ARCANA RISING picks up where DEAD OF WINTER left off and that is a world of heartbreak and despair. I will try to make this review completel4.5 Stars
ARCANA RISING picks up where DEAD OF WINTER left off and that is a world of heartbreak and despair. I will try to make this review completely spoiler free just in case you haven’t read the series yet, in which case you need to move your butt and get started. Now lets get into what I really liked about this book.
ARCANA RISING will make your heart race. It’s packed with enough action and desolate settings to keep you on the edge of your seat and lets not mistake this for just another young adult story. This series is intense and ARCANA RISING is just upping the stakes in the game. I also found that the sense of instability and distrust that filled up the moments when the action would die down, carried the urgency for me to continue reading at break-neck speed.
And let’s be honest here. I’ve long been a Jack girl throughout this series, but in the last book my confusion began. DAY ZERO only pushed that along until I was completely lost in what outcome I wanted. ARCANA RISING shows no answers for me. I’m still torn. I understand Evie’s struggle because making a choice between two perfect men is not easy and I haven’t made mine. Death is EVERYTHING in this book. I anticipated every second we got to see him and I longed for him to feel happiness. And yet, there were still times that I would try and find the clue as to his betrayal. Because it must be coming, right?
I wish I could say I loved Evie throughout this book, however that’s not necessarily the case. After a while of seeing her wallow in her love for two people and her heartbreak at not knowing what happened to either of them, she was starting to get on my nerves a bit. I long for the day when she truly takes charge with a vengeance. But since I don’t want to give spoilers away I’m going to leave it at that.
While she wasn’t my favorite thing of this reading experience, the story absolutely was. It didn’t let up and things progressed nicely in the overall story arc. There is a sense of urgency throughout this book as the game escalates, alliances are forged and trusts are challenged. I honestly loved questioning everyone’s motives, I expect betrayal at every turn and I’ve become quite jaded. Just when I start to warm up to someone’s character, my instincts tell me not to trust them. And I think Ms. Cole is doing a good job creating that sense of distrust that is the only thing still making this game play out.
I know you probably want to know if Jack lives, and quite frankly I won’t give a damn thing away. You can read this book and suffer along with me. And when I say suffer, I mean Kresley Cole likes to torture us. I should forewarn you about the cliffhanger. The DAMN CLIFFHANGER! One of those wanting to throw the kindle across the room moments for sure. When I read that last bit and then …. the end…. I was more than a little upset. I’m not sure how I can possibly wait eight months! Eight.Full.Months to know what happens next. If you’re ready to be in the same state as I’m in now, then read on. I don’t think you’ll find a more exciting series.
This might be the most noble thing I’ve ever done. Noble, for the record, cuts like a blade to the heart.
“I am a planet off its axis.”
Voice rough with lust, he said, “I have one treasure.” He slowed, pinning my gaze with his starry one. “And she owns my soul.”...more
So I was excited for this book after the way the first one ended and I have to say, I found it a bit less captivating than book one. Don’t g3.5 stars
So I was excited for this book after the way the first one ended and I have to say, I found it a bit less captivating than book one. Don’t get me wrong, the writing is still beautiful and the world it transports us to is still a magical one. But I could find myself getting a bit more distracted while reading this one.
I liked that we get a bit more in depth in the world and less in the relationship with this book. There is an issue of a curse to break after all, and I was happy to see that take center stage here. THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER does wrap up all threads nicely (romantic and otherwise) and I was happy to see that. I also liked the introduction of Shazi’s sister and seeing her story develop, as well as getting to see more of some characters we came to love in the first one and how they all play their role in this one.
There is also a bigger magical element in this book and I was really happy to see that. More intrigue, more rivalries, even war. I wish we could’ve had these two books blend better and give us and even mix of badass and romance, instead of one focusing heavy on one thing while the other ties up all the rest of the stories. But overall, I think this is a wonderfully plotted story that had plenty of twists and surprises up its sleeves.
Renee Ahdieh definitely has a way with words. Her beautiful prose is really what kept me reading because in that sense it’s magical. There is something almost poetic about it. I enjoyed that in the first, and this one was no different. While painting the world, she paints the emotions these characters are feeling. And I think this is something she does well. She is one I will be looking forward to reading more of.
