This book was rather boring. And I’m sad to say that, because it did sound interesting. But it failed to interest me, or excite me, or make me eager t...moreThis book was rather boring. And I’m sad to say that, because it did sound interesting. But it failed to interest me, or excite me, or make me eager to keep reading. Most of my disinterest was because of the characters. They were flat and boring. They didn’t feel real to me. And Lena was the worst. (which is really bad, because if the MC doesn’t generate enough interest in the reader, her involvement in the plot will seem pointless, and her relationships with the other characters will be stupid and boring).She was one of those too stupid to live ‘heroines’. The choices she made were so stupid. And I know characters make stupid choices all the time, but some authors have the ability of making the reader understand the character’s decision, and can make that stupid choice they did help them as they grow and learn and are shaped into that likeable, believable person. Lena was not this person. She betrayed a few people, and I never saw any real redemption or personal growth in her. I didn’t see how this wrong decision helped her to change, or realize the horrible thing she did and have her try to make things right. She knew what she did was wrong, and she did feel bad, but I saw more of her feeling sorry for herself, and wondering if they could ever forgive her, which, I guess they did right after she committed it, because they never really felt like they’d been betrayed, (at least that’s the feeling I got when I was reading). And here’s another thing I didn’t like about her. She was selfish, and thought more about her sorry self and her disgusting hands and feet, and thinking that Jimson could never love her because of what she is, even when Jimson is kind to her and pays her more attention than she deserves.
Another thing that took me away from the book was the dialogue. It was too formal and stiff, and therefore made the characters feel stiffer. The plot wasn’t captivating like I wanted it to be. Exciting stuff happened, but I didn’t feel excited. The ending wasn’t so great, and didn’t make me at all excited to read a sequel, (if there will be one, and most likely will be).
So this book was rather unsatisfying for me. Hopefully there are people who will like it much more than I did.
Thank you to Amulet Books and Netgalley for the arc.(less)
In The Eye of the Crystal Ball, we follow young Sara, the child of gypsies, as she goes on a grand quest to find a cure to save her baby brother from...moreIn The Eye of the Crystal Ball, we follow young Sara, the child of gypsies, as she goes on a grand quest to find a cure to save her baby brother from dying. She encounters dangerous creatures and trying hardships, and must learn to fight the evil in the world. Sara is a strong young girl, who would do anything for her brother. The adventure and strange creatures reminded me a little of The Phantom Tollbooth, which I love. But I wasn’t able to fully connect with this book. The story was intriguing, and I liked it for the most part. But I had trouble getting into the story, mostly because of the writing.
The story wasn’t written well. It was strange, with run one sentences with no commas, and cut off sentences. It needs heavy editing. Punctuation, and spelling errors, and grammar problems. I just found so many problems and was put off by the style and strange wording that I wasn’t able to appreciate the story. Something that really bugged me was that she sometimes used the wrong tense of a word. i.e. Sara felt a huge relieve. it should be relief. The writing felt juvenile, and simple. To kind of show you what I’m talking about, here’s some examples of her writing.
Manolo kept trying to get the snakes to move away but it seemed as there just emerged more and more in front of them and all of a sudden in the middle of the pile of snakes a figure arose.
It began with a scream. Sara had only just fallen asleep when she heard it. Well almost felt it. Cause it was one of those screams that goes right through your bone marrow.
It was hurting strongly in her arms as Manolo pulled all he could.
When the writing is off, I can’t quite connect with the characters, so none of them became dear to me. I didn’t feel any emotion while reading or became invested in their lives and well being. I think this could have been a really neat book and I would have really liked it if it had been written better, and gone through a few more revisions. I didn‘t hate it, I just didn‘t really like it. But I think there are some people who will love it, who will love the adventure, and the magic and creatures, and find something in Sara that they can connect with. It just wasn’t for me. (less)
Well, this is the first time that I’m not gushing about my love for one of Colleen’s books. It feels so wrong to not love Tiger’s Destiny. But for cer...moreWell, this is the first time that I’m not gushing about my love for one of Colleen’s books. It feels so wrong to not love Tiger’s Destiny. But for certain reasons, I couldn’t. This is really weird for me to say this, because I’m one of the biggest fans of this series. The first three books I loved wholeheartedly, I couldn’t get enough of them. They left me breathless and excited. And I was so flipping excited for Tiger’s Destiny. But, to tell you the truth, I was actually worried that I wouldn’t love Tiger’s Destiny like the other books. I felt that if things didn’t change, and I didn’t get what I wanted, this book would end up disappointing me. And in the end, it did disappoint me, and I felt a little angry too.
