What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, July 29, 2011

Follow Me Friday (2)

Follow Me Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read!

Every week we answer a different question so you can get to know your blogger friends a little better!

Q. Let's step away from books for a second and get personal: What t-shirt slogan best describes you?

A. Um, only this one!

Does anyone remember Rory wearing this t-shirt in Gilmore Girls? I wanted it soooo bad after that!

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Passion by Lauren Kate

I had to read Fallen twice to really get into the story, but by the time I read Torment, I had fallen (teehee!) in love with Luce and Daniel's story. Needless to say, I was super excited when Passion came out, because I had been curious for a long time about Luce's history. Here's the summary from Goodreads: Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

This book picks up immediately where Torment left off, with Luce disappearing into the Announcer. Throughout the whole book, Luce is jumping from place to place, revisiting, sometimes reliving her past lives with the aid of a new friend called "Bill." There's romance, betrayal, exotic settings, time travel, and of course, lots of passion.

What I liked: 1) Uh, time travel. In a very, non-time travel-ly way. Can I just say that Ms. Kate did her research when it came to the different locations that Luce traveled to, and the different time periods. It was all incredibly well written. 2) The different incarnations of Luce - for the very short amount of time we spent with each of them, they were all incredibly well developed. 3) Daniel's persistence as he's chasing Luce through their memories. 4) I just love Daniel and Luce's story. They make me happy. 5) The twist! Arg! How long until Rapture comes out?!?

What I didn't like: 1) I missed Luce's friends. Arriane is one of my favorite characters, and I missed her in this story.

Overall thoughts: I love this series! Ever since I read Fallen, I've wondered where this story was going to go, and that is what's made it so good. I don't read it and put it back on the shelf and forget about it. I'm so curious to see where it's going to end when the fourth and final book, Rapture comes out in Spring 2012. Especially after the twist at the end of the book! The story is incredibly well written and furthers this epic love story wonderfully. I think Torment has been my favorite book so far, but that doesn't mean that Passion is by any means an inferior book. If you haven't read Passion, pick it up. And if you haven't yet delved into the Fallen series, well, what are you waiting for?!?!

My rating: 5 shots

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Forbidden Temptation of A Vampire by Jodie B. Cooper

Forbidden Temptation of A Vampire by Jodie B. Cooper
Version: ebook from Smashwords

Summary from Goodreads: Dragon Council Proclamation:

In order to remain undetected by mundane humans on Earth, The Dragon High Council has decided peace between the Sídhí races is critical. Therefore, all Sídhí Valleys will participate in a summer camp hosted by Dragon Valley. It is believed the unique blending of races within the summer camp will achieve the first step toward peace.

Participants shall include the eldest two teenage children (or direct descendants) of each council member.

Participation in the Peace Camp is not optional. If any Sídhí Valley refuses to participate, all known gateways within that valley will be shut down immediately.

A copy of this proclamation has been dispatched to the governmental bodies of all known valleys.

~ ~ ~

Is Jared an answer to prayer or her worst nightmare?

Seventeen-year-old, Katie McQuillen is a halfling (vampire/elf mix) in a world where halflings are not acceptable members of polite society. Unfortunately, her grandpa is chairman of the Vampire High Council and she is forced into attending a summer camp meant to create peace between the Sídhí races.
She is in the middle of Sídhí puberty going from scrawny to beach bunny in less than three weeks when she and her twin brother arrive at camp.
Camp starts off with a bang when vampire hottie, Jared Andrews, becomes one of her new seven cabinmates, especially when he can't keep his eyes off her. But is he interested in her, her family's money, or her blood?
She might actually enjoy summer camp, if she can stop finding dead bodies and if people stop trying to kill her.

Alright, I'll start by saying I was completely surprised by this story. When I read the summary, I thought, okay, another vampire story. Well, I never get tired of those. But this was a completely different world than the vampire stories that I've read before. Okay, so some of the language takes a minute to get used to, and it may have started a little slow, but I got really caught up in the story and enjoyed myself a lot!