“It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.”...more
I wanted to read something different and when I read a few of the reviews for this book I knew this was it. This is a young adult book but to me it f
I wanted to read something different and when I read a few of the reviews for this book I knew this was it. This is a young adult book but to me it felt a bit more mature. The story revolves around a romance so even though this is a fantasy as well, the romance element is the biggest thing in this particular book. And yet, it leaves me itching to know more about the world developments in the end.
Our hero, Khalid, takes a new bride every night and then has her executed at sunrise. Shahrzad volunteers to be his next bride after her best friend was chosen to be his bride and was executed. She now wants revenge from the evil ruler. How she plan on surviving? By telling him a story and withholding the ending of it if he lets her live. Their connection grows with each passing day, but also Shazi’s feelings. Because things aren’t always what they seem, and Khalid is keeping a secret she wants to uncover.
But I digress from the couple because I actually did like them both very much. I also really liked the side characters, though. There’s a loveable cast that fills up this story. The setting… I LOVED! It’s depicted beautifully and I’m a sucker for it. I do think the story was a bit slower paced than I would’ve liked and when we finally get to the meat of things closer to the end then it’s non-stop action at fast pace and then the book ends. And leaves you sort of hanging.
Overall, this story kept me interested in its characters and its outcome. There is a tiny bit of a love triangle that I’m sure we will explore more of in the next book. And the writing… well the writing truly kept me riveted to the pages. It’s just beautiful and transported me to this wonderful world with the pictures it painted. It made me want to uncover Khalid’s secrets just as much as Shazi. And it definitely whet my appetite for book 2.
“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered. “If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest. “No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
“The world itself should fear me if it stands between us.”...more
There are many reasons why I didn’t want to read this book. First, I knew where the story would inevitably end. Second, I stay away from these types
There are many reasons why I didn’t want to read this book. First, I knew where the story would inevitably end. Second, I stay away from these types of books and hope for the movie to come out. I deal much better with 2 hours of heart break than the detailed suffering I can get while reading the book. And third, even though my good friend and book pimp told me to read it because I had to and it was so awesome, she gave me this warning that I would not be the same for days after finishing it. Well…I got exactly what I feared, and exactly what I wanted.
See, I went to the movies recently and saw the trailer for the upcoming movie based on this book. And by the end of the trailer I was in tears. I immediately said this would definitely fall in the second category above because I didn’t think I could survive reading it. Then after a few days I read another sad book and after finishing that I felt that I needed this one. I was ready for a book that would tear into my heart and not let it go.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is devastating in the most pleasurable way. If I would’ve had the energy and voice to wail I probably would’ve. But instead, all I could manage was silence. Silence while I quietly sobbed and fat tears poured down my face. I was in a constant state of despair while reading the beautiful story of not only our heroine, Hazel Grace, but the lives of everyone she came in contact around her. Because not only is our heroine so amazing that I might say she’s one of the best heroines I’ve read this year. Augustus Waters, her soul mate, is just as wonderful if not more. There’s very little about this book that is easy to read but at the same time it is so beautiful I couldn’t help but have a smile on my face. Even through the fat and ugly tears.
Reading this book was definitely not easy. I don’t think I’ve cried as much in a really long while, if not ever. It wasn’t just once, or twice. This book brought me to tears enough that I can’t keep track of them. I cried (and snotted, yes I admit it) for a good half hour straight at one point. I could literally feel my heart breaking. To the point that I had to lock myself in the bathroom twice and in my room at the end, so I could cry in peace, alone with my book.
I wish I could give you a collection of favorite quotes but the reality is that this whole book is quote worthy. This was my first John Green novel and I was blown away with the talent he has at storytelling. I say this as I am still a crying, snotty mess writing this review. Quotes above love, about life, about death and despair, and friendship. Quotes that I will forever cherish and feel how powerful they are.
I recommend this for anyone that wants to read a smart and beautifully devastating story. Not just a love story, although it probably is the sweetest one I’ve read in a while. But a life story. One that will stay with you for a good long while. That may make you appreciate your own life just a bit more. That will make you say I love you to those around you, because you can. Yes, reading this book wasn’t easy… but it was so worth it! Even as it leaves you completed and utterly gutted. Because at the end you will be better for having been touched by these wonderful characters.
And I will leave you with a quote that can sum up their story and this book, even as simple as it is.
