I want natural blue hair and I want to be given a new foreign language as a gift on every birthday! I'm joking, I don't really need the blue hair.
Firs...moreI want natural blue hair and I want to be given a new foreign language as a gift on every birthday! I'm joking, I don't really need the blue hair.
First of all, thanks Rhea for the recommendation and thanks for bugging me to read it till I finally did.
I cannot explain why exactly, but the very first sentence of the book made me determined to read it. 'Once upon a time an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.' (the feather touch was nice as well) - simple, yet absolutely intriguing.
Honestly, up until the very end of the book I was hoping I could give it 5 stars but couldn't bring myself to do it. Laini Taylor is an extremely talented story-teller. I loved her version of the angel-devil conflict. While the angels to a certain extent were portrayed in the traditional way, save for several details about they way they lived, I really liked her version of the demons as chimaeras - composed of different parts from different creatures. Plus, she tried to convey the idea that neither the angel race was intrinsically good, nor the chimaeras were evil. It's all a point of view. There weren't that many surprising revelations, that could not be guessed in advance or at least gotten a general idea about, before them being fully explained but as I said I enjoyed immensely the overall story, which was infused with so many original ideas and triggered the imagination of the readers, immersing them in an exciting fantasy world.
And now the bad part a.k.a. why I subtracted a whole star from the rating. The love story! Ewwww, it was terrible! I know I'm being harsh, maybe it's me, my tolerance towards stupid romantic stories is gradually nearing zero. Actually, it wasn't as bad as some others that make me puke in my mouth a little when I read them, but still ruined it all to a certain extent. Madrigal and Akiva's story was a bit more tolerable than Akiva and Karou's. And I know this might make some readers want to stone me to death - but in my opinion Akiva was the most annoying character in the entire book. What a wuss! Why couldn't it be about a bad-ass girl, raised by a foster family of out-of-this-world creatures, who's running errands, collecting teeth for a chimaera magician and maybe, just maybe have a romantic subplot. OK, I realize I'm asking for too much, but while reading it I just wanted to delete some parts and construct my perfect version of the story, alas I'm not Laini Taylor and that's her novel. For now I'll just pretend that she did this in order to appeal to a larger audience since the rest of the book was pure awesomeness!(less)
Just give us the damn half star already!!!!! Rating the book was kind of difficult, the real one would be 3.5 stars, I would've rounded it up to 4 sta...moreJust give us the damn half star already!!!!! Rating the book was kind of difficult, the real one would be 3.5 stars, I would've rounded it up to 4 stars but then decided it wouldn't be fair to other 4-star books that I liked more, then again it's not fair to this book either since it was way better than a lot of my 3-star books, but my hands are tied on this one, so 3 stars it is.
All in all it wasn't a bad story. Far from a masterpiece, more of a lightish supernatural read. It started off pretty nice and I was seriously considering giving it a higher rating, but at some point, I have no idea why, I sort of lost interest. At first I thought it might be because of the pnr-ish note to it, but my UGH moment lasted only for a tiny bit since the hint of a love story was a minute one, although I'm suspecting there would be a development in that department further on, which would be a major disappointment for me. Nothing really against that, but it seems that all fantasy/supernatural/urban fantasy/etc. books inevitably turn into a PNRs and it just gets too much at one point.
