I loved this book. I"m not going to lie, and I'm not going to waste time. Here's what its about: (from Amazon): You can run from your past, but it wil...moreI loved this book. I"m not going to lie, and I'm not going to waste time. Here's what its about: (from Amazon): You can run from your past, but it will always catch up.
Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason it never seems to get any easier. She's left behind her days of debauchery to find peace and forgiveness at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There she's uncovered her family's epic history, reclaimed her magickal powers, and met Reyn, whom she dubs "the Viking god. " Just as she settles into her new life, Nastasya learns that her old friends might be in town....
Reuniting with her gorgeous and dangerous ex-best-friend, Innocencio, Nas wonders if she'll ever be truly free of her dark legacy. Is Incy dangerous, power-hungry, and wicked? Or is he the only one who truly understands Nas's darkness? Either way, Nas is desperate to find out who she really is-even if the answer kills her.
WHY I LIKED IT: 1)The main character is someone I can relate to. Someone who struggles with the choices she's made in the past and reconciling them to the person she was in the present. Instead of being whiny, it's real, it's genuine, and I love Nas's sarcastic sense of humor, it really let me get into her head. 2)Positive view on witch craft, and not just floaty spells. Not only does Nas have to learn to control her own power, she has to wrestle with the actual WORK that goes into The Craft. Good to know there are characters out there that aren't handed powers on a silver spoon. 3) I love the love/struggle between Nas and Reyn. It's interesting to watch how someone could fall in love with the Viking who killed her family, over 400 years ago. 4) I love-love-love all the snippets from Nas's past, and seeing the richness of all the different lives she's lived. It really drew me into the story, and the detail just made it all the more real. 5) Even though Boz and Katy were kinda bad, I still felt bad when they died.
MY ONLY CAVEAT: I will definitely be reading this whole series, I only regret I started with the 2nd book, now I HAVE to read the whole series! (less)
What did I think? I think this book was WAY over hyped for what I got in this story. The only really interesting thing about the characters were the G...moreWhat did I think? I think this book was WAY over hyped for what I got in this story. The only really interesting thing about the characters were the Gracelings with their different colored eyes. The world-building didn't seem extraordinary to me. It was just a run of the mill fantasy story. I've built stronger worlds in RP games in a few hours of dice rolling. I really didn't get the hype. The characters are ordinary, and by page 100, I'm wondering where the story is. Katsa is strong and doesn't like to wear dresses, I get it. That's pretty much what the first half of the book is about. The minor characters (Randa, Oll, Giddon) all of them are pretty much forgettable and have no distinguishable personalities. What really confuses me is how this book became a bestseller? There is nothing really remarkable about what little action there is, what story is there, the world the characters live in, or the romance. I've been reading all the positive reviews here, and I'm just not seeing what other people are seeing. When I read a book, I like to be swept away, to be transported. It didn't happen with this book. (less)
I recommend this book for all of my beginning writing classes. It gives valuable indispensable advice for writers, and helps keep the writer on track...moreI recommend this book for all of my beginning writing classes. It gives valuable indispensable advice for writers, and helps keep the writer on track with a schedule--something I desperately need! (less)
Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities...moreBook Description from Amazon:
Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.
Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.
Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they’re triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.
These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight. ~)0(~
This was really a sweet little story. It's a great YA and Urban Fantasy blend, perfect for a younger audience. What I really liked is that the use of fangs in this novel is so refreshingly different than the tired old vampire trope. Instead of being a pale and pining heroine *cough, cough Bella, cough* our main character has fangs that are used to inject venom rather than suck blood. Utterly brilliant.
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I loved this book, and I would keep it in regular rotation to read again and again. I've been there, Bebe. Bebe is the main character, and I love nove...moreI loved this book, and I would keep it in regular rotation to read again and again. I've been there, Bebe. Bebe is the main character, and I love novels written from first person, inside the character's head. She's currently in a halfway house, recovering from a bad car accident which killed her boyfriend. It's novel about searching, about connections, about family--and lack thereof--about love and loss and sex and drugs. All the good makings of a novel. It's not for the squeamish, it's not for anyone who can't handle drug use, recovery, addiction (of all kinds--sex, drugs, and food), and the impulses that ultimately make us cracked, flawed human beings. (less)