Wednesday, May 23, 2012

2 Reviews for the Price of One

So I was in reading mode and I knocked out a young adult novel and a graphic novel in one day, rather then write two blog posts I'll just combine them both on here. Enjoy! Oh, and I leave for my study abroad trip tomorrow so I won't be posting any book reviews for a few weeks, possibly just trip updates. Wish me luck!

Phew, what a read. I was hesitant to read this book at first. I think I assumed that it was going to be like all the other teen paranormal romance or something and I have never been happier to be proved wrong.

"Born Wicked" is the first in the Cahill Witch Chronicles Series and I know I'm going to have to read the others when they're published. The book ends in such a cliffhanger that it'a maddening and you have to, HAVE to, know more!

The story follows Cate, the oldest of three sisters who has cared for and raised her younger sisters since the untimely death of their mother some years before. There's only one complication. They're witches just like their mother was, but they can't let anyone know. The Brotherhood hunts witches and in order to stay together and stay safe, they must keep their magical abilities cloaked and hidden from everyone, no one can be trusted with their secret. Things start to get tricky however, when Cate's childhood friend, Paul, comes home from the university and wants to marry her and a governess from the sisterhood moves into the house. Cate has less than six weeks to decide if she'll marry or join the sisterhood, if she can't make a decision the Brotherhood will for her. Cate tries to make the best of the situation and decide what will be best for her and her two younger sisters but the choices are few and the outcome unpredictable.

I LOVED this book, really and truly. I really identified with Cate (although thankfully I'm no witch... I'm sure some people may  argue with that statement though, lol) and the unfairness of her life. I sympathized being an oldest child and I understood her frustration towards her sisters when they acted out and refused to take her seriously. The characters are very well developed and believable, you're sure to have a favorite or two by the end of the book. A must read, full of suspense, intrigue, and plot twists more crooked that a witch's nose.

I received this book for free from GoodRead's giveaway in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.

I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it either. For a graphic novel, it is merely so so.

The story follows a young woman, Chase, who has a condition that sucks the life out of the men that love her. She doesn't mean to but she leaves a trail of bodies in her wake. She needs love in order to survive, but the longer she stays with a man the more they age until she has sucked every last bit of life out of them. Chase goes on the run when her boyfriend of nearly a year dies (because of her love) and the authorities think that she was responsible for it (yes). The Man, a real life super hero who is more like Chase than either of them could imagine, starts to track her down, what will happen when the authorities catch up with her?

Like I said so so, but some of the graphics were really amazing. Which is probably the only reason I'm hanging onto this and not selling it back to Half Price Books where I bought it.

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