Wednesday, December 28, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Teaser Tuesday (4)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading
·         Grab the book your currently reading
·         Open to a random page
·         Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
·         Be careful not to include spoilers
·         Be sure to include the title and author

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anna is descending upon me, coming down the stairs without taking any strides.  Her feet drag horribly along like she can’t use them at all.
Monday, December 26, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Readathon!


Another Readathon if any one wants to join, Click here!
This Readathon extends until January 1st and there are contests and giveaways!  What a great way to finish up the year!  My personal goal is to read 4 books before the end of the year...I would try for more but I have to work too. 
I finished:
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Switched by Amanda Hocking
Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Teaser Tuesday 3


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading
·         Grab the book your currently reading
·         Open to a random page
·         Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
·         Be careful not to include spoilers
·         Be sure to include the title and author




Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
She breathed his breath inhaling him.  Their bodies fit together perfectly, she couldn’t help noticing; in Jessie’s white satin heeled shoes, she was but a little shorter than he was, and had only to tilt her head back slightly to kiss him.

Review: Dreamland by Alyson Noel

Title: Dreamland
Author: Alyson Noel
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: September 2011
Genre: YA
Main Themes: After Life, Dreams, Magic, & Family Ties
Pages: 210
Plot: (From Back of Book)

“The dismal truth of my existence bloomed before me: While I may have excelled at Soul Catching, I was a total failure when it came to having an afterlife. My Social life was even deader than me.  I had no friends.  No hobbies.  No place to go…

Riley’s finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work.  So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a away to contact her sister, Ever.  She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams.  As a dream jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer’s dream, share a message, and participate.  As a dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer.  But dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up.  Thinking it’s her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio.  What she finds is a far cry from a dream.  Can Riley break though the nightmare to reach her sister?”

I was very passionate about The Immortals series and when I came across The Riley Bloom series I was very excited and very curious.  I loved her character in The Immortals; she was always so quirky and entertaining that I knew then that this would be an interesting spin-off. 

I found that Dreamland wasn’t as dreamy as I thought it would be.  It definitely held more than a few nightmares that I wouldn’t want to find myself in!  Compared to Radiance and Shimmer, it was a little darker and lonely.  Overall, it was a great addition to the series.  I’m sure that Alyson Noel knew what she was doing and felt that it was needed for Riley’s character development.

Noel creates an intriguing afterlife in the Here & Now.  The world that she paints is one that is truly wondrous and full of spender and mystery.  Her characters light up the story as they are fun, curious, absorbing, and meddling.  I love that all Alyson Noel’s books are easy reads, her writing has this free flow style to them. 

Riley Bloom is the typical little sister who idolizes her big sister.  Even in the afterlife she still wants to contact her.   But then twelve year old Riley has a few things to learn about the afterlife.  As impatient as this twelve year old can be, she’s always looking for the easy way out or the quick way to do things… and she learns the hard way that she won’t get anywhere with her selfish ways. 

I felt this book earned an A-, as it was darkly forlorn but still wholesomely engrossing.  If you were a fan of Immortals then find out what happened to Riley after she crossed the bridge!

My Rating: 18/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 4
Characters: 4
Writing Style: 5
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Scorpio Races
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: October 2011
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Horses, Mythical Creatures, Romance, Family, & Death
Pages: 404
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)
"It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races.  Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. 

Some riders live.

Others die.

At nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion.  He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different.  She never meant to ride in he Scorpio Races.  But fae hasn't given her much of a choice.  So she enters the competition- the first girl ever to do so.  She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen."


I am a big fan of Maggie Stiefvater and her work.  I adored the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy and I loved Lament and Ballad.  When I found out about The Scorpio Races I was thrilled!  I didn’t even have to know what it was about – I just knew that whatever it was, I would love it too, just as I have loved every book that she has written!

Wow, this book was stunning, astonishing, and truly remarkable!  It was very different from everything else she has had published.  The world she creates on Thisby Island is one that is dangerous and still inviting.  Maggie Stiefvater has a way with developing characters that are so realistic and original, that by the end of the novel you feel as if you’ve known them your whole life.  Oh and her writing style- It’s so lyrical and magical that it will leave you breathless. 

