Thursday, March 31, 2011

Extreme Break-ups?

Have you ever noticed that when you read teen romance series, the first book is always boy meets girl, they have issues to work out, they fall in love, the end. Then book two comes out, boy/girl split, one still wants the other, while the other one insists on leaving to protect them, they work things out, then get back together, the end. It just annoys you that the couple you love aren't together much in book two.  Not that this is a bad thing, it's just something we've noticed with all the series we've read: Twilight saga, Fallen series, Hush Hush series, Of Witches and Warlocks series, etc.

Case in point with possible spoilers:
Twilight vs. New Moon (Stephenie Meyer)
In Twilight, Bella falls head over heels for Edward. Edward tries to keep his distance, thinking their relationship will not end well. Eventually, he admits defeat and they end up together.

Fast forward to New Moon. Bella gets a small papercut at her birthday party, Jasper wants to feed on her, Edward leaves Bella to keep her safe. Only, this forces her to be more reckless in order to "see" Edward. Edward thinks she has died, realizes he can't live without her, tries to kill himself, only to find out she is alive and well. They end up getting back together at the end and the story continues.

Fallen vs. Torment (Lauren Kate)
In Fallen, Luce is sent to a boarding school, sees Daniel across the way, and he gives her the finger as she smiles at him on her first day. Determined to find out what his problem is, Luce feels the need to get closer to him, while Daniel tries everything in his power to keep from losing her like every other time she's been around, hence the finger. But the bad boy image isn't working on her and only draws Luce into him more. Eventually, his secret is revealed and they fall in love again. The book ends.

Now Torment rolls around. In order to protect Luce and keep others from destroying her, Daniel sends Luce to a new special boarding school in a different state, unbeknownst to her friends and family, whom think she is at the other school. One difference is, they are still together, but Luce is finding the relationship to be aggrevating and Daniel is more stand-offish than usual. Even though they are together, you get irritated with the way they are acting towards each other. Eventually, Daniel shows up more and things are better at the end.

Hush Hush vs. Crescendo (Becca Fitzpatrick)
In Hush Hush, Nora is forced to be paired up with Patch as her biology lab partner and hates every minute of it. During a getting to know you assignment, Patch told Nora that he knew everything about her, but she knew nothing of him. Determined to finish the assignment, Nora goes to a place she would normally never go, just to get answers. Which every question she asks, Patch's answers are always cryptic. To Nora, Patch doesn't make any sense, but she ends up falling in love with him and they get together.

During Crescendo, Nora breaks up with Patch because he tells her that he can't be with her, even though he wants to be. She still wants to be with him, but thinks it would be best to be apart. But everytime they run into each other, he does/says something that pulls her in, which makes her regret breaking up with him, then something else would make her push him away again. In the end, Patch decides he would rather be with Nora and deal with the consequences than to not have her in his life.

The Trouble With Spells vs. Demon Kiss (Lacey Weatherford)
From the beginning of The Trouble With Spells, Vance is in love with Portia and get together early on. Their relationship is pretty hot and heavy and due to a very special bond, they can't spend more than a few hours apart without feeling anguish. However, Vance's terrible past comes back with a vengence and he feels he must leave to protect Portia and her family and deal with his problems on his own. This is a little exception to our observation. Vance leaves Portia at the end of book one, but Portia races off to find him in the second book.

Demon Kiss is a little different. This time, Portia is on a mission with her friends to find Vance, help him, and bring him home. After they get back together, Portia is then taken and Vance is left to rescue her. So while they are still together in book two, they spend more time apart than you would like. This is a bit happier than the other books mentioned above in the fact that they aren't the ones keeping them apart. Other people are trying to keep them apart, but they are determined to help one another in order to maintain their loving relationship.

Now once again, this is not a bad thing. It keeps the series entertaining and makes you want more and want them to be back together. This is just a simple observation we've made through our readings.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

Our Thoughts:

One thing that we can say about this book is that while your reading it, it will keep you guessing! You can also find yourself immersed in the story. It's a well written story that you find is impossible to put down and once you finsih it, you're sad it's over and need to find out what happens in the next book.You wonder if Nora is really losing her mind or is it something more sinister. Sometimes, it's hard to determine what is reality and what is not. Even after finishing it, I'll re-read it like it is the first time all over again. This is another one of those books that it would be wise to pick up the second book, Crescendo, immediately after finishing Hush Hush or get it when you buy/borrow Hush Hush.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate



There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Our Thoughts

I know they say to never judge a book by its cover, but you'll find an exception to the rule. I saw the cover of the book, picked it up, read the synopsis, then decided I had to read it.  So yes, I judged a book by its cover and it turned out to be another one of those books you can't put down. Got this during my vampire/werewolf craze and needed something new. And it was just the something new I needed. I found myself rereading it several times and forcing it upon others, who also fell deeply in love with it.

Who is this Daniel guy? Why did he flip Luce off the first day? What is he hiding? Those were questions that kept us reading just to find out! You can place yourself in Luce's shoes: you get annoyed when she does, you get mad when she does, and you are just as curious. The book keeps you wanting more and pick up Torment immediately, just to contiue the story.

Believe us, when you pick up Fallen, pick up Torment as well. It will ease the torment of finding out where the story goes.

First Book Review: The Trouble With Spells by Lacey Weatherford


The Trouble with Spells

Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her Grandma that she is actually a witch who is a descendant from a long line of witches and warlocks. After overcoming her disbelief she finds that being a member of the coven comes with one great perk in the form of the school's handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum. Vance and Portia have an immediate connection as a budding romance begins, only to be threatened by turbulent skies on the horizon as Vance's checkered past rears its ugly head to haunt them. Portia is forced to use her untried powers in defense of everything she loves in a desperate attempt to hold on to the one thing that really matters in her life.

Our Thoughts:
This book is something that we heard about through someone on twitter. They said that if we haven't heard about it or read it, that this book is a must read. So we were curious about this book, searched high and low for it and found out it could only be purchased online. After reading the synopsis and our interest was piqued, we had to get it. Once it finally came in the mail we started to read it and found ourselves wanting more and that we couldn't put the book down. If you're into reading books such as the Twilight Saga, Hush Hush, Fallen, or any other supernatural romances then this is the perfect read for you. In the literary world surrounded by Vampires, Werewolves, and Angels, The Trouble with Spells is a breath of fresh air. You'll fall in love with the characters, story, and find yourself lost in the book just like we did.

A Welcome First post!

This post is to say welcome! We haven't done a blog before so please bear with us on this new adventure through the blogging world. In this blog you will get a variety of topics, from what books we're reading, Video games we are playing or can't stop playing over and over again, or Movies that we are excited to see or have seen.