What I liked: 1) Sarah - she's kind of a badass. I liked her from the very first time she came into the story. She was very well-developed, as were most of the characters in the book. 2) The setting - I want to go to a summer camp with these amenities. The last camp I went to had lukewarm water for showers - sometimes. And a barely functioning air conditioner. I'd be there in a heartbeat...if I could be there and not be eaten by the campers! 3) The soulmates concept is really well done in this story. I don't want to say anything about it, because I don't want to give anything away, but it's a really cool take on a well-known idea. 4) The suspense - I wasn't expecting a story that kept me on edge as much as this one did. It seemed like every *theoretical, as this was an ebook* page turn, I was thinking, wait, no! What's gonna happen!? Is Jared good or bad??!! 5) The epilogue *smiles*

What I didn't like: 1) As I mentioned before, it did start a little slow. But it didn't take long for me to sink into the story, and not emerge again until I was finished. 2) The ending hit me as a little...shallow. Maybe that's the wrong word. I felt like there was a lot of really good depth to most of the story, but the ending left me wanting something more.

Overall thoughts: This was a good read. It's unlike any other paranormal stories I've read. Forbidden Temptation of a Vampire has fun characters, an imaginative plot, and a setting that comes alive. The love story is sweet, sentimental, and even a little chaste at times, which I thought made it even better. The suspense in the book is well written, and kept me on my toes. Every time I thought I'd figured something out, a twist came in and changed the game. I definitely hope to read a sequel!

My rating: 3.5 shots

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Waiting On Wednesday (3)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine which highlights the books that we are anxiously awaiting!

My WoW this week is.................

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan!
Release date: October 4th, 2011
I loved the Percy Jackson books, I'm loving the Kane Chronicles, and I loved book 1 of The Heroes of Olympus, The Lost Hero. So I am really looking forward to reading book 2, The Son of Neptune.

Summary from Goodreads: In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Who are the other four mentioned in the prophecy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea...

So what are you waiting on?

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

The premise of Megan McCafferty's book Bumped intrigued me from the moment I read the dust cover. Here is the summary from Goodreads: When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

Sounds just weird enough to be really good, right? Unfortunately, that's about as interesting as it gets.

What I liked: 1) The idea. It's completely unlike anything I've ever read, so I definitely thought that premise was great. Add to that the whole, twins separated at birth aspect which makes it all definitely intriguing. 2) Melody - I appreciated her...struggle with the future she was raised for. 3) And I liked Harmony's altruism - to a point. I also loved that they were named Melody and Harmony. Pure comedy.

What I didn't like: 1) There is a lot of slang that goes unexplained in Bumped. You can pick it up eventually, but it takes some getting used to and in the meantime it interrupts the flow of the plot. 2) Harmony's hypocritical attitude. She's never completely honest with Melody yet she preaches to her about her morals. 3) There is little to no explanation of their technology. I appreciate leaving things to the imagination, but I found this one a bit of a stretch.

Overall opinion: I've read worse, I've read better. I probably won't be reading it again. But it did spark some curiosity in me when it was all over, so when book 2 comes out (Thumped), I'll check it out.

My rating: 2 shots

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Monday, July 25, 2011

100 Followers Giveaway!

Fuzzy.Coffee.Books officially has 100 followers! Can you believe it? Because I am so excited about it, and love you guys so much, I'm gonna throw a little giveaway!

July 25th - August 12th, you can enter to win one of five books, all of which I've read recently and really loved! This contest is open internationally, or wherever Book Depository delivers. You must be a Fuzzy.Coffee.Books follower to win. So make sure you enter, because the contest ends at 11:59pm (Texas time) on Friday, August 12th. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will then be contacted by me and have 48 hours to respond! Good luck and here are the giveaway choices:

Matched by Ally Condie (Summary)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Summary) Or read my review here!

Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs (Summary) Or read my review here!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Summary)

Retail Hell by Freeman Hall (Summary) Or read my review here!

