Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Betrayed


Review on "Betrayed" second book in the House of Night novels by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

Synopsis:

Fledgling vampire Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She’s come to terms with the vast powers the vampire goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group. Best of all, Zoey’s made some new friends and she finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. And despite the best efforts of her mother and step-loser John to humiliate her publicly during parent visitation, she’s earned the respect of her professors and High Priestess, Neferet.

Then the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night, straining human-vamp tensions in Tulsa to a breaking point. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she finds herself drawn into an intoxicating forbidden flirtation that threatens to distract her from the growing crisis. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night. Too late, Zoey begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves, and she must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.

Raven Book Worm Review:

This series just gets more and more thrilling with each read! By the second novel you have to come to know and love Zoey and her great friends. This book is definitely a page turner. Very well written and keeps the pace up so that you just devour the book. Zoey's life starts to become even more tightly woven with trying to adjust to her change, deal with the special gifts she has been given and then her love life as well. Now she is in a position of leadership as well and has to learn how to lead a group when she is just a new fledgling. Once again a brilliantly written read.

Exciting Journey,

Mel D.

Marked


Review below is on the first book in the House of Night Novels "Marked" by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

Synopsis

Zoey Redbird learns that she is becoming a vampire, in this young adult novel by award-winning author P.C. Cast and her daughter, Kristin

Raven Book Worm Review:

This book I just loved, I couldn't put it down. This is also a YA read and as my previous blog post stated that is what I have been reading lately. I absolutely adore this whole series I am currently on the 4th book. Back to book 1 though.... Zoey is the main character in the books and this first book introduces you to her and to the House of Night. In this series the authors have created an actual school that all Marked teens have to go to as they make the transition to becoming a vampire. This takes you on Zoey's journey in life and her change. You see the acceptance of some of her new life and the disapproval of others that were involved in her previous life. I love Zoey's character because she is down to earth. I won't give away anything but to say that Zoey is special yet it doesn't go to her head and I really enjoy that about these novels. This is now one of my favorite books - up there with Twilight for me (which is saying a lot)! This first book introduces you also to Zoey's friends as well that are with her at the House of Night. A must read!!

Changing Journey,

Mel D.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Generation Dead


I haven't updated my blog lately and I really needed to, since the last update I have read two really great books! I have been really busy with kids, work and school but I am making a commitment to update my blog regularly. The read I am blogging on today is a actually a young adult read but it was a great one. Recently I have found myself really enjoying the books actually aimed for young adults, wonder what that says about me, LOL. This read is Generation Dead by Daniel Waters -

Synopsis

Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush. He's strong and silent.and dead.

All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn't want them.
The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the "differently biotic." But the students don't want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn't breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the "living impaired" from the people who want them to disappear-for good.
When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids, no one can believe it; not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team Adam has feelings for Phoebe that run much deeper than just friendship; he would do anything for her. But what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?

Raven Book Worm Review:

This book is a zombie theme read. Generally speaking most of my reads are about vampires (what can I say I have loved them since I was a young girl). This is my first zombie read and I adored it! The book is so well done you really feel a connection to the characters. Two of the main male characters (Tommy and Adam) I really liked and couldn't decide which one I would prefer to take the lead shall we say.... This book is a young adult read so I feel it was excellent in conveying the message to young people about acceptance of differences. It didn't just cover the acceptance of the "living impaired" but also of the students that were different from the majority of those in their school. This read also had an aspect of forgiveness in it as well showing that people can change. I really loved the ending of this read! The ending was so unexpected, Waters didn't just write what you expected to happen it was such a surprise. I love the fact that the ending caught me off guard and kept me wanting more. I didn't want it to end. I actually got out of bed and started looking to see if there were more books out or coming out. When I first picked this one up I had no idea that it was going to be a series at the time. Well, much to my great pleasure there is a second book out "Kiss of Life". I haven't read the second yet but I did buy it so I have it now to read! Waters did an excellent job of setting it up for the second book and tying it in wonderfully with the first - you want to know what happens and how they are adjusting. Yet again another nod to how well written these characters were and how they kept on developing throughout the read. Definitely recommend this one.

Unexpected Journey,

Mel D.