Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Graphia; Original edition (October 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547341245
- ISBN-13: 978-0547341248
“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”
Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?
Hunger is the story of Lisa, and how she went from having eating disorders to being one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse- Famine. We see how she shuns every person that was important to her despite her better judgment. After fighting with her boyfriend she decides it is time to end her life, but things take an unexpected turn when Death shows up. She is now Famine and to get out of it and change things for good she must start with changing herself.
Hunger was a very intense read regardless of how short it is. It talks about serious issues that many people try to ignore, and what I really liked is the fact that we can see the troubles it causes and it is not preachy. Quite the opposite actually, we are able to relate to Lisa and feel confused with her about everything that is going on.
I enjoyed Lisa’s character- strong, yet there was also weakness and conflict. The way she managed to carry herself amongst her friends and family even though there were issues deep within here was fascinating and something that drove the book home for me. I cried with her. My favorite character though was Death- so indifferent to everything and even if he just appeared few times, it was always powerful.
Hunger is a MUST read; you learn things as you get into the story. It is a very intense story and beautifully written. It carries a great message of perseverance and change, not to mention values as well. Ms. Kessler has shared with us one magnificent story here, thank you! I sure cannot wait for RAGE, which is coming out next year.
You can visit Ms. Kessler HERE! 🙂
Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (July 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345515587
- ISBN-13: 978-0345515582
For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.
Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.
Since the City of Ghosts release day was two days ago, I sneaked into my cousin’s pc to re-write my Unholy Magic review since I lost it with my laptop…
Unholy Magic is the second book on the Downside Series. Miss Kane books just keep getting better and better. Chess’ life has been a rollercoaster since she was a kid—going through many horrible foster parents and now a junkie. And despite everything that is happening around her she keeps composure by her side and tries to help everyone, all the time whilst battling her own demons—her past—and her desire of being a better person.
Most than everything else, what boggles me the most is how “real” the characters feel. They are so rounded that it is easy to relate to each one of them in one way or another—it fascinates me! We do get to know more of Chess’ past and Terrible’s as well; we even learn more about Lex. Ms. Kane has an ability to create male characters and romantic situations without being mushy. We have Chess that makes mistakes over and over again, and owns up to her actions—then it is easy to understand her addiction and accept it because it helps her deal with her emotional baggage.
The story is easy to follow and even easier to read (all it took me was one sitting—an allnighter—and it was so VERY worth it.) Everything that happens flows nicely and at a pace that keeps the reader perked up and wanting to know what is going to happen next.
Once again Chess’ secret is threatened by Bump—Chess’ dealer—who wants her to find out what is it that is killing hookers at Downside. Chess gets torn up between her relationship and feelings for both Terrible and Lex… Add all of that and the Church business and *BAM* -grandness ensues in the most marvelous way. EPIC I tell you!!! Be ready to yell, shed tears and bite your nails all through the story.
Unholy Magic can read as a standalone, yet I advice to first read Unholy Ghosts because they do mention things that happened on the first book. Trust me, this book is freaking amazing! It is like crack for me—yes, I am a junkie now *grin,* and proud of it. Once again Ms. Kane exceeds the expectation with yummy greatness. LOVED IT! *Starts reading City of Ghosts right now.*
Now go and visit Stacia Kane over HERE!
Hi! I know, I suck– but just a bit. As you might or might not know I am reading Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files as a challenge/dare/bet [you pick] which is the reason as to why I have not been posting regular reviews. I have until June 11th to finish the series, so far: 5 books to go, and 6 days left– I CAN DO IT! =) When did I start? I started Storm Front on May 26th. Let me just say that these books are amazing; they are a mix of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Anton Strout’s Simon Canderous Series… I know that Simon Canderous came a bit after, but I read it first so in MY head Simon has seniority- Mind you, it does not take anything away from Mr. Dresden’s awesomeness! *grin.*
I just finished Dead Beat (Book #7) and “Hell’s Bells!!!”… Butcher sure knows how to keep the reader’s interest on edge. I am supposed to go now and start Grave Peril, but I think I will leave that for tomorrow. I will not lie, reading one whole series in a row is a bit overwhelming; but do not get me wrong, I am enjoying these books way more than I expected– and trust me, I had huge expectations. Now I understand why everyone is so in thrall with Mr. Harry Dresden.
I shall not blurb too much about the books now– that shall come as soon as I finish all twelve books. Though I must say, Harry Dresden is sure on of my fave male characters ever. I love how developed the character is; how we can see how strong he is and yet how vulnerable at the same time. I just love it!
Right after, expect my blurbs on:
- Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
- Num8ers by Rachel Ward
- Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
- Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
Also, I should thank some friendies for supporting me on this Dresden Challenge– though not some people around me that keep interrupting me when I read *glares.*
And talking about booksies, here are more I have gotten lately [I think I will resume these posts to once a month, at the end of the month.]
- Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7) by Jim Butcher
- Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8) by Jim Butcher
- Small Favors (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher
- Unholy Ghosts (Chess Putnam, #1) by Stacia Kane
- Perchance to Dream (Théâtre Illuminata, #2) by Lisa Mantchev
- Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
- Witch Craft (Nocturne City, #4) by Caitlin Kittredge
- Accidentally Demonic (Accidental Series, #4) by Dakota Cassidy
- Brains: A Zombie Memoir by Robin Becker
- Feed by Mira Grant
- Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
- Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) by Jim Butcher
I am a bit disappointed at the bookstores though– I have been to two of them and neither had Jim Butcher’s Changes… I hope I can get it before Friday the 11th.
Well, I shall leave now- movie is waiting =) [How to Train Your Dragon] I promise that as soon as I am done with this challenge I will try to update reviews.
Now tell me: Any book recommendation? Have you read Jim Butcher’s books? What do you think of them?
Love Bites Book #3: Love Free, Stake Hard
Dela McNamara thought she had the most boring job in the world. Tour guide to the scenic cemeteries of Savannah. Yeah, that’s what she spent her life aspiring to become.
Then Demetrious de Mecini stumbled into her graveyard and right smack into her suddenly unboring life. Along with three female killers, a passel of crazy militant monks.
On the run, they fight for their lives and sanity and land themselves in a headlong flight into danger and perhaps the answer to a mystery five thousands years buried in the clouded mists of mythology itself. Before it’s over, Dela finds herself between a stake and a hard place, but if she survives, love might be the ultimate prize or the ultimate curse.
**Eeek! I cannot wait to read it *GRIN*