To be honest, this book took me completely by surprise. I certainly wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did! Once I started the story, I couldn't...moreTo be honest, this book took me completely by surprise. I certainly wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did! Once I started the story, I couldn't put it down, even to attend my cousin's wedding. I was reading during the ceremony!!!
In Seers of Light, Ms. DeLucy illustrates a world that is ours, yet so different from anything we know. She awakens us to accept a world of new possibilities with dynamic characters that will leave their mark on you and leave you wanting to know more! (less)
WOW! Hold up. I'm still trying to pick myself up off the floor.
With humor and charm, Sophie Kinsella introduced us to the Shopaholic. Well,...more*fans self*
WOW! Hold up. I'm still trying to pick myself up off the floor.
With humor and charm, Sophie Kinsella introduced us to the Shopaholic. Well, in a new series reminiscent to that of Kinsella's, with just as much savvy humor and charm, Alice Clayton introduces us to sexaholic, Grace Sheridan. Not that anyone can blame Grace for her new found sexual appetite when she meets sinfully delicious Jack Hamilton. Sparks fly immediately between these two, which then thrusts readers into a new kind of refreshing and funny (and erotic) romance.
It feels like it has been a long time since I've be introduced to a character like Grace. She was so comfortable being herself, saying what was on her mind, and following her dreams. It was completely liberating. Sure, she had her doubts, but her musings as she worked through them were always reflective in their realness, and I loved being able to sympathize with her. Being a newly confident thirty-three year old woman dating a hot twenty-four year man old ain't easy, but Grace manages it with her exuberant, positive nature.
From the moment Jack came into the picture, I melted. Damn those Brits with their accents. I'm a big fan of fun banter between characters, and Grace and Jack's banter had my head spinning. It was wild, it was naughty, and it was completely entertaining. Also, I've come across a wide variety of pet names, (baby, honey, sugar) but none quite like those that Jack and Grace use for each other! Every time Jack called Grace "Nuts Girl" or "Crazy," my heart fluttered. It was so darn cute!
And then there was the... um... *blushes* sexy times. Explicit yet erotic, I found myself almost feeling like a dirty old man peeking in through the window of Grace's bedroom. It might have been a bit uncomfortable, but I couldn't tear myself away. Gawd, I'm such a perv.
Still, as tantalizing at it may have been, some of the sex scenes went on and on to the point that I thought it unrealistic. Though Grace never complained, there is nothing appealing about imagining a worn out, torn up oonie (Grace's word for lady bits). Insatiable and Enough Already walk a fine line, and at times, that line was definitely crossed.
Once you move past all the raunchy, the core of the story is a journey of self-discovery and believing in your heart, which I really enjoyed. Seriously, I'm reduced to a squealing fangirl with this one. Grace is my homegirl with her love of all things NKOTB, Corey Haim, and the Golden Girls, and I can't wait to read more about her wild adventures.
The series continues with The Redhead Revealed, which I've already read and loved.
I can't deny that I thought this story was amazing. I really did get sucked into Calla's world of wolves and witches, of Guardians, Keepers and Searchers, but as much as I want to rave about this story, it also makes me want to rant in a nervous/excitement kind of way.
One could easily get overwhelmed by the amount of happenings going on in Nightshade. Calla, an Alpha female (w00t w00t) wolf, is on a steady course of becoming mated to Alpha male, Ren, so, together, they can run their own pack and protect the Keepers (witches) they serve.
Staying pure and following the rules of tradition set before her by her mistress, Lumine Nighshade, has as always been a priority for Calla. She believes in she is serving as a warrior for the common interest of her pack. But Calla faces a new challenge when she saves a human boy, Shay, and begins to develop feelings for him. Now that their lives are irrevocably intertwined, they discover that the world that Calla has always held sacred is full of lies. Soon she becomes torn over fulfilling her duty or taking a chance on true love.
As an Alpha, Calla is incredible, but she was not without her faults. She wars a lot within herself, and as a result, she is often hot tempered and hostile. Her desires to remain true to her calling conflict with her desires to chose her own path, which creates a very compelling pull to cheer her on no matter which direction she decides to go in.
Ren, Calla's intended mate, is so swoon worthy yet complex! Sure, he is the epitome of double standards, but is in his nature. As an Alpha, he is totally the leader of the pack type and has done is fair share of dating around, but as his union with Calla draws nearer, he becomes completely devoted to her. Like Calla, he also struggles to find his footing in leading his pack, but you can't really blame him. He had the worst role models; his master, Efron, and his father, Emile, are both creeps! Still, Ren is very caring and protective of his pack, and he believes in his duty and destiny. He is ready and willing to 'man up' and accept his responsibilities, and those qualities made he super sexy!
My two biggest disappointments with this novel: Shay's character and the way humans are turned into wolves. I'm sorry, but I really didn't see any appeal in Shay. Maybe I should blame Ren for this? The Alpha male constantly referred to Shay as a kid or a boy, and that is exactly how I saw him. Shay was a bland bore with his comics and studying. I could never understand what Calla saw in him. He never stirred any emotion in me, and never made me laugh or even smile. I suppose I could see Calla liking him because he was so ordinary since she is surround by so much extraordinary, but their relationship just didn't work for me.
