Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review: Crave by Melissa Darnell

Author: Melissa Darnell
Series: Crave (#1) 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Pages: 309 (E-book)
Read in: 4 days

Overview:
Savannah Colbert has never known why she's so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It's as if he's a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she's destined to fail.
For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can't stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences….
 


The Sugar and Spice: 

I kind of guessed this book was about vampires. The whole craving concept, had me thinking: "Vampire and blood", or "Angel and love." THANKFULLY, I didn't have to endure one of the many tacky  bloody-fangs covers on the market nowadays. (Darnell - 1, Cruise - 1. Don't you just love a win-win situation?)

While based solely around Savannah's life as a vampire, we actually get a glimpse into her previous life when she was/believed she was human. This one element made me soooo happy.  Which is more than I can say for other paranormal-vampire novels out there.

Savannah begins to get these weird feelings, talents, and enhanced abilities in the beginning of the novel. Until FINALLY, she falls deathly ill with the "flu." (The flu? The flu, really?!) During this point in time, her parents decide it's perfectly okay to inform their 15+ year old daughter that she is human. My response? Thanks mom and dad ... for nothing! You know what irked me sooooo much?! Instead of her to be angry like I was , she was just soooo happy! 'Hey mom, how do I fling a cup across the room?,' 'Oh my God, dad, what type of tricks can I do with my eyes.' No, no, AND NO.

Moving on. When she discovers she's a (*spoiler*) vampire/witch I felt like her demeanor began to change. Savannah becomes this confident vigilante, who defends herself for each bully attack she's a target of. This KILLED me to the point where I just wanted to drain all of her powers, and yell 'There! You're human again!'

For once in my entire lifetime, I've read a book with just one guy. No crazy love triangles that make me cringe, or cry. So, thanks Melissa. I needed that. (Totally in love with her.) While I do give Darnell the highest of high-fives, I just didn't like the love interest, Tristan. He was adorable, but I still felt like he was arrogant, rebellious (to the point of insanity), and too 'perfect.' Throughout the whole course of the novel, I prayed to whoever would listen to me, that Savannah didn't fall in love with him.

I think I'm going to end this review with more sugar than spice:

I really felt like this was an original. Melissa Darnell wasn't another 'Twilight paraphraser,' as we like to say. She had her own style, all the characters seemed realistic, with the exception of Tristan. I'm still kind of "iffy" about Savannah's transition from a human to a paranormal, but besides that, Crave wasn't all that bad. If those 2 circumstances were fixed, I might've called it a Stop, Drop, and Read. As of now, I'll say it's a Stop, Wait , and CONSIDER.




Sunday, June 24, 2012

Review: Night School by C.J Daughtery

Author: C.J Daughtery
Series: Night School (#1)
Publisher: Atom
Release Date: January 5th, 2012
Pages: 451
Read in: 3 days

Overview:
Sometimes school can be murder. . . Allie Sheridan's world is falling apart. She hates her school. Her brother has run away from home. And she's just been arrested. Again. This time her parents have finally had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to a boarding school for problem teenagers. But Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school. It allows no computers or phones. Its students are an odd mixture of the gifted, the tough and the privileged. And then there's the secretive Night School, whose activities other students are forbidden even to watch. When Allie is attacked one night the incident sets off a chain of events leading to the violent death of a girl at the summer ball. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, Allie must learn who she can trust. And what's really going on at Cimmeria Academy.

The Sugar and Spice:

Night School, was one of those mystery/paranormal novels that just aggravates most people to the point of insanity. Unfortunately, we were one of those people. It wasn't all bad though, is just wasn't all good either.

Night School begins with an introduction to Allie Sheridan's lifestyle. This rebel of a girl, is constantly in trouble for unlawful acts. These acts are all believed to have resulted from the runaway of her brother, Christopher. She and her brother were once close; until the two weeks that preceded his disappearance. Since then, she's been increasingly distant from her family. This ultimately causes her to become what some may label as a delinquent.

Finally, her parents draw the line, and send her off to this creepy, CREEPY, school named Cimmeria. (Is it me, or does the school's name already set off alarm bells when you hear it? Cimmeria, hmm?)

Throughout her stay at Cimmeria, Allie discovers a new side of herself, and others around her. As she sinks deeper into a thousand-year old feud, she begins to wonder what her parents were hiding from her, and how many people around her are actually telling her the full, honest-to-God truth.

I really liked how Allie was in the beginning of the novel. I felt like she changed when she arrived at Cimmeria. Not that change is bad, but in a matter of minutes? I don't think so. As she adjusts, she gets kind of comfy with some of the girls, and begins to skate on thin ice with others. I don't know about you guys, but if I can avoid trouble easily, I'm going to avoid it. Screw the whole sticking-up-for-what-you-believe-in speech, if someone looks like trouble - LEAVE THEM ALONE!

