I just can't read this book right now...The writing is chaotic and i feel completely lost at some points in the story,thus making it pretty much reall...moreI just can't read this book right now...The writing is chaotic and i feel completely lost at some points in the story,thus making it pretty much really tiring to read this book.I don't know if i'll ever come back and actually read it,but i'm thinking i'd rather not.I read because it's fun,if i struggle throughout the pages it's not fun at all or enjoyable anymore.(less)
I just love Richelle mead!She's such an amazing and super talented writer and i can't help but just love anything she writes.She has created three unique worlds and three amazing leading cvharacters in her three seperate series and i just enjoy myself equally regardless of which of her series i'm reading.
Storm Born is yet again incredibly good.Mead created a world that immediatelly sucked me in and a leading character that i couldn't help but love.Having read the first book in each of her series i really can't tell whichof the three amazing heroines is my favorite...Maybe Rose...!Eugenie is smart ,witty,sexy and really deadly.She literally kicks ass but isn't cocky at all.On the contrary,she'a a really down to earth character with a healthy sence of fear and she's afraid of other's as well as what her own self is capable of. The male characters that consist the love triangle of this story are equally good...So good,that i just couldn't pick my favorite,although by the end i had to make a choice and i just leaned towards the faery part...Kiyo and Dorian are both sexy and caring towards Eugenie,but Dorian just held a special appeal to me.Kiyo was too dishonest for my taste no matter what his excuses might be,but still,reading about him was really yummy..Anyway,the love triangle is so nicely drawn that i,at least, just can't tell who Eugenie's final choice will be.And that is what in my mind makes a love triangle succesfull.Not making really obvious who the final choice will be.With Storm Born,you just keep wondering the whole time... The rest of the surrounding characters are plainly amazing,each of them developed and with his own voice,thus making the story progress even smoother.
I can go on and on forever about how much i liked Storm Born and all the things that amazed me but the truth is that plainly,there's not a single thing i didn't like about it.All i can say is that i totally recommend any book written by Richelle Mead and this one in particular.It's just plainly obvious that Richelle Mead was born to tell stories and make her readers get lost in the worlds she creates.And that for me is what makes a writer's work really succesful.The ability to make his readers dream in the world he?she created! (less)
Richelle Mead is slowly becoming one of my favourite authors!Having already read and adored her Vampire Academy series,reading Succubus Blues only mad...moreRichelle Mead is slowly becoming one of my favourite authors!Having already read and adored her Vampire Academy series,reading Succubus Blues only made me eager to read anything else she has written!
Succubus Blues is so unlike Vampire Academy and not only because it's targeted for a more mature audience.It's completely different and i loved it!I love it when authors don't recycle their own ideas and definitely the only resemblance between those two series is that they both have an adorable heroine.From the first page,this book,started "sucking" me into Georgina's world and after i reached the half of it,i just couldn't put it down!
I daresay,i liked Georgina more than Rose (sorry!!!).Surely,she had her flaws,she could act selfishly at times,but i couldn't help but love her!The dialogues in these book made me laugh,and although it wasn't exactly action packed,i just couldn't put it down!
The romantic plot was amazing,and although i knew who her love interest would ultimately be,there were times i found myself wondering if i was mistaken,and "he" was not the one!And that is something you don't come across so often.In most books,the heroine is falling immediately for the hot guy,and she's on his bed soon after that...
I loved the surrounding characters!The vampires,the imp,the archdemon but most of all,Carter!He was not your typical angel,hanging out with demons,and actually care about them!And i must add,i loved his taste in books!!!
Anyway,there's no way i won't continue with the rest of the series and now i'm seriously thinking to try the Dark Swan series as well cause it's obvious that Richelle Mead knows how to create fascinating worlds in her books and even more fascinating characters!
When i picked Angel by L.A. Weatherly,i have to admit that i kind of waited for a really good book.Having read it,i must admit that it was better than any expectation i had!
L. A. Weatherly's writing style is just amazing.I don't know if it's just me,but i found it fresh,even and incredibly good.English isn't my native language so, from times to times i have a problem with books,granted,most of the times i don't have any,but still...With Angel,i was there 100% and not because the writing style was that simple or easy.It was easily comprehensed,with a plot that is consistent and helps the reader follow.Angel is full of beautiful pictures, intensive emotions and good story,all of them woven into an amazing novel.
I loved the characters in this book.Both Willow and Alex are well developed and the romance between them believable.At last, in this book,the protagonists don't know in a miraculous way from the first seconds that the other is the love of their life.Surely,there's some interest,but the actual romance comes naturally and only until later in the book.Both heroes have their troubled pasts and even more troubled futures,and although they are together,they preserve their personalities.I loved the way Willow stood her ground when needed and the way Alex cared about her.I loved everything about those two!
One more thing i immensely enjoyed and found really refreshing was the fact that although a YA book,the story doesn't take place in the school ground.Quite the opposite!This novel is more of a roadtrip and endless hunting than anything else.And i was amazed by Weatherly's ability to describe the scenery plus the fact that she didn't somehow forget to mention all the difficult or awkward parts such a trip between two strangers would imply (see the need of clean underwear or personal hygiene).Somehow, in books that describe similar situations,the protagonists either in some magical way fulfill those needs or such necessities are never mentioned.
The story,although not unique,it was definitely different.We have known angels as good creatures,but this book presents them as really terrible and nasty,a fact that i considered a plus.Lately,books with angels are written all the time and they usually are good and all,so writing a book about them as the bad ones makes a difference that,as far as i'm concerned works in favor for the story.
