Friday, February 25, 2011

Darkness Becomes Her - Kelly Keaton



Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.
Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.
She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.
Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.


I'd like to just say that my favorite part of Darkness Becomes Her was the characters.  I adored Kelly Keaton's characters.


Ari is tough.  She's had to be.  Her mother gave her up when she was just a little girl, and she's been bouncing around less-than-savory foster homes ever since.  Now she works for her foster parents as a bounty hunter.  She can take care of herself.  Or at least, she thought she could, until she found out what actually happened to her mother, and starts following her past all the way to New 2--what used to be New Orleans before it was nearly destroyed by hurricanes years back.  


New 2 is nothing more than a run-down tourist trap for paranormal groupies, but vampires and witches and stuff don't exist.  Right?

I adored the cast of characters Ari meets upon entering New 2.  It was like she encountered the paranormal equivalent of the island of misfit toys.


There's romance in Darkness Becomes Her too, but it's a lot more understated than most of the YA out there right now.  It's there (the beginnings of it anyway) but it's not the focus of the book.  The focus is on Ari, who has always known she's weird, but is suddenly realizing just how strange she really is.


I really enjoyed this one.  Be warned though, if you're not comfortable with your vamps and witches sharing the same space with some good old fashioned Greek myths, this might not be for you.


Also, Ari has a mouth on her.  (Which, personally, I enjoyed, but I'm 26).


This one ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I really can't wait for the next one.


Happy Reading!


-geekgirl

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa


My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.


Okay, I have something I need to get off my chest.

Until now...I was team Puck.

There.  I said it.

I don't know what it is.  I'm just a sucker for those best-friend turned boyfriend possibilities.  That and I have a thing against girls who fall in love too fast.  So when Meghan fell for Ash so quickly in the past two books, even though he was being a jerk and avoiding her, I didn't like it.  I was secretly (very secretly...the YA book bloggers' love for Ash isn't much of a secret, and I'm too new to this game to be shaking things up) rooting for Puck.

But I've been converted.

I don't know what it was about The Iron Queen, but my hat is off to you, Julie Kagawa.  I want an Ash of my own now.  (pretty please).

In the last book, Meghan and Ash were prepaid to leave the world of Faery behind forever, just so that they could be together.  The only problem is that Faery has gotten itself in a world of trouble, and it's up to Meghan and Ash to save it before it's too late.

As always, Kagawa swept me off my feat with her adventurous tale.  This third installment to the series is even more exciting than the others, and her world, as always, is beautifully crafted.

I absolutely adored this one.  In fact, I think I liked it even better than the previous two, because I finally got to see the true side of Ash, and saw what Meghan (and apparently, all the other bloggers) has seen in him all along.

Amazing read!  Amazing series!  Amazing author!

Go read it.

-geekgirl

...now...who do I have to throw my iPod at to get The Iron Knight?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (8)


Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming realases that they cannot wait to get their hands one.

Here's mine...


It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

If she fails...

This sounds so awesome.  I love the myth of Persephone!

Also, the cover is beyond gorgeous.  I cannot wait!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox

I'm really excited because I actually got some ARCs in the mail this week.  I can't wait to start reading them!













Thanks to all the publishers who sent me these!  I'm really looking forward to reading all of them!

So what did you get in your mailbox this week?

I'd love to hear about any new books that I should keep my eye out for.

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Weekend Wishlist (6)

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!
Do you have a list of books building up in your head (or on your bookshelf), that have been out for awhile, but you've never read, but you keep hoping you will?
Weekend Wishlist is a way for bloggers to share their to-be-read piles with each other, and to remind themselves that, though we all adore the new releases, there are many backlist titles that deserve our love too.
I'm still working out the kinks of this meme, so for now, if you'd like to participate, either leave a link to your WW post in the comments, or email me at gkgrlbk@gmail.com, and I'll add your link below.


Anyway, here's mine!


I recently read Delirium by Lauren Oliver and I couldn't put it down.  I absolutely adore her writing, so I'm itching to start reading her debut novel, Before I Fall. 

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Sounds awesome, right?  Can't wait to read it!

