Aug 31, 2009

Another Coming Soon..

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, August 31, 2009 3 comments

I found another book I'm excited about, Green by Ted Dekker. I read the first 3 in The Circle series, Black, Red, and White, quite a while ago and I didn't think there was another one, but it's my own fault for not keeping up on things. Anyways, there aren't many books that I absolutely cannot put down, but these books are so full of action that I didn't ever want to stop reading them.

The premise for the first 3 books, which can now be purchased in one book:

Three novels. Two worlds. One Story.

Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide.

Black - An incredible story of evil and rescue, betrayal and love, and a terrorist threat unlike anything the human race has ever known. A virulent evil has been unleashed upon the people of Earth. The only man who can stop it is Thomas Hunter, an unlikely hero whose life is stretched between two worlds. Every time he falls asleep in one reality, he awakes in the other. Soon Thomas no longer knows which reality is real. Yet it quickly becomes apparent that his choices in each world impact the other--and that the fates of both rest in his hands.

Red - In one world, Thomas Hunter is a battle-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he's racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos through an unstoppable virus. Thomas must find a way to change history--or face the destruction of two worlds.

White - Thomas Hunter has only days to survive two separate realms of danger, deceit, and destruction. The fates of both worlds now rest on his unique ability to shift realities through his dreams. Thomas and The Circle must quickly decide who they can trust--both with their own lives and the fate of millions. And neither the terror of Black nor the treachery of Red can prepare Thomas for the forces aligned against The Circle in White

Green -At Last . . . The Circle Reborn

The story of how Thomas Hunter first entered the Black Forest and forever changed our history began at a time when armies were gathered for a final battle in the valley of Migdon. Green is a story of love, betrayal, and sweeping reversals set within the apocalypse. It is the beginning: the truth behind a saga that has captured the imagination of more than a million readers with the Books of History Chronicles.

But even more, Green brings full meaning to the Circle Series as a whole, reading as both prequel to Black and sequel to White, completing a full circle. This is Book Zero, the Circle Reborn, both the beginning and the end. The preferred starting point for new readers . . . and the perfect climax for the countless fans who've experienced Black, Red, and White.

Green is released tomorrow, I don't know when I'll be picking this up, but it will definitely be on my amazon wish list.

Another good one by Ted Dekker is Blink of an Eye, it used to just be called Blink, but then they re-released it with the new cover and name, I kind of like the old name better. Definitely check this author out, he's got a lot of high adrenaline books.
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Aug 29, 2009

Julie & Julia Movie Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Saturday, August 29, 2009 4 comments

Julia Child and Julie Powell - both of whom wrote memoirs - find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible

Meryl Streep was amazing, absolutely amazing, in this movie. This movie was way funnier than I thought it would be, and way more entertaining than I thought. I really want to pick up Julia Child's My Life In France now.
Amy Adams was also cute, but Meryl Streep really out shined her so I don't really have much to say about her performance.
I would definitely say to go see this, and even guys probably wouldn't mind this movie either since it really is quite funny.
I give this a 4 out of 5.

Aug 27, 2009

Full Moon By Rachel Hawthorne

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, August 27, 2009 4 comments

Released June 30 2009
272 pages
2nd book in the Dark Guardian Series

Lindsey is wild and reckless, a natural rebel-maybe because her entire life was laid out for her even before she was born. Her parents are among the most powerful members of the Dark Guardians, an ancient tribe of werewolves, and they arranged Lindsey's betrothal to Connor long ago. The next full moon is coming all too soon, and then her commitment to Connor will be final-no turning back. She should be why can't she stop thinking about gorgeous, brooding Rafe?
When a dangerous threat on the pack escalates, so do tensions between Connor and Rafe. A fight over Lindsey is imminent, but will it be to the death?

I probably should have posted a review for the first book in the series, Moonlight, but I read it quite a while before I started the blog so I'm not going to bother, but I don't think it's terribly necessary to read the first one first since the 2nd one does recap the first.

