The setting of Die for Me was something I really loved about the novel. Reading a paranorm...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
The setting of Die for Me was something I really loved about the novel. Reading a paranormal that is not set in a typical location like the United States or the United Kingdom is extremely refreshing. Although Paris is a familiar city, it's not a place most people have the chance to actually experience. I'm glad the author gave us a view of Paris that wasn't focused on cliché attractions and instead gave us a new glimpse of life in Paris.
Revenants were another refreshing aspect of Die for Me. Revenants are like immortals, and while immortals aren't anything new, revenants are a unique type. Revenants have a purpose, a destiny. They can choose to ignore it, but it takes a whole lot of self-control. What revenants have to do and what they go through is something I don't believe I have ever come across in the paranormal genre. I cannot wait to learn more about them.
Sixteen-year-old Kate Mercier is the main character. She and her older sister, Georgia, move to France from New York, after the death of their parents, to live with their grandparents. Losing her parents causes Kate to withdraw from her family and the people around her. But when she meets the mysterious Vincent Delacroix, she finds herself wanting to open up her heart again, even though Vincent may not be normal at all.
I felt both Kate and Vincent had qualities similar to characters in other books. Even the relationship between Kate and Vincent wasn't something we haven't already seen before. However, I thought they were likeable characters. What I really liked the most was that Kate didn't immediately jump into a romantic relationship with Vincent. She thought through the consequences and risks of being a human in a relationship with a revenant, before finally making a decision. Overall I enjoyed their moments together, and as the story went along, I kept wanting more!
The other characters (Vincent's fellow revenants) were great as well. They all had something that made them memorable. Jules definitely stood out among them. He was funny and sweet. I would love to get to know more about all of them, though, especially Ambrose and Charlotte. As for the normal humans, Georgia was an interesting character because, although she was more outgoing than her sister and they sometimes had disagreements, she and Kate seemed to get along pretty well. Hope to see more of her in the next book too.
With an amazing setting, likeable characters, and an original take on a paranormal being, Die for Me is a refreshing read in the young-adult paranormal genre. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy!
Desires of the Dead starts off a few months after The Body Finder. Everything seems to have pretty...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Desires of the Dead starts off a few months after The Body Finder. Everything seems to have pretty much returned to normal for Violet after the incident during the Homecoming dance. Things change, though, when she discovers the body of a young boy stashed in a cargo ship container in Seattle. Violet is later contacted by the FBI, who want to know exactly how she managed to locate the body. This is when Violet's problems begin.
It's hard not to compare this book with The Body Finder. Both books are similar in that there's chapters for the 'stalker' and Violet needs to figure out that person's identity before an innocent person gets hurt or even killed. Some of the differences in this book are that there's a couple new characters and Violet is much more secretive. I will admit that those are the reasons I didn't love it like I did the previous book. Of course new characters are to be expected, but I didn't have much of a feel for them. The brother and sister felt random. And the FBI characters seemed really important, but they didn't get much scenes. (Maybe the author is saving them for a third book?) As for Violet and her secrets, I got pretty annoyed with her when she kept information from everyone, including Jay. Those secrets just led to more problems and caused her to be upset throughout the book. Sometimes it was a bit too much.
There were some other issues I had with the book, but they were minor compared to how I felt about the new characters and the secrets. And while I didn't love it as much as The Body Finder, I did enjoy Desires of the Dead overall. The moments between Violet and Jay were probably my favorite parts to read. I would recommend this sequel to those who liked The Body Finder and want to know what happens next with Violet (and Jay).(less)
For as long as she can remember, Michele's had the same recurring dream about a young, blue-eyed man. The dream always leaves her wondering a...more3.5 stars
For as long as she can remember, Michele's had the same recurring dream about a young, blue-eyed man. The dream always leaves her wondering and wanting to know more about him, but that's all she can do. Because he's not real, only a dream. But after a tragedy forces Michele to live with her grandparents all the way in New York City, and with the help of a key left behind by a family member, Michele is transported back in time and discovers that the mysterious man may not be a dream after all.
While I liked the idea of the story, it didn't hold my interest as much as I had hoped. I didn't feel a connection to the characters, and I also felt the relationships were a bit too rushed, which didn't make them seem very believable. Such as Michele and Philip's relationship. Michele has dreamt about Philip all her life, and Philip has seen Michele once before, but they didn't really know each other. When they finally met, there wasn't much suspense or build-up. They immediately accepted each other and fell in love. Then there's the ancestors Michele met. Clara, Lily, and Stella. I felt they also accepted Michele way too easily. First they freaked out, but after Michele gave them a pretty simple explanation as to why she was there, they calmed down and talked to Michele as if they've known her their whole lives. It just seemed too convenient.
