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't...moreI 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. (less)
More like 4.5 stars. I was going to round up and give it five stars, but I have to admit that in the beginning of this book, I was only mildly attract...moreMore like 4.5 stars. I was going to round up and give it five stars, but I have to admit that in the beginning of this book, I was only mildly attracted to the story and Shay as a lead character. Actually, she annoyed me quite a bit at first.
There were a few snippets in part one that peeked my interest, enough for me to keep reading. I'm really glad I did stick with this book. By the second half, I fell in love with Shay and Gabriel (okay, I admit I loved Gabriel from the start. He's of course the typical fictional boy character I'm always falling all over myself for... :P
Anyway, part two was a fast pace pager turner. I found myself flying through each word, but now I wish I hadn't. It ended with a cliffhanger, and if Laure J. Burns continues on the path she started, after I was ensnared, then I can see this being a favorite series of mine. All the the key elements for me are there... (less)
My first impression, I thought this book read like a teen-wolf-soap-opera. Towards the end though, I lightened up...moreWhere to start with this one. Hum...
My first impression, I thought this book read like a teen-wolf-soap-opera. Towards the end though, I lightened up and started to enjoy the book more. Love-triangles bluh, but I had to appreciate the one between Calla,Shay, and Ren. I think mainly, because I can't get too upset about Calla falling for Shay. Calla never started out loving Ren. She had a duty and a prearranged attachment to him. Calla and Ren had physical chemistry, where Calla and Shay had, well I guess I can say the freedom to choose.
Even though, Calla loved Shay for representing what she wasn't suppose to have, I don't think a life with Ren seemed so awful. Even if you didn't get to actually choose for yourself. We don't always choose what is best anyways. Plus, Ren... I mean come on. He was a sexy Alpha wolf. There was that tiny complication that he got to screw around, while Calla had to be the innocent flower. That wouldn't have been any fun. He did seem to really want to be committed to Calla after the union. That scene at the end, that broke my heart. Poor Ren.
I liked this book enough to want to follow what will happen next. I can't wait actually. Luckily, I don't have to wait too long.
***This after thought contains a spoiler***
I almost forgot. One of the things that annoyed me the most about this book was the part when Shay was turned into a werewolf. It wasn't so much that he was turned, because I pretty much new that was coming. It was the way it happened. I thought of all the things that needed to have a punch, it was that. I can't believe I'm writing this, but a bit more drama would have been nice. That whole scene seemed so blase. I was like, "I'm a werewolf now. No big." That's probably just me. (less)
I thought this book had lots of potential to be pretty good, but it fell a little short for me. I've never been a big fan of third-person narration an...moreI thought this book had lots of potential to be pretty good, but it fell a little short for me. I've never been a big fan of third-person narration and this book confirmed why. There was an emotional disconnect with the characters and the story. I hate to write "emotional," because I don't want it to sound like I get all weepy or anything like that every time I read. Nevertheless, I feel that the reader needs to attach themselves to something towards the characters or the story in order to continue reading or to want to read more.
I'm a huge fan of SciFi-fantasy. In this book, I can't help thinking some of the content was a bit ridiculous. I sort of had to roll my eyes at a few parts. Plus, I've never had this happen before, but I seriously heard "dundundun" when a certain part came up in the book, like one of those old mystery movies and that music comes on. I had to crack up...
In my opinion, Jason Henderson really tried to make the dialogue sound like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (you know, when she would get all snarky when slaying vampires), but come on, there was only one Buffy and I loved her. So, sorry Henderson, your attempt failed. At least, if that was who you were really trying to emulate.
This book did have a few action sequences that teen-boys would probably love though. I liked the action parts better than anything else in this book. At least I had that...
I think this book may be underestimated for it's excellence, which is a shame, because it was really good. Great actually.
I was completely bewildered...moreI think this book may be underestimated for it's excellence, which is a shame, because it was really good. Great actually.
