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Fated Audiobook Clip by Alyson Noel
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January 27, 2013 posted by Nichole

Fated Audiobook Clip by Alyson Noel

12829446Hey guys!

 

Today I am excited to share with you a clip from the audiobook of Fated by Alyson Noel. I reviewed Fated back in December. You can find that review here. In order to listen to the clip, simply click on the little link below that says FatedChapter1 (2). It should load up another page. Click on the link again, and it should bring up a window where you will be able to listen to the clip. Below that I have provided a synopsis of Fated. And don’t forget! Alyson Noel’s second book in the series, Echo, is already out in stores. So make sure to get your copies!

 

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals, Alyson Noël, comes Fateda breathtaking new saga brimming with magic, mystery, and an intoxicating love story that will steal your heart away. Meet The Soul Seekers.

Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

Fated (Soul Seekers #1) – Alyson Noel
Book Reviews
December 13, 2012 posted by Nichole

Fated (Soul Seekers #1) – Alyson Noel

Until now, he’s existed only in her dreams – but fate is about to bring them together.

I shove through the crowd, knocking into girls and bouncing off boys, until one in particular catches me, steadies me.
I feel so secure, so at home in his arms.
I melt against his chest-lift my gaze to meet his. Gasping when I stare into a pair of icy blue eyes banded by brilliant flecks of gold that shine like kaleidoscopes, reflecting my image thousands of times.
The boy from my dream.
The one who died in my arms

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals, Alyson Noël, comes Fateda breathtaking new saga brimming with magic, mystery, and an intoxicating love story that will steal your heart away. Meet The Soul Seekers.

Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

Daire Santos has been having some crazy dreams lately. She dreams of gorgeous boys, love, strange places….and demons. Daire also has visions. And on a trip with her mother, she has her strongest vision of all. After being classified a nutcase, Daire must pick up her whole life and move to New Mexico so that her long last grandmother who she’s never met can help her become same once again.

Once away from her mother and with her grandmother, Daire slowly starts to come to reality. She’s learned that she’s not crazy. Instead, she’s something known as a seeker. Her visions and dreams? Not made up. Everything is slowly starting to come to reality right in her new small little town.

After meeting some friends along the way, not to mention her one true love, Dace, Daire learns that she’s going to have to put her seeker powers to the test much sooner than she expected. She’s going to have to find off this evil group known as the Coyotes, and save some souls along the way. Join Daire and her friends along this epic quest!

 

When Fated first started I was completely in love. The writing was gorgeous. The characters were brilliant. Everything was so amazing that I didn’t want to put the book down. The beginning have didn’t really focus on Daire being a seeker. Instead, it focused on her slowly losing her mind and grasping to come back to reality. It was a really intense ride to watch Daire and her mother try to cope with their new changes.

Unfortunately, the book got really weird around the halfway mark. And I mean REALLY weird. All of a sudden we learn about this weird Seeker history/world and the characters get creepy and…..well….weird. I was really upset because I originally loved the book SO much, but it just kept getting worse and worse for me starting at the halfway mark.

Daire’s grandmother gave me the creeps all throughout this book. I couldn’t stand her at all. I also found it weird how quickly they bonded. This was the first time that Daire and her grandmother had EVER met. I’m talking 16 years of communication. The beginning stated that the grandmother had a reason for this, but I failed to see or understand it. I thought a lot more explanation was needed, and I wasn’t thrilled at how quickly they became comfortable with one another. I also thought that Daire got too comfortable with the whole seeker idea way too fast. Yes, she had some struggles with it at first, but I thought that she should have had more of them. If some lady just popped into my life and told me that I was some seeker type thing that needed to start saving souls, I would have laughed in her face. Seriously? Weird.

The relationship between Dace and Daire was really awkward for me. They really didn’t get much one on one time throughout most of the book, and then BAM! Their romance was quickly crammed into a few chapters at the very end. I didn’t like that. I would have preferred a smooth romance that slowly progressed throughout the whole book. I didn’t get that, and I wish that I would have.

