I have been a longtime fan of Ms.Frost and I have always loved Vlad, but this installment left me wondering if I have outgrown this series.
I have been a longtime fan of Ms.Frost and I have always loved Vlad, but this installment left me wondering if I have outgrown this series.
It's been awhile since I read the previous book, Twice Tempted, but I am pretty sure this one takes off where that one ended. Leila is now a vampire and is married to Vlad. They are looking for Vlad's worst enemy and as you can guess things go terribly wrong just when you think they have the upper hand. Leila is captured and this is where my interest started waving.
The whole capture scene was icky. I have a lot of things and I am not icked out normally, but there is a scene with duck tape and well I just went ICK! Add that to regurgitated blood and I'm out folks. It was all just a little too much for me. Thankfully this whole mess didn't last that long, but honestly the story kinda dragged after that. Yes there was a lot of running and invading, but nothing we haven't seen before.
My biggest problem with this series is Vlad. Where is the funny self assured vampire I met in the Cat & Bones series? In this he is brooding, emotionally closed off, and just boring. He was so moody! The reason why I loved this series was because he was so funny and always made incredible one liners. In this one he barely even talks! Plus he was so closed off to Leila that I got frustrated for her. She shouldn't have had to deal with that on top of everything else. She was the one tortured! Vlad should have been there for her. Honestly my favorite part was when Vlad was talking to Cat & Bones.
I just felt really let down with this one. The story was ho hum, the characters not up to the standards I am used to reading from Ms.Frost, and the fun was just lost. Will I read the next one, yes because everybody has an off book and I am just going to throw this story out of my brain and replace it with the next one. ...more
This was CREEPY!!! Like The Ring, The Conjuring, and Children of the Corn creepy and I loved every minute of it! I have been on the look out for a booThis was CREEPY!!! Like The Ring, The Conjuring, and Children of the Corn creepy and I loved every minute of it! I have been on the look out for a book that puts the creepy first and everything else on the backburner and The Bargaining does this flawlessly!
Penny having just been shipped to live with her dad after another incident at school learns she has to endure a summer with her stepmom. The summer will bring renovations on an old house and hopefully a new beginning for Penny. She isn't happy about her situation, but she goes and well things get extremely strange from there. The whole town refuses to help them and before long Penny realizes things aren't what they seem. Four kids went missing in the exact woods that her new home for the summer is located. These four kids miraculously showed back up six months after their disappearance only nobody could figure out where they went and what really happened to them. Somebody knows though and through flashbacks and a terrifying mural Penny finds out just what happened in the North Woods.
I had chills pretty much the entire time I read this. It was scary, intense, spine tingling, and at times really gross. And yes I loved it! The only thing that felt off was Penny's friend Rae. I know Rae was a huge part of Penny's story I just don't get how she fit in at the end. I would have preferred a different conclusion to her part. Everything else in the story fit, but her. Even at the time I was reading I kept thinking where does she fit in and when the big bomb dropped I just felt like it was a jumbled mess. I didn't need her in that part and I felt like Penny really didn't get to resolve her feelings.
Other than that though I loved this. I really liked Rob, Penny's stepbrother, and I even liked Miller. I would love to have one extra chapter to see what Miller's life was like after his decision. I am really curious how that all played out, but I can use my imagination to fill in those blanks. I have a feeling if I did get that last chapter I would be terrified to sleep at night!
If you are looking for creepy then you have to give this one a try! Carly Anne West is a master at this genre and I am definitely going to read the rest of her books!...more
I absolutely loved this book! My reading preferences are really starting to change lately and this book was everything I wanted!
Lark is a twin and sheI absolutely loved this book! My reading preferences are really starting to change lately and this book was everything I wanted!
Lark is a twin and she talks to her twin everyday. This is great for Lark except that her twin, Wren, is dead and has been dead since birth. Lark knows she's not crazy, but not everyone thinks that way and after having to go back to school and face her classmates after her suicide attempt life just well sucks. Things take a strange turn when a few of classmates need her help and Wren's.
