Really looking forward to this since 2009 with the author giving small snippets. But the supposed love triangle - at least, I think there is with the...moreReally looking forward to this since 2009 with the author giving small snippets. But the supposed love triangle - at least, I think there is with the water spirit - really, really turns me off. I'm so fucking sick of love triangles to make the book so interesting. But that's just me assuming there's one.
Just hope this water spirit guy just screws things to make it harder for Lexi(less)
When sophomore Nora Grey gets paired up with the mysterious Patch in Biology, she gets the feeling not everything is right with him. Patch seems to kn...moreWhen sophomore Nora Grey gets paired up with the mysterious Patch in Biology, she gets the feeling not everything is right with him. Patch seems to know a lot of Nora but keeps his silence when it's about himself; he's a straight up bad-boy, sexy, almost anti-hero. Nora is out to discover his secret when her friends encourage her to and finds herself in a ancient battle between two races. She has to be careful with the encounters that begins to happen when she looks for answers and questions on who to trust. But she can't help but to be attracted to Patch.
I've heard a lot of good things about this book, from the fallen angels theme to Patch's teasing charm and finally to the story itself. So help me, I really wanted to love this book. This is a book I'd want on my shelf and re-read over before I actually read it because the story sounds amazing and the cover is awesome. But like another reviewer said, I couldn't. For a debut novel, the writing was smooth till the end. The transition and detail of the story was wonderfully written and makes you want to also slap/smile/roll your eyes at the scene; I know I have. The author carefully leaves hints and the character herself gives thought and questions the details of what's happening to her life and the attraction to Patch. He's a fresh kind of hero that you just either love or hate. No gentle hero cooing sweet nothings (God, would some YA authors just stop spending more time on that already) or proclaiming his love every chapter. None from Patch and made me think it was nice reading a hero like this every once in a while as long as it was done nicely. She knows just enough detail to leave at and make so it wouldn't clatter the entire book. Now what got me hooked - aside from the title and cover - was NOT the love story, but the fallen angels. The author hints at an epic battle, the history, how it came to be. Now that's what I couldn't wait to read and how Nora would react. Nora is independent and sometimes has a personality to match Patch when he makes a move. She had just enough to make her think rationally in certain situations.
Unfortunately, Patch's backstory fell short. That was it, really? Um okay, that took away a little of his charm. His attitude isn't always like the beginning, Patch became major creepy when he appears everywhere she's at in a stalkerish behavior (links with story) but his jerky attitude sometimes made me think what the hell is Nora thinking falling for this kind of guy? And HOW?! Oh Nora, I thought you might have more self-respect for yourself than let Patch *beep* *beep* and you still fall in love with him. I'll never understand that in your circumstance - I'd probably bitch slap him once or twice. I guess this is the way Ms. Fitzpatrick intentionally wrote him, but damn, at least give them the next book to get together. I sometimes hated their interaction with each other, seriously, is there a trend going with girls falling for guys who are total assholes to them? Stalking you, interferring with your friends, acting mysteriously/arrogant and annoyed as she gets, she finds that damn attractive?! With Patch, it's a toss up, 50/50, of either liking or hating him. Sneaky, jerky, manipulative Patch. The characters are the problems for me, and if I don't like them, it's a struggle to finish the book. Reading from Nora's narrative, sometimes I wanted to skim because she became less likeable to me. She didn't have any drive to other characters at times and it got annoying. Why does every girl who falls in love with their first have to act like that?! 'Losing control, haven't felt this way, couldn't stop heart from pounding, stare at him, don't now why excited in his presence," Oh screw it, shoot me already. I liked Nora's "keep distance" attitude while finding him attractive and now they practically mold their mouths and body together. Develop a freaking personality, chica, its fine to get into fights with your boyfriend and make up instead of "one word/touch and I forgive you."