What's on your wishlist?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Beastly - Alex Flinn

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 thought that since it was Valentines Day this week, I'd post my review of Alex Flinn's Beastly, which, being a retelling of Beauty and the Beast is super-romantic.  It's also told from the point of view of the male main character, which is pretty unique in YA fiction  especially for a romance.

And what makes it even better, is that it's told from the POV of the Beast.

Kyle thought he had it all.  He had the looks, and he had the brains, money and confidence to back them up.  He ruled his high school, until the day he decided to play a prank on the school's resident freak, by asking her to the dance.  When he showed up with his real date, he expected the girl he pranked to be humiliated.  What he didn't expect was for her to be a witch.

The witch decides that he should be as hideous on the outside as he is on the inside, and turns him into a beastly mix of a bear, a lion, and various other terrifying animals, with the warning that if he doesn't find someone to love him for who he really is before a year passes, he'll be a beast forever.

I loved how much Kyle grew as a character, and I really enjoyed the love story between him and Lindy, as well as his relationships with his housekeeper and his tutor, who were hired to keep him out of the prying eyes of the everyday world, so as not to cause panic or scandal.

The chat room where Kyle converses online with other fairy tale creatures was a nice touch too.

This was a really fun read.  If you're looking for a new take on the classic Beauty and the Beast story, try this.  I really enjoyed it.

And also, if you liked the book, the movie is coming out exactly a month from now.  They've changed some pretty obvious things--his beastly visage is less animal-like and more just scary, and Lindy is a lot prettier than in the book--but I'm sure it will be a fun film!

Happy Reading (and enjoy the clip below)!

-geekgirl



Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself. 


Just finished this one today, and I absolutely adored it.  I'm already itching for the sequel.

Violet has always had a certain power.  Whenever she's around a body of a creature that has been killed--and specifically killed, not one that's merely died of its own causes--she can feel it.  Sometimes it's a sound, sometimes it's a smell, sometimes she sees something.

But no matter what happens, she's drawn to the body, and is compelled to put it to rest.  For most of her life, her problem has been confined to the bodies of small animals found in the woods.  But once, when she was a child she found the body of a murdered girl, and she's been haunted by it ever since, especially since the killer was never found.

But now that she's in high school, there are other things on her mind.  Like the fact that she's developed a pretty major crush on her best friend Jay, and she's torn between letting him know how she feels, and protecting their friendship.

But while she's torn up over her relationship with Jay, she is drawn by her power to the body of another girl.  One her age.  And as more and more girls turn up missing and then murdered, the town goes on high alert, and Violet realizes that the only way they're going to find the killer is with her help, because, just like she can feel the bodies, she can feel the same sort of echo on the person who is responsible for the killings.

The mystery was dark and tense, and kept me on the edge of my seat. While at the same time the romance was full of sweetness and longing.

Absolutely amazing.  There are no words.

Read it.

Seriously.

-geekgirl


p.s. the sequel to The Body Finder just came out on Tuesday.  I already have my copy on order.  If you haven't read The Body Finder, you'll want to pick up the sequel at the same time, because you won't want to leave the universe Derting has created.

sequel:


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (7)


Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming realases that they cannot wait to get their hands one.

Here's mine...


One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.
Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 
Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…


It's a camp for paranormal kids.  What's not to like?  And just look at the cover.  Just look!  It's so gorgeous! 

So excited about this one.  Can't wait to read it!

What to you think?

-geekgirl

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Fave YA Relationships - Honorable Mentions

Yesterday I blogged about my fave YA relationships in honor of Valentine's Day...with the promise of my Honorable Mentions today.




Aerin/Dane - Academy 7 - Anne Osterlund

I really enjoyed the progression of the relationship between Aerin, an escaped slave, and Dane, the son of one of the universe's leaders.






Tamsin/Gabriel - Once a Witch - Carolyn MacCullough

I loved how flirty Gabriel was with Tamsin, and how he was willing to help her with absolutely anything.





Dru/Graves - Strange Angels - Lili St. Crow

Okay, I'll admit it.  I'm just in love with Graves.  If Dru doesn't want him, can I have him?



