Friday, January 20, 2012

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Synopsis: Passion. Fate. Loyalty.
Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and  mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

My thoughts: a good romance, but I started liking it when I got near the end. We are presented to Kelsey, a 17-year-old girl who lost her parents in an accident and now lives with her fosters, and she starts working temporarily in a circus, where she falls in love with a huge and beautiful white tiger with blue eyes called Dhiren. Kelsey starts passing most of her free time next the animal’s cage, and soon a friendship begins. Until then it was o.k., the story was kind of good, but when an Indian called Mr. Kadam buys Dhiren, he offers to take Kelsey to India with him so she could help taking care of the tiger. That was the part that disappointed me the most because any parent – even foster ones – would never let their daughter leave to the other side of the globe with a stranger and a tiger! It was very idealized their decision, letting their girl go away trusting only on the man’s word! What if he was a kidnapper?!

                When they get to India, Kelsey and Dhiren get separated from Mr. Kadam e the tiger takes her to the middle of the dense jungle to an unknown house. She ties him up to a tree so that he wouldn’t scare anyone while she was examining the house, but when she starts to walk away, she hears a masculine voice coming from behind her and where once there was a white tiger was now a gorgeous man with the same cobalt eyes as the tiger’s. This was the point where the story got interesting: Ren was an Indian prince with more than 300 years that was trapped in the body of the tiger because of a curse and he only had 24 minutes per day to keep his human form. Apparently, what helped him get back was Kelsey’s presence. They embark in a journey to break the curse, with the help of Mr. Kadam and Dhiren’s money. Yes, besides he being handsome, romantic, and so tender that hurts, he is extremely wealthy. They pass a lot of tests – from finding Ren’s brother, Kishan, another handsome Indian man that transforms into a black tiger, to escape from an army of monkeys in Kishkindha (aka monkey’s city) – and soon their friendship becomes an undeniable attraction. Despite the fact that their love is very beautiful, some scenes – a few actually – seemed a little forced and even fake, as if the characters were being forced to say that line, so it sounded unnatural.

                I really liked the ending though, because it was unexpected and therefore chocking. Now I am very excited and yearning for part 2 to know what will happen to the couple.


Monday, January 2, 2012

Blue Blood Saga: Part 1 by Melissa De La Cruz

Synopsis: Within New York City’s most elite families, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. They are the powerful and the wealthy—and in fact, they are not human. They are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.
Schuyler Van Alen has never fit in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates, and she lives with her reclusive grandmother in a dilapidated mansion. Schuyler is a loner—and happy that way.
But when she turns fifteen, Schuyler’s life changes dramatically. She has a mosaic of blue veins on her arms, and craves raw meat. The death of a popular girl from Duchesne is surrounded by a mystery that haunts her. And strangest off all, Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, is showing a sudden interest in her.
Schuyler wants to find out the secrets the Blue Bloods are keeping. But is she herself in danger?
My thoughts: when I bought this book, I fell in love with its cover and, after I started reading, I fell in love with the rest. Well written, this book shows us a different point of view when related to vampires: they aren’t just monsters who want our blood; they are fallen angels, beautiful and powerful creatures, and their only wish is to one day be redeemed and come back home. We are presented to Schuyler, a girl whose life is about to change, when she discovers that she isn’t just anyone: she is a Blue Blood, therefore, a vampire. She is friends with Oliver, a Red Blood – aka human – and Dylan, a mysterious guy that just got to Duchesne – and a vampire too - , who will start something quite interesting with Bliss Llewellyn, a Texan Blue blood and Mimi’s new friend.
                When a girl from her school – and a vampire too – is found dead at a party, panic arises at the Blue Blood coven. Who could have killed a vampire? The adults are a keeping a secret from everyone and Schuyler wants to find out what it is, but what if she herself was in danger? Dylan suddenly disappears, as well as other teenagers Blue Bloods, and Schuyler will have to join forces to the handsome, hot, romantic Jack Force – her secret crush and mine too! ;P – to pull this of. But the strangest is that he seems to have an interest in her, and she might be not only in danger of dying mysteriously, but of dying in his twin sister’s hand: Mimi Force, the most beautiful girl in Manhattan.
                I loved it because the author could join the two things that I love most: angels and vampires in a way that I couldn’t put it down the book even if I wanted to. I highly recommend it!
Synopsis: Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young Blue Bloods. Her search brings her to Venice, Italy, in the hopes of finding the one person who can help. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the famous Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city’s wealthy, powerful, and unhuman—a true Blue Blood affair. But it’s at the after-party masquerade that the true danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will change the course of a young vampire’s destiny.
My thoughts: The coven is terrified, and the Regent – Jack’s father, Charles Force – aka Michael, Pure of Heart – is acting as if nothing is happening, even though an old threat, that was supposed to be extinguished, returns stronger than ever. Schuyler goes to Venice at her grandmother’s request after she died, to look for her grandfather, the only one that might have the solution for their problem.
Back in Manhattan, the vampires are preparing the Four Hundred Ball, a gala party to present the youngest Blue Bloods to society. But it’s the after party – hosted by Mimi – that really matters. The most romantic scene for me was at this party, and everybody is wearing masks. *SPOILER* Schuyler is in a room all alone thinking about Jack and a guy start talking with her. They kiss each other – well he kisses her – and then he disappears. She was so sure that it was Jack, but then he appears at Mimi’s side, and you keep this excruciating doubt through the whole book.
This one was more dynamic than the first, in my opinion. And the cover has many meanings: Venice, the place where Schuyler finds her grandfather; the hidden guy behind the mask that kissed the main character; or even a most deep interpretation: the discovery of what – or who – is attacking the Blue Bloods, and what they want.
Synopsis: Have you ever wondered what secrets lurk behind the closed doors of New York City’s wealthiest families? They’re powerful, they’re famous… they’re undead.
Schuyler Van Alen’s blood legacy has just been called into question—is the young vampire in fact a Blue Blood, or is it the sinister Silver Blood that runs through her veins? As controversy swirls, Schuyler is left stranded in the Force household, trapped under the same roof as her cunning nemesis, Mimi Force, and her forbidden crush, Jack Force.
When an ancient place of power is breached by Silver Bloods in Rio de Janeiro, however, the Blue Bloods will need Schuyler on their side. The stakes are high; the battle is bloody; and through it all, Schuyler is torn between love and passion, duty and freedom. And in the end, one vampire’s secret identity will be exposed in a revelation that shocks everyone.
My thoughts: This one was the most thrilling of them all! Schuyler Van Allen isn’t a “100%” Blue Blood, and that is cause for a lot of debate. She is forced to live with her cousins, Jack and Mimi, and her uncle Charles. Jack and Schuyler start a secret affair that is soooooo cute! He wants to let go of everything – his family, his bondmate Mimi – yes, he is supposed to marry his sister because they are the Angels of the Dark! – to stay with his love. My favorite scene in this book, I must tell.
                This is the first book I’ve ever read that has a scene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A real scene, not just a comment. It’s held at Christ, The Redeemer, considered a powerful place for the vampires, because it’s the prison of Leviathan, the monster who was trapped there by Michael himself. The Silver Bloods – vampires who sided with Lucifer and to survive drink from the Blue bloods – want to release him again.
                Not only Rio is in danger, though. New York is a chaos and Schuyler is the only one that might be able to save them. This one I got more and more excited while going through the pages and the end – that I won’t say, but I’ll give a little tip: Mimi has a finger in it – I was so chocked that I just couldn’t wait for the fifth book!
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