I don't know how many times i've said this word in the past days,but God,i loved Faefever.Once i picked this book up,i just couldn't put it down,and i'm guessing that i will have the same feeling no matter how many times i'll read those books!Karen Marie Moning once again delivers a book full of suspence,mystery and sexual tension!Just perfect!
In Faefever everything changes!This book stands as a bridge between a normal world and a world consumed by darkness,standing on the edges of a dystopian novel.It's a bridge between the Mac we got to know in Darkfever and a Mac that will completely change.I don't think that Faefever is the 3rd book in this series by accident.It's right in the middle of the story with a first half closer to what we knew from the previous books and the second,slowly introducing the reader to a different and darker world.
Once again,Mac's personality develops,a development i'm not sure will stop until the story is finished.Along with her world that darkens,she herself starts acting and thinking in a completely different way than in the first book.Still,she struggles to keep what she can from her old self,but the story needs a different approach from her towards things and she adjusts perfectly. One thing i loved in Faefever is that we are introduced to a couple new characters.We meet more closely with Christian,the enigmatic Scott that seems to be holding a special part in the story and Dani,the young sidhe seer with the really bad mouth but adorable all the same!I don't know how Dani will evolve and what her place in the story will be by the end,but i really thing that it's a character that really needs a book about herself in some point!It's a really interesting character despite how young she is and i really enjoy reading about her. We also get to know more about inspector Jayne,another character i really enjoy reading about.I like that he too,doesn't care how a job will be done,as long as it gets done!
All in all,Faefever,is yet another astonishing book in the Fever series and yet again,the ending is a major cliffhanger.Seriously,the endings in those books become worse (in terms of suspenfull endings) as the time passes.But i still love them,and love the way i am totally sucked into this dark world!...more
Needless to say,i became a huge fan of Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane.If you have read my previous reviews of the other 2 books in the series i'm guessing you understood how much i liked them! City of Ghosts,is as good as the previous books and if i may say even better!
Downside Ghosts series is among those series that just gets better by each book and each one of them manages to grab the reader's attention and suck him even deeper into an amazing world!I find it hard to write this review cause i think that i have already said everything in my previous reviews...The plot is amazing and the world where the story unfolds is getting even crueller, book by book, but still beautiful in it's own ways!I think that for a world where no religion exists,this book's characters are really religious,but believing in themselves and their own power rather than somewhere else.
I just loved the way the relationship between Chess and Terrible builds up.It's among the most believable couples i've encountered in books,with a relationhip not full of roses or any other sweetness,something that surely fits with the whole setting of this story.Nothing here is easy or beautiful,but still,you get to love every aspect of this world!Every character here isn't sketched perfectly but his darker emotions are vividly displayed!And i just loved that!That's how real people are,not just perfect,conscious and righteous the whole time!And maybe that's why i enjoyed every single page of this book,scratch that,of every book in this series!
The plot again follows the same steps,as in the previous books,but here we get to learn more on everything!More on the characters' life,more on the world,on the politics and the way everything works,plus more on the Lamaru,the really bad guys!All in all,a more than decent book and definitely the best series i started this year!I'm guessing my Christmas came earlier,when i decided to pich this series!...more
I'm becoming seriously addicted with this series...I started reading slowly,but after a couple chapters i just couldn't put this book down...It was fast paced,sexy and even heartbreaking at points!
More or less,Unholy Magic follows the same pattern and plotline of Unholy Ghosts.We follow Chess's adventures,while she's yet again on the chase of some seriously bad magic and ghosts and along with that thrill ride you get to know more and more about her,the people surrounding her and the world where the story unfolds. This time i didn't encounter the same language problem i had with the first book of the series.I don't think that happened because of any change in the writing style,i just got used to it and didn't have a problem getting into the story immediately.And what a story it was...!I don't know if it's just me and the fact i got into the story immediately this time,but the story of Unholy MAgic seemed to me somehow more tight than the one of the first book.It still has the same even pace but the difference was that now i understood exactly the world building and how the bad guys worked.Again,i'll note that it maybe just be me and nothing actually different in the writing style.Believe me,knowing from the beggining what's going on and not trying to translate the dialogues is a huge advantage!
