Saturday, December 31, 2011

January Mermaids #1: Between the Sea and Sky


*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*

Goodreads: For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alander, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alander band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.


Review: My first thoughts when I saw this book?

I HAVE TO READ THIS!

I have to say, my expectations were somewhat met. I loved how bits and pieces of the actual Little Mermaid story was incorporated into the book, even if it was only a little bit. The story line of the book, it was very, very different. To me, sirens, yes, they call to sailor, but not for a tribute, but for the fun of it. It was refreshing to read their role from Jaclyn's point. But I have to agree with Dosia; the life of a siren does sound boring.

Her setting was amazing to read about. The Islands, the Floating City, and all of the other towns in between. I just wish she would have explored them more then what she just told us.

The winged-people, the Fandarsee, were different. Human except for the fact they have wings and claws for feet, they sound like harppies, except not that evil.

The mermaids, they were just as I thought: nice, easy going creatures. Protective, but I found it amazing that they interact with the humans and the Fandarsee, since throughout history mermaids have been afraid of humans and other creatures. I loved reading this book.

My only disappointment in this book was.....well, I wish there was more to their journey, more  than just what happened. But otherwise, I loved the book.


Characters: 
  • Esmerine: First, her name. I love it. When I looked it up, my research told me it was a French name meaning quiet and sensitive. I quite agree. She is quiet and sensitive, though she is fully prepared to take on what being a siren does mean and what their duties are. Her determination to find her sister and her strength to endure the pain that comes with being on land is inspiring.
  • Alander: Okay, in the beginning, I thought he was a really jerk. Casting Esmerine off as somesort of pest that showed up on his door step, he was just about to let her go and waste her money on some strange inn! But later, after learning about why he was being one, my heart melted. He's so kinda and tolerable. SPOILER: And I love it that his feelings for her never dimished even about several years of separation, and the fact that they are two different races, mermaid and Fandarsee, he still loves her. *Sigh*
  • Dosia (Dosinia): I have to say, I love her personality. Her colorful, sociable nature suits her role in the story perfectly. I have to say, I too was upset at what she did. And right after Esmerine became a siren! I was angry. But after reading her reasoning, I would have too.
  • Swift: I felt for this young Fandarsee. An orphan, lost some fingers, and only has Alander and Belawyn, the owner of the store where Alander works and a very nice lady. But he is kind and caring and willing to help Alan out when needed.
Other Characters: The rest of the cast were splended. They helped move the story along just fine.

Future: Unfortunately, this book was a stand alone. :(  But I have to say, if she were to continue the series, I say it would have to do with Swift and Tormaline (Esmerine's younger sister), since Swift has a thing for her. :D

 
If you haven't read this book yet, you need to. Go pick it up or borrow it from someone. I loved it. :D


 
Rating:
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Ending:

 

I got this book from my parents for Christmas, and Mom got it from Amazon.

 

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Up Next:
Stained
This book is about a boy who was bitten by a zombie and got cured and now dealing with life as an infected. The author, Mike Mauthor, emailed me to review the book. So far, it's pretty good.


This is an ebook I bought on iTunes. So far, chapter 2 and that's it. Liking it so far.
 It, along with Winter Child, will be part of another Mini Review. :D

I got this from giveaway some time ago. It's going to be book number 2 in my January Mermaids. Haven't started it yet, but wil soon. :D

January Mermaids

So, this is my own personal challenge to myself:

Read all of the mermaid books I have in the month of January.

Kinda strange isn't it? Well, I need to clear my to-read bookshelf of books and this is how I'm going to do it. Last month was December Greeks, which is where I read all of my Greek Myth books that I haven't read. (No pic was made for this.) I have no clue if I will decide to do a giveaway for this challenge since it's my own, but I might. I don't know. I'm on work break and have limited money right now, so we'll see. Anyway, if you guys want, joy in and post your mermaid books on this post or send the link to me through twitter (Tayte5). :D



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HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Woohoo! Wow, where did 2011 go? Just wow. Well, stay safe while you're celebrating!

2012, HERE I COME!



