Knock, knock! Who is it? Twilight! Twilight who? Twilight. The book with vampires and werewolves. Twilight is it you? Yes, it is me!
Cause ‘Inescapable’, you are inescapably familiar to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Twilight series. But reading too much of the same thing gets old eventually.
So what do we have here?
Damsel who seems to be a magnet for danger. CHECK! Snobbish hunk who hates heroine at first bat. CHECK! Of course, the love triangle. CHECK! “I’m too dangerous for you, we can’t be together”. CHECK! Stalking windows. CHECK! Villains who want a piece of our heroine. CHECK! Hero who never gets old and filthy rich and driving jaw dropping cars but goes to school. CHECK!
I’m not bashing the book, I’m just trying to make a point. The book was enjoyable in some parts, but eye-rolling most parts.
So instead of vampires we get angels instead. And these angels' forms are stuck in, guess what age? In their late teens. And what do they do? Go to school. And take note these angels are a thousand years old. They should teach their teacher. Not the other way around. Deliver that history right!
Story revolves around Evie Claremont who goes to Claremont college on a scholarship. She meets a hot snob, Reed Wellington, who dislikes her instantly. We have the other love interest, Russell, who protects her from everything, even beings who can throw cars despite him knowing that he doesn’t have a chance.
I was initially opting for two stars, but author did catch me off guard with the ending, so I give another star. The writing is actually good, but as I said, too much of the same thing gets old. Probably if it wasn’t too Twilight-y, then this book probably had a chance.
So, I highly recommend this book to Twilight fans who don’t mind reliving it another time. (less)
It is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this b...moreIt is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this book (e.g. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, friend, library), and read it, and finish it on the same day. Power of suggestion. Is it working?
A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons ★★★★★★★★★★ A RAVING TEN OUT OF FIVE STARS!! THIS IS MY FAVORITE READ FOR 2014. So far.
Look at that cover. It looks like a regular young adult contemporary romance book. *wrong buzzer sound*. There is no way this is a regular contemporary romance because this is an awesome magical one! And don’t forget the villains! It’s also action packed.
First let me point out that Heather Lyons’ writing is magical and lyrical. Beautiful use of adjectives and very superb storytelling, that I was like a hooked from the beginning.
The world the author builds is intriguing and yes, I was fangirling. Unfortunately, this book is sadly under the radar with only a couple reviews and there wasn’t much online either. What the author created was magical.
There are seven planes (human, dwarf, elven, gnome, fairy, goblin and Annar). There are magicals and non-magicals (AKA nons). They can live in either plane except Annar, which is exclusive for only the magicals. The nons do not know of the existence of the magicals, despite them being everywhere. There are different kinds of magicals and they are responsible for influencing events. A magical could either be an elemental, a seer, a storyteller, an intellectual, an emotional, a creator and many more. This story however focuses on Chloe, a creator. Creators are very rare and usually there are only two at a time. They are extremely powerful as they have the ability to create and destroy. Atlantis anyone? Chloe is next in line, as the previous creator is old and tired. He is very ready to relinquish his throne. But despite Chloe being the strongest magical around, she’s still a teenager and she’s stressed out of her head on how she can fit the bill of being creator. Destroying civilizations does not sit well with Chloe. Her parents also expect too much from her that her only refuge has been her dreams. She has fallen in love with a guy she dreamt of every night. Her dreams have been interactive until a couple of years ago, they just stop. This depresses her, until the guy in her dreams, Jonah, actually shows up in her class.
But Jonah doesn’t just pop up by himself. In tow is his twin brother Kellan. And let me just say that Chloe makes a connection with both of them.
You would think that a love triangle with twins would be disgusting. But let Heather prove you wrong. I don’t know which twin I am actually routing for, so I am team Switzerland.
I wish I could have made a better review, because I honestly think the books need to get out there cause it is very good. I encourage all Harry Potter and romance fans to get this book.
I can be a book cover wh*re. Look at that cover, isn’t it just gorgeous? Stunning, in fact.. But unfortunately, it ends the...moreEndless by Amanda Gray ★★☆☆☆
I can be a book cover wh*re. Look at that cover, isn’t it just gorgeous? Stunning, in fact.. But unfortunately, it ends there.
