My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Why would a girl feel compelled to write stories about people she’s never met? (I don’t mean novelists!) From the time she learned to write, Farris can’t help but write. By the time she’s almost eighteen, she has stacks of papers piled on every conceivable surface of her tiny cramped apartment. Is she a tad crazy like her “committed” mother, or is there a very good reason that she can’t help by write?
Then there’s the prophesy that her senile grandmother remembers two days before Farris’ 18th birthday, the mysterious and hunky guy that whirls into town right as a H*ll breaks loose. And… so much more. I don’t want to give anything away.
I enjoyed The Fate of Destiny, and thought that the plot was cleverly unique and the characters quirky, complex and interesting. The writing was well done. The pacing of the story was good, not moving too fast nor bogging down from detail. Bourdon seems very skilled at crafting a balanced, inventive novel and I can’t wait to see where the next book in the series takes me!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Although I don’t read much in the way of Young Adult (especially the very-young kind) I couldn’t help but falling in love with this story and the girls, so much so that my often angst-ridden early teen years floated to surface in my mind and I understood how the girls were feeling and thinking. To me, that means the author Lisa Williams Kline not only did her job with this book, but did it exceedingly well.
I didn’t feel like I was reading a book about two young girls who are suddenly step sisters and spirited away to have some family bonding time at a Dude Ranch. No, instead I breathed in the country air with them. I saw the captive wolves skulk around in their cage. I tensed while they went white-water rafting.
Overall, a terrific book about family (both born and cobbled together)and understanding, interlaced with details about wild wolves and a wolf pack’s hierarchy- which relates to the overall story as well.
Well written, clean enough for my ten-year old and engaging enough for this thirty-something Mom as well.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Gravity is a YA paranormal tale with a side of romance (though perfectly PG) that takes a little while to get started. It does however, have an interesting plot and complex characters. There are little tidbits of paranormal, but they are more like hints in this novel, and even at the end, the reader is left wondering how the “hints” will play out in terms of the series. If this was a stand-alone novel, the ambiguity would have made me grumpy, but knowing that more novels will follow, I am optimistic that answers will be provided.
At the heart of any good YA novel, there is the typical teenage angst, boy trouble, friend trouble, and unpopular vs. popular interactions, and Gravity touches upon these themes as well. The adults in Hell (the name of the town) are quirky and at times reminded me of pod people. Although I’m sure that the about-face twist at the end of Gravity was only one of many to come, I’m impatient to figure out what’s really going on. So, I supposed that means I’ll have to read the next one!
Anathema is a well-written, fast paced YA fantasy that hooks you into the story from the very first page. I read a great deal of paranormal books, but I seldom stray into the land of Fantasy. I’m logical-brained and usually it takes too much for me to suspend my beliefs and really get into fantasy books. That was not the case with this novel though, and I’m glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone.
I’ll skip the synopsis, because that’s what book blurbs are for. I will say that this book touches on universal themes like friendship and loyalty, and secrets and betrayals expertly and with finesse.
Jensen is a gifted writer who has developed well-rounded, complex characters, plot twists that you won’t see coming, and a fantasy world that believable and just detailed enough so a reader can use their own imagination. My interest was snared and held throughout the book (in fact, I read it in one sitting) and I will surely be on the lookout for the sequel to Anathema.
Great YA book with unique plotting and interesting characters. Imagine, being stuck in a body that doesn’t belong to you!
It’s not just for the younger crowd though. As an adult with interests in paranormal and other unexplored possibilities, I will definitely be reading the next in the series!
I was pulled to this book multiple times by the fantastic cover alone, and the description on Amazon clinched it for me. For less than the cost of a latte, I was treated to a great paranormal YA read. I do have to qualify that I don’t normal read YA unless it pushes the boundaries into adult fiction. However, The Book of Lost Souls was a pleasant, refreshing surprise.
The Book of Lost souls is PG enough for the younger YA audience, yet still an intriguing and complex enough of a book to satisfy adults as well. The surrounding cast of characters is eclectic and fun, the interactions between characters is spot on. Although this book has a classic struggle between good and evil, it is one that skirts the gray area in between with finesse and insight.
Michelle Muto is a first class writer with a flair for creative and original ideas. I mean really, a senile werewolf! Little gems like that are sprinkled throughout this book, and Muto has turned out an original novel in a time when the paranormal market is saturated with stereotypical plotting and devices. This book is not one of those carbon copies and I will certainly be on the lookout for the next book from Muto!