'And now at last I am free, and I can finally tell you, without fear of danger to you, all that I feel in my heart."
Why is it that when there are decl...more'And now at last I am free, and I can finally tell you, without fear of danger to you, all that I feel in my heart."
Why is it that when there are declarations of love such as these do they always come a bit too late? Even if will is free from all his life's burden that has been weighing on him since Ella died, it seems that he cannot hope for happiness. Not if it meant dashing to pieces the heart of Jem. Oh, why can't the situation be like that of Jace's with Clary?
Title: Clockwork Prince: Deleted Scene (The Infernal Devices Shorts, #2.1) Author: Cassandra Clare Reviewed By: Purplycookie
Are readers to lose a lot of respect for the brotherhood which exists between Jem and Will had we known truly what Jem feels? I think not. I suppose that oftentimes I yearn for Jem to be more selfish instead of being selfless all the time whenever it is Will who is involved.
In the matter concerning Tessa; we shall see. Even if I'm madly voting for Will. I guess I can never squelch my bias for the bad boys.
Lia and Alice buried their father on a rainy day in the fall of 1890. His death was sudden, and strange happenings are keeping the twins from resuming...moreLia and Alice buried their father on a rainy day in the fall of 1890. His death was sudden, and strange happenings are keeping the twins from resuming their wealthy, well-educated lives. Lia begins to dream of flying and Alice, while reserved, does not appear to mourn her father. Lia's boyfriend, James, uncovers an ancient tome that cryptically tells of two sisters, one the Gate and one the Guardian. One has the power to return Samael/Satan to Earth, the other the responsibility to keep her sister in check. As Lia investigates the prophecy, a fortuitous trip to a fortune-teller, Sonia, unlocks new doors. With school friend Luisa joining in the adventure, the cast of characters is complete. Lia, Sonia, and Luisa band together to solve the riddle while preventing the increasingly malevolent Alice from discovering their findings. It was easy to follow what was going on, even if it was too effortless to figure out what was going on in parts that were supposed to be mysterious.
I was really excited for this book when I bought it. It had a strong beginning that had me wanting more but the middle part was just not that good. I felt that the plot of “the prophecy” was weak. Things were there 'just because'. No further explanation and nothing wanting me to be more interested in the prophecy or Lia's friends.
Zink's choice of first-person present sadly emphasizes her lack of character development. None of the perils the heroines face invoke fear or sympathy, as they are all half-explained and resolved too quickly for real concern to set in. The supposed evil sister was hardly in the book. I was expecting more sinister behavior, more backstabbing more...something. The other characters interested me more than the very proper, always righteous Lia. I would have loved to have a first person account from Alice and possibly a little from Henry. Those were the characters I found most interesting.
The historical detail in this book is sadly nonexistent unless you count the mention of servants and carriages as historical detail. There is no description of dresses, traditions, manners, mourning customs etc. If this is a historical fantasy book then there better be some sense of the time period the characters are living in.
Sometimes a slow build-up creates anticipation and excitement, but I was just confused as to where the author wants to bring this story to. I kept waiting for the book to become a page-turner, but it always kept me just interested enough to keep going...nothing more.
I want to start this off by agreeing with de la Cruz's introduction, that one of the best things about being in love with a series is standing by it a...moreI want to start this off by agreeing with de la Cruz's introduction, that one of the best things about being in love with a series is standing by it and wanting to know everything about it. When I become so immersed in character and novels i want to devour all I can about those books, I want to know everything I can about well, everything. And that's why I found that I liked "Blue Bloods: Keys to the Repository". It isn't a sequel in the series, its considered a companion. It's sort of like extras on a DVD, there's deleted scenes and sneak peaks, and how its made (where she got the main idea and certain little ones).
This book is an conglomeration of a variety of things. There are some great short stories that fill in missing pieces. We get a story about Schuyler and Jack's first rendezvous at the house where they meet secretly. Another story about Schuyler and Jack's last meeting from Jack's point of view. A short story featuring Bliss that introduces De La Cruz's new "Wolf Pact" series (but since I'm not a fan of werewolves or anything resembling it, I very much doubt I'll pick it up). And another story that tells up what happened to Dylan Ward for the time he was missing earlier in the series. This last short story is very familiar to me, I must've read it as part of a horror or vampire-themed anthology from long ago.
In addition to these stories there are short profiles on all of the different members of the families. Appendices discussing all of the side characters and all of the canine familiars. As well as an appendix going through terminology.
Overall the stories were good, the extra information was interesting. It made me realize how complicated this series has gotten since I picked up the first book in the series and thought that "Blue Bloods" was a pretty simple story. I would say this is a must read for fans of the series.
The plot revolves around lovers who find one another, only to lose one another over and over again in a story that spans centuries.
Perhaps the sequel...moreThe plot revolves around lovers who find one another, only to lose one another over and over again in a story that spans centuries.
Perhaps the sequel will contain an explanation of what these immortal types are doing at a reform school in the first place.
The book is long and at times seemed a little tedious; there is no real ending here, no payoff that makes you sit back, sigh and say, "that was great." "Fallen" should have been a dark, on-the-edge-of-your-seat gothic type mystery romance. Instead, "Fallen" is a limp, insipid telling that lacked enthusiasm and spirit in every single passage.
