Saturday, January 19, 2013

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter Review

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:
One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

This book was super-awesome! It was a pot full of drama with a pinch of funny moments. This book kept me interested from the very beginning and there were no dull moments with these characters. Some parts even had me laughing out loud... I still chuckle just thinking about it. I stayed up until 4 a.m. to finish this book. It was so worth it. *insert thumbs up here*
The book is about a 16-year-old girl named Kylie, and she is not having a very good week; her boyfriend breaks up with her, her grandmother dies, and her parents are getting a divorce... talk about a mess. To top it all off her mother sends her to Shadow Falls, a camp for troubled teens, after she is caught at a party that is busted by the cops. She soon learns that Shadow Fall is not an ordinary camp, it is a camp for mystical creatures to learn more about themselves and each other. This reminded me of the Percy Jackson series (which is awesome), but just in the sense that they go to a camp full of different creatures.
Anyway Kylie, just wants to be a normal human girl, but the others insists that she is one of them.
I enjoyed getting to know the main character, though she tends to cry a lot, she is also surprisingly witty and funny at times. As for the whole love triangle thing, I think it is believable. You can tell that she cares for both of the guys in a way that is not random or spur of the moment. She could end up with anyone at this point. *fingers crossed for Lucas though* Can't wait to get my hands on the next book! :DD

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay Review

Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, #1)Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:
The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

I felt like this book had a lot of potential and I was excited to read it. I've never really been a fan of the whole Romeo and Juliet love shanagian, so I was curious to see how this book would pan out. The beginning was exciting and full of action. We learn that Juliet, is somewhat of a body jumper, jumping into the bodies of girls with depressing lives to help them to be happy. She is gifted with the ability to see auras of love, and it is her mission to find 'soulmates' and bring them together. This is not an easy feat though, because Romeo is trying to kill her and persuade her 'soulmates' to sell their love for immortality. As Juliet is trying to complete her mission, she finds herself falling in love instead, which is a big no-no and she soon finds herself confronting not only her past, but also herself.
The ending of this book was so sudden and confusing. It seemed like everything happened at once and I just wanted to slow it down. So disappointed. *insert frowny face here*

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Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Andrea Cremer Review

Nightshade (Nightshade, #1)Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary by Goodreads:

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

I really enjoyed this book. It was one of those stay-up-late and wake-up-early moments for me. I thought it was well written and the main character, Calla, was a strong female heroine, different from the weak whiny protagonist in need of saving all the time. I've read a few werewolf books in the past and have found them to be somewhat predictable, but I found this book refreshing and different. Calla, the protagonist has been in an arranged marriage since birth. Set to be married, she knows she will have to submit to the male alpha no matter how difficult for her. As the date quickly creeps up, Calla finds herself questioning everything that she has ever believed. She doesn't know who she can trust and to make matters worse she can't seem to stay away from the mysterious boy she saved in the woods.
The ending of this book seemed a little abrupt. I was hoping the whole battle at the end would be a bit more drawn out and dramatic and was disappointed that everything seemed to just conveniently or should I say too easily fell into place. But overall this book was great and I can't wait to read the next one. :D

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