I was looking forward to reading this book and I was excited after some of the reviews praising so much.... but it felt short for me.
Halfway through tI was looking forward to reading this book and I was excited after some of the reviews praising so much.... but it felt short for me.
Halfway through the book the story felt like it hadn't really started yet, which I didn't like since the book isn't that long.
The romance for me was almost non-existence. It felt forced throughout the whole book. I mean, there were a few scenes between Sophie and Archer but not enough of them spending time together to make you believe that they like each other. Sophie on the other hand declares she has a crush on him since he is extremely hot. And I don't doubt that, but I do doubt how that crush turned into love after a couple of months of barely any interaction. They do spend a lot of time together but we us readers don't get to see much of that time together, so I didn't really feel the love there.
Another thing I really wish I could see was the school. I was so excited about this school full of supernatural kids, going to this school that was on an island to learn their magic that I was jumping up and down. It's no secret that I LOVE Harry Potter and thought that this might be a tiny bit similar to it but not really. Just the aspect of having a school full of paranormal creatures had me in high hopes.
I wish I could have seen more of those defence classes, which Sophie spends all her time with Archer. We would get to know the cool stuff they're learning and see the two of them interact more. Or even see Sophie learning new magic tricks and learn more about her abilities.
On a side note, Sophie's only main interaction with a male student is Archer. She does have a little incidence with a male shape-shifter and the healer of the school but other than that we don't get to see her interacting with other guys which just seemed off to me. I never pay attention to stuff like that but it just seemed weird for some reason. She also doesn't have many friends so it could be that, and that I'm reading too much into it.
Overall I enjoyed it. I love anything that has to do with magic in general. I just expected a bit more I think in the love department at least, but I'm keeping my hopes high for the sequel Demonglass. ...more
When The Eternal Ones got out I rushed to buy a copy because I'm such a sucker for love stories and this one promises a love that lasts forever. It deals with reincarnation and when I read the premise I knew in an instand that I'd love it. I haven't read anything before about true lovers being reincarnated and the idea behind the book was exciting and thrilling so I had big expectations when I picked it up. Having the love of your life find you in each life is awesome and epically romantic!
Unfortunately it wasn't what I was expecting. I couldn't see the connection between Iain and Haven and they barely spend any time together. There were of course a few scenes between them but it felt strange. There wasn't enough time between them to see the actual romance. Another downside that put me off at first and thought it was unnecessary was the first 150 pages. It dragged so long at the beginning that I was loosing patient and thought multiple of times to put it down. I understand that the author wanted to give us a feel of Haven's home situation but I think that it could have be done in less pages. I was more eager to learn about Iain's and Haven's story. ;)
Another reason why I disliked the beginning was probably Haven's family and town. I think I must have found a character that I absolutely hate. Her grandmother was unbelievable! I could not understand this woman! When someone in your family has strange visions or whatever, you'll most likely take them to the doctor not to the priest for a quick exorcism. I got so mad that I had to put the book down for a couple of weeks before picking it up again.
The ending of the story didn't convince me. The bad guy of the story, which I won't name so I don't spoil anything to you, was really bad at being evil. I mean he had them and then left them go??
Will I read the next book All You Desire? Definitely. I haven't given up to this story and it has great potential. I'm curious to see what's next for Iain and Haven. Besides the title is just gorgeous! ...more
In the first book Alice our main character didn't really convince me and I found her most of the time annoying but it kind of sufficed in this book. She still acts reckless and doesn't use her brain what so ever but I kind of got used to her. Jack and Milo were they ones that kept me reading this. Alice and Jack's relationship doesn't get better until the very end of the book. Jack acted very childlike and it was hard for me to see how Alice could have fallen for him. Most of the time in the book Jack wasn't with her or was trying to avoid her.
Milo now made this so worth reading it. At first he is nothing like his sister Alice and I loved how the author portrayed his character. Milo is gay and he has some serious problem admitting it to himself. The moments between him and Alice for that subject were so sweet and full of concern. (Well a few of them anyways lol)
The story plot was really simple with nothing really over the top to make you want to turn the pages eagerly. It mostly deals with Milo turning into a vampire after an accident and Alice questioning her initial choice of becoming herself a vampire. The book mostly deals with Milo's change and Alice's conflicting emotions. The author throws in a couple of vampires that want to kill Alice and of course the never ending of Jack and Peter battle over Alice.