The book seemed interesting, so I was glad that I got it on Netgalley on the read now list. It also had a very interesting beginning. It started with Jenny and some of her friends playing on the Ouija board. This causes Jenny to space out and the Ouija board gives Jenny a cryptic message.
Warning, my review may contain minor spoilers.
Jenny Kramer can see other people’s past life as she touches them. Thus, she wears gloves to avoid this. We are introduced to this ability, but we never get to see her use her powers.
Jenny’s father is an architect, who asks Jenny to help out once in a while. He brings Jenny to the Daulton house to take pictures. The Daultons want to hire Jenny’s father to flip a house. (Let me point out that an architect is supposed to design exterior of a house and inside layout. The Daultons wanted a cheap fix, and I bet employing an architect is expensive. I think a regular handyman or contractor would work in flipping houses.) As Jenny is taking pictures, she comes in the son’s room who is playing Moonlight Sonata on the piano. The tries not disturbing Ben, but she does and this causes them to get off on the wrong foot. But of course, this doesn’t last long. Jenny comes back to take more pictures and she goes to the attic and helps Ben segregate the trash upstairs. They come across a music box that plays Moonlight Sonata. It also comes with instructions to mesmerism. They do it, and they end up in the same dream.
On top of being her father’s assistant, Jenny is also painter. On the night of her exhibit, Jenny dreams of being Maria Romanov who has an illicit relationship with Nikolai. Who she of course meets up and they get all gooey eyed with each other.
Endless is not a stand-alone book. It is a start of a series. It actually reminds me of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series. Both involves soulmates, but Lauren Kate’s is an angel version, where Amanda Gray’s is a time travel one. The time travel theory was an interesting concept. That all timelines are happening simultaneously, and you just have to cross over the other side. Endless honestly wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t stunning as its cover. As usual with a book of a series, this ends in a cliffhanger, but, I do not have the compulsion to pick up the next one.
-- I do feel bad that I am giving this book two stars, since I didn’t really have to pay for it, but I do have to be honest. Initially, I was giving it three stars, however, as I was writing my review, I felt like I had to go for less.
Facebook can lure you to do crazy things. Your friends do this, you most probably want to follow suit, like click on Facebook's make your movie for th...moreFacebook can lure you to do crazy things. Your friends do this, you most probably want to follow suit, like click on Facebook's make your movie for their anniversary. Well, in lieu with your friends' posts, Facebook also has a gazillion ads like play Candy Crush or whatever silly game you will never have interest on playing. Or Zoosk, the best app for online dating. Or really useful stuff like scribd which offers $8.99 for unlimited reading of any book on their database! I was like WOW. (I tell you, Scribd is like Netflix but instead of movies, we got books). Or in my case, get lured into buying another kindle book to add on your already mountain like pile of kindle books. (In my defense, A Shade of Vampire only cost a couple of cents and said it did say it resembled Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, Twilight is my guilty pleasure. Don't judge.)
So yes, I ended up buying the book.
It is not Twilight-like at all. Except for the vampire part.
Well as the blurb says, Sofia is kidnapped and brought to an island. She gets spa treatments and the like, only to be offered to the prince Derek, who instantly falls in love with her. She also is attracted to the guy. (Talk about falling for someone dangerous. Like me falling for a guy on a motorbike with a goatee all the way to his waist and with tats all over his face, which will not happen BTW. But if he has a shaved head, I might reconsider.)
A Shade of Vampire starts very strong, but gets weak after the middle mark. The world building is eyebrow raising but very interesting. At first, I was genuinely involved with the characters but as I said, at the middle I disconnected with them.
A Shade of Vampire is a short and good read, but I do not feel the compulsion to go on with the series. (Yey, I missed the bullet by not jumping on a series that I have to wait for years to know how it concludes, and definitely works for me).(less)
What would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it for...moreWhat would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it for seeing if the guy I am dating is worth my time of day. But that's just me. Emerson Taylor had different ideas. She kissed her way to get better grades. Her aunt has threatened to pull her out of private school if she does not improve her grades. Studying would have been a simple solution but studying is too hard for Emerson.
Emerson is obsessed with lip gloss. She was shallow and I had a hard time getting in the story. I honestly had to put the book down a couple of times. I also had the the compulsion to rant, therefore one status update for this book. I seldom put up status updates, but this book has frustrated me so much, I just had to.