I didn’t hate the book. I just don’t know how much I like it. There were moments that I loved, that were so awesome, and kept me riveted. The mythical, magical aspects of the story enchant me, and kept me reading excitedly to see what would happen, and how it would all connect. I’m actually rather intrigued with the plot. It’s not the best executed, but it’s pretty interesting. My favorite part was probably the last battle with Lokesh. Houck managed to rivet me with the fighting scene, and of Kelsey fighting. And what happened after the fight ripped my heart out. I knew that it would not, could not end that way. Yet still I cried, my heart crying out “NO! NO! NO!” Because this book was able to elicit such strong emotions in me, and make me invested in needing to know the outcome and how this journey will play out, there’s a little bit of love for Tiger’s Destiny in me. But there isn’t very much, and it isn’t very strong. And I’m so sad to say that. It’s rather depressing, actually.
I always knew that Houck’s writing wasn’t the best. It’s good, but I could see so much room for improvement. And I think since Tiger’s Curse, she’s improved a little. But I honestly don’t think it’s going to get much better. Her writing seems to have plateaued, and that doesn’t bode well for her readers who are wishing for something more, something better, and are being bogged down a little by the writing. It’s really not that terrible. There’s a nice flow to it, and Colleen is able to keep me interested, so her writing has to at least be pretty good. I just wish that I could see a bigger improvement in her writing.
The thing that drove me bonkers, and made me literally want to scream in frustration, (and was the main reason why I couldn’t love this book), was the triangle of love. Before TD, I immensely enjoyed the love triangle between Kelsey and her two tigers. I truly felt that it was the best triangle I’ve read about. It just seemed so logical, and real, and Houck did a fantastic job at making me fall in love with both men. I thought it was well done, and added to the story. *And now come some spoilers about this situation.*(view spoiler)[Now, I am so angry about the whole thing, because it is still. Not. OVER! I was desperately hoping that it would end in TD. That was my biggest hope for this book, and it never happened. (Of course, the arc I got didn't give me the ending, which will have her ultimate decision [I suppose to make me more excited for the actual release, and to make sure I buy it, I guess], so I didn't get to see Kelsey's choice which is the only thing I wanted from the whole book, and is the only thing I didn't get). And that’s why this book failed to completely enrapture me, and made me a little angry. But, I do have to confess, that part of the reason for my not liking the book so much, is because the whole book, Kelsey was with Kishan. (hide spoiler)] Kelsey and Kishan together was never able to give me those romantic, heart fluttering moments that I always got when Kelsey was with Ren. I love Kishan. He is a fantastic character, I love his personality, I love seeing how he’s grown and learned through this journey and through loving Kelsey. BUT! I love Ren so much more. He is my man. I don’t know why Kelsey can’t just wake up and see how much he ardently loves her, and break open her thick head and realize how much she loves him and can’t stand being apart from.
Kelsey, she just rankles me. I honestly don’t know why, when the love she felt for Ren was so true, and powerful, she would desert that love, (several times I might add) and decide to be with another man that she does love, but a love that just doesn’t compare. She’s so stupid. I really just want to strangler her, knock her upside the head so her thoughts get straightened out. Come one girl! Make up your dense mind! ARghhh!! Okay, so she really makes me angry. But, in truth, I like her. I like her character; I’ve liked seeing her growth. And in TD, she’s actually a pretty mean kick butt heroine. And I admire her for that. That’s part of what made this book so exciting for me. I just, don’t understand her heart and the choices she makes about the men she loves.
