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Purpose (Soul Savers #2)
Lost in despair, Alexis teeters on the edge of an abyss, her lifeline of hope fraying into a thin thread. If it snaps, she’ll plunge into complete darkness. With the help of her son and her writing, she’s been able to hold on. Until now. Erratic impulses, disturbing delusions and her own demonic blood threaten her sanity. When she’s forced to choose between hanging onto hope or letting go to serve her Amadis purposes, she faces a decision with inconceivable sacrifices. 

Alexis runs to the one place she thinks will provide answers, only to find herself at the center of another battle of good versus evil, not only with the Daemoni, not only within herself…but also against the worst opponent imaginable. But even if she wins, what will she lose? (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: This book was better than Promise, and I loved Promise! There is not much I can say without spoiling the book. I'll say that I couldn't put it down. I really got invested in Alexis and her emotions, almost like I could feel everything she did. It made for a pretty intense read. I can't wait till the next one comes out. Please hurry Kristie!! If you haven't read them, get on it!
Warning: There is a bit of language and sex. So steer clear if you can't handle that.


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The Healer's ApprenticeTwo Hearts. One Hope.Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her---a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: I am a huge fan of fairy tale re-tellings and this one did not disappoint!! I knew how I wanted the story to end fairly quickly and couldn't put it down till I found out what happened. It ended perfect and it took quite a few twists and turns to get there. Such a good book. Definitely worth a read!!

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Immortal
The wound inflicted only a few minutes before was nearly healed. A small cut was the only sign that anything had occurred. I watched in disbelief as it finished closing and eventually disappeared.
“What are you?” 
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Gods, demons, fiends, eighteen year old Alina Taylor doesn’t believe in any of them, until she meets Samuel Grant and Duncan Michaels, and discovers a world that could destroy everything she loves. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: I enjoyed the story. There was a kind of crazy love triangle, but it was a little different than most I've read. The ending was incredible. I totally didn't see it coming at all!! I can't wait for the next book to come out. 


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Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. 

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: Finn kind of creeped me out at the beginning but I soon came to like him. This was a very different book than I've read before and I liked the differentness. There was a bit of a cliffhanger at the end and I can't wait for the next book to come out. 


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Promise (Soul Savers, #1)
Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept. 

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her faƧade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel. 

Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: I really liked this book. I read this one pretty quick. It was hard to put down. I loved Tristan and how he was with Alexis. Their relationship went kind of slow and I liked that.  I can't wait until the next book comes out!! There are a couple F-bombs and a sex scene, so if you don't want to read about that pass this one, but if you don't mind that kind of stuff definitely pick this one up!


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Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3)"My name is Katniss Everdeen. Why am I not dead? I should be dead." 

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding. 

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss. 

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: What a great ending to this series!! I've seen a lot of mixed reviews about it and I am on the side that really liked it. I am glad there was no fairy tale ending. I am a little disappointed that I didn't see more from a couple characters but I kind of understand why that was. I would definitely recommend this series. I hope we'll hear more from Ms. Collins in the future!


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Wisdom (My Blood Approves, #4)For her eighteenth birthday, Alice Bonham takes a vacation to Australia only to have her trip cut short by an unexpected murder. 

While Alice tries to understand what happened, she regrets some of the choices she's made, especially the more permanent ones. 

On top of that, the child vampire is running loose, and its attracting some very unwanted attention... (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: Yay, more Peter!! There is more action in this one. A lot of fighting. A couple things get resolved but not everything and I am hoping there are many more books to come! This has become one of my favorite writers. Definitely worth checking out. 


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Flutter (My Blood Approves, #3)Being undead doesn't make life any easier for Alice Bonham. 

Her younger brother's love life is heating up, while hers is...more complicated. Mae is falling apart, her best friend Jane is addicted to vampire bites, and if Alice doesn't get her bloodlust under control, someone will end up dead. 

Alice volunteers for a rescue mission with Ezra. But going up against a pack of rabid vampires might be too much, even for him. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: Another great read. I am really liking this series. This one has some pretty good action in it. I'm still torn between Peter and Jack. :) I'm liking Milo and her interactions with him. 


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Fate (My Blood Approves, #2)Alice Bonham thinks she's finally found a balance in her life between the supernatural and real life with her brother Milo. Jack - her sorta vampire boyfriend - keeps her at arm's length to keep her safe. As for his brother Peter... she's not sure where he's at, or what he wants with her. Worse still, she's not even sure what she wants with Peter. 

