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Fade
Fade
by Lisa McMann
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.79
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of the Trilogy!!, Sept. 2 2010
This review is from: Fade (Paperback)
FADE was the best installment out of all three books. Very fast-paced with no dull moment in sight.
After Janie accepts her faith as a dream catcher, she must now put her supernatural abilities to good use. Thus, along with Cabe she begins to work under-cover and her first assignment is to catch a sexual predator at her SCHOOL. The sexual predator is lurking at the only place Janie thought was safe and he is one of her own teachers. She risks her own life to get to the bottom of this case even when Cabe is totally against the whole idea.
Janie comes to discover her future as a dream catcher after meeting Ms. Stubin at the retirement home, who by far is the only other dream catcher Janie is aware of. Ms.Stubin teaches Janie how to use and control her abilities properly. But where there is good there is bad: Something awful awaits Janie in the future and there is no running away from it. Her twisted future is concealed and can never be changed. Janie learns the truth about her gift/curse that will change the course of her life.....forever. This will not only affect her but also her beloved Cabe.
Janie and Cabels relationship evolves and their love blossoms. Thank goddness for no love triangles!
Janies mother is lazy and drunk as usual. She has a minor/annoying part in this where all she does is scold Janie, when it is because of Janie she is still alive.
The reason why I prefer this novel over the other two in the trilogy is because Lisa McMann's writing style evolves. Unlike Wake, where she mostly wrote in short lines(not paragraphs), here she writes fluidly. The reader can tell Lisa put more effort into this novel than the last one.
The plot of Fade is better because it has a mystery aspect to it "who done it"?. For some odd reason, I really liked *SPOLIER* the Durbins party scene. I thought it was very well descripted and felt like I was at the party myself(too bad I couldn't save Janie). The book had such a strong hold on me that i read it in just one sitting, it was too captivating to let go.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

Midnighters #3: Blue Noon
Midnighters #3: Blue Noon
by Scott Westerfeld
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The trilogy comes to an end...., Sept. 2 2010
The third and final installment picks up after a week or so from the second installment.
The main plot of this installment is the sudden emergence of the "blue time" right in the middle of the DAY. Thats right, the secret hour is happening OUTSIDE of midnight now. This suspense leaves the 5 Midnighters restless and drives them to find answers.
The secret hour is finally "ripping" coming into normal time, where the darklings will hunt again after a millennium of starvation. A "rip" is basically a contortion between blue time and regular time, joining the Darkling world with the human world. Now, its in the hands of these 5 Midnighters to save Bixby, or possibly the world,because now thousands of lives are stake.
The two couple(s) relationship becomes stronger, leaving Dess feel lonelier than ever. This was the most emotional installment because each and every character makes a sacrifice towards the end to save the world, but one sacrifice will leave your jaw-dropped and eyes popped. Sometimes one life is worth sacrificing to save lives of thousands.
The significance of Halloween will be explained and so will the purpose of the Midnighters.
This is a dramatic piece and a thrilling page-turner, filled with action, adventure and romance. A battle takes place towards the end with an unpredictable conclusion.Out of all three, this one had the most action. I really wished Scott Westerfeld had written an alternate ending because I prefer "Happily Ever Afters", thats the true END to me. Oh well, not all stories have a happy ending, just like life doesn't always have a happy ending. In a way i am glad for this ending because it reminds me of the imperfect reality and world we live in. Sometimes made-up stories mess with your mind soo much that a person loses hope each time life doesn't go there way.
Very recommended!!!

