Tuesday, May 31, 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:



Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
Release Date: March 1, 2011

Small blurb from Goodreads.com:   Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

Teaser from page 42: "He stared back at me, his face unreadable and his dark, dark eyes as mesmerizing as ever."



Leave a comment and let me know your teasers this week!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.  Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future–and each other.  - Goodreads.com

Let me start out by saying that after reading the first book, If I Stay, I wasn't really expected to start this one to find out that Mia and Adam weren't still together.  I was completely shocked to discover she had "left," so to speak, and that had Adam had been living a separate life.  I guess I should have guess it though, considering that she stayed in If I Stay, but this book is called Where She Went.  Yeah, I'm tired.  Bear with me.

That said, I found that I barely had time to be disappointed in this because the new story immediately sucked me in and got me invested.  May I say how much I really enjoy having this told from Adam's point of view?  At times, his internal dialogue is so heartbreaking as he struggles through what has become a not so happy life.  You can tell immediately that he still loves and misses Mia.

When the two of them meet, I expected the author to drag on a back and forth "run and I'll chase you" game, but she surprised me again by doing no such thing.  She kept the two together as they just spent one evening going from place to place and talking.  I loved it!!

I won't say more because I don't want to give anything else away.  But this book was really really worth the read.  I love the author's voice.  The book was sad, but joyful and pleasure to read.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

In My Mailbox (20)



In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi and The Story Siren.  Here's what I got this week:



Intrinsical by Lani Woodland
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Blood Red Road by Moira Young





He's So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott
Cleopatra Confesses by Carolyn Meyer
Ashfall by Mike Mullin



Flawless by Lara Chapman


Leave me a comment and let me know what you got this week!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

He's So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott

He's So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Ally Ryan, come on down to the Jersey Shore and forget your troubles! Have you recently been humiliated in front of your friends and family at your former best friend's birthday party? Was your almost boyfriend partly responsible for that humiliation by withholding some vital information about where your estranged father is? Did you come home to find said estranged father sitting on your stoop? If so, then it sounds like you could use a vacation! The Jersey Shore is the place to be. Your mother may be living with her boyfriend of only a few months, but at least the stunt Shannen pulled has put some of your friends back in your court. Even so, you're still angry and what better way to get over Jake than to blow off some steam with local guy, Cooper? People will hardly recognize your new attitude, but the old one wasn't getting you anywhere, so who cares!
Jake Graydon, an exciting opportunity is waiting for you in the service industry!  Are your grades so low your parents have grounded you for the summer? Did you the girl you really like unceremoniously leave you behind? Would you rather eat dirt than see your friends again? Then a job at the local coffee shop is just the ticket! Surprisingly, Ally's father is the new manager so you get to be reminded of her nearly every day. Maybe it's time to start flirting with your best friend's ex or even taking school a bit more seriously. Especially when you finally see Ally and she's hanging around with some loser and it's couldn't be more clear that she is over you. Have a great summer!

I really wanted to like this story, as I'm a huge fan of Kieran Scott and I had placed this book on my wish list months ago.  I had been looking forward to it, but it just didn't live up to my expectations.  It was entertaining, but I just found myself not caring very much for some of the characters, including the mains ones at times.  I could truly sympathize with Ally's humiliation, but the way she handled it was less than admirable.  I mean, it makes sense that she'd be a little teen angsty, but I think it was taken to the extreme.  None of her reactions make sense.  Take Jake, for instance... she misses him, but he comes to see her and she acts like he's dirt.  Then later he comes to see her again and everything's ok again.

The majority of the book is spent with Ally missing Jake, but I just couldn't understand why.  I didn't find him all that likeable.  At times he was, but for the most part, no.  He makes one major mistake in the book that I found unforgiveable, and I just couldn't get past it.  Most of the time, he seems spoiled and lazy and unsympathetic, and I kept thinking to myself that the book was well named...  He is SO not worth it.

The plot just seemed to plod along with all the characters racing from one place to another without much purpose.  This was definitely not one of my favorites by Kieran Scott.  It was just ok for me, although it won't stop me from reading her future books!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen, who is way too short for the job.  Harmony has spent her whole life in religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her that “pregging” for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from. When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common. - Goodreads.com

This was one of those books that I really wanted to like because I had heard so much about it and had really liked the summaries I'd read.  Unfortunately, it just didn't grab me like I expected it to.  Perhaps it was the characters, but I just didn't feel like I knew them well enough, or really had an opportunity to get really invested in them.  Although I like Melody and Harmony both, it was difficult for me to reconcile the two extremes.  I think I liked Melody slightly more than I liked Harmony because I commiserated with her more.  She didn't really want to get bumped, despite the fact that she'd lived her whole life expecting to do so.  She had been groomed for it, trained for it, and all of her future that is mapped out is a result of the idea that she's going to "go pro" and get bumped.  So I felt her struggle to break out of that pre-arrangement.  The romance she engages in with her guy fell a bit flat for me as well.  It came across as more of a romance of convenience rather than of genuine desire or romance.