 

Friday, December 30, 2011

In My Mailbox #6 Christmas Edition


Hosted by the Story Siren to show people new books coming out soon or already have so people can look them up and add them to their ever growing list of 'to-read'.


First, how do you like my button version of the original button?
Thank you We Heart It!


Anyway, onto the mailbox!

Okay, here's the people I got these lovely books from

 
Christmas

THANK YOU MOM!

 
Won
And I have the ebook for the first one. :D
 Cidney signed my copy too. :D
I also got a T-shirt too.
Traded

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Possession by Elana Johnson
Thank you Hannah from In theBest Worlds


Okay, I got feathers from Jennifer Laurens over at her blog
She was giving away these feathers to those who had entered one of her giveaways
 (not sure which one) and I'm happy I got one.

Bought

Thank you Wallie World!

So, what's in your mailbox?


Don't forget to check out my review for the Goddess Test and Everneath!


 
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Killing Two Birds with One Stone #8



KTBWOS is all about posting those giveaways all in one place.
1: So you don't have to make post after post after post.
2: People can view new giveaways all in one place



I have only one for you guys.

Here it is!


Isn't that a pretty button? I love it. Anyway, The Bookaholics have hit 500+, and for the giveaway, they are giveaway 2 prizes.

The first winner will choose a swag pack from the following:


Young Adult (YA) Swag Pack
Adult Swag Pack

Winner #2 can choose ONE (1) book of his/her choice from the list on their site. :D
There are SO many books to choose from people.


The button is on the side bar to the right, or click here, The Bookaholics, to get there too. :D

Enjoy!

Make sure to check out my review for the Goddess Test and Everneath!



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Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Goddess Test review

*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!*

Goodreads: It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

Review: Okay, when I first saw this book, I was like: GREEK BOOK! MUST READ! And when i read it, my Greek Geek was satisfied. The overall plot was different. I would never think of killing off Persephone since she's one of my favorites, but her being gone and the tests are impressive.
The Eden Manor I have to say was clever for the place where the test would take place. Perfect for anything.
Oh, and I like how Aimee did point out that their are actually 14 gods. I don't get why people don't count Hades and Dionysus as part of the major gods. Hades is the ruler of the Underworld FOR PETE'S SAKE!
There was only a few things I didn't like about the book:
  1. I thought it was a little too fast paced. I thought the author kinda jumped right into Kate's destiny and the tests in all. I think there should have been a bit more with Kate and her mom before she went to the manor, like her mom trying to tell her about Eden and other things. I dont' know, it might just be me.
  2. I thought some of the characters' roles should have been switched. SPOILER! At the end of the book, there is a list of who is which god. Some of the characters like Dylan and Theo. I feel that Dylan should have been put in charge of the guard.
  3. Calliope. As much as I thought she was a nice person, her role in this story is just weird. I don't know, maybe it's me and my obsession for Rick Riordan's version of her, but I just don't like her role. It was interesting to read. :D
Characters:
  • Kate: In some parts, I thought she was a whiny, love-sick girl, but later on she proved to be a strong, level headed girl that cared about others more than herself.
  • Henry: Okay, I thought he was a little too depressed, protective, and dark in some parts. Yet, as the book progress, he turns around, but he still is a bit sad. He's part in the Hades and Persephone myth changes in this book and I like it, though it makes Persephone seem like a stupid little kid.
  • Ella: You would NOT want this chick for a personal dresser. Caring and strong, she represents her goddess fairly well, except for the clothes part.
  • Ava: Just like the goddess herself, she is a people person in love with boys and clothes. :D
  • Theo: It was strange to learn about who he represented. But then again, Rick's version of this guy is different from Aimee's. It was strange, but refreshing to see him as a focused and determined and thoughtful guy instead of the fun, easy going god. But I have to say, and this is a SPOILER: I would pick him over Xander.
  • Xander: He's godly personality is so different from what I thought it would be. In the book, he's a guard, but when you learn who he really is, it's like: WTF, that doesn't seem like him at all!
  • James: I feel sorry for him. Sure, he and Kate only knew each other for a bit before she went to Eden, but he still was her best friend in a way. He took her to the hospital and stayed with her and helped her around. And then to learn who he actually is! OMG! I would have never had guessed it.
  • Philip: I'm a big fan of this god. Kinda wish he was my actually dad (I'm adopted. Don't worry, love my adopted dad tood). It's kinda strange to see him act the way he does in the book. I expected him to be the opposite: loud.
  • Irene: As a person, she sounds lovely. As a teacher, I'd probably fail her class.
  • Diana:LOVED HER! That's all I'm going to say. ;D
  • Dylan, Sofia, Walter, and Nicholas: Each did a fine job with their role in the book, though i wish their was a bit more of what they actually do in the book.
Favorite quote:
             "'Yeah,' I said. 'What kind of name is Diana for a goddess, anyway?'" Kate, page 282

