Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy, Book 1) Author: Annabell Cadiz Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural Published: January 31, 2013 - TODAY!
Synopsis: Have you ever wondered what could be hiding in the shadows?
Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom.
Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls.
Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.
Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.
Normal just got a deadlier definition.
The fairy moved slowly, his eyes roaming the park for movement. He sniffed the air as the breeze wafted through the bushes then turned his attention sharply back to the bushes. Zahara jumped back to her feet to steer him away from Becca and took off running. The fairy ran after her, moving so fast Becca thought he could merge with the wind. She let out a long breath and stumbled out of the bushes, knowing her best friend couldn’t fight him alone.
Zahara just ran, trying to find a place to hide and catch her breath, but seeing none. She staggered forward as the wind pushed her from behind and was suddenly gripped by the neck by a hand composed of pure muscle. The fairy threw her onto the ground and raked his nails across Zahara’s face. Zahara managed to cover her face with her arms, and cried out as she felt the skin ripping open.
“Hey! Get the hell away from my best friend, you demon, tree-hugging bastard!” Becca yelled and rammed herself into him. She fell to the ground with the fairy and drove the dagger into his side as hard as she could. She flipped herself up off the fairy and jumped back to her feet, standing hunched forward with her muscles locked as the fairy stood.
He removed the dagger from his side and threw it onto the ground, eyeing Becca with a hard glare. Zahara aimed another arrow at him, but the fairy swung his arm out, throwing Zahara into the air with the strength of his power. He pounced on Becca, who managed to dodge him and stay on her feet. She eyed the dagger quickly, trying to measure how far she would have to jump to retrieve it. The fairy moved toward her and Becca leapt, except she couldn’t move. Her arms and legs were as rigid as an iron board. She couldn’t even blink.
The fairy curled his lips into a wicked smile and grabbed her hair, yanking her head back forcibly and bringing his lips to hers. Becca tried to close her eyes. If she closed her eyes than he wouldn’t be able to steal her memories or her dreams, but she couldn’t make her eyes listen. Her brain was sending out a loud warning signal, but nothing was happening. The fairy opened his mouth slightly and inhaled deeply. Becca saw the memory before it left her. It was the one where she had gone to the Father-Daughter Dance at church with her dad the year before. She could feel the memory fading, her dad’s smile and warm arms around her disappearing into darkness, as the memory was sucked out through her lips, a thick layer of blue, corporeal energy, before being transferred into the fairy’s mouth. Becca could feel tears streaming down the side of her face.
Zahara got onto her knees, and wavered back and forth as she tried to shake the pain out of her head. She grabbed another arrow from the canister strapped across her shoulders and aimed for the fairy. She blinked a few times, since her vision was still out of focus, shifting between seeing Becca and seeing a blurry version of her. She shut her eyes tightly and opened them again, staring intently at the fairy, and shot off the arrow. The arrow bounced off some kind of shield the fairy had put into place.
Zahara growled underneath her breath and took off running toward Becca and the fairy. She could see the blue stream of energy escaping Becca’s lips and felt her heart pounding in her veins as she roared and launched herself at the shield. The fairy paid no heed to Zahara’s attempt to save her best friend. Zahara pounded her fist against the invisible shield. She stepped back, breathing hard, and stabbed one of the arrows into the shield as hard as she could. The shield cracked and burst open as the tip of the arrow set itself on fire.
The fairy hissed at Zahara and threw Becca onto the ground. Zahara tried to aim the arrow at the fairy, but was once again thrown back by his power. Zahara lifted her head and grabbed the bow. She tried to get to her knees—every muscle in her body protesting—so she could aim another arrow, but the fairy threw her back again. Zahara cursed under her breath as her bow flew out of her hand and she was smacked into the back of a bench.
Zahara looked up toward the fairy, feeling behind her back for another arrow, but finding none. She cursed under her breath again. She had forgotten to restock them after training. The fairy was moving with slow steps, his eyes blazing in triumph as he neared her. He was enjoying having finally worn out his prey and Zahara scowled at him.
Suddenly, the fairy turned his head sharply to the right and another figure emerged. Zahara’s shoulders slumped back. She could not handle fighting off two of them; she wasn’t even sure how to defend herself against one of them without any kind of weapon. But Zahara realized the fairy wasn’t moving anymore. He was crouched forward and his hands were in fists. Zahara looked at the new figure and cringed. It was Rekesh. His skin revealed his true nature as he slid off the glamour and the moonlight caressed his bare neck and face, turning his skin silver.
