Vampires and werewolves have dominated the urban fantasy genre for the past few years, but here, Cameron offers a new spin on these familiar creatures...moreVampires and werewolves have dominated the urban fantasy genre for the past few years, but here, Cameron offers a new spin on these familiar creatures. This is the first novel in the Fangborn series. It’s fast-paced and very easy to read. It concludes with a clear set up for a sequel. Cameron blends archaeology and mythology to give her urban fantasy a unique feel. Zoe Miller, werewolf and protagonist, is a mostly sympathetic character. And, as narrator, she is the most three-dimensional person in the novel. The supporting cast lacks as much detail and can feel a bit flat. The characters are in their twenties and thirties, but Zoe’s immaturity gives the book more of a YA feel (despite some of the of-age activities). The varied settings from Boston to London to Paris to Berlin to Venice to Greece to Turkey add an exotic quality to the book and each city is realistically rendered. It will be interesting to see where the sequel will take Zoe and her friends. (less)
Wow!!! This is such a fun read! Bishop’s first foray into the urban side of fantasy is an impressive one! This novel spent the entire night glued to m...moreWow!!! This is such a fun read! Bishop’s first foray into the urban side of fantasy is an impressive one! This novel spent the entire night glued to my fingertips - I simply could not put it down and stayed up till the sun rose to finish it in one sitting.
Bishop has been one of my favorite fantasy authors for many years now, and her newest series perfectly displays her talents. She is very adept at creating unique (and yet somehow comfortingly familiar) worlds complete with their own societies, histories and cultures. Bishop also peoples her creations with dynamic, interesting and sympathetic characters. Some similar themes and attitudes will be familiar to readers already familiar with Bishop’s other books, but this familiarity will in no way decrease from the riveting nature of Meg’s story and the relationships that she quickly - and firmly - builds with the Others. Bishop’s take on the popular werewolves and vampires is a fun one and she includes more unique supernatural characters, too.
The book ends with hints as to where the sequel will go, which certainly makes me impatient for the sequel’s release! Bishop remains one of the top writers in her genre and this is one of her finest books. She blends fantasy, romance, humour along with plenty of magic and excitement. I can’t wait to read the next book to feature these wonderfully endearing characters!(less)
Why, oh why did I think that this was the last book of the series??! With that cliffhanger of an ending there will surely be more to this series! Inte...moreWhy, oh why did I think that this was the last book of the series??! With that cliffhanger of an ending there will surely be more to this series! Internet research only gives a March 2014 date for one more book, City of Heavenly Fire - but I hope that it is released sooner! Had I seen that, I would have waited to begin this series! Over a year to wait to see how it will all turn out... I just want to know what will happen right now!!
But, this has been a really entertaining and fun YA fantasy series to read. There is an accompanying prequel series that I definitely plan on getting around to reading soon, too. As for this fifth installment, it has a much more romantic vibe than any of the others (and some more “adult” romance, too) as nearly every character is paired off. Clare succeeds in prolonging the tortuous obstacles between the central couple - though hopefully this next book will put an end to that! Like the fourth book, City of Fallen Angels, this one has a slower start to the plot. And though the various European locales are fun, at times it feels rather frustratingly like time-wasting. Many more questions and issues arise here, and it will be a long wait until 2014 to see them all (hopefully!) answered.(less)
At first, this fourth installment to the Mortal Instruments series was my least favorite. It felt like an addition to the series that was just tacked...moreAt first, this fourth installment to the Mortal Instruments series was my least favorite. It felt like an addition to the series that was just tacked on - more like a separate start to a new series that focused more on characters other than Clary and Jace. Simon played a much larger role, and though he was a likable character, I wanted more of a connection to the first three books than this book provided. But the last quarter of the book really redeemed it. The pacing really sped up and pieces of the plot almost casually laid down in the beginning of the novel grew in surprising significance. It really built up into a thrilling - not to mention shocking climax! The next book, City of Lost Souls, promises to be much more exciting overall from this ending!
The urban fantasy landscape that Clare created really grows with each novel. Additional details and unique angles present a thoroughly fascinating setting for these likable characters. Aside from Clary, really, the other characters have each shown growth and development. It’s a fun series and if the rumours are true, this series will surely make for an interesting new movie franchise in Summer 2013!(less)
The third book in the Mortal Instruments series really feels like a conclusion. It ends more satisfyingly than the previous volume, City of Ashes - th...moreThe third book in the Mortal Instruments series really feels like a conclusion. It ends more satisfyingly than the previous volume, City of Ashes - that’s for sure! But despite my satisfaction with the plot’s threads being neatly woven together, I am even more curious about where the next book in the series, City of Fallen Angels, will go! There aren’t too many unanswered questions remaining, so the next book seems like it will really be more like a fresh start with these same lively characters. I really can’t wait to see what happens next!