A "love triangle" develops as the novel progresses. I'm actually not that sure you can call it a triangle, I'm just going to go right ahead and call it a line. Two fixed points. One being Allie, the other being Sylvain. The other fellow's name. Charles? Cayden? Chuck? Oh wait, his name was Carter ... He held NO significance in my opinion. So what, you say a few sweet words to a girl, and it's okay for you to fall in love with her? What about the good old days, when people liked to get to know each other better, before releasing the dreaded three words (I love you.) Uh Uh. I was really disappointed when Allie fell for him! He acts so bipolar. One minute he's in love, the next minute he's all "Shove it up your piehole, Sheridan." Carter was just not for me. I honestly didn't understand his importance throughout the novel, besides the many escapades they traveled on. Even then, I think Allie and Carter would be better off as friends, who just-so-happen to flirt. I mean, hello?! The cutest thing ever is in love with you. (Sylvain.) Tsk Tsk.

Sylvain kind of reminds me of Sylvester the cat from those old cartoons. Not when he's all evil, though. When he's friends with the baby Tweety bird, and all the other Looney Toon characters.

*Clears throat* Back to the matters at hand. What is up with Allie's ability to forgive so quickly? I mean the saying says forgive and forget, but she is just too innocent! Then she has the nerve to ask why people are hiding things from her? Hmmm ?! I don't know Allie, maybe, because you act as fragile as glass! You know what pissed me off even more?! I don't know what the hell she is. I mean books like the Born at Midnight series keeps you on your toes with the drama, and some developing special abilities. In Night School, however, Allie has nothing. Sure, you're pretty, but what the heck do you do?! I got nothing out of this book.The characters, and the drama were a bit amusing - cute if anything. But the only reason I finished reading this book, is because I felt like I was obligated to, since I had only seven chapters left.

I'm just going to end this review, by saying Night School was an OKAY novel, but it just didn't make me want to Stop, Drop, and Read. I kind of wanted to Run, Run, and Ignore.



Friday, June 22, 2012

Under Construction (Again...)

Hey guys! Once again, we're under construction. We're currently getting this completely different blog makeover. Give it a few days, and we should be done, by then. So, so sorry. As soon as our layout is up, and running. We promise to spam you with a bunch of posts, and reviews. Love you guys!

Much Love,

Anastasia, Demitra, & Persephone <3

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Diary Entry: New E-reader

Hey guys, just a quick update we felt was in store. All of us recently just upgraded all our Simple Touch Nooks, to the Nook Color. If too many problems arise, then we'll definitely join all you 'kindlers.' ;D

Though, the upgrade was most definitely due, one particular event occurred at Starbucks this morning. We were all finishing up 'Until I Die,' by Amy Plum, when an extremely upsetting event took place.

Spoiler:

Vincent dies. You're kidding, right?

Would you guys like to see the outcome of the outburst Anastasia, had? (She totally chucked the Nook across Starbucks.)

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Oh, yeah. The cashier was more than happy to politely ask us to pick up Anastasia's Nook, finish eating, and leave. Her excuse? She didn't realize it wasn't a book. Overruled. GUILTY as charged. Anastasia, you are sentenced to one month in the loony bin. Case closed.

The screen is cracked ... along with our hearts. Now, we know you're thinking "This chick has some serious anger issues..." (100% true, of course.) But think about this, we read 'Die for Me' , AND 'Until I Die', in the same day, back-to-back. So it went something like: "We LOVE you so much Vincent" to "OMG you're dead?!"

We give up on life. Officially. We're still waiting for 'If I Should Die,' though. Something's definitely wrong with us; but we can't help but hope that maybe ... JUST MAYBE Vincent is alive! (We cried for like an hour, though.) We don't know, maybe Amy Plum likes misery, and suffering.

Wailing, and patiently waiting for Vincent to come back to us. Wait, does the release date say - May 2013?! Make that IMPATIENTLY waiting for Vincent.

Reviews for both books coming soon. Tell us what you think, though. Is Anastasia psycho, did you almost do the same thing? Ta-ta for now!


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Friday, June 8, 2012

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side + Jessica Rules the Dark Side ( Joint Review ) by Beth Fantaskey

Author: Beth Fantaskey
Series: Jessica (#1 & # 2)
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Release Date: January 10th 2012
Pages: 309
Read in: 1 day; 2 days


Overview:
"Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side" :

The undead can really screw up your senior year ...

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn't fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.
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"Jessica Rules the Dark Side" :

It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?