I was completely bewildered once I closed the last page, much like I felt after reading Dia Reeves' "Bleeding Violet." What I loved about both books was the unexpected plot twists and the feeling of not quite knowing what to believe. Also, there were so many times I thought I had things figured out and then, wham... a word or a phrase was said that set everything upside down. I love that quality in a book...
I really hope I explain this right, because it's essential to this book. I think most readers will agree with what I'm about to write, because I think it's what makes us all love to read. For me, when I connect to a character or characters and I'm really enjoying a story, well I get sucked in. During that time, the story is what matters and the story is real (at least while I'm reading, I want it to be real, escapism).
Anyway, as I read and after, I know that this is fiction, but I believe it's real only while I'm immersed in the author's world (because that is the magic of a really creative writer). However, this book made everything and the reading experience complicated. It's one thing to know something is fake and another to be told while reading that what you are reading is a lie. But, you don't know what is the "story truth" and the "lie-within-the-lie-of-the-story." Complicated. I told you...
Any woo, I loved the imagery Justine Larbalestier used and the creative falsehood. I thought the story and the characters were captivating. Like I said in the beginning, I loved the unexpectedness and the unpredictability of this book. I loved that I was fooled and I didn't know what to believe (while knowing it's all fiction to begin with). I really enjoyed that Larbalestier at certain points was writing right to the reader, or I should say, was lying right to us. HA! Most of all, I loved in the end, I still didn't know what to believe. (less)
I thought this was a great addition to the Twilight series. What I enjoyed from this book most was the fact that Bree was a newborn vampire that strug...moreI thought this was a great addition to the Twilight series. What I enjoyed from this book most was the fact that Bree was a newborn vampire that struggled with thirst, unlike Bella. And, I liked how this side of the story was a little bit darker (seriously I'm surprise Stephenie Meyer had it in her to have the newborns kill a boat load of innocent people), unlike the goody-goody Cullen's (love them, so don't get all defensive thinking that I don't).
Anyway, this was a fun read, because I was able to get some insight into a secondary character's world and understand their point-of-view. This book really make me want to go back and read Eclipse again, because I've only read it the one time... (less)
Throughout this whole series, I have had a love/hate relationship with Bianca. In this one, the last one, I just feel indifferent. I was surprised it...moreThroughout this whole series, I have had a love/hate relationship with Bianca. In this one, the last one, I just feel indifferent. I was surprised it took me so long to finally read it. I thought I would be more intrigued to know at last how her and Lucas's story would end.
I feel let down.
***This section contains spoiler***
At the end of "Hourglass," we were left with this huge cliffhanger. Lucas was turned into a vampire. I was excited about that turn of events. So, I looked forward to seeing how that situation would concluded. I guess, I didn't expect it to be so short lived. It seemed like a cop out that he was turned back into a human.
The whole book just seemed like one long anticlimactic scene. I'm kind of glad its over, now I can move on... (less)
I may be overly critical in this review. Only because, I have read so many different stories similar to this one, especially ones that have been excel...moreI may be overly critical in this review. Only because, I have read so many different stories similar to this one, especially ones that have been excellent reads. The above statement is part of my problem with this book, it is only one of a thousand stories just like each other. Nothing really setting them apart. It's getting quite boring actually. None of these books are sparking any real excitement for me any more...urrgh!
All these stories are all the same. The plots all seem to follow some formula: girl or boy falls for a vampire or werewolf. There is some momentary drama in which some other person comes between the two lovers(that same old, love triangle), then the two make their way back to one another. There is also some small sub-plot that can also interfere with the happily ever after...blah...blah...blah...
This book started to get more interesting towards the end, but by then, I was already fuming from feeling like this was a another deja vu. It's sad really, because, if I would have picked this kind of book up for the first time, I know I would have loved it.
Oh yeah, I'm also really tired of the self-sacrificing characters. Oh poor me and I have to do this for the good of others. urgh... I'm a good person, but I don't go around announcing it.
I said, I may be overly critical. It's just I've read some really amazing books and then, just okay book. It gets frustrating because I love to read, but I want something different, even from my favorite genre. I love vampire and werewolf stories, I want them, but with different scenarios and more unpredictability.