Midnighters 2 Touching Dark LB
Midnighters 2 Touching Dark LB
by Scott Westerfeld
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 14.31
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures during Midnight continues...., Sept. 2 2010
Second installment of the Midnighters trilogy.
Jessica Day has finally discovered her powers and now she knows why the Darklings were out to get her. She,out of all the midnighters, possesses powers strong enough to KILL darklings with common household utensils, like a flashlight. After thousands of years comes along Jessica who can bring technology and fire INTO the secret hour, something the darklings greatly feared. Just like how darklings manipulate peoples nightmares, Jessica is bringing their nightmares to their sanctuary. The reason why the darklings had created the secret hour has diminished all thanks to jessica. Ever since Jessica discovered her powers and the darklings attempt to kill her was a fail, they have decided to leave her alone.
In this installment, not only is Jessica in danger but ALL Midnighters are at the risk of becoming extinct. Surprisingly, the cause of this extinction is not darklings but mere humans. The Midnighters fear there are some people out there who know about the existence of the "secret hour" and to top this, they know a whole lot more than the Midnighters.
Melissa will become better at manipulating her mindcasting powers. Jessica will become the unstoppable Flame-bringer. Jonathan will apply his knowledge of physics to enhance the "flying experience". Dess will stumble upon a gadget which will take numbers to a whole new level.But Rex will discover there is a lot more to the lore than meets the eye. Rex will come to know that even though lore does not lie, their answer to the plot holes in the lore lies within Bixby's Daylighters(people) history. All Midnighters will learn something unpredictable occurred to the past generation of Midnighters 50 years ago which made them all disappear, the same way these 5 are about to now.
The second installment is very fast paced and picks up right after the first one halted. In my opinion, it is better than the first because it has a greater mystery aspect to it. Relationships will be taken to a new level. Secrets about the secret hour will be revealed. Of course, unlike the first one, this one doesn't take time building up the plot, getting into the story, developing characters and setting; but goes right into the main plot.
Highly recommended if you have read the first one, this one will leave you asking for more...

Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour
Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour
by Scott Westerfeld
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new kind of Fantasy: MIDNIGHTERS, Sept. 2 2010
Scott Westerfeld has done a marvelous job by mixing fantasy,mystery,science fiction and romance concisely. Such an exclusive and original story can only be created by a master-mind.
"Midnighters" as the title suggests is about group of 5 teenagers who roam Bixby, Oklahoma at the stroke of midnight for a WHOLE HOUR, which is the 25th hour exclusive to only them 5 while the entire Bixby is frozen stiffs. However,In this 25th hour, they are not alone! Darklings, ancient creatures whose mere existence goes back to the Stone Ages roam around freely, but they usually don't bother anyone;until Jessica Day moves to town. Apart from being a Midnighter,there is something special about Jessica that even the other four midnighters can not seem to wrap their minds around.
The darklings want her DEAD and they will surpass all boundaries to have her dead. Each Midnighter possesses a power (mindcasting,seer,polymath,flying) and then there is Jessica whose power is still unknown but interesting enough to send the scary and powerful darklings into a frenzy.
This book was like X-men with a whole new twist. Of course there was romance involved. No YA book is good without romance. Even though romance was not the central plot of this story, it was still dominant to give readers "awe" moments.
This books is very well-written with good character development. The POV of this book is very interesting because its told in a third-person, but in every chapter the narrator changes. This way you get a chance to get inside ALL midnighters heads and see the world from their vision. I loved how Scott did so flawlessly. At the end of each chapter, there is a symbol which belongs to each midnighter letting the reader know who was narrating a specific chapter.
This is the first book of the trilogy, so many would expect the ending to be a major cliff-hanger. I can gladly reassure you that this book is in no way a cliff-hanger. THANK GOD! It can be read as a stand-alone, although i would recommend to continue the trilogy since it only gets better and more questions will be answered.
Recommended to all YA lovers of fantasy,mystery,science fiction and romance.