So the covers of the Dark Guardian books have large faces on them that I find kind of creepy, especially when you leave the book on the floor then trip over it in the middle of the night and all you see is a face staring back at you..but that's all kind of moot since the cover doesn't affect weather I like a book or not. Now onto my thoughts

Things I liked:

-Nice, easy, short read. The language is not hard to decipher.

-Forbidden love *sigh* is there anything more romantic? The parts where Rafe & Lindsey are alone, and Lindsey is trying to ignore her feelings for Rafe I quite enjoyed.

-Props for the character names, I liked them all, they are different, but not so different that I can't pronounce them. I especially like the name Rafe, as one of my favorite novels (Once Upon A Dream by Katherine Kingsley) has the main character's name as Rafe.

-I never felt bored with the story, which I say is a plus, since it happens in books more than I would like.

-I thought the way Lindsey's feelings where described were accurate, when it came to truly caring about two guys at the same time, how she didn't want to hurt either one of them, trying to please both just ended up hurting herself. I thought it was well done.

Things I Disliked:

-There is a ton of recap, and a lot of explanation that I didn't think was needed since it was explained in the first book. Also some of the explanations of the wolves habits/abilities that was new didn't really need to be there either since you could probably figure out what was going on without it.

-I thought that Lindsey's best friend, Kayla, who is the main character in the first book, was a little annoying in this one, she came off like a mom. Giving Lindsey advice and opinions when it was obvious that Lindsey didn't need it. It's a shame since I really liked Kayla in the first book, and since she didn't grow up with the wolves everything was new to Kayla in the first book, where Lindsey knew pretty much everything about them.

Overall I liked it, I think about the same as I liked the first one but I can't say for sure since it's been awhile since I read it. I look forward to reading the 3rd book Dark Of The Moon, that was released Aug 25.

I give this a solid 3 out of 5, entertaining, but it didn't have anything to go crazy for. I would recommend this series for anyone looking for an easy read, especially if you don't have time to read a longer book.

Coming Soon..

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, August 27, 2009 8 comments

Why do all the books I want to read not come out for months and months!?!

Anyways I was over at Juju's blog and discovered author Tera Lynn Childs, I of course promptly added Oh My Gods to my amazon wish list, thanks to Juju's rave review but what I'm really excited about is her book Forgive My Fins that is due to come out next summer..*sigh* it's so long away!

Forgive My Fins is a story of a half-mermaid princess attending high school on the mainland.

I've loved mermaids since I laid eyes on The Little Mermaid, so many moons ago. I so wish that their was cover art for this, since I do so enjoy the covers for Oh My Gods, and Goddess Bootcamp, but I haven't been able to find any.
This post brings back memories of the movie Splash, with Tom Hanks..I do so enjoy that movie.

Aug 26, 2009

Feeding My Addiction

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2 comments
I bought another book yesterday..I probably shouldn't have, but I did anyways. It's not YA but I follow the Girl Bachelor series by Laura Lee Guhrke and they would probably be enjoyed by older teens. Anyways without further ado, the premise:

A thoroughly modern woman…

Daisy Merrick has to earn her living, but she keeps getting the sack. When her rash tongue costs her yet another job, the feisty, outspoken girl-bachelor is undaunted, and she comes up with a plan that could give her a future beyond her wildest dreams. There’s only one problem. Her success depends on a man, the most infuriating, impossible, immovable man she’s ever met.

A most notorious man…

Sebastian Grant, Earl of Avermore, is England’s most famous author, but when writer’s block steals his creativity, Sebastian becomes more well-known for his notorious reputation than his work. When Daisy arrives on his doorstep, hired by his publisher to help him write his next book, Sebastian has no intention of cooperating. The provoking, fire-haired beauty stirs his senses beyond belief, and when collaboration forces them together at his country home, Sebastian knows he has only one way out. Seduction.

I am super excited to read this, I have been waiting for what seems like forever for this to come out, Laura always delivers and I hope this is no exception.

Aug 24, 2009

Shiver By Maggie Stiefvater

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, August 24, 2009 9 comments
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever

Things I liked:

-I loved that it had both points of view in this book. Although I think there was more written from Grace's pov and I would have liked more from Sam's.