So what about you, fellow readers?  What are your favorite YA relationships?  I'd love to know, especially if I haven't read the book before.  I'm always looking for new YA books to adore.  So if you have any suggestions for books and/or pairings I might like, leave me a note in the comments.  I'd love to hear from you!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Fave YA Relationships

Hey Everyone!

Since I've been sick this week, I haven't gotten a lot of reading done (I know that doesn't make sense, but when I'm sick my attention span goes way down.  I've been watching a lot of Disney and horror movies over the past few days.)

So instead of the book review I had planned, I've decided, since it's Valentines Day, to share my fave YA relationships with you.

So without further ado, I give you my top YA relationships, in no particular order.

Katniss/Peeta - The Hunger Games Series - Suzanne Collins

This fave pairing, I have to say, is mainly due to Peeta.  If you've read the books, you know exactly what I mean.

If you haven't read the books (and oh my goodness, why not?), here's what you need to know...Katniss is the main character in The Hunger Games.  She takes the place of her little sister when she's chosen as a tribute to a fight to the death.  Every district has to give two tributes though, one female, and one male.  Peeta is the male tribute.

He is willing to die so Katniss can live.  No, he is planning to die so Katniss can live.

Oh.  My heart.



Isobel/Varen - Nevermore - Kelly Creagh

Isobel is the perfect blonde cheerleader.  Varen is the creepy loner goth boy.

Isobel's life is pretty much perfect until she's paired with Varen for the biggest school project of the year.  As they work together, she starts seeing that there's more to Varen than she realized, and soon she's ditching her friends (who aren't that nice to begin with) in order to spend time with Varen.

Theirs is the sweetest love story with a horror background, and I loved that it took Isobel forever to realize that she's actually in love with Varen.

Adore this.



Lena/Alex - Delirium - Lauren Oliver

This is the love story of two people who fall in love in a world where love is a disease.  Where love is illegal, and punishable by pain and imprisonment and even death.

To add to this, Lena didn't even want to fall in love.  All she wanted was to be normal, and to count down the days until she could have the procedure to cure herself forever.

This is a terrifying dystopian romance full of danger and excitement.

It's an amazing read.  Check it out.  You won't regret it.






Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

p.s. COMING UP TOMORROW... My Fave YA Relationships, Honorable Mentions Edition (because they're not really in relationships, but they should be!)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

In My Mailbox (11)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox

Here's what I picked up this week.  All were from my local library...my library addiction continues.  I'm seeking help.















I'd love to hear what you got...even if it wasn't in your mailbox :)

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Weekend Wishlist (5)

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!
Do you have a list of books building up in your head (or on your bookshelf), that have been out for awhile, but you've never read, but you keep hoping you will?
Weekend Wishlist is a way for bloggers to share their to-be-read piles with each other, and to remind themselves that, though we all adore the new releases, there are many backlist titles that deserve our love too.
I'm still working out the kinks of this meme, so for now, if you'd like to participate, either leave a link to your WW post in the comments, or email me at gkgrlbk@gmail.com, and I'll add your link below.

(The Hollow book two)

If you follow this blog, you'll know I reviewed The Hollow yesterday.  I really enjoyed it.  Book two in the series, The Haunted, has been out for awhile now, and my goal is to read and review it before Book three (The Hidden) hits shelves.
If only my library would hurry up (taps foot).

Well, fellow readers, do you have any backlist titles you're looking to get your hands on.

Remember, backlist titles need love too!

-geekgirl

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Hollow - Jessica Verday


When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again...but also special. Just when Abbey starts to feel that she might survive all this, she learns a secret that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her death? As Abbey struggles to understand Kristen's betrayal, she uncovers a frightening truth that nearly unravels her—one that will challenge her emerging love for Caspian, as well as her own sanity.


 This was a really fun read.  Abbey is having a really hard time after her best friend goes missing and is declared dead.  Half the town is walking on eggshells around her, but her own parents are more concerned about keeping up appearances than letting Abbey deal with Kristen's death in her own way.  In an attempt to get away from them at Kirsten's funeral (which isn't really a funeral, in Abbey's opinion, since Kristen's body has never been found) she ducks into Kristen's basement to hide out.  That's where she meets Caspian, who seems to be doing the exact same thing.