I didn’t exactly like Kishan’s character in this book. He was always acting jealous. Even when he had Kelsey claimed as his own, he was jealous of his brother, and was continually staking his claim. I think Kishan is acting that way because he’s afraid. He’s afraid that he’ll lose Kelsey to Ren. Because he knows that the love Ren and Kelsey shared was real, and no matter how much she loves Kishan, the part that loves Ren will always be there, and will never diminish. And his love for her can’t quite compare to Ren’s love. I can understand his fears. And I do sympathize for him. I guess I just wish that he would wake up, and realize that he deserves better than being in a relationship with a woman who isn’t 110% committed to and in love with him.
If you have read Colleen’s other books and didn’t like them, I can pretty much guarantee you will not like this one. It’s basically the same thing. So to you readers, I would not recommend this book. There are other books you can read that will be worth your time. To the fans of the Tiger’s Curse series, well, I believe there will be some of you who will wholeheartedly love and devour this book. I didn’t. But that isn’t to say that are others who won’t. And I have to say that I’m glad there’s only one more book. Not that I’m saying I’m tired of the series, and just want it to end. Because I love this series, I love the adventure, and for the most part the romance. I’m just ready for the love triangle to end.
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I've only read Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti, besides now this one, and I fell in love with that book. It was sweet, and had such deep emotion w...moreI've only read Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti, besides now this one, and I fell in love with that book. It was sweet, and had such deep emotion with teenagers who were real and endearing. I was excited to read all of her other books, hoping that they would all have that same type of feeling. Sadly, Take Me There didn't possess that quality. The writing felt so off, it was overly simple and juvenile, (which honestly isn’t all bad, as I loved the juvenile voice in Waiting For You, just here, I didn’t quite like it). It had lots of run on sentences, and dialogue that went like this: He’s like.. I’m all like.. And he’s all.. I go.. He goes.. I get that Colasanti was going for a teenager voice, and I suppose they do kind of think along the lines of that, I just didn’t care to have it overly used in a novel. There was no real plot, which I realize isn’t always the point in realistic fiction. It’s more about the emotional journey the characters go through, or just their journey of going through their life, which I love reading about. But that’s the thing, I didn’t feel any emotion reading this book, more boredom than anything (maybe some annoyance at the writing). I did like the part where Rhiannon and James are dancing to his ipod. But I just felt like the execution of the story was lacking, and it could have had more emotion.
Okay, I’m giving this book four stars because it made me laugh…a lot. And smile. If it didn’t have those sweet, funny moments, it would be three stars...moreOkay, I’m giving this book four stars because it made me laugh…a lot. And smile. If it didn’t have those sweet, funny moments, it would be three stars for it’s unoriginality. Now I did like it. I liked the story and the characters, I enjoyed reading it. It’s just nothing praise worthy. It isn’t a brilliant, beautifully written, extremely well executed, thought provoking novel. Rather it’s a sweet, funny, ah, clichéd story.
Bad girl Jen, bets her friends that she could turn a geek bad. She sets her sights on Trevor, a nerdy, cute guy who is ever so polite, buttons his shirts to the top button, is extremely organized. Then she gets to know him. The incredibly nice, sweet, good boy he is. And she starts to like him. Instead of her turning him bad, he’s rubbing off on her. The star trek movies, trampoline jumping, bowling, ’geek’ stuff, starts to appeal to her. And then SHE starts to change. She tones down her Goth, dark appearance, doesn’t party. And they start to fall in love, awhh! After a time though, with this nagging guilt of lying to Trevor, he finds out about the bet, and he is beyond angry. He doesn’t want anything to do with her, and she’s crushed. Cue the zombie.
She feels that she won’t survive without him, she loses her appetite, becomes pale, depressed looking, and everyone knows and sees it. But she does survive! Yeah, there’s those kind of aggravating moments when she’s depressed, pinning, bemoaning her loss (nothing new there), but she pulls out of it. She realizes that she can survive without him and be happy, even if her heart will always have a crack there, that only he can mend. This hurt, angered stage lasts a while, with no reconciliation. I wish Trevor hadn’t held onto his anger for so long. Yeah, she did something hurtful, but that was when she was bad, he knew what she was like before, and he knew the person that she started to become after they started dating. He should have been able to look past that, and forgive her, because she was truly sorry, and honestly just because of his kind, polite character.
