I am on the edge of whether or not to give this book a 3 and a half rating to be honest. There was just something about this book that didn't hook me...moreI am on the edge of whether or not to give this book a 3 and a half rating to be honest. There was just something about this book that didn't hook me in like the previous ones.
I will start with the negatives first and the biggest flaw in this book was how many typing errors there were. In an average book I expect to come across at least 3, maybe 4, tops, but this book had at least 15-20 errors. To me it is probably the worst thing that could happen to a book and it should not have left the editing office until it had been checked over and over again. It was a major turn off for this book and that was part of the reason I was disappointed. Secondly, Jane and Luca's relationship to me felt way too tame when they are supposed to be destined soul mates and all that. Jane makes everything out to be a huge deal when it really isn't and Luca beleives that Jane is the one who has come to him for him to treasure and love until the end of time. It just feels unrealistic at times and I wish it didn't because this series has so many up points to it.
So, what I did like was far more vast than what I didn't like. As much as Jane and Luca's romance can annoy me it does also make me swoon. Who doesn't want to have a boyfriend who is meant for you and comes from another world and is old fashioned in so many ways? Well, not everyone, but I do, I do! Janes parents are another up point in this story as they let Luca live with them. Janes mother knows about Luca and so therefore that is a bonus for both Jane and Luca, but besides that her parents just seem so easy going with their relationship, that scored points with me.
The drama in this book surrounded around the vulpecula, some nasty and evil race of mutant foxes that have the ability to destroy Nissilum if they can get there. It was a good plot for the story, they tried to destory Luca and Janes relationship, mind controlled Janes family, friends and any other person in their way and it was understandably annoying for Jane and Luca after they had figured out who these people really were. I wish it was made to feel a little more dramatic at times though, it felt subdued when it should really have been taken with a lot more seriousness.
Overall I did like Dark Heart Surrender, in some areas it felt weak, in others it was a lot stronger. It was a bit all over the place but still quite a readable story. I don't know how many more books are in this series but I feel like its time should come to an end.(less)
So far this has been one of the best series I have started reading this year.
Sometimes the second book to a series can be a real let down, and I have...moreSo far this has been one of the best series I have started reading this year.
Sometimes the second book to a series can be a real let down, and I have read quite a few sequel let downs before. This book was just as amazing as the first though. The only downfall I can give it is the amount of spelling mistakes that were riddled through it. I know every book has to have at least one or two mistakes in it but this was excessive. The first book didn't have barely any mistakes in it, but this one had a mistake on every 5 to 8 pages. I felt sorry for Lee Monroe for that to have happened, I hope a future printing might correct those mistakes, but other than that, this book I found to be flawless.
The romance in this book is not as strong as the first but that is to be expected because of the circumstances. Although it isn't as strong it is still there, you know that Jane still loves Luca as much as she ever has but she is willing to try to let him go if that is what he wants, because of his family. You also realise just how much Luca is trying to repress his feelings for Jane while he is being put through his arranged marriage to Lila, who does seem sweet if just a little too girly. You know that Luca and Jane's love is truly strong and deep even though they are apart for the time being. They only rekindled at the end of the book, but I didn't actually mind that it took until the end for them to get back together and deal with the sacrifices and struggle that they were going to face for the future. I see it as a true love, it is one of the few real types of love that I have read about in a fictional story.
Obviously the parts in this book that strike a nerve is the idea of arranged marriages and doing exactly as your family says you should do. There is no leniency with this subjects, Nissilum is a place where you do as you are told and thats it, it eliminates any need for fighting and disagreements if everyone just does as they are told. I don't blame Raphael for rebelling against those ideals, they are brought up to believe this way of living but no one is allowed to have any other ideas of how something should be. Raphael might have gone the wrong way about things but he still discovered hidden truths and learnt a new way of doing things. I really would like to think that Lowe gets what is coming to him, he is a pompous character who see's fit to abide by the rules but bully people and make sure he teaches them a lesson, a lesson that he has no right to dish out. He is by far my least favourite character and seriously needs a reality check. Same with his and Luca's parents, but then again, that is the way they have known and have been brought up in.
