There are actually people on this planet who don't know how awesome this book is. Even worse, they don't know thisMore Reviews at theexemeus.blogspot
There are actually people on this planet who don't know how awesome this book is. Even worse, they don't know this book exists. Reading this book should be a requirement for people to gain their daily supply of oxygen.
I have only been truly impressed by two angel series and this is one of them. The characters in this book are in some serious crap; nothings going right, people have been kidnapped, their fortress is under siege, there are traitors in their midst and two ofthe main characters don't even remember who the hell they are. There is so much going on--I can barely breathe. But the characters still find time to crack jokes.
The main characters are hilarious, even the side characters are funny. Some times I was literally rolling on the ground laughing. When I read it in public I was sure that someone was going to wrap me up in a straight jacket and take me away, because they would never believe a book could be that funny.
Paula Weston writes this tale of a a girl who thinks she's lost her family, but has truly just lost her mind in the best possible way. If you haven't read this, life is just not worth living. Can't wait for the last book-I'm literally flying to Australia to get it on its release date. Seriously--it's just that good.
I've been looking for a fun series to pass the time as I work on finishing up my book, The Exemeus, but everything has been falling short latley. I want stories with humor, action, romance, and originality. That is normally way to much to ask, because people aren't getting it. The only books that I have loved recently were angelfall and demons at deadnight.
Most people know how much I love Angelfall. However, most other angel books have not compared. I can pass on most of the angel series, so I was reluctant to read Shadows by Paula Weston, but the name kept popping up. I'm a believer in fate and destiny (on a good day anyway) so I ordered the book and started reading. In the neginning, I was far from interested. I wasn't exactly bored, but there was very little reason to keep reading. And then in stepped Rafa. the book quickly became interesting-seizing my attention. Everything took off from there.
I'm normally farily good at reading the signs. Most authors put enough writing on the wall so that there are no surprises. Not the case here. There were so many times that I was just shocked. The secondary characters all had their own motives and they kept derailing the story -- in a good way. No one was what they seemed. The main character even kept you off your toes, but she was always loyal, funny and true to herself- whoever herself managed to be. You want a funny story that keeps you on your toes? This is the story for you.
Original review posted at Do you remember when you were a kid at Christmas? And it felt like all year you had waited to see what gifts you received- Original review posted at Do you remember when you were a kid at Christmas? And it felt like all year you had waited to see what gifts you received- but you were a little worried that the reality of Christmas couldn't live up to the dream? That's how I felt about this book. And it completely lived up to the expectation. Susan Ee did a great job of providing moe...more
In the novel Switch the author, Karen Prince, creates an intricate story about self-discovery set in the heart ofThis was initially posted on my blog
In the novel Switch the author, Karen Prince, creates an intricate story about self-discovery set in the heart of Africa. Prince seamlessly blends multiple points of view and a dynamic setting together in a way that makes for a wholly original coming of age story about a germaphobic, hypochondriac named Ethan. When Ethan is sent from the technologically advanced city of Cape Town to stay in the underdeveloped countryside of Zimbabwe with his father, Ethan has to decide how far he is willing to go to survive and what he’s willing to do to save those he loves. The story begins in the mythical land of Karibu with a soul swapper pondering whose body it wants to inhabit. His current body is getting old and he needs a new one in order to continue living, but for him to live, someone else must die. In a conundrum, since he is not keen upon ending someone’s life he peers out over the city and his eyes land on his victim-a witch named Gogo Maya. Gogo Maya is soon captured a long with her familiar, a leopard named Salih. In order to escape Gogo Maya performs a magical ritual called a switch. Unfortunately, she ends up switching right out of Karibu and into Zimbabwe, inadvertently sending Ethan’s cousin, Joe, into the wilds of Karibu. Through an interesting series of events Ethan ends up gaining the witch’s power and is placed in charge of traveling to Karibu to find Joe. Along the way Ethan runs into deadly creatures and perilous situations. The best part of Prince’s story is the development of Ethan’s character. In the beginning, his thoughts were riddled with phobias about the native traditions and their possible impact on his cleanliness and his health. As the story progresses and Ethan finally runs out of hand sanitizer, he becomes more and more concerned with the well-being of those around him, growing into an unlikely hero. In countless situations Ethan puts aside his fears, to save others, but most impressively he puts aside his beliefs of superiority and learns the value of other cultures and traditions. With a cast of side characters such as a witch with a vacillating moral compass, a scrupulous soul jumper, and a shape shifting Hyena with his own agenda Switch is unlike any other young adult book on the market. The characters are multi-dimensional, with motivations that make them seem more human than your average protagonist or antagonist. No one can be classified as all good or all bad, which is an accurate depiction of the world-- and people --not often seen in books. This setup challenges the reader to consider all possible outcomes, and to constantly reevaluate the characters for who they become as the novel progresses. Although this story shines, because of its innovative setting and its cast of characters, there are portions of setting and inner monologue that could have been edited out to ensure a continuous flow of action. Additionally, there are aspects where complex problems are quickly and easily fixed (or not fixed) with no consequences. Despite these flaws, Prince has written a timeless coming of age piece that will appeal to people of all ages. *********** 3.5 STARS **************** ...more
My first pick for the year is Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Prior to this book, I had read others in this series, as well as her other series, Obsidian. The books were all good enough to make me finish, but not quite strong enough to make me crave more...until this one.
I loved this book. The main character Alex poses a threat to the covenant and the entire governmental system, because, once she turns 18, she will raise the god killer. Her "mate" will be able to suck power form her and become this destructive force that is powerful enough to wipe out the gods. The covenant and a secret society, desperate to ensure this doesn't happen, attempt to nullify her as a threat by condemning her to servitude... or worse.
This book is incredibly well written. The action starts from the beginning and continues non-stop until the end. It is believable and well written in a way that makes you feel like you're there. But the best aspects are the characters Alex and Aiden. Their relationship is intense, their attraction to one another smolders, seeping through the pages. Like most YA love stories, is a forbidden love, but it doesn't feel rehashed. Jennifer L Armentrout makes this plot device feel new and original, breathing a life into all of its own.
She manages to make Alex seem headstrong and powerful, while still giving her an heir of uncertainty and most importantly, femininity. Her ability to fight with the big boys, but to still be gentle enough to love and be loved by Aiden, made her a character easily worth remembering.
Aiden is an amazing character. Armentrout does a great job of making him stoic, dependable, and noble. Aiden’s adherence to rules could be a bit grating at times, but when he ultimately breaks the rules it means even more to the story. Armenttrout puts these two drastically different characters together in a way that forces them to grow. Armentrout made the dreaded second book be better than the first, a rare feat from any author. I truly look forward to reading more from her in the future. ...more