Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Book Review of 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner' by Stephanie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer was published in 2010 by Little, Brown & Company.
Bree Tanner was aware that she had a previous life but she could barely remember it. Her world now is of powerful senses, lightening-fast reflexes, unstoppable strength...and an almost overwhelming thirst for blood. Her life now is uncertain and dangerous as she lives among her fellow newborn vampires.
But then she finds a friend in Diego, an older newborn who has been around longer than she. Diego has learned a few things in his short time as a newborn and he lets Bree in on a few secrets. Secrets about their mysterious creator, secrets that their leader, Riley, is keeping from them. Bree must decide whether to follow Riley blindly or leave the coven and make her own way. But one incident leads to another and Bree is tossed into the middle of the Vampire War against the Cullen clan before she has a chance to decide.
Stephanie Meyer has written a short, but telling story from the perspective of Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire, which gives us a chance to see the Eclipse story from a little different perspective, and she does it with her usual talent for storytelling. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is at first, hopeful with a quality of innocence, but later becomes a battle for life and self-preservation. Ms. Meyer's vampire characters are varied and fascinating and the storyline is fast-paced and intriguing. This small insight into Bree's short vampire life is entertaining and powerful. It closely reminds me of Ms. Meyer's, Midnight Sun in its intensity.
I am giving The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner a 4-spider rating and recommending it to any one who is a fan of Stephanie Meyer. This story is compelling and a must-read for any Twilight Series fan.
DJ Weaver

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Book Review of 'Horns' by Joe Hill

Our guest reviewer Sonya Price, is not only a good friend and member of our WebbWeaver/Book End Babes book club, but an avid reader. Sonya is known for her love of the written word in all genres and devours books at an alarming rate. Who better to give our readers a review of Joe Hill's latest novel, Horns?
Horns was written by Joe Hill and published in February, 2010 by William Morrow. It is available for purchase at http://www.amazon.com/.
Ig is a man that has been hurt beyond measure by the people who are supposed to love and protect him. When the love of his life is brutally murdered, Ig is wrongly accused of the crime. Although he is never formally charged in the murder, he is still presumed to be the killer. After a long night of drinking, Ig wakes up to discover that he has a new set of horns growing from his forehead and a new set of abilities to go along with them.
Unable to grasp what is happening to him and why, he sets out on a guest to find answers. As his journey unfolds, Ig is forced to see the ugly truths that people carry around inside of them including the truth of who murdered his beloved Marrin. His new quest now is to punish that person for the loss he suffered and the pain he still feels, "Hell hath no fury..."
Horns captured my attention from the very first page and I loved the premise of the story. I am not a writer...I am a reader. I am the type of reader who gets bored if you try to give me too many details and I didn't feel it was necessary to include every tiny fact about Ig and Marrin's lives to the point when she was killed. Having said that, I did like the book very much and the story kept me entertained and wanting more. I read half the book in one sitting, only putting it down out of necessity. You do get emotionally attached to Joe Hill's characters in Horns. I became completely engrossed in their lives and felt all of the emotion intended by the writer. I felt Ig's confusion, his pain and I felt his desire and need for revenge. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.
The characters, the storyline and the underlying lessons of the book were what made it a wonderful read. Although billed as a horror, for me, it was so much more. It is a wonderful combination of gore and horror that has a lesson to teach and a point to make.
Excellent writing Mr. Hill! I anxiously await your next novel. I am giving Joe Hill's Horns, a 4-spider rating but beware... The Devil always has his due...!
Sonya Price

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Book Review of 'RANDOM' by Craig Robertson

RANDOM was written by Craig Robertson and published in April 2010 by Simon & Schuster UK. It is available for purchase at http://www.amazon.com/
RANDOM is the debut novel for Craig Robertson and if we are blessed by the book gods, it won't be his last.
'The Cutter', a diabolical serial killer, is wreaking havoc on Glasgow, Scotland and showing no signs of relenting. The police are stumped as the killings continue. When 'The Cutter' targets an employee of local crime boss Alexander Kirkwood, he may have gone too far. Kirkwood sets out to track down 'The Cutter', and put an end to him and his killing spree.
Written in first person from 'The Cutter's' perspective, RANDOM is a twisted trip through the inner workings of a madman's mind. While reading I became engrossed in 'The Cutter's' story and his reason's behind killing. After awhile I found myself really liking the guy and even cheering him on.
Craig Robertson has drawn a line in the sad for other writers in the genre, and dared them to cross it with his novel RANDOM. An explosive debut from an author who is bound for greatness, I am giving RANDOM a 5-spider rating. This book is deliciously disturbing with an ending that is beyond perfection. Fans of the genre are sure to devour RANDOM like serial-killer candy.
CK Webb