Some people might not like Lark, but I loved her. She was really tough, snarky, and the big B most times, but I still adored her. She has had to put up with a lot of stuff including her parents shipping her off to live with her grandmother so I can see why she is the way she is. Could she have toned it down at times yes, but I wouldn't have wanted her too. She was who she was and I think the author did an incredible job at writing here. Wren was the opposite and it was nice having that balance. I think it helped Lark ground herself a little and it helped her be able to face her daily life.
The story was awesome! It was gross and creepy and just so cool! I really liked all the ghosts stuff and I think the author did an amazing job at adding things I haven't read before. I have to hand it to her to because the big baddie was chill worthy! The story had a nice balance between romance, plot, and funny spots. Nothing seemed fake between the characters. They all knew where they stood and nothing was sugared coated or hidden. I really appreciated the honestly that was thrown in. I would like to know more about the Shadowlands (the place where Wren goes to get away from the living). I think there is a whole new world there and I can't wait to see it developed. Plus I think Wren has a dark side and I'm really curious to see that side of her and I want to know more about Larks abilities. I have a feeling all will be explored in the next installment.
The only thing that bothered me about this was the last few pages. Something happens that I think was out of character and I am really hoping the author isn't going to throw in a dreaded love triangle. I like where the characters are with each other and I don't think the story needs that. It is way stronger without the added drama. Other than that this story was amazing and just what I have been looking for!...more
I have chills and I have had chills ever since I put this book down almost an hour ago. This is the second book I have read by Gillian Flynn and I amI have chills and I have had chills ever since I put this book down almost an hour ago. This is the second book I have read by Gillian Flynn and I am quickly discovering she has the rare ability to shock and scare the hell out of me.
Camille, a mediocre reporter, is being sent to her old hometown to report on the murders of two young girls. Camille isn't happy about it and knows going back to the place that hurt her all those years ago will bring up old problems and old wounds. She doesn't get a say so she goes and despite her mother not being happy about her return she stays at her parents house and starts digging for clues. What she finds will shock and scare the daylights out of you. If you thought Gone Girl was crazy you haven't seen anything yet.
This story was so messed up! It is definitely not for the faint of heart and it deals with a lot of underage icky stuff. I cringed quite a few times while reading, but I went with it because the story is that good. I have to give the author major credit because I didn't see that ending coming at all. I thought I knew the villain and I was right in a way, but holy moly! Ms. Flynn is rather brilliant in my opinion. When I read her stories I just get wrapped up in them so tightly that I can't breathe sometimes. I felt this way with both stories and I have a feeling it will just be this way with every book. I will say her books are a bit long winded. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. If I hadn't already read a book by her I would have thought a lot of this book was filler, but if you read into the story everything she writes is relevant to the story. There are a lot of clues that you can pick up if you really read between her lines.
The only part that bugged me was the romance. I know I have stated in the past that I am kinda passed the romance stage in my reading, but with this one I just wanted one person on Camille's side. I felt let down by Richard and while I know what Camille did wasn't okay I just wish things had been different. I almost wish Richard had stayed just a cop. That way I wouldn't have felt let down and the romance wouldn't have even been an issue. I get that Camille needed to heal and really needed help so I can see where the author was going, but I wish the reason why Richard did what he did would have been different.
This is the type of story I have been craving! It was dark, scary, shocking, and one that gave me chills. I haven't been shocked in a long time so I am loving this feeling! Even now writing this review I am still excited and jumping at the chance to start Ms. Flynns next book. ...more
Oh boy okay let me first say that this review is just based on my reading preferences at this time. I do not think most will agree with me. Please PLEOh boy okay let me first say that this review is just based on my reading preferences at this time. I do not think most will agree with me. Please PLEASE understand that I am not saying this was a bad book at all even though I am rating it so low, it's just that it wasn't at all what I thought and well I am left feeling meh about it regardless of the beautiful writing.
This story like I said is not what I thought it was going to be. The cover is gorgeous and definitely one of the best I have ever seen and the title I mean come on that title screams creepy right?? In the beginning the story lived up to its name and I was loving it, but when Lief entered the picture things changed. The story went from being a creepy deadly poisoned filled adventure to a pining girl who falls in love contemporary.
