I'm not sure what Pyxis is about even now that I've finished the book. I am a label type of girl, meaning I like to categorize my books by vampires, w...moreI'm not sure what Pyxis is about even now that I've finished the book. I am a label type of girl, meaning I like to categorize my books by vampires, werewolves, etc. but for this one I had non. Well it's definitely a fantasy novel and a good one.
I can tell you for sure it has nothing to do with your typical paranormal books. I would say it has more to do with magic but I would have to see about that after reading the next book. The story ends right where things start to get clear about Corinne and what her destiny is.
The book starts when Corrine bakes some cupcakes and uses some stuff that were supposedly food colouring, only they weren't. Weird stuff begin to happen and she starts to investigate what those colourful bottles are that she found inside a box called Pyxis.
Now the romance part- because you know how much I love my stories to be accompanied by love stories. I liked the fact that Corinne and Mason already knew each other and there was already the initiation from being friends into something more. It was so refreshing because no matter how much I love it, it's beginning to be a little tiring the whole girl meets boy and fall in love without really knowing each other.
Mason was one of the main reasons I wanted to keep reading and not stop. I wanted to know what had happened between them and if they were going to end up together. The suspense lol! That and of course what the heck Pyxis is and what Corinne is and Mason. They may share mutual feelings but they have more in common than they think and an unbreakable connection.
Overall, I loved and I will keep reading the series. It's perfect for those who want something new and unpredictable. (less)
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! (less)
I'm not familiar with the fairytale Tristan and Isolde although I may have seen the movie when I was little. Still can't remember what it was about it except from the fact that it's a love story between two star-crossed lovers... I think. So I jumped in to read this one since I always love me a good love story.
I'm not familiar with the author, haven't read anything else from her, but I liked her writing. It was simple and the story had a nice pace, without any boring moments. I wouldn't say the same for the plot though. Although I liked Izzie a little I found the story lacking a proper structure. The author doesn't give us time to know the characters and I ended up not caring about them. The scenes and dialogues between them seemed unrealistic. I mean how breaks up with his girlfriend and then after two minutes starts kissing his ex-girlfriend's best friend? Not really...
Tristan's and Izzie's love wasn't believable either. It was like they were forced to love each other or better Izzie was forced to love him... after leaving Mark. I was expecting swoon worthy moments from them but I was disappointed. Tristan was plain, one dimensional and I couldn't have cared less for him.
Sometimes Izzie would sound and act like a child. In a few scenes she sounded like those spoiled brads and I wanted to smack her head but then she would do something and change my opinion. Her attitude made me not care about her. I don't really have a problem with characters even when they are bad written as long as the plot is good. The plot or the idea behind it is good and could have been better if it was better developed.
Overall, I would say pass on this book. I didn't hate it but I didn't like it either. The cover though is amazing!(less)
This book is about Angels which I had no idea it would be about. Before I started reading it I hadn't read or heard anything about it and the synopsis doesn't give away much so I had no idea what there was there for me. But I'm glad I read it. I loved it! And the main reason was Skye. Skye was so enjoyable and loved her to pieces. She knows what she wants and even though she gets distracted and confused she manages to get back in track.
The writing was a breeze and well written. Jocelyn Davies captured me with her fast paced writting and couldn't just stop after a couple of chapters. I had to keep reading and I ended up reading until 3 AM which haven't happened for a long time. I'm lucky it's summer. :)
The romane came in pretty quickly but not that quickly. Does that make sense? Probably not lol. At first I couldn't see a connection with either of them but after a while I warmed up towards Asher. What can I say? I like my men dark and mysterious ;). Of course there is a love triangle in this book -I'm team Asher by the way- and I'm a sucker for those! I have read many books with love triangles and never get bored with them. I just love the tension and drama! There wasn't much drama as I would have liked and it became clear to me which one of the guys I was rooting for.
The plot was really interesting on how Angels actually affect people, manipulate them even and finding out that they are not all shiny and pure as they look like. There aren't a lot of romantic moments in this book and I wish there were but it didn't bother me much since there is another book coming after A Beautiful Dark.
Overall, I loved this book. It's the first book about Angels that I loved and I recommend reading this if you like Angels and love love-triangles.(less)
Reading the synopsis I thought this book was something that was already done. Spellbound is about reincarnation and true love. I have read another two books with the same theme and I must say Spellbound is the winner among them. Cara Lynn Shultz managed to put in page and show us the connection Emma and Brendan have without being so blunt about it.
