Anna Dressed in Blood was one of my favourite titles last year. Immediately after reading it I offered my Macmillan connection the limb of her choice...more
Anna Dressed in Blood was one of my favourite titles last year. Immediately after reading it I offered my Macmillan connection the limb of her choice for the follow up book, Girl of Nightmares. I was so excited to get this book last week, so much so it shot to the top of the queue (above daunting others). It was a two day read. There won't be a book 3, but I feel that there could be. And I want one. Boo.
Girl of Nightmares picks up shortly where Anna ends. Cas is trying to get over the loss of Anna which is proving difficult because he keeps seeing her everywhere. He wants to move on, but how is this possible when the (dead) girl that he loves keeps returning to haunt him? He knows that she is in Hell, but is there a way to get her back? Cas is determined to set her free, even if it means moving Hell and Earth... literally.
Nightmares is a very different book than the first one. One thing I noticed during this read was that my level of terror was significantly lower than the first book... This is because Cas spends less time pursuing ghosts and more time pursuing answers. You'd think it wouldn't be as attention grabbing, but it is, despite a very different feel to the book. I don't know how Kendare Blake does it, but this book was fascinating... even though it's not what I was expecting. Well, that's not true... it had some of the elements I was looking for, but so many more, which I always appreciate in a sequel - to be surprised. Surprise is so much better than familiarity. I'm so glad that this did not stagnate.
Jeri Smith-Ready is made of awesome. Trust me, she just is. If you haven't had a chance yet to read her cheeky and campy WVMP series you are really mi...more
Jeri Smith-Ready is made of awesome. Trust me, she just is. If you haven't had a chance yet to read her cheeky and campy WVMP series you are really missing out... and if you haven't picked up her YA series Shade yet... well, something must be wrong with you. And the only way to correct that is by rushing out now and picking up this perfect trilogy.
Yeah, I said it. Perfect. You heard me.
*Spoilers if you have not read books 1 (Shade) and books 2 (Shift).
Shine starts out with a bang, literally. While the world reels over a national tragedy Aura is trying to get a grip on the facts behind the event... and all evidence points to the DMP. Aura has vowed to bring them down but they have decided to hit her with the biggest piece of leverage they have strategically... Zachary. Aura must figure out a way to get him back, solve the mysteries of Newgrange, and manage to graduate high school on top of everything. All in a days work for our favourite post-Shifter girl.
This is such a fabulous book... this is such an incredible trilogy. I'm sorry to see it end, but I couldn't be more thrilled with how Smith-Ready has closed the series. I loved every single bit of this book. I think the strength of Smith-Ready's books lies in her remarkable characters. There's such a resonance there, a heightened sense of self-possession that makes everyone truly believable. Watching the way that Aura and Zachary get through the circumstances presented to them in this book I can't help but compare them to other YA couples on the market... and of how much better they are. Aura and Zachary approach everything with a realistic dignity that creates such empathy for the reader. There's a perfect sense of "Yes, this is what this person would do. This is what I would do!" surrounding her heroines and heroes. It makes the mystical bits of her books better, the tragic parts sadder, and the loving parts more tender.
I adored Aura in this book, hell in this whole series, but this book is Zachary's. Hands down. The challenges he is faced with do so much to round him out as a person... to make him whole. It's in this book that we first see him how everyone is at one point in their lives - broken. This is the book for the Logan camp of fans who have been rolling their eyes at Zachary fandom. This is the book that he wins your hearts in, if he didn't have them already. I loved that Smith-Ready gave us this window into his being; that she was willing to do this to a character. I loved seeing him at his completion since we've already had so much of Aura's tragedy. Thank you for giving us this Zachary.
5 out of 5 stars to this book, and a solid love to the whole series. I can't wait to see what JSR does next!
Well, I burned through that really fast. This week's recent page turner The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon, is due to hit store shelves in Octobe...more Well, I burned through that really fast. This week's recent page turner The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon, is due to hit store shelves in October. A few lucky souls (like this girl) got the privilege of reading it early... and, let me just say, it was a joy.
Megan's father has just acquired a new job that lands them both in Ireland. Years ago Megan's mother was killed in an accident, leaving Megan scarred on her neck. Since then Megan and Caleb have moved from place to place trying to find home. Kinsale proves promising enough. Megan quickly makes friends and begins to carve out a life. She finds herself very compelled by the local, aloof hottie, Adam DeRís, even though she's unnerved by him working with her Father. When an accident brings the two of them together Megan unearths an ancient destiny that will shape not only their relationship but the fate of the world as well.
The Carrier of the Mark is a great book. I enjoyed the hell out of it. It's action intense and has a cast of characters are all likeable and realistic. I found this to be an easy book to read and was surprised to see I had blown through most of it in one sitting. I think it's the beginning of, what will be, a terrific series.
I do have two small things that irked me (only slightly) about the book. The first is this - for the beginning of this book I felt I was reading another very popular Young Adult series...
It's hard for me to say this but, yeah, the formula is very similar. I even described it to a friend who pointed out that I sounded like I was reading Twilight. For the record though, everything that was done right in Twilight is infinitely better in this book. Like, light years better. Cosmoses better. For those Twilight fans who are annoyed with yourselves over how much you liked it (...erm...like this girl) this book is for you. It's atmospherically lush and gorgeous and the mythos is creative, if a little bit complicated. That was my second small complaint, but I nitpick. It's pretty awesome.
Seriously though, never read a mythos like this in my life. Mad props, Fallon. Wow, you're inventive. Now there's how you do sexual tension right. Mad. Props. I really can't wait to see what you do with...this.
I highly recommend it. I think it's one to watch. It's going to be huge.