There may be spoilers here, but if you are reading the review of the last book in the series before you read the first book, then shame on you. lol
WelThere may be spoilers here, but if you are reading the review of the last book in the series before you read the first book, then shame on you. lol
Well. That sucks. I was writing a review and then all of a sudden my computer decided that it hates me and crashed. And so...
I like Ethan. He is a solid character as is Amarie. There is a lot of good stuff in these books. It all depends on your perception of the novels and life in general. I could reference the underlying themes: there is a certain Romeo and Juliet quality inherent, the tale of the star-crossed lovers, a romance that can never be. I can see where the authors may have borrowed from Greek Mythology the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. I can see Ethan as a modern day Orpheus. I do not know if that is the authors' intent, but it certainly echoes that story. I love Greek mythology and I don't know why, but whenever I can liken books to the old tales, I just can't help myself.
The writing is solid and well done for its intended audience. If you don't like angst-ridden teen characters, then don't read this book. Plain and simple. I am tired of people not enjoying a book for what it is. That being said, I enjoyed the fluff. I knew it was going to be there. But now I want to poke at it because lots of interesting stories seem to be riding its coattails.
I received this book for free through the Goodreads.com First Reads program.
Alenna Shawcross is mandated to a correctional facility for a crime she haI received this book for free through the Goodreads.com First Reads program.
Alenna Shawcross is mandated to a correctional facility for a crime she has not committed--yet. She is sent to the Wheel, a prison island, more or less. She must determine which faction on the island garners her allegiance and then she has to prove herself to those people.
It seems to me this book is an odd pairing of The Hunger Games and The Lord of the Flies. While I was encouraged by the storyline to keep reading, there were still places that gave me pause. The characters could have been more fleshed out. In fact I think that's my entire problem with the book, the plot is amazing but I needed something more from the main characters....more
Forbidden is an interesting take on the vampire myth and is more old-school vampire style. Roseline Dragomir Enescue has been married against her willForbidden is an interesting take on the vampire myth and is more old-school vampire style. Roseline Dragomir Enescue has been married against her will to her husband Vladimir for over 300 years. Made Immortal at the age of 17 by Vladimir on their wedding night in a blood bath, Roseline has always dreamed of escaping him. She took a chance and fled Romania for Chicago. There Roseline forged unlikely friendships with Sadie and her brother William. She also falls in love with Gabriel, a human boy who may be more than he seems.
When Fane, Roseline's best friend from Romania, comes to the states to take Roseline back, Gabriel, Sadie, William, and Nicolae, a foreign exchange student/vampire hunter, rush to Romania after her. Will they get there in time to save her? Do they even stand a chance?
After reading The Historian years ago, I did some research into the real Dracula (not really a vampire at all, but very bloodthirsty). Ms. Miles takes some of those stories and myths and blends them into a new and engaging vampire tale. If you are looking for a new take on the overrun vampire genre, I cannot recommend this novel highly enough....more