Claire has now pledged herself to Amelie, the founder of Morganville, but is scared to tell her friends knowing they will get mad. Something...more3,5 stars
Claire has now pledged herself to Amelie, the founder of Morganville, but is scared to tell her friends knowing they will get mad. Something is happening to the vampires and Amelie needs Claire’s help to solve it. She sends Claire as a pupil to Myrnin, who is old and half-crazy with periods of lucidity.
I have to say that I hate these evil cliffhangers! It’s so wrong to end every book like that…
The book pretty much starts where the last one ended and now Claire is pledged to Amelie but is afraid to tell her friends because she knows they’ll get mad. Especially Shane who is still trying to come to terms with the fact that Michael is a vampire. Shane doesn’t trust Michael anymore and honestly it’s getting old very soon. I mean they’ve been best friends for ages and now that Michael is a vampire everything suddenly changes? It’s not like he wanted it and is killing half the city. But I like Shane and Claire together and it’s nice to see they move forward slowly.
How Claire always manages to get herself into these situations where she need to be saved is beyond me. And once again she finds herself in party where everything doesn’t go as planned. I understand she’s polite and all but enough. Monica threw her down the stairs and what else and she’s still being polite to her. Enough is enough.
We meet new vampire Myrnin to whom Amelie sends Claire. I liked Myrnin who’s half-crazy and only has periods of lucidity. His mood swings made him unpredictable and dangerous but he was nice between those.
We also meet Eve’s brother Jason again who’s apparently killing girls but no one seems to do anything about it. I really want to learn what’s his deal and I think he is hiding something.
Another enjoyable read from Caine. These are fairly quick reads but entertaining.(less)
The story is about 3 kingdoms that were once united: Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia. There’s been peace between the countries for centuries bu...more3,5 stars
The story is about 3 kingdoms that were once united: Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia. There’s been peace between the countries for centuries but then a wine-maker’s son was killed by Auranian noble from the princess’s entourage. The victim’s brother vows revenge and sets in motion a war that’s been long brewing.
Cleo is Auranian princess, spoiled, stubborn and childish. She was probably my least favourite character. She does grow as a person towards the end but unfortunately it comes after so much has happened. She’s also carrying this secret and let me tell you, that was the lamest secret. Ever.
I liked Magnus before he turned this bloodthirsty idiot and turns into his father who he despises. And he’s in love with his (adoptive) sister.
Jonas is a pheasant who harbors hatred for all things royal and when his brother is killed in princess Cleo’s presence he basically wants to start a war. And he seemed to blame Cleo more for the murder than Aron who actually killed him, just because she was royal.
I haven’t read much YA fantasy and this wasn’t in no way bad but I thought it lacked that something. Maybe things pick up in the next book.(less)
The book starts with a boy watching his father’s execution with his mother and brother. After the brother dies of smallpox, Tai goes to work tryi...more3.5/5
The book starts with a boy watching his father’s execution with his mother and brother. After the brother dies of smallpox, Tai goes to work trying to collect the money for their graves. His journey takes him through the forest of Vietnam to the opium dens of China.
I’ve barely read anything about Vietnam so I didn’t know what to expect. Tai didn’t have an easy life and wasn’t above using violence to survive when there was reason for it. It was a brutal world but he manages to find happiness in midst of it all. It’s a dark book that starts with a beheading that is quite detailed. As a contrast to all the violence there was love story too and I was glad Tai found some love and happiness in his life.
I loved the writing but it’s also very detailed and Tai explained what he saw and experienced and it slowed the book down a bit and I did some minor skipping with the longer descriptions.(less)