Posts By: Wendy Darling

Spellbound: review

Spellbound: review

Spellboundby Cara Lynn Shultz The beginning of this book is pretty good. There’s a little bit of set up that explains Emma’s nervousness over attending an exclusive school in a new city, plus some funny one-liners that make her seem pretty likable. But on page 15, Emma meets Brendan and everything goes downhill from there, because her whole life, including the scant paranormal aspects of this book, then revolves around getting him. Here is a sketch of the story, with some spoilers. Here’s what we know about the main characters: The Girl Emma is a high-school junior who lives near Central Park. She likes Brendan. A lot. Immediately after she meets him, she starts obsessing over everything he says and talks about him with literally everyone she knows. When he blows hot and cold, she gets upset. She feels “absolutely crushed” when she walks into a classroom and he’s not there…. Read more »

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Ebook Sales Alert: Feed (Newsflesh #1) $2.99

Ebook Sales Alert: Feed (Newsflesh #1) $2.99

Updated 5/24/2011: Feed is spectacular. If this premise intrigues you at all, please read it! You can find my full review on GoodReads. It’s pretty incredible that a book with zombies would do this, but it moved me to tears. Feed, the first book in a dystopian zombie trilogy by Mira Grant, is on sale right now as an ebook through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. I’ve just started reading the novel and it’s hooked me from the very beginning with fantastic action sequences and smart, funny protagonists in twin bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason, who have been invited to cover a presidential campaign event that is attacked by zombies. The book has been getting rave reviews from all my GoodReads friends, and the second installment Deadline is one of the hotly anticipated titles due at the end of the month. Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Urban fantasist Seanan McGuire (Rosemary… Read more »

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Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires #4): gob-smacked reaction

Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires #4): gob-smacked reaction

Hard Bittenby Chloe Neill You’ll notice that the title of this post doesn’t say “review” because frankly, even after three days of thinking about the game-changing events in the newest installment of the Chicagoland Vampire series, I find myself incapable of writing a coherent analysis. Though there were moments where I thought certain things were a little out of character, the big big thing that happens still took me by surprise. Chloe Neill, you have punched me in the face, and now you have to put some ice on it. All I have to say is, if you’re a fan of this series, you have to read Hard Bitten now. Because if you don’t, sooner or later it’s going to get spoiled for you, and believe me, you do not want that to happen. (Don’t read any reviews unless you know the source won’t ruin it!) Besides, the more people… Read more »

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free audio books

free audio books

Over at SYNC, they’re offering two free audio books a week from June 23 to August 17, including several classic and contemporary YA titles such as:ShiverRomeo & JulietLittle BrotherThe TrialWhere the Streets had a NameA Passage to IndiaThe Last Apprentice: Revenge of the WitchBeowulfChanda’s SecretTess of the D’UbervillesAshes, AshesRescue: Stories of Survival from Land and SeaImmortalWuthering HeightsStorm RunnersThe Cay It looks like you will need to download overdrive software, which is the software program that most libraries use for their  ebooks and audiobooks. I’m one of those people who, if I love a book enough, I like to have it in a lot of different formats. I have Shiver on Kindle as well as in hardback, and am looking forward to having someone read it to me as well!

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Lost Voices: review

Lost Voices: review

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter I don’t like it when mermaids are mean. This book has beautiful imagery of shimmering fins and tails and mesmerizing siren songs, as well as exciting near-misses with giant orcas. The author writes lovely descriptions that you can easily picture in your mind, and the book description sounds very intriguing–but unfortunately, neither the story nor the characters live up to the pretty words or the pretty cover. Aside from juvenile dialogue and a slight plot, many elements of this book are actually also quite disturbing. The mermaids come into being as a result of the extraordinarily cruel actions from the humans in their lives, such as attempted rape, “boiling babies,” and slavery. These are serious topics that are mentioned in passing but never fully explored, and such casual treatment of such brutal topics seem both jarringly out of place and completely inappropriate in a book like… Read more »

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Savannah Grey: review

Savannah Grey: review

Savannah Greyby Cliff McNish There are few well-written horror novels available for young adults, so it’s great to have a new entry that’s both intelligent and imaginative. With the visceral descriptiveness of Stephen King and a black humor all his own, Cliff McNish has created a darkly nightmarish novel with a heroine who possesses a fascinating paranormal ability. Savannah Grey doesn’t understand the dreadful thing in her throat, but she knows that she must protect it at all costs. The narration, most of which is from Savannah’s point of view, is decisively British and strikes the appropriate tone for a teenage girl. It’s also filled with horrifyingly enjoyable, twisted humor that pops up at the most unexpected times, often right in the middle of a massive fight scene with monstrous enemies. I liked Savannah and many of the smart choices she makes, as well as how the plot zips right… Read more »

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