Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Absolutely, Positively - Heather Webber

Before I went ahead and read this book, I reread Truly, Madly and Deeply, Desperately. I really enjoy both of those books so it was a great refresher

Lucy Valentine's family have been matchmakers since cupid gave them the ability to see peoples auras. But along with the gift came a curse, cupid's curse making all Valentines unable to see their own auras leading to all relationship not working out so good.

Lucy wants to believe that maybe this cupid curse will skip her since when she was 14 her power got zapped and turned into the ability to find lost objects. The cupid curse could have been zapped away as well! Lucy has been in a relationship with Sean the PI from upstairs and is hoping that is the case, especially since at the end of deeply desperately she gets a vision of her in a wedding dress and him in a tux!

Just like the other two novels, there are a couple cases Lucy is working on.
- 23 year old Meaghan Archibald's quest to find Tristan Rourke, her first love, whom last know address was prison. This case is difficult one for her, on a moral stand and on her relationship with Sean.
- Lucy's grandmother Dovie, wants her to look into the case of Mac Gladstone who had been missing for the past six weeks and Dovie suspects foul play.

Other things are happening in Lucy's life that she has to deal with as well, like the fact that Sean is looking for a new place to live and Lucy's dilemma of whether she should offer her place to him, Sean's health and the fact that Lucy's parents are dating...each other! And of course Lucy has the ongoing battle with Preston in her quest for big stories and her constant sniffing around for Lucy's family secret...but Preston does have the Lone Ranger mystery to keep her busy.

The book ties together quite nicely at the end, with a few nice twists...but there are a few things that are left hanging that makes you want more! I love the comic relief and find myself giggling at some of the things Lucy says, especially what she says to Preston.

A lot of the chapters will either end with a question or a comment that makes you chuckle. Or, something just happen and you want to continue on to see what the outcome will be.

Great novel, and I can't wait for the next one!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Spy Glass - Maria V Snyder

After losing all her powers and strength. Spy Glass starts off with Opal moping at her parents house, recovering and helping her mom arrange her sister Mara's wedding to Leif. But Opal being Opal can't be safe and bored at home. Nope, she must be in harms way. How does she do it this time? She decides she must go after the blood Tricky siphoned from her when he held her captivate. Because if it got in the wrong hands, it could cause a lot of trouble and Opal couldn't live with that. Opal heads to Fulgor where Tricky and his gang is jailed to get some answers. But of course it isn't as easy as she thinks.

In this book, Opal encounters new enemies, new trouble, and new ways to take advantage of magic. Of course there is a love triangle as well. There is a lot of adventure. And she enlist a lot of old faces to help her with adventures. And she needs those friends a lot because she gets in trouble in Fulgor, Ognap, Bloodrose clan pennisula, and the Citadel. Opal does learn to trust more in this book. And she still makes the same mistakes putting her in the worst positions ever.

It is a good fun read. All the books from the Glass series and Study series seem to all have the same underline plot. There are a few twist in this book, but it is easy to pick them apart before it actually happens and figure it out before it is revealed in the book. But it was fun to read and I enjoyed reading about Opal, Kade, Devlen, Janco and all the others in this book.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Enticed - Carrie Jones

I read this book, before starting the Glass trilogy. I just forgot to post the review!

Zara just turned into a pixie, her boyfriend is dead or stuck in Valhalla, her grandmother is worried sick about her, she has missed consecutive days of school. But what does Zara White decide to do first before everything else? Go to a school dance!

Pixies are terroizing the town. FBI are coming into investigate the strange occurances. But all Zara is really worried about is rescuing Nick because if she can't rescue Nick then turning into a Pixie was all for nothing. All Zara can think of is going to Valhalla to get Nick...Because that will make everything better.

The first book in the series listed a phobia at the beginning of the chapter, the 2nd listed pixie tips, and this time this one has news snippets of what is happening in the town. There seems to still be holes in the writing. But it is a good fun quick read.

Sea Glass - Maria V. Snyder

My review for the 1st book in this trilogy is back in August. I re read it again before I read this one.

In Storm Glass, Opal found Kade, escaped Devlen. But now she must find Ulrick and endure the councils wrath, upon finding out about her new powers. In Sea Glass, people are not who they seem to be. Opal has a hard time figuring out who to trust. People use her, mistreat her and take advantage of her through out the book and Opal feels like she can only trust in herself.

Devlen, still is a thorn in Opals side. When you think you have seen the last of Devlen he always manages to pop back into the story. Opal has to escape a lot of bad scenarios just like the first book. She has a lot of people wanting to do harm to her. But this time around, Janco, an familiar face from the Study trilogy, is Opals partner in crime.

Opal learns more about her powers and about herself in this book. I enjoyed the storyline and all the characters. The characters have a lot of depth to them. Even characters who only make a small appearance.

This quote from the book pretty much explains Opal through the book: "being a piece of sea glass. High tides, low tides, storms, sand and mistakes all contributed to the polishing process." Other than that, I am not quite sure the title Sea Glass defines this book. There is a little section that has Sea Glass involved but it really doesn't go along with the rest of the book. Mostly, Opal seems to be in a Sea of trouble all the time.