I'm struggling with a rating. 3.5 Stars. Thanks NetGalley and HarperCollins for clicking the "approve" button ;)
You know if a Young Adult book held m...moreI'm struggling with a rating. 3.5 Stars. Thanks NetGalley and HarperCollins for clicking the "approve" button ;)
You know if a Young Adult book held my attention (at all) it's worth at least three stars. I want to give this book four stars, because it was compelling, and had me reading it until 1am this morning, and my sleep is so valuable to me, it says a lot that I stayed up late to finish this book.
That being said, I really hated the ending, and it was not surprising the way it ended, you could see it coming a mile away and at one point during the novel I was shaking my head at Nikki and saying, "Really? You don't see it? Are you that fucking stupid?" It sets up for some kind of sequel, but I would have preferred a different ending, and that may just be me.
I really enjoyed Cole, and Jack, and Nikki. I am especially intrigued by Cole's motivations for doing the things he does, and I wonder if (SPOILER ALERT PEOPLE, DON'T CLICK UNLESS YOU WANT TO KNOW (view spoiler)[ He set up Lacey and Jack in the dorm room for Nikki to witness, just so she would run to him, it seems this way. It seems that he planned the whole thing out from the start (hide spoiler)]
Brodi Ashton has a cool writing style that I enjoyed. I wasn't such a fan of the shifting past, and present, and past-past. Does that make sense? Probably not. The present is NOW, the past is before the feed, and then you get during the feed where Nikki was gone for 100 years below, which was 6 months topside.
Cole is a villain that you can't help but almost like, and then he says something and he's back in the villainous category. I liked him.
The concept for Everneath is very cool, and gross, and horrifying.
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3.5 stars, but I think on the lower side of three, vs more four. Make sense? In my odd brain it does.
3 stars means I liked it, but it has issues.
This...more3.5 stars, but I think on the lower side of three, vs more four. Make sense? In my odd brain it does.
3 stars means I liked it, but it has issues.
This review is going to be difficult for me, because on the one hand, I fell in love with Shaedes of Gray's promise. And you know what they say about falling in love with the potential of a man or woman right? Well, it's true for books too.
Let's start with what I loved:
1) The matrix like feel of the Shaeding aspect, and the 'effects' of how they pop in and out of light and shadows = totally awesome.
2) The world itself is really cool, featuring shaedes, their counterpart whose name is escaping me at the moment, but I will check it back and repost- wow, long winded there. O.o Shape shifters, witches and blood magic and all sorts of cool shit. Also, oracles and gargoyles.
3) I love the idea of Darian, and Tyler too, but they are also going in my negatives
4) The ending was really cool, and had my gut clenching and me saying "OMG! No sir!!! I love twists. Seriously, love twists. Cliffhangers? NO, but twists? Hell Yea bring em!
5) I enjoyed the information guru at the bar.
What didn't work for me:
1) Darian was too much of a self-absorbed, selfish bitch. She tried so hard to be badass, but just came off as a Venus flytrap. I also found myself irritated at the number of men who seemed to want her. I have this issue with all books that have more than one love interest though, for the most part.
~ The problem for me is that Selfish, Prickly women still need to show a soft and tender side. Vulnerability, even if it's just to the reader. We didn't get any of that from Darian
2) Tyler --to an extend. I liked him! I just don't get his motivations for his role in this book. And I can't say much more because it is wicked spoilery. I can say I honestly don't get his obsession with Darian.
3) Xander was creepy. His wanting to bed Darian gave me the heeby jeebies--And not the look under your bed kind expecting Freddy Kruger. More like close and lock the door on an Uncle that looks to closely at you.
4) There was a lot of telling.
It really felt like Darian was too prickly. Now, I can understand to a point--she had a shitty start to life, but what's her excuse now? A hundred year old hate? Get over it! Move on! Stop the woe is me, I must be a man hater, and go get some love.
I have to stop and thank Amanda Bonilla here, less she think I am an ungrateeful bitch, and also Penquin USA. Ever since I saw this book back in...February? I have had it on my must read list, and Amanda was a pioneer to get me a copy, which I appreciate so much because it is a novel that I wanted to read so fucking bad! It had parts that I really enjoyed, but overall I was irritated at Darian, and since she is main protagonist, I found myself grumbling a lot.
I love female, kick-ass-take-no-prisoners-I-killz-you-dead-sword-wielding-women leads. Darian needs some work though in order to be added to my favorites list.
Don't let this review fool you. I feel conflicted, which is probably coming across here to all of you. The concept is awesome. The world is really cool. I didn't like Darian, but I loved Darian--and all the other Shaedes powers.
I will read the next one in the series, because I want to see what Amanda has hidden away for us.
