I actually don't have the patience to struggle through yet another novel... I just can't. Cruel Beauty has it's fair share of raving reviews so maybeI actually don't have the patience to struggle through yet another novel... I just can't. Cruel Beauty has it's fair share of raving reviews so maybe I wasn't patient enough to reach the part where it gets all perfect and a masterpiece. But after struggling with the first half I just didn't have the patience or the strength to keep on reading. The world building is a confusing mix of so many elements I just can't count. Maybe things are explained later on the story. I wouldn't know. But I wasn't even midly curious to reach to that explanation. The insta love with Shade - Ignifex's servant - was a major turn off. And even though I haven't read about who or what Shade really is I'm pretty sure I have a good idea. It's kind of a retelling of Beauty and the Beast after all so it's kind of obvious... The only thing I liked was how Nyx wasn't all sweet and innocent but even that couldn't intrigue me enough to keep on with this story......more
When I picked up Touch of Death in my hands, I have to admit that for some reason I had high ex Review originally posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
When I picked up Touch of Death in my hands, I have to admit that for some reason I had high expectations from this book. What with those few raving early reviews and a premise that gives glimpses of a really interesting story and I thought that this book would be amazing. And although the potential for a good book is all there, the execution I'm afraid, spoiled things for me.
The first thing that bothered me in Touch of Death, was how slow it was. I mean almost the whole first half of the book feels like an introduction to the story, where nothing crucial happens, only the problem is, that all that place in the narration isn't used to build the world or the plot, but it's rather wasted on extensive descriptions that aren't really helping anywhere or adding anything to the story. The first half of the book is full of some really extensive descriptions of things like an attempt to catch a rat, that to be frank, I think could have been described in far less pages... As it was, the author wastes precious space in her book just to prolong things. At least I felt that way...
My next problem was the main heroine, Jodi. She was a bit annoying and too self-centred at times. She just acts in a way I can't possibly understand, like when she totally disregards the fact that her room was searched by a stalker just to go on a date. To be accurate, she just pretends that important and dangerous things haven't even happened, just to go on a date...! She pretends and acts with a total abandon over her own life and the life of people she claims she loves, just because she has more important things to do that evening, like finally kissing her boyfriend. I'm sorry, but I just can't like a heroine who acts like that. Jodi is too irresponsible, too gullible and to reckless for my taste. The way she just chose to believe without a second thought, all the crazy things her "stalker" presented her as the truth, didn't help matters either. I mean, you don't just believe a stranger you presume as your stalker so easily and make plans to go away with him for the sake of the people you love. It's just unbelievable.
And now, time for my main source of problems with Touch of Death which I'm afraid is the core of the whole plot. And that is the fact that for the reader to understand Jodi's powers, the author goes on and describes not one, but five (or maybe six I'm not completely sure) deaths, deaths, Jodi herself was responsible for. It doesn't matter for me that she didn't know about her powers. We are talking about 5 murders here, 2 animals and 3 people. I think that I could understand Jodi's extensive powers without all that killing. After that, I really couldn't sympathise with Jodi no matter what. I just couldn't stomach all those deaths. Call me bizarre, but it bugged me.
The second half of the book though is far better and it's the reason I'm giving this book 2 starts instead of one. The plot there becomes more interesting with the necromancers and Medusa, but still, it was far too predictable and the plot was a bit all over the place.
All in all, Touch of Death was a book that couldn't really hold my attention and one that I had many problems with regarding both the plot and the main heroine that are the core of every novel. It may haven't been the book for me, but for so many reviewers to love it, it must have some redeeming qualities that I failed to notice.
2.5 stars I don't know if there's sth wrong with me but even though Sentinel was exactly what I would expect it to be I still didn't manage to like it2.5 stars I don't know if there's sth wrong with me but even though Sentinel was exactly what I would expect it to be I still didn't manage to like it as much as I hoped. And I was bored while reading it. Too bored... Like I was reading sth I already read before a million times. Full review to be posted....more
Every time I have to write a review of one of Jennifer Armentrout's novels I face the same problem: How to write aReview first published at Ex Libris.
