Monday, March 25, 2013

March 2013 Book Haul



















From the bottom up:
1. Tiger's curse by Colleen Houck
2. Torment by Lauren Kate
3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (Really looking forward to reading this one)
4. Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
5. Charmed Thirds, 
6. Second Helpings, & 
7. Sloppy Firsts all by Megan McCafferty
8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
9. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
10. Darker Still by Leanna Rennee Hieber
11. Forgiven by Janet Fox
12. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

Really looking forward to reading all these books and reviewing them.

XOXO Midnight Fantasies

Review: Outsiders By Bailey Vaughn




Author: Bailey Vaghn 
Published: March 22, 2013
Book: ARC, sent by author
A Young Adult, Romance, Suspenseful Novel
My Rating: 3/5 Stars

                                                              Review

This book is about a small town that invites a group of foreigners to their town to see and learn about living in America. They call it an “experiment”, and their agreement is that each family would get a guest for one year, bigger families get two guests. But the outsiders are not what they seem. We follow Hannah, a seventeen year old girl who is looking to fall in love with one of the foreigners. She got what she wanted but he has a secret and because of this secret, their love is forbidden. When the truth is revealed about the real intentions of the outsiders, Hannah has to find the courage to save her town, but at what expense, what will she have to lose?

There is always something happening in this story, it is very fast passed and I love that! Hannah is an ordinary high school girl; she likes to have fun and loves her friends, it’s not hard since she’s known them all her life. I really liked her character, she surprised me with some of the choices she made, but she’s a brave girl! Hannah’s parents are very loving toward her. Her love interest’s name is Jaise and he is different from the other outsiders, he actually can express his feelings. The outsiders look like they don’t have much fun; they’re pretty uptight and strange which made me wonder if they had ulterior motives. I believe this story to be an enjoyable read, I was at the edge of my seat at times because of its suspense. I also think the plot was great. I recommend this book to everyone. The only thing that I can say is that I want more! In a good way, I want to read more from this author and looking forward to reading what else she has in store for us in the future.   


Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments 2) By Cassandra Clare




Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments (Book 2)
Book: bought, paperback
Author’s info: Shadow Hunters World

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation. (Synopses)

                                                            Review

So much happened in this book! I love the suspense, it is jam packed with non-stop action. I am obsessed with this series. This is the book that I read the synopses before reading the first book, I did not know it was the second book I think. So I found out pretty much everything, the most important part was that Jace was Clary’s brother. I knew because I read it ahead of time, but when I read the first and second book I understood more of what was going on. I love how this world just consumed me, I felt like I was right in the middle of the action. This series is so much fun to read, the world Cassandra Clare created is just amazing. I love the characters, my favorite is Jace, not only because of his beautiful features but because he’s so funny. I think he is very rough with Clary, like he doesn’t have the time for her. He’s witty and oh so funny! I love Jace. Although his relationship with Clary is strange, he does not let anything bad happen to her and he’s always by her side whether he agrees with her choices or not.
This book gets 5/5 stars of course! It’s my favorite series and I recommend it to YA readers.
I hope you’re having a good book week & enjoy reading!
Midnight Fantasies

Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: River Cast (Lunarmorte 2) By Samantha Young


River Cast (The Tale of Lunarmorte #2) By: Samantha Young

Series: Lunarmorte 2 
Book: bought, Kindle
Author’s info: The World of Lunarmorte
Publisher: CreateSpace

Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance... 

Swept into the world of the Daylight Coven, Caia is caught between her loyalty to the Daylights and her new insight into the hearts of the Midnights. As more obstacles are thrown in her and Lucien's way, Caia is pushed further adrift from him and Pack Errante. With no one to turn to, Caia has to make the most difficult choice of all... 

Who does she truly belong with? The Daylights or the Midnights?

                                                                        Review

The second edition in the Lunarmorte series starts off right where the first book left off. This book is more focused on Caia and Lucien as well as Jaeden. There are many secrets as well as on the first book, and also nothing is what it seems. I really enjoyed the aspect of two stories unfolding at the same time. If I say much about Jaeden, I might spoil it, what I can say is that she tries to find her own path away from the pack because of what happened to her in the first book. I felt so bad for her in the first book, I was hoping for her to find some happiness and she does in this book. Her story is about her dealing with her painful past as well as opening up to someone new. I love that she is in this book almost as much as Caia and Lucien because Jaeden is such a captivating character.

Caia and Lucien go to the Center in order for Caia to further her magic powers. Caia wants to learn more and get better, so she’s exploring with that side of herself. She also struggles with her feelings toward Lucien. In this Center Marion and Martina reside, they are both powerful fire witches. They are very different and one important difference is that Caia trusts Marion, but is unsure of Martina’s intensions. Caia and Lucien spend almost the entire book fighting, it could have been resolved by having a simple conversation but they are both so stubborn. Everyone knows how they feel about each other; they just have to tell each other. Their relationship is definitely dysfunctional. It broke my heart the way they were treating each other, especially after learning about the special connection they have. Lucien’s ex-girlfriend Rose came to the Center and wanted to get back together with him, but he didn’t bother to let Caia know that he wasn’t interested, that drove me crazy! I don’t know who I wanted to slap more, Lucien for being a typical guy or Rose for butting in where she did not belong.

This book totally draws you in as you experience their world. There are so many twists and turns; this book is a great addition to the Lunarmorte series. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book since this one left off with a cliffhanger. I’m so glad I already have the next book.

I give this book a 4/5 as well only because of the writing again, but definitely better this time. I really fell in love with the first book; the characters and the plot. In this book I had the same experience; I love how the characters grew to know themselves and each other more. I can’t wait to finish the next book and see what finally happens. There’s definitely something for everyone, whether you are into faeries, lykans, or vampires. I really enjoyed this book.       

Midnight Fantasies.