Other side characters are stereotypical and I kept waiting for somebody that equals Patch's bad boy persona excluding his jerky attitude. I didn't buy Nora and Patch's attraction to each other and just wanted to skim. Argh, it wasn't handled properly that I didn't invest too much in the characters anymore. Hell, I'm just a few years older than Nora and I went WTF several times in the book because that wouldn't be the way I would act. The pacing was slowed down a few chapters, but not that bad. ETA: Re-read again and damn it, I'm starting to hate Nora. Not good. The ending was so cliched that normally, I wouldn't mind, but Nora's sudden change made me gag and shut the book and toss it across my dorm. Forget what I said about "proclaiming their love every chapter", it's now "lip-locking" Oh gads, please not to much about that. Nora and Patch always doing that or getting lost with each other's damn body heat is so not the reason of the entire book. I kinda like their partnership together, sure, hope to see more of that in the next book maybe. Write enough of affection to each other, not the over-the-top physical touches. Realized all this thoughts when reading again.
Aside from the characters who you may or may not like, it's still an okay enough read. Here's hoping to some characters getting a backbone and a change in mental maturity and break out of their shells. It's a good story that she weaves and I might read CRESCENDO in the library instead when it comes out. I just hope the characters will pull me back into the book with them too, not just the story.
P.S - The romance is slightly dark in a good way. The titles (HUSH HUSH - CRESCENDO) are way too cool to ignore. The cover is FTW. Fallen angels, war, angels, sacrifice, mortal human. Enough said. Just don't have high expectations.(less)
This was an unusual concept that dealt with the Fallen Angels, angels, nephilim and the Powers. I liked the different take on it though. On his eighte...moreThis was an unusual concept that dealt with the Fallen Angels, angels, nephilim and the Powers. I liked the different take on it though. On his eighteenth birthday, Aaron Corbet discovers talents that hints at his heritage - and that he could be used as leverage with the power struggle and redeem the Fallen. It began with a vague, haunting nightmare of a dark landscape, sounds of clashing swords and wings. When angel warriors began descending to fight the war, Aaron awakens. He tries to brush it off, but the next day changes his entire life. Both good and evil, Aaron doesn't which side to trust to accomplish his destiny. There are some who will try to eliminate him.
I really liked this book. Although it was a bit to touchy for me when it came to some religious concepts. It isn't exactly religious, but how some angels were portrayed made me uneasy. Nonetheless, all the supernatural elements were brilliant. There are the factions and many questions of which sides are trying to do, centuries long of hatred and their missions. I thought the plot was well executed in terms of the angels and pacing. It'll be spoilers to reveal the Powers, what the fallen/angels are after and Aaron's role in this. But it was nicely done.
Then the set of characters: Aaron, Gabriel, Zeke, Verchiel and more. There will be shadowy, lurking, trusting, all-knowing characters of all kinds. It builds the suspense of who to trust. Seeing Aaron struggle to accept his new abilities and navigating through the new world of angels was enthralling. It was one of my favorits parts of the books but when it comes to the big guys, that got my blood pumping. Those were epic scenes. There's a shift in balance that could happen because of Aaron, but while he's still trying to understand this earlier in the book, it'll be a roller coaster to find out. There's just a bit of romance here, although I didnt' see how relevent it could be. Didn't mind it though. Really enjoyed it.(less)
Kay Wyatt is the adventurous type, kayaking and rock climbing, and her next move is to free climb the rocks lying directly in the border between the h...moreKay Wyatt is the adventurous type, kayaking and rock climbing, and her next move is to free climb the rocks lying directly in the border between the humans and dragons. While cooling off in the Border River, Kay fell and ended up in the wrong side of the border. Dragon territory. Towering above her is the dragon Artegal. From there, a strange but deeply growing frienships begins. But tension rises between humans and dragons with the frail truce weakening; Kay and Artegal are right in the middle.
Straight at the start of the book, we know that Kay is the rebellious type. That her parents jobs involve keeping people away from the border. From the summary, I already how messy things will be later on. I adored the change of pace: dragons and humans coexisting in a divided world, the focus of friendship and the desperation to stop a likely war. The concept and world-building really drew me in. One of the things I loved best about the book is the writing/descriptions. Carrie Vaughn doesn't gloss over details - it was interesting reading about Kay's outdoor sports since I have no experience - but she doesn't muddle or over described it. Really, the way Kay slowly forms an image (not just physically) of Artegal and how she gets to know him; it felt like Artegal was real and a third-dimensional character.
