Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Book Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Title: Nightshade

Author: Andrea Cremer

Synopsis: Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack's alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart. Calla begins to question everything - her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?


a.) Characters: 5/5 score.  WOW- Calla definitely came off as an Alpha- as well as Ren.  Everyone fit perfectly in the pack like pieces of a puzzle.  It was breathtaking on how easy everyone’s role was.  Beautifully connected and in sync.  I feel we got a balanced piece of everyone.  And Shay- wow, again- just blew me away.  I loved all these characters, even when I was hating them- like Logan.  I cannot rave enough about them!

b.) Plot: 4/5 score.  The beginning sucks you in and, before you know it, you’re spinning out of control with Calla and Ren and the uniting pack.  The course of the story draws you in keeping your attention balanced on the prick of a pin.  The ending leaves you wanting- no, needing!- more from all their characters and their lives.

c.) Writing style: 4/5 score.  Very smooth and easy- I would literally be floating through the chapters with such ease.  Sometimes I would reread a paragraph just to let the smoothness roll over me again.  It was such a change that I had a hard time remembering to pace myself.  Overall, I cannot wait to read more of this series and to see what else Andrea Cremer has out.

Rating: 13/15 total

Just, wow.  Wow.  I am amazed at this work.  I loved this book.  When my roomie picked it up and asked me what I thought, I was hesitate because I didn't like this new cover compared to the old.  But when I read the back, I figured <i>don't judge a book by it's cover</i>, right?  EXACTLY!  This made my week when I read it and basked in its awesomeness.  I cannot wait to get the next two in my library ASAP- especially because they are already out!!! 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Book Review: How It's Done by Christine Kole MacLean

Title: How It’s Done

Author: Christine Kole MacLean

Synopsis: Brought up in a fundamentalist home, 18-year-old Grace feels trapped by her overbearing father and timid mother. When college professor Michael Irving walks into Graces life, they begin an affair. Grace soon discovers that being involved with an older man is not all chardonnay and poetry.


a.) Characters: 4/5 score.  Grace is a strong character, and you are immediately thrown into her life with her overbearing father and timid mother.  You feel her frustration and defeat, and her admiration for Michael.  You get family with Liv’s family and Tori’s situation- and you see a lot of strength and weakness overall in everyone.  Because of all that, these characters felt amazingly real, as if I could call any of them up on the phone right now and have a chat with them.  

b.) Plot: 4/5 score.  I have conflict with the plot, because even though I liked it I had a hard time believing it.  I guess I do believe it, but it felt like it made Grace’s intelligence suffer because of it.  On the same note, the infatuation she felt toward Michale was fueled by all the points in her life, so it was believable.  I guess my conflict is more of a personal issue about her course of action.

c.) Writing style: 3/5 score.  There was nothing dynamic about this style except how much Grace ignored her own values/beliefs for the sake of “love” and “freedom”.  I myself, never having grown up with a religious background, am mystifies at how “damaging” it can be to life.  If this confuses you (which I bet it does), read the darn book.  

Rating: 11/15 total

I really do love this book.  It will be added to my reread selection on Goodreads (even though I have already reread some chapters).  I think I appreciate books like this because of the fine line between right and wrong, the challenge to her beliefs, and coming-to-age.  It is a type of book like this that can have a moral learning inside the writing.

So even if you come away from it now simply enjoying what you read, down the line you might make a different decision all together because of what this taught.  There are questions at the end of the book that I am going to post in a different post, once I complete them all.  So if you do happen to read it, we can compare notes!  :-) 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Title: Beautiful Creatures

Author: Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Synopsis: Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever--and one secret could change everything.


a.) Characters: 3/5 score.  Didn’t really feel like a 16 year old boy and girl to me.  Sometimes they felt younger, and rarely did they feel older.  Ethan and Lera’s relationship develops over time, slowly and believable.  But in the process, I felt like other characters were lost.  I feel the only other major characters were Macon and Amma.  

