Insatiable is definitely on a different spectrum of what I have read form Meg Cabot, and it wasn't anything like I was expecting. Insatiable takes me back big time. Back to the time that vampires are still sexy creatures we know and love, but with an evil streak...kind of!
Poor Meena, she is cursed with the ability to know when the people she comes into contact with are going to die. I mean of all the curses in the world, this one seems to be one that would put a damper on pretty much every aspect of your life. And then she meets Lucien, the one guy she has liked in a while, and the best part is that she has no premonitions about his death...cause hes already dead.
I wanted more Lucien. I felt like he was more of a supporting character than anything else. He seemed pretty dominant in the beginning where we learn he is a descendant of the big bad Dracula himself, but then he sort of disappears until the end. And he was replaced by Alaric. Who I found to be oh so incredibly annoying. He of course is the epitome of the close minded vampire hunter who wants to exterminate all vampires and rid the world of evil blah blah blah.
The pace of the book was a little slow, with its great scenes and some parts that just dragged on. There is pretty much a three sided war going on. The good vampires, the bad vampires, and the vampire slayers. Of course the good vampires and the slayers are both trying to find the same killer, but far being it from either side to realize this and stop throwing daggers and stakes.
All in all, I felt that in some places the book dragged on, and in other places it was great. Though not my favorite book by Meg Cabot, I'm glad I read Insatiable sample of a different side of what Meg Cabot has to offer. ...more
From animatronic love, to cannibalism, World War 2 references, and back to our beloved vampires, Corsets and Clockwork hReview from Black and Blue Ink
From animatronic love, to cannibalism, World War 2 references, and back to our beloved vampires, Corsets and Clockwork has something for every book lover, each with some steampunk flavoring to add new excitement.
I love a good sample plate. Have you even been to a restaurant and asked for a sample dessert plate. Where they give you all kinds of variations of cheesecakes, sponge cakes, puddings, and pies to try out and pick what is to your liking. Well, that is exactly what this anthology was like; a sample plate, begging for the reader to pick their favorites and look into ordering something more from each author.
I think the steampunk genre is one that I will love to read more books on. Who would have thought one of my favorite genres such as science fiction, and my least favorite genre of historical could mingle and create an exciting, new, and extremely interesting mix. The short stories in this book are quick romances, but the amount of depth that is woven into these little stories is astonishing. Though they were short, I felt like I knew a lot of the characters much more than I would have expected, despite the length of these books, I felt like the characters were as developed as a 1000 page novel and so were their plots. The way the authors was able to map out the scenes really made it seems like each short story was it's own, yet they were all cohesive in the way they all had that steampunk commonality about them.
Of course, there were individual stories that I favored, and some that in my opinion were not so great. Among my favorites are The Cannibal Fiend of Rotherhithe by. Frewin Jones, Wild Magic by. Ann Aguirre, Code of Blood by. Dru Pagliassotti, Under Amber Skies by. Maria V. Synder (favorite), and Chickie Hill's Badass Ride by. Dia Reeves. As you can see I did like a lot of the stories in this anthology. They were a great introduction into a new and exciting genre, as well as an introduction to new authors whose books I am no extremely excited to read!...more
I have not really read many coming of age books before, but I am glad that Ten Miles Past Normal was one of my first. It definitely showed me a differI have not really read many coming of age books before, but I am glad that Ten Miles Past Normal was one of my first. It definitely showed me a different side of YA books that seemed to deal with the typical issues that surround being a teenager in a different way...and on a farm.
Maybe because I am new to the whole Coming of Age genre but the beginning for me was pretty slow to get into. I know it is probably coming for coming of age stories to have a long buildup, but for me the character was sort of getting lost in some of the back drop of the story. But towards the middle the characters and plot seemed to pick up a lot more. Janie was the epitome of the confused and idealistic teenager. She was really struggling with the fact that she was an outcast, and throughout the book she is kind of going through this "I want to find myself and disassociate myself from being a farm girl" kind of phase. And she chose every typical teenager route in the book to do it. From joining a band, to breaking the law, Janie is on a mission to become "normal".
