Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Review: Touch by Jus Accardo


Title: Touch
Author: Jus Accardo
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: Exciting and entertaining!!

Summary (from Goodreads.com)

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there's something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she'll turn to dust if he touches her. It's not until Dez's father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than should, that Dez realizes there's more to this boy-and her father's "law firm"- than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation-an organization devoted to collecting "special" kids known as Sixes and using htem as weapons-his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? it kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they're caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe. 

A secret Kale will kill to protect.

Oftentimes, I will be hugely disappointed by a book I highly anticipated. I am happy to say, Touch was not one of them! Odd names aside, this was pretty great.

Touch starts off with a bang. Dez is coming home drunk from a party (yes... drunk.) and whadya know! Crashes straight into a very attractive guy who is on the run. What better a chance to bring him home and piss off her dad? Plus, she's kind of curious as to what's up with him.

Dez is someone you definitely either hate or love. Because she is a downright slut. I'm not going to edge around the bush; she claims she used to be quiet and a good-girl, but then came along a bad-boy. And whoopdidoo she becomes a naughty girl. Basically, she's the kind of girl who goes to huge parties, gets drunk, gets high off adrenaline, always is up for a hook up, and wears the slut badge with pride. However, she's also very brave (and reckless) and once she decides something, she sticks with it and fights for it. 
And when she fights, she goes all out. She's tough and she's definitely got the smart-ass vibe going.
But I'm telling you now: if you hate reading from a slutty POV (and I mean all-out slutty) then you will not like this book. One bit. But, while I do not endorse slutdom, I still found Dez really amusing and fun.

Kale. Oooooh baby, if Kale was a ticket he'd have FINE stamped all over him! Because of his nature, I found him hilarious (but he's not funny on purpose) and yet secretly seductive. I mean, just look at that book cover up there. Just take five minutes and just stare.
I know I did.

He's tough, a protector true to heart, damaged, yet somehow very lovable/sweet. (with the right person)

The overall plot was decent. It definitely could've been better. However, I still feel it was a good job. I'm looking forward to the next one! :) It's a quick read and pretty light, so try it out!

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo
Cassie

Review: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu


Title: Glitch
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: Creative and cool

Summary (from Goodreads.com)

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they're caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

I'm going to be honest, this wasn't my cup of tea. So I'm going to try to be as honest yet nice as possible, because I think ranting-Cassie isn't very pleasing.

Glitch begins... oh shoot I don't even remember. I think she's glitching in her bedroom and is freakin' out. Yawnnn.

Zoe, short for Zoel, was someone you really can't relate to. Unless, of course, you are an emotionless person/computer. If you can, I'm sorry if I offended you but I really couldn't because all I got from her was helpless, angry, innocent, and possibly lame  *cough* confused. Whenever stuff got too deep for her, she turned on her computer self and tuned out the world. She lost herself in no feelings, or sometimes she 'let herself feel the pain because she deserved it'.
There's something wrong with that sentence.

Can you see it?

Uhh the guys... okay Adrien was cool stuff, like, really, he'd be totally hot to me IF I COULD SENSE HER EMOTIONS!!! She goes, oh his eyes... Oh he's so nice... Oh he's so useful!

This is what I have to say to that.

Max.
See, if Max wasn't introduced to us as he was, like "Oh let's try this out!" (you know what I mean? Sort of innocent and stuff) then I'd say ERMERGERSH YER SO HOT. Okay, no. No. Not at all. But he was the only interesting character in the book. And, unfortunately, he was blonde.
Interestingly enough, I've found my fingers itching towards forks more often when the guy is blonde in a book.
:)

Yeah, so the story was sloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow for me, but hey. If you like tech stuff, GO FOR IT. I applaud you. I'm just not that kind of geek, so I couldn't be like...
ERMERGERSH THERES A NECKPORT!
or
ERMERGERSH SHE MENTIONED A _____!!

And so... I was majorly disappointed.
BUT DO NOT LET ME STOP YOU!! Try this out! If you don't like the first two chapters, you won't like it at all.

Thank you very much for stopping by,

xoxo
Cassie

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Review: Boyfriend From Hell by E. Van Lowe


Title: Boyfriend From Hell
Author: E. Van Lowe
Reviewed by: Cassie
*Book provided by author*
The Fairies Say: Fabulous and funny!

Summary (from Goodreads.com)

Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship-they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.

