If you want to make me angry, just tell me you liked this book. Now, I don't hate the book, but I would say that I was SO bored reading it. I didn't wIf you want to make me angry, just tell me you liked this book. Now, I don't hate the book, but I would say that I was SO bored reading it. I didn't want to quit at the time because I was still in a Twilight haze. I was waiting and waiting for the plot to pick up and it barely did so. I learned that vampires make good firewood....more
I really hesitated on reading the others after reading this one. It was entertaining, don’t get me wrong, but ClaryOriginally posted here CLICK HERE
I really hesitated on reading the others after reading this one. It was entertaining, don’t get me wrong, but Clary annoyed the HECK out of me. I know she’s all about saving her BFF Simon and all, but HOLY WOW can you stop a moment and think before rushing into a hotel of vampires?! Yeah. On the positive side, I really loved Jace’s sense of humor and I’ve just always loved Simon. They’re some amazing guys. And the plot twist? Maybe because I saw reviews before I read this series, but I didn’t find it to be believable. I really didn’t think I’d ever read this series, EVER. But yeah, when it came down to that plot twist, I wasn’t too convinced....more
First off, I want to think Jessica of Chapter Chicks (blog, youtube) for sending me this book. She wanted to know my opinion, so here it is!
Wake UntoFirst off, I want to think Jessica of Chapter Chicks (blog, youtube) for sending me this book. She wanted to know my opinion, so here it is!
Wake Unto Me is about this girl who feels like a total outcast because she can’t relate to anyone around her, even the two girls who are supposedly her best friends. Then one day, a letter came in the mail about this amazing opportunity to go to Fortune School in France! She thinks it’s any old boarding school until she starts having these very vivid dreams about a boy named Raphael from many centuries ago.
The book follows Caitlyn on her adventures both at school and in her dreams. I would say that is it both paranormal romance and historical fiction.
There is a lot of detail with this book since it is historical fiction. In my opinion, the plot doesn’t get juicy until the twist. Well, there’s a pre-twist twist, and then the actual twist. The pre-twist reminded me of Mal (Cobb’s wife) from Inception in that she questions which part is a dream and which part is reality. And then there is a twist that I predicted about 20% of it beforehand, but the majority of it caught me by surprise. This book is definitely not like anything I’ve read before.
I’d definitely say that the juicy parts are definitely juicy. The romantic scenes were good, but weren’t long enough to make it the main focus of the book. I really admired that.
The setting is FULL of history. There’s a castle. She goes. and lives. IN A CASTLE. And I love all the mystery that surrounded the gouffre. That was fantastic.One thing that confused me was how Caitlyn didn’t get the hint that this was a school for girls who weren’t necessarily normal. They explain it near the end, but throughout the novel, I wondered why these girls were only taking what I’ll call muggle classes. They were probably the same classes she was taking back in Oregon. In her acceptance letter, they suggest that they’ll help her hone in on her skills, but where is that?! I know Madame Snowe gives her a DNA test to make sure she’s related to the de Medicis, but that’s about it. I think this is just me being curious. It probably would have just added more detail to the story rather than helping anything.I would definitely recommend this book to people who like historical fictions. And don’t be deterred by the cover. Also, about the cover. The MC’s hair is BLACK in the book. Like, it’s mentioned a bunch of times. I’m sure the author had no say in this, but c’mon publishers! Read the story. The cover should at least try to reflect the story. Please and thanks....more
Narrow = buffer between Archive and Outer (where we live)
With each new book Victoria Schwab blows me away. It's her second novel, and it's the best yet. I don't know how to describe her writing very well other than to say it makes me yearn for more. More of this really good writing. The kind that is full of emotion and and and... Gahh! It just makes me smile a lot. She writes books that leave me truly satisfied as a reader.
MacKenzie's brother had recently passed away and coincidentally a few days after I read this book, my own grandpa passed away. Of course I thought to myself, "If I could wake him up and talk to his History, would I?" It's a scary thought and it's something Mac deals with throughout the book. I just felt a big connection with MacKenzie during and even as I go through my own grieving process. While she's picking through her brother's stuff and looking for any possible memory... All of it.
So basically, MacKenzie is grieving and she's living in a new home where she meets a new friend and comes across all sorts of crazy. Especially with the histories that beg her to let them see the outside world. She shows her vulnerability, but when tension is at its highest, we see her stand her ground and find the truth.
I think Victoria Schwab did a great job at having two living and breathing parents that live in close quarters with Mac. I feel like in YA, the parents get killed off or are so faceless. I'm sure it's for good reason, but I always like to applaud authors who have the parents involved in the story, even if they aren't in on the action. And Mac is a smart gal who knows how to sneak around, but knows how to respect and help her parents as they're setting up the coffee shop/bakery doo-dad in the apartment building lobby.
The Archived is a book that will be near and dear to me for years to come.
Also, that one History, the one she let stay in the Narrows, FREAKED ME OUT. Even when she was hanging out with him, I was all "AHHH I CAN'T HANDLE THIS." ...more
What a glorious masterpiece! Well, maybe not masterpiece, but it was a fun, thrilling read. There are times when I felt frustrated, but it was becauseWhat a glorious masterpiece! Well, maybe not masterpiece, but it was a fun, thrilling read. There are times when I felt frustrated, but it was because I knew Harper was also frustrated with her circumstances. It ain't easy being Paladin! My Full review here on Fangirlish.com...more