Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

“Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.” -Goodreads.com

 

For me I’m always hesitant to read books that involve dragons because it is very much a hit or miss for me (most times a miss).

But thankfully I ended up loving Seraphina so much! The only part I didn’t like was when I finished it I didn’t realize my copy had 50 pages of bonus material in the back… So the whole time it was getting close to the end I was loving it even more because I thought there would be 50 more pages to it, and there wasn’t.

An also bonus is while I was on Goodreads I saw there is going to be a sequel!!  Which I’m so excited about since I was slightly disappointed with the ending. And also getting to get back into this world… I love it 🙂

 

5 stars.

Read on December 10, 2013.

Bought.

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.” -Goodreads.com

 

I think for every one of Jennifer Echols’s books I’ve read I have gone into it not expecting much and by the end absolutely loving it.

Such a Rush was no exception.

Even though there is definitely a plot to it, the whole story was just so simple. Not in a boring simple, but the perfect balance for the story. I just truly enjoyed reading this book. To the point I had started it late at night to just read only a “few” chapters. Next moment I looked up to see the time it was 2 hours later. So so good 🙂

 

5 stars.

Read from December 08 to 09, 2013.

Bought.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

“It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.” -Goodreads.com

 

This book. These Broken Stars was just one of those amazing types of books. Maybe a bit like the Across the Universe trilogy but a little bit different. It’s just so hard to say all that I loved about it without spoiling it. Go read this book. Now. It is so good!

 

5 stars.

Read from December 05 to 07, 2013.

Received a copy at TLA 2013.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

“Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father’s abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He’s also made many enemies and allies–most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.

But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob’s younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl–a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.

Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell–before it’s too late.” -Goodreads.com

 

While I did enjoy Reckless, I feel like I didn’t enjoy it as much as most people.

I liked the storyline but that was pretty much it. Maybe I’m just not a big fan of her writing style… Never had a moment reading this book thinking “Wow, this book is amazing”. It was just ok.

 

3 stars.

Read on December 05, 2013.

Bought.