The mythology and the background and the world-building so rich and complicated.
I couldn't put it down...but I don't want t...moreThe characters are amazing.
The mythology and the background and the world-building so rich and complicated.
I couldn't put it down...but I don't want to finish it in a hurry. I wanted to savor the book.
I love the characters and though I love the angst between the two lead characters, I love the friendship between Karou and Zuzana. I appreciate the friendship of two smart, strong girls who can talk to each other without all out drama.
The conversation is witty, the plot exciting and the imagery is so vivid.
The relationships that Karou have with the characters in this book is what carries me through. And the shades of gray of morals and sides and values that are instilled in this book also appeals to me.
There is no all consuming right reason, or righteous cause. Everyone is wrong. Everyone is right.
Zoomed right through it, the characters are interesting especially the main character. She's strong and yet vulnerable, she knows her worth (s...moreLOVE IT!
Zoomed right through it, the characters are interesting especially the main character. She's strong and yet vulnerable, she knows her worth (sometimes a little too much) and confident of her abilities.
She's hilarious and also dark at times. She's ruthless and unflinching and she loves fiercely.
What I admire most is her ability to endure every hardship coming her way without a woe-is-me attitude, not that it didn't leave any scars both on her body and her mind but all the heartache and betrayal didn't make her hard.
In fact, that's one of the things people came to love her for, that even after what she'd been through, she could still laugh.
The other characters are also very interesting.
The story is pretty predictable at times but it doesn't lessen the anticipation or the tension in the book.
Very well done. Love it to bits. After I put this one down I immediately picked up the second book. (less)
**spoiler alert** First of all, I just have to say it so I can move on. Sebastian. *sizzle*
Ari is shy of her eighteenth birthday and is searching for...more**spoiler alert** First of all, I just have to say it so I can move on. Sebastian. *sizzle*
Ari is shy of her eighteenth birthday and is searching for any news about her mother. She found out that her mother committed suicide and that the female half of her family was cursed, always dying at their 21st birthday. She needs answers and she can only find it in New 2, where she was born. We know New 2 as New Orleans post-hurricane. In Kelly Keaton's world New Orleans is an isolated country that governs its own and controlled by the Novem; 9 families that rich and powerful. There are murmurs of 'magic' and 'vampires' and 'supernatural' about New 2 which isn't surprising since, well, it's New Orleans.
In New 2 she stumbles into a group of freaks, people who like her, are peculiar in some way. Chunk who is able to fix everything, Henry whose eyes seem to glow in the dark, Violet who has fangs for teeth and Sebastian who is able to influence people to do what he wants them to do.
In her hunt for her history and the secrets of her family, she is also hunted by strange armored men who tries to kill her and by the Novem itself.
This story is dark. Oh, trigger warning: rape.
The story is well written and well plotted, taking the Greek mythology, religion and paranormal creatures and supernatural elements that we know and crafted it into a tightly wound story that is rich and exciting. The characters are fun and engaging, some more than others and the chemistry between Sebastian and Ari is insane.
I love the genius of Kelly Keaton that she sets her story in New Orleans. It makes all these crazy things happening in the book believable and it gives the book an ambiance that is otherworldly.
The Novem itself is interesting: 3 families who have magic, 3 families who are shapeshifters, and another 3 who are vampires.
The action is amazing, Ari is kick ass and the story telling so detailed and intricate that you can see it in your mind.
Eventhough the writer creats its own twist in the original 'vampire lore' it keeps the important points, e.g they'...more**spoiler alert** I really liked it!
Eventhough the writer creats its own twist in the original 'vampire lore' it keeps the important points, e.g they're dead, they are violent and they do drink human blood. Yes, no vegetarians or sparkling here people. Move along.
Anyway, the story tells us of Marie who in the start of the novel has already been turned into a vampire by way of her Maker, Theo who is also a Master of his own House. The prologue of the book tells us how he changed her and it is violent and dark and painful. As it should be. Take that Twilight!
As is custom when turned you pick a new name, your vampire name, a new name that has no trace of your old life. Marie chose Moth.
Due to her transformation and how it had occurred strained the relationship between Moth and Theo though it is clear that there is a bond there outside of Maker and Childe. The angst and tension between them is delightful.
But the creation of Moth is somewhat of a problem for Theo because he has not been given permission to turn her by the Head of all Vampire houses. Theo did in fact turned her because he lost control 'in the head of the moment' if you know what I mean and nearly drank her to death. Rather than killing her, he turned her.
She was nineteen at the time. And now,she will always look nineteen.
Theo's lost of control is not a good quality to have as a Head of a House, it shows weakness. So Solomon, the great poobah of all Vamps said "give me the head of Murdoch, the vampire hunter who has vexed me so cruelly and I will not kill you and your childe. You have one week."
I like Moth. She's practical, she's funny, she's kick ass and she actually thinks before she speaks. But you know, she grew up with a drunk father and when you do, you kind of learn how to judge the mood and your surroundings. She's not brooding although she does have her dark moments and she makes the best of who and what she is.
One of the things that I like about this book is her relationship with her sister, Caitlin. Her fierceness when her sister was in danger.
And I find it hilarious and kind of sad that Caitlin struggles to keep her family together including to have a family dinner with her drunk father and vampire sister. Oh, and the other human sister.
