Tessa Gray should be happy — aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding to Jem Carstairs, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to the Magister, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan of destruction.
Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughter’s upcoming wedding. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadie’s apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets—and it would seem her son is keeping one from her.
time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
A moving and haunting novel for readers of The Book Thief
Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life--until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father's prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?
This powerful tale of heartbreak and hope is sure to haunt readers long after they finish the last page.
When Kylie’s most powerful enemy returns to destroy her once and for all, there’s only one way to stop him—to step into her full powers and make a stunning transformation that will amaze everyone around her. But her journey won’t be complete until she makes one final choice…who to love forever.
Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.
Touch (Denazen #1), by Jus Accardo
This book was absolutely amazing! I could not put it down until I finished it and still couldn't wait for the 2nd book! This book was full of excitement, action and a sexy hot guy!! The love the sprouts between the two characters in this book is awesome! This is another book about forces experimenting with kids and making alternations but the main characters has such cute flaws and innocence right along with this destructive powers that you cannot help but love him.
Light Between the Oceans, by M.L. Stedman
This book was a chosen 2012 Good Reads Best Historical Fiction book! This book was so endearing it made your heartbreak for the characters in the book, all the while you want everything to turn out right for everyone in this wonderful storyline. Even though I did shed a few tears while reading this book it was well worth the emotinal rollercoaster ride, love this book in the end!!
Demons (Seers #2), by Heather Frost
Heather Frost has outdone herself on Seers #2 in her book Demons! I am so in love with her characters and was drawn into this book more than the 1st book. I was very surprised at some of the things that came out in this book and was not expecting some of the turns of events in it. This book series just keeps getting better and better!!
Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey #2), by Richard Paul Evans
This book was even better than Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25, I loved this book so much more! This book had a lot of surprises, suspense but totally leaves you wanting more! I cannot wait for the 3rd book in the series!! Richard Paul Evans has done it again in making a successful ten book that all ages love to read! Go Team Vey!!!
Cold Fury (Cold Fury #1), by T.M. Goeglein
This was a pretty cool book. Sara is a normal girl until her dad, mom, and brother disappear and her life starts to unravel. She finds family secrets that she never knew about until now. She feels betrayed by being left in the dark all of her life. She never knew of the power that her family holds and in her heart she feels like they are all still alive and now she must try to save them all the while people keep trying to eliminate her! Great book!
Gravity (The Taking #1), by Melissa West
I abosolutely loved this book! I think that it had a interesting spin on the whole alien human interaction and had a great twist to the book. The girl Ari is strong and beautiful and a fighter which is great!
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.
Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken
Ruby survives a mysterious disease and is sent to a government rehab. She escapes and joins a group of teens all with different abilities. Great book!
Take This Regret, by A.L. Jackson
I loved all of this book, it was a book about taking a stand, it was amazing to me. I really think others will love this book as much as I did!
There are some mistakes we make that we will regret for the rest of our lives. For Christian Davison, it was the day he betrayed Elizabeth Ayers. For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back.
Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1), by Rick Riordan
The girl had snakes for hair and whenever you look in the snakes eyes you turn to stone. I loved this book!
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena.
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1), by Sarah J. Maas
Great Romance! Love that the heroine of the story was an assasin. Tons of action. I could not put this book down!!
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince.
Starling (Starling #1), by Lesley Livingston
I really enjoyed this book a lot, it kind of reminded me of The Mortal Instruments series, only our heroine is an expert at fencing and swordsmanship! I am hoping that she writes the 2nd book in this series, but have been unable to find any information on it.
Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she's never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name--the Fennrys Wolf.
The Sweetest Spell, by Suzanne Selfors
I read this book in 5 hours, a very quick read, it was a very sweet (pun intended) story and I really loved this book. Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.
Catching Jordan, by Miranda Kenneally
Loved that the girl is a football player!! I would not recommend this book for anyone under 18 years old due to some of the content of the book. What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.
Lightning Tree, by Sarah Dunster
This is a new inspirational fiction book that I really enjoyed, it had a bit of sadness and you find your heart breaking for the main character at times but then it had quite a good ending. I would definitely reccommend this book! Here is a run down; after surviving the tragic deaths of her parents and her baby sister and a harrowing trek across the plains to Utah, it s no surprise that Maggie's nights are plagued by nightmares. But after years of harsh treatment by her foster family and memories that seem to hint at an unthinkable crime, Maggie is forced to strike out on her own to separate the facts from the lies.
Snow White And The Huntsman
A breathtaking new vision of a legendary tale. Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her. I really enjoyed this book it was a different twist on the classic Snow White tale!
Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls #1), by C.C. Hunter
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.
Starters (Starters #1), by Lissa Price
Here is a summary of the book, I really enjoyed this book. Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
This was heartbreaking story but definitely one that should be read. I loved this book and it has been a very popular check out at the library! On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
This is a new take on the classic Cinderella story. I really liked they way they changed things up and the setting of this book. Great Read, here is a rundown of the book. Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1) by Amanda Hocking
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey #1) by Richard Paul Evans
This was a very captivating book, it was nice to have a book that has heroes that choose right over wrong no matter how much is offered on the table. The fact that Michael has a syndrome physically and it is brought to light in this book makes it even more appealing in that he can have a physical disability and still be the hero of the book! I absolutely loved this book and I think that it will appeal to the YA audience and also to the older audience as well.
