Well, for the most part I really liked it. After the disappointment of Spells, I was very wary of how well I'd like this book. I enjoyed the world ofWell, for the most part I really liked it. After the disappointment of Spells, I was very wary of how well I'd like this book. I enjoyed the world of fearies and trolls that Pike created, (as I did in the previous books) and I like Laurel's roll of Mixer, and how Pike explained the biology makeup of the mixing and such. So I was intrigued with the story. But I DID NOT LIKE THE ROMANCE. I am so sick of it, this stupid love triangle that Laurel refuses to get out of. I was sick of it in Spells, and even more so in Illusions. After three books, and twoish years, you'd think Laurel would have made up her mind. She's David's girlfriend of two years, and yet she moons over Tamani. Though she loves David, and loves being with him, she can't help but thrill at the feelings she gets when she see's Tamani, or when he touches her. Personally I like Tamani better. I like David, for the most part, but I don't think he's for Laurel.
Anyway, the plot was very interesting, I liked it better than Spells. There was too much focus on the tiring love triangle, but there was a pretty good blend of romance and the actual plot of trolls and finding out who Yuki is. And the ending was pretty surprising, I’m excited to read the last book. And seeing as there's only one book left in the series, Laurel will have to choose who she‘s going to be with, and this triangle will finally end. Hopefully David and Chelsea will finally hook up. But, you know what, I would not be at all surprised if Pike announced that there are to be three more books in the series, thus not having to end the triangle yet, letting it fester, make the characters go through more unnecessary pain instead of having Laurel and Tam finally together like they should be. Well, that’s what I would like at least.
So, I gave this book a higher rating than I did for Spells, because there was more action and plot, but the romance tired and annoyed me too much to like the book as much as I could have. ...more
Tempestuous, just wasn’t what I was expecting. I was left with such a bitter cliffhanger after Darklight, and was a**spoiler alert** Actual rating 2.5
Tempestuous, just wasn’t what I was expecting. I was left with such a bitter cliffhanger after Darklight, and was anxious for this book, but it fell flat. I was ready for some heartbreaking moments between Sonny and Kelley, fighting, tears, passionate love as they confessed their undying love to each other. But there wasn’t. There was some love, they did kiss, but I didn’t really feel it. And their reunion and trust in each other happened too suddenly. Kelley had just said that she didn’t love Sonny, and he left heartbroken. Though it was a lie. But he didn’t know that. And when they finally see each other again, they fall straight into each other’s arms, and start kissing. No questions first, no anger, no pain. Just all of sudden together where they both wanted, and this lie still hanging in front of them. And they were rarely together in the book. They were together for all of five to ten minutes through the whole book. Like three little scenes that were not nearly enough time to work through these problems, and for Sonny to understand why Kelley said what she said.
The whole book was rather anticlimactic and boring. There were battles and such, but they just didn’t grab me. I felt disinterested. I didn’t really like Kelley here. The first two books I did, but in Tempestuous she made some decisions that weren’t right. Like Fenn! What the crap? She loves Sonny, but she kisses Fenn as a farewell. IN FRONT of Sonny, no less! Does she think that’s okay? To kiss any guy who loves her, who she kind of likes, just because she can? Does Sonny mean nothing to her? Are his kisses really not that meaningful, that she has to kiss someone else? Sonny doesn’t need to know that this wasn't the first time she kissed him. Seriously? Do you not love him enough to not keep secrets from him? To let him believe that he’s the only one you love, the only one you’ve kissed and want to kiss? I just think that that whole side love triangle thing was a waste of time and space, and did nothing for the story.
I didn't hate Tempestuous, I just didn't love it. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t. I still like her first two books, and am excited to read her future books, but I just couldn’t connect with Tempestuous. ...more
**spoiler alert** Until the ending with Jed's death, and Mary deserting him and Harry, Cass, and Jacob, I was leaning towards 5 stars. The book is com**spoiler alert** Until the ending with Jed's death, and Mary deserting him and Harry, Cass, and Jacob, I was leaning towards 5 stars. The book is compelling, riveting, chilling, depressing. I loved how the plot unfolded. When Travis jumped from the platform, sacrificed himself to save the others, it shocked me completely. I couldn't believe it, I didn't want him to die. It was heartbreaking, yet it was compelling. I was captivated. I didn't know what to expect anymore. I thought Tavis and Mary would end up together somehow. And so when Travis died, I had to keep reading to find out what would happen. Would Mary go to Harry? Even though I knew that couldn't happen. Or would she possibly find some new guy near the ocean? And so the ending was just, dissapointing. It's why I dropped the rating to 4 stars. Jed died. I did not like that. I didn't understand it. I know that Mary lives in a brutal life, where anything can happen, anyone can die at any time. But Mary just went through losing Travis, did she have to lose Jed too? And then it just...ended. No word about Harry and Cass. Just Mary, and the ocean, and this new guy who has no name. It was dumb. It's like the whole point of the book was Mary finding the ocean. And really, that was how her thinking and everything she did in the book was based on. In the end, I feel like the only thing Mary really truly wanted, was the ocean. And when Travis asks if she would ever choose him over the ocean, and she just walks away, just confirms it. So, I guess maybe I'm glad she didn't end up with anybody. She didn't really care about anyone. Just the ocean. So I'm feeling rather dissapointed in the ending. And the next book doesn't continue Mary's story. It's about her daughter, I guess? Whatever. There's just no happiness in this book, the ending holds no joy or contentment (well, for the reader it doesn't. For Mary, she's content, because she has her precious ocean). I still really liked the book, just not the ending. ...more
I was so anxious to read this book. The premise sounded intriguing, and I thought the cover was pretty cool (not that the cover honestly says anythingI was so anxious to read this book. The premise sounded intriguing, and I thought the cover was pretty cool (not that the cover honestly says anything about the story behind it or that I read a book based solely on the cover, although *cough cough* I kind of do :P). Then I read a couple reviews that said the book wasn’t so great, and my excitement deflated a little, but I still wanted to read it and find out what I thought about it. And, if truth be told, I was kind of disappointed.
