So I actually didn't finish this even though I really did like it. Aaaand I honestly don't know if I will get around to finishing it but I really didSo I actually didn't finish this even though I really did like it. Aaaand I honestly don't know if I will get around to finishing it but I really did like the book, I just have lost interest by now since I stopped reading it like 2 weeks ago. I finally got around to reading this as an ARC I won on goodreads last year. Don was a delightful narrator, and I really did enjoy the book, I guess it just didn't hook me or I wasn't in the biggest reading mood. ...more
Soooo I don't really know what to make of this whole VA series. The books are really easy to quickly read and never particularly boring, but then therSoooo I don't really know what to make of this whole VA series. The books are really easy to quickly read and never particularly boring, but then there come points when I get annoyed at some part of the book because a plot point is flimsy, some reasoning is petty or I realize I just don't really care about this one character as much as I wish I could. First off my complaints, and then I'll get to the things I found decent about this book.
1.Like I don't find anything more to Dimitri than his stereotype. He's a "god" aka, unbelievably hot, incredibly badass, and yet he's got a sensitive side and a weak spot for Rose. And he is an upstanding citizen and thinks they should be together. I just find this to be so typical of most paranormal romances. I find nothing unique about Dimitri that sets him apart from like, Edward say. I feel like most of these characteristics of the leading men in YA yet there are usually things that set them apart. Unfortunately, I find Dimitri to be nothing more than his stereotype.
2. The plots in these two books have been very simple and nothing really happens until 3/4ths of the way into the book. I guess it's not a huge deal that the plot is so simple, but it really doesn't help me like the book anymore. It absolute does not blow my mind though.
3. Which leads me to the point that annoys me most. There is NO GOOD VILLAN . The Striogi are basically the faceless bad guys and I really don't remember why they go after the Moroi? They are just the designated bad guys and that's really all there is to them. And that makes them entirely uninteresting or makes it hard for me to really care about that fact that "there are Striogi roaming about!" Ok cool. "Go kill those faceless, nameless> sons of bitches!" That's all you gotta do to win pull off the major climax in the book.
4. I also never really felt as compelled as the dhampir to protect those Moroi. I mean, I get that they can only produce more dhampir by mating with the Moroi, but to me both races just seemed much to similar for me to understand they're whole "protect the Moroi at all costs!" I just didn't feel it. It seemed stupid. But that's just one of my little annoyances.
So here are the things I did like 1. Adrian- he was one character that was intriguing all on his own. (view spoiler)[ And the whole dream- walking thing was easily my favorite part of the book. Absolutely the most cool, (though now original) aspect to me (hide spoiler)] 2. Rose. I like her and if I didn't like the herione in these books I probably would drop the VA series after this book. But she definitely is sometime too much like a ping pong ball between men. Dimitri, Mason, Adrian, Christian.. 3. Her relationship with her mother.
So my three stars are given with some hesitance because for most of the book I was like "ehhhhh". But it was entertaining and quick to read, and for some reason, I decided I do actually want to read the next book, so Shadow Kiss here I come..
I don't really know why I picked this book up now. The series had always been in the back of my mind, but I clumped it in with all the other "probably I don't really know why I picked this book up now. The series had always been in the back of my mind, but I clumped it in with all the other "probably lame, super popular" vampire series that grew in the wake of Twilight. Why it all of a sudden perked up my interest is a mystery to me, but I decided to give it a go and marathon all of the books since they're all out now. Or marathon them as long as I like them.
Also- doesn't the chick on the cover look like Angelina Jolie? I always thought so.
Allright, so onto the book- it was pretty much what I excepted of it back when I thought it was just another super popular vampire novel. It wasn't lame but it didn't blow me away with any originality or over-whelming, twisty, amazing plot, or heart stopping romance. I liked Rose, I guess for some reason I thought she was a bit more mousy because she kinda looked mousy from the movie posters and advertising. She was cool and Vampire Academy was one of the few books that really portrayed how close and strong a friendship between two females can be which was refreshing to read about. However the romance with Dimintri… sure yea, okay he's super hot and a GOD, but I felt there wasn't enough tension or scenes with him for me to really be invested in their relationship. My personal favorite character was Christian. All in all, this was a pretty quick read and entertaining though not altogether amazing. 'Twas pretty average. I will be reading the series until I get bored as I do hear it gets better ......more
What a well written hidden little gem in the YA or NA genre. WHY ISNT ANYONE READING THIS?
