I used to adore this series, I was a bit iffy about the first one, but then I fell head over heal after finishing the second, but then tragedy struckI used to adore this series, I was a bit iffy about the first one, but then I fell head over heal after finishing the second, but then tragedy struck and I wasn’t able to get my hands on the next two books, until now.
Sometime between then and now I must have heightened my expectations for YA books, because this one just didn’t do it for me. Most people that have read this series absolutely admire Eden Maguire’s writing style, but it just doesn’t cut it for me. Just the way she describes scenes, and the dialogue just made me roll my eyes, and a lot of the time I lost track of what was going on and I honestly didn’t really care that much.
Was Darina always this annoying? With her it’s always Phoenix this, Phoenix that, from my understanding what she and Phoenix had was more like extreme infatuation, nowhere near ‘true love’. I actually really feel sorry for her friends. She always blows them off without giving them a legit reason and she’s incredibly rude to her parents.
I thought this book followed the basic formula as a really bad horror sequel, it’s more of a remake then an actual sequel; just add a few new characters; slightly alter the plot and hey presto I present to you ‘Summer’. Though I must admit I really didn’t expect who the murder really was, that was the only real twist in this book.
I still have one more to go, hmmm not sure whether I’ll be able to make it through that one :/. ...more
Of course it was too good to last. I couldn’t even finish this one, and I can’t believe it took me half the book to finally give up. It pisses me offOf course it was too good to last. I couldn’t even finish this one, and I can’t believe it took me half the book to finally give up. It pisses me off so much that Laurel is so blind. Why can’t she see that she’s meant to be with Tamani? He has loved her since they were kids, and it pains me to see him suffering. I thought that the gap between Laurel and David grew a bit more during her time at the academy. They are constantly bitching at each other, really the only time the connected was when they were making out.
I nearly fell asleep reading about Laurel’s time at the academy. If I wanted to read about plants and their uses I would check out a book on plants from the library. The only thing I liked about what I read was how the faerie monarchy worked. It’s similar the one used in Brave New World.
Another thing that really got on my nerves was Chelsea. She spent endless amounts of time just talking about Ryan. I also thought that it was incredibly obsessive bordering on stalker. Talking about how she used to see nothing but David for years and how her life revolved around David with David’s girlfriend. Bad Idea. I think I’m going to stop there; just thinking about the crappiness of this book makes my blood boil. ...more
Hallelujah! My streak of bad books had finally been broken! I absolutely loved this book. I was actually able to get myself completely lost in Laurel’Hallelujah! My streak of bad books had finally been broken! I absolutely loved this book. I was actually able to get myself completely lost in Laurel’s story. Wings was a breath of fresh air after reading so many crappy YA PRN novels of late. I love the plot. It’s unique, which is a word that can’t be used for a lot of books now days. Though it is very abstract so it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but for me the weirder the concept the more I like it. I’m not a big fan of faerie novels especially after reading Wicked Lovely, but this one is a rare gem that pulls of the faerie genre with ease.
I love the characters. Laurel breaks away from the YA protégée mould a little bit. She isn’t as brainless as most of the heroines running around these days, but she still lacks a little. What I love the most is that the leading men aren’t Edward Cullen, complete perfection type. David is just your average science geek, who would rather spent his day locked inside studding plats under a microscope then run around topless looking all hot and buff. Though like the majority of the people that have read Wings I just don’t like him, he’s too clingy and I couldn’t feel the connection between him and Laurel. On the other side of the love triangle there is Tamani. At first I didn’t really like him that much. I thought it was a bit weird that he was overly affectionate toward Laurel not long after initially meeting her, but after finding out what went on between them in the past I instantly turned team Tamani.
Other little random things I love about this book: I love that unlike most YA PRN Laurel actually tells her parents about what she is. A lot of the heroines are too gutless to confide to their parents about the paranormal aspect of their lives. ...more
Wow, M.J. Hearle has a real way with words. In Winter’s Shadow he crafted many beautiful, intricate sentences, which were cleverly used to tell WinterWow, M.J. Hearle has a real way with words. In Winter’s Shadow he crafted many beautiful, intricate sentences, which were cleverly used to tell Winter and Blake’s tale.
This is one of the better books to come out of Australia. The plot is a fresh new take to the paranormal genre. I love that Hearle took his time establishing the characters and the setting, you don’t see this a lot in YA fiction now days. Another thing that is rare in this genre that Hearle was able to pull off was the fact that Blake and Winter weren’t all over each other, confessing their love for each other from the get go. Though I thought their relationship lacked a lot of communication and that certain spark, Hearle could easily build on that in the sequels.
For me on of the biggest let downs was Winter. Right from the very start she got on my nerves. She was constantly throwing herself at Blake. When she gave him the tickets to Urban Ninja’s as a gift for saving her life, it was more like she was forcing him to accept it. Also the way she thought annoyed me, it was a distraction from the story. The paranormal aspect of this book was new and fresh. Apart from some infuriating hints there isn’t much revealed about what paranormal creature is involved until the 250 mark. This just makes the book more engrossing.
