Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked is the first book in The Cahill Witch Chronicles. It’s about three beautiful sisters who are very eccentric, young  women. And they have a secret. Cate promised her Mother before she died, that she would always care for her younger sisters. This is the 1870s so she is of age to marry, and she has to choose to either join the Sisterhood or marry. She is drawn to Finn (the gardener) who is certainly not who people think she is suppose to be with.  But while reading her mother diary she learns of a secret that could destroy her and her sisters. Witchery is illegal so Cate searches for a way to stop this from happening. This book is enchanting, and somewhat addictive. These sisters have a bond that is amazing, but not just because they are sister, but because they witches as well and want to keep each other safe. This binds them even more and very important to this story. The way the story is written there is a slow build up for exciting things to happen, which just make you not want to put the book down till you find out what happens next. And there are so many things happens, you can’ t help but to want and help Cate. Especially with Brotherhood. It’s a great story with witches, magic and forbidden romance. Now I just have to wait the for Star Cursed to come, so I can find out what happens with Cate, Maura, Tess and especially Finn.

Finally Friday

It’s Finally Friday. What will you be reading this weekend?

I received Intangible by J Meyers for review. It  was published earlier this year.

Brief Description: Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

So far I’m enjoying it, and hopefully I will finish it soon and be able to tell you about it.

 

Have a great weekend.

Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

This is sequel to Delirium. It leave off right where it left off. Lena has made it to the Wilds.  But she is devastated at the loss of Alex. She is rescued by Raven and the group of people she lives with. Once she is stronger, she is sent to gather information on the DFA (Deliria-Free America). During a rally she is kidnapped along with Julian Fineman the son of the founder. They’ve escape and are trying to find safety. There is a lot of things happening and  Julian begins to realize the the “perfect” world he grew up in, isn’t so perfect. They slowly fall for each other. This book goes back forth between Now and Then. Which  I like because it shows how hard she fights and struggle to pull through not only the loss of Alex, but all that happens in the Wilds. She fights becoming stronger outside the walls of the Pures. Julian is a smart, cute, young man that isn’t sure of who he is or what he wants. I was really upset when Lena didn’t end up with Alex. I guess Julian will make a pretty good stand in. They both need each other. The ending is WOW. That is all I can say. Lauren Oliver keeps you interested from start to finish. It is a perfect sequel to Delirium, with heroism, heartache, a developing  forbidden romance. Can’t wait for the next installment, with Requiem coming out in 2013.

Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

This book is about Ismae, a 17 year old girl is sold off by her father to a man to be married. The man is abusive and she held prisoner when he learns of her lineage. She has help to escape and is taken to a St Mortains convent, but this is not just any convent. While here, she learns to serve a handmaid to Death. She is trained in weaponry, poison and seduction. Ismae is sent out on a mission with Duval to the High court of Brittany to act as his mistress to carry out Mortains biddings . She does’t like, nor trust Duval. Her time at the High court is spent discovering plots of treason against the Duches Anne, and learns to get along with Duval as well. Ismae is a very strong young woman who learns to listen to heart, even if it is not what the convent teaches.  Duval might come across as a strong man whose duty will come before anything else, but he does have a different side that you just can’t help but like. The plot of this book is intriguing, with historical fantasy, magic, secrecy and some romance. This is a definitely new breed of heroine. One you’ll root for to the end. I mean assassin nuns, handmaids to Death, what more could you want in a book. It is elegantly written, and wonderfully compelling. A great start to a new series. So far one of my favorite books this year.

Happy Release Day

There are so many new books out today from really great authors.. Here are just a few.  Can’t wait to read them all.

ARC Review: The Glimpse by Claire Merle

This book is set in the not so far off future, where people are tested to see if they are predisposed to have mental health issues and separated based on the outcome. Ariana (Ana) has lived a pretty good life in the Community with her father, until she is told that her test was tampered with and she carries the gene for mental health issues and is not Pure. She is set to be bound to a Pure-boy named Jasper. Because is set to be bound to him she is given a pass from being banished. When Jasper is kidnapped she leaves the comfort of the Community and ventures into the Crazies to find him. She soon learns that everything she has grown up believing may not be so. She meets Lila  and Cole and discovers some information that could possibly tear everything apart. While with Cole she learns that she love and be loved. I found this to be strangely fascinating, mysterious with a little bit of romance and,at the same time kind of disturbing. The story has lots of twist and turns, but keeps you interested. This is a great debut book. Hopefully there will be another book so that I read what happens, especially they ended.

Week In Review

My first week has been amazing.  It’s been a busy week. I’ve posted reviews for several books and, and connected with new people on Twitter and Facebook. I have had a blast connecting with you all and hope you continue following. Have a wonderful week.

Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I was really torn on giving a review on this book. Lina is a 15 year old girl and her family was ripped from their home. They were basically sold in slavery. There were a lot of times I had to put the book down. It was a lot to take in. We learn about the time with Stalin reign of terror during school, but it is different from a person point of view like this that suffered during this time. It is heart wrenching, terrifying, but at the same time I wanted to keep reading. Lina and her mother and younger brother suffer tremendously both physically and emotionally. During all of this. She draws things that she has seen as the way she sees them. They have other families that they travel with on the way to Siberia. While there, Lina grows close to a boy named Andrius, who is with his mother. They are later torn apart  and Lina and her family is moved to the Arctic Circle. The conditions they all have to endure in devastating and deadly. The way the book is written just sucks you in and you want to read to see what this poor girl and the people she is with could possibly suffer and survive through. This is an insight into history and reminds us of the travesties that have happened, that we don’t always want to remember, but happened just the same. I would recommend reading this even though I cried my eyes out at the end… It is truly a book that needs to be read.

Here are some New Releases for next week

Endure by Carrie Jones

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Underworld by Meg Cabot

ARC Review: Timepiece by Myra McEntire

I don’t even know where to start. There are so many thing I loved about this book. To start, Timepiece is from Kaleb Ballard’s point of view, which is great. I liked him in Hourglass so I was excited to read this. He is the “bad boy” that everyone really  loves or dislikes a lot. I was sucked in from the beginning. There is so much we didn’t know about him, but that was remedied in Timepiece. His story picked up where Emerson left off. He soon learns he and the others can see time travelers, and he has to use his abilities as well as Emersons, Michaels and the rest of the groups to help find Jack to try and fix the time slipping. They are always consequences for the actions we take of which they learn very quickly. We learn so much more about the characters and what they have went through. This a remarkable, romantic and gripping story. Myra McEntire really outdid herself. Amazing Book. Definitely put this on your TBR.