Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WOW - Kalona's Fall by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

This week I'm waiting on

Title: Kalona's Fall
Author: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night Novellas #4
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin | July 29, 2014

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In KALONA’S FALL, the shadows in Kalona’s past will finally come to light… We will learn about the winged immortal’s secret history and discover how he went from being the Goddess’s Warrior and Guardian to her enemy and betrayer. Did Darkness taint Kalona as it did Neferet, or has the powerful immortal always preferred power over honor, and control over faith? This novella will be crucial to fans’ understanding of Kalona, before his role in the explosive final installment of the House of Night, REDEEMED coming in October 2014.

This is the last novella in the House of Night series before the last full length book comes out in October.
I'm, like, relieved that there's only two more I have to read in this series. Don't get me wrong, it started out pretty good. The first four or five books were awesome! But, then they got hard to just finish. It became a struggle and the only reason I've kept reading them is because I wanna know what happens with stupid Neferet.
Anyways, this novella looks pretty cool. I mean, the cover's gorgeous and we get to learn more about Kalona so there's that.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1) Title: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Series: My Life Next Door #1
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Dial Books | June 14, 2012
Pages: 394

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"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

The Scene: Small town off the coast of Connecticut. Girl lives next door to boy..AND his whole family of seven Garretts, four brothers and three sisters, whom girl's mother disapproves of. Throw in family problems, friendship, romance, summer, and you've got a great YA contemporary read.  

The Girl: Samantha, our MC, is great. She has her stuff together, for the most part. I love that there's no over the top drama about Sam and she's there for her friends and family even when she messes up or lines blur. And of course, I loved her pondering and watching of the Garretts from her roof.

The Boy(s): Holy hell. This is what you call a book boyfriend. Jase is not like the typical stereotype that is so prominent in young adult literature today. He's not a cocky, arrogant ass that hides a heart of gold. What you see is what you get with Jase. He's a good guy; sweet, nice, hardworking, a good brother, athletic, and a helluva boyfriend to Samantha.

The WTF?!: Clay Tucker. Ick. Politics. Double Ick.

The Buzz: Everything about this book is great. From page one, it sucked me in and didn't let me go. Fitzpatrick wrote very relatable characters and a story that was realistic and compelling. I loved getting to know the Garretts and their crazy hectic lovable life. I loved seeing Samantha's relationship with Jase begin and grow. My Life Next Door is one of those books that keeps you reading late at night wanting more even after you finish it.   


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