“The marks humans leave are too often scars.” ...more
This series does an amazing job at capturing the readers imagination and letting it fly right along with the story. It’s a bit sci fi and a bit fanta
This series does an amazing job at capturing the readers imagination and letting it fly right along with the story. It’s a bit sci fi and a bit fantasy. I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games and likes to be wowed by an author’s ability at world building. Veronica Rossi showcases a world like I’ve never read before, but leaves me intrigued and engaged.
In this second installment of the Under the Never Sky, Aria goes in search of the Still Blue. Some hearts might be broken and some lies will be told. Betrayal and heartbreak await a lot of the characters.
Look for a lot of changes and growing up. Perry is now the Blood Lord of the Tides and with that comes a big responsibility. All his actions have consequences, and sometimes he has to learn the hard way. He now has to put his people first. Aria is more kick ass. Changing from the more wilting flower girl we saw in the first book, she takes charge in this one.
And then there’s romance. Perry and Aria are so perfect for each other it hurts to see them apart. But they have a lot of growing to do and sometimes distance is the best. I may have a bit of a crush on Perry just because he’s so awesome when he’s around Perry, but he also steps up to his responsibilities. And speaking of romance then there’s Roar and Viv. Brutal and heartbreaking. Totally unexpected.
THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT takes us on a wild travel of enthralling worlds with some of the most amazing characters I’ve read in YA in a while. None of the whiny teenagers that seem to dominate the genre. It is action packed and won’t let you up until you’ve finished the last word, because you HAVE to know what happens next.
There’s something refreshing about picking up a good young adult book every now and then, and that’s in greaThis review was posted at Under the Covers
There’s something refreshing about picking up a good young adult book every now and then, and that’s in great part thanks to the amazing worlds that young adult authors create. UNDER THE NEVER SKY is another unique tale that sucked me in from the very start.
The first thing that I was drawn to was the world. Basically there are two groups of people that live in this world, the Dwellers and the Savages. The Dwellers are the humans who survived the Aether storms and have evolved and used technology to create a completely new way of life. They use a device over their eye, mainly because they are germophobes, and that also helps them function in their society because they live basically in a virtual reality. It’s like going off into game lands and virtual trips. Yes, even sex can be had as a virtual simulation instead of having to do the real thing. They live in their safe pods, with no contact with the disease ridden outside. Oh and did I mention their life span is altered? Yeah.
In the outside, we have the Savages. They live day to day, they hunt for their food, they fight diseases, they dress with what they can. They survive. They are definitely the race that’s looked down upon. Then there are the Crowen. Basically cannibals that wear bird masks and are really scary and will eat you. Yes, quite literally *licks lips* so you better not cross them. The outside is a scary place.
So when Aria, a Dweller, is dumped out of her pod by her own people, without her protective lens and not a clue how to survive, she has to team up with an unlikely ally to try and get back home. Perry is a Savage looking for his missing nephew. He was taken by the Dwellers and he’s on a mission to go rescue him. They can both help each other get their goals. But of course their path there won’t be easy.
The thing that made this book so special, other than this amazing world, was the characters. I absolutely loved Aria and Perry. Individually they are awesome and strong characters. Even though teenagers, they have a good head on their shoulders for what needs to be done and to keep pushing forward. Perry is pretty badass, and at the same time funny and quirky and sexy. And throughout the whole book, the author did an amazing job at slowly building a connection between the two to the point that the romance between these two characters actually took an important role in the story. I also enjoyed the fact that we get Perry’s POV as well as Aria. She’s still the main narrator, but it was great to peak into his mind at times.
The story is full of action and tough situations for these two to get out of. It will take sweat, blood and tears to get to safety. They both have to face some deep betrayals. And learn to accept each other after a lifetime of conditioning that their races are the enemy. UNDER THE NEVER SKY was an intense ride from beginning to end, and I loved every minute of it. For fans of THE HUNGER GAMES, you’ll definitely enjoy this story....more
I want to start this review with the reason I picked up the book. And that would be the author. I was sittiThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I want to start this review with the reason I picked up the book. And that would be the author. I was sitting at NY Comic Con last Saturday at a panel called "Myth Mixology: How Urban Fantasists Create the Perfect Cocktail" and to be honest the main reason I sat at the panel to begin with was to be in that room already and get good seats for the next panel "Hocus Pocus: Magic & Monsters in Science Fiction and Fantasy". So I knew who Allison Pang, Faith Hunter and Nicole Peeler were (panelists for Myth and Mixology) but I've never read ANY of their books. Have them though. But through that panel only two jumped out at me that I had to read their books right away: Theo Lawrence and Faith Hunter. As you can see Theo has been crossed off the to-read list within a week. Why?
