I felt frustrated with this book for two main reasons. The first is that nothing is really resolved from the last book. The plot advances by introduciI felt frustrated with this book for two main reasons. The first is that nothing is really resolved from the last book. The plot advances by introducing more characters and more problems. The second issue I had was that Ever, the main character, continuously makes terrible choices, even when she has people giving her good advice. Every time she had to make a decision, it seems like she made the opposite of what I would have done. It made it really hard for me to relate to her or to feel sorry for her plight. I'll continue to read the series to see where it ends up, but this one just didn't do it for me....more
To me, this book was a blending of several other stories: The Stand, Salem's Lot, Dracula, I Am Legend, and The Cobra Event. It wasn't very original,To me, this book was a blending of several other stories: The Stand, Salem's Lot, Dracula, I Am Legend, and The Cobra Event. It wasn't very original, but it was still entertaining. The vampires in this book are caused by a parasitic bacteria that turns its host into a physiologically new creature altogether. When CDC directors don't listen to the warnings of the hero, Ephraim, the disease quickly spreads throughout New York City. An unlikely group of heroes emerges to try to halt the inevitable apocalypse that looms on the horizon.
The book reads like a movie. If you like action/horror/adventure films, this is the book for you. If your taste is high literature, or handsome vampires who sparkle, I'd skip it....more
After three years of trying to forget about him, trying not to think about where he might be, Daniel Kalbi reappears in Grace Divine's life. Suddenly,After three years of trying to forget about him, trying not to think about where he might be, Daniel Kalbi reappears in Grace Divine's life. Suddenly, the perfect world of the pastor's daughter starts to crack. Her brother, who is normally saintly, starts to have violent mood swings. Her parents are fighting. And the Markham Street monster, who had left mutilated bodies of both people and animals in the past, appears to have come back. Are these events somehow related to Daniel's return? What dark secrets are being held back from Grace by everyone she loves?
The Dark Divine was nothing like I had expected, in a good way. The book follows a path that I didn't think it would, but it does it well. I don't want to give away too much, since I'd like other readers to be surprised like I was. One thing I really appreciated in this book was that the bad-boy love interest had real depth. Compared to some other rebellious male characters of late, I could really see why Grace cared about Daniel. He was a complex character with a sympathetic back story.
This book asks its readers to think about some mature topics. There is an overarching theme of forgiveness. How many wrongs can somebody commit before you are able to forgive them? How much of your own pride are you able to swallow to make things right? Other issues brought up are child abuse, underage drinking, and harmful rumors. There is also an element of danger, and a bit of action to boot. Despain leaves the ending open to a future sequel, so hopefully there will be one. ...more
This was a fun, quick read. I think the graphic aspect made many of the stories easier to read and enjoy than if I'd picked up the actual story. It'sThis was a fun, quick read. I think the graphic aspect made many of the stories easier to read and enjoy than if I'd picked up the actual story. It's a perfect pick for those times when you want something slightly spooky, slightly silly, and light....more
Cassandra Renfield has just figured out what the strange glowing light she sometimes sees around people means -- that person will die that day. AfterCassandra Renfield has just figured out what the strange glowing light she sometimes sees around people means -- that person will die that day. After seeing the mark on her own grandmother, Cassie moves far away to Kansas for the summer and works to come to grips with her talent, debating whether it is a gift or a curse.
The Mark is a short, fast-paced read that, despite it's brevity, will make readers think. Cassie takes a philosophy course, which allows Nadol to weave discussions about free-will and fate into the plot. Cassie also questions what is better: knowledge or happiness? Part of what I liked about this book is that it is a supernatural teen-read without being overly reliant on paranormal creatures or people. Cassie's second-sight is about as far as it goes, and it is mainly a way to explore these other large questions about life. This was a sweet, thoughtful book, and a great debut....more
Vampire Kira November (living name Phoebe Tanaka) knows that there will be trouble when the star football player at her new high school is found deadVampire Kira November (living name Phoebe Tanaka) knows that there will be trouble when the star football player at her new high school is found dead -- a death that was almost certainly caused by a vampire. Now her strict, traditional vampire parents are convinced she did it. Kira must discover the real killer before the week is up, or be sentenced to the vampire equivalent of grounding with no tv or phone calls. Luckily for her, the three suspects are all good-looking guys. Who knew sleuthing could be so much like dating?
This book was light reading, but did manage to keep me guessing about the true killer. I finished it in a day, both because it was compelling enough to keep me reading and it was fairly short. While not great vampire fiction, it's a nice, easy read for those days when you just want something entertaining and not too mentally taxing....more
This book was my constant companion during my rare book cataloging internship. I used it any time I was having trouble determining a book's format orThis book was my constant companion during my rare book cataloging internship. I used it any time I was having trouble determining a book's format or formulating collation. It's an exercise to read through, but densely packed with great information on books of both the hand-press and machine-press eras. It's a classic....more
Hanna is a mix: half Finnish, half black; raised in Finland but living in Texas; stunningly beautiful but devastatingly insane. After the death of herHanna is a mix: half Finnish, half black; raised in Finland but living in Texas; stunningly beautiful but devastatingly insane. After the death of her father, Hanna goes to live with her mother..who she has never met and who does not want her. It becomes apparent that in her mother's town of Portero, things are far stranger than they originally appear. Hanna has a hard time determining what strange events are in her head, and what are real.
Bleeding Violet is a wild ride! I felt that this book was fantastically strange, and unapologetically so. Hanna is a very strong, very brave character whose strength comes from her insanity -- not normally an admirable characteristic in a heroine. Hanna and her mother Rosalee are both sexually liberal, but it somehow seems right for their characters. While the monsters in Portero are dangerous, the real danger in the story is Hanna's emotional state and how quickly she can lose control and become violent toward herself and others. The story transcends the strange fantasy world by portraying the broken relationship between a troubled teen and the mother she needs, but who rejects her.
Bleeding Violet was a strong, original story, and I look forward to reading more from Dia Reeves in the future....more
The Eternal Kiss 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire is a great anthology of thirteen vampire tales by current YA authors. Not every story focuses onThe Eternal Kiss 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire is a great anthology of thirteen vampire tales by current YA authors. Not every story focuses on the vampire as love-interest/Byronic hero, although there is that if you want it. Overall, I thought this compilation did a great job of presenting the vampire in its many forms and mythologies. While the writers each have their own voice and take on the vampire, the stories hang together well as a cohesive unit, making this a strong anthology.
For me, the strongest stories were:
"Falling to Ash" by Karen Mahoney - This was more of a beginning to something that could develop much further. As my first introduction to Mahoney's work, it made me curios to read her other writings.
"Sword Point" by Maria V. Snyder - I liked this story because its vampires were truly monstrous, and the protagonist showed potential to develop into a very strong female character.
"The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" by Holly Black - I find Black's writing to be gritty, yet poetic. I also liked the way Black treated vampires as infected citizens in quarantine.
"The Thirteenth Step" by Libba Bray - This was a nicely paced, intriguing story, with a main character that had a great back story.
"Wet Teeth" by Cecil Castellucci - What made this story so good was how short and concise it was.