At first I was hesitant to read a poetry book. I'll admit it. I'm a complete dummy and often get intimidated by big words all twisted together. But I...moreAt first I was hesitant to read a poetry book. I'll admit it. I'm a complete dummy and often get intimidated by big words all twisted together. But I was pleasantly surprised by the discovery that these poems weren't Shakespearean cryptic. Not only did I understand them, but I related to them.
What I like about these poems are a lot of them tell a story. They aren't all roses are red, violets are blue, but real life events that most of us have experienced. And Zimmerman doesn't hold back. His poems are gritty and dark, but often laced with an innocent beauty.
A few of my favorite poems are Blue Suit, A Storm on Two Fronts, Will You Join Me?, and Grey and Tattered.
Robert Zimmerman's collection, From Where I Stand, managed to make me feel every kind of emotion I could think of from happiness to sadness, anger, resentment, fear, you name it. And some of his poems hit such a familiar nerve, I felt like Zimmermann had cut the words right out of my heart. I highly recommend this collection.(less)
Annnnd cut. Wow. What a great adventure! I call it that because this book isn’t your typical novel where you have a beginning, middle, end – you just...moreAnnnnd cut. Wow. What a great adventure! I call it that because this book isn’t your typical novel where you have a beginning, middle, end – you just have 216 pages of non stop, head ripping, blood spurting, face crunching action. Cool? Very. It was like watching a movie from start to finish.
The beginning starts with all the “higher ups” in the vampire world being brutally killed, including Daniel’s parents, at a birthday party for sixteen-year-old Princess Cassandra who is also Daniel’s girlfriend. So imagine Daniel’s fury when he learns of the terrorist action, caused by the Vaempires, an evolved vampire species, who killed everyone he loves and has captured his damsel in distress. Though Cassandra is hardly a damsel – more like a beautiful fighting machine. I really liked her character.
Moving on…the rest of the book is about Daniel trying to get across town to save Cassandra, and to do this he has to severe a few hundred heads. I like how the author created a way for this to happen (I won’t spoil it for you). It made it more believable then just saying this super strong teenage vampire is a way better fighter then hundreds of other, much older, mutated vaempires. And I also like that this “way” he uses to become crazy, super strong comes with consequences. I’m excited to see where this leads.
Something else I liked about your book is the romantic element to it. Romance in a horror novel? Sweet! But what made it great is the whole story Cassie and Daniel are trying to get to each other. They’re never really together until toward the end, but you can feel the tension as one obstacle after another gets in their way. That’s what makes great writing, always increasing the stakes, no pun intended.
Overall this was a great book. I enjoyed the author’s writing style – descriptive, but not overly so. The only minor complaint was that it was too short. I liked the characters enough that I would’ve preferred a more normal story line so I could get to know them better. I will read more of this author’s work. (less)
Once a year I come out from writing and reading my dark, moody stuff to read something normal and beautiful. I really enjoyed this book. I especially...moreOnce a year I come out from writing and reading my dark, moody stuff to read something normal and beautiful. I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked the stories by Cindy Bennett and JC Willibat.(less)
I'm really looking forward to this book. I love the author's writing style and her Yoda-like knowledge on all things witch related. I hope it comes ou...moreI'm really looking forward to this book. I love the author's writing style and her Yoda-like knowledge on all things witch related. I hope it comes out soon! The cover is delicious!(less)
I’m so excited! A young adult, vampire novel where the main character becomes a vampire? By falling in a well full of ancient vampir...more4.5 out of 5 stars
I’m so excited! A young adult, vampire novel where the main character becomes a vampire? By falling in a well full of ancient vampire blood? Yup. So cool. It's this originality that made me enjoy WHAT KILLS ME.
As I mentioned, the main character, Zee, after being chased by a vampire who she thought was just a super hot guy that just wanted to chat (happens all of the time, right ladies?), falls into a well of ancient vampire blood. When she wakes up, she’s a vampire, which really freaks out other vampires.
The vampire higher-ups go on this huge “must kill Zee” campaign because they are afraid of an old legend claiming that one day a human girl will turn into a vampire without being bit and will kill all other vampires, so, yeah, I can see why they’re tripping.
But then comes Lucas, another vampire, who, at the request of his dying father, promises to protect her. The romance between them is subtle and doesn’t draw away from the main plot. Lucas and Zee have great chemistry, and I really enjoyed their banter.