Title Fallen (Fallen, #1) Author Lauren Kate Reviewed By Purplycookie(less)
”Bloody Valentine” is a novella in the Blue Bloods series. It consists of three beautifully written short stories each with a focus on matters of the...more”Bloody Valentine” is a novella in the Blue Bloods series. It consists of three beautifully written short stories each with a focus on matters of the heart--hence the title. While it is not necessary to have read all the books in this series before reading this novella, it is recommended, as two of the three stories relate to events that take place in the previous two books.
The first story is about Schuyler Van Alen's friend and familiar Oliver Hazard-Perry and Freya, a character who will be the focus of a new series by the author entitled ”Witches of East End” (which I’ll probably check out to see it it’s worth reading). It is a wonderful story that fills in some of the missing pieces on what's going on with Oliver at the same time as other things are occurring in ”Misguided Angel”.
The second story brings us back to 1985 where we get to meet a young Allegra Van Alen and the human familiar she falls in love with, Bendix Chase. This is a great addition as it gives further insight into Schuyler's parents and just how she came to be. I really enjoyed this story since thus far in the series we haven’t been given much info about Allegra’s life before being in the hospital.
The final story, and the longest, is about Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force and their bonding ceremony which occurs after the events in ”Misguided Angel”. This is a great way to close this book as it gives readers another opportunity to see Jack and Schuyler and witness their love for one another. It bridges the long gap between the previous book and the next book in the series, ”Lost in Time”, which won't be out until October.
Don't get me wrong the content was as great as always, but the style of the books has changed a lot and they seem to be getting shorter and shorter.
At the beginning of "The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, Book 4)" Schuyler and Oliver have been on the run for over a year, Mimi has joined the hunt for...moreAt the beginning of "The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, Book 4)" Schuyler and Oliver have been on the run for over a year, Mimi has joined the hunt for Jordan, and Bliss has been taken over by the Visitor and left to hide in a dark corner of her own body. Schuyler risks everything trying to contact the European Blue Bloods for support; her and Oliver can't stay on the run forever. Mimi concludes her hunt for Jordan and is struggling with whether or not she should bond with Jack. Bliss is trying to fight for the right to possess her own body as the Visitor (Morningstar) pushes her out.
A number of the Blue Bloods assume their eternal angels persona's as the battle for Blue Blood survival escalates. Jack and Mimi's bonding is back on, but Mimi is finding herself curiously drawn to a traitor Silver Blood. Will they go through with the bonding? Are Schuyler and Jack really through; or will Jack change millennia of past by not bonding with Mimi? What about Oliver, is he destined to be a third wheel? The fight for survival is taken to yet a higher level as the Blue Bloods try to destroy all the Silver Bloods in their midst.
This was a great book. Action packed and fast-paced; the plot moved at a nice clip with some great twists thrown into the plot. You really love and empathize with all of the characters. I love that the plot is getting so much broader and that the whole of human civilization now rests on the Blue Bloods ability to fight both Morningstar and the Silver Bloods.
This is kind of surprising to me since I thought the first book in this series was just barely okay; the first book was all about fashion and high-living in Manhattan. Somehow though De La Cruz has taken this series to the point of actually being an epic story that matters; it is surprising to me and very satisfying.
I like the Blue Bloods series. The author has created a great group of characters and has invented a totally original and entertaining vampire mytholo...moreI like the Blue Bloods series. The author has created a great group of characters and has invented a totally original and entertaining vampire mythology--not an easy thing to do these days. She writes great action scenes and always manages to infuse just the right amount of romance into her stories--romance that is not overwrought or manufactured.
All of these things still apply to this installment. The author's characters and writing are as masterful as always, but I found myself rather disappointed in the plot and it's structure. At only 265 pages it often has a "bare bones" type feeling that was not present in the earlier books. Blyss is left out of the story completely, leaving me puzzled as to what has happened to her. Schuyler and Jack are in the story for the first 80 pages, then everything flips to Mimi back in New York. We only get back to Schuyler and Jack for a very short time at the end. This gave the story a very unbalanced feel and left me looking for the rest of it. I know the whole point of a series is that you have to wait for the next book, but the author seems to have cheated a bit here and given us just half of a story.
But then it does look like Cruz is trying to expand the storyline by telling more of it from Mimi's perspective and by adding in the new character of Deming. Mimi is quickly becoming a favorite character of mine; as a reader you begin to sympathize with her in this book and learn more about why she is who she it. Deming looks to be a promising character and brings some interesting background to this story.
"Misguided Angel" is consistent with other volumes in that it is outrageous and unpredictable, and demonstrates a high level of drama throughout. Fans will be elated to see their wishes fulfilled in the central love story, yet without spelling out the future too clearly or ruling out possible outcomes.
There are also hints about the different ways in which the larger heaven-and-earth drama might play out, and it's always appealing to read about the blessed angels who are also damned (by heroic choice). One of the best things about these books is that all the characters are unpredictable, and you might find yourself surprised about who you consider to be your favorite characters in the end.