Anyway,again in this book i was a bit troubled by Chess's drug addiction,which is shown in more extent in this installment,but again i found myself caring deeply for her and what happened to her.I mean,on the one hand i couldn't connect with her and the actions she was more or less forced to take because of her addiction but on the other i could really feel her and sympathise with her.I could actually feel her frustration and how imprisoned she felt at times and for that exact reasons i really wanted for every bad thing that happened to her to get fixed right that second,only for her to feel better.I knew she just met the coincequences of her very actions but that didn't make me feel bad for her nonetheless. Terrible on the other hand is... just an amazing guy.I have to admit,my all time fictional crush is Bones,but i'm afraid to say so,he's starting to have some serious competition...!Who could have imagined that a seemingly impenetrable and tough guy could actually be so sensitive and thoughtfull!I just loved him and his fightings with Chess were amazing.Through those fightings you could get glimpses of his character and the way he thought about things and i really enjoyed those parts,well mostly!My other part was just occupied feeling Chess's desperation during those fights...
There's really not much i can say about this book,if you have read the first one don't expect many differences here.Same easy writing style,strong plot and amazing set of characters.So,if you liked the first book in the series,this will get you addicted further to this amazing,dark,cruel but wonderful world!Honest;y,Downside Ghosts is the best Urban Fantasy series i read in 2010.Don't miss it!...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
OMG!Storm Born was really good and interesting!Thorn Queen... is that much better!I really don't know how Richelle Mead manages but her writing gets better and better the whole time!To be honest,i didn't expect the sequel of Storm Born to be better and some reviews i read where a bit disheartening but i was quite pleasantly surprised!I enjoyed every single page of this book and especially after a certain point i just couldn't put it down!
I liked all of the characters' evolution.We got to learn much more about Kiyo's character,who in the first book of the series was the impersonation of male sexual attraction.Well,in this book we get to know a bit more about his character and motives and to be honest,i wasn't that thrilled of his character!I didn't like how he treated Eugenie at bed and much like he treated her in the bedroom he also treated her outside of it.I somehow got the feeling that he was a bit intimadated by Eugenie's power plus he just wanted to have the upper hand in everything,he just did it in not that obvious a way.More or less i was a bit troubled with Kiyo in this book and by the end of it i was mad at him!
Eugenie on the other hand is yet again torn in this book.Torn between two men and two worlds each one of them are representing a different part of her soul.She loves Kiyo but she's attracted to Dorian as well.She feels human,but the same sense of responsibility that feels towards protecting humans grom gentry,she also feels towards her people,no matter how much she resents herself for that.In overall,Eugenie is among the most well built and consistent characters i have ever come across in books and i just really love her!
Dorian,is pretty mush the same wonderful Dorian of the first book,and although again his appearances aren't very long i just love him!Haven't i already told i'm team Dorian?He still has his own motives about everything he does but he somehow feels a little bit more trouthfull than Kiyo.I just hope he doesn't turn to be a completely selfless bastard,cause that will be a major let down!
The story is amazing!Quick paced and with some breathtaking descriptions!The parts where Mead describes Otherworld are really like coming out of another era!Her world building was obvious from the first book,but here many parts of the story unfold at Otherworld,thus giving us the chance to meet this world in more details!And i just loved the way Mead combined our modern world with the one where electricity doesn't even exist as a concept!It was wonderful!
One more thing i want to add is that i also liked the way Richelle Mead is treating her heroes...She's not afraid to make them live through terrible incidents and get out even stronger as characters.She did it with Rose in Vampire Academy and she did it yet again with Eugenie.I'm not gonna say more cause it will be a huge spoiler but once i reached that part of the book i was left speechless!
