CATCHALL I really enjoyed Stacey Kade's The Ghost and the Goth series, so when I heard about her new series I knew*****FINAL RATING: 4.75 STARS*****
CATCHALL I really enjoyed Stacey Kade's The Ghost and the Goth series, so when I heard about her new series I knew that I had to get my hands on it. And don't get me wrong, I really loved her G&G series. But that is literally nothing compared to how much I loved this book. I honestly adored this book so much I don't even know what to do with myself. It was gorgeous, a little bit heartbreaking, and so passionate with feelings and painful choices that it drew me in. I loved it, I adored it, it is easily a favorite.
THE HEROINE ARIANE Ariane is awesome from the very first page. Her entire life, she's wanted to follow the rules that her father set for her, and yet while she passes off normally enough for everyone else she can't seem to fool Zane. She has several quirks that I honestly find adorable, but Ariane is no fluffy cupcake. She's strong, kickass, and will do what she has to to survive. Despite that, she has a surprisingly kind heart. At the same time, she doesn't let people walk all over her. She has vulnerabilities, and she struggles, but that's what really makes her humanity show.
THE HERO ZANE I love Zane. Saying that I am in love with him is probably more accurate, actually. He is gorgeous and wonderful and I love him. He's also really perceptive and stubborn but not to the point where he's too clever or dull. It's like the perfect, dream balance. Oh, and he is most definitely a charmer. He doesn't back down from a challenge, and though he hangs out with people who often find amusement at the expense of others he doesn't really actively participate, and in fact starts to break away from him. He's a little bit of a bad boy, but he was so well-written and not stereotypical at all that it was basically kind of perfect.
THE PLOT The Rules reads a lot more like a paranormal romance than the science-fiction it officially is, but that totally doesn't mean it isn't just as fabulous. It's not as fluffy as you'd think, and it actually gets really intense in some parts. It's unique and a lot of fun, but more than that it's something I can easily see myself reading again and again.
Ariane has never really had a problem obeying the rules. She knows what she can do and what she can't. She has one friend who really isn't a good one because it's easy and she doesn't really challenge anything. Zane changes all of that for her. With a few words, with one offered challenge and a little bit of a reward, Ariane is ready to break every one. Though, of course, she doesn't know that yet.
Sometimes I have to admit that I got frustrated with the pacing. For the most part things moved along smoothly and I really liked the even flow, but I cannot deny there were two or three times where it seemed to drag and I really wished whatever was going on would be over. I suppose those scenes were important in their own way but apparently I have issues anyway.
There were so many plot twists, too, and they always fit in nicely without creating plot holes. There were betrayals I never saw coming and certain spouts of knowledge that I definitely didn't expect. I loved that we were kept guessing while being teased with the truth, and yet it wasn't overly predictable.
The Rules was for the most part fast-paced, but overall a ton of fun and intensity. I loved it from the first page to the last and was definitely swooning by the last page.
THE ROMANCE Romance tends to be my favorite part of a book. In some ways I know maybe it should't be, but it's not like I can help it, so there you have it. I am a total slave to romance. I can never get enough of it. Anyway, this specific romance is seriously, seriously wonderful. The way both of them go from not really trusting the other to starting to fall in love really gets to me in a good way, and the best part is that there's no instalove. Yay. Of course, sparks fly from the very first time their eyes meet. They just don't know it.
THE WRITING Stacey's writing has really matured from her first book–it has always been loaded with tons of talent, but now it is even better. The dialogue is fantastic, and I love the way her characters describe the people and things around them. I love the alternating first person. I love everything about it. The book is also packed with tons of humor that just feels so perfectly natural that I definitely caught myself giggling more than once.
THE ENDING I loved the ending of this book. I mean, I kind of hated it too, because it was sort of mean. But, you know, I get why it ended that way. I appreciated that it was a cliffhanger without being a cheap trick and intriguing without resorting to tactics such as massive infodumps at the end or sudden nonsensical revelations. It really stuck to the facts and yeah, revealed some new stuff, but was honestly pretty much the best ending it could have been. So, yay!
WRAPUP I'm going to assume it's fairly obvious that I would recommend this book. I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone. There's really not much to not love about it, and it's so cute and yet surprisingly deep that it's sure to be a classic. I am very much in love with this book and totally think that everyone else should give it a chance, too. Not to be pushy. Anyway, I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of this series and I absolutely cannot wait! Yesterday is already too late.
