When I saw the cover of Fallen I knew I just had to get this book. And that was just the cover - the blurb was promising, intriguing and definitely falls under my cup of tea. I have been spending too much on books so I decided to borrow this from the local library instead of buying it. So with a lot of expectations already on board, I started, and was teeny-weeny bit disappointed.
Firstly, I loved the prologue. It was very captivating and was for me the most exciting part of the book. It is probably one of, if not the best prologue I have ever read. Brief, romantic and very enthralling.
I didn't particularly enjoy the setting - I cannot relate to Swords and Cross at all. I think it was a brave choice of setting for the author and I applaud the originality. I also think it underscores much of Luce's characters and the fact that she is different. However, although it was easy to delve into the setting I didn't really feel it. The grimness of the whole setting contributed - together with the element of darkness surrounding the fallen angel theme I thought it was a little too much.
However, I did greatly enjoy the characters. Most of them. I loved Penn personally, Arriane and Roland Sparks. I thought they were all well-developed characters even if you don't see them in every page. The only flaw I found was in Daniel and a little in Luce. Daniel seemed so dead in the book - for me comes alive only after the fight with Cam in the library. He hardly shows emotions and the moments when he does, I don't feel it's enough. I almost screamed for more interactions between Luce and Daniel. Easily explained at the end though, because being distant is in fact Daniel's way of saving Luce from an inescapable fate. Still, I would have liked him to show more emotion throughout the book - that would have made the ending, when he was explaining everything a little more gripping. I was just so used to Daniel Grigori being too distant that when he did feel close towards the end, it still felt distanced.
As for Luce - well, I would have done exactly the same thing. I fell for Luce throughout the book because she was so clueless. Alone in a new place, and she hardly even knew herself. It was complicated for her, but she was a really strong character. Lauren Kate has moulded Lucinda Price very well.
Overall, Fallen is a worthy book to read. The plot may seem draggy at times but it weaves together at the end and everything eventually clears. The action sequences were well crafted and believable. The emotions in the book are so raw they seem to lift off the page. The train of thoughts and narration were very consistent and the romance, one-of-a-kind. The whole mystery and concept of fallen angels, wars and secrets were very very strong. Although the twists and climax of the story could have been better, the 'Is-that-it?' factor regarding the whole plot was ignorable. Some may even find it intriguing.
The book stays true to forbidden romance and destiny. The ending makes you crave for more - I, for one, would certainly grab the sequel on its launch day.(less)
Yeah, that pretty much sums up what I sighed after I read the book. And probably what I was sighing throughout my entire read. Really, Patch is the character. The one. My literary boyfriend.
So now it's obvious I'm hooked to this book, I'll try to write a not-so-bias review.
The concept of fallen angels is currently the new trend in YA fiction. I love how Hush, hush rides the wave and tweaks it to really get into the badass nature of fallen angels. Afterall, they have fallen for a reason - this book does not make you forget that. Becca Fitzpatrick manages to convey the alienation of these fallen angels while effectively giving them their humanity. By doing so, she has highlighted their weakness and the distance that makes Nora and Patch's love story very difficult, at the same time very enticing. Now, who doesn't love forbidden love?]
And I luuuurve the sexy interactions between Nora and Patch and the whole concept of fallen angels Becca created. Gripping, thrilling, and tucks you in the story as if you're part of it.
I won't gush over the super sexy, amazingly laid out, drool-worthy falling Drew Doyon Patch Cipriano cover. Instead I'd rather cut this review short before I ended up spoiling the plot to those who haven't read it yet (like my sister *evil laugh*).
So, if, like me, you're into YA fiction with a sexy, dangerous romance, complete with the seductive-perfect-bad-boy love/lust interest and a fast-paced, plot that will have you turning the pages until you're breathless and exhilirated and screaming for more, get Hush, hush!
Crescendo (which by the way will reveal Patch's real name) tops my can't-wait-to-read books of 2010, and I think I might actually beg Becca Fitzpatrick for an ARC soon. (less)
There is something in the dysfuntional Argeneau family that is strongly magnetic, and I doubt it's solely due to the fact that they are centuries-old vampires. They are so fun to read, so entertaining to spend a sunny afternoon with and so devastatingly hilarious I find it hard to part with them everytime I finish reading an Argeneau book. Single White Vampire (SWV), the third in the series, is my current favourite.
I have read and reviewed its predecessor, Love Bites, and that revived my thirst for reading and for more Argeneau moments. I have wanted to get my hands on SWV since I first read its prologue, which consists of the funniest correspondence I have ever come across!