"But come on, guys, she's my mother... Can I really tell her that while we're snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I'm secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes? Of course not..."

The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again. She hasn't had a man in her life since Megan's father left ten years ago.

Enter two mysterious young men, Megan's new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando. Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships.

But neither of the handsome pair is quite what he seems. In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride. Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him. If she doesn't, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.


Boyfriend From Hell begins with Suze, Megan's mom, seeing how Megan thinks of her starting to date. Oh it starts out funny. I was snorting in my room (thankfully I wasn't reading it downstairs...) and yes, I do snort.
Anyways, Megan is a funny POV to read, and her extreme tactics are very entertaining. 

Megan is a character who could definitely make or break the book. She's always doing something, usually without thinking, is quick to blurt her thoughts out (or just her opinions), and is pretty funny. She collects trivia, is on the math team, and is good in school. That is, until, Guy Matson comes along. 
Guy Matson... is a mysterious guy. His background? Not much, except he's new. His personality? Too smart for his own good and knows it. He's comfortable with anyone in any situation. 
I, social loner as I am, was pretty jelly.
His appearance? Hmm, let's go with, dark hair dark eyes tan skin (I think) and basically pulls off any outfit.
Yet again, I find myself jelly. (The pulls-off-any-outfit part, since I already look like that and that'd be awkward for all of us if I meant that)

Maudrina was cool. I just wish she had cats instead of dogs. Because cats are awesome.

I didn't like the other characters, possibly because I wasn't supposed to. Matt? Sweet guy, but he's a redhead. Y'all know what that means. HE HAS NO SOUL. Okay, just kidding, but he gave me the creepies.
Hm?
Anyways, Erin seemed very witchy and Suze was ehh and Armando was creep x1000000000.


The plot was actually hilarious and good. Seriously. Ohhh man, Megan's obsession with holy water, crucifixes, and hexagons was great. I think you should definitely try this one; it's a quick read, you'll laugh out-loud at many parts, and well, you can think of that picture up there whenever you see Matt's name.
:)

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo
Cassie

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen

Remember that amazing book called The False Prince? And remember how it made Entertainly Weekly's Top Ten teen reads you can't miss?
Well, in case you don't remember, here's the deal:


THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plant to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

I will say this: it did not disappoint. It's really good guys; and especially for guys. I couldn't wait for the sequel and now we have the cover reveal!! 



I have to admit, it kind of puzzled me and surprised me. But heck, don't judge a book by its cover, eh?

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen's blockbuster THE FALSE PRINCE!

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King!

Author's website: http://www.jenniferanielsen.blogspot.com
Preorder on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Runaway-King-Ascendance-Triology/dp/0545284155/ref=pd_sim_b_1
Add on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15703770-the-runaway-king

Cover Reveal: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

I'm not gonna lie guys, I think I had a mini heart attack today in school when I saw the cover reveal. My fellow Fairy Rafia texted me a picture of it (she was out of school) and I seriously had a freak out. I am positive people nearby were giving me a wide berth and looking at me like... o.O
I also ran into a lot of people as my eyes bugged out, so that may or may not have been a cause.

Sweet Peril is something I was freaking out about back in the summer. I had heard it wasn't for sure going to be published and I... I couldn't handle it. If it wasn't going to go through, I was going to slap the nearest sexy person I saw. It had to get published and THANK THE HEAVENS IT DID! This is a series you don't want to miss. Dear God, no. If you don't read it, you have not claimed a part of your soul yet.
Yes.
It's that serious.
Let's just say Kaidan Rowe blew our minds.

A recap of Sweet Evil? Here it is.


Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull towards danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaiden Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Ahem, I don't know about you but that summary made me want to read it, pronto. And no, of course it wasn't because my daddy warned me about boys like this. *coughs awkwardly* Why not read about one if I can't (YET. Yes Dad, I said YET!) experience one? Lemme tell you-it was worth every page.

Excited now? I am, and I already know what it looks like!

Here it is!


Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she'd never do the work of her father-polluting souls. She'd been naive to make such a claim. She'd been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school's party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there's Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soons becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

(Oh I can't believe I'm doing this... But it's going to bug me. So here goes.
There's a grammatical error in there. It was SO CLOSE. That last sentence... someone doesn't correlate with their.)