Every time I have to write a review of one of Jennifer Armentrout's novels I face the same problem: How to write a review without repeating myself over and over. I mean I think that I have said a thousand times already how great an author Armentrout is and how much I freaking love her stories! There, in fear of becoming repetitive I say it again: everytime I think this author can't become any better she just proves me wrong with her next novel. Apollyon was absolutely amazing! Not that I expected it to be any less...
The things that happen in this novel just broke my heart. Granted, I never was team Seth, but still, seeing him behaving the way he did in Apollyon just made me feel really sad. Because even though I always wanted Alex to end up with Aiden, still, I had a soft spot for Seth and really liked his character. Well, in Apollyon, although I still love him ( I can't help it! ) well, let's just say that his behavior made me wish for him to be stripped of his powers sooner rather than later... He acted like a jerk throughout the whole novel and although he can't help it, or does he?, he frustrated me more than a few times...
I won't say anything about the story. I hate spoilers. The only thing I will say is that Apollyon is one of the most action packed books in this series and really fast paced. All the things that keep happening, I promise you that you won't be able to put this book down until you reach the final page.
But, the best thing about Apollyon is how Armentrout develops all her characters in this novel. With the series reaching its end, Apollyon was the ideal book for all the characters to show signs of development according to all the hellish things that happen. And Alex is the character that has changed more than anyone else since the first book. She changed and matured so much you won't believe your eyes! Gone is the reckless Alex who acts first and then thinks of the consequences of her actions. Granted, reckless Alex was charming nonetheless but this Alex is so much better and I love her so much more!
As I love so much more this new edition of Aiden. Or rather not a new edition of him, but the fact that he finally gets all the space he was needed to show as his true self. Aiden's presence in Apollyon is dominating everything else. And I'm so glad that he finally gets to be the centre of attention. With Seth mostly not present in this book, Aiden reminded me why I loved him so much in Half- Blood.
Other than that expect from Apollyon what you usually expect from this author. Fast paced narration, non stop action and a heart-wrenching romance. The best part of the book is by far the one that takes place in the Underworld. All the descriptions and everything that happens while Aiden and Alex travel to the Underworld makes this part the most memorable of the whole story.
Verdict: Once more, Jennifer Armentrout delivers an incredible story in a way only she can. Sentinel, the final book of the series is bound to be the best one to come yet. And I so can't wait to read it!...more
Jennifer Estep just can't disappoint me! Midnight Frost was just as amazing as I was expecting it to be and then some! Oh wait, I think I have said thJennifer Estep just can't disappoint me! Midnight Frost was just as amazing as I was expecting it to be and then some! Oh wait, I think I have said that before about a book in the series, but hey, I'm not to blame, Mythos Academy is simply among my favorite series at the moment!
I think I've said that before but I can't help but saying it one more time: Mythos Academy is maybe the only series that reminds me a bit of Harry Potter, aka my favorite series of all time! Not that the plot or story or characters are similar in any way but because both series share the same quality for me. Each time I get a book of Mythos Academy in my hands I just want to lay back and savor every minute of it. And that, strangely, has happened to me only once before. Anyway, the thing is that Jennifer Estep managed to create an iressistible world, a story that one can read again and again and never get bored with it! Yes, I'm a huge fan of this series and how could I do otherwise? Everytime Gwen meets with her evil "twin" is just a delight to read!
I won't say anything about what happens in Midnight Frost. I hate spoilers. Just know that no fan will be disappointed with it. The writing style is just as good as it was in the previous books, the action almost non stop and even if Midnight Frost is a little bit slower than the previous book in the series, yet, there isn't a single moment I felt bored while reading it.
