Thursday, February 3, 2011

Haven by Kristi Cook

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One month into her junior year, sixteen-year-old Violet McKenna transfers to the Winterhaven School in New York’s Hudson Valley, inexplicably drawn to the boarding school with high hopes. Leaving Atlanta behind, she’s looking forward to a fresh start--a new school, and new classmates who will not know her deepest, darkest secret, the one she’s tried to hide all her life: strange, foreboding visions of the future.

But Winterhaven has secrets of its own, secrets that run far deeper than Violet’s. Everyone there--every student, every teacher--has psychic abilities, 'gifts and talents,' they like to call them. Once the initial shock of discovery wears off, Violet realizes that the school is a safe haven for people like her. Soon, Violet has a new circle of friends, a new life, and maybe even a boyfriend--Aidan Gray, perhaps the smartest, hottest guy at Winterhaven.

Only there’s more to Aidan than meets the eye--much, much more. And once she learns the horrible truth, there’s no turning back from her destiny. Their destiny. Together, Violet and Aidan must face a common enemy--if only they can do so without destroying each other first.

The first thing that popped out to me from this book was the amazing cover it has. It's so mysterious, yet eye-popping and it makes you want to know what this story is about. Also, the books and the butterfly lying on top made me wonder if it had some sort of meaning in the story. Then came the synopsis. Once I read that, I was sure that I was going to love this book, and I did.

Violet transfers to Winterhaven and she feels an urge - she knew it was the right place for her. And later on, she finds out what that urge meant and discovers the real meaning why she came to Winterhaven and who its students are. Then she falls for Aiden and he was always sweet to her and as the book progressed, I kept wondering what is he? I found out later in the book and I was shocked!

So many characters that I thought were good, turned out bad and the ones I thought were on the bad side, were actually on the good side and the ending is the most suprising of all. There was no cliffhanger, but I was suprised of how the story took off there.

Cook has shown her amazing ability to tell a story and I was on the edge of my seat all the time while reading his book. I just couldn't put it down and when I did, I kept thinking of it.

Overall, this was a great read and if you love the paranormal genre, this one does not disappoint and I will be reading more of Kristi Cook's books.



Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Tale of Two Pretties by Lisi Harrison

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Massie Block has long led the Pretty Committee—through boy drama, clique mutinies, and jealous wannabe attacks—while always in ah-dorable outfits. Over the past thirteen novels, avid fans of Massie, Alicia, Dylan, Kristin, and Claire, have made The Clique one of the premier bestselling series in the world. After the myriad of juicy escapades, the Clique is finally ready for their curtain call.

The Clique . . . the only thing harder than getting in is saying goodbye.

The final book in the Clique Series. Okay I'll admit, I was never really into this series, but when I saw the movie, I couldn't resist reading the first book, The Clique, but I haven't read any of the other book in the series except the last one now. But even though it was the last one, I didn't feel as though I was lost. Lisi Harrison still writes in a way that continues a series, but the book still feels as though it's a totally new book.

Massie here is broke and never did I think this would ever happen to her. But that problem totally gets fixed at the end and it's something that's so amazing. Reading about these girls was so much fun since all of them had thier own personalities that made them, them and they made up the clique.

Now I want to talk about the cover. All of the books in the Clique have had ah-mazing covers and this one did not disappoint. But if you're a big fan of the Clique series, read the final book because Lisi shows herself that not only is she a great writer, but also very talented.



Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

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When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then . . . Dan McAndrew took his last breath as she held him in her arms. No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby’s believes Scarlett had something to do with it. But now that she’s safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened. Only she can’t. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed.

The synopsis was the first thing that got me all hyped up for this book. I have been looking forever for a great murder mystery and a british murder mystery was even better! Henderson starts off the book with a great hook and never did I find myself bored with it.

Scarlett kisses the guy she has always wanted to and once she does, he dies right on her arms. The entire book revolves arounf the mystery of how Dan died and Scarlett trying to figure it out herself. All Scarlett wanted was to fit in and when the most popular girl at St. Tabby's, Plum, asks Scarlett to come to a party, she says yes, leaving her friends behind. And after everything happens, and Scarlett has transfered, even her two best friends, Allison and Luce leave her.

I thought the cover of this book was okay. What sort of turned me off was the little spects of hair growing on the guy's chin, but otherwise the book totally makes up for it and I will be reading the sequal, KISSES AND LIES.

Overall, if you're looking for a great murder mystery, read this one!



Monday, January 17, 2011

Trapped by Michael Northrop

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The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive....

Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision....

Imagine looking out your school window and seeing massive amounts of snow piling up. Most people would leave, but Scotty and his friends were trapped.

All they wanted was to go home and stay warm under the blankets, but that proved wrong as no one came for them and the snow piled so high, they had never seen so much before. At first, they thought it was going to be okay, but as the heater broke and the lights went out, they them realized they wre far from okay. If I were in their situation, who knows what would be going through my mind. I would be scared, especially knowing there is no way out and no one can see me.

At the beginning the book was a bit slow, but towards the end, it did pick up the pace and kept me waiting what was going to happen to Scotty and his friends. The ending was intense and I read it twice to make sure I hadn't missed anything.

The cover was one of my favorite things about this book. Just the cover alone lets you know what the book is about. So if snow is on its way and you know you'll be home, pick up this book with some hot chocolate and enjoy! It's the perfect book for a cold snowy day.



Monday, January 10, 2011

Warped by Maurissa Guibord

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Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt that she herself participated in. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible centuries old secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, an irresistible 16th-century nobleman. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. Together, they must correct the wrongs of the past. But then the Fates step in, making a tangled mess of Tessa's life. Now everyone she loves will be destroyed unless Tessa does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.

The synopsis for Warped immediatly captured my interest and once I began reading this book, I fell in love. It was written so magically and the plot was so original. Never have I ever read a book about tapestry and magic in it. I loved the time travel, especially when the book went back in time to see Tessa's and Will's story. There's not many YA time travel books out there, but this one really did make me want to search for more.

Tessa was a fun character. She starts off normal with no intention to bring a handsome boy from the 1500s into her world through tapestry. Will is so cute throughout the story, especially his love and car for Tessa and making sure she is safe from Gray Lily.

I absolutly loved the beautiful cover on this book. It's exactly what the book talks about. When I first saw the cover, I was a bit confussed on the whole plot, but once I began reading, I understood everything.

Overall this book is amazing and it does come out tomorrow, January 11, 2011 and you should go and get this one.