-Aside from the dialog the writing has a nice cadence. Almost musical.

-I liked how things like touch and smell was compared to the seasons, summer and winter.

-I liked how Sam came up with lyrics for songs, I especially liked the song he wrote of Grace. Although I would have liked him to play his guitar more.

-The whole concept of the temperature being what triggers the change was new and interesting. I love it when they put a new twist on an old idea.

-I thought Sam was super sweet and caring.

Things I Disliked:

-I thought that both Sam and Grace, but Grace especially, let Beck off way to easily for changing Sam.

-I didn't feel that a whole lot happened, and that the book could have been shorter. I had to fight to finish reading this one, because it just didn't hold my interest. Grace and Sam spend a good deal of time just being with each other and that didn't really drive the story for me.

-I couldn't stand most of the dialog. I would be reading along really enjoying the writing style then someone would say something and it just jerked me out of flow. The dialog felt forced to me. (I am very very picky about this so I am sure I am the only one who feels this way)

-The one thing I hated the most was, when Grace finds out that her Dad was one of the people who were out hunting the wolves, she doesn't really say or do anything. If that were me I would be giving my Dad a very large piece of my mind. That part just made me feel like she didn't love the wolves as much as was supposed to of. Had this part not been in the book I would have rated this higher.

I really really wanted to love this book, but it just didn't grab me in the way I had hoped. I still will probably pick up the sequeal to see what happens though.

Overall rating 2 out of 5
Feel free to disagree, comment below, I would love to hear what you think

Aug 21, 2009

Help Me Decide What Books I Should Order Next

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 21, 2009 8 comments
Within the next couple days I will be making an order to Amazon and this is what I have in my order so far:

As You Wish - Jackson Pearce
With Seduction In Mind - Laura L Guhrke
Give Up the Ghost - Megan Crewe
The Tear Collector - Patrick Jones
Another Faust - Daniel And Dina Nayeri
The Hollow - Jessica Verday
Intertwined - Gena Showalter
Coffeehouse Angel - Suzanne Selfors
Never Cry Werewolf - Heather Davis
My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent

I don't know if I will be able to buy these all at once since this will get expensive.

My question is, is there anything on this list I should remove, that isn't worth buying, or is there something missing from this list that I'm missing out on?

Any suggestions are welcome.

Quiz Answers And The Winner!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 21, 2009 4 comments

And the winner is JuJu!! You can check out her blog by clicking here.

Congrats on the win!

The answers are below, and everyone should check out these movies if they haven't already seen them.

1) Highlander

2) Casablanca

3) The Matrix

4) Clue (movie based on the bored game)

5) Back To The Future

6) Bad Boys

7) 10 Things I Hate About You

8) Office Space

9) Dude, Where's My Car?

10) Pretty Woman

11) Ferris Buller's Day Off

12) Legally Blonde

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Aug 18, 2009

Movie Quote Quiz

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, August 18, 2009 2 comments
So I decided to put together this quiz for fun..I'm not sure how hard these will be, since I have seen all the movies that these quotes are fun.

Hopefully not too hard. The person with the most correct answers will get a prize!! That prize is....wait for it...wait for it...a post congratulating their brilliance!!! If you have a blog I will also post a link to it as well.

So all you got to do is comment on this post with the title of the movie for each quote, I'll post the answers Friday. No cheating!

1)"There can be only one"

2) "Play it again Sam"

3) "I know Kung Fu"

4)"Maybe Mr Body killed the cook!"

5)"Where we're going we don't need roads"

6)"Now back up, put down the gun and give me a pack of Tropical Fruit Bubblicious. And some Skittles."

7)"Should you be drinking alcohol when you don't have a liver?"

8) "Yeah, I am going need you to go ahead and come in on Saturday"

9) "Dude" "Sweet" "Dude" "Sweet" "Dude" "Sweet"

10) "I appreciate this whole seduction thing you've got going on here, but let me give you a tip: I'm a sure thing"

11) "Life moves pretty fast sometimes. If you don't stop and look around, you just might miss it."