Like the first book, the plot here follows some familiar paths, and it is a more predictable plot than its predecessor in the series. But it is still an exciting and fast-paced read. This is a strong YA series with lots of likable characters, funny dialogue and fascinating detail into a supernatural world that coexists with our own. The central romance takes some darker turns than common in teen fiction, but it is well-handled. This is a wonderful series!(less)
Though I really liked the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, I actually thought that this sequel was even stronger! The plot...moreThough I really liked the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, I actually thought that this sequel was even stronger! The plot here held a lot more twists and surprises and Clare provided even more detail into her unique supernatural world. The characters really developed more, too.The dialogue remained consistent, too, with plenty of that bickering, witty charm and humour - but the book felt less reliant on it this time. The major twist of the first book’s central romance at first felt like the author turned into a corner that there was no escape from, but here she left a few hints that there may be a resolution after all... And a cliffhanger of an ending really made me thankful that the third book, City of Glass, waits for me in my to-read-pile!
Despite a few icky scenes, this YA novel felt really age-appropriate, but also very appealing to older readers as well. Very well done! And I can’t wait to see where the series will go! (less)
This book first caught my attention while going through some of the quotes listed on GoodReads. Several made me laugh, and the book soon joined my to-...moreThis book first caught my attention while going through some of the quotes listed on GoodReads. Several made me laugh, and the book soon joined my to-read-pile. And now that I finished reading it, I can’t wait to continue on in the series! This was a wonderful debut novel, and an intriguing (though very complete) start to the Mortal Instruments series. It was a very fast-paced and fun read, livened up by the near-constant bantering between the likable characters. And while the plot’s big twist wasn’t a complete shock, it certainly created a lot of curiosity about just where the remainder of the series will go!
Clare created an interesting fantasy world - peopled with almost every imaginable supernatural being from vampires, werewolves, fairies, demons, warlocks and more. The characters weren’t quite as fully developed (there really wasn’t much there beyond that witty dialogue), but since there are at least four more books to the series, I am sure there will be plenty of opportunity for them to develop more! (less)
Over the years, I have become quite the fan of James Rollins. I haven’t tackled any of his series yet, but I have enjoyed all of his standalone advent...moreOver the years, I have become quite the fan of James Rollins. I haven’t tackled any of his series yet, but I have enjoyed all of his standalone adventure/thrillers. A more religious theme initially made me pause, but the mix of the Catholic religion and vampires actually works remarkably well here. Some may be offended by the presentation of key historical and religious figures as vampires, but this is, at its heart, a thriller - designed to entertain and it doesn’t feel like either author intended for anyone to be insulted by their twist on reality. The main trio of characters - Rhun, Erin and Jordan - are all likable and quite sympathetic as they traipse through a variety of locales - like Jerusalem, the Black Forest, St. Petersburg and Vatican City. The events, consistently fast pace and moving backdrop make this a very fast and entertaining read. The presence and references to key historical figures adds to the sort of over-the-top fun of their unique twist on the vampire legend. The villains - particularly Bathory and her grimwolves - steal the spotlight a bit from the main characters. Actually, there are more than a few moments where I sympathized more with her than the heroes!
And though this is clearly meant as the first book in the series, the authors do reach a fairly satisfactory conclusion at the end. There are, however, plenty of hints thrown in on where the next installment will go. It is an exciting start to a series, and I definitely plan on following it to its end - I haven’t heard anything about a projected length, but there seems to be plenty of material here for a series longer than a trilogy, and the authors collaborate well together. It feels quite seamless, and nothing is disjointed, so I hope they plan to continue on with this series for many books! (less)
Wow!! What a dramatic sequel!! Cronin’s epic story continues here - in both the future (five years after the events concluding The Passage) and all th...moreWow!! What a dramatic sequel!! Cronin’s epic story continues here - in both the future (five years after the events concluding The Passage) and all the way back for another perspective on Year Zero. More details fill in the vast scope of his story while more pieces fall together foreshadowing what is sure to be a conclusion as epic the preceding volumes. Cronin’s writing style remains consistent and lushly descriptive. The pacing here is set at an even more breakneck speed. He weaves in details that I didn’t even realize were missing until offered.