We see the connection right away between them but their relationship develops slowly... until they both realize that they have something more than a simple crush. Of course finding your true love couldn't have been that easy and they both come across a curse that they must find a way to fight or else Emma will end up dead... again.
I liked Emma. She was fun, confident and stood up for everything she believed. We get a small glimpse of her old troubled life and that helped enhance her character more. It was just a merely glimpse but I thought it was just enough not to overflow the story. Brendan was nothing like I was expecting him to be. I would simply put it this way... he's a good boy. He cares about Emma and from the first moment he laid eyes on her, his instinct was to protect Emma form anything that threatened her. He looks calm from the outside but when the moment comes we see his slightly tempered side. He is fiercely protective about Emma.
Although we see instant connection between them, Emma realizes that she loves Brendan towards the end of the book. The author doesn't stop at the my-true-love connection between them and gives them the time to know each other. The way they act around each other at first brought me giggles as the author managed to capture the feelings of teenage first love.
The writing was easy to follow and wasn't at all slow. There was always something happening which made the pace more quick. From the title you expect this to be a paranormal book but aside from the reincarnation thing there isn't much to it. The characters and the plot of this book made up for it and I didn't mind at all.
Overall I loved it! I would definitely recommend reading this if you love YA romance with a touch of paranormal. Cara manages to compine swoon worthy romance with a hind of magic enough to spellbound you to it.
PS: The cover makes total sense after you've read the book.(less)
Ok, so I was at the library the other day and saw this book and decided to grab it. Since twilight came out I have only read the original 4 books in t...moreOk, so I was at the library the other day and saw this book and decided to grab it. Since twilight came out I have only read the original 4 books in the saga before all this craziness about the movies came along. I haven't read the short novela or the guide because I don't feel it anymore. When there is a huge hipe about a book I tend not to read it even if I want to. I wait for everything to calm down and pick books that are not so popular. But I was standing there thinking of how long it has been since I last read Twilight so I picked it up.
I haven't read a graphic novel before and at first it was kind of weird reading the words and looking at the beautiful pictures but after I got used to it I loved it. It reminded why I loved Twilight so much in the first time and how the characters really are, because I had forgotten. The characters in the movie are so different from the characters in the book. I wanted so bad to pick Twilight again, remember the moments Edward made me giggle and sigh and the heart attacks Bella gave me with her decisions.
This is only the first half of the book and it stops at the meadow scene. It didn't have everything in the book, it wouldn't be possible but they included all the important stuff in the book and it was a good welcome back into the story. If you haven't picked up Twilight in a long time and want a quick fix, read it. (less)
First of all I must say, when I got this book I had no idea what to expect. The cover doesn't do the story justice. Don't be afraid to pick it up because of the cover. You're going to love it if you want a lot of swoon worthy romance and enough action to make you want to pull you hair. Believe me when I say that. I almost did. *scratches head*
Lily was really enjoyable as a character and loved her way of thinking. She was witty and confident even though she was treated as the freak of her school. She wasn't afraid of what she was and embraced it no matter what anyone else said. I loved J her best friend and her little fashion statements. I wish I had a friend like that! It would be so much fun. It was a relief actually to have such a nice friend for once. Most YA books have their main characters befriended with some really horrible people and I have no idea why. So don't be afraid you're going to love her!
And now to the love interests! Oh Ryder....... what can I say about him? Whatever I say isn't enough. Ryder totally makes my top 10 fictional crushes/love interests. You can't not love him! He has the look of a bad boy, I mean he has a motorcycle and wears leather jacket! That screams bad boy! But behind that look he is so sweet and caring that you can't not just fall for him. Lucian on the other hand is just yummy! I know I shouldn't lust for two boys at the same time but damn was it hard to choose! Now that I think of it I still can't choose.
In this book you don't have your typical love triangle where the girl can't choose between two boys. Instead you have Ryder and Lucian falling for the same girl. Isn't that every girl's dream come true?
**Side Note: Have you read a book with a love triangle between two girls and a boy, where the boy can't make up his mind? Now THAT would be interesting!**
Overall I loved this book and it's now one of my favourite books. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a swoon worthy romance. This book left me breathless and wanting for more. (less)
Camille was something different. Hunting down werewolves in the Victorian era was something I hadn't read about before and this story delivered it won...moreCamille was something different. Hunting down werewolves in the Victorian era was something I hadn't read about before and this story delivered it wonderfully. Camille isn't doing what the girls at her age do. Instead of dancing with young men and socializing at balls, she spends her nights hunting down and killing werewolves. She never thought that she would fall in love with one of them.