As for the story, I didn't really get into it until the last 100 pages. I am glad that not everything was resolved by the end. I thought I had everything figured out too, and in a way I was right, but the ending still made me go, "How did that happen?" Thankfully, Timeless is not a stand-alone, and although this book didn't quite live up to my expectations, I'm curious to find out what happens next.(less)
It all starts when Theia sees a burning man fall from the sky. After that she begins having strange...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
It all starts when Theia sees a burning man fall from the sky. After that she begins having strange and creepy dreams about a boy she's never seen before. Things become even weirder when she finds out he's the newest student in school. For some reason, he acts cold towards her, treating her the opposite of how he does in her dreams. She can't figure him out, and although she knows there's something not quite right about him, she can't stop herself from getting close to him.
I thought the first half of Falling Under was similar to what is seen in a lot of YA paranormals. There's the underconfident girl (Theia), who is drawn to the new, mysterious boy (Haden) at school. And even though the new boy seems to be interested in her as well, he's not exactly nice to her and tells her to stay away. But she can't and neither can he. Sound familiar? Well, I think that's why it was a bit of a struggle for me getting through the beginning of the book.
While the first half didn't stand out to me, I thought the last half of the story made up for it. Things started getting interesting the moment Haden revealed what he was and his purpose for being there. I don't believe I've read a YA paranormal with that type of paranormal creature. It explained why Haden treated Theia the way he did. The last part of the book wasn't quite perfect though. The entire book was a bit fast paced, and I was fine with that, but I would have liked to learn more about Haden's world near the end. Overall, I liked what we did get.
After finishing the book, there were some things I was left wondering about like Why was Theia immune to Haden's Lure? and How do Theia and Haden adjust? If there's a sequel, which I really hope there is, I will definitely check it out. (less)
Close to evening on a summer day, Eden sits on the sand at the beach, wondering why her fa...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Close to evening on a summer day, Eden sits on the sand at the beach, wondering why her family and friends have been ignoring her for weeks. No one seems to care about her anymore, and it's as if she doesn't even exist to them. So, lately, she's been thinking about suicide. But as she's sitting there, contemplating what to do, she is approached by two strangers. Eden is immediately drawn to one of them, the one who calls himself Az. And because of Az, she finds a reason to keep living. At least for a little while.
I liked the first two chapters. Eden and Az had an instant connection, but I wasn't bothered by it because that's usually the case for romance in books. Once I got to chapter three, though, my feelings about the situation changed, and I even started to feel a bit lost. Because chapter three takes place about two weeks after chapter two. Meaning the romantic development I was hoping for wasn't shown at all. The time jump made the pacing seem a bit off to me. It was almost as if the romance wasn't that important to the story...except it was. It was one of the main reasons all the things went down afterward. And no matter how much Eden and Az kissed and said they loved each other, I wasn't convinced. I could not find the romance believable, even by the end of the book.
The two-week skip wasn't the only one in the story. Later on in the book, there was a two-month skip. That one also made me feel like I missed something important, such as information and development, during the time in-between. An example of the important something I felt like I missed was the meaning of the terms used like Sider, Screamer, Basement, Upstairs, etc. Explanations were scattered throughout the book. I did get the hang of it eventually, but it made me wonder why it took so long for a simple definition.
Eden's character, I admit, was another reason I didn't enjoy the book. She wasn't very likable. It seemed like she felt she was the only one going through a tough time. (view spoiler)[Az, the love of her life, dies in a horrible accident. Then she finds out his death was all a lie, and she feels completely betrayed. (hide spoiler)] And if that's not enough, Eden's also a "special" type of Sider (view spoiler)[(A Sider was once a mortal who had no path and committed suicide. Not all mortals who commit suicide become Siders, only the ones without paths. Once a Sider, the person is immortal. Siders have Touch, which can cause mere mortals to either become suicidal or...the opposite. Basically, mortals will be very depressed or very happy when touched by a Sider. And Siders must touch mortals so that Touch doesn't build up inside of them (the Siders). If Touch builds up, the Siders become Screamers. Screamers...scream? (That's about all I can remember. I honestly don't know the purpose for Siders or Screamers or Touch.) For some reason, Eden can do more than give Touch to mortals. She can also...kill other Siders! Confused? Of course you are. You should be, if you haven't read the book.) (hide spoiler)]. I can understand why having an extra ability was a burden for Eden. But I didn't like how she sounded irritated with the Siders who wanted her help, especially when she kept going on about how she's at least giving those Siders a choice and wishing she was given a choice. And I know some of her attitude was caused by receiving too much Touch and the betrayal, but I don't think it was enough to excuse how unappealing it made her character.
There were a couple other reasons why I didn't enjoy A Touch Moral as much as I wanted, but I pretty much covered the main reasons. The book didn't end with a cliffhanger, but it ended in a way that made me assume that there will be another book. If you believe the reasons I mentioned won't be a problem for you, and if you're looking for another angel book or even a possible angel series, then I suggest you check out A Touch Mortal.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
After reading some reviews, I wasn’t sure whether or not I would like this book. I heard s...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
After reading some reviews, I wasn’t sure whether or not I would like this book. I heard some unappealing things about the characters, especially Riley. I also heard that the romance included a love-triangle. (Actually, it was scarier than that because the reviews made it sound like a love-square.) I don’t enjoy reading a book where I dislike the main character all the way through, and it’s rare that I like a love-triangle or anything more than that. So it just seemed the book wasn't going to work out for me. But I'm so glad I gave this book a chance because this was a case where my experience with the book ended up being completely different from those reviews I read.
