Neverwas is the highly anticipated second installment in the Amber House trilogy. This book starts off on quite a spin. At the end of Amber House, Sarah rescues both her little brother Sam and her aunt Maggie from the dream world which changes the course of the future. Neverwas is consequently based on an alternate present — a time when the Nazis won WWII; when the world continents are divided under the oppressive commands of the German and Japanese empires; and when racial segregation is still routine. In comparison, Neverwas is a departure from its predecessor. It is bigger and more ambitious in scale, moving away from domestic drama into an all-out, no holds barred, twilight zone-esque fight to save the “real” world. It is still frightening, still mysterious and still gripping — only that the source of these fears and mysteries have slightly changed along with history. In other… Read more »
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Rebel Spring is the much anticipated second installment in Morgan Rhodes’ Falling Kingdoms series. Right where we left off: Princess Cleo’s kingdom has been conquered, King Gaius has won. Jonas is the leader of a rebel group. Prince Magnus is at his father’s side and Princess Lucia is trapped in her magically-induced slumber. As Rhodes made clear in Falling Kingdoms, this is not a fantasy novel of war, power, and magic sugar-coated for its young readers. She doesn’t skip over brutality — in fact, she seems to relish in it. Her world truthfully depicts the heinous and cruel acts of battle…and in turn, its consequences. The good thing: this is highly readable. It’s an easy story to get into and it has enough grit to suck you in. It’s a pretty thick book but pages fly and the story takes you for a ride. The characters are also mostly likeable…. Read more »
Hello friends and welcome to our November Favorites Feature! The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire is opening this week, so we thought it would be interesting for this month’s topic to be our favorite book-into-movie adaptations. We are readers and when we’re told our books are going to be made into film, there is always a mix of excitement, anticipation, and dread. But which have impressed you, surpassed your expectations? Which have not? This is our list. Enjoy! K.’s Top Books-into-Movies Boy, did this topic shame me or what! Reading the other ladies’ picks, I realized with terrible embarrassment that I have not read-and-watched-book-and-film nearly as much as I should have. And I call myself a book and film fanatic! My pool was shallow indeed. Nevertheless, I do have a list. For myself, not keeping in complete fashion with a book does not mean a bad adaptation…. Read more »
Happy Halloween, dear readers! My, your costumes look lovely. Here, have some candy. Today we’re sharing our favorite creepy reads with you. Our tastes range from connoisseur of creep to scaredy-cat, but none of can pass up a well-written book–even if some of us may need to read it from the safety of a blanket fort. Keeping reading to see which sinister stories we recommend this All Hallow’s Eve. Wendy’s Creepy Reads For someone who rarely likes horror movies, I really enjoy well-written horror books. I don’t necessarily find a lot of them scary, though–as much as I like Stephen King or zombie novels, the books I find really creepy are the ones that evoke a feeling of unease or are terrifying in the power of their suggestion. I don’t bat an eye at bloody bodily violence, but describe a creaking sound in the attic or imply that… Read more »
Title: EndlessAuthor: Amanda GrayRating: 3 out of 5 starsRelease Date: October 8, 2013Publisher: Month9BooksAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher I read “time travel” and “Romanov Russia” in this novel’s synopsis and thought this book must have been written for me…because let me tell you, I have quite the fascination with the last ruling royal family of Imperial Russia. A revolution, an assassination, an escaped princess whose body was never found? That is the stuff of my childself’s imagination. (Also, this is one of my favorite movies of all time — judge me.) In fact, I’ve immersed myself so much that I can recite the particular characteristics of each sister, so finding out that Gray centers on my personal favorite grand duchess just blew me out of the water. That is where it ends, however, because Endless is an occasionally effective mystery book, an at-best adequate suspense story and a… Read more »
Title: Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2)Author: Sarah Rees BrennanRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 24, 2013Publisher: Random HouseAge Group: YASource: Borrowed Sit down. I have a lot to say… There have been much debate over Sarah Rees Brennan’s second installment in her Lynburn Legacy trilogy. It had been so hyped up it almost jinxed itself. Untold has received giddy praise and somber criticism. So, which is it? Well, it’s kind of both.Untold tells the aftermath of Kami and Co. after having discovered that it was Rob Lynburn who had been doing the massacring around not-so-sleepy-town Sorry-in-the-Vale. Now, he’s recruiting to build an army. As is with most middle books, the basic premise is preparation. Kami needs to spread the word out to the people, to educate them and arm them of and against these evil magic doers. Plot-wise, the book suffered faintly — I say faintly because I am unyielding… Read more »
Title: Shadows (The Rephaim #1)Author: Paula WestonRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 10, 2013 Age Group: YASource: Tundra BooksShadows by Paula Weston is the first installment in her Rephaim series. This Aussie YA title has had a lot of buzz since its release a year ago, and at long last it’s arrived here in North America. It’s certain that most fans of readers of paranormal romance who try out this series will clawing for the next. Shadows is based on angel lore. So yes, you’ve read the same story, the same myth, the same names, only, as in all other angel books, there are little tweaks here and there to differentiate it from the crop. But, as I’ve always said, whatever the material, if the writing is good then the book is good. It’s only been a year since the death of her twin brother, Jude, and Gaby has run away… Read more »