Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
Release Date:  July 4, 2011
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

What happens to the girls nobody sees—the ones who are ignored, mistreated, hidden away? The girls nobody hears when they cry for help? Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid. A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in. The mermaids are beautiful, free, and ageless, and Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: they feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks.

It was the gorgeous cover that first drew me to this book, as well as the premise of girls turning into mermaids, but be warned.  These are not your Disney mermaids.  This book was raw, emotional, disturbing, and sad.  It was also lovely.

I've always been intrigued by mermaids.  Not the cutesy Little Mermaid variety, but the old myths about beautiful sea creatures who gorgeous siren songs lured fisherman and other men to their deaths.  I always wondered why a creature's purpose would be just to lure people into drowning or hurling themselves from their boats, and Sarah Porter explains it well.  The idea that these once girls now mermaids sing their song because it gives them immensely beautiful feelings, and that they've been so abused by humans that they want to destroy them for their actions is both sad and disturbing.

Luce is the sole exception, as she still remembers people that she loved.  Her new persona doesn't quite take hold completely, which allows her to maintain some of her humanity that the others have completely lost.  I found myself completely overcome when I read about the larvae, or small baby mermaids.  The idea that babies could have been so abused by humans that this would happen to them too made my heart hurt.

With the way the story ended, I would like to say there is going to be a sequel, especially since this book didn't really have a concrete ending like what I would expect.  It seemed to just end.  Bottom line, this book was excellent but disturbing.  I'm glad that I read it, and definitely think we have an author here with some amazing talent that I can't wait to see more of. 

If you liked this book, you might also like:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about!  I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-)  I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!




Release Date: May 3, 2011
Why I love it: This is a
debut and it's about confronting
the past to move forward.  Romance!
Buy it on Goodreads.

What books are you looking forward to?


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesday




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:




  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser this week comes from:





The Vespertine by Jenny Han
Release Date: March 7th, 2011

Small blurb from Goodreads.com:  It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

Teaser from page 82: "Newly pinned to the ground, I stilled.  I believed, very much in that moment, that he had somehow slipped from the bonds of his skin to find me ethereally."
and teaser from page 108: "Nathanial flashed his hand at me, three fingers tipped with silver points.  The motion distracted me, the way it captured light or the graceful way his fingers curled.  Or maybe it was just that they were his fingers.  I forgot myself for a moment gazing at them."
I don't normally include two tease pages, but the poetic quality of this author's writing is so beautiful that I thought deserved a couple examples.  Look for the review on this book in a few days.

What are your teasers for this week?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The adventures of Tam and Gabriel continue with more time travel, Talents, spy work, and of course, the evil Knights. Since the gripping conclusion of Once A Witch, Tamsin Greene has been haunted by her grandmother's prophecy that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision—one so terrible that it could harm her family forever. When she discovers that her enemy, Alistair Knight, went back in time to Victorian-era New York in order to destroy her family, Tamsin is forced to follow him into the past. Stranded all alone in the nineteenth century, Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady's maid in the terrifying mansion of the evil Knight family, avoiding the watchful eye of the vicious matron, La Spider, and fending off the advances of Liam Knight. As time runs out, both families square off in a thrilling display of magic. And to her horror, Tamsin finally understands the nature of her fateful choice.

Carolyn MacCullough continues the fantastic witch adventure in this sequel to Once a Witch.  This sequel does what a lot of sequels fail to do, and that is outdo the original.  The original had some moments of raw emotion in it that had me feeling so sorry for Tam, or her sister, or other characters.  This book surpasses that with another touching but adventurous story that will have readers enthralled.

Tam is stronger in this story, more sure of herself, which was something I loved to see.  She's more able to stand on her own, and through a great portion of the book, she is completely on her own.  She shows herself to be very resourceful, working toward figuring out how to change the past in order to save her family and keep their legacy safe.  Although Gabriel does appear in the book about a third of the way in, their romance is, by this time, established enough so that the story doesn't ride on it.  It's not the central focus, but somehow I didn't miss it being front and center.  I was happy with the fact that their development had already occurred.

When the final moments of this story come, I was shocked, saddened, nastolgic, and a million other things.  Tamsin's sacrifice, especially in light of the first book's events, was sad, heroic, and poignant.  Yet I knew that despite it, she was going to be happy.  I don't want to ruin it for anyone so I won't say more.

This was a very entertaining read that kept my interest from the very first page.  I can't wait to see what the author has coming in future!

