Oh well,one thing is for sure!I will remember Ditched for a very long time,but not because I was so thrilled with the story,but more because it is the first ever contemporary book,YA or adult,I ever struggled to finish... Ditched was a rather huge disappointment to say the least.From the premise,I got the assumption that it was a humorous and sweet read but what I got instead was a rather boring story that I couldn't wait to reach the last page.Literally.
First of all,my main problem were the characters of this book and especially the main one,Justina...She easily falls into the category of my most disliked female characters, ever!She was self absorbed,acting stupidly and a little bit slutty and all of her babbling, inner and outer, just made me yawn again and again and again.If all teenage girls at the age of 16 were thinking like her or behaved like her, I would seriously start to think that something is going very wrong with the way kids are viewing the world (seriously, prom being more important than family...?And especially if you think Justina didn't want to go in the first place...God forbid what would have happened should she wanted it!)..But I'd like to think that teenagers don't act or think that way.Maybe some do,but not the majority.After all it's not that many years since I was a teenager and our main problem then was certainly not how many boys we've kissed.
From the beginning until the very end this story is...a huge bubble full of air.Nothing strikes me as possible from the very improbable events described and I couldn't connect to any character or sympathise with Justina.Nothing!I just couldn't care less for her drama of a prom disaster where her main regret was that she wasn't able to fulfil mission unlock lips.Yeah right!You see Justina hasn't kissed a boy for over 8 months and that is so huge a thing cause she's a kiss junky.For the love of God she's 16 and already kissed more than 12 boys and has to go to some kind of self inflicted rehab and that only because her reputation has been damaged...!Do I really need to continue why I couldn't like Justina no matter what?
Anyway,I can probably say more things I didn't like in Ditched but I don't see the point.The book was fairly good written,despite the typos of the galley, so my main problem was the story itself.I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.(less)
The Gathering Storm is a really interesting book, a really unusual book and in overall a good debut novel which was awkward at times but enjoyable nonetheless.
First of all,a fact that not many are aware of, I'm partly of Russian heritage,so a book based in the Romanovs era, in Russia, was more than intriguing for me...!And it more or less delivered what I expected from the premise. The characters were fairly well written,Katerina is a well structured and developed leading character with traits you can't help but admire.She's compassionate,smart and ready to sacrifice herself for those she loves. Around her is woven a very intricate world of paranormal creatures,love and betrayal. One more thing,the romance is really well written as well.Not too soon in the story or rushed.Just in the right amounts,for me at least.
Now apart from all that,I can't help but say that I couldn't connect with the story as much as I would like or as much as I expected.The world Robin Bridges created is really complicated and unnecessarily at that for me.Many paranormal creatures make their appearance in this book and to be honest I just couldn't place them all correctly in the story.And to top all that,some native Russian myths were thrown in as well,to complicate things even more.We have faeries,vampires (from many different slavian myths),necromancers, ghouls, the bogatyr and a couple more I am forgetting right now,all woven together in a very real Russian setting,were names of real people (Pavlov, Curie) or situations are used.So, we have a real historical setting and more than necessary mythical elements,all combined in The Gathering Storm.That, might sound intriguing to many,but to me, well, I just failed to see the connection between all of them.I would more than often wonder why some of the characters knew the paranormal id of many Russian socialites while others didn't.It wasn't that there were certain people who knew everything,just some knew some things,others something else with no consistency.I really don't know if I'm making much sense...
Anyway,The Gathering Storm was in overall a good book and a really ambitious attempt to combine together many elements that isn't always successful but manages to create an intricate and fascinating world nevertheless!(less)
Everneath is unlike any YA paranormal book I have ever read...It has such a melancholic tone to it that by the end of it I had fell in love with Brodi Ashton's writing style!
Everneath is based loosely on Persephone's and Eurydice's myth and I really liked that fact.I liked the fact that it wasn't just a retelling or strictly based on those myths but more of a story that took some elements of the Greek and Egyptian mythology and went a step further with the world building. As I said,Ashton's writing style has such a melancholic tone to it and it's so lyrical that it immediately pulled me in this story.Plus, the style of narration the writer chose was really tricky that if not so well executed the whole book would be a total disaster. Ashton decided to enrich her story with all the past events that led her heroine in her current state of being a Forfeit so the narration was going constantly back and forth.I may have said it in some of my other reviews but that isn't my favorite narration style.Or rather not my favorite,it's just a narration style that is rarely well executed,so most of the times I find myself completely lost in the story.But not in Everneath's case.In Everneath,past and present are so wonderfully given and so distinctive that there was no room for misunderstandings.Everything flows so smoothly in this book,that I felt completely mesmerised by it.
Nikki,Jack and Cole are really well developed characters and I really liked to read about how Nikki was before the Feed,right after her ascension and while she was on Earth.The difference in the way she thinks and perceives things are in order with the major changes in her life. Nikki deciding to go for the Feed has also many allegorical meanings,at least for me.It mostly reminded me of a drug addict or someone suicidal.Like I said,Everneath is really melancholic...
The ending leaves clearly enough room for the second book to come,and since this ending didn't really leave me satisfied I just can't wait to see what happens in the next book.(less)
Under the Never Sky is an unbelievably original,incredibly imaginable and trully amazing debut novel by an author whose work I will stalk from now on!
I have to admit it,I had a bit of a rough start with this book. The author throws her reader right in the middle of the story,with no preliminaries,no explanations whatsoever."What is the Unity", "what are those Realms" and "what's going on?" are some of the questions I kept asking as soon as I started reading Under the Never Sky.Some answers,granted,are given as the story progresses.But to some, my questions still remain... As you can imagine,I had a bit of a difficulty getting into the world Veronica Rossi created but let me just say that: as soon as I got into,I just didn't want to get out any time soon...
Veronica Rossi's writing style is brilliant.Intricate, detailed, fast paced,all the elements are there to create an incredible book that many readers will love! The characters are also well developed and feel real to the reader. Aria is strong,smart and independent and I didn't hear her whine not even once despite all those things that happened to her.She dealt with her problems so stoically that I couldn't help but love and admire her.And not only that,but she also managed to develop as a character throughout the book,to become someone better through all her predicaments.Amidst so many heroines I've encountered lately that keep whining,with reason or not,Aria manages to stand out! Perry is yet another well delivered character.He is multi dimensional and written so carefully that you can't help but fall in love with him!
Personally,I have a thing for stories that unfold during a journey and all sorts of disasters happen.Some of my favorite books have that setting.So it's only natural,that as soon as Aria and Perry began their journey,I just couldn't put this book down.And Rossi's powerful writing just made me a fellow traveler to her protagonists!
All in all, Under the Never Sky is a debut novel you just don't want to miss reading!Despite the fact that as I said I still have questions about how exactly the world the author created works,that didn't stop me from fallin in love with this book!A must read!(less)
When I started reading Struck and for almost the 2/3 of the book, I was certain that I had a true winner in my hands. And although this isn't a bad book, not by a long shot, I just have to say that by the end of it, my first good impression changed vastly I'm afraid.
I'll start with stating what I absolutely loved about this book and what I loved the most, is the unique world building and the way Bosworth designed the setting of her story. She describes a post apocalyptic Los Angeles, were people struggle to adjust to a world that is ruined , a world were kids go to school to get rations of food and not educate themselves, were people live in tents and wait for the coming of the end of the world. In that world of destruction and doom comes a self-claimed Prophet who is surrounded of his 12 Apostles and calls to everyone to follow him or die in sin. I just have to say that, many, may feel offended by the way Bosworth decided to portray that Prophet, may feel offended by the religious or not so religious, depends how you see the whole thing, content of the story but to be honest, apart from the fact that we are talking about fiction here, I found the whole thing "gutsy" and probably the thing I liked most about the book. Without really offending anyone, Bosworth approached a really difficult subject and I'm afraid that many will talk bad about this book, only because of that. But for that part alone, Struck, is a book I will remember for long after I finished reading it.
