This was a Goodreads, first reads book that I received recently and “Griffin Rising” is short and easy to read. I must say that I like reading about aThis was a Goodreads, first reads book that I received recently and “Griffin Rising” is short and easy to read. I must say that I like reading about angels & enjoy fantasy books in general. Howerver, as I started the book it felt a bit choppy and I didn’t have a lot of attachment until about 1/3 of the way through, then I started to really enjoy it. The journal entries were what made the choppy feelings at first, but once you get used to them they are a really nice addition. I really liked the Latin and mythology in place, but I’m also in love with mythos in general. Griffin is a really likable character and equally dislikeable, though hardly mentioned (but ever present), is Nicopolis who is just annoyingly bad, but still a ‘good guy’. Griffin is just your typical teenage boy/angel and ‘watching’ his and Kate’s interactions are cute and I love that Griffin is chivalrous and respectful. The story seems to flow better as the book went on and then it just… ended. I am hoping there is a sequel and I suspect it will be even better than this debut novel. I would consider this to be a young reader’s book; I think my son would like it, in a few years, and Griffin would be a fairly good example for him. Anyway, I enjoyed reading it and look forward to more....more
I read this book AFTER I read Ephemeral which is another series but involves the Counts, it was SO cool to actually see Skyla's and Laken's stories inI read this book AFTER I read Ephemeral which is another series but involves the Counts, it was SO cool to actually see Skyla's and Laken's stories intertwine in Toxic. Also I must say for some reason I am still team Marshall, I don't know why it just seems he is the most forthright guy in Skyla's life, is it just me? I know that this series is wrapping up with what 2 more books publishing after this one? I may be wrong but I thought I saw that Book 8 (Toxic part 2 being 7.5) would be the last. Anyway, this series is just so epic and long and sometimes, looking back, it felt like it didn't go anywhere. I love the writing style of Ms. Moore, I love the characters in this book and I'm glad that we didn't harp much on Chloe, because that just gets a bit tedious after a while. Instead we are spending the greater portion of this book mourning over Gage without hearing his side of the story, and trying to make him jealous with either Marshal or Logan, sometimes the vapid teenagerness just gets to me. I am ready to find out how this story ends, I'm ready to find out whose side everyone winds up on and who Skyla finally decides to settle with, but more on this book. If you enjoyed the previous 6 books then you'll like this one and it ends much the same as the others, with the undeniable urge to know more and a swift brick wall that you slam into because, Yeah, cliffhangers. Have no fear if cliffhangers get you down because part 2 has been released already, we're just waiting for the last one and I'm ready. ...more
So this is supposed to be a young adult paranormal romance. It is an indie book, so there are errors, not as many as A LOT of indie books but still thSo this is supposed to be a young adult paranormal romance. It is an indie book, so there are errors, not as many as A LOT of indie books but still they are there, acknowledge and then move on. This book features a prominent love triangleish thing and all the beaus in this town seem to be super attractive and 'special' . So far it seems more people have hidden talents than don't but that is being a bit dramatic. There are a few things that the teens do that make me want to just jump in the book and slap them, but they are teens, and teens do stupid things. Overall this was an enjoyable read, and it leaves you wanting to read the next in the series (Tremble). It also seems to leave more questions than it answers. Also there are a few scenes that build up some tension...I can't find the word I'm looking for but it could freak out younger readers, a little. That being said, yes I really got into this book, there were little mysteries everywhere and there are just so many questions to be answered....more
So we pick up close to where we left off, Laura has asked Logan to turn her into a Vassiz and now she's coming into her new powers. This book is aboutSo we pick up close to where we left off, Laura has asked Logan to turn her into a Vassiz and now she's coming into her new powers. This book is about a journey to find Laura's place in the world, to figuring out what's up with the elders and why do they want to kill her? I said before that the first book read kind of kiddish this book seems written by a different person, oh the writing is choppy full of errors and misplaced words, so that's the same. This one seems like the writer took an English or writing class and wants to use long, drawn out, repetitive descriptions and language that doesn't fit the characters of the first book at all. The tone is different, the feel is different but the story still has potential. This book was a little longer than the first, but if you took out all the repetitive gibber it would probably be close to the same length. My favorite part is the cover, and I have hope that maybe if the author finds someone to proofread her book and she finds a writing style somewhere in between book 1 & 2 then maybe she can pull this series out of the mind numbing pit it's starting to sink into. I think that the author does have potential, but it seems she's still learning. I will pick up the last 2 of this trilogy...because I hate to quit. ...more