The Color of Rain moved at a delightfully quick pace an What a well written hidden little gem in the YA or NA genre. WHY ISNT ANYONE READING THIS?
The Color of Rain moved at a delightfully quick pace and by the time I was halfway through the book, I was like "damn there is still half a book left for more shit to go down". I wasn't sure what to make of Rain in the beginning but she grew on me as her desires sharpened and strengthened. She was kick-ass by the end of the book, entirely within control of what she knows she wants and needs to do. And I LOOOVED the writing, it was smart and to the point, describing every necessary scene or action with spot on metaphors or description. 'Twas vivid and lovely. Props to Cori McCarthy. This book is SO underrated or more accurately, under-discovered as there's hardly any buzz or knowledge of this beautiful gem. ...more
I've lately been craving an awesome new graphic novel series and my search ends here. Saga is WOnDERfUL in everything from its charact
LOVE LOVE LOVE
I've lately been craving an awesome new graphic novel series and my search ends here. Saga is WOnDERfUL in everything from its characters ( I LOVE the lying cat and that rocketship at the end…. ohhh lordie what I wouldn't give for that…), storyline, artwork and the whole frikkin' world and creatures are bloody WIERD but oddly FANTASTIC . This is absolutely a must for any fantasy graphic novel fan. I am eagerly looking forward to the rest of the Saga and will probably end up buying the whole lot eventually.
holy shit. Let me just collect all of my electrified emotions for a sec…….
You know, I was going to let this one slip by me because I had, on a whim putholy shit. Let me just collect all of my electrified emotions for a sec…….
You know, I was going to let this one slip by me because I had, on a whim put it on hold at the library and it arrived before I was ready for it. My list of books to read was (and still is) super duper long and there were other books I was chomping at the bit to dive into before this one. But damn am I glad I decided I had just better read it.
If The Sea Of Tranquility was my surprise contemporary novel of last summer, Me Before You is my surprise great contemporary love of this summer. I knew from the first couple of chapters in that this was going to be a good one. And by the last 100 pages, I was turning the pages in rapt attention.
Jojo Moyes is one hell of a writer. I you are rating books on a scale of 1-10 based on, plot, characters, pacing, writing, and just basic cleverness/smartness, her scoreboard would look like this- Plot- 10 Characters-10 Pacing-10 Cleverness/Smartness-10
Perfect 10s. I loved this book and teared up multiple times at the very end. Louisa and Will were a freakin' awesome set of leads who I found myself extremely invested in by the end of the book. Enough to get me a little glassy eyed which I haven't done since I don't know when. This isn't so much of a romantic book as perhaps the UK cover might lead one to believe but a just a plain old story of two entirely different people and their evolving relationship and the decisions in life we make.
It's a heavy book at times, but Louisa is the perfect heroine to take us through it. She's headstrong, charming, determined, not very worldly, funny and vulnerable- the perfect opposite to Will who is worldly, sarcastic, withdrawn, frustrated and just as vulnerable and determined as Louisa. Those two are the surprise hit couple of my summer, if not year. I am quite positive that this book will be on my mind for days to come as I am quite surprised at the feelings and thoughts it tugged out of me. This is a definite must read and one you're going to want to carve out a big chunk of time for.