After finishing Thorn Queen,all i can think is that i really need to read the next book in the series,but i have to wait unfortunatelly!At least Vampire Academy will soon be in my hands,so,that counts for something!...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
Unholy Ghosts... is different from whatever i expected!Maybe the best and more hardcore urban fantasy book i've ever read!Stacia Kane created an amazing,though a bit confusing for me at times world that sucked me in from the very first pages of the book.
I must admit,i had a bit of a problem with the language that is used here.English isn't my native language and at first i found it hard to understand the slang that is being used,especially at the dialog parts.But after a while i got used to it and more or less i understood what was going on.But the language was a small problem and to be honest,i don't know if the world building was indeed so confusing or i just failed to understand it especially at the beggining.Kane surely created a dark and violent world almost post apocalyptic.I loved that exact fact!I enjoyed the chilling and sometimeds gruesome descriptions and even the cast of anti heroes rather than heroes that she picked.The main heroine,Chess,is a drug addict,Church employ.What is Church you might ask.Church is somekind of a new religion,or rather something like a governement,since religion doesn't exist in this story,that just believes in facts and expects of all people to believe in that too.In a world were all religious teachings failed big time,all that is left is a strict belief in facts.Ghosts are vicious entities,killing people and Chess's job is to banish those ghosts in the name of Church.The world structure is really more complicated and to be honest i couldn't exactly understand how the ghosts killed people but somehow that didn't make me like any less the book.
As,it didn't make me like it any less the unusual gathering of protagonists...As i said the main heroine is a drug addict,the hero the chief reinforcer of a drug dealer and the third part a rival gangster.An unusual cast don't you think?But they fit exactly in this world.I was annoyed by Chess's excess use of drugs,cause i want my heroes strong willed but at the same time i cared about what happened to her and i even liked her for her sympathy.In the end of the day,i think that Chess has a lot more to show as the series proceeds and i just hope she'll quit drugs.I don't want to start an ethical discussion about drugs using and i believe that that wasn't the author's intention either.It's just the way she created her world... Terrible on the other hand,the main hero,is unlike any other male protagonist i've ever encountered...Not your typical to die for guy,but huge and scarred,not only on the outside but on the inside as well.Although we don't get to learn more about his personal story in this book there are hints that more will come. Finally Lex,is the rival gangster who has also claims on Chess.I can't say much about his character as he wasn't really developed and didn't appear in the better part of the book.I just know that i don't want Chess to end up with him...As you guess i'm already team Terrible!
The writing style was perfect...!Dark,creepy,chilly with amazing descriptions even if they were gruesome.The pacing was even.The parts were nothing happened were small and immediatelly after them followed some action filled scenes.I wasn't bored not even for a minute.
All in all,Unholy Ghosts is a really promising first book in a series that i most definitely continue reading.And any Urban Fantasy fan out there should give this series a chance.Believe me you won't be disappointed!...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
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
I was debating for quite some time whether to read this book or not.What with my unsuccesful picking among urban fantasy titles lately,i was afraid this book might be turn out to be a dissapointment.Having read it now,there's only one thing i can say: i couldn't be more wrong in my assumptions and i shouldn't wait so long to read it!
Nightwalker,is the first novel in what seems to be a really exciting series.It had everything i'm looking for in an urban fantasy series,non stop action and a really subtle romance,that promises to grow as the story progress. The fact that the protagonist was a 600 year old female vampire that kicks ass was a fresh turn among all those titles where the vampire who kicks ass is usually male!In Nightwalker,both the male and female protagonist are quite strong and they take turns protecting each other.At last,Drake presents a leading couple where both of them stand on their own feet,they are independent and their survive is not a matter of the strong one looking after the weakest one,but more a matter of trusting each other and managing to cooperate.I haven't encountered such a leading couple since Jeanniene Frost's Night Huntress series.