The writing style is also good and fresh and the pace of the story even. Add to that the fact that I was really intrigued by the two rival teams and what was really going on with the lightnings and you can easily understand why I absolutely loved this book at first. But unfortunately, a couple of details at first and the instant love part later made me change my mind about it.
As I said, the feel of this book was all doom and destruction, so imagine my reaction, when I read about Mia, mentioning her mascara smudges in the same page where the heroes are starving as well as the mention of Jeremy's (the hero) biceps in the same page where a vision of death is described. I know we are talking about details here, but those parts kind of threw me of since I found them a bit inconsistent with the whole dark atmosphere of the book.
And now, on to the part that really changed my mind about this book and that is non other than the infamous but ever present in many YA novels IL.
For the better part of this book, the romance was almost non-existent. Granted, I knew and expected were things were headed between Jeremy and Mia but the romance was only hinted, so it would make much more sense if things progressed in a much slower pace between them. After all, the whole story takes place in four days, so for two people to fall so helplessly in love so quickly while fighting for their lives, strikes as unbelievable to say the least. So, for about the first half of the book, things are going in a pace that makes sense and then suddenly the whole story takes an unexpected romantic turn that kind of felt like the author decided that it was about time that the romance should bloom between her two heroes and be done with it. It's just that one day Mia doesn't even know what to thing of Jeremy and his motives and the next day she trusts him completely and invites him for a sleepover...
Anyway, Struck, is a unique dystopian YA novel, that despite my problems with it, I honestly enjoyed reading, but I believe that it could have been so much better if not for some details that spoiled the final result. Because in essence, and if you take into consideration all the aspects of it that really matter, it is a really good book. (less)
Julie Kagawa, works her miracles again!!! Yeah, The Immortal Rules is that good and then some more! I enjoyed every single bit of this story and the world Kagawa created.
I remember saying it again in my previous reviews of The Iron Fey series but I just have to say it once more: Kagawa's best asset in my personal opinion is her ability to create unique, intricate and astoundingly well built worlds. There, I said it. She's one of the few authors I have encountered in the last couple of years, who has a unique way of envisioning incredible worlds and actually has the ability to make her readers "live" into that world. She has proven herself in the past and she proves it once more. The world in Immortal Rules is just amazing. Dark, violent and simply the kind of world that could travel me. One could rationally assume that The Immortal Rules would be a book about vampires we have more or less already read. Let's be honest, the vampire myth is one of the most used of the last years, so I personally was afraid that this story wouldn't be that unique... But no, Kagawa proves me wrong and I couldn't be more happy about it!
The world in Immortal Rules is engrossing, dark and something that I haven't read before. I really liked the idea of some kind of zombie-vampires, I loved how at last vampires experience bloodlust, that despite their best intentions, not consuming blood turns them into mindless beasts, and to not tire you with my endless gushing, there wasn't a simple thing I didn't like about this book :)
Allison is one of my favorite characters and not because I agreed with all her decisions or the way she acted the whole time. She is one of my favorite characters because she was a fighter. She fought for her life constantly. She fought for what she believed was right, even if that was wrong. Was she stubborn? Did her actions result in disaster occasionally? Sure. But all that made her believable. A character that made mistakes and had to live with them. And let's face it. There's no perfect hero as there is no perfect person. And for all that, Allison is one of my favorite characters.
The story was rather long and it wasn't always easy-flowing. I admit there were parts I was a bit tired, but who cares? I'm a sucker for detailed worlds, even when they tire me a bit. I just want to know every single detail about how the story ticks and The Immortal Rules had all that.
All in all, Julie Kagawa delivers yet again a wonderful story that all lovers of YA literature just have to read. Believe me you won't regret it. I sure didn't :) (less)
Crave,is a book with a gorgeous cover and an intriguing premise that unfortunatelly didn't work for me at all...I mean as soon as I started reading this book,I was beyond certain I had a winner in my hands,only for that impression to rapidly change...
The prologue was amazing!It gave you certain glimpses into the main characters thoughts and a prelude of what was to come.To say that I was beyond excited and intrigued by such a prologue would be an understatment.The first chapters were also pretty much ok...We get to learn about the world building,about vampires,witches,The Clann and the vampire council and pretty much everything that plays a crucial role in this story.So,I was glued to my pages,eager to see what happens next.The problem with Crave though,was that nothing,absolutely nothing happens next,well,apart from that tiny incident mentioned in the prologue...
As I continued reading Crave,I waited for something to happen,anxious to see how all those changes in Savannah's life will affect the story,only to be majorly disappointed...Cause all that happens in Crave,is Savannah dating a random guy for a few chapters,Savannah becoming a Charmers manager (I won't even elaborate what Charmers are,there's absolutely no need,as there was no need for their practices to be so much mentioned in the book) and Savannah dating Tristan,our male protagonist.Nothing else!For 300 pages we have so many detailed glimpses in Savannah's routine that I honestly struggled to finish this book.Mostly,what kept me going was a hope that something,anything would happen.Maybe not now, but on the next 50 pages surely...And that thinking made me actually finish a book I would in no other way finish.
Savannah and Tristan were ok,a little flat for my taste but ok.I couldn't understand though neither Savannah's obsession with dancing,an activity that before becoming a dhampir was painful to her and then after becoming one and being all coordinated and flexible(vampire genes you see),dancing becomes her life...Nor Tristan's behavior towards Savannah.I mean he liked her,for many years he obeyed to his parents' wish and didn't speak to her despite being in love with her,and then all of a sudden he can't stop thinking of her and not only that,but while he isn't able to act on his feelings towards her,he has no problem whatsoever to do whatever he can for no guy to approach her either.After that,I just couldn't bring myself to like him.No matter how sweet he may acted later,no,nothing. The rest of the characters were plainly invisible to me.Savannah's mother was way too immature and selfcentered (what person really stops loving someone just because the whole world is against you???????And you knew it from the beggining??????You had to have a child before you were tired of everything????).Anne,one of Savannah's best friend was a bit noticeable but other than that,the story was focused only on the main couple. Oh,and one last thing!Who would have thought that all vampire genes do to you,is get you a cup up in your bra size,a gaze that dazes every male you set your eyes on and flexibility.Really????That famous bloodlust was almost nonexistent!
For me,the story was too one-dimensional to really invest in it,thus making Crave a bit of a tiring read.I guess though that as a book it will have a certain appeal to anyone looking for a love story set in a paranormal universe,with the paranormal element though playing a small part.Mostly,Crave is the love story between two teenagers who can't be together because of their paranormal nature.(less)
I just love, love, love Jennifer Estep! Honestly, her work is plainly brilliant! I mean, I couldn't possibly believe that her Mythos Academy series could get any better, but Dark Frost proves me wrong! And I so enjoy to be proved wrong in this case!
Dark Frost, as the title indicates, gets a much darker tone compared to the previous two books of the series. And that is apparent from the very first chapters of this book. Honestly, I didn't expect for things to escalate so quickly in the story, but they did. And I so admire Estep for the way she progressed with her story that I don't have words to describe it.
