(member since Oct 25, 2010)
I liked Tybalt from the jump. I still do. He's one of my favorite characters in any book or series. I find myself hoping for more scenes with Tybalt.
This series is great. I had MANY questions after reading it (them, actually) --- and over the course of the other books (I'm still one behind), more and more answers are being revealed. I find the series to be smartly written.
** I wasn't crazy about the 2nd book in the series, but even so... I love the characters so much that I couldn't wait to read the next book after that. **
Oh... I LOVE this series. I don't find Jane to be snarky either.
Also... I love the characters (plural) of Jane & Beast. I think that their situation/dynamic is really interesting. (view spoiler)[ I love werewolves, vampires, etc.. but I found this 'shifter' of sorts that isn't your typical shifter really interesting. With Beast and Jane, you get two individuals souls --- and personalities --- inhabiting one body.
I think if you remember this and think about animal magnitism, etc... you might also be able to understand the many men & women who seem to "want" Jane. I think an arguement could be made that even if people aren't aware of what Jane is/ there seems to be "something" about her that draws them in for some reason... perhaps it's Beast.
On the flip side, Beast is her own entity and has her own animal needs... I find amusement in the interest that Jane, Beast (sometimes both) have in various men. They have very different views on "mates" and mating. (hide spoiler)]
I thought this was a really good first book in the series. I couldn't wait to read it after being introduced to Jane Yellowrock in the short story in some anthology... possibly Strange Brew
I prefer to read stories that are more Urban Fantasy than romance... which also might be why I enjoy this series. Though I have greatly enjoyed various moments throughout the series with various characters & hoped for a bit of romance on an occasion or two.
I also like that the characters develop as the series goes on. (I didn't like Rick in the beginning... I find him to be an interesting character now and would read a story/ book just about him --- as an example.)
Also... I think first books in series, in which there is a fair amt. of world-building & mythology involved can be a bit difficult. I think Skinwalker fairs better than some others as far as first books go.
There are series out there that I absolutely ADORE but the first book in the series was a bit lackluster for me somehow, but I kept reading because other people raved about the series. I feel that this series also gets better and better. So, I would suggest people continue reading it if they liked the first book but perhaps didn't love it.
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Gogo wrote: "...Though need to find a 4 and 6 word book but I have enough books on reserve at the library at the moment..."
Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend (just a suggestion for 6-word title, since you have What's a Ghoul to Do? on your list. ;)
*** I'm in... but we'll see how it goes. I'm trying out a few bookclubs this month, so not as much time for purely recreational (whatever I feel like) reading.
--- Faith Hunter (reread)Insurgent
--- Veronica Roth
2. Great Expectations --- Charles Dickens (Gothic bookclub read)Sacrificial Magic
--- Stacia Kane
3. Rosemary and Rue
--- Seanan McGuire (reread)The Water Thief
--- N.L. Soutter (bookclub read)
4. Sweet Blood of Mine
--- John Corwin
Fifty Shades of Grey --- E.L. James (bookclub)
5. ?? TBA ?? suggestions???Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
6. Slaughterhouse Five or the Children's Crusade --- Kurt Vonnegut (bookclub - Not strictly UF/PR, but the main character does get unstuck in time... just sayin')
Christal wrote: "Done!
May 2012 Challenge ~ May Blood
Duration: May 1 - May 31, 2012
Level: Easy Completed 3/3
I don't have very many books TBR that fit this challenge so I'm going to go with EASY this ti..."
christal, can you tell me how you get the bookcovers to show vertically?
I can't seem to edit my post on my phone..... but I'm done, too.
I had hoped to squeeze in one more blood themed books, but I have 2 other books that I'm deeply entrenched in now that I want to finish before picking up another book. smile.
6 blood-themed/ challenge books it is... medium level achieved.
look forward to see what challenge you have in store for us for june.
♥☆♫★♡ Kathy♡bahd gihrl♥♡★ wrote: "Zafia wrote: "Cast in Shadow
That's the only one that comes to mind."
WHAT !!??? I just started reading this It is GAY SEX and has sex scenes in it Quiet a few!
This is the third paragraph:I had ..."
Michelle Sagara West's Chronicle's of Elantra series... first book Cast in Shadow --- you might be thinking of a different book; I am reading this series and I am POSITIVE that the first 4 books have absolutely NO SEX in them whatsoever. I'm on Cast in Silence
... the 5th book now. So far... no sex.