But despite me wanting to throw my kindle against the wall (which I didn't do because I love my kindle), I still ended up giving this book 4 stars. Why? Emerson met a boy she cared about and she gradually salvaged herself by actually studying with Edwin McNeely. She has turned herself around, and made me change my opinion about this book too.
Also, here's a nice quote I got from the book which I like to share: "There was a time when I was so focused on achieving great things that I lost sight of who I was. I was concentrating so hard on the goal that I forgot to appreciate the climb." (less)
Adrian Ivashkov. He was the reason I have loved vampire academy. I was part of the minority who was team Adrian all the way. How can you just not love...moreAdrian Ivashkov. He was the reason I have loved vampire academy. I was part of the minority who was team Adrian all the way. How can you just not love him? He always had something witty to say. He camouflages himself by being arrogant and an ass, but we know he's all sweet deep inside. This lost chapter is a tiny peak back into Adrian's life again. I am reminded how much I used to go gaga over him when I was reading the Vampire Academy series.
Note: I have not read the Bloodlines series, and will only begin reading when all six books are out. I have experienced first hand that Richelle Mead's cliffhangers can be pretty brutal, and waiting til 2015 might just give me a heart attack.(less)
When I saw that this book was on sale on the kindle store for 3.99, I just had to get it. This was one of those books that you heard so many good thin...moreWhen I saw that this book was on sale on the kindle store for 3.99, I just had to get it. This was one of those books that you heard so many good things about, that you were tempted to buy it even though it wasn't on sale. I'm so glad I didn't.
This book was so hyped up for me, I already had high expectations. So when I actually read it, it did not live up to it.. Probably because the stories were so short? The writing itself I cannot blame.. The writing was exceptional, however this book just isn't for me.(less)
When I decided to read this book, I knew I was taking a big risk. Most reviews on amazon were about how Fury of Fire resembled the Black Dagger Brothe...moreWhen I decided to read this book, I knew I was taking a big risk. Most reviews on amazon were about how Fury of Fire resembled the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I had a love/hate relationship with BDB but still, I took the risk and tried this book.
I understand the hate. I do see the similarities with BDB.
1. The dragon clan needs "energy" and they get this from sucking it out from a female's neck? As with the BDB, they get blood from opposite sex of their race. 2. Dragons are very sensitive to light. 3. Dragons are very very possessive. 4. etc. etc.
However, I was able to look past the similarities and I have to admit, I enjoyed this book very much. Why? There was no lesser talk. In BDB, there were chunky parts about the bad guys talking and this book had it too, but it wasn't as irritating. Also, there weren't any of those funky spellings JR Ward does a lot like Vishous and Phury and so on and so on, because that book seriously messed up my spelling skills.
If you are willing to overlook the similarities with BDB, I suggest you to try this book. Because I admit that I enjoyed this one and will continue on with the series. (less)
Vampires and zombies. One might think it's sloppy to put zombies and vampires together. Who would win in the battle?
Julie Kagawa is an engaging writer...moreVampires and zombies. One might think it's sloppy to put zombies and vampires together. Who would win in the battle?
Julie Kagawa is an engaging writer. The book wasn't too much of a pageturner, however, it still left me anxious to finish the book, though not in a hurry.
The world built is set in the future, where vampires are living amongst humans. Vampires are the stronger species, so it makes sense that they rule. humans are registered. They have tattoos saying they are property of whoever vampire. And they have to show up for a blood draw on a schedule. If you don't, they raid your house and force you to give the blood, even if it will kill you. There are some brave ones who are unregistered though. The downside of this is, you will not get rations of food or clothes, which the registered gets. You basically fend for yourself. which is hard, because there are no plants to harvest from or cattle to slaughter. Only rats if you're lucky or maggoty bread.
So where do the zombies kick in? The city of New Covington is a vampire city. Outside the walls, there are "rabids" who will be eager to eat anyone with a pulse. If you get bitten by one, you might turn into one when you die.
Allie is an Asian unregistered (though this is in no way depicted in the cover). Being so hungry and desperate, she ventures outside the walls and discovers a basement with layers and layers of cans of food and water. She eats up and brings her friends there to bring whatever they can back into the city before the lockdown. But on their way out, her friends are picked out one by one by rabids. And before she knows it, she's also attacked and in pieces. But there is a vampire nearby, who comes to her aid and gives her a choice: "to truly die, or die a vampire". Allie being a survivor choses life in any form she could get.