The Demon Trapper's Daughter is about seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne, who wants to be a Demon Trapper like her father. Riley does as much as she can to prove that she's capable of taking care of herself by holding her own against the demons and the males that dominate the Trapper world she chooses to live in. She isn't perfect though. She makes mistakes and some poor decisions, but she's strong and smart enough to make up for it when it really counts. Some may not like Riley's attitude towards Denver Beck, her father's twenty-two-year-old apprentice, but I think her feelings are pretty justified. She had a huge crush on Beck a few years back, and it seems he went about rejecting her by being a complete ass jerk. I also believe Riley's envious of all the time Beck gets to be around her father, who has been too busy with demon trapping lately to spend quality time with his daughter. The good thing is Riley and Beck's relationship improves little by little through the book. Another thing I liked was that the book also included chapters from Beck's perspective. I really enjoyed his character. He's funny, loyal, and protective. He's been through a whole lot more than most people his age. It was refreshing seeing the world viewed by an adult in a YA book, even though this book didn't exactly feel like a YA.
The book was definitely more focused on aspects other than romance, which I'm glad for. It's true, though, that it sounds like there's going to be love-triangle or potentially even a love-square. At this point, I'm all for Riley and Beck! I'm really liking their development together. However, right now, there's a romance between Riley and Simon. Simon’s another fellow Demon Trapper. He's 20 years old and a really nice, good-looking guy. I can understand the appeal, but I admit I wasn't quite feeling their relationship. It moved a bit too fast, and I felt Simon was lacking that extra special something that would have made him stand out. It didn’t help that there were other, more interesting guys like Beck and the mysterious Ori, who I think could be possible love-interests for Riley. I think Riley and Simon would be better off as friends, but I'm sure there will be (and I’m hoping for) more development in the next book between Riley and all the guys, so we'll see. ;)
I decided to only mention the characters and the relationships in this review, since those two things are the most important to me when it comes to determining if I like a book. (And if I kept going, this review would never end.) I will say though that the ending wasn't what I expected, and I wish it went just a tiny bit slower because there was a lot to take in with all the scene changes. Other than that I thought The Demon Trapper's Daughter was a great start to the series, and I cannot wait to read the next book Soul Thief!(less)
Divergent was my most anticipated book for 2011. I had high expectations and thought it would be a...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Divergent was my most anticipated book for 2011. I had high expectations and thought it would be a definite favorite of mine, with me giving it 6 stars and forcing everyone to read it. Now that I've actually read it... Did I love it? I liked it. Did it live up to my expectations? No, not quite.
Divergent sounded like it had everything I wanted. Action, romance, and memorable characters. I really liked the romance; it was enough for me. It's great not having to worry about a love-triangle. Beatrice and Four were good characters. They stood out among the other characters in the book, and I loved that they could kick ass! The other characters, though, weren't as intriguing to me. I wanted to like them too, but by the end, I realized I didn't feel a connection with them. It's part of the reason why I don't believe the book lived up to my expectations.
As for the action, there was lots of it! I like action. With all that action and with Divergent being called a thriller, I was expecting heart-pounding, nail-biting moments that would leave me breathless and on the edge of my seat! I know some will disagree with me, but... I didn't find it to be that intense. Sure, I had no idea what would happen next, but any twist and turn that occurred didn't really shock or surprise me. If reading this book was a simulation (you'll read about simulations in the book), I would have owned! Because I felt pretty calm during most of the book. Even the death of certain characters didn't faze me. (Like I said, I didn't feel a connection with those characters, so that's probably the reason why I didn't have much of a reaction when they died.)
Maybe it's only me. Maybe I wasn't in the right state of mind when I read this book. Whatever it was, I just didn't get the intense, emotional feeling I wanted the most, out of everything else, from this book. It's the reason why I couldn't love it the way I wanted.
Overall, I enjoyed Divergent and would recommend it. This is a book I wouldn't mind reading again. It's really easy to get into. (I even want to reread it to see if I react differently.) Hopefully in the next book I find that feeling I missed because after what happened at the end of this book, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.(less)
Alyson Noel's new series Soul Seekers takes place in the same world as her Immortals series. There'...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Alyson Noel's new series Soul Seekers takes place in the same world as her Immortals series. There's even a short story where Daire meets Ever, which can be read here. When I found out it was the same world, my curiosity for Fated actually faded a bit. I guess it's because I ended up really disappointed with the Immortals series and I was just hoping this new series would be something completely fresh. I'm not going to lie and say it didn't have it's unique moments or that it wasn't an improvement from the Immortals, but in the world of YA paranormal novels, Fated doesn't stand out.