Some new characters are introduced with stories of their own. Each new character emerges in a three-dimensional manner, coming fully to life. And the familiar characters all appear here as well, progressing in their journeys and continuing to develop. This sequel luckily ends on a complete note, but with plenty of hints of what is yet to come. It is such an impressive sequel - filled with more tragedy, but lightened with plenty of hope and beauty as well.
My only complaint? That there isn’t a release date yet for the last installment! I really can’t wait to find out what happens not only to these characters that I have grown to love, but also the fate of this new version of the world that Cronin has so deftly created.(less)
The Chicagoland Vampire series is one of my very favorite urban fantasy series out there right now and this fifth installment is no exception to that!...moreThe Chicagoland Vampire series is one of my very favorite urban fantasy series out there right now and this fifth installment is no exception to that! The setting naturally appeals to me, but Neill does a great job in creating not only a “real” Chicago, but also in offering realistic and likable characters and including humourous banter between these great characters. Neill handles and describes the relationships between all of her characters very well. This is such a pleasure to read - fast paced, thrilling plot, a sense of growing mystery and prose that really brings each character and setting to a vivid reality.
This book picks up right after the explosively shocking ending of the fourth book, and I had a lot of curiosity going in to reading it. And this one also ends with quite the twist - leaving me anxious for the sixth book! Some really surprising things happened with the characters here, and it’s going to be difficult to wait until August 2012 to find out more! (less)
The sequel to Sandman Slim opens up six months after the first book’s exciting conclusion. And like its predecessor, the book kicks off right away wit...moreThe sequel to Sandman Slim opens up six months after the first book’s exciting conclusion. And like its predecessor, the book kicks off right away with a lot of action. It’s quite an explosive start! Stark currently freelances for both Heaven and Hell, but a young vampire that he puts down becomes a catalyst for another apocalypse for L.A. - this time the city faces a plague of zombies rising up from the bowels of the City of Angels.
Kadrey continues to balance the action, violence and supernatural details with a solid dose of humour, and fun references (this time even Jaws gets a mention!). The style choice to remove the chapters makes it even easier to just keep turning the pages! Stark develops more here - and more details emerge not only about the other returning characters, but about Kadrey’s unique universe. And hints about future plots begin to emerge at the end to lay some groundwork for additions to the series.
The authors created quite a riveting conclusion to their trilogy here! I had such a great time reading this book - it was certainly exciting and defin...moreThe authors created quite a riveting conclusion to their trilogy here! I had such a great time reading this book - it was certainly exciting and definitely unpredictable. The plot really kept me guessing - and like the first book in the trilogy, this one showed that same cinematic quality to it. I would really love to see this series made into a set of movies - I don’t think they could cram all three books into one film, so I think retaining the trilogy would be the best way to do it. I certainly had a fun reading them and I think that they would really translate well to the big screen - especially since one of the authors is such a talented director! And even if they don’t create the movie, it would be nice to see this writing team join together again on a new project - I would definitely read it!(less)
I actually enjoyed this sequel to Ascension much better than the first book. That said, I wouldn’t recommend starting the series here, as it definitel...moreI actually enjoyed this sequel to Ascension much better than the first book. That said, I wouldn’t recommend starting the series here, as it definitely is not a standalone novel and without the set-up of the first book, I think readers would be quite lost. So, read them in order for maximum enjoyment, as it opens right where the first book leaves off - and it ends on a similarly open note, so it seems that a third book is planned.
The sequel was not as plagued with errors in point-of-view as the first book, which was quite a relief. It wasn’t devoid of them, but it wasn’t as constant, which helped make this sequel so much more readable than the first book. It didn’t enthrall me, and I still didn’t find the characters to be particularly connectable, so while this was much improved from the first book, I don’t think I will be continuing on with the series.(less)
The urban fantasy genre has really boomed during the past ten years. This writing duo has created their fantasy world by mixing the rather standard, v...moreThe urban fantasy genre has really boomed during the past ten years. This writing duo has created their fantasy world by mixing the rather standard, vampires, werewolves, witches and even zombies (though here they are Vampyres, Lychen, Witches and Leeches) with a twist on Greek mythology. This definitely made for a unique premise - though not rooted solidly enough in traditional Greek mythology to be completely convincing. The characters did not really stand out, and while the plot was interesting enough, there were never any genuinely thrilling moments. The romance didn’t feel authentically paced, and wasn’t very captivating. The largest hindrance to enjoying this book, however, was entirely due to the constant and quite abrupt shifts in point-of-view. (less)
The Kate Daniels series has quickly become one of my favorite urban fantasy series! This fifth installment continues on in the well-crafted world that...moreThe Kate Daniels series has quickly become one of my favorite urban fantasy series! This fifth installment continues on in the well-crafted world that this husband-and-wife writing duo have so skillfully created. This urban fantasy realm is so realistically detailed, and peopled with such terrific characters. Readers run through the full scale of emotions in this one - there’s plenty of humour, but also a lot of tension, moments of panic, genuine fear, pure bliss, fury... It is their talent for creating dynamic characters that really captures readers - Kate Daniels herself is such a likable and strong heroine. The relationships between each character provide the real backbone to the series. The central relationship between Kate and Curran certainly has not lost any of its intensity - and I am looking forward to seeing it continue to develop.
