Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Release: The Lucky Ones by Anna Godbersen

The Lucky Ones (Bright Young Things #3) by Anna Godbersen

In 1929, the Bright Young Things escape Manhattan's heat for the lush lawns and sparkling bays of White Cove, looking for leisure, love, and luck.

New York City's latest It Girl, Cordelia Grey, is flying high with celebrity pilot Max Darby. But Max is a private person with a reputation to uphold—and a secret to hide. A public romance with a bootlegger's daughter could cost him more than just his good name. . . .

Aspiring triple threat Letty Larkspur has finally gotten her big break, but will her talent—and special bond with the married silver-screen star Valentine O'Dell—make her a target in the cutthroat world of Hollywood? Perhaps the ingenue knows how to play the leading lady after all.

Newly married to her longtime sweetheart, socialite Astrid Donal finds herself spending more time with one of her husband's henchmen than with him. With so many secrets between man and wife, is the honeymoon already coming to an end?

As summer reaches its hottest peak, these sun-kissed girls will find out if their luck can last . . . or if dark surprises are on the horizon.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Genre: fantasy
Series and Book #: The Iron Fey #5
Pages: 377

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten. 
My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.

Ethan is Meghan's brother. Originally, I thought he'd be interested in the fey and wanting to learn more about them, but that wasn't the case. Ethan was brutal when it came to the fey. His thoughts toward them were volatile and harsh. They had screwed up his life and he wasn't exactly forgiving about that. When he needs Meghan's help, he doesn't like it. After all, she's with Them now. There wasn't a ton of Meghan in this story. She was there but it was from Ethan's perspective and his interaction with his sister was short. He didn't like being in Faerie and he harbored a deep pain toward Meghan. Not only that, but there is the return of the Forgotten seen in The Iron Knight. It's going to be another crazy series with another brand of fey no one wants around.
Ethan was an interesting character. As much as he dislikes the fey, when his half-blood friend needs his help, he returns to Faery to gain answers. When Meghan won't help, he forges on anyway, trusting another faerie in the process. Also, his relationship with Kenzie is always should-I? Shouldn't-I? It was fun to see her always teasing him to get a rise. She was an excellent opposite of his character. Their interaction was wonderful.
Overall,  this book was amazing. To me, it was better than its four predecessors. The reappearance of characters from the previous books (including my favorite faerie, Leananside) and seeing them from Ethan's completely different perspective was interesting. Also, the appearance of some new faeries and the parallels Kagawa put in to the first four novels was great. I'm interested to see where the series will go and how it will end.
The Cover: I don't understand the leaves and branches on Ethan's body. But it's still kinda cool.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Genre: mystery, paranormal
Series and Book #: Mara Dyer Trilogy #1
Pages: 452

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed. There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer had a great storyline, interesting twists, and enough horror and intrigue to keep me either wanting to put the book down and close my eyes or read until dawn. It was much darker than I thought it would be. Michelle Hodkin kept it creepy and mysterious. Mara's revolting ability to kill people with just a thought was subtle enough that until she states it in the novel, I wasn't entirely sure Mara was the cause of the deaths. With the addition of Noah's powers, the man with the watch, and Jude suddenly appearing, Hodkin kept the surprises flowing and the oddities reappearing.

I didn't like Mara as a character. She was full of self-pity. Everyone wanted to help her and Noah was convinced he could, but she didn't listen. She kept her feelings to herself. At the end, she didn't try to stop herself. Even though Noah said she could, she didn't listen, and she willingly accepted that she could kill people and she was going to use that ability. It disgusted me. I wish she would have tried to fight it somehow. Not just give up.

Overall, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was great. Mara's hallucinations were very detailed and descriptive. What was going on in her head was terrifying. Hodkin didn't hesitate to keep it dark. The mystery surrounding the asylum collapse was intriguing, especially when Jude appeared in Mara's life more often. Mara's amnesia wasn't as prominent as I thought it would be. I wish the sudden flashes of memory would have been touched upon better.

