There were tears shed for this book. Tears. Lots of em. Finally! I loved the Brotherhood but I've never loved anyone as I do Qhuinn and Blay. They've comThere were tears shed for this book. Tears. Lots of em. Finally! I loved the Brotherhood but I've never loved anyone as I do Qhuinn and Blay. They've come a long way, they deserved some happiness of their own. LOVE THIS!...more
I should not be surprised of the unexpected twists and turns a Julie Kagawa book presents, but it still gets to me,Review posted at Amaterasu Reads
I should not be surprised of the unexpected twists and turns a Julie Kagawa book presents, but it still gets to me, every single time. In this action packed sequel, Allison is on a race against time to save her sire, Kanin. Trapped in the hands of a psychotic vampire named Sarren who will do anything to inflict the same pain he has felt when Kanin betrayed their race, Allison is on a desperate search to find him, but she won't be able to do it without enlisting the help of an unexpected ally. As they track Sarren, Allison comes face to face with something much worse than the Red Lung virus, and it's infecting everyone, including vampires. Now Allison had the seemingly impossible task of finding Kanin, and stopping the virus before it kills everyone.
I've said this before and I will say this again: Allison Sekimoto might be small, petite to some, but she's never to be underestimated. She's got a heart bigger than anyone, and she's not afraid to do anything in order to protect the ones she loved. Her struggle to not become the monster she fears will drive away the people she had learned to care about is the main conflict for her in this book, and my admiration for her just grows. I agree with what Jackal and Kanin says: it takes a certain strength to become a creature of the night, and Allison got through it. There's a lot going on inside her head as she was wondering if embracing who she has become was the right thing to do, and what does becoming a vampire has in store for her in the future. What about her and Zeke?
Am I crazy, or am I just reading too much into Kanin and Allison's relationship? I never, not once, did I feel, that his actions were fatherly towards her. Not once. Granted he might be her sire, but I felt there were moments where they were just connected in a way Zeke and Allison will never be, and it's not just the call of blood. There was one particular moment where I still wonder if it was punishment and cruelty that Kanin wants to show or was it something leaning towards something more. This part of my review just confirms how I secretly will not object if Kanin and Allison will ever have that 'something'.
Trust Julie Kagawa to mess with my mind as I struggle to make sense of Jackal's true character. Even after the end of this novel I am uncertain if he's one who hides under the facade of evil but has something inside of him that might make him a little good, or if it's the reverse. Some of his intentions were good, and according to Kanin he's lost, but can someone who lost his way be redeemed? Jackal is a fun vampire to read, and though I hated him in Immortal Rules, he's showed sides to him in The Eternity Cure that can't be overlooked. Also, Jackal took over the limelight and stole it away from Zeke. Although Zeke's character tends to fade in the background a little bit because of his kind nature, he's shown flashes of strength and leadership that gives his character room for potential growth. I just hope he's able to withstand whatever the story throws his way especially with the trials he went through in this book.
The plot is nothing short of brilliant! I've always had high praises for Julie Kagawa for being such an imaginative writer and The Eternity Cure just takes me into a world unlike anything I've read of before. If you think Immortal Rules was a high octane read, The Eternity Cure was filled to the brim with action scenes one after another. Be prepared to plunge in to the fast paced story from page one because it doesn't stop until the end. And the best part is? You'll want more even after you're finished reading. It's a dark, bloody world and Julie Kagawa did a great job building it and creating characters who can kick butt and still manage to be complicated and deep at the same time. If you think the story ends when the race to find Kanin comes to a close, you have a new type of plague, Bleeders, deranged vampires and the potential threat of all life on earth ending to keep you going. An explosive story with rapid pace, highly volatile characters and unexpected plot twists, Julie Kagawa had the recipe for an amazing follow up down a tee in The Eternity Cure. I cannot get enough of this series!
The story starts with Lily bargaining something that can get her killed iReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
Ticks and vampires? Not a good combination.
