Romance on the Beach

I just finished Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton! It was sooo good! Here’s a little blurb to hook you:

One unforgettable summer.
Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer at Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love.
But with every perfect afternoon, sweet kiss, and walk on the beach, Anna can’t ignore the days that are quickly growing shorter, and Will has to leave at the end of August. Anna’s never felt anything like this before, but when forever isn’t even a possibility, one summer doesn’t feel worth the promise of her heart breaking…
~Thanks to the Simon & Schuster PulseIt online Reader

This book was pretty much just a romance novel, but it was a good romance novel. It explored the love of having and the pain of parting, as well as the value of having memories that last forever, despite the fact that the relationship couldn’t. I loved how Anna and Will has personalities – this wasn’t a cheesy, happy-go-lucky story. Ending was heartbreaking; I loved this couple so much! I hated to see anything bad happen to them.

There was also the fact there Dalton wrote a successing novel, but I don’t know if it’s the same characters or not. It’s called Seventeenth Summer, so I hope to read that soon. But you should know – I’ve collected a list of books and actually wrote them down instead of trying to remember, and I have over 5 hundred to read. Soooo, maybe next year I’ll have a shorter one (LOL).

Really have to read my summer reading but still have an unread book on my Nook,
~Yours Truly

Weekend BookBlogger Hop: 3

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books every weekend. Basically, bloggers who participate can spread the word about the hop and in return can add their link to a huge list. We bloggers then answer a question and this week the question is:

Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!

For me, that book would have to Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton. I’m currently reading in on Pulse It, and so far, so good!!

Deities Incarnate

Pulse It has this wonderful thing called an online reader (not actually sure if that’s what it’s called, but anyway). I LOVE IT. I read Wildefire by Karsten Knight on it today, and loved this book!

Every flame begins with a spark.
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within
before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

Okay, when I first started this, I thought to myself, What’s all the fuss about? I thought this book was supposed to be good? Yeah, well Maribeth, if you wouldn’t be judgemental because you’re tired and cranky, maybe you’d enjoy the book! And I did. Really enjoy it, that is. Even though it was a little quiet in the beginning, until Eve showed up, it was still REALLY good. The romance scenes and the action scenes were written with equal attraction. I loved Ash as a character, and sided with her over Eve every time. I loved Colt, too; was upset when characters turned; and cried when bad things happened. I supported them the entire way, even through the crankiness.

The adventure and mystery of some things were really intriguing, like the Cloak, creatures that can be dangerous but no one knows a lot about. I enjoyed the action/fight scenes, and hope there are some more to come in the next book, which because of the ending, there MUST be!! The ending was AMAZING!!! The cliff hanger made me want to meet Karsten Knight and simply demand at least a teaser chapter from the next book. I NEED to know what happens to some of those characters! I cannot wait until it comes out. But until then, fellow book enthusiasts, I have others to read (including my summer reading, which I’ve been very bad about doing).

~Yours Truly

Another Bloody Jack

I feel like singing because I finished the seventh Jacky Faber novel. No, I still have not read the first, second, or fourth, but I have read the rest and can’t wait to find out what the eighth one will be about!! Rapture of the Deep most definitely lived up to my expectations of Jacky Faber and her friends.

On the very day that Jacky Faber is to wed her true love, Jaimy, she is kidnapped by British Naval Intelligence and forced to embark on yet another daring mission for the Crown – this time to search for sunken Spanish gold.
Jacky, an expert swimmer, is enlisted to fill British coffers by diving to the ocean floor in a newly invented contraption. Disguised as Americans on a scientific mission, Jacky and her mates find more than they have bargained for in the warm waters off Havana: rollicking adventure, dangerous skirmishes with pirates and a Spanish warship, and treasure beyond their wildest dreams.
Jacky Faber has survived roaring battles on the high seas, the stifling propriety of a Boston finishing school, and even confinement in a dank French prison. But no adventure has quite matched her opportunistic street-urchin desires – until now.

L.A. Meyer never ceases to capture me with tales of Jacky’s adventures. The obstacles that she unwillingly faces, the ingeniousness and resourcefulness of her solutions to her predicaments, and the way she always manages to come out on top is simply amazing, and never unrealistic. It is cleverness and wit, friends and intelligence, not necessarily luck, that get Jacky out of sticky situations. I laugh and cry with Jacky through her adventures, and truly feel as though I am standing on the quarterdeck of her ship whenever I read about her. This book was also one of my favorites, as all of the Bloody Jack novels manage to be.

