1. Maggie actually DEFENDS CLAY!!!!!!!!!!! When her friends are treating him like crap and judging him unfairly,I'm only going to make a few points.
1. Maggie actually DEFENDS CLAY!!!!!!!!!!! When her friends are treating him like crap and judging him unfairly, she actually defends him. I'm sorry, but this is the first time in my life I have ever encountered a heroine who stuck up for the guy she loved. It was because of this that I was able to truly believe her love for him, able to believe in their love for each other.
2. Clay has issues...that are not solved by love. Seriously. When he gets together with Maggie, he's not miraculously cured.
3. Their relationship works because Maggie is strong as hell and can totally handle someone as messed-up as Clay.
4. I'm so thrilled (there are no words) that a book has FINALLY addressed the fact that when a guy acts the way Clay does, it's not simply because he's an ass, but because he is sick and has a mental disorder (or in his case more than one!) People tend to brush off characters like Clay as "just a psycho." But for once, the author understands that, no, actually, there is more to it than that. I think a lot of people can learn something from this, and possibly become less ignorant about the seriousness of mental health. Contrary to what some people believe, individuals like Clay do not "decide" to be assholes. Mental illness is real. This book tells you that.
5. Clay is mature and self-aware enough to understand that he is not in a place where he can be in a relationship with someone. He knows only more destruction will come if he stays with Maggie, so makes the decision to try again to get help so that he can be in a healthy relationship with Maggie and stop hurting her.
6. Love Clay. Love Maggie. And I never love heroines. These aren't just characters. They are real people. And THIS is why I read books. I'd forgotten for a while, there. ...more
When I first read the summary of City of Bones, I wasn't overly intrigued. But after reading just one page, I learned just how wrong I was. Cassie ClaWhen I first read the summary of City of Bones, I wasn't overly intrigued. But after reading just one page, I learned just how wrong I was. Cassie Clare has created a brilliantly enthrawling and believable story, starting here, with City of Bones.
The book focuses mainly on the almost-sixteen-year-old Clary Fray, whose only friend is the lovable, loyal, and sarcastic Simon, who happens to be in love with her. Within the first few pages, she is thrust into a world she never knew existed. A world of demon slayers (aka shadowhunters), vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and faeries. A world that she may be more closely connected to than she could have ever dreamed.
When she meets the sexy, arrogant, brooding, and angel-faced Jace Wayland, everything in her life changes. After a demon attack, Clary's mother simply dissappears, leaving Clary alone with Jace, and his "adoptive" shadowhunter siblings, the mysterious and hot-tempered Alec, and the beautiful and confident Isabelle.
From supernatural parties hosted by warlocks, to vampire fights, to the revelation of the infamous villian, Valentine Morgenstern, City of Bones is extraordinarily entertaining.
Jace is easily the most intriguing character in the trilogy, and is very fully developed. All of the characters are multi-dimensional, and described in great detail throughout the novel. From Jace's "tawny eyes" and "golden hair," to Clary's freckled face, small frame, and bright red hair, to Alec's blue eyes and mop of dark scraggly hair. None of the characters are flat, by any means.
There isn't a cliche nerdy girl who gets picked on by cliche mean girls. No. Each character has originality and depth. It is also refreshing that the characters are not simply filthy rich, spoiled, or annoyingly whiny. Each character shows true emotion! The characters also stay consistent, and do not repeatedly seem to change personalities as you may see happen in many other, not as well-written, books. I have gotten so sick and tired of the stuck-up group of girls who think they're cooler than everyone else, and sadly they seem to exist in the majority of YA novels, even fantasy ones. I felt as if this story was very original in this sense. Books such as Blue Bloods, The Morganville Vampires, and House of Night all have the typical witchy girls in them. This is what makes City of Bones so unique (along with many other things, too).
Clare gives superb desciptions of everything, so that I was easily able to picture everything that was happening, and almost felt, at times, that I was there myself. There are no huge chunks of time cut out to save time. It's all real. We know whent the characters are hungry. We know when they are dirty. We know when they're sad, mad, or glad. We know when they're tired, and we know that they are just like you and I in those ways. Most of the characters are also likable one way or another, and therefore are even more easy to connect with.
Clare does not give too much description (but just the right amount), and I am, in turn, not forced to skip through boring parts...There simply are NO boring parts to skip through.
This book will keep you interested all the way through with its not stop action, funny yet realistic dialogue and plot twists. Anyone who likes urban fantasy should give this book a try.
I wasn't bored for even one second, and had real trouble putting this book down. In fact, I got so caught up in this book, that I even had dreams about it...which was a first for me. Even after finishing the book, I feel as if the world Clare created still exists, as do the characters. Writing like this can not be replaced, and should not be ignored. Do yourself a favor, and pick this book up. Read the first page. Then you'll be completely and helplessly hooked! ...more
I loved this book, despite its perfectly corny ending. (I kind of like corny endings, though, so I was pleased).