All in all,Angel is a really good book,i totally recommend.And one of those series i will definitely continue reading!After all,the ending of this one left too many things hanging and i really want to say how the story will progress. (less)
I don't think that words are enough to describe how unbelievably amazing this book really is.It's surely among the best books that have been written i...moreI don't think that words are enough to describe how unbelievably amazing this book really is.It's surely among the best books that have been written in the last decade and certainly the best book i have read in years.I can't think of a single thing i didn't like about it.
Surely i liked Hunger Games and Catching Fire but this book just left me awed.I've come across many reviews were people feel let down by the ending but me,no!The ending left me puzzled,happy,sad and with the impression that no other ending could be better than that and at the same time consistent with the story.I've read reviews were people feel that this book never managed to make them actually feel the heroes feelings,but honestly,this book was like a sentimental roller coaster for me.Certainly,there wasn't much romance in this book,but none of the other books in the series really had a strong romantic element,and really through those circumstances i would be feeling odd if any romance was that well developed.This book,isn't about who Katniss will ultimately pick.This book is about human cruelty,how people,in all their glory and smartness are capable of any rate of cruelty.It's about the fact that whoever side you fight,bad or good,when you are at war,the lines of right and wrong blend and it's difficult to discern them.It's about the universal truth that in the name of freedom,huge crimes have taken place from both sides.
After all that,it's needless to say that this book is extremely well written.It presents the final stage of the rebellion against Panem in a very interesting way and colored with every kind of emotion.Despair,anger,sense of duty,fear,hope,everything!The action scenes were incredible,keeping me on the edge the whole time until the heart wrenching end.
I'm afraid i can't say anything more without spoilers,so i'm gonna wrap it up.It's a series that noone should pass the chance on reading.Even if you don't like the final installment,or feel that it was an undeserved conclusion,the series itself is incredible and everyone should just try to read it.After all,all of the books in this series but especially Mockingjay,gives you something more except for the fun of reading a well written book.It gives you food for thought,something that many contemporary writers fail to deliver with their books.And for that reason alone,The Hunger Games trilogy stands out among all the other books.
Before i actually start to write down my review i want first of all to say a huge thanks to International Book Tours for giving me the chance to get my hands on an early copy of this book!
Unearthly is an amazing debut novel!I immensely enjoyed every single page of this book and once i started reading it,i just couldn't put it down!It has everything i love in a book.Interesting story,enough mystery to get you going and a decent romance!Oh,and a cast of some really well written characters as well!
From the first pages of this book,i just knew that i would eventually fall in love with the world Cynthia Hand created.Even if the story starts a bit abruptly,throwing the reader immediatelly inside a world with its own rules,i just couldn't help myself but feel intrigued to know more about it!The story begins immediatelly with the reader knowing that Clara,the main heroine,is a half blood or Nephilim and the details of her world are slowly unfolding throughout the whole book.The fact that Clara herself doesn't know the full extent of what her parentage means,just makes the reader go along with the story.The characters are very interesting all and although the plot hasn't that much of twists and turns,Unearthly is a thoroughly entairtening read!I really can't pinpoint what exactly made me turn the pages so quickly,if it was the smooth writing style,the love triangle where at least i couldn't get what the final choice would be,the obvious or the outsider (sort of speaking!) or the whole new take of the nephilim myth!Probably all of those elements i guess!
Cynthia's Hand writing style is amazing!I loved the descriptions and the way she progressed her story,even when nothing crucial happened but what i most enjoyed is her sense of humour that is evident throughout the whole book!I found myself laughing like an idiot while reading at night in bed with my fiance snoring in ignorant bliss by my side! The characters of this book were also interesting.I liked Clara but i loved Tucker and Wendy especially.Clara's mother on the other hand,i don't know...She kind of irritated me at points and although there are for sure some explanations to come about her behavior at times in the sequel,i just couldn't understand her.Plus,she didn't convince me as a being of wisdom that's been around on earth for decades.And Christian,also didn't quite convince me as the all lovable guy.I just couldn't connect with him or see a spark between Clara and Christian throughout the whole book.Whereas with Tucker,all was different!Even when he was being a total ass to her,you could sense something more.
Anyway,the ending was a bit harsh.I kind of waited for something more to happen,i don't know,some explanations about some things,but no.And although the ending is not definitely a cliffhanger it sure leaves the reader with more questions than answers.But all in all,i just loved Unearthly and i will certainly continue with the sequel!I guess picking it for my first debut novel for 2011 was a good thought after all!(less)
As i picked this book, one thought came to my mind the whole time,that it was somehow a mix of Harry Potter,Princess Diaries and Twilight!With the who...moreAs i picked this book, one thought came to my mind the whole time,that it was somehow a mix of Harry Potter,Princess Diaries and Twilight!With the whole witches and princesses thing,in the beggining of this book Ana kept reminding me of Anne Hathaway at Princess Diaries!Well,at least after a few chapters it stopped reminding me of any of the above mentioned books!
I liked this one quite a lot to be honest.Although it was a bit naive at times and the main heroine was a bit shallow (i mean she's afraid of her freedom while simultaneously her mind is set on an upcoming party...?) but in overall i enjoyed myself!It's the first book in a new series,and most of the times,the first book is a bit akward and this particular one didn't escape this very trap.
The pace was also a bit uneven.While there were times i couldn't put the book down,right after a few pages it slowed down in an unbelievable internal teenage rambling.Ana,is a typical teenager,the girl who is so beautiful but doesn't even know about it,has a low self esteem and among all these she is half witch,half vampire when those two races are in a big war!Ans instead of being more anxious to find her place among this chaos,she's more concerned of a party,a date or the wrong kind of clothes!
