Saw the trailer for the book at theater? Should I try it out?
So Ok, I did try the book out. The trailer was interesting enough...moreSaw the trailer for the book at theater? Should I try it out?
So Ok, I did try the book out. The trailer was interesting enough to spike my curiosity.
I liked the concept of the book being in the POV of the male character, Ethan Wate. It's different from main stream young adult fiction where it's the girl's swooning over the male lead, which sometimes ends up to mushy. Well in this case, it was the guy who was being mushy, but +1 star for being different.
Ethan has been dreaming of a girl falling over and over. The dreams become more realistic but he just classifies them as dreams. A new girl, Lena, is enrolled in the school. But Lena is an outcast, being nephew of Macom Ravenwood, owner of the so-called "haunted house" in the town. For some reason, Ethan is drawn to Lena. He cannot help but be with her.
Lena is a caster, in short, a witch. On her 16th birthday, she will become light or dark. She doesn't really have a choice. With Ethan, they try to control fate.
The first half of the book was enough to get me interested. I was going through the pages really quick, however, I couldn't say the same for the last half of the book. I felt like the pace was becoming slower and slower and slower.
The book is also the first of the Caster Chronicles series. I'm perfectly happy with the ending, and do not have the compulsion to read the next book. I applaud Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for that. Lately, I just feel that all authors are jumping the series bandwagon, leaving their books in cliffhangers and killing their readers with impatience just by waiting for the next book.(less)
I've been in a really bad book slump. I would grab a book, but never finish. But thanks to Sophie Kinsella, I am out of the dump. I needed a good laug...moreI've been in a really bad book slump. I would grab a book, but never finish. But thanks to Sophie Kinsella, I am out of the dump. I needed a good laugh and Sophie never fails to deliver. (less)
Being a big Twilight fan, I jumped the bandwagon of reading this hyped up book, thinking this was some sort of fan fiction or something. I also saw it...moreBeing a big Twilight fan, I jumped the bandwagon of reading this hyped up book, thinking this was some sort of fan fiction or something. I also saw it everywhere, including Costco, among other groceries.
Well, it's a far cry from twilight.
It's not even twilight for a mature audience.
And I didn't like it. I should have known what I was getting myself into when I saw "EROTIC ROMANCE" at the back. I felt uncomfortable most of the time reading it, and I just finished it, because of the fact that I bought a NEW book which I seldom do. (less)
My loyalty to Gena Showalter is keeping me from giving this a three, so I'll go with 3.5. That's probably not very encouraging but, I stil...more3.5 /5 stars
My loyalty to Gena Showalter is keeping me from giving this a three, so I'll go with 3.5. That's probably not very encouraging but, I still dare you to try this book.
Wicked Nights is the beginning of a new series, The Angels of the Dark.
I adored Zacharel. He's an angel, and he's on the verge of falling from grace. I liked the entire idea of Zacharel leading a band of angels that are all on the verge of losing their wings. All of them are tortured souls. Zacharel is almost perceived as heartless. So when he goes soft on a human, his warriors are surprised.
Annabelle Miller has been locked up in a psychiatric ward. She was blamed on the slaying of her parents. And the fact that she sees demons, which in truth she does, only adds fuel to her being cuckoo.
Everything is not as it seems. There was a greater plan on things. The ending was a surprise.
At first, the book was pageturner. But, when I was nearing the end, the book became an eyeroller. There were plenty of eye rolling moments for me. The book just became too cheesy. And I don't like my popcorn too cheesy, because then it gets too salty and the cheese sticks to my hand.
The series holds much promise so I will sure be reading the next book.(less)
Be My Prince is the first book in the Royal Trilogy. I have never heard of this author before, until my co-worker lend me her book.
The few pages are p...moreBe My Prince is the first book in the Royal Trilogy. I have never heard of this author before, until my co-worker lend me her book.
The few pages are promising. The premise is a pageturner, despite it having lots of eye-rolling moments.
Spoilers ahead! Lady Alexandra Monroe has been secluded almost all her life. She was called the Hidden Gem of England. The only reason she has been brought out of society was because of the arrival of Prince Randolf of Petersbourg. Rumors have been spreading, that the future heir to the throne has visited to look for a wife. Lady Alexandra has somehow been trained to catch the eye of the prince, and catch his eye she did. However, for her it is all a rouse. She is true blood heir to the throne, before her father has been ousted from royalty by the militia. She hates Randolf, but she needs him to restore her to royalty. She needs a breather, so she goes out and meets a rogue. She feels attraction, but she has a goal so she disregards the stranger, who ends up being the prince's younger brother, Nicholas.
Why are my eyes rolling? (1)The author says that Alexandra has been sheltered and impoverished all her life, so I am wondering how does she know about arousal? I do not think that sex education books will be out there on the market readily available to young ladies. (2)She hates Randall because she feels that Randall has stolen her throne, but does not feel the same hatred or resentment towards Nicholas. How could she overlook that early on the story? The two are brothers, so that part did not make sense to me.
However, despite my eye-rolling moments, I was able to finish the book in one night. I was hooked. There were so many lies and deceit in the story, that I was always in the lookout for some more. The ending felt like it was cut short. But despite my claims, I still give this book solid four stars, for its entertainment value. Also, look at that cover. Isn't it lovely? (less)
Do not proceed if you are a Mary Balogh fan, or if you like this book. This is a rant more than a review.
I'm not a professional writer, but I do know...moreDo not proceed if you are a Mary Balogh fan, or if you like this book. This is a rant more than a review.
I'm not a professional writer, but I do know that a romance book should have two main characters. For the secondary characters, one to five is ok. Six to seven is already too much. But this book surpasses my seven limit since it had like a gazillion characters in it, all which were either called by name or by their respective titles like Duchess of Danbury or whatever. In my head, it was ok to forget them, but little did I know, that these gazillion characters will pop up again after a few pages of the book. I have to admit, that these numerous characters had hindered me from enjoying this read.
The main protagonists are Claudia Martin, owner of a girl's school and confirmed spinster, and Joseph I-forgot-his-lastname but thanks to research it's Joseph Fawcitt, Marquess of Attingsborough. The premise seems promising, but for me, this story is not remarkable in anyway. There was no chemistry between Claudia and Joseph. Joseph did not have any balls. He could not fight for Claudia even though he knew he loved her. It seemed like an honorable thing since Portia Hunt, his fiancee will be ruined for having two broken engagements, but still, he had no guts, because he made love to Claudia. He only pursued Claudia when Portia Hunt had run away. The ending also seemed force. This book was also more than 400 pages, and the story could have been cut short and it would have been more enjoyable. This book, aside from the gazillion characters also had a gazillion fillers. I did not enjoy this book, thus two stars.(less)