The Violet Hour: May 15, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Review – The Cellar by AJ Whitten

The Cellar by AJ Whitten
Paperback, 276 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by Graphia
0547232535 (ISBN13: 9780547232539)
eBook copy provided by publisher and NetGalley
GoodReads "Meredith Willis is suspicious of Adrien, the new guy next door. When she dares to sneak a look into the windows of his house, she sees something in the cellar that makes her believe that Adrien might be more than just a creep—he may be an actual monster. But her sister, Heather, doesn’t share Meredith’s repulsion. Heather believes Adrien is the only guy who really understands her. In fact, she may be falling in love with him.

When Adrien and Heather are cast as the leads in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, to Heather, it feels like fate. To Meredith, it feels like a bad omen. But if she tries to tear the couple apart, she could end up in the last place she’d ever want to be: the cellar. Can Meredith convince her sister that she’s dating the living dead before it’s too late for both of them?" 

What an intersting story! Just the premise of someone being locked in a cellar creeped me out, and the rest of the book did the same. A.J. Whitten (pen name for romance author Shirley Jump and her teenage daughter, Amanda Jump) delivered a quirky, freaky tale that will keep you up late.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 5/17/11

Wanna play? Here's how:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! 
  • You don’t want to ruin the book for others!).
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser this week is from Wither, by Lauren DeStefano.

Review: Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Spells by Aprilynne Pike
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 0061668095 (ISBN13: 9780061668098)
Original title Illusions
Series Wings #3

GoodReads "Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.
But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail."

At the beginning of Spells, Laurel goes to Avalon to begin her training and is immediately swept into studying and learning how to be a Fall faerie. There is an urgency for Laurel to resume her training that doesn't get explained beyond a vague 'we need you' statement implies some danger later down the road. She quickly becomes overwhelmed with the workload given to her by the instructors and the pressure to "do what she was made for".

Review – The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Paperback, 359 pages

Published August 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen (first published July 27th 2010
ISBN 0373210132
Series The Iron Fey
Original title The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2)
Purchase from Amazon
GoodReads "Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart."

Julie Kagawa has done it again. I am head-over-heels in love with this series. If you're experiencing a slump in your reading, pick up this series and be prepared to have your mind blown. Kagawa has perfected the art of transporting the reader from wherever they are into the world of the Summer and Winter Courts. So much took place in this book, and I'm totally okay with that!

In My Mailbox 5/16/11

This meme is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. IMM is a great opporunity for bloggers to show what books they bought, received in the mail, or borrowed from the library. 

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