First was the fact that I really thought he was a sweet person, very friendly, making jokes even when a bit intimidated being the new kid on the block, but not scared to jump right in along with the other more known authors. But then it was how he talked about his book and I'll share with you what sold it for me. This story is post-apocalyptic, dystopian if you will, and with paranormal elements set in New York if after global warming New York was turned into a place like Venice with canals and gondolas. There's a corrupt government and a lot of stuff happening but throughout all that there's a love story that the author wanted to draw on from Romeo and Juliet in a way.
So, I'm sold! That was just too interesting to pass and after finishing this book today I can say it delivered. I got the audiobook because I know normally I do better listening to stories of teenagers than "reading" them. The narration was excellent! Truly brought the characters to life.
But enough of that and lets talk about the story. Aria Rose, the daughter of one of the rulers of Mystic City, wakes up without memories. Her family tells her she OD'd and that she is lucky to be alive. Oh yeah, and she's engaged to marry the son of one of their political enemy. But things don't feel right and as Aria starts exploring she finds Hunter. Hunter is a rebel mystic with the special power of walking through walls/floors (I can't even tell you how cool that is!!!) as well as healing. He lives underground where mystics (people with powers, and they each have different powers) hide so they are not drained of their power by the government. And with Hunter she feels things she doesn't understand but that feel right. But Hunter is also not what he seems, and not a simple mystic.
While uncovering what was done to her, regaining her memory, and figuring out who is right and who is wrong, Aria and Hunter will have to go through EVERYTHING to be together. Like the author said, at the core of this book there is a love story. And the characters have to work hard to get their HEA. But it's so worth it in the end.
The twists and turns of the story kept me interested, the world the author created has me enthralled. Even though this story was a bit slow to start, once things got going they kept a good pace. The last few chapters were just explosive! The bad guys are bad, the good guys are strong and amazing. And others are just not what they seem. Action packed, heart racing and satisfying!
Sometimes a book comes along that surprises you. That was ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND. It’s been a while since I’ve been so in love with a YA series, but tha
Sometimes a book comes along that surprises you. That was ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND. It’s been a while since I’ve been so in love with a YA series, but that book managed to completely capture me. And let’s not forget the fact that Gena Showalter made me fall in love with a teenage boy. A bad boy one with tats and who fights zombies in his spare time, but underage nonetheless.
So I’ll admit I was both thrilled, THRILLED, to read this but at the same time I was a bit scared. Was it as good as I remember? Will this one be able to keep my interest just as much? Is it going to be a repeat of the previous book and just more zombie fights? I know I have said this before because Gena is amazing but, I shouldn’t have worried.
THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS is completely different from the first but just as awesome! The story is fresh and new. Catchy and completely engaging. I had to know what would happen and kept me turning the pages! Things were going from bad to worst second by creepy second. Let’s just say I almost thought I would start seeing ZA (or ZF I should say) in my bathroom mirror. This story walks a fine line and you didn’t quite know which way it would fall. Just know that you can expect the unexpected.
This book made me mad and made me happy. But at the same time it also frustrated the hell out of me! I wanted to shake more than one person at any given time. Get with the program! But in the end everything does happen for a reason.
Aside from an engaging storyline we get more COLE! I admit, I’m in love. Call it the stupid part of me but even when he’s being an ass (in his typical bad boy way) I’m falling at his feet. He shows so much love and devotion for Alice, even though I doubted for a small smidgen of time. I want to lock him away in my basement of book boyfriends and never let him go. But I’ll let Alice have him for a little while longer.
THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS does what any sequel to an amazing book should do. It exceeds all our expectations! Job very well done Ms. Showalter!
I really wanted to love this book. It is one of the few YA books I can say I went out and got on release dayThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I really wanted to love this book. It is one of the few YA books I can say I went out and got on release day because I was so excited to read it. I loved the first book and the whole premise of the world. The parallels that the different factions have with real life and their traits have with real people.