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Book Review of 'Beautiful Creatures' by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures was written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and published in 2009 by Little, Brown & Co.
Ethan Wate lives in the small, Southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina, because 'the Wates always had', according to his dad. But when he starts to have strange dreams of a beautiful girl, everything in his life begins to change.
Then Ethan meets his 'dream girl', Lena Duchannes on a dark, rainy highway and he learns that she is the niece of the most reclusive man in Gatlin, Macon Ravenwood.
Ethan and Lena are so drawn to each other that they seem to 'share' the same weird dreams and they can 'speak' to each other in their minds. But Lena's sixteenth birthday is coming and the family curse she is so afraid of, will decide her fate as a Caster. Will she be 'Light', doing good with her caster powers, or will she go 'Dark' and reek havoc. Ethan and Lena must search for the book that can help Lena go to the Light side and remain with Ethan forever.
Beautiful Creatures tells a story of young lovers, overshadowed by an evil curse that could part them for all time. Masterfully written, Garcia & Stohl, have captured the essence of southerness in their descriptive passages and the edgy dialogue is spot-on. The characters are authentic and could easily be the kids next door. Beautiful Creatures is a page turner from beginning to end and will leave you wanting MORE, MORE, MORE...
I am giving Beautiful Creatures a 5-spider rating and highly recommending you read this wonderful novel. It is certain to be the next big thing in young adult book entertainment.
DJ Weaver

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Book Review for 'Ghosts Of Central Arizona' by Heather Woodward

Ghosts of Central Arizona was written by Heather Woodward and published in February 2010 by Schiffer Publishing. It is available for purchase at http://www.amazon.com/
Do you love campfires and ghost stories? Ever wish you had the nerve to go along with a team of paranormal investigators as they set out for some famous haunt? Think you know all there is to know about Arizona? With a copy of Heather Woodward's Ghosts Of Central Arizona, you will be the greatest campfire ghost story teller around.
You will feel like you are right next to the author as she walks you through these wonderfully spooky tales and their origins. You can even plan a 'Haunted Adventure' of your own with the maps, directions and websites the author has included. Ghosts Of Central Arizona is a must read for anyone who has always wanted to know if ghosts really do exist. Toss in some very humorous moments and Ghosts Of Central Arizona might just scare you silly. I am giving Ghosts Of Central Arizona a 4-spider rating and urging you to pick up this book for your next camping trip, just in case you end up at Jerome's Haunted Burgers on your way to Ghost City Inn Bed and Breakfast.
CK Webb

Book Review for 'FIRST WOLF' by Carole Anne Carr

FIRST WOLF was written by Carole Anne Carr. Published in 2009, it is available for purchase on http://www.amazon.com/
Toland was 12 years old when his father hurled the wolf's head at Eorl Hutred, a sign of no surrender for his people, and all things changed. As Toland's father sets out to tell the King of Eorl's wrong doings, Toland is given the daunting task of escorting his family through treacherous surroundings to safety. On his quest, Toland finds his strength and the path his life is meant to take. Set in 8th century Northumbria, First Wolf tells of difficult and dangerous times.
This is a wonderful fiction piece that has been deeply woven with truth and life lessons. A fantastical story of a child's coming of age, First Wolf is beautifully executed. Not only for the middle grade YA lovers but for all lovers of the genre, First Wolf is a must read. I am giving this wonderful book a 4-spider rating and guaranteeing all, an exciting journey with Toland on his travels.
CK Webb

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Book Review of 'Fallen' by Lauren Kate

Fallen was written by Lauren Kate and published in 2009 by Delacorte Press.
When Luce Price enters the doors of Sword & Cross 'boarding' school in Savannah, she feels like it is the end of life as she knows it. No cell phones, no best friend; only once-a-week phone calls and occasional visits from her parents. But as bad as it is, there is one bright spot at Luce's new school and his name is Daniel Grigori. Luce is immediately drawn to this strange boy, who wants nothing to do with her...or does he? He seems to go out of his way to avoid her, but then there are those times when he seems to know her better than she knows herself. But wait... there is also Cam Brial, the other distraction at Sword & Cross, who seems to be as drawn to Luce as she is drawn to Daniel.
So when Luce and her new BFF, Penn start investigating into the pasts of the students of Sword & Cross, things start to get a little crazy. And what about those creepy, black, swirling masses that show up occasionally to frighten Luce when she least expects them? What are they and what do they have to do with the library fire that causes a student's death and puts Luce under suspicion again?
Lauren Kate has written a true winner in Fallen. She has captured the heart and spirit of the characters with all the angst and quirkiness of youth. Her imaginative settings and colorful descriptions make this story come to life as the plot twists and turns right before your eyes.
Dangerously suspenseful and hauntingly romantic, Lauren Kate's writing easily equals that of Meyer and Garcia & Stohl, and the story plot is heaven sent. Fallen is a story for the ages and will keep any YA enthusiast on the edge of their chair and wanting more.
I am giving Fallen a 5-spider rating and hope you will not miss this wonderful novel by this great new author.
DJ Weaver