Sunday, March 14, 2010

Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson

A descendant of legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, fourteen-year-old Alex is stuck at boarding school near Lake Geneva, Switzerland, when he finds himself drawn into a web of paranormal intrigue. It turns out that Lake Geneva is also home to a secret school for vampires called the Scholomance—and now to a dangerous vampire clan lord known only as Icemaker, who’s using the Scholomance for his own dangerous endgame. With the help of his friends and of special agent Sangster, it’s up to Alex to fulfill his family destiny and stop Icemaker’s frightening plans once and for all.

This was just an ok book for me. I liked the idea of the book, but there were too many words and phrases that I just didn't get. I don't read comic books or manga and I've never read Frankenstein. But I'm sure that there are people out there that would get all the references and truely enjoy this book. The storyline did keep my attention, but I thought that it progressed a little too quickly to be believable and you would have had to suspend your belief a little too much for some of the events. Overall, I'd give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

I wasn't too sure about this book when I first started reading it. I felt like there was a lot of story background and too many hints as to what the whole secret of the book was. I kept thinking...tell me the secret already! But as the storyline progressed, I found that the book did indeed keep my attention and I was very surprised as to where the story went. I was not expecting the ending, which in my opinion makes the book great! Too many times I'm able to figure out what happens in the end and I was very happy to have found a book that kept me guessing until the very end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal Young Adult novels.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Match Made In High School by Kristin Walker


When a mandatory course forces Fiona to “try the knot” with super-jock Todd Harding, she’s convinced life couldn't get any worse. Until her crush is paired with her arch enemy (otherwise known as Todd’s obscenely hot, slightly sadistic girlfriend). But that’s nothing compared to her best friend’s fate – a year with the very goofy, very big Johnny Mercer.

A series of hilarious pranks leave Fiona wondering: is there something her “best friend” hasn’t told her? Could there be more to Johnny Mercer than an awesome music collection? And most intriguing, could Todd Harding have a heart beneath his pretty-boy exterior?
This was an awesome book! I'm so glad I got to review it for Around the World ARC Tours. The book starts out at the beginning of the school year when the Senior class finds out that they have to participate in a pretend Marriage Education class. I think that this was a great idea for a book. It reminded me of the class that I took in High School where we had to pretend that we were parents and carry around a egg "baby". The characters in the book were very likeable, especially Fiona and Johnny Mercer. I also liked how Todd wasn't portrayed as a jerk the entire time in this book. Overall I'd give this story 5 out of 5 stars. I'm looking forward to Ms. Walker's next book!

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