OK so I gave in and read this first. Devoured it in one sitting. Twist-tastic. Thank goodness it isn't long til the next one, but what will I do then...moreOK so I gave in and read this first. Devoured it in one sitting. Twist-tastic. Thank goodness it isn't long til the next one, but what will I do then :)(less)
Written in first person narrative in what I can only describe as ‘common’ language and phrasing, which I did feel lowered the intelligence of the story but can easily be attributed to a 16/17 year old girl. Mild use of bad language which although fits in with the characters is not really necessary for the storyline.
The actually layout of the book is very visual with the start of each chapter having black misty swirls at the top of the page, making it look sinister and instilling a feeling of dread.
The story starts with a shocking twist that draws the reader right into the plot. The idea of an alternate world inhabited by monsters/vampire/werewolves/etc living side by side the human world brought to mind Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr and The Night World Series by L.J.Smith, I actually think at one point there is a reference to the Night World in the plot. We are drawn into the protagonists (Dru) world where she is trying to maintain a normal facade when her life is anything but.
The writing is very descriptive with lots of dramatic tension and some gory imagery. The description of the weather in particular actually made me feel cold. There are lots of references to snakes (not good if you have a snake phobia like me added together with my technicolour imagination) I could actually feel my skin crawling at the descriptions, which I guess is the point.
The characters were well developed and interesting, there ‘secrets’ have yet to be fully revealed so there is plenty of scope to develop them further in Betrayals. Reminiscent of The Twilight Saga with the love triangle element. I am actually taking bets with myself at the moment to see if one of the main characters will have green eyes. The relationship between the characters is believable and easy to relate to (especially that of the friendship between Dru and Graves).
Although the action is fast paced very little of the plot is revealed. There is a major cliffhanger ending; although some plot questions are answered there are a lot more left to be revealed (hopefully) in the next book, Betrayals.
In conclusion, a good read if you like paranormal romance and lots of fast paced action and dramatic tension but be warned you will be left with a lot of unanswered questions and definitely have to read Betrayalsto get more of the answers (great marketing strategy). Not for those looking for a stand alone story, this is definitely a series.(less)
Beautifully written debut novel. Aimed at tweens rather than YA but it still contains some adult sexual themes. An unusual and creative take on a faerie...moreBeautifully written debut novel. Aimed at tweens rather than YA but it still contains some adult sexual themes. An unusual and creative take on a faerie story. Lovely nature imagery which worked wonders with my technicolour imagination. Clever use of science to reinforce the plot - it might even encourage tweens to study science ;) Ingenious linking of Shakespearean characters with mythological characters added an extra dimension to the storyline. A heart wrenching ending that lingers in your imagination long after closing the book. A truly enchanting story.(less)
The plot was built up very slowly, and seemed to hold a story within a story. On one hand you had the...moreAn intriguing reworking of a classic ghost story.
The plot was built up very slowly, and seemed to hold a story within a story. On one hand you had the story of Abbey’s friends mysterious death and hidden secrets. On the other you have the mysterious boy (Caspian) and old couple (Nikolas & Katy) Abbey meets in a Graveyard. The plot twists are well written and believable.
The descriptions are wonderful, I especially liked the references to the aromatherapy oils (being a trained aromatherapist as one of my myriad of jobs) I could almost smell the scents in the air.
The characters were well rounded and their personalities and actions were believable, even with the twists to the tale. However, I did find that I could not completely relate to the female protagonist (Abbey) mainly due to the fact that I cannot possibly think of wandering around a cemetery as something to do for fun! I also felt that the schools reaction to the death of one of its pupils was rather odd.
There are quotes for Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the start of the chapters, although they do reinforce the storyline I couldn’t help but picture the gore-fest that was the movie Sleepy Hollow starring Johnny Depp (remember I do not like gore being of the squeamish variety) so these did nothing to enhance the story for me, in fact I think it detracted from the actual beauty of the story with these vivid gory pictures popping into my technicolour imagination. Not that the author would be aware of my linking the 2 things together in my head!
