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After the cliffhanger ending of A World Without Heroes, Jason is back in the world he’s always known—yet for all his efforts to get home, he finds himself itching to return to Lyrian. Jason knows that the shocking truth he learned from Maldor is precious information that all of his friends in Lyrian, including Rachel, need if they have any hope of surviving and defeating the evil emperor.Meanwhile, Rachel and the others have discovered new enemies—as well as new abilities that could turn the tide of the entire quest. And as soon as Jason succeeds in crossing over to Lyrian, he’s in more danger than ever. Once the group reunites, they strive to convince their most-needed ally to join the war and form a rebellion strong enough to triumph over Maldor. At the center of it all, Jason and Rachel realize what roles they’re meant to play—and the answers are as surprising as they are gripping.
Better than the first book. There isn’t so much of the book spent on discussing odd things like hippo oral travel; either that or I grew an immunity to oddity. Probably the later since the world is no less odd. Name it and it is done in this world. There are a few moments of mind bending discourse. Spirals of logic that are confusing.
Favorite Quote: “Are you trying to break my brain?”
Ferrin is a deeply troubled individual. He has an advanced team of debators running rampant in his mind. They have each set up camp for good and evil and he is left being a mangled mess in the middle. Their arguments are so advanced he doesn’t know who he is anymore.
There are some harrowing situations and unbelievable warriors. A world where trust is measured in the currency of flesh. As in give me a piece of your flesh so that I can kill you if you backstab me. Not a very friendly exchange.
Ever wish you could slay your enemy with a single word? Read this book and see how that would play out. Overall it was an entertaining listen. There was a section somewhere past halfway that dragged but it didn’t last too long. Very diverse group of characters and an immense catalog of dangerous situations and places. Much like a dream or nightmare brought to life; very strange.
About the author: Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War.
As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?
Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew.
This book not only is huge but it felt so long. It took most of a week for me to get through two thirds of it. It seemed to improve around three hundred pages. The story and the characters all started to flow and pique my interest. This quickly faded back to less than exciting and then into a confused mess of chaos.
Early on the vibe I got from this book was something very similar to Another Faust by Daniel Nayeri and Dina Nayeri. A group of teenagers being offered a great future but it comes with a hitch. I couldn’t get over the complete unreality of the situation. Here is supposedly the biggest opportunity of their young lives, but when they start this killer opportunity they are left virtually to their own devices. I just couldn’t see how this “job” was going to set them on the path to greater success in the future. Two of these teens do seem mentally older than sixteen. In fact, I would say they have more of the attitude you would expect an adult to have looking back, not the attitude of two well adjusted teens. They are far too logical. There is this magical helpmeet in this book that made me think of the movie Jumanji. Read the vague statement and prepare for the worse. More like the magical helpmeet was having a joke at their expense.
There are so many characters with no emotions in this book. On top of that the main characters are somewhat flat. They try to keep up a witty banter but it just feels a bit overdone. The characters often take the joke to the point of awkwardness. Lucian felt like a one night sleaze. Every time Haven and Lucian interacted it was like she was drugged. Even the true romance was odd. “It was you,” just didn’t have as much impact as it should. I was lost and the explanation didn’t really make it seem that more romantic. The dude seemed rather unconcerned with the revelation of his feelings.
By far the most disappointing is the bad guys.
Bad Guys: Here is the ultimatum what is your choice? Wait I don’t want your decision until the 15th.
Bad Guys: What is your choice? Wait don’t tell me you have 24 hours to think.
Bad Guys: Last chance
Duh, these are some dense weak villains. Their tactics of coercion weren’t very impressive. It didn’t seem as if they went through that much effort. A few under the table supplements and a couple short conversations for an entire school year is barely trying in my book. In fact it seemed they weren’t very eager to actually work hence the extra time to make a decision.
For such a long book there is very little explanation. The characters just didn’t sink their teeth into me and so I won’t be picking up the next book. If you liked Another Faust this may be just the book for you.
d the magazine’s coffee table book Inside Hollywood.
In addition to Us, her work has appeared in People, Premiere, DC Magazine, The Washington Post, Boston magazine, Women’s Health, Mademoiselle, and the New York Observer. She lives in Washington, DC.
For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. It’s a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy that affects the very air she breathes.
If those responsible find out what she knows, they won’t stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.
Somewhere along the way, she got away from nature and earned an MBA in Marketing, kicking off an 18-year marketing career in Corporate America.
Eventually, Shelli traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She started her own marketing & communications business where she worked with Spanx, Goody Hair Products, Chick Filet, and the Boys & Girls Club of America.
In addition to juggling nap schedules and client meetings, Shelli focuses on her writing. She is a frequent speaker on marketing and book publicity at SCBWI conferences across the U.S, and runs a popular book marketing blog, Market My Words
She currently lives in Atlanta with her dog (Charley), British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess that someday will change the world.
Seventeen-year-old Allison Wright is convinced she’s losing her mind. Uncontrollable mood swings, hot flashes, and the urge to punch anyone who gets in her way are suddenly becoming everyday occurrences. Before her erratic behavior gets out of hand, Allison’s mother finally comes clean about her dark secret. Mom is a werewolf, and soon Allison and her brother Aiden will suffer the same fate. When Allison reaches her breaking point, the family leaves their life in Texas to move to Red Ridge, New Mexico where they rejoin the pack that Allison’s mother left behind almost 20 years ago.
Unfortunately, not everyone in Red Ridge is thrilled about Allison’s arrival, especially when she attracts the attention of the very handsome, very taken, soon-to-be alpha, Cade Walker. Little does Allison know, her mere presence is causing a rift in a once unified pack. Not only has Cade been forbidden from being with Allison by his father, the pack’s alpha, Cade’s girlfriend, Kendall Stuart, will stop at nothing to get Allison out of the picture. Well on her way to becoming the next alpha’s mate, Kendall expects to rule the pack by Cade’s side even if it means teaming up with a rogue werewolf with an agenda of his own. Determined to get rid of Allison permanently, when Kendall and the rogue join forces, all hell breaks loose and no one in the pack is safe, especially not Cade and his true mate.
About the authors: Both Sara Dailey and Staci Weber are avid readers, English teachers, friends, wives, and soccer moms. They have been teaching together for the past eight years, and writing together for four. Pack of Lies is the second young adult novel for this duo.
A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times infifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger — and more sinister — than she ever imagined
Content: One scene of underage drinking, brief sexual situation.
Patrick’s second (unrelated) novel, REVIVED, is about a girl who’s part of a secret government program to test a drug that brings people back from the dead. REVIVED will be available in the US May 2012, and in the UK and Australia Summer 2012.
Patrick lives near Seattle with her husband and twin 3-year-olds, and is afraid of zombies, planes, and zombies on planes.
think your life would be like a glamorous TV show, right? And yet . . . You don’t have a checking account, much less a personal Black American Express card.You’ve never been to a club, and the only couture in your closet is a Halloween costume your mom made from an old laundry bag.In other words? You’re Kelsey Finkelstein – fourteen and frustrated. Every time she tries to live up to
her awesome potential, her plans are foiled. Kelsey wants to rebrand herself for
high school to make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny. But just because
Kelsey has a plan for greatness . . . it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is
in on it.Kelsey’s hilarious commentary and sardonic narration of her
freshman year will have readers laughing out loud – while being thankful that
they’re not in her shoes, of course.