The plot is quick paced and battles are constantly succeeding one another,never letting you put down this book.In the plus side of this book is the fact that Drake tries to create a new world of vampires,weres and other mythical creatures,which may not be something completely new,but the relations between all those creatures is definitely something i haven't encountered in a book yet.
The romantic element as i said,is quite subtle or even non existent in this novel,but the attraction between Mira and Danaus is evident and promises to unravel into something exciting over the next books in the series.
All in all,Nightwalker was an amazing start of a series that i will most definitely keep on reading.I love urban fantasy titles and this one is worth the timing reading it!...more
The Harrowing is the perfect Halloween read!I just loved it!It's been some time since i stayed awake at night just to finish a book but with Harrowing i just couldn't sleep unless i finished it!
It was an incredible book,like watching a good horror movie unfolding between your pages!The atmosphere was chilly and creepy and since i was reading it at night there were times i caught myself looking with the corner of my eye for anything moving.The story was short,something really good cause that way it didn't drag and page after page there was something new and scary happening.You have all the typical cliches of a horror movie (i really can't compare it with another horror book since i haven't read any other before) but believe me i didn't care for a minute and it didn't spoil the fun of the book either.The strange sounds and the creepy presence in this book are given so vividly that if you closed your eyes you could hear and feel them as well!
The story is set in a university dorm where 5 teenagers with nothing seemingly common between them stay there for the Thanksgiving weekend.They start a seance as a joke and from there all hell breaks loose.I liked that the horror in this book was equally mixed with a nice touch of mystery,with the story of a kid,who lived and died 80 years ago in the same place,unfolding along with the current story.I loved the way Sokoloff approached the matter of ghosts and demons.Firstly,at last the supernatural element is approached through a scientific approach and the kids tried really hard to explain everything logically before accepting the supernatural.All those Freudian quotes and the attempts to explain ghosts under a Freudian perception of facts just made me love it even more.My best friend and I are both psychologists and just die of good ghost stories and have made endless conversations about them where Freud certainly has his share of mentioning.The other thing i loved was the demonic approach through Kaballah.The only things about demons i know are those Christianity provides.Reading about how another religion perceives evil and demons just fascinated me!
I don't want to say much about the story and the characters in this book cause part of it's magic is to know about them while reading the book.So,i'll just say that i totally recommend this book to everyone who loves ghost stories!...more
To the Edge,is a book i picked after i read and totally loved Anne Stuart's Black Ice.I thought if romantic suspence is so good a genre then the first book in The Bodyguards series by Cindy Gerard might be just as good.But no!!!I couldn't be more mistaken!
First of all,i must say that this book was more of a romance novel than anything else.Granted it falls under the category of romantic suspence but i finished reading this book,and still i'm waiting for that suspence to come...
Reading the premise i waited for a non stop action book,a plot full of twists and at least something that would actually make me believe that the protagonist was in grave danger...Nothing of these ever happened.
From the first page it was evident that this was a romance novel.And i like romance,don't mind me, but i was expecting to read something totally different.And maybe that was my mistake and the reason i couldn't make myself like this book.I immediatelly disliked it somewhere after the first 20 pages.I mean come on,you see a man in your apartment and believe he's there to kill you and along with your fear you can't help but notice how well built or gorgeous you're potential killer is...???Come on,who does that?Screaming is an acceptable reaction,fainting as well,but noticing your killer's muscles....no,that's not acceptable or believable.After that point,i was so turned off by the writing style that it's a wonder i kept reading...But i did it,despite the slow pace of the book and by the end of it although i wasn't thrilled,this book didn't feel like a total waste of time either.
