This book turned out as the amazing finale of an amazing series.
I loved it all - the characters, both new and old; the plot, convoluted and dynamic; t...moreThis book turned out as the amazing finale of an amazing series.
I loved it all - the characters, both new and old; the plot, convoluted and dynamic; the emotions, running high and fast; the murder-mystery factor and the detective work; the drama-filled revealing of the real killer...
I especially enjoyed the fact that Dimitri and Sydney took big parts in this sixth installment. Also, I enjoyed the symmetry and completeness most inportant choices or deeds created with the plot of the whole series.
And the romance factor... well, it was awesome (but that may be just me, seeing as Rose ended up with the guy I wished she would).
I also enjoyed the fact that though most main problems were fixed by the end, there remained a great deal more to trouble Rose and her friends. It wasn't a sugary finale by any estimation.
Great job, Richelle Mead, and thanks for completing these amazing books so well. Can't wait to read the next series from the Vampire Academy world.(less)
I read Little Women for the first time about three years back and loved it. It is a book every young girl should read, but it would delight even the o...moreI read Little Women for the first time about three years back and loved it. It is a book every young girl should read, but it would delight even the older ones.
Good Wives I picked up this summer and though I have not put out enough time to read it, I made my mind to do so now and I finish this double edition.
Louisa May Alcott's writing is... enchanting, poetic and so very beautiful that it lulls you right into the story and sets your heart to tender thoughts and feelings.
And the characters are more than lovable. Grown-up Meg, strong-willed Jo, tender Beth and artistic Amy, but also kind Mr and Mrs March, happy Laurie, caring Mr. Laurence and sharp-tongued old Aunt March. And Daisy and Demi are just two jewels who made me laugh and coo at the same time.
The only thing I did not like was that Jo didn't end up with Laurie. Though I understand where the author was coming from by making Jo feel as if he wasn't grown-up enough to stand by her, I had a feeling they'd end up together ever since they met in Little Women. I lamented that they did not, but enjoyed the twists with Amy and Professor Bhaer.
The death of loving Beth made my eyes tear up, as did the poem Jo wrote in the second to last chapter of Good Wives.
The ending was simply beautiful and I closed this classic with a mind and heart full of gentleness.(less)
Hilarious, engrossing and dynamic. The second Nikki Heat novel takes the characters to a whole new level.
I loved it more than the first book, which wa...moreHilarious, engrossing and dynamic. The second Nikki Heat novel takes the characters to a whole new level.
I loved it more than the first book, which was unusual (with me and series it is usually the other way around). The crime is even more convoluted, the murder count has risen and this time both Heat and Rook get into a couple of really tight situations – like live-or-die tight.
The romance is also better, the banter even more sarcastic. Though Naked Heat is longer than Heat Wave, it somehow gives the impression of more action packed into fewer words, so it’s a real page-turner. The characters that cross the detectives’ investigation range from order-obsessive to power-cravers to crazed stars to torturing killers. There’s even a coyote in there! And every one of them brings a specific colour to the story. Plus, we learn an odd and funny little secret about journalist Jamie Rook.
So all in all, if you’re a fan of the TV series Castle, or enjoy a good crime-mystery-black-humour mix, then you should give this book a try. (less)
Four stars for one reason alone - I love the plot of the TV series more than that of the book. But I'll definetely be onto the next book like... today...moreFour stars for one reason alone - I love the plot of the TV series more than that of the book. But I'll definetely be onto the next book like... today, actually XD
The first installment of the Nikki Heat series is dynamic and catching, realistic to the point of seeming based on real events and convoluted enough to keep the reader wondering who's the real bad guy to the very last chapter. I found the characters unique and intriguing, the settings - well-described, and the detective work quite up to the standarts of the TV Series Castle.
The thing that made me give it 4 stars was the relationship - as good as are things between Nikki Heat and Jamie Rook, the sparks between Richard Castle and Kate Beckett are on a whole other level.
So take note, Mr Castle, and when you write on be sure to include more of that in your next books ;)(less)
Would have given 4.5 stars, but as it is impossible...
Spicy, hilarious, enticing - I loved the tension between Jillian and Marcus. I enjoyed every wor...moreWould have given 4.5 stars, but as it is impossible...
Spicy, hilarious, enticing - I loved the tension between Jillian and Marcus. I enjoyed every word of their constant banters, adored how they couldn't stand each other because they were so alike and how they'd undestand and complete each other in the worst and best of times.
I felt something small was missing, and I didn't like some of the characters' reactions at times, though at first glance they appear realistic enough.