This book picks up pretty much where Divergent left off and Tris and Tobias are left running for their lives in a sense. We are still trying to figure out what the big mystery everyone has been hiding is and how this will play a role in the coming war. And war is coming.
To fight this, Tobias and Tris end up teaming up with the factionless as well as others unexpected allies, while Tris is a target because of the fact that she is resistant to the simulations and can't be controlled.
I was expecting to see more from Tris in this book. I wanted her to toughen up a bit more and take charge. A lot of things where happening TO her instead of her MAKING them happen. She is very powerful and I can't wait to see her growing comfortable in her own skin and skills. But, sadly, this book just showed her more immature, annoying side.
But my main complaint with this book and why it got a 3 star rating even though it's not a bad book is the fact that for the most part this book was a bit bland and not much happened until towards the end of the book. Then things started unfolding, revelations, action, betrayal, help when you least expected. I wanted to see more of that throughout the book instead of the moping around regretting the past that I got.
Like I said the ending was pretty good, and I really didn't see that coming although I probably should've so great job on that. I am very curious to see this all play out in the next book....more
You have no idea how happy I am that I don't have to start this review saying "I AM IN LOVE WITH A ZOMBIE" bThis review was posted at Under the Covers
You have no idea how happy I am that I don't have to start this review saying "I AM IN LOVE WITH A ZOMBIE" because if there's an author out there that can make me say that, that would be Gena Showalter. I have read most of her adult books, but this is my first YA book by her that I've read and I can just say one thing about that...I love how much of her fun personality come through in this book.
This was such a fun and original read because her zombies are not just regular zombies...And, oh yeah: "I AM IN LOVE WITH A ZOMBIE KILLER". I might feel like a bit of a cougar right now because I have the hots for Cole.
I was captivated and enthralled from the first line:
"Had anyone told me that my entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, I would have laughed."
Alice Bell has grown up thinking her dad was crazy and that all she wanted was a normal life. She always talked about the monsters in the night and they all had to stay in at night and learn self-defense. She resented that until the night both her parents and her little sister died...because they've gone out at night on her request.
She realized then the monsters were real and she didn't understand any of it until she found a group of kids at her new school that were already fighting them. Fighting helped her cope with her loss.
No sweet sixteen for Ali. Except some good came from all that. She met good friends, true friends. Kat is one in particular I want to fold in my pocket and carry around with me to take her out when I need a pick me up. She is so funny, so supportive and such a loyal friend. I <3 her!
Then there's Cole and the rest of his group of zombie killers. Cole and Ali share a special and unique connection, they are literally drawn to each other like moths and I was drawn right along with them.
Ali is strong and kick ass and everything I want a sixteen year old heroine to be. But she is still a normal teenager, wanting to have friends and be normal and crushing on a hot guy. She's got balls to confront people threatening her and not to be scared of her bad boy crush but embrace him and fight right along side him.
The story was great with a bit of a twist and a sad at the end. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in this series. Congrats to Gena Showalter on another story very well written, totally captivating and originally HERS.
No way did I want to be known as Pinot Grigio. (That's what my my parents had called me anytime I'd gotten my whine on. They'd called Em Pinot Noir.)
This was one of the most anticipated (and maybe hyped) YA books of the year, and usually when I hear all thaThis review was posted at Under The Covers
This was one of the most anticipated (and maybe hyped) YA books of the year, and usually when I hear all that I get scared that the book won't actually live up to my very high expectations. I don't really know what I was expecting before I started reading, but it was definetely NOT what I got... and that's really a good thing.
This book surprised me, in regards to world building, plotting and storyline. It was a little slow but interesting nonetheless. It's a very unique tale of a dystopian Chicago where people have actually been divided into factions.
There are five factions:
* Abnegation (selflessness): you are not allowed to entertain any thoughts about your own well being, you shouldn't show love, you shouldn't care about your personal appearance and in fact they all dress in clothing that won't show their bodies. They should live to serve others. * Amity (peace): maybe the least developed one in my opinion, but the name says it all. * Candor (truth): it is said that people from Candor CAN'T lie. * Dauntless (bravery): show no fear, be brave and willing to do anything and risk anything! * Erudite (knowledge): know-it-alls!
