Jonas (Beautiful Dead, #1) by Eden Maguire

Jonas (Beautiful Dead, #1)

Title: Jonas (Beautiful Dead)
Author: Eden Maguire
Published: republished March 1, 2010
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781402239441
Source: ARC provided by Sourcebooks Fire

Description: Something strange is happening in Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer and Arizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances. Rumours of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community as it comes to terms with shock and loss.   Darina, Phoenix’s grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She can’t escape her intense heartache, or the impossible apparitions of those that are meant to be dead. And all the while the sound of beating wings echo inside her head…   And then one day Phoenix appears to Darina. He tells her that she must help Jonas – the first of the four to die – right the wrong linked with his death. Only with her help can Jonas finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?

I Give This Book 3.5 Stars!

I really wanted to like this book, and for the most part I did.  It was a fast and easy read.  Darina seemed a bit extreme to me at first (maybe I’m growing tired of the love-struck teenager role?).  But, she quickly grew on me.  She has a lot of backbone for a teenager.  I was impressed with the was she handled herself in a lot of the situations.  She also seemed genuinely concerned for a friend.  She knew that helping Jonas would also be helping her (her name escapes me at the moment).  I was not impressed with her parents, but I could see that being normal with a step-parent (another running theme is teen fiction).  The 4 dead teens and their “group” also make for interesting characters.  They added humor and definitely some suspense and terror to the story.  Although I wonder how they expected to right the wrongs associated with their deaths without Darina.  It’s almost like they knew she would come help them.  I loved the idea of the angel wing tattoos marking them according to how they died.  It was an interesting idea to the story.
Now, there were a couple things that bring this book down for me.  First, the use of the word zombie.  When I think of zombie, I think of the living dead.  That’s not what these people are.  They are more like ghosts with actual bodies.  Second, I really disliked the ending for some reason.  I was not surprised with the circumstances surrounding Jonas’ death.  But, I thought he could have been vindicated differently.  I understood the feelings behind the extreme actions that brought about the ending.  It just left me with a bad taste in my mouth.  It felt over the top.  Last, but really not important, I wish the book was a little longer.  I felt like all the action took place way to fast.

 

As part of the Beautiful Dead blog tour, here are links to other reviews by fellow bloggers! 

Park Avenue Princess 21-Mar
My Ever Expanding Library 22-Mar
Bri Meets Books 22-Mar
Book Loons 22-Mar
The Book Lush 23-Mar
Bran Hambric Fan Blog 24-Mar
Red Headed Book Child  24-Mar
Book Blather 25-Mar
Inside The Mind 25-Mar
National Children’s Book Examiner 26-Mar
 
Babbling About Books, and More 26-Mar
Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf  26-Mar

 

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Published in: on March 26, 2010 at 7:48 am  Comments (1)  
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Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Bleeding Violet

Title: Bleeding Violet
Author: Dia Reeves
Published: January 2010
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9781416986188
Source: ARC copy provided for review by Around The World Tours

Description: Love can be a dangerous thing…
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.  But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she’s far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I think I should start off by saying this book is not for everyone.  I knew from pervious reviews that it’s a little dark and twisted, okay maybe I should say a lot twisted.  You know from the description that Hanna is not what one would call mentally stable.  I hate to use the word crazy (that would be the psychology background talking), but really there isn’t a better word for her.  And in Portero, she’s not the craziest thing out there.  In this town, monsters turn fountains into blood, pop out of invisible doors, live in windows, and possess people.  To combat this all, Hanna takes her craziness to the next level, were her hallucinations become real and help protect her.  The book is intense to say the least.  I had a hard time with Hanna, maybe because it’s so hard to figure out what she’s doing.   Wyatt was interesting, but I felt like even he was hiding something.   The book has a lot of very mature content in it, including graphic violence, suicide and sexual content.  I liked it, but as I said from the start, it isn’t for everybody.

 

Published in: on March 17, 2010 at 7:56 am  Comments (1)  
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Shadowland (The Immortals, #3) by Alyson Noel

Shadowland (The Immortals, #3)

Title: Shadowland
Author: Alyson Noel
Published: November 2009
Pages: 339
ISBN: 9780312590444
Source: Library

Description: At the start of this breathtaking novel, Damen and Ever travel to Summerland in search of an antidote to reverse a powerful poison. But instead of the cure they seek, they find something far more sinister: the truth about their existence and the fate lying in wait of an immortal’s soul.  Now, with Damen fighting to save them from the Shadowland, Ever turns to magick, hoping to break Damen’s curse. Along the way Ever encounters the mysterious Jude, finding herself drawn to him in a way that will test her love for Damen like never before . ..

