Forever is the perfect ending to the Wolves Of Mercy Falls trilogy. Maggie Stiefvater has earned the title of favorite author and these books have earForever is the perfect ending to the Wolves Of Mercy Falls trilogy. Maggie Stiefvater has earned the title of favorite author and these books have earned the title of favorite trilogy. I give you fair warning: this review is basically me gushing about how amazing it is.
The ending of Linger was a huge cliffhanger. Forever picked up quite some time after that ending and it was interesting to see how things had changed. All the characters had changed so much and while it was sad to see then lose their innocence it was very refreshing to see them grow in such a real way even if the reasons are not so real. =)
The writing was, as always, absolutely amazing. Maggie Stiefvater is such a lyrical writer. Her books just have to be savored. I pretty much shut myself away so I could read uninterrupted and really take it all in.
I have to say something about the relationship of Sam and Grace: that is the way it is supposed to be! They face so many obstacles but they know that if they have each other they can make it. Sam is sweet, romantic, and he cherishes Grace. And she does not take that for granted. She is always there for him and they truly love each other. That is how I see love and Maggie Stiefvater did it perfectly with Sam and Grace.
Overall, Forever is a bittersweet ending to the Wolves Of Mercy Falls trilogy. I laughed and I cried and I never wanted it to end. I think this book will greatly satisfy fans of the first two books. I can't wait for whatever is next from Maggie Stiefvater....more
Daughter Of Smoke & Bone is a new favorite of mine. From the very beginning of this book I was captivated and I could not put it down. Now I am dyDaughter Of Smoke & Bone is a new favorite of mine. From the very beginning of this book I was captivated and I could not put it down. Now I am dying for more!
I don't really know where to start with this review. Every aspect of the book was perfect: characters, plot, uniqueness (is that a word?), writing, and setting. Oh my gosh, that setting! I have never been to Prague but after reading this book I feel like I have. There, as well as Morocco and the worlds of the angels and chimaeras. Every place was so detailed and wonderful; The Poison Kitchen, Karou's flat, the school, Brimstone's shop, and the market in Marakesh. Can I please just live inside this book?
The characters were my second favorite thing. Every one of them was so unique and fun. Kishmish, Brimstone's little messenger, was so cute. Issa was a bit scary but very loving with Karou. Brimstone was even scarier than Issa I would be terrified to come face-to-face with him but with Karou he was very caring and tender, even sweet at times. Karou herself was very likable. She was brave, smart, funny, talented, and all around kick-ass but underneath that she was lonely. Sure she had a great best friend, Zuzana, and her chimaera family but she didn't have love. It was easy to relate to her. Then Akiva came into her life. Dangerous, sexy, sometimes sweet Akiva. Everything changed when Karou met him and that was when the story really took off.
The plot was interesting from the start but like I said, it really took off when Akiva entered the story. After that there was so much going on. There were battles, romantic scenes, glimpses of the past, and so much more. I never knew what was coming next and there was nothing about this book that I expected. The story was so unique and unlike anything I have ever read.
Overall, Daughter Of Smoke & Bone is one book that I have to recommend to EVERYONE! If you have it, read it now. If you don't, go buy it! I can't wait for the sequel. In the mean time I will have to check out Laini Taylor's other book...more
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson’s debut novel, has definitely been added to my short list of favorite YA fantasy novels. It’s right up there wThe Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson’s debut novel, has definitely been added to my short list of favorite YA fantasy novels. It’s right up there with Graceling and Shadow and Bone. While I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read it, I’m extremely happy I can binge read this trilogy!
I’m going to get my one complaint about The Girl of Fire and Thorns out of the way first since I only had one problem with it and I loved so many things about it. I hated the way Rae Carson spent so much time drawing attention to Elisa’s weight. It was made clear early on in the story that Elisa was fat. I was perfectly fine with that. In fact, I enjoyed reading about a heroine who wasn’t rail thin. However, I didn’t feel that it needed as much attention as it got. There was a lot of detail about how much Elisa ate and how other people looked at her because of her weight. After a while I got really tired of hearing about how big she was. Luckily as the story goes on the mentions of her weight go down a lot but in the beginning it was really kind of annoying.