In many cases, Dark Frost felt a lot for me like the Harry Potter series. There weren't any similarities, don't get me wrong. I just felt that this series takes slowly a much darker turn much like the Harry Potter series did after a point. The story becomes darker book by book, until the point of the final battle. I just have the feeling that the Mythos Academy will be one of those series, that book by book will get even better, even darker and even juicer until the final battle that will change the world.
Really, I won't say anything whatsoever about what happens in this book. Absolutely nothing. But believe me when I say, that as soon as you start reading Dark Frost there is no way you can put it down. So many things happen, in every aspect that will leave your mind reeling for days!
Dark Frost, is maybe my favorite book in the series so far, with everything that happens and the way the characters develop. Even when Gwen behaves in an unlikely way, I love the way she feels more real. All in all, Dark Frost, is just amazing! You will enjoy it as much as the previous two books in the series and then some more!(less)
Maria V. Snyder just can't write a story that isn't amazing! Simple as that. This author is plainly brilliant and by each book of hers that I read she proves that over and over again. Scent of Magic is brilliant!
After reading and absolutely loving the first book in the Healer series, Touch of Power, Scent of Magic was among my most anticipated releases of 2012. And now that I read it, it seems that the time waiting for it to get published was well worth it. Scent of Magic just rocks!
Yeah, Kerrick and Avry weren't together apart from a few pages at the beginning and in the end, but still, I loved this book. I definitely missed the bickering between those two that added so much to the first story, but let's face the truth, even if they travelled together, the bickering would be much less considering the fact that they finally got together. And dividing the story in two, added way too many things on the whole plot. We got to learn so much more about Tohon's and Estrid's plans and many things became clearer, but still there are many answers to be given in the next book. As it is, I feel like I only got a glimpse of some things, like how and why both Death and Peace lilies interact the way they do with Avry. I just feel that there's more to it than simply because she's a healer and immune to their toxin.
Anyway, the story picks up immediately after the events of Touch of Power and Avry and Kerrick proceed in their own plans and paths until they finally meet again at the end of the book, where everything has changed for the worst. I mean that ending, just left me frustrated. Why oh why would you do this to us Maria??? To say that the end is a cliffhanger, would be an understatement. And not only because of the obvious thing that happens at the end, but also because of the implications of everything else that happens a few pages before... Oh, another long year of waiting...
All in all, Maria V. Snyder is one of my favorite fantasy authors out there, one of the few authors who write a fantasy novel exactly the way I like it. She's simply that gifted an author and her books are always an amazing journey to fantastic lands.(less)
Dark Companion, was a complete disappointment for me I'm afraid... What with all the 5 star early reviews I read, I was expecting a dark, gothic and full of mystery YA novel and what I got instead was a story with some gothic elements, a little mystery and a paranormal aspect that fell flat for me.
I understand that once more I find myself in the minority of reviewers, and writing a negative review is never a task I enjoy. Believe me. But Dark Companion, although a novel with huge potential, just wasn't the right one for me.
From the moment I started reading it, I had difficulties with the narration and the writing style. The constant use of past tense (that I don't usually enjoy, but let's face it, that's a matter of preference, and it doesn't mean a thing about the ability of a writer) in combination with some not so smooth sentence transitions, tired me. But as I said, that's a matter of preference.
The other thing I didn't like about the narration, was the fact that almost all of the characters in this story speak like they are of another era, or social background or age, than the one described. Teenagers talking with a vocabulary that doesn't suit them at all and the headmistress acting like she was coming straight out of a historical novel. And while I talk about Mrs Radcliffe, her dialogues with her sons especially sounded like they were coming from another century, all poised and forced. As poised was her behavior as well as her husband's and Lucky's, her son. And let me not get started with Mary Violet, one of Jane's best friends, with all the new words she invented like "funnify" and "cougarizer" and her constant loose translation of french sentences. They irked me to no end...
The only character who seemed to act and speak in an almost normal way (apart from his fascination with mythical creatures) was Jack, Mrs Radcliffe's other son, and the only character I enjoyed in this book. Apart from him, all the other characters seem like they almost don't belong. And in those characters, Jane is included I'm afraid... One would expect that her tough upbringing would leave a "mark" on the way she thinks and most importantly acts but Jane, reminded me more of an orphan girl of the 19th century than a girl of her age. And I may understand why she uses such a fancy vocabulary, but still what teenager says naturally " I'll become habituated to it"??? And since I'm talking about vocabulary, if I read one more time the word coitus I might scream. Honestly! I don't care why they don't use the word "fuck" (it's explained), but reading sentences like "Go coitus yourself" made me want to bang my head in any wall available...
As you can guess, character wise, this wasn't my favorite story. And sadly, the character I didn''t like the most was the main heroine. At first, those things I mentioned were of minor importance. But later on the story, the way she acts is incomprehensible, to say the least. I mean a guy you barely know, who has treated you like crap the night before, starts acting way too crazy. And when I say crazy, believe me if a guy did those things to me I would have run screaming at the top of my lungs. But apparently, Jane thinks that's not too strange, so she let's him do whatever he wants to her. When things about his strange behavior are explained, Jane still, thinks that everything is okay, just because "(Lucky) was glorious and golden and he needed me". So just because someone is beautiful, we should let them do whatever they want to us. Honestly, I can't start listing all the wrongs in such a sentence...
As far as the plot is concerned, again everything fell flat for me. The paranormal element of the story could as well haven't been there... There was no reason. Dark Companion could just as well be a contemporary novel if you ask my opinion. And as for the mystery and the gothic atmosphere, again I failed to locate them. Unless I can count as gothic the crap Lucky is pulling on Jane and as mystery the reason behind his behavior. I just can't see anything else I'm afraid...
All in all, Dark Companion was a story that just wasn't the right one for me. There were some good elements in it, the best being the way Accosta described Jane's past, but those weren't enough to take my mind of all the things I didn't like and let me enjoy this book. I couldn't recommend it, but there are many readers out there who have enjoyed it, so trust your guts on this one :) (less)
Defiance is the kind of book that is right up my alley. There's intrigue in it, a feisty and smart heroine, a compassionate hero, intricate world building, action and in overall a story that I would normally fall head over heels for. But, even though I really enjoyed reading Defiance, I can't say that I fell in love with it as well.
Let's start with what I liked about this book. And there are many, believe me. First of all, I really liked the heroine, Rachel.She was smart, independent, caring and rebellious, not taking for granted things people older than her took. I liked pretty much everything about her, even when she was bullheaded and acted in a way that jeopardised everything and everyone. Her behavior was consistent and I loved her even more when she made mistakes. Her development throughout the whole story was among my favorite parts of Defiance.
Logan on the other hand was the perfect match for her. He was calm and logical and everything Rachel needed.
The writing style was even paced and action packed. C.J. Redwine did an amazing job with her character and story development. There was constantly something happening making it hard to put this book down. The world wasn't that unique or different from other dystopian worlds out there, but it still added something fresh and new to the genre. But, despite how much I liked the idea behind Redwine's world, my main problem with Defiance, is the world building itself. Because the one thing I didn't like about this book, was the way it was intentionally vague on some crucial parts of how the world of Baalboden exactly worked. We know that it is a post apocalyptic world, but we don't get much info on what exactly happened or how things progressed, apart from that everything happened because of the Cursed One, who we don't know exactly what kind of animal is, where it came from or why it destroyed everything. There's the Commander, the villain of the story, whose endgame isn't apparent. And that's not exactly a bad thing, but we know next to nothing about him apart from how evil he is. I kind of needed more info about the main villain of the story. Maybe all those omissions were intentional, and more things will be explained in future instalments, but as it is, I felt like something was missing throughout the whole story.
