E-Book Quickie Reviews: CRYER’S CROSS, THE IRON QUEEN, & THE DARK DIVINE

Posted 23 February, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 3 Comments

Okay, here’s me working on my resolution to read AND review more e-books. And, this time, it’s a three-fer!


First up, a creepy one…

CRYER’S CROSS by Lisa McMann

Final Grade: 93/A
240 pages
YA Mystery
Available now
Review copy provided by publisher (e-galley)
Rated PG

The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on… until Kendall’s boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it’s crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear…and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating…and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico’s mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

Oooh, the creep-tacular-ness that is CRYER’S CROSS. Even the town’s name is freaky. This one’s a quick read, but one that will keep you up finishing it and haunt your dreams afterwords. I went to a teeny school for part of my elementary years and the desk on the cover is exactly like the one in some of my classes. I can remember the creak of the lid opening, tracing my finger across graffiti left by past students. So, when something starts leaving messages  on the desk and moving it around, it was even more eep-inducing. I loved how Kendall’s OCD plays such a role not only in her everyday life but in helping her solve the mystery of her boyfriend’s disappearance. And the interactions between Jacian and Kendall are great (not too steamy but they do get dirty on the soccer field!).

THE IRON QUEEN by Julie Kagawa

Final Grade: 97/A
358 pages
YA Fantasy
Available Now
Review copy provided by publisher (e-galley)
Rated PG-13

My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.

I love this series. The mythology that Julie Kagawa created for the new fey is fabulous, especially considering how the “old” fey were always susceptible to iron and these new intruders are destroying everything in their path. Then there’s the whole Team Puck/Team Ash debate. While I actually liked Puck better in the beginning, I like Ash so much better in this book. Just like Puck, he’s willing to risk so much to aid Meghan but there’s a real connection between the two of them. Puck’s a better friend for Meghan while Ash is a better boyfriend (even though technically, they should be at war, being Summer and Winter fey). A bittersweet ending (yes, I cried. Don’t judge.), I was sure this was the last book in the series but, to my surprise, there’s going to be a fourth book called THE IRON KNIGHT, which is set to release in November (no blurb yet, though).

THE DARK DIVINE by Bree Despain

Final Grade: 94/A
372 pages
YA Paranormal
Available now
Personal copy (e-book)
Rated PG-13

A Prodigal Son
A Dangerous Love
A Deadly Secret

Grace Divine—daughter of the local pastor—always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared and her brother Jude came home covered in his own blood.
Now that Daniel’s returned, Grace must choose between her growing attraction to him and her loyalty to her brother.
As Grace gets closer to Daniel, she learns the truth about that mysterious night and how to save the ones she loves, but it might cost her the one thing she cherishes most: her soul.

I’d read a ton of great reviews on this book but just didn’t get around to reading it until recently. And I really liked it! It starts out as a kind of standard YA with the bad boy who reappears in a family’s life, a dark secret, and a girl with a crush on the bad boy. A very bad boy, it seems, especially considering how much Bree’s brother hates Daniel. There’s so much tension in this book–between Bree and Daniel, Bree and her brother, her brother and Daniel–and it builds so slowly, so masterfully, you don’t realize it until you’re on the edge of your seat. Plus, everything’s shrouded in mystery. What happened between the two guys? What’s going on with Daniel? Where was he and why did he come back? What’s going on with Bree? I can’t wait to read the next one–and this time, I won’t wait so long!

Okay, so there are some of my E-READS! Yay for e-books, the wave of the future (I promise that was written with minimal sarcasm. I do like e-books, I just forget about them, since they’re stored away so neatly on my Kindle and computer!).

About Mary @ TheBookSwarm

3 Responses to “E-Book Quickie Reviews: CRYER’S CROSS, THE IRON QUEEN, & THE DARK DIVINE”

  1. I have that “out of site, out of mind” problem too. I think I need to print out covers of all the books on my kindle, and put them in my tbr – maybe the flap description too. That way, I’ll remember. (you reminded me that I have The Dark Divine too!)