My only complaint with this novel, and the reason I docked it half a star, is the ending. It ended on a huge cliff hanger so I didn’t feel “resolved”. I will say, however, that it did make me want to read the next book in the series.(less)
Kara, who is a vagabond dead set on uniting the different races, has been training hard with Braeden at her side. These two have an interesting relat...more Kara, who is a vagabond dead set on uniting the different races, has been training hard with Braeden at her side. These two have an interesting relationship. They clearly want to be together, but a vagabond can’t be with anyone. The author did a great job keeping tension between them all the way through the book. Part of my fervor in reading this was wanting to know what would happen between these two.
The way the author described Ourea pretty much convinced me that the place actually exists. I’m thinking of looking for it in the forest behind my house just as soon as I finish eating my bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Seriously, though. Ourea is a amazing. And the creatures who exist within it are pure genius.
What made this book so exciting were the many twists. You think the story is going right, then all of a sudden the car jerks hard to the left and races down a track you never saw coming. A lot of politics were involved with these changes, which I really liked.
One of my minor complaints in book one was my ability to connect with Kara. I didn’t feel that at all in Treason. Right from the get-go, I found myself rooting for her. Boyce did a great job creating an emotional bond for readers to cling to, not only for the main character, but secondary ones as well.
For me, writing about another world is very difficult, especially when that world has new “creatures”. I worry that I’ll never be able to convey the c...moreFor me, writing about another world is very difficult, especially when that world has new “creatures”. I worry that I’ll never be able to convey the creature in my mind to readers. For that reason alone, I probably won’t ever write a fantasy novel. Writing esteem issues? Probably.
I love it, however, when other authors do this and do it well. Such is this book by S. M. Boyce. She paints her world Ourea so vividly, I may as well have been reading about another country and not a fantasy world. Her description ability, though not overly done, is clearly the author’s strength and I’m very jealous of it. Maybe one day I’ll steal it from her. With my super-power stealing abilities.
Lichgates begins with an average human girl, Kara, who’s out hiking when she accidentally falls through a sort of portal to Ourea. She finds a book called the Grimoire, which is like this all-knowing, magical book that tells her: “You are the new Vagabond and you have to find a way to unite all the warring Kingdoms. Oh, and they all pretty much hate you, so good luck!” Talk about tension right out of the gates.
But that wasn’t all that kept me reading. It was Braeden, an heir to one of the more evil Kingdoms, who wants only to be free from his King. He’s searching for the very book Kara possess in hopes he will find away to break the loyalty bond. Braeden was a great character. I connected with him right away because I felt sorry for him. He really wanted to do what was right, despite his culture. And I loved the romance between him and Kara. It was very believable. I’m excited to see their relationship grow in the sequels.
The reason I gave it four stars instead of five? I didn’t connect with Kara until half way through the book. She was just a girl hiking who accidentally had this great honor/curse bestowed upon her. I felt nothing for her until her inner pain was revealed, which had to do with her mother and some awful guilt she’s been carrying for a long time. I think if Boyce would’ve shown some of this in the first chapter, like maybe Kara was out hiking because she was trying to avoid her and her father’s annual visit to her mother’s grave or something like that, I would’ve connected sooner.
That being said, I heard the author just released another edition of this book, which includes a new first chapter. I’d love to read it and will gladly change my review to five stars if it includes more information about Kara.
Overall this was a fabulous read and I look forward to reading the sequel. (less)
Overall an enjoyable read. There was some really good witch/wicca story lines, but I didn't care for all the "physical" symptoms of the main character...moreOverall an enjoyable read. There was some really good witch/wicca story lines, but I didn't care for all the "physical" symptoms of the main character. Her heart was constantly falling into her stomach or smacking her ribs, her pulse was always racing, blushing, spine tingles, on and on. They were very distracting. I don't mind these if they are used sparingly.
And, without spoiling anything, some of the animals Charles turn into are just weird and are not pictured well in my head. My brain is only half functioning, though, so maybe that's the problem.
The last thing that bothered me was the Universe. In the book it's some mystical thing/place/person? Never could wrap my head around what it wa,s and why it was supposed to be the "controller" of the world and yet it still made mistakes just because.
But the most important, best part of the book is their was conflict. This kept me reading and isn't that what a book is supposed to do?
Anywho, it's not too bad of a book. Worth the price. I will read more of this author's work.(less)
This is the first book I've read in a long time that I felt compared to my love of Hunger Games. I know its a good book by the fact that I felt like a...moreThis is the first book I've read in a long time that I felt compared to my love of Hunger Games. I know its a good book by the fact that I felt like a learned something about writing when I was finished. It was an excellent example of how to pace a story, how to develop characters, and how to create tension in every scene, if not on every page. I highly recommend this book, especially to YA authors. Can't wait for the sequel.
