I feel like the only freak person who didn't like this book. I made it about a hundred pages in, before giving up. My main issues:
1. So much angsty tee...moreI feel like the only freak person who didn't like this book. I made it about a hundred pages in, before giving up. My main issues:
1. So much angsty teenage drama. So. Much. I laughed out lout at the heroines thoughts during a "game" of truth or dare, where she's asked whether she's a virgin or not. She's sixteen, yet the fact that she hasn't done it yet is outrageous. My favorite sentence went somewhere along the lines of 'Her sexuality would be questioned, if she said yes'. Really? :D I mean, sure, puberty is a hard time. But I don't remember being that melodramatic.
2. The 'word of the day' stuff. At first, I found the idea really cute. Nice quirk of the character and all that. We get one word with definition at every chapter, but that strategy was lacking, because the first four chapters alone all centered around one party. So we get four words in the span of, maybe, two hours that the character all uses. Maybe I misunderstood the concept of 'word of the day', but this seemed wrong.
3. How embarassing is it, if you're an author, writing in your native tongue and even a foreigner can tell when those huge words are used in a wrong way? Several times, when I'd look up one of the many big words (because there seemed to be more than the designated word of the chapter), I'd be like But in this context ... it doesn't really make sense? Aside from that, punctuation issues, typos, the usual.
All in all, this book made me kind of aggressive. Whenever I feel that way, I don't bother finishing.(less)
I often read negative reviews where the only reason someone stuck with a book was, because they don't like leaving it unfinished. I don't have that pro...moreI often read negative reviews where the only reason someone stuck with a book was, because they don't like leaving it unfinished. I don't have that problem, at least not when I got the book for free. For me, reading should be a fun thing to do when I've got spare time. I don't want to waste time on something I know my opinion won't improve on. This is one of those books, where I just didn't see a point to keep going.
I started out very optimistic, because I liked the writing itself. Especially with free indie publishers, I think I can name more books I disliked because of the writing then ones I liked. So, that was a plus. I didn't read enough to understand much of the story (which at about 20% in is weird, even considering the length). I think it was something about aliens that look like angels and other aliens that are ... crystals? Or can only survive in crystals? Something like that. The heroine (Raea) is apparently supposed to take care of the crystal aliens (one of them was given to her when she was five) and protect it, because they're so powerful. So, plot itself isn't entirely hideous. If I'd actually finished it then I probably would have given it two stars.
So, what's the big problem? There are several things I disliked, but one in particular: the main character. Raea is hands-down the most hateable character I've ever read a narration from. She whines constantly. And I don't mean, constantly, as in every couple pages. No, literally, no kidding, constantly. About - again, literally - anything that happens to her. People bully her, because of weird marks on her hands? She complains. Her friend, a really decent guy, has an obsession with this superhero-like angel that's in the news, saving people (please, anyone I know would be obsessing over something like that)? She complains about having to listen to him. There's a new, hot guy at school? She complains about not being pretty enough to attract attention. Guy actually shows interest in her? She complains about him not calling her the same day. Another guy, who's simply a loner helps her? She complains and dislikes him, because she doesn't know him She grows wings? She whines about her lost life. She tells her aunt she's sick so she doesn't have to show her wings, who then decides to stay home? Stupid aunt! Her aunt knew about the wings and promised not to tell her? The nerve!
This is as far as I got. Raea is supposed to be eighteen, but she acts like at most thirteen. Everything is stupid, everyone is mean to her, nobody loves her.
One a side-note, the story sometimes didn't make much sense. Raea's parents died when she was five and - while I understand how hard that is and naturally don't want my parents to ever die - this is yet another thing she complains about. To me, that was weird. She's had a loving family (which gives her a lot to bitch about, of course) with her aunt, uncle and cousins, and her parent's death has happened thirteen years ago. Logic says that she doesn't even really remember her parents. Then, she got this crystal thing from her mum to 'protect', before she died. I get how powerful things shouldn't get into the wrong hands. But ... why would you give it to a toddler?! Someone please explain how that's the best way of action.
Anyway, I think this review is long enough for a book I haven't completely read (my negative reviews always seem to be the longest ...)(less)
The main reason this book gets three stars is the fact that I really enjoyed the concept. It's set in a world where vampires exist, but are a somewhat...moreThe main reason this book gets three stars is the fact that I really enjoyed the concept. It's set in a world where vampires exist, but are a somewhat extinct species. The reason is a vaccine almost every human was treated with in reaction to a pandemic. This vaccine caused a change in the human body and makes their blood toxic to vampires. Now they're slowly starving. We mostly see a little village named Penton, where Aiden is the vampire boss of other vampires and humans that were never vaccinated and willingly feed them. This is pretty original - at least I haven't heard of a vampire book plot like this before -, which nowadays is always great. So, most of my liking the book had to do with the idea. Also, the writing wasn't bad per se.
It could have been even more awesome if not for the fact that I was actually pretty bored after a while. I felt like we get a lot of pretty useless details on what the main character Krys is doing, but on the other hand, interesting stuff is just skipped over. Like that drain-and-fill on Mirren. Am I the only one who would have liked to see that? To me it was pretty obvious what would happen most of the time. Krys going out, thinking 'well, he told me to stay here, but I'll be back before he wakes up anyway' ... I actually rolled my eyes at that. How dull if you actually know that, of course now she's going to get caught by the bad guy. Really, like a bad horror movie.
The other thing that really bothered me was the romance. Frankly, it sucked. Krys gets kidnapped and locked up by Aiden (because she's an unvaccinated doctor and they need one), and she's mad at him for a bit, but then she just isn't anymore. Their relationship was incredibly unbelievable and no fun to read. Aiden was a bit dull, as well (he was described as 'brooding').
