Friday, December 31, 2010

Book Beginning: The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 

Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 

If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

I just began the eARC of The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman. I recently read and enjoyed another book by Gutman - Nightmare at the Book Fair - so I was pleased when I saw that this title was available at NetGalley. The book will be published on Jan. 25, 2011.

Here is the opening sentence:
There were ten items on Coke McDonald's to-do list on June 17, but JUMP OFF A CLIFF was not one of them.
Coke also has a twin sister named Pepsi. Seems they both jump off a cliff for reasons I have yet to determine. I just started the book and I am eager to find out why they did that. This is starting out well for a fun, middle grade novel.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

My First Anniversary (Blog, that is)

Today is the first anniversary of this blog. I have done 303 posts and have 342 followers. That isn't bad for one year. 

I have done 108 book reviews in the past year on this blog. The very first book I reviewed was Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey. I haven't gone back and looked at my first review - but I hope that I am better now than when I began.

This whole thing has been a learning experience. I hope I continue to learn and grow as the years go on.

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publication: Dutton Juvenile (December 2, 2010)

Description: Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.

My Thoughts: What a wonderful romance! Anna is sent to Paris for her senior year of high school by her father who is a newly rich novelist whose books have become hit movies. She leaves behind her mother, younger brother, best friend, and potential boyfriend. She arrives at the school to meet a wonderful young man named Etienne St. Clair who is just perfect - except he already has a girlfriend. 

The story is filled with mixed signals as Anna tries to avoid falling love with him both because of her maybe boyfriend back home and his very real girlfriend in Paris. But Etienne does become her good friend. They have so much in common. He helps her become familiar with Paris and helps her to venture out and explore. They both have fathers that they are unhappy with - hers is a shallow, poseur who has abandoned his family; his is a controlling flirt who dominate both Etienne and his mother. 

When Etienne's mother is diagnosed with cancer, his father refuses to let him go home to visit her. Anna and his other friends at school try very hard to be there for him. Both Anna and Etienne are left in Paris for Thanksgiving vacation and they spend a lot of time together getting to know one another. But after everyone is back, Etienne seems to back off again.

This is a clear case of miscommunication on both their parts. Both are afraid to put themselves out there emotionally. It was still a very touching love story. I will be passing this on to my students who love romance. I know they will be as swept away as I was and, like me, will be hoping for a trip to Paris to see if the man of their dreams is there. 

Favorite Quote:
"Huh?" I have such a way with words. I should write epic poetry or jingles for cat food commercials.

He smiles. "Place your feet on the star, and make a wish."

"Oh. Okay, sure." I place my feet together so I'm standing in the center. "I wish--"

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

WoW: The False Princess and XVI

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the spine. It gives us a chance to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating.

I can't wait to get back to work but only because XVI by Julia Karr should be arriving that week. I am intrigued by this 2011 YA Debut. It will be published by Speak on Jan. 6, 2011. Here is the product description:
Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world - even the most predatory of men - that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past - one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.
I am also very excited for The False Princess the Ellis O'Neal. This is a 2011 YA Debut Novel that sounds really intriguing. Here is the product description:
Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court.  But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection.  Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.

Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks.  But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins - long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control - she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.

Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor's history, forever.

A dazzling first novel, The False Princess is an engrossing fantasy full of mystery, action, and romance.
This one will be published by EgmontUSA on Jan. 25 and I have already pre-ordered my copy.

Don't they sound good? What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week is for the much-hyped Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This young adult has received tons of rave reviews. I decided to see what all the fuss was about and add it to my TBR mountain.

Teaser (from page 4 since I just started this one):
It was around the time of the divorce that all traces of decency vanished, and his dream of geing the next great Southern writer was replaced by hisw desire to be the next published writer. So he started writing these novels set in Small Town Georgia about folks with Good American Values who Fall in Love and then contract Life-Threatening Diseases and Die.
You know, that sounds like the type of book I avoid as though I would catch a Life-Threatening Disease and Die myself. I already like the main character's voice.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Review: Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey

Out for Blood
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publication: Walker Books for Young Readers (December 21, 2010)

Description: Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, she sees the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends-or even more. When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack
from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra . . . help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would be easy?

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this third adventure in the Drake series. This time the focus is on Quinn who is one of the twins. He is a ladies man and loves it. But then he meets Hunter Wild who is from a famous Helios Ra family and a student at the Helios Ra high school. She is smart, kick ass and not at all prejudiced against vampires. She knows that there are both good and bad vampires. Her grandfather, however, is of the opinion that the only good vampire is a dead vampire.

Hunter and Quinn are fascinated with each other. Quinn is worried though because she is human and he is a young vampire. He does have the example of his sister who is dating a human and who is an even younger vampire. Hunter is confident in her ability to defend herself if necessary and also trusts Quinn.