So not to continue with my rant here, good general idea, it might not have been the right moment for me, it might not have been the right book for me, but then again 3.5 stars is far from a bad rating after all and it's not like I'm throwing it to the you-are-disgrace-to-all-books pile.(less)
I have generously rounded up my rating to 4 stars. This book has been a real rollercoaster ride. there were parts that I found exhaustingly boring and...moreI have generously rounded up my rating to 4 stars. This book has been a real rollercoaster ride. there were parts that I found exhaustingly boring and I suppose they served more like a filler material. But there were these amazing 5-star-worthy parts that kept me reading. Initially I thought it was going to be the average young-adult novel. Well, maybe not exactly THE average one, but more like a relatively good one. That was my assumption until the first gruesomely portrayed murder took place and I was like 'Whoa!'. So, my expectations changed and save for the aforementioned annoying parts it has been mostly as I saw it developing. Supernaturally-wise it was tastefully executed without going into the usually exploited cliches and it had the right dose of paranormal romance without it venturing into the territory of mushiness. Overall a nice, darkish read.(less)
What do you know, I was almost sure this one would end with a cliffhanger. Maybe too many things happened in too short a period of time. I like the Mo...moreWhat do you know, I was almost sure this one would end with a cliffhanger. Maybe too many things happened in too short a period of time. I like the Morganville Vampires series, although with this one at one point it went a bit, not really boring, but not that interesting. But right at that moment Myrnin waltzed in and I'm a total sucker for everything that involves him. He's absolutely hilarious. Side note: I soooo want vampire bunny slippers!!! (although they didn't really make an appearance here)All in all it was a good story, but then again no literary masterpiece. As the rest of them it's a kind of engaging light read to pass time with. And now I'm waiting for the November issue of the next installment.(less)
I guess I had far too high expectations of this book which apparently weren't fulfilled. It was probably because of the high rating and the numerous p...moreI guess I had far too high expectations of this book which apparently weren't fulfilled. It was probably because of the high rating and the numerous praises it has received from a lot of readers. The idea about the angels being the bad guys as a whole was pretty good and I may say it started rather strongly in the beginning but somewhere toward the middle of it with the unfolding romance between Willow and Alex it became unbearably mushy. In fact, it went straight down in the dumps, I can't even describe how incredibly bad it was, a cheap soap opera has nothing on it. It seemed like it was written for absolutely mindless people, the simplicity of it killed any romantic feelings that it tried to incite. The basic idea of the plot was kind of original and not as widely-spread, at least in my opinion, although I don't have that much of experience with paranormal books, thus my view on it might not be the most reliable criterion on judging a book. (less)
I still refuse to accept the fact that someone decided to publish this ... uhm book. It was by far one of the worst things I have ever read, if not th...moreI still refuse to accept the fact that someone decided to publish this ... uhm book. It was by far one of the worst things I have ever read, if not the worst. It read like really really bad fan fiction. Lexically it was absolutely simplistic and I believe the vocabulary of a 8-year-old could be quite complex compared to this one. And the plot ... oh my... don't get me started. I was reading, scratch that, breezing through the story and couldn't believe how utterly stupid it was. The main characters, I'm sure, had a negative IQ. I could go on and on with my rant about what a piece of crap this book was but there is no need. It will suffice to say that it would make everything I read next a complete literary masterpiece, it won't be easy to find something equally as bad. (less)
I have no words for this book that would not sound cheesy, all I can say is that it's a damn good one! Now, with the amount of paranormal books that l...moreI have no words for this book that would not sound cheesy, all I can say is that it's a damn good one! Now, with the amount of paranormal books that look like they've come straight out of an assembly line, one gets a bit wary of every new novel that comes out. Well, that was not the case. The idea of the story is quite captivating and original. I like it that the main characters do not end up being the whining sissies as in many of the books. And although there have been too many books about emos and tortured souls, the author somehow has managed to spin it in a non-annoying way. While Isobel does start like the epitome of the air-headed cheerleader, who's a bit annoying at times, by the end of the book she evolves into being likable. I absolutely adored the constant references to E. A. Poe, who plays quite the central part in the book. And forget about all the Edward Cullens and Jacob Blacks, because Varen Nethers is the real deal! :) Can't wait for the next book! (less)