Lovable support characters, delicious plot setting, great background stories for both the hero and the heroine.
A bit of warning: this should be rated at least PG-16 :D(less)
If you liked Elizabeth Scott's Perfect You, then you'd also love Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride. I know I did.
The book tells the story of a lonely...moreIf you liked Elizabeth Scott's Perfect You, then you'd also love Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride. I know I did.
The book tells the story of a lonely girl who doesn't even know she is feeling so. Auden decides to spend her last summer before starting university with her newly re-married father, his exuberant young wife and their baby daughter after she receives a frame from her brother with the inscription "The Best Of Times". Suddenly, Auden finds that she has nothing to live up to that inscription. And that is what prompts her to make a change, move to a small seaside town and try herself at normal teenage life. And for a girl who has no social experiences (and I mean none at all), this summer would become a turnaround point in her life.
By the end of the book I went from absolutely hating her self-absorbed parents to hoping they'd change, from scoffing at her pink-loving stepmother to respecting her, from shaking my head at her brother's antics to actually adoring them. I loved how Auden became friends with three very diferent girls, all of which were interesting on their own. And I adored Eli - how he decided to do all sort of stupid things to help Auden make up for her lost childhood.
Along for the Ride is a funny, dynamic, realistic read, in which the characters deal with the moral and social problems of present days - the parents who take no notice of their children, workaholism, kids studying too much instead of playing with others, the tragic loss of life. Most of all, it makes the reader think about the truly important thigs in life - the ones that stay with you, whether they be bright memories of happy, crazy times, or the people who care for you and stand by your side.
If you loved 9 Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, then its sequel would definitely take a place within your favorites, too.
When I read that the sec...moreIf you loved 9 Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, then its sequel would definitely take a place within your favorites, too.
When I read that the second book from the series was going to be about the calm and romantic Nicholas St. John and not about his firecracker of a sister Juliana – I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed. I thought that, him being so gentle and kind and all things lovable would make the novel somewhat boring.
Was I ever wrong.
It turned out that he was a man, harboring so many secrets that only a woman with an equal number could match him. Lo and behold – the beautiful, intelligent and kind-hearted Lady Isabel. A daughter to an earl, Nicholas is perplexed by her oddities in the form of reading bills, wearing men’s clothing and working on a roof.
But they are a perfect match even more due to the fact that they both suffer from the fear of loving, caused by the ruined marriages of both their parents. And while battling wits and struggling to hide their secrets, they must learn to trust each other, or else more than their own lives would be in ruin.
The second book in the series proves a bit darker, deeper in meaning, but still with the humorous and sarcastic tongue of its predecessor. I especially enjoyed the hilarious articles from the Pearls & Pelisses magazine which advised the chits from the ton on how to “land a lord”. The irony and sarcasm underlining them was delicious. It reminded me of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series and her Lady Whistledown.
The book left me thirsting for the third installment in the St. John siblings series which is bound to be an enticing read. (less)
A modern Beauty & the Beast, this story has it all - romance, angst, realism, humour & action. I loved every moment of it.
Honestly, I learned...moreA modern Beauty & the Beast, this story has it all - romance, angst, realism, humour & action. I loved every moment of it.
Honestly, I learned about Beastly through the news that Alex Pettyfer was going to play the main hero in the movie adaptation, but it was the fact that the plot was based on my favourite fairytale that made me eager to read it. I was a little cautious about starting it, but once I began, there was no stopping.
Beastly is a modern rendition of a man without kindness changing from the outside-in - the perfect, rich and handsome Kyle who thinks that ugly, or even plain people are not worth looking at, turns into the dark, brooding and lonely Adrian who seeks the beauty of his roses in order to forget about his own hidious appearance.
The story being told through his eyes, the reader sees how isolation and pain slowly mend Kyle's soul, turn it to seeking inner beauty and create Adrian - a guy who descriminates between shallowness and true kindness. Kyle never saw Lindy as someone beautiful, but for Adrian, she's like one of his roses - pure, and gentle, and shining from the inside-out.
The shallow playboy learns to love for the first time, and to sacrifice - to let the one most precious to him go free and choose her own destiny, even though that means that he may never return to his human form. Yet, as his friends tell him - there is more humanity in his beastly form than in most people.
I was charmed by how the classic love and transformation affected a spoiled, shallow New York City guy. There was a lot of the dark sins of our current reality in this book, but also a look deeper into the souls of those who have it all and those, who fight with life every day yet retain their inner beauty. Beastly can teach us a lot about people in these times of fallen taboos and lack of values, but also about the kindness and the beasts within our own souls.