The ending was a bit anticlimactic as well, and I also wanted a bit more development for the secondary characters, who for such a long book, were there just because the story needed them. They didn't have a voice of their own in the story. All those details, spoiled the fun of a really good book in all its other aspects.
All in all, Defiance is a story I truly enjoyed despite my minor problems with it and one I recommend to lovers of YA dystopian novels. It is totally worth your time and something tells me that the next book in this series will be even better.(less)
Masque of the Red Death is one of those books that makes it really difficult for me to rate them... It's one of those books that are really well written, with a unique story that technically are really good in almost everything, but I just couldn't bring myself to enjoy it as much as I expected to...
Let's start with the good parts of Masque of the Red death.
First of all, let me state that I haven't read the classic by Edgar Allan Poe. So, I can't say if it is close or not. I can't possibly compare this story to the one it is inspired from. I have read though a bit of Poe's work, so I can say that Bethany Griffin managed to capture the essence of Poe's work. There was that darkness and craziness of Poe's work in her story. Her main character Araby might as well have lived in one of Poe's stories. With my limited knowledge of Poe's work I can say that much at least. I really liked the darkness in her, how she acted in an almost crazy way but there was a simple logic in everything she did. I really don't know how to express myself better here.
Griffin's writing style is the other thing I really loved in this book. She's a really talented writer, gutsy and I honestly believe that we should expect great things from her. The world she created is an interesting mix of dystopian and steampunk and all that in a setting inspired by Poe's work. How much more of a unique setting could one expect? It completely amazed me to be honest.
But despite all that, as I said, I just couldn't really enjoy this book or get into it. I started reading it feeling intrigued with everything that happened, but soon after the first 1/3 of the book I had just lost my interest... I can't really pinpoint the exact reason. Maybe it just wasn't the kind of story that could grab my interest. And I tend to believe that this is the sole reason for not getting into the story. Because like I said, it is a really good book otherwise.
The romance between Araby and Will or Araby and Elliott just fell flat to me. I couldn't feel a spark with either of the guys, I'm afraid. Granted, Araby and Will is my favorite couple and I was more interested in those two, but still, I can't say that I was awed with the romantic element of the story. Maybe because I was overwhelmed with everything else that happened and I felt more drawn to the idea of the masks that dominated the whole story for me more than anything else.
All in all, Masque of the Red Death, is a really good book. Should I had to rate it without taking into consideration how invested I got into the story, it would be a 4 or 5 rating. But since I just couldn't really get into it, I'll settle for a 3 star rating. But despite my personal likeness of the book, I really believe that it is a quite unique one that anyone should read.(less)
Pushing the Limits is worth all the early buzz is getting and then some more... It's simply that good a book! It's the kind of book that you just have to read it, reach the last page and then continue on with your life. Yeah, that good.
It's no secret that this year has been a year of bad YA choices on my part, so subconsciously I stopped picking YA titles to read. Pushing the Limits was sitting in my TBR list for months before I decided to finally pick it up and now that I finished reading it, it kind of reminded me all the reasons I love reading this genre.
This book is amazing for so many different reasons and I can't possibly find one thing to say that I didn't like even if I tried. The writing style is incredible. The story flows easily, leaving the reader no room to feel bored or tired, and then there's that certain quality that makes Pushing the Limits a book you can't easily forget. Because this book, isn't your typical YA contemporary romance. Far from it. Pushing the Limits is the kind of book that talks about finding something worth fighting for, about finding meaning in your life when you think that everything is broken, a book that talks of hard things and knows how to handle them in a way that doesn't make them sound cheesy, but meaningful.
Pushing the Limits is the story of Echo, a girl who is deeply scarred both emotionally and phusically and doesn't even remember the details of her "accident" and Noah, the stoner guy who keeps changing foster homes but is nothing like what he seems to be.
I have to admit that from the premise alone, this book screams Perfect Chemistry all over. And I may have thought that they were alike for like a chapter or so. But it's nothing like it. Well, obviously they are both contemporary YA novels and they deal with two teenagers who are not what they seem to be but the resemblances stop right about there. Pushing the Limits deals with "hotter" issues, and in a really fascinating way. It's not centered on the romantic plot, the romance just comes along with the story, not being the main focus. And I found that refreshing. That way, when Echo and Noah finally get together, there weren't sparks flying everywhere, it just felt... natural.
As refreshing I found Noah's voice. At last, a fictional guy who thinks and sounds exactly like a guy his age would. He things about sex and envisions Echo in various sexy scenarios and not just lust after her in a non sexy and "innocent" kind of way. He wants to have sex with her exactly how any warm blooded teenage guy would. And McGarry gets that perfectly. I was kind of tired of fictional guys with minimum sexual urges and didn't even know about it. Sort of. Noah made me realize that in the most delicious way.
All in all, Pushing the Limits isn't an "easy" kind of novel. It's heart breaking and full of sorrow but also full of hope and need to change things for the better. I totally recommend it.(less)
OMG!!! Grave Mercy is the best book I have read this year, and probably one of the best I will read. And I'm not saying that lightly. It's one of those books that just amaze you and you know that will remember for long after finishing reading it. It's simply incredible. The kind of book noone should miss the chance reading.
There's not a single thing I didn't like about Grave Mercy. Not a single one. And for once I feel so right to be drooling over a title from its premise alone. Cause what the premise promises, is exactly what you get from this book and then some. The plot is fascinating, intriguing and so beautifully woven that you get sucked into Ismae's world and you don't want to resurface anytime soon. From Ismae's education in the convent to become a skilled assassin, delivering Mortain's will, to her introduction in the Brittany's court, Grave Mercy is an amazing journey of a girl learning how to stand by her own choices and distinguishing the right from wrong in a world where you can trust noone and a wrong decision might result in innocents dying.
Grave Mercy combines fantasy and historical romance with a dash of magic and all that in its finest form. It's a YA novel, but not quite. It's not the typical YA title one would expect. It's so much more. It's dark and death is ever present in this story, but despite all that it shows how even surrounded in death one can shine. The writing style is amazing and the pace of the book even. While not heavy in romance it is one of the most romantic YA titles I have ever read.
All the characters in this book, main and secondary alike, are well developed and even better delivered, each and everyone of them with his/her own place in the story. Ismae is slowly developing before the readers' eyes and I couldn't help but love her. She's yet one of my favorite female characters. She's not the damsel in distress, she's strong, she acts first and never asks for forgiveness if she believes that her actions are justified according to her inner sense of justice. Duval on the other hand is one of the most honourable heroes I have ever read in a book. He's the kind of character who without speaking great words of love or doing impressive and heroic things all the time, managed only by his actions to grab my interest and make me fall in love with him. He slowly works his way into Ismae's and the readers' heart.
All in all, words can't possibly describe how much I loved Grave Mercy and how truly fascinating a novel it is! One thing is for sure. I will "stalk" LaFevers from now on. Her writing style is so good that I don't want to miss any of her work.(less)
The Selection surprised me! This story truly took me by surprise and quite pleasantly that is. Should I have to describe it in just one word, that would be refreshing! Yeah, that's how much I enjoyed reading it.
