Midnight Hour: A Shadow Falls Novel
St. Martin’s Griffin
C. C. Hunter
The Ether: Vero Rising (An Ether Novel)
Ever since Vero was a child he has always wanted to fly; he has always loved the feeling of the air in his face. One day, riding on the bus, Vero sees a car swerve into his lane driven by a man with fiery red eyes. No one else could see the man, so Vero is taken to a psychiatrist to examine his sanity. There Vero is chased by demonic creatures onto the roof, and falls nine stories to his death. He is greeted by the angel Uriel, who tells him that Vero is a guardian angel, and as such he will have to go to Guardian Angel School, where he will learn to fly. As he and his fellow classmates go on different assignments as part of their training, they grow closer as a team. Vero returns to Earth and it is as if the demons had never happened. Vero tries to master guardian angel duties; however, as Vero is sent on increasingly difficult missions, he struggles to keep them secret from his family.
I liked this book. I liked that Vero and other characters were three-dimensional and had cares and feelings and realistic motivations. It was really easy to see Vero’s character development, and he improved a lot from the beginning to the end of the book, which was really good.
All Marvin wanted was a chance—a chance to become a superhero. He even had superpowers, but since the government determined they were “dirty,” he wasn’t allowed to use them. When he and a couple other friends with dirty powers, Yvonne (who can “drug” people) and Kent (who can melt and mold into different shapes), “accidentally” drug major superhero Streak, his hopes are dashed. One day, on his way home from his “normie” job working as a busboy in a diner, he stumbles on a mugging and unleashes his powers to save the poor family. When that illegal heroic act catches the attention of the beautiful Eliza Todd (also known as Roisin), he has found his chance. Or has he?
When I first saw this, I had my doubts, not having been into the superhero genre, myself. But I found myself enjoying it. The writing is really action-packed and moves so fast, it’s almost like reading a comic book, even though there are no pictures. I even found myself squealing out loud for excitement in some places. If you like superheroes, or even if you don’t, you might want to give this book a try.
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!
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!
Death and the Girl He Loves (Darklight)
I really wanted to love this book. It had everything that appeals to me in a book, but fell short. In the second chapter when author Darynda Jones explains that instead of Jared taking Lorelei sooner rather than later, he instead revives her, I felt I was missing a major part of the story as if this was just another walk in the park to not really be noticed or lacking importance. I actually had to reread the page several times to make sure that I had read it right and didn’t miss something. Wouldn’t breaking one of the laws be huge and to not even give a reason right then and there or add some depth to the story? I would find myself pages later still asking myself why this major event seemed so unimportant.
This doesn’t mean the book wasn’t readable. The story moves at a good pace and the characters are very likable with a nice balance of normalcy. Some areas of the story felt forced and some seemed like she wasn’t writing a YA novel at all. BDSM. Really? Overall, I would suggest saving your money and getting this one on loan from the library.