Everything I loved about the beginning was taken away rather quickly and I was left with a contemporary novel. Is this bad..not if you like contemporary novels, but for this is bad. I'm not a contemporary fan at all these days and when this story took that turn I was left with not a whole lot to be interested in.
I loved the Sin Eating and the God lore that was entwined throughout the story, but they were all in the background. I wish the author would have focused more on the Eating. I was incredibly interested in that and well for that being the main title I kind of expected more on that plotline. It's in the story, but takes a big backseat unfortunately. Honestly at times it felt like the author had three really great ideas and just didn't know which one she liked more so she just threw them all together. This saddens me because I think each individual idea was great and could have made an amazing book by themselves. Or maybe even since this is a series spread each idea out throughout each book. I don't know it just felt too crowded and I wish the author would have stayed more focused on the story instead of the romance.
The characters were okay I suppose. I didn't really connect with any of them which again is probably just me. Twylla wasn't bad, a bit naive but not horrible. She was really dealt a bad hand and in the end I'm glad she made the decision she did. She needed to come to terms with her choices and I think she did the only thing that was right for her. Merek and Lief were also just okay. I think they both wanted to use Twylla and that didn't set well with me, but again they weren't terrible just too self serving. Now the Queen I would have loved to have known more about. Was she crazy hell yes! But that's where my reading tastes are at the moment. The more crazy the character the more I want to know them. She was crazy from lots of different reasons and I am not saying I agreed with her one bit but she was interesting and did a lot of unthinkable things.
The one thing that really bothered me about this book was the ending. This big twist that was dropped and never got resolved and while I know this is a series I just don't get where it even fits in to the overall storyline. I think this book would have worked a lot better as a contemporary historical fiction. It doesn't need the added Lore and fantasy elements because they both get dropped by the wayside towards the middle to end of the book. I think it would have been a stronger book if those things were dropped and if in the mood to read that genre I would have appreciated it more.
This is just me though. I know romance is heavy in YA especially right now so a lot of readers will devour this and love every minute. I am swaying more towards the romance being in the background right now so this wasn't for me. And in my defense that cover, summary, and title are a bit misleading in my opinion so I can't take the blame for picking something up that I probably wouldn't like. Which is why I am rating this and not just saying it wasn't for me. I picked this up thinking it was going to be an amazing creepy fantasy and that wasn't what I read. Please try this book if you like fantasy with a heavy dose of romance because I do think you will like it....more
If you are a sci-fi lover this book is for you! Zodiac is a high intensity sci-fi book that brings you into a unique world and makes you wanRating 3.5
If you are a sci-fi lover this book is for you! Zodiac is a high intensity sci-fi book that brings you into a unique world and makes you want to live among these amazing planets.
This might sound strange but just go with me for a minute. When I first picked up Zodiac I knew I was going to like it. It had everything I like in my sci-fi books and I was super excited to dive in. The books I like I usually try and finish within a few days that way everything stays fresh in my mind, but with this book I just couldn't do that. It took me a good two weeks to finish it and yes normally that means I am not feeling the book, but in this case it was because I wanted to ponder the world and really get to know it. For the first time in a long time I didn't just want to skip over the parts I didn't understand, I wanted to make sure I got the world. It was tough I won't lie. This book is heavy sci fi with psyenergy, different planets, a new caste system, and over the top technology. I don't regret for one single second taking my time. I am so glad that I slowed down with this one because it doing so I really felt something and I completely immersed myself in this world and man was it brilliant.
Romina Russell has crafted such a unique world. I have read space sci-fi books before, but this one is beyond unique. With the introduction of the Zodiac we get a fun spin on the planet system and I loved reading about the different houses. It was also fun to see how each character acted when from a different house. Our main character Rho was from Cancer and she surprised me by sticking to her Cancerian (not sure if that is a word but I am going with it) values. I've noticed in a lot of books the main character will be forced to hide things and change their opinion, but Rho stayed strong. Yes she had secrets, but not with her main goal. She voiced her concern and stepped up to the plate every singe time even though she knew the outcome wouldn't be in her favor. I really liked that about her and it made me respect her. There were times of wishy washynesss and I was scared she would take the easy way out, but each and every time she stayed true to her morals. Loved loved loved that.
