I enjoyed Wicked Lovely, but was hesitant about begining another incompleted series. Regardless, I gave Ink Exchange a try and I am so glad that I didI enjoyed Wicked Lovely, but was hesitant about begining another incompleted series. Regardless, I gave Ink Exchange a try and I am so glad that I did. I loved this story. My heart broke for all of the characters, especially Irial. He was so well written, that you find yourself falling in love with him despite the fact that his actions are at times, truly evil. I was touched by his humanity so to speak, as well as his selflessness towards Niall and Leslie. Leslie is an especially heartbreaking character. And yet, though she is flawed, I felt that she demonstrated true strength in conquering her addiction of Irial and overcoming her tragic past. Lastly there is Niall, poor noble Niall. His torment seems never ending. He not only suffers from a haunting past but a grim future to boot. If only he could have his heart's desire. While many may shy away from dark and dreary plot lines, I found the read rather beautiful in its rawness. And while the ending was far from a happy ending, I felt content with its conclusion. So, if you enjoyed Wicked Lovely, you should definitely read Ink Exchange and even if you didn't, give it a try. It's delicious. ...more
Secret Vampire was the first book I had read by LJ Smith and with it, began the start of my love affair with her writing. Her characters are so encha Secret Vampire was the first book I had read by LJ Smith and with it, began the start of my love affair with her writing. Her characters are so enchanting and her stories are vibrant and addicting. The NightWorld series was unlike anything I had ever read and continues to be one of my all time favorite books and series. ...more
I have been a devoted fan of L.J. Smith's for over a decade and I was so thrilled when I realized that she would be continuing the Vampire Diaries serI have been a devoted fan of L.J. Smith's for over a decade and I was so thrilled when I realized that she would be continuing the Vampire Diaries series in a new trilogy focusing primarily on Damon, my favorite character of the series. However, as much as I want to love this book, I just can't do it. On the one hand, I'm so glad that I got to see more of Damon, Elena is finally realizing her attraction to him, and that Damon was becoming more developed as a character. But then there is the other hand, where L.J. erased every gain Damon made with a rather unexplained and rather ridiculous twist. I also felt that she kind of slaughtered her characters in order to add length to her story and overall, her series. Many of the circumstances were confusing and just flat out nonsensical. The story was certainly ambitious, has loads of potential, I did enjoy it, but overall it just did not work. I'm still holding out hope for the next one. L.J. can certainly turn it all around. ...more
I don't think I have ever read a book that had me rooting for every character, especially when said characters have conflicting desires. Marr has crafI don't think I have ever read a book that had me rooting for every character, especially when said characters have conflicting desires. Marr has crafted a wonderful tale filled with passion, deceit, love, and destiny. It’s rare to find such a gem. Her character development is beyond belief and the plot is utterly unique. I wish I could find the words to adequately describe the tone and feel, but none spring to mind. I suppose you will just have to read for yourself....more
Fragile Eternity is the best installment of Marr's chronicles of faerie to date as Marr ups the ante in this beautiful tale of love and choice. Marr iFragile Eternity is the best installment of Marr's chronicles of faerie to date as Marr ups the ante in this beautiful tale of love and choice. Marr is a brilliant writer and has the marvelous ability to wind delicious threads of tension and inevitability into her novels despite all of the choices available. That's the thing that I love most about her books so far. The choices you want to make are never the choices available. More importantly, every character remains a delicious shade of gray. Each is endearing and beautifully flawed, I love them all. I'm so excited to see how it all unfolds. Excellent book!...more
I read this book months ago, but never reviewed it, which is shocking as A Certain Slant of Light has certainly earned its place as one of my favoriteI read this book months ago, but never reviewed it, which is shocking as A Certain Slant of Light has certainly earned its place as one of my favorites. Whitcomb has woven an absolutely beautiful story. The prose was fantastic and the characters were a heart breaking delight to read. There were touching moments throughout and I doubt any of the events could have ended more perfectly. Great book!...more
I really enjoyed the first half of Evernight. I sympathized with Bianca and had a bit of a crush on Lucas. I thought Vic was absolutely hilarious andI really enjoyed the first half of Evernight. I sympathized with Bianca and had a bit of a crush on Lucas. I thought Vic was absolutely hilarious and Balthazar was simply dreamy. But then I discovered that insane plot twist. It was just nonsensical. Why in the world would Bianca not think she was going to be a vampire when she drank blood for crying out loud? The twist would have been fantastic if her parents hadn't told her that it would happen and it was just as much of surprise to her as it was to the readers. So I went for sympathizing with the heroine to thinking she was dumber than a box of rocks that deserved her fate and isolation. Ignorance will destroy the world, lock her up! With that said, I was in too deep by the time the twist presented itself, and I had to know what happened to the rest of the gang. I still enjoyed the story as long as I didn't look too hard at the flaws in it. Great guilty pleasure read....more
Stargazer was a major improvement to Evernight, in fact, I almost forgot about the stupid plot twist in Evernight, no easy feat, because it was a bigStargazer was a major improvement to Evernight, in fact, I almost forgot about the stupid plot twist in Evernight, no easy feat, because it was a big one. I wish there had been more of Lucas, but was glad to read about Balthazar. Bianca grew up a bit in this book; therefore, she redeemed some of her previous ignorance. The author also explored Raquel and Bianca's relationship a bit more for which I was grateful. I was also happy to see that Vic was no longer perceived as unintelligent and was in fact rather philosophical. I’m disappointed that the author didn’t sum everything up with this installment. I rather wish she had and felt as though she could have. But I’m looking forward to seeing how Lucas, Bianca and the rest of the gang fare in the future....more
Another win for LJ Smith! I'm delighted that this series is being re-printed after all this time. It's a testament to the superb writing and affectingAnother win for LJ Smith! I'm delighted that this series is being re-printed after all this time. It's a testament to the superb writing and affecting characters. I hope with all my might that L.J. Smith completes writing Strange Fate, the end of the series and releases it soon. I can't wait to see how everything ends!...more
Mead has blown my mind. I'm riddled with angst and a bit pissed off actually. Blood Promise is nothing like the previous VA books and she has murderedMead has blown my mind. I'm riddled with angst and a bit pissed off actually. Blood Promise is nothing like the previous VA books and she has murdered her characters, with the exception of Adrian, which is the only reason I gave this book 2 stars instead of one.
