**spoiler alert** This book was a cute, fun, mystery-lite read. The prose is kind of springy but also has good descriptions. The novel centers around**spoiler alert** This book was a cute, fun, mystery-lite read. The prose is kind of springy but also has good descriptions. The novel centers around Kate, a nice girl with a homemade fashion sense who has stayed away from fashion ever since her mother, Eva, once a rising fashionista herself, became estranged from her family. Kate is planning to go to medical school to become a doctor when her aunt Victoria scores her an internship with the high fashion magazine "Tasty". The beginning parts of the book were really fun and reminded a little of "Ugly Betty" (the TV show), which was a cool reminder as well as ironic how easy it would be to imagine those slaves to fashion bitches as (secretly) vampires.
I was engaged more with the beginning and the middle of the book, while Kate was still innocent of her coworkers' true natures, and there were valid (but still on that mystery-lite scale) strange occurrences and deaths that concerned Kate and seemingly no one else. But after Kate found about the vampires, and confronted them, the plot and the sense started to unravel and fell completely apart by the end.
I'm always up for a retelling on the vampire myth (I'm still not offended that Stephanie Meyer's vampires "sparkle" in the sunlight), but I have to say it was difficult to suspend my disbelief enough to cover the reasons behind how people became vampires in this novel and what vampire bites did to a person. For example, people could only be transformed into vampires if they had "the style gene", and any one the vampires bit were called "blood donors"; apparently, the bite of a vampire makes a person want to shop and go to Fashion Week in Paris, and eventually seek out vampires to bite them. After Kate is bitten by a vampire named Lillian, she has to resist a strong urge to go some designer store and just window-shop. It was kind of off the wall.
I was also disappointed that Kate, who seems to be a fairly intelligent young women with wits about, couldn't figure out who the "fashion murderer" was without being told. Earlier in the book she makes a comment to herself about something that has happened and chides herself for "not reading/knowing" the patient and listening to/seeing the signs (she was an EMT before becoming the "Tasty Girl" intern), so I have to wonder why she couldn't put two and two together herself, about that and about her love interest.
Overall, it was fun and fast but not witty or sharp enough to deserve four stars. ...more
**spoiler alert** A very satisfying end to a wonderful, fun and engaging series. Loved it.
I did think the plot dragged a little in the middle, and I**spoiler alert** A very satisfying end to a wonderful, fun and engaging series. Loved it.
I did think the plot dragged a little in the middle, and I wasn't completely sure how all the loose ends were going to wrapped up, but I was mildly surprised to see how it all played out. Not super crazy about Ivy becoming a vampire queen, but it might turn out to suit her. I did love that Conall decided he wanted to "give up" his immortality in order to grow old and eventually die with Alexia, rather than risk going crazy in that super old age. ...more
This is the first volume in the manga series that omitted/alerted a huge chunk from the book. I can understand why the manga would want to condense ceThis is the first volume in the manga series that omitted/alerted a huge chunk from the book. I can understand why the manga would want to condense certain events for illustration and storytelling purposes, especially as there were far more exciting scenes to illustrate. I think they did a good job with incorporating the all details to have the story make sense. Really very lovely companion to the Soulless series, "Blameless". ...more
Bought this the other day and immediately tore through it. It's brilliant, love the artist's style of manga, and it hits on all the key plot points frBought this the other day and immediately tore through it. It's brilliant, love the artist's style of manga, and it hits on all the key plot points from the book, but visuals. Sexy visuals, at times. I actually wished it was longer and even more detailed, but I guess I'll just have to read it again. A welcome addition to my small but awesome manga collection. :)...more
Loved it! This series gets better and better, the plots more intricate, the characters more open, complex, and three-dimensional, with more revealed aLoved it! This series gets better and better, the plots more intricate, the characters more open, complex, and three-dimensional, with more revealed about their true natures, be it human or supernatural. I'm actually very sad that there is only one more book in this series, as I would honestly read at least twenty more books with these characters. ...more
**spoiler alert** Overall, a fun, highly entertaining and engrossing read. Did drag a bit after the little group made it to Scotland and Alexia tried**spoiler alert** Overall, a fun, highly entertaining and engrossing read. Did drag a bit after the little group made it to Scotland and Alexia tried to figure out what might be going on in the castle and who might be in charge of the "humanization weapon", but then the plot picked up right before it got too stale. Overall, a good read.
I was as much shocked by the twist ending as Alexia appeared to be, and as totally appalled at Conall's rejection and vicious name calling. What does it matter if he's a 200 year old "semi-dead" werewolf?—he married Alexia and stood have stuck by her side rather than accusing her of infidelity! Besides, so little is known about preternaturals that it doesn't mean Alexia's pregnancy can't happen.
So now I'm off to the next book to see what happens. I can't imagine not finishing out the series and not finding out what happens to Alexia, the unborn spawn, and Conall, should they ever reunite. Plus, there are unresolved things from the first two books that I hope will be resolved eventually. (For example, who took Alexia's notebook and tried to poison her? Why would the vampires want to be in possession or in control of a "humanization weapon", especially if it makes their kind as mortal and vulnerable to sudden death as the werewolves or ghosts? And will we ever find out any more about Alexia's mysterious father?)...more
Stopped reading this at 100 pages. I was just bored, bored with the plot and characters and even the imagery and writing themselves, which I usually lStopped reading this at 100 pages. I was just bored, bored with the plot and characters and even the imagery and writing themselves, which I usually love when it comes to Francesca Lia Block. Quite a few of her books are my favorites, but I have tried several of her later ones (the ones after The Rose And The Beast) and have found myself disappointed. I'm not sure if it's because I'm getting older and my expectations for books get higher, or if because the books are just overall geared towards teens (a state everyone grows out of). I don't really believe that last one, because I still love the books of hers that I had originally (even though I'm no longer a teen), but maybe because I am no longer a teen, I can't look at her newer books with the same eyes.
This feels disappointing because I really wanted to like this book, as well as some others, like Blood Roses and Echo, more.
To be completely honest, I'm often a sucker for vampire books because I like vampires. I don't like zombies or aliens, and I think werewolves are justTo be completely honest, I'm often a sucker for vampire books because I like vampires. I don't like zombies or aliens, and I think werewolves are just "okay". (Unless, for example, I'm reading books like "Blood and Chocolate", because then I think werewolves are excellent.) And maybe "sucker" is kind of a ridiculous pun, but I am drawn to these types of stories.
But this story . . . I'm utterly repelled. I've only read 20 pages, and I'm trying to hold out for 30 more pages (for that requisite 50 and all), but I just don't want to make the effort. I don't really want to read a "sexy romance" as the book's cover advertises. As yet, I find Violet nor Kasper likable in any way. And I can't even imagine I'll enjoy a book about a woman forced to stay among vampires against her will who eventually gives into lust. Yuck. I think I should just put this one in the "donate" pile.
No, wait, I've definitely decided to donate this one. To be completely honest, again, my opinion is that if it was published ONLINE—even if it was wildly popular there—it doesn't mean it'll translate to print, and should, instead, stay as online. (This even goes for the writings I've published online—they're for an audience of a different kind, mainly, ME.) ...more