Future:  I can't wait for Goddess Interrupted. I think that will be unique; it's plot kinda like the Percy Jackson series, but I'm not looking forward to reading about how Henry is distanting himself from Kate.
Here's the blurb and the pic:
Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test, #2)Goodreads:
Kate Winters has won immortality.
But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.
Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henry’s first wife, Persephone.



See how it's kinda like the Percy Jackson series? If you don't, go pick up the series!

Second: Aimee announced a free novella called the Goddess Hunt, out on March 1, 2012.
Here's a bit about it:
"What does that mean? It means you won't have to wait so long for a new Goddess Test story. It means you'll get to see some of what happens during Kate's summer away. And it means you'll get to meet one of my favorite characters in The Goddess Test universe."
Aimee's exact words from her blog on goodreads. :D

Rating:
Cover:

Ending:



I forget how I got this book honestly. I believe I got it from Amazon.


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Up Next:

I am EXTREAMLY excited for this one. Ever since I saw the cover, I've been dying to read it. :D
THANK YOU MOM!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Unbreak My Heart
Unbreak My Heart
By Melissa Walker
Due Date: May 22, 2012

Goodreads:
Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.
Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now.
Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?
Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to.

Why:
1: Love the cover. I <3 the sea.
2: The plot. I love contemporary novels. They have some of the most interesting plots. I'm looking forward to reading why her best friend chose her boyfriend or her best friend.
3: If fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will love it, so will I.

So, what are you waiting on?



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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!



Few things:

My favorite Christmas Song is All I Want for Christm. What's yours?

Where are you going this Christmas? I'm going to Grandma's and Grandpa's. :D


 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Tayte

Everneath review

*MAY CONTAIN SPOLIERS*


Goodreads: Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

Review:
Two words
LOVED IT!

What I liked: The myth behind it. I have never heard of Orpheus and Eurydice, but after I read this book, I fell in love. Flashbacks are always cool. :D I love having a peak at a character's past life before the actually events. The band's name. Seriously! It's so original. And the pic is cool just as it is creepy.
Actually, I like the whole book in general. Except one thing:

I HATED THE ENDING!

Now you're probably screaming at me WHY?!
SPOILER
It was so sad. And it left a big cliffhanger that made me mad. When does the sequel come out!? SOMEONE TELL ME!
Oh, forgot, I also didn't like how it was a little fast paced in the beginnning. I would have liked to read a bit more about Nikki in Present day. I didn't hate this thought.

