Tracy Banghart

Tracy Banghart's books on Goodreads

Rebel Wing Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1)
reviews: 118
ratings: 199 (avg rating 4.18)

By Blood By Blood (By Blood, #1)
reviews: 50
ratings: 88 (avg rating 3.97)

Moon Child Moon Child (Prequel to By Blood)
reviews: 27
ratings: 49 (avg rating 3.86)

Storm Fall Storm Fall (Rebel Wing, #2)
reviews: 27
ratings: 41 (avg rating 4.22)

What the Sea Wants What the Sea Wants
reviews: 5
ratings: 20 (avg rating 3.10)

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    Thursday
    Feb132014

    Bookanistas Review: Captivate

    Hello friends! I apologize for not blogging much lately. Things are pretty crazy around here, between running after a 15-month-old and preparing for the big Shattered Veil release! But I *have* had a little time to read!

    This week I'd like to give some love to CAPTIVATE by Vanessa Garden!

    From Goodreads:

    In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems...

    For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

    Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko...the King of this underwater civilisation.

    Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets..

    My Thoughts

    Okay, it just needs to be said....this book captivated me! ;-) Miranda drew me in right away and I was immediately intrigued by the hint of her past regrets and secrets. Then, when we arrive in Marin, the underwater world Vanessa created came to beautiful life before my eyes. At first, it was wonderfully claustrophobic, much like the caves in Stephenie Meyer's THE HOST and the spaceship in Beth Revis's ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. I could feel the walls closing in on Miranda, could feel every visceral moment of her desperation. I thought Vanessa did a fantastic job of not romanticizing Miranda's kidnapping. Sure, it wouldn't be a story if Miranda didn't find a place in her new world and develop feelings for our leading men; BUT Vanessa handled Miranda's gradualy evolving feelings with grace and subtlety. And this is definitely one of those books where I couldn't figure out how it could possibly end. I love that urgency to keep reading faster and faster to see what happens next!

    Another element I found super intriguing was the mystery of how the people came to be in Marin and what kind of civilization had built the underwater city. Vanessa poses all these tantalizing questions about her world...many of which she waits to answer until book two. Which was very sneaky on her part because it's just ANOTHER reason that I MUST GET MY HANDS ON BOOK TWO!!

    Overall, I loved CAPTIVATE and can't wait to dive again into Miranda's world. If you're looking for an intensely romantic read, just in time for Valentine's Day, I recommend picking this one up!

    Add CAPTIVATE to your Goodreads list here, and buy a copy for yourself here!

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    Here's what the other Bookanistas are raving about this week!

    Thursday
    Apr192012

    Bookanista Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

    It's hard to believe we're already halfway through April. The weather here in North Carolina is already hinting at a hot summer, but even so I've been enjoying the sunny days and low humidity of spring. And what better way to do that than sitting outside with a good book? :-)

    This week's selection is THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson. First, a little info from Goodreads:

    Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

    Elisa is the chosen one. 

    But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will. 

    Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

    And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

    Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

    Most of the chosen do.

    My Thoughts

    Go buy this book. Now.

    Honestly, that really sums up my love for THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, but I guess, since this is supposed to be a review, I should give you a few more details. 

    Elisa's story begins where most fantasies end...with a princess marrying a handsome king. For me, this meant that as I was reading, I had NO idea where the story would go or what to expect. And that was a wonderful, delicious feeling. The world Rae created for Elisa is so detailed, with politics, religion, even topography all combining to create a living, breathing backdrop for the events of the story. I loved how the culture of the world so informed both the characters and the movement of the plot - everything fit together so seamlessly I never felt information was being dumped on me or saw the big flashing sign saying THIS IS IMPORTANT, REMEMBER THIS LATER. Each element of this story - character development, world building, plot - all flowed so well together I was truly carried away into Elisa's world.

    The main character, Elisa, is another huge reason to love this book. Her emotional journey is a thing of beauty - from a fat girl who doesn't believe she has anything to offer the world to a strong, vibrant leader and friend. She pulls you into her world from the very first page, and I found myself so emotionally invested in her story that I cried, groaned, even laughed out loud right along with her. I felt Elisa's emotions and struggled myself with the challenges she faced. To me, this story was so visceral and engaging, I literally couldn't put it down.

