There are hardly words to describe how much I adore this book. I am just at a loss.
First, I'm fairly certain it's a stand-alone, which actually worksThere are hardly words to describe how much I adore this book. I am just at a loss.
First, I'm fairly certain it's a stand-alone, which actually works out very well. This is the way the story needed to be; it just feels so right. But just in case you were wondering, I have now dispelled that curiosity.
Second, I LOVE every single character in this book. Every one. I am not kidding. Is it a lyrical masterpiece that will go down in history as a "classic"? Probably not. But it's real. The characters had depth (although I didn't pay much attention to Zak, the original boyfriend person, so I suppose I could be wrong about him) and personality and REALNESS to them. Lenzi was a "typical" girl by being slightly "atypical" and aptly side-stepping stereotypes at the last minute instead of making large swerves around them. Something about that "oh I know who she'll be... wait no. Oh but it could go this way.... oh. I guess not." was a surprisingly desirable 'road less traveled'. It was just a fascinating take on how to make a heroine.
And Alden. Oh Alden. He is the kind of boy that is perfect right where he is. I have no impulse to "re-imagine" him in a different setting with a different character, nor do I have any "crush" on him in the same regard that one would not desire a married man (metaphorically and all). He fit so seemlessly, so absolutely perfectly, but in a toned down "breath of cool air after you've endured a long winter" sort of way.
There were parental figures (that actually were present and normal), families, friends, and even the ghosts had personalities. Lindsey definitely did something right when she wrote this book. I am seriously SO in love. I devoured this book and can see myself re-reading it over and over again (whereas some of the books I loved I felt I had found all the mysteries in their pages reading them only once and they sit, untouched, on my bookshelf) with an insatiable appetite every time.
I will now read anything Mary Lindsey writes, no matter what it might be. ...more
After reading Graceling, I was super excited to pick up anything with Kristin Cashore's name on it. I went to Amazon in search of her next masterpieceAfter reading Graceling, I was super excited to pick up anything with Kristin Cashore's name on it. I went to Amazon in search of her next masterpiece, only to find her next book didn't involve any characters from Graceling. In fact, it was termed "a companion". The word companion usually means nothing good in the world of a reader, and I didn't buy it. If I were honest, I flat out refused. But shopping at McKay's used bookstore here in Nashville, I came across a beautiful, pristine copy and picked it up for almost 75% off. I wasn't disappointed.
Where I thought that Kristin Cashore couldn't match the characters in Graceling, she most definitely did. Fire is lyrical, witty, funny, and lovable. She is so different from Katsa, an entirely different species in fact, yet I found myself loving her just as I had done with Katsa. The characters are beautifully woven, like fine silk and rubbed to perfection. Fire has weaknesses, but she's not weak. She's complicated, ashamed of herself, but so utterly and undeniably human at heart you can't help but want her to come out on top.
Of course there's a romance, no novel from Kristin Cashore could be complete without one, and it's fairly obvious who is going to hook up with whom. However, in another typical Kristin Cashore plot thread, you never can quite predict much else. Fire had me entranced, where no chapter was boring and I only skipped ahead once just to make sure nothing horrible (such as the world ending) was about to happen before I turned in for the night. This is a rare feat for me, since I have little control over my eyes and brain impulses with books.
Pick it up. If you didn't want to because there was no Katsa, do it anyways. You will love Fire and you will adore the complicated Archer and the elusive prince and his brother the king. You will not go wrong and it will be money well spent....more
This was one of the sweetest books I've read. A match between a dead girl and a live boy that doesn't involve zombies. HEREAFTER starts the ball rolliThis was one of the sweetest books I've read. A match between a dead girl and a live boy that doesn't involve zombies. HEREAFTER starts the ball rolling right away and it continues, going through the "waking up" of Amelia, the meeting of Eli, and the first sparks between her and Joshua. This entire book happens within only a few days, perhaps the max of a week and a half. It's not clear because time up until that point hadn't been clear to Amelia.
The love story between a ghost and a boy sounds lame and has lots of obvious problems. Touching, kissing, hanging out. But Hudson addressed all of these with a unique and refreshing take, with the bonus of the boy being a decent, good, normal boy with no ego problems or dark sides and the girl being an ordinary girl with a big personality that isn't flamboyant but more real.
I wasn't a huge fan of how Amelia died and the villain Eli because I really didn't feel them like I felt Amelia and Joshua. Perhaps she did the Amelia Joshua relationship so well that everything in comparison was just mediocre. But whatever the reason, I am in love with this book. It doesn't give you really any answers, but it doesn't claim to have any to begin with.