12) "Exercise makes endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don't shoot their husbands!"

Answers can be found here
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Aug 17, 2009

Post Grad Movie Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, August 17, 2009 2 comments
Released Aug 21, 2009

Plot: Ryden Malby had a plan. Do well in high school, thereby receiving a great college scholarship. Now that she's finally graduated, it's time for her to find a gorgeous loft apartment and land her dream job at the city's best publishing house. But when Jessica Bard, Ryden's college nemesis steals her perfect job, Ryden is forced to move back to her childhood home. Stuck with her eccentric family - a stubborn do-it-yourself dad, an overly thrifty mom, a politically incorrect grandma, a very odd little brother - and a growing stack of rejected job applications, Ryden starts to feel like she's going nowhere. The only upside is spending time with her best friend, Adam - and running into her hot next-door neighbor, David. But if Ryden's going to survive life as a post grad, it may be time to come up with a new plan...

My wonderful man managed to snag tickets to an early screening that was put out by Fox Searchlight. I have just come back from seeing the movie. I'm a big fan of Fox Searchlight, usually their movies are pretty good and this one is no exception.

This was definitely cute, and super fun. It was actually pretty funny, I was expecting a cute rom com with a few laughs, but it was more than that...lets just say there are at least two coffins in this movie and one of them is a pizza box. Hilarious!

Although I enjoy Alexis Bledel, I am a die hard Gilmore Girls fan, what made this movie great was her family, played by Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, and Carol Burnett. I do have to say, that if her family had not been so actively involved in the story I don't think I would have liked the movie nearly as much. Zach Gilford, who plays Ryden's best friend Adam, won me over and I was falling for him by the end. Although it was a toss up between him and the sexy neighbor played by Rodrigo Santoro . Overall I'd give this movie 3.75 out of 5, take the girlfriends to go see this one.

Going to see this movie puts me behind in my reading, again, my book and movie addictions are pretty equal so it's hard to decide what to fit into a day..hopefully I'll get through Shiver soon and on to my next book, which I am not sure what will be..maybe I'll just pick one randomly from a hat, or maybe not.

Aug 15, 2009

Some Random Post To Pass The Time

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Saturday, August 15, 2009 5 comments
I won't have a review to post for a while because I haven't been reading as much as usual this week, I have been getting distracted by movies and video games, I'm a geek I admit it, so I'm just posting this poem I really like for fun.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there's some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep

Robert Frost
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Aug 12, 2009

Prada & Prejudice By Mandy Hubbard

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 12, 2009 5 comments
Stand Alone Debut Book
Released Jun 16 2009
270 Pages

Fifteen-year-old Callie buys a pair of real Prada pumps to impress the cool crowd on a school trip to London. Goodbye, Callie the clumsy geek-girl, hello popularity! But before she knows what’s hit her, Callie wobbles, trips, conks her head… and wakes up in the year 1815!
She stumbles about until she meets the kind-hearted Emily, who takes Callie in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon fly between Callie and Emily’s cousin, Alex, the maddeningly handsome-though totally arrogant-Duke of Harksbury. Too bad he seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve…
From face-planting off velvet piano benches and hiding behind claw-foot couches to streaking through the estate halls wearing nothing but an itchy blanket, Callie’s curiosity about Alex creates all kinds of trouble.
But the grandfather clock is ticking on her 19th Century shenanigans. Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she’s more than just a loud-mouth klutz before her time there is up?

What can I say about this was super CUTE!!! I loved it, I give this 4 cute buttons out of 5! It combines my two favorite genres, YA and historical romance. I did guess pretty early on what was going to happen in the end, but it didn't bother me that it was a little predicable because it ended exactly how I wanted it to end. It was pretty much like a fairy tale and it had me smiling and sighing in the end. The only problem I had with it, was that the main character Callie seemed a little naive about all things concerning the past. She seemed like such a smart girl at the beginning I figured she would have a little bit more knowledge of history. I know that I knew a bit more about that era when I was 15 just from classes at school and with popular movies like Pride & Prejudice, Ever After, Cinderella etc you'd think she would at least know what a Duke and Duchess are. But once I over looked that I really got into it and I ate it up quick! It's not terribly long and it was just the kind of read I was looking for. I can't wait for more from Mandy Hubbard.