And here I will just have to make one tiny complain that has nothing to do with the value of the book but here I go: I missed logan in Midnight Frost. Yeah, I know one can't judge a book in terms of missing a beloved character but I really missed him! So much that everytime I turned a page I would wish that he would finally make his appearance. At least when he did make his appearance he kind of made up for his absense. That scene in the cave was undeniable my favorite in this book. Not the most romantic, but definitely a favorite and for more than one reasons.
Anyway, Mythos Academy is one of the best YA series I have read in a really long time and I just can't wait to get the next (and final?) book in my hands!...more
Oh well, what can I say about Deity and Jennifer L. Armentrout herself that I haven't already saiReview first published at Books to Brighten your Mood
Oh well, what can I say about Deity and Jennifer L. Armentrout herself that I haven't already said numerous times... To put it simply and efficiently, I absolutely LOVE this author. If I need to read something good, then all I have to do is pick one of her books and I'm absolutely certain that I will have an amazing time while reading it. Honestly, I just believe that there's no way this author will ever write a book that will disappoint me. Nope, no way!
Deity is phenomenal!!! I know that most people's favorite book is Pure, but somehow Pure didn't work for me the way Half-Blood and now Deity do. Not that Pure wasn't a good book, or I didn't like it, but Deity is so much better! The things that happen here, the romance, the action, everything is just perfect. I loved the way the plot progressed, the things that happened and even if I see the fans of a certain team being a bit disappointed by the turn of events, I personally thought that everything was just mind-blowingly good. Even the bad things.
Needless to say that I read Deity is a matter of hours... Well, I tend to do that with all of Armentrout's books :) As soon as I start reading one of her stories there's no way I'll be able to put them down unless I reach the end. And Deity has so many things going on that putting this book down is next to impossible :P I mean it's action packed, more than Pure was, it's heart-breaking and the romance just delicious! And the ending??? Why would you do that to us Jennifer? Why?
Alex is the same Alex we all love from the previous books, but in Deity I got to understand her motives and characters a little bit better. While her connection with Seth in Pure was presented as something she just couldn't resist, in Deity the reader gets to understand exactly how difficult is for Alex to choose on her own where Seth is concerned. Aiden is swoon worthy. Well, I guess you didn't expect anything less, right? You're absolutely right! Aiden is once more amazing and the romance between them, so sweet and so perfect! (If you're counting how many times I said the word perfect in this review, don't be surprised, I just have no other words to describe things :) )
Anyway, if you're a fan of The Covenant series, then you don't need me to urge you any further to pick this book up. If for some reason you haven't read this series yet, then you should. Believe me, you're in for a treat!...more
Jennifer Estep is one of my favorite authors currently and for a good reason believe me! And CrReview originally posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
Jennifer Estep is one of my favorite authors currently and for a good reason believe me! And Crimson Frost is just another sample of how great an author she really is. The newest instalment in Mythos Academy series is just brilliant!
It's not really common for me to become really obsessed with a series, surely I do like and love many books but for me to lose my sleep just to read a few more chapters is a rare occurrence, especially lately. But Mythos Academy, is one of those few book series for me, that I would forget to sleep or eat just to know what happens next in the story. I remember saying it before, but Mythos Academy makes me feel like I'm reading Harry Potter again. It's not that the story is similar, it's just the way I feel towards those two series. And it's the first time that I ever compare a series with Harry Potter. So, you can guess from that how much I love Gwen's story.
Each book in Mythos Academy is amazing on it's own, but somehow each one of them is better than the previous, if that is even possible. Or maybe I feel that way because with each book the story progresses and I have new things to focus on, I don't really know. All I know is that Jennifer Estep has done an extremely good job with her YA series.
In Crimson Frost, the main feeling I had was that of frustration. Frustration of all the unjust things that kept happening to Gwen, at the fact that almost no one was able to see the truth. I was angry towards everyone in this book (well, apart from the good guys obviously) and all I wanted was for Gwen to be able to find a way to get out of that mess others put her in.
