Friday, November 27, 2015

Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter

Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter
2011, St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Book 2 of Shadow Falls

Synopsis: From the moment Kylie Galen arrived at Shadow Falls Camp, she’s had one burning question: What am I? Surrounded by vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, fairies and witches, Kylie longs to figure out her own supernatural identity…and what her burgeoning powers mean. And now she’ll need them more than ever, because she’s being haunted by a new spirit who insists that someone Kylie knows—and loves—will die before the end of the summer. If only she only knew who she was supposed to save. And how...

But giving Kylie the most trouble is her aching heart. Gorgeous werewolf Lucas left camp with another girl, but he’s still visiting Kylie in her dreams. And Derek, a sexy half Fae who’s always been there for her when she needed him, is pushing to get more serious—and growing impatient, especially when Lucas returns. Kylie knows she needs to decide between the boys, and it’s tearing her up inside.

Yet romance will have to wait, because something from the dark side of the supernatural world is hiding in Shadow Falls. It’s about to threaten everything she holds dear... and bring her closer to her destiny.

The Good: Kylie still doesn't know what she is, so that still annoys the hell out of me. But, she's getting there. She's dealt. She's accepted. Most of the time, she still has a ghost issue. She's figuring it all out and it's extremely interesting. I love her getting closer with Miranda and Della. They have a very authentic teen girls at camp getting becoming friends thing going on, with all the insecurity and vulnerability that goes with that. Add in the varied types of paranormal they are and they're different personalities and it makes for some great interactions.I had my suspicions about what was going on so I wasn't completely shocked, but it was a great experience regardless.

The Bad: At this point, the love triangle is unnecessary. Maybe it becomes important down the line, but right now it seems as though it's just one more thing distracting Kylie from figuring out what she is and what that means for her.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Plague by Michael Grant

Plague by Michael Grant
2011, Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Book 4 of Gone

Synopsis: It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.

They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape - or even survive - life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

The Good: Plague is the best book in the series thus far. As if all that they've been though isn't enough, now kids are getting sick. Dying. No one really has any medical experience beyond the basics. There is no cure forthcoming. The healer can't heal the sick. How do you battle illness and win? Some pretty big players are taken out of commission due to the illness, leaving the rest to step up. In an absolutely horrific twist, then came bugs. I will not elaborate further. I can't begin to do the situation justice. I am a grown woman and it absolutely terrified me. Grant got under my skin good. Some people complain that some characters in this series smoke, drink, do drugs and now have sex. I personally love that about these books. I mean, really. Some 14 year olds do these things under their parents noses in the real world. Now, eight months without parental supervision, how realistic would it be if no one had sex or drank or smoke especially while they're watching their friends die off one by one?

The Bad: Sam goes off the deep end. His reason - Astrid won't put out. I have no problem with the situation, nor the reaction. I do have a problem with it revolving around Sam. It's blatantly out of character. Sure, Sam's no angel. He seems to pretty much constantly want to avoid the leadership role that has been thrust upon him time and again. His interest in Astrid is peculiar, yet the heart wants what it wants. They argue A LOT. And yet, he expects a more physical relationship. To the point of sulking and getting drunk and being despondent. If he was really the type of guy to react this way, he's already be sleeping with one of the other more willing girls.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane

City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane
2010, Del Rey
Series: Book 3 of Downside Ghosts


Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss—and Chess’s drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.

The Good: This is a fantastic, emotional book. Chess and Terrible - gah! It's just so wonderfully overwhelming trying to deal with all the heartbreak and the lust and the need and the doubt. No one can write about the tension between two messed up people in varied messed up situations as well as Stacia Kane. And while I could rave about the books sexy entanglements for a nice long while, the mystery in this book is really where the awesome is at. Chess binds herself to a church higher up and that's risky as hell for a myriad of reasons. Chess has secrets of her own to deal with and now she's full up on Church secrets that will literally destroy her if she reveals them. Like painful death immediately, destroy. I could not put the book down. I had to know how things were going to play out for Chess.

The Bad: This book would be perfect if we didn't have to fear about Chess's addiction every other page. It serves no purpose to remind your reader that she's taking drugs. We know. That's the main character's major flaw and has been since the beginning of the series. We aren't told every time she pees. We don't need to know every single time she pops a pill. This isn't new. It's been an issue throughout the series. I just can't understand why an editor hasn't edited these mentions into some reasonably smaller occurrence. I'm drowning in Cepts this and Cepts that and I just want to move the story along, because the actual plot and characters and mystery and every single damned thing is wonderful. Except this.