Over the few days it took me to read Defy the Stars, the book became like a drug to me. Each moment away had me itching for more of the high. GrantedOver the few days it took me to read Defy the Stars, the book became like a drug to me. Each moment away had me itching for more of the high. Granted I had to take breaks to do things like, *Gasp* feed my children or *sigh* shower. But if I could have avoided those things, I would have in order to get the next fix of this book.
Defy the Stars is a beautifully written, poetic interpretation of the classic Romeo and Juliet story. The flow of the writing is flawless and draws the reader into the story. These real, raw characters are beautifully flawed, creating people we as readers can relate to. Despite depiction of drug use in this book, we love and understand these characters. We want these characters to grow, to learn, and every time they fail, we urge them to get back up and fight again.
One of the things I was the most impressed with was the connections to Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Now, someone could have come along and twisted the original story and come up with a less than impressive knock off, but Ms. Parent weaves the story into her own, creating something beautifully impressive. It is by no means a knock off. She makes the story her own and in reading Defy the Stars, we forget that we’re reading an interpretation of the Bard’s story. Yet, when I finished and began a few notes for this post, I began to realize just how closely she was able to tie in bits and pieces of the original play. From the apotheCARY, to the beloved cousin/uncle, to the banishment of Romeo, all pieces that are skillfully played by Ms. Parent. Upon finishing this book, I want to now go back to my English studies from college and reread Romeo and Juliet. I think if I do, I’d see even more connections that Parent slipped in under the radar.
This is one of the most amazing books I’ve read in a long time. Parent has found a new fan in me. 5/5 stars....more
Though I don't usually read adult fiction, after finishing this one, I was satisfied. Seckman writes with an airy touch that brings the reader into thThough I don't usually read adult fiction, after finishing this one, I was satisfied. Seckman writes with an airy touch that brings the reader into the story. Her characters are full of life and her dialogue is fresh and honest. I didn't feel as though I was reading a book. I felt like I was sitting at a table with these characters, listening to them tell their stories with fervor.Nice job, Ms. Seckman....more
What a fantastic book. The MC, Sam Hopkins, was probably the most realistic character I've ever read in a book. First of all he's a PK (Preacher's kidWhat a fantastic book. The MC, Sam Hopkins, was probably the most realistic character I've ever read in a book. First of all he's a PK (Preacher's kid). So am I. What I loved is that Klavan didn't make him this perfect guy. So many times PKs are expected to make the right choices because of their parents. It was great to see a character making mistakes despite his label.
The story line kept you hooked throughout, and I was on the edge of my seat until I finished it. Nice job, Mr. Klavan....more
Eek! I almost stopped reading this story, but not because it was bad. Because it scared the crap out of me! I don't care that I'm a 33 year old woman.Eek! I almost stopped reading this story, but not because it was bad. Because it scared the crap out of me! I don't care that I'm a 33 year old woman. I have an active imagination and could picture every detail. Reading it in the daylight was my saving grace.
Jeannine Garsee is a masterful writer. I loved the characters from the beginning. They were well rounded and interesting with flaws as well as strengths.
I do have to admit that nearing the end, I figured out the connection between what was happening and why, but Garsee threw in that final twist that made it all worth while.
Great job, Jeannine Garsee. I thoroughly enjoyed your book. :) ...more
This book is far from what I expected… I’d a thousand times better!
I’ve read numerous angel themed books over the years, and I find they have one thinThis book is far from what I expected… I’d a thousand times better!
I’ve read numerous angel themed books over the years, and I find they have one thing in common: The angels are basically humans with superpowers and wings. Now let’s be honest, people. Traditionally, angels are spiritual beings created to serve the Judeo-Christian God. I realize angels appear in just about any religion, but no matter what spiritual background you claim, angels report to a higher power. The current angel books on the market today seem to ignore this fact. But not ANGEL EYES.
Dittemore takes a unique stance of actually creating her angel characters with a higher power, in this case, the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible. She does a fantastic job staying true to the claims of scripture. In the Bible, angels are messengers and protectors. Not only that, but fallen angels, aka. Demons, are present as well. Above our own world lies a world of spiritual warfare in which angels, who still serve the God of the universe, fight the fallen, who serve the Prince of Darkness: Satan.
Dittemore does not shy away from what some may claim to be a sensitive subject. After all, whenever anyone mentions faith, people get all up in arms. But the truth is, we can’t create angels or God to be what we want them to be. Believing or not believing does not influence the truth. Though ANGEL EYES is fiction, Dittemore hits upon profound truths and uses her God-given talent to show a new generation of young readers the faith that obviously drives her. She expertly shows young people they don’t have to be paralyzed with fear, they have a God who loves them and who sends his angels to protect and guide them, and that even though we may not understand why bad things happen, God always has a plan.
Kudos to Shannon Dittemore for not being afraid to speak the truth no matter who may bawk at her faith. I, for one, stand by her....more
I loved this book beyond words! In a way, this surprised me since I don’t normally read fantasy, much less demon oriented books, but King does such aI loved this book beyond words! In a way, this surprised me since I don’t normally read fantasy, much less demon oriented books, but King does such a masterful job at creating a world and characters that capture your attention, I couldn’t put it down. Sure, teen angst has been done a million times. But never like this! King’s unusual take on the struggles of navigating the teenage years is absolutely refreshing.
Liora Greyson would like nothing more than to live a normal life, but that seems to be impossible when she has to share her body with a demon named Lucky. It’s hard enough to make excuses as to why she can’t attend sleepovers or parties, but with Lucky set on getting revenge for the murders of her friends, things get even trickier for Liora. But when Liora meets the new kid, Kieron, things start to look up for a change. Maybe she actually has a shot at a normal relationship. Well, as normal as it can possibly get when she is only herself during the daylight hours. She might have some explaining to do if she ever meets Kieron after dark—when her demonic side comes out.
Lucky goes berserk when she discovers Liora has been spending time with the mysterious Kieron. Lucky’s sure Kieron’s hiding something. Something that can destroy both of their worlds. Thankfully, Lucky has Bones to watch out for her. Bones is her best friend who happens to be an incubus and a hound of hell. Not to mention he’s incredibly sexy. Bones is the desire of every young girl’s heart—at least for one night—but for Lucky, he’s always been her best friend. Nothing more. Whatever their relationship happens to be, Bones won’t let anything happen to Lucky. But what happens when Lucky discovers the secrets that Kieron’s been keeping and both Lucky and Liora’s worlds are threatened?
The thing I loved most about this story was King’s way with the characters. She creates such unique personalities that made me fall in love with all of them. In most books, I tend to choose one or two characters I like more and root for them. In A DEMON MADE ME DO IT, I loved them all. That is definitely the work of a fantastic writer. I highly recommend this book and am on the edge of my seat for book two of the series. Penelope King has found herself a devoted reader in me. ...more