Unfortunately we get to see very little of Peter and I'm wondering why the author hasn't given us more of him. He still sustains that mystery he has, mostly because we don't know him. I found out by the end of the book that the reason I kept turning the pages was for him. I wanted to see him in this book so badly! Now that I think about it I'm going to read the rest of the books just to find out more about him. We do get to see him in the last few pages of the book where Alice really gets to the point where she has to finally choose. Jack that she thinks she might love or Peter where her blood sings to him and share a special bond?
Overall I liked it. It isn't the best but somehow I got addicted to it and I'm going to continue to read the series. ...more
In the first book we were introduced into the blue time, the time where only Midnighters can walk through it and where the creatures, the darklings, exist. This time we find out that this secret time gets known to non-midnighters that are threating our five midnighters.
The characters in this book have started to change as the events progress and they are constantly in danger. People, non-midnighters, are following them and they have to make hard decisions. Jessica was more confident in this book since she has the power to defend all five of them since she's the flame-bringer. Also new characters are introduced, characters that want to harm them and also old midnighters are introduced, to help them figure out the blue time. The timing isn't the best though and they find it hard to trust anyone resulting putting in great danger one of them.
The writing was fabulous again and Scott Westerfeld made me actually like a little more physics and understand that after all those math classes, they may come in hand one day. The plot was fast paced. After the initial intro in this wold the pace picks up and it is filled with action-paced scenes and the developing of this new world -the secret hour- that it seems that it doesn't stop from growing.
Overall I enjoyed Touching Darkness so much more than the first book The Secret Hour and I can't wait for the last book called Blue Noon. If you have read the first one and wasn't so sure about it, give this one a try. It's worth it. It's so much easier to understand it now that you have already known the basics of the Secret Hour. It's one of those series that gets better as it goes. ...more
This story is the retelling of the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. I have a read another book of Alex Flinn called Beastly (review coming up soon) and I have to say I like this book better.
I am not really into fairytales so I wasn’t that much exited about reading it but I am glad I did! I loved it. She blends the story nicely into the modern world. I am not going to say much about the story most of you are aware of the Sleeping Beauty so I will go on how she interpreted things for this magic world.
We have normal American Jack, which is the prince charming in this case, that goes on a trip in Europe. He gets bored one day and decides to explore Belgium with his friend until he meets Talia, our princess.
With the wrong directions taken from the guy at the hotel they end up away from the city into the wilderness. They arrive at a 17th century castle. But all the people in it are asleep and when Jack sees Talia he wants to kiss her so bad that he can’t explain the urge. After that nothing is the same. He finds himself bound to this spoiled girl and the thing is his parents don’t believe him.
Hiding a whole Kingdom in Europe was nicely explained and the end was surprising. I would never thought of actually having the kingdom as an attraction for tourists.
Overall I liked a lot. It’s a sweet romantic story with witty characters and hilarious moments as Talia tries to handle the gadgets. The dialogue I think makes the book worth reading. It’s insanely funny.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes fairytales and happily ever endings. ...more
This book contains five short stories and it is called Vacations from Hell. There are five short stories describing vacatioMy overall rating 3.5 stars.
This book contains five short stories and it is called Vacations from Hell. There are five short stories describing vacations that didn’t end up well. Lots of paranormal elements in it. I will review each one of them.
CRUISIN, by Sarah Mlynowski This story follows two girls that are cruising when they hear rumours of vampire attacks on cruises. I can’t say much because I will spoil it. My rating 1 star = didn’t like it.
I DON’T LIKE YOUR GIRLFRIEND, by Claudia Gray This story is about witches and how a group of women practices their magic.
Every summer they gather together in order to practice magic together. To their husbands they tell it’s vacation, because one of the rules says that men are forbidden to know about their magic.
