While it's not my favorite of Clare's stuff, she certainly knows how to keep me happy and in love <3...:P Characters: Excellent. Tessa is probablyWhile it's not my favorite of Clare's stuff, she certainly knows how to keep me happy and in love <3...:P Characters: Excellent. Tessa is probably one of my favorites (most likely because she's very much like me-<3's books and can quote them too!) Will is a dick. Jem is sexy and very gentlemanly (he's got that silver Zero thing going on too...) and everyone else is pretty good (but not that noteworthy) too. oh, there wasn't enough Magnus Bane though. Plot: I'm not going to lie, she got me. totally didn't see a lot of this stuff coming! ARGGG!! fast paced, but not nearly enough action (TMI got that) but lots of twists and fun secrets that keep you guessing. Writing: Considering this is the fourth book I've read by her, I'm just gonna say it's good and leave it to that. While I don't think I loved it as much as TMI, Clockwork Angel kept me reading and wondering and is an excellent start to a fun and sexy series! So sad I have to wait till next year to get more of it :( oh, and my answer to the Jem or Will question...Jem. Sorry silver haired is so sexy and Will pisses me off. Tessa should be with someone who makes her happy :) 4/5...more
I take back every snide, rude or negative comment I've ever said, thought or implied about this one. It was addictive, good and well plotted. No in yoI take back every snide, rude or negative comment I've ever said, thought or implied about this one. It was addictive, good and well plotted. No in your face cliches (but there were cliches), well defined characters, good paced plot that keeps you guessing and a small dash of conspiracy that keeps things interesting, The Summoning rocked. While I'm unsure about actually buying the rest, I will be reading them!...more
So I first looked at this book because..well..everyone else was. It looked good, I read a few of the chapters and I was very interested. So interestedSo I first looked at this book because..well..everyone else was. It looked good, I read a few of the chapters and I was very interested. So interested I almost considered buying it. But I didn't and waited until my local library got it and snagged a copy. I should have just bought it. Paranormalcy surprisingly reminds me a lot of Evie's character, slightly blonde and cute on the outside yet full of this dark and deep personality on the inside. Both work well for the book and Evie herself. I started this baby off with lots of laughter and fun, cute moments and suddenly it turned dark and full of these questions and well it got to me, it really really did. And I couldn't believe how it had gotten so under my skin and utterly ensnared me. Because seriously that's what I was ensnared. I had to finish it and I'm slightly sad I did because now I have to wait till september for the second one. Applause for Kiersten White, I'm now a fan. Characters? Okay, so Paranormalcy's got a good if smallish cast of fun, lovable 'paranormals' and a few humans. Evie and Lend, unsurprisingly were my personal favorites and I enjoyed the chemistry and easy relationship they had with each other that was such a great contrast to this theme of true love that seems to be filling up teen lit these days. Evie and Lend's relationship was nothing close to that and it made me very very happy because it felt REAL and it didn't feel like some fate destined relationship but an everyday one that's perfectly and wonderfully relatable. Evie's character solely was perhaps my favorite part of the whole book, just getting to know her and hear her voice really brought me a great connection to who she was and how she felt. White's amazing ability to transform Evie's character from light to dark while still retaining her identity really helped create Evie as a person in my mind and brought me closer to the book and the conflicts within it. Plot? Brilliant. I should have seen most of it coming but I didn't. Bravo, White, bravo. No, but seriously it was full of fun, laughter, tense suspenseful action scenes and great dialogue. I actually laughed outloud while reading and that's pretty hard to do with a reader like me. (usually it's just smiles) The sense of realism is also apparent in the plot and the world White creates. While reading I felt not only the characters but the places as well and easily imagined it as being real. I loved the way the author tied everything neatly together at the end yet left us with just enough to wonder what next? Writing? By now, you should have figured out that the writing in this baby was wonderful and full of the realism throughout. I won't say much other than it left me completely hooked and addicted to Evie's voice. All in all, Paranormalcy was definitely one of the better teen books of this year and is now on my to buy list. I really am excited for the sequel and am sad I didn't trust myself enough to buy it in the first place. 5 bleeps! out of 5. ...more
I started this series originally in my first year of university, and since then I have become a shameless fangirl.
It's pretty disgusting really. ThouI started this series originally in my first year of university, and since then I have become a shameless fangirl.
It's pretty disgusting really. Though I at least have the sense not to like the anime.
That should serve as a fair warning to the credibility of this review, especially since I've read and re-read this series so many times over I could probably recite dialogue passages from it.
Anyway, the story of the entire series really revolves around two/three main characters: Yuki, a young girl with no memories of her past, Zero, an orphan from a family of vampire hunters and (I don't have a huge fondness let's say for) Kaname, the vampire who saved Yuki, who I don't really count as a protagonist, because I think his role is something else. (view spoiler)[I personal think he's the antagonist to the whole she-bang (hide spoiler)]. Anyway, politics, love, and everything else mix as the series goes on, creating a nice angsty atmosphere for the teenagers at the center of this manga.
This first volume is really an introduction to that, and really in my opinion doesn't give you the full picture of where and how the series is going to go. From my standpoint, I can easily see the importance within the volume and the small details Hino is letting slide by, but for a newcomer it's much better to read at least the second volume before considering actually continuing the series.
Critically, the series and this first volume has a bit of filler/redundant/emotion-filled moments that don't exactly move the plot along, and while technically are for characterization even if we've already seen Yuki become overwhelm with emotion for her past like 3 chapters previously. Yuki is also a terrible heroine who pisses me off greatly, and is kind of submissive, and even though there are moments where she tries to become strong and dominant, they kind of just fall flat on her face.
The art is probably one of my favorite things about Hino's work in general, and Vampire Knight really does showcase that well with it's play of both beauty and a hint of sharpness and danger in the strong lines Hino uses in this series that contrast the more softer side of her art style in her more comedic works.
All in all, I've found Vampire Knight to be a series full of romance, inner discovery, and political intrigue. While it's not perfect, it's still amazingly addictive, and I can't help but long, long, long after the newest volume even if it is SEVEN FREAKING MONTHS AWAY. 3.5-4/5 ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The 12th Volume in the Vampire Knight manga series continues off from the events from the last volume. 1 year after the battle with Rido, Yuki and ZerThe 12th Volume in the Vampire Knight manga series continues off from the events from the last volume. 1 year after the battle with Rido, Yuki and Zero find themselves at the same vampire soiree. When a pureblood vampire turns up dead, and hunter apparently commits suicide after doing the deed, things start to move as the new arc of the series appears. This volume of Vampire Knight was a bit of a disappointment. Most of it was set-up for the evolving arc, and while I know set-up is important it's KILLING me to wait to read the next installment. Yuki is slowly getting stronger as a heroine, and I'm hoping she'll end up being much more kick ass by the end of the series. Zero is Zero, and I love his angsty angsty self. Kaname is slowly becoming much more of a villain the way he controls Yuki and her actions. I love the hints Hino is giving us about his past, and can't wait to find out just exactly what he's up to and who he's been. The art, as always, is absolutely stunning. 4.5/5...more
One of the better ones of this season, Volume 4 wraps up the small plotline established in the previous volume while leaving us with clues of a furtheOne of the better ones of this season, Volume 4 wraps up the small plotline established in the previous volume while leaving us with clues of a further conspiracy to come in the near future. The rest of the novel is basically training for Tsukune as he learns to control his ghoul powers through the ehrm 'help' of Ruby, and Inner Moka. The jokes are still hilarious, but the tone is getting to be much more serious. Beautiful! 5/5 ...more