The romance between Logan and Gwen progresses to a whole other level and the ending just left me heartbroken for her. Needless to say that waiting for the next book to be published will be a real torture.
I think I have said it before, but I will mention it once more nevertheless. The best thing about this series is how things escalate from book to book. How the darkness grows and how Gwen has to face more difficult situations.
I won't say anything about the world building or the character development. They are incredible as always. The plot is also fast paced and action filled. And here, I'll also have to note that along with everything else, the action scenes are also getting more book by book and they are darker and more violent. Summing it up, every single aspect of this series is escalating until the final battle that is yet to come.
All in all, Mythos Academy is one of the best YA series out there. One I absolutely love and can't help but recommend to everyone....more
I just love anything Richelle Mead writes, so when I saw that she's starting a new adult series I was beyond excited! Well, I love everything about thI just love anything Richelle Mead writes, so when I saw that she's starting a new adult series I was beyond excited! Well, I love everything about that author, her writing style, the way she manages to communicate to her readers her characters' emotions and the intricate and complex worlds she builds. So yes, Gameboard of the Gods was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. Unfortunately, and it really pains me to say so, but this story isn't the right one for me.
The world building is way too complicated and for the best part of the book I felt completely lost, trying to figure out what happened, how exactly the world worked and where the heroes were standing. Yes, the world was interesting but when I have read about the half of the book and still I'm missing crucial parts of the plot, then I can't really appreciate the complexity.
Mae reminded me a lot of Rose from VA, it was almost like an adult version of hers, especially at the beginning and that was another thing that I didn't really like. And the romance fell completely flat for me. Justin on the other hand is yet another male character that the author usually writes, nothing new or fresh to him either. Well, except for the fact that he was hearing voices...
Gameboard of the Gods isn't a bad book, but somehow when I'm talking about a book written by Richelle Mead, my standards are pretty high, so yes, I kind of expected fireworks from this one, but I didn't get any. Maybe it's my own fault for having such high expectations but this book failed to impress me in almost every aspect of it. Except for originality. The world building is indeed fresh and unexpected.
Everneath is unlike any YA paranormal book I have ever read...It has such a melancholic tone to it that by theReviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
Everneath is unlike any YA paranormal book I have ever read...It has such a melancholic tone to it that by the end of it I had fell in love with Brodi Ashton's writing style!
Everneath is based loosely on Persephone's and Eurydice's myth and I really liked that fact.I liked the fact that it wasn't just a retelling or strictly based on those myths but more of a story that took some elements of the Greek and Egyptian mythology and went a step further with the world building. As I said,Ashton's writing style has such a melancholic tone to it and it's so lyrical that it immediately pulled me in this story.Plus, the style of narration the writer chose was really tricky that if not so well executed the whole book would be a total disaster. Ashton decided to enrich her story with all the past events that led her heroine in her current state of being a Forfeit so the narration was going constantly back and forth.I may have said it in some of my other reviews but that isn't my favorite narration style.Or rather not my favorite,it's just a narration style that is rarely well executed,so most of the times I find myself completely lost in the story.But not in Everneath's case.In Everneath,past and present are so wonderfully given and so distinctive that there was no room for misunderstandings.Everything flows so smoothly in this book,that I felt completely mesmerised by it.
Nikki,Jack and Cole are really well developed characters and I really liked to read about how Nikki was before the Feed,right after her ascension and while she was on Earth.The difference in the way she thinks and perceives things are in order with the major changes in her life. Nikki deciding to go for the Feed has also many allegorical meanings,at least for me.It mostly reminded me of a drug addict or someone suicidal.Like I said,Everneath is really melancholic...
The ending leaves clearly enough room for the second book to come,and since this ending didn't really leave me satisfied I just can't wait to see what happens in the next book....more
If it's even possible,I enjoyed reading Kiss of Frost even more so than Touch of Frost!And believe me when I'm saying that Touch of Frost was among the few new YA paranormal titles I loved this year!