Now, if you're a fan of the Immortals series, I think you will like this book. It has a slow and steady pace. The writing style is consistent. The main character Daire isn't as...well, let's say she doesn't make quite as many bad decisions as Ever. (I have to admit, though, that there were some instances where I saw bits of Ever in Daire. Hopefully Daire's decision-making doesn't go downhill from here. I am worried, since I didn't think Ever was so bad in Evermore either...and then the other books happened.) Also, there's still plenty of magick. There wasn't nearly as much romance as you would expect, but it's there. There's other similar qualities; however, I want to make it clear that I'm NOT saying it's a replica of the Immortals. I'm saying it felt like an Alyson Noel novel, which may be a good thing if you're a fan.
As for me, I won't be continuing this series. I might read reviews with spoilers of future books, but I'm definitely not going out of my way to read the rest. Fated was too long and tedious and boring to me, and I know I can expect the same in the next book. I definitely don't want to go through that three more times either! I don't believe Fated brings anything new to the genre, nor does it stand out at all amongst other YA paranormal novels. It was somewhat of an improvement from the Immortals and that's about it. (And this may be me being picky, but I don't like male characters with long hair. Dace, the love interest, has it, and it's such a huge turn off! So yeah, that sealed the deal for me.) I think I would only recommend Fated to those who are already Alyson Noel fans.(less)
AHHH!!! I loved Anna and the French Kiss, but I loved Lola and the B...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Cricket. <3 St. Clair. <3
AHHH!!! I loved Anna and the French Kiss, but I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door even more! This was so freakin' good and perfect! One of my favorite books this year! Probably my favorite so far. <3 <3 I don't think I can write a proper review for Lola. It's one of those books I adored so much that I can't seem to find the right words to express how I feel. All I can say is 'JUST READ THIS BOOK!' :'3 But if you really want to read a review, check out this one. :D(less)
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Recovery Road is the story of Madeline, who is recovering from heavy drinking and partying and...more My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Recovery Road is the story of Madeline, who is recovering from heavy drinking and partying and anger issues. The story takes place over the course of about three to four years, and through the book we get glimpses of how she is dealing with her issues and what she is doing to improve her life. Recovery is not always easy though, and we see that with Madeline and with the people she befriends at the rehab in Spring Meadows.
From the cover and the summary, I thought Recovery Road was going to be a love story, and while there is some romance here and there, it's not the main focus. It's about Madeline first and foremost. Her life and her recovery. If you're wondering about the romance, I will say that it's NOT all sunshine and rainbows. But, and although I felt Madeline fell in love with Stewart (the boy she met at rehab) rather quickly, my favorite parts in the book would have to be when Madeline was at Spring Meadows with Stewart.
As I mentioned, the book goes through a couple of years of Madeline's life. Because of this we're not always given the full details. Such as Madeline's life before and when she came to Spring Meadows or the story behind Stewart's situation and his problems. It's not hard to imagine, especially with what is revealed in the book; however, I wouldn't have minded more details about the characters' situations and explanations for their behaviors.
The ending of the book isn't want I expected or wanted, but there is some hope. For Madeline, at least. Recovery Road gives us a look into the life of Madeline during her gradual recovery, and I would recommend it to those looking for a fast-paced read about real issues that aren't solved simply and easily.(less)
Kylie Galen's life sucks at the moment. Her grandmother passed away, her boyfriend broke u...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Kylie Galen's life sucks at the moment. Her grandmother passed away, her boyfriend broke up with her, her parents are getting divorced, and she's been forced to see a psychologist after she tells her parents that a guy has been stalking her. A guy that apparently only she can see.
Things only get worse for Kylie when she's caught at a party with alcohol, and at the advice of the psychologist, Kylie's parents send her to Shadow Falls Camp for the summer. Shadow Falls is suppose to be a camp for troubled teens, but Kylie quickly realizes that no one at the camp is normal. Everyone is a supernatural, and there are all types: vampires, werewolves, fairies, shape-shifters, etc.
In this book, supernaturals can figure out if a person is a supernatural, and what type of supernatural they are, by reading the person's brain pattern. Kylie is different though. For some reason, no one is able to read her brain pattern. They know she's not a normal person, but that's about it. Kylie, thinking that they are wrong about her, spends the majority of the book wishing/hoping/praying that she is not a supernatural.
And I felt that's really all that happened in the book.
Other than Shadow Falls Camp being a promoter of peace between the different species of supernaturals, teenage supernaturals go to the camp to learn how to harness their powers. Or so it states in the book's summary. Throughout the book I was waiting to read some kind of scene like that, but it never happened. There was just a bunch of talking and questions from Kylie. It seemed most of her questions were not answered until later or at all because nobody seemed to know or have the answers. That was probably to add to the mystery, but I just wish it didn't take the entire book to find out whether or not Kylie was a supernatural. Especially since it was obvious that she's a supernatural (and it got pretty annoying how much she was in denial).
