Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

81iFWnYVpTLTitle: The Raven Boys
Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: YA Paranormal/ Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 409
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 sugar cubes
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository

Summary: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. Continue reading

Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

811OaJy-Y3LTitle: Darkfever
Series: The Fever Series #1
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Romance & Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 347
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 Sugar Cubes
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Summary: When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death, a cryptic message on Mac’s cel phone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master 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. Continue reading

Review: The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

51Gh-k5pgULTitle: The Rogue Not Taken
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel, #1
Author: Sarah MacLean
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 417
Source: Gift (from Erin)
Rating: 5 Sugar Cubes
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Summary: The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one… Continue reading

Vampire Week: Review: Blue Bloods

Vampire Week is an event hosted here at T3 to celebrate the release of Holly Black’s
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Click the banner for more information.

Today for Vampire Week I actually give you a re-post of an old review. Blue Bloods was the very first review on T3, and it’s also the start to one of my favorite book series, so it was only fitting that I talk about it. Why re-post? Well, I thought about reviewing the 2nd book in the series for Vamp Week, but decided against it because I really wanted to stick with a 1st book VW review, for people who had never read.

Title: Blue Bloods
Series: Blue Bloods #1
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Disney*Hyperion
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Pages: 302
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Rating: 2 cubes of sugar
 
Summary: Schuyler Van Alen is confused about what is happening to her. Her veins are starting to turn blue, and she’s starting to crave raw meat. Soon, her world is thrust into an intricate maze of secret societies and bitter intrigue. Schuyler has never been a part of the trendy crowd at her prestigious New York private school. Now, all of a sudden, Jack Force, the most popular guy in school, is showing an interest in her. And when one of the popular girls is found dead, Schuyler and Jack are determined to get to the bottom of it.


Schuyler wants to find out the secrets of the mysterious Blue Bloods. But is she putting herself in danger? Melissa de la Cruz’s vampire mythology, set against the glitzy backdrop of New York City, is a juicy and intoxicating read. 

(Taken from Goodreads)

Post-“taste” Review: 
Absolutely loved! A very different take on vampires unlike everything else I’ve read, and it was beautiful. A must-read for vampire fans.

Review: This was my third time reading Blue Boods, and I still enjoyed it as immensely as I did the 1st time around. De la Cruz offered a very lyrical and in-depth 3rd person POV of the glamorous (and not-so-glamorous) lives of New York’s teenaged vampire elite. 

Something I loved, though at times felt was unnecessary, was being told what brand the important characters were wearing. Most of the time I don’t really care what brand characters are wearing—any characters in any book—but because these characters are New York elite, they are supposed to be fashionable, and how better to get that across than to include top name designers in your descriptions.

I love the mythology of the whole story, and how all the committees work to keep the Blue Blood identity a secret. I absolutely loved where the book ended, with Sky discovering part of the Van Alen legacy, and deciding what she needed to do, even in the midst of tragedy. 

Today’s other Vampire Week post:
Amanda’s Top 9 favorite vampires, from books and TV

See you tomorrow!

Review: The Goddess Test

Title: The Goddess Test
Series: Goddess Test #1
Author: Aimée Carter
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Pages: 293
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5 cubes of sugar!
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository

Summary:
EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.
NOW IT’S KATE’S TURN.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld–and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he’s crazy–until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.
IF SHE FAILS…
(Taken from Goodreads)

Review:
An engaging, interesting, and wholly entertaining new take on Greek Mythology. The Goddess Test is a book I can’t believe I haven’t read before now! Aimée Carter did an excellent job of keeping me guessing, I honestly didn’t expect any of the twists, and boy where they good ones!

The characters were all interesting and very well developed. I found Kate to be a great narrator, despite her rather depressing situation over the last four years of her life. She’s strong and tries to keep a somewhat hopeful outlook on things. Henry, I just wanted to pat the poor boy on his darling head. “Dark and tortured” is an apt description for him and everything that happened in his past with Persephone (if you know Greek Myths this isn’t a spoiler) just had me rooting for him to get together with Kate even more. He was moody and mysterious, but who doesn’t like moody, mysterious guys?!

James, though he’s not around much, was one of my other favorite characters and Ava…well, I found her annoying for most of the book but I find most characters with her personality annoying (don’t worry, she gets better in the end). She’s a really good friend to Kate and for me that was her redeeming quality.

The story itself covers a little over six months and in that time there are quite a few lulls where routine sets in. These lulls were handled well, in terms of writing, and you never get bored. You get just enough information to keep you reading while not giving away too much. That ending! And the council! I didn’t see that one coming! (Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it)

Overall it was a great read that I couldn’t put down (literally) and an interesting modern twist on ancient Greek myths. Definitely pick this one up!