Rekesh was an Imago, a creature born of a mermaid and the fallen angel Kutiel. He could move ten times faster than any human and had the strength to rip a human apart with his bare hands. During the day, he looked like an ordinary person but at night, in the moments Rekesh dropped the glamour of magic, his skin would turn silver because of the power of the moon. The moon controlled the ocean and since his ancestry connected to the water, when nightfall came, his strength increased, and so would his power to control the element of water, if he had not been exiled from the Celeste Kingdom. Rekesh, like any Imago exiled, was stripped of his elemental power, but that did not make any less dangerous.
“You have one chance to make this easy for yourself,” the Imago spoke out. He had his hands placed behind his back, eyeing the fairy with patience as if he were training a puppy.
Zahara used the back of the bench to help her rise slowly to her feet, keeping her eyes on the fairy and Rekesh.
“This does not concern you, Moonlighter,” the fairy spat.
“Attacking humans is against the law, Pixie,” Rekesh said. He had not moved. His demeanor was as relaxed as when he had first stepped into the battle.
The fairy curled his lip at the last word. “You are no longer part of the Royal Court. I do not answer to you.”
Zahara inched toward her bow, which was stuck in a bush twenty feet from where she stood.
“You are in my domain. Any supernatural creature caught attacking humans will be captured and returned to the Kingdom from which you were exiled for sentencing. Now, I can see you will not make this easy for yourself, so I suggest enough of the idle pleasantries,” Rekesh said, before he launched himself toward the fairy so fast Zahara barely had time to take a breath.
Zahara took off running as Rekesh and the fairy fought, moving with the wind. She could hear the thundering of fists and the cracking of broken bones, but could not see them. She didn’t care. She ran to Becca, determined to get them out of there before either one of the supernatural creatures had time to recover.
About the author:
Annabell Cadiz was born in the sweltering heat of South Florida. She was raised surrounded by Puerto Rican chefs and band of siblings that weren’t all related to her. A self-proclaimed nerd and book-a-holic (her room does hold much evidence to prove her claims are justifiable), she created TeamNerd Reviews to showcase her EXTREME love for novels where, along with her best friend, Bridget Strahin, she hosts book reviews, interviews, giveaways, Indie Shoutouts and much more. She also blog tour services for authors. She also had the pleasure of being published in three separate issue of Suspense Magazine. She also adores Cinnamon Teddy Grahams, has an addiction to Minute Maid Orange juice, and is a proud Jesus Freak. Lucifer is the first book in the Sons of Old Trilogy.
Source: eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Theme song: Book Description:
This book is set in 1923 and tells the story of Jade Moon, a 17-year-old Chinese girl. Jade is stubborn and bold. She can't fill her family's expectations - they want to marry her off, but nobody wants to marry a girl like her. She is sick of the unfair treatment she gets only because of her being a woman.
When Sterling Promise, a young man, comes to their village to offer her father to immigrate with him to America, Jade Moon knows that this is the opportunity of her life. She has heard a lot about America - a country of freedom, of new beginnings. But getting into America is not easy. She has to sacrifice her identity and to pretend to be a man. Can she do that? Will she find real freedom?
This book wasn't a typical historical fiction book at all. I always picture those books as long and heavy, filled with details and historical facts. I usually don't read this genre, so this book was a little bit out of my comfort zone. I am so glad I have decided to read it. I loved almost everything about it!
I'll start with Jade Moon, the main character. Jade Moon was a lot like Katniss from the Hunger Games. They both have the same personality - they both are stubborn, bold and impulsive. They can't stand receiving unfair treatment. I liked these traits of Jade Moon! I loved how she could stand for herself and how she was ready to take risks. She was also very creative and smart.
This book has a strong feministic massege. In China of these days, women didn't have many rights. Their job in life was to be good, obedient wives and to raise children. They are never being listened to and they don't have a say in any subject. Jade Moon can't fit into this life. Her temper and desires are different. She wants freedom and she wants people to respect and listen to her. She was ready to do anything to prove to the world and to herself that women can be just as good as men.
I really appreciate feminist books. I loved to read about how Jade Moon has managed to achieve her goals, which were considered for men only.
I also loved the romantic part of the book. The romance wasn't the main part of the book, but it existed, and the love story was beautiful. The Chinese believe that you mustn't marry out of love. Love is considered dangerous. But, despite that, Jade Moon is determined to understand what love is all about. She wants to experience love, and at the end she does. I am not going to tell you who she is falling in love with, even though it was quite clear to me from the beginning...
The only thing that annoyed my a little about this book was the plot. The first part of the book was mind blowing. But, from the middle of the book on, the incidents become more and more unrealistic. Some parts didn't make sense at all. (SPOILER ALERT - I mean, how didn't they find out that she is a girl? How could they use a physically small girl as a "hachette"?!)
This book is a combination of The Hunger Games and Graceling. Overall, I loved the idea, the characters and the positive messages of the book. I highly recommend it, especially to teen girls!