b.) Plot: 3/5 score.  Nothing wrong with the storyline but it dragged at times, and I still have some questions (which I hope will be answered in book two).  It was an even pace, but it bordered on boring.  Don’t bite my head off, I was interested enough in it to finish it and still like the book.  It’s just, II don’t think the suspense carried through for me.  I liked the count down on each chapter to her birthday- but the longer the story dragged, the more annoying it was.  

c.) Writing style: 3/5 score.  The writing felt bland.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the writing style, but it was missing something that would’ve bumped it up to a four star.  I don’t know if they purposefully tried to make it a long story, but I think the length is what really caused the story to lack the proper suspense.  It was, however, interesting to read a first-person where the main character is male.  

Rating: 9/15 total

I really have a hard time putting into words on how I feel about this book.  You see, I liked it and enjoyed it, but something was missing, something that gives a story a 'wow' feel to it.  Because that was lacking, I feel this story was just 'okay' and nothing great.  Maybe it will all work out in the end for me when I read the next book in the series, or maybe my opinion will worsen.  Whatever it is, this book is balanced on the fence and can go either way really fast.  

Friday, February 17, 2012

MIA: Happy Belated Valentine's Day

OMG OMG OMG I was going to buy The Hunger Games at WalMart yesterday, but I somehow talked myself into believing food was more important.  Crazy, I know!  


So, like, yeah, sorry about the disappearance.  I was doing great until suddenly, it's Valentine's Day, and I completely flaked.  I have to type up a couple reviews and get everything back in order.  I was so excited for the 14th, I spaced and forgot to keep up with my blog.  Of course, then the day actually comes and my boyfriend and I slept right through dinner.  I was so upset, but he didn't forget the chocolates (thank God!).  

This weekend is going to be Hell too.  My roomies/best friends/fellow coworkers are going down to a dog show and I am stuck taking care of about 20 dogs at the kennel.  That's the bad news.  The good news is Vince will probably be here all weekend as well, and when the cats are away, the mice will play.

It fits better if I say "when the dogs are away, the cats will play" since I don't feel very mouse-y.  I feel frisky, like a kitty, and that's why if you ask me what I am doing this weekend I am just going to smile and let you figure it out on your own. 

(SEX people- I want to have SEX!)


Anyway, I promise to work on the reviews of Beautiful Creatures, Nightshade, How It's Done and probably Shiver because I should be done with it by then.  Then on top of that I might convince Vince to take me to Half Price Book store on Monday.  Can't promise I will or won't get anything, but who knows.  (I do- I always get something at HPBooks!)

Better get started on those reviews.

Later, peeps!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Book Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

BOOK 2 of the Vampire Academy Series


Title: Frostbite

Author: Richelle Mead

: Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose... It's winter break at St. Vladimir's, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy's crawling with Guardians--including Rose's hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn't bad enough, Rose's tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason's got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks....This year, St. Vlad's annual holiday ski trip is mandatory. But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price...


a.) Characters: 3/5 score.  Same characters from before, plus some.  The new characters are easy to follow, and the old characters have returned with the same spunk.  However, something was missing.  The characters felt ‘safe’ and ‘easy’, and there was no real achievements mad until the end.  And even then, it was all Rose’s.  

b.) Plot: 4/5 score.  While the suspense was edgy, it was also slow and drawn out all the way up until the end.  I feel like the first half of the book was longer than it needed to be.  Not that I didn’t enjoy reading it (I did), just that the focal point was a little wide in this plot than the last one.  But the ending was what made it a 4 instead of a 3.  

c.) Writing style: 3/5 score.  Same writing style, but there were times I lost myself in certain descriptions that were unnecessarily lengthy.  Some of that could have been used elsewhere.  I still enjoyed the snark and sass that made Rose.  

