Monday, December 3, 2012

Hidden: A House of Night Novel

Hidden is about the billionth book in the House of Night series...okay it is only the tenth book in the series but it feels like the billionth.  I love this series and Hidden was better than some of the past books but I feel like at some point it has to stop.

At this point in the series, the Vampire High Council has finally seen that Neferet really is the witch that Zoey and her group have claimed her to be...about friggin time!  It feels like the past five books all Zoey and her group have tried to do is show that Neferet is evil and has sided with Darkness.  It became very frustrating how long it took!  And still nothing was resolved!  Don't get me wrong, like I said I really like this series.  I just feel like lately it is the same thing over and over again: Neferet plans something evil, Zoey cries, Neferet succeeds with evil plan, Zoey cries, Neferet gets away, Zoey says she needs to be stronger.  You can only stand this story line for a little bit before it gets on your nerves and you want to stop reading.  We have already established that Neferet is evil and Zoey is very emotional and cries a lot.  In this book the Goddess Nyx had to tell her to basically grow up and stop crying.  When it comes to book series, I want the series to end and me want more.  I don't want the series to go on and on and on and have me lose interest in the books.  I used to be so excited when these books came out and would read them right away.  Now I find myself buying them a few weeks after they hit the stores and am in no rush to read them.  I think P.C. and Kristin Cast need to start thinking about ending the series.  I feel like maybe they are drawing out the series because of writing the corresponding novellas?  We will just have to see what happens.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Can the vampires come out to play?

I started this blog as a way for me to really just vent my opinion about the books I have read.  I didn't want it to be a typical book blog where all I do is offer a summary of the book.  I figure if anyone wants that they can go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and read up on what the story is about.  Instead I wanted a blog where I talked about my experiences with the books; how I felt while reading them, what I thought of the characters, etc.  Reading has always been a passion of mine.  But alas something else that has recently become a passion of mine has taken over my reading time ;)  I would like to occasionally showcase that passion on here.  Won't happen all the time, but if I have a brilliant "I love this" moment then I will.  What am I currently obsessed, er I mean passionate about lately?  NAILS!!!!!  Over the past few months I have become obsessed with nail polish and nail art.  I'm not very good and spend most time on YouTube getting ideas for manicures.  My nails are small and while I like painting my nails, I don't keep a strict regiment for keeping my cuticles nice and healthy and non-dry and crack-free.  Takes too much time ;) 

With all that being said, I would like to share the manicure I did last night.  Tonight my friends and I are going to go see Breaking Dawn Part 2.  I prefer waiting for the crowds to die down and most times I sit in the 21+ section of the theater so I don't have to deal with screaming girls.  Anyways, here is the mani I came up with:

I took this in my bathroom and with my cell phone because I have no fancy lighting and no expensive camera that gets awesome pictures.  Maybe next time I will try taking the picture with my Nikon point and shoot camera.  Sorry for the messiness, I was too lazy to try cleaning up excess polish off my skin.

I used OPI Vampsterdam as the base color.  It is a really pretty purple and is a little bit shimmery.  I then used China Glaze Liquid Leather to do black tips.  With my dotting tool I made "drips" to represent dripping blood.  My accent finger is The Many Shades of Mr. Grey by Dollish Polish.  What do you think?

City of Bones

City of Bones is book one in the Mortal Instruments series.  Another book out of the Trader Joe's bag from my super awesome friend.  I have seen this book every time I walked down the book aisle at Target and always wondered how it was.  But I never picked it up.  Now I am so glad my friend had this book because I thought it was a really good book and I cannot wait to move on to book two.  I was even more excited about this series when I saw a trailer for the movie and saw some of my favorite actors are going to be in it ;) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1538403/).  Namely a Mr. Aidan Turner and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.  Can we say YUM?!  My two favorite Irishmen. 

Okay, enough drooling, now on to book talk!  With the world of vampires, werewolves, witches, etc. in full swing right now, I thought the plot and story behind this book was able to stand on its own.  The concept of Shadowhunters brings a whole new twist to the genre or paranormal bootie kicking.  As you are reading the story you think, Shadowhunters, big deal.  They are just demon hunters like Buffy is a vampire hunter.  So much more than that!  The story goes that Shadowhunters were decendents from angels and set on Earth to take care of all the bad Downworlders.  They have wicked cool fighting abilities and use runes for spells and healing.  They can even make themselves "invisible" to the human eye.  They literally can live in the shadows and take out their prey.  Then enter Clary, the heroine of our story.  And guess what?  She can see the shadowhunters!  Clary reminder me a lot of another literary character I know I have come across but I cannot put my finger on it.  Maybe a Bella in Twilight kind of girl.  Poor Clary is thrown into the shadowhunter world when her mom is kidnapped by demons.  The story was a quick read and I liked how the two main characters (Clary and Jace) really panned out.  Clary gained more confidence by the end of the story thanks to Jace, and Jace learned not to be some cocky guy who thinks he can get anything he wants ;)  Based off of how this book ends, I am really curious moving forward how the plot will unravel. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

50 Shades Freed

Normally when I am reading a series and come to the last book it is a bittersweet feeling and I do not want the series to end. By the time I got to this book, the third and final book in the 50 shades series, I could not wait for it to be over!  The first book was okay, I really liked the third book, this one I couldn't wait for it to be over.  It's not that it was a bad story.  In fact I really like the plot of the whole thing and thought it was a great story.  But after three books of "Laters, baby", "inner goddess" and "murmuring", let's just say I was getting annoyed.  And it seemed like this book had even more sex scenes than the other books.  I started getting annoyed with those too and found myself skimming over those scenes instead of reading them.  I like my romance books full of plot and only a FEW sex scenes, not one on every other page!  I was too much to the extreme and annoyed me.  The author had a great story but if she continues to write books she really needs to work on her delivery.  I can't believe these made it to publishing with all the repetition and elementary writing.  Okay I know, I am probably being a bit harsh.  But for someone like me who is an avid reader, it made it difficult to get through the books because I kept getting hung up on those repetitive lines and statements.  Every time I would read one my mind would think, "Again!  Seriously!"

Alright enough ranting, now let me talk about the content of the book.  In this book there is a lot of "flashbacks" in a sense.  For example, (SPOILER ALERT) while Ana is on her honeymoon she "thinks back" to the wedding and wedding night.  Instead of us reading about it as it happened we have to read about her remembering it.  This happened a lot in the book.  Another thing about this book is it is completely predictable.  Especially the ending.  I knew what would happen after a few chapters into the book!  With all that being said, I really liked Christian Grey and can see why women everywhere are saying they want to find their Christian Grey.

