**And just an FYI: if you see a book listed on my blog that is part of a series, just go ahead and assume that I've read all the books, or am working on reading ALL the books within that series. I may not always list them on here but trust me - they were read.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Iron King

Author: Julie Kagawa

Meet Meghan. A normal girl who lost her daddy when she was 6. Really, he just disappeared when she went to get ice cream and he was never heard from again. After that catastrophe her mother moved her to the outskirts of a little town in the middle of nowhere and remarried. Then her best friend in all the world, Robbie, starts getting very protective of her when she starts noticing things that just couldn't really be there....could they??

She finds out real quick that the man she thought of as her daddy was NOT her dad. Turns out she's the daughter of a faery king and she's being used. By everyone, except her best friend. After her little brother is kidnapped and taken to the Nevernever (by a type of evil no other fae could face, other than herself) she is determined to get him back. Even if her best friend wasn't supposed to allow her to go there (good thing he doesn't mind a bit of mischief).

Finally finding their way into the Nevernever, she sets out on an adventure she never thought she'd have. And she'll find out what it feels like to love a winter prince, who may just be her death.

The second book in the series is called, "The Iron Daughter" and is also very good. This is a great story to get lost in!! The 3rd book, "The Iron Queen", is due to be released in February 2011. Cannot wait!

Hex Hall

Author: Rachel Hawkins

My neighbor got this book first and told me about it. I thought why not try it? And it was SO GOOD! It is a young adult novel so NO worries about letting your "young adults" read it.

Meet Sophia Mercer. A teenager being shipped off to a reform school on an island off the coast of Georgia. Not that she really needs reforming, I mean really, all she did was try to do a "little" love spell for a friend who she was tired of seeing hurt. It wasn't her fault it turned out so wrong....was it?? Well, now her daddy (whom she's never actually meet, only emailed and talked on the phone with) and her mom ( a normal human) have sent her off to Hex Hall with all the other little witches and shape-shifters who aren't on the straight an narrow.

Since she's finally in a position to learn some of her history, she dives in. Only she learns that most humans would rather see her kind die, and they aren't the only ones. She also learns about a ancient secret societies determined to destroy the supernatural anyway possible.

Her room mate is a vampire, a girl, and she's a lesbian. Her old room mate (before Sophia) was murdered last year, and of course she was blamed for it (though never convicted). Within the first couple a months of school other attacks start happening again and  she is the first to get blamed. Though Sophia doesn't believe it could be her friend. In between trying to stay out of trouble, learning her craft and history, gym and detention - she finds herself falling for a boy named Archer, who is already dating a girl that keeps getting Sophia in trouble. Oh.....and she finally finds out exactly who her dad is.....and she's not happy about it.

Now that is some drama. And the next one is due out March 1, 2011.

This book was GREAT! A quick and easy read. Go get it!!