Steampunk meets Faerie! I never thought I'd see the day, so of course, I simply had to read this and it was amazing! To top it off, just look at the s...moreSteampunk meets Faerie! I never thought I'd see the day, so of course, I simply had to read this and it was amazing! To top it off, just look at the stunning cover, I mean really look at it, it's beautiful! Anyway, moving on to my thoughts...
It's been a while since I got so completely lost in a complex and beautifully built world and though at times Lovecraft and the other places in this novel were pretty freaky, I still had the bizarre desire to explore this incredible fictional city and that amazing Grayson mansion.
The idea of the Necrovirus was truly terrifying, not knowing on a day to day basis if you're going to wake up crazy is something no one would like to face, especially if all the evidence tells you that eventually you will. As for the ghouls and other creepy things, I would not like to go out walking after dark in this world as it just sounds too terrifying to contemplate. Even the Fae in this book are darker and scarier than in anything else I've read and I wanted to punch a certain Fae character in the face multiple times, and though I spent a portion of the book silently yelling at Aoife (pronounced Ee-fah, for those who are wondering. I looked it up, it's an old Gaelic name by origin) not to do certain things, I have to admit that girl has guts when dealing with the Fae.
This book isn't short on romance either and lets just say the love interest is one amazing guy. He isn't some over the top 'I can't live without you' sort, but his and Aoifa's relationship is genuine, develops slowly, is a bit funny and is pretty heart-warming and wow, is he a bit of an enigma. The ending took me by surprise and I don't just mean the literal ending, I mean several events leading up to it too including some pretty shocking revelations and a bit of a cliffhanger finish that has made me really want to read the next book. It should be arriving soon in the post, and my wait will be over! Awesome.(less)
This is not a light read and it's a pretty hard hitting story, though with a fantastical twist that softens the edges enough that it isn't over-bearin...moreThis is not a light read and it's a pretty hard hitting story, though with a fantastical twist that softens the edges enough that it isn't over-bearing. The horsemen of the apocalypse was such an original idea and combining that with the internal struggle of Lisa's anorexia makes this book a stroke of genius which anyone who has ever counted the calories, will relate too.
On a more basic and erm slightly girly level...Death sounds pretty nice! I don't mean dying of course, I mean the horseman who is Death. Not only is he described as being just a bit hot, he's also (ironically enough) probably the most caring of the horsemen and perhaps the one who teaches Lisa the most about her job. There is a lot more to this book than spreading the need to eat lots or depriving people from food and it's amazing how Lisa manages to turn, not only her abilities around, but her life around in the process of being a horseman. Oh and watch out for War, I really really did not like that girl!(less)
Yeh, it took me 18 months to read but in fairness I put it aside for that long so it actually only took me a few days. Good end to the series though :...moreYeh, it took me 18 months to read but in fairness I put it aside for that long so it actually only took me a few days. Good end to the series though :)(less)
I noticed no one in the UK had written a review for whisper of light yet, so I thought I'd tell everyone what they're missing. I'll start by saying th...moreI noticed no one in the UK had written a review for whisper of light yet, so I thought I'd tell everyone what they're missing. I'll start by saying that this is an incredibly well written book and by that I mean the writing just flows and the story grabs you in and will not let you go. I breezed through this in a few days and I loved every second and I couldn't find anything to criticise whatsoever (hasn't happened in a while that!)
Secondly, this is a book of magic, romance and even a few vampires (but please don't make the mistake of thinking it's like Twilight, Believe me, this is nothing like that) yet there is a lot of depth, philosophical and soul searching issues that really prompted to me to think about myself. What if your soul does, in a way, recycle itself and is born again? It's quite an awesome idea and one that plays a huge roll in the powers that the characters in this book possess. What if also this being born again meant you had powers such as mind reading, crossing spirits to the other side or healing? With so many books preaching afterlife and religion, its refreshing to get a different take on the soul and humanity in general.
Now on to the characters. As much as I loved Lily from the first book (Seers of Light) I connected to Nicole a lot more. Maybe because I see a little of myself in her. Always feeling a little inferior (and even feeling a little fat at times) so reading her story was all the more fascinating and hopeful for me. I also found her career to be wonderful to read about too, as well as uplifting. I don't know a lot about therapy and autism so it was an eye opener for me as well as being a little educational. Christian was very different to how he was in the first book and I loved this side to him, it made a change from the angry side that was more visible in Seers of light and his relationship with Nicole was beautiful and life changing for the both of them.