The book is filled with emotions and feelings and twists and turns that no one could predict; and for that I love it. I love the surprise, I love the fear for the characters. I love how even though I know Jacky will succeed, I have no idea how she will manage it. All in all, this book, along with the rest of the series, is AMAZING, and I recommend it for anyone looking for an entertaining, easy read, from ages 13 and up (depending on maturity – woe be to me if I judge someone I don’t know on age).

Love,
Yours Truly

Zombies for a Change

Strange Angels was most definitely a change for me. Instead of focusing on vampires or werewolves, it focused on “guardian angels,” zombies, “suckers,” and “werwulfen.” Lili St. Crow certainly entertained me with this different not-such-a-fairy tale.

Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whoever—or whatever— is hunting her? ~Compliments of strange-angels.com

This story was suspenseful, exciting, and most definitely had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I admired Dru so much for her bravery and courage, despite her fear, and her ability to survive. I felt as though St. Crow did an excellent job personifying Dru as a character – even through her tough outer edge, a kindness came through that allowed her to care for her dad, Graves, and even Chris, to a point. From the very first chapter, Dru was the only character that you could rely on in the story, because she from her point of view, that was the only person she could trust, other than her dad, and from the description above, that didn’t last too long in the story.

The mystery in this YA novel was also great. The number of characters in the book were few and far between, but each filled the story completely, leaving no holes that are not meant to be there as cliff hangers. I loved how there was little serious romance because let’s face it: a LOT of the YA novels out there do. And that’s great. But Strange Angels was a refreshing change.

I highly recommend this book, and seriously need to find a copy of Betrayals VERY soon!
~Yours Truly

Magic or Girl?

I finished the sequel to Undine, Breathe. I really wasn’t sure how to describe my feelings for this book, but I’ll try.

Six months have passed since Undine discovered the powerful magic within her and very nearly threw the entire world into chaos. Life has gone back to normal – almost. The magic still swirls relentlessly below her surface, demanding that she break her promise not to use it.
And then there’s Trout. Trout, with his messy, unrequited love for Undine. Trout, who can’t sleep and who roams the streets at night instead. Trout, so desperate to learn about Undine’s magic that he’s willing to trust a mysterious young woman who knows an awful lot about him, about Undine, and about chaos theory.
As their lives continue to both unravel and coalesce, Undine and Trout feel drawn back to the Bay, where it all began.
Is Undine stronger than the magic she contains? Is she more girl than magic, or more magic than girl?

First of all, I think part of the reason I didn’t like this book was that a lot of things seemed random. I felt not as though it was blended together, but that the writing was disjointed, sort of broken, and the pieces of the puzzle didn’t fit together quite right. The other reason was that the whole point of this book was supposed to answer the question asked through out it, starting with the jacket cover: Is Undine more girl than magic, or vise versa – but it didn’t. The end left you hanging, but not with a good cliff hanger; more with like the author chopped the book in half at a random point. It didn’t answer any questions, and honestly I wasn’t even all that interested in finding out what happened next – I was more frustrated that I would have to read another book to find out, even though I’m pretty sure there isn’t another follow up out now, so I’ll forget all about these books until I come across the third one in a couple years.

Sorry, that was a run-on. I just feel as though it could have been better, and that I was expecting better. These two books were okay, but the romantic, the friendships, and the family relationships were not clear and were not resolved in the book. I felt as though the book simply created more of a problem, instead of resolving one. So this was okay, and if you want to read it, fine. But these are not books that I’ll be rereading anytime soon.

Just an FYI: Strange Angels is up next!
~Yours Truly

Weekend BookBlogger Hop: 2

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books every weekend. Basically, you answer one question provided by Jennifer, and you can add your blog to her linky list (win-win situation – you get more followers, and she gets more publicity too)! Here’s this weekend’s question:

What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

For me, that genre would have to be non-fiction. There’s just something supremely boring about old facts, to me. Now, if it’s a biography, I’ll read it; memoirs, autobiographies, etc. But I can’t read books that are written with no voice, no personality, just dry and musty. If I read it out loud and I feel like an old man with a hoarse voice, it’s a no for me D:

What about you?
Yours Truly