Elizabeth and Darcy are set up to be the two happiest people in the world, but all is not what it seems. Darcy is being distant and won’t consummate tElizabeth and Darcy are set up to be the two happiest people in the world, but all is not what it seems. Darcy is being distant and won’t consummate their marriage, and strange things are happening all around them. Elizabeth is certain she is to blame for his obvious displeasure with her until she finds out Darcy’s secret. Her new husband is a vampire. I am a sucker for any Pride and Prejudice variation. I read them all with no remorse, even when they are questionable. I had really mixed feelings about this book as I began it. You know right away because of the title that Darcy is a vampire, but the book is written in a way that you don’t learn it on the pages until well into it. It ruins the mystery and thrill of finding out what happens as you go. I would much rather have had a vague name with the Goodreads shelves being the only reason I knew it was a vampire novel. The unfolding of his secret is written subtly and wonderfully, building up well, and it just kills all of the steam because of the stupid book title.
The plot is actually fairly nice. Being a paranormal, you have to suspend reality and put yourself in that mind-state to appreciate it. But things have a decent build up. I didn’t like the start and stop of the writing. I felt like the story would speed up and then come to a screeching halt in each chapter, messing with the flow. When I reached Chapter 7, I had to set the book aside for a while. The story had gotten so slow for me I could barely stand it. When I came back to it, I was pleased again at Chapter 9. From there, it was a smooth sailing bullet train to the ending. There were many questions left for me at the end, and I found the ending itself incredibly anti-climatic. It almost felt like the climax was written to be the first in a trilogy it was lacking so much tension. Al the leftover questions bothered me, and made me wish more would be written just so I could learn the answers to them.
Elizabeth was written badly. I felt more like she resembled Kitty or Lydie than herself. Darcy was written highly aloof, so much in fact that it left him very disengaged from the story. Everyone else was written well, but the two primary characters left much to be desired.
Even with it’s flaws, I still enjoyed the book very much, enough that I consider it one of my favorite Pride and Prejudice variations. Sure it was slow in parts and had some issues, if it hadn’t been for the title killing the story for me, I would’ve been able to overlook the flaws and enjoy it completely.
Kylie’s life is falling apart. Her boyfriend dumped her because she wouldn’t put out, her grandmother died, she is having night terrors, she is beingKylie’s life is falling apart. Her boyfriend dumped her because she wouldn’t put out, her grandmother died, she is having night terrors, she is being stalked by a guy no one else can see that landed her with a shrink, and her parents are getting divorced. In a fit of rebellion, she goes to a party, which of course gets busted by the cops, landing her in jail. Despite the fact that she wasn’t drinking or doing drugs like many of the other kids, Kylie’s mother is furious and decides that she will spend her summer away at Shadow Falls, a camp for “troubled teens”. The kids aren’t “troubled”, just “supernatural”, and they swear that Kylie is one of them, they just don’t know what kind. She has never really fit in, but does she really fit in with a bunch of fae, werewolves, vampires, witches and elves? She sincerely doubts it! But the longer she spends with them, the more it becomes clear that they just might be right. Now if only she could figure out what kind of supernatural she really is. The plot is annoyingly simple. It actually feels like it drags. You go through so much of the book and then still, nothing has happened and very little is building up for the climax. I have a rule about not rating a book for two hours after I read it, just to avoid an incorrect rating, a rule that was a saving grace for this book. At the immediate end, this would’ve been a firm two stars book. During the digestion process, I see why I really liked it.
The plot is an agonizingly slow build up. When you take the step back and look at it though, it’s actually incredibly smart. You are slowly building on things. You can tell right away that you will end up tired of Kylie before the series is completed though. Finding out what she is is going to drag and drag and drag. That may or may not be a bad thing. Stretching it out can either kill it for the reader, or fill the anticipation to busting. The climax being small is helpful also, in that it helps connect you to the camp. The one thing I didn’t like was the prose. Unlike most of the stories I fall in love with, I didn’t feel sucked in. I felt like I was watching it happen instead of living through it. Usually, I can smell the trees and feel the wind. Instead, I felt like I was watching reality television, with just as much drama.