Fred, a Native American girl, joins the school's all-boy varsity golf team.
Fred faces a lot of difficulties as the only girl in the group who is also Native American. Her teammates refuse to except her as one of them and laugh at her behind her back. Her rivals doubt her abilities. She is also not as rich as the other white boys in her team - she can't afford any of the expensive equipment required for golf.
Ryan, one of Fred's teammates, has issues of his own too - his parents are never around and he suspects that they don't love each other anymore. They never attend his games and Ryan feels like they don't truly care about him. He also has a girlfriend that he doesn't really love.
When Fred joins the group, Ryan has a reason to hate her as she takes his best friend's place in the team.
But slowly Ryan begins to fall for Fred. Fred, on her side, begins to feel something for Ryan. Can their love work out?
I was really excited to read this book. I knew it is going to be great because of the pretty cover and the interesting blurb. I was searching for something like "Pushing the Limits", one of my favorite books ever, and I found a different but not a lesser book.
The first half of the book was slow paced. The author took a long time to get us familiar with the characters and their life stories. The characters development in this book was great - by half of the book, I felt like I really know the characters in real life.
There were a lot of golf practice and tournaments described to the small details in the beginning, which made me study a lot about golf. Seriously, when I started this book I had no clue about this game, and now I feel like a golf expert XD
The second half of the book felt like a roller coaster - suddenly everything happened at the same time! Surprising plot twists came one after another. I was flipping through the pages like crazy.. lol
The romance between Ryan and Fred took a major part of the book.
Ryan and Fred fell in love with each other very slowly. It took them time to admit their love for each other, and even then - they didn't start making out right away. They were taking everything slowly, waiting for the right moment for everything. I really liked this because it made the romance between them more realistic.
I liked Fred a lot. She was very brave and did things that most girls wouldn't dare to - she joined an all-boy team and ignored the boys' unfair treatment. She definitely showed them who is best!
She also never complains. Her life is tough - she lives in a tiny house, has no cellphone or nice clothes, but instead of whining, she is trying to actually DO something to improve her situation.
The minor characters, and especially Ryan's friends, were brilliant! They definitely made the book for me. I hated them SO MUCH. I felt like slapping them the whole book! How could Ryan stand having these monsters as friends?!?! I wish I could know more about Seth - what is going on in his life? What makes his so cruel?
I HATED Gwyneth. How can a girl be so mean and selfish?! I couldn't help picturing her in my head as Miss Piggy... lol
Everything was well built in this book - the plot, the characters, the romance. It is highly recommended to anyone, and especially to contemporary romance addicts like me.
The Climb by Miley Cyrus (cover by Megan and Liz)
17-years-old Taylor's father finds out that he is ill and that he has only a few months left to live. This is why her parents decide to spend their last summer together in their old summer house. They haven't been there for 5 years, and Taylor is not happy at all about coming back. During these years, Taylor was trying to forget her old summer best friend and boyfriend. They used to spend great summers together, but she has made a mistake, a mistake that the two of them still don't forgive.
In this summer Taylor gets to learn a lot about herself and her family. She learns how to face difficulties instead of running away. Taylor learns that with the help of her family and friends, she is strong enough to deal with anything.
I love this book so much.
Because of the cover and the synopsis, I thought that this book is going to be just another easy summer read - sunny days, warm beaches and a sweet love story. Nothing more than that. I had no idea how deep, sad and tragic this book is.
This is why I warn you now - this book is a complete tearjerker. Everything about it, from the very first chapter, is heart-smashing. I was on the verge of tears during most of the book, and it's really hard no to be. Taylor is facing everyone's biggest fears - her father is on the verge of death, and she can't do anything to help. My heart hurts every time I think of what Taylor and her family have been through.
Taylor is a great main character. She was very realistic and very easy to identify with - her thoughts and feelings were a lot like mine, and like every other teenager's.
She was very sensitive, and changed a lot during the book. She was very strong, and with the help of friends and family surrounding her, she has managed to deal with some really horrible situations.
The romance in this book was beautiful The chemistry between Taylor and Henry was perfect. He understood her in a way nobody else could and helped her getting through maybe the hardest time of her life. I love reading about beautiful couples and dreaming that when I grow up, I will have this kind of relationship with someone...
I chose "The Climb" as the book's theme song because Taylor is facing troubles, but doesn't let them knock her down. She is climbing, trying to make it to a better place. She is optimistic and has hope.
Bottom line: A beautiful, heart-smashing story about the importance of family and friends, and how they help you overcome tragedies with support and love.
Recommended if you loved: The Last Song, Fixing Delilah and books by Sarah Dessen.