My other big problem with this book was the total lack of suspence or action.Apart from 5 or 6 threatening letters or notes or messages you don't get to have anything remotely close to action until the very last chapters... When you start reading a book where the male character is there to protect his -damsel in distress- female character from unknown threats,somehow you believe that this book will evolve more around those threats or the potential danger and less around the feelings of the protagonists.Alas,this book was a study on human feelings.Jillian has the amazing power of knowing exactly what other people are feeling and based on that power does everything she can to help them and Garrett spends chapters after chapters analysing his feelings of guilt or his lustful thoughts towards Jillian and listing again and again why his feelings for her are so inappropriate and a potential relationship between them catastrophic.And speaking of romance,i just felt that the romantic element between the two characters was somewhat forced...I felt forced by the constant descriptions to believe how those two were lusting over each other in a totally consuming way.And that just ruined everything!Granted after many chapters the romance felt more real but half of the fun was already ruined.
Anyway,it's more than obvious that i didn't like this book,but not because it was that bad written.It was more because i waited for a completely different read and To the Edge was,well,not my cup of tea.A fan of romantic novels will probably appreciate this book in ways i couldn't because although i love the romantic element to be present in a book and i don't mind any sex scenes i also want the book to have more elements apart that of romance.So,i would recommend this book but to anyone who loves romance and sees this book as a romance novel and not a romantic suspence one....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.
I really didn't have no expectations when i started reading this book and to be honest,i didn't know much about the storyline.I just picked it becauseI really didn't have no expectations when i started reading this book and to be honest,i didn't know much about the storyline.I just picked it because i liked the cover and i was expecting for yet another YA book with a storyline close to the "Twilight Saga school".Teenager,moving to a new town,with a bunch of problems to solve,where she meets the cute guy and all paranormal hell brokes loose soon after her arrival.Watching it from a distance,it really looks like another Twilight clone,but reading it made me think twice.Of course,the basic plot resembles Twilight,but thankfully, as the story goes on,things get better and Carrie Jones manages to deliver a quite unigue book in the paranormal YA literature.
I've read of pixies before,that's true,but this was my first book,where pixies where the protagonists,and they were quite mean as well.The main heroine also,Zara,was quite well developed as a character throughout the book,from being the death stricken teenager who collects phobias,just to overcome her own fears,to a young woman,who does everything in her power to help those she loves.Nick,was also sexy as hell and the rest of the surrounding characters,although not developed at all,where good in surrounding the whole plot.
What i didn't like,though,was firstly,the fact that so many things happened in such a short amound of time.It's quite unbelievable if you come to think it more closely,how a person can grow over such a small amount of time,and how the heroes feelings change from one page to another.I always have the same problem with many books,and i just find it irritating.Ok,i agree,the writer can't rumble on and on for chapters without anything happening just to show us that time is passing,but to actually believe,that all those things happened in about a week,well,it's impossible,at least for me.Another thing,that,again,i come across most YA books as well as this one and find it disturbing,is the fact that every paranormal being has the need to go to school...Whether it's a vampire,a werewolf,an angel,a fairy or a pixie,all those creatures seem to have the unstoppable need to go to school just to create the perfect setting for the writer and,in most cases,without further explanation.
Apart from those points though,Need was a fairly good written book,although awkward in some points,whose biggest advantage for me was its atmosphere.Jones managed to deliver a chilling story,in the perfect setting.I mean Maine,has already got it's reputation from Stephen Kings' books,and Jones managed to preserve that atmosphere up to a certain point.
All in all,this book,is,your typical paranormal YA book,but you read it quite pleasantly and i will most definitely continue with reading the sequel.
OMG!I really didn't expect to like this book so much!Surely Morganville Vampires is a series with a certain hype but i didn't know what to expect of this book,plus,i didn't read any reviews before reading it which turned out to be a really good thing!Having not read i single review i avoided any even minor spoilers and that made me like this book even more because of the many unexpected turns in the plot.Most of the things weren't obvious and i found myself constantly turning the pages to see what happened next.
I liked every single character in this book.Though Claire is the main heroine,all of the surrounding characters are fairly good developed,at least as much as a first POV narration allows.I loved both Shane and Michael so much that at points i couldn't decide who was sexier...Claire is a fantastic character.She is smart,she's self dependent and she doesn't think that everything evolves around her.Granted,she's insecure at times,but who teenager isn't?
