10/31/11

Autumn Giveaway!

This is just a reminder for all of my lovely followers: my giveaway closes to entries tonight! Remember, the winner will receive the book of their choice from the book depository!


10/29/11

In My Mailbox

This week I...


Bought:
- Impossible by Nancy Werlin
- The Duff by Kody Keplinger
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


Recieved for Review:
- I'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler
- Greek Mythology for Teens
- The Storm Breaker series (Books #1-4) by Richelle Mead


And my awesome friend is sending me her extra copy of Clockwork Prince, so this has been an amazing week! 

Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher
Pages: 288
Publisher: RazorBill
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Summary (from Goodreads): Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush - who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

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My Summary: Hannah Baker was the girl everyone used to whisper about, not caring if she heard or not. From the moment she arrives in town, she's centered out thanks to her looks and the rumours started by her first boyfriend. Thanks to the rumours, Hannah has a horrible reputation and no real friends. But there's one person who doesn't believe the rumours: Clay Jensen, the guy who's been in love with her for years. Which is why he's shocked and hurt to find a box of tapes on his front porch - the first of which informs him that he is one of the reasons Hannah chose to end her life.


My Thoughts: Every so often a book comes along that changes the way you see things. This book is definitely one of them. I had been on my to-be-read list for years, but I'd heard mixed reviews from people I know. The minute I picked it up in the bookstore, though, I knew it was time to decide for myself. 


I couldn't stop thinking about this book. When I was forced to stop reading (work, how I loathe you for cutting into my reading time!) I kept going over things in my head - like Clay, I was trying to figure out how Hannah could possibly blame him for what happened. I was up late reading, and I didn't let myself fall asleep until I'd finished, so you know it was amazing. 


Final Thoughts: This book will rip your heart out chapter by chapter, but you won't be able to stop yourself from finishing, because it'll drive you crazy if you don't. I definitely, without a doubt recommend this to anyone who loves edgier contemporary literature, YA or not. There are some mature themes though, so I'd probably say keep it to readers aged 16 and up.

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Pages: 338
Publisher: Dutton

Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



Summary (from Goodreads)Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. 

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
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My Summary: Lola lives with her parents in an older part of Chicago, perfectly content with her life: she has a cool boyfriend and her future career as a fashion designer looks bright. Lola's New Years Resolution was to never wear the same costume twice, and she's kept it. 

But just when she's feeling great about the way things are going, it happens: the Bell family moves back in next door, bringing out all the emotions she's been trying to suppress for years.  Their return to town flips Lola's life upside-down, but can she stand to see them leave again without finding out if what's between Cricket and herself is real?

My Thoughts: Another amazing read from Stephanie Perkins! From the moment this book arrived in the mail I couldn't put it down. Seriously. Within 5 hours of opening the mailbox, I'd finished the book. 

As usual, Perkin's characters have so much depth and their own individual quirks, making them feel like they could be people you'd meet everyday. The pacing was great, and the writing (of course) was funny, easy to follow, and had just the right amount of imagery. I loved the idea of Lola wanting to show up to the dance looking like Marie Antoinette! And I was so happy when Anna and St. Clair appeared! 

The chemistry between Lola and Cricket was great, and I seriously wanted to kick Lola for not realizing he was who she wanted to be with. 

Final Thoughts: If you loved Anna & the French Kiss, then you should definitely get yourself a copy of Lola & the Boy Next Door. It was a great read, and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cute story. There are some mature themes, so 16 and up would probably be the age range I'd recommend it for. Go check it out!  

10/27/11

Follow Friday!

I can't believe how fast this week flew by! Anyways, on to the question:

If you could have dinner with your favourite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?



I would love to have dinner with Jem from The Infernal Devices, just because he seems like the type of friend who knows exactly what to say to cheer you up. And I'd probably attempt to make Chinese food since he misses home and it might help a bit (I think). Or just because I love Chinese food. But let's go with the first one :) 


You guys know the drill! Follow for follow (even though I sometimes won't leave a comment when following you back. But I always return the follow!).

10/22/11

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Author: R. Cohn & D. Levithan
Pages: 260
Publisher: Knopf
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)“I’ve left some clues for you. 
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Timesbestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.
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My Summary: By some stroke of luck, Dash's parents have left him alone for the holidays in New York. Dash hates everything about the Christmas season - his idea of a perfect Christmas is spending the day with a stack of books.

