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They really mean it when they tell you not to judge a book by it’s cover. The cover for Coral & Bone is stunning, but the contents inside are sorely lacking. It feels like it was written by a tween to cater to a tween. The story isn’t bad, but it’s poorly executed. The author created two new worlds and added things to our current one, but the history that was made is thin, a lot of things are left open, and descriptions for the worlds are cliche and poor.
The characters are awful. The few that were interesting had roles so minor they aren’t worth even mentioning. The main character, Halen, was super annoying. I hated her name and just chose to call her Helen as I read. Her emotions were all over the place. I’ve had pregnancy hormone related mood swings that flip flopped less than she did. “No no! I can’t do it! I don’t want this! I am strong and confident! How dare they treat me like this! I can do this! I can’t do it!!!” All in the same chapter. She was a complete Mary Sue. Stronger than anyone else and her only “flaw” was that she couldn’t control her powers because of her anger from everyone lying to her, at least until she suddenly could control them after about 12 hours of training and trying. The characters were so hard to like, that you aren’t invested in what happens to them at all.
The story is poorly written, things happen because of convenience, not because they are woven into the thread of the plot properly. The story itself isn’t bad, but the writing kills it. It’s hard to get into, overly simplified to make it dull, and doesn’t have a hook to keep you in. The climax is spottily written, things happen too quickly, then slow, then pick up again in a blur of nonsense. The entire thing leaves you horribly disappointed.
I feel cruel, but perhaps honesty needs to be so from time to time. With dull, unremarkable characters and a story that tries too desperately to be epic and mysterious, this isn’t a book I really find to be all that entertaining. I can’t deny that it does get better towards the end, but just as it starts to shine, it’s tarnished by the horribly written climax. I can overlook the punctuation errors, being that I read a galley (however, other reviews make me think those weren’t repaired for the release) but I can’t overlook the fact that most of this book’s problems could’ve been repaired/avoided had there just been a story and flow editor or collection of beta readers before its actual release. This book had a chance to really shine, but it wasn’t polished nearly enough, leaving this diamond as an unrecognizable stone.
Tristan has survived the change, and with it, created a new bond to Savannah. As he struggles to regain his memories and get used to his new vampire aTristan has survived the change, and with it, created a new bond to Savannah. As he struggles to regain his memories and get used to his new vampire abilities, not all is well at home. Tensions and fears within the Clann are growing, and before long, an all out war erupts. When tragedy strikes, Savannah and Tristan’s relationship is tested to it’s limits when revenge becomes a welcomed thought. Can they find a compromise and save their people, or will everything they love be destroyed in the crossfire? I actually found the story this time around to be a bit dull. It’s a very simple premise and it is almost like the author didn’t know how to continue to perfect blend of angst in the story. The angst was still there, but it didn’t have the same depth to it. The majority of the book had Savannah, Tristan, and their families on the run, dealing with internal conflicts within their group. The tension of living together, getting used to Tristan as a vampire, wanting to return and set things right but not being able to agree upon a course of action. I felt like this story was more of a second in the trilogy than a completion. Yes, the story was meant to end, but the interactions and the way things came about, it didn’t feel like the epic completion needed for the end of a trilogy.
That aside, everything did wrap up really well. The connections, while they took eons to appear, were clean and easy. The climax was nice, though the build up to it wasn’t intense enough. While I was glued to every word, I didn’t feel as invested or emotionally moved at everything that happened. When heartstrings were meant to be tugged, mine barely vibrated.
The characters remained the same for the most part. We got to see a darker side of Tristan, which while I understand why Savannah disagreed and how it could make for a couple’s spat, it didn’t hold the weight it should’ve. Much more is learnt about Savannah’s mother, in a way. We see more of her, and get an idea of how she operates, but even as a character she was rather dull.
For the completion of this series, I was disappointed with this book. I felt like it needed more build up and tension and to go out with a bang instead of a pop. As a series though, I enjoyed the Clann novels very much. The series was strong and ended nicely so long as you look at the trilogy as a whole and not book to book.
Twins, Sera and Luke have special gifts. Sera can heal anyone with her touch, and Luke can see the future, butRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Twins, Sera and Luke have special gifts. Sera can heal anyone with her touch, and Luke can see the future, but can't do anything about it. When Luke has a vision that predicts Sera's death, his gift starts to look more like a curse. But there are darker forces at work than either of them could have imagined. Others have learned about them and see their gifts as a curse and a danger to their very kind. Can Luke find a way to change Sera's fate, or will the dark forces at work do it for him, when they kill the both of them?