Another drawback also,were the side characters on this book!None was too well developed!We got to know a bit of Ana's mother,father,best friend,love interest but nothing too much or vital for the story and definitely nothing about their personalities!
What i did enjoy though,was the writing style!Though nothing fancy or extraordinary,it was fun!This fact along with the interesting story will make me read the next book in the series for sure!
Banished left me somehow with very mixed feelings making it hard for me to write a review.Before I say anything else I have to admit that this book was way different than anything I have read up to now in many ways.
Banished is a YA novel but not your typical one.The plot and pace of this book follows a different path than the one most YA novels follow.That fact was refreshing but also kind of distracting at least for me.I'm not saying that just because it was different it was bad.On the contrary!It's just that I haven't read any review of this book before picking it up,so to be honest I was expecting a usual pace in the story and some romance.Maybe if I had read some reviews before,I would know what to expect and save myself a pretty long awkward time trying to adjust.And I'm insisting.Just because this book was different and I spend the best part of it trying to adjust that doesn't mean that it's a bad book.
What I didn't like was the total lack of romance.And that's my fault.It's just that lately I really want whatever I'm reading to have even the slightest touch of romance in it and just because I was mistakingly expecting some romance in Banished too,I ended up minding the total lack of it.But that's my fault.The premise doesn't imply anything false...So,to whomever like me wants some romance in his/her books,Banished is totally not the book to pick.Unless you know it beforehand and in that case believe me you're in for a big treat!
The writing style is exceptional!I liked the way situations were described and I liked the character building.The characters were alive and believable.The world building was also unique,away from any cliches and that made me eventually like a book,that otherwise would just went unoticed for me.Even though I wasn't actually thrilled with Banished and I caught myself longing to end this book as soon as possible,I just couldn't help myself but notice all those wonderful details that make this book stand out from the rest.
I'm not sure I will continue with the sequel of this book,although the ending left me with some questions and intrigued me a bit.Why I didn't like this book has nothing to do with Sophie Littlefield's ability to write or with the story itself.It just has to do with what I currently want in a book to make me turn the pages constantly.And unfortunatelly,Banished wasn't the book for me,despite how otherwise a good book it is.I really wish I was in another mood to appreciate this book as much as it deserves.I recommend it,although I wasn't thrilled with it!(less)
I can't say much about Paranormalcy other than i really,really loved and enjoyed it!Kiersten White's writing style is fresh and funny something that m...moreI can't say much about Paranormalcy other than i really,really loved and enjoyed it!Kiersten White's writing style is fresh and funny something that made me respect her.Having read a number of YA books lately i found myself comparing them all the time and even worse there were times where each book reminded me the previous but for some details.As a result,no matter how i liked a book,after some days when i try to remember it's plot,every YA book i've read comes in my mind in a blur.But the amazing thing with Paranormalcy is that manages to stand out.What with the fresh writing style,the amazing heroine and the completely new elements in a universe that so many other writers have used before,White manages to deliver a book that you are bound to enjoy and remember it as something unique.
Evie is a remarkable heroine,witty,spunky and down to earth.She knows what she wants and she doesn't hide behind no cute man or boy and wait to be saved.She has high self esteem (at last after all those damsells in distress that have overflowed YA literature who don't stop moaning about how ugly or inadequate they are) and actually thinks for herself.Her fascination with school and lockers and all those things that we think are really earthy and unremarkable just made her character even more appealing to me.
Lend was again a nicely delivered character.The romance between those two was again really good written,not the typical "I see cute boy,i fall in love with cute boy in seconds,i die for cute boy in minutes" scheme which most YA authors seem to use lately.The plot had enough twists to keep you interested throughout the whole book and as a plus,although most of the plot points where cleared by the end of the book,there were some things left unanswered to make you eager for the sequel.
All in all,Paranormalcy is a fresh YA deput novel that you don't want to miss.Among all those new releases it does stand out and as a plus it has an amazing cover!
This book has a certain faery tale feel to it!The writing style was constantly reminding me of a faery tale,with the good and bad guys,the prince char...moreThis book has a certain faery tale feel to it!The writing style was constantly reminding me of a faery tale,with the good and bad guys,the prince charming and a heroine who doesn't want to be saved!I have to admit it,although at times i was lost with the many point of views(it's not my cup of tea,what can i say!),Melissa's Marr writing style made me dream...
I'm not a big fan of books of faeries,not because i don't like faeries but because most of the books i read of them where not that good,so i was a bit reluctant to pick this book.But,suprisingly,it wasn't bad at all!It was really different from most YA books i've read with an ending that i couldn't see coming,cause it's not the typical happy ending,at least not my typical happy ending!
I loved Donia,more than Aislinn i'm afraid so,and Seth more than Keenan.Keenan's character was,well,underdeveloped for me.Although many chapters of the book was from his point of view i couldn't get an insight of his character.I couldn't understand his feelings,other than his need to save his people,which makes him a good king i suppose,but didn't give anything on his character building.
I also have to point out that the plot has huge holes...The whole thing with the curse was never fully explained nor the conditions under which this spell would break.Why,were all the previous girl failed should Aishlinn succeed?I'd like some more explanation but i can't continue saying anything more without spoilers.
Anyway,to sum it up it was a decent modern faery tale,maybe not extraordinary but surely an entairtening read and certainly i will continue with the rest books in the series!