Then there is Jace, Murdoch's son who is also a vampire hunter. I was intrigued that one of Theo's test for Moth was to fight Jace (he wrapped her up in silver chains and she broke his leg). Despite the fighting and the fact that they were supposed to kill each other there's a connection there. And when revenants kept popping out all over the place (and those people are actually known to Mother) both Jace and Moth actually worked together to find out what was going on.
As if having Theo in her life wasn't enough of a headache, Moth is also attracted to Jace and vice versa.
Theo is the typical politicking, Master of the house vampire, he is imperious, he is powerful, seriously hot, intelligent, stubborn and brooding. I kind of hope to see more of Theo as a Master vampire but since Moth is only just entering the vampire world, we don't get to see him in action. Although Solomon himself did say that Theo would be the heir to his throne once he ascends to a higher seat which says something about Theo's status (and Moth's as association). When it came to Moth he is protective and there are some undercurrents in their relationship that intrigues me. It is clear that Moth isn't just food to him, and also isn't a one night stand. He calls her anamchara which is Gaelic for soul friend or in this case soulmate.
And I love that he means that literally. Because in this world the mythology of being able to turn a human into vampire is to give them a piece of your soul. So not all vampires can turn a human, and they don't do it willy nilly.
There isn't much world-building but the book does stay true to the mythology. The vampires drink human blood (from bags and from vein), they are dead, they have no reflection and they exist in secret.
The story is good, the plot is good, the pacing is a bit off and there are bits and pieces that seems to be dump in randomly, but the characters keep me going. (less)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes like Maggie Stiefvater is one of those writers that write interesting books that I just can't seem to dive into.
I like the idea...moreJennifer Lynn Barnes like Maggie Stiefvater is one of those writers that write interesting books that I just can't seem to dive into.
I like the idea of this book and the interesting preternatural creatures, especially the original use of chupacabras but either than that I'm not really immerse in the world building.
There were no surprises for me, no twists, as I read I'm rewriting all over the place to make the plot a little more interesting for me.
I like that the three main characters are actually girls with characters so different from each other, and I like reading them together.
AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHY? WHY DOES MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS ALWAYS DIE. Well, that was sad.
I enjoyed the book, the story-line was okay and the pacing also was okay. I just wished the twist would have been more unpredictable. It probably would have been if I cared a little bit more about the characters but since I did I was like, "huh, that happened" without being shocked or feeling what the main character must have felt.
Although I like the characters, I didn't connect with them and that was a bummer.
I'm not interested enough about this book to read book 2.
Hm, the summary is kind of misleading for there isn't much romance in this book. Which I like. Anyway, The Raven Boys is book one of Maggie Stiefvater...moreHm, the summary is kind of misleading for there isn't much romance in this book. Which I like. Anyway, The Raven Boys is book one of Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle series.
It kind of has everything: family drama, romance, intrigue, friendship, bromance, supernatural bits, mythical lore, murder...am I leaving something out? Nope, yeah, I think that's it.
It certainly has an interesting plot and world building and characters but--
I have no idea why but Maggie Stiefvater's books never really got to me. I tried to read them but I just can't seem to immerse myself in them, so I picked up this book with some trepidation.
But, hey, I liked it.
It wasn't epic for me but I liked it.
Honestly, eventhough I should actually love the story because it has all the elements that I love I think her writing style doesn't mesh well with me, I liked the characters but I didn't love them. I couldn't relate to them, I couldn't lose myself in their lives and in their stories. I laughed and sympathize but my emotions weren't involved.
It's a well written book, and the characters are appealing and I will read the second book but I don't think I will be rereading the book anytime soon. (less)
I liked it, and loved some parts of it. The mythology is awesome (the snow white twist), the world-building complica...more**spoiler alert** How to say this.
I liked it, and loved some parts of it. The mythology is awesome (the snow white twist), the world-building complicated and layered...which was the problem for me. It was too layered and the author sort of just dumped information on us and hoped we understood. Sure you can relate some events in this world to our world for ex; the REEVE or the magical revolution as the, I'm guessing, Industrial Revolution.
I'm still half-convinced there was a prequel or something. No?
Anyway, the world called New Haven, is controlled by the Seven Families, like I said, they're kind of like the vampire mafia. And there are Jacks (which I'm not really sure what, maybe shapeshifters) and the Twists (people that has their Potential twisted by hate or rage) and then there are the fae.
Cami, or Camille, our heroine was a foundling, an orphan found in the snow by the head of the Vultusino family. She is adopted into the family and grew up along with his son, his heir, Nico.
Keep in mind that this is a version of Snow White so you already know the gist but I'm not saying that there are new elements in this story: for instance, the vampires, like Papa Vultusino and Nico, ghouls, mere-humans, magic users like Cami and Cami's friends Ruby (Red Riding Hood) and Ellie (Cinderella). There will be an evil queen, there will be the huntsman etc.
The pace of the story is okay, I guess, the pacing is pretty fast, you get to know everybody also pretty fast and you get the story, also pretty fast. It's twisted and dark and kind of harrowing at times as your imagination finally grab a hold of the world.
It kind of reminded me of Labyrinth in a way, you know, that movie with David Bowie as the Goblin King?
I was disappointed that we didn't get more Nico though, I was interested on how he went from heir to Head of the Family. Why he was often gone.
And I'm intrigued by how Lili St Crow created the difference between Nico and Tor, how they switched placed in the middle but then we totally see who was on Cami's side and not so much.
Well, will I read this book again? yes, yes I would. Is it flawless? Nope.
But still, an interesting (though not so original, at least on the White Queen part) read. (less)