Friday, August 5, 2011

Possess by Gretchen McNeil

PossessPossess by Gretchen McNeil
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first thing that grabbed my attention as I looked for books was the cover. Creepy and dark but at the same time mysterious. Then the synopsis, which sealed the deal for me because it was about demons. After all the Vampire, werewolves and fae stories demons sounded like a good deal to me. I mean, how many books (in the YA genre) do you see where the protagonist can exorcise them but doesn't love one? uh?

Anyhow, Bridget was a very likable character who was very normal and down-to-earth. She didn't let herself be bullied by anyone and had normal friends like any other normal person. Except, that she discovered she had the ability to exorcise demons after her father's murder and it comes in handy now more than ever because the number of possessions are increasing. And of course there's the cute guy, Matt, who has the hots for her. Now, here's what I liked the most: she didn't fall in love with the guy right away. No. All she wanted at first was to be left alone by everyone. Then, as she got to know him better she realized she was falling for him.

The plot was very good. Awesome, actually. You don't see it very often and the ending kind of came out as a shock, which made me love the book even more. I really hope there is a sequel or something because some things were left to reader to guess and I would love to see more of Bridget.

The fact that Bridge was fifteen years old and an exorcist was also very new for me, which made it all the better because there are many hilarious parts. My favorite one was at the shop with the dolls. Mainly because I'm terrified of dolls since I watched Chuky. But was she scared? A little, but she managed to do the job.

Do I recommend it? For sure. Fans of The Exorcist and Demons must read this books. Very Creepy, in a good way.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Unlike the first two books I didn't find myself so into this one. The first hundred pages were kind of boring with all the moping around and emo side of Sam. It wasn't until later that the action picked up and I began to get into it. Mostly because of Cole and Isabel's POVs, they brought some spice and humor. They're romance kind of overlapped Sam and Grace because the latter were most of the time moping around.
I found myself more in love with Cole than Sam. Cole seemed alive and he brought action into the story. While Sam was too sad most of the time. Grace seemed off too, but I guess that turning into a wolf does that to you.
The plot revolved around how to get the rest of the wolves into safety because Isabel's father had organized a hunt to kill the wolves after another girl was found dead. It was a good plot and, as always, the writing was lyrical and awesome. My problem was Sam and Grace. They weren't nearly as... well, important as before. They didn't go with the flow. It took me a while to finish the book but when I finally did, I didn't feel satisfied. This series was too awesome to have such ending and so I was left disappointed.

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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me a while to get into this book but when I finally did I found myself in love with this book. Or rather with one particular character: Tucker. Seriously, you would have thought that I would like Christian better, but no.
Clara has visions of her upcoming mission that involve certain hottie from school, who she happens to feel attracted to even though he has a girlfriend. She's a very good girl, to the point that she blindly follows her mother's instructions. You'll know what I'm talking about if you read the book. Because I'm sure anyone would love to read a new intake on angels, such as this.
As for the rest of the characters, they all had a voice of their own. Clara's two best friends are really awesome. And also totally opposites given the fact that Wendy is human and Angela is part fallen angel. Fallen angels are called Black Wings and they are your equivalent of depression walking around.
The love triangle, even though very much used in the YA genre, I didn't mind that much. Tucker is in love with Clara and she loves him back but she also has feelings for Christian. I honestly think that Tucker is best for her. At times Clara behaved like, well, silly just because Christian wasn't there for her or something like that. I hated it when she was whiny. Other than that I loved the book.

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Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)Where She Went by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This sequel was most definitely amazing and just as emotional as the one before. I felt for Adam, he was devastated that Mia had left him without a reason why and not even fame and fun, or all the money in the world, made him happy. Mia and Adam find each other again and decided to talk about stuff. Adam has flashback from his time moping around after Mia broke up with him and how he got to where he was now. He was miserable and wanted answers but didn't dare ask because he was too mad. When he finally does... well, her answer kind of made sense.
I didn't want to cry nearly as much as in the first book but this one was sad nonetheless. Still, I thought it was stupid of Mia to leave just like that without saying anything. For the first time I got to know how Adam felt about things. He'd been worried about Mia so much. He loved her. So it was extremely sad when she left.
Still, I loved the book. And greatly recommend it.

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Tiger's Quest by Collen Houck

Tiger's Quest (Tiger's Curse Series #2)
Tittle: Tiger's Quest 
Author: Collen Houck
Series: Tiger's Saga 2

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Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest-this time with Ren's dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger's Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER'S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.

My Review:
I loved this book so much! It had everything I loved in a book: Romance, Problems and lots of action. In that same order. Amazing! But before I say anything else I want to make sure we understand each other and you know that since the beginning I was a Ren girl (are there teams yet? If not, there should be) and so I was extremely unhappy with what happened in the last books. How could Kelsey leave? But I understood why. I didn't like it, though.
The book picks up right where it left off in the last one, which is really awesome, and Kelsey is back in Oregon. She starts college with Money that Mr. Kadam gives her for her help with breaking the curse that binds Ren and Kishan to become tigers, but she still longs for Ren's company and love. Now, the funny thing is that she starts 'dating' other guys and not all of her dates go according to plan.
Anyhow, Ren comes back and they also start 'dating' so Kelsey can be sure she wants to be with him. Keshan also makes an appearance and just when they think things are going ok, they are attacked and Ren is kidnapped. I was so mad when this happened. Hated every single moment that Kelsey was away from Ren. He doesn't make an appearance until later, which gives Kishan an opportunity to be with Kelsey.
From then on the action starts.
Kelsey and Kishan go through some more tests and get closer to breaking the curse, which brings them closer to each other than I thought.
the second installment in this series had me so captivated that I read it in one day and half. I couldn't put it down any more that I could stop thinking about the characters. Ms. Collen did it again, and much better. The plot evolved and moved on easily. The characters grew up a bit more and I felt like they were more real since last time. Because last time Kelsey didn't interest me as much as this one, I actually felt she was more alive and that I wasn't just reading some tourist guide's POV.
I wasn't disappointed with the ending at all but I was left thirsting for more. I can't wait for the next book.

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