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Book Reviews
November 27, 2014 posted by Nichole

Unmarked (The Legion #2) by Kami Garcia

unmarkedThe heart-pounding sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Unbreakable, by New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia.

He is here… and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us–a demon she accidentally set free. 

Now Kennedy and the other Legion members–Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared–have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?



My Review:

I was realllly disappointed in this book… I read Unbreakable last year and absolutely LOVED it! But this one? Yeahhh….it fell flat for me.


First of all, the ooey gooey romance between Kennedy and Jared was just way too over the top. They were constantly all over each other and whining about their problems and their relationship. Not to mention, Jared was over-protective and grated on my nerves when he couldn’t let Kennedy take care of herself. I wanted to see more teamwork between them; more grittiness and raw emotions. What I got was a high school prom drama fest.

Another thing that was really annoying in this book was that nothing major really ever happened. All of the scenes seemed to be rushed and there was no real focus on anything super major that was happening. I guess the author tried to make one thing major, but it honestly seemed pretty ridiculous and drawn out. I mean, it took up like half of the book and I was unimpressed.

I guess I just don’t understand the whole point of this book. Everyone was supposed to try to defeat the big scary demon (I forgot his name so let’s call him that) but he didn’t seem all that big or scary to me. I mean, he obviously had powers, but it didn’t seem all that hard to contain him. Don’t worry, I’m really not giving out any spoilers. I remember in the first book he was made into a much bigger deal and my hard was pounding all over the place. In this book, though, I just had a bored expression on my face while flipping through the pages. I was bored. End of story.

I’m not sure if I really want to read the next book when it comes out… I’m really sad that I loved the first book so much and the second book fell flat for me. And, come on, I ranked Jared as one of my top ten book boyfriends of 2013. I don’t even get that now! There was nothing attractive about that boy in this book. It’s like he’s been ruined for me ]=

Overall, I would not recommend this book. I would still recommend the first book in the series since I remember loving that one…but just leave it there. Create the rest of the ending on your own.


Pages: 384

Publication Date: September 30th 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: : ★★☆☆☆

Book Reviews
September 29, 2013 posted by Nichole

Unbreakable (Legion #1) – Kami Garcia Revew + Giveaway

Kami Garcia/UnbreakableSupernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia. 

I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.


Holy smoking potatoes, I LOVED this book. I haven’t been able to say that in awhile, huh? I just want to shout it. I LOVED THIS BOOK! I will admit, the cover is a tiny bit confusing. I still can’t really place how it relates to the book, but that doesn’t even matter! This was….amazing. spectacular. all those stupid filler words that people use when they run out of words to talk about how great a book is. I LOVED this one!

Unbreakable is a mixture of Cassandra Clare meets Kelley Armstrong meets Rachel Caine. It’s a book that I could totally see being made into a TV show or a movie. It’s about a girl named Kennedy who just lost her mom to some freak heart failure. The next thing she knows, two random boys are breaking into her house and killing a spirit who has been sent by some demon to kill her. And the crazy part? That same spirit killed her mom. Now Kennedy is on the run with four teenagers fighting evil spirits and trying to find out where she belongs, as well as her family history. Unbreakable is full of action and suspense. I was on my toes and completely freaked out more than once. It was just, yes, amazing!

There were a couple things in this book that bothered me a little bit. 1) I didn’t love the love triangle. It’s not only that I don’t like Luk’s character, but I really just want to see more Jared and Kennedy…and I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles. 2) some sections were a little difficult to follow…but that really didn’t affect the overall book. 3) This got better in the last half, but whenever I picked the book back up it took me awhile to get back into it. Other than those 3 minor details, I loved it.

Unbreakable is super spooky and action packed. TBH, it scared the shit out of me more than once. I’m surprised I didn’t scream like a little girl. The ghost scenes were awesome and made me turn on every single light in the house. And it wasn’t just one or two of those scenes. There were a TON! It was freaking awesome!