This book is not so much about spying, studying and laughing around with your girlfriends, but making choices, taking chanc...moreCammie has really grown up.
This book is not so much about spying, studying and laughing around with your girlfriends, but making choices, taking chances and learning to trust and hope.
I miss the lighthearted embarrassing situations of the previous books, but I love the new intensity, complexity of this one. I love the way Cammie and her friends have grown in character, the bonds they've created and the things they are willing to do for one another.
I loved the Zach interference, too.
I hope the next book of the series comes out soon because this one left off at a pretty interesting point.
This book definetely has a different edge to it, as compared to the previous two in the series - real life makes a break for the Gallagher school and...moreThis book definetely has a different edge to it, as compared to the previous two in the series - real life makes a break for the Gallagher school and the girls get into true trouble - of the life-threatening kind, time and again.
The book still has its hilarious parts, in the spirit of the series, and the boy-related stuff get all mixed up with the spy stuff Cammie has to face.
Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover leaves the readers with loads of questions and unsolved mysteries, so the next installment should be an intriguing read.(less)
The second book in the Gallagher Girls series was better than the first. It was more dynamic, more serious, more secretive. To top it off, it was just...moreThe second book in the Gallagher Girls series was better than the first. It was more dynamic, more serious, more secretive. To top it off, it was just as hilarious as the first.
The new male additions the story are way better - Zach-the-spy is definetely cuter and more suitable for Cammie than Josh-the-ordinary-boy could ever be.
And Zach is definetely my favourite character, because he is a mystery wrapped in cool hair and knowing smirks. Cammie is also learning, growing in character and attitude.
Lets hope this would give a good kick start for the next book.(less)
Okay, so, this is not exactly for my age - this is something written for pre-young-adult readers, but still - the book was hilarious and I enjoyed it...moreOkay, so, this is not exactly for my age - this is something written for pre-young-adult readers, but still - the book was hilarious and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
I loved most of the characters and the plot, found the terms used very suitably, laughed out loud at the change of writing that made parts sound like quotes from a spy report but had ridiculous context.
I found the book light, funny and relaxing.
I hope the next ones in the Gallagher Girls series get more serious and more complex because I am going to read them. And even if they don't - I'd still enjoy a good laugh with the young teen spy sisterhood :)(less)
One thing I adore about these series - every single book brings out a completely new and thrilling situation, all tangled up with the inter-volume plo...moreOne thing I adore about these series - every single book brings out a completely new and thrilling situation, all tangled up with the inter-volume plot. Shift presents an amazing new twist to the story.
Plot: The plot was as tangled as ever, which would mean - a crimi, tied up in thriller-like situations, casualties, severe body wounds, abductions, assaults and outright murder. The unexpected-development factor was lower, compared to those of the previous four books, but the novel was just as catching as them.
Characters: The old ones develop very authentically, and grow, especially Faythe and Jace. Our main heroine is even showing outright her alpha birthright and potential through words backed up by actions.
The new additions to the story are fascinating and would definetely bear meaning in the end. I have a sneaky feeling that through all the trouble and nead-dead experiences Faythe has managed to find unexpected future allies in the faces of suspects and supposed foes - I'm sure that some of the strays and the thunderbirds would have major roles to play in the future war which seems to loom over Alpha.
Language: Love it, as always. The profanities reign, and that gives authenticity to the plot. After all, I would definetely swear at the SOB responcible for nearly choking, nearly raping me and cutting a diagonal down one side of my face, if I was Faythe.
Action: Ass-kicking guaranteed. The book's full of it, just like its predecessors. And there's always the face-off near the end, so typical for the series.
Romance: Okay, have to say it - hate Jace, love Marc. Nothing personal - it's just I hate love triangles and Jace is definetely the third wheel. He can be cool but he still irritates the hell out of me most times. Marc, on the other hand, has grown in my eyes even more with some of his reactions. And Faythe - she's an idiot for always putting off telling Marc about Jace.
Beginning: Nice - loved the way everyone has learned to respect Faythe's opinion, and loved the way Blackwell was put into the squirming positon of loner against everyone else.
Ending: A very promising one for a good finale of the series.
Series continuation: So, through the five books tangles and knots have accumulated, vengeance and justice is long overdue, and this book has settled a few more personal-Faythe-business and pride-business issues into the enormous bunch which needs to be taken care of in the final book, Alpha. It is more than good ground for an epic end.
All in all - I'm officially addicted to these books and I love them in a special way; the way I love only the few others which have really sparked a special, unique interest in me. (less)