Kiss of Frost picks up a few weeks after the ending of the first book and continues the story of Gwen,her adjusting as Nike's champion, her copying with her unrequited love towards Logan and her life in general at Mythos. This book has everything a good paranormal title, whether it is adult or YA, should have.Lot's and lot's of action and well delivered action scenes,enough mystery to not let you put the book down and the right amount of romance to just serve as the topping of a cake!Kiss of Frost has everything above plus well developed and believable characters,enough twists to keep you going (as it was even possible to stop reading this book,even without the twists...) and the revelation of some major things that makes the waiting for the next book to get published plainly unbearable!
Once more,I found myself struggling to not read this book in one sitting,sadly failing all my attempts...My mind was constantly on Gwen and her adventures!In this book,new characters are introduced,some of them good,some of them bad and the revelations towards the end are just excruciating...!That only makes me believe,that in the book (or hopefully books) to come we have to see many great things from Gwen! On the other hand,the romantic subplot of the story just made me all fuzzy inside...!I know it may sound a bit goofy,but it did!I love the even pace of the romantic relationship between Gwen and Logan and in case I haven't said it enough times already,I can't wait for the next book to get published!
All in all,Jennifer Estep,once more manages to deliver a uniquely built story,in an intricate and well built universe,that holds the interest of the reader until the very last word of the book!To anyone who has yet to read the first book of the series,I strongly recommend to do so!Believe me you won't regret it!...more
Jennifer Armentrout does it again! Honestly, this writer can do no wrong! At least the way I seReview originally posted at Books to Brighten your Mood
Jennifer Armentrout does it again! Honestly, this writer can do no wrong! At least the way I see it. I plainly love every single thing Armentrout writes and I strongly believe that it will take her to write a really bad book for me to change my opinion of her. Yeah, I know, I love her that much!
Let me start by saying that Pure, may not have been as brilliantly good as Half-Blood was, but still, it is freaking good. And the reason I didn't like it as much as the first instalment of the Covenant series is simply personal. You see, from the first book, I dreaded the fact that something would happen to someone sooner rather than later (I'm not gonna say what, I hate spoilers) and seeing it actually happen in the second book made me cringe a bit. I don't know why it was so obvious that things headed that way, but I kind of hoped that this part was unnecessary and that it actually wouldn't take place. But to be honest, even if that's the case, I enjoyed so much reading Pure, that as soon as I started reading it, I just couldn't put this book down. And that is the brilliance of Armentrout's books. They flow so easily, and they are so good to read, that you simply don't want the book to end or you don't even realise when you reach the last page!
In Pure, we get to learn more about the taboo of Pures having a relationship with half-bloods and how doomed really Alex's and Aiden's relationship is. We get more on Seth and let me tell you, that as far as love triangles go, that one, is among those I don't mind reading. You see, I don't usually like a love-triangle, it's so used in literature nowadays and in many cases, it's just a trend. But in this series, I just don't mind about it and there are even moments that I quite enjoy it. Maybe because Seth is a really interesting character. I don't know. But the thing is, that this specific love-triangle, is one I really think that fits into the story.
All things considered, Pure, is as well written as the first book of the series, the action scenes plenty and well delivered, the romance hot and everything is simply perfect! If you enjoyed Half-Blood, then you just have to read Pure!...more
Fury was a somewhat difficult book for me to make up my mind about it or rating it.The subject of the story was different from what I expected it to be,at least different than what the premise made me think it would be.