The Cover: Lovely. It's definitely one of those covers that made me think, "This book is going to be interesting."

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

To my U. S. followers, happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Genre: science fiction
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 619

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.
Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.
When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves—Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

This has to be one of the best books I've ever read. Whether you like Twilight or not, I don't think you should immediately disregard Stephanie's only stand-alone novel. Because it is nothing like Twilight. It is deep and rich with the beautiful things we humans should be thankful for.
Stephenie found a way to tap into the human mind and construct a story that focused on the gifts we humans tend to take advantage of. The souls are aliens who have the ability to overcome a mind. They are unable to feel and can't live long without a host. When Wanderer enters Melanie's body, she is overcome with the sudden flood of emotions and intense senses Melanie possessed. Wanderer describes the vivid colors and fragrant scents and the powerful emotion she now could feel. As the story goes on, Wanderer never ceases in her awe of all the humans were capable of. I felt a little guilty, because everyday it's like I took advantage of the thoughts and feelings I have. It rocked me back into myself and gave me a great sense of gratitude.
I like both Wanderer and Melanie. Stephenie's character development was a decent slope. It was not all at once. They both developed slowly though the change in circumstances, their opposing view of things, and the experiences they had. Wanderer was my favorite of the two because she defied the norm and forced others to see the souls as something other than parasites. I kind of hated Melanie for giving Wanderer a hard time, because it was hard for her to give up her species in favor of Melanie's. But I liked their interaction. Stephenie favored neither side. She wrote the pros and cons of both species and let me decide that neither was good nor bad. They were equal.
Overall, put your prejudices aside, and read this novel. It's powerful. It's impacting. Stephenie Meyer is a brilliant author. I hope this book receives more publicity because it's wonderful.
What's your opinion? Which book do you like better, Twilight or The Host? Comment below.
The Cover: It's simple, but I really like the eye. It's not obvious online, but the ring around the iris reflects light like a souls would. It's very pretty.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Nevermore by James Patterson

Genre: science fiction
Series and Book #: The Maximum Ride Series #8
Pages: 384

One last chance...
For Max, Fang, and Dylan...
before it all ends.
Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming.
Yep. It's done.
Final installment of Maximum Ride. Expected to bring back the better times of the series. The wonderful action scenes and the gasp-inducing shockers. But...NOPE. I mean, yes, there was the omnipresent action because it's Maximum Ride, and the series could not function without some kind of kick-butt fights. But it wasn't as excited as usual. And the shockers weren't shocking. And the end was...less than great. But, dang it, I'm going to miss this series.
Maximum Ride is a unique character that had taken a spot at the Top Ten heroines one should know something about. It's not everyday an author writes a story about bird kids who are trying to save the world and also avoid being captured by mad scientists. Maximum Ride is a fiesty character as well. She's not girly, she's not sweet, but she's loyal to a T. This is still present in the final novel because in the end, I don't think anyone would be satisfied unless the flock was back together.
Overall, the final book was lackluster and didn't tie up really any loose ends, caused characters to suddenly disappear, and really had nothing to do with the end of the world, which I thought was what James Patterson was building up to in the FINAL NOVEL. I mean, the ending was great. Max lived. Fang lived. But what about everyone else? If James is going to shock the reading world (more like rock it. I don't think anyone would be shocked) and have one more go at the ending, hopefully he'll do it correctly. Because this doesn't feel like an ending. Which is painful. Beause now I'll be expecting more. *Whimper*
The Cover: Eye-catching. I like this one much better than the other ones, although my favorite is still the cover of Max.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Genre: paranormal romance
Series and Book #: Beautiful Creatures #1
Pages: 563

