OMG!!! Ahhhhhh! I can’t believe it! That was....it’s so...., I don’t think.....I just can’t..... *sigh*. Let me**spoiler alert** Read on 7th Dec 2010
OMG!!! Ahhhhhh! I can’t believe it! That was....it’s so...., I don’t think.....I just can’t..... *sigh*. Let me start again....THAT. WAS. INCRDIBLE! First I have to say....YAY!!! Oh, yes, yes, yes.....Rose and Dimitri got their happily ever after. They ARE TOGTHER!!! It’s one of the best outcomes I’ve ever seen in a book series...ever! Now that that’s out of the way.....
Gah, I don’t know if I have the words to describe how brilliant this book was! This entire series has been nothing but a heart-wrenching, roller coaster ride of emotions and events from the very beginning, and it all came to a gripping conclusion that was more or less....utterly perfect! This is my all time fave series. I’ve never loved a book series as much as I love VA and going into this book I knew it was going to be spectacular. It seems like I, and all the other fans, have waited forever after the nail biting ending of Spirit Bound and I’m soooo happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. From the very beginning the story drew me in. I was gobsmacked with a few of the twists and left gaping throughout the whole book. I literally couldn’t put it down and from start to finish it was practically super glued to my fingers. I read it in one sitting! It was an electricity charged ride and I was desperate to know how Rose was going to get herself out of her current predicament the entire way! From the very moment Dimitri, Adrian and Eddie broke Rose outta jail, a plan orcastrated by Lissa, Christian and Abe, I might add, I was gone.....Nothing and no one could have stopped me reading. Honestly, my house could have been on fire and I wouldn’t have noticed....nor would I have moved until I’d finished reading. Actually, come to think of it.....do I smell smoke? *sniff* *sniff*......
All the characters I’ve come to love and adore were here in all their glory. Rose, Dimitri, Lissa, Christian, Adrian, Sydney, Eddie, Abe, Rose’s mum, Jill..... I could go on and on.....they were all there and it was great to see them again. Rose and Dimitri sitting in a tree...K-I-S-S-...oh, whatever....THEY GOT BACK TOGETHER!!! Yay!*does happy dance* I’m so happy right now I can’t even put it into words. After everything they’ve been through, after all the torment and challenges, they’ve finally gotten to the point when they see that they’re soul mates, that they’re meant for each other...something we’ve all known for quite a while. I love Adrian, I do and it breaks my heart that his and Rose’s relationship had to end the way it did (Rose...seriously, I’d shake you for cheating if I wasn’t so happy you and Dimka are back together), but I just can’t deny that I feel like this is the right outcome. Totally. Completely. Rose tried to give her relationship with Adrian a shot, but it just wasn’t right. I’m glad Dimitri finally came to his senses in this book and admitted that he still loved Rose (like that was a secret *rolls eyes*) and that they are going to be together for real. I really feel sorry for Adrian though. I’m really disappointed that Rose cheated on him; I do feel like she should be better than that. But I understand that people make mistakes and we can’t help how our hearts feel. I just feel like Adrian got the raw end of the stick. Dimitri always had Rose’s heart, let’s face it, and I think Adrian deserves to find a girl who will give her whole heart to him and only him. He needs someone to love him that can help him be the best person he can be. And I’m really hoping he finds that in the spin off series, because I don’t feel like his story has been told. It’s not completed.
Jill was Lissa’s sibling. I will say that I did see that one coming. It’s something that I think is both obvious and yet it’s not.....it’s a great little sub twist. She’s been under everyone’s noses the whole time. Lissa had a sibling right there at St Vladimir’s and no one knew about it. Totally cool! The only thing I don’t like was how Lissa reacted to Jill. Yes, I get that it was a shock....one hell of a shock....but I also think she could have been a little more inviting and friendlier to her new found sister. Still..... Tasha! It was freaking Tasha!! Never once did I think she could be capable of something like murdering the Queen. She always seemed like such a cool person, an ally. I certainly didn’t think that she’d be the killer, even though I did see her motive beforehand. I just thought she was on Rose’s side, not that she was the one that set her up. But I can see why she did it. I guess I always thought her feelings towards Dimitri were never that strong. I’m thrilled that Lissa became queen. I think it’s a very good progression and evolution of the story. I think that she is the best person to help the Moroi move forward and I hope that takes effect in the spin off series. And Rose is Lissa’a guardian and Dimitri is Christian’s. Is that not perfect or what?!? Rhetorical question, don’t answer that.....of course it is! Now they can be together and still do their jobs and duty.
Lord, this book was wonderful. I just can’t say it enough! I really can’t. I don’t know what people are going to say, but I’m incredibly happy with this book. I feel like everything we’ve been through in the whole series has led to this moment, this ending, and I think it’s very fitting. However, I also feel that there were a few loose ends left. A few possibilities that I believe are going to be the focus of the spin off series Bloodlines. First off I want to see what happens to Adrian. I think he more than anyone else deserves some kind of happiness. I want him to find someone and I’m still holding on to my hope that that person will be Sydney. I think that despite her notions of dhampirs, he is more than capable of changing her feelings. I think he’s charming enough to sweep her off her feet. That is unless that other Alchemist Ian doesn’t do it. That’s something I’ll be watching. I want to know what's going to happen to Eddie since he killed that Moroi. How much is that moment going to effect his life? And I’d really love to see how Lissa goes as Queen and what happens to Jill. I want the two of them to get to know one another and bond.
And now.... It’s over *sob* *sob* I can’t believe it’s actually over! I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself not that it’s finished, I really don’t. This series has been the best I’ve ever read. Throughout Rose’s journey I’ve smiled, laughed, practically cried when a certain Guardian became a Strigoi *cough* Dimitri *cough* and enjoyed almost every single moment, bar a few.... and again I head back to when a certain Guardian became a Strigoi. There’s been the ups and downs, the happy moments and the oh so sad ones, and I feel like the ending, the conclusion, makes all those moments when I wanted to scream out loud (and often did) or cry because everything just seemed so horrible.....totally and utterly worth it! Richelle Mead has created a treasure here and I recommend this series with more heart and soul than I possibly have!!!! ...more
**spoiler alert** I ahh, think that I....I don’t know.... I literally just finished this book and I’m at a loss of words to describe it. Was it brillia**spoiler alert** I ahh, think that I....I don’t know.... I literally just finished this book and I’m at a loss of words to describe it. Was it brilliant? Yes! Was it fantastic? Yes! Was it worth the wait? Yes, yes, yes....lord yes! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book an entire lifetime. Yes, that may seem weird, but that’s how I feel. There have been waits for books that I thought would kill me-Richelle Mead's Last Sacrifice being a big one- but none like this. I was happy and satisfied when City of Glass ended, but learning that Clare decided to write more books was just the icing on the cake. It’s been a while between books, but this was more or less everything I expected and more!
It was different and yet completely the same. There’s no way to pretend that the characters haven’t changed--that they’re not different and that everything that went into the storyline and plot of the first 3 books hasn’t changed. That chapter of the series is over and a new dawn has emerged (yes, cheesy, I know, but sue me). The characters were still the amazing, incredible people that stole my heart throughout the first 3 books and being with them again was a lot like coming home from a long trip. I must say---I thought Jordan was an awesome inclusion! I always thought Maia’s ex was a real jerk, but he’s nothing like I thought or expected and I love that. I will admit that I did miss seeing more of Clary and Jace. They’re still my fave everything of this series, fave characters, fave couple, but I still loved the book regardless. It was so strange getting such an in-depth look into Simon and following him the most. Obviously the books have always changed POV’s, jumping back and forth, but it’s always been fixed mostly on Clary, whereas this time it was more Simon than anything else. And yet... I didn’t have a problem with that. I love Simon--always have--and even though I never wanted him to be the one Clary ended up with, I still wanted the best for him. He’s still the same great Simon he’s always been, but he’s slightly different too. I think he’s got a long way to go and there’s a lot of growth that I think will happen to him. I can’t wait to see though...
It’s odd, when the last book ended, if anyone had asked me, I’d have been one of the few people who actually said they wanted Maia to be with Simon, but after this book it’s plain to see that Izzy is the one that for him! Perhaps I’m late to the party, but it always seemed to me that she was a bit much for him and (even though I love her, heart and soul) I didn’t believe she was right for him. I honestly thought that Maia and he would have made a better couple, but after this book I’ll never think that way again. Perhaps it was Jordan coming into the storyline and seeing how he and Maia were/are, but I finally looked and realised that Simon and Isabelle really have something. There’s so much more to Izzy than we’ve seen and I think that Simon may actually break through her defences and worm his way into her heart if she lets him! Oh, and it goes without saying that I want Maia and Jordan back together too. Hello? Weren’t they just perfect together? The issues they have and Maia wanting to rip him to shreds aside.