The character are the real winners. Kylie isn’t brilliant. I actually dislike her as the main character. She is hypocritical, and annoying confused, and her emotions are all over the place. There were enough times when I felt like she was bordering Mary Sue boredom in her character development. Sure, she had flaws, but they were boring. She was boring. She was almost annoying more often than not, and I found myself wishing we were seeing someone else, anyone else, telling the story. Her roommates are amazing and I loved them right away. Sadly, they felt more developed than Kylie. I know Kylie is lost and finding out what she is, but that doesn’t justify making her annoying in the process. The love square was useless and annoying. Trey is the ex who wants her back, Lucas is the werewolf who she used to know and represents nothing but passion and danger, and Derek is the sweet half-fae who just wants to love her. Out of them, I liked Derek the best, but even then, I felt like none of them were rememberable enough to even deal with. Not to mention that they made Kylie talk about her breasts way way too often. I am all for discovering your sexual side, but you can get really bored of hearing about a girl’s boobs. Unless you’re a guy I suppose. I think it goes back to how I wasn’t sucked in. If I had been, my boobs would’ve tingled when hers did, but instead I just read about it. It all fell flat on the page.
Despite feeling disconnected to the story, I did enjoy it very much. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with a few of the characters, rooted for others. Time will tell how the series continues, but for now I like it very much.
Della Tsang is strong-willed, thick-headed, and independent. She is trying to live up to her Chinese father’s high expectations of her while still beiDella Tsang is strong-willed, thick-headed, and independent. She is trying to live up to her Chinese father’s high expectations of her while still being her own person and not disappointing herself. Logically, she knows ghosts don’t exist, at least until she sees the cousin whose funeral she attended the year before running into a dark alley. When she follows him, she finds herself in the middle of a gang-war, and Chen, her cousin, saves her. Unknowingly, he also turns her. Chen is a vampire, and Della is about to become one as well. Forced to admit that not everything is so logical, she must now decide if she will fake her own death as he did and follow him to live in a clan or if she will travel to Shadow Falls and hope for a more normal life. This is a super duper short novella that showcases the story of how Della turned into the vampire she now is. The story is very simple and linear. I love how the change is written like a disease. Part of me feels like it could’ve been written to take up a little bit more time, but at the same time, it was written just well enough that you understand it without getting bored.
Della is a nice character. She is strong and cynical, trying to live up to her father’s super high expectations of her. She is starting to tire of it though, and is about ready to just run away from it all. She wants to move in with her boyfriend Lee and just start her own life. Living up to her own expectations instead of someone else. You don’t get to go deep into hers, or anyone’s characters, with how short the story is, but she is a good character that I am looking forward to learning more about.
However, after beginning Born at Midnight, the first real book in the series, this novella becomes a massive disappointment. Within the first few chapters, you actually meet Chan and hear a bit of Della’s backstory. Things don’t match up. Namely, Chan wants to take her to Utah in the novella, but in Born at Midnight, it’s Pennsylvania. Some of the other tidbits don’t match either. Being that they were published no more than a fortnight apart, you have to wonder why the details would be so obviously different.
Regardless, this is a really quick, easy, read. If you overlook the small details, then this is a good precursor to the main series. It isn’t an imperative read, but it is usually free on Amazon so there is really no reason to not read it.
This is a free novel that you can read right off the Author's website. I cant read long amounts of text on a computer screen since getting my kindle,This is a free novel that you can read right off the Author's website. I cant read long amounts of text on a computer screen since getting my kindle, so I took the time to copy/paste the whole thing into a document and send it off to my kindle. If you want, I can send it to you. Just ask. ...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.
Dawn has lived a rather sheltered lift at the Presidential Headquarters where she and her father live. He has always pushReview also posted to my blog
Dawn has lived a rather sheltered lift at the Presidential Headquarters where she and her father live. He has always pushed for her to be well trained so that he never had to worry about her safety. She loves living at the headquarters, but has always dreamed of being given a mission that would take her away and give her the chance to prove herself. When Angel Creek needs new guardians and she is placed in charge of training them, she feels like she has finally gotten her chance. Upon arriving at Angel Creek and meeting the ragtag crew of misfits, she finds that she has a lot of work ahead of her. When a local human is kidnapped, her and her team must band together to save her. As they go to rescue her, secrets come out that change Dawn's life forever.
This book was so fantastic! It isn't often that a series leaves me floored, but ReVamped has done just that. The writing style is nice and easy. There is a perfect flow about it that draws you in and embraces you tenderly. The story hooks you right from the start and you can't escape the pages until the story is over.
The characters are fabulous. They all felt well rounded and fleshed out. They weren't over the top or hard to like. They were each perfect in their own perfect little way. Dawn is a wonderful heroine. She wasn't whiny and weak or overly strong and powerful. Sebastian was incredibly dreamy. I wish he was more of a talker, but I can live with what I got.