The cover makes this book look spooky, but it was never scary to me at all, not even when Eli came in. I could read it at night without worrying about freaking myself out. Do pick up this book, it's worth it and I will be getting my own copy....more
This really turned me off for the first half of the book. The character is talI got this book free from www.librarything.com in exchange for a review.
This really turned me off for the first half of the book. The character is talking to you, the audience not thinking to herself. I do not like the character including me in the story so blatantly.
However, looking past that, the story started fairly interestingly, as a vampire assassin.
And then turns 360 and becomes a love story and how she turned into a vampire. Which is fine and all, but the title is "vampire assassin" and doesn't mention a reason why she became one. It just ends with the tragic love story. So while the love story was unbelievably sweet and much more realistic than the Twilight series, the story only gets three stars because of the point of view and the fact that the assassin part is never explained in this first part.
I'd probably recommend you read it if you can get past the odd point of view just for the sweet love story, but don't expect too much. The love story is very two dimensional, though sweet, because it's a memory and not happening play-by-play. I think that if it was more of a flashback, where the character was "living" in the moment it would have done a whole lot better....more
A very good sequel to the first novella, it starts off a little oddly in thaI got this ebook free from www.librarything.com in exchange for a review.
A very good sequel to the first novella, it starts off a little oddly in that a good chunk of time has passed, but doesn't keep you lost for very long. You get to know Jensen's "dad" some more, learn about her powers, and find some very interesting information about her best friend's family.
The romance was a little off in this book. I felt that we were on a paranormal romance track in the first novella and the second was "let's focus on more lore, but oh I have a romance. Let's break it up temporarily!" kinda thing. Which is okay, but it didn't transition very well and left me squirming without a real reason why I was feeling that way.
BUT I did like this novella better than the first in that more things were coming together. I am definitely going to spend some money to buy the sequel AND the prequel as well, I liked it that much!...more
This was an interesting little novella. I got it for free from www.librarything.com and it's sequel as well for my kindle. The story was fairly fast pThis was an interesting little novella. I got it for free from www.librarything.com and it's sequel as well for my kindle. The story was fairly fast paced, but that takes away from the fact that time passes differently and huge gobs of information is left out for you to come upon it happenstance in the dialogue or hint at it later. However, the lore is well researched with an interesting personal twist to it.
There is a bit of cursing with the f-bomb and some lesser words here and there, but for the most part it's pretty PG-13. The romance is pretty sweet and the personal interactions are written up there with the best books. The one thing I didn't understand is the constant substitution for "faerie" with "elf" which made no sense to me. But it didn't take away from the story. I'd recommend it for sure!...more
This was a fantastic book. It was inventive with ghosts coming back, twists that I didn't exactly see coming, and fairly fast paced.
But the end just rThis was a fantastic book. It was inventive with ghosts coming back, twists that I didn't exactly see coming, and fairly fast paced.
But the end just ruined the entire book for me. Because in the end, you are no better off than you were in the beginning. And it was frustrating that I read the entire book, expecting some reward (no matter how small) and nothing happened!
The characters weren't entirely polished. Callie was probably my favorite and the best fleshed character, but her brother and sister were missing some key ingredient. It was just oddly put together, like it wasn't quite stitched evenly.
But it is a good read. Just don't expect too much from the ending, because although it's a nice journey, you end up right back where you started....more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It's a paranormal romance wrapped in a mystery old as time itself. The tone of this book was sleepy and curioI was pleasantly surprised by this book. It's a paranormal romance wrapped in a mystery old as time itself. The tone of this book was sleepy and curiously mysterious, wandering through day and night with a sort of dreamlike quality.
The main character is likeable, but kind of forgettable. You don't actually learn anything about her throughout the entire story. The book was more about the Near Witch and the children going missing, with a sweet (albeit odd) romance towards the end.
The book was so short that there's not much else I can say, but the writing is strong and so are the characters. Might be worth re-reading, but not too sure....more
This book had a good premise and was always full of action, never lulling. The characters were dynamic and unique. It almost felt like it was two bookThis book had a good premise and was always full of action, never lulling. The characters were dynamic and unique. It almost felt like it was two books in one, because it pursued two different story lines within the book. That wasn't a draw back, however, because they were linked together well and flowed beautifully.
Worth reading, especially because the romance is not heavy and the main character is so spunky it's very amusing seeing her be girly.
A little disappointed the "sequel" is a prequel and has nothing to do with these characters....more