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Cheers, Happy Reading and Good Luck!

The contest is now closed! Thanks to everyone who entered, you guys are awesome. The winners will be contacted by me, and announced on Monday!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

What little girl didn't want to be a mermaid at one point in her life? (Or possibly still want it at age 26!?) That was my first thought when I got my hands on Tera Lynn Childs' first mermaid book, Forgive My Fins. And it definitely left me wanting more. So I was very excited to break open the sequel, Fins are Forever.
In Fins are Forever, Lily Sanderson is living a happy, terraped life on land, relishing in her new-found love for the hunky Quince Fletcher. Of course, there's the minor irritations like SATs, college apps and that on her 18th birthday she'll be giving up her claim to the throne of Thalassinia. No biggie. But then, her younger cousin Dosinia shows up on her doorstep and throws everything for a loop. How do you teach a mergirl who hates humans to fit in amongst them? Doe's presence in Lily's world gives her second thoughts on the world she'll be leaving behind, and she's even more confused when yet another guppyhood friend arrives unannounced. Suddenly, there are more fins than feet in Aunt Rachel's house and Lily has to find her place torn between the two worlds above and below the waves.

What I liked: 1) The cover - AWESOME! I'm already trying to figure out how to do my makeup like that next Halloween. 2) I loved Quince (I was ALWAYS rooting for Quince, from the beginning)! Lily grows up a lot in this book, and I was glad because I thought she was a little naive in the first book. And Doe is delightfully bratty, but in her own way, she comes through for her family in the end. 3) The setting - this is the most magical thing about this story, the underwater kingdom of Thalassinia. For me (the girl who harbors a not-so-secret desire to be a mermaid), it's like Disney World, the Mall of America, and the world's largest bookstore all rolled into one! Ms. Childs describes a place of wonder and magic that couldn't belong anywhere but under the sea.

What I didn't like: The cynic in me (who rarely rears its ugly head) thought that maybe it was a little too easy for Lily to get what she wants. Surely there are bound to be some issues regarding the...well, her final decisions. Another book perhaps? Actually, there was nothing that I didn't like about this book.

Overall thoughts: I thought this was a fun, sweet, and lighthearted read, one that I know I'll enjoy reading again. I was pleasantly surprised to find that we were following Lily again. After the teaser at the end of Forgive My Fins, I was expecting to be following Doe's story. Dear Ms. Childs: More Mermaids, please!!
To read or not to read? Read it!

My rating: 4 shots

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Follow Me Friday

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison @ Alison Can Read!

This week's question: Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?

A. Hm...do they have to be alive? If not, I'd say Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, otherwise known as Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland. What a great book. I think I'd like to ask him what his inspiration was behind the story. Another author (again, deceased, sad) is one Mr. Theodor Geisel or Dr. Seuss! Did you know that Seuss is his middle name? Do ya suppose he talks in rhyme? Have you ever tried that? It's not easy. Well, that's two authors, both who wrote in the literary nonsense genre. As for the third...Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy, I think. She's alive, so I have a slightly better chance of meeting her. But only slightly. I loved the Hunger Games, and I'd really love talking with her about how she came up with the concept, and where she started!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

In The Garden Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Normally, I wouldn't review all three books of a trilogy as one post, but I'm making an exception 'cause, well, I'm in charge here. :)
The trilogy tells the story of three ladies, Stella Rothchild, Rosalind Harper Ashby (Roz), and Hayley Phillips who work at Roz's nursery, In The Garden as well as live in the infamous Harper House along with the legendary Harper Bride.
The first book is Blue Dahlia, and it's Stella's story. Summary from Goodreads: Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee-and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house-nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper. Despite a reputation for being difficult, Roz has been nothing but kind to Stella, offering her a comfortable new place to live and a challenging new job as manager of the flourishing nursery. As Stella settles comfortably into her new life, she finds a nurturing friendship with Roz and with expectant mother Hayley. And she discovers a fierce attraction with ruggedly handsome landscaper Logan Kitridge.

