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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

http://wereadtoknow.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/the-ruins2.jpgName: The Ruins
Author: Scott B. Smith
Genre: Horror
Rating:


Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine.Two young couples are on a lazy Mexican vacation–sun-drenched days, drunken nights, making friends with fellow tourists. When the brother of one of those friends disappears, they decide to venture into the jungle to look for him. What started out as a fun day-trip slowly spirals into a nightmare when they find an ancient ruins site . . . and the terrifying presence that lurks there..(goodreads)





REVIEW:

The reason why I wanted to read this book was because there is a movie made about this book already with the same name. I LOVED that movie, so I wanted to give the book a try. And I am glad I did. The book starts off with introducing all the characters and getting comfortable with their personalities. Before the real action begins I already had an idea of who was going to go first and who was going to have to do what. We meet a group of college students that are visiting Mexico and decide to check out some Mayan ruins no one apparently knows about. They arrive at this small Mayan community and are "greeted" with a crazy group of people that really do not want them to leave. After a struggle and confusion they realize the brother of one of the guys is dead and that somehow the plants killed him. Afterwards, they struggle to live and figure out a way to get help. After no success, they must accept the fact that the strange plant that covers the entire ruins is actually alive, or can at least kill them after touching them once. They must survive for as long as possible and wait for the Greeks (friends they met at the beach) to save them. But will they get there in time, or will they find just ruins??




#14 in my 150+ Reading Challenge
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Name: The Red Pyramid
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Mythology, YA
Rating:

Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
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(goodreads)




REVIEW:


The story starts with Carter and Sadie Kane, who find out their family is descended from Egyptian Pharaophs, making them the most ancient egyptian family ever. They find out their father was trying to summon Egyptian Gods and by accident released 5 gods including the evil Set, God of Storms and Chaos. Worse they find out that they are hosting Gods themselves, they must unite and fight the evil Set while trying to find a way to prevent the end of the world without getting anybody else killed. But more is to come, Sadie along with Isis and Carter with Horus, must fight until the end and learn how to train other godlings to defeat the evil apophis, the only thing that could truly destroy the egyptian civilization along with the world.

I loved this book! I am a huge Percy Jackson fan and when I found out Rick had written similar books but dealing with Egyptian mythology I knew I was going to have a blast. The book started great, I have always been a fan of Egyptian mythology and when Rick combined Egyptian and Greek mythology at times I was so happy! I really enjoyed the story and the fact that humans could have gods and goddesses in them to give them power. That was great! Many times the book made me laugh out loud and I truly LOVED bast! I LOVE cats and she is just amazing! Overall an EXCELLENT read. Ready for the next book!! :




#13 in my 150+ Reading Challenge

#9 in my Let me count the ways Challenge
Name: Masque of Red Death
Author: Bethany Griffin
Genre: Dystopian, YA
Rating:


Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club--in the depths of her own despair--Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for--no matter what it costs her.
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goodreads)





REVIEW:

I was hesitant on reading this book. I have never read Edgar Poe's "Masque of Red Death" so I was not sure how this book was going to be. I am glad I gave it a chance. I thought it was quite good.
Araby lives in a world where plague, disease, and death is abundant. Not to mention drugs and pain. Her family was torn apart by this plague and she now leaves as a puppet along with the other inhabitants of the town all under the Prince's orders. She must figure out how to battle the prince and finally fix the city, all while dealing with the disease and a new plague, the Red Death. She must fight until the end to defeat the evil spell of death that covers the city. The revolution is starting and there is no going back, people disappear only to be found later as corpses. I really liked the book, specially the love triangle! I cannot wait for the next book!





#10 in my 150+ Reading Challenge

#11 in Let me count the ways Challenge 2013
Name: Beastly
Author: Alex Flinn
Genre: Fairy Tales, YA
Rating:

I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright--a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever--ruined--unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
(goodreads)




REVIEW:
I absolutely love this book. I am a HUGE Beauty and Beast fan and this modern retelling is excellent! It made me laugh, made me cry and made me mad so much, as I was reading the book I imagined the Disney movie in every page. Kyle really made me mad in the beginning, and I think Kendra is hilarious. This is a must see for any Beauty and the Beast fan! This book starts off with Kyle, the perfect guy: handsome, popular and rich. But with a huge flaw, he is super full of himself he expects everyone to adore him. We find out Kendra is a witch and sees his true self after a confrontation and lie. She casts a spell on him, a spell that can ONLY be undone by a girl who learns to see him with the eyes of the soul. Kyle must now find a way to make her fall in love and see past his appearance while trying to meet the deadline, otherwise a beast he forever will be.






#11 in my 150+ Reading Challenge

#8 in my Let me count the ways Challenge

Name: OH.MY.GODS (#1)
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Genre: Mythology, Series
Rating: 



A modern girl's comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.
When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe's plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uber exclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That's right, they're real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes: supersmart and super beautiful with a few superpowers. And now they're on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods. (goodreads)



REVIEW:

I was a little hesitant when I started the book. I honestly did not think I would enjoy it as much as I actually did. This book is very different from all the mythology books I have read before. In here you meet a girl named Phoebe who is quite an extraordinary runner. Suddenly her dreams and hopes are put on hold when her mother decides to marry a Greek guy who cannot leave his country. She is forced to live and go to a "snotty" school so exclusive it makes Harvard look like a kindergarten. The only requirement: be a descendant of a Greek deity. Her world is changed and what she never thought possible suddenly becomes real life. I recommend this book so much, i am ready to start the sequel!


Link:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2342943.Oh_My_Gods_

#10 in my Let me count the ways challenge

#40 in my YA reading challenge 2013
#12 in my 150+ Reading Challenge 2013

 
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Name: Surrender(Haunting Emma #3)
Author: Lee Nichols
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy

Rating: 
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After a devastating battle at headquarters in New York, the ghostkeeping world is in shambles. When Emma and Bennett return home, they are determined to defeat the wraithmaster, Neos, forever. But it's not going to be easy. Bennett's parents kick him out when they realize he is still using drugs to enhance his powers. Emma is convinced her aunt has come back from the dead to warn her of a new threat. And worst of all, Neos is using wraiths to possess the students at Thatcher Academy. If the ghosts manage to take over the entire school, even Emma won't be strong enough to stop them. But if either she or Bennett sacrifice his or her powers, they might be able to save the ghostkeeping world once and for all-and break the "ghostkeepers lose their powers when they fall in love" curse. The question is: who will be the one to surrender all power?

Fast-paced and romantic, this conclusion to the Haunting Emma trilogy will thrill readers as it brings the ghostly mystery to a close.

(goodreads)
 

REVIEW:  
This is the last book of the series and I thought it was a good finish. All through out the book I kept wondering what in the world Bennett was going to do with all the powers he got. I had to admit that I was QUITE surprised of the ending outcome. I thought he was going to be all selfish, but....I was wrong. All through out the book I was pretty mad at him, he was never there when Emma needed him the most. I did cry when she had to dispel the professor ghost and Coby. That was quite sad. Anyways, overall a pretty good book, a good ending, and a good series!
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Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10578952-surrender



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