The Iron Witch had so much potential, it could have been a really intriguing novel, but it just fell flat with me. I felt no emotion in it; I felt no connection with the characters. And that is what really brings me into the story and makes me love it, the undeniable connections I feel with the characters because of their emotion. In The Iron Witch, I felt nothing. The characters weren’t developed well. What really irked me was Navin and his reaction when Donna told him about her life. One second he’d be fearful, the next he’d be making a joke, then he’d be worried, and then he would shove Donna playfully and smile, and then he’d have a pale face at the end. It was honestly like that with all the characters. It was like they couldn’t settle on an emotion, or they didn’t feel anything deep enough. I don’t know quite how to explain it, but they just didn’t feel or act real.
And the plot was just, anticlimactic. I felt no danger, no fear. I didn’t feel that it was executed well. And It was rather short, some parts told too quickly or glossed over. I really did want to love this book, and I’m sad that I couldn’t. But I just felt bored while reading it, and I can’t say I have any strong urge to read the sequels. I might, but I certainly won’t rush to read them. ...more
Could have been a lot better. I just didn’t feel it, the way the beauty in Shiver spoke to me. Linger didn’t quite have that beauty, in the writing orCould have been a lot better. I just didn’t feel it, the way the beauty in Shiver spoke to me. Linger didn’t quite have that beauty, in the writing or the characters or the romance. I feel like I was left sadly wanting, wanting more emotion, more finesse in the execution of the plot and the growth of the characters. I thought it would be like Shiver, a nice cute romance, and beautiful writing, and tender moments, but it wasn’t, not really. It was just kind of dull, and anti-climatic. I didn’t really care for the romance, between either couples. The writing, the beauty that I saw in Shiver, slipped a little in Linger. There were times when it was beautiful and captivating, but most of it just didn’t quite hold a candle to Shiver. And the plot seemed kind of pointless, it just kind of meandered around from one characters depressed heartbroken life to the other. I did like the ending, it makes me want to read Forever, but after finishing Linger, my feelings are that it was just okay....more
Die For Me was an enjoyable, luscious read, with a very interesting paranormal twist about revenants. I loved that it was set in Paris, it made the noDie For Me was an enjoyable, luscious read, with a very interesting paranormal twist about revenants. I loved that it was set in Paris, it made the novel more enchanting and intriguing. The plot was original, and was explained very well, (well, original to a point. We have the very old immortal paranormal teenager who falls in love with a human who knows nothing about revenants. But I loved how the revenants were integrated into the plot, and how their lives were explained. Very interesting.)
The romance is very Twilighty. There were some scenes where I could replace Kate and Vincent with Edward and Bella and they would fit right in, saying almost the same thing, or same general conversation as in Twilight. Frankly, I got tired of the romance at times, maybe a little annoyed. I wished for something different. But, for the most part I liked it. I did really like the ending, the final fight scene, which may have greatened my liking for the overall story; it got a little interesting, but intriguingly so. And, I think the title is perfect. Because the book is all about death, and the characters risking their lives to save someone, and ultimately, risking their lives to save the one they love.
So, in the end, Die For Me was a pretty good debut, I loved the plot, the romance could have been better, but I ended up loving it anyway :)...more
Across the Universe was interesting. It’s a unique story, but I still found some similarities with a couple other dystopian novels. The beginning starAcross the Universe was interesting. It’s a unique story, but I still found some similarities with a couple other dystopian novels. The beginning started out slow, it kind of chugs along until it gets to the part of Amy waking up. Even then, it wasn’t until the last 150 pages or so that the story really started to grip me as things slowly were revealed and I began to read with greater interest. There were a few twists in the plot that surprised me at the end. But even though the plot became more thrilling, I still couldn’t quite connect with any of the characters. I didn’t feel very much emotion from them. I guess I felt that the development of them wasn’t done so well. I could understand some of the things they did, but other things I wasn’t quite so sure.