The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.
The Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends. This is the second book in the Infernal Devices series. If you love Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series you will enjoy the prequels of The Infernal Devices series too.
Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars for sure! It has a wonderful mix of all sorts of paranormal people like mermaids, vampires, shape-shifters, ect. Evie works for an agency that keeps paranormals in line. She is a very headstrong girl and falls in love with a prisoner! Loved it! Very interesting and different story and I enjoyed every minute of it!
Romantic Vignettes by Marcia Lynn McClure
Loved this book! Three short feel good love stories that will have you wanting to read anything she has ever written!
“Ender’s Game” -Orson Scott Card
Author: Dr. Professor // Category: Book Blog
This book was a bit of a leap of faith for me. I don’t usually read science fiction because I’ve had several bad experiences with stories from this genre. Ender’s Game however, was a gripping story that kept me entertained and impressed throughout the entire volume. The basic storyline is set in a not too distant future where earth is at war with a bug-like alien race. Sounds typical of the genre doesn’t it? However, looking past the less then promising premise this story is a believeable tale about human nature, government corruption, friendship, responsibility, and a child-genius school reminiscent of “lord of the flies”. Throughout the series there were many characters that are as believable as they were captivating. I was somewhat dissappointed in the cliffhanger endings to both the “Ender’s” series and the “Bean” series, but it leaves me with hope that someday Card will continue these entrancing tales. I loved these books and would suggest them to anyone. The amount of research and study Orson Scott Card must have put into the books is incredible. I was very impressed with the depth of thought from history, psychology, mythology, science, politics, biology, philosophy and many other elements all well written and informative.
“Split Infinity” -Piers Anthony
Author: Dr. Professor // Category: Book Blog
This series is about a science based world that is juxtaposed with a world of magic. The story is interesting enough with good elements of plot and suspense, but other than that I have come to expect much more from the science fiction and fantasy realms. Part of the attraction of these genres is the ability to write a story with little or no rules about the nature of reality, however; ignoring the rules of reason has the unfortunate consequence of producing an unbelievable story with little intellectual appeal. I felt like I was reading a child’s bedtime story (except for the frequent adult themes in the books) because something crazy would pop into the story out of nowhere and then have some sort of lame explanation like “anything is possible ’cause it’s magic!” I have come to appreciate writers like Robert Jordan and Christopher Paolini because of the depth of thought put into how magic works and what the strict guidlines are concerning it. I think these guidlines make for a better story with much more suspense. All in all I would suggest the aforementioned authors before Piers Anthony. They are more appropriate for all age groups and are much stronger writers. I think I can some up this entire experience wth the phrase “watered down”.
Author: Dr. Professor // Category: Book Blog
I loved this book when I first read it years ago, but after reading it again recently I was somewhat disapointed. This was one of Terry Brooks very first works and it was a tremendous success. It is a beautiful piece of work with a classic feel. The book has some amazing art work furnished by the finest artists in the realm of fantasy, Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. Unfortunately, the story itself was less picturesque. I found many parts of the narrative to be a little bland and repetitive. Since this novel Terry Brooks has gotten steadily better at portraying characters and describing the world his story is set in. I guess these are skills that have just improved with time. Of course, I did admit this was a favorite in my youth so maybe it is just my failing imagination which leads me to beg for more descriptive narrative. The book shows a few other signs of a beginning artist: plots held little suspense and at times the characters seemed more whiny than winesome.
“A Knight of the Word” -Terry Brooks
Author: Dr. Professor // Category: Book Blog
In my mind this is Terry Brooks’ crowning series. The story starts with “Running with Demons”, followed by “a Knight of the Word” and concludes with “Angel Fire East”. The story is set in preapocalyptic America and is somewhat dark. This is for a more mature audience because of the violence and intensity of the novel. It is totally captivating and was one of the few series which truly kept me on the edge of my seat. I would recommend this series to any reader.
“Sword of Truth” –Terry Goodkind
The “sword of truth” saga by Terry Goodkind is one of the most acclaimed fantasy series around. So I purchased all the books before reading them and anticipated a memorable reading experience. I was sorely disappointed. The story is average, with enough interesting twists, clever dialogue and suspense to keep me reading through the 12 immense volumes, but many of the suspenseful moments led up to anticlimactic and disappointing conclusions. Many of the conversations felt dry and cyclical. And although the characters were interesting, Goodkind has the unnerving habit of gruesomely and grotesquely torturing his characters. Probably the best thing about the series is also the worst thing, and that is the injection of philosophical thought. The stories are inundated with ideas and dialogues that are deeply philosophical, this would be a wonderful thing if Goodkind had been able to pull it off, but I felt like most of the arguments were unconvincing. I didn’t think he provided enough evidence to support his conclusions. And the dialogues didn’t mesh very well with the story line. It felt very much like a philosophical monologue, but he tried to write it in a dialogue which felt forced and awkward. Some of his main ideas were conflicting, but I guess that we are all guilty of conflicting philosophies… I myself have read a little of the great philosophical works, and I was expecting more from Goodkind than I probably should have, but I have to say that you would be much better off reading Kant, Aristotle or Plato than this incredibly large story, and you would be much more satisfied with your experience. If you want a good story I think you should look elsewhere because if this story doesn’t frustrate you it will probably offend you at some point. It was written for a very mature audience.