Now on to something a little juvenile.  I've had my share of sex scenes, for a while anyways.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

50 Shades Darker

So the first book was okay, but I really liked the second book.  It had more story (and less of the stuff that will make you blush!).  I was thinking about this book and what I would say about it here on the blog and my friend gave me the perfect topic to discuss.  Her and I went to lunch (yummy, Thai food!) and were discussing the books.  I had just finished this one and she was on the third book.  Right away I brought up how annoying it is anytime someone in the book says, "laters, baby."  If my ex would have said that to me I think I would have looked him in the eye and said, "that's dumb, don't ever say it again."  She agreed with me and brought up another thing in the book that was annoying; all of the characters murmur.  Almost every dialogue ended with "I murmur" or "he murmured." Okay we get it, the characters cannot talk out loud like normal people.  Lastly, I got so annoyed reading about Ana's "inner goddess."  I got the point after the first ten statements, no need to make over a thousand!  Hm, that would be interesting to count every time she mentions her inner goddess ;)  To sum our lunch conversation up (and the conversation had to come to an end because I had eaten all my spicy green bean beef!), the author picks phrases and WAY overuses them.

Now that I have gotten all of that out of my system and pouted over no more spicy green bean beef (I so have to go back there for more once I am over my cleanse and 24 day challenge), I can talk about the overall concept of the book.  I liked that the first chapter took place right where the first book left off.  There was no lag of time.  Although, reading the book has made me miss my ex more and more :(

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mystic City

As I have said before, I have a super awesome book worm friend who lets me borrow books.  She just so happened to attend Comic Con this year (jealous!) and received an Advanced Readers Copy of Mystic City.  And of course since she is super awesome she passed it my way for me to read ;)  I absolutely loved it and really hope Theo Lawrence is planning to write more.  Especially since the book ended in a way that could continue on in a series.

This was a futuristic book that takes place in Manhattan.  There are two levels of habitation: the Depths and the Aeries.  When I read about the Aeries I think Hollywood glam, where all the flashy rich people are.  The Depths = poverty.  But it's so much more than that.  The Depths are also were mystics are forced to live, register, and be drained.  The way the book reads, mystics have always been around but this futuristic story has them finally out in the open and living amongst non-mystics.  Think witch meets X-Men.  Each mystic has a special power.  For example, one mystic can walk through walls (and pretty much anything solid).  Of course that mystic just happens to be the male lead Hunter ;)  When I was reading this book I thought a lot about Mistborn.  And this is also a lot like Romeo and Juliet.  It was a very quick read.

I guess I should give you a little bit of an idea what the book is about ;)  Aria Rose comes from a wealthy, political family and is engaged to Thomas Foster, also from a wealthy political family.  Their parents say theirs is a Romeo and Juliet relationship.  Think of the Roses and Fosters as the Capulets and Montagues.  Only thing is, Aria has no memory of a relationship with Thomas.  According to her parents she suffered an overdose and that's why she can't remember.  But then enter cool, calm, collective Hunter and her heart goes pitter patter and she's all sorts of confused.  She basically spends the rest of the book trying to remember what she has forgotten.  And of course a lot of other stuff I can't tell you ;)  I highly recommend it though :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

50 Shades of Grey

Yes, I did it, I caved under the pressure and decided to finally read the 50 shades trilogy.  First of all I have to apologize for the picture taken on my phone.  When I typed 50 Shades of Grey into Google you would be surprised what came up.  Most were pictures of celebrities people want to be in the movie, one was even a clay sculpture of Christian Grey in his red room of pain.  Man that person has too much time on their hands.  So needless to say I could not find a good enough picture of the book so you have to deal with the nook picture I took on my phone.

Lately this book has been all the craze and people cannot stop talking about it.  To be honest I was getting sick and tired of hearing about it, especially when people referred to it as "Mommy Porn."  I told myself I would never read it.  I am an avid reader of Paranormal Romance but stray from just romance.  I want story, I want plot, I want characters I grow to love.  I didn't want a book that was nothing but sex and had no plot, which is what I thought 50 shades would be.  Finally, I found out one of my friends was reading it.  This is a friend who always lets me borrow books and has really good taste.  She was given the first book and after reading it decided to buy the next two on her kindle (which I completely understand doing, I bought it on my nook so no one would see what I was reading).  After many battles in my head I decided to finally read it.  Here's my reasoning, so many people I know get annoyed and say how terrible Twilight is based off of the movies.  I always tell them unless they read the books they can't say anything bad.  I'm in that position.  Here I was saying bad stuff about 50 shades and yet I had not read it yet.  I thought okay I will read this and then I can justify saying what crap it was.  Boy was I wrong! 

I wouldn't say I loved the book but I really did enjoy it.  It is nothing like I thought it would be.  The first part of the book is all story and plot and introductions to characters.  It's a long time before you even get to any of the sexual stuff.  Even the sexual stuff wasn't as smut as I thought it would be.  The only thing I had a problem with was the nature of the sex.  Anyone who hasn't read the book knows the male lead, Christian Grey, is into BDSM.  Which is a big oh hell no for me.  Luckily there isn't much of that in the book.  The end of the book kind of just happened and I don't feel like there was closure to the story.  Probably because the author knew there were going to be more books.  I bought this as a trilogy on my nook so I will definitely be continuing on to the next book.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wicked Nights


I have to say that I love, love, LOVE Gena Showalter books!  She keeps my interest and makes me want to come back for more.  When I first read her Lord of the Underworld series, I had a hard time getting following it and the reading was slow.  Now that I know all of the characters and the story I just can't get enough.  A new book of hers comes out and I have to run to Target and buy it.  Unless they do something stupid like only offer it online like they are doing with her Alice in Zombieland book!  So upset about that!  I need to find a way to buy it.

Wicked Nights is a branch off of the Lord of the Underworld series.  In the last few books of the LotU we were introduced to a bunch of angels.  We have already read Lysander's story and learned about his love for his harpy.  Wicked Nights is all about Zacharel, an angel without feelings who has been charged with leading the angel misfits.  A group of angels who have hurt humans without a second thought.  Zacharel and his angels are dispersed to a mental asylum where demons are frantically trying to get inside.  Zacharel learns they are after a demon-marked woman who has been charged with murdering her family.  Only problem, she's innocent.  The demon her murdered her parents is the same demon who sent all the lesser demons to the asylum to try and attack the girl, Annabelle.  Zacharel "steals" Annabelle to try and figure out which demon has marked her and how he can save her from being a demon's consort.  Along the way he slowly learns how to feel again.  But will it be love or forever pain?  Queue "duh, duh, duh" music!  