There is just one thing I would have liked- perhaps if we had gotten a chapter at the end in Will's voice. I thought the chapters in all the other minor character's voice added lot to the book, but I think one in his voice would have been extremely insightful at the very end....more
GUILTIEST PLEASURE READ, EVER I never really intended on reading this, but I picked an old ARC copy up for free when it caught my eye at an independe GUILTIEST PLEASURE READ, EVER I never really intended on reading this, but I picked an old ARC copy up for free when it caught my eye at an independent book store and boyyy am I glad I found it (and for free! I would never have paid for it)
First off- The most HYSTERICALLY FUNNY COMPARISON that Courtney made and I will crack up every time I think about it...(drumroll please) …..
It was time for her hometown date. Ben came to Scottsdale. “When Ben arrived, he was having a bad hair day. He looked like Francine from those Arthur cartoons on PBS, and yet I was still very attracted to him.”
As a longtime Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad or anything else bachelor franchise related, this was firkin' awesome insider look at the crazy and somewhat superficial. Definitely a must-read for Bachelor fans , especially (and obviously) ones of Ben's season.
I don't really remember what I thought of Courtney during her season, like if I hated her as much as the rest of the nation did not. I do remember her "rude" sense of humor though which I actually kinda liked. She was funny and oh so telling about everything about her love life and "journey" in the highly entertaining book. And I really liked the little inserts from Bachelor Nation. Those were fun. However she did bash pretty much everyone in her book, except maybe Lindzi, and I have now gotten the impression that almost everyone in Bachelor Nation is a little sleazy and out for a good time.
Cassandra Clare really should have stuck with City of Glass as her finale to TMI series because it was a glittering, epic, romantic and adventure taleCassandra Clare really should have stuck with City of Glass as her finale to TMI series because it was a glittering, epic, romantic and adventure tale which City of Heavenly Fire was more a looooooong plodding wrap up and launch pad.
This isn't really an official review I suppose, just a nonsensical rambling where it all basically sums up to me ragging on Classandra Clare for writing three more books in TMI series where City of Glass wrapped up Clary and Jace and everyone else perfectly.
Here are my complaints
At first I hated reading about Emma Carstairs and Julien Blackthorn but they grew on me. And I hated not getting all the references to the Clockwork Angel series. The first half of the book had wayy to many viewpoints and I JUST WANTED CLARY AND HER CREW.
The ending was a bit anticlimactic and there was like 100 pages of wrap up after the big "climax" of the story.
I felt nothing progressed with the characters, I don't know, maybe I'm just bored with them. Clary was Clary and Jace was Jace and they never surprised me. I wasn't as invested in them as I was in the original 3 books. UGHHHH Clare should have just left it with the original 3 TMI books . These subsequent 3 books just feel like cash cows and the whole Sebastian plot line grew flat and boring.
UGHHHH City of Fallen Angels was terrible. City of Lost Souls was mediocre and gave me hope but I still wish it hadn't been written and js a sad attempt an recreating the magic of City of Glass while trying to multitask and introduce new upcoming characters (Emma and Julien) and tie up the Clockwork Angel series. UGGHHHHHHHH WHYYYYY
Exactly the kind of book I was in the mood for. A good old YA high fantasy novel with a touch of romance. It reminded me a lot of Kristen Cashore's3.5
Exactly the kind of book I was in the mood for. A good old YA high fantasy novel with a touch of romance. It reminded me a lot of Kristen Cashore's Graceling or Fire ( Not Bitterblue because Bitterblue was a long boring mess). I liked the book more than I expected though I don't believe it quite lived up to the hype that surrounded it, though usually, books don't. About the characters, I liked Kestrel and Arin well enough though all of the secondary characters were flat, they served their purpose in the story and did nothing more for me. Which is why (view spoiler)[ I really didn't feel the draw to or worry for Jess as Kestrel did when Jess drank the poison and fell terribly ill. (hide spoiler)] Even Kestrel and Arin I didn't see as a fully molded character, I don't have a good of sense of who they are as I feel like I do with say, Katsa (Graceling) or Katniss (really?) or other literary YA heroines out there. I think the writing got better as the book progressed, I have to say, I wasn't at all impressed with first two chapters or so. But the writing did improve. THat's all really for my quick thoughts on the book. It was a quick, enjoyable read and hit the spot for my reading appetite. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more