This novel was fantastic. I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. I wasn't expecting a lot of what it delivered, which is my own fault for not trusting the Goodreads Genres anymore so I didn't even bother to read them. This was just, so wonderful.
Luke and Sera are amazing characters! They have such a fantastic bond with one another. I love their personalities. I love the comedic banter they share. I loved seeing their true love and devotion to one another. This is the type of love you want to see in a family. I am jealous of their closeness. Jonas is an interesting character. I didn't like him at first, but the more I saw him, the more I couldn't get enough of him. I would love to see Sera and Jonas have something between them at some point. The connection with his sister would make it borderline creepy, but it would still work. Fey, I liked in the beginning. As you begin to learn more about her, she starts to feel a little standoffish, but I still like her. Marc, I didn't like him from the beginning. Everything about him, I just didn't like. I don't feel like he deserved what he got, but I still don't like him.
The plot was amazing. It was written with a perfect flow, everything happened at just the right time. The tension building was superb. Every page draws you in more until you cannot put it down. As more elements of the story come to light, and you learn more along with the characters, you get so invested in the story and the characters. The one thing I didn't like what the changing of POVs. I love it when authors use these, but I don't like it when it isn't very clearly labeled. POVs would change between chapters, sometimes mid-chapter, and although there were decorative line breakers and the writing was fairly clear about who was speaking, it was still slightly unsettling. There were two times I can remember where I had to step back and re-read a paragraph because I was so absorbed in the story that I was reading too quickly and didn't catch the change and then got confused.
This book was fabulous, and if gifted kids, vampires, and elves are within your interests, then you are a fool not to give this book a shot. It was well worth it....more
The curse between Scarlet and Tristan has shifted, reversing the effects. The bad part, is that now Scarlet feeRead this and other reviews at my blog.
The curse between Scarlet and Tristan has shifted, reversing the effects. The bad part, is that now Scarlet feels pain when Tristan is too far away. The good thing is that Scarlet remembers where the Fountain of Youth is. She also remembers the price that the fountain has to gain access to it's waters, so maybe that isn't so much of a good thing afterall. Now Raven has kidnapped Heather and Gabriel in a ploy to get Scarlet to give her the map to the fountain. Scarlet must rescue Heather and Gabriel and then lead her friends to the fountain. They have to beat Raven there, or lose out on everything. But knowing the price the fountain requests, there will be no happy endings.
This book was just as wonderful as the previous ones. It's usually really rare to find a series where every book is just as strong as the one before it. This is the type of novel an author needs to aspire to write. The pacing, the twists and turns, the characters, everything stays in tip top form from beginning to end. You can't choose a "favorite" book in this series because it's just not possible. The whole series blends and connects to one another perfectly.
Tristan, Scarlet, Gabriel and Heather all stayed pretty much the same as they are in the previous books. It was interesting to see what kind of a man Gabriel was in the beginning of the curse, compared to what he is now. Tristan continued making you want to slap him for doing things to try to "save" Scarlet. I hate it when guys think they know what is best for you. Heather got a chance to be more loveable. She got to show her vulnerable side, which was really nice to see. I felt like this novel was brilliant for Nate and Raven though. You got to see so much more of Nate and his personality. Raven was also given the limelight at times. I love that she was written as this villain, but she wasn't horrifying. She wasn't the type to give you nightmares, but you did want to see her die as the novel went on.
The story was much different than I expected. The plot itself in this novel is actually rather short. It spends a lot of it's time in the past. You get to see things from Gabriel and Tristan's side during the lulls in the curse, as well as getting to meet Scarlet in her past lives. While it was weird to be in the past for as long as you are, it was nice at the same time. I loved being able to see how things were between the three of them as a result of the curse. You get to understand more about why the brothers are the way they are, and you get to fully learn about the secrets Scarlet was keeping in her last life.
The climax was heart-wrenching. I saw where it was going to go at about 70% in, which I found unexpected because of how strong the writing was, but at the same time, I think I needed to see it early. I don't know how I would've been able to handle it, had it been dropped like a bomb on me. I needed the time to get used to where it was going to go. Even knowing what was going to happen, the climax was written with so many additional things that I didn't expect happening, that I sobbed like a baby for a good twenty minutes before I could read too much farther. It made sense to end things the way that it did. It was the perfect ending for everyone in my eyes. Still sad, but perfect.
The ending was wonderful as well. I love the signs of what will happen, character relationship-wise. Can't say much there without massive spoilers. The epilogue was simple. I partly expected it, but I also don't know that it was needed. I can't say it was a perfect way to end things, but at the same time, I think I would've missed it had it not been there.
