I fell in love with Riley and her world in the first book. This one however, started out way too slow. It took until about the last 50 pages or so, be...moreI fell in love with Riley and her world in the first book. This one however, started out way too slow. It took until about the last 50 pages or so, before my heart started to pound. Boy what an ending... it was so worth trudging through the first half.
I did not expect what transpired between Riley and Ori. I don't even know if I want to say anything in this review. I thought it was a risky move by Jana Oliver to take Riley's character there. Now I'm totally looking forward to the next book. There are some interesting developments. (less)
I think I might have waited too long to write this review. I liked the character dynamics in this book. Emerson was sassy, but with a certain amount o...moreI think I might have waited too long to write this review. I liked the character dynamics in this book. Emerson was sassy, but with a certain amount of vulnerability. She was very likable, so was Michael and Kaleb.
***Some Spoilers: be warned***
What started out as a ghost story, turned out to be Emerson's ability to travel to the past. I liked the idea of time travel versus seeing ghost. I also loved what seemed to be an element of the X-Men type resemblance going on with this book. I look forward to maybe other new characters popping up or some of the secondary characters from this book becoming more of a factor. Hopefully, Myra McEntire wont just focus on a love-triangle. Please don't...
I really liked Kaleb of course. You'll see why. He'll be the brooding trying to be the bad boy, but not quite making the cut yet.
The question that keeps floating around in my head is whether Emerson will end up with Kaleb or Michael. The reason I'm stumped is because of her traveling from the future, the future in which she was happy with Kaleb, and the same one supposedly Michael had died in. Or, we were lead to believe that. It's just that one insinuation that keeps me wondering. Of course, all love triangles are about figuring out who will end up with who, right? There's usually a front runner.
I'm usually introduced to series, after a few of the books have already been released. Sometimes, it's better that way. You do...moreMore like a 4.5 rating.
I'm usually introduced to series, after a few of the books have already been released. Sometimes, it's better that way. You don't have to wait a year for the next one. Anyway, this year I'm extremely excited about a few new series, "Nevermore" and "Hex Hall." Now I can add this book to the list, unfortunately it doesn't actually come out until next year, so that means waiting even longer for the second book. It's worth it in my opinion.
I don't usually overly boost about a book, but I'm excited about this new series. There is a lot of potential to build upon. The characters are really likable and sassy. I like sassy and strong minded heroines and heroes. There are plenty of those in this book. I usually pick one of the guys who are potential love interests and start crushing on them, then I cheer them on. I would have to say, I can't decide between Denver Beck or Simon Adler, plus Ori. I can't forget about him. Which to choose... hummmmmm... Okay, I will admit that I prefer redneck Beck and mysterious Ori to goody-two-shoes Simon.
I also really liked the premise behind this book, good verses evil and trappers who hunt the demons. I thoughts this book was fast paced. You get enough back story, but not in a boring too much information way. I really loved Riley's character. She's a fighter without being too macho.
Oh, I can't forget the cute Magpie demones, who steal shiny objects and flip you the bird. Too cute. Plus, they get stored in sippee-cups.
"What is in a name," everything I say. Ahhhh, Dante Berlin. I just love the way that rolls off the tongue. And add to his name, gorgeous, sensitive, a...more"What is in a name," everything I say. Ahhhh, Dante Berlin. I just love the way that rolls off the tongue. And add to his name, gorgeous, sensitive, and soulless, but hey, beggars can't be choosers.
I was interested enough in this story to like it, but I can't quite pin point exactly what I liked. I know that doesn't totally make sense. Have you ever liked something, but can't fully explain what that is, well that is the case for me here.
What I do know, was the story unfolded too slowly. Renee bugged me sometimes. She seemed smart, but not, all at the same time. I was either liking her or wanting to slap her. Dante seemed too good to be true, but not in a absolutely perfect way. He was missing some of that dark and brooding demeanor I love. If he had that, then he would have been perfect.
