But as much as I hate him right at this moment, I'm thinking... so is this finally the way the story's heading? Is Adam gradual...moreWell Adam, you douche.
But as much as I hate him right at this moment, I'm thinking... so is this finally the way the story's heading? Is Adam gradually pulling away from Juliette? And what the hell brought about this sudden change?
I get it, Adam loves James. I really do, I know that. But that change of heart? All of a sudden?
I guess it's time to find out and read Ignite Me.(less)
I wanted to like this book more than I did, but it was a little underwhelming towards the end. It's not bad though, it was enjoyable from the start, b...moreI wanted to like this book more than I did, but it was a little underwhelming towards the end. It's not bad though, it was enjoyable from the start, but things just started to get a wee bit predictable at the end. Everyone pissed me off at some point and I got tired of seeing everyone cursing.(less)
Staying true to the title, you will feel a sense of foreboding even at the very first page. The dreary quality of the...moreReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
Staying true to the title, you will feel a sense of foreboding even at the very first page. The dreary quality of the novel gives way to Dawn's story, starting at the very night her parents were killed. Now she's the delegate, the only person who will liaison with the most powerful, most dangerous vampire in the world. It's up to Dawn to try and make peace with Valentine and his people. While the rest of the human population spent their lives hiding behind the wall and the vampires, something else is brewing outside. Vampires are dying inside the wall and no one is safe.
I find the whole concept of the vampire-human relation very unusual and highly fascinating, although it took a while for it to sink in. It's like reading about something so fragile like glass, that one wrong move will shatter it into pieces and all hell breaks loose. The fate of all those inside the wall rests in the hands of Dawn, but the relationship between the vampires and the humans is strained, fragile at best. The concept of donating blood to keep the human children safe might be appalling to some, my brows certainly were raised a few times and I find myself more appalled when even the teens were rallied to donate, like it was the most natural thing in the world. It was enough to emphasize the fact that the humans do not stand a chance against the vampires. Be subservient, docile, you're our cattle, if you want to live. It's a point driven home quite scarily by the way life works inside the Wall. Donate blood and the vampires leave you alone. It's unsettling and little bit hard to swallow, truthfully. It makes you think just how much must be sacrificed to live, or be allowed to live.
But getting past that, I was able to take a close look at Dawn and Victor. Dawn's a tough girl, and her life was not easy. Marred by the tragic death of her parents, and the traumatic event that took her brother's life away, she was supposed to have all the reasons to seek vengeance from the vampires. Instead, she took on the role left by her parents, one that puts her at odds with the rest of the human population inside the wall, and puts her at risk with the vampires. I cannot imagine how it's like to live like her, someone who has lost a lot, and yet working on something that puts her very life at risk. Victor, on the other hand, gave the 'old school', familiar vampire feeling. Son of the most powerful creature outside the wall, he had seen the horrors happening on the struggle for power between the humans and the vampires. His life gives great contrast with that of Dawn's, there was no concept of family, no warmth. Only killing, and gaining of power. And yet he longs for a day where the humans will understand that it is just a part of their nature. Their sustenance is blood, and that some, if not all, aren't as soulless or evil as they are thought to be. It's quite interesting to see the motivations behind both Dawn and Victor, they make the perfect 'star crossed' pair of lovers. In the eyes of society, falling in love with each other defies everything that they are, and the circumstances surrounding their complicated, dark lives marred with violence and blood should not even allow them to feel any romantic inclinations towards each other. But they do, and I find the questions and doubts that gets between them a little testing, as it makes their relationship difficult, certainly unconventional, but it's one the readers would love to stick around to and find where it is headed.
I like how this novel makes one look closely about what one considers right or wrong. It's in the vampires' nature to take blood. They cannot help it, but does that fact make it right when they take lives of humans? Is it just their instinct for survival kicking in? What about the circumstances that made them vampires? Those who were humans once? And what about the humans who just wants a peaceful life? Free from the wall, who instead had to exchange their blood for safety while living inside a wall, still in fear for the vampires who want to take more? Though the twists were a little bit predictable, I love how that foreboding feeling sticks with you all the way while reading. That dark, sinister feeling originally associated when reading about vampires is definitely in this novel, that merciless vibe, instead of cutesy, sparkly feelings we all came to expect in recent novels.
Darkness Before Dawn is a dark romance with a kind of hypnotic pace that can draw readers in. Politics, intrigue, cruelty, savagery and a struggle for power was thrown in the mix, along with some secrets worth uncovering, which makes this a steady, enjoyable read. It wasn't all gloom, as a healthy amount of forbidden love was also inserted in the right moments. If you're expecting a shallow, fun read, then this book might surprise you. This book is worth taking a closer look, it's got a nice combination of familiar elements that brings back the scare to the vampires. And it makes one think, even doubt, if sunlight can still save the humans from an onslaught, should it happen.
There was a very important secret kept from Dawn that was not revealed in the first book, and although I have my theories as to what it is, I will keep it inside until I read Blood-Kissed Sky. (less)
What if Dragons were to live in present time? What conflict will such ancient creatures bring to a modern world? Well...moreReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
What if Dragons were to live in present time? What conflict will such ancient creatures bring to a modern world? Well look no further because Carrie Vaughn's novel will tell you how the world is.