If you liked this book, you might also like:

Sunday, March 27, 2011

In My Mailbox (12)


In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.  I love this meme because I wouldn't find half the awesome books I get to read if I didn't read other bloggers' IMM posts and see what they found.  This is how I find the majority of the books I put on my list. 

Here's my haul for this week!



Cloaked by Alex Flinn
Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler





Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen




The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell



Don't forget to leave a comment and tell me what you got this week!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end. Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.

I always enjoy the idea of someone who has passed on leaving behind a set of instructions, letters, tasks or gifts for a loved one still alive.  Loved it in P.S. I Love You (awesome movie.  If you haven't seen it yet, what's wrong with you?)  I also love the concept in Maureen Johnson's The Last Little Blue Envelope.  She brings such a neat new perspective to the concept, where Ginny's Aunt Peg has left a series of letters for her that send her on adventures through Europe.

This time, Ginny's last letter, which she thought lost, is found by an English boy named Oliver.  The adventure begins again, with some old friends returning, and a new one, Oliver, there to stir up trouble and feelings.  I loved Ginny!  She was such a fun character to read because she was independent, smart, and determined to follow her aunt's instructions to the end of the journey and its rewarding conclusion.  Oliver was a bit harder to figure out.  At first, his motives for what he does seem not so very honorable, until much later you find out what the true motives are.  I had guessed along the way that Oliver probably had a good reason for what he was doing, and as romance began to bloom between Oliver and Ginny, I found myself convinced that he was a great guy.  The romance between the two was sweet, although I could have stood to see a bit more development on this aspect.  It was pretty late into the book before things really start to take off, so it didn't leave a whole lot of time left to really see their relationship grow.  So Ginny's final decision, while nice and what I would have wanted, didn't make as much sense.

I haven't read the previous book, but this one intrigued me enough that I will definitely be picking up a copy.  I enjoyed Maureen Johnson's straightforward writing style and had fun reading this book and following Ginny's adventures.  All in all, a satisfying read.

If you liked this book, you might also like:

Friday, March 25, 2011

Movie News!

This is supposed to be Blog Hop Friday, but I just had to share my movie news, because I'm so excited!

I went to see two movies over this past week...ones whose titles I'm sure you'll recognize because they are...ahem...YA/Teen books that have been made into movies.  So, without further ado, I saw....


Was this movie good?  Oh yes!!  Yes, yes, yes!!!  First of all, who doesn't absolutely adore Alex Pettyfer!  He was great in this role.  He has such a way of conveying subtle nuances and emotions in his face, that I was just captivated.  I also really loved Vanessa Hudgens in the movie.  She played this role rather well, as did Mary Kate Olson playing the horrid, but not so horrid because you sympathize with her, witch.  Very good casting here. 

They did a really awesome job translating Alex Flinn's Beastly to the screen.  Obviously, we did miss out on some development of the character's individual angst, as well as some of the romantic relationship development due to time constraints.  But they did a really good job of making you feel like you didn't miss a thing.  All in all, I'd say this one was a big success.  I immediately wanted to go see it again right after it was over, and I probably will!!  Yes, I'm a repeat offender.  I love to rewatch movies that I love.

Second movie I saw was....



Okay, I have to admit that I won't be much good to you in conveying whether or not they did a good job translating this one to film because I haven't actually read the book yet.  It's in my TBR pile.  But that's ok!  A lot of the time, movies are ruined for me if I read the book first because a lot of the time I'm disappointed that things were left out or that they didn't portray a book element the way I would have wanted to see it.  So I went into this one with a completely open mind and only a basic summary to work with.  I was NOT disappointed.

This was a really fantastic book.  I can't wait to read it now because I enjoyed the movie so much.  This was action-packed, had a great romance in it, the special affects were phenomenal (if you ignore what the movie reviewers are saying, since they're trying to say the special affects weren't good.  They're wrong.)  Once again, Alex Pettyfer showed himself to be a great new actor.  You get to see him with both brown and blond hair.  He looks great either way!

I'm going to have to move this one up on my TBR pile, especially now that I know there's a sequel coming out called The Power of Six.  Can't wait!!

This weekend, I'll be going to see one final book-to-movie release from the YA market.  Red Riding Hood!  Looking forward to it and will probably post my thoughts about it in the near future.

Has anyone else see these two movies?  What did you think?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
Release Date:  April 26, 2011
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster

It's been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college-- only, their relationship hasn't exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It's time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.

This is one of those books that makes me waver between being perfectly happy and perfectly frustrated...but in a good way.  A love triangle.  Need I say more?  I always have an idea of who I think the heroine should end up with, but it takes her so long to figure it out for herself.  I want to bonk her head against the wall and yell, "wake up!"