Nathaniel Strider. I'm still not sure what I feel towards him. Sometimes he would do or say something and I would like him. Sometimes they way his life was described it would make me feel pity and sorry for him. He is a poor guy form the other side of town and he couldn't be more different than Camille. Camille has grown up always knowing that there is going to be a roof above her head and food on the table every night, while Strider searched every night for a place to sleep and his meals were days apart since the last.
The story didn't contain many 'hunting werewolves' scenes except from the first one. But it did contain a lot of science which I loved. The moments between Camille and Strider were sweet and easy. They had a good chemistry from the first time they met. As the days passed and Strider's first moon was coming closer I fell for him harder as Camille did and anxiously turned the pages to find out what will happen. Will they find a cure or will Camille have to kill him.
The story is a mixture of paranormal romance and science. I would recommend it to anyone who loves paranormal books and enjoys science.(less)
The ABC's of Kissing Boys is a really fun and quick read. I enjoyed every aspect of this book. Parker, a junior, came up with a plan to get her into varsity soccer that involved kissing a boy. The thing was that she had no experience in kissing boys. So her neighbor Tristan, and a freshman, comes to her rescue.
The romance between those two was adorable and even though Tristan was younger than Parker, he was very mature for his age. I would say even more than Parker, but by the end of the book she matures enough to make the right decisions.
The book, besides the romance, deals with friendship. Parker throughout the book gets challenged and is wary about who her real friends are. Sometimes I got frustrated and wanted to yell at her to make her see who her real friend are but she managed to figure that out.
What I also loved was the chapter-headings! The author managed to give kissing advice on each letter of the alphabet!
Overall I loved this book and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA books. (less)
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. (less)
It's going to be a very difficult review to write without spoiling the book to you but I must say that I haven't read anything like this before.
Savann...moreIt's going to be a very difficult review to write without spoiling the book to you but I must say that I haven't read anything like this before.
Savannah is very enjoyable as a character and I got to like her from the first pages. Her throat at the beginning crept me out like it did her. She did everything she could to fix her throat and learn more about it. I liked that when she learned that the thing inside her throat was a weapon intended to kill something, she didn't back down and came to terms with what she had to do.
Reece is the only person who understands her and is somehow similar with Savannah. Together they try to understand what is in their throats before Ocrassa can find them.
Ocrassa is the bad guy or monster I would say of this story and the book contains chapters from it's point of view which I enjoyed. You can see and understand what Ocrassa is and what it did to stay alive and destroy everything around it. The Nyktmorph was the only thing that I liked from the beginning, even though it was bad it was somehow good too.
I found myself guessing constantly what will happen next and I never saw the big twist coming! I'm thinking about the book and I can't believe I never saw it! That's a good thing.
The book started slowly but then picked up really quickly and it left me turning pages so eagerly that I don't believe and haven't realized how it ended!
This book is unique and different and definitely creepy, combining horror with paranormal. Totally suggest reading this. (less)
Textual Healing is a fun read with funny and unpredictable characters. Andrew or Ace, was my favourite character after Orchid of course. You can't beat her! He is fun and easy to relate character and the chemistry between him and Hannah and mostly everyone else is great! The book is told by Ace's perspective and there are very few books that I've read that are from a male's perspective that were nicely done and liked. This one I loved!
There were a lot of funny moments and I can't count the times I laughed. Between the haiku-talking flower shop owner and pirate to the sugar glider. Which by the way had no idea what it is and looked like. I had to googled it. lol The whole book made me crank up. A smile spreads across my face whenever I remember some parts of the book. I would totally recommend this book if you like light quirky books with a lot of funny moments! (less)
Something About You is a book written by Julie Jones and it’s a contemporary romance. This is not what I usually read and I have no idea how I came to pick this one at the library but I’m glad I did.
It was such fun reading this. I usually find contemporary books boring (depends on the theme) but this book hold my interest because of its characters.
They were so realistic and fresh and felt that I could easily meet them in real life. The whole book was realistic and even though we know it’s a love story, the main characters don’t go over the hill to “protect” the other. I’m saying this because this book is about a murder. We see from the characters, their need to get this over with before they actually start their romantic adventure and I was relieved. Both of them actually put their work and responsibilities before their emotions.