Jen’s transformation wasn’t drastic. As the reader, we don’t really see a great change, besides her looks changing from Goth to normal, and being told about her previous partying and bad actions. We never really got to see her ‘bad side’ before she started changing. She does start to look at life differently, and really does want to change, to become someone else, someone who deserves her foster family, who deserves Trevor. I liked seeing how her attitude on life changed, I guess I just wish that we could have seen some of her bad moments, like her at a party drunk or something before she decided to bet after Trevor. Then maybe the transformation would have been more meaningful.
Alright, nitpicky points aside, I really did enjoy this book. Nearly every page had me laughing out loud, or smiling. This book is really a just for fun novel with a sweet romance and a swoon worthy guy (up until he refuses to forgive or do anything with Jen that is, that kind of killed my crush for him there, even though I still liked him at the end). There are some messages in it that were done nice, but they’re not really deep. And I will say that the romance wasn't insta-love. It was brought on slowly, a very nice change from the immediate attraction/true love that happens in practically every young adult novel. If you read Geek Girl don’t expect something incredible, or an amazing story with superb characters. Expect a light, cute story, some cliché, some sappiness, and maybe some smiles and laughs if you’re like me. (less)
I fell in love with Wildwood Dancing, the story of five sisters caught in an enchantment, living in a fairytale retold beautifully and captivatingly b...moreI fell in love with Wildwood Dancing, the story of five sisters caught in an enchantment, living in a fairytale retold beautifully and captivatingly by brilliant author Juliet Marillier. And when I found there was a sequel, I knew I must acquire it soon, so as to not have to leave this enchanted world just yet. With an intriguing premise, and the promise of enchantment and romance, Cybele’s Secret called out to me, beckoning. I was prepared to not love it utterly like I did with WD, as I’d heard it wasn’t as good, and while it may not have had that same enchantment with stunningly beautiful prose and endearing characters that worked their way into my heart, it wasn’t altogether a disappointment, still managing to intrigue me with its adventures and the subtle romance.
In Wildwood Dancing, Paula and her sisters traveled to an enchanted world where they danced the night away. Except for Paula, who much preferred conversing with scholars there, cultivating a love of books and wisdom. It is because of this that Paula accompanies her father in Cybele’s Secret on a quest to find a lost artifact deeply desired by many with its priceless quality and secrets it holds. Here Paula meets Stoyan, who is hired as her bodygaurd, and Duarte, the enigmatic pirate who she had first seen on seas. Together, these three embark, albeit some unwillingly, on an adventure to recover this artifact, in the process, learning new things about themselves and each other.
I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Paula’s voice wasn’t quite distinctive and didn’t make me latch onto her right away. I felt all the characters could have used some fleshing out. This isn’t to say I didn’t like them, because I did. I especially liked Stoyan, and his quiet, intimidating demeanor. From the start, he is so protective of Paula, and would do anything to keep her safe. There was a slight love triangle, but with the focus more on the adventure, the romance was more an underlying hint, yet still managing to excite me, because as a hopeless romantic, I swoon at any beautiful romance. And I did. Swoon. But more towards the end when the romance fully manifested, and the two were finally together.
And I so missed the enchanting, luscious prose that I have come to expect of Marillier. It was starkly present in Heart's Blood, my first read of hers, and then beautifully portrayed in Wildwood Dancing. But here, in Cybele’s Secret, I just found it lacking. There were hints of it, but it just wasn’t the same. It was still written well, of course it was, that is just a talent Marillier possesses. But it could have been better, it could have been more lyrical and beautiful.
Yet, despite these little nagging bits, I still loved the story. The first half of the book may be a little slow, as the adventure hasn’t started, and there’s no romance, just subtle hints of it, but the rest of the book made up for it, with the danger and wit, and budding romance that ends in a beautiful bloom. In the end, I can’t say that everyone who loved WD will love this book, but its still an intriguing read, with hidden gems in it.