Although I loved both Jeremiah and Conrad, I knew from the start who I wanted Belly to be with.  The brothers are both good, for different reasons, but only one of them was completely and perfectly right for Isabella.  She knew it, deep down, also, but it takes her a while to come to the right realization.  Does she go with the one who has always been in her heart?  Or does she go for the one who has always had her in his?  The choice would have been hard for any girl. 

Jenny Han brings a straightforward, honest approach to her writing that made me feel like I was experiencing Isabella's frustrations myself.  I found myself just as torn as she was at times, as I was truly inside her head.  This story was a simple one, but it had impact.  A worthy debut from Jenny Han!

If you liked this book, you might also like:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about!  I love to put these on my TBR list.  I actually keep an organized Excel spreadsheet of all upcoming and current books that I plan to read.  I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-)  I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!




Release Date: May 8, 2011
Why I love it: Teens at a school
trying to one-up each other,
knock over the popular click,
and keep their own secrets!
Buy it on Goodreads.

What books are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:




  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser this week comes from:



We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
Release Date: April 26th, 2011

Small blurb from Goodreads.com: It's been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college-- only, their relationship hasn't exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It's time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.

Teaser from page 58: "I had to just face it.  He was part of my DNA.  I had brown hair and I had freckles and I would always have Conrad in my heart."

What are your teasers for this week?

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Every girl who has taken the test has died. Now it's Kate's turn.  It's always been just Kate and her mom--and now her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall.  Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.  Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess. If she fails...

This was one of those books I couldn't wait to read, and I was so glad I got to.  First off all, I'm a huge fan of Greek mythology.  I always have been, ever since I saw that movie Clash of the Titans (the old version) when I was a kid.  I love the idea of a petulant group of gods out there somewhere who aren't all-knowing but seem kind of spoiled.  Aimee Carter gave them such a new spin and I thoroughly enjoyed the changes and new elements she brought to an ages-old mythology. 

Strangely enough, Hades was always my favorite of the greek gods, and the story of Hades and Persephone was always one of my favorites as well.  So the fact that this story is about Hades, and a replacement for Persephone, really sucked me in right away.

How many different ways can I explain how much I loved Henry (Hades.)  He was such an endearing character. He had an old-world, timeless feel about him, while still having a youth to him that made him so appealing to readers and to Kate.  Kate was an admirable character to me.  This is someone who has devoted her life to caring for her mother, taking care of her through illness, even while waiting for the inevitable death she believes is coming.  She had such a strength to her.  I loved seeing her in Henry's world and watching her acclimate, and I loved watching the suspense mystery play out in the story as the reader waited to discover just who the murderer was who was trying to sabotage Henry's happiness.

The only thing that disappointed me was the ending, but that was only because it was over!  I didn't want it to be over.  Aimee Carter has created such an intriguing realm for her gods and for this story to take place.  I am simply beside myself that I have to wait a year or so to read the sequel.  I can't stand it.  I want to see more and see it now.

Carter has come into the YA fiction genre with a bang.  She picked a wonderful setting and background for her story and I can't wait to see more from her in the future.  Her writing was at times poetically beautiful, and sometimes straightforward and blunt.  Both were a pleasure to read.  Her story reminded me of P.C. Cast's Goddess Summoning series, which is also great.  The concept of bringing greek myths into modern times is a favorite.  Bring on Carter's next book!  Goddess, Interrupted!!

If you liked this book, you  might also like:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In My Mailbox (11)


In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.  Here's my haul for this week!







The Back Door of Midnight by Elizabeth Chandler
Vesper by Jeff Sampson
Possession by Elana Johnson



The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz




Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

What did you get this week?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Back Door of Midnight by Elizabeth Chandler

The Back Door of Midnight by Elizabeth Chandler
Release Date: November 16th, 2010
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Psychic...or psychotic? Anna knows her family is crazy. But when she goes to visit her aunt and uncle for the summer and learns that her uncle’s charred body has been found, her life reaches a new level of insanity. Her erratic aunt’s “psychic” abilities are exaggerated by her grief, and have become borderline violent. Alone in an unfamiliar town, Anna struggles to pick up the pieces and establish any sense of normalcy. She desperately wants to trust Zack, the cute boy next door, but even he might know more about the incident than he is letting on. But when Anna starts feeling an inexplicable pull to the site of her uncle’s murder, she begins to believe that her family’s supernatural gifts are real after all. Torn between loyalty and suspicion, Anna is certain of only one thing: she must discover who killed her uncle or she could be next....

