This manga just didn't do it for me. The artwork was nice, though I didn't care for the drawings of the extremely effeminate characters that came to tThis manga just didn't do it for me. The artwork was nice, though I didn't care for the drawings of the extremely effeminate characters that came to the Tarot Reader. The stories were very short, so not much time to build any depth, and there were no surprises in the conclusions of each story....more
This first novel by Karen Lynch took me by surprise. It is well-written, (with a few minor typo/grammar issues -- none of which really hurt the flow).This first novel by Karen Lynch took me by surprise. It is well-written, (with a few minor typo/grammar issues -- none of which really hurt the flow). The character development is complex, with a deeply, fully drawn out protagonist. Even though the main antagonist(s) are barely present in the story, we feel their presence through their manipulations that bring so much woe to the protagonist.
The pace is fast, making this very hard to put down. Only sleep over-taking me could make me stop reading.
Many paranormal/urban fantasy stories tend to rely on certain cliches. Those cliches were absent in this story. The vampires are creepy, repulsive monsters in mostly human form. There were humans that were, in some ways, more monstrous than the monsters of the story. There were many additional creatures, such as trolls, imps, half-human/half-demons, that were fun, entertaining and added another layer of interest to the story.
The author is adept at writing descriptive scenes and emotions, allowing the reader to feel the rough forest floor with bare feet and the fear and repulsion felt by the protagonist when she is caught by the vampire, Eli. I still cringe at the image of him whispering to her.
I liked the MC quite a bit. She held many secrets, some very dark. She was not your standard angsty teen, though her decision-making skills made it obvious that she really wasn't way mature beyond her years.
I am looking forward to picking up book 2 to find out what happens to her next, and how her various relationships will play out.
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one or not, as the vampire meme has been done so often, and I've read LOTS of vampire stories, novels, and mI wasn't sure if I was going to like this one or not, as the vampire meme has been done so often, and I've read LOTS of vampire stories, novels, and manga. This feels written for a much younger audience than I am a part of, but I found it quite enjoyable. There was less action than in most of the manga I've read lately, and lots more dialogue, which I found as a nice change. The heroine in this story is not so cutesy. In fact, she has a kind of wicked side, which should be interesting to see how that plays out. The vampire is not really a vampire, at this point; it is a shape-shifting cat, which the heroine befriends and protects. ...more
This was a very quick read, and I would give it 3 stars if it weren't for the not-very-stellar character building.
The premise sounded interesting. AThis was a very quick read, and I would give it 3 stars if it weren't for the not-very-stellar character building.
The premise sounded interesting. A girl, born a vampire, is going out into the world and entering high school, to learn how to fit into the human world. There's not any reason provided as to why she wasn't learning how to fit into the human world before 17 years of age. Maybe mom didn't feel the girl was able to exercise self-control until then. What started out as an interesting premise quickly turned into a tormented story of a girl torn between two guys.
The main character is rather naive, which is believable, up to a point. What isn't believable is that mom seems to have no concern about what her daughter is doing. This was a person who kept her daughter sheltered all these years and now she barely cares at all?!? Huh?!?!
The development of all the characters is rather weak and cliche. I couldn't build any empathy for Alice, the MC. Kai, the clingy, obsessive love interest, was not very likable. Max, the hunky interest, was shallow, and only slightly more likable than Kai. I think if more time had been spent on developing a few levels of complexities into these characters, the story would be much stronger and more interesting.
I've taken a few days to mull over my review for this book, pondering the different thoughts and emotions that arose while reading.
First off, this haI've taken a few days to mull over my review for this book, pondering the different thoughts and emotions that arose while reading.
First off, this has a very different 'feel' from most of the paranormal books currently popular. Most of those are written by women, with (usually human) women as the main protagonist, while this has a (human) male protagonist written from a very male perspective.
Mark, the MC, is the unwitting "victim" of a vampire seductress, who murders her way into his life and heart. His character is well-developed throughout the story, though his nearly one-dimensional view of the vampire irritated me at times. Yet, it seemed to fit the life of a man who was not the deepest of thinkers and was more interested in building his muscles, than building his mind. I'd be curious how that may change in a sequel, if there is one coming.
The pacing makes this a real page-turner. There's adventure, mystery, some laughs, and a few scenes that one might find a little squicky.
I did have an issue that arose near the beginning of the story. (view spoiler)[The narrator (MC) wished that he had drove to the gym, then several pages later, after his run-in, he is riding the buses, again. (hide spoiler)]
I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for something in the paranormal realm that's a bit different, with one caveat -- if the potential reader has ever had issues with a control freak, then it might be wise to stay away. "Consensual" seems to be nowhere in the vampire's vocabulary and might bring up some very uncomfortable feelings/memories.
All-in-all, I found this a rather enjoyable read and I am glad to have taken a chance buying this book and adding it to my permanent collection.
This was a most enjoyable series. The characters were always interesting, the story-lines were intriguing and the world-building enthralling. This lasThis was a most enjoyable series. The characters were always interesting, the story-lines were intriguing and the world-building enthralling. This last book provided a very satisfying conclusion to all the plot threads that ran through this book and the series. ...more
I'm not sure why, but I had a hard time getting into the book. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't what I was in the mood for,Maybe more like 2 1/2 stars.
I'm not sure why, but I had a hard time getting into the book. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't what I was in the mood for, even though this type of vampire book is closer to what I usually like. The vampires are vicious, conniving, and very animalistic at times. The main character is flawed and by the end of the story has grown/changed. There's lots of action and intrigue. I think if I had picked this up to read at some other time, I'd really enjoy it. ...more