I really like this series and the second installment didn't fail to disappoint either.
It is something different that I haven't yet read before and in...moreI really like this series and the second installment didn't fail to disappoint either.
It is something different that I haven't yet read before and in that holds the appeal to keep on reading. With the second book, Until I Die, it follows on nicely from where the last one ended and it is a steady read with romance mixed in with danger and secrets. It is a wonderful world to read about because it is so polished and perfect even amongst so much danger that you can't help fall for it yourself.
I only have one flaw with this book and that is with the authors decision to be so precise about exact locations and the parisian names of things. I know the Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triumph, Notre Dame and The Louvre...thats about it. That probably goes for most people in the world, not all, but most. So there is no point in naming little cafes, other galleries, museums, streets, houses and other various things all in french names that I don't understand or nor will I go and look up the name of. The only upside of this is it makes you feel like you are actually there but the downside makes the author sounds extrememly pretentious, even if she does live there, and it makes the reader feel a little out of the loop and, for lack of a better word, stupid, for not knowing where the heck the characters are. Tone the whole french thing down about 50 notches and mention it every now and again to remind us of where we are and that would suffice. Just one minor downfall to an otherwise wonderful story.
So, the rest are all highlights for me. This story is wonderfully written and the romance in it is truly a one of a kind, sometimes a little too soppy, but it makes my heart swoon. Kate and Vincent feel so natural as a couple that you forget that they are just boyfriend and girlfriend and aren't married. Vincents family are also loveable in their own ways and are each unique characters. I love the mixture of old and new in this entire story. Most of the revanants are 100 years old or more and for them to mix in the new world like they have been born into it is amazing and at times quite cheeky of them to act like a 21st century young adult.
The danger in this book is not as up to par with the first book and it comes much later on but it is a big mystery moment when we find out who the bad guy is so to speak. It is something a good book like this needs and I was glad it was mixed in.
I don't want to give too much away for this book, but for the people who read the first book, they won't be disappointed with this one. It is sweet, dangerous and brings out the longing for a good romance in all of us.(less)
So I feel so ashamed at myself for how long this book sat on my bookshelf until I decided I had the time to read it or could actually be bothered. Bec...moreSo I feel so ashamed at myself for how long this book sat on my bookshelf until I decided I had the time to read it or could actually be bothered. Because now that I know how good it was I feel even more ashamed.
There is only one reason it gets a 4 star rating and that is I am not a fan of epilogues. I never read them, sometimes I only skim through them, so there was going to be no way I was going to read 4 of them. I skimmed through all of them and everything was still understandable with what I was reading. So I guess they are purely there for some light background information. Nice touch, but not my cup of tea.
Anyway, I have to say that for Claudia Gray to write a book about Balthazar was one of the smartest things so could have done. Balthazar for me was always the star through all of the Evernight series. He was always the one you wanted to know more about. Why was he so broody, secretive and otherworldly? Well that all gets put into action in this book and I loved it. I really enjoyed the interaction between Skye and Balthazar, the subtle sexual tension was some of my favourite parts because you were just waiting for them to jump each others bones and it was written in such a nice way where it didn't make you feel uncomfortable to read, it was sweet.
The drama surrounding Skye, Balthazar and Redgrave was an interesting one. It was kind of predictable but in a good way. Most of the time you knew where the story was going to end up but there were a few twists and turns that were surprising to say the least. I also thoroughly enjoyed the small appearances from Bianca and Lucas, they were small reminders of where this all began and where they all met so it was nice to have their assistance in the story.
Just the overall way that Claudia Gray writes is so wonderful and easy to follow along with that makes it all the more enjoyable an adventure to take. Balthazar is a great read and even if you read it before or after you decide to read the Evernight series it is still an amazing standalone novel.(less)
**spoiler alert** I loved this book just as much as I loved the first two!
When I thought that the story couldn't get any better, it did. Becca Fitzpat...more**spoiler alert** I loved this book just as much as I loved the first two!
When I thought that the story couldn't get any better, it did. Becca Fitzpatrick breathes a certain life into her characters that truly makes you believe they are real. I certainly believe that there is a huge possibility of a Patch and Nora living somewhere on this planet. It is a beautiful thought.
What I liked most about this book was the mystery Nora was going through. This book could have started off very generically from where the last one left off but it didn't and that was a huge surprise. I personally felt very mysterious and kept in the dark along with Nora. Having the book begin with Nora in a familiar yet unfamiliar place and having her memory stripped was something I was not expecting and it was fantastic. It was a joy to begin on another journey with Nora, trying to decipher what she had forgotten along with her even though the reader already knows a lot of what she doesn't remember.
Another highlight of this book and the series is the romance. I don't find it sappy and too needy, I find the romance in this book and the series to one that again, feels real. Nora has her girly desires that are there yet reined in to a point and Patch knows what he wants and he wants Nora. He is flirty and has a powerful desire of his own to protect Nora and also have his way with her yet still being a perfect gentlemen. This romance doesn't feel as hyped up as other paranormal romances are, this one isn't the focus all the time, but it is there, you always know it is there. They have a desire to be together but still do not let it overpower what is most important.
The drama and danger in this book was high and always a prevelant force. Everything Nora learned she had to hide away from Hank for the fear of him hurting her mother or possibly Vee. I know if she could have let rip on Hank that Nora would have spared no time in trying to destroy as much of him as she possibly could. Hank did have an evil about him that was impossible to forget about at all times. I couldn't stand how he had everything planned out for Nora, his biological daughter, and how she basically had no choice in the matter to become a full Nephillim. It does make things more interesting though for the next book and I assume the last.
