Saturday, January 21, 2012

In My Stack


"Entwined" by Heather Dixon
Hardcover: 480 pages
Published: Greenwillow Books (March 29, 2011)


Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it.
The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.
Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.
But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.
Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late. 

I did not finish this book.  I tried to get into it, but it was just too cheesy.  I mean, calling your father King and dancing at the drop a hat...hmm.  The wording was just ...cheesy.  I know I said that already, but it's the truth.  I loved the cover of the book.  Very pretty.  If you want to read a great book based on the Twelve Dancing Princesses, then read "Wildwood Dancing" by Juliet Marillier.  Now, that's a good book!

Since I didn't finish the book, I will not give it a star rating.

Friday, January 13, 2012


"Passion" (Fallen #3)
by Lauren Kate
Hardcover: 420 pages
Published: Random House Children's Books (June 14, 2011)

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.

I was so excited to read this book!  I thought it was a very good book (if you've read the series) and I couldn't put it down.  I was glad to finally know the mysteries of their relationship and find out the secrets, etc.  Until I got to the last chapter and realized that this isn't the last book in the series.  There's going to be one more in June 2012 called "Rapture".  Bummer.

The Eleventh Plague

"The Eleventh Plague" by Jeff Hirsch
Hardcover: 288 pages
Published: Scholastic Books (September 1, 2011)

Book Description:
The wars that followed The Collapse nearly destroyed civilization. Now, twenty years later, the world is faced with a choice—rebuild what was or make something new.

Stephen Quinn, a quiet and dutiful fifteen-year-old scavenger, travels Post-Collapse America with his Dad and stern ex-Marine Grandfather. They travel light. They keep to themselves. Nothing ever changes. But when his Grandfather passes suddenly and Stephen and his Dad decide to risk it all to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen's life is turned upside down. With his father terribly injured, Stephen is left alone to make his own choices for the first time.

Stephen’s choices lead him to Settler's Landing, a lost slice of the Pre-Collapse world where he encounters a seemingly benign world of barbecues, baseball games and days spent in a one-room schoolhouse. Distrustful of such tranquility, Stephen quickly falls in with Jenny Tan, the beautiful town outcast. As his relationship with Jenny grows it brings him into violent conflict with the leaders of Settler's Landing who are determined to remake the world they grew up in, no matter what the cost.
Well, what can I say that you don't already know from the description?  Not much.  This book was OK.  It was a fast read, and reminded me of the movie "The Road".  Same kind of idea.  Kind of depressing tho.

Monday, January 2, 2012


"Torment" (Fallen #2)
by Lauren Kate
Hardcover: 452 pages
Published: Random House Children's Books (September 28, 2010)

Book Description:
Hell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

This is a pretty good series so far.  I'm hooked, and can't wait to read the third book in the series called Passion.  I'm currently waiting for it at my library. 

This book is set in a new location (new school) and has some new interesting characters.  There's more angels and demons and part-angels in this book.  We are closer to discovering more about Luce and her background.  She is less afraid, and has discovered a new talent.  A really good book.