The story starts with Lily bargaining something that can get her killed in order to escape The Farm, where teens have been locked away to save them from the Ticks' invading the whole country. But The Farm isn't a Sanctuary at all, the teens are like cows being milked for their bloods to feed the very same thing they're staying away from. Life inside The Farm is harsh, everything is monitored, and those who violate the rules are fed to the Ticks for everyone to see. Lily wants to escape with her twin sister Mel to find a safe place to stay. But is there really a safe place for them to go to?
Barely 30 pages and I couldn't breathe already. I can feel the restrictions The Farm forces on the teens, and the drastic changes the Tick invasion has brought upon the world. It's a horrific world Lily and Mel lives in, one filled with blood, violence and where humans are being devoured mercilessly, and they want to escape from it. It's the first time I have read of twins put in such difficult situations like Lily and Mel did. Lily's tough, and she had to be for Mel. She's strong, again for Mel. Her life revolves around protecting her twin sister, and just for that I have such a big admiration for Lily. Her strength pushes Mel on, with enough patience and devotion to take care of Mel. You'd think Mel is a burden, and she is in some ways, but there's something in Mel that readers will immediately recognize as something special and it's not because she's different. Oftentimes I find myself struggling with everything she thinks, and she thinks in riddles and puzzles that begs to be figured out.
Emily McKay built such a merciless world in The Farm. There's no sense of safety or security anywhere, not in the Farm, with its electric fences surrounding the compound, because there's just as much things that can kill you inside. The Collabs, The Dean. When you turn 18, you disappear from the Farm. If you want to extend your life, get pregnant and increase your progesterone levels so you wouldn't be appetizing as food. Yes, humans are now viewed as food, which gives you goosebumps. It was like a nightmare version of a school, complete with vampires and other horrendous creatures. How can you even survive outside where you take chances to outrun the monsters called Ticks created by a failed experiment? Scary, freaky, creepy, these things are. They're inhuman, they don't feel anything. That heavy sense of foreboding and danger sticks to you more and more as you read along, and it gets heavier with each page.
Carter, the resident bad boy in the Before (before the Tick invasion), is a hardened warrior who has seen a lot. He was once a spoiled brat, a rebel, and he got thrust into a gruesome, violent reality when the military camp he was sent to was wiped out. He's seen death, lost comrades and loved ones, but he fights back. Although he seemed so useless at times and even admits a couple of times how Lily can beat him up if she wants to, I like a guy who isn't all macho and pretending to be strong in times when he's not. Carter is a steady force and anchor for the twins. He's got a kind heart, despite his confusing feelings for Lily. The way Lily responds to him, pushing on and pulling back, greatly frustrates me. The source of Lily's power confuses me as well and most of the time it leaves me conflicted and a little lost. Who was the savior everyone was talking about? Was it Lily or Mel? Does this power even really exist? It felt like there was no basis at all, like it was unreal and they're staking their lives for something make believe, especially with the very unconvincing way Carter explained how he knew that it was true. I was so desperate for some romance, something entirely different to look forward to amidst the deaths and the helplessness I couldn't help but wonder if there was a possibility for Mel and Sebastian. They were an unlikely pair, silence and violence, predator and prey. Even though I liked the fleeting moments between Carter and Lily I could barely focus on it, I was busy worrying for all of them.
The Farm will make a great horror slash thriller movie, the characters jumpiness, paranoia, desperation and fears leak out from the pages and rubs off to the readers. There's no time to take a breather because the story keeps on pushing one tension filled scene after another. That uneasy feeling that comes when you're not sure the characters will survive never fades once it was made clear, and you're left wondering what other evil things will happen with them all. A fair warning to everyone, if you're not a fan of bloody scenes, mutilated body parts and generally gore filled situations, prepare yourself for The Farm. It's got a lot of those scenes and then some. The climax caught me so much by surprise! My mouth was hanging open when it was all over. The thought "what did I just read? what happens next?" filled my mind so much I had to take a deep breath when I flipped to the last page.