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word. Brilliant!!, Aug. 21 2010
This review is from: The Hunger Games (Hardcover)
I only finished reading this book less than 5 minutes ago and was so intrigued to come here and write a review to tell everyone just how awesome this book is. I heard a lot of good stuff about this book, but i was hesitant to pick it up since i wasn't sure if i was going it like this genre. I am more of a paranormal romance kinda gal.
But this book proved me wrong, because it was nothing what i had expected. It blew away my expectations and made me soo glad that i went against my judgments and picked up this book. I just wish i had purchased it instead of borrowing from the library, since i plan on reading it over and over again.
This story is about North America in the future run by a gov't called "capitol". The capitol controls EVERYTHING(similar to communism). So, due to a break out rebellion in the past against the capitol, they have devised the annual Hunger Games to remind everyone who is in control. In The Hunger Games, a boy and a girl from each 12 districts are thrown in a nature-driven(forest, mountains,lake)arena where all the participants must fight to death and finish each other off. The last remaining participant is the winner of the Hunger Games.
This story deals with Katniss(main character) and how she rebels against the capitol forcing them to alter their own rules. For the first time in the history of all the hunger games, there is romance IN the hunger games(making the story even better).

There was not a dull moment in this book. Very fast paced and made you question your own ways of life. When i wasn't reading it, i was thinking about it ALL THE TIME. Yes! its THAT good. Its science fiction blended with war/gov't and romance. I loved how the author told such a fascinating story about boring topics like government, war, etc,. and intertwined romance in such a way where you had many "awe" moments. Sweet Love story!! The characters were well-developed and believable.
I am sooo glad its being turned into a movie. I can guarantee its going to be a block buster hit. Good thing i started this trilogy when ALL the books will be released, because the wait would've killed me for sure.
SO, when u read The Hunger Games, make sure you got all 3 books in hand if you dont wanna go insane guessing the next part of the story. One story/plot is carried throughout the three books so its best to read all three back to back.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!.....for people of all ages, gender and taste.
Read this book and you wont regret it. =)

Living Dead Girl
Living Dead Girl
by Elizabeth Scott
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.79
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye -Opener!, Aug. 16 2010
This review is from: Living Dead Girl (Paperback)
This novel picks up right from the start. The main character "Alice" is abducted by a man named Ray who calls her his "little girl" and this is where everything goes wrong. Since she is his little girl, he goes to great measures to prevent her from growing up. She was 10 when she got kidnapped and now she is 15. He starves her all the time, gives her pills to stop her periods, forces her to get Brazilian waxes and worst of all rapes her whenever he pleases. You might be thinking why doesn't she just run away. Well, since she has been living with him as a child, he has planted this idea in her head that if she tells ANYONE he will burn down her old house and kill her entire family. Just because of this Poor Alice takes in all the unbearable abuse, pain and beatings from him.
This book is a real eye-opener to the world most of us are unaware of, sadly. The reader of this book needs to have a strong heart to take in all the unbearable cruelties. The scenes are not too descriptive and graphic, but the author tells them in a way where you know exactly whats going on. You might not want to believe it is what you think it is, which leaves you wondering,often. I had to put this book down a countless amount of times just to take in all the information. I really felt for Alice and wanted to rescue her every dreading moment i read.
The ending was good and satisfactory because it could not have been told any other way. We always hear such cases happening on TV and newspapers.But this book allows you live the nightmare along with the victim. After reading this, every time you hear of such cases, you'll know exactly what went on behind closed doors. Which makes me wonder exactly how did the author know what the victim was feeling. Seems like a you had to be there kinda moments. Like you have to walk in someones shoes to feel what they felt.
Anywayz, i would really recommend this book to all girls, mothers and women because we all need to take great measures to protect ourselves and this book just might give out a few very helpful pointers.