This was a cute little book. I found it rather entertaining, it has funny aspects to it especially in the beginning. I found the writing very enjoyablThis was a cute little book. I found it rather entertaining, it has funny aspects to it especially in the beginning. I found the writing very enjoyable as well and the story ok. By reading the description of the book I already knew what was going to happen, it was the who that was in question and that became obvious fairly quickly, BUT there were still some surprises in the end. Megan is a somewhat typical fifteen year old, she is a cute and smart girl who would rather been on a math team than some other team that could earn her a higher social standing. She's got friends she loves and a mom that she's dysfunctionally close to, in a good way of course. Then Megan and Suze (Megan's mom) meet new guys and Megan does the typical 15 year old girl thing and ignores everyone so she can see the boy, her grades slip, things happen, so on and so forth. I think Megan acts a little older than the typical 15-year-old too, but her home life may have made her grow up a little more quickly. The book is kind of slow at first, it has it's funny moments but then it gets more 'intense' I guess as the plot moves forward. I read this book within a few hours and I think that it would be really enjoyable to teenagers and a few years younger, as I think that's the demographic. However, I think that those who typically enjoy the young adult paranormal genre will also find this a quick and entertaining read....more
I really like the cover, I actually found it quiet intriguing, which was why I picked the book up in the first place. This book had a lot of work in iI really like the cover, I actually found it quiet intriguing, which was why I picked the book up in the first place. This book had a lot of work in it, there was a ton of research done and it is quiet evident in this book. I think it may make people think, and that is always a good thing. Angels are a very popular theme in literature, there is just so much about them that can be speculated on especially fallen angels. This book takes an interesting view on the Nephelium and there were some very intense moments. I didn't want to put the book down, but there was just SO much information in this, to back up what was going on and to explain it. For the average person all that information is just going to go over there heads or their eyes will glaze over. It is all very interesting information, but it can be repetitive and just a lot to take in, the epilogue seemed to be thrown together a bit. The main character, John, is who we primarily follow, though depending on the paragraph we're in someone elses head. I honestly didn't feel much for the other characters, there was less character development for our non-primaries, so I didn't really care if they lived or died, though some deaths were still done in a shocking or horrific way (I say that in a good way). Also I would like to have seen more about Ronald, we have an idea about him, but not really. There was so much about megalithic history and the book of Enoch and other preflood history/speculation, because even historians are speculating, that character development seemed to get side tracked.
Is this a good book? Yes, it is and it's worth the time and money. Especially since the author put so much into it. Even with a few lacking characters this book is still worth the read....more
Ok, to start with I LOVE this series so far, but it actually took me a while to get back into the series when I first started reading it. Once I did gOk, to start with I LOVE this series so far, but it actually took me a while to get back into the series when I first started reading it. Once I did get back into it I couldn't but this down. I really like the world that Addison Moore has created with Skyla and crew. You get into this and you're kind of questioning everyone. Except Gage he seems to be constantly perfect, if only Skyla could see that. The writing is really awesome the characters are well done and OMG that ending, that was mean...talk about several sucker punches leading to a cliffhanger. I am glad the next book is already out because it would be torture to have to wait to read what happens next. Though I must say everything with Chloe was way obvious before we start reading her diary. Anyway great addition to the series look forward to reading more....more
Oh the never ending drama that is Paragon Island, I say the whole island and not just Skyla because it seems like there is something major going on evOh the never ending drama that is Paragon Island, I say the whole island and not just Skyla because it seems like there is something major going on everywhere. With a freshly living Chloe back to incite misery on Skyla, and the new found information, of pretty much everyone she thought she could trust, was in fact a Count. Except Gage, but now he's pretty spotty too, but he's still pretty much more awesome than everyone else. And with all the guys in Skyla's life, I find Marshall the most honest, not the best candidate for a life long happiness, but he's puts all his intentions out there, unlike EVERYONE ELSE! Anyway, Addison Moore knows how to keep her readers on the hook with all these shocking endings! Wow. I couldn't put this book down, I had to, because I needed to sleep, but I didn't want to. I don't think this series is for younger readers, because it just seems to spiral into darker and darker places (and I almost feel sorry for Tad, ALMOST). I have to pick Vex up soon, but I'm sure it'll have that shocking ending, and I'm not sure when the next book is coming out. This series is starting to become one of my favorites....more
Well, Archangel’s Kiss starts off right where Archangel’s Blood finished which was with Elena learning to become an Angel. Which is pretty much like Well, Archangel’s Kiss starts off right where Archangel’s Blood finished which was with Elena learning to become an Angel. Which is pretty much like learning to walk for the first time. She can’t fly, she’s considerably weaker than even the fledgling angels, and she has to learn a whole heck of a lot in the short amount of 2 months. Plus it doesn’t help that her muscles are underdeveloped due to the year long coma. So, this book has 3 kind of angles to it. 1) Elena learning about being an angel and dealing with her new destiny while grasping on to her old life. 2) Lijuan (as seen in the last book) has gone a bit nuts and is bringing the dead back to life and she wants to ‘toy’ with Elena, she seems to have a creepy thing for Raphael. and 3) there’s a mystery a brewing in the Refuge and it may not be safe anymore. There’s a lot going on in this book, and a lot of it happens off the page. The majority of the book focuses on our #1 topic. Of course Elena is going to have a hard time transitioning from strong competent human, to weak angel. I mean her wings have got to weigh a ton, and on her frail body, which has weakened in the coma, she has a lot of work cut out. She trains daily and is determined and man that girl has a heck of a jealous streak and some major paranoia, plus the dreams of her childhood are haunting her.