I must have gotten used to the fact that dragons in the novels I've read shape shift. The dragons in Carrie Vaughn's book do not. They're just like what we've read in myths, big, scaly, beautiful, flying creatures. People fear them. Why not when they're enormous in size and they breathe fire? But one girl who found herself at the wrong side of the border, Kay, realized that dragons aren't as fearsome as people thought they were. And she had to make people understand that one important fact, or there will be war.
Though Kay is the type of person who feels like the weight of the entire world is on her shoulders, she's a heroine you will love. Responsible, sometimes reckless but overall a good daughter and a great friend. The friendship Kay has forged with Artegal is beautiful. Unconventional, maybe. Unlikely, but it's the differences between them that made them closer to each other. It's like Romeo and Juliet without the romance. Two beings who are entirely different from each other. Kay must have loved Artegal, but not in a way people would thought of lovers. It's something else entirely. The friendship they share, though fragile, is deep and strong. I think I loved Artegal more than I loved Jon and Sal.
Voices of Dragon is a great blend of the old and the new. Who would have thought dragons will be able to create political, social, security complications on a worldwide scale?
What made a distinct impression on me while I was reading this book is man's fear of not being "in charge", of not being the strongest. One has to be superior than the other. One has to rule, the other has to submit. Is the world really that harsh? That immediately, when something or someone threatens the "power" you hold, you will retaliate and do whatever it is to eradicate them. Granted, Dragons are big, powerful, they can be destructive, but maybe if man isn't so quick to judge, to think of the worst of someone, or immediately view them as a threat, then conflicts of epic proportions will not happen.
Although I'm still not sure how the 'sacrifice' angle in this book worked, and how such a simple thing can be the solution to a big problem, Voices of Dragons is a great read over all.
Voices of Dragons is unlike anything I've read in a long time. Carrie Vaughn wove such a lovely tale, not just focusing on friendship and first love, but she was also able to integrate dragons into the story. It's not just about Kay losing her virginity or taking her relationship with Jon to a deeper level. It's also a tale of friendship between two different beings, and knowing that it could work, no matter how hard it may be, as long as they give each other the chance to understand how different the other is and learn to appreciate it instead of being afraid.
I will be honest in this book review. It took me quite a while to finish this book, a month actually. I'm not sure if that says something about the bo...moreI will be honest in this book review. It took me quite a while to finish this book, a month actually. I'm not sure if that says something about the book, but I did love it quite a bit.
Ever's life changed when her family died in a car accident. She should've died too, but instead she woke up one day in the hospital, broken and with powers she never had before. She used to be normal, and she'd give anything to be normal again. Then she meets Damen, and somehow he looks familiar. But Damen's keeping secrets. Dangerous ones that might have dire consequences even for Ever.
It might be because I have read the spin-off series focusing on Ever's sister, Riley, before reading this, which is why I have a different, or more like backwards perspective on this book that affected my reading in two ways. One, is I'm piecing together parts of the story the other way around, and two, I was understanding the story in the opposite order. I think it made the reading experience a bit unique, and I loved it, because it wasn't as confusing as I thought it would be.
It wasn't easy to like Ever as a character. She's a tortured teenager who spends all her living days blaming herself for the loss of her parents and little sister. It doesn't help that she also has developed the power to read minds with a single touch and see auras. Or maybe she's just really misunderstood? Her peers at school sure doesn't help her improve her personality. But I think she retained that little bit of real factor, even with her downward descent to alcohol addiction. I couldn't say she's a model character, but what Ever went through, a lot of teens would learn a lot of lessons from it. At least she had the courage to change and realize that she wasn't alone. I do think the powers Ever gained made her a lot more interesting character than without it.
I have a lot of questions regarding Damen. A lot, which I think were deliberately left unanswered in this book as this is the first in a series. I still haven't formed much of an opinion about Damen because he was, and is still, an enigma. There wasn't much to think of even with the revelation of what he was. I did, however, like how his characters make readers think, especially at the start, if he really is an enemy or the hero in the story.
Riley is an adorable character! I think she became more lovable and gave her character more spark. She's the typical little sister, naughty, a blabber mouth, and always tends to irritate her older sister. But she was the one person who got Ever through the difficult times, and she's just this little girl who is like a big ball of excitement. She makes Ever's gloomy character a little bit brighter.
Plot wise, it feels a little bit like the author tried to build up the mystery behind Damen and Ever's situation too much, holding out the last minute and deciding to bring out the answers to some (not all) of the questions a bit too late into the book. More than half of it was spent trying to shroud Damen's identity, which I think readers already knew even before they're halfway through it. But I think what made up for that was the chemistry between Ever and Damen. There were a lot of intense moments that readers couldn't help but look forward to, and even though their relationship is still a bit shaky and new, it's worth trying to wait and see where it takes them.
Also, I think the meaning behind the Tulips is very romantic. The tulip was definitely a significant part of the story, and I like how it's prominently featured in the cover.
I hope the books get better as the series progresses, but Evermore is quite an interesting start in a series. I will give this book a chance because I see a lot more room for growth character wise and plot wise. I'm pretty sure it will get more intense in later books!