And lastly, I love the cover. Just as I do with WD. It may seem strange at first glance, but as you keep looking at it, and then read the story, you notice little things in there which are in the story, and I just love it. (less)
The synopsis is misleading. Krystal doesn’t run away from home, she’s kidnapped. She does think about running away to get out of marriage to a man she...moreThe synopsis is misleading. Krystal doesn’t run away from home, she’s kidnapped. She does think about running away to get out of marriage to a man she doesn’t want, but she’s abducted before she can even formulate a firm plan. Her brother, Andrew arranges a marriage between herself and Curtis Belvey, an unappealing man who can’t think for himself due to his controlling mother. She refuses to marry him. While Krystal is in the forest one day, a group of soldiers come upon her, and transport her to a faraway kingdom ruled by a tyrant king, who had taken the crown from his nephew, the rightful heir, Prince Jareth. King Gregory wishes to make Krystal his wife, because against his better judgment, he loves her. But Krystal escapes and rescues Jareth who had been prisoner somewhere far from the castle. As can be predicted, these two fall in love, and fight to stay together.
The Peasant Queen had all the elements of a magical adventure with intrigue and danger and romance. A mere peasant girl is made queen by a rude, brash king, but she falls in love with his nephew. It could have been a really intriguing, engrossing novel, with the strong heroine and the stalwart prince. But, sadly, it didn’t meet those expectations. The world building and plot wasn’t incredibly formed, and the writing was simple. The characters were likeable enough, they just didn’t possess a lot of depth and emotion that made me care deeply for them.
I actually liked Gregory, the rude tyrant king. But you’re not supposed to. He’s made out to be unpleasant because he’s the character you’re supposed to hate. He’s uncaring, and brash, an insuperable rogue with his lust of Krystal and his overly forward advances on her, saying he loves her but keeping her prisoner and refusing to listen to her. He’s a very unlikable person, even aside from the fact that he imprisoned his own nephew so he could have his kingdom. But then, then there are the times when he shows a soft, tender, loving side of him. That I feel could have been his true self if he hadn’t turned into the rash king he really is, for some unexplained reason that I wished would have been explained so as to better understand his nature. He was abrupt with Krystal because of her defiance, but when she was complacent, or not resistant, he touched her softly, he smiled tenderly, he showed gentlemanly manners, sometimes with a touch of humor that I like in my male characters. So I couldn’t help but love him, I mean like him. If he hadn’t been that rash man (wasn’t the tyrant king), I would have loved him, and wanted Krystal to be with him instead of Jareth, despite their great difference in age, (which is no different than the age breadth between Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester; so if their love is true, how can I fault that?). I did like Jareth, but he wasn‘t incredible, he wasn’t that perfect, swoon worthy guy. He was sweet, and loved Krystal, but he didn’t latch onto my heart the way Gregory did. (I still disliked Gregory even though my heart may have softened just a little over him). Darn it Erica, you’re not supposed to like him. Stop it already.
I would have liked the magical aspect to have been a more dominant part. It was because of magic that Gregory knew about Krystal and fell in love with her, therefore kidnapping her. The same reason why Jareth fell in love her. So I can see why it was needed, I just think it could have used more building, been included more. In one part, Krystal waves her hand and a fire is lit, though she has no magic. And that was it. She didn’t wonder over it, nothing ever came of it, she never talked about it, it never manifested itself later. Why include that if Krystal wouldn’t find out later that she has powerful magic, and she uses that to overpower Gregory and be reunited with Jareth, or something of the like? In the end, this was a nice, light read, but also simple, and not the best executed.(less)
Lips Touch: Three Times tells three short tales of three girls who find a certain magic through a kiss. These stories possess a fairytale esque feelin...moreLips Touch: Three Times tells three short tales of three girls who find a certain magic through a kiss. These stories possess a fairytale esque feeling, with stories that are original, strange, a little dark, but with hope and beauty strung in between. Laini Taylor has quite an ability to grab the reader and pull them into her writing. I wasn’t riveted the whole time, I sometimes felt the flow or enchantment lacking a little, but I still enjoyed the stories.
The writing was done well, and was at times beautiful. I would read a sentence and think, that was nicely worded, and read it again. I didn’t think that through the whole book, I wasn’t overall impressed with the writing, but several times I did love a certain phrase or the pacing, or a characters actions or thoughts. The characters were written well. Taylor gives us insight into each characters mind, handling it with care and giving us bit by bit a piece of their thoughts.