Truly, the only disappointing thing about this addition to the series, is that now that it’s finished, it will be at least another year before the sixth book is available! (less)
I have read Barnes' werewolf series and greatly enjoyed them, so when I read the product description for this book, I thought right away that it sound...moreI have read Barnes' werewolf series and greatly enjoyed them, so when I read the product description for this book, I thought right away that it sounded interesting. It began a little slowly for me, but once the plot became fully underway, it was impossible to set this book down. I really enjoyed it! The characters were better developed than many of the characters you see in the YA genre, and like the others that I read by her, this was totally age appropriate. The plot may not be the most unpredictable, but this would make an excellent start to a new series (hence why I have optimistically placed it on the books-in-a-series-shelf!), so I sincerely hope that a sequel will soon follow!(less)
If Stoker’s Dracula had an illegitimate lovechild with The Devil Wears Prada, this book would be the result. It was interesting, but definitely more t...moreIf Stoker’s Dracula had an illegitimate lovechild with The Devil Wears Prada, this book would be the result. It was interesting, but definitely more than a little silly, in a funny sort of way. I liked this modern take on the vampire story, as it managed to be more “chick lit” than a true urban fantasy novel. The book finished on an open enough note that I could definitely see a sequel on the horizon. While I am not hanging on the edge of my seat for it, I would more than likely read it. Light-hearted vampire novels are entertaining, and while these characters were not the most dynamic or three-dimensional ones in literature, vampire or not, it was an entertaining and rather interesting story. Some of the characters (like Aunt Victoria) bordered on the annoying, with her density, but overall, these stylish vampires made for a fun read. It certainly isn’t the best vampire book I read, as the plot wasn’t perfectly designed, but it makes a nice escape into the “deadly” fashion world.(less)
Packed full of vampires, werewolves and zombies, this is a fun and entertaining read. Wilson combines these supernatural elements in a rather convinci...morePacked full of vampires, werewolves and zombies, this is a fun and entertaining read. Wilson combines these supernatural elements in a rather convincing manner with his WWII backdrop. The ending is pretty satisfying as well, and the whole book moves along at a fast pace. It’s exciting and certainly a joy to read - though it definitely requires a rather major suspension of disbelief. I am definitely curious to check out Wilson’s other books now! (less)
This omnibus edition, though a bit weighty, is a convenient way to carry the first three books in Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series. It is ideal for re...moreThis omnibus edition, though a bit weighty, is a convenient way to carry the first three books in Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series. It is ideal for reading them back-to-back, but it does still contain three separate and complete books:
Interview with a Vampire: This is another one of the few books that I was familiar with the movie long before reading the book. In fact, the book has been on my to-read pile because of the movie for quite a long time. And actually, I enjoyed the novel even more than I expected partly due to my great love for the movie. In fact, that was part of what actually led me to finally reading this copy - I felt like watching the movie and picked up the book instead. I am very glad that I did. Of course, now I want to watch the movie even more, because my memories of the movie seem to line up uncannily well with this version. All in all, this was beautifully written and surprisingly well constructed throughout, keeping the formula of the interview with all the words (almost) in proper dialogue formatting. I definitely can see why Rice is so popular, and why this series is such a giant success. I am looking forward to reading the rest of it.