I definitely recommend this book and this series to young adults. It has all the good things that a young adult book needs, romance, danger and desire. I find this series to be one of those rare series that you can read over and over again and not get sick of, well, I haven't gotten sick of these books yet anyway!(less)
So it has taken me a while to get around to writing a review for this book and that is simply because I have been lazy. My book habits of late have be...moreSo it has taken me a while to get around to writing a review for this book and that is simply because I have been lazy. My book habits of late have been poor and so hopefully I can step it up!
Well, what to say about Shattered Souls. This book was interesting in many ways, for one, it was unique, parts of this book has echoes of other stories amongst it but then most books do these days as the same bits and pieces do tend to get recycled. The uniqueness of this book was in the job that Lenzi has always been born to do, she is a reincarnated Speaker. And add to that that she has a cute boy who reveals he is her Protector just makes it all the more interesting, but that last part isn't exactly unique as we all know there has to be the adorable distraction in either boy or girl form in the modern day Paranormal Romance.
I could understand Lenzi's aversion to having to learn about what she is and how to master it, that made it feel all the more real. I don't think it is a natural instinct to just jump into something that sounds crazy so for Lenzi to question things was smart and a smart move made by the author.
Alden's presence in this book comes early on and again, Lenzi doesn't just surrender over to the cute stranger, as much as she or us might like to (Haha). Alden is mysterious and alluring all at the same time and maybe a little pushy with Lenzi but all for a good reason. It kind of felt to me that Alden coming into the story when he did was a little unfair for Zak. Zak wasn't at his best and so that left me with a sour taste in my mouth when it came to him, although I couldn't help but feel bad for him when it came to Lenzi preferring Alden over Zak. That part of the story felt way to predictable to me and I didn't like how it went. I loved reading it but wish that Zak had of been more included in the story, that Lenzi hadn't of just given into Alden and her strong feel for him and that Zak actually still stood a fighting chance and didn't have to spiral out of control like he did. That last part I believe fell all on Lenzi's shoulders and to be honest, a little part of me wants her to feel bad for how she treated Zak.
So overall, the book had its own uniqueness, predictability, cliched romance yet sweet nonetheless and a feel all of its own that made you want to continue reading. I'd recommend teens and young adults to give it a shot if you like the paranormal and the romance.(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'd give this book a 4 and a half if it were possible. I liked it quite a lot although there was something that just didn't make me...more**spoiler alert** I'd give this book a 4 and a half if it were possible. I liked it quite a lot although there was something that just didn't make me believe in it as much as I would have liked.
Die for Me was probably one of the more unique stories I have read recently, I have never heard of a Revenant before and the creativity behind it was enjoyable to read. I liked the history that the Revenants have and the symmetry of having the 'bad guys' too. It's not so much of a storyline that has been mimicked before although rather been tweaked. There is the typical relationship that starts to brew, girl discovers that boy is some supernatural creature and it all goes from there, but that is where the similarites lie. Die for Me didn't have Kate running off into the sunset with Vincent, instead she was unsure whether or not she should persue a relationship with a 'zombie' and deal living with the dead on an almost daily basis. That seemed more realistic than a lot of other storylines going around today.
I think that the only thing I wasn't grasping onto as much was the romance, I mean there was a tonne of it, Vincent is the ultimate ladies man. He pleases the folks, forks out for dinners, escorts Kate home and holds open doors for her, but I think that it didn't feel as real to me probably because you had to keep reminding yourself that Vincent and his kindred are all from much later times and just appear to have been born 19 years ago or so. That aside, the romance has a realness to it, a real old quality that isn't written about much a lot anymore in books that surround a genre such as this. It's quite a refreshing change.
All of the characters, whether main or sub characters are all quite unique. I think one of my favourites is Gaspard, such a gentle soul and not meant to be in battle, he seemed sweet. Kate was believable as a young 17 year old too, although she was much older in her mind rather than in her body and you noticed that a lot at times too. She seemed much older than her older sister who acted rather young at times for the older sibling. The numa were an interesting concept too and I like the symmetry, as it is needed in most stories.
I hope there is quite a few books to come after this one, I liked this one a lot, I think it might take me another to really get me hooked. For the paranormal romance lovers, this one is great :)(less)
There's not much I can say on this book that hasn't already been said about the first book of this amazing series.
I love this series and the first boo...moreThere's not much I can say on this book that hasn't already been said about the first book of this amazing series.
I love this series and the first book for me actually was a little slow to begin with, but now with the graphic novel of the first it brings to life the images I tried so hard to get in my head when first reading Vampire Academy. I like how each character actually seems to be how I pictured them in my head, although Dimitri's hair is a little off in my mind, but if that's my only flaw then so be it, I can adjust to Richelle Mead's pictures.
The colouring and moments of action in this book are really highlighted too, the look in the characters eyes are also quite well done and you can see the fear and the excitement that we are supposed to be seeing too. I really think that Rose is presented as super sexy, although she always has been in my mind, Lissa is gorgeous and sweetly dressed at all times, she does look regal to me at most times if not all. I think Christian is exactly how I would have pictured him, strikingly handsome with a hint of mischief behind his eyes. Dimitri is the strong, tall guardian that I always pictured him as.
For a graphic novel this is really quite exciting. I think that a lot of authors might start venturing out into this medium in the future, it's exciting for fans to be able to see exactly what the author was seeing all along. I like the idea of that and this book executed it flawlessly.(less)