I’ve always had a fear of reading sequels. Most of the ones I’ve read ended up disappointing me, others were not as good as the first book in the seriI’ve always had a fear of reading sequels. Most of the ones I’ve read ended up disappointing me, others were not as good as the first book in the series. You’d rarely get that one book that is better than its predecessor. I’m happy to let you know that Elements is one of those rare exceptions. Now, this is all my opinion. Some of you might not agree, but I’ll try to justify myself as best as I can.
I was afraid I’d end up not liking Elements so much. You can blame all those cheap Young Adult books I’ve read over the years. I was expecting a lot of drama revolving the love triangle, scandal over scandal because of Willow and Fillion’s attraction, and possibly a predictable cliffhanger ending. Well, Jesikah proving me wrong is an understatement.
The story was awesome, almost no predictability whatsoever. There still was a cliffhanger (grrrr I hate my life!) but it was a very nicely built and intense one. Is this good? Is it bad? Maybe bad because now I need book 3 and I got nothing. Otherwise it was a very good punch in the gut. I took it like a champ. Mostly.
Willow and Fillion didn’t get as much romance as I was expecting, but I think that can be considered a good thing. There’s always that point in a romance where the characters get together and pretty much lose their spark. Things between them get normal, and boring, a tad too fast. So I guess Willion (omg I can’t believe I’m doing the name merge thing, blame my laziness) getting a bit less screen time than expected served into keeping the romance tensed and still interesting.
Now for the big part. The Unholy Triangle. Did it suck? Did Guy #2 die in order to save Girl, leaving an open road for Guy #1 to be forever and ever with Girl?
Nah, that would be silly, wouldn’t it?
Guy #2, aka Coal, aka Mr. Awesome ended up becoming one of my favorite characters in the series. I know, I keep on adding more and more people to that list. But holy sh*t did the guy change. I’m speechless. I won’t spoil anything, but trust me when I say there’s no place like a book without a f*cking love triangle. That is all.
We also got a closer glimpse at the Outside world through the eyes of Mr. Six Pack Awesome, which was a very nice change from the peaceful New Eden, a lot more character development and a damn unpredictable book #3 setup.
Did I mention the pain that the cliffhanger caused me? No?
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Legacy is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I mean it. Ini93% off on Amazon on the 24th of Sept 2015. Check if the offer is still available.
Legacy is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I mean it. Initially I just got it because I thought the cover looks really cool. I have a thing for emo/goth boys, and having read, and loved, Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore, I was longing for a dark and tortured hero falling for a pure and sweet girl kind of story. Judge me all you want. Lucky for me, Legacy ended up being waaay more than that.
First of all, it’s not a romance novel. Yes, a romance element is present. Yes, it has love (or lust? something along those lines) at first sight (kind of) and a love triangle. Gasp! However, the main focus is on the character development and world building. The book is full of chunky paragraphs full of descriptions. It focuses on more than one character, so a lot of time is spent on following them and observing their interactions with the world. The book is full of tech, LARP and gaming references, so if you’re into that sort of thing you’ll have a pretty good time going into details. If you’re not, you’ll probably end up getting bored waiting for the hot romance stuff to happen.
But oh, when it does happen you’ll be happy. Trust me.
I guess that’s the best way of summing it up. Legacy is not your typical Young Adult Romance novel trying to pretend it’s something more than that. Legacy IS something more than that. It’s a unique story, a unique world full of interesting characters and intrigue. I’ve never read something like this, so I’m pretty hyped about it.
Lucky for me, I managed to bribe the wonderful Jesikah Sundin with my desperate fangirl tears in order to allow me to read the ARC for the sequel, Elements. Totally worth it.
SPOILER: the series keeps on getting better and better.
Read #1: 9th - 12th May 2014 Read #2: 8th - 12th Aug 2015...more
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
I didn't like this one much. I think it's one of the weakest, if not the weakest, books in the series. The story was pretty boring and it just spikedI didn't like this one much. I think it's one of the weakest, if not the weakest, books in the series. The story was pretty boring and it just spiked up a bit in the end, because duh its the climax so what would it be if not intense. I didn't care much about anything that was going on. The whole gig between Reyes and Charley was boring. The tension between these two is getting less as well. Meh. But the thing that got me angry was the cliffhanger. Spoilers and rant ahead.