Cecily doesn’t want to go because Kathleen will be there. They hate each other. Cecily though finds out that Kathleen has been messing around with magic, breaking one of the rules. She tries to tell her mother but she doesn’t believe her so it’s up to her to try to solve it.
I liked this story, it’s my favourite of all five stories and I would definitely read it if it was a novel. My rating 5 stars.
THE LAW OF SUSPECTS, by Maureen Johnson I loved this story! It’s about two sisters who go to Paris for their summer but they end up in an old village where a really scary neighbour lives next door. I won’t say much because I will take the surprise away. My rating 5 stars
THE MIRROR HOUSE, by Cassandra Clare Ok, this reminded me her trilogy Mortal Instruments. The story wasn`t similar to her trilogy, but the sister and brother thing was. So this is a story about a brother and sister who are in love.
They are not actually blood related but by law related. Their parents got married and now they are on their vacation all together trying to hid the fact that they are more than brother and sister.
As the days passes they found a beach where a strange lady lives. That lady captures her brother and now it’s up to her to find the way to save him. My rating 3.5 stars
NOWHERE IS SAFE, by Libba Bray I liked this story a lot!
So this story is about 4 Americans who travels around Europe and finds an old village. In their travel brochure it says that is haunted by evil spirits. They laugh about it and think they should see they place. What they find is human sacrifices to the Satan and they wished they hadn’t come here. My rating 4 stars. ...more
This is a book containing five short stories called Love is Hell. As you can imagine there are five love stories which didn't have a good ending and hThis is a book containing five short stories called Love is Hell. As you can imagine there are five love stories which didn't have a good ending and had paranormal elements in it. I will begin by reviewing each one of them.
SLEEPING WITH THE SPIRIT, by Laurie Faria Stolarz. It is a story about a girl seeing ghosts and particularly one handsome boy who died in the house she is living in now. As you imagine the get to know each other and fall in love. But sooner or later she has to let him go..... This is my favourite of all five stories and I think it has potential to be a really good novel. I hope the writer will turn this in a novel. So my rating for this story is 5 stars.
STUPID PERFECT WORLD, by Scott Westerfeld. This story is being placed in the future, where we have teleporting and other technological achievements. It is a sci-fi story where two teenagers fall in love during a class project. They put them self’s into our position (how we live today) to see how it is, because in their time everything is taken care by technology; even feelings I might add. During that journey they came across with things that they only new in theory. It was a nice story, interesting but to me it felt like a stranger. Maybe because I haven’t read any sci-fi fiction before. But I would gladly read this one if it was a novel. Rating 3 stars.
THINNER THAN WATER, by Justine Larbalestier. The story is held in a small village where everything runs like the old days. No electricity no school for girls after 15, they have to marry. This girl though doesn’t want this life. She wants to go to the city to become a doctor. The day she decides to run away a boy comes and asks her to marry her and convinces her to stay, for a while before they both go to the city. Her parents don’t like him; they think that he is not even a human..... She doesn’t believe them and of course she is happy with him until...... I have mix feelings for this one. I like the paranormal stuff but didn’t like the setting. I don’t think that I would read this story if it was a novel... Rating 2 stars.
FAN FICTIONS, by Gabrielle Zevin. Ok this is not a fan fiction story. That was my first thought when I saw the title. I can’t really say much because I will spoil it, actually I won’t say anything just that it was a girl that read a lot. She was always at the library and was invisible to everyone, until she met him...... It was a nice story, I think I would read it if it was a novel... Rating 3 stars.
LOVE STRUCK, by Melissa Marr. This is also my favourite of the five stories. It is about a girl that gets captured by a selchie. The selchie has no other choice but to follow her. They both are captured into this magic and she wants to end it. She starts having feelings for him but she constantly reminds herself that all this is a result of the selchie magic. So she found a way to end it. But now she feels sad...... I loved this one; I would defiantly read this if it was a novel. Rating 5 stars.
Now don’t expect to get attached to any of the character or to get to know them in dept. There are short stories...... ...more
An interesting story, that begins with this first book in the Dark Guardians series. I was always a vampire fun but these books made me see werewolves with another eye. Of course I will always have a soft spot for vampires but this book was plain wonderful in a kind of cheesy and fairytale kind of way.