As for everything else in the book... I think the most intriguing scenes were with the "ghost stalker." When we found out the ghost's story, I was surprised. Didn't see it coming. I liked Kylie's new friends Miranda and Della. The bickering between Miranda and Della was pretty funny at times. The love-triangle... Well, I tend to dislike love-triangles. I didn't hate this one, but I wasn't impressed with it either. It was a typical love-triangle. Instant attraction. Kylie couldn't stop thinking about either Lucas or Derek. Oh, and her ex-boyfriend Trey. I thought I would be rooting for one of these guys by the end, but nope, I'm not. Not much progress.
Like I mentioned before, not all the questions were answered. There is still a lot of mystery. But I guess that's why this is a series, not a stand-alone. And even though I felt like there wasn't enough action in this book, I'm intrigued enough that I would probably read the sequel.(less)
I love the cover, but I don't think the girl looks like Elliot... :|
Elliot was awesome!! And there were so many t...more4.5 stars
Just some random thoughts...
I love the cover, but I don't think the girl looks like Elliot... :|
Elliot was awesome!! And there were so many times I wanted to comfort her because some of the characters were just cruel to her. :'( Some seriously deserve to get slapped! Those characters made me so angry! I wish I could have gone in there and drop kicked them in the face! Thankfully, the ones who were redeemed (like I knew they would be) I was able to forgive. ;)
This book was inspired by Persuasion by Jane Austen, which I haven't read. I know it's suppose to be a love story, but the sci-fi aspect REALLY intrigued me and I wanted a bit more of that. Other than that I'm happy with everything and that it's a stand-alone.
I loved the ending, especially the last couple of lines. :')(less)
Out of all the YA dystopian novels I've read so far this year, Legend is my favorite. The writing,t...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Out of all the YA dystopian novels I've read so far this year, Legend is my favorite. The writing, the plot, the setting, and the characters were all great! It had a nice balance of action and development and even a bit romance. I was never underwhelmed by the story. The action had me on the edge of my seat. Some parts were pretty intense, and there were shocking revelations and heartbreaking moments throughout the book. I was left feeling anxious at times because I didn't know what to expect next. I just loved everything about it and wish it didn't have to end.
I adored the main characters Day and June. I found them both to be extremely likable. Day has lived a rough life growing up in the slums of the Republic, and he risks his life every day to make sure his family has enough food and the other necessities needed to survive. It would be easy to become a cruel and uncaring criminal, but Day never loses his kindness and compassion. It's what I really admire about him. June has grown up in a rich district to an elite family. While she is loyal to the military and the government, her older brother Metias is the one she would do anything for. Because of their different upbringings, June doesn't have the same experiences and views of the world as Day. June isn't lacking compassion, but she is naive and ends up placing her trust with people she has always believed in, never excepting the cruelty they are capable of. I can't fault her for the decisions she makes in the beginning because she truly believes the right thing would be done. What I like about her is that once she realizes her mistake she makes sure it doesn't ever happen again.
Although they grew up differently, Day and June are similar in many ways. Like June said in the book, they do almost seem like the same person just born into different worlds. I believe that's why they are attracted to each other when they first meet. They share some of the same traits and qualities. They know what it's like to suffer the lost of loved ones, and neither has ever known anyone who can match their intelligence or survival and fighting skills. (Day may not have June's military training, but if they were to ever fight seriously in either a mental or physical battle, I have no idea who would win! I imagine it would be epic though.) They acknowledge the fact that they haven't known each other that long, but there's a connection between them that has been there since the moment they met. And after what they go through together in the book, that connection continues to grow deeper and stronger. I loved their moments together, and I thought their relationship was done really well.
What I also loved about Legend was that I actually felt something for the secondary characters like Metias, Day's family, and Tess. From the synopsis, Metias's fate is known, but his presence is still there in the book. He was a loving brother to June, and I wish his life didn't have to end that way. Tess is a young girl who Day took under his wings two years ago. She's a great person, and I really hope we get more of her in the next book. Day's caring personality definitely comes from his family. The situation Day's family is put through is horrible and broke my heart, and I hope justice is served out to those people who caused their suffering.
By the time I got to the end of Legend, all I wanted was more. I really loved the last few pages. I cannot wait to revisit this world and find out what happens next with Day and June and the rest of the characters. (I believe the sequel will be released over a year from now, which is too far!) Legend is a thrilling and awesome start to this trilogy; it's the first YA dystopian novel I've read this year that I actually loved. Highly recommend it to YA dystopian fans!(less)
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I managed to read this in one day because it was that easy to get sucked into the world of Eve...more My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I managed to read this in one day because it was that easy to get sucked into the world of Everneath!
I liked the main character Nikki's determination. Sometimes she didn't make the best choices, but I can't completely fault her for that because of...Cole. He really knows how to influence a person. I don't think I quite understand him or his agenda. As for the romance, I'm glad I didn't dislike the love-triangle, but I can't say that I completely enjoyed it. I am rooting for the other guy Jack. Out of all the characters, I liked him the most, even though my connection to him wasn't very strong.
