Shadowland by Alyson Noël

Now that’s what I’m talking about!  Shadowland was fantastic!  I had to wait a couple of months to get a copy from the Library – and oh!!  It was great!!!  I’m definitely craving for more Damen and Ever.  This was a book that was truly hard to put down – every paragraph lead me to wanting more.  The decisions Ever had to make were truly torturous – and after solving Roman’s final riddle, her challenges are so much greater now!  I can’t wait to see how she deals with her new challenges.  The author does a great job at intertwining teenage love and relationships with life-altering challenges in the Immortal world.

I just loved this book – the tension and anxiety – oh…..  I was in tears when Damen took Ever to Amsterdam – I was so heartbroken along with Ever.  Their relationship continues to grow but there are more questions now – especially with Jude and Roman in the picture.  Let’s not forget Ever’s aunt Sabine and her blossoming relationship with Ever’s teacher – adding a bit more complication to a once lonely seventeen year old girl.

Oh yes – I definitely recommend this book – but to the older crowd of teens – 16 and over.

The fourth book in The Immortals series, Dark Flame, is due to be released June 22, 2010.  I’ll be waiting 🙂

Favourite quotes:

“While we may judge things as good or bad, karma doesn’t.  It’s a simple case of like gets like, the ultimate balancing act, nothing more, nothing less.  And if you’re determined to fix every situation you deem as bad, or difficult, or somehow unsavoury, then you rob the person of their own chance to fix it, learn from it, or even grow from it.  Some things, no matter how painful, happen for a reason.”         p. 180

“Breathing in the good – ridding yourself of the bad.”        p.222

Noël, Alyson.  (2009).  Shadowland.  New York, NY:  St. Martin’s Press.

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Reading more than one book?

I never thought I’d see the day where – YES! – I’m reading two books at the same time.  Ok I don’t mean that literally – but somehow I’ve managed to inadvertently start reading one book in one room and another elsewhere in the house.  Wierd!  I somehow had myself convinced for years…  that this was just not possible.  I mean really how can you read two books at once!  But – I’m doing it!  Don’t ask me how – cause I always thought people that tackle two at one time were crazy and how can you keep the stories apart?  It’s just wierd! I’ll admit that I’m much much farther ahead in the one – and the other is on the back burner unless I’m in that room – but it’s pulling me – and I can’t wait to give it my full attention.

So – I’ll add my second book to my Currently Reading space on the side – and for anyone who’s read or is reading my second book – you’ll understand why I’m being drawn to it.

Teaser Tuesday

So I’ve been watching this meme for sometime  – and thought I might try to play along …

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 & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser is from Shadowland by Alyson Noel:

“Not yet.  Anyone who’s forfeited their greatest passion, just simply walked away like he has, deserves a second chance.”  p. 185

Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country by Allan Richard Shickman

A great continuation of Zan-Gah’s story.  Zan-Gah and his twin brother Dael are reunited after being separated for two years.  But their relationship is strained and no longer reflects the great childhood relationship they once had.  Upon their return to the tribe, Dael slowly comes out of his shell with Lissa-Na’s help but after a great loss Dael’s mind starts to degrade at a much faster pace.  We see Dael struggle with his past and present while Zan-Gah tries to help his brother and renew their relationship.

What I really enjoyed about this story was that although it was set in prehistoric times, we were never overburdened with that environment.  The story centered around the relationship of the brothers and their impact on the tribe and their leadership role within the tribe.  I actually had to remind myself of the setting every once in a while.  This is a story that could easily be taken to any environment.  The mental health issues that Dael was working through are very relevant in today’s society and family.

Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure and Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country were my first young adult books set in the prehistoric times and were great stories dealing with familial relationships.  Both are definite reads and recommended for 12 yrs and over.

I want to thank Earthshaker Books for providing these books

Favourite quotes:

“Being smart is more important than being strong.”         p.50

“People not only disagreed with each other, they often were at odds with themselves, leaning one way by day and another by night.”        p.133

Shickman, Allan Richard. (2009).  Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country. St Louis, MO:  Earthshaker Books.

