Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Andrea Cremer
Published October 19th 2010 by Philomel
series: Nightshade #1
characters: Calla Tor, Renier Laroche, Seamus Doran
setting: Vail, Colorado (United States)
Okay this book tore me in half all the way down to my core and tested everything I liked about a novel. From the plot to the characters I was torn between loving it truly and being angry enough to growl as I turned the pages.
The world Andrea Cremer created was original and that was what drew me into it. The Heroine was crazy and conflicting and every character seemed to have more depth to them that was revealed little by little as the story went on. This made me very happy, it isn't often that I find a werewolf story that has depth to it. I was so scared that it would be the typical werewolf story, thank goodness it wasn't.
One thing that seriously irritated me was the huge love triangle between Calla, the heroine. Shay, the mysterious new kid (classic I know), and Ren the guy Calla is suppose to be marrying on the day of her birthday. Both guys not only weirded me out but they were just. . . typical.
Ren, a werewolf like Calla, whom she’s promised to is protective of Calla and possessive to the extreme. Ren comes off as being a huge jerk in my opinion. I found it hard to like him. Shay, the human boy who’s new to town. Calla saved once. (which was a major violation of the rules, of course). Both of them had their hang ups Shay was funny in a cheesy lovable way. All those romances about love at first sight, I'm not much of a sucker for. I tried but for Shay and Calla it didn't really work for me. Calla didn't seem like that type of girl to be drawn to Shay even if she did save his life. I think she was drawn to him because of what he is, new and key to much needed answers.
Nightshade was good on touching topics that not many other YA novels will. When does servitude become slavery. When is it right to choose love and freedom over family, this one is a common one but somehow the author built up the stakes much higher for Calla and all the other characters. The Andrea Cremer did a really good job in expressing just how much the people in Calla's life meant to her, even Ren.
I loved the heroine, she was really great and fresh. Calla is funny and really a doesn't take crap from anyone kind of girl. She is a warrior who is venerable, that is what I like about her. Even the fact that she is super indecisive about what she wants in life. Overall Nightshade was intriguing, sexy, and hilarious. I couldn't put it down until the end.
Oh, one more thing. I hate, hate, hate how the story ends. It bugged the heck out of me but I will patiently wait for the next installment.
Brightly Woven- Alexandra Bracken
March 23rd 2010 by EgmontUSA
ISBN160684038X (ISBN13: 9781606840382)
"I scrambled to my feet pushing my hair out of my eyes and then North was behind me, pulling me toward him. I didn't have time to move; he wrapped his black cloak around us up and over our heads and blocked out the image of crumbing stone.
"What-?" I choked on my own words, my hart dropping again into my stomach. We were sliding sharply downward, the air buzzing and singing. The world went dark around us but there was no more fear in my heart.
Ah, I thought feeling the first brush of tingling warmth as we fell into the unknown. magic"
Sixteen year old Sydell Mirabil, an unusually talented weaver must master her mysterious power and join a young.(handsome) wizard in stopping an immanent war in her their land.
Sydelle is a wonderful heroine, her spirit and voice is catching. The way she thinks in relatable and the way she conveys her feelings and thoughts throughout the story are understandable. After being taken from her town of Cliffton Sydelle travels across the kingdom to warn the Queen and Sorceress Imperial that there has been a grave mistake. They have a way to show both Queen and Sorceress that there are lies surrounding the King's death before it is too late.
Wayland North is mysterious even dark at times. He keeps secrets from everyone including the people trying to help him. That includes Sydelle. Even as they grow close and even begin to like each other one, maybe two- no more than three secrets threatens to unravel everything. Secrets and a dark wizard named Dorwan. He does his best to make sure North never takes another breath and Sydelle belongs to him.
It all becomes a page turner that will keep you up all night because you have to know what happens next. The suspense was jaw dropping. Really great. The romance is pretty good too, like the danger it will have you biting your nails while you read. Great story, it was brightly woven indeed.
Four black sheep!
Love in the Time of Dragons (Light Dragon # 1)
by Katie Macalister
Published May 4th 2010 by Signet
"Tully Sullivan just woke up in a strange place, surrounded by people she's never met. Which is bad enough. But then the strange people insist they are dragons. And, worse, that she is also a dragon, named Ysolde de Bouchier, one of the most notorious figures in dragon history.
She doesn't buy it. She can't breathe fire or shape shift. She's not even bothered by gold. But they're adamant. And she's in trouble.
Because these dragons also want to sentence her to death.
If she's going to survive, Tully realizes she is going to have to find a way to solve the crimes she's being accused of. Even though they happened in a past she has absolutely no memory of living."
The story is as confusing for the reader as it seems for the character. Tullly Sullivan wakes up in a strange room surrounded by strange people telling her they are dragon, and that is one too. Tully begins questioning her sanity. she isn't a dragon, is she? She can't remember her past dragon life, if she is truly a fire breathing shape- shifting building of scales. In fact she can't remember anything at all. I mean seriously, wouldn't you think you were insane too?
The whole story altercate between Tully remembering her past and her trying to have a future. The dragons are telling her she is going to be executed for the crimes of her mate, a mate she never remembers having! Really?! The rules of they wyvern will drive you insane. Tully has to talk to Baltic, her "insane psycho killer mate," if she is to have any hopes of revealing her past. He is the only one who knows what really happen to her and she knows she has to find him.
Baltic comes off as an arrogant idiot. Even if he does have the body to make up for it, the man, dragon, is insane. Though the interaction between Tully and Baltic are hilarious. The romance is defiantly there as well from the second they meet, there is a whole lot of dragon fire and flames. Together they have to find a way to save their heads from the chopping block, get Tully a divorce from her husband, and do something about an annoying mage determined to take Baltic's sword.
The plot was interesting, the chemistry and humor were great. If you haven't read the other stories by Katie MacAlister, that is fine. Love in the Time of Dragons can stand alone and not have you scratching your head and lost. It isn't the dragon flame expected but it is enough to light an interest in the sequel (The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons (Light Dragons, #2), the release date is unknown.
Three Black Sheep!