I like that Soren was a new addition to this book, he made for an interesting read and I had a feeling all along that he wasn't really as he seemed a lot of the time. He had secrets that he wasn't going to confide in Jane and he did a good job of hiding them. I hope he is in the next book and maybe see something exciting happen with him.
Overall, I could discuss this book for quite a while but to sum it up, it was amazing. A fantastic sequel and a well rounded story, apart from the numerous spelling/punctuation errors that were made. I know that a series such as this one could get picked at by a lot of people out there, but for me, I found it well written and at times it seemed older than the age group it was probably written for. A definite read and re-read :)(less)
**spoiler alert** This book was amazing! I haven't picked up a new book in a long time and been blown away like I was with this one. I admit that the...more**spoiler alert** This book was amazing! I haven't picked up a new book in a long time and been blown away like I was with this one. I admit that the start did seem a little slow but it kicked right in soon enough and it was brilliant. Lee Monroe writes with such simplicity that it makes for a smooth and easy read yet it is deep and intriguing and doesn't let you stop reading. I loved Jane. She was so likeable and relatable, she had her moments but that is with all good characters. I found Evan and Luca to both be amazing guys, until Evan showed his true colours, he was masked so well in this book that I didn't even figure him out until Jane started to second guess. That is what I believe a good book should be able to do. I was in sync with Jane throughout this book and didn't think ahead to what was happening, I took it one step at a time like she did. Obviously Luca was stunning, his personality and his looks. I am a sucker for a guy with green eyes and an amazing personality. Luca was a constant throughout and he stayed true even when Jane doubted him and didn't want to believe him. I'm glad she came around in the end and realised that her feelings for Luca shouldn't be pushed aside and she should embrace them. To me, this romance between Luca and Jane felt like a true one, one I could definitely see happening in the real world. I envy it to be honest. The idea of soulmates may seem farfetched to some but they way it is portrayed in this book makes it seem all the more likely for everyone to find their soulmate, even if he is in another distant world. This book wowed me and I can't wait to continue on with the series. This will definitely be read again and again. It is just one of those books. Paranormal romance lovers will absolutely want to get their hands on this one!(less)
**spoiler alert** I really dispise giving a Charlaine Harris book anything but a 5, but this one just didn't completely top it for me. I love this ser...more**spoiler alert** I really dispise giving a Charlaine Harris book anything but a 5, but this one just didn't completely top it for me. I love this series, I'm 100 percent hooked on it, but I have to admit that this series is being dragged out really far now. I read a comment not long ago from someone who I believed summed it up really well, this series is starting to feel like a chore to read. You love it, the storyline and everything, but it just feels like you are reading it just for the sake of reading it now. I feel that way too, I still love the characters and their stories with all my heart, but I kind of think that this series could have ended at 10 books probably.
Anyway, with all that said, I still did like a lot about this book. I love that there is still the strong mystery element that Charlaine Harris knows how to do so well. I felt that the start was kind of slow to begin with and then got into it a little more as it went along. I really wanted to know why Eric and Pam were acting so odd so there is where the strong mystery element comes in.
What I also found quite fascinating was the history that was put into this book. Sookie was discovering things about her Gran that she didn't know and never had a chance to be told which I really thought was a good part to this book. What I do miss about this series though is the strong sexual element. Okay, I think most people have to admit that what they loved the most, besides the awesome storyline, was the sexual tension between Sookie and Eric. Those two were sooooo much more amazing together when they were fighting the urge to bonk each others brains out. So now that they are together and have this close bond, that whole part just disappeared.
Another part that was also a good feature was Sookie breaking the bond between her and Eric by use of her friend Amelia. Sookie did it for the right reasons, to know whether or not she still felt something for Eric even without the bond. Mind you, I thought it was down right stupid of her to basically sever her ties with her own personal security device.
The fairies are still a great factor in these books that I still find highly interesting. Alcide popping up was also a lovely surprise too (a very lovely surprise ;) hahaha). All in all, this book for me was just slightly more interesting than the last one. I will still keep reading this series until Charlaine Harris just can't write them anymore, they are just too good :) I just hope that the next one has some more oomph.(less)
**spoiler alert** I actually think that this was my favourite book out of the series.
Shiver blew me away at the beginning, Linger kind of kept it flo...more**spoiler alert** I actually think that this was my favourite book out of the series.
