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Monday, October 31, 2011

Now You See Me...

Now You See Me by Jane B. Mason & Sarah Hines Stephens.
Read my reviews for other Poison Apple books.


Summery:When Lena finds the camera she has been searching for she is ecstatic! But after the reaction of the thrift store owner and how a ghostly looking boy starts showing up in the pictures...
Well it's enough said that she and her friend, Abby, aren't as excited. The boy sees to be trying to tell them something...but what? Can they discover anything to give them a clue?

Romance:None.

Violence:Falling of a tower to your death, yelling/arguing.

Language:None.

Other:Ghosts, stealing, Robbie's dad (as they find out) left him and his mother. Mention of possession.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:It wasn't as scary as Her Evil Twin or have as good a story as Midnight Howl. It was okay...but not really great.

Rating & Age: 12/11 up. 2 stars.

Sierra♥

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Midnight Howl

Midnight Howl by Clare Hutton.
Read my reviews of other Poison Apple books.


Summery:Marisol's mom is taking her for 3 months in Montana, on her old roomate's ranch/Bed & Breakfast. After only a month of school and with her love for her city...Marisol is a little unsure but can't wait to see how beautiful it is and explore.But when she arrives, plagued by some bad dreams of herself being chased in the woods, she soon starts to suspect that her mom's friend's daughter may be...a werewolf.

Romance:Liking/crushing on someone. Also talking about them and how they are cute.

Language:None.

Violence:Mention of werewolves hurting people and people hurting werewolves. Yelling/arguing, a scary dream where Marisol was being chased.

Other:Werewolves, vampires( a couple mentions) and people hurting animals.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:Interesting story(not really that creepy/scary) with a little mystery and a good bit of fun.

Rating & Age:3 stars. 11/12 up.

Sierra♥

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Her Evil Twin

Her Evil Twin by Mimi McCoy.
A Poison Apple Book.
Summery:Anna meets Emma after an accident with some popular girls...they tricked her and though it didn't work as they planed it still upset Anna. Her friend, Dory, helped her. recently Anna had felt a little ashamed of how "uncool" Dory could be. With Emma helping her live adventurously and get revenge she slips away from Dory. But Emma has had her shenanigans blamed on Anna a couple times now. And she is so jealous! What is going on? By the way...it's Halloween.

Romance:Anna has a crush and goes on a sort of date with him after school.

Language:None.

Violence:Pushing people down stairs, pinching, causing accidents, spray painting someones lawn, arguing/yelling.

Other:Lying, vandalism, super natural stuff and maybe going crazy.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:Creepy! Though I'm not really a horror person...it was nice and scary.However I do not agree with ghosts and the like so if you oppose that I wouldn't recommend it. But if it is just a fun read...read on!

Rating & Age:3 stars. 12 up.

Sierra♥

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Graceling

Graceling by Kristen Cashore.
Summery:Katsa has been her uncle, King Randa's,  thug since she got her Grace as a child. Killing everyone said. She's hurt many people because of her uncle.Through her dislike of this she has created a council to help the pheasants and divert bad situations that the Kings could have caused...a sort of rebellion.When rescuing a Lienid man who has been kidnapped. She meets a Lienid prince the same night...who is nearly as good of a fighter as she is. When she meets him, Po, (as she learns) again...well the adventure truly begins.

Romance:Some kisses, hugging, thinking someone as handsome, loving someone.
Bad Romance:Po and Katsa sleep and go all the way. It isn't necessarily very descriptive but you get a pretty clear picture of what happens.She takes a medicine to prevent her getting pregnant. (Pages, if you want to skip it... because you really could, are:233, 234{?}235, 237, 241-243, 247, 467.) The main ones are in bold. The others are just talking about it or making out a bit. Some merchants make some bad comments and try to take advantage of a young girl.

Language:A--.

Violence:A lot of fighting/battle/combat scenes, some were wrestling with Po.Others were really fighting or purposely hurting people. Katsa gave bloody deaths or pain when ordered by her uncle. Leck ( bad guy) would injure animals and girls seriously(he was a little wacko and sicko).

Other:Their talents called graces that were given to some people.

Time Period:? It was medieval-ish with a kinda Japanese/Chinese feel.

