Ok...sooo...why have I not read this until now?! I've owned this book ever since it come out because I LOVED the cover art and heard great things abou...moreOk...sooo...why have I not read this until now?! I've owned this book ever since it come out because I LOVED the cover art and heard great things about it...and quite frankly I'm a sucker for any novel set in Paris. However, I didn't actually pick up the book until this month. Boy, I'm glad I did!
This story may sound like the formulaic cookie cutter YA paranormal romance, but it is so much more. Amy Plum does everything just right and placed me right in the middle of the action with these characters. Vincent is my #2 book crush second to St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss...(apparently I have a thing for fake French men ;))...and I cared about these characters. The action scenes and climax were actually suspenseful. I couldn't have been more pleased.
I'm definitely recommending this book to my friends...and ordering the second book in the series right away!
WHY haven't I read this before? SO. GOOD. Richelle Mead is an amazing storyteller. Even through Rose managed to get on my nerves, I still found myself...moreWHY haven't I read this before? SO. GOOD. Richelle Mead is an amazing storyteller. Even through Rose managed to get on my nerves, I still found myself rooting for her and grossly engaged with the novel. I need Last Sacrifice now! *Goes to ereader to purchase* PS-I am an Adrian lover all the way.(less)
There is only one requirement that I look for when I'm looking to read a good book, and that is that I absolutely fall in love with the story...moreGrade: A+
There is only one requirement that I look for when I'm looking to read a good book, and that is that I absolutely fall in love with the story! If the book has an amazing plot with great characters, and I can't bring myself to stop reading, that's how I know it's a good book for me! With that being said...
I absolutely LOVED this book!
I know Hex Hall has received many great reviews, so I was expecting great things when I read it. However, I absolutely fell in love with the story. The plot was fast paced, and Rachel Hawkins created a world that I was enamored with. Boarding school for supernaturals? Sign me up! I literally devoured this book in less than a day.
The premise of the story is one that's been used before (I mean, almost all plots are reused and retold), but Hawkins executes it so well that you never feel like you're reading anything generic, which has been my problem with some YA paranormals before. There were twists and turns that kept me on my feet, and that's always a winner for me!
What I love most about Hex Hall is that Rachel Hawkins makes it fun to read. Reading is a leisurely hobby for me-I read for entertainment. Therefore, it's important that I enjoy reading a book and I'm not slaving my way through it to make sure I finish it. I definitely didn't have this problem with Hex Hall.
I ordered Demonglass (the second in the series) right after I finished Hex Hall. I can't wait to read the follow up! I'm sure it will be just as great, since Rachel Hawkins has a great voice!(less)
What can I say about this series? I know I'm late on the bandwagon but I am in luurvve with Vampire Academy! I can honestly...more**spoiler alert** Grade: A
What can I say about this series? I know I'm late on the bandwagon but I am in luurvve with Vampire Academy! I can honestly say this is one of my favorite series, ever.
I love the characters. Rose does tend to be a little more annoying in this novel, but not enough to put me off. I heart Adrian, and wish Christian, Dimitri, and Eddie were real people, because they're pretty awesome guys. And, honestly, most guys aren't that awesome in real life. Richelle Mead does a fantastic job in creating male characters...I never noticed how much I liked her male characters until writing this review!
This novel is fast paced and jam packed with action and suspense. I'm not normally a fan of chapters dedicated to fighting and pure action, but it didn't bother me in this book. In fact, I quite enjoyed it.
The ending? I didn't see it coming. The reason being that I secretly want Rose to hook up with Adrian and live happily ever after-so I put all of my extra focus on their relationship. I know she "loves" Dimitri, but I just don't see them as the perfect couple.
Back to the ending-what a shocker! I'm usually good at predicting endings but since I was trying to enjoy the words and world that Richelle Mead created, I wasn't trying to predict anything, and was truly surprised (and pleased) with the direction that Richelle Mead took.
I ordered the next book on Amazon and I can't wait to read it! I need to know what happens next.
I know I'm one of the last few to read this series, but if you haven't already, pick it up. This is definitely my favorite vampire series I have read so far, and I highly recommend it!(less)
Why have I waited so long to read this series? After reading Frostbite, I think it's safe to say I have a new favorite vampi...more**spoiler alert** Grade: A
Why have I waited so long to read this series? After reading Frostbite, I think it's safe to say I have a new favorite vampire series! (Honestly, I'm not a big Twilight fan-don't shoot me!)
While I did enjoy the first novel in the Vampire Academy series, I absolutely loved the second novel. I don't know Richelle Mead does it, but I was completely engrossed in the characters and the story, and I could not put this book down! There was never a dull moment in this book for me, and Richelle Mead has created characters that I truly love and care about, without any annoying tendencies.
