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So I know that it has been a while. I got very slack-ish when the holidays came around. I’m sorry.
On a good note, the holidays so far have been wonderful. I just love family time, and the breaks from school leave me with plenty of free time to read. =]

The most recent novel that I had the pleasure of reading was Becca Fitzpatrick’s debut novel, “hush, hush”.  All I can say is, WOW! It is mesmerizing. The book is about fallen angels and the main character, Patch Cipriano, is hot, hot, hot!!!

“Patch’s eyes were black orbs. Taking in everything and giving away nothing. Not that I wanted to know more about Patch. Since I hadn’t liked what I’d seen on the surface, I doubted I’d like what was lurking deep inside.
Only this wasn’t exactly true. I’d liked a lot of what I’d seen. Long, lean muscles down his arms, broad but relaxed shoulders, and a smile that was part playful, part seductive.”

 Now, as you know, normally when I am browsing for my next book I go by the excerpts on the back…but this book caught my eye as soon as I saw the cover. It really didn’t matter what it was about, I HAD to read it.

A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE

See what I mean?? It is incredible, by far the best book cover I have ever seen. Now for the excerpt…..

Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgement.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide wether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen—and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

I was completely locked within the pages while reading this book. So be forewarned, you will not be able to put it down. The next book in the series of fallen angels is “CRESCENDO”, which will be released in Fall 2010.

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YOUR DREAMS ARE NOT YOUR OWN.

“Wake” is the first book in a fantastic paranormal romantic trilogy and a New York Times Bestseller. Written by Lisa McMann, this book will have you hooked after reading the excerpt. It is just that good. Don’t believe me?? Read it….

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.

She can’t tell anybody about what she does—they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.

Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more that just a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant….

See what I mean?
It is a great story with a haunting concept. You won’t be able to put the book down. And of course there is Cabel, the handsome romeo who sweeps her off her feet, but it isn’t as perfect as it seems. Life is a long, bumpy road for Janie Hannagan and the only person she has to confide in is Cabel. He is the only person who knows her secret, who she can feel normal around.
The second book in the trilogy is “Fade”, and equally enthralling read that will keep you clinging to the pages, wondering what will happen. It has a killer cliff-hanger ending that will make you wish to speed up time for the release of the next book. “Gone”, the last installment of the trilogy comes out February and it can’t come soon enough.

   

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If you LIKED “Twilight”…..Then you will LOVE The Mortal Instruments
The Mortal Instruments is a series written by Cassandra Clare and it is INCREDIBLE.

“Their hidden world is about to be revealed….”

                                                                               

COB.jpg image by stephdc     

 

For this review I am only going to tell you about the first book, City of Bones,  because once you read it you will HAVE to read the next two. It won’t matter what any review says, you’ll be immediately hooked.

The story is set in NYC and is completely one-of-a-kind. I fell in love with the characters almost immediately and to this day I still wish that I could live in this exceptional world with Clary and Jace.

 

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered in strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.
Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon.
But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…..

 

This story is full of action, fear, fun, and of course, love. Every person that I know who has read this story–guys especially–have loved it! It will completely consume you and you won’t be able to put the book down. It is full of twists and plot changes that keep it interesting and that keep you guessing. The characters are just so fun and easy to love…you’ll find yourself going back to read it a second time. =]

This urban fantasy series opener spices its fight against evil with sexual tension. Fifteen-year-old geek hipster Clary thought she was just a normal kid, but normal kids don’t see invisible people, and normal kids’ mothers don’t suddenly disappear, seemingly captured by horrific monsters. But like many fantasy heroines, Clary isn’t normal, and she’s got all the secret parentage, dramatic revelations, and amazing magic powers to prove it….The story’s sensual flavor comes from the wealth of detail: demons with facial piercings, diners serving locusts and honey, pretty gay warlocks, and cameo appearances from other urban fantasies’ characters….Lush and fun.

– Kirkus Reviews
 
The incredible news is that there is now a fourth book in the making. It is called the “City of Fallen Angels” and it follows one of my favorite characters, Simon. I don’t have any details about the what or when yet but as soon as I get them I will let you know.
You can
purchase the box set of this novel on October 27.

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#1 National Bestseller

I first read this story when I was a sophmore in high school and I remember how much it blew me away. That is what convinced me to go back and purchase my own copy. Reading it again now, I picked up on a lot more of the meaning and the story line.

THE LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold is the story of a 14 year-old girl named Susie who has been brutally raped, murdered, and dismembered. Susie tells her story from her “heaven” where she watches the lives of her family and friends continue on without her.

 

 Alice Sebold has created an incredible world..”the Inbetween” or heaven, that is one of the most beautiful things I have ever imagined. The visuals she uses when explaining the surroundings are just captivating. It is a place that I believe and hope to truly exist.

It had begun to snow outside. It was the first snow since my death, and this was not lost on my father.
“I can hear you, honey,” he said to me, even though I wasn’t talking. “What is it?”
I focused very hard on the dead geranium in his line of vision. I thought if I could make it bloom he would have his answer. In my heaven it bloomed. In my heaven geranium petals swirled in eddies up my waist. On Earth nothing happened.
But through the snow I noticed this: my father was looking toward the green house in a new way. He had begun to wonder.

After Susie’s death her family begins to both strengthen and fall apart. Trouble between her parents begins as her father is determined to convict her murderer, a man that everyone ignores. He will not rest until justice is found for his daughter. This story is really one of hope, grief, love, and joy. Susie could only watch as her family tried, with much difficulty, to pick themselves back up and continue on. There are many meanings in the story and lessons that are learned. Susie overcomes great obstacles and learns her own lessons throughout the story as well.

These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections — sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent — that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events my death brought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous lifeless body had been my life.

 

This novel is a must buy for everyone.

 

Now the great news (which I am very excited about) is that this novel is being moved to the big screen. Now normally I hate books gone movie because of all the things left out and changed. However, Peter Jackson looks to have done a phenomenal job. I am very glad that he was chosen as the director for such an intricate and delicate story as this one. The movie comes out on January 15, 2010. I also want to say that the cast is INCREDIBLE. Everyone fits the part wonderfully in my opinion. I will be seeing this one opening night.

Below I have embeded the trailer for the movie, it is wonderful and I hope that you will take the time to watch it to see what it is that I am ranting about.

 

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