But oh. Oh. Oh Lordy I need a fan. Did I just read "steamiest of temptations" and "Anna and Kaidan" in the same sentence? It's going to be good. And that cover? My spaz in my high school explains it all. It is beyond words. I will kiss it the moment I get my paws on it.
Seriously.

Links

Author's website: http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com
Author on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Wendy_Higgins
Character Kaidan Rowe on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaidanRowe
Sweet Peril on Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15768191-sweet-peril
Preorder on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Peril-Wendy-Higgins/dp/0062265946/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351179630&sr=1-1&keywords=sweet+peril

Cover Reveal: Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon is book two in The Carrier Trilogy. The first book was Carrier of the Mark. Now, in case you aren't familiar, here it is...


Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school She connects with a group of friends, and is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRis.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago--and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

Now, I haven't read the book myself, but from what others tell me, here's what's great about it:
~Adam is one sexy guy
~the mystery is a killer
~the cover, of course! Dang, just look at that chick!
and  on side note, I think Irish accents on guys is totally attractive

NOW, THE MOMENT YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR....



Life for Megan Rosenberg just got a lot more complicated.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal was spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It's a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past. . . far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order's dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.

Now that was interesting! Just as stunning as the first in the series, this cover doesn't disappoint! It flows well with the first with a wonderful new color theme and now we can add this to our growing list of very, very pretty covers...

Links:

Pre-order on Amazon

Her website

Also, if you check out http://www.ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com you can enter their giveaway! It's pretty sweet guys, just saying...

xoxo-
Cassie 

Review: Starters by Lissa Price


Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: Powerful and page-turning!

Summary (from Goodreads.com)

HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders-seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party-and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined . . .

Starters begins with Callie walking into Prime Destinations, just checking out the place. She's just half-considering the idea but is amazed at their luxuries. Fresh, cold water at an endless supply. Clean, expensive seats. Supertrouffles given as gifts. What could be better? If they're willing to give her this just as someone thinking about it, the idea of renting out her body for loads of money is majorly appealing. But something her dad once said makes her pause. So she leaves, and notices how desperate and surprised everyone is that she left. 

She returns the next day, beat-up, and eager to sign the contract.

So, I did like Starters, but I was pretty disappointed. I had this big hope that, hey! This sounds amazing, I've heard a lot about it, and the cover is like nothing I've seen! Ahhh young me, stupid me... I have this horrible habit of judging... my dad likes to call me a judgmental recluse. 
In nicer words of course.
Anyways, you should try this out, but it's definitely a borrow/library check-out. The idea of the environment gained major cool points. The idea of body rentals gained major +'s. Callie's all-shall-bend-to-my-will attitude gained major Cassie points. But alas, the relationships were a big, red X. And then the lack of descriptions of the Spore Wars and overall situation were major -'s. So they sort of balanced out, but I must say it was a quick read.

Callie, our main character, was.... interesting. (Interesting and questionable are both words you'll find I use to describe things/people I don't have anything to say about but want to sound smart) Basically, we find that 1.) she's perfect. legit. Because, you know, totally Hunger Games style, she's buffed and made-up to perfection
2.) she's got a killer instinct. You know, from living off the streets. Kind of like Katniss, now that I think about it...
3.) she risks her life for money. Now, Katniss doesn't really do this, but Gale puts himself in a lot of danger for the food.
4.) she lives to protect her younger brother Tyler. Hmm, this sounds awfully close to Prim...
I found a few suspicious things like this but, I must continue. She's likeable I suppose, and definitely tough. She's a risk-taker, but still enjoys luxuries. Plus, she has a soft spot for an almost-perfect attractive young male. That'll make the story interesting ;)

The other characters felt a little flat to me, like they fulfilled a purpose and that's it. The only semi-interesting person I thought was the villain (of course) but I can't even say he's sexy 'cuz I don't know what the heck he looks like. But I like to imagine that underneath the mask he wears (oh yes, our villain wears a mask) he is extremely gorgeous and young and has smoldering eyes. *awkwardly coughs* So shoot me. I like myself a smolder. (Tangled reference anyone!!?)


And, ya know, if our villain looks like Ian SMOLDERhalder, so be it.

The plot was full of action, but the details were a bit questionable. (See? there.) I usually am not one to ask, Now how did THAT happen? But somehow this got me asking. Not in a good way. BUT. You will like the plot. I swear it.