This book really focuses on how, for some, the teenage years is really a hard time and the struggle that some teenagers have in "finding themselves". There is focus on friendships, dating, family life, and school life that are all the makings of a coming of age YA novel. I did really enjoy some of the characters in this book. They really complimented one another well without there being just a bunch of supporting characters. That being said, there were parts of the book, mainly in the beginning, where I find the plot moving way to slow, and it seemed like it was just going to be a lot of descriptions before any characters or even a real plot line was introduced. But that was over once we were introduced to the characters Monster and Verbena who add some depth and fun to the story.
Despite some factors, I did enjoy this book. There is a real fun semi- love interest in Janie's life that I definitely found to be apart of most of the highlights in the book. All in all, I felt like this book had a lot to teach, and pretty much put into words a little bit of every teenagers story, told from the point of view of, as Janie would say, a girl on the farm. I felt like somehow, every teenager would be able to relate to what Janie was going through. And how she gets to be, or realize, who she is by the end of the book. It definitely is a book that is quirky, deep at times, and has a linking aspect that every teenager and most likely some non-teens will be able to relate to.
Reading the original tale of sleeping beauty was not as much fun as reading Sleeping Beauty, Vampire Slayer. This book definitely introduces some coolReading the original tale of sleeping beauty was not as much fun as reading Sleeping Beauty, Vampire Slayer. This book definitely introduces some cool and definitely intriguing concepts to the story of Sleeping Beauty, completely transforming the traditional fairy tale into Maureen's own creation of kick-butt heroines and romance!
The book starts off with Lucette (sleeping beauty) being cursed by the Vampire Queen at birth. The curse states that if Lucette ever pricks her finger, she will never be able to wake up while the sun is up and every other person in her village will not be awake during the night, so she will be alone in the dark all of her life. But the fairy queen states that the curse can be lifted if after her 16th birthday, Lucette finds her true love. I thought this sounded like a very interesting plot. Especially since the village where they live has so many vampires, I knew that aspect was going to come into play. There were a lot of interesting ideas that were introduced throughout the book. And the interesting thing about this books is that Maureen has written it in a "pick your plot" kind of format. Meaning for most of the big decisions than Lucette has to make in the books, you get to choose which route she takes. I thought this was pretty interesting, but I also felt that I couldn't get to know Lucette better as a character because of it. I was making the decisions which was fun since the plot plays out how I want it to, but at the same time, not how the characters intended, so that part was a little iffy on my part, but since I went back and read the routes that I didn't originally pick, it was still fun to read about.
The characters to me were, pretty much, unmemorable. First lets begin with Lucette's parents (which I believe have somewhat of a verbally abusive relationship). I understand that there were trying to protect their child, but at times I felt that they were more of depriving and trying to control Lucette than "protecting her". And Lucette herself seemed to be sort of idle. Sure she wasn't the damsel in distressed type, but I also felt that she didn't think much for herself in the beginning of the book, good thing she really bucked up and become a more dominant main character in the rest of the books. Now the male characters in my opinion left a lot to be desired. They both start to play more prominent roles in the end of the book and I was glad that the character Alex was re-introduced. I really enjoyed his character at times, and thought he had a quick wit to him that brightened up the book and the fact that he was a vampire didn't hurt either. Tristan was also reintroduced in the beginning of the book and he fell a little flat to me. But of course, in order to break her curse, Lucette was going to have to make a choice between them.
All in all, I thought that this was an interesting book to read, mainly for the fact that it was sort of like reading 2 books in one. Of course the end result is going to be the same, its fun to read through all of the different ways the possibly get there. The plot idea was very interesting in this book, and though the characters were not my favorite parts of this book, the plot and the fact that this was a "pick your own adventure" book make up for it.
Cinderella Ninja Warrior is definitely what I call an incredible modern take on a fairy tale. I was engaged the whole time, and even though I know theCinderella Ninja Warrior is definitely what I call an incredible modern take on a fairy tale. I was engaged the whole time, and even though I know the story Cinderella and it is the basis of this book, that did not take away from the fact that this book is 100% original.