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

I've heard so many mixed reviews about this book that I decided to read it, and here we are. Me adding my own viewpoint into the already muddled thoughts about this novel.
I loved it. I really, really did. It wasn't overly mysterious that it was annoying how little I knew, but it wasn't blatantly honest about everything. The setting and the atmosphere was also deliciously dark and a bit creepy. What's more fun than reading a book about spell casters in a sleepy Southern town? Especially spell casters with a very dark past. Kami and Margaret are excellent storytellers who had ways of adding details without piling them on and who created this world full of darkness and light.
Ethan and Lena. Lena and Ethan. Elena. Lethan. Either way, they are so wonderful together. Lena was a beautiful character, whose complex personality only heightened Ethan's interest in her. I loved her powers and the shocking abilities she possessed. I loved the way she interacted with others, the way her bark and her bite were equally powerful. Ethan was a bit more transparent than Lena, but I loved the way he accepted everything about her with unflinching love. They were so perfect together, Lena's seeming darkness to Ethan's everlasting light.
Overall, I really loved this book. I don't know what else to say. Kami and Margaret reeled me in with promises of darkness and light and I received that in a novel filled with beautiful creatures. If you've heard mixed reviews as well, I'd say just read it and add your own. Sometimes the best voice is your own, as Lena's only too keen in understanding.
The Cover: Goodness, everything about this book is wonderful, including the cover.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Genre: dystopian, science fiction
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 323

In America’s Gulf Coast region, grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota—and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or by chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life….

I didn't really like this one. It was...slow. And though there was some adventure and action, there wasn't as much as I thought there would be. It was somewhat of a disappointment. I liked the setting and Nailer's world. It was gritty and terrifying and dangerous. But that was it. There wasn't a heightened sense of "Oh my gosh, no WAY!" or "That's scary." It had its moments, but they were quickly done with and slowed until the next quick pulse of adventure.
Nailer was a good kid. I liked him. But my favorite character was Richard Lopez. He was the character I felt was best described. He was scary, ruthless, and on the edge of crazy. When he appeared, he sent shivers down my spine, and the way he handled others was a testament to the brutality Paolo described. He never ceased to be murderous. It was always there, like a threat hanging over the novel. Will Richard Lopez find and kill Nailer? Will he be merciful? He was a wild card that added suspense to the novel.
Overall, I'd say this was an okay book. It had its ups but it also had its downs. The action scenes, or the especially suspenseful moments, kept me on the edge of my seat and frantically reading the section, waiting for disaster to strike. I would describe this novel as a city killer*: looming and growing larger until the heavens opened up and I was suddenly hit from all sides. It had its moments but they were brief, exciting, and left me breathless.
The Cover: It's dark, decrepit, and resembles the ships Nailer must take apart. I like it.
*Taken from Ship Breaker. Meaning: a storm so deadly it could wipe out an entire city.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Hunger Pains: A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon

Genre: humor
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 157

Winning means wealth, fame, and a life of therapy. Losing means death, but also fame! This is the Hunger Pains.
When Kantkiss Neverclean replaces her sister as a contestant on the Hunger Games—the second-highest-rated reality TV show in Peaceland, behind Extreme Home Makeover—she has no idea what to expect.
Having lived her entire life in the telemarketing district’s worst neighborhood, the Crack, Kantkiss feels unprepared to fight to the death while simultaneously winking and looking adorable for the cameras. But when her survival rests on choosing between the dreamy hunk from home, Carol Handsomestein, or the doughy klutz, Pita Malarkey, Kantkiss discovers that the toughest conflicts may not be found on the battlefield but in her own heart…which is unfortunately on a battlefield.
Previously, I read a book by The Harvard Lampoon titled Nightlight. It was a parody of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Once again, they've taken a beloved story and given it a funny twist. Titled, The Hunger Pains.
I am not a hater of The Hunger Games. I love the Hunger Games trilogy and I saw the movie when it came out and I loved everything about the books. But, even lovers of books must have some fun, and it comes in the form of The Hunger Pains. It's just meant to poke a little fun and make the book seem more ridiculous than it actually is. I must say, it is hilarious. It's a quick read that will give you a giggle. I recommend this to Hunger Games fans or non-Hunger Games fans alike.
The Cover: I'm a terrible person. I really like this cover!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Releases: Reached & Meant to Be

Reached (Matched Trilogy #3) by Ally Condie

After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

Monday, November 12, 2012

An amazing contest for an amazing collection of YA books YOU (yes, you) could win!