I will probably read the next book (there better be one, otherwise I'm slapping someone) because I do want to happen to our villain (perhaps I shall call him Smolderhalder just for the sake of it) and I do want to know if he's as undeniably gorgeous as I hope he is.

Ta-ta for now lovelies, come back soon!

Cassie xoxo


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Review: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen


Title: Dark Kiss
Author: Michelle Rowen
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: Unique and Interesting

Summary (from Goodreads.com)

I don't do dangerous. Smart, ΓΌber-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back.

Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me...

NIGHTWATCHERS

When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...

Nightwatchers really wasn't what I expected, and I won't tell you if that's a bad thing or not. I think this one is for people with a really specific taste and I just didn't have that specific taste. This is an interesting book it's just I couldn't get into the groove.

It begins with a prologue. Bishop is getting prepared to go somewhere... and he has to get prepared by the gatekeeper. Bishop is certain he'll be prepared for his mission, despite the warnings.
The next chapter is Samantha and her best friend at the all-age club. Her "number-one unattainable crush" is staring at her and wants to talk to her.

Samantha is not someone I like to read about. I feel like she'd be great to hang out with, but to read from her perspective seriously made me want to throw something of hers in a fire and dance around that fire while chanting (Gregorian chants!!) witch spells. (By the way I listened to Gregorian chants in bio Friday. Made me scream)
Don't get me wrong, Samantha's a cool chick. But that's sort of why I didn't like her; she knew she was cool and was always like "I use my sarcasm and snark whenever nervous" It's like, no, REALLY?? Just spell it out for us, will you? It bugs me when someone knows and takes pride in her 'abilities'. She was just way too opinionated for me. Some people make me almost pee my pants with their opinions and gasp from laughing, but Sam made me almost have a headache.
Bishop lacked a spark for me. Don't get me wrong; that cover of him (at least I think so...) pretty much shows you he is drop dead sexayyy. But his emotions just threw me all around! No, he lacked that attractive Will-Herondale-brooding vibe, yet he was broody. Some people pull it off but then there are people like so...
And you kind of cringe and think, does his head hurt yet? and then I don't really care.

There wasn't much action, but then again I had to skim it so I didn't get a headache. Basically, the plot is super cool. It's actually really creative but (wait for it...) lacking.

BUT.

If you like broody fallen angels who are unnaturally attractive and snarky (and-she-knows-it! [did anyone get that sexy and I know it reference? Really hoping so...]) heroines and a creative, slightly lacking in action plot, then this book is for you! And either way you should try it out. 
You know, just 'cuz.

Thanks for stopping by!! Can't wait to see you next time ;)
Cassie 

Review: Skylark by Meagan Spooner


Title: Skylark
Author: Meagan Spooner
The Fairies Say: Dark and Dangerous!

Summary (from Goodreads.com)

Sixteen-year-old Lark Ainsley has never seen the sky.

Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that's left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children's innate magical energy when they reach adolescence. When it's Lark's turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of a legend itself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it's been stripped.

Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city's clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She's heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in secret-but can she stay alive long enough to find them?

I'll admit, when I read this I was hoping for a taste of Shadow and Bone in a different world, and had a feeling that this supposedly "dangerous" world which would be difficult to survive in was actually going to be lame-ish. I was dead wrong. This is a pretty disturbing world, despite the very pretty cover.

It starts out with Lark sneaking into her school through the now-never-used sewer system. Tomorrow is Harvest Day, when the kids get told who gets harvested this year. Everyone in her age group got Harvested years ago, but not her. All the other kids know her name, and refer to her as the "dud", which makes Lark humiliated and hopeful she'll finally get Harvested. She finds the list... blahblahblah... and suddenly, when a mechanical, Institute-controlled pixie attacks her, she somehow smashes it with magic (aka Resource). No one should be able to do that. Especially not her, a "dud".

Lark is one of those characters who I didn't love or hate, she's just sort of there. While I did root for her, if she were to win I wouldn't go "YEAH BABY!" while simultaneously doing a victory dance, and if she were to lose I wouldn't do a rage-quit and go cannibal on anyone within a one mile radius.
Oren is the wild guy who's stalking her. Okay, I'll admit, it was a bit creepy. But I wanted to slap someone silly as the story progressed and Lark had, like, no romantic interest in him! I was like, "Girl, if I were in your position I wouldn't be so stupid to not see he cared about me!!!" and then I may or may not jump him. Because, really, who doesn't like a sexy sexy guy who is totally wild and slightly too moody and has really pale blue eyes and light brown hair beneath a ton of dirt? (mind you I'd find that dirt sexy too) So yes there's a plot twist I won't tell you but still I'd take him. Plot twist, dirt, and wildness all.