I was sad to see so many issues for Clary and Jace in this book, but I can’t say I was surprised either. I knew Cassandra Clare wouldn’t just let them be. It seems like they’ve been through so much, but of course it’s not the end for them, no sir-ee. There are more problems facing them and new struggles, but I don’t doubt for a second that they can get through it.....somehow. That’s not to say that I didn’t love every single moment they were together, because I did. I absolutely did! The moments between Clary and Jace were electric. Every time they’re together, every kiss, every time they touch, things just sizzle. I’ve loved a lot of book couples over time, but none compared to them. They’re like no other. You can’t deny that they’re made for one another, you can’t miss the chemistry they have. It’s truly impossible not to see and feel. They just go together so well, they both make each other better. Jace makes Clary stronger, and she’s his whole world. She means he world to him and it makes me giggly inside (Yeah, yeah, yeah....I went there =D)
This book was perfectly paced and the ending was a heart-stopping roller coaster ride. So much happened and I was on the edge of my seat, wanting to see how Simon, Jace and Clary would get out of things. I couldn’t believe that Lilith was trying to bring Sebastian back. There’s no one who deserves to stay dead more than him...well, perhaps expect Valentine. The ending of this book was jaw dropping. I. Could. Not. Believe. It! Still can’t, if I’m honest here. I cannot believe that Sebastian is alive again and what he’s done to Jace. It’s shocking, it’s exciting, it’s heart-breaking, it’s everything I didn’t want, but at the same time I CANNOT wait to see what’s going to happen next. The next book is going to be a showstopper--I can so tell—and I can’t wait to see what happens now. Can Clary and everyone else manage to free Jace from Sebastian? Can they defeat Sebastian? Just what does this mean now?
God! I NEEEEEED the next book, like stat! Seriously, this series is just brilliant and I can’t wait for the next instalment! Bring on the awesome! ...more
***Firstly, thank-you to Harlequin Teen Australia for sending me a copy to read and review**
The Iron Knight**spoiler alert** **Read in October 2011**
***Firstly, thank-you to Harlequin Teen Australia for sending me a copy to read and review**
The Iron Knight marks a dramatic conclusion to Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. Weaving together all the beauty and wonder that has made this series so captivating, The Iron Knight explores the darkest places of the Nevernever as Ash faces truths, challenges and revelations in his quest for a soul; racing towards a climax that will leave you breathless!
In all honestly I’m saddened to see this series come to an end, but I found this book to be a very fitting end to a series that has taken me on highs and lows, through danger and adventure, shown me love and heartbreak and ultimately captured me with each and every book. Julie Kagawa has created a gem right here, with a world and characters beautiful in their own rights and magic when she put them together. Every page, ever book has just gotten better and better and Kagawa proves she can still knock our socks off with more twists and turns, and shocks and revelations than I knew what to do with in this book!
There wasn’t a moment during Ash’s adventure that I was bored or able to be dragged away. It was stunning watching as he and Puck travelled far and wide as part of their journey to find Ash a soul. Of course it was fantastic seeing Puck (AKA Robin Goodfellow) return in all his pesky glory, creating more mischief and making me smile even when ten seconds before I’d wanted to cry. Brimming with old friends and new, all of which helped Ash in some way or another, this story takes us into the heart and head of Ash, allowing us a glimpse into the very depth of the Winter Prince. This book is an emotional roller-coaster ride as Ash faces his past in an attempt to find his future. Just when it seemed like we all knew what would happen with this book, Ash is faced with not one, but two equally difficult choices to make in his quest to return to Megan.
I really felt for Ash in this book—it was impossible not to, but I feel like he really cemented and proved why he is, and will always be, one of the best male leads in YA fiction. We’ve all known Ash had led a hard life, and had done some horrible things but in this book the reality really sinks in as we see the horrors Ash was a part of and the blood that once stained his hands. We must face the horror of his past with our hero as he attempted to pass his tests and return to his love. I think Ash grew so much in this book and it was brilliant to see. Now I’m not going to go into a lot of detail for fear of giving too much away, but throughout the series we’ve watched Ash morn his lost love, even as he fell for Megan and in Iron Knight Ash faces a revelation and choice I doubt any of us readers ever expected he’d face. Julie Kagawa certainly knows how to pull our heart strings, but in the end Ash made the right decision. We all knew he loved Megan, but by throwing in this twist Kagawa has truly validated their love and proven that it really is the real deal; that it’s stronger than anything else.
There were heart-wrenching moments and throughout the whole book you truly do wonder how it will end. Nothing ever seemed safe, even towards the end of the book when everything seemed to come crashing down, before soaring higher and higher than before. There’s been pain and tears, laughter and joy and heart-breaking sorrow, but in this book we finally find the ending we were all searching for as The Iron Fey series comes to a close. As we face the final chapter in what truly has been an incredible series, Kagawa delivers one of the best books and doesn’t disappoint as she ends the series with endless hope and possibilities and I’m sure leaves us all wishing we could get our hands on the spin-off right now.....
*sobs* May!?!? 2012?!? May 2012?!? *sobs some more* This cannot be! Really! It's like....too long! Too, too long! I NEEEEEEEEEEED THIS BOOK! How can C*sobs* May!?!? 2012?!? May 2012?!? *sobs some more* This cannot be! Really! It's like....too long! Too, too long! I NEEEEEEEEEEED THIS BOOK! How can Cassandra Clare do this to me--ahh, I mean us! I need this book, like yesterday!
Please excuse me while I go and cry in a corner about having to wait so long for this book. Those who loved the first should totally understand how IPlease excuse me while I go and cry in a corner about having to wait so long for this book. Those who loved the first should totally understand how I feel.....
*goes and wails pitifully*
UPDATE: *stares zombie-like at the cover* Ooooooh. Purdy!!!...more
**spoiler alert** *Read on the 13th of April 2011*
Hmmm, what to say, what to say..... First off, I loved it, and second....I hated it. Well, not reall**spoiler alert** *Read on the 13th of April 2011*
Hmmm, what to say, what to say..... First off, I loved it, and second....I hated it. Well, not really. I didn’t actually hate it, but I was frustrated by it and excited and shocked and angry and well, you get my point. It was both everything I wanted and everything I didn’t want all rolled into one. I must admit though that I was a tad disappointed that it took so long to really get into the storyline. Considering how the last book ended, I expected things to pick up exactly where it left off, but Dru actually didn’t get to really looking and searching for Graves until about 3 quarters through. While I didn’t necessarily dislike this, I still would have preferred things to have been a bit faster paced and more centred on Dru finding Graves from the beginning. This series is very descriptive and tends to have a slower pace than a lot of other books I’ve read, and while that’s not usually my sort of thing, for some reason (I can’t say why) I’m actually not bothered by this. I enjoy seeing this evolve slowly for the most part, and when the exciting and important moments happen, I do actually enjoy them and appreciate them a bit more.
I love Dru, simple as that! I find her to be one of the best heroines that I’ve ever come across! There’s nothing about her that really stands out, and while she does tend to make stupid decisions sometimes, I still love her regardless. It’s hard to really explain why I feel this way....She’s such a good, realistic character and every decision she makes seems plausible to me, and yet there’s something about her that just makes me unable to dislike her, even when I want to strangle her. When she does make the wrong choice, whether it is an action she really hasn’t thought through, or believing someone when she shouldn’t, it’s impossible for me to hold it against her as she always has good intentions. It’s often because she is trying to do the right thing or for someone. Granted, even though I love her, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t want to jump into this book and strangle her when she happened to question a certain blond haired, blue eyed djamphir that I love sooooo much!
I couldn’t believe that Dru actually believed that Christophe could have done what Leon had led her to believe he’d done. Perhaps I’m a bit biased as I’m totally Team Christophe, but I never once thought he’d betrayed Dru. Yes, he keeps things from her, yes he occasionally bends the truth....but he does it because he cares (I think loves is the better word, but I’m holding off for now) for her and wants to protect her. I don’t think he’d ever do anything cruel simply to get Graves out of her life; he wouldn’t want to hurt her in any way. That being said, while I don’t doubt Christophe, I also don’t doubt for a second that he wouldn’t do anything...and I do mean anything to protect her. I think he’d risk anything and anyone, including himself, Graves and every single person within the schola, to protect Dru and make sure she’s not harmed. The way he feels about her, the way he cares so deeply, she means more to him than anything and there’s nothing he’d let stand in his way to protect her.
And it’s because of this that I just can’t help but think that Dru is making a mistake questioning Christophe or even considering being with Graves. Yes, I love the guy, but Graves and Dru just don’t have what Christophe and Dru do. They’re great friends, and under different circumstances there could have been something, but I think what they have is too safe, too boring. I love the moments between Dru and Christophe. They have such great chemistry and there’s a spark between them that you just can’t deny. There’s no denying that they have something; something electric, which I think is real. Dru may have some kind of feelings for Graves, but it’s Christophe with whom she has a unspeakable connection and if she doesn’t admit that to herself soon, and I mean really, really admit it, not just think it and consider it, not to mention end up with him in the last book, I’m going to riot!