This book is still to be beaten at the top of 'most hilarious book' list. Combine an independent, aggressive and slightly bossy twenty-first century editor with a grumpy, obnoxious, reclusive vampire writer, sprinkle them with the melodramatic Argeneau clan (spearheaded by the match-making matriarch) and dump them in a romance conference, and there is neverending hilarity. I love it.
The characters are so distinct and expertly perfected. Lucern Argeneau, our grumpy vampire, is the autobiographer of the family. A published writer loved by many women, he is reluctant to embrace his fame. He dislikes television, day dreams of sucking some juicy neck and dislikes his bossy editor, Kate Leever. The said Kate is forcing him to attend a romance conference, and he sure as hell isn't going to. Their tug of war romance is full of everything nice, of seduction and of stolen 'necessity-driven' moments. Fun.
It's hard to dislike a book this funny - but, there are some flaws that, if corrected, would give this book an edge over many. Lynsay Sands' vampire lore is already solid; it's the plot in each book that makes a difference. Firstly, though the romance in SWV was fun to read, it seemed a little abrupt to me. Nothing major, but there was no gradual change of heart (at least for Lucern, but really he's an oldie, so...), that slow transition from hate to love that I crave for in a romance novel. There was not much action sequences in this book, but heck, it totally failed when it did come up. Made the book a lot more hilarious.
Overall, the perfect paranormal romantic comedy. Of course, if you love the Argeneau family as much as I do, it's totally unmissable!
Read it when you're looking for a book that's funny as hell.(less)
I bought this because I was so drawn into the blurb. Lately, I've been attracted to books which in part deals with difficult choices, and this one incorporates romance into that. Couldn't be bad right?
Love Bites is the book that got me back into reading. After Twilight I went into a total fan-girl (also known as bitchy) mode and closed my doors to any YA or paranormal romance books. Love Bites was so promising it just flung those closed doors open.
I absolutely fell for the really really cute humour that is the whole book. Rachel is such a funny character - she's strong and naive at the same time, whiny and independent and she's such a girl-next-door type that anyone can relate to. Etienne - and the rest of the Argeneaus for that matter - I found rather immature for their age, which is an element that I never would have thought I would like.
Technically, Etienne's decision is made pretty early in the book, so I was slightly disappointed by that. Most of the actions and the humour however, occur after that decision, and I hugely enjoyed it. The resolution was slight quick for my taste but that is ignorable, and besides, there are always those other characters that would help - cliche, yes, but in Love Bites, the way those other characters help was honestly funny.
How am I supposed to write a decent review when I'm this speechless?
If I'll try to sum Linger up, I'd say heartbreaking. Shiver was a story about coming together but Linger is about staying together. It's a book of battles, really. Sam and Grace has to fight to stay together. Sam has to battle the remnants of his past and for his future. Readers are introduced to a new character, Cole, who has to wage a battle of his own. There is Isabel, who has to face a broken family and a guilty heart. And then there is Grace, who is simply fighting to stay Grace.
It takes more than just love to stay together, and Linger shows that in Grace and Sam's relationship. They take a lot of battering in this book. And a lot of space between them, which is just impossibly saddening. When Grace defies her parents, it's not their reactions I was frustrated about, but their lack of understanding. Yes, as parents, they have every right to chastise Grace, but the fact that they refuse to acknowledge their absence in Grace's life and pins all the blame to Sam is just beyond infuriating. Again, we see a broken family theme in Linger, underscored by the same imperfection of the Culpeper and St. Clair families.
The pace is at times frustratingly slow. It has the effect of a detailed development of the sub-plots as well as an in-depth characterisation in Cole. The author has a penchant for creating the perfect imperfect character and Cole is not an exception. He is as broken as Sam, but as determined to stay wolf as Sam is to stay human. His introduction adds flavour to Isabel, whom we already know from Shiver. Together, their relationship is vastly different from and hence highlights Grace and Sam's. It also pleased me how Cole is redeemed so wonderfully at the end of the novel. Great character.
Linger frustrated me at the beginning because I wanted to read more of Grace and Sam. I was not exactly expecting a smooth ride, but I really wanted to savour the languid romance that was so prevalent in Shiver. I missed Sam and Grace's time together, the many songs and lyrics that amplifies Sam's feelings for Grace. Instead, Linger introduced two more narrators, more subplots and a lot more complexities. The pace also took some time to warm to me. But it is the rich, lyrical narrative in Sam that I missed most. Because Linger has four narrators, Sam can only speak so much.
It was the ending that clinched the deal for me. I grew frustrated with the slow progress but when it sped up at the end, it was such a fast-paced read. That is when everything seems to fit together and complete the picture. I was left speechless and yearning for more, ultimately reminded why I fell in love with the series in the first place.(less)