Reviewing Personal Demons is one of those rare occasions where i find myself unwilling to make a review thus,making it hard for me to write it.In most cases,i either like a book,or i like it but have some issues or i just don't like one, but in every single case i know exactly what to write in my review.Personal Demons is one of those rare (at least for me) occasions where i know i don't like a book but can't pinpoint exactly why not...
Let me get it straight.It's not that i didn't exactly like this book,i just couldn't get into it.And although it was a good book i just couldn't care about the story or the characters.Reading it,i couldn't like it nor dislike it.I just read it in an emotionless state more or less.
The story was exactly my cup of tea!I love angel stories!The whole good versus evil battle among angels and demons or fallen angels just fascinates me and it's a rare occasion where a book with such a plotline leaves me untouched.The plot was also good and it varied from the most YA books i've read dealing with angels.It was more religious derived from what i've read but with no religious issues whatsoever.But still,that wasn't enough to grab my attention...I really can't say why.It's the first book that i didn't enjoy and can't pinpoint exactly what bothered me.The characters were ok,the plot consistent,the story interesting,at least for my tastes,but i just couldn't connect with any of the characters or get into the world Lisa Desrochers created.I just read this book out of mere curiosity.
There's only one thing i know for sure i didn't like but still that's not reason enough to make me dislike a book.The book was a first POV narration between the main two characters but bot Frannie and Luc "talked" in more or less the same way,making it difficult for me to descern which of those characters talked each time.If i should leave a chapter in the middle,i had to go back and check who was talking most of the times...But as i said,that's not reason enough to say a book wasn't good.
So,i'm gonna rate this book with 2 stars,or maybe 2.5 but only because i just couldn't get into the story and thus like it.People might disagree with my rating,but honestly,i can't rate higher a book i didn't like,even if it technically is good.After all,a book's rate is just my personal opinion of the book.(less)
So,last night i finished reading Shadowfever!And to be completely honest with myself,i have a bit of mixed emotions towards the final installment of one of my favorite series ever...
I really expected many things from Shadowfever!We all waited so much time to see how things will eventually wrap up,to get some answers and when i saw that the book was so many pages i was really glad!The more of Fever series,the better!Now that i read it,i'm experiencing a conflict of emotions!I'm mostly glad that the story ended the way it did,i'm mostly glad that Mac ended to become the woman she became,glad of how her relationship with Barrons evolved, sad that this series ended and puzzled about some things!See the "mostly" on where i'm glad?Well,although i liked Shadowfever,the problem was that i had some issues.And that issues resolved to that "mostly" glad parts.
Before i continue with my review i have to warn you that from this part on there will be some spoilers.I hate to have spoilers in my reviews,but i just can't say what bothered me and what i did like without including some spoilers.If i don't,then my review will only sum up to:"I really liked this book but i had some issues with a number of things,that i can't really mention cause i'll spoil the fun for everyone!".So,continue reading if only you have already read Shadowfever,or you don't care about spoilers.
As everyone,i really wanted to know who the killed beast of the ending in Dreanfever really is!And although i really hoped it wasn't that one,it really was...From that point on,all i wanted to see was how the whole ressurection thing would play out.I was really anxious and i kept on reading and reading hoping for that to happen really soon but i first had to endure some really long pages of nothing crucial for the plot before anything happened.To say i wanted to through the book and at the same time read it all at once would be an understatment...See,the bipolar feeling Mac was experiencing throughout the whole book,i really got to experience it for myself!Although the ressurection part wasn't that delayed,i really think that it was prolonged unessecarily.But ok,i could deal with that...I could also deal with the on and on descriptions of things the whole time.But what bothered me was that this book had so much internal rambling on Mac's side.We were used in a totally different pace in the previous books of the series,that i really expected that Shadowfever would have more action and more explanations than the previous.But Shadowfever had little action,more puzzles than explanations and so many philosophical questions that i could take no more.I wanted answers and all i got for the best part of the book were more and more questions than ever.What is exactly Barrons,what the hell happens with Mac and such on. Maybe i am hasty.Not maybe,i know i am.So,i blamed it on me,that i couldn't sit down and enjoy the final book instead of wanting answers so soon.I'm not really patient,i know!But all those constant new theories of what everything is,the constant new prophecies and such really through me off.As soon as i got to wrap my mind about a thing,i would have to immediatelly reconsider it and take in mind the new evidences.Is Mac the concubine?Is she the Unseelie King?Is she a part of the Unseelie King?WTF?And all those theories came with many philosophical statements.I mean if i was really Mac i would end up schizo,without knowing my true identity!She first had to know she was adopted,then that she wasn't really Alina's sister,then that she maybe not even be human,along with all the other sidhe seers,then that she is a reincarnation and then that somehow she is a part of something bigger and not a human being neither a Fae!I'm exhausted even thinking about all these!
Anyway,what Mac really is at the end,though believable,considering the world Moning built,left me eventually with some questions.But what Barrons is?Although,hopefully,he didn't experience such conflict of identity,and although we got a general idea about what he is,still,i have questions about why he is what he is and how such a being is categorized.I gather he is cursed.But from who?Was he born that way?I really can't tell and to be honest,maybe the answer was given but i spent a very good part of this book confused that i won't find incredible the fact that i didn't even understood it!
V'lane,although never my favorite character,at least i have no questionmarks considering him whatsoever!So,that counts for something!And i loved that he is not what he seems along with Rowena,despite the fact i saw it coming.Along with Alina's murderer after a certain point.Those revelations didn't struck me as odd,but i liked those turn of events!
