I don't even need to justify myself. Ryan and Jenna are amazing characters. At first I thought I'd loathe Jenna with her "Ugly people don't have feeliI don't even need to justify myself. Ryan and Jenna are amazing characters. At first I thought I'd loathe Jenna with her "Ugly people don't have feelings" garbage, but she turned out to be an awesome, caring, kind young woman who, with Ryan's help, really grew as a person. Their romance bloomed from friendship, which is the best way. Jenna's dad, though. Oh, man. If he was my dad I'd have run away from home when I was her age! And don't get me started on Ryan's mom.
She has two sides. I loved her at first, and then...But Cole was awesome. I love how he was Ry's mom's boyfriend, but also really cared about Ry as his own son. Meh. I'm gushing. Just read it. ...more
Wow. This was so much better than Featherstone's previous book, Addicted. Honestly, my hopes weren't high as I started this one, expecting all the oldWow. This was so much better than Featherstone's previous book, Addicted. Honestly, my hopes weren't high as I started this one, expecting all the old chiches: Woman loves man but man is too stupid to realize he loves her, everyone warns woman away from man, man is not worthy of woman etc...
Were they in this book? Only a tiny bit.
This one follows Lord Wallingford and Jane Rankin, a nurse and Lady's companion.
Yes, I've read countless books where heroine nurse heals hero and they fall for each other, but this one was unique. When Matthew falls for Jane, he has this dream of what she looks/acts like, so when he finally meets her outside of the hospital, in daylight, he doesn't recognize her, and, he in fact scorns her. From that moment on, I was hooked, having not been sure what with the slow start.
Matthew and Jane were such likable, well developed, uniquely real characters, and so well suited for each other. Their love was practically flooding off the pages. Matthew does start of as the cliche rake who will eventually meet the one woman to change him, but there's something else about him that makes him unique from any other hero I've read about in a romance. His reasons for being the way he is were horribly sad, but the way they were portrayed through his actions with Jane was perfect.
There was one small twist that I guessed pretty early on, but I must say I was kind of happy with it. It's relating to Sarah, Matthew's...sister. I won't say any more on that.
The relationship between Matthew and Jane developes slowly, with neither of them trusting each other, and with both of them confused on who the other really is. In Jane's case: was Matthew Matthew, or was he Wallingford? And in Matthew's case: was Jane Jane the nurse, or Jane the lady's companion? They both took the time to truly get to know each other, to discover each other's secrets, which made them feel that much more real. I could truly fathom why they were in love. And I liked how Jane called Matthew "Matty." Adorable.
I was ecstatic that the hero did not once say, "I don't deserve you." And not once did the heroine imply such a thing. Thank you.
Complaints? Not many. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Miranda, Matthew's step mother. I would have LOVED to see Jane stomp on that horrible woman's foot at least once. And a little more on the rest of Matthew's family would have been nice, not that they were likable, but I felt like I wanted to know every little detail about Matthew because I loved him so much. He felt so real. Oh, and one more: The typical plain heroine + sexy, handsome, muscle-man hero. Can we maybe once have a hero that's, I don't know, lithe, perhaps? Why do they ALWAYS ALWAYS have to have huge muscles? I mean, really. Everyone kept calling Matthew a giant and I wanted to punch their faces in defenfing him.
As for the ending, I've read lot's of complaints that there's no HEA. Well, in my opinion, there is an HEA--just not the traditional "And they married and had three babies" kind of HEA. But I kind of liked that. It was happy without being cliche. In fact, hardly anything about this book was cliche.
Hands down the best romance I've ever read. Wondering if you should read this? Yes. You should. You won't regret it. It's pretty dark, yes, but there's light in it, too. And an added bonus: Lindsay's character was totally different in this book than in the first one, Addicted, now that he's off the opium, and MAN, he's a different person! So happy and talkative. He wouldn't shut up for half a second! It was cute.