Characters:
  • Nikki: First, I find it funny that her name is Nikki and I have a friend with the same name and same spelling. :D Second, her strength to push through the Feed is admirable. Also, the fact she at least tried to gain back her old life a bit. SPOILER (It's a long one.): I didn't like that after Jack asked her if she remembered anything that she couldn't stay anymore and just wanted to give up. But I'm happy she decided against it. One more thing: I like even though she didn't like seeing them together, she was happy for Jules and Jack when they were at the dance togethere.
  • Jack: LOVE HIM! Book Boyfriend number #3. He is mine. I love that he never stopped trying to get Nikki's attention and never stopped trying to find a way to save her from her fate. He's caring, loving, hottness nature is swoon worthy. *Sigh* TEAM JACK ALL THE WAY!
  • Cole: As much as I want to hate him, I can't. He is just the type of mysterious guy to make a girl think twice about what Mama said. In the book, I was surprised he was a little more caring than what I thought he was going to be. His attitude toward Nikki is surprising for someone who wants to make her his queen for the rest of eternity, forever ruling Everneath. Though he has admirable traits, still Team Jack. :D
  • Jules: Just thought about throwing her in with theses guys because she is kinda important in a way. She's Nikki's best friend, but after Nikki's disapparence, and then her Return, she tries to break that awkward barrier between them. SPOILER: She makes it even harder when Brodi reveals she loves Jack. I can see why, and if Nikki does end up in Everneath, I would put her with Jack. *Sigh* Too bad I can't hate her as the friend who goes after the best friend's ex. She's a good friend.
Future: I can't wait for the sequeal. I have no clue what it's going to be called, but I have a guess that it will have to do with getting Jack back with the aid of Cole. :D Can't wait!

Favorite Quotes:
"There's everything for us." Nikki, page 363.
"I am ever yours." Jack, page 360



So, I decided to make buttons for Team Jack and Team Cole.

The hands represent the fact Jack never gave up on Nikki, and the forever symbols represent "Ever Yours". So romantic. :D
The guitar is for Cole's love of music. I couldn't remember where "Never Let you go" was, sorry! In a way, they're kinda like lyrics.
These buttons can be found on the left side bar. Sorry they are so small. If they were the original size, you wouldn't be able to see most of the review! :D So you'll just have to enlarge them.


Oh, one more thing!

Over the weekend, I found a new song by We the Kings. It's called Say You Like Me. I think it's the perfect song for this book for both guys. :D


I listen to this song all the time now. :D Enjoy.


Rating:
The Big Kahuna
Why? Well, when I first started reading this, I only read the Prologue because it was late and I had school the next day. Then the next week was finals (Gah). Yet, on that Saturday I was suppose to be studying while one the way to Davenport to shop with mom and little sis, I only reviewed for my Econ. final and the rest of the time I read this book. I got to (i think) chapter 32 when I put it down to study. Then on the second day of finals I finally finished it (after I read Learning to Love by Debbie Macomber).  It was Chemistry review hour when I finished, and afterwards, I said to my friend Noemi: "Noemi, after break, this book is yours to read. YOU HAVE TO READ IT!"
No, I didn't scream it, but I did tell her she has to borrow it and read it. :D


Cover:
Ending:
As much as I hated the ending, it doesn't deserve a 1, just in between. Stupid cliffhanger


I got this book from the author, Brodi Ashton, for free from a contest she had. No exchanges necessary. :D


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Up Next:
The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)
Actually, I'm on page 118. It's pretty good so far. :D

Mini Reviews: Learning to Love & Making Spirits Bright

Mini Reviews


Goodreads:
Sugar and Spice
Librarian Jayne Gilbert needs a man—a man she can bring to her high school reunion. She wants to prove to her former classmates that she isn't the lonely bookworm they predicted she'd become. So, naturally, Jayne turns to a book. It's called How to Pick Up a Man. And it works, even if she attracts the attention of good-looking Riley Chambers only because she's carrying that book, not because she followed its advice!
Love by Degree
Going back to college, hitting the books. That's Ellen Cunningham's new life. But money's a little tight and she's lucky enough to find inexpensive lodging in a house with three young college boys. Ellen plays housemother, a situation that works for everyone—except Reed Morgan, the absentee owner. He's not pleased to find his house occupied by a bunch of college kids and Ellen. Especially Ellen.

