Monday, June 17, 2013

Dead Silence- The Body Finder Series

I've been a fan of The Body Finder series since I read the first one a few years ago.  If you're unfamiliar with the series, the premise is our heroine, Violet Ambrose, has the mysterious gift of being able to identify bodies that were killed by an "echo" they emit as well as their killers by an identical "imprint".  Check out my reviews of the other books here (The Body Finder, Desires of the Dead, and The Last Echo).  Even though I've loved them all, Dead Silence (watch the trailer here) might be my favorite (it's hard to beat the original).

In Dead Silence, Violet and Jay are gearing up for the start of their senior year.  It's tough for Violet to become excited or even involved in the back to school excitement because she is still struggling to overcome the horrible events of her kidnapping and adjust to her own imprint, which constantly rings in her ears.  However, she does agree to attend a party at the lake.  On her way, Violet is called by the echos of victims of a gruesome murder.  This set off a chain of events leading Violet through many mysterious and dangerous situations.

But, perhaps even more interesting than the crime is Violet's exploration of her grandmother's journals.  Violet learns more about the Center and begins to realize her involvement may never have been her own choice.  It's creepy!  Oh man.
I got to meet Kimberly Derting!  Good times!

I've got to say I really wish there would be a fifth book in the series.  The ending was open ended enough to allow for it or even for Derting to tell the story of one of the other characters.  I hope it happens!  I've not read The Pledge yet, but I would certainly like to.  Also, a new series with the first book being called The Taking is due out next summer.

Sunday, June 9, 2013


Warning: Delirium and Pandemonium spoilers here.  Check out my reviews of those if you haven't read them yet.

Oh my, the dramatic end of the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver finally came to us!  I absolutely love this series.  I am very sad that Fox has decided to move forward with a Sleepy Hollow TV series instead of the Delirium series.  Bad move, Fox.

I must say that I really loved Hana's character in this book.  It certainly makes me question if the cure was truly successful for anyone.  I mean, maybe everyone who had been cured had Hana's capacity for love just under the surface.  So many questions...

It doesn't get any easier for Lena in this book either.  She becomes conflicted about the feelings she has for Julian and Alex.  It is difficult for her to be in The Wilds with both of them.  Further compounding the problem is a new character, Cora, who seems to enjoy the tension between Alex and Lena.  Then there is the problem of the Regulators who always seem to be one step ahead of Lena and her group.

Excitement?  I think so!  Please check this one out soon if you haven't already.  Don't forget there are also the Delirium stories available in ebook.  those are also quite awesome!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Elite

I've taken a bit of a break from blogging, but I can't think of a better book to make a new start with!  The Elite by Kiera Cass is, like its predecessor The Selection, AHHHH-MAZ-ING!  Seriously, I love this series so much that I could read it every single day.  For those of you who have not read The Selection, you can get some insight into it here.

As The Elite begins, readers are immediately brought back to the competition to be the bride of Prince Maxon and Princess of Illea.  Our main character, America Singer, is still a front runner in the competition.  Her feelings for Maxon are still new and a bit confusing to her, in part because of her old boyfriend Aspen is on the scene as a palace guard.  Oh man, the love triangle!  But, I just can't hide my preference.  It's kind of a surprise to me as well because I always love the boy from home, but this time my heart goes out to the prince.  I love Maxon!  Come on America, get with the program.

The personalities of the other characters begin to really shine.  I loved learning more about Marlee, Maxon, and Queen Amberly just as much as I loved growing to despise Celeste and King Clarkson.  At times, I even found it difficult to watch (in my mind's eye) America making the decisions she made.  I only wish she could see the situation as clearly as I do.  Oh my!
That's THE Kiera Cass!  Oh, and me too.

Kiera Cass is one of the authors I was lucky enough to meet a last year's Y'ALLFest.  She was absolutely precious.  I can't wait for The One, due out May 6, 2014.  That sounds painfully far away.  Sad times.