What I Thought: Other than those few pages it was a wonderfully written book. The characters really grasped me and I could almost see Po the author described him so well. If you want to skip that one part or if it's alright with you than I would highly, highly recommend this book.it also has a great plot :)

Rating & Age:If I count the stuff 4-4 1/2 stars. Overall and ignoring that it would be 5 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Sunday, October 23, 2011

His Steadfast Love

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keys Parsons.

Summery:When Amanda meets Captain Kent Littlefield it's practically love at first sight! But soon the civil war begins and Amanda is a southren belle with a father who doesn't want a blue belly Yankee near his daughter. Amanda also feels torn because of a promise to her dying mother to look after her siblings. Through the cruel was with loved ones on both sides...she will be brave and learn to trust in God and prayer.

Romance:Loving, admiring/thinking about someone, talking about someone you love in a loving way, flirting, some kisses, hugging, holding hands. Innocent implication to wedding nights/marriage.
Bad Romance:Mention of rape and a soldier tries to kiss Amanda but is stopped.

Language:H-ll is mentioned as a place.

Violence:Death, killing, shooting, severe injuries.Bad conditions at a prison camp. Two soldiers are shooting repeatedly a soldier form the other side. Losing a limb, threats, some punches thrown.

Other:Vengeance/rage between the two sides, slavery, war.

Time Period:1861-1865.

What I Thought:A great historical fiction story and it had a lot of facts and all the like.The setting and plot was good and so were the characters.My only problem was that it seemed like Kent & Amanda fell in love pretty fast...maybe too fast. Otherwise it was a very enjoyable book!

Rating & Age:4 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

I got this book free from the publisher.


Friday, October 21, 2011

The Healer's Apprentice

The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson.

Summery:As the Healer's apprentice Rose gets away from the family, though nice, she didn't feel welcome in. Due to her mothers lack of love. One day when Lord Hamlin is injured and she is the only one there as the Healer is out, she has to face her fears of pain and help Lord Hamlin. Soon after she starts seeing Lord Hamlin more often. She is invited to a dance where his brother,Lord Rupert, takes an interest in her.She soon grows fond of Lord Hamlin though. But it couldn't work..he is betrothed and constantly searching for his betrothed's evil villian who wants to hurt her.Though he has never met her he is soon to marry her. Who can tell what will happen in this grand adventure.

Romance:A couple kisses, talk of(not anything bad) marriage), hugging, holding hands, being betrothed, kissing someones hand, admiring, flirting, thinking about someone.
Bad Romance:Mention of Lord Rupert taking a servant to bed and another Lord getting a servant pregnant, marrying her and then divorcing her.

Language:None.

Violence:Some beating up/fist fights, a few deaths, an almost hanging, injuries. Moncore, the evil villain after Lord Hamlin's betrothed tries to hurt Rose and somewhat poisons her.

Other:Dark magic.

Time Period: 1386.

What I Thought:Great story, style of writing(I love the fairy tale feeling, it is actually a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. And Melanie really did well with the retelling!) and the plot was great even though you could guess some parts, it wasn't too easy. The characters where nice and solid too. I really liked The Healer,Geruscha, Rose and Hamlin(he is also called Wilhelm). It was a great book!

Rating & Age:5 stars. 13/14 up.

Sierra♥

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You

I'd Tell You  I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter.

Summery:The Gallagher Academy For Exceptional Women is really a school for exceptional girls.They train them to be spies actually if they have the right talents. Cammie Morgan has an interesting life.But her sophomore year was even more so. And that is something to say when you mom is the headmistress of a school for girl spies. When on a Covert Operations mission in the town Cammie meets a normal guy! Josh, and he seems to actually like her. Even though she can hack his email, and speak 14 languages... when it comes to stuff like this she has no clue what to do. Can she make this relationship work?

Romance:Holding hands, a couple kisses (not really any description), liking someone.

Language:D-m-, H--l. Mention without really saying it of the b word.

Violence:Not really descriptive short fighting scenes(she knocks the breath out of a guy, kicks another and some guards are knocked out by the other girls), she wanted to scratch someone's eyes out.

Other:Lying, smoking(very brief).

What I Thought:Great plot idea...girls+spy+school= a great idea! It will make you read the whole book pretty fast :) It was pretty clean so it's a great book for teen girls...pretty funny too. The romance is a big part of the book, but it's pretty innocent.