It's basically a romance series with a little action going on. It's all about love, destiny and forever. Werewolves mark their mates with a tattoo on their shoulders and if a guy doesn’t end up with the girl they are destine for, they end up alone forever. There is a special connection between male and female that only exists between werewolves making their love true and last forever.
It sounds cheesy and it felt like it, since the author introduces us to this world through Kayla's eyes really fast. She works at the park, where her real parents died, for the summer in order to get the traumatic experience she had when she was little, over. There she meets the others and among them Lucas that scares her and attracts her at the same time.
On the verge of a crazy scientist who wants to capture them, she discovers that werewolves are real and she is one of them. And if she doesn't pick Lucas as her mate till the first full moon after her 17th birthday-to help her through her transformation-she might even die.
Loved the book! I will definitely read the rest of them. There are 4 books in total so far. It a perfect book for those that are hungry for some cheesy love-for-ever story. ...more
I saw that there is going to be a movie based on this book so I though I should read this before going to see it.
It is a retelling of the fairytale stI saw that there is going to be a movie based on this book so I though I should read this before going to see it.
It is a retelling of the fairytale story Beauty and the Beast. I never liked Beauty and the Beast as a kid. I have seen all the Disney movies but never really felt something about this story, except for the little mermaid... I loved that one! Anyway so I thought why not reading this book. I may actually like the story if it is on today's terms.
It's about a boy named Kyle and he is obsessed with his own vanity. He thinks, people that being less than perfect doesn't deserve any attention at all. And perfect, by his terms, is anyone who has money and beauty. He doesn't behave nice to people that aren't perfect like him but a witch comes to put an end to that.
Sendra, is a witch that has been watching him for a while and feel discussed by what he is doing.... so she decides to give him a lesson.... an ugly one...
She transforms hims into a beast and the only way to get out of this curse is to find someone to love him in this form. He has to find a girl to love him and of course he has to love her back in order to break the curse. And all that in two years notice.
I wouldn't say that I loved the book and that is because I don't like Beauty and the Beast so much.... but I can say that I enjoyed it. I liked that the book was told by the boy point of view. I liked how his character changed after his transformation. He wasn't a good guy and I didn't like him at all how he was at the beggining. A guy that was only interested in money and beauty living by his Dad's money and fame. But all that changed when he became a beast. He became more aware that there is more out there aside from money and beauty.
He relises that he had never loved or been loved before and that seems impossible now that he is a beast. A girl though comes to prove him wrong. If you like fairytales being told in today's world and like the Beauty and the Beast... this is for you....more
This book is very interesting and spooky I would say especially if you read at night before bed as I do. I really enjoyed reading this book; I literally couldn’t put it down. Make sure you have the next book because you will be dying to find out what happens next.
Basically the first book starts with Chloe seeing ghosts and other events that happens in Lyle House but it doesn’t explain anything. So you will need the next one.
The storyline is very promising and the writing is excellent. It’s a page turner and as the characters run for their lives you will find yourselves turning the pages like crazy to see what happens to them. The characters are enjoyable but I didn’t bond with any of them, hopefully the next book will change that. Overall it’s a good paranormal read nothing romantic going on as I hoped to but there are two more books so cross your fingers! ...more
This is the story of a 12 year old boy, who discovers that he is a demigod. Half human, half god. Being the son of Poseidon gives him great power butThis is the story of a 12 year old boy, who discovers that he is a demigod. Half human, half god. Being the son of Poseidon gives him great power but many troubles.
He just found out his true identity and already the monsters are after him. He is being accused of stealing Zeus' master lighting bolt and he has to find it before the gods start war.
This story is all about Greek Mythology. The writer describes the myths very truly not changing anything. I liked that because as I am Greek I hate it when they twist the myths but this writer did them justice. Of course the fact that the gods are in America and not Greece was nicely explained and if you know the history of Europe you will understand from where he got his inspiration about it. So as far the myths go it was almost good. There were some parts like for example Athena. How can she have children when she is a virgin goddess?
I also liked the use of Ancient Greek, although I would like them to be actually printed in Ancient Greek than using English letters to represent them. I don't want to sound picky but I have read books that has foreign words in them and they always used that language to represent them (at the end of the page you would find the translation).
The writing was also good. It was a nice representation of a 12 old boy talking, telling us what happened.
The only reason I didn't gave it 5 stars was because I know the myths already so I didn't have that amazement I have when I am introduced into a new world....more
It was very interesting to see Janie getting sucked into dreams. Because that was what was happening. She couldn't help but be sucked into someone's dIt was very interesting to see Janie getting sucked into dreams. Because that was what was happening. She couldn't help but be sucked into someone's dreams when she was near them. Some of them were nice but some of them were pure nightmares and it was almost impossible to get out of them.
The story is short just about 230 pages and the writing is simple and to the point. It didn't take me long to finish it. The plot was pretty much simple too with the big surprise in the end. I did not expect that about Cabel!
The romance between Janie and Cabel was pure sweetness. That's what it comes to my mind-sweet-they were so cute together and you could see how they bonded with each other, because they both have scars and burdens but they helped each other.
Overall I liked it. I wouldn't have read this if I hadn't seen it at the bookstore at the time. It was a sweet story and I'm looking forward for the rest. ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. The story line was something I hadn’t encountered before and it was a nice change. But the thing that annoyed most was the main character and how she was presented.
Bianca is supposed to be shy, in a case where she can’t even tell her name to someone she just meets. That’s how the author describes her so that’s what I expected but I was sadly disappointed.
You are either shy or not. That’s what I said each time Bianca turned to be shy one moment and then confident the other. You can’t be shy and the second day of school you are hanging with a bunch of people discussing your life. It’s really frustrating and I think her character was poorly developed.
Lucas was a breath. He is so much different from all those other “perfect” boys out there. He is a normal guy, as normal as you can get in a paranormal romance, that is not afraid to show his flaws. He is not the strongest or beautiful or rich and I think that made me like him more because he is the type of guy you will find on your way home. He is such a realistic guy. I was so happy reading about him. Although he was too overprotective but hey he is not perfect! :)
The writing was simple and straightforward, not much to say about it. Most YA books tend to have a really simple writing but that’s what you get when you’re into YA. Of course there are exceptions and that’s when you have a party!
As far for the plot there is something that made almost through the book but I am going to write about it here because it will spoil it for you so I am going to leave it for another post. Overall I liked not crazy about it but there were some scenes that I really liked and that’s why I gave 3 stars. Without them it would have been 2 stars....more
Hush Hush is the first book about angels I've read. I picked it up after hearing people raving about how good it is and with a cover like that, why wouldn't it be? When I read it the first time I wasn't impressed. Nora wasn't a strong character and her friend Vee is just plain annoying. Reading it though a second time changed my mind. Maybe I didn't like it the first time because I had read an incredible book before that, and no matter what I read next it wouldn't comprare. That's why I don't let myself read for a while after those kind of books so I can take them out of my system. But I couldn't wait for Hush Hush thinking it was that good. It's wasn't that good but it wasn't bad either.
The story is really good and the main thing that I didn't like was the characters. I have said it before, that I enjoy books mostly because of the plot not because the characters so much. When I have a great story with stunning characters, that's when the book is amazing for me. And the plot in this book was good and I do believe it gets better in the next two books (I haven't read them). But the characters weren't good. If the characters were written differently I may have enjoyed Hush Hush more.
Patch was a little abusive and I just couldn't believe how he talked to Nora and manipulated her without Nora even realizing it. Nora's best friend was just plain annoying and not a true friend to Nora. Vee should believe Nora and support her. It felt like she wasn't a friend to Nora at all. I couldn't believe how Nora could be friends with her. Patch was dark, silent and mysterious. Way too mysterious I would say. Now that I have read the book twice I still don't know Patch. Hopefully in the next book Crescendo I'll get to know him better.
Overall, I enjoyed it but wished there was more to it and I'm definitely going to read Crescendo. Should you read it? Why not. But if you have something else right now, go for that. ...more