It was sooo great to see Ash change back in this book. I thought it was so cute how he acted. I think there are a few screws loose upstairs for that boy thanks to everything Sergej has done to him, but he’s a real sweetie, in a strange, odd way. Gotta love how protective he is of Dru and how he is on her side no matter what--it’s adorable. I actually felt a tiny bit bad for Anna in this book. Who’d have thunk it? In the last book I wanted her gone, gone, gone, but in this book she actually stepped up and did something good for a change. Perhaps there is some redeeming her--if she survives that is. I really want to know what’s going to happen next, now that Dru, Graves and Ash are on the run and now that Dru has bloomed. She’ll never be the same now and I wonder if being a fully bloomed svetocha will change her. She’s certainly beginning to step up a bit and is now more confident, and I look forward to seeing how she handles things now.
I can’t wait for the next book! I’m heart-broken that it’s the last, but I’m still dying to discover how this series ends. Dru better, better end up with Christophe. I need to see her apologize to him and watch them sail of into the sunset together. Hey, a girl can hope right?
**spoiler alert** There has been so much talk about this book in recent months. Those lucky enough to get their hands on ARC’s have seemed to think th**spoiler alert** There has been so much talk about this book in recent months. Those lucky enough to get their hands on ARC’s have seemed to think that Bloodlines isn’t as good as VA and while I do see what they mean, I don’t exactly agree. Going into this book I was sooo excited about it. VA remains one of my all time fave series and I had high expectations for Bloodlines and, for me, it didn’t disappoint. I can see the differences in this and VA, but I loved it none-the-less. The world within this book is very different from that in VA. The minor characters in VA now have a larger role and they have the chance to shine. The world within the Amberwood boarding school was quite normal, and the book lacked the Moroi magic found in VA, but I discovered that I actually didn’t mind that. The pace of this book was slower as Richelle Mead set up the characters and storyline, but I enjoyed the pace and everything that happened.
It was nice seeing the new characters in this book. After the way the Vampire Academy series ended, there were a lot of questions left unanswered and a lot of loose ends left untied. In Bloodlines those characters whose stories weren’t completed are front and centre and we get the beginning of their own tales. Sydney, Jill and Eddie are all back and their lives are now our focus. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Sydney. I liked her in Blood Promise and I knew she had promise, but I wasn’t expecting to love her as much as I did. And I did actually love her....a lot. She has her issues and fears in regards to Moroi and vampires, but she’s strong too. One of the things that was a stand out about her for me was her morals. I liked that she still has issues with vampires and still considered them and their world to be evil and unnatural at times, and yet unlike the other alchemists, she treated them with respect and decency; interacting with them in a way that was kind and not unnecessarily cruel. Throughout this book Sydney continued to grow and her ideas change and I think she has the potential to be an incredible heroine as the series continues. Personally I can’t wait to witness her becoming the kind of lead I know she can be.
I can’t say enough how much I love Adrian. While Dimitri always had my heart in the previous series and I always wanted him to be with Rose, I’ve always thought highly of Adrian—ever since he appeared in the VA books. He’s such a great character. He’s funny and charming and underneath he’s got such a great heart. There’s so much about him that’s a front and not completely the truth that I adored the moments when his kindness and his true feelings shone through. It’s clear from this book just how much Rose’s betrayal hurt him at the end of Last Sacrifice, but at the same time I could see that he’s ready to move on and that he can be okay again. There’s nothing I want more than him to reach his potential. The relationship he has with Jill is so adorable. He’s always cared about her, but in this book it’s finally clear how strong that affection is. He treats her like a little sister and I don’t doubt that he’d do anything to keep her safe and happy.
I can’t deny that Bloodlines lacked the romance that VA did and yet I wasn’t disappointed by this—not in the least. The chemistry is there between Adrian and Sydney and Mead has set up a great stage for what I can foresee being a terrific romance. The seeds have been sown and I’m excited about the prospect of seeing their relationship develop over time. It’s obvious from the way they interact with each other that something really deep could develop between them in future books. While they’re very different in a lot of ways, they’re also very similar and I think they could find strength in themselves from each other. Adrian certainly is charming enough to help change Sydney’s thoughts on Moroi and sweep her off her feet and I can’t defiantly see her helping to heal his broken heart. I cannot wait to see how this relationship changes in the next few books—it’s so exciting.
I liked the side story of Jill and Lee, although I saw Eddie and everything he feels coming. I’m eager to see where this leads and what it means. There were enough twists and turns in this book to keep you on your toes and the entire time I was reading I didn’t want to stop. I think there a tonnes of possibilities for the characters in this book and the ending was one that left me wanting more....stat! Bloodlines proves that Mead can indeed keep her VA world alive and has captivated me once again. I think this the start of what looks to be a brilliant series and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on The Golden Lily, although the wait is going to kill me!
Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward tells the tale of Tohr; a broken shell of a Brother, destroyed and altered by the loss of his mate, a man who finally gets his story told.
I have to be honest here; Lover Reborn wasn’t my favorite of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with it. I just struggled to really connect like I wished I could. For some reason I wasn’t as absorbed by Tohr’s tale as I expected to me.
Lover Reborn takes place over quite a long period of time; almost a year if I remember correctly. Understandably Tohrment has quite a journey in store for me. He’s still very much broken having lost his mate Wellsie some time ago. Tohr has to go through a number of different stages, from coming to accept his loss to finding room in his heart for another. This book displays everything it means to love again having loved before, especially on Tohr’s part.
I like Tohr, I do, but admittedly he is one of the less memorable Brothers for me. That being said, I did enjoy reading his story. After all the pain and recent loss he’s experienced, he deserved to find lasting happiness again. Those who know me will know I’ve been hoping Tohr would be paired with No’One since it became apparent that Tohr was going to get his own story and she was a new edition to the series, so suffice to say, I’m happy that she was his love interest in this book.
Overall I think these two are a great pairing. No’One (Autumn) has been through a tremendous life. The things she had done to her at the hands of the Sympath that impregnated her were horrendous and she does not know what it feels like to experience pleasure. Seeing her experience all this for the first time as she finds courage and herself was great to read about.
My only issue with this book was that Tohr irked me at times with his pathetic-ness. I understood his pain, I really did, but at times it seemed to much. His constant struggles over what his body wanted and his heart versus his guilt over betraying his dead mate was something that detracted too much from the connection and romance that developed between Tohr and his Autumn.
The continued involvement of the Band of Bastards proved to be really interesting and it was a shocker some of the things they did. And yet at the same time, I have high hopes for some of these characters and look forward to seeing what Ward does with this series next!
*This ebook was provided to me at no cost by the publisher*
Gah! I just finished this book and I don’t know if I want to scream or cr**spoiler alert**
*This ebook was provided to me at no cost by the publisher*
Gah! I just finished this book and I don’t know if I want to scream or cry! I was so frustrated by the ending and revelations of this book. I don’t remember being this upset since the famous Clary-and-Jace-are-siblings revelation of The Mortal Instruments series. And just knowing the truth and what it all means just makes me madder. I was devastated by what we learned and was told---there’s no other way to describe it and I wanted to cry out in frustration. This book was incredible! Really, truly. It’s very rare to find a book that manages to draw such a range of emotions from me. Josephine Angelini has created something amazing right here. I went through excitement, happiness, frustration, happiness again, shock, surprise, sadness and finally devastation.....devastation at how this book ended. I thought it was brilliant how she took the idea of demigods and Greek Myth and gave it a twist and direction that I’ve never seen before! There is nothing out there like this! The storyline was marvellous. I was drawn in from the very first page by the characters and the idea and I just didn’t want to stop reading. The idea of the modern day tragedy is alluring and appealing. You know it’s going to lead to heartbreak, and yet you keep reading regardless--I love that!
This book had a great cast of characters, Helen and Lucas obviously, but Hector, Jason, Arianne, Cassandra, Claire were all big draws for me. I love nothing more than when there’s a great family dynamic within a book and this one sure had that! I admit I had my issues with Helen at the very beginning of this book. Although I thought she was a cool gal there was just something about he that didn’t sit right with me. BUT as the story went on, I came to really love her. There’s no denying she had her issues though. She had no idea who she was and she wanted to kill Lucas, which is a big no, no in my eyes, because....let’s face it, he’s Lucas (insert dreamy sigh here). I thought it was really nice to see how she approached everything and I never felt like she accepted things too easily, like I sometimes do in books. I think there’s a lot in her though that could be subject to some growth in the next couple of books and I honestly look forward to seeing it. As for Mr. Lucas Delos....what can I say about him besides, “squeee”. Loved the guy! First I have to say that he reminded me of a certain vampire we all know *cough* Edward Cullen *cough* but not in a way that occasionally annoys me like in other books. I think he was similar in the way that they had the same personality traits and all, but Lucas had his own individual personality too. Lucas knew who is was and what he couldn’t do. Sure he fought it and sure....he lost the fight with himself, but he still saw the consequences and was willing to fight for Helen---gotta love a man like that! He was wicked, with a sense of humour too and a serious side that just captivated me.