Overall rating 4 out of 5

Aug 11, 2009

Blog Following

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, August 11, 2009 3 comments
Blogger gave me an error earlier today and when I managed to get back in all the blogs I was following disappeared!! Needless to say I was pretty upset, I can't remember everything I was following so if you notice that I was following your blog and now I am not let me know so I can add it back.

Update: Ok apparently it's a known issue, so if you're missing followers or the blogs you follow go here to fill out their report thing, hopefully they'll fix it soon!
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Aug 10, 2009

Who's Your Favorite Vampire? (Outside of Twilight) Tv, Book, or Movie

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, August 10, 2009 2 comments
Ok, I'm blogging when I should be working..! I am wondering what everyone's favorite vamp is outside of the twilight series..because we all love them so I thought it would be good to shine the light on some other vamps this time around.

My fav male would have to be Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he's sweet, with a tortured soul, and does a good brood, who doesn't love a man who can brood!

My fav female vamp would have to be Selene from Underworld, she just kicks major ass in that movie.
So what's yours?

Aug 9, 2009

Switch By Carol Snow

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, August 09, 2009 5 comments
Stand Alone Book
Released Sept 9 2008
215 Pages

Not much happens in Claire's sleepy beach town, but that's okay. All she wants is to hang out with her best friend, make the high school swim team, and convince Nate, the guy of her dreams, to stop calling her "dude". And oh, she'd really really like to stay in her own skin. Ever since Claire hit her teens electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she is back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she finds herself stuck as another girl. Not just any girl, but the icy beauty who has caught Nate's eye. Suddenly Clair goes from being Miss Average to Miss Gorgeous--the model-thin blonde that every girl wants to look like and every guy wants to date. Will she ever figure out how to get back to her old life? More importantly, will she want to?

I liked this one, I liked Claire and I liked reading from her pov. Claire isn't really happy with her self image so when she switches in to what she thinks is the perfect girl she decides to have a little fun. Most of the book Claire is in Larissa's body and she gets to see what life is like for someone "perfect" but she soon discovers things about Larissa life that suck compared to her own. She also can see the ghost of her grandmother, so when Claire gets switched to someone else body, her grandmother slips into Claire's body to fill in for her until she gets back. I didn't really like Claire's grandmother, Evelyn, that much. She is more concerned about eating and smoking while in Claire's body than with helping Claire get it back. I just thought it was odd because when Evelyn was alive she had the same body switching problem and she could actually relate to Claire's problems. But aside from that it's a pretty entertaining story, Claire learns and grows when she realizes the grass isn't always greener on the other side. It's a light short read, perfect for the summer.

Overall rating 3.5 out of 5

Sea Change By Aimee Friedmann - Review

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Sunday, August 09, 2009 2 comments
Stand alone book
Released June 1 2009
290 Pages

When Miranda Merchant, sixteen and levelheaded, escapes her lonely, hot summer in New York City, little does she know what awaits her. She steps off the ferry onto an island rife with legend, lore, and a past her logical mind can't make sense of. She isn't expecting to feel a connection to this unusual place, so filled with languorous charm and strange history. And when she meets Leo, a mysterious local boy, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship, reality...and love. Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something she never could have imagined?

I was thoroughly disappointed in this one. Let me give you my version of what happens..she goes to the island, doesn't do much, reads a book, then meets a guy they make out. She reads the book some more, meets up with the guy again makes out, reads the book again, then meets up with the guy and they make out, then she leaves the island..the end. I found it boring and I almost couldn't finish the book.

Things I did like, it didn't take place at a high school, as much as I enjoy books that do take place in high school, I always find it refreshing when they take place somewhere else. Selkie Island sounds beautiful and was described well.

There was a character in the book named Macon..not a main character but I had never seen this name before, I am not sure if its pronounced like 'bacon' but with a 'M' or is the 'c' like an 's' and pronounced like Mason..maybe this is a common name in the south but I have never heard of annoyed me a little.