The main story was an interesting one and this book really only scratches the surface. I have a lot of questions that I think will come to light in the coming books and I am very excited to see how they play out. Especially one particular one because I have a feeling Ms.Russell intends to shake this whole world up and I can't wait! The addition of the thirteenth house was brilliant and I really liked how the author wove in the lore from each house. Like I said this whole world is so unique and I really fell in love with it.
The one and only thing I did not like about this book was the love triangle. I always have a hard time with these and this one didn't work for me. I don't like the inner struggle and I don't like all the heartbreak that comes with this type of romance. Ms. Russell weaves the romance nicely into the story I just wish it would have been with only one guy. I genuinely like both guys and I don't want either one of them to get hurt. I also feel like a certain part of the story was pushed a little too far especially considering there is a love triangle. It was Rho's decision to go that far and I didn't respect it. She should have worked out her feelings first and dealt with them before she went down a certain path. I am very curious to see who she ends up with, but that is not why I will pick up the next book. The world that was created can definitely stand on its own and I hope that the author chooses to show more of that then the triangle.
I would have gone with 4 stars on this one, but the romance really hit a nerve with me so I have to go with 3.5. The story and world though get a huge 5!...more
I've talked before in previous reviews how contemporary is such a tough genre for me. The only ones that tend to work for me are ones that drating 3.5
I've talked before in previous reviews how contemporary is such a tough genre for me. The only ones that tend to work for me are ones that don't include a love interest and instead focus on issues besides romance. Six Feet Over It thankfully had a different focus.
This story is basically about a teenage girl trying to figure out where she fits in with her interesting family. Between her older sister who is in remission, her crazy dad who just moved the whole family to run a cemetery, a mother is grows more and more distant, and a best friend who isn't there anymore Leigh isn't sure where she fits into all this craziness.
The first thing that struck me while reading this is how sad it was that Leigh felt so much guilt. Every bad thing that happened to her she somehow felt like it was her fault. My heart just broke for her. No one should every feel like that especially not a fifteen year old girl. Things happen in life and well Leigh had to deal with more than her fair share. She was a tough cookie though I have to give her that. I hated that she pushed everybody away, but I understood why she did. If everyone you loved left wouldn't you do the same? Things change for her when Dario, the new gravedigger, starts working and working his way into her heart as a friend. Leigh really needed him and I think he knew that. Elanor was another friend that Leigh needed, but her role was different than Dario's. Overall this cast really had a wonderful balance.
The one problem I had with this story were her parents. If I could take out her parents involvement this read would have probably been a 5 star for me. As it is though they are in it and man I just don't even know where to begin. I said before that her family was crazy, but really they were neglectful. Leighs' mom takes off more times than I can count to spend time in their old seaside home and her dad basically makes her run the office by herself. This leaves her dealing with families who are in need of burial plots. Not what a fifteen year old should be doing or expected to do. It gets so bad that by the end of the story she is running the office. If she had wanted to do this on her own that's one thing, but her dad just makes her. Her sister Kai isn't expected to do anything and I am guessing its because she is in remission. Okay well that brings up a whole other topic actually. Why in the world did their dad buy a cemetery when his daughter was on the brink of death. I'm sure this wasn't the most positive climate for Kai. I'm not quite sure what to make of that, but I'll move on. Leigh's parents really needed to step up and be parents. Both daughters were going through things and it was so heartbreaking to see each of them not have a mom or dad to lean on.
Aside from the parents I did really enjoy this story. I enjoyed seeing Leigh grow and accept certain things in her life. I wish one thing would have been in this story though. There is a particular situation that I think Leigh really needed closure on and after discovering certain things I think a great opportunity was lost within the story. I would have really liked to have seen Leigh have just one conversation with a certain person. I know that is vague, but if you read this then you will understand. Again though aside from that I did enjoy living in Leigh's world and I am definitely going to keep my eye out for future novels from Ms. Longo....more
Contains spoilers from the first book! You have been warned!
