Review: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

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Book Information:

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Harcourt
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780152063849
354 Pages

Series Information:

Jessica Book 01

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Jessica is just a normal, average teenager until a mysterious exchange student, Lucius Vladescu, comes to her school. He claims that they are engaged and that she is a Romanian vampire princess. If she doesn’t marry him, it will mean war between the two powerful vampire families. Now what will happen to her peaceful senior year?

Another vampire book~ Yaaay~ :) I’ll try to read some non-supernatural books that are not childish, for my next upcoming reviews.

This is most likely going to be a short review, since I’m lazy right now. :P As you know, I read plenty of vampire books, so I’m pretty much going to like it. :) There might be some spoilers. :P

This book was actually pretty good. There are enough details of events so that you don’t think it is going too fast, but the descriptions of the characters could have been a little bit more detailed. There are plenty of conflicts to make the plot interesting, which most of the books I have been reading lately have that problem — not enough conflicts or not enough details to the conflict to make the plot/book more interesting.

The things I really didn’t like was how the book ended, and how she stayed with him despite him being arrogant, stubborn, violent, and acts like he is stuck in the middle ages. :( Other than those things, I like the book.

I might re-read this later. Anyways, there is a short story on the author’s website, and a sequel coming out called Jessica Rules the Darkside in Fall 2011. I’ll review the short story later. Right now, though, I have a lot of other books to read.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Need by Carrie Jones

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Book Information:

Need by Carrie Jones
Bloomsbury
Published in 2009
ISBN 1599903385
306 Pages

Series Information:

Need Book 01

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

When Zara’s emotions shut down for a long time because her stepfather died in front of her, Zara’s mom sends her to live with her grandmother. Though when Zara arrives in a cold Maine, she meets someone that has been stalking her, but who is he and what does he want? Also, why does he leave a gold dust trail wherever he goes? Is he human or is he something Zara should be more afraid of?

Okay, another supernatural book. :P Hopefully, I will make this review a short one because it takes longer to write a longer review of it. :( Oh, there may be some spoilers. :)

It is actually pretty interesting in some areas, but in others… it was kind of bleh. Some things that are interesting about the book, in my opinion, were how the chapters were titled after phobias — it kind of made it interesting to learn about some phobias I never knew the named for, and also I like the idea of using pixies and weres (shapeshifters) in the main storyline — since I mostly read books on vampires and shapeshifters, it was a nice change of pace. Though, in the summary where it says, “…a creature you never though you’d have to fear,” I have actually read some books where pixies are feared, but I don’t remember which ones.

Some of the things that I didn’t like about the book were the lack of or very few descriptions of characters and events, and also the ending of the book kind of felt rushed. I think, personally, that the author could have made it a little bit longer, if she added a little bit more descriptions and added more into the context of the story. I kind of hope there will be a sequel, but I’m not wasting my breath on it.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Devilish by Maureen Johnson

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Book Information:

Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Razorbill
Published in 2006
ISBN 1595140603
263 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Jane Jarvis and Allison Concord have been best friends for a long time, but what does Jane do when she finds out Allison has sold her soul to the devil? As Jane tries to save her friend’s soul, she sacrifices her own soul to save the soul of her friend. What could make matters worse? She falls in love with a 116-year-old boy, and she has to keep from getting expelled from school.

Yes, I know, another supernatural book. I love them. :) Short review because I read it like four days ago, and I don’t really remember much. :( Though, I remember what I didn’t like about it. ;)

This book is actually pretty good. I like how the author made the devil into an organization, instead of just being one person. There is tons of suspense and twists in the book, and I just fell in love with Owen. :)

The book was too short and not really enough description, but for some reason, I really like the lack of description. For the ending of this book, it wasn’t really completed, so I hope that the author will come out with a sequel or something. So, my only pet peeves with this book were that it was too short and the ending was kind of bad. :(

Other than those things, it is a pretty good book, if you just want something to do in like one afternoon. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

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Review: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

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Book Information:

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Multnomah Publishers
Published in 1997
ISBN 1576738167
479 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

As a prostitute, the only way Angel can stay sane and survive is by keeping what she hates the most always in her mind, never forgetting it for a second. What she hates the most are men who only use her, and she always thought men are all the same, that is, until Michael Hosea. One day, when Michael saw her walking, God told him to marry Angel, and so he goes to convince her. It takes several visits to convince her and break what she thinks of men, but when Michael is about to give up, an accident causes them to live together. After they arrive at his house, he is faced with a new challenge: Convincing Angel that he really actually does love her. Though, whenever someone thaws her frozen heart, she runs away out of fear. What will it take for Angel to stay and love Michael? Well, that depends on if she can face the one thing she always tries to run away from.