Let me just say, that my opinion for FBI agents has changed lol. So Cameron is the witness in this case and Jack has to protect her until they find the murderer. Both of them don’t like how things are due to their previous history. Something that Cameron did and almost destroyed his career. Or so he says.
As I said I liked both of them but I felt that they had more to show. The background of both of them is enough to want to know more (if I say I’ll spoil it) and we don’t get the chance. But we do get the chance to see the emotions between them change. They didn’t like each other due to some old facts but now that they are forced to be together, they’re bound to remember what happened three years ago.
Overall I liked it a lot. I might have rated it 3.5 stars but that’s only because it’s not a fantasy book. And fantasy/paranormal books are my thing so even though I strongly liked it I cannot give it 5 stars. But for the contemporary category 3.5 stars is close to 5! So, go read it if you like contemporary romance with dark brooding unshaven men.
PS: Isn’t the cover gorgeous? I love that pink dress. (less)
This book falls into the contemporary romance category and it's the second book I read from this author. I must say I'm starting to become a fan of her books. Her writing is simple yet refreshing. I haven't read any other contemporary adult romance books, expect her other book Something About You. So I am not an expert on that area. But she managed to captivate me with her witty characters and laugh aloud moments.
Payton and J.D. are people that live to work. They are both on the run to become partner and that adds more fuel to they never ending arguments. J.D. I think is my favourite one. Such a nice guy, really. He doesn't seem so nice at first but in the ending from his part at least, just makes you forget everything. You couldn't deny the attraction between them from the first moment you see them together. Even though they argued all the time I couldn't see how they came and hated each other. It's a really good book and the author knows a great deal about lawyers. She was one. I loved the dialogue between those too. I'm more of a dialogue type so I love books with lots of it! And this one definitely has plenty.
Overall I liked this book a lot and I would read this again. I'm definitely going to read her other two books and I would suggest you picking one up too.(less)
Never Cry Werewolf is very different from the usual werewolf books. Austin which is the werewolf, and I don't think this is a spoiler since the title and the summary indicates that this is a werewolf story, in this case he is the bad wolf. His wolfy habits are treated as an illness. There nothing cool about being a werewolf in this book. It's really scary I think and it was nice change.
Shelby is a girl that will help anyone in need especially if the person in need is a very good looking guy. And that's what got her in brat camp. As a character she's very likable and knows the difference between good and bad. She just can't help herself from helping others even if it means that she'll get in trouble. She changes throughout the book and you can see the change in her through her actions.
Austin seems to have so much more to offer and I hope I see a sequel to this book. His family sounds fascinating! His accent, don't get me wrong because I love guys with British accent, seemed a little out of place but overall he was enjoyable. Shelby and Austin's chemistry didn't convince me but I think the reason was that the book is short and the circumstances made it difficult.
Overall I liked it and I would suggest it for those who are seeking a light read and something different. (less)
This book was awesome! I'm always hesitant towards books that everyone seem to like and strongly recommend and I was glad to find out that all those p...moreThis book was awesome! I'm always hesitant towards books that everyone seem to like and strongly recommend and I was glad to find out that all those people were right!
I love the aspect of reincarnation. In this book Ellie keeps coming back in order to fight demons. Not exactly what I would expect from a typical reincarnation book. I'm more of coming-back-to-life-for-love type of girl. But there is plenty of love in the air in this book.
Will is the one who brings her memories back or tries to couple of times and the attraction between them is clear but of course it wouldn't be that easy for them to get together and here comes the big and unexpected twist which I totally didn't see coming. Add more drama and tension to the love story and it's insta-love for me! What can I say? I love my characters to go through hell first in order to be together which I guess won't be far from the truth... in the next books.
Ellie as a person who has lived many lives, is filled with memories which she gradually gets back. Some flashbacks were terrible like the way she died, but others were little snippets of her and Will which makes you see the bond they share with each other and how strong it is. I hope though flashbacks continue on the next book.
Overall I loved it! Anglefire is a fast paced and action driven novel with a forbidden love that'll make you want to come back for more.(less)
Kaylee is girl with a supernatural ability to sense when someone is going to die. With her mother dead and her father far away she tries to come in terms with what she has. Panic Attacks.
Kaylee is not crazy. She might think that she is but she isn’t. Of course everyone around her thinks she is. Her cousin isn’t really sympathetic and either her aunt. Forced to live with her dad’s brother she has to learn to live by “those” panic attacks. Because that’s what doctors are telling her. When she finds her shelf on the verge of screaming her lungs out it’s because she is having a panic attack.