This book was a lot different from Maureen's other "pick your plot" book Sleeping Beauty, Vampire Slayer. The Cinderella plot of this book was evident but with the wizard and magical parts thrown in also, it created a much more intricate plot. There's the evil stepsisters we know and hate, and there's also a missing very powerful wizarding wand that is nowhere to be found. And of course a local "messenger boy" whom has his eye on a certain main character.
When I say the characters make the book, I really mean it. I loved the characters in this book. Not so much the evil step siblings and stepmother, but Ty and Cinderella really made the book for me. Everything between them seemed so natural. I mean there is a way to be charming and not make it seem like its some kind of player's act, and Ty does so very well in this book. I mean how could Cinderella not fall for him. He was just so gentlemanly without being too formal or boring, and he also had some wit to him that just makes him all the more of a great male character.
As with Maureen's book Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer, this one is also a "pick your plot" book and for some reason I loved it in this book so much more. I felt like even though I was making the decision for the book while reading, I didn't feel like I was losing the character in my decisions if that make sense. It was so much fun in this book because the romance was a bigger role, you got to make the decisions on how Cinderella and Ty went about their encounters. Because of this book, I think I am definitely going to be on the look out for more "pick you plot" kinds of books. I can still remember the instances where I was like contemplating for minutes over which route I should take. And then when I finished the book I went and took all the routes that I didn't choose. And it was just as much fun the second time around!
I definitely think this was an incredible "remake" of a classic fairy tale. It was engaging and fun to read, and the romance was incredibly sweet and believable. All in all, a very exciting book.
Asleep, the first book in Wendy Raven McNair's YA trilogy, was an incredible first book that set up the premise for an even better romance, and fantasAsleep, the first book in Wendy Raven McNair's YA trilogy, was an incredible first book that set up the premise for an even better romance, and fantasy filled second book in Awake. It combines everything you would like in a great romance, coupled with fantasy elements that haven't been explored in any other book I have read before. The characters seem to come even more to life in this book, and their personalities start to blossom. Adisa in the first book was somewhat shyer when it came to her relationship with Micah, a common trait among female leads in YA books, a trait that Micah also had. But throughout this book you see them both begin to grow a backbone and find out what it means to love each other. The sacrifices, the promises, and what is at stake for their relationship and the people's lives who are involved. That was really how the romance was so stepped up in this book. It wasn't just the "I love yous" that showed the bond between Micah and Adisa, it was what was at stake for both of them and how they used it to make them grow closer together, and push the limits of what in the end they would be willing to do to save and be with the other.
The fantasy aspect was also amplified. It was taken to a whole new level. Slowly throughout the book facts and different theories about the whole Sp world is given out. And the way all that begins to turn together towards the end is awesome. Adisa is put into a situation that she has been dreaming about since we ended with her in Asleep, but now that she is there, she is being tested, experimented, and given a huge reality check on the decisions and choices she made to get there. Something else that I loved was how many of the minor characters in the last book or the beginning of this book took on a greater role. It made everything more suspenseful when it wasn't just Micah and Adisa at stake. The new friends, the old enemy's, everyone thrown into this world of not just good and evil, but trying to decipher the greater good over the worse evil.
This book was more than the unexpected, I have the dynamite romance between Adisa and Micah that I have been craving since I read the first book, but an even stronger plot line and character buildup that leave me in even more anticipation over the third book!...more
My first favorite of 2011!!! Way to bring back the kick butt teenage heroine! The Demon Trapper's Daughter is the first book in the trilogy by Jana OlMy first favorite of 2011!!! Way to bring back the kick butt teenage heroine! The Demon Trapper's Daughter is the first book in the trilogy by Jana Oliver and was a great way to kick off what I am positive is going to be an amazing series.
Riley Blackthorne is already dealing with a heavy load as the book begins. And that loads just seems to get bigger as the book goes on. It's hard enough being a girl and trying to become a demon trapper, put on top of that trying to go to school on a close to nothing income and dealing with your father's obnoxious, yet formerly crush-worthy assistant/partner really makes being a normal girl seem all the more appealing. But if Riley wanted to be a normal girl, she wouldn't be Riley. She welcomes a challenge.