Fallen
Fallen
by Lauren Kate
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 16.78
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3.0 out of 5 stars Story has a Gr8 potential., Aug. 16 2010
This review is from: Fallen (Hardcover)
...Just as i said in my title this story really does have a great potential. But its up to the author to live up to that potential and turn words into a world of great imagination.
I found Lauren Kate's writing style to be a bit annoying. It seemed like she can use a "creative writing" class because sometimes i just didn't understand what she was trying to convey in some paragraphs/sentences.I sometimes found myself reading some parts over and over again. Lauren has a wonderful imagination, now she just needs to put it better into words. She sometimes had too many words thrown into a sentence that weren't even necessary to begin with. More like "fillers".
The Story was very good though. It was like for more than half the story Lauren built up this Thriller/Suspense around all her characters. Every character was well developed with an edge and mystery to them. It was like this whole jumble of mystery and confusion for more than half of the book. The next thing you know, you are 20 pages away from finishing the book, yet STILL no answers. Well, thats exactly what happened. The conclusion wasn't much of a conclusion as it was a cliff-hanger.
I have very high expectations for the next book, Torment, because *fingers crossed* many of the mystery's will be solved and questions will be answered. But i m not totally counting on that either, since this is a 4 books series and lauren will need something to talk about in those books too. *sigh* This wait is gonna kill me!!
Many people, just like myself, compare this fallen angel book with "Hush,Hush". Considering the fact, they both are about fallen angels and both came out roughly at the same time.
However, let me assure you. They have totally DIFFERENT plots. Not for once was i comparing the story's. The one and only similarity they do have is the subject of fallen angels, thats it! Both stories follow different fallen angel mythology, so if u read the two books back to back, you may get a bit confused. I personally liked Hush,Hush better because i LOVED the authors writing style and her cute sense of humor(i LOLed A LOT!). But, i like the story of Fallen a wee bit more.
I think if the authors of Fallen and Hush,Hush teamed up, they could've come up with the ULTIMATE LOVE STORY about Fallen Angels, hands down. After all, two heads are better than one.
I would recommend this book, but not over Hush,Hush. Sorry guyz! Hush, Hush won me over.

Strange Fate
Strange Fate
by L.J. Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 16.05

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DELAYED release date?!, Aug. 16 2010
This review is from: Strange Fate (Hardcover)
They moved up the release date AGAIN.
Now, its June 2012.
why do they keep on doing that?!
This novel has been anticipated for more than a DECADE for crying out loud.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!, July 24 2010
I love this Pink leather case for my ipod Touch. I have dropped it so many times and not a scratch on my ipod. Its easy to use, hold and keeps your itouch well protected in a pure leather cover. The color is gorgeous and I am constantly asked where i got it from since the pink color stands out so much.

Gone
Gone
by Lisa McMann
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not impressive for a FINAL installment, July 24 2010
This review is from: Gone (Hardcover)
Gone is the last book in the Wake Trilogy. Personally, i really like the first two books(wake and fade) veryyyy much. But i believe Gone didn't do this series any justice. So much goes on in wake and fade that sometimes i found myself re-reading pages to grasp whats happening. The first two installments were a thrill to read. However, not much happens in the last one. Honestly, i think the entire book could've been summed up in a chapter or two, it did not require a whole book just to get a point across.
The storyline of Gone is flat with no climax what so ever. Without giving out any important information, all i am going to say is that in this book, Janie learns about her Father, her mothers past and why her mother is the way she is.....THATS IT!!!! And she also has to choose her future, but that was foreshadowed in Fade, so nothing new there.
But a good thing i liked about this novel is that Cabel and Janies relationship progresses. You are reminded once again why Cabel is such a sweetheart and why Janie loves him so much. I love Janie and Cabels relationship. The ending was good. Although, i think Lisa mcMann could've just made Fade a little longer and added couple more chapters to sum up Gone.
I found Janies mother to be so annoying. Her lack of care for her daughter was so unbelievable. She only came out of her room to get booze, did absolutely nothing around the house and constantly cussed Janie. Janie got some guts for putting up with a mother like that. I guess since Janies mother was such a poor excuse for a mother, Janie had no choice but to grow up fast. I liked her Father though, he seemed like a very intelligent and loving man. I m sure Janies life would've been a lot different and happier if her father was in her life. Too bad.
My favorite book in the trilogy is Fade then Wake. I would recommend this novel only IF you have read the first 2 installments since you find out about Janie's father and more about her abilities. Other than that there is nothing more this book can offer.

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