So we meet Beatrice, she's 16 and at this point in her life she has to go through an aptitude test to determine which faction she should go into. She was born into Abnegation but she's never fit in. Except when she takes that test, her result comes back as Divergent. Divergents are dangerous, they can manipulate the tests and excel at many things, but they are also persecuted and the government or higher-ups want them all dead. So Beatrice has to hide who she really is from EVERYONE, including her family, and make a decision on which faction to take.
But she choses Dauntless. Of course, it's not a simple matter of chosing, the Dauntless have to chose her as well, and all "transfers" from other factions have to undergo a training and testing period to qualify and become Dauntless, the ones who don't make the cut, will end up without a faction. If you don't have a faction you live in the poor outskirts of town, your life would be ruined!
Beatrice grows out of her shell slowly in the book, even though at times it seems she's a little psychotic. But with the help of a few key players she actually uncovers and helps prevent the overthrowing of the current government, as well as protect herself from anyone noticing she's Divergent.
Along the way she gets a few tattoes, changes her appearance, meets some good friends, betrays those friends, makes peace with them, and of course, meets a hot and sexy guy, Four. Yes, his name is Four (or that's what they call him to be exact) but I won't tell you why, you have to read it to find out. She has a constant internal struggle with what she should do, should she help this person or would that be showing Abnegation, should she climb higher to show she's dauntless. I have to say I'm not a fan of Beatrice, even though she's ok. But she does need to grow up more. But I am excited to see where this world will go next and I'm looking forward to the next book....more
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Wonderful debut by Amy Plum and the Revenants series. I felt completely transported intoThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Wonderful debut by Amy Plum and the Revenants series. I felt completely transported into an elegant european world, filled with art, corner cafes where to read and enjoy a cappuccino and a croissant, while mixing in a very interesting group of undead characters!
Kate and her sister Georgia have to move from Brooklyn to Paris with their grandparents after the deaths of both their parents. Kate is only sixteen and finds the only way to cope with the tragedy and the move is to frequent the places she grew loving and visiting in their summer trips. Cafes where she can lose herself in a good book, art museums and galleries where she can get lost in a painting. And it's precisely at one of those places she meets a boy that takes her breath away. Vincent, dark, gorgeous, 19 year old. Or is he?
I think Kate is a wonderful character. She's a typical teenager dealing with all the normal issues. Then she meets Vincent and her whole world is turned upside down as she is dragged into a world she had no idea existed.
The Revenants are, in a way, undead or zombies?, but not really. They were humans who died in place of someone else, and from then, they have been dying to save others. I loved that concept! And when finding all this out I actually liked the fact that Kate doesn't throw caution to the wind right away to be with him. She wants to have a normal life.
Of course there's always a battle between good and evil which was pretty interesting. Even though the bad guy at the end was almost predictable, I still found the whole thing interesting and the twists we find out of what Vincent and Kate CAN be together are nice. And speaking of nice, what he did for her birthday.... SWOON.
The supporting characters are all endearing as well. Jules, Charlotte and Ambrose in particular. I actually liked her sister Georgia as well. You could tell she loved her sister even though she was dealing with their problems in a non-conventional way.
And now the few things I didn't totally love, just to keep it fair. I thought the grandparents had no control over what these two girls were doing. How can that be possible? You have 2 teenagers coming and going whenever they please, and doing as they like. Not good. And as I've seen a reference before to a similarity to Twilight, I will address that as well. The ONLY similarity this story can have with Twilight is that maybe the structure of the Revenants was a bit like the Cullen family. There's the elder that rules the crazy "teenagers", the lonely soul girl "Charlotte" which could be like Alice; the big, tough, flirty one "Ambrose" who could be an Emmett; Vincent obviously being Edward; I can't put my finger on Jules though, LOL. But that's as far as it goes. This book really is nothing like Twilight. So there, I just wanted to clarify.
And now... do I really have to wait until next year to read the next one??? ...more
What has happened? Is it possible that Richelle Mead is losing her touch with me? I have to admit that THE FIERY HEART was better in my opin3.5 stars
What has happened? Is it possible that Richelle Mead is losing her touch with me? I have to admit that THE FIERY HEART was better in my opinion than THE INDIGO SPELL but was it what I wanted to see? Not so much.