Everything seems to be going against her. And when one of Lucifer's minions, whom Riley has a special deadly vendetta against, takes a special out of the ordinary interest in her, and an underground demon conspiracy seems to be coming to cause a sudden shift in the ways the demon trappers handles their business, Riley has so much more to deal with than she ever expected. Riley needs to find a way to bring this conspiracy to the light, despite the fact that someone just wants her to be away from the mayhem. If it was any other girl besides Riley, they would run from the pain, the struggle, and the danger. But she runs towards it. And sometimes it works out, other times...
The book is told between the two perspectives of Riley and Beck (her father's partner) and this method completely worked with the book. The two perspectives really show you a lot about the characters and the situation they have been thrown in. It creates a he said, she said feel in the book and you makes you think if they would just talk to each-other everything would be so much easier for the both of them!
This is one of those first books in the series that sets up a great mystery, and leaves you to make your own inferences as to what is to come. There could be some much outcomes, there is so much foreshadowing for something big, that my mind was traveling in a million directions at the end of this book.
And of course to top it all off there is some romance in this book. And something that was a real refresher is that it wasn't the "we have to die to be together" or some other impossible romance, it was a nice natural romance that sprang up. It is the kind that really helped the heroine, not hindered her. But of course something i.e. someone has to be thrown into the mix to raise a few eyebrows.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I know it's going to be a serious page turner!!!
We all knew all fallen angels couldn't be good. Of course they all have to be drop dead gorgeous, but they are definitely fallen for a reason, and DevWe all knew all fallen angels couldn't be good. Of course they all have to be drop dead gorgeous, but they are definitely fallen for a reason, and Devil's Kiss shows that there is certainly not a fine line between the good angels and those who have fallen, trying to make their ways back to heaven, not matter the cost.
I absolutely adored this book. Billy was such a powerful main character. She took what life has dealt her with and either tried her best do do something about it, or took it in and moved on. There are so many instances that I feel under any other circumstances another girl would have crumbled but not Billy. Sure she is the only 15 she knows who has been training since age 8 to be a demon killer, but she doesn't let this fact define her. She is still out looking for what ever girl wants.
The whole story plays out like a prophecy unraveling. The book is constantly changing directions. There seems to be an answer and then a curve ball is thrown at Billy that leads her to always have to choose between life and death, whether its her death or that of her love ones. But Billy was the type of character that I couldn't help but have absolute faith in. Though in some parts of the book she may have proved otherwise, she has a very wise head on shoulders and in the end will do what is best.
Basically Billy is in a battle with the devil... his brother actually, but still, things cannot end well. On the positive side of things, there is never a dull moment on that journey of hers. There are a numerous scenarios that the story could play out in, and in each one someone ends of up dead. But there are definitely a number of characters who throughout the book, I was hoping would suddenly turn over a new leaf and leave the dark side. But such a thing is definitely rare, especially when dealing with Fallen Angels.
Kay, by far definitely the character that grows most on me. In the beginning he had a cocky part of him (being psychic would do that to a person) that I hated, but after a while you can really see that in the end he felt a lot for Kay. But damn did he have to be so arrogant at times.
Pretty much I loved this book. It played out with so much suspense and twists and turns that there was definitely never a dull moment. Such a great range of characters from the good to the bad, and a sweet romance made this book an incredible read!
In this installment of the Wake series, Lisa McMann does a great job of getting down to the nitty gritty of Janie's and Cabel's lives. I thought Wake In this installment of the Wake series, Lisa McMann does a great job of getting down to the nitty gritty of Janie's and Cabel's lives. I thought Wake was intense in it's portrayal of the lives some teenagers lead as well as how drugs play a part in those lives, but the topic that Lisa McMann discusses in Fade and the way she allows Cabel and Janie to deal with them while they worry about the supernatural problems Janie is dealing with, creates for a very impacting read that really opened my eyes to the distress of some teenagers lives, even though this book is supernatural fiction.
To begin with, the romance felt so real and natural in this book. There wasn't any forces declarations of love, or anything that a teenager wouldn't have really said. It was these two teens brought together by circumstance trying to do what's best for each other. In summary, it wasn't a fake romance. And Cabel represented the way a leading YA guy is supposed to act, at the same time demonstrating the way a protective, but not insanely protective, boyfriend would act towards his girlfriend. He really tries to protect Janie, and take the burden of her dreams and all she is facing, on himself, and this ends up affecting and changing their relationship drastically.