Harmony was a bit harder for me.  I felt, however, like she really held her faith in God as more of a crutch than any real, genuine feeling or devotion.  In that sense, I felt cheated just a bit.  I wasn't sure I bought her involvement with the guy she gets involved with.  I can't say who it is because I don't want to give it away.  I felt she gave in just a little too easy for someone raised with her background.  Additionally, I thought he did too.  It was just a bit too rushed for me.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy reading the book, I just had a few little problems with it, and things weren't always completely believable for me.  It appears that there will be a sequel and I probably will read that.  Hopefully the kinks will have been ironed out.  On the whole, it was a pretty good, but I did have some issues with it that prevented me from really sinking into and enjoying it like I wanted to.
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Wednesday, May 25, 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: January 4, 2012
Why I love it: Sequel to
Nevermore. Can't wait to see
what happens with this!
Buy it on Goodreads.



 
What books are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, May 24, 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:



Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Release Date: April 5, 2011

Small blurb from Goodreads.com:   It's been three years since the devastating accident ... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.

Teaser from page 12: "Jittery is how I normally feel.  Jittery I've gotten used to.  But ever since we kicked off our tour with three shows at Madison Square Garden, I've been feeling something else.  Like I'm about to be sucked into something powerful and painful.  Vortexy."



Tease me with your reads this week! 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Solid by Shelley Workinger

Solid by Shelley Workinger
Release Date: July 9, 2010
Publisher:  CreateSpace (self-published)

Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they forge new friendships, find love, develop "super-abilities," and even unearth a conspiracy. – Goodreads.com

Let me start out by saying I don’t typically read this type of story, as I’ve never been a big follower of what I would term a more sci-fi-ish type of book.  However, the summaries for Solid that I had read on various book sites had really intrigued me and I’ve had it on my “to be read” list for a few months now.  I was privileged enough to read an ebook copy of the story for review, and then I have since purchased a copy, if that tells you anything.

Unlike others, I really did love the cover.  It must be the “blue” thing again.  If a cover has blue in it, I seem to really be drawn to it.  I loved the cover and thought it was beautiful.  Kudos to whoever designed this pretty cover for Ms. Workinger.

As far as the story goes, I couldn’t help but draw some comparisons between Solid and the Heroes tv series.  I just kept thinking about genetically altered or mutated people with unusual powers and I could clearly  see Solid’s characters fitting right into the Heroes show, which I loved.

The characters were interesting, quirky, and fun to read.  Especially Clio.  She had a sarcastic humor that kept the dialogue snappy and entertaining.  As did the character of Garrett.  I found myself laughing aloud often at some of his pronouncements, and I could clearly see this guy and picture him perfectly in my head.  He was so like so many guys my teenage daughter has brought home that he really leaped off the page for me.

The story built up fairly quickly and although I suspected from the beginning that things weren’t exactly as they seemed with this project, I was truly surprised by who some of the bad guys turned out to be.  My head had been leaning in other directions, and I love it when a book can surprise me like that.  As an avid reader whose read just about everything, it is sometimes too easy for me to figure out “whodunit,” so when I can find a book that I can’t figure out that quickly, I’m always really pleased.

The story ended on a note that tied up the immediate threads, while still making it clear that there would definitely be a sequel.  I do wish the book had been a little bit longer.  The story seemed to come to a close a bit fast, and I had wanted it to go on a bit more, but that’s the nature of a series.  Shelley Workinger did a great job introducing her characters and setting up their “world” for the next book to take place.  Her pacing was fast, and her writing was very engaging.  The writing was fun, interesting, suspenseful and kept me entertained.  I love getting the opportunity to discover a great new talent in books, and I can’t wait to see what happens to Clio and her friends in book two, Settling, due out on July 4. 

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

In My Mailbox (19)


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 what I got this week...



Rival by Sarah Bennett Wealer
Solid by Shelley Workinger





Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer


Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES by Suzanne Collins
Book 1: The Hunger Games
Book 2: Catching Fire
Book 3: Mockingjay

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.  Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love. – Goodreads.com

Wow.  This review is going to be absolutely fangirly.  I can’t help myself.  Sometimes you run across a book, or series of books, that just hit you right between the eyes.  The kind that grabs you and won’t let go, and then touches you emotionally in so many places.  This was one of them for me.

I can’t gush enough over how much I enjoyed this series, but I can tell you I didn’t get a lot of sleep during that three days.  Yes, it took me only three days to read through all three books.  I couldn’t help it.  I finished one and then had to go on to the other.  I’m doing another combo review here and will talk about the entire series as a whole.