Spoiler! I knew that Shay would eventually become a wolf, but the way he turned was such a let down. One would think evoking the magic to pull off such a feat would be more invloved, but the whole thing went down in like one paragraph! Calla just gave him some of her blood and chanted a single line and poof! Teen Wolf! Agh! No! It can't be that simple.
And, least you think these wolves are hiding clothes throughout the forest so they don't have to deal with the awkwardness of transforming from wolf to human naked, the magic that enables them to transform, also helps them keep their clothes on in another dimension. What? Can't deal with your teen wolves running around naked so just write it off with a wave of a wand; ummm...okay... sure. I'm just gonna say, I'm not a big fan of easy explanations.
I'm also not a big fan of big cliffhangers, only because I think novels, even in a series, need to be able to stand on their own, with one story in the saga complete, and the next book beginning a new adventure. Sadly, Nightshade does end with a major cliffy! And the next book won't be released until Summer 2011. Gah! How will I be able to bear it? I'm missing Ren already!
Overall, fascinating read, with a lot of mystery, supernatural elements, an intense love triangle, and great secondary characters. (less)
I know I'm going to fail you. I know I'm not going to be able to adequately express how much I LOVED this book! I know I'm not going to be able to articulate with certain certainty how I think you need to stop what your doing right now and read this book! But I'm gonna try!
Clare is a literary genius!
That in itself should be enough, but I'll go on. From the moment I started reading Clockwork Angel I could not put it down, and I never wanted it to end! It is an epic adventure like one I have been longing for! Although I have heard many praise The Mortal Instruments series, I have not read any of those books. If fact, I just ordered and received them this month, and now I plan to read them immediately. Clockwork Angel is the prequel to the Mortal Instruments, but I never felt lost reading it. Regardless of its ties to The Mortal Instruments, Clockwork Angel is its own wonderful story that can be read without prior knowledge of the series.
There is no delay in action! Straightaway, Tessa Gray is thrust into a world like she had never imagined possible. She is forced to harness magic within herself that she does not understand. Soon enough she discovers the Shadowhunters, which bring about events that will change her life.
Tessa is the best kind of heroine! An ordinary girl with an extraordinarily power, Tessa is a book lover at heart, which marks her as very clever and lovable, but she was also not without faults. Her naivety felt very real. She struggled, but as she learned and grew into herself, so did the reader. And, I'm so in SWOON with the shadowhunter William Herondale. Will had me laughing out loud with his silly musings. Captivated as I was by him, I must have re-read his scenes a dozen times before I could stop gushing and giggling enough to move on. Yet his mysterious past kept me guarded, and he even broke my heart a bit. Will's best friend, Jem was also quite enduring. I don't know if I've ever admired a character more than I did Jem. There was a centered calmness to him that I couldn't help but wish I possessed in myself.
While the storyline was unique and unexpected, mirthful yet thrilling and dark, one could say the best bits were all the literary references, the poetry quotes and even the chapter titles! I love it all!
Please believe me when I say you must own this book in every format available. Keep a few copies for yourself and give the rest out as birthday presents! Totally best gift idea ever! (less)
Riddle me this. What is the Key that unlocks the heart?
Sapphique, the squeal to Incarceron, is as equally daunting to read as it's predecessor. The dark and desolate world of the prison continued to confuse me in its elaborate, overdrawn scenes, yet I found myself enjoying this book better than the first.
Trying to adjust to living on the Outside and abiding by Protocol, Finn is angry that he still doesn't truly know who he is. He is also desperate to find a way to get the Portal that freed him from Incarceron to work again so that he can rescue this oathbrother, Keiro, and his friend, Attia, from the depths of the prison. And as if Finn didn't have enough to worry about, a boy has come forward, claiming to be Giles Alexander Ferdinand of the Havaarna, Lord of the Southern Isles, Count of Marly, Crown Prince of the Realm. But isn't that who Finn is supposed to be? (I just had to include Giles's full name because I loved it. LOL)
Claudia's father, the Warden of Incarceron, retreated into the prison to escape the Queen, and now she is now just as determined as Finn to find a way to open the Portal to help bring him back. Assisting Claudia and Finn is their faithful tutor, Jarad. Meanwhile, in the prison, Attia and Keiro have teamed up to seek their own way out, relying on the stories and legend of Sapphique, the only prisoner who knows the answer to the riddle that helped him escape from Incarceron.
But Keiro and Attia are not the only ones that long for freedom, for a glimpse at the stars; the prison wants release, too.
As the half-man, Keiro, and dog-slave, Attia, battle their enimies on the Inside and fight for survival inside the prison, the would be Crowned Prince, Finn, and his betrothed, Claudia, struggle to play the Queen's game long enough to ensure the survival of the world.
Since I read the books back to back (review of Incarceron), I felt very invested in the characters. I really cared about them and hoped they would be able to find some peace and happiness. The POVs shifts were interesting since we got them from main characters and the secondary characters alike. There was a lot of exciting action, and it felt like a wild race against time. I will say that I was surprised by some of the events that happened towards the end, but some felt too contrived and muddled and left me asking myself, "What was the point?"(less)