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on Aug. 20, 2011
K.C. Blake's Crushed is about three sisters who are witches and play a magical game every year. The game is called Crushed and each girl chooses one boy and they blow a magical dust into their face. Once the boys are Crushed the girls will charm them and in return the boys will follow them around. However, this year Kristen chooses bad boy Zach and he isn't acting like the other Crushed boys at all.
I really enjoyed Crushed and finished it only a few hours. Blake's writing is addictive and I love how the story switches between Kristen's perspective as well as Zach's. Each character is well developed and Kristen is an excellent protagonist who is tough and brave. Kristen grows a great deal as the plot progresses and learns that everything in her life doesn't need to be perfect. Zach is the mysterious bad boy in the beginning and I enjoyed uncovering his secrets. I also liked Kristen's sisters, Brittany and Cyndi, and how different the sisters are from one another.
The plot moves at a steady pace and includes a great balance of drama, action, and romance. The Crushed game the girls play is creative and it helped that Blake explained the rules before the book began. My favorite part of the book was definitely the last couple of chapters because so much happens. Crushed is an exciting story filled with magic and I highly recommend it
on Nov. 19, 2011
Belle Whittington's Cicada is the story of Blair and her group of best friends who discover something one summer night that isn't human. Blair and her friends become involved in a dangerous mystery that they must keep a secret in order to survive.
Cicada is a mysterious and captivating story that I read in just a couple of hours. Blair is an interesting protagonist who hangs out with her older brother and friends. She is tough and will do anything for the people that she loves. I enjoyed the friendship that Blair shared with her brother, Andrew, and her friends. I especially loved the relationship that Blair shared with Everett, the sweet yet geeky guy who is fascinated by bugs.
Cicada instantly captured my attention and this book was not what I was expecting but in a good way. The interesting and at times creepy plot flows smoothly from beginning to end with a few unexpected twists. Part of the mystery slowly unravels as the story progresses but some aspects of the story and some of the characters are still a mystery. I still have so many questions left which is why I am definitely looking forward to the next book. Cicada is an interesting and exciting mystery that I strongly recommend.
- Witch Born (Book II of the Witch Song Series)
on Sep. 05, 2012
Witch Born is an excellent sequel to Witch Song. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book because I really liked the way that Witch Song ended but I really enjoyed this sequel.
Brusenna thinks that she is safe now after everything that happened with the Dark Witch but she isn't as safe as she believes. Brusenna has come a long way since the beginning of Witch Song. She has become a much stronger person as well as a much stronger witch. I like that she isn't perfect though but she always tries to do what is right for the other people around her. Some of the choices she does make in this story were frustrating for me but I did understand where she was coming from.
I was excited to see the return of some familiar characters, especially Joshen. I even wished he was in this book a bit more. I love how the relationship between Joshen and Brusenna continues to develop because it isn't perfect and that just makes it feel realistic. I also enjoyed meeting some new characters as well in this book.
The plot was exciting and jumped right into the story within the first few pages. There were even quite a few unexpected twists that I didn't see coming. Some parts did slow down at times for me but then it would pick back up again. Also there were some moments of this book that gave me a bit of anxiety but in a good way because I care so much about the characters.
I really loved going on another adventure with Brusenna though because once again I found myself completely lost in the world Argyle creates. The setting is so interesting and I love the details because it is easy for me to visualize while I'm reading. Overall I really enjoyed Witch Born and strongly recommend this series. It's an exciting fantasy adventure.
- Untraceable (Book 1: The Nature of Grace series)
on Sep. 14, 2012
I loved Untraceable and didn't want this thrilling story to end. I have been hearing some things about this book for a few months now and I'm mad at myself for not reading it sooner now. However I am happy that now I only have to wait a little bit until the next book is released.
Grace is determined to find her dad after he went missing months ago. Grace was an excellent protagonist. She's independent, a bit of a tomboy, and loves being in the forest. She is also stubborn and reckless though which gets her into some situations. I liked Grace so much because not only did she feel like a realistic character, but she won't give up on the search for her dad. There were several other characters that I also loved getting to know and found to be realistic.
The plot was exciting and filled with twists. I loved that I was able to dive right into the story immediately and I didn't want to put this book down for long. I love a good mystery and this book definitely provided one. Every time I thought I figured out the mystery of what happened to Grace's father, I was proven wrong. I love that it was also difficult to figure out which character could be trusted. The last half of the book especially had my heart racing and I felt like I couldn't read it fast enough.
I also loved the setting in the Smokies. I'm not much of a nature person but I loved the details of the forest. At times I even felt like I was hiking a trail alongside Grace. Overall I loved this book and I will be highly anticipating the sequel. I strongly recommend Untraceable, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat.
- Uncontrollable (Book 2: The Nature of Grace series)
on Oct. 16, 2012
Uncontrollable was a great sequel to Untraceable and I couldn't put this book down. Once again Johannes writes another book that completely sucks me in and I couldn't read this book fast enough.
The story picks up a few months later and Grace is still trying to deal with everything that has happened. However when she signs up to help on a research project with Red Wolves, she finds herself back in the forest. Grace makes an excellent protagonist because she feels like a realistic character to me. She is still dealing with a lot but she throws herself back into helping out in the forest in an effort to start moving on. Also the forest is a place she cares about greatly. Grace definitely developed into an even stronger character in this book too. I admire how she continues to do anything for others, especially the people closest to her. That means that she can be reckless at times but her heart is always in the right place. She is so good with basic survival facts too so if I ever got stuck in the forest I would want Grace with me. I also loved seeing the return of some characters and also meeting some new ones.
The plot once again kept me on the edge of my seat because of the twists. I feel like whenever I started to figure it all out, there would be another new twist and I would be back at square one trying to solve the mystery again. I just couldn't wait to figure out how it would end so I ended up finishing this book in one sitting. Not only were there plenty of twists but there was action, romance, and a few moments that tore my heart out.
I also loved being back in the woods again too. The setting was one of my favorite aspects of the first book in this series so I was thrilled to jump right back in again. This time though Grace was in the woods during one of the coldest winters so reading the details left me with chills. I will definitely be highly anticipating the next book in this series. Overall I loved Uncontrollable and highly recommend this book as well as the first book in this series if you haven't read it yet.
on March 18, 2013
Firefly makes an excellent sequel to Cicada. I was instantly sucked into this book from page one. It took a few days for me to finish reading, but I was always reluctant to put it down every time. This series is just so different from most of the sci-fi books that I have read.
Blair really develops through this book as she starts to turn into something that isn't human. Blair just feels like a real character even though she isn't really human. She could get annoying some times, but it's understandable. She has a really realistic reaction to everything happening to her.
Then there is Everett, who I now adore even more, if that's possible. He is just adorable and I wish he was in the story even more. I love the relationship that he shares with Blair. There was also a new character, Ash. He was definitely a really interesting character to get to know.
The plot moves along really well from the very beginning. A lot happens in this book and after I finished it, I needed some time to let it all sink in. I wasn't sure where Whittington was going to take this story next, but it definitely took me by surprise. There is action and suspense that kept me interested in knowing what would happen next.
I think I may have enjoyed this one even more than Cicada. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series now, especially after that ending. Overall, I strongly recommend Firefly, it was a great sequel.