The book starts out a bit slow. Sydney’s sister Zoey is in town and cramping on Zoey’s style. How can she be a rebel alchemist with her sister following her every step? She manages to do so and continues in her pursuit of magic. Her relationship with Adrian is another thing she has to hide and sneak around her sister to continue, but she does a pretty good job at it. I am starting to believe that yes, Sydney is completely in love with Adrian. But her mechanical thought process sometimes can drive me a little crazy. Doesn’t help that I think Adrian should end up with someone with a completely different passion and personality.
Then there’s Adrian. I leave him for last because he’s a major source for my displeasure. I have come to the conclusion that Richelle Mead must really not like Adrian. I have loved his beautiful soul and his cocky attitude from the very beginning. After seeing Rose trample all over his heart, I was glad he would get some happy time even if I didn’t agree with the choice of heroine 100%. But when I have to read about how he constantly puts himself down because he thinks he’s not good enough for Sydney, how she’s so much smarter than him. That she had to explain things using smaller words for his benefit. Really? Those little things just irritated the hell out of me! And it’s not Sydney’s fault, she never made him feel that way. But he needs a confidence boost and I can’t wait to see that happen before my heart just gives up on reading about him getting stepped on.
The book does pick up speed in the last quarter where it seems everything is going wrong and things don’t get any better at the end, where we get hit with a major cliffhanger! The only thing I liked, other than all that going on? The fact that the ending shows some promise for breaking Sydney out of her shell and mental cage in the next book and breaking some more of her molds. She needs to shake up a bit!...more
Richelle Mead was one of the first authors that I got really into when I started reading again. She has a way of creating worlds and plots that I wan
Richelle Mead was one of the first authors that I got really into when I started reading again. She has a way of creating worlds and plots that I wanted to immerse myself into. This group of characters, sort of, are near and dear to my heart. That being said, I don’t think the Bloodlines series has had the same effect on me. Nevertheless, I was anxiously awaiting the release of this book and HAD to get it as soon as it came out.
And then here’s what happened. After I started reading it, I remembered why I wasn’t in love with this new series. Two words: Sydney Sage. I’m just not sold on hearing this story from her POV. I find her …. uninteresting and dull at times. As this book progressed she did open up a little bit more, to both magic and Adrian. I want to be nice but what the hell. She kind of took the stick out of her @$$ in INDIGO SPELL. That still doesn’t make her anywhere close to Rose in my opinion, but hey, they can’t all be amazingly awesome.
What is amazingly awesome is ADRIAN IVASHKOV. Yes, that has to be said in all caps because that man is so freaking sexy. I love a good bad boy and Adrian always takes the cake. He’s even sexier in this book, if that’s even possible. He’s going full force with putting the moves on Sydney and I really don’t know how she can resist. That smirk, that voice, that everything! He’s really the reason I get excited that there are still books coming out in this series because I never want to stop reading about him. He gives me butterflies in the stomach. Quite simply, I love Adrian Ivashkov. That is all. He doesn’t even have to talk just sit there and smirk and I.JUST.MELT and if he speaks …. I can’t tell you what happens…LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM
But yes there is a story here. I feel like every book in this series is something else being thrown in the plot instead of wrapping up loose ends, but maybe it’s all preparing us for one epic final battle. INDIGO SPELL is basically two things, the introduction of Marcus Finch and his group of rogue Alchemists and Sydney learning to wield magic.
Marcus Finch was pretty cool, I am looking forward to see more about where he will play in the story but I’m sure it’ll be big. Eddie (love him) and the usual suspects were also around in this one and have their own subplot going on.
But overall, I felt this book suffered from the rollercoaster syndrome, and I don’t mean that in the great sense of “it took me for a wild ride”. I mean the ups and downs. There were times I was so into the book and glued to the pages…errrrr the ipod? And then there were times that I could care less and actually put the book down for a bit.
One thing is for sure. I am ready for more Adrian and I’m looking forward, especially after that ending, to more amazing things to come for him now that Sage finally opened her eyes and realized the catch she has. I guess she better watch her back because I’m coming after her, that boy is mine!
On a side note… What do you all think of the VAMPIRE ACADEMY casting? Are you excited about that movie or what??? I can barely contain my excitement....more