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
A Touch Mortal was a major disappointment, at least for me...I was so eager to get this book in my hands,what with the interesting premise and the beautiful cover,only to feel majorly let down pretty soon with this book.
You know that feeling when you open a book and from the very first pages you know you'll end up loving it or hating it?Well,with A Touch Mortal I kind of knew that I would have a problem with this book as soon as the second chapter began.I mean,the first chapter introduces the reader to the 3 main characters of this story,Eden,Az and Gabriel.Az shows an immediate attraction to Eden and flirts her with some lines I really don't want to think about and I know that if someone hit me with those,I would start running like mad away from him... Anyway,I tried to get past those lines.After all it was only the first chapter,way too early to make assumptions.But when the second chapter began and we had skipped pages in the story,and Az and Eden not only were together but already declaring their undying love to each other,well,to say the least I was tempted to put this book down immediately...
I really can't tell what twisted idea made me continue reading.After all,I'm not really famous with my patience and when I don't like something, I just skip it.But all the glowing reviews that promised that after a rough start this book was more or less fantastic,I decided to give it a try. True,after a couple of chapters,things got better but only slightly.At least for me.After all,not everyone likes the same things... I just couldn't get into this book at all.The characters were a bit flat,I couldn't like or relate to anyone and the story was chaotic. Leah Clifford tried to do something really extraordinary,at least that was my opinion while trying to understand the world building,but somewhere lost it among the lines.Details where slowly given to the reader in order to understand certain things,but at most times I just felt lost,like I should have known something crucial,only I had skip certain classes when the lesson was given.
To be honest,somewhere after the middle of this book I felt so tired with it and so unwilling to read even a single page that I just left it aside.Reading is all about fun and recreation time,I never thought of it as a duty and never felt obliged to finish a book I just can't bring myself to like.So,I think that if up until the middle of this book I couldn't care about the story,things wouldn't improve later,even if the story did get better.A Touch Mortal is just a book whose story didn't appeal to me in any way...
I'm always sad when I write a bad review,both for the writer and the book itself.But on the other hand I can't lie and praise a book I struggled to read.A Touch Mortal wasn't the book for me but there are many readers out there that did enjoy this book despite the fact I couldn't see why....more
What an incredible,fantastic and totally engrossing fairy tale The False Princess is!Honestly,I just couldn't put the book down,while the whole time I felt that I was living myself in this wonderful world!
I can't even remember how many years have passed dince I last read something even close to a fairy tale.Though I loved them as a child and still have a soft spot for those kind of stories,it's been years since I read one!Surely,I never lose a chance to watch a Disney classic,but a fairy tale for older kids was something I haven't tried yet! And The False Princess was the perfect choice for me to make the start!
Eilis O' Neal writes brilliantly!All the world she created,with the princesses,the magic and the contant twists and turns in the story,made it totally impossible for me to put this book down.I may be slept deprieved,but this book actually deserved it! Everything in this story is woven brilliantly and the outcome is an irresistible book. From Sinda and Kiernan,the main protagonists,to all those plots woven around the kingdom and the throne,The False Princess is a book that will keep you focused the whole time! It's a multi-layered (for lack of a better word!) book,that follows Sinda a.k.a. the false princess,first through her life in the castle,later,struggling to cope with the new parameters in her life while living with her aunt,then,trying to become the better she could along with a bit eccentric witch and finally on her tries to unfold a terrible plot against the throne.It's safe to say,that after finishing this book I kind of felt that I had read 3 books instead of one,but I wasn't tired of it a bit!
Sinda's character is among my favorites!Although she started as a girl who thought had everything set in her life and she almost come off at times with no will to struggle she ended up by the end of the book,strong minded and ready to give even her own life for what she thought was right and just!The character development in her case was quite impressive!Kiernan on the other hand is... just amazing!The perfect mate for Sinda and their romance is slow going and when it does bloom,all the more worthy! Apart from the main characters,O' Neal manages to create a set of interesting and well developed side characters!
As for the plot,is a total page turner!I really don't want to say many about it for fear of revealing anything because believe me,what makes this story so good are the constant twists!
All in all,The False Princess is a book I honestly recommend to everyone!It's a fairy tale that will charm younger as well as older reading audiences!...more
While reading Head Games,what I mostly felt was... frustration!Don't get me wrong here,I really liked Head Games and I wasn't frustrated with the story,or the writing style,or the book,I was just mostly frustrated with what happened in the book.
Let me elaborate.Head Games is the story of Taylor,a really good basketball player,who as much confident as she is inside the court,her lack of self-confidence outside of it becomes the source of some major problems and misunderstandings that threaten her social status but most importantly her own dreams...All those misunderstandings and drama in this book,just left me feeling frustrated about Taylor but most importantly,with her as a character.There's a definite line between being sweet and polite and being a victim...And Taylor.as it's stated in the book,clearly can't discern that line...The story evolves around a short period of Taylor's life shortly before her school's basketball team play-offs.Add to that the fact that she has to help her friend and be her model for a fashion show and the sudden interest towards her of some of the school's most popular boys,and especially Zach's who is the ex of a super jealous teammate and Taylor's long time crush, and one can only imagine how much drama can erupt from all that!And believe me,one thing this book has in abundance is exactly that...teen drama!
Despite the fact that the language and the structure of this book was aimed to a younger audience than myself (and it's the first time I feel that way about a YA book,usually I'm a sucker for this genre) I did enjoy myself while reading it.That is when I wasn't frustrated with Taylor or mad with Kylie's (the super jealous ex/teammate) uncharacteristic behavior... But that means that I "lived" the story,so thumps up for the writer!
Having been a basketball player myself,I really enjoyed the descriptions of the games and the dynamics that were formed inside the team.But I have to admit that they striked me as a bit unrealistic or outstreched at times (in favor of maximizing the drama I already mentioned).Surely,there are rivalries inside a team,everyone can't get along perfectly but seriously,what player who fancies him/herself to be or become professional jeopardises the team's future over boys of all things?Surely,I had a teammate who always tried to get me a black eye (certainly not over a boy let me clear...) every time the coach couldn't watch her but that was on practice,never in any official game.Taylor's meltdown during a game,just because she saw a boy watching her or Kylie's horrendous behavior because she was ditched made me roll my eyes a bit to be honest,especially when the coach (who had some amazing ideas to bring the team together, mind you) just didn't put them both on the bench...
Anyway,Head Games was a light and fun read,cause despite the drama,there were some hilarious dialogues in it!I devoured it in a matter of hours!...more
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa is not just an amazing book... it's fantastic and magical too!One of those books that stay with you long after you finished reading it with its beautiful and lyrical images and descriptions.To say I just enjoyed reading it would be an understatement!Try being exstatic about it better!