This is one of those reviews where I don’t know what else to say except how awesome this book was. I AM SO  ready for the next book! I probably have to wait like a year, huh? That sucks. I want it now. Everyone needs to go out and read this book asap. It’s great for Halloween and so unpredictable! I loved it!


Pages: 320

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Rating: : ★★★★½


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Beautiful Creatures Movie Review
February 22, 2013 posted by Nichole

Beautiful Creatures Movie Review

NEW-POSTER-beautiful-creatures-movie-32778385-1384-2048Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Published December 1st, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.


My review of the Beautiful Creatures movie:

I have been so excited to watch the Beautiful Creatures movie ever since I saw the first preview for it. I haven’t read the book in years…I want to say it was either in 2009 or 2010 that I actually read it, so I didn’t remember everything that happened in the book. That was awesome because that meant that I wouldn’t necessarily catch on if the producers changed things around in the movie. I’ve also only read the first book in the series. I think I might just reread book 1 and read the rest of them after watching the movie on the big screen.


Here’s what I liked about the movie:

Beautiful Creatures 5Ethan Wate: The entire cast in this movie was off the charts amazing, but nobody was as brilliant as the guy who played Ethan. He showed such emotion, and he was able to capture Ethan’s character so well. I just loved him so much! When he first appeared on screen, I knew that I was either going to find him very annoying or fall in love with him. Thankfully it was the latter.

Ethan and Lena’s chemistry: These two actors really connected on screen, so much so that I actually wondered if maybe they formed an actual relationship while working together. I could have maybe done without them being all over each other all the freaking time, but their chemistry was ridiculously hot. They could not have chosen a better cast for this movie.

Lena: While I didn’t love Lena’s character as much as Ethan’s character, I still adored her. I should have just created a section titled the cast  because they were all brilliant. Honestly, though, Ethan and Lena were spot on. I haven’t read the book in years, so maybe there are some character glitches that I didn’t notice, but from what I remembered of the book…they were amazing.

beautiful-creatures-alden-ehrenreich-alice-englert-interview-lenaThe Movie Itself: I was a big fan of The Beautiful Creatures movie…so much that I actually intend to buy it when it comes out. It was funny (OMG….the beginning of the movie was hilarious. and the guy who plays Link cracked. me. up,) it was emotional, it was….just brilliant. I thought that they captured the story really well. I did question a few things, because I wasn’t sure if they really happened in the book, but I loved it.

The Ending: OMG. The ENDING. I am going to be REALLY upset if a second movie isn’t made, because the ending is such a tease! I can’t remember if that’s how the first book actually ended…but woahhh. Awesome!


What I didn’t like about the movie:

There wasn’t very much that I didn’t like about the movie. However, I did feel that there was a huge cheese factor during the very middle of the movie…especially when Ridley is introduced. The beginning and the ending of the movie are awesome…and I liked the middle of the movie, too! But I just felt that it was a little cheesey during the middle, and I thought that that part could have definitely been better.

I also didn’t like the lady who played Seraphine. I don’t know if it was because of the actress or if it was simply the character I didn’t like, but I couldn’t stand her. Absolutely couldn’t stand her.



Have any of you guys watched the Beautiful Creatures movie? Did you love it? hate it? Let me know in the comment section!

Beautiful Creatures: Casting Change for Ethan Wate
April 29, 2012 posted by Nichole

Beautiful Creatures: Casting Change for Ethan Wate

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s novel, Beautiful Creatures, is set to release on February 1, 2013. A lot of casting has been done for Beautiful Creatures, including: Emmy Rossum as Ridley, Jeremy Irons as Macon Ravenwood, Emma Thompson as Mrs.Lincoln/Sarafine, Viola Davis as Amma, Alice Englert as Lena Duchaness, and Thomas Mann as Link. Originally, Jack O’ Connell was cast to play Ethan Wate. However, due to schedule conflicts, he is not long able to star in the movie. Alden Ehrenreich has been cast to replace O’Connell as Ethan Wate. You can find a photo of Ehrenreich below, and you can find the full story here.