Shiver blew me away at the beginning, Linger kind of kept it flowing and Forever hit the mark. I kept hoping for this book to have been done with justice and Maggie Stiefvater has done just that. For a 3 book series, this one could have been extrememly hard to write but she did it with absolute perfection!
By far, my favourite thing about this book was how much the love flowed, not just with Sam and Grace either. They made their own little family and I liked that the most. Forever was a lot more suspenseful too, much more so than the previous two, it kept me reading at a steady pace, not wanting to finish it all so quickly, but really wanting to know what was going to happen next. By far my favourite character out of this book was Cole. He is so well rounded as a character, he is both smart and stupid in many ways and he learns things about his life the more he progresses, he goes from strength to strength in every page of this book. At the same time he is still trying to be self destructive, but self destructive with a purpose. I liked that. I also loved that when he tried with Isabel he really tried hard, but not so much as to be the one to do all the work. The funny thing was though, Isabel and Cole are both kindred spirits, they both fit together so well and yet both want to rip each others throats out.
I liked that fact that they had a cop on their side too, someone who was smart enough to figure things out and not be afraid of what he discovered. The best part of this book came down to the end, when it was crunch time and it was time to get the wolves out of there and move them on. I felt scared for them and honestly did not know what was going to happen to them all, I did not know what Maggie Stiefvater had planned for her wolves and that was terrifying. I think I always knew that something was going to happen to Beck, it was just a feeling I had from the moment of reading this book. I do feel sorry for Sam, having to lose a parent, but I was proud that he surrendured to his feelings and then pushed on, he grew, and he is much stronger now which he needed a lot. I think Cole helped him grow up in that respect too.
I seriously thought it was the end for Cole aswell, but could not help the smile on my face when he called Isabel. I was glad that through all his self destructive behaviour and finally almost dying for real, he pushed through and is a better person for it.
If I have to give this book any bad points, it would be the way it ended. As much as I loved this book a whole lot, I feel like we didn't get to know what was going to happen to Grace and if the 'cure' might work on her or not. Also with what they were going to do next, I wish we had an inkling at least. I love how perfectly written the ending was, but I wish we had at least some idea about what was going to happen next. Also the fact that some parts of the book were a litte slow, but the slowness that some people talk about can be mistaken for poetry. Maggie Stiefvater has a way with words and makes them ring clear and true, I don't think that some people will understand that about her writing and will only be looking for clear and concise paragraphs with no life in it.
I'm sad that the series is over but I am so glad I followed it. Maggie Stiefvater is a true artist in the novel world and in many other ways too. These books may be written for young adults, but the way they are written makes them seem like you are venturing into a much more mature world. A great last book to an amazing series. Any lover of the paranormal/werewolves/romance should pick these books up.(less)
Okay, so I basically read this book in two days, not because it was utterly enthralling, but because I was eager to see how it would end and if the au...moreOkay, so I basically read this book in two days, not because it was utterly enthralling, but because I was eager to see how it would end and if the author was going to make something amazing happen. Nothing amazing happened. I was waiting for something epic to pop out and shock me, but it didn't happen. I might as well get all the good points out first because I have so many more that are bad. I did like the idea of the story and the characters names, I liked how the main character, Eryn, had the same name as me, which held a lot of appeal for me, and I liked how she was badass. I also liked Brit and Alec sounded super sexy to me. Thats where my praise ends. What I HATED, was the tacky drawings inside the book above and below each page and on certain pages there were illustrations of the characters and some scenes. They looked like damn cartoons! It didn't let the book speak for itself when all I could think about was how cartoony the characters began to look in my head. I managed to find a way around that though and imagined myself some attractive and REAL looking characters. What I also couldn't stand was how the-author-kept-talking-like-this-all-the-time-on-every-damn-page. It frustrated me so bad that I almost gave up reading, but for the life of me I couldn't do that because I have to finish a book. Always. What also bothered me was that nothing seemed to flow easily. I found that situations jumped, they weren't eased into and it made me feel on edge the whole time reading it. I couldn't relax with this book. A book of this genre should make you feel edgy