First of all, I have to say that I picked this book having no expectations whatsoever. None. With everything that happened so early before the publication date (you all remember that reviewer vs author or editor or whatever drama that exploded a couple of months before, and if you don't, well, that's even better for you!), I kind of asked this book for review more from curiosity than anything else. And I'm glad to say that I really enjoyed it. I won't make any further mentions on that said drama, I just wanted to justify why I didn't have any expectations from this book, either high or low and also to thank a friend who urged me to read it because otherwise I might have never pick it up, which would be my loss...!
So, back on track! The Selection, isn't your typical dystopian story. To be frank, I couldn't really see many classic dystopian elements. Apart from the whole story being set in the future, were everything is changed, I just couldn't see any other dystopian elements. Surely, people are underfed and everything is altered but there was no real darkness, no real violence, and for me, The Selection isn't really classified in my mind as dystopian. It is more of a fairytale more than anything else. A fairytale set in the future. And because I read it as such, I think that I enjoyed it so much.
In the beginning, I felt like I was reading The Hunger Games. The resemblances in the tone were there. The structure of the society, the Selection, the competition, just everything screamed Hunger Games for me. But while in Hunger Games teenagers are fighting for their very life, in The Selection teenage girls are "fighting" to win the heart of a prince and a better future for them and their families. So, one can assume that at first, I wasn't really thrilled with the setting. Maybe because I could not put out of my mind one of the best books for me of the decade. Maybe because the comparison completely threw me off. But I have to admit that the beginning was a bit rough...
But, and here is the big deal with The Selection, soon after, I got so into the story, I warmed up to everything that Kiera Cass woven into her story, that I forgot everything. Cass writes in a refreshing way that doesn't allow you to put down her book. Her futuristic fairytale just grabbed my attention and I devoured it!
Her world is intriguing, the structure, how everyone is in essence just a number and how that number can affect and define a person and his/her life. Maybe the idea isn't really a novelty, but Cass used it in a very interesting way.
All in all, The Selection is a charming fairytale that, in my opinion, should be read keeping in mind that it's not your typical dystopian story. It's far from that and more than that. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it despite the drama that evolved around it.
Unfortunately this was not the book for me. Although the author was very creative in skipping the obvious problems issued by a relationship between a...moreUnfortunately this was not the book for me. Although the author was very creative in skipping the obvious problems issued by a relationship between a human and a ghost and the humorous tone of the book was a plus, I couldn't get into it.
I can easily say that Onyx is one of my most anticipated releases of the year! To anyone who follows my reviews is apparent that Jennifer Armentrout has become one of my favorite authors since her very first release, so, any of her books is in my auto buy and to die for list!
So, needless to say, I loved Onyx! Yeah, I know, it would be a rarity for me to say the opposite. But how could I possibly not love it? Armentrout knows how to write hot characters and even hotter and sexier romance. Simple as that. And not only that, but all that level of hotness wrapped up in a package of mystery and adventure. Oh, and lots and lots of humor! So, tell me, how could I resist such a package? Let me tell you, there's no way!
Onyx has it all! Enough twists in the plot to keep you turning the pages (but to be honest, even if the twists weren't there I would still keep turning my pages...), a main couple to die for, dialogues to make you laugh and of course, Daemon!!! Said enough I guess :P
Onyx was better than Obsidian in some departments, but not as good as in others I'm afraid. It was better plotwise. Many things happened in Onyx, much more than in the previous novel. And here, I have to say that the premise in Goodreads is really spoilerish... I mean, I had guessed on most of the twists of the plot only by reading the premise... And that was bad... Because I knew before I even started reading Onyx where the story was leading to, even if in rough estimations. I still enjoyed reading them, but I had guessed on them...
But, Onyx was also inferior compared to Obsidian is some departments. Humor is one of them. I may have laughed out loud while reading Onyx, but in Obsidian I couldn't stop. I missed the bickering between Katy and Daemon. They bickered a bit but not with that passion of the first novel. In contrast the romantic tension was full on. So, you see, in some departments things were better, in some, not so much . But to be completely honest with myself, I enjoyed Obsidian a little bit more...
And in that, Daemon's behavior played a major role. I know most will disagree with me, but all that jealous behavior of Daemon's in Onyx tired me a bit. I still find him adorable, but the way he went all alpha male towards Katy was a bit over the top for me. One or two even three incidents would be cool I guess, but all the times he acted out of pure jealousy was a bit too much for my taste. Or maybe a little bit unjustified I don't really know. Katy on the other hand seems more of the protagonist in Onyx than she was in Obsidian. The story is more centered around her even if Daemon is the one who steals the show in the end of day. But we learn more about Katy, and what I saw of her, I really liked I must say.
All in all, Onyx is good. Who am I kidding, Onyx is amazing, it just happens that I feel that Obsidian was a little bit better. Still, the way it ends, only makes me eager to get the next book in my hands as soon as possible! Totally recommend it :) (less)
I picked up Dark Kiss feeling quite certain that this book was right up my alley and that it would be a story I'd really enjoy. Unfortunately, although the story was something I would probably enjoy, the way it was presented and executed failed to grab my interest and entertain me.
My problems with Dark Kiss started really soon. From the very first chapters to be exact. I may knew and thus expected that in this story a kiss would play a major role, but still, the way the main heroine Sam, loses her soul through a kiss felt really cheesy. Cheesy and overused. But since I already knew and suspected that from the premise and title, I got past it easily. What I couldn't get past though throughout the whole book was the main heroine,Sam. I can easily say that she was the main reason I couldn't enjoy this book as much as I expected along with a couple more reasons, surely, but she, was unfortunately the main one...
From the first chapters I felt no connection with Sam, I couldn't fathom her reactions to things, I couldn't understand the way she acted or what exactly motivated her. More than enough times, I got the impression that she acted in a way, only because in that way, the story could move forward. It's something I have seen in other stories in the past, and not once did I appreciate it. There are always ways to proceed your story and make your heroes act in a consistent way. Always. And if not, then there's something wrong with the way the story proceeds. Sam, acted in a bizarre way many times throughout the book. From the beginning when she meets Bishop, the hero, a boy she never have seen before in her life and treats him as a long lost friend up to the end when she goes and confronts a total stranger who she doesn't even trust with some rather crazy (even if true) accusations, Sam, acts like no sane or real person would. At least the way I see it. My other problem with her, was the fact that she accepted things total strangers told her as facts way too easily... It was like: Bishop:" I'm an angel" Sam: " You must be joking right? Okay and what is your mission on earth?" You get the picture. Bottom line, Samantha needed work for me. And I have to admit that I focused so much to her and her unrealistic reactions so much that all the rest went more or less unnoticed.
The story, was something that I would enjoy and the execution, though not perfect was good enough but unfortunately, I couldn't get into the story no matter how hard I tried. Add to that the fact that it was repeated again and again that Sam was Special by almost everyone in the story from page one and I hate to admit it, but I couldn't wait to finish the book. I mean, the word special was mentioned every other page and we got no hints whatsoever as to why she was so special. I understand that those answers weren't given so easily to maintain the mystery of the story but still, all those appearances of the word special tired me a bit.
Writing a bad review is never a task I enjoy. Never. And I'm certain that what I didn't like in Dark Kiss, others may really enjoy, or find other things to like that I failed to see. But personally, I just couldn't enjoy this story, no matter how hard I tried.(less)
One Perfect Night was a cute and really, really fast paced read.It's one of those stories that you read and you don't even realise when you reach the...moreOne Perfect Night was a cute and really, really fast paced read.It's one of those stories that you read and you don't even realise when you reach the end. Yeah, it was that fast and combined with a sweet romantic plot, it's the perfect title to spend a quiet evening at your home while sipping some hot chocolate :)
I have to admit that as far as memorable characters or plot goes, One Perfect Night isn't original but that doesn't mean that it's not an enjoyable read. I liked the whole setting, the pace of the romance was good but unfortunately I can't say that I will remember it for long now that I have finished reading it. It was like watching a romantic comedy, only in paper, and that is always a good thing for me.
