Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Release: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Genre: paranormal, mystery
Series and Book #: Hush, Hush Saga #3
Pages: 448

When silence is all that's left, can the truth finally be heard?

Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks—with no one knowing where she was or who she was with—she tries to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge her mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she could almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a very sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.


I had seriously problems with Ms. Fitzpatrick in this novel because she turned everything upside down right after the shocking conclusion of Crescendo! I mean, honestly, do you have to take away Nora's memory, in which she can't remember Patch at all?? Through Nora's patchy (punny, right?) memory comebacks and her amnesia (when moments of her past were brought up and she had no clue what anyone was talking about) I thought that I'd never make it through the book. One of my greatest pet peeves of novels is retelling the entire series. Honestly, if you're reading the second novel without reading the first, GO READ THE FIRST! *Cough* Anyway, I was pushing myself through Nora's slow recovery to make it to the end when Patch came back and everything was hunky dory again!

Nora's stubbornness distressed me in this novel, especially towards the end. I know it wouldn't have made for an interesting novel if she just sat on her hands and waited for everyone else to figure things out, but she could at least have listened to Patch a bit? Especially towards the end when Hank was getting closer and the Danger-o-Meter was in the red range.

Four words to wrap up this novel: good, frustrating, twisty, dark.... The theme of all three of the Hush, Hush novels was darkness, and I thought it was mightily improved in this one. Nora's constant visions of black, black, black almost sent me over-the-edge! You know when a character doesn't know something, but you do, and so you just want to dive right in to the novel and help them? Yeah, that's pretty much a summary of what I was thinking throughout this entire book. It kept it interesting, surprising, and alluring. Once I put it down, I just wanted to pick it back up again!

The Cover: Not quite as impressive as the first two.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Release: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Rhine and Gabriel may have escaped the beautiful prison of Wither’s mansion, but they are far from escaping danger. First they’re chased for stealing a getaway boat, and then the fleeing pair ends up in the eerie den of Madame, an old woman who collects girls and sells them to the highest bidders. Worst of all, Vaughn, Rhine’s sinister father-in-law, seems to be on her trail every step of the way. Rhine remains determined to get to her brother in Manhattan—but the road they are on is long and perilous.

Now that Rhine has finally regained her freedom, what lengths will she need to go to in order to keep it?