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  • BOUND (#1 in The Crystor Series) on Feb. 03, 2012

    This book wasn't what I expected when I bought it. I was looking forward to a book on what I thought was about shapeshifters, cause you know me by now and how much I love shapeshifters but this isn't what I expected. There was no shapeshifters (until later but even then the Shapeshifters are only half human, half beast, not the type of shapeshifters I like), no wolves though there was a tiger and it has nothing to do with people on earth... That's right this book had aliens in it, no not green things, they are people like humans but they live on another planet. As one of the characters pointed out by drawing the solar system on the ground with the planets and everything then taking a rock and tossing it far away, which is where their planet is located haha! Despite this I didn't expect I would like it as much as I have and I will tell you this I really want to read the second book WHICH DOESN'T COME OUT UNTIL THE SPRING TIME!!! The characters were great I find, each had his or her own way of acting about the situation I found. Kira our main heroin was known to be a mouse, but I never saw that in this manga. I never saw her acting like a mouse on a few times but not much to actually have me see her as that. As the story continued you can see she has more of a back bone when she tried to help Lydia when men attacked them. If she was a mouse she would have stayed away but she didn't. Later you find that she grows more and more brave. WHAT I HATED WAS THAT HER MOM LEFT HER, she left her behind and ran off with a man. What kind of mother did that to her daughter who isn't even 18 yet. I wanted to bloody kill that women for doing that to a child.*shakes head* Anyways Lydia is from another planet who came to earth with her brother Octavion to escape from her older sister Shandira, who is trying to kill her. It's never explained why her sister is trying to kill her until the ending but even then it's kind of stupid. I love Lydia's character she is a sweet girl with a side to her that surprises you. She also has a connection to Kira that allows them to communicate between each other using thoughts and she is very protective of Kira, cause she is her only friend. Now with Octavion, how strange is that name it catches your attention right away. Along with his sculpted chest and leather pants and vest, hot, hot and hot (along with every other guy I read about who is just as hot lol). Octavion has a really bad temper, since he transforms into a cat type thing he loses his temper really easily and ends up hurting Kira a few times. Despite that he really is a nice person and cares both for Kira and his sister Lydia at the same time. Though you can see how much he is torn between them on how to protect them both. I really like his character because of how much he struggles with being around Kira and trying not to hurt her because of how much he loves her. As for the Romance all I can say is this . . . No seriously Octavion and Kira like each other so fast you don't know what you missed that, that could have happen. Yes, Octavion had feelings for Kira already but Kira just met the guy and she started to like him right away. Even when he pushed her around and hurt her she still develop feelings for him. I for one wouldn't like a guy if he made me break an arm... either way besides that I like that they got together. It's a cute romance and awkward too quite a few times like in most relationships but it just moves so fast. At one point you seriously thought he was going to purpose to her *head desk*. I just hope in the second book the Romance is more controlled and not as fast. The plot was great, I loved everything that happened. From the moment of Kira learning who Lydia was, to saving Lydia's life at the risk of her own, to Kira interacting with Octavion, even when the bad guys came and there was a big fight to protect Lydia and Kira. I was quite surprised by all the many things on Lydia's and Octavion's planet. About how Royal's can turned into a beast when there is a new moon and that they can't control their hunger when they smell blood from a commoner. I also like the different types of people on that planet. The confrontation with Lydia and her older sister was great. I cried once though because Kira was very badly hurt near the end of the book. I really do like the plot and I'm sure you will too.
  • The Lost Immortals: When Copper Suns Fall on Feb. 03, 2012

    So I first notice this book back when I first learn about how many contest there was on Twitter. I saw the cover of the book and it caught my interess. I wondered what kind of book was this to have a ugly statue on the cover. So I read the summery of the book and I wanted to read this book right away. I wanted to read it dispite how I felt on angel YA novels and I never read a Dystopian novel before either. (well once "Handmaid's tale" but I only read summery of each chapter) I started to say to myself, I had to win this book no matter what I needed to read it and find out what it's really all about. Not to mention I read a short blurb from a chapter making me wanting it more and poof! I know have it in my hands(computer) and I read it in three days, THREE DAYS THATS HOW MUCH I ENJOYED THE BOOK! I love this story so much, the book was slow at the beganning but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. The characters are amazing, Chela Prizeon who is our main girl has such a great personalty you can tell when she's scared or happy. You can tell she's trying to find her inner self, learning about her abilties, scared at first but with a help from the boy Faris she finds her strength. As the story goes you want to learn more of what she can do and if she loves the boy. You also notice that her thoughts revolve around her twin brother a lot though out the book, showing how much she cares for her twin brother. Her father though seems like a brainless puppet cause of the Tribunal(government) but you do see him care about his daughter and son more then you think. Then there is boys of story are eye candy diffidently, Jalen the older brother type boy who will look out for you. Faris the sexy, hot, sexy....I'm saying sexy to many times but it's true he captures your heart right away with his mysterious past and crazy fighting skills. Then there is Seth, the bad boy mysterious type that you just want to be with. All these boys are great and all these boys Chela has a connection to. I just love them all, could there be a love triangle who knows this is only the first book of the series. I can't giveaway much because I don't want to spoil it for everyone but I will tell you this, it's a great read and I recommend everyone to read it. The plot is awesome and the characters are awesome. This book is so different from what I normally read that it's just so surprising. I'm excited to read the next two books. That's right there is two more books coming and I'm so damn excited!!!