Although I did enjoy the story as a whole, the plot has left me with a lot of unanswered questions on both of the intertwining story-lines. I was slightly disappointed with the ending as I felt I was left hanging with all of these questions and no way of reconciling them. I am hoping the next book The Haunted will tie up some of these points for me. (less)
Questions answered yet more questions to answer thank goodness I can read book 3 straight away.
Such cute romance.
The book starts a few months after th...moreQuestions answered yet more questions to answer thank goodness I can read book 3 straight away.
Such cute romance.
The book starts a few months after the end of The Hollow progressing the story smoothly. Abbey has really grown as a character; it was nice to see her more confident and sure of herself (rather than questioning her sanity, lol). I have to say I actually enjoyed this book more than the first largely due to the fantastic character development.
The chemistry between Abby and Kaspian felt like electricity flowing from the pages. The love triangle (that really wasn't) was very nicely done paving the way for added insight into the relationships and the interactions of peripheral characters. I have to admit that Vincent actually scared me, you could tell he was quite insane but it was 'stalker' realistically portrayed *scary stuff*.
I am still totally in love with the descriptions of the perfume making. I could literally smell the essential oils wafting from between the pages. I adored how Abby lost control of all her senses in the supply shop - it reminded me of the way I react in a book store lol.
You probably already know that I love the ideal of soul-mates and destiny. This book really pushes those boundaries - just how far would you go to be with your soul-mate' would you die.
As the mystery unravels more questions required answering but it all flowed together nicely. There was one part that went slightly off track but I am not sure if this was intentioned as there are a number of red herrings and misdirections thrown into the plot. Leading to assumptions and we all know what assume makes [ ; D ]
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I cant tell you how much I looked forward to this sequel to Prophecy of the Sisters, the mix of realism, Gothic convention and historical setting, so...moreI cant tell you how much I looked forward to this sequel to Prophecy of the Sisters, the mix of realism, Gothic convention and historical setting, so richly depicted in Michelle Zink's writing provided an imaginary world in which I could totally immerse my imagination. The descriptions so sensory I could almost feel as if I was right there in the story with them.
Let me start by saying that I love how the title is a play on words of the plot, completely ingenious. I can only describe this book in terms of a roller-coaster ride; the start builds slowly as you are chugging along to the top of the ride, but as soon as you hit that peak you are sent flying along with fast paced action and drama. The gentle start lulls you into a false sense of security, before the plot takes off with adrenaline fuelled action. Dramatic and intense Gothic imagery combined with fast paced action create a compelling storyline. The gathering forces of darkness held at bay by a small band of light/hope.
The history of the prophecy and the genealogy revealed expand the plot drawing the reader further into the plot.
Lia is a wonderful protagonist; fiercely loyal, insecure in her power to begin with but as time passes her belief in herself grows. Her sense of duty over-shadows her own desire for peace and security. She gradually gains both power and inner strength as the plot progresses.
The introduction of a new love interest for Lia gives an extra dimension to the plot with the parallels to Lia's parent's relationship. Dimitiri has a high sizzle factor mixed with a truly lovable nature. You have a sense that Lia and Dimitiri are connected on a profound level. I am adding them to my favourite literary couples along with Bella and Edward plus Vance and Portia.
Alice continues to be absolutely terrifying in her calm assurance that she should rule with Samael (the devil). Her power and lack of respect for the rules instills a shudder of terror whenever she is mentioned in the narrative. Her manipulation of people and events is chilling in its premeditation and complete callousness.
Altus would be my kind of utopia; mix in a few supernatural powers and I would move there in a heartbeat. However, the treatment Lia receives on Altus show how people base their judgements on preconceived notions rather than letting peoples actions speak for themselves. Most people don't bother to get to know people for themselves, instead they trust in rumours and gossip like it is the right thing to do. This makes me both angry and sad. It was lovely to see how Lia was able to alter peoples preconceived ideas about her.
Back to the roller-coaster analogue: there are some amazing twists and turns that take the reader by surprise.
I cant wait to see where this story goes from here. (less)