Lily's parents dropped the bomb this year: they're leaving for Fiji and wouldn't be back until around New Years. But what's a girl to do when there's no one around to spend her favourite holiday with? Easy: with the help of her older brother, Lily composes a moleskin notebook full of dares, hiding it between 2 volumes of her favourite book in one of the thousands of bookstore in The Strand, instructing the finder to follow the clues if they're brave enough. This, she hopes, will brighten up her dreary holiday.

Dash finds the notebook and decides to complete a few of the dares. From walking around a bookstore holding The Joys of Gay Sex to feeling up the Macy's Santa on Christmas Eve, the dares keep getting tougher and tougher. But Dash is not going to let Lily win. He start leaving her dares as well, making the object of the game to get the red notebook back. But the notebook is not just where they leave their dares - it becomes a way for them to talk; to get to know each other through their words and opinions. But what'll happen when the dares run out and they finally meet? Will their visions of each other - formed thanks to the notebook - match up to who they really are, or are they doomed to be nothing but penpals?

My Thoughts: Having just read one of Cohn and Levithan's other collaborations a few weeks ago (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist), I was expecting a lot from Dash & Lily. And I wasn't disappointed. 

Dash and Lily were great characters. I loved the way they contrasted each other, and the way they just kept pushing each other with the dares. It honestly made me wish there was someone I could start a red notebook with. Dash was definitely swoon-worthy (his word-play just made him that much more attractive - who can resist a guy who loves reading and sarcasm?). 

I also really enjoyed the plot. It wasn't a straight-forward 'finish-the-dares-and-we-can-meet' type of thing, which I really liked (probably because the authors didn't plan anything ahead of time). And the characters didn't fall head-over-heels in love the moment they saw each other - definite plus, because it made it seem more real (and if you read the novel, you'll know what I mean). 

Final Thoughts: This was a great light read. It was hilarious and kept me hooked until the end, and I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for something funny and cute to read  around the Christmas season. Recommended for ages 14 and up, for both guys and girls.  

10/21/11

Follow Friday!



I can't believe it's already Friday again! 


Question: Which superhero is your alter-ego?


Answer: Definitely Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus. (And yes, she is a superhero!). She's just awesome; I used to wish for a teacher like her. I mean look at her! She's driving a bus to magical places! My bus driver can't even drive me home without hitting the curb and almost tipping the bus. 


Why is she my alter-ego? Just look at that hair. I've got it, frizzles and all. (Well, except for the colour). 


Happy Follow Friday everyone! I'm aiming for 50 new followers today so please follow back :P

How about you guys? Which superhero is your alter-ego?

10/19/11

Seranfyll

Author: Christina Daley
Pages: 338
Publisher: CreateSpace
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads): For the first time in her life, Rain has a choice to make.

The thirteen-year-old slave girl lives in the country of Yoan, where slaves aren't allowed proper names, let alone anything else. After being sold by a gambler and bought by a thief, she's freed by an eccentric young noble, about whom many rumors abound. Some say his manor is haunted, his horse can fly, and that he's actually a devil.

Now that she's free, Rain must decide what she will do with that new freedom. Her choices will lead her to new friends and many adventures, none of which she could have possibly expected.

Fans of Harry Potter and Howl's Moving Castle will enjoy this magical tale about choices, consequences, and what it really means to be free.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Rain was born into slavery. Her life has always been centered around a routine: take care of the master's needs before your own. But Rain is happy with her life - her masters treat her and the rest of the servants like human beings, and she and her sister Snow have been allowed to grow up together and take care of  each other.

But things can't last. Master Peachtree sells Rain and a few of the other servants to help pay off his debts, and Rain and her sister are separated. Taken to market to be sold, Rain expects to be bought by another family and put to work right away. Instead, a  young man rides into town, drunk out of his mind, and buys 10 slaves - including Rain.

Arriving at the young man's castle, Rain expects to be put to work immediately - the place is in a state of extreme disrepair - but instead she and the other slaves are handed their papers and told the last thing they ever expected to hear: they are free.

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book a lot more than I'd anticipated originally! Although I had a little bit of trouble getting into it at first, after the first 30 or so pages I was hooked.

This book deals with a lot of topics: friendship, slavery, growing up, (and more!) and I loved the way the author was able to incorporate them each subtly. There was never a point where you could think, "this book is based solely on friendship" or "this book is about growing up", because the author manages to weave all these topics together seamlessly throughout the course of the novel, never overwhelming the reader. I also adored the element of magic in this  book - it was a great way to add excitement (and readers will definitely enjoy it if they like fantasy and magic).