I liked the new twist on the undead. Interesting and new to me. I would definitely read a second book, if this is going to be a series. I would like to find out where this story could go. (less)
Sometimes I find myself holding on to one good thing in a book and allowing that thing to carry me through to the end, that is, if the overall story i...moreSometimes I find myself holding on to one good thing in a book and allowing that thing to carry me through to the end, that is, if the overall story isn't exciting enough. I'm not saying this story wasn't exciting, because to a certain degree it was, two cute boys chasing after one girl, one good and the other bad (this scenario seems to be the norm in all YA books lately). I'm actually getting worn out on that kind of plot-line.
Anyway, as usual for me, I liked the dark and dangerous boy more than any of the other characters. He was a demon, so go figure... But, even his character was too cliche. Luc was the bad boy with the heart of gold, not that I wanted him to be a serial killer kind of bad with no heart, I just feel as if all the characters in every book I've been reading lately, are the exact seem cookie-cutter pattern. It's as if all the new authors and some all ready established ones are taking the same Writing 101 class. I'm starting to get a little bored and I don't want that... I love to read.
I hate for Lisa Desrochers' book to be the one to get picked on here, but "Personal Demons" just seemed like any other book out right now. There were some interesting things going on, the whole good verses evil, both Satan and God trying to win the soul of one girl and they each send two devilishly handsome suitors to persuade her to their side. The writing was just okay for me, nothing too exciting or too dreadful, just average.
When I first started reading this book, I have to admit I got excited, but that wore off pretty quickly. There just wasn't enough going on to hold my interest or the giddiness I get when really loving a book. I just want to be overwhelmed by a book again... double sigh.
I really like the idea of this book and I feel it has a lot of potential to be really good, if Kiersten White knows what to do with the characters and...moreI really like the idea of this book and I feel it has a lot of potential to be really good, if Kiersten White knows what to do with the characters and story she created. I guess what I'm trying to say is the story fell a little flat... no spark and it lacked that something exciting (you know what I mean, that "thing" in some books whether it's the chemistry between the characters or the beautifully written narration that grabs your attention and makes you went to think about a book all day or reread the same page over again so it's imprinted in your brain). Maybe that's just me.
Anyway, the main character Evie was suppose to be a paranormal hunter, but she came across as way too naive and wimpy. I was hoping for a little more bad*ss attitude and spunk. She was way too whinny instead... Once again, I found myself intrigued and liking the guy character more (the love interest, his name is Lend). At times though, Evie did have a little Buffy the Vampire Slayer sassiness in her dialogue and if White would stick with that side of Evie she would be more likable. I would like her more.
The vampires in this novel are anything but "sparkly" which is a nice change. I'm very interested to see what this story could be. There is a lot of good qualities in this book and I think with some molding and twicking it could be great. But, I'm no expert... I just like what I like. (less)
I love L.J. Smith. I've read a majority of her work now, and I can't help but love some of her cheesiness. Smith's writing is simple and the character...moreI love L.J. Smith. I've read a majority of her work now, and I can't help but love some of her cheesiness. Smith's writing is simple and the characters are usually one dimensional. However, the main women characters are mostly portrayed as having strong wills, until they get all mushy about the men they love. Then, the girls get all weepy and stuff...urgh! Nonetheless, I can't stop reading, each pages draws you in and I have to know, what's next.
Smith also knows how to write the really tragic dark hero. I can't help but fall in love with the fictional mean boys in her books. They're always so brooding and mysterious. I love it...HA!
Anyway, Dark Vision was great. I was hooked from the first page and it keep me engaged through out. I was surprised and very pleased with who Kaitlyn picked. It seems the girl always goes for the obvious choice. (less)
I have to admit the writing in the beginning was a little shaky for me (it had some awkward sentence structure), but that didn't last long.
I really e...moreI have to admit the writing in the beginning was a little shaky for me (it had some awkward sentence structure), but that didn't last long.
I really enjoyed the three person narration. I also loved Anne and Tess' sassy attitude. And, what's not to love about brooding Ethan. I liked the added mystery plot and the unraveling of it. The story line was interesting and I loved it too. I graduated with a degree in History, so that part of the story was awesome and I'm really intrigued with Russian history, especially the Romanov's.
I checked Joy Preble's web-site, because I wanted to know if there was a mention of a sequel, there wasn't. I hope there is, because the book couldn't just end like that. Plus, I'm not finished with the characters, yet. I was left wanting more... (less)