What do you guys think about the new Ethan Wate? I’m actually quite disappointed. Alden Ehrenreich is not at all what I pictured Ethan as. Hopefully, he will prove me wrong and I will enjoy the entire movie. Some of the casting just is not living up to my expectations, though. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

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



February 1, 2010 posted by Nikki

Beautiful Creatures Giveaway Winner

As January is now officially over, it’s time to draw the giveaway. We had a record breaking number of entrants for this contest, with 106 people entering to win just one single copy of the book, Beautiful Creatures.

We’re excited to announce that the lucky winner of Beautiful Creatures is none other than Jason! Congratulations Jason. An email should be on its way to you right now requesting your postal details.

To everyone else, thanks so much for participating in this exciting giveaway and stay tuned for more free stuff coming your way!

Guest Reviewer: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Guest Reviews
January 28, 2010 posted by Nikki

Guest Reviewer: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

In keeping with our Book of the Month promotion here for January, featured authors of the new supernatural hit, Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, chose a Young Adult book and penned a joint guest review for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Description from Goodreads:

Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . .

Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they’ve been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.

Or not.

Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother’s stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.
However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.

From Margie:

There is a special shelf in our office – and by that I mean our hearts – for books that Kami and I feel the same way about. We don’t always agree. I tilt towards high fantasy and Kami to the urban supernatural. Because I read as fast as I drink Diet Cokes, I approach bookstores as an all you can eat buffet. Because Kami not only writes books but raises two small children and teaches reading, she’s pickier, more of an a la carte reader.

But, when the stars align, we’ll agree on a book that we trade back and forth, recommend and fight over, and alternately claim to have discovered for ourselves. This year, we felt that way about Rampant, so when YA Reads asked us to do a joint review, it leapt off our Special Collections shelf.

There will be the reader, like myself, who hears the words “Killer Unicorns” and says, “I’m in.” It sounds like a parody, but Peterfreund’s take on the mythical beast is straight and deadly serious. The result is an entirely girl-powered mythology of her own, that builds more into what I would consider an Epic than a Series.

Peterfreund’s Astrid, the virginal killer unicorn slayer, is heir to the empty throne in her unicorn-slaying convent qua dorm – with the most kickass bloodline and the most powerful warrior-jitzu that Rome has seen in years. But she’s heir to more than that. On the YA supernatural shelf, Astrid is the heir to the empty throne that Buffy Summers has left waiting after seven long seasons of absolute dominion. Though many will claim the crown, there is only one Slayer in any generation (If you don’t count The Dushku, because really, who does?) and I’m not sure if it’s Astrid or Diana, but between them, the throne is empty no longer.

I recommend this book (as I do) for every teen – or grown-up teen – girl you know, because as it turns out, we’re all a little Slayer on the inside.

From Kami:

When Margie handed me Rampant and said, “You HAVE to read this book,” I started that night. I can’t speed read like M, but I finished it fast because I literally couldn’t put it down. Rampant was the perfect storm for me – urban fantasy with a totally original premise, a completely developed universe, and, most importantly, a strong female protagonist that embraces her power. The fact is, I’m a writer, but I’m also a teacher, and I believe the books children and teens read shape their identities and influence them profoundly.  I won’t hand one of my teen students a book in which a girl defines herself in terms of a boy. Or worse, is willing to give up who she is for a boy.

I’m tired of reading about girls spending all their time pining for a boy. I want to see her face unicorns the size of elephants and slay them. I want to see her walk away from a guy who hasn’t earned the right to be with her. I want to read about a girl with supernatural powers, who isn’t afraid to use them. Because as a teacher, I watch girls hide their intelligence and skill, their capabilities and talents, all the time. Just so they can be more appealing to a boy.

How do we change this? If you’re Diana Peterfreund, you write a book with a strong female heroine, and you let her slay some pretty badass unicorns. Will this solve the problem, and make every girl feel empowered to be herself and slay her own beasts? No. But it will make SOME girls brave enough to try.

And if a book can do that, it should have a place on every girl’s Special Collections self. Or in her purse, with her wooden stake.

You can keep up with Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl at www.BeautifulCreaturestheBook.com.

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