The Vampire Lestat: I actually enjoyed this sequel quite a bit - mostly because I grew to like the characters of the first book so much and while they were not all featured here, the material was all new. As much as I didn't care for Lestat in the film version of the first book, he was surprisingly charming here in the sequel. This book had a more immediate feel than Interview with the Vampire and that added to its strength and entertaining qualities. Rather annoying chapter openers are included here featuring Rice’s husband's poetry which did not always seem to be appropriately related. Rice’s overly detailed and drawn out writing style is beginning to grate a bit on my nerves and it has become downright frustrating the way she skips over parts that I would like to hear more about while focusing on scenes to such a level of detail that in the end seem rather inconsequential. Still, I did enjoy it quite a bit - more than I thought I would, actually. But, I admit to being a bit less eager to read the third volume in the series.
Queen of the Damned: I enjoyed this one much more than The Vampire Lestat. Perhaps because there was a great deal more action, or perhaps because there were more familiar characters from Interview with a Vampire.The different voices and perspectives throughout were very interesting and I must admit that I enjoyed the others’ sections more than the one devoted to Lestat, who I fear is the center of this series. It would be, however, impossible not reading these last two books back-to-back, as they flow together rather seamlessly. And while I am curious as to what happens next (and I do have the next book) I think I need to take a bit of a break from being bogged down in Rice’s tedious writing style, as the sections that move slowly absolutely drag on and I don't really have the stamina for that after these three... Someday I will continue, but not until the memory of these books fades and my arm recovers from hefting around this omnibus.(less)
Well, I am not finishing this book. I bought it in the dollar section of Half Price Books, attracted by the cover and its Venetian setting, and the id...moreWell, I am not finishing this book. I bought it in the dollar section of Half Price Books, attracted by the cover and its Venetian setting, and the idea that it was also about vampires! Upon later research, I discovered that it was the 19th book in a series that currently has 24 books. While I hate to read books out of order, I figured that I would start with this one, and then, if I liked it, go back and read the rest. Unfortunately, this book did not in any way catch my interest. It was not poorly written, and the historic detail seemed immaculate, but I am halfway through it and what little plot there is to speak of, I just do not care what happens. There is more historic detail than plot or character development. Anything remotely interesting that is mentioned, is evident that it happened in a past book. There were letters that seemed rather lively, but this last letter that I read: a bill from a tailor, just put me over the edge. Reading this felt like a total waste of time, and as a result, I have no intention of digging up the previous 18 books. Oh, also, there was nothing vampirish about this either... the main character walks in the sunlight and everything!(less)
Picking up immediately from where The Strain ended, this sequel is just as much of a fast, fun and exciting read. It’s definitely a solid follow-up! A...morePicking up immediately from where The Strain ended, this sequel is just as much of a fast, fun and exciting read. It’s definitely a solid follow-up! And I cannot get over some of the unexpected plot twists that the authors introduced here - from deaths, to kidnappings - and all of it yet to be resolved. I can’t wait to read the concluding volume in this thrilling trilogy! I also hope that the third volume includes more details and backstory for these vampires. As villains, the authors have given them more sophistication than present in the first book, and I am sure they will continue to develop this more in the final volume. This is definitely a darker volume, and one that leaves the characters in a rather hopeless situation, so I am very interested to see where the last book goes!(less)
What a fun twist on the Dracula story! Though a bit slow to start, and rather predictable, I enjoyed this book. The medical vampirism made for a uniqu...moreWhat a fun twist on the Dracula story! Though a bit slow to start, and rather predictable, I enjoyed this book. The medical vampirism made for a unique and interesting twist. And Dracula, or Vlad, himself was a fascinating counterpoint to the modern action. By the end, the pacing picked up and it was over all together too quickly. I would hardly count this as being a sequel to Summer of Night, though it was nice to see a grown up Mike O'Rourke. Unfortunately, he hardly seemed reminiscent of that eleven year old boy and there were only brief hints made to the action of 1960. The historical chapters added a rich level to the story and I wish that there had been more of it - so many more centuries could have been covered! (less)
I completely loved this book!! My sole complaint? I read the hardcover edition (766 pages of pure cumbersome!) instead of the Kindle version. But, sor...moreI completely loved this book!! My sole complaint? I read the hardcover edition (766 pages of pure cumbersome!) instead of the Kindle version. But, sore arms and fingers aside, the physical discomfort was worth it!! Though, honestly - if I had my flying Delorian, I would DEFINITELY go back and get the digital version - the hardcover really is heavy to lug around so that you can snatch pages of it whenever you have a spare moment (and even when you don’t have free time, you may just find yourself rearranging plans so that you can read!).