The characters were enough developed given that it was a rather small and quick read and I liked hoe Rachael Johns dealt with the emotional carriage of her two heroes and how she brought them together. There were some typical romance plots, but used in a way that didn't bother me and worked in advantage to the whole setting. Also, the fact that it's written in both Peppa's and Cameron's POV helped the reader learn more about both heroes and explore and understand their emotions and motives better.
All in all, One Perfect Night is the right book for you if you search for a light, fun and quick romance title.(less)
Have you read the premise of Circle of Desire??? As soon as I read it, images of one of my all time favorite shows, Alias, started coming to my head!...moreHave you read the premise of Circle of Desire??? As soon as I read it, images of one of my all time favorite shows, Alias, started coming to my head! I knew I just had to read this one, so before anything else, I have to thank the author for providing me with a copy of her book.
As I said, reading the premise, I thought I had something amazing in my hands, a non stop Romantic Suspense title, with enough twists in the plot to blow my head. And although is some departments it delivered exactly what the premise promised, in others I found it, not exactly lacking, but underdeveloped a bit. Let me explain. Circle of Desire has all the potential to be a mind-blowing book, a book, considering you are a fan of the genre, you won't soon forget. The writing style is fairly good, the sex scenes well delivered and the plot was unpredictable and with enough twists to keep you turning the pages. But unfortunately that wasn't enough for me. And it really saddens me to say so, because firstly I was certain that this book would be amazing and secondly, because as I said, the potential for it to be amazing was there.
I'll start with the plot of this book. As I said, it was unpredictable, with many twists while at the same time hot and engaging. But the fact that it was mostly focused on the sexual play between Olivia and Collin and less on more crucial parts of the story was a turn off for me. There were chapters after chapters, focusing solely on Olivia's sexual frustration over Collin and how much she wanted to have sex with him, while he was trying really hard not to succumb to her charms. I really get the necessity of those chapters, I just wished that along with them there were also some chapters focusing on the why's and how's of Olivia's capture. I mean there were times in this book, were whole weeks or even a month would pass by in the blink of a chapter and the only crucial thing we got to learn was how much Olivia lusted over Collin and vice versa. I just needed along with that some more details about how Olivia adjusted to working with a rival organisation, how she finally decided to be more cooperative apart from her being blackmailed. Since she was portrayed as a really strong woman, I kind of find it hard to believe that she just happened to fully cooperate.
We have some rather huge gaps in the timeline of the story. At one point, 5 months are skipped from one chapter to another, 5 months I may add that would have shown exactly how Olivia adjusts to her new status and life while at another point we are informed that Olivia will be used to frame The Circle, while on the exact next chapter we are already a week ahead and right when the whole plan is set into motion without any details whatsoever apart from the absolutely necessary. As you can guess, in many cases, I struggled to understand the motives of the characters and adjust to the omission of details.
Apart from the time gaps in the story, there are also a number of questions that by the end of the book, I hadn't gotten my answers to. For instance, what exactly, apart from a secret organisation, is The Circle? Why all that fuss around that sword? I know some answers were given but they didn't satisfy my curiosity, not by a long shot.
That being said, although I may had some issues with Circle of Desire, I have to admit that for the better part of it I really enjoyed it. I liked how Olivia was portrayed and how the action scenes were delivered. It's just the fact that this book could easily have been so much better that frustrates me.
All in all, Circle of Desire, was a fun book, one that I enjoyed for the better part of it, but I really think that if a couple of things were better delivered it could easily have been one of the best romantic suspense titles I have ever read. After all, I really love the idea behind the universe Carla Swafford has created.(less)
A Perfect Storm was a really pleasant surprise for me! You see, I had in mind to read something by Lori Foster, so when I was given the opportunity to...more A Perfect Storm was a really pleasant surprise for me! You see, I had in mind to read something by Lori Foster, so when I was given the opportunity to participate in the Blog Tour for her newest release, I jumped right on to it!
A Perfect Storm is the 4th book in The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series and although I haven't read the previous 3 books in the series, let me tell you, there wasn't a problem whatsoever to follow the story of Spencer and Arizona! Surely, at first I kind of felt that I was missing some crucial parts of their history but soon enough everything was cleared and I was able to really enjoy their story. I'm pretty certain, that having not read at least the third book in the series, where both heroes make their first appearance made me somehow miss a little bit of the dynamic of their relationship, but in overall, I didn't meet any problems with connecting to the heroes and following their adventures. So, if there's anyone out there who hasn't read the previous books and wants to start right from this one, go ahead! Lori Foster writes in such a way, that you won't encounter any problems whatsoever!
My favorite part of this book, was the way Foster portrayed her two main heroes and developed them as characters. Both Spencer and Arizona are really great characters (I have a rather soft spot for Arizona I'm afraid!), you could understand they had past, their past really influenced and defined them in the present, but both of them, just try to make the best they can, even through very traumatic experiences. Arizona is... amazing! I have a soft spot for emotionally traumatized heroes and Arizona is the best character I have ever read, who survived such cruelty. She isn't self pitying and she doesn't expect people to pity her. She just does everything she can in order to save people who share the same fate as hers. She is strong, independent,fearless and so very honest that I couldn't help but love her! Her toughness isn't just an act or a defense mechanism. All her past experiences have really toughened her and defined who she is. A survivor! The way she acts, almost childish in some cases, is plainly adorable. She's so ignorant in matters of relationships but so eager to learn everything, and I just adored her!
Spencer on the other hand is an alpha male. Someone who is scared by his wife's death and I also loved pretty much everything about him as well. The way he protects Arizona, the way he seems to understand her and finally the way he worked around Arizona's defenses and made her overcome some of her fears. The plot, was heavier on the romance department rather than the action department, and that was the only thing I wasn't thrilled about in A Perfect Storm. Somehow, I expected a little more action, but the action scenes were only a couple and not really extended. But despite my need for more action, the book was really easy to read, and the writing style just flowed.
All in all, Perfect Storm is a really good, Romantic Suspense title, that no fan of the genre should miss reading!(less)
PODs by Michelle Pickett is a rather difficult book for me to review and rate I'm afraid. And it's difficult because even though I enjoyed reading it...morePODs by Michelle Pickett is a rather difficult book for me to review and rate I'm afraid. And it's difficult because even though I enjoyed reading it and I finished it in no time it could easily have been so much better. The potential of a great story was all there. And even though I can't deny that PODs had a very interesting story the execution just complicated things a bit.
First of all, let me just say that I found the idea of PODs extremely fascinating. I kind of love dystopian novels and lately I seem to pick one great dystopian novel after the other, so the idea of a deadly virus that wipes out almost the entire human population and leaves only small groups of people to pick up the pieces just made me love PODs before I even picked the book up! Maybe the idea behind PODs isn't all that original. But I couldn't care less. After all I haven't read anything similar, even though there are similar books out there, and the certain Walking Dead vibe I was getting made me appreciate Michelle Pickett's effort all the more. And here I have to take some time and note that even though the idea of a deadly virus wiping out almost the entire human population isn't something new, the way Pickett planned the PODs and how the government planned to contain the virus was simply amazing and well thought. It wasn't just something done in haste. Pickett had an entire plan in her head and managed to communicate it to her readers but unfortunately the fact that PODs was actually at least two books squeezed in one didn't leave much room for all that brilliance to shine. Because my main problem with PODs was it's pace and how many information was squeezed in one book.
