Many of my pals have raved about this book. Even with all their glowing reviews, I was still surprised at the depth of this story and the talent of thMany of my pals have raved about this book. Even with all their glowing reviews, I was still surprised at the depth of this story and the talent of this writer. This book was hilarious at times and saddening, too. The mystery was compelling and the characters enchanting. I love books that blend fantasy and reality so well that you believe in the fantasy just as easily as you accept the reality; this book achieved that. This is a cast of characters and a series I will follow, for sure.
Georgina, Succubus extraordinaire, juggles a new protégée, some new angels and a few more immortals all while working hard to maintain her ever compliGeorgina, Succubus extraordinaire, juggles a new protégée, some new angels and a few more immortals all while working hard to maintain her ever complicated romantic life. Bits of her past come back to haunt her and just when everything seems to be perfect more complications arise.
Georgina is a complex character. What she is, a succubus, is often a direct contrast to what she wants and how she feels, making her a demon with a heart and a conscience. It creates some interesting problems and makes for very entertaining reading.
It has been about five hours since I finished this book and closed its pages and I find that the chapters, the characters, the events, are still very much on my mind. I loved the previous books, but I am simply in awe of this one. It’s a fantastic tale, yet not one thing that happens seems unrealistic. The presence of succubae, incubi, angels and various other immortals and demons all seem so real that I no longer feel like I am reading a fantasy, or reading a book for that matter. I get lost in the pages and I think that is a sign of an excellent read and a great author.
This is one of those books I will be thinking about on and off for quite some time. Emotionally this book really put me through the paces and as a result I feel drained. I feel like I have been through everything that Georgina has this go-round and even though some of it wasn’t pleasant, I was hanging on and loving every written word. It really resonated deeply within me. Ms. Mead has a real flair for mixing the real with the unreal and making everything seem tangible. Every time I finish one of her books, she leaves me dying to dive into the next and that’s where I find myself now…impatiently.
There isn’t much I can say about the plot that wouldn’t give too much away. Bella and her vampire boyfrienThis is the second book in the Twilight Saga
There isn’t much I can say about the plot that wouldn’t give too much away. Bella and her vampire boyfriend go through some changes and Bella’s relationship with young Jacob Black becomes more important. Changes are in store for everyone and the effects are devastating, heart warming and even magical.
I thought this second book was just as fantastic as the first, so many things happen and alter it’s really a whirlwind. It’s a book full of emotion and discovery, of hurt and healing. This is one of those one box of tissue books… so many moving moments, both happy and sad, I read with a tissue in my hand at all times.
This saga has captured me body and soul…and while my world continues on around me, I am locked in its pages.
The first book was an introduction of the characters and to a new way of life, the second book was all abouThis is the third book in the Twilight Saga
The first book was an introduction of the characters and to a new way of life, the second book was all about changes, this third book was all about discovery. We learn more about the Vampires, the Cullen’s, the Werewolves and the individual players that make up the groups.
Questions are answered and not all of the answers are pleasant. Bella learns more about the ‘people’ in her life and whole lot more about herself, all the while dodging the danger of a rogue vampire who is after her. The suspense in this book is compelling and with each page it gets harder and harder to set it down.
I can’t remember ever reading a series that I enjoyed so much; yet cried so often throughout. I am so emotionally involved and invested with this series, I hesitate opening the fourth book, knowing the journey ends there.
I can’t recommend this book or the series more highly. It’s a story that will easily wrap you within its pages. I can’t think of a single thing that I would change about any of them. I borrowed the books from my sister, but loving them so much, I know I will be buying my own copies so I can revisit anytime I want.
This is the fourth and final book in the Twilight Saga.
I am not going to say too much about the details of the story as any small mention could spoilThis is the fourth and final book in the Twilight Saga.
I am not going to say too much about the details of the story as any small mention could spoil a whole lot.
All that has happened in the previous three books has been leading up to this fourth and final one. All that Bella, Edward, Jacob and the others are and will be comes to a head in this tale.
I know this book was/is very controversial. People loved it or hated it. I have to admit, while I didn’t love it, I certainly didn’t hate it. There aren’t a lot of negative things I can say about this story, only that it didn’t move me like the previous three books did. With this being the finale, I really expected the author to conjure a lot more emotions from me. I simply didn’t ‘feel’ as much as I did with the other stories. I really don’t think anyway she wrote the story would have completely appeased me or her other fans, because, well, it’s the end. No matter what or how she wrote it, we were all bound to feel a tad disappointed simply because it’s the conclusion.
