3 S.R. Johannes: Bookanistas - In Love with Harlequin

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bookanistas - In Love with Harlequin

So I have soooooo many books I'm trying to get through. Since the Bookanistas has taken flight, we all are swamped with books!

Good thing right?

Not so much when you read so many books you like!

Here are a few series from Harlequin Teen that you might want to check out or continue....

Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
Iron King, Iron Daughter and Iron Queen. Even a little novella called Winter's Passage fills in a few holes. Iron Queen is the newest with a release date of Feb 2011.

MY NAME IS MEGAN CHASE. I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it. THIS TIME, THERE WILL BE NO TURNING BACK.

Megan is much stronger in this book.  This series is amazing, fast paced with a love triangle and a few twists.  If you loved the 1st one, you will like this. If you haven't read the first one - go back, it's worth it.

Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent
My Soul to Steal is the most recent one released in Jan 2011. It's so hard to review a series because I don't want to give anything away.

High school junior Kaylee Cavanaugh is trying to balance her normal life with a newly discovered, terrifying ability to make life-and-death decisions—literally. Kaylee is a banshee, complete with an uncontrollable scream that rips from her when someone near her is about to die. And the more people she saves, the harder it becomes to guard her own soul from things that go bump in the Netherworld.

Kaylee's thoughts and emotions in this book were so real and insightful. In the end, I felt she made some good decisions and I was proud of her. Oh yes, and then there is Todd :) Another great trio. Sabine is completely terrifying as a mara, a Nightmare-giver who feeds on fear. I would read them in order. I think the mystery builds and clues are dropped along the way.

One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen

It’s taken a long time for me to feel like a normal teenager. But now that I’m settled in a new school, where people know me as more than Charlotte Silver of the infamous Silver family paranormal investigators, it feels like everything is falling into place. And what better way to be normal than to go on a date with a popular football star like Harris Abbott? After all, it’s not as if Noah is anything more than a friend... But my new life takes a disturbing turn when Harris brings me to a party and we play a game called One Hundred Candles. It seems like harmless, ghostly fun. Until spirits unleashed by the game start showing up at school. Now my friends and family are in very real danger, and the door that I’ve opened into another realm may yield deadly consequences.

This is the second book in the One Hundred Candles series featuring Charlotte Silver by Mara Purnhagen. You can find the first book, Past Midnight, at local retailers and online.

I have never heard of the one hundred candle game (ritual?). Pretty cool.

This book is better than the first. Pacy and focuses on the ghost hunter part. I like that this is not a book about a teen who is estranged from her family and likes the "bad" guy. The parents are kinda cool in this book and the love is not the core thing. The ghost story is scary and the mystery is intriguing.

Outside In by Maria Snyder

Again, this is a series. Just like in Inside Out, the plot in was thrilling, suspenseful, and unique filled with twists I never saw coming. The first book is around a rebellion, the second is about a war. Snyder is not afraid to kill off characters so you can never feel safe getting attached to just one.
Outside In is a dystopian novel where people live ‘inside’ this giant cube that floats around in Outer Space, with a specific course and timing for destination. Trella is back. Only instead of after just winning the fight between the pop cops and the uppers, she finds the Committee wasn't the best way to go and has to step back in a lead.

ME? A LEADER? Okay, I did prove that there’s more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion—between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we’re free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again—while still touching base with Riley, of course. He’s the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there’s outside and then there is Outside. And something from Outside wants In.

Check out the other Bookanista reviews:

Katie Anderson raves about THE LIAR SOCIETY

Christine Fonseca applauds Michelle McLean's HOMEWORK HELPERS: TERM PAPERS AND ESSAYS with Signed Book Giveaway

Carrie Harris celebrates THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE

Jen Hayley lauds DELIRIUM

Elana Johnson recommends Michelle McLean's HOMEWORK HELPERS: TERM PAPERS AND ESSAYS with Giveaway

Jessi Kirby admires MATCHED

Myra McEntire gives some cover love for THE LIAR SOCIETY

Shannon Messenger
commends THE LIAR SOCIETY with an ARC Giveaway

Carolina Valdez Miller salutes XVI with Signed Book Giveaway

Megan Miranda gives some love to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Lisa and Laura do a happy dance for Beth Revis

Shana Silver cheers for HERE LIES BRIDGET

Scott Tracey acclaims DIVERGENT

Bethany Wiggins praises Michelle McLean's HOMEWORK HELPERS: TERM PAPERS AND ESSAYS


Sage Ravenwood said...

This is the first time I've read about the '100 candles' series. Definitely have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up! (Hugs)Indigo

Kelly H-Y said...

That IS a lot of books! Thanks for the reviews!

Elana Johnson said...

I haven't read any of these! I really need to get more reading done..

Jen Hayley said...

I ADORE Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. So good! It's not YA, but her Shifters series is fantastic as well. One of my favorites of all time.

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

I can't believe I haven't read any of these series! The first two I've heard of even. I need to start reading. Haven't heard of that 100 candles game either. Maybe it was new to the series? Sounds spooky! Thanks for all the recommendations, Shelli!

Unknown said...

I loved Inside Out...can't wait to read Outside In. :)

Carrie Harris said...

AAAAAAAAUGH! My to-read pile will take over my house at this rate!!!!!


Jemi Fraser said...

I really need to find more time to read! These all sound terrific! :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to read Iron Queen. I love that series. Also Maria Snyder's series. I haven't read the others either so I guess I have a lot to read.

C.R. Evers said...

wow! All those look great. I'll have to put them on my TBR list.

Riv Re said...

I just got Iron Queen today! I'm sooo excited to read it.
I took out Soul Screamers fro my library a while back, but I wasn't fully captivated, and I returned it, though I really want to read it!
I've also got Inside Out sitting on my TBR pile.

YY Tan said...

Can't wait to get to read One Hundred Candles! I wish there were more YA horror books like Mara Purnhagen's and Katie Alender's.