First of all, the first few chapters are filled with inconsistencies, not to mention new characters and societies that serve no other purpose than to aid Rose on her quest and to allow Mead to include secondary characters such as Lissa and Christian. I suppose that's what happens when you write yourself into a corner, huh Mead?
Second, there are way too many flashbacks between Dimitri and Rose. If you can't fill your book with current plot points, don't write it.
Third, No Christian. He had maybe four lines and he is one of the best characters of the series. Boo.
Forth, I can't believe how she destroyed Dimitri. It's cruel really, and I wasn't even his biggest fan. Team Adrian all the way, but what happened to Dimitri, and what has been done to his character is truly tragic.
Fifth, If Victor knows the secret location of an ultimate spirit user, why oh why would he have even thought about kidnapping Lissa in book 1? Did you forget about that Mead or just think your readers would be too stupid to notice?
I've written off authors for making fewer mistakes than the ones Mead has made in this book. I highly doubt I will continue this series as I feel that Mead was grasping at straws in order to keep pumping her YA cash cow. ...more
The angst this book has caused me is so severe I feel I may have lost my will to read. Seth is dead to me. I don't know what Mead is trying to accomplThe angst this book has caused me is so severe I feel I may have lost my will to read. Seth is dead to me. I don't know what Mead is trying to accomplish by dragging him through the mud, but my opinion of him is so tarnished, that I doubt the best of storylines will redeem him. Overall this book was fantastic; it takes a great book to make me despair at this magnitude....more
Hmmm. I'm not entirely sure how to go about reviewing this latest installment to the Wicked Lovely series. I suppose I'll begin by saying that Marr haHmmm. I'm not entirely sure how to go about reviewing this latest installment to the Wicked Lovely series. I suppose I'll begin by saying that Marr has done a fantastic job setting up the final installment to the series. Anything could happen and there is certainly going to be a lot of action and declarations of love to be had. With that said, I didn't enjoy Radiant Shadows as much as the others in the series, much to my dismay.
The premise was spot on. Ani, a halfling, has tendencies of both Hound and Dark Court fey, making her more unique than most know or could guess. However, there are a few who can "see" that Ani's uniqueness could change the shape of faerie forever, and as a result want Ani dead.
Devlin, is the son/brother of twins Sorcha and Bannache, possessing both light and dark qualities, and has sworn fealty to the High Queen since the time of his making. As such, his purpose is to act as the bloody hands of the High Court. Devlin has never violated an order, save for one and the repercussions surpass anything that Devlin could have foreseen.
Devlin is captivated by Ani, whom he allowed to live, despite his sister Sorcha's order. She has remained hidden for fourteen years, but has now caught the attention of his other sister, Bannache. Bannache is intent on using Ani as a weapon in her war. If such a thing were to come to pass, Ani would be discovered and killed by Sorcha. If Ani disregards the order, Bannache will have her head. The logical answer would be to flee, but is there another path?
While the plot of the story was intricate and intriguing, I couldn't muster up any love or like for either Ani or Devlin. The best thing about Ani was her haircut (It is so refreshing to find a heroine who has short hair, not because she had to shave her head to look like a man, but because she likes short hair. Such a thing is very hard to find in literature.) as she often came across as a randy, petulant child. Devlin, on the other hand, was so controlled and borderline anal, that he fell flat, and just when I was beginning to muster up some like for him, I got hit with a ménage a trois. Now, I would like to note that I could care less about a person’s sexual orientation and I thought it was a fantastic addition to have a love triangle between Irial, Niall, and Leslie in Ink Exchange, made even more interesting by the fact that they are all in love with each other. Oh the drama! However, seeing Devlin have his cake and eat it too by keeping both Rae (who you will meet in this installment) and Ani made me cringe. I lost all respect for Ani, and just wanted to slap Devlin. Not cool. I realize that there are all sorts of relationships in this world, but not all of them belong in YA, erotica yes, YA, no.
The saving grace of this story was two fold, well, three. I love Melissa Marr. I may not agree with what she wrote in this book relationship wise, but I have to give her kudos for writing it. There are all sorts of relationships in this world, and I give her props for including them in her series. Second, the plot was great, even though I didn’t care for the two main characters. Lastly, Irial. He and Keenan are my favorite characters, perhaps because they are the most multifaceted, and thankfully, he has returned in Radiant Shadows. Oh how I love him and wish for his happiness. All I’m going to say is that he better be in the last one! ...more