Tag Archives: Fantasy

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Mira’s sixteenth birthday is coming quickly. Her godmothers are busy planning, but Mira won’t be home to help them celebrate. She has other plans, ones that involve months of planning and fake e-mails from a man in San Francisco. Her intricate plan is ready, and she is leaving to go to Beau Rivage; the place where she was born and where her parents died. It is the one place she has been forbidden to go.

Mira’s plans didn’t cover what she would do once she got to Beau Rivage. When finally arrives, she walks through a few cemeteries to try and find her parents, with no luck. Then, she must figure out what to do all night. After hours of sitting in a restaurant pretending to eat, a guy name Blue approaches her. It turns out his dad owns the hotel, and that he wants her to leave. He offers to help, but in a way that scares her. Finally, he leaves her alone and she finds another place to hide, in the middle of a casino. This is when she meets Felix, Blue’s brother and his girlfriend. She tells Felix her story, and he offers to help. He shows her to her room, which is comped by the hotel and promises to help her find her parents the next day.

Mira has a new crush, but there is so much that she doesn’t know. Things that she will learn, hopefully before it is too late.

Kill Me Softly is a combination of different fairy tales. It is a wonderful, but twisted story of people who are trapped in each of their stories. Add a building romance, some new friendships and an evil fairy to the mix and you have a story full of suspense. Highly recommended.




The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

Josh and Sophie never believed in the magical universe on planet earth. Nick, who is Josh’s boss, is an alchemyst that can live forever. Sophie and Josh are brother and sister while their parents are traveling for their job. Sophie and Josh saw too much of a magical fight over a book that has all the powers in the universe, so they have to go with Nick to hide from Dee. Their enemy wants the powerful book. They find themselves in big trouble throughout traveling America fighting Dee’s followers.

My reaction to this book was that it was exciting and energetic. The Alchemyst has surprising twists around every corner and this just scraped the surface of the book along with four more books with the series. It’s very hard to predict what would come in the book since there are surprising twists on every page.


Shatter Me by Taherek Mafi

Juliette was placed in an institution for nearly killing her parents. Little did she know that her touch could cause so much damage and destruction. Growing up, she had been made fun of and humiliated. None of the other kids at her school would attempt to become friends with her. She’d learned to ignore the glances people had given her after she had accidentally killed a little boy at a grocery store. Juliette’s touch was like poison, but addicting to her recipients.

While she is faced with the emotional challenges of isolation, there is a Reestablishment going on. One night, a man is thrown into her cell. She recognizes his face, but isn’t sure if he recognizes her. He attempts to touch her, but she won’t let him, knowing what she’s capable of. Before she knows it, she’s falling in love with this new “friend” of hers. How will she be able to share her life with a man that she can cripple with just one touch?

When I first picked out this book, I didn’t really think that I would enjoy it as much as I did. It’s full of twists and turns that kept me glued into the book. The author, Tahereh Mafi, shares her emotions through Shatter Me. While I was reading Shatter Me, I felt as though I was right there with Juliette as she overcame and struggled with a life of isolation and adventure.


The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray

In  Book One: A Great a Terrible Beauty, we are introduced to Gemma Doyle, a seventeen year old girl who lives in India with her English parents. When a terrible accident kills her mother, an accident she was witness to, Gemma and her father move back to England, where Gemma is placed in a finishing school: Spencer. While at Spencer, Gemma starts to wonder more about her mother’s death and begins having visions. She discovers that she holds a special power to enter the realms, an other-world. Here, along with her three friends, Gemma is able to find clues about her mother’s death and her special powers. She eventually finds that her mother was part of a terrible crime at Spencer and now an evil spirit is looking to revenge her mother’s choices and take Gemma’s power by killing Gemma. Book Two: Rebel Angels and Book Three: The Far Sweet Thing complete the story. The trilogy is fast paced and keeps you guessing until the end.

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Ari has never felt like she belonged. Her mother left her when she was young, so she has grown up in foster care. She has freakish silver hair, that somehow returns to the same color and length every time she tries to alter it.  When she visits Rocquemore House to find out more about her mother, she learns that her mother has long been dead. In fact, she killed herself six months after leaving Ari.

Later, when Ari goes through her mother’s belongings, she finds a note. Her mother tells her to run. Ari has a choice to make. Does she follow the advice of her mother, or does she continue her quest to New 2 (what is left of New Orleans after two huge hurricanes)?

I enjoyed this book. In fact, I had a hard time setting it down. It has the right mix of post-apocalyptic and fantasy, with a hint of mythology thrown in. The teaser above doesn’t start to scratch the surface of Ari’s adventures. In fact, right after where I left off, her life gets very interesting.

I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the second book in the series to our library.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Sam is going nowhere quickly. He has dropped out of college and is working at a fast food restaurant. One night, he’s playing potato hockey with Ramon and Brooke when they accidentally put a potato through a nearby car’s tail light. Things start going downhill quickly.

The owner of the car comes into the restaurant and reacts strangely to Sam. He wonders why Sam didn’t get approved by the Council. Sam has no idea what he is talking about, but the man leaves suddenly. When Sam gets out of work, there is someone waiting for them. It isn’t a good situation, and Sam, Ramon and Frank barely escape.

Unfortunately, Douglas Montgomery will not be put off so easily. He has a message for Sam, and that unpleasant message is delivered early the next morning.

This was an interesting book for me. I enjoyed it–the writing flows well and I enjoyed the plot. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal books, but also to people who like books with a bit more of a realistic touch to them. Great read.

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Delaney should not be alive. She was in the lake’s icy water for 11 minutes before her best friend Decker pulled her out. Somehow, she has survived. When she wakes up from the coma, everyone hopes she will be fine, but something isn’t right. She feels strange pulling and an itch in her brain. It only happens occasionally, and doesn’t happen as often after she leaves the hospital. As Delaney tries to get back to normal, this pulling and itch continues. Then, she meets Troy. She keeps seeing him near places where people have very recently died. He has the same pulling in his brain, and has also recovered from a coma. Is this part of their brain damage or is it something more?

I enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and kept me guessing until the end. Highly recommended.

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