This book was uncomfortable as fuck. Seriously. It was a pain to read, and I say this in the best of ways. It took all my feelings and fears, threw thThis book was uncomfortable as fuck. Seriously. It was a pain to read, and I say this in the best of ways. It took all my feelings and fears, threw them in a blender and turned them to mush. For this I'm going to give it the big 5. I rarely get so bothered by reading a book. Well done....more
When Velveteen Monroe pictured Bonesaw’s house—and she did, more often than could be considered healthy—blood striped the paint a mu
When Velveteen Monroe pictured Bonesaw’s house—and she did, more often than could be considered healthy—blood striped the paint a muddy reddish-brown, internal organs floated in jars of formaldehyde, and great big taxidermy crows leered from branches that twisted from the wall like palsied arms.
Velveteen started out well. A morbid story about a murdered girl's ghost who's out for revenge on the person who took away her life.
I really loved the fact that even though she's stuck in Purgatory, she can travel to and back from Earth anytime she wants. Thinking about it, the whole concept of the book is interesting. But, and there's always a but when it comes to the Young Adult genre, Velveteen is full of problems.
I think the best way to show the positive and negative aspects of this book is by making a list. I love lists.
Les positifs - Morbid story;
- I like the idea of the Purgatory being a city where one could actually try to make a living, or whatever the hell they do in there;
- The MC is a total bitch. Why on the plus side? Because I like bitches;
- Her pre-murder thoughts, her experience, the trauma - all these things feel genuine;
- The book is pretty original (at least for me, it's the first time I read a story such as this);
- Nick (aka the MC hottie) is charming.
Les negatives - Teenage drama, freaking full of teenage drama;
- Choppy writing;
- Too much focus on Purgatory issues and not on her revenge;
- I feel like the plot was ignored in favor of the romance. As charming as Nick is, this goes to the negatives. Why? Because it made the events that took place in the book feel extremely chaotic. Lots of wtfs were used during my read;
- After loads of mutual butt sniffing, Velvet agrees for Nick to court her. Then Daniel Marks decided that it's time to dump 70% worth of information on my head just for fun;
- The story gets incredibly idiotic towards the end.
In the end, the negative aspects overcame the positive ones, and my overall experience with Velveteen left a sour taste in my mouth. I would recommend it ONLY if you're into the Young Adult genre.
Lemme tell you my problem. My problems, since I have more than one. I was not happy with startUuuugh frustration dump
Why did all of this happen? Why??
Lemme tell you my problem. My problems, since I have more than one. I was not happy with starting The Prophet because the previous book, The Kingdom, sucked ass. So I was afraid that The Prophet will suck ass as well. Guess what? It did! Even though Amelia was back in Charleston, even though Devlin’s there, nothing worked the way I wanted it to. Too much whining, too few creepy.
A good quote of what the book is really about would be the following:
Devlin was my destiny. The one man I wanted above all others was the one man I could never have.
Yeah, so The Prophet ended up being an angsty love story. No proper ghosts, no good mystery, no nothing. Just Amelia obsessing after Devlin’s ass, Amelia hiding in the bushes, Amelia being jealous, Amelia making idiotic mistakes and Amelia getting herself into trouble. Ugh.
I guess I like Angus the most. For all you new people, he’s a dog. Yes, the dog is my favorite character in the book. I guess you can tell just how the rest of the characters are behaving.
In the end all I can say is that The Prophet is an extremely boring book. I’m very disappointed in where the series is going. I swear that I’m going to give the next book a try, and if nothing good happens in it, I’m giving up this worthless series.
I was going to give this 3 stars. However, after thinking about all my wasted expectations I decided to take one star away.
“Asher Falls. Welcome to our kingdom, Amelia Gray.”
Long story short Amelia Gray gets a new commission in Asher Falls, a town full of mysterious pe
“Asher Falls. Welcome to our kingdom, Amelia Gray.”
Long story short Amelia Gray gets a new commission in Asher Falls, a town full of mysterious people and a secret that will change her life forever.
My thoughts I absolutely loved The Restorer, book one of the Graveyard Queen series, and I had to know what happens next. That’s why I started The Kingdom right after I finished it. I don’t know if this was a mistake or not, but I did not enjoy The Kingdom one bit.
My problems with The Kingdom are simple. It’s not as creepy as The Restorer, the story is extremely lacking and all the characters are either weakly developed or just plain ol’ annoying. And we get a love triangle, which pisses me off. I hate love triangles. I really really do.
