Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Whispers at Moonrise

Disclaimer: although this does not contain spoilers, this is not the first title in the series so tread lightly.

Title: Whispers at Moonrise
Author: C.C. Hunter
Format Acquired: epub
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Publishing House: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250011914

Shadow Falls Camp is back in session with the most explosive installment yet. A shocking new threat will rock Shadow Falls—changing it forever and altering Kylie’s journey in ways she never imagined.

Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts, but she doesn’t seem to belong to any one species—she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn’t…a werewolf. With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who’s willing to accept the impossible.
As if life isn’t hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante. Trouble is, Holiday isn’t dead…not yet anyway. Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it’s too late—all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever. In a world of constant confusion, there’s only one thing Kylie knows for sure. Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.

This is the fourth book in the Shadow Falls series and it finally provided answers into Kylie's origins. I loved this book! The only negative criticism I have for it is that it took entirely too long to find out what Kylie was and what exactly it meant. By the time I did find it out in the book, I had already figured it out on my own. I liked the fact that Kylie is so unique, but it became a bit tiresome when she kept getting more and more powers. I just could not keep up with all them, and that was probably the book's biggest downfall. All in all though, I would rate this book five owls because I did enjoy it so much, in fact I ended up reading the whole thing within a matter of hours, I just couldn't put it down! The entire series is actually, really good and introduces a fairly new concept of a boarding school with all different kinds of supernatural creatures instead of just one. I will be waiting on the edge of my seat until the next one comes out! Cheers!


Monday, October 29, 2012

My First Review!

My first book review will be the book:
 Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Format Acquired: epub
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Publishing House: Feiwel and Friends
ISBN: 1250003326

Let me begin by saying  I read this book because I had never read a fiction/supernatural book in the mermaid genre before and I was curious to see if I would like them or not. I was a bit skeptical, because although I do like mermaids I wasn't quite sure if I would actually like reading about them. The cover was the first thing that grabbed my attention in this particular case. I know that there is the saying about not judging a book by it's cover, but I normally do end up doing this for YA novels. I have come to find that books with crappy covers end up having content that suites the cover; not all but most.

The content of the book was actually quite enjoyable. I did have some issues with some of the characters, especially with the suppressed feminism, but it is a YA book and I did end up looking past that. The basic premise of the book is that Galen, prince of the Syrena (mermaids although they don't like that term) goes to find a girl that possesses the gift of Poseidon so that she can reunite the two kingdoms under the sea. Basically, the gift of Poseidon is the ability to talk with marine animals. He does end up finding the girl, Emma, but not all is as it seems. Emma is clueless about her origins and there is something else a bit fishy in her story as well. I liked the storyline and the premise of the story, but the POV shifts from third person to first person in almost every chapter and it does get a bit annoying at times. Also, Emma is constantly bossed around by Galen who is portrayed as a very macho man in the story. Besides those few flaws, I did read through this book rather quickly and I will certainly read the entire trilogy.

I did like the story and I would definitely give it four owls. If you don't like the idea of a possible "Mary Sue" or guys that are a bit possessive I might leave it alone though. If you can look past this, I would recommend you read it! It is quite enjoyable, although a bit fluffy at times.

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