The Hel-Blar are being very active. They seem to be targeting the school. Hunter and Quinn fight off lots of their attacks. The school is also having some problems with a flu-like academic and students taking odd pills. Hunter and Quinn investigate to try to find out what is making the students sick and why the school seems to be attracting the Hel-Blar.

I liked that we got a chance to catch up with characters from the earlier books in the series. We got to see some of Lucy and Solange along with their boyfriends Kieran and Nicholas. 

Favorite Quote:
"Am not." Quinn wasn't my type anyway. Not that I knew what my type was. Still, I was sure pretty boys who knew they were pretty weren't it.
Check out the rest of the series here.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Break Reading Challenge #10

I am another one who didn't get or give any books this Christmas. I did give a reading friend of mine a Book Lovers Calendar. And I lent my brother the last two books in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. He just discovered the series and has been mowing through them as fast as I can get them to him.

It is extremely hard for anyone to give me books. If I want them, I already have them or have them pre-ordered. I have over 900 on my TBR pile in stacks all around my house and on my Kindle.

In My YA Mailbox (Dec. 26. 2010)

The weekly In My Mailbox post is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is fun to see what everyone else gets in their mailboxes, shopping bags, and library visits. 
I guarantee that your TBR pile will grow when you see all the wonderful books everyone gets. You will discover lots of great blogs and lots of books that you won't be able to live without.

I bought these print books this week.
Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston is the third book in this series. I have the first two on my TBR stack and need to move them to the top soon.

Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey is also the third in the series. I have read the first two and am eager to read this one as well.

Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst has intrigued me since I first read about it. I decided it was time to get my own copy.
The Broken Lake by Shelena Shorts is the sequel to The Pace. A friend read that one and tells me it is excellent. I have to get to it soon.

Sophie's Secret by Nancy Rue was free for the Kindle this week. It looks interesting.
I also got these three free short stories for my Kindle this week too.
  • Cat Calls by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Beasts and BFFs by Shannon Delany
  • Remedial Magic by Jenna Black

That is what followed me home this week. What did you get?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Holiday Break Reading Challenge #9

Since today is Christmas and everyone will probably be busy, I'm making Today's activity easy. Here is what you have to do:
  1. Since today is the 25th, turn to page 25 in the book you are reading right now.
  2. Count down the page to line 25 and tell us what the sentence says. If there is a partial sentence or word in that line you can leave it out. If you don't have 25 lines on your page just choose the 7th line (2+5=7).

This isn't as simple as it sounds when you are reading the book on your Kindle. First, look up book at Amazon to see if there is a print book available. If so, how many pages does it have? Page 25 is what percent of the total? Last, go to that percent on the Kindle. Ah, got it!

Mackenzie reached out for the mug that Nick proffered.

I am reading Crux by Moira Rogers. This is a shapeshifter book with various other kinds of magic too. This is an adult romantic suspense book that I am really enjoying.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holiday Break Reading Challenge #8

Our challenge today is to post about a Christmas book that we have read. I don't read many but last Christmas I read my first book by John Green which was also a Christmas book.

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson
The weather outside is frightful, but these stories are delightful! When a huge blizzard (that doesn’t show signs of stopping) hits, Gracetown is completely snowed in. But even though it’s cold outside, things are heating up inside, proving that the holiday season is magical when it comes to love. In three wonderfully (and hilariously!) interconnected tales, YA stars John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson create a must-have collection that captures all the spirit of the holiday season.

Friday 56: Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice. The rules are pretty simple.

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find any sentence that grabs you.
  • Post it.
  • Link it here
I am reading Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey and am enjoying the adventure. This is the third book about the Drake family.

I like that the story is told by the main characters in alternating chapters. My sentences (I couldn't pick just one) are from one of Quinn's chapters..
Kieran went pale, paler than any vampire.

"I have to check on Hunter," he said, breaking into a run.

I didn't want to admit how cold I got, or how fast I followed him, until the trees were a blur of green around me and I left him behind altogether.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Break Reading Challenge #7

I can't really take a picture of my bookshelves for this one because I am at my brother's house. But here are a couple of shots I took a couple of weeks ago.
These are adult books that have arrived since the school year began (with just a couple of summer holdovers)
These are the young adult books that have arrived since school began in late August. There are a few summer holdovers in that bunch too.

Recent arrivals sit on top of my entertainment center totally obscuring the print that is supposed to decorate the top of that piece of furniture. There is no system. Theoretically, the newest arrivals are on the top but I do shuffle them around some as I'm digging for my next book to read. 

The stack is not completely accurate now because I showed it to one of my voracious student readers and she pointed out three or four that she would like to read. I decided that she would get to them long before I would and donated them to my HS Media Center unread. I know where they will be if I ever get to them in the stack.