CATCHALL Well, hello. Much like Obsidian, Onyx was nothing like what I expected. It was cute and sexy. Unfortunately****FINAL RATING: 4.35 STARS****
CATCHALL Well, hello. Much like Obsidian, Onyx was nothing like what I expected. It was cute and sexy. Unfortunately the rating isn't as high as what I gave Obsidian, but that doesn't mean that I didn't love it just as much. Onyx was full of suspension and love and was also hot and chilling both. I quite literally could not put it down! It absolutely captivated me, and my second journey through Katy's world was as thrilling as I remember the first one was.
THE HEROINE KATY It's impossible not to love Katy. She's absolutely a fun and realistic heroine. She has reactions to things, legitimate ones. While she doesn't just go along blindly to what everyone else says, she doesn't always push so hard that it's irritating. While she does make decisions that don't always turn out to be the right ones, we all do that. And though I thought that her reaction to something that happens at the end of the books is kind of weird and more than a little annoying, it wasn't that bad, relatively speaking. And because she's so awesome, I'm willing to cut her some slack.
THE LOVE INTEREST DAEMON Well, Daemon is a jerk. But I love him! He can be rude to Katy, but it's obvious that he really cares about her. And he's protective in the sweetest way, not in the creepy and overbearing way. He wants to keep Katy away form people who might hurt her, and he doesn't want her to have to get involved in alien matters too much. He doesn't smother her, though. Mostly, he lets her do what she wants to, unless he thinks that there is a really good reason why she shouldn't.
THE NEW KID BLAKE While that's a cliché, that is what he is, or at least at first. Who is Blake? To me it was clear from the beginning that he had some kind of agenda to follow, something to get done. I was kind of irritated that Katy couldn't see this, but I also don't blame her. I almost wish we'd gotten to know more about him. We always have choices, but sometimes those choices involve choosing the lesser or two evils.
THE PLOT If I had to describe Onyx in one word, I'd say suspenseful. Because it is! I always was wanting to know what happened next. Even though I felt I could guess a lot of this book before it actually happened, which was a shame, I still really wanted to read it.
And it was seriously intense. Everything amps up in this second installment of the Lux series. The risks increase, and the corners get just a little darker. There's a new level of something that wasn't here before and I loved it.
The DOD comes to town in this one. And as it turns out, they know more than anyone ever though they did. And they're ruthless. They want what they want, and they've found a way they think they can get it. It's whole new level of creepiness and problems and interventions and such. It's awesome.
Another thing I loved about this book was the emotional depth. There was one particular thing that happened that made me cry so much. It was totally unexpected and very sobering because it made everything that much more serious.
I was just seriously having the absolute best time reading this book, because really, what's not to love? There's everything I could want. Suspense. Drama. Romance. And speaking of romance…
THE ROMANCE The romance was full of as many steamy and sexy moments as there were sweet moments. It took me on a complete emotional ride and I loved the dynamic between Katy and Daemon. There's so much chemistry that the sparks literally fly right out of the page, and it was so much fun to read. I love that there was finally some real development between them and Jennifer didn't try to drag it out any longer than necessary. Im sure there will still be rocky roads, but at least the first part was done beautifully.
THE WRITING I love Jennifer's writing. The voices of her characters are so genuine that I can really hear a unique and individual voice when I read them. Katy's voice is fun and cute but she can be serious when she needs to. And being inside her head is awesome because we can see all the crazy conflict that's going on. And I love the way that everything is told to us—like we're really there, and not just readers, but t still sounds like something Katy would say. Brill.
THE ENDING The ending was awesome although it was a total cliffhanger. It left me wanting a lot more. Still, I feel that what I got in Onyx was a pretty good deal too! While unfortunately a lot of the ending felt obvious, there were still things that I could never have seen coming, twists I never expected. So despite the fact that I could pretty much see the ending right away, I still felt surprised enough that I didn't feel totally cheated.
WRAPUP Filled to the brim with sweet and sexy romance, an intense and thrilling plot, and desperately gorgeous characters, Onyx was an unputdownable book of seriously epic proportions. And, um, I want a Daemon for myself, thanks. I wholeheartedly recommend Onyx and Obsidian! If you haven't started this series yet, you should—you really are missing out. Hot aliens everywhere! I truly enjoyed this book and will definitely nbe picking up Opal and the rest of the series.