All up this is a great read. It breaks away from the PNR mould, creating a new, unique, fun to read book. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel. ...more
Wow, this book completely blew me away. This would have to be the best angel/nephlim book I have ever read.
I am seriously crushing hard on Tucker, whWow, this book completely blew me away. This would have to be the best angel/nephlim book I have ever read.
I am seriously crushing hard on Tucker, what’s not to love about him? He is funny, smart and incredibly good looking. If Christian gets in between Clara and Tucker I will seriously mentally punch him in the face. Christian just annoyed me, I don’t know why, but he just does. I didn’t like Clara that much as well. She was a bit of a bitch at times especially to her Mum. She’s just trying to do her job, to protect Clara, Clara should lay of a bit and just listen to her Mum.
I love the angel mythology especially the whole purpose thing. I would love to know what my purpose on earth is (if I even have a purpose). I also loved their wings, this would have to be the first angel book I have read, where they can change the looks of their wings.
I wasn’t too keen on the ending, it was on I certainly didn’t see coming, but in a bad way. I can’t wait till the next one, but we have to wait for another year to get it *sniff, sniff* Tucker and Clara better stay together for the entire book…..
P.S I am so freaking jealous Clara’s Brit History class is the coolest class ever! ...more
After reading the part when Addy was talking about how she soled her soul, I was instantly reminded of this conversation between Sam, Dean, Bobby andAfter reading the part when Addy was talking about how she soled her soul, I was instantly reminded of this conversation between Sam, Dean, Bobby and Crowley from Supernatural :))
Crowley: Go ahead. Tell them. There's no shame in it. Sam Winchester: Bobby? Tell us what? Bobby Singer: World's gonna end. Seems stupid to get all precious over one little... soul. Dean Winchester: You sold your soul? Crowley: Oh, more like pawned it. I fully intend to give it back. Dean Winchester: Well, then give it back! Crowley: I will. Dean Winchester: Now! Sam Winchester: Did you kiss him? Dean Winchester: Sam. Sam Winchester: I was just wondering. Bobby Singer: [innocently] No! [Crowley shows a picture of his cellphone of them kissing] Bobby Singer: Why'd you take a picture? Crowley: Why do you have to use tongue?
I am unsure whether I liked this book or not. While I was reading it I was hooked on it, I had trouble tearing myself from it, but after I had finisheI am unsure whether I liked this book or not. While I was reading it I was hooked on it, I had trouble tearing myself from it, but after I had finished it I looked back and I realised that it wasn’t as good as I first thought. This book was filled with YA clichés. Here are just a few • The plain narrator befriends the school “outcast” and is soon becomes an outcast as well • She is soon on the outs with the most popular girls at school • Has a massive crush on the hottest guy at school that incidentally is dating the most popular girl at school. • It is pretty obvious that the hottest guy at school likes her too. • There are a string of mysterious murders around school, and it is up to the narrator to solve the case. Though it was kinda hard not to fall in love with Archer (the hottest guy at school.) And I did love the witty humour that was imbedded In this novel. This is defiantly one for people who love a good YA book, but it was a bit to “fluffy” for my liking. ...more
Names and places have been changed to protect the Lorien six, who remain in hiding.
Take this as your first warning.
OtThe events in this book are real.
Names and places have been changed to protect the Lorien six, who remain in hiding.
Take this as your first warning.
Other Civilizations do exist.
Some of them seek to destroy you.
Move over Edward Cullen a new teenage heartthrob is here, and he goes by the name of John Smith.
After planet Lorien is destroyed by Mogadoriens who are after their resources, nine Loric children, and their guards are sent to earth. They are tracked down one by one. Number one was killed in Malaysia, number two was found in England, and number three was hunted down in Kenya, John Smith is number four.
After the death of number three John and his guard Henri move to Paradise Ohio, population 5,243. He soon makes enemies with Mark James, the quarter back for the high school football team. Mark is jealous of John, because his ex, Sarah Hart, the pretty blonde ex-cheerleader, takes a particular liking to John.
This book starts with a bang, and the shocks and surprises don’t end there. John is thrust into sticky situations from the start, but he all ways finds a way to get out of them. John is a very lovable character, he is sweet and funny. I can see why Sarah fell for a gut like him, though I thought it was a bit clichéd that the leading guy would end up with the pretty blonde, and I’m not the only one who thought that. My favourite character would have to be Sam Goode; he is the typical nerd, with his glasses, and always being a loner. Since Sam’s father disappeared, he always thought it was an alien abduction, so he has an un-healthy obsession with aliens, and he also has a ton of weird and wacky conspiracy theories.
I thought the end battle was dragged out WAY too much. It would have been better if the author had cut it down a bit. The ending was also pretty clichéd, but still, it was an okay ending. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series to find out what other sticky situations John and the gang find themselves in. ...more