I really had to force myself to read this. The writing felt like the author was trying to sound like a young adult. One teenager even called another t...moreI really had to force myself to read this. The writing felt like the author was trying to sound like a young adult. One teenager even called another teenager a "toad-face". I think I heard my six year old say this once. This is just one of many examples.
I continued reading for a couple of reasons. First, I like the author's other works. Second, the concept was cool so I kept hoping it would get better. It did, a little. Unfortunately, though, I didn't connect with the characters enough to want to read the sequel.
This barely made it to 3 stars for me. Honestly, the only reason I finished it was because of Jace. I liked his character. Clary's was just...blah. Sh...moreThis barely made it to 3 stars for me. Honestly, the only reason I finished it was because of Jace. I liked his character. Clary's was just...blah. She had many opportunities to become a strong female character, but didn't. Because of her amazing bloodline, I kept waiting for her to say, "Teach me to fight!" but she never did. I wanted to badly for her to take the bull by the horns and fight, but she left it all up to Jace.
And whatever potential Jace and Clary had was ruined by the end. Like creepy, I need to take a shower, ruined. Jace will never be the same in my eyes. And even though I hear the "issue" is fixed in the sequels, I am too shell-shocked to want to read more. Maybe if Clary would've been a stronger character...but, alas, she wasn't.
Writing was good for the most part. A little too much on the description and internal thoughts, but that's a personal preference. (less)
The touch, the feel, the fabric of a perfect romance. This is the story of Emerald City.
The tale unfolds with the story of Olivia, a seriously depress...moreThe touch, the feel, the fabric of a perfect romance. This is the story of Emerald City.
The tale unfolds with the story of Olivia, a seriously depressed young woman. She’s experienced great sorrow for her tender years, and finds little to hope for. This hopelessness leads her down a self-destructive path until she ultimately tries to commit suicide. She would’ve succeeded, too, if it hadn’t been for the careful observations of her next door neighbor, Jude.
Ah, Jude. He’s kind, handsome, loyal, dedicated… if there was a list of the perfect man, Jude would be the title. It doesn’t take long for Olivia to realize this, but that’s not all she realizes. There’s something up with Jude. He’s not what he says he is, and she’s determined to discover his secrets. And Jude is determined to help Olivia get better. But the closer they get, and the more they sacrifice, they’ll realize their relationship has severe consequences.
I enjoyed Emerald City. It explored some dark issues many people go through. The author didn’t hold back when she created Olivia’s character, taking her to the brink of death and back. Anyone who has suffered through depression will relate to Olivia, but for those who haven’t, they will get a realistic view into that world that will tear at your heart strings.
It takes time, but through Olivia’s determination and Jude’s help, she gets better. The author did a great job developing her into a strong female heroine. And although readers don’t know much about Jude, the author gives just enough to make you want to keep reading.
If you love timeless romances, I recommend this book.(less)
Writing was good, but like others said it was too long. I also didn't like a lot of the characters. They were extremely shallow, not giving my much to...moreWriting was good, but like others said it was too long. I also didn't like a lot of the characters. They were extremely shallow, not giving my much to root for. Bleh.
What happened, Mr. Pike? The strong female character in Thirst was brilliant. Maybe you should have her go to the high school in Until the End and teach them how to be heroes. (less)
This book was well written, but I had to dock it stars because of the main character. I really don't know why Patch likes her. She w...more**spoiler alert**
This book was well written, but I had to dock it stars because of the main character. I really don't know why Patch likes her. She was so wishy-washy and a typical insecure girl. If she would've just communicated, all of her problems would've gone away, but she didn't and for that reason I didn't like her. I also didn't get when she did finally find out the truth, why didn't she yell to the powers that be, "I want Patch to be my guardian angel!" Patch told her to do it so he could help her, but she didn't. I honestly think the author forget that she had Patch say this. It seemed to be a big plot hole and I think the ending would've been stronger if she would've yelled this because at least then she was taking some control of her life. But she didn't and Patch still saved her in a round about way.
I also thought it was stupid that Patch kissed her "sister". And even dumber that the author never had him explain why he did this.
Because of the main character, I will not read the next one in the series. That being said I really do like how the author writes. She doesn't ever explain things, letting my imagine fill in the rest of her world. And the pacing/tension was good. (less)