I also packed a few for my vacation reading. Of course, I brought my Kindle home with me too. (What I didn't bring home with me was my camera. It is sitting on my dining room table. I really hope that is the only thing I forgot in my packing for this trip. Unlike another trip, I did remember shoes.)

ARC Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe
Author: Beth Revis
Publication: Razorbill (January 11, 2011)

Description: A Story of Love, Murder, and Madness Aboard an Enormous Spaceship Bound for the Future

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

Across the Universe is Titanic meets Brave New World.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel that was part science fiction, part dystopia and part romance. I thought the book was very descriptive. In fact, I suffered just a touch of claustrophobia as Amy was describing the process of being cryo-frozen and the dreams she had while frozen.

The story is told in two voices. Amy is the girl from Earth who was frozen to travel the 300 years to be with her parents for the colonization of Alpha Centauri. She is considered non-essential personnel and was given a place only because her parents were essential to the new colony. She had very mixed feelings about leaving Earth for this adventure. Her father, in fact, was sure she would change her mind and stay on Earth.

When she is unexpectedly thawed, she almost dies. But she survives to find a very different world than the one she left. She is a person out of time. Her parents are still frozen and will be for at least another fifty years. She doesn't know anyone or know anything about the world she wakes up in. And what a world it is.

The ship is being led by an Eldest. There are distinct social classes including shippers and feeders. The feeders are kept drugged and happy as they grow the food for the ship. There are a class of people who live in the hospital who take pills for their mental illness. They are the artists and thinkers and the only ones that Amy actually thinks are sane.

Elder is Eldest's heir. He is being groomed to be the next leader of the ship. But Eldest isn't telling him much. He needs to sneak around to learn about the ship. He is disturbed when he discovers the cryo-frozen passengers because Eldest hadn't told him about them. There are lots of secrets about the ship that Eldest isn't sharing as he tries to make Elder an absolute dictator like he is. 

The way Amy is being treated by Eldest helps make Elder determined to rebel and make some changes when he is leader. Eldest is convinced that the only way to survive the journey is for everyone to be the same. Amy is different.

This was an excellent story. I liked the characters of Amy and Elder. Elder's friend Harley was interesting too as an artist who befriended Amy. Orion was a mysterious character who inhabited the House of Records and supplied cryptic hints for Amy and Elder to follow.

While I have some questions about the amount of time that has passed since the ship left Earth because it seems to me that the changes that occurred would have taken more than the 250 years that Amy is told have elapsed, I still enjoyed the story. I recommend it to young adult readers with a taste for dystopias.

Favorite Quote:
Sometimes it feels like a thousand years have passed; sometimes it feels as if I've only been sleeping a few moments. I feel most like l'm in that weird state of half-sleep, half-awake I get when I've tried to sleep past noon, when I know I should get up, but my mind starts wandering and I'm sure I can never get back to sleep. Even if I do slip back into a dream for a few moments, I'm mostly just awake with my eyes shut.

Yeah, cryo sleep is like that.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ARC Review: Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

Fall for Anything
Author: Courtney Summers
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (December 21, 2010)

Description: When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of whyWhy when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?

My Thoughts: This was the most emotionally intense book I have read in quite a while. Eddie's first person account of her feelings after the suicide of her father are heartbreaking. She is floundering. She is obsessing about her father's death. She can't find any resolution. She needs to know why her father chose to commit suicide. She revisits the place where he died and the place where she found him. Her mother is emotionally absent because she is so absorbed in her own grief. Her best friend Milo doesn't know how to help her. She isn't allowing him to help. The arrival of an old girlfriend of Milo's doesn't help the situation either because she is a representative of the world where life is going on.

When Eddie meets Culler Evans, she finds a kindred soul. He was her father's last student. He is also a photographer. He uses Eddie and Eddie's emotions to try to get his own balance. After retrieving the contents of her father's studio and finding only a series of five photographs, they travel together to the sites where the photos were taken. Eddie is hoping that she will find some answers as she retraces her father's journey since the photos themselves don't answer any of her questions. But what she finds raises more questions than they answer.

The book was a great exploration of what it is like to be the one left behind when someone you love commits suicide. It focuses on the questions left behind and the guilt and how the survivor has their world forever changed. The language in the book is very descriptive but straight forward at the same time. It didn't take long to read. I got so involved in the story that I wanted to just keep reading. I did have to put it down and walk away for a while when the intensity got to be too much. I recommend the book to young adult readers.

Favorite Quote:
Milo would do almost anything for me. He's been my best friend since second grade, when a brief but weird obsession with the original Star Trek got him sort of ostracized at the same time all the girls in our class decided a girl named Eddie must actually really be a boy. By third grade, we weren't so outcast anymore, but we were well beyond needing other people. We still are. Anyone else who happens on the both of us, they're just temps.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week is from the ARC of Across the Universe by Beth Revis. The book will be published on Jan. 11, 2011 and should be on your wishlist. It is described as "A Story of Love, Murder, and Madness Aboard an Enormous Spaceship Bound for the Future." It is also a story told in two voices - Amy who was cryo frozen on Earth and Elder who was born on the ship and raised to be its next leader.