  • Persona on April 03, 2012

    I gotta say I really loved this book, seeing the background to how the werewolf disease got out was seriously great. It drew me in right away and made me want to keep reading. The only problem I had with it was many spelling mistakes and lots of words that weren't needed in the sentence or a sentence not needed in reading this. Besides that I really loved this book, I first got it in dec 2011 and wanting to read something new I looked through my ebooks and picked this out. Then I notice that there was a updated version so I began to read the updated version which I'm happy that I picked it up. This isn't like your normal werewolf stories, they don't turn into beasts or wolves for that matter. They do however have their hair change color, there eyes change color and then their claws and teeth change. This makes for a whole knew take on the werewolf story. The characters in this book are so very interesting that you love how they interact together. Moira is a girl hiding her true self. For the last few years she's been hiding the fact that she wasn't human. She made sure she was careful in not showing her persona to people until a incident at school caused her to accidentally show it. She's thankful though for her friends that were there because with out them her problems would have gotten a lot worse but they saved her, that's how much they loved her as a friend even though they only knew her for a few months. Liam is new to the school only a few weeks after Moria moves to the school. He acts like a bad boy when Moria first meets him and always stays in the side lines being quite. Moria and him always seem to react to each other but they don't know why until near the end but even then they aren't 100% sure. Raven and Daisy are Moria's closes girl friends, they help Moria when ever she's down and tells her how she can trust them. These two if they weren't there I'm pretty sure Moria would be lonely with the guys that are around her so I'm glad these two characters are there. Then there is Ray and Marty, Ray is a great guy and loves to joke around and gets hit for it. He starts to be with Daisy while everything bad is happening around them giving a small sense of normalcy around Moria's crumbling world. Marty though is Moria's best friend, she cares alot about him and is like a rock to her. Marty is serious in his feelings for Moria and he loves to be with her and makes her feel better even when she wants to cry. He would do anything for Moria but gets hurt because he learns how Moria doesn't have the same feelings as he does for her, but then Moria doesn't know her own feelings herself. There is Romance in this book but you will be a bit disappointment. The first guy Moria falls for she thought liked her but didn't turn out that way. Then she has confused feelings between Liam and Marty. She doesn't know if what she feels for Marty is love or just really good friendship. Then with Liam their attraction towards each other has a lot to do with their persona and how it creates a scent that causes there persona's to react strongly. I just hope in the second book she sorts through these feelings and pick a guy. Who I'm hoping it's Marty, I just love him so much. The plot is just so great! I loved every moment for it. It tells of the story of Moria and how a scientist is obsesses with wanting to have her. She doesn't know why she's so special but doesn't want to be anywhere near that man. She comes to meet her friends and a strange boy who has connections to Marshall Black who was the one who escaped and started to spread the werewolf disease called MBS. Though people don't call it that, they use the term Persona when they start to change. Everything about this makes a great story not to mention a strong main character and even love interests.