If I haven't grabbed your attention so far, for those who like to be a little freaked out too; there's some pretty intense scenes with ghosts, creepy spirits and vampires that if you read too close to bedtime may scare you a little. (and no I didn't look around for Hags before I went to bed *looks sheepish*) Anyway, if you like romance, novels with a bit of depth, vampires and a little bit of being freaked out by ghosts, then definitely give this book a go. You won't be disappointed.(less)
I had this on my Kindle for about a year and didn't read it and I was very glad of that because it meant I only had to endure a month or so of torture...moreI had this on my Kindle for about a year and didn't read it and I was very glad of that because it meant I only had to endure a month or so of torture waiting for Insurgent to be released (which is also awesome by the way!)
It's been a while since I read a book that gripped me from the start and didn't let me go so it was great to have that feeling again. The world building in this is exceptional and detailed and it was easy to imagine the world Tris lives in. For those looking for insta-love, there isn't any here. There are well developed and very heart warming relationships and love of a more realistic variety (yes, I know it's fiction, but without some realism, it would just fall apart)
The plot itself is pure genius and the action scenes are amazing. If you really like your books with a bit of heart-racing peril thrown in, there's enough of that in this book to make you fall off the edge of your seat, never mind sit perched on the edge.
No matter where you sit on the dystopian fence, whether you like it or loath it, I think this book is worth a go. It's exciting, original, action packed, a bit romantic (in a good way) and it has Four in it! As in a person called Four, not the number!
First of all I'd like to say that I love these books. I'm well aware that a lot of people hate them and call them every name under the sun; I've even...moreFirst of all I'd like to say that I love these books. I'm well aware that a lot of people hate them and call them every name under the sun; I've even seen them compared to Twilight (for reference, I've read twilight and these are nothing like the Twilight Saga).
If you're reading this I want you to forget what you might have heard and read this series anyway, with a completely open mind because if you do, and you're a fan of teen fiction with a twist, then you may very well love this series. If you haven't read the rest of the series and you're reading this as a first review...stop now and go and read books 1-3 before reading this... .... ....
Endure picks up after the end of Entice. Zara is still a pixie, Nick is honestly behaving like an idiot because he thinks Zara isn't the same person anymore and the disappearing kids are increasing by the day. And it's down to Zara, Astley, Nick and Co to save everyone from what appears to be the end of the world.
I have to admit, this instalment takes a turn in a direction I didn't see coming and I was surprised by some of the twists the plot took. I can't write them here because I have no wish to spoil anything.
On both the romantic and story side I think that most readers will be satisfied with the ending though I'm sure there'll be a few cries of outrage from some readers, but in all honesty when you really think about it after reading it, Miss Jones couldn't have written this book any other way.(less)
I'd first like to thank Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this before the release date and I have to say I was blown away completely. If...moreI'd first like to thank Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this before the release date and I have to say I was blown away completely. If you think you know vampire fiction and you think you've read it all; you really haven't. This is most definitely no Twilight in any way, shape or form. The Immortal Rules is harsh, brutal and at times terrifying and with enough peril to shock your heart. However, it is also tender and romantic at times (and with no insta-love in sight, thank goodness!).
So much happens in this book yet it doesn't feel over packed, nor is there any info dumping and I found that the world building and explanations of terms and the post-apocalyptic society were explained very well without being boring. The world Julie has created here is terrifying, easy to picture and I'm sure most people will find nightmarish. Not only is it an exceptional vampire novel, there are zombie like creatures too!
The main protagonist Allie is everything I love in a main character. She's strong and yet vulnerable to human weakness just like everyone else in the world. She messes up, she can be selfish at times and yet ultimately it's her selflessness that shines through and I have huge respect for flawed imperfect characters. Zeke was another favourite of mine and, though at one point I did want to hit him, most of the time I was pretty much in love with him :)
The romance isn't over the top and is very well done. If your looking for instant love with 'I can't live without you' within 50 pages then this isn't the book for you. However, if you love your gently paced relationships with realism then you will love the romance aspect of this book. I could sing the praises of this book for ages but I'm going to have to shut up as I have a strict no spoilers policy for books that are pre-release. Simply put, if you love Julie's other books, you will love this! Aaargggghhh now I have to wait for book two :((less)
I wasn't sure what to think of this at first and since I don't have as much time now, all my reviews will be pretty short. But I don't think I need a...moreI wasn't sure what to think of this at first and since I don't have as much time now, all my reviews will be pretty short. But I don't think I need a lot of words for this to be honest.
Sitting here nearly two months later I honestly can't say I remember much of what happened. So anyone reading this needn't fear the wrath of spoilers. Honestly, If I remember correctly there was one major revelation and then nothing and I felt like I was reading a lot of stuff that I found irrelevant.
I'm really sorry to sum this book up into one word, because god I loved Matched, but I found this book, well, boring. It wasn't all doom and gloom and the writing was well done and the characters portrayed brilliantly but it lacked a lot of depth, action and development of plot.