Review:
Okay, I can never restist a Debbie Macomber book. Never NEVER! She is my favorite author in the ENTIRE WORLD. Her love stories are just pure GENIUS. I'm a romantic at heart, her books fill me with love. If you like spappie love stories, pick this book up. :D

Goodreads:
Secret wishes, sweet surprises, and gifts straight from the heart. Delight in this season's most joyous presents with these four sparkling tales. . .
"Making Spirits Bright" by Fern Michaels
Melanie McLaughlin desperately wants to adopt two orphaned siblings and give them a real home for Christmas. A just-for-the-holiday marriage to Bryce Landry fits her plan perfectly. . .until unexpected sparks have Melanie dreaming of forever by his side. . .
"Runaway Christmas" by Elizabeth Bass
A glass of wine, lounging in pajamas, and catching up on movies—that's Heidi Bogue's idea of a perfect Christmas. Until her thirteen-year-old niece makes a surprise visit—and a snowstorm turns Heidi's cafĂ© into a community refuge. Now one handsome cop is giving Heidi plenty more reasons to celebrate. . .
"Home For Christmas" by Rosalind Noonan
Jo Truman needs a replacement Santa for her gift shop's Christmas Eve party. She'll do whatever it takes to convince lonely soldier Sam Norwood that he's perfect for the part...and that the season for love is always. . .
"Christmas On Cape Cod" by Nan Rossiter
Maddie Carlson would do anything for her best friend. And helping Asa Coleman babysit a rambunctious puppy Christmas Eve night is her one chance to help the troubled teacher put his past to rest. . .and give the sweetest gift of all.

Review:
Same thing as the first book. LOVED IT! Fern Michaels has four books now like this. Her story in this always continues from the last book. Love it. Then the other ones usually are good too. I love spappy love stories. :D Get this one too. :D


Rating:

The Big Kahuna


Why? Hello? Did you read the review?

Covers:
Endings:



I bought both of these and they were awesome!



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Yeah, I know right?! I can't believe it either. :D


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Killin Two Birds with One Stone #7



KTBWOS is all about posting those giveaways all in one place.
1: So you don't have to make post after post after post.
2: People can view new giveaways all in one place


Here's this week's line up


Word Spelunking
Just like the pic says. 5 prizes, 5 winners. I have to say. This is a cool giveaway. Word Spelunking has some great books to giveaway. :D
Either click "Word Spelunking" or the link is on the side bar!


I just took this pic because it was on the post. Anyway, Joyous Reads is having: The Year End Edition giveaway. I have to say, this is AWESOME!
Here's what she is giving away.

PRESENTING
THE LEADING TOWER OF BOOKS!

Look at all of them. *Sigh*

Well, what are you waiting for?! Get over there now! Just click "Joyous Reads" up top and enter yourself. :D

That's all for now!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

In My Mailbox #5

Hosted by the Story Siren to show people new books coming out soon or already have so people can look them up and add them to their ever growing list of 'to-read'.

This week was GOOD


Won:
The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle w/ bookmarks that are SIGNED!
Thanks to Mary at Anxirium!
Ripple by Mandy Hubbard.
Thanks to Veronica at Mostly Reviews!
Frature bookmarks.
Thanks to Sarah at The Book Life!

Gifted:
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater w/ a really nice card that had a sweet message. Thanks to my Secret Santa Jasmine Marie at The Bookish Mama!
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kennealy w/ a really nice card that states: Never too much (so true). THANK YOU Joy at Joyous Reads!
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick. Thank you Simon & Schuster! I was so suprised with this one. I have no clue how they got my address or anything. I didn't even enter a giveaway for this! Bad news: Mom got this for me for Christmas. She was NOT happy.

Bought
Learning to Love by Debbie Macomber-Walmart
Wither by Lauren DeStefano-BAM: Books A Million for only $6.97
The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Claire-BAM for only $7.97
Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie-BAM for only $6.97

SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, HEAD OVER TO BAM! BARGIN SECTION!


Not done yet!



Yeah, I have TWO COPIES OF FOREVER!
What's going to happen? I'm going to trade them of course. So, if you want the ARCs of these two, comment below or find me on goodreads and message me. My goodread's link is in Contacts. :D


So what did you get in your mailbox?


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sweet Venom review

*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*
Goodreads: Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.


Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.
Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.
These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

Review: Okay, before you ask, when I finished this book, I had finally reviewed Forgive My Fins because I had so much English homework (3 projects and an essay!). Anyway, I really liked this book. Just like her other books, Tera captivates her readers on each page. SPOILER I love how she twist the tale of Medusa around so instead of a monster she's just a victium of a very jealous goddess (though I can't picture Athena jealous of anyone). I liked how she had Grace and Gretchen narrate most of the novel and have a few chapters for Greer. I hope she has more in the next book. And I have to say, next to Quince, Nick is right up there. :D
Characters:
  • Gretchen: I have to say, I have a tiny bit of her in me. Fight monsters sounds awesome but terrifying. Anyway, she's interesting. I hate it that her adopted parents pushed her to try to be perfect, and I'm happy she ran away. She found someone better: Ursula. Her attitude towards other people (Grace and Greer) and the companionship they give (well, Grace anyway) is typical of someone who's used to being on her own all the time. I’m happy Gretchen opens up and lets According to some books she has (and she has a lot of them), the Gorgons each had some special power. SPOILER: Hers—super strength and speed.
  • Grace: Very happy and optimistic. She sees the best in people. She has to be my favorite. Not only is she brave, but she’s into computers like me. (Yes, I’m kinda a computer geek, but only with software and graphics and all that good stuff. Nothing internal.) I see a lot of me in her. The only different is that she’s so shy. Sure, I was too when I was younger, but I have a lot of friends now. She doesn’t have a back bone until she meets Gretchen, which is a relief. Her newly required back bone gives her the strength to stand up against the stupid mean girl, Miranda. Plus, the way she wants her sisters to stick together even if they don’t get along is aspiring. GO GRACE!!! SPOILER: Her power—autoport (a.k.a.-teleporting)
  • Greer: Okay, I’m going to be stereotyping here: Selfish, preppy, popular, high society girl who only sees what’s in front of her. Yet, I’m kinda shocked that she not one of the stupid ones. She’s the president of some Alumnae Tea Club (which I think is just some special tea party), a very well liked girl in her junior class, and she gets good grades. Wow. I have a bit of her, I’m leader in my school as VP of our SADD club, Student Council Member, and Secretary of my class, but that’s it. I like it that she’s fashionable, and goal oriented, but not the fact she’s kinda a snob. SPOILER: Her power—second sight/sixth sense.
  • Thane: Not much about him; just that he’s really quiet, he was adopted at an older age, and not sure what he wants to do in life. In the books, he’s very protective of Grace, especially when it comes to his friend Milo. The only thing he knows for sure is that he wants to play soccer.
  • Milo: Speaking of him, he’s a really sweet guy. It’s evidenced in the beginning he likes Grace and she likes him, but he’s not sure what to do since Grace is his friend’s little sister. Can someone say awkward? Anyway, he plays soccer too, and a typical the boy-next-door type. Totally crush worthy.
  • Nick: Okay, I REALLY like him. Determined, smart, and caring. *Sigh* He’s number 2 Book Boyfriend. SPOILER: I’m kinda happy that Tera decided to give Gretchen a love interest, even though she tries to push him away because of what she does. I can say that she does have every right too, but I’m happy he doesn’t listen to her and keeps on going. :D He’s a trooper!

Other Characters-I liked them.
  • Ursula was a good supporting character in spirit since she doesn't make much of an appearance.
  • Kyle is okay for a boyfriend for Greer. She can do better.
  • Parents are okay for Grace.
  • Ms. West and Mrs. Mota are good teachers.
Other things: I want to address Greer's mom. Either she is very cold hearted or she is a descendant of the Gorgons. SPOILER: In part, Greer describes a time when she thought she saw a monster in her room. She went to her mom and her mom told her she will never see monsters again. And true to her word, Greer never did until her sisters came around. I think that her mom is all of the girls' mom, and that when they all meet, it will be VERY awkward.

Future: SPOILER: In the book, Tera says the girls are part of the Key Generation, and that they have to break the seal on the gates to stop the monsters. I think the next book, Sweet Shadows, will be about the girls training together, getting Ursula back, trainning with Ms. West (NOT telling why), their relationships with all the guys (I hope Greer finds someone else like Thane), and all of them meeting Greer's mom.


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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Killing Two Birds with One Stone #6



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