Oh my gosh, this book, this breathtaking, thrilling, romantic, utterly perfect book. It swept me away in bli...moreNO! No no no no! Kelsey, go back, go back!
Oh my gosh, this book, this breathtaking, thrilling, romantic, utterly perfect book. It swept me away in blissful awe. The India setting, the mythical lure, the enchanting curse, the charmed aura of India’s 300 year old prince. I was completely captivated by the story, the characters, the setting, just, everything! And the romance, oh so swoon. So completely gush worthy and butterfly inducing and breathtaking. This book is so original and creative. A 300 year old curse turning bitter brothers into tigers, and one girl, one strong, determined girl who is the only one who can break the curse, and free these two Indian princes back to their steady human form. But Kelsey didn’t expect to fall in love, to fall completely in love with her white tiger, the oh so dashing prince, who’s love for her is unbreakable. Ren, oh Ren. There is no one more swoon worthy, and so amazingly perfect. They share a connection, they know they love each other, but it’s not solid, hence the nerve wrecking, speechless ending. Gahh! Why must authors do this to us? My nerves are all on edge. I turned the last page, silently screaming in frustrated anxiousness. Stupid Kelsey, stupid stupid Kelsey. He loves you! You know it! You love him, you belong together! Go back! I can almost understand her feelings of inadequacies. But if a breathtakingly perfect man loves you, wants you, wants to kiss you and be with you, then there must be something wondrous about you that speaks to him, leaving him in breathless wonder. Perhaps there’s more to you than you think, something that others can see, that you can’t, or refuse to see because his love for you just seems too good to be true, and you make yourself believe that you’re not deserving of it, that he could have any gorgeous woman he wanted, and yet he’s chosen you, and you can’t understand why. But then I realize that sometimes people need to take a step back to know what they truly desire and need. When it’s right in front of you, begging you to acquiesce, loving you utterly, you become lost in the fantastical lure and beauty of it, and you can’t see anything else. And then one tiny doubt is seeded in your heart because of the surreal perfectness of it, and you wonder if this is real. If it’s just a fabrication of your mind, deluding yourself into thinking that he could truly want you because he deeply loves you. Sometimes, a breather is what you need, to think back of what was, to try new things, make mistakes, and become a better, stronger, more confident person who knows what you want, and when presented with that love again, with the one person you love and thought leaving was better for both of you, you will be able to gauge your true feelings for him, and his true feelings for you. If your love is still there, it will be stronger and deeper, more passionate and beautiful than you thought possible. And there will be no more doubts, just love.
Well, I didn’t expect to go so deep, but this story, the ending, Kelsey’s choice, it just affected me, and I so desperately wanted her to stay with him, to let him love her. After finishing this book, I am just so anxious to find out what happens. What Kelsey and Ren will do, how they’ll grow, how this change could affect them, and I hope bring them closer together.
Tiger’s Curse was breathless and beautiful. I was captivated and thrilled through the whole story. I am so glad I read this, and I cannot wait to read the next two books. Thank you Colleen for such a perfect, romantic, amazing story.
Edit 6/2/11 It's going to be made into a movie! http://www.ineffablepictures.com/ That just made me so incredibly excited! If done right, it will make an incredible movie, with some fine men in it ;) *swoon* (less)
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)
Divergent is a well deserving contributor to the dystopian genre. It’s intriguing and exciting, complete with all the elements that make a true dystop...moreDivergent is a well deserving contributor to the dystopian genre. It’s intriguing and exciting, complete with all the elements that make a true dystopian novel that violent, dangerous, failing society that draws readers in with suspense, and makes them wonder what life would be like in a dystopian world where they have limited choices of how they want to live, and where danger lurks around every corner. Veronica Roth does not shy away from violence, or contemptuous feelings, where hatred and betrayal and fear dominate. But she doesn’t let her readers despair completely or have no hope, she sets moments of light into the story, having little moments of normalness of teen living, letting them grow and live and laugh and love. Though sometimes it seems like there’s nothing to live for, there’s always a way, and always someone who cares for you.
