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Hello! My name is Ivy and I am the book blogger behind Ivy Reads. Ivy Reads was opened on November 8, 2010.

I am a college student reading YA Fiction and some Fiction. I am an avid reader and is known as a bookworm.
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Nov
24

Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy by Becca Michelle Ritchie
Series: Wynter Chelsea
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Released Date: October 18, 2008
eBook: 381 Pages
Rating: 4/5
Buy it on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

Few know of the demonic beings that plague our world, threatening to destroy it. But for two families, it is a familiar battle they have fought for ages.

The Wynters and the Chelseas live for the hunt, to kill those who prey upon the innocent. Four children, born of these two dynasties, are now in their teenage and young adult years. The three boys-Jack, the conjurer; Dustin, the telepath, and Trevor, prescient one-are all warriors, well aware that their destinies are sealed. Then there is 17-year-old Amanda, the one who has been protected and guarded all of her life-much to her great questioning and dismay. She is the special one, the empath and first girl born to the families. Burning with the fever to fight, Amanda constantly challenges the status quo, but to no avail. When their parents inexplicably disappear, Amanda’s dream of joining the legacy wins out, and she goes to battle with her brother and her lifelong friends. But as the four follow a dangerous path across the United States, a long-buried affection surfaces between Dustin and Amanda, and each must confront their hidden emotions . . . and ultimate reason for their existence.

My Thoughts

Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy by Becca Michelle Ritchie is an interesting read. At times I find myself wanting to put this book down, however, I picked it right back up.

This book is really interesting with a very old legend about the Wynter and Chelsea’s family. I find it intriguing to learn about their families’ legacy and what they do for a living. The way that the legacy and the story is described, it makes me feel like I know what exactly is happening and that I am part of the story too.

I kind of have a love-hate relationship for Amanda and Dustin. I find myself yelling at the book hoping that Amanda and Dustin can just BE together. Although they may be friends since they were really young, I feel like that should bring them even closer together. I wished they could be together as a couple. (If they are not together in the next novel, I think I might have to yell some more!)

I did not really like the action scenes as much because I feel like those parts happened too quickly. I also felt that it lack a few details here and there because of the shortness of the action. I wished those parts are described more in detail.

My favorite part of this novel is where Amanda learns about their families’ history and what part she plays in the legacy. I think that was what drew me in the most after knowing this is a book I had to pick up.

Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy is a fascinating read. It really sets the book up quickly and draws you in to know about what the legacy between the two families is.

Source: Author, {Teen} Book Scene.


Nov
17

Metamorphosis by Devon Ashley
Series: The Immortal Archives
Publisher: Self-Published
Released Date: November 15, 2011
Paperback: 328 Pages
Rating: 4/5

Change is not always a good thing…

Some survived the battle – but not without a price. As one heart starts up again, another dies down. The pure vampires learn their immortality isn’t as strong as they’d thought – the status of their hearts determines their vulnerability. And when the truth gets out, a betrayal by one of their own will cost more lives.

My Thoughts

Metamorphosis by Devon Ashley is an intriguing and unpredictable novel with twists and turns!

I really enjoyed Metamorphosis more than its first book, Ordained, because it is more compelling and appealing. Although they have left the academy, there is more to know about who Abby and Noel really are. Also, Emily moved out of the academy and is closer to Abby and Noel more than before. She deals with who she is and what she has become thanks to Abby.

My favorite and most worrisome part of the novel is what we have learned about Noel and his relationship to Abby. I never thought it would turn out this way, but it is interesting to see how Noel, Abby, and someone from Abby’s past react to what happened. I felt that it was an interesting part to add in and it totally changes my love for Noel and Abby. I was totally mad at some parts of this novel!

Emily, who is trying to discover herself wants more action, however, Abby would not let until things are stable. It was until Noel and Abby are in trouble where she and her friends tries and goes save Noel and Abby only to find out what Noel and Abby did.

Metamorphosis by Devon Ashley is a great addition to The Immortal Archives! I am expecting more and intriguing story for Noel, Abby, and other characters from this series. I cannot wait for more!

Source: Author, {Teen} Book Scene.


Nov
03
This post has been sorted into "4 stars, Book Review" • 6 Comments

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Released Date: August 9, 2011
Hardcover: 320 Pages
Rating: 4/5
Buy it on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

“These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

My Thoughts

The first thing that came to mind when I have read a few pages was that it was somewhat sexual-ish. Not like anything too explicit, but this is definitely a book for Young Adults.

I have never read Romeo and Juliet, however, I have heard of it. I really enjoyed this different telling of Romeo and Juliet.

I really liked that it is a different kind of love with Romeo and Juliet. I like the idea that Romeo and Juliet took over someone else’s body in modern day and attend high school and deals with drama. They also have to help people find their real, true love. But it is easier said than done because Juliet finds out things about her and her superiors that make change her feelings about the things she does.

Juliet cannot fall in love on the job because it is forbidden, however, she does. I really like her and the guy she falls in love with because she was able to find someone that she can love after what happened with Romeo. And that guy treats her right, lovingly and with care.

Romeo is actually the evil character in the book. Who would have thought? I actually enjoyed reading this little kind of twist because it makes the book far more interesting and of course, a different perspective into Romeo and Juliet that were taught in school.

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay is a great and interesting novel about Romeo and Juliet. I really did enjoy Juliet Immortal and I am glad that I was able to read another perspective into Romeo and Juliet. If you enjoyed the Romeo and Juliet read and taught in school, you will enjoy this one!

Source: Publisher.


Oct
31
This post has been sorted into "4 stars, Book Review" • One Comment

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
Series: Dark Eden
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Hardcover: 336 Pages
Rating: 4/5
But it on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound

Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night’s experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . . . What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?

Patrick Carman’s Dark Eden is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, memory, and— ultimately—immortality.

My Thoughts

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman is unlike any novels I have ever read!

I would not have picked this title up if the publisher hadn’t send me this book because it is typically not the genre I read. I would have probably skipped over this book, but I am glad the publisher has sent this to me because it is really good.

In Dark Eden, it talks about these teens that are afraid of certain things and they go talk to a psychologist who tries to help them by sending them off to Fort Eden. They will have to face their fears here.

Will is unlike the other teens in his group who also went to Fort Eden. Instead of cooperating, he does his own thing by hiding out when the others seek treatment. He finds things about how people are cured; however, he does not really know the procedure and how everything works.

I like the idea of how we can actually get a sense of what each character fears in the novel because it is broken up to each other’s characters. However, it is more of a story than something that is divided up and not cohesive.

I especially enjoyed the ending where everything is revealed and how everything happened because it was so surprising and not what I have expected at all. The ending blew me away and made the story that much more enjoyable.

I cannot wait for the next novel because I do not know what is going to happen and I know it will blow me away just like Dark Eden did! Great book!

Source: Publisher.


Sep
08

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Released Date: September 20, 2011
Hardcover: 432 Pages
Rating: 4/5

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who needs her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

My Thoughts

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson is about Elisa who is the Chosen one. The purpose of the Chosen is to serve her God and to fulfill her destiny.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a fantasy novel that drew me in from beginning to end. It is probably one of a very few YA fantasy novels that I have actually enjoyed. I love the whole purpose of this novel and the purpose of the Chosen. Elisa may seem to not fit the title, but as she continues her journey, she learns and figures out what is that destiny that she needs to be fulfilled. What I found really different and an interesting idea in this novel is the Godstone that Elisa bears. Her connection with this Godstone that lives with her helps her when it comes to sensing danger. The Godstone is much more powerful than I thought it would be when I have first encountered it when I was reading. Throughout the novel, you can really see how much Elisa have grown and how noble and intelligent she has become. She lives up to the titles she bears. The love interests are indescribable and fascinating. It is a great addition to Elisa and the novel itself.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a superb, fantasy novel. Those who likes YA Fantasy, adventure and romance, should read this novel.

Source: Sacramento Book Review.
Originally published by Sacramento Book Review – ©2011


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