I also loved the characters! Coal and Domrey were both really genuine, and Domrey goes through a major shift in the eyes of the reader over the course of the book. He starts off as a silly drunk you think has money and power and everything he wants, but as you delve deeper into the novel you get to see him as he really is: lonely and generous and compassionate. Coal was great as well, and I loved the way he stayed with Rain even though they didn't know each other that well.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading younger YA, and anyone who enjoys books with an element of magic and fantasy.  

Autumn Giveaway!

Hey guys! Autumn is my favourite season, and to celebrate its arrival, I've decided to host a giveaway! All you gotta do to enter is type in your email and the name of the book you'd like (preferably one published this fall) along with the name of the best book you've read this year. It's international, and closes to entries on October 31st.


For extra entries: leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite part of autumn!


CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN! 

10/17/11

The Son of Neptune

Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 513

Publisher: Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, 
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
 

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa tol him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring and bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth 

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem - when the Voice took over he mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for and evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams. 

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery - although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely - enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart. 

Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven. 
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My Summary: Percy has no idea who he is or where he came from. But he knows he's a demigod: the son of Neptune and a mortal, but he has no idea where he's spent the last 16 years of his life. The only things he can remember are vague - the face of he girl he knows is his girlfriend and a name.

He's rescued by a wolf - Lupa - and trained to be a warrior before he's sent off to Camp Jupiter - a place for the demigod children of Roman gods and goddesses. The minute he arrives, though, something begins to nag at Percy's memory, and when things go really wrong, the campers discover something terrifying: the dead are returning to life.

Before he can even take a nap, Percy's called on a impossible quest with two kind-hearted misfits: release Death from his chains and help defeat Gaea - mother earth herself.

My Thoughts: If any of you have read my reviews for Rick Riordan's books before, you know that I adore anything and everything he's written. Both my little brother and I rush to the bookstore to buy his books the day they come out, and we argue for hours over who gets to read his books. And the thing is, my brother is 8 years younger than me, and he enjoys the books as much as I do.

Riordan's writing style is awesome. It flows easily, it's easy to understand, and the slight hint of sarcasm adds humour to every situation. There were dozens of times that I actually started laughing out loud at passages, and Riordan's use of imagery ensures that you can visualize everything, making it all the more humourous. 

I was a little worried about this book (as I was for the last one) - introducing new characters is always an iffy move. But Riordan pulls it off, making the new characters so genuine and endearing that you can't help but care about them. I loved Hazel and Frank, and the glimpses into Hazel's past were awesome. And that twist at the end? I'm seriously counting down the days until The Mark of Athena comes out!

Honestly, I don't know why you're still reading this review. Go pick up these books!

Final Thoughts: I recommend these books to EVERYONE. You'll fall in love with these books if you're a fan of mythology, no matter how old you are. They're great for kids and teens and adults looking for something light, funny, and interesting. Be sure to start with the first book in the Percy Jackson series (The Lightening Thief) though, because you'll definitely enjoy it more that way.

10/16/11

Calling All Bloggers!

My side-bars have been looking a little bit empty lately, so I thought, "why not fill them up with some fellow bloggers' buttons?" So here's the deal: leave a comment on this post telling me you'll put my button in your side-bar, and I'll do the same. It's a win-win! 


Here's my button - just copy and paste the image URL :)

10/13/11

Follow Friday!

Happy Friday! This week's question:

Q: If you could have characters from a book meet and form an epic storyline with characters from a TV series, which characters would you choose and why?



A: I would probably chose Supernatural and The Darkest Powers and Otherworld series: Sam and Dean hunt anything and everything paranormal, while the characters in DP and Otherworld are anything and everything paranormal. Plus they're both set in the US, so the two groups would be bound to meet sometime (and maybe Eve could make a cameo, explaining how she knows Cas?). How about you guys?

10/7/11

The Juliet Club

Author: Suzanne Harper
Pages: 402
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)Italy . . . Shakespeare . . . but no romance?

Kate Sanderson inherited her good sense from her mother, a disciplined law professor, and her admiration for the Bard from her father, a passionate Shakespeare scholar. When she gets dumped, out of the blue, for the Practically Perfect Ashley Lawson, she vows never to fall in love again. From now on she will control her own destiny, and every decision she makes will be highly reasoned and rational. She thinks Shakespeare would have approved.

