Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Published By: Dell

Date of Publication: October 31, 2006

Categories: Adult, Fairy, Series, Urban Paranormal, Vampire 

Pages: 342

Summary (from goodreads.com): MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death-a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone-Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed-a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae…

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane-an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women-closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book-because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands…

Review: I just finished reading Darkfever and to be honest, it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. A friend of mine lent it to me. She’s really into fantasy. I’m not so much. I like at least a little reality in my books. So I was thinking I’d read Darkfever and tell her that the rest of the books in the series weren’t for me. Boy was I wrong.

I think once I had read the first chapter I knew I was going to l like it. Mac is a very likable character. She’s spunky and does what she wants. I like that. She kind of reminded me of Sookie Stackhouse at first, another character that I really enjoy.

I’m still not sure what to think of Barrons though. I’m not sure if I like him or if he’s out to use Mac for her abilites. It’s unusual that I can’t make up my mind about a character – usually I either love them or hate them right off the bat.

The novel is set in Ireland, a place that I’d love to go to, but haven’t traveled to yet. Reading Darkfever I almost felt like I was there. I love books like that. It draws you into the story and you can picture yourself in the middle of the action. The setting added a lot to my enjoyment.

I think this series if off to a great start and I’m excited to read the next one in the Fever series, Bloodfever.

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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Published By: Hyperion

Date of Publication: March 2 2010

Categories:Boarding School, Fairy, Fiction, Ghost, Series, Urban Paranormal, Vampire, Werewolf, Witch, YA

Pages: 323

Summary (from goodreads.com): Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Review: I have to start off by saying that I love the way Rachel Hawkins incorporates humor into this novel. There were a few times that I went back and read certain parts cause they were really funny. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book like that.

Archer was a great character to be Sophie’s love interest. I love guys like Archer – a little bit mystery, a little broody, there’s just something that you can’t pin down with him. It’s very mysterious, and it makes me want to read more to learn what it is.

The cast of supporting characters is great too. There’s a lot of them, because the story takes place at a boarding school. But they each have their own identity and voice, so they don’t all blend into each other. It’s kind of cool too, to have so many supernatural beings all in one book – everything from witches to werewolves, and everything in between.

I found it hard to put this book down because there was always something happening – there weren’t any slow or boring parts. The pacing was great.

While it would be easy to group this book with the other boarding school paranormal books just by reading the summary, it’s definitely more than that. It’s fresh and original and deal with more than just the paranormal. There are lots of teen stuff in there too, like friendship, betrayal, relationships, and even prom.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, Demonglass. I HAVE to find out what happens to everyone, not to mention the cliffhanger!

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Disclosure: I got this book from the library.

The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion by L J Smith

Published by: Harper Collins

Year of Publication: 1992

Categories: Urban Paranormal, Vampire, YA

Pages: 288

Summary (from Goodreads): Elena: Now she rises from the dead to recreate the powerful vampire trio.

Stefan: Summoned by Elena, he keeps a promise to her and fights the most terrifying evil he’s ever faced.

Damon: Joining the brother he once called enemy, Damon battles this new horror with strength, cunning, and deadly charm.

Review: I think last book in the series is my favorite. While I found the ending a little unbelieveable, I still liked how all the ends were tied up for the most part.

It was quite the page turner. It seemed like I never wanted to put it down. I wanted to know what would happen to all the characters – especially Bonnie and Stephen. They were my two favorite characters.

One major difference that I really liked in this book was that it was told from the point of view of Bonnie. I found myself getting frustrated with Elena in previous books because I thought she made stupid decisions. My personality is a lot more like Bonnie, so I found it easier to relate to her, and enjoyed this book more because of it.

I haven’t been all that impressed with this series of books (though I am glad I read them), I still love the TV show. I’m a faithful viewer every week, and I will continue to watch. Plus Stephen is pretty easy on the eyes.

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Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.

The Vampire Diaries: The Fury by L J Smith

Published by: Harper Collins

Year of Publication: 1999

Categories: Vampire, YA, Urban Paranormal

Pages: 256

Summary (from Goodreads):

Love can kill

Elena: with Damon at her side, and wild with her craving for blood, the changed Elena struggles to control her desires.

Damon: his hunger for the golden girl wars with his hunger for revenge against Stefan.

Stefan: tormented after losing Elena, he will do anything to get her back. Even if it means becoming what he once despised. . . .

Getting what they want may come at a deadly cost.

Review: So far this is my least favorite book in this series. I think part of it maybe that there was such a big gap between reading the book before this one and this one. I forgot some parts, and was kind of surprised when I was reminded of them in this book.

At this point the reason I’m still reading these books is for the characters, not necessarily the writing. Sure, the writing is great in some parts, but in others it seems to just drag on.