Some people compare it to The Hunger Games, which may be only because of the violence kind of for the same cause, Hunger Games was for a show, Divergent was for training and determining rank. But they’re honestly quite different. Obviously they’re both dystopian, so there will be some similarities, a controlling society that wishes to keep that control, or tighten it, and then having people who rebel. But there are several differences. The Hunger Games trilogy is depressing and sadistic, (but still managing to be entirely engrossing). Divergent, while having some moments of sadness, and some perhaps uncomfortable violent scenes, isn’t nearly as bad as Hunger Games. It has more light, more fun. I still love The Hunger Games trilogy, (except for Mockingjay, which was a bitter disappointment in my eyes), but Divergent was easier to read because I didn’t feel depressed or disgusted. Although...(Don't click unless you want the novel spoiled)--> (view spoiler)[I will say that I did not like that Tris killed Will, and then BOTH her parents died. I was okay with her mother dying, but then her father dies soon after, what was the point? I know it's dsytopia, and that people die, even the ones the MC loves aren't exempt --actually, killing their loved ones puts more emotion into the story--, but was it really necessary to kill her father and Will? (hide spoiler)]
That being said, I don’t think it needed to be so long. It’s mostly training, and tension and fights between Tris and her enemies, and then some romance. I didn't dislike the length, I was fine with it, but the beginning might seem to drag for some people, and perhaps could have been shortened. But near the ending of the book I was riveted as the plot had finally fully unfolded (though there are still some questions) and there was finally a mission, they were finally doing something to fight the people controlling them. The prose was really easy to read, it was to the point and kept me for the most part interested. Reading it got me through the book quickly, so I didn’t feel bogged down by the length, but I didn’t like it all the time. I felt that it could have been better in some parts, and have more fluidity. The style of the writing was fitting for the genre, it just could have a little better.
Divergent will attract many people, and I think making it into a movie will be a good investment. When I think about it, I think it will make a pretty cool movie, I’d probably really like it. Although, according to IMDB, it will come out in 2015. That’s a long way away. At least I’m assuming that’s the one. In any case, Divergent is a fun, engaging read and I’m excited to read the sequels.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Set your sights no further, here is the angel book you have been looking for. Unearthly, with its intriguing story, memorable characters, endearing ro...moreSet your sights no further, here is the angel book you have been looking for. Unearthly, with its intriguing story, memorable characters, endearing romance, and well crafted out plot. What more could you ask for in a young adult angel novel? I started reading it, and I couldn’t stop. I just fell in love with it, especially with the characters. And while the writing isn’t top notch, it was still very good, able to grip me, and run with the plot at a good pace that kept me interested and excited.
I loved the whole family and sibling relationships in this book. It was a major part of the story, especially Clara’s relationship with her mother. I love her mother, she is strong and loving. And Clara loves her too, they’re best friends. Sure they have their fights and disagreements, what parent-child relationship doesn’t?, but they have so much love for each other. I really liked Clara, she seemed so real to me. She was strong and determined and not afraid to fulfill her destiny. I loved the friends she made,, they became endearing to me, but I especially loved Tucker. Mm, Tucker. Well, I won’t say too much about him, but I’ll tell you the romance had me swooning and grinning and just so eager for it to take hold!
I really liked Cynthia’s take on angels, of them having a purpose, and then the history of angels. I was really intrigued with it, I was so excited to see what would happen with Clara’s purpose, how it would play out. The execution and molding of the plot was done very well. The ending wasn’t as spectacular as I was expecting it to be, it kind of tapered off slowly, and not giving me that feeling where I had to have the sequel right now, but I was still very satisfied with the whole story. I loved it, and I still really want to read the sequel.
... Ah heck, here’s a little Tucker insight for ya :)
When I come back down the stairs, I find Tucker in the living room sitting on the couch, his booted beet on the coffee table. He’s looking out the window where the wind stirs the big aspen outside, the tree a flurry of motion, each leaf trembling with life. I love that tree. Seeing him there, admiring it, unnerves me. I want to put Tucker in a safe little box where I can predict what he wants, but he refuses to stay in it. “Nice tree,” he says. The boy has unexpected depth.