The pace of the story was also right with actions taking place, plans being formed and the development of friendships/trust - not in that particular order. The story was really tight so I appreciated it when the author also paid attention to most areas. The world itself was fascinating. Dragons flying in the distance, the terrain and the measures humans take for their safety. Another plus point making it believable and come alive.
What felt a bit strange to me was the characters. Don't get me wrong, I already love Artegal - ain't nothing wrong with him. He's my favorite, he was delved into and I found him cute. Weird, I know, but he comes off with other characteristics as well. I don't hate Kay but I don't find her interesting. The fix she's in was interesting, but her character seemed slightly...far away. I did find her annoying the slightest bit, but I didn't mind reading from her perspective. My problem is not Kay herself, just how she interacted with the people around her. Not that she was demanding, but it felt like she wasn't driven to know more. I mean, we did learn lots from Artegal (there I go again) but that there wasn't enough drive to REALLY learn more - and believe me there's more I want to know. Relationships with the people I guess? I don't know. Other people seemed slightly off. Course, there's more characters thrown in the mix.
The development of other characters were flat at times because it was like Kay noticed them then goes on with only a few sentences to explain what goes between them and acts on. Barely reaching second-dimensional, just there. And I think a book should end with at least some ties closed. The book didn't feel like it formally ended before starting again in the book with the troubles from the first. The ending was a freaking cliff hanger. Now that annoyed me. Cna't we have some relief and rest before another big bam? Nonetheless, I want to know more about the world - specifically dragons and the relationships. It intrigued me.
I pretty much loved this book through and through. A definite book I'd read again and anticipating the next. I want to rate it higher, but my there are things bothering me so~ It didn't stop me from enjoying the book, just that I questioned them. The wait for the next book is going to kill me. I can't wait to see how Carrie Vaughn handles things next time! Real good read. (less)
To be honest, it was the cover that caught my attention, then the title, "Evermore: The Immortals" so I picked it up. The story follows from Ever's ey...moreTo be honest, it was the cover that caught my attention, then the title, "Evermore: The Immortals" so I picked it up. The story follows from Ever's eyes; her tragedy with her family, her ability to read people's mind, aura and to have the knowledge of anybody's life story with a touch. I like reading teen paranormal/romance and I didn't know what to expect with this, especially with the mention of Damen. He steps into her life that gives her mind peace and settle the loud voices around her and Ever is enchanted and vice-versa. Ever had a perfect life but lost everything and isolates herself at her new school, except her two friends. We have no clue of what Ever and Damen are when he is introduced.
Alyson Noel has perfect story flow and doesn't say outright what happens but gently weaves the story. There's a shocking twist that we found out about Ever (I had a WTF moment) which was pleasant.You can sympathsize with Ever's guilt and was written well that she could have real! The characters were a tad flat, but were still enjoyable; my favorite character was Ever's little sister Riley!
Damen is the usual perfect, sexy and mysterious boy. He's not a vampire nor a werewolf (thank God!). Though he is a bit boring (so perfect, I swear, what else is so interesting other than his looks and charms?) The instant attraction between them was a little frustrating because it's immediate-- and you don't even know a single thing about him/her and it's love! The "omg-I-love-you-I-don't-care-about-anything-else-can't-get-you-outta-my-mind." type that's seriously annoying. I like romance, but stuff like that I hate. Love is a big word, but apparently it gets tossed out so often and fast. I mean, it's like Alyson Noel is too afraid to hurt the perfect Damen that Ever lets everything slide even after some frustrating stuff he's done. Ever gets pissed with him but once she sees him it again, it's like - "*sigh* I really cant stay mad at him. It's fine." It's ALRIGHT if your mad at your boyfriend when he's done something bad. Aside from that, I had no problems with the plot. (less)
It's the move to elite St. Sophia boarding school that turns Lily Parker's life into chaos. Her distant parents drop her here while their off to Germa...moreIt's the move to elite St. Sophia boarding school that turns Lily Parker's life into chaos. Her distant parents drop her here while their off to Germany with the careers. And so begins the weirdness. She's seeing and hearing weird things around and to top it off, Lily is the joke of the whole school by the rich-bitch group. Scout, fellow roomate, is one that doesn't drive her crazy despite her, um, craziness and secret late out adventures. And she isn't saying anything.