I thought the romance between Helen and Lucas was beautiful. For once it wasn’t one of those love-at-first-sight tales you always see. It was more hate-at-first-sight or kill-him-at-first-sight! Their relationship grew with time and wasn’t in your face from the very beginning. It changed gradually and altered as they got to know each other and as they were drawn together. There was a chemistry and a spark between them and I can’t wait to see how their relationship continues over the course of the series. Especially after the revelation that we shall never speak of..... *sob* I must say I adore Hector! For all his faults he’s one of my faves in this series and he’s got a special place in my heart. I love his mischievousness and his sometimes meanness (so what? He rocks anyway) and I hate what happened to him—he does not deserve what he’s going through. Claire and Jason cracked me up too. Seriously, like you can’t tell straight away what all their bickering means and where it’s heading--so cute! Can’t wait to see more of them, they’re gonna be firecrackers those two, I can totally see it.
DAPHNE!!!! Grrrr! Sooo not liking that woman. After what she’s done and continues to do, I’d like nothing more than to beat her senseless (I know! Where does this violence come from inside me, I have no idea?”) and I’m wondering just what she’s gonna do next. She wants to play nice and all that, but I don’t trust her at all. And if Helen doesn’t well, then I don’t see how anyone can. Lots of surprises towards the end of this book. This chapter of the story seems like it’s been summed up, what with Creon killed and everything out in the open (kinda).
I am, and will continue to root for Helen and Lucas all the way through. It’s just not fair that they found each other and can’t be together. Seems like everywhere you turn nowadays in the book world are a pair of star crossed lovers, but there hasn’t been a couple like this for a while. Josephine Angelini debut novel is beautiful, capturing and incredible. It’s a story you start and don’t want to stop. I have no issues what-so-ever with this books, except that technically it’s not even out yet and I’m DYING for the sequel already. I cannot wait until Dreamless and I recommend this book with my heart and soul!
**spoiler alert** ***OMG, OMG, OMG! Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!**** *sigh* Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on.... That was incredible. Just incredible! I c**spoiler alert** ***OMG, OMG, OMG! Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!**** *sigh* Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on.... That was incredible. Just incredible! I cannot believe all that went on in that book. Firstly, Dimitri was saved! Yes, yes, yes! I can’t be happier about that, I swear. I actually shrieked when I read Lissa had actually managed to restore his soul. Let’s face it- it’s what every VA fan has wanted since the end of Shadow Kiss. And I’m no exception. My heart breaks over the guilt he feels and I know he can’t take back the things he’s done, but surely he can move on. And what about him not wanting to be with Rose? I understand how bad knowing he’d hurt the person he loves most would be, but there is NO WAY I believe he no longer loves her. That’s an outright lie! You only have to read how he looks at her and how he was willing to fight a bunch of guardians for her. He aint fooling anybody! Oh, Rose. Dearest Rose..... WHAT ARE YOU DOING? She loves Dimka, that’s clear, but what about Adrian? I know her feelings are confused, especially knowing she does care about Adrian, but she is only going to make things harder on herself. And on Adrian if she does end up getting back with Dimitri. I believe Adrian does actually love her and his heart will break if they split. That being said, I wouldn’t be true to myself or honest if I didn’t say that even though I have a soft spot for Adrian, I’ll be cheering for Rose and Dimitri all the way to the very end. Lissa and Christian seemed to work things out, which was great to see. And many of the other awesome characters I love were back. Eddie, Abe, Mia, Rose’s Mum, Jill, even Sydney had a small cameo. It was soooo great to see them all again!
Now on to the shocks! How can they believe that Rose killed the Queen? It’s an exceptional twist in the story, but I do wonder who actually did kill her and why? Now that Rose is going to trial it’s gonna be up to Lissa and all her friends to save her and get her out of trouble. And Lissa has a sibling! Can you believe it? That totally blew me away, and I never saw it coming. I can’t wait to find out how that impacts the storyline. Even though it’s a surprise, I think a younger sis or bro would be good for Lissa. It means she’s not as alone as she’s always been.
I CANNOT WAIT to find out what happens in the final book. I’m sad that Last Sacrifice will be the end of the VA series, but I’m looking forward to what I know will be a gripping, explosive, heart racing conclusion. Now I just gotta wait until December. Seriously, it’s gonna kill me!!!
This book was wonderful. I’m always entranced by Rick Riordan’s work. I adored Percy Jackson, and I alwa**spoiler alert**
Read on the 16th of May 2011
This book was wonderful. I’m always entranced by Rick Riordan’s work. I adored Percy Jackson, and I always will, but I think it’s possible that if this series continues to way it is, I may end up liking it more. Both books in this series have been brilliant and Riordan knows exactly what he’s doing. One of the things I love about Riordan’s writing is how he adds in little sentences that let you know something crazy is going to happen like, “It started when we set Brooklyn on fire" or “Should I describe Waterloo Station as it was before or after we destroyed it?--things like that are just brilliant and you know you’re going to get a fabulous tale from the very beginning. This book was a fast paced, never ending ride of awesome the entire way through (yeah, yeah, tacky but sue me). It was action packed and fun, with the perfect blend of friendship, humour and romance to draw you in and captivate you the entire way through.
It was great to see all the wonderful characters from the first book back, along with some new inclusions. Bes, Walt, Jaz were all excellent additions to a cast of characters that I love already. Carter and Sadie continue to be fabulous main characters and I love following them on their journeys. I feel like they’re both really growing as characters, especially Sadie, who is really beginning to shine and I find it adorable to watch her face her boy troubles just like every other teenager while trying to save the world. Then again, most teenagers don’t have the choice between a boy who’s dying and a god. Still Sadie is hanging in there and managing to lean things as she goes. I admit that I don't have the same love for Carter as I do for Sadie. He's not quite as interesting and at times can be bland, but he's beginning to take shape too and I like character growth. I feel sorry for him with how the Zia situation turned out and I’m hoping to see things resolved as the series progresses. Although I missed seeing Bast in this book, but I thought Bes was a terrific replacement. He was gross and grumpy and kind and funny and just a great guy. It was nice to have the dwarf god in the story and I’d love to see more of him, depending on whether or not Carter and Sadie can return him to his former glory that is.
The battle scenes within this book were many, and the fight scenes between Carter, Sadie and Apophis/ Vlad were interesting. I almost feel sorry for our two heroes. They went through so much and it almost seems like they didn’t gain anything. Desjardins is dead, Apophis is in the abyss (although it’s pretty obvious he’ll claw his way out sometime soon) and Amos is the new Chief Lector. Ra is still, well, senile and Zia apparently has some big destiny that we all know nothing about....things sure are exciting! I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, although I have no idea when it will be released. Can’t wait regardless. ...more
**spoiler alert** This book was incredible! The best in the series so far! From the minute I started reading, I was hooked. Unlike the previous book w**spoiler alert** This book was incredible! The best in the series so far! From the minute I started reading, I was hooked. Unlike the previous book where I felt nothing really happened at times, this book was full speed the entire time. There was always something happening, something to keep me interested. The plot was exciting and a lot happened over the course of the book. We learn more about just what Dru is as a svetocha, and Christophe’s history with Dru’s mum. There was always a question hanging over my head that I had to know the answer to. It was good to see all my fave characters back. Dru, Graves and Christophe obviously returned, but also Ash, Dibs and Shanks were all there and it was good to see them. I liked the inclusion of a lot of new characters and I found myself liking Leon and Benjamin. Oh, I did not like Anna. What a b**** (excuse my language) and I’m glad the Order saw her for what she truly was in the end. I think Dru went through a lot in this book, and over all she handled herself very well. She didn’t let it get to her at times when I expected she would. She seems to be becoming stronger and I like that.
I will admit that out of all the series’ I’ve read where there is a love triangle involved, this is the one where I have the most difficulty picking a team. Both are really great guys and seem to care about Dru sooo much. Graves is such a great guy, he’s really starting to shape up and come into his own, and it’s obvious that he really cares for Dru but Christophe is so.....Christophe. There’s just something about him that’s so hot, and compelling and if I’m honest I’m leaning more towards him. Like Dru mentioned in the book Graves is perfect boyfriend material, and while Christophe well...isn’t exactly normal in those regards, his connection with Dru seems to be deeper. I mean Dru’s friendship with Graves is so strong, they seem to know each other better than almost anyone, but when it comes to Christophe they click in an entirely different way. I loved how he’s so caring when it comes to her, and protective. I don’t doubt he’d do anything for her.