Before picking this book I was somewhat apprehensive towards it,despite the many good reviews I had seen and the opinion of people I know and take into serious consideration their opinion.I have to admit that although I've read and enjoyed some YA books about fey,I wasn't really thrilled with any of those,and I was especially afraid of The Iron Fey series due to the many references to Shakespeare's work.I've read a book with such references in the past and I didn't enjoy it in the least.So,I was a bit reluctant,but quickly I understood how wrong I was... Definitely,there are some references to Shakespeare's work but only a few and only at the beggining.Julie Kagawa,took the characters of a very famous play and put them in a unique and smartly woven story creating a wonderful world and background for her book!
What I mostly loved though in Iron King are two things.Firstly the idea between the Iron Fey!Julie Kagawa took the fey myth one step further,creating a new race of fey,the result of people's dreams of technological progress!As soon as I reached that part of the book I was astonished by the very idea that our own dreams and aspirations have such a huge impact on Kagawa's fey world.I haven't come across such an idea ever and I was totally fascinated by it! But apart the very idea of the Iron Fey,the other thing I really enjoyed is Jagawa's writing itself.A lyrical and mesmerizing writing,full of pictures and wonderful sceneries!In most books,the author just takes the reader by the hand and explains to him/her how the world is built and what's going on,but Kagawa instead,took the reader by the hand and shown him in perfect details how her world is built! While reading The Iron King,I felt that the author just "made" me take a deep breath and immerge into her magical world and by the end of the book,I didn't want to come back to reality!
The characters are well developed,maybe I'd like to see something more about Puck,but ok that's what the sequels are for!,and the romance has the exact pace I love!Not too quick,or too late in the story,believable all the way! I loved Meghan and her sense of duty towards her family,plus her reactions to everything new and astounding.Ash,is the bad boy I love reading about and I can't wait to see more about him and Puck is the exact opposite of Ash,adding to the whole story and love triangle even more!
All in all,there's not a single thing I can find to start complaining about this book,other than what was I thinking when I didn't order the whole series at once!Now,I just have to wait for the mailman to finally bring me The Iron Daughter to see how the story continues! I totaly recommend this series to any YA lover!...more
I've been dying to read Bloodlines,well,since the very first time I heard about the new spin off series by Richelle Mead!You see,I can't even describe how much I like the Vampire Academy series and since I heard there's more to come in the same universe,I knew I just had to read it!
Having actually read Bloodlines,one thing I can say for sure:Richelle Mead is so,so talented,that even when her story isn't exactly breathtaking,she still manages to grab her reader's interest and entertain him/her! It's quite obvious,that I just couldn't make myself regard Bloodlines as one of the best books Richelle Mead has ever written.It was good,but not nearly as good as some of her other books.I somehow found Bloodlines lacking of inspiration.Mead took her good and tested formula of Vampire Academy and kind of reproduced it.We again have a private school,though of a different nature,Sydney takes Roses place (kind of),Jill Lisa's and we even get to have another well known kind of relationship between two characters (I'm not gonna state what kind of relationship,don't like to include any spoilers). Anyway,Bloodlines,is more or less a copy of Vampire Academy,but with considerably less action and romance.I didn't mind so much the lack of romance,it was understandable under the circumstances (though I seriously hope that will change in the next book) but the lack of action bugged me a lot.I'm so used to the well planned and even better delivered action scenes Mead has in almost all her books I've read so far,that I terribly missed them in Bloodlines.There's still some action,but only some...And even if the book was fast paced after somewhere in the middle of the story (the first half was kind of slow) that didn't compensate me by any means.
I really don't need to say much about the characters in this book,or Mead's ability to create memorable and well developed characters.If she managed to transform the forgetable Sydney of the Vampire Academy series to the leading and totally memorable Sydney of Bloodlines,well,that in my book means she can do anything! Adrian is our well known and beloved Adrian,though I'll just say it,even as the leading male,didn't manage to make me swoon over him.Maybe his role wasn't that big,maybe the fact he mostly beat himself over Rose (which I totally understand,but still,it didn't help me see him as hotness incarnate),tha fact is,I'm kind of still waiting to see more of Adrian. Jill is the same sweet girl of VA,but we slowly start to see her transformation into a beautiful woman and Eddie,well,I loved him as a character from before,my fondness of him continues even more so here!
All in all,Bloodlines,may not have been the mindblowing book I kind of expected it to be,but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy myself while reading it or that I was disappointed by any means!Thinking of it,I just can't dislike anything Richelle Mead writes...I love her writing style and I think she's one of the best YA (and UF) writers out there.So,even if Bloodlines didn't exactly rock my world,all I can think now that I finished it is how much time do I have to wait for the next book!...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
I'm afraid that Demon Kissed was not exactly the book for me...Certainly the premise of this book sounded exactly like something I would enjoy,having read it,well,I can't say I enjoyed Demon Kissed half as much as I expected.
My main problem with this book was the writing style for two reasons,and one of them might actually be my fault but then agian, I'm not so sure about it... Let me elaborate.One reason I didn't like the writing style was that especially at the beggining of this book,there were many repetitions of the same phrases and words.And I'm not even talking about the typos,which unfortunately where many...I mean I finished reading one sentence and not long after that I would reread something similar.That threw me off completely.It wasn't some kind of editing mistake or a typo as I said earlier, it was just a repetition of the same sentence written in slightly different words (well,that actually is an editing mistake,cause it could be easily fixed but you know what I mean...). Anyway,after a while I came over that fact,I got used to it and it didn't bother me as much as in the beggining,but the damage was done...I was a bit tired and couldn't completely focus on the story.
My second problem,was the story itself and the way it was written.And here is why I think that might be my personal problem and not a fault of the book itself...As I have already said in the past,English is not my first language,so whenever there is something I don't really get,or I have some gaps in the story,I'm always afraid that it may be my fault and not the story's.Although I don't encounter that problem really often,I'm always wondering... The storyline of Demon Kissed,although really good and clever and something I would immensely enjoy in any other case,failed to appeal to me cause throughout the whole book I felt that it was all over the place...Things kept happening all the time with no apparent explanation, just to serve the plot.In some cases,there were given some explanations but really late in the story and believe me by then the damage was done.But most things just went unexplained. As for example why oh why every single person surrounding Ivy,especially from her school environment, was either Martis or Valefar (good and bad guys respectively)...Every single person in Ivy's school is a good or a bad guy...And besides the obvious question how they all knew where to gather at once I also wonder for one other thing...Why would some creatures living for millenia,soldiers of an ancient war would spend their time going to school and doing homework!Are they all possessed by some kind of compulsion to go to school?Or did they go there just to be near the heroine and play their part when it's needed according to the plot?The second is most likely the correct guess but still I need a reason.Call me compulsive,but I want the things in the books I read to happen for a reason,silly or not,otherwise I feel like something is missing...
