Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegan

It seems the market continues to be saturated with paranormal fiction. I know that the demand is still very high but at times I feel like I am reading exact rewrites of already done stories. There are simply only so many ways to write stories or to alter myths. I applaud Trinity Faegan for her incredible originality with the book the Mephisto Covenant. It was truly an amazing read and extremely refreshing with the bad luck streak I have had lately in fiction. Here is the summary from Amazon:

Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—she is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx always looming, Jax knows he has to keep Sasha safe and win her over.  But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

I read this 400+ page book in the space of a few hours. It was a definite page turner and had a new mythology. Sasha is a great leading character. There is a certain peace about her. I wouldn’t say she is a stong leading character in the sense that she is take charge, however, she has strong beliefs and practices them. She is not constantly influenced by teenage politics and doesn’t instantly fall in love with the leading male.

Another plus in this book is the lack of a love triangle. I am over love triangles. So many books have had them lately and I just want to see a really great love story with some paranormal thrown in. I LOVED that this book fit that bill. The story between Sasha and Jax grows over time and isn’t split with anyone else in the book.

Lastly, the dialogue was extremely well done for a YA book. I have found myself very annoyed with the past few books that I have read (I haven’t reviewed them on here) because the dialogue is choppy or not how a teenager would speak. I thought this book was beautifully done.

Overall, I give this book a 5/5 and can’t wait to see what happens next! On a side note look at how beautiful this cover is!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

If I Die by Rachel Vincent

The latest addition to the Soul Screamers world came out a few weeks ago and I had the pleasure of reading it on release day. It has however taken me awhile to figure out what to say about it since so much went on and ALL of it was spoilery. Here’s the description from Amazon:

The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

My first reaction after reading this book was “huh?” followed by “what!?” then followed by “wow!?” This is in my opinion the best book in the series. So much happened in the book with all the characters it was as if your head was spinning. Furthermore, you never knew what was going to happen next.

I don’t want to give much away about the book but since this is in the summary on Amazon I will talk about it a little: the fact that Kaylee might be dying soon is cause for insanity as a reader. I could not stop reading because you have no idea what is going to happen with that plot. I think that some readers may have to “settle down” after realizing the plot of the book but it is by far one of the best that Rachel Vincent has written. I am anticipating mixed feelings about this book from reviewers because there is change. Any time there is change in a series some people shut down and stop liking the series. I am not one of those people.

If you are looking to read a really good book then this is the one for you. The writing and plot are amazing in this one and we really get to see some things from different perspectives. I give this one a 5/5 and if it was possible I would give it more since I was obsessive about finishing the book!