Yes! I love this series. Though, I must admit I wish Mary Ann's POV would be cut out entirely, since I find it extremely repetitive and boring. I'd raYes! I love this series. Though, I must admit I wish Mary Ann's POV would be cut out entirely, since I find it extremely repetitive and boring. I'd rather have Victoria's POV, or even Riley's, 'cause he's a hottie.
There is still a lot going on in here, but that didn't bother me, since, well, I like to have a lot of stuff going on! It's entertaining. We've got the whole problem with the witches. We've got Mary Ann's weird issues. We've got Aden's role with the vampires along with the new demon creatures that popped out of nowhere. We've also got Aden's problems with the faeries, and even some stuff with Shannon. Then we've got the stuff with Vlad/Tucker and Aden's upcoming demise to worry about, along with the Aden/Victoria and Riley/Mary Ann relationships.
Crazy, right!? Yes, I agree.
So, I love Aden. He's just a really good, really nice person. I loved his reaction to Shannon's revelation. It made me want to give him a big hug and tell him how much I adore him! I like that the two of them are becoming friends, and hoping nothing stupid happens to mess this up. He's strong, brave, altruistic, smart, loving, loyal, everything you could want in a hero.
Mary Ann, on the other hand...not so much. She's whiny, self-centered, juvenile, short-sightened, and generally unintelligent. Despite this, I actually like her--I just don't care for her as a main character, and I really don't understand what Riley sees in her.
As for Victoria. I find her really interesting. I can really see her love for Aden, and I like that she tries to protect him, and I love that's she strong and smart and is willing to do anything to save him.
As a side note: I feel so sorry for the poor people who live with Aden at the ranch. Especially Dan, 'cause he's such a good guy, and all these supernatural creatures are always manipulating him.
Back to Aden. His new "power" is very cool. I wonder what exactly is behind it. I liked getting to see a little more of Riley's brothers, too. Hopefully we'll see more of them in the future. Speaking of Riley, lord do I feel bad for that dude. The situation with Mary Ann is impossible! I almost don't want to know what's going to happen there. It was also good to see Riley and Aden starting to become friends, 'cause originally Riley hated his guts. But, really, who can hate Aden?
One thing about this, though...I really hated the ending. Not only was it a cliffhanger, but something happened with Aden's souls that really ticked me off. I mean, my favorite part of this series is Aden's relationship with the other souls living inside of him, and now...well, you'll see. But it makes me very sad. I hope things go back to normal!...more
Where to begin? I just loved this book so much. Reading it was like drinking a white chocolate mocha, oh so delicious.
Maybe I'm really weird, but I'vWhere to begin? I just loved this book so much. Reading it was like drinking a white chocolate mocha, oh so delicious.
Maybe I'm really weird, but I've always thought prisons were kind of...cool. Not the modern day kind, but the medieval types. Strange, maybe, but I just find dungeons really interesting. ANYWAY, Incarceron is the ULTIMATE prison. It's alive, and it has a perosonality, which is just so unbelievably awesome.
I must admit, the twists were very predictable, but I didn't mind, because the plot is so rich with fun and original things, from metal forests to flying ships, living, breathing storms, and interesting characters. The POV is switched mainly between Finn and Claudia, but also jumps to the secondary characters like Jared, Keiro, and Attia. I loved getting the different perspectives, especially since each of them has a very distinct personality, some so unlikable they became likable.
I guess you could say the book is pretty dark, what with chaining people up and treating them like dogs, but this darkness is overshadowed, because Finn is not alone; he has friends. At first, he questions whether or not his two companions actually care about him at all, thinking they're using him only as a means to escape the prison etc.., but over the course of the novel, as the characters grow,he realizes that they really are his friends--they may not be perfect, but they do care about him. What I can't stand is when a character has no friends. IMO, a book is only really too dark when the main character is alone. But Finn isn't alone, and there's always the hope of escape.