The storyline of Demon Kissed was full of things that happened for no apparent reasons,and the plot though interesting had some rather huge holes...And here is where doubting myself and my knowledge of English language begins.The story had indeed all those holes or I just couldn't grasp all the inner meanings?Since though I can usually discern the motives in almost every book I read,I'm tending to believe that there weren't any inner meanings for my to comprehend and the plot holes are a fact,but I always like to give the benefit of the doubt...
Anyway, as one can guess, because of the things stated above I struggled to finish this book,and by the end I couldn't appreciate neither the constant twists in the story,nor the fact that Ivy was a quite well developed character.But just Ivy...The rest characters, were just surrounding her.
So,although the story of Demon Kissed,no matter what,was interesting,I can't bring myself to continue with this series.The ending was a bit cliffhangerish and even though I'm wondering how things will wrap up,I won't pick up the sequel......more
If someone would ask me to describe Clarity in only three words,that's what pops in my mind immediatelly: Brilliant,Magical and Fascinating! Clarity by Kim Harrington is easily among the best books I've read this year and among the best YA books I have ever read in general!
It's an extremelly well written book,with a good plot,not that predictable at least for me.Granted I had my suspects narrowed down to 2 but still I kept wondering the whole time until the final revelation...The characters are simply amazing!One would wonder how in such a small book there would be enough character development along with everything else going on,but Harrington managed just fine to progress everything in an amazing way.So,you see Clare's character unfold and develop along with the mystery of the plot throughout the whole book. Harrington isn't going around the bush.She immediatelly starts her story,she gives you even clues right from the very first page of the story,a fact that made me go back to that first page the whole time...You see I wanted to find the killer before everything and that first page kept calling me the whole time!
I loved Clare!Her perception of the world,how she dealt with her being a psychic and her whole peers mocking at her,the way she tried to do the best for her and her family along with her sense of duty towards society.Clare is your typical teenager,with all the needs and wants and problems a typical teen has but with a special ability to deal with along with everything else.I loved the way she was in terms with hers and her family's abilitities but down to the bottom all she wanted was normalcy.Such a thing shows deep self knowledge and made Clare all the more believable. I enjoyed her strange mother and her brother.Although,as side characters they weren't in the front line the whole time,I found them equally believable and with a fair share in the progress of the story.
Clarity is a bit unusual as well.Many YA novels (at least the one's I've read and those I'm picking!) have a good amount of romance among their plots,a romance that is touchable from the first pages and a romantic interest or two that are also quite evident.But Clarity is a bit different!Although there is some romance,although you get your romantic interests of the hero,you don't get declarations of undying love,or even a full formed romantic relationship!And despite the fact,to be honest nowadays I really want my books with a fair amount of the romantic element,I just couldn't care about it less!After all,the romantic element is present,just not all the time!And no need to mention that this fact leaves room for all kind of possibilities for the sequel!
As I said from the beggining of this review,Clarity is among the best books I've ever read and as such,I recommend it to anyone!It's a fast paced,beautifully written novel by an author whose work I will check from now on!...more
What can i possibly say about Elixir... Where should i start and where should i stop... Well, I'll start by saying that by all means,as soon as i saw that Hilary Duff was writing a book i just really wanted to read it.Then,i saw that beautiful cover,read the blurb and thought "Ok, that really seems if not interesting,definitely intriguing!I must get my hands on a copy immediatelly!" I'm not a huge fan of Hilary Duff,I've seen some of her movies surely and find her really sweet but i'm not crazy about her work.I'm just fond of it.But believe me when i say that i started reading this book with the best intentions and actually quite sure i'd like it.Now that i finished reading it,i'm not so sure why i was so freaked about it or if i even liked it at all.Let me eleborate...
As soon as i started reading Elixir i felt like hearing Hilary Duff narrating the story.It was not so much because i was prejudiced (after all she is the writer... i think) but more because the beggining of this book looked like one of her movies and the heroine, one Hilary herself would play.Anyway,after a certain point, which fortunatelly was soon,i stopped hearing voices in my head,something that let me concentrate more on the book itself.But i have to say that at times, i felt that this book was written by two different persons or else the writing style and pace were terribly uneven...There were times the writing style was girlish and others it was somewhat more serious and adult and the main heroine herself,Clea,was having the exact same problem.There were times she was acting like a 17 year old she was and others like a 30 year old all adult and that.I don't know if that was intentional,but if it was,it was a bit sloppy.
As i said,the writing was a bit uneven but on the plus side i wasn't really bored either,especially if you think that i read 327 pages where absolutelly nothing happens... Coming to think of it,it's a wonder how i read it!But i did,so at least that counts for something right?I don't usually continue reading a book if i'm not liking it at all.
The characters were flat and i couldn't connect with any of them.One bright exception is Rayna,Clea's best friend who although wasn't participating in the better part of the book,at least she was fun to read and felt more real...All the other characters were just a huge .... blah ....!They weren't developed at all and all their actions were deliberate,serving a non existent plot.Don't even ask me how that is even possible...Duff decided to write a book about soulmates, she thought that a good way to solve the problem of how those soulmates would meet,would be partly reincarnation and partly a mysterious elixir and voila...you have the plot of this book!Just like that, without much explanation or justification!Believe me,don't expect anything else!And maybe,i just say maybe,i could overcome a bit that total lack of a plot if at least the characters or the romance where sufficient and could take my mind off the naive plotline.But unfortunatelly that didn't happen.Sage and Clea for soulmates just didn't connect,for me.There wasn't a spark,or at least i couldn't see one between them and to be honest after the way they declared their undying love i was seriously tempted to put this book down.But i was almost finished with it,so i just kept on reading.Oh,and one last thing...If i got to read one more time the word soul or soulmate i would seriously freak out!
Anyway,i'm always sad and reluctant to write a bad review but i can't lie either...Elixir,just didn't work for me although i really wanted it to.I picked this book with great excitement and i was a bit disappointed.Although,as i said,it was a quick read.This book is Duff's first attempt to write and i believe that with some practise and effort she will get better.After all,some of her descriptions of places were really good, something that shows that there's a certain talent after all! To sum up, there were good elements in this book,but the things that bothered me were significantly more....more
I find it really hard to write down a review about Deception...In overall,i liked it but coming to think of it,i was having a small problem at the beggining of this book.There were a number of things i found really hard to believe at but suprisingly,those didn't spoil the book for me.Let me explain...