I might read the next one, because it'll be about Mirren and I think he could be a more interesting character. But it's no 'need to have right away' book for me.(less)
This might be very slightly spoler-ish. Trying to keep it to a minimum, though.
Sadly, my reading experience of this series will always and fo...more3.5 stars
This might be very slightly spoler-ish. Trying to keep it to a minimum, though.
Sadly, my reading experience of this series will always and forever be tainted by my first impression of it, namely book one, which was Vampire Academy with Greek gods. Since then, the similarities aren't obvious enough that I would notice them if I'd never read book one, but I have and therefore can't stop my mind from going: oh, funny, this happened in Shadow Kiss (was that book #3 of the VA series? I think so) or even that is different from VA. It's hard to seperate this impression from the simple experience of reading, but I'll try my hardest.
I think Deity might be the best of all the Covenant books so far. There's lots of action, especially when the gods appear on screen. I've grown to like Aiden more than in the last two books, but that might be, because Seth just starts getting weird all of the sudden. My biggest complaint with this is actually Seth, not because he's changed, but because it happened without any real warning. We do get told that there were signs, but I'm not buying those. From one moment to the next he simply turned from a flirtatious, funny and sometimes sweet guy into a total creep. Sure, he's always defended Lucian, but that might have made more of an impression if Lucian had been more of an evil overlord in the previous books.
Alex was a bit whiny, especially in the beginning and kept making dumb decisions. Seriously, if a GOD tells you to do something, chances are he's probably right. He's a freaking god after all. Naturally, plot development wouldn't have gone were the author intended for it to go, if Alex had followed the advice of practically everyone.
But, like I already said, there's plenty of action and the story definitely moves forward. I like the author's writing style itself very much and I'll keep reading as well. (less)
This is a book I truly have trouble reviewing. I absolutely loved the first one (really, I was this close to proposing) and obviously this is...more4.5 stars
This is a book I truly have trouble reviewing. I absolutely loved the first one (really, I was this close to proposing) and obviously this is still a four-star (initially it was five stars, but after thinking about what to write in this review, I realized that I wouldn't be able to explain four stars), so it was still good. But after the earth-shattering debut, I was expecting a bit more, to be honest.
My main problem: it felt a bit chaotic. We start pretty much exactly where The Shadow Reader left us. The rebels have taken over the Silver Palace, and are now trying to fight of the remnants (the ones loyal to the late king). Also, they have to fight to get Lena recognized as queen. Summed up like that, it seems pretty neat. Well, it could have been, except I was never really sure where the book was going. McKenzie's best/only friend Paige gets kidnapped by the remnants, and for a while I thought "Okay, so this is the problem we're working to solve, this is going to be some kind of red line". Instead, it was just another story line thrown in with others, all looking to be resolved. Nothing is really focused on. I think this might be a great example of a filler book.
That said, I still liked The Shattered Dark. I loved how the changes of the former rebel's position reflected on the character's development. McKenzie and Aren have real trouble getting to know each other, because they're both so wound up in their duties and simply don't have any time for each other. Those things are well done, because they make sense, even if they don't make everyone happy. I absolutely adored every scene where Sosch was present. He's cuteness overload. I'm still a huge fan of Aren and how he treats McKenzie. He is among my favorite love interests ever. (view spoiler)[I was hoping we'd gotten over the love triangle, but after the ending ... guess not. (hide spoiler)]
Also: the last 20% of the book were definitely the best part. All those stray story lines crammed in to bridge the gap between book one and three were more or less settled and I was again reminded of what I liked so much in The Shadow Reader. The ending left us at a huge cliffhanger and I really hope the third book is going to be out sometime in spring 2013. I have a feeling that one is going to make me feel more like the first one did. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Sovereign Hope was a great read, especially considering that my recent experiences with indie authors/free Kindle e-books haven't been that great. Thi...moreSovereign Hope was a great read, especially considering that my recent experiences with indie authors/free Kindle e-books haven't been that great. This is a series I am going to stick with, for sure, even if I had some issues with it.
First, I'm not the biggest fan of this writing. It wasn't bad, don't get me wrong, but the third-person-view didn't really do it for me. Sure, this way it was easier to switch from one character's mind to another, but I don't feel like we gained that much more information from looking over Daniel's shoulder.
I really liked the main character, Farley, because she actually acts mature. She's only eighteen, but has been on her own for six month. This kind of thing should make someone grow up and it really shows. Way to often, especially in YA novels, the heroine lets the bad guy make her doubt those she trusts, which always annoys me. If you know someone is working against you, why would you believe that person? When Farley doesn't let the evil mastermind of this novel mess with her head, I kind of wanted to applaud. Finally. Her relationship with Daniel, however, seemed a bit unrealistic and awkward. We get told a lot, but we aren't actually shown how their feelings for each other developed into more.
I like the concept of the Immortals and especially the Whytes (zombie-like creatures). I hope we get to see more of those. Gory is great :)(less)
I don't usually read chick-lit, but made an exception for this one, because I'm a glutton for bad boys and that's what Hunter - our love interest - wa...moreI don't usually read chick-lit, but made an exception for this one, because I'm a glutton for bad boys and that's what Hunter - our love interest - was promised to be. In the end, I shouldn't have bothered.
My main problem with this novel was the randomness of it all. It read like the diary I wrote when I was about ten (You know, all "I got up, and had french toast for breakfast and then I went to school and nothing interesting happened, and I went home and talked to so-and-so and he said this-and-that"). Not very interesting, a lot of telling instead of showing. Mostly, the events in the book were either incredibly dull or incredibly out-of-the-blue and screaming deux-ex-machina.
I think I'll just stay away from this from now on. It's just not my genre.(less)