This is the kind of story I really like.  It had such an awesome mixture of paranormal, mystery, suspense, and romance in it.  It held my attention from the very first page.  I've always been a fan of Elizabeth Chandler's Dark Secrets stories, and this was a great addition to the list. 

Anna was one of my favorite characters of Chandler's so far.  She was so smart and resourceful.  She's on her own throughout the story, and when she arrives at her aunt and uncle's house, she really just takes charge and starts investigating the murder.  Her ability to logic her way through the clues and find herself pretty close to the answer was awesome! I love to see a smart teenage heroine like this.

I really loved Zach as well.  He was such a mystery at first.  Is he on her side?  Is he hiding something?  These questions gave him a really interesting dark side that we had to work our way through.  But I loved the romance between these two.

I wasn't really expecting the murderer to be who it turned out to be.  So that was a nice surprise, that the author was able to keep us guessing, but at the same time, I could easily look back through the story and recognize clues where Chandler had dropped us some hints along the way.

This was a great suspenseful story, and I really enjoyed it.  I'm hoping that Chandler will be coming out with some more Dark Secrets stories in future.  I highly recommend this one.

If you liked this, you might also like:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Blog Hop


Blog Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books. Answer the weekly question and then, Friday through Monday, hop to see what other blogs are saying.  This is a great way to meet new friends and blogs!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: EgmontUSA

In the world of Sheridan Wells, life is perfect when she's decorating a cake. Unfortunately everything else is a complete mess: her mom ran off years ago, her dad is more interested in his restaurant, and the idea of a boyfriend is laughable. But Sheridan is convinced finding her mom will solve all her problems - only her dad's about to get a cooking show in New York, which means her dream of a perfect family will be dashed. Using just the right amount of romance, family drama, and cute boys, The Sweetest Thing will entice fans with its perfect mixture of girl-friendly ingredients. - Goodreads.com

Christina Mandelski is making her YA debut with what will surely be a huge success.  This story wasn't exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up.  I expected cute, fun, light-hearted, which would have been great.  It far surpassed my expectations, however.  It had a depth and emotion to it that I wasn't expecting just by reading the blurb and looking at the cover.

Sheridan's love of cake-making was amazing.  I could almost see her decorating these gorgeous cakes in front of me, and I was reminded consistently of one of my favorite cable shows, The Cake Boss.  This book made me want to be a cake decorator!  She is enormously talented, but in more than one way.

There were times that I wanted to knock her in the forehad and tell her to wake up on a couple things, but that only meant she made me care about her.  Her issues with her parents alienate her somewhat and it was so endearing to watch her deal with these things.

Her guy issues were a little predictable, but I have to say that I adore the one she ends up with.  I saw it coming, but I still rooted for it, and still LOVE that choice.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing more in the future from this author!

If you liked this book, you might also like:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about!  I love to put these on my TBR list.  I actually keep an organized Excel spreadsheet of all upcoming and current books that I plan to read.  I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-)  I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!




Release Date: July 5, 2011
Why I love it: A modern,
teenage retelling of Hamlet!
Buy it on Goodreads.

What books are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:




  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser this week comes from:



The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Release Date: April 19th, 2011

Small blurb from Goodreads.com: Every girl who has taken the test has died. Now it's Kate's turn. It's always been just Kate and her mom--Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Teaser from page 144: "He eased us both down onto the bench, so close that I was practically sitting on top of him, but being near him was much nicer than I wanted to admit.  I wasn't willing to give it up yet."

What are your teasers for this week?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Release Date: September 29, 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself. Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her. But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering. Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.

This is an older book, but I was so intrigued by the idea of a guy who has hooks for hands that I had to pick it up and read it.  I wasn't disappointed.  This was a slightly darker story, emotionally, and I was really drawn in by it and by Lucius.  This is a character who chose to have hooks instead of prosthetics because he wants to remind himself of something bad he did, and remind himself how bad it could have been, all because of him. 

It would have been very easy, if the author had been less talented, for this character to come off as being self-pitying, wallowing in his misery.  But this author handled the situation perfectly.  Add Aurora to the mix and things got very interesting.  I loved Aurora!  She was so sweet, and she didn't let Lucius' reputation or his hooks, which can be rather scary, to put her off or scare her.  It was a beautiful thing to watch her love him out of his darkness.

This was a very good book that I thoroughly enjoyed.  It was very touching.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

In My Malbox (10)


In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.  Here's my haul for this week!



Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder



Wish by Alexandra Bullen
The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
Rhymes with Cupid by Anna Humphrey




Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Scheiber


What great reads did you get this week?


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