The Farm is a "scare you out of your wits" kind of book. No sunshine or rainbows, but if you want to increase your heart rate and make your pulse speed up, or if you want to stay wide awake all night, this book will help you achieve that. Emily McKay's YA debut is explosive, thrilling and intense right from the start. The hold your breath and wait until it's over type of read. I loved it, I was scared of it, but overall I enjoyed reading it so much!
I would've given this a 5 if Carter didn't sound so ridiculous explaining why he thinks Lily is THE one. Even I was unconvinced. And if it was true, way to destroy your chances with a girl, saying you're feeling this and doing that because you can't help it. Because of a certain power. Tsk....more
I've loved Nalini's writing ever since I've read the first book in her Psy-Changeling series, and I was oveOriginal review posted at Amaterasu Reads
I've loved Nalini's writing ever since I've read the first book in her Psy-Changeling series, and I was overflowing with excitement when I got this book.
Forget about what you've read. In this book, Vampires weren't born. They are Made. The creatures of the night are being sired by those far more powerful than they are, the Archangels, composed of the ten most powerful Archangels on earth, The Cadre of Ten. Among these powerful winged beings is Raphael, the Archangel of New York. And he's got a job for the best Vampire Hunter there is, Elena. Elena, who had secrets of her own to protect and nightmares to live through. This job will test Elena in the most dangerous of ways, for she isn't hunting just any vampire, but someone, something far more powerful and sinister. And amidst the danger, the killing, Elena couldn't help but be drawn to the lethal power Raphael holds.
I never thought there would be anyone else who would top my list of hot male leads, but Raphael bumped Wrath of The Black Dagger Brotherhood out of the number one spot as the hottest male lead in any Adult Paranormal book I've read.
Raphael may be young by the Archangel's standards, but he's deadly. The allure of dangerous men in this novel is irresistible. Cunning, lethal, and powerful, Raphael had me swooning the moment he appeared in the story. I love how despite his obvious immortality, he seemed different than the rest of the Archangels. He's arrogant, but righteously so. Calculating, careful, and... sweet? He's the ultimate alpha male!
Elena, despite her good looks, is dangerous in her own way. I always love reading about female leads who can stand on her own two feet, fight for herself and just be really brave. I love how Elena can be tough yet caring at times. She can be reckless and really stubborn, but she knows her place (though she often crosses the line whenever needed). She's one kick-ass female and she's not afraid to show it!
I have to admit that I got a bit "addicted" to Raphael and Elena. I love the sexual tension that seemed to be always present between them, the moment they saw each other, how they taunt each other, how they want to establish which one's the boss of whom. But most of all I just couldn't help but marvel at how the sexual attraction, the lust between them turned to into something more, to love. The Archangel fell once again, and this time for a human.
The world presented by Nalini Singh is alluring, yet familiar. I marvel how the Archangels seemed to fit well into the world of humans in this book. Humans worship them, revered them, and yet they live in a seemingly separate world, one far more darker than what it seemed. Readers get a general idea how things work in the world of the Angels. And I tell you, they are anything but Angelic in this book.
Angels' Blood is an action-packed front seat tour into the world of the Archangels, filled with steamy hot scenes, gorgeous vampires, and hunters! What makes Angels' Blood a thoroughly enjoyable read is that along the way, more characters are introduced into the story, all equally dazzling and intriguing, without losing focus on who the story really is about.
I tell you, my heart raced a couple of times especially in action packed scenes. I cringed at the violence and the carnage, got scared at the evilness, and swooned and loved the characters. Angels' Blood doesn't seem to run out of charming vampires and charismatic Angels (Dmitri and Illium, anyone?) you'd pine for.
Kudos to Nalini Singh for a great start of a lovely series!...more
Why do I love this so much? I was expecting Payne to be such a hot headed girl, given her background, but I like how she's in the novel. I didn't likeWhy do I love this so much? I was expecting Payne to be such a hot headed girl, given her background, but I like how she's in the novel. I didn't like Manny before, but now I do. Awesome novel!...more