Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was a great read but it was quite long- about 480 pages.

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Graceling

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Katsa is a girl with a Grace. A Grace is basically an innate ability that allows a person to excel at a certain task. Katsa has the killing Grace.

She is ordered around by her uncle, who sends her to do his dirty work. Katsa doesn’t like it, but she hates getting on her uncle’s bad side even more. Katsa also dislikes¬†using her ability to torture innocent people. But she does. Without questioning it.

Until Po comes along. Po is a prince from a neighboring region. He has come to visit for work, but instantly recognizes Katsa as another person with the Grace.

When Po and Katsa meet, they instantly clash. Both have a strong attraction towards each other, but also an immediate wariness. When they get a chance to fight, it is a draw, and Katsa is secretly thrilled that she has met her match for her Grace. However, Po tells her that not all is as it seems, and that she must learn to control her weakness, anger, before it gets the better of her, and allows people to provoke her.

When Katsa’s uncle chooses to exploit her weakness once more to send her on a mission, her response may not be the expected one.

Will she listen?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Graceling

Book Review: Pulse by Patrick Carman (Book one)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was definitely one of the most interesting I’ve read in a while on the topic of supernatural abilities. There were only a handful of characters but they were well developed. There were some parts of the book where a lot of¬†pronouns were used and it was difficult to keep up with which character¬†the author was referring to, but other than that, it¬†was a great read.

Pulse

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Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore live in a shrinking society where everyone is moving to the States. Their community is one of the only ones left, and soon, it may be gone too.

Faith Daniels has the ability to move things with her mind.

Sorcery.

Witchcraft.

Telekinesis.

Dylan Gilmore calls it the pulse. And so do the people who want Faith gone.

Dylan has the pulse¬†too. Except he’s trained in the art of using it. With Faith’s power on the loose, anything could happen. Dylan isn’t the kind of person Faith normally talks to, but when he comes to her with an explanation for the unexplainable, she has no choice but to sit down and listen.

Dylan begins to train Faith in the art of using her powers, but what happens when Faith gets close to the very people who want her dead?

Will Dylan be able to save her?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Pulse

Book Review: The Queen by Kiera Cass (A Selection Novella)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I felt that this book wasn’t really relevant to the whole series besides adding some background to the story of the current queen. However, I still enjoyed¬†the book! The story was very well written and I loved all the characters. I wouldn’t recommend reading this book before reading the series but it’s definitely fun reading after!

Queen

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Amberly is one of the contestants of the Selection. She has loved the prince for as long as she can remember and getting selected was a dream come true. When she starts getting closer to the prince, her health problems start acting up and are getting in the way of her dream.

Will Amberly get selected?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Queen: A Novella (Kindle Single) (The selection)

Book Review: Angel Tears by Valmore Daniels (Book four of the Fallen Angels series)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I found this book to be much better than the previous one because it had an actual plot and the author wasn’t aimlessly killing¬†off¬†characters.

Angel Tears

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Serena¬†has just escaped from a juvenile detention facility. She is brought back to custody when they offer her a place at a “camp” for “people like her” instead of going back to juvie. Serena is at first wary of this offer but agrees because she doesn’t want to go back to where she was before.

Upon arrival to the “camp”, Serena learns that she has a fallen angel inside of her that is giving her the ability to control water. The other people at the camp have various abilities and are trying to find more people like Serena to save them from evil. Serena, under the guidance of others, learns how to better harness her powers to save lives.

One day, however, Serena has an altercation with one of the more powerful angels at the facility and barely manages to run away. Then, she meets more escaped fallen angels who tell her that the people at the camp are actually trying to hurt her.

Who will Serena believe?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Angel Tears (Fallen Angels – Book 4)

 

Book Review: Earth Angel by Valmore Daniels (Book three of the Fallen Angels series)

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommendation: 13 and up

To be completely honest, I was extremely disappointed with¬†this¬†book. The first three-quarters were just plot-less gore and the rest made no sense. I don’t know how the author could write such a book after the first two, which were very balanced and well-written. If the fourth and fifth books are like this one, I will definitely not be reading them anytime soon.

Earth Angel

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Kyle Chase is a heart surgeon. He has been doing major research in the area of stem cells and is working on a solution that could possibly cure any physical ailment by allowing cells to reproduce much faster. He has his son brought in to watch his  breakthrough and Dr.Chase attempts to insert this solution into the body of a severely burned man.

However, this solution ends up giving the man supernatural powers. Moreover, the test subject starts murdering people in order to get the nutrients and essence he needs to stay alive. Dr.Chase is killed, as is his assistant, and only his son survives along with the half-man half-beast. The beast now proceeds to go on a killing rampage on the streets to save himself from whatever is possessing him.

Dr.Chase’s son and the police must figure out a way to defeat this supernatural being before it can murder any more innocent people.

Will they be able to save people from this terrifying beast?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Earth Angel (Fallen Angels – Book 3)

 

Book Review: Rio- The Street Kid Stargazer by Craig S. Wilson

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book is an advance copy, courtesy of the author himself (who found me on Twitter)!

This¬†book was a great read and the characters were all very well developed. Moreover, the characters weren’t all the same general age, which allowed for different perspectives, even though the book was written in third person.

Rio

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Lucas has just lost his older brother and his mother, both of whom were breadwinners for his family. Now, Lucas must rely on the scraps and money he can get with panhandling and pick-pocketing to feed his two younger sisters.

Lucas must make a choice- start working for a drug lord that offers a lot money, but can kill his family at any moment if he messes up, or panhandle and steal for the rest of his life, and not have any security in case of a crisis.

“Sometimes good people do bad things for a greater good.”

This is the motto that has kept Lucas going because his justification for stealing is that it will help his sisters- a greater good.

Wallets, watches, and wireless phones- every little bit helps.

But will that be enough?

If you would like to read this book, you can pre-order¬†it here – it’ll be available May 5th: Rio: The Street Kid Stargazer

 

 

 

Book Review: Whispers by Aram Keledjian

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book was given to me courtesy of BookRature.

This was one of the best books I’ve read this year, by far. The story¬†very intriguing and fast-paced, and not gory like many of the other books in this genre.

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Henry White is a seventeen-year-old who has a secret. He is actually 219 years old and essentially immortal. Resembling a young boy, but actually a vampire, he is one of the last of his kind, and lives in a house with his grandfather. Henry rarely leaves his house because being in mortal company is too tempting. One day, he sees bullies beating up a kid next to his house and he leaves his house to intervene. Being a vampire, Henry is unnaturally strong and uses these powers to save the kid.

Unfortunately, the kid who he saves gets his superhuman powers on tape and posts the video on YouTube. The kid’s mother then comes to Henry’s house to ask why he isn’t at school, and then proceeds to promptly enroll him at the nearest high school. Henry manages to keep his fangs at bay during the school day, but then¬†begins to fall for a girl¬†named Elizabeth.

Moreover, evil beings that have been hunting Henry have finally found him and are planning to kill him and his father, along with anyone who he cares about, including Elizabeth.

Will Henry be able to save Elizabeth, from the evil beings and from himself?

This is book is not available for sale yet – I’ll post a link as soon as it becomes available so you too may read it!