Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, #1) By Amanda Hocking


Description: "Teenager Alice Bonham's life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he's unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood."

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I feel compelled to point out though, before I go any further with my review, that I am a huge fan of "vampire books" in general to start with. The circumstances and nature involving the vampires in this book are unique to any other story I've read. Obviously, the one rule that applies to all vampires applies to the ones in this story, and that is that they drink blood. But other than that and maybe a few other little details, this is a new and refreshing take on them.
This books starts off with Alice, a Junior in high school, who meets a guy named Jack one night who just so happens to be there to save her life when she gets into some trouble. They pretty much hit it off instantly, but she notices there is something unusual about him that she just can't quite put her finger on. He's charming and seems to have an odd and mesmerizing effect on everyone he comes into contact with, except for maybe Alice. Although, they share a different sort of connection. Alice repeatedly questions him about what the deal is with him, alluding to the fact that she knows that he can't quite be 100% human. She is left with even more questions after she meets Peter, Jack's brother, who she seems to be intensely drawn to. Jack dodges her questions for a while but eventually he tells her the truth about him and his family of vampires.
I knew that his secret was going to be that he was a vampire, because the description of the book alone tells us that, but it was very clear that there was more to it than that. It about drove me crazy trying to figure out what exactly the "twist" was going to be, and all through the start of Alice and Jack's friendship I tried to pick up on any clue I could find that would give it away. But surprisingly, I remained stumped until Jack and his family let Alice in on the whole scenario.
I was extremely amused and excited by all of the new developments in this book! I also would like to add that I found all of the characters to be likable in their own way. Especially Jack, with his boyish playfulness and caring for Alice.
The end of the book leaves Alice feeling conflicted about her fate involving Jack, Peter and their family. She knows that she will be connected with them all, no matter what. But I'm anxious to see what kinds of conflicts and results her actions with bring. Who will she ultimately end up with- Jack or Peter? I can't wait to find out!




Thursday, July 28, 2011

Secrets and Shadows

I just finished reading Secrets and Shadows, the second book in the "13 to Life" series, by Shannon Delany. I must say that I liked this book better than the first one, and I really liked the first one! In the second book, we get to see a lot more of Pietr's siblings. Jessica forms closer bonds and friendships with Max and Cat especially, and I was quite amused by their characters at times. I was literally cracking up, quite loudly I might add, at work and at home while I was reading this book. Jessica says and thinks some pretty humorous things, at least in my opinion. The main goal in this book is to get someone back that is precious to the Rusakova family, and they all work together in trying to find a way to this person. We also find out some pretty interesting facts about certain other characters and it becomes pretty clear that no one is as they seem. Pietr is distant and pulls away from Jessica, which is cliche (always in the second book!). But things eventually work themselves out...sort of. When I first started this series I thought that it was going to basically just be about werewolves, but I was incredibly wrong. There is so much more to the story than that. The Russian Mafia, the USSR, The Cold War, psychics, social manipulators, energy vampires, scientists, the CIA and so on all play a part in this series. It's quite entertaining. The end of this book is a big "WHAT-THE-HELL-IS-HAPPENING??", but I was surprisingly okay with that. I have some theories about what I will find out in the next book, but until that one comes out, I am left with anticipation and speculation. =)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Review of The Trylle Trilogy! =)

So I have officially finished reading Switched, Torn, & Ascend, the "Trylle Trilogy" By Amanda Hocking. I wanted to finish the last one before I gave a review on any of them. My review may not come off as articulate and clear as I want it too, but I shall do my best to give this unique series the praise it deserves. I would also like to say that as a rule, I prefer to try and keep my reviews as spoiler-free as I can manage. My objective is not to give anything major away, just to vaguely provide proof as to why I feel a book is worthy of attention.

