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

  

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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. 

 

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Royal Blood (Vampire Kisses, Book 6) by Ellen Schreiber

Royal Blood (Vampire Kisses, Book 6)

Title: Royal Blood
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Published: June 2009
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780061288876
Source: Library

Description:  Summer break is over, and Raven is hardly eager to be returning to Dullsville High. Not only does school mean daily interaction with preppy pest Trevor Mitchell, but her sleep-filled days and romantic nights with her immortal boyfriend, Alexander, must come to an end. Plus the shock of morning classes isn’t the only change in store.
An unexpected letter turns up at Alexander’s mansion—announcing his parents will be coming to town. And once they arrive, just about everyone has had a sighting of the macabre couple except Raven. What could be delaying Alexander from introducing Raven to them? Could Alexander be hiding something about his parents’ homecoming?
When Raven is finally invited to the most thrilling dinner party of her life, the next turn of events could transform her entire future with Alexander. The sixth book in Ellen Schreiber’s bestselling Vampire Kisses series takes an unusual twist in the continuing romance of Raven and Alexander.

I Give This book 3.5 Stars

This book was a little bit of a let down after book 5, although I still enjoyed it.  Raven finally gets to meet the elusive vampire parents.  They are everything I expect and don’t expect them to be.  It seemed such a typical teen reaction book.  The parents do something drastic and so in return Raven and Alexander  overreact.  I did think both scenes of the two sets of parents having dinner together were great.  Also, enjoyed watching Alexander get to showcase his art.  Although this book does raise a question for me (surprised I haven’t thought about it before).  Do vampires age for awhile and then stop?  In this series, vampires can be born and “grow up”, but I don’t think they die.  So, at what point to they stop aging?  Confusing for me really…

The Coffin Club (Vampire Kisses, Book 5) by Ellen Schreiber

The Coffin Club (Vampire Kisses, Book 5)

Title: The Coffin Club
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Published: July 2008
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780061288852
Source: Library

Description: It’s tough for love-struck Raven to imagine what’s keeping her nocturnal boyfriend from returning to Dullsville. So there’s only one thing to do—find Alexander. Along the way, Raven can’t resist the spot where she feels most at home, the Coffin Club. But when she stumbles upon a secret door in the club, she descends into a dim catacomb—to a hidden hangout where the house drink happens to be type A or B. Drawn to one of its shadowy members, Raven suspects she’s in over her head. But exploring the covert club is too tempting, even after coming face-to-face with Alexander’s trouble-stirring enemy.
Can Raven delve further into the Underworld unbeknownst to Alexander—and also solve the mystery of her true love’s own secrecy?

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

This one is by far my favorite of the series.  At first, I was afraid it might be a repeat of things that have already happened since it once again seemed to involve Jasper.   Plus, so much of the book takes place at The Coffin Club, which we get a glimpse of in book 2.  But, this one packed a lot more punch than previous books.  First, Raven gets a much closer look into the vampire world than she has before.  She even make some new friends.  It was nice to see her finally fit in somewhere.  It also had a bit of mystery too it.   Of course, Raven can stay out of things.  Even if it’s a matter of life or death she doesn’t realize the danger she puts herself in (like a vampire blood vote!).  I also enjoyed the twist that came at the end.  It explained so much that happened throughout the story!

Tempted (House of Night, #6) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Tempted (House of Night, #6)

Title: Tempted
Author: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Published: October 2009
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780312567484
Source: Library

Description:  So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break.  Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang.  Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions.  Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings.  Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal.  Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her.  Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul? 

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I think I have a new favorite in this series.  I had no idea this book was going to go this direction.  The authors dropped some of the horrible “teen talk” that has dominated this series.  Plus, the boy issues took a back burner in this book.  Zoey grew up in this book and it was such a breath of fresh from the drama that has encased the series so far.  I like how Kalona has many faces.  I’m not entirely sure which one is the real one.  The ending of this book was so dramatic.  I did not expect it and I actually had to re-read it to make sure I understood what had just happened!

Dance with a Vampire (Vampire Kisses, Book 4) by Ellen Schreiber

Dance with a Vampire (Vampire Kisses, Book 4)

Title: Dance With A Vampire
Author: Ellen Schreiber
Published: July 2007
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780061132230
Source: Library

Description: The most important night of the year is drawing near . . . but not without a little trouble from the Underworld
Dullsville’s newest night-faring intruder may be only a tween, but Raven knows that Valentine Maxwell, the younger sibling of two nefarious vampires, is a full-size menace. Valentine becomes even more of a threat when he befriends her brother, Billy. Raven must try to shield Billy, even as the biggest excitement of the year approaches: attending prom with her immortal love, Alexander. And while Alexander is one kind of vampire—sweet—Raven soon learns Valentine is another.
Could Valentine somehow know Raven’s private thoughts about turning into a vampire?

I Give This Book 4 Stars!

I am so glad this series is getting better.  I had my doubts after the first two.  I have figure out two of my issues with this series though.  First, I think some of the books could be combined.  They function all right by themselves, but they are to connected (not to mention short).  Second, I have no problem with Raven being Goth.  But, for some reason it seems so cliché.  I kind of just ignore that, but I do not feel it really adds to the story.   This story I think was more fun.  I liked seeing Raven get excited about something that it is so “high school”.  Of course, she did it her own way!  I also thought it was fun watching Raven and Alexander way over react to Valentine.  I don’t think he was all bad, more just really lost.  I also love how it seems Billy and Raven are finally starting to form an actual relationship.  I also liked how Raven finally admitted that maybe she was not quite ready to be a vampire.  I think it made her character have more depth.  It also put some substance into her and Alexander’s relationship!

Splendor (Luxe, #4) by Anna Godbersen

Splendor (Luxe, #4)

Title: Splendor
Author: Anna Godbersen
Published: November 2009
Pages: 391
ISBN: 9780061626319
Source: Library

Description: As spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father’s death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.
Carolina Broad, society’s newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty—but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father’s rule extends well beyond New York’s shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.
In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York’s most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city’s oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?

I Give This Book 4.5 Stars!

I was reluctant to read this book.  Not because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it, but because I really didn’t want this series to end.  I’ve loved the parties, the catty girls, the big dresses, and of course all the drama.  This book still had all the drama, but it has evolved.  The drama has become more adult, if that’s possible.   I was not expecting the twists that came in the end.   Although not suprising the length that people will go to to come out on top (both for fame and money).  There was enough build up that the story never felt slow.  While, I was shocked at the ending, I didn’t feel any of the people acted out of character.  It was a fantastic way to end the series!

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