Well if there is one thing I have learned from this is that sometime serial killers will gContains spoilers from the first book! You have been warned!
Well if there is one thing I have learned from this is that sometime serial killers will get sloppy when they think they have everyone fooled. This book is just like a serial killer. The first in the series was stealthy and quietly creepy while this installment is filled with plot holes and unbelievable stupidity...sloppy.
In the previous installment we are left knowing that Billy has escaped prison and is in hiding. Jasper is back with his grandma and just trying to keep the press at bay. When a New York cop comes to get his opinion on a recent serial killer, Jazz is thrown back into this crazy and violent world.
The book starts off super creepy. I mean we get the killers POV right from the get go and I just knew this book was going to be way more violent than the first. I wasn't wrong in that let me tell you. From victims being gutted, paralyzed, and eyeballs being taken it was definitely a gross ride. This didn't bother me though, yes it was gross but it gave the book a whole new level. I at first wondered if the gore was going to take center stage and the story fall off, but that didn't happen. No what happened was the characters took a weird turn and ruined the story.
I'll start with Connie. WTH?! I loved her in the first installment! She was amazing as the girlfriend and she didn't take any of Jazz's BS. In this book its like someone hit her over the head with a TSTL bat! She makes incredibly stupid decisions and the whole time I just sat there reading her POV thinking why are you so stupid??!! I mean you are dealing with a major serial killer here! She knows what he is capable of, but does she think NO! She goes off to NY by herself to help Jazz because of course she has the knowledge to capture the killer. I mean she is an actor so why can't she play the role of detective?? It was just so horribly wrong and I hate that she manipulated her parents. I am happy that her parents where present and wanted to ground her and they did make every effort to stop her. She just pulled a TSTL scam and well I won't say what happens but man I have never been so happy with a cliffhanger before. I knew this one would have one so I wasn't surprised, but what did surprise me was that I was happy about it. I was waiting for a particular moment with her and when it happened I felt relief. I know I sound horrible and no I don't want her to die. I am just thankful for that cliffhanger because it will finally give her the scare she needs to stop thinking like she is Sherlock Holmes!
Okay now on to Jazz. He was he Jazz from the first book, but he got sloppy and over confident too and that bothers me. I looked forward to him being this bad arse serial killer hunter and well he let me down. A lot of things slipped by him and I know that he is only seventeen, but I got used to him acting older and looked at him as older. After this book he is definitely seventeen. I really thought especially after the predicament that he was in in the first one he would have learned to look at all angles and not take anything lightly. He didn't learn! It really bothered me because again he is supposed to be all knowing. And when he did finally break the puzzle no one listened to him. He explained with detail what was going on and it was like everyone thought he was crazy. The cops go to him and believe every word he says right up until he breaks the case. Yep it was just too convenient, by having everyone think he was crazy pushed him to do stupidly careless things. I really wish the author would have stayed true to his character.
Howie I don't really have any problems with I suppose. He is secondary character that has quirks. These quirks do get a little annoying at times, but for the most part I am okay with him. I am worried after his last stunt though that he has been hit with the same bat as Connie. Time will tell though.
What truly baffles me is that I don't get why the author chose to add in all this extra stuff. The storyline definitely could have held its own without all the extra character stories. I didn't need to live inside of Connie's head to see where she would end up and I definitely don't get why I had to live inside of Howie's. It just doesn't add up and the story just didn't need it. I was more engrossed when Jazz was front and center. I will say that the killer reveal wasn't really what I was thinking. I don't understand where this story is going and I just tend to lean towards the author getting sloppy. Nothing connects and I am assuming its because there is a third book, but at this point I am so confused as to what game is actually being played. I am not sure I will be able to puzzle through all this nonsense. I think the author got cocky and got sloppy. He already had a fan base and so decided that he didn't need to work as hard to keep things organized just like his serial killer characters.
This is all just my opinion and I am definitely going to read the last book in the hopes that the author tightened up his storyline and with certain characters in certain predicaments I am also hoping that Jazz takes center stage again. ...more