I found that this novel was slow paced and the first half was a build up to the races but I understand why it needed to be this way.  Our main character, Kate aka Puck, had to have the time to learn and train for the races.  I had a lot of respect for Kate; she held on to her values as she was bold, gutsy, and spirited.  As the first and only girl to have ever entered the Scorpio Races, she was strong and persevered through out everyone trying to talk her out of it and telling her she couldn’t do it.  Sean was an intriguing character, a rare and unusual addition to the story that was strange and puzzling.  I found that he baffled me in a peculiar way that I couldn’t get enough of him throughout the tale.  Oh and I can’t forget about the man eating Water Horses- Capaill uisce- I found these creatures to be terrifying, brutal, and vicious.

I want to give this brilliantly unique novel a solid A; for the beautiful and lyrical writing, the heartwarming characters, and the fierce ruthlessness of the water horses.  I would definitely say that if you want something truly new and imaginative to read, then this is the book for you!  But I still would recommend all of her books!

My Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5
Monday, December 19, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Review: The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: August 2010
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Supernatural, Demonology, Orphans, Romance, & London (19th Century)
Pages: 476
Plot: (From Goodreads)

“Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.”


I have read this book before, but I really felt the need to reread it.  With Clockwork Prince being released this month I wanted to make sure I fully recalled all the important details that it held within its bountiful pages.   I could never forget the main story but Cassandra Clare likes to give hints as to what is coming next that you might not catch if you aren’t paying attention.  Therefore I got my refresher and I’m raring to move on to Clockwork Prince!

Clockwork Angel is a great spin off of the Mortal Instruments!  This tale is alluring and elaborate, truly masterful!  As I am a huge fan of the Mortal Instruments Series and I wish I could wipe out my memory to read them new again, I felt that this is my chance to do so.  That guess was spot on!  Even though there are some new and old characters and the world they are living in is SO different, the story that Clare tells is compulsively captivating, richly dark, and brutally unruly.

Cassandra Clare creates beautiful characters that you can relate to and admire.  I know that I could really relate to Tessa.  As I’m sure most readers would agree with me.  Tessa’s passion for reading is obviously something most readers will relate to.  But it is also her shyness and her gumption to be more like the characters from her favorite books.  Then there’s Will and Jem… Oh, how could you not fall for them!  Will is a tortured soul and a lot like Jace from M.I., but he might actually be a little crueler than Jace ever was.  Jem on the other hand is very different from Alec or Simon.  Nothing ever really gets under his skin, everything just washes over him, and he takes it with stride… he’s definitely the nice guy of the story. 

I felt this amazing tale deserved an A-, as it holds the beginning of a remarkably dark and enchanting story!  If you are a fan of Cassandra Clare and haven’t started this series- then you need to!  If you haven’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s novels yet- then you have to go pick one up and start it!  I promise you will be running back to the store to buy the next one!

My Rating: 19/20
Originality: 4
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5



Saturday, December 3, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

December's Bookshelf

This month I'm attempting:

1. Dreamland by Alyson Noel
2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
3. Switched by Amanda Hocking
4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
5. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake
6. Dark Seeker by Taryn Browning
7. Chime by Franny Billingsley
8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
9. Supernaturally by Kiersten White
10. The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Holiday #Readathon


Well I have had a lot going on lately!  I came across this Readathon and thought what a great way to kick off getting back into my reading!  It started Friday, December 2nd and goes through Sunday, December 4th.  There are a lot of mini challenges and giveaways, so check it out and read a couple of books!  I also have to work this weekend but my reading shelf contains two books that I want to accomplish:
Dreamland by Alyson Noel & The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.  If I accomplish those then I will continue on to something else...I'm not sure what but I positive that it will be good!  I did pledge to donate one book for everybook I read to my local library!  Good luck to everyone participating and happy reading!  
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Teaser Tuesday (2)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should be Reading
·         Grab the book your currently reading
·         Open to a random page
·         Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
·         Be careful not to include spoilers
·         Be sure to include the title and author