Her master is "Kanin". He teaches her the ropes of being vampire. But he is wanted. They were almost caught, but Kanin makes a sacrifice, and tells Allie to go without him. She does, and stumbles into a group of humans and pretends to be one of them. Member of the humans is Zeke, and she feels an attraction to him.
The Immortal Rules seems like a mash of a lot of things. It felt a little like Twilight when Zeke came along. It also felt like a vampire movie I watched where vampires walked the earth and humans were just harvested for blood. It also felt like "I am Legend" where Will Smith was looking for more humans and a cure or city or something. But most of all, it reminded me of Walking Dead. There were so many similarities like how Allie was like Michonne, the katana wielding girl. Or how the Governor was making fights of humans versus the zombies. How you turn once you get bitten and die?
But regardless, The Immortal Rules was still an enjoyable read. I still wouldn't mind a little Allie and Kanin romance. He genuinely cares for her and he won't be as breakable as the human Zeke.(less)
What is wrong with me? Why do I always pine for the guy who the leading lady does not end up with? Why o why? First it was Adrian from the Vampire Aca...moreWhat is wrong with me? Why do I always pine for the guy who the leading lady does not end up with? Why o why? First it was Adrian from the Vampire Academy. Rose ended up with Dmitri. Then it was Kiyo (but that was before the murder issue). Eugenie ended up with Dorian? And now here in the Georgina Kincaid series. Oh Roman. (Please take note this doesn't always happen in Richelle Mead's books. This happens almost everytime I watch a movie or TV series or read a book. Like how Hermione ended up with Ron, though I wanted her for Harry Potter.
Anyway, Succubus Revealed is a pretty way to end up a pretty solid series. I remember as I was reading the first few books in the series, I was pretty sure that there was no way Richelle Mead could have saved up Georgina Kincaid's soul, but she did.
The rest of the gang, Hugh, Cody, Peter and Carter were still amazing. Their bantering is so cute. And one would think that hell was all about world domination. It was hilarious to see them fight over supremacy over bowling.
Seth Mortensen is still adorable, but Roman was just it for me. The lengths of his sacrifices for Georgina. It doesn't matter if he used to plot Georgina's death, he made up for it. (less)
Thorn Queen is definitely a pageturner. I opened the book at 10pm and finished hours later. I just couldn't put it down.
I think it is prerequisite, t...moreThorn Queen is definitely a pageturner. I opened the book at 10pm and finished hours later. I just couldn't put it down.
I think it is prerequisite, that you should read book 1 of the Dark Swan series, before reading this one. Though Richelle Mead provides adequate flashbacks for one to relate, the first book would help us understand Eugenie Markham better.
The book starts with Eugenie being queen of Thorn land. From book 1 she defeated Aeson, and managed to get his kingdom by infusing her spirit into the unclaimed land. (If a monarch dies, the land becomes unclaimed, and anyone with enough magic to sustain the land becomes the new leader, and the land bends to whatever the claimer's ideal is). Unfortunately for the subjects of Thorn land, Eugenie's ideal land is a desert in Arizona. It's absolutely hot and there a scarce amount of water sources and there's not enough food supply. Good thing is, like Arizona, Thorn Land is also rich in copper, which is major metal in the Otherworld.
The prophecy is still running amuck... The daughter of Storm King will bear a son, who will rule both the Otherworld and the human world. Eugenie is being plagued with suitors that made her want to bang her head on the wall. But there was a bigger problem. Some of her female subjects are gone missing. It happened to be that her subjects were being sold to human men. (Gentry, "aka fairies", want humans for their fertility. Humans would want gentry because they age slower and their chances of getting pregnant are very slim.) Eugenie wants to put a stop to this. She was so close, but was caught instead.
Oh Dorian. The things you do that make my heart melt.
I would love to tell you what happened but that would be spoiling the fun for you. But I can say, this is my favorite book in the series.
And as I said, Oh Dorian.
Wait, remember how I said this book was a pageturner? I just had to read the next book right after. I had to stick to just a couple of chapters since I do have to do something else than read. Oh the tragedy.