First thing I loved about this book?  Katniss Everdeen.  What a heroine.  I don’t know when I’ve loved a female lead quite as much as I did Katniss.  She’s self-sufficient, smart, brave, courageous, sarcastic, gutsy, and about a million other things that all bring me to the same conclusion… she’s just awesome.  Does she change during the course of these books?  Of course she did… and the change was both beautiful and heartbreaking, even while she maintained this underlying strength that was all her and never would change.

Peeta was my second favorite character.  When I first realized this was going to be a possible love interest for Katniss, with a triangle between them and Gale, I wasn’t sure about him.  He didn’t seem to be Katniss’ equal.  But he too grew and changed over the course of the story and began to spring out with inner strengths that I didn’t think he possessed.

This author’s strong suit, one among so many, was her gift for characterization.  Suzanne Collins knows how to make a good character and make you really love them or really hate them.  Even some characters introduced toward the end of the story, who you think will be unimportant but end up dying on you, are great losses to you anyway.  I nearly cried when two such characters died.  I cared so much for them already, I couldn’t help it. 

Aside from characters, the pacing in these books was perfect.  I didn’t skip a word.  Couldn’t!  The writing verged on the lyrical and poetic at times, and then gritty and raw at others.  Collins changed her approach to be exactly what each scene and situation demanded.  I was amazed.

I know some people have said they were disappointed in the ending of Mockingjay.  I was not.  It ended the only way it could end.  After everything that had happened to these characters, this was as perfect an ending as things were going to get for these characters and still be realistic.  If the author had ended it any differently, I think she would have been cheating, and she would have been belittling the tragedies that her characters had fought and come through so bravely on the other side.  I felt emotionally wrung out when I finished, but I was sad, sad, sad that it was over.  I wanted to read them again immediately.

This author has an enormous talent.  Please, please, please, Ms. Collins, write us another brilliant series! I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.  She’s on my auto-buy list henceforth!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Discussion Post: Finishing Books You Don't Like

Okay, so I thought I'd try a discussion post because I've had a particular topic on my mind in the last couple weeks.  Namely... do you finish reading bad books?

When I say bad books, of course, I mean books you don't like for whatever reason, but include any of the following:

1. Books that are probably good to someone, but I'm just not into.
2. Books that are just badly written
3. Well written books that are super boring or don't catch my attention
4. Books that, for whatever reason, just lose me

I feel bad not finishing a book, because I love books so much that I feel I should be able to find something I like in all of them, and I feel obligated to review every book I read, so I finishing was a must.  But it just doesn't always turn out that way.  In fact, more and more lately, I find myself being perfectly willing and able to put down a book that I don't like and accept the fact that I won't be reviewing it.  Finding enough time to read like I want to is a struggle anyway, with school and work and family obligations, etc.  So I don't have time to read a book I don't like.  I have to save that precious time for truly good books that really capture me.

The only thing that concerns me about this though, is the worry that all of my reviews are going to be super great and there won't be any diversity.  Does anyone else ever struggle with this scenario?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Release Date: April 1, 2010
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books

It’s been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth’s climate. Miranda and her two brothers spend their days scavenging for food and household items, while their mother stays at home and desperately tries to hold on to the ordinary activities of their previous life. But they all know that nothing is truly normal in this surreal new world they live in. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda’s complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever. – Goodreads.com

I fell in love with this series with the very first book, Life As We Knew It.  I devoured the second and then eagerly anticipated this final book in the series.  Susan Beth Pfeffer has written a heartwrenching series that really pulled at my gut and had me near tears so many times.

It was hard for me to imagine the hardships that these characters had to endure in this story, but it was also scary to imagine how easy these events could actually take place.  Perhaps a meteor won’t hit the moon and knock it closer to earth, but there are so many other natural disasters and possibilities, including this one, that are within the realm of possibility in real life, and I imagine the results of such an event being exactly as described in these books.

The first book introduced Miranda and her family.  Their struggles to survive a changed world, the deaths around them, the vanishing and passing away of just about everyone in their small town, and the starvation that nearly claims all their lives was gut-wrenching.  The second book introduces Alex and his two sisters, several states away in New York.  The events are relived through his eyes, as we get to see how another area of American is affected by the same events.  His struggles and what he and his sisters have to face are just as bad, if not worse.

In this final book in the series, these two parties are brought together.  The world has really not improved by this time, but Miranda and Alex meet.  Their budding relationship would have occurred too quickly for me if it was done in any other setting, but with the events around them, it occurred in what, to me, was an appropriate length of time.  It is easy to see why these two would cling on to each other.  I love both of these characters in their separate stories, and I loved them even more as they were brought together.