As usual, Showalter knows how to make her female leads totally bad ass!  Locked away for four years in a mental institution and the majority of it spent drugged up, Annabelle is totally bad ass!  She fights and kills demons AND puts Zacharel in his place.  I love that she takes a new spin on the whole damsel in distress where the damsel is trying to save herself and the guy is just added bonus ;)  Cannot wait for the next book in this series, Koldo's story.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Golden Lily

So glad Richelle Mead decided to write the Bloodlines series.  I loved Vampire Academy and was so sad when she finished that series.  So now I get my fix through this series.  As I said in my last post, it is a continuation of the Vampire Academy series but this series is told from the point of view of Sydney, an Alchemist.  Again this was another fast read.  In fact I finished most of it this past weekend while camping with my family.  It was perfect weather to sit outside with a book...until my nephew decided to shoot me with a water gun and he got some pages of the book :(  I was devastated!  But of course I didn't get mad at him, he's only 3.  So I silently cried inside because I like my books to stay in perfect condition, even after I have finished reading them.  Oh well. 

Now on to the book.  This picks up where Bloodlines finished (obviously, it's a series!).  Everything is going okay.  Keith is gone, another damphir has been brought in to help Eddie protect Jill, and Sydney has her own room and no longer has to be roommates to a vampire.  She even starts dating someone ;)  Of course nothing can ever just be normal.  One night Sydney and Sonya are attacked by masked humans...vampire hunters.  They soon realize they have bigger problems than just trying to keep Jill hidden.  Sydney has to learn to juggle her Alchemist duties, school, protecting Jill, her new guy, and help look out after Adrian.  She's got a full plate but she's one pretty awesome character.  I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out!

Now on to the next book.  Luckily I have a super awesome friend who gave me a Trader Joe's bad FULL of books to read ;)  I'll be busy for a while!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Bloodlines

Well, now that I am done with those long George R. R. Martin books, I'm zooming through these!  Richelle Mead wrote one of my favorite vampire series, Vampire Academy.  So you can imagine how excited I was to be in the book section of Walmart and pick up Bloodlines only to realize it is a branch from the Vampire Academy series and contained a lot of the same characters!  I almost started jumping up and down with joy.  They had Bloodlines and the second book in the series.  I bough both on a whim that they would be good.  The first did not disappoint!

In the Vampire Academy series we are introduced to Sydney, an Alchemist who helps Rose out of some pretty tight situations.  She has grown up being taught that vampires are an abomination and Alchemists should stay clear of them if at all possible.  Sydney is in some deep doo-doo with the alchemists because she did help Rose out.  This book picks up where that left off.  Sydney is chosen to be a chaperone to Jill, a Moroi princess.  Jill's life is in danger and protecting her is a chance for Sydney to redeem herself.  Armed with her alchemist talents she is sent to Palm Springs where she will pretend to be Jill's sister and enroll in high school to watch out for her.  Not only does she have to deal with Jill, but also Eddie, Jill's dhampir bodyguard, and Adrian, a spirit user with a care-free attitude.  She must overcome her fear of vampires to try and protect Jill.

Super awesome story and I cannot wait to start the second book on my lunch break today!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hidden

After reading all 1100 pages of A Dance with Dragons, 250+ pages of Hidden went by so quickly!  I picked this book up Saturday morning to begin reading and finished it at 10:30 that night.  This is the third and final book in the Firelight trilogy.  It's a great trilogy but what was the hardest part about picking this book up and reading it is I forgot what happened in the second book!  It is in storage though so no way was I going to try and reread it just to remember.  Luckily I didn't have to do that.  As I kept reading more and more into this book, I started remembering what happened in the second book.  A lot of the series I have been reading lately have been out for years so I can read all the books in the series one right after another.  I forget what it is like to wait for the next book in the series to come out.

I liked this series because it is something different.  Usually I read a lot of vampire and witch books.  This was all about dragons!  Or really I should say draki.  They are human-looking creatures that can manifest into draki.  It was difficult to imagine at first because I kept wanting to picture a huge dragon like Smaug in the Hobbit.  Nope.  Draki are a lot smaller and they keep a lot of their human appearances.  I like that each draki is a "type" of draki and has a special talent.  Like the main character, Jacinda.  She is a fire-breather.  Very rare amongst her pride.  So rare she is the only one.  Her sister is a shader, she has the ability to create a mist that turns humans away and can make them forget where they were.  It was fascinating learning about the different types of draki.  I wish there would have been more of an in-depth look at the types.

I really do love the series but the way this last book was written, I feel like she could have written so much more.  The book ended in a way that gave closure but I felt like it happened all too fast.  I will definitely have to check out other Sophie Jordan books.

A Dance with Dragons

I did it!  I finally finished reading A Dance with Dragons!  There for a while I was worried I would put it down and never pick it up again.  I was reading on my hour long lunch break and that was it.  I would go home and the last thing on my mind was reading.  And then something happened.  I hit the halfway point of the book and then, bam!  I was done in no time.  As I have said before, this is not going to be a play-by-play of what happens in the book.  It's the fifth book in the series and I can't do that without giving away way too much information.  This and all my other blog entries are more about my experiences reading the book.

What Martin did was separate the characters' stories between books four and five.  The first half of book five is the other half of the characters that were not in book four.  What made it difficult to get through was the fact that the first half of this book is parallel to book four.  For example, in book four there is a chapter that focuses on Sam learning he must leave the wall and go to Old Town to become a maester.  This exact same chapter is in book five but this time from Jon's point of view.  All the talking points are the exact same but you just get to see things from different angles.  It gave me too much of a I've already read this feeling.  It made me more hesitant to keep reading because I already knew what was going to happen thanks to book four.  But one thing I loved about this book was I finally got to read from some of my favorite character's point of views.  I missed them in book four.  Of course that didn't start happening until after I hit the halfway mark.  Maybe that's why the second half of the book went so quickly?