But someone isn't happy about the budding romance...the Harper Bride. As the women dig into the history of Harper House, they discover that grief and rage have kept the Bride's spirit alive long past her death. And now, she will do anything to destroy the passion that Logan and Stella share.

I think this one was my favorite of the three. While I enjoyed the burgeoning romance between Logan and Stella, what I really liked was the friendship between Stella, Roz and Hayley. When the book opened, the three women didn't know each other existed, but were soon enough all living in Harper House. They were all at very different stages in their lives, but they came together and ended up having a really good friendship.

Black Rose is the second book in the trilogy, and is told from Roz's perspective. Summary from Goodreads: At forty-seven, Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking - and weather any storm. A widow with three grown sons, she survived a disastrous second marriage and built her In The Garden nursery from the ground up. Through the years, In The Garden has become more than just a thriving business - it is a symbol of hope and independence to Roz, and to the two women she shares it with. Newlywed Stella and new mother Hayley are the sisters of her heart, and together the three of them are the future of In The Garden.

But now the future is under attack, and Roz knows they can't fight this battle alone. Hired to investigate Roz's Harper ancestors, Dr. Mitchell Carnegie finds himself just as intrigued with Roz herself. And as they being to unravel the puzzle of the Harper Bride's identity. Roz is shocked to find herself falling for the fascinating genealogist. Now it is a desperate race to discover the truth before the unpredictable apparition lashes out at the one woman who can help her rest in peace...

This book really brought in more of the paranormal aspect. The Harper House is haunted by a ghost that the family has forever called The Harper Bride. Here we get a little deeper into her backstory, especially once the Professor (as I started thinking of him as) comes into the picture. That's what I really felt was missing from the first book. The romance in this one was more subtle than the in the first, but it was sweet.

The third and final book is Red Lily, Miss Hayley's story. Summary from Goodreads: Hayley Phillips came to Memphis hoping for a new start, for herself and her unborn child. She wasn't looking for a handout from her distant cousin Roz, just a job at her thriving In the Garden nursery. What she found was a home surrounded by beauty and the best friends she's ever had-including Roz's son Harper. To Hayley's delight, her new daughter Lily has really taken to him. To Hayley's chagrin, she has begun to dream about Harper-as much more than a friend...

If Hayley gives in to her desire, she's afraid the foundation she's built with Harper will come tumbling down. Especially since she's begun to suspect that her feelings are no longer completely her own. Flashes of the past and erratic behavior make Hayley believe that the Harper Bride has found a way inside of her mind and body. It's time to put the Bride to rest once and for all, so Hayley can know her own heart again-and whether she's willing to risk it...

The romance between Hayley and Roz's oldest son Harper started back in the first book, so you knew it was coming all along. I expected to feel some sort of kinship with Hayley, because she was the closest to me in age, but I really didn't. If anything, I felt more connected with Stella and Roz. Also, we finally found out the whole story behind the Harper Bride, but it actually got kind of creepy there for a while. I really like my paranormal stories, but possession just kinda freaks me out.

Nora Roberts is one of my favorite romance authors. I've read a lot of her stuff, but this was the first time I'd read these particular stories. In my opinion, they weren't her best. They weren't bad, by any means, but usually I just really get into her stories. And most of the time hope that I can find a guy like the ones she writes. But I just didn't feel that way about these books. Another reason could be that I'm also not much on gardening...I actually kind of have a black thumb. So I think maybe that's the reason I felt a little disconnected from the stories.

I do think these were good books, just not up to Nora Roberts par. If you really like her stuff, I'd check these out, but if you haven't read anything by her before, I wouldn't start with these. Check out the Quinn Brothers (YUM!) or the Donovan Legacy stories.

My rating:

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It will be open internationally, or at least wherever Book Depository delivers to, and will be open for entries beginning on Monday, July 25th running through August 12th! Here's the catch: YOU MUST BE A FUZZY.COFFEE.BOOKS follower! That's all! Easy, right? So make sure you stop back by and enter to win one of five awesome books! What are the books? Well, you'll just have to come back to find out!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine showcasing books that we are anxiously awaiting the publication of!