First of all, the beginning was greatI loved this book, despite its perfectly corny ending. (I kind of like corny endings, though, so I was pleased).
First of all, the beginning was great. It really hooked me in and made me want to keep reading, plus it was laced with my kind of humor. We really dive straight into the story without getting huge info-drops or long-winded background stories.
I ADORE Rachel. She is one of my favorite heroines. The way she stood up for Johnny made me want to give her a hug. She was strong, but also kind and loving and affectionate. And don't get me started on Johnny. Could he be any sexier? And on top of that, he's a really great guy who truly loves Rachel with all his heart. He's also really good with kids, which is something I always like in a guy. Plus, while he was all macho and everything, he was still vulnerable and actually showed his emotions, which is something I don't see much in romance novels.
I remember one scene where Rachel said Johnny wouldn't like her anymore if she were fat, and he said he still would and that, in fact, she'd be cute fat, like a little "dumpling," I think he said. I don't know about everyone else, but I thought that was soo sweet!
As for the murderer...I figured out who it was pretty early on, but I was never CERTAIN who it was, so it wasn't too disheartening.
The only other character I really liked was Glenda, one of Johnny's old friends. She was really kind and caring and a great mother. Rachel's mother and sister weren't exactly well developed, but they were still interesting all the same.
I also really liked how Rachel defended herself against the killer, managing to escape on her own (she's no damsel in distress, thank God, I'm getting tired of that theme)....more
Rosalind and Stephen worked well together. They were nicely developed and likable. It was very refreshing how the two actually LIKED each other througRosalind and Stephen worked well together. They were nicely developed and likable. It was very refreshing how the two actually LIKED each other through out the whole book, and never got mad at each other. Yay!
I loved Stephen! He was such a different romantic hero. He was kind and nice and not overbearing or bossy. He was genuinely a really good person. I felt SO protective of him. And I loved his brother, Michael. Their relationship was sweet.
Rosalind's sob story was a little silly and pointless and overdone. It was a bit too much for my tastes, but...wasn't bad enough to knock off a star. The whole thing just felt too overdramatic. ...more
Definitely the best book in the series. The characters are great, well developed, and all have their own unique personalities. When reading this, I waDefinitely the best book in the series. The characters are great, well developed, and all have their own unique personalities. When reading this, I was really drawn into the story with Rose, and totally felt her pain. There are definitely some shocking moments in this one, and it'll keep you guessing up until the end. It's got tons of action, but not so much that you lose out on the emotions of the characters.
I thought it was great how Rose got partnered with Christian instead of Lissa (I love Christian). It really made for some funny moments. Plus, it got me away from Lissa, whom (sorry, but it's true) I hate. She is such a selfish, sel-centered character...yuck. And we also get more of Adrian, who intrigues me, because I don't know what to think of him yet, despite how genuine he seems in this book.
Richelle Mead doesn't stray away from grit or, to be blunt, heartbreak. There aren't always happy endings or middles with her.
There were quite a few different plot lines going on, far different from the first two, but it wasn't confusing or messy in any way. You really can't go wrong with this series, and this one just sets the bar even higher. ...more
I seriously loved everything about this book. First of all, it was mostly about Nate, which was AWESOME! NR NEVER writes books about the hero! And itI seriously loved everything about this book. First of all, it was mostly about Nate, which was AWESOME! NR NEVER writes books about the hero! And it was soooo refreshing. On top of that, I ADORED Nate. He is seriously everything I want my future husband to be. How Nate sat with the little boy for breakfast every day was sooo cute. It made me want to kiss him. I loved spending time with him as he adapted to life in Lunacy.
Okay. I loved the setting of Alaska, because I pretty much knew nothing about it beforehand, and found it very interesting. Plus, who doesn't love a town called "Lunacy" whose residents are called "Lunatics?" Really. All of the characters were fully developed, including the secondary ones, which I liked, because it didn't take away from the development of Nate and Meg and their relationship.
Another thing I loved was that it was the heroine who had a nick name for the hero. That never happens. Every time she called him "cutie," a smile would spread over my face. It was new and awesome to have people warning the hero that the heroine might break his heart. Loved that.
I even liked the characters that I didn't like, including Charlene. I really ended up feeling for her and her struggle with getting old and her love for the husband that left her. I didn't like Jacob either, but found him intriguing. The mayor was cool, too. Annoying, but likable. I also liked all of Nate's police team. They worked well together. It was so cute that Nate refused to shoot the moose. Could he be any more perfect? About Meg. I didn't LOVE her, but I have to say I liked her because she was so unique. She was a little cold and selfish, but she got over it in the end, so it was all right. I actually thought she and Nate worked well together. She really brought out the fire in him. :)
I thought the emotions of the characters were so true and real, like when one of the characters died. Very realistic reactions.