So, recently, while perusing through the blogosphere, I came across a contest that is so generous and incredibly...well, amazing. YOU could win an entire library of signed YA books:

Look in Beth Revis's blog for a better explanation of the contest and how you can sign up. Spread the word! This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Obviously, I love YA. I run a blog dedicated the books. But why do I love YA? Because it is the perfect blend of adult literature and teen novels. Being a teenager is so hard. Everyone is trying to influence your decisions, it seems like no one understands you, and there's an entire, scary future ahead of you that is completely unpredictable. YA novels are a place to escape from the demands of everyday life and slip into a place where there are strong characters in impossible situations. It gives me strength, pushes me to become great, like the characters I read about. That's why I love YA. There are no restrictions, there are no limitations. It is a world where anything is possible and even the least can become the most. I don't know what I would do without YA novels. So thank you. To the readers who read. To the authors who write. To the publishers who publish. You create places to discover and happiness to unlock.
Don't forget to sign up! There is a handy-dandy link to your right that will guide you to the contest entry on Beth's blog.
Have a great November everyone!

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood

Genre: science fiction & romance
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 288

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss.
Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go

I first heard about this book because of the movie that came out based on this book. Sometimes, the book isn't as great as the movie, but there are other times where the movie doesn't even capture the essence of the novel. Though the movie was excellent, I'd have to say this was better.
Charlie St. Cloud isn't a complex character. He's a genuinely sweet guy who loves his brother so much he's willing to give up the promising life he could have if he broke their promise. But he doesn't and he lives his life around the setting of the sun because that's what he promised so many years ago. He is fiercely loyal to not only his brother, but also to Tess, who suddenly comes barrelling into his life and ripping apart the careful facade he's kept for so many years. I really liked Tess. She was witty and strong, but she wasn't so strong that she didn't let her feelings show. I liked the moments when she was emotional because it gave her character depth.
Overall, if you've seen the movie and really liked it, I bet you'd like the book just as much. There are some parts that are different but it doesn't make the book greater than the movie or vice versa. They are their own entities and I can't say one is better than the other. It's the same heartbreaking story of the death and life of a beautiful, wonderful boy.
The Cover: I like how they put a sunset over Marblehead, and the ships coming in and out of the harbor. It sets the mood of the book nicely.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer

Genre: romance
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 338

Princess meet frog…
Dylan Schoenfield is the princess of L.A.’s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and to top it all off, a brand-new “It” bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: self-professed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan’s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. As the queen bee of Castle Heights royalty helps Josh turn from a frog into a prince, she’s shocked to find herself becoming friends with a geek—and liking it. But when Dylan’s so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life—and her social status—come to a crashing halt. Can Dylan—with Josh’s help—pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?

So, we're back to Castle Heights, the high school of not only Cindy Ella by also Dylan Schoenfield. Just like Robin's first novel, this book correlates with the fairytale The Princess and the Frog. But, like Cindy Ella, Robin doesn't overwhelm the reader with striking similarities. Although they are most definitely there.
Dylan Schoenfield is not one of my favorite characters. I know she's supposed to be popular and cute, but she was ditsy and annoying as well. Sometimes I just wanted to reach into the pages and smack her over the head myself. But I couldn't help but feel for her when she's suddenly kicked to the curb by her "friends." Josh was a sweetheart, too. Though he can be a bit annoying at times as well, I loved his playful banter or sometimes deep conversations with Dylan. As the story unfolded, it was obvious Dylan wasn't going to be Josh's princess and Josh wasn't going to be Dylan's prince. But they were obviously going to become devoted friends.
Overall, another excellent retelling on the subtle side. I liked how Robin went back to Castle Heights for the setting of her story. Though there wasn't any contact with Cindy Ella, there were some moments with the stepsisters. This version of The Princess and the Frog doesn't have the same romantic ending but leaves a quirky character finally fulfilled.
The Cover: It reminds me so much of Dylan. Very bright and cute.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer

Genre: romance
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 264

Prom. The best dress. The best shoes. The best date. Cindy Ella Gold is sick of it all.
Prom fever has infected L. A.—especially Cindy’s two annoying stepsisters and her overly Botoxed stepmother, Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all. But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than to close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she’s committed social suicide, except for her two best friends—the yoga goddess India and John Hughes-worshipping Malcolm—and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy’s crush, Adam Silver. But with a little bit of help from an unexpected source—and the perfect pair of shoes—Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at happily ever after.

Cindy Ella's letter was an excellent segue into the novel. It opened up into Cindy Ella's life situation, which wasn't as extremely disturbing as the original Cinderella's, but was still terrible. Robin's muted interpretation of the original Cinderella story made it so that it was modernized but you could easily think the book was an original storyline. She didn't feel the need to make sure every single detail was neatly in order or in place. Cindy Ella was a light-hearted read with a satisfying ending.
Cindy Ella is suddenly in the spotlight after the publishing of her letter. The sudden attention paid to her (and not good attention) gives her the appearance of a girl trapped in an undesirable life. But Cindy Ella is not a girl who is easily perturbed. She was a strong female character who was witty, intelligent, and who didn't need magic but her own self to win the heart of the Castle Heights Prince Charming. She was sweet and caring and funny.
Overall, Cindy Ella was a nice, undramatic novel based on a beautiful fairytale. Robin's creation mixes the plot lines of Cinderella and her own retelling so that it there are no overwhelming similarities but it was still noticeable this was based on Cinderella. As this book was so charming, I can't wait to see what Robin has up her sleeve for her other novels.
The Cover: Oh, look at the shoes! But wait, where's the dress? Cindy Ella doesn't wear no dresses. She is her own determined, strong, delightful Cinderella.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Genre: social issues
Series and Book #: Burn for Burn #1
Pages: 354

Big girls don’t cry…they get even.
Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.
Kat is tired of the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person—her ex-best friend—and she’s ready to make her pay.
Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. And she’s ready to prove it to him.
Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won’t stop until they’ve each had a taste.

This novel had a little bit of everything. There was mystery, revenge, a twinge of romance, and even a slight bit of science fiction. I must say, at the beginning of the novel, I expected the girls to each be vying for their own sort of revenge with hearts full of passionate hatred. But I didn't see the characters becoming more complex in their feelings. Sure, each of them wanted their own dose of justice, but they were conflicted about it. The book then transformed into a  will-they, won't-they situation where I wasn't sure what the ultimate ending would be.
Kat was my favorite. She was strong, opinionated, and passionate. I really wanted her to be happy, but it seemed like the world was against her because of all she'd been through. I hope to see more development of her character in the coming sequels because I felt she wasn't as complex as the other two main characters.
Mary was very mysterious. There isn't much of a window into her past and when she narrated, she was uncertain and impartial. But she had moments in her past that made her seem like a a fragile, broken thing with a fire heart. The mystery continued as strange things (unnatural things) begun to happen around her. I wished there was more background to her character.
Lillia. She was the least favorite of mine. She seems like she'd be nice and sincere, but she also had her moments when I was wondering "What is your problem?" Though I disliked the way she treated others I appreciated how fiercely protective she was of her sister and how she came to realize how nasty Rennie really was. In the beginning, she was seemingly the nicest. In the end, she was the hypocrite.
Overall, this is definitely a novel I can see myself rereading multiple times. The complexity of the novel made it a fast-paced, heart-pounding book. Each of the character's had their own view of things and their own stories that added to the suspense. The ending was magnificent. I can't wait to read the next one!
The Cover: I love how each of the girls are perfectly matched to their characters. (Far left) Kat's cold stare, (middle) Mary's hesitancy, and (far right) Lillia's worried glance. It reflects the novel well.