Continuing the re-read! These are very easy to get through in one or two sittings. I never realised how nineties they are. Probably because I last reaContinuing the re-read! These are very easy to get through in one or two sittings. I never realised how nineties they are. Probably because I last read them in the nineties...
This always was my favourite one of the series! ...more
Couldn't sleep last night so I decided to embark on a re-read. LJ Smith was my queen as a teenager and although The Vampire Diaries was never my favouCouldn't sleep last night so I decided to embark on a re-read. LJ Smith was my queen as a teenager and although The Vampire Diaries was never my favourite of her series, I did plan to re-read the first few books so I can branch off and read the "fanfic" aka legitimate ending to the saga (she was taken off the series and replaced by a ghostwriter - truly disgraceful stuff, more on the story here).
I really want to support LJS by buying and reading her "unofficial" series continuation, but to do that I definitely need to re-read the original books, I'm totally embroiled in the TV show universe now, need to reacquaint myself with blonde Elena, red-headed Bonnie etc!...more
Have kept these books by my bed as I do a TVD rewatch with my husband so I can make sure I'm not missing anything the second time around! Plus the bacHave kept these books by my bed as I do a TVD rewatch with my husband so I can make sure I'm not missing anything the second time around! Plus the backstage stuff and interviews are really interesting. ...more
These books are like junk food and it's faintly ridiculous that they even exist.
Bit of a mindfuck that there are four Vampire Diaries canons...
The oriThese books are like junk food and it's faintly ridiculous that they even exist.
Bit of a mindfuck that there are four Vampire Diaries canons...
The original books as written and continued (as fanfiction) by the real LJ Smith. The original books as started by the real LJ Smith and continued by the ghostwriter(s). The TV show with backstory as established within itself. The TV show with backstory as established by these prequel novellas!
If you're going to bother to write a set of stories based on a TV show, at least make the two things correlate. And get the "rules of the universe" right - how long is the transition period, exactly?? And whilst I'm at it, are Damon's eyes dark or blue, because the ghostwriter keeps flipping between them... And they could do with a touch more editing (I imagine they are written and rushed out quite quickly) - this one in particular had things like "site" instead of "sight", etc.
Just had to get that out of my system. You'll note I give all these stories three or four stars. I happen to like junk food on occasion (and I happen to LOVE all canon-versions of Damon Salvatore, which I'm sure helps a lot)....more
[I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
Like a lot of people (especially YA fict[I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
Like a lot of people (especially YA fiction readers) I am suffering from extreme vampire ennui, so The Immortal Rules had an uphill battle from the off. I also tend to review more harshly the more marketing or industry fuss is being made about a book – and since I couldn’t quite understand why there were promotional postcards for this book in my local Odeon – that meant there were two strikes already.
Disease has wiped out most of humanity, forcing vampires to come out of hiding to protect their food source. The result is vampire cities, barricaded against the ‘rabids’ (think vampire zombies with rabies - eek!) with the uninfected humans ringed in like cattle. Most people choose to register themselves for routine blood-lettings to feed the vampire masters in exchange for food for themselves. Our protagonist, Allison, harbours an intense hatred of vampires and so refuses to register. She and other Unregistereds live as street rats in the Fringe, scavenging and stealing and just barely staying alive. One night, a foraging mission to retrieve food from the ruins outside the city goes terribly wrong and Allie is killed by the rabids. In her last moments of life, a vampire appears and gives her the option of some form of survival. As much as Allie hates vampires, she finds she loves her own survival more, and allows herself to be turned. The book – the first in a trilogy – follows Allison’s attempts to learn to be what she despises enough to endure, whilst maintaining a semblance of humanity. She becomes involved with a quasi-religious nomadic sect, wandering the ruins of North America looking for ‘Eden’, a fabled city where humans still hold control and research a cure to rabidism. Of course, they hate vampires…
Whilst the world-building could have used more background (hopefully this is just being held back and will be revealed in future instalments) it felt gritty and real and – strangely for a book about rabid vampire zombies! – like something that could actually happen. Julie Kagawa wasn’t afraid of appropriate levels of angst or bloodshed and – certainly in the latter part of the book – you’re always on the edge of your seat wondering if she’s about to kill off your favourite character. The answer is usually yes, she is…
The writing itself is above average – especially for the genre. I have heard good things about Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, but never really bit. Well, the first three are already in my Amazon basket awaiting payday after reading The Immortal Rules! Needless to say, I will definitely read the other books in the series.
Note: Only 99p for Kindle on Amazon.co.uk right now! ...more
[A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
‘The Hunt’ is set in a world where – alt[A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
‘The Hunt’ is set in a world where – although how is not explained – vampires have taken over. Human beings, or ‘hepers’ have quite literally been eaten to extinction. However our protagonist – Gene – is a heper. By carefully schooling himself never to show emotion, sweat, get sunburnt, bleed and a multitude of other concerns, Gene manages to hide in plain sight.
Then the Ruler announces that they have been cultivating a small number of hepers on a research centre and – in celebration of his regime – they will be holding a Heper Hunt, where all citizens are entered into a lottery and a random selection chosen to participate in the hunting down and devouring of the last of mankind. Much to his horror, Gene is selected…
I mentioned in the first line that the reasons why and how vampires took over are not touched on and this is perhaps the book’s biggest flaw – little to no world building. The characteristics of the vampires on the other hand are fantastically detailed – they scratch the insides of their wrists instead of laughing and appear to have sex with their elbows and armpits; all very unusual.
The pacing and tension is fantastic – you are constantly terrified for Gene and his presumably imminent discovery. The central idea is exciting and unique – and although I had sort of guessed the ending ‘twist’ before it happened, it still had the kick of a good cliff-hanger and left me wanting more! I definitely want to read the next instalment and find out what happens to Gene et al.
Not strictly one of the best dystopian novels I’ve read recently, but certainly one of the best novels about vampires!
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