At first,i was constantly thinking "You must be joking,right?".The main heroine,Emma,as soon as the book begins,is presented as home alone,completely abandoned by all of her family.But that isn't something new...Her parents are used to leave her alone and Emma doesn't find it odd...I did though.Especially when soon after the reader knows that something strange is going on with Emma's past,something that should mean that her parents should take better care of her...I tried to overcome that,though i didn't fully succeed,not even when i finished the book and some answers were given...I just hope that Nichols has a really good explanation for her parents' behavior in the sequel.As i said,i tried to forget about that,but for the first half of the book,things get happening that i just couldn't believe them at all.I don't want to elaborate further in fear of spoilers,so i will just generally say that,some of Emma's reactions to things could have been more believable if they were a little bit more explained.I mean,come on,who would be that insane to follow someone (granted you know that someone and have a crush on him,but let's not forget,he is in bad terms with your family) to another state,without questioning his motives further especially when you believe that he's lying and has forged your parents' signature.I can understand that she was hopeless not to turn in a foster home or something but she just accepted it just like that...I don't know,i may be really trying to find some plausibility in everything i read and tht's not something absolutely necessary but,that's who i am...I like my characters to justify their actions and not just act the way that serves the plot better and easier...
Anyway,apart those parts of the book where i found a little bit unbelievable,the book was really good.Nichols's writing style is fresh and really easily read ,something that i always like in books.The plot was good and unique and maybe that was why i was so bothered by some of the small inconsistencies.Since the book was so good on the major parts,i found it a bit sloppy for the details to be random.Since Nicholson clearly has the talent to create beautiful stories,she could make her characters justify their actions.
Emma was a nice character.Kind hearted,easy going and smart.Benett is also good,though absent in the better part of the book,but still he's a good male leading character.Strong and independent and with the will to fulfill whatever mission he believes in.I really liked him i have to say and found him a more believable character even if he was absent.The romance between them...just beautifully written!Although you don't get huge romance doses i believe that Nichols managed to maintain a perfect balance between the romantic,the mystery and the everyday life of her characters part.
All in all,it was a book worthy your time to read if you overcome some of the unbelievable parts of the plot.MAybe if you're not a schizo like me,you won't even mind or notice what bothered me so.Whatever the case might be,Deception is a really interesting YA novel with a plot that i found rather unique among the vampire and were hype. ...more
I can't believe what I'm about to say,but I didn't quite enjoy Chain Reaction as much as I expected to...I mean Reviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
I can't believe what I'm about to say,but I didn't quite enjoy Chain Reaction as much as I expected to...I mean, I was ecstatic as soon as I got this book in my hands and thrilled to be able to read it at last...Now I read it,I'm afraid that Chain Reaction is nothing like what I imagined and all in all,a book I won't really remember for that long.
First of all,the story was more or less the same once more.That,I expected,despite what I heard that this time around,a Fuentes boy would be the good one and his girl the more rebellious nature.I expected that much,cause hey,we're talking about a Fuentes here...!But what threw me off track was that Luis did,from the very beggining of the story,introduce himself as nothing like his brothers,more controlled sort of,only to forget every single good thing he did as soon as he set foot on his old home town.It's like Fairfield brings out the worst in all Fuentes! So,where's the need for them to move back,where everything seems to be standing in a balance ready to shatter? I know why!So as for Luis to have a reason to go all gangbanger! I mean, come on, why on earth would all Fuentes boys return to their hometown,where everything seem to stand on an easy truce and risk everything?I couldn't see the need and the fact that Luis only behaved as his brothers,who at least had some excuses or the need to do so,just threw me off completely.
Nikki on the other hand was a nice enough character I suppose,only I couldn't sympathise to her no matter what,and her cynicism,especially at the beggining didn't help matters.I got what she was going through,but still,I don't know I was a bit detached to her as a character and her personal story.
And now on to the romantic part of the story,which again,failed to grasp my interest miserably.I didn't care about their romance,whether they two ended up together or not,I just kept on reading in a sort of detached way,not really caring about what happened to both of them,and that is what astonished me more in Chain Reaction. I mean,Simone Elkeles is a gifted writer,she knows how to create multi dimensional characters,that are able to take the reader along with their journey,but in this case,no matter how good her characters were,they just failed to take me with them... I don't know if I should solely put the blame on having read the same story more or less previously...That didn't bother me with Rules of Attraction not one tiny bit...
All in all,Chain Reaction isn't a bad book,not even by a long shot...It's beautifully written,with well built characters and a story that flows easily,it just lacks the magic the previous two books in the series possess.That doesn't make a book bad,just not as good and magical as the others....more
I just loved,loved,adored Going too Far.Once i took this book in my hands, i just couldn't put it down until i reached the last page and even then i just wished there was more...!
It was a really easy and entairtening read and Echols' writing style was effortless and charming.The story progressed really smoothly and the sexual tension between the leading couple was yummy!Meg was quite an interesting character with her rebellious behavior which was clearly her reaction to something traumatic,a conclusion that was reinforced from her claustrophobia and panic attacks...I knew something had happened to her but what did happen to her,i really couldn't have imagined.The same goes with John...His behavior was odd and his obsession was, also,deriving from something traumatic,although in his case i understood quite quickly what had happened in his past.Despite the fact that i figured that out pretty quickly, it didn't spoil the fun of the story whatsoever!I just loved every single page of this book!
Your typical bad boy-good girl standard scenario was just reversed in Going too Far.I enjoyed reading a book were the "bad" or problematic behavior was a girl's thing rather than a boy's.I too find bad boys sexy but guess what,good ones are also equally sexy in the hands of a good writer!
There was though one thing i didn't like or rather didn't find quite believable...(it's a small spoiler so i warn you before you go on reading,not a huge one and something you get to know pretty soon in the book,but i hate even the smallest spoilers,so i only find it fair to warn) I found it really hard to believe that anyone could actually mistake a 19 year old boy for a 40.I mean come on,i know there are people who look older or younger than their true age (people have actually thought i was 14 when actually i was 21 so i know what i'm saying) but 20s and 40s are a huge age gap. But that fact didn't make me like the book any less,i just found it a little bit hard to believe.Once i put that behind me (and believe me i put it quite quickly!) i was totally sucked in Meg's world!
All in all,it was a book i thoroughly enjoyed and i can't wait to read Jennifer Echols's other books!...more
As soon as I started reading Die for Me, I was certain that I had a winner in my hands. It honestly started promising to be a really well written and exciting YA novel, but unfortunately, after the first 100 pages or so, my opinion changed rapidly.