Dreamland by Allison Noel
Basically I had to observe a whole slew of dreams.  Other people’s dreams- complete strangers’ dreams- not one of whom was even the least bit familiar to me.
Friday, November 18, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Mockingjay Review

Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 2010
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Romance, Death, Hunting, Survival, & Family
Pages: 390
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)
     “MY NAME IS KATNISS EVERDEEN.  WHY AM I NOT DEAD?  I SHOULD BE DEAD.
     Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed.  Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe.  Peeta has been captured by the Capitol.  District 13 really does exist.  There are new leaders.  A revolution is unfolding.
     It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it.  District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overflow the Capitol.  Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans- except Katniss.
    The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for the countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem.  To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust.  She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay- no matter what the personal cost.”

     CAUTION!  This book is tantalizingly ruthless, absorbingly vindictive, entrancingly manipulative, but altogether alluring!  Each and every book from the Hunger Games trilogy had to be a straight through read for me and Mockingjay was no exception.  After finishing each novel I needed a period of reflection.  I was blown away by every edition; this is a series that truly gets better and better with each book.      
     Suzanne Collins utterly captivated me with Katniss’s struggle for survival and the revolution of Panem.  The tale told is truly masterful as well as legendary.  Just like the first two books in the trilogy, Mockingjay brought out so many emotions that I was snickering along with the characters, balling my eyes out at all the heart wrenching and pain staking moments, and wanting to throw the book in frustration when I wasn’t particularly fond of the situation.
     All the horrific and traumatizing events that led out to this point in the story have definitely changed Katniss.  You can tell right off the bat that she is exhausted and overrun, but she still pushes on to be the symbolic Mockingjay, with all her strength and endurance trying to protect everyone and overcome the capitol.  In fact you can see everyone’s exhaustion taking its toll throughout the novel- Katniss’s losses, Peeta’s tortured soul, Gale’s restlessness, Haymitch’s sobriety, and Finnick’s insanity.  They all factor in for the perfect close of this epic tale.
     This last book in the trilogy honestly deserves an A+++, but my ranking can only honor an A+.  I just can’t stress how great and brilliantly masterful it truly is.  I was left speechless after finishing it; I spent half a day trying to think of words to describe how astonishing, remarkable, and magnificent this story truthfully was.  Honestly, I still feel that I did not capture the immensity this book and series rightfully deserves.

My Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should be Reading
·         Grab the book your currently reading
·         Open to a random page
·         Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
·         Be careful not to include spoilers
·         Be sure to include the title and author

My teaser comes from:


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The deep, resonant voice that haunts my dreams begins to speak.  Claudius Templesmith, the official announcer of the Hunger Games, says, “Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, burns on.”

Catching Fire Review

Title: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 2009
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Death, Survival, Romance, Hunting, & Family
Pages: 391
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)
     “SPARKS ARE IGNITING.  FLAMES ARE SPREADING.  AND THE CAPITOL WANTS REVENGE.
     Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games.  She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive.  Katniss should be relieved, happy even.  After all, she has returned to her family and her long friend, Gale.  Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be.  Gale holds her at an icy distance.  Peeta has turned his back on her completely.  And there are whispers of a rebellion against the capitol- a rebellion that has Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
     Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop.  And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try.  As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever.  If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
     In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.”

     This book was utterly engrossing, positively cruel, and intriguingly menacing.  I was entrapped after reading the first page and couldn’t stop until the last page as turned.  I was immediately tempted to pick up the third book and start that but I knew if I started I wouldn’t have it in me to stop until that one was finished too.
     Suzanne Collins had a brilliant writing style that ensnares you, holds you captive, and out all the places to leave you, she drops you on a cliffhanger!  With her exceptional story telling skills and vibrant characters, she creates a story that is astoundingly epic. 
     Out of all her remarkable characters there is one, of course, that stands out on her own.  She is Katniss, the symbol of the Mockingjay, which provides the citizens with hope for a better tomorrow and instills the courage needed to start a revolt against the capitol of Panem.  This stubborn and bullheaded girl fascinates me with her stamina, endurance, and bravery to fight for her beliefs.  I found on levels that she is someone I could relate to with her tomboyish abilities but also someone that I would also like to become more like myself.
     I felt I had no choice but to give this main-blowing novel an A+, as I found it gripping, all consuming, and truly riveting.  It was another book that had me laughing, crying, and horrified along with Katniss as her journey continued.  As this series is plowing its way into my favorites list, I hope that others out there pick up these books and give them a read because I’m positive that they will love them too!   

My Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5
Thursday, November 10, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

The Hunger Games Review

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: October 2008
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Romance, Survival, Hunting, Family, & Death
Pages: 374
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)
     “Could you survive on your own in the wild, with every one out make sure you don’t live to see the morning?
     In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts.  The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
     Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regard it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sisters place in the Games.  But Katniss has been close to dead before- and survival, for her, is second nature.  Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender.  But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”

     The Hunger Games was absolutely astonishing, truly a remarkable and transfixing read!  Once I started it I couldn’t put it down, literally I was up all night reading it.  Even though it was printed and released three years ago it still has a lot of hype.  Now I see that all the excitement over these books is rightly worth it. 
      The world Suzanne Collins created is one that is cruel and run down by a tyrant government system.  But really I haven’t read anything that would even equate to The Hunger Games; I feel that this story is one that will stand out on its own for generations to come! 
The plot in this epic tale was one that held suspense that made you sit at the edge of your seat biting your finger nails, romance that compares to star-crossed lovers, and brutal deaths that will make you cry as well as want vengeance. 
     Suzanne Collins couldn’t have created better characters for this story, she painted them out perfectly, and I could imagine each and every single one of them.  Of course I’m sure that I am no different than anyone else when I say that Katniss was my all time favorite.  I don’t know how anyone else could say differently.  She was fierce, strong, stubborn, and stood for what she believed in.  She held her emotions in check, for the most part.  Katniss is sacrificial but also a true survivor.  Then there’s Peeta, the guy who himself continues protect Katniss at all costs throughout the games, even if it could mean forfeiting to her at the end.  I felt that you couldn’t help but love him throughout the story; he just has way too many likeable qualities.
     Overall I gave this wonderfully gripping novel an A+.  I mean, I don’t know how you couldn’t fall in love with these books!  This book had me crying as well as screaming and cursing certain characters for being heartless and bull headed.  If I can get that passionate about a story then I obviously had to care for it.  Again I’m positive that I am right with all Hunger Games fan when I say I can’t wait for the movie to come out next year.  Until then I have to get started on the next book Catching Fire.

My Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5

I want to include the new trailor, it looks amazing!  So I wanted to share...I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Destined Review

Title: Destined
Authors: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: Oct. 25, 2011
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Vampires, Goddesses, Romance, Evil, Magic, Death, & Shape Shifting
Pages: 325
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)
     “Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet- which would be a whole lot easier if the High Council saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is.  Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, though Nyx’s gift of human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together- if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow.
     But there are new forces at work at the House of Night.  An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability.  And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more- or possibly less- than human.  Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon.  But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling.  And there’s something strangely familiar about him….
     Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds at extinguishing Light? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect them all?  Find out what’s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.”

