The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Published September 3, 2012 by bookspirit99

The simple, yet gorgeous, cover of The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself. (Goodreads)
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Exiled by J. R. Wagner

Published September 2, 2012 by bookspirit99

The Excellent Book Cover of Exiled by J. R. Wagner!

James has never known an ordinary life. As long as he can remember, he and his family have been on the run—moving from place to place, never settling down, never growing roots. Now, just when he’s on the brink of manhood, the very thing his family has been trying to prevent tears him from all he has ever known and thrusts him into a place where he is powerless and alone.

Bent on finding a way back, James must brave a place reserved for the worst of his kind. He quickly learns that the land itself poses a greater threat than its inhabitants and if he is to have any chance of returning, he must work with the very people he’s been raised to fear.

James has known magic since just after he was born. As a sorcerer, his skills are exceptional yet when he wakes in The Never, his abilities are gone. Armed with nothing but determination and the will to survive, he braves a land wrought with dangers, mysteries and temptations meant to ensnare both body and mind and prevent escape forever. (Goodreads)
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Published July 31, 2012 by bookspirit99

The Forest of Hands and Teeth By Carrie Ryan
Isn’t that such a great cover?!

In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death? Summary by Goodreads.

Mary-A girl who dreams of the ocean and times before the Return (when the Unconsecrated came). She loses both parents to the infection and has only her brother left. She is of marrying age in her village, where marriage isn’t about love but about commitment and children. She looks for answers to her many questions.

Harry-Mary’s betrothed. He and his brother, Travis, have always loved Mary.

Travis-Mary’s true love. After he broke his leg, she “prayed” over him day and night. She really was whispering stories of times before the Return in his ear. Her “praying” caused her to fall in love with him. He is betrothed to Cass, Mary’s best friend. 

Cass-Mary’s best friend. She would listen to Mary’s stories all day long, even when she despised them and her parents would punish her for it. She smells like sunbeams and is usually very happy.

Jed-Mary’s brother. He has his own wife, Beth. He is a Guardian, part of a group that protects the fences around their village from the Unconsecrated.

Sister Tabitha-The head of the Sisterhood, the governing force of the village. When her parents Turned, Mary joins the Sisterhood. Mary finds that Sister Tabitha and the Sisterhood keep many secrets, from the general population.

This book takes place after the Apocalypse. The world is overrun with zombies, or Unconsecrated. The few people still living are caged with their own cities, for protection from the zombies. Everything that is done within those cities is about survival.

The book was excellent, well worth my time. The characters weren’t as detailed as in some other books, but they did the job. I think there could have been moments for more realistic actions to shine through. The whole world and the plot-line of this book was glorious! Carrie Ryan really creates a vivid world, so realistic. I love it, but I still don’t want to live in it… I am really looking forward to Dead-Tossed Waves, book two! I suggest this to hard-core girls who like a mix of action and romance.

Weekly Wishlist (2)

Published July 30, 2012 by bookspirit99

Sorry I’m late… but here’s another four books I look forward to reading! The GoodReads summaries are linked to the book titles, for your convenience and reading pleasure.

A Great and Terrible Beauty By Libba Bray

A Great and Terrible Beauty has been recommended to me numerous times. I’m excited to read this book (as always!) but I don’t know when I will have time to! I’m so busy at the moment…*looks at date, says “Oh, crap, I was supposed to do that yesterday!* The story sounds interesting. 

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones sounds like an excellent book. People have talked about it, off-handedly, saying how good it was. I look forward to enjoying it, though I don’t know when! When I do, the review will be on here soon!

The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

The Speed of Dark has been recommended to me by my friend, Jon. The protagonist is autistic, if I remember right. It’s Sci-fi, so I’m looking forward to reading it!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent has been talked about a lot, so I want to read it to find out what everyone is talking about. Looking forward to it, like every other book on my giant to-read list! Just another series of books I’d like to read and review!

Today I invite you to recommend books and discuss books you have had recommended to you.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Published July 24, 2012 by bookspirit99

Hush, Hush Book Cover! Pretty Amazing!

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Weekly Wishlist (1)

Published July 23, 2012 by bookspirit99

Today I am starting what, I hope, is a weekly post about books I want to read. I invite you to discuss what you are currently reading or plan to read. I will post four books that I want to read, with a link to their synopsis on Goodreads, for your use.

The City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #4)

The City of Fallen Angels! Presumably a great book, considering all the other before it that were excellent! I totally love Cassandra Clare! It’s mainly paranormal action/romance. I love it! Read the rest of this entry →

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Published July 16, 2012 by bookspirit99
the book thief cover

The Cover of The Book Thief

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

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