Action is on almost every page, and if not action, there's serious character interaction going on. Since it's hard to get a feel for how the characters really ARE on the inside, it was always so exciting hearing their conversations with each other and seeing how they helped each other in dangerous situations, because I could never be sure what was coming next, how they would react. The characters were unpredictable, but not inconsitent; they felt extremely real, and their emotions were raw. I could relate to each of them, despite their extreme differences.
Outside of the prison, we get somewhat of a breather from the non-stop intensity with Claudia, the prison warderns daughter. She wasn't unlikable, but I can't say I really loved her, either. She was real, though, which made me actually CARE what happened to her. She had good characteristics to balance out the bad ones, though. Her protectiveness of Jared, her tutor, was honest and kind of cute. I got the feeling Jared really LOVED her..LOVED her LOVED her. I know he's older than her and all, but what really annoys me is that Fisher never actually says how old he is. He could be anywhere from 20 to 40. She should have at least narrowed it down. Also, his disease? She should have explained that more, because it seems kind of random...unless it comes up in the next book. From where I stand, though, it seems kind of pointless, since the story doesn't really need anymore sadness.
The writing was smooth and not distracting...nothing remarkable, but good.
I was dragged in from the very first sentence, because I HAD to know what would happen next. Not only in relation to the plot, but in realtion to the characters. I kept thinking...Is he really as bad as he seems? Or, Is she really as nice as she seems? It was exciting...enthralling...intense...creative...and just really cool.
Plus, Fisher doesn't sugar coat things. I've seen/read tons of characters who wake up with no memories whatsoever, and they usually act normal, just getting up and walking straight into life as if nothing is wrong. That always pissed me off. I mean...if I woke up with no memories at all?? I think I'd probably be at least a little creeped out, if not terrified. I'd be sad, at least. With Finn, finally, I get my realistic reaction. Waking up in a dark, dirty, prison cell with no memories...what do you do?? Cry yourself into a vomiting fit, yes. Get up and explore while humming a cheerful tune, no. So, thank you, Catherine Fisher, for making it realistic.
Also, if someone had their mind wiped, you'd think it would have some type of effect on their brain. With Finn, with each memory that tries to wriggle back into his mind, he suffers seizures, which ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE! OH MY GOD! Something realistic! Thank you SO MUCH.
Basically, I adore this book...I need to read it again asap.
I think this is my favorite book of all time. The characters are so real and so amazing that I almost forget they aren't real. Every sentence, every cI think this is my favorite book of all time. The characters are so real and so amazing that I almost forget they aren't real. Every sentence, every conversation, every happening...is all strategic--and fully enjoyable. I got so lost in Turner's world with all her amazing characters and perfect dialogue. It was fun to see Eugenides from the eyes of someone who didn't like or understand him at all. Seein Gen rise to King status was beautiful. Oh GOD, some of the scenes in this are just so AMAZING. There are always unexpected twists/turns in this series, and it's fun to try to guess what they are (mostly, I've failed).
I liked Costis, and thought his character showed flawless development. It was fun to see his opinions of the king clowly chage throughout the book, and the moment he finally realized he actually does care about him is fantastic. Eugenides is never what he seems--he's smarter than you and you love him for it. I could have done with a little more background information on Costis just so I could have gotten to know him better, but I still felt like I got a really good sense of his personality.
It takes a while to get some of the minor characters straight (ex. Relius vs. Telius) but once you do their differences become clear.She never makes her characters anything less than real. The Eugenides/Relius relationship made me want to jump around the room with glee...as did Eugenides/Irene. The queen also showed a bit of her softer side in this one, which I quite enjoyed...not that I didn't enjoy every word of every sentence of this book, because I did.
It's not a story of good vs. evil; it's more complicated than that, which makes it that much more intriguing. In the first book we are made to believe that Attloia is heartless, but nope, she's more than that, and we get to see that here. She developes more as a person whereas Gen develops as a king. There isn't non stop action in every scene, but I actually adore the slower scenes too. Well, I pretty much adore EVERY scene in this book, so...