Okay, now on to the things that I adored! Where do I even begin?
First up, the characters. Elisa is a kick-ass heroine. She may seem meek at first but don’t let that fool you. It all changes really quickly. Elisa takes control of her future and she takes charge. She’s a leader who is smart and funny and kind and true. There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t like about her character. As for King Alejandro, he seemed nice enough but a little weak. He couldn’t make decisions for himself and he was always relying on other people to tell him what to do. I was let down by him. Hector was actually much more appealing to me and I hope we find out more of his story in the following books. Then there were the others. Ximena, Aneaxi, Cosme, Humberto, Belen, Jacian, Rosario, and so many more. I can’t possibly describe them all but I will say that I loved them all in different ways. Rosario was adorable. Humberto was so sweet. Ximena was fierce and loyal. Cosme had a lot more to her than she originally showed. It was a fabulous cast of characters, all around.
The story takes off from the very first page. Rae Carson just jumps right in and readers will be hooked. First it’s an arranged marriage, then it’s a hidden marriage in a strange new palace, then it’s kidnapping and war. There is no break in The Girl of Fire and Thorns. There is always something going on. I was on the edge of my seat by the end of the book and I had no idea how things were going to turn out.
Overall, The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a fabulous read for fantasy fans. There’s a little something for everyone in this story!...more
Holy crap! It has been a long time since I have been addicted to a book. I only just recently finished The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer and I already wantHoly crap! It has been a long time since I have been addicted to a book. I only just recently finished The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer and I already want to go back and start all over again. I thought all the hype would have my expectations too high and that I would be disappointed but that was so not the case!
Mara Dyer is a little crazy, there is no denying it. At times it was hard to tell what was real and what was hallucination. I kind of liked that because it kept me guessing. I liked Mara even though she was crazy. She was so funny, in a snarky way, and she was just very likable. She had great relationships with all members of her family and I loved her and Noah together. Noah was sweet, kind, funny, and mysterious. I didn't know what to think of him at first but he grew on me. I also loved the witty banter between him and Mara. It cracked me up. Mara's brothers, Joseph and Daniel, also cracked me up and they helped lighten the mood of the book.
The plot was absolutely spectacular. As Mara learns things about what happened that night things get even more intense than before and that is when you start to try to piece things together. Let me tell you this: you will not be able to piece things together. This book held one surprise after another and I never thought everything could add up but it sure did. And that ending was definitely a shocker!
Overall, The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer is a must-read for fans of suspense, romance, the paranormal, pretty much anything. Michelle Hodkin is a debut author to watch out for. I can't wait for the sequel!...more
Bloodlines, the first book in the series of the same name, doesn't quite live up to the awesomeness of Vampire Academy but it's a pretty close second.Bloodlines, the first book in the series of the same name, doesn't quite live up to the awesomeness of Vampire Academy but it's a pretty close second. I certainly think fans of the first series will enjoy this fun spin-off.
Bloodlines focuses on Sydney Sage, the Alchemist readers meet in Vampire Academy. The ramifications of what she did with Rose are coming back to bite her now and to prove her loyalty to the Alchemists she must protect Jill from rebel vampires who want her dead. Sydney and Jill aren't the only ones back from the Vampire Academy series. There's Abe, a brief appearance of Rose, Eddie Castile, but above all, there's Adrian Ivashkov. Sydney and Adrian have some of the best banter! They are at each other's throats quite a bit but it makes for some fun times. Sydney is very uptight and kind of naive and prudish. It's definitely a product of her upbringing but it can be a little annoying at times. Hopefully the longer she spends are the vampires, the more those things will change. Adrian is just as great as he was in Vampire Academy but he's a little more broken now. Seeing him like that really hurt and I hope Sydney and the others help him get past Rose throughout the series. Jill and Eddie were pretty great. Jill was kind of cranky for a lot of the book but she had a lot going on. Eddie was so sweet and one particular scene at the end almost broke my heart. I want to see him happy. There are only brief appearances of Rose and Abe in this first book but I look forward to seeing what's changed in their lives.