(view spoiler)[Lately I'm not feeling like writing reviews anymore but I really have to let out my anger with this book somehow. So I chose to do it here. So Charley ended up being pregnant.
Yes, let that sink in for a moment.
I know that it's normal since she and Reyes were going at it like horny bunnies, but for some reason I never would have thought that Charley would get pregnant. I mean fiction-land doesn't work that way, right? At least I was hoping that it doesn't.
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against women being pregnant or anything. It's just that I don't see Charley and Reyes as parents. This is not that I want the series to become - a constant attention towards the baby and such. I want more careless adventures, danger, passion and less fucking drama and babies. Simple as that. And I can't help but feel that the series will change because of this stupid baby. I'm sure the baby will take away the spotlight and will become the center of everything. This is not what I want from this series.
So yeah, I'm pretty pissed about this. And yeah, I might drop the series because of this shit because no. Just no.
DO. NOT. WANT.
And the sad thing is that I don't think this is going to get fixed. I don't think Jones will kill the baby. I mean, it sounds very cruel. Kill the baby. Kill the unborn! :villain evil laugh cue: Or maybe that's the whole plot of the seventh book. I wouldn't be surprised. Satan wants baby dead. Parents fight back. Epicness.
So I managed to go through 9 books (plus many other short stories) of MV without even***SPOILERS AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.***
Ok people, rant time.
So I managed to go through 9 books (plus many other short stories) of MV without even getting remotely bored. Do you have any idea how big that is to me? I cannot start a series that has over 10 books. It terrifies me. I know that I will end up being bored, it’s just my nature. MV, on the other side, is extremely special. The books are short, to the point and super-fast to read. That’s why I love them so much.
And then something had to happen. Why would things be good till the end? Why? They can’t. Life’s too much of a bitch to allow this to happen. Oh yes.
So, Bite Club. Cool name. Says it all. Fight Club in Morganville. Should be awesome.
I was expecting Shane to be the center of attention. Why? Because a Fight Club theme couldn’t fit anyone but him. He’s an angry teenager who needs to let out some steam. He has it in him. I just had no idea that things will go so bad.
Bite Club has an alternating POV. Ok, not really one chapter Claire one chapter Shane, but a Shane insight from time to time. I was kind of glad to have this since I :cough: used to :cough: like Shane. MV has a bunch of short stories from his POV. I didn’t mind it. And I thought maybe a Shane POV from time to time would be nice for a change. You know, keep it from getting boring and so on.
The only thing that Shane’s POV managed to do it get me even angrier and made me hate the dude. Lemme explain why.
So, dearest Shane is super excited to attend the newest gym in Morganville. Of course nothing can go right in this town, so by now you should suspect the new gym to be some kind of evil pit of doom. I know I did. So this gym has a self-defense program. As one would expect, our dearest group of four vampire slaying teenagers can’t keep themselves from attending this course. Needless to say that Shane is the happiest between them. As I said, anger issues.
Blah blah blah drama drama drama Shane gets mindcontrolled by a hottie vamp chick.
And she makes him be a total douche to everyone, especially Claire and Michael.
And if Myrnin had taken her somewhere, from my territory…
[over the hottie vamp bitch] I felt hot all over, and, yeah, again, I’m a guy—don’t judge. I love Claire, I do, but this was a dream. And besides, Claire had just ditched me to run off on her own when I needed her.
He was drooling over the vamp chick while remembering Claire and comparing their looks. The vamp chick won of course. He verbally and physically hurt Claire. He beat up Michael. He insulted Eve.
And I can’t handle this. I can’t go back to seeing Shane the same way I did before Bite Club. I just can’t. I know that he was being controlled by the evil hottie vamp chick but I can’t help but feel that part of his thoughts and feelings were his own. He wanted to do these horrible things. The angry thoughts and doubts were always there. And this was confirmed when I read Anger Management. He still has those lingering thoughts.
No, Shane. Just no. We are done.
