Storm Glass (Glass book 1) by Maria V. Snyder
You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.
Leesie Hunt’s Unbreakable Rules:
No Kissing (at least not of the French variety) . . . No Sex (hah! Not even close to happening anyway) . . . No Dating Outside the Mormon Faith (what would be the point?) . . . ABSOLUTELY No Falling in Love with the Wrong Boy (would ruin everything)
Leesie thinks she has her whole life planned out: get into the school of her dreams, write her poems, meet the perfect guy, and settle down. Then she meets Michael - a boy whose parents were killed in a diving accident during a terrible storm.
Michael is drowning in tragedy. And all Leesie wants is to save him. With each day, her heart hurts more. Could it be, perfect Leesie is falling from grace? Or is she just falling in love?
But if Leesie gives in to temptation, who is going to save her?
The world spins, the stars shift
and I can’t see anything except his smoky
gray eyes gazing into mine.
You scare me, whispers
From my mouth across his.
Good, he breathes into me.
I need you to save me.
Taken by Storm is told in both Leesie and Michael’s points of views. Through Michael’s dive log, Leesie’s poems, and the online conversations between Leesie and Michael and Leesie and her friend, Kim, on ChatSpot, we are able to gain a full understanding of everything that is happening. Mostly through Michael’s dive log is where we see the story being narrated. With a grieving tone and a typical boyish attitude, the whole thing sounds so real.
It was a different read, however, because we get to see how religion gets in the way of a relationship, which I have never come across before. But I like Leesie. She is determined and helpful. She is smart and clever. She is willing to save Michael, help him overcome the stages of grief while remain true to the Mormon faith at the same time. Michael, on the other hand, has the desire to go diving and from the quote above, needs saving from his terrible nightmares.
I thought I didn’t like Michael as the novel progressed. He is the type of boy who thinks he can return love once he’s slept with a girl. But Leesie can only love without ever going past the limits. And that is truly heartbreaking. As a reader, I could feel the tension between them, feel the ache in their hearts as they feel it, feel their desires for one another. It just pulls my heartstrings.
Angela Morrison’s writing delivers an honest and poetic voice with so much emotion. I can’t say that I loved the ending, not even satisfied with it (although I do understand why it is the ending) but overall Taken by Storm was not at all disappointing.
Gym should be illegal. It's humiliating.
So many things become beautiful when you really look.
By Kate Brian
Lane and Vivi have had it with Isabelle’s boyfriend, Shawn. He is the only person who can turn their smart, confident best friend into a complete mess. When Shawn cheats on Izzy and dumps her just months before the prom, Lane and Vivi decide to take action.
With a few quick keystrokes, they create a MySpace page for “Brandon”, the perfect guy to get Izzy out of her revolving-door relationship. Too bad he’s totally fake. Vivi’s younger brother is way too into being the “man” behind the profile, so they turn to cute, prep-school Jonathan to be the face of Brandon. But when Vivi falls for Jonathan, and Shawn tries to get back with Izzy, the whole plan starts to go south faster than you can say “fake boyfriend”.
But when you want something, you usually go for it without thinking about other people’s feelings.
The fun, quirky colours on the cover suggest it all. Fake Boyfriend is an entertaining, comical read that I happened to devour in one sitting. It will make you cry out loud, giggle uncontrollably, yell out in frustration and cause your heart to ache.
If there was one thing I hated the most, it would be the character Vivi. She has an attitude that makes me want to pull my hair out. She rolls her eyes every second, bosses her friend Lane around, snaps at her brother Marshall every time she gets and becomes too engrossed in her plans. Beneath her actions, however, her reasons are for the best. It’s just that she cares too much about Isabelle. Vivi is the type of person who would do something so unbelievably beyond to protect her. Now that is an intense friendship.
The plot line is a very interesting one. It also connects to the question of whether or not the people you chat with online are real or not. Who knows? Maybe half of the people you have met online aren’t even who they say they are. It’s a dangerous world, the internet.
The end was brilliant. I haven’t laughed like that in a really long while. The silly situation just drove me nuts, especially the way I imagined it. Kate Brian definitely knows how to tie it all together. With a strong friendship, adorable puppy loves, and one of those important life lessons, Fake Boyfriend is a satisfying novel you wouldn’t want to miss.
Nothing ever really goes away--it just changes into something else. Something beautiful.
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can’t tell anybody about what she does -- they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant. . . .
Dreams aren’t memories.
Wake certainly captured my interest with its plot about dreams, especially with a character like Janie who has the ability to be in other people’s dreams. Although it does sound pretty cool to know what other people dream of, to Janie, it’s the worst possible thing.
The concept is easy to understand. Lisa McMann writes in third person narration with simplicity and a touch of poetic voice. The sentences are fairly short, almost lyrical. A technique like this carries an eerie atmosphere and makes the plot flow easily. It was fascinatingly quick to read.
And there’s the romance part, which I really loved. But Janie’s love interest has secrets of his own. I cannot reveal more, unfortunately.
Lisa McMann can tell a thrilling, haunting story that is sure to keep you in mystery and out of your seat to go and get the next instalment, Fade. Yes, that’s exactly what I’m doing!
A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets.
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess; a mortal vampire with an unbreakable bond to the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest and most dangerous vampire -- the ones who never die.
The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making her one of them.
After two years at illicit freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Avademy, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. Rose will continue her Dhampir education. Lissa will go back to being Queen of the elite Moroi social scene. And both girls will resume breaking Academy hearts.
Fear made Lissa and Rose run away from St. Vladimir’s -- inside the Academy’s iron gates, their world is even more fraught with danger. Here, the cutthroat ranks of the Moroi perform unspeakable rituals, and their secretive nature and love of the night creates an enigmatic world full of social complexities. Rose and Lissa must navigate through this dangerous world, confront the temptation of forbidden romance, and never once let their guard down, lest the Strigoi make Lissa one of them forever . . . .
Then...it was like...I don’t even know how to describe it. Color and light and music and life and joy and love...so many wonderful things, all the lovely things that make up the world and make it worth living in.
If there was one word that I kept thinking about throughout Vampire Academy, it would be passion. Why? Because everything is passionate -- Lissa and Rose’s friendship, their love interests (totally to die for), the call to act for revenge, the rumour-spreaders at school...I could go on and on. It’s just full of passion and strong emotions that it made it so difficult to stop reading.
So the girl on the cover (who I swear I thought was Angelina Jolie at first. Yes, people have agreed.) is most likely the person who narrates the story -- Rose. She is fierce and witty and clever. But most of all, she has a sense of duty to protect Lissa, which she feels obligated to do (it’s a very long story that involves many names I cannot pronounce). Rose always has the best comebacks, the funniest retorts to anything that comes her way. It’s her way of defense, a way of showing that she is fearless and unbreakable. Deep inside, she’s a normal teenager that has insecurities of her own.
The plot never failed to bore me. In the beginning is where the introductions pop in, but with a narrator like Rose, it was different. Of course it took time for me to grasp the different sorts of vampires and the rules and what they can and cannot do. Eventually, I became familiar with the details. Then as the novel progressed, I found myself being absorbed into the world of vampires Richelle Mead has created. With a shocking yet satisfying ending, she just proved that anything can happen at anytime.
The first time I meet an angel, it is Raphael and I am eighteen.
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