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
I'm just going to do a quick review for this because there are already so many great reviews out there but this book rocks! I was really not expectingI'm just going to do a quick review for this because there are already so many great reviews out there but this book rocks! I was really not expecting to be wowed to the extent that I was. What with all the hype that this series got, that was definitely one of the reasons why I kept pushing it back on my reading schedule. Of course with the movie coming out, I had to read it.
My thoughts on how great it was can be summarized in one sentence: "This book took over my life until it literally hurt to put it down!" Damn work for getting in the way, and interactions with people where cut back to a minimum. I just had to read this in every spare second that I could! Such an amazing and original story, I am hooked and I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the trilogy. I am ready for the emotions to come out now....more
**spoiler alert** Where to start? I don't think I can put into words how much I loved this book. I didn't want it to end. I'm sorry I had to make this**spoiler alert** Where to start? I don't think I can put into words how much I loved this book. I didn't want it to end. I'm sorry I had to make this a review with spoilers, I can't help it, it's the only way I can talk about it.
This was the perfect ending to a wonderful series. I've been very attached to this series, I've enjoyed every single twist and turn along the way.
Love. Intrigue. Politics. Action. Humor.
This book picks up right where the last book left off. I won't get into the details of what happens in the book. But here are my thoughts on the main aspects of the story.
I'll start by saying that even though I loved both Dimitri and Adrian, and sometimes I felt like I was on both "teams" I did want to see a Rose&Dimitri HEA. They were meant to be together. Now that being said...
Rose is one of my favorite heroines! She kicks ass, she's loyal to her friends and she's a damn good guardian. She battles with her feelings for Dimitri, thinking he can't love her anymore, while still trying to be with Adrian. I only had one issue with her, and that's how she handled the cheating. I was dying for her and Dimitri to finally get together, but when he said that he loved her but that he wasn't going to take a woman away from a man that he liked and respected, she should've ended things with Adrian and then come back to Dimitri. It took away from their big moment and reunion for me. And then when she didn't come clean to Adrian right away because she still needed his help, that was just wrong. The moment she jumps in front of Lisa to save her, I knew that was coming (obviously the book is called Last Sacrifice, so something like that had to happen), and I'm really happy that nobody healed her, but that she recovered on her own and that actually broke the bond and she is now alone in her own body! Her and Lisa deserved that going forward. They can both have their own lives.
Dimitri The Russian Guardian God! He is just so sexy! And now that he finally realizes that he can be with Rose, every moment they had together had me holding my breath and my heart beating fast. They were so romantic and emotional! These two totally deserved getting their happy ending. I loved the moment when he killed the strigoi and said to her "Your hair is so beautiful". And of course my favorite quote from the book when Rose says to Dimitri "But I was meant for you". I thought I was going to die! He finally lets lose a bit in this book, and is not as hard on following the rules.
Lisa Yes we saw that coming. Of course she was destined to be the Queen, and I'm glad she's grown into her own skin enough to actually pass all the tests on her own. She still has the support of Christian and still gets Rose as her guardian!
Adrian This was the only issue I had with the book. Yes, Adrian has issues. He has a lot of growing up to do, and Rose was the person he was leaning on for support (maybe too much). He was not Rose's equal, I see that. But he loved Rose and the fact that she cheated on him, didn't come tell him, and then he finds out because she's kissing Dimitri before going into a dangerous situation after Adrian came to her aid. Not cool at all. I still hope to see more of Adrian in the spinoff series, I love him! And I really want to see him happy. I want him to get past his issues and grow as a person, but the hurt that was inflicted on him in this book was unnecessary. I was actually happy to see Adrian's reaction to that whole situation because Rose had to see that her actions hurt him. After something like that there was no way things would be ok between them after. And when he confronted her she couldn't even articulate responses. She disrespected him in the worst way, and he had every right to treat her the way he did.
Jill I couldn't have been more shocked to find out she's Lisa's sister! My jaw dropped when she opened the door! I'm curious to see if the spinoff series has anything to do with her, since Victor Dashkov made a reference as to her being important/special. And she took the whole thing of finding out who her real father was and being Lisa's sister very well. I thought she would have more problems with that.
Tasha I didn't see that coming until they interviewed the Alchemyst. Once we rule out Daniella, I knew it was Tasha, and all the reasons fell into place.
I think that summarizes my main feelings for this book. It was amazing! Written perfectly, with so much intrigue, mystery, action, and yes romance. I wish it wasn't a young adult novel so we could've read more about what happened with Dimitri and Rose behind close doors, I'm sure that was amazing! ;)
I am looking forward to the spin-off series. I can't wait! I will keep reading anything that relates to this world....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
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.)
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
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
How is it possible that even though I love this author, this book was beautifully written, the story was amaThis review was posted at Under the Covers
How is it possible that even though I love this author, this book was beautifully written, the story was amazing and interesting, and Adrian Ivashkov is in the story, I'm only giving this a 4 star instead of 5? Well, see I keep expecting Sydney to turn into Rose and stop acting and thinking the way she does. But then I realize that this is no longer Vampire Academy, and we are now in Sydney's head, and Sydney is human and an alchemist. She was raised with a sense of duty and a fear and repulsion to all things vampire and magic.
For her to now be working with and protecting them is a big step. To be dealing with magic, whether it be human magic or moroi magic, it's a big step. And to somehow develop a close relationship and maybe even feelings for one of them, well... that might just be too far out of her comfort zone.