When tragedy happens, Alice finds herself struggling with a terrible choice. Her decision has consequences that reach farther than she'd ever imagined... (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: I liked this one just as much as the first. I really like Jack but I am kind of drawn to Peter. We didn't see much of him in this book and I wanted more. I can't wait to read the next one. 


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My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, #1)
Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's ever met.

Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him.

But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood... (Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: It seems that all the books I read lately I can't put down. I read this one straight through. It reminded me a little of Twilight, which I enjoyed, at first then it spun off to something totally different. I love the triangle. I am rooting for Peter, I don't know why exactly, but I am liking him more than Jack. I am glad that 4 books are out already! On to the next one.

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Infinite Days (Vampire Queen, #1)Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have -- to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish. 

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her newfound life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm? (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: This was different than most vampire books out there and I liked the change. It was pretty fast paced, another one that I couldn't put down. It had a pretty good twist at the end and I can't wait for the next one to come out!! 


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IllyriaMadeleine and Rogan are first cousins, best friends, twinned souls, each other's first love. Even within their large, disorderly family - all descendants of a famous actress - their intensity and passion for theater sets them apart. It makes them a little dangerous. When they are cast in their school's production of Twelfth Night, they are forced to face their separate talents and futures, and their future together. 
This stunning short novel, winner of the World Fantasy Award, is the perfect introduction to Elizabeth Hand's singular voice. Her many novels offer a window into what it means to create art, to experience it, to feel passionately about the world. Illyria throws her talent into high relief - it is magic on paper. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: It was about "kissing cousins" and that part of it didn't really bother me. I could have done without the f-bombs. It did have a pretty good story and a good ending. Not sure that I would read it again and again though. 


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Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)Incarceron -- a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology -- a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber -- chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison -- a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device -- a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn's escape is born ...  (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: I really liked this one. There was a twist that I didn't see coming at all. I love it when that happens. There was a bit of a cliffhanger so I can't wait to see what happens in the next one. 


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Water Song: A Retelling of "The Frog Prince" (Once Upon a Time)"ONCE UPON A TIME" IS TIMELESS 

Young, beautiful, and wealthy, Emma Pennington is accustomed to a very comfortable life. Although war rages abroad, she hardly feels its effect. She and her mother travel from their home in Britain to the family estate in Belgium, never imagining that the war could reach them there. But it does.
Soon Emma finds herself stranded in a war-torn country, utterly alone. Enemy troops fight to take over her estate, leaving her with no way to reach her family, and no way out.
With all of her attention focused on survival and escape, Emma hardly expects to find love. But the war will teach her that life is unpredictable, people aren't always what they seem, and magic is lurking everywhere. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: I have never really read The Frog Prince but some of the things in this book seemed familiar. Maybe I need to read it now. At first I didn't like Jack but he grew on me pretty quick. I loved their story. Definitely worth a read!!

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Scarlet Moon: A Retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" (Once Upon a Time)





Ruth's grandmother lives in the forest, banished there for the "evil" that the townsfolk believed she practiced. But if studying the stars, learning about nature, and dreaming of flying is evil, then Ruth is guilty of it too. Whenever Ruth took food and supplies to her grandmother, she would sit with the old woman for hours, listening and learning.

When she wasn't in the woods, Ruth was learning the trade of her father, a blacksmith, now that her brother would never return from the Crusades.

Amidst those dark days, a new man enters Ruth's life. William is a noble with a hot temper and a bad name, and he makes her shiver. But the young man is prey to his heritage, a curse placed on his family ages ago, and each male of the family has strange blood running in his veins. Now Ruth must come face-to-face with his destiny at Grandma's house. 
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My Thoughts: Another great re-telling. I loved this one. It was a good twist on the Little Red Riding Hood. I loved that the author wrote "What big teeth you have".




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There is not much online with a description for this novella. This is off of Kelley Armstrong's websiteDerek and Simon's adventures while separated from Chloe at the beginning of The Awakening. Narrated by Derek.


My Thoughts: I love that this is in Derek's point of view. I didn't find it until after I read all three so I knew Derek more but I loved finding out what he thought. I am eating up everything Kelley is doing. I can't wait until her next book The Gathering!!