Aria, Emily, Hannah and Spencer are trying to continue their lives three year after the mysterious disappearance of their best friend Alison. It was in the 7th grade - the had a sleepover, and during it, Alison stormed out and was never seen again.
Each one of these five girls is hiding a secret - a secret that Alison was the only one who knew about. Along with the pain and the grief, the five girls felt relief - their secrets are now safe.
Three years has passed since the disappearance, and the four girls are not friends anymore. They all changed and grew up, and a new year has begun.
Aria is back from two and a half years in Iceland, Emily is a great swimmer, Hannah became thin and pretty and Spencer is a straight-A student.
But then, the four of them begin to receive some really creepy text messages. It seems like someone is watching them and knows all of their secrets. Someone that his name begins with an A.
Wow. I didn't expect to like this book that much!!
First of all, I have to compare the book with the TV series based on it.
I tried to watch the show a year ago, but I couldn't get past the first few episodes. Everybody says it is a great TV series, but I find it a little boring...
This book was so much better than the TV show!!! Reading the book felt completely and utterly different than watching the TV. This whole book was equivalent to the first 3 chapters of the show. From that you can already understand that the TV show is missing a lot of important parts of the plot. I was really surprised to read about the more minor, but still important, things that happened and don't appear in the TV series. I wonder how people can understand this whole difficult plot with so many details missing!
In the book I really got to understand the characters. In the TV show, some of the characters' deeds were hard to understand. In the book, I really got to know the characters' personalities and lives, so I could find sensible reasons to everything they did.
This book was so fun to read!! I really liked the romantic parts, which were a major part of the book. I really love romantic books, so that was a huge plus for me.
This book is very explicit, and it might be considered inappropriate for teens. Personally, I was o.k with that. It actually made me enjoy the book much more... lol
Some parts were really creepy, but in a good way. The ending was great and left me dead curious to continue the series!!!!
The only thing I didn't like about the book was that it was very unrealistic. It seems like the book happens in a whole different world than mine. I mean, the main characters are not much older than me, and the "normal" behavior for them is to make out with their teachers and older guys, drinking lots of alcohol as if there is no age limit, going to extremely wild parties...
I don't know, maybe teens do act like that in some places, but not where I live.
That is also why I chose "die young" as the book's theme song - it is a song about wild parting and bad girls.
Bottom line: A very entertaining read about wild girls dealing with a mysterious disappearance of a friend.
Name of the book: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
My rating: ✰✰✰✰✰
The book's theme song:
A Thousand Years by Christina Perry (cover by Megan & Liz and Paradise Fears)
16-years-old Jacob's grandfather used to tell him stories when he was younger - stories about the orphanage he lived in during world war II.
He said that in this orphanage live unusual children - an invisible boy, a girl who can fly, twins who can lift huge rocks...
When Jacob grew up, he started doubting the stories. He began to believe that these stories are just fairy-tales for young children.
But when his grandfather is murdered by a mysterious monster that is visible only to Jacob, and tells him that "the monsters are back", Jacob has the feeling that something really bad is going on.
He goes on a trip to the island of the orphanage in order to find some sensible answers, but what he finds there is beyond belief.
Now, after *finally* reading this book, I can understand what all the hype is about.
I'll start with the plot - the plot was very unique. It happens in our world, in which supernatural powers are hiding. The plot was fast paced the way I like. Some parts were highly creepy, which I like too - I love horror books very much.
The book also mentioned world war II and the holocaust. Parts of the book happened in this time period, which was very interesting to read about.
This book was also romantic and discussed the question: how can love survive when the two lovers live in a different time era? That's why I selected "A Thousand Years" as the book's theme song.
I also liked the writing a lot. It was an intelligent writing - filled with emotions and humanity.
The book contains a lot of small details. While reading them, they seemed unnecessary, but as I kept reading, I found out that the were all little clues to later twists.
The story in the book is told from a male point of view. Usually, this is a huge draw back for me - I find it hard to connect to books with a male main character. I figured that in most books with a male MC, the MC is insensitive and, in many cases, a little dumb.
But in this book, the male main character, Jacob, really surprised me with his sensitivity, cleverness and intuitions.
It was really great to read the story from a smart male perspective.
Bottom line: This is a unique book, and it seems like a lot of efforts were invested into writing it.
Recommended to: Historical fiction and fantasy lovers.
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Publication Date: January 8th 2013. NEXT WEEK!~!
I simply LOVED Under the Never Sky. It was definitely one of the best books I've read in 2012.
I liked the writing style, the plot and the characters very much, and I eagerly want to know how the plot continues.
A lot of times, sequels to great books are very disappointing. I really hate it, and I was a little afraid it will happen here too. But now, after reading some really nice pre-publication reviews (lucky bloggers ><), I'm very optimistic.
Only 6 more days to wait (:(:
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