I think this is a great second book, I wish there was more action, but what action there was, was entertaining. I like Singh’s writing style, she can take a lot of cliche’s and turn them into something very entertaining and new. I haven’t looked too far into this series, but I hope there’s some more written about Illium in the future, I find the bluebell entertaining. I know that there’s a future book revolving around Dimitri, which is good, because he is a great character, and wasn’t in this book enough. Raphael and Elena work together, they’re both stubborn, but they have eyes for only one another. There seemed to be a lot of build up and foreshadowing in this book for book #3! Can’t wait to read it....more
Ok, so I am just now realizing that this book series is a spin off of the Riley Jenson Guardian series. Oh, well, I haven't read a single one of thoseOk, so I am just now realizing that this book series is a spin off of the Riley Jenson Guardian series. Oh, well, I haven't read a single one of those books, but I didn't feel lost in this world or anything, maybe there would have been a more clear definition to the world that has been created though. That being said I think this was a pretty entertaining book. I like the characters and I like this world that has so far been set up. I always find the first book in a series is a bit disappointing, mostly because you do have all this world building and character set up. I imagine the next book will be much more enjoyable. I don't think I connected with the characters like I should have though. I really didn't feel much empathy toward them as they were going through their struggles. I also find it irksome that there is SO much that happens 'off screen', oh that bad guy was taken care of? Awesome! I only had to get pummeled over here to distract the reader....? I have severe distrust in Lucian, mostly because I don't know anything about him. Maybe we find out more about him in future books, but he seems like he'd be important since he's mentioned in the product description.
I don't know it just seems like everything was thrown together, and yes it was an enjoyable mess, but a mess none the less. I really do think things will come together in book #2, I mean this author has many series that are highly praised so I assume that she will throw it all together in a world that makes sense. Maybe I should have read the Riley Jenson series first, maybe that's how this world will pull itself together. I'm not sure, but I'm willing to find out....more
Book 6...BOOK 6 of the Celestra series was released back in March and I finally got to it, with much trepidation I might add. I read on Ms. Moore's siBook 6...BOOK 6 of the Celestra series was released back in March and I finally got to it, with much trepidation I might add. I read on Ms. Moore's site that she's planning another 2 books in this series and she's about to release a new book series. Anyway I am hoping that Book 7 & 8 tie a pretty bow on things because Expel just leaves us with more questions and the ending just leaves a sour taste in your mouth. Oh, but how I love this series, even with the frustrations and longings for Skyla to just choose a damn man already, geez, get those hormones under check. Though admittedly she does control her self a bit better in this book. Also with the time that has passed in Skyla's world you'd think she'd have better judgement. Though it may have been a mere few months, with all that time traveling you'd think that she' learn and glean a little common sense. Honestly, I never would want to be living out Skyla's life. Fems freak me out, though less so than in the first few books, I am getting quite used to them. The writing is pretty good, as per usual, but the story really feels like it is just going on too long, and it's going on without really moving forward. I still enjoyed Expel (the longest book of the series so far), but I'm ready to move on to something new and great. I still will watch the TV show, if it gets picked up, but I'm honestly ready for the conclusion....more
First off I will say the Fems freak me out, this book goes a little darker and I don’t trust Chloe at all…So first I’ll start with what I don’t like:
1First off I will say the Fems freak me out, this book goes a little darker and I don’t trust Chloe at all…So first I’ll start with what I don’t like:
1) Skyla seems to be a bit childish still, I know it’s just after the first book, but still she seems to be getting worse as far as a character, it’s hard to relate sometimes. I know she’s a teenager, but man is that girl fickle. I’m in the Gage camp right now though.