I can’t say I liked the ending so much. I closed the last page feeling a little unsatisfied. When I read about the last secret, I thought the book might end there, and we’d have to wait for the sequel to figure it out. Which would have been fine with me, it would keep me interested in the sequel. But then it was revealed to the reader, and I liked the way it was done and that Revis wasn’t going to make us wait. But then Elder told Amy and explained the reason why, and I didn’t like the reason. In a way it does make sense. People do things that they can’t explain because they acted on impulse, or didn’t think it through enough, or were thinking selfishly and don’t think of the consequences of acting on their impulse. People aren’t perfect, I understand. And quite often in books characters do stupid things, and I can understand why they did it, or I can see that their mistake is making them a better, more understanding person. But the way this scene was written wasn’t the best it could have been. Maybe if I had felt more emotion towards Elder before the end, I would have liked it more, and understood it, but I never quite connected with Elder, so I didn’t like the ending as well as I could have.
Despite these flaws, and the sexual stuff, Across the Universe was actually an intriguing story. There were some parts I didn’t like, but pretty much the overall plot was done nicely, and I can tell a lot of thought went into the development of the base and plot. The execution of it wasn’t perfect, but it still kept me interested and did grip me as the intrigue developed more. I liked it well enough, and I will read the sequels. I just hope they can hold more emotion in the characters so that the future books mean something more to me than their predecessor. ...more
Ripple was one of my most highly anticipated books. I love mermaids and sirens, and the synopsis sounded intriguing. And I love the cover. Which is usRipple was one of my most highly anticipated books. I love mermaids and sirens, and the synopsis sounded intriguing. And I love the cover. Which is usually what draws me in. So I started this book with excitement, and was at first intrigued in the story, but then the excitement started to slowly fizzle downward. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting. I guess just a dark, modern fairytale type story with forbidden love and an enchanting feel to it. But whatever I may have been wanting from this book, I didn’t get it.
The base plot was intriguing enough. A young siren who killed the boy she loved, isolates herself because of it, then falls in love but knows it could never be for what she is and what she could do to him or how he would treat her when he learned the truth. I liked the beginning. You can feel Lexi’s loneliness, can see how everybody hates her, and how she can’t them blame for it, because she knows the truth. And then when Lexi’s ex-best friend reconciles with her, it was such a sweet, precious moment, enough to bring me close to tears. And the beginning of her romance with Cole was nice, and could have enfolded into something truly beautiful if not for Erik.
The love triangle is what stalled the enchantment for me. The synopsis clearly states there is one, so it’s not like I was disappointed that there was one, I knew there would be. I just didn’t quite appreciate the way it was done. And since the love triangle was pretty much the plot, I didn’t quite care for the story as a whole. I still liked the book, for the most part. It was a nice story, it’s just nothing special and not highly recommendable (from me at least). ...more
While I liked the book, and was intrigued as I read it, it just wasn’t..enough. I found myself waiting, and waiting, and hoping that he would show up.While I liked the book, and was intrigued as I read it, it just wasn’t..enough. I found myself waiting, and waiting, and hoping that he would show up. And more than just show up, because he kind of did, in her dreams, or not dreams. But he showed for like a few seconds, and then he was gone, not having said anything, or done anything. And it just left me wanting. I want more Varen. I loved him in Nevermore, loved his and Isobel’s relationship. And there just wasn’t nearly enough of him here. I felt like the whole book could have been done in the first fourth, maybe half of the novel, and then the rest could have had been all about Varen.
That being said, I still liked the book. It was intriguing, and darkly enchanting. And I love Creagh's writing. I love how she weaves Poe into the story, and creates this ethereal world that always pulled me under and kept me reading to see what would happen, and get answers to my questions. I can’t say that I understand everything. I feel like the world building could be tighter, and I wish Isobel could find more answers and understand things better so that me, as the reader, can understand better, and appreciate the world more. I guess I feel like this second novel could have a lot more substance, maybe even tell part of the story through Varen’s point of view, letting us delve deeper into his mind and the world he imagined, and see how and why he’s changing, instead of just seeing through Isobel’s eye’s and wishing that we knew more.
I’m really excited to read the next book, because, as this is the last one (right?) then we will definitely get all the answers, and Varen will have to be there, and we will get more involvement, more answers, more intrigue. So, if you love Nevermore, then don’t hesitate to read this book. It may not be quite what you’re expecting, and may not give you a sense of fulfillment, but it is worth the read, and is still enjoyable to read. Hopefully it’s just setting up the stage for a big bang of an ending. ...more