Even though I may not have loved this book, I did like it. I liked it for its originality, for the dark fairytale type feeling with little moments of happiness shinning through a kiss. I can just imagine the novels and ideas that Taylor will put forth in the future, and I can say I’m excited for it. (less)
Deep breath in. I feel like I’m confessing a crime. I don’t want to say it, I cringe thinking about it, but I can’t just change how I feel. I’m realiz...moreDeep breath in. I feel like I’m confessing a crime. I don’t want to say it, I cringe thinking about it, but I can’t just change how I feel. I’m realizing that I am in the minority of people who didn’t absolutely love this book that had them gasping with wracking sobs. Hence, I feel like people are eying me with some distaste or confusion. So, here it is, my confession: I couldn’t love this book.
I know what you’re thinking. How could you not? This book is stunning, breathless, heartbreaking. It had me weeping, and I finished the book in utter awe at the story and how Marchetta orchestrated it, and the characters that just stole into my heart with their heartbreaking stories. Are you just emotionless and don‘t know a good story when it hits you in the face? No, I’m not, this story just didn’t captivate me the way other stories I love do. Stories like The Girl with Glass Feet and Heart's Blood. But while those stories that I treasure are not meant for everyone, Jellicoe Road isn’t for everyone. Sadly, this is the case for me.
Now, I didn’t hate the book. No, I didn’t. Honestly, I liked it. But that’s it. I just liked it. It wasn’t earth shattering, or stunning. It didn’t make me breathless, or make me cry. I so wanted to love it. I’ve read so many glowing reviews about it that I was so sure it would be a beautiful, poignant story that I would love utterly. And I tried to love it. I tried to feel with the characters, to understand them, to love the writing and appreciate where Marchetta was going with it all. But I could never quite latch onto that enchantment. I think it was the writing that stilted the story for me. I didn’t really care for it. It is unique, and I love when authors can find their own, original voice that differentiates them from the rest of the writers out there, so I give her props for having a distinct voice. Her writing style does have a certain charm to it, I can see it, I just never quite felt it. It seemed a little weird and random at times. As a result, the characters never did reach into my heart very far. Yes, there were times when I felt for them, when I yearned with them and wanted them to find their story and past and figure out how knowing would make them a better, stronger person, but they didn’t cry out to me with heartfelt emotion.
And I had a difficult time actually getting into the story. It took almost 3/4ths of the book before I become really intrigued and felt more emotion from the characters and felt my heart melt just a little. The beginning was confusing, but then it started making a little more sense, and I became intrigued. I can see why so many people love Jellicoe Road. There are beautiful, heartbreaking moments in it, that perhaps if the writing was different, I would feel them more. It is an intriguing story, with honest, real characters, and an original plot that twisted and jumped, keeping you guessing. There were sweet, tender moments that made me smile. There were lovely moments that made my heart bloom a little with love and a subtle contentment. But those feelings didn’t last long enough to cement in my heart solidly.
Journeying with the Jellicoe Road was interesting, confusing at times, it had it’s sweet moments, but it had it’s dull moments. This story will captivate many, I just wasn’t one of them. It’s sad, but true. I would still like to read Marchetta’s other books, the urge just isn’t pressing. I would say though to those who have yet to read this book, when you read it, read it for yourself, make the journey with the characters, press on through the slow beginning, and you may just love it. I hope you do.(less)
In a land ruled by Vampires, and overrun with rabids (creatures and humans bitten by vampires and turned into rabid beasts with absolute no control or...moreIn a land ruled by Vampires, and overrun with rabids (creatures and humans bitten by vampires and turned into rabid beasts with absolute no control or reason), a young girl fights against the odds to preserve her humanity, and to accept what she has become. Allison lives in a Vampire City. She has a fierce hatred for these soulless creatures who put humans on registers and feed off them at the humans designated time. But in a moment of desperation, when Allison is facing the inevitability of death after a brutal attack from rabids, Allison chooses life over death, to become a vampire, the very creature she despises. But her will to live, even a life as a dead creature, overrides her hatred. And so begins her new life.