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The Princess and the BearHe was once a king, turned into a bear as punishment for his cruel and selfish deeds.
She was a once a princess, now living in the form of a hound.
Wary companions, they are sent—in human form—back to a time when magic went terribly astray. Together they must right the wrongs caused by this devastating power—if only they can find a way to trust each other.
But even as each becomes aware of an ever-growing attraction, the stakes are rising and they must find a way to eliminate this evil force—or risk losing each other forever. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: This was a good sequel to The Princess and the Hound. I liked it more than the first one. It didn't really draw me in though. It took a while to finish. It had a lot going for it, just not my cup of tea I guess. 

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Shadow HillsHis love captivated her... his secrets might kill her. 

Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry. 

After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all. 

But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town…might cost her her life. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Thoughts: Not sure what it was but this one hold my attention well. There seemed to be long spaces between the action. It did leave me with questions and I'll definitely be reading the next one. Just not pre-ordering it. :)


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The Princess and the Hound
He is a prince and heir to a kingdom threatened on all sides, possessor of the forbidden animal magic.
She is a princess from a rival kingdom, the daughter her father never wanted, isolated from all except her hound.
In this lush and beautifully written fairy-tale romance, a prince, a princess, and two kingdoms are joined in the aftermath of a war. Proud, stubborn, and bound to marry for duty, George and Beatrice will steal your heart—but will they fall in love? (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: This was a cute story. Very original take on Beauty and the Beast. I liked George, Beatrice, and Merit. For me it was kind of slow. It took me a while to finish. But it was still a great story. I'll be reading the next one. 

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Yelena, the heroine of Maria V. Snyder’s stunning debut novel Poison Study, is on her way to her ancestral homeland of Sitia to be reunited with her family and to learn more about her magical powers. An order of execution hangs over her head should she ever return to Ixia. But her true love, Valek, quickly learns that an assassin has taken it upon himself to make sure Yelena doesn’t reach her destination. 
As Ixia’s chief of security, and a highly skilled assassin himself, can Valek track down the killer in time to save Yelena’s life?  (Summary from Goodreads)


My Review: I liked that this was from Valek's point of view. I really liked him in Poison Study!! It was a great short story. Now on to Magic Study. :)


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Poison Study (Study, #1)Choose: A quick death and hell or slow poison and hell. 
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. 
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. 
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Review: I loved this book. I could not put it down. Yelena is a strong character. I liked how she grew through the story. I think Valek is my new literary crush! I don't think I would recommend this to all though, only because of a couple dark subjects were discussed. (I think I am a little desensitized so I am not sure how dark they really were. :) But regardless I thoroughly enjoyed this book.) I am excited to start the second one!!


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The Hourglass Door (Hourglass Door Trilogy, #1)His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time? 

Abby's senior year of high school is going according to plan: good friends, cute boyfriend, and college applications in the mail. But when Dante Alexander, foreign-exchange student from Italy, steps into her life, he turns it upside down. He's mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she's ever met before. Abby can't deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around. Soon Abby finds herself drawn into a mystery whose roots reach into sixteenth-century Florence, and she uncovers a dangerous truth that threatens not only her future but the lives of those she loves. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Review: I enjoyed this book. Abby was likable. I looked forward to the growing relationship with her and Dante. It had a bit of action too. I got confused at times, I won't say why because it will give too much away, but it wasn't a bad thing.  I am excited the second one is out so I can get started on it. 


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The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, #3)Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now, along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We’re hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We’ll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we’d left behind and to take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Review: The final in the trilogy. Like the others I really liked it. A lot of action whilst the group tries to figure out who is on their side. Also had a bit of romance, which I enjoy. :) It was a pretty quick read. I wanted to see how it ended and couldn't put it down. I am pretty happy with the ending. I still want a little more and I heard the author may be writing more about Chloe and the gang in the future. Yay!! A little dark but not too bad. A great series!


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Bloody Jack (Bloody Jack, #1)Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. 
There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. 
This could be the adventure of her life -- if only she doesn't get caught. . . . (Summary from Goodreads)


My Review: I really enjoyed Jacky. I love how she talks. It made me laugh sometimes. It can be a little dark. There are a couple creeps aboard the ship Jacky has to watch out for. It was an excellent book and I can't wait to start the second one!


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The Awakening (Darkest Powers, #2)If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.
Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I liked this book just as much as the first. And I liked Derek even more! I can't think of what to say without giving away stuff. I'll just say it was an excellent read and I am excited I have the next one on my shelf ready to read!!

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The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home. 