This week's WoW pick is......(drum roll).........

Crossed by Ally Condie
Release date: Nov. 1, 2011

I loved Matched, and am really excited for the second book in her Matched trilogy.
Here is a summary from Amazon.com: (WARNING!! CONTAINS SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ MATCHED!)In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

What books are you waiting on?

Cheers and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cover Art Revealed!

It's out! The cover art for the first two books of the Phantom Island series by Krissi Dallas has been revealed!

Book One of Krissi Dallas's Phantom Island series, Windchaser

Book Two of Krissi Dallas's Phantom Island series, Windfall

I am jump-up-and-down excited about these books! As I said in a previous post, the series began as a self-published book called Wind, published in 2009 (I'm pretty sure). At the very beginning of this year, Ms. Dallas signed a contract with Tate Publishing, and so Wind is now going to be republished as two books, Windchaser and Windfall. I absolutely LOVED Wind when I read it, and am so excited for these books to be hitting the shelves for all to read. Below you can read the Goodreads summary from the original publication of Wind.

Summary from Goodreads:"One fateful summer night ...when one rule is broken ... five teenagers will discover an unexpected adventure full of magic, romance, and true friendship."

Seventeen-year-old Whitnee has spent six years rebuilding her identity after her father's mysterious disappearance left her with more questions than answers. With her two best friends, she returns as an employee to the summer camp of her childhood. Nestled in the Texan hill country, Camp Fusion is everything Whitnee remembers ... except for the haunting visions that only she can see. One fateful night, Whitnee and her friends embark on a magical journey where unexpected adventure and heart-stopping romance collide - a journey that might unlock the dark, complicated mysteries of Whitnee's family history. But will she find the answers she is looking for before it is too late?

I think the covers are absolutely gorgeous, and just a tad reminiscent of the original cover. There is no official release date yet, but I'm still running with before the end of the year. So put this series on your radar, and I'll be sure to keep you updated on when it's slated to hit the shelves. For my magic and romance fans - there are some seriously swoon-worthy guys in this book!

And be sure to keep up with Krissi at her website here and/or her blog, Krissi's Konfessions.

Cheers and Happy Reading!

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

We have a reason to celebrate! The AC in my house is now fixed and it is no longer 100 degrees in my house! (and I really wish that 100 degrees was an exaggeration, but no dice)
*one minute dance party*

On to the review of a book that I absolutely fell in love with over the weekend!

Summary from Goodreads: Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

O.M.G. I started listening to the audiobook of this sometime last week, and got really into it. The narrator is perfect for the story, and changes her voices subtly depending on who is speaking. But, I'm old school and really love holding books in my hand, so I went ahead and picked up the paperback at my local bookstore. I also grabbed the paperbacks of the next two in the Iron Fey series, Iron Daughter and Iron Queen.
If there was ever a place that I'd want to be swept away in, it would be Faeryland. And when I opened this book, I tumbled headlong into it alongside Meghan Chase and her companions.
What I liked:
The Characters: I thought that Meghan was very well written, she's a 16 year old girl, but a mature one, and I always connect with characters that are more mature. Ash is exactly what an Ice Prince should be, not to mention he has that dark, broody thing happening. And my personal favorite was Puck. Who doesn't like a prankster? Sure dark and broody is hot, but I think Puck's snarky comments and sarcasm, not to mention his unending energy makes him really great.

The Villain: If you've read any fairy folklore, you'll know there is a particular substance that they just can't tolerate. So why not make a villain out of that? It added a lot of difficulties to Meghan's journey, which just made it all the more interesting.

The setting: Faeryland. 'nuff said.

The ROMANCE: I fall halfway in love with guys in books all the time. But in The Iron King, like many of my favorite books, I was so involved in Meghan's story and her changing and developing relationships with Ash and Puck, that I was literally breathless at some points in the book. It was the proverbial "sweep her off her feet" moments that really made this book for me, and any book that gives me those feelings is a winner.