I can go on and on forever about this book.I can pinpoint every single thing that through me off but i'm afraid i will become boring.To sum it up,i have to say that it is a good book.Despite my so long list of what threw me off.It was just that i really expected many things and i believe that if it was shorter it would be better.After all,if we leave out Mac's internal monologues and all those theories that replaced one another constantly,what is left,will be considerably less. Moning,did give a kind of closure to her story,but i found it a bit abrupt.All that building in the story,to end just like that in a blink of an eye,in about a couple of chapters.It was a bit anticlimatic.At least for me. Shadowfever is really a good book!It's a good closure to an amazing series,one a recommend to everyone!It's just that i expected something more and something less of it.And maybe that's why i was left with mixed feelings.It's always better to not expect anything,cause it's more than certain that it won't happen.And maybe the ending was that way to leave some strands loose for the nest series to come.And i really hope that this will be the case.At least that way,we will see how the world resumed after the Book was restraint.
All in all,Shadowfever maybe not my favorite book in the series,and maybe for the first time i got to actually complain about a thing in this series but that's not making me like the series any less.It will always be among ny favorites and i am a bit sad that it ended.Now,i have to read anything else Karen Marie Moning has written to fill the void!(less)
Before saying anything else about this book,i have to state that i'm a huge fan of Jane Austen's and Pride and Prejudice in particular is one of my favourite books of all time,one that i've read more than 4 or 5 times...
Having said that,one might undertsand why i didn't like this book.I took me forever o read it and since i already knew how it ended and since i early understood that - besides the obvious,the addition of zombies - the only thing that differantiated the original plot from the current one was the replacement of piano abilities with these of using a katana,i was really tempted to put it aside and continue reading something else... But i continued reading,and i'm not glad i did...
First of all,i hated how the author changed the characters of almost everyone in the book.No,changed wouldn't be the right word,he took everyone's character and made it's flaws even more obvious.There were times i thought Elizabeth was a self-centered spoiled young woman,who thought she knew everything and had an almost sickening desire to kill,from zombies to people she knew and loved.Her father was a man who only cared of himself at times and despised his life.Don't mind me,i know that most of those attributes were in the original book,but not with such clarity and intensity.I hated seeing characters i loved beeing altered that way.
Another thing i hated were the unecessary detailed descriptions of how the zombies fested on human brains or the details of some descriptions.I found them repulsive and in no way complimenting a book with so lyrical descriptions.But maybe that's just me.I'm no huge fan of human brain,or a picture of anything eating it,so maybe someone who enjoys those kind of details won't mind.
But what i hated most was that the romance in this book,and let's not fool ourselves,this is,or at least was,a romance book,was amputated.Someway along Elizabeth's lust for kill and those nasty details of killings any attempt of anything romantic was impossible... I've read this book many times and not once did it fail to make me smile like an idiot when at last Elizabeth and Mr Darcy confess their emotions to each other.But not with this book.
Summarizing,there wasn't a single think i liked about this book and i somewhat felt that Grahame-Smith took a masterpiece and turned it to something completely mediocre.But maybe that's just me.Maybe someone who absolutely loves zombies see something in this book that i failed to.I certainly didn't feel that this book needed the addition of anything to become better.The prototype is as great as it could be.(less)
When i bought this book i had no expectations whatsoever despite the many good reviews it has recieved.And i'm glad that it lived up to its good revie...moreWhen i bought this book i had no expectations whatsoever despite the many good reviews it has recieved.And i'm glad that it lived up to its good reviews.There wasn't a single thing i didn't like about this book.The characters were as if alive and acting on their own volition,with flaws yet loveable...Katsa is a strong female protagonist who finds her prince,but doesn't need him to protect her and can definitely lead her steps without a male bossing her around.She's a character that a girl or woman reader can easily identify parts of herself in her and to be honest it was an oasis in the dessert of the mass of books with female protagonists who hide themselves behind a guy. As i said,i enjoyed this book from the first till the last page and i can't wait to read the next books in the series.(less)
I must admit it!I first noticed this book because of it's beautiful cover!Then i read the summary,saw that it was a story of angels and knew i had to...moreI must admit it!I first noticed this book because of it's beautiful cover!Then i read the summary,saw that it was a story of angels and knew i had to read it immediately!Fortunately,the cover wasn't misleading and the book itself was better than its cover!
I have a thing for stories with angels so i have read a number of books that involve them but Angel Star is one of my favourite.I really enjoyed the writing style,it was so detailed that i actually could picture myself almost everything.And the romance... was just wonderful...Although the heroine falls for the cute guy immediately (something i'm not a big fan of in most books) here i didn't seem to mind it.The way Murgia described how Teagan felt about Garreth made me actually remember a bit the way i felt for my first teenage crush!
I loved Teagan,she was your typical teenager,with all the insecurities of that age,but when the time came she managed to rise above the occasion and do what she had to.I also loved the fact that by the end,Teagan was not the good girl that had no dark side or temptations and she actually akwnoledged that and had to fight with her inner desires.Somehow this fact made her a more believable character.
I also loved Hadrian... He was the kind of bad guy you love to hate!But my favourite character in this book might as well be Claire!Although her part in this story wasn't that big she was a wonderful side character i really enjoyed reading about.
The plot was fast paced,always something happening and even when i thought that at last everything was settled,once more everything turned upside down.It was a book full of surprises,and a really promising debut novel!I can't wait for the sequel!
Falling Under is among those books,which started as being very promising and ended up being a bit of a disappointment...