I really found this book hard to enjoy, which is upsetting since I really loved the first half of the book. Unfortunately, the last half of the book was so weird that the first half of the book couldn’t make up for it. The first and second halves of the book were also SO different that it felt like they could be two separate books. Maybe Echo will be more enjoyable to read, but I was really let down by Fated. I will say that this book had a similar feel to Amy Plums Die for Me series, so fans of that series might greatly enjoy this series by Alyson Noel

 

Pages: 343

Publication Date: May 22nd, 2012

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Rating: : ★★☆☆☆

 

Teaser Quote:  “I did Google him, you know.”
“Oh, so you GOOGLED him Oh, well, that changes everything then, doesn’t it? What could I possibly worry about now that I know you’ve conducted such a thorough Internet search?”

Guest Blogger: Blue Moon – Alyson Noel
Fantasy
November 17, 2012 posted by Nichole

Guest Blogger: Blue Moon – Alyson Noel

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Reviewed by Hayley Hoyle

 

Alyson Noël’s bestselling Immortals series has been hailed as “addictive,” “beautiful,” “haunting,” and “mesmerizing.” In Blue Moon, Ever has a chance to bring her family back from the dead – but only if she’s willing to sacrifice the guy she loves more than life itself.

Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s begin to fade after he is stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.

Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, where she uncovers not only the secrets of Damen’s past – the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden – but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them – or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day….

 

In the second book of Noel’s Immortal series, we begin where we left off with Ever and Damen. Ever has accepted her fate as an immortal and training with Damen is getting more intense, even though being together is a distraction. When a new threat moves in, all Ever has is herself.

 

After reading Evermore, I really wanted to see more about this world that Damen has brought Ever into, and Blue Moon didn’t disappoint. Throughout the book, we get more insight into the world of Summerland. It really does sound like an amazing place and Noel’s descriptions just bring it to life. It’s a lot more complex than originally thought of in Evermore.

 

I love Ever and Damen together. They are a couple that doesn’t have too many mushy scenes where I just want to vomit. And when the new enemy makes his way between them, I was cheering them on to work things out. The other minor characters like Myles and Haven get a little more time in this book and develop along with the story. We also get to meet some new characters that help the story move along and I’m sure will pop up in future books of the series.

 

One thing I judge a book on is if it made me feel anything, whether good or bad, and this definitely did. I found myself mad at some parts and wanting to kill certain characters (don’t want to spoil it). Other parts I was just along for the ride. I like when a book has me so invested in a story that I am feeling alongside the characters. I just couldn’t help it because I found Ever so believable, although naïve at times.

 

Although I’m a fan of this series, there is one thing about Blue Moon that I wasn’t very keen on. The book is almost 300 pages and the action all begins within the first 100. I’m all for a book getting to business but I felt it was a little rushed. Here I was reading about Ever and Damen training then everything was turned upside down and I was on a roller coaster for most of the rest of the book. I would have liked to see it pan out a little more before it all went to chaos.

 

Overall, Blue Moon was a great read. If you liked the first book, than this one will be even better. It’s really easy to read and seems to fly by once you get into all the action The ending will catch a lot of people by surprise. I didn’t expect for things to turn out like they did and I’m hoping for some resolve in the next book, Shadowland. Like I said, if you liked Evermore, then Blue Moon is a definite must-read. If you want an easy, entertaining book, then I would suggest picking up a copy.

 

Rating: : ★★★★☆

 

Pre-order Fated by Alyson Noel and Win a Pair of Soul Seeker Inspired Earrings
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April 28, 2012 posted by Nichole

Pre-order Fated by Alyson Noel and Win a Pair of Soul Seeker Inspired Earrings

 St. Martins Press is offering an awesome giveaway for fans of Alyson Noel. Alyson Noel’s newest book, Fated, will be available in bookstores on May 22, 2012. If you pre-order Fated in any format (print, e-book, audiobook) and submit your receipt, you will receive a pair of soul seeker inspired earrings–while supplies last. Want to know more about this great deal? Head on over to this website to find out more about the rules. A picture of the earrings are below:

Side note: The link does not open for me in Internet Explorer. If it does not work for you, try using Google Chrome (worked for me perfectly) or another web browser.

That’s all for now, folks. See you next time!

 

Evermore – Alyson Noel
Book Reviews
May 11, 2009 posted by Nikki

Evermore – Alyson Noel

For Ever, life at Laguna Beach is anything but sun, fun and living the Californian dream. Ever hides her slimline figure and pretty face under baggy jeans and hooded sweatshirts so she doesn’t attract any unwanted attention, or any attention at all, in fact. You see, Ever is in mourning. She lost her entire family in a car accident the year before and doesn’t think she deserves the second chance she was offered. Why not her? Why them? Why did they have to leave her behind like this?

To make things even more traumatic, Ever is seeing the ghost of her dead sister everywhere. They’re even having conversations. It’s a comfort for Ever, though, because it almost feels like Riley is still alive – even if she is in the whispy, non-corporeal sense. Something else is happening to Ever, too. She’s developed a kind of psychic power where she can see into people’s minds. But Ever knows it’s not polite to wade through people’s privacy like that so she does very little with her gift.

But then Damon comes along and things start to change. For one, she can’t see inside his mind at all, which is very strange indeed. But it’s more than that. Something about Damon is off. Ever notices this straight away but can’t seem to put her finger on it. The more time she spends with him, the more her imagination gets carried away and suddenly she finds herself contemplating all kinds of crazy things about him.

Damon is totally not what he seems. Or at least, he’s not what Noel wants you to think he is. He’s old – very old, in fact – he drinks a red substance straight from a glass at dinner, he keeps disappearing, he’s got loads of money, and he’s got books signed by authors that died a century ago. Sounds familiar, huh?

Well sorry to disappoint, but Damon is no vampire. He’s just a guy that has lived for a helluva long time. And apart from the mind reading stuff, his tricks are limited and fairly unimpressive. He’s not running from a big bad (not really) and he’s not a threat to Ever in any way. Where oh where is the conflict, I ask? This is no forbidden romance guys, so don’t go into it thinking it’s going to be all hopeless like Romeo and Juliet. It’s not. Not even close.

I know that there are hoards of girls out there that really got into this novel, but I found Ever so irrational and so whiny that being inside her head was just annoying. As I sit here and type this, I’m strapping on my protective armour and picking up my sword, because I know I’m going to offend masses of readers when I say that this book was average. In fact, I think the best thing about it is the beautiful cover art. I put it down three times before I forced myself to pick it up and keep reading. It took foooooorreeeeevvveerrrrrrrr to get started.

Having said that, I didn’t hate it, but I most certainly didn’t love it. I’m not even quite sure I liked it. If someone handed me the second one, I’d read it (or I’d at least give it a chance) out of sheer curiosity. But I’m hoping someone I know has a copy because I’m not forking out my hard earned dollars to acquire it.

On a final note I would like to ask why everyone is comparing this to Twilight? Why are people comparing every single novel that comes out these days to Twilight? There are no vampires present within the pages of Evermore, and the love story that plays out between Damon and Ever bares no resemblance to that of Bella and Edward. So I ask you, why oh why is this being compared to Twilight? In my personal opinion, the two don’t even really belong in the same genre. My two cents, though, and I’m sure others will have much to say about the issue.

Rating: : ★★½☆☆

Blue Moon – Alyson Noel: An Immortals Novel
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February 28, 2009 posted by Nikki

Blue Moon – Alyson Noel: An Immortals Novel

Hey folks, check out the cover of Noel’s new novel:

Pretty spiffy, huh? Fans of Evermore, her first novel in The Immortals series, will be pleased to know that Blue Moon is due for release on 08.04.09!