Honestly, I hardly know where to begin in all of the wonderful parts that compose this weighty novel! Cronin’s writing style is both engaging and absolutely engrossing. With consistent pacing, it quickly becomes difficult to set the book aside. His prose and descriptions are worth reveling in and the richness of the characters that he created is downright impressive. The level of detail brings this fantastical and horrific, modern twist on vampires into a grim reality. The plot leaves no gaping holes, and possibilities and options are all accounted for, so that readers aren’t left with frustrations about a simple solution unexplored. The book really feels rooted to the earth and for all of the fantasy elements, it somehow all feels so... possible. The mystical elements even make sense!
As the size of the novel suggests, this is definitely an epic tale. And though it is the first in a trilogy, there is a level of completeness here and the way elements circle around all create a detailed, and cohesive novel. Though the latter two-thirds of the novel have a similar feel to other dystopian stories, the first third sets up the downfall of society to a high level of detail. This really sets the book apart, since so many other books in the post-apocalyptic genre sort of gloss over this and frequently leave some gaping holes in their plots and the overall logic of their worlds.
Cronin also weaves in more formats than straight narrative prose - from journal entries, to emails, government documents, etc. These not only break up the novel, but also add to the level of reality created. And the vampires? These belong to the more horrific breed of monsters - no sparkling romantic anti-heroes here! The other characters all really spring to life as well, with the mystery of Amy and Peter, Alicia, Sara, Hollis and all the rest. Though the cast of characters is fairly large, Cronin’s characters are all quite distinct, memorable and sympathetic so confusion is averted. I just can’t wait to see where the remainder of the trilogy will go! This is a wonderful book - so thrilling, exciting, gripping (I read the last 400 pages or so in one sitting) and though there are many sad sections, there is enough hope to buoy you through to the end. I can’t wait to read The Twelve!(less)
I’ve been a fan of Nasaw’s since first reading The Girls He Adored nearly a decade ago. Since then, I’ve tracked down all of his other books, because...moreI’ve been a fan of Nasaw’s since first reading The Girls He Adored nearly a decade ago. Since then, I’ve tracked down all of his other books, because I really enjoy his writing style. This is actually the second time that I have read this vampire book (with a twist, as blood is more like a drug). And re-reading it is just as enjoyable as it was the first time around! There is a lot of violence and sex here, but this is a vampire novel, after all. Nasaw’s take on the vampire myth, as presenting his vampires more like junkies and other various forms of addicts is an interesting one and it works well here. I am certainly looking forward to seeing what happens in the sequel! (less)
Wow - I stayed up WAY too late to finish this conclusion in just one sitting, but I'm not sure that I can imagine having read it any other way! I real...moreWow - I stayed up WAY too late to finish this conclusion in just one sitting, but I'm not sure that I can imagine having read it any other way! I really looked forward to finding out where the characters would all end up, and so I am just relieved that this turned out to be a very definitive conclusion. I don’t know how Meyer could extend the series, so it will be interesting (and refreshing) to see what she writes next.
As for this conclusion, well, it was a bit of a disappointment, unfortunately. This could be the result of the high hopes and all of the anticipation that had been building up for it, but it just didn’t really seem to fit with the previous three books very well. Oh, it’s still a relatively fun read, but the soap-opera-like drama quotient is simply off the charts here! Jacob’s entire storyline, “Nessie” herself - “over-the-top” doesn’t even begin to cover the level of ridiculousness the plot took! Although, I will say that this did make it quite unpredictable.. But I am not sure if that is a “good” kind of unpredictable, honestly. The sheer amount of new characters introduced here was rather shocking for a concluding volume, but it did add some interesting points. It was definitely entertaining, if nothing else. I enjoyed the shift from Bella’s perspective, but it would be nice to see Meyer write from a different point-of-view than first-person for a change of pace... I just wish that this story about sparkling vampires hadn’t turned even sillier than it sounds! (less)
After finishing New Moon in 2007 for the first time, I was pretty excited that I didn’t have long to wait for the third book to arrive in stores. I ha...moreAfter finishing New Moon in 2007 for the first time, I was pretty excited that I didn’t have long to wait for the third book to arrive in stores. I had been so excited to see where this series (I had thought it was going to be just a trilogy) would end, that by the time I reached the cryptic ending, I felt rather annoyed with the drawn out pacing. I am looking forward to seeing the series conclude, but sure wasn’t looking forward to waiting! It’s an entertaining series, but the pacing here begins to slow down a bit, and the prospect of another year’s wait for the conclusion is disappointing. I am thoroughly hooked into the series now, but wish that I had waited to read it until the series was complete! (less)