Following Nate as he adapted to life in Lunacy and dealt with the residents was soo fun. I wasn't bored for one second. Seeing him trying to work through the major blizzard was great, too.
As for the killer, I had no idea who it was. I never suspected this person. It was good, because there were so many characters and so many people it COULD have been.
Basically, I REALLY hope NR writes another book w/ the hero as the main character.
And Nate, will you marry me, please? Thank you....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.
First of all, great characters. Loved both Clare and Nicholas. I loved that Clare didn't look down on Nicholas likeStarted off slow, but grew on me.
First of all, great characters. Loved both Clare and Nicholas. I loved that Clare didn't look down on Nicholas like the rest of the town did, and loved that Clare put Nicholas and her love for him first, even if she didn't really realize it at the time.
The plot itself...not crazy-exciting, but entertaining with all the Fallen Angel side characters, like Michael, who (though I love him) I wanted to knock over the head with a vase. The dialogue was appealing and funny at times, and somehow Putney managed to portray the severity of the harsh lives of mine-workers without making the whole thing depressing.
So, a great romance with great chemistry. I wish I could have delved a little deeper into Nicholas, and Clare too, but...still very good....more
Roden: *smashes Jaron's leg to bits with big club* Jaron: OWWWW!!! You're supposed to be my bff!!! How could you?!? Roden: I WILL KILL YOU! Jaron: Ohh, nRoden: *smashes Jaron's leg to bits with big club* Jaron: OWWWW!!! You're supposed to be my bff!!! How could you?!? Roden: I WILL KILL YOU! Jaron: Ohh, no, won't you please be my bestie and the captain of my guard instead? Roden: YESYESYES! A thousand times yes, MY LORD! *falls down on knees* I never really could have killed you!!!
Okay, I am so confused. I mean, did I miss something here? Don't get me wrong, I loved the book. Jaron/Sage is my man, and I adore him like no other. The new characters, especially Fink and Harlow, were awesome. Seriously, the characters in this book are a vast improvement from the last one, in which it was basically Sage vs. The World.
The one thing I don't really love is Imogen. She's all right, but to be honest she comes off as a bit bland and uninteresting compared to Jaron. I feel like someone else would suit him better. I don't think she can match up to him. Sure, she can get angry and "have words" with him, but it never really feels to me like they are on the same level, and NOT because she is a servant. I like the servant/king forbidden love stuff, but Imogen's personality is just too run-of-the-mill, so she really fades into the background.
I feel as if Jaron could really banter away with the right girl. Of course, this will not happen, but since I'm not in this for the romance I don't mind.
One of my favorite aspects of the novel was the glimpses we got of Jaron's softer side, of his inner child, the child wanting to be loved unconditionally, wanting his parents to be warmer to him. I think that really made me sympathize with him on a very deep level. His decisions come across as totally rash, uncalculated, and based more on emotion than logic (although he claims otherwise). I mean, do you really want the guy who just broke your leg and almost caused your demise to be in charge of your guard? Just because at one point in time you didn't hate each other?
My memory may be failing me, but I never felt as if Jaron and Roden were friends in the first book. I thought Roden grew to tolerate him at best, but Jaron seems to think they had a nice bromance going on. Is it just me? Maybe I need to do a re-read?...more
Okay, so Wren! He was so much sexier than I thought he was going to be!
Characters: Maggie: I really like her as a heroine. She is a nice person, not fuOkay, so Wren! He was so much sexier than I thought he was going to be!
Characters: Maggie: I really like her as a heroine. She is a nice person, not full of herself or anything, being a senator's daughter, but she is a little self-pitying and she is weak when it came to her father. But I enjoyed reading about her and actually cared for her. She works really with Wren, and the two of them balance each other out nicely. They have real spark from the very first moment they meet.
Wren is awesome. He really acts like how I would expect a tiger in human form to act, and yet he is also a good "person." I think Maggie even makes him a better person, brings out the best in him, which is awesome.
The plot...what is the plot? Baddies plotting to have Wren killed for some green? Yeah. Nothing much special about it, to be honest, yet it was entertaining and tasted like chocolate (hehe). I liked the scenes that took place in the past, and getting to see Wren when he was little, and I wish I could have seen more of them. I liked what happened with Wren's dad, but, honestly, I can't forgive him. I'm glad he and Wren got a chance to work things out, though.
Maggie's relationship with her father is very thin. Her father seemed a little fake, but I didn't mind, since he isn't exactly a big part of the story. Kenyon really focuses on the fantasy aspects, which I like.
The ending has a nice twist. It is wrapped up rather abruptly, but I didn't much mind that, either because the characters had already been through enough.
Really, the best part of this story is the relationship between Maggie and Wren. They spend a lot of time together, and they are well matched. Plus, some of the things they said to each other were adorable. I especially loved the scene where they went to McDonalds and Wren ordered something like ten Big Macs, five Filet's-o-Fish and a bunch of other things. So funny. He had no idea there was anything weird about eating that much food.