Book Review

The Faerie Path

The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones

Anita is on the verge of turning sixteen, and her life couldn’t be any better. She has wonderful parents and friends, she has the lead in the school play, and she has caught the eye of the new boy Evan. On the day before her birthday Evan takes Anita out for a surprise, but the evening lands the two in the hospital. They both seem fine, but Evan has yet to wake up from the trauma. Anita on the other hand is having wonderful dreams of growing wings and flying out windows and receiving wonderful but mysterious gifts! She is visited by a young man in one of her “dreams” and is transported to the world of Faerie. Anita comes to realize that she isn’t dreaming at all. She is actually in the land of the Faerie and she is the long lost princess Tania. The man of her dream is faerie lord Gabriel Drake whom she was to marry before she disappeared into the moral world a mere 500 years ago. And that her boyfriend Evan is really Gabriel’s servant, Edric. In the sting of Edric’s betrayal Anita/Tania turns to Gabriel for comfort, but does he truly love her or is he after nothing but her power.

I really liked this book, I won’t say that I loved it but I did enjoy reading it. It is also the first in a series and from experience it seems that they get better as they go along, so I am hoping that I will enjoy The Lost Queen and The Sorcerer King even more. I felt sorry for Anita’s character, she really wanted to belong to the Faerie world, but I understood how she just couldn’t let go of everything that she knew. Some of the characters at times were a little transparent it wasn’t too hard to figure out who the bad guys were. Even so, if you like the fantasy genre I don’t think you will be disappointed with this book.



Win a Copy of Airhead!

Are you a Meg Cabot fan? I know that I am! I was one the lucky people that received an ARC of her new novel Airhead (to be released June 1) and by extremely lucky circumstances I received another copy. Now I love books, but do I really need two copies? Nah. So all you Meg Cabot fans, here is your chance to read Airhead early. I’ve decided to give away one of my ARC copies in a random drawing. I know I just had a contest, but who doesn’t love free books! If you want to be entered you can simply leave me a comment below. It always helps if you enter your name or a nickname with your comment. Or you can email me at thestorysiren@hotmail.com with Airhead in the subject line. I will only send out a confirmation email for those whom I receive an email from. As usual if you help me spread the word you can be entered an additional three times. You don’t have to have a blog to spread the word, I’ll accept mentions on MySpace or Facebook. I’m not too picky, just be sure to leave the link so I can verify it! The deadline for the contest will be Wednesday, April 9th at midnight (eastern time). Good luck to all!!

P.S. I haven’t read my copy yet, but I have talked to people who have read it…. and they said it is awesome!


Book Review


Uninvited by Amanda Marrone

Jordan’s life is a mess. It all started three months ago when her dead ex-boyfriend shows up outside her winder. Yes, he is still dead, but he didn’t commit suicide like everyone thought, he’s a vampire. Every night it is the same routine, Jordan let me in, you know I’ve always loved you. Jordan despite fantasizing that he does still love her can’t bring herself to let him in. She is afraid. She doesn’t go out after dark because she knows he will be there waiting for her. Jordan has three good friends but she doesn’t really feel like she fits in. She has social anxiety and finds it hard to deal with people at school, so she misses a lot of class, adding to her messy life. But then there is Danny, the boy that she liked before Michael and the boy that she may still like, he might just be worth living for. When Jordan realizes how evil Michael really is, it may be too late.

Uninvited didn’t really do anything for me. It was a really quick read, and the storyline lacked real strength. The characters were mediocre and lacked depth. I can’t say that I really related to any of the characters either, they were all complete messes. I think this story could have been better if it would have actually started when Jordan met Michael, so you would have some real insight into their relationship. I didn’t understand why she thought she still had feelings for him, when he just went around and slept with all the girls in school after they broke up. I was hoping for a good read and I was left very disappointed.


Book Review

Chasing Windmills

Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Chasing Windmills is the story of Sebastian and Maria. They are both prisoners in their own lives, yet their situations couldn’t be more different. Sebastian lives an extremely sheltered life. He is home-schooled by his controlling father and he forbids any outside relationships. Maria is trapped in an abusive relationship, by the father of her two children.

Both escaping briefly, they meet on the subway train. Their relationship growing from just a quick glance to nightly meetings. Unable to deny the spark that they feel within for each other, they see falling in love as a chance to escape from it all.

I can’t seem to find the words to describe how I felt while I read this captivating tale. This was my first exposure to the writings of Catherine Ryan Hyde and it most certainly will not be my last. The story beautifully alternates between Sebastian’s and Maria’s perspectives. The characters themselves are perfectly flawed, and I couldn’t help but love them for their choices when they struggled so immensely. I was completely enraptured from the beginning and was so until the last page. I think I experienced every possible emotion while reading, and it only made the experience more enjoyable. Be prepared for an unbelievable story, you may shed a tear or more, I know I did, but it is well worth it. Catherine Ryan Hyde has an unbelievable talent for writing and creating a story with such depth and meaning, I know it will be one I will not soon forget.


Book Review

Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Lissa and Rose are best friends. Although their friendship runs deeper than most. Lissa is a vampire as well as a princess. Rose is a dhampir, half vampire/half human, she hopes someday to be Lissa’s guardian and protect her from the Strigoi. They are being returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy where they escaped just two years earlier. St. Vladimir’s isn’t your normal boarding school. It teaches vampires in the ways of magic and dhampirs how to protect. The two girls are once again in the midst of drama and mischief. Lissa is no longer queen of the school and the new queen, Mia has no intention of letting her reign again. Rose is the blunt of vicious rumors. But she doesn’t have time to dwell on them, when Lissa begins to be mysteriously targeted. Someone knows Lissa’s secret and she may not be safe at the academy.

Okay, Wow! I really liked this book. Dare I say I loved it?! I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. If you are a vamp. fan you will simply devour this book! Rose was one of the funniest characters I’ve met in a while. She is the biggest smart-ass and I loved it! I admired the friendship between Lissa and Rose. It was so believable and realistic, because they balance each other perfectly. Vampire Academy has a little bit of everything, action, mystery, forbidden romance, humor and suspense! I can’t wait to read the next book Frostbite, and lucky me I won’t have to wait long! It will be available April 10th!! If you haven’t read Vampire Academy yet, I highly suggest you read it, now.

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