Towards the end of this book, I was absolutely blown away. During the trial when the secrets about Anna came out I was shocked to see just how heartless she truly is. I mean I knew she was cruel and nasty, but I never realised how much. When Anna started shooting Dru and Christophe protected her with his own body and then gave her his blood, I was gapping. I literally gasped at that part! It shows how much he cares about her. Dare I say it....... I think perhaps he may love her, even if he doesn’t realise it. I mean, you don’t risk yourself like he did for someone who doesn’t mean a lot to you.
The way the book ended left me hanging on. I’m soooo desperate to know if Dru is going to be able to save Graves from Sergej and just what’s gonna happen now that’s she’s the head of the Order.
I CANNOT WAIT until the next book!!!!! It better get here soon!!! ...more
**spoiler alert** *This ebook was provided to me at no cost by the publisher*
This book....wow! Every now and then, there’s a story that stops you and**spoiler alert** *This ebook was provided to me at no cost by the publisher*
This book....wow! Every now and then, there’s a story that stops you and takes your breath away....this was one of those. I loved it! Simply, completely, loved it. I can barely begin to say how much. From the very beginning I was caught. I was sucked into Kate’s tale and her story and I didn’t want to leave. I finished it in less than two days and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about reading it; eager to get back to the story. I love Greek Myth....I always have. There’s something so magical about it that I love, and I think this story was a wonderful example of how amazing and how much fun it can be. Considering this is a début novel, the author has done an incredible job. The story and characters were brilliant.
I loved all the characters....from Kate and Henry, to Ava and James to Kate’s mum and some others. They were all so fabulous and entertaining. They were each so different and unique and I loved seeing them in the story. I think Kate was just brilliant! She is without a doubt one of the best heroine’s I’ve had the pleasure of following in a long, long time. It’s very rare to find just a wonderful, well rounded character. I think she reacted to things believably and naturally, and she was a wonderful person. She was kind and considerate, while still being strong and brave. I think I can say that she’s now become one of my all time fave heroines—that’s how much I loved her! I have no faults about her what-so-ever and considering that I usually even see tiny faults with the characters I adore, that’s really saying something!
I found I really liked Henry. He wasn’t exactly what I was expecting from Hades, and while I do still feel there is a bit more about him that we don’t know, I think he was a terrific male lead. He was a kind, considerate person, and I think he was a great match for Kate. I really felt for Henry, and his history with Persephone. I like the way the author changed the tale and showed it in a different way, which actually allowed Hades to be the good guy in the picture. There are not a lot of Greek Myth tales where Hade’s is a good guy at all; he’s always the bad guy, and I liked the change in this. I liked the opportunity for him to be an actual person with feelings and a heart....it was wonderful. The relationship between Henry and Kate was excellent. I really liked how it developed over time and how they got to know one another. It was very sweet and normal, and I never felt like anything was forced. It seemed very natural and I liked that.
I was shocked with the twists and revelations at the end of this book! I can’t believe what came to light and I was gobsmacked to learn just who everyone actually was. I think the author has done an exceptional job here. It was so smart and wonderful....it couldn’t have been better. I can’t think of a better way to have had the ending and I was so happy to see Kate and Henry wed. The ending of this book has me excited to read the next one and I simply CANNOT WAIT until it comes out!! If it’s anything as good as this one, I can tell straight out that it’s going to be BRILLANT.
This book was so incredible and I deem it a MUST READ!! Like....NOW, people!! ...more
**spoiler alert** **Read on 23rd of September 2011**
*Contains detailed sex scenes
The Darkest Surrender is yet another book in the brilliant Lords of t**spoiler alert** **Read on 23rd of September 2011**
*Contains detailed sex scenes
The Darkest Surrender is yet another book in the brilliant Lords of the Underworld series! Honestly, I devoured it and never wanted it to end. Strider and Torin have always been my faves of the Lords so I’ve been so eager for Strider’s book for such a long time. I was ecstatic to get my hands on a copy and I am happy to say it didn’t disappoint. The storyline was awesome---the Harpy games fun and exciting and I was swept away into the tale and story just as I am with every book in this series.
I have to admit when I first learned that Kaia was to be paired with Strider I wasn’t at all sure about it. I mean, I love all the Skyhawks, but pairing another of them off with another Lord? Wasn’t sure it would work....and yet it did, brilliantly! As the keeper of Defeat, Strider cannot loose a challenge and everything is a battle for him. With his golden boy looks and attitude, he’s sexy, and witty and hilarious. I love his nature and his attitude---I have from the very beginning. To quote him....he’s just made of awesome! He is by far one of the more possessive and demanding of the lords and he doesn’t share—at all, but I found I liked that about him. He wasn’t sure he wanted Kaia, but when I realised he did, he wanted her completely. He wanted to be her one and only as she was his. Insert dreamy sigh here......
Kaia! Oh, that girl! I’ve thought highly of higher ever since Aeron’s book where she was so good to Olivia, and by the end of Amun’s I was pretty excited for the chance to see her win Strider’s heart. And she certainly did. It was a battle that her feisty nature and strength allowed her to conquer. Kaia never failed to put a smile on my face with her flirty and funny nature. I loved the way she met Strider strike for strike, quip for quip and how she didn’t let his nature beat her. She let him win.....but she didn’t. One of the things I liked about her was that she wasn’t perfect. She’d made mistakes and she had a lot of issues with herself. She was a proud individual, but she had a lot of insecurities and it was nice seeing her overcome with Strider’s help and love.
The relationship between Strider and Kaia was brilliant—I loved it. Both such strong individuals who don’t like loosing, and in the beginning I worried that maybe this would be a problem. I was ecstatic to learn that it wouldn’t be the case. With Strider’s demon, I always assumed he’d need a calm woman, one that didn’t challenge him all that much—boy was I wrong! The thing that made him and Kaia so alike was that she understood his need and desire to win and knew what channelling him would do. And yet she wasn’t afraid to do that from time to time. With her nature she was the ultimate challenge for him. A battle he fought to win and when he did....awww, it was so sweet. She wanted him from the beginning and wanted him, but he still had to fight---mostly himself and even some of her nature to win her heart completely. Sparks flew when they were together and their sex scenes were very, very hot.
I’m so intrigued by the glimpse of Kane and Paris in this book and I know their turns are coming. Paris is next and I’m so excited that Sienna has changed her tune about him—it gives me hope that they’re get there HEA. I’m interested in finding out what it means for Kane with Williams creation and all now that he’s in hell. Soooo exciting. And. This may seem a bit random, but with Zacharel being in the series, I wonder....what about him.....and Cameo? With his angel abilities, perhaps he can see above her voice into the heart of her. It’d certainly be an interesting combination.
I can’t wait for the next book, The Darkest Seduction. It such a long wait and I have to know what’s going to happen next....like....NOW!! ...more
**spoiler alert** **Firstly, thanks sooooooo much to Jess of She Known As Jess for letting me borrow her ARC! Thanks honey--you rock!**
Jessica Rules t**spoiler alert** **Firstly, thanks sooooooo much to Jess of She Known As Jess for letting me borrow her ARC! Thanks honey--you rock!**
Jessica Rules the Dark Side was a terrific follow up to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, a book that surpassed all my expectations when I read it a few years ago and made it’s my into my all time fave list! I thought for a long time that Jessica’s Guide was going to be a standalone novel, so I’ve been holding out for this book ever since I learnt of it. It’s been one of my most anticipated books to get my hands on. It doesn’t officially release until January of next year, but one of my online friends who I just love to death, Jess of She Known As Jess was kind enough to lend me her ARC so I could quench my thirst for more of Jessica and Lucius.
There are noticeable differences with this book when compared to the first. It’s darker and has lost that popular teenage school vampire story feel. This is serious now for Jess and Lucius—its life or death and they’ve come a long way since the first book. They’re together, but are soon ripped apart and it’s up to Jess to save her new husband from a painful execution. This book jumps back and forth in the POV’s of Jess and Mindy, as well as letters corresponded between Lucius and Ranerio during his incarceration. I admit that it was nice seeing more of Mindy. She’s really spunky and has her own personality. She’s Jess’s best friend and wants to be there for her, but she also has a certain problem--and bit of a broken heart--thanks to a certain surfie vampire I won’t name, but am sure that fans of the first book will know.
Life as a royal was never going to be easy for Jess. She didn’t have the same upbringing as her husband and isn’t used to the harsh world of vampire politics and law. She went from being a regular American teenager to a princess and a wife and who finds herself set to become ruler. In this book, Jess looses herself for a bit; gone is the confident and sure girl of the past, and instead is a vampire princess just trying to find her feet in a world where weakness is despised. I loved watching Jess find herslef in this book and truly become Princess Antanasia Dragomir Vladescu. She’s not without her vulnerabilities and often makes mistakes, but she learns and at the end of this book is ready to become queen! It was so nice watching Jess accept who she was as a princess and her place within the Dragomir line. There’s a lot of growth in her during this book and she doesn’t have Lucius by her side which forces her to stand on her own two feet.