This book was a bit of a roller coaster for me.As I said, when I started reading it I was really thrilled with it, then I encountered some parts that made me inwardly cringe and then again there were some parts that kept my hopes up that it would indeed be a fresh YA novel, only to be disappointed by the end. My favorite part of this book is the way Amy Plum describes Paris. Her descriptions are so vivid, that they made me feel like I was revisiting Paris through her writing. I just loved the way she "painted" a city that I'm in love with. So, you can totally understand why I was so excited with Die for Me at first. Another favorite part of mine is the way Plum describes the way Kate deals with her parents death and death in general. Kate felt real through the descriptions of her feelings of loss and I really enjoyed those parts. After all, death is ever present in this novel, so her way around it was really crucial.
But unfortunately, after the first 100 pages, the whole story went downhill for me. For starters, I'm a bit tired of the same scenario "playing" in so many YA novels currently. The whole "Mortal girl meets Immortal guy. Girl thinks she's plain, when in fact she's not, guy is of course gorgeous. From the moment they lay eyes on each other they fall hopelessly in love and are automatically ready to face the world to defend that love or to defend each other from dark forces". Honestly, how many times have we read that very same scenario with little to no variation apart from the details? To be honest, I just need something fresh or maybe a fresh way of presenting that very same scenario, I don't know, something different.
Apart from that, I just found hard to believe some things. As for example how easily Kate accepts everything Vincent tells her about his supernatural existence. It was a bit of: - "You know, I'm a Reverant, I can't really die, but my job is to die to save other people's lives" - "Oh, ok, what time will we meet my grandparents for dinner?" So, you know, I was a bit thrown off by Kate's easy way of accepting every strange thing she was hearing. As I found unbelievable how easily Vincent declares his love to Kate. I mean, I just can't believe that someone who lives for more than 100 years falls so easily in love with a plain girl and does everything, even against his own kind to be with her. Someone would think that living so many years would make someone act a little less like an impulsive kid and more like a rational grown up. At least that's what I expected.
Anyway, Die for Me is pretty much like a ton of YA novels out there, nothing really fresh in the execution but with amazingly well written descriptions that in the end of day, couldn't really hold my interest. It was fun at first, but nothing really memorable by the end of it....more
Morganville Vampires series is just plainly amazing!Whenever I feel that I don't know what to pick to read next or I'm just in a row of picking books I didn't like and need something good to break the bad luck,I just know what to pick next...Cause either way you see it,Rachel Caine managed to create a world full of suspence,so well written and with so good characters,that you can help but get sucked in that world.
Midnight Alley picks up exactly where The Dead Girl's Dance leaves us,with Claire pleadging herself in the service of Amelie,a contract whose consequences Claire will have to deal in this book, from revealing her secret to her friends and boyfriend,to put her life in immediate danger from Amelie's requests.Cause in Morganville everything comes at a price. In this book we get to know more and more about the vampire structure of this society plus things that explain questionmarks from the previous books and raise a whole more questions in return.
Caine's world is tighlty woven,and from what it seems everything has its meaning that will get explained in future books.I love the way from the moment I start reading those books,I just can't find a reason good enough for me to stop...Whether it happens something crucial or just things progress,the pace of those books is so fast,that grab the reader's interest and keep him hooked and in the edge of the seat until the last page!
Up until now,Midnight Alley is my favorite book in this series,mostly because of the revellations made here about the vampires and the development in Claire's character.
I just can't wait for the next book and to be honest,I really want to see things between Shane and Claire progrees a bit more!I'm loving the way their relationship moves from book to book and I can't wait to see more of them!Plus Michael and Eve are a good addition!...more
If I enjoyed reading Hex Hall then the words I need to describe my feelings towards Demonglass are beyond mere enjoy!Demonglass was incredibly good!Once I started this book,I just couldn't stop until I had reached the last page!
Demonglass is as good as Hex Hall was and then some!Rachel Hawkins's sense of humor is amazing and evident throughout her whole book.Sophie's witty and sarcastic responses are hilarious most of the times and in general this book is written in such an easy going and fresh style that you don't even understand how the pages are flowing. I really enjoyed the fact that the story moves from Hecate Hall in US to Thorne Abbey in England.I found it refreshing and interesting for the story to change the setting and I honestly think that the result was in advange for the plot.
Rachel Hawkins managed to create a great atmosphere in her book,modern and fresh and at the same time her setting had something of the atmosphere a historical book gives you.There's a feeling of another era in the atmosphere of Demonglass,it's like a modern language and a modern reality in general "collide" with that of a Victorian England.Granted,that is helped from the fact that the story unfolds in a really old mansion but still,the feeling is amazing.
The story is full of twists and turns,the reader gets to know things the whole time and you never lose your interest in the book,not even for a minute!I was totally hooked! I love Sophie and the way she copes with a,most of the times, nasty reality.How she tries to rationalize her feelings and do the right thing and, I can't help myself but mention again, her sarcastic and witty responses.
The romance starts to become a bit more complicated in this sequel than it was in Hex Hall.We are better introduced to the alternative love interest that I may add is as swoon worthy as Archer is...It's one of those rare occasions that i find myself quite fond of both the love interests of the protagonist and to be honest I wouldn't mind Sophie ending with either of them.Usually it's just easy to pick a side.In Demonglass i find myself a bit uncertain. Archer is........ well,Archer!I loved him in the first book I still love him now!All mysterious and strong but with well hidden sensitivities.What more could a girl ask for?
And one last thing...Why oh why should this book end at that point?Why?For the last about 50 pages I was unable to put the book down and I kind of felt disappointed with the ending but not because it was bad.On the contrary!I just needed some more...Not a major cliffhanger but a bit nasty one,enough to make me want to read the next book immediately!How far is 2012???
All in all,Demonglass was the perfect sequel of an incredible debut!I totally recommend this series to anyone that loves YA and fantasy books.I also want to thank Giota from Just Another Book Blog for lending me her copy of Demonglass and giving me the chance to read it earlier than it's publication date....more
Unfortunately, lately more and more of the YA paranormal titles I pick to read,no matter how interesting and good their premises may seem,turn out to be a huge or mild disappointment,but a disappointment nonetheless... And Blood Magic I'm afraid, falls in that very category of books for me.
The book begins throwing the reader immediately into the world of blood and magic Tessa Graton created,and explanations are slowly given.The narration is alternate,shifting from Silla to Nick and on the plus we have some journal extracts.I'm not a huge fan of constant switchings in the narration,so that style tired me a bit,but it had its advantages also.I really liked the journal extracts,I enjoyed Silla's narration mostly,and I found a bit indifferent that of Nick.I also found a bit indiffirent and flat Nick himself as a character as well,so that may pretty much shaped my opinion towards his narration.
