Where The Wolves Read

A blog where I review mostly books. I also review, if my appetite allows, movies, music, and video games. Enjoy the feast!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler

Summary: Missy didn't mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in fromt of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting dome comfort? Sure, most people don't find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was...different.

That's why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy weilds a new kind of blade - a big, brutal sword taht can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it's with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.

Review: I always seem to end up speechless after I finish one of Jackie's books. This one was especially difficult for me to read. Missy is another broken character to has to use War to deal with her problems. This is the only book that hit me so hard I actually had to close it and push it away for a whole day. Don't let that keep you from reading it! Rage was incredible. Rage does something else that a lot of books about self-harm doesn't do. It shows you how horrible kids in school can be. They all assume that Missy is a cutter, but none except Adam knows the truth. They call her "emo" and other foul names to make her feel bad. Unfortuanately at the party everyone finds out the truth. One of the text messages she got from someone after the party was what made my heart break. I won't say what it said, but it definitely crossed a line and when I saw it I just wanted to jump into the book and hold Missy. This is another story where the presence of a male companion isn't necessary for Missy to cope which is always nice to read. Another thing I liked was Missy's best friend Erica. She stayed with Missy and tried to help. That's a wonderful feeling. To know that there are people out there who won't run away and leave you to deal with stuff on your own. Another fabulous book.

5 howls

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

Summary: Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she's been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Hosemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa the freedom to hide from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power - and the courage to battle her own inner demons?

Review: I've seen a couple of reviews around the blogger community and I wanted to check them out. I'm so glad I did. First off, there are a lot of books about eating disorders out there and it is a tough topic to write about so props to Jackie for being able to write such a wonderful novel. This is the first book I've read about eating disorders where the main character has at least one friend she doesn't have to keep her secret from because that friend is Bulimic. I like the addition of sick secondary characters because you can see the internal battle going on inside of Lisa as she keeps comparing herself to others. And the Thin Voice? I think we all have that going on. It might not be a Thin Voice telling us we're fat and we need to stop eating, but it's definitely another voice repeating all of our flaws to us so we hate ourselves. Another thing I loved about this book was Lisa didn't rely on her boyfriend to help her with her problem so she had to look deep down inside herself to find the strength needed to overcome her issues. This book was absolutely fantastic and I'm so glad I was able to pick it up and read it.

4.5 howls

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Summary: In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Review: This is another book I can't believe I just haven't read yet. I liked how different it was from most YA paranormal stories. Instead of the teenage girl finding out she's part-whatever and has to deal without the help of her parents, Clara only knows she's part-angel because her mom told her. Another thing I like is the summary on the flap clearly states how Christian is this super important male character so the natural assumption is that Clara will fall in love with him, but Tucker also has a fighting chance which is awesome. I'm hoping to read some really great scenes with both guys so we can see the strengths and weaknesses of both. And the big twist at the end? Oh I can't even spill on that. It was pretty amazing. I am very much looking forward to Cynthia's next book.

5 howls

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Summary: Grace Divine—daughter of the local pastor—always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood.

Now that Daniel's returned, Grace must choose between her growing attraction to him and her loyalty to her brother.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, she learns the truth about that mysterious night and how to save the ones she loves, but it might cost her the one thing she cherishes most: her soul.

Review: After some constant pushing I finally got around to buying this book. Then, after many other books, I finally got around to reading it. This is one of the instances where I have to call myself an idiot for waiting around this long. The story this book provided was fantastic and the characters were great. I definitely had a bit of a thing for Jude. I liked that the characters were preacher kids. I know a few of those and it's always interesting seeing bits of them in characters you read about. I thought Grace was very likable, but I did feel bad for Jude. He might be my favorite. And the end? Oh wow. I felt even worse for Jude then. I don't want to say much more for fear of spoilers, but definitely check out this book. Now I have to get the money to buy The Lost Saint.

5 howls

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

Summary: There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.
Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction?

Review: Carrie's books were the first to really get me into zombie fiction. Now it's like a drug and I want to read as much as I can so I can see how other people use these creatures in their stories. My heart hurts now that this series is over, but what a way to end it. I have been waiting for Annah's story since the end of The Dead-Tossed Waves. The story was so good. I was with the characters when they were about to give up hope. In a world like this there doesn't seem to be much more of an option. I absolutely related to Annah more than any other character and I was so happy when everyone came together. It was rough for them all to get used to the idea of forgiveness, but they got the hang of it eventually. Such a beautiful story and I will most certainly be re-reading these books in the future. I am very excited for whatever Carrie has waiting for us to sink into next.

5 howls