This book will forever be one of my top favorites. I put off reading it due to the length, but I honestly never wanted to put it down. I was intereste...moreThis book will forever be one of my top favorites. I put off reading it due to the length, but I honestly never wanted to put it down. I was interested right from the beginning and I never lost that interest. I went through so much emotional turmoil over this book that I know I will have to wait a little while to pick up the next one, which to me makes Gabaldon a wonderful writer. I have never been so nervous, my heart has never broke so completely for a character, and I have never loathed a character so much in one book. Just thinking about some of the things Jamie went through tears my heart out again. Claire and Jamie are two of my favorite characters. I will definitely read the rest of the series but I will have to space them out my heart can't take all the turmoil at once.(less)
This book was my favorite in the series thus far. Gray throws in so many surprises that I am really chomping at the bit to get the next one! The story...moreThis book was my favorite in the series thus far. Gray throws in so many surprises that I am really chomping at the bit to get the next one! The story takes off where Stargazer left us with Bianca leaving Evernight with Lucas and his Black Cross family. Their biggest fear, they think, is that Bianca will be discovered for what she truly is, a vampire, but when you get to the final few chapters you will find out that they haven't even begun to realize what could possibly go wrong. I don't want to spoil it for anybody but the twists and turns that Gray develops are very unexpected at least to me and I am amazed that she had the strength to put her characters through so much. I give her big props for pushing her writing. Is Afterlife here yet??? (less)
**spoiler alert** This is by far my favorite of the series. Each brother has his own book and you really don't get a good look at them until that book...more**spoiler alert** This is by far my favorite of the series. Each brother has his own book and you really don't get a good look at them until that book. You might get glimpses but overall the books focus on one main character except for John Matthew. He has been in almost every book and he is a central character as well. By having him in most of the books we have gotten a really good look into his character and what makes him who he is. When we first met him he was a pretrans vampire on the verge of transitioning living among humans with no idea who he really was. At the end of this book he is the true male warrior that he was destined to be. I have also liked reading about John and Xhex's relationship from the beginning. Their story starts so far back that to finally have it as the central love story is just awesome. It has been a long time coming that's for sure. There were only a couple of things that bothered me. First I thought the whole John/Darious thing would have been resolved. From what I understand Darious is reincarnated as John and even though you get some strong flashbacks nothing is really explained. I am hoping that in the future books this is explored more. Another thing was the whole ghost hunter storyline could have been cut out completely. I understand that Xhex needed closure from Muhrdur but that could have been accomplished with a more interesting story. The last thing is the whole lesser storyline, I just don't get it. I know that the Brothers fight them and blah blah, but every new forelesser that is introduced has an ulterior motive by the middle of the book and the are gone by the end so why is all of that in there? I am hoping that since Xhex got her revenge on Lash that the whole Lesser story will take a backseat and focus more on the Scribe Virgin and the vampire race as a whole. Lastly I really wanted the Blay/Quinn moment! I am very upset that they didn't get their HEA yet!! The angst between those two is getting to be too much for my heart! I am crossing my fingers that book 11 is their story. I am really looking forward to the next installment, I cannot wait to see how Manny handles Jane being a ghost! March is too far away!
"She is the first and last page of my book"-John Matthew(less)
**spoiler alert** I LOVED this book! After so many let downs with series finales, my faith has been restored! I know I sound like a fangirl, but reall...more**spoiler alert** I LOVED this book! After so many let downs with series finales, my faith has been restored! I know I sound like a fangirl, but really this was the perfect ending. There were a couple of scenes that I would have liked Collins to include instead of the fade to black, but I really can't complain. This book wraps up the series with the fallout with the Capitol after the rescue from the Hunger Games. Katniss is of course distraught and exhausted to say the least. She must chose whether to become the Mocking Jay of the revolution or turn her back and hide. THe choice is tough for her, but in the end she chooses to fight. Throughout the story Katniss struggles with her new role with the revolution and also her new role as Peeta's enemy. This new role comes after Peeta is rescued and she realizes that his memory of her has been highjacked meaning that now all he remebers is that she is an enemy and must be stopped for the capitol. Of course this destroys her and she must pick herself up again and find a way to help him see the love they used to share. Katniss is not perfect by any means and I found myself yelling at her throughout the book, but that is what I liked I could see her flaws and I accepted them. I got the ending I wanted Team Peeta! I would have liked a little more detail in the end with her trial, but again these are minor problems that I can live without. What a great way to end a wonderful series!(less)
I can't express enough how much I enjoyed this book. It was simply YA romance at its best. The story centers around Amy and Roger, two teenagers who h...moreI can't express enough how much I enjoyed this book. It was simply YA romance at its best. The story centers around Amy and Roger, two teenagers who have not seen each other since they were little, and their journey cross country. It starts out with Roger just doing Amy's mom a favor by taking her daughter to their new home in Connecticut (they lived in California) but when Amy and Roger get on the road they realize that they both need to accomplish things in their life and take a detour. There are of course emotional moments, especially for Amy as she is dealing with the death of her father and her troubled twin brother. Things are not wrapped up nicely in a bow even, Matson gives the ending a realness that you the reader could imagine happening. I would have liked to have seen the moment when Amy gets to her new home but I can understand why Matson left it the way she did. I would definitely recommend this one and now I must go plan my own cross country adventure!(less)