I don't like how Miranda's mother goes through such drastic changes, it's from first person point of view so the reader sees Miranda's thoughts on her mother and it seems like she is a totally different person than Miranda has know for her whole life, Miranda doesn't seem to question this outright and I think that her character should have.

Miranda is described as being logical and scientific, but it's really her own thoughts that convince her that Leo is something other than human, when Miranda has absolutely no proof of this and it's never concretely revealed weather or not he is anything other than human. Why would someone think this at all if they believed in hard scientific facts?

Lastly the relationship between Miranda and Leo is described by Miranda as being "intense" I didn't feel this at all, I thought their relationship felt awkward and forced most of the time.

I hope I didn't give too much away for those who want to read this still, but I just had so many problems with this book I had to voice some of them.

Overall rating 2 out of 5

Aug 7, 2009

Book Cover Question, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 07, 2009 3 comments
I really want to buy this book, but I really want this cover. I like it a lot better than the one below. But my problem is I have never seen this book cover in stores, and I have only found it on one website. I am not sure if it's an old cover, a new cover, a different country's cover or what? Has anyone else seen this can anyone tell me where to find it in stores?

I have only ever seen this one in stores, so I am afraid that if I order the book online from the website I have seen it on I will end up getting this one. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
Also, I got my first follower yesterday and I want to say thanks!!! You're awesome!

Language In YA Novels..Thoughts?

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, August 07, 2009 0 comments
Ok, this is one thing that really bugs me to no end when reading YA novels. When the characters are of the age 15 + they refer to other people their age that they come into contact with as KIDS. Now I don't know about anyone else, but when I was that age (and it's not like it was that long ago for me) I never referred to my classmates as kids, or a guy as 'boy'...I would say people, or guys and I would never refer to another guy as a 'boy' unless of course they happened to be younger than me. Am I crazy? Does this bother anyone else? I kind of think it gets written like that so much because most often the authors are older than the characters they are writing about and since they are older they refer to them as kids...I don't know, it's just not a word I like in general, because "kids" never meant children back in the use to be used to describe a baby goat, then it became slang to call children "kids" I just don't like it, because it's like calling people goats!!! I personally try to avoid using the word, and I like to use the proper word "child, or children" but that's just me...anyways does anyone have any thoughts? Feel free to disagree.
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Aug 6, 2009

Wings By Aprilynne Pike

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, August 06, 2009 3 comments
Stand Alone Debut Book
Released May 5, 2009
304 pages

Premise: Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

Written in 3rd person which is always a nice change from the large amount of YA novels written in 1st. Overall I enjoyed this, although when I was only 50 pages in I didn't think I would. I thought her friend/boyfriend (not really clear on where they stand) David was a little boring at first. After reading so many books where the male is the one who is supernatural in some way I was a little disappointed that he was just a regular old human. However, after reading further he soon became my favorite character and I was rooting for him until the end. The other male lead Tamani, I didn't really like. I found him arrogant, pushy, a know it all and just a touch creepy. I don't like it when people influence other people against their will with a power they posses, especially when said person cares about the person they are manipulating. I don't think that is caring at all. Maybe I am little biased because since I fell in love with David. I cannot stand it when the best friend, that would do anything for the girl, who is head over heals for that girl, gets the short end of the stick. It's just so unfair! Laurel could have just as easliy had a female best friend that wouldn't feel so bad when she got a boyfriend.

Another little nitpick I had, which I overlooked in my rating of this book, is the underwater breathing thing David & Laurel do when they are throw in the river. I am not convinced that would have worked, for that long or at all. I would have given this book a 4/5 because I did like the story/adventure but at the last minute Laurel does something I don't really like, she cannot chose between David and Tamani (hmm, wonder where I have seen this before) and instead of figuring that out she kind of keeps both in her pocket..not cool in my opinion. I am sure there will be a sequel where she does eventually make up her mind, but I wasn't all that into the way this book ends. I'm undecided if I will read future books in this series.