From the beggining,I had a small problem with all the gory details and the blood references,but ok, that didn't bother me all that much.From the beggining also I found the pace of the book a bit slow...After all,for about 150 pages in the book nothing all that important happens.Maybe the prose made me think that the pace was slow,I don't really know...But ok,still,I didn't really mind and I was curious about what was going on.But what completely threw me off was a certain incident,after which I just couldn't bring myself to like this book,even if it turned out to be amazing by the end (which it didn't by the way).You see,I have a thing for animals,and especially for bunnies (I have one as a pet actually!) and reading in complete details how Silla killed a bunny for its blood,one can only imagine what did to my opinion towards this book...It was the most disgusting thing I have ever read,and after a couple of lines and after understanding where the story went,I just skipped all those details.I just couldn't take it (after all,that incident was after having already read the murder of a kitten,but with considerably less details...).After that,no matter how good this book may turned out to be,I just couldn't like it.Call me oversensitive,but I just couldn't...
Apart from that,the world building was interesting,but not something I haven't already read before and the romance between Nick and Silla never managed to grab me.I didn't feel any connection between them and the instant love thing didn't help matters.As soon as their third or fourth meeting,and before even being on a date or having spent time alone for more than 10 minutes,they are all over each other,with an unaccounted passion...The overly dramatic prose used to describe the feelings of the main couple didn't help me get into the mood either.
Anyway,in overall, I didn't enjoy Blood Magic half as much as I expected,and those animal killings just killed my mood towards it.Either way,it's a series I won't continue reading....more
What can I say about Cassandra Clare that hasn't been already said? What more to say that will do justice to heReviewed at Books to Brighten your Mood
What can I say about Cassandra Clare that hasn't been already said? What more to say that will do justice to her and her work? I think that everything has already been said. Cause Clare and her books are really totally worth of all the attention they are getting!
Clockwork Prince is AMAZING! I mean Clockwork Angel was really good, a book I trully enjoyed reading, but Prince is even better. The way the characters evolve in this book, the way their feelings and thoughts are unfolded before the readers' eyes is done in such a way that leaves your heart broken. Tessa, Will and Jem just left me in total awe in this book. Or rather Clare left me awed with the way she handled her characters and the relationship between them. In Clockwork Prince we are not dealing with a usual love triangle. In no way. The love triangle here isn't just a trend as it is in most books I've read so far. The love triangle is essential and so well formed and delivered that just leaves your heart broken. By the end of the book I was sad about all three of them. Clare just focused on the emotions of her characters and that worked in advantage to the story. Believe me, there's been a few days since I finished reading this book and I'm still stunned over how amazing it is.
I won't actually say anything about the story itself of this book. No need to spoil things for you. If you have read even a single book by Cassandra Clare you already know how good a writer she is and how addictive her stories are, so you know what to expect already. Every element that makes all her other books so successful is present in Clockwork Prince. So, just pick this book and everything else that Clare has written and enjoy the ride!...more
Ink Exchange,although a second book in a series was quite different... Different from Wicked Lovely in many ways although the story unfolds in the same world with it and the characters are more or less the same but with the addiction of some really interesting ones.And i really loved all those differences!
It took me way too long to read Ink Exchange (a week and more for a book is way too much time for me) but it wasn't because i didn't like it.Maybe i couldn't concentrate as much as i'd like with no obvious reason.The thing is that the sequel to Wicked Lovely was way better for me.I loved the characters and i could sympathise with them,feel them and understand their actions unlike in Wicked Lovely.Ash was an ok character,but a bit lukewarm at times (though granted,i believe her contribution in the srory over the next books will be more noticeable and her character is good),Seth was amazing,no complaints whatsoever here,but Keenan...?When Wicked Lovely ended i haven't made up my mind whether i liked him or he just wasn't my type so i settled for somehow ignoring him,but after Ink Exchange,well,i definitely made up my mind and i can't see how it might that improve. On the other hand,the leading characters here are far more likeable for me and more complete,maybe because this one book is the only one where they get to tell their story,i don't know.Leslie is a teenager going through her personal drama and trying to cope with all the bad things that happened to her.Niall is also a good leading male character,caring,strong and human in ways most people could never be.But the true revellation for me in this book was Irial,the suppossedly bad guy or the equivalent of Keenan in the Dark Court.But although i expected him to be much worse than Keenan,he ended up being way better in some parts,and as much cruel with him in others.Irial,just like Niall had a human part that other faeries didn't and i really enjoyed that part.It added in the story and for me balanced the almost complete lack of action or even hint of action.Granted,Wicked Lovely wasn't an action packed book,so you don't expect for the sequel to be a journey to actionville but somehow i waited for something,anything,to happen apart the obvious-the ink exchange- some explanation about what it was and its consequences.That's all this book was about in the end of the day but as i said,the characters and some of the subjects Melissa Marr decided to touch in this book (such as rape,drug use or domestic violence) compensated for the lack of anything else i might have expected.
All in all,it may have taken me quite a few days to read Ink Exchange (but probably i am to blame about it cause i couldn't concentrate on anything) but it was just as amazing Wicked Lovely was and in some ways even better than it.I'm just sad cause i won't get to read again about Leslie,i grow really fond of her and who knows,maybe in the books to come in the series she will reappear although i doubt it......more
I had my eye set on Silver Smoke for quite some time now and i was really glad to receive a copy from the author for review.Needless to say i immediately started reading the book and i wasn't dissapointed in the least. Before i start my review i want to say a huge thanks to Monica Leonelle for providing me with an ebook copy of her story.
Silver Smoke surprised me in many ways...The world building is so complicated and with so many details that despite the fact i was in total loss at the beggining,by the end i couldn't help but be amazed by Monica Leonelle's ability to create such a world in so many details and manage to not lose the point of her story in those exact details.I loved the story of the Hallows and Nephilim and how they are descended from Michael and Luci.I was intrigued by the politics and the system in which they lived.I haven't encountered yet in any book such complexicity and detailing,and although i have read a number of books about angels,that world building was something new to me. Monica Leonelle's writing style is simple,efficient and fresh.She managed to hold my interest even when the politics were explained (I hate politics even when they are fictional!).
The book is written is multiple POV's,something that bothered me especially at the beggining of the story making me feel at a total loss,but as the story progressed i got used to it and it even helped me understand better some things about the world. My favorite character in the book is by far Rykken.I loved him from the beggining of the story and i liked his development throughout the book.And from the progress of the story i think it's safe to assume that we will see more and greater things about him in the next books of the series. Brie on the other hand had me confused as a character.There were times i liked her and times i found her acting in a completely selfish way making me angry with her.But the romance between her and Rykken was among the highlights of the book.I couldn't help but smirk with the way they treated each other and the way their romance bloomed.I'm not a big fan of the instant knowledge between the protagonists that they found their true soulmate from the first pages of a story.And in Silver Smoke that's the exact thing that's been avoided.And for that thing only,the romance is much more believable and sweet for me. Pilot is another character i liked reading about and he reminded me so much of my own brother that i couldn't help but adore him. The advantage of the multiple POV's is that it allows the reader to take insight to more characters at once and Monica Leonelle made that work as a total advantage for her story.You get to see the good and bads in more characters and the secondary ones weren't used only when the story needed them but had a voice of their own.
