If you don’t know what Twilight is about you must have just awoken from a very long sleep. However, …
Twilight is based on the narrative of Isabella (B...moreIf you don’t know what Twilight is about you must have just awoken from a very long sleep. However, …
Twilight is based on the narrative of Isabella (Bella) Swan's. Bella decides to move to her father’s house, located in Forks, a small town in Washington, after her Mother re-marries. Bella enrols in the local high school and meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen. Bella is immediately drawn to Edward, but finds that he is different from other boys his age. Bella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she discovers that Edward and his family are vampires. Bella is soon drawn further into Edwards’s life, putting her in increasing danger from a rogue vampire intent on tasting Bella’s blood.
Despite Twilight being written to ingratiate fans of the genre, I really enjoyed this book. I have seen and heard many negative reviews about Meyer’s writing style, but I think that the intended audience (teenagers) needs to be kept in mind while reading the book. I found the different slant Meyer gave to the vampire genre was refreshing; I found the relationship between Bella and Edward deeply romantic and overall found the plot extraordinarily suspenseful. I began my love affair with the series after reading this book, and found that the story was unique and deserved the hype it has gotten.
Marked is the first book in what is referred to as “The House of Night”. It begins with Zoey Redbird a 16 year old girl attending high school and stru...moreMarked is the first book in what is referred to as “The House of Night”. It begins with Zoey Redbird a 16 year old girl attending high school and struggling to adapt to a family which now includes a step-father. Zoey is one day “Marked” meaning she is to undergo a change to become an adult vampire. She must enter a school “The House of Night” for fledgling vampires, who after having undergone the Change, will train to become an adult vampire. Zoey is marked as extraordinary amongst her new peers, having control over all the 4 elements, virtually unheard of. Zoey must battle the leader of the elite Dark Daughters, who is misusing her Goddess-given gifts.
I was aware that this was a Young Adult book and would put this series firmly in that category. I found the idea of the story interesting enough. The concept the Cast’s created for becoming a vampire all that entailed was quite adaptive. I liked that becoming a vampire is a biological change that your body may reject, and how they are mortal and are alike to humans except have a longer life span. I liked the idea of a vampire school and how they are part of culture. The idea that their society is matriarchal society with an adaptation to the goddess lore which includes the idea of vampirism is interesting. However, I found the writing quite simplistic and at times predictable. I found myself being irritated by the lead character at times because she was judgemental and immature. Despite not understand the hype around these books I liked them enough to continue reading the series. I think this book had great potential, and while I enjoyed the storyline, what let it down was the sometimes simplistic writing. (less)
Betrayed is the 2nd book in the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and her daughter. Fledging vampire Zoey is now in her second year of school as a va...moreBetrayed is the 2nd book in the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and her daughter. Fledging vampire Zoey is now in her second year of school as a vampire. Zoey has become the newest High Priestess and leader of the school's Dark Daughters society. Zoey is well known throughout the school for her tattoos that the goddess awarded her with. This in itself is very unusual as only full fledged vampires have these tattoos. Zoey and her friends, Stevie Rae, Damien, and the Twins have begun to implement a newer and compassionate system of rules and regulations within the Dark Daughters. In her personal life, as Zoey struggles to take ownership of her new role, she still has to endure encounters with Aphrodite, while her parents have cut themselves out of her life. Added to this is the intensity of the bloodlust she fills for her ex-boyfriend, Heath, she has also begun dating Eric Night and feels a strange attraction to the school's teacher Loren Blake. However, outside of the school human teenagers are disappearing, and all the evidences points to vampyres. Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, and jeopardize the very foundation of her world.
I liked this instalment in the House of Night series, but found myself increasingly frustrated with Zoey’s love triangle between Loren, Eric and Heath. Zoey seems to be able to complicate her life without any outside influence. Pick a boy, any boy! There were a few unexpected twists to the plot which were surprising. I found it interesting to have Zoey’s enemy (Aphrodite) become an ally, and her supposed ally (Neferet) become a mortal enemy. As a young adult book you have to get used to the younger writing style, and the sometimes cringe factor from the corniness, it’s an interesting twist on the vampire lore.(less)
In the 3rd book of the House of Night series, Zoey Redbird, gifted vampyre fledgling is dealing with many issues. She failed to break her imprint on h...moreIn the 3rd book of the House of Night series, Zoey Redbird, gifted vampyre fledgling is dealing with many issues. She failed to break her imprint on her human ex-boyfriend Heath, she is fighting an increasingly dangerous attraction to vampyre Poet Loren, and she is struggling to cure her undead best friend Stevie Rae with the help of Aphrodite. Within the school, the murder of a Professor complicates matters as a religious aspect in the form of the People of Faith order, compromises the school’s safety. The Sons of Erebus (vampyre warriors) are brought in to protect the school, providing Zoey with another distraction in the form of a gorgeous warrior. At the Full Moon ritual, Erik completes his Change into an adult vampyre. While Eric is away Zoey must fight her attraction to Loren, but makes a fatal mistake which has Neferet scheming to show everyone Zoey’s betrayal. Meanwhile, Zoey struggles to help Stevie Ray retain her humanity and finds who her true friends are and uncovers unknown enemies that she must stop before they threaten the peace of the vampyre and human world.