I really enjoyed the introduction of new characters in this story. I have to admit, I have a book crush on Adrian! (Surprisingly, not Dimitri.) I admire Rose and think she is one badass protagonist. I love that her mother played a predominant role in this novel, and I also enjoyed seeing other sides of characters like Mia. I love that Richelle Mead's characters are not one dimensional.
The novel was fast paced, and when I got to the climax, super suspenseful! There were no unnecessary details that made the book boring, but just enough details to perfectly convey what was happening in the scene.
For those of you that enjoy love triangles-there was plenty of that! I don't normally have a preference over love triangles in stories, but I loved the one in Frostbite.
Richelle Mead also creates a world where vampire mythology is different from other popular vampire novels that I have read, and I definitely appreciate that. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the different types of vampires, good and bad, and the different types of powers that the vampires possess.
This book is a great follow up to the first novel in the series. I highly recommend it and cannot wait to get started on Shadow Kiss, the third novel in the Vampire Academy series!(less)
Okay, I know I may be one of the last people in the world to read this book, but I'm so glad I finally did. This book was simply amazing, an i...more Grade: A
Okay, I know I may be one of the last people in the world to read this book, but I'm so glad I finally did. This book was simply amazing, an instant classic.
I mean, what else is really left to say about this novel? Countless of book reviewers and authors have already so eloquently expressed the greatness of The Hunger Games in words that I cannot myself express, since I am grammatically and "fancy" vocabulary challenged ;).
Suzanne Collins creates an amazing dystopian world, one that will have you on the edge of your seat for the entire novel. The Hunger Games aroused so many emotions out of me, ones that I usually do not feel so strongly when reading a book. However, Suzanne Collins manages to bring this horrible, dystopian world to life, and you forget you are even reading a book.
This novel is very action packed and fast paced. Katniss is an amazing protagonist, as she is strong, brave, loyal, and fierce. Collins also creates other characters that you either fall in love with or hate. (LOVE Peeta!)
Everything is so vividly brought to life through Collins' writing. I could definitely see this being one of those books that 9th graders are required to read, ten years from now. It's a great, fun, read, but it's also intelligent, and there is so much more to it than just a great story. It truly is a wonderful piece of literary fiction that will continue to be recognized many, many years from now.
This qualifies for the following challenges: 100+ 2011 YA Challenge Support your local library challenge 350+ page challenge(less)
I've heard a lot of hype about this novel, well, pretty much everywhere. I never picked it up because I had no idea what it was about and the cover di...moreI've heard a lot of hype about this novel, well, pretty much everywhere. I never picked it up because I had no idea what it was about and the cover didn't appeal to me (never judge a book by its cover!)
I'm really glad that I finally set down and took the time to read this book because once I started, I couldn't stop. I literally plowed through most of this book in less than 24 hours.
First, the subject matter is one that we have all studied in school, but one that I haven't taken the time to read about since graduating college. It is set in the 1960's, and while I can neither confirm nor deny any accuracies, everything in the book felt authentic.
This novel deals with tough topics, primarily race and civil rights issues that were going on during this time period. It is so nice to read a novel that stems from intelligence, and is actually thought provoking and well written.
Kathryn Stockett creates characters that are SO authentic that you immediately become immersed in their world. Not once did I feel like I was actually "reading", I literally became a part of the world that she created. The conflicts make you feel tense, nervous, and sympathetic for certain characters. You find yourself rooting for characters, and actually, physically HATING other characters.
Kathryn Stockett does write the story in the point of view of three different characters, two of them being black women. Kathryn Stockett happens to be a white, southern woman, but I feel that the dialogue and vernacular of her characters are not exaggerated or far-fetched, and didn't affect the story for me at all. She addresses the issues in her book in her afterword, and that was extremely interesting to read as well.
If you haven't read this yet, then I DEFINITELY recommend picking up this novel ASAP. I can't wait to read more from Kathryn Stockett in the future.(less)
This was the perfect book to read on Christmas Eve!
Debbie Macomber has a knack for creating characters and stories that warm your heart. I seriously h...moreThis was the perfect book to read on Christmas Eve!
Debbie Macomber has a knack for creating characters and stories that warm your heart. I seriously haven't read a book like this that manages to give me butterflies and make me feel all warm inside for a long time.
"Call me Mrs. Miracle" is like a modern day fairytale for adults. It gives you hope, warms your heart, and manages to awaken the Christmas spirit that you may have forgotten since your childhood. I have nothing but good things to say about this novel, and I will definitely recommend it to others in the future!
Although the writing and prose is simplistic, it does not distract from the plot. The characters were all likable and relatable, and gave me faith to believe in the good in people.
I am not an extremely religious person, but this novel manages to awaken faith inside of me. Definitely a feel good novel.
This is a book that you must read during the holiday season!(less)