Bottom line, this was a fantastic ending to a fantastic series. Five stars straight across. I recommend this series to everyone. In fact, I have been recommending it to everyone. Stop holding back and go read it. ...more
Determined to honor her promise to the Council and the Clann, Savannah has broken up with Tristan and is keeping her distance as best she can, regardlDetermined to honor her promise to the Council and the Clann, Savannah has broken up with Tristan and is keeping her distance as best she can, regardless of how painful it is for her. Tristan can’t understand why Savannah has given up and won’t fight for them. He will let her try to have her distance, but he won’t make it easy. Now someone is trying to get one of them to slip up. Savannah and Tristan are the pawns someone is using to start a war, and there is no promise either of them will survive the battle. The plot continues on, focusing this time on Tristan and Savannah as they fail at being apart without being heartbroken. The plot is actually small and simple, but it builds through the whole novel. What I really like about this series is the angst as it builds the importance of various things. The key plot point in this book, I totally saw coming and I’m not sure how I feel about it really, but it was built up reasonably well despite it’s predictability.
Savannah is still great in this book. She could’ve gotten really annoying with her heartbreak and pining, but the author did a good job at keeping her just toeing that line so that she could stay believable without driving you nuts. Tristan, he kinda disappointed me here. He didn’t handle things well at all, and for a while was fairly unlikable. Unfortunately, he doesn’t regain his likability before the end of the novel. You aren’t fully turned off from him, but well enough. I’m very fond of Savannah and Tristan’s fathers. I wasn’t at first, but it happened. Gowin was, interesting. I suspected there would be a love triangle forming with him, but it never happened. There is a mention that he was after Savannah near the end, but I wonder if it was cut in editing and never double checked, because I never saw him make any advances. The idea that he went for her was hardly believable at all. I actually kind of wanted to see it happen. I knew I shouldn’t like him, that is Young Adult 101, but I couldn’t help but be intrigued by him. I just wish he would’ve had a larger role and more time and development.
I stand firm that this is one of the better vampire novels out there right now. Sure, there are witches in the series, the vampires are the primary theme as far as I am concerned. Recommended, especially if you are looking for a good vampire novel and are a fan of angst.
Scarlet Jacobs is cursed to live a short life and be "reborn" some time later. When Scarlet dies and then reawakens to the life she was just in, she kScarlet Jacobs is cursed to live a short life and be "reborn" some time later. When Scarlet dies and then reawakens to the life she was just in, she knows the curse is changing. Along with her band of immortal friends and her mortal best friend, they must race to find the fountain of youth before she dies again.
Oh my, Chelsea Fine can you do no wrong?
This book was fantastic. The first one was wonderful, but this was so much more wonderful. I loved the flashbacks, I loved being able to see why Scarlet was engaged to Gabriel when it was so obvious she loved Tristan. I adored her and Tristan's courtship, it was just so very much like them.
I loved Heather before, I adore her now. I want a Heather of my own. Nate really opens up in this book and is just the funniest geek ever. I like that Gabriel and Scarlet work through their relationship, but I can't help but feel sorry for him. I would love to see him and Heather get together at some point.
The plot really opens up and thickens as things go on. Mr. Brooks' part in things was unsettling but at the same time, I think it was fine since he is so much of a hermit and you find that he is involved in his own way.
Overall this book was fantastic. I was dreading the ending, knowing this couldn't be the end of the story. I am just thankful that the cliffhanger isn't as horrible and heartwrenching as it was in Anew. Fantastic novel, fantastic series. I eagerly await more....more
It isn't often that a book leaves me with the desire to write a review. Books have to seriously impress me to grant that honor, as I view myself as aIt isn't often that a book leaves me with the desire to write a review. Books have to seriously impress me to grant that honor, as I view myself as a horrid review writer, but Anew went above and beyond.
The story is about Scarlet Jacobs, who wakes up in the middle of the forest with amnesia. She suffers from a curse that has had her living partial lives and being reborn since the 1500s. Along with the immortal brothers, Gabriel and Tristan Archer, and their friend Nate they seek out to find the Fountain of Youth to end Scarlet's curse before she dies once again in this life.
The story was incredibly unique. I had never read anything like it before. It had me hooked from the very beginning. The writing style is wonderful and easy. Here we have a melancholy theme and yet I laughed my way through the story. The writing is kept just light enough to ease you through it, while holding on to it's heart-wrenching theme.