Another thing I noticed about the book was a different type of ending.  Usually at the end of the book if a character is attacked you know before the book ends if that character is still alive or they died.  In the fourth book it started with one of the characters I liked.  Something happened and I had no clue if this person was alive or dead.  Then all of a sudden they showed up in the fifth book and I got my answer.  In the fifth book a chapter ends with my favorite character getting stabbed.  This is one of my top three favorite characters and all I have to say is they better be alive come next book!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why I Haven't Been Reading

Every morning when I get to work I check out all the blogs I am subscribed to in order to see if there are new posts.  Of course my own blog is in the list I check out.  Why?  I don't know.  Firefox automatically subscribed me to my own blog when I set it up.  I was looking at it today and realized I have not been posting that often lately.  It got me to thinking, why have I not been reading as much lately?  I came up with the top reasons and I wanted to share them on here:

A Dance with Dragons

I am in the process of reading the most recent book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.  I love the series and the characters but every time I read a chapter, I look down at the page counter on my nook and see that I am on page 400 something and I have to go to 1100.  It is an insanely long book and even though I read it during my hour long lunch break, when I get home I would rather do other things than read the book.  I hope that changes when I finish it and start another book because you know how much I love to read. 

One word: PS3 
  • I spoiled myself a while back and got a PS3 (Play Station 3).  I previously had a PS2 but everyone decided to stop making games for it.  It came down to either get a PS3 so I can get new games or spend forever playing the games I have for PS2.  When I thought of it that way the decision was pretty easy.  I bought the PS3 and have recently become obsessed with trying to finish a game:
  • One thing I like about this game is you get to choose what type of character you want to be (elf, dwarf, human) and what class (warrior, mage, etc.). And you can customize the way they look.  So of course mine is always an elf with red hair and green eyes.  Here's a picture of my character all blood splattered after a battle.
  • I love playing video games and they are a great distraction from all the stress in my life.


My Nail Obsession

I admit it, I have become a little obsessed with nail polish and nail art.  I am subscribed to ten blogs (well nine if you take mine out) and four of them are nail blogs.  I love finding new nail polish colors and instructions on how to do cool designs.  Then I jump on Amazon.com and try to find those nail polishes that I can't find in the store.  I have been known to change my nail color every day.  It helps take my mind off of everything.  I have enough stress in my life, I need a way to calm down and relax.  Check out some of my designs.

FitQuest

After my boyfriend broke up with me three months ago, I felt lost and alone and like my life had no purpose.  It took all of my energy just to get out of bed each morning and face the day.  My friend told me about a workout program she was doing.  I knew I needed to lose weight per my doctor's orders, so I decided to check it out.  I was so happy I did.  It is a lot of hard work and I sweat a lot but I absolutely love it and keep coming back for more.  I am about to start my third session and so far I have lost 15 pounds.  Last night I did a collage of a picture of me pre and post FitQuest.  I couldn't believe the difference!











Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Blue-Blooded Vamp

So I had every intention of finishing A Dance with Dragons and being done with that series before I moved on to any other books.  That was before Jaye Wells came out with the final book in the Sabina Kane series.  That was before I logged onto Amazon.com and ordered Blue-Blooded Vamp.  I got it in the mail and while reading A Dance with Dragons I would look over and see Blue-Blooded Vamp staring at me from my pile of need-to-read books.  I couldn't help it, I caved!  I just had to read it instead.  So I did :) 

I have loved this series since the first book and even better is how quickly I am able to get through these books.  Jaye Wells has a great writing style that throws in lots of comedy at the perfect moments and she makes you want to keep reading.  Maybe that's why my arm is so sore, from holding the book up for so long? 

Now on to Blue-Blooded Vamp.  Cain is now loose on the world and the only hope of stopping him is to find the mage Abel, the only person who ever succeeded in capturing and containing Cain.  Sabina must travel to Italy to try and track down Abel and see what can be done.  What she doesn't expect is Abel to be a blast from her past.  I'm not going to say who because that would spoil things ;)  They know only the Chosen can kill Cain.  So pretty much Sabina spends the whole book trying to prove she is the Chosen.  That and she has to deal with a trip to Irkalla.  It was an awesome book, a quick read, and I am so sad that I will not be able to read about Sabina Kane anymore :(  Oh well, I will just have to check out what else Jaye Wells has written :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Feast for Crows

I am so glad that I decided to read this series.  It is very entertaining and captures you into a whole new world.  In this fourth installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin takes a different approach to writing.  Up until this point, all of the books have included all the characters and what is happening to them in real time.  For this book, Martin focuses on everyone in the south.  This includes Arya's escape from the Hound, Brienne's journey to find Sansa, Jamie and his kingsguard and Cersei's plots to rid King's landing of Margery Tyrell.  Many other story lines develop, such as characters in Dorne, Pike, and Sansa's adventures at the Vale.  Can't tell you what happens though because that would be giving away way too much of the plot ;)  This was a good book but while reading it I missed Tyrion and some of the other characters.  I started reading the next book, A Dance with Dragons, and it happens in tandem to A Feast for Crows but focuses on the characters in the north that were not showcased in A Fest for Crows. That means I can get my Tyrion fix :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Storm of Swords

Two and a half weeks ago I piled my stuff and family all in one car as we set out to drive from California to Iowa for our family reunion.  What I love best about this trip is all the reading I get done.  Much better to sit in the car and read the whole time than to look out the window and see tree, tree, tree, tree, rest stop...I took my nook with me and made sure it was loaded with plenty of books.  I decided since the books are so large I would read the third book in the Fire and Ice series (or Game of Thrones as I keep referring to it as).  I especially wanted to read this because I know the books are 800+ pages.  Two and a half weeks and I just finished it last night.

I can't really tell you what this story is about because it gives away too much for someone who hasn't read the first two books.  When I first started reading this series, I was annoyed that each chapter is a different person.  Now I am very glad for it.  It helps keep the story fresh and I do not get tired or bored with a character's story.  My top three favorite characters are Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, and Arya Stark.  One thing I have learned quickly from reading these books is that in each one be prepared for George R. R. Martin to kill off one of the main characters.  I am actually glad I did decide to read this book because the last two or three episodes of the HBO show brought in parts of this book so I knew what was going to happen. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Insurgent

Okay so you know how in my blog for Divergent I said I finished the book and had to right away buy the second book?  Um, yeah, I just finished that on my lunch break today.  I would have finished earlier but there last couple nights I have been going home and wanting to play my video game.  So instead of it taking me two days to finish, it took five.