I have to say, that had me laughing out loud! (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)
The Forgotten Locket is an incredible, beautiful ending to the Hourglass Door Trilogy. With the ending of The Golden Spiral, I was more than anxious t...moreThe Forgotten Locket is an incredible, beautiful ending to the Hourglass Door Trilogy. With the ending of The Golden Spiral, I was more than anxious to read the sequel, to see what would happen, and finally have everything come together. Lisa Mangum created an intricate, timeless tale with her story of Dante and Abby. It flows with the breath of time, circling into my mind, taking root, becoming one with me. She created the possible out of the impossible, by using the echoes of time, the chime of the past and future, Mangum crafted a story that is at once confusing, as it is readily believable.
With this conclusion of Abby and Dante’s story, their lives come full circle, ending where it began, with a promise of a bright future, with their past behind them, but still a part of them. In the beginning of this novel, they travel through time to Dante’s past, and there begins the end, where they fix what has been unraveled, save what has been lost, and ultimately, binding their hearts together in an unbreakable bond. The entire concept of this trilogy, of time travel is so intriguing, and it boggles my mind. But as I felt before when I first read The Hourglass Door, Mangum makes it so easy to believe, and I was left with no confusion or doubts. It’s incredible really, how she does it, and how she ties everything together, taking the reader into the future by going to the past, watching things unfold that will lead to the future events in The Hourglass Door and so on.
When I read her books, I can feel time like Abby does, the flow of it, the in between of the words and moments, can feel their lives intertwining and mixing with time. The rhythmic cadence flows smoothly through Mangums writing as she weaves her tale of darkness and light with characters that just breathe life onto the pages. Each character was built with such finesse, given the time to ease into their true roles that Mangum envisioned. Orlando may be my favorite character. I love his strength and love, I love how Mangum created his story and background that shows us the man he will become in The Hourglass Door, and I loved how the Lady of the Light came to be. It was actually surprising what he felt towards her, but it makes sense that he would. And this created that timeless bond that formed between them, that let them trust each other completely and to honor their vows. And Abby and Dante’s love is beautiful, everlasting, shining though and beyond time where it will never end. True love, that made their whole journey and triumph possible.
The cover of the oval locket doesn’t make sense until the end, and after understanding what it was and what it meant, the story became that much more meaningful to me, putting that last perfect touch to the start of Abby and Dante’s life together. I am blissfully satisfied with the way this story ended. And while their story for us may be over, it will still live inside me showing what love is and what it can accomplish, and how time surrounds us, breathing music and possibilities into us, daring us to seize the time we do have, and make the most of it with what we can. (less)
Well, quite a fantastic adventure I must say! A World Without Heroes is certainly a very imaginative, creative story in a very intriguing, strange wor...moreWell, quite a fantastic adventure I must say! A World Without Heroes is certainly a very imaginative, creative story in a very intriguing, strange world. It will definitely appeal to all Fablehaven fans (and if it doesn’t, well something must be wrong with you ;), and pretty much any young teenager looking for a fantastical adventure. I really enjoyed reading it.
The two main characters, Jason and Rachel, are two teenagers who unintentionally get sucked from our world into a whole new, magical world run by an evil wizard (the only one there is in fact), and find themselves searching for the Word that will destroy this dark wizard. This Word supposedly will be the undoing of Maldor when spoken in his presence. But very few people know of it‘s existence and none knowing the whole word. It is broken up into syllables hidden across the Lyrian land. Jason and Rachel must search for these syllables, going through unimaginable circumstances and surviving against all odds to succeed.
