Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book #21: The Angel Stone

Title: The Angel Stone (Book #3 of the Fairwick Chronicles series)

Author: Juliet Dark (Pseudonym of Carol Goodman)

Date started reading: July 16, 2014
Date finished reading: July 24, 2014

Publish date: September 2013
ISBN: 978-0345533395
Number of pages: 320

Official summary: "For Callie McFay, the fight to save the enchanted town of Fairwick, New York, is far from over. After a hostile takeover by the Grove — a sinister group of witches and their cohorts — many of the local fey have been banished or killed, including Callie’s one true love. And in place of the spirit of tolerance and harmony, the new administration at Fairwick College has fostered an air of danger and distrust. With her unique magical abilities, Callie is the only one who can rescue her friends from exile and restore order to the school — a task that requires her to find the Angel Stone, a legendary talisman of immense power. Propelled on an extraordinary quest back to 17th-century Scotland, Callie risks her life to obtain the stone. Yet when she encounters a sexy incarnation of her lost love, she finds the greater risk is to her heart. As the fate of Fairwick hangs in the balance, Callie must make a wrenching choice: reclaim a chance for eternal passion or save everything she holds dear." (http://www.carolgoodman.com)

How I obtained the book: Checked out of library

My commentary: --

Memorable quotes:
  • "Do you believe in fairy tales?"  ~ Student to Callie
  • "This guy's got more degrees than a thermometer." ~ Frank about Duncan
  • "The plaid can withstand anything." ~ Mac 
  • "The house wasn't haunted by a ghost; it was haunted by time." ~ Callie

Buy on Amazon.com: The Angel Stone: Book Three of the Fairwick Trilogy (The Fairwick Trilogy)

Reading Bingo: On the Reading Bingo Challenge I am going to mark this book off as "a book at the bottom of your to be read pile" on the normal card. I literally wanted to read almost anything before finishing this series, so that works.

Book #20: The Water Witch

Title: The Water Witch (Book #2 in the Fairwick Chronicles series)

Author: Juliet Dark (Pseudonym for Carol Goodman)

Date started reading: June 30, 2014
Date finished reading: July 14, 2014

Publish date: February 2013
ISBN: 978-0345524249
Number of pages: 352

Official summary: "After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the honeysuckle forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine stream, more trouble is stirring... The enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter’s compliance; but Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring academic who cultivates her vast magical potential — but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit — risking all, even the needs of her own heart." (http://www.carolgoodman.com)

How I obtained the book: Checked out of library

My commentary: I only read the first book in this series (The Demon Lover) because the cover was pretty, and now I feel like I have to finish the series. The author basically threw every single mythical creature ever created into this series, and I feel like it's really overdone. She should've stuck to, I don't know, 10 or less supernatural creatures instead of everything possible. It's like really bad alphabet soup but for fictional creatures.

Also, another thing bothers me about this series. Why bother creating a fake name to write a book if you're just going to put your real name on it to? Someone please explain that to me!

Memorable quotes:
  • "You have only to love me to make me human." ~ Liam to Callie
  • "The danger of Faerie is that the longer you stay, the harder it becomes to leave." ~ Liam

Buy on Amazon.com: The Water Witch: A Novel (Fairwick Trilogy)

Reading Bingo: On the Reading Bingo Challenge I am going to mark this book off as "a book with non-human characters" on the normal card.

Book #19: Toxic

Title: Toxic (book #15 in the Pretty Little Liars series)

Author: Sara Shepard

Date started reading: June 21, 2014
Date finished reading: June 28, 2014

Publish date: June 2014
ISBN: 978-0062287014
Number of pages: 336

Official summary: "High school seniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna barely survived their most recent encounter with A. And it’s not over yet. . . . The police don’t believe that the real A is still out there, but the girls know what — and who — they saw. If they don’t track down this final tormentor soon, A will silence them forever." (http://alloyentertainment.com)

How I obtained the book: Pre-ordered for $14.68 on Amazon using a gift card I earned through Plink.com.

My commentary: How is this series still going? I guess it must be everyone else's guilty pleasure like it is mine. The ending of this book was totally predictable to me. I hope the final book in the series (#16) is more surprising.

Memorable quotes: --

Buy on Amazon.com: Pretty Little Liars #15: Toxic

Reading Bingo: On the Reading Bingo Challenge I am going to mark this book off as a book set in summer. That's honestly one I didn't think I'd get to cross off.