The only issue I had with this book is that it lacked a lot of the constant romance I adored with the first book. Obviously there’s a reason for that with Lucius...well...being in jail and all (LOL) but I missed him a lot during this book. That’s not to say that he and Jess aren’t electric and oh, so in love when they’re together, they are....but I just would have loved more of Lukey! He’s so strong, and noble and fierce and so incredibly in love with his wife. Just the way he speaks of her in his letters to his best friend; that noble prose of his.....*swoon* There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for Jess and all hell would break loose if anyone ever hurt a hair on her head, but in this book he’s forced to let her discover strength within herself to rule and make to decisions without him being there to guide her.
There’s mystery surrounding this book, although about halfway through I was pretty sure who the culprit was. This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the ride thought, because boy....did I ever! There’s no real cliff-hanger to this book, but it leaves you wondering and I for one would certainly love to see a third book, just to see what becomes of Jess and Lucius.
**spoiler alert** Wow... all i can say is wow!!!! I waited so long to read this book and now it brings really mixed emotions in me and i must admit tha**spoiler alert** Wow... all i can say is wow!!!! I waited so long to read this book and now it brings really mixed emotions in me and i must admit that i don't know exactly how i feel about it. Don't get me wrong I LOVED IT but there were still some moments where i wasn't sure. First off i knew Abe was Rose's father from the get go, there was just something about him that screamed that to be the case. I can certainly see where she gets her stubbornness and attitude, lol. Sydney was cool too, although i think i expected more of her in the book. I hope both she and Abe are in future books. Adrian really stepped up in this book and i absolutely loved seeing him be like he was. I'm still TEAM DIMITRI all the way, but i did soften towards Adrian slightly.
I really felt for Rose in this book and sometimes my heart just broke for her. It was so sad *sob* I felt she had changed and continued to change heaps as a character and i was really pleased when she got to meet Dimitri's family. I loved them! And Dimitri? Oh, Dimitri! He was bad and yet.... he was so good. I will admit that i did share Rose's feelings about him. He was/is evil (anyone can see that) but he seemed so much like his old self that at times i did forget what he was and found myself thinking of him as the old Dimitri everyone knew and loved. Then he'd do something or say something that was so evil and so unlike the old Dimitri that i was like...... crap, he's a Strigoi for crying out loud! Don't forget that. One thing i absolutely loved was in the end when Rose came back and her and Lissa made up. I'm glad to see that Lissa can understand what Rose felt for Dimitri and understands (slightly) why she did what she did. I'm happy to see that Lissa will go with Rose if and when she leaves again. I'm SOOOOOOO glad Rose didn't kill Dimka and i really hope against hope, that between her and Lissa they can find away to save him. I hope that this Robert guy is able to heel Dimitri somehow. Then maybe he and Rose can actually have a happy ending..... they deserve it. Now my finally note is that i CAN'T wait until Spirit Bound to be released. I think it's gonna be really interesting and as far as i'm concerned, next year ISN'T SOON ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Update: OMG!!!!!!! The cover! It's got a cover! It's freakin' awesome--love it!!!
Ahhhhhhhh, September 2011??? Are you serious?!?! I CANNOT WAIT THAT LOUpdate: OMG!!!!!!! The cover! It's got a cover! It's freakin' awesome--love it!!!
Ahhhhhhhh, September 2011??? Are you serious?!?! I CANNOT WAIT THAT LONG! Nope, seriously, can't! It's needs to come out like.....today....actaully yesterday would be even better ;) OMG, i can't wait!!!
Brimming with tantalizing romance, delicious humour and edge of your seat action, Alice in Zombieland proves once and for all that Gena Showalter is a literacy master! With a fresh new take on zombies, this book is sure to have you begging for more. I promise you’ve never seen zombie’s like this before!
It wouldn’t be fair to start this review without noting that I am a HUGE Gena Showalter fan. Her books never fail to captivate me, and Alice in Zombieland is no exception what so ever! From the moment I turned the first page, this book had my attention. Wars could have broken out and I wouldn’t have noticed. Gena’s effortless writing and amazing ability to create intricate storylines is at it’s best in Alice in Zombieland, and her fresh take on a paranormal creature we’ve all seen a hundred times is masterful. I guarantee you; there isn’t a book out there with this take on zombies and I loved that! Add in the oh, so awesome inspiration of and reference to Alice in Wonderland that dances throughout the book and this fresh look at zombies is an absolute delight!
As far as heroines go, Alice Bell just plain out rocks! Despite the pain she feels due to her recent family tragedy, Ali, as she likes to be known, is a perfect example of a strong female lead. The resourcefulness, stubbornness and intelligence she demonstrates throughout the book make her fantastic to follow. She’s quick thinking and not afraid to say what she feels. Her sharp tongue and attitude, especially where Cole is concerned, make her a joy to read about and you can’t help but love her. Honestly, this is my kind of girl; one who knows the dangers but fights anyway simply because it’s what she knows is right and what she has to do. Written with the kind of spark and flair that make a great heroine, Ali is going to be one hell of a character to follow throughout the rest of the series!
Now, you will have to excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin before I talk about a little guy named Cole Holland. Not that he’s anyone special, not that he’s anyone worth noting. He’s only one of the sexiest guys I’ve seen in YA fiction lately! And with his violet eyes, tattoos, and nipple ring (yes, nipple ring) he’s not exactly traditional, but my goodness does this boy know how to make a girl swoon. I can certainly see why he has Ali turning to mush. Gena Showalter certainly knows how to write tough, fierce, and gorgeous male leads with all the sensitivity, kindness and wit that us female readers love. Cole is P-E-R-F-E-C-T. Really, I’m ready to start the Cole Holland fan club. With his dark good looks and protective nature, Cole is the perfect match for Ali.
It’s so evident from the very beginning that Ali and Cole are going to have something. It’s undeniable. The moment they see each other, they’re gone, but not in the way you’d expect. The best part about the romance Showalter so masterfully weaves between Ali and Cole is the chemistry. It’s a gradual thing that intensifies over time, but the sexual tension the two of them share is no less electrifying. It sizzles through the pages and enhances every shared moment between them. From heated kisses to hilarious dialogue, these two have it in spades and will are guaranteed to have you smiling, laughing and shaking your head. All in the best way, of course.
One of the best parts about this book, and really any Gena Showalter book in general, are the characters. Showalter has a fantastic ability of creating vibrant characters, different in personality, but all perfect to the storyline. Every single one of the characters in Alice in Zombieland was captivating in their personalities, sense of humour and the way in which they interacted with one another. From the chemistry shared between our two lovebirds to the fabulous friendships and relationships shown between the other characters, every one of them complimented each other so brilliantly. Apart from Ali and Cole, the other characters stole my heart also. From the cold Mackenzie, who I think isn’t what she seems to the awesome, I-wish-she-was-my-best-friend Kat and her on again/of again boyfriend Frosty; they all had my heart. I admit, I had a feeling about what Kat’s secret was for quite a while, but that didn’t lessen the sadness when we did find out for ourselves.
And yet, you know the worst part about this book; the only thing that makes me want to hide under a rock and bawl? The fact that, since this book doesn’t officially hit stores until October, I have to wait over a year for the next instalment of The While Rabbit Chronicles! Now that just isn’t flair. Considering all the brilliancy that is Alice in Zombieland, I want to be able to dive into the next book A.S.A.P, but alas that’s just not possible *sigh*
Featuring a fast paced and addictive storyline, this is one book you don’t want to miss. Gena Showalter manages to create a fantastic zombie tale with no apocalypse needed and take zombies straight into the modern world. With an exhilarating and revealing ending and with all the hints thrown about, I’m sure Gena Showalter has plenty of twists and turns up her sleeve yet to be dished out. Alice in Zombieland sets the stage for what looks to be a fantastic, engaging new series and I for one cannot wait to discover what’s in store for Alice next! ...more
The Golden Lily is the latest instalment in the Bloodlines series; a spin off series of the ever successful Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and like its predecessor proves to be an engaging, addicting and exciting world and story to get lost in!
What can I say besides, Richelle Mead rocks! While I’m yet to read her adult books (silly me) her enticing YA books never fail to captivate me and The Golden Lily is no exception! I was heart-broken, yes heart-broken, when VA came to an end, but I’m finding the world of Bloodlines and the characters within it to be more than a good substitute—in fact there are moments when I’m left thinking VA who? The tone and pace of The Golden Lily doesn’t race as previous Richelle Mead books have, but it’s still such an enjoyable read regardless. Every moment is entertaining in some way or other and there’s always a purpose for the things we discover and explore.
