Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Review: My Soul To Save

Yes, yes, I know. Squared Reviews has been ignored. Hopefully we can fix that.

My Soul To Save by Rachel Vincent
(279 pages)

“If she were going to die, I’d already be screaming. I’m a banshee. That’s what we do.”

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls for a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld — a consequence they can’t possibly understand. Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk....

First of, I love Rachel Vincent. She's one of my favorite authors. I started reading her Werecat series a while ago and was thrilled to find out that she had a YA series coming out soon. She didn't disappoint. My Soul To Take was wonderful, as was My Soul To Save, the second book in the Soul Screamers series.

Kaylee is a great character. She's strong, caring, thoughtful and smart. Exactly what a heroine should be. Nash is the ideal guy. He truly loves Kaylee and would do anything to help her. I like the fact that he doesn't let his popularity rule him and who he dates. I love him! It helps that he sounds gorgeous, too! ;p Together, Kaylee and Nash are the perfect couple of Soul  Screaming heroes.

Tod is another character that I can't get enough of. He's hilarious! I'm always wondering what he'll say or do next. He really adds something to the novels. I'd actually really like to see a novel -or at least a novella- featuring him! I'd probably laugh my way through it. Tod's an amazingly complex character, and I really felt for him throughout MSTS.

The plot. God, Rachel Vincent comes up with some damn good ideas. Who else would have thought to write a book about bean shides? (Did I spell that right?) Who would have thought to add the twists and turns that she did? Exactly! no one!

I can't wait to read the next book, My Soul To Keep! Time can't move fast enough!

I give My Soul To Save 4.8 squares! :)


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Review of Forever Yours by MJ Smith

Wow, nothing's been posted in a while. Oops. I'll try to make up for it now! I'm in the process of reading some great books, and I have some books that have been sitting around waiting to be reviewed. I'll post more! I promise! And I know Jackie has some reviews to post, too. Cross your fingers that we'll actually remember! ;p

So this past week I've been a little busy. I hosted my second official Author's Week at Robolobolyn's Universe. This time featuring MJ Smith. It was a ton of fun to get to know someone as nice as Ms. Smith. She is a wonderful author and person. Annnd, her novel, Forever Yours, got me liking historical romance. Here's my review of FY, and yes, it is copied from Robolobolyn's Universe, but whatever.

Let me just start by saying that historical romance isn't always my cup of tea. I find that they can be a little too historical and a little hard to understand, with the old-fashioned-ness and all. That being said, I loved Forever Yours! It was well researched, but easy to understand. I didn't feel like I was being swallowed up whole by the "old-fashioned-ness" of the novel. I could understand what was going on without having to look up a bunch of stuff.

The characters were passionate. Lovable. And Liz was totally sweet. She was also pretty spunky and determined.  The romance between Liz and Phillip was another thing that was passionate, sweet. Forever Yours is touching and romantic. A tale of two young people who discover true love during a war.  Their story of love, loss and devotion can break your heart while also showing the reader the reality of war.

The emotions in this novel are real and true. Heart wrenching and wonderful. This novel is able to make you do more than laugh or cry. It makes you think. About the war. About true love. And about just how far you will go for the one you love. It gets my vote! :)

And, can I just say, isn't the cover wonderful? I love the added little touch of the plane in the background, and the fact that Liz and Phillip have their backs turned to us. It makes it seem a little more real and sad. It kinda makes it seem like they're the only ones in their little world. (And there are times throughout the novel where that seems like it's all too true!)

The ending, without giving it away, was cute. Completely wrapped things up and didn't really leave me thinking "noooo! How could the author end the book like that?!" You know, when the author leaves you hanging, even though there's not going to be a sequel. And then you spend the rest of your life wondering, "what happened?" Okay, maybe not your whole life, but you get what I mean, right?