    I cannot WAIT for CROWN OF EMBERS, the next in the series, and I really can't say enough good things about this book. Read it! :-)

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    Here's what the other Bookanistas are up to this week!

    Corrine Jackson falls for THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT 

    Stasia Ward Kehoe is over the moon for MEDUSA THE MEAN

    Nikki Katz flips for FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK & FROI OF THE EXILES

    Thursday
    Apr122012

    Bookanista Review: Clarity/Perception

    Happy Thursday, everyone! I'm having a good week. Finally gained some steam on a project that was stalled, and have continued my streak of reading great books! A lot of them have been sequels lately, which is pretty exciting. There's nothing like falling in love with a book, impatiently waiting for its follow-up, and then finally getting to read what happens next! So, so satisfying, especially when those sequels are as fantastic as the ones I've been reading lately!

    This week I want to talk about CLARITY and PERCEPTION by Kim Harrington.

    FROM GOODREADS (CLARITY):

    Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift. 


    And a curse. 

    When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case—but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s brother—who has supernatural gifts of his own—becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

    My Thoughts

    CLARITY the book has a great concept and it's executed really well. Clarity the character is brave and strong and confused and a wonderful steward for her story. I immediately related to her, despite my lack of psychic abilities. :-) The cast of characters in these books is fabulous - from Clarity's telephathic, sometimes overbearing Mom (how mortifying to have one's mother be able to read your thoughts?!), to her player brother, to the sexy newcomer Gabriel. Harrington does a really fantastic job establishing the personalities in Clarity's seaside town, the dynamics at her high school, and the relationships between Clarity and the other members of her family. The characters felt genuine to me, and because I liked Clarity so much, I felt totally invested in watching those relationships develop over the course of both books.

    The mysteries in both books are well plotted and suspenseful. Particularly in the first, Clarity helping the police find a murderer was both creepy and fascinating, and I didn't see the murderer's identity coming. In the second book, the culprit was a little more obvious (to me, at least) but all of the characters were interacting in such interesting ways that I had plenty of reasons to keep turning the pages to see if I was right. And the way it all shook out was unexpected and super intense.

    I really loved that the second book, unlike in some mystery series, actually dealt with the repercussions of the events in the first book. We see how the murder and resulting investigation affects Clarity and those around her, in what feels authentic and gives the second book a heftier emotional weight than the first. I also loved that the second book didn't fall into the formula/pattern I was expecting after the first. These are murder mysteries but even more than that they are stories about Clarity and her family, and I loved them all the more for having the focus squarely on the characters and their emotional journeys, rather than it being ALL about the mystery plot. 

    These are quick, fun reads, romantic but not ALL about the romance, creepy but not too creepy to read before bed, filled with wonderful characters, a beautiful setting, and a heroine you'll enjoy rooting for. I don't know if there's a third book in the works, but I for one am hoping for more Clarity and her friends!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Check out what the rest of the Bookanistas are up to!

    Christine Fonseca  gives a shout out for REGRET

    Carrie Harris swoons for STRUCK

    Corrine Jackson cries heaps over STORY OF A GIRL

    Stasia Ward Kehoe loves up THE LIBERATION OF MAX MCTRUE

    Katy Upperman delights in GRACELING

    Jessica Love delights in THE SCORPIO RACES

    Hilary Wagner hosts a Guest Post by Author Aaron Kato on YA Voice

    Thursday
    Mar152012

    Bookanista Thursday!

    This week I don't have a review to share, as I've been under the weather and reading "comfort" books...which, for me, are romance novels (and therefore not reviewable). ;-) 

    BUT, lots of other Bookanistas have you covered!

    Christine Fonseca  interviews author Heather McCorkle

    Megan Miranda and  Debra Driza give stars to STARTERS

    Stasia Ward Kehoe is giddy about GEEKTASTIC – with giveaway!

    Nikki Katz praises PANDEMONIUM

    Hilary Wagner swoons for PINK SMOG – with giveaway

     

    Also, GO WILDCATS!!