A Teenager's Perspective:

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side was an enjoyable, short read that had us rolling around with laughter from the tension, jokes, and shots that Jessica, and her vampire - Lucius, take at each other. Originally, we saw the amazing reviews that Jessica Rules the Dark Side had received, but then we realized there was a book that preceded it. So, we decided "Heck, why not?" and to our surprise, BOTH novels were equally enticing. Since we're lazy and our thoughts about both books are just up, and about; we decided to make a joint review for both books. Bare with us, 'kay?

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side begins with Jessica spotting this creepy, dark, looming figure, who just happens to be everywhere she is ... She believes she's being stalked by it, until he's right in her classroom. Claiming the school, and HER as his. He's kidding, right? Us girls sure do know how to pick 'em right? Tall, dark, handsome? Arrogant, playful, intimidatingly crude, and so , so ...


Be cool. Right.

He has plenty of other girls drooling over him throughout the book, though we could tell (and we're sure you could/can/will too.) that he only has eyes for Jessica. *Sigh* Awwww! Ah, well too bad. Jessica's got her sights set on HOTT (this is not a typo) Jake. Throughout the book, we see Lucius kind of settle into this new land-of-the-free setting, in contrast to his off-with-their-heads custom. His arrogant, selfish, and spoiled nature seem to utterly, and outrightly annoy Jess. But but BUT, as the book progresses he transitions into this caring guy, whose been through A LOT, and just wants to be happy ... FINALLY. Overall thoughts and reactions? We cried, when ... oh, wait no spoilers. Right. We shed a few tears, no waterworks or anything serious, but everything is settle in the end, guys!

There were some corny lines here and there, though ...

Exhibit 1 :

"... There are forces in this universe that we just can't explain."

... and 2:

"You wept for my distress. No one has ever wept to see me suffer before.I shall not forget that kindness, Jessica."


Still... we love, love, loved the book, and we'd give it 3 1/2 star rating. What the heck? Why don't we just give it a 4 star rating.
There ya' go.
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WARNING: If you have not read the first book, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side Abandon all ye hope ... or just stop reading. That's fine. (We've been working on Dante's inferno - overtime. You've gotta love English Lit.)
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Jessica Rules the Dark Side -- also made us cry. A bit. Okay, fine - a lot. But it was just sooo sad! So for all who read the first book.(Or you rebels who want the spoiler ;o ) Let's just take a breather. Ahhhhh. Inhale. Exhale.

Lucius is a live. Jessica and Lucius both love each other, and have gotten married. Father time? You can start your job again.

In this sequel, Jessica seems to be the one adjusting. Her new position as princess, and soon-to-be queen - quite frankly, scares the crap out of her. Who wouldn't, be? Throughout the novel's span, Jessica is trying to come to terms with her new position, and all the duties she's been entrusted with. Jess is surrounded by vampire, upon vampire, upon vampire. Jessica tries to do this with isolation, and with time, which she thought she had, until the explainable happens...And when the isolation becomes too much, who does she go to? Her best friend. Love it! This brings forth a new love interest. ALSO, loved this.

Now for some really juicy stuff - constructive criticism ... and sarcasm. Oh yeah! Can we blunt here for a second? Jessica annoyed us -- to the point of insanity. My husband left me. Wah, wah. How will I ever go on? Wah, wah. I only want you Lucius. You don't say? Because we're here just assuming you married him, because of his AMAZING HAIR. This was like the "New Moon" movie all over gain. Difference? Bella had SOME type of social lifeline. You are sad. Check. You are lonely. Check. Your husband is (insert event here.) Check. Common Sense: Clearly, says make some friends, move on, save your husband, and get OUT of Romania. Moving on. I don't think we actually started liking Jessica until she realized she had a brain. Which ... OMG she has to use. Too harsh?



This novel's plot was a pee-in-your-pants type of situation, that had us — sorry to be terribly cliché — grapling the edge of our seats... or pillow pets. We really liked the book besides a few flaws in Jessic's character. Althoug if we must say, we. Definitely liked the 1st novel wayyy better. Jessica had sass, backbone, spunk, and confidence! Just because you're adjusting doesn't mean you have to change EVERY aspect of your personality. Liked it? Yes; Loved it? Not quite. Stop, drop, and read? We wouldn't. "Jessica Rules the Dark Side," was a definite 3 star. Like it? Loved it, Hated it? Tell us what you think!

Rating:

Favorite Quotes:
"Women should have curves, not angles." (Goodness Gracious, you gotta love Lucius.)

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Under Construction

Hey, guys!

Sorry for our atrocious blog right now, lol. We are currently under construction, as one of our techy friends is making us a new layout! Yay! So, please ignore the painfully gross headers, and backgrounds you may see.

Thanks (:
-Anastasia, Demitra, & Persephone.