What I didn't like:
That someday this story will end. That's all I can say about it. Sometimes I'll come across a story (it's rare, but it happens) that I want so desperately to be real and never ending. This is one of those stories that I'll be sad to let go when it ends.

I enjoyed this book so much that not only did I read The Iron King over the weekend, but I also read The Iron Daughter and The Iron Queen. I spent much of my weekend in Faeryland and neglected a lot of what needed to be done in Texas. (Faeryland is so much better than Texas!) Anyway, I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who likes their paranormal or YA romance books. I know these books are going to have a prominent place on my bookshelf and be read over and over again.

My rating:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Immortal Friends

Happy Saturday! This morning I'm drinking Donut Shop dark roast with French Vanilla creamer over ice. As I sit here, mulling over the final Harry Potter movie (which I LOVED!), my thoughts turned to immortality. Not in the fairy tale sense, but in the sense that books, their stories and characters are immortal. I've made a lot of immortal friends over the years, characters whose stories draw me in and comfort me over and over again with their familiarity.

1) Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield - The Sweet Valley series by Francine Pascal
This, along with the Babysitter's Club, is the first series of books that I remember reading over and over, sharing with my friends (I've always loved talking about books!), and wondering where the next story would lead.

2) Anne Shirley - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne has a charisma that draws people to her (both the other characters in the book, and myself as well). I love reliving her adventures over and over again.

3) The Donovan Cousins (Morgana, Sebastian, Anastasia and Liam) - Nora Roberts' Donovan Legacy books Captivated, Entranced, Charmed, and Enchanted.
Nora Roberts is one of my absolute favorite romance novelists, but of all of her characters, these are the ones I keep coming back to, falling in love with them over and over again.

4) Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Grover Underwood - Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
This may be deemed a children's book, but I was hooked on it from the moment I started it. I'll be re-reading these stories for a long time to come.

5) Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
If I could go back in time, I think I'd want to be Scarlett O'Hara.

6)Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black - the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
These took me by surprise, but I love reliving their story over and over again.

7) Dorothy Gale, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion - The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Do I even need to explain this one? Originally published in 1900 as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, these characters are truly immortal.

8) Clary Fray, Jace Wayland and Simon Lewis - The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
I have a massive crush on Jace. Not even kidding. I am so excited to see where the rest of their story goes.

9) Emma Cresswell, Sam Bridges, and Carrie Alden - Sunset Island series by Cherie Bennett
This is a series that I started reading in middle school, I think. The first book was published in 1991, and they are hard to find these days! I love re-reading about Emma, Sam and Carrie's friendship and their adventures as Au Pairs on the tiny Sunset Island off the coast of Maine.

10) Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger - the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The trio that started this walk down memory lane! These characters have been a part of my life for a decade, and I was sad to bid them farewell when I saw the final movie. However I am so thankful that they live forever within the pages of J.K. Rowling's work, and know that I can revisit them over and over.

Honorable Mention: Whitnee, Caleb, Morgan and Gabriel - The Phantom Island series by Krissi Dallas

This is one of my all-time favorite books I've ever read, and the reason I haven't mentioned it anywhere else on my blog is because I read the self-published version when it was released several years ago (I'd give the exact date, but I've loaned my copy to someone!!), but Ms. Dallas is now in the process of republishing it with Tate Publishing company. The series is set to begin with the first two books: Windchaser and Windfall, tentatively set for release before the holiday season this year (according to Krissi's blog). I'm not going to say anything else about it quite yet, except that you should be on the lookout for this series. It will grab you and sweep you into a world of magic and romance that is as equally fascinating and complex as Oz, Hogwarts, or Forks, Washington.

I'm feeling all sentimental now, and because of that, I'd like to dedicate this post to Joey A., Lacy P., Kelly B., and Cortney PM., with the hopes that our friendships are as immortal and rich as these! I love you guys!

Who are your favorite immortal friends?

Cheers and Happy Reading!!