I have to say while I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Under the Never Sky, I loved Through the Ever Night! A lot of it had to do with thI have to say while I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Under the Never Sky, I loved Through the Ever Night! A lot of it had to do with the fact that I love Roar and we get to see a lot of him. I think I adore him even more than I adored Perry. Perry was a little too mopey and depressing in this book for my tastes.
One of the highlights was Aria's relationship with Roar. It was refreshing to see such a strong friendship between and guy and a girl that didn't have the overtones of a love triangle in the making. They were simply friends who bonded together and supported each other heart and soul. Unlike in most other YA books this friendship didn't lead into the internal debate of do I love Roar or do I love Perry? Do I love Liv or do I love Aria? Each knew what they wanted and stayed the course.
Veronica also threw in a few surprises that brought a wonderful twist to the story. They were worked in smoothly and served to move the story forward rather than tossed in haphazardly for the shock factor. I don't want to spoil them but I definitely didn't see some of them coming and I can't wait to see how they play out in the end.
There is a lot of action, intrigue and amazing character building. Definitely a sequel that surpassed it's predecessor. ...more
First off I just have to mention again how much I love the cover of the Covenant books. They are absolutely gorgeous! Second, I am glad to say after bFirst off I just have to mention again how much I love the cover of the Covenant books. They are absolutely gorgeous! Second, I am glad to say after being slightly disappointed in the first book, Half-Blood, because it felt like a carbon copy of the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead, that I loved this book!! I was hooked almost from the beginning and could not put this book down.
I am in love with Adrian although his brother, Deacon, is also pretty darn sexy and appealing as well. On the other end of things I’m still struggling to see the appeal of Seth. He’s arrogant (not in an endearing sort of way)...See my full review at Debbie's World of Books...more
4.5 stars I have stated before that while I have loved the covers of most of the angel based YA books that came out in 2011 I wasn't blown away by any4.5 stars I have stated before that while I have loved the covers of most of the angel based YA books that came out in 2011 I wasn't blown away by any of the ones I read. I enjoyed Unearthly but it did not top my reading list so while I wanted to read Hallowed I wasn't jumping out of my seat to get to it. But OMG, I stayed up late last night to finish it despite knowing I had to wake up early to start cooking for our New Year's Eve family lunch because I was so hooked! Hallowed was amazing and had me laughing, crying and cursing that I couldn't read book 3 right away.
I loved Tucker in Unearthly and was so glad that he apparently was winning out over the hottie angel Christian. In this book new revelations are brought to light that cause an upheaval in Clara's relationships with Tucker, Christian, her mother and her brother. Some of the developments were a little cliche but I loved that Cynthia Hand poked some fun at herself by having Clara actually bemoaning how cliched some parts of her life have become. I still love Tucker but now am growing a bit fonder of Christian. Normally I feel like I can call which guy the main character is going to end up with but I honestly don't know for this series. Clara seems to love Tucker so much but also seems destined to end up with Christian. Hand definitely keeps her readers guessing where this relationship will end. There were also a few other surprises I didn't see coming that always brings a refreshing feeling when reading.
My main reason for not rating this a solid 5 out of 5 was that I did miss seeing more of Jeffrey (besides him being constantly sullen and a jerk), Wendy and even Angela, who while she appears quite often her only purpose seems to be dropping bombshell news on Clara. Still this was an amazing follow up to Unearthly and could we please, pretty please get book 3 any sooner? :)...more
It’s funny how when I think about this book in general I would say I really liked it and it was hard to put down but when I get into the details thereIt’s funny how when I think about this book in general I would say I really liked it and it was hard to put down but when I get into the details there were quite a few things that bugged me. Still I loved Die For Me, the first book in the series, and this one was just as enjoyable.