I don’t normally read Christian fiction, but the summary of the book is what drew me to it — not the fact it was about religion or had religion aspects in the book. I don’t really like Christian fiction due to the fact that normally it is too much religion and not enough plot put into the book — this book doesn’t do that. :)

This book is really inspirational and heart-warming; I was pretty much trying not to cry throughout half of the book. ;) Even though it is a retelling of a biblical story, this book was so good that I couldn’t put it down — I read it in less than 2 days. I love the descriptions she uses (and the author uses a lot of them). :) This book left me thinking of several things that other Christian fiction books don’t let me think about — other Christian books shove religion down your throat, which is another thing I like about this book. :( The plot of this book is really good and will be emotional and get you thinking about things about life and some other serious issues. Though, personally, I was reading it for the romance part of the book. :P And the ending of the book is pretty good — not really rushed and there’s an epilogue chapter to find out what happens to them in the end. :)

I’m not going to post anymore than that because, well, you should really read it. :) Just one more thing, since there are sensitive and serious issues in the book, I wouldn’t read this book if you are immature.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

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Review: Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

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Book Information:

Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2007
ISBN 9780312360283
310 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 02

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Zoey Redbird has finally managed to feel like she belongs at the House of Night and as the Leader of the Dark Daughters, but now she has to juggle not one boyfriend, but three boyfriends. And everything was going great until humans Zoey knows are being killed, fledglings dying more often than before, and a betrayal of someone she trusts. However, will this betrayal break her or strengthen her?

Been a couple of days since I have read it, so I’ll try to remember what I was going to say about it. :( Oh, yeah, vampires again, so watch out for spoilers. :P

In the second book of the House of Night, Zoey is faced with more challenges: Falling in love with two or three guys, humans from Zoey’s human life dying, the death of a lot of fledglings in a short period of time (one of whom is Zoey’s best friend), her powers growing, seeing the “ghosts” of the dead fledglings, and a betrayal of someone close and dear to her.

Okay, a little bit less high school drama in this book, and there are a lot more things that are supernatural. Yay! :) The high school drama is the only real thing that annoys me in this, but at least they act kind of like real teenagers, unlike another book I know. :(

After you skip over the high school drama, this book is pretty good, but the book should be a little longer. The author kind of squishes everything in a less than 400 page book, which doesn’t do that much, when it comes to descriptions of events and people. :( If there were some more description in it, I would most likely like this series better.

Though, this series is good, if you don’t want that much description put into your books – it had a little bit less than the first one. Other than the high school drama and not that much (about average amount) description, this book is great for a quick read. It only took me about 10 hours total to finish all of it. :) Just a warning, there is a gay character in the book, and they talk about sex, kissing, and things like that a couple of times.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

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Review: Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

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Book Information:

Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2007
ISBN 9780312360269
306 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 01

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Zoey Redbird was just an ordinary teenage girl, that is, until a Tracker Marks her as a fledgling vampyre. Now, she has to join the House of Night, a school that helps fledgling vampyres grow into adult vampyres. At the House of Night, she discovers that she is the chosen one of the vamprye Gooddess, Nyx. When she discovers she has powers that a fledgling shouldn’t have, like bloodlust, Imprinting, and other things, she will have to go head to head with others who use their powers for themselves? Worst yet, will she be able to survive the change into an adult vampyre?

Okay, I know, another vampire-like book. I love vampire books, so get use to it. :) I read this in 10 hours, and I fell asleep after reading it, so this review might not be that good. :(

For this series (The House of Night), it starts out pretty good by letting us kind of know about how her life is really like before she is Marked and how much people are jerks after she is Marked by the Tracker. Then it goes through the problems she goes through as a teenager (blah, blah, blah) and her family history. Those parts are kind of (actually very) boring, though. :(

Then, when she goes to the House of Night, after an accident leaves her mark filled in and making her even more different than the other kids at the school, she discovers that it is not as bad as what humans make it out to be. Basically, then, it is same as regular high school, but only with powers, bloodlust, and things like that added in it. :( Other than that, it was a pretty good book. I don’t really like how the high school drama part was most of the book. Too many things that are school and normal related than supernatural related things. :(

Hopefully, the second book is much better than this one. Also, there are a lot of descriptions and details about places, events, and the characters, which I really like and make the story a lot more enjoyable. Just a warning, there is a gay character in the book, and they talk about sex, kissing, and things like that a couple of times.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

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Review: Stargazer by Claudia Gray

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Book Information:

Stargazer by Claudia Gray
Harper Teen
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780061284403
329 Pages

Series Information:

Evernight (Academy) Book 02

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Bianca has to go through another challenge of deciding between two forces that both want her on their side. No matter what side she picks, it would mean giving up Lucas, a vampire hunter she fell in love with, and sacrificing her morals and/or life to be with either one of them. Will she give in to the destiny that others want for her — or will she pick her own destiny to follow…?

Like the last review, I love books about vampires, too. So this review is going to be a good one, unless I name anything that may have bugged me. Also, there might be a lot of spoilers.