Before i end this review,i just have to say that i loved two more things.One the twists in the end (i won't elaborate further cause those twists are what kept me up late last night and i don't want to spoil it for you) and the fact that many Greek myths and words were used.The myth with Great Alexander's sister especially impressed me the most.I liked the alterations in those myths even more so if they were to be used as the originals.
All in all,Silver Smoke is a really interesting debut novel by an author that promises much more in the future.The ending just left me eager for the sequel.Seriously,although not a huge cliffhanger,there were many things unanswered,enough to make me wait anxiously for the second book.
Born at Midnight was among those books,that since I read the premise,I had a feeling that it was exactly the kind of book I would like!And it's not that,by reading the premise I haven't been disappointed in past with books,but I'm only glad that that wasn't the case with this book!Cause Born at Midnight,is a downright enjoyable and fun read!
This book has pretty much every paranormal creature out there and it kind of reminded me of Hex Hall as a concept,but the resemblances between those two books,start and end at that only!I always love a variety well mixed in a book I read,and in this case every paranormal creature fits just right in the universe C.C. Hunter created. I loved the writing style of this book so much...!It was easily flowing,detailed and full of beautiful images but not to the point that distract the reader from the plot or tire him in the slightest.Hunter's writing style is straight to the point and makes it all that easier for the reader to follow her story and get sucked into her world.And for a book that doesn't happen pretty much anything (in terms of action at least) that says a lot!I couldn't care less if there was any hint of action or not.The characters were so well developed,and not only the main but the secondary as well,that I just kept turning the pages,only to see what happens next!Kylie is a believable and adorable character that I could totally relate to.Her various romantic interests (3 to be precise) didn't give her a slutty feeling whatsoever.I've read books,were the heroine with only two (the famous love triangle recipe!) love interests gives out a certain vibe,but Kylie just didn't!And to be honest with myself,it's the first time I really don't mind with whom she will end up!Certainly I have a softer spot for Lucas,but Derek is just as good!I only disliked Trey but who could blame me?And anyway I can't see him as a possible love match in the future,so I'm good with that!
What I absolutely loved in this book is,as I have already said,the fact that every character is well developed.It's always "richer" for the story when every character is there because he serves a purpose and can "speak" of his own,rather than being there just to help the writer overcome any plot obstacles,and believe me I've seen quite a lot of that lately!
Anyway,even if I tried,I wouldn't be able to find a single thing to complain about this book!I just loved it that much!And I can't wait for the sequel to get published!I totally recommend this one!...more
Wow!!!This book was plainly amazing!It was as good as the first one and even better at some points!
Again,Rachel Caine delivers a story full of action and twists so well written that is almost impossible to put the book down!The book starts right after the events of the first book and new characters are immediatelly introduced to the reader.
The second book in Morganville Vampires series preserves the same claustrophobic atmosphere as the first one and it's even darker and sexier.We get to know more things about the background of all the main characters which adds up to the story and make them even more likeable.Claire and Shane's relationship slowly gets to another level as well as the one between Michael and Eve.
I can't really say much in this review without repeating myself.All of the elements i liked in the first book are present in this sequel as well and the writing style is equally good!The plot makes you anxious to see what happens next from the first page of this book till the very last.It's like a non stop drive to the end!
Well,this must be the shortest review i have ever written but really,i can't say anything that i haven't already told in my review of Glass Houses!What i can say for sure,is that this sequel is really good and Morganville Vampires slowly becomes one of my favorite series!...more
I just loved,loved,loved Hex Hall!!!It wasn't just a book i couldn't put down,it was among those that even when you have to put down,to do things like sleeping or actually talking to your boyfriend who is desperately trying to catch your attention,you are still thinking about it!That was how much i liked Hex Hall!
It was fast paced and smartly written and even though at the first half more or less,nothing actually happens,you just keep on reading cause Rachel Hawkins manages to present her characters and her world in such a manner,that even when nothing happens,you are eagerly turning the pages,sucked in her magical world!A world truly fascinating!Hawkins mixes vampires,witches,faeries and demons creating a world that grabs the reader immediately.The plot was well built and without holes,at least none that i could see and the characters just loveable.
Sophie is smart and funny,delivering lines throughout the whole story that made me smirk and laugh constantly.Archer is your typical hot male character but really enjoyable.He is not predictable in his reactions and the romance between those two builts slowly leaving the reader eager to see what happens with their relationship in the sequel.What i really like though,was that Rachel Hawkins spends time builting not only her main characters but the side characters in this book as well,and especially we get to know many things about Sophie's father even though he never appears in this first book.
The ending was unbelievable!Although there are the hints that lead to it quite early in the story, Hawkins manages to take the mind of the reader from them,the ending coming to you as much a surprise as though you never even picked up those hinds before.
All in all,Rachel Hawkins' debut novel is interesting,well written and totally addictive!I just can't wait for the sequel!...more
Couldn't finish this one.To be honest I wasn't patient enough to wait until and if it would get better.When you are after page 50 and still you can'tCouldn't finish this one.To be honest I wasn't patient enough to wait until and if it would get better.When you are after page 50 and still you can't grasp how the world works and what happens or why,chances are you won't until the end.Combine with that my annoyance every single time I read the word moor (which was pretty much in every single page I read...)and you have why I just haven't the patience to continue with this book right now. Maybe I will come back to it sometime......more
I had my eye set on Evernight actually for quite a long time but everytime i thought of buying and reading this book something stopped me.The story waI had my eye set on Evernight actually for quite a long time but everytime i thought of buying and reading this book something stopped me.The story wasn't so unique,the reviews were mixed and something told me that it wasn't worth the try... Now that i read it,i just wish i had listened to my feeling and didn't bother with this book...
It wasn't that it was so bad a book...But the writing was so cheesy and cliche that while reading it, i had the irresistible urge to smack my head.I mean come on,the heroine,Bianca, has just met her guy and in 10 minutes she already knows that she shares a bond with him???And,ok,let's believe she's actually so naive to have such thoughts,but she actually wonders whether Lucas also feels that they share that same "phantom" bond and after some pages she is confirmed that "Yes!" he surely feels they have something unique only because they spoke a couple of times...!!!Come on,i've been a teenager,i had a number of crushes but that kind of thinking never occured to me...