Now this is a YA book I've really enjoyed so far. Lily is a character that I can sympathize with, I actually liked her. She isn't one of those infuriating, boring characters that I usually find nowadays but the opposite. LIly isn't perfect, but how she goes about her circumstances is what I liked about her. Problem? Well, I have a feeling she'll be entering the Mary Sue road. How? The plot and how she's involved. I'm hoping the author can veer away from that. Scout: gads, I adored her. No matter it's only Lily's POV we're reading, this chick stood out. She's quirky, maybe a little crazy, but she isn't stupid. Her character was fleshed out more than flat characters (cough, minor characters in school: brat pack troops). But her friendship with Lily is humorous but feels very real. I'd like her as a BF, for real. Other characters include, Jason (supposed love interest), Michael (adorable kid), dangerous twins, etc. Not really developed characters, but this is the first book, so I'll be glad to see them again next time.
The plot involves magic. A dash of the population can only use magic and Lily is one of the fewest, especially since she's more special (hence, my fear of her possible Mary Sueness) but at least she isn't going to be that yet till she's blasted by a firespell. Oh the irony *snickers* But aside from that, I felt that there was too much focus on the plot. Magic, more information, learning. There's friendship, yes. But since this is the start of a series, I won't jude too harshly. There are definite plot holes so far in the plot line with the supernatural side, but hopefully there will be tighter and more explained as the series goes on. And the lack of profanity. I find it hard to believe that a girl in her junior years and people around her don't curse. I'm not saying it's required but mild curse words like "crap" or "damn" is fine. Not crappy words like "holy cow!" or "jeez louise." But since there aren't here, I wonder if characters will start sprouting in the next novel.
And for the lack of romance. Most books nowadays the couple gets together over the top, fast and passionate, but Lily and Jason? There are hints, glances but no kiss so far. I like a balance of both. Not the attraction with jumping each other so fast or the elementary type of relationship in a standstill. I don't know, I just wanted just a bit more scenes of them together, and though I'm frustrated, I can't wait to see how things go for them. A bit more spark? So yeah, next book better have them more time together (and more page count, please)! The pace is slow, the writing gets a bit cluttered - hence less enjoyment - but I liked the story and characters.(less)
Teen Ethan who has been having weird dreams of a hot chick? And a curse? Strange things happen, curses, hidden history, blah blah. And the hot chick a...moreTeen Ethan who has been having weird dreams of a hot chick? And a curse? Strange things happen, curses, hidden history, blah blah. And the hot chick apparently is the supernatural one. Psycho chick with nice guy? Oh man, I had to get this. An interesting premise. But there were a lot of problems in this book that gave me a headache.
What I didn't like in this book was the unrealistic POV of the protagonist, Ethan. This guy is 15 years old, (yes, we know he is different) and yet there isn't anything memorable about him. It's more like his telling the story rather than experiencing it. The writing was so bland that I had a hard time believing we are reading about a teenage boy. Honestly, there are scenes in the book that have the characters close to each other, but the experience during it sounds like a freaking female. So Ethan is a polite thinking, not-saying-anything-teenage boys-usually-say or react, main character. I don't mind the guy being nice, heck, at least he isn't the type that goes = *whistle* check out that body! Whoa, that's some nice stuff right there = but there should be a balance between both and this wasn't executed very well. I put this book down sometimes before starting several times again. Lena, AKA hot chick, is predictable and how she was portrayed made me cringe. The dramatic scenes sounds cool, seriously, but it could have been more subtle instead of the cliche style. I like her personality, sure. Granted, this book reverses the usual equation in a YA book and I liked that but characters were stereotypical. But, I very much enjoyed their growing romance together, getting to know each other, how sweet Ethan was to her, etc. It didn't feel forced or overwhelming, just right. I liked that. And the big scenes? Made me cringe too, some were incredibly typical.
The story is shoved into our faces and I was extremely confused. What's this? Shouldn't you be more freaked out? How did that-? Gads, I was so confused that I was tempted to skim the book. It isn't slowly unravelling, but happens straight-out and the reader then begins to understand later on piece by piece. Midway, it felt like the story started to drag on with some irrelevant things going on until the climax hit. I thought the book was a little too long for all the crazy things going on. And from the ending, I guess there would be another book.
