Joshlyn Weaver has always lived with a big secret. Ordinary kids spend their free time going to the movies, hanging out with friends, and searching on the internet. But for her, an evening at home usually means entering people's dreams. For many generations, her family has been part of a very powerful and very secretive society of dream walkers. Tasked with the responsibility of lowering the world's general anxiety — which only leads to war and strife in the waking world — their job has always been to stop nightmares before they go too far. By stopping nightmares while sleeping, they help to stop nightmares in real life. But when an ancient feud within the dream walker society resurfaces right when a seemingly unconnected series of very strange and very scary events start occurring during her dream walks, Josh finds herself in a race against time. The one true dream walker has never been known. Could she be the one?
First Line:"The sewer wasn't the worst place for a nightmare, Josh Weaver admitted to herself as she fumbled with the boxy, rose-gold lighter in her hand."
Review: Dreamfire was centered around well...dreams. Nightmares to be exact. There is a hidden society of people who call themselves Dreamwalkers that literally have access to enter into peoples nightmares and help resolve it.
I found the whole concept of Dreamwalkers very interesting but I do have to admit that because of the in-depth sometimes tedious explanations of dream walking and dream theories the book dragged quite a bit, even with all the action scenes in the nightmares. Luckily I stuck to it because it picked up about half way through and I couldn't put it down after that.
As far as the main character Joshlyn goes she was very gifted at what she did. Her skills in resolving nightmares is unheard of in the dream walking community. Joshlyn is living with a lot of guilt over the death of her boyfriend in which she blames herself for his death, so of course she doesn't know how to handle her new found feelings for her apprentice Will. Their romance was slow building which is realistic, unfortunately I didn't find any of the moments shared between them swoon worthy and maybe that had something to do with the fact that Will was just Will, there was nothing that made him standout to me. Anyways back to Joshlyn, I did find that there was quite a few times she acted before she thought her actions through which led to some pretty severe consequences to the people she loved and cared for so I didn't really like that about her but the girl was loyal and it was easy to feel her pain which made me easily sympathize for her.
There are a couple of secondary characters that stood out to me. One was Windsor, Josh's best friend. I honestly hated her, she did something that no real best friend would do and I don't know how Josh tolerated her. Another character who I thought was just plain creepy until we learned the truth about him was Haley. He was the twin brother of Josh's ex and once we learn about his gift I found him to be one of the more interesting characters in the book.
Overall even though the book starts of slow I'm glad I stuck with it.
~"What do you want from me?"-Josh -"So much more than you want to give me."- Will
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control. But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
First Line:"I hate First Friday"
Review: I don't even know where to begin with this review. Red Queen was incredible and anyone who hasn't read it yet needs to go and do so right now.
The book is a dystopian fantasy with two main groups of people. The Reds and the Silvers. The Reds have no real value they are powerless and subject to the Silvers cruelty. Silvers on the other hand have these Xmen-esque type powers and they are considered to be like gods who live in full luxury. With a revolution on the rise and a simple Red girl somehow having powers that only Silvers should possess things get really interesting pretty quick.
Mare Barrow's life is already screwed up just by being a Red but once the royal family discovers she has powers that they can't explain away, they give her a new identity as a Silver and she either goes along with the charade or they kill her. I loved Mare, she gets thrown into a world she knows nothing about, she is in constant danger from discovery of her true identity and to top it all off she meets two princes both seeking her affection. Yes there is a love triangle of sorts but luckily it all gets nipped in the bud so don't let that stop you from reading Red Queen.
All the key characters were very well developed and even the villains were complex. There was so much betrayal and manipulation and holy crap that plot twist! When you thought things couldn't get any more intense...it did. Just when you thought you had a character figured out...they would somehow surprise you. I think the quote that can sum up Red Queen would be...
"Anyone can betray anyone."
The world created by Aveyard was cruel and beautiful all at once. If your looking for an addictive read that is full of action and a real page turner I highly recommend picking up Red Queen.
~"They've spent so long at the top, protected and isolated. that they've forgotten they can fall." ~"The gods rule us still. They have come down the stars. And they are no longer kind." ~"In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don't know if I'll ever smile again."
A thrilling retelling of the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series. In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born. Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona… …And will rewrite all their fates, forever.
First Line:"I stood in the dark corner of my enemy's house, and thought of murder."
Review: I had no real expectations going into Prince of Shadows, I know the author is popular but I've never read any of her books and Romeo and Juliet is a tale that I have a love hate relationship with so with all that said I was surprised with how much I loved it.
First and foremost I went in thinking the book was going to be filled with some hot and heavy romance between Rosaline and Benvolio but there wasn't much romance at least not until more towards the end. The book instead focused on Benvolio the Prince of Shadows the most notorious thief in Verona and everything was told from his perspective.
It's written in the same timeline as Romeo and Juliet with a whole bunch of new things and a few new faces that we never heard of in the original tale by Shakespeare. You really get to see how childish and immature Romeo can be from Benvolios perspective and speaking of our main character I loved him, by far one of the more interesting male point of views I have read in a long time.
I really enjoyed Caine's take, for example the infamous line "A curse on both your houses" in Prince of Shadows not only was there a curse but there was a witch involved as well and we see the curse truly play out to the end even after Romeo and Juliet's demise, the curse continues and it falls on Benvolio and Rosaline to end it. Also we get a more detailed understanding of some of the key players such as Tybalt and Mercutio and a few others.
Overall an excellent read and I loved the story of Benvolio and Rosaline.
~"Dead men did not haunt me so much as Rosaline's smile"-Benvolio ~"I hadn't known I had innocence left in me until I'd felt it die"-Benvolio
From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore. For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation. But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon. Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...