Yeah there are a few other characters that are probably important but they're not too amazing or jaw-dropping so I'm skipping over them.

The world is what we're really paying for here. It's rich in details and immaculately described so well that if read fast you will miss it and deem it horrible. But if you're really soakin' it up, you'll be amazed! It opens your eyes to a perspective that sees everything 'normal' as terrifying, awe-inspiring, yet strangely and darkly beautiful.

Good elements and I highly recommend you read this when you feel like being scared :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Cassie :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review: Dante's Girl




Title: Dante's Girl
Author: Courtney Cole
Reviewed by: Rafia
The Fairies Say: Flirty and Fun!
E-book provided by: Netgalley


I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London. Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring.
Until this year.

And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things:

1. I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes.
2. If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac.
3. I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish.
4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise.
5. See number four above. Because it brings with it a whole slew of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them.

Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine. He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis. I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots. See the difference?

But hearts don’t care about differences. Hearts want what they want. And mine just wants to be Dante’s girl.

My heart just might be crazy.

Maybe I was a little high off of summer, or maybe it was the Owl City song I was listening to, but when I read the review, I completely fell in love with Dante’s Girl. I have this new thing for contemporary summer romances, a little late for summer, but Dante’s Girl fit the bill perfectly! It was fun, it was fast, and I was satisfied with the ending even though I would love to read another book about Dante and Reece.
I guess the reason I really liked this book was because how cute it was. It wasn’t perfect but I just loved the storyline. I loved watching Reece and Dante fall in love, especially in the gorgeous Mediterranean background. The ups and downs were honestly perfect! I loved the twist and some were just swoon-worthy. My favorite parts though? When something would happen to Reece or Dante and the other would freak out and the love behind it?? *dying* They’re relationship was too perfect.
Reece was a little annoying in the beginning but she came to her senses (thank god!) and manned up. She was down to earth, real, and was pretty smart at times. She was sensible (I respect that!) and was really caring. I love that she’s from Kansas; it just makes her so real. She seems like a person I would be friends with and that’s saying a lot!
Andd the best for the last!! Dante…oh how you have raised my standards for guys at my high school. Like the sexy son of a Prime Minister with manners to match? I want one! He was a really deep character with a lot of family problems and high expectations that I could randomly relate to. Dante was really deep character with a lot of love and I just love that! He wasn’t the classic bad boy and didn’t try to be and was still perfect. Dante seemed like the kind of guy who would be perfect for a long, sweet relationship filled with love, not passion.
The side plot was a little weak and didn’t really pick up till later which made me a little frustrated but overall Dante’s Girl was such a great summer read! This is my first post in a while, so sorry I haven’t been on, so kudos to Cassie for being amazing with updating! So don’t forget to comment and follow until next time!
Rafia
PS. The song was Shooting Star by Owl City, great song!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Review: Waking Storms by Sarah Porter


Title: Waking Storms
Author: Sarah Porter
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: Haunting and honest!

Summary (from Goodreads.com)

After parting ways with her troubled mermaid tribe, Luce just wants to live peacefully on her own. But her tranquility doesn't last long: she receives news that the tribe is on the verge of collapse and desperately needs her leadership. The tribe's cruel queen wants Luce dead. Dorian, the boy Luce broke mermaid law to save, is determined to make her pay for her part in the murder of his family. And while the mermaids cling to the idea that humans never suspect their existence, there are suddenly ominous signs to the contrary.

But when Luce and Dorian meet, they start to wonder if love can overpower the hatred they know they should feel for each other. Can Luce fulfill her rightful role as queen of the mermaids without sacrificing her forbidden romance with Dorian?


Waking Storms and the Lost Voices Trilogy left a very interesting aftertaste in my reader 'mouth'. Normally, I would throw down this book and be like, "NO MORE!! NO MORE." Of course, in that situation I'd probably go and raid the pantry for comfort food. So I decided I'd brave it and just stick with it and it's definitely a book that will stay with you.