In this book I found myself getting annoyed at the author’s repetitiveness, especially with the introduction to the books. I believe that Zoey has not grown as a character. She seems a little too perfect, able to master all the elements, having tattoos of a fully fledged vampire and having guys practically trip over themselves to get to her. It just didn’t gel for me. I did like the character development of Stevie Ray and Aphrodite. I like the Stevie Ray undead; she is a lot gutsier than the Stevie Ray vampyre. It was refreshing to see more of Aphrodite, who I sympathise with, having lost so much, but still able to retain her self-worth and be a funny snippety person which is more enjoyable than Zoey’s perfection. I did like the action scenes, the concept of the Priestess, blood drinking/imprinting etc. It's a shame the great idea of this book is superseded by the immature writing and characterization. I'll keep reading them, because there are parts I like about the story. (less)
Untamed is the 4th book in the House of Night series and begins with Zoey feeling utterly alone after the events of the previous book. Aphrodite is no...moreUntamed is the 4th book in the House of Night series and begins with Zoey feeling utterly alone after the events of the previous book. Aphrodite is now human, Stevie Rae is a new Changed red vampire, and she has lost both her groups of friends and her boyfriend Erik. Then, Zoey is attacked by something in the night. In despair Zoey begins to repair the tattered remains of her friendships. A new character is introduced, fledgling world champion archer, James Stark, who has a role of his own to play. Aphrodite reappears on campus despite being human, and with an imitation Mark and visions still provided by the Goddess. Neferet is still intent on war with the humans and plans on awakening an ancient evil to assist with her quest.
Zoey’s main conflict is that she has no support because all of her friends have turned their back on her. Seeing things from Zoey’s perspective and knowing what she knows I can understand and sympathise with her. This is the first time in all the books Zoey is more believable and human (to an extent). She had a huge conflict, tell her friends about what was happening and betray the Goddess, or keep her mouth shut and exclude her friends. I did like the story-line in this book a lot better than the others; it involved a lot more action and conflict. It seems some reviewers have the same type of complaint; the writing is less than perfect. Maybe it is because there are 2 different authors and they don’t connect. The story has so much potential I am just disappointed a lot of the time by the lack of maturity in the writing.(less)
Vampire Academy is the 1st book in the series, and is set at St. Vladimir’s Academy, a boarding school for vampires. The book revolves around two main...moreVampire Academy is the 1st book in the series, and is set at St. Vladimir’s Academy, a boarding school for vampires. The book revolves around two main characters Rose and Lissa. Rose is a Dhampir, (a race of preternatural children born of vampire-human relationships). Lissa (is of Moroi royalty). Since a horrific car accident claimed the lives of Lissa’s family, both girls survived the accident to become psychically bonded. Now, after time spent on the run from the Academy, they have been forcefully returned to the school by Dimitri and his fellow guardians.
Back at St. Vladimir's Academy, Rose and Lissa enrol in classes with fellow Moroi students and the half-bloods who are bound to protect them. The Moroi are vampires and the descendants of Moroi royalty and are the social elite of St. Vladimir's. The Moroi are at constant risk from the Strigoi, also vampires who have lost all sense of humanity. The Moroi are protected by Dhampirs, guardians who are sworn to lay down their lives to assure that the Moroi bloodlines continue. Danger is prevalent among the grounds of St. Vladimir Academy and Rose attempts to keep Lissa safe when it appears someone is targeting Lissa.
I really liked the difference in the vampire lore of this book. While it was a young adult book and did have similarities with the HON series I found that this book was a lot more mature and compelling. I think if you’re going to read a YA book you need to take into consideration that it is for teenagers and the writing is aimed for their age. I have read a lot of reviews where people feel the writing is immature but I felt like it was a lot more mature than the HON series and was a lot better executed. I liked Rose as a strong female lead and at first I wasn’t a fan of Dimitri but he grew on me. While the idea of a vampire society, royalty, guardians and Strigoi vampires was very appealing, the ending was a little predictable but did leave a good opening for the 2nd book. I look forward to reading more in this series.(less)
This book revolves around Bianca, a 16 year old girl forced to move from her small town where she grew up to a be enrolled at Evernight Academy, a str...moreThis book revolves around Bianca, a 16 year old girl forced to move from her small town where she grew up to a be enrolled at Evernight Academy, a strange Gothic boarding school. Bianca feels as if she doesn’t fit in until she meets Lucas. Lucas is different to the other students, he disregards social conduct and openly flouts the rules. The connection between Bianca and Lucas increases with every day but both have secrets which could tear them apart. I thought this was going to be another teen angst book but was gladly proved wrong. I thought I knew where the story was heading but was pleasantly surprised when I got it wrong. The book had intrigue, romance that wasn’t PG rated and characters that were believable. At the beginning it moved a little slowly, but I liked that Lucas and Bianca’s connection was build up over time and not just assumed and understood from the beginning. I liked that you were unsure about where the story was headed and I liked Grey’s version of vampires, if not a little simplistic at times, definitely intriguing enough to warrant reading more books in the series. (less)
Stargazer is the 2nd book in the Evernight Academy series, which involves Bianca and her teacher parents moving to live and attend an exclusive boardi...moreStargazer is the 2nd book in the Evernight Academy series, which involves Bianca and her teacher parents moving to live and attend an exclusive boarding school for vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, had always been told her destiny is to become one of them. However, Bianca unwittingly fell in love with Lucas, a vampire hunter born within the Black Cross and sworn to destroy her kind. Both were torn apart when Lucas’s true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school. However, Bianca is determined not to give up on their love. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the shocking truth about her heritage. To complicate matters, Bianca’s vampire instincts are getting closer to the surface, where she often finds she needs more blood to stay satisfied. Finding times to secretly meet Lucas, Bianca is often unwillingly, aided by Balthazar on his own mission to find his lost sister. Add to this drama an increase in hauntings which seem targeted at Bianca, who must make a choice between the world of vampires and her love for Lucas.