Basically, the point is that you should read this book. In fact, I just started reading it again already...twice in a row! And it still hasn't lost any of its glory. LOVE LOVE LOVE = The King of Attolia....more
Not quite as good as the first one. It switches to a third person narrative, which was okay. We get to see a lot more of Attolia and Eddis. CharacterNot quite as good as the first one. It switches to a third person narrative, which was okay. We get to see a lot more of Attolia and Eddis. Character development was beautiful. These. Characters. Are. Real. They have feelings. They act like real people. After you've finished reading, you won't forget them. Plus there are a few little twisties that were fun, though not quite as shocking as in the first book....more
Oh wow. This book was so fun. There were a few quiet spots, but I enjoyed them because the characters were interesting and three-dimensional. I reallyOh wow. This book was so fun. There were a few quiet spots, but I enjoyed them because the characters were interesting and three-dimensional. I really liked Gen even though we didn't get to see inside his head much. The character development was well done, and although the plot wasn't intricate, it was still cleanly woven. It was a fast read because I was anxious to see what would happen--and even though it's short, there is still some meat to the story, and I thought about long after I finished reading--especially because of the completely unexpected twist at the end. Whoa...I didn't see that coming, which saying a lot, because usually I catch onto things so...HUGE! ...more
Who doesn't love Arty Fowl? It's a great book, hands down. I've never seen such a take on faeries before--usually faeries are primitive, so I thoughtWho doesn't love Arty Fowl? It's a great book, hands down. I've never seen such a take on faeries before--usually faeries are primitive, so I thought it pretty awesome to have the whole underground techy faeries with a police force. Plus, Artemis is an awesome character, and funny, as is Holly. I love that Holly Short! This is the kind of book you can read again and again. ...more
The book started off slow for me, and I wasn't sure I'd finish it, but once it got going, it kept on going. I liked the main charatcer, Jack, and he fThe book started off slow for me, and I wasn't sure I'd finish it, but once it got going, it kept on going. I liked the main charatcer, Jack, and he felt very real to me. Linda is amazing, one of my favorite characters. The book is well written and detailed. It's wholly unique as well, and can't be compared to anything else I've ever read. There are so many characters, and all of them have distinct personalities and development. Even the minor characters aren't one-dimensional. Some parts were predictable, but others were more like: "Wow! Really? Oh, my GOD!" I was glad that Jack didn't dump his ana-weir friend--especially since they're such good friends. Some of the scenes were so amazing, I had to hold my breath. Once everything gets going, about 1/3 through, there's non-stop action and intrigue. There's nothing not to like. I've never read such a great cast of characters before. Even the bad-guys were interesting, and had personalities; they weren't just there to be bad. Usually, I don't like getting the bad-guy's POV, but in this case, I quite enjoyed it. I liked the different POVs Chima used. They helped to connect me with all the different characters and made them more real.
At first, I was surprised that Ellen kept coming back up in the storyline, then I started getting suspicious of her...thinking maybe there was more to Ellen than met the eye :)
I was surprised when Leander Hastings turned out to be a good guy. The first time he was described as the new vice principal, I thought he was going to be evil, so when he started training Jack, I was like, "Whoa, okay. Didn't see that one coming."
DEFINITELY read this book. It's worth it. Plus, the second one's even better. ...more
Such a good book. Likable characters, as always. Lots of action, but just as much emotion and great dialogue. You can really get lost in this one. I eSuch a good book. Likable characters, as always. Lots of action, but just as much emotion and great dialogue. You can really get lost in this one. I expected it to be good, but it was even better. There's so much going on, yet it isn't confusing. It's also one of the most creative worlds Ive ever read. The world felt so real--I could really imagine myself it, plus the map on the inside cover is beautiful (as is the cover itself).