My teaser is from late in the ARC and is Elder's musings on leadership:
Holding Amy against me, I realize the simple truth that power isn't control at all - power is strength, and giving strength to others. A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.
This book is fascinating and unusual. True science fiction is not very common in current young adult books. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

In My YA Mailbox (Dec. 19, 2010)

The weekly In My Mailbox post is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is fun to see what everyone else gets in their mailboxes, shopping bags, and library visits. Click on the link to The Story Siren's site to see the rules and join in the fun. (Kristi is taking a few weeks off. There won't be a new linky for IMM posts until sometime in the new year.) 
Posting my new titles is one way for me to be accountable. So I am making this post even though I won't be able to link it up at Kristi's site.

I got just a couple of books this week.
Wish by Alexandra Bullen was offered for free this week for my Kindle. I had a print copy of the book but donated it to my HS Media Center before I had a chance to read it. Now I can read it when I find some time.

Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill came to my attention when I read on someone's blog that it was a young adult science fiction book. True science fiction is pretty rare in the YA field. I like adult science fiction and wanted to give this one a try.

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter is an eARC from NetGalley. I have started to see some reviews around for this book even though it won't be published until July 4, 2011. It sounds fascinating.

That was my mailbox this week. What did you get?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

ARC Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Author: Cynthia Hand
Publication: HarperTeen (January 4, 2011)

Description: In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

My Thoughts: I liked this story very much. I liked the different mythology about angels. Clara's mother is half angel and Clara is one-fourth. She was told by her mother that she was part angel when she was about twelve. She was told that she would someday have a purpose. So, when she turns sixteen and begins having visions, her mother uproots the family and they all move to Jackson Hole, Wyoming because that is where Clara's purpose leads them. 

Clara begins school and meets Christian who is, literally, the boy of her dreams. However, Christian has a girlfriend and he is the star of the school. He is the kind of guy that all the girls dream of but no one thinks they will ever have. He is nice and polite to Clara but doesn't really form a relationship with her. He seems detached and keeps a lot to himself.

Meanwhile, Clara makes friends with Wendy who is a ranch girl and Angela whose mother runs a local dinner theater. Wendy has a twin brother Tucker who likes to tease Clara. Angela reveals that she is half angel. She was born after her mother was raped by a Black Wing - the dark angels. Clara had never heard of Black Wings. Her mother doesn't tell Clara very much more about being an angel than that she has a purpose. Clara learns a lot from Angela who has made research into angels a priority in her life. 

Christian breaks up with his girlfriend and, somehow, he and Clara attend the prom together. But, when the girlfriend has an emotional meltdown at the prom, Christian ditches Clara to take the old girlfriend home and Clara is left to go home with Tucker. Christian and Clara do form a tentative friendship after that shaky. On Clara's part, it is because of the visions that she sees about him. She believes that her purpose is to save him from a forest fire. 

When summer comes, the friends scatter. Wendy goes to a veterinary apprenticeship; Angela goes to spend time with her family in Italy (and to do more research about her angel heritage); Christian goes to New York to intern in a bank. Clara is left at home with Tucker. They become close friends and they fall in love. But her mother doesn't know about her relationship with Tucker. She is determined to push Clara at Christian because he is her destiny. 

Clara is conflicted between what she sees as her purpose and her relationship with Tucker. When Tucker finds out she is an angel, he is first frightened of her but he adjusts and accepts her as Clara. Tucker is the one who really knows her and likes her anyway. But her visions keep showing her having a relationship with Christian and saving him from a forest fire. When the fires come and Clara has to make a choice, what choice will she make?

I have quite a number of questions that weren't answered in this book. What was her mother's purpose? Why is she keeping so many secrets about angels from Clara? What in the world is going to happen next after the ambiguous ending of this story? When will the sequel be out?

This was an emotionally engaging story with well-drawn and likable characters. I recommend it to young adults who like paranormal stories and love triangles. I thought the book was well-written. I highlighted lots of memorable quotes on my Kindle. This book should be on your wishlist!

Favorite Quote:
Her wings extended like they were literally catching the air and pushed down once. The sound they made was like a single heartbeat low in the earth. My hair blew back with the force. She lifted off the ground slowly, impossibly graceful and light, still glowing all over. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Break Reading Challenge Activity #1

It is time to set goals for the Holiday Break Reading Challenge. I have two.

  1. Read the books that I have for review that will be published in January and write the reviews too.
  1. Try to lower the TBR stack a little.