November 1, 2013 · 6:00 am
Title: Hollow’s End
Author: Marianne Morea
Source: from publisher for review
Review Summary: This book had some of the most believable YA characters I’ve encountered and with a new ending the author wrote, I loved it.
Hollow’s End is inspired by both the legend of Sleepy Hollow and the history of the town where the legend is set. Events from the Revolutionary War pitted the town’s inhabitants against each other, leaving lingering animosity that leads to paranormal activities as Halloween approaches. Although Rowen is from a family of witches, she’s never wanted to do anything with such things. Unfortunately, her relationships and her powers leave her little choice but to deal with visions sparked by ancestors of the towns current inhabitants… Continue reading →
Filed under Fiction, Gothic, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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June 15, 2013 · 7:44 am
Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Brontë
Review Summary: The plot was a little boring and unbelievable but the writing was so gorgeous I didn’t even mind!
Today I’m going to be sharing with you the goodreads summary of the book because I think it does a great job explaining not just the action of the plot, but the character development that is the most exciting part of the story. Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.
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March 17, 2012 · 8:41 pm
This week, I finished the last book of the original Vampire Diaries quartet and also started watching the corresponding TV show for the Book to Movie challenge hosted by Parajunkee. The book definitely did not disappoint. I missed having Elena as narrator – a testament to the character development which took place, given my initial dislike of Elena! And the ending was a little deus ex machina, with an improbable rescue and inadequately explained happy ending. However, the ending was such a marvelously dramatic showdown, I really couldn’t feel upset about it. In fact, I think it would make an awesome scene to watch and hope the TV show gets there and does it justice or a movie happens too. Other than those few complaints, it had all the same strengths as the other books. There were some plot twists I didn’t anticipate, strong female leads, and the writing was at least acceptable. Continue reading →