One of the things I like most about Author Kristen Painter, is the way she writes. It’s rather hard to describe. It’s soft and sensual,...moreErika’s Review
One of the things I like most about Author Kristen Painter, is the way she writes. It’s rather hard to describe. It’s soft and sensual, it flows nicely and leaves the reader with a nice feeling. Dark Kiss of the Reaper was my first Kristen Painter book, and I think Blood Rights is an interesting take on Vampires and Shifters, Curses and Blood Slaves.
First, let me kick off this review by saying that Blood Rights has one of the most gorgeous covers of the year. Seriously. Kristen Painter, your cover artists for your novels are outstanding. It’s fantastic.
Now, here we go.
The first half or so of Blood Rights suffered from pacing issues. It was slow, confusing and hard to get into. I hate to say it, but it’s the truth. At least for me. I put this book down in favor of other books more than once. The problem for me was that we are thrown into this world and were expected to understand all the terms. It took me a good 30% on my kindle to figure out what all the terms meant. Once I was invested though, I plowed right through till the end.
However, the second half of the book more than made up for it. The grade for the first half would be 2 stars, and the second half would be 4 stars. I think with a little bit more editing, and a few changes here and there to help the pacing even out, the book would have been outstanding. As it is, it’s a good book.
There are some major twists and turns that the reader probably won’t see coming. One, I saw, the other four or five twists? Didn’t see them coming at all. There are some deaths, and I was sad. I wish the deaths had been captured a little bit more. I would have liked (Ok, well not liked, because death sucks) but I I would have liked to have been at the funerals at the end.
Chrysabelle was pretty cool. I can’t wait to learn more about where Kristen Painter is taking her and the other Comarre.
Malcolm and his storyline are heartbreaking and compelling. Again, I can’t wait to read more.
The secondary characters are all interesting.
I didn’t like the Point of View of the “Villain” Tatiana. It detracted me from the overall storyline. I would have just liked to have seen the villain at the end–being all villainous :P
The House of Comarre is a trilogy, and at the end of Blood Rights we are sort of left hanging on where Mal and Chrysabelle are. They both have some pretty major obstacles to overcome. The sexual tension zings between them throughout Blood Rights, but there is no smexing. There are two kisses. That’s it. What does it say about me that I’m sad there is no smexing?
Thankfully, the wait for the second novel Flesh and Blood, is not long. It’ comes out October 25, 2011(less)
The writing style was nice, I liked how Merrie Destefano writes. Her words are poetic, and lyrical. She paints a vivid picture. But this picture just didn’t work for me. I thought that the idea of this novel is cool, but it needs more polishing to really shine.
Sounds good right? It should be better, and I hope some more editing before the release will help.
I had a very hard time with this novel. I’m not even sure how to start this review.
It was all so confusing. First, I guess I’ll start with some questions for the author, then some points.
1) What is a Darkling? How did they come to be, where do they come from, and what the freaking heck are they!!
~After reading this novel, I STILL HAVE NO IDEA!!! That is not good. This novel needs tighter editing, more information available for the reader, and to plug the major plot holes that are pretty glaring.
2) What is a Guardian, why are they necessary, what exactly was this Curse, and what did it entail. The details were sketchy at best. We really need more information.
~Ash is the Guardian of Ticonderoga Falls. OK. Good for him. What does this mean? What is his job, why is he there, what does he do?
3) What is this legend Keeper Business?
~The term was just tossed out there, and we were expected to understand. With no concept of what the Darklings even are, how can we fathom what a Legend Keeper is? Also, When Joe is Telling Maddie the Legend, WHY did you do it off screen? That would have answered SO many questions for the reader!!
4) What exactly is FEASTING. How do the Darklings harvest dreams? This is not explained and the readers have to try and extrapolate the information between the lines, and it is difficult with so much conflicting information.
~They are not vampires? Why does the Sheriff point out the two holes on the neck, and a seemingly empty body that is ‘flat”. OK, so these darklings–do they use their fangs to drink the blood, and with the blood they also get dreams, hopes and aspirations from their victims? The blood is incidental? If so, it would be nice to know that. There was too much telling, and absolutely no showing of how this works. It went like this “We harvest the dreams.” “Mmm I am harvesting” “Oh, I harvested too much, now he/she is dead”
5) Pretty much each chapter was in a different point of view. From every character in the novel. EVERY. ONE. Maddie, Ash, Thane, River, Elspeth, Sage, Sienna, Joe, The Sheriff, The dog, It was a revolving door of characters, and took away my interest.
~ Since we had so many story lines being interwoven, it was hard to connect to any one character.
6) There really is no love in this novel. I didn’t feel the romance. At all. I’m sorry, but it didn’t work for me. It came out of left field, at the very end, and it wasn’t believable. This aspect of the story needs work. The interest needs to be throughout the novel.