It was as good as the second one. The thing is that as of lately I've gotten more critical towards the books I've been reading. So this one was suppos...moreIt was as good as the second one. The thing is that as of lately I've gotten more critical towards the books I've been reading. So this one was supposed to be focused on Quinn Drake and Hunter Wild. Only it wasn't really, I felt Quinn wasn't that central as a character. It was more about the Helios-Ra vampire hunters school and the troubles going on there. The romance between Quinn and Hunter felt more like a bonus to the plot, which at times was highly reminiscent of the House of Night series. But , oh well, what can you do, it seems they've all been borrowing from each other in that genre these days. So, off to the next installment of the Drake Chronicles, whenever it is set to come out, to see what happens with Nicholas and Lucy, Connor and Chloe (I suppose? It was hinted anyway, and not so subtly) and whoever is left there. There are quite a few Drake siblings, so the saga could stretch out for one pretty long period of time.(less)
This book was so much better than the first one in the series. The first part "My Love Lies Bleeding", otherwise known as "Hearts at Stake" was all fl...moreThis book was so much better than the first one in the series. The first part "My Love Lies Bleeding", otherwise known as "Hearts at Stake" was all fluffy mindless teenage stuff. This one, however, has a lot more consistent writing and an actual story, instead of the perpetual whining and the Romeo and Juliet like rendition, nothing against Romeo and Juliet, but Shakespeare has already done it, it's over, leave it alone. Now back to the novel at hand, it's centered around Isabeau St. Croix and Logan Drake, as well as the clash between Monmartre, his constant aspiration to marry Solange and make her a queen, and the Drake Family. It also depicts Isabeau's conflict with Greyhound, and his evil plans to rule. It offers some back story on Isabeau's life during the French Revolution and her turning to vampire. The book is action-packed and without too much needless information. All in all it was a pretty good story and as it seems all the parts of the series will deal with each member of the Drake Family. Let's hope the upward trend of the follow-ups will continue with the next installments.(less)
Twilight anyone? So, the book is highly reminiscent of the Twilight series. At quite a few places it was like some kind of a rendition of it with a tw...moreTwilight anyone? So, the book is highly reminiscent of the Twilight series. At quite a few places it was like some kind of a rendition of it with a twist. Then why the 4-star grade? Well, seeing as lately there have been far too many Twilight spin-offs, and having in mind that Twilight itself may have borrowed from "The Vampire Diaries", I decided to keep an open mind and forget about all references that could be made to other books. Good thing is we don't hear too much whining on Beth's side, well, she does have her moments, but pretty much she keeps a rather level head and avoids being the googly-eyed, all consumed by her boyfriend female protagonist of similar books. And Xavier tries not to be the over-bearing, overly protective knight in shining armor. It's refreshing to actually have a story apart from the romance between the two main characters, and one that keeps you invested in the novel. All in all it's a nice book. Not one that I'll be raving about, or one I would re-read, but it kept me entertained. It was a well-developed story with a nice plot and a good language use. A rather quick read that you can while away time with. And now I'm waiting for the next two parts, hoping they won't disappoint me.(less)
It's actually two and a half stars and ONLY because it could have been a decent book if only it weren't so underdeveloped. Raven could have been so fu...moreIt's actually two and a half stars and ONLY because it could have been a decent book if only it weren't so underdeveloped. Raven could have been so funny a character. As I remember she's supposed to be around 16, instead she acts as if she is 6, I expected her any minute to start stomping her foot in addition to her constant whining. Actually she had the behavior of some stuck-up princess, who is used to getting everything on a silver platter, instead she is portrayed as an absolute outcast. What is the point to have a personage, especially a principal one, make it a social pariah and not give it a real character and a witty attitude, it seems a bit pointless. The here-and-there snarky comments, which were fun from time to time, were far outweighed by the cliche and superficiality, spread throughout the entire book. I'm still thinking about whether I should give one of the next parts a shot. (less)
Might have been an OK one, if it weren't so rushed through. Throughout the book you get introduced to a character only to have him or her killed or go...moreMight have been an OK one, if it weren't so rushed through. Throughout the book you get introduced to a character only to have him or her killed or gone five pages later. I'm only giving it three stars because.... well I don't really know why, maybe because there aren't any half stars and I try not to be so negative towards books, and for me to give it two stars it has to be some serious wallbanger.(less)