Rating & Age:4 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ciao

Ciao by Melody Carlson.
On The Runway book six.
Read my review of the first four books.
Read my review of Glamour.
Summery:Blake is on a new reality TV show that Malibu Beach star, Benjamin Kross has started. Erin is a little jealous especially when she goes on a blind double date with Blake and his blind date. Meanwhile Fran, On The Runway's director(?), is getting bone marrow transplants and will hopefully start to get stronger. Paige and Erin are soon going to Milan for Fashion Week there. Their mom will be with them...hopefully there won't be any trouble. Paige is still trying to figure out whether or not she should trust designer and once fiancee Dylan Marceau after what happened in the Bahmas. And Erin is seeing things that are making her think Paige shouldn't trust him. It'll be a big crazy trip.

Romance:Liking/loving someone, hugging, a couple kisses on the cheek and one or so minor ones on the mouth.
Bad Romance:Paige and Dylan sleep together before marriage and (Spoiler!) Dylan is cheating on Paige.

Language: The word H--l is mentioned, but as a place talking about the actual H-ll.

Violence:Yelling/arguing.

Other:Mention of drinking, (a little only) and Molly, a friend of Erin's is having some depression.She also got pregnant (book 4?) so there might be a little talk about that. Fran's Cancer.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:Definitely exciting! I tore right through it! On The Runway is one of Melody Carlson's better series. Although my favorite of her's so far has been Double Take. I'll be reviewing that one soon. One last great point about this book:all the fashion :)

Rating & Age:4 stars. 13/14 up.

Sierra♥

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Enchanted Quest

The Enchanted Quest by Frewin Jones.
Faerie Path book 5.

Read my review of Faerie Path.
Read my review of The Lost Queen.
Read my review of The Sorcerer King.
Read my review of The Immortal Realm.

Summery:A terrible plague is on Faerie. At first the blame feel on Tania's mortal parents who were visiting Faerie. The were banished and it continued to spread.Tania couldn't cross to the mortal world once she brought Conner, a mortal friend who had studied medicine, into Faerie to try and help. Now he is trapped in Faerie. Then they find it was an old evil returning to "plague" them. Conner, Rathina and Tania have found out what they must do to cure Faerie. The journey to Titania's one time homeland,  Alba. But there are many dangers along the way...can they reach they're goal and only hope in time?

Romance:Loving/liking someone, hugging, mention of kissing, one kiss as well as one on the cheek.

Language:H--l.

Violence:A couple battle scenes, injuries minor and kinda major, Lord Balor(a Lord in Alba) was going to torture Tania and the others, some killing, Lord Balor got a metal hand melded on him and to defeat him Tania cut it off.

Other: Magic, dark magic.

What I Thought:Very exciting! I couldn't put it down! I really like this series. It is quite clean and the storyline is great! Just a warning...you might not like the ending...it's  cliffhanger and a terrible one if you were still waiting for the next book :) Also there was a fairy tale thrown into this one, it is not very well known but I was very happy when I saw it. It's a version of Tam Lin.

Rating & Age:5 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lost In Dreams

Lost In Dreams by Roger Bruner and Kristi Rae Bruner.
Read my review of Found In Translation.
Summery:Now back from her amazing trip to Mexico, Kim can't wait to talk to her parents about what happened there(lots of great God Miracles!). But when she arrives home and is waiting at the airport she gets some terrible news, her mom died in a car accident. Knowing how many times she called her mom and that her mom was listening to a message when she crashed..she is now so guilty. She feels like she cause the whole accident. Now she is closer to her father than ever...though she hasn't told him about how guilty she feels and the bad dreams that plague her. Can she be healed in the remote woods of California, ministering to a men's prison?

Romance:Betsy Jo, an old friend of Kim's kid of likes a guy at the prison. The were kinda using each other though all that comes out of is some hugging and a kiss on the cheek.
Bad Romance:Jo's mom goes off with a younger man and almost got a divorce...but (Spoiler!)she came back and said it had been pretty dumb.

Language: None.

Violence:Some of the people in the prison had been murders or rapists, arguing/yelling, Kim has some violent dreams because of the guilt, Kim;s mom dies in a car accident, there is another car accident(minor character..I don't think they even get a name...) that Kim witnesses in the mountains.