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Ah….  The Reckoning was a great ending to the Darkest Powers trilogy – I loved it!  OK I’ll admit – having the book signed by Kelley helped too 🙂  The story did keep me guessing and wondering who the good guys were and who the bad guys were – it was an excellent mix of intrigue and mystery.  Who were the ghosts that Chloe could talk to?  Were they good or bad?  Were they taking advantage of Chloe or was she taking advantage of them?  And were Aunt Lauren and Andrew working in the kids’ best interest or were they really working for the Edison Group?  And when it comes down to it – who is the Edison Group?  and why are they still after Chloe, Derek, Simon and Tori?

I really enjoyed the budding relationship between Chloe and Derek – it was so fun to watch!  Overall I enjoyed the entire trilogy but I still have a few unanswered questions.  The big one is the charm on Chloe’s necklace.  I didn’t understand why or how it changed colours – and what that meant.  It was mentioned at the end of the first book but then it was never mentioned again.  Was there something to it?  Or was this just an excellent marketing scheme for the book covers?  I guess I was left a bit confused about this one.

I would recommend this book to 13 yrs and older.

Favourite quotes:

“Oh, but it’s so much fun.  All that fire and brimstone and rivers of lava.  Demons beating their ragged wings and fanning the flames.”  A pause, then a deep sigh.  “Sarcasm is lost on the young and gullible, isn’t it?  I meant it figuratively.  Wreak havoc, if you will.  Smite our mutual enemies”          p. 322

“…A lesson to you in keeping secrets.  They will come back to haunt you in the most uncomfortable ways.”             p.335

Armstrong, Kelley.  (2010).  The Reckoning.  Toronto, ON:  Doubleday Canada.

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New Poll Question – Book Covers

Alrighty – my last question – well it was terrible!  And that’s ok 🙂  But I have a few questions that have been brewing lately – so I’m going to try with a broad question and try to filter down as time passes.

So what the heck am I talking about?  Book covers!  That’s what!  As I continue to read read read – the covers are intriguing me more and more – how bout you?  Do you judge a book by its cover?  Do you pick up a book in the Library or in the store because the cover attracts you?  Or you don’t bother with the cover?  How bout the prevalence in the types of covers?  I’ve been noticing that cover pictures move along in trends and I’m curious as to why these trends exist and whether they are affecting what we read?

So let’s start with the easy one ok?  Does the cover of a book influence whether you’ll read the summary or not?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Imagine living in a world surrounded by fences and the Unconsecrated (I guess we can call them a flavour of zombies) constantly moaning and hungering for your live bodies on the other side of these fences.  Imagine having a group such as the Sisterhood telling you that they know best and dictating how you  live, who you marry, and when you should have your babies.  Imagine living in a world where you wonder everyday if there’s anything beyond your village walls.  Mary tries to live this life – but then her world crumbles and she’s given the opportunity to pursue her dreams and seek out the Ocean that her Mother told her about as a child.

I really enjoyed this novel and I especially enjoyed the romance in the story.  The relationships among the four childhood friends, Cass, Travis, Harry and Mary.  How their relationships were forced at first and how they evolved through the book.  And yes..  I have to say I cried!  I’m a real sap – ok I’ll admit it – but the relationships are what really made this book for me.  That and the self-discovery that Mary goes through with Travis’ help.  Just awesome!

I would recommend this book and I’d recommend it to 13 yrs and over.

If you need more convincing to read this book take a look at the Kirkus Reviews 2008 Teen Book Video

Favourite quote:

“One line jumps from the page, making me catch my breath: “Nor shall death brag though wander’st in her shade…” I drop the book, too many letters and numbers and words swirling through my head.”         p. 260

Ryan, Carrie. (2009). The Forest of Hands and Teeth.  New York, NY: Delacorte Press.

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