Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Broken Spell

Broken Spell by Fabio Bueno was amazing! I really enjoyed Wicked Sense, the first in the series about a young witch sent to Seattle to find The Singularity, the most powerful witch ever to exist. Skye, the young witch charged with this task is unique in her ability to sense witches, even from a great distance. In this sequel, Skye has found The Singularity, but has chosen to hide her identity.  It is up to her and her boyfriend, Drake to keep The Singularity a secret until she can get a hold on her unprecedented powers. With danger and tragedy facing their small group of friends, Skye and Drake will have to decide if they are going to work together or apart. 

I was caught up in this story from the first page. I found so much exciting magic in this book, it left me breathless! The story was gripping and intriguing. I could not put this book down. I had a difficult time not sneaking my iPad in to the classroom with me. All of the characters were vivid and full of history. I was excited to learn more about the world of witches. There were also some new characters introduced that I have strong opinions about, but I'm not sure what those opinions are yet. I cannot wait for the next installment in this great series! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wicked Sense

Skye is a witch with the unique talent of being able to sense when other witches are around. It is up to her to go to Seattle to find the most powerful witch that has ever lived. She wants to remain inconspicuous, but her incomparable beauty makes her irresistible to Drake. Their new found friendship leads them to trouble as they both search for the Singularity in The high school. 

I really liked this story. The characters were well-developed. The story was full of suspense. I love a world that contains witches. I only wish there had been a little more magic thrown in. Or some explanations of spells. But this is just a personal preference because I love to read about magic. 

I would love to read more about Mona and her life, but I am hoping that will be in the next book. I am really excited to see what happens next in the lives of these characters. This book is so well written that it could be read as a stand alone, but I am very glad that there wil be more!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

I laughed out loud. That is the mark of a great book. Not often do I laugh out loud. I might chuckle, or grin, usually I just inwardly "humph." But when I laugh, whole-heartedly, out loud, I know I have been entertained. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? is the story of young, Bee and her eccentric mother Bernadette. Bee is impossibly intelligent with eclectic tastes and very little self-editing abilities. But where Bee is outgoing and impish, her mother is somewhat of a hermit. Keeping to herself in their large, run-down home, she uses an assistant whom she met on the Internet to do all of her shopping, or anything that requires interaction with people outside of her home. Bree's father, a genius at Microsoft, has all but forgotten about his family when his wife goes missing. This story is sad, hilarious, and poignant. I didn't want the story to end. But when it did, I was not disappointed. There is a little bit of language in the book. 


Dystopian YA fiction is a genre I had sort of gotten bored with. I have read the Hunger Games Trilogy. I have read the Matched Series. I've read some Zombie apocalypse novels and I thought I was done. I had grown a little bored with this type of story. But I kept hearing about Divergent by Veronica Roth and decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did. I have heard many comparisons to the Hunger Games, but, to be honest, the only similarities I found were that they are both about a girl, and they are both dystopian.  Divergent is about a strong, young woman who must choose between staying with her family in the home in which she grew up, with the standards she has come to respect, or choose another path. Choose the community that she has always admired and has felt a kinship with. There is a bit of a love interest, no YA novel would be complete without one.  Tris, the main character, has conflict, turmoil, teenage angst. And while all of this is not incredibly original, it is very entertaining. Don't let other reviews turn you off, if you are kind of tired of Dystopian fiction. This is a great story, with great characters. There are sequels to the book, that I may or may not read, but I believe this book does well to stand on it's own.