This book picks right up where the first books end.  Sometimes I have issues when you finish a book and the next books starts months or years after the first book ended.  Tris, Four, and other Dauntless are on a train trying to get far away from the evil that is Jeannine Matthews.  This is a bit of a spoiler but Jeannine is trying to control everyone but the Divergent are immune to the simulations she creates.  Throughout the book, Tris and Four are running from Faction to Faction trying to figure out what Jeannine's plan is and how they can save their friends and loved ones. Can't give away much more without giving away too many spoilers ;)

What I liked about this book is it had a lot more twists and turns than the first book.  Just when I thought I had everything figured out something would happen that made me thing, "huh?" (but not in that nice of language).  I heard they are making this into a movie and while reading the book all I can picture as Tris is Saoirse Ronan.  I think her work in Hannah helped me picture her as Tris.  No clue who I would picture for Four.  This series is supposed to be a trilogy.  Now the wait begins for book #3.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Divergent

I think for you to understand how I felt about this book, I have to tell you the process experienced reading it.  I started it on a Thursday, finished it Saturday, and was so in love with it I automatically went online and bought the second book.  I read it on my nook which was great because I bought the second book and started reading it on my phone right away (I don't have internet at home so no way to connect to WiFi and download the book on my nook). 

While reading this book, the movie City of Ember kept popping into my head (okay I know that movie is based off of a book but I never read the book so I am going off of the movie).  In this book, all 16 year old teens go through a series of testing to determine which faction they should spend the rest of their lives in.  Then at the choosing ceremony they choose where they want to be.  There are a total of five factions: Dauntless, the brave/fearless; Abnegation, the selfless; Candor, the truthful; Erudite, seekers of knowledge; and Amity, the peaceful.  Beatrice is a 16 year old in Abnegation.  She loves her family but has never truly felt like she belongs.  She goes through her aptitude tests only to find out her results are inconclusive, she is Divergent.  She has aptitude for more than one faction.  Her test administrator warns her to never let anyone know the truth.  Then choosing day comes, Beatrice can choose to stay in Abnegation with her family, or choose a new faction.  She decides on Dauntless.  The Dauntless put their initiates through a week long training period.  Only the top ten ranked initiates become members.  Beatrice must stay on top of the ranks, not let anyone know she is Divergent, and try to push her family out of her mind.  So much for one girl to handle.

This book was such a quick read for me.  I didn't want to put it down and thank goodness for nook apps because I was even sitting a Chevrolet waiting for an oil change and pulled my phone out so I could read.  I read there is talk about turning this into a movie.  There is actually a lot of action so I think it would be a really good movie.  I'm about six chapters into the second book, Insurgent, and can't wait to keep reading it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Where to begin with this book?  My friend read it and loved it, I saw the trailer for the movie and thought it looked awesome, so I decided to read the book.  With a book like this it is hard to write a summary of what it is about, most of us already know the content because it has so much history in the story.  I have to honestly say I was expecting something different.  It took a good third of the book because we are even introduced to the first vampire.  The book is broken out into three sections: Boy, Vampire Hunter, and President.  The first section, Boy, has a lot about Abe's life as a young child.  His experiences with his dad and the death of his mom and the introduction of a stepmother and step-siblings.  The book focuses on journals that were found and written by Abe.  So a lot of the book has "excerpts" from the journals.  Of course the first section of the book goes into extensive detail on how he accumulated his first journal.  To be honest, by the time I got to the end of the first section I put the book down and read two other books before picking it back up again.  The book does pick up some once you meet the first vampire.  But even that is more talk and less action.  I was expecting a book in sequential order with lots of vampire fights.  The book hardly describes any vampire hunts.  It's supposed to be about Abe Lincoln as a vampire hunter yet the book focuses more on his life as a boy and his journey to presidency.  The second section, Vampire Hunter, was a quicker read than the first section but still not enough vampire fighting for my liking.  The third section, President, has hardly any vampires and was a bit of a slower read than the second section.  Although the section leading up to Lincoln's assassination was an interesting part. Overall I did like the book, but I wouldn't say I loved it.  But even after reading it I am still excited for the movie.  I think the movie will have more vampire action than the book ;)

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Hunt

Are you a Hunger Games fan?  Then you have to read this book!  I'm a fan of the House of Night young adult series and have signed up for their email announcements.  Because of this I also get information on other new books that are coming out.  I got an email about this one and was able to go online and read the first chapter...and I was hooked.  It was a really quick read (finished in two days) and I liked the storyline.  Can't wait for the sequel.

The story begins much like the movie Zombieland does, with all these rules to survive.  Kind of cool, especially since I am a huge Zombieland fan.  Vampires have taken over the world and humans (hepers as they are called) are becoming extinct.  There is one brave heper who live among the humans.  His rules set forth by his father are to help him survive.  Rules such as, no laughter, shave every day, no body odor, whiten your fake fangs, don't call attention to yourself...and the list goes on.  The main character is eventually left alone when his father if found out and bit.  Things are going okay until an announcement from the Ruler comes, there will be another Heper Hunt.  It's been ten years since the last hunt.  Vampires are randomly chosen and whisked away to train for the hunt.  Including the main character (who's name you don't find out until the end).  The only problem, he isn't able to stop by his house first and sneak his razor, deodorant and other items needed to survive.  Now he's in the hornet's nest and must survive the four days before the heper hunt and not have anyone figure out what he is. Can he do it? 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Deadlocked

I was so excited when Amazon alerted me that another Sookie Stackhouse book was available for me to buy.  So I hopped over to Barnes & Noble and ordered it on my nook.  The first eight books I borrowed from a friend and read back to back, so the last two I have gotten on my nook.  The books are very quick reads and very enjoyable.  Since this is the eleventh or so book in the series, I can't really go into what happens because that would be giving away too many secrets.  So instead I will comment on Charlaine Harris' writing of the books.  As I already said these books are very quick reads.  It wasn't until after seeing season one of True Blood on HBO that I decided I wanted to read the books.  Luckily I had a friend who had all of the books (up till that point, which was book eight or nine).  The first book was very similar to the TV show so it was a little difficult to get through it quickly because it felt like a repeat that I was watching.  But I trudged through it and went on to the next book.  From there the pace picked up and I sped through them in no time.  Since I did read them one right after another, I started to notice inconsistencies.  For example, at the beginning of the series, Charlaine said Maxine Fortenberry was Hoyt's grandmother.  Somewhere later she started referring to her as Hoyt's mother.  I wonder if this was intentional, considering in the HBO series Maxine is his mother, or if it had been too long in between books and she forgot she said grandmother?  I have also started to notice with these later books that she writes in circles.  For example, she starts with one story line, in Deadlocked it is the girl that Eric almost killed and was later found dead on his front lawn.  Then she goes into another story, then back to the first, then to another, and so on.  In some cases it works because she is going back and answering questions we had from past books.  But at the same time it can give you a bit of a headache trying to figure out what it going on.  Then she does this so often that the end of the book comes very quickly and I'm not entirely impressed with the way it ends.  I lose interest from the many story switches to the point where at the end where there is the big battle or the big reveal my only response is "eh."  But I still really like the series and look forward to the next book.  I just wonder if she has thought about ending the series anytime soon?  Yeah it would suck to not have anymore Sookie and Bill and Eric but it might be a good idea for her to keep her audience. 