Brandon Mull created a fantastic world, with interesting people and creatures, crafting an epic adventure that was extremely well planned and executed (it is after all a story 10 years in the making). Granted, this novel is geared towards younger teenagers, not older teenagers and adults who prefer thought provoking books with deep emotion and romance. This book is purely for fun, and I loved it! . (a little gripe, Jason seemed too astute and wise for a 13 year old. He spoke like he was from Lyrian and had grown up with extensive learning and learning extremely well manners, not just a normal teenager from our world. In any case, he had his sense of humor that made me laugh sometimes). I loved this first installment in the Beyonders series, it certainly lived up to my expectations, but I will stand by my loyalty to Fablehaven which I deem much more incredible and epic! (less)
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)
Clarity is a fun, refreshing novel. The plot is intriguing and planned out well, the characters are likable with good, strong development. I especiall...moreClarity is a fun, refreshing novel. The plot is intriguing and planned out well, the characters are likable with good, strong development. I especially loved Clare. She is one heck of a strong heroine. She's not pathetic or whinny, she knows what she's doing, she's social and funny, and refuses to let anyone get the best of her. I really liked the murder plot and how well it was thought out, and how Clare used her ability to help solve it. The story had the perfect amount of mystery, danger, fun, romance, and supernatural. And I’ll say I was surprised at the end. I was thinking the killer might be one person, but not so! It was someone else that I had never considered. And also that fortune of Clare at the end, that someone who (view spoiler)[loves her (hide spoiler)] doesn't really (view spoiler)[love her (hide spoiler)] and it's pretty much just a (view spoiler)[lie! (or just not what she thought it was) (hide spoiler)], well, I'm excited to see what happens! Well done Kim Harrington, for writing a wonderful, intriguing YA novel with a strong heroine and an engaging, fun plot. I will eagerly be waiting for the sequel and any other works you create!(less)
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 anything...moreI 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. (less)
Wow. Oh Julie Kagawa, once again you manage to stun me with the absolute brilliance of your story. Your breathtaking, adrenaline rushing, swooning hea...moreWow. Oh Julie Kagawa, once again you manage to stun me with the absolute brilliance of your story. Your breathtaking, adrenaline rushing, swooning heartbreaking story. The Iron King and The Iron Daughter are amazing, but The Iron Queen blew me away. It was epic, a truly enlightening, action filled, intriguing novel, based upon fey stories of old, but built with the majestic world you created, one full of pain, longing, laughter, joy, anger. And nothing could have prepared me for the ending. The ENDING! So unexpected and heartbreaking, but so perfect! It showed Meghan’s changed character, from the shy, unsure human girl way back from the beginning, to this strong, determined faery who is willing to give up everything she worked so hard to keep, to save everyone and everything she loves. And in the end it was worth it. Meghan rose above the trials and pain and possible defeat, enduring to the very end and claiming what is rightfully hers.
The Iron Queen is full of darkness and foreboding danger, created with sharpness of war and danger, but it is infused with light, with tendrils of hope, love, humor. That is what makes this story alive, the balance between light and dark. But it’s the characters that make this happen. An action packed, incredible storyline with dull, unintriguing characters means nothing to the reader. Real, complex characters with stark emotion are needed to make the story pulse with life, to draw the reader in and love it.
Puck was brilliant. His usual playful, sarcastic, mocking goodfellow self. Every time he materialized onto the page, he did or said something that made me laugh. Even though I know Ash and Meghan belong together, I feel sorry for Puck, though he doesn’t let lost love crush him, making him a whisper of his former jokester self. And Grim. I love him! He is the perfect portrayal of an indifferent, bored, proud, playful cat. He may be a cait sith, but he is, afterall, just a cat. And I loved getting to see Meghan’s father come slowly back into her life. Though he wasn’t a prominent character with a lot of depth, I grew to care about him, and only because of Meghan, for her love for him and never giving up.
Then there’s Ash. Oh, he made me swoon in this book. He becomes more laidback and tender, showing his true self that has been hiding underneath his icy heart that only the love of Meghan could melt. But he never veers from his natural warrior instinct. He protects Meghan with his life, her literal faery knight in shining armor. But what I loved most was his respect for Meghan, his developing trust to let her decide what was best for her, and to believe in her. He let her fight for herself. It’s the strength of their love that allows this, that lets them trust each other and understand what they have to do, though that won’t stop them from striving to save each other.
The battle scenes were incredible. They kept my nerves on edge, my adrenaline swirling. It was executed amazingly well. I could just picture it happening in movie-form. And the end battle would be amazing to watch. Kagawa wasn’t afraid to get to the heart of the battle, the horror and rage and desperation of it, and she didn’t keep Meghan out. Meghan was in the very thick of it, fighting with all her energy, all her fury and determination and burning love to save Nevernever and those she loves.
I just can’t believe the way it ended. How in the world am I going to wait for The Iron Knight?! I didn't want this book to end. It’s the mark of an amazing author who can make their readers connect with their characters, and yearn for more. The Iron Queen was amazing, and I am breathless for Ash’s story, and to see everything get resolved, and have Ash and Meghan together forever at last.(less)