I really liked this second book, especially the twists that were unexpected. Bianca and Lucas are certainly star-crossed lovers, and I liked that they had complications in their relationship; it wasn’t all roses and cherubs. I liked the maturity shown by Bianca in the books; she showed a level-headedness about her relationships and the shock about her birth. The relationship building between Bianca and Lucas and Bianca and Balthazar was intense. I got a little frustrated at times with the pace but was pleasantly surprised by the twist I didn’t expect and felt relieved when I had the 3rd book after the cliff-hanger ending. Overall a great book and I was less frustrated by the young adult style of writing than other books in the same genre.(less)
This book is an unauthorised companion to the Twilight movie. The author explores vampire and werewolf legends, lore, and myths. The book contains qui...moreThis book is an unauthorised companion to the Twilight movie. The author explores vampire and werewolf legends, lore, and myths. The book contains quizzes, facts, and comparisons to other related films. The author is a fan of the series and has set out to capitalise on Stephanie’s Meyer’s success. The author sets out to provide her opinion about the series, along with relating the Twilight world to other books/movies, as well as exploring the myths surrounding vampires, immortality and werewolves throughout the ages.
I purchased this book under some very misleading publishing. I decided to get my money back after the first few pages. The book provided no more insight into the Twilight characters, was mainly the neurotic view of the author’s thought’s about Jacob and Edward and served no purpose whatsoever. Unfortunately for fans Twilight fans, this unauthorized companion will not satiate any thirst you may have. This book was riddled with inaccuracies about the plot and characters in the Twilight series and extremely poorly written. (less)
Angel is a vampire, cursed by gypsies decades ago to walk the earth with a soul, doomed to relive his days as the tortuous and malevolent Angelus. Det...moreAngel is a vampire, cursed by gypsies decades ago to walk the earth with a soul, doomed to relive his days as the tortuous and malevolent Angelus. Determined to redeem himself he teams up with Doyle a half demon with visions and Cordelia, a previously conceited and rich princess who ruled her high school and is now set on redeeming her own ways. Doyle has a vision involving a seismic shift, and further investigation leads Angel to a group of Serpentine demons living locally in a prosperous private community. These demons are not evil, having seemingly no apparent enemies, but they have nonetheless become the target of a clan of underground quake demons. Doyle and Cordelia and are not convinced that the clients (high paying demons aside) can be trusted. But Angel finds that he has more in common with these clients, and tries his best to uncover the reason behind this sudden animosity.
I read this book during my High School Angel obsessed days. I needed to get my hands on everything Angel, and miraculously found this book for $2 at a sale. I liked this book because it expanded on Angel’s perspective and you got an inside view about how he went about investigating and how he saw himself and his commitment to his “mission”. This book wasn’t based on an episode which I also liked because often it’s tedious reading about what you have already seen. Overall, a great book to add to the previous hype surrounding the show of Angel.(less)
This book is about Raven, a 16 year old vampire-crazed outcast Goth-girl, living in a small town dubbed ‘Dullsville’. The rumoured haunted mansion ato...moreThis book is about Raven, a 16 year old vampire-crazed outcast Goth-girl, living in a small town dubbed ‘Dullsville’. The rumoured haunted mansion atop Benson Hill has stood vacant for years until a strange new family moves in. Raven is drawn to Alexander Sterling, the mysterious yet handsome stranger. Raven begins to suspect that her fellow neighbours are not entirely human. Raven, secretly sets out to discover their secret at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's trust.
Unlike other YA books which appeal to adults as well as young adults in the writing, I felt like this book was just for children. This is possibly the worst book I have read about vampires. The main character Raven is a wanna-be Goth who seems to fall in lover after one brief interlude, convinced the guy is a vampire. Her writing style is juvenile, the narrative is often rushed, and the story is so clichéd that it can’t even be in the same league as other books of this genre. There is no kind of relationship building between the characters, they meet, fall in love, the end. Vampire Kisses has a cliff-hanger ending in an attempt to get the reader to purchase the 2nd book. I think I'll pass.(less)