Throughout this story, there were large amounts of time that just passed in a blink of an eye. Literally. 15 months of seclusion in the PODs were squeezed in a matter of 100 pages, probably less. And that was such a shame. Because that way we couldn't really see how 10 strangers could live underground with nothing really special to do. We couldn't really see how that seclusion affected them nor what exactly was the dynamic of the relationship between all those strangers. We were just informed that any relationship progressed rather than witness it. It was just stated that they were affected by everything that was happening rather than see how each character developed through all the dramatic things that kept happening. We were being told that they were afraid but we couldn't sense their fear. Because usually in a chapter of 5 pages there was covered a span of two months. So it's only natural that things would go on the fast forward. Only that fact kind of ruined the potential of this story I'm afraid.
The same thing unfortunately applies to the romance of this story too. There was real chemistry between Eva and David, there was a spark between them but it couldn't possibly be fully explored and felt while months were passing by in a blink of an eye. With the chemistry between them imagine how great a story could PODs be if we could actually read how their relationship developed. But no, Eva and David went from friends to undying love in a blink of an eye. And it saddens me to say something negative about the romantic part of this book because their chemistry was great and better than other books out there that try really hard to show the reader how perfect is the hero for the heroine.
Anyway, PODs is one of those books I really enjoyed reading but I had more than a few problems with it, despite how much I enjoyed it. Michelle Pickett has a strong voice and I dare hope that we should expect great things from her. It's not that PODs is a bad book, far from it. It's just that it could have been so much better. after all ,the potential is all right there, in front of the reader's eyes.(less)
Stacia Kane needs no introductions... If you have ever read even one book of hers you know exactly what I mean. If you haven't already, what are you waiting for???
Chasing Magic is just perfect. Just as good as every other book in the series, just as dark, just as violent, just as twisted but beautiful and lyrical at the same time. I know. Twisted and lyrical or beautiful can't be put together in a sentence, but Kane manages to do just that. I'm a huge fan of the Downside Ghosts series, no news here and I honestly believe that it would take some really bad stories for Kane to write for me to change my opinion on this series. And so far, each book is as good as the previous one if not better in some cases.
Chasing Magic has non stop action. From the first chapter until the last, there isn't a single chapter that leaves the reader to "rest", 400 pages plus and there isn't a single moment that the story just progresses without something crucial happening. Not even one. Don't ask me how Kane manages that, but she does.
Some really sick and twisted form of magic makes its appearance in Downside and once more, Chess finds herself in the middle of all this. But along with catching a bad guy, Chess has to deal with her growing feelings for Terrible, with how to make a relationship between them work and finally accept that she is worth something.
The way I feel about Chess is unique. She is probably the only character in literature that I have ever felt this way. I can't understand her, not understand her exactly - that's not the correct way to phrase it, but more I can't comprehend why she treats herself that way. She can only blame herself for the majority of bad things that happens to her, but I can't help but love her and care for her, like a messed up sibling that no matter how much he/she hurts you you still care for and want nothing but the best. I can't really compare it in any other way.
She keeps destroying things again and again, she acts in a way that she very well knows that will bring her trouble or hurt herself and the people she cares for but still she goes and does exactly the worst and then keep blaming herself over and over again. One might think that such a behavior might turn me off, but on the contrary. Because somehow, Chess has really grown on me, and everytime she does something wrong, all I want is to turn back time for her and make things right. I care for her, in a way that no author has made me care for a hero before. And that is the brilliance of Kane.
That, and her writing style. To be honest, I don't know how many times I have said it already, but Stacia Kane is one hell of a writer. She doesn't write about gorgeous people, beautiful places and things or easy relationships. She writes about people with beautiful hearts, about messed up but oh so real people and about everything that is beautiful in its essence despite appearances.
Her world is dark and shitty and its residents maybe junkies or whores or whatever but it's a real world. A world where people struggle to survive and overcome their nightmares in any way they can, right or wrong. A world that sucks the reader in and doesn't let him "emerge" any time soon. A world, I love reading about.
All in all, Chasing Magic is just as good as the rest books of the series, that in its entirety is a series all lovers of UF should read. Trust me!(less)
Rules of Negotiation was a fun and really quick read that unfortunately I won't remember for long since I finished reading it. It's cute story, writte...more Rules of Negotiation was a fun and really quick read that unfortunately I won't remember for long since I finished reading it. It's cute story, written by a really talented author but somehow it's not something either extraordinary or fresh. It's a story told so many times already and that is probably why I will soon forget everything about it.
In this story you have a really gorgeous and successful hero, the kind that makes all female swoon all over him and the heroine who is beautiful but doesn't even suspect it, with low self esteem, who waits that said hero to "wake" her up and make her love herself and her life. The hero's motives of flirting with the heroine are shady, heroine learns all about it but by the time they have already fallen in love so everything is fixed in paradise.
That's the story of Rules of Negotiation and honestly nothing more. I know it was obvious from the summary of the book that this would be the story, but I always expect that something is added, something that will make you remember the story, maybe the characters, or a spin in the narration, anything. Unfortunately with this book, nothing new was added. And although it was a fun and quick read, it can't really stand out among all the other books with a similar story out there.
Before I say anything else, I want to point that Inara Scott's writing style is really fresh and effective and that was what I most enjoyed in this book. The story itself of the book couldn't really grab my interest, but it was written in such a way that I wasn't bored or tired. And for a book that couldn't hold my interest, that means a lot.
The romantic plot was a bit forced for me. I mean, I didn't even have the time to adjust to the idea that Brit and Tori were lightly flirting and BOOM! they move into a whole other territory of making out. Honestly, I just had the sense that everything progressed way too quickly between them. I felt like I was a bit forced to see the attraction between them and I just couldn't see any of it.
Another thing that I didn't really like in this story was that the plot was a bit loose. From the summary, we get the idea that Brit wants something very essential for his family from Tori, and for that he seduces her. Now, should what he needed was indeed very important, I honestly wouldn't mind the way he treated Tori. But to seduce a woman, just for something like that, is unethical. Surely it's unethical on both accounts, but at least if it's a matter of life and death you can forgive someone the lengths he goes to succeed. But Brit, has no excuses. And I simply couldn't really like him after that. He kind of reminded me a spoiled kid who does anything to achieve whatever he wants.
Tori was a far kinder character, and someone I enjoyed reading about but still, their story and their romance was nothing I will remember of.
All in all, Rules of Negotiation was a light and fun read but don't expect fireworks from it. You will be disappointed. It's not exactly not worth your time, but not something to go crazy over either.(less)
Summoning the Night is the perfect sequel to Kindling the Moon! If you really liked the first book of the series, then you should definitely continue with this one. Every single thing that I loved about Bennett's writing style and her story in Kindling the Moon is present in the sequel as well!
The thing I loved the most about this book was the way Bennett expanded her storyline. She didn't just stick to the first book of the series but created a brand new story to unfold in Summoning the Night. We may have the same cast of heroes and the same rules apply to the universe, but Bennett delivers a fresh new story that you can't possibly put down for a minute. Arcadia develops as a character in this book and I really enjoyed to observe the way she slowly starts to trust people again after all those years of living in hide and how her relationship with both Lon and Jupe gets stronger.
