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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Books I've Read in 2012
1- Deadly Little Voices by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Next on List:
-The Host by Stephenie Meyer -Bec by Darren Shan -The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
-Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
-Crazy In Love by Dandi Daley Mackall
-Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
-Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne -Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast -Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast -Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater -Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead -The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith -Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
2012 Release Dates
Fever by Lauren DeStefano 2/21/12 Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver 2/28/12 Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter 3/27/12 Destined by Aprilynne Pike 5/1/12 Insurgent by Veronica Roth 5/1/12 City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 5/8/12 Endure by Carrie Jones 5/8/12
I love the cover. It's very delicate, just like the way Gemma portrays herself. But it also has an air of secrecy. The life Gemma leads. I think it is a well done cover for the book, and the entire series.
I'd recommend late middle school early high school for this book. It's not so much risque, but because of the themes, you should be aware before you read it. It is not a light read either. So a strong young adult reader should be fine.
Summary: Gemma Doyle is looking forward to a holiday from Spence Academy -- spending time with her friends in the city, attending balls in fancy gowns with plunging necklines, and dallying with the handsome Lord Denby. Yet amid these distractions, her visions intensify -- visions of three girls dressed in white, to whom something horrific has happened that only the realms can explain.
The lure is strong, and soon Gemma, Felicity, and Ann are turning flowers into butterflies in the enchanted world that Gemma takes them to. To the girls' great joy, their beloved Pippa is there as well, eager to complete their circle of friendship.
But all is not well in the realms -- or out. Kartik is back, desperately insisting to Gemma that she must bind the magic, lest colossal disaster befall her. Gemma is willing to comply, for this would bring her face-to-face with her late mother's greatest friend, now Gemma's foe -- Circe. Until Circe is destroyed, Gemma cannot live out her destiny. But finding Circe proves a most perilous task. . . .
This sumptuous companion to A Great and Terrible Beauty teems with Victorian thrills and chills that play out against the rich backdrop of 1895 London, a place of shadows and light . . . where inside great beauty can lie a rebel angel.
This book was for the most part a page turner just like it's prequel. But there was a rather large section in which I had to force myself to move forward. It was beautifully written just as the previous book was and I quite enjoyed it.
This book answers many questions left from it's predecessor while creating it's own for the next book to answer. It's a book filled with romance, mystery, passion, sorrow, and pain. All the angst of a teenager. Except there is magic.
Gemma is once again on the hunt to find the temple to seal the magic she released in the first book. She is joined by her old friends and makes some new ones. This tale of a journey of a young girl to fulfill her purpose in life and to understand who she is is one any girl can relate to and is quite a joy to read. I was on edge while reading for the majority of the book. There was a lot of gasping and "NO!"s along with the occasional "Oh my gosh!".
I would definitely recommend this book to any reader looking for a journey to venture on. And I would strongly suggest that if you get stuck on a part like I did, KEEP PUSHING, it is well worth it. So many unexpected twists and turns await you in this wonderful book.
My name is Ali and I love to read and write. I'm a bit of a hopeless romantic and that reflects in both my reading and my writing. I'm a 21 year old college student and I like long walks on the beach. Haha, just kidding. ;)