Other:Nothing really...the maybe divorce thing.

Time Period:Modern.

What I thought:I really liked it. At the beginning it did seems a bit dark...but I think that Kim's friend Aleesha cheered it up a lot. There are some great characters in this book and the story is very meaningful :) I think the first one may have been better, though this one was great as well.

Rating & Age:4 1/2 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oh.My.Gods.

Oh.My.Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs.

 Summery:Phoebe has her life planned out:Go to college with her friends and running in the Olympics.At least until her mom remarries a guy she barely knows and decides that they're moving to an island right of Greece, where he lives. There Phoebe is surprised beyond anything she dreamed. All of her new home's residents are descended from the Greek gods! Now she has an evil step-sister with powers to go with the deal, a couple problems figuring out school, missing her friends and old life...and a guy names Griffin...she isn't sure where he fits in.

Romance:Some hugging, making out(not really descriptive), Griffin carried Phoebe home when she was wearing some skimpy running clothes,  hand holding, Griffin was dating a girl and he touched her rump, Phoebe thought about him some, some kisses.
When Phoebe learned of all the magic and stuff she told her mom it couldn't be true. Her mom tells her about how her new husband had pulling out some roses as proof, Phoebe said he must have pulled them out of his sleeves and the mom gets embarrassed and says that he wasn't wearing any.
Bad Romance:Her mom was engaged and had slept with the guy before the wedding.

Language:H--l, D-r-, A--, P--s, D-m-, B-s--rd, B-t--(kinda....).

Violence:Sprained ankle(not serious but caused purposely), yelling/arguing, slapping someone, making someone stumble. being smoted by the gods(a.k.a. being obliterated.)

Other:Greek gods, false gods, one of the covers(not this one but another....) has a naked statue(covered!) on it.

What I Thought:Nice, it does have some "stuff" but it is definitely an interesting story.

Rating & Age:4 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Dreadnought

Dreadnought (A H.I.V.E. book) by Mark Walkden.

Read my review of H.I.V.E.
Read my review of The Overlord Protocol.
Read my review of Escape Velocity.

Summery:Otto, Wing, Laura, Shelby, Franz, Nigel and a new girl named Lucy are going on a field trip to the arctic. They're being supervised by Raven. Apparently Dr. Nero doesn't completely trust them. On the way to their destination they stop for a short tour of the dreadnought, a new ship in the possession of Nigel's dad, Diabulous Darkdoom. While there an attack is made and the ship captured! Dr. Nero and the others get away but they're being tracked. Can they rescue Darkdoom?

Romance:Laura likes Otto and Shelby likes Wing. But it's not really mentioned. Laura gets a little defensive with Lucy. She thinks Lucy might steal Otto in some way.

Language:D-m-, H--l, S-ck.

Violence:Killing people, bomb threats, shooting, robots trying to kill Otto and Wing, a rough car chase, some minor injuries.

Other:Hypnosis, of sorts.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:I wasn't sure if this book could match up to books 2 and 3. Those books were really well written and so exciting! But it was very satisfying. And exciting.I just love the characters :) I cannot wait for the next one, which is coming out September 27th.

Rating & Age:5 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥

Friday, October 7, 2011

Beyond The Reflections Edge

Beyond The Reflection Edge by Bryan Davis.
(Echoes From The Edge book one)
Read my other reviews of Bryan Davis's books.

Beyond the Reflection's Edge (Echoes from the Edge)

Summery:After the shocking death of his parents Nathan is sent to a safe house in Iowa. There the family, if you could call it that, of a spunky girl named Kelly and her dad try to help him feel better. But something strange is going on. In a mirror that his dad gave him Nathan can see the future! Kelly thinks he is seeing things through the stress of his parents death...until she sees it too. Soon they're on a mission to save the universe, find answers and for their lives!

Romance:Nathan starts to like/love Kelly.Mention of how his parents were truly in love.One kiss on the cheek. Kelly used to go out with another guy, Steven.
Bad Romance:It's not really clear on whether or not Kelly went to far with Steven.Kelly's parents are seeing other people without a "real" divorce.

Language:None.