I found the mystery in Summoning the Night somehow better delivered than that of Kindling the Moon. It was harder for me to get all the clues and the twists in the plot just made things even better. The villain here is seriously sick (in the way I really like!) and trying to piece together all the parts to find the bad guy was more than fun.
But once more, everything is overshadowed by a delicious teen named Jupe! Yeah, I know, I said it before, but Jupe is just amazing! I mean his voice is so fresh and full of humor that makes this series a true joy to read and make me wish that Jenn Bennett will seriously consider of writing a book about him once he gets a little older. Honestly, I can't get enough of that boy! I just love him!
All in all, Summoning the Night is just the perfect sequel to Kindling the Moon, and all fans of the first book should read this one ASAP. You won't regret it, believe me!(less)
I just love anything Richelle Mead writes, so when I saw that she's starting a new adult series I was beyond excited! Well, I love everything about th...moreI just love anything Richelle Mead writes, so when I saw that she's starting a new adult series I was beyond excited! Well, I love everything about that author, her writing style, the way she manages to communicate to her readers her characters' emotions and the intricate and complex worlds she builds. So yes, Gameboard of the Gods was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. Unfortunately, and it really pains me to say so, but this story isn't the right one for me.
The world building is way too complicated and for the best part of the book I felt completely lost, trying to figure out what happened, how exactly the world worked and where the heroes were standing. Yes, the world was interesting but when I have read about the half of the book and still I'm missing crucial parts of the plot, then I can't really appreciate the complexity.
Mae reminded me a lot of Rose from VA, it was almost like an adult version of hers, especially at the beginning and that was another thing that I didn't really like. And the romance fell completely flat for me. Justin on the other hand is yet another male character that the author usually writes, nothing new or fresh to him either. Well, except for the fact that he was hearing voices...
Gameboard of the Gods isn't a bad book, but somehow when I'm talking about a book written by Richelle Mead, my standards are pretty high, so yes, I kind of expected fireworks from this one, but I didn't get any. Maybe it's my own fault for having such high expectations but this book failed to impress me in almost every aspect of it. Except for originality. The world building is indeed fresh and unexpected.
I had read quite some time ago Kiersten White's debut title Paranormalcy and even though I haven't still got around the rest of the books in this series, I remember I liked this author a lot, mostly because of her fresh and humorous writing style. So, when I got the chance to review Mind Games, I jumped right at it certain that I was in for another interesting story, quite well written. So, imagine my disappointment when Mind Games is in fact nothing like I was expecting it to be. And if that was my very first attempt of reading this author's stories, I can go as far as saying that it would probably be my last. Yeah, Mind Games, was bad.
Let me take things from the start. As soon as I started reading Mind Games, I had the feeling that I would have a hard time with it. What with the fact that it was written from both sisters' POV and the constant back and forth in the time of the narration, Mind Games was destined to be either mind blowingly good or unnecessarily intricate. And from the result, I can only claim that it is the latter... To say that I had a hard time with Mind Games, would be an understatement. All those parentheses that marked mostly Fia's internal dialogues and the repetitions just to emphasise a point, not only made me feel like I was stupid and I needed the repetition to understand something but they also made me nervous as hell. Imagine reading the whole time about Fia's nervous habit and how she tapped, tapped, tapped her fingers the whole time, or how bad, bad, bad was a situation and you'll get what I mean. I have my own nervous habit of tap, tap, tapping my own leg, I don't need to read about someone else's tick, thank you very much...
Now, about the plot. From the premise, you get a glimpse of a rather interesting plot and world building. I mean we're talking about an organisation that gathers special girls and uses them for their nefarious purposes. It can't get more interesting than that right? But the execution was rather sloppy I'm afraid. It was like reading a draft. There were huge gaps everywhere in the narration and here I have to note that since I was reading the arc, maybe, some changes were made until the final product. I can't be sure. But as it was, Mind Games seemed like it was written in haste. We have a very interesting idea of a world building that was never fully explored. As nothing was explored or presented in this book in its full potential. Not the story, not the characters, nothing. Like I said, sloppy.
The characters were flat. Even though we get to read the story from both Annie and Fia's POV, still we only know them on the surface. White barely explores the potential such intricate characters have. Because both Annie and Fia have a very interesting background and lead a very interesting and unusual life. Fia is trapped murdering people to keep her sister safe while Annie in addition to not being able to see is also trapped literally, living a life in a golden prison. So when you present to the reader such interesting characters, then yes, the reader expects to see those characters fully explored and not just superficially. The dynamic in the relationship of those sisters while one might expect it to be mind blowing is just flat. As a result, I just couldn't like them. I didn't care for them and I couldn't even understand them at times, because they seemed to act with no motive. And I won't mention any secondary characters. When the main ones aren't sufficiently developed, then the secondary ones usually suffer a far worse fate.
And while Mind Games was a very quick read, still I found myself hoping for it to end sooner. After a point reading it was pointless. There was no way I would be able to connect with the main characters, there wasn't a romantic subplot to catch my interest and the plot, even if fast paced, still seemed pointless to me. Something like a chase were you're running and you don't even know what you're running from.
The action scenes, were too short and left me unsatisfied while the whole ending failed to impress me. I had understood exactly how everything would play out, so even that, fell flat for me. Not that it wasn't a nice twist, but when you can see right through your characters actions and anticipate that twist, it kind of loses its purpose and the same goes for the element of surprise...
All in all, I was very disappointed with Mind Games and to be honest, I don't think I will be reading the next book, even though I truly believe that Kiersten White can do so much better. Maybe exactly because I know how good stories this author can deliver I won't continue reading this new series of hers. I'll just stick with her Paranormalcy one until she writes something new. (less)
Through the Ever Night was one of my most anticipated YA releases for 2013. I loved so much the first book in the series, Under the Never Sky, and I was so looking forward to the sequel, that as soon as I was granted access to the e-arc, I immediately started reading this book.
But, I’m afraid that even if I liked Through the Ever Night, I didn’t like it quite as much as I did the first book, for a number of reasons. The first reason, was the fact that I just couldn’t really get into the world Veronica Rossi created. Or not exactly get into it, but remember all the details and get immersed into the book as soon as I was hoping to. If you remember from my review of the first book, I had similar problems understanding exactly how the world worked. Problems that as soon as I moved past, I just couldn’t put the book down. So, it’s only natural that I wasn’t expecting to face similar problems in the second book as well. Maybe it’s my own fault for not remembering all the details. But still, I don’t usually face similar problems with stories and with worlds even more complicated than that of Through the Ever Night. Granted, the world building is complicated and intricate and unique, but still, I shouldn’t be facing any problems especially after being quite a few chapters into the book. Anyway, the details of the world building, even if a little bit later than what I was expecting, came to me, but still, I found myself not being so excited about this story as I was with the first one. Maybe because in this sequel, the story was more centered around the tribes rather than Perry and Aria’s story and all those descriptions from their journey that so fascinated me in the first book were absent. Perry and Aria are away from each other for a good part of the book, their relationship seem to be static and even if there are a couple of journeys described, they’re not half as good as what they were in the first book.
Other than that, Through the Ever Night follows the exact same pattern as the first book, it is quite well written and with good character building. Lyv and Roar story was among my favorite things about this book.
All in all, Through the Ever Night, may be inferior, in my opinion, compared to Under the Never Sky, but it’s not a bad book, not by a long shot. And the ending, just left me wanting for more. To say that I thought that there were a couple of pages missing from the file would be an understatement. Fans of the series, won’t be disappointed. (less)