And i really enjoyed the sence of companionship this book has.It has been some time since i encountered a company where everyone really cares about each other.
The plot of this book is really good and engaging.It's full of action but not really overstreched scenes where the reader is tired or bored.Rachel Caine knows exactly where to end one scene end begin a new one.The romance is seizling although not the main focus of the story,something i also liked very much.My only complaint is the ending...I understand the need of a cliffhanger ending but not when it's done so obviously deliberatelly.The last chapter felt like it belonged to the next book or that it needed a few more lines at least.Fortunately,i immediatelly started the next book and my impression was that the last chapter was in fact the first one in the next book.I don't know ifi t's just me (and believe me i do like cliffhangers) but i felt that the ending was abrupt just to leave you wondering...
To sum it up,Morganville Vampires is a series any YA fiction fan should read.It's fresh, full of surprises and an utterly engaging read!...more
A Great and Terrible Beaty is indeed a very beautiful story,not great,but certainly beautiful, of a young girl struggling to know herself and her place in the Victorian England.The story starts somewhere in India where the main heroine,Gemma,is witness to her own mother's death and soon after returns to England and a boarding school where all sort of strange things start happening.
I have to admit this book starts really slow.In the first half or so nothing significant happens.All we learn is about Spence Academy and life there,the girls Gemma meets there and the dynamics that are created between those girls.That first half was a bit boring and i had to struggle to keep on reading but i'm glad i did.After a certain point,the story picks up and although up to the end nothing huge happens,the mystery around things that happened in the past,as well as Gemma's attempts to know herself and her powers on her own,make the story really interesting.Granted,many things are left unanswered.But it's a story that has two more books until its closure,so i hope that on the next instalments those answers will come.
The characters in this book are quite interesting.The friendship between Gemma and Pippa and Felicity though is a bit strange.Gemma knows that those two are clearly selfish,spoiled girls and despite that, she trusts them.When her trust is betrayed,she just continues hanging out with them for reasons i just can't see myself.And not only that,but decides to confide in them her greatest secret and take them along in a journey that even herself doesn't know where it ends.Many things bothered me in that friendship and in those girls' behavior and in many points,the story focused more on that proclaimed friendship instead of more crucial points.
The atmosphere though in this novel is amazing.What with the academy and all the shadowy corners,the woods and the caves,Libba Bray delivers a story full of incredible images and a sense of mystery in the air that is almost touchable.But what i liked most,was the description of women' position at those years and that despite they all learned as soon as they were borned that they should be obedient and not care about anything else except for painting or serving tea,those girls tried to make a difference in their lives.They hoped that they could have a choice over their lives and started that liberation of mind rebelling against small and insubstantial matters,but in the end, all rebellions start over small things,to become huge.
All in all,it was an interesting book and i just have the feeling that the story gets even better,so i will most definitely continue on with the series,despite some things i didn't like in this book....more
The Rest Falls Away... was different from what i expected it to be.And in a good sense different!At the begining of this book i couldn't help but feel like reading a Jane Austen novel.Not that the writing style was same or the story in any way,but the picture of the 19th British society Gleason built had the same "feeling" with the one Austen used to describe in her books.All those balls,the husband pursuit the society events and structure were so vividly described that i just fell immediatelly in love with this book!
The characters here,were ok,most of them.I didn't get to know them really well cause there weren't any in depth character development,except perhaps Victoria's character,but still,the reader only had glimpses of how she felt and why she acted the way she did at certain points.I'd like for her character to be more developed,to get a glimpse of her feelings towards accepting the huge responsibility of her family legacy.Instead,i just felt that Victoria herself,just didn't fully undeerstand what she got herself into except maybe until towards the end.Only under that perceptive i could justify some of her irrational decisions.Anyway,it's a 5 book series,so perhaps,more character development is on the way!