Violence:People dying, shooting, a plane crash, some gruesome descriptions(eyes burned out of corpses and some other stuff around that area), a guy gets kicked in the crotch, some fighting scenes.

Other:Other dimensions, divorce... kind of.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:Loved it...well of course it's Bryan Davis! Very exciting and fast paced. But it is scary at some points :) So be warned! But yeah...it is awesome. All of his books are.

Rating & Age:5 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Doomsday Box

The Doomsday Box by Herbie Brennan.
(The Shadow project book two)

Read my review of The Shadow Project.





Summery:While in the U.S.A. Danny, Opal, Michael and a new Shadow Project agent, Fuchsia, are scouting out  time rift that something came through. A plague is released and their only chance of saving the world is to go back in time and stop the plague from being sent.  It will be sent by a CIA agent..but they'll have to go farther back in time than just to when he had sent it. In the past, 1962, they must somehow make sure that he won't send the black death mutated samples.

Romance:Opal and Michael like each other and are sorta dating. Fuchsia likes Danny and he tarts to like her.

Language:God's name used in vain, D-m-, H--l, B--t--d.

Violence:A plague killing a lot of people,(there was some bloating and blue necks described briefly),  an urban legend about a ship teleporting kind of, some of the men on it got stuck to the ship and some went crazy. A kidnapping, a little torture used it was stopped before anything serious.    

O: Magic, science stuff that isn't possible(like teleporting), out of body stuff.

Time Period:Modern and 1962.

What I Thought:The first book was alright...the second half just wasn't good though. So I was unsure about reading this one. But this one was wayyyy better. The whole going back in time thing alone would have been great. But through in the plague and a new teammate...you have a good plot!

Rating & Age:4 1/2 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥

Monday, October 3, 2011

There You'll Find Me

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones.
Read my other reviews of Jenny B. Jones's books.
 Summery:After Finley's brother's tragic death two ears ago Finley Sinclair had been on outs with God. Or so it seems to her. She has had other problems too...now she is in Ireland trying to find out why her brother fell in love with the land, the people and how much he felt God there. On her journey she may just fall in love and help a vampire heart throb, Beckett Rush, too.

Romance:A couple kisses, liking someone, talking about liking someone, thinking about someone a lot, holding hands, hugging and mention of dating or previous relationships.

Language:None.

Violence:An abusive husband, a bombing that killed a lot of people, some death(sickness and death by cancer), yelling/arguing.

Other:In Finley's past some partying, abusive husband, Beckett has a double(his dad's idea) that makes him look like a playboy and a real party-er. An eating disorder.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:Great book! It is a laugh-out-loud funny read (as always, as I find with Jenny's books). I loved it!!! The characters were so real and funny.I just can't say how good it was in that area :)

Rating & Age:5 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

I got this book free from the publisher.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Odd Girl In

Odd Girl In by Jo Whittemore.

Summery:Alex and her brothers, Parker And Nick, have just pulled the the last prank...er straw.  There may have been an accident that ended with a burned sofa...so now their dad is going to make them go to a camp, Champs! Alex and her brothers have to make it through. If they fail they'll have to go to a boarding school called St Ignacius. They will do whatever they can not to go there.  And whatever is taking drastic measures such as Alex trying to make friends with a girl named Emily... whose mom runs Champs! And Parker not taking so much time with his hair. And Nick has to work out some. They just have to stay out of that terrible boarding school even if it means getting along with each other.

Romance:A crush Emily and another girl, Chloe, both are crushing on a boy in Champs!, Trevor. Parker has a girlfriend, they shortly break up and then make up later with a kiss(quick). Nick hits on a few girls (mentioned).And Her brothers are like 14 or something. Even though that is still to younger to be dating it might ease some people's thoughts.

Language:None.

Violence:A small fire that killed a couch, yelling and arguing, two boys get a cut on the obstacle course at Champs!

Other:There mom is really separated from them...kinda like a divorce. Only she is just like super busy with her work somewhere else. And can't meet with them because of her dedication to it.\

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:It was nice, clean and funny. I think younger girls would really enjoy it. 12 or under maybe? Alex and her brothers were really funny. The way they would argue.

Rating & Age:3 stars for 13 up, 4 stars for 12 and under. 10 up.

Sierra♥