Nash doesn’t think that that’s the case so he sets forward to explaining Kaylee what she really is. She is a bean sidhe and has the ability to tell when a person is going to die. Kaylee is confused and thinks that maybe Nash is crazy until students at her school stsrt dropping dead for no reason. It was fun to read a YA that wasn’t similar to many other books out there and Kaylee was easy to like. Nash was one sexy guy and Tod even though he is a riper I couldn’t myself but feeling bad for him and even liking him. I hope I see more of him in the next books.
I gave two stars to the book mainly because I didn’t see the development between Nash and Kaylee’s relationship. I like it when you can see their growth and struggle and then be a couple. In this book they jump right into being a couple. It wasn’t bad but I just prefer my stories otherwise. Other than that the story was fast paced with some slow parts in the middle but throughout enjoyable. I will be definitely read the second book and hope I like it more because the storyline is very promising. (less)
I finally met Stephanie Plum. I had been hearing about these books but never really got around reading them until now. There are 16 books so far and One For The money is the first one.
We meet Stephanie Plum when she loses her job as a lingerie buyer, desperate to find a new one. She’s behind on her rent and her car has just been taken away. Not knowing where to turn, she goes to her cousin Vinnie who owns a bail-bond business.
She bacically blackmails Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond job worth $10.000 even though she doesn’t know anything about law enforcement and is afraid to use her new gun.
Even if this wasn't enough for Stephanie, now she has to put her emotions in control because the guy she’s looking for is a suspect for murder and she knows him very well. She once ran her car over him.
I had hard time figuring out what this book is. Is it crime? Mystery? Comedy? I think they it’s all of them. The story is a page turner and Stephanie is such a fun person. The chemistry between her and Joe Morelli was fantastic. I definitely want to see more of them. A better way of explaining this book is to give you some quotes from the book.
"I like the way you've let your hair go curly," he finally said. "Suits your personality. Lots of energy, not much control, sexy as hell," Joe Morelli to Stephanie Plum
"In my opinion, the only good spider is a dead spider, and women's rights aren't worth dick if they mean I can't ask a man to do my bug squashing." Stephanie Plum
"Hello," I called, gun now in hand, barely able to hear myself over the pounding of my heart. "Who's here?" Morelli sauntered out of the kitchen. "Just me. Put the gun away. We need to talk." "Jesus! You are so fucking arrogant. Did it ever occur to you I might shoot you with this gun?" "No. It never occurred to me." Stephanie and Joe
"You're a lunatic. You ran me over with a goddamn Buick." Joe Morelli to Stephanie Plum
"I attributed the incidence to temporary insanity, and in my own defence, I'd like to say I haven't run over anyone since." Stephanie
"Are you afraid of me?" "Uh... yes." The smile stayed fixed in place. "You should be. You locked me in a refrigerator truck with three dead people. Sooner or later I'm going to get you for it." Joe and Stephanie
"It's not the pizza, darlin', it’s my masculine presence." Joe Morelli"
These are just some of the quotes I love.
Overall I loved the book. It’s fun, light and a quick read. This is my first mystery-crime type of book. Although this genre is not my thing I loved it because of the witty characters. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys good comedy with a mix of mystery.(less)
I bought Nevermore when it first came out but it took me months before I finally picked it up to read it. Most reviews that I had read at the time made me postpone reading this and I wasn't sure if I should but I'm glad I did. I LOVED it!
First of all if you're worried that you won't be able to enjoy or understand it because you haven't read Poe before reading Nevermore, don't worry you don't have to. I haven't read anything from Poe but I still managed to enjoy this because as Isobel tries to understand the dream world we get a glimpse of some of his work. I must say that after Nevermore I'm willing to read Poe. Something I wouldn't have done before.
Nevermore was nothing as I expected it to be. From the synopsis you get an idea of what the story will be. A cheerleader and a goth that fall in love but it's so more than that. Isobel was nothing like the typical mean, one-centered, cheerleader you see and expect from many YA books. She was nice and very down to earth. She loved cheerleading for what it was not what it represented. I loved her instantly when she stood up for Varen even if that meant loosing her friends. In this book we get to see Varen being bullied by Isobel's ex and Isobel did everything she could to stand up for him. Whenever I think of Varen and what he went through I just want to hug him!