To be honest, I actually found some parts of this book hard to read. Not because of the writing style at all, but because of the topics it addressed. Sexual predators, rape, chronic depression, these are really intense and controversial areas of writing and they were demonstrated in such a vivid and realistic way that I had to set the book down a few times.
In all I loved this book, the romance didn't take away from the plot, and the plot didn't take away from the romance. Janie really grows as a character in this book as she learns a lot about how her life is going to play out with this gift/curse.
I had very high expectations for Played after reading Dana Davidson's incredible book Jason and Kyra. After waiting over 4 months for this book to fi I had very high expectations for Played after reading Dana Davidson's incredible book Jason and Kyra. After waiting over 4 months for this book to finally become available on paperback swap, I was really disappointed with the outcome.
In this book Ian is one of the finest more popular guys in Kylie's school. And he suddenly finds interest in her. Little does she know that it is only because of a bet. A bet that consists of Ian getting Kylie to fall for him, and sleep with him, in order to be initiated into some sort of popular fraternity. If you are anything like me, you are cringing at the mere thought of a guy willing to stoop so cruelly and so low in order to be a part of a crowd.
The plot went on like any other contemporary romance, except for the opposing thoughts of the two main characters. Kylie thinking that this guy who seems so ashamed of her at school is slowing falling in love with her, and Ian thinking that he only has a limited amount of time to STEAL Kylie's virginity in order to be part of the innermost in crowd. I could never get into the romance in this book because of how cruel and fake it seemed from my perspective, but I kind of feel like that may have been the author's objective when writing this book.
Ian is a creep. He can embellish all of his feelings and motives as much as he wants, but it takes a truly cruel person to be capable of such a thing. I actually admired Kylie in the beginning of the book. She takes care of her brother and sister, is in charge of a lot of things within her household, and barely utters a complaint. But by the end of the book, I felt she was acting a little bit naive. Emotions get in the way of logic I assume.
Overall, I did not really enjoy this book. But for some reason, I think that Dana Davidson expected this to be a book that will not be welcomed as well as others since this romance didn't spring as true as the others. It may have been meant to teach a lesson, and I have to say: Message Received!
I couldn't wait at all to read this book. Right after I finished The Awakening I knew I had to read The Reckoning immediately. I had to read it so ba I couldn't wait at all to read this book. Right after I finished The Awakening I knew I had to read The Reckoning immediately. I had to read it so bad that I ended up betraying my morals and reading the book on my friends e-reader. I know, shame, but it was so worth it. The plot line of the Darkest Powers series deepens and thickens so much in this book. And so many new aspects of Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Tori's past is revealed and the role they play in this book is so extensive that I am coming out of this series with a lot more questions than I went into it with.
The plot in this book is far more intense, fast paced, and all in all more interesting than the other books. This book introduced and really developed many parts of the series I was hoping to learn more about. But as true as that was, the way the plot thickened and different parts were developing, I had no idea how it could possibly be the last book in the series and until the end of the book, I still felt the same way. Many of the secrets of the Edison group and how exactly why they are out to get the "altered supernaturals" are revealed, but not as developed as I would have liked.
The romance is amplified 100% in this third book, and I was definitely happy to see that. I really don't want to give anything away, but from the beginning of the book I could feel the attraction between these two characters even as the plot became a lot more action-packed and serious.
I so desperately wanted to give this book a perfect score. I loved it that much. But that love was fresh in my mind for about 10 minutes until my brain began registering, and the immense amount of questions built up. I can't really say without spoiling the book, but they were pretty significant, maybe not that much to the main plot, but to the bunches of mini plots going on in the story as well. The book itself did not feel rushed, but the details felt rushed and overlooked, which led to many new questions, with none of them being evaluated or answered. I definitely believe that this book could have gone on to have a fourth even fifth book, and I know I would have been more satisfied with an ending that answered my questions.
In a nutshell, I loved this book. Mainly because I loved the rest of the series and it had as much strong points as a book can have. Beware though, don't come into reading this book thinking that all the answers you have from the books before or this book will be answered, you are going to have to make your own inferences regarding those.