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 no...moreDie 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 :)(less)
Oh, what absolute glorious beauty and fun and rapture! I’m all in a flutters, I can’t stop smiling and swooning and laughing. I had absolutely no doub...moreOh, what absolute glorious beauty and fun and rapture! I’m all in a flutters, I can’t stop smiling and swooning and laughing. I had absolutely no doubt that I would love this book, and I did, oh so very much. So much more than I imagined. Immensely, completely, utterly. It captivated me from the very beginning, and kept a tight hold throughout the entire story! I’m still caught up in it! This book is without a doubt one of my new absolute favorite books ever!! And rightly earned. Just so. The dancer inside me danced and soared and leapt with the princesses as they danced, as they lived and grew and loved. The fairytale lover I am was enchanted with this beautiful retelling of my favorite fairytale. And the absurdly hopeless romantic in me swooned at the heart fluttering, brilliant, joyful, beautiful romances. I loved this book. I loved it so so much!
You know the telling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, or The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces by the Grimm Brothers. Entwined was a beautiful, fresh take on this tale of old. It stayed true to most of the tale, but differed in a few things, and adding an intriguing, magical, dangerous twist. 12 Princesses, whose mother just died, begin their year of mourning with the King, their father. Donning black dresses every day, curtains pulled to smother any sunlight, no going outside, no dancing, no suitors, no talking of mother. The King is utterly disheartened and depressed at the death of his beloved wife and queen. He offs to war leaving his daughters, one of which just newly born the night her mother died, bitter and saddened at his abrupt departure. It is while the King is away that they find the enchanted staircase leading them to the captivating pavilion where they dance their hearts out and shoes to pieces every night. An oath is taken that prevents any girl from telling where they go to anyone. But danger lurks in this enchanted world under the castle, and the girls have to find a way to thwart it, finding all sorts of love along the way. Love for each other, for their papa, for dancing, and for men;)
Each princess is named after a flower alphabetically, starting with the oldest at Azalea, and ending with the newborn Lily. I loved each and every girl. They all had a part, each one was able to show her colors and to let the reader get to know them. Some didn’t have as much spotlight, but they were never forgotten. And they all shared such a strong sisterly, loving bond, deepened through dancing and holding their secrets close to their hearts. This book is told from Azalea’s perspective, but each sister’s lives were entwined so much you always caught a glimpse of all the sisters no matter who the story was focusing on at the moment.
Now for the romance. Ooh, the romance! There were several here, for the eldest sisters, each one as breathtaking and beautiful and romantic as the next. As the eldest, Azalea doesn’t really get a say in who her husband will be, since parliament votes on who will be the new king, and hence, chosen as Azalea’s husband. So naturally she fears that she’ll never find love, but she finds herself falling in love with a handsome, swoon worthy, disheveled man. Bramble feared she would never marry for love because who could love someone as headstrong and loudmouthed as she. But she did, with the sweetest, most endearing, funny man. Even Clover, the shyest of the bunch finds love with an unsuspecting man.
Entwined is a divinely beautiful fairytale full of magic and love and humor. Oh my gosh, the humor! It was downright hilarious! I couldn’t stop laughing at the silliness of it, it just had those perfect moments tweaked, or drenched with humor that for some reason just caught me and threw me into a giggling and burst out loud laughing frenzy. I don’t know if others will find it as hilarious as I did, but it was such an amusing, frolicking ride for me, I don’t care if I’m the only one :D I give most of the credit to Bramble. Thank heavens for her ill-mannered, unruly, outspoken, fiery personality. It definitely livened up the reading.
The ending was superbly beautiful and perfect and heart melting. I read it like three times, and then hugged the book to my chest, grinning, and couldn’t even stand the thought of putting it down to write this review. Ah, I just want to read it again! If you love fairytales, of any kind, READ THIS BOOK!! Read Entwined. Glory in it, swoon over it, laugh at it, smile, love, lose yourself in the magic and enchantment. I was absolutely and utterly riveted and enchanted. This book was perfect for me, and I will forever love it and treasure it.
Matched was a beautiful story. It was kind of slow, and simple. The characters live very sheltered, controlled, organized lives. They have no need to...moreMatched was a beautiful story. It was kind of slow, and simple. The characters live very sheltered, controlled, organized lives. They have no need to worry. Their whole life is planned for them; their life isn’t even theirs. What made this story so enchanting to me was Cassia. I loved her voice, her thoughts. She was just an everyday girl, oblivious to the caged life she was living in. And then she began to wonder. What if there’s more to this life than what the Officials have decided? What would she do if she could choose- if she could choose who she loved, who she wanted to be with? Cassia and Ky’s love for each other was a quiet love, a beautiful love, blooming in the dead of night, unseen, forbidden, yet reaching out for the impossible, daring the night to take away its glow and determination.
I really liked Condie’s writing style, it was flowing, poetic like. It breathed with beauty and promises and possibilities. The book is kind of slow, there’s not much action, but sometimes, I like slow books like this. Books with a beautiful romance, and a character that is discovering who they really are. I loved the ending, especially the last chapter. It shows that Cassia will never give up, that she will fight forever. I guess I might be able to see why people might not like this book, but I loved it. I guess I’m just a hopeless romantic, and I can find treasures in almost any love story, whether the book be brilliant and action packed, or not. (less)
A really fun, cute novel! It's original with great characters and an interesting plot. I liked Evie's personality, and that she's not some simpering,...moreA really fun, cute novel! It's original with great characters and an interesting plot. I liked Evie's personality, and that she's not some simpering, woe is me, I'm beautiful but only I don't know it, girl. She takes charge, she has fun, she gets excited over little simple things and doesn't care what other people, er, paranormals, think about her. I liked Lend and that he never gave up on Evie, and that he doesn't care what she is. I'm certainly glad I picked this book up, and I'm excited to read the sequel!