Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

Madison Kasparkova always thought she understood how Karma works. It’s that mysterious, powerful force that brings harmony to the universe. You know—do good things and you will be rewarded, do something bad and Karma will make sure you get what’s coming to you. A sort of cosmic balancing act.

But when Mason Brooks, Maddy’s boyfriend of two years, gets caught tongue-wrestling with Miss Perfect Body Heather Campbell, and absolutely nothing happens to either of them—except that they wind up the hot new couple of Colonial High School, it seems like Karma has officially left Maddy in the lurch. That’s why Maddy and her best friends, Angie and Jade, decide to start the Karma Club—a secret, members-only organization whose sole purpose is to clean up the messes that the universe has been leaving behind. Whether they’re modifying Heather Campbell’s acne cream as part of “Operation Butterface,” or righting a few wrongs when it comes to Angie and Jade’s own slimy exes, they know they’re just doing what Karma should have done in the first place. They’re taking care of one another.

Sometimes, though, it isn’t wise to meddle with the universe. Because it turns out, when you mess with Karma, Karma messes back. Now Maddy must find a way to balance her life for good, even as everything around her seems to be toppling to the ground.
This was a good book. It wasn't anything super special, but I enjoyed reading it. I liked the characters and the idea of karma is a good plot for a book. The only thing I didn't really care for with this book was that I thought the plot was a bit predictable. I was 1/4 of the way through the book when I realized that I already knew how the book was going to end. I didn't want to finish the book, but I did. I really did enjoy the romance that was in the book. It was nice to see someone who has a particular stereotype act in a manner that isn't stereotypical at all. I would read more by this author.

Hourglass by Claudia Gray

After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school where they met, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, an elite group of vampire hunters. Bianca must hide her supernatural heritage or risk certain death at their hands. But when Black Cross captures her friend--the vampire Balthazar--all her secrets threaten to come out.

Soon, Bianca and Lucas have orchestrated Balthazar's escape and are on the run, pursued not only by Black Cross, but by the powerful leaders of Evernight. Yet no matter how far they run, Bianca can't escape her destiny.

Bianca has always believed their love could survive anything--but can it survive what's to come?

I liked this book. The storyline was very interesting and the previous books made me want to find out what happens next for Bianca and Lucas. I also liked that Bianca and Lucas have started to question the very core of what their parents have told them all their lives. Everything might not be as it seems. I also enjoyed the love story between Biana and Lucas. It was very interesting to see the story from Black Cross's point of view. Claudia Gray does a good job of making the reader want to come back for more. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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