  • Howl (Kane Wolves, 1) on April 27, 2012
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    I just love how this book was written. It's a whole new take on werewolf lore. In other werewolf stories, when the werewolf is injured, it heals almost right away. In this story, a werewolf heals slowly, as a normal human would. It's more identifiable. In this story, the werewolves are huge. They're described as being the size of a human man, not the size of a normal wolf. I love how the author describes her wolves, I can see them as real creatures, not just creatures of legend. It's so beautifully written I just couldn't stop reading 'Howl' once I started. Most of the main characters in this book members of a werewolf family. The primary main character is Sophie. She is a shy girl who follows everything her family tells her to do. Since she's not an Alpha nor Beta she can't disobey orders from her brother Gavin, who is Alpha. Despite the rules though she breaks one important rule; never fall in love with a human. The human she falls in love with is named Jaime, and he works for her brother Thomas in a research center. She felt a connection to him right away. (It should be noted that 'bonding' is a common theme with most modern werewolf stories.) Right when she touched him she felt like she wanted to be with him, despite the rules. Jaime felt the same way, even when he knew nothing of who she really was, and he asks her out on a date. Her family knew nothing of this relationship until her twin brother Tristain starts to suspect something was wrong with his sister. It wasn't long before more people found out about the relationship. Sophie was told that she either she picked to be with Jaime or she picked he family because Sophie was told that she either she has to pick to be with Jaime or her family. She can not have both. Jamie is a great human, as he loves nature and wants to protect it. He even stayed by Sophie's side when she told him that her family can't know about them, despite his own hurt. He did everything he could to make her happy and he still wants to be with her even if they were forbidden to see each other. (Can anyone else say 'Werewolf Romeo and Juliet'?) All he cared about was being with Sophie. In this book you also meet the rest of Sophie's large family. They all have the same views on how they see humans as threats and they can't be with them or date them. As for Daniel, the werewolf love interest, I actually really loved how his character was in the story. He cared for Sophie, but has that passiveness that werewolves have when they want someone. He's described as being very sexy and hot. Sophie see's this, but she loves Jamie. It's sad when he was sent away, but I hope he comes back soon. The romance in this is really fast, but there is a lot of gaps between happenings in this book. Sophie has (non-graphic) sex with Jamie very quickly into the book. I don't mind the fast intimacy, but as I read 'Howl' I find myself wanting them to be together. Her family forbids it, but I want it! It really is a werewolf Romeo and Juliet. The plot of this book is great. You learn a lot about Sophie's family and how her pack works. For example, the women always give birth to more then one baby at a time. The twin bond that the babies have in turn strengthens the bonds between the pack members. When there is only one baby, it makes the pack slowly fall apart. Then you have Sophie falling in love with a human while another werewolf want to take her as a mate. The real plot line starts up in the middle of the book when people start dying in the forests around Sophie's pack. The pack is trying to figure out who is killing these people, and but an accident ends up tearing it apart. Just an overall great plot to a great story! It really shows how important family bonds are, but how sometimes you have to break away from family values to find your own path.
  • Howl (Kane Wolves, 1) on April 27, 2012

    I just love how this book was written. It's a whole new take on werewolf lore. In other werewolf stories, when the werewolf is injured, it heals almost right away. In this story, a werewolf heals slowly, as a normal human would. It's more identifiable. In this story, the werewolves are huge. They're described as being the size of a human man, not the size of a normal wolf. I love how the author describes her wolves, I can see them as real creatures, not just creatures of legend. It's so beautifully written I just couldn't stop reading 'Howl' once I started. Most of the main characters in this book members of a werewolf family. The primary main character is Sophie. She is a shy girl who follows everything her family tells her to do. Since she's not an Alpha nor Beta she can't disobey orders from her brother Gavin, who is Alpha. Despite the rules though she breaks one important rule; never fall in love with a human. The human she falls in love with is named Jaime, and he works for her brother Thomas in a research center. She felt a connection to him right away. (It should be noted that 'bonding' is a common theme with most modern werewolf stories.) Right when she touched him she felt like she wanted to be with him, despite the rules. Jaime felt the same way, even when he knew nothing of who she really was, and he asks her out on a date. Her family knew nothing of this relationship until her twin brother Tristain starts to suspect something was wrong with his sister. It wasn't long before more people found out about the relationship. Sophie was told that she either she picked to be with Jaime or she picked he family because Sophie was told that she either she has to pick to be with Jaime or her family. She can not have both. Jamie is a great human, as he loves nature and wants to protect it. He even stayed by Sophie's side when she told him that her family can't know about them, despite his own hurt. He did everything he could to make her happy and he still wants to be with her even if they were forbidden to see each other. (Can anyone else say 'Werewolf Romeo and Juliet'?) All he cared about was being with Sophie. In this book you also meet the rest of Sophie's large family. They all have the same views on how they see humans as threats and they can't be with them or date them. As for Daniel, the werewolf love interest, I actually really loved how his character was in the story. He cared for Sophie, but has that passiveness that werewolves have when they want someone. He's described as being very sexy and hot. Sophie see's this, but she loves Jamie. It's sad when he was sent away, but I hope he comes back soon. The romance in this is really fast, but there is a lot of gaps between happenings in this book. Sophie has (non-graphic) sex with Jamie very quickly into the book. I don't mind the fast intimacy, but as I read 'Howl' I find myself wanting them to be together. Her family forbids it, but I want it! It really is a werewolf Romeo and Juliet. The plot of this book is great. You learn a lot about Sophie's family and how her pack works. For example, the women always give birth to more then one baby at a time. The twin bond that the babies have in turn strengthens the bonds between the pack members. When there is only one baby, it makes the pack slowly fall apart. Then you have Sophie falling in love with a human while another werewolf want to take her as a mate. The real plot line starts up in the middle of the book when people start dying in the forests around Sophie's pack. The pack is trying to figure out who is killing these people, and but an accident ends up tearing it apart. Just an overall great plot to a great story! It really shows how important family bonds are, but how sometimes you have to break away from family values to find your own path.
