A love beyond life...a danger beyond doubt.
In a romantic and suspenseful collection of the New York Times bestselling trilogy, love's unbreakable bonds are put to the test. When her boyfriend, Tristan, died, Ivy thought she'd lost everything, even her faith in angels.
But now she's discovered that he's her guardian angel - his presence so strong that she can feel the touch of his hand, the beat of his heart. Ivy needs Tristan now more than ever because he knows she's in terrible danger.
Only Ivy's guardian angel can save her now that his killer is after her. But if Tristan rescues Ivy, his mission on earth will be finished, and he must leave her behind forever. Will saving Ivy mean losing her just when he's finally reached her again?
Kissed by an Angel, begins with somewhat with a prologue involving a tragic event. The readers are then introduced to the story of Tristan's, the star swimmer of the school and Ivy's blossoming love story. I really love how the author developed their love story, the many sweet and romantic moments and how their love came to be. The book was written in first person which means there could be little explained about feelings of each individual character but I really felt the connection between Ivy and Tristan and could imagine their feelings.
A large number of characters are introduced and each one of them are memorable. Even Ivy's cat Ella had personality! It's great that relationships were built among the many characters in Kissed by an Angel unlike books where the main character usually has one or two best friends and the story only focuses on the main two characters with the others usually there just to move the story along.
The author also created an interesting premise of guardian angels. Tristan meets Lacey Lovitt, also an angel, and his angel 'powers' were gained and learned and not just 'obtained'. We go through the trials of his learning and his frustration at not being able to reach Ivy and tell her she is in danger.
The book was really suspenseful regarding Tristan's death as being not just an accident. The many characters also meant a few suspects which kept me guessing at who the culprit was. The murderer was very well disguised, in the murderer's scenes, you don't know whether this person is playing around, showing true feelings or trying to strike.
The ending was bittersweet but fit nicely. A really enjoyable book (it made the half hour stay at the train station fly by, when usually I'd be painfully watching the time)
*There are four levels:
--The Mini YA Reading Challenge - Read 12 Young Adult novels.
--Just My Size YA Reading Challenge - Read 25 Young Adult novels.
--Stepping It Up YA Reading Challenge - Read 50 Young Adult novels.
--Super Size Me YA Reading Challenge - Read 75 Young Adult novels.
*Audio, eBooks, paper all count.
*Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010
The sign up is at J Kaye's Book Blog
I'll be aiming for Just My Size - 25 YA novels! I'll be choosing books to read randomly as I go.
1. The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen - Completed 6th May
2.Old Magic by Marianne Curley - Completed 25th May
3. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard - Completed 23rd June
4. Flawless by Sara Shepard - Completed 26th June
5. Perfect by Sara Shepard - Completed 3rd July
6. Unbelievable by Sara Shepard - Completed 7th July
7. Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt - Completed 9th July
8. Wicked by Sara Shepard - Completed 10th July
9. Killer by Sara Shepard - Completed 13th July
10. Heartless by Sara Shepard
11. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel - Completed 24th July
12. Shadowland by Alyson Noel - Completed 2nd August
13. Dark Flame by Alyson Noel - Completed 5th August
14. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh - Completed 8th October
15. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Quite disappointing for me because the characters were not the ones I got to know in Book 1 and 2. The ending was okay because I guess the book being a dystopian was not likely to head for a very happy ending.
16. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han - Completed 4th December
Got me seriously hooked on contemporary/coming of age genre. Loved it!
17. It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han - Completed 5th December
Explores the love triangle. I never thought I would switch ships but I have!
18. Alanna The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce - Completed 6th December
Excellent adventure book. Not so good with the fighting scenes but the journey and reading about Alanna grow up was the highlight.
19. The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe by CS Lewis
I gave the series a try since the new Narnia trailer looked so epic. I didn't really like the book. I felt disconnected with the characters and couldn't care less what happened to them!
20. Forever by Judy Blume - Completed 10th December
Not much of a plot for this one but quite informative about the issue of sex.
21. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Addictive! The chemistry between Alex and Brittany was sizzling!
22. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
As awesome as the first. Loved the buildup of the relationship between Carlos and Kiara!!!
23. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore - Completed 16th December
24. The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher - Completed 17th December
25. Shug by Jenny Han
The Friday 56 is an event hosted by Story Time with Tonya and Friends
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Story Time with Tonya and Friends
*Post a link along with your post back to Story Time with Tonya and Friends
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
That's the advice of twelve-year-old Ariella Montero, who lives with her father in Saratoga Springs, New York, in a house haunted more by secrets than by memories. The Society of S traces her journey south, to Asheville and Savannah, and on to
Hannah Cheshire leads a privileged life in London, with fine clothes, servants and a handsome tutor. Then one day her father disappears and she is left to fend for herself. Not equipped for the real world she ends up penniless, and sentenced to transportation to the colonies for a crime she didn t commit...
Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever. When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?