 I Give This Book 4 Stars! (see below)

So, I really should have written my review when I read this book .  You notice I give it 4 stars, but that’s because it’s what I rated it on goodreads.  But, I made the mistake of reading some other reviews before I wrote my own.  And now, I’ve forgotten what I liked about it.  All I can see are the issues that others pointed out.  So, I’m tempted to go back and give it 3 stars.  I did like it.  The plot was interesting and suspenseful at times.  The introduction of Jude and why he was there  completely caught me off guard.  I know for sure that when I finished reading it the twins really annoyed me.  But, now all I can think of is the lack of development in Ever and Damon’s relationship.  We seem to still be in the same place we were in book one.  I can’t help but notice Ever’s glaring faults.  Bad choice after bad choice do not make for an interesting series.  At some the main character has to evolve a little.  But, I will continue on.  But at this point in the series, I’m glad it’s the library buying them and not me…

Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2) by Patricia Briggs

Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2)

Title: Hunting Ground
Author: Patricia Briggs
Published: August 2009
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9780441017386
Source: Library

Description: Mated to werewolf Charles Cornick, the son and enforcer of the leader of the North American werewolves, Anna Latham now knows how dangerous being a werewolf is, especially when a werewolf opposes Charles and his father is struck down. Charles’s reputation makes him the prime suspect, and the penalty for the crime is execution. Now Anna and Charles must combine their talents to hunt down the real killer or Charles will take the fall.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

This book had a little bit of a slow start for me.  I was afraid it wouldn’t have the same pull as Cry Wolf.  I kept reading because I like the characters and I was hoping it would pick up.  I was in for a treat.  The story became very intense later on.  I enjoyed the mystery and the thrills.  It was definitely a page turner from about half way through the book (the story picked up way before that).  I love how the author manages to pull in different mythical races into one story without making it seem like to much information.  The author has created a tightly woven subculture in today’s human world.  I really loved watching Charles’ and Anna’s character evolve with each other.  And, I was relieved to finally learn a little bit more about what an Omega werewolf is.  I will be looking forward to the next in the series!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author(s): Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Published: December 2009
Pages: 576
ISBN:
9780316042673
Source: Purchased Copy

Description: There were no surprises in Gatlin County. We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that’s what I thought.Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was a curse.
There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave. 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 overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I’ve noticed the the reviews of this book seem to be situated on both sides of the spectrum with very few in the middle.  You either love it or you hate it.  While not 5 star worthy in my opinion, I really liked it!  I found the male narrative to be interesting and refreshing.  And despite that so many say that he isn’t a believable “male” teenager, I think he is.  I don’t think we can say what the typical a male teen thinks (we may know how they act, but I think that is entirely different).  I also really liked Lena.  She was the opposite of what a lot of female characters are in today’s teen fiction.  I think we get a good look at how she struggles to fit in, and with understanding her own growing powers.  I loved the cast of characters.  Each had something to add to the story, and I thought they were well developed.  I was curious how dual authors would work in this story, but I honestly would not have known if both names weren’t on the cover.  The story flows together seamlessly.   The only drawback, in my opinion, was the ending.  I’m not sure why, but I felt that it was a bit of a let down.  You get so much tension and suspense built up to that point, and then I felt I didn’t get the resolution I wanted.  Not enough to drag down the book to much.  You can bet I will be reading the sequel (I can’t imagine that there won’t be one).


 

Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 7:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

Magic Under Glass

Title: Magic Under Glass
Author: Jaclyn Dolamore
Published: December 2009
Pages: 225
ISBN: 9781599904306
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours

Description: Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act – singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry’s world, however, buried secrets stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry’s involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton’s stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I’m being a little generous giving this 4 stars.  But, I really do think it’s worth your attention.  Nimira catches your attention right from the start.  You can’t help but understand her actions.  Parry is interesting as well.  You’ve never quite understand him (even after his secrets are revealed).  I had a difficult time grasping the concept of falling in love with a fairy trapped in a machine.  It didn’t seem real to me until later.  I also think there are some information gaps.  I think that author could have included a little bit more information on the world the characters  lived in and the events that lead up to the story.  I especially would have liked more information concerning the conflict between the faries and the humans.  I just felt like I didn’t get enough background information.  The ending also seemed a little pieced together.  Still, the overall product was fun and I enjoyed it. 

* I wanted to point out that there is some controversy surrounding the cover of this book.  Nimira is described as bein dark-skinned (I imagine someone of Arabic decent).  The cover is pictured with a white model (although I still think she has more olive skin tone but this is coming from a redhead with very fair skin).  From what I understand, Bloomsbury has issued a new cover for this book and stopped shipping the old one.  I know copies of this cover are still being sold because I saw it at my local Barnes & Noble just a couple days ago.  I did not realize what a problem this was in the publishing industry (second time in 6 months that Bloomsbury alone has come under fire for this).  I hope in the future, publishing companies will realize that this practice of cover white washing is unacceptable.  This is the new cover

  

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Beastly

Title: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Published: October 2007
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780060874162
Source: Library

Description: I am a beast.
A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

I Give This Book 3 Stars!

I was amazed at how easy it was to hate a main character.  I guess the author was hoping you would look past this and continue on with the story.  I did, but only because I figured it this book was true to the fairy tale, he couldn’t stay like this for the entire story.  I was right, but I don’t think he redeemed himself very well.  It almost seemed like instead of changing and becoming a better person, he just managed to find someone to overlook his faults and love him anyway.  Which, I guess is the point of the story.   I did like the fact that it was told from the beast’s point of view.  But, I don’t feel like it added anything new to the fairy tale.  The only difference was it was set in modern day New York.  Everything else felt exactly the same. 

 

Published in: on February 24, 2010 at 7:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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