Archive | February, 2016

Demon Princess by Kassandra Lynn

28 Feb

demonprincessDemon Princess
By Kassandra Lynn

Series: Demon Kingdom Fairy Tales
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: December 21, 2015

Dad’s missing. Adriana is about to be crowned.  She’s the Demon Princess, raised in royalty, expecting to be obeyed. Then a man of Savior Blood calls her as his Summon Beast.  Adriana, a princess and a demon, bound to young lout to serve him.

Even though her body obeys his commands, Adriana is still the princess, now in hiding.  Aldric’s commands to help someone force her to help but Adriana can still think and twist the commands to cause a little havoc herself. She wisely decides she does not want to share who or what she is to a person that treats her worse than a servant.  But Aldric’s cousin and roommate, Keldrin, sees her as a person.  He is perhaps the only one to do so but he is one of the strongest of the Savior Blood.  And Savior Blood is the mortal enemy of demons.

Adriana is pushed to hide who she is while searching for a way to break the bond that holds her to Aldric.  At the same time, she and Keldrin become closer but, like Romeo and Juliet, it is not meant to be.  Will Keldrin find out what she is?  Will it matter?

The book was fun, face-paced but the key is the voice of Adriana who is always herself.  She doesn’t bend and she doesn’t break but she’s not evil throughout.  So what is she really?

Recommended: Grades 6 & up

(Received free from NetGalley in return for an honest review.)

 

God Is in the Pancakes by Robin Epstein

18 Feb

godisinthepancakesGod Is in the Pancakes
By: Robin Epstein

Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: May, 2010

Audio Book: Listening Library

Ready for a new audio book and I randomly choose this from the Library’s Overdrive system.  The narrator was a little high pitched and I worried that I wouldn’t get into the book or the various voices wouldn’t be distinguished.  But, the narrator handled all that and more.

15 year old Grace is dealing with feelings towards her best friend, Eric.  Her father left almost a year before, her mother is still mad and her sister is dating a creep.  But her part-time job helping at the local nursing home brings her to Mr. Sands.  Mr. Sands is funny, sarcastic, intelligent and dying horribly.  When he asks Grace to help him die painlessly, Grace faces the hardest issue of her life.  And her decision may surprise you.

The book is real and feels like a true teenager decision.

Recommend: Grades 8 & up

 

Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari

15 Feb

  Fourth World

By Lyssa Chiavari

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publication Date: December 29, 2015

Isaak lives on Mars with his mother and little sister.  His dad disappeared and his mother thinks it was to leave her.  Isaak misses his father and has a coin that he gave him.  Isaak’s on a field trip to an archeological dig sees an archway that matches what’s on his father’s coin.  Exactly matches his coin.  Isaak and his friends start working at the dig and trying to learn more about the arch.  But the government does not want him there.  Just what is the government hiding?

A whole lot!  In a race to escape from the government officials chasing him, Isaak activates one of the arches and travels to another planet at a another time.  In the new world, Isaak discovers even more government control.  How big is this secret and how can the two societies survive?  Is it even a new world?  Where and when is Isaak and how can he get home?

This is a fun story that moves along with teen relationships, mysteries, and big controlling governments.  The ending may surprise you!  The first in a trilogy.

Highly Recommended: Grades 6+

The Holders by Julianna Scott

7 Feb

theholdersThe Holders

By: Julianna Scott

Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publication Date: March 5, 2013

One of the interesting things (and there are many) of converting your library from alphabetically by author’s last name to genres is what you discover when you take every book off the shelf.

In this case, this book caught my eye.  I had already touched it and slapped a sticker on it for Fantasy because the blurb said something about powers.  But then I decided to take it home and read it.

Seventeen year old Becca is the number one protector of her ten year old brother, Ryland.  Her mother does not seem to have the energy to do it.  Becca is a prodigy without a direction.  She graduated high school at 15 but works as a waitress because she doesn’t want to leave Ry.  When two men come from her despised father in Ireland to take Ryland there, Becca will only allow it if she joins him for a short period.  The special school and the secret group with special powers is only the start.  The young man named Alex is both soothing and annoying.  Ryland takes to the place like a duck to water.  So where does that leave Becca, his protector?  And, despite her best efforts, Becca is falling for Alex.  But when the secret group decide to test Ryland to see if he has the foreshadowed fable powers to defeat the dark, everything goes awry.  What is Becca’s role and where does Alex fit in?

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale.  As I started reading I realized I need to change the genre to Science Fiction.  And I am changing it’s genre designation to Romance.  Because despite all of the science fiction-ish stuff, it’s the relationships that move the story along.  And they are really lovely relationships.

Recommended: Grades 6 & up