Sunday, February 27, 2011

Review: Bones of Faerie

Bones of Faerie- Janni Lee Simner

4/5 Stars

Reading level: Young Adult

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)

 It has been 20 years since the war between faeries and humans destroyed everything. Liza, a teenager living in what was once the Midwest, has always been taught that magic kills. When Lizas mother gives birth to a faerie baby with hair clear as glass, her father abandons the infant on a hillside to die; Lizas mother then runs away, and Liza begins to have magical visions of her own. Petrified that her powers might cause death, Liza flees into the woods with her friend Matthew, only to be attacked by deadly trees and rescued by a woman with magic. The plot quickens as Liza realizes that the woman is connected to her mothers past, knowledge that propels Liza into a dangerous journey into the land of Faerie, in search of her mother.

  Honestly, I loved this book from page one. It's terribly sad and gruesome about her sister, but....well, you'll see. Her Dad terrifies me, mostly because he's a watered down Hitler without the mustache. He beats Liza, and what man could leave a baby to die? The plot picks up really quickly and moves along astonishingly fast. I read this book in a total of four hours.While I did read this book quickly, though, it has left a lasting mark on me.

 The forest is fascinating, and I so want a thorny dandelion. The trees try to kill you, flowers and bushes eat you instead of the other way around, and the animals scare the crap out of me.The Faeries are stunning characters, bringing a whole new level of intensity and beauty to this book. The ruins left over from the old-world give you a strange sense of foreboding, too, just like they are meant to. Wonderfully written world.

 I did, however, have a few teeny problems: Liza's world is very vauge. How do humans have Faerie babies? What triggered the war? Did Liza think that her town was the only one out there?

 Overall, though, I really liked the plot of this book. Liza is my kind of girl, only with better hunting skills:) I grabbed this book from my town library, but you should really buy it. It makes a great bedtime story.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Review: Nightshade

Nightshade- Andrea Cremer

5/5 Stars

  • Reading level: Young Adult 
  • Hardcover: 528 pages 
  • Publisher: Philomel; 1 edition (October 19, 2010)

  • I shifted forms before I realized I'd made the decision. The boy's eyes widened when the white wolf who had been eyeing him was no longer an animal, but a girl with the wolf's golden eyes and platinum blonde hair. I walked to his side and dropped to my knees. His entire body shook. I began to reach for him but hesitated, surprised to feel my own limbs trembling. I'd never been so afraid.

     This book was amazing- the only thing I didn't like about it was the two love intrests. The two love intrests would be Ren and Shay, and I have to say, I'm Team Ren. Moody, sexy, and just plain delicious while Shay is irritatingly average.

     Andrea Cremer has outdone herself. This book was great, and I never got bored. Sometimes the teeniest bit frustrated and confused with Calla,  but other than that, it was extremely interesting and captured my attention. (Which is hard to do. I have the attention span of a fruit fly.)

     The Keepers amd Searchers are both very mysterious, and the idea of wraiths is.....frightening. The concept of there being a race and an alpha over me would drive me insane, yet the Gaurdians show perfect respect. In turn for protectiong the Keepers from the Searchers, the Guardians get houses, cleaners, cooks, pretty much everything they want. Pretty sweet, if you don't think about cmprimising freedom for petty things.
     And, of course, if you like werewolves, you'll love this book.

    Honestly, I didn't have a single problem with this book. Go buy it, please? Pretty Smiley Please?

    Hey, You! Yeah, you with the brown, black, blond, red, or multi colored hair!

    Hey! So, this is that awkwatd first post where you try and come up with something to talk about and tell what you hope to do on here. Well, for the latter, I plan to do book reviews. I'm going to make my blog all pretty first, though, so you might have to wait.

     Skittles and Lemonade,
             Riley :D 
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