This was my first time reading a book about fairies and I really liked it! I loved Maggie’s style of writing, it flows so smoothly. I thought Deirdre handled herself remarkably well after discovering she can see faeries and that they’re after her. She did seem a little naive about James though, but don’t they always. Helllllo! Of course your best friend is in love with you! Luke was very intriguing and at times scary. I never knew what he was going to do or what his intentions were, but I guess that was part of his mysterious persona. Whatever the reason, I liked Luke in a I-know-he’s-bad-for-me-but-I-just-can’t-help-myself kind of way. Now…James…James, James, lovely, lovely James…I LOVED James!! His sarcastic personality had me eating out of the palm of his hand. Gimme more James! Oh, and I liked that Dee and James were musical prodigies of unconventional instruments. No guitar or piano for these two, oh no, harp and pipes. :D Overall the story is romantic and suspenseful and the ending is bittersweet. (less)
I may be overreacting, but I'm almost positive it may kill me to wait for the next book. I loved it and I can't wait to discover everything about Tess...moreI may be overreacting, but I'm almost positive it may kill me to wait for the next book. I loved it and I can't wait to discover everything about Tessa and all the secrets about Will. And dear God, I hope something is done for darling Jem!(less)
I really enjoyed this book! I was never quite positive at my suspicions that this was a story about werewolves, but wasn't disappointed when it turned...moreI really enjoyed this book! I was never quite positive at my suspicions that this was a story about werewolves, but wasn't disappointed when it turned out to be. It was a different take on it completely.(less)
Sometimes the second book in a series is not as good as the first. Other times it surpasses it. The Lost Saint definitely falls into the latter.
In The Dark Divine we are introduced to a unique race of werewolves who once hunted demons in the name of Heaven. Since then, they have fallen from grace and have to live with the consequences. Grace saved Daniel from that curse...but lost her brother to it in the process. Jude’s left home. Oh, also? She was infected herself. Awesome! (Not.)
I love Grace and Daniel together. You can just feel how strongly he loves her. But things start to change when Grace wants to learn to use her powers for good and to try to find Jude, but the people in her life think is too risky, including Daniel. Not only does he not want to help her train anymore, he’s been dodgy and keeping things from Grace lately.
Enter Talbot, sexy cowboy, fighter of evil, trainer extraordinaire. He basically gives Grace everything every one’s restricted her on: training, using her powers to kill demons, and looking for Jude. She is continually drawn and tempted by him, especially since he makes his interest in her fairly obvious. But our Grace will not fall that easily, folks!! Go, Grace!
This book is pretty heavy at times, but best friend April sure had some great lines that made me laugh! She keeps it from going over the edge, that’s for sure.
I seriously could not stop listening to this audiobook! The narrator, Eileen Stevens, is completely amazing. Her voice and pacing were spot on! I also thought she sounded familiar, and it turns out I have listened to her before! She’s read another favorite series of mine, The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting! She does a great job on that one too. The Lost Saint was a fast-paced, action-packed sequel, with tons of emotional twists and turns! The ending was unexpected! I was sure of who the bad guy was and what everyone’s intentions were, but I guessed wrong, guys! Now, who can I bribe to get my hands on The Savage Grace? :)(less)
I LOVED this book. Evie is such a great character, I want to be friends with her!! I also really liked how Lend's amazing self & personality come...moreI LOVED this book. Evie is such a great character, I want to be friends with her!! I also really liked how Lend's amazing self & personality come before his looks. I fell in love with him through his sense of humor.(less)
Darkest Mercy picks up where Radiant Shadows ended. On her quest to start a war and become a regent, Bananach has fatally injured Irial and has been leaving a trail of destruction wherever she goes, leaving the Summer, Winter and Dark Courts to figure out how to stop her.
Keenan and Donia..le sigh. They had the saddest relationship in my opinion. They have loved each other for years but they could never really be together. Just when she’s finally made it clear that she will no longer put up with him, he comes back intent on winning her back. Keenan really surprised me in this book. I would say I felt the same way about him that Aislinn did, but he was a manipulator, and therefore I couldn’t really empathize with him. He completely redeemed himself though. I never knew he was really like this, and I guess the only one who did was Donia. As soon as he showed up at Donia’s as a solitary, he won me over.
I was so happy that Seth finally got Ash all to himself. He deserves happiness…they both do! Ash coming into her own, and ruling her court with confidence was incredibly nice to see.
On to my favorites…Niall and Irial. I’m not going to lie…I cried a little for these two several times throughout this book. I think I might have thought I’d go crazy with grief right alongside Niall. I don’t know what it is about them that makes them my favorite, aside from being hot, sexy, and loyal, I mean. I think the idea of someone loving a person for centuries and not being able to be with them just kills me, and I think that’s why I was rooting for them to make it the most out of all the couples.
I was glad Bananach FINALLY got what she deserved, but I do wish it hadn’t been at the expense of some of the lives she took. There were a couple of surprising kills!!
Overall, the book was about love and loss, and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending. I was completely over the moon at how perfect this book was, that I couldn’t even write about it right after finishing it. The way Melissa Marr writes is so beautiful to me! So poetic! And even though this series is over, I will anxiously wait until more of her books are out, because I guarantee you I’ll be reading them.(less)
I can’t express how claustrophobic I felt throughout this whole book, LOL! I seriously felt like I couldn’t breathe at times and actually had to step outside of my apartment to gulp down some fresh air. How many books can you say have had that kind of effect on you? Me? This is probably the only one so far.