Han and Raisa are both such great characters. There isnt much development with Han, but there is some with Raisa...but I think that's mostly because this is only the first book in the series, so she's drawing it out more, which I actually think is a good thing, because it's more realistic, though the ending MADE ME SO MAD, because now I have to wait an entire YEAR to read the next one!!!
I loved the way Han and Raisa met; I was so not expecting it, but when it happened I was like: Oh my GOD!!! And their whole relationsip from then on was really interesting, and it was good to see Raisa from Han's perspective and vice versa. I love Raisa; she's so easy to relate to, depsite the fact that her life is nothing like mine, which is saying something.
Amon's character is intriguing and likable. When the guard was beating Han and then someone stepped up and said "That's enough" or something like that, I was like: OH MY GOD, IT's AMON!! And then it was. Sorry, but I loved that scene.
Then there was Micah...who is apparently evil...and at some points, I can really see this, but at others he seems more...human, which is intriguing also, because it makes his character more complex. I suspected him to be the cause of all the dead street kids, though that hasn't been confirmed yet, so I don't even know what to think, which makes me REALLY want that next book....more
**spoiler alert** Why this book didn't get 5 stars
1. My 2nd favorite character dies, and nobody even seems to care. 2. Linda and Leander have hardly an**spoiler alert** Why this book didn't get 5 stars
1. My 2nd favorite character dies, and nobody even seems to care. 2. Linda and Leander have hardly any scenes 3. The ending was rushed, like she just wanted to get it over with and didn't care about the story anymore--and there were tons of loose ends 4. We don't even find out what happens with Jack and Ellen, or get to see Linda and Leander's reactions to the war etc..(The last time we saw Ellen, she was dying and unconscious...is that any way to end a series? I think not)
Other than these things, it was great. But I'm really upset. I LOVE Jason! He shouldn't have died, and if he had to, he could have a more drawn-out death. I mean, it was like nothing. One seconds he was alive, the next he was dead. It was ridiculous.
Although the separate story about Madison Moss was kind of random and not strictly necessary, I enjoyed it. I really like Maddie and her bravery, but I would have preferred more of the other characters, like Seph, Jack, and Ellen...It was a Maddie overdose, really. It also annoyed me how she didn't tell Seph WHY she was avoiding him, though it clearly HURT him. It's not as if he would have been mad at her; it wasn't her fault that the hex magic stuck in her. In fact, Seph probably would have figured out a way to get rid of it sooner. It just seemed unnecessary, and there weren't enough Seph/Maddie scenes for my liking.
I loved getting Jason's POV, which is part of the reason I despised his death. It seemed like Chima didn't want to deal with him or have to write a scene between him and Leesha, so she just killed him. We got to know him only to have him die? Cruel, very cruel.
I would have thought that, being that this is the third and final book, there would have been more of Jack and Ellen. Also, Linda was such a strong, clever character who I loved to pieces, yet none of her initiative is shown in this book. She's off wasting time the whole book. WHY DID SHE LEAVE SEPH to be in charge of the WAR? Nick Snowbeard was clearly getting old and weak, so what gave her the idea that he would be an acceptable replacement for either Hastings or herself. Why couldn't Hastings have handled the Ghyll on his own? Or Linda have handled the Gyhll so that at least ONE of them would have been able to help and maybe JASON WOULDN'T HAVE DIED, because Chima would have decided NOT to be LAZY.
Also, the whole thing about Nick Snowbeard betraying Lady Aiden? That was just randomly sloshed in there, and didn't make much sense, to be honest. And Lady Aiden...what was she? Woman? Dragon? HOW did Nick betray her and WHY? I was confused. When Maddie gets the power from her and scares away everyone...unrealistic. I think the removal of weir-stones was a good idea, but, once again, it was too rushed. One second it was war, the next they all retreated and Maddie was running off to save her siblings. Warren Barber's demise was pathetic and, shockingly, rushed.