And you know what gets me even angrier? How easy everyone forgave him. I knew the “I’m so sorry I hurt you” and “It’s ok bro, we love you” ending was coming. And it did. Everyone forgave him just like that. Especially Claire. I mean he broke up with her in the most horrible way and once he got all puppy-eyed with her she just jumped his bones without a second thought.
I refuse to acknowledge this relationship.
The only thing that kept me from giving Bite Club the fuck-you-one-star rating was Myrnin, my steampunk vampire hero.
Myrnin’s character keeps on growing on me, and I absolutely love him by now. He is funny, crazy, charming and badass. I just keep on reading these books wishing to get another glimpse of him and his crazy world.
“I so rarely have the chance to field-test anything. Amelie is so conservative about these things.” “No kidding,” Eve said. “Holla.” Myrnin’s eyes widened. He looked at Claire, who shrugged. “She agrees,” she said.
Eve and Michael were as awesome as ever. Claire sucked for how weak she was, and is, towards Shane. I feel bad for saying this, but I wish they break up. I really do. I see many girls wishing Claire will hook up with Myrnin but I can’t imagine this. It doesn’t feel natural. I feel like Myrnin’s love for Claire is paternal, nothing more. And duuudes, he’s like ancient and shit. Ew. Cmon. It’s like Ryodan all over again.
But maybe if this hookup happens it won’t be bad.
Oh, who am I kidding? I’d love it. I’m sick in the head. Don’t judge me....more
So I recently finished playing DMC Devil May Cry. It’s a game about a Nephilim, half angel half demon, dude who’s a demon hunting vigilante, pretty much an arrogant asshole, and doesn’t take shit from anyone. He looks like this:
And his name is Dante. Ring a bell?
Do I need to tell you the reason why I even picked up this book?
Well, if you didn’t catch my drift, the Book Dante seems to be a perfect replica of the Game Dante. I have had a crush on the Game Dantes (yes, there is more than one Dante – the original and the reboot, and you are seeing the pictures of the reboot) for about five years now, and I’ve been wanting to read some fan-fiction about them for ages.
Book Dante should have been a good replacement for Game Dante. And he was for about half the book, before things went horribly wrong. However, The Collector barely managed to scratch my DMC itch. But that’s a story for another time.
I started this book thinking that I will simply replace Book Dante with Game Dante. The female lead’s name will be Kat. She is a Wiccan graffiti artist who opens gates into Limbo (a parallel world between Hell and Earth where demons go bump in the night) and she looks like this:
Copyright you say?? Nonsense.
So having the characters already sorted out, I was ready for some fun! And it was for, I repeat, half the book. You will hear me say this a lot by the by. The good half, and the bad half. *sigh*
Anywhoo, Book Dante was fun! Victoria Scott sure did a good job with him. He made me laugh out loud. Really laugh out loud not just the meh lough out loud. The dude is an entertaining fucker. Let me give you some of my most favorite quotes. I’ll write them between the spoiler code because, you know, spoilers and shit. (view spoiler)[
Apparently Charlie doesn’t have a car. “But don’t worry,” she tells me, “we can walk to school from here.” Thrilling. It’ll only take a few lifetimes, what with her limp and all.
“Dante, this is Annabelle.” No. No way. That name is reserved for females with grace and elegance, not this girl. This girl is…beastly. “Annabelle,” I say. “It suits you.”
The beauty behind the table gets up and saunters toward me. I have to stop myself from shoving Charlie out of the way.
Some people say the Amex Black card is a myth. Those people are also referred to as poor. Even thinking the word makes me itch.
If Charlie doesn’t dig my get up, I’ll expose her for what she is: asexual.
“In this trunk,” she says with a serious face, “is God’s gift to women.” “Chocolate?” “No.” “Midol?” “What? No.” “Tampons.” “Stop guessing,”
I did like Dante. I mean yum. Sure, I still have the image of the Game Dante in my mind but Book Dante’s personality is there. He’s funny, and charming, and most importantly evil. But there are many things that bothered me about this book, Dante and Charlie, the female lead.