Other than that, I thought it was a great start to the trilogy. Alternating between the past and present was done really well, and the ending was definitely a shocker! I look forward to reading the sequel. (less)
The love-triangle RUINED it for me. I don't even care who Jacinda ends up with at this point. I really don't. I liked Will in Firelight, but I didn't...moreThe love-triangle RUINED it for me. I don't even care who Jacinda ends up with at this point. I really don't. I liked Will in Firelight, but I didn't care for him in this book (honestly, didn't even give him a second thought, which might be because he was barely in it). I was neutral towards Cassian in Firelight, and I ended up disliking him in this book.
I just don't understand why everyone is in love with Jacinda. It was worse because she kept going back and forth with this: 'I want Will. No, I can't be with him. I'm starting to feel something for Cassian too. He truly wants me for me. I can't betray Tamra though. But I can't let either of them go. I feel something for them both. Will! Cassian! Will! Cassian!'
I can't believe I'm saying this, but minus the bitchy attitude, she is like the Bella Swan of Firelight, I swear. And you know what else pissed me off? That Jacinda kept going on and on about Tamra being obsessed and infatuated with Cassian, and yet she NEVER EVER says that about Cassian and Will's obsession with her or her infatuation with Will and sometimes Cassian. What the hell is up with that?? Selfish! That's what Jacinda is. I was not convinced by this love-triangle. At all. And it's even more frustrating because it doesn't look like it's over.
What did I like about the book? Tamra.
She intrigued me in Firelight, and I was so looking forward to knowing more about her in Vanish. *looks at cover* Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, Vanish is all about Jacinda. It just makes me feel bad for Tamra. I WISH this book was in her POV instead because at least she knows what she wants. And we wouldn't have to deal with a pathetic love-triangle and all the moping Jacinda does in this book. What we did get of Tamra, though, was awesome. She said most of the things I was thinking. :) (view spoiler)[Her asking Cassian why Jacinda was so special was priceless because he didn't even know how to answer it! Wow. I'm so glad she lashed out at Cassian a couple of times. He deserved it too because apparently he led her on a bit in the book and also for the way he treated her after Jacinda became a draki and she didn't. I only supported Tamra/Cassian because she liked him, but he really doesn't deserve her. At this point, I can't say they will happen; HOWEVER, I won't be surprised if they do end up together though. And if it does happen, Cassian is going to have to work hard for it. Big time. Convince me like he couldn't do with Jacinda. (hide spoiler)]
Other than the romance, I felt like nothing else happened in Vanish until the very end. That's when the action picked up. It's disappointing because I really liked the beginning of Firelight. I thought this story would be different, but...it ended up being the same old same old. I feel like it has gone downhill since the moment they went into the human world in Firelight. *sigh* Anyway, it may come as a surprise, but I still plan on reading the final book. *shrugs* I just have to know what happens with Tamra. I'm not getting my hopes up though.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I liked Mara Dyer. But sometimes the choices she made (or tried to make) and her reasoning behind them fru...moreHuh... That was...
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I liked Mara Dyer. But sometimes the choices she made (or tried to make) and her reasoning behind them frustrated me. A lot. I also liked Noah. However, in the beginning, he was hard to figure out, and there were a few things about him I didn't like. But, he ended up being...not that bad, actually. It's just...yeah.
I know I'm not making much sense. This really isn't a review. I'm not sure I can write one. I just felt the need to type a little something because I'm still trying to figure out what I just read. What's real and what's not real. Very original and unique story. Overall, I liked it and can't wait to read the sequel.
Thanks to Crystal for letting me borrow an ARC! <3(less)
Virtuosity was a WHOLE LOT better than I expected. I don't even know why I had any doubts. The last chapters made me so...moreCan I have Jeremy? Thanks. :'D
Virtuosity was a WHOLE LOT better than I expected. I don't even know why I had any doubts. The last chapters made me so happy, and I felt so relieved. :') Very great book. Looking forward to reading more by this author.(less)
I remember adoring A Certain Slant of Light and loving the way it ended. However, I did have some l...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I remember adoring A Certain Slant of Light and loving the way it ended. However, I did have some lingering questions: What exactly were Jenny and Billy up to while they were away from their bodies? Was Jenny really pregnant? And most importantly, what happened to Jenny and Billy afterwards? When I heard the author was writing a novel about them I was ecstatic! At the same time, I wondered if these questions would be answered at all and if the story would even be as amazing as the first book. Having read it now, though, I realize I had nothing to worry about.
Laura Whitcomb truly delivered beyond anything I could have ever hoped for in this follow up to A Certain Slant of Light. Under the Light was a dream come true for me. The entire book was just as mesmerizing and breathtaking as its predecessor, if not more. It flowed so well and gave me the same wonderful feelings I had while reading the first book. These were my thoughts as soon as I finished: 'Wow. Could a sequel be any more perfect?' I really couldn't have asked for a better outcome for Jenny and Billy and Helen.