Kate and Vincent are still going strong and deeply in love despite all the complications in their relationship. The main hiccup is Vincent’s promise to try and not die while he is together with Kate. This makes him hesitate when he sees someone in trouble and makes Kate feel guilty about if this might mean some innocent person might die because of Vincent’s promise to her. Of course, this dilemma starts leading towards problems between the two as they each try to find a solution that is more satisfactory...See my full review on Debbie's World of Books....more
This is my second book read from Iris Johansen and I am totally sold on her books. I loved this book and learning more about the type of person Eve usThis is my second book read from Iris Johansen and I am totally sold on her books. I loved this book and learning more about the type of person Eve used to be and who the father of Bonnie was and what type of guy he was. Eve has always come across as so strong and independent that it was interesting seeing this softer, more vulnerable side growing up with a drug addict for a mother. The character who really grabbed me in this book was by far John Gallo. His character was a bundle of contradictions. He had this hard, mercenary and cold blooded side that terrifies but then he has this sweet, protective side who sticks up for those who are innocent and being preyed upon by others. I have to admit he totally won me over and I was really hoping he would not turn out to be the murderer of Bonnie. Johansen really keeps you wondering did he kill her, is he hunting down the person who killed her, will we ever find out who the killer is? I must say Johansen definitely knows how to keep the reader at the edge of their seat.
Catherine Ling is also back in this book which I'm glad for since I really enjoyed her in Chasing the Night. She's still tough as nails and totally devoted to Eve. Quinn is also present and he is the only character I am not really feeling. I think that while someone new to the series can just jump in and still enjoy this book I definitely need to go back to the start of the series to learn more about Quinn. I don't dislike him but I am not feeling the connection to him that I feel with the rest of the characters.
Still this is an absolute must read and will leave you clamoring for the next book....more
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and I am always curious about adaptations. This one sounded so cute I couldn't pass it up. It certainlPride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and I am always curious about adaptations. This one sounded so cute I couldn't pass it up. It certainly disappoint and was a fun and quick read. Most of my favorite characters from P&P were present and modernized in a way that totally fit a modern, teenage setting. Darcy initially snubs Lizzie because she's a scholarship student and this irritates Lizzie enough for her to develop an immediate dislike of Darcy.
I loved the portrayal of both Darcy and Elizabeth. I thought both their characters were channeled well and even little things from the original book are alluded to in this story. Lizzie is an accomplished pianist which is a twist since in the original story she was just passably good but in both instances she captivates Darcy as she plays. I don't know if it was on purpose but in both stories Lizzie is ridiculed after her dress is dirtied, one by tramping through the mud and in the modern version because she had coffee thrown on her. Lydia's character had me laughing out loud. Reminiscent of when she and Kitty embarrassed Jane and Lizzie at a ball, Lydia mortifies Jane by dancing like a mad woman at Charles's party. And really I do mean mortify, there were jazz hands, rockette kicks and more. This Darcy was just as swoon worthy as the original Mr. Darcy in my opinion. I mean come on, he tries to buy Lizzie a book in an attempt to be kind and make up for his earlier disdain. My kind of guy, he certainly knows the way into my heart. lol.
Truly, if you are looking for a light hearted, fun read this is definitely a book you should check out. I am going to have to go check out Elizabeth's previous book, The Lonely Hearts Club, hoping it's just as good....more
I give this book 3.5 stars I really wish I had re-read Storm Glass before reading this one but I still really enjoyed. There were a few things I had foI give this book 3.5 stars I really wish I had re-read Storm Glass before reading this one but I still really enjoyed. There were a few things I had forgotten but I quickly slipped back into Opal’s world. I found Opal much more irritating this time around. She was too head strong and whiny for my tastes but you did have to start feeling sorry for her as one bad thing after another seemed to happen to her. Things also heat up in the fight for Opal’s love. Kade is his usual strong, caring and supportive self but Devlin really surprised me. I actually felt myself starting to like him and wonder if Opal might be better off with him as he doesn’t have conflicting duties like Kade does as a storm dancer.
The plot intrigues in this sequel will keep you wanting to turn the pages to find out what is really going on and who can Opal really trust. I have to admit there were a few plot twists that I did not see coming. What bothered me the most about this book though was the change in Ulrick’s character. The change in him even knowing that he is now in a body that craves blood magic doesn’t seem to account for is complete turnabout in how he views Opal. Yes, I can understand some bitterness but the fact that he seemed to contain not even an ounce of affection or friendship with her just seemed strange. Maybe I’m forgetting more than I thought from Storm Glass but this just struck me as odd. Still I really enjoyed this read and the ending really has me wondering what will happen with Opal in Spy Glass....more