I adored Kelly Creagh's writing. I'm usually one of those people that want more action than description. I love my dialogues. Nevermore however had more descriptions of scenery than dialogue and it was perfectly fine by me because somehow it was just perfect for this kind of book and the writing was excellent. I don't mind it when the writing is good and in this case it was superb.
The story is complicated and you have to pay attention to it. I found myself wondering what the hell was happening and when I thought I might know what was happening or who did what, I was mistaken and taken aback by something new. The story was unpredictable until the very last minute.
Overall, I loved it. It has made my list of favourite books and I'm waiting anxiously for the next book in the series. (less)
Paranormalcy was something I didn't expect. It was fun, cute and refreshing. Evie is very girly and we see it all the time. From her pink clothing to her obsession with her favourite soap opera. But those are the few things that make her feel normal until she realizes again that she lives underground and her main job is to capture and take paranormals in to IPCA (International Paranormal Containment Agency).
Evie has a special ability, an ability that makes her see through all glamours and she is vital to IPCA. When someone breaks in IPCA Evie is the only one who can see him and she is afraid she is already crushing on him.
I liked that Evie was a kick-ass character but also at the same time very girly as a teenager her age would be. I knew I would like her when I learned about her taser which was pink and she had also named it tasey! How cool is that! Instand like. Evie is also sheltered from the outside world making her obsesion with normal things like school and lockers hilarious. Kiersten White managed to create such a fun world that I can not wait for the release of Supernaturally!
Overall I loved it and I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun but still kick-ass book with a lot of pinky things involved in it! Also to those who love audiobooks do listen to this book. It was my first audiobook and I loved it! The narrator's voice was just perfect for it. (less)
Wow!!!! That’s what I said when I read the final words of the book. Wow is not even a word but the story left me literally speechless. That good it was.
It’s the last book in the Darkest Powers series and it’s the best of all three. You really get to know the characters better and let me tell you that Tori really surprised me. She’s not bad after all. Tori becomes more reliable and finds herself liking their company, now that her family doesn't care for her. Chloe seems to understand and makes sure nothing gets between her and the boys that still don't believe that Tori has changed.
Derek finally finishes his transformation with Chloe's help and they find out that there is no one they can trust. They are not even sure about their dad at this point. Chloe realizes her range of power and use it finally for her defence.
The book was fast passed as the previous with more Derek and Chloe moments giving me the opportunity to see their relationship grow between them. The author really knows who to tell a story and make it believable. Kelly Armstrong is really talented and she made Chloe sound like a real teenager without littering the language.
But what made me love this book most was the ending. I’ve read other reviews and the ending is either love it or hate it feeling. For me it was perfect. Sure there are things that are not explained but that’s why she’s having another trilogy based on the same word. I can’t say much about the ending because I’ll spoil it but the words just left me breathless. (less)
This book really reminded me of Twilight but again it was nothing like it. The characters have nothing to do with the characters in Twilight. There ar...moreThis book really reminded me of Twilight but again it was nothing like it. The characters have nothing to do with the characters in Twilight. There are similarities in the structure of Jack's family but it stops there. We have the father figure which is not a doctor but knows a lot of everything. The mother figure who cares for everyone. Then we have Peter. Which is probably the only reason I keep reading these books.(I have also read the second book.) Peter is totally mystery since you get to see him a few times in this book. Barely enough to my satisfaction and to get to know him. I'm team Peter by the way! I'm all for the silent type and he is definitely silent.
Alice meets Jack who is a vampire and she feels close to him, so she kind of instantly wants to become a vampire as well to be with Jack. I didn't like that. It didn't seem realist and Jack thinking that was the only way for them to be together was for her to become a vampire really bothered me. Alice was willing to throw her life away just to be with him. Don't get me wrong. I do believe that, that can happen but not so quickly. It wasn't believable.
Although the book was very similar to previous reads I couldn't get my eyes off the screen. I kept reading, anxious to learn what will happen next. When I finished this book I downloaded on my kindle the second book, The Fate, and read it in a day (review coming soon).(less)
Blue Noon picks up right after the events in Touching Darkness. Our midnighters are faced with the bigest threat of all. Blue time is on the verge of swallowing all of Bixby and even the world. This book has an "end of the world feel" and Scott Westerfeld managed to deliver.