Ok that was the big thing that bothered me. Now with what I liked, the rest of the story pretty much, I like Marshal he was introduced well and he’s that guy you love to hate but still kinda like. I like that we learn more about Skyla’s powers and she is starting to use them, I’m still curious about her heritage, they haven’t gone into that much since she’s “Pure Celestra” and her mom insists that she’s ‘no angel’. Maybe her mom is the girl that they mentioned in the last book? Hmm…I like that this story is kind of dark, but not too terribly. I love the writing style, the characters are getting better and I’m starting to question everyone really. This ‘epic battle’ the Celestra have against the Counts and everyone else may get interesting, especially that Logan twist....more
Oh how I wish that I would have read the Riley Jenson series, before I started reading this series, I think I would be into this world so much more ifOh how I wish that I would have read the Riley Jenson series, before I started reading this series, I think I would be into this world so much more if only I had. That being said this is book 2 and I think I liked this one a bit better than the first one. I really liked the characters in this story, they aren't black and white there are lots of grey areas to everyone. Risa is a very stubborn woman who seems to be coming into her own, even though she's quite grown up. I do get tired of the "Oh I'm half wolf so that's why I'm doing this." or "Oh my Aedh side is the reason for this", I get it I don't think most readers will be confused as to why Risa is the way she is, her background has been established, we can stop with the repetitiveness. I think Azriel is a great character, he plays well off of Risa, they both just seem so insecure around one another though. Then there's Lucien, I maintain what I said in the book 1 review, I just don't trust him. He seems like a good guy, but I just don't think he is. I do think the character development is going very well, and I think the author does a great job world building, but it just seems like we aren't going very far in the story. I know that we're merely at the beginning of the series, but I like a fast paced story. Don't get me wrong, I still really enjoyed Darkness Rising, and with book 3 (Darkness Devours) being released on July 5th and Book 4 (Darkness Hunts) slated for November 2012 I think that the story will most likely pick up the pace....more
Addison Moore has a knack with writing stories that suck you in...eventually. It actually took quite a few chapters for me to get into the world of LaAddison Moore has a knack with writing stories that suck you in...eventually. It actually took quite a few chapters for me to get into the world of Laken, there was just so much disorientation on the part of the character that the reader starts out that same way. I love that they tied in a lot of elements from the Celestra series, so it appears this is going on at the same time as all of Skyla's business is going down. The thing that got me was the formula is slightly similar. Girl falls for boy A, boy A falls for girl but is keeping secrets, girl also falls for boy B who is into girl as well, throw in a couple other boys in the mix. Voila story. It's not as sordid as Skyla's life though, at least not yet. Laken is interesting, she isn't currently spectacular with her angel powers and she doesn't know if she's crazy or being screwed with. I would hate to live in the world of Fems and Spectators (AKA Zombies) that just seems terrifying, but the characters hold their own with them. By about 30% of the way through this book, I couldn't put it down, each chapter ended in such a way that you just couldn't put the book down so you could sleep, you just had to keep on going. UG then the ending, I don't know why I'm surprised there was a cliffhanger, when is there not a cliffhanger? Loved it. On a side note, it is very strange to read a story and see your name. I have a very uncommon name, so it is rare that I read anything that features it (even in passing), so I kept getting thrown every time I saw it. I can not wait for the next book to come out, I just oh so love the characters, Ms. Moore does a great job making characters you love to hate, and ones you just swoon over, and others that you're on the fence about. Fantastic!...more
I am torn when it comes to ‘Fallen’ it came nowhere near meeting my expectations. I thought that there was so much tension built up and it just kind oI am torn when it comes to ‘Fallen’ it came nowhere near meeting my expectations. I thought that there was so much tension built up and it just kind of fizzles. The last ¼ of the book was pretty good, there was so much that could have been cut out and so much left to explain. It was more frustrating than enjoyable. The idea of the Angels, and the Romeo/Juliet style love of eternal torment, is an interesting concept, though sad when you think about it. None of the Angels were flushed out really and even Luce wasn’t really a flushed out character. The idea was good, the characters had potential, but the story just fell short. Maybe the next book will pick up the slack of this one....more