Will I read Reached? Of course I will. I have high hopes for it and I really want to know how this trilogy ends so yes I'm hoping really badly that Miss Condie can pull off an epic third book.(less)
I've read quite a few books with angels and demons in them so it takes something special to really sparkle and stand out for me. This book did just t...more I've read quite a few books with angels and demons in them so it takes something special to really sparkle and stand out for me. This book did just that! I loved the realism mixed with that air of fantasy and I found it believable that Hell (Pandemonium) could well be the way it's described in this book and I found myself terrified by some of the characters in a way I never have been before.
Daphne and Truman's relationship was frustrating at first. With neither of them knowing truly what it means to love and trying to navigate their own feelings, it was hard to understand what was happening between them. Then as the danger increased and a scary 'thing' called Dark Dreadful starts chasing them, they really start to latch on to one another and everything kicks off both action wise and emotionally too. With regards to Dark Dreadful, I think if she/it were real I would pretty much cower in the corner. If this book ever becomes a movie, well urgh, I will not be eating during it!
As already hinted at, there are some pretty disgusting moments though luckily they don't go into too much detail and the relationship storyline more than makes up for it. Near the end of the book had me in floods of tears for so many reasons and wow, when it does end you might be in tears for other reasons too, and there are some pretty epic twists. If you haven't read anything by Miss Yovanoff yet, go do so. You're missing out :)(less)
I was so thrilled when Netgalley approved me to read this especially since I've been hooked on this series since the very beginning and it's with regr...moreI was so thrilled when Netgalley approved me to read this especially since I've been hooked on this series since the very beginning and it's with regret that I'm now waving goodbye to Donna, Xan and Navin. This series has been a fun but bumpy journey and though there have been many occasions I've wanted to yell at certain characters, I have to admit, the story came together nicely.
This installment in particular is steeped in myth, legend and the kind of quest story line that I like. The attempt to make the philosophers stone is nothing short of trouble strewn and filled with danger and some truly horrible moments that made my heart break. One part in particular featuring Navin and Donna had me in tears, even though really if I'd thought about it, I should have sensed it was coming.
Miss Mahoney has achieved what few manage, creating a story that comes together perfectly, characters that not only screw up but are also aware they they messed up and desperately try to fix things. From the last book everyone will know what Donna did, but I have yet to find one review slating her as stupid. Why? because she's human and humans make mistakes, that's just the way it is. This is especially prominent in this book since, when compared to the vain and egotistical Demian, it becomes important to really understand what it means to have a sense of messing up and then putting it right.
It was great to have an insight to other characters to such as Aliette and the Faerie Queen, and finding out about Xan's past was pretty awesome too. It was also awesome to see more of Newton the demon stone head. I love that annoying dude for some strange reason that I can't fathom, there's something about bad characters with a streak of good that just tugs on my heartstrings.
Getting to the point though, there are some things that I can't tell you in this review. Do they make the philosophers stone? Find out for yourself. Does Donna marry Xan and have twenty kids? Sorry, not telling. Does Demian get locked back where he came from? Again, I'm not telling. Needless to say I found the ending brilliant and it ties all the loose ends nicely, so I don't think you'll be disappointed. But sorry, you'll have to wait until April. Trust me though, it's worth the wait(less)
omg! it's over and i will now cry. i did not see the ending coming though i will say it was a big f**k you to the bad guys in this. though there are s...moreomg! it's over and i will now cry. i did not see the ending coming though i will say it was a big f**k you to the bad guys in this. though there are some unanswered niggles, and some of the plot in this series has been silly in some ways. i love it! and i will miss the epicness that is Maximum ride(less)
I have to thank Net Galley for allowing me to read this book ahead of release and I have to thank Aimee for writing another incredible book (I was ver...moreI have to thank Net Galley for allowing me to read this book ahead of release and I have to thank Aimee for writing another incredible book (I was very very very impressed!). Not only does the plot, romance, action and characters kick ass; it features one of my favourite character crushes. Henry is simply swoon-worthy!
I'm going to keep this succinct and spoiler free since it isn't released for a while yet, and I don't want to spoil it for other fans of the Goddess Test books. Simply put, it rocks. Picking up six months after the end of the previous book, Kate is back in the underworld and a little worried since Henry appears to be a bit distant and then all hell breaks loose before she can figure out what's wrong. The story moves quickly and it was great to be introduced to some new characters, though I wanted to kick a certain someone a few times (you'll see what I mean when you read it)
There were some truly scary parts to this and as someone who has read several books involving the Titans and Greek gods, I have to admit I have never seen a Titan described this way and I was more than impressed with Aimee's inventiveness and originality. It's hard to put an original twist on a age old idea, but she's managed it brilliantly. I can't say much more without spoiling things but I will say that when you read this be prepared for a roller-coaster of a novel, filled with fights, laughs, tears, romance and action right through until the end. And OMG, that cliffhanger! I'm sorry but I must say it again...OMG that cliffhanger!(less)