Rating: 10/15 total

Favorite quote: “Do you know your birthday?” [Dr. Olendzki]
“Of course I do. What are you asking me such stupid things? Did you lose my records?”(Yep, Rose is still snarky in this one.)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Book Review: Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

Title: Cracked Up To Be

Author: Courtney Summers

SynopsisPerfect Parker Fadley isn’t so perfect anymore. She’s quit the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she’s failing school. Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she’s playing games…but what they don’t know, the real reason for this whole mess, isn’t something she can say out loud. It isn’t even something she can say to herself. A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault. If she can just remove herself from everybody--be totally alone--then everything will be okay...The problem is, nobody will let her.


a.) Characters: 5/5 score.  Amazing characters.  Parker is real, edgy, and unforgettable!  She is such a bitch to everyone, and yet I could still feel sorry for her.  The whole book is about her recent problems after her friend Jess goes missing.  The other characters (Jake, Chris, and Becky) are real friends, connecting to a past Parker wants to forget.  Her inner struggles are powerful, knocking the wind out of you with each chapter.

b.) Plot: 3/5 score.  Parker is going down hill and fast, and the only idea is from a party she got completely smashed at.  It’s obvious she blames herself and through the book, your learn a lot about who Parker was, is, and where she is going.  The whole plot is centered around this event that changed Parker for worse.  

c.) Writing style: 4/5 score.  This is not a pretty tale, but the dark of this story is breathtaking.  Even once I finished the book, I chose random spots to read again as if I couldn’t get Parker out of my head.  And that’s what suck with me the most.  The writing curled around her so even when it’s over, it’s not really over.  

Rating: 12/15 total

WARNING:  THIS IS NOT A SAPPY LOVE STORY.  Some people are going to rave it, and others are going to hate it.  What it comes down to is where you stand on anxiety and depression.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Hex Hall

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Synopsis: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.


a.) Characters: 4/5 score.  Sophia Mercer, or Sohpie, cracks me up.  She is a quite a character, sometimes coming off older than sixteen.  As the story unfolds, other characters gain life (pun not intended).  Her roommate, Jenna, becomes her only friend and is the only vampire on campus.  The three bimbos are royal bitches, but they have character.  Archer Cross is the school’s hottie, and he is the love interest of Sophie.  

b.) Plot: 4/5 score.  I was scared this was going to be a Harry Potter knock off, but it was different.  The scene was different, the characters were different, and the storyline was different.  Along with trying to clear Jenna’s name and prove her innocence, Sophie also has some soul searching to boot.  

c.) Writing style: 3/5 score.  The writing felt like it was lacking something.  Probably because it felt like it was aimed at a younger audience, so it avoided swear words like fuck.  It seems weird to be hyped up over this, but there is a part where Sophie says to Jenna about the bimbos, “screw them” and then in the paragraph after explains how she didn’t say “screw” but the swear word, which I assumed was fuck.  

Rating: 11/15 total

I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series to see where the author takes this.  I know, I know!  I say this with every series, but the book was good enough to leave me wanting more.  With that being said, I also need need need to know what happens with Archer.  Oh, you don't know?  Well, go read the book then!  

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Book Haul (2) 6 books

All of these are physical books, one that I got at an amazing price at Half Price Book store on Monday.  My boyfriend and I absolutely love this place.  He likes looking at their music, DVD and VHS selections.  I head straight for the YA books.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Book Review: The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

Title: The Alchemy of Forever

Author: Avery Williams

Synopsis: After spending six hundred years on earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world's riches, but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to swap bodies with other humans, jumping from one vessel to the next, taking the human's life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she's done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again.

Then sixteen-year-old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she's inhabiting--and falls for the human boy who lives next door. But Cyrus will stop at nothing until she's his again, and every moment she stays, she's putting herself and the people she's grown to care for in great danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that's eluded her for centuries: true love?


a.) Characters: 3/5 score.  Sera is a moper.  In the beginning you learn of her plot to kill herself because she is sick of this continued existence.  While trying to save Kailey, she makes the switch and introduced Morgan family and all of Kailey’s friends at school.  Plus all the other Incarnates.  So the only characters you know a good bit about are Sera, as she is the main character, and Kailey, as Sera took her place.  In my opinion, everyone else falls short.  Not quite cardboard, but not really memorable.  