Gwen Hayes's writing style is more than beautiful and lyrical...It's also dark and has a gothic feeling to it but it's beautiful nevertheless!I couldn't help but feel,especially at the beggining of this book,like I was hearing a very specific song by Iron Maiden while reading this book!Especially the scene with the macabre waltz just kept bringing to my mind Dance of Death by Iron Maiden...I don't know if the writer had something like that in mind,but the reference was there for me!And I loved that feeling.I loved that this story seemed darker and the fact that the characters were well built and not only the main ones.For once,I actually looked forward to reading more the scenes where Theia is with her friends rather than with her love interest Haden....It's not that the romance scenes didn't have a certain interest,it's just that I found really well written the other ones!Plus those that represent and analyze Theia's strange relationship with her father. To sum it up,for the first half of this book,I was more than enjoyed that I picked up this specific title.
But unfortunatelly that feeling lasted only until Haden revealed his true nature to Theia,and soon after that,when he decides to leave her in peace,all the story took the downhill for me...Where should I start?From the fact that Theia after that point started reacting like a really spoiled child or from the other fact that she so easily decided to put everything and everyone aside to be with the love of her life?For the first half of the book Theia reacts more or less rational,although being overly restricted by her father,but still,her reactions to Haden's absence are a bit overstreched.Plus,whereas firstly she wasn't certain about her feelings to Haden,as soon as he tells her that he's leaving,all of the sudden she decides he means the world to her and she should abandon everything just to be with him...Not to mention that this decision of hers to be with Haden at his realm would ultimatelly drive her insane... So not healthy for a heroine to sacrifice her life for her teen crush...
In general,the second half of this book is not as good as the first,despite the fact that towards the ending my interest was again picked up,but I can't help but mention that this book,has a few similarities with the famous Twilight Saga...I know I should try to stop searching for similarities while reading a book,and in most cases I succeed in doing so,but not when those similarities are thrown directly in my face.From Haden's attempts to turn Theia away from him cause he's the bad guy...(really the fact that Theia herself makes sthe direct mention to sparkling vampires does't help the case) to the pet name Haden uses to address Theia, "lamb" (again,what's with the weird pet names like lamb or pussycat?) and all those references to soul and how Haden was afraid that Theia put in danger her soul by being with him,any originality I first found in this book,was immediately reduced...And it's sad cause clearly,Gwen Hayes,after thinking of creating such a creepy detailed world,could have avoided something like this,especially since we're talking about details here and not the main plot...
In conclusion,Falling Under,began as a quite pleasant read and turned by the end to something far less enjoyable and not original.It's not a book I really struggled to read,but not one I will read again... As for the sequel,should it get published I may give it a chance,but not that I'm dying to...
I really,really enjoyed reading Dead Beautiful!I practically devoured it and yes,in this book's case,a beautiful cover comes along with a beautiful story!
First of all,what I liked most was the writing style!Full of beautiful images and sceneries and lyrical that could practicaly make you "travel" to the world Yvonne Woon created! The characters were well developed,substancial and their actions weren't rushed to reveal anything,what was to be revealed,it was in the right moment under the right circumstances.At last,I got a book in my hands,were I could actually not guess immediately what kind of power Renee possesed or what kind of paranormal creatures she was dealing with.Yvonne Woon crafted her story in such a way,were the element of mystery and surprise was well preserved and well handled!
I really liked Renee as a character,As I said,the characters were well developed and as such,I could relate to Renee and sympathise with her.Same goes with Dante. On the plus side,the romantic side of the story was again, well developed,with an even pace,with no premature declarations of undying love,so that the reader could "see" the romance between the main characters gradually developing.
I only have two drawbacks to mention. One,is that, at least (and hopefully only) in the beggining of the story, the circumstances under Renee and Dante met and some of their dialogues reminded me quite a lot of Twilight.It didn't spoil the fun of the book surely,but I really believed that they could easily be avoided. The other is that by the ending,I found the whole universe a bit complicated and couldn't actually understand some things (can't really state them right now cause that would be a huge spoiler).I mean,from the explanations given,I couldn't understand why certain things were allowed to happen amidst a so strict environment.Anyway,those things might pretty well get explained in the sequel that's soon coming and I'm eagerly awaiting to read!(less)
Angelfire is a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading!From the first until the last page it was among those books that constantly surprised me in a good way and a book I couldn't stop reading till I reached the very last page.
I have said quite a number of times that I have a soft spot for angel stories.I've read books about angels that weren't something amazing and just because the story was about angels I just loved them.Angelfire isn't among those books.Moulton would succeed in writing an interesting story regardless the main theme. The writing style is fresh and away from the typical cliches you usually find in books with such a popular theme. For one,the romance was there from day one of the story but it bloomed slowly,something that gains much points of appreciation in my mind.Despite the fact that Ellie reincarnates every few years and knows Will for many centuries the romance is as fresh as the turns in their relationship and the changes in Ellie's personality.Moulton didn't use reincarnation as an easy way to make her heroes fall in love easily.Quite the opposite... As a result,the romance is more believable and one of my favorite aspects in this book.
Ellie is a well built character and the reader gets to know more about her and about the whole world building along with her.Will is yet another strong but with his own problems male protagonist,yet in many ways he manages to stand out and make you remember him.
But the thing I enjoyed the most was Moulton's ability to write the action scenes.Angelfire is full of action scenes almost from the very beggining of the book and Moulton's ability to describe those is brilliant.The battles are almost coming alive thus making this book appealing to any urban fantasy lover.I just loved those scenes! I also loved the ending scene.Usually I just don't remember anything about the exact ending scene of a book except if it's a cliffhanger.But Angelfire ended in a really memorable way at least for me.It was almost like a movie scene.I got a Matrix feeling with the way Ellie gave the last battle of this book and I couldn't help myself but smirk with the lines.