So. Vampires. I really have no love for them. There are too many vampire books, rip offs of Twilight, trying too hard to be the next Twilight. If I’m to read a vampire book, I want it to be more like, say, Dracula *evil grin*. I mean, what’s a vampire story without bloodthirsty, vengeful, distasteful monsters? Give me no charming, swooning vamps that can control their desire for human blood, and sparkle and shine like they’re Prince Charming themselves. Well, Kagawa created the perfect bloodthirsty vampires, and boy did she deliver! This story gives no apologies. It makes you cringe, it makes you hate vampires. And Kagawa is not shy with the violence and deaths. She brings you into the intense fights and scrambles for life, and it’s like you’re right there witnessing the atrocity. So, for this, for Julie’s willingness to describe the horror in detail, I thank her.
Allison was a pretty strong character. She’s dependent and fierce, and knows that to survive in a world of monsters, she must look out for herself, and not become attached to other people. But all this changes when she leaves the city as a vampire herself, and finds a group of people who are looking for a “promised land.” She finds something worth living for with these people, and though not all of them accept her, she understands them, because she used to be just like them. Haters of vampires, and understanding that sometimes to survive, you need to leave people behind you. But now Allison is that monster, and may very well kill these people if she lets her Hunger overcome her. Allison has to fight this wild desire in order to preserve some semblance of her humanity.
Now, I can’t say that I loved this book. While it was original and interesting, it didn’t enrapture me like Kagawa’s fey series did. Those, were fantastic. This, was just good. So I can’t say that fans of the fey series will love this new vampire series. Because I am one of the biggest fans of the fey series, but I didn’t love this book nearly as much. But most of the fey series fans who have read this book love it, so it may just be me. I think one thing that was a factor of my not loving it, was the amount of time it took for me to really become involved in the book. The first half of the book was kind of slow going for me. Sure, there was stuff happening, but there just was something that was holding me back. It wasn’t until about 60%, (view spoiler)[you know, the scene, when everyone finds out what she really is (hide spoiler)], that I finally perked up, and thought that finally! things were happening.
Another thing I did not like, sadly, was the romance. Oh, Zeke. Well, I did like him. He was a good character, with good qualities. He looked out for everyone and cared for them. He accepted Allison when others treated her with unkindness. As a character, he was alright, as the love interest, he fell flat. I felt no spark between the two, and, one thing that really annoyed me was that one part (view spoiler)[when they kissed (hide spoiler)]. It was at an inappropriate time, and all I was thinking was “Guys, really? Shouldn’t you be doing something that is more important? *rolls eyes*
Alright, enough with the bad. Immortal Rules was a pretty good novel. I would recommend it to fans of Kagawa’s fey series, and other people who are tired of vampire books. Because I think this is a vampire book that we readers have been looking for. It’s different and is unforgiving with its dark tone. And Kagawa’s writing is still amazing. That’s part of what kept me going, her flowing writing style that can paint vivid scenes and draw the reader in. So, while this may not have been what I was expecting, (both good and bad), I still enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to the sequel.
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Burn Bright first drew me in with its mysterious, beautiful cover. I’m a sucker for well done covers, and this cover is very nice, might I say. It’s...moreBurn Bright first drew me in with its mysterious, beautiful cover. I’m a sucker for well done covers, and this cover is very nice, might I say. It’s dark and strange, alluring perhaps, with a brush of brightness. Then I found the synopsis intriguing, and I started hearing good things about it, about the mysteries hidden in the strange world of Ixion. Needles to say, I’ve been excited to read it. Then I finally got my hands on it, and… it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.
Let me start on a positive note. Pierres wrote the world she created with such vividness I could see it clearly in my mind as I read. I loved her descriptions, and how she worded things. The plot, for the most part, kept me interested. Ixion is a rather sensual place, where people live with free abandon, but I still appreciated the writing and creation of the world.
My problem was that the characters weren’t portrayed as well. I didn’t connect with anyone, or even like someone wholly. Retra was a boring protagonist. She didn’t seem to have much personality or show much emotion. There was a slight romance, that I can see being explored more in the sequels. Burn Bright was more about Ixion, and Retra finding herself and her place in it than the romance. I just can’t say I’m much interested in seeing where that will go. I didn’t care for any of the love interests, or really of Retra finding someone to love.