I absolutely love the characters. I find all three main characters – Elena, Stephen, and Damon – to be compelling and realistic. As much as I want Elena and Stephen to end up together (and I know a LOT of people disagree with me on that), I totally understand where Damon is coming from. I feel bad for him even, but I still want Elena to be with Stephen.

I have one more book left in the series, Dark Reunion, and I will definitely be reading it. I need to know what will happen to the characters in the end.

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Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Published by: St Martin’s Griffin

Year of Publication: 2010

Categories: Urban Paranormal, Vampire, YA

Pages: 310

Summary (from Goodreads): Lenah Beaudonte is, in many ways, your average teen: the new girl at Wickham Boarding School, she struggles to fit in enough to survive and stand out enough to catch the eye of the golden-boy lacrosse captain. But Lenah also just happens to be a recovering five-hundred-year-old vampire queen. After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah is able to realize the dream all vampires have — to be human again. After performing a dangerous ritual to restore her humanity, Lenah entered a century-long hibernation, leaving behind the wicked coven she ruled over and the eternal love who has helped grant her deep-seated wish.

Until, that is, Lenah draws her first natural breath in centuries at Wickham and rediscovers a human life that bears little resemblance to the one she had known. As if suddenly becoming a teenager weren’t stressful enough, each passing hour brings Lenah closer to the moment when her abandoned coven will open the crypt where she should be sleeping and find her gone. As her borrowed days slip by, Lenah resolves to live her new found life as fully as she can. But, to do so, she must answer ominous questions: Can an ex-vampire survive in an alien time and place? What can Lenah do to protect her new friends from the bloodthirsty menace about to descend upon them? And how is she ever going to pass her biology midterm?

Review: Infinite Days was one of the best vampire books I’ve read in awhile.

Lenah was a great character. Her actions and decisions made sense to me – I felt like they were things she would legitimately do. I felt so sad for her at parts, and really happy for her at others. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I rode the highs and lows right along with Lenah. I thought Lenah was the opposite of many of the main characters in vampire novels – she was smart and self reliant.

I thought Rhode was another great character. Although he wasn’t in much of the book, I really enjoyed his presence, and even when Lenah was thinking and talking about him. It revealed a lot about her personality and how she related to other people. It wouldn’t hurt if I found a Rhode of my very own either.

I felt Maizel put her own spin on vampire lore without changing it too much, while at the same time giving it some originality. I thought it was fast-paced in the right places while at the same time, the scenes that needed more time and attention were given them.

I really enjoyed the Maizel’s writing style. She was descriptive without being boring, while still adding enough details to make me feel like I was really there as events were unfolding.

This is the first book in what will be a trilogy. After reading Infinite Days I’m definitely hooked and will reading the second book, Stolen Nights, being released in March of 2011.

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Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library.

The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle by L J Smith

Published by: HarperTeen

Year of Publication: 1991

Categories: YA, Vampire

Pages: 272

Summary (from Goodreads): In this second volume in the popular series, Damon is determined to make pretty Elena Gilbert his queen of darkness. He would even kill his own brother to possess her. But Stefan, desperate for the power to destroy Damon, succumbs to his unquenchable thirst for human blood.

Review: To be honest I wasn’t thrilled with this book. I think the main reason is Elena.

It seems to be that every time Elena is put in a difficult situation, she somehow manages to make the worse possible decision. You might think I’m overdoing it, but that’s REALLY what happens. I don’t understand how so many bad decisions can come from one person!

Although there was more action in this book than the first one, I found the plot slow at times. I would read another chapter, hoping that something exciting would happen.

One character that I’m really looking forward to learning more about is Bonnie. I think she’ll have bigger parts in the next novels, and I’m really looking forward to that. I want to know what she’ll be able to do with her powers.

Although I wasn’t particularly impressed with this book, I will continue to read the series. In fact I’m planning a trip to the library on Friday to pick up The Fury, the third book in the series.

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Disclosure: I got this book from the library.

In My Mailbox (25)

Thanks to Kristi at The Story Siren and Alea at Pop Culture Junkie for In My Mailbox. All links go to goodreads.com. Summaries are from goodreads.com.

The Vampire Diaries #3 The Fury

Stefan
Tormented after losing Elena, he’s determined to end the feud with his brother, Damon–whatever the cost.

Damon
Mocking Stefan and Elena, he laughs in the face of doom.

Elena
Wild with her craving for blood, she confronts the ultimate evil.

The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

The Vampire Diaries #4 Dark Reunion

Elena
Now she rises from the dead to recreate the powerful vampire trio.

Stefan
Summoned by Elena, he keeps a promise to her and fights the most terrifying evil he’s ever faced.

Damon
Joining the brother he once called enemy, Damon battles this new horror with strength, cunning, and deadly charm.

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