The writing style was ok I suppose,nothing extraordinary but nothing bad as well.It was just ok,something that in my mind didn't help this book.As soon as I started reading it,I just couldn't unfocus my attention from a single thing: how shallow most of the characters in this book were...Especially Gaby, Em's best friend but most of the rest girlfriends as well, are so shallow that I wanted to bang my head on any wall available...Honestly, if one believed that all teenage girls are thinking of is shopping or gossiping,that would be a most alarming scenario...Cause all those girls are thinking about are how to be mean to others,intentionally or not,how to gossip or shop (especially the scene were Em is spending a ridiculous amount of money to buy Gaby a present as a form of redemption,made me roll my eyes!) or make themshelves rise from unpleasant situations.It doesn't matter if things around them fall apart,they are so self absorbed,that nothing seem able to fase them! But the guys in this book are not far better...It seems,that most teenage boys,plot to get as many girls as possible in their bed (ok that happens but, come on!),how to torture girls from their past or how to be accepted from their peers no matter the cost.I just happen to believe that teenagers nowadays have far greater issues to be concerned with,so all that striked me as a bit (to say the least) unbelievable.
Anyway,the story itself was boring for the best part of the book,at least for me.I don't know why I continued reading it,but I'm glad I did,cause most of the second half of Fury was way better than the first.On the first half nothing crucial happened,we just read about how Em lusted after her best friend's boyfriend and Chase after an unknown girl,who despite the fact that treated him like trash,he continued to run to her whenever she called him,like a very well trained puppy!That's pretty much all that happened in the first part and there's so much stupidity one can read about without being bored.So yes,I was bored and hoped that something would happen really soon. And it did,thankfully!At the second half,it started to become clear where the story was headed,and although I really don't understand why the Furies would even bother to punish kids for their stupidity,the atmosphere of this book was really good and kept me going.And talking about the Furies,really,I still can't understand,why betraying your best friend,and making a terrible prank to someone would result in an unrelentless chase and cruel punishment.Surely,I don't think that that's a perfectly fine behavior but being punished like this?Really?When murders or rapists or pedophiles walk this earth,why would Furies focus on a couple of teenagers?Couldn't get it while I read this book,can't get it now that I'm thinking about it again.
All in all,Fury was an ok read,with many flaws but it had its good moments as well,but certainly it wasn't the kind of book I expected it to be.It mostly focuses on teenage drama with a splash of some paranormal element just for good measure.It's not something I will re-read and I'm not really curious to see what happens next.So,I won't continue reading this series....more
I was beyond excited when I was granted with this galley,since Starcrossed was among this year's publications that I was dying to read!The premise sounded beyond intriguing and the cover is plainly gorgeous,not to mention that most early reviews are very positive!And once more,I was disappointed...I know,most people who have already read an arc of Starcrossed will disagree with me,but,I just couldn't bring myself to be excited about this book,as soon as I finished it...
To be honest with myself,Starcrossed is among those books where I don't know exactly who to blame for the outcome,the author's writing style or the poor editing,and for once,I actually tend to believe that maybe if I waited and read the final copy my opinion of this book would be much different.As soon as I started reading this copy I had a very serious problem: the way the sentences where structured.The way the narration flowed was pretty much that: "Helen did that..." and soon or immediately after :she did the other..." followed by "her...whatever...".And were talking about paragraphs and paragraphs in that exact structure where names were thrown all the time and for a variation they were changed by the occassional "she" or "he".I'm not professional in English grammar or literature,far from it,but I only think that could have been avoided or if not there should be a significant reduce in the details,or who am I to judge,done something nevertheless.'Cause that fact just caused me to be completely distracted the whole time not to mention tired of the narration.So, here comes my apprehension,that should I read a finished and not an early copy of this book,my opinion would be different. It's the first time I ever get distracted by such a thing,thus I say that it could have been avoided somehow,although I'm not the expert to pinpoint exactly what should have been changed.