     After finishing Destined I had to put my emotions in check; it was so utterly bewitching that I laughed, I cried, and I had moments of pure frustration so intense that I wanted to throw the book against the wall!  But all the while I feel that is what constitutes a good book, a novel that can extract those strong emotions that make you feel so passionate about the tale they are telling.
     As many readers claim and I am one of them, this series is definitely a guilty pleasure.  It holds too much teenage drama for my liking but for some reason unknown to me I still can’t put it down.  If I had to guess it has something to do with the plot line.  I know it’s very drawn out but it certainly has me hooked.  Every time I start a new House of Night novel I just can’t stop, I want to keep reading until it is finished and then I am stuck pining over the next one until the following year, just like I am now.  Luckily, Lenobia’s Vow comes out at the end of January, so hopefully that will hold me over until the tenth book hits the shelves… but I doubt it.
     I discovered the characters in this book took step backwards in their maturity compared to the rest of the series but I felt that might have had a lot to do with the losses that they were working to overcome.  Because let’s face it the Nerd Herd has lost a lot in the series already- Jack, Heath, Zoey’s Mom; and to top it off we almost lost Stark, Zoey, and Stevie Rae.  Neferet has really worked her evil bidding and without a doubt they have taken the brunt end of it.  But overall this story takes some pretty unexpected twists and I was shocked with the outcome.  Again I was left unhinged with another cliffhanger… the Cast Family really knows how to leave their audience distraught with need for the tenth book.
     I gave this novel an A-; as it was a riveting, gut-wrenching, and coercing read!  I found that I have a love-hate relationship with these books, as I’m quite positive many readers do.  But I will keep reading because I don’t come this far in a series to not see it through to the end….Will there be a new sparks of love? Maybe.  Will an old love spark a new interest? Quite possibly.  Will I be annoyed with Zoey’s confusion between boys?  Most definitely.  But will there be an undefined Evil that Zoey is compelled to dispel? Always!  And will I always pick up the next installment?  For sure!

My Rating: 19/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 4
Writing Style: 5
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

And the winner is...

First, I wanted to thank everyone for participating in my very first giveaway!  I was so happy to see how many people entered and how excited everyone was over Tempest by Julie Cross!  I really wish that I had more than one to give away, but sadly I don't.  After putting everyone’s entry into a bowl, I drew a name.  I'm thrilled to announce that the copy I have goes to....(drum roll please).... Amanda Hoppe
Saturday, November 5, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Silence Review

Title: Silence
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 2011
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Fallen Angels, Romance, Kidnapping, Magic, & Amnesia
Pages: 438
Plot: (From the Dust Jacket)

     "When Silence is all that's left, can the truth finally be heard?
     Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life.  After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks- with no one knowing where she was or who she was with- she tries to get her life back on track.  Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge her Mom's creepy new boyfriend.
     But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch.  Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.
     And this unshakeable feeling that a part of her is missing.
     Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to.  He seems to hold all the answers... and her heart.  Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love.  Again."

     Becca Fitzpatrick created a wonderful world of mysterious fallen angels and Nephilim that was full of suspense, adventure, and romance that will keep you at the edge of your seat and begging for more!  As I am a huge fan of the Hush, Hush series, I found that Silence wasn’t an exception.  It was brutally transfixing, sadistically gripping, and viciously riveting!  It held everything and more than the beginning of the series.  I seriously can’t wait for the next installment. 
     The Hush, Hush Saga continues to amaze me with an intricately woven plot that twists, turns, and then does a back flip.  I was truly astonished right to the end and then had to take time to reflect upon the story.  This story is genuinely one of its own and I can’t think of anything that is remotely like it!
     Fitzpatrick has a breathtaking way of describing the chemistry of Nora and Patch that is all consuming and sincerely swoon worthy.  I fell in love with her brilliant writing style in Hush, Hush and Cresendo.  I continued my adoration in Silence as well as pining for the fourth installment.
     Nora and Patch have taken their thrilling romance to the next level in this novel!  With Nora having “amnesia” and piecing together the shattered remains of her life; she scours for anything or anyone (Jev aka Patch) that will make her regain those lost memories.  I was pretty upset when I realized that Nora had forgotten Patch but then I realized that I got to relive falling in love with Patch all over again through her and I was enthralled!  I was a big supporter of Nora in Silence as I felt that she really stepped up in this novel.  She took a proactive stand to figure things out, as well as fiercely stand up for herself and her beliefs.  Patch on the other hand continues to be utterly mysterious and protective.  You find that he sacrifices everything but you still want to question whether he is trustworthy.
     I give this remarkable book an A+, as it was absolutely incredible.  If you are interested in paranormal romance then I would strongly suggest giving this series your time!  As I have thoroughly enjoyed it, I’m positive that you find yourself completely engrossed.

My Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5
Thursday, November 3, 2011 | By: Mindy Hoppe

November's Bookshelf

A few of these are still on my list from last month but I read  a few last month that weren't on my list so...

1. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
2. Destined by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
5. Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
6. Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
7. Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
9. Supernaturally by Kiersten White
10. Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly