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Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

Posted October 5, 2015 by karenbaron in Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Illusions by Aprilynne PikeIllusions by Aprilynne Pike
Series: Wings #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by HarperTeen on May 3rd 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 375
Format: Hardcover
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"I don't do patrols, I don't go hunting, I just stick close to you. You live your life. I'll keep you safe," Tamani said, sweeping a lock of hair from her face. "Or die trying."
Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.
But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.
This is the third installment of Aprilynne Pike's Wings Series.

My take on the book: Wow. This book once again was really good. Illusions by Aprilynne Pike has us jumping from Tamani to Laurel, in terms of who the third person narrator is, which is something that I adore. I think that the book wouldn’t have been good without the little sections of Tamani being the focus that the book wouldn’t have been as good. From the very beginning to the end of the book had me wanting more and more.

Laurel is still stuck between wanting to be in a romantic relationship with either David or Tamani. Some people might like the whole love triangle thing but for me I’m just a little bit worried about which scorned lover would turn on Laurel if they were influenced enough from the other side. This book seemed like it was filler which is a good thing since we learned more about Tamani, David, and mostly everyone in this book. We even got to meet and learn more (SPOILER!!) about a new faerie named Yuki (END SPOILER!!). We also learn a lot about her and a little bit more about this troll hunter, that we met in the last book, by the name of Klea. We all know that I hate filler books but this filler books, but I feel this one is a necessary for this series.

I am going to be giving Illusions by Aprilynne Pike a five stars rating because it was soo good. When I wasn’t reading I was worrying about what Laurel was getting herself into or if Tamani and David would stop trying to be jerks around each other and what type of faerie is Yuki?! All really good questions that got answered in the book, which gave me more questions. That cliffhanger Aprilynne Pike had for us was the worst one ever. Well not the worse one but it sucks to know that I won’t be able to read Destined by Aprilynne Pike for a while. But, wow I can’t wait to read it, when I am able to get my hands on that book. I really want to know what happens for Laurel and her friends. and even more about Yuki.

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Critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine.


Spells by Aprilynne Pike

Posted September 24, 2015 by karenbaron in Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Spells by Aprilynne PikeSpells by Aprilynne Pike
Series: Wings #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by HarperTeen on May 4th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 359
Format: Hardcover
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"I can't just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can't 'steal' you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you'll ask," Tamani said.
"And if I don't?" Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.
"Then I guess I'll be waiting forever."

Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life - and especially her boyfriend, David - to return to the faerie world.
But when she is summoned to Avalon, Laurel's feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice - a choice that could break her heart.

My take on this book: Spells is a fantastically great book that Aprilynne Pike had written. Laurel feels like she has to decide between her two separate worlds and she doesn’t know which one she wants more. Especially when it comes to David or Tamani. She has to deal with that and her fear of the trolls coming back for her. She also has to deal with keeping her secret and doing other things. This book is a really good one and I think it’s actually better than the first one.

Laurel is a great character even if I don’t really care about her love triangle between David and Tamani. I mean in my head she needs to choose one or the other and she does just not the one I would have thought she should have chosen. Aprilynne is a great author especially on her knowledge of faeries. I am giving this book a five stars since it’s an awesome book and I am loving the lives of Laurel, David, Tamani, and the other people in these books.

If anyone asks me about a recommendation on this book it would be the same as the first one which is a yes. This book is a good one and I love it. I can’t wait to read the next book and the last book in this series. I am quite glad that I found this book and this author.

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Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Posted September 21, 2015 by karenbaron in Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Wings by Aprilynne PikeWings by Aprilynne Pike
Series: Wings #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by HarperTeen on May 5, 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 290
Format: Hardcover
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Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful - too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

My take on this book: Wow. This book is totally different than what I thought it would be. I wasn’t sure what to think when I read the plot for the book but oh my god it was so good. Totally didn’t think that it was going to be about faeries and that they would be like they are in the book.

Aprilynne Pike is totally a great author and is good at spinning tales about faeries. Though the one thing that I didn’t like is this little love triangle thing that seems to be coming for Laurel, David, and Tamani. But then again what can I say it seems to be a thing for young adult stories and it actually does work quite well with the story. This whole book was really good. I finished it today and it was so good. It grabbed me from the first chapter and that usually means that this will be a book that I won’t be able to put it down unless I really needed to.

Anyways this book is really good and I’m giving this book a five stars. If anyone asked me about this book I would totally say it would be a great read especially if you like faeries. Even if you don’t like faeries it still is a good book and it’s totally something that I think a lot of people would love to read. Aprilynne Pike is a really good author and I am glad that I found this book.

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Devoted by Hilary Duff

Posted September 20, 2015 by karenbaron in Chick Lit, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Womens Fiction, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Devoted by Hilary DuffDevoted by Hilary Duff, Elise Allen
Series: Elixir #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR on October 11th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 350
Format: Hardcover
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When love is lost but never forgotten...
Clea Raymond found her soulmate in mysterious and handsome Sage, and discovered that they have loved each other through many past lives, all of which ended tragically. Clea wants nothing more than to prevent history from repeating itself and to be with her true love. But there are dark forces in the world: people who want to destroy Sage and the Elixir that makes him immortal.
Sage has been taken, yet Clea is certain he is still alive and will stop at nothing to find him. She turns to her friend Ben, and they enter into an uneasy alliance with Cursed Vengeance, an ancient faction that has information that can lead them to Sage. Clea must get to Sage before Cursed Vengeance does, or risk his death at their hands. But Ben's role in Sage's kidnapping - and in their past lives - leaves Clea questioning whether Ben can be counted on. Just when they get closest to their goal, the events around her make Clea wonder if she's really saving Sage... or if she's leading them to repeat their disastrous pasts all over again.
Devoted is the thrilling continuation of the heart-pounding series that began with the New York Times bestseller Elixir.

My take on this book: Wow this book was good. I got to say that I liked the first one a lot better than this one. I will give a four star rating. I mean I liked it don’t get me wrong but it just felt a little bit weird to me. I mean we have Sage missing and Clea is still looking for him but without Ben’s help because of what happened in the past.

I wasn’t entirely sure about the whole thing of having an immortal family in there. I mean yeah it helped with the plot I guess but it still didn’t make much sense with why we found out about them now. Why not in the first book? Oh well it’s still a good book. I am happy to say though that at least Clea and her mom seem to be getting a long a little bit better. Granted it doesn’t help that her mom moved her office to the family home so that she could be with Clea more but at least she is trying. Clea’s relationship with Ben has gone poof since we, and them, found out about how Clea, Ben and Sage are always stuck in this love triangle type of thing that they have been going through for five different lifetimes.

I’m not sure how Clea and Rayna’s relationship would be like in the next book since with what ended up happening. I feel bad though for Rayna since she finds someone that could be the one for her and something bad has to have happened to him.

I would totally recommend it if anyone asks me about it.

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Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress, pop singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. After gaining fame for playing the title role in the television show Lizzie McGuire, Duff went on to have a film career; her most commercially successful movies include Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), and A Cinderella Story (2004).

Duff has expanded her repertoire into pop music, with four RIAA certified Platinum albums and over thirteen million albums sold worldwide. Her first studio album, Metamorphosis (2003), was certified triple platinum and she followed it up with two more platinum albums, Hilary Duff (2004) and Most Wanted (2005). Duff’s last studio album, Dignity, was released in April 2007 and was certified Gold in August 2007.

She has also launched a clothing line, “Stuff by Hilary Duff”, and two exclusive perfume collections with Elizabeth Arden. Duff and her mother were listed as producers for the movie Material Girls, As of April 2008, her upcoming films include the action thriller War, Inc., animated comedy Foodfight!, and independent films Greta and Safety Glass.


Elixir by Hilary Duff

Posted September 14, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Chick Lit, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Womens Fiction, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Elixir by Hilary DuffElixir by Hilary Duff, Elise Allen
Series: Elixir #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 12th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 327
Format: Hardcover
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Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, she has grown to be a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world. But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea’s photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful man—a man she has never seen before.
When fate brings Clea and this man together, she is stunned by the immediate and powerful connection she feels with him. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance, and they discover the centuries old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fates, together they race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their lives—and their futures.

My take on this story: Wow all I have to say is that this book is awesome and a great read. I have to admit Hilary Duff is a pretty good writer. I felt like I was actually a part of Clea’s life throughout this whole book. The story that Hilary crafted with the help of Elise Allen is mesmerizing.

Clea is a talented photojournalist.  I felt sad for Clea whenever she talked about her dad. You can so see that Clea wants to be close to her mom but that she was closer to being a dad’s girl. This is especially noticeable in the way that she looks for what truly happened to her dad. She doesn’t really have that super close connection to either of her parents with them being gone most of the time. She is close to Rayna, her best friend, because they are both born on the same day and they live together on the same property that her parents own. The two are so close that they can tell when the other is lying to the other or when the other is upset. Rayna is the one that pushed her to follow her feelings between Ben, a guy that is a friend/bodyguard-type of person that her parents hired for her photojournalist trips, and the one that has been showing up in Clea’s pictures. Clea is a pretty stubborn person when it comes to certain parts of her life such as her photojournalist assignments, to getting her pictures taken, to her love life, and of course about her dad.

I am glad that I read this book finally (as it has been on my to read shelf for a while), to me it is worth ten stars as a rating, if I had a rating like that, but five stars rating works. If anyone asked me about this book for a recommendation I would tell them that the book was awesome and that they should give the book a try.

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Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress, pop singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. After gaining fame for playing the title role in the television show Lizzie McGuire, Duff went on to have a film career; her most commercially successful movies include Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), and A Cinderella Story (2004).

Duff has expanded her repertoire into pop music, with four RIAA certified Platinum albums and over thirteen million albums sold worldwide. Her first studio album, Metamorphosis (2003), was certified triple platinum and she followed it up with two more platinum albums, Hilary Duff (2004) and Most Wanted (2005). Duff’s last studio album, Dignity, was released in April 2007 and was certified Gold in August 2007.

She has also launched a clothing line, “Stuff by Hilary Duff”, and two exclusive perfume collections with Elizabeth Arden. Duff and her mother were listed as producers for the movie Material Girls, As of April 2008, her upcoming films include the action thriller War, Inc., animated comedy Foodfight!, and independent films Greta and Safety Glass.