Basically, the first book starts of with Wendy, a 17 year old girl who never felt like she fit in. This feeling is solidified by the fact that she has the power of persuasion, which allows her to persuade people to do things with her mind. She lives with her aunt and brother who serve as her parents. She meets a guy named Finn, who sort of freaks her out yet intrigues her with his blatant intensity. Pretty much, he wastes no time in telling her that she's "Trylle", which is basically a race of trolls. In this series, trolls pretty much look like regular human people, but some of them have special abilities. Whether it be controlling the elements, healing powers, telekinesis, and so on. There is some excitement involving some ass-kicking that leads to Finn taking Wendy to one of the Trylle communities for protection, where she is introduced to her real mother, Elora. Elora just so happens to be the Queen of this place, Forening, and Wendy finds out that she is a Princess. Wendy learns the truth about several things (but is also kept in the dark about several things) and is to be trained so she can be a proper Princess. Did I mention that Finn is sort of considered low on the community totem pole, therefore rendering their budding romance forbidden?

In the second book, Torn, Wendy is kidnapped by the "Vittra". The Vittra are a rival race of trolls who want Wendy to rule their Kingdom as well. For the brief time she is kidnapped, she meets her father (the villan, pretty much) and develops a new love interest, Loki (here we go with the love triangles!). This book focuses on her accepting her destiny as Queen and trying to do the right thing for her people. She is still very torn (hence the title of the book), and would prefer to revert back to her human life, but she discovers many things that make it very clear that this is not an option for her. She starts training with Tove (one of my favorite characters in this series, who is also another powerful young troll) to harness and strengthen her powers. It turns out that Wendy is pretty much the most powerful Tryll around, since she is the offspring of two extremely powerful trolls to begin with. On top of everything heavy she's dealing with, including her sick mother, Wendy finds herself caught between guys. She wishes she could be with Finn, Loki is hanging around and she's finding herself drawn to him, and she learns that she has responsibilites to uphold regarding Tove.

Ascend - The title pretty much says it all. In this book, Wendy is getting closer and closer to the throne. I read this book in a day and found it to be even more suspenseful and amazing than the first two books! It's hard to say that about other series, but I have no problem saying that about this one. Wendy faces everything you could possibly imagine, it seems like, in this book. Love, loss, disappointment, realization, pressure, guilt, responsibility- you name it, she feels it! The biggest conflict in this book is how to take down her father, King of the Vittra, who is a evil tyrant basically. With the help of her friends and loved ones, she has to figure out what's best for her kingdom, even if it means sacrificing herself. I absolutely loved her growth throughout this book, and I loved that her and her mother were able to open up and be close. Wendy made some mistakes, but ultimately she was unselfish about the things that mattered the most. I believe the ending to this book was one of the best and most satisfying I've ever read. I was surprised, yet pleased with the man she ended up with in the end. Overall, I don't have really anything about these books to complain about.

So here it is, my review! I give this trilogy a five-star rating for sure! If you like adventure, romance, and even some fighting, I would definitely recommend this book. Especially since it's about trolls! I mean come on, people! That right there is reason enough. =)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ahh!

I just finished Torn a little bit ago and I loved it! I love it when you can start a series, and still continue to hold the same amount of interest in the books that follow the first one. There have definitely been times when I have absolutely loved the first book in a series, but then I read the second and even the third book, and they fall short.....like REALLY short. So much so that they sully my fondness towards the first book entirely and I end up being pissed off at the author for ruining it for me, as if that's what they were actually intending to do to me, personally. But anyway, this second book was even more fantastic than the first, and I'm pretty sure the last one will be just as awesome. I am so excited to read Ascend, the last book!! I know what I'll be doing tomorrow... =)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Trylle Trilogy

I am currently reading "Torn (Trylle Trilogy, #2)" by Amanda Hocking. This series was introduced to me by my good friend and I instantly fell in love with it. I was definitely intrigued when I first learned that this series is about trolls. I am going to wait until I am finished with the entire trilogy to give it a decent review.  But for now I will say that I am sure this book, along with the last one, will not disappoint me. The first book, "Switched", definitely held my attention! Although, I'm sure my new Nook certainly played a part in my excitement towards the novel, but I digress.... haha. =)

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