All in all,Angelfire is an amazing debut novel and I can't wait to see how the story progresses and what more can Moulton do in the sequel!(less)
At last,the final installment of Vampire Academy series got in my hands and i couldn't be more excited about it! Having read it,i'm left with a bittersweet kind of feeling!
I loved Richelle's Mead world and to be honest i didn't want it to end...The fact that a spin off series is on the make is something, definitely,but i don't think it would be like Vampire Academy.And not because it won't be that good.There's no way i know it that just yet and it's most certain that i will read this series as well.It's just that since i already know this world and the characters more or less,it won't leave me with that feeling of amazeness you get once you get in your hands something that's really good and unique in many ways.And that is what this series was for me.An amazing and unique series with a cast of memorable characters!
But let's stop beating around the bush and get straight to the point...Last Sacrifice was good,really good!I couldn't put my hads off the book,each time i had to stop reading i was actually experiencing a feel of deprevation,that's how i loved this book.Evenly paced,mysterious filled and i must say once more that i love the way Mead handles two worlds simultaneously.We've seen it before in Vampire Academy were Rose was in Siberia,in her other series Dark Swan as well and in Last Sacrifice that ability is yet again evident.Mead handles delicately the transitions between Rose's and Lissa's adventures and the reader is never in loss.Rose may be away from Lissa but still,we get to know every huge thing that happens to her.The only difference in this book is the fact that since there were many things to say and many things to be done for this story to end,some characters that were in previous books much more active,in this one were more or less absent.Christian was definitely one and Adrian another.But i don't complain...With so many things going on it was either that or a book that long that would lose it's essense i'm afraid.So, no complaints here whatsoever.
Before i continue,i must note that from here under there will be spoilers in my review.I hate to include spoilers in any review i write but i'm afraid that in this case i must make an exception.
As i said,i really liked this book,but some things just held me from being completely amazed with it as i was with the previous books in this series.Maybe it's the fact that Richelle Mead has really spoiled us,delivering books that never cease to amaze you and i just kind of awaited that Last Sacrifice would have that something that would take me over the edge.For one thing,Last Sacrifice,for all the hunting and suspence it definitely had,was no action filled at all.No battle,no anything.And let's be honest,that was something we all kind of waited in the last installment of this series.But no.And although i didn't actually feel that the book was lacking in any department i kind of awaited for a battle of some sort.
Also,what happened to Rose or Dimitri?Dimitri especially was not himself at all!We got to know him as a badass combat god but in Last Sacrifice was more of a puppy.And i swear if he continued for long with that attitude that he would do whatever Lissa wanted him to i would be seriously freaked out...Fortunately he didn't but only to find himself apprehensive towards Rose for any other reasons...Anyway,i wanted to read about a Dimitri like he was in those first books of the series and not about a that much changed Dimitri but ok.It's Dimitri,so i take him as a favorite character anyway!
Lastly,Both Lissa's sibling as well as Tatiana's murderer were a bit of surprises...I kind of knew the murderer after a point but still it was a surprise and despite the motives...well,i kind of hoped for someone else.Anyway,the book leaved many things just hanging there but since Richelle Mead says that this happened as kind of an introduction for the spin off series,i take her word for granted and wait to see how things will evolve then.
All in all,Last Sacrifice was not my perfect ending in all ways,but a happy ending nevertheless for pretty much everyone...And those characters that were left without closure i guess will have to continue their story later.The bittersweet feeling i was left when i finished the book though,was more because i was sad to see this series end and less because i expected anything else of this book.After all,if a writer wrote whatever the readers expected that would hardly make him a succesfull one.And no matter what,Richelle Mead is one of the best authors out there!(less)
OMG!!!!There are not many things i can say about Perfect Chemistry except that i enjoyed every single page in this book!I can't remember when was the...moreOMG!!!!There are not many things i can say about Perfect Chemistry except that i enjoyed every single page in this book!I can't remember when was the last time i got so engrossed in a book that i lost track of time.Surely i've read other amazing books but nothing like it!
I loved Elkeles's characters.Not only Brittany and Alex but Shelley,Paco,Isabel,all the characters in this book felt like being right!I liked Brittany for how she handled her problems and even when imprisoned in her very own image she didn't stop to amaze me.I loved Alex for the way he cared about the people he loved,even if he claimed that he didn't care about anyone else but himself.
I really can go on and on with all the things i like,but the truth is that there wasn't anything that i didn't like about this book.I don't know if it had any flaws,and to be honest i don't care... I was so enjoying myself that any flaws,if there were,went unnoticed.
I wanna thank my friend Giota who recommended this book to me and insisted i read it,and once more,her recommendation was amazing and now i'm only eager to read anything else by Simone Elkeles and certainly the next book in the series Rules of Attraction!
Spider's Bite is an amazing first book to an urban fantasy series that promises to become even more exciting in the books to come.It's been quite some time since the last time I picked an urban fantasy title,and boy did I miss them!And Spider's Bite was just the perfect book to make me crave for even more!