The story drags quite a bit which is my biggest complaint. There was a lot of mystery and intrigue though which helped keep me interested even when things didn't seem to be going anywhere. I would have liked Bloodlines more if I found it to be as unputdownable as Vampire Academy but that just wasn't the case. There was a lot of background in this book and I think it was necessary to set everything up for the series but I still would have liked less of it. I think the next book, The Golden Lily, should be a lot better since the story is already set up.
Overall, Bloodlines disappointed me a little but not too much. I will certainly continue with this series and I have high hopes for the following books....more
It's about time I got around to reading Crossed. I've been wanting to read this book since I first finished Matched but for some reason I kept puttingIt's about time I got around to reading Crossed. I've been wanting to read this book since I first finished Matched but for some reason I kept putting it off. While Crossed was not quite as enthralling as Matched, I'm happy to say that I enjoyed it.
Crossed starts off shortly after the final events of Matched. I admit that I read Matched a while ago. I didn't remember exactly what happened but I remembered enough that I could muddle through things. There were a few points where I was a little confused but lucky for me, those points were clarified. As for the rest of the story, while it was a little slow, it did a good job of showing what things were like outside of the Society. The Rising started to take shape in this book and many new questions were posed about what the Society was really up to. While there wasn't much action to this book, there was enough new information for me to be intrigued and I never once thought about putting it down.
The romance seemed very toned down from the first book. It seemed like Matched spent a good portion of the book setting up the romance between Cassia and Ky. That wasn't the case with Crossed. There were some mixed signals in the beginning when I thought Crossed would be Cassia and Xander's book but that was definitely not the case. The romance between Cassia and Ky is still strong but it took a backseat to everything else going on with them. New characters were introduced as well as new dangers. Crossed also was more about Ky's past than anything. He's not nearly as big a mystery as he was in Matched.
Cassia was a little disappointing to me in Crossed. She was brave, smart, resourceful, and all I could want in a heroine but she just didn't seem special in any way. She was exactly like all the other dystopian/fantasy/paranormal heroines out there. I wanted her to stand out to me and she didn't. I'm not saying I didn't like I her (because I did), I just really wanted more from her. Ky was more interesting to me than Cassia was. He was a very troubled character, both because of his past and his present. I felt for him and I really wanted to see him happy because it was clear, no matter what he did, he was a good guy. And yes there is some Xander in Crossed but not much. Honestly, I like Ky better just because I know him better than Xander. I have no issues with either boy. I think they are both great guys but at this point in time I am 100% Team Ky.
Overall, Crossed does a great job setting things up for the final book in the trilogy. It narrowly avoided the second book syndrome but in the end I was pleased with it. Things are relatively wrapped up at the end, it's not a cliffhanger, and readers won't mind the wait for the final book too much....more
Wow! Half-Blood is the book that would be produced if the Vampire Academy series and the Percy Jackson series had a baby! It was a mix of all my favorWow! Half-Blood is the book that would be produced if the Vampire Academy series and the Percy Jackson series had a baby! It was a mix of all my favorite elements: fighting, romance, and Greek gods! I might have to add this to my favorites list!
Half-Blood is one of those books that starts with a bang. From the very first line to the very last, this book was full of action. It never slowed down! There were also lots of surprises in Half-Blood. So many things that happened, I never saw coming. I love a book that keeps me guessing and Half-Blood definitely did that.
The characters really made this book though. The plot was great and fast-paced but the characters were what made me want to keep reading. I felt connected to each and every character and I was very interested in their stories. Alex was just like a regular teenage girl as far as emotions, boys, and fitting in. She was so easy to relate to. I felt for her and I wanted to see her get a happy ending. It was the same with Caleb, Deacon, Olivia, Aiden, Seth, and even Mia. Each character was so different and had such unique personalities that I couldn't get enough of them. Aiden and Seth were some of my favorites though. Aiden was sweet, sensitive, and kind of bad ass. Seth was rude at times, cocky, and a total bad ass. What can I say? I like the good and bad boys. =)
Overall, Half-Blood is a fantastic novel that I recommend checking out. I can't wait for more!...more