for good reasons, not bad, and there should be a point where the edginess is switched up for something more light hearted. I couldn't stand Paige so maybe the author got that part right for me, and I know I said I liked Eryn's bad-assed-ness, but sometimes she seemed more like a guy then a girl. I hate it when girls are borderline male in books. She was written as a girl with strong attributes, at least make her a little more girly at some point besides the fact that she is stereotypically torn between two guys. This book had so much potential and it failed. It is the first of a series and the sucky thing about series is you want to know where it ends. I do admit I am curious about Eryn and Alec's relationship and I want to know where that goes. But basically, thats the only thing I will be reading it for, and to be honest, thats not what should draw me in the most. I still liked the story, but I think this book needed more help before being published.(less)
**spoiler alert** Now, I have to be honest about this book. I didn't like it as much as I did with Shiver, but after I really got stuck into it I love...more**spoiler alert** Now, I have to be honest about this book. I didn't like it as much as I did with Shiver, but after I really got stuck into it I loved it. I love/hate the way the book was seeming to go and now having come to the end of it I can say that I hate having to wait almost another year before the last book. I am a fan of cliff hangers but also just wish I could get it over with and know what is going to happen in the end. Linger really showed off Maggie Stiefvater's sheer brillance and I get truly engaged in her stories. The way she writes pull's you in and takes you along for the ride, making sure that you take every twist and turn, shed a tear, share a laugh and a smile with all the characters. I like the including of Cole, I found him a very engaging person and wanted to know a lot more about him as the book progressed. I also liked that Isabel really had a voice this time around and that her story was being told from her point of view. As for Grace and Sam, these are two people who in the real world would be the ideal couple. So passionate and intense about each other, I wanted to be able to help them in any way possible so that they could be together. The end of Linger obviously got me the most and where it was headed I didn't like so much, it made me sad until I saw where it ended for now. The thing I like most about Maggie Stiefvater's wonderful and captivating stories about the wolves of Mercy Falls is that she makes sure you know how each character is supposed to be portrayed. You know that Sam is a gentle soul, you know that Isabel is feisty and you can easily tell that Cole has issues but puts on his trademark front. Not to mention the fact that each character gets their own moment to shine and you get to hear exactly how they think and see things through their eyes. I loved Linger and CANNOT wait for Forever.(less)
Maggie Stiefvater is truly an amazing author in every sense of the word. Shiver made me feel so many different emotions and I could not put it down, I...moreMaggie Stiefvater is truly an amazing author in every sense of the word. Shiver made me feel so many different emotions and I could not put it down, I even sat reading it until 2am. I love the detailed descriptions of everything, the characters, the scenery and their emotions. Sam and Grace's chemistry is so strong and bonding that I am envious of it and yet still loved reading it. This book really brought back my already strong love of reading and turned me into an absolute book maniac. If this book reduced me to tears, I cannot wait to see what Linger has in store.(less)
Stephenie Meyer should hurry up and finish writing this book. From what I have read of it I have fallen in love. Edwards point of view is one I always...moreStephenie Meyer should hurry up and finish writing this book. From what I have read of it I have fallen in love. Edwards point of view is one I always wondered what it would be like to read from and after finally being able to experience it I loved it and crave more. His personality and his old fashioned ways are so inviting. So I repeat, Stephenie Meyer hurry up and finish Midnight Sun!!(less)
Eclipse really wasnt as memorable to me as the other three books were. I liked it a lot, but some parts I found a little too indepth and uninteresting...moreEclipse really wasnt as memorable to me as the other three books were. I liked it a lot, but some parts I found a little too indepth and uninteresting. But I did love the fight scene and the commitment from both Edward and Jacob to show their love to Bella. This will make one hell of a movie I reckon and I can't wait to see it :)(less)
Now this was a 'rip your heart out' book. This series needed one of those and I really enjoyed New Moon and where it took you. It was one huge emotion...moreNow this was a 'rip your heart out' book. This series needed one of those and I really enjoyed New Moon and where it took you. It was one huge emotional rollercoaster and I think every girl who read this hated reading how Bella got messed around so bad, by her boyfriend and by her best friend. I think this one was probably my favourite out of the series, it really showed you how strong love can be.(less)