The story behind this book is trully intriguing!I mean, a vampire slayer in the 19th century who hides her weapons in her hair in plain view?Amazing!Somehow i felt,that if any Jane Austen's book was to be altered and enriched with a paranormal addition,that was the way it should be done.But again here,i felt that the plot had some holes.I didn't get how the Venators sensed the vampires among them.I mean,at first,i thought they could always sense them,but then after a certain,minor surely,incident i had to rethink it.It was like an eclectic vampire perception.Anyway,i spotted some other inconsistencies but all of them were of little importance in the main plot,so i just skipped them.
The romance on the other hand,was,just lukewarm.It had potential,and i believe in the next instalments of this series it will get better,but in the first book,it just didn't catch my interest,neither of the two Victoria's romantic interest in this case.Somehow,the romance felt rushed with the one and not fully developed with the other.Although there is also a third potential romantic interest and i'm betting on it to be the best,at least in terms of sexual tension and development.At least i hope it is!
All in all,The Rest Falls Away is a thoroughly entairtening read (don't mind me whining all the time above,it's just me,i'm really whiny about everything!) and you don't get bored for a minute!I already ordered the second book and i can't wait to see how Victoria's story is continued!...more
I picked this book after a friend at Goodreads higly recommended it to me.And i'm so glad i heard her and picked it up!It has everything i like in a bI picked this book after a friend at Goodreads higly recommended it to me.And i'm so glad i heard her and picked it up!It has everything i like in a book!Action,suspence,romance and an amazing hero!
It's been quite some time since i read anything that doesn't fall in the category YA, paranormal romance or urban fantasy so this book was a much needed break!Stuart manages to grab you from the first page into her world and you just can't put down this book until the last page!From the first chapters you get sucked into a world of mystery,action,violence and betrayal so well written that it's almost impossible to stop reading!
Bastien is your typical alpha male and even better.He is ruthless,manipulative and doesn't feel guilt or remorse for any of his actions,but despite that he manages to be sexy and have a sensitivity hidden really good behind a mask of total indifference.Compining all those elements you get an amazing male hero,perfect for the setting of this book.Chloe on the other hand was just ok for me...There were times where i really liked her character and others where i just couldn't stand her stubborness and found her reactions a bit inconsistent...But maybe that's just me,i'm always weird in some things!
All in all,it was a really good book that anyone who reads romantic suspence should try reading.I know for sure that after Black Ice i will definitely try other books by the same author
Before i continue with the review i must say that to anyone that hasn't read up to book 3 in the series there will be some spoilers about the previous books.
The story picks up exactly where Faefever ends,only this time,the first few chapters are being narrated by Dani, a fact that alone shows the extend of damage the events of the previous book inflicted on Mac. I must say,the whole death-by-sex thing the Fae are capable on inflicting among humans bothered me from day one.I totally understand the need for the story of such a thing but it bothered me nevertheless.Seeing Mac suffering the consequences of the most savage rape imaginable was bad for me...I am a bit sensitive towards women suffering from any kind of violence from men only because they are able to inflict that kind of pain.I really understand the need of such an event for the story to progress and i'm not judging that fact in the book whatsoever,i just don't like to read about it.Hopefully,those pages don't last long and in any case,Moning describes Mac's recuperation very well,so your mind isn't all the time to the events that led to her condition but anyway,i still didn't like it.
Apart from the rape part,the story in Dreamfever progresses rapidly.The world as we knew it from the first books and was slowly starting to change in Faefever is now completely changed!So is Mac herself.One might say that Mac's character changes according to the world and the events that surround her.And i really like that fact.A person should adjust to whatever happens to him/her and emerge from everything stronger.And that's exactly what Mac does. Barrons,is as good and enigmatic as ever!And i might add,as sexy as ever!The fierceness with which he protects Mac and the lenghts to which he goes to help her comeback is a tremendous bonus to his character.I still don't like how Mac depends on either him or V'lane to save her but at least one of the changes of her character means that at least she now excepts less from them both. V'lane,on the other hand is pretty much of no much notice to me in this book.I never really liked him as a character and after what the fae did to Mac,i more than ever dislike him,despite the fact he didn't do anything to her.The way he regards human race with such arrogance does little to help him.
