Happy Hour is..

where anytime you have a book open and a cup of coffee within reach is happy hour!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
My Review:
What a great book!
I finished it in one day. Just couldn't put it down.
The storyline in it's self is very well written and continued to keep me interested from start to finish.
I loved all the characters, though I have to say my favorite was Hector.
There is tons of action,tragedy,multiple love plots, and deception what more could you possibly ask for aside from the next book to hurry up and be available!
This is a great beginning for a new series!
I give Josephine a Strong 5 star review for this great book

Friday, April 1, 2011

Die for me by Amy Plum

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.
Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.
Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.
While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?
My review:
Die for me is definitely one that I will be putting on my most loved list for the year.
With a  devastating loss,a new beginning,new friends, the discovery of a paranormal existence,and a great love story.
Kate's life will keep you turning the pages to see where Amy takes the story of  her and Vincent from moment to moment.
I can't wait to see what comes next!

I recommend Die for me with a solid 5 stars!

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.
My review:
I thought this book was a fun read.
With an easy to follow story line, strong character, a plot full of creepiness,deception,sadness and of course love
Not knowing it was a second book in a series I found it to be great on it's own but look forward to see what the future holds for Charlotte and her family.
I recommend One hundred candles with 4 stars!


The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter


Publishers Weekly

In Carter's first YA novel, the Greek pantheon isn't just down to Earth, it's occupying Eden, Mich., and attending high school. Kate Winters doesn't notice anything special about classmates Ava, James, and Dylan, but pale-eyed Henry gets her attention when he appears to resurrect Ava from the dead after a malicious prank goes horribly wrong. Kate can't quite believe that Henry is the god of the underworld, as he claims, but she also can't dismiss him. Kate's mother is dying of cancer, and Kate is willing to grasp at anything that might win her one more loving maternal conversation. The bargain she strikes with Henry is a grim one, but the full enormity of what she has undertaken—"live forever or die trying"—is not revealed until it's too late to recant. Carter wears her influences openly, with many passages reading like outtakes from Robin McKinley's Beauty by way of Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Nevertheless, the narrative is well executed, and Kate is a heroine better equipped than most to confront and cope with the inexplicable. Ages 13 18. (May)
My review:
I loved loved loved this book.
I am very fond of Greek mythology and this story was a wonderful new twist.
Following Kate a great main character who lets face it is better than most of us. Henry the loveable greek god of the underworld as well as a great supporting cast of characters.
The whole idea of this book is wonderfully well written and flows in a manner that had me not wanting to put it down. For a story filled with the loss,passion,friendship,deception,and love
 I reccomend The Goddess Test with 5+ stars!