No matter what happens in this series, I still heart Eric ;)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Enslave Me Sweetly

Enslave Me Sweetly is the second book in the Alien Huntress series.  It's been a while since I read the first book but the characters are different in this book so I had nothing to worry about and no stress of trying to remember who was who.  Again, Gena Showalter totally rocks it out with a kick ass female character.  Eden Black is an assassin.  She also happens to be a Raka, one of the rarest forms of aliens living on Earth.  Her gold skin and hair has caused others of her kind to be killed so people could harvest the gold in her skin.  This didn't stop her from learning to be an assassin and how to kick some serious booty.  Eden is tracking a Mec, an alien stealing Earth women and selling them to aliens in other planets.  Eden's mission...to kill the Mec.  Only problem, he eludes her somehow and she ends up recovering from gun shot wounds.  She failed.  She gets another chance though...but she must have a partner.  A human by the name of Lucius.  Sparks fly and tempers rise.  Such a good story though.  Even after two books in the series I already love it because the main characters are all female and they kick some serious ass.  I love stories where the females can beat up the males :)  Also this was a pretty short book so that helped reading go by quicker.  Can't wait to read the other books in the series.  She also has a teen alien huntress that I would like to read one day.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Darkest Seduction

Finally!  Paris' story!  It's been how many books and all that has happened to Paris has been a roller coaster of disappointment.  This is the latest book in the Lords of the Underworld series so please see my other blogs for more description.

Paris is the keeper of the demon Promiscuity.  He needs sex or else he will weaken and die.  Sounds great for any guy, right?  Wrong!  He can never be with the same woman more than once.  All Paris yearns for is love and a relationship.  He tried once but had to cheat on her because he was weakening.  All that changed when he met Sienna.  A former Hunter who helped trap him so her Hunter colleagues could poke and prod him.  She drugged him and in his weakened state she had to have sex with him so the Hunters could utilize him.  They didn't expect it would strengthen him so much he would be able to break out of his bonds.  When he broke free he grabbed Sienna intending to use her as his ticket out.  It wasn't until his body reacted that he realized she was the one he could be with more than once.  By the time he had this revelation it was too late.  Hunters were firing at him, not even caring that Sienna was with him.  As an immortal he could get shot and still live, but not Sienna.  With her dying breath she cursed Paris.  After her death, Paris lost control.  He became an ambrosia addict, a drug of the gods.  Paris later learns that Cronus took Sienna's spirit and infused her with the demon of Wrath.  Paris sets out on a quest to find where Cronus is hiding her to set her free.

In the Darkest Seduction Paris has finally discovered where Cronus is hiding Sienna.  He feels guilty for her death and she has become his obsession.  He doesn't know how she will react to him or if she will even want to see him.  Now that Sienna has wrath in her, she is able to see all the wrong-doings people have done.  That includes her Hunters.  She sees how terrible they are and that the Lords aren't that bad.  She cares for Paris and wants to apologize for cursing him while she died.  Even when they finally meet up they know they cannot stay together.  Even if Paris can be with her more than once, he fears he will have to cheat again if he weakens too much.  Always obstacles in their way, they don't know if they can overcome them to be together.  Such an awesome story and I loved the ending.  Gena has almost written about all the Lords so you know the end is in sight but I heard she was going to write spin off stories about the angels that have been helping the Lords.  YAY!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Darkest Surrender

First of all, Gena Showalter has quickly become one of my favorite paranormal romance authors.  I love her writing and she keeps you entertained.  Must be considering this is the twelfth book in the Lords of the Underworld series that I have read.  To give you a brief background: these Lords were there when Pandora opened the box and the demons that escaped entered their bodies.  This book is about Strider, keeper of the demon defeat.  If someone challenges him, he has to win or else he will end up on his back and doubled over with pain.  So you know it is going to be an interesting story when he is teamed up with Kaia, harpy extraordinaire.  What I liked about this book is even though it was supposed to be Strider's story, it merged to include Kaia's story.  We learn about her past and how she ended up with the name Kaia the Disappointment.   Now Kaia has been invited to play in the harpy games.  First prize just so happens to be an artifact the lords are looking for that will prevent hunters from sending their demons back into Pandora's Box.  That means Strider has to accompany Kaia to the games.  He spends the whole time being cold to her and not fulfilling all the consort duties because he is afraid she will challenge him and he will end up in pain and won't be able to get the rod.  Before long he realizes he likes Kaia's nature and the challenges she elicits from him.  But is it too little, too late?  Will he be able to protect her from the games?

Man let me just say Kaia is one kick ass harpy.  She is proactive and an ask questions later kind of girl.  She spends the whole book trying to prove she is not truly Kaia the Disappointment (yes they do explain how she got that name).  Kaia's character is fun and I loved reading the scenes from her life.  I think I preferred reading about her over Strider ;)  Can't wait for the next read, it will be Paris' story, keeper of the demon of promiscuity.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Linger

Sigh, from vampires to werewolves...I love my reading collection :)  Linger is another book my super awesome friend let me borrow and it is the second book in the Mercy Falls Werewolves story.  In book one, Shiver, we are introduced to the werewolves and other characters in the story.  So it's a bit hard for me to tell you my thoughts about Linger without giving away spoilers about Shiver.

Linger begins with everything being all peaches and cream.  Sam and Grace are finally together and he is no longer changing into a wolf.  Of course the whole book can't be that way because it would be boring and no one would read it.  There is a new werewolf, Cole, that we get a back story on so that is pretty cool.  Now that Beck is a werewolf for good, it's up to Sam to take care of Cole and the other new werewolves.  But Grace is keeping a secret from Sam.  Constant headaches, fever, and bloody noses plague her days.  Doctors say it is just the flu, but Grace knows it isn't.  She feels the wolf in her stirring, the wolf she should have become ten years earlier.  What will happen to her?

I love these books because they are quick reads and I can relate to the characters.  Can't wait to read the next book in the series!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Eon

Okay, I admit it, I bought this book because I loved the cover.  My boyfriend finds it hilarious that I choose video games and books based off of their covers and not titles or anything like that.  Well I'm glad my method paid off because this was a good book.  Think Mulan meets Kung Fu Panda.