The Bloodlines series continues to step out on its own and hold it’s own as its plot line develops, differing somewhat from that of VA. Mead continues to tell tales with as much emotion, action and flair that made the first series brilliant while allowing the previously little known VA characters to shine as we follow them in The Golden Lily. Some of the characters we loved are back and the ones who intrigued us, but who were lost in amongst the other feature characters of Vampire Academy constantly steal your heart in this series! Once again Sydney, Adrian, Jill and Eddie are back, with Angeline once more popping up. However, VA fans will go crazy over the fact that our very own Russian cowboy jumps back into the picture as he teams up with Sonya to do some more research on bring people back from being Strigori. Let me just insert a dreamy sigh while I think of Dimitri..... *sigh*
Sydney is exceptional as our main character and Richelle Mead writes her very different to that of her previous heroine Rose, with Sydney having her own individual strengths, however showing her very different vulnerabilities and flaws. And good golly do I love Sydney! I don’t think there’s been a moment yet where I haven’t been gaga over this girl—in fact, she’s giving Rose a mighty big run for her money. More than I thought possible. Sydney is one of those naturally lovable heroines, that you truly love reading about her. She’s likable and is constantly growing. Seeing her begin to alter the way she perceives things is amazing and the rich, almost motherly way she interacts with all the other characters is awesome.
I must add that I especially soak up every moment she and Adrian spend together. And while she is incredible intelligent, it’s a stroke of brilliance the way Richelle Mead writes Sydney’s character so that in the moments when she appears to blind or naive to social situations it makes totally sense, because she is actually socially awkward. For someone that has been home schooled and has never experienced the kind of social situations that Sydney finds herself in throughout The Golden Lily it’s completely reasonable that she’d act that way. It makes sense that she’d struggle with things like dating and that she’d miss certain signs from a certain dark haired, green eyed Moroi that that were there all along!
And on that front......if there was ever a character that I want to see find happiness and to become so much more it’s Adrian! Snarky, witty, and somewhat naughty Adrian is really beginning to become a different person. That being said everything about him that with love, everything that makes him Adrian is still there even as we see that serious side of his, that sweet side, one not so confidant, one that has more vulnerabilities then we as the reader have ever seen before. And is he awesome or what!?! While I’m trying, so, soooooo hard not to give away too many spoilers, seeing him bare so much of himself at the end of this book, seeing him acknowledge what we readers have been thinking yes, yes, yes about for so long and then have the book end the way it did broke my heart. How could Richelle Mead do that to him?!? To US?!? It’s just cruel!
But oh, forbidden love! Is there a better kind? Is there anything better than seeing two people so perfect for each other, so in sync with each other struggle with what they feel? With what they believe and know to be right? Ooooh, I just love it! It’s so juicy and addictive. Even in the beginning, as we see in The Golden Lily, the connection and tension that arises between Sydney and Adrian is so electric, even in this early part, that it’s evident where they’re heading, even if they (or Sydney) are not ready to face it. And let’s face it.....there isn’t a VA or Bloodlines fan out there who doesn’t want Adrian to find a HEA with Sydney. After the heartbreak he experienced at the end of Last Sacrifice, I know one of the most appealing things about Bloodlines was the prospect of seeing him find the one he is truly meant to be with.
So basically, The Golden Lily was everything I was expecting and more. I knew Mead would continue to branch out on her world, and while the direction she went in wasn’t overly expected, I’m expecting big things from this series and anguish as only she knows how to write. I know Richelle Mead has a lot up her sleeve and with the final pages tearing out my heart I’m already marking my calendar for the next book, The Indigo Spell! This is one you don’t wanna miss!
This was the original opening chapter for Bloodlines written in Adrian's POV that Richelle Mead ultimatelyThis original beginning can be found here.
This was the original opening chapter for Bloodlines written in Adrian's POV that Richelle Mead ultimately scrapped and I have to ask.....why? Lord why?
I understand that the actual opener found in the book sets the stage for the rest of the book and gives us our first glimpse into Sydney's head, but this one was so much better.Perhaps it's just because it's Adrian (hehe) but having a glimpse into the working's of his mind and seeing this from his POV was just incredible. I prefer this opener for sure and am a little disappointed that we don't get more of Adrian and his brilliant---if not twisted mind.
Seriously, Richelle should do a Julie Kagawa and write an entire book in his POV!
Seriously! Am I the only one excited about this? Seems like it. Everyone else seems to be complaining that Cassie Clare is still writing*SQUEEEEEEEE*
Seriously! Am I the only one excited about this? Seems like it. Everyone else seems to be complaining that Cassie Clare is still writing TMI themed books. Guys. Why mess with a good thing? You know this is gonna be brilliant. Besides, Mrs. Clare could write about paint drying and I'll still be there at 8.00am the day of it's release to get my copy ;)...more
**Thank-you to HarperCollins Australia for providing me with a copy of this to read and review!**
Balthazar is the**spoiler alert** Read in March 2012
**Thank-you to HarperCollins Australia for providing me with a copy of this to read and review!**
Balthazar is the book all Evernight fans have been waiting for, and with its enthralling storyline it does not disappoint!
I’m a big fan of Claudia Gray. I’ve read all her books and while some may say vampires are done, I disagree when it comes to this series. The Evernight series never ceases to entertain me and while the storyline in Balthazar is nothing I haven’t seen before, Gray’s darkly gothic writing and beautiful storytelling had me captivated from the very first page.
Finally, finally we have Balthazar’s story. After all the wishing and the waiting, one of the most beloved if not saddest and loneliest characters finally get’s his story. We’ve all wanted this story and I’m pleased to say I’m thrilled with what Claudia Gray did! I’ve always loved Balthazar, but in this book I feel like we see a very different side to him. With the kindness and charm that he showed throughout the Evernight series hiding his true sadness, it’s in his story that we see the real pain he houses and we get to see the real Balthazar. There’s no denying that he’s sexy, with his dark good looks and appeal, but as he’s front and centre in this book, Gray’s ability to sweep us back into the various stages of Balthazar’s past allow us to see him as we’ve never seen him before. It’s almost like he’s a different character, but looking back I can see the hints of his true nature we saw throughout Evernight. And I liked what I saw—it was raw and it was horrible; sadder than I expected but I liked it none the less. He wasn’t so much just the 400 hundred vampire that he was, although there’s no doubt that he accomplished everything a vampire is, but rather a man conflicted and vulnerable at times.
We were first introduced to Skye Tierney in the final Evernight book, Afterlife, and I must say she made an impression on me even back then as a human girl who managed to handle her discovery of vampires with surprising grace and bravery. I liked Skye in this book; she was easy to read about and follower---a worthy love interest for Balthazar. She was brave and had plenty of courage. She was rational, but very normal; reacting as I expected her to. I liked the little bit of fire Skye had at times too; tempting and baiting Balty no matter how hard he tried to resist—it was funny seeing a centuries old vampire so flustered by a mere mortal.
I was both thrilled and a tad disappointed with the relationship between Skye and Balthazar. Thrilled because I loved how Claudia Gray wrote it; Skye and Balthazar were both so comfortable with one another. Their relationship was without a doubt one of attraction yet it was built on the friendship that developed throughout the novel. It was sweet and endearing and passionate and fiery at the same time. From their heated stares and hilariously exchanged texts to their soft conversations and the laughs they shared, Balthazar and Skye had chemistry.....and this is also why I’m a tad disappointed. Balthazar and Skye have attended the same school for two years, why couldn’t they have found each other before now? I understand that writers don’t always plan certain things when they begin a series, but I would have loved to have seen their relationship throughout the entire Evernight series! Still, I’m thrilled to see them find each other now.
With an exciting plot full of danger and excitement that see’s Balthazar face people from his past Balthazar is a fantastic read! A few characters from the Evernight series make cameos and we finally get to see Balthazar get his long deserved happily ever after. I’m feeling satisfied with how this story ended, but there are still a few loose ends left untied if you ask me. I feel like Balthazar finally found the happiness he deserved by the end of this book and am thrilled Claudia Gray allowed us to see it! ...more
Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson is a thrilling sequel that’s never lacking in action, danger and heart tingling romance!
My goodness do I love Sarah Alderson! Quickly becoming on of my favourite authors, there’s yet to be one of her books that I haven’t adored and Losing Lila is no exception. Written superbly, Losing Lila is heart pounding from the very first chapter. Continuing on with the storyline from the first book, Alderson once more expands on her world with shocking secrets and unexpected revelations.
I must admit I didn’t love this one as much as the first book, Hunting Lila but as far as sequel’s go this was a solid follow up. It didn’t read like a “filler” sequel either as so many seem to be nowadays, rather it has its own interesting storyline and purpose in the overall series that drove the book.
All the characters we loved from the first book are back together again to continue their fight against the Unit and the shady Sterling Enterprises once again. Though I won’t say what it is they join up again to do for fear of giving away spoilers, I will admit that Lila and her family are front and centre, with many revelations coming to light that I simply didn’t expect.