DON'T get me wrong. I LOVE this series, and I'm only being so hard on it for that reason. I really had high expectations for it. Some of the BEST characters I've ever read. I'm definitely going to run out and buy Chima's next trilogy, and hope that she's learned from her mistakes and will NOT bunch together a gunky ending OR KILL SOMEONE I LOVE!!
I. Love. This. Book. We get a new main character, Seph, who I fell in love with after only a few chapter--though he kept growing on me throught the boI. Love. This. Book. We get a new main character, Seph, who I fell in love with after only a few chapter--though he kept growing on me throught the book. His character development was about as colorful as a rainbow, which sounds corny, but I can't thin of a better way to describe it.
Although I quite enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, this one really took my breath away. There wasn't a single boring part in the entire book, which is saying something considering its length. Plus, I love so many of the characters: Seph, Jack, Linda, Ellen, Jason, Snowbeard, Maddie....etc..Tons of new characters were introduced in this one, which may be a bit confusing for some, though was no problem for me (I actually prefer books with a wide array of characters).
Once again, I saw every single one of the twists/revelations coming, including the one about Seph's parents, and who the Dragon is--though I still loved how they turned out. The relationships between the characters was also very convincing. We got to see a new side of Lee Hastings--and Linda Downey, who is amazing, by the way.
Anyway, this book really got me into the trilogy, so if you've read the first book and aren't sure whether or not to continue--do, it's worth it....more
With a slow start, I wasn't sure I could get through this one, but once it got going, it kept going--and improving. The characters are all likable (evWith a slow start, I wasn't sure I could get through this one, but once it got going, it kept going--and improving. The characters are all likable (even the bad guys...in an 'I hate you but you're interesting' way). I tend to like longer books, since I get more involved in the characters and their story, and this book did that for me.
I immediately felt a connection with Jack, our main character, which was motivated me to continue the book. Though it's pretty predicatable, it was an enjoyable and extremely unique and creatve story. There were a quite a few "oh, my God" moments, which was good.
The characters felt real to me. I love how Chima incorperated Will and Fitch into the story, even though they were ana-weir. Linda is amazing, and one of my favorite characters of all time. She's really impressive. I got really lost in this book, and even when I wasn't reading it, I was still thinking about it. ...more
I love all the Percy Jackson books. This was a good end to the series, though it was a bitt predictable at times. Though, all of the PJ books were a bI love all the Percy Jackson books. This was a good end to the series, though it was a bitt predictable at times. Though, all of the PJ books were a bit predictable—still very good though. ...more
Way better than I expected. I've never been into mythology or anything, though I studied it when I was in school, and I thought the book may feel moreWay better than I expected. I've never been into mythology or anything, though I studied it when I was in school, and I thought the book may feel more like a history lesson than a fun fantasy, but I was totally wrong.
One of the books strong suites is character development. I love the main character, Percy, as well as Grover and Annabeth and many others. The characters all have distinctly different personalities—though some may be slightly chiche, I still found them to be real.
Action. Action. Action. Plus some emotion. A great mix overall. ...more
I was skeptical at first because of the whole 'science experiment' thing, but I was pleasantly surpirsed. The first Maximum Ride book is very good. OnI was skeptical at first because of the whole 'science experiment' thing, but I was pleasantly surpirsed. The first Maximum Ride book is very good. One of my favorite things about this particular young adult book is that there are characters of all anges, from 6-14, and I thought it was pretty cute seeing 14-year-olds act so parental and such.
There isn't much character development, save for Max, the main character, but I still found the plot entertaining, and liked how POVs were alternated when the characters split up. ...more
Deathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great tDeathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great too. It was nice to finally get Niko's point of view, because I couldn't finally get a peek at how he sees things--especially Cal, which was very interesting. It was also completely hilarious, and I love all the sarcastic remarks. Great dialogue! The story had many levels and twists and was completely captivating the entire time. I can't wait for the next book in Rob Thurman's amazing series!...more