At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either… (Summary from Goodreads)


My Review: This book was kind of weird at first. But I liked it. It is a little on the dark side what with the ghosts and all. I like Chloe. I like Derek more than Simon even though he isn't supposed to be "attractive". I hope Chloe will like Derek more too! I am excited to start the 2nd book!! 


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Spells (Wings, #2)Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever. 

When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable? (Summary from Goodreads)


My Review: I liked where this one went from the first. Sort of. :) I wanted her to spend a little more time with Tamani. A little bit slow at times but a good read. I wish the third book was coming out soon. We were left with a bit of a cliffhanger. I want to know what happens!!


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The Education of BetBet is sixteen, very intelligent, but only knows as much as her limited education will allow. In Victorian England, girls aren't allowed to go to school. 
Will is also 16, and though not related by blood, he and Bet act like brother and sister. In fact, they even look like brother and sister. And though they're both raised under the same roof, by the same kind uncle, Will has one big advantage over Bet: He's a boy, and being a boy means he isn't stuck in the grand house they call home. He gets to go out into the world--to school. 
But that's not what Will wishes. He wants to join the military and learn about real life, not what's written in books. 
So one night, Bet comes up with a plan. She'll go to school as Will. Will can join the military. And though it seems impossible, they actually manage to pull it off. 
But once Bet gets to the school, she begins to realize the education she's going to get isn't exactly the one she was expecting. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Review: I really liked this book. It is a story I've heard many times but I wasn't bored when I read this one. I actually finished it in one sitting. I liked hearing the challenges Bet had at pretending to be a boy. I really liked James, I wouldn't mind being his roommate. :) I would definitely recommend reading this one!


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Claire de Lune (Claire de Lune, #1)Torn between two destinies?
Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf.
As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?. (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review:  I enjoyed this book. It was different from other werewolf books out there. And it made me wonder about some of the characters, whether they were trustworthy or not. I liked Claire and how she stood up for what she felt was right even though it went against the pack. I'll definitely be reading the second book when it comes out!!

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The Beautiful BetweenIf high school were a fairy-tale kingdom, Connelly Sternin would be Rapunzel, locked not in a tower by a wicked witch but in a high-rise apartment building by the SATs and college applications—and by the secrets she keeps. Connelly's few friends think that her parents are divorced—but they're not. Connelly's father died when she was two, and she doesn't know how. 

If Connelly is the Rapunzel of her school, Jeremy Cole is the crown prince, son of a great and rich New York City family. So when he sits down next to her at lunch one day, Connelly couldn't be more surprised. But Jeremy has a tragic secret of his own, and Connelly is the only one he can turn to for help. Together they form a council of two, helping each other with their homework and sharing secrets. As the pair's friendship grows, Connelly learns that it's the truth, not the secrets, that one must guard and protect. And that between friends, the truth, however harsh, is also beautiful. 

This lovely and memorable debut by Alyssa B. Sheinmel contains many of the hallmark themes found in young adult literature—friendship, coming of age, finding a place to belong, and overcoming the death of a loved one. Emotionally moving from start to finish, The Beautiful Between introduces a strong new voice to the genre, a voice with a long future ahead of it. (Summary from Goodreads)


My Review: It is interesting what will turn you off in books. For me it is kids doing drugs, smoking, drinking, and swearing.  I hated that Connelly smoked only because Jeremy was, she didn't even like it. So sad. Other than that, it was a decent read. I liked Connelly and Jeremy's friendship. I liked that they had someone to talk to and just feel comfortable with each other. Not sure if I would ever re-read but it was good book.


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HugeTWO ROOMATES.
ONE GOAL.
BIG PROBLEM.

April's been saving all year to afford Wellness Canyon (aka Fat Camp) and she can't wait to start losing weight. Wil's wealthy health-nut parents are forcing her to go to the camp, but Wil is determined to get revenge by gaining weight. They're supposed to work together to meet their weight-loss goals. But Wil's leading April on "hikes" to 7-Eleven, April's relentless pep is driving Wil to hit her secret stash of Godiva, and soon they're both crushing on the same guy. With April as committed to the cause as Wil is determined to undermine the system, this summer's going to be about more than just counting calories.... (Summary from Goodreads)

My Review: I wanted to read this because they made it into a program on ABC Family. I didn't even end up watching the program. It was a pretty good book. It was fun to see Wil and April's different views. I'm not sure I would be able to share a room with either of them. It had a good ending too. 

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