Number one, he starts being attracted to KatCharlie after she changes her looks. Sure, he keeps on mentioning that he misses her old self blah blah blah no one gives a shit but that doesn’t change the fact that he feels like touching her hair or skin only after she changes them into something more “beautiful”.
Number two, there is no way in Hell such a “playa” would fall for someone like Charlie. I mean the girls is all right, if you’re into below average looking girls – hey don’t give me that look, it’s how she’s described by the author – but Dante’s feelings are not really justified. Yeah she’s got a good soul and she might be the next Jesus, ridding the world of evil and all that (creepy), but his nature wouldn’t allow him to fall for such a girl. Not that hard at least. And not that fast! The big bad L word popped up so fast I could not believe my eyes.
“I love you, Dante. I’ve loved you from the start.” “Why?” “Because I see you. Even though you try so hard to hide, I see you, anyway.”
Gag. I mean really. Gag. If I only knew that things will get even worse later on..
Charlie is an OK character, not too bad, not to good. She would make a perfect YA contemporary romance lead. My problem with her is that she’s too damn plain. She’s supposedly “speshul” because the author tells you so. She did not do anything special in this book, she did not show her powers, she didn’t do anything useful. That’s why I’m insisting on Dante’s feelings not making sense. There’s nothing much to fall for.
I will protect this girl with everything I have, because if something happens to her, I will lose myself. I will cease to exist. And I will take everyone with me.
You see, this shit is what gets me angry. A character as cool and as evil as Dante would never go that low. What the hell?!
I pull my hands away from my face, because I have to see her face. I have to see how she’s looking at me now that she knows. When I do, I can no longer stop the tears. They crash over my cheeks and free-fall to the ground. Because her face.
He is acting like a love-struck teenage girl, ladies and gents. Gather round and throw some rotten tomatoes at his head, maybe he’ll snap out of it.
God these things piss me off. You had such a great character and you cut off his balls like this. The whole book is ruined for me and I sure as hell won’t even go near book two. I don’t want to witness more useless fucking drama between Dante and Charlie. I simply don’t.
The Collector had the perfect start of being a very good and entertaining book. If only Victoria Scott had Dante fight some crazy demons or something, removed Charlie and removed the stupid romance. A badass book, I tell you. Oh well, too late for that.
Rating points: Dante: first half – 4 stars, second half – 0 stars -> average - 2 stars Charlie: first half – 2 stars, second half – 0 stars -> average - 1 star Story: first half – 3 stars, second half – 0 stars -> average – 1.5 stars Lolz: first half – 5 stars, second half – 0 stars -> average – 2.5 stars Demon hunting: first half – 0 stars, second half – 0 stars -> average – 0 stars ---------------------------------- Average score: 1.4 stars
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First of all I would like to give you the honor of meeting my Myrnin. Yes, I know he doesn’t exactly look like Rachel Caine intended him to, but I donFirst of all I would like to give you the honor of meeting my Myrnin. Yes, I know he doesn’t exactly look like Rachel Caine intended him to, but I don’t care. Deal with it. Now bathe in his awesomeness!
Mmmmmmmmm. He is perfect.
Anyways, if you managed to read this series completely, or close to it, you might as well call yourself a Morganville fan. If you are a Morganville fan, you surely know about the vampire heaven that is http://www.morganvillevampire.com/. I personally stalk the shit out of this website. The site has a whole bunch of goodies – short stories, news, MVTV!!! – good stuff. I want to show you guys some cool pictures for a bunch of characters.
Amelie and Oliver are PERFECT! Especially Oliver. Just look at that! Holy ballz!
Ada is meh, I can’t really form a proper image out of that sketch. And Myrnin… well, he is different. That is not how I imagine him. Well, my previous image is also not exactly how I imagine him either, but it’s pretty badass. I guess if you combine my image with the one Rachel Caine has on her website you’d get something better.
But anyways, apart for the unimportant stuff I’m dumping in this review, lemme talk a bit about the book and why I didn’t like it so much.