Ever since then, Abbey starts seeing Caspian all over the place and finds herself drawn to the mysterious boy.  I thought Abbey became a little wimpy when it came to Caspian--letting her life revolve around him, while he didn't appear willing to do the same for her, and while girls who pine are a little hard for me to read about, I could see where she was coming from.  Her best friend was dead, and she's left without any kind of support, so when Caspian starts wanting to spend time with her--and that's a big selling point, he wants HER, not just the dead girl's best friend--she jumps at the chance.


That being said, I was thrilled that Abbey eventually started to realize the lack of involvement on Caspian's part, and called him out on it.

I loved the combination of the modern story and the tale of Sleepy Hollow, and how everything looked normal, but nothing was quite as it seemed.


I really enjoyed this book, and I'm really looking forward to reading the next one.


Happy Reading!


-geekgirl


p.s. I thought the last line of the book kicked butt!  It gave me the shivers.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Once a Witch - Carolyn MacCullough


Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.

This was an awesome read!  I blew through this one so quickly.  I couldn't put it down.  

At first, I was a little put off by Tamsin's attitude.  The girl definately has a chip on her shoulder.  She's done everything she can to put distance between herself and her family, because while they have Talents--magical powers--she doesn't.  This wouldn't be so bad, except that when she was born, her future-seeing grandmother told everyone she'd be one of the most Talented members of the family in history, and they've never let her forget what a disappointment she is.  So while at first I found it hard to connect with her as a character, that quickly passed, and I could see exactly why she has an attitude.  It's for self-preservation.  And I quickly found myself on Tamsin's side.

So when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very powerful sister, and asks her to find something for him--one of her family's skills--she can't stop herself from saying she'll help him.  


But then she soon finds herself way over her head, and she has to turn to her old friend Gabriel--who has turned into a very cute teenage boy since she saw him last--for help.


I loved the interaction between Tamsin and Gabriel, who, though a very Talented person himself, he's still very much a teenage boy, one who clearly has a thing for Tamsin.


Overall, I adored this story.  I didn't want to put it down.  I can't wait for the sequel!


Happy Reading!


-geekgirl


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (6)


Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming realases that they cannot wait to get their hands one.

Here's mine...

sequel to Infinity (the Chronicles of Nick #1)

You may remember from my review, I really enjoyed Infinity, book one of this series.  I can't wait for the second!  (I'm hoping for more zombies!)

What about you?

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.


This was a really good follow-up to The Iron King.  I thought that Meghan was a little wimpier in this one, and that's the only reason I didn't give it all five stars, but even then, it's understandable.  

She's trapped in the Winter Kingdom, and Ash, the faery prince she's fallen in love with, has abandoned her.  She's lonely, she's heartbroken, and she's freezing.

But then, as summer turns to winter everywhere else, and the scepter of seasons is handed from Oberon to Mab, the Iron Fey return.  But this time, they're not interested in Meghan.  They want power.  They steal the scepter in secret, and lay the blame at Meghan's feet, starting a war between the Summer and Winter courts.

But Meghan is determined to stop the war before the people she cares about get hurt.  

This book has just as much adventure as the first one, and I absolutely adore the characters, especially a new one that stole my heart a little bit.

The world Kagawa has created continues to entice, and I am left desperate to get my hands on the next one.  I can tell why everyone is in love with this series.

Give it a try.  You will too.

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl


Monday, February 7, 2011

The Iron King - Julie Kagawa



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.

This book was amazing.  It was like someone took a bunch of my favourite things, added some magic, and just handed it to me in cupcake form.

The world that Kagawa created kind of blew me away.  The faery world is based on A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Puck is real.  Oberon is real.  Tatiana is real.  And Meghan Chase had no idea.

And really, how could she?  She was human.  At least, that's what she thought until her baby brother is stolen away into the land of the fey, and replaced by a changeling. 

To save him, she enters the Nevernever (I love that name by the way), and soon discovers that there have been a lot of secrets she's been kept from.  Like the fact that she's not completely human.