So when she is accepted to a summer Shakespeare symposium in Verona, Italy, Kate sees it as the ideal way to get over her heartbreak once and for all. She'll lose herself in her studies, explore ancient architecture, and eat plenty of pasta and gelato. (Plus, she'll be getting college credit for it—another goal accomplished!) But can even completely logical Kate resist the romance of living in a beautiful villa in the city where those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet met and died for each other? Especially when the other Shakespeare Scholars—in particular Giacomo, with his tousled brown hair, expressive dark eyes, and charming ways—try hard to break her protective shell?
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My Summary: Kate's always had a type-A personality: she's neat, organised, and logical, pitying those who let trivial things like love get in the way of achieving their goals. As the daughter of a cold-as-ice lawyer and a Shakespeare historian, Kate can't help but know all there is to know about Shakespeare's most famous play - Romeo & Juliet

But despite her vast Shakespearean knowledge, Kate still doesn't believe in love - especially now that Jerome's dumped her flat on her face. But the Fates have something in store for Kate: she wins an essay contest, the grand prize being a month-long trip to Verona, Italy - the  setting of Romeo & Juliet. But Kate makes a promise to herself: no matter what happens, she won't let something as silly as love ruin her trip... but in the city where Shakespeare's most romantic play is supposed to have taken place, love is hard to avoid...

My Thoughts: I picked up this book almost a year ago, not knowing that it was the book that the movie Letters to Juliet was based on. But as I usually do, I placed it on top of my to-be-read pile and forgot all about it. Then, recently, I picked it up and decided I'd waited long enough.

This book surprised me. At 400 pages, it managed to keep me entertained and wanting to know what would happen (although I gotta admit, it was more than a tad bit predictable). It was a great light read, and the descriptions of the sights and sounds (and yummy smells!) of Italy added that extra layer that made it a great read. There were definitely parts were I found myself laughing out loud - the characters were awesome, each one's unique personality adding to the group dynamic. The writing was good as well, and the author's use of imagery made you feel like you'd followed Kate all the way to Verona.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a light, funny, romantic read, and especially for fans of Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes and Falling in Love with British Boys.

10/3/11

The Elephant Mountains

Author: Scott Ely
Pages: 240
Publisher: Orca
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)An unprecedented series of hurricanes has swollen the Mississippi River to unheard-of levels and is threatening to put New Orleans and most of the low-lying areas of the South under water. Fifteen-year-old Stephen is spending the summer with his father near a small town north of Lake Pontchartrain when another powerful hurricane arrives and the levees on the Mississippi River completely fail. In the anarchy and chaos that results, Stephen's father is killed, and the boy is left to fend for himself. Stephen soon encounters Angela, a college student whose parents have also been killed. Navigating the labyrinth of flooded fields and towns in an air-boat, the two set out in search of Stephen's mother and higher ground.

Armed with both guns and the skills his survivalist father has taught him, and repeatedly confronted by those who will kill for food, water and weapons, Stephen struggles to maintain hope and his humanity in the face of violence and desperation.
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Disclaimer: received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Stephen was raised by his mother - a flighty socialite who has a new man in her bed every other week. Tired of living the life his mother has planned for him, Stephen finds freedom when he goes to visit his father in New Orleans. Over the course of the summer, Stephen's father teaches him a wide variety of survival skills; Stephen wishes he could remain with his father forever, but his mother wants him back.

Then a series of hurricanes strikes, and Stephen and his father are left stranded. Content with waiting out the rest of the storms with his father, Stephen is horrified when strange men arrive at their little cottage and proceed to murder the only parent who ever cared what he wanted.

Now, all alone in the swamps of New Orleans, Stephen must put into practice the skills his father taught him and survive the dangers of the city he used to call home.

My Thoughts: This was a fairly short but enjoyable read. I liked the element of not-so-far-off dystopia, and the 'coming-of-age' theme blended with survival made for a good novel. In a way, it reminded me of Hatchet (you remember that book that every middle-schooler in North America will read before they graduate, right?). I really liked the survival elements of the novel, and the writing was very good.

Stephen's resentment towards his mother was also very believable as well, making it easy for readers to relate to the character. 

I enjoyed the author's writing style as well: it was smooth and easy-to-follow, making it easy to finish the novel within a few hours.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this book for any guys looking for a gritty, action-packed dystopian novel (and ladies as well!). Probably best for readers over the age of 14.

Blood Wounds

Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Pages: 256
Publisher: Harcourt
Format: Hardcover (ARC)
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)Willa is lucky: She has a loving blended family that gets along. Not all families are so fortunate. But when a bloody crime takes place hundreds of miles away, it has an explosive effect on Willa’s peaceful life. The estranged father she hardly remembers has murdered his new wife and children, and is headed east toward Willa and her mother.