Eon is one of twelve tributes training to become a Dragoneye.  Every year, at the new year, the dragon of that year chooses a new apprentice.  It is the year of the Rat Dragon and all tributes hope for the honor of becoming a Dragoneye.  For Eon it is more than hope, it would mean survival.  Eon's master has put everything into training and if Eon is not chosen he will be left with nothing.  But there is a secret Eon and the master are keeping; Eon is actually Eona.  If the council and emperor found out a girl was a tribute, it would mean their death.  No pressure, huh?  To make matters even worse, a terrible accident left Eon a cripple.  A faulty hip means Eon might not have a chance to become a Dragoneye.  What will happen when he steps on the field and is tested by the Rat Dragon?

I don't want to give away anymore but I will say that I found out some of the "secrets" before they were mentioned in the book.  Some were so obvious.  So it was frustrating that I already knew the answers but Eon did not.  There literally was a time where I started yelling at the book!  I will definitely be getting the next book, Eona.  While I was reading Eon I actually thought it would make a good movie with tons of super cool affects. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Dark Secrets 2

I love having a friend that has the same taste in books as me because that means I get to borrow her books!  I read Dark Secrets 1 a while ago but I loved it.  Quick read and very entertaining.  So I was excited when my friend said she had Dark Secrets 2.  Just like the first book, this book had two short stories in one book.  What I like about the stories is they all take place in Wisteria, Maryland so some of the characters are similar throughout the stories.

No Time to Die
In the first story, young Jenny travels to the drama camps where her sister was murdered.  Even though she is a gymnast and has terrible stage fright, she is hoping to uncover the truth behind her sister's murder.  What made this story so fun for me is they were doing A Midsummer Night's Dream and some of the lines they quoted in the play were my lines from when I was in the play in high school.  I still remember my lines (nerd alert!) and had so much fun reading them out loud from the book ;)  I won't give anything away except to say I was shocked at the end, not at all what I was expecting.

The Deep End of Fear
At five years old, Kate and her parents unexpectedly leave the Westbrook estate in the middle of the night.  Kate never understood why.  She was too young to realize they left shortly after her friend Ashley Westbrook was found drowned in the icy pond.  Twelve years later, Kate finds herself back at the Westbrook estate fulfilling the wishes of her dying father.  She soon notices that little Patrick Westbrook is repeating many of Ashley's not so nice qualities.  I liked this story but it took a little bit more time for me to get into than No Time to Die.  I really liked it though and the ending left me wanting more.

I hope there's a Dark Secrets 3 in the near future!  

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Silver-Tongued Devil

Can I just say how much I love, LOVE, the Sabina Kane series?!  This is the fourth book in the series and I swear each book gets better and better.  I initially started the series because the first book is called Red Headed Step-Child and I only bought it because that is what my cousin used to call me.  Yes I have red hair but no I am not a step anything.  I'm the only one in my family with red hair so he joked around I was a step-kid.  Anyways, I instantly loved the character Sabine.  She's one bad-ass vampire.  Actually she's even more that that.  All vampires are born with bright red hair.  All mages are born with black hair.  Sabina is half and half so she has red and black hair.  Needless to say she kind of sticks out like a sore thumb.  She's not the only one though, throughout the series she discovers she has a twin sister who has been living with the mages while Sabina was living with the vampires.  Sabina also has her boyfriend Mage, Adam, and her demon Ghigul, who is the laugh of the party.  Ghigul has sass and comebacks like you wouldn't believe.  I love his character.  Now on to the plot ;)

SPOILER ALERT!
Silver-Tongued Devil takes place after the gang has returned from New Orleans.  The evil vampire Lavinia Kane is dead, Sabina has her hot mage, and a peace treaty is just around the corner amongst the dark races.  Yeah Sabina's twin Maisie is real messed up in the head because of what happened in New Orleans, but they are trying to fix her.  Everything should be all hunky-dory.  Until murders start happening in New York.  Sabina must find out what is happening, help her sister, keep things going with her relationship, and watch after her demon.  She's got a lot on her plate.  I thought the story was great and held my interest.  I didn't want to put the book down!  Can't wait for the next book in the series!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Lenobia's Vow

When I first heard P.C. and Kristin Cast were going to write House of Night novellas while still writing the HoN series, I admit I was worried.  Lenobia's Vow is the second novella they have finished.  The first was Dragon's Oath.  I liked Dragon's Oath but I thought Lenobia's story was more enjoyable to read.  The book centers around 16 year old Lenobia and her journey from France to New Orleans.  It's a journey of love but also a journey towards being marked.  Lenobia boards a ship set for New France (New Orleans) to start a new life.  While on the ship she meets Martin, the son of a powerful white man and hisblack mistress.  Lenobia grows to love Martin but there is another who has his eyes on her.  The Bishop, an evil man being exiled to New Orleans, has dark thoughts about Lenobia.  Will he make the journey a miserable one, or will Lenobia be happy with Martin?  I don't want to give away too much ;)

I really liked this book but I felt as if the last few pages were rushed.  I felt they could have spent another 20-30 pages on the ending.  But I know it's a novella and supposed to be short.  I liked that it was a fast read, especially after having just finished over 800 pages of Inheritance!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Inheritance

It's been a while since I have written anything and I have one word why; Inheritance...started out as a trilogy and ended as a series of four books.  I bought this book in December.  It is now the end of February and I am finally finished with it.  The story is great.  It has dragons, elves, dwarves, so many of my favorite mythological creatures.  To give you a brief about me of the series, there is an evil king who has the last dragon.  He's hiding a dragon egg, egg gets stolen, boy finds egg, egg hatches, boy and dragon bond.  The end :)  Throughout the series, Eragon and his dragon Saphira are trying to put an end to the evil Galbatorix.  For the longest time we all though book three would be the end.  Then I finished book three and realized it wasn't the end and he was going to write more.  I'm glad this actually was the final book in the series.  Don't get me wrong, like I said the story is great and really enjoyable.  The books just took me so long to read.  I found myself getting distracted easily and with past books I actually stopped reading them to start reading something else.  While reading Inheritance, there were so many parts where I would ask, is this really necessary?  Paolini would spend an entire chapter on something he could have written in one page.  Do I really need fifteen pages on one practice fight between Arya and Eragon?  No!  The last 100 pages of this book were the hardest to get through.  the book is almost 900 pages long and by the end I was so done and wanted the book to be over.  I wasn't too happy with the ending.  I won't say why because I don't want to spoil it.  I'm just glad to be done.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Stopping Time

This is yet again another short story from Melissa Marr, who wrote the Wicked Lovely series about faeries and the different courts.  This particular short story takes place after Ink Exchange.  If you have not read the series then please do not read this blog because it does contain *SPOILERS* about Ink Exchange.

