Wow...this was just... a very different read. It was fast paced and very enthralling at parts and just wrong at others. I'm still not sure how I feelWow...this was just... a very different read. It was fast paced and very enthralling at parts and just wrong at others. I'm still not sure how I feel about this one and it's been over 7 years since I've read it. Bottom line NOT FOR KIDS!!!!!...more
The Sookie series seems a little long and drawn out to me, so I was not too terribly excited about reading this one. However, once I got going I rememThe Sookie series seems a little long and drawn out to me, so I was not too terribly excited about reading this one. However, once I got going I remembered the ease with which the books seem to fly by and started to enjoy myself. I have to say Quinn is not one of my favorite characters, though he is a nice guy. (view spoiler)[Not surprisingly I was glad when she broke up with him. I really like her and Eric and would love to see them together in later books as i have gotten hints that they are (hide spoiler)] The pacing was great in this and the family revelations that Sookie gets are both exciting and sad.
I find it interesting how the show correlates with the books as some of the things that have already happened in the show are just now happening in the books. I guess that much can be expected out of a tv show though I wish they would be more loyal to the original time line. I enjoyed this one and think that it got me out of my Sookie rut. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was not bad, but not great either. I felt like a lot of the places we visited with Sookie in this book we'd seen before many times. More pack meetings, hostile makers, crazed vamps, and disgruntled humans. This could have been better, especially with the amazing material she wrote in the previous volume. There were so many plot threads and directions she could have gone with this. I'm thinking with how this series is going plot wise, we are looking at it wrapping up pretty soon.
Whew! I am very glad to be done with the existing Sooie books as i have been intending to catch up with this series for a while now. All I can think of after reading this is that, there are so many other series I would rather b reading right now. :-( ...more
Really great. Cassandra Clare creates a very believable, almost tangiable Victorian London. The connections and parralles betweeSpectacular Steampunk!
Really great. Cassandra Clare creates a very believable, almost tangiable Victorian London. The connections and parralles between this series and TMI are apparant and help the reader to familiarize themselves with the revamped, (or is it devamped...) Shadowhunter world. Tessa is a little flat for me, but I think that is because she isn't really sure who she is yet
I loved Jem, but had a little trouble liking Will. Not because of any character develpment issues, but he is just so confusing! Really interested to see where the chracter goes.
I do have to say after reading this first book I prefer her Mortal Instruments series which I didn't expect due to my love for Steampunk. However I believe that future installments will help me love this series. We shall see......more
Not the best installment in the series, but it certainly didn't put me off of the series. Ink Exchange was definitely sexier than Wicked Lovely but thNot the best installment in the series, but it certainly didn't put me off of the series. Ink Exchange was definitely sexier than Wicked Lovely but the former's character lacked the same depth of the latter's. Seth and Aislinn were portrayed like people I would know and love, but I didn't feel the same for Leslie and her beaus even though Leslie was dealing with some really dark stuff. I will move on to the next in the series, but this one follows the old trend of the 2nd in the series is always the weakest. ...more
A decent follow up to the first, but not quite as good. Maybe it's just because one of my Goodreads buddies spoiled it completely for me so there wereA decent follow up to the first, but not quite as good. Maybe it's just because one of my Goodreads buddies spoiled it completely for me so there were no surprises. I still enjoyed it very much, but I didn't feel like it deserved a fourth star. I was still irritated throughout the entire book with Rose's attitude and childishness. I am very glad that Mead added the events she did to mature Rose, so hopefully I will be happier with the next book. ...more
Oh Eugenie how I've missed you! After some disappointment from the last installment Thorn Queen, which tended to be a bit slow and not quite as compelling as the first, Iron Crowned really delivers the magic of the first book.
Shaman to the human world and Otherworldly heir of Storm King, Eugenie Markham returns with this epic quest for the Iron Crown. In an attempt to end the war begun by Dorian's punishment of Eugenie's rapist, Eugenie and Kiyo set out on a journey to claim the crown her father failed to reach. The crown's reputation will supposedly make the rival Rowan Land bow down before her, however there is more to it than she originally thinks.
Iron Crowned is definitely worth the year long wait. Packed full of action, sex, and intense plot twists, this installment of the Dark Swan series does not disappoint. The only real complaint I have is that the love triangle is really getting to me. Eugenie really hops between Dorian and Kiyo like nobody's business! Nearing the end, I just wanted to throw in the towel on both of them, but Dorian seems to redeem himself a tad towards the end. Can't wait for the next one! This is one series I need closure on and enjoy following immensely. ...more
Bloodfever, is the continuing story of MacKayla Lane and her search for revenge against the one who murdered her beloved older sister Alina. Teamed with Jericho Barrons, Mac has become an OOP (object of power) detector with the ultimate goal of finding the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient faery Hallow that Alina requested Mac find in a frantic voicemail that would be her final message.