There were many parts that I didn’t like, which are mostly related to the town’s people, the trio of witches, and the so called romance. And there were parts that I liked, which are mostly related to the ghosts, the forest and the lake. In the end I still wasn’t satisfied with the overall feel of the story. I can even say that The Kingdom is silly when compared to The Restorer. It’s also needless to say that the ending was ludicrous. I simply have no words to describe how disappointed I am.
To read or not to read? This is a tough question. It all depends on the reasons why you picked The Restorer in the first place. If you actually want to read something creepy then you’ll be disappointed with The Kingdom. If you just care about Amelia’s life, her romances, her past, etc. then you just might like it.
Long story short Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer who can see ghosts, is forced into a police investi
Keep your distance from those who are haunted.
Long story short Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer who can see ghosts, is forced into a police investigation when a body is found in the cemetery she is restoring.
My thoughts The first thing that made me check out The Restorer was the cover. I absolutely love that sad angel statue. It makes me think of an extremely gloomy story. Which is exactly what The Restorer is. Amanda Stevens nailed the cover, it's perfect for the story. The second thing that made me add the book to my “Want To Read” list was the title, The Restorer, and the name of the series, Graveyard Queen. Then I went on to read the summary and holy shit! She’s a cemetery restorer who can see ghosts. Whaaaaaat?
Like right now!
Lucky for me, my wonderful friend Alk chose it as a birthday read (which is supposed to be mandatory) so I had to read it. I can’t say that I was sad about it. On the contrary, this was the perfect excuse to spend a bit more money on an ebook. I mean, it is a mandatory read, right? *wink*
Anyways, I’ll keep this short. I fell in love with The Restorer. I love Amelia’s job, I love Amanda Stevens’ writing style. I love cemeteries and I love ghosts. I love creepy stories, and this is one hell of a creepy story. It could have been scary, but my definition of “scary” is different than the one you would normally hear from people. I need something worse than this to get scared. But creepy is the perfect word for it. The Restorer is deliciously creepy and intriguing. I am going to read Graveyard Queen #2 as soon as possible.
To buy or not to buy? There are a few simple questions that can help you take this decision. - Do you like ghosts? - Do you enjoy reading creepy and disturbing stories? - Do you mind mysteries? - Do you mind a bit of romance in your books?
If your answer is yes to at least two of those questions, then The Restorer is the book for you.
“You are a very strange woman.” “I thought I was practical.” “Strange, stunning and practical.”
Omigosh I wanted this to be good. I wanted this to be good so badly. I wanted something creepy. Look at that cover! It sure looks like a creepy book.Omigosh I wanted this to be good. I wanted this to be good so badly. I wanted something creepy. Look at that cover! It sure looks like a creepy book. Creepy YA Romance. YA Romance generally sucks, I know, but look at the cover! How can’t that be awesome?!
“Easy, my dear Anzu. The cover is awesome, true, but it is a mere metaphor. The shadow monster doesn’t necessarily have to be a shadow monster but a symbol for the darkness within a person. Duh.”
Well… yeah. That sucks.
Bleh meh meh bleh bleh bleh.
:real review starts here:
In the future, be careful whom you rescue.
Companions of the Night is a pretty decent YA Paranormal Romance about a girl doing the right thing and getting in trouble because of it. More or less.
Is it like Twilight, you ask. No, rest assure, it’s not. It has character depth, no cheesiness (at least not too much cheesiness) and a pretty decent story. And think about it, the book is a bit over 200 pages long and yet offers so much more than the YA books I usually read. The advantage is that it doesn’t have enough time to overstay its welcome. I’m always a fan of that.
Another thing that I really liked is the author’s take on vampires. Here comes the metaphor I was talking about, the dark shadow. Kerry, the MC, rescues a vampire in distress. So far so corny. The dude is a teenager (meh) and pretty much kisses her ass for saving him.
"Wait! You mean that a vampire (super strength and all that) gets rescued by a mere teenage girl?! What the hell is this crap??!"
Well yeah. Duh, right? Super strength should have gotten the dude out of trouble.
"NOT IF IT WAS TWILIGHT!!"
And you are right again. But this is not Twilight. Vampires are evil and selfish. They only care about their wellbeing. They might faking it.
And they might threaten to kill you. Abduct you. Force you to work for them and threated to kill your family if you don’t comply.
Oh yes. This is how things go in Companions of the Night. And I love it. It makes sense. Ethan’s (the vamp) personality matched my image of vampires. I absolutely hate the usual sissy vamps in Paranormal books. No, these are not nice people that happened to grow a fang or two. No, they don’t sparkle nor eat animals because they are too “kind” to kill people. No, they don’t stay virgins for 100 years nor want to have a relationship with the Mary Sue next door. They are vile cruel disgusting creatures that belong in your nightmares not your sexual fantasies.
Unless.. you’re into that sorta thing. Which is fine by me. Whatever rocks your boat, stranger.
Anyways, I have two main things that I disliked about Companions of the Night.
One, the story was not creepy. I was expecting something else and I didn’t get it. Disappoint.
Two, the romance. I think I would have given it four stars if it wasn’t for the romance. It didn’t bother me since it took an incredibly small part of the book, say 20 pages or so, but I think the story would have been better without it.
If you ever have the possibility of reading this book, then take it. It’s a very fast and fun read. Should you buy it? Maybe if it has a discount, yes. Else try borrowing from someone.
I’m beginning to enjoy the madness. That’s not good. Not at all.
Long story short Alyssa Gardner is the great-great-great-[lots of greats]-granddaug
I’m beginning to enjoy the madness. That’s not good. Not at all.
Long story short Alyssa Gardner is the great-great-great-[lots of greats]-granddaughter of Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland novel. Because of a curse that originates from Alice’s escape from Wonderland, Alyssa’s mother becomes insane and is committed into an asylum. Alyssa later finds out that there is a way of lifting this curse and saving her mother. All she has to do is follow the velvety voice that leads her back to Wonderland.
My thoughts I was supposed to like Splintered. I was supposed to like it a lot. The bugs, the blood, the gore, the creatures. Everything is so similar to a video game called Alice Madness Returns. However, as Alice Madness Returns, the book is rather disappointing.
Actually, the game disappointed me more than the book, but let’s stick to the point. I could tell that something is wrong with Splintered since the beginning. The concept of the book is amazing, and the execution is close to perfect. All is well except for this itch that keeps on bothering me while reading it. The good news is that I know what the itch is. Or itches, in our case. The characters.
Let’s start with Alyssa. She is my biggest Splintered-related itch. Why? Because, like many other young adult protagonists, she annoys the crap out of me. Theoretically I was supposed to like her. Skater girl, good morbid side, artist. However, her attitude does not work for me. Most of the times she’s acting like a brat, and then a miracle occurs and she becomes the wisest creature in Wonderland. This more than ruined the story for me.
Actually, thinking about it, there are no good female characters in this book. The lead, Alyssa, is a stuck-up teenager that is pretty much annoying all the time. The soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend bitch, Taelor, who’s a mean asshole most of the times. The crazy mum who is.. well.. crazy all the time. And some other secondary characters who don’t get much development. They are evil, jealous, manipulative. No positives whatsoever.
And now the male characters. We get the best friend, Jeb, who's always treating Alyssa like a baby. He is sticking with his girlfriend because - oh noes! - he loves Alyssa too much. Fuck logic. He’s also a douche most of the times, ordering her around, taking decisions for her and all that. Meh.
Then we have the supernatural moth boy, Morpheus, who’s keen on bedding Alyssa the moment she steps into the same room as him. He’s also busy using her all the time, plotting and being a villain. Then he almost dies and all is forgiven.
But hold on kids! There is, in fact, a good male character in the book. Her father. I really liked him, even though Howard didn’t bother with developing him too much. Even so, I think he can be considered a decent character.
Back to our three main characters. Did you notice something? One girl and two boys. Do you know what this means?
Oh yes, my friends. A love triangle.
The typical Young Adult love triangle. The human boy versus the dark sexy moth-like creature. The love triangle bugs, pun not intended, the hell out of me. I feel like it’s taking away the dark feel of the story. Hell, it ruined the damn book for me. I hate hate hate HATE love triangles and this was an extremely frustrating one. Why? This is why:
Jeb is stable, strong, and genuine—my knight in shining armor. Morpheus is selfish, unreliable, and transcendent—chaos incarnate. Impossible to compare. Yet here I am, all of those things. Both light and dark at the same time. If I were to give in to one side of me, would that mean I’d have to give up the other? My heart aches at the possibility. Somehow I feel like I need both to be complete.
She is constantly jumping from one guy to another. And, of course, both of them will do anything to please the little plum. They will even die for her. They constantly snarl, growl and wave Alyssa around at each other. Next thing you know they’ll be having a pissing contest in order to see who will end up with the little Mary Sue. Ugh. Just cut the crap and focus with the story please!
Another problem I have, and this is a minor one so feel free to ignore it, is related A.G. Howard’s writing style. She is going for an extremely complex concept, and her style is a bit too simple for it. See, for example, Laini Taylor or Ekaterina Sedia, both authors having amazing writing styles. I think their style would match the dark Wonderland theme better than Howard’s.
To buy or not to buy? Splintered is between the best Alice in Wonderland related books I’ve read so far. Howard did an amazing job with the concept of a dark and disturbing Wonderland. The story is captivating and offers a good plot twist at the end. It also offers an extremely frustrating love triangle and undeveloped characters that spoil the magic of the story. If you can ignore these negative elements, then you should totally give Splintered a try.
The reason why I got FanGirl in the first place was the theme. I’m a sucker for zombie books, or at least I used to be up till the point where the theThe reason why I got FanGirl in the first place was the theme. I’m a sucker for zombie books, or at least I used to be up till the point where the theme became overused. Throw in some nerdiness and I’m sold.
My main problem with this book is the characters. I cannot relate to any character because I am obviously not the target audience. The best way to put it is this:
Yep. Sad, but true.
Now comes the hard part. How do you rate a book that was obviously not meant for you without being a complete ass? No idea. So I’ll just leave the rating blank, let people read my review and decide whether to give it a try or not according to that. That’s the best I can do.
I also need to mention that I only managed to read around 55 or so pages. So far nothing much happened. Maybe it gets better later?
I still think the target audience for this is the average geeky teenage girl next door. If you’re into comics, zombies, blogging, cosplaying and all that crap you’ll probably enjoy this. I’m adding in the “probably” so you wouldn’t come back bitching that you hated it and it’s my fault that you did. You silly person.
*I would recommend to: pPACK by Jeaniene Frost - 2 stars
In Sheep's Clothing by Meljean Brook - 2 stars
GRACE OF SMALL MAGICS by Ilona Andrews - 4 stars
*I would recommend to: paranormal romance fans, fans of Ilona Andrews who can borrow this book, or can afford buying it, just to skip Frost and Brook's stories and jump directly into Grace of Small Magics....more
Slowly and painfully for your poor readers, but you do.
First impressions I will pick on the cover again.
“You always find your way to truth, Justine.”
Slowly and painfully for your poor readers, but you do.
First impressions I will pick on the cover again. What is it supposed to represent? Is that Justine? What’s that magic circle thing around her hand? Is she doing magic now? Will she discover a new power that will help her in her final battle against - I quote the book description - herself?
The plot Head Rush is the final installment in The Dissilusionists series. The sleepwalking cannibals are still running through the city, terrorizing everyone. Otto sets a curfew that’s supposed to keep citizens safe, but we all know that he just wants to make his job easier in catching Packard. Justine is still under Otto’s spell, meaning that she still thinks that Packard shot Avery in cold blood. Lots of frustration going on there.
And, most importantly, Head Rush is about THE wedding. Yep, Justine is still going to marry Otto, and nothing can stand in their way. Or so Otto thinks. Little does he know that Justine is one step closer to learning the truth and will stop at nothing to expose him, free her friends and prove Packard’s innocence. The fight is on.
My thoughts I don’t usually like to read one book after another. I like to take small breaks between books in order to clear my head a bit. However, Double Cross left me floating face-down in a pool of anger, frustration and sadness. I couldn’t help myself from finding out what happens next.
I finished Head Rush in one day. It’s been months since I managed to do something this crazy. The fact that the book is that good helped a lot. Even so, I still had several problems that I will mention later on.
The fact that Head Rush revolves around Justine and Otto’s soon-to-be wedding bothered me a bit. It felt similar to watching a soap opera.
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I would have liked the story to focus on the sleepwalking cannibals, Packard’s dark past and his constant competition against Otto.
Packard’s fight to try to make Justine see the truth was a pain in the ass. Justine’s constant denial gave me a headache more than once. As much as Packard compliments Justine about her intelligence, I fail to see it in her actions and thoughts. Justine’s mind is a wild jungle. Stay too long inside it and you’ll get a rash the size of China.
Oh, and remember my comments on the cover? No new magic skills. We have a misleading cover once again.
On the plus side we get a HEA and a long awaited properly executed sex scene. My compliments to Mrs. Crane.
A short conclusion Head Rush is the conclusion to The Dissilusionists trilogy. The book is frustrating to say the least, but thanks to its fast-paced style it reads like a movie so it won’t take much effort to finish. It does provide the conclusion that the average reader is looking for, including a very sweet HEA. Will I read other books written by Carolyn Crane? Hell yeah! Would I recommend the series to my friends? Yes, I surely would.
With that, I skate off from the man who once was my hero, leaving him there in the dark parking garage with all his plans and hopes and dreams. This man I will betray and attack tonight. The man I just might die with.