This book is okay, if you can ignore the nitpicks, but I did enjoy it once I got the hang of it. It will take some time to get use to at first with everything being thrown fast, but Beautiful Creatures is different from most books (despite its "oh please" scenes) and I'm interested enough to read their next book. I like the breakaway plot they have, the well thought out history of the story and a character or three. I'm definitely going to get the sequel of this book, since I now figured out and know the story, if they ever have write one. For me, I guess I can say it lived up to its hype. Can't wait for more!(less)
As Rose travels to find Dimitri to kill him, she meets new people (Dimitri's family, a new ally, an un...more-------***** MIGHT contain spoilers***----------
As Rose travels to find Dimitri to kill him, she meets new people (Dimitri's family, a new ally, an unknown kin to someone), and help in order to still communicate silently with Lissa back at the Academy. Oooh, Lissa has a new friend. Ha, like she can replace Rose! I so get Christian's feelings on that. That bad-ass guy grew on me (whoa, he's definitely hot and angsty and right as always). Something is stirring up back in the Academy, distracting Adrian and endagering Lissa. But Rose is also busy herself. Ahh, good thing Rose works well under pressure.
Holy crap. I think I'm numb from lying down in the same position for the last few hours. Oh well, worth it from reading Blood Promise. Huh, it took me a while to get used to the new setting, with Rose away and all and how she comes to terms to her surroundings. While she has matured, she still has her sarcastic, oh-crap attitude that I love especially when she's in a life-or-death situation. It was heart-breaking reading about her mixed-feelings with Strigoi-Dimitri and all and the scenes with them but it just feels kind of weird now. Dimitri is definitely different from the cool teacher/dhampire Dimitri we loved from the first three books. Strigoi Dimitri is...persuasive, darker and comes on more strongly on Rose. Don't know what to say about that, I think I prefer the old Dimitri back (as does Rose). But you can still see a bit of his old self in some scenes and his true love for Rose until his Strigoi tendencies take over and its "want" again. One moment, you're like, "Yes, it's him! The old Dimitri! There's hope!" the next would be, "Argh. He's still Strigoi. When is the old Dimitri gonna come out again?". You can totally relate to her as she struggled her feelings with him. I'm glad she managed to stick to her values. Although now I'm wondering how they'll ever be together, it's a cat and mouse game now....argh, I want Spirit Bound now! Will ****** actually ********? Hah, I won't spoil it that much. Enjoy the book yourselves, it's worth the wait.
Even though she choose to leave and kill Dimitri, Rose still keeps close contact with Lissa and finds new shadow-kissed abilities. Despite what happened, Rose is still going to protect Lissa even from afar. That's a strong-friendship right there. Adrian, too, is as hot and determined to help Rose. With the new Strigoi-Dimitri, I'm leaning more on Adrian. OMG, he is so sweet to Rose and really does love her and trying to win her affections. Adrian still helps Rose even if it involves Dimtri because seriously: He wants her happy. He still has that cool-I'll-do-what-it-takes-while-making-cracks attitude. He doesn't force Rose on anything at all but cooly keeps his compsure when he asks. Although Rose can see beneath his emotions, how he feels. But I'm still hoping for Dimitri/Rose (seriously, I want him back!). But I wouldn't mind Adrian/Rose either. Argh, I'm really torn now.
Oh, Rose is seriously bad-ass now. Her kill-count is holy-shit worthy now. I love Rose as our main charaacter! She thinks and plans carefully, wondering how to escape and the last-minute attack to get her through. Much more control on her feelings on acting then impulsively. But with all the pressure on her and her friends slowly drifting away, she sometimes lashes out at them that was uncalled for. That kinda annoyed.
I'll stop there since there's so much more, but I'll let y'all figure that out yourselves. Blood Promise is darker, filled with difficult decision-making and plans and Rose's journey. It's a sudden huge leap away from the first three books and the "atmosphere" is seriously different. Gotta re-read again. It's so worth getting the hardback. Now just to wait on Spirit Bound.....(less)