HEARTS AT STAKE is a chick-lit, fluff, candy read. There's nothing special about it and there's nothing memorable. It's just a book that provides a brHEARTS AT STAKE is a chick-lit, fluff, candy read. There's nothing special about it and there's nothing memorable. It's just a book that provides a brief distraction from the real life.
The two narrators were different from each other so I could tell whose chapter it was. Their voices were different and realistic. I liked Lucy's sassyness and that she would do anything for her best friend, Solange. And I liked that Solange, in turn, would do anything for Lucy.
The plot was unfortunately not that good. It was all over the place. The book had several sub-plots and the author took turns focusing on them.
1. The Solange-might-die-when-she-turns-subplot. It was mentioned sporadically. 2. Solange-might-be-the-princess. 3. The romance between Lucy and the other guy. 4. The romance between Solange and the other guy (am not mentioning the guys so I won't spoil). 5. Who-wants-to-kill-the-Drakes-subplot.
The author would mostly focus on one of the subplots on a chapter and a different one on the next. The info dumps would detract from the story and interrupt the flow. And there really wasn't anything new brought to the vampire genre.
Overall, don't expect this to be the next Vampire Academy series. This is just a teen paranormal chick-lit book. Meant to be a cute, fast read....more
Lately it's rare to find such a remarkably well-written YA novel. With at the so-so written YA novels in shelves, ALL UNQUIET THINGS is sure to standLately it's rare to find such a remarkably well-written YA novel. With at the so-so written YA novels in shelves, ALL UNQUIET THINGS is sure to stand out.
The voices of the two main characters—Neily and Aubrey—are so strong and so realistically portrayed that I found myself reading their story well into the night. While their voices are a bit familiar that you need to check whose part it is, their narration really sucks you in. Their grief, frustrations, anger, and their other feelings just leapt off the page and felt so true.
I do read quite a few of mystery books that I can easily tell who the culprit is a few chapters into the story, but Jarzab kept me guessing and doubting myself. I just couldn’t believe the twist at the end! It was superbly well done.
The book does start a bit slow, but the story picks up a few chapters in. All the characters –even the secondary ones—were written in a way that it felt as if they could be someone you knew. Jarzab is so great at writing characters and plotting out a novel that I didn’t believe that this was her debut novel.
Overall, ALL UNQUIET THINGS is a book that I strongly recommend and that should be on everyone’s to-read list and one that I can’t stop gushing about. Jarzab has made be a fan of her works for life. ...more
First book I've read by Juliet Marillier and it certainly won't be the last. It's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and that really caught my attentFirst book I've read by Juliet Marillier and it certainly won't be the last. It's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and that really caught my attention. It took me months to read the book because the beginning was very slow. It wasn't until around a hundred pages in that I got used to the writing style and the plot picked up.
Caitlin at first wasn't a believable character with all her optimism and hope considering what she had gone through, but after a while, she grows on you and her character becomes more developed. One thing though was that she came off as a Mary Sue. Everyone loves her (except the bad person) and everyone tries to help her out-- add in her good looks, charm, and talent, and she's practically perfect! The other characters, too, were developed, but I especially loved the ghost-girl. I liked reading about how Caitlin slowly changed everything with her arrival and ideas; it was nice to read how Anluan goes through changes, trying to become a better person because of her.
Marillier successfully blends historical fiction, fantasy, and a gothic feel in Heart's Blood. The pacing did hurt the book, though. It starts off slow, picks up, then slows down again. That's how the whole book was. There'd be something interesting happening and then it would become boring. Another thing, I found out who the bad person was in the first scene so the big reveal was anti-climatic.
Overall, a book that's mostly character-driven with a slow plot but with great historical, fantasy and gothic aspects, Heart's Blood is a predictable, feel-good book. Recommended for fans of fantasy books, retellings, and fairy tales. C+ ...more