In my not-so-trusty opinion (and slightly deranged if you ask the right people) this book is sort of like a drug that you know will leave you fifty shades of messed up and disturbed but in the moment, it's like a negative rainbow just sprouted in your brain, mouth, and possibly pinky toe. And yes, negative rainbows on pinky toes are totally in and extremely sexy, or so my sources tell me.

Anyways, I can't really remember how Waking Storms begins, probably because I began this books freaking weeks ago. I just couldn't finish it. I kept telling myself, "Let's go Cassie! If we can brave a hundred more pages we'll sneak in a scoop of ice cream!" And it wasn't really helping... It was just so dark... and haunting... and lush... and dazzlingly tragic... and enchanting... and yes I'm stealing that from the front cover. But it's all true.
This is how I imagined I would be when I finished the book...
Yeah no.


Luce.. bugged me. But it's probably 'cause she lacked, as I like to call it, a "mean gene". She had her temper, but for a murdering mermaid it was totally subdued. I was hoping she'd unleash the (RAINBOW! Starbursts!! Wait... we're talking about mermaids.... crap.) power. Unfortunately, she didn't. But she's chill man, you know? Like totally down... and yep my druggie talk right there.
Dorian.
...
Dorian if you're reading this I'm legit gonna burn you alive. I wouldn't even have to bait myself with ice cream I'd just go freaking psycho bitch on you. I hated you Dorian. For a supposedly smart girl, our Luce falls for him. He's supposed to be some 'deep, tortured' guy, but honestly I call bullshit. First of all, he's almost sixteen and he falls for a fourteen-year-old MERMAID (no disrespect Luce) and he's like, It's okay Luce, I can resist the urges that a guy wants to do with his girlfriend. YOU. ARE. SIXTEEN. She is FOURTEEN. YOU PERVERT! I will come to your house and bash your skull in with an ice cream scoop. And I will enjoy. every. second.
Anyways, he does a lot of stuff I found despicable and annoying and one thing I literally, I KID YOU NOT, slap the offending book down, stare at my dad (who's watching the Packers play) and shout at him--yes shout- "THIS BOOK SUCKS TOO! I want to murder this author!" To which my dad looks at me slightly concerned (he's been around me too long to be too concerned) and says, "Cassie, it's just a book." Just a book.

Huh.

Anyways, Dorian is pretty much the only issue I had with the book. If you're up for a haunting, lush, and brutally honest journey with a mermaid, you'll love Waking Storms. I was at times staring at the book with huge eyes thinking, DID THAT JUST HAPPEN????!! So yes. You must have a refined taste for this kind of book but it's definitely unique; if you liked Lost Voices you'll like this one just the same.

Please come back. I'll miss you if you don't. Fiction-fairies.blogspot.com guys!

xoxo Cassie

Review: Origin by Jessica Khoury


Title: Origin
Author: Jessica Khoury
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: Enchanting and exhilarating!

Summary (from Goodreads.com)

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.

I will be straight with you: Origin is something that I thought about throwing out the door, but then blew me away when I finished it.

Let me just say this; Origin is a book that has branded itself into my mind. I've always fantasized about living in the jungle, finding a wild, incredibly attractive jungle boy (who hasn't?) and falling in love with it and him. Jessica Khoury takes that lovely dream of a jungle life and created this book. That dream is only a small part of the book; the others are immortality, science, and dark, dark secrets.

Our story starts out with a girl named Pia, and her average day in Little Cam, the place she lives. It's only a little bit until her seventeenth birthday, which she somehow got her Uncle Paolo to throw a party for. See, a party is something unheard of in this community. No one is allowed to mention places outside of Little Cam or things that happen outside of it. Pia overheard one of the staff slip up, and dreams about a party. It's on the night of this party she finds the hole in the fence.

The characters in this book play a role. Not many of them are like-able, but they play a purpose in the story. The scientists are above feelings, for the most part, and when we begin, Pia is too. The villagers (I think they're Ai'oan or Aioan) Pia sneaks off to are warm, vivacious people. Stereotypical, but they show Pia what she's missed out on her whole life. These characters really drag you into it, and feel what Pia feels. 