Although this novel focused on Jenny and her relationship with Billy and her family, Helen was also an integral character. She might have had her happy ending, but she ended up coming back to Jenny's world out of guilt. She wanted to make sure Jenny didn't suffer the consequences of her actions while she was in Jenny's body, so protecting and looking after Jenny until her life got back on track became Helen's main goal in the book. It wasn't always easy for Helen to communicate with Jenny though. Some moments I wished she could get through to Jenny quickly, other moments I was relieved she couldn't interfere. Overall, I was just glad Helen was there by Jenny's side to guide her and to witness everything Jenny had to go through to reach her own happy ending.
For me, Jenny and Billy were the stars of Under the Light. Whenever they had moments together, I smiled like crazy. Their interactions with each other were done so perfectly. Once they figured out ghosts had inhabited their bodies, they retraced the steps the ghosts had taken in their bodies. It was great because there was a sweet awkwardness between them. They knew something special had happened, but it was hard for them to understand why they were important to each other. It was very adorable to read. I couldn't get enough.
The questions I mentioned before about Jenny and Billy were addressed, of course, and the answers were unexpected and surprising in a really good way. I loved learning more about their lives, especially Billy's, even though his story broke my heart to pieces. It made me even more thankful that they found each other because the bond they shared kept them both anchored during the hardships they faced. I just LOVED how their relationship developed. It was such a beautiful thing. There's so much more I could say, really. I can't quite find the words, though, to describe how amazing it was to read about them. But I will say that I don't think Jenny and Billy fans will be disappointed at all.
Under the Light was a highly satisfying and emotional conclusion to the stories of Helen, Jenny, and Billy, all of which began in A Certain Slant of Light. It left me feeling happy and content, the way I love to feel when I finish a novel. I honestly wish it never had to end. Not because I thought it needed more, but because I couldn't quite bring myself to let these characters go. I hope fans of A Certain Slant of Light love Under the Light as much as I did. It's a worthy sequel and deserving of all the praise it will no doubt receive.
Once I was done reading Daimon, I was so glad I had an ARC of Half-Blood in hand and hoped it was a...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Once I was done reading Daimon, I was so glad I had an ARC of Half-Blood in hand and hoped it was as good as the prequel. I can safely say that Half-Blood exceeded any expectations I had! I completely loved it! It was so awesome that it's now one of my favorite YA paranormals, and if this keeps up, I know Covenant could end up being a definite favorite series of mine!
After three years in hiding with her pure-blood mother, 17-year-old Alexandria Andros is finally back with the Covenant, a place where pure-bloods, the children of Hematoi (who are descendants of demigods), and half-bloods, the offspring of mortals and Hematoi, live away from the mortal world. It's also where some are trained as Sentinels and Guards whose purpose is to kill daimons and protect pures. Halfs also have a chance of becoming docile servants to pures if they aren't cut out for Sentinel duty or if they break the rules. As a half-blood who broke the rules by running away with her mother and living in the mortal world, Alex chances of becoming a servant are high. To gain back the trust of the leaders she has to prove her loyalty and that she has what it takes to become a Sentinel by catching up with the three years of training she missed before the end of the summer. But following the rules is easier said than done, especially when Alex starts to fall for a pure and finds out the real reason her mother took her away from the Covenant.
First, I have to quickly mention the setting. There are Covenants located around the country like Tennessee and New York, but this particular Covenant is located on an island off the coast of North Carolina. Being on an island sounds awesome, and I like that the author chose a fitting name for it: Deity Island. And I have to admit that I'm pretty bias to anything North Carolina, so of course I'm happy that it's located there!
Now on to the characters. Alex was just awesome! She's funny and kickass. Strong, yet vulnerable. Her interactions with the rest of the characters, like her best friend Caleb and another fellow half-blood Seth, were great. Those characters were very likable as well, and I loved that they were all important to the story. Another character I really liked was Aiden St. Delphi. He's the pure-blood who volunteered to train Alex, and if you've read Daimon, he's actually the 'older guy' Alex use to have a crush on. I knew there was a chance I would swoon over him, but I didn't realize just how much! Aiden's such a sweet and protective and patient and nice (and I could go on!) guy, and I completely understand why Alex would fall for him, even while knowing a relationship between a pure-blood and half-blood is forbidden. I absolutely loved their moments together, and it makes me so happy when I really like the main character and the lead male character. I cannot wait to read more of their interactions!
I think this is my first experience reading a YA paranormal book where the characters are descendants of gods. I'm impressed with how the author incorporated Greek Mythology into the story, and I have a feeling Half-Blood will stand out among the other YA books with Greek Mythology released recently. I've already mentioned how much I love the characters, the relationships and the romance, and I think another aspect readers will enjoy is the action. Half-Blood is filled with it! It was never boring. There are plenty of scenes where Aiden is training Alex, and I loved that Aiden did not go easy on her. There are also parts with the daimons, which were pure-bloods who changed into dangerous creatures after drinking the aether, a pure's esscene, from another pure. They're powerful and ruthless, and I never knew what to expect from them. Another was finding out the reason Alex's mother took her away from the Covenant; it was a bit surprising, and I really want to know how Alex will continue to deal with this sudden revelation and what the outcome will be.