**spoiler alert** Okay so after not liking the previous installment I had very low expectations for this one and to my surprise it was really good. Th...more**spoiler alert** Okay so after not liking the previous installment I had very low expectations for this one and to my surprise it was really good. The story was the same of course. Sookie has a lurking enemy and she must find them before it is too late blah blah BUT this one added in some vampire politics and a whole lot of overdue explanations. One of my biggest complaints with this series is that it seems like every paranormal creature within a 20 mile radius has the hawts for Sookie. Well after reading this you finally find out that Sookie has fairy blood! This explains so much as most paranormal creatures are attracted to fairies in some way or another, vampires especially. When Sookie finds this out she takes an emotional hit. Along with this we also find out why Bill came to Bon Temps. As it turns out Bill was sent by the queen to find Sookie and seduce her so that she and her telepathy could be used at the queens later use. Very interesting stuff! I have to say though I not only enjoyed the new revelations, but the story was quite good as well. I didn't see the villain until they were revealed and it was nice to have the queen/king side stories throughout. I think they will be revisited soon and a vampire war sounds intriguing. Quinn was a nice touch as well, even though in my mind he has hair. I will definitely continue on with this series and I can't wait to find out what happens with Sookie and her fairy blood.(less)
This book surprised me in a good way. I had expected to give it 3 stars, but in the end I had to give it an extra star for the huge twist that I never...moreThis book surprised me in a good way. I had expected to give it 3 stars, but in the end I had to give it an extra star for the huge twist that I never saw coming. This book has the political view points of Unwind and the government pull of Hunger Games. During the story you find out what happens to the word when a drug company finds a way for people to stop the aging process and what has to be done in order to preserve resources. People are made to sign a declaration in which they promise to stop having kids in order to take this new longevity drug and live virtually forever. But, as you guessed some people decide that having kids is worth more and go against this order. The story goes on to tell how a Surplus (a child born after the declaration was put into effect) has to lie and what they are taught about their life. This book is sad and I felt strong emotions for Anna. No child should ever have to go through what she and several others were made to endure. If you liked Hunger Games and Unwind I would say give this one a try. It is the first in the series and it is milder compared to the two mentioned but I think it is a worthwhile read.(less)
Okay I never thought I would pick this one up let alone actually like it, but yet here I am giving this 4 stars. I have to say that Ward really hit he...moreOkay I never thought I would pick this one up let alone actually like it, but yet here I am giving this 4 stars. I have to say that Ward really hit her stride with this second installment. I found myself routing for Rhage and Mary from the very beginning and to my surprise I found myself liking this BDB world. I know I was very harsh with my review of the first one, but is seems that most of what I disliked about the start of the series has been cleared up in this one. Yes there is lots and lots of sex, but there seems to be more of a reason in this one. Both Rhage and Mary are flawed and own up to that along with their background baggage. Mary also isn't your typical beautiful MC which I found very refreshing. I am hooked now at and I will pick up the next one rather quickly as this one ends in a major cliffhanger!
Stop with all the "HUH?" stares, I liked it I really did =)(less)
The second installment of the Darkest Powers series is just as good as the first. This one centers around the group after they escape the Edison Group...moreThe second installment of the Darkest Powers series is just as good as the first. This one centers around the group after they escape the Edison Group and their quest to find Simon's Dad or at least someone who can help them. At first I found myself routing for Simon but then I got to see special moments between Chloe and Derrick. Their moments together have all the angst and tension that a good relationship needs. The only part that bugged me about this book was the constant movie scenarios. I know this is a big part of who Chloe is but I feel like she should be more focused on her tasks at hand. Other than this one minor bleep in the story I felt that Armstrong still has a great series and I can not wait for the next one.(less)
Kelley Armstrong has a hit series with this one IMO. I really like her Women of the Underworld series and this one rates right up there with it. In a...moreKelley Armstrong has a hit series with this one IMO. I really like her Women of the Underworld series and this one rates right up there with it. In a refreshing plot the main character, Chloe, has to deal with her new discovered ability to raise the dead. She is a necromancer. This is a new world to me as in most of the books I have read in the paranormal genre have been about vampires or werewolfs. Now, there is a werewolf but it is nice to have several other supernaturals with him. I highly recommend this book to lovers of paranormal and I am excited to continue on with the series.(less)
With so many books now days centered around teen angst and paranormal romance it is easy to forget that books can be quite enjoyable without these thi...moreWith so many books now days centered around teen angst and paranormal romance it is easy to forget that books can be quite enjoyable without these things. This book is one of those rare finds that have none of these popular subjects and stands out in the crowd of books. I have to thank my friend T for introducing me to these books. This one is without a doubt a fun and engaging read. I felt that all the characters were important and every event was needed. The myths that were involved were different and ones that I have never heard of before. Usually while reading a mystery type book I try to find out the big surprise, but with this one I just sat back and enjoyed the story. I will definitely pick up the next book in the series. (less)