Most of the story takes place in Dublin, Ireland, but there is also an OOP seeking trip to Wales and a surprising siesta in the world of Faery. The very sexy Seelie prince V'lane returns for this fast paced, dark urban fantasy.
To be perfectly honest, when I began the series I was not a fan of the lead female character Mac. She was a spoiled, shallow, self-absorbed person that made me think, "Do I really want to read something where the main character is so vain?" I almost didn't finish Darkfever because I was so put off, but her character progresses throughout the first book enough to keep me interested in the second. The second book is where Mac makes some real change. I was really impressed with how she has taken her frightening situation and made the most out of it. The responsibility of handling the Spear, another Hallow, and taking over Barrons's store has really given her a chance to blossom.
I enjoyed reading this installment in the series and barely noticed flipping pages. When the end came I was so surprised I had finished it as fast as I did. I guess it just takes a great book to make you forget the time. ...more
A stunning conclusion to an overall completely enthralling series.
Mac's story is the most impressive example of character development I have come across to date.I began the series utterly disgusted with her selfish, narcissistic attitude and ended it cheering for the strong, and capable woman she had become. I will always have my issues with her, e.g. her insistence that southern woman are better than woman from any other region of the U.S., however I have accepted that, that particular quirk is just part of who she is.
I think the Fever series is the perfect example of why a series should be concise and limited to a reasonable number of volumes. There was an excellent set-up and each book had its individual tale to tell that contributed to the larger underlying plot. I like having the series wrap up nicely in one 5 book package. Some of these series that go on for ten, twenty, or even thirty plus books are wearing on me with each volume contributing little to nothing to the overall value of the series. Moning and Richelle Mead seem to understand what I need in a series, and that is a foreseeable, epic conclusion. ...more
I started reading this book because I wanted to have more information on the characters and events of the HBO series, Game of Thrones. I enjoyed the show and felt it stayed pretty true to the book all for a few inconsequential scenes. While reading the book, I got a look into what the characters were thinking and feeling when they made their big decisions and went through their coming of age trials. I really enjoyed that aspect of it.
Now, setting aside the HBO series altogether. This is the start of what I can only refer to as Epic Fantasy. I have many good memories of my childhood days of adventuring in Narnia, accompanying a hobbit to the dragon's lair, and racing across icy battlefields on polar bears with a brave young girl. All these wonderful experiences reading brought me as a child came rushing back as I read through A Game of Thrones. The characters are so real you can't help but love certain ones entirely and hate others bitterly. You can't help but hold your breath in fear at their trials and cry out in victory for their triumphs.
Each chapter is told from a different point of view, focusing on one main character or another, giving us deep insights into their inner workings. This style brings the reader so much closer to the story, connecting them to the characters and making them as real as their loved ones.
This first book can be slow at times, but I believe that is mostly due to the fact that this is the first book, and the author is trying to establish a relationship between reader and character. He is trying to pull us into this lush, wonderful world before he truly shows us the big guns.
The next installment, A Clash of Kings, promises to be insanely epic. This is one girl who has fallen for fantasy all over again. ...more
I figure I will just have to explain my feelings about this book without including anything that actually happened. I wouldn't want to spoil anything for those of you who haven't yet read A Clash of Kings. It is better just to experience it for yourselves. Actually I would even recommend not reading the descriptions of the books in this series you are not immediately about to read, otherwise you won't be able to sleep until you find out exactly what happened.
This series pulls me in deeper and deeper with ever page. The characters have become as real to me as my own friends and the need to find out what happens to each and everyone of them is overwhelmingly intense. George R.R. Martin has indeed set a new standard for epic fantasy.
When I began reading this series, it was out of an almost obsessive need to find out more about the world I was viewing in the HBO adaptation. Now, as I move on to book 3, this obsession has become a full on love affair. I hold my least favorite characters close to me in pure hatred just as much as I hold my favorite characters to me in deep adoration. Even the slowest parts of these books hold interest for me as they are an opportunity for deeper insight. Honestly I'm almost convinced George R.R. Martin fell into a portal one day that shot him out into the land of Westeros. I can't see how he would be able to come up with a world this intricate with characters as complex any other way. ...more