Jennifer Estep's writing style is really good.Fast paced,straight to the point and with an ability to create such fully developed characters that you can feel her heroes feelings.I liked Gin from the very first pages.It's not that common to have an assassin as the main character.Assassins are in most cases the bad guys and to have one as the actual good guy was what intrigued me in buying this book.And Estep's portraying of her assassin hero didn't disappoint me in the least. Surely, Gin is ruthless,cold blooded and with no feeling of remorse towards her killings,but she is also devoted and strong willed,courageous and ready to die for those she loves,qualities that make an amazing heroine. I've read in many reviews that what bothered most readers in Gin was that she acted more like a guy and less like a woman or that they didn't like her advances towards Caine but for me,all those things are what made Gin an unforgettable character and what I loved most about her. I've grown tired of damsells in distress,waiting for their men to save them and save the day in the end of the book.Gin has no need of a white knight or anything.She's perfectly capable of taking care of herself and the other's around her and I so much enjoyed that she was the one to save men around her and not the other way around!
The plot was action packed and fast paced,leaving little time for the reader to get bored or tired.In general,Spider's Bite was a really good book in a series that from what everything indicates will only become better.The only things that bothered me a bit were two: That Donovan Caine was a bit of an irritating character and a bit narrow minded for my taste and the fact that same sentences kept appearing the whole time.All those "mmmmmmmm's" and "sloppy,sloppy,sloppy" and the way Gin arranged her knives really distracted me after seeing them thrice or more.But in whole,those two things didn't spoil the fun of the book for me and didn't keep me from ordering the next book in the series as soon as I finished reading this one.
All in all,Spider's Bite is a book I highly recommend to all urban fantasy lovers and one I can't wait to read its sequel! (less)
Chloe Neil's debut novel is,in my opinion,very promising!I was pleasurably surprised with Some Girls Bite,although i wasn't thrilled about it.
I really liked the story,it was a new and fresh addition in the vampire universe that i didn't expect.The vampire society structure was something i haven't read before and although i found it a bit strange,i have to admit that Neil put much thought to create the background of her book.I mean,ok,in Hammilton's Anita Blake series,vampires are also known to everyone,but here it was completely different.The House's system was a fresh addition that i loved!I didn't love though the restraints by which they lived... Beeing allowed to make only a handful of vampires every once in a while...?That's so un-vampire like!
I also really liked Merit!She was a complete character,with flaws,who actually thought before acting,and who throughout the book was consistent.From the first pages,she is unwilling with her new vampire status and although she's trying to adjust at her new life,she doesn't jump from unwilling to big fan of vampires.I loved that part of her,mostly because in most books,all the heroines,although moaning from the start about the bad things in their lives,sooner than later forget everything.
What i didn't like was that this was supposed to be an action packed romance but i saw little of both... The romance,well,just didn't exist.Apart from an attraction there wasn't much else... And the hot vampire Master,well,he also didn't do anything to deserve the title!He looks like Beckham and that's all???Come on,i don't even like Beckham to be honest!And as far as the action scenes are concerned,they too were unsatisfactory not to mention non existent.
I also have to say that this book took me an awful lot time to read it and that's not a good sign for any book.I found myself tired at times with all the vampire politics and the Canon by which they lived and although i think it was necessary to describe some things in order to understand how the author imagined her world,i also think that it could be done with less details.It took a lot of time to pick up the pace and by the end i felt that it had more to give.
In overall,keeping in mind that it was a debut novel,it was a decent book and i feel that the second one in the series will be better,at least it will be free of any vampire politics unless necessary!(less)
2.5 stars The Iron Witch,left me with somehow mixed emotions.Although i wasn't really amazed by it,i can't say i didn't like it at all either.There were times i was really excited with it and eager to know how things evolved and times were i was a bit bored.I just couldn't get into this book,no matter how much i wanted it.
I was more than excited when i picked up this book.It was among those books that i wanted to read as soon as i saw that gorgeous cover and read the interesting premise.And the story in this book is really interesting.And well written.My problem was that despite of those facts,i couldn't care about what happened in the story.Maybe it's just me and i wasn't in the right mood to read this book.I honestly can't say.
My main problem was that i felt that everything in this story were a bit rushed.The romance between the heroes was rushed.The explanations for the world again were quickly given and everything the heroine, Donna, needed was again right in front of her.I mean,she wanted to find her abducted friend,voila,she was able after a good guess to find him.She needed something very well hidden,again,she only needed a good guess,a little effort,and she had it in her hands.I don't know if that happened because the book is so small.Maybe that's the case.But after how quickly and easily Donna found what happened to Navin,i just had lost my interest. Again,i have to point that maybe that's just me.To anyone else,maybe this book is a small and cute and wonderful story wrapped in a gorgeous package.Which it is!
The Iron Witch is a cute story,set in an interesting world.The writing style is good and i really enjoyed the pictures Karen Mahoney was able to draw in her book.I just wanted something more to hold my interest. I really liked Donna, her character and the way she delt with problems.I found interesting her friendship with Navin.I couldn't care less about Xan,her love interest.Really,although he made quite an impression on me when he first appeared,that interest was short lived.He was just a secondary character,standing beside Donna,eager to help her with anything! And the Order of the Dragons...For such a major and long lived alchemist order,i found a bit naive the way one of their own was able to steal their property.
Anyway,The Iron Witch is surely a fun way to spend your hours and due to the fact it's small you propably won't even notice when you'll reach the last page.I just wish the writer would delve into some more details,at least on the suspence scenes.To be honest,i'm not sure i will read the next installment but i'm also a bit curious,so who knows!
Amazing book!In a world where immortality is a reality for everyone what would you think would happen with the next generations?This book takes almost...moreAmazing book!In a world where immortality is a reality for everyone what would you think would happen with the next generations?This book takes almost everyone's secret desire to live forever and makes it a horrible reality.Malley really thought of what would happen and wrote an unbelievable book!Characters that i find myself thinking even after i finished the book and a plotline that left me sleepless!A must read!(less)