Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
2014, HarperTeen
Series: Book 1 of Uninvited

Synopsis: When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The Good: Uninvited's premise is phenomenal. It's execution lived up to its potential, which is a rare and wonderful thing. This book is scary in its realistic plot progression. If HTS was a thing and the government could test for it, I see things playing out just as Jordan wrote. What I wouldn't have envisioned was what would happen to a girl like Davy. How would a girl like that survive in that type of world? Jordan has created a captivating character and placed her in a unthinkable situation. The results are nothing short of spectacular.

The Bad: There is an entire cast pf HTS positive characters and we only really get to know Davy more than superficially. We see a little more of Sean and Gil, but the rest are nothing more than one-dimensional placeholders. Each is a type and each stays true to it. While this makes Davy and the 2 boys stand out more and makes the reader care about them well beyond the others, it seems like a wasted opportunity to highlight the different types of struggles these people would have in the world.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Ripple Effect by J.A. Saare

The Ripple Effect by J.A. Saare
2012, Mundania Press
Series: Book 3 of Rhiannon's Law

Synopsis: There is always a price to pay…

Rhiannon Murphy visited the future, witnessed hell on earth and made choices to change things for the greater good. Unfortunately there are consequences for her actions, the penalties for her interference possibly more than she can bear. Determined to sever her debt with a fallen angel, she pushes everything aside, focusing on locating Marigold Vesta’s resting place.

Until death comes knocking at her door.

When Disco’s maker arrives in New York, he resents Rhiannon on a level she can’t begin to comprehend. Yet Marius isn’t her most dangerous adversary, not by a long shot. Marius’s sire -- a half-demon -- is determined to see the necromancer who stunned the vampire world on her knees. If she won’t bend, he’ll do everything in his power to make her break. No price is too high, meaning no one is safe -- including Disco and Paine.

Dealt a blow from which she can never recover, Rhiannon turns to the only person who can help her: the fallen angel who is relying on Rhiannon to save her soul. Bartering with a creature from Heaven is probably just as dangerous as starting a war with a demon from Hell, but with nothing to lose it’s no longer about life or death.

It’s about getting even.

The Good: I love Rhiannon's Law. This is one of my absolutely favorite series. And Rhiannon is not only one of my favorite heroines, but definitely the one I would want to hang out with (or really, just be her). She is at her Rhiannon-esque best here in The Ripple Effect. Some major, MAJOR, things go down in this book. Unheard of things. Unthinkable things. Ming blowing things. Fans of the series may never be the same again. I know I can't handle the feels right now.

The Bad: But, but, what now? The book leaves us off in a scary place. A place that readers may not want the series to go. I may be dreading the next book more than anticipating it.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
2008, HarperCollins
Series: Book 1 of Darkest Powers

Synopsis: My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost - and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House...before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

The Good: I was surprised how quickly and totally I got into The Summoning. I love Kelley Armstrong, and everything I have read by her thus far, but ghosts just aren't my thing. Troubled teens, paranormal abilities and boarding school type places are definitely my thing though. Especially when it's written well, which always applies to Armstrong's works. There are some great mysteries here, plus a lot of tension that could be leading fun places. This is a series I'm very excited to continue.

The Bad: The staff and others associated with Lyle House are a bit far reaching. They work in the story, but they are written with a lot more power and clout than one would realistically expect in the real world.
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