This book mesmorised me from page one - I just couldn't put it down. After successfully managing to avoid all the hype around it until now I picked thThis book mesmorised me from page one - I just couldn't put it down. After successfully managing to avoid all the hype around it until now I picked this up a few days ago to finally see what the fuss was about now that it is out in the cinemas. I barely managed to stop for breath between the first and last page.
This is a beautiful and spell-binding love story between Bella and Edward, two highschool class mates in a school in Forks, Washington State. Nothing much unusual about that, but Edward is no ordinary teenager - he is a vampire. We watch them fall in love and the story is so tender and moving it completely draws you in. I may be in my late 30's (proving that this book is accessable to all ages) but I can still remember those heady days of watching someone across the food hall, memorising their time-table so you knew where they would be at all times and affording tiny glances across the classroom. The way that Bella and Edward fall in love is truly magical.
What makes this book so special is the brilliant mix of romance and adventure. There are plenty of nail-biting moments that make you keep wanting to turn those pages into the night.
My 5 stars are due to the fact that I found it such a page turner and couldn't wait to pick it up when I wasn't reading it. ...more
Although I am not a young adult (and haven't been for far longer than I care to remember) I really did enjoy this book. Ever Bloom has survived a carAlthough I am not a young adult (and haven't been for far longer than I care to remember) I really did enjoy this book. Ever Bloom has survived a car accident that kills her whole family, including the dog and she is the only surviving member. When she awakes she is able to read peoples minds, know their entire life story, see their auras and not only that but her younger sister, Riley, who was killed in the accident is still very much around. Enter Damen, a drop-dead-gorgeous boy who joins her new school (after she is whisked off to live with her Aunty in California) who starts leaving her red tulips everywhere and confesses that he is an "immortal".
When I first opened it I was determined not to make the obvious Twilight comparissons but I'm afraid that they just leaped off the page at me and I feel unable to avoid them: High school students, a girl with hardly any friends and wanting to be left alone, mysterious and gorgeous boy who can move at the speed of light, knows his school-work off by heart without even doing homework etc and never eats anything. That said, that's where the comparissons end. The love story between Ever and Damen isn't even close to that of Bella and Edward. There was no real "falling in love" or the romance of Twilight. In fact, some of the narrative felt very clumsy and verged on ridiculous.
That said, I still couldn't put it down. I read it in less than a day and was glued to the pages. Ever's sister, Riley, was a wonderful character and gave some great light relief. It says in the author interview at the end of the book that Riley is to get her own series soon - I shall be looking out for that, as I will the next 5 books in this series. ...more
Grace was attacked by a pack of wolves when she was eleven years old. She was dragged from her back garden which back onto Boundry Woods. But she didnGrace was attacked by a pack of wolves when she was eleven years old. She was dragged from her back garden which back onto Boundry Woods. But she didn't struggle or cry even though she could see her own blood in the snow: instead what she remembers about that day is the wolf who saved her. The wolf with the yellow eyes who looked right at her and dragged the other wolves off her.
Over the next six years, Grace becomes obssessed with the wolves in Mercy Falls, where she lives. But it's the one with the yellow eyes who she seeks out. On the occasions when he's appeared at the edge of her garden they watch each other, waiting. One day, a local boy from her school is attacked by wolves and dies and the town is in uproar and a party of men go hunting the wolves in the woods. When Grace returns home she finds a naked boy about her age on her porch who has been shot. She takes him inside and recognises him instantly - the yellow eyes, Sam.
What follows is a love story between two people who have "known" each other for years. It's simple, tender and subtle. They are drawn together and can't be apart, but there is something in their way - whenever it gets cold, Sam changes back into a wolf and this year there is a race against time to stop him changing as Sam thinks it may be his last year as a human.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can absolutely see how it would appeal to teenagers but I think it's a good one for adults too. It's touching and tender. I am looking forward to reading LINGER, the next in the series when it's out....more
Love, love, loved it!!! I feel like I'm on a bit of a YA kick at the moment - I like to think I can still live vicariously through teenagers (it's beeLove, love, loved it!!! I feel like I'm on a bit of a YA kick at the moment - I like to think I can still live vicariously through teenagers (it's been a while!). I read this book in less than a day; I could not put it down. Infact I was up at 2am this morning with my eye-sockets sagging half way down my cheeks 'cos I just had to keep reading the damn thing!
The story starts in France in 1565, when a fallen angel appears to a boy in a remote field and tells him that he has a job for him to do and an oath to swear. Flashforward several hundred years and Nora Grey is a sixteen year old student in Maine, with little interest in boys until Patch turns up in her Biology class, as a lab partner, seemingly hell-bent on making her life a misery with his arrogant, uncommunicative ways. Everywhere she turns, there he is, and trouble seems to follow him around. Nora soon finds herself in the middle of something that she can't explain but she doesn't know who to trust.
The book has a great setting: eery fog, desolate roads and rainswept coastal towns. It's dark yet vibrant and pacy at the same time. The characters were great; I especially loved Nora's best friend, Vee. Her humour alone could have sold the book to me.
I really enjoyed this book; I almost turned into a prune in the bath when reading it because I couldn't bear to put it down to even climb out. Highly recommended!...more
What an absolute treat this book was to read! I absolutely loved it. I was recommended this book a few months ago (thanks Kathryn) so I picked up a coWhat an absolute treat this book was to read! I absolutely loved it. I was recommended this book a few months ago (thanks Kathryn) so I picked up a copy when in NYC in December as it wasn’t out in the UK then. Then in January I was lucky enought to interview Gail for my blog and was even more fascinated and intriguied when I read her answers. Who knew a book about vampires, werewolves and ghosts wandering around Victorian London and attending tea-parties would be so much fun? From the minute I cracked open the spine I knew I was in for a great ride. Our heroine is Miss Alexia Tarabotti and she has fast become one of my favourite characters in any book: she’s feitsy, speaks her own mind, sarcastic, soulless, large chested and so funny!
In the opening pages, Miss Tarabotti accidentally kills a rogue vampire who tries to attack her, and although she is put out that said vampire doesn’t appear to know that she was born without a soul and therefore immune to any supernatural attack, she is more annoyed that the vampire landed in the middle of the food table and on top of the treacle tart, which she had particularly been looking forward to. Within minutes, The Earl of Wolsey, Lord Maccon, arrives in the middle of the mess – he has been sent by Queen Victoria to investigate the mystery of disappearing registered vampires and appearing rogue vampires. Lord Maccon also happens to be a werewolf, the Alpha at that, and Miss Tarabotti appears to exasperate him at every turn. The characters are what really made this book, for me. Alexia aside, I also fell in love with Lord Akeldama, a flambouyant vampire who practically minces through the pages, and Lyall, Lord Maccon’s beta werewolf and sidekick are fantastic, as are the vile Mrs Loontwill (Alexia’s mother) and her two sisters.
Miss Tarabotti’s adventure with trying to track down what has happened to the disappearing vampires and werewolves and getting herself kidnapped by a man with a wax face are nothing compared to the other big distraction that keeps following her around in the shape of an increasingly randy Lord Maccon. There are fangs, fur, ghosties, tea, treacle tart, peacock hats, silver-tipped parasols, adventure, science, satire blended with steampunk and some fantasy – the whole shebang.
I really did enjoy this book and I can’t wait for the next in the series, Changeless, to come out in April. I can highly recommend this book and urge you to read it!...more