I also can’t deny that I have never imagined being frozen so that I could be woken up in the future. But this book has now changed my mind forever. I do not want to be, essentially, buried alive in ice! Just to have my mind be alert for centuries! How horrible…
Across the Universe was a great mix of scifi, dystopian, and mystery. While the pace may not be fast, I thought it was well done for this story. Also, it had alternating chapters, which I love! A lot of the technology was really cool to read about, especially the gravtubes and floppies. I don’t think I’d like a commlink installed in my ear though.
I loved that this book brings up a lot of questions about morality and ethics. It definitely makes you consider the rights and wrongs and the what-would-I-do-in-these-situations. One thing graphically described was the Season, as in, the mating season. I must say, it disturbed me a little. Also, the almost rape unsettled me. I kind of get that it was to show us just how far gone everyone was, but it was crazy! And the guys got nothing but black eyes for it! I really hope Luthe gets what’s coming to him in the next book. Something needs to be done about it.
While I did enjoy this story, I can’t say I really connected with the main characters. In fact, I probably felt a stronger connection to Harley, who is an important secondary character. He really affected me. With all that said, I was actually unable to put it down. I needed to know what would happen next! I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I want to know if they’ll ever make it to their destination after all!(less)
For some reason or another, I had not read Divergent yet...despite the fact that it’s been sitting on my shelf since it was released. I even had it signed by Veronica Roth herself at ALA! (She was very nice, btw) Even when my fellow bookish friends yelled urged me to read it, I still kept putting it off. What the heck was I waiting for!?!?! Slap me now, friends, because I did not act when you yelled urged me and I now understand.
Divergent is one of the best Dystopian books I’ve read to date. It comes close to knocking The Hunger Games off their number one spot in my book. I can’t say for sure because I’ve only just read Divergent, but ask me again at the end of this year.
It was everything you can ask for: incredibly unique world-building, fierce yet approachable heroine, sexy, mysterious, protective love interest. In those three respects, I think it surpasses The Hunger Games, honestly.
I love this world Veronica Roth created, where you live your life according to what attribute is best from your character. Of course, no world can every live in harmony forever, even if their way of living seems to be working. Greed always plays a part in destruction. I honestly couldn’t tell you which faction I would choose for myself though. I think Erudite, but, well...lol No thanks. There’s NO WAY I could be Dauntless!! I am NOT a fighter! And I’m not selfless or religious enough to be Abnegation. With the amount of things I like to keep to myself, there isn’t a possibility I could be Candor. That leaves Amity, which I can live with. I can be peaceful and friendly...I promise!! :)
Tris really is the best heroine out there. She is brave and selfless, but ruthless when she needs to be. She’s kick-ass! I ended up really admiring her character and her actions. I don’t think I’d ever survive had I been in her shoes. I hated that her “friends” could not be happy for her when she started doing really well. HATED! I yelled at the book and then ranted about it to my fiancé at three in the morning! HAHA He was very amused by my outburst thankfully, lol.
Ok...you know what’s coming next, don’t you?
Oh, my Four. Four was the perfect combination of fierceness, and kindness, and sexyness, and respectfulness, and smartness, and vulnerabilityness...*sigh* Yeah, all that. His character, like Tris, had so much depth! I really, really loved those two.
I don’t think there’s a Dystopian that will soon top Divergent for me, but I look forward to the challenge. If, like me, you are insane enough to continue putting off reading this book, tell me now so I can yell urge you until you do, as my friends did me. I guarantee – no – I PROMISE you’re missing out.(less)
Every time I visit Cassel Sharpe, my heart breaks for him. When will our boy get a happy ending, Holly Black?! I hope it finally happens in Black Heart because he needs one after everything you’ve made him go through so far!
Cassel is one of those people who would rather see the people he loves happy, rather than be happy himself. His self-sacrificing breaks my heart at times. Even when he’s dealing with his twisted, selfish brothers, he’s doing it because he wants them to be happy in the end. Of course, for one of the brothers it’s impossible now, but more on him in a bit. I hate how some of the people in Cassel’s life only want to use him and how his friends, deep-down, distrust him a little. I want to jump in the book and defend Cassel! I feel like no one’s on his side sometimes! I don’t know why I feel he’s treated so unjustly, I mean, the boy can take care of himself...but who’s taking care of his heart? Cassel gets hurt a lot, and he covers it up so well. My heart breaks for him, I tell you!!
I really liked Lila in this book. I believe she loves Cassel, cursed or not, so I can’t wait to see how everything turns out in Black Heart. Sam and Daneca are as interesting as ever. Sam funny and quirky, and Daneca...Daneca’s secret surprised me!
Out of all of Cassel’s family members, the only one I like is his grandfather. His mother is just selfish and annoying, and his brothers are horrible. I wanted to smack his mom and punch Baron...again! I was most shocked that Philip was found murdered in this book. I didn’t like him, but I didn’t think Holly Black would kill him!! I’m still expecting this to turn out to be another con. It’s weird, but I really can’t believe he’s truly dead.
The world Holly Black has created in this Curse Workers series is just incredible. I love the cons, the mobster families, the worker’s abilities...it’s all so dark and mysterious!
This audiobook series is narrated by Jesse Eisenberg. Yes, he’s THAT guy. The Oscar nominated actor of The Social Network, Zombieland, Adventureland, and many others. He reads this series beautifully!! His narration brings out so many emotions that I may not have felt if I had actually read this book from print. If you’re looking for a series to listen to, I strongly suggest this one. (less)