Midnight Hour: A Shadow Falls Novel
St. Martin’s Griffin
C. C. Hunter
Revealed (House of Night)
While I haven’t been the biggest fan of the books in this series, I was won over by the novella Neferet’s Curse so when I got my hands on this book, which is also about Neferet, I was eager to continue the journey of her story. Again we find her life in utter turmoil with death looming, a dire fight in the midst and an ending, well, the ending just never happens leaving the book open to yet another book in this series. This book, like the title, reveals Neferet’s past giving a bit more info into her world laying out her story and all of its darkness. Then there is Zoey who now has to deal with her return.
I just can’t help but feel that the Cast’s are trying to relate and write like teenagers, but it is done poorly and the overuse of the F word makes teens look like we are all awful, foul mouthed, wildlings. It is just too extreme and almost offensive. However, I really like Neferet and most of the problems can be overlooked because of her. I am on the fence about buying this book. Maybe just grab a copy from the library first.
Such Sweet Sorrow (Entangled Teen)
Who would have thought that merging two of Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, with mythology would make such an enticing read? Author Jenny Trout does a flawless job creating characters with so much personality, you feel as if you know them, as well as a world that wraps around you and sucks you in. I couldn’t put it down once I had picked it up.
With Romeo surviving his attempted suicide, his heart aches madly to have his Juliet back. Desperate, he seeks out a witch, who leads him to none other than Hamlet, the keeper of the corpseway, a portal between the living and dead. Together, they search the various Underworlds in search of Juliet, but one question looms in Romeo’s mind: how will he bring Juliet back to life when he finds her?
If you are looking for a romance, you won’t find it here. Instead, you will find dark humor, a bonding of friendship, epic adventures, and the start to what I hope will be a long-standing series. I highly recommend picking this book up!
The Secret Side of Empty
What does it feel like to hold a secret so deep that it separates you from the world you live in? Knowing that, at any moment, your world could come crumbling down around you and you’ll be sent to a place you have never known and don’t really fit in? This is life for more than 1 million kids living in America as illegal immigrants. The Secret Side of Empty tells of M.T.’s life dealing with this very same struggle. As a high school student, when all of her peers are planning for college, getting their driver’s licenses, and looking for work, M.T. is at a loss as she can’t do any of them without official papers; papers she doesn’t have.
As a teenager, I know how difficult keeping secrets are, dealing with high school, and life in general. But to know that in a few short years the same goals and dreams most teenagers have will probably continue to be just that, a dream, is something I think most of us take for granted.
This book will grab at your emotions, show the struggle is real, and remind us we are all human and to stand up for another. This is definitely an eye-opening novel I highly suggest everybody read!
Ranger’s Apprentice: Book 12: The Royal Ranger
This is book twelve and it says it is the last book in the series. I haven’t read all of the books yet, but I have read some of them and I love this story. The main character, Will, started his apprenticeship with the best ranger, Halt, when he was just a kid and now he is faced with an issue that makes him feel like giving up and walking away. Halt thinks this is not the way to help him and tells Will he is good enough to take on his own apprentice and this might help him.
This book might look really big but the words are nice and big and it makes it easier to read, especially for kids who really want a challenge because this is the best series to start with. It is full of action, mystery, and might remind you a little of a kids’ version of Lord of the Rings. I hope they make a new series with the princess ranger. I would definitely buy this entire series and start with the first one. You won’t be able to put them down!
Splendor is the sequel to Elana K. Arnold’s book, Sacred. This book takes often delicate subjects and gently wraps a passionate story around them. Religion, friendship, love, and finding oneself are just the tip of the iceberg and might leave you questioning some parts of your own life. Scarlett really is a normal teenager who is easy to relate too. Her parents have split, her boyfriend has gone off to college, and her friend doesn’t really seem to be her friend anymore. Turning to religion, she finds new hope in Kabbalah. She is trying to calm her mind, find answers, and just make it through her senior year.
Did I mention it is set on Catalina Island? Living on a small island south of Catalina, I could easily relate. It is often as if you feel you are cut off from the rest of the world and when you are an outsider and come in you are often viewed much as Scarlett viewed her friend after her trip to Amsterdam. I would highly recommend this heartfelt book.