b.) Plot: 3/5 score.  I don’t know how i feel about the plot.  Sera just kept trying to leave Cyrus.  It gets interesting toward the end, and then Williams drops a bomb on you that could or could not be true.  If it was a stand-only book, the rating would be lower, but as there are more books, I am hopeful that this leads to something more or better.  

c.) Writing style: 3/5 score.  Sera did feel old, but ignorant at times(which is explain in the story as Cyrus sheltering her).  Yet Sera knew how to use Myspace, Facebook, an IPhone, and on that IPhone, Word’s With Friends.  Also, I hate when authors use specifics like all that listed above.  Because on a couple of months, Words With Friends will be forgotten.  Maybe I am nit-picking over that, but it’s something that always gets under my skin.  Other than that, nothing blew me away about her writing.  

Rating: 9/15 total

I want to continue reading the series, but I have to admit, beside curiosity, nothing else really had be reading more.  I like the idea, and I even like the beginning.  But then Sera's attitude got confusing (Should I stay or should I go now?).  The ending was a cliffhanger, and one that is plausible.  I wish I could give you more than that but it already feels like I said too much, so I will leave it at that.  

Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Title: Bittersweet

Author: Sarah Ockler

Synopsis:Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she's a girl who doesn't believe in second chances, a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom's diner and obsessing over what might have been.

So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life--and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She's got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who's been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.

It's time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she's willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last....


a.) Characters: 4/5 score.  Hudson was definitely a typical teen.  She wanted a dream life, was stuck in a hard life, and was often fantasizing about two particular oh-so-hot boys.  Hudson feels her past defines her.  When this second chance is dropped in her lap, she decides to go for it, and works her ass off to achieve the impossible.  The whole time I was on the sidelines cheering her on, wanting her to succeed.  The character is easy to like at times and easy to hate at others.  The other characters are seen from her view.  All her friends and family members were people and not cardboard characters to fill space on paper.  

b.) Plot: 4/5 score.  Right in the beginning you learn of a difficult part of her past.  A second chance comes along, and the story centers on achieving the dream of all dreams for Hudson.  And as the plot thickens, the stress is real.  Soon your biting your nails wondering what could possibly happen next.  It was a sappy story, but one that I think everyone should give a shot as through Hudson’s fight, we may learn something about ourselves as well.

c.) Writing style: 4/5 score.  The style really enabled you to get inside Hudson’s head and be a teen again.  Instead of getting annoyed with the behavior, I found myself really drawn to her, sympathizing with her.  

Rating: 12/15 total

Super cute book with tasty details.  BEWARE OF THE CUPCAKES!!!  I can't make myself much more clear than that.  It was an absolute sin to have to endure all that talk about cupcakes and never get to sample any crumb from her creations.  It did however, add a spark to the book since each chapter was headed with a detailed description of a tasty treat.  Also, I gained 15 lbs just by reading this book.  There should be a warning on the cover or something.  Something like:


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Book Review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Title: Perfect Chemistry

Author: Simone Elkeles

Synopsis: When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.  In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.


a.) Characters: 4/5 score.  From Brittany’s home life with a messed up family and her sister Shelley to Alex’s gang related neighborhood and protecting his family- these characters were real, with real problems and real feelings, no matter the masks they wore to their friends.  I kind of wish I could’ve seen more than just Brittany and Alex.  However, I loved getting in each character’s head, the reactions they had with each other and those around them.

b.) Plot: 5/5 score.  Plot was AMAZING!  I thought Elkeles did a fantastic job at balancing it out.  Alex’s gang parts were nasty and gritty; Brittany’s private life made sorrow blossom.  The collision of these two worlds was breathtaking, and with each page turned, I couldn’t get enough.  I had to keep reading to know what-next, what-next, what-next! It was a piece of art.  

c.) Writing style: 4/5 score.  The every-other-chapter was so creative, but I also sometimes would get so wrapped up in the plot that when a chapter made a switch I was confused needing to reread the first part.  The writing took the story to a whole new level.  Because of the writing, you could really get into the head of Brittany/Alex.  I definitely will read the next ones as well as try any other books put out by Simone Elkeles.  