It was boring. Like really really boring. Boring start, then got a bit better, then boring again, then I lost interest and was counting down the pages till it finished. Black Dawn wasn’t as bad as Bite Club (you can read my rant here), I mean the story was pretty good. But, I repeat, it bored me. I also noticed that the book was almost 400 pages long. Wow. When compared to the previous MV books, this is a lot. And, if you remember me saying this in my previous reviews rants, the thing I love about MV is how short and fast-paced the books are. That’s why I could handle reading so many of them without getting bored. Black Dawn proved my point. The book is stuffed with extra info and extra POVs from various characters, some of them were completely unexpected (Hannah wtf?!), which added to the length of it. They also add extra drama which also bores the crap out of me.
And it was sooo painfully slooooow to read!! So unlike the previous MV books. Me has a sad.
I guess what I need is a break from the series. I’ve been reading it for the past few months now, and I guess I need to miss them a bit more in order to enjoy reading them again. I’ll probably resume reading them closer to the MV15 release, which is at the beginning of November if I recall correctly. I do hope I won’t end up dropping the series. That would be a shame.
I really REALLY liked Working for the Devil. It sucked me in since page one. Dead Man Rising however, did not. I didn’t take this as a sign. I shouldI really REALLY liked Working for the Devil. It sucked me in since page one. Dead Man Rising however, did not. I didn’t take this as a sign. I should have.
Dead Man Rising’s story did not work for me at all. I don’t know why but Dante’s past doesn’t interest me so much. Yes, she got tortured, and I feel bad for her, but meh. You know? Meh. The story was extremely mediocre if you ask me.
The characters kind of pissed me off as well. Dante was ok, but she bothered me with her attitude towards Jace. You saw how that ended. Not. Cool.
And Jace was just pitiful. I hate when authors make ex-lovers act like freaking dogs. Begging for a scrap of affection. Always sticking by her side, hoping she’ll change her mind and/or feelings towards him. Again, you saw where this has led him to.
And my biggest problem was Jeph. Or the lack of Jeph, to be precise. I will be frank and tell you that the main reason why I love this series is Jeph. Yep. Not gonna lie about it. So Jeph being supposedly dead, and thus absent throughout the book, made it less exciting for me.
Apart from these issues Dead Man Rising is a decent book. Lilith Saintcrow is a very good Urban Fantasy author, and I really respect her work. I’m actually excited about the upcoming book, The Devil's Right Hand, since.. well.. Jeph is.. you know..
I was not going to write a review for Nevermore because it was one of those books that kept me reading mouth open, eyes wide, fingers stuck not able tI was not going to write a review for Nevermore because it was one of those books that kept me reading mouth open, eyes wide, fingers stuck not able to type in any ideas. Then again, I felt like writing a review would push you guys into giving this book a try. Which you should totally do, by the way. It’s awesome.
Since I’m short on ideas and irritated because of a stupid allergy, I’m afraid my review won’t be much fun. Nor interesting. Not aggravating. Nor.. something else that I can’t think of. Oh yes, I remembered. Nor making much sense.
No, no it will make sense. It will make sense only if you read Nevermore.
Which you should.
Okay then, I’ll go on telling you why I loved it so much. See, I’m not the biggest fan of cheerleaders. The MC is a cheerleader. Dating the highschool’s football star. Not a good student. The usual. I didn’t think I would like Isobel. Hell, I hated her at the beginning of the book. But Kelly Creagh, being an amazing author as she is, made Isobel evolve into an admirable character.
The story revolving Poe was interesting enough. We get even some nice quotes from his works. Even though the story mostly goes around the school assignment, it did not get boring. The other part went around the dreamworld, which could get confusing. The trick is to pay total attention to the book in these moments. This means that you should read it in complete silence, when no one can interrupt. Worked for me like a charm.
And last but not least, the reason why I loved Nevermore so much is Varen. This goth baby won me over fair and square.
I love, absolutely love, hot goth guys. He’s also deep, he’s an artist. He writes and draws. Sigh. This is the perfect Varen:
Isn’t he nice? @_@
So there you have it. Is title the book for you? Take this quick quiz and find out!
1. Do you like reading books? a. yes (1 point) b. no (0 points)
2. Do you like hot goth guys? a. yes (1 point) b. no (0 points)
If your answer score is 2 or higher, then Nevermore is the book for you.