In this story, Sydney and the whole gang will have to deal with a group of humans that have taken it upon themselves to kill strigois and they seem to have targeted Sonya, as they believe she's still strigoi.
Sydney did a lot of growing up and opening her eyes in this book, I'll give her that. There's still a lot more for her to go through, but this was a good beginning. Dimitri was in this book as well, quite a bit... *fangirl squeeeeeeee and cue drooling all over the keyboard* ok sorry, got myself in check there. Eddie is awesome as always, while still in love with Jill and loving her from afar, he's the rock of the group, the back up, the protector. Jill got on my nerves a bit, she was just there creating drama with her love life, seemed like to me. I think she still has more growing up to do, and I was actually happy with the ending of her little drama.
OK so now I have to talk about Adrian. He is the reason why this series works for me. Yes, yes the author is great, but if I was left with the rest of the group without Adrian I don't think I would keep reading. Adrian is so complex, he's good and he's bad. He drinks and he smokes, he's loud and obnoxious at times, he always speaks his mind even when it's not appropriate, and somehow I wouldn't change anything about him. When he starts spending time with Sydney in this book (in a friendly and platonic way) while at the same time she's dating a human boy, there's just no comparison. He would've swept me off my feet in no time. I could keep going on about how much I love Adrian, but I won't bore you with the unnecessary commentary. He is the best! That's all you need to know. Which is why I wanted to sucker punch Sydney in the face and kick her while she was down by the end of this book. Nuff said. Now to wait for the next one....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!
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I have to say it was probably the best of the series so far. I was a bit torn between wanting Dimitri to be back, and thinking thatI LOVED THIS BOOK! I have to say it was probably the best of the series so far. I was a bit torn between wanting Dimitri to be back, and thinking that it wouldn't make sense for him to just get back and be with Rose again. So I think the way it was done in this book it was perfect. I thought maybe Adrian was going to do it out of love for Rose and wanting to give her what she wanted, but I see that it had to be Lisa to do it, to show she could also do something for Rose. Adrian was so sweet to Rose, so understanding, I almost want to say I wish they'd end up together, but I'm guessing it'll be a Rose&Dimitri HEA. I can't wait for the next book (which I guess will be the last) and I would love to see the spinoff to be about Adrian, I definitely want to read more about him! I couldn't put this book down! ...more
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
It has been a year since I read the last book in the series, and I was thinking "How am I going to rememberThis review was posted at Under The Covers
It has been a year since I read the last book in the series, and I was thinking "How am I going to remember who everyone is and what happened?" since I'm not that attached to this series. But as soon as this book started, it all came back to me. This pretty much picks up where Love Bites left off.
Jagger, Luna, Sebastian, Onyx and Scarlett were supposed to have left town after Sebastian bit Luna in front of all of Dullsville teenagers. But they're still in town, and hiding from Alexander. Why? Jagger has big plans for Dullsville. He wants to open a club, like the Coffin Club, for humans AND vampires. The human club "The Crypt" and the vampire underground club "The Covenant".
While they're planning to remodel the old mill in town, Alexander and Raven find out about their plans, and even though Raven can't believe her luck about having a club where she can go dance, she doesn't want "neferious" vampires to come to Dullsville.
At the same time Raven is dealing with her feelings on how she would deal if she finally became a vampire to be with Alexander for eternity, Alexander gets his first taste of Raven's blood (and no, it's YA, so it's nothing kinky), Onyx is apparently in love with Jagger, Scarlett wants Trevor, and Luna is still hanging on Sebastian's arm. I can't stand her.
But, what I liked the best about this book might be something nobody else wants to see... don't know. I want some Trevor/Raven action!!! I mean, seriously, she is just now realizing that he kid has a crush on her? And she can't admit to herself that she likes him too?? Why else would they be constantly going after each other? So, Trevor makes just a few small moves, like a nice birthday gift for her, and then the only thing he wants in return for helping promote the club is one dance with Raven at opening night!
As usual this is a fluffy read, plenty of goth teen angst, but entertaining. Sometimes you're in the mood for that, and I was!!!...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.
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
My main thought about this book was "This book is so boring and insufferably long. It just feels like it's going nowhere!"
That being said, the actualMy main thought about this book was "This book is so boring and insufferably long. It just feels like it's going nowhere!"
That being said, the actual plot of the book was not bad. Elena has to rescue Stefan, enlisting the help of Damon, Bonnie, Meredith, and Matt (or Mutt).
But during the whole book, even though Elena is actually trying to get Stefan back, she has conflicting feelings about Stefan. It just felt really repetitive! I think I read the same thought Elena had so many times. "I love Stefan, but I feel this way about Damon, and now I let this happen".
The demon underworld was a bit strange, and at times interesting.
But I really think this book would've been more enjoyable if it was half as long. I have nothing against long books. In fact, if it's a story I enjoy I'm usually upset when it ends. This one was more of "Hallelujah, it's over!". There was too much detail (about 3 pages on what people looked like, the surroundings, repetitive feelings, descriptions, etc). Elena was still immature, a bit too much for my liking. The ending was unexpected. I was not happy with Stefan at the end, and even though it gives us a crazy twist for the new book, it does make me look forward to reading it. I just hope it's not as dreadful as this one....more