Susan Beth Pfeffer did an amazing job on this series in making me care about her characters so much, and conveying the tragedy of the circumstances they face.  I don’t know when a story has broken my heart so many times in the course of three books, while still managing to convey the beauty of the human character and what it’s capable of.  Awesome books, awesome writing. 

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Wednesday, May 18, 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: August 30, 2011
Why I love it: Greek myth.  And
Hades even! He's my favorite!
Buy it on Goodreads.

What books are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, May 17, 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:




Divergent by Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 3, 2011

Small blurb from Goodreads.com:   In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both.


Teaser from page 45: "They will see him as a traitor from now on.  His Dauntless family will have the option of visiting him in his new faction, a week and a half from now on Visiting Day, but they won't, because he left them."

 


Tease me with your reads this week! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Shine by Lauren Myracle
Release Date: May 1, 2011
Publisher: Amulet Books



When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.  - Goodreads.com


Wow.  Every now and then, a book comes along that just hurts you to read.  This was one of them.  The events that kick off this story are sad, despicable, and you would think, unheard of.  I do know that in some places, this sort of thing does happen, even though it is awful to even contemplate.  Lauren Myracle did a phenomenal job of handling this sensitive and sometimes controversial topic.

It's a small town, and some people can be small-minded.  Cat's friend is a homosexual and someone hated him enough to viciously beat him, nearly to death.  This has always been something that's baffled me about people.  Even if you don't agree with someone's lifestyle, why do something like this to them?  Just disagree and go on.  Don't commit such an atrocity.  Of course, in this world and these circumstances, there's a lot more to the story than even that.  Longtime friendships are questioned, people are suspected amongst of a pool of people that Cat has known her whole life.  Myracle did a great job showing Cat's internal struggle in dealing with the possibility that perhaps the people that did this to her friend might not be strangers, but might be someone amongst those she's grown up with and cared about her whole life.

I can't say I was super surprised when I found out who the culprit was.  The author had laid out some good foreshadowing and some other little hints that kind of brought me to the right conclusion.  Despite the fact that I did guess it in advance, however, it didn't detract from the impact of the revelation or from the story itself.

I really loved watching Cat follow up and perform her own investigation.  She was smart, and she asked questions and dug through histories until she found the answer.  I love to watch a heroine like that who is strong and resourceful. 

Although the subject matter itself wasn't fun, the book was a pleasure to read, although it ripped your heart out at times.  An awesome story by Lauren Myracle, and the first one I've read by her before.  I will definitely be combing the shelves looking for additional stories by this author.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

In My Mailbox (18)


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 what I got this week...



Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock





Babe In Boyland by Jody Gehrman
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Head Games by Keri Mikulski





Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Betrayal by Mayandree Michel
Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison


Leave a comment and share your mailbox with me!






Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
Release Date:  May 3, 2011
Publisher:  Poppy

After the death of her free-spirited mother, sixteen-year-old Alex Lee must leave her home in northern California to live with her wealthy grandmother in Savannah, Georgia. By birth, Alex is a rightful, if unwilling, member of the Magnolia League, Savannah's long-standing debutante society. She quickly discovers that the Magnolias have made a pact with a legendary hoodoo family, the Buzzards. The Magnolias enjoy youth, beauty and power. But at what price?  As in her popular adult novels, Crouch's poignant and humorous voice shines in this seductively atmospheric story about girls growing up in a magical Southern city. - Goodreads.com

I was very surprised by this book, as I wasn't sure what to expect when I went into it.  The basic story idea was interesting, and although it wasn't terribly unique, the author brought something new to it.  I've read books before where the story takes place within a secret society of some sort, but the idea of mixing a group of Georgia ladies with a family that practices hoodoo was completely new for me.  The author gave what was, to me, a very believable reason why these two groups would end up working together.

The author did a good job with characterization for Alex.  I have to admit she was one of the most intriguing heroines I've read in a while.  What an earthly little thing.  I wasn't sure I would like her at first because I don't typically see a heroine with dreadlocks and who doesn't bother to shave, but I really loved this girl.  She was real, she was honest.  What you see is what you get.  I loved her spunk and the fact that she wasn't willing to change for anyone.  Until she changed....

Once she gets fully enmeshed in the goings on in Savannah, Georgia, she does end up changing a little of her personality and physical traits, but that was sort of the point.  She has to learn from mistakes to grow.

I loved the romance in this story.  At first, I wasn't sure it was believable for a guy like him to like a girl like her, until I took it into account that he's used to these overly painted, overly primped girls who have burned him in the past.  So he wants someone real, which Alex is.

I was completely shocked by the ending, as I wasn't expecting a sort of cliffhanger into a sequel but I am looking forward to reading it.  I can't wait to find out if Alex ruined her chances with "him," and what she does to turn the situation around.  The book had just enough suspense to really keep me hanging and interested.  The author's pacing was great and I found this to be a very fast and engrossing read.

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