is that Heather Terrell takes the time to educate her readers on the history/story of Angels and Fallen Angels.
Fallen Angel is a unique and dark twist to Fallen Angels. With its mystery, romance, family secrets, fight between good and bad, and self discovery Fallen Angel will capture you and not release you until you are done reading. I thoroughly enjoyed Fallen Angel even if it is an odd and different book. I can’t wait to read the next book, Eternity, which will be released June 28 2011!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain (bought: and I got it cheap on BN.com for about $5! Sad to say though it did not arrive in perfect condition the back is all bent up.)
Haven by Kristi Cook bookmarks! I cannot wait to read Haven now with one of these bookmarks. If only I had a copy now! In the near future I will be giving some of these bookmarks. Now that I'm thinking about which is the right way to say bookmark in plural form: Bookmarks or Bookmarkers?)
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (2 COPIES! Holy Cow! In one week! As you can see they are two different versions; I think its awesome. The one on the left I received from the Publisher and the one on the right is the one I won from the author herself. Both copies are so pretty. I'm in cover love two both!) Below is the swag I got for winning Beth's ATU Tour.