Rating: 13/15 total

 OMG OMG OMG!  This was more than I expected it to be.  I was worried about the gang violence being too much, and worried that Brittany wouldn't feel real enough- but within the first couple chapters, Simone put all doubt out of my mind.  I was pleasantly shocked by the beauty of this story.  When I read the last word on the last page, I immediately flipped back to my favorite parts to reread (including but not limited to the steamy make-out scenes). 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Book Review: Need by Carrie Jones

Title: Need

Author: Carrie Jones

Synopsis: Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear


a.) Characters: 1/5 score.  The characters were terrible.  Zara was damaged because she watched her step father die, and she was basically apathetic the whole novel.  And even when she started feeling things for her romantic interest, I still felt nothing from her.  Her lost of her step father and her phobia interest defined her.  The only reason this score gets a 1 instead of a 0 is because Zara’s grandmother Betty.  This was the only character who seemed to have any life (AT ALL) in the whole story.  

b.) Plot: 1/5 score.  Faeries have been done before, but the whole Need part of the story was interesting.  If Carrie Jones had actually cared about the novel I think she would’ve put more effort into creating a story instead of trying to get a book out.  Most of the time these teens were finding this important information out from the Internet.  And they all were just okay with faeries.  And the whole time I kept reading my thought process was “how can she kill this story even more for me- oh that’s how” and it was a never ending process.  

c.) Writing style: 0/5 score.  It felt like I was reading a rough draft, ideas on paper that were connected by a few sentences and nothing else.  It was hard for me to suffer through this writing.  Never, not once, did I feel anything from this story.  Instead of trying to find a creative way to say Zara ran, all she said was “I ran and ran and ran.”  Sometimes when a character is going through an emotional crisis and writing turns to this, I like it.  Because it makes the desperate situation feel real to you.  But the whole story was like this, like Carrie Jones couldn’t find anything creative to put inside the story at all.  

Rating: 2/15 total

Harsh but true.  I always try to give the best reviews I can.  Unfortunately I can't lie. I know my review won't stop everyone from reading- and to be honest, that's not my goal- but only to proceed with caution. I don't think I have ever really read anything that I didn't like- until now.  I don't believe I will be able to stomach reading the rest on the series (unless they are on sale for really really cheap for my eReader). 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Pledge

Author: Kimberly Derting

Synopsis: In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.


a.) Characters: 4/5 score.  Charlie (Charlaina) is a strong character, and I was easily pulled into her story.  Her friends, Brook and Aron, never get lost in the love romance between Charlie and Max.  Max did fall insta-love with Charlie, and I hate that, but I loved that Charlie fought it when he gave in so easily.  All the characters had a personality, each one a defined face, and each a role that held the story together.  

b.) Plot: 3/5 score.  It was more fantasy than dystopia.  That being said I loved the fantasy.  I didn’t have too hard of a time grasping this plot with the idea that it was more of a fantasy world.  Also, I would guess where she was taking the story before it got there.  Not such a bad thing when Derting got you hyped for it to run that way, but it was a little bit of a let down when you guess where it’s going, and then you get there, and you ended up exactly where you thought you’d be.  

c.) Writing style: 4/5 score.  Descriptive, very vivid and picturesque, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  Derting certainly hyped up the tension, even if it was leading you right to where you knew you’d be.  I didn’t have a hard time reading this, which was nice since I had under 24 hours to complete this book from PulseIt.  I definitely want to continue the series, and possibly look into other works done by her.  

Rating: 11/15 total

I enjoyed this more than I realized.  Even if I had more time to read it, I think I still would've finished it within the 24 hours anyway.  It was an addictive read, and one that I was engrossed with needing to know more about the characters, the plot, and how everything was going to turn out.  I did not like that there wasn't any surprise to any of the twists as I guessed each and every one of them, but kudos for trying.  ;-)