Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review Quickies!

Earlier this year I became a reading ninja! I digested one novel after the other, faster than I could review them. But I don't want these books to go forgotten, so I decided to do some quick reviews for the following two novels and catch up on my review list.

Title: Let the Sky Fall
Author: Shannon Messenger
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon/The Book Depository

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Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

This novel took me by surprise on how engaging it was.  Though Vane was truly an annoying and whinny male protagonist, I enjoyed his growth through the novel as he learned who and what he was with Audra's help. 

This is my first paranormal YA involving elementals, but it was easy to follow the author's vision.  Essentially, it had all the elements in a YA paranormal romance that I love.  Great chemistry between both Vane and Audra, exciting action packed plot, and a riveting story that kept me engaged from beginning to end. 

Title: A Certain Slant of Light
Author: Laura Whitcomb
Publisher: Graphia
Release Date: September 1, 2005

Source: Author/
Purchase: Amazon/The Book Depository

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In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen--terrified, but intrigued--is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

 How do a ghost and human man fall in love? 

 The book blurb had me hooked and curious. This novel did not disappoint. It was dark, emotional and beautifully written. Completely unpredictable, I was on the edge of my seat for most of this story as both of these unforgettable characters hoped to find redemption for past perceived sins. Deep and heartbreaking, this haunting romance was incredibly original, engaging and will stay with me for some time.


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