Do not read any further unless you have read the series or you don't plan to.

After Ink Exchange, Leslie left Huntsdale in hopes of having a normal life.  Unfortunately she still has the Sight and can see fairies everywhere she goes.  She soon learns they are fairies sent from the Dark Court, from her previous lovers Nial and Irial.  Soon, Irial himself starts to visit.  She has vowed to never talk to him but that doesn't stop her from sneaking a peak ;)  One day she begins to receive calls and no one on the other line ever answers.  She is scared and thinks it is someone from the faerie world.  One day while sitting in class she receives multiple text messages from the phone caller telling her to meet her outside or else he will expose the faeries for the monsters they are.  Since she still feels a strong connection to Nial and Irial, she decides to meet the person and see what they want.  The person in question is none other than her drugged out abusive brother Ren.  A brother with a gun.  What will happen when Nial and Irial find out Leslie is being held at gun point?  Will she survive?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Love Struck

So I was online browsing through Barnes and Nobles super cheap books and came across this novella for only $0.99.  Melissa Marr wrote the Wicked Lovely series about fairies and the wars between their courts.  I loved the series so I decided to go ahead and get this.  It was super short and took no time at all to read.  Yeah there could have been more to the book because it just started all of a sudden but I enjoyed it.

Alana, a teenager, is spending her night at a beach party.  The beach is one place she feels comfortable.  She is approached by a super hot but super creepy guy.  He tries to get her to go with him and he offers her his coat.  But being the smart girl that she is, she reaches for the mace in her purse and runs away.  Deciding to go the opposite way of the creepy guy, she sets out further down the beach.  There she runs into another super hot guy half submerged in the water.  As she steps back away from him, she steps on a coat similar to the one creepy guy was trying to give her.  She then realizes everything her grandmother had ever told her, all the fairy tale stories were true.  For this guy was a selchie and she was standing on his Other-Skin.  Now that she had touched it she knows she is bound to him, as a mate.  She does the only thing she can think of, pick up the pelt and run. 

I won't say anymore so as to not give too much away.  I liked this story because I like Melissa Marr but also because not that long ago I had seen the movie Ondine with Colin Farrell and it is all about female selchies.  It was a good movie.  Like I said, this is a really quick read so definitely give it a shot.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Pecular Children

I am actually reading a book right now but it is so long and difficult to get through that I reasoned I needed a break from it.  A fellow blogger told me about this book so I decided to download it and read away.  It was a good book and a quick read (which I was looking for).  The really cool thing about it is the author has spent lots of time gathering old photographs and he adds them into the story.  For example, he will be describing Olive the levitating girl and on the next page will be the picture shown above on the cover of the book.  It helped break things up when you had something else to look at.  Think of it as a picture book for adults :)

In the story we meet Jacob, a teen with an adventurous spirit who adores his grandfather.  Growing up Jacob used to hear stories about his grandfather's life as a child in Miss Peregrine's home.  A Polish Jew, Jacob's grandfather was snuck out of the country in order to avoid persecutions by the Germans.  He eventually found his way to Miss Peregrine.  His stories included monsters, a levitating girl, a boy who has bees living inside of him, etc.  As a young child, Jacob was in awe of the stories and believed they were real.  As he got older, he was teased for repeating the stories and told his grandfather to never again tell unreal stories.  One day Jacob gets a frantic call from his grandfather.  He says the monsters have come for him and he needs to key to his gun cabinet.  Jacob pushes it aside as old age but decides to go over to his grandfather's house.  There he finds his grandfather dying in the forest.  Before he dies, he whispers in Jacob's ear clues for him to follow.  Where do they lead?  Back to the house his grandfather grew up in.  Jacob decides to travel to the island where Miss Peregrine's house is.  When he gets there what will he find?  Will Miss Peregrine have answers about his grandfather's past?  Will the monsters come for him next?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dark Secrets 1

Well my friend definitely has good taste in books because she let me borrow another book that I ended up finishing in two days.  The book is Dark Secrets 1 by Elizabeth Chandler.  This book actually contains two stories, Legacy of Lies and Don't Tell.  Different characters in both books but based out of the same location.  I read this over Christmas and since I have no internet at home (yeah I know, I'm stuck in medieval times) I had to wait until today to blog about the book.  So please don't mind me if I forget to mention certain events.

Legacy of Lies begins with a young girl (Megan) traveling to visit her grandmother.  She has never met her grandmother even though she is sixteen years old.  She is also adopted.  Her mother (Caucasian) left her home town to marry her love (African American).  They were never able to have kids of their own so they adopted Megan and her two brothers.  The grandmother has always been upset at her daughter for running off with someone below her status.  So Megan is confused as to why her grandmother is so adamant on her coming to visit.  Megan doesn't want to but her parents push her to make the trip.  Not only does she meet her totally stuffed up grandmother, but she also meets her cousin, Matt, who is living with their grandmother.  After arriving, weird things start happening to Megan.  She realizes things she has dreamed of since she was a little girl are coming true.  For example, she has always dreamed of a house.  When she gets to her grandmother's she realizes the house in her dreams is her grandmother's house.  How is that possible when she has never been there before?  There is also the strange girl she keeps seeing, a ghost of the house.  Things are also moved with no one touching them.  Helen (the grandmother) is quick to put the blame on Megan.  Eventually Megan learns that Helen had a sister who died when she was sixteen, and Megan looks just like her.  Will she be next?

The second story in the book, Don't Tell, begins with a very young Lauren.  She is at her godmother's (Jule) house with her mom and her godmother's daughters (Holly and Nora).  Lauren used to spend every summer at Jule's, but this last summer her mom insisted on going.  The wife of a politician, Lauren's mother was paranoid and constantly told Lauren someone was watching her.  Her mother would also complain of finding her things in knots and things moving without anyone touching them.  Lauren blamed the alcohol.  However, one night Lauren's mother is found dead and floating in the river.  After seven years Lauren finally works up the courage to return to her godmother's house, the location of her mother's death.  Instantly Lauren begins to understand how her mother was feeling.  She feels as if she is being watched and she begins to find knots in everything.  Will she follow in her mother's footsteps and be next?