Despite all the cheesy writing i kept on reading the book,hoping that it might get better,that somehow,if i overcome all those details that made me deslike Bianca,i could enjoy the book,but no.After i reached the middle,i was certain that it was even worse than i thought...I can't really say much here cause i will give out the plot of the book,not that anyone wouldn't guess it immediately,but still i hate spoilers.So,i'll just say that in addition to the bad writing,i couldn't get to like any of the protagonists in this book,not even Lucas,who was a pretty decent heroe,but i just couldn't care about either him or Bianca or whatever happened to them and their all so dreamy romance...
To wrap it up,i couldn't make myself like this book no matter what,although it had some good points in it but when you begin a book and immediately dislike some things,well,after that you are a bit prejudiced.If you can overcome the cheesy writing and the huge holes in the plot,you might be able to like Evernight,but i just couldn't...
Honestly,it's really hard for me to write a review for Tithe...It's not that i didn't like it...But many,and i mean many things in this book bothered me.It's one of those times when you come across a book,that although you didn't exactly like it,you can't actually write a bad review either.That's the case with Tithe...
From the very first sentence of this book i fell in love with it!You don't come across many books that dare to present reality for what it is,not trying to sweeten things up.And by saying presenting reality for what it is,i mean that at last,Black created a teenager charactes who cusses,drinks,smokes and yeah...knows everything about sex and she's casual about it!Kaye is one of my favorite heroines just for all those.Because,let's face it,teenagers nowadays may do far worse things than those Kaye did and i was glad that a writer dared to present things for what they really are.We may all hide behind our own fingers or pretend not to see some things and hope that teenagers don't smoke or drink or have sex,but the truth is that most of them do,most teenagers try their very own limits no matter how good their upringing is.And to be honest,Kaye is not your typical teenager neither is her ubringing that good,so most of the things she does are more than justified...
The writing style is a whole different story though... Black's writing style was what made me love to hate this book!I loved the very vivid pictures the author managed to create but i felt that the whole book was a sort of an assemply of scenes thrown in together...A number of times i found myself lost from one scene to another not quite certain where the scene ended or how the next one began...I must admit,English is not my first language so it's only natural that i have unknown words or phrases while reading a book,but to this day,the only book i ever encountered a problem while reading it was The Lord of The Rings,and let's face it,Tolkien is a bit hard even for native speakers at times....(or so i've been told by some friends)So,maybe i felt lost due to my lack of understanding Black's language but the result was the same...
I just couldn't get into this book no matter how hard i try and no matter how i wanted to like it....Once again,i found the protagonists in this book just accepting anything paranormal without a second thought or without seeking explanations.And ok,i can accept that Kaye just accepted those facts unquestioningly but Curly too?I don't want to dwell more on that point for fear of spoilers,but again i found myself wondering why the heroes won't seek for the right - obvious - questions until it's suited for the plot...
Anyway,even now i really don't know how to rate this book or decide if i like it or not.The story was rather good but i just couldn't get into it.But one thing is for certain,whenever Tithe is mentioned,Black's amazing portrayal of Kaye will be the first thing to come to my mind.And for that thing only i think that everyone should try to read this book
Eternal Ones is Kirsten's Miller debut novel and an astonishing one i have to admit.Miller takes the Ouroboros myth and reincarnation and blends themEternal Ones is Kirsten's Miller debut novel and an astonishing one i have to admit.Miller takes the Ouroboros myth and reincarnation and blends them in a novel that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let you go until you reach the last.
The first 150 pages or so of this book where a bit slow.All you read is about Haven's life,a 17 year old girl,who has visions of a past life and about the problems that cause her those visions as well as her manipulative and over religious grandma and her mentally absent mother.
I have to admit,the first part of this book had me annoyed with all those religious superstitions about whether or not christianity accepts reincarnation and how those visions Haven had where signs that she was possesed by a demon.The fact that somewhere in the book it was implied that a mental condition is a sign of demon possesion actually made me return about a handful of centuries ago when people actually believed those nonsenses.But even then,i just couldn't put this book down.At first,out of curiosity about how things would end up and after Haven finally reached New York,well,after that point,i just had to know how this book ended.
On the downsides of this book was also the fact,that it was rather unbelievable how everyone took reincarnation for a fact and acted as if it was the most normal thing in the world to just be certain of the accuracy of Haven's visions.It's one thing to just feel that know someone or believe that you lived a scene again like in deja vu and a complete different to just take for granted everything you see in some freaking visions...Also,i didn't like Haven and Iain's reunite at all.Miller spent over 100 pages of her book to built Ethan's dreamy character and how Constance and Ethan have this need to rejoin that when they finally got together,the scene was at least anticlimatic.
But despite all those i mentioned and the rather obvious holes in the plot,i felt completely drawn to this book's story and through all those twists and turns in the plot i got completely hooked and finished reading it in no time.When the sequel comes out,i will definitely give it a try.
I liked this book quite a lot i have to say!It's the first YA book about witches and only witches i have ever read and it was quite fun reading it.SurI liked this book quite a lot i have to say!It's the first YA book about witches and only witches i have ever read and it was quite fun reading it.Surely it was too small to be bored, so that's both a plus and a minus!It's a plus because you'll never get tired while reading it and the plot was quickly evolving and a minus because the ending was quite abrupt...I had reached the end and thought "What,there's nothing more?" .
I really liked Tiernan's writing style.She didn't go around the bush,just "dived" her readers immediately into the point of her book and i loved her main heroine Morgan.She was a well developed character no matter how short the book was and that's propably because the book was narrated from her point of view.I liked her internal conflict,the way she was fascinated by something new and in contrast to her previous beliefs,and ultimatelly the way she decided to make her own path and do what was important to her no matter the obstacles.I also loved Bree...Don't mind me,i know she was a total manipulative bitch but i thought she was a nice addition in the book and to be honest i think that with Bree there's more than meets the eye.
I liked the fact that although a YA book,Tiernan didn't choose as her main setting the school area,in fact the scenes taking place at school where few.I found it quite refreshing among all those books where everything seems to happen in school area only.
What i didn't like though,was the ridiculously long number of names mentioned.I mean for such a small book to mention that many names it was,at least,confusing.Especially at the beggining i thought i might want to right down all those names in order to remember who is who and if i decide to pick up the sequel some months later i know i will definitely have a problem to remember everyone.Also,the way Cal tried to create his coven was a bit disturbing...It remind me of someone who's trying to manipulate you and change your beliefs,which is kind of what he wanted to do,but Wicca is supposed to be something good not evil and the way he tried to create new Wicca followers definitely reminded me of someone who's up to something bad.Lastly,i didn't like the religious implications in this book,not because i am a religious fanatic,rather than i find it a bit risky to touch those issues in a YA book.
Anyway,to sum it up,it was a fun read and i'll certainly continue with the sequel.