YA --- Rachel Caine
's Morganville Vampires series is AMAZING. Earlier books no sex. And later books not graphic. Not sure I'd recommend for a 10-year-old, but if she's read P.C. Cast's House of Night series (which does have sex in it; first book jumping right in w/ a somewhat graphic sex act when first gets to the school) then it should be fine. Richelle Mead
's Vampire Academy books --- are really good, too. Again... I'd say a bit older than a 10 yr. old, but once again... i found this series tamer than House of Night.
Here's my suggestions:
10, huh? Patrick Carman
's Land of Elyon Books are good and age appropriate. Rick Riordan
's Percy Jackson & the Olympian series as well as the Kane series.Suzanne Collins
's Hunger Games trilogy; I haven't read her Gregor books, but heard they are good.
is pretty good and has NO SEX in it.
Veronica Roth's Divergent series (haven't finished the second book yet to say if any inappropriate material in it.) Lauren Oliver's Delirium Series deals with love in a sort of dystopian way. Interesting premise despite the love triangle. I'd be okay with my 12 yr. old niece reading them.
Not a series... but I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman... Stardust
are both really good. Coraline & The Graveyard Book are age appropriate as well.
Shannon Delany's werewolf series ??? 13 to Life
--- to be fair, I haven't finished the series, so I can't say if there is sex in the later books.
Hope that helps.
Let me let you all in on a NOT
so little secret:(view spoiler)[ I'm computer illiterate (hide spoiler)]
. Thanks for letting us try out the spoiler
Now then... can someone explain to me how to get the book covers to attach horizontally to one another instead of stacking on top of one another vertically. I'd like to conserve space in my posts. Thanks.
Oh... I got sucked into another series and forgot to come back here. I did enjoy it, thank you.
Here's my take on the book. And I'm going to be as vague as possible as I don't want to spoil anything.
I *DID* enjoy the book. I finished it really quickly. (At one point I almost broke down and bought the kindle version so I could finish it faster --- I picked up the audio book, which was well done, btw.)
I look forward to reading the the next book when it comes out. I'd like to see more of Cainnan (sp?) --- the downside of audio books--- I never know how to spell the names of characters, etc.
As far as dystopian books go, I thought that this was a bit tame, which is weird to say as there are some rather gruesome things that occur in this book. In fact, if I think back on the book as a whole and run it through my memory as a mini movie of sorts, it reads much darker (& perhaps cooler in some ways). I'm not sure how to explain it.
I've never read anything by Julie Kagawa before. I thought the writing was pretty solid. I realize it's a YA genre book so I guess in that respect it could be argued that it was pretty on point with the intended audience as far as descriptions go. I guess my point that I am not making very well is that while I thought the book was quite good and the fact remains that I WILL seek out the next book in the series, there was still something lacking for me. I didn't completely connect with the characters and landscape as much as I would have liked.
I never got a good feel for the world the characters are living in. That was probably the biggest thing lacking for me. I like world-building. Sometimes stories can get slowed down by complex world-building and this one didn't. That's good, I suppose, but I think more description could have been added and not slowed down the pace of the story. I understood about the disease and where humans were on the food chain now so-to-speak. I get the idea of the unregistered/pets (actually, never really got that- I made the logical leap on that front)/ cities/ etc --- but I wanted to feel it on a viseral level, I guess.
If someone is running for his/her life, I want to feel scared for them. I want my heart rate to speed up. If someone is betrayed, I don't want to just go, "Oh, poor so & so"... I want to feel that sting of betrayal. Does that make sense?
I'm pretty much a wimp and cry fairly easily. There were moments in this book that were prime opportunities to have me feel outraged or cry or whatever. Maybe one time I ALMOST got there, but never quite bridged that emotional gap.
I guess I'm trying to say that while the premise & story were good --- I was hoping for technicolor or Hi-Def or something--- that would have pushed it over the edge for me.
Still as it is, I'd give it 4 stars out of 5.
Just starting this book now. I haven't read anything by Julie Kagawa before, though I have stopped and paused on more than one of her books when browsing either at the library or bookstores, etc...
This cover is striking and definitely drew my attention (again, probably why I've paused on other books of hers as well) --- but I truly only picked this one up because it was not only a group read pick this month, but fell into the "Blood"- theme of the monthly challenge for May.
I didn't realize this was dystopian. (I often don't read blurbs about books before I pick them up.) Now I'm truly excited to read this one. I'm a fan of the dystopian genre... throw in some vampires and some zombies and we have a party.
Can't wait to start... which is why I'm going now. smile.