It is so hard to really go into detail on how fabulous this book was without spoiling so much. It wasn't your typical vampire tale, and that just helped with it's charm I think. I really recommend this to everyone!...more
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
Weeks after the tragic death of her father, Dawn's life is coming back together. While she is still dealing witRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Weeks after the tragic death of her father, Dawn's life is coming back together. While she is still dealing with the pain, her and her team of misfits have been officially inducted as Guardians and a new President sits in the Scarlet House. When Sebastian and a beautiful vampire from his past disappear on a rescue mission and Born are being abducted and the President won't do a thing to help, Dawn knows she must act. Teaming up with Razor, a smooth talking rebel, and her team, Dawn sets out to solve the mystery of the missing Born before anymore can be taken. But it soon becomes clear that everything is coming back to her. Someone wants her dead and will do anything to make it happen.
I love when Sophomore novels are better than their predecessors. Just when you think a series couldn't possibly get better, it does and then you have to curse the limiting five star rating system. I did notice that this novel wasn't written as linear as the first one, and that might not even be the right word. ReVamped was written in a fairly straight-forward fashion. It like like walking down a straight road. Now, this road might have had hills, valleys, random roadside explosions, and gone from perfectly paved to rocky in a heartbeat and made you wish you were wearing hiking boots instead of wedges, but it was straight-forward all the same. ReAwakened was not like that. You know when your GPS starts recalculating? That was ReAwakened. Now before you run off screaming into the night, that isn't a bad thing. The writing was frustrating. It was frustrating to the characters and to the reader. Just when you thought they had a real solid clue about what was going on, it became apparent that they knew nothing. Each time you thought you knew where the story was going, it proved you wrong. This works out perfectly with the story. There are questions of health and sanity in this novel and the writing just accented those issues. It made it better. I can't get into detail without spoilers, but it works. It really does.
The characters are still fabulous. You get to really learn a lot about Hunter, Brooke, Sebastian, and especially Dawn. I loved getting to discover more about these side characters and watch their relationships change and grow. Sophie really gets her chance to shine as well, which I loved. She deserves that chance. Then there was Razor. I had seen a bit about Razor thanks to a teaser that Ada Adams had posted on her website which piqued my interest in him, but he was nothing that I expected. His relationship to another character was surprising when it should've been so obvious. Although it will get me shot, I actually found myself liking him more than Sebastian. I know!! Blasphemy! He was a perfect addition to the series and I am so happy he was there. He added the right touch of humor and mischief that was needed to keep the darker tones stable. ReAwakened would not have been as good if not for Razor. He was a necessary balance.
The story was intense and enlightening. I found myself focusing more on the darker tones and background story than I did on the immediate story. The immediate story is the Born kidnappings. I barely paid attention. They weren't exactly a Red Herring, but they were the gentle foundation for a much larger and intense story. The ending revelations were insane. Just as I started to suspect them they twisted by being much worse than I thought they would be. Books that make me scare me cat by yelling out "OMG really?!" are always good ones in my eyes. That is until they end on a cliffhanger. I can name one other series who used such an unfair cliffhanger (*cough*Archers of Avalon*cough*). Cliffhangers are evil. They hook you and force you to read the next installment. Bah, as if Angel Creek needed it! I was addicted already!
This series is proving itself to have more twists and turns than many I have found in a while and I am ensnared into it. If you haven't yet given it a chance, you are being foolish. This series is amazing and Ada Adams is brilliant for writing it. Recommended to all. ...more
Jonas was a vampire. He wasn't a usual vampire, he was special, the chosen one. But he hadn't always been. He wRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Jonas was a vampire. He wasn't a usual vampire, he was special, the chosen one. But he hadn't always been. He was human once.
This was a short novella that played as a bit of an origin story for Jonas. It is entirely from his point of view, flashing back and forth between his past life and his current one.
Jonas is a really intriguing character. So much is unknown about him, and this novella answers quite a few questions, while making you want to know him more. His origin is heartbreaking. As you read, your heart bleeds and your chest just bursts open. He rages, and you want to rage right along with him. It's awful, what happened to him, and it's saddening that this kind of thing was very real back then.
I was happy that I read this after I had finished Intangible. It wouldn't have mattered, storywise, as it only set up Jonas' place in the story a bit more. I liked reading this after though as I feel that knowing his origin has forever changed my outlook and opinion of him. I had more fun falling for his character in Intangible, and I feel like it would've been corrupted had I known this first. His origin makes you want to feel sorry for him, and if he could jump from the pages, I think he would be upset with you for feeling as such.
Definitely was worth the read, especially if you are as captured by this series as I am, but I do recommend reading it after Intangible. I think it will make it a better series for you if you do....more
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.