The story and the conclusion aren’t fantastic… but I feel settled, satisfied. I don’t feel like my characters or the integrity of the story has been sacrificed at all. My one complaint was once the story unfolded, I knew the direction it was heading. While I was happy about the course it was taking, the predictability was a bit of a let down.
I was sad to close the book on this series for the last time. To say I got attached to the story and the people would be a gross understatement. I will miss Bella, Edward, Jacob and all the others who kept me entertained, endlessly, for hours and hours. It’s the end of a saga, characters and an imaginary life and world I felt a part of. I wasn’t wowed by this final tale, but the author left me feeling content and comforted.
This series has been so enjoyable; I really do recommend it, to everyone and anyone.
For 300 years Sir Simon has successfully haunted and spooked everyone and anyone residing in his ancestral home, Canterville Chase, then the Otis famiFor 300 years Sir Simon has successfully haunted and spooked everyone and anyone residing in his ancestral home, Canterville Chase, then the Otis family from America comes along and suddenly scaring isn’t coming so easily for Simon anymore.
I was in love with this story in the 7th grade and I had read and reread it a zillion times during junior high and high school. I had recently purchased a copy of the book as it has been many, many years since I have visited Canterville Chase. Last night was storming and rainy and it left me in an Oscar Wilde kind of mood, I opened my copy and revisited the story I had loved so. It’s nice to find out the story has lost none of its luster.
This tale cracks me up. Sir Simon has a huge repertoire of scare tactics and he pulls out all the stops to spook the Otis family to no avail. The utter frustration the ghost feels in the face of the American’s disregard is absolutely palpable. The harder he tries, the less he succeeds, the more I laugh. Then you have the family turning the tables on him and confronting him in various different ways, each one horrifying to Sir Simon and amusing to the reader.
In the end, Sir Simon and the Otis family are indebted to one another for various reasons. Amidst the hilarity and fantasy there is just enough sentimentality and romance to make the tale all the more real and engaging. Oscar Wilde had a captivating imagination and luckily the talent to translate it to paper, I suspect I will reread this a zillion more times in my lifetime.
I know so many people loved this book, so I am a little disappointed that I didn't. I like the story and the idea behind it, and that is the only reasI know so many people loved this book, so I am a little disappointed that I didn't. I like the story and the idea behind it, and that is the only reason I finished the book. I wanted to know what happened.
My problem was the style of writing. It seemed rather disorganized and rambling to me. The style of writing reminded me of when a friend has a juicy story to tell you, yet she segues several times to fill you in on inane details like drapery colors and stuff that has nothing to do with the actual tale. By the time that pal finishes the story you have more detail on the inane and ridiculous than the actual juicy story she originally set out to tell. That's how I felt with Sunshine. Stuff I was really interested in went unanswered, but I have more than a cursory knowledge of cinnamon rolls and cherry pit removers.
Because the style of writing was something I really didn't care for, I was never really able to get into the book like I normally do. It took me several days to get through because I had to set it down so many times to avoid complete frustration.
I can see why people love it, but for me it was very mediocre.
Emma is a typical Hungarian teenage girl. She lives at home with parents and has a few girlfriends she is really close to. While her pals are alreadyEmma is a typical Hungarian teenage girl. She lives at home with parents and has a few girlfriends she is really close to. While her pals are already interested in the opposite sex, Emma is more interested in her studies. Then one night she is awoken by a stranger in her room, he takes her blood and the life as she knows it and turns her into a Predatoress.
Emma reluctantly embraces her new lifestyle as a Vampire and although she wishes she were mortal she selfishly turns her best friend Kati into a Vampire, and then the two of them turn their other two friends, Gizi and Eszti, into Vampires. Soon this foursome is terrorizing their hometown on their quest for blood to sustain a life none of them is completely comfortable with.
This book reads like a memoir, told from the viewpoint of Emma, the friend that starts it all. The book summary promises an interesting and unusual vampire tale that pulled me in immediately. Unfortunately, the actual story fails to pick up speed until the book is about half of the way through. The storyline gets bogged down with Emma’s ramblings of genetics, DNA, Hungarian histories and delicacies, and the repetitious fights and feedings between the 4 friends. It made it difficult to weed through the prose to get to the heart and vitality of the story, which ends up being Emma’s quest for a cure for her, her friends and the other Vampires out there.