The ending captured my interest better, but not quite making up for the rest of the story or making me really excited for the sequel. Seeing as how the author is Australian, who knows how long it will be before I’ll even have an opportunity to read the next book. But I’m in no hurry. If I happen to get it, and have no other books pressing, I might read it.
Burn Bright is intriguing with a dark fantastic world written with skill. I can see it appealing to many people , it just wasn’t for me. (less)
Hallowed is a nice contributor to the ya paranormal genre featuring angels. Certainly one of the better. Cynthia’s story is fresh and original (for th...moreHallowed is a nice contributor to the ya paranormal genre featuring angels. Certainly one of the better. Cynthia’s story is fresh and original (for the most part), with well-developed, endearing characters, and a quirky writing style that’s easy to read. One thing that I loved about this book was Cynthia’s ability to move you to tears through beautiful or trying moments, where the characters feelings and thoughts flow off the page and catch you up in it. I wasn’t really impressed with this novel as a whole. I felt it lacking in some spots, and the love triangle and I didn’t get on the right foot. But there were certain aspects that shone and kept me interested.
The concept of this story is original, and executed well. In Unearthly, Clara didn’t fulfill her purpose, it didn’t turn out the way she saw in her vision, and so Hallowed is about her finding a new purpose, and I think finding out what she truly wants, and accept what will happen in her life. When Clara had a vision of what her new purpose is and she was analyzing it, wondering why certain people were there and weren’t there and what she assumed was going to happen, I was shocked! I was so desperate for it to not happen, how could it?! I also wondered if it could have been (view spoiler)[her mother (hide spoiler)], and so when it was, I felt so sad, for Clara and her family. But I think that the way that was done was done beautifully, with just enough emotion to make tears brim in my eyes.
In Unearthly, I remember loving the relationship between Clara and her mother had. In Hallowed, it becomes a little strained, because of secrets. I was worried that their wonderful relationship was starting to fall, and that there would be fights, and lost or challenged love. But when things were revealed, secrets shared or realized, love was built up again, and it was done perfectly. Parent-child relationships are never without their tension and anger, but even when you’re feeling that way, underneath, buried deep, is undeniable love that can never disperse.
So now the characters, they really shine and show their personality more, especially Christian. We learn more about him and what he’s feeling, we get to see into his head. And I appreciated that. While not my favorite character, *cough-tucker-cough* I came to like him more than the previous novel. Though I can’t say I was happy with the love triangle, or some of the things he did. I felt that Christian’s love for Clara, while real (because he's not faking his love), was based on more than friendship or whatever, but based partly on their purposes I guess, (view spoiler)[they’re “destined” to be together (hide spoiler)]. I don’t know quite why I didn’t like them together (well I do, it’s because there’s someone else who I love, who Clara loves) but it just didn’t feel right to me. But, I feel that I am in the minority here, so don’t listen to me, this is just how I felt.
There were several times when I was almost moved to tears. The joy and sorrow the characters felt was so palpable. Especially with (view spoiler)[Midas. That was truly beautiful and precious and just so joyous! (hide spoiler)] But also with the relationships, Clara and her mom; Jeffery and his mom. I really have to hand it off to Cynthia, she sure knows how to tug at readers heart strings. And this is possible partly because of the writing. It’s not spectacular, not the lyrical prose I love so much, but it flows nice, interspersed with love and laughter.
And now I have to talk about Tucker. He’s truly one of my favorite male characters. I love his fun, humorous, charming, laid back personality. I love the relationship between him and Clara. It’s sweet and beautiful, and I wish there was more of it. And while I’m here, that one part with Tucker and Christian (view spoiler)[when he punched him (hide spoiler)], LOVED IT! I thought it was fantastic. Go Tucker! You are my hero.
I think the Unearthly series has many good things in it and to come. It has become treasures to many people who feel tired of paranormal romance books and find something original and inspiring within the Unearthly and Hallowed pages. And while I may not find the story completely original (i.e. love triangle, boy coming through girls bedroom window [which I find exceedingly tiring. What is wrong with the front door!!]), it was still executed well, has wonderful characters, and is fun to read.
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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 us...moreRipple 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). (less)
Across the Universe was interesting. It’s a unique story, but I still found some similarities with a couple other dystopian novels. The beginning star...moreAcross 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. (less)