Overall rating 3/5

Something semi-related: I have heard that Miley Cyrus is set to play Laurel in the movie based on Wings, although I seem to remember reading that the movie will not have the same title as the book, but things change fast in the movie world.

Aug 5, 2009

Fade By Lisa McMann

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 05, 2009 2 comments
Sequel to Wake
Released Feb 10, 2009
256 Pages

Premise: For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.
Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open -- but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability -- and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared....

She does it again, amaze me that is. It's not often I read an entire book in one sitting but I have with Wake and then again with Fade. I love the writing style in this book, it kind of reminds me of point form, it's very clear, concise and to the point. I had to get used to it at first, being that it was so long since I had read the first one I forgot what it was like, but once I got into it I just ate it up. I like the fact that Janie and Cabel don't have the easiest of relationships, it's more real that way, more like life. They seem to always be battling some inner demons that they need to conquer. There were certain things revealed in this book that I wasn't expecting, especially since most YA books now a days tend to have everything work out in a nice little package. This one had mentions of things that will eventually happen to Janie that isn't going to be all roses and butterflies and she takes it in stride. I can't wait to see how she handles it all in the final book to the series Gone. I say 'way to go Lisa!' for creating a female character that is strong, independent and a little feisty, (I especially enjoyed the part where Janie shows off her weight lifting skills in gym class). The book does deal with some darker subject matter, such as teacher/student relationships, so I would recommend this book 15, 16 plus.

Overall rating 5/5
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Bloodhound By Tamora Pierce

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, August 05, 2009 1 comments
#2 in the Beka Cooper Series
Released April 14, 2009
538 Pages

While the plot itself is new and could be read as a stand alone book I wouldn't recommend it, definitely pick up Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1) first.

Premise: Beka Cooper is no longer a puppy.
She's a Dog now--a full-fledged member of the Provost's Guard, which keeps the peace in Corus's streets. Beka's natural skills of observation and tenacity are augmented by her unusual magical talents, which allow her to gather information both from pigeons and from the eddies of dirt and dust that swirl on street corners. But even her magic isn't very useful when unrest comes to Tortall's capital in the form of counterfeit coins, which turn up in shops all over the city. Merchants raise prices to cover their losses, and with winter coming on, hikes in food and fuel costs could spell disaster--most of all for the city's poor.
The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeits from Port Caynn--and that the Port Caynn Dogs don't seem to be doing anything about it. Beka and her mentor, Clary Goodwin, are chosen to go undercover in Port Caynn and find out what they can. And wherever Beka goes, so do some animals. Departing Corus with her are the scent hound Achoo, who has been newly assigned to Beka, and the pigeon Slapper, who carries the voices of the dead. In Port Caynn, Beka and Goodwin delve deep into the gambling world. There Beka meets a charming bank courier, who may be involved in the counterfeiting ring. Things come to a head just as Goodwin returns home to report to Corus. It won't be enough for Beka to be her usual "terrier" self. She'll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals--to be a bloodhound.

I love, love Tamora Pierce's books, her first book Alanna, is what first got me addicted to reading, well that and my Dad who is also an avid reader. Needless to say I was beyond excited that another book set in her Tortall universe was coming out! My favorite thing about the the Beka Cooper series is the slang that the common city and street folk use in this book, occasionally I would have to look up what a word meant but there is at trusty glossary at the back of the book that came in handy so I didn't have any troubles. I also sometimes found myself talking like Beka after reading because their language stuck in my head after putting it down. Also this book is written in a journal like format from Beka's point of view which is a refreshing take on books written from first person. Tamora Pierce is well know for her strong female characters and Bloodhound shows that again and again with Beka and her partner Goodwin. They are strong, they can take care of themselves and they know how to have a good time. Beka's unusual 'magic' gifts are different and I was glad to revisit them again. The story kept me interested and turning pages for more. I had taken this book on my family's annual camp out and I didn't hear the end of it, everyone was quite annoyed that I couldn't put it down! I cannot wait to read more about Beka Cooper & company and I hope that the next book does take too long to come out.

Overall rating 5/5

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