This was a great adventure, and it reminded me of Labyrinth (my favourite movie of all time).  I loved the characters--Meghan's strength and determination to help those she loves, Puck's playfulness and protectiveness, and Ash for his honesty and bravery.  And Grim, because, well, he's Grim.  Read the book and you'll see why.

I've already started on book two The Iron Daughter, and I have book three The Iron Queen ready and waiting.  I can't wait to read them.

Amazing read, and highly recommended for fans of fairy tales, adventure, romance, and cats.  (and Labyrinth).

If you haven't read this series yet, give it a chance.  You won't regret it.

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl



Sunday, February 6, 2011

In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox

So without further ado, here's what I picked up this week...and even though none of them came in my mailbox (technically) I'm still rather pleased...


Hush Hush - Becca Fitzpatick [amazongoodreads]
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl [amazongoodreads]
Mercy - Rebecca Lim [amazongoodreads]
The Poison Diaries - Maryrose Wood [amazongoodreads]
I, Houdini - Lynne Reid Banks [amazongoodreads]


That's all I got this week...all either from the library, or gifts from friends (who have been given the standing order that all YA and middle grade fiction shall be passed my way).

So what did you pick up this week?

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Weekend Wishlist (4)

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!
Do you have a list of books building up in your head (or on your bookshelf), that have been out for awhile, but you've never read, but you keep hoping you will?
Weekend Wishlist is a way for bloggers to share their to-be-read piles with each other, and to remind themselves that, though we all adore the new releases, there are many backlist titles that deserve our love too.
I'm still working out the kinks of this meme, so for now, if you'd like to participate, either leave a link to your WW post in the comments, or email me at gkgrlbk@gmail.com, and I'll add your link below.


This weekend what I'm really wishing for is The Demon's Covenant (goodreads|amazon), the sequel to The Demon's Lexicon, which I reviewed yesterday.


Mae Crawford’s always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has changed. Her younger brother, Jamie, suddenly has magical powers, and she’s even more unsettled when she realizes that Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse… Jamie hasn’t told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae turns to brothers Nick and Alan to help her rescue Jamie, but they are in danger from Gerald themselves because he wants to steal Nick's powers. Will Mae be able to find a way to save everyone she cares about from the power-hungry magician's carefully laid trap? - GOODREADS.COM

I've already started bugging my local library about ordering some copies, but this is proving more problematic than anticipated (I'll probably do a post about what happened later), so all I can do is cross my fingers at this point.

Wish me luck!

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Demon's Lexicon - Sarah Rees Brennan

Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick's mother stole -- a charm that keeps her alive -- and they want it badly enough to kill again. Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon's mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase...and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is desperate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.
Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians' Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.
This is the Demon's Lexicon. Turn the page.



Can I just say Dude, that was intense.  

There.  I said it.

This was an amazing read.  It took a little bit for me to get into it, because at the beginning of the story you're dropped into this completely new world.  Well, the world's the same, but there's so much that's different.  The mythology on this one isn't like anything I've ever read before.  This story has nothing to do with vampires or werewolves.  There's normal people, there's magicians, there's demons, and then there's people like Nick and his brother Alan who know a bit about everything, and are stuck in the middle.

Nick and Alan were brought up to fight the magicians who sacrifice normal people to gain control over demons, in order to harness their powers.  But they don't do it out of a good-vs-evil kick.  They do it to protect their mother, who was once a magician herself, until she stole a very powerful charm and is now being hunted by her former circle.

I don't want to give too much away, since this was such an amazing twisty-turny story, but I'll tell you how easy it was for me to go from knowing nothing about what this book was about, to being completely immersed in the mythology and the characters.  Nick's a bad-ass, Alan's his sweet older brother, Jamie is the sixteen year old boy who gets marked by a demon and needs their help, and Mae is Jamie's pink-haired kick-ass older sister who refuses to leave until the brothers help.

I loved the interaction between all of the characters.  They all had a different dynamic, and I found that so compelling.

This was a great read.  Go check it out.  You won't regret it.

Now if I could only get my hands on book two...

Happy Reading!

-geekgirl


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