When I picked up the book I thought that whatever character development there was, was done during the first two books. I wasn't expecting much to change but I was wrong. I was surprised by Rex. In Touching Darkness he got that close to becoming one of the darklings. Now in Blue Noon we see the effects of such a close encounter with them and I was amazed by how strangely addicted I became to Rex. He became multidimensional and nothing like his old self, the boring and safe Rex he used to be.
Through this book we got also the chance to learn more about the lore and the mechanics behind the secret time. All of our midnighters get to test their powers to their maximum and see that even though they thought they learned everything they could to fight the darklings they still didn't see it coming... the ending.
When I finished this book I was so mad that I couldn't think anything else for this book expect of how Scott Westerfeld ended this story. As I got invested into the characters and read their stories, I wanted for them to have good endings, happy endings. Scott Westerfeld managed to do that but with a sting to it. His ending was bittersweet leaving you with the impression that there might be more to this story.
Overall I loved it even though I was shocked by the ending of the story. Hopefully there is more to the Midnighters and I will definitely be picking up more books from this author.(less)
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. (less)
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. (less)
This book contains five short stories and it is called Vacations from Hell. There are five short stories describing vacatio...moreMy 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. (less)
In the first book we are left with Lucas leaving Evernight, a school occupied mostly by vampires, because he was a vampire hunter. Bianca is a vampire...moreIn the first book we are left with Lucas leaving Evernight, a school occupied mostly by vampires, because he was a vampire hunter. Bianca is a vampire-sort of. I put off reading this because I was so mad after reading the first book. I just couldn't believe how Bianca, since the series comes from her point of view, could actually lie about what she is. During the first half of Evernight you have no idea what is happening and then suddenly we discover Bianca is a vampire, drinking blood from cups all this time. Nevertheless, I got over it and got my hands on Stargazer because of Lucas. I just had to know more about him! And I did enjoy it!
The first pages seemed to pass really quickly. Bianca in this book wasn't shy at all. In the first book Evernight we begin to know her as a shy girl but a year after, she is more confident and sure about her self and her choices. Things between her and Lucas are hard since she is still in Evernight and he's somewhere else hunting vampires. Even though it seems impossible they still manage to see each other and each time their love grows stronger.
Evernight though is still creepy and holds more secrets, that I thought was possible. I mean, I never saw this kind of twist coming up. The author managed to surprise me once more (in a good way this time) with a twist in Bianca's life and I was a little bit socked how she managed to join vampires and ghosts into the story.
Lucas and Bianca's moments left me breathless and can't wait to grab Hourglass to see what happens to them next. They have so many obstacles to overcome that I wonder when they'll get a chance just to be.
I liked Balthazar's character growth. We got a glimpse of his life and how he was turned into a vampire. I liked him and it was hard not to route for him, since he has a major crush on Bianca. I loved Lucas, especially when he was jealous. He was irresistible. Lucas did also grow in this book. He learned that not everything around him is white and black, and learned, first to think then to act. Bianca played a huge role there.
Overall, I liked it. Claudia Gray managed to create an eerie atmosphere focusing on the romance and mysteries of Evernight. I would recommend reading this even if you slightly liked Evernight. This book is much better than Evernight and can hope the rest of the books are as good as this if not better.(less)
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 h...moreThis 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...... (less)
My rating: 2.5 stars = liked it but not enough to love it
Humans that are born at the stroke of midnight have the ability to access the secret 25th hour of the day. Wouldn’t you like the extra hour? I know I would.
The promise that out there is something more than what we see and feel is really interesting and will definitely be appealing to those who like sci-fi books.
This is my first sci-fi book so it was kind of hard to get into but once that was over and I got to know the characters I found myself trying to find ways for the characters to escape..... not saying! J
The truth is these series have really stuck with me and days after I read them I was thinking about them. It has enough science stuff for those of you that are interested to know how things happened, like me, and it was simple enough for those who don’t want to have a headache from the entire information overflow.
The characters were really unique and each one of them had a different talent. They call themselves Midnighters since they are the only humans that live in the secret hour but not for long because something dark out there wants them. These creatures, called daklings, are the other things that live or better exist at the secret hour. They only live at the 25th hour and that’s a relief because they are after Jessica. But she has the help of 4 other Midnighters, all with special talents.
The writing was in third person narrative which is my favourite. A plus! You will find yourself turning the pages fast and eager to see what happens next. I only gave it 2 stars because it was hard for me to get into and because there wasn’t the love story I wanted to see but let me tell you the next books are better. This is the kind of series that gets better as it goes. So read it and then go for the next one! (less)