NEW to ME Series --- Dedicated Level 10/10
**** Joining the Party/Challenge Late. I'm so excited! Finally an excuse/Push to get to my TBR Pile ****
1. Veronica Roth --- Divergent Series
2. Lauren Oliver --- Delirium Series
Read so far:Delirium
3. Laini Taylor --- Daughter of Smoke & Bone
4. Victoria Laurie --- Ghost Hunter Mysteries
5. Victoria Laurie --- Psychic Eye Mysteries
6. Molly Harper --- Naked Werewolf Series
Read Entire Series: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
and The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf
7. Molly Harper --- Jane Jameson Series
8. Michelle Sagara West --- Chronicles of Elantra
Read so far: Cast in Shadow
, Cast In Courtlight
,Cast In Secret
, Cast in Fury
, Cast in Moonlight
9. Delilah Dawson --- Bludman Series
10. Seanan McGuire --- Incryptid Series
Holy Crap! I've already read 10 books from New to Me series this year and didn't even know it! So... I guess I'll give the next level a try!
NEW to ME Series --- OBSESSED Level 11/25
11. Kyra Davis --- Sophie Katz Murder Mysteries (not PR/UF)
Read so far: Sex, Murder And A Double Latte
, Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlights
12. Deborah Harkness --- All Soul's Trilogy
13. Michael Buckley --- The Sisters Grimm Series
NEW to ME Authors
Obsessed Level: 0/25
's books read:How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
,The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf
,Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
's books read:Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye
,What's a Ghoul to Do?
,Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend
Michelle Sagara West
's books read:Cast in Shadow
,Cast In Courtlight
,Cast In Secret
,Cast in Fury
,Cast in Moonlight
's books read:Daughter of Smoke and Bone
(started listening to; will come back to)
's books read:Divergence
's books read:Delirium
Narrelle M. Harris
's books read:The Opposite of Life
's books read:A Discovery of Witches
9. Delilah Dawson
's books read:Wicked as They Come
10. Kyra Davis
's books read:Sex, Murder And A Double Latte
, Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlights
* Not UF/PR
's books read:The Fairy-Tale Detectives
's books read:The Immortal Rules
's books read:The Summoning
, The Awakening
, The Reckoning
Possible Authors TBR:JR Ward
, Mira Grant
, Jaye Wells
, Kalayna Price
, plus another 8 to 10.
TITLE CHALLENGE: A - Z
(11/26 --- Progress thus Far)
A. Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye
B. By a Thread
C. Cast in Shadow
Michelle Sagara West
D. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
F. Fair Game
K. Kitty's Big Trouble
N. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
P. A Perfect Blood
R. Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
T. Third Grave Dead Ahead
W. Wicked as They Come
AUTHOR NAMES: A - Z
I would like to try the following 4 challenges:
Authors A-Z & Titles A-Z
*(mostly PR/UF... smile.)
New to You Authors - Obsessed Level (25)
New to You Series - Dedicated Level (10)..finished that level; trying obsessed.
* (I'm SUPER excited for these 2 challenges!!!)
I'm going to try for medium. I'm never good at planning out my reads --- something will pop up that catches my interest.
Here's What I've Read Thus Far:
Late Eclipses --- by Seanan McGuire. (It's all about the blood & roses.) FINISHED! ***** Loved it! Only problem is that I want to read the next book instead of one of my other "blood-themed/titled" books.
Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) --- by Julie Kagawa (plus this is a 2-for as it's a book club read right now.)
**** Will cont. this series. 4 stars
Blood Rites --- by Jim Butcher
Felt weird to skip a book and read the series out of order. I'll go back and read Death Masks soon. Really like this series. Started a bit slow for me, but keep getting better and better. I love Harry!
4 to 4.5 stars.
4 - 6.
--- Blood Will Tell (3 stars); Blood Past (4 stars); Shades of Blood (stars TBA/ just started) by Samantha Young (Unfortunately, I didn't learn of the Omnibus edition, until after I purchased them all separately. Oh well.)
That's all I've got for now. Below are some possibilities that I may finish reading in the next 3 days, but highly unlikely. We'll see.
My first challenge. (How exciting!)
(With my work schedule, this might be difficult. Plus, I have a tendency to read whatever piques my interest at any given moment, so not sure how I'll do on the letter-challenge restraints.)
L - Lauren Oliver: Delirium, Hana,and....
I - Incriptid #1:Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
L - Lauren Oliver: Pandemonium
A - A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
C - Cast in Fury by Michelle Sagara
S - Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
Read: I *DID* actually finish the challenge on time, just late checking in. smile.
Extra books finished: