I'm not planning on reading this book. I just saw the cover and automatically thought of this scene belonging to the best movie on this god forsaken pI'm not planning on reading this book. I just saw the cover and automatically thought of this scene belonging to the best movie on this god forsaken planet:
Oh hello there Mr. Edward Sullen. Nice dark angel atmosphere you've got going there. Love the sparkle!
Maybe he's born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline!
Don't tell me you don't see the similarities. Don't you tell me! You know it's a lie!
Audience: Are you really not going to read this book?
Anzu: Nope. Unless one of my good/relevant friends says it's worth my time....more
I walked right into this one. I admit it and I know it’s my fault, and I probably deserve what I got. However, that doesn’t mean it makes it less painI walked right into this one. I admit it and I know it’s my fault, and I probably deserve what I got. However, that doesn’t mean it makes it less painful.
Sweet Evil is the most idiotic book I’ve read this year. And I mean it. I totally mean it. I could tell I was going to regret getting it since page one.
Running had become my new pastime five weeks ago, after I’d read how my body is the “temple of my soul.” Healthy temple: check.
Ok, it’s not THAT bad but I still had a feeling deep down my heart. It was telling me ”Put the book down and walk away.” As you can tell I chose to ignore it.
Aaanyways, lemme tell you what Sweet Evil is all about. So we have this girl Anna. She is goodness personified. An angel. The perfect girl, pure, sweet hearted, kind, shy, invisible, smart, always does her homework, reminds the teacher that she forgot to check the class’ homework, fucking retarded twit. Yes, she is retarded because I sure can’t figure out how a person can behave the way she does. Higgins wanted to create the perfect sweet little heroine. She failed miserably. Why? Because she made her too perfect to the point that she is not perfect AT ALL. Am I making sense?
And yes she does see herself ugly but in reality she is so hot that all the boys from their school want to bang her.
So we have Saint Anna who is a misunderstood little hipster. She has her Bella Swan mood going on, she’s anti-partying, anti-drinking, anti-drugs (even though she practically drools over alcohol and drugs – but that’s her little secret, shhhh), whatever evil thing you may imagine – she’s against it. Did I mention she’s a virgin?
But oh no, she’s far from perfect. I mean she has a freckle!!! At the end of her upper lip!!! And people STARE at it when she talks!!! Ugh eeewww that’s so disgusting!!!!
Oh yes, this makes her a more believable character. SHE HAS FLAWS!!!
“They only think they like me because they don’t know me,” I said.
They don’t know me, no one knows me cuz I’m all deep and stuff.
Yeah, so Saint Anna is a special kind of bird. She has this mood-ring thing going on. You remember those little things? The mood rings? You put it on and it changes color. And you look at a little chart that tells you what that color says about your current mood. It’s actually a fun thing even though it doesn’t really work. I wish it did though. Anyhow, Anna is a big flat chested mood ring. She sees people’s emotions through the colors they are emitting. And she has a superhero olfactory sense.
Being able to hear and see and smell everything within a one-mile radius was major sensory overload.
Then can you sense how overly stinky this book is? Can you Saint Anna???
All is normal and boring in Saint Anna’s life until she goes at a concert and lays her innocent eyes on a devilish drummer. This vile creature breaks the poor girl’s circuits and turns her into a vixen. Oh my!
“That guy, the drummer? Get this. He’s a killer musician, he gets tons of chicks, his dad’s loaded, and as if that wasn’t enough, he’s got a friggin’ English accent!”
Yep, another mysterious handsome rich British-accented teenager. Very original if I do say so myself.
Why do they all have British accents again? Because they’re smexy? And the funny thing is that mostly American authors feel the need to specify that the hottie has a British accent. That adds to their sexiness. I agree that the accent is special but I’m not falling for it anymore because the idea is being overused. Not fun anymore people so move on!
So this dude Kaidan, as you can already tell, is another perfect being. Everyone seems to be perfect in this book. Except for her mum, but I’ll get back to that later. So he seems perfect from every way. Wrong. He is actually a stuck up asshole. A big fat loser. And har-di-har-har he’s a demon that feeds on sex.
I’ve read many books where demons were actually behaving like the mischievous creatures that they are. They don’t even compare to this guy. Teenage visions of hotties. You suck. Except for Daughter of Smoke and Bone’s Akiva. He’s a piece of art.
[about his name] Kai, like Thai, only yummier. Gah! Who was this girl invading my brain?
No, I’m pretty sure that’s the real you. A fucking idiot.
Good gracious, he was sexy—a word that had not existed in my personal vocabulary until that moment.
Right? It makes you wonder how Higgins sees teenagers, does it not.
The purity!! It BUUUUUUUUURNS!!!
I tried to focus on his words and not his luxuriously accented voice, which made everything sound lovely.
Gosh, his eyes were gorgeous—the color of tropical honeymoon waters ringed in dark sapphire and enclosed by thick lashes.
Tropical honeymoon waters you say. Honeymoon. Sex. She’s such a vixen right now.
Oh and by the way he is special too. I forgot to mention this earlier. He has the same mood-ring color bullshit going on as our sweet little Saint Anna. Or at least something similar to that. Useless details that I don’t give a shit about.
Back to the story. So Kaidan is probably there (I’m not 100% sure about this since I dropped the book around 40% of the way) to guide her towards their people, since they have the same traits and all.
Predictability dangerously close to 80%.
“Then what am I?” I asked with apprehension. “Your parents were angels.”
Oh, you’re not joking about that? You’re actually serious?
Why am I not surprised? Why oh why dear heavens?
DANGER! Predictability has reached 100%. Prepare to abort mission.
And the thing is Patti (her mum) knows about Kaidan being a sexual deviant. She’s not her real mum though, our dearest virgin is adopted. But first thing first, a short introduction for Saint Anna’s mum.
/end of introduction
So Saint Anna wants to go meet her real dad who is a bad angel of sorts in order to bla bla bla nothing important. And her mum’s too busy to take a day off (???) so she sends her virgin daughter with Kaidan. On a road trip. The two teenagers alone. For a couple of days. And she comes up with the idea herself.
You’re sending your daughter with a demon and you think she’ll be safe. You go crazy over a party that Saint Anna wanted to attend. You called the parents to make sure the kids will be supervised and all. We wouldn’t want some random jock choke on a glass of beer now, would we? And now the Virgin Anna wants to go out of town with the hottest dude on the planet that happens to be a demon. And you’re ok with it.
That’s great parenting Patti, you should write a book about it.
Eventually they go on the trip and poor Saint Anna is trying her best to avoid being seduced by the sexy Kaidan. She rents one room for both of them, stalks him, kisses him, sees him buck naked the morning after. Next thing you know she’ll be wiggling her ass in front of him and will wonder ”Am I giving the wrong signal?”. Well pumpkin it depends on what kind of signal you’re referring to. You’re currently stuck on the bang me one.
Oh dear lord the cheesiness! It feeds on your brain cells like a drunken leprechaun feeds on four leaf clovers.
A short conclusion? Saint Anna is a fucking idiot, she tries her best to act smart but she fails miserably. Kaidan is the hottest guy on the planet and we keep on getting reminders of that on every page of the book. Patti is the most retarded parent you could ever meet. Predictable. Bullshit. Idiotic. Cheesy. Unoriginal. Boring. Dropped....more
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.
And its snap split the world in two.
Days of Blood and Starlight was one of my most anticipated books of this year, and, as almost all of my other highly anticipated reads, it ended up disappointing me. Are my expectations too high or do the books have actual problems?
If you’ll have me answer that question, then I’d say that the books have major problems. But again, that’s just me.
Anypoodle, Days of Blood and Starlight was released a year later, give or take, from the time I’ve read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. This means that I had no recollection of the past events. This means that I went in blindly.
If you are in my situation then know this: you will find yourself confused throughout the book. If you are not in my situation, then you’ll be probably happy because Laini Taylor spared you those annoying flashbacks.
You lucky duck.
Another problem I have with Days of Blood and Starlight is the story. Laini Taylor is taking it in a very different direction than its predecessor. I felt like it was more fantasy-ish than Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Which is good. Or is supposed to be good.
No more teenage drama, no more love triangles and all that crap. Gimme, right?
Well, it did not work for me for some unknown reason. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want stupid teenage shit. I just wanted.. something else that I can’t name and did not happen in Days of Blood and Starlight.
“Karou.” It was only a whisper, but she jumped at the sound of her name. Who—? She saw no one, she had heard no approach. Only… A draft of heat. A drift of sparks. Oh god. No. And then like a dropped veil, his glamour vanished and he was before her. Akiva.
Maybe more of this? I guess so. Too much war-related drama, too few Karou and Akiva.
Overall I did not hate it nor love it as I was expecting. It was just ok. That’s disappointing when I think of how awesome Daughter of Smoke and Bone is. I hope Laini Taylor makes it up to me in her next book.
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I was afraid of starting Angelfall because of all the good reviews it has. There are only four and five stars ratings from the people on my list. ImagI was afraid of starting Angelfall because of all the good reviews it has. There are only four and five stars ratings from the people on my list. Imagine that! So I was a bit worried that I might be the sick one and hate it or not enjoy it. Yes, I care about being socially accepted, and I’m very aware of the fact that rating it lower than four stars would have gotten me killed or badly injured.
So I took a deep breath and after months of awkward looks, stalking, testing and deep analysis, I started reading it.
Let me tell you a short story about my current situation. I’ve been reading mostly bad books lately. My horrible slash meh streak has reached the number 4. I became very cautious after this. So now you understand why I was afraid of reading Angelfall.
Even so, thank heavens for small favors. Angelfall is a very good book but the reason why it won’t get a full five-star rating for me is the lack of instant-connection. What is this instant-connection I’m talking about? Let me explain. When I start reading a new book, I usually get an instant feeling towards it. Some books I hate, others, I’m indifferent towards and some I love since page one. The latter are the instant-connection. They suck you in. Time passes too fast when reading them, the characters break your heart. They make you smile, and they make you cry. That’s a five-star book for me.
Angelfall didn’t manage to reach that level. However, it got very close to it.
Things that I loved ▪ Penryn is an extremely mature and level-headed girl. I’m very happy to have finally encountered a smart Young Adult heroine.
▪ Raffe, even though not my favorite, is a very good hero. I also liked the fact that Ee avoided lust-at-first-sight gig when it came to their romance.
▪ The large amount of memorable secondary characters.
Things that I disliked (or was unsure of) ▪ I’m not the biggest fan of angel-themed books. Angels will always remain for me the cute little creatures watching over us from their over comfortable puffy clouds. I don’t find them fascinating or brutal as they were portrayed in Angelfall.
▪ The story made me lose interest for a while, around the middle of the book. Maybe this is because it oozes of Urban Fantasy. I have already read my share of awesome Urban Fantasy books, and Angelfall still has the lingering scent of a Young Adult one. It can never reach the level of, say, the Guild Hunter series, which is angel themed as well.
Overall I can say that Angelfall is a very good book considering its gender. Susan Ee did a very good job and I’ll definitely read Penryn & the End of Days #2 when it comes out....more
Now she trusted no man’s smile . . . and was starting to trust a man who smiled not at all.
Long story short Jason, Raphael's spymaster, is sent to
Now she trusted no man’s smile . . . and was starting to trust a man who smiled not at all.
Long story short Jason, Raphael's spymaster, is sent to the Queen of Poisons’ palace to investigate the murder of her consort, the Archangel Eris. He is to be assisted by Eris' illegitimate daughter, princess Mahiya, in his investigation. Mahiya is not an ordinary princess. She hides a dark and troubled past, and Jason may be the only one who can bring light into her life.
My thoughts Jason is my favorite angel of Raphael's Seven. I don't think I need to say more, right? I was having high expectations, as usual. Anyways, Archangel’s Storm is the second paranormal romance book from the guild hunter series, and I must say that I miss the good old days when guild hunter was urban fantasy. Ish.
I was going to give Archangel’s Storm three stars. It's mostly because I really like Nalini Singh’s books. The previous guild hunter book, Dmitri's, (I totally forgot the name) was very good and I'm sad to say that Jason’s doesn't even come close to it. I love Jason more than Dmitri so I’m sad. Kind of.
The bad thing about this book is that it's unbelievably boring. It's been a while since I’ve read a book that was so boring. It was uneventful, it had few action scenes and lots of talking and monologue. Add Nalini Singh’s special habit of using extremely fancy words for any simple sentence and you get a snoozefest.
And speaking of her writing style, let me pick on some things. The switch between scenes was too sudden. The memories and dialogues from those memories would simply pop up unexpectedly and if one didn't pay attention (that's me), one would lose track of what the hell was going on. This happened more than once. One moment I was reading about Mahiya’s dirty thoughts towards Jason, and the next I was reading about a bloody severed head on the table. Confusing, to say the least.
On to the next problem! Nalini Singh’s vocabulary and writing style can be too tough sometimes. She tends to use lots of complex words in long sentences. Have the following quote as an example.
As for this particular woman, he found the idea of another man courting her incited in him a dark violence he’d spent a lifetime learning to contain.
And another one:
Mahiya wanted to ask him why he used only the past tense, why he carried such black sorrow within, what had happened to Nene if Yavi was dead, but she couldn’t hurt him when he was already so terribly hurt deep inside.
Lots of complaining, I know. The fact that the story is boring me to death made me be sensitive to the smallest details. I didn't use to notice these things in Singh’s previous books, but I do remember reading about them in some people's reviews. Now I see that they were right. Even the typical Nalini Singh overly complex names bothered me. Heh. Imagine that.
Anydoodle, I did not like any of the characters. Not even Jason. He was weird. Mahiya was weird as well. In theory I was supposed to like her. In reality I didn't. I also didn't hate her which makes the problem a bit smaller. The romance is weird. The story is weird. The keyword for Archangel’s Storm is weird.
As I said in the beginning of my review, I was going to give it three stars. However, thinking about this book made me see that I almost didn't like anything about it. I can't give it one star because it Nalini Singh, so its two stars. If you’re a fan of Singh then its three. If you don't know who the hell is Singh then its one. You decide.
An angel who fascinated her. The same way a child might be fascinated by the gleaming edge of a blade, wanting to run a fingertip over the metal to see if it really was that sharp.
You know those books that are so superb and you read them with such passion that the world around you dims and what’s left is just the beauty of its pYou know those books that are so superb and you read them with such passion that the world around you dims and what’s left is just the beauty of its pages and the images they create? And then the time comes to write a review and all that comes out are idiotic words that can never do the book justice? Yes, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of those books.
I can’t think of a way to write this review. I simply can’t. I’m afraid to smear the book’s beauty with my silly images and stupid jokes. So I’ll be respectful and serious and I won’t act like a psychopath and scream that this is the best book on Earth. No, I’ll just say one thing. Read it, experience it, wonder about it, cry with it, be happy with it, repeat. It’s simple.
Oh hell I can’t help myself!
How could I describe Daughter of Smoke and Bone? A Tooth Fairy’s wet dream!
Seriously! It’s full of ‘em. It should probably have teeth all over the cover. And speaking of the cover, it’s not awesome enough. If I was an assh*le I wouldn’t pick it because of the funky artwork. If you like to judge books by their covers this don’t make the mistake of skipping this one.
Anypoop, here’s a reaction cam image collection whatever for my humble reactions while reading the book.
So far my favorite book of 2011! Not exaggerating. Thanks to Dee for reminding me that Shadowfever was published in 2011. This means that Daughter of Smoke and Bone is my second favorite book of 2011!
First read: 18th - 20th Oct 2011 Second read: April 2014...more
Long story short After stealing the virginity of Thanatos, fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Regan, an Aegis G
From virgin to dad in zero to sixty.
Long story short After stealing the virginity of Thanatos, fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Regan, an Aegis Guardian, gets pregnant and almost destroys the world. Thanatos wants to kill her because she lied to him in order to steal his semen virginity. Regan has the hots for Than. Than has the hots for Regan. The end.
My thoughts I was extremely unhappy with the fact that Regan is pregnant in Lethal Rider because I could not stand the thought of going through a pregnancy-related book. Lucky for me the book wasn’t that bad.
Larissa Ione is very good with entertaining the bored reader. When she isn’t writing about chastity belts, that is. When she writes about pregnant Aegis Guardians and Death, she gets pretty good.
Have no fear, Lethal Rider has the typical Paranormal Romance moments. For example, Regan fucked Than, pun intended, and his punishment is to force her to have sex with him ever night.
Slutty Student: “ I’ve been a bad bad student.” Perv Professor: “Well then I’ll just have to punish you a bit. Bend over so I can spank your perky ass.”
Makes total sense.
Anywho, apart from these stupid, if I may call them that, scenes Lethal Rider was a decent read. It went on fast and I didn’t feel the need to gouge out my eyes or vomit because of too much sweetness.
Oh, and by the way, am I the only one who envisions Pestilence as looking like Loki?
To read or not to read? I would recommend Lethal Rider to those who have already read the previous Lords of Deliverance books. If you have read theDemonica series, even better. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then I suggest you start either with Eternal Rider or Pleasure Unbound. The story in Lethal Rider is tightly related to these books, and you’ll be lost like a cheerleader at Comic-Con if you don’t allow yourself to be properly introduced to Larissa Ione’s universe.
“Obviously,” Than said, “she’s better. No thanks to you. But she’s having … what are they called? Breaking Dicks?” “Braxton Hicks,” Shade muttered.
Wow. First of all I have to say that I was a bit surprised to know the series turned into PNR. Silly me for not reading the synopsis (duh). I was a biWow. First of all I have to say that I was a bit surprised to know the series turned into PNR. Silly me for not reading the synopsis (duh). I was a bit worried about this though. I’m a big fan of the Guild Hunter books and giving up another series would get me really angry. The whole UF to PNR twist was two sided for me. I like it because I always wanted to get in Dmitri’s psycho head and I hate it because the series is too cool to be turned into a cheesy PNR. Thank you Nalini Singh for creating a nice UF-PNR hybrid! Totally love it!
It’s fascinating to see what makes big ol’ Dmitri tick. I mean the dude’s hot but a total assh*le. If I had to think what kind of woman would suit Dmitri, and I mean suit as in the big L word, I couldn’t think of the right answer. It’s mostly because I don’t know the guy so well. He spreads the whole killer/playboy aura all round but it’s obvious it’s only a facade. So seeing Hope surprised me. I was expecting someone brutal probably. A chick that would kick ass and scream all day long. You probably figured out why I’m surprised. Poor Hope is a wounded animal and she’s actually afraid of Dmitri most of the time. It will take time and lots of trials to get in her pants. Of course that’s what Dmitri wants, no surprise there. Typical PNR. But I appreciate the nicely put obstacles. If they’d fall for each other like idiots I’d probably end up punching someone in the face.
Sad to say I’ve read the previous Guild Hunter months ago and don’t remember Honors accident so well. Maybe I’ll schedule a re-read later on.
The nice thing about the book is both characters being scarred. This makes the story sorrowful and emotional. They evolved together, I could see why they fell in love and the ending was heartbreaking and yet really beautiful. [Like a friend said, I’m into mental S&M or something. I just love scarred people. Sue me!]
Archangel's Blade is the best PNR I’ve read so far. Ah God the second book that made me cry this week. What’s wrong with me?? I’m getting all puffy and weak! Eeew!!
Top 5 quotes
#5 “Ah, an old-fashioned woman.” “What?” It was taking all of her concentration to breathe, her body close to adrenaline overload. “You obviously believe in walking three steps behind a man.”
#4 “Some women,” Dahariel said in that same hard tone devoid of any hint of humanity, “get under a man’s skin until digging them out makes you bleed.”
#3 “Those who say vengeance eats you up are wrong—it doesn’t, not if you do it right.”
#2 “Ever had a woman say no to you, Dmitri?” “Once.” He turned the corner with a smile that made her want to cup his face, trace those beautiful lips with her own. “I married her.”
#1 “Will you love me when I’m fat and unwieldy with our babe?” He put his hand on the curve of her belly, touched his lips to her eyelids, the tip of her nose, her lips. “I will love you even when I am dust on the wind.”