Like the first book of the series, Stargazer starts out with what happens towards the middle or end of the book. It pretty interesting when the authors do something like that, but only if they write it to a point where it is summarizing the past or future events or it is similar to what happens later on in the book.

Stargazer continues to where Evernight left off: Lucas leaving and them trying to figure out how to see each other again. They do see each other again, but their relationship gets kind of rocky when Balthazar gets to be a tag along person on their dates (Poor Bathazar :(). However, there is more than one reason why Bathazar wants to go along besides to keep an eye on Bianca – he wants to find his sister.

Also in book 2 of the series, Bianca continues fighting to pick her own destiny, instead of following what others want for her, and to stay with the person she loves, Lucas. Although, personally, I wish Bianca would end up with someone that has some of Lucas and Balthazar’s personality traits. I’m tied between the two of them for which one I rally want her to end up with. :(

This book also a lot of fun information about things like how similar ghosts and vampires are, how Bianca actually was conceived, and why her parents actually want her to become a full vampire. Anyways, the ending of the book is another cliffhanger. :( I guess we have to wait until the series finally finish until the cliffhangers stop. :P

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Evernight by Claudia Gray

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Book Information:

Evernight by Claudia Gray
Harper Teen
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780061284397
327 Pages

Series Information:

Evernight (Academy) Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Bianca transfers to a new school, Evernight Academy, and she knows she doesn’t fit in at this overachieving, old, and eerie school. When she tries to run away from the school and her parents, she meets a boy, Lucas, in the dark forest surrounding the school. Despite their differences, they later fall in love with each other and try to make it work, however, it is doomed to fail when the sides they are on clash in order to finish a long battle that had started long before they were even born. With this upcoming battle, Bianca begins to question everything she has ever believed in, will their love fore each other stay or will it crash and burn?

Like the last review, I love books about vampires, too. So this review is going to be a good one, unless I name anything that may have bugged me.

It first starts out with what is most likely going to happen towards the end of the book, so it’s a set-up to get you reading the entire book. However, the way it was worded, I went, “What was the prologue for? It doesn’t make sense, even though I read all of the book.” Throughout the book, Lucas and Bianca are very touchy and kiss a lot, and I enjoyed all of the gushy parts they had with each other. Okay, anyways, the ending leaves you hanging and it kind of makes you want to read the second book even faster. I’ll see if my library has it, and make a review about it, but if they don’t, oh well then.

Short review because I can’t really say I like this series until all the books come out. Though, this book is a very good way to set up for a book series. :P So, basically, the first book is really good, but I don’t like the cliffhanger at the end. :( I guess it’s a good thing that the author made it into a series. :) :P

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: The Scourge of God by William Dietrich

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Book Information:

The Scourge of God by William Dietrich
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2005
ISBN 006073499X
334 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

When Attila, King of the Huns, seeks to invade the Eastern Roman Empire and threaten civilization there, Jonas and other ambassadors are sent to Attila’s camp in order to keep the peace. Though, it will be hard to keep the peace when some of those ambassadors plot to get a Hun warlord to assassinate Attila. When Attila finds out about this plot, he keeps Jonas hostage while either killing or sending away the others. While being kept hostage, Jonas meets a captured Roman woman named Illana and falls in love with her – the only problem is that she is promised to the Hun warrior who saved her during the destruction of her city. So he starts coming up with a plan to escape with a sword, Illana, a fool, his wife, and himself, but this plan fails and leaves Illana in the clutches of a very angry Attila. With the stolen sword, he tries to gather allies in order win against Attila, who threatens to destroy everything they hold dear. Will they succeed – and will Jonas rescue his love?

Okay, I love history-fiction, so of course, I’m going to give this book a good review. :)  There also might be spoilers in my reviews, so beware of that. :P

I admit that I don’t know much about this time in history, but even though it is fiction, I became interested through the characters, plot, and the descriptions. ;) Though, I could have gone without the description of the battle scene and what the corpses looked like. :(

There is enough description in this book to drag you into that era and get an idea of how people might have lived during the time when Attila was alive, and also it will get you thinking what would have happen if Attila had won those deciding battles/war in history. The politics in the book were boring, but the author makes it up by having some very descriptive battles — to the point where you may read over some of it — and history. I haven’t verified how much is actually true, but the general outlook of the plot — minus some of the main characters — is pretty accurate to what happened in history, for what we actually know from that time period.

Anyways, the book begins with a prologue/introduction. In the introduction, it begins with Jonas telling you a very general summary of his background. Then, after that, it goes on about the affair of Honoria and the events that Jonas was hinting about in the introduction. So, basically, it goes from the present to the past and back to the present again and then a little bit, maybe, of what will happen in the future.

I think it was very descriptive — I know I’ve said that like 200 million times, but, hey it is my review — and didn’t have that many holes in the plot or the time line of what was happening. The ending was an epilogue and made the plot a little bit more completed than if the author would have stopped with just what happened to Jonas and Illana. I suggest you don’t read if you don’t like history fiction or gory details. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

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