I thoroughly enjoy Anderson’s storytelling. Losing Lila was such a thrilling read. There’s never a dull moment in this book with so much going on and so much excitement happening. The action is heavy and the relationships between the characters form the perfect balance between non-stop action and high stakes danger with romance and emotion.
As with the first novel, Lila is still a wonderful heroine to read about; one who’s learning more about herself and who she is in Losing Lila. It was really lovely to see Lila really begin to accept herself in this book as well as embrace what she can do. As her abilities grow and she begins embrace her part in Demos little group, Lila is becoming a stronger person. Obviously past events have had an impact, but the woman she’s growing into is one I certainly love.
Alex is still his usual sexy self, stealing any scenes he’s in and winning my heart more and more. It was interesting seeing the tables turn for Alex a bit in Losing Lila and see him doubt himself. As someone always so sure and capable, it was nice seeing Alex appear vulnerable; even if he was questioning whether Lila needed him or not.
While the romance between Lila and Alex isn’t as intense this time around, nor is it as front and centre, the connection and spark between them continues to heat up the pages with their chemistry still blazing full force. One of the things that makes their relationship so strong for me is how rooted in the past it is. Having known each other since they were children, they’ve shared so many moments together and as Alex and Lila look back at these a couple of times during the book, you can’t deny the closeness between them that has always been there---I love that!
Exciting from beginning til end, I really didn’t want Losing Lilato finish. As I raced through it, unable to put it down, it became clear that Sarah Alderson had penned another winner here and I personally wait for more from this series! This is one you won’t want to miss! ...more
**spoiler alert** Wow, just wow! First let me begin by saying that this is one of my favroite series's that i've read. I loved it and each book had go**spoiler alert** Wow, just wow! First let me begin by saying that this is one of my favroite series's that i've read. I loved it and each book had gotten better and better. If you haven't read this series then i suggest you do so. Now! This has to be my fave book in the trilogy. It had everything. Action, romance, humor....everything i've come to love about the Darkest Powers Trilogy. The characters are incridible as usual. I loved joining Chloe, Derek, Simon, Tori, Liz and sooo many others on their journey. It's characters like these that make the story so captivating and what it is. Chole was such a refreshing main character! There are so many books out there where the heroine is tough and confidant and completly flawless, and....while they're usually awesome characters, it's hard to believe that anyone can be that perfect. There was never a moment in this series when Chloe was 100% brave or when certain events or issues didn't get to her. This is what i loved about her. She wasn't always brave or sure of what she was doing, but she still did her best and what she had to do. This is what made her a strong, exceptional character. One i've loved to watch grow. And Derek....what can i say about him? Awesome, strong, protective Derek. Not your typical hunk of a male lead, but a honest, haunted individual. He too wasn't what i've come to expect of a lead in a book, but i loved him for that. It was everything he was that made him so interesting. He had such a great relationship with his brother and i liked how the friendship between he and Chloe developed into something more. Their interacations were the highlight of the series for me. Chloe and Derek have got to be amongst my fave book couples ever. They're relationship was one that drew me in each and every book and had me captured from the beginning. It was a first and true love. It was very cute. They were such an odd pair, so differnt, and yet they connected beautifully. I adored how Chole fell for Derek and how he gradually let her in. It was so sweet!
I'm really sad this series is over. I'd love to see it go on and on, but Kelley Armstrong had ended it on an excellent note. Most loose ends are tired up, and yet there are so many possibilities for the characters. You just know they're gonna live happily ever after...........more
The Darkest Seduction proves to be one of the most exciting, heart-pounding Lords of the Underworld stories, and Gena Showalter doesn’t disappoint with the tale pretty much every LOTU fan has been waiting for!
I’m finding it really hard to explain my feelings on this particular book and actually have it make sense. I had both high expectations and no expectations at all when going into this book. I adore this series, but I felt as though Showalter was beginning to struggle after the last two books. I loved both Amun’s and Strider’s tales, but there was this tiny inkling in the back of my mind that told me they weren’t up to the same standard as some of the earlier books in the series. And yet the Darkest Seduction is the Lord of the Underworld series at its best! This is one of my fave LOTU books! Showalter wrote it so spectacularly—everything fit and went together perfectly and the entertaining and sensual plotline had my attention from the first page! It had everything I’ve come to expect from this series....heart-stopping action, incredible romance and all the humour that make this series a joy to read.
In this book we finally get to see Paris get his girl. Paris and Sienna have had the most complicated relationship in this series. Their few interactions in the past have been shaky at best and a mess at worse. He attempted to use her, she kidnapped him so the Hunters could torture him, they then had “apparently” emotionless sex together so he wouldn’t die and then he tried to flee and she died as a result. And yet for whatever reason none of them understood they were drawn to one another, often not knowing if they liked or hated each other. Then....after her death things changed. Suddenly events allowed them to see each other in different lights and their feelings changed until all they both wanted was to be with the other. Honestly, it seemed strange to me, all that yearning to be with each other but in this book it made complete sense. I felt their desire to be with each other, even if it seemed hopeless.
You know, I’ve never really loved Paris. Oh, I liked him enough. I emphasised with his pain and I felt for him, but he never really stood out for me. His pain and torment has been such a prominent feature in the series for so long now that I really just wanted him to find his woman and get on with it. I still never saw him as anything other than a tormented man in the background..... but sure has changed how! What a fantastic character Paris is! Who would have guessed that the man who housed Promiscuity would be the Lord that craved monogamy and commitment the most? My heart broke for him in this book. It really did. Until this book, until I got this glimpse into his head and saw his dedication and devotion to Sienna in a new light I never completely understood their relationship and why he felt so strongly for her. I never understood why he wanted her the way he did and with their complicated history, why he would risk so much for her. Now I think he may potentially be one of the strongest of the Lords. To go through everything he’s been through and everything he’s willing to do for her...it takes a lot of strength. With Sienna being the only woman Paris could apparently be with more than once it opened up a new door for him, the chance to be with the woman he cared about and truly loved. I loved his fierce protectiveness and desire to be with her and take care of her no matter what—it was wonderful.
Alight, who here doesn’t like Sienna? Have you lost your freaking mind people?!? Hunter or not, Sienna is one of the best leading ladies to grace this series! I know I’ve probably said that about heroine’s in the past, but Sienna is everything a heroine should be. While she’s far from perfect, she’s brave and manages to find her spirit throughout this book. She’s very normal, and even somewhat plain, but that’s the beauty of her. She’s very normal, and as everything she’s been through and is currently going through changes her it just makes her even better to read about. Her ability to accept Paris exactly as he is, to be able to let go of everything he’s done in the past and to make him understand he doesn’t need to be ashamed with her is just remarkable. She’s exactly what he needs and she allowed him to be himself.
Paris and Sienna as a couple are incredible. Despite their history, or perhaps because of it, the sparks between them run wild! Neither is the same person they were when they first met, but their desire to be with each other strengthens their relationship. Seeing them fall in love after all they’ve both been through is beautiful. Their interactions were entertaining and the sex between them hot. I love how highly they think of one another; how Sienna loves Paris for being nothing more than who he is and who is able to ignore all the horrible, however justified, things he’s done in the past and how Paris sees Sienna as the most beautiful thing in his world and how he won’t take other people disrespecting her, even his friends. They accept each others fault and mistakes in the past and they love each other regardless—it’s beautiful.
Showalter has written this story perfectly, however there is a lot going on throughout the book. With so many sub-storylines taking place and unfolding, one could be mistaken for getting a tad confused. But it you manage to keep track (like I just barely managed to) you’ll see all the incredible possibilities set up for this series and even Showalter’s new spin-off Wicked Nights series that have been set up! There are only three Lords left single now, Torin, Kane and the sad, but beautiful female Cameo and I’m oh, so eager for their stories! I’m thinking Kane will be next and we’ll get to see what happens to him and his mysterious female Horseman. That leaves Torin and Cameo and with some new developments in this book for Torin I’m hoping he’ll finally find his HEA with a woman he can touch...hmmm, how about Viola? A hilarious new addition to the series, this goddess and houser of Narcissism looks to be an interesting character. Cameo will be interesting and now I’m wondering about Hades. It seems like an odd fit, but the “Shadow Man” proved to be an interesting new development and considering who and what he is, who better to be with the Lord of Misery?
Oh, but then there’s William, Galen and Legion. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Galen and Legion need to be together. I’ve always throughout Galen was more than he seems and in The Darkest Seduction he proves he truly cares about Legion and after all the horror she’s endured, she deserves to find some happiness and feel safe and loved. And Willy! Yes Willy! We all know who his heart belongs to even if he’s too afraid to go there. Gena Showalter has got a lot in store for him and I for one cannot wait to see what awaits him in his story.
As the 9th book in the series, The Darkest Seduction comes with big revelations and big shocks! Major plot changes, and completions, will see the series head in a new direction and the inclusion of new characters shows that Gena Showalter is far from done when it comes to this series! CANNOT WAIT FOR MORE!