  • Alpha Moon (Silver Moon, #0.5) on Dec. 29, 2012

    It surprises me how the author knows Old English so well. It's not something I’m fond of though. I find it confusing to read words like 'thou' and 'thee'. It's why I don't have the patience to read a classic novel. I did manage to read this book though, so maybe I can give older books a chance. It surprises me that two people mistake a wolf for a human. There's a rather big difference in the shape of a human and the shape of a canine, even a large one. Unless it's a perfect situation like in the book, I don't see how I could mistake the two. Since 'Alpha Moon' was a prequel, I wasn’t too surprise by how fast the author wrote this. It was to give a brief history of how werewolves first came to be. It’s not entirely unique in the way they are created, since I’ve read other books where a witches was behind the werewolf. Even in history, werewolves and witches were closely associated with each other. 'Alpha Moon' book is well written, but I feel should be read after 'Silver Moon'. The official order is 'Alpha Moon' (o.5), 'Silver Moon' (1), 'Black Moon' (2), and 'Blood Moon' (3). In 'Alpha Moon', we meet two brothers, Alaric and Ulric. We see their farming way of life, in 1569, Colchester, England. (For historical context, Queen Elizabeth I was ruling England at this time, and had been Queen for 11 years of her 70 year reign. Colchester itself is known as the oldest city in England, and was once the Roman Britain capital city. It's located 82.4 km, or 51.2 miles, northwest of London.) We later meet Daciana, who had to move to Colchester. She leaves her home because her father brought shame on their family by spending all their money on gambling so they moved to Colchester to get away from the rumors Once in Colchester, she meets Ulric. Daciana is very full of herself. She had once been wealthy, and still views herself as such, despite now being a farmer. I suppose if something similar happened to me, I'd have a hard time accepting it too. I find her more of a brat that anything else. She is very childish in the beginning, so it surprises me by how brave she does become. She also has a rude personality, and talks down to others, something I despise. When she first meets Ulric she says, "Tis a dried up city with peasants who can hardly pay their taxes and feed their families”. I find this ironic, since Colchester was known for it's cloth, wool and oysters during the Tutor period, and was considered to be a wealthy town. Either the writer didn't do her research (unlikely, considering she does use Old English), or Daciana is unable to see what's around her and only sees value of courtly wealth. After being attacked by a wolf, she feels drawn towards Ulric, who's also faced the same wolf. They stay together, through her stubbornness, although I don't know how he puts up with her. Alaric and Ulric are brothers, but very different personalities. Having sisters, I can agree that this is very much the case with siblings. Alaric doesn’t like to do work and is almost always at the bar drinking. Ulric is the more humble of the two, and he does the work around the house, and takes care of their father. Only sometimes does he go out to the bar. When he does go, the brothers both enjoy ale. Considering ale was often the safer option over drinking water, I don't blame them. I’m a bit lost on the concept of Alaric also being cursed too. I know he wasn’t bitten like Ulric and Daciana was. It could be when Lavenia (the town witch?) was yelling out curses at him, Ulric and Daciana. In old lore, a werewolf was created when a witch cursed someone, often forcing them to be her familiar and pet. I wasn’t prepared to find that Alaric is the almost bad guy of this story. I say almost bad guy since he's not that bad of a guy, but he wants to do the right thing, and that involves putting our love birds (love puppies?) in danger. I feel sorry for him and I can’t wait to read what had happen to him in the first book of this series. Lavenia is a ex of Alaric, and she appeared in the book very suddenly. At least the author explained of her past with Alaric. I find her a bit crazy for holding a long grudge over something that wasn't really explained. I know that Alaric had broken up with her, but over how or why wasn't explained. I don't feel any sympathy what happened to her, because I just felt she was crazy. It left off with a twist and a feeling of confusion over what I just read. I can’t place my finger on it, but it’s probably because I started with reading the prequel before I read the first book of this series. Hopefully it will turn into a case that it doesn't matter if you read the prequel first or not for the rest of the books to make sense.