The real blue ribbon here are the characters. Scarlet is a wonderful heroine. She isn’t over the top, or powerful. She is making the most of her life with her amnesia. She tries to stay upbeat as she takes things one day at a time. The only berating she does to herself is when she is cursing herself for being attracted to one Archer while she is dating the other. Heather, Scarlet's best friend, is a blessing. This girl is funny and loving, the very type of person you would want in your own life. As for the Archer brothers; Gabriel disappointed me a bit. He starts out swoon-worthy and then kind of fades into the background as Tristan starts to take center stage. Tristan I instantly liked. I love dark brooding characters though. You give me a boy who is cold and mysterious but with a heart like his and I am hooked. I would have liked to see more of Scarlet's guardian, Laura, but I have this feeling there is more to her than what meets the eye. I’m usually wrong about my hunches, but I kind of hope that my hunch will be spot on with her. I would just love to see the twist. I figure we will see much more of her in the next installment.
A lot of authors cannot pull off a truly enjoyable love triangle, but Chelsea Fine did a fantastic job. The worst part of the book was the cliffhanger. I am not a fan of cliffhangers and Anew had the worst of them all. I am simply dying waiting for the next installment.
There were a few editing mistakes, but none that really got to me. I think my biggest regret with the book was the lack of a picture of Tristan's tattoo. I was having trouble envisioning it in my mind, and a photo of it didn’t exist in my ebook copy. (EDIT: Chelsea Fine posted an image of the tattoo to her blog! Finally!
All in all a wonderful piece of literary art that I recommend to one and all. Bravo Mrs. Fine, bravo....more
When Yara trusts a stranger to keep her safe from a hurricane, she never expects to wake up with fins. Stolen away and turned mer without her permissiWhen Yara trusts a stranger to keep her safe from a hurricane, she never expects to wake up with fins. Stolen away and turned mer without her permission, Yara hates the merfolk and the handsome boy who turned her. Treygan doesn’t care about the feisty girl who does nothing but snap at him and whine about loathing his kind. All that matters is unlocking the gateway home so that his people can flourish again. The selkies want to return home just as badly as the merfolk do, but when Treygan falls for Yara, they have to take action to ensure that their love doesn’t stand in the way of them getting home, no matter who has to be sacrificed to see the gate open. I had read this book before when it was still with the original publisher, but things were edited when it switched companies and I had honestly forgotten most of the story so I elected to re-read it. I noticed some changes, I know that some of the slang was removed and that some of the bratty comments from Yara were toned down. Unfortunately, the changes weren’t enough to make it a winner. It’s almost jarring reading newer fiction by an author and then reading their older works. You can see their growth and the differences in their skill. Karen Amanda Hooper has clearly grown since this was written. Her Kindrily series is so much better written than this was. That aside, it’s the book that you have to judge when you review something, not the other works you have read.
The story jumps right in. The plot takes hold by page 6 and so there is no time what-so-ever for any real character development or even a plot development. There is no build up. One minute Yara is a human trying to prep for a hurricane, the next she is trusting a stranger and being turned into a mermaid. The beginning of the story is annoying and repetitive. Yara goes on and on about how worried she is that her boyfriend will learn she is a monster and then she just stops caring. The switch between her emotions is far too quick and stunted. It’s a testament to the lack of character development that everything she feels comes across as shallow and unrealistic. The whole C-weed and Seagarettes thing was annoying and really didn’t need to be added into the story at all. I would’ve rather not seen that as a plot point. After 100 pages or so, the story starts to take off and shows real promise. I feel like the climax could’ve been better written, but it served it’s purpose well enough. The ending wraps up rather nicely, making you wonder why this is a series. It doesn’t need to be, but I can imagine what else might need to be told.
The characters are poorly written. Yara is intolerable. She spends the entire time whining and everything she feels is quick to change and really there for story progression more than it is to make her relatable. Treygan and Rownan were barely tolerable. Rownan is a horrible character. No depth and he was played as the boyfriend but his description wasn’t even swoonworthy. Treygan was slightly better, but not enough to save Yara. Their relationship developed too quickly with no substance to back it. I couldn’t believe in their unshakeable, undying love like I was supposed to. Pango and Koraline were the most interesting of the characters, and yet they were complete side/background characters. I wasn’t pleased with how the background characters felt better developed than the main characters.
Despite the poor development across the board and the slow to start plot, I did enjoy the book. It wasn’t horrible, but it could’ve been better. I’ve seen Hooper’s other work to know this for a fact, but everyone has to start somewhere and this was very entertaining for a debut novel. While is wasn’t the best Mermaid story out there, I am happy to have read it.