- The Lightning Thief
- The Sea of Monsters
- The Titan's Curse
- The Battle of the Labyrinth
- The Last Olympian
A BookLover's Diary is celebrating over 150 followers, her birthday and Christmas with her first giveaway and it's international! There will be 4 winners with these up for choice:
2. Spellbinder by Helen Stringer (Paperback: ARC edition)
3. The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester (Hardcover)
4. A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb (Paperback)
5. Dreamhunter (Book 1 in the Dreamhunter Duet) by Elizabeth Knox (Paperback)
6. Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda (Hardcover)
8. Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe (Hardcover)
9. My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent (Paperback)
10. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (Hardcover)
11. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (Hardcover)
12. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvator (Hardcover)
13. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Paperback; Movie Tie-in Edition)
15. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Hardcover)
16. Fearless by Max Lucado (Hardcover)
17. Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers (Paperback)
18. One Lonely Degree by C.K. Kelly Martin (Hardcover)
19. I Can See You by Karen Rose (Hardcover)
20. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner (Hardcover)
21. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeiffer (Paperback)
22. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Hardcover)
23. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (Paperback)
24. How to Catch and Keep a Vampire by Diana Laurence (Paperback)
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead.
There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard: the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer; a gravestone entrance that leads to the city of ghouls; friendship with a witch, and so much more, But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod's family.
The only other Neil Gaiman book I read was Coraline. I picked up The Graveyard Book when I saw it listed on 2009 Teens' Top 10 on ALA.org.
I really enjoyed this book! Each chapter represented a period of Nobody Owens' life from a baby to 15 years of age. Each chapter is also like a mini-adventure and tied into all these chapters is the main plot where The Man Jack tries to finish what he started. The illustrations by Chris Riddell at the beginning of each chapter and on the front cover really set the mood.
The story was planned out really well, every single chapter had a bit of foreshadowing and use for the next chapters. There was a large range of characters who are memorable, my favourites being Liza Hempstock who starts of sounding like a terrible and wicked witch but turns out you cannot always trust what you hear, and of course, Bod. I really did not want Nobody Owens' story to end (to continue but not being able to read about it)! I would have cried but my eyes are dry staying up late reading it!
This book is one that will touch your heart! It's a blend of mystery, horror, action, friendship, love.
There's a movie planned for 2011! I wonder whether it's cartoon or live adaption? Nevertheless, I'm anticipating it!
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights anticipated upcoming releases.
A prodigal son A dangerous love A deadly secret . . .I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.
As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul. - Synopsis from Author's website
After reading the sneak peak, I just knew I had to read the rest! There was already mystery behind Daniel, Grace and Jude's past. I like what interactions between Grace and Daniel happened so far and the overall atmosphere. I also like the inclusion of parents which seem to be wiped out (as in passed away, long distance away or just not there) in many novels I've read.
I pre-ordered a copy at The Book Depository and cannot wait until December 22!
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
From Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book:
Picked up Graceling by Kristin Cashore on Friday which I placed a hold for!
The cover is more amazing than the picture on the right! I'm sure the storywill be amazing too!
Read so many good things around the blogosphere about this so I'm super excited to get stuck into it.
I only check out about 6 books per 3 week period but hopefully that's going to change once exams are over as I'll have everyday to read and have more frequent library loot posts!
Your books, music and art - banned by the New Order.
You are holding an urgent and vital narrative that reveals the forbidden truth about these perilous times.
This is the astonishing testimonial of Whit and Wisty Allgood, brother and sister who were torn from their family in the middle of the night, slammed into prison, and accused of being a witch and wizard.
They are not alone in their terrifying predicament. Thousands of young people have been kidnapped; some have been accused; many others remain missing. Their fate is unknown, and the worst is feared - for the ruling regime will stop at nothing to suppress life and liberty, music and books, art and magic ... and the pursuit of being a normal teenager.
Most copies of this story have already been seized, shredded, or burned. Read this rare surviving edition and pass it along with care - before it's too late.
I love the cover especially the bright colours against the blue! The blurb also sounds amazing especially the last sentence!
Falling for the fallen...
I knew the names of all my classmates...except one. The transfer... He sat slouched one desk back, cool black eyes holding a steady gaze forward... His eyes sliced into me and the corners of his mouth tilted up. My heart fumbled a beat and, in that pause, a feeling of gloomy darkness seemed to slide like a shadow over me. It vanished in an instant, but I was still staring at him. His smile wasn't friendly, It was a smile that spelled trouble. With a promise.
I pre-ordered this on August 31, that shows how excited I was for this book. I had high expectations mostly due to the reviews I read. I really wanted to love this book and get sucked in but that wasn't the case, sadly. This book was a page-turner but for me, it was mainly due to the fact that I expected it to turn a different path.
Vee, Nora's bestie was the most annoying character I've ever come across due to her sexual jokes and bad decisions which lead to Nora worrying over her and putting herself in danger. But I guess that was needed to move the story along. The mysterious Patch, Nora's biology class partner, well, he's a character who you either like or dislike. I fell into the latter. He is too stalkerish (he appears in places where Nora happens to be, of which includes an empty underground route), arrogant and cocky, in my opinion. Nora's feelings for him kind of came out of the blue one night, which was a surprise to me after she rambles on how much he scares her throughout the book. I felt the romance was not developed enough, it was so sudden. It seemed she liked the danger of being with a bad boy and not Patch and his inner person/personality.
A redeeming point is that the mystery in this book was really great. I got a sense of fear when it came to a mysterious guy in the ski mask who stalks Nora. Questions pester you to be answered. Who is behind the mask? Why is she being followed? Suspense was weaved into the whole book and the last 50 or so pages kept me turning non-stop. The action scenes were few but they were written really well that I could picture the situations clearly, especially the climax scene towards the end.
Overall, this is quite a good quick read.