Anyway,apart from that the story of this book was pretty decent,although again,the so many details tired me a bit.Plus,the fact I was taught first hand Greek mythology didn't exactly help me get sucked in the plot.And I'm not saying that because I mind whatsoever any alterations to myths or anything.Far from it...It's just the fact that the writer took way too many myths,blend them together in what was a very ambitious project,that just failed to appeal to me through the intricate blend.This books takes the Trojan war plus the Iliad and Odyssey,Aescylys' Oresteia,the myth of Fates and Erinyes,something of the Orpheus and Eurydice (which I presume as a myth will be more evident in the next book to come) and I'm guessing another one or two myths I fail to remember right now,blend them all together in a mix,I just failed to see the connection between them.Granted,that may not be the intention of the writer,but still,I felt that it was too much.But that didn't bother me as much as it made me wonder constantly about a possible connection,thus taking my mind of the actual plot.
Among all those things,needless to say I was a bit tired while reading this book,and I considered more than once to put it down,but,I'm glad I didn't.Cause at least,the last part of this book,kind of made up for everything.After a point the twists are constant,and since things kept happening I didn't mind the narration style that bothered me so much in the first part of this book.I really liked the ending but still,that couldn't make up for the lack of development of most of the characters of this book,just made me feel a bit compensated for not giving up on this book.
I won't say if I recommend this book or not for two reasons mainly:One,the finished copy may be completely different from the early one I reviewed and two,because I catch myself being a bit peculiar when Greek mythology is being concerned.And I have to point,that this fact is not deriving from any inner will for the myths to be used unaltered or anything,on the contrary,but just because let's face it,I don't think that many others would try to find a connection between all those myths used...And my three star rating is given only because of those two reasons.Should it not,it would be a two star cause I really struggled to finish this book....more
Touch of Frost is the first book in an exciting new YA series by Jennifer Estep that,believe me,you'll get overly excited about it!
Jennifer Estep is well known with her urban fantasy Elemental Assassins series and to whomever has read her books it's known that she's a brilliant writer!Her writing style is focused,straight to the point with a quick pace that makes sure that the reader isn't bored even for a single moment while reading her book. The universe she created for her story is unique and well structured and unlike anything I've read until now.We all have noticed a recent increase in books based on (mainly Greek) mythology but Touch of Frost manages to stand out.She blends many myths,from around the world to create her universe,not just a single mythological structure and the outcome is mindblowing!Why restrict ourselves in a single myth when we can get all of those and in a perfect package?Estep blends mostly Greek and Norse myths plus some more and in her world Amazons,Spartans,Vikings,Romans,Gypsies,Valkyries, everyone coexists and blends perfectly!Talking about unique world building!
Her characters are well developed,both the main and the secondary ones and with the promise that we'll learn more about everyone in the books to come.The motives that drive the actions of her characters are believable,making it all that easier to relate to them. Gwen is a sweet girl,full of insecurities,that don't hold her back no matter what.Her sense of rightness is what drives her actions,and she won't go back no matter what.I loved her innate curiosity and wittiness and her sense of humor!
Everything in this story flows perfectly.The certain Harry Potter feeling in this book made me love it even more,what with being in a school full of magic (though definitely of a different kind than in Harry Potter) and strange creatures,and the hero tries to find the solution to strange events.I loved it!As soon as I started reading I couldn't put it down,although after a certain point I tried to refrain myself from reading it in one sitting,cause I was certain that as soon as I finished it I would only be eager for the next one.And that's exactly what happened!But thankfully the next book won't be too long until it gets published,so that counts for something right?
Before I finish this review,I want to express my gratitude to Jennifer Estep for her immediate reply and for letting me read and review her book prior to it's publication date!I was drooling over this book for quite sometime now and one can only imagine my happiness when I could read it sooner!Thank you so much Jennifer....more
Darkness Becomes Her was a surprising novel in many ways!It was a refreshing and totally engaging debut novel in a series I can't wait to see what happens next!
Darkness Becomes Her has a somewhat rough start,since it begins a bit abruptly,taking for granted things the reader has no way of possibly knowing...But after some chapters, explanations are slowly given and before you is unfolded a unique story!Cause what makes this book so amazing is its unique plot and world building! This book has everything!Vampires,shapeshifters,witches,gods,harpies and mythical creatures all woven in a world,not exactly like we currently know it but not that different also... well,minus the mythical creatures of course! The storyline and the writing style are engaging!From the very first pages,Kelly Keaton manages to grab the reader's interest and she's not stopping to amaze him until the end!