When I finished Half-Blood, all I wanted was more! I was satisfied with everything. The author is a great storyteller, and I'm extremely excited for the second book Pure! It's being released in less than a year, but I wish it was out already. I look forward to finding out what happens next with Alex and the rest of the characters and to learn more about their world. If you're a YA paranormal fan, you don't want to miss out! Definitely check out this series!(less)
I seriously almost DIED during the part where the meaning of homo came up. OMG. Ava, you poor girl... This book was just so funny and full of...more4.5 stars
I seriously almost DIED during the part where the meaning of homo came up. OMG. Ava, you poor girl... This book was just so funny and full of many second-hand embarrassment moments. I really liked it! I can't believe it took me this long to read it. It was a great book. :)(less)
I liked the Vampire Academy series. It was entertaining enough, but I never felt that reading it wa...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I liked the Vampire Academy series. It was entertaining enough, but I never felt that reading it was a top priority. For some reason, though, I REALLY wanted to read Bloodlines. I was way more excited for it than Last Sacrifice. I think knowing that Sydney, a human and an Alchemist, would be the main character made it sound very interesting to me. I liked Sydney from the VA series, and I wondered how different her story and her character would be from Rose's. Also, although I might not have cared as much for Adrian as other readers did, I was still really curious about what happened to him. So when I had the opportunity to read an ARC of Bloodlines, I went for it.
About a month after events in Last Sacrifice, Sydney Sage's life continues to be effected by her decision to help Rose Hathaway. Other Alchemists, including her father, don't trust her, and she has nightmares of being sent to a re-education center, a secretive place where an Alchemist who has gotten too close to vampires is taken to "learn the errors of their ways" and eventually become a person less than themselves. When she is given orders to pose as Jill Dragomir's sister at a California human boarding school in order to prevent a Moroi civil war, she accepts so that she can protect her younger sister Zoe and prove her loyalty to the Alchemists. Right away, though, Sydney learns just how difficult it is protecting a vampire princess in a human world and that Alchemists may not know as much about vampires as they believed.
I don't feel like you should go into Bloodlines without at least knowing what happened in the Vampire Academy series; however, if you haven't read it, you'll just be like Sydney, missing details and information that VA readers would already know. The great thing about Sydney is that she's very intelligent. Her intelligence is her biggest strength, and she'll eventually figure out what she doesn't already know. People's first impressions of her is that she's spineless and lacking in some social skills. She is a little oblivious in certain social situations, but that's part of who she is and I really liked that about her. And the truth is Sydney's an observer and someone who likes to make sure her job is done efficiently without any problems. She likes to follow rules, but knows there are times when rules shouldn't always be followed. And she may not be a kick-ass fighter, but she's kick-ass in her own way. She has a sharp mind and is smart enough to handle herself in dangerous situations. I just thought Sydney was such an awesome character, and I found myself able to relate to her more than I could with Rose. She's part of the reason why I cannot wait to read the next book.
The supporting characters in this book were Adrian, Jill, and Eddie. Adrian played a much bigger role than I expected. I'm really glad for that because he was amazing! Hilarious and perceptive. Usually bickering with Sydney and protective of Jill and everyone. I feel like I understand him a whole lot better now, and I can't believe I never noticed how great he was while reading Vampire Academy. I know readers are wondering what happened to him after Last Sacrifice, and well... Like I mentioned, Bloodlines starts about a month after LS. He really is trying though. He just needs people to trust and believe in him. So far he's doing a very good job, and I admire his efforts. I'm definitely rooting for him; he deserves it!
Another thing I'm sure readers are wondering about is the romance and if it involves Adrian. If you're looking for romance in this book, I think you'll be disappointed. Romance was not a main focus in this book. I do believe something is developing, and I'm completely fine with the pace because I would much rather prefer a relationship and a romance to grow gradually instead of occurring instantly. That being said, I really can't wait to see where it goes! I'm crossing my fingers that it ends up how I'm hoping it will.
Now that I've read Bloodlines, I have to say that I'm already liking it more than Vampire Academy! I didn't want to put the book down. There wasn't as much fighting in Bloodlines (only because Sydney isn't a guardian like Rose), but there was definitely enough action and everything to keep me interested. I highly recommend Bloodlines to VA fans looking for a fresh start and a new heroine to root for and for those who just love Adrian! I know I'm extremely excited for book two, The Golden Lily!
When I started this book, I was really intrigued and I liked the strangeness of the characters. But as I continued reading, I felt like the main chara...moreWhen I started this book, I was really intrigued and I liked the strangeness of the characters. But as I continued reading, I felt like the main character wasn't making much progress in learning more about her mother (convenient how her own father doesn't seem to know anything, huh?). I'm sure by the end she would have learned just about everything, but I think it's taking too long, especially since I started finding the story less and less interesting. It took me two weeks to get halfway with this book, and it's been three weeks since I picked it back up. I really wanted to like this book, and I hate not finishing a book, so I might continue it later. But for now, I'm putting it on hold and it's staying on my shelf.(less)