The ending of Dreamfever,is by far the worst cliffhanger ever...Just don't read the last chapter if you haven't on your hands Shadowfever!Do yourselves a favor and avoid the misery of not being able to immediatelly learn the rest of the story.Just have a copy of Shadowfever right next to you before the last chapter!...more
I just love Richelle mead!She's such an amazing and super talented writer and i can't help but just love anything she writes.She has created three unique worlds and three amazing leading cvharacters in her three seperate series and i just enjoy myself equally regardless of which of her series i'm reading.
Storm Born is yet again incredibly good.Mead created a world that immediatelly sucked me in and a leading character that i couldn't help but love.Having read the first book in each of her series i really can't tell whichof the three amazing heroines is my favorite...Maybe Rose...!Eugenie is smart ,witty,sexy and really deadly.She literally kicks ass but isn't cocky at all.On the contrary,she'a a really down to earth character with a healthy sence of fear and she's afraid of other's as well as what her own self is capable of. The male characters that consist the love triangle of this story are equally good...So good,that i just couldn't pick my favorite,although by the end i had to make a choice and i just leaned towards the faery part...Kiyo and Dorian are both sexy and caring towards Eugenie,but Dorian just held a special appeal to me.Kiyo was too dishonest for my taste no matter what his excuses might be,but still,reading about him was really yummy..Anyway,the love triangle is so nicely drawn that i,at least, just can't tell who Eugenie's final choice will be.And that is what in my mind makes a love triangle succesfull.Not making really obvious who the final choice will be.With Storm Born,you just keep wondering the whole time... The rest of the surrounding characters are plainly amazing,each of them developed and with his own voice,thus making the story progress even smoother.
I can go on and on forever about how much i liked Storm Born and all the things that amazed me but the truth is that plainly,there's not a single thing i didn't like about it.All i can say is that i totally recommend any book written by Richelle Mead and this one in particular.It's just plainly obvious that Richelle Mead was born to tell stories and make her readers get lost in the worlds she creates.And that for me is what makes a writer's work really succesful.The ability to make his readers dream in the world he?she created! ...more
Richelle Mead is slowly becoming one of my favourite authors!Having already read and adored her Vampire Academy series,reading Succubus Blues only madRichelle Mead is slowly becoming one of my favourite authors!Having already read and adored her Vampire Academy series,reading Succubus Blues only made me eager to read anything else she has written!
Succubus Blues is so unlike Vampire Academy and not only because it's targeted for a more mature audience.It's completely different and i loved it!I love it when authors don't recycle their own ideas and definitely the only resemblance between those two series is that they both have an adorable heroine.From the first page,this book,started "sucking" me into Georgina's world and after i reached the half of it,i just couldn't put it down!
I daresay,i liked Georgina more than Rose (sorry!!!).Surely,she had her flaws,she could act selfishly at times,but i couldn't help but love her!The dialogues in these book made me laugh,and although it wasn't exactly action packed,i just couldn't put it down!
The romantic plot was amazing,and although i knew who her love interest would ultimately be,there were times i found myself wondering if i was mistaken,and "he" was not the one!And that is something you don't come across so often.In most books,the heroine is falling immediately for the hot guy,and she's on his bed soon after that...
I loved the surrounding characters!The vampires,the imp,the archdemon but most of all,Carter!He was not your typical angel,hanging out with demons,and actually care about them!And i must add,i loved his taste in books!!!
Anyway,there's no way i won't continue with the rest of the series and now i'm seriously thinking to try the Dark Swan series as well cause it's obvious that Richelle Mead knows how to create fascinating worlds in her books and even more fascinating characters!