I shouldn't have loved this book as much as I did, because it had a love triangle. No big surprise there. They dominate the YA books these days. Don'tI shouldn't have loved this book as much as I did, because it had a love triangle. No big surprise there. They dominate the YA books these days. Don't they... Anyway, for the first time I wasn't bothered by the love threesome. Actually, I'm shocked that I didn't latch onto one of the boys and stay true to him for the rest of the book.
Both Derek and Lucas are yummy. Okay, I admit Lucas is slightly more delicious. Maybe I should go eat breakfast. Ha! Bad morning humor. Sorry. (Holy smokes, I think I just won the lamest review and joke award. Somebody needs to have stupid comment disclaimers or something like that in reviews).
Anyhow, I was annoyed at first by Kylie. She started out so whinny. Why, do authors think that weepy-wishy-washy-tarts make for appealing heroines. They don't...
I'm extremely excited for this new series. I was so very happy that I got an advanced readers copy. Thanks to my favorite Teen librarian, Chris. She made my day when she handed this book over to me : ) However, now that I got to read it early that only means I have to wait that much longer for the second book. Worth the wait though. ...more
I've read so many books lately where they all sound the same and the characters are stereotypical. That's probably why I found this book to be a littlI've read so many books lately where they all sound the same and the characters are stereotypical. That's probably why I found this book to be a little gem. It's just a mere 135 pages long, but it's full of beautiful, poetic detailing. Hardly any dialogue, which I'm not used to, nevertheless, it makes sense because of the nature of the story and the loneliness of the characters.
This book had tragic to romantic imagery and emotions. Maybe it's the books I've read recently or the mood I'm in today, but I really liked this book and Alice Hoffman's creativity. Some books, unfortunately are read just to have more books added to the "read" shelf on goodreads, but other books draw out the love of reading and for the stories that are told. The journey of this village and of Green herself, made me excited to read her story. (I don't think I've built this book up too much, because the writing tells it all). Simple, but elegant...
I'll definitely have to check out more of Hoffman's work. ...more
This book kind of reminded me a little of the TV show Charmed and I loved that show... so, no big surprise that I would enjoy this book. I thought itThis book kind of reminded me a little of the TV show Charmed and I loved that show... so, no big surprise that I would enjoy this book. I thought it was a great start to a series, which it has to be a series. The ending sure left it wide open.
I loved the characters Tamsin and Gabriel. I liked their chemistry, even though we only got a taste of their relationship. I look forward to more of them.
I thought the story line was interesting, but not original. Two families in a struggle against good verses bad supernatural-abilities. I'm very interested to see where Carlyn MacCullough takes us in the next journey and the growth of Tamsin's powers. ...more
I thought this book was okay for the first installment of a new series. It has some real potential to be quite good, if Stephanie Burgis works some ofI thought this book was okay for the first installment of a new series. It has some real potential to be quite good, if Stephanie Burgis works some of the kinks out. It definitely had a pre-teen demographic vibe, more than being a straight young adult book.
The characters were likable, but the story started to get way over the top towards the end, bordering on ridiculous actually. But, I liked the idea behind this book and would continue to read the series. I'm interested in where this could go, it seems it has endless possibilities... ...more
**spoiler alert** I thought this was an excellent start to a new series. I liked it very much. It was definitely reminiscent of Harry Potter. I'm cool**spoiler alert** I thought this was an excellent start to a new series. I liked it very much. It was definitely reminiscent of Harry Potter. I'm cool with that, I loved Harry Potter.
But, I also found this book to have some similarities to Claudia Gray's series Evernight. Much like Bianca and Lucas, who meet on the first day of classes at Evernight (just like Sophie and Archer did at Hex Hall) and fell in love. They were supposed to be sworn enemies, one the hunter and the other the hunted. The same was true of Sophie and Archer, they fell in love and he was revealed as the hunter and she became the supposed hunted.
I was expecting the story to become predictable, but I'm pleased to say it didn't, at least I didn't think it did. I was surprised to find that Archer was apart of the group The Eye (or at least we are lead to believe he is). I was thinking it was someone else, not sure who.
Then, I was shocked when Elodie was killed. I wasn't expecting that to happen at all. I thought for sure she would be around to cause more trouble for Sophie and to maybe even come between her and Archer. I don't think we have heard the last of Elodie, she's a mean girl and mean girls are always characters we can count on to cause chaos.
I also was hoping I wasn't going to have to endure another love triangle, so far, I was saved from that bullet. Nevertheless, the relationship between Archer and Sophie runs along the lines of forbidden love. I'm totally cool with that too, forbidden love scenarios are much better than love triangles in my book. I'll takes sworn enemies falling in love any day... ha!
I'm looking forward to what is to come. I think I can expect great and excited things from this series. I hope... ...more
This review is going to be a bit tricky, because I'm feeling a little hot and cold on whether I like this book or not. Here's the thing, I've read aboThis review is going to be a bit tricky, because I'm feeling a little hot and cold on whether I like this book or not. Here's the thing, I've read about five to six books during the time I started to completion of this book. I only had to finish it because my book club was meeting to discuss it this past Tuesday night- (4/27/10).
I always felt a really good book was one you couldn't put down, or if you did, you couldn't stop thinking about it until the next time you sat down to read it again. However, here's my quandary while I was reading this book I did enjoy it, but not enough to continue straight through. I liked the voice being from a male point of view, especially the supernatural genera, because the characters are usually always some love-struck-usually-whinny-chick...
I also thought the story was longer than it needed to be and often times I wanted it to get to the main point. I did like the historical subtext and the secondary love story. Sometimes though, Lena was a bit melodramatic, but hey, she was turning sixteen. I'm pretty sure my world was always coming to an end when I was that age.
I do look forward to the second book nevertheless... ...more
I think it is a great testament to an author’s skill in writing prose, when they can evoke within you such emotions that makes you want to throw yourI think it is a great testament to an author’s skill in writing prose, when they can evoke within you such emotions that makes you want to throw your book across the room, when the characters are being stupid, blind, or just acting in ways that are so frustrating you want to scream at them. Or, it is a well written story when your own heart beats against your ribcage when the main protagonist is feeling love, fear, or anger.
In my opinion, what also makes for a good book is when you want to do nothing but read their story, when nothing else matters but getting to the end. I think Libba Bray has written three wonderful books and her magic in writing tripped me in her web. I really enjoyed these books.
The storyline in some people’s opinion has been over done, but I think it is up to the author to use their skills to put a fresh spin on the old and I think Bray has done that.
I'm really sad the story had to end... I felt there's room for another book. I'll hold out hope... ...more
This book will make you think... about making choices and about, how life can be what ever you make it to be. The language is beautiful and the storyThis book will make you think... about making choices and about, how life can be what ever you make it to be. The language is beautiful and the story is sad at times, because choices come at a price... The characters pull at your heart strings and make you mad at times. What story wouldn't be a good one if you didn't get mad at the author, but in the end, you forgive Libba Bray for her choices... This is a great story that any girl should read. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. The writing was first rate and at times poetic. I don’t always read books that carry a hidden message about the world or wI really enjoyed this book. The writing was first rate and at times poetic. I don’t always read books that carry a hidden message about the world or who we are as individuals, but this one did, and I got that message. I think any young woman would... It wasn’t exactly a coming of age story, because there was a double plot entwined, besides one where the girl tries to find her way in society.
I'm starting to appreciate books that make you think and this one does... ...more