Under police protection, Willa discovers that her mother has harbored secrets that are threatening to boil over. Has everything Willa believed about herself been a lie? As Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she keeps her own secret—one that has the potential to tear her family apart.



Disclaimer: I 
received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Willa lives a pretty good life with her mother, her stepfather Jack, and Jack's daughters Brooke and Alyssa. Willa and her mother know they're lucky to have found someone like Jack to love them and take care of them, but Willa can't help but resent her step-sisters, who've turned her mother into their personal chauffeur and get everything they want from their rich, estranged mother. But like her mother, Willa doesn't want to do anything to ruin the perfect little life they have with Jack, so she keeps quiet, turning to self-destructive activities to help her cope.

Everything changes when Willa's biological father goes on a killing spree, murdering his 3 young daughters and his wife. As her life is turned upside-down, Willa discovers things about her family she never knew and finds the strength to speak up.

My Thoughts: First off, I'd like to start with the cover. When I first saw it, I wasn't impressed (I was kinda creeped out, to be honest) but after reading the novel I have to say, the cover fits the story perfectly.

Second, I thought the characters were written very well - they seemed extremely genuine. I did have a bit of  a problem relating to Willa, but seeing as I've never been through anything she has, it's understandable. I found her stepsisters spoiled and a little ungrateful (as I'm sure was intended by the author) and Willa's moms habit of doing whatever they asked really mad me feel for Willa - I know if my mother did anything of the sort, I wouldn't be able to stay quiet.

Third, this novel deals with a lot of heavy issues: self-mutilation, parental abuse, drinking... it does so tastefully though, which I thought was great of the author. The writing also keeps you holding on and wanting to know what happened to Willa.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel for fans of edgier, darker contemporary literature. It deals with some tough issues, so I think it probably shouldn't be given to readers under 15 or 16. Check it out if it sounds like your kind of novel!

10/2/11

Dark of the Moon

Author: Tracy Barrett
Pages: 320
Publisher: Harcourt
Format: Hardcover (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



Summary (from Goodreads): Ariadne is destined to become a goddess of the moon. She leads a lonely life, filled with hours of rigorous training by stern priestesses. Her former friends no longer dare to look at her, much less speak to her. All that she has left are her mother and her beloved, misshapen brother Asterion, who must be held captive below the palace for his own safety.
So when a ship arrives one spring day, bearing a tribute of slaves from Athens, Ariadne sneaks out to meet it. These newcomers don’t know the ways of Krete; perhaps they won’t be afraid of a girl who will someday be a powerful goddess. And indeed she meets Theseus, the son of the king of Athens. Ariadne finds herself drawn to the newcomer, and soon they form a friendship—one that could perhaps become something more.
Yet Theseus is doomed to die as an offering to the Minotaur, that monster beneath the palace—unless he can kill the beast first. And that "monster" is Ariadne’s brother . . .
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Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Retold hundreds of times, the story of the Minotaur is one we all know well: A young hero arrives from a far off land, falls in love with the princess, and gets her help in killing the half-man, half-bull monster he's been sent to get eaten by. People swore that the story was true, handed down from generation to generation... and what if it was?
Dark of the Moon tells the story of Ariadne - the princess of the famous myth - and Theseus - the hero who slayed the Minotaur. Ariadne is destined to become She-Who-Is-Goddess - a vessel for the goddess Artemis once a year, while Theseus was sent to Crete by his father to appease his enemy. Told through alternating points of view, Dark of the Moon shows us the 'truth' behind the famous myth, and how things aren't always what they seem.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel! This retelling of the myth was original and thought-provoking. 

Ariadne and Theseus were great characters - so genuine that I thought they could've been real people at some point in time. Ariadne has lived in her mother's shadow her entire life, surrounded by the mysteries of the Goddess, but after her mother dies unexpectedly, Ariadne is thrust into a role she hardly understands. Theseus himself was raised as a poor fisherman, the laughingstock of his town because he has no father - that is, until he discovers that he is the son of the king of Athens and sets off to meet his father. But things do not go as expected, and minutes after arriving, Theseus is told that he is to be sent to Crete as an offering to the 'monster' - who is in fact just a poor deformed little boy. I loved the way the author revealed how history could have stretched the truth, turning this true story into a more exciting myth - it really made you believe that the story could have been true.

I really liked the way the author worked in the worship of the Goddess, and the way that there was no romance in the story - it was a refreshing break from all the romance in YA lately!

Final Thoughts: This was a great novel. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of greek mythology and anyone who likes to read the re-tellings of fairy tales and myths.