The characters are well developed and I really liked Ari.She was independent,strong and smart,a heroine that can stand all by herself in a strong and cruel world where gods manipulate humans and destroy lives in a whim. The romance was good but not my favorite part of the story.I could see the connection between Ari and Sebastian but somehow I found it a bit rushed...One minute they were total strangers and awkward between them and the next they're kissing.As I said,how the romantic element unfolded in this story may not be my favorite part but I have definitely read worse and to be honest,that fact didn't spoil the fun of the book at all! I also loved Sebastian's character!I mean he's introduced and one of the first descriptions of him,is wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt and... well, I have a thing for guys wearing a band's t-shirt!Strange what draws one's attention right?But apart from that,ok insignificant detail!, Sebastian is caring and strong and loyal.
Anyway,I found really unique the way Keaton chose to take the tragic event of the hurricanes and destruction in New Orleans some years before and make that a setting and a crucial part of her story.I enjoyed how she took that tragedy,altered it and started from there her story.As I also enjoyed the "gang" of all those kids living on their own.It gave me a "lost kids" feeling from the Peter Pan story and I loved how all these kids,feeling ostracised by an already odd community,chose to stick together and form a kind of family with such strong bonds.
All in all,Darkness Becomes Her is a totally unique YA novel,with a certain dark fairy tale feeling to it,that I really enjoyed reading and I can't wait for the sequel!...more
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout comes to fill the void I felt inside since Vampire Academy series ended...Yes,yes,that's how much I loved it!I didn't just love it exactly,I'm ecstatic about it and all I can think now that I finished it is how long will I have to wait for the sequel to get published (and it's rather long still,that's my problem!).
Jennifer Armentrout delivers a wonderful new YA series that noone should miss reading.The world she created is complicated and unique.Among all those books that have recently flooded the YA genre about or based on Greek mythology,Half-Blood manages to stand out with its intricate world building and with the fact that takes Greek mythology one step further.I loved everything about this world but most of all the Apollyon twist.I've never came across anything like that concept and I was plainly fascinated by it.
The characters are wonderfully developed and with a voice of their own.Alex is witty, strong, independent, stubborn and brave but she's also a caring and sweet character and one can't help but love her.I could totally relate to her,feel her dilemmas and understand the motives that drove her actions. Aiden,her love interest,is... well,totally swoon worthy to put it mildly!I loved the way their romance developed,it was just the way I like it in the books I read.Not too fast,nor too slow,just the right pace to keep the reader interested and not feel that they declare their love to one another in the blink of an eye.The reader is able to feel their growing feelings and attraction for each other. And on the other hand,one must also consider Seth,who from all the indications will be the third in the love triangle of the story.And believe me,he's really worth it.I may not loved him nearly as much as I loved Aiden but he has all the potential to become an equally loved character.I'm guessing we'll see more of him in the sequel,and that's another reason I can't wait to read it!
Apart from the main heroes,Jennifer Armentrout managed to create a whole cast of interesting characters,from Lucian, Alex's stepfather with the shady motives, to Caleb, Alex's best friend, each character in this book has a voice of their own and don't just stand in the middle of the story ready to serve whatever the plot needs. The plot on the other hand is full of twists and action, making it impossible for the reader to put the book down.The action scenes are well written and keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time and the writing style is plainly brilliant!
If one would ask me to choose my favorite scene in this book,that,hands down,would be Aiden calling Alex "agapi mou"!The whole scene was sweet on itself but being Greek and reading a greek word of affection being used so naturally in a book just astonished me!
All in all,Half-Blood is an exciting first book in a series that promises to get even better (if that is possible!) and it has all the potential to become the next favorite series for many readers.I know for sure that it became mine!...more