Pia, our literally "perfect" main character is like-able and has been taught her whole life to listen to her head, not her heart. So she makes a few decisions that I would have questioned otherwise. She's a strong girl with dreams and I admire her for being moral when everyone around her, who she has learned from her whole life, is immoral. However, I didn't enjoy the way she is described. She is aesthetically, physically, and mentally perfect for the most part. I didn't like how she was described as visually perfect with her blue eyes and dark hair (I know, bad me) but I heard Amazon and imagined a kick-ass, tall, strong Amazon girl with a leopard. Needless to say, I was disappointed. Pia seems to lack an "angry" gene because she gets pissed, yeah, but she never does anything about it. She never tried hurting someone, even if it meant saving those she loved. Oh, and her name. All I could think of was "pee" when I saw it...

Eio, our resident hottie, is oh, I don't know... really attractive. Good to read about. He also doesn't have happy hands, I'm glad to say! He's super sweet and loyal and protective and he made me almost bawl. The only issue I had is that he's half-Brazilian (OhmysweetJesus did anyone else think of Francisco Lachowski?)
And he has blue eyes. Half-Brazilians do not have blue eyes. They would be freaks of nature (really yummy freaks of nature, yes) but still freaks of nature. And so that bugged me.
Overall, really great book and it really surprised me. The story that unfolds is something Jessica Khoury did not prepare me for and it is unbearably beautiful and touching. And the scary thing is, it's called science fiction, but I can totally see it happen...

Until next time, (and I really hope you come here a next time)
Cassie :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review: Forgiven by Jana Oliver


Title: Forgiven
Author: Jana Oliver
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: Awesome and action-packed!

Summary (from BN.com)
Jana Oliver's third spellbinding Demon Trappers novel - following The Demon Trapper's Daughter and Soul Thief - brings all new thrills, as Riley Blackthorne takes on demons, love... and the future of the human race.

The days are growing darker for 17-year-old demon trapper Riley Blackthorne. With her father's reanimated body back safely, Beck barely speaking to her because of a certain hunky Fallen angel, and a freshly-made deal with Lucifer, she has enough on her hands to last a normal teenage lifetime. Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend Simon has told the Vatican's Demon-Hunters that she's working with Hell. So now she's in hiding, at the top of everyone's most-wanted list.

But it's becoming clear that this is bigger than Riley, and rapidly getting out of control: something sinister is happening in Atlanta... or someone. The demons are working together for the first time ever and refusing to die, putting civilians in harm's way. Riley thinks she might know who's behind it all, but who's going to believe her? Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming - and it may be closer than anyone thinks. . .

This is on my favorites shelf, guys, I'm not gonna lie. The series is something no one has even touched base on, and the characters are so ensnaring you won't want the book to end. Or the waiting to start. Now, let me put it out there that this fear-of-waiting has never happened to me before with any other book series, so be be stunned when I say this is worth it.

I'm not really sure how to describe this, since I honestly can't describe it properly. Like, I could, but this is one of those books where words are inadequate. But I'll try. For you guys :)

Forgiven starts out rapidly; there is zero explaining going on and no review of what just happened. Riley is on the move and she spares very little thoughts about the details on what went down in the last two books. Meaning that you must read the other two, and usually I would say reread right before. However, for me, the Demon Trappers series just stuck with me, so I just recalled those fond, fond memories and was off.

Riley (love the name) is her usual self. Tough attitude, wishes she could look tougher, and pretty brave. I gotta hand it to her; her life positively sucks and she makes the best out of it. While, of course, keeping me very well entertained. There are a few moments where I think her tough image falters (but that just builds her vulnerability) and while this may annoy some uber-feminist readers (cough... totally not me... okay yeah me) others will find Riley absolutely wonderful. And I mean it.

Beck. Ah, Backwoods Boy. There are so many layers to him we don't even realize and many mysteries of his past yet to come. He does have his flaws too (cough cough Justine) but in the end he is a very wonderful, yummy Southern guy. Usually, blonde doesn't do it for me. But Beck (and only two other blonde guys) does it for me.

Ori. Well we don't get much Ori because he's a statue for pretty much all of the book (he gets like, a minute when dawn touches his statue) but this book left me confuzzled. Very, very confuzzled about Ori.

Her dad. Is awesome. And sweet. And protective. Totally reminds me of my dad.
Another one of her male BFFs is Peter who is the perfect BFF.

Overall, great book. I am nervously awaiting the next book in the series. And to add to that, I can't wait for the romance to pick up! I can't remember if it was this little-touched in Soul Thief, but seriously! So many missed opportunities... Well, guess that's what comes with preventing Armageddon.

Highly recommend y'all (as Beck would say) check this out!
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Hope to see you again!
Cassie ;)