The main problem I had was with Emma herself. She is not a likable heroine or villain. Her bossy, know-it-all and selfish behavior makes it really hard for the reader to care about what she has to say. She comes off as immature one moment and pompous the next. When Emma is only a few hours old in her new vampire persona, she begins to speak, act and dictate as though she is lifelong authority on Vampire etiquette and ethics. If I had been one of the three friends she had turned, and then ordered about and lectured relentlessly, I would have staked her in the heart after about 5 minutes.
I was really looking forward to this tale, but ultimately found myself disappointed. The marketing campaign for this book is brilliant, and I have no doubt it will be a success because of it. Reader’s can also visit predatoress.com and purchase a bottle of Emma’s own Blood wine; a luscious and fruity Red Zinfandel, with a bite. Perhaps I should have drunk the bottle of wine whilst I read?
Lady Cottington was one twisted individual! She presses fairires like most people press leaves - the results are humorous and a little sticky. The letLady Cottington was one twisted individual! She presses fairires like most people press leaves - the results are humorous and a little sticky. The letters she has collected from the likes of Queen Victoria, W.B. Yeats, and William Shakespeare (and more!) are entertaining and vastly amusing.
This is a sarcastic and twisted little book on fairies and the spriritual realm. I loved every page of it!...more
This is an amazing series, I love every freakin page.
I like that Jericho is overly controlling and exceedinly Alpha. I love that he has secrets and puThis is an amazing series, I love every freakin page.
I like that Jericho is overly controlling and exceedinly Alpha. I love that he has secrets and pulls no punches. He is who he is, some of it unpleasant, he makes no apologies.
I love the fact that Mac is kicking fae butt, but still finds herself using her made up swear words. (Fudge = crap, Petunia = ass, etc.) It cracks me up.
The veil between our world and the fae world disappear, and more and more unfriendly fae take over Dublin. The story becomes more brutal and scary, and vengeance for the death of her sister has to take a back seat as Mac is thrust into defending herself over and over again.
This is definitely a "keeper" series, one I will keep on my shelves and reread. Fantastic....more
Aden Stone hears voices in his head, four voices to be precise. As a result he has been shipped to several different foster homes and several differenAden Stone hears voices in his head, four voices to be precise. As a result he has been shipped to several different foster homes and several different mental institutions throughout his entire life. The voices in his head are loud and constant and Aden communicates with them regularly by speaking out loud to them. To his psychiatrists and people around him he appears to be schizophrenic; but he's not. The voices in his head are real; they are souls trapped in his body, each one containing a special supernatural gift.
Aden moves to a ranch for troubled kids in Oklahoma and receives a much needed break from the hospitals; he gets a chance at a semi normal life. When he meets a girl named Mary Ann he is equally attracted and repelled by her, he longs to hug her, but he also wants to run. He also discovers that she quiets the voices in his head, giving him a peace he has never known.
As he joins public school for the first time he is faced with issues that all teens face; bullies, trying to fit in, and even enjoying his first crush. But Aden is also confronted with things on the supernatural front; he discovers the existence of Vampires, Werewolves, Shape Shifters, Fairies, Goblins and Ghosts. All creatures from the supernatural realm are being pulled to this small town in Oklahoma, all of them searching for Aden.
This was a very hard book to put down, I was simply fascinated by Aden and the souls he carries and found myself dying to know what was drawing him to Mary Ann. The book pulls you in from page one and keeps you excited and brimming with anticipation throughout. I found myself saying "one more chapter and then I will put it down." That rarely ever happened; I only set the book down when sleep and/or life demanded.
The story deals with some issues that seem adult, but unfortunately are pretty common in the teen world. The book touches lightly on teen sex, pregnancy and drugs. When I say lightly, it is discussed but definitely not the focus of the story, nor does any of it feel to mature for a teen audience.
I have been seeing Gena Showalter's name for years. Amazon has recommended her books based on others that I have bought and for some reason I have never gotten around to trying her out. If all her books are half as wonderful as this one, I will be reading her regularly.
I am hoping that Aden and his pals will be back again, and the story will continue as part of a series. Some things were left unresolved and I am aching to know more and get some answers. Ms. Showalter is an exceptional storyteller and has successfully trapped me into her paranormal world.