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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Why Fairys just aren't my thing.

The fairy poet takes a sheetOf moonbeam, silver white;His ink is dew from daisies sweet,His pen a point of light.~Joyce Kilmer

We all know that currently within the book world there are trends, vampires, werewolves, faeries, pixies, zombies etc. They all can be accounted for recently and normally I'm okay with them. I deal with trends and get fun reads from them, but I have found myself trying and trying to enjoy one trend and I just cant.

Fairys. (Faeries?)

I have tried and tried and tried, but I'm sorry I just cant seem to like them.

I've been thinking about this a lot today and I've come to a new conclusion. I think that I'm not a big trend person. Yes, I can enjoy them but I don't buy into them. The only vampire books I ever read were the Twilight series and Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and then Shiver and Linger were the only Werewolf ones so maybe I just don't do trends.

I love paranormal and fantasy but I think originality is key with me. All of the Faery books I have read (or tried to read) all read the same to me, and maybe I just haven't picked up the right one, but I have yet to feel real emotions and I have to feel emotions.

I have been reading constantly for the past few weeks and I've read a lot of really amazing books, but each time I tried that particular fantasy genre I got to page 70 and couldn't take it anymore.

Maybe it has something to do with the way they're presented? Or the same Winter and Summer court thing but getting into them just seem impossible.

I don't know what's wrong with me, but perhaps they're just not for me, but leave a comment if you know of a fairy book (or amazing book in general) that may get me out of this.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Jekel Loves Hyde by: Beth Fantaskey

Jekel Loves Hyde
by: Beth Fantaskey


Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules – especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, this good girl is tempted to peek inside, because the contents just might be key to winning a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. As things heat up in the lab though, Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and will compel her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad.

Review:

Beth Fantaskey did it again! I devoured Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, and Jeckel Loves Hyde was no different with catching my interest.

The very idea of taking the story of Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde and turning it literal intrigued me and I was amazed by the outcome. I felt the emotions Fantaskey was trying to express and throughout reading I was gripping the edge of my book because I didn't know what was going to happen or what the outcome would be. I didn't know whether there would be destruction or things would work out, and honestly Chemistry is some pretty scary stuff.

I loved Jill's name, which I know is a weird thing to comment on but Jill Jekel - say Jill Jekel out loud, see how it just flows? I think it's the J's, but more then just her name the character of Jill I felt was well formed. I knew what she was about from the very beginning and she didn't wander from that, or at least not while she was fully herself.

Tristen was dreamy. There I said it, every story needs at least one dreamy character who is maintaining dreamy status, while still being some what tortured. He was that guy and I loved him for it. He struggled with his own demons and with his very self which is a very interesting aspect of the story. I loved him and Jill together as well as those moments when you felt chemistry between the two of them, they cared while being stubborn which added to the suspense.

All in all I loved this book and my only complaint is that it wasn't longer.

-Christina

Saturday, April 10, 2010

And the Contest Winner is...

Alright the contest ended on March 4th, but for those who emailed me after that date I still counted your entries as I've been MIA recently and haven't been blogging as much as I would like and the winner (according to names I drew out of a hat - the more entries you put in, the more times I wrote your name) is...

Rebecca



I will email you and if I don't receive an answer in 36 hours I will draw another winner.
Thanks to all who entered the contest!
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